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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230770/vegfa-impacts-early-myocardium-development-in-zebrafish
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Diqi Zhu, Yabo Fang, Kun Gao, Jie Shen, Tao P Zhong, Fen Li
Vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa) signaling regulates cardiovascular development. However, the cellular mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in early cardiogenesis remain poorly understood. The present study aimed to understand the differential functions and mechanisms of Vegfa signaling in cardiac development. A loss-of-function approach was utilized to study the effect of Vegfa signaling in cardiogenesis. Both morphants and mutants for vegfaa display defects in cardiac looping and chamber formation, especially the ventricle...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229981/postprocedural-outcomes-and-risk-factors-for-arrhythmias-following-transcatheter-closure-of-congenital-perimembranous-ventricular-septal-defect-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Li-Jian Zhao, Bo Han, Jian-Jun Zhang, Ying-Chun Yi, Dian-Dong Jiang, Jian-Li Lyu
BACKGROUND: Currently, transcatheter closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defect (pmVSD) is a widely accepted therapeutic modality. However, arrhythmias, especially postprocedural heart blocks, are a concern and outcomes are not very clear. This study explored the outcomes and risk factors of arrhythmias associated with transcatheter device closure of pmVSD. METHODS: A total of 395 patients diagnosed with pmVSD who successfully underwent transcatheter intervention between January 2010 and December 2015 in our center were retrospectively reviewed...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228731/increased-hemodynamic-load-in-early-embryonic-stages-alters-endocardial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Madeline Midgett, Claudia S López, Larry David, Alina Maloyan, Sandra Rugonyi
Normal blood flow is essential for proper heart formation during embryonic development, as abnormal hemodynamic load (blood pressure and shear stress) results in cardiac defects seen in congenital heart disease. However, the progressive detrimental remodeling processes that relate altered blood flow to cardiac defects remain unclear. Endothelial-mesenchymal cell transition is one of the many complex developmental events involved in transforming the early embryonic outflow tract into the aorta, pulmonary trunk, interventricular septum, and semilunar valves...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228450/academic-outcomes-in-children-with-congenital-heart-defects-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Matthew E Oster, Stephanie Watkins, Kevin D Hill, Jessica H Knight, Robert E Meyer
BACKGROUND: Most studies evaluating neurocognitive outcomes in children with congenital heart defects (CHD) have focused on high-risk patients or used specialized, resource-intensive testing. To determine the association of CHD with academic outcomes and compare outcomes according to the severity of CHD, we linked state educational records with a birth defects registry and birth certificates. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using data from the North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services vital records...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228311/cardiogoniometry-in-psoriatic-patients-and-its-comparison-with-a-control-group
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Hoorak Poorzand, Bita Kiafar, Fardideh Asadzadeh Heravi, Mohammad Vejdanparast, Azadeh Saki, Mohammad Tayebi, Negar Morovatdar, Neda Karimabadi
BACKGROUND: Cardiogoniometry (CGM), a spatiotemporal electrocardiologic method may be useful as a cardiovascular diagnostic tool. Increased incidence of coronary artery or myocardial involvement and defects in automatic setting of heart activity have been reported in psoriasis which could be related to the presence of systemic inflammation. Cardiogoniometry and the related parameters have been used in this study as a diagnostic technique in psoriasis patients. METHODS: Thirty patients with psoriasis and 30 healthy, age and sex-matched individuals with no history of cardiovascular diseases or traditional coronary risk factors were enrolled...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228300/lutembacher-s-syndrome-is-the-mitral-pathology-always-rheumatic
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Pradeep Vaideeswar, Supreet Marathe
The mitral valve disease (MVD) in Lutembacher's syndrome has been infrequently analyzed from a pathological standpoint. In this study, we have attempted to elucidate the pathology of MVD in this interesting syndrome in 44 autopsied cases of combined non-primum atrial septal defect (ASD) and MVD collected over 16 years. The patients were divided into 3 groups: Group 1: non-primum ASD with clinically diagnosed mitral stenosis (MS)±regurgitation, Group 2: non-primum ASD with clinically diagnosed mitral regurgitation (MR) and, Group 3: non-primum ASD with no clinically evident MVD, but with mitral valve pathology diagnosed at autopsy...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228299/maternal-hyperhomocysteinemia-and-congenital-heart-defects-a-prospective-case-control-study-in-indian-population
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Reyaz A Malik, Mohd R Lone, Asif Ahmed, Kaisar A Koul, Rahid R Malla
OBJECTIVE: Very few studies have been conducted in this part of world to identify relation between maternal serum homocysteine levels and congenital heart disease in their offsprings. With this perspective in mind, this study was carried out. METHODS: Fifty women were enrolled in this study. Thirty of these had delivered neonates who were diagnosed to have congenital heart diseases. These were treated as cases. Twenty of these women had delivered neonates who did not have any congenital heart diseases and were treated as controls...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227933/classification-of-severity-of-mitral-regurgitation-patients-using-multifractal-analysis
