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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938456/growth-hormone-improves-cardiopulmonary-capacity-and-body-composition-in-children-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Donatella Capalbo, Flavia Barbieri, Nicola Improda, Francesco Giallauria, Elisa Di Pietro, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Raffaella Di Mase, Carlo Vigorito, Mariacarolina Salerno
Context: Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) in children may be associated with early cardiovascular risk factors and alterations in left ventricular (LV) structure and function; however, data on cardiopulmonary functional capacity are lacking. Objectives: Aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of GHD and GH therapy on cardiopulmonary functional capacity, left and right cardiac structure and function, and body composition in children and adolescents. Design: Prospective, case-control study...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935040/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-what-is-its-value
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Marco Guazzi, Francesco Bandera, Cemal Ozemek, David Systrom, Ross Arena
Compared with traditional exercise tests, cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) provides a thorough assessment of exercise integrative physiology involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, muscular, and cellular oxidative systems. Due to the prognostic ability of key variables, CPET applications in cardiology have grown impressively to include all forms of exercise intolerance, with a predominant focus on heart failure with reduced or with preserved ejection fraction. As impaired cardiac output and peripheral oxygen diffusion are the main determinants of the abnormal functional response in cardiac patients, invasive CPET has gained new popularity, especially for diagnosing early heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension...
September 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929529/correlation-between-myocardial-deformation-on-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing
#3
Mei Li, Yaran Lu, Cui Fang, Xiaorong Zhang
PURPOSE: Heart failure (HF) is a multifactorial entity that combines derangements in both systolic and diastolic function. The relationship between systolic and diastolic function and exercise capacity is not fully understood. We sought to determine the mechanisms linking cardiac function and exercise tolerance in patients with HF. METHODS: One hundred fifty-six subjects with different cardiac function levels were included in the study. Subjects' 2D echocardiographic, 3D speckle tracking echocardiographic, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) data were collected...
September 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929528/a-quality-control-exercise-in-the-echo-laboratory-reduction-in-inter-observer-variability-in-the-interpretation-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Daniel M Patton, Atoosa Enzevaie, Andrew Day, Anthony Sanfilippo, Amer M Johri
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) estimated by echocardiography is critical for the initial screening and follow-up of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Inter-observer variability (IOV) in RVSP can impact clinical decision making. This study assessed whether a simple guideline-based teaching intervention could reduce the IOV in RVSP interpretation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven participants in a high-volume tertiary level echocardiography laboratory underwent an assessment of the baseline IOV in the assessment of RVSP for a series of transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE), depicting various degrees of PH among 8 cases each before and after a teaching intervention...
September 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925651/exercise-stress-testing-indications-and-common-questions
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Kathryn K Garner, William Pomeroy, James J Arnold
Exercise stress testing is a validated diagnostic test for coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients, and is used in the evaluation of patients with known cardiac disease. Testing of asymptomatic patients is generally not indicated. It may be performed in select deconditioned adults before starting a vigorous exercise program, but no studies have compared outcomes from preexercise testing vs. encouraging light exercise with gradual increases in exertion. Preoperative exercise stress testing is helpful for risk stratification in patients undergoing vascular surgery or who have active cardiac symptoms before undergoing nonemergent noncardiac surgery...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921787/myocardial-bridging-is-associated-with-exercise-induced-ventricular-arrhythmia-and-increases-in-qt-dispersion
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Makiko Nishikii-Tachibana, Vedant S Pargaonkar, Ingela Schnittger, Francois Haddad, Ian S Rogers, Jennifer A Tremmel, Paul J Wang
BACKGROUND: A myocardial bridge (MB) has been associated with ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death during exercise. QT dispersion (QTd) is a measure of abnormal repolarization and may predict ventricular arrhythmia. We investigated the frequency of ventricular arrhythmias during exercise and the QTd at rest and after exercise, in patients with an MB compared to a normal cohort. METHODS: We studied the rest and stress ECG tracings of patients with an MB suspected by focal septal buckling on exercise echocardiography (EE) (Echo-MB group, N = 510), those with an MB confirmed by another examination (MB group, N = 110), and healthy controls (Control group, N = 198)...
