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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915422/state-of-the-art-review-of-the-right-ventricle-in-copd-patients-it-is-time-to-look-closer
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Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
Since the first description of pulmonary circulation in the 16th century, the knowledge of the complex interaction between the heart and lungs has greatly improved. Hypoxemia plays a classical role in the development of complications such as pulmonary hypertension and right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in patients presenting with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, more recent results have revealed the presence of RV vascular structural and functional changes even in patients with mild COPD, without hypoxemia or pulmonary hypertension at rest...
December 3, 2016: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915353/association-of-serum-omentin-1-concentrations-with-the-presence-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Sha Tao, Yu-Qing Huang, An-Ping Cai, Cheng Huang, Ying Zhang, Song-Tao Tang, Xue-Ju Yu, Dan Zhou, Ning Tan, Ying-Qing Feng
BACKGROUND Omentin-1 is one of the adipokines associated with obesity, diabetes, and coronary heart disease development. We determined to investigate whether serum omentin-1 concentrations were correlated with the presence of atrial fibrillation (AF). MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum omentin-1 concentrations were examined in a cross-sectional population that included 220 patients with AF (70 with paroxysmal AF, 78 with persistent AF, and 72 with permanent AF) and 115 healthy controls. RESULTS Reduced serum omentin-1 concentrations were found in AF patients compared to the controls...
December 4, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915085/monocyte-derived-circulating-microparticles-cd14-cd14-cd11b-and-cd14-cd142-are-related-to-long-term-prognosis-for-cardiovascular-mortality-in-stemi-patients
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Gemma Chiva-Blanch, Vibeke Bratseth, Vibeke Ritschel, Geir Ø Andersen, Sigrun Halvorsen, Jan Eritsland, Harald Arnesen, Lina Badimon, Ingebjørg Seljeflot
BACKGROUND: Circulating microparticles (cMPs) have been proposed as novel biomarkers of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aimed to investigate the prognostic relevance of cMPs for future major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in STEMI patients. METHODS: We included 200 STEMI patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). One hundred patients with a primary composite end point (recurrent nonfatal acute MI, rehospitalization for heart failure, unscheduled PCI or death because of CV causes) were case-matched for sex, age, and CVD risk factors to 100 patients without a primary endpoint at the end of study follow-up (4...
November 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915083/pharmacodynamic-and-cytogenetic-evaluation-in-cyp2c19-2-and-cyp2c19-3-allelomorphism-in-south-indian-population-with-clopidogrel-therapy
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Javeed Ahmad Tantray, K Pratap Reddy, Kaiser Jamil, Y Shiva Kumar
BACKGROUND: Genetic factors play a significant role in pathogenesis of most diseases of heart. The present study was undertaken to correlate coronary artery disease with demographical, biochemical alterations, SNPs, gene expression and chromosomal abnormalities and for further enlightening the investigation in this field. METHODS: 150 patients taking clopidogrel drug were selected and single nucleotide polymorphism was done by PCR-RFLP techniques. With the same patients cytogenetic analysis was carried out on leukocyte cultures by karyotyping...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915082/the-heart-failure-pandemic-the-clinical-and-economic-burden-in-greece
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P Stafylas, D Farmakis, G Kourlaba, G Giamouzis, K Tsarouhas, N Maniadakis, J Parissis
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to identify the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of heart failure (HF) patients in Greece as well as the economic burden and the distribution of costs for the management of the disease. METHODS: Eight Greek secondary and tertiary cardiology centres from different cities have participated in a prospective, observational survey, the ESC HF Pilot Survey. 307 patients with HF, 177 hospitalised and 130 outpatients, have been recruited and monitored for 12months...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915010/a-large-tumour-of-the-left-atrium-a-10-year-follow-up
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Agnieszka M Łebek-Szatańska, L Łebek Zbigniew, Marek J Dąbrowski, Piotr S Kardaszewicz
Benign myxomas are the most common among primary tumours in the left atrium of the heart and they usually require an urgent operative management. However, in times of constant ageing of the population and dealing with patients with severe concomitant diseases, an interesting question appears about the conservative approach. We present a case of 75-year-old woman, once diagnosed and operated on left atrium myxoma, with recurrent tumour in the site of resection found in control echocardiography 1,5 years later...
