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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107074/analysis-of-the-normal-electrocardiogram-in-wild-rooks-corvus-frugilegus
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Hossein Hassanpour, Hossein Abbasi Dehkordi, Mehdi Khosravi, Saeid Soltani, Leila Nasiri
To describe the normal electrocardiographic (ECG) patterns and values in unanesthetized rooks ( Corvus frugilegus ), standard bipolar (I, II, and III) and augmented unipolar limb (aVR, aVL, and aVF) lead ECGs were recorded from 10 clinically healthy wild rooks. Wave forms were analyzed in all leads at 50 mm/s and at 10 mm = 1 mV to determine PR, QRS, ST, and QT durations; the net QRS complex; and P and T amplitudes. The polarity of each waveform was tabulated in all leads. The mean electrical axis (MEA) for the frontal plane was counted by using leads II and III...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106618/right-internal-mammary-artery-use-in-140-robotic-totally-endoscopic-coronary-bypass-cases-toward-multiarterial-grafting
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Husam H Balkhy, Sandeep Nathan, Susan E Arnsdorf, Dorothy J Krienbring
OBJECTIVE: Benefits of adding a second arterial graft in coronary bypass are well documented. In patients requiring mulitvessel grafting robotic totally endoscopic coronary bypass (TECAB) has allowed for routine harvesting and use of the right internal mammary artery (RIMA). We retrospectively reviewed the technical considerations and target choice in 140 cases of beating heart TECAB where a RIMA graft was used. METHODS: In 2008, we introduced beating heart TECAB with anastomotic connectors into our practice, first with single IMA and then with bilateral internal mammary artery...
January 19, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
#3
Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100342/-the-effect-on-myocardial-perfusion-and-clinical-outcome-of-intracoronary-nicorandil-injection-prior-to-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#4
Z Q Wang, M X Chen, D L Liu, W X Zheng, X Z Cao, H Chen, M F Huang, Z R Luo
Objective: To investigate the effect of intracoronary administration of nicorandil prior to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) on myocardial perfusion and short-term clinical outcomes in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods: A total of 158 patients with STEMI undergoing PPCI from January 2014 to December 2015 in Fuzhou General Hospital were enrolled consecutively in this prospective controlled randomized trial. Patients were assigned into three groups with random number table: the nicorandil group (patients received intracoronary administration of 6 mg nicorandil after guide wire or balloon successfully crossed the target lesion, n=53), the nitroglycerin group (patients received intracoronary administration of 300 μg nitroglycerin after after guide wire or balloon successfully crossed the target lesion, n=52) and the control group(patients received routine treatment, n=53)...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096472/myosin-vi-facilitates-connexin-43-gap-junction-accretion
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Bennett Waxse, Prabuddha Sengupta, Geoffrey G Hesketh, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Folma Buss
In this study, we demonstrate myosin VI enrichment at Cx43 gap junctions in heart tissue, primary cardiomyocytes and cell culture models. The loss of myosin VI via siRNA-mediated knock down or isolation of primary cardiac tissue and fibroblasts from the myosin VI-null mouse results in reduced GJ plaque size with a concomitant reduction in intercellular communication as shown by FRAP and a new method of selective calcein administration. Analysis of the molecular role of myosin VI in Cx43 trafficking indicates that myosin VI is dispensable in the delivery of Cx43 to the cell surface and connexon movement in the plasma membrane...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094152/use-of-3d-printer-technology-to-facilitate-surgical-correction-of-a-complex-vascular-anomaly-with-esophageal-entrapment-in-a-dog
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A Dundie, G Hayes, P Scrivani, L Campoy, D Fletcher, K Ash, E Oxford, N S Moïse
A 10 week old female intact Staffordshire terrier was presented with a total of five congenital cardio-thoracic vascular anomalies consisting of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with an aneurysmic dilation, pulmonic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, aberrant left subclavian artery and persistent left cranial vena cava. These abnormalities were identified with a combination of echocardiogram and computed tomography angiography (CTA). The abnormalities were associated with esophageal entrapment, regurgitation, and volume overload of the left heart with left atrial and ventricular enlargement...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093988/adherence-to-secondary-prophylaxis-for-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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Priya Minaxi Kevat, Benjamin M Reeves, Alan R Ruben, Ronny Gunnarsson
BACKGROUND: Optimal delivery of regular benzathine penicillin G (BPG) injections prescribed as secondary prophylaxis for acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is vital to preventing disease morbidity and cardiac sequelae in affected pediatric and young adult populations. However, poor uptake of secondary prophylaxis remains a significant challenge to ARF/RHD control programs. OBJECTIVE: In order to facilitate better understanding of this challenge and thereby identify means to improve service delivery, this systematic literature review explored rates of adherence and factors associated with adherence to secondary prophylaxis for ARF and RHD worldwide...
