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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317158/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-storage-disease-the-incremental-value-of-speckle-tracking-strain-bull-s-eye
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Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Piercarlo Ballo, Donato Mele, Eustachio Agricola, Matteo Cameli, Andrea Rossi, Roberta Esposito, Giuseppina Novo, Sergio Mondillo, Roberta Montisci, Sabina Gallina, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) develops in response to a variety of physical, genetic, and biochemical stimuli and represents the early stage of ventricular remodeling. In patients with LVH, subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite normal ejection fraction (EF) may be present before the onset of symptoms, which portends a dismal prognosis. Strain measurement with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) represents a highly reproducible and accurate alternative to LVEF determination...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295036/a-novel-recessive-ttn-founder-variant-is-a-common-cause-of-distal-myopathy-in-the-serbian-population
#2
Stojan Perić, Jelena Nikodinović Glumac, Ana Töpf, Dušanka Savić-Pavićević, Lauren Phillips, Katherine Johnson, Marcus Cassop-Thompson, Liwen Xu, Marta Bertoli, Monkol Lek, Daniel MacArthur, Miloš Brkušanin, Sanja Milenković, Vedrana Milić Rašić, Bojan Banko, Ružica Maksimović, Hanns Lochmüller, Vidosava Rakočević Stojanović, Volker Straub
Variants in the TTN gene have been associated with distal myopathies and other distinctive phenotypes involving skeletal and cardiac muscle. Through whole-exome sequencing we identified a novel stop-gain variant (c.107635C>T, p.(Gln35879Ter)) in the TTN gene, coding a part of the M-line of titin, in 14 patients with autosomal recessive distal myopathy and Serbian ancestry. All patients share a common 1 Mb core haplotype associated with c.107635C>T, suggesting a founder variant. In compound heterozygotes, nine other TTN variants were identified: four stop-gain, three frameshift, one missense and one splice donor variant...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290871/-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-pcsk9-new-opportunities-of-lipid-lowering-therapy
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K S Astrakova, Yu I Ragino, E V Shakhtshneider, M I Voevoda
In the literature review covered issues opening protein-proprotein convertase, subtilisin/kexin-type9 (PCSK9), its modern terminology, the results of its biochemical, molecular and genetic studies, metabolic regulation, functions and clinical findings in the blood content ofPCSK9 in lipid disorders and clinical pharmacological studies of monoclonal antibodies to this protein for the correction of lipid metabolism of major interest for cardiology and lipidology.
September 2016: Kardiologiia
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/28283005/-comparison-of-maldi-tof-and-16s-rrna-methods-in-identification-of-viridans-group-streptococci
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Serap Süzük Yıldız, Banu Kaşkatepe, Salih Altınok, Mustafa Çetin, Alper Karagöz, Sümeyra Savaş
Accurate identification of viridans group streptococci (VGS) frequently encountered as a causative agent of infective endocarditis is always a challenge for the clinical microbiology laboratory. Clinical microbiology laboratories generally use semi automatic/full automatic systems, molecular methods and also conventional methods for the identification of these bacteria. There are recent published studies that have used MALDI-TOF (Matrix Assisted Laser Ionization Mass Spectrometry-Time of Flight) systems in the identification of VGS...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274542/hypokalemia-in-women-and-methadone-therapy-are-the-strongest-non-cardiologic-factors-associated-with-qt-prolongation-in-an-emergency-department-setting
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Keith A Marill, Emily S Miller
BACKGROUND: Our primary objective was to determine the adjusted quantitative associations of clinical predictors with QT prolongation, a defining cause of Torsades de Pointes (TdP). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on consecutive emergency department patients identified by ECG acquisition date, and heart rate corrected QT (QTc) and QRS durations. QTc was modeled as a function of clinical predictors with multiple linear regression. RESULTS: 1010 patients were included...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266935/genetic-causes-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-the-young
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Andrea Mazzanti, Riccardo Maragna, Silvia G Priori
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this article, we discuss the most recent and relevant studies published in the field of inherited arrhythmogenic disorders, focusing in particular on channelopathies (Long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). RECENT FINDINGS: We discuss the updated diagnostic criteria for channelopathies released by the European Society of Cardiology, the new results on the value of programmed electrical stimulation in patients with Brugada syndrome, and the recent evidences supporting a genotype-specific therapy for Long QT syndrome type 3...
