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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214967/increased-atrial-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-and-grk-2-gene-expression-can-play-a-fundamental-role-in-heart-failure-after-repair-of-congenital-heart-disease-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#1
Marcela Silva Oliveira, Fabio Carmona, Walter V A Vicente, Paulo H Manso, Karina M Mata, Mara Rúbia Celes, Erica C Campos, Simone G Ramos
Surgeries to correct congenital heart diseases are increasing in Brazil and worldwide. However, even with the advances in surgical techniques and perfusion, some cases, especially the more complex ones, can develop heart failure and death. A retrospective study of patients who underwent surgery for correction of congenital heart diseases with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a university tertiary-care hospital that died, showed infarction in different stages of evolution and scattered microcalcifications in the myocardium, even without coronary obstruction...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214881/attenuation-of-low-ambient-temperature-induced-myocardial-hypertrophy-by-atorvastatin-via-promoting-bcl-2-expression
#2
Jing Liang, Kun Yin, Xuefeng Cao, Zhenbo Han, Qi Huang, Lai Zhang, Wenya Ma, Fengzhi Ding, Chongwei Bi, Dan Feng, Zhenwei Pan, Yu Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: It is well documented that myocardial hypertrophy is associated with low ambient temperature. Atorvastatin (Atv) has been shown to protect against atherosclerosis, cardiac fibrosis, ischemia/reperfusion injury, etc. In this study, we aim to determine whether atorvastatin is effective in the treatment of myocardial hypertrophy induced by cold exposure and to shed light on underlying mechanism. METHODS: The mice aged 4-week were randomized to Control (Ctl) group (raised at room temperature), Cold group (raised at 3-5ºC) and Atv treatment group (raised at 3-5ºC followed by 10mg/kg/day Atv infusion)...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
#3
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Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214081/fev1-and-fvc-predict-all-cause-mortality-independent-of-cardiac-function-results-from-the-population-based-gutenberg-health-study
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Christina Magnussen, Francisco M Ojeda, Nargiz Rzayeva, Tanja Zeller, Christoph R Sinning, Norbert Pfeiffer, Manfred Beutel, Maria Blettner, Karl J Lackner, Stefan Blankenberg, Thomas Münzel, Klaus F Rabe, Philipp S Wild, Renate B Schnabel
BACKGROUND: Lung function has previously been related to increased mortality. Whether pulmonary impairment is associated with an increased mortality independent of cardiac dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS: In 15010 individuals from the general population (age range 35-74years, 51% men) in the Gutenberg Health Study we performed spirometry and transthoracic echocardiography. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) and high-sensitive troponin I (hsTnI) were measured in all individuals...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213737/associations-among-left-ventricular-systolic-function-tachycardia-and-cardiac-preload-in-septic-patients
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Michael J Lanspa, Sajid Shahul, Andrew Hersh, Emily L Wilson, Troy D Olsen, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Colin K Grissom, Samuel M Brown
BACKGROUND: In sepsis, tachycardia may indicate low preload, adrenergic stimulation, or both. Adrenergic overstimulation is associated with septic cardiomyopathy. We sought to determine whether tachycardia was associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, a measure of cardiac dysfunction. We hypothesized an association would primarily exist in patients with high preload. METHODS: We prospectively observed septic patients admitted to three study ICUs, who underwent early transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
#7
Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209176/infective-endocarditis-causing-mitral-valve-stenosis-a-rare-but-deadly-complication-a-case-report
#8
Michael A Hart, Gautam R Shroff
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis rarely causes mitral valve stenosis. When present, it has the potential to cause severe hemodynamic decompensation and death. There are only 15 reported cases in the literature of mitral prosthetic valve bacterial endocarditis causing stenosis by obstruction. This case is even more unusual due to the mechanism by which functional mitral stenosis occurred. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 23-year-old white woman with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with acute heart failure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208231/fast-left-ventricle-tracking-using-localized-anatomical-affine-optical-flow
#9
Sandro Queirós, João L Vilaça, Pedro Morais, Jaime C Fonseca, Jan D'hooge, Daniel Barbosa
In daily clinical cardiology practice, left ventricle (LV) global and regional function assessment is crucial for disease diagnosis, therapy selection and patient follow-up. Currently, this is still a time-consuming task, spending valuable human resources. In this work, a novel fast methodology for automatic LV tracking is proposed based on localized anatomically constrained affine optical flow. This novel method can be combined to previously proposed segmentation frameworks or manually delineated surfaces at an initial frame to obtain fully delineated datasets and, thus, assess both global and regional myocardial function...
