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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735292/pathogenesis-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-is-mutation-rather-than-disease-specific-a-comparison-of-the-cardiac-troponin-t-e163r-and-r92q-mouse-models
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Cecilia Ferrantini, Raffaele Coppini, Josè Manuel Pioner, Francesca Gentile, Benedetta Tosi, Luca Mazzoni, Beatrice Scellini, Nicoletta Piroddi, Annunziatina Laurino, Lorenzo Santini, Valentina Spinelli, Leonardo Sacconi, Pieter De Tombe, Rachel Moore, Jil Tardiff, Alessandro Mugelli, Iacopo Olivotto, Elisabetta Cerbai, Chiara Tesi, Corrado Poggesi
BACKGROUND: In cardiomyocytes from patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, mechanical dysfunction and arrhythmogenicity are caused by mutation-driven changes in myofilament function combined with excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling abnormalities related to adverse remodeling. Whether myofilament or E-C coupling alterations are more relevant in disease development is unknown. Here, we aim to investigate whether the relative roles of myofilament dysfunction and E-C coupling remodeling in determining the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy phenotype are mutation specific...
July 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734909/prognostic-value-of-exercise-stress-echocardiography-in-asymptomatic-patients-with-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Coppelia Goublaire, Maria Melissopoulou, David Lobo, Naozumi Kubota, Constance Verdonk, Claire Cimadevilla, Isabelle Codogno, Eric Brochet, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the prognostic value of mean pressure gradient (MPG) increase and peak systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) measured during exercise stress echocardiography in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). BACKGROUND: Exercise testing is recommended in asymptomatic AS patients, but the additional value of exercise-stress echocardiography, especially the prognostic value of MPG increase and peak SPAP, is still debated...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734440/use-of-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-isolated-right-heart-failure-a-bridge-to-transplantation
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Daniel J Beissel, Brian F Birnbaum, Aliessa P Barnes, James E O'Brien, Elizabeth M Turk, James D St Louis
Acute myocarditis may lead to left ventricular dysfunction and subsequent need for cardiac transplantation. We describe a 15-month-old child who presented with right heart failure of unclear cause. Echocardiography showed normal left ventricular function; however, right ventricular function was markedly reduced. The patient required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation followed by placement of a right-sided Berlin EXCOR ventricular assist device. There was little recovery, and the child underwent cardiac transplantation...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733311/regional-septal-hinge-point-injury-contributes-to-adverse-biventricular-interactions-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Eva Amalie Nielsen, Kenichi Okumura, Mei Sun, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Andrew N Redington, Mark K Friedberg
Death and morbidity in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are often due to right ventricular (RV) failure and associated left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. We investigated regional myocardial remodeling and function as the basis for adverse ventricular-ventricular interactions in experimental chronic RV pressure overload. Two distinct animal models were studied: A rabbit model of increased RV pressure-load through progressive pulmonary artery banding A rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732106/specific-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-mice-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Yong-Hua Yang, Huan-Le Fang, Ming Zhao, Xiang-Lan Wei, Ning Zhang, Shun Wang, Yi Lu, Xiao-Jiang Yu, Lei Sun, Xi He, Dong-Ling Li, Jin-Jun Liu, Wei-Jin Zang
It is well-accepted that inflammation plays an important role in the development of cardiac remodeling and that therapeutic approaches targeting inflammation can inhibit cardiac remodeling. Although a large amount of evidence indicates that activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) causes an anti-inflammatory effect, the role of α7nAChR in cardiac remodeling and the underlying mechanism have not been established. To investigate the effect of the specific α7nAChR agonist, PNU282987, on cardiac remodeling induced by isoproterenol (ISO 60 mg/kg/d) in mice, the cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area (CSA) and collagen volume fraction were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Masson staining, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732009/effects-of-local-cardiac-denervation-on-cardiac-innervation-and-ventricular-arrhythmia-after-chronic-myocardial-infarction
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Xudong Liu, Lin Sun, Jugang Chen, Yingying Jin, Qing Liu, Zhongnan Xia, Liang Wang, Jingjie Li
BACKGROUND: Modulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has already been demonstrated to display antiarrhythmic effects in patients and animals with MI. In this study, we investigated whether local cardiac denervation has any beneficial effects on ventricular electrical stability and cardiac function in the chronic phase of MI. METHODS: Twenty-one anesthetized dogs were randomly assigned into the sham-operated, MI and MI-ablation groups, respectively. Four weeks after local cardiac denervation, LSG stimulation was used to induce VPCs and VAs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730869/impact-of-iron-deficiency-on-exercise-capacity-and-outcome-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-mid-range-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Pieter Martens, Petra Nijst, Frederik H Verbrugge, Kevin Smeets, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about the prevalence and impact on exercise capacity and outcome of iron deficiency in heart failure with mid-range (HFmrEF) and preserved (HFpEF) ejection fraction in comparison to heart failure with reduced ejection-fraction (HFrEF). Furthermore, no data is available about the progression of ID in patients without baseline anaemia. METHODS: We evaluated baseline iron and haemoglobin-status in a single-centre, prospective heart failure database...
