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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650932/incremental-value-of-right-atrial-strain-for-early-diagnosis-of-hemodynamic-deterioration-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-new-noninvasive-tool-for-a-more-comprehensive-diagnostic-paradigma
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Cristina Piccinino, Ailia Giubertoni, Jacopo Zanaboni, Miriam Gravellone, Daniele Sola, Roberta Rosso, Lorena Ferrarotti, Paolo Nicola Marino
AIMS: Increased right atrial size is related to adverse prognosis in pulmonary hypertension. The potential incremental value of right atrial function assessment is still unclear. We tested the relationship between right atrial two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography impairment and hemodynamic, functional and clinical deterioration in patients with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 36 patients (27 female, 9 male; mean age 68 ± 13 years) with suspected pulmonary hypertension undergoing right heart catheterization and 16 matched controls...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650699/effect-of-euterpe-oleracea-mart-seeds-extract-on-chronic-ischemic-renal-injury-in-renovascular-hypertensive-rats
#2
Cristiane Aguiar da Costa, Dayane Teixeira Ognibene, Viviane Silva Cristino Cordeiro, Graziele Freitas de Bem, Izabelle Barcellos Santos, Ricardo Andrade Soares, Letícia L de Melo Cunha, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Roberto Soares de Moura, Angela Castro Resende
Previously, we have demonstrated that the seeds of Euterpe oleracia Mart. (açaí) are rich in polyphenols with antihypertensive and antioxidant properties. This study evaluated the renal protective effects of the hydroalcoholic extract obtained from the seeds of açaí (ASE) fruits in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) renovascular hypertension. Young male Wistar rats were used to obtain 2K1C and sham groups. Animals received ASE (200 mg/(kg·day) in drinking water) or vehicle for 40 days. We evaluated serum and urinary parameters, renal structural changes, and oxidative status...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650244/cardiac-output-measured-by-use-of-electrocardiogram-gated-64-slice-multidector-computed-tomography-echocardiography-and-thermodilution-in-healthy-dogs
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Nicole L LeBlanc, Katherine F Scollan, Susanne M Stieger-Vanegas
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy of cardiac output (CO) estimated by use of ECG-gated multidetector CT (MDCT) and 1-, 2-, and 3-D echocardiography and by use of thermodilution. ANIMALS 6 healthy hound-cross dogs. PROCEDURES Electrocardiogram-gated contrast-enhanced 64-slice MDCT and 1-, 2-, and 3-D echocardiography were performed on each dog. The CO for ECG-gated MDCT was calculated as volumetric measurements of stroke volume multiplied by mean heart rate. Echocardiographic left ventricle end-diastolic volumes and end-systolic volumes were measured by use of the Teichholz method (1-D echocardiography) and a single-plane method of disks (2-D echocardiography)...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648837/integrative-characterization-of-chronic-cigarette-smoke-induced-cardiopulmonary-comorbidities-in-a-mouse-model
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Ágnes Kemény, Kata Csekő, István Szitter, Zoltán V Varga, Péter Bencsik, Krisztina Kiss, Róbert Halmosi, László Deres, Krisztián Erős, Anikó Perkecz, László Kereskai, Terézia László, Tamás Kiss, Péter Ferdinandy, Zsuzsanna Helyes
Cigarette smoke-triggered inflammatory cascades and consequent tissue damage are the main causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There is no effective therapy and the key mediators of COPD are not identified due to the lack of translational animal models with complex characterization. This integrative chronic study investigated cardiopulmonary pathophysiological alterations and mechanisms with functional, morphological and biochemical techniques in a 6-month-long cigarette smoke exposure mouse model...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648418/longitudinal-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-very-severe-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-case-control-study-using-speckle-tracking-imaging
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Mithun Jacob Varghese, Gautam Sharma, Garima Shukla, Sandeep Seth, Sundeep Mishra, Anupama Gupta, Vinay Kumar Bahl
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a prevalent condition that is increasingly recognized to be associated with cardiovascular disease. We aimed to investigate the subclinical systolic ventricular dysfunction of patients with OSA using novel speckle tracking echocardiographic (STE) techniques. METHODS: This study included 31 patients of polysomnography proven very severe OSA [Apnea Hypopnea Index(AHI) >40] and an equal number of matched population with no OSA as controls...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648394/prevalence-correlates-and-prognostic-relevance-of-myocardial-mechanical-dispersion-as-assessed-by-feature-tracking-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-after-a-first-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Daniele Muser, Chiara Tioni, Ranjit Shah, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Gaetano Nucifora
