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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624396/hybrid-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-positron-emission-tomography-with-fluorodeoxyglucose-to-diagnose-active-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Marc R Dweck, Ronan Abgral, Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Philip M Robson, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Venkatesh Mani, Anna Palmisano, Marc A Miller, Anuradha Lala, Helena L Chang, Javier Sanz, Johanna Contreras, Jagat Narula, Valentin Fuster, Maria Padilla, Zahi A Fayad, Jason C Kovacic
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the diagnostic usefulness of hybrid cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for active cardiac sarcoidosis. BACKGROUND: Active cardiac sarcoidosis (aCS) is underdiagnosed and has a high mortality. METHODS: Patients with clinical suspicion of aCS underwent hybrid CMR/PET with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and FDG to assess the pattern of injury and disease activity, respectively...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620674/organ-dysfunction-and-failure-following-brain-death-do-not-preclude-successful-donation
#2
Eno-Obong I Essien, Nehu Parimi, Jennifer Gutwald-Miller, Tyree Nutter, Thomas M Scalea, Deborah M Stein
BACKGROUND: Organ dysfunction is common after neurologic determination of death (NDD) but before organ collection. Reliable markers for graft success following transplant of these organs would be useful. We sought to determine the relationship between the donor after neurologic determination of death (DNDD) pathophysiology and successful organ donation. METHODS: Donor information was obtained through the local organ procurement organization. Donor demographics and clinical data points for cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, hepatic, hematological and neuroendocrine systems were reviewed 12 h before and 12 h after neurologic determination of death was declared...
June 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608431/response-to-the-letter-to-the-editor
#3
Jason P Stopyra, Chadwick D Miller, Simon A Mahler
We appreciate the insights and concerns raised in the above letter to the editor. The authors have thoughtfully highlighted some important distinctions between the original derivation of NOTR and our validation study.(1,2) Specifically, the original NOTR derivation included cardiac death, acute myocardial infarction (MI), unstable angina (UA), and "urgent and emergent" revascularization in a composite safety endpoint (and did not include "elective" coronary revascularizations). Our study included death, MI, and any coronary revascularization events, but did not include UA...
June 13, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592592/late-systolic-myocardial-loading-is-associated-with-left-atrial-dysfunction-in-hypertension
#4
Julio A Chirinos, Timothy S Phan, Amer A Syed, Zeba Hashmath, Harry G Oldland, Maheswara R Koppula, Ali Tariq, Khuzaima Javaid, Rachana Miller, Swapna Varakantam, Anjaneyulu Dunde, Vadde Neetha, Scott R Akers
BACKGROUND: Late systolic load has been shown to cause diastolic dysfunction in animal models. Although the systolic loading sequence of the ventricular myocardium likely affects its coupling with the left atrium (LA), this issue has not been investigated in humans. We aimed to assess the relationship between the myocardial loading sequence and LA function in human hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 260 subjects with hypertension and 19 normotensive age- and sex-matched controls...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574157/diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-among-healthy-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipients-correlation-of-histology-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-and-clinical-phenotype
#5
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...
June 2, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572743/design-and-rationale-of-the-high-sensitivity-troponin-t-rules-out-acute-cardiac-insufficiency-trial
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Benton R Hunter, Sean P Collins, Gregory J Fermann, Phillip D Levy, Changyu Shen, Syed Imran Ayaz, Mette L Cole, Karen F Miller, Adam A Soliman, Peter S Pang
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a common presentation in the Emergency Department (ED), and most patients are admitted to the hospital. Identification of patients with AHF who have a low risk of adverse events and are suitable for discharge from the ED is difficult, and an objective tool would be useful. METHODS: The highly sensitive Troponin T Rules Out Acute Cardiac Insufficiency Trial (TACIT) will enroll ED patients being treated for AHF. Patients will undergo standard ED evaluation and treatment...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551042/effects-of-an-ambulation-orderly-program-among-cardiac-surgery-patients
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Saki Miwa, Paul Visintainer, Richard Engelman, Amanda Miller, Tara Lagu, Erin Woodbury, Peter K Lindenauer, Quinn R Pack
BACKGROUND: Despite the known benefits of ambulation, most hospitalized patients remain physically inactive. One possible approach to this problem is to employ Ambulation Orderlies (AOs) - employees whose main responsibility is to ambulate patients throughout the day. For this study, we examined an AO program implemented among post-cardiac surgery patients and its effect on patient outcomes. METHODS: We evaluated post-operative length of stay, hospital complications, discharge disposition, and 30-day readmission for all patients who underwent coronary artery bypass and/or cardiac valve surgery in the nine months before and after the introduction of the AO program...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543099/evidence-of-altered-mitochondrial-protein-expression-after-chronic-ethanol-consumption-in-the-aged-estrogen-deficient-female-rat-heart
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Alexandra M Garvin, J L Miller-Lee, D R Sharda, G M Kanski, J C Hunter, Donna H Korzick
BACKGROUND: Estrogen loss has been implicated to increase the risk of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in post-menopausal women. The purpose of this study was to identify novel mitochondrial protein targets for the treatment of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in aged women using a state-of-the-art proteomics approach. We hypothesized that chronic ethanol (EtOH) ingestion exacerbates maladaptive mitochondrial protein expression in the aged female heart METHODS: Adult (3 mo) and aged (18 mo) F344 ovary-intact or ovariectomized (OVX) rats were randomly assigned an EtOH or control Lieber-DeCarli 'all liquid' diet for 20 wks...
