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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635904/-myocardial-fibrosis-current-aspects-of-the-problem
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V N Karetnikova, V V Kashtalap, S N Kosareva, O L Barbarash
Fibrosis is one of the main components in the progression of most cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease, by causing structural changes in the myocardium and vascular wall. The quantitative and qualitative characteristics of fibrosis of the myocardium are responsible for decreasing its elastic properties, developing diastolic dysfunction, impairing myocardial contractility, developing systolic dysfunction and cardiac arrhythmias, and worsening coronary blood flow in patients with heart failure of different etiologies...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635515/an-effective-treatment-for-heart-failure-caused-by-valvular-heart-diseases-thoracic-sympathetic-block
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Dan Li, Wei Liu, Dan Ma, Fengxiang Yun, Shu Li, Fengqi Liu
BACKGROUND: The pilot study is designed to investigate the effect of continuous thoracic sympathetic block (TSB) on cardiac function, reconstruction, and hemodynamic parameters in patients with heart failure resulting from valvular heart disease. METHOD: The cardiac function parameters, including left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF), left ventricle end-diastole diameter (LVEDD), fractional shortening (FS), and N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), were measured in 19 patients before and after TSB treatment...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634695/assessment-of-early-diastolic-intraventricular-pressure-gradient-in-the-left-ventricle-among-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Maki Kobayashi, Ken Takahashi, Mariko Yamada, Kana Yazaki, Kotoko Matsui, Noboru Tanaka, Sachie Shigemitsu, Katsumi Akimoto, Masahiko Kishiro, Keisuke Nakanishi, Shiori Kawasaki, Masaki Nii, Keiichi Itatani, Toshiaki Shimizu
Assessment of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is vital in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF). The early diastolic intraventricular pressure gradient (IVPG) in the LV plays an important role in diastolic function. IVPG is calculated as the intraventricular pressure difference divided by the LV length, which allows to account for differences in LV size and therefore calculate IVPG in children. We aimed to investigate the mechanisms of LV diastolic dysfunction by measuring mid-to-apical IVPG as an indicator of the active suction force sucking blood from the left atrium into the LV...
June 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634521/a-review-of-echocardiograms-in-hypertensive-patients-greater-than-60-years-in-a-community-based-family-medicine-program
#5
Shideh Doroudi, Michael D DeLisi, Vincent A DeBari
Background: Heart disease as a result of Hypertension is known to occur. Anatomical and functional changes of the heart can easily be detected by echocardiography, which is a safe and readily available study. Objectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of common echocardiographic changes in chronic hypertensive patients and to compare these changes in male and female populations. Design/methods: The study was a community-based cross-sectional study, on 227 hypertensive patients, 60 years and older, seen in St...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631496/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-cardiac-functions-in-newborns-of-mildly-preeclamptic-pregnant-women-within-postnatal-24-48%C3%A2-hours
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Kadir Mutlu, Ulas Karadas, Yilmaz Yozgat, Timur Meşe, Mustafa Demirol, Senay Coban, Cem Karadeniz, Rahmi Özdemir, Dilek Orbatu, Utku Karaarslan, Vedide Tavli
The aim of this study is to detect preeclampsia-related cardiac dysfunction within 24-48 hours of delivery in newborns born from preeclamptic mothers. Forty newborns from mildly preeclamptic mothers formed the study group and the control group was formed by 40 healthy newborns. Cardiac function for the groups were evaluated using conventional echocardiography and myocardial performance index (MPI) within the first 24-48 hours of their lifetime and the results of both groups were compared. A significant difference between the groups was observed especially in the PW Doppler MPI measurements (the left ventricle MPI 0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630135/inhibition-of-the-cardiac-fibroblast-enriched-lncrna-meg3-prevents-cardiac-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction
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Maria-Teresa Piccoli, Shashi Gupta, Janika Viereck, Ariana Foinquinos, Sabine Samolovac, Freya Kramer, Ankita Garg, Janet Remke, Karina Zimmer, Sandor Batkai, Thomas Thum
Rationale: Cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) drive extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling following pressure overload, leading to fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction. Recent studies described the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cardiac pathologies. Nevertheless, detailed reports on lncRNAs regulating CF biology and describing their implication in cardiac remodeling are still missing. Objective: Here, we aimed at characterizing lncRNA expression in murine CFs following chronic pressure overload, in order to identify CF-enriched lncRNAs and investigate their function and contribution to cardiac fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629818/corydalis-hendersonii-hemsl-protects-against-myocardial-injury-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-fibrosis-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathways
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Ruifeng Bai, Xu Yin, Xiao Feng, Yuan Cao, Yan Wu, Zhixiang Zhu, Chun Li, Pengfei Tu, Xingyun Chai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corydalis hendersonii Hemsl. (CH) with heat clearing and detoxifying effects are well described in Tibetan folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in China largely for the treatment of high altitude polycythemia, a pathophysiological condition referred to "plethora" in Tibetan medicine, hypertension, hepatitis, edema, gastritis, and other infectious diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the cardioprotective effects of Corydalis hendersonii extract in an ICR mouse model of myocardial ischemic injury...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625379/reliability-of-updated-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-recommendations-in-predicting-elevated-left-ventricular-filling-pressure-and-prognosis
