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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109125/evaluation-of-left-atrial-function-via-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-ectasia
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Hasan Aghajani, Mohsen Faal, Ali Hosseinsabet, Reza Mohseni-Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is a segmental dilation of an epicardial coronary artery. Our aim was to evaluate the left atrial (LA) function in patients with CAE. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients with CAE and 33 subjects without significant coronary artery disease were included in our study. LA function was evaluated with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). RESULTS: The systolic, early diastolic and late diastolic strains and strain rates were not statistically significantly different between the two groups...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108550/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Zeliha Koyak, Joris R de Groot, Ahmed Krimly, Tara M Mackay, Berto J Bouma, Candice K Silversides, Erwin N Oechslin, Ulas Hoke, Lieselot van Erven, Werner Budts, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Barbara J M Mulder, Louise Harris
AIMS: In adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) heart failure is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality but experience with and reported outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is limited. We investigated the efficacy of CRT in adults with CHD. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective study including 48 adults with CHD who received CRT since 2003 in four tertiary referral centres. Responders were defined as patients who showed improvement in NYHA functional class and/or systemic ventricular ejection fraction by at least one category...
January 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107887/associations-between-positive-emotional-well-being-and-stress-induced-myocardial-ischemia-well-being-scores-predict-exercise-induced-ischemia
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Jacob P Feigal, Stephen H Boyle, Zainab Samad, Eric J Velazquez, Jennifer L Wilson, Richard C Becker, Redford B Williams, Cynthia M Kuhn, Thomas L Ortel, Joseph G Rogers, Christopher M O'Connor, Wei Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Depressive symptoms have been associated with myocardial ischemia induced by mental (MSIMI) and exercise (ESIMI) stress in clinically stable ischemic heart disease (IHD) patients, but the association between positive emotions and inducible ischemia is less well characterized. The objective of this study was to examine the associations between ratings of well-being and stress-induced ischemia. METHODS: Subjects were adult patients with documented IHD underwent mental and exercise stress testing for the Responses of Myocardial Ischemia to Escitalopram Treatment (REMIT) trial...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107484/resveratrol-co-treatment-attenuates-the-effects-of-hiv-protease-inhibitors-on-rat-body-weight-and-enhances-cardiac-mitochondrial-respiration
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Burger Symington, Rudo F Mapanga, Gavin R Norton, M Faadiel Essop
Since the early 1990s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) emerged as a global health pandemic, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit. While the successful roll-out of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy provided significant relief to HIV-positive individuals, such treatment can also elicit damaging side-effects. Here especially HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) are implicated in the onset of cardio-metabolic complications such as type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. As there is a paucity of data regarding suitable co-treatments within this context, this preclinical study investigated whether resveratrol (RSV), aspirin (ASP) or vitamin C (VitC) co-treatment is able to blunt side-effects in a rat model of chronic PI exposure (Lopinavir/Ritonavir treatment for 4 months)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107308/acute-right-heart-failure-after-hemorrhagic-shock-and-trauma-pneumonectomy-a-management-approach-a-blinded-randomized-controlled-animal-trial-using-inhaled-nitric-oxide
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Andrea L Lubitz, Lars O Sjoholm, Amy Goldberg, Abhijit Pathak, Thomas Santora, Thomas E Sharp, Markus Wallner, Remus M Berretta, Lauren A Poole, Jichuan Wu, Marla R Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy causes an acute increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The increase in PVR and right ventricular (RV) afterload leads to acute RV failure, thus reducing left ventricular (LV) preload and output. Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) lowers PVR by relaxing pulmonary arterial smooth muscle without remarkable systemic vascular effects. We hypothesized that with hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy, iNO can be used to decrease PVR and mitigate right heart failure...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105997/first-successful-transcatheter-double-valve-replacement-from-a-transapical-access-and-nine-month-follow-up
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Robert Bauernschmitt, Stefan Bauer, Christian Liewald, Ramiz Emini, Wolfgang Oechsner, Meinrad Beer, Ralf Sodian, Andreas Liebold
AIMS: While TAVI is the treatment of choice in patients with aortic stenosis considered inoperable or at high risk, interventional replacement of the mitral valve is still in the preclinical or early clinical phase. Our aim was to report on the first transcatheter double valve replacement into native valves from a transapical access. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 67-year-old, highly symptomatic female patient considered inoperable due to severe calcification of the mitral annulus and comorbidities was scheduled for transcatheter double valve replacement by the local Heart Team...
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104714/long-term-biased-%C3%AE-arrestin-signaling-improves-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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David M Ryba, Jieli Li, Conrad L Cowan, Brenda Russell, Beata M Wolska, R John Solaro
BACKGROUND: -Biased agonism of the angiotensin receptor (AT1R) is known to promote cardiac contractility. Our laboratory indicated that these effects may be due to changes at the level of the myofilaments. However, these signaling mechanisms remain unknown. As a common finding in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a reduction in the myofilament-Ca(2+)-response, we hypothesized that β-arrestin signaling would increase myofilament-Ca(2+)-responsiveness in a model of familial DCM and improve cardiac function and morphology...
