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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329228/gender-differences-in-the-effects-of-cardiovascular-drugs
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J Tamargo, G Rosano, W Thomas, J Duarte, A Niessner, J C Kaski, C Cecconi, H Drexel, K Kjeldsen, G Savarese, C Torp-Pedersen, D Atar, B S Lewis, S Agewall
Although sex-specific differences in cardiovascular medicine are well-known, the exact influences of sex on the effect of cardiovascular drugs remain unclear. Women and men differ in body composition and physiology (hormonal influences during the menstrual cycle, menopause and pregnancy) and they present differences in drug pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) and pharmacodynamics, so that is not rare that they may respond differently to cardiovascular drugs. Furthermore, women are also less often treated with evidence-based drugs thereby preventing optimization of therapeutics for women of all ages, experience more relevant adverse drug reactions than men, and remain under-represented in most clinical trials...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318556/natural-killer-cells-in-placentation-and-cancer-implications-for-hypertension-during-pregnancy
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Heather Yvonne Small, Denise C Cornelius, Tomasz J Guzik, Christian Delles
Hypertension during pregnancy is the most common medical condition encountered during gestation. Despite this, knowledge of the mechanisms that underlie the disease and the development of new therapies are limited. Hypertension during pregnancy and some forms of cancer confer an increased risk to the development of cardiovascular disease later in life; one mechanism which may link these conditions is the involvement of natural killer (NK) cells. Whilst immunology and immunotherapy are well-developed areas in oncology; the complex mechanisms of the immune system in health and disease at the maternal-fetal interface are less well-defined...
March 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314442/-adult-congenital-heart-disease-medical-and-psychosocial-issues
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Magalie Ladouceur, Florence Pontnau, Laurence Iserin
The population of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is continuously increasing with now a higher prevalence than that of the pediatric population. This concerns above all complex congenital heart diseases. Heart failure is the primary cause of death followed by arrhythmia, which is very common in ACHD. A specialized follow-up by dedicated centers is significantly associated with an improvement of survival of ACHD patients compared to non-expert follow-up. Extracardiac disorders (liver, kidney, respiratory) are frequent and require an accurate and specific management...
March 14, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302739/changing-landscape-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Berto J Bouma, Barbara J M Mulder
Congenital heart disease is the most frequently occurring congenital disorder affecting ≈0.8% of live births. Thanks to great efforts and technical improvements, including the development of cardiopulmonary bypass in the 1950s, large-scale repair in these patients became possible, with subsequent dramatic reduction in morbidity and mortality. The ongoing search for progress and the growing understanding of the cardiovascular system and its pathophysiology refined all aspects of care for these patients. As a consequence, survival further increased over the past decades, and a new group of patients, those who survived congenital heart disease into adulthood, emerged...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301988/the-influence-of-lipid-and-proinflammatory-status-on-maternal-uterine-blood-flow-in-women-with-late-onset-gestational-diabetes
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Fernando Bugatto, Rocío Quintero-Prado, Francisco M Visiedo, José M Vilar-Sánchez, Alejandro Figueroa-Quiñones, Cristina López-Tinoco, Rafael Torrejón, José L Bartha
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with increased proinflammatory cytokines and is also associated with adverse cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes later in life. We aim to evaluate the relationships between uterine arteries vascularization and endothelial dysfunction markers, proinflammatory cytokines, and glycemic and lipid profile in women with GDM. METHODS: Fifty pregnant women were recruited at the third trimester of pregnancy for a prospective cohort study...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298829/a-cross-sectional-survey-to-study-the-relationship-of-periodontal-disease-with-cardiovascular-disease-respiratory-disease-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Sukhvinder Singh Oberoi, Yashoda Harish, Shivalingaswamy Hiremath, Manjunath Puranik
BACKGROUND: Periodontal deterioration has been reported to be associated with systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes mellitus, respiratory disease, liver cirrhosis, bacterial pneumonia, nutritional deficiencies, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. AIM: The present study assessed the periodontal disease among patients with systemic conditions such as diabetes, CVD, and respiratory disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study population consisted of 220 patients each of CVD, respiratory disease, and diabetes mellitus, making a total of 660 patients in the systemic disease group...
