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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216197/shift-toward-greater-pathologic-post-myocardial-infarction-remodeling-with-loss-of-the-adaptive-hypertrophic-signaling-of-alpha1-adrenergic-receptors-in-mice
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Che-Chung Yeh, Yanying Fan, Yanchun Xu, Yi-Lin Yang, Paul C Simpson, Michael J Mann
RATIONALE: We have hypothesized that post-infarction cardiac remodeling can be influenced by shifts in the balance between intracellular mediators of "pathologic" and "physiologic" hypertrophy. Although alpha1 adrenergic receptors (alpha1-ARs) mediate pro-adaptive hypertrophy during pressure overload, little is known about their role or downstream mediators after myocardial infarction. METHODS: We performed loss-of-function experiments via coronary ligation in alpha1A-AR knockout (AKO) mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027708/advancing-prenatal-detection-of-congenital-heart-disease-a-novel-screening-protocol-improves-early-diagnosis-of-complex-congenital-heart-disease
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Karen M Letourneau, David Horne, Reeni N Soni, Keith R McDonald, Fern C Karlicki, Randy R Fransoo
OBJECTIVES: Prenatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease (CHD) during routine obstetric ultrasound (US) examinations improves postnatal outcomes, but sensitivity is low (<40%). Our objective was to improve our prenatal detection of complex CHD with implementation of a specific screening protocol. METHODS: From January 2003 to December 2013, 506 consecutive confirmed cases of complex CHD in the province of Manitoba, Canada, were analyzed to compare the sensitivity and positive predictive value of prenatal US detection of complex CHD before and after the introduction of a novel prenatal screening protocol...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903760/feasibility-of-detecting-myocardial-infarction-in-the-sheep-fetus-using-late-gadolinium-enhancement-cmr-imaging
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An Qi Duan, Mitchell C Lock, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Jack R Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Christopher K Macgowan, Mike Seed, Janna L Morrison
BACKGROUND: Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has enabled the accurate assessment of myocardial infarction (MI). However, LGE CMR has not been performed successfully in the fetus, where it could be useful for animal studies of interventions to promote cardiac regeneration. We believe that LGE imaging could allow us to document the presence, extent and effect of MI in utero and would thereby expand our capacity for conducting fetal sheep MI research...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872655/fosterkardiologiska-erfarenheter-fr%C3%A3-n-astrid-lindgrens-barnsjukhus
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Felicia Nordenstam, Sven-Erik Sonesson
Fetal Cardiology. Experiences from a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden This review provides a brief overview of the current position and clinical experiences of fetal cardiology at a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm, more than 60% of congenital cardiac defects requiring surgery or catheter intervention before one year of age are detected before birth. This not only results in termination of pregnancy in the majority of cases carrying a poor prognosis, but also conveys a better postnatal care and prognosis in cases of continued pregnancy...
August 29, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867155/the-boundaries-of-fetal-cardiac-intervention-expand-or-tighten
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REVIEW
Laura Gellis, Wayne Tworetzky
Fetal cardiac intervention (FCI) is a relatively new and continually evolving field, and, for select cardiac defects, offers the potential to alter the progression of the disease and improve outcomes. It is a procedure that requires a collaborative effort between maternal-fetal medicine, interventional cardiology and fetal echo/ultrasound specialists, as well as fetal and maternal anesthesiologists, nursing specialists, and social workers. This article reviews the most recently reported data and advances in FCI...
