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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225683/concurrent-maternal-and-fetal-tachyarrhythmia-in-pregnancy
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Nadia Gabarin, Edgar T Jaeggi, Danna A Spears, Mathew Sermer, Candice K Silversides, Catriona J Bhagra
The occurrence of a maternal and fetal tachyarrhythmia together in pregnancy is exceedingly rare. We report a case of a persistent fetal atrial ectopic tachycardia occurring in conjunction with a maternal atrial tachycardia with left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Amiodarone was effective in treating both maternal and fetal arrhythmias.
December 2017: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212791/perinatal-inflammation-induces-sex-related-differences-in-cardiovascular-morbidities-in-mice
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Markus Velten, Kathryn Marie Heyob, Loren E Wold, Lynette K Rogers
Sex-related differences in cardiovascular health and disease have been identified with males having a higher incidence of cardiovascular events but females more likely to develop arrhythmias. Adverse fetal environments are now accepted as a cause for the development of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood but sex-related differences in response to adverse fetal environments have not been extensively explored. The combination of both in utero and postnatal exposure to inflammation is highly clinically relevant for the infant that is born preterm or has clinical complications at birth or early postnatal life...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209071/inhaled-nicotine-equivalent-to-cigarette-smoking-disrupts-systemic-and-uterine-hemodynamics-and-induces-cardiac-arrhythmia-in-pregnant-rats
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Xuesi M Shao, Héctor E López-Valdés, Jing Liang, Jack L Feldman
Maternal smoking with obligatory nicotine inhalation is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, fetal growth retardation and developmental defects. We tested the hypothesis that cigarette smoking-relevant nicotine inhalation during pregnancy impairs cardiovascular function and uterine hemodynamics with consequential fetal ischemia. Pregnant rats exposed to episodic inhaled nicotine via a novel lung alveolar region-targeted aerosol method produced nicotine pharmacokinetics resembling cigarette smoking in humans...
December 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198533/usefulness-of-routine-transtelephonic-monitoring-for-supraventricular-tachycardia-in-infants
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Jonathan Yaari, Dorota Gruber, Andrew D Blaufox
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that routine daily transtelephonic monitoring (TTM) transmissions can accurately detect supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in asymptomatic infants and/or assuage parental concerns rather than being used solely to diagnose arrhythmias. STUDY DESIGN: Single center, retrospective chart review of 60 patients with fetal or infant SVT prescribed TTM for at least 30 days, January 2010-September 2016. Patients were excluded if initial SVT was not documented, was perioperative, was atrial flutter/fibrillation, or chaotic atrial tachycardia...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166205/pregnant-women-with-heart-disease-placental-characteristics-and-their-association-with-fetal-adverse-events
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Fabio V Lima, Paraskevi Koutrolou-Sotiropoulou, Puja B Parikh, Cecilia Avila, Javed Butler, Kathleen Stergiopoulos
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with heart disease (HD) have higher rates of adverse fetal outcomes. We describe placental pathologic characteristics and their association with fetal events. METHODS: In pregnant women, known HD were categorized into: (1) cardiomyopathy (CM) or (2) other HD (congenital, coronary, arrhythmia, or valvular). Outcomes were maternal major adverse cardiac events (MACE), fetal adverse clinical events (FACE), a composite of infant death, prematurity, underweight status, intracranial hemorrhage, and respiratory distress...
September 2016: Acute Cardiac Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136712/-long-term-outcome-and-prognostic-factors-in-pregnant-women-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-associated-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Q T Ou, J K Lu, J Zhang, Y Chen, Q Li, J L Zhang
Objective: To investigate the perinatal outcome, risk factors and long-term outcome of pregnancy complicated with pulmonary arterial hypertension(PAH) and congenital heart diseases (CHD). Methods: Clinical data of 110 pregnant women who were diagnosed as PAH-CHD were retrospectively analyzed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Beijing Anzhen Hospital from 2004 to 2013. The survival and treatment status were followed up. Results: 110 subjects consisted of 11 mild PAH, 33 moderate and 66 severe ones...
November 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075204/human-cardiomyocyte-progenitor-cells-in-co-culture-with-rat-cardiomyocytes-form-a-pro-arrhythmic-substrate-evidence-for-two-different-arrhythmogenic-mechanisms
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Nicoline W Smit, Lucia Cócera Ortega, Anna M D Végh, Veronique M F Meijborg, Anke M Smits, Mischa Klerk, Anke J M Tijsen, Hanno L Tan, Marie-José H T Goumans, Gerard J J Boink, Ruben Coronel
Background: Cardiomyocyte progenitor cells (CMPCs) are a promising cell source for regenerative cell therapy to improve cardiac function after myocardial infarction. However, it is unknown whether undifferentiated CMPCs have arrhythmogenic risks. We investigate whether undifferentiated, regionally applied, human fetal CMPCs form a pro-arrhythmic substrate in co-culture with neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs). Method: Unipolar extracellular electrograms, derived from micro-electrode arrays (8 × 8 electrodes) containing monolayers of NRVMs (control), or co-cultures of NRVMs and locally seeded CMPCs were used to determine conduction velocity and the incidence of tachy-arrhythmias...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066439/pulmonary-hypertension-and-pregnancy-outcomes-insights-from-the-national-inpatient-sample
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Erin Thomas, Jie Yang, Jianjin Xu, Fabio V Lima, Kathleen Stergiopoulos
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with pulmonary hypertension (PH) are at risk for adverse cardiac outcomes, particularly at the time of labor and delivery. The purpose of this study is to define the impact of PH on pregnancy outcomes and the risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). METHODS AND RESULTS: The National Inpatient Sample was screened for hospital admissions of women delivering during the years 2003 to 2012. The primary outcome was MACE, a composite of death, cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, arrhythmia, stroke, and embolic event...
