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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
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Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426617/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-arrhythmias-primary-and-preventive-care-review
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Brittany S Fuller, Michele D Voeltz
Obstetrician-gynecologists often are the sole providers of health care to female patients. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, obstetrician- gynecologists must be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and signs of cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia. Furthermore, they must be prepared to identify and treat common types of arrhythmia in this population and refer patients to cardiology for specialized care. Understanding the role of pregnancy among women with arrhythmia is critically important to optimize both maternal and fetal outcomes...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425976/prenatal-exposure-to-a-maternal-high-fat-diet-affects-histone-modification-of-cardiometabolic-genes-in-newborn-rats
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Bijaya Upadhyaya, Tricia Larsen, Shivon Barwari, Eli J Louwagie, Michelle L Baack, Moul Dey
Infants born to women with diabetes or obesity are exposed to excess circulating fuels during fetal heart development and are at higher risk of cardiac diseases. We have previously shown that late-gestation diabetes, especially in conjunction with a maternal high-fat (HF) diet, impairs cardiac functions in rat-offspring. This study investigated changes in genome-wide histone modifications in newborn hearts from rat-pups exposed to maternal diabetes and HF-diet. Chromatin-immunoprecipitation-sequencing revealed a differential peak distribution on gene promoters in exposed pups with respect to acetylation of lysines 9 and 14 and to trimethylation of lysines 4 and 27 in histone H3 (all, false discovery rate, FDR < 0...
April 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424591/bcl11b-a-critical-neurodevelopmental-transcription-factor-roles-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Matthew J Lennon, Simon P Jones, Michael D Lovelace, Gilles J Guillemin, Bruce J Brew
B cell leukemia 11b (Bcl11b) is a zinc finger protein transcription factor with a multiplicity of functions. It works as both a genetic suppressor and activator, acting directly, attaching to promoter regions, as well as indirectly, attaching to promoter-bound transcription factors. Bcl11b is a fundamental transcription factor in fetal development, with important roles for the differentiation and development of various neuronal subtypes in the central nervous system (CNS). It has been used as a specific marker of layer V subcerebral projection neurons as well as striatal interneurons...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416208/fetal-and-perinatal-stem-cells-in-cardiac-regeneration-moving-forward-to-the-paracrine-era
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C Balbi, S Bollini
Cardiovascular disease (CD) is a major burden for Western society. Regenerative medicine has provided encouraging results, yet it has not addressed the focal defects causing CD and mainly related to the inefficient repair programme of the heart. In this scenario, stem cells have been broadly investigated and their paracrine effect proposed as a possible working strategy to boost endogenous mechanisms of repair and regeneration from within the cardiac tissue. The scientific community is now focusing on identifying the most effective stem cell secretome, as the whole of bioactive factors and extracellular vesicles secreted by stem cells and endowed with regenerative potential...
April 12, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416028/attitudes-and-perceptions-of-pregnant-women-with-chd-results-of-a-single-site-survey
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Aarthi Sabanayagam, David Briston, Ali N Zaidi
Introduction CHD occurs in about 1% of the United States population, and is now the most common cardiac condition affecting women during pregnancy. METHODS: An anonymous, single-site, cross-sectional, 50-question survey was performed at a national Adult Congenital Heart Disease conference to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding cardiac care during pregnancy in women with CHD. RESULTS: A total of 77 women completed the survey. Among them, 50% (n=39) had moderate and 38% (n=29) had severely complex disease; 30% (n=23) of women were told that pregnancy was contraindicated given their underlying cardiac condition...
