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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793015/right-atrial-anomalous-muscle-bundle-presenting-with-acute-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-and-pulmonary-embolism-surgical-management
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Jeko M Madjarov, Michael G Katz, Sophia Madjarova, Svetozar Madzharov, Frank R Arko, David W Miller, Francis Robicsek
BACKGROUND: An anomalous muscle bundle crossing the right atrial cavity represents a pathological finding with unproved clinical significance. This congenital anomaly may be difficult to recognize via echocardiography and could be confused with other intra-cavitary lesions. METHODS: We report a case of a 53-year-old female presented to the cardio-vascular service with acute superior vena cava syndrome and sub-massive pulmonary embolism. RESULTS: The patient underwent venography confirming superior vena cava stenosis...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792284/influence-of-large-hiatus-hernia-on-cardiac-volumes-a-prospective-observational-cohort-study-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Pamela Milito, Massimo Lombardi, Emanuele Asti, Gianluca Bonitta, Dario Fina, Francesco Bandera, Luigi Bonavina
BACKGROUND: Large hiatus hernia (LHH) is often associated with post-prandial dyspnea, palpitations or chest discomfort, but its effect on cardiac volumes and performance is still debated. METHODS AND RESULTS: Before and 3-months after laparoscopic repair, 35 patients underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the fasting state and after a standardized meal. Preoperatively, LHH size increased significantly after meal (p < 0.010). Compared to the fasting state, a systematic trend of volume reduction of the cardiac chambers was observed...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791204/role-of-adenosine-signaling-in-coordinating-cardiomyocyte-function-and-coronary-vascular-growth-in-chronic-fetal-anemia
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Lowell Davis, James Musso, Divya Soman, Samantha Louey, Jonathan William Nelson, Sonnet S Jonker
Fetal anemia causes rapid and profound changes in cardiac structure and function, stimulating proliferation of the cardiac myocytes, expansion of the coronary vascular tree, and impairing early contraction and relaxation. While HIF-1α is sure to play a role, adenosine, a metabolic byproduct that increases coronary flow and growth, is implicated as a major stimulus for these adaptations. We hypothesized that genes involved in myocardial adenosine signaling would be up-regulated in chronically anemic fetuses, and that calcium handling genes would be down-regulated...
May 23, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791169/-epicardial-fat-and-osteoprotegerin-does-a-mutual-relation-exist-pilot-study
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Markéta Sovová, Eliška Sovová, Jana Zapletalová, Markéta Kaletová, David Stejskal, Milan Sova, Michal Konečný, Vlastimil Procházka, Drahomíra Vrzalová, Lea Zarivnijová
INTRODUCTION: Epicardial fat (EPI) plays important role in development of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. According to population studies EPI represents independent risk factor of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and also for neoplasms. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a glycoprotein which have role in regulation of immune and cardiovascular systems. High serum levels of OPG are connected with high cardiovascular risk. The aim of our study was to evaluate possible correlation between EPI and OPG level in asymptomatic relatives of patients with CVD...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790182/effect-of-chronic-toluene-exposure-on-heart-rhythm-parameters
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Sukru Arslan, Isil Uzunhasan, Betul Balaban Kocas, Gokhan Cetinkal, Seyma Arslan, Cuneyt Kocas, Okay Abaci, Mustafa Yildiz, Cengiz Celiker, Cengizhan Turkoglu
BACKGROUND: Toluene is used extensively in various industrial processes, and an increasing number of workers are getting exposed to its vapor. Cardiac abnormalities that have been reported in association with toluene exposure (in toxic doses) are atrioventricular conduction abnormalities, sinus bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, recurrent myocardial infarction, dilated cardiomyopathy, and coronary vasospasm. HYPOTHESIS: We aimed to investigate the effects of chronic toluene exposure on cardiac rhythm...
