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Matthew R Schill, Laurie A Sinn, Jason W Greenberg, Matthew C Henn, Timothy S Lancaster, Richard B Schuessler, Hersh S Maniar, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze IV procedure has been shown to be an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation when performed concomitantly with other operations either via median sternotomy or right minithoracotomy. Few studies have compared these approaches in patients with lone atrial fibrillation. This study examined outcomes with sternotomy versus minithoracotomy in stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedures at our institution. METHODS: Between 2002 and 2015, 195 patients underwent stand-alone biatrial Cox-Maze IV...
May 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501482/ciproxifan-improves-cholinergic-transmission-attenuates-neuroinflammation-and-oxidative-stress-but-does-not-reduce-amyloid-level-in-transgenic-mice
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Vasudevan Mani, Siti Murnirah Jaafar, Nur Syamimi Mohd Azahan, Kalavathy Ramasamy, Siong Meng Lim, Long Chiau Ming, Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed
AIM: The present study is aimed to investigate the ability of ciproxifan, a histamine H3 receptor antagonist to inhibit β-amyloid (Aβ)-induced neurotoxicity in SK-N-SH cells and APP transgenic mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro studies was designed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of ciproxifan in Aβ25-35 - induced SK-N-SH cells. For the in vivo study, ciproxifan (1 and 3mg/kg, i.p.) was administrated to transgenic mice for 15days and behaviour was assessed using the radial arm maze (RAM)...
May 10, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496076/-early-results-of-complex-fractionated-atrial-electrogram-mapping-guided-atrial-fibrillation-surgery
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Kazuaki Fukahara, Mari Sakai, Shigeki Yokoyama, Toshio Doi, Naoki Yoshimura
OBJECTIVE: Although the Cox-maze operation is the standard surgical procedure for permanent atrial fibrillation(AF), conversion to sinus rhythm is limited by patient characteristics, including the duration of AF, atrial size, and voltage of fibrillation waves. A surgical strategy based on structural alteration of the electrical substrates of AF is required to achieve better outcomes of AF surgery. Complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE) plays an important role in the electrical substrate of AF...
May 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487495/naoling-decoction-restores-cognitive-function-by-inhibiting-the-neuroinflammatory-network-in-a-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zian Xia, Weijun Peng, Shunhua Cheng, Bingwu Zhong, Chenxia Sheng, Chunhu Zhang, Wei Gong, Shuai Cheng, Jun Li, Zhe Wang
Neuroinflammation is central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We previously showed that Naoling decoction (NLD), a traditional Chinese medicine, was effective against AD, acting by inhibiting expression of IL-1β and IL-6. In the present study, we generated the rat model of AD by injecting Aβ1-42 peptide intracerebroventricularly and evaluated the dose-dependent effects of NLD treatment. The NLD-treated rats exhibited significant improvements in cognitive function as evaluated by the Morris water maze test...
April 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432672/para-atrial-non-acute-mediastinal-hematoma-after-left-atrial-maze-procedure-mimicking-tumor-in-a-patient-with-treated-melanoma
#5
G Schaiberger, D Pucar, V Patel, B Bateson, H Williams, W Bates
INTRODUCTION: The Cox Maze III procedure is considered the gold standard open surgical procedure for management of atrial fibrillation. This article outlines a unique case of a para-atrial mediastinal hematoma following a bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial Maze procedure mimicking malignancy. REPORT: A 60-year-old male, with past history of melanoma, underwent bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial mini maze procedure with radiofrequency energy and exclusion of the left atrial appendage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403480/box-lesion-with-single-radiofrequency-clamp
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Kasra Shaikhrezai, Cristiano Spadaccio, Steven Hunter
We introduce a maneuver to perform the box lesion as a part of Cox maze IV procedure with single radiofrequency clamp. The maneuver entails engaging the right pulmonary veins with the clamp, then advancing the clamp jaws underneath the superior vena cava through the transverse sinus to include the roof and the left pulmonary veins in the clamp. We regularly use this technique for box lesion with desirable transmurality.
April 12, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264767/spatial-navigation-and-risk-of-cognitive-impairment-a-prospective-cohort-study
#7
Joe Verghese, Richard Lipton, Emmeline Ayers
INTRODUCTION: Spatial navigation deficits are reported in dementia, but their temporal relationship to cognitive decline is not established. METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study in 442 nondemented adults (mean age 79.9 years). Spatial navigation measured with the Floor Maze Test and reported as immediate maze time (IMT) and delayed maze time (DMT). Predementia syndromes, mild cognitive impairment syndrome (MCI) and motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR), were primary outcomes...