August 31, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864444/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-with-intact-or-restrictive-atrial-septum-a-report-from-the-international-fetal-cardiac-intervention-registry
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LETTER
David W Jantzen, Anita J Moon-Grady, Shaine A Morris, Aimee K Armstrong, Christoph Berg, Joanna Dangel, Carlen G Fifer, Michele Frommelt, Ulrich Gembruch, Ulrike Herberg, Edgar Jaeggi, Eftichia V Kontopoulos, Audrey C Marshall, Owen Miller, Renate Oberhoffer, Dick Oepkes, Carlos A Pedra, Simone R Pedra, Fabio Peralta, Ruben A Quintero, Greg Ryan, Sarah K Gelehrter
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October 3, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858090/prenatal-ultrasonic-diagnosis-of-absent-pulmonary-valve-syndrome-a-case-report
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Wen-Jun Zhang, Zhong-Lei Zhang, Jun-Jie Chang, Xiao-Yu Song
RATIONALE: Absent pulmonary valve syndrome (APVS) is a rare congenital heart disease that is often associated with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Here, we report 2 cases of APVS associated with TOF diagnosed via fetal echocardiography and discuss their specific ultrasonographic characteristics. PATIENT CONCERNS: Two pregnant women with suspicion of fetal heart anomaly were referred from their local hospitals to our hospital for fetal malformation screening and detailed fetal echocardiography...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837134/clinician-performed-ultrasound-in-fetal-growth-restriction-fetal-neonatal-and-pediatric-aspects
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A Sehgal, F Crispi, M R Skilton, W-P de Boode
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects 7-10% pregnancies. Conventional and tissue Doppler imaging has noted cardiac compromise during fetal and early neonatal periods in this cohort. In this article, we discuss the use of salient ultrasound parameters across age groups. During fetal life, certain feto-placental sonographic parameters have been linked to adverse perinatal outcomes and are predictive of later life hypertension. During the early postnatal period altered morphometry (hypertrophied and globular hearts) with sub-clinical impairment of cardiac function has been noted in both term and preterm infants with FGR...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828743/pregnancy-in-women-with-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Evin Yucel, Doreen DeFaria Yeh
Advances in cardiac surgical interventions in infancy and childhood have led to an increased number of women with congenital heart disease of childbearing age. For these women, individualized preconception counseling and pregnancy planning should be a vital component of their medical management, and presentation for obstetric care may even be an opportunity to re-establish cardiovascular care for patients who have been lost to follow-up. These patients have unique cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, which is dependent upon the surgical intervention they may have undergone during childhood or adolescence...
August 22, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796996/call-for-caution-neonatal-portal-vein-thrombosis-following-enbucrilate-embolization-of-placental-chorioangioma
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Hian Yan Voon, Rafaie Amin, Juan Loong Kok, Kia Sing Tan
We illustrate a case of giant placental chorioangioma presenting at 20 weeks of gestation. Subsequent monitoring revealed enlargement of the lesion, associated with fetal anemia and cardiac failure, prompting in utero intervention. Amnioreduction followed by percutaneous embolization of the tumour with enbucrilate:Lipiodol Ultra-Fluid™ at a dilution of 1:5 was successfully performed. No repeat intervention or additional supportive measures were required throughout pregnancy and the baby was delivered at 36 weeks of gestation, following spontaneous labour...
August 11, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780660/update-on-valvular-heart-disease-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Lucy M Safi, Sarah V Tsiaras
Valvular heart disease in women of childbearing age poses an increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, and management in pregnancy can be challenging. Ideally, patients with suspected valvular disease should have preconception counseling by a multidisciplinary team including cardiologists with expertise in pregnancy and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Preconception planning should include a cardiac assessment of maternal risk, determination of frequency of surveillance, and a cardiovascular management plan during delivery...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753044/severe-bark-scorpion-envenomation-in-adults
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Ayrn D O'Connor, Angela Padilla-Jones, Anne-Michelle Ruha
INTRODUCTION: The preponderance of medical literature regarding severe bark scorpion envenomation describes pediatric patients; however, the majority (>66%) of annual poison center calls pertain to adults. This retrospective review sought to evaluate the clinical manifestations of adults with severe Centruroides sculpturatus envenomation and determine if significant morbidity occurred. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of adults presenting to a single tertiary referral center with Grade-III or Grade-IV scorpion envenomation from 1 January 2007 to 3 March 2013...
July 28, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693354/perinatal-outcomes-of-congenital-heart-disease-after-emergent-neonatal-cardiac-procedures
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Aline Wolter, Helene Holtmann, Andreea Kawecki, Jan Degenhardt, Christian Enzensberger, Oliver Graupner, Hakan Akintürk, Can Yerebakan, Markus Khalil, Dietmar Schranz, Roland Axt-Fliedner
PURPOSE: We compared outcome of neonates with prenatal and post-natal diagnosis of congenital heart disease presenting in our paediatric heart centre between March 2005 and May 2015 who underwent an emergent intervention within 48 h post-partum. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 52/111 (46.8%) with emergent intervention, congenital heart disease was diagnosed prenatally, in 59/111 (53.2%) with no specialized foetal echocardiography, diagnosis was made post-natally. In 98/111 (88...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661021/outcome-of-cesarean-scar-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Calì, Ilan E Timor-Trisch, Josè Palacios-Jaraquemada, Ana Monteaugudo, Danilo Buca, Francesco Forlani, Alessandra Familiari, Giovanni Scambia, Ganesh Acharya, Francesco D'Antonio
OBJECTIVE: To explore the outcome of women managed expectantly following a diagnosis of caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP). METHODS: The outcomes observed were: severe first trimester vaginal bleeding, clinical symptoms (abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding) requiring treatment, uncomplicated miscarriage, complicated miscarriage requiring intervention, first or second trimester uterine rupture, first or second trimester hysterectomy, third trimester bleeding, third trimester uterine rupture, third trimester hysterectomy, maternal death, occurrence of abnormally invasive placenta (AIP), prevalence of placenta percreta, ultrasound signs suggestive of AIP, liveborn fetuses...
