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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926769/myocardial-fibrosis-progression-in-duchenne-and-becker-muscular-dystrophy-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Marly Conceição Silva, Tiago Augusto Magalhães, Zilda Maria Alves Meira, Carlos Henrique Reis Esselin Rassi, Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade, Paulo Sampaio Gutierrez, Clerio Francisco Azevedo, Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Mariz Vainzof, Mayana Zatz, Roberto Kalil-Filho, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte
Importance: In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), interventions reducing the progression of myocardial disease could affect survival. Objective: To assess the effect of early angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy in patients with normal left ventricular function on the progression of myocardial fibrosis (MF) identified on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial conducted in 2 centers included 76 male patients with DMD or BMD undergoing 2 CMR studies with a 2-year interval for ventricular function and MF assessment...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925647/left-ventricular-function-assessed-by-one-point-carotid-wave-intensity-in-newly-diagnosed-untreated-hypertensive-patients
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Olga Vriz, Serena Favretto, Joanna Jaroch, Rychard Wojciech, Eduardo Bossone, Caterina Driussi, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Palatini, Krystyna Loboz-Grudzien
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether newly diagnosed untreated hypertensive patients show higher left ventricular (LV) contractility, as assessed by traditional echocardiographic indices and carotid wave intensity (WI) parameters, including amplitude of the peak during early (W1 ) and late systole (W2 ). METHODS: A total of 145 untreated hypertensive patients were compared with 145 age- and sex-matched normotensive subjects. They underwent comprehensive echocardiography and WI analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925430/pulmonary-hypertension-as-estimated-by-doppler-echocardiography-in-adolescent-and-adult-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-and-their-relationship-with-clinical-lung-function-and-sleep-findings
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Bruna Ziegler, Christiano Perin, Fernanda Cano Casarotto, Simone Chaves Fagondes, Sérgio Saldanha Menna-Barreto, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin
BACKGROUND: In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, end stage of pulmonary disease is characterized by pulmonary hypertension (PH), hypoxemia, decrease in exercise tolerance and sleep quality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between clinical, lung function, sleep quality and polysomnographic variables with PH in CF patients aged 16 years or older. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 51 clinically stable CF patients underwent a clinical evaluation, an overnight polysomnography and answered sleep questionnaires (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index - PSQI and Epworth sleepiness scale - ESS)...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924873/cardiac-specific-overexpression-of-mitochondrial-omi-htra2-induces-myocardial-apoptosis-and-cardiac-dysfunction
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Ke Wang, Yuexing Yuan, Xin Liu, Wayne Bond Lau, Lin Zuo, Xiaoliang Wang, Lu Ma, Kun Jiao, Jianyu Shang, Wen Wang, Xinliang Ma, Huirong Liu
Myocardial apoptosis is a significant problem underlying ischemic heart disease. We previously reported significantly elevated expression of cytoplasmic Omi/HtrA2, triggers cardiomyocytes apoptosis. However, whether increased Omi/HtrA2 within mitochondria itself influences myocardial survival in vivo is unknown. We aim to observe the effects of mitochondria-specific, not cytoplasmic, Omi/HtrA2 on myocardial apoptosis and cardiac function. Transgenic mice overexpressing cardiac-specific mitochondrial Omi/HtrA2 were generated and they had increased myocardial apoptosis, decreased systolic and diastolic function, and decreased left ventricular remodeling...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924067/chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-induces-cardiac-inflammation-and-dysfunction-in-a-rat-obstructive-sleep-apnea-model
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Qin Wei, Yeping Bian, Fuchao Yu, Qiang Zhang, Guanghao Zhang, Yang Li, Songsong Song, Xiaomei Ren, Jiayi Tong
Chronic intermittent hypoxia is considered to play an important role in cardiovascular pathogenesis during the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We used a well-described OSA rat model induced with simultaneous intermittent hypoxia. Male Sprague Dawley rats were individually placed into plexiglass chambers with air pressure and components were electronically controlled. The rats were exposed to intermittent hypoxia 8 hours daily for 5 weeks. The changes of cardiac structure and function were examined by ultrasound...