January 16, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093804/successful-bridge-to-transplant-of-functionally-univentricular-patients-with-a-modified-continuous-flow-ventricular-assist-device
#8
Michael C Mongé, Bradley T Kulat, Osama Eltayeb, Neale R Zingle, Steven T Moss, Jeffrey G Gossett, Elfriede Pahl, John M Costello, Carl L Backer
A continuous flow extracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD) was modified to support functionally univentricular infants and children awaiting heart transplantation. A centrifugal VAD, designed to flow from 1.5 to 8 L/min, was used as a bridge-to-transplant in four patients with functionally univentricular circulation. A variable restrictive recirculation shunt permitted lower flow ranges in small patients. In hypoxic patients, an oxygenator was incorporated into the circuit. From 2012 to 2015, the modified VAD was placed in four patients with Glenn physiology...
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092162/clinical-use-of-high-mobility-group-box-1-and-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-the-prognosis-and-risk-stratification-of-heart-failure-a-literature-review
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Amanda M Marsh, Austin Huy Nguyen, Taylor M Parker, Devendra K Agrawal
Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome that represents the end stage of heart disease and remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. As heart failure mortality rates remain elevated, additional biomarkers that facilitate early detection or risk stratification in HF is of particularly great interest. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) and receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) cause the activation of intracellular signaling, gene expression, and production of inflammatory cytokines and have been linked to many inflammatory disease states such as diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis...
November 30, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091604/polyglucose-nanoparticles-with-renal-elimination-and-macrophage-avidity-facilitate-pet-imaging-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Edmund J Keliher, Yu-Xiang Ye, Gregory R Wojtkiewicz, Aaron D Aguirre, Benoit Tricot, Max L Senders, Hannah Groenen, Francois Fay, Carlos Perez-Medina, Claudia Calcagno, Giuseppe Carlucci, Thomas Reiner, Yuan Sun, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Hye-Yeong Kim, Cuihua Wang, John W Chen, Filip K Swirski, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Jacob Hooker, Zahi A Fayad, Willem J M Mulder, Ralph Weissleder, Matthias Nahrendorf
Tissue macrophage numbers vary during health versus disease. Abundant inflammatory macrophages destruct tissues, leading to atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Emerging therapeutic options create interest in monitoring macrophages in patients. Here we describe positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with (18)F-Macroflor, a modified polyglucose nanoparticle with high avidity for macrophages. Due to its small size, Macroflor is excreted renally, a prerequisite for imaging with the isotope flourine-18...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087483/cell-number-per-spheroid-and-electrical-conductivity-of-nanowires-influence-the-function-of-silicon-nanowired-human-cardiac-spheroids
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Yu Tan, Dylan Richards, Robert C Coyle, Jenny Yao, Ruoyu Xu, Wenyu Gou, Hongjun Wang, Donald R Menick, Bozhi Tian, Ying Mei
: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) provide an unlimited cell source to treat cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death worldwide. However, current hiPSC-CMs retain an immature phenotype that leads to difficulties for integration with adult myocardium after transplantation. To address this, we recently utilized electrically conductive silicon nanowires (e-SiNWs) to facilitate self-assembly of hiPSC-CMs to form nanowired hiPSC cardiac spheroids...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087177/lymphocytic-myocarditis-occurs-with-myocardial-infarction-and-coincides-with-increased-inflammation-hemorrhage-and-instability-in-coronary-artery-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Linde Woudstra, P Stefan Biesbroek, Reindert W Emmens, Stephane Heymans, Lynda J Juffermans, Albert C van Rossum, Hans W M Niessen, Paul A J Krijnen
OBJECTIVE: Although lymphocytic myocarditis (LM) clinically can mimic myocardial infarction (MI), they are regarded as distinct clinical entities. However, we observed a high prevalence (32%) of recent MI in patients diagnosed post-mortem with LM. To investigate if LM changes coronary atherosclerotic plaque, we analyzed in autopsied hearts the inflammatory infiltrate and stability in coronary atherosclerotic lesions in patients with LM and/or MI. METHODS: The three main coronary arteries were isolated at autopsy of patients with LM, with MI of 3-6h old, with LM and MI of 3-6h old (LM+MI) and controls...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086826/offering-patients-therapy-options-in-unplanned-start-options-implementation-of-an-educational-program-is-feasible-and-effective
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Anna Machowska, Mark Dominik Alscher, Satyanarayana Reddy Vanga, Michael Koch, Michael Aarup, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Rutherford
