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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227821/scan-rescan-reproducibility-of-ventricular-and-atrial-mri-feature-tracking-strain
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Jérôme Lamy, Gilles Soulat, Morgane Evin, Adrian Huber, Alain de Cesare, Alain Giron, Benoit Diebold, Alban Redheuil, Elie Mousseaux, Nadjia Kachenoura
BACKGROUND: A feature tracking (FT) was designed to simultaneously extract myocardial strains in main cardiac chambers from cine MRI images. Its inter-observer and scan-rescan reproducibility was assessed and sample sizes required to detect predefined longitudinal changes in strain values were provided. METHOD: FT was applied on left (LV) and right (RV) ventricles as well as left atrium (LA) of 21 individuals (66 ± 10 years) who underwent 2 MRIs 2 weeks apart...
November 24, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227330/total-bile-acid-levels-are-associated-with-left-atrial-volume-and-cardiac-output-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Andrei M Voiosu, Signe Wiese, Theodor A Voiosu, Jens Hove, Flemming Bendtsen, Søren Møller
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Bile acids (BAs) are potent signaling molecules involved in the regulation of several metabolic and functional aspects of cardiovascular homeostasis. BA pool alteration in cirrhosis may contribute toward the development of hemodynamic and cardiac disturbances. We aimed to investigate the association between total BA levels and echocardiographic and biochemical markers of cardiac dysfunction in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: Cirrhotic patients were enrolled prospectively in this hypothesis-generating study and evaluated for cardiac and hemodynamic dysfunction through clinical, echocardiographic, and biochemical means...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225850/newly-developed-atrial-fibrillation-progresses-to-a-more-severe-intermacs-score-in-a-patient-with-advanced-heart-failure-due-to-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Akihito Saito, Eisuke Amiya, Masaru Hatano, Yumiko Hosoya, Hisataka Maki, Daisuke Nitta, Shun Minatsuki, Masafumi Watanabe, Issei Komuro
We have presented a case of advanced HF, in which newly developed AF hastened the timing of the implantation of mechanical support. Newly developed AF in advanced HF may be intractable by medical therapies and could be a key event that determines the timing of mechanical support.
December 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220422/atrioventricular-node-ablation-and-his-bundle-pacing
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Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, Faiz A Subzposh, Angela Naperkowski
Aims: Atrioventricular node ablation (AVNA) and right ventricular pacing (RVP) are effective therapies for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and rapid ventricular rates. His bundle pacing (HBP) is a physiologic alternative to RVP. The aim of our study is to assess the feasibility and safety of HBP in patients undergoing AVNA and its effect on left ventricular (LV) function. Methods and results: Permanent HBP is the preferred form of ventricular pacing at our institute...
December 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217112/assessment-of-left-atrial-function-by-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-in-cardiomyopathies-a-step-forward
#5
José Ribeiro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 4, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212899/novel-mutation-in-flnc-filamin-c-causes-familial-restrictive-cardiomyopathy
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Nathan R Tucker, Micheal A McLellan, Dongjian Hu, Jiangchuan Ye, Victoria A Parsons, Robert W Mills, Sebastian Clauss, Elena Dolmatova, Marisa A Shea, David J Milan, Nandita S Scott, Mark Lindsay, Steven A Lubitz, Ibrahim J Domian, James R Stone, Honghuang Lin, Patrick T Ellinor
BACKGROUND: Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a rare cardiomyopathy characterized by impaired diastolic ventricular function resulting in a poor clinical prognosis. Rarely, heritable forms of RCM have been reported, and mutations underlying RCM have been identified in genes that govern the contractile function of the cardiomyocytes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 8 family members across 4 generations by history, physical examination, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206857/z-disc-protein-chapb-induces-cardiomyopathy-and-contractile-dysfunction-in-the-postnatal-heart
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Willemijn van Eldik, Brigit den Adel, Jantine Monshouwer-Kloots, Daniela Salvatori, Saskia Maas, Ingeborg van der Made, Esther E Creemers, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey, Nicky Boontje, Jolanda van der Velden, Paul Steendijk, Christine Mummery, Robert Passier, Abdelaziz Beqqali
AIMS: The Z-disc is a crucial structure of the sarcomere and is implicated in mechanosensation/transduction. Dysregulation of Z-disc proteins often result in cardiomyopathy. We have previously shown that the Z-disc protein Cytoskeletal Heart-enriched Actin-associated Protein (CHAP) is essential for cardiac and skeletal muscle development. Furthermore, the CHAP gene has been associated with atrial fibrillation in humans. Here, we studied the misregulated expression of CHAP isoforms in heart disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204737/initial-slovenian-experience-with-mitraclip-therapy-careful-selection-of-patients-is-crucial-for-optimal-outcome
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Jana Ambrožič, Marta Cvijič, Mojca Bervar, Špela Mušič, Matjaž Bunc
BACKGROUND: MitraClip is a percutaneous mitral repair technology increasingly used for high surgical risk patients with primary or secondary mitral regurgitation. We describe initial Slovenian experience with MitraClip and discuss the importance of identifying the suitable candidates for this procedure. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the first 10 patients (mean age 75.6 ± 6.9 years, logistic Euroscore 28.4 ± 10.9%) with severe and moderate to severe mitral regurgitation (8 secondary, 1 primary and 1 mixed etiology) who underwent a MitraClip procedure between January 2015 and February 2017...
