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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437860/chronic-inhibition-of-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-by-urb597-produces-differential-effects-on-cardiac-performance-in-normotensive-and-hypertensive-rats
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Anna Pedzinska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Marek Toczek, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Irena Kasacka, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitors are postulated to possess anti-hypertensive potential, because their acute injection decreases blood pressure (BP) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) partially through normalization of cardiac contractile function. Here, we examined whether the potential hypotensive effect of chronic FAAH inhibition by URB597 in hypertensive rats correlates with changes in cardiac performance. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Experiments were performed using perfused hearts and left atria isolated from 8-10 week old SHR, age-matched deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA-salt) rats and normotensive controls chronically treated with URB597 (1 mg kg(-1) ) or vehicle...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437859/multiple-sclerosis-broke-my-heart
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Géraldine Androdias, Emilien Bernard, Damien Biotti, Nicolas Collongues, Françoise Durand-Dubief, Julie Pique, Ingrid Sanchez, Clément Delmas, Jacques Ninet, Romain Marignier, Sandra Vukusic
We report 5 cases of acute heart failure (AHF) related to multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses. AHF was inaugural in 3 patients, always preceded or accompanied by signs of brainstem dysfunction; it was severe, requiring intensive care management. Echocardiography showed left ventricular hypokinesis. No other cause of AHF has been found. All patients showed a new medullary lesion on brain MRI. All had rapid and complete recovery of ventricular function after intravenous corticosteroids. We concluded to a takotsubo phenomenon...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437826/normal-left-ventricular-size-in-premature-newborns-by-the-echocardiographic-bullet-method
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Kenneth Bayle, Geri Galotti, Jill Nielsen-Farrell, Jie Yang, James Cordry Nielsen, Laurie Panesar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437814/assessment-of-early-cardiovascular-risk-in-children-and-adolescents-with-essential-hypertension
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Andreja Stelcar, Evgenija Homsak, Natasa Marcun Varda
The aim of our study was to investigate some early markers of hypertensive target organ damage in hypertensive children and adolescents, and to detect those showing most prominent clinical significance. We included 100 children with essential hypertension (EH) and 50 age-matched healthy control children, and evaluated left ventricular mass (LVM), intima-media thickness in the carotid arteries (IMT), pulse wave velocity (PWV), microalbuminuria, biochemical parameters and some adipokines. Statistically significant differences between the 2 groups were observed for HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, glucose, apolipoprotein A1, and total adiponectin...
April 24, 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437634/convolutional-neural-network-regression-for-short-axis-left-ventricle-segmentation-in-cardiac-cine-mr-sequences
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Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Robert A McLaughlin
Automated left ventricular (LV) segmentation is crucial for efficient quantification of cardiac function and morphology to aid subsequent management of cardiac pathologies. In this paper, we parameterize the complete (all short axis slices and phases) LV segmentation task in terms of the radial distances between the LV centerpoint and the endo- and epicardial contours in polar space. We then utilize convolutional neural network regression to infer these parameters. Utilizing parameter regression, as opposed to conventional pixel classification, allows the network to inherently reflect domain-specific physical constraints...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
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Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437372/heart-rate-modification-of-cardiac-output-following-cardiac-surgery-the-importance-of-cardiac-time-intervals
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Guido Tavazzi, Andy Kontogeorgis, Fabio Guarracino, Niels Bergsland, Ana Martinez-Naharro, John Pepper, Susanna Price
OBJECTIVES: Inadequate cardiac output is associated with a poor outcome following cardiac surgery and is generally modified by the use of positive inotropic agents, volume resuscitation, and pacing. Echocardiography-guided pacemaker optimization is used in the outpatient setting, using different variables including total isovolumic time and the Tei index. We sought to determine the acute impact of heart rate on cardiac electromechanics, cardiac output, and stroke volume in the perioperative setting...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437342/left-ventricular-mechanics-assessed-by-2-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-children-and-adolescents-with-idiopathic-scoliosis
