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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549119/systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-of-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-patients-with-ischaemic-heart-disease-a-report-from-the-cardiovascular-committee-of-the-european-association-of-nuclear-medicine-endorsed-by-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular
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Elin Trägårdh, Siok Swan Tan, Jan Bucerius, Alessia Gimelli, Oliver Gaemperli, Oliver Lindner, Denis Agostini, Christopher Übleis, Roberto Sciagrà, Riemer H Slart, S Richard Underwood, Fabien Hyafil, Marcus Hacker, Hein J Verberne
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death and disability. Several diagnostic tests, such as myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), are accurate for the detection of CAD, as well as having prognostic value for the prediction of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, the diagnostic and prognostic value of these tests should be cost-effective and should lead to improved clinical outcome. We have reviewed the literature on the cost-effectiveness of MPS in different circumstances: (i) the diagnosis and management of CAD; (ii) comparison with exercise electrocardiography (ECG) and other imaging tests; (iii) as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), (iv) the impact of appropriate use criteria; (v) acute chest pain, and (vi) screening of asymptomatic patients with type-2 diabetes...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549113/restrictive-enlargement-of-the-pulmonary-annulus-at-repair-of-tetralogy-of-fallot-a-comparative-10-year-follow-up-study%C3%A2
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Jana Logoteta, Lars Dullin, Jan Hinnerk Hansen, Carsten Rickers, Mona Salehi Ravesh, Abdullah Al Bulushi, Ines Kristo, Philip Wegner, Michael Schumacher, Tim Attmann, Jens Scheewe, Hans-Heiner Kramer
OBJECTIVES: Since 1996, our centre performs restrictive enlargement of the pulmonary annulus at surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot. A transannular patch is only used if the z-score of the pulmonary annulus is smaller than -2. We sought to determine whether this strategy reduces pulmonary insufficiency (PI) and reoperation rate compared to a nationwide contemporary cohort that has not been operated using a uniform strategy. METHODS: Eighty-seven tetralogy of Fallot patients were included in the study (Group 1)...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549058/histone-deacetylase-adaptation-in-single-ventricle-heart-disease-and-a-young-animal-model-of-right-ventricular-hypertrophy
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Weston W Blakeslee, Kimberly M Demos-Davies, Douglas D Lemon, Katharina M Lutter, Maria A Cavasin, Sam Payne, Karin Nunley, Carlin S Long, Timothy A McKinsey, Shelley D Miyamoto
BACKGROUNDHistone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising therapeutics for various forms of cardiac disease. The purpose of this study was to assess cardiac HDAC catalytic activity and expression in children with single ventricle heart disease of right ventricular morphology (SV), as well as in a rodent model of right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH).METHODSHomogenates of RV explants from non-failing controls and SV children were assayed for HDAC catalytic activity and HDAC isoform expression. Postnatal 1-day old rat pups were placed in hypoxic conditions and echocardiographic analysis, gene expression, HDAC catalytic activity and isoform expression studies of the RV were performed...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549022/pictorial-review-of-surgical-anatomy-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Carlo N De Cecco, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, José M Madrid Pérez, Marwen Eid, Pal Suranyi, Virginia W Lesslie, Gorka Bastarrika
The survival rate of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) has dramatically improved over the last 2 decades because of technological and surgical advances in diagnosis and treatment, respectively. The vast majority of CHD patients are, in fact, amenable to treatment by either device closure or surgery. Considering the wide spectrum of surgical procedures and complex native and derived anatomy, continuous and detailed follow-up is of paramount importance. Cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography angiography are the cornerstones of diagnosis and follow-up of CHD, allowing for comprehensive noninvasive assessment of the heart, coronary tree, and intrathoracic great vessels, along with both morphological and functional evaluation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548989/imaging-adult-patients-with-fontan-circulation
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Salil Ginde, Benjamin H Goot, Peter C Frommelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival after the Fontan procedure for palliation of single ventricle congenital heart disease has improved. However, adults with Fontan circulation are at risk for several complications including heart failure, thromboembolism, and protein-losing enteropathy. This review discusses the role of noninvasive imaging for surveillance and early detection of anatomic and functional abnormalities of the Fontan circulation that can impact the risk for Fontan failure over time...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548688/effects-of-orthostatism-and-hemodialysis-on-mean-heart-period-and-fractal-heart-rate-properties-of-chronic-renal-failure-patients
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Juan C Echeverría, Oscar Infante, Héctor Pérez-Grovas, Hortensia González, Marco V José, Claudia Lerma
The aim of this work was to evaluate the short-term fractal index (α1 ) of heart rate variability (HRV) in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients by identifying the effects of orthostatism and hemodialysis (HD), and by evaluating the correlation between α1 and the mean RR interval from sinus beats (meanNN). HRV time series were derived from ECG data of 19 CRF patients and 20 age-matched healthy subjects obtained at supine and orthostatic positions (lasting 5 min each). Data from CRF patients were collected before and after HD...