November 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923806/pedal-edema-as-an-indicator-of-early-heart-failure-in-the-community-prevalence-and-associations-with-cardiac-structure-function-and-natriuretic-peptides-mesa-multiethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Joseph Yeboah, Alain Bertoni, Waqas Qureshi, Shivani Aggarwal, Joao A C Lima, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, David A Bluemke, Sanjiv J Shah
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of pedal edema (PE) and its associations with abnormal cardiac structure/function, natriuretic peptides, and incident heart failure (HF) is unknown, especially in community-dwelling adults without a history of cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Out of 5004 MESA (Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) participants who had cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, 4196 had complete data and were included in this analysis (3501 for the right ventricle analysis)...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923685/a-combined-cellular-and-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction-therapeutic-approach-produces-attenuation-of-remodeling-in-infarcted-rats
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Michael J Bonios, Maria Anastasiou-Nana, Despina N Perrea, Konstantinos Malliaras
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular reconstruction (LVR) has been shown to provide transient benefits in LV structure and function of infarcted hearts; however long-term results have been disappointing, as LVR-induced benefits are typically not sustained. We hypothesized that administration of cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), which promote myocardial repair and regeneration, may result in long-term preservation of the beneficial effects of LVR in ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Wistar Kyoto rats underwent myocardial infarction (MI) and two weeks later were randomized into 3 groups: in Group 1 (n=9) LVR was performed by plication of the infarcted apex and CDCs were injected in the infarct border zone (IBZ); group 2 animals (n=9) underwent LVR and received vehicle solution in the IBZ...
December 3, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922889/pump-speed-optimization-in-stable-patients-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Lotte E Couperus, Victoria Delgado, Mand J H Khidir, Marijke P M Vester, Meindert Palmen, Marta Fiocco, Eduard R Holman, Laurens F Tops, Robert J M Klautz, Harriëtte F Verwey, Martin J Schalij, Saskia L M A Beeres
Optimal left ventricular assist device (LVAD) functioning and preservation of right ventricular (RV) function are major survival determinants in destination therapy (DT)-LVAD recipients. Currently, the indication for routine pump speed optimization in stable patients and its effect on RV function at follow-up remain underexplored. Hemodynamically stable patients (N=17, age 61 [interquartile range {IQR} 51-66]years; 13 [77%] male) underwent a routine speed ramp test. Echocardiographic images were obtained at incremental speed settings to determine optimal pump speed...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921080/echo-and-bnp-serial-assessment-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-care-data-on-loop-diuretic-use-and-renal-function
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Frank Lloyd Dini, Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli
We compared the follow-up data on loop diuretic use and renal function, as assessed by serum creatinine levels, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), of two groups of consecutive ambulatory HF patients: 1) the clinically-guided group, in which management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department of Pisa (standard of care) and 2) the echo and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) guided group (patients conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group: Pisa, Perugia, Pavia; Verona, Auckland, and Veruno), in which therapy was delivered according to the serial assessment of BNP and echocardiography...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920838/successful-resynchronization-by-permanent-his-bundle-pacing-in-a-patient-with-pacing-induced-cardiomyopathy
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Yoji Iida, Tomoaki Izawa, Chikara Kobari, Toru Yatsuhashi, Nobuyuki Makishima
Right ventricular (RV) pacing has been reported to result in ventricular dyssynchrony, heart failure, and increased mortality. Pacing associated deterioration of left ventricular (LV) systolic function has been termed pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PICM). While upgrading to biventricular pacing (BiVP) is an effective therapy for PICM, permanent His-bundle pacing (HBP) can be a physiological alternative to BiVP. We present a patient with PICM who responded dramatically to permanent HBP.
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920122/microrna-33-controls-adaptive-fibrotic-response-in-the-remodeling-heart-by-preserving-lipid-raft-cholesterol
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Masataka Nishiga, Takahiro Horie, Yasuhide Kuwabara, Kazuya Nagao, Osamu Baba, Tetsushi Nakao, Tomohiro Nishino, Daihiko Hakuno, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Hitoo Nishi, Fumiko Nakazeki, Yuya Ide, Satoshi Koyama, Masahiro Kimura, Ritsuko Hanada, Tomoyuki Nakamura, Tsukasa Inada, Koji Hasegawa, Simon J Conway, Toru Kita, Takeshi Kimura, Koh Ono
RATIONALE: Heart failure (HF) and atherosclerosis share the underlying mechanisms of chronic inflammation followed by fibrosis. A highly conserved microRNA (miR), miR-33 is considered as a potential therapeutic target for atherosclerosis because it regulates lipid metabolism and inflammation. However, the role of miR-33 in HF remains to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the role of miR-33 involved in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first investigated the expression levels of miR-33a/b in human cardiac tissue samples with dilated cardiomyopathy...