May 22, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788983/role-of-pulmonary-hemodynamics-in-determining-6-minute-walk-test-result-in-atrial-septal-defect-an-observational-study
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Supomo Supomo, Handy Darmawan, Adika Zhulhi Arjana
BACKGROUND: The presence of altered pulmonary hemodynamics in adult patients with atrial septal defect (ASD) is common. However, there are no observational studies which evaluate the impact of altered pulmonary hemodynamics on the 6-min walk test (6MWT) result. This study aimed to investigate the role of pulmonary hemodynamics in determining 6MWT result of patients with ASD. METHOD: Forty-six consecutive adult patients with ASD were included in this study. Right heart catheterization was performed to obtain the pulmonary hemodynamics profile...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788286/extracorporeal-life-support-for-primary-graft-dysfunction-after-heart-transplantation
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Matteo Pozzi, Chiara Bottin, Xavier Armoiry, Laurent Sebbag, Pascale Boissonnat, Elisabeth Hugon-Vallet, Catherine Koffel, Claire Flamens, Sylvie Paulus, Jean Luc Fellahi, Jean Francois Obadia
OBJECTIVES: Survival after heart transplantation is steadily improving but primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is still a leading cause of death. Medical management seems useful in mild or moderate PGD, whereas extracorporeal life support (ECLS) could be suggested for severe PGD refractory to conventional treatment. Our aim is to present the results of ECLS for PGD after heart transplantation at a single-centre experience. METHODS: We performed an observational analysis of our local database...
May 17, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786408/impact-of-additional-tricuspid-valve-annuloplasty-in-tof-patients-undergoing-pulmonary-valve-replacement
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Sabrina Lueck, Eike Bormann, Kathrin Rellensmann, Sven Martens, Andreas Rukosujew
BACKGROUND: Many patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) who underwent surgical correction of their congenital cardiac malformation during infancy develop right ventricular dysfunction and exercise intolerance in the long term. The right ventricle (RV) dilates due to the development of severe pulmonary regurgitation (and secondary tricuspid insufficiency). To reduce RV dilation and improve exercise tolerance pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) is the common therapeutic strategy. Whether concomitant tricuspid valve repair (TVR) is beneficial in these pure volume-overload conditions is still unknown...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785884/morphological-changes-and-myocardial-function-assessed-by-traditional-and-novel-echocardiographic-methods-in-preadolescent-athlete-s-heart
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Anders W Bjerring, Hege Ew Landgraff, Svein Leirstein, Anette Aaeng, Hamza Z Ansari, Jørg Saberniak, Klaus Murbræch, Henrik Bruun, Thomas M Stokke, Kristina H Haugaa, Jostein Hallén, Thor Edvardsen, Sebastian I Sarvari
Background Athlete's heart is a term used to describe the morphological and functional changes in the hearts of athletes. Recent studies suggest that these changes may occur even in preadolescent athletes. This study aims to improve our understanding of the changes occurring in the preadolescent athlete's heart. Design and methods Cardiac morphology and function in 76 preadolescent cross-country skiers (aged 12.1 ± 0.2 years) were compared with 25 age-matched non-competing preadolescents. Echocardiography was performed in all subjects, including 2D speckle-tracking strain echocardiography and 3D echocardiography...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783997/graft-protective-effect-and-induction-of-cd4-foxp3-cell-by-thrombomodulin-on-allograft-arteriosclerosis-in-mice
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Enzhi Yin, Shigefumi Matsuyama, Masateru Uchiyama, Kento Kawai, Masanori Niimi
BACKGROUND: Thrombomodulin (TM) is a promising therapeutic natural anti-coagulant, which exerts the effects to control disseminated intravascular coagulation. However, little is known whether TM on micro-vessels could play an important role in the regulation of intimal hyperplasia. We investigated the vessel-protective effect of TM in the survival of fully major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-mismatched murine cardiac allograft transplantation. METHODS: CBA recipients transplanted with a C57BL/6 heart received intraperitoneal administration of normal saline or 0...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782307/cutaneous-manifestations-of-tuberous-sclerosis
