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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353047/clinical-profile-of-nonresponders-to-surgical-myectomy-with-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Sophie Wells, Ethan J Rowin, Griffin Boll, Hassan Rastegar, Wendy Wang, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
BACKGROUND: In the vast majority of patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and drug-refractory heart failure, surgical myectomy results in reversal of heart failure symptoms. However, a small patient subgroup fails to experience sustained postoperative improvement despite relief of left ventricular outflow obstruction. Clinical profile of such patients has not been well defined. METHODS: Consecutive obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients undergoing myectomy at Tufts Medical Center for drug refractory NYHA III/IV heart failure symptoms, 2004 to 2017, were followed postoperatively for 2...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351635/reversibility-of-severe-mitral-valve-regurgitation-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-single-centre-observations-from-a-real-life-population-of-patients
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Monica Dobrovie, Ricardo A Spampinato, Elena Efimova, Jaqueline G da Rocha E Silva, Julia Fischer, Michael Kuehl, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Ann Belmans, Agnieszka Ciarka, Fernanda Bonamigo Thome, Valerie Schloma, Yaroslava Dmitrieva, Sven Lehmann, Jochen Hahn, Elfriede Strotdrees, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Jens Garbade, Anna L Meyer
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact of untreated preoperative severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) on outcomes after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: Of the 234 patients who received LVAD therapy in our centre during a 6-year period, we selected those who had echocardiographic images of good quality and excluded those who underwent mitral valve replacement prior to or mitral valve repair during LVAD placement. The 128 patients selected were divided into 2 groups: Group A with severe MR (n = 65) and Group B with none to moderate MR (n = 63, 28 with moderate MR)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351312/prognostic-relevance-of-elevated-pulmonary-arterial-pressure-assessed-non-invasively-analysis-in-a-large-patient-cohort-with-invasive-measurements-in-near-temporal-proximity
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Sebastian Greiner, Andreas Jud, Matthias Aurich, Christoph Geisenberger, Lorenz Uhlmann, Thomas Hilbel, Meinhard Kieser, Hugo A Katus, Derliz Mereles
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of non-invasively derived pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) by Doppler echocardiography (DE) has been questioned in the past. However, transthoracic echocardiography is used as a cornerstone examination for patients with dyspnea and suspected pulmonary hypertension (PH). This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of non-invasive assessed PAP in a large population of patients with known or suspected cardiopulmonary disease. METHODS: The analyses are based on data of patients of a tertiary cardiology center that received right heart catheterization (RHC) as well as non-invasively assessed PAP by DE within five days, and includes serological and clinical parameters in a retrospective follow-up for up to eight years...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350771/recombinant-relaxin-protects-liver-transplants-from-ischemia-damage-via-hepatocyte-glucocorticoid-receptor-from-bench-to-bedside
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Shoichi Kageyama, Kojiro Nakamura, Takehiro Fujii, Bibo Ke, Rebecca A Sosa, Elaine F Reed, Nakul Datta, Ali Zarrinpar, Ronald W Busuttil, Jerzy W Kupiec-Weglinski
Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) represents a major risk factor of early graft dysfunction and acute/chronic rejection as well as a key obstacle to expanding the donor pool in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Although glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling may enhance cytoprotective programs, clinical use of glucocorticoid is limited due to adverse effects, while clinical relevance of GR-facilitated cytoprotection in OLT remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate the significance of hepatic GR in clinical OLT and verify the impact of recombinant human relaxin (rhRLX), which may function as GR agonist in tissue/disease-specific manner...
January 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350546/-we-re-like-a-gang-we-stick-together-experiences-of-ventricular-assist-device-communities
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Holly C Standing, Catherine Exley, Guy A MacGowan, Tim Rapley
BACKGROUND: Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are a relatively new development in the management of advanced heart failure. In the UK, VAD recipients comprise a unique group of less than 200 patients. This is the first paper to explore the experience of VAD communities, the extent to which communities are developed around the device, and how these influence the experience of living with the VAD. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 VAD recipients (implanted as a bridge to transplantation), 11 interviews also included the VAD recipients' partners...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349900/primary-cardiac-angiosarcoma-a-case-report
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Nóra Ambrus, Kálmán Havasi, Anita Kalapos, László Sághy, Attila Makai, Gábor Bogáts, Zoltán Hegedűs, Béla Iványi, Zsuzsanna Besenyi, Zsuzsanna Pápai, László Nagy, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Cardiac angiosarcomas are the most common primary malignant cardiac tumors in adults. The diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific clinical symptoms at presentation. The cornerstones of diagnosis are echocardiography and the histological evaluation of the cardiac biopsy. The knowledge on the treatment is limited; the outcomes of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, complete surgical removal, and heart transplantation are controversial. We report a 38-year-old woman with a primary heart tumor which infiltrated the right atrial wall and the pericardium and caused pericardial effusion...