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Kimi Sato, Andrew D M Grant, Kazuaki Negishi, Paul C Cremer, Tomoko Negishi, Arnav Kumar, Patrick Collier, Samir R Kapadia, Richard A Grimm, Milind Y Desai, Brian P Griffin, Zoran B Popović
An updated 2016 echocardiographic algorithm for diagnosing left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (DD) was recently proposed. We aimed to assess the reliability of the 2016 echocardiographic LVDD grading algorithm in predicting elevated LV filling pressure and clinical outcomes compared to the 2009 version. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 460 consecutive patients without atrial fibrillation or significant mitral valve disease who underwent transthoracic echocardiography within 24 hours of elective heart catheterization...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624812/extracorporeal-shock-wave-treatment-attenuated-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-mini-pig-with-cardiorenal-syndrome
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Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Hani E E Ali, Ben-Chung Cheng, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Pei-Hsun Sung, Kuan-Hung Chen, Chih-Chao Yang, Yen-Ta Chen, John Y Chiang, Pao-Yuan Lin, Sarah Chua, Han-Tan Chai, Sheng-Ying Chung, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Hon-Kan Yip
This study tested the hypothesis that extracorporeal shock wave (ECSW) treatment can improve ischemia-induced left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in mini-pig with co-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD). LV ischemia in mini-pigs was induced by applying an ameroid constrictor over mid-left anterior descending artery (LAD), while model of CKD was established by right nephrectomy with partial ligation of left renal arterioles 2 weeks before LAD constriction. Thirty mini-pigs were randomly divided into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 (LV-ischemia), group 3 (LV-ischemia + CKD), Group 4 [LV-ischemia + ECSW (applied 1200 shots at 0...
May 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623932/impact-of-glycemic-control-on-aortic-stiffness-left-ventricular-mass-and-diastolic-longitudinal-function-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Michaela Kozakova, Carmela Morizzo, Alan G Fraser, Carlo Palombo
BACKGROUND: Poor glycemic control is associated with impaired left ventricular (LV) diastolic function in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Inappropriate LV mass increase and accelerated aortic stiffening were suggested to participate on deterioration of diastolic function. The present study investigated the inter-relationships between glycemic control, early diastolic and systolic longitudinal velocity of mitral annulus, LV mass and aortic stiffness in T2DM patients free of cardiovascular disease and with preserved LV ejection fraction, and compared them with those observed in healthy volunteers of similar age and sex distribution...
June 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623658/echocardiographic-parameters-of-clinically-normal-geriatric-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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Yu Ueda, Catherine T Gunther-Harrington, Christina L Cruzen, Jeffrey A Roberts, Joshua A Stern
The goal of this study was to generate reference intervals for echocardiographic variables in a population of clinically normalgeriatric rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). To do this, we studied 51 animals (age, 18-29 y; weight, 5.24-17.04 kg). Thenormal values for cardiac indices, including geometry and systolic and diastolic function, were determined by 2D, M-mode,spectral Doppler, and tissue Doppler echocardiography under ketamine hydrochloride sedation. Statistical correlations betweenthe echocardiographic parameters and age, body weight, sex, and heart rate were investigated...
June 16, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623080/increased-constitutive-nitric-oxide-production-by-whole-body-periodic-acceleration-ameliorates-alterations-in-cardiomyocytes-associated-with-utrophin-dystrophin-deficiency
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Jose R Lopez, Juan Kolster, Rui Zhang, Jose Adams
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) cardiomyopathy is a progressive lethal disease caused by the lack of the dystrophin protein in the heart. The most widely used animal model of DMD is the dystrophin-deficient mdx mouse; however, these mice exhibit a mild dystrophic phenotype with heart failure only late in life. In contrast, mice deficient for both dystrophin and utrophin (mdx/utrn(-/-), or dKO) can be used to model severe DMD cardiomyopathy where pathophysiological indicators of heart failure are detectable by 8-10weeks of age...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620620/ngal-as-an-early-predictive-marker-of-diabetic-nephropathy-in-children-and-young-adults-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Nektaria Papadopoulou-Marketou, Alexandra Margeli, Ioannis Papassotiriou, George P Chrousos, Christina Kanaka-Gantenbein, Jeanette Wahlberg
AIMS: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is often associated with early microvascular complications. Previous studies demonstrated that increased systolic (SAP) and diastolic arterial blood pressures (DAP) are linked to microvascular morbidity in T1D. The aim of the study was to investigate the predictive role of neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) in unravelling early cardio-renal dysfunction in T1D. METHODS: Two T1D patient groups participating in two-centre prospective cohorts were studied...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620573/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-complete-heart-block
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Murtaza Sundhu, Mehmet Yildiz, Mubbasher Syed, Bhavan Shah, Sajjad Gul, Omer Afzal, Lon Castle
INTRODUCTION: Third degree or complete heart block (CHB) is a medical emergency and usually requires permanent pacemaker placement. CHB can be caused by cardiac ischemia or non-ischemic conditions such as infiltrative diseases or fibrosis. The purpose of this study is to identify the baseline clinical characteristics associated with ischemic versus non-ischemic causes of complete heart block and compare their outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An institutional review broad approval was granted by the Cleveland Clinic Health System...
