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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714245/drug-loaded-multifunctional-nanoparticles-targeted-to-the-endocardial-layer-of-the-injured-heart-modulate-hypertrophic-signaling
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Mónica P A Ferreira, Sanjeev Ranjan, Sini Kinnunen, Alexandra Correia, Virpi Talman, Ermei Mäkilä, Brianda Barrios-Lopez, Marianna Kemell, Vimalkumar Balasubramanian, Jarno Salonen, Jouni Hirvonen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Anu J Airaksinen, Hélder A Santos
Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. Severe myocardial ischemia results in a massive loss of myocytes and acute myocardial infarction, the endocardium being the most vulnerable region. At present, current therapeutic lines only ameliorate modestly the quality of life of these patients. Here, an engineered nanocarrier is reported for targeted drug delivery into the endocardial layer of the left ventricle for cardiac repair. Biodegradable porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles are functionalized with atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), which is known to be expressed predominantly in the endocardium of the failing heart...
July 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712559/impact-of-percutaneous-mitral-valvuloplasty-on-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-mitral-stenosis-assessed-by-3d-echocardiography
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William Antonio M Esteves, Lucas Lodi-Junqueira, Juliana Rodrigues Soares, Guilherme Rafael Sant'Anna Athayde, Gabriela Assunção Goebel, Lucas Amorim Carvalho, Xin Zeng, Judy Hung, Timothy C Tan, Maria Carmo Pereira Nunes
BACKGROUND: The status of intrinsic left ventricular (LV) contractility in patients with isolated rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS) has been debated. The acute changes in loading conditions after percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty (PMV) may affect LV performance. We aimed to examine the acute effects of PMV on LV function and identify factors associated with LV ejection fraction (LVEF) changes, and determinants of long-term events following the procedure. METHODS: One hundred and forty-two patients who underwent PMV for symptomatic rheumatic MS (valve area of 0...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712069/left-atrial-dysfunction-as-a-determinant-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Andreea Calin, Anca D Mateescu, Monica Rosca, Carmen C Beladan, Roxana Enache, Simona Botezatu, Iulian Cosei, Cosmin Calin, Marian Simion, Carmen Ginghina, Andreea C Popescu, Bogdan A Popescu
In patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS), the presence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been linked to a poor prognosis. We aimed to assess the main determinants of PH in patients with severe AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). We prospectively enrolled 108 consecutive patients with isolated severe AS (indexed aortic valve area <0.6 cm(2)/m(2)) and LVEF >50%, in sinus rhythm. Left atrial (LA) function was assessed using longitudinal deformation parameters (by speckle tracking echocardiography)...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709743/ischemic-stroke-with-cardiac-pacemaker-implantation-comparison-of-physiological-and-ventricular-pacing-modes
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Yuji Kato, Takeshi Hayashi, Ritsushi Kato, Norio Tanahashi, Masaki Takao
BACKGROUND: The clinical characteristics of ischemic stroke in patients with a pacemaker (PM) are not well understood. METHODS: Forty-six ischemic stroke patients with a PM were investigated retrospectively, and the impact of different pacing modes was compared. RESULTS: The patients were divided into a physiological pacing group (n = 22) and a ventricular pacing group (n = 24). The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) was significantly higher in the ventricular pacing group (36% versus 75%; P = ...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706743/when-is-the-optimal-timing-of-surgical-intervention-for-severe-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Nobuhiro Nakanishi, Masanobu Ishii, Koichi Kaikita, Ken Okamoto, Yasuhiro Izumiya, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Seiji Takashio, Seiji Hokimoto, Toshihiro Fukui, Kenichi Tsujita
Functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a serious pathology to be noted for severe right heart failure (HF) and poor prognosis; however, the conventional assessment of TR has some limitations and the optimal timing of surgical intervention remains unclear. A 79-year-old Japanese female was admitted to our hospital to undergo cardiac surgery, because edema gradually got worse despite the increase in diuretics. She had a history of atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic HF due to severe TR and had been treated with a furosemide for leg edema 4 years ago...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705554/atrial-function-atrial-volume-and-cardiovascular-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-a-study-of-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Laust Dupont, Simon Winther, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Peter Bomholt, Hans Erik Bøtker, Morten Bøttcher, Per Ivarsen, My Svensson
