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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512434/evaluation-of-a-rapid-anisotropic-model-for-ecg-simulation
#1
Simone Pezzuto, Peter Kal'avský, Mark Potse, Frits W Prinzen, Angelo Auricchio, Rolf Krause
State-of-the-art cardiac electrophysiology models that are able to deliver physiologically motivated activation maps and electrocardiograms (ECGs) can only be solved on high-performance computing architectures. This makes it nearly impossible to adopt such models in clinical practice. ECG imaging tools typically rely on simplified models, but these neglect the anisotropic electric conductivity of the tissue in the forward problem. Moreover, their results are often confined to the heart-torso interface. We propose a forward model that fully accounts for the anisotropic tissue conductivity and produces the standard 12-lead ECG in a few seconds...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504233/serbia-coronary-and-structural-heart-interventions-from-2010-to-2015
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Sinisa Stojkovic, Dejan Milasinovic, Nenad Bozinovic, Aleksandar Davidovic, Dragan Debeljacki, Nemanja Djenic, Sasa Hinic, Nikola Jagic, Olivera Micic, Vladimir Mitov, Aleksandar N Neskovic, Milan Nikolic, Dragan Sagic, Goran Stankovic
Serbia's interventional community has been facing the multifaceted challenge of an ageing population with cardiovascular diseases as the primary cause of death nationwide, coronary artery disease (CAD) being the most prevalent subset. The following two fields of activity have marked the trajectory of progress in the field of interventional cardiology in Serbia: first, the expansion of the infrastructure, mainly through the opening of new catheterisation laboratories across all of the country's administrative regions, which has resulted in better accessibility to coronary interventions for the general population; second, the creation of national platforms for continuous education, training and the promotion of clinical research in interventional cardiology, with close programmatic links to European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)-based educational initiatives, including the curriculum for interventional cardiology...
May 15, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497128/innovative-therapeutics-designer-natriuretic-peptides
#3
Laura M G Meems, John C Burnett
Endogenous natriuretic peptides serve as potent activators of particulate guanylyl cyclase receptors and the second messenger cGMP. Natriuretic peptides are essential in maintenance of volume homeostasis, and can be of myocardial, renal and endothelial origin. Advances in peptide engineering have permitted the ability to pursue highly innovative drug discovery strategies. This has resulted in designer natriuretic peptides that go beyond native peptides in efficacy, specificity, and resistance to enzymatic degradation...
December 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496549/phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors-improve-clinical-outcomes-exercise-capacity-and-pulmonary-hemodynamics-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-a-meta-analysis
#4
Renato De Vecchis, Arturo Cesaro, Carmelina Ariano, Anna Giasi, Carmela Cioppa
BACKGROUND: Several studies have compared the use of phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors sildenafil or udenafil with the placebo in patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to left chronic heart failure (CHF), corresponding to group 2 (PH due to left heart disease) of the PH classification (according to 2015 ESC/ERS guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of PH). The results of the use of PDE5 inhibitors in the PH due to left heart disease were inconsistent and heterogeneous...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491275/outflow-tract-septation-and-the-aortic-arch-system-in-reptiles-lessons-for-understanding-the-mammalian-heart
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Robert E Poelmann, Adriana C Gittenberger-de Groot, Marcel W M Biermans, Anne I Dolfing, Armand Jagessar, Sam van Hattum, Amanda Hoogenboom, Lambertus J Wisse, Rebecca Vicente-Steijn, Merijn A G de Bakker, Freek J Vonk, Tatsuya Hirasawa, Shigeru Kuratani, Michael K Richardson
BACKGROUND: Cardiac outflow tract patterning and cell contribution are studied using an evo-devo approach to reveal insight into the development of aorto-pulmonary septation. RESULTS: We studied embryonic stages of reptile hearts (lizard, turtle and crocodile) and compared these to avian and mammalian development. Immunohistochemistry allowed us to indicate where the essential cell components in the outflow tract and aortic sac were deployed, more specifically endocardial, neural crest and second heart field cells...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479953/effects-of-simulated-altitude-on-maximal-oxygen-uptake-and-inspiratory-fitness
#6
Nicole C Biggs, Benjamin S England, Nicole J Turcotte, Melissa R Cook, Alyne L Williams
Aerobic exercise at altitude has shown an increase in maximal oxygen uptake. Similar effects have been replicated by way of simulated altitude training, which have influenced various advances in the field of exercise science. Elevation Training Masks© (ETM) claim to stimulate cardiorespiratory fitness improvements similar to training at altitude, however, there is little research to support this claim. The purpose of this study was to research the effect that a hypoxia-inducing mask would have on cardiorespiratory fitness and pulmonary function through the use of a high intensity interval training (HIIT) running program...
