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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811392/role-of-sympathetic-cotransmitter-galanin-on-autonomic-balance-in-heart-failure-an-active-player-or-a-bystander
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Demet Özkaramanlı Gür, Miray Sağbaş, Aydın Akyüz, Savaş Güzel, Şeref Alpsoy, Niyazi Güler
OBJECTIVE: Galanin, a cotransmitter similar to neuropeptide Y (NPY), aggravates autonomic imbalance in systolic heart failure (HF) by attenuating vagal tonus after burst sympathetic activity. In animal HF models, galanin antagonists have improved cardiac function. To determine whether galanin is a promising therapeutic target in HF, we studied its concentrations in HF patients and evaluated its correlation with NPY, markers of humoral activity such as pro-BNP and copeptin, and echocardiographic parameters of HF severity...
August 11, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806783/the-utilization-of-critical-care-ultrasound-to-assess-hemodynamics-and-lung-pathology-on-icu-admission-and-the-potential-for-predicting-outcome
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Wanhong Yin, Yi Li, Xueying Zeng, Yao Qin, Dong Wang, Tongjuan Zou, Ling Su, Yan Kang
AIM: Critical care ultrasound (CCUS) has been used by many Intensive Care Units(ICUs) worldwide, so as to guiding the diagnosis and the treatment. However, none of the publications currently systematically describe the utilization of CCUS to analyze the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology upon the new admission to ICU and its potential role in patients' prognosis prediction. In this retrospective clinical study, we have demonstrated and analyzed the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology assessed by CCUS and investigated its potential to predict patient outcome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759088/the-effects-of-treatment-in-patients-with-childhood-asthma-on-the-elastic-properties-of-the-aorta
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Osman Bektaş, Zeki Yüksel Günaydin, Ahmet Karagöz, Recep Akgedik, Adil Bayramoğlu, Ahmet Kaya
INTRODUCTION: The study aimed to investigate the effects of treatment in patients with childhood asthma on the elastic properties of the aorta and cardiovascular risk. METHODS: The study was performed in 66 paediatric patients diagnosed with bronchial asthma (BA). All patients were administered the β2 agonist, salbutamol, for seven days, followed by one month of montelukast and six months of inhaled steroid treatment. All patients underwent conventional transthoracic echocardiographic imaging before and after treatment...
May 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711335/echocardiographic-reference-ranges-in-older-children-and-adolescents-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Edith D Majonga, Andrea M Rehman, Grace McHugh, Hilda A Mujuru, Kusum Nathoo, Mohammad S Patel, Shungu Munyati, Jon O Odland, Katharina Kranzer, Juan P Kaski, Rashida A Ferrand
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic reference ranges are important to identify abnormalities of cardiac dimensions. Reference ranges for children in sub-Saharan Africa have not been established. The aim of this study was to establish echocardiographic z-score references for Black children in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: 282 healthy subjects aged 6-16years (143 [51%] males) with no known history of cardiac disease were enrolled in the study in Harare, Zimbabwe between 2014 and 2016...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703274/pterostilbene-reduces-oxidative-stress-prevents-hypertrophy-and-preserves-systolic-function-of-right-ventricle-in-cor-pulmonale-model
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Denise Dos Santos Lacerda, Patrick Türck, Bruna Gazzi de Lima-Seolin, Rafael Colombo, Vanessa Duarte Ortiz, Jéssica Hellen Poletto Bonetto, Cristina Campos-Carraro, Sara Elis Bianchi, Adriane Belló-Klein, Valquiria LinckBassani, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In cor pulmonale, the increased afterload imposed on the right ventricle (RV) generates a maladaptive response, impairing the contractile cardiac function. Oxidative mechanisms play an important role in the pathophysiology and progression of this disease. The administration of pterostilbene (PTS), a phyto-phenol with antioxidant potential, may represent a therapeutic alternative. In the present study, the objective was to evaluate the effect of PTS complexed with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) on hypertrophy, contractile function and oxidative parameters in the RV of rats with pulmonary hypertension induced by monocrotaline administration...
July 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685870/novel-echocardiographic-prognostic-markers-for-cardiac-tamponade-in-patients-with-large-malignant-pericardial-effusions-a-paradigm-shift-from-flow-to-tissue-imaging
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George Chalikias, Antonios Samaras, Antonios Ziakas, Petros Kikas, Adina Thomaidis, Ioannis Drosos, George Giannakoulas, Haralambos Karvounis, Stavros Konstantinides, Dimitrios Tziakas
BACKGROUND: With this study, we sought to investigate the prognostic value of echocardiographic tissue imaging markers in predicting tamponade among patients with large malignant pericardial effusion compared to routinely used echocardiographic signs. METHODS: A total of 96 consecutive patients with large malignant pericardial effusion, not in clinical cardiac tamponade, underwent an echocardiographic examination and were prospectively assessed for 1 month. Clinically evident cardiac tamponade was considered as the study endpoint...
