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Dilated Aorta

Sang Min Park, Haemin Jeong, Kyung-Soon Hong, Christopher Kim
BACKGROUND: In a patient underwent aortic valve replacement (AVR) due to bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) insufficiency without marked dilation of ascending aorta, the development of delayed-typed aneurysmal complication of ascending aorta has been often reported because the dilated aorta tends to grow insidiously with age. CASE SUMMARY: A 58-year-old man who underwent AVR with mechanical valve due to severe aortic regurgitation secondary to BAV 7 years previously presented with exertional chest discomfort for 1 year...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Sergio Ruiz de Galarreta, Raúl Antón, Aitor Cazon, Gorka S Larraona, Ender A Finol
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a permanent focal dilatation of the abdominal aorta at least 1.5 times its normal diameter. The criterion of maximum diameter is still used in clinical practice, although numerical studies have demonstrated the importance of other biomechanical factors. Numerical studies, however, must be validated experimentally before they can be clinically implemented. We have developed a methodology for manufacturing anisotropic AAA replicas with non-uniform wall thickness. Different composites were fabricated and tested, and one was selected in order to manufacture a phantom with the same properties...
October 10, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Balraj Singh, Jennifer M Treece, Ghulam Murtaza, Samit Bhatheja, Steven J Lavine, Timir K Paul
A young otherwise healthy 27-year-old male who has been using anabolic steroids for a long time developed Type I aortic dissection associated with heavy weightlifting. The patient did not have a recent history of trauma to the chest, no history of hypertension, and no illicit drug use. He presented with severe chest pain radiating to back and syncopal event with exertion. Initial vitals were significant for blood pressure of 80/50 mmHg, pulse of 80 beats per minute, respirations of 24 per minute, and oxygen saturation of 92% on room air...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Li-Hong Wu, Hong-Ning Xie, Dario Paladini, Ju Zheng, Liu Du, Mei-Fang Lin
OBJECTIVES: To establish fetal azygos vein and descending aorta sonographic Z score formulas based on femur length and gestational age and to determine the value of azygos vein diameter variation for potential use in the diagnosis of fetal venous malformations related to the azygos vein. METHODS: A total of 452 healthy singleton fetuses and 25 fetuses with venous malformations related to the azygos vein underwent prenatal sonography in this retrospective study. Azygos vein and descending aorta diameters were measured offline after spatiotemporal image correlation volume acquisition...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Yohei Akazawa, Noriko Motoki, Akira Tada, Shoko Yamazaki, Akira Hachiya, Satoshi Matsuzaki, Motoko Kamiya, Tomohiko Nakamura, Tomoki Kosho, Yuji Inaba
BACKGROUND: The characteristics of aortic elasticity are unclear in children with connective tissue disorders (CTDs) such as Marfan syndrome (MFS) and Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), especially in those with a non-dilated aortic root (AoR). This study evaluated the aortic elasticity properties of pediatric MFS and LDS patients with either dilated or non-dilated AoR.Methods and Results:The 31 children with MFS or LDS were classified into dilated (Z score of AoR diameter ≥2.5; n=17) or non-dilated (Z score of AoR diameter <2...
October 13, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Christine Meindl, Birgit Achatz, Deborah Huber, Andrea Baessler, Ute Hubauer, Christa Meisinger, Christian Hengstenberg, Jeanette Erdmann, Stefan Buchner, Lars Maier, Heribert Schunkert, Kurt Debl, Marcus Fischer
BACKGROUND: The presence of coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is influenced by genetic factors and related to the presence of aneurysms in other vascular beds. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is frequently accompanied by ascending aortic aneurysm. Because the aortic valve and the proximal parts of the coronary arteries share a common embryonic origin, we hypothesized that CAE is associated with BAV disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred seventy-seven patients with suspected aortic valve disease (n=94 BAV, n=83 tricuspid aortic valve) underwent both cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Oliver J Harrison, Narain Moorjani, Christopher Torrens, Sunil K Ohri, Felino R Cagampang
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is the most common congenital cardiac abnormality and predisposes patients to life-threatening aortic complications including aortic aneurysm. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) is one of the most commonly used methods to investigate underlying molecular mechanisms involved in aortopathy. The accuracy of the gene expression data is dependent on normalization by appropriate housekeeping (HK) genes, whose expression should remain constant regardless of aortic valve morphology, aortic diameter and other factors associated with aortopathy...
