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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437859/multiple-sclerosis-broke-my-heart
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Géraldine Androdias, Emilien Bernard, Damien Biotti, Nicolas Collongues, Françoise Durand-Dubief, Julie Pique, Ingrid Sanchez, Clément Delmas, Jacques Ninet, Romain Marignier, Sandra Vukusic
We report 5 cases of acute heart failure (AHF) related to multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses. AHF was inaugural in 3 patients, always preceded or accompanied by signs of brainstem dysfunction; it was severe, requiring intensive care management. Echocardiography showed left ventricular hypokinesis. No other cause of AHF has been found. All patients showed a new medullary lesion on brain MRI. All had rapid and complete recovery of ventricular function after intravenous corticosteroids. We concluded to a takotsubo phenomenon...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434546/surgical-strategy-toward-biventricular-repair-for-severe-ebstein-anomaly-in-neonates-and-infancy
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Shu-Chien Huang, En-Ting Wu, Shyh-Jye Chen, Chi-Hsiang Huang, Jin-Chung Shih, Hen-Wen Chou, Chung-I Chang, Ing-Sh Chiu, Yih-Sharng Chen
BACKGROUND: Neonates with severe forms of Ebstein anomaly present a surgical challenge, and the Starnes operation as single ventricle palliation is highly advocated. Cone reconstruction for tricuspid valvuloplasty (TVP) has become a widely accepted technique, although very few cases of TVP have been reported in neonates. This report describes a surgical strategy for neonatal Ebstein anomaly, with an aim toward biventricular repair. METHODS: Since 2007, 7 neonates or young infants with severe Ebstein anomalies have received TVP at the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429542/study-of-the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-swift
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Alon Barsheshet, Valentina Kutyifa, Theodora Vamvouris, Arthur J Moss, Yitschak Biton, Leway Chen, Eugene Storozynsky, Chingping Wan, Steven J Szymkiewicz, Ilan Goldenberg
INTRODUCTION: The wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) may allow stabilization until reassessment for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) among high-risk HF patients. However, there are limited data on the WCD benefit in the acute decompensated HF setting. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Study of the Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator in Advanced Heart-Failure Patients (SWIFT) was a prospective clinical trial carried out at two medical centers. Patients hospitalized with advanced HF symptoms and reduced left ventricular ejection function (LVEF) were enrolled and prescribed a WCD prior to discharge for a total of 3 months...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427554/clinical-and-hemodynamic-improvements-after-adding-ambrisentan-to-background-pde5i-therapy-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-exhibiting-a-suboptimal-therapeutic-response-athena-1
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Shelley Shapiro, Fernando Torres, Jeremy Feldman, Anne Keogh, Martine Allard, Christiana Blair, Hunter Gillies, James Tislow, Ronald J Oudiz
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a condition which may lead to right ventricular failure and premature death. While recent data supports the initial combination of ambrisentan (a selective ERA) and tadalafil (a PDE5i) in functional class II or III patients, there is no published data describing the safety and efficacy of ambrisentan when added to patients currently receiving a PDE5i and exhibiting a suboptimal response. The ATHENA-1 study describes the safety and efficacy of the addition of ambrisentan in this patient population...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425168/right-ventricular-failure-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implant-towards-finding-common-ground
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EDITORIAL
Jorge Silva Enciso, Barry Greenberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425041/familial-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-masquerading-as-chronic-guillain-barre-syndrome-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
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Die Hu, Ling Liu, Shuguang Yuan, Yuhong Yi, Daoquan Peng
Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy is a challenging condition that mimics many other diseases, particularly in patients with pronounced neurological presentations and unexplained or equivocal cardiac abnormalities. In this case, a 57-year-old man was admitted for outpatient cardiological evaluation of progressive right heart failure and limb paraesthesias. The patient presented with hypertension, chronic Guillain-Barre syndrome, and sick sinus syndrome. Transthoracic echocardiograms showed a thickened ventricular wall and enlarged atrium...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418458/right-ventricular-fiber-structure-as-a-compensatory-mechanism-in-experimental-pressure-overload-a-computational-study
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Arnold D Gomez, Huashan Zou, Megan E Bowen, Xiaoqing Liu, Edward W Hsu, Stephen H McKellar
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a lethal condition in diverse pathologies. Pressure overload is the most common etiology of RVF, but our understanding of the tissue structure remodeling and other biomechanical factors involved in RVF is limited. Some remodeling patterns are interpreted as compensatory mechanisms including myocyte hypertrophy, extracellular fibrosis, and changes in fiber orientation. However, the specific implications of these changes, especially in relation to clinically observable measurements, are difficult to investigate experimentally...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417288/troponin-t-elevation-after-permanent-pacemaker-implantation
