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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811222/antitussive-antispasmodic-bronchodilating-and-cardiac-inotropic-effects-of-the-essential-oil-from-blepharocalyx-salicifolius-leaves
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Jehison Jiménez Hernández, María Inés Ragone, Patricia Bonazzola, Arnaldo L Bandoni, Alicia E Consolini
ETHOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Blepharocalyx salicifolius (Kunth) O. Berg (Myrtaceae) is a tree native to Argentina and Uruguay that grows and is cultivated along the riverside of the Rio de la Plata. The leaves of this plant species, locally known as "anacahuita" are used in South America to prepare infusions for the empiric treatment of cough and bronchospasm, as well as diarrhoea and other intestinal disorders. Although previous phytochemical studies have been performed with the essential oil extracted from Blepharocalyx salicifolius, pharmacological evidence supporting its traditional use is still lacking...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803858/in-silico-investigations-of-the-functional-impact-of-kcna5-mutations-on-atrial-mechanical-dynamics
#2
Haibo Ni, Ismail Adeniran, Henggui Zhang
A recent study has identified six novel genetic variations (D322H, E48G, A305T, D469E, Y155C, P488S) in KCNA5 (encoding Kv1.5 which carries the atrial-specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier current, IKur) in patients with early onset of lone atrial fibrillation. These mutations are distinctive, resulting in either gain-of-function (D322H, E48G, A305T) or loss-of-function (D469E, Y155C, P488S) of IKur channels. Though affecting potassium channels, they may modulate the cellular active force and therefore atrial mechanical functions, which remains to be elucidated...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801325/aluminium-phosphide-poisoning-with-severe-cardiac-dysfunction-and-the-role-of-digoxin
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Khalid Hamid Changal, Muzamil Latief, Manzoor Parry, Farhat Abbas
Aluminium phosphide (ALP) is a common cause of suicidal poisoning in India where it is easily available and commonly known as 'rice tablet'. In rural areas of India, it is still used to protect rice and stored grains from rodents and pests. (1) There is no specific antidote for phosphide poisoning and treatment involves meticulous supportive care. Ingestion can lead to severe cardiac suppression and cardiogenic shock. For patients poisoned with ALP who continue to have refractory shock with persistent myocardial suppression despite the use of adrenergic inotropic agents, the addition of digoxin may be beneficial...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799206/the-incidence-and-characteristics-of-3-month-mortality-after-intraoperative-cardiac-arrest-in-adults
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M Hur, H-C Lee, K H Lee, J-T Kim, C-W Jung, H-P Park
BACKGROUND: There is little information about clinical outcomes after intraoperative cardiac arrest (IOCA). We determined the incidence and characteristics of 3-month mortality after IOCA. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 238,648 adult surgical patients from January 2005 to December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Characteristics of IOCA were documented using the Utstein reporting template. RESULTS: IOCA occurred in 50 patients (21/100,000 surgeries)...
August 11, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794367/earlier-right-ventricular-pacing-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-for-a-patient-with-right-axis-deviation
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Yusuke Hattori, Kohei Ishibashi, Takashi Noda, Hideo Okamura, Hideaki Kanzaki, Toshihisa Anzai, Satoshi Yasuda, Kengo Kusano
We describe the case of a 37-year-old woman who presented with complete right bundle branch block and right axis deviation. She was admitted to our hospital due to severe heart failure and was dependent on inotropic agents. Cardiac resynchronization therapy was initiated but did not improve her condition. After the optimization of the pacing timing, we performed earlier right ventricular pacing, which led to an improvement of her heart failure. Earlier right ventricular pacing should be considered in patients with complete right bundle branch block and right axis deviation when cardiac resynchronization therapy is not effective...
August 10, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793864/in-vitro-examination-of-the-positive-inotropic-effect-of-caffeine-and-taurine-the-two-most-frequent-active-ingredients-of-energy-drinks
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R Chaban, A Kornberger, N Branski, K Buschmann, N Stumpf, A Beiras-Fernandez, C F Vahl
BACKGROUND: Our study aimed to evaluate changes in the contractile behavior of human myocardium after exposure to caffeine and taurine, the main active ingredients of energy drinks (EDs), and to evaluate whether taurine exhibits any inotropic effect at all in the dosages commonly used in EDs. METHODS: Myocardial tissue was removed from the right atrial appendages of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and prepared to obtain specimens measuring 4 mm in length. A total of 92 specimens were exposed to electrical impulses at a frequency of 75 bpm for at least 40 min to elicit their maximum contractile force before measuring the isometric contractile force (ICF) and duration of contraction (CD)...
August 10, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793199/impact-of-obesity-on-outcomes-in-critically-ill-children
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Esther T Davis, Li Xie, Yosef Levenbrown
PURPOSE: To examine whether obesity confers a protective effect on critically ill pediatric patients, similar to what has been reported in critically ill adults. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study including patients aged 2-18 years admitted to a 24-bed pediatric intensive care unit from 2009 to 2014. Patients were divided into 1 of 3 weight categories: normal weight (body mass index [BMI], 5%-84.9%), overweight (BMI, 85%-94.9%), and obese (BMI ≥95%). Outcomes investigated included mortality, need for intubation, need for inotropic support, and duration of mechanical ventilation...
