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Heart failure cardiomyopathy

Ashley Gionfriddo, Mika L Nonoyama, Peter C Laussen, Peter N Cox, Megan Clarke, Alejandro A Floh
OBJECTIVES: To promote standardization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a new ventilator-associated pneumonia classification, which was modified for pediatrics (pediatric ventilator-associated pneumonia according to proposed criteria [PVAP]). We evaluated the frequency of PVAP in a cohort of children diagnosed with ventilator-associated pneumonia according to traditional criteria and compared their strength of association with clinically relevant outcomes. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Oscar H L Bing
Ammonia plays a central role in the life and death of all living organisms and has been studied for over one hundred years. Ammonia is necessary for growth and development but it is toxic in excess and, as a result, differing methods of ammonia neutralization have evolved. Following physiological and pathological stress to the heart, tissue ammonia levels rise. Local ammonia neutralization may be inadequate and excess ammonia may exert its toxic effects. Phenylbutyrate (PBA), which is FDA approved for the treatment of elevated blood ammonia in urea cycle disorders, provides an accessory pathway for ammonia clearance...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Sven Persoon, Michael Paulus, Stephan Hirt, Carsten Jungbauer, Alexander Dietl, Andreas Luchner, Christof Schmid, Lars S Maier, Christoph Birner
Implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as bridge to transplant in end-stage heart failure allows for analyzing reverse remodeling processes of the supported heart. Whether this therapy influences the cGMP-PKG signaling pathway, which is currently under thorough investigation for developing new heart failure therapeutics, is unknown. In fourteen end-stage heart failure patients (8 with dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM; 6 with ischemic cardiomyopathy, ICM) tissue specimens of left ventricles were collected at LVAD implantation and afterwards at receiver heart explantation, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Heart and Vessels
E Gandjbakhch, E Varlet, G Duthoit, V Fressart, P Charron, C Himbert, C Maupain, C Bordet, F Hidden-Lucet, J Nizard
INTRODUCTION: The prognosis of pregnancy in patients with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is poorly documented. The aim of this study is to assess the cardiac risks during pregnancy and the impact of ARVC/D on fetuses/neonates/children. METHODS: We included all ARVC/D women with a history of pregnancy from the ARVC/D Pitié-Salpêtrière registry. Cardiac and obstetrical events having occurred during pregnancy/delivery/post-partum periods and neonatal data/follow-up were collected...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Susanne Röger, Stefanie L Rosenkaimer, Anna Hohneck, Siegfried Lang, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Boris Rudic, Erol Tülümen, Ksenija Stach, Jürgen Kuschyk, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe
BACKGROUND: The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) has emerged as a valuable tool to temporarily protect patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The aim of this study was to determine the value of the WCD for therapy optimization of heart failure patients. METHODS: One hundred five consecutive patients that received WCD between 4/2012 and 9/2016 were included in the study. All patients were followed for clinical outcome and echocardiographic parameters during WCD therapy and had continued follow-up after WCD therapy, irrespective of subsequent implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Mark N Belkin, Nir Uriel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advancements in highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has led to increased survival, approaching that of the general population. These patients are at an increased risk for heart disease, specifically HIV-associated cardiomyopathy. RECENT FINDINGS: Initially, HIV-associated cardiomyopathy was predominantly noted as systolic dysfunction, but diastolic dysfunction has become more common with increased use of HAART...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Carles Díez-López, Josep Comín-Colet, José González-Costello
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Iron overload cardiomyopathy (IOC) is an important predictor of prognosis in a significant number of patients with hereditary hemochromatosis and hematologic diseases. Its prevalence is increasing because of improved treatment strategies, which significantly improve life expectancy. We will review diagnosis, treatment, and recent findings in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: The development of preclinical translational disease models during the last years have helped our understanding of specific disease pathophysiological pathways that might eventually change the outcomes of these patients...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Jonathan W Waks, Christopher Hamilton, Saumya Das, Ashkan Ehdaie, Jessica Minnier, Sanjiv Narayan, Mark Niebauer, Merritt Raitt, Christine Tompkins, Niraj Varma, Sumeet Chugh, Larisa G Tereshchenko
