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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350771/recombinant-relaxin-protects-liver-transplants-from-ischemia-damage-via-hepatocyte-glucocorticoid-receptor-from-bench-to-bedside
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Shoichi Kageyama, Kojiro Nakamura, Takehiro Fujii, Bibo Ke, Rebecca A Sosa, Elaine F Reed, Nakul Datta, Ali Zarrinpar, Ronald W Busuttil, Jerzy W Kupiec-Weglinski
Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) represents a major risk factor of early graft dysfunction and acute/chronic rejection as well as a key obstacle to expanding the donor pool in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Although glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling may enhance cytoprotective programs, clinical use of glucocorticoid is limited due to adverse effects, while clinical relevance of GR-facilitated cytoprotection in OLT remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate the significance of hepatic GR in clinical OLT and verify the impact of recombinant human relaxin (rhRLX), which may function as GR agonist in tissue/disease-specific manner...
January 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346760/single-cell-transcriptional-profiling-reveals-cellular-diversity-and-intercommunication-in-the-mouse-heart
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Daniel A Skelly, Galen T Squiers, Micheal A McLellan, Mohan T Bolisetty, Paul Robson, Nadia A Rosenthal, Alexander R Pinto
Characterization of the cardiac cellulome, the network of cells that form the heart, is essential for understanding cardiac development and normal organ function and for formulating precise therapeutic strategies to combat heart disease. Recent studies have reshaped our understanding of cardiac cellular composition and highlighted important functional roles for non-myocyte cell types. In this study, we characterized single-cell transcriptional profiles of the murine non-myocyte cardiac cellular landscape using single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq)...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344963/refractory-pulmonary-edema-and-upper-body-hypoxemia-during-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-case-for-atrial-septostomy
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Amit Prasad, Ali Ghodsizad, Christoph Brehm, Mark Kozak, Michael Körner, Aly El Banayosy, Kai Singbartl
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) provides mechanical circulatory support for patients with advanced cardiogenic shock, facilitating myocardial recovery and limiting multi-organ failure. In patients with severely limited left ventricular ejection, peripheral VA-ECMO can further increase left ventricular and left atrial pressures (LAP). Failure to decompress the left heart under these circumstances can result in pulmonary edema and upper body hypoxemia, that is, myocardial and cerebral ischemia...
January 18, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344362/development-of-biomarker-combinations-for-postoperative-acute-kidney-injury-via-bayesian-model-selection-in-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Allison Meisner, Kathleen F Kerr, Heather Thiessen-Philbrook, Francis Perry Wilson, Amit X Garg, Michael G Shlipak, Peter Kavsak, Richard P Whitlock, Steven G Coca, Chirag R Parikh
Background: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication of cardiac surgery. We sought prognostic combinations of postoperative biomarkers measured within 6 h of surgery, potentially in combination with cardiopulmonary bypass time (to account for the degree of insult to the kidney). We used data from a large cohort of patients and adapted methods for developing biomarker combinations to account for the multicenter design of the study. Methods: The primary endpoint was sustained mild AKI, defined as an increase of 50% or more in serum creatinine over preoperative levels lasting at least 2 days during the hospital stay...
2018: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335338/crth2-promotes-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-through-m-calpain
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Shengkai Zuo, Deping Kong, Chenyao Wang, Jiao Liu, Yuanyang Wang, Qiangyou Wan, Shuai Yan, Jian Zhang, Juan Tang, Qianqian Zhang, Luheng Lyu, Xin Li, Zhixin Shan, Li Qian, Yujun Shen, Ying Yu
Apoptotic death of cardiac myocytes is associated with ischemic heart disease and chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy. Chemoattractant receptor-homologous molecule expressed on T helper type 2 cells (CRTH2) is highly expressed in the heart. However, its specific role in ischemic cardiomyopathy is not fully understood. Here, we demonstrated that CRTH2 disruption markedly improved cardiac recovery in mice postmyocardial infarction and doxorubicin challenge by suppressing cardiomyocyte apoptosis. Mechanistically, CRTH2 activation specifically facilitated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis via caspase-12-dependent pathway...
January 15, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335238/automating-quality-measures-for-heart-failure-using-natural-language-processing-a-descriptive-study-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs
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Jennifer Hornung Garvin, Youngjun Kim, Glenn Temple Gobbel, Michael E Matheny, Andrew Redd, Bruce E Bray, Paul Heidenreich, Dan Bolton, Julia Heavirland, Natalie Kelly, Ruth Reeves, Megha Kalsy, Mary Kane Goldstein, Stephane M Meystre
BACKGROUND: We developed an accurate, stakeholder-informed, automated, natural language processing (NLP) system to measure the quality of heart failure (HF) inpatient care, and explored the potential for adoption of this system within an integrated health care system. OBJECTIVE: To accurately automate a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quality measure for inpatients with HF. METHODS: We automated the HF quality measure Congestive Heart Failure Inpatient Measure 19 (CHI19) that identifies whether a given patient has left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%, and if so, whether an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin-receptor blocker was prescribed at discharge if there were no contraindications...