October 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061979/hipsc-cm-monolayer-maturation-state-determines-drug-responsiveness-in-high-throughput-pro-arrhythmia-screen
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André Monteiro da Rocha, Katherine Campbell, Sergey Mironov, Jiang Jiang, Lakshmi Mundada, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, José Jalife, Todd J Herron
Human induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) offer a novel in vitro platform for pre-clinical cardiotoxicity and pro-arrhythmia screening of drugs in development. To date hiPSC-CMs used for cardiotoxicity testing display an immature, fetal-like cardiomyocyte structural and electrophysiological phenotype which has called into question the applicability of hiPSC-CM findings to the adult heart. The aim of the current work was to determine the effect of cardiomyocyte maturation state on hiPSC-CM drug responsiveness...
October 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054041/cardiovascular-obstetric-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-women-with-previous-fontan-repair
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S J Bonner, O Asghar, A Roberts, S Vause, B Clarke, B Keavney
OBJECTIVES: To determine cardiovascular, obstetric and neonatal outcomes of pregnancies in women who have a Fontan circulation. METHODS: A retrospective case note review of all women with a Fontan circulation who attended the joint obstetric cardiac antenatal clinic at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester (UK) between 2004 and 2016 was performed. RESULTS: In total, there were 19 pregnancies in 9 women with a history of Fontan repair. 23 women with univentricular physiology attended in this time period...
December 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045943/reference-ranges-for-fetal-atrioventricular-and-ventriculoatrial-time-intervals-and-their-ratios-during-normal-pregnancy
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Beatrice Mosimann, Georgios Arampatzis, Sofia Amylidi-Mohr, Anice Bessire, Marialuigia Spinelli, Petros Koumoutsakos, Daniel Surbek, Luigi Raio
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic assessment of fetal arrhythmias relies on the measurements of atrioventricular (AV) and ventriculoatrial (VA) time intervals. Pulsed Doppler over in- and outflow of the left ventricle and tissue Doppler imaging are well-described methods, while Doppler measurements between the left brachiocephalic vein and the aortic arch are less investigated. The aim of this study was to compare these methods of measurement, to find influencing factors on AV and VA times and their ratio, and to create reference ranges...
October 19, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037169/left-ventricular-non-compaction-cardiomyopathy-with-coronary-artery-anomaly-complicated-by-ventricular-tachycardia
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Gustav Mattsson, Abdullah Baroudi, Hoshmand Tawfiq, Peter Magnusson
BACKGROUND: Non-compaction cardiomyopathy (NCCM) is characterized by prominent trabeculations, deep intertrabecular recesses, and a thick non-compacted endocardial myocardium. Prevalence in the general population remains unclear, but echocardiography series report 0.05%. During fetal development muscle fibers and trabeculae should compact into a solid myocardium and when this fails, NCCM occurs. The condition is genetic, even though acquired forms have been described. Worsening myocardial dysfunction may lead to heart failure and/or arrhythmias...
October 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024133/plasma-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-fetuses-with-congenital-heart-defect-and-arrhythmia-a-single-center-prospective-study
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Takekazu Miyoshi, Takashi Umekawa, Hiroshi Hosoda, Takashi Asada, Akihiro Fujiwara, Ken-Ichi Kurosaki, Isao Shiraishi, Michikazu Nakai, Kunihiro Nishimura, Mikiya Miyazato, Kenji Kangawa, Tomoaki Ikeda, Jun Yoshimatsu, Naoto Minamino
OBJECTIVES: Diagnosing fetal heart failure remains challenging because it is difficult to know how well the fetal myocardium will perform as loading conditions change. In adult cardiology, natriuretic peptides (NPs) are established marker of heart failure. However, the number of studies investigating NP levels in fetuses is quite limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of plasma NP levels in the assessment of heart failure in fetuses with congenital heart defect (CHD) and arrhythmia...
