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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422215/long-term-cardiovascular-consequences-of-fetal-growth-restriction-biology-clinical-implications-and%C3%A2-opportunities-for-prevention-of-adult-disease
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REVIEW
Fatima Crispi, Jezid Miranda, Eduard Gratacós
In the modern world, cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women. Epidemiologic studies consistently have suggested an association between low birthweight and/or fetal growth restriction and increased rate of cardiovascular mortality in adulthood. Furthermore, experimental and clinical studies have demonstrated that sustained nutrient and oxygen restriction that are associated with fetal growth restriction activate adaptive cardiovascular changes that might explain this association...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415591/cardiac-function-and-tadalafil-used-for-treating-fetal-growth-restriction-in-pregnant-women-without-cardiovascular-disease
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Kayo Tanaka, Hiroaki Tanaka, Shintaro Maki, Michiko Kubo, Masafumi Nii, Shoichi Magawa, Fumi Hatano, Makoto Tsuji, Kazuhiro Osato, Yuki Kamimoto, Takashi Umekawa, Tomoaki Ikeda
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to evaluate tadalafil for the treatment of fetal growth restriction and the cardiac function in pregnant women without cardiovascular disease who used tadalafil for this reason. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined nine pregnant women without cardiovascular disease who were using tadalafil to treat fetal growth restriction. Maternal heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (BP), and echocardiographic findings were assessed before and after tadalafil use...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415313/fetal-cardiac-remodeling-in-response-to-anemia-using-hemoglobin-bart-s-disease-as-a-study-model
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Theera Tongsong, Fuanglada Tongprasert, Kasemsri Srisupundit, Suchaya Luewan, Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Phudit Jatavan
OBJECTIVE:  To assess fetal cardiac remodeling in response to anemia, by comparing the fetal cardiac dimensions and global sphericity index (GSI) of normal fetuses and fetuses with anemia using fetal Hb Bart's disease as a study model. METHODS:  Fetuses at risk for Hb Bart's disease undergoing cordocentesis at 18 to 22 weeks of gestation were recruited. Fetal cardiac dimensions including GSI (cardiac length to cardiac width ratio), interventricular septum thickness (IVST), left ventricular wall thickness (LVWT) and right ventricular wall thickness (RVWT) were measured...
February 7, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29390414/prenatal-diagnosis-of-joubert-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Lingling Zhu, Limei Xie
INTRODUCTION: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a rare autosomal recessive inherited disease belonging to ciliopathy with the causative mutation of genes. Except for X-linked inheritance, the high recurrence rate of a family is about 25%. After birth, it may cause a series of neurological symptoms, even with retina, kidney, liver, and other organ abnormalities, which is defined as Joubert syndrome and related disorders (JSRD). Molecular genetics research contributes to disease prediction and genetic counseling...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29374152/distinct-epigenetic-programs-regulate-cardiac-myocyte-development-and-disease-in-the-human-heart-in-vivo
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Ralf Gilsbach, Martin Schwaderer, Sebastian Preissl, Björn A Grüning, David Kranzhöfer, Pedro Schneider, Thomas G Nührenberg, Sonia Mulero-Navarro, Dieter Weichenhan, Christian Braun, Martina Dreßen, Adam R Jacobs, Harald Lahm, Torsten Doenst, Rolf Backofen, Markus Krane, Bruce D Gelb, Lutz Hein
Epigenetic mechanisms and transcription factor networks essential for differentiation of cardiac myocytes have been uncovered. However, reshaping of the epigenome of these terminally differentiated cells during fetal development, postnatal maturation, and in disease remains unknown. Here, we investigate the dynamics of the cardiac myocyte epigenome during development and in chronic heart failure. We find that prenatal development and postnatal maturation are characterized by a cooperation of active CpG methylation and histone marks at cis-regulatory and genic regions to shape the cardiac myocyte transcriptome...
January 26, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372591/clinical-yield-of-fetal-echocardiography-for-suboptimal-cardiac-visualization-on-obstetric-ultrasound
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Rick D Vavolizza, Pe'er Dar, Barrie Suskin, Robert M Moore, Kenan W D Stern
OBJECTIVE: Suboptimal cardiac imaging on obstetric ultrasound is a frequent referral indication for fetal echocardiography, even in the absence of typical risk factors for fetal cardiac disease. The clinical profile of patients and findings of examinations performed for such an indication are not well defined. Given the increased cost, time and resource utilization of fetal echocardiography, we sought to determine the clinical findings of such referrals. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a single-center review of such referrals from January 2010 to June 2016...
