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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339438/the-role-of-autonomic-function-in-exercise-induced-endogenous-analgesia-a-case-control-study-in-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-healthy-people
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Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Uros Marusic, Inge De Wandele, Lorna Paul, Mira Meeus, Greta Moorkens, Luc Lambrecht, Lieven Danneels, Jo Nijs
BACKGROUND: Patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are unable to activate brain-orchestrated endogenous analgesia (or descending inhibition) in response to exercise. This physiological impairment is currently regarded as one factor explaining post-exertional malaise in these patients. Autonomic dysfunction is also a feature of ME/CFS. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to examine the role of the autonomic nervous system in exercise-induced analgesia in healthy people and those with ME/CFS, by studying the recovery of autonomic parameters following aerobic exercise and the relation to changes in self-reported pain intensity...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338377/sodium-potassium-adenosine-triphosphatase-na-k-atpase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-uremic-cardiomyopathy
#2
Xiaoliang Wang, Jiang Liu, Christopher A Drummond, Joseph Shapiro
Clinically, patients with significant reductions in renal function present with cardiovascular dysfunction typically termed, uremic cardiomyopathy. It is a progressive series of cardiac pathophysiological changes, including left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and hypertrophy (LVH) which sometimes progress to left ventricular dilation (LVD) and systolic dysfunction in the setting of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Uremic cardiomyopathy is almost ubiquitous in patients afflicted with end stage renal disease (ESRD)...
March 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338005/the-association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-on-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-t1-mapping-and-myocardial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-rabbits
#3
Mu Zeng, Yingyan Qiao, Zhaoying Wen, Jun Liu, Enhua Xiao, Changlian Tan, Yibin Xie, Jing An, Zishu Zhang, Zhanming Fan, Debiao Li
The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between imaging surrogates for diffuse fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction. Thirty-six New Zealand white rabbits were classified into two groups: a control group (n = 18) and an alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus (DM) group (n = 18). For all rabbits, conventional ultrasonography, two-dimensional speckle tracking, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping were performed; all of the rabbits were then sacrificed for Masson's staining. The extracellular volume (ECV) was calculated from pre- and post-contrast T1 values and compared with myocardial function measured by echocardiography using Pearson's correlation...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337429/investigating-cardiac-motion-patterns-using-synthetic-high-resolution-3d-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-images-and-statistical-shape-analysis
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Benedetta Biffi, Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
Diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction in congenital heart disease is more and more based on medical imaging, which allows investigation of abnormal cardiac morphology and correlated abnormal function. Although analysis of 2D images represents the clinical standard, novel tools performing automatic processing of 3D images are becoming available, providing more detailed and comprehensive information than simple 2D morphometry. Among these, statistical shape analysis (SSA) allows a consistent and quantitative description of a population of complex shapes, as a way to detect novel biomarkers, ultimately improving diagnosis and pathology understanding...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336204/n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-related-with-coronary-flow-velocity-reserve-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-asymmetric-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Milorad Tesic, Jelena Seferovic, Danijela Trifunovic, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Vojislav Giga, Ivana Jovanovic, Olga Petrovic, Jelena Marinkovic, Sanja Stankovic, Jelena Stepanovic, Arsen Ristic, Milan Petrovic, Nebojsa Mujovic, Bosiljka Vujisic-Tesic, Branko Beleslin, Vladan Vukcevic, Goran Stankovic, Petar Seferovic
BACKGROUND: The relations of elevated N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) and cardiac ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients is uncertain. Therefore we designed the study with the following aims: (1) to analyze plasma concentrations of NT-pro-BNP in various subsets of HCM patients; (2) to reveal the correlations of NT-pro-BNP, myocardial ischemia, and diastolic dysfunction; (3) to assess predictors of the elevated plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 61 patients (mean age 48...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332508/prolactin-as-a-predictor-of-endothelial-dysfunction-and-arterial-stiffness-progression-in-menopause
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G Georgiopoulos, I Lambrinoudaki, F Athanasouli, E Armeni, A Koliviras, A Augoulea, D Rizos, C Papamichael, A Protogerou, K Stellos, K Stamatelopoulos
Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for progression of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Recent cross-sectional evidence suggests that high normal circulating prolactin levels may accelerate vascular ageing in menopause. Postmenopausal women (n=201) were consecutively recruited from a Menopause Clinic and re-evaluated in at least one follow-up visit within the next 3 years. Baseline circulating prolactin levels were measured while both baseline and follow-up vascular and biochemical measurements were performed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330663/longitudinal-changes-in-lv-structure-and-diastolic-function-in-relation-to-arterial-properties-in-general%C3%A2-population
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Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Judita Knez, Jan D'hooge, Lutgarde Thijs, Wen-Yi Yang, Fang-Fei Wei, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Jan A Staessen, Tatiana Kuznetsova
OBJECTIVES: We assessed to what extent arterial properties measured at baseline and follow-up predict longitudinal alterations in echocardiographic indexes reflecting left ventricular (LV) structure and function. BACKGROUND: Serial imaging studies are needed to clarify the relation of changes in LV structure and function to arterial stiffness. METHODS: In 607 participants (50.7% women; mean age 50.7 years), using echocardiography and Doppler imaging, we measured LV dimensions, transmitral blood flow, and mitral annular tissue velocities at baseline and after 4...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329380/subclinical-thyroid-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-diseases-2016-update
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Carmen Floriani, Baris Gencer, Tinh-Hai Collet, Nicolas Rodondi
Subclinical thyroid dysfunction comprises subclinical hypothyroidism (SHypo), defined as elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by normal free thyroxine (FT4), and subclinical hyperthyroidism (SHyper) with decreased or undetectable TSH and normal FT4. Up to 10% of the elderly have SHypo, which is usually asymptomatic. Individual participant data (IPD) analyses of prospective cohort studies from the international Thyroid Studies Collaboration show that SHypo is associated with increased coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality [hazard ratio (HR) 1,58 for TSH ≥ 10 mIU/L, 95% CI 1...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329232/mid-term-results-of-bilateral-lung-transplant-with-postoperatively-extended-intraoperative-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-severe-pulmonary-hypertension%C3%A2
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Jawad Salman, Fabio Ius, Wiebke Sommer, Thierry Siemeni, Christian Kuehn, Murat Avsar, Dietmar Boethig, Ulrich Molitoris, Christoph Bara, Jens Gottlieb, Tobias Welte, Axel Haverich, Marius M Hoeper, Gregor Warnecke, Igor Tudorache
OBJECTIVES: In severe pulmonary hypertension, diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle causes significant morbidity and mortality after lung transplantation, which may be successfully reversed using a protocol based on perioperative veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and early extubation. Here, we present echocardiographic data and mid-term outcomes. METHODS: The records of lung transplanted patients at our institution between May 2010 and January 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 2, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323971/n-acetylcysteine-prevents-low-t3-syndrome-and-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-in-a-male-rat-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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Tatiana Ederich Lehnen, Marcus Vinicius Santos, Adrio Lima, Ana Luiza Maia, Simone Magagnin Wajner
Nonthyroidal illness syndrome (NTIS) affects patients with myocardial infarction (MI). Oxidative stress has been implicated as a causative factor of NTIS, and reversed via N-acetylcysteine (NAC). Male Wistar rats submitted to left anterior coronary artery occlusion received NAC or placebo. Decreases in T3 levels were noted in MI-placebo at 10 and 28 days post-MI, but not in MI-NAC. Groups exhibited similar infarct areas whereas MI-NAC exhibited higher ejection fraction (EF) than MI-placebo. Left ventricular systolic (LVSd) and diastolic (LVDd) diameters were also preserved in MI-NAC, but not in MI-placebo...
February 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321684/left-ventricular-flow-propagation-velocity-measurement-is-it-cast-in-stone
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Bee Ting Chan, Hak Koon Yeoh, Yih Miin Liew, Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz, Ganiga Srinivasaiah Sridhar, Christian Hamilton-Craig, David Platts, Einly Lim
This study aims to investigate the measurement of left ventricular flow propagation velocity, V p, using phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging and to assess the discrepancies resulting from inflow jet direction and individual left ventricular size. Three V p measuring techniques, namely non-adaptive (NA), adaptive positions (AP) and adaptive vectors (AV) method, were suggested and compared. We performed the comparison on nine healthy volunteers and nine post-infarct patients at four measurement positions, respectively, at one-third, one-half, two-thirds and the conventional 4 cm distances from the mitral valve leaflet into the left ventricle...