2017: International Journal of Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430109/acquisition-of-electrocardiogram-signals-during-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#7
Julien Oster, Gari Clifford
The recording of the electrocardiogram (ECG) during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) acquisition is of great interest and importance. Firstly, MRI acquisition is a relatively slow process, which therefore complicates the imaging of moving organs. Cardiac MRI requires the development of strategies for acquiring high quality images, which is mainly achieved by synchronising the image acquisition with a specific time during the cardiac cycle. The ECG is used to monitor the heart's activity, and the detection of the largest and steepest peak in the cardiac cycle (the QRS complex) triggers the acquisition of slices of the k-space...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388767/treatment-of-coronary-artery-disease-randomized-trials-on-myocardial-revascularization-and-complete-arterial-bypass-grafting
#8
Ardawan J Rastan
Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr from the very beginning of his career as a cardiac surgeon was involved in the refinements of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). At the Leipzig Heart Center, his spirit of early adapting to new technologies inspired the entire team and led to a matchless scientific atmosphere to find solutions to improve almost all fields of cardiac surgery, including CABG. In combination with a tremendous number of patients with indications for isolated coronary artery bypass Prof. Mohr as the surgical principle investigator and the Leipzig Heart Center were able to include patients in the Synergy between PCI [percutaneous coronary intervention] with Taxus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) trial, the first randomized trials comparing CABG and PCIs using the drug-eluting stents...
April 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388274/six-minute-stepper-test-to-set-pulmonary-rehabilitation-intensity-in-patients-with-copd-a-retrospective-study
#9
Tristan Bonnevie, Francis-Edouard Gravier, Marie Leboullenger, Clément Médrinal, Catherine Viacroze, Antoine Cuvelier, Jean-François Muir, Catherine Tardif, David Debeaumont
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) improves outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Optimal assessment includes cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), but consultations are limited. Field tests could be used to individualize PR instead of CPET. The six-minute stepper test (6MST) is easy to set up and its sensitivity and reproducibility have previously been reported in patients with COPD. The aim of this study was to develop a prediction equation to set intensity in patients attending PR, based on the 6MST...
April 7, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370288/a-core-avenue-for-transcultural-research-on-dementia-on-the-cross-linguistic-generalization-of-language-related-effects-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-parkinson-s-disease
#10
Noelia Calvo, Agustín Ibáñez, Edinson Muñoz, Adolfo M García
OBJECTIVE: Language is a key source of cross-cultural variability, which may have both subtle and major effects on neurocognition. However, this issue has been largely overlooked in two flourishing lines of research assessing the relationship between language-related neural systems and dementia. This paper assesses the limitations of the evidence on (i) the neuroprotective effects of bilingualism in Alzheimer's disease and (ii) specific language deficits as markers of Parkinson's disease...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369938/40-mhz-high-frequency-ultrafast-ultrasound-imaging
#11
Chih-Chung Huang, Pei-Yu Chen, Po-Hsun Peng, Po-Yang Lee
PURPOSE: Ultrafast high-frame-rate ultrasound imaging based on coherent-plane-wave compounding has been developed for many biomedical applications. Most coherent-plane-wave compounding systems typically operate at 3-15 MHz, and the image resolution for this frequency range is not sufficient for visualizing microstructure tissues. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to implement a high-frequency ultrafast ultrasound imaging operating at 40 MHz. METHODS: The plane-wave compounding imaging and conventional multifocus B-mode imaging were performed using the Field II toolbox of MATLAB in simulation study...
March 30, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357999/epithelial-tension-in-the-second-heart-field-promotes-mouse-heart-tube-elongation
#12
Alexandre Francou, Christopher De Bono, Robert G Kelly
Extension of the vertebrate heart tube is driven by progressive addition of second heart field (SHF) progenitor cells to the poles of the heart. Defects in this process cause a spectrum of congenital anomalies. SHF cells form an epithelial layer in splanchnic mesoderm in the dorsal wall of the pericardial cavity. Here we report oriented cell elongation, polarized actomyosin distribution and nuclear YAP/TAZ in a proliferative centre in the posterior dorsal pericardial wall during heart tube extension. These parameters are indicative of mechanical stress, further supported by analysis of cell shape changes in wound assays...
March 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314213/primary-intracardiac-leiomyoma-arising-from-cardiomyocyte-progenitors-at-the-right-ventriculoseptal-interface-case-report-with-literature-review
#13
Kavita Gaur, Kaushik Majumdar, Navnita Kisku, Ranjana Gondal, Puja Sakhuja, Deepak Kumar Satsangi
Primary cardiac neoplasms are rare and are usually benign myxomas and rhabdomyomas. Cardiac leiomyomas are usually seen as a part of the spectrum of intravenous leiomyomatosis or benign metastasizing leiomyoma. De novo occurrence of primary intracardiac leiomyomas (PICL) is a rarity. Herein we describe a 14-year-old boy presenting with intermittent dyspnea for 2 years, with a large right ventricular mass suggestive of myxoma on transthoracic echocardiography, without any extracardiac lesions. Histology and immunohistochemistry of the tumor excised under cardiopulmonary bypass confirmed a PICL arising at the cardiomyocyte-smooth muscle septal interface...
