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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351473/sympathetically-mediated-cardiac-responses-to-isolated-muscle-metaboreflex-activation-following-exercise-are-modulated-by-body-position-in-humans
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André L Teixeira, Mauricio Daher, Mayara Souza, Plinio Santos Ramos, James P Fisher, Lauro C Vianna
Isolated muscle metaboreflex activation with post-handgrip exercise ischemia (PEI) increases sympathetic nerve activity and partially maintains the exercise-induced increase in blood pressure, but a smaller heart rate (HR) response occurs. The cardiopulmonary baroreceptors, mechanically sensitive receptors that respond to changes in central blood volume and pressure, are strongly associated with changes in body position and upon activation elicit reflex sympathoinhibition. Here, we tested the hypothesis that postural changes modulate the sympathetically-mediated cardiac response to PEI in humans...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344913/cardiac-basal-autophagic-activity-and-increased-exercise-capacity
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Fang-Hui Li, Tao Li, Ying-Min Su, Jing-Yi Ai, Rui Duan, Timon Cheng-Yi Liu
To investigate whether high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and continuous moderate-intensity training (CMT) have different impacts on exercise performance and cardiac function and to determine the influence of these exercise protocols on modulating basal autophagy in the cardiac muscle of rats. Rats were assigned to three groups: sedentary control (SC), CMT, and HIIT. Total exercise volume and mean intensity were matched between the two protocols. After a 10-week training program, rats were evaluated for exercise performance, including exercise tolerance and grip strength...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342993/-analysis-of-prognosis-and-associated-risk-factors-in-pediatric-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Q Liu, C Zhang, Q Q Li, Y Zhu, D Zhang, W G Zhao, H Gu
Objective: To analyze the prognosis and associated risk factors of pediatric idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Methods: A total of 119 patients under 18 years of age diagnosed as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension in the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Center in Beijing Anzhen Hospital between June 2007 and May 2017 were enrolled in this retrospective study. The clinical informations and follow-up data were collected. The endpoints of follow-up were defined as death or undergoing lung transplantation...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333461/extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-for-coronary-artery-disease-relationship-of-symptom-amelioration-and-ischemia-improvement
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Youko Takakuwa, Masayoshi Sarai, Hideki Kawai, Akira Yamada, Kenji Shiino, Kayoko Takada, Yasuomi Nagahara, Meiko Miyagi, Sadako Motoyama, Hiroshi Toyama, Yukio Ozaki
Objectives: The current management of coronary artery disease (CAD) relies on three major therapeutic options, namely medication, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, severe CAD that is not indicated for PCI or CABG still bears a poor prognosis due to the lack of effective treatments. In 2006, extracorporeal cardiac shock wave (SW) therapy reported on human for the first time. This treatment resulted in better myocardial perfusion as evaluated by dipyridamole stress thallium scintigraphy, angina symptoms, and exercise tolerance...
