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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926416/blood-pressure-variability-and-cognitive-function-among-older-african-americans-introducing-a-new-blood-pressure-variability-measure
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Siny Tsang, Scott A Sperling, Moon Ho Park, Ira M Helenius, Ishan C Williams, Carol Manning
BACKGROUND: Although blood pressure (BP) variability has been reported to be associated with cognitive impairment, whether this relationship affects African Americans has been unclear. We sought correlations between systolic and diastolic BP variability and cognitive function in community-dwelling older African Americans, and introduced a new BP variability measure that can be applied to BP data collected in clinical practice. METHODS: We assessed cognitive function in 94 cognitively normal older African Americans using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Computer Assessment of Mild Cognitive Impairment (CAMCI)...
September 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926375/early-effects-of-renal-replacement-therapy-on-cardiovascular-comorbidity-in-children-with-end-stage-kidney-disease-findings-from-the-4c-t-study
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Bernhard M W Schmidt, Rizky I Sugianto, Daniela Thurn, Karolis Azukaitis, Aysun K Bayazit, Nur Canpolat, Ayse Guler Eroglu, Salim Caliskan, Anke Doyon, Ali Duzova, Tevfik Karagoz, Ali Anarat, Murat Deveci, Sevgi Mir, Bruno Ranchin, Rukshana Shroff, Esra Baskin, Mieczyslaw Litwin, Z Birsin Özcakar, Rainer Büscher, Oguz Soylemezoglu, Jiri Dusek, Markus Kemper, Maria C Matteucci, Sandra Habbig, Guido Laube, Elke Wühl, Uwe Querfeld, Anja Sander, Franz Schaefer, Anette Melk
BACKGROUND: The early impact of renal transplantation on subclinical cardiovascular measures in pediatric patients has not been widely investigated. This analysis is performed for pediatric patients participating in the prospective 4C study and focuses on the early effects of RRT modality on cardiovascular comorbidity in patients receiving a preemptive transplant or started on dialysis. METHODS: We compared measures indicating subclinical cardiovascular organ damage (aortal pulse wave velocity, carotid intima media thickness, left ventricular mass index) and evaluated cardiovascular risk factors in 166 pediatric patients before and 6 to 18 months after start of RRT (n=76 transplantation, n=90 dialysis)...
September 18, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922677/surgery-significantly-improves-neurocognition-sleep-and-blood-pressure-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-a-3-year-prospective-follow-up-study
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Sara Storvall, Eeva M Ryhänen, Ilkka Heiskanen, Harri Sintonen, Risto P Roine, Camilla Schalin-Jäntti
Surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) improves health-related quality of life (HRQoL), but it is unclear whether the effects are sustained after medium-term (>2 years) follow-up, and whether the results on some or all dimensions of HRQoL will reach that of the general population. We performed a follow-up of HRQoL on average 3.3 years after surgery for PHPT using the 15D in our patient cohort (n=124) and compared the results to those of an age- and gender-standardized general population (n=1099)...
September 18, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921674/decline-in-effort-capacity-with-age-echocardiographic-stress-analysis-in-the-elderly
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Anat Milman, Gad Keren, Yan Topilsky
BACKGROUND: The present study was designed to assess the underlying mechanism of decline in effort capacity seen with aging. METHODS: We analyzed 250 healthy senior patients (≥65 years) with an ejection fraction ≥60% who underwent a stress echocardiogram test. The seniors (aged 65-94) were divided into 3 equal age groups (groups 1, 2, and 3), and their echo characteristics at rest and peak exercise (measured and calculated) were compared. RESULTS: Diastolic function at rest declined significantly (E lateral, E septal, E/E', A) with age, while other rest parameters were similar...
September 17, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921669/respiratory-variation-in-left-ventricular-cardiac-function-with-3d-double-golden-angle-whole-heart-cine-imaging
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Karen Holst, Martin Ugander, Andreas Sigfridsson
PURPOSE: To develop a 3-dimensional free-breathing cardiovascular MR technique for quantifying the variation in left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) during the respiratory cycle. METHODS: A 3-dimensional radial trajectory with double golden-angle ordering was used for free-running data acquisition during free breathing in healthy volunteers (N = 8). A respiratory self-gating signal was extracted from the center of k-space, and data were retrospectively binned into eight respiratory phases in end-diastole...
