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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#1
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330950/pressure-overload-leads-to-an-increased-accumulation-and-activity-of-mast-cells-in-the-right-ventricle
#2
Himal Luitel, Akylbek Sydykov, Yves Schymura, Argen Mamazhakypov, Wiebke Janssen, Kabita Pradhan, Astrid Wietelmann, Djuro Kosanovic, Bhola Kumar Dahal, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, Friedrich Grimminger, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Ralph Theo Schermuly
Right ventricular (RV) remodeling represents a complex set of functional and structural adaptations in response to chronic pressure or volume overload due to various inborn defects or acquired diseases and is an important determinant of patient outcome. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. We investigated the time course of structural and functional changes in the RV in the murine model of pressure overload-induced RV hypertrophy in C57Bl/6J mice. Using magnetic resonance imaging, we assessed the changes of RV structure and function at different time points for a period of 21 days...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325140/vitamins-in-heart-failure-friend-or-enemy
#3
George Georgiopoulos, Christina Chrysohoou, Georgia Vogiatzi, Nikolaos Magkas, Ippokratis Bournelis, Sofia Bampali, Damien Gruson, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: The failing heart is characterized by a depleted metabolic energy reserve and the up-regulation of several molecular mechanisms leading to cardiac hypertrophy, inflammation, fibrosis, angiogenesis, and apoptosis. Dietary or non-dietary supplementation of vitamins could potentially benefit energy balance. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to evaluate all available information on vitamins supplementation in patients with chronic HF for possible beneficial effect on metabolic, inotropic, chronotropic and hemodynamic indices...
March 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317158/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-storage-disease-the-incremental-value-of-speckle-tracking-strain-bull-s-eye
#4
REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Piercarlo Ballo, Donato Mele, Eustachio Agricola, Matteo Cameli, Andrea Rossi, Roberta Esposito, Giuseppina Novo, Sergio Mondillo, Roberta Montisci, Sabina Gallina, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) develops in response to a variety of physical, genetic, and biochemical stimuli and represents the early stage of ventricular remodeling. In patients with LVH, subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite normal ejection fraction (EF) may be present before the onset of symptoms, which portends a dismal prognosis. Strain measurement with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) represents a highly reproducible and accurate alternative to LVEF determination...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316061/loss-of-dystrophin-is-associated-with-increased-myocardial-stiffness-in-a-model-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#5
Martín Donato, Bruno Buchholz, Celina Morales, Laura Valdez, Tamara Zaobornyj, Sergio Baratta, Diamela T Paez, Mirian Matoso, Guillermo Vaccarino, Demian Chejtman, Oscar Agüero, Juan Telayna, José Navia, Alejandro Hita, Alberto Boveris, Ricardo J Gelpi
Transition from compensated to decompensated left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is accompanied by functional and structural changes. Here, the aim was to evaluate dystrophin expression in murine models and human subjects with LVH by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) and aortic stenosis (AS), respectively. We determined whether doxycycline (Doxy) prevented dystrophin expression and myocardial stiffness in mice. Additionally, ventricular function recovery was evaluated in patients 1 year after surgery. Mice were subjected to TAC and monitored for 3 weeks...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315570/tp-e-interval-and-tp-e-qtc-ratio-as-novel-surrogate-markers-for-prediction-of-ventricular-arrhythmic-events-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#6
Mehmet Kadri Akboğa, Kevser Gülcihan Balcı, Samet Yılmaz, Selahattin Aydın, Çağrı Yayla, Ahmet Göktuğ Ertem, Sefa Ünal, Mustafa Mücahit Balcı, Yücel Balbay, Dursun Aras, Serkan Topaloğlu
OBJECTIVE: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) as a common genetic heart disease characterized by ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis is significantly associated with a higher risk of fatal ventricular arrhythmic events (VAEs). We aimed to assess the interval between the peak and the end of the electrocardiographic T wave (Tp-e) and Tp-e/corrected QT (QTc) ratio as candidate markers of ventricular arrhythmias in patients with HCM. METHODS: In this single-center, prospective study, a total of 66 patients with HCM and 88 controls were enrolled...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315329/atorvastatin-prevents-angiotensin-ii-induced-myocardial-hypertrophy-in%C3%A2-vitro-via-ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE
#7
Yintao Chen, Shasha Yu, Naijin Zhang, Yuan Li, Shuang Chen, Ye Chang, Guozhe Sun, Yingxian Sun
Previous evidences suggested that atorvastatin not only reduced blood lipids but also reduced myocardial hypertrophy and remodeling. And it was reported that C/EBPβ (CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β) played a pivotal role both in the physiologic and pathological cardiac hypertrophy. However, it has not been reported before whether this signaling pathway of C/EBPβ participates in protective effect of atorvastatin for hypertrophy cardiomyocytes. In present study, We found that overexpression of C/EBPβ significantly abrogated the effect of atorvastatin on increasing Bcl-2/Bax and PGC-1α while the early and late apoptosis rate increased and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was reduced...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299638/the-impact-of-aging-on-cardiac-extracellular-matrix
#8
REVIEW
Cesar A Meschiari, Osasere Kelvin Ero, Haihui Pan, Toren Finkel, Merry L Lindsey
Age-related changes in cardiac homeostasis can be observed at the cellular, extracellular, and tissue levels. Progressive cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, inflammation, and the gradual development of cardiac fibrosis are hallmarks of cardiac aging. In the absence of a secondary insult such as hypertension, these changes are subtle and result in slight to moderate impaired myocardial function, particularly diastolic function. While collagen deposition and cross-linking increase during aging, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation capacity also increases due to increased expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)...
