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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915400/the-pathophysiological-role-of-nox2-in-hypertension-and-organ-damage
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Maurizio Forte, Cristina Nocella, Elena De Falco, Silvia Palmerio, Leonardo Schirone, Valentina Valenti, Giacomo Frati, Roberto Carnevale, Sebastiano Sciarretta
NADPH oxidases (NOXs) represent one of the major sources of reactive oxygen species in the vascular district. Reactive oxygen species are responsible for vascular damage that leads to several cardiovascular pathological conditions. Among NOX isoforms, NOX2 is widely expressed in many cells types, such as cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, and vascular smooth muscle cells, confirming its pivotal role in vascular pathophysiology. Studies in mice models with systemic deletion of NOX2, as well as in transgenic mice overexpressing NOX2, have demonstrated the undeniable involvement of NOX2 in the development of hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, cardiac hypertrophy, platelet aggregation, and aging...
December 3, 2016: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915267/occurrence-of-simultaneous-cathodal-anodal-capture-with-left-ventricular-quadripolar-leads-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-an-electrocardiogram-evaluation
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Eraldo Occhetta, Gabriele Dell'Era, Ailia Giubertoni, Andrea Magnani, Francesco Rametta, Alessandro Blandino, Vincenzo Magnano, Maurizio Malacrida, Paolo Marino
AIMS: The occurrence of left ventricular (LV) anodal activation during pacing with modern multipolar cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) systems has never been reported. The aim of our study was to demonstrate, by means of electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis, the occurrence of simultaneous cathodal-anodal LV capture with quadripolar LV leads. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 10 first-time recipients of a CRT device equipped with a quadripolar LV lead. During follow-up, standard supine 12-lead ECGs were obtained in available cathode-to-anode LV pacing configurations with a pulse amplitude equal to twice the pacing threshold...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915266/systematic-ajmaline-challenge-in-patients-with-long-qt-3-syndrome-caused-by-the-most-common-mutation-a-multicentre-study
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Stephan Hohmann, Boris Rudic, Torsten Konrad, David Duncker, Thorben König, Erol Tülümen, Thomas Rostock, Martin Borggrefe, Christian Veltmann
AIMS: Overlap syndromes of long QT 3 syndrome (LQT3) and the Brugada syndrome (BrS) have been reported. Identification of patients with an overlapping phenotype is crucial before initiation of Class I antiarrhythmic drugs for LQT3. Aim of the present study was to elucidate the yield of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the Brugada phenotype in patients with LQT3 caused by the most common mutation, SCN5A-E1784K. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive families in tertiary referral centres diagnosed with LQT3 caused by SCN5A-E1784K were included in the study...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915265/the-ethics-of-unilateral-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-and-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-defibrillator-deactivation-patient-perspectives
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Margaret Daeschler, Ralph J Verdino, James N Kirkpatrick
AIMS: Decisions about deactivation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are complicated. Unilateral do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders (against patient/family wishes) have been ethically justified in cases of medical futility. Unilateral deactivation of ICDs may be seen as a logical extension of a unilateral DNR order. However, the ethical implications of unilateral ICD deactivation have not been explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients who had an ICD or cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) were interviewed at a quaternary medical centre outpatient electrophysiology practice...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915262/procedural-outcomes-of-fluoroless-catheter-ablation-outside-the-traditional-catheterization-lab
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Amee M Bigelow, Philip C Smith, Dylan T Timberlake, Neil L McNinch, Grace L Smith, John R Lane, John M Clark
AIMS: Non-fluoroscopic catheter ablation is becoming routine. In experienced centres, fluoroscopy is rarely required. The use of a traditional catheterization lab (cath lab) may no longer be necessary. We began performing catheter ablations at a paediatric centre outside the traditional cardiac cath lab in 2013. The purpose of this study was to compare procedural features of paediatric catheter ablation performed outside the cath lab to those performed within a cath lab. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively looked at patients presenting to the paediatric centre with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) undergoing catheter ablation outside the cath lab in a standard operating room (OR group)...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915239/emergency-cardiac-double-valve-surgery-in-active-infective-endocarditis-due-to-acinetobacter-baumannii-with-aortic-root-abscess-in-a-patient-with-dialysis-dependent-end-stage-renal-failure-a-rare-case-report
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Moosa Kunhi, Sachin Sanagar, N Jagadeesh, Bhima Shankar, Abi Abraham
We report an end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient on regular haemodialysis awaiting renal transplant having native aortic valve endocarditis due to Acinetobacter baumannii complicated with aortic root abscess and severe mitral valve regurgitation with NYHA class IV symptoms. He underwent emergency aortic root abscess debridement, reconstruction with autologous pericardial patch and bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement along with mitral valve repair. This emergency intervention in active infective endocarditis due to A...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915207/fixed-distance-walk-tests-at-comfortable-and-fast-speed-potential-tools-for-the-functional-assessment-of-coronary-patients
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Marie-Doriane Morard, Delphine Besson, Davy Laroche, Alexandre Naaïm, Vincent Gremeaux, Jean-Marie Casillas