July 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730800/optimizing-the-role-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-to-improve-the-cardiovascular-risk-stratification-the-dream-of-subclinical-coronary-artery-disease-detection
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Giovanni Benfari, Andrea Rossi, Giulia Geremia, Giulia Vinco, Carlo Zivelonghi, Aldo D Milano, Leonardo Gottin, Flavio L Ribichini, Francesco Onorati, Giuseppe Faggian
Detecting coronary artery disease at a subclinical level has always been a challenging task for cardiologists. Various non-invasive echocardiographic approaches such as measurements of left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic function, left atrial enlargement, valve sclerosis and calcification, epicardial fat thickness, and pulse wave velocity have been proposed to integrate the available risk-charts. The present review is a collection of evidence that supports the role of the above mentioned features in cardiac risk stratification, summarizing the state of the art in non-invasive echocardiographic coronary risk assessment...
July 21, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728613/echocardiographic-parameters-of-clinically-normal-geriatric-rhesus-macaques-macacamulatta
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Yu Ueda, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Christina L Cruzen, Jeffrey A Roberts, Joshua A Stern
The goal of this study was to generate reference intervals for echocardiographic variables in a population of clinically normal geriatric rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). To do this, we studied 51 animals (age, 18-29 y; weight, 5.24-17.04 kg). The normal values for cardiac indices, including geometry and systolic and diastolic function, were determined by 2D, M-mode, spectral Doppler, and tissue Doppler echocardiography under ketamine hydrochloride sedation. Statistical correlations between the echocardiographic parameters and age, body weight, sex, and heart rate were investigated...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728485/factors-associated-with-global-longitudinal-strain-decline-in-hypertensive-patients-with-normal-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Nabila Soufi Taleb Bendiab, Abderrahim Meziane-Tani, Souhila Ouabdesselam, Nadera Methia, Samia Latreche, Latefa Henaoui, Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Salim Benkhedda
Background Early detection of risk factors for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction may be useful in patients with high blood pressure (HBP). Methods Patient from an outpatient HBP clinic underwent a two-dimensional Doppler-coupled echocardiography with determination of LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) by speckle-tracking. Results Among 200 patients (mean age 61.7 ± 9.7 years), 155 were overweight, 93 had diabetes, 83 had dyslipidemia, and 109 had uncontrolled HBP. LV hypertrophy (LVH) was found in 136 patients (68%), including concentric ( n = 106) and eccentric ( n = 30) LVH...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728260/-clinical-analysis-of-pacing-therapy-and-treatment-of-complications-during-follow-up-in-children
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P J Zhao, Y W Chen, F Li, Y Li, J P Yang, J J Wu
Objective: To analyze characteristics of permanent pacemaker implantation in children as well as treatment and prognosis of complications. Method: Clinical data of children who underwent endocardial or epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation between April 2000 and June 2016 in Shanghai Xinhua Hospital and Shanghai Children's Medical Center were analyzed retrospectively. These patients were discharged 5 days after implantation. Electrocardiogram, chest X ray, echocardiography and pacemaker programming were performed during follow-up...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727797/prophylactic-supplementation-of-resveratrol-is-more-effective-than-its-therapeutic-use-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Heba Samy Shoukry, Hania Ibrahim Ammar, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Maha Balegh Zikri, Ashraf Ali Shamaa, Sahar Gamal Abou Elfadl, Ejlal Abu-Al Rub, Sekaran Saravanan, Sanjiv Dhingra
Resveratrol (RSV), a polyphenolic compound and naturally occurring phytoalexin, has been reported to exert cardio-protective effects in several animal studies. However, the outcome of initial clinical trials with RSV was less effective compared to pre-clinical studies. Therefore, RSV treatment protocols need to be optimized. In this study we evaluated prophylactic versus therapeutic effect of resveratrol (RSV) in mitigating doxorubicin (Dox)-induced cardiac toxicity in rats. To investigate prophylactic effects, RSV was supplemented for 2 weeks along with Dox administration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727607/new-onset-heart-failure-and-mortality-in-hospital-survivors-of-sepsis-related-left-ventricular-dysfunction
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Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Jacob C Jentzer, Jeffrey B Geske, Mukesh Kumar, Ankit Sakhuja, Akhil Singhal, Joseph T Poterucha, Kianoush Kashani, Joseph G Murphy, Ognjen Gajic, Rahul Kashyap
BACKGROUND: The association between new-onset left ventricular (LV) dysfunction during sepsis with long-term heart failure outcomes is lesser understood. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all adult patients with severe sepsis and septic shock between 2007 and 2014 that underwent echocardiography within 72 hours admitted to the intensive care unit. Patients with prior heart failure, LV dysfunction, and structural heart disease were excluded. LV systolic dysfunction was defined as LV ejection fraction <50% and LV diastolic dysfunction as ≥grade II...