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Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Rijil Thomas, Ling Lieng Hsi, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Soh Cheong Boon, Erry Gunawan, Ling Lieng Hsi
Owing to its efficiency and cost effectiveness, auscultation using a stethoscope is the primary diagnosis method preferred by most medical examiners for cardiovascular disease. Phonocardiography (PCG) is the next level of auscultation and an effective analysis technique in cardiology. This paper presents a method to quantify Mitral Regurgitation (MR) using PCG. MR is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases associated with a defect in mitral valve. We analyzed the multifractal nature of heart sounds with murmur followed by classification and clustering using Hurst exponents...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226725/a-chicken-embryo-cardiac-outflow-tract-atlas-for-registering-changes-due-to-abnormal-blood-flow
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James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, Kent Thornburg, Michael Danilchik, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Sandra Rugonyi
Subdivision-based image registration has previously been applied to co-localize digital information extracted from rigid structures in biological specimens, such as the brain. Here, we describe and demonstrate the creation and application of a two-dimensional subdivision-based atlas representing a dynamic structure: the outflow tract of the developing chicken heart. The atlas is designed to segment three different anatomical layers of the outflow tract, and is demonstrated on the characterization of collagen XIV in both control and induced abnormal flow specimens...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226723/improving-assessment-of-congenital-heart-disease-through-rapid-patient-specific-modeling
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Kathleen Gilbert, Genevieve Farrar, Brett Cowan, Avan Suinesiaputra, Christopher Occleshaw, Beau Pontre, James Perry, Sanjeet Hegde, Jeffrey Omens, Andrew McCulloch, Alistair Young, Kathleen Gilbert, Genevieve Farrar, Brett Cowan, Avan Suinesiaputra, Christopher Occleshaw, Beau Pontre, James Perry, Sanjeet Hegde, Jeffrey Omens, Andrew McCulloch, Alistair Young, James Perry, Genevieve Farrar, Avan Suinesiaputra, Brett Cowan, Kathleen Gilbert, Jeffrey Omens, Christopher Occleshaw, Sanjeet Hegde, Beau Pontre, Andrew McCulloch, Alistair Young
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, with an incidence of 75 in every 1000 births. As a result of improved interventions, 90% of people with congenital heart disease now survive to adulthood. They must undergo regular imaging to assess their biventricular (left and right ventricular) function. Analysis of the images is problematic due to the large variety of shapes and complex geometry. In this paper we extend a biventricular modeling method to improve the analysis of MR images from congenital heart disease patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224467/appropriate-use-of-genetic-testing-in-congenital-heart-disease-patients
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REVIEW
Seiji Ito, Kimberly A Chapman, Monisha Kisling, Anitha S John
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Congenital heart disease (CHD) remains the most common birth defect, occurring in 1% of all births. Although the exact etiology of CHD is still largely unknown, it is thought to be an interaction of genetic and non-genetic factors. The purposes of this review are to summarize recent advances in CHD genetics and testing and to present a suggested algorithm for appropriate use of genetic testing in patients with CHD. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in genetic testing technology are rapidly expanding the options for screening and are providing further insights into the genetic and molecular background of non-syndromic CHD...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221263/use-of-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-to-improve-detection-of-congenital-cardiovascular-anomalies-in-infants-undergoing-free-breathing-computed-tomographic-angiography
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Seth Kligerman, Ferdia Bolster, Jason Mitchell, Travis Henry, Jean Jeudy, Charles S White
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the detection of congenital cardiovascular anomalies (congenital heart disease) in neonates and infants using model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) algorithm compared with hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR) and filtered back projection (FBP) reconstructions on axial computed tomography (CT) performed at minimum scanner dose. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Over 1 year, all CT angiographies performed in infants below 3 months of age with congenital heart disease were assessed retrospectively...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219544/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-congenital-heart-surgery-database-2017-update-on-outcomes-and-quality
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Jeffrey P Jacobs, John E Mayer, Constantine Mavroudis, Sean M O'Brien, Erle H Austin, Sara K Pasquali, Kevin D Hill, David M Overman, James D St Louis, Tara Karamlou, Christian Pizarro, Jennifer C Hirsch-Romano, Donna McDonald, Jane M Han, Susan Becker, Christo I Tchervenkov, Francois Lacour-Gayet, Carl L Backer, Charles D Fraser, James S Tweddell, Martin J Elliott, Hal Walters, Richard A Jonas, Richard L Prager, David M Shahian, Marshall L Jacobs
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database is the largest congenital and pediatric cardiac surgical clinical data registry in the world. It is the platform for all activities of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons related to the analysis of outcomes and the improvement of quality in this subspecialty. This report summarizes current aggregate national outcomes in congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery and reviews related activities in the areas of quality measurement, performance improvement, and transparency...
