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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723905/evolution-of-anti-trypanosoma-cruzi-antibody-production-in-patients-with-chronic-chagas-disease-correlation-between-antibody-titers-and-development-of-cardiac-disease-severity
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Ingebourg Georg, Alejandro Marcel Hasslocher-Moreno, Sergio Salles Xavier, Marcelo Teixeira de Holanda, Eric Henrique Roma, Maria da Gloria Bonecini-Almeida
Chagas disease is one of the most important endemic infections in Latin America affecting around 6-7 million people. About 30-50% of patients develop the cardiac form of the disease, which can lead to severe cardiac dysfunction and death. In this scenario, the identification of immunological markers of disease progression would be a valuable tool for early treatment and reduction of death rates. In this observational study, the production of anti-Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies through a retrospective longitudinal follow-up in chronic Chagas disease patients´ cohort and its correlation with disease progression and heart commitment was evaluated...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723764/increased-nuchal-translucency-in-fetuses-with-a-normal-karyotype-diagnosis-and-management-an-observational-study
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Demetra Socolov, Razvan Socolov, Vlad Eusebiu Gorduza, Tudor Butureanu, Ruxandra Stanculescu, Alexandru Carauleanu, Ioana Pavaleanu
The use of nuchal translucency (NT) in 1992 by Nicolaides et al was a major breakthrough in screening for chromosomal aneuploidies at the end of the first trimester. However, pathological conditions other than chromosomal aneuploidies are also associated with increased NT, which can also be detected in normal fetuses. This study sought to evaluate the causes of this ultrasound sign in a group of patients from Iasi, Romania.During the decade-long study period, there were 71 certified cases involving increased NT; the patients in these cases underwent diagnostic amniocentesis and karyotyping...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723304/the-quest-for-durable-lesions-in-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-technological-advances-in-radiofrequency-catheters-and-balloon-devices
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Tilman Maurer, Karl-Heinz Kuck
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and represents a growing clinical, social and economic challenge. Catheter ablation for symptomatic atrial fibrillation has evolved from an experimental procedure into a widespread therapy and offers a safe and effective treatment option. A prerequisite for durable PVI are transmural and contiguous circumferential lesions around the pulmonary veins. However, electrical reconnection of initially isolated pulmonary veins remains a primary concern and is a dominant factor for arrhythmia recurrence during long-term follow up...
July 19, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722695/cardiac-cycle-efficiency-and-dicrotic-pressure-variations-new-parameters-for-fluid-therapy-a-pilot-observational-study
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Antonio Messina, Salvatore M Romano, Eleonora Bonicolini, Davide Colombo, Gianmaria Cammarota, Marco Chiostri, Francesco Della Corte, Paolo Navalesi, Didier Payen, Stefano Romagnoli
BACKGROUND: During a fluid challenge, the changes in cardiac performance and peripheral circulatory tone are closely related to the position of the ventricle on the Frank-Starling curve. Some patients have a good haemodynamic response to a fluid challenge, others hardly any response. The early haemodynamic effects of a fluid challenge could predict the final response before the entire fluid volume has been administered. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether a multivariate logistic regression model, including pulse pressure variation (PPV), cardiac cycle efficiency (CCE), arterial elastance and the difference between the dicrotic pressure and both systolic and mean arterial pressure (SAP - Pdic and MAP - Pdic) can predict cardiac responsiveness early during a fluid challenge in comparison with the standard procedure described elsewhere...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721638/contribution-of-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-definitive-infective-endocarditis-the-infectious-disease-specialist-s-point-of-view
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B Davido, A Moussiegt, A Dinh, O Senard, L Deconinck, O Auzel, X Repesse, M Sirol, M Morgan, J Salomon
In 1994, the original Duke criteria introduced the usefulness of echocardiography for the diagnosis of definitive infective endocarditis (IE). Recently, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) highlighted the need of complementary imaging to support the diagnosis of embolic events and cardiac involvement when echocardiography findings are negative or doubtful. We decided to study the usefulness of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (TTE/TEE) for the diagnosis of definitive IE in patients who already benefited from complementary investigations...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720715/ischemic-preconditioning-does-not-alter-muscle-sympathetic-responses-to-static-handgrip-and-metaboreflex-activation-in-young-healthy-men
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Anthony V Incognito, Connor J Doherty, Jordan B Lee, Matthew J Burns, Philip J Millar
Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) has been hypothesized to elicit ergogenic effects by reducing feedback from metabolically sensitive group III/IV muscle afferents during exercise. If so, reflex efferent neural outflow should be attenuated. We investigated the effects of IPC on muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) during static handgrip (SHG) and used post-exercise circulatory occlusion (PECO) to isolate for the muscle metaboreflex. Thirty-seven healthy men (age: 24 ± 5 years [mean ± SD]) were randomized to receive sham (n = 16) or IPC (n = 21) interventions...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719387/pediatric-mitochondrial-diseases-and-the-heart
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Gregory M Enns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mitochondrial disorders are an increasingly recognized cause of heart dysfunction, with the primary manifestations being cardiomyopathy and conduction defects. This review focuses on the complex genetics of mitochondrial disease and recently discovered conditions that affect mitochondrial function. RECENT FINDINGS: Next-generation sequencing techniques, especially whole-exome sequencing, have led to the discovery of a number of conditions that cause mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent cardiac abnormalities...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718658/the-effect-of-nurse-to-patient-ratios-on-nurse-sensitive-patient-outcomes-in-acute-specialist-units-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Andrea Driscoll, Maria J Grant, Diane Carroll, Sally Dalton, Christi Deaton, Ian Jones, Daniela Lehwaldt, Gabrielle McKee, Theresa Munyombwe, Felicity Astin
BACKGROUND: Nurses are pivotal in the provision of high quality care in acute hospitals. However, the optimal dosing of the number of nurses caring for patients remains elusive. In light of this, an updated review of the evidence on the effect of nurse staffing levels on patient outcomes is required. AIM: To undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the association between nurse staffing levels and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717777/association-between-public-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-education-and-the-willingness-to-perform-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-metropolitan-citywide-survey
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Jeong Woo Son, Hyun Wook Ryoo, Sungbae Moon, Jong-Yeon Kim, Jae Yun Ahn, Jeong Bae Park, Kang Suk Seo, Jong Kun Kim, Yun Jeong Kim
OBJECTIVE: Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important factor associated with improved survival rates and neurologic prognoses in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We assessed how factors related to CPR education including timing of education, period from the most recent education session, and content, affected CPR willingness. METHODS: In February 2012, trained interviewers conducted an interview survey of 1,000 Daegu citizens through an organized questionnaire...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717377/appropriate-blood-component-therapy-can-reduce-postcardiac-surgery-acute-kidney-injury-through-packed-cell-transfusion-reduction
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Kianoush Saberi, Mehrdad Salehi, Mehrzad Rahmanian, Ali Reza Bakhshandeh, Gholam Reza Massoumi
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) can happen due to different factors such as anemia. Packed cell (PC) transfusion is an important cause of AKI occurrence. The aim of the study is to investigate whether appropriate blood component (BC) therapy can reduce blood transfusion and it would result in AKI decreasing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a cohort study of 1388 patients who underwent cardiac surgery in one university hospital. A serum creatinine higher than 2 mg/dl, renal disease history, renal replacement therapy (chronic dialysis) were our exclusion criteria...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716335/management-of-chronic-total-coronary-occlusion-in-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-by-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-versus-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-versus-medical-therapy
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Mony Shuvy, Feng Qiu, Alyssandra Chee-A-Tow, John J Graham, Wael Abuzeid, Christopher Buller, Bradley H Strauss, Harindra C Wijeysundera
Coronary chronic total occlusions (CTOs) are found in approximately 20% of angiograms. We sought to assess the variation in the management of patients with CTOs and to compare the clinical outcomes of CTO lesions with those of non-CTO lesions. We conducted a population-based cohort study and included all patients with stable angina who underwent cardiac catheterization from October 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, in Ontario, Canada. The primary outcome was a composite of mortality and hospitalization for myocardial infarction...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715513/percutaneous-endovascular-treatment-of-infrainguinal-paod-results-of-the-psi-register-study-in-74%C3%A2-german-vascular-centers
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C-A Behrendt, F Heidemann, K Haustein, R T Grundmann, E S Debus
BACKGROUND: The percutaneous infrainguinal stent (PSI) register study aimed to collate all percutaneous endovascular procedures for infrainguinal peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) conducted in 74 German vascular centers between September and November 2015 (3 months). In order to obtain representative results all consecutive treatment procedures had to be submitted by the participating trial centers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective, nonrandomized multicenter study design...