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Previous studies using 2-dimensional echocardiography show that left atrial end-diastolic volume (LAEDV) predicts cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in patients with CKD. However, contrast-enhanced cardiac CT may offers a more precise measure of atrial dimensions and function than 2-dimensional echocardiography and may provide improved predictionof patient outcome. AIM: The aim of the present study was to examine the association of LAEDV and left atrial ejection fraction (LAEF) assessed by CT with left ventricle end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), left ventricular mass, left ventricular ejection fraction and N-terminal plasma-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-PRO-BNP)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693641/arterial-switch-operation-in-patients-with-transposition-and-a-left-sided-aorta
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Sachin Talwar, Robert H Anderson, Pradeep Ramakrishnan, Amolkumar Bhoje, Saurabh Gupta, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: Arterial switch operation is the treatment of choice in infants with transposed arterial trunks. It is technically challenging to perform in patients having usual atrial arrangement and concordant atrioventricular connections but having a left-sided aorta. Correction in this setting requires surgical expertise and precision. Here we review our experience with such patients. METHODS: Between January, 2002 and October, 2013, the arterial switch operation was performed in 20 patients in the combination emphasised above...
July 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691201/combined-myocardial-deformation-to-predict-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-response-in-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
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Ning Yang, Zhao-Guang Liang, Zhao-Jun Wang, Hui Liu, Chao Chi, Yan-Feng Tian, Shu-Han Qi, Bi-Yu Wang, Wei Han
BACKGROUND: 20-30% of patients do not benefit from CRT when the established selection criteria were applied. We hypothesized that a combined assessment of mechanical dyssynchrony, myocardial deformation and diastolic function would identify patients who would benefit most from CRT. METHOD: In 36 CRT patients, clinical evaluation and echocardiography were performed before and after CRT. Patients were classified into 3 subgroups according to their amount of response: echocardiographic responders, clinical responders, and nonresponders...
July 10, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688857/three-dimensional-echocardiographic-automated-quantification-of-left-heart-chamber-volumes-using-an-adaptive-analytics-algorithm-feasibility-and-impact-of-image-quality-in-nonselected-patients
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Diego Medvedofsky, Victor Mor-Avi, Isida Byku, Amita Singh, Lynn Weinert, Megan Yamat, Eric Kruse, Boguslawa Ciszek, Alma Nelson, Kyoko Otani, Masaaki Takeuchi, Roberto M Lang
BACKGROUND: Although 3D echocardiography (3DE) allows accurate and reproducible quantification of cardiac chambers, it has not been integrated into clinical practice because it relies on manual input, which interferes with workflow. A recently developed automated adaptive analytics algorithm for simultaneous quantification of left ventricular and atrial (LV, LA) volumes was found to be accurate and reproducible in patients with good images. We sought to prospectively test its feasibility and accuracy in consecutive patients in relationship with image quality and reader experience...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681553/contractile-reserve-and-cardiopulmonary-exercise-parameters-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-the-two-dimensions-of-exercise-testing
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Kegan J Moneghetti, Yukari Kobayashi, Jeffrey W Christle, Miyuki Ariyama, Bojan Vrtovec, Tatiana Kouznetsova, Andrew Wilson, Euan Ashley, Matthew T Wheeler, Johnathan Myers, Francois Haddad
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) contractile reserve assessed using imaging and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) has been shown to predict outcome in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Few clinical studies have, however, analyzed the relationship between them. METHODS: A cohort of 75 ambulatory patients with DCM underwent stress treadmill echocardiography with CPX. LV contractile reserve was calculated as absolute change (ΔLVEF=LVEFpeak -LVEFrest ) and percent change (%LVEF=[(LVEFpeak -LVEFrest )/LVEFpeak) ]×100) in LVEF, circumferential and longitudinal strain (LS)...
