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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805979/effects-of-mtor-inhibition-on-cardiac-and-adipose-tissue-pathology-and-glucose-metabolism-in-rats-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Ayako Uchinaka, Mamoru Yoneda, Yuichiro Yamada, Toyoaki Murohara, Kohzo Nagata
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a regulator of metabolism and is implicated in pathological conditions such as obesity and diabetes. We aimed to investigate the role of mTOR in obesity. A new animal model of metabolic syndrome (MetS), named DahlS.Z-Lepr(fa) /Lepr(fa) (DS/obese) rats was established previously in our laboratory. In this study, we used this model to evaluate the effects of mTOR inhibition on cardiac and adipose tissue pathology and glucose metabolism. DS/obese rats were treated with the mTOR inhibitor, everolimus, (0...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805977/prevention-against-renal-damage-in-rats-with-subtotal-nephrectomy-by-sacubitril-valsartan-lcz696-a-dual-acting-angiotensin-receptor-neprilysin-inhibitor
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Kentaro Ushijima, Hitoshi Ando, Yusuke Arakawa, Kenichi Aizawa, Chisato Suzuki, Ken Shimada, Shu-Ichi Tsuruoka, Akio Fujimura
Although patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for end-stage renal disease and cardiovascular events, adequate drug therapies for preventing the deterioration of these conditions are still not established. This study was undertaken to evaluate a preventive effect of an angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696), which is converted to sacubitril and valsartan in the body, against the progression of renal disease in rats with subtotal nephrectomy, an animal model of human CKD...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805112/casting-doubt-on-the-value-of-assessing-the-cardiac-index-in-pregnancy
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Maya Ram, Anat Lavie, Shaul Lev, Yair Blecher, Uri Amikam, Yael Shulman, Tomer Avnon, Eran Weiner, Ariel Many
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to assess the reliability of the cardiac index (CI) in healthy pregnant women at term by investigating the correlation between the cardiac output (CO) and the body surface area (BSA) using a novel non-invasive cardiography technique (NICaS™). METHODS: Sixty-one healthy, normotensive women with a singleton pregnancy at term (≥37 gestational weeks) participated in this prospective observational study between 1/2015 and 6/2015 L...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804814/factors-associated-with-cardiovascular-target-organ-damage-in-children-after-renal-transplantation
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Bianca Borchert-Mörlins, Daniela Thurn, Bernhard M W Schmidt, Anja K Büscher, Jun Oh, Tanja Kier, Elena Bauer, Sabrina Baig, Nele Kanzelmeyer, Markus J Kemper, Rainer Büscher, Anette Melk
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the second-most common cause of death in pediatric renal transplant recipients. The aim of this study was to evaluate subclinical cardiovascular target organ damage defined as the presence of arterio- and atherosclerotic lesions and cardiac remodeling and to analyze contributing risk factors in a large cohort of children after renal transplantation (RT). METHODS: A total of 109 children aged 13.1 ± 3.3 years who had undergone RT at one of three German transplant centers were enrolled in this study...