September 18, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919891/moderate-intensity-exercise-affects-gut-microbiome-composition-and-influences-cardiac-function-in-myocardial-infarction-mice
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Zuheng Liu, Hai-Yue Liu, Haobin Zhou, Qiong Zhan, Wenyan Lai, Qingchun Zeng, Hao Ren, Dingli Xu
Physical exercise is commonly regarded as protective against cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent studies have reported that exercise alters the gut microbiota and that modification of the gut microbiota can influence cardiac function. Here, we focused on the relationships among exercise, the gut microbiota and cardiac function after myocardial infarction (MI). Four-week-old C57BL/6J mice were exercised on a treadmill for 4 weeks before undergoing left coronary artery ligation. Cardiac function was assessed using echocardiography...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915538/long-term-t3-and-t4-treatment-as-an-alternative-to-aerobic-exercise-training-in-improving-cardiac-function-post-myocardial-infarction
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Rayane Brinck Teixeira, Alexsandra Zimmer, Alexandre Luz de Castro, Bruna Gazzi de Lima-Seolin, Patrick Türck, Rafaela Siqueira, Adriane Belló-Klein, Pawan K Singal, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo
Here we aimed to compare the beneficial effects of T3 and T4 hormone treatment to those provided by aerobic exercise training in Wistar rats post-myocardial infarction (MI). Rats in one group were SHAM-operated and in the other group were subjected to MI surgery. One week after surgery, the MI group animals either received T3 and T4 hormones by gavage or underwent a low intensity aerobic exercise training protocol on a treadmill, and both treatments lasted until 10 weeks after MI. Untreated SHAM-operated and MI groups were also followed for the same duration...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915226/pulmonary-vascular-function-and-aerobic-exercise-capacity-at-moderate-altitude
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Vitalie Faoro, Gael Deboeck, Marco Vicenzi, Anne-Fleur Gaston, Bamodi Simaga, Grégory Doucende, Ilona Hapkova, Emma Roca, Enric Subirats, Fabienne Durand, Robert Naeije
PURPOSE: There has been suggestion that a greater "pulmonary vascular reserve" defined by a low pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and a high lung diffusing capacity (DL) allow for a superior aerobic exercise capacity. How pulmonary vascular reserve might affect exercise capacity at moderate altitude is not known. METHODS: Thirty-eight healthy subjects underwent an exercise stress echocardiography of the pulmonary circulation, combined with measurements of DL for nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO) and a cardiopulmonary exercise test at sea level and at an altitude of 2250 m...
October 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910330/quality-of-life-measures-predict-cardiovascular-health-and-physical-performance-in-chronic-renal-failure-patients
#10
A Rogan, K McCarthy, G McGregor, T Hamborg, G Evans, S Hewins, N Aldridge, S Fletcher, N Krishnan, R Higgins, D Zehnder, S M Ting
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) experience complex functional and structural changes of the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal system. This results in reduced exercise tolerance, quality of life and ultimately premature death. We investigated the relationship between subjective measures of health related quality of life and objective, standardised functional measures for cardiovascular and pulmonary health. METHODS: Between April 2010 and January 2013, 143 CKD stage-5 or CKD5d patients (age 46...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887041/partial-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-in-a-dog
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Chloe L Thorn, Naomi R Ford, Meg M Sleeper
A 2-year-old male intact Belgian Malinois was presented for exercise intolerance. A grade III/VI left basilar systolic murmur was detected. Echocardiography revealed moderate right atrial and ventricular dilation and increased pulmonic outflow velocity. Thoracic radiographs showed right heart enlargement and a dilated caudal vena cava. In addition, on the left lateral projection, an enlarged aberrant right cranial pulmonary lobar vein was suspected to be diverging ventrally from the course of the right cranial lobar bronchus and inserting more ventrally than normal in the region of the right atrium...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883044/beneficial-effects-of-exercise-training-in-heart-failure-are-lost-in-male-diabetic-rats
