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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814237/statins-in-aortic-stenosis
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Karl Norrington, Emmanuel Androulakis, Evangelos Oikonomou, Georgia Vogiatzi, Dimitris Tousoulis
Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common form of valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. It is a progressive disease with a prolonged period of asymptomatic latency which eventually leads to critical left ventricular outflow tract obstruction necessitating surgical replacement of the valve. Statins are lipid-lowering drugs with a robust evidence base demonstrating clinical benefit in atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There has therefore been significant interest in the potential benefit of statins in AS...
August 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814168/deterioration-of-heart-rate-recovery-index-in-patients-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#2
Emrah Aytac, Murat Gonen, Orhan Dogdu, Mehmet Balin
Objective Although carotid artery stenting (CAS) is an effective treatment for severe carotid stenosis, it has been associated with alterations in autonomic functions long term after the procedure. Patients with CAS have been reported to have autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. This study aimed to evaluate heart rate recovery (HRR) indices and exercise test parameters after CAS. Methods Patients (10 male, 11 female) suitable for CAS, without a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, severe coronary artery or valvular heart disease, were enrolled in our study...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811356/clinical-characteristics-of-heart-involvement-in-chinese-patients-with-takayasu-arteritis
#3
Jing Li, Hongchao Li, Fei Sun, Zhe Chen, Yunjiao Yang, Jiuliang Zhao, Mengtao Li, Xinping Tian, Xiaofeng Zeng
OBJECTIVE: To understand the characteristics of heart involvement in Chinese patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA). METHODS: The medical charts of 411 patients with TA (325 women, 86 men) were retrospectively reviewed. The comparison of clinical manifestations was carried out between the patients with TA with (n = 164) and without (n = 247) heart involvement. RESULTS: The median age at disease onset was 23.0 years (18.0-30.0) in 411 patients with TA, and 23...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806488/serotonergic-5-ht2b-receptors-in-mitral-valvulopathy-bone-marrow-mobilization-of-endothelial-progenitors
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Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Roland Lawson, Francine Côté, Claudia de Tapia, Sylvia Da Silva, Claudine Ebel, Béatrice Hechler, Christian Gachet, Jérome Guyonnet, Hélène Rouillard, Jordane Stoltz, Emily Quentin, Sophie Banas, François Daubeuf, Nelly Frossard, Bernard Gasser, Jean-Philippe Mazzucotelli, Olivier Hermine, Luc Maroteaux, Laurent Monassier
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is highly prevalent in industrialized countries. Chronic use of anorexigens, amphetamine or ergot derivatives targeting the serotonin system has been associated with valvular heart disease. PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Here, we investigated the contribution of serotonin receptors in a mouse model of valve degeneration induced by nordexfenfluramine, the main metabolite of the anorexigens dexfenfluramine and benfluorex. KEY RESULTS: Chronically activated 5-HT2B receptors by nordexfenfluramine in mice mimicked early steps of mitral valve remodelling attested by increased valve thickness, and cell density in a thick extracellular matrix...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804599/circulating-exosome-microrna-associated-with-heart-failure-secondary-to-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-in-a-naturally-occurring-canine-model
#5
Vicky K Yang, Kerry A Loughran, Dawn M Meola, Christine M Juhr, Kristen E Thane, Airiel M Davis, Andrew M Hoffman
Myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) is functionally and histologically identical to mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in humans. Currently, there are no medical treatments that can delay the progression of this valvular disease or associated cardiac remodelling. Therefore, there is a need to understand the molecular pathology associated with MMVD and MVP better, and thus identify potential therapeutic targets. Circulating exosomes contain small RNA, including miRNA, which reflect cell physiology and pathology...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803167/igg4-related-disease-a-new-etiology-underlying-diffuse-intracranial-dilating-vasculopathy
#6
Evan S Marlin, Davis Dornbos, Daniel S Ikeda, Norman L Lehman, Ciarán J Powers
BACKGROUND: Diffuse intracranial aneurysmal vasculopathy is a rare condition, previously described in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. IgG4 related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recognized inflammatory disease of systemic organs, leading to fibrosis of connective tissues. It has also been linked to inflammatory dilating aortic aneurysms, coronary vascular disease, hypophysitis, orbital pseudotumor and pachymeningitis. It has not yet been described as a cause of diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy...
