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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229270/should-the-annulus-be-fixed-in-aortic-valve-sparing-root-replacement-with-remodeling
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Kojiro Furukawa, Keiji Kamohara, Junji Yunoki, Shugo Koga, Manabu Itoh, Hiroyuki Morokuma, Yosuke Mukae, Tsuyoshi Itoh, Shigeki Morita
OBJECTIVES: If the aortic root dilates after native aortic valve-sparing root reconstruction with remodeling, aortic regurgitation may recur. However, it has not been demonstrated clearly that the aortic root dilates after remodeling. METHODS: This study enrolled 15 patients who underwent an aortic valve-sparing operation with remodeling (2002-2014) but without any ventriculo-aortic junction (VAJ) fixation. Technically, special care was taken to pass the sutures through the fibrous annulus...
February 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229071/bilateral-vertebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-causing-cervical-spinal-cord-compression-in-a-dog
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Kathryn E Rhue, Amanda R Taylor, Robert C Cole, Randolph L Winter
A 10-year-old male neutered mixed breed dog was evaluated for cervical hyperesthesia and tetraparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and cervical spinal cord identified an extradural compressive lesion over the body of C2 caused by marked dilation of the vertebral venous sinuses. Following intravenous contrast administration both vertebral sinuses had heterogeneous contrast enhancement consistent with incomplete thrombi formation. An abdominal ultrasound also showed a distal aortic thrombus. A definitive cause for the thrombi formation was not identified, but the patient had several predisposing factors which may have contributed...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228701/chiropractic-management-of-a-patient-with-thoracic-pain-and-a-stable-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-a-case-report
#3
Shawn M Neff, Casey S Okamoto
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this case report was to describe chiropractic management of thoracic pain in a patient with a stable thoracic aortic aneurysm. CLINICAL FEATURES: An 89-year-old man presented with axial mid- and upper back pain localized predominantly at the T8 and T1 spinal segmental levels. A review of available imaging revealed a stable aneurysmal dilatation of the ascending aorta, which measured 4.3 cm. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: Because the thoracic pain was musculoskeletal in nature and the thoracic aortic aneurysm was stable, mechanical manipulation was provided using the Impulse adjusting instrument...
March 2017: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227463/hemodynamic-effects-of-synchronizing-an-intra-aortic-vad-in-reverse-rotation-control-with-left-ventricle-a-mock-loop-study
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Yaxin Wang, P Alex Smith, Daniel L Timms, Po-Lin Hsu, Richard A McMahon, Yaxin Wang, P Alex Smith, Daniel L Timms, Po-Lin Hsu, Richard A McMahon, Richard A McMahon, Daniel L Timms, Po-Lin Hsu, Yaxin Wang, P Alex Smith
The IntraVAD is an intra-aortic left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to be located in the ascending aorta. In order to enhance unloading and promote coronary flow for the left ventricle (LV), an operating mechanism, reverse-rotation control (RRc) mode, has been developed for the IntraVAD and tested in vitro in a mock circulation loop (MCL). The RRc mode consists of forward rotation (FR) and reverse rotation (RR). The synchronization between the IntraVAD and the LV was studied to offload the ventricle more effectively and to improve myocardial perfusion...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227216/prediction-of-individual-prosthesis-size-for-valve-sparing-aortic-root-reconstruction-based-on-geometric-features
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J Hagenah, E Werrmann, M Scharfschwerdt, F Ernst, C Metzner, J Hagenah, E Werrmann, M Scharfschwerdt, F Ernst, C Metzner, C Metzner, E Werrmann, J Hagenah, F Ernst, M Scharfschwerdt
Valve-sparing aortic root reconstruction is an up- and-coming approach for patients suffering from aortic valve insufficiencies which promises to significantly reduce complications. However, the success of the treatment strongly depends on the challenging task of choosing the correct size of the prosthesis, for which, up to now, surgeons solely have to rely on their experience. Here, we present a novel machine learning based approach, which might make it possible to predict the size of the prosthesis from pre-operatively acquired ultrasound images...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223477/znf307-zinc-finger-protein-307-acts-as-a-negative-regulator-of-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Chang-Jiang Yu, Chen Liang, Yu-Xia Li, Qing-Qing Hu, Wei-Wan Zheng, Na Niu, Xu Yang, Zi-Rui Wang, Xiao-Di Yu, Bao-Long Zhang, Bin-Lin Song, Zhi-Ren Zhang
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy is a key risk factor for heart failure. We found that the protein expression levels of the ZNF307 (zinc finger protein 307) were significantly increased in heart samples from both human patients with dilated cardiomyopathy and mice subjected to aortic banding. Therefore, we aimed to elucidate the role of ZNF307 in the development of cardiac hypertrophy and to explore the signal transduction events that mediate the effect of ZNF307 on cardiac hypertrophy, using cardiac-specific ZNF307 transgenic (ZNF307-TG) mice and ZNF307 global knockout (ZNF307-KO) mice...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223222/disrupting-the-key-circadian-regulator-clock-leads-to-age-dependent-cardiovascular-disease
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Faisal J Alibhai, Jonathan LaMarre, Cristine J Reitz, Elena V Tsimakouridze, Jeffrey T Kroetsch, Steffen-Sebastian Bolz, Alex Shulman, Samantha Steinberg, Thomas P Burris, Gavin Y Oudit, Tami A Martino
The circadian mechanism underlies daily rhythms in cardiovascular physiology and rhythm disruption is a major risk factor for heart disease and worse outcomes. However, the role of circadian rhythms is generally clinically unappreciated. Clock is a core component of the circadian mechanism and here we examine the role of Clock as a vital determinant of cardiac physiology and pathophysiology in aging. Clock(Δ19/Δ19) mice develop age-dependent increases in heart weight, hypertrophy, dilation, impaired contractility, and reduced myogenic responsiveness...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222756/proximal-aortic-stiffening-in-turner-patients-may-be-present-before-dilation-can-be-detected-a-segmental-functional-mri-study
