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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350641/exercise-training-in-a-patient-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-and-large-aortic-valve-thrombus
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Mijiti Wuliya, Sandrine Peyrot, Costin Radu, Jean-François Deux, Habib Ben Elhaj, Nicolas Lellouche, Thibaud Damy, Soulef Guendouz, Barnabas Gellen
DETAILS OF THE CLINICAL CASE: An aortic valve thrombus (AVT) is a rare complication after HeartMate II implantation. In a 44-year-old man, a large AVT was discovered 6 weeks after implantation of a HeartMate II for severe dilated cardiomyopathy. The aortic valve was permanently closed. DISCUSSION: After a followup of 3 months without embolic events, the patient started a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program involving aerobic exercise, resistance exercises, group gymnastics, and relaxation exercise, and completed the program without any complications, resulting in a significant functional benefit...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342532/shear-scaling-based-approach-for-irreversible-energy-loss-estimation-in-stenotic-aortic-flow-an-in-vitro-study
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Utku Gülan, Christian Binter, Sebastian Kozerke, Markus Holzner
Today, the functional and risk assessment of stenosed arteries is mostly based on ultrasound Doppler blood flow velocity measurements or catheter pressure measurements, which rely on several assumptions. Alternatively, blood velocity including turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) may be measured using MRI. The aim of the present study is to validate a TKE-based approach that relies on the fact that turbulence production is dominated by the flow's shear to determine the total irreversible energy loss from MRI scans...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341512/change-in-aortic-neck-diameter-after-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Marcus R Kret, Kenneth Tran, Jason T Lee
INTRODUCTION: and Objectives: Implications of aortic neck dilatation following EVAR are unclear. Previous studies are limited to comparisons of individual, early-generation devices. We compared aortic neck dilatation among contemporary stent-grafts. METHODS: We reviewed pre- and post-op CTA for EVARs performed from 2008-2014. Images were analyzed using 3-D centerline reconstructions. Aortic neck diameter was measured in orthogonal planes at and 10 mm below the lowest renal artery...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341507/endovascular-aortic-repair-for-progressive-chronic-thoracoabdominal-aortic-dissections
#4
Vito Mantese, Shameem Kunhammed
BACKGROUND: Ascending and thoracic aortic dissections progress into thoracoabdominal aneurysms 20-40% of the time, due to the initial aortic injury with associated weakness of the aortic wall. The increased firmness of the intimal flap usually results in a collapsed true lumen that does not spontaneously re-expand even with progressive dilatation of the aorta. In an effort to identify a safe and effective treatment path for this complex disease process, we present 4 cases illustrating successful sequential thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR)...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332508/prolactin-as-a-predictor-of-endothelial-dysfunction-and-arterial-stiffness-progression-in-menopause
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G Georgiopoulos, I Lambrinoudaki, F Athanasouli, E Armeni, A Koliviras, A Augoulea, D Rizos, C Papamichael, A Protogerou, K Stellos, K Stamatelopoulos
Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for progression of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Recent cross-sectional evidence suggests that high normal circulating prolactin levels may accelerate vascular ageing in menopause. Postmenopausal women (n=201) were consecutively recruited from a Menopause Clinic and re-evaluated in at least one follow-up visit within the next 3 years. Baseline circulating prolactin levels were measured while both baseline and follow-up vascular and biochemical measurements were performed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331219/intragenic-multi-exon-deletion-in-the-fbn1-gene-in-a-child-with-mildly-dilated-aortic-sinus-a-retrotransposal-event
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Maggie Brett, George Korovesis, Angeline H M Lai, Eileen C P Lim, Ene-Choo Tan
Marfan syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder affecting mainly the skeletal, ocular and cardiovascular systems. Most cases are caused by mutations in the fibrillin-1 gene (FBN1), although there are some reports on deletions involving FBN1 and other additional genes. We report a male patient who was first evaluated at 4 years of age. Echocardiogram showed a mildly dilated aortic sinus. He also had a history of muscular ventral septal defect which was closed spontaneously and trivial mitral regurgitation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329360/early-surgery-versus-conventional-treatment-for-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-regurgitation-with-normal-ejection-fraction-and-left-ventricular-dilatation
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Yin Wang, Weiwei Jiang, Junwei Liu, Geng Li, Yi Liu, Xingjian Hu, Nianguo Dong