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Shujuan Li, Junlin Yang, Ling Zhu, Yunquan Li, Huimin Peng, Yuese Lin, Xuandi Li, Zifang Huang, Huishen Wang
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of data collected prospectively. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to assess the possible effects of idiopathic scoliosis on left ventricular (LV) myocardial performance in children and adolescent patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spine anomaly may impair cardiorespiratory function. It has been confirmed that respiratory function decreased in patients with scoliosis. However, limited study of the effect of scoliosis on heart function has been published, and no assessment of myocardial deformation of these patients has been reported to our knowledge...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437280/inhibition-of-rho-kinase-attenuates-left-ventricular-remodeling-caused-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-in-rats-via-suppressing-myocardial-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Zhi-Hua Wang, Die Zhu, Sheng Xie, Yan Deng, Yueying Pan, Jie Ren, Hui-Guo Liu
Chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), the hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), has been reported to play a key role in the development of OSAS-associated cardiovascular diseases including cardiac remodeling. RhoA/Rho-kinase (ROCK) pathway has also been implicated in myocardial remodeling, but the exact mechanisms are not fully elucidated. The current study's purpose is to investigate the influence of fasudil, a selective ROCK inhibitor, on CIH-induced left ventricular remodeling in rats and its possible mechanisms...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436413/multimodal-diagnosis-of-caseous-calcification-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-mitral-annulus-in-a%C3%A2-patient-with-suspected-left-ventricular-tumor
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Katarzyna Kurnicka, Judyta Samul, Dorota Piotrowska-Kownacka, Małgorzata Wiśniewska, Anna Lipińska, Piotr Pruszczyk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436207/racial-differences-in-the-association-between-heart-rate-variability-and-left-ventricular-mass
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LaBarron K Hill, Lana L Watkins, Alan L Hinderliter, James A Blumenthal, Andrew Sherwood
PURPOSE: Increased left ventricular mass (LVM) is an early precursor of target organ damage due to hypertension. Diminished parasympathetic cardiac control has been linked to both hypertension onset and left ventricular impairment; however, emerging evidence suggests that this pattern may be different in African Americans. The present study sought to determine if race impacts the relationship between parasympathetic cardiac control and LVM. METHODS: LVM was assessed via echocardiography in a sample (N = 148) of African American and White adults (Mean age = 33...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436171/sex-and-regional-differences-in-rabbit-right-ventricular-l-type-calcium-current-levels-and-mathematical-modeling-of-arrhythmia-vulnerability
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Zane M Kalik, Joshua L Mike, Cassandra Slipski, Moriah Wright, Jozsi Z Jalics, Mark D Womble
Previous studies have shown that adult rabbit left ventricular myocytes exhibit sex and regional differences in L-type calcium current (ICa-L ) levels that contribute to increased susceptibility to arrhythmogenic early afterdepolarizations (EADs). We used patch clamp recordings from isolated adult male and female rabbit right ventricular myocytes to determine apex-base differences in ICa-L density, and mathematical modeling to examine ICa-L contribution to EAD formation. Current density measured at 0 mV in female base myocytes was 67% higher than male base myocytes and 55% higher than female apex myocytes...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436119/maternal-hypertrophy-and-diastolic-disfunction-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-early-and-late-pre-eclampsia
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V T M Borges, S G Zanati, M T S PeraÇoli, J R Poiati, M Romão-Veiga, J C PeraÇoli, B Thilaganathan
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia is associated with maternal cardiac remodelling and diastolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess and compare maternal left ventricular structure and diastolic function and Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels in women with early-onset pre-eclampsia (<34 weeks of gestation) and late-onset pre-eclampsia (≥34weeks of gestation). METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional observational study was performed in 30 women with early-onset pre-eclampsia, 32 with late-onset pre-eclampsia and 23 normotensive controls...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436080/genotype-specific-pathogenic-effects-in-human-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ilse Ae Bollen, Maike Schuldt, Magdalena Harakalova, Aryan Vink, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jose R Pinto, Martina Krüger, Diederik Wd Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can be caused by mutations in sarcomeric and non-sarcomeric genes. In this study we defined the pathogenic effects of three DCM causing mutations: the sarcomeric mutations in genes encoding cardiac troponin I (TNNI3p.98truncation ) and cardiac troponin T (TNNT2p.K217deletion ; also known as the K210del) and the non-sarcomeric gene mutation encoding lamin A/C (LMNAp.R331Q ). METHODS: We assessed sarcomeric protein expression and phosphorylation and contractile behaviour in single membrane-permeabilized cardiomyocytes in human left ventricular heart tissue...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435092/-terpinen-4-ol-changes-intracellular-ca-2-handling-and-induces-pacing-disturbance-in-rat-hearts