May 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533303/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-adults-and-children-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Mary Ann Peberdy, Jason A Gluck, Joseph P Ornato, Christian A Bermudez, Russell E Griffin, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Richard E Kerber, Eldrin F Lewis, Mark S Link, Corinne Miller, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Ravi Thiagarajan, Robert M Weiss, Brian O'Neil
Cardiac arrest in patients on mechanical support is a new phenomenon brought about by the increased use of this therapy in patients with end-stage heart failure. This American Heart Association scientific statement highlights the recognition and treatment of cardiovascular collapse or cardiopulmonary arrest in an adult or pediatric patient who has a ventricular assist device or total artificial heart. Specific, expert consensus recommendations are provided for the role of external chest compressions in such patients...
May 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516313/dynamic-changes-in-aortic-impedance-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-and-its-impact-on-exploratory-outcome
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Yukari Kobayashi, Juyong B Kim, Kegan J Moneghetti, Yuhei Kobayashi, Ran Zhang, Daniel A Brenner, Ryan O'Malley, Ingela Schnittger, Michael Fischbein, D Craig Miller, Alan C Yeung, David Liang, Francois Haddad, William F Fearon
Valvulo-arterial impedance (Zva) has been shown to predict worse outcome in medically managed aortic stenosis (AS) patients. We aimed to investigate the association between Zva and left ventricular (LV) adaptation and to explore the predictive value of Zva for cardiac functional recovery and outcome after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We prospectively enrolled 128 patients with AS who underwent TAVR. Zva was calculated as: (systolic blood pressure + mean transaortic gradient)/stroke volume index)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509704/effectiveness-of-2-hour-troponin-in-high-risk-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Joseph Bove, Steven Hochman, Jacob Miller, Stephen Artim
BACKGROUND: Research has shown the safety and effectiveness of drawing a standard troponin level at presentation and again at 2 hours in only low-risk patients. Because high-sensitivity troponins are not currently approved in the United States, we studied the utility of a standard troponin that is presently in use. Our goal was to determine if 2-hour standard troponin would be safe and effective in the evaluation of a high-risk cohort of patients never studied previously. METHODS: We conducted a single-center prospective observational study of adult patients presenting to the emergency department with signs and symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome...
June 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507738/mark-e-josephson-clinical-investigator
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EDITORIAL
John M Miller
Mark E Josephson entered the world of clinical cardiac electrophysiology (EP) almost at its inception (1972); with so much to learn and so many directions one could take, he dived into the field with unbridled enthusiasm and an uncommon - perhaps almost unique - aptitude for asking questions and finding ways to answer them. Few aspects of EP escaped his indelible influence. In this short paper, I will attempt to touch on some of the high points of his astounding career as a clinical investigator.
April 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505025/a-rodent-model-of-cardiac-donation-after-circulatory-death-and-novel-biomarkers-of-cardiac-viability-during-ex-vivo-heart-perfusion
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Mark J Kearns, Sally Miller, Anson Cheung, Jamil Bashir, Stephanie Wong, Michael A Seidman, John H Boyd
BACKGROUND: Organ donation after circulatory death (DCD) is increasingly being used as a means of addressing the organ supply/demand mismatch in solid organ transplantation. There is reluctance to use DCD hearts, due to an inability to precisely identify hearts that have suffered irreversible injury. We investigated novel biomarkers and clinically relevant endpoints across a spectrum of warm ischemic times (WITs), prior to and during ex vivo heart perfusion (EVHP), to identify features associated with a non-viable cardiac phenotype...
May 13, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497127/evidence-of-glycolysis-up-regulation-and-pyruvate-mitochondrial-oxidation-mismatch-during-mechanical-unloading-of-the-failing-human-heart-implications-for-cardiac-reloading-and-conditioning
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Nikolaos A Diakos, Sutip Navankasattusas, E Dale Abel, Jared Rutter, Lauren McCreath, Peter Ferrin, Stephen H McKellar, Dylan V Miller, Song Y Park, Russell S Richardson, Ralph Deberardinis, James E Cox, Abdallah G Kfoury, Craig H Selzman, Josef Stehlik, James C Fang, Dean Y Li, Stavros G Drakos
This study sought to investigate the effects of mechanical unloading on myocardial energetics and the metabolic perturbation of heart failure (HF) in an effort to identify potential new therapeutic targets that could enhance the unloading-induced cardiac recovery. The authors prospectively examined paired human myocardial tissue procured from 31 advanced HF patients at left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant and at heart transplant plus tissue from 11 normal donors. They identified increased post-LVAD glycolytic metabolites without a coordinate increase in early, tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediates...