August 13, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803768/assessment-of-preoperative-anxiety-in-cardiac-surgery-patients-lacking-a-history-of-anxiety-contributing-factors-and-postoperative-morbidity
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Joaquín Hernández-Palazón, Diego Fuentes-García, Luis Falcón-Araña, María José Roca-Calvo, Sebastián Burguillos-López, Paloma Doménech-Asensi, Rubén Jara-Rubio
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to measure the level of preoperative anxiety in patients scheduled for cardiac surgery, identify any influencing clinical factors, and assess the relationship between anxiety and postoperative morbidity. DESIGN: A prospective and consecutive study. SETTING: A single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 200 patients scheduled for cardiac surgery. INTERVENTIONS: Each patient was asked to grade his or her preoperative anxiety level using the Visual Analogue Scale for Anxiety, Amsterdam Preoperative Anxiety and Information Scale, and set of specific anxiety-related questions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803638/impact-of-obesity-on-intensive-care-unit-resource-utilization-after-cardiac-operations
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Brandon R Rosvall, Keir Forgie, Jeffrey B MacLeod, Alexandra M Yip, Christie Aguiar, Sohrab Lutchmedial, Craig Brown, Rand Forgie, Jean Francois Légaré, Ansar Hassan
BACKGROUND: Much has been published about the effect of obesity on adverse outcomes after cardiac operations, yet little is known regarding the effect of obesity on intensive care unit (ICU) resource utilization. This study examined the effect of obesity on ICU resource utilization after cardiac operations. METHODS: All patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 kg/m(2) or higher who underwent a cardiac surgical procedure between 2006 and 2013 were stratified into the following weight categories: normal (BMI 18...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803252/two-dimensional-echocardiography-estimates-of-fetal-ventricular-mass-throughout-gestation
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Christina Y L Aye, Adam James Lewandowski, Eric O Ohuma, Ross Upton, Alice Packham, Yvonne Kenworthy, Fenella Roseman, Tess Norris, Malid Molloholli, Sikolia Wanyonyi, Aris T Papageorghiou, Paul Leeson
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound quality has improved in recent years. Quantification of cardiac dimensions is important to screen and monitor certain fetal conditions. We assessed the feasibility and reproducibility of fetal ventricular measures using 2D echocardiography, reported normal ranges in our cohort, and compared estimates to other modalities. METHODS: Mass and end-diastolic volume were estimated by manual contouring in the four-chamber view using TomTec Image Arena 4...
August 12, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802308/vitreous-amyloidosis-with-autonomic-neuropathy-of-the-digestive-tract-associated-with-a-novel-transthyretin-p-gly87arg-variant-in-a-bangladeshi-patient-a-case-report
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Benjamin Terrier, Magali Colombat, Caroline Beugnet, Astrid Quéant, Jonathan London, Jean-Baptiste Daudin, Claire Le Jeunne, Luc Mouthon, Dominique Monnet, Cécile Cauquil, Catherine Lacroix, David Adams, Antoine Brézin, Sophie Valleix
BACKGROUND: Hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder, first described in families with sensorimotor and autonomic neuropathy. Since its first description, more than 120 amyloidogenic transthyretin mutations have been reported with various geographic distributions and associated with a wide range of phenotypes involving the peripheral nerve, the heart, the gastrointestinal tract, the eyes, the central nervous system, or the kidneys. In some cases of transthyretin amyloidosis, the first clinical manifestation is vitreous opacity...
August 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798156/phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-and-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitor-combination-therapy-has-antifibrotic-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-mdx-mice-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Yasunori Nio, Masayuki Tanaka, Yoshihiko Hirozane, Yo Muraki, Mitsugi Okawara, Masatoshi Hazama, Takanori Matsuo
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common inherited muscular dystrophy. Patients experience DMD in their 20s from cardiac or respiratory failure related to progressive muscle wasting. Currently, the only treatments for the symptoms of DMD are available. Muscle fibrosis, a DMD feature, leads to reduced muscle function and muscle mass, and hampers pharmaceutical therapeutic efficacy. Although antifibrotic agents may be useful, none is currently approved. Phosphodiesterase (PDE)-4 inhibitors have exhibited antifibrotic effects in human and animal models...