January 25, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353231/the-preterm-heart-in-childhood-left-ventricular-structure-geometry-and-function-assessed-by-echocardiography-in-6-year-old-survivors-of-periviable-births
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Lilly-Ann Mohlkert, Jenny Hallberg, Olof Broberg, Annika Rydberg, Cecilia Pegelow Halvorsen, Petru Liuba, Vineta Fellman, Magnus Domellöf, Gunnar Sjöberg, Mikael Norman
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity in adult life. We evaluated whether preterm birth is associated with deviating cardiac structure and function before school start. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 176 children aged 6 years and born extremely preterm (EXPT; gestational age of 22-26 weeks) and 134 children born at term (control [CTRL]) were studied. We used echocardiography to assess left heart dimensions, geometry, and functions...
January 20, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351431/feasibility-of-phase-contrast-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-measuring-blood-flow-in-the-sheep-fetus
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An Qi Duan, Jack R T Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Mitchell C Lock, Meng Yuan Zhu, Lucy V Flynn, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Christopher K Macgowan, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Janna L Morrison, Mike Seed
Phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) is the gold-standard non-invasive technique for measuring vessel blood flow and has previously been applied in the human fetal circulation. We aimed to assess the feasibility of using PC-MRI to define the distribution of the fetal circulation in sheep. Fetuses were catheterized at 119-120 days gestation (term, 150 days) and underwent MRI at 123 days gestation under isoflurane anesthesia, ventilated at a FiO2 of 1.0. PC-MRI was performed using a fetal arterial blood pressure catheter signal for cardiac triggering...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326803/treatment-of-early-stages-hodgkin-lymphoma-during-pregnancy
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Agustin Avilés, Maria-Jesus Nambo, Natividad Neri
Background: To assess maternal and fetal outcome of women and newborns who received chemotherapy during pregnancy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)in early stages (IA, IIA), we performed a retrospective analysis of a cohort of 44 pregnant women with HL and early stages, diagnosed and treated between 1988 to 2013, at a tertiary reference cancer center. Methods: We analyzed data on HL characteristics and treatment, with a particular attention to maternal and fetal complications; in children, we performed a longer follow-up to detect any anomaly in physical development, scholar performance, psychological, cardiac, neurological function, and intelligence tests...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317337/heart-and-bile-acids-clinical-consequences-of-altered-bile-acid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Tharni Vasavan, Elisa Ferraro, Effendi Ibrahim, Peter Dixon, Julia Gorelik, Catherine Williamson
Cardiac dysfunction has an increased prevalence in diseases complicated by liver cirrhosis such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. This observation has led to research into the association between abnormalities in bile acid metabolism and cardiac pathology. Approximately 50% of liver cirrhosis cases develop cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. Bile acids are directly implicated in this, causing QT interval prolongation, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte apoptosis and abnormal haemodynamics of the heart...
January 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302701/structure-and-function-of-the-nppa-nppb-cluster-locus-during-heart-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Joyce Man, Phil Barnett, Vincent M Christoffels
Atrial natriuretic factor and brain natriuretic peptide are two important biomarkers in clinical cardiology. These two natriuretic peptide hormones are encoded by the paralogous genes Nppa and Nppb, which are evolutionary conserved. Both genes are predominantly expressed by the heart muscle during the embryonic and fetal stages, and in particular Nppa expression is strongly reduced in the ventricles after birth. Upon cardiac stress, Nppa and Nppb are strongly upregulated in the ventricular myocardium. Much is known about the molecular and physiological ques inducing Nppa and Nppb expression; however, the transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of the Nppa-Nppb cluster in vivo has proven to be quite complex and is not well understood...
