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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/28211263/increased-regurgitant-flow-causes-endocardial-cushion-defects-in-an-avian-embryonic-model-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Stephanie M Ford, Matthew T McPheeters, Yves T Wang, Pei Ma, Shi Gu, James Strainic, Christopher Snyder, Andrew M Rollins, Michiko Watanabe, Michael W Jenkins
BACKGROUND: The relationship between changes in endocardial cushion and resultant congenital heart diseases (CHD) has yet to be established. It has been shown that increased regurgitant flow early in embryonic heart development leads to endocardial cushion defects, but it remains unclear how abnormal endocardial cushions during the looping stages might affect the fully septated heart. The goal of this study was to reproducibly alter blood flow in vivo and then quantify the resultant effects on morphology of endocardial cushions in the looping heart and on CHDs in the septated heart...
February 17, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211133/an-unusual-short-rp-tachycardia-what-is-the-mechanism
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Joshua Balog
A 68-year-old man with a history of a structurally normal heart by echocardiography, an unsuccessful ablation of a narrow complex tachycardia and frequent symptoms of palpitations presents for an electrophysiology study and ablation. Baseline 12-lead EKG demonstrated sinus rhythm without ventricular preexcitation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210941/b-lymphocytes-in-renal-interstitial-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Fengge Zhu, Xueyuan Bai, Xiangmei Chen
Fibrosis is defined as an excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM), which leads to the destruction of organ structure and impairment of organ function. Fibrosis occurs not only in kidney but also in lung, liver, heart, and skin. Common pathways of fibrosis are thought to exist. Renal interstitial fibrosis is a complex process that involves multiple molecular signaling and multiple cellular components, in which B cells appear to be one of the emerging important players. B cells may affect fibrosis through cytokine production and through interaction with other cells including fibroblasts, macrophages and T cells...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210520/synchronous-aberrant-cerebellar-and-opercular-development-in-fetuses-and-neonates-with-congenital-heart-disease-correlation-with-early-communicative-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-initial-experience
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A Wong, T Chavez, S O'Neil, J Votava-Smith, D Miller, S delCastillo, A Panigrahy, L Paquette
Patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) demonstrate multidomain cognitive delays. Cingulo-opercular and cerebellar brain networks are critical to language functions. This is a description of our initial experience aiming to identify an anatomic correlate for CHD patients with expressive language delays. Fetal CHD patients, prospectively enrolled, underwent serial fetal (1.5T), postnatal pre- and postoperative (3T) MRI. Non-CHD patients were enrolled retrospectively from the same epoch. Comparable fetal and neonatal T2 contrast was used for manual linear cross-sectional measurement...
January 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209767/ideal-cardiovascular-health-cardiovascular-remodeling-and-heart-failure-in-blacks-the-jackson-heart-study
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Aferdita Spahillari, Sameera Talegawkar, Adolfo Correa, J Jeffrey Carr, James G Terry, João Lima, Jane E Freedman, Saumya Das, Robb Kociol, Sarah de Ferranti, Donya Mohebali, Stanford Mwasongwe, Katherine L Tucker, Venkatesh L Murthy, Ravi V Shah
BACKGROUND: The lifetime risk of heart failure (HF) is higher in the black population than in other racial groups in the United States. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured the Life's Simple 7 ideal cardiovascular health metrics in 4195 blacks in the JHS (Jackson Heart Study; 2000-2004). We evaluated the association of Simple 7 metrics with incident HF and left ventricular structure and function by cardiac magnetic resonance (n=1188). Mean age at baseline was 54.4 years (65% women)...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209470/measuring-self-care-in-patients-with-heart-failure-a-review-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-european-heart-failure-self-care-behaviour-scale-ehfscbs
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REVIEW
Natasa Sedlar, Gregor Socan, Jerneja Farkas, Jan Mårtensson, Anna Strömberg, Tiny Jaarsma, Mitja Lainscak
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review and evaluate the evidence related to psychometric properties of the European Heart Failure Self-Care Behaviour Scale (EHFScBS) that was developed and tested to measure health maintenance behaviours of heart failure (HF) patients and translated into several languages. METHODS: PRISMA guidelines were used to search major health databases (PubMed, Scopus and ScienceDirect), to identify relevant studies. A literature search was undertaken in November 2015...
February 6, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209094/attenuation-of-arsenic-trioxide-induced-cardiotoxicity-through-flaxseed-oil-in-experimental-rats
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Mathews V Varghese, M Abhilash, Manju Alex, M V Sauganth Paul, A Prathapan, K G Raghu, R Harikumaran Nair
OBJECTIVES: Arsenic trioxide (As2O3) is a potent drug for acute promyelocytic leukaemia, but its clinical trials are allied with some serious adverse events mainly cardiac functional abnormalities. So the objective of our investigation is to identify the cardioprotective action of flaxseed oil (FSO), a natural compound against As2O3 induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS: Male wistar rats were treated with As2O3 (4 mg/kg) to induce cardiotoxicity. FSO (250 and 500 mg/kg) was given in combination with As2O3 for evaluating its cardioprotective efficacy...
February 17, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208963/clinical-profile-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-children-attending-the-out-patient-department-of-a-tertiary-paediatric-care-centre-in-chennai
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Sarala Premkumar, Premkumar Sundararajan, Thangavelu Sangaralingam
INTRODUCTION: The presentation of symptoms of paediatric arrhythmias vary depending on the age and underlying heart disease. Physical examination of children with important arrhythmias may be entirely normal. AIM: Aim is to study the characteristics of cardiac arrhythmias in paediatric patients in a tertiary paediatric care centre in Chennai, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants (n=60) were from birth to 12 years of age. Patients with sinus arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia and sinus bradycardia were excluded...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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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/28205629/mechanisms-of-chinese-medicine-xinmailong-s-protection-against-heart-failure-in-pressure-overloaded-mice-and-cultured-cardiomyocytes
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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/28204916/-remodeling-of-the-aging-heart-sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Jörg Weirich
The incidence of both sinus node dysfunction (SND) and atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age. SND and AF frequently coexist. Likewise, they are often associated with cardiovascular diseases. Both arrhythmias share similar pathomechanisms such as structural and functional remodeling, i. e., degenerative fibrosis and altered Ca(2+) handling, respectively. A growing body of evidence suggests an important role for the CamKII (Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) in structural as well as in functional remodeling...
