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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342243/devices-in-heart-failure-diagnosis-detection-and-disease-modification
#1
John Gierula, Mark T Kearney, Klaus K Witte
Introduction/background: Implantable cardiac devices are widely used in chronic heart failure (CHF) therapy. This review covers current CHF treatment with electronic cardiac devices, areas of discussion and emerging technologies. Sources of data: A comprehensive search of available literature resources including Pubmed, MEDLINE and EMBASE was performed. National and international guidelines were accessed. Areas of agreement: Excessive right ventricular pacing is detrimental to cardiac function...
January 12, 2018: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342222/mechano-electric-feedback-effects-in-a-three-dimensional-3d-model-of-the-contracting-cardiac-ventricle
#2
Ani Amar, Sharon Zlochiver, Ofer Barnea
Mechano-electric feedback affects the electrophysiological and mechanical function of the heart and the cellular, tissue, and organ properties. To determine the main factors that contribute to this effect, this study investigated the changes in the action potential characteristics of the ventricle during contraction. A model of stretch-activated channels was incorporated into a three-dimensional multiscale model of the contracting ventricle to assess the effect of different preload lengths on the electrophysiological behavior...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341932/synthetic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hydrogel-improves-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-therapy-for-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#3
Maria Chiara Ciuffreda, Giuseppe Malpasso, Cindy Chokoza, Deon Bezuidenhout, Kyle P Goetsch, Manuela Mura, Federica Pisano, Neil H Davies, Massimiliano Gnecchi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) repair infarcted hearts mainly through paracrine mechanisms. Low cell engraftment limits the release of soluble paracrine factors (SF) over time and, consequently, MSC efficacy. We tested whether a synthetic extracellular matrix mimic, a hydrogel containing heparin (H-HG), could ameliorate MSC engraftment and binding/release of SF, thus improving MSC therapy efficacy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro, rat bone-marrow MSC (rBM-MSC) were seeded and grown into H-HG...
January 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341834/improvement-in-overall-survival-with-carfilzomib-lenalidomide-and-dexamethasone-in-patients-with-relapsed-or-refractory-multiple-myeloma
#4
David S Siegel, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Heinz Ludwig, Thierry Facon, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Andrzej Jakubowiak, Jesus San-Miguel, Mihaela Obreja, Julie Blaedel, A Keith Stewart
Purpose In the ASPIRE study of carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (KRd) versus lenalidomide plus dexamethasone (Rd) in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, progression-free survival was significantly improved in the carfilzomib group (hazard ratio, 0.69; two-sided P < .001). This prespecified analysis reports final overall survival (OS) data and updated safety results. Patients and Methods Adults with relapsed multiple myeloma (one to three prior lines of therapy) were eligible and randomly assigned at a one-to-one ratio to receive KRd or Rd in 28-day cycles until withdrawal of consent, disease progression, or occurrence of unacceptable toxicity...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341296/the-five-year-survival-of-children-with-down-syndrome-in-norway-1994-2009-differed-by-associated-congenital-heart-defects-and-extracardiac-malformations
#5
Kristoffer Brodwall, Gottfried Greve, Elisabeth Leirgul, Kari Klungsøyr, Henrik Holmstrøm, Stein Emil Vollset, Nina Øyen
AIM: We investigated the prevalence of Down syndrome in a nationwide birth cohort, focusing on congenital heart defects, their associations with extracardiac malformations, and survival. METHODS: National registers were used to identify Norwegian births (1994-2009) and deaths (1994-2014) and updated with hospital diagnoses. We estimated birth defect frequencies in Down syndrome and the general population, the association between heart defects and extracardiac malformations and hazard ratios for death from different combinations of heart defects and extracardiac malformations...
