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Felix Kreidel, Hannes Alessandrini, Peter Wohlmuth, Michael Schmoeckel, Stephan Geidel
OBJECTIVE: To assess the results of catheter-based and surgical reintervention in primary mitral regurgitation (PMR) after failed MitraClip therapy. METHODS: We report on 21 consecutive symptomatic patients with PMR (median age 78 years) who underwent either repeat MitraClip therapy (n=7) or mitral valve surgery (n=14) after failure of the index procedure with 1-2 MitraClip implantations. At the time of reinterventions, 193 [IQR: 32 to 622] days after index procedure, patients had recurrent or persistent grade 3 MR...
March 12, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Saurabh Rajpal, Laith Alshawabkeh, Nureddin Almaddah, Caroline M Joyce, Keri Shafer, Michelle Gurvitz, Sushrut S Waikar, Finnian R Mc Causland, Michael J Landzberg, Alexander R Opotowsky
Importance: Albuminuria is associated with adverse outcomes in diverse groups of patients, but the importance of albuminuria in the emerging population of increasingly complex adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) remains unknown. Objective: To assess the prevalence, risk factors, and prognostic implications of albuminuria in ACHD. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective study assessed a cohort of ambulatory patients aged 18 years and older who were examined at an ACHD referral center and enrolled in the Boston ACHD Biobank between May 17, 2012, to August 5, 2016...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Konstantin V Borisov
BACKGROUND: In patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy myocardial fibrosis is an independent predictor of adverse outcome. A new technique of HOCM surgical correction in patients with severe hypertrophy and septal myocardial fibrosis has been proposed. METHODS: The excision of the asymmetrical hypertrophied area of the interventricular septum causing obstruction was performed from the conal part of the right ventricle corresponding to the zone of obstruction of the left ventricle (LV)...
March 10, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
L Li, Q Mo, T Mo, Y Liu, J L Tian, Z Wan
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics and pharmaceutical therapy of elderly patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Methods: Using the multi-center retrospective cross-sectional survey, we analyzed 1 799 hospitalized patients with CHF as the main cause and NYHA heart function classification Ⅱ-Ⅳ from nine tertiary hospitals of Tianjin during March 2014 to February 2016. According to age, we divided them into non- elderly group(age<65 years), normal elderly group (age ≥65-79 years), and the old elderly group(age≥80 years)...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Jonathan Rilinger, Claudia Heilmann, Ulrich Beitinger, Christoph B Olivier, Philipp Diehl, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Matthias Siepe
BACKGROUND: Ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) is a frequent complication of coronary artery heart disease and is associated with increased mortality. Controversies exists whether patients with moderate IMR may benefit from a combined procedure with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and treatment of mitral regurgitation. METHODS: 451 patients with moderate IMR (grade 2) receiving either CABG alone (CABG only) or additional mitral valve repair or replacement (CABG+MV) were included in this observational single-centre study...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Lee S Nguyen, Pierre Baudinaud, Alain Brusset, Florence Nicot, Louis Pechmajou, Joe-Elie Salem, Philippe Estagnasie, Pierre Squara
BACKGROUND: The prognostic role of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains unclear. This study aimed to assess HFpEF prognostic value after cardiothoracic surgery, adjusting for European System for Cardiac Operative Risk (EuroSCORE II) criteria. METHODS: Patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥ 50% undergoing cardiothoracic surgery between 2012 and 2016 were included. Patients with HFpEF were compared to control patients with LVEF ≥ 50%...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Patrycja Pruszkowska, Radosław Lenarczyk, Jakub Gumprecht, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Michał Mazurek, Oskar Kowalski, Adam Sokal, Tomasz Podolecki, Stanisław Morawski, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation with cryobaloon catheter ablation (CCB) is an effective method oftreatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but in patients with heart failure (HF) therole of CCB remains unknown. AIMS: To assess feasibility, effectiveness and safety of CCB in patients with HF and cardiac electronic devices (CIED), the impact of the procedure on symptoms and echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Thirty consecutive HF patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (EF)≤40% and CIED, referred for CCB of AF were included...