December 5, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920083/nocturnal-antihypertensive-treatment-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-with-autonomic-neuropathy-and-non-dipping-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-blind-cross-over-trial
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Henrik Øder Hjortkjær, Tonny Jensen, Klaus F Kofoed, Ulrik M Mogensen, Per Ejlstrup Sigvardsen, Lars Køber, Karen Lisa Hilsted, Helle Corinth, Simone Theilade, Jannik Hilsted
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) and abnormal circadian blood pressure (BP) rhythm are independent cardiovascular risk factors in patients with diabetes and associations between CAN, non-dipping of nocturnal BP and coronary artery disease have been demonstrated. We aimed to test if bedtime dosing (BD) versus morning dosing (MD) of the ACE inhibitor enalapril would affect the 24-hour BP profile in patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), CAN and non-dipping. SETTING: Secondary healthcare unit in Copenhagen, Denmark...
December 5, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919765/late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-brugada-syndrome-a-marker-for-subtle-underlying-cardiomyopathy
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Rachel Bastiaenen, Andrew T Cox, Silvia Castelletti, Yanushi D Wijeyeratne, Nicholas Colbeck, Nadia Pakroo, Hammad Ahmed, Nick Bunce, Lisa Anderson, James C Moon, Sanjay Prasad, Sanjay Sharma, Elijah R Behr
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that the Brugada ECG pattern is a marker of subtle structural heart disease. OBJECTIVE: We characterised Brugada syndrome (BrS) patients using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). METHODS: BrS was diagnosed according to international guidelines. 26% BrS patients carried SCN5A mutations. CMR data from 78 BrS patients were compared with 78 healthy controls (44±15 vs 42±14 years; p=0...
December 2, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919209/evaluation-of-echocardiographic-abnormalities-in-hiv-positive-patients-treated-with-antiretroviral-medications
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Sina Moradmand Badie, Mehrnaz Rasoulinejad, Mohammadreza Salehi, Hamid Emadi Kochak, SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinaghi, Seyed Ali Dehghan Manshadi, Fatemeh Jahanjo Amin Abad, Banafsheh Moradmand Badie
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is a reliable means for the diagnosis of functional and valvular diseases of the heart in HIV positive and HIV negative patients. The current study was to evaluate echocardiographic abnormalities in HIV positive patients under an antiretroviral therapy (ART) program in Tehran, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Iran. METHODS: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study, conducted among 231 HIV positive patients under ART. All HIV positive patients including 150 men (65%) and 81 women (35%) (mean age of 41 years) were assessed by trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) in Imam Khomeini Hospital, over the period from 2013 to 2014...
December 5, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919159/atrial-conduction-times-and-left-atrial-mechanical-functions-and-their-relation-with-diastolic-function-in-prediabetic-patients
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Naile Eris Gudul, Turgut Karabag, Muhammet Rasit Sayin, Taner Bayraktaroglu, Mustafa Aydin
Background/Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate atrial conduction times and left atrial mechanical functions, the noninvasive predictors of atrial fibrillation, in prediabetic patients with impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). Methods: Study included 59 patients (23 males, 36 females; mean age 52.5 ± 10.6 years) diagnosed with IFG or IGT by the American Diabetes Association criteria, and 43 healthy adults (22 males, 21 females; mean age 48...
December 6, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919011/cardiovascular-autonomic-and-hemodynamic-responses-to-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Iñigo Garamendi, Marian Acera, Marta Agundez, Lara Galbarriatu, Ainhoa Marinas, Iñigo Pomposo, Elena Valle, Jose-Alberto Palma, Juan C Gomez-Esteban
PURPOSE: Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is used as an adjunctive therapy for treating patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. The impact of VNS on cardiovascular autonomic function remains to be fully understood. We determined changes in cardiovascular sympathetic and parasympathetic, and hemodynamic function in association with VNS in patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. METHOD: Longitudinal (n=15) evaluation of beat-to-beat blood pressure (BP) and heart rate variability (HRV), baroreflex sensibility, and hemodynamic function performed before VNS implantation, 6-months after implantation, and a mean of 12-months after implantation; and cross-sectional study (n=14) of BP and HR variability and baroreflex sensitivity during VNS on and VNS off...