July 2016: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298219/sedentary-behaviours-during-pregnancy-a-systematic-review
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Caterina Fazzi, David H Saunders, Kathryn Linton, Jane E Norman, Rebecca M Reynolds
BACKGROUND: In the general population, at least 50% of time awake is spent in sedentary behaviours. Sedentary behaviours are activities that expend less energy than 1.5 metabolic equivalents, such as sitting. The amount of time spent in sedentary behaviours is a risk factor for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death from all causes. Even individuals meeting physical activity guidelines are at a higher risk of premature death and adverse metabolic outcomes if they sit for extended intervals...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
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/28292876/maternal-exercise-upregulates-mitochondrial-gene-expression-and-increases-enzyme-activity-of-fetal-mouse-hearts
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Eunhee Chung, Hayli E Joiner, Tracer Skelton, Kalli D Looten, Maria Manczak, P Hemachandra Reddy
Maternal exercise during pregnancy has been shown to improve the long-term health of offspring in later life. Mitochondria are important organelles for maintaining adequate heart function, and mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to cardiovascular disease. However, the effects of maternal exercise during pregnancy on mitochondrial biogenesis in hearts are not well understood. Thus, the purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that mitochondrial gene expression in fetal myocardium would be upregulated by maternal exercise...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292692/using-critical-flicker-frequency-in-the-evaluation-of-visual-impairment-in-preeclamptic-women
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Marina Maier, Andreas Brückmann, Ekkehard Schleußner, Dietmar Schlembach
OBJECTIVE: To assess critical flicker frequency (CFF) in normal uneventful pregnancy and preeclampsia. STUDY-DESIGN: Case-control observational study at the University Hospital Jena and Outpatient Institute for Prenatal Diagnosis and Preventive Medicine. 25 non-pregnant women, 75 uncomplicated pregnant women in first, second and third trimester, and 15 women with overt preeclampsia. For comparison with preeclamptic patients we matched 15 normal pregnant women (mNP) for age, parity, body mass index, current smoking and family history of cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290648/deep-venous-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-current-therapy
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Jason Wilbur, Brian Shian
Pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis are the two most important manifestations of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which is the third most common life-threatening cardiovascular disease in the United States. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of VTE treatment. Most patients with deep venous thrombosis or low-risk pulmonary embolism can be treated in the outpatient setting with low-molecular-weight heparin and a vitamin K antagonist (warfarin) or direct-acting oral anticoagulants. Inpatient treatment of VTE begins with parenteral agents, preferably low-molecular-weight heparin...
March 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285098/role-of-leptin-as-a-link-between-metabolism-and-the-immune-system
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Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Teresa Vilariño-García, Patricia Fernández-Riejos, Jenifer Martín-González, Juan José Segura-Egea, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet
Leptin is an adipocyte-derived hormone not only with an important role in the central control of energy metabolism, but also with many pleiotropic effects in different physiological systems. One of these peripheral functions of leptin is a regulatory role in the interplay between energy metabolism and the immune system, being a cornerstone of the new field of immunometabolism. Leptin receptor is expressed throughout the immune system and the regulatory effects of leptin include cells from both the innate and adaptive immune system...
March 4, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282852/developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease-a-lifecourse-approach-to-the-prevention-of-non-communicable-diseases
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REVIEW
Janis Baird, Chandni Jacob, Mary Barker, Caroline H D Fall, Mark Hanson, Nicholas C Harvey, Hazel M Inskip, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Cyrus Cooper
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, affect individuals in all countries worldwide. Given the very high worldwide prevalence of NCDs across a range of human pathology, it is clear that traditional approaches targeting those at most risk in older adulthood will not efficiently ameliorate this growing burden. It will thus be essential to robustly identify determinants of NCDs across the entire lifecourse and, subsequently, appropriate interventions at every stage to reduce an individual's risk of developing these conditions...
March 8, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277873/periodontal-disease-and-women-s-health
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Francesco Martelli, Maria Luisa Brandi, Marialaura Martelli, Piero Nobili, Enzo Medico, Maria Luisa Martelli
BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease (PD) is a multifactorial inflammatory condition in which inappropriate interaction between the host immune response and specific groups of bacterial pathogens leads to destruction of connective and bone tissues supporting the tooth. Dissemination of pathogens, toxins, and immune-complexes from and to periodontal lesions is at the basis of the increasingly recognized association between PD and various systemic diseases (SDs). Considering the growing attention of the medical community to "gender medicine", this review focuses on the association between PD and six systemic conditions heavily impacting women's health, with the aim of providing evidence in support of a joint effort between physicians and dentists to improve clinical management of these conditions...
