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Susanna E Honig, Brenna Mahoney, Jess S Glanz, Brent B Hughes
It is well established that anthropogenic nutrient inputs harm estuarine seagrasses, but the influence of nutrients in rocky intertidal ecosystems is less clear. In this study, we investigated the effect of anthropogenic nutrient loading on Phyllospadix spp., a rocky intertidal seagrass, at local and regional scales. At sites along California, Washington, and Oregon, we demonstrated a significant, negative correlation of urban development and Phyllospadix bed thickness. These results were echoed locally along an urban gradient on the central California coast, where Phyllospadix shoot δ(15)N was negatively associated with Phyllospadix bed thickness, and experimentally, where nutrient additions in mesocosms reduced Phyllospadix shoot formation and increased epiphytic cover on Phyllospadix shoots...
October 13, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Zach Rozenbaum, Shafik Khoury, Galit Aviram, Yaniv Gura, Jack Sherez, Avi Man, Jason Shimiaie, Thierry Le Tourneau, Amir Halkin, Simon Biner, Gad Keren, Yan Topilsky
BACKGROUND: Discriminating circulatory problems with reduced stroke volume from de-conditioning in which the muscles cannot consume O2 normally by gas exchange parameters is difficult. METHODS: We performed combined stress echo and cardio-pulmonary (CPET) tests in 110 patients (20 normal effort capacity, 54 attenuated stroke volume response, 36 de-conditioning) to evaluate multiple hemodynamic parameters and oxygen content difference (A-VO2 Difference) in four predefined activity levels to assess which of the gas measures may help in the discrimination...
October 11, 2016: Chest
Ajay U Mahajan, Deepak S Laddhad, Deepak Bohara, Sangeeta D Laddhad, Yogita T Dinde, Sachin S Bhabad
A 32 yrs old man presented with shortness of breath and syncopal episode with preceding history of DVT 15days above. Patient has tachycardia hypoxia and hypotension, on evaluation ECG Showed S1 Q3 T3 Pattern, bedside Echo Showed visible thrombus of 3cm in pulmonary artery, successfully thrombolysed with tenecteplase and streptokinase. This case study is presented to stress importance of urgent bedside echo in all sudden onset dysponea and hypoxia to rule out pulmonary Embolism which can be successfully thrombolysed without delay...
June 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Balraj Singh, Jennifer M Treece, Ghulam Murtaza, Samit Bhatheja, Steven J Lavine, Timir K Paul
A young otherwise healthy 27-year-old male who has been using anabolic steroids for a long time developed Type I aortic dissection associated with heavy weightlifting. The patient did not have a recent history of trauma to the chest, no history of hypertension, and no illicit drug use. He presented with severe chest pain radiating to back and syncopal event with exertion. Initial vitals were significant for blood pressure of 80/50 mmHg, pulse of 80 beats per minute, respirations of 24 per minute, and oxygen saturation of 92% on room air...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Brian Y Chan, Kara G Gill, Susan L Rebsamen, Jie C Nguyen
The bone marrow is one of the largest organs in the body and is visible in every magnetic resonance (MR) imaging study. It is composed of a combination of hematopoietic red marrow and fatty yellow marrow, and its composition changes throughout life in response to normal maturation (red to yellow conversion) and stress (yellow to red reconversion). MR imaging is highly sensitive for detection of altered marrow signal intensity, and the T1-weighted spin-echo sequence provides the most robust contrast between yellow marrow and disease...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Hugo Andr S Mantilla, Felix Ramón Montes, William F Amaya
Stress cardiomyopathy, or Takotsubo syndrome, is a widely recognized cardiac pathology with a clinical presentation similar to acute coronary syndrome and related to physical or emotional stress. Perioperatively, it is challenging to identify it given the variety of forms and scenarios in which it can present. We describe a 22-year-old patient with an atypical presentation of Takotsubo syndrome during anesthesia induction, which highlights the usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography for the initial diagnosis...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Flávia Zardo Trindade, Luiz Felipe Valandro, Niek de Jager, Marco Antônio Bottino, Cornelis Johannes Kleverlaan
PURPOSE: To determine the elastic properties of five ceramic systems with different compositions (lithium disilicate vs. feldspathic ceramics) and processing methods and compare the stress distribution in premolars in the interface with inlays made with these systems loaded with the maximum normal bite force (665 N) using 3D finite element analysis (FEA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The elastic properties of five ceramic restoration materials (IPS e.max Press, IPS e...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
S Mavrogeni, L Koutsogeorgopoulou, T Dimitroulas, G Markousis-Mavrogenis, G Kolovou
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been documented in >50% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients, due to a complex interplay between traditional risk factors and SLE-related factors. Various processes, such as coronary artery disease, myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, vasculitis, valvular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and heart failure, account for CVD complications in SLE. METHODS: Electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiography (echo), nuclear techniques, cardiac computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac catheterization (CCa) can detect CVD in SLE at an early stage...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Salima Qamruddin
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography is an integral test in the cardiac diagnostic laboratory and has high sensitivity and specificity. Despite the excellent specificity of stress echocardiography, we continue to see a subset of patients with false-positive tests (defined as <50% diameter stenosis on subsequent coronary angiography). These false-positive findings present a management challenge because it remains unclear if and how to treat these patients. METHODS: This article reviews relevant clinical studies and their outcomes...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Carmine Siniscalchi, Claudio Reverberi, Nicola Gaibazzi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Individuals with ischemia during cardiac stress-test (cST) have a high risk of developing myocardial infarction (MI), but the pathophysiologic mechanism has never been clarified. It is thought that non flow-limiting coronary plaques (FLP) cause more often MI than FLP, but this is in contradiction with the predictive value of cST. We investigated the correspondence between reversible ischemia and location of subsequent MI, since functional assessment shortly before MI could clarify whether the culprit plaque is a FLP or not...