November 30, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914836/perioperative-retinal-artery-occlusion-risk-factors-in-cardiac-surgery-from-the-united-states-national-inpatient-sample-1998-2013
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Tyler Calway, Daniel S Rubin, Heather E Moss, Charlotte E Joslin, Katharina Beckmann, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: To study the incidence and risk factors for retinal artery occlusion (RAO) in cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: The NIS was searched for cardiac surgery. Retinal artery occlusion was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Postulated risk factors based on literature review were included in multivariate logistic models...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914674/heart-failure-induced-by-itraconazole
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Ana Rodrigo-Troyano, Marta M Mediavilla, Noé Garin, Rosa Güell
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Itraconazole is an antifungal imidazole used for the treatment of aspergillosis. Evidence supporting the association between itraconazole and the onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) is limited and is based on cases reported after drug market release. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 76-year-old man with hypertension and COPD GOLD D who experienced heart failure after receiving a new line of treatment with itraconazole. The patient's symptoms resolved completely after the drug's withdrawal and initiation of treatment with diuretic therapy...
November 30, 2016: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914667/high-sensitivity-troponin-t-and-the-risk-of-recurrent-readmissions-after-hospitalisation-for-acute-heart-failure
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D Escribano, E Santas, G Miñana, A Mollar, S García-Blas, E Valero, A Payá, F J Chorro, J Sanchis, J Núñez
OBJECTIVES: High-sensitivity troponin is a biomarker of myocardial damage and is associated with a greater risk of mortality and disease progression in patients with acute heart failure (AHF). However, its relationship with the risk of future readmissions is less known. The aim of this study was to assess the association between ultrasensitive troponin T (TnT-us) values in patients with AHF and the risk of recurrent readmissions in the follow-up. METHODS: We prospectively included a cohort of 621 consecutive patients with AHF, excluding those patients with acute coronary syndrome...
November 30, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914635/noninvasive-screening-for-pulmonary-hypertension-by-exercise-testing-in-congenital-heart-disease
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Jan Müller, Pinar Bambul Heck, Peter Ewert, Alfred Hager
BACKGROUND: Patients with congenital heart disease and native or palliated conditions are at risk to develop pulmonary hypertension (PH) in later life. Screening for PH is currently performed by regular echocardiographic follow-up, which appears to be difficult in several congenital conditions. This study evaluated the screening for PH in congenital heart disease by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). METHODS: We analyzed our database including all patients with congenital heart disease referred for CPET in our institution from June 2001 to September 2013 and identified 683 patients who had an accompanied heart catheterization less than 6 month after CPET...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914506/use-of-high-intensity-statins-for-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-veterans-affairs-health-system-practice-impact-of-the-new-cholesterol-guidelines
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Fatima Rodriguez, Shoutzu Lin, David J Maron, Joshua W Knowles, Salim S Virani, Paul A Heidenreich
BACKGROUND: The November 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cholesterol guidelines recommend the use of high-intensity statins for patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). We sought to determine how these guidelines are being adopted at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health System and identify treatment gaps. METHODS: We examined administrative data from the VA 12 months prior to the index dates of April 1, 2013, and after April 1, 2014, to identify patients ≤75 years of age with ≥2 codes for ASCVD...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914503/rationale-and-design-of-the-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-to-unload-the-left-ventricle-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-tavr-unload-trial
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Ernest Spitzer, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Philippe Pibarot, Rebecca T Hahn, Susheel Kodali, Mathew S Maurer, Tamim M Nazif, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-Michel Paradis, Arie-Pieter Kappetein, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gerrit-Anne van Es, Faouzi Kallel, William N Anderson, Jan Tijssen, Martin B Leon
BACKGROUND: Coexistence of moderate aortic stenosis (AS) in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction is not uncommon. Moderate AS increases afterload, whereas pharmacologic reduction of afterload is a pillar of contemporary HF management. HYPOTHESIS: Unloading the left ventricle by reducing the transaortic gradient with transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may improve clinical outcomes in patients with moderate AS and HF with reduced ejection fraction...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914500/effect-of-l-arginine-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-on-ischemic-heart-disease-risk-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Shi Lin Lin, Hung San Hugh Simon Lam, Catherine Mary Schooling
BACKGROUND: l-arginine is a commonly consumed dietary conditional essential amino acid found in food items and supplements, which is closely related to asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA). l-arginine is thought to increase nitric oxide and be cardioprotective, whereas ADMA and SDMA may inhibit nitric oxide synthesis and increase cardiovascular disease risk. Unexpectedly, l-arginine increased mortality in a small trial. To clarify the effects of these potential targets of intervention, we assessed the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) by genetically determined l-arginine, ADMA, and SDMA...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914493/patient-factors-associated-with-quality-of-life-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Tiffany C Randolph, DaJuanicia N Simon, Laine Thomas, Larry A Allen, Gregg C Fonarow, Bernard J Gersh, Peter R Kowey, James A Reiffel, Gerald V Naccarelli, Paul S Chan, John A Spertus, Eric D Peterson, Jonathan P Piccini
BACKGROUND: As treatment options for atrial fibrillation (AF) increase, more attention is focused on patients' experiences and quality of life (QoL). However, little is known about the factors associated with these outcomes. METHODS: The Atrial Fibrillation Effect on QualiTy-of-life (AFEQT) is a disease-specific QoL tool for AF, with domain and summary scores ranging from 0 (the worst QoL) to 100. Using multivariable linear regression, we evaluated factors associated with baseline AFEQT Summary and Subscale Scores in ORBIT AF, a large, community-based AF registry...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914472/the-response-to-receiving-phenotypic-and-genetic-coronary-heart-disease-risk-scores-and-lifestyle-advice-a-qualitative-study
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Guy Shefer, Barbora Silarova, Juliet Usher-Smith, Simon Griffin
BACKGROUND: Individuals routinely receive information about their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) based on traditional risk factors as part of their primary care. We are also able to calculate individual's risk of CHD based on their genetic information and at present genetic testing for common diseases is available to the public. Due to the limitations in previous studies further understanding is needed about the impact of the risk information on individual's well-being and health-behaviour...