April 18, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412849/maternal-hemodynamic-changes-and-predictors-of-poor-obstetric-outcome-in-women-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-a-five-year-observational-study
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Mohamed Rezk, Osama Elkelani, Abdelhamid Shaheen, Awni Gamal, Hassan Badr
OBJECTIVE: to assess prospectively the maternal cardiovascular hemodynamic changes and obstetric outcome in women with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and to detect predictors of poor outcome. METHODS: This prospective observational study included 204 pregnant patients with RHD who were divided into two groups; successful pregnancy group with living fetus (n = 126) and poor obstetric outcome group with fetal or neonatal loss (n = 78). Hemodynamic changes, maternal and fetal outcome were assessed and recorded...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410946/right-atrial-dysfunction-in-the-fetus-with-severely-regurgitant-tricuspid-valve-disease-a-potential-source-of-cardiovascular-compromise
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Lisa W Howley, Nee Scze Khoo, Anita J Moon-Grady, Sonali S Patel, Fayeza Alrais, Wayne Tworetzky, Timothy Colen, Paul Brooks, Jean Trines, Tiina Ojala, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: In severe right heart obstruction (RHO), redistribution of cardiac output to the left ventricle (LV) is well tolerated by the fetal circulation. Although the same should be true of severely regurgitant tricuspid valve disease (rTVD) with reduced or no output from the right ventricle, affected fetuses more frequently develop hydrops or suffer intrauterine demise. We hypothesized that right atrium (RA) function is altered in rTVD but not in RHO, which could contribute to differences in outcomes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393272/heterozygous-hnrnpu-variants-cause-early-onset-epilepsy-and-severe-intellectual-disability
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Nuria C Bramswig, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Fadi F Hamdan, Janine Altmüller, Filippo Beleggia, Nursel H Elcioglu, Catharine Freyer, Erica H Gerkes, Yasemin Kendir Demirkol, Kelly G Knupp, Alma Kuechler, Yun Li, Daniel H Lowenstein, Jacques L Michaud, Kristen Park, Alexander P A Stegmann, Hermine E Veenstra-Knol, Thomas Wieland, Bernd Wollnik, Hartmut Engels, Tim M Strom, Tjitske Kleefstra, Dagmar Wieczorek
Pathogenic variants in genes encoding subunits of the spliceosome are the cause of several human diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases. The RNA splicing process is facilitated by the spliceosome, a large RNA-protein complex consisting of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), and many other proteins, such as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs). The HNRNPU gene (OMIM *602869) encodes the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein U, which plays a crucial role in mammalian development. HNRNPU is expressed in the fetal brain and adult heart, kidney, liver, brain, and cerebellum...
April 9, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377476/incidence-and-predictors-of-obstetric-and-fetal-complications-in-women-with-structural-heart-disease
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Iris M van Hagen, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Valentina Donvito, Csilla Liptai, Marielle Morissens, Daniel J Murphy, Laura Galian, Nooshin Mohd Bazargani, Jérôme Cornette, Roger Hall, Mark R Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Women with cardiac disease becoming pregnant have an increased risk of obstetric and fetal events. The aim of this study was to study the incidence of events, to validate the modified WHO (mWHO) risk classification and to search for event-specific predictors. METHODS: The Registry Of Pregnancy And Cardiac disease is a worldwide ongoing prospective registry that has enrolled 2742 pregnancies in women with known cardiac disease (mainly congenital and valvular disease) before pregnancy, from January 2008 up to April 2014...
April 4, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372492/prenatally-diagnosed-congenital-portosystemic-shunts
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Bérengère Francois, Alain Lachaux, Fréderic Gottrand, Stéphanie De Smet
AIM: Congenital portosystemic shunts (CPSS) are rare, congenital malformations that are increasingly often discovered during the fetal period, and for which, the manifestations and evolution are poorly understood. The objective of this review is to describe the phenotype and evolution of forms diagnosed in the antenatal period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a systematic review of the literature cited in Pubmed between 1982 and 2016 for CPSS cases diagnosed during the fetal period...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370096/recipient-twin-circular-shunt-physiology-before-fetal-laser-surgery-survival-and-risks-for-postnatal-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction
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Jay D Pruetz, Jodie K Votava-Smith, Hikmat R Chmait, Lisa M Korst, Arlyn Llanes, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate risk for congenital heart disease (CHD) in recipient twins with circular shunt physiology (CSP). METHODS: This prospective study enrolled twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) cases from 2006 to 2015. Fetal echocardiography (FE) was performed before laser surgery when cardiac involvement was suspected. Diagnosis of recipient twin CSP required tricuspid and pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular dysfunction, and flow reversal in the ductus arteriosus...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341543/long-term-prognostic-impact-of-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease-report-from-the-chart-2-study
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Satoshi Miyata, Yasuhiko Sakata, Masanobu Miura, Takeshi Yamauchi, Takeo Onose, Kanako Tsuji, Ruri Abe, Takuya Oikawa, Shintaro Kasahara, Masayuki Sato, Kotaro Nochioka, Takashi Shiroto, Jun Takahashi, Hiroaki Shimokawa
BACKGROUND: We and others have previously reported that the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) caused a significant but transient increase in cardiovascular diseases and deaths in the disaster area. However, it remains to be examined whether the GEJE had a long-term prognostic influence in large-scale cohort studies. This point is important when analyzing the data before and after the GEJE in the cohort studies in the disaster area. METHODS: We examined 8676 patients registered in our Chronic Heart Failure Analysis and Registry in the Tohoku District-2 (CHART-2) Study (N=10,219) between 2006 and 2010 and were alive after March 10, 2011...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341055/obstetric-care-for-women-with-thalassemia
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REVIEW
Terence T Lao
Thalassemia is the commonest monogenic disease and manifests as severe anemia. It is increasingly encountered outside the Mediterranean region, Africa, Middle East, and Southeast Asia because of immigration. Pregnancy, previously uncommon in patients with homozygous β-thalassemia, is encountered increasingly because of improved management and assisted reproduction technology; however, preconceptional problems that include anemia, iron overload, cardiac dysfunction, thromboembolism, alloimmunization, infections, and endocrine and bone disorders, could influence maternal and obstetric outcome...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326958/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Vrinda Nair, Kamran Yusuf, Weiming Yu, Hafez AlAwad, Kathy Paul, Essa Al Awad
Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC) is a common cardiac anomaly associated with congenital heart diseases. A diagnosis of PLSVC usually warrants a detailed fetal echocardiography. Lesser known associations are the extra cardiac anomalies notably the upper airway and the gastrointestinal tract anomalies. We highlight here the importance of detailed fetal assessment for extra cardiac anomalies in addition to fetal echocardiography in fetuses diagnosed with PLSVC. We hereby present a preterm infant who presented with a triad of PLSVC, laryngeal atresia, and esophageal atresia...
