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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098488/pulse-wave-velocity-and-myocardial-performance-index-in-premature-ovarian-insufficiency
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Muhammed Necati Murat Aksoy, Nermin Akdemir, Harun Kilic, Sabiye Yilmaz, Ramazan Akdemir, Huseyin Gunduz
OBJECTIVE: Epidemiological studies suggest that women with loss of ovarian function at early ages may be especially burdened by cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this study, we aimed to evaluate pulse wave velocity and myocardial performance index in patients with premature ovarian insufficiency (POI). DESIGN: We enrolled 51 female patients (mean age 38.9 ± 6.7 years) with POI and 49 healthy subjects (mean age 36.8 ± 5.2 years). All participants underwent a detailed echocardiographic examination and pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurement which is basically the velocity of pulse wave travelling from carotid to femoral artery...
January 18, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098104/evaluation-of-arterial-stiffness-in-nondiabetic-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Bodanapu Mastanvalli, Kolla Praveen Kumar, Desai Madhav, P L Venkata Pakki Reddy, Shaik Mahaboob Vali
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing problem worldwide. Clinical and epidemiologic studies have shown that structural and functional changes that occur in major arteries are a major contributing factor to the high mortality in uremic patients. Recent studies have shown a stepwise increase of the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) from CKD Stage 1 to Stage 5. We evaluated the cfPWV and augmentation index (AIx), as indirect markers of arterial stiffness in patients with nondiabetic CKD and compared the values with normal population; we also evaluated the relationship between various stages of CKD and arterial stiffness markers...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097683/echocardiographic-estimates-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-do-not-predict-the-clinical-course-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-atrial-septal-defect-closure-impact-of-early-diastolic-mitral-annular-velocity
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Yoichi Takaya, Teiji Akagi, Yasufumi Kijima, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhisa Watanabe, Hiroki Oe, Manabu Taniguchi, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the effect of echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction on acute congestive heart failure after transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) closure in elderly patients. BACKGROUND: Although there is concern that LV diastolic dysfunction develops acute congestive heart failure after ASD closure, limited information is available regarding the influence, especially in elderly patients with severe LV diastolic dysfunction...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097518/beneficial-effects-of-ozone-therapy-on-oxidative-stress-cardiac-functions-and-clinical-findings-in-patients-with-heart-failure-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mutlu Buyuklu, Fatih Mehmet Kandemir, Turan Set, Eftal Murat Bakırcı, Husnu Degirmenci, Hikmet Hamur, Ergun Topal, Sefa Kucukler, Kultigin Turkmen
The aim of study was to determine the effects of ozone therapy on the oxidative stress, cardiac functions and clinical findings in patients with heart failure reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). A total of 40 patients with New York Heart Association 2 and 3 HF with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <35%, and 40 subjects without HF as control group were included in the study. Patients with HFrEF were given additional ozone therapy of major and minor administrations along with conventional HF treatment for 5 weeks...
January 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097009/statin-utilisation-in-a-real-world-setting-a-retrospective-analysis-in-relation-to-arterial-and-cardiovascular-autonomic-function
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John D Sluyter, Alun D Hughes, Andrew Lowe, Carlos A Camargo, Robert K R Scragg
Randomized trials suggest that statin treatment may lower blood pressure and influence cardiovascular autonomic function (CVAF), but the impact of duration of usage, discontinuation, and adherence to this therapy is unknown. We examined these issues with regard to blood pressure (BP)-related variables in a large, population-based study. Participants were 4942 adults (58% male; aged 50-84 years): 2179 on statin treatment and 2763 untreated. Days of utilization, adherence (proportion of days covered ≥0.8), and discontinuation (non-use for ≥30 days immediately prior to BP measurement) of three statins (atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin) over a period of up to 2 years was monitored retrospectively from electronic databases...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095492/growth-hormone-deficiency-is-associated-with-worse-cardiac-function-physical-performance-and-outcome-in-chronic-heart-failure-insights-from-the-t-o-s-ca-ghd-study
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Michele Arcopinto, Andrea Salzano, Francesco Giallauria, Eduardo Bossone, Jörgen Isgaard, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Olga Vriz, David N Åberg, Daniele Masarone, Amato De Paulis, Lavinia Saldamarco, Carlo Vigorito, Pietro Formisano, Massimo Niola, Francesco Perticone, Domenico Bonaduce, Luigi Saccà, Annamaria Colao, Antonio Cittadini
BACKGROUND: Although mounting evidence supports the concept that growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) affects cardiovascular function, no study has systematically investigated its prevalence and role in a large cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GHD in mild-to-moderate CHF and to explore clinical and functional correlates of GHD. METHODS: One-hundred thirty CHF patients underwent GH provocative test with GHRH+arginine and accordingly categorized into GH-deficiency (GHD, n = 88, age = 61...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094481/influence-of-the-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia-on-the-left-ventricular-function-an-echocardiographic-study
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Miguel Miró, Filippo Sanfilippo, Fátima Pérez, Santiago García Del Valle, Juan I Gómez-Arnau
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is widely used for major surgery, but studies assessing its impact on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function are limited, and such studies have assessed patients already under general anesthesia and/or receiving volume expansion between examinations. METHODS: Observational study at a secondary university hospital including consecutive awake patients undergoing major abdominal surgery without significant pre-existing cardiac disease...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094130/acute-systolic-heart-failure-with-normal-admission-bnp-clinical-features-and-outcomes
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Hesham R Omar, Maya Guglin
INTRODUCTION: The characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with acute systolic heart failure (HF) and normal admission B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) has not been previously explored. METHODS: Using the ESCAPE trial data, we compared patients with acute HF and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤30% who have either normal or elevated BNP on the day of hospitalization. The study endpoints were 30-day and 6-month mortality, all-cause rehospitalization and rehospitalization for HF...
