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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566800/serum-soluble-st2-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-hypertensive-patients
#1
Anca Daniela Farcaş, Florin Petru Anton, Cerasela Mihaela Goidescu, Iulia Laura Gavrilă, Luminiţa Animarie Vida-Simiti, Mirela Anca Stoia
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular (LV) structural and functional alterations in hypertension has some limitations, potentially overcome by using biomarkers. ST2, a prognostic biomarker for heart failure and myocardial infarction patients, was less studied in hypertension. AIM: To analyze the relationship between serum ST2 levels and diastolic dysfunction (DD) in hypertension. METHOD: We enrolled 88 hypertensive outpatients (average age 65 years, 69...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535618/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-in-tunisia
#2
I Ben Ghorbel, N Belfeki, N Baouendi, T Ben Salem, M H Houman
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is more frequent in Northern rather than Southern countries. Very few studies have been conducted in Africa. We have performed a retrospective descriptive study including clinical and laboratory profiles of 30 Tunisian GPA patients seen at the department of Internal Medicine of the University Hospital of la Rabta from 2000 to 2014. Mean age at initial GPA diagnosis was 46±12 years, and the average number of months between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis was 25. Seventeen (56%) were male, and 13 (44%) were female...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528869/pure-membranous-lupus-nephritis-description-of-a-cohort-of-150-patients-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Lucía Silva-Fernández, Teresa Otón, Anca Askanase, Patricia Carreira, Francisco Javier López-Longo, Alejandro Olivé, Íñigo Rúa-Figueroa, Javier Narváez, Esther Ruiz-Lucea, Mariano Andrés, Enrique Calvo, Francisco Toyos, Juan José Alegre-Sancho, Eva Tomero, Carlos Montilla, Antonio Zea, Esther Uriarte, Jaime Calvo-Alén, Carlos Marras, Víctor M Martínez-Taboada, María Ángeles Belmonte-López, José Rosas, Enrique Raya, Gema Bonilla, Mercedes Freire, José María Pego-Reigosa, Isabel Millán, Adwoa Hughes-Morley
OBJECTIVES: The course and long-term outcome of pure membranous lupus nephritis (MLN) are little understood. The aims of this study are to evaluate the clinical features, course, outcome and prognostic indicators in pure MLN and to determine the impact of ethnicity and the type of health insurance on the course and prognosis of pure MLN. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of medical records of 150 patients with pure MLN from Spain and the USA. RESULTS: Mean age was 34...
May 18, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
#4
Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487867/non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-after-rituximab-treatment-for-membranous-nephropathy
#5
Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Stephen L Kopecky, Ulrich Specks, Kharmen Bharucha, Fernando C Fervenza
Rituximab is an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody frequently used for the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and anti-neutrophilic cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis. In addition, rituximab has recently been increasingly used as an off-label treatment in a number of inflammatory and systemic autoimmune diseases. It is advised that rituximab infusion may cause infusion reactions and adverse cardiac effects including arrhythmia and angina, especially in patients with prior history of cardiovascular diseases...
2017: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414663/not-another-acs-rule-out
#6
S Preston, R Nelson, M Watts, D Smith, T Dewenter, D Spruill
CASE: A 50 year old African-American woman with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia presented with progressively worsening retro-sternal chest pain, exacerbated by activity and relieved by rest. She also endorsed a thirty-pound unintentional weight loss, and dysphagia. She was dysarthric with left-sided Bell's Palsy and a palpable left axillary lymph node. She had been evaluated at several hospitals in the previous months for similar typical chest pain. Her troponin values were normal, and an EKG showed T-wave inversions in leads I and aVL...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251013/antiproteinase-3-positive-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-presenting-with-heart-failure-and-intraventricular-thrombosis
#7
Dan Zhu, Yiming Luo, Xiangyuan Liu, Lingyun Zu
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a rare systemic vasculitis commonly with cardiac complications. We describe a case of anti-PR3 ANCA-positive EGPA complicated by congestive heart failure and intraventricular thrombosis. Interestingly, the thrombus was resolved rapidly with steroid and cyclophosphamide in the setting of interrupted anticoagulation. To the best of our knowledge, we report the first case of anti-PR3 positive EGPA with extensive cardiac involvement. Our patient had overlapping features with previously studied ANCA-positive and ANCA-negative EGPA cases...
