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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219595/comparison-of-post-liver-transplantation-outcomes-in-portopulmonary-hypertension-and-pulmonary-venous-hypertension-a-single-center-experience
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P Rajaram, A Parekh, M Fisher, J Kempker, R Subramanian
BACKGROUND: In potential liver transplant candidates, pulmonary vascular diseases, including portopulmonary hypertension (PoPH) and pulmonary venous hypertension (PVH), can be associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although there are clear guidelines regarding management and transplant listing criteria for patients with PoPH, the listing criteria for PVH are not well defined. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe and compare the perioperative and postoperative morbidity and mortality associated with PoPH and PVH in patients undergoing liver transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218213/surgical-treatment-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-complicated-by-pulmonary-hypertension
#2
Qing-Yu Wu, Dong-Hai Li, Hong-Yin Li, Ming-Kui Zhang, Zhong-Hua Xu, Hui Xue
BACKGROUND: Double outlet right ventricle (DORV) is a group of complex congenital heart abnormalities. Preoperative pulmonary hypertension (PH) is considered an important risk factor for early death during the surgical treatment of DORV. The aim of this study was to report our experience on surgical treatment of DORV complicated by PH. METHODS: From June 2004 to November 2016, 61 patients (36 males and 25 females) aged 2 weeks to 26 years (median: 0.67 years and interquartile range: 0...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218209/clinical-study-of-acute-vasoreactivity-testing-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
#3
Qi-Xia Xu, Yuan-Hua Yang, Jie Geng, Zhen-Guo Zhai, Juan-Ni Gong, Ji-Feng Li, Xiao Tang, Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of acute vasoreactivity testing (AVT) in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) remains unclear. We analyzed changes in hemodynamics and oxygenation dynamics indices after AVT in patients with CTEPH using patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) as controls. METHODS: We analyzed retrospectively the results of AVT in 80 patients with PAH and 175 patients with CTEPH registered in the research database of Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital between October 2005 and August 2014...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217802/-comparison-of-agonists-induced-contraction-between-main-and-the-third-order-branches-of-pulmonary-arteries-in-rats
#4
Qiu-Hong Huang, Yun-Ping Mu, Fu-Rong Yan, Jie-Ling Zhu, Xiao-Ru Liu, Mo-Jun Lin
This study was designed to observe the differences between main pulmonary arteries and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries in the contractile response to phenylephrine (Phen), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and potassium chloride (KCl). The vascular tension changes of main and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries induced by KCl, ET-1 and Phen were recorded by traditional vascular tone detection methods and microvascular ring technique, respectively. The results showed that Phen could cause a significant contraction in main pulmonary arteries, but did not induce apparent contraction in the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217316/subacute-right-heart-failure-revealing-three-simultaneous-causes-of-post-embolic-pulmonary-hypertension-in-metastatic-dissemination-of-breast-cancer
#5
Flavien Vincent, Nicolas Lamblin, Marion Classe, Guillaume Schurtz, Antoine Rauch, Marie Fertin, Pascal De Groote
A 72-year-old woman with history of breast cancer only treated surgically was referred to our department for pulmonary hypertension (PH) suspicion. Echocardiogram revealed elevated right ventricular systolic pressure. Computed tomography (CT) angiogram showed no pulmonary embolism (PE), but lung scan revealed two ventilation-perfusion mismatch areas. Right cardiac catheterization established precapillary PH. Despite treatment with PH specific therapy (sildenafil, ambrisentan, and epoprostenol), her condition worsened rapidly with acute right heart failure (RHF)...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217180/hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction-in-humans-tale-or-myth
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REVIEW
A Hussain, M S Suleiman, S J George, M Loubani, A Morice
Hypoxic Pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) describes the physiological adaptive process of lungs to preserves systemic oxygenation. It has clinical implications in the development of pulmonary hypertension which impacts on outcomes of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. This review examines both acute and chronic hypoxic vasoconstriction focusing on the distinct clinical implications and highlights the role of calcium and mitochondria in acute versus the role of reactive oxygen species and Rho GTPases in chronic HPV...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217026/atrial-arrhythmias-and-scintigraphic-d-shape-sign-in-pulmonary-artery-hypertension
#7
Federico Ferrando-Castagnetto, Roberto Ricca-Mallada, Valentina Selios, Rodolfo Ferrando
Pulmonary hypertension significantly changes biventricular anatomy and physiology, frequently evolving to clinical deterioration and right ventricular failure. The case of a woman developing atrial arrhythmias complicating dipyridamole stress in concomitance with scintigraphic "D-shaped" left ventricle is briefly reported. Although rare, our finding may suggest that nonselective vasodilators should be used with caution in this clinical setting.
