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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937442/orally-active-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-analogs
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William B Campbell, John D Imig, James M Schmitz, John R Falck
Biologically active epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (EET) regioisomers are synthesized from arachidonic acid by cytochrome P450 epoxygenases of endothelial, myocardial, and renal tubular cells. EETs relax vascular smooth muscle and decrease inflammatory cell adhesion and cytokine release. Renal EETs promote sodium excretion and vasodilation to decrease hypertension. Cardiac EETs reduce infarct size after ischemia-reperfusion injury and decrease fibrosis and inflammation in heart failure. In diabetes, EETs improve insulin sensitivity, increase glucose tolerance, and reduce the renal injury...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927471/a-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-genetic-variant-is-associated-with-improved-ventricular-function-and-transplant-free-survival-after-surgery-for-non-syndromic-chd
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Constantine D Mavroudis, Daniel Seung Kim, Nancy Burnham, Alexandra H Morss, Jerry H Kim, Amber A Burt, David R Crosslin, Donna M McDonald-McGinn, Elaine H Zackai, Meryl S Cohen, Susan C Nicolson, Thomas L Spray, Ian B Stanaway, Deborah A Nickerson, Mark W Russell, Hakon Hakonarson, Gail P Jarvik, J William Gaynor
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that the minor alleles of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs833069 and superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2) single-nucleotide polymorphism rs2758331 are both associated with improved transplant-free survival after surgery for CHD in infants, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We hypothesised that one or both of these minor alleles are associated with better systemic ventricular function, resulting in improved survival...
September 20, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920097/acute-cd47-blockade-during-ischemic-myocardial-reperfusion-enhances-phagocytosis-associated-cardiac-repair
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Shuang Zhang, Xin-Yi Yeap, Matthew DeBerge, Nivedita K Naresh, Kevin Wang, Zhengxin Jiang, Jane E Wilcox, Steven M White, John P Morrow, Paul W Burridge, Daniel Procissi, Evan A Scott, William Frazier, Edward B Thorp
Our data suggest that, after a myocardial infarction, integrin-associated protein CD47 on cardiac myocytes is elevated. In culture, increased CD47 on the surface of dying cardiomyocytes impairs phagocytic removal by immune cell macrophages. After myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, acute CD47 inhibition with blocking antibodies enhanced dead myocyte clearance by cardiac phagocytes and also improved the resolution of cardiac inflammation, reduced infarct size, and preserved cardiac contractile function. Early targeting of CD47 in the myocardium after reperfusion may be a new strategy to enhance wound repair in the ischemic heart...
August 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917680/effusive-constrictive-pericarditis-after-pericardiocentesis-incidence-associated-findings-and-natural-history
#4
Kye Hun Kim, William R Miranda, Larry J Sinak, Faisal F Syed, Rowlens M Melduni, Raul E Espinosa, Garvan C Kane, Jae K Oh
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate the incidence, associated findings, and natural history of effusive-constrictive pericarditis (ECP) after pericardiocentesis. BACKGROUND: ECP is characterized by the coexistence of tense pericardial effusion and constriction of the heart by the visceral pericardium. Echocardiography is currently the main diagnostic tool in the assessment of pericardial disease, but limited data have been published on the incidence and prognosis of ECP diagnosed by echo-Doppler...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905255/benefit-risk-profile-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-modulators-in-relapsing-and-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Giancarlo Comi, Hans-Peter Hartung, Rajesh Bakshi, Ian M Williams, Heinz Wiendl
Since the approval of fingolimod, several selective sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators have entered clinical development for multiple sclerosis. However, side effects can occur with sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators. By considering short-term data across the drug class and longer term fingolimod data, we aim to highlight the potential of sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulators in multiple sclerosis, while offering reassurance that their benefit-risk profiles are suitable for long-term therapy...