December 2, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918494/associations-between-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-atrial-fibrillation-and-renal-dysfunction-in-chronic-heart-failure
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Onur Argan, Dilek Ural, Guliz Kozdag, Tayfun Sahin, Serdar Bozyel, Mujdat Aktas, Kurtulus Karauzum, Irem Yilmaz, Emir Dervis, Aysen Agir
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) and renal dysfunction are two common comorbidities in patients with chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). This study evaluated the effect of permanent AF on renal function in HFrEF and investigated the associations of atrial fibrillation, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) with adverse clinical outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum NGAL levels measured by ELISA and NLR were compared between patients with sinus rhythm (HFrEF-SR, n=68), with permanent AF (HFrEF-AF, n=62), and a healthy control group (n=50)...
December 5, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917818/galectin-3-a-biochemical-marker-to-detect-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Yusuf Selcoki, H İbrahim Aydin, Tugrul H Celik, Ahmet Isleyen, Ali Erayman, M Bora Demircelik, Hilmi Demirin, Aydin Kosus, Beyhan Eryonucu
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of arrhythmia. AF leads to electrical remodelling and fibrosis of the atria; however, the mechanism(s) remain poorly understood. Galectin-3 is a potential mediator of cardiac fibrosis. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between serum galectin-3 levels and paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Forty-six patients with paroxysmal AF and preserved left ventricular systolic function, and 38 age- and gender-matched control subjects, were involved in the study...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917209/left-ventricular-systolic-function-in-sickle-cell-anaemia-an-echocardiographic-evaluation-in-adult-nigerian-patients
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Emmanuel Ejim, Nelson Oguanobi
BACKGROUND: Reliable diagnostic measures for the evaluation of left ventricular systolic performance in the setting of altered myocardial loading characteristics in sickle cell anaemia remains unresolved. OBJECTIVE: The study was designed to assess left ventricular systolic function in adult sickle cell patients using non-invasive endsystolic stress - end-systolic volume index ratio. METHODS: A descriptive cross sectional comparative study was done using 52 patients recruited at the adult sickle cell anaemia clinic of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916790/announcement-ueda-heart-award-for-2016
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We are pleased to announce that the following 4 articles have been selected for the the UEDA Heart Awards for the Year 2016.First PlaceDelivery of Imatinib-Incorporated Nanoparticles into Lungs Suppresses the Development of Monocrotaline-Induced Pulmonary Arterial HypertensionSatoshi Akagi, Kazufumi Nakamura, Daiji Miura, Yukihiro Saito, Hiromi Matsubara, Aiko Ogawa, Tetsuya Matoba, Kensuke Egashira, Hiroshi ItoInt Heart J 2015 ; 56(3) : 354-359Second PlaceVasopressin V2 Receptor Antagonist Tolvaptan Is Effective in Heart Failure Patients With Reduced Left Ventricular Systolic Function and Low Blood PressureSatoshi Suzuki, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Takayoshi Yamaki, Koichi Sugimoto, Hiroyuki Kunii, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Yukihiko Abe, Tomiyoshi Saito, Takayuki Ohwada, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-ichi Saitoh, Isao Kubota, Yasuchika Takeishi, on behalf of the AVCMA investigatorsInt Heart J 2015 ; 56(2) : 213-218Third PlaceWaon Therapy Improves Quality of Life as Well as Cardiac Function and Exercise Capacity in Patients With Chronic Heart FailureMitsuo Sobajima, Takashi Nozawa, Yasutaka Fukui, Hiroyuki Ihori, Takashi Ohori, Nozomu Fujii, Hiroshi InoueInt Heart J 2015 ; 56(2) : 203-208Association of Fish Consumption-Derived Ratio of Serum n-3 to n-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Risk With the Prevalence of Coronary Artery Disease : A Cross-Sectional Pilot StudyShigemasa Tani, Atsuhiko Takahashi, Ken Nagao, Atsushi HirayamaInt Heart J 2015 ; 56(3) : 260-268November 2016International Heart Journal Association...
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