September 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920862/enhanced-endothelium-epithelial-sodium-channel-signaling-prompts-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-obese-female-mice
#6
Guanghong Jia, Javad Habibi, Annayya R Aroor, Michael A Hill, Vincent G DeMarco, Li E Lee, Lixin Ma, Brady J Barron, Adam Whaley-Connell, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Enhanced activation of cell specific mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) in obesity plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease including cardiac diastolic dysfunction as a critical prognosticator. Our previous investigations demonstrated that selective endothelium MR activation promotes a maladaptive inflammatory response and fibrosis in cardiovascular tissue in female mice fed a western diet (WD), and this was associated with expression and activation of the epithelial sodium channel on the surface of endothelial cells (EnNaC)...
September 8, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919580/concomitant-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-add-to-the-atrial-arrhythmogenic-phenotype-in-male-hypertensive-rats
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Mathias Hohl, Dennis H Lau, Andreas Müller, Adrian D Elliott, Benedikt Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Jeroen M L Hendriks, Michael Böhm, Ulrich Schotten, Prashanthan Sanders, Dominik Linz
BACKGROUND: Besides hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome have recently emerged as risk factors for atrial fibrillation. This study sought to delineate the development of an arrhythmogenic substrate for atrial fibrillation in hypertension with and without concomitant obesity and metabolic syndrome. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared obese spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR-obese, n=7-10) with lean hypertensive controls (SHR-lean, n=7-10) and normotensive rats (n=7-10)...
September 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918835/left-ventricular-false-tendons-are-associated-with-left-ventricular-dilation-and-impaired-systolic-and-diastolic-function
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Michael E Hall, Joseph A Halinski, Thomas N Skelton, William F Campbell, Michael R McMullan, Robert C Long, Myrna N Alexander, James D Pollard, John E Hall, Ervin R Fox, Michael D Winniford, Daisuke Kamimura
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular false tendons (LVFTs) are chord-like structures that traverse the LV cavity and are generally considered to be benign. However, they have been associated with arrhythmias, LV hypertrophy and LV dilation in some small studies. We hypothesize that LVFTs are associated with LV structural and functional changes assessed by echocardiography. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated echocardiographic and clinical parameters of 126 patients identified as having LVFTs within the past 2 years and compared them to 85 age-matched controls without LVFTs...
September 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917493/usefulness-of-myocardial-annular-velocity-change-during-mental-stress-to-predict-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-from-the-responses-of-mental-stress-induced-myocardial-ischemia-to-escitalopram-treatment-trial
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Fawaz Alenezi, Beverly H Brummett, Stephen H Boyle, Zainab Samad, Michael A Babyak, Nabil Alzaeim, Jennifer Wilson, Minna M D Romano, Julia L Sun, Mads Ersboll, Christopher M O'Connor, Eric J Velazquez, Wei Jiang
Mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia is common and a prognostic factor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The present study aimed at examining associations between mental stress-induced myocardial annular velocity (MAV) and cardiovascular outcome in patients with CAD. MAV, specifically, diastolic early (e'), diastolic late (a'), and systolic (s') velocities were obtained at rest and during mental stress testing in 224 patients with clinically stable CAD. Using Cox regression models, age, sex, and baseline-adjusted mental stress-induced MAV measures were examined as predictors of a priori defined composite event term that comprised all-cause mortality and/or nonfatal cardiovascular events, resulting in an unplanned hospitalization (major adverse cardiovascular events [MACE])...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916636/electrophysiological-heterogeneity-of-pacemaker-cells-in-rabbit-intercaval-region-including-sa-node-insights-from-recording-multiple-ion-currents-in-each-cell
