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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933191/genetics-of-inherited-cardiocutaneous-syndromes-a-review
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Tara Bardawil, Samar Khalil, Christina Bergqvist, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Fadi Bitar, Georges Nemer, Mazen Kurban
The life of a human being originates as a single cell which, under the influence of certain factors, divides sequentially into multiple cells that subsequently become committed to develop and differentiate into the different structures and organs. Alterations occurring early on in the development process may lead to fetal demise in utero. Conversely, abnormalities at later stages may result in structural and/or functional abnormalities of varying severities. The cardiovascular system and skin share certain developmental and structural factors; therefore, it is not surprising to find several inherited syndromes with both cardiac and skin manifestations...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931546/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-in-pregnant-women-undergoing-balloon-mitral-valvotomy-for-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
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Desabandhu Vinayakumar, G V Vinod, Suresh Madhavan, Mangalath Narayanan Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic mitral stenosis constitutes a major cause of acquired heart disease complicating pregnancy in India. In the present study, we have studied the fetal and maternal outcomes of women undergoing balloon mitral valvotomy during pregnancy. METHODS AND RESULTS: 49 pregnant ladies were included in this study in whom balloon mitral valvotomy was performed. The mean age of these patients was 25.7±3.1 years. The mean gestational age was 23.5±5.2 weeks (12-36 weeks)...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928837/prenatal-diagnosis-of-idiopathic-infantile-arterial-calcification-without-fetal-hydrops
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Yan Yi, Tong Tong, Tao Liu, Qi Lin, Yi Xiong, Jinfeng Xu
Idiopathic infantile arterial calcification (IIAC) is a rare autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by extensive calcification of the internal elastic lamina and intimal proliferation of large- and medium-sized arteries, including the aortic, coronary, pulmonary, and iliac arteries. Most reported cases of IIAC were diagnosed in the neonatal periods. Prenatal diagnosis of this condition is extremely rare and is usually made in the third trimester when fetuses had nonimmune hydrops together with aortic and pulmonary calcification...
December 8, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928260/emergency-redo-mitral-valve-replacement-immediately-after-caesarean-section
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İbrahim Duvan, Ümit Pınar Sungur, Burak Emre Onuk, Mehmet Şanser Ateş, İbrahim Sami Karacan, Murat Kurtoğlu
Surgery for heart diseases during pregnancy, especially necessitating cardiopulmonary bypass, is believed to trigger maternal and fetal risks and should be performed only when medical therapy has been unsuccessful to alleviate the cardiac decompensation. A 33-year-old pregnant woman in her 33rd week of gestation was admitted to our hospital. She had rheumatic mitral valvular stenosis and had undergone mitral valve replacement (MVR) with a mechanical prosthesis 11 years earlier in another center. Echocardiography revealed a thrombotic mass obstructing the leaflets of the mechanical mitral valve...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926646/treatment-of-a-pregnant-patient-in-a-persistent-vegetative-state
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Matthew P Romagano, William E Scorza, Stephen E Lammers, Carole Dorr, John C Smulian
BACKGROUND: Brain injury leading to a persistent vegetative state during pregnancy involves difficult medical and ethical decisions. CASE: A 21-year-old multigravid woman entered a persistent vegetative state at 20 1/7 weeks of gestation after cardiac arrest with postanoxic brain injury from a suspected drug overdose. The clinical disciplines responsible for her case formed a collaborative care plan involving ventilator, nutrition, and medication support of the mother and regular fetal monitoring and ultrasound testing...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917382/updates-on-the-methodological-approaches-for-carrying-out-an-in-depth-study-of-the-cardiac-conduction-system-and-the-autonomic-nervous-system-of-victims-of-sudden-unexplained-fetal-and-infant-death
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Graziella Alfonsi, Marina Crippa
This article contains a set of protocols for histopathological techniques that can be used for carrying out in-depth studies of cases of sudden infant death syndrome and sudden intrauterine unexplained fetal death syndrome. In order to enable researchers to advance hypotheses regarding the causes of the unexpected death of infants and fetuses, the authors propose three innovative and accurate methodologies for studying the cardiac conduction system, the peripheral cardiac nervous system, and the central autonomic nervous system...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907850/automated-annotation-and-quantitative-description-of-ultrasound-videos-of-the-fetal-heart
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Christopher P Bridge, Christos Ioannou, J Alison Noble
Interpretation of ultrasound videos of the fetal heart is crucial for the antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD). We believe that automated image analysis techniques could make an important contribution towards improving CHD detection rates. However, to our knowledge, no previous work has been done in this area. With this goal in mind, this paper presents a framework for tracking the key variables that describe the content of each frame of freehand 2D ultrasound scanning videos of the healthy fetal heart...
