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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110491/a-two-stage-hybrid-approach-for-complex-aortic-coarctation-combined-with-ascending-descending-aorta-dilatation-and-concomitant-aortic-valve-regurgitation
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Shi-Jian Chen, Xiao-Bo Pu, Qi An, Yuan Feng, Mao Chen
We present a case of aortic coarctation combined with ascending-descending aorta dilatation and concomitant aortic valve regurgitation. The technique involved using endovascular stenting, a two-stage balloon dilation procedure post-stent implantation and a Bentall procedure.
January 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104936/myelopathy-in-adult-aortic-coarctation-causes-and-caveats-of-an-atypical-presentation
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Chandan Mourya, Ashish Verma, Anand Bansal, Ram C Shukla, Arvind Srivastava
A 57-year-old female presenting with acute-onset paraplegia was referred for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of cervico-dorsal spine. On MRI, multiple tortuous dilated vessels were noted in the epidural space with long segment cord compression and imaging features of compressive myelopathy. Associated small acute cervico-dorsal epidural hematoma was also noted in the same region. Computed tomography (CT) angiography was performed subsequently which revealed post-ductal coarctation of aorta with multiple arterial collaterals in the chest wall and spinal canal...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
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Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094007/obtaining-the-biomechanical-behavior-of-ascending-aortic-aneurysm-via-the-use-of-novel-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Mohammed Alreshidan, Nastaran Shahmansouri, Jennifer Chung, Vynka Lash, Alexander Emmott, Richard L Leask, Kevin Lachapelle
INTRODUCTION: Ex vivo measurement of ascending aortic biomechanical properties may help understand the risk for rupture or dissection of dilated ascending aortas. A validated in vivo method that can predict aortic biomechanics does not exist. Speckle tracking transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been used to measure ventricular stiffness; we sought to determine whether speckle TEE could be adapted to estimate aortic stiffness in vivo and compare these findings with those obtained by ex vivo tissue measurements...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086801/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-for-evaluation-of-dilative-ascending-aorta-biomechanics
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Monika Bieseviciene, Jolanta Justina Vaskelyte, Vaida Mizariene, Rasa Karaliute, Vaiva Lesauskaite, Raimonda Verseckaite
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography is one of the most feasible, noninvasive methods for assessing the aortic diameter and biomechanical changes. We studied possible interfaces between noninvasive biomechanical and speckle-tracking (ST) echocardiographic data from dilated aortas. METHODS: Altogether, 44 patients with dilative pathology of ascending aorta (DPAA) were compared with subjects without ascending aortic dilation (diameter <40 mm). DPAA patients formed two groups based on diameter size: group 1, ≤45 mm diameter; group 2, >45 mm...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070203/a-pilot-observational-study-on-magnesium-and-calcium-imbalance-in-elderly-patients-with-acute-aortic-dissection
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E Vianello, E Dozio, A Barassi, G Sammarco, L Tacchini, M M Marrocco-Trischitta, S Trimarchi, M M Corsi Romanelli
BACKGROUND: Magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca) are the principal essential elements involved in endothelial cell homeostasis. Extracellular changes in the levels of either alter endothelial contraction and dilatation. Consequently Mg and Ca imbalance is associated with a high risk of endothelial dysfunction, the main process observed during acute aortic dissection (AAD); in this clinical condition, which mainly affects elderly men, smooth muscle cell alterations lead to intimal tears, creating a false new lumen in the media of the aorta...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067899/nitric-oxide-mediates-aortic-disease-in-mice-deficient-in-the-metalloprotease-adamts1-and-in-a-mouse-model-of-marfan-syndrome
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Jorge Oller, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, E Josue Ruiz, Silvia Villahoz, Marjolijn Renard, Lizet I Canelas, Ana M Briones, Rut Alberca, Noelia Lozano-Vidal, María A Hurlé, Dianna Milewicz, Arturo Evangelista, Mercedes Salaices, J Francisco Nistal, Luis Jesús Jiménez-Borreguero, Julie De Backer, Miguel R Campanero, Juan Miguel Redondo
Heritable thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (TAAD), including Marfan syndrome (MFS), currently lack a cure, and causative mutations have been identified for only a fraction of affected families. Here we identify the metalloproteinase ADAMTS1 and inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS2) as therapeutic targets in individuals with TAAD. We show that Adamts1 is a major mediator of vascular homeostasis, given that genetic haploinsufficiency of Adamts1 in mice causes TAAD similar to MFS. Aortic nitric oxide and Nos2 levels were higher in Adamts1-deficient mice and in a mouse model of MFS (hereafter referred to as MFS mice), and Nos2 inactivation protected both types of mice from aortic pathology...