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Antonio Nei Santana Gondim, Aline Lara, Artur Santos-Miranda, Danilo Roman-Campos, Sandra Lauton-Santos, José Evaldo Rodrigues Menezes-Filho, Carla Maria Lins de Vasconcelos, Eduardo Antonio Conde-Garcia, Silvia Guatimosim, Jader S Cruz
(-)-Terpinen-4-ol is a naturally occurring plant monoterpene and has been shown to have a plethora of biological activities. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart, a key player in the control and maintenance of arterial blood pressure. The effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart were investigated using isolated left atrium isometric force measurements, in vivo electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings, patch clamp technique, and confocal microscopy. It was observed that (-)-terpinen-4-ol reduced contraction force in an isolated left atrium at millimolar concentrations...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435004/improvements-in-left-ventricular-diastolic-mechanics-after-parachute-device-implantation-in-patients-with-ischemia-heart-failure-a-cardiac-ct-study
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Chun-Ho Yun, Jing-Yi Sun, Barry Templin, Shih-Hsuan Lin, Kuan-Ming Chen, Tung-Hsin Wu, Chung-Lieh Hung, Chun-Chieh Liu, Hsi-Hsien Hsu, Mohamad Amer Alaiti, Anas Fares, Anthony DeCicco, Hiram G Bezerra
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous ventricular restoration therapy using left ventricle (LV) partitioning Parachute device has emerged as a clinical treatment option for LV apical aneurysm post extensive anterior myocardial infarction (AMI). We assessed changes of diastolic mechanics and accompanied functional improvements following LV parachute device implantation by cardiac computed tomography (CCT). METHODS AND RESULTS: CCT data from 28 patients in the pre- and post-implantation of LV parachute device implantation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435003/the-hemodynamic-effects-of-aortic-insufficiency-in-patients-supported-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Gabriel Sayer, Nitasha Sarswat, Gene H Kim, Sirtaz Adatya, Diego Medvedofsky, Daniel Rodgers, Eric Kruse, Takeyoshi Ota, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Roberto Lang, Nir Uriel
BACKGROUND: The impact of aortic insufficiency (AI) on the morbidity and mortality of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients remains controversial. This study's aim is to assess the hemodynamics of LVAD patients with at least mild AI, at baseline and in response to device speed changes. METHODS: Asymptomatic LVAD patients were prospectively enrolled and underwent a hemodynamic and echocardiographic ramp study. Hemodynamics at rest and in response to device speed changes were compared between patients with at least mild AI at their baseline speed and patients without AI...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435002/systemic-arterial-hypertension-secondary-to-chronic-kidney-disease-in-two-captive-born-large-felids
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A Leclerc, E Trehiou-Sechi, E M Greunz, C Damoiseaux, J Bouvard, V Chetboul
Systemic arterial hypertension (SHT) has been widely described in the domestic cat (Felis catus). In these feline patients, SHT is considered as the most common vascular disorder of middle-aged to older animals, and secondary SHT related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) represents the most common form of the disease. We describe here the first two cases of spontaneous SHT in large felids, i.e. one 18-year old, 34.4 kg, male North-Chinese leopard (Panthera pardus japonensis, case #1) and one 20-year old, 28...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434968/cardiac-contractility-correction-strategies-applied-to-telemetry-data-from-a-hesi-sponsored-consortium
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Emmanuel Boulay, Michael K Pugsley, Vincent Jacquemet, Alain Vinet, Michael V Accardi, Maxim Soloviev, Eric Troncy, Jennifer M Doyle, Jennifer Beck Pierson, Simon Authier
INTRODUCTION: QT has a long history of heart rate (HR) correction but limited investigations have been undertaken to assess the impact of cardiovascular parameters on left ventricular (LV) contractility in drug safety testing. Cardiac contractility is affected by preload (Cyon-Frank-Starling law), afterload (Anrep effect) and HR (Bowditch effect). We evaluated multi-parameter correction methods to help with dP/dtmax interpretation. METHODOLOGY: Modeling was undertaken using data from dogs in single or double 4×4 Latin square studies...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
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