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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339581/rationale-and-design-of-the-budapest-crt-upgrade-study-a-prospective-randomized-multicentre-clinical-trial
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Bela Merkely, Annamaria Kosztin, Attila Roka, Laszlo Geller, Endre Zima, Attila Kovacs, Andras Mihaly Boros, Helmut Klein, Jerzy K Wranicz, Gerhard Hindricks, Marcell Clemens, Gabor Z Duray, Arthur J Moss, Ilan Goldenberg, Valentina Kutyifa
Aims: There is lack of conclusive evidence from randomized clinical trials on the efficacy and safety of upgrade to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in patients with implanted pacemakers (PM) or defibrillators (ICD) with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and chronic heart failure (HF). The BUDAPEST-CRT Upgrade Study was designed to compare the efficacy and safety of CRT upgrade from conventional PM or ICD therapy in patients with intermittent or permanent right ventricular (RV) septal/apical pacing, reduced LVEF, and symptomatic HF...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332221/right-ventricular-free-wall-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-strain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-specific-treatment
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Hatice S Kemal, Meral Kayikcioglu, Hakan Kultursay, Ozcan Vuran, Sanem Nalbantgil, Nesrin Mogulkoc, Levent Can
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a major determinant of outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), although the optimal measure of RV function is poorly defined. We evaluated the utility of RV free-wall speckle tracking strain as an assessment tool for RV function in patients with PAH who are already under specific treatment compared with conventional echocardiographic parameters and investigated the relationship of RV free-wall strain with clinical hemodynamic parameters of RV performance...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330654/doppler-echocardiography-for-the-estimation-of-lv-filling-pressure-in-patients-with-mitral-annular-calcification
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Muaz M Abudiab, Lakshmi H Chebrolu, Robert C Schutt, Sherif F Nagueh, William A Zoghbi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify Doppler parameters useful for the assessment of left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP) in patients with mitral annular calcification (MAC) and to develop and validate a decision algorithm for assessing LVFP in such patients. BACKGROUND: Predicting LVFP in the presence of MAC is problematic. METHODS: Prospectively, 50 patients with MAC (mean 72 ± 11 years of age) underwent a complete Doppler echocardiographic study and right or left heart catheterization...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329216/heart-mechanics-at-high-altitude-6%C3%A2-days-on-the-top-of-europe
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Claire Maufrais, Thomas Rupp, Pierre Bouzat, Gregory Doucende, Samuel Verges, Stéphane Nottin, Guillaume Walther
Aims: The aim of this study was to analyse the underlying mechanisms of left and right ventricular (LV and RV) functional alterations during several days in high-altitude hypoxia. Methods and results: Resting evaluations of LV and RV function and mechanics were assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography on 11 subjects at sea level (SLPRE), 3 ± 2 h after helicopter transport to high altitude (D0), at day 2 (D2), day 4 (D4) and day 6 (D6) at 4350 m and 5 ± 2 h after return to sea level (SLPOST)...
December 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329138/small-intestinal-submucosa-tricuspid-valve-tube-graft-shows-growth-potential-remodelling-and-physiological-valve-function-in-a-porcine-model%C3%A2
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Diana M Ropcke, Christine Ilkjaer, Marcell J Tjornild, Soren N Skov, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Sten L Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: Tricuspid valve reconstruction using small intestinal submucosal extracellular matrix (ECM) designed as a tube graft is possible in severe valve pathology. Using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital photograph imaging, valves were evaluated after 6 months in a porcine model. METHODS: Ten 60 kg pigs received a tricuspid valve tube graft. A baseline MRI was performed after 2 weeks ( n  = 8). A follow-up MRI was performed in three of five 6 months' survivors to assess function and haemodynamics of the tricuspid tube graft...
February 27, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329100/long-term-cardiovascular-changes-following-creation-of-arteriovenous-fistula-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
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Yogesh N V Reddy, Masaru Obokata, Patrick G Dean, Vojtech Melenovsky, Karl A Nath, Barry A Borlaug
Aims: Short-term studies have reported left ventricular (LV) dilatation following surgical creation of arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) or arteriovenous grafts (AVGs), but chronic cardiac structural and functional changes have not been examined or related to clinical outcomes following AVF/AVG. We sought to characterize the long-term changes in cardiac structure and function in patients undergoing shunt creation for haemodialysis. Methods and results: A retrospective analysis was performed of patients undergoing echocardiography before and after surgical AVF/AVG creation for the initiation of haemodialysis...