February 16, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208195/echocardiography-in-the-risk-assessment-of-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#10
Talal Dahhan, Fawaz Alenezi, Zainab Samad, Sudarshan Rajagopal
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is classified as massive (high risk), submassive (intermediate risk), or nonmassive (low risk) based on the hemodynamic status and clinical characteristics of the patient. At this time, the management of patients with submassive PE remains controversial and approaches for improving risk assessment are critical. In this review, we discuss several echocardiographic methods to assess right heart function that may aid in the risk assessment of patients with acute PE...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
#11
Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206674/effects-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-on-cardiac-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#12
Jan Naar, Deborah Jaye, Cecilia Linde, Petr Neužil, Petr Doškář, Filip Málek, Frieder Braunschweig, Lars H Lund, Lars Mortensen, Bengt Linderoth, Göran Lind, Dianna Bone, Arthur J Scholte, Fred Kueffer, Jodi Koehler, Kambiz Shahgaldi, Otto Lang, Marcus Ståhlberg
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) reduces sympathetic activity in animal models of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF) but limited data exist of SCS in patients with HF. The aim of the present study was to test the primary hypothesis that SCS reduces cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in HF patients. Secondary hypotheses were that SCS improves left ventricular function and dimension, exercise capacity and clinical variables relevant to HF. METHODS: HF patients with a SCS device previously participating in the DEFEAT-HF trial were included in this crossover study with 6-week intervention periods (SCS-ON and SCS-OFF)...
February 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205629/mechanisms-of-chinese-medicine-xinmailong-s-protection-against-heart-failure-in-pressure-overloaded-mice-and-cultured-cardiomyocytes
#13
Jianyong Qi, Juan Yu, Yafang Tan, Renshan Chen, Wen Xu, Yanfen Chen, Jun Lu, Qin Liu, Jiashin Wu, Weiwang Gu, Minzhou Zhang
Patients with heart failure (HF) have high mortality and mobility. Xinmailong (XML) injection, a Chinese Medicine, is clinically effective in treating HF. However, the mechanism of XML's effectiveness on HF was unclear, and thus, was the target of the present study. We created a mouse model of pressure-overload-induced HF with transverse aortic constriction (TAC) surgery and compared among 4 study groups: SHAM (n = 10), TAC (n = 12), MET (metoprolol, positive drug treatment, n = 7) and XML (XML treatment, n = 14)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204860/left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-during-septic-shock-the-role-of-loading-conditions
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Florence Boissier, Keyvan Razazi, Aurélien Seemann, Alexandre Bedet, Arnaud W Thille, Nicolas de Prost, Pascal Lim, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of septic myocardial dysfunction is controversial, a fact that may be explained by the influence of loading conditions. Many indices may be useful to characterize cardiac function during septic shock, but their feasibility and physiological coherence in the clinical setting are unknown. METHODS: Hemodynamic and echocardiographic data with tissue Doppler and speckle tracking were prospectively recorded on the first 3 days of human septic shock...