January 4, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287140/introduction-from-fetal-echocardiography-to-fetal-cardiology-a-journey-of-over-half-a-century
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Shuping Ge, Dev Maulik
In this Special Issue of the Journal, 8 review articles that represent the new developments and applications of fetal echocardiography and fetal cardiology for diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of fetal cardiovascular disease are included. The goal was to provide an updated review of the evidence for the current and emerging use of fetal echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance, improved diagnosis of challenging congenital heart disease, new tools for evaluation of fetal systolic and diastolic function, better prognosis and risk stratification of newborns with congenital heart diseases, and new and promising therapies for fetuses with cardiovascular disease...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287139/fetal-interventions-for-structural-heart-disease
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David N Schidlow, Lindsay Freud, Kevin Friedman, Wayne Tworetzky
Fetal cardiac intervention (FCI) offers the potential to alter in utero anatomy and physiology. For aortic stenosis with evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome and pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum with evolving hypoplastic right heart syndrome, FCI may result in maintenance of a biventricular circulation, thus avoiding single-ventricle palliation and its attendant complications. In the case of hypoplastic left heart syndrome with intact atrial septum, FCI may ameliorate in utero pathophysiology and portend a more favorable postnatal prognosis...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287137/maternal-hyperoxygenation-a-potential-therapy-for-congenital-heart-disease-in-the-fetuses-a-systematic-review-of-the-current-literature
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Jennifer Co-Vu, Dalia Lopez-Colon, Himesh V Vyas, Natalie Weiner, Curt DeGroff
OBJECTIVES: To assess efficacy, safety, outcomes, and intrauterine complications following maternal hyperoxygenation (MH) therapy in fetuses with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS: A systematic review was performed following an electronic search of databases. Articles were published before January 1, 2017, in an English-language and non-English-language journals (with English translations), and included human fetuses and expectant mothers with a fetal diagnosis of CHD who received MH...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287136/cerebrovascular-hemodynamics-in-fetuses-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Tingting Man, Yihua He, Ying Zhao, Lin Sun, Xiaowei Liu, Shuping Ge
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: It is hypothesized that diminished cerebral vascular resistance or the "brain sparing effect" is associated with fetuses with complex congenital heart defects (CHD) and may affect their neurodevelopmental outcome. An alternative explanation is that it is related to the location, cardiac output, pressure, and resistance in left heart obstructive CHDs. We sought to determine the effects of various left and right heart obstructive defects on the cerebral and placental hemodynamics and to evaluate the utility of these variables for the assessment and prognosis of CHDs...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287130/a-brief-history-of-fetal-echocardiography-and-its-impact-on-the-management-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Dev Maulik, Navin C Nanda, Devika Maulik, Gustavo Vilchez
Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common congenital malformation, is associated with adverse outcome. Development of fetal echocardiography has made prenatal diagnosis of CHD a reality, and in the process revolutionized its management. This historical review briefly narrates this development over the decades focusing on the emergence of the primary modalities of fetal echocardiography comprised of the time-motion mode, two-dimensional B-mode, spectral Doppler, color Doppler, and three- and four-dimensional cardiac imaging...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286094/sphingosine-1-phosphate-ameliorates-the-cardiac-hypertrophic-response-through-inhibiting-the-activity-of-histone-deacetylase-2
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Hui Yan, Shaowei Yi, Hang Zhuang, Lujin Wu, Dao Wen Wang, Jiangang Jiang
Inhibition of histone deacetylase-2 (HDAC2), which is a prohypertrophic factor in the heart, can functionally attenuate cardiac hypertrophy. The present study aimed to investigate whether sphingosine‑1‑phosphate (S1P), which has recently been reported to suppress HDAC2 activity, could ameliorate the cardiac hypertrophic response and improve cardiac function in mice with transverse aortic constriction (TAC), as well as to determine the underlying mechanisms. Briefly, 8‑week‑old male C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into sham, TAC and TAC + S1P groups; the results indicated that S1P treatment attenuated TAC‑induced cardiac dysfunction...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285173/rapamycin-therapy-for-neonatal-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-with-cardiac-rhabdomyomas-a-case-report-and-review
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Shanshan Mao, Qi Long, Huijia Lin, Jinling Liu
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease that varies greatly in its expression. The current study reports a novel case of TSC caused by a TSC2 mutation (TSC2c.1642_1643insA or TSC2p.K549fsX589), in which multiple cardiac rhabdomyomas were detected by fetal echocardiography in week 31 of pregnancy. The infant was delivered successfully; however, seizures began 16 days following birth. Subsequent genetic tests confirmed a diagnosis of TSC. Rapamycin treatment resulted in regression of cardiac rhabdomyomas and controlled seizures...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275882/dysfunctional-uterine-activity-in-labour-and-premature-adverse-cardiac-events-population-based-cohort-study
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Alyssa Kahane, Alison L Park, Joel G Ray
BACKGROUND: There exist structural and physiological commonalities between myometrial and myocardial tissue, and each can become dysfunctional, such as in the presence of cardiometabolic factors. METHODS: This population-based cohort study was comprised of 1,608,720 women with ≥ 1 singleton hospital live birth at 24-41 weeks' gestation in Ontario, from 1992 to 2016. The main exposure was prolonged first stage of labour; secondary exposure was prolonged second stage of labour...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273008/implementation-of-guidelines-for-multidisciplinary-team-management-of-pregnancy-in-women-with-pre-existing-diabetes-or-cardiac-conditions-results-from-a-uk-national-survey
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Cath Taylor, David R McCance, Lucy Chappell, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Sara A Thorne, Khaled M K Ismail, James S A Green, Debra Bick
BACKGROUND: Despite numerous publications stating the importance of multidisciplinary care for women with pre-existing medical conditions, there is a lack of evidence regarding structure or processes of multidisciplinary working, nor impact on maternal or infant outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate the implementation of guidelines for multidisciplinary team (MDT) management in pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes or cardiac conditions. These conditions were selected as exemplars of increasingly common medical conditions in pregnancy for which MDT management is recommended to prevent or reduce adverse maternal and fetal outcomes...
December 22, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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