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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214989/exposure-response-analyses-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-changes-for-methylphenidate-in-healthy-adults
#1
Liang Li, Yaning Wang, Ramana S Uppoor, Mehul U Mehta, Tiffany Farchione, Mitchell V Mathis, Hao Zhu
The aim of the study was to evaluate the exposure-response (E-R) relationships of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes in healthy adults taking methylphenidate (MPH). Intensive time profiles of BP and HR from healthy adults in placebo and MPH treatment arms of seven clinical trials from the FDA internal database were utilized for this analysis. The analysis model contains a circadian component for placebo effect and an E-R component to describe drug effect. Internal validation was performed using goodness-of-fit plots and visual predictive check...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
#2
Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214881/attenuation-of-low-ambient-temperature-induced-myocardial-hypertrophy-by-atorvastatin-via-promoting-bcl-2-expression
#3
Jing Liang, Kun Yin, Xuefeng Cao, Zhenbo Han, Qi Huang, Lai Zhang, Wenya Ma, Fengzhi Ding, Chongwei Bi, Dan Feng, Zhenwei Pan, Yu Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: It is well documented that myocardial hypertrophy is associated with low ambient temperature. Atorvastatin (Atv) has been shown to protect against atherosclerosis, cardiac fibrosis, ischemia/reperfusion injury, etc. In this study, we aim to determine whether atorvastatin is effective in the treatment of myocardial hypertrophy induced by cold exposure and to shed light on underlying mechanism. METHODS: The mice aged 4-week were randomized to Control (Ctl) group (raised at room temperature), Cold group (raised at 3-5ºC) and Atv treatment group (raised at 3-5ºC followed by 10mg/kg/day Atv infusion)...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#4
Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214664/the-effect-of-music-listening-on-the-anxiety-of-nursing-students-during-their-first-blood-draw-experience
#5
REVIEW
Serpil Ince, Kıvan Çevik
BACKGROUND: Nursing education is a process aimed both at theoretical knowledge and skill development. The Fundamentals of Nursing is a course that furnishes students with professional knowledge, concepts and technical skills, and, also, is the keystone of nursing education in our country. Students experience a great deal of anxiety as they face basic nursing practices for the first time. Studies have revealed the effectiveness of music in relieving anxiety in many patient groups. However, no previous studies were found where music was used with the intent to lower the anxiety that students experience over the course of skill learning...
February 14, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214335/the-role-of-c-ski-in-regulation-of-tgf%C3%AE-induced-human-cardiac-fibroblast-proliferation-and-ecm-protein-expression
#6
Juan Wang, Liping Guo, Difei Shen, Xiao Xu, Jiaping Wang, Suxia Han, Wen He
Cardiac fibrosis is characterized by over-deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and over-proliferation of cardiac fibroblast, and contributes to both systolic and diastolic dysfunction in many cardiac pathophysiologic conditions. Transforming growth factor β 1 (TGFβ1) is as an essential inducing factor of cardiac fibrosis. C-Ski protein has been identified as an inhibitory regulator of TGFβ signaling. In the present study, we revealed the repressive effect of c-Ski on TGFβ1-induced human cardiac fibroblast (HCFB) proliferation and ECM protein increase (Collagen I and α-SMA)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
#7
REVIEW
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214081/fev1-and-fvc-predict-all-cause-mortality-independent-of-cardiac-function-results-from-the-population-based-gutenberg-health-study
#8
Christina Magnussen, Francisco M Ojeda, Nargiz Rzayeva, Tanja Zeller, Christoph R Sinning, Norbert Pfeiffer, Manfred Beutel, Maria Blettner, Karl J Lackner, Stefan Blankenberg, Thomas Münzel, Klaus F Rabe, Philipp S Wild, Renate B Schnabel
BACKGROUND: Lung function has previously been related to increased mortality. Whether pulmonary impairment is associated with an increased mortality independent of cardiac dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS: In 15010 individuals from the general population (age range 35-74years, 51% men) in the Gutenberg Health Study we performed spirometry and transthoracic echocardiography. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) and high-sensitive troponin I (hsTnI) were measured in all individuals...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214001/comparison-of-pulmonary-venous-and-left-atrial-remodeling-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-versus-with-hypertensive-heart-disease
#9