February 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272653/we-can-diagnose-it-if-we-consider-it-diagnostic-pitfall-for-placenta-placental-mesenchymal-dysplasia
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Havva Serap Toru, Esra Çobankent Aytekin, Cem Yaşar Sanhal, Sezin Yakut, Zafer Çetin, İbrahim İnanç Mendilcioğlu, Hadice Elif Peştereli
Placental mesenchymal dysplasia is an increasingly recognizable abnormality. Early cases have been confused with partial hydatidiform mole. Placental mesenchymal dysplasia is probably under-diagnosed because of being an unfamiliar clinical entity and also mistaken for gestational trophoblastic disease due to the similar sonographic findings of two entities. In this report, we describe the clinical, gross, and histopathological findings of placental mesenchymal dysplasia in two cases. The 33-week-preterm baby of a 26-year-old woman with cardiovascular disease and 342 gram placenta and the 19-week fetus with trisomy 21 of a 40 year-old woman were terminated...
February 4, 2017: Türk Patoloji Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265476/takayasu-s-arteritis-in-pregnancy-a-rare-case-report-from-a-tertiary-care-infirmary-in-india
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Sheeba Marwah, Monika Rajput, Ritin Mohindra, Harsha S Gaikwad, Manjula Sharma, Sonam R Topden
Background. Takayasu's arteritis (TA) is a rare, chronic, inflammatory, progressive, idiopathic arteriopathy, afflicting young women of reproductive age group, causing narrowing, occlusion, and aneurysms of systemic and pulmonary arteries, especially the aorta and its branches. During pregnancy, such patients warrant special attention. An interdisciplinary collaboration of obstetricians, cardiologists, and neurologists is necessary to improve maternal and fetal prognosis. Here a case is reported where a patient with diagnosis of TA, complicated by neurological sequelae, successfully fought the vagaries of the condition twice to deliver uneventfully...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264858/incident-coronary-heart-disease-after-preeclampsia-role-of-reduced-fetal-growth-preterm-delivery-and-parity
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Hilde Kristin Refvik Riise, Gerhard Sulo, Grethe S Tell, Jannicke Igland, Ottar Nygård, Stein Emil Vollset, Ann-Charlotte Iversen, Rigmor Austgulen, Anne Kjersti Daltveit
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a severe pregnancy disorder often complicated by reduced fetal growth or preterm delivery and is associated with long-term maternal morbidity and mortality. We aimed to assess the association between preeclampsia phenotypes and risk of subsequent coronary heart disease and maternal cardiovascular mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: Women aged 16 to 49 years who gave birth during 1980-2002 and registered in the Medical Birth Registry of Norway were followed prospectively (1-29 years) for an incident major coronary event and mortality through linkage with the Cardiovascular Disease in Norway 1994-2009 (CVDNOR) project and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262323/soft-drink-consumption-and-gestational-diabetes-risk-in-the-sun-project
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Mikel Donazar-Ezcurra, Cristina Lopez-Del Burgo, Miguel A Martinez-Gonzalez, Francisco J Basterra-Gortari, Jokin de Irala, Maira Bes-Rastrollo
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) prevalence is increasing worldwide. To the best of our knowledge the specific evaluation of soft drink consumption as a risk factor for developing GDM has only been conducted in the Nurses' Health Study II. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence of GDM according to soft drink consumption in the SUN project. DESIGN: The "Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra" (SUN) project is a prospective and dynamic cohort which included data of 3396 women who notified at least one pregnancy between December 1999 and March 2012...
February 20, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246204/science-signaling-podcast-for-28-february-2017-balancing-autophagy-in-the-stressed-heart
#20
Saumya Das, Annalisa M VanHook
This Podcast features an interview with Saumya Das, senior author of a Research Article that appears in the 28 February 2017 issue of Science Signaling, about a protein that inhibits pathological cardiac hypertrophy in mice. Temporary increases in cardiac workload, such as those caused by exercise or pregnancy, induce physiological cardiac hypertrophy, a beneficial type of heart enlargement that is adaptive. However, a sustained increase in workload due to metabolic stress or uncontrolled high blood pressure induces pathological cardiac hypertrophy, which can contribute to heart failure...
February 28, 2017: Science Signaling
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