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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545487/inhaled-ambient-level-traffic-derived-particulates-decrease-cardiac-vagal-influence-and-baroreflexes-and-increase-arrhythmia-in-a-rat-model-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Alex P Carll, Samir M Crespo, Mauricio S Filho, Douglas H Zati, Brent A Coull, Edgar A Diaz, Rodrigo D Raimundo, Thomas N G Jaeger, Ana Laura Ricci-Vitor, Vasileios Papapostolou, Joy E Lawrence, David M Garner, Brigham S Perry, Jack R Harkema, John J Godleski
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have linked exposures to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and traffic with autonomic nervous system imbalance (ANS) and cardiac pathophysiology, especially in individuals with preexisting disease. It is unclear whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) increases susceptibility to the effects of PM2.5. We hypothesized that exposure to traffic-derived primary and secondary organic aerosols (P + SOA) at ambient levels would cause autonomic and cardiovascular dysfunction in rats exhibiting features of MetS...
May 25, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544033/impaired-neurovascular-reactivity-in-the-microvasculature-of-pregnant-women-with-preeclampsia
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Karine Ferreira Agra, Isabelle Eunice Albuquerque Pontes, José Roberto da Silva, José Natal Figueiroa, Geraldine F Clough, João Guilherme Bezerra Alves
Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with maternal vascular dysfunction, leading to serious cardiovascular risk both during and following pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: To assess microvascular reactivity in pregnant women with PE. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in 36 pregnant women with PE and 36 normotensive pregnant women (C) in the third trimester. Skin microvascular blood flow was measured using laser Doppler flowmetry at rest (RF), during the maximum hyperaemic response to brief arterial occlusion (MF) and during the sympathetically-mediated constrictor response to deep inspiratory breath hold (IBH)...
May 19, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537464/multi-domain-assessment-of-autonomic-function-in-spinal-cord-injury-using-a-modified-autonomic-reflex-screen
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Michael James Berger, Kurt Kimpinski, Katharine Dianne Currie, Hirmand Nouraei, Mahsa Sadeghi, Andrei V Krassioukov
The purpose of this study was to characterize autonomic lesions in participants with spinal cord injury (SCI; n=10) using an autonomic reflex screen, incorporating sudomotor, cardiovagal and sympathetic adrenergic tests, as well as hemodynamic responses to head-up tilt (HUT). Hemodynamic responses were compared to healthy controls (n=20) and previously published normative cutoffs in order better identify autonomic impairments. Sympathetic skin responses (SSRs), heart rate response to deep breathing (HRDB) and heart rate and beat-to-beat blood pressure responses to Valsalva maneuver (VM) and HUT were measured...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534047/polysomnographic-heart-rate-variability-indices-and-atrial-ectopy-associated-with-incident-atrial-fibrillation-risk-in-older-community-dwelling-men
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Dileep Raman, Farhad Kaffashi, Li-Yung Lui, William H Sauer, Susan Redline, Peter Stone, Peggy M Cawthon, Katie L Stone, Kristine E Ensrud, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Kenneth Loparo, Reena Mehra
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction contributes to atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that polysomnogram (PSG)-based heart rate variability (HRV) autonomic function biomarkers are associated with incident AF and these associations are modified by measures of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). METHODS: 2350 participants of a multi-center prospective study (Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men Study) without baseline AF underwent sleep studies with incident adjudicated AF follow up (8...