September 13, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901628/total-cosine-r-to-t-for-predicting-ventricular-arrhythmic-and-mortality-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Cheuk Wai Wong, Cynthia Chan, Stamatis Georgopoulos, Yat Sun Chan, Bryan P Yan, Guangping Li, Paula Whittaker, Ana Ciobanu, Sadeq Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh, Sunny H Wong, William K K Wu, George Bazoukis, Konstantinos Lampropoulos, Wing Tak Wong, Lap Ah Tse, Adrian M Baranchuk, Konstantinos P Letsas, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: The total cosine R-to-T (TCRT), a vectorcardiographic marker reflecting the spatial difference between the depolarization and repolarization wavefronts, has been used to predict ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VT/VF) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) in different clinical settings. However, its prognostic value has been controversial. OBJECTIVE: This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluated the significance of TRCT in predicting arrhythmic and/or mortality endpoints...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899950/prevalence-and-prognostic-significance-of-left-ventricular-noncompaction-in-patients-referred-for-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#7
Alexander Ivanov, Devindra S Dabiesingh, Geetha P Bhumireddy, Ambreen Mohamed, Ahmed Asfour, William M Briggs, Jean Ho, Saadat A Khan, Alexandra Grossman, Igor Klem, Terrence J Sacchi, John F Heitner
BACKGROUND: Presence of prominent left ventricular trabeculation satisfying criteria for left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) on routine cardiac magnetic resonance examination is frequently encountered; however, the clinical and prognostic significance of these findings remain elusive. This registry aimed to assess LVNC prevalence by 4 current criteria and to prospectively evaluate an association between diagnosis of LVNC by these criteria and adverse events. METHODS AND RESULTS: There were 700 patients referred for cardiac magnetic resonance: 42% were women, median age was 70 years (range, 45-71 years), mean left ventricular ejection fraction was 51% (±17%), and 32% had late gadolinium enhancement on cardiac magnetic resonance...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893208/trial-design-and-rationale-for-apollo-a-phase-3-placebo-controlled-study-of-patisiran-in-patients-with-hereditary-attr-amyloidosis-with-polyneuropathy
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David Adams, Ole B Suhr, Peter J Dyck, William J Litchy, Raina G Leahy, Jihong Chen, Jared Gollob, Teresa Coelho
BACKGROUND: Patisiran is an investigational RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutic in development for the treatment of hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis, a progressive disease associated with significant disability, morbidity, and mortality. METHODS: Here we describe the rationale and design of the Phase 3 APOLLO study, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, global study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of patisiran in patients with hATTR amyloidosis with polyneuropathy...
September 11, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888268/a-randomized-multicenter-open-label-blinded-end-point-trial-comparing-the-effects-of-spironolactone-to-chlorthalidone-on-left-ventricular-mass-in-patients-with-early-stage-chronic-kidney-disease-rationale-and-design-of-the-spiro-ckd-trial
#9
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Manvir K Hayer, Nicola C Edwards, Gemma Slinn, William E Moody, Rick P Steeds, Charles J Ferro, Anna M Price, Cecilio Andujar, Mary Dutton, Rachel Webster, David J Webb, Scott Semple, Iain MacIntyre, Vanessa Melville, Ian B Wilkinson, Thomas F Hiemstra, David C Wheeler, Anna Herrey, Margaret Grant, Samir Mehta, Natalie Ives, Jonathan N Townend
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with increased left ventricular (LV) mass and arterial stiffness. In a previous trial, spironolactone improved these end points compared with placebo in subjects with early-stage CKD, but it is not known whether these effects were specific to the drug or secondary to blood pressure lowering. AIM: The aim was to investigate the hypothesis that spironolactone is superior to chlorthalidone in the reduction of LV mass while exerting similar effects on blood pressure...
September 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875352/specificity-of-reward-sensitivity-and-parasympathetic-based-regulation-among-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-and-disruptive-behavior-disorders
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Rachel B Tenenbaum, Erica D Musser, Joseph S Raiker, Erika K Coles, Elizabeth M Gnagy, William E Pelham
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with disruptionsin reward sensitivity and regulatory processes. However, it is unclear whether thesedisruptions are better explained by comorbid disruptive behavior disorder (DBD)symptomology. This study sought to examine this question using multiple levels ofanalysis (i.e., behavior, autonomic reactivity). One hundred seventeen children (aged 6 to 12 years; 72.6% male; 69 with ADHD) completed theBalloon-Analogue Risk Task (BART) to assess external reward sensitivity behaviorally...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869006/amisulpride-augmentation-in-clozapine-unresponsive-schizophrenia-amicus-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomised-trial-of-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness
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Thomas Re Barnes, Verity C Leeson, Carol Paton, Louise Marston, Linda Davies, William Whittaker, David Osborn, Raj Kumar, Patrick Keown, Rameez Zafar, Khalid Iqbal, Vineet Singh, Pavel Fridrich, Zachary Fitzgerald, Hemant Bagalkote, Peter M Haddad, Mariwan Husni, Tim Amos
BACKGROUND: When treatment-refractory schizophrenia shows an insufficient response to a trial of clozapine, clinicians commonly add a second antipsychotic, despite the lack of robust evidence to justify this practice. OBJECTIVES: The main objectives of the study were to establish the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of augmentation of clozapine medication with a second antipsychotic, amisulpride, for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia...
