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Antonella Sorrentino, Silvia Trotta, Anna Pia Colucci, Lucia Aventaggiato, Andrea Marzullo, Biagio Solarino
"Krokodil" is a home-made opioid drug obtained by synthesizing desomorphine from codeine and combining it with other low-cost additives. Initially introduced in the former Soviet countries, it was then imported to Western Europe as a heroin substitute. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an Italian case of lethal krokodil abuse, that occurred in a 39-year-old man, who died suddenly after transportation to the Emergency Department (ED) for hyperthermia associated with sweating, dyspnoea and tachycardia...
March 19, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Letícia Kraft, Victoria Stadler Tasca Ribeiro, Luciana Cristina Wollmann, Paula Hansen Suss, Felipe Francisco Tuon
All cardiac allograft tissues are under potential contamination, requiring a validated terminal sterilization process or a minimal bioburden. The bioburden calculation is important to determine the bacterial burden and further decontamination and disinfection strategies for the valve processing. The aim of this study was to determine the bioburden from transport solution (TS) of heart valves obtained from non-heart-beating and heart-beating donors in different culture methods. The bioburden from TS was determined in 20 hearts donated for valve allograft tissue using membrane filter (MF) and direct inoculation...
March 19, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
Takashi Shirakawa, Masao Yoshitatsu, Yasushi Koyama, Akira Kurata, Toru Miyoshi, Hiroki Mizoguchi, Takafumi Masai, Koichi Toda, Yoshiki Sawa
Determining the complex geometry of mitral valve prolapse is often difficult. We constructed 3D models of six prolapsed mitral valves for surgical assessment, and evaluated how accurately the models could replicate individual valve dimensions. 3D polygon data were constructed based on an original segmentation method for computed tomography images. The model's replication performance was confirmed via dimensional comparison between the actual hearts during surgery and those models. The results revealed that the prolapsed segments matched in all cases; however, torn chordae were replicated in four cases...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
Johan Spetz, Javid Moslehi, Kristopher Sarosiek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ionizing radiation is a highly effective treatment for a wide range of malignancies, yet the cardiovascular (CV) toxicity that can result from chest radiotherapy impairs the long-term health of cancer survivors and can be a limiting factor for its use. Despite over 100 years of successful clinical use, the mechanisms by which high-energy photons damage critical components within cells of the heart's myocardium, pericardium, vasculature, and valves remain unclear. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies exploring the acute and chronic effects of radiation therapy on cardiac and vascular tissue have provided new insights into the development and progression of heart disease, including the identification and understanding of age- and complication-associated risk factors...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Muhammet Onur Hanedan, Mehmet Ali Yuruk, Ali Ihsan Parlar, Ugur Ziyrek, Ali Kemal Arslan, Ufuk Sayar, Ilker Mataraci
In elderly, high-risk surgical patients, sutureless aortic valve replacement (AVR) can often be an alternative to conventional AVR; shorter aortic cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times are the chief advantages. We compared the outcomes of sutureless AVR with those of conventional AVR in 70 elderly patients who underwent concomitant cardiac surgical procedures. We retrospectively analyzed the cases of 42 men and 28 women (mean age, 70.4 ± 10.3 yr; range, 34-93 yr) who underwent cardiac operations plus AVR with either a sutureless valve (group 1, n=38) or a conventional bioprosthetic or mechanical valve (group 2, n=32)...