January 17, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341014/cardiac-mri-in-small-animals
#6
Min-Chi Ku, Till Huelnhagen, Thoralf Niendorf, Andreas Pohlmann
Cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of mice is a valuable tool for the precise in vivo diagnosis and prognosis of heart defects. This detailed protocol describes the method of cardiac MR imaging in mice step by step. A series of MR images captures the contractile function of the mouse heart and post-processing of the image data yields morphometric parameters (myocardial mass, myocardial wall thickness, ventricular end-systolic and end-diastolic volume) as well as functional parameters (stroke volume and ejection fraction)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340811/a-word-of-caution-never-use-tacks-for-mesh-fixation-to-the-diaphragm
#7
F Köckerling, C Schug-Pass, R Bittner
BACKGROUND: The mesh fixation technique used in repair of hiatal hernias and subxiphoid ventral and incisional hernias must meet strenuous requirements. In the literature, there are reports of life-threatening complications with cardiac tamponade and a high mortality rate on using tacks. The continuing practice of tack deployment for mesh fixation to the diaphragm and esophageal hiatus should be critically reviewed. METHODS: In a systematic search of the available literature in May 2017, 23 cases of severe penetrating cardiac complications were identified...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340731/sensitive-cardiac-troponins-could-they-be-new-biomarkers-in-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease
#8
Seyma Kayali, Ilker Ertugrul, Tamer Yoldas, Ozkan Kaya, Senem Ozgür, Utku A Orün, Selmin Karademir
To analyze the role of sensitive cardiac troponin I (scTnI) and high-sensitive troponin T (hscTnT) in the determination of myocardial injury caused by volume and pressure load due to pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to investigate if these markers may be useful in the management of PH in childhood. Twenty-eight patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) with left to right shunt and PH, 29 patients with CHD with left to right shunt but without PH, and 18 healthy children, in total 75 individuals, were included in the study...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340730/age-dependent-association-between-pre-transplant-blood-transfusion-and-outcomes-of-pediatric-heart-transplantation
#9
C McKee, D Tumin, B R Alevriadou, K K Nicol, A R Yates, D Hayes, J D Tobias
Avoidance of red blood cell (RBC) transfusions in patients awaiting heart transplantation (HTx) has been suggested to minimize the risk of allosensitization. Although recent studies have suggested that an immature immune system in younger HTx recipients may reduce risks associated with RBC transfusion, the role of age in moderating the influence of transfusion on HTx outcomes remains unclear. We used available data from a national transplant registry to explore whether the association between pre-transplant transfusions and outcomes of pediatric HTx varies by patient age...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340538/autonomic-nervous-system-monitoring-in-intensive-care-as-a-prognostic-tool-systematic-review
#10
Luis Bento, Rui Fonseca-Pinto, Pedro Póvoa
OBJECTIVE: To present a systematic review of the use of autonomic nervous system monitoring as a prognostic tool in intensive care units by assessing heart rate variability. METHODS: Literature review of studies published until July 2016 listed in PubMed/Medline and conducted in intensive care units, on autonomic nervous system monitoring, via analysis of heart rate variability as a prognostic tool (mortality study). The following English terms were entered in the search field: ("autonomic nervous system" OR "heart rate variability") AND ("intensive care" OR "critical care" OR "emergency care" OR "ICU") AND ("prognosis" OR "prognoses" OR "mortality")...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340121/complications-of-transfusion-dependent-%C3%AE-thalassemia-patients-in-sistan-and-baluchistan-south-east-of-iran
#11
Maryam Yaghobi, Ebrahim Miri-Moghaddam, Naderi Majid, Ali Bazi, Ali Navidian, Asiyeh Kalkali
Background: Thalassemia syndromes are among prevalent hereditary disorders imposing high expenses on health-care system worldwide and in Iran. Organ failure represents a life-threatening challenge in transfusion- dependent β-thalassemia (TDT) patients. The purpose of the present study was to determine the frequency of organ dysfunctions among TDT patients in Sistan and Baluchistan province in South-East of Iran. Materials and Methods: Laboratory and clinical data were extracted from medical records as well as by interviews...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Hematology-oncology and Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339801/cardiac-glycoside-aglycones-inhibit-hiv-1-gene-expression-by-a-mechanism-requiring-mek1-2-erk1-2-signaling
#12
Raymond W Wong, Clifford A Lingwood, Mario A Ostrowski, Tyler Cabral, Alan Cochrane
The capacity of HIV-1 to develop resistance to current drugs calls for innovative strategies to control this infection. We aimed at developing novel inhibitors of HIV-1 replication by targeting viral RNA processing-a stage dependent on conserved host processes. We previously reported that digoxin is a potent inhibitor of this stage. Herein, we identify 12 other cardiac glycoside/aglycones or cardiotonic steroids (CSs) that impede HIV growth in HIV-infected T cells from clinical patients at IC50s (1.1-1.3 nM) that are 2-26 times below concentrations used in patients with heart conditions...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339696/chronic-ethanol-increases-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinaseii%C3%AE-gene-expression-and-decreases-monoamine-oxidase-amount-in-rat-heart-muscles-rescue-effect-of-zingiber-officinale-ginger-extract
#13
Elaheh Heshmati, Alireza Shirpoor, Fatemeh Kheradmand, Mohammad Alizadeh, Farzaneh Hosseini Gharalari
OBJECTIVE: Association between chronic alcohol intake and cardiac abnormality is well known; however, the precise underlying molecular mediators involved in ethanol-induced heart abnormalities remain elusive. This study investigated the effect of chronic ethanol exposure on calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase IIδ (CaMKIIδ) gene expression and monoamine oxidase (MAO) levels and histological changes in rat heart. It was also planned to find out whether Zingiber officinale (ginger) extract mitigated the abnormalities induced by ethanol in rat heart...
