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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410530/metformin-attenuated-endotoxin-induced-acute-myocarditis-via-activating-ampk
#1
Gang Liu, Kejia Wu, Li Zhang, Jie Dai, Wei Huang, Ling Lin, Pu Ge, Fuling Luo, Han Lei
Metformin is a widely used anti-diabetic drug and increasing evidence suggests that metformin have profound cardioprotective effects under both diabetic and non-diabetic situations. The protective benefits of metformin have been proved in diabetic patients with cardiovascular complications and in experimental animals with myocardial infarction and cardiac hypertrophy. In the present study, we found that treatment with metformin inhibited the cardiac expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) in endotoxin-challenged mice...
April 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406417/a-rare-complication-of-viper-envenomation-cardiac-failure-a-case-report
#2
K Chara, N Baccouche, O Turki, K Regaig, A Chaari, M Bahloul, M Bouaziz
Viper envenomation is common in North Africa. Cardiac complications are not common features of snakebites, the clinical picture of which is usually dominated by toxin-associated neurological, hematological, and vascular damage. There are rare reports of acute myocardial infarction and/or ischemia caused by snakebites, while myocarditis after envenomation has not yet been reported, to our knowledge. We report the case of a 43-year-old woman admitted to our intensive care unit after viper envenomation complicated by acute heart failure with acute pulmonary edema, in a state of cardiogenic shock, accompanied by multi-organ failure, intravascular disseminated coagulation, and neurological damage...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400924/risk-of-ventricular-arrhythmia-in-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-and-non-obstructive-coronary-arteries-and-normal-ejection-fraction
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Loïc Bière, Marjorie Niro, Hervé Pouliquen, Jean-Baptiste Gourraud, Fabrice Prunier, Alain Furber, Vincent Probst
AIM: To assess the arrhythmic determinants and prognosis of patients presenting with myocardial infarction and non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA) with normal ejection fraction (EF). METHODS: This is an observational analysis of 131 MINOCA patients with normal EF. Three cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) diagnosis classes were recognized according to the late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) pattern: Myocardial infarction (MI) (n = 34), myocarditis (n = 47), and "no LGE" (n = 50)...
March 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364177/magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-characterizing-myocardial-diseases
#4
REVIEW
Maythem Saeed, Hui Liu, Chang-Hong Liang, Mark W Wilson
The National Institute of Health defined cardiomyopathy as diseases of the heart muscle. These myocardial diseases have different etiology, structure and treatment. This review highlights the key imaging features of different myocardial diseases. It provides information on myocardial structure/orientation, perfusion, function and viability in diseases related to cardiomyopathy. The standard cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences can reveal insight on left ventricular (LV) mass, volumes and regional contractile function in all types of cardiomyopathy diseases...
March 31, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357026/novel-noninvasive-nuclear-medicine-imaging-techniques-for-cardiac-inflammation
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REVIEW
Malte Kircher, Constantin Lapa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammation is a key player in a wide range of cardiovascular and myocardial diseases. Given the numerous implications of inflammatory processes in disease initiation and progression, functional imaging modalities including positron emission tomography (PET) represent valuable diagnostic, prognostic, and monitoring tools in patient management. Since increased glucose metabolism is a hallmark of inflammation, PET using the radiolabeled glucose analog [(18)F]-2-deoxy-2-fluoro-d-glucose (FDG) is the mainstay diagnostic test for nuclear imaging of (cardiac) inflammation...
2017: Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306693/cocaine-and-coronary-artery-diseases-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#6
Giovanni P Talarico, Maria L Crosta, Maria B Giannico, Francesco Summaria, Leonardo Calò, Roberto Patrizi
Cocaine is associated with important cardiac complications such as sudden death, acute myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, life-threatening arrhythmias, and myocardial ischemia as well as infarction. It is well known that cocaine may induce vasospasm through adrenergic stimulation of the coronary arteries. Moreover, cocaine may promote intracoronary thrombosis, triggered by alterations in the plasma constituents, and platelet aggregation, leading to subsequent myocardial infarction. The long-term use of cocaine may stimulate atherosclerosis, probably through endothelial cell dysfunction...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275618/extracorporeal-life-support-for-refractory-ventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Sujatha P Bhandary, Nicholas Joseph, James P Hofmann, Theodosios Saranteas, Thomas J Papadimos
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is a very effective bridging therapy in patients with refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) associated with cardiogenic shock. A moribund patient in extremis, is not amenable to optimization by standard ACC/AHA guidelines. New approaches and novel salvage techniques are necessary to improve outcomes in patients with refractory clinical settings such as malignant ventricular arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock and/or pulmonary failure until further management options are explored...