March 3, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262289/a-single-center-s-experience-with-pacemaker-implantation-after-the-cox-maze-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Rabia Ali, Graciela Pritchard, Deborah Lamont
OBJECTIVE: The Cox maze procedure (CM) is safe and effective for all atrial fibrillation (AF) types. A recent randomized trial found alarming rates of pacemaker implantation (PMI) during hospitalization after CM. The purpose of this study was to assess the rate of PMI and its impact on outcomes after CM. METHODS: Incidence of PMI was captured for all CM patients (2005-2015; N = 739). Data were collected prospectively. Multivariable logistic regression was conducted to determine risk factors for PMI...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242081/long-term-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-after-the-cox-maze-iii-procedure-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Anders Albåge, Ulrik Sartipy, Göran Kennebäck, Birgitta Johansson, Henrik Scherstén, Lena Jidéus
BACKGROUND: The long-term risk of stroke after surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation is not well known. We performed an observational cohort study with long follow-up after the "cut-and-sew" Cox-maze III procedure (CM-III), including left atrial appendage excision. The aim was to analyze the incidence of stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) and the association to preoperative CHA2DS2-VASc (age in years, sex, congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, stroke/TIA, thromboembolism history, vascular disease history, diabetes mellitus) score...
February 24, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238167/effects-of-cox1-2-5-lox-blockade-in-alzheimer-transgenic-3xtg-ad-mice
#10
Alessandra Bitto, Daniela Giuliani, Giovanni Pallio, Natasha Irrera, Eleonora Vandini, Fabrizio Canalini, Davide Zaffe, Alessandra Ottani, Letteria Minutoli, Mariagrazia Rinaldi, Salvatore Guarini, Francesco Squadrito, Domenica Altavilla
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with amyloid plaques (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau protein tangles in the brain. We investigated the possible neuroprotective role of flavocoxid, a dual inhibitor of cyclooxygenases-1/2 (COX-1/2) and 5-Lipoxygenase (5-LOX), in triple-transgenic (3xTg-AD) mice. SUBJECTS: Mice were 3 months at the beginning of the study. TREATMENT: Animals received once daily for 3-month saline solution or flavocoxid (20 mg/kg/ip)...
February 25, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187972/late-results-of-the-cox-maze-iv-procedure-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#11
Matthew R Schill, Farah N Musharbash, Vivek Hansalia, Jason W Greenberg, Spencer J Melby, Hersh S Maniar, Laurie A Sinn, Richard B Schuessler, Marc R Moon, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: Most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing cardiac surgery do not receive concomitant ablation. This study reviewed outcomes of patients with AF undergoing Cox-maze IV (CMIV) procedure with radiofrequency and cryoablation and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) at our institution. METHODS: Between the introduction of radiofrequency ablation in 2002 and 2015, 135 patients underwent left- or biatrial CMIV with CABG. Patients undergoing other cardiac procedures, except mitral valve repair, or who had emergent, reoperative, or off-pump procedures were excluded...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178591/attenuation-of-stress-induced-memory-deficits-by-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-nsaids-in-rats-role-of-antioxidant-enzymes
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Shaista Emad, Sara Qadeer, Sana Sadaf, Zehra Batool, Saida Haider, Tahira Perveen
BACKGROUND: Repeated stress paradigms have been shown to cause devastating alterations on memory functions. Stress is linked with inflammation. Psychological and certain physical stressors could lead to neuroinflammation. Inflammatory process may occur by release of mediators and stimulate the production of prostaglandins through cyclooxygenase (COX). Treatment with COX inhibitors, which restrain prostaglandin production, has enhanced memory in a number of neuroinflammatory states showing a potential function for raised prostaglandins in these memory shortfalls...
April 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150086/morphological-structural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-the-basolateral-amygdala-after-early-lesion-of-the-rat-mediodorsal-thalamus
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Zakaria Ouhaz, Saadia Ba-M'hamed, Mohamed Bennis
Early postnatal damage to the mediodorsal thalamus (MD) produces deficits in cognition and behavior believed to be associated with early prefrontal cortical maldevelopment. We assessed the role of MD afferents during development on the morphological and functional maturation of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the basolateral amygdala (BLA). Sprague-Dawley rat pups (n = 56) received a bilateral electrolytic lesion of the MD or a MD Sham lesion on postnatal day 4. 7 weeks later, all rats were tested in anxiety-related and cognitive paradigms using the elevated plus maze and novel object recognition tests...
February 1, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069457/quercetin-prevents-chronic-unpredictable-stress-induced-behavioral-dysfunction-in-mice-by-alleviating-hippocampal-oxidative-and-inflammatory-stress
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Vineet Mehta, Arun Parashar, Malairaman Udayabanu
It is now evident that chronic stress is associated with anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction and very few studies have focused on identifying possible methods to prevent these stress-induced disorders. Previously, we identified abundance of quercetin in Urtica dioica extract, which efficiently attenuated stress related complications. Therefore, current study was designed to investigate the effect of quercetin on chronic unpredicted stress (CUS) induced behavioral dysfunction, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in the mouse hippocampus...