August 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797681/extranodal-rosai-dorfman-disease-arising-in-the-heart-clinical-course-and-review-of-literature
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Amin Heidarian, Ayesha Anwar, M A Haseeb, Raavi Gupta
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD), also known as sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a nonmalignant disease of unknown etiology. It may present as bilateral, massive, painless cervical lymphadenopathy; however, one third of the cases have extranodal involvement. Extranodal sites include soft tissue, skin, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and central nervous system, with head and neck being the most common. Here we report a rare case of intracardiac RDD in a 46-year-old, African-American female who presented with worsening shortness of breath and fatigue for 7 weeks...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797123/relationship-between-plasma-xanthine-oxidoreductase-activity-and-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-and-hypertrophy-among-cardiac-patients
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Yuki Fujimura, Yohei Yamauchi, Takayo Murase, Takashi Nakamura, Shu-Ichi Fujita, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Takahide Ito, Koichi Sohmiya, Masaaki Hoshiga, Nobukazu Ishizaka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR), which catalyzes purine catabolism, has two interconvertible forms, xanthine dehydrogenase and xanthine oxidase, the latter of which produces superoxide during uric acid (UA) synthesis. An association between plasma XOR activity and cardiovascular and renal outcomes has been previously suggested. We investigated the potential association between cardiac parameters and plasma XOR activity among cardiology patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Plasma XOR activity was measured by [13C2,15N2]xanthine coupled with liquid chromatography/triplequadrupole mass spectrometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796646/defining-benchmarks-for-transthoracic-esophagectomy-a-multicenter-analysis-of-total-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-in-low-risk-patients
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Henner M Schmidt, Susanne S Gisbertz, Johnny Moons, Ioannis Rouvelas, Juha Kauppi, Andrew Brown, Emanuele Asti, Misha Luyer, Sjoerd M Lagarde, Felix Berlth, Annouck Philippron, Christiane Bruns, Arnulf Hölscher, Paul M Schneider, Dimitri A Raptis, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Philippe Nafteux, Magnus Nilsson, Jari Räsanen, Francesco Palazzo, Ernest Rosato, Stuart Mercer, Luigi Bonavina, Grard Nieuwenhuijzen, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Wolfgang Schröder, Piet Pattyn, Peter P Grimminger, Christian A Gutschow
OBJECTIVE: To define "best possible" outcomes in total minimally invasive transthoracic esophagectomy (ttMIE). BACKGROUND: TtMIE, performed by experts in patients with low comorbidity, may serve as a benchmark procedure for esophagectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From a cohort of 1057 ttMIE, performed over a 5-year period in 13 high-volume centers for esophageal surgery, we selected a study group of 334 patients (31.6%) that fulfilled criteria of low comorbidity (American Society of Anesthesiologists score ≤2, WHO/ECOG score ≤1, age ≤65 years, body mass index 19-29 kg/m)...
August 7, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795891/experience-using-closed-incision-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-in-sternotomy-patients
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B Philip, P McCluskey, J Hinchion
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative delayed wound healing, surgical site infections (SSIs), and other wound complications are associated with increased morbidity and health-care costs. In cardiothoracic surgery, wound complications can have life-threatening consequences. In recent years, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has been applied over closed surgical incisions to help reduce tension and protect from external contamination. We report our initial experiences using a closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT) over clean, closed sternotomy incisions at an Irish tertiary referral centre...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795669/-evaluation-of-volume-overload-in-critical-patients-by-monitoring-change-of-cardiac-output-under-bed-head-raising-combined-with-passive-leg-raising
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Long Zhang, Luhao Wang, Weixiong Luo, Meihua Mei, Youjuan Chen, Bin Ouyang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the change of cardiac output (CO) with bed head raising (BHR) combined with passive leg raising (PLR) can be used to assess volume overload in critical patients. METHODS: A prospective observational diagnostic trial was designed. The patients who underwent fluid resuscitation 6 hours or more, and admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Meizhou People's Hospital in Guangdong Province from January to December in 2016 were enrolled...
August 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795324/the-fgf23-klotho-axis-and-cardiac-tissue-doppler-imaging-in-pediatric-chronic-kidney-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Ylva Tranæus Lindblad, Hannes Olauson, Georgios Vavilis, Ulf Hammar, Maria Herthelius, Jonas Axelsson, Peter Bárány
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease-associated mineral bone disorder (CKD-MBD) is common in pediatric kidney disease patients and a risk factor for future cardiovascular disease (CVD). Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) and Klotho are novel key players in CKD-MBD, and has been suggested to be involved in the development of CVD. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 74 pediatric patients; 31 with CKD (age range 0.8-18.8 years, glomerular filtration rate (GFR) range 9-68 mL/min/1...