2016: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
Siddharth Wartak, Isaac Akkad, Adnan Sadiq, Gregory Crooke, Manfred Moskovits, Robert Frankel, Gerald Hollander, Jacob Shani
A 23-year-old African American woman with a past medical history of systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), secondary hypertension, and end stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis for eight years was stable until she developed symptomatic severe mitral regurgitation with preserved ejection fraction. She underwent a bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement (MVR) at outside hospital. However, within a year of her surgery, she presented to our hospital with NYHA class IV symptoms. She was treated for heart failure but in view of her persistent symptoms and low EF was considered for heart and kidney transplant...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Florian Geburek, Moritz Gaus, Hans T M van Schie, Karl Rohn, Peter M Stadler
BACKGROUND: Regenerative and anti-inflammatory effects on tendinopathies have been attributed to blood-derived biologicals. To date the evidence for the efficacy of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment of naturally occurring equine tendinopathies is limited. The purpose of this placebo-controlled clinical trial was to describe the effect of a single treatment of equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) disease with PRP on clinical and ultrasonographic parameters. Twenty horses with naturally occurring tendinopathies of forelimb SDFTs were randomly assigned to the PRP-treated group (n = 10) or control group (n = 10) after clinical and ultrasonographic examination...
2016: BMC Veterinary Research
C M Rosa, R Gimenes, D H S Campos, G N Guirado, C Gimenes, A A H Fernandes, A C Cicogna, R M Queiroz, I Falcão-Pires, D Miranda-Silva, P Rodrigues, F R Laurindo, D C Fernandes, C R Correa, M P Okoshi, K Okoshi
PURPOSE: Although increased oxidative stress is a major component of diabetic hypertensive cardiomyopathy, research into the effects of antioxidants on cardiac remodeling remains scarce. The actions of antioxidant apocynin include inhibiting reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation by nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidases and ROS scavenging. We evaluated the effects of apocynin on cardiac remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) with diabetes mellitus (DM)...
2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Ashish P Saini, Stephen E Cyran, Steven M Ettinger, Linda B Pauliks
A 15-year-old boy with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) and neonatal arterial switch operation (ASO) presented with complete occlusion of the left main coronary artery (LMCA). Intra-operatively, an intramural left coronary artery was identified. Therefore, since age 7 years he had a series of screening exercise stress tests. At 13 years old, he had 3 to 4 mm ST segment depression in the infero-lateral leads without symptoms. This progressed to 4.2 mm inferior ST segment depression at 15 years old with normal stress echocardiogram...
August 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Anastasia Vamvakidou, Benoy Shah, Roxy Senior
A 79-year-old man presented with increasing breathlessness and his echocardiogram revealed severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction and low-flow low-gradient aortic stenosis. Low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography revealed the absence of contractile reserve (increase of stroke volume by ≥20% did not occur). The test would have therefore been inconclusive. However, the attainment of normal flow (FR≥200 mL/s) during dobutamine stress enabled the diagnosis of true severe aortic stenosis.
August 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Narges L Horriat, Sara L Deatsman, Jessica Stelter, Peter C Frommelt, Garick D Hill
Initial surgical strategies in neonates with single left ventricular (LV) anatomy vary based on adequacy of pulmonary and systemic blood flow. Differing myocardial responses to these strategies, as reflected in indices of systolic function, ventricular size, and mass have not been well defined. We sought to evaluate single LV myocardial response to varied physiology and initial palliation and determine whether the response is consistent and predictable. Infants with single LV physiology were divided based on neonatal palliation: no palliation/PA band (NO); BT shunt only (BT); or Norwood procedure (NP)...
August 23, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
Matthew Eric Ferguson, Ritu Sachdeva, Scott E Gillespie, Gemma Morrow, William Border
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with decreased exercise tolerance in children, presumably due to diastolic dysfunction. Modern imaging techniques to assess myocardial function during active exercise have not been applied to this population. We hypothesized that impaired contractile reserve, as assessed by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and strain, contributes to reduced exercise capacity in affected individuals. METHODS: Children (<18 years) with HCM and healthy age- and sex-matched controls were prospectively enrolled...
August 22, 2016: Echocardiography
Mathivathana Indrajith, Madalina Garbi, Mark J Monaghan
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November 1, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Joseph A Ladapo, Saul Blecker, Michael O'Donnell, Saahil A Jumkhawala, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Appropriate use criteria (AUC) for cardiac stress tests address concerns about utilization growth and patient safety. We systematically reviewed studies of appropriateness, including within physician specialties; evaluated trends over time and in response to AUC updates; and characterized leading indications for inappropriate/rarely appropriate testing. METHODS: We searched PubMed (2005-2015) for English-language articles reporting stress echocardiography or myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) appropriateness...
2016: PloS One
Nicla A Varnier, Franzisca Pettit, David Rees, Steven Thou, Mark Brown, Amanda Henry
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease affects 0.2-4% of pregnancies. Coupled with the physiological stress of pregnancy, cardiovascular disease may present significant management challenges including appropriate risk:benefit analysis of medical and surgical management options. CASE: A 33-year-old gravida 4 para 1 miscarriage 2 presented at 18 weeks' gestation to the high-risk pregnancy service with a history of coronary artery disease and homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia...
September 2015: Obstetric Medicine
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