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548229/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-the-heart-the-insights-into-mechanisms-and-drug-targets
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REVIEW
Shunyao Wang, Pablo Binder, Qiru Fang, Zhenzhong Wang, Wei Xiao, Wei Liu, Xin Wang
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) serves several essential cellular functions including protein synthesis, protein folding, protein translocation, calcium homoeostasis and lipid biosynthesis. Physiological or pathological stimuli which disrupt ER homoeostasis and disturb its functions lead to an accumulation of misfolded and unfolded proteins, a condition referred to as ER stress. ER stress triggers unfolded protein response (UPR) to restore the homoeostasis of ER through activating transcriptional and translational pathways...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548218/gene-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure
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R Arora
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in an aging population. Unfortunately, current treatments for AF are suboptimal, in large part because the molecular mechanisms underlying AF are not well understood. Recent advances in our understanding of the AF disease state have led to the preclinical development of gene-based therapies that are targeted to key molecular mechanisms involved in the genesis and maintenance of AF.
May 26, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548185/-evaluation-the-american-college-of-cardiology-and-american-heart-association-predictive-score-for-cardiovascular-diseases
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Mónica Acevedo, Giovanna Valentino, Verónica Kramer, María José Bustamante, Marcela Adasme, Lorena Orellana, Fernando Baraona, Carlos Navarrete
BACKGROUND: Recently, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) proposed a new cardiovascular risk (CV) score. AIM: To evaluate the new risk score (ACC/AHA 2013) in a Chilean population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between 2002 and 2014, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, blood pressure, lipid profile and fasting blood glucose levels were measured and a survey about CV risk factors was responded by 3,284 subjects aged 40 to 79 years (38% females), living in urban Santiago...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547923/pediatric-heart-disease-simulation-curriculum-educating-the-pediatrician
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Tyler H Harris, Mark Adler, Sharon M Unti, Mary E McBride
BACKGROUND: Training guidelines state that pediatricians should be able to diagnose, manage, and triage patients with heart disease. Acutely ill cardiac patients present infrequently and with high acuity, yet residents receive less exposure to acute cardiac conditions than previous generations. Trainees must learn to manage these situations despite this gap. Simulation has been used successfully to train learners to provide acute care. We hypothesized that a simulation-based cardiac curriculum would improve residents' ability to manage cardiac patients...
May 26, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547815/balancing-the-autonomic-nervous-system-to-reduce-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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F A Koopman, M A van Maanen, M J Vervoordeldonk, P P Tak
Imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been observed in many established chronic autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a prototypic immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID). We recently discovered that autonomic dysfunction precedes and predicts arthritis development in subjects at risk of developing seropositive RA. In addition, RA patients with relatively high vagus nerve tone (higher parasympathetic parameters, measured by heart rate variability) respond better to antirheumatic therapies...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547673/valvular-heart-disease-in-cancer-patients-etiology-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Merrill H Stewart, Eiman Jahangir, Nichole M Polin
Cardiac valvular disease as consequence of radiation and chemotherapy during treatment for malignancy is growing in its awareness. While the overwhelming emphasis in this population has been on the monitoring and preservation of left ventricular systolic function, we are now developing a greater appreciation for the plethora of cardiac sequelae beyond this basic model. To this end many institutions across the country have developed cardio-oncology programs, which are collaborative practices between oncologists and cardiologists in order to minimize a patient's cardiovascular risk while allowing them to receive the necessary treatment for their cancer...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547577/pramipexole-overdose-associated-with-visual-hallucinations-agitation-and-myoclonus
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Adeline Cardon-Dunbar, Tom Robertson, Michael S Roberts, Geoffrey K Isbister
INTRODUCTION: Pramipexole is a dopamine D2 receptor agonist used to treat idiopathic Parkinson's disease and primary restless legs syndrome. There is limited information on pramipexole overdose. CASE REPORT: A 59-year-old male ingested 3 mg pramipexole, 2250 mg venlafaxine, 360 mg mirtazapine, with suicidal intent. He presented alert, had normal vital observations and normal pupillary reflexes. He was mildly agitated, reported visual hallucinations and was given 5 mg diazepam...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546851/monoamine-oxidases-oxidative-stress-and-altered-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-ageing
