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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096226/disseminated-adenovirus-infection-causing-severe-ards
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Steven J Campbell, Jessica A Kynyk, John A Davis
A previously healthy young man with a rare genetic condition presented with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to pneumonia with septic shock. He did not improve with conventional therapy for his known causal organism thus prompting further workup. He was found to be profoundly immunosuppressed raising our suspicion for atypical organisms. A bronchoalveolar lavage sample was positive via PCR for adenovirus which we suspect exacerbated a pre-existing bacterial pneumonia and led to a severe and non-responsive respiratory failure...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093805/heartware-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-patients-with-fontan-physiology
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Bartlomiej R Imielski, Robert A Niebler, Steven J Kindel, Ronald K Woods
We aim to describe the clinical course of a series of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and refractory systolic heart failure supported with a HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD) following Fontan palliation. This is a retrospective review of three consecutive patients supported with a HVAD following Fontan palliation through February 2016. Data include patient characteristics, operative variables, postimplantation hemodynamic/device parameters, event outcomes, and duration of HVAD support...
January 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074818/cannulation-strategies-in-adult-veno-arterial-and-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-techniques-limitations-and-special-considerations
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Arun L Jayaraman, Daniel Cormican, Pranav Shah, Harish Ramakrishna
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) refers to specific mechanical devices used to temporarily support the failing heart and/or lung. Technological advances as well as growing collective knowledge and experience have resulted in increased ECMO use and improved outcomes. Veno-arterial (VA) ECMO is used in selected patients with various etiologies of cardiogenic shock and entails either central or peripheral cannulation. Central cannulation is frequently used in postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock and is associated with improved venous drainage and reduced concern for upper body hypoxemia as compared to peripheral cannulation...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072930/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-be-prepared
#4
J S Evans, S J Huang, A S McLean, M Nalos
The current trend to treat hypotension in critically ill patients is to place a greater emphasis on inotropic support and less on fluid resuscitation in order to limit the potential harm from fluid overload. This combination may trigger left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in susceptible patients. Although LVOTO is classically described in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy it has been reported in other conditions including septic shock, apical ballooning syndrome, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, and post valvular surgery...
January 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069274/extended-bipolar-left-ventricular-pacing-as-a-possible-therapy-for-late-electrical-storm-induced-by-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Dimitrios Asvestas, Richard Balasubramaniam, Mark Sopher, John Paisey, Girish G Babu
Although cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has become a well-established treatment option for patients with drug-refractory severe systolic heart failure, there has been some evidence of adverse proarrhythmic events. We report a case of a patient with ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent CRT with a defibrillator for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death. Two years after the implantation, the patient presented with electrical storm, which was completely terminated by modifying the left ventricular (LV) pacing configuration from true to extended bipolar LV pacing...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056816/optimization-of-pressure-settings-during-adaptive-servo-ventilation-support-using-real-time-heart-rate-variability-assessment-initial-case-report
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Teruhiko Imamura, Daisuke Nitta, Koichiro Kinugawa
BACKGROUND: Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy is a recent non-invasive positive pressure ventilation therapy that was developed for patients with heart failure (HF) refractory to optimal medical therapy. However, it is likely that ASV therapy at relatively higher pressure setting worsens some of the patients' prognosis compared with optimal medical therapy. Therefore, identification of optimal pressure settings of ASV therapy is warranted. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 42-year-old male with HF, which was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy, who was admitted to our institution for evaluating his eligibility for heart transplantation...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019045/autonomic-modulation-for-the-treatment-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-therapeutic-use-of-percutaneous-stellate-ganglion-blocks
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Marat Fudim, Richard Boortz-Marx, Chetan B Patel, Albert Y Sun, Jonathan P Piccini
Ventricular tachycardia (VT), ventricular fibrillation (VF) and electrical storm are commonly encountered emergency conditions in cardiac and surgical intensive care units. In most cases, recurrent ventricular arrhythmias or electrical storm are associated with a heightened sympathetic tone. These arrhythmias can be difficult to treat and may be refractory to beta-blockade, antiarrhythmic therapy, sedation, and mechanical hemodynamic support. While monomorphic ventricular tachycardia and PVC-triggered polymorphic ventricular tachycardia may sometimes be amenable to successful ablation, some patients may be too critically ill to make such an approach feasible...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008625/arterial-ligation-versus-embolization-in-epistaxis-management-counterintuitive-national-trends
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Michael J Sylvester, Sei Y Chung, Luis A Guinand, Aparna Govindan, Soly Baredes, Jean Anderson Eloy
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Arterial ligation and embolization are treatment modalities indicated in severe and refractory epistaxis. The purpose of this study was to examine temporal trends and compare outcomes in treatment of hospitalized epistaxis patients with ligation or embolization. METHODS: This retrospective cohort analysis utilized the 2008 to 2013 National Inpatient Sample to identify patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of epistaxis, and an associated procedure code for ligation or embolization...