March 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259368/practices-and-attitudes-of-canadian-cardiologists-caring-for-patients-with-trisomy-18
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Aisling A Young, Christy Simpson, Andrew E Warren
Trisomy 18 (T18) is a genetic disorder with cardiac lesions in up to 90% of patients. Cardiac surgery is not frequently offered because of the overall poor prognosis, although this has recently been challenged. Our study aimed to explore the practices and attitudes of Canadian pediatric cardiologists managing T18 patients. We administered a survey to pediatric cardiologists attending the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association Business Meeting. There were 30 respondents. Most (67%) supported comfort care for affected patients with a heart lesion...
November 17, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258942/late-onset-of-neutral-lipid-storage-disease-due-to-novel-pnpla2-mutations-causing-total-loss-of-lipase-activity-in-a-patient-with-myopathy-and-slight-cardiac-involvement
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Sara Missaglia, Lorenzo Maggi, Marina Mora, Sara Gibertini, Flavia Blasevich, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Laura Moro, Denise Cassandrini, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Simonetta Gerevini, Daniela Tavian
Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) presents with skeletal muscle myopathy and severe dilated cardiomyopathy in nearly 40% of cases. NLSDM is caused by mutations in the PNPLA2 gene, which encodes the adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL). Here we report clinical and genetic findings of a patient carrying two novel PNPLA2 mutations (c.696+4A>G and c.553_565delGTCCCCCTTCTCG). She presented at age 39 with right upper limb abduction weakness slowly progressing over the years with asymmetric involvement of proximal upper and lower limb muscles...
January 17, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255068/genomic-contraindications-for-heart-transplantation
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Danton S Char, Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz, Aliessa Barnes, David Magnus, Michael J Deem, John D Lantos
Genome sequencing raises new ethical challenges. Decoding the genome produces new forms of diagnostic and prognostic information; however, the information is often difficult to interpret. The connection between most genetic variants and their phenotypic manifestations is not understood. This scenario is particularly true for disorders that are not associated with an autosomal genetic variant. The analytic uncertainty is compounded by moral uncertainty about how, exactly, the results of genomic testing should influence clinical decisions...
March 2, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230815/conceptual-foundations-of-systems-biology-explaining-complex-cardiac-diseases
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George E Louridas, Katerina G Lourida
Systems biology is an important concept that connects molecular biology and genomics with computing science, mathematics and engineering. An endeavor is made in this paper to associate basic conceptual ideas of systems biology with clinical medicine. Complex cardiac diseases are clinical phenotypes generated by integration of genetic, molecular and environmental factors. Basic concepts of systems biology like network construction, modular thinking, biological constraints (downward biological direction) and emergence (upward biological direction) could be applied to clinical medicine...
February 21, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214152/clinical-and-genetic-diagnosis-of-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-results-in-pediatric-cardiology
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Bárbara Cardoso, Inês Gomes, Petra Loureiro, Conceição Trigo, Fátima Ferreira Pinto
INTRODUCTION: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is most often of autosomal dominant inheritance with incomplete penetrance and variable expression. The main purpose of family screening is to identify relatives with unrecognized HCM and to monitor those at risk for disease, in order to minimize complications and to assess risk of sudden cardiac death. The ESC and ACCF/AHA guidelines on the diagnosis and management of HCM recommend the screening of child relatives from the age of 10-12 years...
March 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181471/phenotypic-variability-of-dystrophinopathy-symptomatic-female-carriers
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Ana Cotta, Julia Filardi Paim, Elmano Carvalho, Mônica Machado Navarro, Jaquelin Valicek, Antonio Lopes da-Cunha-Junior, Miriam Melo Menezes, Simone Vilela Nunes, Rafael Xavier-Neto, Eni Braga da Silveira, Cynthia Costa-E-Silva, Reinaldo Issao Takata, Antonio Pedro Vargas
BACKGROUND: Dystrophinopathies are X-linked muscular dystrophies characterized by pathogenic mutations in the dystrophin gene. Symptomatic dystrophinopathy female carriers may present with limb-girdle weakness. The diagnosis may be challenging in the absence of affected male relatives. We aimed to describe the phenotypic variability in a series of molecular-confirmed female dystrophinopathy patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of medical records from 1997 to 2015...
February 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154736/optimizing-stem-cells-for-cardiac-repair-current-status-and-new-frontiers-in-regenerative-cardiology
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REVIEW
Shant Der Sarkissian, Thierry Lévesque, Nicolas Noiseux
Cell therapy has the potential to improve healing of ischemic heart, repopulate injured myocardium and restore cardiac function. The tremendous hope and potential of stem cell therapy is well understood, yet recent trials involving cell therapy for cardiovascular diseases have yielded mixed results with inconsistent data thereby readdressing controversies and unresolved questions regarding stem cell efficacy for ischemic cardiac disease treatment. These controversies are believed to arise by the lack of uniformity of the clinical trial methodologies, uncertainty regarding the underlying reparative mechanisms of stem cells, questions concerning the most appropriate cell population to use, the proper delivery method and timing in relation to the moment of infarction, as well as the poor stem cell survival and engraftment especially in a diseased microenvironment which is collectively acknowledged as a major hindrance to any form of cell therapy...
