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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212480/-reintervention-with-percutaneous-balloon-angioplasty-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-with-left-sided-obstructions
#1
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/28211989/timothy-syndrome-1-genotype-without-syndactyly-and-major-extracardiac-manifestations
#2
Róbert Sepp, Lidia Hategan, Attila Bácsi, Judit Cseklye, László Környei, János Borbás, Márta Széll, Tamás Forster, István Nagy, Zoltán Hegedűs
Timothy syndrome 1 (TS1) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by multisystem abnormalities including QT prolongation, congenital heart defects, facial dysmorphism, episodic hypoglycemia, and neurological symptoms. A morphological hallmark of TS1 is syndactyly, present in all cases. TS1 is caused by the canonical p.Gly406Arg mutation in the alternatively spliced exon 8A in the CACNA1C gene, encoding for the main cardiac L-type calcium channel. A variant case of TS1 is reported. The proband had intermittent fetal bradycardia with heart rate of 72 bpm...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209460/pharmacologic-cardioversion-with-intravenous-amiodarone-is-likely-safe-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
#3
Michael Su, David Seki, Asma M Moheet
Neurological injury is often associated with cardiac abnormalities, including electrophysiological issues. Cardioversion of acute atrial fibrillation (<48h' duration) without anticoagulation carries about a 0.7% risk of thromboembolism. There is limited data on managing acute atrial fibrillation specifically in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) setting. We sought to determine the safety of using intravenous (IV) amiodarone for restoring sinus rhythm in patients with presumed new onset atrial or ventricular tachycardia after neurological injury...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209037/-lung-function-influenced-the-prognosis-of-cardiac-surgery-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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C T Wu, J H Zhao, D Wei, Y X Shi, G F Zhu
Objective: To investigate the value of lung function for the prognosis of cardiac surgery in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD). Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on the hospitalized patients with coronary heart disease or valvular heart disease in Beijing Anzhen hospital during Janury 2013 to December 2015. The relationship between lung function and extubation time, time of staying in ICU, second time tracheal incubation, tracheotomy and mortality rate were analyzed. Results: There were 355 patients without surgery in a total 1 729 of patients, of which 65 (18...
February 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208969/acute-presentation-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-with-subclinical-cardiac-involvement-a-rare-case
#5
Rhythm Khera, Shrayash Khare, Shailendra Kumar Singh
Cardiac involvements are common in patients with Dermatomyositis, most of which are not severe enough to present definite or readily observable symptoms. However, Cardiovascular (CVS) manifestations constitute a major cause of death in these patients. The most frequently reported clinically evident of CVS manifestations in-patient of dermatomyositis are Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), conduction aberrations, that may predispose to complete heart block and coronary artery disease. The principal pathophysiological mechanisms that may produce these cardiac manifestations involve coronary artery disease as well as small vessels vasculitis of the myocardium...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207404/a-noise-reduction-technique-based-on-nonlinear-kernel-function-for-heart-sound-analysis
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Ashok Mondal, Ishan Saxena, Hong Tang, Poulami Banerjee
The main difficulty encountered in interpretation of cardiac sound is interference of noise. The contaminated noise obscures the relevant information which are useful for recognition of heart diseases. The unwanted signals are produced mainly by lungs and surrounding environment. In this paper, a novel heart sound de-noising technique has been introduced based on a combined framework of wavelet packet transform (WPT) and singular value decomposition (SVD). The most informative node of wavelet tree is selected on the criteria of mutual information measurement...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205128/heat-shock-protein-70-protects-cardiomyocytes-through-suppressing-sumoylation-and-nucleus-translocation-of-phosphorylated-eukaryotic-elongation-factor-2-during-myocardial-ischemia-and-reperfusion
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Chao Zhang, Xiaojuan Liu, Jin Miao, Shengcun Wang, Liucheng Wu, Daliang Yan, Jingjing Li, Wanwan Guo, Xiang Wu, Aiguo Shen
Myocardial ischemia and reperfusion (MIR) results in cardiomyocyte apoptosis with severe outcomes, which blocks cardiac tissue recovering from myocardial ischemia diseases. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) is one of protective molecule chaperones which could regulate the nucleus translocation of other proteins. In addition, eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2), which modulates protein translation process, is vital to the recovery of heart during MIR. However, the relationship between HSP70 and eEF2 and its effects on MIR are unclear...
