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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645653/catalase-overexpression-modulates-metabolic-parameters-in-a-new-stress-less-leptin-deficient-mouse-model
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Deborah L Amos, Tanner Robinson, Melissa B Massie, Carla Cook, Alexis Hoffsted, Courtney Crain, Nalini Santanam
Oxidative stress plays a key role in obesity by modifying the function of important biological molecules, thus altering obesogenic pathways such as glucose and lipid signaling. Catalase, is an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme that catabolizes hydrogen peroxide produced by the dismutation of superoxide. Recent studies have shown knockdown of catalase exacerbates insulin resistance and leads to obesity. We hypothesized that overexpressing catalase in an obese mouse will modulate obesogenic pathways and protect against obesity...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645448/takotsubo-syndrome-presenting-as-syncope-in-a-patient-with-permanent-pacemaker
#2
Bharatraj Banavalikar, Sivasankaran Sivasubramonian, Narayanan Namboodiri, Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Dibya Ranjan Behera, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
Takotsubo syndrome is an acute reversible heart failure syndrome triggered by physical or emotional stress, especially in postmenopausal women. Herein, we describe a case of a 31-year-old pacemaker dependent lady who presented with syncope after she was bereaved of her father. Electrocardiogram at admission revealed ventricular paced rhythm at 60/min, prolonged QT interval and frequent runs of torsades de pointes. Transthoracic echocardiogram and left ventriculogram revealed findings typical of Takotsubo syndrome...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639988/stress-echo-in-italy-state-of-the-art-2015
#3
Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Sergio Severino, Graziana Labanti, Lauro Cortigiani, Rosa Sicari, Nicola Gaibazzi, Maurizio Galderisi, Eduardo Bossone, Paolo Colonna, Eugenio Picano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637508/hyperpolarized-13-c-urea-myocardial-first-pass-perfusion-imaging-using-velocity-selective-excitation
#4
Maximilian Fuetterer, Julia Busch, Sophie M Peereboom, Constantin von Deuster, Lukas Wissmann, Miriam Lipiski, Thea Fleischmann, Nikola Cesarovic, Christian T Stoeck, Sebastian Kozerke
BACKGROUND: A velocity-selective binomial excitation scheme for myocardial first-pass perfusion measurements with hyperpolarized (13)C substrates, which preserves bolus magnetization inside the blood pool, is presented. The proposed method is evaluated against gadolinium-enhanced (1)H measurements in-vivo. METHODS: The proposed excitation with an echo-planar imaging readout was implemented on a clinical CMR system. Dynamic myocardial stress perfusion images were acquired in six healthy pigs after bolus injection of hyperpolarized (13)C urea with the velocity-selective vs...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631761/-management-of-outpatients-with-cardiac-disease-follow-up-timing-and-modalities
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Roberta Rossini, Daniela Lina, Marco Ferlini, Giuseppina Belotti, Salvatore Ivan Caico, Fabrizio Caravati, Pompilio Faggiano, Annamaria Iorio, Davide Lauri, Corrado Lettieri, Emanuela Teresa Locati, Antonio Maggi, Ferdinando Massari, Andrea Mortara, Luigi Moschini, Giuseppe Musumeci, Daniele Nassiacos, Fabrizio Negri, Domenico Pecora, Simona Pierini, Roberto Pedretti, Pierfranco Ravizza, Michele Romano, Fabrizio Oliva
The increasing rate of cardiovascular diseases, the improved survival after the acute phase, the aging of the population and the implementation of primary prevention caused an exponential increase in outpatient cardiac performance, thereby making it difficult to maintain a balance between the citizen-patient request and the economic sustainability of the healthcare system. On the other side, the prescription of many diagnostic tests with a view to defensive medicine and the related growth of patients' expectations, has led several scientific societies to educational campaigns highlighting the concept that "less is more"...