December 23, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005193/trek-1-k2p2-1-k-channels-are-suppressed-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure-and-provide-therapeutic-targets-for-rhythm-control
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Patrick Lugenbiel, Fabian Wenz, Pascal Syren, Pascal Geschwill, Katharina Govorov, Claudia Seyler, Derk Frank, Patrick A Schweizer, Jennifer Franke, Tanja Weis, Claus Bruehl, Bastian Schmack, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck, Norbert Frey, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Concomitant heart failure (HF) poses a particular therapeutic challenge and is associated with prolonged atrial electrical refractoriness compared with non-failing hearts. We hypothesized that downregulation of atrial repolarizing TREK-1 (K2P2.1) K(+) channels contributes to electrical remodeling during AF with HF, and that TREK-1 gene transfer would provide rhythm control via normalization of atrial effective refractory periods in this AF subset...
January 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994255/review-of-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-and-development-of-intracardiac-thrombosis-in-adult-cardiothoracic-patients
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Brittney Williams, Wendy Bernstein
Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) has become an indispensable treatment option for adult cardiothoracic patients experiencing acute refractory cardiogenic shock. VA ECMO is not without inherent complications as in-hospital mortality has ranged from 45% to 65% (1-3). Intracardiac thrombosis (ICT) is a rare but life-threatening complication associated with VA ECMO. VA ECMO cases complicated by ICT were searched for using the MEDLINE (PubMed and OVID), Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Headquarters, and Google Scholar databases...
December 2016: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989257/high-dose-adenosine-for-refractory-supraventricular-tachycardia-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Gal Dadi, Daniel Fink, Giora Weiser
Supraventricular tachycardia is the most common significant arrhythmia in children. If prolonged, it may cause heart failure and progress to cardiogenic shock warranting prompt treatment. The recommended interventions following vagal manoeuvres are intravenous adenosine and in the unstable patient electrical cardioversion. We present an infant with an unstable supraventricular tachycardia that was resistant to electrical cardioversion and recommended doses of adenosine. He reverted to sinus rhythm with a higher dose of adenosine, suggesting that such doses may be required in refractory supraventricular tachycardia...
December 19, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931078/advanced-refractory-heart-failure-conservative-or-interventional-approach
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Fabio Rigamonti, Fabrizio Montecucco, Luca Liberale
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December 8, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903010/heartmate-ii-left-ventricular-assist-device-pump-exchange-a-single-institution-experience
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Asad F Shaikh, Susan M Joseph, Brian Lima, Shelley A Hall, Rajasekhar Malyala, Aldo E Rafael, Gonzalo V Gonzalez-Stawinski, Themistokles Chamogeorgakis
Background Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized the treatment of patients with end-stage heart failure. These devices are replaced when pump complications arise if heart transplant is not possible. We present our experience with HeartMate II (HMII (Thoratec, Plesanton, California, United States)) LVAD pump exchange. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed all cases that required pump exchange due to LVAD complication from November 2011 until June 2016 at a single high-volume institution...
November 30, 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898502/-full-metal-jacket-treatment-of-multiple-paravalvular-leaks
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Giuseppe Santoro, Giancarlo Scognamiglio, Maria T Palladino, Carola Iacono, Giampiero Gaio, Maria G Russo
A 40-year-old man with osteogenesis imperfecta type I submitted to multiple procedures of surgical mitral and aortic valve replacement was referred for refractory congestive heart failure due to significant paravalvular leaks (PVLs) of both mitral and aortic prostheses. Due to perceived very high risk of a further mitroaortic surgery, transcatheter closure of PVLs under three-dimensional echocardiographic guide was performed. Thus, four Amplatzer Vascular Plug type II (St. Jude Medical Corp, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) devices were implanted into the aortic PVLs, and three Amplatzer Vascular Plug type II devices were used to occlude a huge mitral PVL...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886864/an-autopsy-case-of-refractory-pulmonary-hypertension-with-sarcoidosis
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Hiroki Ota, Keishi Sugino, Toshimasa Uekusa, Tamiko Takemura, Sakae Homma
A 63-year-old man with sarcoidosis-associated pulmonary hypertension (SAPH) died suddenly of decompensated right heart failure. At autopsy, microscopy showed subpleural and interlobular fibrosis in both upper lobes, with marked broncho-bronchiolectasis, as well as bronchovascular bundle fibrosis and fibrotic organization in alveolar lumens, which are consistent with pulmonary sarcoidosis. Intimal fibrosis and medial hypertrophy were noted in the proximal elastic to distal muscular pulmonary arteries (Heath-Edwards, grades II-III) within intensive fibrotic lesions...
