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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
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Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102102/impact-of-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-on-pulsatile-circumferential-and-longitudinal-strain-in-patients-with-aneurysm
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Foeke J H Nauta, Guido H W van Bogerijen, Chiara Trentin, Michele Conti, Ferdinando Auricchio, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden, Santi Trimarchi
PURPOSE: To quantify both pulsatile longitudinal and circumferential aortic strains before and after thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR), potentially clarifying TEVAR-related complications. METHODS: This retrospective study assessed the impact of TEVAR on pulsatile aortic strains through custom developed software and cardiac-gated computed tomography imaging of 8 thoracic aneurysm patients (mean age 71.0±8.2 years; 6 men) performed before TEVAR and during follow-up (median 0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100966/total-arch-versus-hemiarch-replacement-for-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection-a-single-center-experience
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Antonio Lio, Francesca Nicolò, Emanuele Bovio, Andrea Serrao, Jacob Zeitani, Antonio Scafuri, Luigi Chiariello, Giovanni Ruvolo
We retrospectively evaluated early and intermediate outcomes of aortic arch surgery in patients with type A acute aortic dissection (AAD), investigating the effect of arch surgery extension on postoperative results. From January 2006 through July 2013, 201 patients with type A AAD underwent urgent corrective surgery at our institution. Of the 92 patients chosen for this study, 59 underwent hemiarch replacement (hemiarch group), and 33 underwent total arch replacement (total arch group) in conjunction with ascending aorta replacement...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099082/therapeutics-targeting-drivers-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-predisposing-genes-and-mouse-models
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Dianna M Milewicz, Siddharth K Prakash, Francesco Ramirez
Thoracic aortic diseases, including aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for thoracic aortic disease include increased hemodynamic forces on the ascending aorta, typically due to poorly controlled hypertension, and heritable genetic variants. The altered genes predisposing to thoracic aortic disease either disrupt smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction or adherence to an impaired extracellular matrix, or decrease canonical transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097187/intraoperative-epiaortic-ultrasound-for-traumatic-pseudoaneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Michelle Eddins, Marco Aguirre, Jonathan Price, Michael Wait, Pietro Bajona
Epiaortic ultrasound is an imaging modality that is commonly used to evaluate the ascending aorta for atheroma and other mural lesions during elective cardiac surgery. Its use in contained aortic rupture has not been established. We present a case of thoracic trauma with contained pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta. At operation, the precise location of the aortic tear could not be identified by visual inspection, manual palpation, or transesophageal echocardiography. Epiaortic ultrasound was employed and the aortic defect was identified and successfully repaired...
June 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096168/sk-channel-enhancers-attenuate-ca2-dependent-arrhythmia-in-hypertrophic-hearts-by-regulating-mito-ros-dependent-oxidation-and-activity-of-ryr
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Tae Yun Kim, Radmila Terentyeva, Karim H F Roder, Weiyan Li, Man Liu, Ian Greener, Shanna Hamilton, Iuliia Polina, Kevin R Murphy, Richard T Clements, Samuel C Dudley, Gideon Koren, Bum-Rak Choi, Dmitry Terentyev
AIM: s: Plasmamembrane small conductance Ca<su2+p>-activated K<su+ p > (SK) channels were implicated in ventricular arrhythmias in infarcted and failing hearts. Recently, SK channels were detected in the mitochondria inner membrane (mSK), and their activation protected from acute ischemia-reperfusion injury by reducing intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). We hypothesized that mSK play an important role in regulating mitochondrial function in chronic cardiac diseases...