March 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218213/surgical-treatment-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-complicated-by-pulmonary-hypertension
#14
Qing-Yu Wu, Dong-Hai Li, Hong-Yin Li, Ming-Kui Zhang, Zhong-Hua Xu, Hui Xue
BACKGROUND: Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a group of complex congenital heart abnormalities. Preoperative pulmonary hypertension (PH) is considered an important risk factor for early death during the surgical treatment of DORV. The aim of this study was to report our experience on surgical treatment of DORV complicated by PH. METHODS: From June 2004 to November 2016, 61 patients (36 males and 25 females) aged 2 weeks to 26 years (median: 0.67 years and interquartile range: 0...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215996/morphological-and-behavioral-responses-of-zebrafish-after-24h-of-ketamine-embryonic-exposure
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Luís M Félix, Cindy Serafim, Maria J Martins, Ana M Valentim, Luís M Antunes, Manuela Matos, Ana M Coimbra
Ketamine, one anesthetic used as an illicit drug, has been detected both in freshwater and marine ecosystems. However, knowledge of its impact on aquatic life is still limited. This study aimed to test its effects in zebrafish embryos by analyzing its time- and dose-dependent developmental toxicity and long-term behavioral changes. The 24h-LC50 was calculated from percent survival using probit analysis. Based on the 24h-LC50 (94.4mgL(-1)), embryos (2hour post-fertilization - hpf) were divided into four groups, including control, and exposed for 24h to ketamine concentrations of 50, 70 or 90mgL(-1)...
February 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214296/abnormally-high-and-heterogeneous-bone-matrix-mineralization-after-childhood-solid-organ-transplantation-a-complex-pathology-of-low-bone-turnover-and-local-defects-in-mineralization
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Nadja Fratzl-Zelman, Helena Valta, Renata C Pereira, Barbara M Misof, Paul Roschger, Hannu Jalanko, Kathrine Wesseling-Perry, Klaus Klaushofer, Outi Mäkitie
Chronic renal, liver and heart failure in children associates with multiple skeletal complications. Increased fracture incidence often persists after transplantation and could be related to alterations in bone material properties. In the present cohort study we evaluated bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD) by quantitative backscattered electron imaging (qBEI) in 23 pediatric solid organ allograft recipients with suspected osteoporosis. We measured BMDD in the entire cross-sectional area of transiliac bone biopsies obtained from kidney (n = 9), liver (n = 9) and heart (n = 5) transplant recipients (aged 7...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213846/fixation-of-bovine-pericardium-based-tissue-biomaterial-with-irreversible-chemistry-improves-biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties
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H Tam, W Zhang, D Infante, N Parchment, M Sacks, N Vyavahare
Bioprosthetic heart valves (BHVs), derived from glutaraldehyde crosslinked (GLUT) porcine aortic valve leaflets or bovine pericardium (BP), are used to replace defective heart valves. However, valve failure can occur within 12-15 years due to calcification and/or progressive structural degeneration. We present a novel fabrication method that utilizes carbodiimide, neomycin trisulfate, and pentagalloyl glucose crosslinking chemistry (TRI) to better stabilize the extracellular matrix of BP. We demonstrate that TRI-treated BP is more compliant than GLUT-treated BP...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212842/pathophysiological-consequences-of-receptor-mistraffic-tales-from-the-platelet-p2y12-receptor
#18
Margaret R Cunningham, Riyaad Aungraheeta, Stuart J Mundell
Genetic variations in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) genes can disrupt receptor function in a wide variety of human genetic diseases, including platelet bleeding disorders. Platelets are critical for haemostasis with inappropriate platelet activation leading to the development of arterial thrombosis, which can result in heart attack and stroke whilst decreased platelet activity is associated with an increased risk of bleeding. GPCRs expressed on the surface of platelets play key roles in regulating platelet activity and therefore function...
February 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211989/timothy-syndrome-1-genotype-without-syndactyly-and-major-extracardiac-manifestations
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Róbert Sepp, Lidia Hategan, Attila Bácsi, Judit Cseklye, László Környei, János Borbás, Márta Széll, Tamás Forster, István Nagy, Zoltán Hegedűs
Timothy syndrome 1 (TS1) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by multisystem abnormalities including QT prolongation, congenital heart defects, facial dysmorphism, episodic hypoglycemia, and neurological symptoms. A morphological hallmark of TS1 is syndactyly, present in all cases. TS1 is caused by the canonical p.Gly406Arg mutation in the alternatively spliced exon 8A in the CACNA1C gene, encoding for the main cardiac L-type calcium channel. A variant case of TS1 is reported. The proband had intermittent fetal bradycardia with heart rate of 72 bpm...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211980/constitutional-bone-impairment-in-noonan-syndrome
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Giuseppina Baldassarre, Alessandro Mussa, Diana Carli, Cristina Molinatto, Giovanni Battista Ferrero
Noonan syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant trait characterized by genotypic and phenotypic variability. It belongs to the Ras/MAPK pathway disorders collectively named Rasopathies or neurocardiofaciocutaneous syndromes. Phenotype is characterized by short stature, congenital heart defects, facial dysmorphisms, skeletal and ectodermal anomalies, cryptorchidism, mild to moderate developmental delay/learning disability, and tumor predisposition. Short stature and skeletal dysmorphisms are almost constant and several studies hypothesized a role for the RAS pathway in regulating bone metabolism...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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