February 2017: Geroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299467/cardiomyocyte-ogt-limits-ventricular-dysfunction-in-mice-following-pressure-overload-without-affecting-hypertrophy
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Sujith Dassanayaka, Robert E Brainard, Lewis J Watson, Bethany W Long, Kenneth R Brittian, Angelica M DeMartino, Allison L Aird, Anna M Gumpert, Timothy N Audam, Peter J Kilfoil, Senthilkumar Muthusamy, Tariq Hamid, Sumanth D Prabhu, Steven P Jones
The myocardial response to pressure overload involves coordination of multiple transcriptional, posttranscriptional, and metabolic cues. The previous studies show that one such metabolic cue, O-GlcNAc, is elevated in the pressure-overloaded heart, and the increase in O-GlcNAcylation is required for cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in vitro. Yet, it is not clear whether and how O-GlcNAcylation participates in the hypertrophic response in vivo. Here, we addressed this question using patient samples and a preclinical model of heart failure...
May 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298286/echo-parameters-for-differential-diagnosis-in-cardiac-amyloidosis-a-head-to-head-comparison-of-deformation-and-nondeformation-parameters
#10
Efstathios D Pagourelias, Oana Mirea, Jürgen Duchenne, Johan Van Cleemput, Michel Delforge, Jan Bogaert, Tatyana Kuznetsova, Jens-Uwe Voigt
BACKGROUND: A plethora of echo parameters has been suggested for distinguishing cardiac amyloidosis (CA) from other causes of myocardial thickening with, however, scarce data on their head-to-head comparison. This study aimed at comparing the diagnostic accuracy of various deformation and conventional echo parameters in differentiating CA from other hypertrophic substrates, especially in the gray zone of mild hypertrophy (maximum wall thickness ≤16 mm) or normal ejection fraction (EF)...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293268/antihypertensive-and-antihypertrophic-effects-of-acupuncture-at-pc6-acupoints-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-and-the-underlying-mechanisms
#11
Juan-Juan Xin, Jun-Hong Gao, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Feng-Yan Lu, Yu-Xue Zhao, Xiang-Hong Jing, Xiao-Chun Yu
The aim of this work is to investigate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) at PC6 on the hypertension and myocardial hypertrophy in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Thirty SHRs were randomized into model, SHR + EA, and SHR + Sham EA group with WKY rats as normal control. EA was applied once a day in 8 consecutive weeks. The blood pressure (BP), cardiac function, and hypertrophy as well as the underlying mechanisms were investigated. After EA treatment, the enhanced BP in SHR + EA group was significantly lower compared to both the period before EA and model group...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292968/micu1-alleviates-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-through-mitochondrial-ca-2-dependent-antioxidant-response
#12
Lele Ji, Fengzhou Liu, Zhe Jing, Qichao Huang, Ya Zhao, Haiyan Cao, Jun Li, Chun Yin, Jinliang Xing, Fei Li
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a major cause of mortality in diabetic patients, but specific strategies for prevention or treatment of diabetic cardiomyopathy have not been clarified yet. MICU1 is a key regulator of mitochondria Ca(2+) uptake, which plays important roles in regulating mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and redox balance. However, to date, the significance of MICU1 in diabetic hearts has never been investigated. Here, we demonstrated that MICU1 was downregulated in db/db mouse heart, which contributes to myocardial apoptosis in diabetes...
March 14, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290816/-effects-of-amlodipine-lisinopril-fixed-dose-combination-on-severity-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-and-parameters-of-myocardial-stiffness-in-patients-with-hypertension
#13
O D Ostroumova, A I Kochetkov
AIM: To assess effects of 12 weeks treatment with the amlodipine/lisinopril fixed-dose combination (ALFDC) on the left ventricular (LV) mass index (LVMI), parameters of LV and left atrial stiffness. METHODS: At phase 1 of the study we examined 44 healthy subjects (21 men, 23 women, mean age 51.5+/-1.0 years) and 60 untreated patients (31 men, 29 women, mean age 53.6+/-0.8 years) with stage II grade 1-2hypertension. Myocardial stiffness parameters, LVMI were calculated using data of transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290812/-transaortic-implantation-of-aortic-valve-bioprosthesis-in-high-risk-patient-with-simultaneous-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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R S Akchurin, T J Imaev, A E Komlev, P M Lepilin, A S Kolegaev, M E Nikonova
Transaortic approach represents an alternative variant of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) which combines benefits of antegrade transapical approach and high safety profile characteristic of transfemoral approach. This method has substantial advantages over subclavian and transapical approaches in cases of pronounced myocardial hypertrophy, left ventricular dysfunction, thinning of left ventricular wall. We describe here a hybrid intervention with simultaneous coronary artery bypass grafting and TAVI in a patient from high surgical risk group with multivessel coronary artery involvement and critical aortic stenosis...
