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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640140/aldosterone-and-renin-in-cardiac-patients-referred-for-catheterization
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Paul Erne, Andrea Müller, Gian Paolo Rossi, Burkhardt Seifert, Fabrice Stehlin, Maurice Redondo, Peter T Bauer, Richard Kobza, Therese J Resink, Dragana Radovanovic
Little is known regarding alterations of the renin-angiotensin system in patients referred for cardiac catheterization. Here, we measured plasma levels of active renin and aldosterone in patients referred for cardiac catheterization in order to determine the prevalence of elevated renin, aldosterone, and the aldosterone-renin ratio.A chemiluminescence assay was used to measure plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) and active renin levels in 833 consecutive patients, after an overnight fasting and without any medication for least 12 hours...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638575/danon-disease-for-the-cardiologist-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Ryan S D'souza, Luisa Mestroni, Matthew R G Taylor
Danon disease is a rare, X-linked dominant genetic disorder that is caused by defects in the lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP2) gene. It manifests predominantly in young males with a classic triad of cardiomyopathy, skeletal myopathy, and intellectual disability. Death from cardiac disease is the ultimate cause of demise in many patients if left untreated. Given the rarity of the condition, the natural history is poorly understood. Here, we present a case report on a 14-year-old Hispanic boy with Danon disease, highlighting major clinical events and diagnostic study findings over a six-year period from age of symptom onset to age of death...
March 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635186/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-box-isolation-of-fibrotic-areas-lessons-on-fibrosis-distribution-and-extent-clinical-characteristics-and-their-impact-on-long-term-outcome
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Doreen Schreiber, Andreas Rieger, Fabian Moser, Hans Kottkamp
INTRODUCTION: The BIFA concept (box isolation of fibrotic areas) supplementing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was implemented in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy (FACM) to improve catheter ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: 92 patients with FACM underwent PVI+BIFA. We investigated patient characteristics (58 persistent/34 paroxysmal,68±8y,LA 44±7mm,CHA2 DS2 -VASc 2.6±1.3,FACM I:15.2%,II:53.3%,III:26.1%,IV:5.4%), periprocedural data concerning fibrosis extent/distribution and their impact on outcome...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630373/incidence-and-time-course-for-developing-heart-failure-with-high-burden-right-ventricular-pacing
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Faisal M Merchant, Michael H Hoskins, Dan L Musat, Julie B Prillinger, Gregory J Roberts, Yelena Nabutovsky, Suneet Mittal
BACKGROUND: Although right ventricular pacing can contribute to cardiomyopathy, the impact of complete atrioventricular block (cAVB) on heart failure (HF) development in pacemaker patients has not been well characterized. We evaluated the incidence and time course for developing HF after pacemaker implantation for cAVB. METHODS AND RESULTS: A MarketScan database identified patients undergoing dual-chamber pacemaker implantation from 2008 to 2014. Patients with cAVB were identified by an atrioventricular node ablation or diagnosis of third-degree AVB...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612913/the-usefulness-of-soluble-st2-and-galectin-3-as-novel-biomarkers-for-better-risk-stratification-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Monika Gawor, Mateusz Śpiewak, Jadwiga Janas, Katarzyna Kożuch, Aleksandra Wróbel, Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Rafał Baranowski, Magdalena Marczak, Jacek Grzybowski
BACKGROUND: Estimation of sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk is an integral part of clinical management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Identification of novel biomarkers of this disease can provide additional criteria for SCD risk stratification. Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity (sST2) and galectin-3 (Gal-3) are useful biomarkers for prognosis of heart failure (HF). Both of them appear to mediate cardiac fibrosis - an important pathogenetic process in HCM. Data about sST2 and Gal-3 usefulness in patients with HCM are limited...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612341/cardiomyocyte-marker-expression-in-dogs-with-left-atrial-enlargement-due-to-dilated-cardiomyopathy-or-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease
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Izabela Janus, Malgorzata Kandefer-Gola, Rafal Ciaputa, Agnieszka Noszczyk-Nowak, Urszula Paslawska, Massimiliano Tursi, Marcin Nowak
INTRODUCTION: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) are common heart conditions in dogs. They have different etiology and pathogenesis and although other studies focused on changes in the left ventricles of the affected hearts, the aim of our study was to assess the expressions of some intrinsic proteins in the enlarged left atria. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed an immunohistochemical analysis of left atrial specimens obtained from 15 dogs with DCM, 35 dogs with MMVD and six control dogs...