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Oliver Monfredi, Kenta Tsutsui, Bruce D Ziman, Michael D Stern, Edward G Lakatta, Victor A Maltsev
Cardiac pacemaker cells, including cells of the sinoatrial node, are heterogeneous in size, morphology and electrophysiological characteristics. The exact extent to which these cells differ electrophysiologically is unclear, yet is critical to understanding their functioning. We examined major ionic currents in individual intercaval pacemaker cells (IPC) sampled from the para-cristal, inter-caval region (including the sinoatrial node) that were spontaneously beating after enzymatic isolation from rabbit hearts...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916620/the-anthracycline-metabolite-doxorubicinol-abolishes-ryr2-sensitivity-to-physiological-changes-in-luminal-ca-2-through-an-interaction-with-calsequestrin
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Amy Hanna, Alexander Lam, Chris Thekkedam, Hermia Willemse, Angela Fay Dulhunty, Nicole Beard
The chemotherapeutic anthracycline metabolite doxorubicinol (doxOL) has been shown to interact with and disrupt the function of the cardiac ryanodine receptor Ca2+ release channel (RyR2) in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane and the SR Ca2+ binding protein calsequestrin2 (CSQ2). Normal increases in RyR2 activity in response to increasing diastolic SR [Ca2+] are influenced by CSQ2 and are disrupted in arrhythmic conditions. Therefore we explored the action of doxOL on RyR2's response to changes in luminal [Ca2+] seen during diastole...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915538/long-term-t3-and-t4-treatment-as-an-alternative-to-aerobic-exercise-training-in-improving-cardiac-function-post-myocardial-infarction
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Rayane Brinck Teixeira, Alexsandra Zimmer, Alexandre Luz de Castro, Bruna Gazzi de Lima-Seolin, Patrick Türck, Rafaela Siqueira, Adriane Belló-Klein, Pawan K Singal, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo
Here we aimed to compare the beneficial effects of T3 and T4 hormone treatment to those provided by aerobic exercise training in Wistar rats post-myocardial infarction (MI). Rats in one group were SHAM-operated and in the other group were subjected to MI surgery. One week after surgery, the MI group animals either received T3 and T4 hormones by gavage or underwent a low intensity aerobic exercise training protocol on a treadmill, and both treatments lasted until 10 weeks after MI. Untreated SHAM-operated and MI groups were also followed for the same duration...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915536/protective-effect-of-the-standardized-extract-of-ginkgo-biloba-egb761-against-hypertension-with-hypercholesterolemia-induced-renal-injury-in-rats-insights-in-the-underlying-mechanisms
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Ahmed O Abdel-Zaher, Hanan S M Farghaly, Abeer E M El-Refaiy, Ahmed M Abd-Eldayem
The potential protective role of the standardized leaf extract of ginkgo biloba (EGb761) on hypertension with hypercholesterolemia-induced renal injury was investigated in rats. Hypertension was induced by L-N(G)-nitroarginine methyl ester (L-NAME) and hypercholesterolemia was induced by feeding rats with a diet containing 1% cholesterol. In these animals repeated treatment with EGb761 produced a progressive reduction in the systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure (BP). EGb761 increased the progressive reduction in the systolic, diastolic and mean arterial BP induced by repeated administration of losartan with simvastatin...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915224/systolic-and-diastolic-left-ventricular-mechanics-during-and-after-resistance-exercise
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Eric J Stöhr, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, T Jake Samuel, Keeron Stone, Joseph I Esformes
PURPOSE: To improve the current understanding of the impact of resistance exercise on the heart, by examining the acute responses of left ventricular (LV) strain, twist, and untwisting rate ("LV mechanics"). METHODS: LV echocardiographic images were recorded in systole and diastole before, during and immediately after (7-12 s) double-leg press exercise at two intensities (30% and 60% of maximum strength, one-repetition maximum). Speckle tracking analysis generated LV strain, twist, and untwisting rate data...