March 20, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321682/recent-advances-and-clinical-applications-of-pet-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-system-imaging
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REVIEW
Nabil E Boutagy, Albert J Sinusas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review was to summarize current advances in positron emission tomography (PET) cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) imaging, with a specific focus on clinical applications of novel and established tracers. RECENT FINDINGS: [(11)C]-Meta-hydroxyephedrine (HED) has provided useful information in evaluation of normal and pathological cardiovascular function. Recently, [(11)C]-HED PET imaging was able to predict lethal arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death (SCD), and all-cause mortality in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320043/effects-of-ranolazine-in-a-model-of-doxorubicin-induced-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction
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Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Raffaele Coppini, Elena Piegari, Rosa Russo, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Alessia Rivellino, Lorenzo Santini, Concetta Rafaniello, Cristina Scavone, Francesco Rossi, Liberato Berrino, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Doxorubicin (DOXO) is a highly effective anticancer drug but its clinical application is impeded by cardiotoxicity. Asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction can be the earliest manifestation of DOXO cardiotoxicity. Therefore, a search for therapeutic intervention that can interfere with early manifestations and possibly prevent late cardiotoxicity is warranted. Increased DOXO-dependent reactive oxygen species may explain, in part, Ca(2+) and Na(+) overload that contributes to diastolic dysfunction and development of heart failure...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317155/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-dipping-pattern-in-hypertensive-patients-on-the-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Hüseyin Göksülük, Ulvin Habibova, Aydan Ongun, Müge Akbulut, Nil Özyüncü, Türkan Seda Tan Kürklü, Cetin Erol
BACKGROUND: Nondipping blood pressure pattern carry a high risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications due to a higher cumulative pressure overload. We aimed to define the role of strain analysis for detecting subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction in recently diagnosed nondipper and dipper hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS: Study population consisted of two groups of patients, Group 1: 45 dipper patients and Group 2: 43 nondipper patients...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316854/a-marked-response-to-immunosuppressive-intervention-for-abruptly-occurring-cardiac-complications-in-a-case-of-juvenile-systemic-sclerosis-overlapped-with-dermatomyositis
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Tsunehisa Nagamori, Yoichiro Yoshida, Hironori Takahashi, Hideharu Oka, Aya Kajihama, Koichi Nakau, Masaya Sugimoto, Masako Minami-Hori, Hiroshi Azuma
Juvenile-onset systemic sclerosis (jSSc) is a rare condition, having unique characteristic features compared to adult-onset SSc. Although cardiac involvement (CI) is known as a leading cause of mortality overall in SSc, the importance of CI in jSSc has not been emphasized. Here we present a 13-year-old female with jSSc overlapped with dermatomyositis (DM) complicated CI. She developed skin thickness and induration, Raynaud's phenomenon, digital pitting scars in fingertips, and skeletal myositis. Oral prednisolone and pulse methotrexate treatment led to the improvement of skin findings; however two weeks after the initiation she suddenly presented with muscle pain and dyspnea within a few days...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
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Simon Antoine Sarr, Abdou Majib Gaye, Fatou Aw, Jean de Dieu Nzambaza, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Mouhamadou Bamba Ndiaye, Adama Kane, Maboury Diao, Serigne Abdou Ba
BACKGROUND Cardiac lymphoma is a rare entity, defined by the non-extra cardiac location at diagnosis. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 32-year-old female with no particular medical history, who presented with right heart failure with recurrent ascites and pleural effusion. There was a progressive worsening exertional dyspnea. On admission, examination revealed an irregular tachycardia at 170 beats per minute (bpm) and congestive heart failure. The electrocardiogram scored full tachyarrhythmia by atrial fibrillation with an average ventricular rate of 179 cycles per minute...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316061/loss-of-dystrophin-is-associated-with-increased-myocardial-stiffness-in-a-model-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
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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/28315942/forgotten-right-ventricle-in-pediatric-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Hala Mounir Agha, Hossam Ibrahim, Inas Abd El Satar, Naglae Abd El Rahman, Doaa Abd El Aziz, Zeinab Salah, Sonia El Saeidi, Fatma Mostafa, Wael Attia, Mohamed Abd El Rahman, Gaser Abd El Mohsen
To evaluate the right ventricular (RV) function in relation to that of the left ventricle (LV) in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Echocardiographic examination was done using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) for 32 pediatric patients with DCM comparing them to another 32 normal matched controls. The global longitudinal strain (GLS) derived from 2D-STE was used to reflect the LV systolic function. Tricuspid annular plan systolic excursion (TAPSE) and the following RV TDI derived indexes: peak systolic velocity (S'), peak early diastolic velocity E', peak late diastolic velocity A', isovolumic acceleration (IVA) and myocardial performance index (MPI) were measured...
March 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315199/hiv-infection-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-beyond-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Revery P Barnes, John Charles A Lacson, Hossein Bahrami
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) increasingly afflicts people living with HIV (PLWH) in the contemporary era of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most widely studied cardiovascular problem in PLWH; however, less is known about other clinically relevant subtypes of CVD such as heart failure (HF), cerebrovascular disease, sudden cardiac death, pericardial diseases, and pulmonary hypertension. This paper reviews evidence of other subtypes of CVD as emerging issues in the post-ART era...
May 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314659/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-cmr-t1-mapping-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Karl-Philipp Rommel, Christian Lücke, Philipp Lurz
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) presents a major challenge in modern cardiology. Although this syndrome is of increasing prevalence and is associated with unfavorable outcomes, treatment trials have failed to establish effective therapies. Currently, solutions to this dilemma are being investigated, including categorizing and characterizing patients more diversely to individualize treatment. In this regard, new imaging techniques might provide important information. Diastolic dysfunction is a diagnostic and pathophysiological cornerstone in HFpEF and is believed to be caused by systemic inflammation with the development of interstitial myocardial fibrosis and myocardial stiffening...
March 14, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
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