May 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524029/-predictive-value-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-on-mechanical-ventilation-weaning
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Hui Wang, Ming Ma, Desheng Chen, Gang Li, Shupeng Wang, Jingen Xia, Jun Duan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular diastolic function on mechanical ventilation weaning in patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > 0.50. METHODS: A retrospective case control study was conducted. Sixty-five patients with LVEF > 0.50 undergoing mechanical ventilation for more than 48 hours admitted to surgery intensive care unit (ICU) of China-Japan Friendship Hospital from June 2014 to December 2016 were enrolled...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521050/sudden-unexpected-death-during-sleep-in-familial-dysautonomia-a-case-control-study
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Jose-Alberto Palma, Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, Miguel A Perez, Christy L Spalink, Horacio Kaufmann
Study Objectives: Sudden unexpected death during sleep (SUDS) is the most common cause of death in patients with familial dysautonomia, an autosomal recessive disease characterized by sensory and autonomic dysfunction. It remains unknown what causes SUDS in these patients and who is at highest risk. We tested the hypothesis that SUDS in FD is linked to sleep-disordered breathing. Methods: We retrospectively identified patients with familial dysautonomia who died suddenly and unexpectedly during sleep and had undergone polysomnography within the 18-month period prior to death...
May 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507013/mechanisms-of-action-of-probiotics-and-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-on-gut-motility-and-constipation
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REVIEW
Eirini Dimidi, Stephanos Christodoulides, S Mark Scott, Kevin Whelan
Constipation is a common and burdensome gastrointestinal disorder that may result from altered gastrointestinal motility. The effect of probiotics on constipation has been increasingly investigated in both animal and human studies, showing promising results. However, there is still uncertainty regarding the mechanisms of action of probiotics on gut motility and constipation. Several factors are vital to normal gut motility, including immune and nervous system function, bile acid metabolism and mucus secretion, and the gastrointestinal microbiota and fermentation; an imbalance or dysfunction in any of these components may contribute to aberrant gut motility and, consequently, symptoms of constipation...
May 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488317/impact-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-retrospective-analysis
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Verena Gessner, Thomas Bitter, Dieter Horstkotte, Olaf Oldenburg, Henrik Fox
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Previous studies showed that severe SDB has a negative impact on myocardial salvage and progression of left ventricular dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This study investigated the frequency of SDB and the effects of SDB on left ventricular function after AMI. This retrospective study enrolled all patients with AMI who had undergone cardiorespiratory polygraphy for SDB diagnosis. The apnea-hypopnea index was used as a standard metric of SDB severity...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476919/v%C3%AC-o2-kinetics-associated-with-moderate-intensity-exercise-in-heart-failure-impact-of-intrathecal-fentanyl-inhibition-of-group-iii-iv-locomotor-muscle-afferents
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Erik H Van Iterson, Bruce D Johnson, Michael J Joyner, Timothy B Curry, Thomas P Olson
Heart failure (HF) patients demonstrate impaired pulmonary, circulatory, and nervous system responses to exercise. While HF demonstrate prolonged (time-constant, τ) pulmonary oxygen uptake (V̇O2) on-kinetics contributing to exercise intolerance, it is unknown if abnormal V̇O2 kinetics couple with ventilatory and circulatory dysfunction secondary to impaired group III/IV afferents in HF. Because lower-lumbar intrathecal fentanyl inhibits locomotor muscle afferents resulting in improved exercise ventilation and hemodynamics, we tested the hypotheses, HF will demonstrate: 1) rapid V̇O2 on-kinetics, and 2) attenuated steady-state V̇O2 amplitude and oxygen deficit (O2def) during exercise with fentanyl versus placebo...
May 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458700/echocardiographic-characteristics-of-isolated-left-ventricular-noncompaction
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Afsoon Fazlinezhad, Mohammad Vojdanparast, Shadi Sarafan, Pouya Nezafati
BACKGROUND: Although isolated left ventricular noncompaction (ILVNC) has been described almost two decades ago, our knowledge about its diagnosis, presentation, echocardiographic features and clinical outcome is sparse. We aimed to assess the echocardiographic and clinical characteristics of ILVNC in a group of patients referred to our center. METHODS: Patients who were referred to a tertiary referral center, affiliated with Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, with primary diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy underwent comprehensive echocardiographic evaluation...