2016: PloS One
Laura Mourino-Alvarez, Montserrat Baldan-Martin, Laura Gonzalez-Calero, Carlos Martinez-Laborde, Tamara Sastre-Oliva, Rafael Moreno-Luna, Luis F Lopez-Almodovar, Pedro L Sanchez, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Fernando Vivanco, Luis R Padial, Finn Akerstrom, Gloria Alvarez-Llamas, Fernando de la Cuesta, María G Barderas
BACKGROUND: The most common valve diseases are calcific aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation (AR). The former is characterized by thickening of valve leaflets followed by progressive calcification, which produces progressive aortic valve (AV) narrowing, increased pressure afterload on the left ventricle (LV) and subsequent LV hypertrophy. On the other hand, AR is due to malcoaptation of the valve leaflets with resultant diastolic reflux of blood from aorta back to the LV producing volume and pressure overload and progressive LV dilatation...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Carmen Rueda-Martínez, M Carmen Fernández, María Teresa Soto-Navarrete, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro, Ana Carmen Durán, Borja Fernández
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most frequent congenital cardiac malformation in humans, and appears frequently associated with dilatation of the ascending aorta. This association is likely the result of a common aetiology. Currently, a Syrian hamster strain with a relatively high (∼40%) incidence of BAV constitutes the only spontaneous animal model of BAV disease. The characterization of molecular alterations in the aorta of hamsters with BAV may serve to identify pathophysiological mechanisms and molecular markers of disease in humans...
2016: PloS One
Ahmet Yavuz Balci, Unsal Vural, Rezan Aksoy, M Fatih Özdemir, Seçkin Satilmiş, Mehmet Kizilay, Mutlu Şenocak, Huseyin Şaşkin, Ilyas Kayacioğlu, Ibrahim Yekeler
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the short- and long-term effects of proximal aortic anastomosis, performed during isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in patients with dilatation of the ascending aorta who did not require surgical intervention. METHODS: The study was performed on 192 (38 female and 160 male patients; mean age, 62.1 ± 9.2 years; range, 42-80 years) patients with dilatation of the ascending aorta who underwent CABG surgery between 1 June 2006 and 31 May 2014...
August 22, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
I van der Pluijm, N van Vliet, J H von der Thusen, J L Robertus, Y Ridwan, P M van Heijningen, B S van Thiel, M Vermeij, S E Hoeks, R M G B Buijs-Offerman, H J M Verhagen, R Kanaar, A M Bertoli-Avella, J Essers
Aneurysm-osteoarthritis syndrome characterized by unpredictable aortic aneurysm formation, is caused by SMAD3 mutations. SMAD3 is part of the SMAD2/3/4 transcription factor, essential for TGF-β-activated transcription. Although TGF-β-related gene mutations result in aneurysms, the underlying mechanism is unknown. Here, we examined aneurysm formation and progression in Smad3(-/-) animals. Smad3(-/-) animals developed aortic aneurysms rapidly, resulting in premature death. Aortic wall immunohistochemistry showed no increase in extracellular matrix and collagen accumulation, nor loss of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) but instead revealed medial elastin disruption and adventitial inflammation...
September 10, 2016: EBioMedicine
Yue Liu, Ting-Ting Wang, Ran Zhang, Wen-Yan Fu, Xu Wang, Fang Wang, Peng Gao, Yang-Nan Ding, Yan Xie, De-Long Hao, Hou-Zao Chen, De-Pei Liu
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), characterized by a localized dilation of the abdominal aorta, is a life-threatening vascular pathology. Because of the current lack of effective treatment for AAA rupture, prevention is of prime importance for AAA management. Calorie restriction (CR) is a nonpharmacological intervention that delays the aging process and provides various health benefits. However, whether CR prevents AAA formation remains untested. In this study, we subjected Apoe(-/-) mice to 12 wk of CR and then examined the incidence of angiotensin II (AngII)-induced AAA formation...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Hyeon Kyeong Yeon, Mi-Young Lee, Sun-Young Yoon, Hee Jung Jung, Ji Eun Park, Jae-Yoon Shim, Hye-Sung Won, Pil-Ryang Lee, Ahm Kim
We describe a case of absent aortic and pulmonary valves, diagnosed at 16.4 weeks of gestation. Fetal echocardiography showed cardiomegaly with dilated both ventricles. No valve leaflets were observed in the aorta and pulmonary artery, and a typical to-and-fro flow pattern was noted in both great arteries on color Doppler imaging. Fetal hydrops was also detected. Follow-up ultrasonographic evaluation at 19 weeks demonstrated intrauterine fetal death. Postmortem autopsy revealed the absence of both aortic and pulmonary valve leaflets...
