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Righab Hamdan, Pierre Nassar, Ali Zein, Mohamad Issa, Hassan Mansour, Mohamad Saab
Peripartum cardiomyopathy remains a challenging obstetric and cardiologic emergency. We report 5 interesting cases of peripartum cardiomyopathy with different clinical courses, with 3 patients requiring left ventricular assist device implantation. One patient underwent pump explantation and aortic balloon valvuloplasty postsurgery. Two patients improved with the medical treatment alone without the need of assistance. We will review main important related issues.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Christoph Liebetrau, Luise Gaede, J Sebastian Wolter, Julia Homann, Alexander Meyer, Oliver Dörr, Holger M Nef, Christian Troidl, Christian W Hamm, Helge Möllmann, A Mark Richards, Chris J Pemberton
CONTEXT: Troponin T upstream open reading frame peptide (TnTuORF) may be useful as a novel biomarker in acute cardiac syndromes. OBJECTIVE: The study examined the early release kinetics of TnTuORF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the time course of the release of cardiac troponins I and T and TnTuORF in patients (n = 31) with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy undergoing transcoronary ablation of septal hypertrophy (TASH). RESULTS: Fifteen minutes after TASH the levels of both troponins increased significantly (cTnT median: 18 ng/L vs...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Elena V Galitsyna, Margarita A Sazonova, Tatiana P Shkurat, Natalya A Demakova, Alexsandra A Melnichenko, Vasily V Sinyov, Anastasia I Ryzhkova, Konstantin Y Mitrofanov, Andrey V Zhelankin, Igor A Sobenin, Alexander N Orekhov
The present article considers chronic diseases of non-inflammatory genesis, the reasons of which may be mitochondrial dysfunctions. Among them are: coronary heart disease (CHD), hypertension, cardiomyopathy, cerebrovascular accidents and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Very often, in the long course of the disease, complications may occur, leading to myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke and as a result, death. The main cause of mitochondrial dysfunction are point mitochondrial genome mutations. During the analysis of the literature, data showing the association of the mitochondrial genome mutations with the above diseases were revealed...
October 18, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Miki Murakoshi, Kei Takasawa, Masato Nishioka, Masahiro Asakawa, Kenichi Kashimada, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Takekoshi, Yoshihiro Ogawa, Masayuki Shimohira
1p36 deletion syndrome is the most common terminal deletion syndrome, and the genomic regions that contribute to specific 1p36 deletion syndrome-related phenotypes were recently identified. Deletions in the 1p36 region have been documented in various tumor tissues, which indicates correlation between loss of heterozygosity of 1p36 and tumor development, and the existence of tumor suppressors in this region. Therefore, it was suspected that patients with 1p36 deletion syndrome have a higher risk of tumor development; however, only a few child cases of neuroblastoma with 1p36 deletion syndrome have been reported...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Moreshwar Desai, Bhoomika Mathur, Zeena Eblimit, Hernan Vasquez, Heinrich Taegtmeyer, Saul Karpen, Daniel J Penny, David D Moore, Sayeepriyadarshini Anakk
: Cardiac dysfunction in patients with liver cirrhosis is strongly associated with increased serum bile acid concentrations. Here we show that excess bile acids decrease fatty acid oxidation in cardiomyocytes and can cause heart dysfunction, a cardiac syndrome that we term Cholecardia. Fxr; Shp double knockout (DKO) mice, a model for bile acid overload, display cardiac hypertrophy, bradycardia, and exercise intolerance. In addition, DKO mice exhibit an impaired cardiac response to catecholamine challenge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Frank Spillmann, Uwe Kühl, Sophie Van Linthout, Fernando Dominguez, Felicitas Escher, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Burkert Pieske, Carsten Tschöpe
We report the case of a 17-year-old female patient with known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. She came to our department for further evaluation of a new diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy characterized by an enlargement of the left ventricle and a fall in ejection fraction. Clinically, she complained about atypical chest pain, arrhythmic episodes with presyncopal events, and dyspnea (NYHA III) during the last 6 months. Non-invasive and invasive examinations including magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiological examinations, and angiography did not lead to a conclusive diagnosis...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Tee Joo Yeo, Poh Shuan Daniel Yeo, Farid Abdul Hadi, Timothy Cushway, Kim Yee Lee, Bee Choo Tai, Carolyn S P Lam
AIMS: Iron deficiency (ID) is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) worldwide regardless of haemoglobin levels. Results from therapeutic trials of intermittently dosed intravenous (i.v.) iron are promising in the ambulatory Caucasian population with HF with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, although evidence is scarce in Asia. The Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Role of Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose in Asian Patients with Heart Failure aims to assess the effect of single-dose i...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Jonathan Bevan, Lee-Anne Penn, Andrew R J Mitchell
We report the case of a 69-year-old man with dilated cardiomyopathy treated with a permanent catheter drainage system for diuretic resistant cardiac ascites. At 1 year follow-up, the patient had no heart failure related hospitalisations, displayed improved quality of life measures and had incurred no complications related to the catheter. Permanent tunnelled catheters are widely used to treat malignant ascites but may also be considered for palliation of cardiac ascites.