November 2016: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885510/left-main-crossover-stenting-in-a-patient-with-severe-thrombocytopenia-due-to-aplastic-anemia
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Marie Nishikawa, Jun Shiraishi, Muneo Ohshiro, Masaki Yashige, Masayuki Hyogo, Takahisa Sawada
A 76-year-old man with aplastic anemia presented with recurrent acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with heart failure. After the initial appearance of AMI approximately 2 months earlier, he had received conservative treatment/transfusion alone because of severe thrombocytopenia and anemia (platelet 11 × 10(3)/μL, hemoglobin 6.4 g/dL). Refractory heart failure persisted despite repeated conservative treatment/transfusion for the second AMI, and therefore, we performed transradial coronary angiography and left main crossover stenting with a bare metal stent...
November 24, 2016: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885446/post-cardiotomy-rescue-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-neonates-with-single-ventricle-after-intractable-cardiac-arrest-attrition-after-hospital-discharge-and-predictors-of-outcome
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Anastasios C Polimenakos, Vincent Rizzo, Chawki F El-Zein, Michel N Ilbawi
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) in children with cardiac arrest refractory to conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been reported with encouraging results. We reviewed outcomes of neonates with functional single ventricle (FSV) surviving post-cardiotomy ECPR after hospital discharge. Fifty-eight patients who required post-cardiotomy extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) since the introduction of our ECPR protocol (January 2007-December 2011) were identified. Forty-one were neonates...
November 24, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883326/renal-replacement-therapy-in-patients-with-heart-and-kidney-failure
#18
Dimitrios S Goumenos, Evangelos Papachristou, Marios Papasotiriou
The incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is high as CKD and CHF share underlying risk factors such as arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. Cardiac failure leads to renal hypoperfusion and dysfunction and then fluid overload and need for aggressive diuretic therapy. However, development of diuretic resistance represents a significant problem in the management of these patients. The role of Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) is important for patients who do not response to conservative management of fluid overload facilitating the failing heart to restore function...
November 1, 2016: Prilozi (Makedonska Akademija Na Naukite i Umetnostite. Oddelenie za Medicinski Nauki)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875737/experimental-evidence-for-a-severe-proarrhythmic-potential-of-levosimendan
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Gerrit Frommeyer, Anja Kohnke, Christian Ellermann, Dirk G Dechering, Simon Kochhäuser, Christian Pott, Michael Fehr, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: The calcium sensitizer levosimendan is established for therapy of acutely decompensated congestive heart failure. Clinical experience suggests a possible proarrhythmic potential. The aim of the present study was to assess possible proarrhythmic effects and underlying electrophysiological mechanisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten rabbit hearts were isolated and Langendorff-perfused. Thereafter, levosimendan was infused in 3 concentrations (0.5, 1, and 2μM)...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875721/percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-the-last-chance-for-symptoms-improvement-in-advanced-refractory-chronic-heart-failure
#20
Alessandra Berardini, Elena Biagini, Francesco Saia, Davide Stolfo, Mario Previtali, Francesco Grigioni, Bruno Pinamonti, Gabriele Crimi, Alessandro Salvi, Maurizio Ferrario, Antonio De Luca, Fabrizio Gazzoli, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Claudia Raineri, Gianfranco Sinagra, Claudio Rapezzi
BACKGROUND: The role of percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) in patients with end-stage heart failure (HF) and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) is unclear. METHODS: Seventy-five consecutive patients with FMR grade≥3+ and severe HF symptoms despite optimal medical therapy and resynchronization therapy underwent PMVR with the MitraClip system (Abbott, Abbott Park, IL, USA) at 3 centers. Clinical evaluation, echocardiography and pro-BNP measurement were performed at baseline and at 6-month...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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