OBJECTIVES: There is ambiguity concerning the walk tests available for functional assessment of coronary patients, particularly for the walking speed. This study explores the psychometric properties of two walking tests, based on fixed-distance tests, at comfortable and fast velocity, in stabilized patients at the end of a cardiac rehabilitation program. METHODS: At a three-day interval 58 coronary patients (mean age of 64.85±6.03 years, 50 men) performed three walk tests, the first two at a comfortable speed in a random order (6-minute walk test - 6MWT - and 400-metre comfortable walk test - 400mCWT) and the third at a brisk speed (200-metre fast walk test - 200mFWT)...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915164/can-the-cerebral-regional-oxygen-saturation-be-a-perfusion-parameter-in-shock
#8
Ashraf Al Tayar, Amr Abouelela, Khaja Mohiuddeen
INTRODUCTION: Shock, defined as a state of tissue hypoperfusion and the tissues reperfusion, is the main goal of management of shock. Increase in central venous saturation (CvSo2) and decrease in blood lactate level are useful in assessment of adequacy of tissue perfusion. Near-infrared spectroscopy is a noninvasive way to observe real-time changes in regional cerebral saturation and has been used in patients with different brain diseases. There is a small body of literature suggesting that cerebral regional oxygen saturation (CrSo2) monitoring added a value in assessment and management of intensive care unit (ICU) patients...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915163/impact-of-transfusion-on-stroke-after-cardiovascular-interventions-meta-analysis-of-comparative-studies
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Debora Brascia, Noemi Garcia-Medina, Eeva-Maija Kinnunen, Tuomas Tauriainen, Juhani Airaksinen, Fausto Biancari
PURPOSE: To evaluate the impact of transfusion on the development of stroke after cardiovascular interventions. METHODS: A literature search was performed to identify comparative studies on the impact of blood transfusion on the occurrence of stroke after adult cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures. RESULTS: Twenty-four studies compared the outcome of 80 283 patients who received and 2 260 709 patients who did not receive blood transfusion after cardiovascular interventions...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915162/high-fat-diet-induces-metabolic-changes-and-reduces-oxidative-stress-in-female-mouse-hearts
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Ignasi Barba, Elisabet Miró-Casas, José L Torrecilla, Eulàlia Pladevall, Sergi Tejedor, Rubén Sebastián-Pérez, Marisol Ruiz-Meana, José R Berrendero, Antonio Cuevas, David García-Dorado
After an acute myocardial infarction, obese patients generally have a better prognosis than their leaner counterparts, known as the "obesity paradox". In addition, female sex is associated with a lower risk of cardiac ischemic events and smaller infarct size compared to males. The objective of the present work was to study the metabolic phenotype and mitochondrial function associated to female sex and short-term high-fat diet. (1)H NMR spectra of mice heart extracts were analysed by mRMR variable selection and linear discriminant analysis was used to evaluate metabolic changes...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915058/larger-rate-dependence-of-late-sodium-current-in-cardiac-purkinje-cells-a-potential-link-to-arrhythmogenesis
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Wei Li, Ying Yu, Jian-Wen Hou, Zhi-Wen Zhou, Kai Guo, Peng-Pai Zhang, Zhi-Quan Wang, Jian-Hua Yan, Jian Sun, Qing Zhou, Yue-Peng Wang, Yi-Gang Li
BACKGROUND: Purkinje cells (PCs) have steeper rate-dependence of repolarization and are more susceptible to arrhythmic activity than ventricular myocytes (VMs). Late sodium current (INaL) is rate-dependent and contributes to rate-dependence of repolarization. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to test our hypothesis that PCs have larger rate-dependence of INaL, contributing to their steeper rate-dependence of repolarization and higher susceptibility to arrhythmic activity than VMs...
November 30, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915047/physical-and-functional-interaction-of-snapin-with-cav1-3-calcium-channel-impacts-channel-protein-trafficking-in-atrial-myocytes
#12
Xiao-Li Sun, Ju-Fang Yuan, Tao Jin, Xiao-Qing Cheng, Qiang Wang, Jia Guo, Wei Zhang, Yin Zhang, Ling Lu, Zhao Zhang
The L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) Cav1.3 playsa critical role in generating electrical activity in atrial myocytes and cardiac pacemaker cells. However, the molecular and functional basis of Cav1.3 modulation in atrial myocytes has not yet been fully understood. By using the yeast two-hybrid system (Y2H), a Cav1.3-associated protein was screened, which was identified as Snapin. Physical interaction and co-localization between Snapin and Cav1.3 were then confirmed in both theheterologous expression system and mouse atrial myocytes...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915044/a-novel-aldosterone-synthase-inhibitor-ameliorates-mortality-in-pressure-overload-mice-with-heart-failure
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Shinji Furuzono, Masaki Meguro, Satoru Miyauchi, Shinichi Inoue, Tsuyoshi Homma, Keisuke Yamada, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa, Futoshi Nara, Takahiro Nagayama
It has been elucidated that mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists reduce mortality in patients with congestive heart failure and post-acute myocardial infarction. A direct inhibition of aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) is also expected to have therapeutic benefits equal in quality to mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in terms of reducing mineralocorticoid receptor signaling. Therefore, we have screened our chemical libraries and identified a novel and potent aldosterone synthase inhibitor, 2,2,2-trifluoro-1-{4-[(4-fluorophenyl)amino]pyrimidin-5-y}-1-[1-(methylsulfonyl)piperidin-4-yl]ethanol (compound 1), by lead optimization...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914945/effects-of-zacopride-a-moderate-ik1-channel-agonist-on-triggered-arrhythmia-and-contractility-in-human-ventricular-myocardium
#14
Mohammad T Elnakish, Benjamin D Canan, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Ventricular tachycardia is the leading cause of sudden arrhythmic death in the U.S. Recently, the moderate IK1 channel activator, zacopride, was shown to suppress triggered ventricular tachycardia in rats. Nonetheless, concerns were raised about the possibility of pro-arrhythmic activity after IK1 channel stimulation based on the promising anti-arrhythmic strategy of IK1 blockade in other animal models. Therefore, the goal of the current study was to investigate the ex-vivo effects of zacopride on triggered arrhythmia and contractility in ventricular human myocardium in order to validate data that was solely obtained from animal models...