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Arash Haghikia, Philipp Röntgen, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Ralf Westenfeld, Philipp Ehlermann, Dominik Berliner, Edith Podewski, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Johann Bauersachs
AIMS: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a major cause of acute heart failure in the peripartum period and considered potentially life threatening. While many aspects of its clinical profiles have been frequently reported, functional analysis, in particular of the right ventricle, and tissue characterization by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging have been only sporadically described. The aim of the present study was to analyse pathological alterations and their prognostic relevance found in CMR imaging of patients newly diagnosed with PPCM...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Junichi Ishida, Masaaki Konishi, Stephan von Haehling
Heart failure is a major public issue, and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is one of the common etiologies of heart failure. DCM is generally progressive, and some patients with DCM need heart transplant despite optimal medical and mechanical therapy. Current guidelines recommend inhibitors of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, namely angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist as well as beta-blockers for the medical treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, including DCM...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Pupalan Iyngkaran, Samia R Toukhsati, Merlin C Thomas, Michael V Jelinek, David L Hare, John D Horowitz
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers (BBs) are the mainstay prognostic medication for all stages of chronic heart failure (CHF). There are many classes of BBs, each of which has varying levels of evidence to support its efficacy in CHF. However, most CHF patients have one or more comorbid conditions such as diabetes, renal impairment, and/or atrial fibrillation. Patient enrollment to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) often excludes those with certain comorbidities, particularly if the symptoms are severe...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
H Agut, P Bonnafous, A Gautheret-Dejean
Human herpesviruses 6A, 6B, and 7 (HHV-6A, HHV-6B, HHV-7) are genetically related to cytomegalovirus. They belong to the Roseolovirus genus and to the Betaherpesvirinae subfamily. They infect T cells, monocytes-macrophages, epithelial cells, and central nervous system cells. These viruses are ubiquitous and are responsible for lifelong chronic infections, most often asymptomatic, in the vast majority of the general adult population. HHV-6B is responsible for exanthema subitum, which is a benign disease of infants...
October 20, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Jagdish C Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Vishwas Mohan, Arvind Sethi
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomaly wherein the mitral valve leaflets are directly attached to the papillary muscle(s) (PM) with or without short under-developed chords is rarely reported in adults. Patients with two PMs with an intervening fibrous bridge have also been included under this head in previous studies. METHODS: Echocardiography enables accurate evaluation of the morphology and function of valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and PM. This report describes a series of six patients aged 56-84 years who had abnormal mitral valve with a large solitary and anomalously inserted PM seen over a period of 3 years...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Abhijeet B Shelke, Rajeev Menon, Anuj Kapadiya, Sachin Yalagudri, Daljeet Saggu, Sandeep Nair, C Narasimhan
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a therapeutic alternative to surgical myectomy in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). However, the anatomical variability of the septal branch, risk of complete heart block, and late onset ventricular arrhythmias are limitations to its therapeutic usage. There is recent interest in the use of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) as a therapeutic option in HOCM. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of RFCA in the treatment of symptomatic HOCM...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Hugo Jesús Zetina-Tun, Guillermo Careaga-Reyna, José Galván-Díaz, Magdalena Sánchez-Uribe
BACKGROUND: Myocardial noncompaction of the left ventricle is a congenital cardiomyopathy characterised by left ventricular hypertrabeculation and prominent intertrabecular recesses. The incidence ranges from 0.15% to 2.2%. Clinical manifestations include heart failure, arrhythmias, and stroke. Prognosis is fatal in most cases. Heart transplantation is a therapeutic option for this cardiomyopathy, and few had been made worldwide. CLINICAL CASE: The case is presented of a 20 year-old male with noncompacted myocardium of the left ventricle, who had clinical signs of heart failure...
October 20, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Peter A McCullough, Christopher T Chan, Eric D Weinhandl, John M Burkart, George L Bakris
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease, including cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease, is higher in hemodialysis (HD) patients than in the US resident population. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in HD patients and the principal discharge diagnosis accompanying 1 in 4 hospital admissions. Furthermore, the rate of hospital admissions for either heart failure or fluid overload is persistently high despite widespread use of β-blockers and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and attempts to manage fluid overload with ultrafiltration...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Tony Lu, Shayan Owji, Ponraj Chinnadurai, Thomas M Loh, Adeline Schwein, Alan B Lumsden, Jean Bismuth
A 62-year-old man with coronary artery disease and ischemic cardiomyopathy after coronary artery bypass grafting and insertion of a HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) presented with spontaneous incisional bleeding and an ascending aortic pseudoaneurysm. Aortic angiography revealed an anomalous connection between the pseudoaneurysm and the LVAD conduit. We were able to partially embolize the tract with standard techniques, but the patient returned with repeated bleeding...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Muath Bishawi, Asad A Shah, Richard L McCann, Carmelo A Milano
Improved quality of life for patients after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation can be greatly limited by peripheral vascular disease even if heart failure symptoms are resolved by LVAD support. We present a case of concomitant thoracic aortobifemoral bypass and LVAD implantation in a patient with ischemic cardiomyopathy, severe peripheral vascular disease, and multiple previous failed revascularization attempts. In this patient, we used the LVAD outflow to provide the inflow to the femoral artery bypass graft...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Andrés F Henao-Martínez, Kathryn Colborn, Gabriel Parra-Henao
Chagas disease is a complex tropical parasitic infection. It affects a significant portion of the population in Latin America, especially in areas of poverty and poor access to health care. It also affects immigrants in high-income countries who lack access to health care due to their legal status. Millions of people are at risk of contracting the disease, and approximately 30 % of chronically infected patients will develop cardiomyopathy. The cost of caring for patients that have been infected is substantial...
October 22, 2016: Parasitology Research
Ida S Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Trine F Haland, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate early markers of arrhythmic events (AEs) and improve risk stratification in early arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). BACKGROUND: AEs are frequent in patients with ARVC, but risk stratification in subjects with early ARVC is challenging. METHODS: Early ARVC disease was defined as possible or borderline ARVC diagnosis according to the ARVC Task Force Criteria 2010. We performed resting and signal averaged electrocardiogram (ECG)...
October 14, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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