BACKGROUND: Patients with unplanned dialysis start (UPS) have worse clinical outcomes than non-UPS patients, and receive peritoneal dialysis (PD) less frequently. In the OPTiONS study of UPS patients, an educational programme (UPS-EP) aiming at improving care of UPS patients by facilitating care pathways and enabling informed choice of dialysis modality was implemented. We here report on impact of UPS-EP on modality choice and clinical outcomes in UPS patients. METHODS: This non-interventional, prospective, multi-center, observational study included 270 UPS patients from 26 centers in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom and Sweden) who prior to inclusion presented acutely, or were being followed by nephrologists but required urgent dialysis commencement by an acutely placed CVC or PD catheter...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081211/development-and-validation-of-a-clinical-prediction-rule-for-bacteremia-among-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients-in-outpatient-settings
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Sho Sasaki, Takeshi Hasegawa, Hiroo Kawarazaki, Atsushi Nomura, Daisuke Uchida, Takahiro Imaizumi, Masahide Furusho, Hiroki Nishiwaki, Shingo Fukuma, Yugo Shibagaki, Shunichi Fukuhara
BACKGROUND: To our knowledge, no reliable clinical prediction rule (CPR) for identifying bacteremia in hemodialysis (HD) patients has been established. The aim of this study was to develop a CPR for bacteremia in maintenance HD patients visiting the outpatient department. METHODS: This multicenter cohort study involved consecutive maintenance HD patients who visited the outpatient clinic or emergency room of seven Japanese institutions between August 2011 and July 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077429/composite-end-points-in-clinical-trials-of-heart-failure-therapy-how-do-we-measure-the-effect-size
#15
Paul M Brown, Justin A Ezekowitz
Composite end points are popular outcomes in clinical trials of heart failure therapies. For example, a global rank composite is typically analyzed using a Mann-Whitney U test, and the results are summarized by the mean of ranks and a corresponding P value. The mean of ranks is uninformative, and a clinically meaningful estimate of the treatment effect is needed to communicate study results and facilitate an assessment of heterogeneity (the consistency of the effect across outcomes). The probability index is intuitive for clinicians, easy to calculate, and may be applied to various composites...
January 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074818/cannulation-strategies-in-adult-veno-arterial-and-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-techniques-limitations-and-special-considerations
#17
Arun L Jayaraman, Daniel Cormican, Pranav Shah, Harish Ramakrishna
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) refers to specific mechanical devices used to temporarily support the failing heart and/or lung. Technological advances as well as growing collective knowledge and experience have resulted in increased ECMO use and improved outcomes. Veno-arterial (VA) ECMO is used in selected patients with various etiologies of cardiogenic shock and entails either central or peripheral cannulation. Central cannulation is frequently used in postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock and is associated with improved venous drainage and reduced concern for upper body hypoxemia as compared to peripheral cannulation...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074798/proseal-laryngeal-mask-airway-as-an-alternative-to-standard-endotracheal-tube-in-securing-upper-airway-in-the-patients-undergoing-beating-heart-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#18
Kalpana Shah
BACKGROUND: ProSeal laryngeal mask airways (PLMAs) are routinely used after failed tracheal intubation as airway rescue, facilitating tracheal intubation by acting as a conduit and to secure airway during emergencies. In long duration surgeries, use of endotracheal tube (ETT) is associated with various hemodynamic complications, which are minimally affected during PLMA use. However, except for few studies, there are no significant data available that promote the use of laryngeal mask during cardiac surgery...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073079/trail-facilitates-cytokine-expression-and-macrophage-migration-during-hypoxia-reoxygenation-via-er-stress-dependent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#19
Yinan Jiang, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengya Fan, Hui Li, Weina Zhu, Xi Chen, Chenghua Cao, Rui Xu, Yaohui Wang, Yuanfang Ma
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), which is known as a key molecule to induce cancer cell apoptosis, has also been found to participate in the process of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Infiltrated macrophages play dual roles in inflammatory injury and healing following I/R. Whether TRAIL has any effect on macrophages during this process remains elusive. Here we showed that I/R triggered the expressions of TRAIL, DR5 and cytokines (IL-1β, TNFα, CCL-2 and ICAM-1), in addition to macrophage infiltration, which could be abolished by TRAIL neutralizing antibody...
January 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071727/plasma-amino-acid-profile-in-patients-with-aortic-dissection
#20
Linlin Wang, Sha Liu, Wengang Yang, Haitao Yu, Li Zhang, Ping Ma, Peng Wu, Xue Li, Kenka Cho, Song Xue, Baohong Jiang
Aortic dissection (AD), a severe cardiovascular disease with the characteristics of high mortality, is lack of specific clinical biomarkers. In order to facilitate the diagnosis of AD, we investigated plasma amino acid profile through metabolomics approach. Total 33 human subjects were enrolled in the study: 11 coronary heart disease (CHD) patients without aortic lesion and 11 acute AD and 11 chronic AD. Amino acids were identified in plasma using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and were further subjected to multiple logistic regression analysis...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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