October 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914852/-efficiency-of-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-virus-negative-and-virus-positive-patients-with-morphologically-verified-lymphocytic-myocarditis
#15
O V Blagova, A V Nedostup, E A Kogan, V A Sulimov
AIM: To evaluate the efficiency of immunosuppressive therapy (IST) in virus-negative (V-) and virus-positive (V+) patients with lymphocytic myocarditis (LM). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 60 patients (45 males) (mean age 46.7±11.8 years) with dilated cardiomyopathy (mean left ventricular (LV) end diastolic size (EDS) 6.7±0.7 cm; ejection fraction (EF) 26.2±9.1%) were examined. The diagnosis of active/borderline LM was verified by right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy in 38 patients, by intraoperative LV biopsy in 10, in the study of explanted hearts from 3 patients and at autopsy in 9...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914725/sleep-duration-and-quality-as-related-to-left-ventricular-structure-and-function
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Jae-Hon Lee, Sung Keun Park, Jae-Hong Ryoo, Chang-Mo Oh, Jeong Gyu Kang, Rodrigo B Mansur, Jeffrey E Alfonsi, Yena Lee, Sun-Han Shin, Roger S McIntyre, Ju Young Jung
OBJECTIVE: Inadequate sleep is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events; however, the associations between sleep duration or quality and cardiac function or structure are not well understood. This cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate to what extent sleep duration and quality are associated with left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction or structural deterioration. METHODS: A total of 31,598 healthy Korean adults who received echocardiography and completed the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index were enrolled in this study...
September 13, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914601/left-ventricular-long-axis-function-assessed-with-cardiac-cine-mr-imaging-is-an-independent-predictor-of-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-multicenter-study
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Simone Romano, Robert M Judd, Raymond J Kim, Han W Kim, Igor Klem, John F Heitner, Dipan J Shah, Jennifer Jue, Afshin Farzaneh-Far
Purpose To evaluate the prognostic value of a simple index of left ventricular (LV) long-axis function-lateral mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE)-in a large multicenter population of patients with reduced ejection fraction (EF) who were undergoing cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and Methods This retrospective study included 1040 consecutive patients (mean age, 59.5 years ± 15.8) at four U.S. medical centers who were undergoing cardiac MR imaging for assessment of LV dysfunction with EF less than 50%...
September 14, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913656/new-insights-into-cardiac-involvement-in-juvenile-scleroderma-a-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-assessment-unveils-subclinical-ventricle-dysfunction
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Reyhan Dedeoglu, Amra Adroviç, Funda Oztunç, Sezgin Sahin, Kenan Barut, Ozgur Kasapcopur
Cardiac manifestations in juvenile scleroderma or systemic sclerosis (JSSc) have poor prognosis, begin in early stages of the disease, and remain clinically asymptomatic. New echocardiography modalities, such as 2D/3D speckle tracking (STE, strain analysis for regional and global ventricular functions), can detect cardiac involvement in early stages. We assessed 21 JSSc patients and 19 controls using 2D/3D STE. The left ventricular end diastolic volume, end systolic volume, and ejection fraction of the patient and control groups were significantly different (99...
September 14, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912362/sympathetic-function-during-whole-body-cooling-is-altered-in-hypertensive-adults
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Jody L Greaney, W Larry Kenney, Lacy M Alexander
During moderate cold exposure, cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality increase disproportionately in hypertensive adults (HTN); however, the mechanisms underlying this association are not well defined. We hypothesized that whole-body cold stress would evoke exaggerated increases in blood pressure (BP) and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in HTN compared to normotensive adults (NTN) and that sympathetic baroreflex function would be altered during cooling in HTN. MSNA (peroneal microneurography) and beat-to-beat BP (Finometer) were measured continuously in 10 NTN (6M/4W; age 53±3 yrs; resting BP 125±3/79±1 mmHg) and 13 HTN (7M/6W; age 58±2 yrs; resting BP 146±5/88±2 mmHg) during whole-body cooling-induced reductions in mean skin temperature (Tsk; water-perfused suit) from 34...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912263/hemodynamic-phenotyping-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-left-heart-failure
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Robert Naeije, Mario Gerges, Jean-Luc Vachiery, Sergio Caravita, Christian Gerges, Irene M Lang
Increased pulmonary venous pressure secondary to left heart disease is the most common cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH). The diagnosis of PH due to left heart disease relies on a clinical probability assessment followed by the invasive measurements of a mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) ≥25 mm Hg and mean wedged PAP (PAWP) >15 mm Hg. A combination of mean PAP and mean PAWP defines postcapillary PH. Postcapillary PH is generally associated with a diastolic pulmonary pressure gradient (diastolic PAP minus mean PAWP) <7 mm Hg, a transpulmonary pressure gradient (mean PAP minus mean PAWP) <12 mm Hg, and pulmonary vascular resistance ≤3 Wood units (WU)...
September 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
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