December 4, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203164/atrial-fibrillation-and-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-co-existing-conditions-with-additive-risks
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EDITORIAL
Kazuo Miyazawa, Gregory Y H Lip
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196362/a-68-year-old-with-cranial-nerve-neuropathies-and-a-troponin-rise
#10
Luke Bennett, Javed Iqbal
In this case study, we summarise the inpatient investigations and management of a 68-year-old woman with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy secondary to a Varicella zoster encephalitis and the difficulties inherent with making this diagnosis. She presented with evolving cranial nerve neuropathies, which started with a vagal nerve mononeuritis and eventually included left-sided sensorineural hearing loss and a facial nerve palsy. These symptoms were concomitant with a variety of cardiac abnormalities, including fast atrial fibrillation and electrocardiographic changes...
December 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187823/voluntary-exercise-improves-cardiac-function-and-prevents-cardiac-remodeling-in-a-mouse-model-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Robin Deloux, Damien Vitiello, Nathalie Mougenot, Philippe Noirez, Zhenlin Li, Mathias Mericskay, Arnaud Ferry, Onnik Agbulut
Objective: Despite the indubitable beneficial effect of exercise to prevent of cardiovascular diseases, there is still a lack of studies investigating the impact of exercise in non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Here, we investigated the impact of voluntary exercise on cardiac function in a mouse model of non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (αMHC-MerCreMer:Sf/Sf), induced by cardiac-specific inactivation of the Serum Response Factor. Materials and Methods: Seven days after tamoxifen injection, 20 αMHC-MerCreMer:Sf/Sf mice were assigned to sedentary (n = 8) and exercise (n = 12) groups...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181265/off-label-use-of-direct-oral-anticoagulants-for-left-ventricular-thrombus-is-it-appropriate
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George Degheim, Abeer Berry, Marcel Zughaib
A 57 year old gentleman with a history of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation presented with worsening lower extremity edema and dyspnea on exertion. He had been compliant with his medications including rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for atrial fibrillation that he takes with the evening meal daily. His echocardiogram showed an ejection fraction of 10-15% and a new left ventricle (LV) apical thrombus. During his hospital stay, he developed right sided weakness. Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed a subacute infarct involving the left parietal lobe...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175281/predicting-survival-in-heart-failure-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-the-heart-failure-meta-score
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Ana C Alba, Stephen D Walter, Gordon H Guyatt, Wayne C Levy, Jiming Fang, Heather J Ross, Douglas S Lee
BACKGROUND: Prognostic evaluation in heart failure (HF) is important to predict future events and decide timely management. Many HF patients are treated with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). This study aimed to validate a meta-analytically-derived prognostic score to predict survival in ICD-HF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: The HF Meta-Score includes 14 independent mortality predictors identified in a meta-analysis, including age, sex, ethnicity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peripheral vascular disease, atrial fibrillation, ischemic cardiomyopathy, history of heart failure admission, NYHA class, left ventricular ejection fraction, renal function, QRS duration, secondary prevention indication and ICD shocks...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168204/early-and-medium-term-outcomes-of-alfieri-mitral-valve-repair-in-the-management-of-systolic-anterior-motion-during-septal-myectomy
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Richard Collis, Oliver Watkinson, Antonis Pantazis, Maria Tome-Esteban, Perry M Elliott, Christopher G A McGregor
BACKGROUND: This report studies the early and medium-term clinical and echocardiographic outcomes of the Alfieri edge-to-edge mitral valve repair, as adjunctive therapy, to prevent and treat systolic anterior motion (SAM) at the time of septal myectomy (SM) for left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: From 2009-2015, 11 consecutive patients had a trans-atrial Alfieri repair, to prevent (n = 7) or treat (n = 4) SAM at the time of SM...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161309/dronedarone-produces-early-regression-of-myocardial-remodelling-in-structural-heart-disease
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Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, Jose Juan Gomez de Diego, María Jesús Delgado-Martos, David Muñoz-Valverde, María Luisa Soto-Montenegro, Manuel Desco, Emilio Delgado-Baeza