2018: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327942/efficient-selective-screening-for-heart-failure-in-elderly-men-and-women-from-the-community-a-diagnostic-individual-participant-data-meta-analysis
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Rogier F Kievit, Aisha Gohar, Arno W Hoes, Michiel L Bots, Evelien Es van Riet, Yvonne van Mourik, Loes Cm Bertens, Leandra Jm Boonman-de Winter, Hester M den Ruijter, Frans H Rutten
Background Prevalence of undetected heart failure in older individuals is high in the community, with patients being at increased risk of morbidity and mortality due to the chronic and progressive nature of this complex syndrome. An essential, yet currently unavailable, strategy to pre-select candidates eligible for echocardiography to confirm or exclude heart failure would identify patients earlier, enable targeted interventions and prevent disease progression. The aim of this study was therefore to develop and validate such a model that can be implemented clinically...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327139/galectin-3-levels-relate-in-children-to-total-body-fat-abdominal-fat-body-fat-distribution-and-cardiac-size
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Magnus Dencker, Daniel Arvidsson, Magnus K Karlsson, Per Wollmer, Lars B Andersen, Ola Thorsson
Galectin-3 has recently been proposed as a novel biomarker for cardiovascular disease in adults. The purpose of this investigation was to assess relationships between galectin-3 levels and total body fat, abdominal fat, body fat distribution, aerobic fitness, blood pressure, left ventricular mass, left atrial size, and increase in body fat over a 2-year period in a population-based sample of children. Our study included 170 children aged 8-11 years. Total fat mass and abdominal fat were measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA)...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326874/only-some-patients-with-bulbar-and-spinal-muscular-atrophy-may-develop-cardiac-disease
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Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger
Objectives: According to recent publications, some patients with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (BSMA) develop cardiac disease, manifesting as ST-segment abnormalities, Brugada-syndrome, dilative cardiomyopathy, or sudden cardiac death. Here we present neurological and cardiac data of a BSMA patient who was followed up for 10 y. Case report: In a male patient aged 47 y, BSMA was diagnosed at age 37 y upon the typical clinical presentation (postural tremor since age 12 y, dysarthria since age 15 y, muscle cramps since age 29 y, general myalgias since age 32 y, general fasciculations since age 34 y, myoclonic jerks, easy fatigability, dyspnea upon exercise since age 36 y) and a CAG-repeat expansion of 47 ± 1 repeats in the androgen-receptor gene detected at age 37 y...
March 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325813/cardiac-function-and-exercise-adaptation-in-8-children-with-lpin1-mutations
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Antoine Legendre, Diala Khraiche, Phalla Ou, François-Xavier Mauvais, Marine Madrange, Anne-Sophie Guemann, Jean-Philippe Jais, Damien Bonnet, Yamina Hamel, Pascale de Lonlay
INTRODUCTION: Lipin-1 deficiency is a major cause of rhabdomyolysis that are precipitated by febrile illness. The prognosis is poor, with one-third of patients dying from cardiac arrest during a crisis episode. Apart from acute rhabdomyolysis, most patients are healthy, showing normal clinical and cardiac ultrasound parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We report cardiac and exercise examinations of 8 children carrying two LPIN1 mutations. The examinations were performed outside of a myolysis episode, but one patient presented with fever during one examination...
January 5, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321130/exercise-hemodynamic-and-functional-capacity-after-mitral-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-ischemic-mitral-regurgitation-a-comparison-of-mechanical-versus-biological-prostheses
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Carlo Fino, Attilio Iacovoni, Philippe Pibarot, John R Pepper, Paolo Ferrero, Maurizio Merlo, Lorenzo Galletti, Massimo Caputo, Paolo Ferrazzi, Constantinos Anagnostopoulos, Diego Cugola, Michele Senni, Diego Bellavia, Julien Magne
BACKGROUND: In patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation requiring mitral valve replacement (MVR), the choice of the prosthesis type is crucial. The exercise hemodynamic and functional capacity performance in patients with contemporary prostheses have never been investigated. To compare exercise hemodynamic and functional capacity between biological (MVRb) and mechanical (MVRm) prostheses. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed 86 consecutive patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation who underwent MVRb (n=41) or MVRm (n=45) and coronary artery bypass grafting...
January 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317589/successful-treatment-in-a-patient-with-sudden-cardiac-arrest-due-to-anomalous-left-coronary-artery-arising-from-pulmonary-artery
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Liping Zhou, Xiaogang Li, Min Qi, Aimin Wang
To enhance the understanding of the left coronary artery originating from the pulmonary artery, we report a case of sudden cardiac arrest during exercise. After successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the patient underwent echocardiography and selective coronary angiography, and the disease was firmly diagnosed. Consequently, a thoracic surgery was performed. During the operation, the left coronary artery was transplanted to the root of the aorta and the pulmonary valve and artery were reconstructed. Finally, the surgery was successful...