June 29, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598570/the-outcome-of-isolated-prenatal-ventricular-size-disproportion-in-the-absence-of-aortic-coarctation
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A E L van Nisselrooij, L Rozendaal, I Linskens, S A Clur, J Hruda, E Pajkrt, C L van Velzen, N A Blom, M C Haak
OBJECTIVES: Ventricular size disproportion is a marker for aortic coarctation (CoA) in fetal life, however, approximately 50% of fetuses do not develop CoA after birth. The aim of this study was to evaluate the postnatal outcome of cases with ventricular disproportion in the absence of CoA in this cohort. METHODS: All cases with prenatal isolated ventricular size disproportion in the period 2002-2015 were extracted from a prenatal congenital heart defects (CHD) registry of a regional cohort...
June 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566819/neonates-with-critical-congenital-heart-defects-impact-of-fetal-diagnosis-on-immediate-and-short-term-outcomes
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Sylvia Michael Colaco, Tanuja Karande, Prashant Raviprakash Bobhate, Rashmi Jiyani, Suresh G Rao, Snehal Kulkarni
BACKGROUND: Fetal echocardiography is being increasingly used for prenatal diagnosis of congenital cardiac malformations, but its impact on the neonatal outcomes in low- and middle-income countries is still unknown. AIMS: The objective of this study is to determine the impact of fetal echocardiography on immediate postnatal and short-term outcome in a tertiary pediatric cardiac center. STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred consecutive patients with critical congenital heart defects (CHD) requiring active medical or surgical interventions in the 1(st) month of life were included in the study...
May 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561210/cardiac-etiologies-of-hydrops-fetalis
#18
Shi-Min Yuan
Cardiac etiologies of hydrops fetalis have been a topic of concern due to challenging perinatal management. The common cardiac etiologies leading to hydrops fetalis include structural cardiac anomalies, cardiac dysrhythmias, cardiac tumors, cardiomyopathy and myocarditis. The mechanisms of cardiogenic hydrops fetalis may be: 1) elevation of atrial pressure and volume overload, 2) decrease of cardiac output, and 3) development of congestive heart failure. The diagnosis of hydrops fetalis was usually made at 19-36 gestational weeks, when ultrasound is a highly effective diagnostic method...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558024/maternal-age-and-severe-maternal-morbidity-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Sarka Lisonkova, Jayson Potts, Giulia M Muraca, Neda Razaz, Yasser Sabr, Wee-Shian Chan, Michael S Kramer
BACKGROUND: One of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals of 2000 was to reduce maternal mortality by 75% in 15 y; however, this challenge was not met by many industrialized countries. As average maternal age continues to rise in these countries, associated potentially life-threatening severe maternal morbidity has been understudied. Our primary objective was to examine the associations between maternal age and severe maternal morbidities. The secondary objective was to compare these associations with those for adverse fetal/infant outcomes...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508519/fetal-cardiac-remodeling-in-twin-pregnancies-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Brenda Valenzuela-Alcaraz, Mónica Cruz-Lemini, Mérida Rodríguez-López, Ana Goncé, Laura García-Otero, Helena Ayuso, Marta Sitges, Bart Bijnens, Juan Balasch, Eduard Gratacós, Fátima Crispi
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that singleton fetuses conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) present cardiovascular remodeling that may persist postnatally. Twin pregnancies are more frequent in the ART population, and are associated with increased adverse perinatal outcomes like hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes and preterm birth. However, it is unknown whether cardiac remodeling is also present in twin pregnancies conceived by ART. Our aim was to assess the presence of fetal cardiac remodeling and dysfunction in twin pregnancies conceived by ART, as compared to spontaneously conceived (SC) ones...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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