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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718833/coconut-oil-aggravates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiomyopathy-without-inducing-obesity-systemic-insulin-resistance-or-cardiac-steatosis
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Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Frank Jacobs, Olivier Gheysens, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Bart De Geest
Studies evaluating the effects of high-saturated fat diets on cardiac function are most often confounded by diet-induced obesity and by systemic insulin resistance. We evaluated whether coconut oil, containing C12:0 and C14:0 as main fatty acids, aggravates pressure overload-induced cardiomyopathy induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in C57BL/6 mice. Mortality rate after TAC was higher (p < 0.05) in 0.2% cholesterol 10% coconut oil diet-fed mice than in standard chow-fed mice (hazard ratio 2.32, 95% confidence interval 1...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696268/personalizing-risk-stratification-for-sudden-death-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-the-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Brian P Halliday, John G F Cleland, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Sanjay K Prasad
Results from the DANISH Study (Danish Study to Assess the Efficacy of ICDs in Patients With Non-Ischemic Systolic Heat Failure on Mortality) suggest that for many patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators do not increase longevity. Accurate identification of patients who are more likely to die of an arrhythmia and less likely to die of other causes is required to ensure improvement in outcomes and wise use of resources. Until now, left ventricular ejection fraction has been used as a key criterion for selecting patients with DCM for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention purposes...
July 11, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690022/absence-of-myostatin-improves-cardiac-function-following-myocardial-infarction
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Sarina Lim, Chris D McMahon, Kenneth G Matthews, Gerard P Devlin, Marianne S Elston, John V Conaglen
BACKGROUND: Myostatin inhibits the development of skeletal muscle and regulates the proliferation of skeletal muscle fibroblasts. However, the role of myostatin in regulating cardiac muscle or myofibroblasts, specifically in acute myocardial infarction (MI), is less clear. This study sought to determine whether absence of myostatin altered left ventricular function post-MI. METHODS: Myostatin-null mice (Mstn(-/-)) and wild-type (WT) mice underwent ligation of the left anterior descending artery to induce MI...
June 15, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684437/the-role-and-clinical-implications-of-diastolic-dysfunction-in-aortic-stenosis
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REVIEW
Polydoros N Kampaktsis, Damianos G Kokkinidis, Shing-Chiu Wong, Manolis Vavuranakis, Nikolaos J Skubas, Richard B Devereux
Diastolic dysfunction in aortic stenosis results primarily from left ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis due to chronically elevated left ventricular systolic pressure. Currently, diastolic dysfunction does not have an explicit clinical role in management of patients with aortic stenosis. Studies have shown that improvement in diastolic dysfunction follows left ventricular remodelling after aortic valve replacement and that it occurs gradually or incompletely. Retrospective studies suggest that advanced grades of diastolic dysfunction at baseline are associated with increased mortality and adverse events even after aortic valve replacement...
July 6, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678142/ultrastructural-and-histomorphologic-properties-of-the-internal-thoracic-artery-implications-for-coronary-revascularization
#5
Diogo A Fonseca, Pedro E Antunes, Maria D Cotrim
Coronary artery disease represents a major health problem worldwide for which coronary artery bypass surgery remains a standard of care. Among the several grafts that are available, the internal thoracic artery (ITA) has long been considered the best as several advantages have been described compared with other vessels (e.g. saphenous vein or radial artery), namely, an absent to minor atherosclerotic development. In fact, several studies showed the presence of preatherosclerotic lesions, such as intimal and/or medial thickening, medial fibrosis, among others, in the presence of certain cardiovascular risk factors as well as established atherosclerotic lesions (i...