February 15, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204828/tieg1-deficiency-confers-enhanced-myocardial-protection-in-the-infarcted-heart-by-mediating-the-pten-akt-signalling-pathway
#15
Mingqiu Cen, Pengfei Hu, Zhaobin Cai, Tianfu Fang, Jiancheng Zhang, Ming Lu
The transforming growth factor (TGF)-β-inducible early gene-1 (TIEG1) plays a crucial role in modulating cell apoptosis and proliferation in a number of diseases, including pancreatic cancer, leukaemia and osteoporosis. However, the functional role of TIEG1 in the heart has not been fully defined. In this study, we first investigated the role of TIEG1 in ischaemic heart disease. For in vitro experiments, cardiomyocytes were isolated from both TIEG1 knockout (KO) and wile-type (WT) mice, and the apoptotic ratios were evaluated after a 48‑h ischaemic insult...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203406/effects-of-recombinant-human-brain-natriuretic-peptide-on-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-acute-anterior-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-prospective-multi-center-randomized-clinical-trial
#16
Zhi-Lin Miao, Ai-Jie Hou, Hong-Yun Zang, Ru-Gang Huang, Xiao-Qun Zheng, Hai-Long Lin, Wei Wang, Ping Hou, Fei Xia, Zhan-Quan Li
BACKGROUND: This study aims to investigate the effects of recombinant human brain natriuretic peptide (rhBNP) on serum enzyme data, cardiac function parameters and cardiovascular events in patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: A total of 421 patients with acute anterior or extensive anterior MI were collected from 20 hospitals. These patients were randomly divided into two groups: rhBNP and control groups. Both groups of patients received primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within the effective time window...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202945/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-association-with-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
Marios K Georgakis, Andreas Synetos, Constantinos Mihas, Maria A Karalexi, Dimitrios Tousoulis, Sudha Seshadri, Eleni Th Petridou
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a marker of prolonged exposure to high blood pressure and a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. The objective of the current study was to investigate its association with cognitive function. Following standard guidelines, pairs of independent reviewers screened 2359 articles to search for studies that addressed the research question, extracted data and evaluated the quality of the studies using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale; authors were contacted for additional data...
February 16, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202059/cardiosphere-derived-cells-do-not-improve-cardiac-function-in-rats-with-cardiac-failure
#18
Taís Hanae Kasai-Brunswick, Andréa Rodrigues da Costa, Raiana Andrade Quintanilha Barbosa, Bruna Farjun, Fernanda Cristina Paccola Mesquita, Danúbia Silva Dos Santos, Isalira Peroba Ramos, Grazielle Suhett, Guilherme Visconde Brasil, Sandro Torrentes da Cunha, José Oscar R Brito, Juliana do Amaral Passipieri, Adriana Bastos Carvalho, Antonio Carlos Campos de Carvalho
BACKGROUND: Heart failure represents an important public health issue due to its high costs and growing incidence worldwide. Evidence showing the regenerative potential of postmitotic heart tissue has suggested the existence of endogenous cardiac stem cells in adult hearts. Cardiosphere-derived cells (CDC) constitute a candidate pool of such cardiac stem cells. Previous studies using acute myocardial infarction (MI) models in rodents demonstrated an improvement in cardiac function after cell therapy with CDC...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199339/presence-of-%C3%A2-isolated%C3%A2-tricuspid-regurgitation-should-prompt-the-suspicion-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#19
Julia Mascherbauer, Andreas A Kammerlander, Caroline Zotter-Tufaro, Stefan Aschauer, Franz Duca, Daniel Dalos, Susanne Winkler, Matthias Schneider, Jutta Bergler-Klein, Diana Bonderman
BACKGROUND: Diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle is common but frequently under-diagnosed. Particularly in advanced stages affected patients may present with significant functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) as the most prominent sign on echocardiography. The underlying left ventricular pathology may eventually be missed and symptoms of heart failure are attributed to TR, with respective therapeutic consequences. The aim of the present study was to determine prevalence and mechanisms underlying TR evolution in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198938/left-atrial-deformation-analysis-in-patients-with-corrected-tetralogy-of-fallot-by-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-from-the-magyar-path-study
#20
Kálmán Havasi, Péter Domsik, Anita Kalapos, Jackie S McGhie, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Background: Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE) capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF). Objectives: To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
February 13, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
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