January 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094007/obtaining-the-biomechanical-behavior-of-ascending-aortic-aneurysm-via-the-use-of-novel-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Mohammed Alreshidan, Nastaran Shahmansouri, Jennifer Chung, Vynka Lash, Alexander Emmott, Richard L Leask, Kevin Lachapelle
INTRODUCTION: Ex vivo measurement of ascending aortic biomechanical properties may help understand the risk for rupture or dissection of dilated ascending aortas. A validated in vivo method that can predict aortic biomechanics does not exist. Speckle tracking transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been used to measure ventricular stiffness; we sought to determine whether speckle TEE could be adapted to estimate aortic stiffness in vivo and compare these findings with those obtained by ex vivo tissue measurements...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088428/aortic-floating-thrombus-detected-by-computed-tomography-angiography-incidentally-five-cases-and-a-literature-review
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Shuyi Yang, Jie Yu, Wenjuan Zeng, Liang Yang, Lin Teng, Yue Cui, Heshui Shi
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the findings of aortic floating thrombus (AFT) on computed tomography angiography (CTA) for a definitive, timely diagnosis and to select a reasonable management course to improve prognosis. METHOD: We retrospectively analyzed imaging findings of 5 patients with AFT detected by CTA, including location, morphology, size, involved aortic segment, concomitant embolism, stent, and dynamic changes during the follow-up. RESULTS: Seven lesions were detected in the initial CTA studies of the 5 patients: 5 aortic intraluminal floating thrombi (3 patients) and 2 aortic in-stents floating thrombi (ASFTs; 2 patients)...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087427/gender-difference-in-the-association-between-aortic-pulse-pressure-and-left-ventricular-filling-pressure-in-the-elderly-an-invasive-hemodynamic-study
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Kyung-Jin Kim, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Min-Jeong Kim, Chi-Hoon Kim, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Woo-Young Chung, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to determine the association between aortic pulse pressure (APP) and left ventricular (LV) filling pressure in the elderly of both genders. METHODS: A total of 211 stable elderly subjects (age ≥ 65 years, mean age 72.1 ± 5.2 years, 53.6% women) who underwent invasive coronary angiography (ICA) for the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD) were prospectively investigated. APP was measured in the ascending aorta using a pigtail catheter immediately before ICA...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086801/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-for-evaluation-of-dilative-ascending-aorta-biomechanics
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Monika Bieseviciene, Jolanta Justina Vaskelyte, Vaida Mizariene, Rasa Karaliute, Vaiva Lesauskaite, Raimonda Verseckaite
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography is one of the most feasible, noninvasive methods for assessing the aortic diameter and biomechanical changes. We studied possible interfaces between noninvasive biomechanical and speckle-tracking (ST) echocardiographic data from dilated aortas. METHODS: Altogether, 44 patients with dilative pathology of ascending aorta (DPAA) were compared with subjects without ascending aortic dilation (diameter <40 mm). DPAA patients formed two groups based on diameter size: group 1, ≤45 mm diameter; group 2, >45 mm...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077079/a-double-simex-approach-for-bivariate-random-effects-meta-analysis-of-diagnostic-accuracy-studies
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Annamaria Guolo
BACKGROUND: Bivariate random-effects models represent a widely accepted and recommended approach for meta-analysis of test accuracy studies. Standard likelihood methods routinely used for inference are prone to several drawbacks. Small sample size can give rise to unreliable inferential conclusions and convergence issues make the approach unappealing. This paper suggests a different methodology to address such difficulties. METHODS: A SIMEX methodology is proposed...
January 11, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074827/the-perceval-s-aortic-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-porcelain-aorta-is-this-ideal-option
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Nikolaos G Baikoussis, Panagiotis Dedeilias, Efstathia Prappa, Michalis Argiriou
We would like to present in this paper a patient with severe aortic valve stenosis referred to our department for surgical aortic valve replacement. In this patient, it was intraoperatively detected an unexpected heavily calcified porcelain ascending aorta. We present the treatment options in this situation, the difficulties affronted intraoperatively, the significance of the preoperative chest computed tomography scan and the use of the Perceval S aortic valve as ideal bioprosthesis implantation. This is a self-expanding, self-anchoring, and sutureless valve with a wide indication in all patients requiring aortic bioprosthesis...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065377/prognostic-value-of-computed-tomography-pulmonary-angiography-indices-in-patients-with-cancer-related-pulmonary-embolism-data-from-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Juana María Plasencia-Martínez, Alberto Carmona-Bayonas, David Calvo-Temprano, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Francisco Fenoy, Mariana Benegas, Marcelo Sánchez, Carme Font, Diego Varona, David Martínez de la Haza, Jesús Pueyo, Mercè Biosca, Maite Antonio, Carmen Beato, Pilar Solís, Laura Fáez, Irma de Al Haba, Susana Hernández-Muñiz, Olga Madridano, Mar Martín, Eduardo Castañón, Avinash Ramchandani, Pablo Marchena, Manuel Sánchez-Cánovas, María Ángeles Vicente, Mari José Martínez, Ángela Fernández-Plaza, Lourdes Martínez-Encarnación, Alejandro Puerta, Ángel Domínguez, Daniel Rodríguez, Gema Marín, Remedios Otero, Fernando Sánchez-Lasheras, Vicente Vicente
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the prognostic value of pulmonary artery obstruction versus right-ventricle (RV) dysfunction radiologic indices in cancer-related pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: We enrolled 303 consecutive patients with paraneoplastic PE, evaluated by computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) between 2013 and 2014. The primary outcome measure was serious complications at 15days. Multivariate analyses were conducted by using binary logistic and robust regressions...
February 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063459/cardiac-remodeling-following-reperfused-acute-myocardial-infarction-is-linked-to-the-concomitant-evolution-of-vascular-function-as-assessed-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Olivier Huttin, Damien Mandry, Romain Eschalier, Lin Zhang, Emilien Micard, Freddy Odille, Marine Beaumont, Renaud Fay, Jacques Felblinger, Edoardo Camenzind, Faïez Zannad, Nicolas Girerd, Pierre Y Marie
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) remodeling following acute myocardial infarction (MI) is difficult to predict at an individual level although a possible interfering role of vascular function has yet to be considered to date. This study aimed to determine the extent to which this LV remodeling is influenced by the concomitant evolution of vascular function and LV loading conditions, as assessed by phase-contrast Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) of the ascending aorta. METHODS: CMR was performed in 121 patients, 2-4 days after reperfusion of a first ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction and 6 months thereafter...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063199/diagnostic-accuracy-of-echocardiography-combined-with-chest-ct-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Adil Shujaat, Abubakr A Bajwa, Farah Al-Saffar, Jason Bellardini, Lisa Jones, James D Cury
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and computerized axial tomography (CT) are complementary imaging techniques. It is possible that a combination of the two may offer a better way of identifying pulmonary hypertension (PH) than either one alone. OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of TTE combined with chest CT in pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of consecutive patients who had undergone TTE, CT and right heart catheterization (RHC) between 7/1/2008 and 6/30/2012...