December 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093411/age-and-sex-related-influences-on-left-ventricular-mechanics-in-elderly-individuals-free-of-prevalent-heart-failure-the-aric-study-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities
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Chung-Lieh Hung, Alexandra Gonçalves, Amil M Shah, Susan Cheng, Dalane Kitzman, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Advanced age is related to left ventricular (LV) remodeling. We sought to investigate the relationships between aging, elevated hemodynamic load, cardiac mechanics, and LV remodeling in an elderly community-based population. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 1105 subjects (76±5 years, 61% women) without prevalent heart failure, who attended the visit 5 of the ARIC study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities). LV global longitudinal strain, global circumferential strain, and torsion indices were analyzed using 3-dimensional echocardiography...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092462/adolescent-cardiovascular-functional-and-structural-outcomes-of-growth-trajectories-from-infancy-prospective-community-based-study
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Alanna N Hanvey, Fiona K Mensah, Susan A Clifford, Melissa Wake
BACKGROUND: Adult BMI trajectories outperform single BMI measurements as predictors of cardiovascular mortality; however, it is unknown whether this also holds in childhood. We aimed to identify BMI trajectory categories from birth to adolescence, and examine their associations with adolescent cardiovascular function and structure. METHODS: Adolescents from a community-based prospective birth cohort completed 11-16 BMI measurements between birth and adolescence...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091441/process-and-outcome-measures-of-quality-of-care-at-the-diabetes-outpatient-clinic-university-college-hospital-ibadan
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J O Adeleye, M A Kuti
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to assess the quality of care provided at a diabetes outpatient clinic of a tertiary hospital in Nigeria using quality indicators approved by the National Diabetes Quality Improvement Alliance (NDQIA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical records of patients who had visited the clinic at least two times within a 12 months period preceding the index visit were reviewed during a 5 month period. Process measure indicators, approved by the NDQIA (evaluating the functioning of the clinic) and outcome measures, published by the American Diabetes Association, (evaluating the health status of the attending patients) were retrieved from the medical records...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090294/the-effects-of-pulmonary-vasodilating-agents-on-right-ventricular-parameters-in-severe-group-3-pulmonary-hypertension-a-pilot-study
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Takahiro Sato, Ichizo Tsujino, Ayako Sugimoto, Toshitaka Nakaya, Taku Watanabe, Hiroshi Ohira, Masaru Suzuki, Satoshi Konno, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Masaharu Nishimura
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)-approved vasodilators improve right ventricular (RV) function in patients with PAH. However, whether PAH-approved drugs ameliorate RV morphology and function in lung disease-associated pulmonary hypertension (lung-PH) remains unclear. We aimed to prospectively evaluate the changes in RV volume and ejection fraction (RVEF) in 14 consecutive severe lung-PH patients treated with PAH-approved vasodilators. Severe lung-PH was defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP) of ≥35 mmHg or an MPAP of ≥25 mmHg with a cardiac index (L/min/m(2)) of <2...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090292/a-new-look-at-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-postcapillary-pathophysiology-and-cardiac-dysfunction
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Arvind Sehgal, Andra Malikiwi, Eldho Paul, Kenneth Tan, Samuel Menahem
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular function are the focus of cardiovascular effects of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We assessed cardiac indexes reflecting systemic afterload and pulmonary venous back pressure as pathophysiologic factors. Cardiac parameters were measured by conventional echocardiography in 20 preterm infants with severe BPD and compared with those of 10 preterm infants with no BPD and 20 healthy term infants. In infants with severe BPD, PH was noted in 5 (25%) by tricuspid regurgitation Doppler jet ≥2...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089095/characteristics-of-anatomy-and-function-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-and-their-relationships-in-patients-with-cardioembolic-stroke-a-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Yuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Morino, Akiko Kumagai, Maiko Hozawa, Motoyuki Nakamura, Yasuo Terayama, Atsushi Tashiro
BACKGROUND: Increasing attention is being paid to the left atrial appendage (LAA) in the context of risk stratification in cardioembolic stroke (CES) and the requirement for meticulous planning of percutaneous closure device implantation. However, detailed systematic assessment of the LAA remains limited. METHODS: This study evaluated the anatomy and function of LAA using 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) on 194 consecutive patients older than 50 years old hospitalized exclusively for CES...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088113/modulatory-effect-of-vanillic-acid-on-antioxidant-status-in-high-fat-diet-induced-changes-in-diabetic-hypertensive-rats
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Kolanji Vinothiya, Natarajan Ashokkumar
The worldwide incidence of diabetes has increased dramatically along with widespread lifestyle and dietary changes. Diets high in fat are strongly associated with the development of obesity and can induce insulin resistance in humans and animals. It is clear that obesity constitutes a risk factor for contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic potential action of vanillic acid on diabetes associated complications using a rat model. Rats were made diabetic hypertensive by high fat diet (HFD) for 20 weeks and were treated with vanillic acid (50mg/kg bw) for last 8 weeks...
