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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031213/impairment-of-heart-rhythm-complexity-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy-an-assessment-with-multiscale-entropy-analysis
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Hongyun Liu, Zhao Yang, Fangang Meng, Yuguang Guan, Yanshan Ma, Shuli Liang, Jiuluan Lin, Longsheng Pan, Mingming Zhao, Wei Qu, Hongwei Hao, Guoming Luan, Jianguo Zhang, Luming Li
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy and seizures can have dramatic effects on the cardiac function. The aim of this study was to investigate the heart rhythm complexity in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). METHODS: Ambulatory 24-h electrocardiograms (ECG) from 70 DRE patients and 50 healthy control subjects were analyzed using conventional heart rate variability (HRV) and multiscale entropy (MSE) methods The variation of complexity indices (CI), which was calculated from MSE profile, was determined...
October 5, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029140/structural-valve-deterioration-in-the-mitroflow-biological-heart-valve-prosthesis
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Issa Farah Issa, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen, Farhad Waziri, Christian Torp Pedersen, Per Hostrup Nielsen, Lars Riber, Jordi S Dahl, Peter Søgaard, Martin Agge Nørgaard, Jacob Eifer Møller
OBJECTIVES: Concern has been raised regarding the long-term durability of the Mitroflow biological heart valve prosthesis. Our aim was to assess the incidence of structural valve degeneration (SVD) for the Mitroflow bioprosthesis in a nationwide study in Denmark including all patients alive in Denmark who had received a Mitroflow aortic bioprosthesis since 2000. METHODS: Patients alive in Denmark with a Mitroflow bioprosthesis implanted since January 2000 were invited to participate in a nationwide cross-sectional study with a predefined definition of SVD...
September 28, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029134/the-natural-history-and-surgical-outcome-of-patients-with-scimitar-syndrome-a-multi-centre-european-study
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Vladimiro L Vida, Alvise Guariento, Ornella Milanesi, Dario Gregori, Giovanni Stellin
Aims: Treatment decisions in patients with scimitar syndrome (SS) are often challenging, especially in patients with isolated SS who are often asymptomatic and who might be diagnosed accidentally. We queried a large multi-institutional registry of SS patients to evaluate the natural history of this condition and to determine the efficacy of surgical treatment in terms of survival and clinical status. Methods and results: We collected data on 485 SS patients from 51 institutions; 279 (57%) patients were treated surgically (STPs) and 206 (43%) were clinically monitored (CMPs)...
October 3, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029000/spindle-cell-sarcoma-of-the-mitral-valve-a-rare-indication-for-mitral-valve-replacement
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John Nicholas Roche Massey, S Kim Suvarna, Karol Krawczyk, Steven Hunter
Primary cardiac tumours are a rare finding and even rarer cause of valvular heart disease. We report a case of cardiac spindle cell sarcoma mimicking mitral valve stenosis and the subsequent operative management.
September 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028737/resting-pd-pa-and-haemodynamic-relevance-of-coronary-stenosis-as-evaluated-by-fractional-flow-reserve
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Giuseppe De Luca, Monica Verdoia, Lucia Barbieri, Paolo Marino, Harry Suryapranata
BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) currently represents the gold standard in the evaluation of the haemodynamic relevance of coronary stenoses. However, both intracoronary and intravenous adenosine may be tolerated poorly by some patients. Therefore, considerable interest had been focused in the last few years on new adenosine-free indexes to define the haemodynamic relevance of coronary stenoses. So far, few data have been reported on resting Pd/Pa and its correlation with FFR as evaluated with high-dose intracoronary adenosine administration, which is the aim of the current study...
October 12, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028640/coronary-sinus-catheter-induced-heart-block-during-aortic-valve-replacement-a-case-report
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Aaron B Dahl, Teresa Murray-Torres, Daniel A Emmert
Conduction abnormalities after cardiac surgery are common as is spontaneous resolution of these abnormalities. However, 1%-3% of patients will require placement of a permanent pacemaker. Patients with preexisting conduction abnormalities, undergoing reoperation, preexisting pulmonary hypertension and undergoing mitral or aortic valve operations are at a higher risk for requiring a permanent pacemaker. We present the first case described in the literature of a patient with a preexisting left bundle branch block, and heart failure with a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction of 25% who developed complete heart block after placement of a coronary sinus catheter...
October 12, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028109/research-on-the-correlation-of-urine-calcium-integrin-binding-protein-1-and-pro-bnp-with-ischemic-heart-failure
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L Zhang, F Tang, L-P Cai, H-L Wang, Z Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between the levels of urine calcium integrin binding protein-1 (CIB1) and serum precursor N-terminal brain natriuretic peptide (pro-BNP) and ischemic heart failure. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 30 patients diagnosed as acute ischemic heart failure for the first time in our hospital from January to August 2016 were continuously selected as the observation group 1, 30 patients with chronic stable ischemic heart failure as the observation group 2, and 30 healthy volunteers as the control group...