January 9, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057247/clinical-implications-of-focal-intimal-disruption-in-patients-with-type%C3%A2-b%C3%A2-intramural-hematoma
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Sergio Moral, Hug Cuéllar, Gustavo Avegliano, Esther Ballesteros, Maria Teresa Salcedo, Ignacio Ferreira-González, David García-Dorado, Arturo Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Focal intimal disruption (FID) has been described in >20% of type B intramural hematomas (IMH), with unclear prognosis and management. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the short- and long-term evolution of medically treated patients with type B IMH with and without FID. METHODS: There were 107 consecutive patients with acute type B IMH were included prospectively in a multicenter protocol of clinical and imaging follow-up...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052146/prognostic-implications-of-raphe-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-anatomy
#9
William K F Kong, Victoria Delgado, Kian Keong Poh, Madelien V Regeer, Arnold C T Ng, Louise McCormack, Tiong Cheng Yeo, Miriam Shanks, Sarah Parent, Roxana Enache, Bogdan A Popescu, Michael Liang, James W Yip, Lawrence C W Ma, Vasileios Kamperidis, Philippe J van Rosendael, Enno T van der Velde, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax
Importance: Little is known about the association between bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) morphologic findings and the degree of valvular dysfunction, presence of aortopathy, and complications, including aortic valve surgery, aortic dissection, and all-cause mortality. Objective: To investigate the association between BAV morphologic findings (raphe vs nonraphe) and the degree of valve dysfunction, presence of aortopathy, and prognosis (including need for aortic valve surgery, aortic dissection, and all-cause mortality)...
January 4, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043989/impact-of-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair-on-radial-strain-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-model
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Foeke J H Nauta, Hector W L de Beaufort, Michele Conti, Stefania Marconi, Arnoud V Kamman, Anna Ferrara, Joost A van Herwaarden, Frans L Moll, Ferdinando Auricchio, Santi Trimarchi
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the impact of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) on radial aortic strain with the aim of elucidating stent-graft-induced stiffening and complications. METHODS: Twenty fresh thoracic porcine aortas were connected to a mock circulatory loop driven by a centrifugal flow pump. A high-definition camera captured diameters at five different pressure levels (100, 120, 140, 160, and 180 mmHg), before and after TEVAR. Three oversizing groups were created: 0-9% (n = 7), 10-19% (n = 6), and 20-29% (n = 6)...
January 2, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043906/heterotrimeric-g-stimulatory-protein-alpha-subunit-is-required-for-intestinal-smooth-muscle-contraction-in-mice
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Xiaoteng Qin, Shangming Liu, Qiulun Lu, Meng Zhang, Xiuxin Jiang, Sanyuan Hu, Jingxin Li, Cheng Zhang, Jiangang Gao, Min-Sheng Zhu, Yun Zhang, Wencheng Zhang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The alpha subunit of the heterotrimeric G stimulatory protein (Gsa), encoded by the guanine nucleotide binding protein, alpha stimulating gene (Gnas, in mice), is expressed ubiquitously and mediates receptor-stimulated production of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and activation of the protein kinase A signaling pathway. We investigated the roles of Gsa in vivo in smooth muscle cells of mice. METHODS: We performed studies of mice with Cre recombinase-mediated disruption of Gnas in smooth muscle cells (Gsa(SMKO) and SM22-CreER(T2), induced in adult mice by tamoxifen)...
December 30, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034288/the-non-genomic-effects-of-the-ppar%C3%AE-%C3%AE-agonist-gw0742-on-stz-treated-rat-aorta
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Noelia Perez-Diaz, Igor Pushkarskya, Nadia Oweisa, Lisa A Lionea, Louise S Mackenzie
BACKGROUND: The ubiquitous nuclear receptor PPARβ/δ is increasingly being studied in regards to numerous diseases including diabetes following on the finding that PPARβ/δ agonist GW0742 controls Type 1 Diabetes in rats. Studies have shown that GW0742 has off target, non- PPARβ/δ effects in the cell although there are some key questions that remain to be addressed in respect to the significance of this control on vascular tone. METHODS: Using isometric organ baths, rat aorta rings were exposed to ROCK inhibitors and the changes in contraction and dilation measured...
December 29, 2016: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033264/clinical-and-echocardiographic-determinants-in-bicuspid-aortic-dilatation-results-from-a-longitudinal-observational-study
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Frederique E C M Peeters, Noreen Van der Linden, Alissa L L Thomassen, Harry J G M Crijns, Steven J R Meex, Bas L J H Kietselaer
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is associated with aortic dilatation. Timing of follow-up and surgery is challenging. Hence, there is an unmet clinical need for additional risk stratification. It is unclear whether valve morphology is associated with dilatation rates. Therefore, the objective of this study was to examine the association between clinical and echocardiographic determinants (including valve morphology) and aortic dimension and the progression rate of dilatation.Aortic dimensions were assessed on serial echocardiographic images between 1999 and 2014 in a population of 392 patients with BAVs in a tertiary care center in the Netherlands...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025268/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-aortic-dilation-a-novel-observation
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Rayan Yousefzai, Anushree Agarwal, M Fuad Jan, Chi Cho, Michael Anigbogu, Kambiz Shetabi, Maharaj Singh, Michelle Bush, Shannon Treiber, Steven Port, Khawaja Afzal Ammar, Timothy E Paterick, Renuka Jain, Bijoy K Khandheria, A Jamil Tajik
AIMS: Our goal was to identify the prevalence of aortic dilation in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most prevalent (0.2%) heritable, genetic cardiovascular disease. Aortic dilation also represents a spectrum of familial inheritance. However, data regarding the prevalence of aortic dilation in HCM patients is lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is an observational retrospective study of all patients referred to our HCM centre. Aortic dilation was defined based on recent American Society of Echocardiography and European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging published guidelines...