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in hypertension is associated with a greater risk of sustained supraventricular/atrial arrhythmias. Dronedarone is an antiarrhythmic agent that was recently approved for the treatment of atrial fibrillation. However, its effect on early regression of LVH has not been reported. We tested the hypothesis that short-term administration of dronedarone induces early regression of LVH in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). METHODS: Ten-month-old male SHRs were randomly assigned to an intervention group (SHR-D), where animals received dronedarone treatment (100 mg/kg) for a period of 14 days, or to a control group (SHR) where rats were given vehicle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156374/genetic-profiling-and-surface-proteome-analysis-of-human-atrial-stromal-cells-and-rat-ventricular-epicardium-derived-cells-reveals-novel-insights-into-their-cardiogenic-potential
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Sebastian Temme, Daniela Friebe, Timo Schmidt, Gereon Poschmann, Julia Hesse, Bodo Steckel, Kai Stühler, Meik Kunz, Thomas Dandekar, Zhaoping Ding, Payam Akhyari, Artur Lichtenberg, Jürgen Schrader
Epicardium-derived cells (EPDC) and atrial stromal cells (ASC) display cardio-regenerative potential, but the molecular details are still unexplored. Signals which induce activation, migration and differentiation of these cells are largely unknown. Here we have isolated rat ventricular EPDC and rat/human ASC and performed genetic and proteomic profiling. EPDC and ASC expressed epicardial/mesenchymal markers (WT-1, Tbx18, CD73, CD90, CD44, CD105), cardiac markers (Gata4, Tbx5, troponin T) and also contained phosphocreatine...
November 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151494/amiodarone-induced-hyponatremia-masked-by-tolvaptan-in-a-patient-with-an-implantable-left-ventricular-assist-device
#17
Makiko Nakamura, Osahiko Sunagawa, Tadao Kugai, Koichiro Kinugawa
A 43-year-old man was referred to our hospital in June 2014 because of severe heart failure. He was diagnosed with familial dilated cardiomyopathy and was administered oral tolvaptan and amiodarone for atrial and ventricular tachycardia. Since up-titration of carvedilol had failed and he was dependent on dobutamine, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) was implanted. Tolvaptan and furosemide were both discontinued after LVAD implantation and he was discharged from the hospital. Thirteen months later, he was hospitalized for lethargy and hyponatremia of 108 mEq/L, with an antidiuretic hormone level of 2...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150126/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Juan José Santos Mateo, María Sabater Molina, Juan Ramón Gimeno Blanes
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common inherited cardiovascular disease. It is characterized by increased ventricular wall thickness and is highly complex due to its heterogeneous clinical presentation, several phenotypes, large number of associated causal mutations and broad spectrum of complications. It is caused by mutations in sarcomeric proteins, which are identified in up to 60% of cases of the disease. Clinical manifestations of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy include shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and syncope, which are related to the onset of diastolic dysfunction, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, ischemia, atrial fibrillation and abnormal vascular responses...
November 14, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148156/long-term-outcomes-for-different-surgical-strategies-to-treat-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#19
Richard Collis, Oliver Watkinson, Constantinos O'Mahony, Oliver P Guttmann, Antonis Pantazis, Maria Tome-Esteban, Victor Tsang, Venkatachalam Chandrasekaran, Christopher G A McGregor, Perry M Elliott
AIMS: Surgical intervention is used to treat dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This study assesses the effect of different surgical strategies on long-term mortality and morbidity. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 347 patients underwent surgical intervention for LVOTO (1988-2015). Group A (n = 272) underwent septal myectomy; Group B (n = 33), septal myectomy and mitral valve (MV) repair; Group C (n = 22), myectomy and MV replacement; and Group D (n = 20), MV replacement alone...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145282/autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-combined-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
#20
Yingjing Shen, Chenggang Xu
INTRODUCTION: This report describes the novel sampling of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) combined with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). SYMPTOMS AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: A 48-year-old Chinese man presented with anasarca, hypourocrinia, gross hematuria, and weight gain by 10 kg subsequently developed acute kidney injury after struck by acute respiratory distress syndrome, really a threat to his heart. DIAGNOSES: Abdominal ultrasound revealed multiple small cysts in both kidneys, with the right kidney measuring 11...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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