September 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866284/intracardiac-electrocardiographic-assessment-of-precordial-taser-shocks-in-human-subjects-a-pilot-study
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Jason P Stopyra, James E Winslow, David M Fitzgerald, William P Bozeman
BACKGROUND: Case reports of cardiac arrest in temporal proximity to Conducted Electrical Weapon(CEW) exposure raise legitimate concerns about this as a rare possibility. In this pilot study, we respectfully navigate the oversight and regulatory hurdles and demonstrate the intra-shock electrocardiographic effects of an intentional transcardiac CEW discharge using subcutaneous probes placed directly across the precordium of patients with a previously implanted intracardiac EKG sensing lead...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859401/do-bar-headed-geese-train-for-high-altitude-flights
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Lucy A Hawkes, Nyambayar Batbayar, Patrick J Butler, Beverley Chua, Peter B Frappell, Jessica U Meir, William K Milsom, Tseveenmyadag Natsagdorj, Nicole Parr, Graham R Scott, John Y Takekawa, Martin WikeIski, Matthew J Witt, Charles M Bishop
Exercise at high altitude is extremely challenging, largely due to hypobaric hypoxia (low oxygen levels brought about by low air pressure). In humans, the maximal rate of oxygen consumption decreases with increasing altitude, supporting progressively poorer performance. Bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) are renowned high altitude migrants and, although they appear to minimize altitude during migration where possible, they must fly over the Tibetan Plateau (mean altitude 4800 m) for much of their annual migration...
August 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839003/acute-hypoxia-in-a-simulated-high-altitude-airdrop-scenario-due-to-oxygen-system-failure
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William Ottestad, Tor Are Hansen, Gaurav N Pradhan, Jan Stepanek, Lars Øivind Høiseth, Jan Ivar Kåsin
High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) is a military operational procedure in which parachute jumps are performed at high altitude requiring supplemental oxygen, putting personnel at risk of acute hypoxia in the event of oxygen equipment failure. This study was initiated by the Norwegian Army in order to evaluate potential outcomes during failure of oxygen supply, and to explore physiology during acute severe hypobaric hypoxia. A simulated HAHO without supplemental oxygen was carried out in a hypobaric chamber with decompression to 30 000 ft (9144 m) and then recompression to ground level with a descent rate of 1000 ft/min (305 m/min)...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822805/mg53-is-dispensable-for-t-tubule-maturation-but-critical-for-maintaining-t-tubule-integrity-following-cardiac-stress
#15
Caimei Zhang, Biyi Chen, Yihui Wang, Ang Guo, Yiqun Tang, Tahsin Khataei, Yun Shi, William J Kutschke, Kathy Zimmerman, Robert M Weiss, Jie Liu, Christopher J Benson, Jiang Hong, Jianjie Ma, Long-Sheng Song
The cardiac transverse (T)-tubule membrane system is the safeguard for cardiac function and undergoes dramatic remodeling in response to cardiac stress. However, the mechanism by which cardiomyocytes repair damaged T-tubule network remains unclear. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MG53, a muscle-specific membrane repair protein, antagonizes T-tubule damage to protect against maladaptive remodeling and thereby loss of excitation-contraction coupling and cardiac function. Using MG53-knockout (MG53-KO) mice, we first established that deficiency of MG53 had no impact on maturation of the T-tubule network in developing hearts...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822746/outcomes-of-early-adolescent-donor-hearts-in-adult-transplant-recipients
#16
Shivank Madan, Snehal R Patel, Peter Vlismas, Omar Saeed, Sandhya Murthy, Stephen Forest, William Jakobleff, Daniel Sims, Jacqueline M Lamour, Daphne T Hsu, Julia Shin, Daniel Goldstein, Ulrich P Jorde
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine outcomes of adult recipients of early adolescent (EA) (10 to 14 years) donor hearts. BACKGROUND: Despite a shortage of donor organs, EA donor hearts (not used for pediatric patients) are seldom used for adults because of theoretical concerns for lack of hormonal activation and changes in left ventricular mass. Nonetheless, the outcomes of adult transplantation using EA donor hearts are not clearly established. METHODS: All adult (≥18 years of age) heart transplant recipients in the United Network for Organ Sharing database between April 1994 and September 2015 were eligible for this analysis...