March 12, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Moritake Iguchi, Yuji Tezuka, Hisashi Ogawa, Yasuhiro Hamatani, Daisuke Takagi, Yoshimori An, Takashi Unoki, Mitsuru Ishii, Nobutoyo Masunaga, Masahiro Esato, Hikari Tsuji, Hiromichi Wada, Koji Hasegawa, Mitsuru Abe, Gregory Y H Lip, Masaharu Akao
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a heterogeneous syndrome, but the effect of the type and severity of HF on the incidence of stroke or systemic embolism (SE) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is unclear.Methods and Results:The Fushimi AF Registry is a community-based prospective survey of AF patients in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. Follow-up data were available for 3,749 patients. We defined pre-existing HF as having one of the following: prior hospitalization for HF, presence of HF symptoms (NYHA ≥2), or reduced ejection fraction (<40%)...
March 9, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Krzysztof Boczar, Agnieszka Sławuta, Andrzej Ząbek, Maciej Dębski, Jacek Gajek, Jacek Lelakowski, Barbara Małecka
CRT is a therapeutic option for patients with heart failure, sinus rhythm, prolonged QRS complex duration and reduced ejection fraction. We present a case of 71-year-old woman with dilated cardiomyopathy, NYHA functional class III and AF. We implanted CRT combined with direct His-bundle pacing. The indication for such a therapy was a left bundle branch block with a QRS complex of 178ms and a left ventricular EF of 15%, left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD) of 75mm. After 8months of follow-up the LVEDD was 60mm with EF 35-40%...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Vivan J M Baggen, Annemien E van den Bosch, Roland R van Kimmenade, Jannet A Eindhoven, Maarten Witsenburg, Judith A A E Cuypers, Frank W G Leebeek, Eric Boersma, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink
BACKGROUND: Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a standard component of the automated blood count, and is of prognostic value in heart failure and coronary heart disease. We investigated the association between RDW and cardiovascular events in patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective cohort study, 602 consecutive patients with ACHD who routinely visited the outpatient clinic were enrolled between 2011 and 2013...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Zachary Solomon, Catalina Breton, Ethan J Rowin, Barry J Maron, Martin S Maron, Frederick Y Chen, Hassan Rastegar
Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction secondary to hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy remains a challenging entity facing clinicians. Despite the success of invasive therapies, some clinicians remain hesitant due to early results with unacceptable morbidity and mortality rates. However, current literature strongly suggests improved short and long-term outcomes with extended septal myectomy and alcohol septal ablation compared to patients not undergoing such interventions. This review evaluates hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy treatment with a focus on short and long-term outcomes, perioperative complications, and major tenets of surgical intervention...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
R Jansen, A M Wind, M J Cramer, F Nijhoff, P Agostoni, F Z Ramjankhan, W J Suyker, P R Stella, S A J Chamuleau
The purpose of this study was to evaluate mitral regurgitation (MR) severity in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) by standardized assessment of two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and 1-year echocardiographic and clinical outcomes. Pre- and post-procedural TTE's of patients undergoing TAVR between 2008 and 2014 were analyzed. MR was graded according to current guidelines with a systematic and integrated approach. Longitudinal echocardiographic and clinical results were analyzed...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Ji Yan, Shu Zhang, Dejia Huang, Xiaolin Xue, Jing Xu, Qianmin Tao, Weize Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Wei Hua, Yanchun Liang, Baopeng Tang, Wei Xu, Geng Xu, Xuejun Ren, Jingfeng Wang, Tao Guo, Shaobin Jia, Yugang Dong, Hong Jiang, Guosheng Fu, Liguang Zhu, Lin Chen, Fuli Tian, Feng Ling, Jianmei Li, Xiaoyong Qi, Yinglu Hao, Yutang Wang, Liangrong Zheng, Xiaoqun Pu, Farong Shen, Guangping Li, Hui Li, Fang Peng
In this trial, long-term therapeutic effects and clinical improvements in Chinese chronic heart failure patients optimized by QuickOpt or echocardiography were compared for atrioventricular (AV) and interventricular (VV) delay optimizations after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with pacing (CRT-P) or with pacing and defibrillator (CRT-D) therapy. One hundred and ninety-six subjects (50%) had dilated cardiomyopathy, 108 (27.6%) had ischemic heart disease and 112 (28.6%) were hypertensive and were randomized into QuickOpt (198) or echocardiographic optimization (control) (194) groups at ≤2-weeks post-implantation...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Özcan Örsçelik, Buğra Özkan, Ayça Arslan, Emre Ertan Şahin, Ozan Sakarya, Orçun Ali Sürmeli, Şenay Balcı Fidancı, Ahmet Çelik, Burak Yavuz Çimen, İsmail Türkay Özcan