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Xueying Chen, Ziqing Yu, Jin Bai, Shulan Hu, Wei Wang, Shengmei Qin, Jingfeng Wang, Zhe Sun, Yangang Su, Junbo Ge
PURPOSE: The objective of the study is to study the incidence, significance, and factors associated with cardiac troponin T (CTNT) elevation after pacemaker implantation. METHODS: Three hundred seventy-four patients (104 single-chamber pacemakers or ICD, 243 dual-chamber pacemakers, and 27 cardiac resynchronization therapy/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator) who had normal levels of CTNT at baseline and underwent implantation of a permanent pacemaker system were included in this study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416247/adaptive-crt-in-patients-with-normal-av-conduction-and-left-bundle-branch-block-does-qrs-duration-matter
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Hiro Yamasaki, Daniel Lustgarten, Jeffrey Cerkvenik, David Birnie, Maurizio Gasparini, Kathy Lia-Fun Lee, Yukio Sekiguchi, Niraj Varma, Bernd Lemke, Randall C Starling, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Adaptive cardiac resynchronization therapy (aCRT) is a dynamic optimization algorithm which paces only the left ventricle (LV) when atrio-ventricular (AV) conduction is normal, thus reducing right ventricular (RV) pacing. However, the impact of QRS duration on aCRT efficacy remains uncertain. We examined whether QRS duration impacts aCRT effectiveness in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and preserved AV conduction. METHODS: Randomized patients in the Adaptive CRT trial, which enrolled NYHA III/IV patients, were used in this analysis...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416103/a-new-twist-on-right-heart-failure-with-left-ventricular-assist-systems
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EDITORIAL
Brian A Houston, Keyur B Shah, Mandeep R Mehra, Ryan J Tedford
Despite significant efforts to predict and prevent right heart failure, it remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality after implantation of left ventricular assist systems (LVAS). In this Perspective, we review the underappreciated anatomic and physiologic principles that govern the relationship between left and right heart function and contribute to this phenomenon. This includes the importance of considering the right ventricle (RV) and pulmonary arterial circuit as a coupled system; the contribution of the left ventricle (LV) to RV contractile function and the potential negative impact of acutely unloading the LV; the influence of the pericardium and ventricular twist on septal function; the role of RV deformation in reduced mechanical efficiency after device placement; and the potential of ongoing stressors of an elevated right-sided preload...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414679/misses-opportunity-tof-diagnoses-in-4th-decade-of-life
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O Baniahmad, T Jarreau, A Johnson
CASE: A 40 year old woman with a history of HIV, congestive heart failure secondary to an unknown congenital heart defect, and hypertension presented to our emergency department with worsening edema. On room air, oxygen saturation was 55 percent . On 5L of oxygen via nasal cannula, oxygen saturation was 88 percent . Physical examination was notable for central cyanosis, facial and lid edema, a II/VI holosystolic murmur across right chest radiating to entire right back hemithorax, decreased breath sounds at bases with pulmonary crackles, clubbing of fingers and edema of bilateral lower extremities...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414671/three-s-a-crowd-an-extremely-rare-case-of-cor-triatriatum-dexter
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A Elagizi, R Marvin, G O'Bryan, V Vyas, L Arcement
INTRODUCTION: Cor triatriatum is a congenital cardiac anomaly in which the left (sinister) or right (dexter) atrium is divided into two compartments by residual embryonic tissue, resulting in a tri-atrial heart. As cor triatriatum dextrum can present clinically in various ways and have multiple associated cardiac anomalies, this report attempts to contribute to what is known about this exceedingly rare disorder. CASE: A 40 year old Hispanic man with a medical history of gastritis presented with complaints of palpitations, dizziness and bilateral lower extremity edema...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414667/the-mysterious-case-of-dyspnea
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S Saad, N Turaga, J Grant, N Jain
INTRODUCTION: Dehiscence of a mitral valve annuloplasty ring is a rare occurrence that often manifests as mitral regurgitation and heart failure. We present a case of mitral ring dehiscence which was initially unrecognized by standard 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2D TTE); and 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (2D TEE);. CASE: A 65-year-old woman was referred to Cardiology clinic for evaluation of dyspnea. Her history included tobacco abuse, atrial fibrillation status post pulmonary vein isolation, nonischemic cardiomyopathy, and prior mitral valve repair with annuloplasty ring for rheumatic valvular disease...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412431/3d-morphological-changes-in-lv-and-rv-during-lvad-ramp-studies
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Karima Addetia, Nir Uriel, Francesco Maffessanti, Gabriel Sayer, Sirtaz Adatya, Gene H Kim, Nitasha Sarswat, Savitri Fedson, Diego Medvedofsky, Eric Kruse, Keith Collins, Daniel Rodgers, Takayoshi Ota, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Victor Mor-Avi, Daniel Burkhoff, Roberto M Lang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the differential impact of the 2 most commonly available left ventricular assist device (LVAD) types on the right (RV) and left (LV) ventricles using 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography-based analysis of ventricular morphology. BACKGROUND: LVADs have emerged as common therapy for advanced heart failure. Recent data suggest that the heart responds differently to speed settings in the 2 main devices available (HeartMate II [HMII], St Jude Medical, Pleasanton, California, and HVAD, HeartWare International, Framingham, Massachusetts)...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412423/rv-contractile-function-and-its-coupling-to-pulmonary-circulation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved%C3%A2-ejection%C3%A2-fraction-stratification-of-clinical-phenotypes-and-outcomes