July 3, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675194/aortic-stenosis-pathogenesis-prediction-of-progression-and-percutaneous-intervention
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D Natarajan, B Prendergast
Aortic stenosis is common and an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Prevalence will increase significantly in forthcoming decades as a function of the ageing population; treatment by means of surgery or percutaneous intervention is expensive. Epidemiological, mechanistic and interventional studies are therefore vital to determine optimal and innovative treatments and their funding. Recent studies suggest that aortic stenosis is not a passive degenerative disease, but an active process involving several pathways, including lipid infiltration, chronic inflammation, fibrosis formation, osteoblast activation, and active valve mineralisation...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668140/clinical-features-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-with-anderson-fabry-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Haran Yogasundaram, Daniel Kim, Omar Oudit, Richard B Thompson, Frank Weidemann, Gavin Y Oudit
Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked recessive, multisystem disease of lysosomal storage. A mutation in the gene encoding the hydrolase enzyme α-galactosidase A results in its deficiency, or complete absence of activity. Subsequent progressive intracellular accumulation of glycosphingolipids, predominantly globotriaosylceramide, in various tissues, results in progressive organ dysfunction and failure, most commonly affecting the kidneys, nervous system, skin, eyes, vascular endothelium, and the heart...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646026/exosomes-promising-sacks-for-treating-ischemic-heart-disease
#8
Gui-Hao Chen, Jun Xu, Yue-Jin Yang
Ischemic heart disease(IHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Despite development of continuously improving therapeutic strategies, morbidity and mortality of patients with IHD remains relatively high. Exosomes are a subpopulation of vesicles that are universally recognized as major mediators in intercellular communication. Numerous preclinical studies showed that these tiny vesicles were protective in IHD, through such actions as alleviating myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury, promoting angiogenesis, inhibiting fibrosis and facilitating cardiac regeneration...
June 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614056/spermine-and-spermidine-reversed-age-related-cardiac-deterioration-in-rats
#9
Hao Zhang, Junying Wang, Lingxu Li, Nannan Chai, Yuhan Chen, Feixiang Wu, Weihua Zhang, Lina Wang, Sa Shi, Li Zhang, Shuling Bian, Changqing Xu, Ye Tian, Yajun Zhao
Aging is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Slowing or reversing the physiological impact of heart aging may reduce morbidity and mortality associated with age-related CVD. The polyamines, spermine (SP) and spermidine (SPD) are essential for cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis, and levels of both decline with age. To explore the effects of these polyamines on heart aging, we administered SP or SPD intraperitoneally to 22- to 24-month-old rats for 6 weeks. Both treatments reversed and inhibited age-related myocardial morphology alterations, myocardial fibrosis, and cell apoptosis...
May 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613990/different-sequences-of-fractionated-low-dose-proton-and-single-iron-radiation-induced-divergent-biological-responses-in-the-heart
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Sharath P Sasi, Xinhua Yan, Marian Zuriaga-Herrero, Hannah Gee, Juyong Lee, Raman Mehrzad, Jin Song, Jillian Onufrak, James Morgan, Heiko Enderling, Kenneth Walsh, Raj Kishore, David A Goukassian
Deep-space travel presents risks of exposure to ionizing radiation composed of a spectrum of low-fluence protons ((1)H) and high-charge and energy (HZE) iron nuclei (e.g., (56)Fe). When exposed to galactic cosmic rays, each cell in the body may be traversed by (1)H every 3-4 days and HZE nuclei every 3-4 months. The effects of low-dose sequential fractionated (1)H or HZE on the heart are unknown. In this animal model of simulated ionizing radiation, middle-aged (8-9 months old) male C57BL/6NT mice were exposed to radiation as follows: group 1, nonirradiated controls; group 2, three fractionated doses of 17 cGy (1)H every other day ((1)H × 3); group 3, three fractionated doses of 17 cGy (1)H every other day followed by a single low dose of 15 cGy (56)Fe two days after the final (1)H dose ((1)H × 3 + (56)Fe); and group 4, a single low dose of 15 cGy (56)Fe followed (after 2 days) by three fractionated doses of 17 cGy (1)H every other day ((56)Fe + (1)H × 3)...