January 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349819/incidence-and-predictors-of-sudden-cardiac-death-after-heart-transplantation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ana C Alba, Farid Foroutan, Nicholas Kwet Vong Ng Fat Hing, Chun-Po S Fan, Cedric Manlhiot, Heather J Ross
PORPUSE: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is an important post-transplant problem being responsible for approximately 10% of deaths. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate incidence and predictors of post-heart transplant SCD, and use of implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). METHODS: Citations were identified in electronic databases and references of included studies. Observational studies on adults reporting on incidence and predictors of post-transplant SCD and ICD use were selected...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349586/cancer-incidence-among-children-and-young-adults-who-have-undergone-x-ray-guided-cardiac-catheterization-procedures
#8
Richard W Harbron, Claire-Louise Chapple, John J O'Sullivan, Choonsik Lee, Kieran McHugh, Manuel Higueras, Mark S Pearce
Children and young adults with heart disease appear to be at increased risk of developing cancer, although the reasons for this are unclear. A cohort of 11,270 individuals, who underwent cardiac catheterizations while aged ≤ 22 years in the UK, was established from hospital records. Radiation doses from cardiac catheterizations and CT scans were estimated. The cohort was matched with the NHS Central Register and NHS Transplant Registry to determine cancer incidence and transplantation status. Standardized incidence ratios (SIR) with associated confidence intervals (CI) were calculated...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348023/impaired-recovery-of-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-cardiomyopathy-and-left%C3%A2-bundle-branch-block
#9
Edward Sze, Zainab Samad, Allison Dunning, Kristen Bova Campbell, Zak Loring, Brett D Atwater, Karen Chiswell, Joseph A Kisslo, Eric J Velazquez, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) often respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement. Guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), not CRT, is first-line therapy for patients with reduced LVEF with LBBB. However, there are little data on how patients with reduced LVEF and LBBB respond to GDMT. OBJECTIVES: This study examined patients with cardiomyopathy and sought to assess rates of LVEF improvement for patients with LBBB compared to other QRS morphologies...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346763/derepression-of-the-iroquois-homeodomain-transcription-factor-gene-irx3-confers-differentiation-block-in-acute-leukemia
#10
Tim D D Somerville, Fabrizio Simeoni, John A Chadwick, Emma L Williams, Gary J Spencer, Katalin Boros, Christopher Wirth, Eleni Tholouli, Richard J Byers, Tim C P Somervaille
The Iroquois homeodomain transcription factor gene IRX3 is expressed in the developing nervous system, limb buds, and heart, and transcript levels specify obesity risk in humans. We now report a functional role for IRX3 in human acute leukemia. Although transcript levels are very low in normal human bone marrow cells, high IRX3 expression is found in ∼30% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ∼50% with T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and ∼20% with B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia, frequently in association with high-level HOXA gene expression...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346259/do-patients-supported-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-cf-lvads-have-a-sufficient-risk-of-death-to-justify-a-priority-allocation-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis-of-patients-listed-in-unos-status-2
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Stefano Mastrobuoni, Angelo Maria Dell'Aquila, Olivier Van Caenegem, Alain Poncelet, Luc-Marie Jacquet, Josè Garcia
BACKGROUND: Outcomes of Continuous Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices (CF-LVADs) as bridge to transplant have significantly improved. The question has arisen whether patients on CF-LVADs have an increased risk of death on the waiting list as to justify a priority allocation (status 1). The aim of this study was to compare the survival following implantation of CF-LVADs to the survival on the waiting list for patients initially listed in United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) status 2...
January 18, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345729/sinus-node-dysfunction-after-heart-transplantation-how-much-pacing-is-required
#12
Florian Ernst Martin Herrmann, Petra Wellmann, Sebastian Sadoni, René Schramm, Christian Hagl, Gerd Juchem
INTRODUCTION: We investigated the development of sinus node dysfunction (SND) requiring pacemaker implantation after heart transplant (HTx) especially regarding pacing burden in these patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients requiring a pacemaker for SND were compared to all other patients in an HTx cohort including transplant patients from 1981-2016. RESULTS: SND requiring pacemaker implantation developed in 118 patients (10%). These patients had received a biatrial anastomosis more frequently than those in the No SND group 95...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345417/catheter-based-edge-to-edge-mitral-valve-repair-for-pulmonary-pressure-reduction-and-to-postpone-heart-transplantation-in-a-teenaged-patient
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Moritz Messner, Florian Hintringer, Silvana Müller, Marc Michael Zaruba, Nikolaos Bonaros, Herwig Antretter, Daniel Basic, Gerhard Pölzl
We report a case of catheter-based edge-to-edge mitral valve repair in a teenage male patient with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy to improve pulmonary hypertension secondary to severe functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) to defer anticipated heart transplantation. A 19-year-old patient with previous history of fulminant myocarditis followed by markedly left ventricular dysfunction presented with severe mitral regurgitation 3 years after initial recovery. Slightly over time, deterioration of FMR was associated with gradual increase in pulmonary artery pressures despite optimal medical therapy...