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Mirjana Bakić, Marina Ratković, Branka Gledović, Balsa Vujović, Danilo Radunović, Vera Babić, Vladimir Prelević
Dear Editor, Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is an autosomal dominant multisystem disease, which occurs due to genetically determined hyperplasia of ectodermal and mesodermal cells. Clinical manifestations present on the skin and in the nervous system, kidneys, heart, and other organs. Recent studies estimate the incidence of TS at 1/6000 to 1/10,000 live births, and a prevalence in the general population of approximately 1 in 20,000 (1). There are two different genetic loci responsible for TS: 9q34 (TSC1-hamartin) and 16p13...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781518/an-interesting-case-of-wide-qrs-tachycardia-with-right-bundle-branch-block-morphology-what-is-the-mechanism
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Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Narayanan Namboodiri, Hiren Kevadiya, Ajitkumar Valaparambil
A 30 year old gentleman with no structural heart disease has been evaluated for paroxysmal palpitation with documented regular wide QRS tachycardia that has not responded to IV adenosine. Surface electrocardiogram has not shown any pre-excitation. He has been taken for an EP study after informed consent. Diagnostic catheters were placed at coronary sinus (CS), His bundle region and right ventricle (RV). During catheter manipulation a regular wide QRS tachycardia with right bundle branch block morphology (RBBB) with a tachycardia cycle length (TCL) of 400 ms and normal QRS axis similar to the clinical tachycardia got induced (Fig:1)...
May 21, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781188/a-novel-anti-malarial-drug-derivative-inhibits-cyclic-gmp-amp-synthase-in-trex1-deficient-mice
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Jie An, Joshua J Woodward, Weinan Lai, Mark Minie, Xizhang Sun, Lena Tanaka, Jessica M Snyder, Tomikazu Sasaki, Keith B Elkon
OBJECTIVE: Type I interferon (IFN-I) is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) as well as rare monogenic 'interferonopathies' such as Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS) caused by mutations in the DNA exonuclease, TREX1. The DNA-activated IFN-I pathway, cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS), is linked to subsets of AGS and lupus. We identified inhibitors of DNA-cGAS interaction and tested lead candidate, X6, in a mouse model of AGS. METHODS: Trex1-/- mice were treated orally from birth with either X6 or HCQ for 8 weeks...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781109/rate-pressure-product-and-the-components-of-heart-rate-and-systolic-blood-pressure-in-hospitalized-heart-failure-patients-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-insights-from-ascend-hf
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Amanda K Verma, Jie-Lena Sun, Adrian Hernandez, John R Teerlink, Phillip J Schulte, Justin Ezekowitz, Adriaan Voors, Randall Starling, Paul Armstrong, Christopher M O'Conner, Robert J Mentz
BACKGROUND: Heart rate (HR) and systolic blood pressure (SBP) are prognostic markers in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Their combination in rate-pressure product (RPP) as well as their role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains unclear. METHODS: We performed an analysis of ASCEND-HF (clinicaltrials.gov; NCT00476852), which studied 7141 patients with acute HF. HFpEF was defined as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥40%...
May 20, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780757/huge-candida-albicans-normal-native-tricuspid-valve-endocarditis
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Massimiliano Guerriero, Francesco Colasurdo, Anna Maria Pollio
Fungal endocarditis has become an important infection associated with medical progress and the modern lifestyle. In particular, Candida spp. is a rare but important cause of infective endocarditis. We report the case of a 28-year-old woman-quadriplegic and bedridden from birth-who died after repeated episodes of pneumonia treated with different regimens of intravenous antibiotics. A medico legal autopsy was performed, which diagnosed severe Candida native valve infective endocarditis (CIE). This case report illustrates the prolonged use of antibiotic treatment as a possible risk factor for the development of CIE...