Kentaro Yoshida, Hideyuki Hasebe, Yasuaki Tsumagari, Hidekazu Tsuneoka, Mari Ebine, Yoshiko Uehara, Yoshihiro Seo, Kazutaka Aonuma, Noriyuki Takeyasu
Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC) increases susceptibility to atrial fibrillation. Although phenotypical characteristics of the hypertrophied left ventricle are clear, left atrial (LA) and pulmonary venous (PV) remodeling has rarely been investigated. This study aimed to identify differences in LA and PV remodeling between HC and hypertensive heart disease (HHD) using 3-dimensional computed tomography. Included were 33 consecutive patients with HC, 25 with HHD, and 29 without any co-morbidities who were referred for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213997/echocardiographic-correlates-are-associated-with-in-hospital-mortality-in-trauma-and-burn-patients
#10
Duraid Younan, Russell Griffin, Donald Reiff, Jeffrey Richey, Eric Schinnerer, Jean-Francois Pittet, Ahmed Zaky
BACKGROUND: The role of echocardiographic indices of preload and contractility in predicting outcomes is unknown. We report the association of end diastolic area (EDA) and fractional area of change (FAC) with mortality in a cohort of trauma and burn patients. METHODS: Data on 86 patients admitted to a tertiary care center between July 2013 and July 2015 were reviewed. The association between abnormal EDA and FAC and adverse clinical outcomes was tested using exact logistic regression analysis...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213948/hourglass-shaped-right-ventricle-and-localized-constrictive-pericarditis
#11
Alper Karakus, Hasan Ari, Sencer Camci, Selma Ari, Ahmet Tutuncu, Mehmet Melek
Constrictive pericarditis is characterized by thick pericardial fibrosis and frequent calcification that progressively impairs diastolic filling of the heart. The diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis has been challenging even though multiple diagnostic modalities have been developed. The diagnosis of constructive pericarditis is especially difficult in localized constrictive pericarditis which is extremely rare. We report a case of localized constrictive pericarditis with a 3D multislice cardiac computed tomography (CT) finding of the constrictive band causing strangulation and hourglass shaping of the right ventricle...
February 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213819/conditional-knockout-of-activin-like-kinase-1-alk-1-leads-to-heart-failure-without-maladaptive-remodeling
#12
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/28213770/myosin-heavy-chain-and-cardiac-troponin-t-damage-is-associated-with-impaired-myofibrillar-atpase-activity-contributing-to-sarcomeric-dysfunction-in-ca-2-paradox-rat-hearts
#13
Árpád Kovács, Judit Kalász, Enikő T Pásztor, Attila Tóth, Zoltán Papp, Naranjan S Dhalla, Judit Barta
This study aimed to explore the potential contribution of myofibrils to contractile dysfunction in Ca(2+)-paradox hearts. Isolated rat hearts were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit solution (Control), followed by Ca(2+)-depletion, and then Ca(2+)-repletion after Ca(2+)-depletion (Ca(2+)-paradox) by Langendorff method. During heart perfusion left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP), end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP), rate of pressure development (+ dP/dt), and pressure decay (-dP/dt) were registered. Control LVDP (127...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213332/shear-stress-enhances-ca-2-sparks-through-nox2-dependent-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-in-rat-ventricular-myocytes
#14
Joon-Chul Kim, Jun Wang, Min-Jeong Son, Sun-Hee Woo
Shear stress enhances diastolic and systolic Ca(2+) concentration in ventricular myocytes. Here, using confocal Ca(2+) imaging in rat ventricular myocytes, we assessed the effects of shear stress (~16dyn/cm(2)) on the frequency of spontaneous Ca(2+) sparks and explored the mechanism underlying shear-mediated Ca(2+) spark regulation. The frequency of Ca(2+) sparks was immediately increased by shear stress (by ~80%), and increased further (by ~150%) during prolonged exposure (20s). The 2-D size and duration of individual sparks were increased by shear stimulation...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212904/level-of-agreement-between-forearm-and-upper-arm-blood-pressure-measurements-in-patients-with-large-arm-circumference
#15
Sheri Watson, Marita Aguas, Pat Colegrove, Nancy Foisy, Bonnie Jondahl, Zoe Anastas
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to determine if forearm blood pressures (BPs) measured in three different locations agree with the recommended upper arm location for noninvasive BP measurement. DESIGN: A method-comparison design was used. METHODS: In a convenience sample of postanesthesia care unit patients with large upper arm circumference, BP's were obtained in three different forearm locations (lower forearm, middle forearm, and upper forearm) and compared to upper arm BP using an automated BP measuring device...