OBJECTIVES: The management of patients with asymptomatic severe aortic regurgitation (AR) remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare the clinical results between early surgery and conventional treatment for asymptomatic severe AR in patients with normal left ventricular (LV) systolic function and LV dilatation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 230 consecutive patients with severe AR with left ventricular ejection function (LVEF ≥50%) and left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD >70 mm) from 2003 to 2014...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329331/natural-history-of-moderately-dilated-tubular-ascending-aorta-implications-for-determining-the-optimal-imaging-interval%C3%A2
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Kay-Hyun Park, Suryeun Chung, Dong Jung Kim, Jun Sung Kim, Cheong Lim
OBJECTIVES: For a moderately dilated ascending aorta (diameter 35-54 mm), current guidelines recommend continuous annual or semi-annual examinations with computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. However, few data have shown the yield and benefit of such a protocol. This study aimed to investigate the fate of a moderately dilated ascending aorta and thereby determine the adequate imaging interval. METHODS: In our institutional database, we identified adult patients having an ascending aortic diameter ≥40 mm in contrast-enhanced computed tomography and follow-up imaging(s) after ≥1 year...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329312/first-experience-with-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-without-prior-balloon-pre-dilatation-using-a-latest-generation-repositionable-and-retrievable-transcatheter-heart-valve%C3%A2
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Andreas Schaefer, Eva Harmel, Moritz Seiffert, Daniel Reichart, Florian Deuschl, Niklas Schofer, Yvonne Schneeberger, Stefan Blankenberg, Hermann Reichenspurner, Ulrich Schaefer, Lenard Conradi
OBJECTIVES: : The aim of this study was to prove technical feasibility and document haemodynamic and clinical outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) with the latest generation repositionable and retrievable Lotus™ transcatheter heart valve (THV) without prior balloon-aortic valvuloplasty (BAV). It has been demonstrated for self-expandable and balloon-expandable THV that implantation without prior BAV is not only feasible and safe but also results in lower fluoroscopy times and amounts of contrast agent while yielding non-inferior haemodynamic and clinical outcome...
February 6, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329082/aortic-elongation-and-the-risk-for-dissection-the-t%C3%A3-bingen-aortic-pathoanatomy-taipan-project%C3%A2
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Tobias Krüger, Alexandre Oikonomou, David Schibilsky, Mario Lescan, Katharina Bregel, Luise Vöhringer, Wilke Schneider, Henning Lausberg, Gunnar Blumenstock, Fabian Bamberg, Christian Schlensak
OBJECTIVES: We measured aortic dimensions, particularly length parameters, using 3D imaging with the aim of refining the risk-morphology for Stanford type A aortic dissection (TAD). METHODS: Computer tomography angiography studies were analysed using the curved multiplanar reformats. At defined landmarks, the diameters and lengths of aortic segments were recorded. Three groups were compared retrospectively: patients actually suffering from a TAD (TAD-group; n  = 150), patients before suffering a TAD (preTAD-group n  = 15) and a healthy control group ( n  = 215)...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328125/two-patients-with-the-heterozygous-r189h-mutation-in-acta2-and-complex-congenital-heart-defects-expands-the-cardiac-phenotype-of-multisystemic-smooth-muscle-dysfunction-syndrome
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Thushiha Logeswaran, Christoph Friedburg, Karoline Hofmann, Hakan Akintuerk, Saskia Biskup, Michael Graef, Ali Rad, Axel Weber, Bernd A Neubauer, Dietmar Schranz, Patrice Bouvagnet, Birgit Lorenz, Andreas Hahn
De novo heterozygous mutations changing R179 to histidine, leucine, or cysteine in the ACTA2 gene are associated with Multisystemic Smooth Muscle Dysfunction Syndrome (MSMDS). Characteristic hallmarks of this condition, caused only by these specific ACTA2 mutations, are congenital mydriasis (mid-dilated, non-reactive pupils), a large persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA), aortic aneurysms evolving during childhood, and cerebrovascular anomalies. We describe two patients, a 3-day-old newborn and a 26-year-old woman, with this unique mutation in association with a huge PDA and an aorto-pulmonary window...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325072/aortic-assessment-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-patients-and-their-first-degree-relatives
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Pablo Straneo, Gabriel Parma, Natalia Lluberas, Alvaro Marichal, Gerardo Soca, Leandro Cura, Juan J Paganini, Daniel Brusich, Lucia Florio, Victor Dayan
Background Bicuspid aortic valve patients have an increased risk of aortic dilatation. A deficit of nitric oxide synthase has been proposed as the causative factor. No correlation between flow-mediated dilation and aortic diameter has been performed in patients with bicuspid aortic valves and normal aortic diameters. Being a hereditary disease, we compared echocardiographic features and endothelial function in these patients and their first-degree relatives. Methods Comprehensive physical examinations, routine laboratory tests, transthoracic echocardiography, and measurements of endothelium-dependent and non-dependent flow-mediated vasodilatation were performed in 18 bicuspid aortic valve patients (14 type 1 and 4 type 2) and 19 of their first-degree relatives...
