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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822527/coronary-artery-disease-in-women
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Lekha Adik Pathak, Salil Shirodkar, Ronak Ruparelia, Jaideep Rajebahadur
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of CAD for women, there is persistent perception that CAD is a man's disease. Contributing to this notion is the observation of differences in incidence rates according to age; the incidence of CAD in women is lower than men, but rises steadily after fifth decade. The distribution of CAD risk factors varies between men and women across age ranges and failure to consider these differences may have contributed to the belief that women are at lower risk of CAD compared with men...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814264/left-ventricular-contractile-reserve-by-stress-echocardiography-as-a-predictor-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Quirino Ciampi, Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Bruno Villari, Eugenio Picano
BACKGROUND: The presence of left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR) during stress echo (SE) may provide favorable response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure patients. The aim of the study was to perform a meta-analysis of available SE data in this set of patients. METHODS: From a Pubmed and Advance Google Scholar database web based search scan up to December 2016, we initially identified 5906 records. From this initial set, we removed that did not include SE and duplicate studies...
August 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798245/regadenoson-cardiac-stress-test-induced-stress-cardiomyopathy
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Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Dominika M Zoltowska, Yashwant Agrawal, Vishal Gupta
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also described as apical ballooning syndrome/stress-induced cardiomyopathy, imitates acute coronary syndrome and is usually related to a massive physiological or emotional stressor. We describe perhaps the first reported case to the best of our knowledge of a 55-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with congestive heart failure after having a regadenoson cardiac stress test a few hours prior to presentation to the hospital. Transthoracic echocardiogram revealed reduced heart function...
August 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793250/mir-7-buffers-differentiation-in-the-developing-drosophila-visual-system
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Elizabeth E Caygill, Andrea H Brand
The 40,000 neurons of the medulla, the largest visual processing center of the Drosophila brain, derive from a sheet of neuroepithelial cells. During larval development, a wave of differentiation sweeps across the neuroepithelium, converting neuroepithelial cells into neuroblasts that sequentially express transcription factors specifying different neuronal cell fates. The switch from neuroepithelial cells to neuroblasts is controlled by a complex gene regulatory network and is marked by the expression of the proneural gene l'sc...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762934/-diagnostic-value-of-biochemical-markers-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-with-reduced-borderline-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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E V Bazaeva, R P Myasnikov, V A Metelskaya, S A Boytsov
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The study of the diagnostic value of biochemical markers of myocardial stress and inflammation in chronic heart failure (CHF) with different values of the ejection fraction (EF) of the left ventricle (LV). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study included 105 patients aged 24 to 84 years (mean 58+/-14 years) with stable chronic heart failure I-II NYHA functional class classification. The causes of CHF were ischemic heart disease (IHD) in 33% of patients and arterial hypertension (AH) - 67%...
March 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758891/form-and-function-in-the-lower-palaeolithic-history-progress-and-continued-relevance
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Alastair Key, Lycett Stephen
Percussively flaked stone artefacts constitute a major source of evidence relating to hominin behavioural strategies and are, essentially, a product or byproduct of a past individual's decision to create a tool with respect to some broader goal. Moreover, it has long been noted that both differences and recurrent regularities exist within and between Palaeolithic stone artefact forms. Accordingly, archaeologists have frequently drawn links between form and functionality, with functional objectives and performance often being regarded consequential to a stone tool's morphological properties...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Anthropological Sciences, Rivista di Antropologia: JASS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755660/computational-and-experimental-assessment-of-influences-of-hemodynamic-shear-stress-on-carotid-plaque
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Hui Zhou, Long Meng, Wei Zhou, Lin Xin, Xiangxiang Xia, Shuai Li, Hairong Zheng, Lili Niu
BACKGROUND: Studies have identified hemodynamic shear stress as an important determinant of endothelial function and atherosclerosis. In this study, we assess the influences of hemodynamic shear stress on carotid plaques. METHODS: Carotid stenosis phantoms with three severity (30, 50, 70%) were made from 10% polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) cryogel. The phantoms were placed in a pulsatile flow loop with the same systolic/diastolic phase (35/65) and inlet flow rate (16 L/h)...
