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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907850/automated-annotation-and-quantitative-description-of-ultrasound-videos-of-the-fetal-heart
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Christopher P Bridge, Christos Ioannou, J Alison Noble
Interpretation of ultrasound videos of the fetal heart is crucial for the antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD). We believe that automated image analysis techniques could make an important contribution towards improving CHD detection rates. However, to our knowledge, no previous work has been done in this area. With this goal in mind, this paper presents a framework for tracking the key variables that describe the content of each frame of freehand 2D ultrasound scanning videos of the healthy fetal heart...
November 19, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893464/the-h3k9-dimethyltransferases-ehmt1-2-protect-against-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Bernard Thienpont, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Emma Louise Robinson, Hanneke Okkenhaug, Elena Loche, Arianna Ferrini, Patrick Brien, Kanar Alkass, Antonio Tomasso, Asmita Agrawal, Olaf Bergmann, Ivar Sjaastad, Wolf Reik, Hywel Llewelyn Roderick
Cardiac hypertrophic growth in response to pathological cues is associated with reexpression of fetal genes and decreased cardiac function and is often a precursor to heart failure. In contrast, physiologically induced hypertrophy is adaptive, resulting in improved cardiac function. The processes that selectively induce these hypertrophic states are poorly understood. Here, we have profiled 2 repressive epigenetic marks, H3K9me2 and H3K27me3, which are involved in stable cellular differentiation, specifically in cardiomyocytes from physiologically and pathologically hypertrophied rat hearts, and correlated these marks with their associated transcriptomes...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878625/reference-ranges-of-fetal-cardiac-biometric-parameters-using-three-dimensional-ultrasound-with-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-m%C3%A2-mode-and-their-applicability-in-congenital-heart-diseases
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Giselle Darahem Tedesco, Marilim de Souza Bezerra, Fernanda Silveira Bello Barros, Wellington P Martins, Luciano Marcondes Machado Nardozza, Milene Carvalho Carrilho, Antonio Fernandes Moron, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho, Liliam Cristine Rolo, Edward Araujo Júnior
To determine reference values for fetal heart biometric parameters using the spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) M mode and their applicability in congenital heart diseases (CHDs). A cross-sectional prospective study was conducted with 300 singleton pregnancies between 20 and 33 + 6 weeks of gestation. Right ventricular wall thickness (RVWT), interventricular septum thickness (IVST), and left ventricular wall thickness (LVWT) were measured off-line using the STIC-M mode with the cursor perpendicular to the interventricular septum...
November 23, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869889/-anmco-sicp-sigo-consensus-document-pregnancy-and-congenital-heart-disease
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Innocenzo Bianca, Giovanna Geraci, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Gabriele Egidy-Assenza, Chiara Barone, Marcello Campisi, Annalisa Alaimo, Rachele Adorisio, Francesca Comoglio, Silvia Favilli, Gabriella Agnoletti, Maria Gabriella Carmina, Massimo Chessa, Berardo Sarubbi, Maurizio Mongiovì, Maria Giovanna Russo, Sebastiano Bianca, Giuseppe Canzone, Marco Bonvicini, Elsa Viora, Marco Poli
The success of cardiac surgery over the past 50 years has increased numbers and median age of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adults now represent two-thirds of patients with CHD; in the United States alone the number is estimated to exceed 1 million.In this population many affected women reach reproductive age and wish to have children. While in many CHD patients pregnancy can be accomplished successfully, some special situations with complex anatomy, iatrogenic or residual pathology are associated with an increased risk of severe maternal and fetal complications...
September 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845231/streptozotocin-diabetes-increases-mrna-expression-of-ketogenic-enzymes-in-the-rat-heart
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George A Cook, Eduard N Lavrentyev, Kevin Pham, Edwards A Park
BACKGROUND: Diabetic cardiomyopathy develops in insulin-dependent diabetic patients who have no hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy or vascular disease. Diabetes increases cardiac fatty acid oxidation, but cardiac hypertrophy limits fatty acid oxidation. Here we examined effects of diabetes on gene expression in rat hearts. METHODS: We used oligonucleotide microarrays to examine effects of insulindependent diabetes in the rat heart. RTQ PCR confirmed results of microarrays...