March 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302741/cardiac-regeneration-lessons-from-development
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Francisco X Galdos, Yuxuan Guo, Sharon L Paige, Nathan J VanDusen, Sean M Wu, William T Pu
Palliative surgery for congenital heart disease has allowed patients with previously lethal heart malformations to survive and, in most cases, to thrive. However, these procedures often place pressure and volume loads on the heart, and over time, these chronic loads can cause heart failure. Current therapeutic options for initial surgery and chronic heart failure that results from failed palliation are limited, in part, by the mammalian heart's low inherent capacity to form new cardiomyocytes. Surmounting the heart regeneration barrier would transform the treatment of congenital, as well as acquired, heart disease and likewise would enable development of personalized, in vitro cardiac disease models...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301892/evaluating-the-performance-of-ultrasound-screening-for-congenital-heart-disease-a-descriptive-cohort-study
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Rosemary J Froehlich, Lindsay Maggio, Phinnara Has, Erika F Werner, Dwight J Rouse
Objective The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate of abnormal fetal echocardiogram after normal detailed anatomy ultrasound when both are performed by maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Study Design Retrospective review of women who underwent detailed anatomy ultrasound and fetal echocardiography between 16 and 26 weeks' gestation at a single center. Women included had at least one indication for fetal echocardiography as recommended by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and normal cardiac anatomy on initial detailed anatomy ultrasound...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298172/potential-prognostic-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-fetal-macrosomia-the-impact-of-gestational-diabetes
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Despina D Briana, Κleopatra Germanou, Μaria Boutsikou, Theodora Boutsikou, Νikolaos Athanasopoulos, Αntonios Μarmarinos, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Αriadne Malamitsi-Puchner
OBJECTIVE: Fetal macrosomia is associated with cardiac hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular risk. Cardiac biomarkers may play diagnostic/prognostic role in cardiovascular disease. We tested whether cardiac biomarkers are differentially expressed in cord blood samples of full-term singleton large-for-gestational-age (LGA), as compared to appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) pregnancies. METHODS: Cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1), Titin, pentraxin (PTX-3) and soluble CD36 (sCD36) concentrations were determined in 80 cord blood samples from a) LGA pregnancies due to maternal diabetes (n = 8), overweight/obese (n = 11), excessive weight gain (n = 7), without specific pathology (n = 14), b) AGA normal pregnancies (controls, n = 40)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283918/at-the-heart-of-the-pregnancy-what-prenatal-and-cardiovascular-genetic-counselors-need-to-know-about-maternal-heart-disease
#20
REVIEW
Ana Morales, Dawn C Allain, Patricia Arscott, Emily James, Gretchen MacCarrick, Brittney Murray, Crystal Tichnell, Amy R Shikany, Sara Spencer, Sara M Fitzgerald-Butt, Jessica D Kushner, Christi Munn, Emily Smith, Katherine G Spoonamore, Harikrishna S Tandri, W Aaron Kay
In the last decade, an increasing number of cardiac conditions have been shown to have a genetic basis. Cardiovascular genetic counseling has emerged as a subspecialty aiming to identify unaffected at-risk individuals. An important sector of this at-risk population also includes expectant mothers, in whom unique clinical challenges may arise. Genetic counselors, especially those in cardiovascular and prenatal settings, have an opportunity to identify and assist women who may benefit from cardiovascular care during pregnancy...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
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