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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/28332877/pentraxin-3-as-a-new-cardiovascular-marker-in-adrenal-adenomas
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Muhammed Kizilgul, Selvihan Beysel, Ozgur Ozcelik, Seyfullah Kan, Mahmut Apaydin, Mustafa Caliskan, Bekir Ucan, Erkam Sencar, Seyda Ozdemir, Erman Cakal
BACKGROUND: Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an acute-phase glycoprotein, which is increased in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and considered as a predictor of CVD in the general population. Both functional and nonfunctional adrenal tumors are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. We aimed to investigate plasma PTX3 levels in patients with functioning and nonfunctioning adrenal tumors and to determine its relationship with cardiovascular risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with functional adrenal tumors (11 pheochromocytomas, 9 Cushing's Syndrome and 1 primary hyperaldosteronism), 28 patients with non-functional adrenal incidentilomas, and 40 healthy controls were enrolled in the study...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
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/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331157/the-usefulness-of-combined-assessment-of-e-e-ratio-and-transmitral-flow-pattern-to-interpret-cardiac-condition
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Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Yoshihisa Akiomi, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
High mitral inflow early (E) velocity to tissue Doppler E' ratio (E/E') and an E to late diastolic filling velocity ratio (E/A) are used to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and filling pressure, but the usefulness of combined assessment of E/E' and E/A is not fully understood. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 1,266 patients who underwent echocardiography to assess cardiac function. Patients were grouped based on the values of E/E' (low E/E'<15, high E/E'≥15) and E/A (low E/A≤0...
March 22, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
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/28330451/the-risk-of-diabetic-renal-function-impairment-in-the-first-decade-after-diagnosed-of-diabetes-mellitus-is-correlated-with-high-variability-of-visit-to-visit-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-a-case-control-study
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Chi-Hsiao Yeh, Hsiu-Chin Yu, Tzu-Yen Huang, Pin-Fu Huang, Yao-Chang Wang, Tzu-Ping Chen, Shun-Ying Yin
BACKGROUND: The variability of visit-to-visit (VVV) in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) is proved as a predictor of renal function deterioration in patients with non-diabetic chronic kidney disease. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of the variability in SBP and the magnitude of renal function impairment for normal renal function patients in the first 10-years diagnosed with type II diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the electronic medical records of 789 patients who were first diagnosed with diabetes mellitus during 2000-2002 and regularly followed for 10 years with a total of 53,284 clinic visits...
March 22, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329380/subclinical-thyroid-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-diseases-2016-update
#8
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/28329360/early-surgery-versus-conventional-treatment-for-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-regurgitation-with-normal-ejection-fraction-and-left-ventricular-dilatation
#9
Yin Wang, Weiwei Jiang, Junwei Liu, Geng Li, Yi Liu, Xingjian Hu, Nianguo Dong
OBJECTIVES: The management of patients with asymptomatic severe aortic regurgitation (AR) remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to assess and compare the clinical results between early surgery and conventional treatment for asymptomatic severe AR in patients with normal left ventricular (LV) systolic function and LV dilatation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 230 consecutive patients with severe AR with left ventricular ejection function (LVEF ≥50%) and left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (LVEDD >70 mm) from 2003 to 2014...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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/28329230/3d-echocardiographic-reference-ranges-for-normal-left-ventricular-volumes-and-strain-results-from-the-eacvi-norre-study
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Anne Bernard, Karima Addetia, Raluca Dulgheru, Luis Caballero, Tadafumi Sugimoto, Natela Akhaladze, George D Athanassopoulos, Daniele Barone, Monica Baroni, Nuno Cardim, Andreas Hagendorff, Krasimira Hristova, Federica Ilardi, Teresa Lopez, Gonzalo de la Morena, Bogdan A Popescu, Martin Penicka, Tolga Ozyigit, Jose David Rodrigo Carbonero, Nico van de Veire, Ralph Stephan Von Bardeleben, Dragos Vinereanu, Jose Luis Zamorano, Christophe Martinez, Julien Magne, Bernard Cosyns, Erwan Donal, Gilbert Habib, Luigi P Badano, Roberto M Lang, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aim: To obtain the normal ranges for 3D echocardiography (3DE) measurement of left ventricular (LV) volumes, function, and strain from a large group of healthy volunteers. Methods and results: A total of 440 (mean age: 45 ± 13 years) out of the 734 healthy subjects enrolled at 22 collaborating institutions of the Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study had good-quality 3DE data sets that have been analysed with a vendor-independent software package allowing homogeneous measurements regardless of the echocardiographic machine used to acquire the data sets...