August 3, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811952/divorce-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-multicenter-study
#17
Amin Daoulah, Mushabab Al-Murayeh, Salem Al-Kaabi, Amir Lotfi, Osama E Elkhateeb, Salem M Al-Faifi, Saleh Alqahtani, James Stewart, Jon Heavey, William T Hurley, Mohamed N Alama, Mazen Faden, Mohamed Al-Shehri, Ali Youssef, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali
The association between marital status and coronary artery disease (CAD) is supported by numerous epidemiological studies. While divorce may have an adverse effect on cardiac outcomes, the relationship between divorce and severe CAD is unclear. We conducted a multicenter, observational study of consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography during the period between April 1, 2013, and March 30, 2014. Of 1,068 patients, 124 (12%) were divorced. Divorce was more frequent among women (27%) compared to men (6%)...
2017: Cardiology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807212/comparison-of-normothermic-and-hypothermic-perfusion-in-porcine-kidneys-donated-after-cardiac-death
#18
Matthew F Blum, Qiang Liu, Basem Soliman, Paul Dreher, Toshihiro Okamoto, Emilio D Poggio, David A Goldfarb, William M Baldwin, Cristiano Quintini
BACKGROUND: Normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) is an alternative strategy for preserving kidneys donated after cardiac death (DCD). The relative efficacy of prolonged NMP compared to hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) in DCD kidneys with moderate ischemic injury is undetermined. This study compares NMP and HMP kidney preservation in a porcine DCD model. METHODS: Ten porcine kidneys underwent NMP or HMP preservation following 45 minutes of warm ischemia and 5 hours of cold ischemia...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805011/bicuspid-and-unicuspid-aortic-valves-different-phenotypes-of-the-same-disease-insight-from-the-gentac-registry
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Joseph M Krepp, Mary J Roman, Richard B Devereux, Adrienne Bruce, Siddharth K Prakash, Shaine A Morris, Dianna M Milewicz, Kathryn W Holmes, William Ravekes, Ralph V Shohet, Reed E Pyeritz, Cheryl L Maslen, Barbara L Kroner, Kim A Eagle, Liliana Preiss, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare disorder, often difficult to distinguish from bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). BAV and UAV share valve pathology such as the presence of a raphe, leaflet fusion, aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, and/or ascending aortic dilatation, but a comprehensive echocardiographic comparison of patients with UAV and BAV has not been previously performed. METHODS: We investigated UAV and BAV patients at an early stage of disease included in GenTAC, a national registry of genetically related aortic aneurysms and associated cardiac conditions...
August 14, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802637/blood-pressure-responses-to-dietary-sodium-association-with-autonomic-cardiovascular-function-in-normotensive-adults
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Evan L Matthews, Michael S Brian, David G Edwards, Sean D Stocker, Megan M Wenner, William B Farquhar
Blood pressure responses to dietary sodium vary widely person-to-person. Salt sensitive rodent models display altered autonomic function, a trait thought to contribute to poor cardiovascular health. Thus, we hypothesized that increased salt sensitivity (SS) in normotensive humans would be associated with increased muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA), decreased high frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), and decreased baroreflex sensitivity. Healthy normotensive men and women completed 1week of high (300mmol·day(-1)) and 1week of low (20mmol·day(-1)) dietary sodium (random order) with 24h mean arterial pressure (MAP) assessed on the last day of each diet to assess SS...
August 6, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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