June 14, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611128/decreased-kcne2-expression-participates-in-the-development-of-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-regulation-of-calcineurin-nfat-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathways
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Wenjuan Liu, Jianxin Deng, Wenwen Ding, Gang Wang, Yuanyuan Shen, Junmeng Zheng, Xiaoming Zhang, Yizhi Luo, Chifei Lv, Yonghui Wang, Liqing Chen, Dewen Yan, Ryan L Boudreau, Long-Sheng Song, Jie Liu
BACKGROUND: KCNE2 is a promiscuous auxiliary subunit of voltage-gated cation channels. A recent work demonstrated that KCNE2 regulates L-type Ca(2+) channels. Given the important roles of altered Ca(2+) signaling in structural and functional remodeling in diseased hearts, this study investigated whether KCNE2 participates in the development of pathological hypertrophy. METHODS AND RESULTS: We found that cardiac KCNE2 expression was significantly decreased in phenylephrine-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes and in transverse aortic constriction-induced cardiac hypertrophy in mice, as well as in dilated cardiomyopathy in human...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603826/differences-between-idiopathic-and-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Sana Fennira, Ihsen Zairi, Zouhaier Jnifene, Mariem Lakhal, Sofiene Kammoun, Sondos Kraiem
BACKGROUND: Ischemic cardiomyopathy can be reversible after revascularization hence the interest of making systematic coronary angiography that remain an invasive procedure. AIM: To detect epidemiological, clinical and paraclinical differences between idiopathic and ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy to identify predictors of coronary artery disease and to evaluate the interest of making systematic coronary angiography within the etiological check-up of dilated cardiomyopathy...
August 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602671/atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Kaivan Vaidya, Christopher Semsarian, Kim H Chan
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited cardiac disorder with a spectrum of clinical manifestations. Patients with HCM are predisposed to developing atrial fibrillation (AF) due primarily to advanced diastolic dysfunction and left atrial (LA) dilatation and remodelling. Atrial fibrillation causes a progressive symptomatic and functional decline, as well as increased thromboembolic risk and mortality, particularly in the setting of rapid ventricular rates and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction...
May 23, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597735/early-changes-of-left-atrial-function-in-chronic-asymptomatic-alcoholics-by-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Rui Xu, Runlan Luo, Bijun Tan, Tian Gan, Guangsen Li
Background Chronic excessive alcohol intake has been reported as a possible cause of dilated cardiomyopathy. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) is a novel method for the angle-independent and objective quantification of myocardial deformation. This study sought to assess left atrial function changes among alcoholics related to the duration of heavy drinking by 2D-STE. Methods We classified 92 asymptomatic alcoholics into mild, moderate and severe groups. Thirty age-matched controls were also recruited...
February 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597249/differential-regulation-of-protein-phosphatase-1-pp1-isoforms-in-human-heart-failure-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Stefanie Meyer-Roxlau, Simon Lämmle, Annett Opitz, Stephan Künzel, Julius P Joos, Stefan Neef, Karolina Sekeres, Samuel T Sosalla, Friedrich Schöndube, Konstantin Alexiou, Lars S Maier, Dobromir Dobrev, Kaomei Guan, Silvio Weber, Ali El-Armouche
Protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) is a key regulator of important cardiac signaling pathways. Dysregulation of PP1 has been heavily implicated in cardiac dysfunctions. Accordingly, pharmacological targeting of PP1 activity is considered for therapeutic intervention in human cardiomyopathies. Recent evidence from animal models implicated previously unrecognized, isoform-specific activities of PP1 in the healthy and diseased heart. Therefore, this study examined the expression of the distinct PP1 isoforms PP1α, β, and γ in human heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) and addressed the consequences of β-adrenoceptor blocker (beta-blocker) therapy for HF patients with reduced ejection fraction on PP1 isoform expression...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595844/subclinical-myocardial-impairment-in-metabolic%C3%A2-diseases
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REVIEW
Wojciech Kosmala, Prash Sanders, Thomas H Marwick
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity are important contributors to nonischemic heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation. There is a 2- to 5-fold increase in HF associated with T2DM, and there is a 5% in HF risk in men and 7% increment in women for every unit increment in body mass index, after adjustment for traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Likewise, the risk of atrial fibrillation increases by about 6% per unit increase in body mass index. Metabolic cardiomyopathy leads to a number of changes in cardiac structure and function that can be recognized by imaging in the asymptomatic phase, and these parameters can be used for monitoring the progression of disease or the response to therapy...
June 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595345/supraventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy-associate-with-long-term-outcome-after-catheter-ablation-of-ventricular-tachycardias
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Andreas Müssigbrodt, Helge Knopp, Elena Efimova, Alexander Weber, Livio Bertagnolli, Sebastian Hilbert, Jedrzej Kosiuk, Borislav Dinov, Kerstin Bode, Simon Kircher, Nikolaos Dagres, Sergio Richter, Philipp Sommer, Daniela Husser, Andreas Bollmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Arash Arya
Aims: This study aimed to assess the impact of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) on long-term results of radiofrequency catheter ablation therapy of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in a large cohort of patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). Methods and results: Supraventricular tachycardia occurrence has been studied in patients from our ARVD/C registry (70 patients, 48 male, age 53.2 ± 14.0, 45 patients (64.3%) with previous VT ablation)...