2017: Case Reports in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225490/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-spanish-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitides-impact-of-the-vasculitis-type-anca-specificity-and-treatment-on-mortality-and-morbidity
#8
MULTICENTER STUDY
Roser Solans-Laqué, Guadalupe Fraile, Monica Rodriguez-Carballeira, Luis Caminal, Maria J Castillo, Ferran Martínez-Valle, Luis Sáez, Juan J Rios, Xavier Solanich, Joaquim Oristrell, Francisco Pasquau, Eva Fonseca, Monica Zamora, Jose L Callejas, Begoña Frutos, Monica Abdilla, Patricia Fanlo, Isabel García-Sánchez, Miguel López-Dupla, Bernardo Sopeña, Almudena Pérez-Iglesias, Josep A Bosch
The aim of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) at presentation, in a wide cohort of Spanish patients, and to analyze the impact of the vasculitis type, ANCA specificity, prognostic factors, and treatments administered at diagnosis, in the outcome.A total of 450 patients diagnosed between January 1990 and January 2014 in 20 Hospitals from Spain were included. Altogether, 40.9% had granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), 37.1% microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), and 22% eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180206/multiple-cardiac-complications-after-adjuvant-therapy-for-breast-cancer-the-importance-of-echocardiography-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Adriana Luminita Gurghean, Ilinca Savulescu-Fiedler, Anca Mihailescu
Cardiovascular complications induced by adjuvant cancer therapies may become symptomatic after many years, being responsible for increased morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors. We report a case of a 54-year old female admitted for severe heart failure induced by myocardial and valvular damage after postoperative adjuvant therapy for left breast cancer 6 years ago. Her recent history revealed nonST elevation myocardial infarction in the absence of significant cardiovascular risk factors. Transthoracic echocardiography, tissue Doppler imaging and speckle-tracking imaging revealed severe biventricular systolic dysfunction, severe mitral and tricuspid regurgitation and severe pulmonary hypertension...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065613/anca-negative-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-as-acute-multiple-cerebral-infarcts-a-case-report
#10
Klearchos Psychogios, Ilias Evmorfiadis, Spyros Dragomanovits, Athanasios Stavridis, Konstantinos Takis, Loukas Kaklamanis, Pantelis Stathis
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, previously named Churg-Strauss syndrome) is a form of necrotizing vasculitis occurring in patients with asthma and eosinophilia. Ischemic stroke is a relatively rare complication of the disease. We report a case of a 63-year-old woman with multiple embolic infarcts, hypereosinophilia (for >7 years), and skin rash. Elevated cardiac enzymes and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were consistent with endomyocarditis. The simultaneous presence of history of asthma, sinusitis, hypereosinophilia, and vasculitis led to the diagnosis of EGPA...
March 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002315/a-case-report-and-literature-review-of-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-with-myocarditis
#11
REVIEW
Lu Qiao, Dengfeng Gao
BACKGROUND: Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is a multisystem disorder characterized by asthma, prominent peripheral blood eosinophilia, and vasculitis signs. CASE SUMMARY: Here we report a case of CSS presenting with acute myocarditis and heart failure and review the literature on CSS with cardiac involvement. A 59-year-old man with general fatigue, numbness of limbs, and a 2-year history of asthma was admitted to the department of orthopedics. Eosinophilia, history of asthma, lung infiltrates, peripheral neurological damage, and myocarditis suggested the diagnosis of CSS...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931223/pattern-and-prognostic-value-of-cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease-a-comprehensive-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach
#12
Matthias Boentert, Anca Florian, Bianca Dräger, Peter Young, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the lysosomal α-1,4-glucosidase leading to accumulation of glycogen in target tissues with progressive organ failure. While the early infantile-onset form is characterized by early severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with cardiac and respiratory failure, clinically relevant cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon in patients with late-onset Pompe disease, and the prevalence and nature of myocardial abnormalities are still to be clarified...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885316/bartonella-endocarditis-and-pauci-immune-glomerulonephritis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
REVIEW
Jillian E Raybould, Alison L Raybould, Megan K Morales, Misbah Zaheer, Michael S Lipkowitz, Joseph G Timpone, Princy N Kumar
Among culture-negative endocarditis in the United States, Bartonella species are the most common cause, with Bartonella henselae and Bartonella quintana comprising the majority of cases. Kidney manifestations, particularly glomerulonephritis, are common sequelae of infectious endocarditis, with nearly half of all Bartonella patients demonstrating renal involvement. Although a pauci-immune pattern is a frequent finding in infectious endocarditis-associated glomerulonephritis, it is rarely reported in Bartonella endocarditis...