June 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616350/anomalous-right-coronary-artery-origin-with-interarterial-pathway-importance-of-morphological-origin-assessment-and-the-role-of-percutaneous-interventionism
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Daniel García Iglesias, Lidia Martínez Fernández, María Martín Fernández, Laura García Suárez, Laura García Pérez, Juan Calvo Blanco, Helena Cigarrán Sexto, Raquel Del Valle Fernández, César Morís de la Tassa
Anomalies in coronary arteries (CA) are an important issue in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Specifically the anomalous origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) is of special importance because it is the most frequent anomaly. Clinical practice guidelines recommend the revascularization treatment in cases of interarterial pathway and documented myocardial ischemia and when hypoplasia, compression or obstruction is evident. We report two different cases of patients with anomalous origin of RCA and associated interarterial pathway...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611231/validation-of-the-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-with-iq-spect-system-in-small-heart-patients
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Hiroto Yoneyama, Takayuki Shibutani, Takahiro Konishi, Asuka Mizutani, Hashimoto Ryosuke, Masahisa Onoguchi, Koichi Okuda, Shinro Matsuo, Kenichi Nakajima, Kinuya Seigo
The IQ-SPECT system equipped with a multifocal (SMARTZOOM) collimator using an ordered subset conjugate gradient minimization (OSCGM) algorithm reduces the acquisition time of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) compared to conventional gamma cameras equipped with low-energy high-resolution (LEHR) collimators. We compared IQ-SPECT with a conventional single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system for estimating the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in small-heart patients. Methods: The study group consisted of 98 consecutive patients who underwent a 1-day stress-rest MPI study with a (99m)Tc-labeled agent for preoperative risk assessment...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600985/nox2-contributes-to-hyperinsulinemia-induced-redox-imbalance-and-impaired-vascular-function
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Abeer M Mahmoud, Mohamed M Ali, Edwin R Miranda, Jacob T Mey, Brian K Blackburn, Jacob M Haus, Shane A Phillips
Insulin resistance promotes vascular endothelial dysfunction and subsequent development of cardiovascular disease. Previously we found that skeletal muscle arteriolar flow-induced dilation (FID) was reduced following a hyperinsulinemic clamp in healthy adults. Therefore, we hypothesized that hyperinsulinemia, a hallmark of insulin resistance, contributes to microvascular endothelial cell dysfunction via inducing oxidative stress that is mediated by NADPH oxidase (Nox) system. We examined the effect of insulin, at levels that are comparable with human hyperinsulinemia on 1) FID of isolated arterioles from human skeletal muscle tissue in the presence and absence of Nox inhibitors and 2) human adipose microvascular endothelial cell (HAMECs) expression of nitric oxide (NO), endothelial NO synthase (eNOS), and Nox-mediated oxidative stress...
June 3, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596817/cardiovascular-assessment-in-liver-transplant-for-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-patients-what-we-do-what-we-should-do
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REVIEW
Yolanda Sanchez-Torrijos, Javier Ampuero, Manuel Romero-Gómez
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasing considerably due to the current lifestyle, which means that it is becoming one of the main indications for liver transplantation. On the other hand, there is a strong association between NAFLD and cardiovascular disease. This has been evidenced in many studies revealing a higher presence of carotid plaques or carotid intima-media thickness, leading to cardiovascular events and, ultimately, mortality. According to the liver transplant guidelines, screening for heart disease in transplant candidates should be performed by electrocardiogram and transthoracic echocardiography while a stress echocardiogram should be reserved for those with more than two cardiovascular risk factors or greater than 50 years old...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588804/peripartum-cardiomyopathy-what-if-your-patient-plans-to-reconceive
#10
Rashed Al Bannay, Aysha Husain, Zainab AlJufairi
Patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) often express a desire to conceive again, and the risk of relapse in future pregnancies should be disclosed. No consensus is available that can determine that risk. Adequate contractile reserve, evidenced by a stress echocardiogram (exercise or dobutamine), can identify those with lower relapse risk.
June 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577159/biventricular-thrombosis-in-biventricular-stress-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
#11
Luisa De Gennaro, Massimo Ruggiero, Sergio Musci, Francesco Tota, Domenica De Laura, Manuela Resta, Nicola Locuratolo, Francesco Santoro, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Pasquale Caldarola
Endo-ventricular thrombosis represents a possible clinical complication of stress(takotsubo)-cardiomyopathy (SC). Depressed ventricular systolic ventricular function, localized left ventricular (LV) dyskinesis, but also an increased pro-thrombotic state induced by catecholamine surge may facilitate the occurrence of endovascular thrombosis in SC. SC, however, may also present as right ventricular (RV) dysfunction or even as biventricular ballooning. Ventricular thrombosis may therefore theoretically occur in either ventricles or both...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574282/prevention-of-sudden-death-in-adolescent-athletes-incremental-diagnostic-value-and-cost-effectiveness-of-diagnostic-tests
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Gonzalo Grazioli, Maria Sanz de la Garza, Barbara Vidal, Silvia Montserrat, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Ramon Pi, Lluis Til, Josep Gutierrez, Josep Brugada, Marta Sitges
Introduction Pre-participation screening in athletes attempts to reduce the incidence of sudden death during sports by identifying susceptible individuals. The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic capacity of the different pre-participation screening points in adolescent athletes and the cost effectiveness of the programme. Methods Athletes were studied between 12-18 years old. Pre-participation screening included the American Heart Association questionnaire, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and stress test...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
#13
Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548371/the-additional-utility-of-two-dimensional-strain-in-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease-presence-and-localization-in-patients-undergoing-dobutamine-stress-echocardiogram
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Alaa Roushdy, Yomna Abou El Seoud, Mohamed Abd Elrahman, Basem Wadeaa, Adel Eletriby, Zainab Abd El Salam
BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is a feasible and safe exercise-independent stress modality for diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD), but it is subjective, and operator dependant. Two-dimensional strain at peak stress could overcome these limitations and thus increase the accuracy of DSE. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a prospective observational study in which 80 patients underwent DSE, two-dimensional strain at peak stress, and coronary angiography...