Postinfarction mechanical dispersion (MD), that is, the regional heterogeneity of myocardial contraction throughout the cardiac cycle, has detrimental effects on left ventricular (LV) function and is related to the occurrence of heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias. However, its prevalence, pathophysiological determinants, and clinical utility are still unknown. The aim of the present study is to clarify these issues. In total, 130 consecutive patients (mean age 60 ± 12 years, 75% male) with a first ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) were included...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648029/-effects-of-overexpression-of-human-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-1-on-the-inflammatory-response-in-rats-with-myocardial-infarction-and-related-mechanisms
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L L Zhao, Y Q Song, Y Zhang, Y Shi, M Ren, S Liu, Y M Mao
Objective: To observe the effects of recombinant adenovirus with human tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1(Ad-hTIMP-1) on the inflammatory response in rats with myocardial infarction (MI) and explore the related mechanisms. Methods: The male Wistar rats were randomly divided into sham-operated group, saline group, Ad-Track group and Ad-hTIMP-1 group according to the random number table (n=8 each group). MI was induced by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery and MI rats were injected with saline, Ad-Track and Ad-hTIMP-1, respectively...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647890/comparison-of-lercanidipine-plus-hydrochlorothiazide-vs-lercanidipine-plus-enalapril-on-micro-and-macrocirculation-in-patients-with-mild-essential-hypertension
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Carolina De Ciuceis, Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Rossini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Sarah Duse, Stefano Caletti, Maria Antonietta Coschignano, Francesco Semeraro, Valentina Trapletti, Fabio Bertacchini, Valeria Brami, Alina Petelca, Enrico Agabiti Rosei, Damiano Rizzoni, Claudia Agabiti Rosei
Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers may possess antioxidant properties, and might improve micro and macrovascular structure and function. Combination treatment with an ACE inhibitor may have additional advantages, compared with a thiazide diuretic. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effects of a short-term treatment with lercanidipine, and to compare two combination treatments: lercanidipine + enalapril vs. lercanidipine + hydrochlorothiazide on structural alterations in retinal arterioles, on skin capillary density and on large artery distensibility...
June 24, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647630/endovascular-repair-of-iatrogenic-iliocaval-fistula-causing-high-output-cardiac-failure-after-spine-fusion
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Seth Noland, Carlos A Espinoza, Jonathan D Dvorak, John D Rose, C Steven Powell
The case being presented is a 35-year-old female with a three-year history of progressive dyspnea and right-sided heart failure following spine surgery. Physical examination identified a continuous bruit in the lower abdomen radiating to her back which prompted further evaluation. Echocardiography showed normal left ventricle (LV) systolic function, enlarged right ventricle (RV), functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and moderate pulmonary hypertension. A computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis demonstrated findings consistent with an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) between the right common iliac artery and the inferior vena cava (IVC)...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647057/prevalence-of-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-routine-screening-in-intensive-coronary-care-units
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S Morra, F Bughin, K Solecki, M Aboubadra, B Lattuca, F Gouzi, J-C Macia, T-T Cung, S Cade, F Cransac, J-M Davy, Y Dauvilliers, D Corrado, F Roubille
INTRODUCTION: Increased evidence has shown that, despite the maximum care afforded to patients admitted with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), a residual risk of mortality remains, in which obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) appears to be a largely undiagnosed factor, particularly in the intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU). The purpose of this study is to determine whether the systematic screening for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is feasible and may be recommended. The aims of our study are to determine: (1) The estimated prevalence of OSA in patients admitted to the ICCU for ACS determined by a validated, user-friendly portable screening device; (2) The feasibility of the screening in this context; (3) To assess any negative impact of OSA on the severity of ACS...
