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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821833/microrna-449c-5p-inhibits-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-vics-through-smad4-mediated-pathway
#1
Rongjian Xu, Min Zhao, Yun Yang, Zhuo Huang, Chunying Shi, Xianglin Hou, Yannan Zhao, Bing Chen, Zhifeng Xiao, Jianzhou Liu, Qi Miao, Jianwu Dai
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most common heart valve disorder, yet its mechanism remains poorly understood. Valve interstitial cells (VICs) are the prevalent cells in aortic valve and their osteogenic differentiation may be responsible for calcific nodule formation in CAVD pathogenesis. Emerging evidence shows microRNA (miRNA, or miR) can function as important regulators of many pathological processes, including osteogenic differentiation. Here, we aimed to explore the function of miR-449c-5p in CAVD pathogenesis...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820653/fibrous-skeleton-of-the-heart-anatomic-overview-and-evaluation-of-pathologic-conditions-with-ct-and-mr-imaging
#2
Farhood Saremi, Damián Sánchez-Quintana, Shumpei Mori, Horia Muresian, Diane E Spicer, Cameron Hassani, Robert H Anderson
The fibrous skeleton is concentrated at the base of the ventricular mass. It provides electrical insulation at the atrioventricular level and fibrous continuity for the leaflets of the mitral, aortic, and tricuspid valves. Its components include the fibrous trigones, the fibrous area of aortic-mitral continuity, the subvalvar collar of the mitral valve, the membranous septum, the interleaflet triangles, the tendon of Todaro, and likely the conus ligament. The majority of the mitral annulus is fibrous, but the only true fibrous part of the tricuspid annulus is where the valvar leaflets are attached to the central fibrous body...
August 18, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820561/quadricuspid-aortic-valve-associated-with-aortic-regurgitation-mitral-regurgitation-and-aortic-dilatation
#3
Serkan Sivri, Serdal Bastug, Murat Can Guney, Yakup Alsancak, Elcin Ozdemir, Engin Bozkurt
The quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a very uncommon congenital malformation with an estimated incidence of 0.003% to 0.043% of all congenital heart diseases. Combinations of QAV with several different congenital malformations have been described. The case is reported of a type A QAV associated with moderate aortic regurgitation, mild mitral regurgitation, and ascending aorta dilatation. This interesting case was referred for close follow up.
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
#4
Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820559/percutaneous-mitral-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-a-pregnant-patient-under-guidance-of-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-right-atrial-mapping-without-using-fluoroscopy
#5
Begum Uygur, Hamdi Pusuroglu, Aydin Yildirim
Mitral stenosis is the most common valvular pathology complicating pregnancy. Herein are reported the details of a 26-week pregnant patient with severe mitral stenosis and NYHA class 3-4 symptoms. Percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty was performed under guidance of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography and right atrial mapping, without using fluoroscopy. Video 1: Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. The four-chamber view shows limited opening of the rheumatic mitral valve. Video 2: Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography while the balloon is inflated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820556/unusual-locations-for-cardiac-papillary-fibroelastomas
#6
Davide Carino, Francesco Nicolini, Alberto Molardi, Clara Indira Dadamo, Tiziano Gherli
Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are rare and benign cardiac tumors which usually are localized on the valves (mostly on the aortic valve), though they may originate also from the ventricles or atrial walls. Whilst, in the large majority of cases, these lesions are asymptomatic they may cause serious complications such as thromboembolic events, or more rarely valvular dysfunctions. Surgical excision is necessary for a symptomatic lesion. The management of asymptomatic lesions is not defined. Herein are reported the details of a miniseries of six cases operated on at the authors' institution between 2005 and 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820555/satellite-atrial-septal-vegetations-secondary-to-mitral-valve-endocarditis
#7
Germán Cedielq, Marta Guillen Marzo, Ramón de Castro Aritmendiz, Jairo Toro Gil, Alfredo Bardají
Infective endocarditis is a challenging clinical problem with a high rate of mortality. Early recognition of this disease, and especially its complications, remain a critical task for the cardiologist. In this scenario, atrial endocarditis is a rare and sometimes unrecognized complication of mitral valve endocarditis. Herein is reported a clinical case that shows how a satellite vegetation in the atrial septum can be produced in a patient with mitral regurgitation secondary to mitral valve endocarditis. Video 1: Transthoracic echocardiography showing the presence of vegetation in the posterior mitral leaflet, severe secondary mitral regurgitation, and satellite vegetation in the atrial septum...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820554/warfarin-therapy-after-mechanical-valve-replacement-a-tool-for-predicting-bleeding-events
#8
Insil Jang, Sukjung Choo, Kyunghee Kim