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Daniel G H Devos, Katya De Groote, Danilo Babin, Laurent Demulier, Yves Taeymans, Jos J Westenberg, Luc Van Bortel, Patrick Segers, Eric Achten, Jean De Schepper, Ernst Rietzschel
BACKGROUND: To study segmental structural and functional aortic properties in Turner syndrome (TS) patients. Aortic abnormalities contribute to increased morbidity and mortality of women with Turner syndrome. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) allows segmental study of aortic elastic properties. METHOD: We performed Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) and distensibility measurements using CMR of the thoracic and abdominal aorta in 55 TS-patients, aged 13-59y, and in a control population (n = 38;12-58y)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213405/inhibition-of-the-mtor-pathway-in-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-implication-of-smooth-muscle-cell-contractile-phenotype-inflammation-and-aneurysm-expansion
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Guangxin Li, Lingfeng Qin, Lei Wang, Xuan Li, Alexander W Caulk, Jian Zhang, Pei-Yu Chen, Shijie Xin
The development of effective pharmacological treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) potentially offers great benefit to patients with pre-aneurysmal aortic dilation by slowing the expansion of aneurysms and reducing the need for surgery. To date, therapeutic targets for slowing aortic dilation have had low efficacy. Thus, in this study, we aim to elucidate possible mechanisms driving aneurysm progression in order to identify potential targets for pharmacological intervention. We demonstrate that mTOR signaling is over activated in aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) which contributes to murine AAA...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212480/-reintervention-with-percutaneous-balloon-angioplasty-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-with-left-sided-obstructions
#10
Horacio Márquez-González, Diana López-Gallegos, Nataly Alejandra Pérez-Velázquez, Lucelli Yáñez-Gutiérrez
BACKGROUND: Left-sided cardiac obstructions represent 15% of congenital heart disease (CHD). The treatment in adults is surgical; however, balloon dilation by interventional catheterization can alleviate the symptoms in pediatric patients to allow them to reach the target height. The aim was to determine the survival and the factors associated with reintervention in patients with CHD with left-sided obstruction treated with balloon angioplasty. METHODS: A cohort study was conducted in patients aged 4 to 17 years with left-sided heart obstruction (valvular stenosis [VS], supravalvular aortic stenosis [SAS], coarctation of the aorta [CA]) successfully treated with balloon angioplasty...
2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209770/are-patients-with-loeys-dietz-syndrome-misdiagnosed-with-beals-syndrome
#11
Rebecca Woolnough, Andrew Dhawan, Kimberly Dow, Jagdeep S Walia
Beals syndrome, also known as congenital contractural arachnodactyly (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man: 121050), is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by a mutation in FBN2 that is typically characterized by congenital contractures and arachnodactyly. It shares a number of phenotypic features with Loeys-Dietz syndrome (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man: 609192). Loeys-Dietz syndrome, initially described in 2005, is associated with mutations for the transforming growth factor β receptor and is characterized by findings of cerebral, thoracic, and abdominal arterial aneurysms...
February 16, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203207/morphotype-dependent-flow-characteristics-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-ascending-aortas-a-benchtop-particle-image-velocimetry-study
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Andrew McNally, Ashish Madan, Philippe Sucosky
The bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a major risk factor for secondary aortopathy such as aortic dilation. The heterogeneous BAV morphotypes [left-right-coronary cusp fusion (LR), right-non-coronary cusp fusion (RN), and left-non-coronary cusp fusion (LN)] are associated with different dilation patterns, suggesting a role for hemodynamics in BAV aortopathogenesis. However, assessment of this theory is still hampered by the limited knowledge of the hemodynamic abnormalities generated by the distinct BAV morphotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195947/alpha-msh-induces-vasodilatation-and-exerts-cardioprotection-via-the-heme-oxygenase-pathway-in-rat-hearts
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Miklos Vecsernyes, Miklos Szokol, Mariann Bombicz, Daniel Priksz, Rudolf Gesztelyi, Gabor Aron Fulop, Balazs Varga, Bela Juhasz, David Haines, Arpad Tosaki
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a protein with known capacity for protection against cardiovascular ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. The present investigation evaluates the capacity of α-MSH to mitigate I/R effects in an isolated working rat heart model and determine the dependency of these alterations on the activity of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1, hsp-32), a heat shock protein that functions as a major antioxidant defense molecule. Healthy male Sprague-Dawley rats were used for all experiments...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194732/late-post-avr-progression-of-bicuspid-aortopathy-link-to-hemodynamics
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Shiho Naito, Tatiana Gross, Kushtrim Disha, Yskert von Kodolitsch, Hermann Reichenspurner, Evaldas Girdauskas
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: The ascending aortic dilatation may progress after aortic valve replacement (AVR) in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) patients. Our aim was to evaluate rheological flow patterns and histological characteristics of the aneurysmal aorta in BAV patients at the time of reoperative aortic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 13 patients (mean age: 42 ± 9 years, 10 (77%) male) with significant progression of proximal aortopathy after isolated AVR surgery for BAV disease (i...