July 7, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683514/endocardial-fibroelastosis-of-the-left-ventricle-affects-right-ventricular-performance-in-fetuses-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-prospective-study-using-m-mode-pw-and-tissue-doppler-techniques
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Oliver Graupner, Christian Enzensberger, Larissa Wieg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Markus Khalil, Dietmar Schranz, Can Yerebakan, Astrid Doelle, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Purpose Myocardial function (MF) of the systemic right ventricle (RV) influences the postnatal course of neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Our study examines whether the presence of endocardial fibroelastosis of the left ventricle (LV EFE) influences MF of the RV in HLHS fetuses. Materials and Methods A prospective study was conducted including 10 controls (group 1), 10 HLHS fetuses with (group 2) and 10 without LV EFE (group 3) - all matched for gestational age. M-mode was used to assess tricuspid plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) and the shortening fraction (SF)...
July 6, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668979/comparison-of-systemic-right-ventricular-function-in-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-after-atrial-switch-and-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Michael Morcos, Philip J Kilner, David J Sahn, Harold I Litt, Emanuela R Valsangiacomo-Buechel, Florence H Sheehan
In patients with transposition of the great arteries corrected by interatrial baffle (TGA) and those with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) the right ventricle (RV) is subjected to systemic pressure and fails prematurely. Previous studies have demonstrated RV dysfunction may be more pronounced in patients with TGA. The present study sought to compare patients with TGA and ccTGA using three-dimensional (3D) techniques to comprehensively analyze the shape, volume, global and regional function in the systemic RV...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648837/integrative-characterization-of-chronic-cigarette-smoke-induced-cardiopulmonary-comorbidities-in-a-mouse-model
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Ágnes Kemény, Kata Csekő, István Szitter, Zoltán V Varga, Péter Bencsik, Krisztina Kiss, Róbert Halmosi, László Deres, Krisztián Erős, Anikó Perkecz, László Kereskai, Terézia László, Tamás Kiss, Péter Ferdinandy, Zsuzsanna Helyes
Cigarette smoke-triggered inflammatory cascades and consequent tissue damage are the main causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). There is no effective therapy and the key mediators of COPD are not identified due to the lack of translational animal models with complex characterization. This integrative chronic study investigated cardiopulmonary pathophysiological alterations and mechanisms with functional, morphological and biochemical techniques in a 6-month-long cigarette smoke exposure mouse model...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639945/pulmonary-arterial-hemodynamic-assessment-by-a-novel-index-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-pulmonary-pulse-transit-time
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Tolga Han Efe, Mehmet Doğan, Cem Özişler, Tolga Çimen, Mehmet Ali Felekoğlu, Ahmet Göktuğ Ertem, Engin Algül, Sadık Açıkel
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune connective tissue disease. One of the leading causes of mortality among SLE patients is pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between echocardiographic findings, including the pulmonary pulse transit time and pulmonary hypertension parameters, in SLE patients. METHODS: Thirty SLE patients (aged 39.9±11 years, 28 females) as the study group and 34 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers (aged 37...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631361/optimal-right-heart-filling-pressure-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-determined-by-strain-echocardiography
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Romel Garcia-Montilla, Faryal Imam, Mi Miao, Kathryn Stinson, Akram Khan, Stephen Heitner
INTRODUCTION: Right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction is common in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). While preload optimization is crucial in its management, dynamic fluid responsiveness indices lack reliability, and there is no consensus on target central venous pressure (CVP). We analyzed the utility of RV free wall longitudinal strain (RVFWS) in the estimation of optimal RV filling pressure in ARDS. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional analysis of clinical data and echocardiograms of patients with ARDS was performed...
June 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616541/accuracy-of-quantitative-echocardiographic-measures-of-right-ventricular-function-as-compared-to-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Christian R Hamilton-Craig, Kathy Stedman, Ryan Maxwell, Bonita Anderson, Tony Stanton, Jonathan Chan, Akira Yamada, Gregory M Scalia, Darryl J Burstow
BACKGROUND: Many echocardiographic parameters have been proposed to evaluate right ventricular (RV) systolic function. We comprehensively assessed a wide range of quantitative echocardiographic parameters in a single cohort compared with same-day cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). METHODS AND RESULTS: 92 subjects were examined prospectively: Group 1 consisted of 46 healthy controls (21 males, 33.4 ± 11.4 years), Group 2 consisted of 46 patients (20 males, 38...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606655/mortality-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease-serial-changes-improve-prognostication
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M T U Schuijt, I M Blok, A H Zwinderman, A C M J van Riel, M J Schuuring, R J de Winter, A L Duijnhouwer, A P J van Dijk, B J M Mulder, B J Bouma
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension due to congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) suffer from high mortality. This underlines the importance of adequate risk stratification to guide treatment decisions. Several baseline parameters are associated with mortality, however, their prognostic value may weaken after years of follow-up. Therefore we investigated the prognostic value of serial changes in standard clinical parameters in PAH-CHD. METHODS: In this prospective observational cohort study we included consecutive PAH-CHD adults, between 2005 and 2016...