February 15, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204831/tachycardia-bradycardia-syndrome-electrophysiological-mechanisms-and-future-therapeutic-approaches-review
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Gary Tse, Tong Liu, Ka Hou Christien Li, Victoria Laxton, Andy On-Tik Wong, Yin Wah Fiona Chan, Wendy Keung, Camie W Y Chan, Ronald A Li
Sick sinus syndrome (SSS) encompasses a group of disorders whereby the heart is unable to perform its pacemaker function, due to genetic and acquired causes. Tachycardia‑bradycardia syndrome (TBS) is a complication of SSS characterized by alternating tachycardia and bradycardia. Techniques such as genetic screening and molecular diagnostics together with the use of pre-clinical models have elucidated the electrophysiological mechanisms of this condition. Dysfunction of ion channels responsible for initiation or conduction of cardiac action potentials may underlie both bradycardia and tachycardia; bradycardia can also increase the risk of tachycardia, and vice versa...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202630/targets-and-end-points-in-cardiac-autonomic-denervation-procedures
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Esteban W Rivarola, Denise Hachul, Tan Wu, Cristiano Pisani, Carina Hardy, Fabrizio Raimundi, Sissy Melo, Francisco Darrieux, Mauricio Scanavacca
BACKGROUND: Autonomic denervation is an alternative approach for patients with symptomatic bradycardia. No consensus exists on the critical targets and end points of the procedure. The aim of this study was to identify immediate end points and critical atrial regions responsible for vagal denervation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 14 patients (50% men; age: 34.0±13.8 years) with cardioinhibitory syncope, advanced atrioventricular block or sinus arrest, and no structural heart disease...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202338/a-new-strategy-for-emergency-department-crowding-high-turnover-utility-bed-intervention
#10
I-Hsin Lee, Chung-Ting Chen, Yi-Tzu Lee, Yueh-Shuang Hsu, Chia-Ling Lu, Hsien-Hao Huang, Teh-Fu Hsu, Chorng-Kuang How, David Hung-Tsang Yen, Ueng-Cheng Yang
BACKGROUND: This study applied a new strategy, termed high-turnover utility bed intervention, to offer early admission chances for emergency department (ED) patients and alleviate ED crowding. METHODS: This before-and-after observational cohort study was conducted at the ED of an urban tertiary hospital. On January 1, 2012, 14 utility beds were prepared exclusively for ED patient use. A strict 48-hour course limit for each patient was formulated to govern these high-turnover beds...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202194/study-of-factors-affecting-the-progression-and-termination-of-drug-induced-torsade-de-pointes-in-two-dimensional-cardiac-tissue
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Ponnuraj Kirthi Priya, M Ramasubba Reddy
INTRODUCTION: To study the conditions leading to the initiation and termination of drug induced Torsade de pointes (TdP) along with QT prolongation. METHODS: A 2D anisotropic transmural section of the ventricular myocardium is modeled using the TP06 equations and the cells are interconnected with gap junction conductances (GJC). The tissue is remodeled by reducing the repolarization reserve (by increasing calcium current (ICaL)) of all cells thus making them vulnerable to development of early after depolarizations (EADs)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197284/st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-door-to-balloon-time-improvement-project
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Saad Al Bugami, Jamilah Alrahimi, Abdullah Almalki, Farqad Alamger, Ahmed Krimly, Wail Al Kashkari
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to evaluate prospectively the causes of delay for patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) requiring primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) upon arrival at the emergency department (ED) and implement recommendations to reduce delays and analyze the impact of recommendations to reduce the door-to-balloon (D2B) time in a newly established cardiac center (King Faisal Cardiac Center (KFCC))...
August 2016: Cardiology Research
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/28196528/exploring-the-impact-of-financial-barriers-on-secondary-prevention-of-heart-disease
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Kirnvir K Dhaliwal, Kathryn King-Shier, Braden J Manns, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, James A Stone, David J T Campbell
BACKGROUND: Patients with coronary artery disease experience various barriers which impact their ability to optimally manage their condition. Financial barriers may result in cost related non-adherence to medical therapies and recommendations, impacting patient health outcomes. Patient experiences regarding financial barriers remain poorly understood. Therefore, we used qualitative methods to explore the experience of financial barriers to care among patients with heart disease. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative descriptive study of participants in Alberta, Canada with heart disease (n = 13) who perceived financial barriers to care...