August 1, 2017: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792844/trpa1-ion-channel-stimulation-enhances-cardiomyocyte-contractile-function-via-a-camkii-dependent-pathway
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Spencer R Andrei, Monica Ghosh, Pritam Sinharoy, Souvik Dey, Ian N Bratz, Derek S Damron
RATIONALE: Transient receptor potential channels of the ankyrin subtype-1 (TRPA1) are non-selective cation channels that show high permeability to calcium. Previous studies from our laboratory have demonstrated that TRPA1 ion channels are expressed in adult mouse ventricular cardiomyocytes (CMs) and are localized at the z-disc, costamere and intercalated disc. The functional significance of TRPA1 ion channels in the modulation of CM contractile function have not been explored. OBJECTIVE: To identify the extent to which TRPA1 ion channels are involved in modulating CM contractile function and elucidate the cellular mechanism of action...
August 9, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782491/the-impact-of-cardiovascular-diseases-on-the-cardiovascular-regulation-during-exercise-in-humans-studies-on-the-metaboreflex-elicited-by-the-post-exercise-muscle-ischemia-method
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Antonio Crisafulli
Hemodynamics during dynamic exercise is finely regulated by some neural mechanisms. One of these mechanisms is the metabolic part of the exercise pressor reflex, i.e. the muscle metaboreflex. Hemodynamic response during the metaboreflex is characterised by the recruitment of the reserves in cardiac inotropism, pre-load, after-load and chronotropism. If one of these reserves is exhausted, then the cardiovascular response is achieved by recruiting one of the other reserves, thereby indicating a remarkable plasticity of the control of circulation...
August 4, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777392/long-term-follow-up-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-complications-and-predisposing-risk-factors
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Tolulope A Adesiyun, Rhondalyn C McLean, Ryan J Tedford, Glenn J R Whitman, Chris M Sciortino, John V Conte, Ashish S Shah, Stuart D Russell
PURPOSE: To assess LVAD complications and their overall effect on mortality and determine factors associated with development of early and long-term complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients who underwent continuous flow LVAD placement between January 1, 2000 and November 30, 2013 was performed. The incidence of complications (sepsis or bacteremia, driveline infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, pump thrombosis, cerebrovascular accidents and anemia requiring transfusion) was collected and logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards analyses were performed...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777197/elabela-improves-cardio-renal-outcome-in-fatal-experimental-septic-shock
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David Coquerel, Frédéric Chagnon, Xavier Sainsily, Lauralyne Dumont, Alexandre Murza, Jérôme Côté, Robert Dumaine, Philippe Sarret, Éric Marsault, Dany Salvail, Mannix Auger-Messier, Olivier Lesur
OBJECTIVES: Apelin-13 was recently proposed as an alternative to the recommended β-adrenergic drugs for supporting endotoxin-induced myocardial dysfunction. Since Apelin-13 signals through its receptor (Apelin peptide jejunum) to exert singular inotropic/vasotropic actions and to optimize body fluid balance, this candidate pathway might benefit septic shock management. Whether the newly discovered ELABELA (ELA), a second endogenous ligand of the Apelin peptide jejunum receptor highly expressed in the kidney, further improves cardio-renal impairment remains unknown...
August 2, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772036/implantation-of-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-to-provide-long-term-support-for-end-stage-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-associated-cardiomyopathy
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Douglas Stoller, Faris Araj, Alpesh Amin, Catherine Fitzsimmons, Robert Morlend, Jennifer T Thibodeau, Claudio Ramaciotti, Mark H Drazner, Dan M Meyer, Pradeep P A Mammen
A young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy presented to the UT Southwestern Neuromuscular Cardiomyopathy Clinic with advanced heart failure. Despite maximal medical therapy, his cardiac function continued to decline requiring initiation of inotrope therapy. Given the patient's clinical deterioration, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted as destination therapy after undergoing a multidisciplinary assessment. The patient tolerated the surgical implantation of the LVAD without any significant complications, and he has had a relatively unremarkable course 38 months post-LVAD implantation...
August 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770972/prophylactic-levosimendan-for-the-prevention-of-low-cardiac-output-syndrome-and-mortality-in-paediatric-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-congenital-heart-disease
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Johanna Hummel, Gerta Rücker, Brigitte Stiller
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome remains a serious complication, and accounts for substantial morbidity and mortality in the postoperative course of paediatric patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Standard prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for low cardiac output syndrome are based mainly on catecholamines, which are effective drugs, but have considerable side effects. Levosimendan, a calcium sensitiser, enhances the myocardial function by generating more energy-efficient myocardial contractility than achieved via adrenergic stimulation with catecholamines...