February 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246755/-brain-infarction-as-initial-manifestation-of-eosinophilic-myocarditis
#8
E Bahlmann, H van der Schalk, A Ghanem, K H Kuck, D Kivelitz, D Laßner, C Terborg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 28, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220266/interpretation-of-cardiac-wall-motion-from-cine-mri-combined-with-parametric-imaging-based-on-the-hilbert-transform
#9
Narjes Benameur, Enrico Gianluca Caiani, Younes Arous, Nejmeddine Ben Abdallah, Tarek Kraiem
OBJECT: The aim of this study was to test and validate the clinical impact of parametric amplitude images obtained using the Hilbert transform on the regional interpretation of cardiac wall motion abnormalities from cine-MR images by non-expert radiologists compared with expert consensus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cine-MRI short-axis images obtained in 20 patients (10 with myocardial infarction, 5 with myocarditis and 5 with normal function) were processed to compute a parametric amplitude image for each using the Hilbert transform...
February 20, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210569/infant-acute-myocarditis-mimicking-acute-myocardial-infarction
#10
Maher Jedidi, Samia Tilouche, Tasnim Masmoudi, Maha Sahnoun, Youssef Chkirbène, Sarra Mestiri, Lamia Boughamoura, Mohamed Ben Dhiab, Mohamed Kamel Souguir
Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium with heterogeneous clinical manifestations and progression. In clinical practice, although there are many methods of diagnosis of acute myocarditis, the diagnosis remains an embarrassing dilemma for clinicians. The authors report the case of 9-month-old infant who was brought to the Pediatric Emergency Department with sudden onset dyspnea. Examination disclosed heart failure and resuscitation was undertaken. The electrocardiogram showed an ST segment elevation in the anterolateral leads with a mirror image...
October 2016: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197294/diagnostic-approach-to-myocarditis-mimicking-myocardial-infarction-at-initial-presentation
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Craig Basman, Pratik R Agrawal, Chad McRee, Louis Saravolatz, Carol Chen-Scarabelli, Tiziano M Scarabelli
We present a case of a 35-year-old male patient with a 12-hour history of sudden-onset, crushing chest pain and associated complaints of profuse diaphoresis, nausea and vomiting. The patient was transferred to our institution from an outside hospital for evaluation and possible emergent catheterization. Left heart catheterization was conclusive for normal coronary arteries and a ventriculogram revealed a left ventricular ejection fraction of approximately 45%. Due to a suspicion of myocarditis based on clinical history, pertinent serology tests were ordered, which were found to be negative...
December 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155611/galectins-a-potential-target-for-cardiovascular-therapy
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Ghulam Md Ashraf, Asma Perveen, Syed Kashif Zaidi, Ausaf Ahmad, Shazi Shakil, Chelapram Kandy Firoz, Nasimudeen R Jabir, Iftekhar Hassan, Taqi Ahmad Khan, Nagendra Sastry Yarla, Shams Tabrez
Cells constantly adapt to external humoral cues like cytokines and hormones, but practically most cellular behavior is under locally guided control via cell-cell interactions. Galectins (Gals) are one of the most prominent members of the group of molecules involved in this intercellular signaling. They are the family of β-galactoside specific lectins and consist of 15 different types, each with a specific function. They play crucial role in the immune system, inflammation, wound healing and carcinogenesis...
February 1, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118527/from-childhood-to-adulthood-the-trajectory-of-damage-in-patients-with-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Lily Sh Lim, Eleanor Pullenayegum, Lillian Lim, Dafna Gladman, Brian Feldman, Earl Silverman
Objectives 1) To determine the longitudinal damage trajectory of patients with childhood-onset SLE (cSLE). 2) To identify baseline and disease course predictors of damage trajectory. Methods This is a retrospective inception cohort. Longitudinal pediatric-age data was obtained from a cSLE research database while adult-age data was obtained from either a research database or patients' charts. Baseline factors were tested as predictors. Time-varying factors were lagged 6 to 24 months before a visit for testing their predictive effects...
January 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113216/high-performance-personality-heartbeat-classification-model-for-long-term-ecg-signal
#15
Pengfei Li, Yu Wang, Jiangchun He, Lihua Wang, Yu Tian, Tian-Shu Zhou, Tianchang Li, Jing-Song Li
Long-term ECG has become one of the important diagnostic assist methods in clinical cardiovascular domain. Long-term ECG is primarily used for the detection of various cardiovascular diseases that are caused by various cardiac arrhythmia such as myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, and myocarditis. In the past few years, the development of an automatic heartbeat classification method has been a challenge. With the accumulation of medical data, personalized heartbeat classification of a patient has become possible...