December 3, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914359/obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-arrhythmia-a-systemic-review
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EDITORIAL
Nirav Patel, Caroline Donahue, Abhishek Shenoy, Arpan Patel, Nabil El-Sherif
There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that suggests a strong association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular (CVD) conditions and events, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. We reviewed evidence on the relationship between OSA and arrhythmia. Our conclusion, based on our review of the literature, is that the evidence supports a strong link between OSA and cardiovascular mortality, which warrants treating OSA...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914298/effects-of-environmental-noise-exposure-on-dna-methylation-in-the-brain-and-metabolic-health
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Liqiong Guo, Peng-Hui Li, Hua Li, Elena Colicino, Silvia Colicino, Yi Wen, Ruiping Zhang, Xiaotian Feng, Timothy M Barrow, Akin Cayir, Andrea A Baccarelli, Hyang-Min Byun
Environmental noise exposure is associated with adverse effects on human health including hearing loss, heart disease, and changes in stress-related hormone levels. Alteration in DNA methylation in response to environmental exposures is a well-known phenomenon and it is implicated in many human diseases. Understanding how environmental noise exposures affect DNA methylation patterns may help to elucidate the link between noise and adverse effects on health. In this pilot study we examined the effects of environmental noise exposure on DNA methylation of genes related to brain function and investigated whether these changes are related with metabolic health...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914211/micrornas-in-cardiovascular-disease-clinical-application
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Christian Schulte, Mahir Karakas, Tanja Zeller
microRNAs (miRNAs) are well-known, powerful regulators of gene expression, and their potential to serve as circulating biomarkers is widely accepted. In cardiovascular disease (CVD), numerous studies have suggested miRNAs as strong circulating biomarkers with high diagnostic as well as prognostic power. In coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure (HF), miRNAs have been suggested as reliable biomarkers matching up to established protein-based such as cardiac troponins (cT) or natriuretic peptides. Also, in other CVD entities, miRNAs were identified as surprisingly specific biomarkers - with great potential for clinical applicability, especially in those entities that lack specific protein-based biomarkers such as atrial fibrillation (AF) and acute pulmonary embolism (APE)...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914158/causes-of-death-in-an-acute-psychiatric-inpatient-unit-of-a-portuguese-general-hospital
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Sofia Barbosa, Márcia Sequeira, Sara Castro, Rita Manso, Catarina Klut Câmara, Bruno Trancas, Nuno Borja-Santos, Teresa Maia
INTRODUCTION: Psychiatric patients are at increased risk of death from a number of natural and unnatural causes. This study examines the mortality causes of all psychiatric inpatients of an acute psychiatric unit at a general hospital in Portugal for sixteen years (1998 to 2013). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one inpatients died at the inpatient unit between 1998 and 2013 (average 1.3 per year). A retrospective study through case-file review was carried to collect demographic characteristics, medical and psychiatry diagnosis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913766/myocardial-cytochrome-oxidase-activity-increases-with-age-and-hypoxemia-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Michael Onwugbufor, Richard J Levy, David Zurakowski, Richard A Jonas, Pranava Sinha
BACKGROUND: Myocardial tolerance to ischemia is influenced by age and preoperative cyanosis through unknown mechanisms and significantly affects postoperative outcomes. Cytochrome c oxidase (CcOx), the terminal enzyme of the mitochondrial electron transport chain, may play a role in the susceptibility to ischemic-reperfusion (IR) injury. Our study aimed at investigating changes in human myocardial CcOx activity based on age and preoperative oxygen saturation to understand its role in transition from neonatal to mature myocardium and hypoxic conditions...
December 1, 2016: Perfusion
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