June 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587741/plasma-level-of-big-endothelin-1-predicts-the-prognosis-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Yilu Wang, Yida Tang, Yubao Zou, Dong Wang, Ling Zhu, Tao Tian, Jizheng Wang, Jingru Bao, Rutai Hui, Lianming Kang, Lei Song, Ji Wang
BACKGROUND: Cardiac remodeling is one of major pathological process in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Endothelin-1 has been linked to cardiac remodeling. Big endothelin-1 is the precursor of endothelin-1. METHODS: A total of 245 patients with HCM were enrolled from 1999 to 2011 and partitioned to low, middle and high level groups according to their plasma big endothelin-1 levels. RESULTS: At baseline, significant associations were found between high level of big endothelin-1 and left atrium size, heart function and atrial fibrillation...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561210/cardiac-etiologies-of-hydrops-fetalis
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Shi-Min Yuan
Cardiac etiologies of hydrops fetalis have been a topic of concern due to challenging perinatal management. The common cardiac etiologies leading to hydrops fetalis include structural cardiac anomalies, cardiac dysrhythmias, cardiac tumors, cardiomyopathy and myocarditis. The mechanisms of cardiogenic hydrops fetalis may be: 1) elevation of atrial pressure and volume overload, 2) decrease of cardiac output, and 3) development of congestive heart failure. The diagnosis of hydrops fetalis was usually made at 19-36 gestational weeks, when ultrasound is a highly effective diagnostic method...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560795/management-of-an-asymptomatic-patient-with-the-apical-variant-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#16
Meghan K Borden Trojan, Robert W Biederman
Healthcare professionals are faced with challenging decisions regarding patient evaluation and management on a daily basis. Once a diagnosis is made, additional challenges include how to proceed with the management. Here, we present an eighty-two-year-old female who was incidentally diagnosed with the apical variant of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy on a transthoracic echocardiogram. She was found to have newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation, but was otherwise asymptomatic from a cardiomyopathy standpoint. No specific guidelines exist for this patient population...
May 30, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555387/ameliorating-the-severity-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-concomitant-with-heart-failure-status-after-percutaneous-transluminal-septal-myocardial-ablation-for-drug-refractory-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#17
Keitaro Akita, Yuichiro Maekawa, Takashi Kohno, Hikaru Tsuruta, Mitsushige Murata, Keiichi Fukuda
The coexistence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) has widely been recognized; however, the impact of percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation (PTSMA) for HOCM on SDB remains unknown. Herein, we examine cardiorespiratory polygraph parameters in patients with drug-refractory HOCM before and after PTSMA. Forty consecutive drug-refractory HOCM patients, admitted to Keio University Hospital, and who underwent cardiorespiratory polygraphy were retrospectively analyzed...
May 29, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550929/arrhythmia-and-clinical-cardiac-findings-in-children-with-anderson-fabry-disease
#18
Hunter C Wilson, Robert J Hopkin, Peace C Madueme, Richard J Czosek, Laurie A Bailey, Michael D Taylor, John L Jefferies
Anderson-Fabry Disease (AFD) is a lysosomal storage disorder that results in progressive cardiovascular hypertrophy, scarring, and arrhythmia burden; yet, the early cardiac phenotype of AFD is still poorly defined. To further characterize early cardiac features in AFD, we evaluated electrocardiographic and clinical findings contained in a local cohort of pediatric AFD patients and arrhythmia data in children enrolled in the Fabry Registry. Twenty-six local patients aged <18 years were identified (average age 9...
July 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538250/cardiac-abnormalities-in-type-1-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy
#19
Fabien Labombarda, Maxime Maurice, Jean-Philippe Simon, Damien Legallois, Lucie Guyant-Maréchal, Anne-Laure Bedat-Millet, Philippe Merle, Eric Saloux, Françoise Chapon, Paul Milliez
OBJECTIVES: We conducted a retrospective study to characterize the cardiac complications in patients with genetically confirmed type 1 facioscapulohumeral dystrophy. METHODS: We reviewed baseline cardiac investigations, including electrocardiogram, Holter electrocardiogram and echocardiogram, as well as cardiac complications that occurred during follow-up in 56 adult patients (37 men, mean duration of disease: 20 years). RESULTS: Baseline evaluation revealed minor cardiac anomalies in 23 patients including incomplete right bundle branch block (iRBBB) in 13 patients (23%)...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537000/advances-in-clinical-cardiology-2016-a-summary-of-the-key-clinical-trials
#20
REVIEW
Alastair Gray, Conor McQuillan, Ian B A Menown
INTRODUCTION: The findings of many new cardiology clinical trials over the last year have been published or presented at major international meetings. This paper aims to describe and place in context a summary of the key clinical trials in cardiology presented between January and December 2016. METHODS: The authors reviewed clinical trials presented at major cardiology conferences during 2016 including the American College of Cardiology (ACC), European Association for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EuroPCR), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), and the American Heart Association (AHA)...
May 23, 2017: Advances in Therapy
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