March 8, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087177/lymphocytic-myocarditis-occurs-with-myocardial-infarction-and-coincides-with-increased-inflammation-hemorrhage-and-instability-in-coronary-artery-atherosclerotic-plaques
#16
Linde Woudstra, P Stefan Biesbroek, Reindert W Emmens, Stephane Heymans, Lynda J Juffermans, Albert C van Rossum, Hans W M Niessen, Paul A J Krijnen
OBJECTIVE: Although lymphocytic myocarditis (LM) clinically can mimic myocardial infarction (MI), they are regarded as distinct clinical entities. However, we observed a high prevalence (32%) of recent MI in patients diagnosed post-mortem with LM. To investigate if LM changes coronary atherosclerotic plaque, we analyzed in autopsied hearts the inflammatory infiltrate and stability in coronary atherosclerotic lesions in patients with LM and/or MI. METHODS: The three main coronary arteries were isolated at autopsy of patients with LM, with MI of 3-6h old, with LM and MI of 3-6h old (LM+MI) and controls...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070840/clinical-and-magnetic-resonance-evolution-of-infarct-like-myocarditis
#17
Riccardo Faletti, Marco Gatti, Ilaria Baralis, Laura Bergamasco, Rodolfo Bonamini, Francesca Ferroni, Massimo Imazio, Silvia Stola, Fiorenzo Gaita, Paolo Fonio
AIMS: To analyse the clinical and magnetic resonance evolution of myocarditis in patients with an "infarct-like" presentation pattern. METHODS: The study is a retrospective analysis of 52 patients with clinical diagnosis of "infarct-like" myocarditis confirmed by CMR as acute myocarditis according to Lake Louise criteria and 6 months follow-up. The CMR protocol included T2-weighted (oedema), early (hyperaemia) and late (fibrosis/necrosis) gadolinium enhancement sequences, according to Lake Louise criteria...
April 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051221/contribution-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-normal-coronary-angiography
#18
Rana Dahmani, Rim Ben Said, Younes Arous, Houaida Mahfoudhi, Chedia Chourabi, Mehdi Ghommidh, Badii Jedaida, Nizar Ben Mansour, Abdeddayem Haggui, Nadhem Hajlaoui, Dhaker Lahidheb, Wafa Fehri, Habib Haouala
Background - Acute coronary syndrome with high level of troponin is a common pattern for emergency consultation. In 10% of cases, coronary angiography concluded that there were no significant coronary lesions. The contribution of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the etiological investigation is increasing in these conditions. Aim - We analyzed the diagnostic value of cardiac MRI in case of acute coronary syndromes with elevated troponin and normal coronary angiography. Methods - It's a retrospective analytical study including 31 patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome with positive troponins and normal coronary angiography...
June 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036029/fenofibrate-therapy-restores-antioxidant-protection-and-improves-myocardial-insulin-resistance-in-a-rat-model-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-myocardial-ischemia-the-role-of-angiotensin-ii
#19
Luz Ibarra-Lara, María Sánchez-Aguilar, Alicia Sánchez-Mendoza, Leonardo Del Valle-Mondragón, Elizabeth Soria-Castro, Elizabeth Carreón-Torres, Eulises Díaz-Díaz, Héctor Vázquez-Meza, Verónica Guarner-Lans, María Esther Rubio-Ruiz
Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation promotes oxidative stress which increases the risk of cardiac dysfunction in metabolic syndrome (MetS) and favors local insulin resistance. Fibrates regulate RAS improving MetS, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. We studied the effect of fenofibrate treatment on the myocardic signaling pathway of Angiotensin II (Ang II)/Angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1) and its relationship with oxidative stress and myocardial insulin resistance in MetS rats under heart ischemia...
December 28, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000002/stress-perfusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-detect-coronary-artery-lesions-in-children
#20
Chodchanok Vijarnsorn, Michelle Noga, Daryl Schantz, Dion Pepelassis, Edythe B Tham
BACKGROUND: Stress perfusion cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is used widely in adult ischemic heart disease, but data in children is limited. We sought to evaluate feasibility, accuracy and prognostic value of stress CMR in children with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Stress CMR was reviewed from two pediatric centers over 5 years using a standard pharmacologic protocol. Wall motion abnormalities, perfusion deficits and late enhancement were correlated with coronary angiogram (CAG) when available, and clinical status at 1 year follow-up for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE; coronary revascularization, non-fatal myocardial infarction and death due to CAD) was recorded...
December 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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