April 2018: Autopsy & Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780241/patient-and-physician-preferences-for-attributes-of-coronary-revascularization
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Carlos Alberto da Silva Magliano, Andrea Liborio Monteiro, Bernardo Rangel Tura, Claudia Silvia Rocha Oliveira, Amanda Rebeca de Oliveira Rebelo, Claudia Cristina de Aguiar Pereira
Background: Patients with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) may face important decisions regarding treatment options, with the "right choice" depending on the relative weights of risks and benefits. Studies performed as discrete choice experiments are used to estimate these weights, and attribute selection is an essential step in the design of these studies. Attributes not included in the design cannot be analyzed. In this study, we aimed to elicit, rank, and rate attributes that may be considered important to patients and physicians who must choose between angioplasty and surgery for coronary revascularization...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779892/-cardiac-compression-of-hydatid-origin
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I Bouassida, C Pricopi, G Mangiameli, A Arame, J B Auliac, B Gorbatai, M Riquet, F Le Pimpec Barthes
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac hydatid disease is uncommon and occurs in 0.5 to 2% of patients with hydatidosis. Isolated intrapericardial hydatid cystic disease is extremely rare. OBSERVATION: We report the case of a young woman with cardiac compression due to multiple primary intrapericardial hydatid cysts. Since 1 year, she had gradual general health deterioration including dyspnoea, sweats and weight loss of 8kg. A widening of the mediastinum was observed on chest X-ray...
May 17, 2018: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777559/utility-of-heart-rate-turbulence-and-t-wave-alternans-to-assess-risk-for-re-admission-and-cardiac-death-in-hospitalized-heart-failure-patients
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Shinya Yamada, Akiomi Yoshihisa, Yu Sato, Takamasa Sato, Masashi Kamioka, Takashi Kaneshiro, Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Hitoshi Suzuki, Takafumi Ishida, Yasuchika Takeishi
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) patients have a higher risk of recurrent HF and cardiac death, and electrical remodeling is considered to be an important factor for HF progression. The present study aimed to validate the utility of electrocardiogram and Holter monitoring for the risk stratification of HF patients. METHODS: Our study comprised 215 patients (144 males, mean age 62 years) who had been hospitalized due to acute decompensated HF. Electrocardiogram (QRS duration and QTc interval) and 24-hour Holter monitoring (heart rate variability, heart rate turbulence and T-wave alternans [TWA]) were performed in stable condition before discharge...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777409/hemodynamic-heterogeneity-of-connective-tissue-disease-patients-with-borderline-mean-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-its-distinctive-characters-from-those-with-normal-pulmonary-artery-pressure-a-retrospective-study
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Yusa Asari, Yoshioki Yamasaki, Kosei Tsuchida, Kengo Suzuki, Yoshihiro J Akashi, Takahiro Okazaki, Shoichi Ozaki, Hidehiro Yamada, Kimito Kawahata
To clarify whether patients with connective tissue disease (CTD)-associated borderline mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) have distinctive hemodynamic characteristics from those with normal mPAP and whether pathogenesis is as heterogeneous as manifest pulmonary hypertension (PH). Seventy-five CTD patients who underwent right heart catheterization (RHC) from 2008 through 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. We compared between-group differences in clinical and hemodynamic findings: normal mPAP (n = 35), borderline mPAP (n = 15), and PH (n = 25)...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777281/right-ventricular-systolic-function-parameters-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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S Javed Zaidi, Jamie Penk, Vivian W Cui, Supaluck Kanjanauthai, David A Roberson
Assessment of the systolic function of the right ventricle (RV) in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is important. The asymmetric shape and heavy trabeculations make accurate assessment of RV systolic function challenging. Novel measures of RV function could be helpful in distinguishing reduced versus preserved function in HLHS and may also be worse in HLHS with preserved function compared to normal controls. These novel methods offer promise, but research and clinical applicability is hindered as no cut-off values for normal function have been established...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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