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Dalila Boudia, Valérie Domergue, Phlippe Mateo, Loubina Fazal, Mathilde Prud'homme, Heloise Prigent, Claude Delcayre, Alain Cohen-Solal, Anne Garnier, Renee Ventura-Clapier, Jane-Lise Samuel
Exercise training has been demonstrated to have beneficial effects in patients with heart failure (HF) or diabetes. However, it is unknown whether diabetic patients with HF will benefit from exercise training. Male Wistar rats were fed either a standard (Sham, n= 53) or high-fat, high-sucrose (HFHS) diet (D, n=66) for 6 months. After 2 months of diet, the rats were already diabetic. Rats were then randomly subjected to either myocardial infarction by coronary artery ligation (MI) or sham operation (Sham). Two months later, heart failure was documented by echocardiography and animals were randomly subjected to exercise training with treadmill for eight additional weeks or remained sedentary...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875298/2d-longitudinal-lv-speckle-tracking-strain-pattern-in-breast-cancer-survivors-sports-activity-vs-exercise-as-prescription-model
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Giorgio Galanti, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Stefano Pedri, Laura Stefani
Prevention strategies are important to optimize and to manage heart care in breast cancer survivors. Regular physical activity at moderate intensity is normally proposed to maintain myocardial performance; however, no data is available about the different impact of different levels of physical exercise. 2D speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE) is an accepted method for early detection of myocardial dysfunction. The study aims to monitor the cardiac performances in breast cancer survivors by 2DSTE analysis to manage sports activity vs physical activity...
September 5, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867128/severely-impaired-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-patients-with-recently-decompensated-systolic-heart-failure
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Justin McNair Canada, Cory Ross Trankle, Leo Francis Buckley, Salvatore Carbone, Nayef Antar Abouzaki, Dinesh Kadariya, Keyur Shah, Richard Cooke, Michael Christopher Kontos, Jaideep Patel, Pranav Mankad, Aaron Schatz, Amit Bhatnagar, Ross Arena, Benjamin Wallace Van Tassell, Antonio Abbate
Hospital admission for decompensated heart failure marks a critical inflection point in a patient's health. Despite the improvement in signs or symptoms during hospitalization, patients have a high likelihood of readmission, reflecting a lack of resolution of the underlying condition. Surprisingly, no studies have characterized the cardiorespiratory fitness of such patients. Fifty-two patients (38 [73%] male, age 57 [52 to 65] years, left ventricular ejection fraction 31% [24 to 38]) underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing 4 (1 to 10) days after hospital discharge, when stable and without overt signs of volume overload...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862950/cardiac-adaptations-to-high-intensity-aerobic-training-in-premenopausal-and-recent-postmenopausal-women-the-copenhagen-women-study
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Jon Egelund, Peter G Jørgensen, Camilla M Mandrup, Thomas Fritz-Hansen, Bente Stallknecht, Jens Bangsbo, Michael Nyberg, Ylva Hellsten
BACKGROUND: We examined the role of menopause on cardiac dimensions and function and assessed the efficacy of exercise training before and after menopause. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two groups of healthy premenopausal (n=36, 49.4±0.3 years) and postmenopausal (n=37, 53.5±0.5 years) women with no history of cardiovascular disease and with a mean age difference between groups of only 4 years were studied. Cardiac dimensions and systolic and diastolic function were determined by transthoracic echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging and 2-dimensional speckle tracking...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862031/benefits-of-lifelong-exercise-training-on-left-ventricular-function-after-myocardial-infarction
#16
Martijn Fh Maessen, Thijs Mh Eijsvogels, Guus Stevens, Arie Pj van Dijk, Maria Te Hopman