March 6, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328950/repeated-anaesthesia-with-isoflurane-and-medetomidine-midazolam-fentanyl-in-guinea-pigs-and-its-influence-on-physiological-parameters
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Sabrina Schmitz, Sabine Tacke, Brian Guth, Julia Henke
Repeated anaesthesia may be required in experimental protocols and in daily veterinary practice, but anaesthesia is known to alter physiological parameters in GPs (Cavia porcellus, GPs). This study investigated the effects of repeated anaesthesia with either medetomidine-midazolam-fentanyl (MMF) or isoflurane (Iso) on physiological parameters in the GP. Twelve GPs were repeatedly administered with MMF or Iso in two anaesthesia sets. One set consisted of six 40-min anaesthesias, performed over 3 weeks (2 per week); the anaesthetic used first was randomized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325497/prognostic-factors-of-weight-loss-after-sleeve-gastrectomy-multi-centre-study-in-spain-and-portugal
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Raquel Sanchez Santos, Ricard Corcelles, Ramón Vilallonga Puy, Salvadora Delgado Rivilla, José Vicente Ferrer, Javier Foncillas Corvinos, Carlos Masdevall Noguera, Maria Socas Macias, Pedro Gomes, Carmen Balague Ponz, Jorge de Tomas Palacios, Sergio Ortiz Sebastian, Andrés Sanchez Pernaute, José Julián Puche Pla, Fátima Sabench Pereferrer, Julen Abasolo Vega, Xavier Suñol Sala, Ana Garcia Navarro, Carlos Duran Escribano, Norberto Cassinello Fernandez, Nieves Perez, José Antonio Gracia Solanas, Francisca Garcia-Moreno Nisa, Alberto Hernández Matias, Víctor Valentí Azcarate, José Eduardo Perez Folques, Inmaculada Navarro Garcia, Eduardo Dominguez-Adame Lanuza, Sagrario Martinez Cortijo, Jesús González Fernández
INTRODUCTION: Sleeve gastrectomy (SG) has become a technique in its own right although a selective or global indication remains controversial. The weight loss data at 5 years are heterogeneous. The aim of the study is to identify possible prognostic factors of insufficient weight loss after SG. METHODS: A SG retrospective multicenter study of more than one year follow-up was performed. Failure is considered if EWL>50%. Univariate and multivariate study of Cox regression were performed to identify prognostic factors of failure of weight loss at 1, 2 and 3 years of follow up...
March 18, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323875/the-clinical-features-outcomes-and-genetic-characteristics-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-patients-with-severe-right-ventricular-hypertrophy
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Xiying Guo, Chaomei Fan, Lei Tian, Yanling Liu, Hongyue Wang, Shihua Zhao, Fujian Duan, Xiuling Zhang, Xing Zhao, Fengqi Wang, Hongguang Zhu, Aiqing Lin, Xia Wu, Yishi Li
INTRODUCTION: Severe right ventricular hypertrophy (SRVH) is a rare phenotype in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) for which limited information is available. This study was undertaken to investigate the clinical, prognostic and genetic characteristics of HCM patients with SRVH. METHODS: HCM with SRVH was defined as HCM with a maximum right ventricular wall thickness ≥10 mm. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was performed in HCM patients with SRVH. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to identify risk factors for cardiac death and events in HCM with SRVH...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316104/implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-for-primary-prevention-of-mortality-in-patients-with-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Stavros Stavrakis, Zain Asad, Dwight Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival in patients with heart failure due to ischemic cardiomyopathy, but their benefit in non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) has been recently questioned. We performed a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials to examine the effect of ICDs on total mortality and arrhythmic death in patients with NICM. We also examined the impact of age and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on the relative effect of ICD compared to control...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316030/a-new-ct-score-as-index-of-hemodynamic-changes-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Maria Barbara Leone, Marica Giannotta, Massimiliano Palazzini, Mariano Cefarelli, Sofia Martìn Suàrez, Enrico Gotti, Maria Letizia Bacchi Reggiani, Maurizio Zompatori, Nazzareno Galiè
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to retrospectively assess the relationship between radiological and hemodynamic parameters in patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). We introduced a new CT-score to evaluate hemodynamic changes, only employing CT-pulmonary angiography (CTPA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: 145 patients affected by CTEPH underwent hemodynamic and CTPA evaluation. Among these 145 patients, 69 underwent pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) and performed a CTPA evaluation even after surgery...
March 18, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315488/sorafenib-as-a-potential-strategy-for-refractory-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Gou Kimura, Masaharu Kataoka, Takumi Inami, Keiichi Fukuda, Hideaki Yoshino, Toru Satoh
Sorafenib is an inhibitor of multi-kinases including tyrosine and serine/threonine kinases. We investigated the efficacy and safety of sorafenib for the treatment of patients with refractory pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Sorafenib was started in 9 patients (7 with idiopathic PAH, 2 with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease) who had severe PAH and right heart failure, in spite of treatment with vasodilators specific for PAH. Sorafenib was started as an add-on therapy at a dose of 50 or 100 mg/day, and increased to 100-400 mg/day...