November 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828868/prenatal-diagnosis-and-genetic-discoveries-of-an-intracranial-mixed-neuronal-glial-tumor-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Lijuan Sun, Qingqing Wu, Yan Pei, Jinghua Li, Jintang Ye, Wenxue Zhi, Yan Liu, Puqing Zhang
BACKGROUND: Congenital intracranial tumors as a group are quite rare, representing only 0.5% to 1.5% of all pediatric brain neoplasms. CASE REPORT: We reported a case of congenital mixed neuronal-glial tumor detected by ultrasound at 30 weeks of gestation. It showed that the tumor was 2.5 × 2.3 × 2.1 cm in size, located in the sellar region, regular shape, and slightly heterogeneous solid mass with a little cystic component. No color flow was present inside the tumor, but the peripheral encirclement by arterial circle of Willis...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822638/cardiac-changes-in-apoptosis-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-nitric-oxide-system-induced-by-prenatal-and-postnatal-zinc-deficiency-in-male-and-female-rats
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Lorena Vanesa Juriol, María Natalia Gobetto, Facundo Mendes Garrido Abregú, Marina Ercilia Dasso, Gonzalo Pineda, Leandro Güttlein, Andrea Carranza, Osvaldo Podhajcer, Jorge Eduardo Toblli, Rosana Elesgaray, Cristina Teresa Arranz, Analía Lorena Tomat
PURPOSE: Zinc restriction during fetal and postnatal development could program cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of zinc restriction during fetal life, lactation, and/or post-weaning growth on cardiac inflammation, apoptosis, oxidative stress, and nitric oxide system of male and female adult rats. METHODS: Wistar rats were fed a low- or a control zinc diet during pregnancy and up to weaning. Afterward, offspring were fed either a low- or a control zinc diet until 81 days of life...
November 7, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816335/developmental-changes-in-aortic-mechanical-properties-in-normal-fetuses-and-fetuses-with-cardiovascular-disease
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Mio Taketazu, Masaya Sugimoto, Hirofumi Saiki, Hirotaka Ishido, Satoshi Masutani, Hideaki Senzaki
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that fetal aortic mechanical properties assessed by aortic diameter (AoD) and flow show maturational changes during the gestational period, and that these properties are different in fetuses with congenital heart diseases and fetuses with normal development. METHODS: Phasic changes in ascending AoD along with Doppler flow profile were measured in 84 consecutive normal fetuses (gestational age, 18-36 weeks) and in 30 consecutive fetuses with cardiovascular diseases (gestational age, 22-39 weeks)...
September 28, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816156/cardiac-lesions-in-the-critical-care-setting
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Manisha Gandhi, Amir A Shamshirsaz
The long-held belief that pregnancy is absolutely contraindicated in maternal cardiovascular disease is no longer justifiable using evidence-base medicine. There are some conditions in which pregnancy is contraindicated, and high maternal risk and poor fetal outcome can be predicted. However, in many women with heart disease, a more favorable maternal and fetal outcome is expected. This article focusses on the cardiac conditions that require more attention and have the potential to require observation in the intensive care unit setting...
December 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803828/a-historic-case-of-cardiac-surgery-in-pregnancy
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Said Benlamkaddem, Adnane Berdai, Smael Labib, Mustapha Harandou
Background. Heart disease is the leading cause of nonobstetric mortality in pregnant women. Because of high risk, medical management represents the first line of treatment. However, when medical treatment fails, cardiac surgery becomes necessary. Case Presentation. A 27-year-old female who underwent successfully cardiac surgery three times within 3 years. At the first time, she had an aortic valve replacement at 25 weeks of gestation after an infectious endocarditis complicated with an ischemic stroke. At 39 weeks of gestation, she had delivered, vaginally, a healthy baby boy weighing 2800 g...
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799232/hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-and-offspring-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-adolescence
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Simon Timpka, Corrie Macdonald-Wallis, Alun D Hughes, Nishi Chaturvedi, Paul W Franks, Debbie A Lawlor, Abigail Fraser
BACKGROUND: Fetal exposure to preeclampsia is associated with higher blood pressure and later risk of stroke. We aimed to investigate the associations of maternal preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and maternal blood pressure change in pregnancy with offspring cardiac structure and function in adolescence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data from a prospective birth cohort study, we included offspring who underwent echocardiography (mean age, 17.7 years; SD, 0...
October 31, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773520/predictive-models-for-normal-fetal-cardiac-structures
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Anita Krishnan, Jodi I Pike, Robert McCarter, Amanda L Fulgium, Emmanuel Wilson, Mary T Donofrio, Craig A Sable
BACKGROUND: Clinicians rely on age- and size-specific measures of cardiac structures to diagnose cardiac disease. No universally accepted normative data exist for fetal cardiac structures, and most fetal cardiac centers do not use the same standards. The aim of this study was to derive predictive models for Z scores for 13 commonly evaluated fetal cardiac structures using a large heterogeneous population of fetuses without structural cardiac defects. METHODS: The study used archived normal fetal echocardiograms in representative fetuses aged 12 to 39 weeks...
