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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108776/-levosimendan-no-effect-on-multiorgan-failure-in-septic-shock
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U Janssens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101622/-use-of-vasopressors-and-inotropics-in-cardiogenic-shock
#2
H Lemm, S Dietz, M Janusch, M Buerke
Vasoactive drugs and inotropic agents are important for the hemodynamic management of cardiogenic shock. In this article the use of different vasoactive and ionotropic drugs in cardiogenic shock is presented. Hemodynamic management during cardiogenic shock occurs after initial moderate volume delivery by dobutamine to increase inotropism. If adequate perfusion pressures are not achieved norepinephrine is administered. If a sufficient increase in cardiac performance can still not be achieved by the treatment, administration of levosimendan or phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors may be necessary...
January 18, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050620/-commentary-to-levosimendan-for-the-prevention-of-acute-organ-dysfunction-in-sepsis
#3
C S Bruells, R Kopp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 3, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045338/systolic-mitral-annulus-velocity-is-a-sensitive-index-for-changes-in-left-ventricular-systolic-function-during-inotropic-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
#4
Trygve Husebye, Jan Eritsland, Reidar Bjørnerheim, Geir Ø Andersen
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is recommended for assessment of left ventricular systolic function in patients with acute heart failure but few randomised trials have validated techniques like tissue Doppler (TDI) and speckle tracking (STE) in patients with acute heart failure following ST-elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS: This was a substudy from the LEAF (LEvosimendan in Acute heart Failure following myocardial infarction) trial (NCT00324766 ), which randomised 61 patients developing acute heart failure, including cardiogenic shock, within 48 hours after ST-elevation myocardial infarction, double-blind to a 25-hour infusion of levosimendan or placebo...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033083/the-hemodynamic-effects-and-safety-of-repetitive-levosimendan-infusions-on-children-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#5
Pertti Suominen, Niklas Mattila, Olle Nyblom, Paula Rautiainen, Maila Turanlahti, Otto Rahkonen
BACKGROUND: Limited treatment options are available for children with decompensated dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), while they wait for either functional recovery or heart transplantation. We evaluated the safety of repetitive levosimendan infusions and short-term and long-term impacts of the therapy in this patient population. METHODS: Eighty-one repetitive levosimendan infusions administered to 20 patients with DCM at severe or end stage of the disease in the pediatric intensive care unit were analyzed retrospectively...
January 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018821/pimobendan-in-chronic-right-heart-failure-in-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-patient
#6
Maximilian Kreibich, Michael Berchtold-Herz, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Georg Trummer
We report the case of a 76-year-old patient who developed chronic right heart failure 1 year after left ventricular assist device implantation due to ischemic cardiomyopathy. Initial recompensation was achieved through dobutamin, sildenafil, and levosimendan treatment. Yet, discharge was successful only after the off-label use of the oral calcium sensitizer pimobendan. Ten months after discharge, the patient presents with no clinical signs of right heart failure and significantly improved right heart function without any impairment in quality of life...
December 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017176/levosimendan-as-a-treatment-for-acute-renal-failure-associated-with-cardiogenic-shock-after-hip-fracture
#7
Fabiola Quinteros Hinojosa, Margarita Revelo, Alexander Salazar, Genaro Maggi, Renato Schiraldi, Nicolas Brogly, Fernando Gilsanz
Inotropic drugs are part of the treatment of heart failure; however, inotropic treatment has been largely debated due to the increased incidence of adverse effects and increased mortality. Recently levosimendan, an inotropic positive agent, has been proved to be effective in acute heart failure, reducing the mortality and improving cardiac and renal performance. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with history of heart and renal failure and hip fracture. Levosimendan was used in preoperative preparation as an adjuvant therapy, to improve cardiac and renal function and to allow surgery...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012808/post-partum-hemorrhage-complicated-by-reverse-takotsubo-cardiogenic-shock-a-novel-therapeutic-approach
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John Papanikolaou, Demosthenes Makris, Vasiliki Tsolaki, Konstantinos Spathoulas, Epaminondas Zakynthinos
Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a type of transient, yet severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction, rarely complicating extreme emotional stress ("primary" TTC) or critical medical/surgical illness ("secondary" TTC forms). Although usually reversible, TTC may result in cardiogenic shock with dismal prognosis. "Secondary" TTC forms are particularly in danger for this complication, bearing significantly worse short and long-term prognosis. Herein, we report a rare case of a life-threatening "secondary" TTC in a patient with post-cesarean section severe hemorrhage, and we point out that early co-administration of esmolol and levosimendan might be an effective and safe therapeutic approach in "reversing" TTC-induced cardiogenic shock, especially when invasive therapeutic strategies are practically unfeasible...