January 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102864/transthyretin-v122i-pv142i-cardiac-amyloidosis-an-age-dependent-autosomal-dominant-cardiomyopathy-too-common-to-be-overlooked-as-a-cause-of-significant-heart-disease-in-elderly-african-americans
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Joel N Buxbaum, Frederick L Ruberg
Since the identification of a valine-to-isoleucine substitution at position 122 (TTR V122I; pV142I) in the transthyretin (TTR)-derived fibrils extracted from the heart of a patient with late-onset cardiac amyloidosis, it has become clear that the amyloidogenic mutation and the disease occur almost exclusively in individuals of identifiable African descent. In the United States, the amyloidogenic allele frequency is 0.0173 and is carried by 3.5% of community-dwelling African Americans. Genotyping across Africa indicates that the origin of the allele is in the West African countries that were the major source of the slave trade to North America...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057368/genomic-translational-research-paving-the-way-to-individualized-cardiac-functional-analyses-and-personalized-cardiology
#16
REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
For most of Medicine's past, the best that physicians could do to cope with disease prevention and treatment was based on the expected response of an average patient. Currently, however, a more personalized/precise approach to cardiology and medicine in general is becoming possible, as the cost of sequencing a human genome has declined substantially. As a result, we are witnessing an era of precipitous advances in biomedicine and bourgeoning understanding of the genetic basis of cardiovascular and other diseases, reminiscent of the resurgence of innovations in physico-mathematical sciences and biology-anatomy-cardiology in the Renaissance, a parallel time of radical change and reformation of medical knowledge, education and practice...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996317/cardiac-arrest-with-clozapine-and-olanzapine-revealing-long-qt-syndrome
#17
Edward Woloszyn, Nishant Whig, Eileen Trigoboff, Jeffery J Grace
The authors describe a rare case of "concealed" congenital Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) Type 3 in a patient with treatment resistant schizophrenia and no known personal or family history of cardiac disease. The patient in this Case Report had a hidden genetic condition revealed only following the essential administration of antipsychotics. As a result, this patient experienced an aborted cardiac arrest and a total of five episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) requiring cardioversion. Successful control of the VT occurred with an Automatic Internal Defibrillator (AID), judicious use of antipsychotic medications, and anti-arrhythmic medications...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910804/sudden-cardiac-death-a-nationwide-cohort-study-among-the-young
#18
REVIEW
Bjarke Risgaard
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic event affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Although several studies have investigated the epidemiology of SCD, these studies may have been affected by reporting and referral biases, which are reflected in the very different incidence rates and causes of deaths that have previously been reported. Among SCD victims aged < 36 years, inherited cardiac diseases are well known to play an important role. However, the extent to which inherited cardiac diseases also play a role in SCD victims aged < 50 years has not been completely described...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901040/follow-up-care-by-a-genetic-counsellor-for-relatives-at-risk-for-cardiomyopathies-is-cost-saving-and-well-appreciated-a-randomised-comparison
#19
Karin Nieuwhof, Erwin Birnie, Maarten P van den Berg, Rudolf A de Boer, Paul L van Haelst, J Peter van Tintelen, Irene M van Langen
Increasing numbers of patient relatives at risk of developing dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (DCM/HCM) are being identified and followed up by cardiologists according to the ACC/ESC guidelines. However, given limited healthcare resources, good-quality low-cost alternative approaches are needed. Therefore, we have compared conventional follow-up by a cardiologist with that provided at a cardiogenetic clinic (CGC) led by a genetic counsellor. Phenotype-negative first-degree relatives at risk for DCM/HCM were randomly assigned to see either a cardiologist or to attend a CGC...
February 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790050/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-in-neuromuscular-disorders
#20
REVIEW
Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger
OBJECTIVES: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is a rare, genetic disorder predominantly affecting the right ventricle. There is increasing evidence that in some cases, ARVD is due to mutations in genes, which have also been implicated in primary myopathies. This review gives an overview about myopathy-associated ARVD and how these patients can be managed. METHODS: A literature review was done using appropriate search terms. RESULTS: The myopathy, which is most frequently associated with ARVD, is the myofibrillar myopathy due to desmin mutations...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
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