May 12, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619598/incremental-prognostic-value-of-a-complex-left-ventricular-remodeling-classification-in-asymptomatic-for-heart-failure-hypertensive-patients
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Iacopo Fabiani, Nicola Riccardo Pugliese, Salvatore La Carrubba, Lorenzo Conte, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Colonna, Frank Benedetto, Enrico Calogero, Valentina Barletta, Scipione Carerj, Simona Buralli, Stefano Taddei, Maria Francesca Romano, Vitantonio Di Bello
We evaluated the prognostic impact of a complex remodeling classification (CRC) in asymptomatic patients with arterial hypertension (AH). We retrospectively included 749 hypertensive patients (female 325, 43.4% age 62 ± 11.3 years) in Stages A and B of heart failure. CRC was evaluated including indexed left ventricular mass, end-diastolic volume, and relative wall thickness. After 45-month follow-up, we considered a composite endpoint: total mortality, myocardial infarction, myocardial revascularization, cerebrovascular events, and acute pulmonary edema...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618061/electrical-storm-in-a-patient-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-cardiomyopathy-triggered-by-abrupt-%C3%AE-blocker-interruption
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Nikolaos Fragakis, Melani Sotiriadou, Lydia Krexi, Vassilios Vassilikos
We present a case of a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy cardiomyopathy (DMDC) having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator for secondary prevention, who presented with electrical storm shortly after β-blocker interruption. The patient was stabilized and remained free of ventricular arrhythmias soon after reinitiating b-adrenoreceptor antagonists. The present case highlights the importance of sympathetic blockage in patients with DMDC due to existing pathophysiology of excess diastolic Ca(2+) leak from sarcoplasmic reticulum as a result of ryanodine receptor dysfunction...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617969/conditionally-targeted-deletion-of-psen1-leads-to-diastolic-heart-dysfunction
#18
Xiao-Wei Song, Qing-Ning Yuan, Ying Tang, Mi Cao, Ya-Feng Shen, Zhen-Yu Zeng, Chang-Hai Lei, SongHua Li, Xian-Xian Zhao, Yong-Ji Yang
Recently, PSEN1 has been reported to have mutations in dilated cardiomyopathy pedigrees. However, the function and mechanism of PSEN1 in cardiomyopathy remains unresolved. Here, we established 4 types of genetically modified mice to determine the function of PSEN1 in cardiac development and pathology. PSEN1 null mutation resulted in perinatal death, retardation of heart growth, ventricular dilatation, septum defects, and valvular thickening. PSEN1 knockout in adults led to decreased muscle fibers, widened sarcomere Z lines and reduced lengths of sarcomeres in cardiomyocytes...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616536/nt-probnp-and-diastolic-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-marfan-syndrome
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Petra Gehle, Peter N Robinson, Frank Heinzel, Frank Edelmann, Mustafa Yigitbasi, Felix Berger, Volkmar Falk, Burkert Pieske, Ernst Wellnhofer
AIMS: Subclinical diastolic dysfuntion in patients with preclinical heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) has been demonstrated in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). We investigated the relationship between diastolic dysfunction and NT-proBNP levels in patients with MFS. METHODS AND RESULTS: NT-proBNP, C-reactive protein (CRP) and diastolic function were assessed in 217 patients with MFS (31 ± 16 y, 110 f. and in 339 patients referred for suspected MFS in whom the diagnosis was ruled out according to the Ghent nosology (30 ± 15 y, 154 f)...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615213/experimental-and-human-evidence-for-lipocalin-2-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-ngal-in-the-development-of-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-heart-failure
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Francine Z Marques, Priscilla R Prestes, Sean G Byars, Scott C Ritchie, Peter Würtz, Sheila K Patel, Scott A Booth, Indrajeetsinh Rana, Yosuke Minoda, Stuart P Berzins, Claire L Curl, James R Bell, Bryan Wai, Piyush M Srivastava, Antti J Kangas, Pasi Soininen, Saku Ruohonen, Mika Kähönen, Terho Lehtimäki, Emma Raitoharju, Aki Havulinna, Markus Perola, Olli Raitakari, Veikko Salomaa, Mika Ala-Korpela, Johannes Kettunen, Maree McGlynn, Jason Kelly, Mary E Wlodek, Paul A Lewandowski, Lea M Delbridge, Louise M Burrell, Michael Inouye, Stephen B Harrap, Fadi J Charchar
BACKGROUND: Cardiac hypertrophy increases the risk of developing heart failure and cardiovascular death. The neutrophil inflammatory protein, lipocalin-2 (LCN2/NGAL), is elevated in certain forms of cardiac hypertrophy and acute heart failure. However, a specific role for LCN2 in predisposition and etiology of hypertrophy and the relevant genetic determinants are unclear. Here, we defined the role of LCN2 in concentric cardiac hypertrophy in terms of pathophysiology, inflammatory expression networks, and genomic determinants...
June 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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