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End stage heart failure

Mark N Belkin, Nir Uriel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advancements in highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has led to increased survival, approaching that of the general population. These patients are at an increased risk for heart disease, specifically HIV-associated cardiomyopathy. RECENT FINDINGS: Initially, HIV-associated cardiomyopathy was predominantly noted as systolic dysfunction, but diastolic dysfunction has become more common with increased use of HAART...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Takuya Oikawa, Yasuhiko Sakata, Kotaro Nochioka, Masanobu Miura, Kanako Tsuji, Takeo Onose, Ruri Abe, Shintaro Kasahara, Masayuki Sato, Takashi Shiroto, Jun Takahashi, Satoshi Miyata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: The beneficial prognostic impact of statins has been established in patients with ischemic heart disease but not in those with heart failure (HF). In addition, it is still unclear whether patients benefit from statins regardless of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined 2444 consecutive stage C or D HF patients with ischemic heart disease registered in CHART-2 (Chronic Heart Failure Registry and Analysis in the Tohoku District 2), a multicenter, prospective, observational cohort study in Japan...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Heidi J Reich, Lawrence S C Czer, Danny Ramzy, Francisco Arabia, Jaime Moriguchi, Deborah D Ascheim, Timothy D Henry
The use of stem cell therapy in combination with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for patients with advanced heart failure (HF) is an attractive concept with the potential to alter the natural history of HF. Cell therapy trials for HF have demonstrated excellent safety and encouraging results, but current rates of myocardial recovery after LVAD implantation are limited. Early trials combining these 2 therapies to increase the likelihood of recovery and to potentially obviate the need for subsequent transplantation appear promising...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Pavol Sajgalik, Vaclav Kremen, Vratislav Fabian, Simon Maltais, John M Stulak, Sudhir S Kushwaha, Lyle D Joyce, John A Schirger, Bruce D Johnson
The gold standard for noninvasive blood pressure (BP) measurement, the Doppler technique, does not provide systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and may limit therapy outcomes. To improve patient care, we tested specifically designed experimental BP (ExpBP) monitor and the Doppler technique by comparing noninvasive measures to the intraarterial (I-A) BP in 31 patients with end-stage heart failure (4 females) 2.6 ± 3.4 days post-LVAD implantation (20 HeartMate II and 11 HeartWare)...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Saroj Neupane, Sushruth Edla, Eesha Maidona, Matthew C Sweet, Susan Szpunar, Thomas Davis, Thomas A LaLonde, Rajendra H Mehta, Howard S Rosman, Hiroshi Yamasaki
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association of diabetes mellitus (DM) with clinical and angiographic characteristics and outcomes of patients with popliteal and infrapopliteal peripheral arterial disease (PAD) undergoing peripheral vascular intervention (PVI). BACKGROUND: Clinical features and outcomes in patients with DM and popliteal or infrapopliteal PAD undergoing PVI are not well described. METHODS: Using the data from the laser in popliteal and infrapopliteal stenosis study, we retrospectively examined the association of diabetes with clinical and angiographic characteristics and risk adjusted short- and intermediate term outcomes (all cause death, major adverse events (MAE) [composite of death, ipsilateral major amputation, or repeat revascularization]) in patients with popliteal and infrapopliteal PAD undergoing PVI for critical limb ischemia treated either with laser-assisted balloon angioplasty or balloon angioplasty alone...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Christina Feldmann, Anamika Chatterjee, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality rates throughout the world. Next to an insufficient number of healthy donors, this has led to increasing numbers of patients on heart transplant waiting lists with prolonged waiting times. Innovative technological advancements have led to the production of ventricular assist devices that play an increasingly important role in end stage heart failure therapy. This review is intended to provide an overview of current implantable left ventricular assist devices, different design concepts and implantation techniques...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jonathan Buggey, Chantal A ElAmm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to summarize the literature describing the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy related to myocarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Myocarditis has a variety of causes and a heterogeneous clinical presentation with potentially life-threatening complications. About one-third of patients will develop a dilated cardiomyopathy and the pathogenesis is a multiphase, mutlicompartment process that involves immune activation, including innate immune system triggered proinflammatory cytokines and autoantibodies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Takashi Kuragaichi, Yuma Kurozumi, Shogo Ohishi, Yasuo Sugano, Akihiro Sakashita, Norihiko Kotooka, Makoto Suzuki, Taiki Higo, Dai Yumino, Yasuko Takada, Seiko Maeda, Saori Yamabe, Koichi Washida, Tomonori Takahashi, Tomohito Ohtani, Yasushi Sakata, Yukihito Sato
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for heart failure (HF) patients is recommended in Western guidelines, so this study aimed to clarify the current status of palliative care for HF patients in Japan.Methods and Results:A survey was sent to all Japanese Circulation Society-authorized cardiology training hospitals (n=1,004) in August 2016. A total of 544 institutions (54%) returned the questionnaire. Of them, 527 (98%) answered that palliative care is necessary for patients with HF. A total of 227 (42%) institutions held a palliative care conference for patients with HF, and 79% of the institutions had <10 cases per year...