December 19, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000134/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#9
Chun Fai Cheah, Mario Kofler, Alois Josef Schiefecker, Ronny Beer, Gert Klug, Bettina Pfausler, Raimund Helbok
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is a well-known complication after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and has been rarely described in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Case report and review of literature. RESULTS: Here, we report a 73-year-old woman with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) presenting in cardiogenic shock. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) was diagnosed by repeated echocardiography. Cardiovascular support by inotropic agents led to hemodynamic stabilization after initiation of levosimendan...
December 20, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997816/recent-early-clinical-drug-development-for-acute-kidney-injury
#10
Kevin M Gallagher, Stephen O'neill, Ewen M Harrison, James A Ross, Stephen J Wigmore, Jeremy Hughes
Despite significant need and historical trials, there are no effective drugs in use for the prevention or treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI). There are several promising agents in early clinical development for AKI and two trials have recently been terminated. There are also exciting new findings in pre-clinical AKI research. There is a need to take stock of current progress in the field to guide future drug development for AKI. Areas covered: The main clinical trial registries, PubMed and pharmaceutical company website searches were used to extract the most recent clinical trials for sterile, transplant and sepsis-associated AKI...
December 27, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976790/levosimendan-new-hope-therapy-for-takotsubo-syndrome
#11
Dagmara Hering, Milosz Jaguszewski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931651/effects-of-vasodilators-on-haemodynamic-coherence
#12
REVIEW
Christian Fuchs, Christian Ertmer, Sebastian Rehberg
Vasodilators are a potential therapeutic option for patients with persisting microcirculatory disorders despite adequate cardiac output and mean arterial pressure due to conventional haemodynamic stabilization. Venous vasodilation may decrease post-capillary venular pressure and thus increase capillary flow resulting in reduced extravasation and oedema formation. Arteriolar vasodilation may increase microvascular flow by 'opening' the microcirculation. In particular, inodilators that combine vasodilation with positive inotropy may be promising...
December 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914501/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-on-cardiopulmonary-bypass-rationale-and-study-design-of-the-levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-requiring
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Rajendra H Mehta, Sean Van Diepen, James Meza, Paula Bokesch, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sandra Tourt-Uhlig, Merri Swartz, Jodi Parrotta, Rachael Jankowich, Douglas Hay, Robert W Harrison, Stephen Fremes, Shaun G Goodman, John Luber, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Kevin J Anstrom, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome is associated with increased mortality and occurs in 3% to 14% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Levosimendan, a novel calcium sensitizer and KATP channel activator with inotropic, vasodilatory, and cardioprotective properties, has shown significant promise in reducing the incidence of low cardiac output syndrome and related adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB. METHODS: LEVO-CTS is a phase 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter study evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of levosimendan in reducing morbidity and mortality in high-risk patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (≤35%) undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910084/levosimendan-accelerates-recovery-in-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
#14
Mehmet Yaman, Ugur Arslan, Ahmet Kaya, Aytac Akyol, Fatih Ozturk, Yunus Emre Okudan, Adil Bayramoglu, Osman Bektas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC). METHODS: The study was conducted in a retrospective design and 42 consecutive patients were enrolled in 6 cardiovascular centers in Turkey. The records of TC patients having left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) £ 35% were examined at admission, discharge and recovery period including their clinical and echocardiographic data. RESULTS: Of these 42 TC patients, 17 were treated with loading dose and i...
