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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143659/effect-of-heartworm-disease-and-heartworm-associated-respiratory-disease-hard-on-the-right-ventricle-of-cats
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Randolph L Winter, A Ray Dillon, Russell C Cattley, Byron L Blagburn, D Michael Tillson, Calvin M Johnson, William R Brawner, Elizabeth G Welles, Sharon Barney
BACKGROUND: Dirofilaria immitis infection occurs in dogs and cats, both of which species are clinically affected by mature adult infections. Cats are uniquely affected by immature-adult infections with an inflammatory pulmonary disease called Heartworm-Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). D. immitis infection causes pulmonary parenchymal and vascular pathology in the dog and cat. Dogs develop pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale, whereas the development of pulmonary hypertension is rare in the cat...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139550/long-term-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes-of-mitraclip-therapy-in-patients-non-responders-to-cardiac-resynchronization
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Valerio L Giaimo, Paolo Zappulla, Arianna Cirasa, Donatella Tempio, Maria Sanfilippo, Giulia Rapisarda, Danilo Trovato, Angelo Di Grazia, Claudio Liotta, Carmelo Grasso, Davide Capodanno, Corrado Tamburino, Valeria Calvi
OBJECTIVES: This study deals clinical and echocardiographic outcomes in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) non-responders patients undergoing Mitraclip procedure. BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) occurs in approximately one-third of heart failure (HF) patients. Resynchronization therapy may correct FMR in patients with HF, however significant FMR persists in 20-25% of CRT patients. METHODS: All patients included were previously treated with CRT for at least 6 months and remained classified as New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class III or IV despite optimal medical therapy; the echocardiographic assessment showed lack of decrease of the left ventricular end systolic volume (LVESV) of at least 10% and residual moderate-to-severe or severe FMR...
November 15, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128166/right-ventricle-dysfunction-and-pre-implantation-vasopressors-in-refractory-ards-supported-by-vv-ecmo
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Chiara Lazzeri, Manuela Bonizzoli, Giovanni Cianchi, Stefano Batacchi, Cristiana Guetti, Morena Cozzolino, Pasquale Bernardo, Adriano Peris
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has been shown to be frequently associated with haemodynamic instability requiring the use of vasopressors. To date, there is still some uncertainty in the use of veno-venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (VV-ECMO) in haemodynamically unstable ARDS patients. METHODS: We therefore assessed whether patients receiving pre ECMO vasopressors had a worse prognosis and, furthermore, we reviewed the factors associated with the use of pre ECMO vasopressors in 92 consecutive patients with refractory ARDS treated with VV-ECMO...
October 31, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128104/effects-of-intermedin-on-autophagy-in-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Meng Wang, Jing Wang, Zhengang Liu, Xin Guo, Ning Wang, Nana Jia, Yanshu Zhang, Jie Yuan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of intermedin (IMD) on autophagy in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury (CIRI). METHODS: Sixty rats were randomly averaged into four groups: sham, ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), IMD, and 3-methyladenine (3-MA). In the sham group, the right common carotid artery, external carotid artery, and internal carotid artery were detached, and no monofilament was inserted. In the other groups, two hours after cerebral ischemia, the rats were injected through the lateral ventricle with normal saline for I/R group, IMD for the IMD group, and 3-MA for the 3-MA group for 24h...
November 8, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128035/bedside-identification-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-with-point-of-care-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Tomislav Jelic, Melanie Baimel, Jordan Chenkin
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in those who are hemodynamically unstable and cannot be imaged to confirm the diagnosis. Echocardiography can allow for rapid assessment of patients in shock, but requires adequate transthoracic windows to obtain clinically useful information. Emergency physician-performed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may be a useful tool when transthoracic echocardiography fails. CASE REPORT: An 86-year-old woman presented to the emergency department after a fall at home...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126435/human-amnion-cells-reverse-acute-and-chronic-pulmonary-damage-in-experimental-neonatal-lung-injury
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Dandan Zhu, Jean Tan, Amina S Maleken, Ruth Muljadi, Siow T Chan, Sin N Lau, Kirstin Elgass, Bryan Leaw, Joanne Mockler, Daniel Chambers, Kristen T Leeman, Carla F Kim, Euan M Wallace, Rebecca Lim
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in neonatal care, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains a significant contributor to infant mortality and morbidity. While human amnion epithelial cells (hAECs) have shown promise in small and large animal models of BPD, there is scarce information on long-term benefit and clinically relevant questions surrounding administration strategy remain unanswered. In assessing the therapeutic potential of hAECs, we investigated the impact of cell dosage, administration routes and timing of treatment in a pre-clinical model of BPD...