September 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458358/simultaneous-recordings-of-central-and-peripheral-bioelectrical-signals-in-a-freely-moving-rodent
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Takuya Sasaki, Yuya Nishimura, Yuji Ikegaya
Understanding physiological interactions between the central and peripheral nervous systems requires an experimental strategy to simultaneously monitor activity patterns of the brain and peripheral organs. In this study, we developed a novel method to record extracellular field potential signals from a wide range of brain regions together with electrocardiograms, electromyograms, and breathing signals from a freely moving rodent. This method collects all recorded signals into a single device mounted on an animal's head, allowing the reduction of experimental costs and the simplification of data processing...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451849/role-of-carotid-body-in-intermittent-hypoxia-related-hypertension
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REVIEW
Rodrigo Iturriaga, María Paz Oyarce, Ana Carolina Rodrigues Dias
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common breathing disorder, is recognized as an independent risk factor for systemic hypertension. Among the alterations induced by OSA, the chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) is considered the main factor for the hypertension. Exposure of rodents to CIH is the gold-standard method to study the mechanisms involved in the cardiovascular alterations induced by OSA. Although it is well known that CIH produces hypertension, the underlying mechanisms are not totally elucidated. It is likely that the CIH-induced systemic oxidative stress and inflammation may elicit endothelial dysfunction and increase the arterial blood pressure...
May 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443680/periodic-breathing-during-incremental-exercise
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Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Ugo Corrà, Michele Emdin
Periodic breathing during incremental cardiopulmonary exercise testing is a regularly recurring waxing and waning of tidal volume due to oscillations in central respiratory drive. Periodic breathing is a sign of respiratory control system instability, which may occur at rest or during exercise. The possible mechanisms responsible of exertional periodic breathing might be related to any instability of the ventilatory regulation caused by: 1) increased circulatory delay (i.e., circulation time from the lung to the brain and chemoreceptors, due to reduced cardiac index leading to delay in information transfer), 2) increase in controller gain (i...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441238/diaphragm-activation-in-ventilated-patients-using-a-novel-transvenous-phrenic-nerve-pacing-catheter
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Steven Reynolds, Adrian Ebner, Tracy Meffen, Viral Thakkar, Matt Gani, Kaity Taylor, Linda Clark, Gautam Sadarangani, Ramasamy Meyyappan, Rodrigo Sandoval, Elizabeth Rohrs, Joaquín A Hoffer
OBJECTIVES: Over 30% of critically ill patients on positive-pressure mechanical ventilation have difficulty weaning from the ventilator, many of whom acquire ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction. Temporary transvenous phrenic nerve pacing using a novel electrode-bearing catheter may provide a means to prevent diaphragm atrophy, to strengthen an atrophied diaphragm, and mitigate the harms of mechanical ventilation. We tested the initial safety, feasibility, and impact on ventilation of this novel approach...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420762/resting-heart-rate-variability-and-exercise-capacity-in-type-1-diabetes
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Luke C Wilson, Karen C Peebles, Neil A Hoye, Patrick Manning, Catherine Sheat, Michael J A Williams, Gerard T Wilkins, Genevieve A Wilson, James C Baldi
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have lower exercise capacity (V̇O2max) than their age-matched nondiabetic counterparts (CON), which might be related to cardiac autonomic dysfunction. We examined whether Heart Rate Variability (HRV; indicator of cardiac autonomic modulation) was associated with exercise capacity in those with and without T1D. Twenty-three participants with uncomplicated T1D and 17 matched CON were recruited. Heart rate (HR; ECG), blood pressure (BP; finger photo-plethysmography), and respiratory rate (respiratory belt) were measured during baseline, paced-breathing and clinical autonomic reflex tests (CARTs); deep breathing, lying-to-stand, and Valsalva maneuver...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416458/on-the-origins-of-sex-based-differences-in-respiratory-disorders-lessons-and-hypotheses-from-stress-neuroendocrinology-in-developing-rats
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REVIEW
Jean-Philippe Rousseau, Luana Tenorio-Lopes, Cécile Baldy, Tara Adele Janes, Stéphanie Fournier, Richard Kinkead
The environment plays a critical role in shaping development and function of the brain. Stress, especially when experienced early in life, can interfere with these processes. In the context of respiratory control, perinatal stress can therefore alter the ability to achieve the "fine-tuning" necessary for proper detection of chemosensory stimuli and production of an adequate motor (respiratory) command. Depending on the timing, intensity, and duration, the detrimental consequences of perinatal exposure to adverse conditions on the respiratory network become manifest at various life stages and can persist into adulthood...