2016: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906091/impact-of-prophylactic-administration-of-levosimendan-on-short-term-and-long-term-outcome-in-high-risk-patients-with-severely-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
#15
Philippe Grieshaber, Stella Lipp, Andreas Arnold, Gerold Görlach, Matthias Wollbrück, Peter Roth, Bernd Niemann, Jochen Wilhelm, Andreas Böning
BACKGROUND: Patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction carry a high risk of morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan can be used prophylactically in these patients having shown positive effects on short-term outcome. However, effects on long-term outcome and patient subgroups benefiting the most are unknown. We aim to address these topics with real-life data from our clinical practice. METHODS: Two hundred eigthy eight patients with preoperative LVEF ≤ 35% underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between 2009 and 2013...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876563/preoperative-optimization-of-the-heart-failure-patient-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Maxime Pichette, Mark Liszkowski, Anique Ducharme
Heart failure patients who undergo cardiac surgery are exposed to significant perioperative complications and high mortality. We herein review the literature concerning preoperative optimization of these patients. Salient findings are that end-organ dysfunction and medication should be optimized before surgery. Specifically: (1) reversible causes of anemia should be treated and a preoperative hemoglobin level of 100 g/L obtained; (2) renal function and volume status should be optimized; (3) liver function must be carefully evaluated; (4) nutritional status should be assessed and cachexia treated to achieve a preoperative albumin level of at least 30 g/L and a body mass index > 20; and (5) medication adjustments performed, such as withholding inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system before surgery and continuing, but not starting, β-blockers...
January 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875737/experimental-evidence-for-a-severe-proarrhythmic-potential-of-levosimendan
#17
Gerrit Frommeyer, Anja Kohnke, Christian Ellermann, Dirk G Dechering, Simon Kochhäuser, Christian Pott, Michael Fehr, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: The calcium sensitizer levosimendan is established for therapy of acutely decompensated congestive heart failure. Clinical experience suggests a possible proarrhythmic potential. The aim of the present study was to assess possible proarrhythmic effects and underlying electrophysiological mechanisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten rabbit hearts were isolated and Langendorff-perfused. Thereafter, levosimendan was infused in 3 concentrations (0.5, 1, and 2μM)...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851890/levosimendan-exerts-anticonvulsant-properties-against-ptz-induced-seizures-in-mice-through-activation-of-nnos-no-pathway-role-for-katp-channel
#18
Maziar Gooshe, Mohammad Tabaeizadeh, Ali Reza Aleyasin, Payam Mojahedi, Keyvan Ghasemi, Farbod Yousefi, Ali Vafaei, Hossein Amini-Khoei, Shayan Amiri, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
AIMS: Although approving new anticonvulsants was a major breakthrough in the field of epilepsy control, so far we have met limited success in almost one third of patients suffering from epilepsy and a definite and reliable method is yet to be found. Levosimendan demonstrated neuroprotective effects and reduced mortality in conditions in which seizure can be an etiology of death; however, the underlying neuroprotective mechanisms of levosimendan still eludes us. In the light of evidence suggesting levosimendan can be a KATP channel opener and nitrergic pathway activator, levosimendan may exert antiseizure effects through KATP channels and nitrergic pathway...
January 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850949/1313-levosimendan-improved-renal-function-in-pediatric-patients-with-decompensated-heart-failure
#19
Alyaa Al Ali, Musaab Ramsi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801307/pregnancy-related-cardiovascular-complications-case-presentation-and-review-of-literature
#20
Hasan Baki Altinsoy, Ozkan Alatas, Salih Colak, Hakan Atalay, Omer Faruk Dogan
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular complications that can cause severe catastrophic outcomes for both the mother and the fetus are rarely seen during pregnancy. Time to diagnosis is often delayed by a low degree of suspicion and atypical presentation. We report surgical strategies in three pregnant women with cardiovascular complications. METHODS: A retrospective search from 2009 to 2016 identified three pregnant women who underwent urgent cardiac surgery. We used extracorporeal circulation (ECC) without cesarean section with careful follow-up of the fetuses during the perioperative and postoperative period...
October 31, 2016: Heart Surgery Forum
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