September 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027678/evaluation-of-carotid-plaque-neovascularization-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-on-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography
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Chuan Qin, Li Zhang, Xinfang Wang, Yilian Duan, Zhou Ye, Mingxing Xie
OBJECTIVES: To examine the repeatability of quantitative time-intensity curve analysis of neovascularization within carotid plaques with contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (US) and to investigate carotid plaque neovascularization in patients with coronary heart disease using contrast-enhanced US and the correlation between risk factors and acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Sixty patients with ACS and 60 with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent conventional carotid and contrast-enhanced US, and plaque enhancement was observed and analyzed quantitatively...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027653/comparison-of-dexmedetomidine-and-fentanyl-to-prevent-haemodynamic-response-to-skull-pin-application-in-neurosurgery-double-blind-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cattleya Thongrong, Pannawat Sirikannarat, Pornthep Kasemsiri, Pichayen Duangthongphon
BACKGROUND: Skull pin application during craniotomy is a highly noxious stimulus. Therefore, the attenuated effect between dexmedetomidine and fentanyl was investigated. METHOD: A randomized, double-blind controlled trial included sixty patients, randomly allocated into groups A and B. After patients entered the operative room, blood pressure and heart rate were measured (T1). At 5 minutes after propofol induction (T2), group A received dexmedetomidine 1 µg kg⁻¹ whereas group B received normal saline...
October 13, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026686/pain-prediction-from-ecg-in-vascular-surgery
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Tricia Adjei, Wilhelm Von Rosenberg, Valentin Goverdovsky, Katarzyna Powezka, Usman Jaffer, Danilo P Mandic
Varicose vein surgeries are routine outpatient procedures, which are often performed under local anaesthesia. The use of local anaesthesia both minimises the risk to patients and is cost effective, however, a number of patients still experience pain during surgery. Surgical teams must therefore decide to administer either a general or local anaesthetic based on their subjective qualitative assessment of patient anxiety and sensitivity to pain, without any means to objectively validate their decision. To this end, we develop a 3-D polynomial surface fit, of physiological metrics and numerical pain ratings from patients, in order to model the link between the modulation of cardiovascular responses and pain in varicose vein surgeries...
2017: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026385/a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-effect-of-a-ketamine-infusion-on-tourniquet-hypertension-during-general-anaesthesia-in-patients-undergoing-upper-and-lower-limb-surgery
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Joyce Ongaya, Vitalis Mung'ayi, Thikra Sharif, Jimmie Kabugi
BACKGROUND: Tourniquet hypertension arising from tourniquet inflation remains a primary concern to the anaesthetist. One drug commonly used to manage tourniquet hypertension is ketamine. No studies have examined the effect of ketamine on tourniquet hypertension for a period of more than one hour or an infusion of the same. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of an intravenous infusion of ketamine versus placebo on tourniquet induced hypertension in patients undergoing upper and lower limb surgery under general anaesthesia...
March 2017: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025899/a-novel-single-beat-approach-to-assess-right-ventricular-systolic-function
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Alessandro Bellofiore, Rebecca R Vanderpool, Melanie J Brewis, Andrew J Peacock, Naomi C Chesler
Clinical assessment of right ventricular (RV) contractility in diseases such as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has been hindered by the lack of a robust methodology. Here, a novel clinically-viable single-beat method was developed to assess end-systolic elastance (Ees), a measure of RV contractility. We hypothesized that this novel approach reduces uncertainty and interobserver variability in the estimation of the maximum isovolumic pressure (Piso), the key step in single-beat methods. The new method was designed to include a larger portion of the RV pressure data and minimize subjective adjustments by the operator...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025547/contemporary-techniques-of-pericardiectomy-for-pericardial-disease
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Pouya Hemmati, Kevin L Greason, Hartzell V Schaff
Pericardiectomy is a potentially curative treatment for constrictive pericarditis. We use a median sternotomy and believe that adequate resection involves removal of the diaphragmatic pericardium and the anterior pericardium. Late outcomes depend on severity of right-sided heart failure preoperatively, the etiology of constrictive pericarditis, and adequate pericardial resection. Late results are excellent in patients with idiopathic disease or those with pericarditis secondary to prior cardiac operations. However, survival is reduced in those with radiation-induced constrictive pericarditis, primarily owing to additional secondary effects of radiation on cardiac valves, epicardial coronary arteries, and ventricular myocardium where fibrosis may cause associated restrictive cardiomyopathy...