August 9, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794209/phylloquinone-intake-is-associated-with-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-adolescents
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Mary K Douthit, Mary Ellen Fain, Joshua T Nguyen, Celestine F Williams, Allison H Jasti, Bernard Gutin, Norman K Pollock
Background: Associations between childhood vitamin K consumption and cardiac structure and function have not been investigated.Objective: We determined associations between phylloquinone (vitamin K-1) intake and left ventricular (LV) structure and function in adolescents.Methods: We assessed diet with three to seven 24-h recalls and physical activity (PA) by accelerometry in 766 adolescents (aged 14-18 y, 50% female, 49% black). Fat-free soft tissue (FFST) mass and fat mass were measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793276/opacification-patterns-of-cardiac-masses-using-low-mechanical-index-contrast-echocardiography-comparison-with-histopathological-findings
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Agata Barchitta, Cristina Basso, Pier Giuseppe Piovesana, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Luisa Ruzza, Alessandra Bianchi, Alberto Banzato, Maurizio Chiesa, Gaetano Thiene, Gino Gerosa, Stefania Rizzo
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional echocardiography is the main noninvasive imaging tool to identify cardiac masses but is unable to provide detailed tissue characterization. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the ability of low mechanical index (MI) contrast echocardiography to detect presence and amount of tissue vascularization as validated by histopathology study of cardiac masses. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twelve consecutive patients (5 females and 7 males, age range 51-82 years) underwent conventional and contrast two-dimensional echocardiography with low MI...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791481/anterior-transarticular-c1-c2-fixation-with-contralateral-screw-insertion-a-report-of-two-cases-and-technical-note
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Ivan Lvov, Andrey Grin, Aleksandr Kaykov, Vladimir Smirnov, Vladimir Krylov
PURPOSE: Anterior transarticular fixation of the C1-C2 vertebrae is a well-known technique that involves screw insertion through the body of the C2 vertebra into the lateral masses of the atlas through an anterior transcervical approach. Meanwhile, contralateral screw insertion has been previously described only in anatomical studies. METHODS: We describe two case reports of the clinical application of this new technique. RESULTS: In Case 1, the patient was diagnosed with an unstable C1 fracture...
August 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789823/serum-exosomal-protein-profiling-for-the-non-invasive-detection-of-cardiac-allograft-rejection
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Peter J Kennel, Amit Saha, Dawn A Maldonado, Raymond Givens, Danielle L Brunjes, Estibaliz Castillero, Xiaokan Zhang, Ruiping Ji, Alexandre Yahi, Isaac George, Donna M Mancini, Antonius Koller, Barry Fine, Emmanuel Zorn, Paolo C Colombo, Nicholas Tatonetti, Emily I Chen, P Christian Schulze
BACKGROUND: Exosomes are cell-derived circulating vesicles that play an important role in cell-cell communication. Exosomes are actively assembled and carry messenger RNAs, microRNAs and proteins. The "gold standard" for cardiac allograft surveillance is endomyocardial biopsy (EMB), an invasive technique with a distinct complication profile. The development of novel, non-invasive methods for the early diagnosis of allograft rejection is warranted. We hypothesized that the exosomal proteome is altered in acute rejection, allowing for a distinction between non-rejection and rejection episodes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789598/development-of-a-computerized-4-d-mri-phantom-for-liver-motion-study
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Chunhao Wang, Fang-Fang Yin, W P Segars, Zheng Chang, Lei Ren
PURPOSE: To develop a 4-dimensional computerized magnetic resonance imaging phantom with image textures extracted from real patient scans for liver motion studies. METHODS: The proposed phantom was developed based on the current version of 4-dimensional extended cardiac-torso computerized phantom and a clinical magnetic resonance scan. Initially, the extended cardiac-torso phantom was voxelized in abdominal-chest region at the end of exhalation phase. Structures/tissues were classified into 4 categories: (1) Seven key textured organs, including liver, gallbladder, spleen, stomach, heart, kidneys, and pancreas, were mapped from a clinical T1-weighted liver magnetic resonance scan using deformable registration...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
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