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215234/moderate-to-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-is-associated-with-subclinical-myocardial-injury-and-impaired-hemodynamics-in-pulmonary-hypertension-patients
#8
Takashi Kohno, Masaharu Kataoka, Takashi Kawakami, Ryoma Fukuoka, Yuichi Tamura, Mai Kimura, Makoto Takei, Yuichiro Maekawa, Motoaki Sano, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients remains unclear. We investigated the hemodynamics and serum troponin T concentrations associated with OSA in PH patients. METHODS: Cross-sectional study was performed on data from 97 clinically stable PH patients. Using overnight sleep study, we evaluated apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and divided patients into two groups: none-to-mild OSA (AHI < 15/h, N = 81) and moderate-to-severe OSA (AHI ≥ 15/h, N = 16)...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214892/baicalin-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-and-myocardial-remodeling-in-a-chronic-pressure-overload-mice-model
#9
Yanqing Zhang, Pingping Liao, Meng'en Zhu, Wei Li, Dan Hu, Siming Guan, Long Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalin has been shown to be effective for various animal models of cardiovascular diseases, such as pulmonary hypertension, atherosclerosis and myocardial ischaemic injury. However, whether baicalin plays a role in cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. Here we investigated the protective effects of baicalin on cardiac hypertrophy induced by pressure overload and explored the potential mechanisms involved. METHODS: C57BL/6J-mice were treated with baicalin or vehicle following transverse aortic constriction or Sham surgery for up to 8 weeks, and at different time points, cardiac function and heart size measurement and histological and biochemical examination were performed...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214482/catheter-directed-ultrasound-assisted-thrombolysis-is-a-safe-and-effective-treatment-for-pulmonary-embolism-even-in-high-risk-patients
#10
Kristen A Lee, Andrew Cha, Mark H Kumar, Combiz Rezayat, Clifford M Sales
OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the early success and safety of catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted (CDUA) thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients deemed to be "high risk" for thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation of patients who underwent CDUA pulmonary thrombolysis in our practice during 39 months is reported. There were 91 patients considered, all of whom presented with acute PE as diagnosed by computed tomography angiography...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
#11
José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214126/pulmonary-nodules-in-african-migrants-caused-by-chronic-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Anna Beltrame, Matteo Bassetti, Luca Bertolaccini, Giuseppe Bogina, Simone Caia, Silvia Duranti, Maria Gobbo, Valentina Marchese, Stefania Marocco, Maria Merelli, Geraldo Monteiro, Alberto Terzi, Zeno Bisoffi
Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that can cause mainly hepatic and genitourinary damage, depending on the species. Involvement of the lungs has been commonly described in acute infection (Katayama syndrome) and chronic infection (pulmonary hypertension). Although rarely reported in the scientific literature, cases of lung nodules due to chronic schistosome infection are also possible and are probably more frequent than commonly thought. Here we report seven cases of African migrants who were diagnosed with chronic schistosomiasis and pulmonary nodules due to deposition of schistosome eggs, and we compare our findings to the case reports found in the scientific literature...
February 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213592/the-evidence-of-benefits-of-exercise-training-in-interstitial-lung-disease-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Leona M Dowman, Christine F McDonald, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Kathryn Barker, Claire Boote, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne M Southcott, Angela T Burge, Rebecca Gillies, Alicia Martin, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists regarding the clinical relevance of exercise training across the range of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). OBJECTIVE: To establish the impact of exercise training in patients with ILDs of differing aetiology and severity. METHODS: 142 participants with ILD (61 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 22 asbestosis, 23 connective tissue disease-related ILD (CTD-ILD) and 36 with other aetiologies) were randomised to either 8 weeks of supervised exercise training or usual care...