July 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676183/preclinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-kcnh2-g628s-gene-therapy-for-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
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Zhao Liu, Julie A Hutt, Barur Rajeshkumar, Yoshihiro Azuma, Kailai L Duan, J Kevin Donahue
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is the most common complication occurring after cardiac surgery. Multiple studies have shown significantly increased risks of stroke, myocardial infarction, and death associated with POAF. Current prophylaxis strategies are inadequate to eliminate this problem. We examined the preclinical efficacy and safety of KCNH2-G628S gene transfer to prevent POAF. METHODS: Domestic pigs received AdKCNH2-G628S by epicardial atrial gene painting and atrial pacemaker implantation for continuous-burst pacing to induce atrial fibrillation...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674631/liver-stiffness-assessed-by-fibrosis-4-index-predicts-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Yu Sato, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yuki Kanno, Shunsuke Watanabe, Tetsuro Yokokawa, Satoshi Abe, Tomofumi Misaka, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takayoshi Yamaki, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
OBJECTIVE: Liver dysfunction due to heart failure (HF) is known as congestive hepatopathy. It has recently been reported that liver stiffness assessed by transient elastography reflects increased central venous pressure. The Fibrosis-4 (FIB4) index (age (years) × aspartate aminotransferase (IU/L)/platelet count (10(9)/L) × square root of alanine aminotransferase (IU/L)) is expected to be useful for evaluating liver stiffness in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We aimed to investigate the impact of the FIB4 index on HF prognosis, with consideration for liver fibrosis markers and underlying cardiac function...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674618/higher-number-of-live-births-is-associated-with-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-adverse-cardiac-remodelling-among-us-hispanic-latina-women-results-from-the-echocardiographic-study-of-latinos
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Shivani R Aggarwal, David M Herrington, Catherine J Vladutiu, Jill C Newman, Katrina Swett, Franklyn Gonzalez, Jorge R Kizer, Michelle A Kominiarek, Karen M Tabb, Linda C Gallo, Gregory A Talavera, Barry E Hurwitz, Carlos J Rodriguez
INTRODUCTION: Female sex is a risk factor for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Previous literature suggests that some diastolic dysfunction (DD) develops during pregnancy and may persist postdelivery. Our objective was to examine the relationship between parity and cardiac structure and function in a population-based cohort. METHODS: Participants included 1172 Hispanic/Latina women, aged ≥45 years, enrolled in the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos from four US communities (Bronx, Miami, San Diego and Chicago)...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673783/combined-mitraclip-implantation-and-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-using-the-watchman-device-a-case-series-from-a-referral-center
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Ana Rita G Francisco, Eduardo Infante de Oliveira, Miguel Nobre Menezes, Pedro Carrilho Ferreira, Pedro Canas da Silva, Ângelo Nobre, Fausto J Pinto
INTRODUCTION: Patients referred for percutaneous transcatheter mitral valve repair using the MitraClip(®) system frequently have atrial fibrillation, which imposes additional challenges due to the need for oral anticoagulation. Left atrial appendage occlusion is currently regarded as a non-inferior alternative to anticoagulation in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation and both high thromboembolic and bleeding risk. Considering that both MitraClip implantation and left atrial appendage occlusion are percutaneous techniques that require transseptal puncture, it is technically attractive to consider their concomitant use...