May 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533929/does-ischemic-burden-on-stress-testing-influence-patient-survival-in-subjects-with-known-severe-multi-vessel-cad
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Shey Mukundan, Mark I Travin, Jeffrey M Levsky, Matthew P Liakos, Daniel M Spevack
BACKGROUND: Ischemic burden observed during stress testing has been postulated to predict prognosis irrespective of anatomic atherosclerotic burden observed on angiography. However, it is not known if the stress test result influences the long-term prognosis of subjects with diffuse coronary artery disease. We sought to determine the prognostic importance of stress test false negativity amongst patients with severe multi-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing stress testing in the previous decade...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528289/platelet-hyperactivation-apoptosis-and-hypercoagulability-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#16
Samin Rezania, Michael A Puskarich, Daniela N Petrusca, Evandro M Neto-Neves, Matthew T Rondina, Jeffrey A Kline
Changes in systemic redox balance can alter platelet activation and aggregation. Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a systematic inflammatory disease associated with mechanical shear stress, increased thrombin, catecholamines, serotonin and hemolysis, which cumulatively can hyperactivate platelets and accelerate their turnover. We tested the hypothesis that platelets from patients with moderately severe PE will show hyperstimulation and a pre-apoptotic phenotype associated with microparticles (MPs) in plasma...
July 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501327/echo-particle-image-velocimetry-for-estimation-of-carotid-artery-wall-shear-stress-repeatability-reproducibility-and-comparison-with-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#17
Arati Gurung, Phillip E Gates, Luciano Mazzaro, Jonathan Fulford, Fuxing Zhang, Alex J Barker, Jean Hertzberg, Kunihiko Aizawa, William D Strain, Salim Elyas, Angela C Shore, Robin Shandas
Measurement of hemodynamic wall shear stress (WSS) is important in investigating the role of WSS in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Echo particle image velocimetry (echo PIV) is a novel ultrasound-based technique for measuring WSS in vivo that has previously been validated in vitro using the standard optical PIV technique. We evaluated the repeatability and reproducibility of echo PIV for measuring WSS in the human common carotid artery. We measured WSS in 28 healthy participants (18 males and 10 females, mean age: 56 ± 12 y)...
May 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494006/the-change-of-longitudinal-relaxation-rate-in-oxygen-enhanced-pulmonary-mri-depends-on-age-and-bmi-but-not-diffusing-capacity-of-carbon-monoxide-in-healthy-never-smokers
#18
Simon Sven Ivan Kindvall, Sandra Diaz, Jonas Svensson, Per Wollmer, Lars E Olsson
OBJECTIVE: Oxygen enhanced pulmonary MRI is a promising modality for functional lung studies and has been applied to a wide range of pulmonary conditions. The purpose of this study was to characterize the oxygen enhancement effect in the lungs of healthy, never-smokers, in light of a previously established relationship between oxygen enhancement and diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide in the lung (DL,CO) in patients with lung disease. METHODS: In 30 healthy never-smoking volunteers, an inversion recovery with gradient echo read-out (Snapshot-FLASH) was used to quantify the difference in longitudinal relaxation rate, while breathing air and 100% oxygen, ΔR1, at 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473507/cost-effectiveness-of-anatomical-and-functional-test-strategies-for-stable-chest-pain-public-health-perspective-from-a-middle-income-country
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Eduardo G Bertoldi, Steffen F Stella, Luis Eduardo P Rohde, Carisi A Polanczyk
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research is to evaluate the relative cost-effectiveness of functional and anatomical strategies for diagnosing stable coronary artery disease (CAD), using exercise (Ex)-ECG, stress echocardiogram (ECHO), single-photon emission CT (SPECT), coronary CT angiography (CTA) or stress cardiacmagnetic resonance (C-MRI). SETTING: Decision-analytical model, comparing strategies of sequential tests for evaluating patients with possible stable angina in low, intermediate and high pretest probability of CAD, from the perspective of a developing nation's public healthcare system...
May 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465287/prevalence-of-subclinical-coronary-artery-disease-in-masters-endurance-athletes-with-a-low-atherosclerotic-risk-profile
#20
Ahmed Merghani, Viviana Maestrini, Stefania Rosmini, Andrew T Cox, Harshil Dhutia, Rachel Bastiaenen, Sarojini David, Tee Joo Yeo, Rajay Narain, Aneil Malhotra, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Maite Tome, Khaled AlFakih, James C Moon, Sanjay Sharma
Background -Studies in middle aged and older (masters) athletes with atherosclerotic risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) report higher coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores compared with sedentary individuals. Few studies have assessed the prevalence of CAD in masters athletes with a low atherosclerotic risk profile. Methods -We assessed 152 masters athletes aged 54.4±8.5 years (70% male) and 92 controls of similar age, sex and low Framingham 10 year CAD risk scores with an echocardiogram, exercise stress test, CT coronary angiogram, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and a 24-hour Holter...
May 2, 2017: Circulation
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