OBJECTIVE: Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome resulting from structural or functional damages. Although clinical trials have shown that the plasma renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation decreases HF functional status and increases hospitalization for HF patients, the effect of intrarenal RAS activity is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the New York Heart Association (NYHA) class, duration, and number of hospitalizations in the previous year and urinary angiotensinogen (UAGT) in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
March 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Wenmin Xing, Xiaoling Lv, Wenyan Gao, Jirong Wang, Zhouxin Yang, Sanying Wang, Jing Zhang, Jing Yan
Objective: This study aimed to verify the existing relationship between bone mineral density (BMD) and chronic heart failure (CHF) by meta-analysis. Methods: Databases, including PubMed, Web of Science, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, published in English or Chinese up to February 28, 2017, were searched for studies on the association between CHF and BMD. Two independent reviewers collected the relevant articles. The standard mean deviation (SMD) and 95% confidence interval were calculated for BMD with fixed- and random-effect models...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Rosemarijn Jansen, Kim Urgel, Maarten J Cramer, Egidius E H L van Aarnhem, Peter P M Zwetsloot, Pieter A Doevendans, Jolanda Kluin, Steven A J Chamuleau
Background: Clinical decision-making in symptomatic patients after mitral valve (MV) repair remains challenging as echocardiographic reference values are lacking. In native MV disease intervention is recommended for mean transmitral pressure gradient (TPG) >15 mmHg or systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) >60 mmHg at peak exercise. Insight into standard stress echo parameters after MV repair may therefore aid to clinical decision-making during follow-up. Hypothesis: Stress echocardiography derived parameters in asymptomatic patients after successful MV repair differ from current guidelines for native valves...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Martino Martinelli Filho, Giselle de Lima Peixoto, Sérgio Freitas de Siqueira, Sérgio Augusto Mezzalira Martins, Silvana Angelina D'ório Nishioka, Anísio Alexandre Andrade Pedrosa, Ricardo Alkmim Teixeira, Johnny Xavier Dos Santos, Roberto Costa, Roberto Kalil Filho, José Antônio Franchini Ramires
Aims: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established procedure for patients with heart failure. However, trials evaluating its efficacy did not include patients with chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy (CCC). We aimed to assess the role of CRT in a cohort of patients with CCC. Methods and results: This retrospective study compared the outcomes of CCC patients who underwent CRT with those of dilated (DCM) and ischaemic cardiomyopathies (ICM). The primary endpoint was all-cause mortality and the secondary endpoints were the rate of non-advanced New York Heart Association (NYHA) class 12 months after CRT and echocardiographic changes evaluated at least 6 months after CRT...
March 2, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Alessandro Capucci, Laura Cipolletta, Federico Guerra, Irene Giannini
The main aim of current research on the field of atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment is to find new antiarrhythmic drugs with less side effects. Areas covered: Dronedarone and vernakalant showed promising result in term of efficacy and safety in selected patients. Ranolazine and colchicine are obtaining a role as a potential antiarrhythmic drug. Ivabradine is used in experimental studies for the rate control of AF. Moreover, new compounds (vanoxerine, moxonidine, budiodarone) are still under investigation. Monoclonal antibodies or selective antagonist of potassium channel are under investigation for long term maintenance of sinus rhythm...
March 6, 2018: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
Shuang Liu, Zhengyu Guan, Xianfeng Zheng, Pingping Meng, Yonghuai Wang, Yang Li, Yan Zhang, Jun Yang, Dalin Jia, Chunyan Ma
AIMS: To assess LA diastolic and systolic function and atrial dyssynchrony in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and to examine whether LA dysfunction and dyssynchrony account for the patients' symptoms of HFpEF. METHODS: Fifty-five patients with HFpEF, 31 asymptomatic patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and 33 healthy individuals were enrolled in the study. The LA active ejection fraction (LAAEF) was calculated...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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