July 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725996/improvement-of-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-transcatheter-asd-closure-in-older-patients
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L Chen, J Shen, X Shan, F Wang, T Kan, X Tang, X Zhao, Y Qin
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with undiagnosed atrial septal defect (ASD) may have right heart cavity enlargement and functional tricuspid valve insufficiency. Moderate or more severe tricuspid regurgitation has been associated with a worse prognosis, and more serious complications are typically seen in older patients. This study aimed to evaluate the improvement in functional tricuspid regurgitation and heart geometry after transcatheter ASD closure in older patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The data of 111 patients over 60 years of age with moderate or severe tricuspid regurgitation before ASD closure were analyzed...
July 19, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724570/childhood-thyroid-function-body-composition-and-cardiovascular-function
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Mirjana Barjaktarovic, Tim Korevaar, Romy Gaillard, Yolanda B de Rijke, Theo J Visser, Vincent Wv Jaddoe, Robin P Peeters
OBJECTIVE: The cardiovascular system is a known target for thyroid hormone. Early-life cardiovascular alterations may lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Little is known about the effects of thyroid hormone on cardiovascular function during childhood, including the role of body composition in this association. DESIGN: Population-based prospective cohort of children (N=4251, median age 6 years, 95% range 5.7-8.0 years). METHODS: Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (FT4) concentrations were measured to assess thyroid function...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724484/echocardiographic-parameters-of-clinically-normal-geriatric-rhesus-macaques-macacamulatta
#16
Yu Ueda, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Christina L Cruzen, Jeffrey A Roberts, Joshua A Stern
The goal of this study was to generate reference intervals for echocardiographic variables in a population of clinically normal geriatric rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). To do this, we studied 51 animals (age, 18-29 y; weight, 5.24-17.04 kg). The normal values for cardiac indices, including geometry and systolic and diastolic function, were determined by 2D, M-mode, spectral Doppler, and tissue Doppler echocardiography under ketamine hydrochloride sedation. Statistical correlations between the echocardiographic parameters and age, body weight, sex, and heart rate were investigated...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724192/handheld-echocardiography-during-hospitalization-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Michael W Cullen, Jeffrey B Geske, Nandan S Anavekar, J Wells Askew, Bradley R Lewis, Jae K Oh
BACKGROUND: Handheld echocardiography (HHE) is concordant with standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a variety of settings but has not been thoroughly compared to traditional TTE in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). HYPOTHESIS: Completed by experienced operators, HHE provides accurate diagnostic capabilities compared with standard TTE in AMI patients. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled patients admitted to the coronary care unit with AMI...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723765/perioperative-management-of-intracardiac-leiomyomatosis-an-observational-cohort-study
#18
Jiaying Xu, Min Wei, Qi Miao, Bin Zhu, Chunhua Yu, Yuguang Huang
Intracardiac leiomyomatosis (ICLM) is a rare condition in which the benign tumor extends into the right heart chambers through inferior vena cava. The best surgical approach still remains unclear.We present a retrospective cohort of 36 patients diagnosed with ICLM in Peking Union Medical College Hospital between 2002 and 2016.The mean patient age was 44.5 (range 25-55) years. The clinical manifestations were various, including shortness of breath, chest tightness, edema of the lower extremities, palpitations, syncope, etc...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721692/left-ventricular-mechanics-are-affected-in-children-with-celiac-disease-a-study-based-on-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Murat Deveci, Ayşen Uncuoğlu Aydoğan, Gürkan Altun, Özlem Kayabey, Okan Tuğral, Kadir Babaoğlu
BACKGROUND: An association between cardiomyopathy and celiac disease has been reported, but not frequently. We examined the effects on cardiac mechanics in children with celiac disease (CD) by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). METHODS: Eighty-one children with CD were compared with a control group comprising 51 healthy children by echocardiographic examination. Children with CD who had been on gluten-free diet for more than 6 months were divided into two different groups: group 1 was positive for serum antitissue transglutaminase antibody (n=48), and group 2 was negative for serum antitissue transglutaminase antibody (n=33)...
July 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721163/additive-effects-of-atorvastatin-combined-with-sitagliptin-on-rats-with-myocardial-infarction-a-pilot-study
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Xiao Ke, Bin Ke, Xing Wang, Shaoyun Wu, Rongfeng Yang, Chengheng Hu
INTRODUCTION: Atorvastatin and sitagliptin are able to exert cardio-protective effects. However, whether atorvastatin plus sitagliptin could confer additive benefits for rats with myocardial infarction (MI) is unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty rats with MI were produced and 37 surviving rats were randomly divided into atorvastatin (10 mg/kg daily, n = 9), sitagliptin (10 mg/kg daily, n = 9), combined (10 mg/kg daily atorvastatin plus 10 mg/kg daily sitagliptin, n = 9), and control groups (3 ml normal saline daily, n = 10)...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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