November 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112315/reverse-double-inversion-recovery-improving-motion-robustness-of-cardiac-t2-weighted-dark-blood-turbo-spin-echo-sequence
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Chenxi Hu, Steffen Huber, Syed R Latif, Guido Santacana-Laffitte, Hamid R Mojibian, Lauren A Baldassarre, Dana C Peters
BACKGROUND: Cardiac dark-blood turbo spin-echo (TSE) imaging is sensitive to through-plane motion, resulting in myocardial signal reduction. PURPOSE: To propose and validate reverse double inversion-recovery (RDIR)-a dark-blood preparation with improved motion robustness for the cardiac dark-blood TSE sequence. STUDY TYPE: Prospective. POPULATION: Healthy volunteers (n = 10) and patients (n = 20). FIELD STRENGTH: 1...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112180/impaired-right-ventricle-function-as-predictor-of-early-mortality-in-patients-with-light-chain-cardiac-amyloidosis-assessed-in-the-cardiology-department
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Justyna Anna Szczygieł, Piotr Zbigniew Wieczorek, Joanna Drozd-Sokołowska, Piotr Michałek, Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Marta Legatowicz-Koprowska, Ewa Walczak, Wiesław Wiktor Jędrzejczak, Jadwiga Dwilewicz-Trojaczek, Jacek Grzybowski
INTRODUCTION    Light-chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) is the most common cardiac amyloidosis. Early mortality remains a substantial problem despite progress in treatment. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to obtain a clinical profile of patients diagnosed with AL amyloidosis in the cardiology department, to define an early mortality cut-off point in this population, and to identify predictors of early mortality. PATIENTS AND METHODS    The analysis covered 30 patients (14 females, median age 61...
November 3, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106546/clinical-validation-of-automatic-local-activation-time-annotation-during-focal-premature-ventricular-complex-ablation-procedures
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Juan Acosta, David Soto-Iglesias, Juan Fernández-Armenta, Manuel Frutos-López, Beatriz Jáuregui, Eduardo Arana-Rueda, Marcos Fernández, Diego Penela, Alejandro Alcaine, Lucas Cano, Alonso Pedrote, Antonio Berruezo
Aims: Current navigation systems incorporate algorithms for automatic identification of local activation time (LAT). However, data about their utility and accuracy in premature ventricular complex (PVC) ablation procedures are scarce. This study analyses the accuracy of an algorithmic method based on automatic annotation of the maximal negative slope of the unipolar electrogram within the window demarcated by the bipolar electrogram compared with conventional manual annotation during PVC ablation procedures...
November 2, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100642/medium-term-outcomes-after-implantation-of-expanded-polytetrafluoroethylene-valved-conduit
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Yoshio Ootaki, Allison S Welch, Michael J Walsh, Michael D Quartermain, Derek A Williams, Ross M Ungerleider
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary valve replacement is becoming the most frequent congenital heart surgery performed on adolescents and young adults. Numerous surgical options are available, including autologous pericardium, mechanical valves, allografts, and bioprosthetic valves. Each option has limitations with durability and freedom from reintervention for stenosis or insufficiency, particularly in the pediatric population. The purpose of this study was to analyze our uniquely designed, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) valved conduit (VC) for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096931/st-elevation-in-massive-acute-pulmonary-embolism-during-hemodynamic-instability
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Riccardo Scagliola
Electrocardiogram (ECG) is one of the first procedures performed in the initial assessment of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), although one of its main advantages is in suspecting alternative clinical conditions, including acute coronary syndrome (ACS). ST-elevation remains an uncommon ECG pattern in PE. Cardiac ultrasound can help to the differential diagnosis from ACS and to a fast detection of acute right ventricle (RV) overload. In the presence of hemodynamic instability, with ECG signs of RV strain and concomitant ST-elevation, massive PE should be suspected as shown in the present case report...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094480/myocardial-infarction-does-not-affect-circulating-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-self-renewal-ability-in-a-rat-model
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J M Kröpfl, C M Spengler, A Frobert, G Ajalbert, M N Giraud
Due to the importance of peripheral blood hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HPCs) in post-acute regeneration after acute myocardial infarction (MI), the present study aimed to investigate count and secondary replating capacity/self-renewal ability of HPCs in peripheral blood before and two weeks after MI. In nine female Lewis inbred rats (n = 9), myocardial infarction was induced by ligation of the left coronary artery while another nine had surgery without ligation for control purposes. Myocardial infarction was confirmed by troponin I concentrations 24 h after MI...
November 2, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084001/assessing-the-borderline-ventricle-in-a-term-infant-combining-imaging-and-physiology-to-establish-the-right-course
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Meryl S Cohen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to describe the challenges associated with the diagnosis and treatment of children with borderline ventricles. A borderline ventricle is one in which there is concern that it will not be able to support its circulation. If a biventricular repair is attempted and fails, outcome is often poor. Thus, this early decision is important. RECENT FINDINGS: For the borderline right ventricle, options to add an additional source of pulmonary blood flow make the surgical strategy a bit more flexible than for patients with a borderline left ventricle...
October 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081323/cardiovascular-adaptation-to-extrauterine-life-after-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Luciana Rodriguez-Guerineau, Miriam Perez-Cruz, María D Gomez Roig, Francisco J Cambra, Juan Carretero, Fredy Prada, Olga Gómez, Fátima Crispi, Joaquim Bartrons
Introduction The adaptive changes of the foetal heart in intrauterine growth restriction can persist postnatally. Data regarding its consequences for early circulatory adaptation to extrauterine life are scarce. The aim of this study was to assess cardiac morphometry and function in newborns with late-onset intrauterine growth restriction to test the hypothesis that intrauterine growth restriction causes cardiac shape and functional changes at birth. METHODS: A comprehensive echocardiographic study was performed in 25 neonates with intrauterine growth restriction and 25 adequate-for-gestational-age neonates...