May 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269476/the-effect-of-data-exchange-protocols-on-decision-support-systems-for-heart-sounds
#14
P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra
Heart auscultation is one of the basic exams performed during a patient physical examination, but it is also one that has a high skill ceiling. Decision support systems can provide physicians with a tool that can help to reduce the demanding skill requirements of this exam. Nevertheless, this second opinion needs to be delivered in a timely interval in order to be truly useful for a physician. To do this we need not only optimized algorithms, but also a well designed system. In this paper, we have studied how two different data exchange protocols, that define how data should be transferred from an acquisition to a process module, can impact the celerity of delivering second opinion to a physician...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268515/patient-movement-compensation-for-3d-echocardiography-fusion
#15
Abhilash R Hareendranathan, Michelle Hanbidge, Allen He, Michelle Noga, Pierre Boulanger, Harald Becher, Kumaradevan Punithakumar
Limited field of view (FOV) is a major problem for 3D real-time echocardiography (3DRTE), which results in an incomplete representation of cardiac anatomy. Various image registration techniques have been proposed to improve the field of view in 3DRTE by fusing multiple image volumes. However, these techniques require significant overlap between the individual volumes and rely on high image resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio. Changes in the heart position due to patient movement during image acquisition can also reduce the quality of image fusion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259460/heart-cutting-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-monoaromatic-hydrocarbons-in-complex-groundwater-and-gas-phase-samples
#16
Violaine Ponsin, Timothy E Buscheck, Daniel Hunkeler
Compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) is increasingly used to evaluate the origin and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment. However, as samples often contain a complex mixture of compounds and the method requires a full chromatographic separation, it can be challenging to obtain accurate and precise isotope values. In this study, in order to develop a method to analyze carbon isotopes in benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) in complex environmental samples, a two-dimensional heart-cutting gas chromatograph (GC) was hyphenated to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243206/spo2-and-heart-rate-during-a-real-hike-at-altitude-are-significantly-different-than-at-its-simulation-in-normobaric-hypoxia
#17
Nikolaus C Netzer, Linda Rausch, Arn H Eliasson, Hannes Gatterer, Matthias Friess, Martin Burtscher, Stephan Pramsohler
Rationale: Exposures to simulated altitude (normobaric hypoxia, NH) are frequently used in preparation for mountaineering activities at real altitude (hypobaric hypoxia, HH). However, physiological responses to exercise in NH and HH may differ. Unfortunately clinically useful information on such differences is largely lacking. This study therefore compared exercise responses between a simulated hike on a treadmill in NH and a similar field hike in HH. Methods: Six subjects (four men) participated in two trials, one in a NH chamber and a second in HH at an altitude of 4,205 m on the mountain Mauna Kea...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227727/the-effect-of-data-exchange-protocols-on-decision-support-systems-for-heart-sounds
#18
P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra, P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra, P Gomes, S Faria, M Coimbra
Heart auscultation is one of the basic exams performed during a patient physical examination, but it is also one that has a high skill ceiling. Decision support systems can provide physicians with a tool that can help to reduce the demanding skill requirements of this exam. Nevertheless, this second opinion needs to be delivered in a timely interval in order to be truly useful for a physician. To do this we need not only optimized algorithms, but also a well designed system. In this paper, we have studied how two different data exchange protocols, that define how data should be transferred from an acquisition to a process module, can impact the celerity of delivering second opinion to a physician...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226689/patient-movement-compensation-for-3d-echocardiography-fusion
#19
Abhilash R Hareendranathan, Michelle Hanbidge, Allen He, Michelle Noga, Pierre Boulanger, Harald Becher, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Abhilash R Hareendranathan, Michelle Hanbidge, Allen He, Michelle Noga, Pierre Boulanger, Harald Becher, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Allen He, Pierre Boulanger, Harald Becher, Michelle Noga, Kumaradevan Punithakumar, Michelle Hanbidge, Abhilash R Hareendranathan
Limited field of view (FOV) is a major problem for 3D real-time echocardiography (3DRTE), which results in an incomplete representation of cardiac anatomy. Various image registration techniques have been proposed to improve the field of view in 3DRTE by fusing multiple image volumes. However, these techniques require significant overlap between the individual volumes and rely on high image resolution and high signal-to-noise ratio. Changes in the heart position due to patient movement during image acquisition can also reduce the quality of image fusion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192943/ultrafast-chiral-chromatography-as-the-second-dimension-in-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography-experiments
#20
Chandan L Barhate, Erik L Regalado, Nathan D Contrella, Joon Lee, Junyong Jo, Alexey A Makarov, Daniel W Armstrong, Christopher J Welch
Chromatographic separation and analysis of complex mixtures of closely related species is one of the most challenging tasks in modern pharmaceutical analysis. In recent years, two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC) has become a valuable tool for improving peak capacity and selectivity. However, the relatively slow speed of chiral separations has limited the use of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) as the second dimension in 2D-LC, especially in the comprehensive mode. Realizing that the recent revolution in the field of ultrafast enantioselective chromatography could now provide significantly faster separations, we herein report an investigation into the use of ultrafast chiral chromatography as a second dimension for 2D chromatographic separations...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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