April 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396860/aortic-valve-replacement-for-moderate-aortic-stenosis-with-severe-calcification-and-left-ventricualr-dysfunction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Nikhil Narang, Roberto M Lang, Vladimir M Liarski, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Marion A Hofmann Bowman
A 55-year-old man with a history of erosive, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and interstitial lung disease presented with shortness of breath. Echocardiography showed new-onset severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction with an ejection fraction (EF) of 15% and moderately increased mean aortic valve gradient of 20 mmHg in a trileaflet aortic valve with severe sclero-calcific degeneration. Coronary angiography revealed no significant obstructive coronary disease. Invasive hemodynamic studies and dobutamine stress echocardiography were consistent with moderate aortic stenosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394263/elevating-expression-of-mecp2-t158m-rescues-dna-binding-and-rett-syndrome-like-phenotypes
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Janine M Lamonica, Deborah Y Kwon, Darren Goffin, Polina Fenik, Brian S Johnson, Yue Cui, Hengyi Guo, Sigrid Veasey, Zhaolan Zhou
Mutations in the X-linked gene encoding methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) cause Rett syndrome (RTT), a neurological disorder affecting cognitive development, respiration, and motor function. Genetic restoration of MeCP2 expression reverses RTT-like phenotypes in mice, highlighting the need to search for therapeutic approaches. Here, we have developed knockin mice recapitulating the most common RTT-associated missense mutation, MeCP2 T158M. We found that the T158M mutation impaired MECP2 binding to methylated DNA and destabilized MeCP2 protein in an age-dependent manner, leading to the development of RTT-like phenotypes in these mice...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381508/clinical-manifestations-of-the-anti-iglon5-disease
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Carles Gaig, Francesc Graus, Yarko Compta, Birgit Högl, Luis Bataller, Norbert Brüggemann, Caroline Giordana, Anna Heidbreder, Katya Kotschet, Jan Lewerenz, Stefan Macher, Maria J Martí, Teresa Montojo, Jesus Pérez-Pérez, Inmaculada Puertas, Caspar Seitz, Mateus Simabukuro, Nieves Téllez, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Alex Iranzo, Guadalupe Ercilla, Lidia Sabater, Joan Santamaría, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To report the presentation, main syndromes, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) association, and immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclass in the anti-IgLON5 disease: a disorder with parasomnias, sleep apnea, and IgLON5 antibodies. METHODS: This was a retrospective clinical analysis of 22 patients. The IgG subclass was determined using reported techniques. RESULTS: Patients' median age was 64 years (range 46-83). Symptoms that led to initial consultation included sleep problems (8 patients; 36%), gait abnormalities (8; 36%), bulbar dysfunction (3; 14%), chorea (2; 9%), and cognitive decline (1; 5%)...
May 2, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377567/chronic-granulomatous-disease-presenting-as-aspergillus-fumigatus-pneumonia-in-a-previously-healthy-young-woman
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David Williams, Dipen Kadaria, Amik Sodhi, Roy Fox, Glenn Williams, Stephen Threlkeld
BACKGROUND Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) is a rare immunodeficiency disease caused by a genetic defect in the NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) oxidase enzyme, resulting in increased susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections. The inheritance can be X-linked or autosomal recessive. Patients usually present with repeated infections early in life. We present an unusual case of a 23-year-old patient diagnosed with CGD. CASE REPORT A 23-year-old white woman with no previous history of recurrent infections presented with complaints of fever, shortness of breath, and diffuse myalgia...
April 5, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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