February 2018: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Lenard Conradi, Michael Hilker, Jörg Kempfert, Jochen Börgermann, Hendrik Treede, David M Holzhey, Holger Schröfel, Won-Keun Kim, Ulrich Schaefer, Thomas Walther
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the safety and efficacy of a novel low-profile, 22-Fr transapical delivery system together with the ACURATE neo™ resheathable transcatheter heart valve. METHODS: This prospective, single-arm, multicentre study enrolled 60 patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and high surgical risk ineligible for transfemoral access. Primary end points were 6-month mortality and procedural success. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 79...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Stephen L Viviano, Farrah C Liu, Paul J Therattil, Edward S Lee, Jonathan D Keith
BACKGROUND: Thinning of anterolateral thigh (ALT) flaps has been described to achieve optimal contouring. Previous studies caution against thinning large flaps owing to the risk of vascular compromise leading to partial or total flap necrosis. This study aims to demonstrate a reliably safe method for thinning extra-large (>240 cm) flaps. METHODS: A retrospective review of 53 consecutive ALT flaps performed at a single institution was completed. Of these flaps, 18 (34%) were thinned primarily by sharp excision of sub-Scarpa's fat along the periphery of the flap using loupe magnification...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Renee Wei-Yan Chow, Paola Lamperti, Emily Steed, Francesco Boselli, Julien Vermot
During embryogenesis, cells undergo dynamic changes in cell behavior, and deciphering the cellular logic behind these changes is a fundamental goal in the field of developmental biology. The discovery and development of photoconvertible proteins have greatly aided our understanding of these dynamic changes by providing a method to optically highlight cells and tissues. However, while photoconversion, time-lapse microscopy, and subsequent image analysis have proven to be very successful in uncovering cellular dynamics in organs such as the brain or the eye, this approach is generally not used in the developing heart due to challenges posed by the rapid movement of the heart during the cardiac cycle...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Yukio Abe, Kanako Akamatsu, Kazato Ito, Yoshiki Matsumura, Kenji Shimeno, Takahiko Naruko, Yosuke Takahashi, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence and prognostic significance of functional mitral regurgitation (MR) and tricuspid regurgitation (TR) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).Methods and Results:We retrospectively studied the cases of 11,021 consecutive patients who had undergone transthoracic echocardiography. AF appeared in 1,194 patients, and we selected 298 with AF and LVEF ≥50% but without other underlying heart diseases...
March 16, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Katharina Huenges, Bernd Panholzer, Jochen Cremer, Assad Haneya
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is nowadays a routine therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. We present the case of a 74-year-old male patient who was admitted to our center with terminal heart failure in dilated cardiomyopathy and ascending aortic aneurysm with aortic valve regurgitation. The LVAD implantation with simultaneous aortic valve and supracoronary ascending aortic replacement was successfully performed.
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Costanza Pellegrini, Oliver Husser, Won-Keun Kim, Andreas Holzamer, Thomas Walther, Tobias Rheude, Nicola Patrick Mayr, Teresa Trenkwalder, Michael Joner, Jonathan Michel, Fabian Chaustre, Adnan Kastrati, Heribert Schunkert, Christof Burgdorf, Michael Hilker, Helge Möllmann, Christian Hengstenberg
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The incidence of permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) and new conduction abnormalities (CA) with the ACURATE neo (Symetis S.A., Eclubens, Switzerland) has not been studied in detail. We aimed to analyze their predictors, evaluating patient- and device-related factors, including implantation depth and device-to-annulus ratio (DAR). METHODS: Two analyses of a multicenter population were performed: new PPI in pacemaker-naive patients (n = 283), and PPI/new-CA in patients without prior CA or pacemaker (n = 232)...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Mehmet Özkan, Sabahattin Gündüz, Macit Kalçık, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy
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February 7, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Alessandro Zorzi, Angela Susana, Manuel De Lazzari, Federico Migliore, Giovanni Vescovo, Daniele Scarpa, Anna Baritussio, Giuseppe Tarantini, Luisa Cacciavillani, Benedetta Giorgi, Cristina Basso, Sabino Iliceto, Chiara Bucciarelli Ducci, Domenico Corrado, Martina Perazzolo Marra
BACKGROUND: In patients who survived out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) it is crucial to establish the underlying cause and its potential reversibility. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the incremental diagnostic and prognostic role of early cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in survivors of OHCA. METHODS: Among 139 consecutive OHCA patients, we enrolled 44 (median age 43 years; 84% males) patients who underwent coronary angiography and CMR ≤7 days after admission...
