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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049834/percutaneous-left-atrial-unloading-to-prevent-pulmonary-oedema-and-to-facilitate-ventricular-recovery-under-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-therapy
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Alexander M Bernhardt, Mathias Hillebrand, Yalin Yildirim, Samer Hakmi, Florian M Wagner, Stefan Blankenberg, Hermann Reichenspurner, Edith Lubos
OBJECTIVES: Left-sided unloading during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy is crucial to prevent pulmonary oedema and facilitate ventricular recovery. We present the case of a 55-year-old man under ECMO therapy with pre-existing left ventricular (LV) thrombus formation and in need of ventricular unloading. METHODS: We implanted a 21-Fr TandemHeart Protek Solo trans-septal cannula into the left atrium using a trans-septal approach via the femoral vein...
September 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049796/surgical-strategy-for-aortic-arch-reconstruction-after-the-norwood-procedure-based-on-numerical-flow-analysis
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Shohei Miyazaki, Kagami Miyaji, Keiichi Itatani, Norihiko Oka, Shinji Goto, Masanori Nakamura, Tadashi Kitamura, Tetsuya Horai, Koichi Sughimoto, Yuki Nakamura, Naoki Yoshimura
OBJECTIVES: Inefficient aortic flow after the Norwood procedure is known to lead to the deterioration of ventricular function due to an increased cardiac workload. To prevent the progression of aortic arch obstruction, arch reconstruction concomitant with second-stage surgery is recommended. The aim of this study was to determine the indications for reconstruction based on numerical simulation and to reveal the morphology that affects the haemodynamic parameters. METHODS: Fifteen patients who underwent the Norwood procedure or arch repair and Damus-Kaye-Stansel anastomosis were enrolled...
October 17, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049793/triangular-resection-versus-neochordal-replacement-for-posterior-leaflet-prolapse-a-morphological-assessment
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Wenrui Ma, Jiafei Chen, Wei Zhang, Weihua Wu, Wei Ye, Wei Shi, Ye Kong
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the morphological reconstruction as assessed by 3D transoesophageal echocardiography after triangular resection and neochordal replacement in the treatment of posterior leaflet prolapse. METHODS: We retrospectively selected 46 patients with isolated posterior leaflet prolapse who were undergoing mitral valve repair using triangular resection ( n  = 20) and neochordal replacement ( n  = 26) techniques. Sixty patients without valvular heart disease were also included as the control group...
August 14, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049708/two-staged-hybrid-ablation-of-non-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-clinical-outcomes-and-functional-improvements-after-1%C3%A2-year
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Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, David Talavera, Anna Kraupnerova, Richard Fojt, Jana Zdarska, Tomas Vanek, Zbynek Straka
OBJECTIVES: Hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a promising treatment strategy; however, data regarding its efficacy and safety are still limited. METHODS: Patients with non-paroxysmal AF were enrolled. First, a thoracoscopic, epicardial isolation of pulmonary veins and the left atrial posterior wall ('box lesion') was performed; a novel unipolar/bipolar radiofrequency device was used. Moreover, in 12 patients enrolled thereafter, the left atrial appendage was occluded...
July 31, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049662/flexible-mechanoprosthesis-made-from-woven-ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-fibres-proof-of-concept-in-a-chronic-sheep-model
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Amir Basir, Remco B Grobben, Maarten Jan Cramer, Joost A van Herwaarden, Aryan Vink, Gerard Pasterkamp, Jolanda Kluin, Paul F Gründeman
OBJECTIVES: Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres are flexible, have high tensile strength, and platelet and bacterial adhesion is low. Therefore, UHMWPE may overcome limitations of current mechanical valves and bioprostheses. In this study, the biocompatibility and functionality of prototype handmade stented valves from woven UHMWPE (U-valve) was assessed in a chronic sheep model with acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy. METHODS: Native pulmonary valves of 23 sheep were replaced by U-valves ( n  = 18) or Perimount bovine bioprostheses (reference group, n  = 5)...