January 19, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104457/genetic-deletion-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-provides-cardioprotective-responses-following-myocardial-infarction-in-aged-mice
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K Lockhart Jamieson, Victor Samokhvalov, Maria Akhnokh, Kyra Lee, Woo Jung Cho, Abhijit Takawale, Xiuhua Wang, Zamaneh Kassiri, John M Seubert
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiological responses, including cardiovascular complications, often alter with age. Cardioprotective effects of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) toward acute myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury have been well documented. However, biological relevance of EET-evoked cardioprotection in the ageing myocardium remains unknown. EETs are metabolized to less active metabolites by the enzyme soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH). This study uses permanent occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in young and aged sEH null and WT mice to compare cardiac and mitochondrial function following ischemic injury...
January 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100891/reverse-right-ventricular-remodeling-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-combination-therapy-of-targeted-medical-drugs
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Toshihiro Sarashina, Kazufumi Nakamura, Satoshi Akagi, Takahiro Oto, Hiroki Oe, Kentaro Ejiri, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiromi Matsubara, Motomu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are currently treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs. Reverse right ventricular (RV) remodeling after lung transplantation (LTx) in patients with end-stage PAH despite combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs has not been fully elucidated.Methods and Results:A total of 136 patients, including 32 with PAH, underwent LTx from 1998 to 2014. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients with PAH treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs who underwent LTx and retrospectively analyzed the temporal and serial changes in hemodynamics and echocardiography before LTx and at 3 and 12 months after LTx...
January 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100544/oscillatory-whole-body-vibration-improves-exercise-capacity-and-physical-performance-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-randomised-clinical-study
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Felix Gerhardt, Daniel Dumitrescu, Carina Gärtner, Ralf Beccard, Thomas Viethen, Tilmann Kramer, Stephan Baldus, Martin Hellmich, Eckhard Schönau, Stephan Rosenkranz
OBJECTIVE: In patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), supportive therapies may be beneficial in addition to targeted medical treatment. Here, we evaluated the effectiveness and safety of oscillatory whole-body vibration (WBV) in patients on stable PAH therapy. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with PAH (mean PAP≥25 mm Hg and pulmonary arterial wedge pressure (PAWP)≤15 mm Hg) who were in world health organization (WHO)-Functional Class II or III and on stable PAH therapy for≥3 months, were randomised to receive WBV (16 sessions of 1-hour duration within 4 weeks) or to a control group, that subsequently received WBV...
January 18, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100525/transoesophageal-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-central-venous-catheter-positioning-using-peres-formula-or-a-radiological-landmark-based-approach-a-prospective-randomized-single-centre-study
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J H Ahn, I S Kim, J H Yang, I G Lee, D H Seo, S P Kim
BACKGROUND: The lower superior vena cava (SVC), near its junction with the right atrium (RA), is considered the ideal location for the central venous catheter tip to ensure proper function and prevent injuries. We determined catheter insertion depth with a new formula using the sternoclavicular joint and the carina as radiological landmarks, with a 1.5 cm safety margin. The accuracy of tip positioning with the radiological landmark-based technique (R) and Peres' formula (P) was compared using transoesophageal echocardiography...
February 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099426/fetal-origins-of-adult-cardiac-disease-a-novel-approach-to-prevent-fetal-growth-restriction-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-using-insulin-like-growth-factor
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Tarek Alsaied, Khaled Omar, Jeanne F James, Robert B Hinton, Timothy M Crombleholme, Mounira Habli
BACKGROUND: Fetal growth restriction is a risk factor for adult cardiovascular disease. Intra-placental gene transfer of human insulin-like growth factor-1 corrects birth weight in our mouse model of fetal growth restriction. This study addresses long term effects of fetal growth restriction on cardiac function and the potential preventive effect of insulin-like growth factor-1. STUDY DESIGN: Laparotomy was performed on pregnant C57BL/6J mice at embryonic day 18 and pups were divided into 3 groups: Sham operated; fetal growth restriction (induced by mesenteric uterine artery ligation); treatment (intra-placental injection of insulin-like growth factor-1 after uterine artery ligation)...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096616/intravenous-administration-of-puppy-deciduous-teeth-stem-cells-in-degenerative-valve-disease
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Soontaree Petchdee, Sarunya Sompeewong
AIM: The objective of this study is to investigate the improvement of heart function in dogs with chronic valvular heart disease after puppy deciduous teeth stem cells (pDSCs) administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 20 client-owned dogs with degenerative valvular heart disease underwent multiple intravenous injections of allogeneic pDSCs. Dogs were randomly assigned to two groups: (i) Control group (n=10) with standard treatment for heart failure and (ii) group with standard treatment and multiple administrations of pDSCs (n=10)...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096045/early-detection-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-first-degree-relatives-of-diabetic-patients-by-myocardial-deformation-imaging-the-role-of-endothelial-glycocalyx-damage