October 30, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079045/three-dimensional-echocardiography-derived-right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-correlates-with-success-of-decannulation-and-prognosis-in-patients-stabilized-by-venoarterial-extracorporeal-life-support
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Kuan-Chih Huang, Lian-Yu Lin, Yih-Sharng Chen, Chien-Heng Lai, Juey-Jen Hwang, Lung-Chun Lin
BACKGROUND: Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) has been proved to effectively rescue patients from refractory cardiogenic shock. The role of the right ventricle in VA-ECMO has been emphasized, but quantitative right ventricular (RV) analysis in this population has been lacking. Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) is currently suggested for RV volumetric analysis. The aims of this study were to assess 3DE-derived RV ejection fraction (RVEF) in patients with refractory cardiogenic shock stabilized by VA-ECMO and to explore the association between 3DE-derived RVEF and weaning success as well as the prognosis after the first intent of decannulation...
October 24, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076782/activation-of-the-notch-1-signaling-pathway-may-be-involved-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-induced-reactive-astrogliosis-in-rats
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Jian-Hua Zhong, Hua-Jun Zhou, Tao Tang, Han-Jin Cui, A-Li Yang, Qi-Mei Zhang, Jing-Hua Zhou, Qiang Zhang, Xun Gong, Zhao-Hui Zhang, Zhi-Gang Mei
OBJECTIVE Reactive astrogliosis, a key feature that is characterized by glial proliferation, has been observed in rat brains after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). However, the mechanisms that control reactive astrogliosis formation remain unknown. Notch-1 signaling plays a critical role in modulating reactive astrogliosis. The purpose of this paper was to establish whether Notch-1 signaling is involved in reactive astrogliosis after ICH. METHODS ICH was induced in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats via stereotactic injection of autologous blood into the right globus pallidus...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076284/right-ventricular-speckle-tracking-assessment-for-differentiation-of-pressure-versus-volume-overloaded-right-ventricle
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Anna Werther Evaldsson, Annika Ingvarsson, Johan Waktare, Gustav J Smith, Ulf Thilén, Martin Stagmo, Anders Roijer, Goran Rådegran, Carl Meurling
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction may be caused by either pressure or volume overload. RV function is conventionally assessed with echocardiography using tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), RV fractional area change (RVFAC), tricuspid lateral annular systolic velocity (S') and RV index of myocardial performance (RIMP). The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether RV global longitudinal strain (RVGLS) and RV-free wall strain (RV-free) could add additional information to differentiate these two causes of RV overload...
October 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071373/longitudinal-myocardial-deformation-does-not-predict-single-ventricle-ejection-fraction-assessed-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-children-with-a-total-cavopulmonary-connection
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L P Koopman, L M Geerdink, S S M Bossers, N Duppen, I M Kuipers, A D Ten Harkel, G van Iperen, G Weijers, C de Korte, W A Helbing, L Kapusta
Survival of children with single ventricle heart defects after the total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) has improved, but impaired cardiac function remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) is the gold standard in assessing single ventricle volume and function, but high costs and limited availability hamper its routine use. A cheaper and more available alternative is echocardiography. Myocardial function can be studied in more detail using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
October 25, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064549/a-comparative-morphometric-study-of-the-myocardium-during-the-postnatal-development-in-normotensive-and-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Alexandar A Iliev, Georgi N Kotov, Boycho V Landzhov, Lazar S Jelev, Vidin K Kirkov, Dimka V Hinova-Palova
BACKGROUND: Differences in the size of cardiac muscle cells observed in normal and hypertrophic hearts have been assessed through different methodologies. Spontaneously hypertensive rats are often used as an experimental model of essential hypertension in humans, which allows researchers to study the relation between hypertension and cardiac hypertrophy. It has been shown that ventricular hypertrophy in mammals progresses and ventricular failure develops in the end stage of hypertrophy...
October 24, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056459/low-flow-support-of-the-chronic-pressure-overloaded-right-ventricle-induces-reversed-remodeling
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Tom Verbelen, Piet Claus, Daniel Burkhoff, Ronald B Driesen, Chandan Kadur Nagaraju, Erik Verbeken, Karin Sipido, Marion Delcroix, Filip Rega, Bart Meyns
BACKGROUND: Mechanical right ventricular (RV) support in pulmonary arterial hypertension patients has been feared to cause pulmonary hemorrhage and to be detrimental for the after-load-sensitive RV. Continuous low-flow pumps offer promise but remain insufficiently tested. METHODS: The pulmonary artery was banded in 20 sheep in this study. Eight weeks later, a Synergy micro-pump (HeartWare International, Framingham MA) was inserted in 10 animals, driving blood from the right atrium to the pulmonary artery...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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