December 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329216/heart-mechanics-at-high-altitude-6%C3%A2-days-on-the-top-of-europe
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Claire Maufrais, Thomas Rupp, Pierre Bouzat, Gregory Doucende, Samuel Verges, Stéphane Nottin, Guillaume Walther
Aims: The aim of this study was to analyse the underlying mechanisms of left and right ventricular (LV and RV) functional alterations during several days in high-altitude hypoxia. Methods and results: Resting evaluations of LV and RV function and mechanics were assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography on 11 subjects at sea level (SLPRE), 3 ± 2 h after helicopter transport to high altitude (D0), at day 2 (D2), day 4 (D4) and day 6 (D6) at 4350 m and 5 ± 2 h after return to sea level (SLPOST)...
December 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329199/does-implantation-of-a-single-clip-provide-reliable-durability-after-transcatheter-mitral-repair-%C3%A2
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Nicola Buzzatti, Paolo Denti, Giovanni La Canna, Davide Schiavi, Luca Vicentini, Iside Stella Scarfò, Ilaria Caso, Michele De Bonis, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: A single MitraClip implant is often considered enough to achieve adequate mitral regurgitation (MR) reduction. The aim of this study was to compare MR recurrence in patients with an initial optimal result treated with a single clip versus those treated with two clips. METHODS: From October 2008 to May 2016, 322 patients were treated with the MitraClip procedure at our institution. We retrospectively selected all patients treated for functional MR (FMR) and degenerative MR (DMR) aetiologies with residual MR ≤1+, excluding patients who required >2 clips...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329173/mitral-valve-repair-for-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-in-non-ischaemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-is-associated-with-left-ventricular-reverse-remodelling-and-increase-of-forward-flow
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Vasileios Kamperidis, Suzanne E van Wijngaarden, Philippe J van Rosendael, William Kok Fai Kong, Madelien V Regeer, Frank van der Kley, Georgios Sianos, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Aims: It remains unclear whether surgical or transcatheter mitral valve repair for secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy reverse the underlying left ventricular (LV) pathophysiology. We hypothesized that mitral valve repair improves LV systolic function and forward flow and induces LV reverse remodelling in this group of patients. Methods and results: Seventy-six patients (65 ± 14 years old, 43% male) with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy and moderate to severe chronic secondary MR treated successfully with transcatheter or surgical mitral valve repair were evaluated...
February 23, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329065/right-ventricular-outflow-tract-systolic-function-correlates-with-exercise-capacity-in-patients-with-severe-right-ventricle-dilatation-after-repair-of-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Shuhua Luo, Jianhua Li, Dan Yang, Yaxin Zhou, Qi An, Yucheng Chen
OBJECTIVES: The relationship between exercise capacity and right ventricular (RV) components function in repaired tetralogy of Fallot patients with severely dilated right ventricles is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to characterize the exercise capacity and its relationship to RV global and components function in repaired tetralogy of Fallot patients with RV end-diastolic volume index  >150 ml/m 2 , a currently accepted threshold for pulmonary valve replacement. METHODS: The medical records and results of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and cardiopulmonary exercise testing of 25 consecutive eligible patients were reviewed...