July 29, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751436/a-striking-image-of-spontaneous-echo-contrast-in-severe-mitral-stenosis-in-a-patient-with-good-international-normalised-ratio-inr-control
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Daniel A Jeffery, Guy Lloyd, Arjun K Ghosh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742643/sensitive-troponin-i-and-stress-testing-in-the-emergency-department-for-the-early-management-of-chest-pain-using-2-hour-protocol
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Shahriar Dadkhah, Zakaria Almuwaqqat, Samian Sulaiman, Husein Husein, Quang Nguyen, Saad Ali, Tuncay Taskesen
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in identifying high-risk patients with non-ST segment ACS (acute coronary syndrome), low risk patients presenting with atypical chest pain and non-diagnostic Electrocardiogram (ECG) continued to undergo unnecessary admissions and testing. Since 1992, our chest pain protocol included using 4-hour serial biomarkers from ED admission in combination with stress testing to evaluate these patients. Our study aimed at determining whether a new accelerated diagnostic protocol using sensitive cardiac troponin I (cTnI) 2 hours after admission to the ED followed by stress testing is safe and effective in emergency settings, allowing for appropriate triage, earlier discharge and reducing costs...
September 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729409/comparison-of-anatomic-and-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-alternative-initial-noninvasive-testing-strategies-for-the-diagnosis-of-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Idan Roifman, Harindra C Wijeysundera, Peter C Austin, Mohammad R Rezai, Graham A Wright, Jack V Tu
BACKGROUND: The optimal initial noninvasive diagnostic testing strategy for stable coronary artery disease (CAD) is unknown. Although American guidelines recommend an exercise stress test as the first-line test, European guidelines suggest that stress imaging (myocardial perfusion imaging or stress echocardiography) or coronary computed tomography angiography may be preferable. Understanding the relationship between the initial strategy and downstream yield of obstructive CAD and major adverse cardiac events may provide insight as to the optimal strategy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720027/long-term-alteration-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-in-children-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-in-the-first-6-months-of-life
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Monica McGauran, Brigid Jordan, Roseriet Beijers, Irma Janssen, Candice Franich-Ray, Carolina de Weerth, Michael Cheung
Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) have poorer neurodevelopmental and psychological outcomes. The mechanisms underlying this remain unclear. One mechanism could be that the stressful experience of cardiac surgery early in life influences long-term hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis regulation. Dysregulation of the HPA axis has been linked to poorer neurocognitive and psychological outcomes in other study populations. This case-control study aims to compare HPA-axis regulation (circadian rhythm and reactivity) using salivary cortisol in 3- to 5-year-olds with CHD who did and did not have cardiac surgery prior to 6 months of age...
July 18, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716681/mri-magic-angle-effect-in-femorotibial-cartilages-of-the-red-kangaroo
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Tonima S Ali, Namal Thibbotuwawa, YuanTong Gu, Konstantin I Momot
OBJECTIVE: Kangaroo knee cartilages are robust tissues that can support knee flexion and endure high levels of compressive stress. This study aimed to develop a detailed understanding of the collagen architecture in kangaroo knee cartilages and thus obtain insights into the biophysical basis of their function. DESIGN: Cylindrical/square plugs from femoral and tibial hyaline cartilage and tibial fibrocartilage were excised from the knees of three adult red kangaroos...
July 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715078/polish-stress-echocardiography-registry-pol-stress-registry-a-multicenter-study-stress-echo-in-poland-numbers-settings-results-and-complications
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Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Szymon Olędzki, Jolanta Rzucidło-Resil, Piotr Gościniak, Tomasz Kukulski, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Wojciech Kosmala, Dariusz Kosior, Marta Marcinkiewicz-Siemion, Barbara Brzezińska, Beata Zaborska, Marcin Fijałkowski, Iwona Świątkiewicz, Andrzej Szyszka, Jan Błażejewski, Wojciech Witkiewicz, Zbigniew Gąsior, Danuta Sorysz, Agnieszka Olszanecka
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) is widely used in Europe. No collective data have been available on the use of SE in Poland until now. AIM: To evaluate the number of SE investigations performed in Poland, their settings, complications and results. METHODS: In this retrospective survey, referral cardiology centers in Poland were asked to fill in a questionnaire regarding SE examinations performed from May 01, 2014 to May 01, 2015. RESULTS: The study included data from 17 university hospitals and large community hospitals which performed 4611 SE examinations, including 4408 tests in patients investigated for coronary artery disease (CAD) and 203 tests to evaluate valvular heart disease (VHD)...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708228/clinical-and-subclinical-cardiac-late-effects-in-pediatric-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-survivors
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Carlo Materazzo, Maura Massimino, Elisabetta Schiavello, Marta Podda, Lorenza Gandola, Graziella Cefalo, Serena Catania, Cristina Meazza, Ivan Moschetti, Monica Terenziani
PURPOSE: Cardiac late effects are responsible for a significant burden of mortality and morbidity among pediatric Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) survivors (HLS). The aim of our study was to assess clinical and subclinical cardiac sequelae in a cohort of childhood HLS treated in the 1980s with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (the ABVD regimen) and limited-field radiotherapy (RT). METHODS: We retrospectively examined a series of HLS treated from 1979 to 1989...