September 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Louise Marais, Grégory Franck, Eric Allaire, Mustapha Zidi
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diameter and thickness-related variations in mechanical properties of degraded arterial wall. To this end, ring tests were performed on 31 samples from the rat xenograft model of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and failure properties were determined. An inverse finite element method was then employed to identify the material parameters of a hyperelastic and incompressible strain energy function. Correlations with outer diameter and wall thickness of the rings were examined...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Michael A Bolen, Ellen Brinza, Rahul D Renapurkar, Esther S H Kim, Heather L Gornik
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the diagnostic yield of a dedicated computed tomography angiography (CTA) protocol of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis in patients with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). BACKGROUND: FMD is an uncommon vascular disease that may result in stenosis, dissection, or aneurysm of nearly all arterial distributions, typically affecting medium-sized arteries. Findings from the United States Registry for Fibromuscular Dysplasia have suggested the potential need to perform screening imaging of the aorta and medium branch vessels...
September 16, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Niranjana Natarajan, Daijiro Hori, Sheila Flavahan, Jochen Steppan, Nicholas A Flavahan, Dan E Berkowitz, Jennifer L Pluznick
Short chain fatty acid (SCFA) metabolites are byproducts of gut microbial metabolism that are known to affect host physiology via GPCRs. We previously showed that an acute SCFA bolus decreases blood pressure (BP) in anesthetized mice, an effect mediated via Gpr41. In this study, our aims were to identify the cellular localization of Gpr41 and to determine its role in BP regulation. We localized Gpr41 to the vascular endothelium using RT-PCR: Gpr41 is detected in intact vessels, but is absent from denuded vessels...
September 23, 2016: Physiological Genomics
Eva Blondeaux, Debora Musio, Paolo Bruzzi, Matteo Lambertini, Valerio Gazzola, Francesca Poggio, Stefania Vecchio, Alessia Levaggi, Alessia D'Alonzo, Maria Cecilia Perfumo, Claudia Bighin, Sara Giraudi, Domenico Palombo, Lucia Del Mastro
PURPOSE: The cardiovascular effects of estrogen deprivation induced by aromatase inhibitors are unknown. We carried out a cross-sectional study to evaluate the effect of estrogen deprivation induced by aromatase inhibitors on markers of cardiovascular risk. METHODS: We enrolled 410 postmenopausal women: 200 consecutive breast cancer patients treated with aromatase inhibitors for a median of 53 months (range 23-122) and 210 volunteer controls. Carotid intima-media thickness, presence of carotid stenosis, and presence of abdominal aortic aneurism were evaluated through an ultrasound examination...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Sven Peterss, Rohan Bhandari, John A Rizzo, Hai Fang, Gregory A Kuzmik, Bulat A Ziganshin, John A Elefteriades
BACKGROUND: Leaving native aortic tissue in situ in root-sparing ascending aortic replacement raises concern regarding potential later need for root reoperation or for the potential occurrence of localized dissections or rupture in the residual root. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the natural growth of the aortic root after root-sparing aortic replacement. METHODS: In all, 102 consecutive patients (mean age 61.8 ± 12.5 years; 60% male) who had undergone root-sparing aortic replacement had sufficient retrievable information regarding their aortic root diameter at postoperative baseline and follow-up imaging by computed tomography or echocardiography...
September 19, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Fernando Korkes, Marcel Silveira, Oseas Castro Neves-Neto, Luiz Franco Brandão, Marcos Tobias-Machado, Nelson Wolosker, Felipe Nasser, Alexandre Maurano
Nutcracker syndrome refers to the complex of clinical symptoms caused by the compression of the left renal vein (LRV) between the abdominal aorta and the superior mesenteric artery, leading to stenosis of the aortomesenteric portion of the LRV and dilatation of the distal portion. Hematuria, proteinuria, flank pain, varicocele and pelvic congestion may occur, occurring more frequently in young adults. Conservative management, might be the option whenever it is possible. When surgical treatment is required, classically open surgery have been performed, with major surgeries as LRV transposition or bypass techniques...
September 20, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Eric T Rush, Ling Li, Jennifer L Goodwin, Rose M Kreikemeier, Mary Craft, David A Danford, Shelby Kutty
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to investigate cardiovascular abnormalities in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). METHODS: Two hundred children (100 OI, 100 matched volunteers) were prospectively studied. Aortic and left ventricular (LV) measurements were performed using transthoracic echocardiography. Patients were typed according to modified phenotypical Sillence classification as published in the Nosology and Classification of Genetic Skeletal disorders: 2015 Revision...
September 19, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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