March 14, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Anastasia Vamvakidou, Wenying Jin, Oleksandr Danylenko, Navtej Chahal, Rajdeep Khattar, Roxy Senior
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the value of low transvalvular flow rate (FR) for the prediction of mortality compared with low stroke volume index (SVi) in patients with low-gradient (mean gradient: <40 mm Hg), low aortic valve area (<1 cm2 ) aortic stenosis (AS) following aortic valve intervention. BACKGROUND: Transaortic FR defined as stroke volume/left ventricular ejection time is also a marker of flow; however, no data exist comparing the relative prognostic value of these 2 transvalvular flow markers in patients with low-gradient AS who had undergone valve intervention...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Daniel Ruiz, Jim C Oates, Diane L Kamen
Evaluation of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and correlation with heart valve abnormalities among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Nested case-control study was conducted with 70 patients with SLE selected from a longitudinal database based on levels of aPL and presence or absence of valve disease by echocardiogram. Valvular abnormalities observed were regurgitation (52), other (14), artificial valves (4), stenosis (2), thickening (2) and no Libman-Sacks endocarditis (0). The mitral valve was the most commonly affected (30 abnormalities), followed by the tricuspid (20 abnormalities)...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Michelle Carr, Stephanie Curtis, Jan Marek
Congenital obstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract remains a significant problem and multi-level obstruction can often co-exist. Obstruction can take several morphological forms and may involve the subvalvar, valvar or supravalvar portion of the aortic valve complex. Congenital valvar stenosis presenting in the neonatal period represents a spectrum of disorders ranging from the hypoplastic left heart syndrome to almost normal hearts. Treatment options vary dependent on the severity of the left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) and the variable degree of left ventricular hypoplasia as well as the associated lesions such as arch hypoplasia and coarctation...
March 16, 2018: Echo Research and Practice
Niklas Schofer, Florian Deuschl, Gerhard Schön, Moritz Seiffert, Matthias Linder, Andreas Schaefer, Johannes Schirmer, Edith Lubos, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stefan Blankenberg, Lenard Conradi, Ulrich Schäfer
BACKGROUND: The balloon-expandable Sapien 3 (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) and the mechanically-expandable Lotus valve (Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA, USA) are established devices for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. We sought to compare both transcatheter heart valves (THV) under consideration of the extent of THV landing zone calcification. METHODS: This retrospective analysis includes consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis treated with Sapien 3 (S3; n=212) or Lotus (n=61) THV via transfemoral access...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
M Boutsikou, D Shore, W Li, M Rubens, A Pijuan, M A Gatzoulis, S Babu-Narayan
INTRODUCTION: The diagnosis of ALCAPA syndrome is sporadic in adulthood, of the limited cases in the literature most are incidental or without symptoms. There is a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations of ALCAPA syndrome however, including sudden cardiac death. CASES: We present herewith a series of 12 consecutive patients with ALCAPA, all diagnosed in adulthood (between 18 and 73 years of age). Five patients developed symptoms (breathlessness) after the fourth decade of life, 3 were undiagnosed despite a history of previous mitral valve repair, one presented with heart failure, one with resuscitated cardiac arrest, whereas two patients were asymptomatic...
February 24, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Qiyu Lu, Yi Sun, Yuyin Duan, Bin Li, Jianming Xia, Songhua Yu, Guimin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality, especially in China. More than a half of valvular heart diseases are caused by acute rheumatic fever. microRNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. However, the miRNA profile of the rheumatic valvular heart disease is unknown. This research is to discuss microRNAs and their target gene pathways involved in rheumatic heart valve disease. METHODS: Serum miRNA from one healthy individual and four rheumatic heart disease patients were sequenced...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
David Hasler, Dominik Obrist
The flow field past a prosthetic aortic valve comprises many details that indicate whether the prosthesis is functioning well or not. It is, however, not yet fully understood how an optimal flow scenario would look, i.e. which subtleties of the fluid dynamics in place are essential regarding the durability and compatibility of a prosthetic valve. In this study, we measured and analyzed the 3D flow field in the vicinity of a bio-prosthetic heart valve in function of the aortic root size. The measurements were conducted within aortic root phantoms of different size, mounted in a custom-built hydraulic setup, which mimicked physiological flow conditions in the aorta...
2018: PloS One
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