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Ignatios Ikonomidis, George Pavlidis, Vaia Lambadiari, Fotini Kousathana, Maria Varoudi, Filio Spanoudi, Eirini Maratou, John Parissis, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Dimitriadis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND: First-degree relatives of type-2 diabetes patients (FDR) present insulin resistance. We investigated whether FDR and dysglycaemic subjects demonstrate abnormal endothelial glycocalyx and LV deformation during postprandial hyperglycemia. METHODS: We studied 40 FDR with normal oral glucose test (OGTT), 40 subjects with abnormal OGTT (dysglycaemic) and 20 subjects with normal OGTT without parental history of diabetes (normoglycaemic). At 0 and 120min of OGTT we measured: a) LV longitudinal strain (LS) of subendocardial, mid-myocardial and subepicardial layers, global LS (GLS), peak twisting (pTw), untwisting velocity (pUtwVel), by speckle tracking echocardiography b) perfused boundary region (PBR) of the sublingual arterial microvessels; high PBR values represent reduced glycocalyx thickness...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096044/use-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-contrast-echocardiography-in-the-evaluation-of-cardiac-masses
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Hongmei Xia, Ling Gan, Yan Jiang, Qi Tang, Ping Zhang, Xuefeng Tang, Li Wen, Zheng Liu, Yunhua Gao
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the combination of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and contrast echocardiography (CE) accurately diagnose suspected cardiac masses using large sample data. METHODS: Patients with cardiac masses undergoing surgical treatment were enrolled in this study. Routine transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE examinations were carried out, and CE examinations were carried out when needed. All patients' clinical data and imaging features were retrospectively reviewed...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095492/growth-hormone-deficiency-is-associated-with-worse-cardiac-function-physical-performance-and-outcome-in-chronic-heart-failure-insights-from-the-t-o-s-ca-ghd-study
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Michele Arcopinto, Andrea Salzano, Francesco Giallauria, Eduardo Bossone, Jörgen Isgaard, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Olga Vriz, David N Åberg, Daniele Masarone, Amato De Paulis, Lavinia Saldamarco, Carlo Vigorito, Pietro Formisano, Massimo Niola, Francesco Perticone, Domenico Bonaduce, Luigi Saccà, Annamaria Colao, Antonio Cittadini
BACKGROUND: Although mounting evidence supports the concept that growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) affects cardiovascular function, no study has systematically investigated its prevalence and role in a large cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GHD in mild-to-moderate CHF and to explore clinical and functional correlates of GHD. METHODS: One-hundred thirty CHF patients underwent GH provocative test with GHRH+arginine and accordingly categorized into GH-deficiency (GHD, n = 88, age = 61...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095413/one-month-global-longitudinal-strain-identifies-patients-who-will-develop-pacing-induced-left-ventricular-dysfunction-over-time-the-pacing-and-ventricular-dysfunction-pavd-study
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Fozia Zahir Ahmed, Manish Motwani, Colin Cunnington, Chun Shing Kwok, Catherine Fullwood, Delvac Oceandy, Alan Fitchet, Grahame Kevin Goode, Matthew Luckie, Amir Masood Zaidi, Rajdeep Khattar, Mamas Andreas Mamas
BACKGROUND: Predicting which individuals will have a decline in left ventricular (LV) function after pacemaker implantation remains an important challenge. We investigated whether LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), measured by 2D speckle tracking strain echocardiography, can identify patients at risk of pacing-induced left ventricular dysfunction (PIVD) or pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PICMP). METHODS: Fifty-five patients with atrioventricular block and preserved LV function underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation and were followed with serial transthoracic echocardiography for 12 months for the development of PIVD (defined as a reduction in LV ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥5 percentage points at 12 months) or PICMP (reduction in LVEF to <45%)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094481/influence-of-the-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia-on-the-left-ventricular-function-an-echocardiographic-study
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Miguel Miró, Filippo Sanfilippo, Fátima Pérez, Santiago García Del Valle, Juan I Gómez-Arnau
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is widely used for major surgery, but studies assessing its impact on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function are limited, and such studies have assessed patients already under general anesthesia and/or receiving volume expansion between examinations. METHODS: Observational study at a secondary university hospital including consecutive awake patients undergoing major abdominal surgery without significant pre-existing cardiac disease...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094132/cardiovascular-maladaptation-to-exercise-in-young-hypertensive-patients
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Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Bijoy Khandheria, Antonio Madaffari, Alessandra Oteri, Gabriella Falanga, Domenica Donato, Myriam D'Angelo, Maria Ludovica Carerj, Gianluca Di Bella, Egidio Imbalzano, Pietro Pugliatti, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Impairment of the adaptive mechanisms that increase cardiac output during exercise can translate to a reduced functional capacity. We investigated cardiovascular adaptation to exertion in asymptomatic hypertensive patients, aiming to identify the early signs of cardiac and vascular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 54 subjects: 30 patients (45.1±11.9years, 19 males) and 24 age-matched healthy controls (44.4±9.6years, 14 males). Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and echo-tracking were performed at rest and during exertion to assess myocardial deformation and arterial stiffness...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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