March 10, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Amir A Ghaffarian, Ragheed Al-Dulaimi, Larry W Kraiss, Mark Sarfati, Claire L Griffin, Brigitte K Smith, Graham Donald, Benjamin S Brooke
OBJECTIVE: Arteriovenous (AV) fistulas are the preferred hemodialysis access for patients with end-stage renal disease, although multiple interventions are typically needed to maintain patency. When AV fistulas thrombose, however, there is debate as to whether open thrombectomy should be attempted, particularly for salvage of upper arm fistulas. This study was designed to evaluate outcomes after open thrombectomy of upper arm and forearm AV fistulas compared with AV grafts. METHODS: We identified all patients who underwent an open thrombectomy procedure for a thrombosed AV fistula or graft at a single academic medical center between January 2006 and March 2017...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Daniele Masarone, Juan Pablo Kaski, Giuseppe Pacileo, Perry M Elliott, Eduardo Bossone, Sharlene M Day, Giuseppe Limongelli
Cardiomyopathies (CMPs) are an increasingly recognized cause of heart failure and sudden death, particularly in young patients. Since their original description, major advances were achieved in the phenotype knowledge, natural history, and nosography of CMPs leading to different classification systems and therapies. However, a deeper knowledge of different causes, genotype-phenotype link, and natural history in different disease stages (preclinical, overt disease, and end-stage disease) according to a recognized standard of care (ie, international guidelines) is needed...
April 2018: Heart Failure Clinics
Khalil Jawad, Stefan Feder, Markus Barten, Jens Garbade
Heart transplantation is the gold standard therapy for patients diagnosed with end-stage heart failure. Despite the shortage of appropriate donor organs, the transplantation of hepatitis C-infected hearts is disputed. Previous research has shown that long-term results are controversial, and the risk of severe clinical infection should not be underestimated.