BACKGROUND: Mechanical valve replacement is associated with positive outcomes, but patients must undergo life-long anticoagulation therapy with warfarin, which carries a significant risk of bleeding complications. Therefore, a systematic and continuous assessment and supervision of warfarin treatment is essential in such patients, and approaches that can predict the risk of bleeding in advance are required. The study aim was to develop a classification tool to predict bleeding events in South Korean patients with mechanical valve replacement undergoing oral warfarin therapy...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820553/is-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-implantation-feasible-in-the-presence-of-right-atrial-thrombus
#9
Jan Henzel, Zofia Dzielińska, Marek Konka, Maciej Dąbrowski, Marcin Protasiewicz, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
The case is reported of a successful transcatheter implantation of an Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve (29 mm) into a failing tricuspid bioprosthesis (Sorin Pericarbon, 31 mm). The procedure was performed in a 69-year-old woman with post-rheumatic mitral and tricuspid valve disease. Multiple previous cardiac surgeries precluded the use of another surgical approach. A large, organized, two-piece thrombus in the enlarged right atrium was not considered an absolute contraindication to the procedure. The SAPIEN 3 valve was implanted under general anesthesia, via a femoral venous access, under three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography guidance...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820551/fungal-endocarditis-due-to-aspergillus-oryzae-the-first-case-reported-in-the-literature
#10
Andrea Mazza, Nicola Luciani, Marco Luciani, Federico Cammertoni, Alessia Giaquinto, Natalia Pavone, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a severe disease with high mortality and morbidity. Prosthetic valve endocarditis is a life-threatening complication which can occur in less than 10% of patients with valve prosthesis. A fungal etiology of IE is rare and accounts for only 2-4% of all case of endocarditis, but is associated with a higher mortality and morbidity. Herein is reported the first case of fungal endocarditis of aortic valve prosthesis due to Aspergillus oryzae in a 67-year-old caucasian man who nine years previously underwent mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical prostheses, and tricuspid annuloplasty for acute IE due to Enterococcus spp...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820550/is-fasting-for-ramadan-safe-in-patients-with-mechanical-cardiac-valves
#11
Ersin Yildirim, Ozlem Secen, Okkes Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Makbule Kutlu Karadag
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to investigate the safety and effects of fasting during Ramadan on the International Normalized Ratio (INR) in patients with mechanical cardiac valves. METHODS: A total of 105 patients admitted to the authors' hospital between June and October 2015, who had history of prosthetic valve replacement, was investigated. The patients were allocated to two groups: those fasting during Ramadan (n = 42) and those not fasting (n = 63). All patients were examined by a cardiologist, and the clinical findings and complaints for the past three months were evaluated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820548/extraction-of-total-rna-from-calcified-human-heart-valves-for-gene-expression-analysis
#12
Ana Cecília Valadares, Hagen Gorki, Andreas Liebold, Markus Hoenicka
BACKGROUND: The isolation of high-quality RNA is an important first step in gene expression studies. However, difficult tissue disruption, low cell content and low RNA content makes consistent RNA extraction from human aortic valve tissue a challenging task. METHODS: A protocol has been developed for the successful isolation of high-quality RNA from human aortic valve samples by optimizing RNA extraction protocols based on a comparison of commercial kits. RESULTS: Guanidinium thiocyanate-phenolchloroform extraction was found to be a prerequisite for successful purification...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820547/incidence-and-clinical-impact-of-cerebral-lesions-after-the-mitraclip%C3%A3-%C3%A2-procedure
#13
Sebastian Barth, Karsten Hamm, Stefan Fodor, Wilko Reents, Sebastian Kerber, Philipp Halbfass, Martina B Hautmann, Bernhard Schieffer, Hassan Soda
BACKGROUND: Clinically silent brain injury detected with cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is well known after various cardiovascular interventions. Thus far, only one study has examined the periprocedural risk of cerebral ischemic events in patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve reconstruction. The study aim was to examine the incidence and clinical impact of cerebral embolic events in patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve reconstruction using the MitraClip® system...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820546/initial-results-of-combined-mitraclip%C3%A3-%C3%A2-implantation-and-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
#14
Xavier Freixa, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Fernando Carrasco-Chinchilla, Dabit Arzamendi, Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo, Luis Nombela-Franco, Ignacio Cruz-González, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Manel Sabaté