March 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322097/association-between-ascending-aortic-diameter-and-coronary-artery-dilation-a-demographic-data-analysis
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Ali Can Hatemi, Aybala Tongut, Zeki Özyedek, İsmail Çerezci, İlhan Özgöl, Hande Perk Gürün
Objective Coronary artery dilations (CDs), a subgroup of coronary artery anomalies (CAAs), are relatively rare but important cardiac pathologies. They are considered to be linked to coronary atherosclerosis in most cases. Methods The demographic data, multi-slice computed tomographic coronary angiography data, coronary calcium score, and ascending aortic diameter (AAD) of 1538 patients were reviewed. In total, 197 (12.8%) patients (166 men, 31 women; age 15 - 84 years; mean 55.78 ± 12.32 years) with CAAs were identified, and 81 (5...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321917/post-dilation-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Nelson Wang, Sean Lal
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a meta-analysis to compare the outcomes of patients undergoing TAVR with and without balloon post-dilation (PD). BACKGROUND: PD is a commonly used technique in TAVR to minimize paravalvular regurgitation (PVR), albeit supported by little evidence. METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analysis of 6 studies comparing 889 patients who had PD compared to 4118 patients without PD. RESULTS: Patients undergoing PD were more likely male (OR 1...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296545/the-effects-of-nicotine-administration-on-the-pathophysiology-of-rat-aortic-wall
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H Kugo, N Zaima, H Tanaka, T Urano, N Unno, T Moriyama
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is the progressive dilation of the abdominal aorta. Nicotine is reported to be associated with the development and rupture of AAA, but the pathological effects of nicotine on normal rat aorta have not been determined. We investigated pathological changes in the aortic wall of rats caused by the administration of nicotine. Nicotine administration weakened the vascular wall, increased gelatinolytic activity and promoted the destruction of elastin and collagen in the rat abdominal aorta...
2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290181/acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-beyond-the-diameter
#18
Calogera Pisano, Carmela Rita Balistreri, Oreste Fabio Triolo, Vincenzo Argano, Giovanni Ruvolo
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition in which early diagnosis, treatment and close follow up are critical for survival. Between 60% and 70% of patients with acute aortic dissection are affected at the ascending aorta, classified as Stanford type A (TAD). Preventive surgery of the aorta in asymptomatic patients on the basis of aortic size alone remains controversial among patient populations without known risk factors for aortic dissection. In fact, many dissection patients do not appear to have markedly dilated aortas at the time of presentation...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290174/when-not-to-go-solo-contraindications-based-on-implant-experience
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Laurens W Wollersheim, Wilson W Li, Abdullah Kaya, Wim J van Boven, Jan van der Meulen, Bas A de Mol
BACKGROUND: Because of the design and specific implantation technique of the stentless Freedom SOLO bioprosthesis, patient selection is crucial. The aim of the study was to discuss the contraindications to this prosthesis based on the authors' implant experience. METHODS: Between April 2005 and February 2015, one surgeon at the authors' center performed 292 aortic valve replacements using a bioprosthesis, with the initial intention of implanting a SOLO valve in every patient...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288701/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-and-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-mechanisms-animal-models-and-potential-treatment
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Lara T Meital, Shaun L Sandow, Philip C Calder, Fraser D Russell
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an inflammatory disease associated with macrophage accumulation in the adventitia, oxidative stress, medial elastin degradation and aortic dilation. Progression of AAA is linked to increased risk of rupture, which carries a high mortality rate. Drug therapies trialled to date lack efficacy and although aneurysm repair is available for patients with large aneurysm, peri-surgical morbidity and mortality have been widely reported. Recent studies using rodent models of AAA suggest that long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFAs) and their metabolites can moderate inflammation and oxidative stress perpetuated by infiltrating macrophages and intervene in the destruction of medial elastin...
March 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
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