August 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795332/the-patterns-of-non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-noacs-use-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-seven-balkan-countries-a-report-from-the-balkan-af-survey
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Tatjana S Potpara, Elina Trendafilova, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Artan Goda, Zumreta Kusljugic, Sime Manola, Ljilja Music, Viktor Gjini, Belma Pojskic, Mircea Ioakim Popescu, Catalina Arsenescu Georgescu, Elena S Dimitrova, Delyana Kamenova, Uliks Ekmeciu, Denis Mrsic, Ana Nenezic, Sandro Brusich, Srdjan Milanov, Ivan Zeljkovic, Gregory Y H Lip
INTRODUCTION: Data on management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the Balkan Region are scarce. To capture the patterns in AF management in contemporary clinical practice in the Balkan countries a prospective survey was conducted between December 2014 and February 2015, and we report results pertinent to the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: A 14-week prospective, multicenter survey of consecutive AF patients seen by cardiologists or internal medicine specialists was conducted in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia (a total of about 50 million inhabitants)...
August 9, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794121/changes-in-primary-noncardiac-diagnoses-over-time-among-elderly-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-patients-in-the-united-states
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Shashank S Sinha, Michael W Sjoding, Devraj Sukul, Hallie C Prescott, Theodore J Iwashyna, Hitinder S Gurm, Colin R Cooke, Brahmajee K Nallamothu
BACKGROUND: Early reports suggest the number of cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) patients with primary noncardiac diagnoses is rising in the United States, but no national data currently exist. We examined changes in primary noncardiac diagnoses among elderly patients admitted to a CICU during the past decade. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using 2003 to 2013 Medicare data, we grouped elderly patients admitted to CICUs into 2 categories based on principal diagnosis at discharge: (1) primary noncardiac diagnoses and (2) primary cardiac diagnoses...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790229/autoimmune-disease-with-cardiac-valves-involvement-libman-sacks-endocarditis
#9
Eka Ginanjar, Yulianto Yulianto
This case study aim to evaluate the response of steroid treatment for autoimmune endocarditis. Valvular heart disease is relatively rising in both congenital and acquired cases, but the autoimmune endocarditis remains rare. In this case, a 34 year old woman with clinical manifestation resembling systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is diagnosed with Libman-sacks Endocarditis. After six months of steroid treatment, her clinical manifestations and heart structure improved.
April 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790122/association-between-echocardiography-laboratory-accreditation-and-the-quality-of-imaging-and-reporting-for-valvular-heart-disease
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Jeremy J Thaden, Michael Y Tsang, Chadi Ayoub, Ratnasari Padang, Vuyisile T Nkomo, Stephen F Tucker, Cynthia S Cassidy, Merri Bremer, Garvan C Kane, Patricia A Pellikka
BACKGROUND: It is presumed that echocardiographic laboratory accreditation leads to improved quality, but there are few data. We sought to compare the quality of echocardiographic examinations performed at accredited versus nonaccredited laboratories for the evaluation of valvular heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 335 consecutive valvular heart disease subjects who underwent echocardiography at our institution and an external accredited or nonaccredited institution within 6 months...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780660/update-on-valvular-heart-disease-in-pregnancy
#11
REVIEW
Lucy M Safi, Sarah V Tsiaras
Valvular heart disease in women of childbearing age poses an increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, and management in pregnancy can be challenging. Ideally, patients with suspected valvular disease should have preconception counseling by a multidisciplinary team including cardiologists with expertise in pregnancy and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Preconception planning should include a cardiac assessment of maternal risk, determination of frequency of surveillance, and a cardiovascular management plan during delivery...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777096/beam-projections-and-radiation-exposure-in-transradial-and-transfemoral-approaches-during-coronary-angiography
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Ali Tarighatnia, Amirhossien Mohammadalian, Morteza Ghojazade, Leili Pourafkari, Alireza Farajollahi
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the operator and patient radiation exposure in standard projections during elective diagnostic coronary angiography procedures via transradial (TRA) versus transfemoral (TFA) approaches. METHODS: In this analytical cross-sectional study, a total of 202 consecutive patients who were candidates for diagnostic coronary angiography were randomized to undergo the procedure via TFA or TRA approaches (101 in each group). Patients with abnormal Allen test and history of coronary artery bypass surgery, valvular heart disease, and unsuccessful coronary angiography were excluded from the study...
August 2, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770033/epicardial-fat-thickness-is-correlated-with-vagal-hyperactivity-in-patients-with-neurally-mediated-syncope
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Kyoung Im Cho, Young Soo Lee, Byong Kyu Kim, Bong Joon Kim, Kee Sik Kim
BACKGROUND: Epicardial fat tissue has unique endocrine and paracrine functions that affect the cardiac autonomic system. The head-up tilt test (HUTT) is a simple non-invasive measurement that assesses autonomic nervous system dysfunction. We investigated the association between epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and autonomic neural tone, such as vagal tone. METHODS: A total of 797 consecutive patients (mean age 46.5 years, male: 45.7%) who underwent HUTT and echocardiography between March 2006 and June 2015 were enrolled...