July 26, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049549/transapical-cardioscopic-mitral-annuloplasty-a-short-term-survival-study-in-a-porcine-model
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Thang Duc Vu, Min Zin Oo, Duc-Viet Nguyen, Ervin Marquez Ocampo, Yilin Ong, Suganya Cheyyatraivendran-Arularasu, Lian-Kah Ti, Mark A Richards, Theo Kofidis
OBJECTIVES: The transapical approach provides concurrent surgical access to the mitral and the aortic valves, the root of the aorta and the left atrium. We previously showed the feasibility of transapical cardioscopic (TAC) surgery in a non-survival porcine model. However, reproducibility and feasibility of ring implantation using TAC have not been reported. Therefore, in this study, we hypothesized that implantation of a mitral annuloplasty ring can be feasibly and safely carried out endoscopically via the apex of the heart...
August 30, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049339/reliability-of-transcardiopulmonary-thermodilution-cardiac-output-measurement-in-experimental-aortic-valve-insufficiency
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Martin Petzoldt, Constantin J Trepte, Jan Ridder, Stefan Maisch, Philipp Klapsing, Jan F Kersten, Hans Peter Richter, Jens C Kubitz, Daniel A Reuter, Matthias S Goepfert
BACKGROUND: Monitoring cardiac output (CO) is important to optimize hemodynamic function in critically ill patients. The prevalence of aortic valve insufficiency (AI) is rising in the aging population. However, reliability of CO monitoring techniques in AI is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of AI on accuracy, precision, and trending ability of transcardiopulmonary thermodilution-derived COTCPTD in comparison with pulmonary artery catheter thermodilution COPAC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049249/cardiac-conduction-disturbances-and-aging-in-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Kazuhiko Segawa, Hirofumi Komaki, Madoka Mori-Yoshimura, Yasushi Oya, Koichi Kimura, Hisateru Tachimori, Naohiro Kato, Masayuki Sasaki, Yuji Takahashi
The majority of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have electrocardiographic abnormalities, but the clinical significance of conduction disturbances remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate age-dependent cardiac conduction disturbances by electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify risks of complete atrioventricular (AV) block in this patient population.In total, 47 patients with DMD (age, ≥20 ys) who recorded ECGs at our hospital from July 2015 to June 2016 were included in this study. The PR interval and QRS duration in their previous ECGs were analyzed retrospectively...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048110/morphometric-and-morphologic-parameters-of-the-heart-in-healthy-alouatta-guariba-clamitans-cabrera-1940
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Murilo Gomes de Soutello Charlier, Maurício Gianfrancesco Filippi, Carolina Hagy Girotto, Vanessa Lanes Ribeiro, Carlos Roberto Teixeira, Maria Lúcia Gomes Lourenço, Luiz Carlos Vulcano
BACKGROUND: This study aimed at assessing the heart function of one neotropical primate (Alouatta guariba clamitans) kept in captivity using radiography, electrocardiogram (ECG) and Doppler echocardiography. METHODS: Ten adult healthy howler monkeys (A. g. clamitans) were evaluated under general anaesthesia. Vertebral Heart Scores (VHS) were obtained from radiographic studies. Ejection fraction, shortening fraction of left ventricle, left atrial/aortic root ratio, ascending aortic diameter, peak velocity of pulmonary, mitral, tricuspid and aortic blood flow and other values were measured by Doppler echocardiography...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046208/-clinical-and-genetic-study-of-an-infant-with-alagille-syndrome-identification-of-a-novel-chromosomal-interstitial-deletion-including-jag1-gene
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Hua Li, Jia-Jia Liu, Mei Deng, Li Guo, Ying Cheng, Yuan-Zong Song
Alagille syndrome (ALGS) is an autosomal dominant disease affecting multiple systems including the liver, heart, skeleton, eyes, kidneys and face. This paper reports the clinical and genetic features of an infant with this disease. A 3-month-and-10-day-old female infant was referred to the hospital with jaundiced skin and sclera for 3 months. Physical examination revealed wide forehead and micromandible. A systolic murmur of grade 3-4/6 was heard between the 2th and 3th intercostal spaces on the left side of the sternum...