August 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608983/folic-acid-reduces-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy-by-modulating-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase
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Yanti Octavia, Georgios Kararigas, Martine de Boer, Ihsan Chrifi, Rinrada Kietadisorn, Melissa Swinnen, Hans Duimel, Fons K Verheyen, Maarten M Brandt, Daniela Fliegner, Caroline Cheng, Stefan Janssens, Dirk J Duncker, An L Moens
The use of doxorubicin (DOXO) as a chemotherapeutic drug has been hampered by cardiotoxicity leading to cardiomyopathy and heart failure. Folic acid (FA) is a modulator of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS), which in turn is an important player in diseases associated with NO insufficiency or NOS dysregulation, such as pressure overload and myocardial infarction. However, the role of FA in DOXO-induced cardiomyopathy is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that FA prevents DOXO-induced cardiomyopathy by modulating eNOS and mitochondrial structure and function...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574157/diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-among-healthy-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients-correlation-of-histology-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-and-clinical-phenotype
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Brian Feingold, Cláudia M Salgado, Miguel Reyes-Múgica, Stacey E Drant, Susan A Miller, Mark Kennedy, Peter Kellman, Erik B Schelbert, Timothy C Wong
Fibrosis is commonly described in heart allografts lost late after transplantation. CMR-derived ECV is a validated measure of DMF in native adult hearts that may predict heart failure and mortality. We explored associations of ECV with histologic myocardial fibrosis and clinical features after pediatric heart transplantation. Twenty-five recipients (7.0±6.3 years at transplant and 10.7±6.5 years post-transplant) were prospectively recruited for CMR and BNP measurement at the time of surveillance biopsy...
August 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565750/myocardial-fibrosis-in-congenital-and-pediatric-heart-disease
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Jing Tian, Xinjiang An, Ling Niu
Cardiac fibrosis is a common phenomenon in different types of heart diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, inherited cardiomyopathy mutations, diabetes, and ageing and is associated with morbidity and mortality. Increased accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) that impacts cardiac function, is the underlying cause of fibrotic heart disease. There are four different types of cardiac fibrosis, including, reactive interstitial fibrosis, replacement fibrosis, infiltrative interstitial fibrosis and endomyocardial fibrosis...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546762/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-clinical-implications-in-the-evaluation-of-connective-tissue-diseases
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REVIEW
Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Genovefa Kolovou
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging is a recently developed noninvasive, nonradiating, operator-independent technique that has been successfully used for the evaluation of congenital heart disease, valvular and pericardial diseases, iron overload, cardiomyopathies, great and coronary vessel diseases, cardiac inflammation, stress-rest myocardial perfusion, and fibrosis. Rheumatoid arthritis and other spondyloarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory myopathies, mixed connective tissue diseases (CTDs), systemic sclerosis, vasculitis, and sarcoidosis are among CTDs with serious cardiovascular involvement; this is due to multiple causative factors such as myopericarditis, micro/macrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and finally heart failure...