PURPOSE: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival of systolic heart failure (HF) patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We recently showed that electrocardiographic (ECG) global electrical heterogeneity (GEH) is independently associated with SCD in the community-dwelling cohort and developed GEH SCD risk score. The Global Electrical Heterogeneity and Clinical Outcomes (GEHCO) study is a retrospective multicenter cohort designed with two goals: (1) validate an independent association of ECG GEH with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies and (2) validate GEH ECG risk score for prediction of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies in systolic HF patients with primary prevention ICD...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Kazuaki Negishi
We are now entering the very exciting era of treatment and management of diabetes mellitus (DM) with the emergence of new therapeutic agents, including sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP-4i). From a cardiology and echocardiography perspective, the existence of diabetic cardiomyopathy has been proven through over four decades of discussion. DM is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF). Independent associations are found after adjusting for hypertension (HTN) and coronary artery disease (CAD)...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Santiago Roura, Ana Gámez-Valero, Josep Lupón, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Francesc E Borràs, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) remains a major cause of heart failure and carries a poor prognosis despite important advances in recent years. Better disease characterization using novel molecular techniques is needed to refine its progression. This study explored the proteomic signature of plasma-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) obtained from DCM patients and healthy controls using size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). EV-enriched fractions were analyzed by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Ming Gao, Weihua Zhang, Waiou Zhao, Ling Qin, Fei Pei, Yang Zheng
RATIONALE: Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a rare disease characterized by hypereosinophilia and its ensuing organ damage. Cardiac involvement is divided into 3 chronological stages: an acute necrotic stage; a thrombus formation stage; and a fibrotic stage. Infiltration of the myocardium by eosinophilic cells followed by endomyocardial fibrosis is known as "Loeffler endocarditis." PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 60-year-old man diagnosed with left-sided restrictive cardiomyopathy...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nabeel Quryshi, Laura E Norwood Toro, Karima Ait-Aissa, Amanda Kong, Andreas M Beyer
Although chemotherapeutics can be highly effective at targeting malignancies, their ability to trigger cardiovascular morbidity is clinically significant. Chemotherapy can adversely affect cardiovascular physiology, resulting in the development of cardiomyopathy, heart failure and microvascular defects. Specifically, anthracyclines are known to cause an excessive buildup of free radical species and mitochondrial DNA damage (mt DNA) that can lead to oxidative stress-induced cardiovascular apoptosis. Therefore, oncologists and cardiologists maintain a network of communication when dealing with patients during treatment in order to treat and prevent chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular damage; however, there is a need to discover more accurate biomarkers and therapeutics to combat and predict the onset of cardiovascular side effects...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mary Wang, David J Birnkrant, Dennis M Super, Irwin B Jacobs, Robert C Bahler
Objective: To describe the natural history of cardiomyopathy in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) who are receiving contemporary therapies. Methods: This is a single-institution retrospective cohort study of 57 patients aged >15 years with DMD. Serial digital echocardiograms were performed over a median follow-up of 8 years. Left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) was defined as shortening fraction (SF) <29% plus focal wall motion abnormalities...
2018: Open Heart
David Binas, Hanna Daniel, Anette Richter, Volker Ruppert, Klaus-Dieter Schlüter, Bernhard Schieffer, Sabine Pankuweit
Objective: Several studies indicate a prognostic value of sST2 and galectin-3 in heart failure (HF). While previous studies focused on ischaemic cause of HF, we investigated the role of sST2 and galectin-3 in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Methods: sST2 and galectin-3 serum concentrations were measured in 262 subjects with DCM. Survival rates were determined for all-cause mortality (ACM) and cardiac mortality (CM). Results: In a univariate model, sST2 as a continuous variable was a predictor of ACM (HR 1...