September 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603837/the-added-value-of-f-tapse-in-the-surveillance-of-pregnancies-complicated-by-fetal-and-placental-tumors
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Sharon Perlman, Baruch Messing, Yishay Salem, Shiran Porat, Reuven Achiron, Yinon Gilboa
INTRODUCTION: Fetal and placental tumors are associated with high prevalence of obstetrical complications and poor fetal outcome. The aim of our study was to assess the added value of serial fetal Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion (f-TAPSE) measurements for monitoring cardiac function in cases of fetal and placental tumors. METHODS: Serial measurements of f-TAPSE were performed prospectively in fetuses referred for fetal and placental tumors. The patients were followed longitudinally every 2 weeks...
June 11, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597761/metabolic-and-functional-evaluation-of-the-heart-and-lungs-in-pulmonary-hypertension-by-gated-2-18f-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose-positron-emission-tomography
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Didem Saygin, Kristin B Highland, Samar Farha, Margaret Park, Jacqueline Sharp, Emir Charles Roach, W H Wilson Tang, James D Thomas, Serpil C Erzurum, Donald R Neumann, Frank P DiFilippo
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with a metabolic shift towards glycolysis in both the right ventricle and lung. This results in increased glucose uptake to compensate for the lower energy yield of glycolysis, which creates a potential for 2-[18F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) to be a useful tool in the evaluation of participants with PH. We investigated the utility of PET for PH by comparing FDG-PET uptake in the right ventricle and lungs in 30 participants with PH and eight healthy controls and correlating these measurements with echocardiographic (ECHO) measurements and other traditional assessments commonly used in PH...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597759/follow-up-tricuspid-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-predicts-survival-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Jeremy A Mazurek, Anjali Vaidya, Stephen C Mathai, Justin D Roberts, Paul R Forfia
Few studies have examined the utility of serial echocardiography in the evaluation, management, and prognosis of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Therefore, we sought to evaluate the prognostic significance of follow-up tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) in PAH. We prospectively studied 70 consecutive patients with PAH who underwent baseline right heart catheterization (RHC) and transthoracic echocardiogram, who survived to follow-up echocardiogram after initiation of PAH therapy...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597497/right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-left-sided-heart-failure-with-preserved-versus-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Lena Bosch, Carolyn S P Lam, Lingli Gong, Siew Pang Chan, David Sim, Daniel Yeo, Fazlur Jaufeerally, Kui Toh Gerard Leong, Hean Yee Ong, Tze Pin Ng, Arthur Mark Richards, Fatih Arslan, Lieng H Ling
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is recognized as a major prognostic factor in left-sided heart failure (HF). However, the relative contribution of RV dysfunction in HF with preserved (HFpEF) vs. reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Right ventricular longitudinal strain (RVLS), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) and pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) were determined by echocardiography in 657 age- and gender-matched groups of patients with HFpEF [left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥50%; n=219] and HFrEF (LVEF <50%; n=219) and in controls without HF (n=219) from an Asian population-based cohort study...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592041/-the-effects-of-different-tidal-volume-ventilation-on-right-ventricular-function-in-critical-respiratory-failure-patients
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L X Liu, J Q Wu, Q Y Wu, Q Zhang, B Yu, S M Ge, Y Huo, X T Wang, Y G Chao, Z J Hu
Objective: To observe and explore the effects of different tidal volume (VT) ventilation on right ventricular (RV) function in patients with critical respiratory failure. Methods: Consecutive respiratory failure patients who were treated with invasive ventilator over 24 h in the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University from June to December in 2015 were enrolled in this study.Clinical data including patients' vital signs, ventilator parameters and RV echocardiography were collected within 6 h (D0), day1(D1), day2 (D2) and day3 (D3) after ventilation started...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589141/postoperative-echocardiographic-reduction-of-right-ventricular-function-is-pericardial-opening-modality-the-main-culprit
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Marco Zanobini, Matteo Saccocci, Gloria Tamborini, Fabrizio Veglia, Alessandro Di Minno, Paolo Poggio, Mauro Pepi, Francesco Alamanni, Claudia Loardi
Echocardiographic reduction of RV function, measured using TAPSE, is a well described phenomenon after cardiac surgery. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between the modality of pericardial opening (lateral versus anterior) and the postoperative right ventricular systolic function by comparing echocardiographic parameters in patients undergoing minimally invasive or traditional mitral valve repair. 34 patients with severe mitral regurgitation due to mitral valve prolapse underwent traditional (sternotomy) operation (Group A) or minimally invasive surgery with right anterolateral thoracotomy (Group B)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579307/tricuspid-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-in-dogs-with-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-with-and-without-pulmonary-hypertension
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H Poser, M Berlanda, M Monacolli, B Contiero, A Coltro, C Guglielmini
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) with or without pulmonary hypertension (PH) and to study the correlations with clinical and echocardiographic parameters. ANIMALS: The study population included 99 dogs with MMVD and tricuspid regurgitation. METHODS: This is a prospective clinical study. All dogs received a transthoracic echocardiographic evaluation, including 2D, M-mode, echo-Doppler, and tissue Doppler measurements...
June 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
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