February 13, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193613/apparent-aortic-stiffness-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-existence-of-vascular-interdependency
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Michal Schäfer, D Dunbar Ivy, Steven H Abman, Alex J Barker, Lorna P Browne, Brian Fonseca, Vitaly Kheyfets, Kendall S Hunter, Uyen Truong
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular dysfunction, mediated by ventricular interdependence, has been associated with negative outcomes in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Considering the dilation of the pulmonary arteries as a paramount sign of PAH, we hypothesized that the ascending aorta will present signs of apparent stiffness in children with PAH and that this effect may be because of mechanical interaction with the dilated main pulmonary artery (MPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two children with PAH and 26 age- and size-matched controls underwent comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance evaluation...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188002/does-pre-existing-aortic-regurgitation-protect-from-death-in-patients-who-develop-paravalvular-leak-after-tavi
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Andrea Colli, Laura Besola, Stefano Salizzoni, Dario Gregori, Giuseppe Tarantini, Marco Agrifoglio, Alaide Chieffo, Tommaso Regesta, Davide Gabbieri, Francesco Saia, Corrado Tamburino, Flavio Ribichini, Orazio Valsecchi, Bruno Loi, Alessandro Iadanza, Miroslava Stolcova, Alessandro Minati, Gianluca Martinelli, Francesco Bedogni, Anna Petronio, Michele Dallago, Antioco Cappai, Augusto D'Onofrio, Gino Gerosa, Mauro Rinaldi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate interactions among pre-procedural aortic regurgitation (AR), post-procedural paravalvular leak (PVL) and long-term clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data prospectively collected in the Italian Transcatheter balloon-Expandable Registry (ITER) on aortic stenosis (AS) patients. The degree of pre-procedural AR and post-procedural PVL was stratified as: absent/trivial, mild, and moderate/severe. VARC definitions were applied to outcomes...
April 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187973/remodeling-root-repair-with-an-external-aortic-ring-annuloplasty
#18
Emmanuel Lansac, Isabelle Di Centa, Ghassan Sleilaty, Stephanie Lejeune, Alain Berrebi, Pavel Zacek, Mathieu Debauchez
OBJECTIVE: Although the remodeling technique provides the most dynamic valve-sparing root replacement, a dilated annulus (>25 mm) is a risk factor for failure. Aortic annuloplasty aims to reduce the annulus diameter, thus increasing coaptation height to protect the repair. The results of 177 patients with remodeling and external aortic ring annuloplasty were studied. METHODS: Data were collected from the Aortic Valve repair InternATiOnal Registry. Preoperative aortic insufficiency grade 3 or greater was present in 79 patients (44...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185644/bicuspid-aortic-valve-morphotype-correlates-with-regional-antioxidant-gene%C3%A2-expression-profiles-in-the-proximal%C3%A2-ascending-aorta
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Julie A Phillippi, Jennifer C Hill, Marie Billaud, Benjamin R Green, Mary P Kotlarczyk, Thomas G Gleason
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is associated with asymmetric dilatation of the proximal ascending aorta. We previously demonstrated increased susceptibility of smooth muscle cells to oxidative stress in the BAV-aneurysmal aorta and hypothesized that antioxidant expression is regionally defined and influenced by the BAV morphotype. METHODS: BAV valve morphology was defined according to number of raphes: type 0 (0 raphes), type 1 (1 raphe), or type 2 (2 raphes) and by the raphe location among the left (L), right (R) or non (N) coronary cusps...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184962/magnetic-resonance-imaging-4-d-flow-based-analysis-of-aortic-hemodynamics-in-turner-syndrome
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Raoul Arnold, Marie Neu, Daniel Hirtler, Charlotte Gimpel, Michael Markl, Julia Geiger
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular surveillance is important in Turner syndrome because of the increased risk of aortic dilation and dissection with consecutively increased mortality. OBJECTIVE: To compare 4-D flow MRI for the characterization of aortic 3-D flow patterns, dimensions and vessel wall parameters in pediatric patients with Turner syndrome and age-matched controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed 4-D flow MRI measuring in vivo 3-D blood flow with coverage of the thoracic aorta in 25 patients with Turner syndrome and in 16 female healthy controls (age mean ± standard deviation were 16 ± 5 years and 17 ± 4 years, respectively)...
February 9, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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