November 19, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899163/human-fetal-and-adult-epicardial-derived-cells-a-novel-model-to-study-their-activation
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Asja T Moerkamp, Kirsten Lodder, Tessa van Herwaarden, Esther Dronkers, Calinda K E Dingenouts, Fredrik C Tengström, Thomas J van Brakel, Marie-José Goumans, Anke M Smits
BACKGROUND: The epicardium, a cell layer covering the heart, plays an important role during cardiogenesis providing cardiovascular cell types and instructive signals, but becomes quiescent during adulthood. Upon cardiac injury the epicardium is activated, which includes induction of a developmental gene program, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and migration. However, the response of the adult epicardium is suboptimal compared to the active contribution of the fetal epicardium to heart development...
November 29, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896244/adaptive-responses-of-cardiac-function-to-fetal-postural-change-as-gestational-age-increases
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Woo Jin Kim, Hye Jin Choi, Sun Young Yang, Boo Hae Koo, Ki Hoon Ahn, Geum Joon Cho, Soon Cheol Hong, Min-Jeong Oh, Hai-Joong Kim
OBJECTIVE: The cardiovascular system maintains homeostasis through a series of adaptive responses to physiological requirements. However, little is known about the adaptation of fetal cardiac function to gravity, according to gestational age. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the adaptive responses of cardiac function to postural changes, using Tei index measurements. METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and Doppler examination were performed on 114 women with vertex singleton pregnancies at 19 to 40 weeks' gestation...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893464/the-h3k9-dimethyltransferases-ehmt1-2-protect-against-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Bernard Thienpont, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Emma Louise Robinson, Hanneke Okkenhaug, Elena Loche, Arianna Ferrini, Patrick Brien, Kanar Alkass, Antonio Tomasso, Asmita Agrawal, Olaf Bergmann, Ivar Sjaastad, Wolf Reik, Hywel Llewelyn Roderick
Cardiac hypertrophic growth in response to pathological cues is associated with reexpression of fetal genes and decreased cardiac function and is often a precursor to heart failure. In contrast, physiologically induced hypertrophy is adaptive, resulting in improved cardiac function. The processes that selectively induce these hypertrophic states are poorly understood. Here, we have profiled 2 repressive epigenetic marks, H3K9me2 and H3K27me3, which are involved in stable cellular differentiation, specifically in cardiomyocytes from physiologically and pathologically hypertrophied rat hearts, and correlated these marks with their associated transcriptomes...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888794/custom-fpga-processing-for-real-time-fetal-ecg-extraction-and-identification
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E Torti, D Koliopoulos, M Matraxia, G Danese, F Leporati
Monitoring the fetal cardiac activity during pregnancy is of crucial importance for evaluating fetus health. However, there is a lack of automatic and reliable methods for Fetal ECG (FECG) monitoring that can perform this elaboration in real-time. In this paper, we present a hardware architecture, implemented on the Altera Stratix V FPGA, capable of separating the FECG from the maternal ECG and to correctly identify it. We evaluated our system using both synthetic and real tracks acquired from patients beyond the 20th pregnancy week...
November 17, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883195/the-use-of-cardiac-orienting-responses-as-an-early-and-scalable-biomarker-of-alcohol-related-neurodevelopmental-impairment
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Diego A Mesa, Julie A Kable, Claire D Coles, Kenneth Lyons Jones, Lyubov Yevtushok, Yaroslav Kulikovsky, Wladimir Wertelecki, Todd P Coleman, Christina D Chambers
BACKGROUND: Considered the leading cause of developmental disabilities worldwide, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are a global health problem. To take advantage of neural plasticity, early identification of affected infants is critical. The cardiac orienting response (COR) has been shown to be sensitive to the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and is an inexpensive, easy to administer assessment tool. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the COR effectiveness in assessing individual risk of developmental delay...
November 24, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878625/reference-ranges-of-fetal-cardiac-biometric-parameters-using-three-dimensional-ultrasound-with-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-m%C3%A2-mode-and-their-applicability-in-congenital-heart-diseases
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Giselle Darahem Tedesco, Marilim de Souza Bezerra, Fernanda Silveira Bello Barros, Wellington P Martins, Luciano Marcondes Machado Nardozza, Milene Carvalho Carrilho, Antonio Fernandes Moron, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho, Liliam Cristine Rolo, Edward Araujo Júnior
To determine reference values for fetal heart biometric parameters using the spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) M mode and their applicability in congenital heart diseases (CHDs). A cross-sectional prospective study was conducted with 300 singleton pregnancies between 20 and 33 + 6 weeks of gestation. Right ventricular wall thickness (RVWT), interventricular septum thickness (IVST), and left ventricular wall thickness (LVWT) were measured off-line using the STIC-M mode with the cursor perpendicular to the interventricular septum...