February 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212603/effects-of-renal-denervation-on-cardiac-oxidative-stress-and-local-activity-of-the-sympathetic-nervous-system-and-renin-angiotensin-system-in-acute-myocardial-infracted-dogs
#16
Qiaoli Feng, Chengzhi Lu, Li Wang, Lijun Song, Chao Li, Ravi Chandra Uppada
BACKGROUND: This study sought to evaluate the therapeutic effects of renal denervation (RDN) on acute myocardial infarction (MI) in canines and explore its possible mechanisms of action. METHODS: Eighteen healthy mongrel dogs were randomly assigned to either the control group, the MI group or the MI + RDN group. To assess cardiac function, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD), left ventricular end-systolic dimension (LVESD) and fraction shortening (FS) were recorded...
February 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212534/association-between-echocardiographic-structural-parameters-and-body-weight-in-wistar-rats
#17
Silvio A Oliveira-Junior, Paula F Martinez, William Y C Fan, Bruno T Nakatani, Luana U Pagan, Carlos R Padovani, Antonio C Cicogna, Marina P Okoshi, Katashi Okoshi
BACKGROUND: The association between echocardiographic structural parameters and body weight (BW) during rat development has been poorly addressed. We evaluated echocardiographic variables: left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic (LVDD) and end-systolic (LVSD) diameters, LV diastolic posterior wall thickness (PWT), left atrial diameter (LA), and aortic diameter (AO) in function of BW during development.Results/Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats (n = 328, BW: 302-702 g) were retrospectively used to construct regression models and 95% confidence intervals relating to cardiac structural parameters and BW...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212401/preload-based-starling-like-control-of-rotary-blood-pumps-an-in-vitro-evaluation
#18
Mahdi Mansouri, Shaun D Gregory, Robert F Salamonsen, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, Rini Akmeliawati, Einly Lim
Due to a shortage of donor hearts, rotary left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used to provide mechanical circulatory support. To address the preload insensitivity of the constant speed controller (CSC) used in conventional LVADs, we developed a preload-based Starling-like controller (SLC). The SLC emulates the Starling law of the heart to maintain mean pump flow ([Formula: see text]) with respect to mean left ventricular end diastolic pressure (PLVEDm) as the feedback signal. The SLC and CSC were compared using a mock circulation loop to assess their capacity to increase cardiac output during mild exercise while avoiding ventricular suction (marked by a negative PLVEDm) and maintaining circulatory stability during blood loss and severe reductions in left ventricular contractility (LVC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211883/the-inflammatory-state-provokes-sexual-dimorphism-in-left-ventricular-and-electrocardiographic-effects-of-chronic-cyclosporine-in-rats
#19
Hany M El-Bassossy, Zainy M Banjar, Mahmoud M El-Mas
Although cardiotoxicity has been recognized as an adverse effect of cyclosporine A (CSA), no information exists regarding sex specificity of CSA cardiotoxicity. We tested the hypothesis that left ventricular (LV) and electrocardiographic (ECG) effects of CSA and related inflammatory/histopathological derangements are sex related. CSA reduced the LV slope of end-systolic pressure volume relationship and increased isovolumic relaxation constant. These effects were more pronounced in male compared to female rats, suggesting LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211310/morphologic-and-doppler-findings-from-hepatic-ultrasonography-of-normal-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis
#20
Kyo Won Lee Chan Woo Cho Ji Eun Lee Hyojun Park Gyu-Seong Choi Woo Kyoung Jeong Jae Berm Park And Sungjoo Kim
The present study evaluated the anatomic and ultrasonographic features of the liver in normal cynomolgus monkeys (Macacafascicularis). Healthy, male, cynomolgus monkeys from Cambodia (n = 25; mean age, 58.1 mo) were sedated with ketamine (7mg/kg) and examined by using 2D and Doppler ultrasonography. We measured the diameters of the vascular structures and bile duct, determined the velocities of the hepatic artery and portal vein, and calculated the resistance index of the hepatic artery. Vessel diameters were: proper hepatic artery, 1...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
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