December 26, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994881/endovascular-treatment-of-spontaneous-isolated-abdominal-aortic-dissection
#15
Anna Maria Giribono, Doriana Ferrara, Flavia Spalla, Donatella Narese, Umberto Bracale, Felice Pecoraro, Renata Bracale, Luca Del Guercio, Umberto Marcello Bracale
Isolated abdominal aortic dissection is a rare clinical disease representing only 1.3% of all dissections. There are a few case series reported in the literature. The causes of this pathology can be spontaneous, iatrogenic, or traumatic. Most patients are asymptomatic and symptoms are usually abdominal or back pain, while claudication and lower limb ischemia are rare. Surgical and endovascular treatment are two valid options with acceptable results. We herein describe nine cases of symptomatic spontaneous isolated abdominal aortic dissection, out of which four successfully were treated with an endovascular approach between July 2003 and July 2013...
December 2016: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989079/syphilitic-aortitis-presenting-with-coronary-ostial-stenosis-and-aortic-regurgitation
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Rayyan Jadeed, Ruth Paarmann, Wolfgang Harringer, Aschraf El-Essawi
Bilateral coronary ostial stenosis without additional coronary artery involvement is a rare presentation of syphilitic aortitis, with most cases being identified post-mortem. Herein is presented a case of bilateral coronary ostial stenosis and aortic valve insufficiency caused by syphilitic aortitis without aneurysmal dilatation of the aorta. The patient underwent aortic root replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting. The intraoperative macroscopic findings raised the suspicion of an aortitis that was later confirmed to syphilitic aortitis on histological examination...
January 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989036/ascending-aortic-stiffness-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-is-variable-and-not-predicted-by-conventional-parameters-in-young-patients
#17
Nicholas S Burris, Petter Dyverfeldt, Michael D Hope
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-related aortopathy is characterized by histological abnormalities that result in aortic wall stiffening and aortic dilation. The study aim was to determine the range of ascending aortic stiffness seen in a clinical cohort of patients with BAV, and to identify the association of aortic stiffness with standard clinical and imaging parameters. METHODS: Patients with BAV (n = 65) and normal subjects (n = 10) were studied using conventional phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging through the ascending aorta...
May 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982548/syphilitic-aortitis-and-its-complications-in-the-modern-era
#18
Francesco Drago, Giulia Merlo, Alfredo Rebora, Aurora Parodi
INTRODUCTION: Aortitis is a well recognized manifestation of the tertiary stage of syphilis. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Although often regarded as an unexpected diagnosis, actually new cases of cardiovascular syphilis continue to be reported. Presumably, Treponema pallidum invades the aortic wall and the inflammatory response progresses towards obliterative endarteritis and necrosis of the muscular and elastic fibers in the aortic media. The consequent weakening of the aortic wall can lead to severe complications, represented by aortic aneurysm, aortic valvular insufficiency, aortic root dilation and coronary ostial stenosis...
December 16, 2016: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974495/a-systematic-review-of-proximal-neck-dilatation-after-endovascular-repair-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
#19
George N Kouvelos, Kyriakos Oikonomou, George A Antoniou, Eric L G Verhoeven, Athanasios Katsargyris
PURPOSE: To provide an updated systematic literature review and summarize current evidence on proximal aortic neck dilatation (AND) after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). METHODS: A review of the English-language medical literature from 1991 to 2015 was conducted using MEDLINE and EMBASE to identify studies reporting AND after EVAR. Studies considered for inclusion and full-text review fulfilled the following criteria: (1) reported AND after EVAR, (2) included at least 5 patients, and (3) provided data on AND quantification...
February 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939432/regulation-of-microrna-expression-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-by-mrtf-a-and-actin-polymerization
#20
Azra Alajbegovic, Karolina M Turczyńska, Tran Thi Hien, Pilar Cidad, Karl Swärd, Per Hellstrand, Alessandro Della Corte, Amalia Forte, Sebastian Albinsson
The dynamic properties of the actin cytoskeleton in smooth muscle cells play an important role in a number of cardiovascular disease states. The state of actin does not only mediate mechanical stability and contractile function but can also regulate gene expression via myocardin related transcription factors (MRTFs). These transcriptional co-activators regulate genes encoding contractile and cytoskeletal proteins in smooth muscle. Regulation of small non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) by actin polymerization may mediate some of these effects...
December 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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