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is present in 30-50% of patients undergoing percutaneous mitral valve repair. The presence of a formal contraindication to oral anticoagulation is also very common in these patients. In this context, percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) may be a valid alternative for these patients. The study aim was to assess the feasibility, safety, and technical considerations of the combination of percutaneous mitral valve repair using the MitraClip system and LAAO...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820544/use-of-adjuncts-reduces-cardiopulmonary-bypass-time-during-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement
#15
Alice Wang, Sharon L McCartney, Judson B Williams, Asvin Ganapathi, Donald D Glower, Alina Nicoara, Jeffrey G Gaca
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) through a mini-thoracotomy is comparable to AVR through a sternotomy, but may have increased surgical times. The development of adjuncts such as the automatic knot fastener and percutaneous coronary sinus (CS) catheter may reduce this disadvantage. METHODS: A retrospective review conducted between 2002 and 2015 at a single institution revealed 78 patients who underwent MIAVR with adjuncts. The automatic knot fastener was used on all patients, and a successful CS catheter was placed and confirmed by echocardiography in 67 patients (86%)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820543/minimally-invasive-versus-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-a-propensity-matched-study
#16
Matthew D Terwelp, Vinod H Thourani, Yelin Zhao, Prakash Balan, Catalin Loghin, Daniel Ocazionez, Anthony Estrera, Carson T Hoffmann, Vasilis C Babaliaros, Joseph Lamelas, Tom C Nguyen
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of options exist for the treatment of severe symptomatic aortic stenosis. The study aim was to compare short-term outcomes in patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR), minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR), and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 2,571 patients undergoing SAVR (n = 842), MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 699) and TAVR (n = 1,030) between 2011 and 2014 was conducted...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820542/efficacy-and-complications-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-with-and-without-balloon-aortic-valvuloplasty
#17
Kuljit Singh, Kristin Carson, Onn Akbar Ali, Rohan Jayasinghe, Alexander Dick, Christopher Glover, Marino Labinaz
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an effective treatment for severe aortic stenosis in high-risk patients. Several complications related to the TAVI procedure, including aortic regurgitation (AR), cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and the requirement for permanent pacemaker (PPM), are thought to be secondary to balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV) before TAVI. The aim of the present review was to evaluate any beneficial role of the direct TAVI approach over BAVTAVI...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820541/automatic-estimation-of-optimal-deployment-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-using-computed-tomography
#18
Arthur Kerner, Sobhi Abadi, Roy Dotan, Marcia Javitt, Doron Aronson, Jonathan Lessick
BACKGROUND: A comparison was made between the accuracy of and time saved by using novel automated software for pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) planning before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and manual methods. Preprocedural CT to assess aortic annulus dimensions and predict the optimal C-arm implant angle before TAVI can reduce complications related to incorrect prosthesis sizing and positioning. METHODS: A total of 61 consecutive patients underwent TAVI using either the SAPIEN XT or CoreValve prosthesis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820540/endoscopic-port-access-surgery-for-late-orthotopic-cardiac-transplantation-atrioventricular-valve-disease
#19
Johan van der Merwe, Filip Casselman, Bernard Stockman, Yvette Vermeulen, Ivan Degrieck, Frank Van Praet
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to present details of the perioperative and long-term outcomes of redo-endoscopic port access surgery (REPAS) for late atrioventricular valve disease (AVVD) in orthotopic cardiac transplant (OCT) patients. METHODS: Between February 2004 and October 2015, REPAS was performed for late AVVD in seven consecutive OCT patients (mean age 57.9 ± 17.2 years; EuroSCORE II 21.2 ± 14.7%) at the authors' institution. The mean OCT-REPAS time interval was 7...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820034/the-value-of-adding-sub-valvular-procedures-for-chronic-ischemic-mitral-regurgitation-surgery-a-meta-analysis
#20
Marco Moscarelli, Thanos Athanasiou, Giuseppe Speziale, Prakash P Punjabi, George Malietzis, Patrizio Lancellotti, Khalil Fattouch
BACKGROUND: The most performed repair technique for the treatment of chronic ischemic mitral regurgitation in patients referred for bypass grafting remains restricted annuloplasty. However, it is associated with a high rate of failure, especially if severe tenting exists. OBJECTIVES: To understand if adjunctive sub-valvular mitral procedures may provide better repair performance. METHODS: A systematic literature review identified six studies of which five fulfilled the criteria for meta-analysis...
September 2017: Perfusion
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