January 7, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062548/modified-frozen-elephant-trunk-for-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-a-comparative-study-with-standard-repair-technique
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Peter Matt, Prerana Banerjee, Martin Grapow, Florian Rueter, Ulrich Schurr, Martin Siegemund, Jens Fassl, Oliver Reuthebuch, Friedrich Eckstein
OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that antegrade open stent graft implantation in the descending aorta during acute type A aortic dissection surgery is safe and improves patient outcome compared with the standard repair technique. METHODS: Hundred and forty-one consecutive patients underwent surgery for acute type A aortic dissection at our institution from 2010 to 2016. Of those, 104 patients underwent ascending aorta and hemiarch repair under hypothermic circulatory arrest with antegrade cerebral perfusion (standard group)...
January 5, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056723/chronic-treatment-with-minoxidil-induces-elastic-fiber-neosynthesis-and-functional-improvement-in-the-aorta-of-aged-mice
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Marion Coquand-Gandit, Marie Paule Jacob, Wassim Fhayli, Beatriz Romero Ruiz de la Hermosa, Miglena Georgieva, Stéphanie Bouillot, Eric Estève, Jean-Pierre Andrieu, Sandrine Brasseur, Sophie Bouyon, Natalio Garcia-Honduvilla, Philippe Huber, Julia Bujan, Milena Atanasova, Gilles Faury
Normal arterial aging processes involve vascular cell dysfunction associated with wall stiffening, the latter being due to progressive elastin and elastic fiber degradation, as well as elastin and collagen cross-linking by advanced glycation end-products (AGE). These processes progressively lead to cardiovascular dysfunction during aging. Elastin is only synthesized during late gestation and childhood, and further degradation occurring throughout adulthood cannot be physiologically compensated by replacement of altered material...
January 5, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055841/a-regression-method-based-on-non-invasive-clinical-data-to-predict-the-mechanical-behavior-of-ascending-aorta-aneurysmal-tissuea-regression-method-based-on-non-invasive-clinical-data-to-predict-the-mechanical-behavior-of-ascending-aorta-aneurysmal-tissue
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Ferdinando Auricchio, Anna Ferrara, Ettore Lanzarone, Simone Morganti, Pasquale Totaro
GOAL: Ascending aorta aneurysms represent a severe life-threatening condition associated with asymptomatic risk of rupture. Prediction of aneurysm evolution and rupture is one of the hottest investigation topics in cardiovascular science, and the decision on when and whether to surgically operate is still an open question. We propose an approach for estimating the patient-specific ultimate mechanical properties and stress-stretch characteristics based on non-invasive data. METHODS: As for the characteristics, we consider a non-linear constitutive model of the aortic wall and assume patient-specific model coefficients...
December 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052146/prognostic-implications-of-raphe-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-anatomy
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William K F Kong, Victoria Delgado, Kian Keong Poh, Madelien V Regeer, Arnold C T Ng, Louise McCormack, Tiong Cheng Yeo, Miriam Shanks, Sarah Parent, Roxana Enache, Bogdan A Popescu, Michael Liang, James W Yip, Lawrence C W Ma, Vasileios Kamperidis, Philippe J van Rosendael, Enno T van der Velde, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax
Importance: Little is known about the association between bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) morphologic findings and the degree of valvular dysfunction, presence of aortopathy, and complications, including aortic valve surgery, aortic dissection, and all-cause mortality. Objective: To investigate the association between BAV morphologic findings (raphe vs nonraphe) and the degree of valve dysfunction, presence of aortopathy, and prognosis (including need for aortic valve surgery, aortic dissection, and all-cause mortality)...
January 4, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049221/no-clamp-complete-parachute-technique-for-ascending-aorta-anastomosis-in-hybrid-aortic-arch-debranching-surgery
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I-Ming Chen, Po-Lin Chen, Hsiao-Huang Chang
The proper proximal landing zone is a key element for success of endografting in thoracic aortic pathology. If coverage of innominate artery is unavoidable for safe proximal landing, arch debranching surgery is necessary to recruit supra-aortic blood flow before endografting. However, calcified or adhesive ascending aorta makes it difficult to clamp ascending aorta for anastomosis in the first step of arch debranching surgery. We present a novel "no clamp complete parachute technique" to complete this challenging anastomosis...
January 3, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
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