July 8, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701599/interesting-images-multiple-coronary-artery-aneurysms
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Jonathon M Howard, Omar Viswanath, Alfredo Armas, Orlando Santana, Gerald P Rosen
We present the case of a 65-year-old male who presented with stable angina and dyspnea on exertion. His initial workup yielded a positive treadmill stress test for reversible apical ischemia, and transthoracic echocardiogram demonstrated impaired systolic function. Cardiac catheterization was then performed, revealing severe atherosclerotic disease including multiple coronary artery aneurysms. As a result, the patient was advised to and subsequently underwent a coronary artery bypass graft. This case highlights the presence of multiple coronary artery aneurysms and the ability to appreciate these pathologic findings on multiple imaging modalities, including coronary angiogram, transesophageal echocardiography, and direct visualization through the surgical field...
July 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698601/characteristics-of-sonography-in-a-rat-achilles-tendinopathy-model-possible-non-invasive-predictors-of-biomechanics
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Su-Ya Lee, Hsiao-Feng Chieh, Chien-Ju Lin, I-Ming Jou, Yung-Nien Sun, Li-Chieh Kuo, Po-Ting Wu, Fong-Chin Su
The purpose of this study was to investigate the dynamic changes of histopathology, biomechanical properties, echo intensity, and ultrasound features in a collagenase-induced tendinopathy model of rat Achilles tendons, and to examine the associations among biomechanical properties, echo intensity, and ultrasound features. Forty-two rats received an ultrasound-guided collagenase injection on their left Achilles tendons, and needle puncture on the right ones as the control. At four, eight, and twelve weeks post-injury, the tendons were examined via measurements of their biomechanical properties, histopathological and ultrasonographic characteristics...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683962/arginine-nitric-oxide-metabolites-and-cardiac-dysfunction-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Brian S Finkelman, Mary Putt, Teresa Wang, Le Wang, Hari Narayan, Susan Domchek, Angela DeMichele, Kevin Fox, Jennifer Matro, Payal Shah, Amy Clark, Angela Bradbury, Vivek Narayan, Joseph R Carver, W H Wilson Tang, Bonnie Ky
BACKGROUND: Oxidative/nitrosative stress and endothelial dysfunction are hypothesized to be central to cancer therapeutics-related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD). However, the relationship between circulating arginine-nitric oxide (NO) metabolites and CTRCD remains unstudied. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine the relationship between arginine-NO metabolites and CTRCD in a prospective cohort of 170 breast cancer patients treated with doxorubicin with or without trastuzumab...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660735/impact-of-standardized-clinical-assessment-and-management-plans-on-resource-utilization-and-costs-in-children-after-the-arterial-switch-operation
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Rahul H Rathod, Brittney Jurgen, Rose A Hamershock, Kevin G Friedman, Audrey C Marshall, Mihail Samnaliev, Dionne A Graham, Kathy Jenkins, James E Lock, Andrew J Powell
BACKGROUND: Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs) are a quality improvement initiative designed to reduce unnecessary utilization, decrease practice variation, and improve patient outcomes. We created a novel methodology, the SCAMP managed episode of care (SMEOC), which encompasses multiple encounters to assess the impact of the arterial switch operation (ASO) SCAMP on total costs. METHODS: All ASO SCAMP patients (dates March 2009 to July 2015) were compared to a control group of ASO patients (January 2001 to February 2009)...
June 28, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
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
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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
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