August 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768052/cardioprotective-effects-of-5-hydroxymethylfurfural-mediated-by-inhibition-of-l-type-ca-2-current
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G Wölkart, A Schrammel, C N Koyani, S Scherübel, K Zorn-Pauly, E Malle, B Pelzmann, M Andrä, A Ortner, B Mayer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The antioxidant 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) exerts documented beneficial effects in several experimental pathologies and is currently tested as antisickling drug in clinical trials. In the present study we examined the cardiovascular effects of 5-HMF and elucidated the mode of action of the drug. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The cardiovascular effects of 5-HMF were studied with precontracted porcine coronary arteries and isolated normoxic perfused rat hearts...
August 2, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762922/-prospects-of-application-of-remote-preconditioning-at-heart-revascularization
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E S Prokudina, L N Maslov, N V Naryzhnaya, I F Nam, A V Tsepokina, M V Khutornaya, A G Kutikhin
Remote ischemic preconditioning of the heart exerts anti-necrotic, antiarrhythmic, inotropic effects that have been demonstrated in clinical trials in cardiac surgery both in adults and children. However, so far there is no consensus between cardiologists regarding the impact of remote preconditioning on the incidence of intraoperative myocardial infarctions and mortality in the postoperative period. Until now there is no unanimity concerning choice of remote preconditioning protocol and timing of its application before cardiac surgery...
May 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760938/vasorelaxation-to-the-nitroxyl-donor-isopropylamine-nonoate-in-resistance-arteries-does-not-require-perivascular-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide
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Alice M H Pinkney, Hamish A L Lemmey, Kim A Dora, Christopher J Garland
Nitroxyl (HNO) donors offer considerable therapeutic potential for the treatment of hypertension-related cardiovascular disorders, particularly heart failure, as they combine an inotropic action with peripheral vasodilation. Angeli's salt is the only HNO donor whose mechanism has been studied in depth, and recently, Angeli's salt vasodilation was suggested to be indirect and caused by calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) released from perivascular nerves after HNO activates TRPA1 (transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily A member 1) channels...
July 31, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758605/rescue-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-therapy-in-methamphetamine-toxicity
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Laura K Morrison, J Kromm, J Gaudet, D Zuege, B Button, F Warshawski, S N Lucyk
Complications related to methamphetamine use and abuse are common presentations seen in the emergency department. Standard management focuses on addressing the central nervous system and cardiovascular effects with the use of sedation and hemodynamic support. We describe a case report of a patient with methamphetamine toxicity and subsequent severe cardiomyopathy refractory to conventional management that responded to cardiovascular support with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy (ECMO). A 22-year-old female was admitted in severe cardiogenic shock following intravenous administration of methamphetamine and oral fentanyl use...
July 31, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757779/symmetrical-peripheral-gangrene-in-sepsis-after-treatment-with-inotropes
#18
Jiin-Ling Jiang, Lin-Wei Tseng, Huai-Ren Chang
Symmetrical peripheral gangrene (SPG) is characterized by sudden onset of peripheral, frequently symmetrical, gangrene in the absence of major vascular occlusive disease. We report a case of four limb SPG caused by septic shock with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) that had been treated with inotropes. This case shows that SPG may be present as a complication of sepsis due to systematic derangement that affects a wide range of organ systems, including coagulation and microcirculation. Early recognition and prompt management of sepsis and optimization of the process of weaning off the inotropes at the earliest opportunity are necessary to avoid SPG...
April 2017: Ci Ji Yi Xue za Zhi, Tzu-chi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754423/gender-differences-and-outcomes-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-support-the-european-registry-for-patients-with-mechanical-circulatory-support
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Christina Magnussen, Alexander M Bernhardt, Francisco M Ojeda, Florian M Wagner, Jan Gummert, Theo M M H de By, Thomas Krabatsch, Paul Mohacsi, Meike Rybczynski, Dorit Knappe, Bjoern Sill, Tobias Deuse, Stefan Blankenberg, Renate B Schnabel, Hermann Reichenspurner
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing use of ventricular assist devices (VADs), gender differences in indications, hemodynamics, and outcome are not well understood. We examined gender differences and gender-specific predictors for perioperative outcome in patients on ventricular support. METHODS: Multicenter data of 966 patients (median age 55 years, 151 women) from the European Registry for Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support (EUROMACS) were analyzed. Median follow-up was 1...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754139/evidence-of-altered-haemostasis-in-an-ovine-model-of-venovenous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
#20
Margaret R Passmore, Yoke L Fung, Gabriela Simonova, Samuel R Foley, Sara D Diab, Kimble R Dunster, Michelle M Spanevello, Charles I McDonald, John-Paul Tung, Natalie M Pecheniuk, Karen Hay, Kiran Shekar, John F Fraser
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life-saving modality used in the management of cardiopulmonary failure that is refractory to conventional medical and surgical therapies. The major problems clinicians face are bleeding and clotting, which can occur simultaneously. To discern the impact of pulmonary injury and ECMO on the host's haemostatic response, we developed an ovine model of smoke-induced acute lung injury (S-ALI) and ECMO. The aims of this study were to determine if the ECMO circuit itself altered haemostasis and if this was augmented in a host with pulmonary injury...
July 29, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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