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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
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Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913749/belimumab-in-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#2
A Yazici, B Yazirli, D Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with persistently positive antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Patients with aPL may also experience thrombocytopenia, cardiac valve disease, nephropathy, skin ulcer, or cognitive dysfunction, which are collectively known as non-criteria manifestations of APS. A description is provided of two primary APS patients who received belimumab (10 mg/kg) for an aPL-related manifestation.
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
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Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908608/a-hospital-based-survey-of-patients-with-severe-valvular-heart-disease-in-china
#4
Po Hu, Xian-Bao Liu, Jie Liang, Qi-Feng Zhu, Chao-Xia Pu, Meng-Yao Tang, Jian-An Wang
OBJECTIVES: Due to increasing aging, the epidemiology of VHD may have changed in China. This study aimed to provide contemporary information on the prevalence, distribution patterns, and etiology of severe VHD in China. METHODS: This was a retrospective survey at Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, which included all consecutive patients between 2010 and 2015. RESULTS: In all, 139,496 patients were enrolled. Among severe valve diseases, MR was the most frequent (n=946, 0...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907007/exploring-regulatory-mechanisms-of-atrial-myocyte-hypertrophy-of-mitral-regurgitation-through-gene-expression-profiling-analysis-role-of-nfat-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Tzu-Hao Chang, Mien-Cheng Chen, Jen-Ping Chang, Hsien-Da Huang, Wan-Chun Ho, Yu-Sheng Lin, Kuo-Li Pan, Yao-Kuang Huang, Wen-Hao Liu, Chia-Chen Wu
BACKGROUND: Left atrial enlargement in mitral regurgitation (MR) predicts a poor prognosis. The regulatory mechanisms of atrial myocyte hypertrophy of MR patients remain unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study comprised 14 patients with MR, 7 patients with aortic valve disease (AVD), and 6 purchased samples from normal subjects (NC). We used microarrays, enrichment analysis and quantitative RT-PCR to study the gene expression profiles in the left atria. Microarray results showed that 112 genes were differentially up-regulated and 132 genes were differentially down-regulated in the left atria between MR patients and NC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906615/polymorphism-in-exon-6-of-the-human-nt5e-gene-is-associated-with-aortic-valve-calcification
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Zdzislaw Kochan, Joanna Karbowska, Patrycja Gogga, Barbara Kutryb-Zajac, Ewa M Slominska, Ryszard T Smolenski
NT5E encodes ecto-5'-nucleotidase (e5NT, CD73) which hydrolyses extracellular AMP to adenosine. Adenosine has been shown to play a protective role against aortic valve calcification (AVC). We identified two nonsynonymous missense single nucleotide polymorphisms (c.1126A > G, p.T376A and c.1136T > C, p.M379T) in exon 6 of the human NT5E gene. Since both substitutions might affect e5NT activity and consequently alter extracellular adenosine levels, we evaluated the association between NT5E alleles and calcific aortic valve disease in 119 patients (95 patients with AVC and 24 controls)...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905341/heidenhain-variant-of-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-a-patient-who-had-bovine-bioprosthetic-valve-implantation
#7
Jehard Hashoul, Waleed Saliba, Irina Bloch, Haneen Jabaly-Habib
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by rapidly progressing dementia, general neurologic deterioration, and death. When the leading symptoms are visual disturbances, it is termed as the Heidenhain variant of CJD (HvCJD). CJD was reported following prion-contaminated pericardium transplants but never after bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve. In this case report, we describe HvCJD in a patient who had a bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve implant. An 82-year-old-woman was referred to neuro-ophthalmology clinic for unexplained visual loss that started 1 month previously...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905211/minimally-invasive-mitral-repair-surgery-why-does-controversy-still-persist
#8
Jeevan Nagendran, Jorge Catrip, Katie L Losenno, Corey Adams, Bob Kiaii, Michael W A Chu
Surgical treatment for mitral valve disease has evolved and remains a rapidly expanding field. Minimally invasive mitral valve repair (MI-MVR) is a well-known alternative to conventional sternotomy mitral valve repair (cMVR). However, controversy as to the efficacy of MI-MVR persists, hindering the adoption and potential benefits of this less invasive approach. Areas covered: In this review, we provide an updated summary evaluation of the latest evidence, including observational studies, clinical trials and meta-analyses, regarding MI-MVR in comparison to cMVR...