September 2016: Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: IDCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882604/the-dog-bone-technique-a-novel-easy-and-safe-catheter-maneuver-for-aortic-arch-and-coarctation-stenting
#14
Marinos Kantzis, Anja Lehner, Kai Thorsten Laser, Anca Racolta, Radka Vcasna, Marcus Fischer, Deniz Kececioglu, Nikolaus A Haas
BACKGROUND: Various techniques are described to facilitate stable stent implantation in aortic arch stenosis or coarctation. We describe an alternative technique, which due to its unique appearance during stent implantation, we have named "Dog Bone Technique" (DBT). TECHNIQUE: The stent/balloon assembly is placed across the stenosis, the long sheath is retrieved to uncover the distal 20-50% of the stent. The balloon is inflated with the pressure inflator just to expand slightly the stent...
February 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714710/cardiac-manifestations-in-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-autoantibody-anca-associated-vasculitides
#15
REVIEW
Katarzyna Życińska, Anna Borowiec
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2016: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666870/effects-of-thyroid-hormone-withdrawal-on-natriuretic-peptides-during-radioactive-iodine-therapy-in-female-patients-with-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
#16
Adina Elena Stanciu, Anca Elena Hurduc, Marcel Marian Stanciu
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effects of thyroid hormone withdrawal on N-terminal prohormone forms of atrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP) and brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) during radioiodine therapy in female patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC). METHODS: Serum concentrations of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free triiodothyronine (FT3), NT-proANP and NT-proBNP were measured in 51 female patients with DTC (48.7 ± 4.2 years) at three time-points: day of radioiodine therapy (t1 - under acute hypothyroidism), 5 days after radioiodine (t2 - under acute hypothyroidism) and 3 months after radioiodine (t3 - under TSH suppression)...
December 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27611916/cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-rheumatic-disorders-data-of-the-rheu-m-a-r-study
#17
Simon Greulich, Daniel Kitterer, Reto Kurmann, Joerg Henes, Joerg Latus, Steffen Gloekler, Andreas Wahl, Sebastian J Buss, Hugo A Katus, Marco Bobbo, Massimo Lombardi, Maik Backes, Hannah Steubing, Pascal Schepat, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of cardiac involvement in rheumatic disorders is challenging due to its varying clinical presentation. Since clinical consequences range from immediate treatment changes to adverse long-term outcome, individual risk stratification is of great clinical interest. Primary aim was to evaluate the prevalence of cardiac involvement in patients with different rheumatic disorders using late gadolinium enhancement-cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-CMR). In addition, we sought to investigate if different rheumatic disorders would demonstrate different LGE patterns...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27591039/anca-negative-eosinophilic-granulomatosis-with-polyangitis-egpa-manifesting-as-a-large-intracardiac-thrombus-and-glomerulonephritis-with-angionecrosis
#18
Yuichi Saito, Sho Okada, Nobusada Funabashi, Yoshio Kobayashi
A 59-year-old woman with a history of bronchial asthma presented with a prolonged fever and eosinophilia. There was transient proteinuria and troponin level was elevated. Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody was negative and she did not fulfil criteria for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis (EGPA). Echocardiography showed a large apical mass in the left ventricle, but there was no systolic dysfunction, local asynergy or ventricular remodelling. On MRI, apical mass was compatible with a thrombus and endocardial region was diffusely damaged...
September 2, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27486321/remote-magnetic-targeting-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-for-cardiovascular-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-drug-delivery-where-are-we-now
#19
REVIEW
Michael Bietenbeck, Anca Florian, Cornelius Faber, Udo Sechtem, Ali Yilmaz
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows for an accurate assessment of both functional and structural cardiac parameters, and thereby appropriate diagnosis and validation of cardiovascular diseases. The diagnostic yield of cardiovascular MRI examinations is often increased by the use of contrast agents that are almost exclusively based on gadolinium compounds. Another clinically approved contrast medium is composed of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONs). These particles may expand the field of contrast-enhanced cardiovascular MRI as recently shown in clinical studies focusing on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and atherosclerosis...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27449465/a-rare-case-of-florid-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-autoantibody-associated-vasculitis-involving-both-atrioventricular-valves
#20
Habib Khan, Sanjay Chaubey, Rynda Nitiahpapand, Jatin Desai
Cardiac involvement is rare in antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated systemic vasculitis but can involve aortic and mitral valves. We present an unusual case of a 65-year-old woman who presented 16 years after an aortic valve replacement with severe mitral regurgitation with ACNA-associated vasculitis. The extensive nature of the pathologic condition, which extended to the tricuspid valve, prevented the replacement of the mitral valve during a surgical procedure. This is a rare case in which florid valvulopathy was observed in association with vasculitis...
August 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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