2018: Open Heart
Krunoslav Michael Sveric, Stefan Ulbrich, Mohamed Rady, Christian Pflücke, Silvio Quick, Stefanie Katzke, Karim Ibrahim, Ruth H Strasser, Stefanie Jellinghaus
Objectives: Non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterised by a highly variable disease progression. Stress echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) are beneficial in risk assessment, but are labour intensive. Repetitive squatting and standing without weights is a simple exercise (EX). The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic role of left ventricular (LV) contractile recruitment (CR) after a simple EX of repetitive squatting through three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
2018: Open Heart
Fang-Fei Wei, Sander Trenson, Pierre Monney, Wen-Yi Yang, Menno Pruijm, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Yassine Bouatou, Qi-Fang Huang, Belen Ponte, Pierre-Yves Martin, Lutgarde Thijs, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Karel Allegaert, Stefan Janssens, Cees Vermeer, Peter Verhamme, Michel Burnier, Murielle Bochud, Georg Ehret, Jan A Staessen
OBJECTIVES: A novel paradigm of diastolic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction proposes involvement of the cardiac microvasculature. Vitamin K dependent matrix Gla protein (MGP) plays a role in preserving microcirculatory integrity. We hypothesized that LV filling pressure-a measure of diastolic LV dysfunction-increases with higher plasma level of inactive desphospho-uncarboxylated MGP (dp-ucMGP). We also studied the distribution of active and inactive MGP in human myocardium. METHODS: We measured echocardiographic diastolic LV function and plasma dp-ucMGP (ELISA) in 668 Flemish and for replication in 386 Swiss...
2018: PloS One
Jonathan Buggey, Chantal A ElAmm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to summarize the literature describing the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy related to myocarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Myocarditis has a variety of causes and a heterogeneous clinical presentation with potentially life-threatening complications. About one-third of patients will develop a dilated cardiomyopathy and the pathogenesis is a multiphase, mutlicompartment process that involves immune activation, including innate immune system triggered proinflammatory cytokines and autoantibodies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Tokiko Suzuki, Mari Sakai, Shigeyuki Yamashita, Kengo Tomita, Yuichi Hattori
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in critically ill patients, and its incidence continues to rise. Sepsis was defined as a systemic inflammatory response syndrome with an identifiable focus of infection, but therapeutic strategies aimed at eliminating the inflammatory response have only modest clinical benefit. The development of a failure of one or more organs poses a major threat to the survival of patients with sepsis, and mortality in sepsis is most often attributed to multiple organ dysfunction. Accordingly, sepsis has been recently redefined as life-threatening organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
Stephen A McCullough, Michael A Fifer, Pouya Mohajer, Patricia A Lowry, Caitlin O'Callaghan Reen, Aaron L Baggish, Gus J Vlahakes, Yuichi J Shimada
BACKGROUND: The clinical characteristics associated with elevated right atrial pressure (RAP) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are unknown. Few data exist as to whether elevated RAP has prognostic implications in patients with HCM. This study investigated the clinical correlates and prognostic value of elevated RAP in HCM.Methods and Results:This retrospective cohort study was performed on 180 patients with HCM who underwent right heart catheterization between 1997 and 2014. Elevated RAP was defined as >8 mmHg...
March 9, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Giulio Calcagni, Rachele Adorisio, Simone Martinelli, Giorgia Grutter, Anwar Baban, Paolo Versacci, Maria Cristina Digilio, Fabrizio Drago, Bruce D Gelb, Marco Tartaglia, Bruno Marino
RASopathies are a heterogeneous group of genetic syndromes characterized by mutations in genes that regulate cellular processes, including proliferation, differentiation, survival, migration, and metabolism. Excluding congenital heart defects, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most frequent cardiovascular defect in patients affected by RASopathies. A worse outcome (in terms of surgical risk and/or mortality) has been described in a specific subset of Rasopathy patients with early onset, severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy presenting with heart failure...
April 2018: Heart Failure Clinics
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