December 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314646/right-ventricular-contractile-reserve-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-patients-with-pulmonary-regurgitation
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Clotilde Kingsley, Saad Ahmad, John Pappachan, Sujata Khambekar, Thomas Smith, Diane Gardiner, James Shambrook, Shankar Baskar, Ryan Moore, Gruschen Veldtman
BACKGROUND: The right ventricular (RV) contractile reserve is a measure of the dynamic function of the RV and is a sensitive indicator of volume load. This can be measured noninvasively using the tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) during exercise. We studied the RV contractile reserve of patients after tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair with varying degree of RV dilation and pulmonary regurgitation (PR), and compared them to a control group. METHODS: Twenty-six patients who had undergone TOF repair (mean age 29 ± 10 years) were identified and stratified into three group based on the presence and severity of RV dilation and PR...
January 5, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311053/reversing-the-cardiac-effects-of-sedentary-aging-in-middle-age-a-randomized-controlled-trial-implications-for-heart-failure-prevention
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Erin J Howden, Satyam Sarma, Justin S Lawley, Mildred Opondo, William Cornwell, Douglas Stoller, Marcus A Urey, Beverley Adams-Huet, Benjamin D Levine
Background - Poor fitness in middle age is a risk factor for heart failure, particularly heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction. The development of heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction is likely mediated through increased left ventricular (LV) stiffness, a consequence of sedentary aging. In a prospective, parallel group, randomized controlled trial, we examined the effect of 2 years of supervised highintensity exercise training on LV stiffness. Methods - Sixty-one (48% male) healthy, sedentary, middle-aged participants (53±5 years) were randomly assigned to either 2 years of exercise training (n=34) or attention control (control; n=27)...
January 8, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310598/assessing-cardiovascular-risk-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-prior-to-kidney-transplantation-clinical-usefulness-of-a-standardised-cardiovascular-assessment-protocol
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Robin Ramphul, Maria Fernandez, Sam Firoozi, Juan C Kaski, Rajan Sharma, Debasish Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Despite pre-kidney-transplant cardiovascular (CV) assessment being routine care to minimise perioperative risk, the utility of such assessment is not well established. The study reviewed the evaluation and outcome of a standardised CV assessment protocol. METHODS: Data were analysed for 231 patients (age 53.4 ± 12.9 years, diabetes 34.6%) referred for kidney transplantation between 1/2/2012-31/12/2014. One hundred forty-three patients were high-risk (age > 60 years, diabetes, CV disease, heart failure, peripheral vascular disease) and offered dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE); 88 patients were low-risk and offered ECG and echocardiography with/without exercise treadmill test...
January 8, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306449/chronic-exercise-induces-pathological-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-adrenaline-deficient-mice
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Priscila Mendes, Raquel Martinho, Sara Leite, Leonardo Maia-Moço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, André P Lourenço, Mónica Moreira-Rodrigues
Adrenaline-deficient phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase-knockout mice (Pnmt-KO) have concentric heart remodeling and though their resting blood pressure is normal, it becomes higher during acute exercise. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac morphological, functional and molecular alterations after chronic exercise in adrenaline-deficient mice. Genotypes at the Pnmt locus were verified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of ear samples of Pnmt-KO and wild-type (WT) mice. These mice were submitted to chronic exercise training during 6weeks...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305036/right-ventricular-structure-and-function-in-the-veteran-ultramarathon-runner-is-there-evidence-for-chronic-maladaptation
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Oliver Rothwell, Keith George, John Somauroo, Rachel Lord, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, Martin D Hoffman, Mathew Wilson, Euan Ashley, Francois Haddad, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, David Oxborough
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that chronic exposure to prolonged strenuous exercise may result in maladaptation of the right ventricle (RV). The of this study aim was to establish RV structure and function, including septal insertion points, using conventional echocardiography and myocardial strain (ε) imaging in a veteran population of ultramarathon runners (UR) and age- and sex-matched controls. METHODS: A retrospective study design provided 40 UR (>35 years old; mean ± SD training experience, 18 ± 12 years) and 24 sedentary controls who had previously undergone conventional two-dimensional, tissue Doppler and speckle-tracking echocardiography to measure RV size and function...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304238/improved-right-ventricular-index-of-myocardial-performance-in-the-assessment-of-right-ventricular-function-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Nashmil Hashemi, Lars-Åke Brodin, Anders Hedman, Bassem A Samad, Mahbubul Alam
OBJECTIVES: Decreased right ventricular (RV) longitudinal function following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), as assessed by tricuspid annular systolic excursion (TAPSE) and RV peak systolic velocity (RVS') is a known condition. We aimed to explore the feasibility of the right ventricular index of myocardial performance (RIMP) in the assessment of RV function after CABG at rest and during peak dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). METHODS: Forty-two patients indicated for CABG were included in this study...