February 17, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213473/central-role-of-t-helper-17-cells-in-chronic-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
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Levi D Maston, David T Jones, Wieslawa Giermakowska, Tamara A Howard, Judy L Cannon, Wei Wang, Yongyi Wei, Weimin Xuan, Thomas C Resta, Laura V Gonzalez Bosc
RATIONALE: Inflammation is a prominent pathologic feature in pulmonary arterial hypertension as demonstrated by pulmonary vascular infiltration of inflammatory cells, including T and B lymphocytes. However, the contribution of the adaptive immune system is not well characterized in pulmonary hypertension caused by chronic hypoxia. CD4(+) T cells are required for initiating and maintaining inflammation, suggesting these cells could play an important role in the pathogenesis of hypoxic pulmonary hypertension...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213467/hypoxia-induces-arginase-ii-expression-and-increases-viable-human-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cell-numbers-via-ampk%C3%AE-1-signaling
#15
Jianjing Xue, Leif D Nelin, Bernadette Chen
Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation is one of the hallmark features of hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. With only supportive treatment options available for this life threatening disease, treating and preventing the proliferation of PASMCs is a viable therapeutic option. A key promoter of hypoxia-induced increases in the number of viable human PASMCs is arginase II, with attenuation of viable cell numbers following pharmacologic inhibition or siRNA knockdown of the enzyme. Additionally, increased levels of arginase have been demonstrated in the pulmonary vasculature of patients with pulmonary hypertension...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210637/anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-an-uncommon-coronary-anomaly-with-serious-implications-in-adulthood
#16
Venkat Gangadharan, Kamesh Sivagnanam, Ghulam Murtaza, Michael Ponders, Otto Teixeira, Timir Paul
A 36-year-old woman was seen with complaints of exertional chest pain and shortness of breath. Her medical history included atrial fibrillation and diabetes. Physical examination was unremarkable except for an irregular cardiac rhythm. Myocardial perfusion imaging revealed the presence of a large area of infarction involving the entire anterior and apical walls and part of the anteroseptal wall with minimal periinfarct ischemia. Computed tomography coronary angiogram revealed an anomalous left main coronary artery arising from the main pulmonary artery...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209971/obesity-paradox-in-group-1-pulmonary-hypertension-analysis-of-the-nih-pulmonary-hypertension-registry
#17
S Mazimba, E Holland, V Nagarajan, A D Mihalek, J L W Kennedy, K C Bilchick
BACKGROUND: The 'obesity paradox' refers to the fact that obese patients have better outcomes than normal weight patients. This has been observed in multiple cardiovascular conditions, but evidence for obesity paradox in pulmonary hypertension (PH) remains sparse. METHODS: We categorized 267 patients from the NIH PH Registry into five groups based on BMI: underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese. Mortality was compared in BMI groups using the chi square statistic...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208970/isolated-hypoplasia-of-left-pulmonary-artery-with-agenesis-of-left-lobe-of-thyroid-a-case-report
#18
Mohammed Abdul Khadir, Ganesh Narayana, Ganavi Ramagopal, Pradeep G Nayar
Isolated Unilateral hypoplasia or agenesis of a branch of pulmonary artery is very rare. It is usually seen associated with congenital heart diseases such as tetralogy of Fallot, atrial septal defect, coarctation of the aorta, right aortic arch, truncus arteriosus, patent ductus arteriosus and pulmonary atresia. It occurs as a result of lack of embryological development of either the left or right sixth aortic arch and has been found to present itself with various clinical manifestations as during childhood it presents as contralateral pulmonary hypertension and in adults as haemoptysis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208203/acute-pulmonary-embolism-after-discharge-duration-of-therapy-and-follow-up-testing
#19
Cecilia Becattini, Laura Franco, Giancarlo Agnelli
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a frequent cause of death and serious disability with a risk extending far beyond the acute phase of the disease. Anticoagulant treatment reduces the risk for death and recurrent VTE after a first PE. The optimal duration of anticoagulation after a first episode of PE remains controversial and should be made on an individual basis, balancing the estimated risk for recurrence without anticoagulant treatment against bleeding risk under anticoagulation. Current recommendations on duration of anticoagulation are based on a 3% per year risk of major bleeding expected during long-term warfarin treatment...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207639/predictors-of-waitlist-mortality-in-portopulmonary-hypertension
#20
Hilary M DuBrock, David S Goldberg, Norman L Sussman, Sonja D Bartolome, Zakiyah Kadry, Reena J Salgia, David C Mulligan, Walter K Kremers, Steven M Kawut, Michael J Krowka, Richard N Channick
BACKGROUND: The current Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) policy grants Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) exception points to patients with portopulmonary hypertension (POPH), but potentially important factors, such as severity of liver disease and pulmonary hypertension, are not included in the exception score, and may affect survival. The purpose of this study was to identify significant predictors of waitlist mortality in patients with POPH. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients in the OPTN database with hemodynamics consistent with POPH [defined as mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) >25mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) ≥240 dynes-s-cm] who were approved for a POPH MELD exception between 2006 and 2014...
February 15, 2017: Transplantation
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