Background Endurance exercise training induces cardio-protective effects, but athletes are not exempted from a myocardial infarction. Evidence from animal studies suggests that exercise training attenuates pathological left ventricular remodelling following myocardial infarction. We tested the hypothesis that lifelong exercise training is related to attenuated pathological left ventricular remodelling after myocardial infarction as evidenced by better left ventricular systolic function in veteran athletes compared to sedentary peers...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856940/effects-of-human-recombinant-growth-hormone-on-exercise-capacity-cardiac-structure-and-cardiac-function-in-patients-with-adult-onset-growth-hormone-deficiency
#17
S Gonzalez, J D Windram, T Sathyapalan, Z Javed, A L Clark, S L Atkin
Objective Epidemiological studies suggest that adult-onset growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) might increase the risk of death from cardiovascular causes. Methods This was a 6-month double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, cross-over trial followed by a 6-month open-label phase. Seventeen patients with AGHD received either recombinant human growth hormone (rGH) (0.4 mg injection daily) or placebo for 12 weeks, underwent washout for 2 weeks, and were then crossed over to the alternative treatment for a further 12 weeks...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845719/stress-hormones-at-rest-and-following-exercise-testing-predict-coronary-artery-disease-severity-and-outcome
#18
Dejana Popovic, Svetozar Damjanovic, Tea Djordjevic, Dejana Martic, Svetlana Ignjatovic, Neda Milinkovic, Marko Banovic, Ratko Lasica, Milan Petrovic, Marco Guazzi, Ross Arena
OBJECTIVES: Despite considerable knowledge regarding the importance of stress in coronary artery disease (CAD) pathogenesis, its underestimation persists in routine clinical practice, in part attributable to lack of a standardized, objective assessment. The current study examined the ability of stress hormones to predict CAD severity and prognosis at basal conditions as well as during and following an exertional stimulus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty Caucasian subjects with significant coronary artery lesions (≥50%) were included...
August 28, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843055/exercise-right-heart-catheterization-for-pulmonary-hypertension-identified-on-screening-echocardiography-in-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-a-report-from-the-st-jude-lifetime-cohort
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Gregory T Armstrong, James J Tolle, Robert Piana, Aimee Santucci, James Leathers, Kirsten K Ness, Daniel A Mulrooney, Daniel M Green, Vijaya M Joshi, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Daniel Lenihan
Pulmonary hypertension, determined noninvasively by tricuspid regurgitant jet velocity on Doppler echocardiography, was previously identified in 25% of long-term survivors who received chest-directed radiotherapy. To validate noninvasively defined pulmonary hypertension, survivors (mean age 48 years), exposed to chest radiotherapy, underwent right heart catheterization with planned cardiopulmonary exercise testing during catheterization. Eight participants had an elevated mean pulmonary artery pressure at rest (≥25 mm Hg) or with subsequent exercise (>30 mm Hg), evidence of hemodynamically confirmed pulmonary hypertension by right heart catheterization...
August 26, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842666/impact-of-negative-inotropic-drugs-on-accuracy-of-diastolic-stress-echocardiography-for-evaluation-of-left-ventricular-filling-pressure
#20
Joe-Elie Salem, Florent Laveau, Alexandre Ceccaldi, Christian Funck-Brentano, Jean Sebastien Hulot, Amel Mameri, Olivier Barthelemy, Gerard Helft, Claude Le Feuvre, Richard Isnard, Nadjib Hammoudi
The ratio of early diastolic trans-mitral flow velocity to tissue-Doppler mitral annular early diastolic velocity (E/e'), and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure(LVEDP) have been shown to be correlated at rest, provided that patients are not on positive inotropic drugs. Data concerning the latter correlation during exercise stress are conflicting. Therefore, we investigated if use of negative inotropic drugs (NID), impacts the accuracy of E/e' as a surrogate for LVEDP during low-level exercise. An exercise(50 watts) during cardiac invasive hemodynamic monitoring and an exercise echocardiography were performed prospectively within 24 hours in 54 patients (81%male, 62 ± 9years) with preserved LV Ejection-Fraction...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
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