December 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759174/estimated-combined-cardiac-output-and-laser-therapy-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Shiraz A Maskatia, Rodrigo Ruano, Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Pouya Javadian, Joshua A Kailin, Michael A Belfort, Carolyn A Altman, Nancy A Ayres
INTRODUCTION: Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is the major cause for fetal demise in monochorionic diamniotic pregnancies. Estimated combined cardiac output (CCO) has not been studied in this setting. The primary aims of this study were to compare CCO in twin donor and recipient fetuses and assess differences in CCO before and after laser coagulation therapy. A secondary aim was to evaluate the relationship of CCO with perinatal mortality, defined as intrauterine or neonatal mortality (≤30 days of age) in fetuses that underwent laser coagulation therapy...
October 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759042/neonatal-cardiac-dysfunction-and-transcriptome-changes-caused-by-the-absence-of-celf1
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Jimena Giudice, Zheng Xia, Wei Li, Thomas A Cooper
The RNA binding protein Celf1 regulates alternative splicing in the nucleus and mRNA stability and translation in the cytoplasm. Celf1 is strongly down-regulated during mouse postnatal heart development. Its re-induction in adults induced severe heart failure and reversion to fetal splicing and gene expression patterns. However, the impact of Celf1 depletion on cardiac transcriptional and posttranscriptional dynamics in neonates has not been addressed. We found that homozygous Celf1 knock-out neonates exhibited cardiac dysfunction not observed in older homozygous animals, although homozygous mice are smaller than wild type littermates throughout development...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757222/in-utero-origin-of-sex-related-differences-in-future-cardiovascular-disease
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Sarah Schalekamp-Timmermans, Jerome Cornette, Albert Hofman, Willem A Helbing, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Eric A P Steegers, Bero O Verburg
BACKGROUND: There are sex differences in the risk of development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm (DOHaD), CVD originates in fetal life. This study examines fetal sex differences in cardiovascular development in utero. METHODS: In 1028 pregnant women, we assessed fetal circulation using pulsed wave Doppler examinations between 28 and 34 weeks gestation. To test associations between fetal sex and fetal circulation measurements, linear regression models were used adjusting for fetal size, gestational age, and fetal heart rate...
2016: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754163/sy-11-3-hypertension-in-women-more-dangerous-than-in-men
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Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737738/risk-of-pregnancy-in-moderate-and-severe%C3%A2-aortic-stenosis-from-the-multinational-ropac-registry
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Stefan Orwat, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Iris M van Hagen, Renate Schmidt, Daniel Tobler, Matthias Greutmann, Regina Jonkaitiene, Amro Elnagar, Mark R Johnson, Roger Hall, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Helmut Baumgartner
BACKGROUND: Controversial results on maternal risk and fetal outcome have been reported in women with aortic stenosis (AS). OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to investigate maternal and fetal outcomes in patients with AS in a large cohort. METHODS: The Registry on Pregnancy and Cardiac Disease (ROPAC) is a global, prospective observational registry of women with structural heart disease, providing a uniquely large study population. Data of women with moderate (peak gradient 36 to 63 mm Hg) and severe AS (peak gradient ≥64 mm Hg) were analyzed...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718271/neuropsychiatric-aspects-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-considerations-in-the-prenatal-setting
#19
Anne S Bassett, Gregory Costain, Christian R Marshall
Most major neuropsychiatric outcomes of concern to families are not detectable by prenatal ultrasound. The introduction of genome-wide chromosomal microarray analysis to prenatal clinical diagnostic testing has increased the detection of pathogenic 22q11.2 deletions, which cause the most common genomic disorder. The recent addition of this and other microdeletions to non-invasive prenatal screening methods using cell-free fetal DNA has further propelled interest in outcomes. Conditions associated with 22q11...
October 8, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706532/optimal-anticoagulation-for-pregnant-women-with-mechanical-heart-valves
#20
Rohan D'Souza, Candice K Silversides, Claire McLintock
The prothrombotic state of pregnancy increases the risk of thromboembolic complications and death in women with mechanical heart valves (MHVs). Although it is accepted that these women must be on therapeutic anticoagulation throughout pregnancy, competing maternal and fetal risks, as well as the lack of high-quality data from prospective studies, make the choice of the optimal method of anticoagulation challenging. Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are associated with fewer maternal complications, but conversely also the lowest live birth rates as well as warfarin-related embryopathy and fetopathy...
October 5, 2016: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
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