June 21, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645757/sympathetic-response-and-outcomes-following-renal-denervation-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-12-month-outcomes-from-the-symplicity-hf-feasibility-study
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Ingrid Hopper, Edoardo Gronda, Uta C Hoppe, Bengt Rundqvist, Thomas H Marwick, Sharad Shetty, Christopher Hayward, Thomas Lambert, Dagmara Hering, Murray Esler, Markus Schlaich, Antony Walton, Flavio Airoldi, Mathias-Christoph Brandt, Sidney A Cohen, Pascalle Reiters, Henry Krum
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is associated with chronic sympathetic activation. Renal denervation (RDN) aims to reduce sympathetic activity by ablating the renal sympathetic nerves. We investigated the effect of RDN in patients with chronic HF and concurrent renal dysfunction, in a prospective, multicenter, single-arm feasibility study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients with chronic systolic HF (left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] <40%, New York Heart Association class II-III,) and renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR; assessed with Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation] <75 mL/min/1...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645731/aortic-backward-waves-rather-than-stiffness-account-for-independent-associations-between-pulse-pressure-amplification-and-left-ventricular-mass-in-a-young-to-middle-aged-sample
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Moekanyi J Sibiya, Gavin R Norton, Hendrik L Booysen, Grace Tade, Carlos D Libhaber, Imraan Ballim, Pinhas Sareli, Angela J Woodiwiss
A decreased aortic-to-brachial pulse pressure (PP) amplification, which is independently associated with cardiovascular outcomes, may index several aortic functional changes. However, that aortic functional change most likely to account for this effect is uncertain. In 706 randomly selected community participants of African ancestry with a mean age of 44.4 ± 18.2 years, we assessed aortic function using radial applanation tonometry and SphygmoCor software (including forward [Pf] and backward [Pb] wave separation analysis assuming a triangular flow waveform) and left ventricular mass index (LVMI) (echocardiography)...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645730/the-relation-of-digital-vascular-function-to-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-african-americans-using-digital-tonometry-the-jackson-heart-study
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Eric E McClendon, Solomon K Musani, Tandaw E Samdarshi, Sushant Khaire, Donny Stokes, Naomi M Hamburg, Koby Sheffy, Gary F Mitchell, Herman R Taylor, Emelia J Benjamin, Ervin R Fox
Digital vascular tone and function, as measured by peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), are associated with cardiovascular risk and events in non-Hispanic whites. There are limited data on relations between PAT and cardiovascular risk in African-Americans. PAT was performed on a subset of Jackson Heart Study participants using a fingertip tonometry device. Resting digital vascular tone was assessed as baseline pulse amplitude. Hyperemic vascular response to 5 minutes of ischemia was expressed as the PAT ratio (hyperemic/baseline amplitude ratio)...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645696/exercise-training-improves-functional-status-in-hypertensive-older-adults-under-angiotensin-converting-enzymes-inhibitors-medication
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Liliana C Baptista, Aristides M Machado-Rodrigues, Manuel Teixeira Veríssimo, Raul A Martins
BACKGROUND: The study aims to analyze the effect of three types of treatment on functional status, and cardiovascular risk outcomes in hypertensive older adults with comorbidities. METHODS: Participants (n=418) underwent one of the following 3 conditions: i) multicomponent exercise training 3times/week (MEX; n=116); ii) angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors used mono-dose daily (ACEi; n=70); iii) combined exercise and ACEi drugs (ACEiMEX; n=232). The trial was completed by 82% of the participants (n=342): MEX (n=90); ACEi (n=66); ACEiMEX (n=186)...