November 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914871/selection-of-the-best-of-2016-on-cardiac-pacing
#15
Oscar Cano Pérez, Marta Pombo Jiménez, Diego Lorente Carreño, Maria Luisa Fidalgo Andrés
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914836/perioperative-retinal-artery-occlusion-risk-factors-in-cardiac-surgery-from-the-united-states-national-inpatient-sample-1998-2013
#16
Tyler Calway, Daniel S Rubin, Heather E Moss, Charlotte E Joslin, Katharina Beckmann, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: To study the incidence and risk factors for retinal artery occlusion (RAO) in cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: The NIS was searched for cardiac surgery. Retinal artery occlusion was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Postulated risk factors based on literature review were included in multivariate logistic models...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914791/aberrant-developmental-titin-splicing-and-dysregulated-sarcomere-length-in-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-knockout-mice
#17
Nicola Smart, Johannes Riegler, Cameron W Turtle, Craig A Lygate, Debra J McAndrew, Katja Gehmlich, Karina N Dubé, Anthony N Price, Vivek Muthurangu, Andrew M Taylor, Mark F Lythgoe, Charles Redwood, Paul R Riley
Sarcomere assembly is a highly orchestrated and dynamic process which adapts, during perinatal development, to accommodate growth of the heart. Sarcomeric components, including titin, undergo an isoform transition to adjust ventricular filling. Many sarcomeric genes have been implicated in congenital cardiomyopathies, such that understanding developmental sarcomere transitions will inform the aetiology and treatment. We sought to determine whether Thymosin β4 (Tβ4), a peptide that regulates the availability of actin monomers for polymerization in non-muscle cells, plays a role in sarcomere assembly during cardiac morphogenesis and influences adult cardiac function...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914790/sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-mg-2-k-and-cl-concentrations-adjust-quickly-as-heart-rate-changes
#18
Claudio Berti, Vilmos Zsolnay, Thomas R Shannon, Michael Fill, Dirk Gillespie
During systole, Ca(2+) is released from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) through ryanodine receptors (RyRs) while, simultaneously, other ions (specifically K(+), Mg(2+), and Cl(-)) provide counter-ion flux. These ions move back into the SR during diastole through the SERCA pump and SR K(+) and Cl(-) channels. In homeostasis, all ion concentrations in different cellular regions (e.g., junctional and non-junctional SR, dyadic cleft, and cytosol) are the same at the beginning and end of the cardiac cycle. Here, we used an equivalent circuit compartment model of the SR and the surrounding cytoplasm to understand the heart rate dependence of SR ion homeostasis...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914658/searching-for-the-perfect-agent-to-improve-cardiac-contractility
#19
Douglas L Mann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 30, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914656/chronic-oral-study-of-myosin-activation-to-increase-contractility-in-heart-failure-cosmic-hf-a-phase-2-pharmacokinetic-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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John R Teerlink, G Michael Felker, John J V McMurray, Scott D Solomon, Kirkwood F Adams, John G F Cleland, Justin A Ezekowitz, Assen Goudev, Peter Macdonald, Marco Metra, Veselin Mitrovic, Piotr Ponikowski, Pranas Serpytis, Jindrich Spinar, János Tomcsányi, Hans J Vandekerckhove, Adriaan A Voors, Maria Laura Monsalvo, James Johnston, Fady I Malik, Narimon Honarpour
BACKGROUND: Impaired contractility is a feature of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. We assessed the pharmacokinetics and effects on cardiac function and structure of the cardiac myosin activator, omecamtiv mecarbil. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind study, done at 87 sites in 13 countries, we recruited patients with stable, symptomatic chronic heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction 40% or lower. Patients were randomly assigned equally, via an interactive web response system, to receive 25 mg oral omecamtiv mecarbil twice daily (fixed-dose group), 25 mg twice daily titrated to 50 mg twice daily guided by pharmacokinetics (pharmacokinetic-titration group), or placebo for 20 weeks...
November 30, 2016: Lancet
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