January 7, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007240/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-2017-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#15
REVIEW
Vinay Badhwar, J Scott Rankin, Ralph J Damiano, A Marc Gillinov, Faisal G Bakaeen, James R Edgerton, Jonathan M Philpott, Patrick M McCarthy, Steven F Bolling, Harold G Roberts, Vinod H Thourani, Rakesh M Suri, Richard J Shemin, Scott Firestone, Niv Ad
Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) can be performed without additional risk of operative mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant mitral operations to restore sinus rhythm. (Class I, Level A) Surgical ablation for AF can be performed without additional operative risk of mortality or major morbidity, and is recommended at the time of concomitant isolated aortic valve replacement, isolated coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and aortic valve replacement plus coronary artery bypass graft operations to restore sinus rhythm...
January 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007062/rescuing-the-late-failing-fontan-focus-on-surgical-treatment-of-dysrhythmias
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REVIEW
Carl L Backer
Patients with a failing Fontan frequently have dysrhythmias. This review will focus on the treatment of those dysrhythmias based on the 140 patients who have had a Fontan conversion with arrhythmia surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Chicago, IL). Important technical points to be emphasized are the following:• Atrial fibrillation is extremely common in patients with a failing Fontan and strong consideration should be given to a Cox-maze III during any Fontan conversion• Sinus node dysfunction is common post-conversion and all patients should receive a dual-chamber epicardial pacemaker• Careful preoperative imaging with either computed tomographic or magnetic resonance imaging is needed to predict re-entry problems at the time of repeat sternotomy• If the patient has protein-losing enteropathy, ascites, or a right or indeterminate ventricular morphology, strong consideration should be given to heart transplantation rather than a Fontan conversion and arrhythmia surgery...
January 2017: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Annual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965540/rifampicin-attenuated-global-cerebral-ischemia-injury-via-activating-the-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-pathway
#17
Beibei Chen, Huimin Cao, Lili Chen, Xuemei Yang, Xiaoyan Tian, Rong Li, Oumei Cheng
Background: Recent studies have found that rifampicin has neuroprotective properties in neurodegenerative diseases. However, the exact mechanisms of action remain unclear. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has been considered a potential target for neuroprotection. In this study, we examined whether rifampicin exhibits beneficial effects mediated by the Nrf2 pathway after global cerebral ischemia (GCI). Methods: Rats were randomly assigned to four groups that included a sham group and three treatment groups with global ischemia-reperfusion [control, rifampicin, and rifampicin plus brusatol (an inhibitor of Nrf2)]...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936013/%C3%AE-asarone-rescues-pb-induced-impairments-of-spatial-memory-and-synaptogenesis-in-rats
#18
Qian-Qian Yang, Wei-Zhen Xue, Rong-Xin Zou, Yi Xu, Yang Du, Shuang Wang, Lai Xu, Yuan-Zhi Chen, Hui-Li Wang, Xiang-Tao Chen
Chronic lead (Pb) exposure causes cognitive deficits. This study aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect and mechanism of β-asarone, an active component from Chinese Herbs Acorus tatarinowii Schott, to alleviate impairments of spatial memory and synaptogenesis in Pb-exposed rats. Both Sprague-Dawley developmental rat pups and adult rats were used in the study. Developmental rat pups were exposed to Pb throughout the lactation period and β-asarone (10, 40mg kg-1, respectively) was given intraperitoneally from postnatal day 14 to 21...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909520/surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-is-electrical-isolation-of-the-pulmonary-veins-a-must
#19
REVIEW
Bart Maesen Md PhD, Ines Van Loo Md, Laurent Pison Md PhD, Mark La Meir Md PhD
Ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a well-established treatment option for patients with symptomatic AF refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. The cornerstone of catheter ablation is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins, since the pulmonary veins are the most common location for triggers of AF. Electrical reconnection of the pulmonary veins is associated with arrhythmia recurrence and therefore diminishes long-term success of catheter ablation of AF. Therefore, durable pulmonary vein isolation remains a condition sine qua non for catheter ablation of AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873505/hyperbaric-oxygen-pretreatment-improves-cognition-and-reduces-hippocampal-damage-via-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-a-rat-model
#20
Baisong Zhao, Yongying Pan, Zixin Wang, Haiping Xu, Xingrong Song
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) pretreatment on cognitive decline and neuronal damage in an Alzheimer's disease (AD) rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were divided into three groups: normal saline (NS), AD, and HBO+AD. In the AD group, amyloid β peptide (Aβ)₁₋₄₀ was injected into the hippocampal CA1 region of the brain. NS rats received NS injection. In the HBO+AD group, rats received 5 days of daily HBO therapy following Aβ₁₋₄₀ injection...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
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