June 20, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643891/direct-comparison-of-high-temporal-resolution-cine-mri-with-doppler-ultrasound-for-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction-in-mice
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Thomas A Roberts, Anthony N Price, Laurence H Jackson, Valerie Taylor, Anna L David, Mark F Lythgoe, Daniel J Stuckey
Diastolic dysfunction is a sensitive early indicator of heart failure and can provide additional data to conventional measures of systolic function. Transmitral Doppler ultrasound, which measures the one-dimensional flow of blood through the mitral valve, is currently the preferred method for the measurement of diastolic function, but the measurement of the left ventricular volume changes using high-temporal-resolution cinematic magnetic resonance imaging (CINE MRI) is an alternative approach which is emerging as a potentially more robust and user-independent technique...
June 23, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643579/religious-participation-and-biological-functioning-in-mexico
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Terrence D Hill, Sunshine M Rote, Christopher G Ellison
OBJECTIVE: Although several studies suggest that religious involvement tends to favor healthy biological functioning, most of this work has been conducted in the United States. This study explores the association between religious participation and biological functioning in Mexico. METHOD: The data are drawn from two waves of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (2003-2012) to assess continuous and categorical biomarker specifications. RESULTS: Across specifications, religious participation in 2003 is associated with lower levels of waist-to-hip ratio, total cholesterol, pulse rate, and overall allostatic load in 2012...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643218/empagliflozin-improves-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-genetic-model-of-type-2-diabetes
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Nadjib Hammoudi, Dongtak Jeong, Rajvir Singh, Ahmed Farhat, Michel Komajda, Eric Mayoux, Roger Hajjar, Djamel Lebeche
PURPOSE: Cardiovascular (CV) diseases in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) represent an enormous burden with high mortality and morbidity. Sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors have recently emerged as a new antidiabetic class that improves glucose control, as well as body weight and blood pressure with no increased risk of hypoglycemia. The first CV outcome study terminated with empagliflozin, a specific SGLT2 inhibitor, has shown a reduction in CV mortality and in heart failure hospitalization, suggesting a beneficial impact on cardiac function which remains to be demonstrated...
June 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642994/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-myocardial-fibrosis-in-valvular-heart-disease
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Tomaz Podlesnikar, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
The left ventricular (LV) remodeling process associated with significant valvular heart disease (VHD) is characterized by an increase of myocardial interstitial space with deposition of collagen and loss of myofibers. These changes occur before LV systolic function deteriorates or the patient develops symptoms. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) permits assessment of reactive fibrosis, with the use of T1 mapping techniques, and replacement fibrosis, with the use of late gadolinium contrast enhancement...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642993/impact-of-left-ventricular-longitudinal-functional-mechanics-on-the-progression-of-diastolic-function-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Yasuhide Mochizuki, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kensuke Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroyuki Shimoura, Junichi Ooka, Takuma Sawa, Yoshiki Motoji, Keiko Ryo-Koriyama, Yushi Hirota, Wataru Ogawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and longitudinal systolic dysfunction were identified in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). This study's aim was to investigate the impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LV diastolic function in DM patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF). We studied 177 DM patients with preserved LVEF (all ≥50%), and 82 age-, gender- and LVEF-matched healthy volunteers as control. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) was defined as the average peak strain of 18 segments from standard apical views, GLS <18% as subclinical LV systolic dysfunction (LVSD), and LV dispersion as the standard deviation of time-to-peak strain from the same views...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642732/autonomic-function-impairment-and-brain-perfusion-deficit-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Wei-Che Lin, Pei-Chin Chen, Chih-Cheng Huang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Hung-Chen Wang, Kun-Hsien Chou, Meng-Hsiang Chen, Yi-Wen Chen, Cheng-Hsien Lu
INTRODUCTION: Autonomic disorders have been recognized as important Parkinson's disease (PD) components. Some vulnerable structures are related to the central autonomic network and have also been linked to autonomic function alterations. The aims of the study are to evaluate the severity of the autonomic dysfunction and the cortical hypoperfusion using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI. And then, possible relationships of significant between-group differences in perfusion pattern to clinical variables and autonomic functions were examined to determine the pharmaceutical effects of dopaminergic treatment on cerebral blood flow (CBF) in patients with PD...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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