December 1, 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904846/complete-congenital-heart-block-in-a-neonate-with-a-complex-congenital-heart-defect-in-africa
#9
Clovis Nkoke, Edvine Yonta Wawo, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Larissa Makamte, Sandrine Dikosso Edie, Flore Esiene Balana
Congenital heart block (CHB) is rare disorder that has a higher mortality when associated with structural congenital heart defects. Very few cases have been reported in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We present a case of complete CHB associated with a complex congenital heart defect in a neonate in Cameroon. A 1-month-old neonate in Cameroon was referred for the evaluation of bradycardia. The obstetrical ultrasound done during pregnancy revealed fetal bradycardia without further evaluation. Clinical examination showed well a developed neonate with bradycardia at 62 beats/minute, and mild cyanosis with oxygen saturation at 93% at room air...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904623/comparison-of-malnutrition-in-hemodialysis-and-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-and-its-relationship-with-echocardiographic-findings
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Afsoon Emami Naini, Alireza Karbalaie, Mokhtar Abedini, Gholamreza Askari, Firouzeh Moeinzadeh
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is common in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who on peritoneal dialysis (PD) or hemodialysis (HD). This study aimed to compare the frequency distribution of malnutrition in HD and PD patients and its relationship with echocardiographic findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a case-control study. Using the simple random sampling, 109 patients were selected among HD and PD patients based on the inclusion criteria. HD and PD groups included 55 and 54 patients, respectively...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903575/early-severe-coronary-artery-disease-and-aortic-coarctation-in-a-child-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia
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Dina Labib, Haytham Soliman, Kareem Said, Khaled Sorour
An 11-year-old boy presented with easy fatigability, multiple xanthomas, and absent pedal pulsations. Laboratory workup showed severe hypercholesterolaemia and non-invasive imaging revealed 'normally functioning' bicuspid aortic valve and tight aortic coarctation. Coronary angiography showed severe right coronary artery (RCA) stenosis. Medical treatment resulted in significant improvement of dyslipidaemia. We successfully performed balloon dilation and stenting of his coarctation, as well as percutaneous coronary intervention for RCA lesion...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903371/-impact-of-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-on-all-cause-mortality-of-75-years-old-and-over-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-aortic-stenosis
#12
Z Li, Y Q Ye, M Y Wang, H Y Xu, S Y Teng, J Qian, W Wang, X Wang, Y J Wu
Objective: To evaluate the impact of left ventricular systolic dysfunction on all-cause mortality of 75 years old and over patients with moderate to severe aortic stenosis. Methods: Clinical data of 301 consecutive aged (≥75 years old) patients with a diagnosis of non-rheumatic moderate to severe aortic stenosis by echocardiography between January 1, 2008 and January 1, 2015 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. According to the LVEF, patients were divided into normal LVEF subjects and low LVEF subjects, and the low LVEF level was set at below 60%(≤60%(n=171)vs...
October 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899861/echocardiographic-follow-up-of-patent-foramen-ovale-and-the-factors-affecting-spontaneous-closure
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Ali Yildirim, Alperen Aydin, Tevfik Demir, Fatma Aydin, Birsen Ucar, Zubeyir Kilic
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the echocardiographic follow-up of patent foramen ovale, which is considered a potential etiological factor in various diseases, and to determine the factors affecting spontaneous closure. METHODS: Between January 2000 and June 2012, records of 918 patients with patent foramen ovale were retrospectively reviewed. Patency of less than 3 mm around the fossa ovalis is called patent foramen ovale. Patients with cyanotic congenital heart diseases, severe heart valve disorders and severe hemodynamic left to right shunts were excluded from the study...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899284/defective-lymphatic-valve-development-and-chylothorax-in-mice-with-a-lymphatic-specific-deletion-of-connexin43
#14
Stephanie J Munger, Michael J Davis, Alexander M Simon
Lymphatic valves (LVs) are cusped luminal structures that permit the movement of lymph in only one direction and are therefore critical for proper lymphatic vessel function. Congenital valve aplasia or agenesis can, in some cases, be a direct cause of lymphatic disease. Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms operating during the development and maintenance of LVs may thus aid in the establishment of novel therapeutic approaches to treat lymphatic disorders. In this study, we examined the role of Connexin43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs), during valve development...