January 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339686/clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-with-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-inserted-in-intensive-cardiac-care-unit-of-a-tertiary-clinic
#14
Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Yiğit Çanga, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Emrah Bozbeyoğlu, Ayça Gümüşdağ, Ahmet Okan Uzun, Koray Kalenderoğlu, Muhammed Keskin, Göksel Çinier, Murat Acarel, Seçkin Pehlivanoğlu
OBJECTIVE: An intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) is a mechanical support device that is used in addition to pharmacological treatment of the failing heart in intensive cardiac care unit (ICCU) patients. In the literature, there are limited data regarding the clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcomes of acute coronary syndrome patients in Turkey who had an IABP inserted during their ICCU stay. This study is an analysis of the clinical characteristics and outcomes of these acute coronary syndrome patients...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339678/endarteritis-of-coarctation-of-the-aorta-diagnosed-with-pet-ct
#15
Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Burcu Dirlik Serim, Rukiye Yıldırım, Özge Çetinarslan, Mehmet Serdar Küçükoğlu
Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infectious disease that affects the endothelium of the large intrathoracic vessels, heart valves, and intra-cardiac foreign body material. A 20-year-old woman was admitted to the cardiology department with complaints of fever and palpitations. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root enlargement, and aortic coarctation. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, but there was no vegetation. Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus was identified on a blood culture...
January 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339628/downregulation-of-long-non-coding-rna-kcnq1ot1-an-important-mechanism-of-arsenic-trioxide-induced-long-qt-syndrome
#16
Yanan Jiang, Weijie Du, Qun Chu, Ying Qin, Gulnara Tuguzbaeva, Hui Wang, Anqi Li, Guiyang Li, Yanyao Li, Lu Chai, Er Yue, Xi Sun, Zhiguo Wang, Valentin Pavlov, Baofeng Yang, Yunlong Bai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is a known anti-acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) reagent, whose clinical applications are limited by its serious cardiac toxicity and fatal adverse effects, such as sudden cardiac death resulting from long QT syndrome (LQTS). The mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia due to ATO exposure still need to be elucidated. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as major regulators of various pathophysiological processes. This study aimed to explore the involvement of lncRNAs in ATO-induced LQTS in vivo and in vitro...
January 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339450/cardiac-macrophages-promote-diastolic-dysfunction
#17
Maarten Hulsmans, Hendrik B Sager, Jason D Roh, María Valero-Muñoz, Nicholas E Houstis, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Yuan Sun, Richard M Wilson, Gregory Wojtkiewicz, Benoit Tricot, Michael T Osborne, Judy Hung, Claudio Vinegoni, Kamila Naxerova, David E Sosnovik, Michael R Zile, Amy D Bradshaw, Ronglih Liao, Ahmed Tawakol, Ralph Weissleder, Anthony Rosenzweig, Filip K Swirski, Flora Sam, Matthias Nahrendorf
Macrophages populate the healthy myocardium and, depending on their phenotype, may contribute to tissue homeostasis or disease. Their origin and role in diastolic dysfunction, a hallmark of cardiac aging and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, remain unclear. Here we show that cardiac macrophages expand in humans and mice with diastolic dysfunction, which in mice was induced by either hypertension or advanced age. A higher murine myocardial macrophage density results from monocyte recruitment and increased hematopoiesis in bone marrow and spleen...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339198/cd90-cardiac-fibroblasts-reduce-fibrosis-of-acute-myocardial-injury-in-rats
#18
Yuqiao Chang, Cixia Li, Yangyang Jia, Peng Chen, Yonglong Guo, Airong Li, Zhikun Guo
OBJECTIVE: To explore the differentiation tendency of CD90+ cardiac fibroblast (CFs) into cardiomyogenic cells in vitro and repair functions in acute myocardial infarction rats. METHODS: CD90+ subpopulation was sorted from rat CFs by flow cytometry. 10 μmoL/L of 5-Azacytosine (5-aza) was used to induce differentiation of CFs into cardiomyogenic cells. An acute myocardial infarction model was prepared by ligation of the rat left anterior descending coronary artery...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339068/a-new-mirna-regulator-mir-672-reduces-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-inhibiting-jun-expression
#19
Yili Lu, Fangli Wu
Cardiac hypertrophy is one of the initial symptoms of many heart diseases. We found that miR-672-5p may participate in the regulation of heart disease development in mouse, but the association between miR-672-5p and cardiac hypertrophy remains unclear. In the present study, we found that the abundance of miR-672-5p decreased in hypertrophic cardiomyocytes induced by phenylephrine, angiotensin II (Ang II) and insulin-like growth factor 1. Putative target genes of miR-672-5p were identified using four pipelines, miRWalk, miRanda, RNA22 and Targetscan, and a total of 834 genes were predicted by all four pipelines...
January 12, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338996/incidence-and-predictors-of-postoperative-need-for-high-dose-inotropic-support-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-for-infective-endocarditis
#20
Alessandro Belletti, Stephan Jacobs, Giovanni Affronti, Alexander Mladenow, Giovanni Landoni, Volkmar Falk, Felix Schoenrath
OBJECTIVE: Patients with infective endocarditis undergoing cardiac surgery are a high-risk population. Few data on incidence and predictors of need for high-dose inotropic support in this setting are currently available. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Tertiary-care hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Ninety consecutive patients undergoing cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis. INTERVENTIONS: None...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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