October 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934223/ursodeoxycholic-acid-prevents-ventricular-conduction-slowing-and-arrhythmia-by-restoring-t-type-calcium-current-in-fetuses-during-cholestasis
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Oladipupo Adeyemi, Anita Alvarez-Laviada, Francisca Schultz, Effendi Ibrahim, Michael Trauner, Catherine Williamson, Alexey V Glukhov, Julia Gorelik
BACKGROUND: Increased maternal serum bile acid concentrations in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) are associated with fetal cardiac arrhythmias. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been shown to demonstrate anti-arrhythmic properties via preventing ICP-associated cardiac conduction slowing and development of reentrant arrhythmias, although the cellular mechanism is still being elucidated. METHODS: High-resolution fluorescent optical mapping of electrical activity and electrocardiogram measurements were used to characterize effects of UDCA on one-day-old neonatal and adult female Langendorff-perfused rat hearts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872655/fosterkardiologiska-erfarenheter-fr%C3%A3-n-astrid-lindgrens-barnsjukhus
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Felicia Nordenstam, Sven-Erik Sonesson
Fetal Cardiology. Experiences from a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden This review provides a brief overview of the current position and clinical experiences of fetal cardiology at a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm, more than 60% of congenital cardiac defects requiring surgery or catheter intervention before one year of age are detected before birth. This not only results in termination of pregnancy in the majority of cases carrying a poor prognosis, but also conveys a better postnatal care and prognosis in cases of continued pregnancy...
August 29, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851790/antenatal-antiarrhythmic-treatment-for-fetal-tachyarrhythmias-a-study-protocol-for-a-prospective-multicentre-trial
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Takekazu Miyoshi, Yasuki Maeno, Haruhiko Sago, Noboru Inamura, Satoshi Yasukochi, Motoyoshi Kawataki, Hitoshi Horigome, Hitoshi Yoda, Mio Taketazu, Makio Shozu, Masaki Nii, Akiko Hagiwara, Hitoshi Kato, Wataru Shimizu, Isao Shiraishi, Heima Sakaguchi, Keiko Ueda, Shinji Katsuragi, Tomoaki Ikeda, Haruko Yamamoto, Toshimitsu Hamasaki
INTRODUCTION: Several retrospective or single-centre studies demonstrated the efficacy of transplacental treatment of fetal tachyarrhythmias. Our retrospective nationwide survey showed that the fetal therapy will be successful at an overall rate of 90%. For fetuses with hydrops, the treatment success rate will be 80%. However, standard protocol has not been established. The objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the protocol-defined transplacental treatment of fetal tachyarrhythmias...
August 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801532/activation-of-the-nkx2-5-calr-p53-signaling-pathway-by-hyperglycemia-induces-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-adult-zebrafish
#17
Yanyi Sun, Qiuyun Wang, Yuehua Fang, Chunfang Wu, Guoping Lu, Zhenyue Chen
Hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for diabetic cardiomyopathy in humans; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been thoroughly elucidated. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) was used in this study as a novel vertebrate model to explore the signaling pathways of human adult cardiomyopathy. Hyperglycemia was induced by alternately immersing adult zebrafish in a glucose solution or water. The hyperglycemic fish gradually exhibited some hallmarks of cardiomyopathy such as myocardial hypertrophy and apoptosis, myofibril loss, fetal gene reactivation, and severe arrhythmia...
October 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794892/the-use-of-non-invasive-fetal-electrocardiography-in-diagnosing-second-degree-fetal-atrioventricular-block
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Igor Lakhno, Joachim A Behar, Julien Oster, Vyacheslav Shulgin, Oleksii Ostras, Fernando Andreotti
BACKGROUND: Complete atrioventricular block in fetuses is known to be mostly associated with autoimmune disease and can be irreversible if no steroids treatment is provided. Conventional methods used in clinical practice for diagnosing fetal arrhythmia are limited since they do not reflect the primary electrophysiological conduction processes that take place in the myocardium. The non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram has the potential to better support fetal arrhythmias diagnosis through the continuous analysis of the beat to beat variation of the fetal heart rate and morphological analysis of the PQRST complex...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780660/update-on-valvular-heart-disease-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Lucy M Safi, Sarah V Tsiaras
Valvular heart disease in women of childbearing age poses an increased risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, and management in pregnancy can be challenging. Ideally, patients with suspected valvular disease should have preconception counseling by a multidisciplinary team including cardiologists with expertise in pregnancy and a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Preconception planning should include a cardiac assessment of maternal risk, determination of frequency of surveillance, and a cardiovascular management plan during delivery...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729659/identification-of-a-hybrid-myocardial-zone-in-the-mammalian-heart-after-birth
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Xueying Tian, Yan Li, Lingjuan He, Hui Zhang, Xiuzhen Huang, Qiaozhen Liu, Wenjuan Pu, Libo Zhang, Yi Li, Huan Zhao, Zhifu Wang, Jianhong Zhu, Yu Nie, Shengshou Hu, David Sedmera, Tao P Zhong, Ying Yu, Li Zhang, Yan Yan, Zengyong Qiao, Qing-Dong Wang, Sean M Wu, William T Pu, Robert H Anderson, Bin Zhou
Noncompaction cardiomyopathy is characterized by the presence of extensive trabeculations, which could lead to heart failure and malignant arrhythmias. How trabeculations resolve to form compact myocardium is poorly understood. Elucidation of this process is critical to understanding the pathophysiology of noncompaction disease. Here we use genetic lineage tracing to mark the Nppa+ or Hey2+ cardiomyocytes as trabecular and compact components of the ventricular wall. We find that Nppa+ and Hey2+ cardiomyocytes, respectively, from the endocardial and epicardial zones of the ventricular wall postnatally...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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