December 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281186/calcium-sensing-receptor-mediated-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway-improves-the-status-of-transplanted-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-in-rats-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
#15
Jian Sun, Tao Wei, Shuzhi Bai, Hongtao Zhao, Xiaoqin Liu, Jinfeng Yu, Li Li, Gaochen Song, Hairong Luan, Changqing Xu
Several studies have identified the critical role of calcium-sensing receptors (CaSRs) in cardiac ischaemia/reperfusion injury and cardiac hypertrophy and have demonstrated that CaSRs induce myocardial apoptosis by activating MAPKs. Using acute myocardial infarction rat models, we found that a combination therapy of CaSR inhibition and embryonic stem cell (ESC) transplantation after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) leads to a dramatic reduction in the infarct size; a significant increase in the maximum rising and falling rate (+dp/dtmax and -dp/dtmax, respectively) of left ventricular pressure; a significant decrease in left ventricular end-diastolic pressure; a significant decrease in the mRNA expression level of CaSR, Bax, Bcl-2, cleaved caspase-3, cleaved caspase-9, p-ERK, p-JNK and p-P38 protein together with apoptosis indexes in the C and E groups; and a significant decrease in cTnT levels as well as LDH and CK activity...
March 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279521/recombinant-human-ace2-and-the-angiotensin-1-7-axis-as-potential-new-therapies-for-heart-failure
#16
Vaibhav B Patel, Judith N Lezutekong, Xueyi Chen, Gavin Y Oudit
Heart failure (HF) is a common cause of death and disability and a major economic burden in industrialized nations. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in North America, with ischemic and hypertensive heart disease as the leading cause of HF. Various basic and clinical studies have established the role of an activated renin-angiotensin (Ang) system and Ang II generation in the progression of HF. Inhibition of an activated renin-Ang system using Ang-converting enzyme inhibitors, Ang II type 1 receptor blockers, and mineralocorticoid receptors antagonists have shown clinical benefits in patients with HF, although, largely limited to HF with reduced ejection fraction (HF-rEF)...
December 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274938/sex-specific-differences-in-age-dependent-progression-of-aortic-dysfunction-and-related-cardiac-remodeling-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#17
Suzan Al-Gburi, Andreas Johannes Deussen, Roberta Galli, Michael H Muders, Birgit Zatschler, Anja Neisser, Bianca Müller, Irakli Kopaliani
Sex-specific differences in renin-angiotensin-system (RAS) and arterial pressure have been evidenced in many mammals including spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Although SHRs have been used extensively as a leading experimental model of hypertension, effects of sex-specific differences in RAS on aortic function and related cardiac remodeling during aging and hypertension have not been documented in detail. We examined structural and functional changes in aorta and heart of female and male SHRs at ages of 5, 14, 29 and 36-weeks...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266734/cardiac-response-to-enzyme-replacement-therapy-in-infantile-pompe-disease-with-severe-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#18
Sravani Avula, Thuylinh M Nguyen, Michael Marble, Christian Lilje
Classic infantile-onset Pompe disease (IOPD), characterized by predominantly cardiac involvement, used to be considered uniformly lethal within months. The availability of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) has transformed the course of the disease. Decrease in ventricular hypertrophy and improvement in ventricular function have been suggested as proof for efficacy. We report the cardiac response to ERT of a child with IOPD and severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The myocardial hypertrophy resolved. Change in ejection fraction, however, was slow...
March 7, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255990/myocardial-proteases-and-cardiac-remodeling
#19
REVIEW
S Riaz, A Zeidan, F Mraiche
Cardiac hypertrophy (CH), characterized by the enlargement of cardiomyocytes, fibrosis and apoptosis, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Despite the advances in cardiovascular research, there remains a need to further investigate the signaling pathways that mediate CH in order to identify novel therapeutic targets. One of the hallmarks of CH is the remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Multiple studies have shown an important role of cysteine proteases and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the remodeled heart...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255358/mir-17-3p-contributes-to-exercise-induced-cardiac-growth-and-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#20
Jing Shi, Yihua Bei, Xiangqing Kong, Xiaojun Liu, Zhiyong Lei, Tianzhao Xu, Hui Wang, Qinkao Xuan, Ping Chen, Jiahong Xu, Lin Che, Hui Liu, Jiuchang Zhong, Joost Pg Sluijter, Xinli Li, Anthony Rosenzweig, Junjie Xiao
Limited microRNAs (miRNAs, miRs) have been reported to be necessary for exercise-induced cardiac growth and essential for protection against pathological cardiac remodeling. Here we determined members of the miR-17-92 cluster and their passenger miRNAs expressions in two distinct murine exercise models and found that miR-17-3p was increased in both. miR-17-3p promoted cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, proliferation, and survival. TIMP-3 was identified as a direct target gene of miR-17-3p whereas PTEN was indirectly inhibited by miR-17-3p...
2017: Theranostics
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