January 15, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335235/va-fitheart-a-mobile-app-for-cardiac-rehabilitation-usability-study
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Alexis L Beatty, Sara L Magnusson, John C Fortney, George G Sayre, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) improves outcomes for patients with ischemic heart disease or heart failure but is underused. New strategies to improve access to and engagement in CR are needed. There is considerable interest in technology-facilitated home CR. However, little is known about patient acceptance and use of mobile technology for CR. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to develop a mobile app for technology-facilitated home CR and seek to determine its usability...
January 15, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332673/prevalence-and-comorbidity-of-sleep-conditions-in-australian-adults-2016-sleep-health-foundation-national-survey
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Sarah L Appleton, Tiffany K Gill, Carol J Lang, Anne W Taylor, R Douglas McEvoy, Nigel P Stocks, David A González-Chica, Robert J Adams
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of sleep conditions (obstructive sleep apnea [OSA], insomnia symptoms, simple snoring, and restless legs) and their associated burden of chronic conditions in a community sample. DESIGN: Cross-sectional national adult online survey. SETTING: Community-based sample. PARTICIPANTS: Australian adults ≥18 years, N = 1011. MEASUREMENTS: A cross-sectional national online survey assessed diagnosed OSA, OSA symptoms, insomnia symptoms, sleep problems, excessive daytime sleepiness (Epworth Sleepiness Scale ≥11), and physician-diagnosed health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, reflux disease, lung disease, depression, anxiety/panic disorder, arthritis)...
February 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330874/safety-of-high-current-stimulation-for-intermittent-intraoperative-neural-monitoring-in-thyroid-surgery-a-porcine-model
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I-Cheng Lu, Pi-Ying Chang, Gregory W Randolph, Hsiu-Ya Chen, Kuang-Yi Tseng, Yi-Chu Lin, Feng-Yu Chiang, Che-Wei Wu
OBJECTIVES: During monitored thyroidectomy, displacement of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) or vagus nerve (VN) in some complicated cases can increase the risk of injury. Although increasing the stimulus current can facilitate nerve mapping and localization, the safety of a high-current stimulus remains unknown. Therefore, this study evaluated the safety of a high-current stimulus in a porcine model. METHODS: Short-duration (1 minute), high-current (3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mA at 4Hz) stimulus pulses were repeatedly applied to the RLN or VN in six anesthetized piglets...
January 13, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327650/transesophageal-echocardiography-use-in-diagnosis-and-management-of-embolized-intravascular-foreign-bodies
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James Taylor Herbert, Miklos David Kertai
The increasing use of endovascular interventions coupled with the large number of published case series detailing complications attest to the likelihood that anesthesiologists will encounter a case of intravascular foreign body embolization during their careers. Transesophageal echocardiography is essential to the diagnosis and management of traumatic and intravascular foreign bodies embolized to the heart because it can identify not only the foreign body but also hemodynamically significant lesions to radiolucent anatomic structures prior to and during surgical exploration...
October 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326960/risk-factors-for-clinician-diagnosed-lyme-arthritis-facial-palsy-carditis-and-meningitis-in-patients-from-high-incidence-states
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Natalie A Kwit, Christina A Nelson, Ryan Max, Paul S Mead
Background: Clinical features of Lyme disease (LD) range from localized skin lesions to serious disseminated disease. Information on risk factors for Lyme arthritis, facial palsy, carditis, and meningitis is limited but could facilitate disease recognition and elucidate pathophysiology. Methods: Patients from high-incidence states treated for LD during 2005-2014 were identified in a nationwide insurance claims database using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision code for LD (088...
January 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325804/heart-failure-in-numbers-estimates-for-the-21st-century-in-portugal
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Cândida Fonseca, Daniel Brás, Inês Araújo, Fátima Ceia
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Heart failure is a major public health problem that affects a large number of individuals and is associated with high mortality and morbidity. This study aims to estimate the probable scenario for HF prevalence and its consequences in the short-, medium- and long-term in Portugal. METHODS: This assessment is based on the EPICA (Epidemiology of Heart Failure and Learning) project, which was designed to estimate the prevalence of chronic heart failure in mainland Portugal in 1998...
January 8, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325642/nhlbi-working-group-recommendations-to-reduce-lipoprotein-a-mediated-risk%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-cardiovascular-disease-and-aortic%C3%A2-stenosis
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REVIEW
Sotirios Tsimikas, Sergio Fazio, Keith C Ferdinand, Henry N Ginsberg, Marlys L Koschinsky, Santica M Marcovina, Patrick M Moriarty, Daniel J Rader, Alan T Remaley, Gissette Reyes-Soffer, Raul D Santos, George Thanassoulis, Joseph L Witztum, Simhan Danthi, Michelle Olive, Lijuan Liu
Pathophysiological, epidemiological, and genetic studies provide strong evidence that lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a causal mediator of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). Specific therapies to address Lp(a)-mediated CVD and CAVD are in clinical development. Due to knowledge gaps, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute organized a working group that identified challenges in fully understanding the role of Lp(a) in CVD/CAVD. These included the lack of research funding, inadequate experimental models, lack of globally standardized Lp(a) assays, and inadequate understanding of the mechanisms underlying current drug therapies on Lp(a) levels...