November 23, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873373/cardiac-output-and-blood-flow-redistribution-in-the-fetus-with-d-loop-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-and-intact-ventricular-septum-insights-into-the-pathophysiology
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Max E Godfrey, Kevin G Friedman, Monika Drogosz, Abraham M Rudolph, Wayne Tworetzky
OBJECTIVES: Although the postnatal physiology of D-loop transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum (DTGA-IVS) is well established, little is known about fetal DTGA-IVS. In the normal fetus, the pulmonary valve (PV) is larger than the aortic valve (AoV), there is exclusive right to left flow at the foramen ovale (FO) and ductus arteriosus (DA), and the left ventricle (LV) ejects 40% of combined ventricular output (CVO) through the aorta, primarily to the brain. In DTGA-IVS, the LV ejects O2 -rich blood to the pulmonary artery, theoretically leading to pulmonary vasodilation, increased branch pulmonary arterial flow and reduced DA flow...
November 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869889/-anmco-sicp-sigo-consensus-document-pregnancy-and-congenital-heart-disease
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Innocenzo Bianca, Giovanna Geraci, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Gabriele Egidy-Assenza, Chiara Barone, Marcello Campisi, Annalisa Alaimo, Rachele Adorisio, Francesca Comoglio, Silvia Favilli, Gabriella Agnoletti, Maria Gabriella Carmina, Massimo Chessa, Berardo Sarubbi, Maurizio Mongiovì, Maria Giovanna Russo, Sebastiano Bianca, Giuseppe Canzone, Marco Bonvicini, Elsa Viora, Marco Poli
The success of cardiac surgery over the past 50 years has increased numbers and median age of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adults now represent two-thirds of patients with CHD; in the United States alone the number is estimated to exceed 1 million.In this population many affected women reach reproductive age and wish to have children. While in many CHD patients pregnancy can be accomplished successfully, some special situations with complex anatomy, iatrogenic or residual pathology are associated with an increased risk of severe maternal and fetal complications...
September 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864598/impact-of-fetal-counseling-on-outcome-of-antenatal-congenital-surgical-anomalies
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Shilpa Sharma, Ranjana Bhanot, Dipika Deka, Minu Bajpai, Devendra K Gupta
AIM: To analyze the impact of counseling on antenatal congenital surgical anomalies (ACSA). METHODS: Cases presenting with ACSA for fetal counseling and those presenting in post-natal period following diagnosis of ACSA (PACSA) for surgical opinion were analyzed for spectrum, presentation and outcome. RESULTS: 117 cases including ACSA(68);PACSA(49) were analyzed. Gestational age at diagnosis of ACSA;PACSA was 17-37;17-39 weeks (median 24;32 weeks)...
November 18, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863467/microarray-analysis-reveals-a-potential-role-of-lncrnas-expression-in-cardiac-cell-proliferation
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Jue Wang, Zhimin Geng, Jiakan Weng, Longjie Shen, Ming Li, Xueli Cai, Chengchao Sun, Maoping Chu
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNAs (LncRNAs) have been identified to play important roles in epigenetic processes that underpin organogenesis. However, the role of LncRNAs in the regulation of transition from fetal to adult life of human heart has not been evaluated. METHODS: Immunofiuorescent staining was used to determine the extent of cardiac cell proliferation. Human LncRNA microarrays were applied to define gene expression signatures of the fetal (13-17 weeks of gestation, n = 4) and adult hearts (30-40 years old, n = 4)...
November 18, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862741/assessment-of-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-pregestational-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Cem Yasar Sanhal, Halil Korkut Daglar, Ozgur Kara, Dilek Uygur, Aykan Yucel
AIM: Fetal cardiac left ventricular function in pregnant women with pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus was investigated by exploring fetal myocardial performance index (MPI) and E wave/A wave peak velocity (E/A) ratio. METHODS: Seventy pregnant women with either pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus and with no other systemic or pregnancy related disorders were compared with 70 gestational age matched healthy controls by means of fetal left ventricular MPI and E/A ratio...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859818/descriptive-analysis-of-the-different-phenotypes-of-cardiac-remodeling-in-fetal-growth-restriction
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Mérida Rodríguez-López, Mónica Cruz-Lemini, Brenda Valenzuela-Alcaraz, Laura Garcia-Otero, Marta Sitges, Bart Bijnens, Eduard Gratacos, Fatima Crispi
OBJECTIVE: To identify the presence of different cardiac phenotypes among FGR. STUDY DESIGN: Fetal echocardiography was performed in 126 FGR (defined as birth weight <10(th) centile) and 64 adequate for gestational age (AGA). Principal component and cluster analyses were performed to identify different cardiac phenotypes among FGR cases. RESULTS: Three different cardiac phenotypes were identified within FGR: globular, elongated and hypertrophic...
November 18, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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