June 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769114/diagnosing-antiphospholipid-syndrome-extra-criteria-manifestations-and-technical-advances
#14
REVIEW
Savino Sciascia, Mary-Carmen Amigo, Dario Roccatello, Munther Khamashta
First described in the early 1980s, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a unique form of acquired autoimmune thrombophilia in which patients present with clinical features of recurrent thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity and persistently test positive for the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). At least one clinical (vascular thrombosis or pregnancy morbidity) and one lab-based (positive test result for lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and/or anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies) criterion have to be met for a patient to be classified as having APS...
August 3, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764576/contemporary-evaluation-of-mitral-regurgitation-3d-echocardiography-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-and-procedural-planning
#15
Frank E Corrigan, Aneel Maini, Shawn Reginauld, Stamatios Lerakis
Mitral regurgitation is one of the more common forms of valvular heart disease. Given the expansion of therapies for structural heart disease, new therapies for mitral regurgitation are emerging. An accurate description and classification of mitral disease is important to understand pathology and provide recommendations for therapy. Areas covered: In the modern evaluation of mitral regurgitation, 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) play important roles which overcome the prior limitations of 2-dimensional echocardiography...
August 2, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763463/recellularization-of-a-novel-off-the-shelf-valve-following-xenogenic-implantation-into-the-right-ventricular-outflow-tract
#16
Ryan S Hennessy, Jason L Go, Rebecca R Hennessy, Brandon J Tefft, Soumen Jana, Nicholas J Stoyles, Mohammed A Al-Hijji, Jeremy J Thaden, Sorin V Pislaru, Robert D Simari, John M Stulak, Melissa D Young, Amir Lerman
Current research on valvular heart repair has focused on tissue-engineered heart valves (TEHV) because of its potential to grow similarly to native heart valves. Decellularized xenografts are a promising solution; however, host recellularization remains challenging. In this study, decellularized porcine aortic valves were implanted into the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of sheep to investigate recellularization potential. Porcine aortic valves, decellularized with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), were sterilized by supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) and implanted into the RVOT of five juvenile polypay sheep for 5 months (n = 5)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762900/-the-problem-of-minimally-changed-coronary-arteries-at-elective-coronary-angiography
#17
A N Sumin, E V Korok, M A Sinkov, O A Nagirnyak, L S Barbarash
AIM: to study rates and possible causes of detecting "clean" coronary arteries at elective coronary angiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medical records of 711 patients who had undergone elective coronary angiography (ECAG) between 01/04 and 31/05 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Four groups were distinguished: group 1 - patients with normal coronary arteries (n=234), group 2 - patients with coronary artery stenoses (CAS) <60% (n=94), group 3 - patients with 60-69% CAS (n=22), group 4 - patients with CAS more or equal 70% (n=361)...
April 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761763/premature-valvular-heart-disease-in-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#18
Akl C Fahed, Kamel Shibbani, Rabih R Andary, Mariam T Arabi, Robert H Habib, Denis D Nguyen, Fady F Haddad, Elie Moubarak, Georges Nemer, Sami T Azar, Fadi F Bitar
Valvular heart disease frequently occurs as a consequence of premature atherosclerosis in individuals with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Studies have primarily focused on aortic valve calcification in heterozygous FH, but there is paucity of data on the incidence of valvular disease in homozygous FH. We performed echocardiographic studies in 33 relatively young patients (mean age: 26 years) with homozygous FH (mean LDL of 447 mg/dL, 73% on LDL apheresis) to look for subclinical valvulopathy. Twenty-one patients had evidence of valvulopathy of the aortic or mitral valves, while seven subjects showed notable mitral regurgitation...
2017: Cholesterol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758641/dropconnected-neural-networks-trained-on-time-frequency-and-inter-beat-features-for-classifying-heart-sounds
#19
Edmund Kay, Anurag Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Automatic heart sound analysis has the potential to improve the diagnosis of valvular heart diseases in the primary care phase, as well as in countries where there is neither the expertise nor the equipment to perform echocardiograms. An algorithm has been trained, on the PhysioNet open-access heart sounds database, to classify heart sounds as normal or abnormal. APPROACH: The heart sounds are segmented using an open-source algorithm based on a hidden semi-Markov model...
July 31, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756079/-exercise-testing-new-guidelines
#20
Dany Michel Marcadet
The GERS (Exercise Rehabilitation and Sports Group of the French Society of Cardiology) has decided to update current guidelines regarding the practice of EKG stress tests. Since the last update dates from 1997, the GERS judged it necessary to integrate data from new works and advancements made in the last 20 years. Good clinical practices and safety conditions are better defined regarding the structure, location, material, staff competency, as well as convention with hospital structures. The diagnosis of coronary artery disease remains the principal indication for a stress test...
July 26, 2017: La Presse Médicale
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