June 30, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673638/effect-of-percutaneous-edge-to-edge-repair-on-mitral-valve-area-and-its-association-with-pulmonary-hypertension-and-outcomes
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Hiroto Utsunomiya, Yuji Itabashi, Sayuki Kobayashi, Florian Rader, Asma Hussaini, Moody Makar, Alfredo Trento, Robert J Siegel, Saibal Kar, Takahiro Shiota
Percutaneous edge-to-edge repair using the MitraClip system causes reduction in mitral valve area (MVA). However, its clinical impact is not fully elucidated. This study assessed the impact of postprocedural MVA reduction on pulmonary hypertension and outcomes. A total of 92 patients with grades 3 to 4 + mitral regurgitation (MR) who underwent MitraClip therapy were retrospectively reviewed. Using intraprocedural, 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, postprocedural MVA was obtained by 2 optimized planes through the medial and lateral orifices of the repaired valve...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670776/myocardial-protective-effect-of-antegrade-cardioplegic-cardiac-arrest-versus-ventricular-fibrillation-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-on-immediate-postoperative-and-mid-term-left-ventricular-function-in-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-surgery
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Sang Yoon Kim, Sungkyu Cho, Ji-Hyun Lee, Jin-Tae Kim, Woong-Han Kim
The objective of this study is to examine the myocardial protective effect of antegrade cardioplegic cardiac arrest (ACC) versus ventricular fibrillation (VF) on short-term and mid-term left ventricular (LV) function in right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) surgery. RVOT operations conducted from January 2006 to December 2015 were reviewed. The numbers of cases using ACC and VF were 71 and 49, respectively. Postoperative mortality and morbidity were compared between the two groups. Before and after propensity score matching, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left ventricular end-systolic/end-diastolic diameter (LVESD/LVEDD) in echocardiography were measured immediately after operation and at mid-term follow-up between postoperative 6 and 24 months...
July 2, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668142/left-atrial-phasic-function-and-its-association-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Frédéric Poulin, Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Shemy Carasso, Harry Rakowski, Eric M Horlick, Mark D Osten, Robert J Cusimano, Anna Woo
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) size is a marker of prognosis in severe aortic stenosis (AS). The aims of this retrospective study were to assess the impact of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) on the recovery of LA phasic function and to assess the relationship between LA function and new-onset atrial fibrillation (NAF) after TAVI. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, LA function was measured using biplane volumes and 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in 52 patients (median age, 81 years) with severe AS before TAVI and at midterm follow-up...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666993/digoxin-use-and-subsequent-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-with-or-without-heart-failure-in-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial
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Alon Eisen, Christian T Ruff, Eugene Braunwald, Rose A Hamershock, Basil S Lewis, Christian Hassager, Tze-Fan Chao, Jean Yves Le Heuzey, Michele Mercuri, Howard Rutman, Elliott M Antman, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is widely used in patients with atrial fibrillation despite the lack of randomized controlled trials. Observational studies report conflicting results regarding its association with mortality, perhaps because of residual confounding by the presence of heart failure (HF). METHODS AND RESULTS: In the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective Anticoagulation With Factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 48) trial, clinical outcomes of patients with atrial fibrillation with and without HF were examined by baseline digoxin use during a median follow-up of 2...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666317/right-ventricular-and-tricuspid-valve-function-in-patients-chronically-implanted-with-leadless-pacemakers
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Erwan Salaun, Lilith Tovmassian, Blandine Simonnet, Roch Giorgi, Frédéric Franceschi, Linda Koutbi-Franceschi, Jérôme Hourdain, Gilbert Habib, Jean-Claude Deharo
Aims: Leadless cardiac pacing has recently been proposed as alternative to conventional right ventricular (RV) pacing. With this approach, devices are directly screwed or fixed with tines in the RV wall, but the possible consequences on RV and tricuspid valve (TV) structure and function remain unknown. We thus conducted a study to evaluate this potential impact in chronically implanted patients. Methods and results: Repeated echocardiographic studies were performed prior to implantation, at discharge, and 2 months thereafter on all consecutive patients implanted with a leadless pacemaker at our centre between October 2014 and end-December 2015...
June 28, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664601/left-atrial-strain-predicts-hemodynamic-parameters-in-cardiovascular-patients
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Bernd Hewing, Lena Theres, Sebastian Spethmann, Karl Stangl, Henryk Dreger, Fabian Knebel
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate the predictive value of left atrial (LA) reservoir, conduit, and contractile function parameters as assessed by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) for invasively measured hemodynamic parameters in a patient cohort with myocardial and valvular diseases. METHODS: Sixty-nine patients undergoing invasive hemodynamic assessment were enrolled into the study. Invasive hemodynamic parameters were obtained by left and right heart catheterization...
June 29, 2017: Echocardiography
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