October 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493646/validation-of-the-no-objective-testing-rule-and-comparison-to-the-heart-pathway
#15
Jason P Stopyra, Chadwick D Miller, Brian C Hiestand, Cedric W Lefebvre, Bret A Nicks, David M Cline, Kim L Askew, Robert F Riley, Gregory B Russell, James W Hoekstra, Simon A Mahler
BACKGROUND: The No Objective Testing Rule (NOTR) is a decision aid designed to safely identify Emergency Department (ED) patients with chest pain who do not require objective testing for coronary artery disease. OBJECTIVES: To validate the NOTR in a cohort of US ED patients with acute chest pain and compare its performance to the HEART Pathway. METHODS: A secondary analysis of 282 participants enrolled in the HEART Pathway Randomized Controlled Trial was conducted...
May 11, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454813/percutaneous-revascularization-in-patients-treated-with-thoracic-radiation-for-cancer
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Erin A Fender, Jackson J Liang, Terence T Sio, John M Stulak, Ryan J Lennon, Joshua P Slusser, Jonathan B Ashman, Robert C Miller, Joerg Herrmann, Abhiram Prasad, Gurpreet S Sandhu
OBJECTIVES: To assess coronary revascularization outcomes in patients with previous thoracic radiation therapy (XRT). BACKGROUND: Previous chest radiation has been reported to adversely affect long term survival in patients with coronary disease treated with percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). METHODS: Retrospective, single center cohort study of patients previously treated with thoracic radiation and PCI. Patients were propensity matched against control patients without radiation undergoing revascularization during the same time period...
May 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449772/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-wireless-left-ventricular-endocardial-pacing-the%C3%A2-select-lv-study
#17
Vivek Y Reddy, Marc A Miller, Petr Neuzil, Peter Søgaard, Christian Butter, Martin Seifert, Peter Paul Delnoy, Lieselot van Erven, Martin Schalji, Lucas V A Boersma, Sam Riahi
BACKGROUND: A total of 30% to 40% of patients with congestive heart failure eligible for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) either do not respond to conventional CRT or remain untreated due to an inability or impediment to coronary sinus (CS) lead implantation. The WiSE-CRT system (EBR Systems, Sunnyvale, California) was developed to address this at-risk patient population by performing biventricular pacing via a wireless left ventricular (LV) endocardial pacing electrode. OBJECTIVES: The SELECT-LV (Safety and Performance of Electrodes implanted in the Left Ventricle) study is a prospective multicenter non-randomized trial assessing the safety and performance of the WiSE-CRT system...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449360/biologic-variability-of-cardiac-troponin-i-in-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-different-stages-of-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-using-standard-and-high-sensitivity-immunoassays
#18
Randolph L Winter, Ashley B Saunders, Sonya G Gordon, Matthew W Miller, Geoffrey T Fosgate, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
BACKGROUND: Biologic variability (BV) is one aspect of interpreting changes in biomarker concentrations known to be clinically important in people with cardiac disease, but it has not been adequately addressed in dogs so far. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to determine BV of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). METHODS: Healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of MMVD were prospectively assigned to groups based on comprehensive clinical evaluation using current guidelines...
June 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435328/aortic-valve-papillary-fibroelastoma-causing-embolic-strokes-a-case-report-and-review
#19
Avraham Miller, Audrik Perez, Swathi Pabba, Vijay Shetty
Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are the second most common benign neoplasms of the cardiac valves and are being recognized more frequently because of higher resolution imaging technology. PFEs are associated with substantial complications that are secondary to systemic embolism. Surgical resection should be offered to all patients who have symptoms and to asymptomatic patients who have pedunculated lesions or tumors larger than 1 cm in diameter. Herein, we present a patient who presented for a second time in 2 months with stroke symptoms...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418290/invasive-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections-among-cardiothoracic-surgical-patients-exposed-to-heater-cooler-devices-1
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Meghan M Lyman, Cheri Grigg, Cara Bicking Kinsey, M Shannon Keckler, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Emily Cooper, Minn M Soe, Judith Noble-Wang, Allison Longenberger, Shane R Walker, Jeffrey R Miller, Joseph F Perz, Kiran M Perkins
Invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections may result from a previously unrecognized source of transmission, heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used during cardiac surgery. In July 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Health notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a cluster of NTM infections among cardiothoracic surgical patients at 1 hospital. We conducted a case-control study to identify exposures causing infection, examining 11 case-patients and 48 control-patients. Eight (73%) case-patients had a clinical specimen identified as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
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