November 26, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899140/transapical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-or-without-prior-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-operation
#15
Konstantinos V Voudris, S Chiu Wong, Ryan Kaple, Polydoros N Kampaktsis, Andreas R de Biasi, Jonathan S Weiss, Richard Devereux, Karl Krieger, Luke Kim, Rajesh V Swaminathan, Dmitriy N Feldman, Harsimran Singh, Nikolaos J Skubas, Robert M Minutello, Geoffrey Bergman, Arash Salemi
BACKGROUND: Transapical approach (TA) is an established access alternative to the transfemoral technique in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for treatment of symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. The impact of prior coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TA-TAVR is not well defined. METHODS: A single center retrospective cohort analysis of 126 patients (male 41%, mean age 85.8 ± 6.1 years) who underwent TA balloon expandable TAVR (Edwards SAPIEN, SAPIEN XT or SAPIEN 3) was performed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898500/patterns-and-trends-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-italy-insights-from-rispeva
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Arturo Giordano, Nicola Corcione, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Sergio Berti, Anna Sonia Petronio, Carlo Pierli, Patrizia Presbitero, Pietro Giudice, Gennaro Sardella, Antonio L Bartorelli, Roberto Bonmassari, Ciro Indolfi, Alfredo Marchese, Elvis Brscic, Alberto Cremonesi, Luca Testa, Nedy Brambilla, Francesco Bedogni
AIMS: Clinical trials have shown that transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic stenosis compares favorably to surgical replacement in high-risk patients and is superior to medical therapy in those at prohibitive risk. There is uncertainty however on patterns and trends in transcatheter aortic valve implantation, especially focusing on Italy. METHODS: The RISPEVA study is a prospective Italian registry including 21 institutions. Patients have been enrolled since late 2012, and data collection includes several baseline, procedural, in-hospital, and follow-up details...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895692/impact-of-postoperative-duration-of-aspirin-use-on-longevity-of-bioprosthetic-pulmonary-valve-in-patients-who-underwent-congenital-heart-disease-repair
#17
Tae-Woong Hwang, Sung-Ook Kim, Sang-Yun Lee, Seong-Ho Kim, Eun-Young Choi, So-Ick Jang, Su-Jin Park, Hye-Won Kwon, Hyo-Bin Lim, Chang-Ha Lee, Eun-Seok Choi
PURPOSE: Generally, aspirin is used as a protective agent against thrombogenic phenomenon after pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) using a bioprosthetic valve. However, the appropriate duration of aspirin use is unclear. We analyzed the impact of postoperative duration of aspirin use on the longevity of bioprosthetic pulmonary valves in patients who underwent repair for congenital heart diseases. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data of 137 patients who underwent PVR using a bioprosthetic valve between January 2000 and December 2003...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895548/a-novel-microfluidic-cell-co-culture-platform-for-the-study-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-other-synucleinopathies
#18
João T S Fernandes, Oldriska Chutna, Virginia Chu, João P Conde, Tiago F Outeiro
Although, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease (PD) are still elusive, it is now known that spreading of alpha-synuclein (aSyn) pathology and neuroinflammation are important players in disease progression. Here, we developed a novel microfluidic cell-culture platform for studying the communication between two different cell populations, a process of critical importance not only in PD but also in many biological processes. The integration of micro-valves in the device enabled us to control fluid routing, cellular microenvironments, and to simulate paracrine signaling...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895342/innovations-in-cardiovascular-care-historical-perspective-contemporary-practice-recent-trends-and-future-directions
#19
Hasanat Sharif, Mayera Tufail
Cardiovascular diseases continue to be a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the world population. First open heart procedure was performed by Gibbon in 1953, since then many advancements have been introduced to the field of cardiac surgery. Minimally invasive techniques were introduced, which include minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), off-pump technique, minimally invasive valve surgery or transcatheter techniques to implant stentless or sutureless valves. The hybrid strategy to address coronary disease combines catheterisation procedures with standard surgical techniques...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894865/the-genetic-component-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortic-dilation-an-exome-wide-association-study
#20
Marina Gago-Díaz, María Brion, Pastora Gallego, Francisco Calvo, Juan Robledo-Carmona, Daniel Saura, Violeta Sánchez, Javier Bermejo, Teresa Sevilla, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Ángel Carracedo, J Daniel Muehlschlegel, David García-Dorado, Simon C Body, Artur Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common cardiovascular congenital malformation affecting 2% of the general population. The incidence of life-threatening complications, the high heritability, and familial clustering rates support the interest in identifying risk or protective genetic factors. The main objective of the present study was to identify population-based genetic variation associated with bicuspid aortic valve and concomitant ascending aortic dilation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional exome-wide association study was conducted in 565 Spanish cases and 484 controls...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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