November 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024304/efficacy-of-alprostadil-in-preventing-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-multicenter-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Min Liang, Shicheng Yang, Naikuan Fu, Chengzhi Lu, Fengshi Tian, Xiaochun Xing, Wenhua Lin, Jingjing Liu
BACKGROUND: The role of alprostadil on the prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) still remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of short-term alprostadil on the incidence of CIN in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A total of 480 patients with coronary heart disease undergoing PCI were enrolled in our study and randomly assigned to two groups. The control group (n = 240) was given only hydration therapy and the alprostadil group (n = 240) received intravenous administration of 20 ug/day (diluted with 100 ml normal saline) from 0...
October 10, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023410/long-term-osmotic-mini-pump-treatment-with-alpha-msh-improves-myocardial-function-in-zucker-diabetic-fatty-rats
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Miklos Szokol, Daniel Priksz, Mariann Bombicz, Balazs Varga, Arpad Kovacs, Gabor Aron Fulop, Tamas Csipo, Aniko Posa, Attila Toth, Zoltan Papp, Zoltan Szilvassy, Bela Juhasz
The present investigation evaluates the cardiovascular effects of the anorexigenic mediator alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH), in a rat model of type 2 diabetes. Osmotic mini pumps delivering MSH or vehicle, for 6 weeks, were surgically implanted in Zucker Diabetic Fatty (ZDF) rats. Serum parameters, blood pressure, and weight gain were monitored along with oral glucose tolerance (OGTT). Echocardiography was conducted and, following sacrifice, the effects of treatment on ischemia/reperfusion cardiac injury were assessed using the isolated working heart method...
October 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023324/the-physical-response-to-a-simulated-period-of-soccer-specific-fixture-congestion
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Richard M Page, Kelly Marrin, Chris M Brogden, Matt Greig
The aim of this study was to assess the physiological, perceptual, and mechanical measures associated with the completion of a simulated period of short-term soccer-specific fixture congestion. Ten male semi-professional soccer players completed three trials of a treadmill-based match simulation, with 48 hours intervening each trial. A repeated measures general linear model identified significantly (P= 0.02) lower knee flexor peak torque (PT) recorded at 300 degs[BULLET OPERATOR]s in the second (141.27 ± 28...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022266/cardiac-aging-benefits-of-exercise-nrf2-activation-and-antioxidant-signaling
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Madhusudhanan Narasimhan, Namakkal-Soorappan Rajasekaran
Cardiovascular dysfunction and heart failure associated with aging not only impairs the cardiac function but also the quality of life eventually decreasing the life expectancy of the elderly. Notably, cardiac tissue can prematurely age under certain conditions such as genetic mutation, persistent redox stress and overload, aberrant molecular signaling, DNA damage, telomere attrition, and other pathological insults. While cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality is on the rise and remains a global health threat, there has been only little to moderate improvements in its medical management...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022218/an-examination-of-the-mechanisms-and-personality-traits-underlying-food-addiction-among-individuals-with-severe-obesity-awaiting-bariatric-surgery
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Anne-Sophie Ouellette, Christopher Rodrigue, Simone Lemieux, André Tchernof, Laurent Biertho, Catherine Bégin
PURPOSE: The aetiology underlying addiction has often been investigated to shed more light on the factors contributing to the development and maintenance of various disorders. In the field of addictive eating behaviours, data on the aetiological factors related to food addiction (FA) in the bariatric context remain scarce. The present study aimed to explore mechanisms and variables underlying FA among individuals suffering from severe obesity and awaiting bariatric surgery. METHODS: Participants (N = 146) were recruited at the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute during their pre-operative visit and were invited to complete questionnaires...
October 11, 2017: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29022081/surgical-management-and-outcomes-of-12-cases-of-wilms-tumour-with-intracardiac-extension-from-a-single-centre
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Sharon G Cox, A Davidson, J Thomas, A Brooks, J Hewitson, A Numanoglu, A J W Millar
PURPOSE: To review demographics, effect of preoperative chemotherapy on tumour thrombus, imaging, operative strategy, and outcomes of 12 patients presenting with intracardiac extension of Wilms tumour thrombus. METHODS: A retrospective audit was undertaken on patients with intracardiac extension of Wilms tumour. Patients were identified from the oncology database and information obtained on clinical presentation, stage, preoperative treatment, surgical procedures and complications, histology, and survival status...
October 11, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021856/refractory-ventricular-tachycardia-caused-by-inflow-cannula-mechanical-injury-in-a-patient-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-catheter-ablation-and-pathological-findings
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Stefano Pedretti, Manlio Cipriani, Edgardo Bonacina, Sara Vargiu, Vered Gil Ad, Maria Frigerio, Maurizio Lunati
In patients with left ventricular assist device (LVAD), a minority of post-operative ventricular tachycardias (VTs) is caused by contact between the inflow cannula and the endocardium. Currently, electrophysiologic characteristics and pathologic features of this condition are lacking. We report on a case of a successfully ablated mechanical VT. After VT recurrence, heart transplantation took place. Pathologic observations were consistent with direct tissue injury and inflammation, eventually contributing to persisting arrhythmias...
October 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
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