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Marco Guazzi, Debra Dixon, Valentina Labate, Lauren Beussink-Nelson, Francesco Bandera, Michael J Cuttica, Sanijv J Shah
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate how right ventricular (RV) contractile function and its coupling with pulmonary circulation (PC) stratify clinical phenotypes and outcome in heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) patients. BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension and RV dysfunction are key hemodynamic abnormalities in HFpEF. METHODS: Three hundred eighty seven HFpEF patients (mean age 64 ± 12 years, 59% females, left ventricular ejection fraction 59 ± 7%) underwent RV and pulmonary hemodynamic evaluation by echocardiography (entire population) and right heart catheterization (219 patients)...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409231/preoperative-right-ventricular-dysfunction-is-a-strong-predictor-of-3%C3%A2-years-survival-after-cardiac-surgery
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Jérôme Peyrou, Christophe Chauvel, Atul Pathak, Marc Simon, Patrick Dehant, Eric Abergel
BACKGROUND: Prognostic value of right ventricular (RV) systolic function is well established in valvular disease, heart failure but has not been evaluated in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of preoperative RV dysfunction extensively evaluated on the basis of a large set of echocardiographic parameters [S', RV fractional area change (RVFAC), right myocardial performance index (RMPI), isovolumic acceleration (IVA), RV dP/dt and basal longitudinal strain (BLS)] in a large population of unselected patient awaiting cardiac surgery...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407744/global-bi-ventricular-endocardial-distribution-of-activation-rate-during-long-duration-ventricular-fibrillation-in-normal-and-heart-failure-canines
#17
Qingzhi Luo, Qi Jin, Ning Zhang, Yanxin Han, Yilong Wang, Shangwei Huang, Changjian Lin, Tianyou Ling, Kang Chen, Wenqi Pan, Liqun Wu
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to detect differences in the distribution of the left and right ventricle (LV & RV) activation rate (AR) during short-duration ventricular fibrillation (SDVF, <1 min) and long-duration ventricular fibrillation VF (LDVF, >1 min) in normal and heart failure (HF) canine hearts. METHODS: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) was electrically induced in six healthy dogs (control group) and six dogs with right ventricular pacing-induced congestive HF (HF group)...
April 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407402/cirrhotic-cardiomyopathy-implications-for-liver-transplantation
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REVIEW
Hongqun Liu, Saumya Jayakumar, Mouhieddin Traboulsi, Samuel S Lee
The majority of the patients on a waiting list for liver transplantation have end-stage liver disease. Due to the marked peripheral vasodilatation of end stage cirrhosis that masks a latent myocardial dysfunction, cardiac abnormalities in the resting state are usually subclinical and escape the attention of physicians. However, when challenged, the systolic and diastolic contractile responses are attenuated. In addition to these contractile abnormalities, morphological changes such as enlargement or hypertrophy of cardiac chambers and electrophysiological repolarization changes including a prolonged QT interval can be observed...
April 13, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405094/successful-treatment-of-a-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-nonresponder-by-identifying-lead-malpositioning
#19
Karthik Venkatesh Prasad, Krittapoom Akrawinthawong, Scott Wayne Ferreira, Ali Akbar Mehdirad
This case describes some of the commonly overlooked device-related issues in patients who have reportedly failed to respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The case demonstrates voltage-dependent right ventricular capture instead of right atrial capture by a subtly malpositioned right atrial lead. CRT therapy failed to improve symptoms of heart failure and the diagnosis of "CRT nonresponder" was made. With a detailed fact-finding approach, the mechanism behind this nonresponse was identified, and the outcome of CRT was significantly improved with rectification of the problems...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398455/systematic-evaluation-of-endothelin-1-measurement-relative-to-traditional-and-modern-biomarkers-for-clinical-assessment-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-chronic-systolic-heart-failure-serial-measurement-and-multimarker-testing
#20
Hanna K Gaggin, Quynh A Truong, Parul U Gandhi, Shweta R Motiwala, Arianna M Belcher, Rory B Weiner, Aaron L Baggish, James L Januzzi
Objectives: To define the role of single or serial measurement of endothelin 1 (ET-1) for prognostication beyond traditional and modern markers of risk in heart failure (HF). Methods: In total, 115 patients with chronic systolic HF were followed for 10 months. Clinical assessment and ET-1, N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), highly sensitive troponin I (hsTnI), soluble ST2 (sST2), and galectin 3 were measured at each visit. Results: Elevated ET-1 was associated with worse HF, lower right ventricular function, higher pulmonary pressure, and higher left atrial volume index despite similar left ventricular function...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
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