January 18, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345387/fortuitous-benefits-of-living-kidney-donation-diagnosis-of-serious-medical-conditions-during-the-living-donor-evaluation
#14
Arika Hoffman, Ketki Tendulkar, Shaheed Merani, Alexander Maskin, Alan Langnas
BACKGROUND: All living kidney donors are counseled about the possible surgical and medical risks associated with donation. Only a minority of transplant centers discuss the potential benefit of discovering undiagnosed medical conditions in the donor during evaluation, as part of their consent process. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all potential living kidney donors evaluated over a 10-year period at a single center to characterize incidentally diagnosed serious medical conditions...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344912/capillary-leak-syndrome-as-a-complication-of-antibody-mediated-rejection-treatment-a-case-report
#15
Juan C Ramirez-Sandoval, Ricardo Varela-Jimenez, Luis E Morales-Buenrostro
We report a case of capillary leak that developed during treatment of antibody-mediated rejection in a kidney transplant recipient. A 53-year-old female transplant recipient experienced an increase in serum creatinine from 1.1 to 1.8 mg/dL. Antibody-mediated rejection was diagnosed by graft biopsy. She was treated with five plasmapheresis sessions (on alternate days with albumin replacement), five doses of immunoglobulin (5 g/dose at 100 mg/kg), a single dose of rituximab (500 mg), and four doses of bortezomib on days 1, 4, 7, and 10 (1...
January 17, 2018: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343541/immune-monitoring-of-infectious-complications-in-transplant-patients-an-important-step-towards-improved-clinical-management
#16
Rajiv Khanna
Immune reconstitution following organ transplantation is absolutely critical in preventing infectious complications. However, understanding the kinetics of immune reconstitution and its potential impact on the clinical management of transplant patients remains a significant challenge. Over the last decade, various platform technologies have emerged which have provided important insights into the immune reconstitution kinetics in transplant patients. However, many of these technologies are too complicated and cumbersome to implement in a clinical setting...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343525/lack-of-remuscularization-following-transplantation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-cardiovascular-progenitor-cells-in-infarcted-nonhuman-primates
#17
Keyang Zhu, Qiang Wu, Cheng Ni, Peng Zhang, Zhiwei Zhong, Yan Wu, Yingchao Wang, Yinchuan Xu, Minjian Kong, Haifeng Cheng, Zhihua Tao, Qian Yang, He Liang, Yun Jiang, Qingju Li, Jing Zhao, Jijun Huang, Fengjiang Zhang, Qi Chen, Yi Li, Jinghai Chen, Wei Zhu, Hong Yu, Jianyi Zhang, Huang-Tian Yang, Xinyang Hu, Jian'an Wang
Rationale: Human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiovascular progenitor cells (hPSC-CVPCs) should be thoroughly investigated in large animal studies before testing in clinical trials. Objective: To clarify if hPSC-CVPCs can engraft for long time in the heart of primates after myo-cardial infarction (MI) and compare the effectiveness and safety of immunosuppression with cy-closporine alone or multiple-drug regimen (MDR) containing cyclosporine, methylprednisolone, and Simulect in cynomolgous monkeys that had received intramyocardial injections of 1×107 EGFP-expressing hPSC-CVPCs after MI...
January 17, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342993/-analysis-of-prognosis-and-associated-risk-factors-in-pediatric-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Q Liu, C Zhang, Q Q Li, Y Zhu, D Zhang, W G Zhao, H Gu
Objective: To analyze the prognosis and associated risk factors of pediatric idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Methods: A total of 119 patients under 18 years of age diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension in the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Center in Beijing Anzhen Hospital between June 2007 and May 2017 were enrolled in this retrospective study. The clinical informations and follow-up data were collected. The endpoints of follow-up were defined as death or undergoing lung transplantation...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341932/synthetic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hydrogel-improves-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-therapy-for-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#19
Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Giuseppe Malpasso, Cindy Chokoza, Deon Bezuidenhout, Kyle P Goetsch, Manuela Mura, Federica Pisano, Neil H Davies, Massimiliano Gnecchi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) repair infarcted hearts mainly through paracrine mechanisms. Low cell engraftment limits the release of soluble paracrine factors (SF) over time and, consequently, MSC efficacy. We tested whether a synthetic extracellular matrix mimic, a hydrogel containing heparin (H-HG), could ameliorate MSC engraftment and binding/release of SF, thus improving MSC therapy efficacy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro, rat bone-marrow MSC (rBM-MSC) were seeded and grown into H-HG...
January 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341866/identifying-low-grade-cellular-rejection-after-heart-transplantation-in-children-using-gene-expression-profiling
#20
Annie Xin, Melissa G Y Lee, Yifang Hu, Vera Ignjatovic, William Y Shi, Anne Shipp, Slavica Praporski, Axel Kallies, Robert G Weintraub, Paul T Monagle, Gordon K Smyth, Igor Konstantinov
BACKGROUND: Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) remains the gold standard for detecting rejection after heart transplantation but is costly and invasive. This study aims to distinguish no rejection (0R) from low-grade rejection (1R/2R) after heart transplantation in children by global gene expression profiling in blood. METHODS: A total of 106 blood samples with corresponding EMB from 18 children who underwent heart transplantation from 2011-2014 were analyzed (18 baseline/pre-transplantation samples, 88 EMB samples)...
December 20, 2017: Physiological Genomics
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