March 3, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Alessandra Molteni, Zubair Ph Masri, Kenny Wq Low, Haitham N Yousef, Johann Sienz, Katharine H Fraser
Ventricular assist devices have become the standard therapy for end-stage heart failure. However, their use is still associated with severe adverse events related to the damage done to the blood by fluid dynamic stresses. This damage relates to both the stress magnitude and the length of time the blood is exposed to that stress. We created a dye washout technique which combines experimental and numerical approaches to measure the washout times of ventricular assist devices. The technique was used to investigate washout characteristics of three commercially available and clinically used ventricular assist devices: the CentriMag, HVAD and HeartMate II...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Amir Qaseem, Timothy J Wilt, Devan Kansagara, Carrie Horwitch, Michael J Barry, Mary Ann Forciea
Description: The American College of Physicians developed this guidance statement to guide clinicians in selecting targets for pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes. Methods: The National Guideline Clearinghouse and the Guidelines International Network library were searched (May 2017) for national guidelines, published in English, that addressed hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets for treating type 2 diabetes in nonpregnant outpatient adults. The authors identified guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
Yusuke Kameda, Akira Hirose, Tomohiro Iida, Yasuko Uchigata, Shigehiko Kitano
Purpose: To report a case of a giant retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) tear associated with fluid overload in a patient with diabetic macular edema (DME) and kidney disease. Observations: A 60-year-old man with type 2 diabetes mellitus and end-stage diabetic kidney disease who had gained weight because of fluid overload complained of a visual disturbance in the left eye that had started a few days earlier. The left fundus showed a RPE defect in two temporal quadrants under an extensive serous retinal detachment (SRD) with exacerbation of the original DME...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Joanna Y Huang, Paul Monagle, M Patricia Massicotte, Christina J VanderPluym
INTRODUCTION: Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) are increasingly utilised in children with end-stage heart failure, and experience high bleeding and clotting rates. In particular, pediatric VAD patients are more challenging than adults to anticoagulate due to developmental hemostasis, lack of suitable drug preparations, and difficult anticoagulation monitoring often due to poor vascular access; in addition to difficulties of VAD design in smaller children. This review aims to summarize the current evidence related to antithrombotic therapy in pediatric VAD patients...
February 28, 2018: Thrombosis Research
F Al Madfai, B Valah, S T R Zaidi, T Wanandy, L C Ming, G M Peterson, R P Patel
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Continuous infusion of dobutamine plays an important role in the management of patients with end-stage heart failure. Home infusion of dobutamine using a continuous ambulatory delivery device (CADD) facilitates the management of patients in their home, avoiding complications associated with long-term hospitalization. However, the stability of dobutamine in CADD is currently unknown. Therefore, this study investigated the physicochemical stability of dobutamine in CADDs at three different temperatures over various time points...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Hongzhi Li, Yeming Xie, Yunshuang Liu, Yali Qi, Chong Tang, Xuefeng Li, Kuiyang Zuo, Dingce Sun, Yongchao Shen, Daxin Pang, Yanhhui Chu, Binghai Zhao
Heart failure arises from diverse cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, ischemic disease and atherosclerosis, valvular insufficiency, myocarditis, and contractile protein mutations. MicroRNAs are dysregulated in heart failure, but identification of the specific microRNAs involved remains incomplete. Here, we evaluate miR-25 expression in the peripheral blood from healthy, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), remote infarct (OMI), hypertensive heart disease (HHD), and HHD resulting in heart failure (HHDF) using q-PCR...
February 27, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Peter Ivák, Jan Piťha, Ivana Králová Lesná, Ivan Netuka
Ventricular assist devices are an important therapeutic modality in advanced surgical therapy of end-stage heart failure. Previously most frequently used devices generated mainly non-pulsatile blood flow. Despite indisputable clinical success of this therapy, we encounter complications specific to the devices generating continuous flow. Complications are mainly attributed to changes in shear stress and subsequent changes of the blood vessel characteristics, mainly of endothelium. Effect of continuous flow on the vasculature and blood elements, therefore, became a subject of intense recent research...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Ethan J Rowin, Barry J Maron, Patrick Abt, Michael S Kiernan, Amanda Vest, Fred Costantino, Martin S Maron, David DeNofrio
Heart transplant has become an increasingly important option for patients with end-stage nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). However, clinical details related specifically to the overall HC transplant experience remain sparse. We assessed outcomes of HC heart transplants, from 2002 to 2016, at Tufts Medical Center. Fifty-two nonobstructive severely symptomatic patients underwent evaluation at 47 ± 13 years; 11 (21%) declined or failed to qualify, most commonly because of co-morbidities (n = 7)...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Roosevelt Bryant, David Morales
Transplantation for adult patients with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is a growing clinical endeavor in the transplant community. Understanding the results and defining potential high-risk patient subsets will allow optimization of patient outcomes. This review summarizes the scope of ACHD transplantation, the mechanisms of late ventricular dysfunction, the ACHD population at risk of developing heart failure, the indications and potential contraindications for transplant, surgical considerations, and post-transplant outcomes...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
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