February 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203535/the-state-of-robotic-cardiac-surgery-in-europe
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Matteo Pettinari, Emiliano Navarra, Philippe Noirhomme, Herbert Gutermann
BACKGROUND: In the past two decades, the introduction of robotic technology has facilitated minimally invasive cardiac surgery, allowing surgeons to operate endoscopically rather than through a median sternotomy. This approach has facilitated procedures for several structural heart conditions, including mitral valve repair, atrial septal defect closure and multivessel minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting. In this rapidly evolving field, we review the status of robotic cardiac surgery in Europe with a focus on mitral valve surgery and coronary revascularization...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203419/diagnosis-of-mitral-valve-cleft-using-real-time-3-dimensional-echocardiography
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Xinchun Yuan, Aiyun Zhou, Li Chen, Cheng Zhang, Yan Zhang, Pan Xu
BACKGROUND: Mitral valve cleft (MVC) is the most common cause of congenital mitral insufficiency, and MVC may occur alone or in association with other congenital heart lesions. Direct suture and valvuloplasty are the major and effective treatments for mitral regurgitation (MR) caused by MVC. Therefore, it is important to determine the location and magnitude of the pathological damage due to MVC when selecting a surgical procedure for treatment. This study explored the application value of transthoracic real-time 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography (RT-3DE) in the diagnosis of MVC...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202630/targets-and-end-points-in-cardiac-autonomic-denervation-procedures
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Esteban W Rivarola, Denise Hachul, Tan Wu, Cristiano Pisani, Carina Hardy, Fabrizio Raimundi, Sissy Melo, Francisco Darrieux, Mauricio Scanavacca
BACKGROUND: Autonomic denervation is an alternative approach for patients with symptomatic bradycardia. No consensus exists on the critical targets and end points of the procedure. The aim of this study was to identify immediate end points and critical atrial regions responsible for vagal denervation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 14 patients (50% men; age: 34.0±13.8 years) with cardioinhibitory syncope, advanced atrioventricular block or sinus arrest, and no structural heart disease...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202440/exposure-to-placental-ischemia-impairs-postpartum-maternal-renal-and-cardiac-function-in-rats
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Nina D Paauw, Jaap A Joles, Frank T Spradley, Bhavisha Bakrania, Zsuzsanna K Zellenger, Arie Franx, Marianne C Verhaar, Joey P Granger, A Titia Lely
INTRODUCTION: Women with a history of preeclampsia (PE) have an increased risk to develop cardiovascular and renal diseases later in life, but the mechanisms underlying this effect are unknown. In rats, we assessed whether placental ischemia results in long-term effects on the maternal cardiovascular and renal systems using the Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) model for PE. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats received either a SHAM or RUPP operation at gestational day 14...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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
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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/28199200/mitochondrial-dna-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-cardiac-manifestations
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Sung Ryul Lee, Nari Kim, Yeun Hee Noh, Zhelong Xu, Kyung Soo Ko, Byoung Doo Rhee, Jin Han
Mitochondria, are the powerhouses of cells, have their own DNA (mtDNA), regulate the transport of metabolites and ions, and impact cell physiology, survival, and death. Mitochondrial dysfunction, including impaired oxidative phosphorylation, preferentially affects heart function due to an imbalance of energy supply and demand. Recently, mitochondrial mutations and associated mitochondrial dysfunction were suggested as a causal factor of cardiac manifestations. Oxidative stress largely influences mtDNA stability due to oxidative modifications of mtDNA...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199087/expression-purification-and-properties-of-a-human-arachidonoyl-specific-isoform-of-diacylglycerol-kinase
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William Jennings, Sejal Doshi, Prasanta Kumar Hota, Aaron Prodeus, Stephanie Black, Richard M Epand
Diacylglycerol kinase epsilon (DGKε) catalyzes the phosphorylation of diacylglycerol producing phosphatidic acid. DGKε demonstrates exquisite specificity for the acyl chains of diacylglycerol. This contributes to the specificity of the PI-cycle for lipid intermediates containing particular acyl chains. Dysregulation of DGKε perturbs lipid signaling and biosynthesis, which has been linked to epilepsy, Huntington's disease and heart disease. Recessive loss-of-function mutations in the DGKε gene cause atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome...
February 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198211/both-n-methyl-d-aspartate-and-non-n-methyl-d-aspartate-glutamate-receptors-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-modulate-the-cardiovascular-responses-to-acute-restraint-stress-in-rats
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Mariane B Adami, Lucas Barretto-de-Souza, Josiane O Duarte, Jeferson Almeida, Carlos C Crestani
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is a forebrain structure that has been implicated on cardiovascular responses evoked by emotional stress. However, the local neurochemical mechanisms mediating the BNST control of stress responses are not fully described. In our study we investigated the involvement of glutamatergic neurotransmission within the BNST in cardiovascular changes evoked by acute restraint stress in rats. For this study, we investigated the effects of bilateral microinjections of selective antagonists of either N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) or non-NMDA glutamate receptors into the BNST on the arterial pressure and heart rate increase and the decrease in tail skin temperature induced by acute restraint stress...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
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