October 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045954/-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-as-leading-manifestation-of-methylmalonic-aciduria-clinical-characteristics-and-gene-testing-in-15-cases
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X Q Liu, H Yan, J X Qiu, C Y Zhang, J G Qi, X Zhang, H J Xiao, Y L Yang, Y H Chen, J B DU
OBJECTIVE: To deepen our understanding of Methylmalonic aciduria (MMA) associated pulmonary hypertension (PH) by analyzing the characteristics of clinical presentation, pulmonary high resolusion CT(HRCT), treatment response and gene mutation. METHODS: This study includes 15 cases of pediatric patients with MMA associated PH diagnosed and treated in Peking University First Hospital pediatric department between May 2012 and May 2016 with symptoms of PH as their leading presentation...
October 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045589/standardization-of-adult-transthoracic-echocardiography-reporting-in-agreement-with-recent-chamber-quantification-diastolic-function-and-heart-valve-disease-recommendations-an-expert-consensus-document-of-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging
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Maurizio Galderisi, Bernard Cosyns, Thor Edvardsen, Nuno Cardim, Victoria Delgado, Giovanni Di Salvo, Erwan Donal, Leyla Elif Sade, Laura Ernande, Madalina Garbi, Julia Grapsa, Andreas Hagendorff, Otto Kamp, Julien Magne, Ciro Santoro, Alexandros Stefanidis, Patrizio Lancellotti, Bogdan Popescu, Gilbert Habib
Aims: This European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Expert Consensus document aims at defining the main quantitative information on cardiac structure and function that needs to be included in standard echocardiographic report following recent ASE/EACVI chamber quantification, diastolic function, and heart valve disease recommendations. The document focuses on general reporting and specific pathological conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery and valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and systemic diseases...
October 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044345/first-report-of-granulicatella-sp-endocarditis-in-a-kidney-transplant-patient
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Flávio Jota de Paula, Precil Diego Miranda de Menezes Neves, Ramaiane Aparecida Bridi, Alice Tung Wan Song, Elias David-Neto
Granulicatella and Abiotrophia are genera of fastidious Gram-positive cocci commensal of the oral, genitourinary, and intestinal flora. We report the first case of infective endocarditis caused by Granulicatella sp. in a kidney transplant recipient. A 67-year-old male kidney transplant recipient was admitted to the hospital for investigation of fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. On physical examination, he was dehydrated. Laboratory tests identified impaired renal function (creatinine level of 15.5 mg/dl; reference, 3...
July 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042959/diagnosis-of-cobalamin-c-deficiency-with-renal-abnormality-from-onset-in-a-chinese-child-by-next-generation-sequencing-a-case-report
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Qiuxia Chen, Huaying Bao, Hongmei Wu, Sanlong Zhao, Songming Huang, Fei Zhao
The aim of the present study was to present the diagnosis and treatment course of a patient with cobalamin C deficiency (cblC) hospitalized with renal function abnormality from the onset. A female, 7-year-old patient who presented with a cough and progressive dyspnea for 1 day was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Nanjing Medical University (Nanjing, China). A routine clinical examination was performed, including physical examination, routine blood and urine tests, blood gas analysis, computed tomography scans of the head, chest and abdomen, electrocardiogram, echocardiography and abdominal ultrasonography...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042956/evaluation-of-the-hemodynamics-and-right-ventricular-function-in-pulmonary-hypertension-by-echocardiography-compared-with-right-sided-heart-catheterization
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Yidan Li, Yidan Wang, Hong Li, Weiwei Zhu, Xiangli Meng, Xiuzhang Lu
The present study aimed to evaluate hemodynamics and right ventricular function in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) using transthoracic echocardiography and to compare these results with measurements obtained using right-sided heart catheterization (RHC). A total of 75 patients with PH were examined using echocardiography and RHC. Patients were divided into the following two groups according to their difference between SPAPecho and SPAPRHC measurement: The overestimated group and underestimated group...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042955/intramyocardial-delivery-of-bfgf-with-a-biodegradable-and-thermosensitive-hydrogel-improves-angiogenesis-and-cardio-protection-in-infarcted-myocardium