March 14, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314626/cerebral-hemodynamic-effects-of-cheyne-stokes-respiration-in-a-patient-with-stroke
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R C Nogueira, R B Panerai, M J Teixeira, T G Robinson, E Bor-Seng-Shu
INTRODUCTION: Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) and central sleep apnea (CSA) are common in patients with heart failure and/or stroke. We aim to describe the cerebrovascular effects of CSR during the acute phase of stroke in a heart failure patient. CASE REPORT: A 74-year-old male with previous dilated cardiomyopathy had sudden onset of right hemiparesis and aphasia. A transcranial Doppler was performed with continuous measurement of blood pressure (BP) (Finometer) and end-tidal CO2 (nasal capnography)...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306488/spinal-neurenteric-cyst-in-a-dog
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Daniela S Alder, Anna Oevermann, Stephan A Pfister, Frank Steffen
CASE DESCRIPTION An 11-year-old English Cocker Spaniel was evaluated because of chronic progressive ataxia of the hind limbs. CLINICAL FINDINGS The dog had no history of previous illness, and findings of physical examination and laboratory tests were unremarkable. Neurologic examination revealed that the dog was ambulatory with severe ataxia of the hind limbs. Proprioception was decreased in the right and left hind limbs (right affected more than left), and spinal reflexes were bilaterally unremarkable. Moderate signs of pain were detected during palpation of the lumbar portion of the vertebral column...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304320/optimal-radiologic-position-of-an-umbilical-venous-catheter-tip-as-determined-by-echocardiography-in-very-low-birth-weight-newborns
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B C F Karber, J Nielsen, D Balsam, C Messina, D Davidson
OBJECTIVE: To compare chest X-ray with echocardiogram (ECHO) in the localization of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC) tip in very low birth weight infants (VLBW). Secondary objectives determined the association between techniques for tip placement by the vertebral body level on X-ray, as well as the length of the thoracic inferior vena cava-right atrial (TIVC-RA) junction by ECHO. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, sequentially enrolled, masked, single regional perinatal center study...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302319/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-and-systemic-right-ventricular-function-in-adults-with-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Ewa Kowalik, Anna Klisiewicz, Justyna Rybicka, Elżbieta K Biernacka, Piotr Hoffman
BACKGROUND: High sensitive troponin T (hsTnT), a marker of myocardial injury, appears to be a promising diagnostic tool in patients with congenital heart disease. However, little is known about its distribution among adults with systemic right ventricle (sRV). We aimed to assess the distribution of hsTnT concentrations in patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) and to evaluate its relationship with sRV function and NT-proBNP. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of adults with ccTGA was conducted...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299825/fingolimod-gilenya-%C3%A2-in-multiple-sclerosis-bradycardia-atrioventricular-blocks-and-mild-effect-on-the-qtc-interval-something-to-do-with-the-l-type-calcium-channel
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Sylvie Pilote, Chantale Simard, Benoit Drolet
Cardiac arrhythmias and ECG abnormalities including bradycardia, prolongation of the QT interval and atrioventricular (AV) conduction blocks have been extensively observed with fingolimod, the first marketed oral drug for treating the relapsing-remitting form of multiple sclerosis. The present study was aiming to further elucidate the effects of fingolimod on cardiac electrophysiology at three different levels; 1) in vitro, 2) ex vivo and 3) in vivo. 1) Patch-clamp experiments in whole cell configuration were performed on Cav 1...
March 16, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298378/antepartum-uterine-rupture-at-29%C3%A2-weeks-gestation-following-unilateral-salpingectomy-and-review-of-literature
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Yu-Ting Huang, Stephen Li-Yen Yim, Supuni Kapurubandara, Anbu Anpalagan
Antepartum uterine rupture following salpingectomy is a rare condition and is associated with high fetal and maternal mortality and morbidity. We illustrate a 33-year-old primigravida who presented with abdominal pain at 29 weeks of gestation. Her previous obstetric history included a ruptured right ectopic pregnancy for which she underwent laparoscopic salpingectomy with no breach of uterine cavity. Her antenatal care had otherwise been unremarkable. Following admission for undetectable fetal heart, ultrasound and CT demonstrated an extrauterine fetus at the right adnexal region with free fluid consistent with intra-abdominal haemorrhage...
March 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296065/direct-percutaneous-transaxillary-implantation-of-a-novel-self-expandable-transcatheter-heart-valve-for-aortic-stenosis
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Florian Deuschl, Niklas Schofer, Moritz Seiffert, Samer Hakmi, Isamu Mizote, Andreas Schaefer, Johannes Schirmer, Hermann Reichenspurner, Stefan Blankenberg, Lenard Conradi, Ulrich Schäfer
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate safety, feasibility, and efficacy of transaxillary TAVI using a novel self-expandable transcatheter heart valve (THV) via a direct percutaneous technique. METHODS: The analysis comprises 12 consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis treated with the ACURATE Neo™ THV (Symetis) by direct percutaneous transaxillary access. RESULTS: Patients presented with a mean age of 79.9 ± 6.2 years and high calculated surgical risk (logEuroSCORE I: 19...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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