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REVIEW
Damien Maggiorani, Nicola Manzella, Dale E Edmondson, Andrea Mattevi, Angelo Parini, Claudia Binda, Jeanne Mialet-Perez
The advances in healthcare over the past several decades have resulted in populations now living longer. With this increase in longevity, a wider prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is more common and known to be a major factor in rising healthcare costs. A wealth of scientific evidence has implicated cell senescence as an important component in the etiology of these age-dependent pathologies. A number of studies indicate that an excess of reactive oxygen species (ROS) contributes to trigger and accelerate the cardiac senescence processes, and a new role of monoamine oxidases, MAO-A and MAO-B, is emerging in this context...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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/28546456/electrocardiographic-predictors-of-heart-failure-with-reduced-versus-preserved-ejection-fraction-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Wesley T O'Neal, Matylda Mazur, Alain G Bertoni, David A Bluemke, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Joao A C Lima, Dalane Kitzman, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: Several markers detected on the routine 12-lead ECG are associated with future heart failure events. We examined whether these markers are able to separate the risk of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data of 6664 participants (53% female; mean age 62±10 years) from MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) who were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline (2000-2002)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546378/pediatric-lung-transplantation
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Stuart C Sweet
Pediatric lung transplant is a viable option for treatment of end-stage lung disease in children, with > 100 pediatric lung transplants reported to the Registry of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation each year. Long-term success is limited by availability of donor organs, debilitation as a result of chronic disease, impaired mucus clearance resulting from both surgical and pharmacologic interventions, increased risk for infection resulting from immunosuppression, and most importantly late complications, such as chronic lung allograft dysfunction...
June 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546320/a-cohort-mortality-study-of-lead-exposed-workers-in-the-usa-finland-and-the-uk
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Kyle Steenland, Vaughn Barry, Ahti Anttila, Markku Sallmén, Damien McElvenny, A C Todd, Kurt Straif
OBJECTIVES: To investigate further whether inorganic lead is a carcinogen among adults, or associated with increased blood pressure and kidney damage, via a large mortality study. METHODS: We conducted internal analyses via Cox regression of mortality in three cohorts of lead-exposed workers with blood lead (BL) data (USA, Finland, UK), including over 88 000 workers and over 14 000 deaths. Our exposure metric was maximum BL. We also conducted external analyses using country-specific background rates...
May 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546285/anti-inflammatory-effects-and-mechanisms-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-combined-with-electroacupuncture-in-a-rodent-model-of-tnbs-induced-colitis
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Haifeng Jin, Jie Guo, Jiemin Liu, Bin Lyu, Robert D Foreman, Jieyun Yin, Zhaohong Shi, Jiande Dz Chen
The purpose of this study was to determine effects and mechanisms of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) and additive effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on colonic inflammation in a rodent model of IBD. Chronic inflammation in rats was induced by intrarectal TNBS (2,4,6-Trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid). The rats were then treated with sham-ES (electrical stimulation), VNS or VNS+EA for 3 weeks. Inflammatory responses were assessed by disease activity index (DAI), macroscopic scores and histological scores of colonic tissues, and plasma levels of TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity of colonic tissues...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546266/health-related-quality-of-life-and-risk-factors-associated-with-spirometric-restriction
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Stefano Guerra, Anne-Elie Carsin, Dirk Keidel, Jordi Sunyer, Bénédicte Leynaert, Christer Janson, Debbie Jarvis, Daiana Stolz, Thomas Rothe, Marco Pons, Alexander Turk, Josep M Anto, Nicole Probst-Hensch
The restrictive spirometric pattern is associated with a substantial morbidity and mortality burden. We sought to determine to what extent spirometric restriction is associated with impaired quality of life.We used data from two large population-based European cohorts: 6698 European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECRHS) and 6069 Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA) adult participants. The restrictive pattern was defined as forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC) ≥lower limit of normal (LLN) and FVC <LLN; an obstructive pattern was defined as FEV1/FVC <LLN independent of FVC...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
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