January 3, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303026/risk-factors-for-impaired-pulmonary-function-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-very-long-term-adult-survivors-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-after-treatment-with-chemotherapy-only
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Ole Henrik Myrdal, Adriani Kanellopoulos, Jon R Christensen, Ellen Ruud, Elisabeth Edvardsen, Johny Kongerud, Liv Ingunn Sikkeland, May B Lund
BACKGROUND: Survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are at risk of late treatment-related side-effects. Data regarding prevalence and risk factors for impairments in pulmonary function and cardiorespiratory fitness are limited, and reported findings are inconsistent and inconclusive. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 116 ALL survivors (median 5 years at diagnosis, 29 years at follow-up, 53% females) were examined, median 23 years after treatment with chemotherapy only...
January 5, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299780/the-key-roles-of-negative-pressure-breathing-and-exercise-in-the-development-of-interstitial-pulmonary-edema-in-professional-male-scuba-divers
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Olivier Castagna, Jacques Regnard, Emmanuel Gempp, Pierre Louge, François Xavier Brocq, Bruno Schmid, Anne-Virginie Desruelle, Valentin Crunel, Adrien Maurin, Romain Chopard, David Hunter MacIver
BACKGROUND: Immersion pulmonary edema is potentially a catastrophic condition; however, the pathophysiological mechanisms are ill-defined. This study assessed the individual and combined effects of exertion and negative pressure breathing on the cardiovascular system during the development of pulmonary edema in SCUBA divers. METHODS: Sixteen male professional SCUBA divers performed four SCUBA dives in a freshwater pool at 1 m depth while breathing air at either a positive or negative pressure both at rest or with exercise...
January 3, 2018: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290029/the-clinical-value-of-assessing-right-ventricular-diastolic-function-after-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Hidenori Moriyama, Mitsushige Murata, Toshimitsu Tsugu, Takashi Kawakami, Masaharu Kataoka, Takahiro Hiraide, Mai Kimura, Sarasa Isobe, Jin Endo, Takashi Kohno, Yuji Itabashi, Keiichi Fukuda
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) has a poor prognosis because of the associated progressive right heart failure. Accurate evaluation of right ventricular (RV) function would thus be useful to predict prognosis. However, the significance of RV diastolic function remains unclear. We aimed to identify which echocardiographic measures are most accurate, and potentially useful, in assessing RV diastolic function in patients with CTEPH, and to study the effects of balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) on them...
December 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279321/power-supplies-and-equipment-for-military-field-research-lessons-from-the-british-service-dhaulagiri-research-expedition-2016
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Matt Howard, J Bakker-Dyos, L Gallagher, J P O'Hara, D Woods, A Mellor
INTRODUCTION: The British Service Dhaulagiri Research Expedition (BSDMRE) took place from 27 March to 31 May 2016. The expedition involved 129 personnel, with voluntary participation in nine different study protocols. Studies were conducted in three research camps established at 3600, 4600 and 5140 m and involved taking and storing blood samples, cardiac echocardiography and investigations involving a balance plate. Research in this remote environment requires careful planning in order to provide a robust and resilient power plan...
December 25, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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