2017: Gefässchirurgie: Zeitschrift Für Vaskuläre und Endovaskuläre Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715077/age-and-gender-related-peculiarities-of-patients-with-delirium-in-the-cardiac-intensive-care-unit
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Pranas Serpytis, Petras Navickas, Alvydas Navickas, Rokas Serpytis, Giedrius Navickas, Sigita Glaveckaite
BACKGROUND: The overall evidence base regarding delirium has been growing steadily over the past few decades. There has been considerable analysis of delirium concerning, for example, mechanically ventilated patients, patients in the general intensive care unit (ICU) setting, and patients with exclusively postoperative delirium. Nevertheless, there are few studies regarding delirium in a cardiovascular ICU (ICCU) setting and especially scarce literature about the particular features of delirium relating to patient age and gender...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713042/implementation-of-the-universal-bls-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-in-a-rural-ems-system
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Matthew R Jordan, Michael F O'Keefe, David Weiss, C Wes Cubberley, Charles D MacLean, Daniel L Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are often the first medical providers to begin resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims. The universal Basic Life Support Termination of Resuscitation (BLS-TOR) rule is a validated clinical prediction tool used to identify patients in which continued resuscitation efforts are futile. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim is to compare the rate of transport of OHCA cases before and after the implementation of a BLS-TOR protocol and to determine the compliance rate of EMS personnel with the new protocol in a largely volunteer, rural system...
July 13, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712188/a-novel-link-between-adipokines-and-lipoprotein-a-to-contemplate-their-diagnostic-role-in-patients-with-stemi-and-nstemi
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Shazia Rashid, Rukhshan Khurshid, Uzma Faryal Amir, Arif Malik, Sumera Qazi
BACKGROUND: Early detection of cardiac events allow better and cost-effective triage and welltimed management of these patients. Study was conducted to evaluate the prognostic significance of plasma adiponectin, resistin and lipoprotein (a) in a group of patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. These parameters were also compared with other predictors like troponin T, troponin I and CK-MB. METHODS: Present study was based on the 100 patients with AMI of whom 52 had a diagnosis of STEMI, and 48 had NSTEMI...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712187/utility-of-heart-type-fatty-acid-binding-protein-h-fabp-point-of-care-test-in-the-early-hours-of-stemi-compared-with-troponin-i-in-pakistani-population
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Walid Ahmad Abbasi, Muhammad Saleem, Shahid Rasheed, Azhar Mahmood Kiyani
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome remains a dominant cause of high morbidity and mortality despite advancements in treatment This study was conducted to examine the utility of point-of-care test of heart-type fatty-acid binding protein (h-FABP) and compare it with the point-of-care test of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in the first 06 hours of STEMI. METHODS: This cross-sectional, comparative study which was conducted in Rawalpindi institute of cardiology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from January to June 2015...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711883/medical-evaluation-of-efficiency-of-optimized-models-for-early-detection-and-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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Vyacheslav M Zhdan, Irina A Holovanova, Valentina L Filatova, Maxim V Khorosh
INTRODUCTION: Nowadays cardiovascular disease occupies a leading place in the structure of the prevalence, incidence, disability causes and mortality of the adult population in Ukraine and in the whole world. The prevalence of hypertension in the adult population ranges from 25 - 40%, coronary heart disease is almost 20% of people aged 50-59 years while 24.3% of them have a form of silent coronary artery disease. The feasibility of study is justified by the need to perform health institutions Law of Ukraine dated 07...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711343/innexin-expression-in-electrically-coupled-motor-circuits
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REVIEW
Adriane Otopalik, Brian Lane, David J Schulz, Eve Marder
The many roles of innexins, the molecules that form gap junctions in invertebrates, have been explored in numerous species. Here, we present a summary of innexin expression and function in two small, central pattern generating circuits found in crustaceans: the stomatogastric ganglion and the cardiac ganglion. The two ganglia express multiple innexin genes, exhibit varying combinations of symmetrical and rectifying gap junctions, as well as gap junctions within and across different cell types. Past studies have revealed correlations in ion channel and innexin expression in coupled neurons, as well as intriguing functional relationships between ion channel conductances and electrical coupling...
July 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710537/cardiac-safety-of-non-anthracycline-trastuzumab-based-therapy-for-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Anthony F Yu, Roy B Mukku, Shivani Verma, Jennifer E Liu, Kevin C Oeffinger, Richard M Steingart, Clifford A Hudis, Chau T Dang
PURPOSE: Trastuzumab improves overall survival for women with HER2-positive breast cancer but is associated with cardiotoxicity, especially when administered after anthracyclines. Use of non-anthracycline trastuzumab-based regimens is rising, particularly for patients with low-risk disease or with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. We performed a single-center retrospective cohort study to assess the cardiac safety of trastuzumab without anthracyclines outside of a clinical trial setting...
July 14, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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