January 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087265/myocardial-relaxation-is-accelerated-by-fast-stretch-not-reduced-afterload
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Charles S Chung, Charles W Hoopes, Kenneth S Campbell
Fast relaxation of cross-bridge generated force in the myocardium facilitates efficient diastolic function. Recently published research studying mechanisms that modulate the relaxation rate has focused on molecular factors. Mechanical factors have received less attention since the 1980s when seminal work established the theory that reducing afterload accelerates the relaxation rate. Clinical trials using afterload reducing drugs, partially based on this theory, have thus far failed to improve outcomes for patients with diastolic dysfunction...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087179/value-of-serum-n-terminal-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-asymptomatic-structural-heart-disease-in-taiwanese-population-comparisons-with-current-esc-guidelines
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Ta-Chuan Hung, Kuang-Te Wang, Chun-Ho Yun, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Chia-Yuan Liu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Hiram G Bezerra, Hsiao-Yang Cheng, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structural or functional anomalies in pre-clinical, asymptomatic Asian populations has not been well identified. METHODS: From October 2005 to March 2008, we enrolled consecutive asymptomatic adults with preserved global left ventricular (LV) function (ejection fraction>50%) who underwent annual cardiovascular health survey. Circulating NT-proBNP was used to identify echo-defined cardiac structural/functional anomalies and compared to current recommended cut-off from the European Society of Heart Failure...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086951/sodium-glucose-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibition-with-empagliflozin-improves-cardiac-diastolic-function-in-a-female-rodent-model-of-diabetes
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Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, James R Sowers, Guanghong Jia, Melvin R Hayden, Mona Garro, Brady Barron, Eric Mayoux, R Scott Rector, Adam Whaley-Connell, Vincent G DeMarco
Obese and diabetic individuals are at increased risk for impairments in diastolic relaxation and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The impairments in diastolic relaxation are especially pronounced in obese and diabetic women and predict future cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in this population. Recent clinical data suggest sodium glucose transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibition reduces CVD events in diabetic individuals, but the mechanisms of this CVD protection are unknown. To determine whether targeting SGLT2 improves diastolic relaxation, we utilized empagliflozin (EMPA) in female db/db mice...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086779/the-effect-of-electrical-conductivity-of-myocardium-on-cardiac-pumping-efficacy-a-computational-study
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Ana Rahma Yuniarti, Ki Moo Lim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The existence of non-excitable cells in the myocardium leads to the increasing conduction non-uniformity and decreasing myocardial electrical conductivity. Slowed myocardial conduction velocity (MCV) believed to enhance the probability of cardiac arryhthmia and alter the cardiac mechanical pumping efficacy, even in sinus rhythm. Though several studies on the correlation between MCV and cardiac electrical instabilities exist, there has been no study concerning correlation or causality between MCV and cardiac mechanical pumping efficacy, due to the limitation in clinical methods to document and evaluate cardiac mechanical responses directly...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081312/the-effects-of-balneotherapy-on-acute-process-related-and-cumulative-peripheral-cardiac-responses-and-pulmonary-functions-in-patients-with-musculoskeletal-disorders
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Senem Şaş, Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of balneotherapy on acute, process-related, and cumulative peripheral cardiac responses and pulmonary functions in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-eight patients with musculoskeletal disorders referred to physiotherapy with balneotherapy were recruited. The patients received balneotherapy for 20 min 5 times per week for 2 weeks. Blood pressure and pulse were measured at the 0th, 5th, 10th, 20th, and 30th minutes during the 1st and 10th sessions...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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