February 16, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329042/longitudinal-cardiovascular-outcomes-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Zarmina Ehsan, Stacey L Ishman, Thomas R Kimball, Nanhua Zhang, Yuanshu Zou, Raouf S Amin
Objectives: The presence of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is known to impact long-term cardiovascular morbidity in adults; however, the long-term effects in children are poorly understood. We aimed to systematically review and synthesize studies published to date on the long-term effects of SDB in children. Study Design: Meta-analysis and systematic review using PubMed, CINAHL,Embase and Scopus (all indexed years). Methods: We searched for English-language articles containing original human data from prospective studies, with ≥7 participants, in children ≤18 years of age...
January 28, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328397/age-dependent-diastolic-heart-failure-in-an-in-vivo-drosophila-model
#17
Matthew P Klassen, Christian J Peters, Shiwei Zhou, Hannah H Williams, Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh Nung Jan
While the signals and complexes that coordinate the heartbeat are well established, how the heart maintains its electromechanical rhythm over a lifetime remains an open question with significant implications to human health. Reasoning that this homeostatic challenge confronts all pulsatile organs, we developed a high resolution imaging and analysis toolset for measuring cardiac function in intact, unanesthetized Drosophila melanogaster. We demonstrate that, as in humans, normal aging primarily manifests as defects in relaxation (diastole) while preserving contractile performance...
March 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326855/impact-of-postoperative-pulmonary-hypertension-on-outcome-after-heart-transplantation
#18
Jakob Lundgren, Carl Söderlund, Göran Rådegran
OBJECTIVES: We wanted to investigate the effects of postoperative pulmonary hypertension (PHpostop: mean pulmonary artery pressure [MPAP] ≥ 25 mmHg), diastolic pressure gradient (DPG), pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), and repeated hemodynamic measurements on long-term survival after heart transplantation (HT). DESIGN: Eighty-nine patients who underwent HT at Skåne University Hospital in Lund in the period 1988-2010 and who were evaluated with right-heart-catheterization at rest, prior to HT and repeatedly during the first postoperative year, were grouped based on their MPAP, DPG, and PVR...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325518/the-impact-of-age-and-gender-on-right-ventricular-diastolic-function-among-healthy-adults
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Antonello D'Andrea, Olga Vriz, Andreina Carbone, Francesco Ferrara, Marco Di Maio, Rosangela Cocchia, Gianluigi Tagliamonte, Edwige Acri, Caterina Driussi, Enrica Pezzullo, Rodolfo Citro, Antonio Cittadini, Raffaele Calabrò, Maria Giovanna Russo, Eduardo Bossone
BACKGROUND: Doppler echocardiography is ideally suited for assessment of diastolic function, being widely available, non-invasive, and less expensive than other techniques. However, data regarding age- and gender-matched reference values of right ventricular diastolic function are limited. This study aims to explore the physiologic variations of right ventricle (RV) diastolic function in a large cohort of healthy adults, and to investigate clinical and echocardiographic correlates. METHODS: From June 2007 to February 2014, 1168 healthy Caucasian subjects [mean age 45...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325106/impact-of-age-on-left-ventricular-geometry-and-diastolic-function-in-elderly-patients-with-treated-hypertension
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Ayumi Toba, Taro Kariya, Rie Aoyama, Taizo Ishiyama, Yusuke Tsuboko, Kazuhiro Takeda, Hajime Fujimoto, Kentaro Shimokado, Kazumasa Harada
PURPOSE: Left ventricular (LV) remodelling is observed in numerous patients with hypertension and is a principal cause of heart failure in elderly patients. The aim of this study was to determine the relationships between age and structural/functional LV remodelling observed in elderly hypertensive patients. METHODS: A total of 557 elderly hypertensive patients (mean age: 74.0 ± 8.6 years) with preserved LV systolic function underwent echocardiography and 24-hour blood pressure (BP) measurement...
March 22, 2017: Blood Pressure
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