February 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195938/low-adverse-event-rates-but-high-emergency-department-utilization-in-chest-pain-patients-treated-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
#15
Anthony M Napoli, Janette Baird, Steven Tran, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVES: Nearly 40% of all previously admitted chest pain patients re-present to the emergency department (ED) within 1 year regardless of stress testing, and nearly 5% of patients return with a major adverse cardiac event (MACE). The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of return visits to the ED among patients previously admitted to an ED chest pain observation unit (CPU). We also identified the patient characteristics and health risk factors associated with these return ED visits...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195936/two-models-to-conduct-nonphysician-led-exercise-stress-testing-in-low-to-intermediate-risk-patients
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Adam Scott, Mark Whitman, Alice McDonald, Meghan Webster, Carly Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Exercise stress testing (EST) is a noninvasive procedure that aids the diagnosis and prognosis of a range of cardiac pathologies. Reduced access is recognized as a limiting factor in enabling early access to treatment or safe and appropriate discharge. Increased accessibility can be achieved by utilizing nonphysician health practitioners to supervise tests. To implement nonphysician-led EST in clinical environments, there is a need for the development and administration of feasible and effective models...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194824/left-intraventricular-pressure-gradients-improvement-after-aortic-valve-replacement-in-aortic-stenosis-patients
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Miguel Guerra, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Rui Adão, Eulália Pereira, Manuela Vieira, André P Lourenço, Carmen Brás-Silva, Pedro Bastos, Luís Vouga, Adelino F Leite-Moreira
The present study was conducted to characterize left intraventicular pressure gradients, a marker of normal cardiac function, in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a condition which interferes with ventricular filling and emptying. In 10 patients (4 male; mean age 71.3 ± 4.8 years old) undergoing aortic valve replacement, 2 high-fidelity pressure catheters were inserted inside the left ventricle cavity through an apical puncture and positioned in the apex and outflow-tract below the aortic valve. Pressures were continuously acquired and gradients were calculated as apical minus outflow-tract pressure, before and immediately after aortic valve replacement...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194680/parental-knowledge-of-cardiovascular-screening-and-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-youth-athletes
#18
Madison A Wagener, Alex B Diamond, Ashley Rowatt Karpinos
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in youth athletes. Survival from out- of-hospital SCA depends on prompt initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). This study evaluated parental knowledge, experience, and attitudes related to cardiovascular screening, SCA, and CPR/AED use in youth athletes and made comparisons between parents who are employed in healthcare and parents who are not employed in healthcare. We conducted a cross-sectional survey to evaluate knowledge, experiences, and attitudes of 91 parents of youth athletes who attended a community-based cardiovascular screening event...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194254/long-term-continuous-ambulatory-ecg-monitors-and-external-cardiac-loop-recorders-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-a-health-technology-assessment
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BACKGROUND: Ambulatory electrocardiography (ECG) monitors are often used to detect cardiac arrhythmia. For patients with symptoms, an external cardiac loop recorder will often be recommended. The improved recording capacity of newer Holter monitors and similar devices, collectively known as longterm continuous ambulatory ECG monitors, suggests that they will perform just as well as, or better than, external loop recorders. This health technology assessment aimed to evaluate the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and budget impact of longterm continuous ECG monitors compared with external loop recorders in detecting symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia...
2017: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191886/sirtuin-1-regulates-cardiac-electrical-activity-by-deacetylating-the-cardiac-sodium-channel
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Ajit Vikram, Christopher M Lewarchik, Jin-Young Yoon, Asma Naqvi, Santosh Kumar, Gina M Morgan, Julia S Jacobs, Qiuxia Li, Young-Rae Kim, Modar Kassan, Jing Liu, Mohanad Gabani, Ajay Kumar, Haider Mehdi, Xiaodong Zhu, Xiaoqun Guan, William Kutschke, Xiaoming Zhang, Ryan L Boudreau, Shengchuan Dai, Daniel S Matasic, Saet-Byel Jung, Kenneth B Margulies, Vikas Kumar, Markus M Bachschmid, Barry London, Kaikobad Irani
The voltage-gated cardiac Na(+) channel (Nav1.5), encoded by the SCN5A gene, conducts the inward depolarizing cardiac Na(+) current (INa) and is vital for normal cardiac electrical activity. Inherited loss-of-function mutations in SCN5A lead to defects in the generation and conduction of the cardiac electrical impulse and are associated with various arrhythmia phenotypes. Here we show that sirtuin 1 deacetylase (Sirt1) deacetylates Nav1.5 at lysine 1479 (K1479) and stimulates INa via lysine-deacetylation-mediated trafficking of Nav1...
February 13, 2017: Nature Medicine
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