January 16, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321533/increased-heart-rate-after-exercise-facilitates-the-processing-of-fearful-but-not-disgusted-faces
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G Pezzulo, P Iodice, L Barca, P Chausse, S Monceau, M Mermillod
Embodied theories of emotion assume that emotional processing is grounded in bodily and affective processes. Accordingly, the perception of an emotion re-enacts congruent sensory and affective states; and conversely, bodily states congruent with a specific emotion facilitate emotional processing. This study tests whether the ability to process facial expressions (faces having a neutral expression, expressing fear, or disgust) can be influenced by making the participants' body state congruent with the expressed emotion (e...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321061/enoxaparin-attenuates-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-rats-via-interfering-with-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Reem Ali Shaker, Samer Hassan Abboud, Hayder Chasib Assad, Najah Hadi
BACKGROUND: Doxorubicin (DOX) is commonly used in the treatment of many types of cancers but its cardiotoxicity is limiting its clinical use. Beyond its anticoagulant action, enoxaparin (ENX), a low molecular weight heparin, has been shown to exert multiple pharmacological actions including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiapoptotic effects. Therefore, the current study aimed to assess if ENX could ameliorate cardiotoxicity induced by DOX. METHODS: Twenty-one adult male Wistar albino rats were randomly allocated into three groups (n = 7 each) of control, receiving 0...
January 10, 2018: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318960/the-role-of-inflammation-in-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-heart-diseases
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Zdenek Matloch, Anna Cinkajzlova, Milos Mraze, Martin Haluzik
Epicardial adipose tissue is not only a specific adipose tissue depot but also an active endocrine organ producing numerous substances with an important role in the development of obesity-related heart diseases. It is located between myocardium and visceral pericardium and consists predominantly of adipocytes, immunocompetent cells, ganglia and interconnecting nerve branches. Several studies documented a positive correlation between pericardial and epicardial fat and left ventricular hypertrophy and septal thickening, leading to diastolic dysfunction, electrocardiographic abnormalities and facilitating cardiac failure...
January 9, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318567/phenotyping-the-pathophysiology-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-using-polygraphy-polysomnography-a-review-of-the-literature
#17
REVIEW
Marcello Bosi, Andrea De Vito, Bhik Kotecha, Luca Viglietta, Alberto Braghiroli, Joerg Steier, Martino Pengo, Giovanni Sorrenti, Riccardo Gobbi, Claudio Vicini, Venerino Poletti
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the first-line treatment for the majority of patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA). However, long-term compliance with CPAP therapy may result limited and alternatives to CPAP therapy are required to address the increasing need to provide tailored therapeutic options. Understanding the pathophysiological traits (PTs) of OSA patients [upper airway (UA) anatomical collapsibility, loop gain (LG), arousal threshold (AT), and UA gain (UAG)] lies at the heart of the customized OSA treatment...
January 9, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316329/rapid-and-safe-discharge-from-the-emergency-department-a-single-troponin-to-exclude-acute-myocardial-infarction
#18
Lisa Brichko, Hans G Schneider, William Chan, Jarrel Seah, De Villiers Smit, Anthony Dart, Jeremy P Stevens, Biswadev Mitra
OBJECTIVE: To determine variables that could facilitate safe discharge from the ED following a single high-sensitivity troponin I (HsTnI) result to exclude acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed at a tertiary hospital of all patients that had serial HsTnI performed within 12 h of arrival to the ED over a 3 year period. The primary exposure variable of interest was a very low troponin initial result (HsTnI <5 ng/L)...
January 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315458/implementation-and-effectiveness-of-a-video-based-debriefing-programme-for-neonatal-resuscitation
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C Skåre, T E Calisch, E Saeter, T Rajka, A M Boldingh, B Nakstad, D E Niles, J Kramer-Johansen, T M Olasveengen
BACKGROUND: Approximately 5%-10% of newly born babies need intervention to assist transition from intra- to extrauterine life. All providers in the delivery ward are trained in neonatal resuscitation, but without clinical experience or exposure, training competency is transient with a decline in skills within a few months. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether neonatal resuscitations skills and team performance would improve after implementation of video-assisted, performance-focused debriefings...
January 7, 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310752/transition-to-adult-care-for-aboriginal-children-with-rheumatic-fever-a-review-informed-by-a-focussed-ethnography-in-northern-australia
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Alice G Mitchell, Suzanne Belton, Vanessa Johnston, Anna P Ralph
Aboriginal children in northern Australia have high rates of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, which are chronic conditions because of the need for long-term treatment and monitoring. This article critically reviews the literature on transition to adult care for children with chronic conditions and considers applicability to the care of these children. The review was merged with findings from a focussed ethnography conducted in four remote Aboriginal communities with young people who have these conditions...
January 9, 2018: Australian Journal of Primary Health
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