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Hongling Zhu, Xiaoyan Li, Mingjie Yuan, Weiguo Wan, Miaoyang Hu, Xiaoding Wang, Xuejun Jiang
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), a known angiogenic factor, may provide a potential strategy for the treatment of myocardial infarction (MI), but it is limited by a relatively short half-life. Dex-PCL-HEMA/PNIPAAm hydrogel provides a reservoir for the controlled release of growth factors. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of bFGF incorporated into a Dex-PCL-HEMA/PNIPAAm hydrogel on angiogenesis and cardiac health in a rat model of acute MI, induced by coronary artery ligation. Phosphate-buffered solution (PBS group), Dex-PCL-HEMA/PNIPAAm hydrogel (Gel group), bFGF in phosphate-buffered solution (bFGF group) or bFGF in hydrogel (Gel + bFGF group) was injected into a peri-infarcted area of cardiac tissue immediately following MI...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042413/mitral-leaflet-changes-following-myocardial-infarction-clinical-evidence-for-maladaptive-valvular-remodeling
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Jonathan Beaudoin, Jacob P Dal-Bianco, Elena Aikawa, Joyce Bischoff, J Luis Guerrero, Suzanne Sullivan, Philipp Emanuel Bartko, Mark D Handschumacher, Dae-Hee Kim, Jill Wylie-Sears, Jacob Aaron, Robert A Levine
BACKGROUND: Ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) is classically ascribed to functional restriction of normal leaflets, but recent studies have suggested post-myocardial infarction (MI) mitral valve (MV) leaflet fibrosis and thickening, challenging valve normality. Progression of leaflet thickness post-MI has not been studied. We hypothesized that excessive MV remodeling post-MI contributes to MR. Our objectives are to characterize MV changes after MI and relate them to MR. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three groups of 40 patients with serial echocardiograms over a mean of 23...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042092/quality-of-life-after-surgical-treatment-of-coarctation-in-long-term-follow-up-coafu-predictive-value-of-clinical-variables
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Pinar Bambul Heck, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Harald Kaemmerer, Peter Ewert, Alfred Hager
BACKGROUND: We sought to analyze the quality of life and the predictive value of clinical variables from previous follow-up study in patients late after surgical treatment of aortic coarctation on the quality of life. METHODS: All patients, who have participated in the prospective cross-sectional COALA Study in 2000 with a structural clinical investigation including blood pressure measurement and symptom-limited exercise test were contacted for the health-related quality of life questionnaire SF-36 from January 2013 through December 2014...
October 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042031/relation-of-the-mitral-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-to-risk-for-intervention-in-initially-asymptomatic-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-and-preserved-systolic-function
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Jason D Matos, Joshua E Kiss, Andrew H Locke, Randal I Goldberg, Kenneth Mukamal, Warren J Manning
Aortic valve intervention (AVI) in patients with a severe aortic stenosis (AS) and a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is controversial. Mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) is an easily acquired metric of left ventricular longitudinal shortening. We sought to investigate if an asymptomatic decrease in MAPSE preceded the need for AVI in asymptomatic patients with AS and a preserved LVEF. In this retrospective cohort study, we identified 205 consecutive patients (56% male, 73 ± 11 years) with at least a moderate AS and a normal LVEF who underwent a serial outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) from 2006 to 2013...
August 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041888/-diffusion-capacity-of-the-lung-and-maladaptive-post-infarction-remodeling-of-the-heart
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N V Karetnikova, L O Barbarash, V M Katsyuba, M O Polikutina, S Y Slepynina
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association of the lowering of diffusion capacity of the lung and maladaptive remodeling of the heart in a year after myocardial infarction (MI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included into this study 107 patients with ST elevation MI (STEMI). Examination of all patients on 7-12 th days included echocardiography (echoCG), spirography, body plethysmography, and determination of lung diffusion capacity. After one year of observation in 87 patients (81...
August 2017: Kardiologiia
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