2017: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507082/association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-sickle-cell-anemia
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Omar Niss, Robert Fleck, Fowe Makue, Tarek Alsaied, Payal Desai, Jeffrey A Towbin, Punam Malik, Michael D Taylor, Charles T Quinn
Sickle cell anemia (SCA)-related cardiomyopathy is characterized by diastolic dysfunction and hyperdynamic features. Diastolic dysfunction portends early mortality in SCA. Diastolic dysfunction is associated with microscopic myocardial fibrosis in SCA mice, but the cause of diastolic dysfunction in humans with SCA is unknown. We used cardiac magnetic resonance measurements of extracellular volume fraction (ECV) to discover and quantify diffuse myocardial fibrosis in 25 individuals with SCA (mean age, 23 ± 13 years) and determine the association between diffuse myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
July 13, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494028/rosemary-supplementation-rosmarinus-oficinallis-l-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rats
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Bruna Paola Murino Rafacho, Priscila Portugal Dos Santos, Andréa de Freitas Gonçalves, Ana Angélica Henrique Fernandes, Katashi Okoshi, Fernanda Chiuso-Minicucci, Paula S Azevedo, Leonardo Antonio Mamede Zornoff, Marcos Ferreira Minicucci, Xiang-Dong Wang, Sergio Alberto Rupp de Paiva
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Dietary intervention on adverse cardiac remodeling after MI has significant clinical relevance. Rosemary leaves are a natural product with antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties, but its effect on morphology and ventricular function after MI is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: To determine the effect of the dietary supplementation of rosemary leaves on cardiac remodeling after MI, male Wistar rats were divided into 6 groups after sham procedure or experimental induced MI: 1) Sham group fed standard chow (SR0, n = 23); 2) Sham group fed standard chow supplemented with 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468272/clinical-correlates-and-prognostic-value-of-plasma-galectin-3-levels-in-degenerative-aortic-stenosis-a-single-center-prospective-study-of-patients-referred-for-invasive-treatment
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Beata Bobrowska, Ewa Wieczorek-Surdacka, Olga Kruszelnicka, Bernadeta Chyrchel, Andrzej Surdacki, Dariusz Dudek
Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding lectin, has been implicated in myocardial fibrosis, development of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and transition from compensated LV hypertrophy to overt heart failure (HF), being a novel prognostic marker in HF. Risk stratification is crucial for the choice of the optimal therapy in degenerative aortic stenosis (AS), affecting elderly subjects with coexistent diseases. Our aim was to assess correlates and prognostic value of circulating Gal-3 in real-world patients with degenerative AS referred for invasive treatment...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451852/mineralocorticoid-receptor-blockade-in-end-stage-renal-disease
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REVIEW
Radmila Lyubarova, Elvira O Gosmanova
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to summarize recent findings about cardiovascular benefits and safety of aldosterone blockade in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). RECENT FINDINGS: It is now well recognized that aldosterone's deleterious cardiovascular impact is not limited to its pressor effect arising from an increase in sodium reabsorption in the kidneys. Aldosterone has also been shown to increase blood pressure by a direct activation of the sympathetic nervous system, to cause endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cell dysfunction, myocardial remodeling and fibrosis, and to have pro-arrhythmogenic actions in the heart...
May 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445944/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-overexpression-protects-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy-by-multiple-mechanisms-in-rats
#19
Hui Ma, Jing Kong, Yu-Lin Wang, Jun-Long Li, Nai-Hao Hei, Xin-Ran Cao, Jing-Jing Yang, Wen-Jiang Yan, Wen-Jing Liang, Hong-Yan Dai, Bo Dong
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is considered a potential therapeutic target of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to explore the effects of ACE2 overexpression on doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Rats were randomly divided into treatment and control groups. The rats of treatment group were injected intraperitoneally with 6 doses of doxorubicin (2.5 mg/kg) within a period of two weeks. Two weeks after the initial injection of doxorubicin, these rats were randomly divided into Mock, Ad-EGFP, Ad-ACE2, and Cilazapril groups...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426885/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-heart-failure-patients-with-narrow-qrs-complex-treated-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-subanalysis-of-the-randomized-echocrt-trial
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Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado, Peter Sogaard, Jagmeet P Singh, William T Abraham, Jeffrey S Borer, Kenneth Dickstein, Daniel Gras, Josep Brugada, Michele Robertson, Ian Ford, Henry Krum, Johannes Holzmeister, Frank Ruschitzka, John Gorcsan
Aim: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) reflects LV systolic function and correlates inversely with the extent of LV myocardial scar and fibrosis. The present subanalysis of the Echocardiography Guided CRT trial investigated the prognostic value of LV GLS in patients with narrow QRS complex. Methods and results: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured on the apical 2-, 4- and 3-chamber views using speckle tracking analysis...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
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