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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931092/the-influence-of-race-and-common-genetic-variations-on-outcomes-after-pediatric-heart-transplantation
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D J Green, M M Brooks, G J Burckart, R E Chinnock, C Canter, L J Addonizio, D Bernstein, J K Kirklin, D C Naftel, D M Girnita, A Zeevi, S A Webber
Significant racial disparity remains in the incidence of unfavorable outcomes following heart transplantation. We sought to determine which pediatric post-transplantation outcomes differ by race and whether these can be explained by recipient demographic, clinical, and genetic attributes. Data were collected for 80 black and 450 non-black pediatric recipients transplanted at 1 of 6 centers between 1993 and 2008. Genotyping was performed for 20 candidate genes. Average follow-up was 6.25 years. Unadjusted five-year rates for death (p=0...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931056/-guideline-s2k-awmf-of-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-pneumologie-und-beatmungsmedizin-and-the-deutsche-gesellschaft-f%C3%A3-r-arbeitsmedizin-und-umweltmedizin-diagnostics-and-expert-opinion-in-the-occupational-disease-no-4101-silicosis-including-coal-worker-s-pneumoconiosis
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X Baur, M Heger, R M Bohle, K G Hering, K Hofmann-Preiß, D Nowak, A Tannapfel, H Teschler, T Voshaar, T Kraus
During the last 1.5 years an update of the guideline on silicosis was made by an interdisciplinary working group. New medical and scientific knowledge and the experience in expert opinion practice were taken into account.By preparing the initial guideline in 2010 standardization of diagnostics and adaption of the "Moers convention" which was not based on medical knowledge was in the focus, whereas the current update deals with fine emendation and extension, especially of the compensation rate (adaption with the Reichenhall recommendation)...
December 2016: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931011/cardiac-dysfunction-of-pulmonary-artery-aneurysm-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Konomi Sakata, Toru Satoh, Aoi Isaka, Yoichiro Uesugi, Mitsufumi Furuya, Kenichi Matsushita, Hideaki Yoshino
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery aneurysm (PAA) occurs in some patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We evaluated the characteristics of cardiac dysfunction in patients with PAH complicated by PAA. METHODS: Echocardiography and right-heart catheterization were performed in 130 PAH patients to measure the maximum dimensions of the main pulmonary artery (MPA) trunk and evaluate right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular (LV) function. RESULTS: A diameter of >40mm was defined as PAA in the MPA trunk...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930603/strategies-to-improve-the-efficacy-of-epicardial-linear-ablation-on-the-beating-heart
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Yoshiyuki Watanabe, Matthew R Schill, Toshinobu Kazui, Spencer J Melby, Richard B Schuessler, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: Creating transmural linear lesions on the beating heart is an important component of minimally invasive surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation. Animal studies have shown poor efficacy for surface bipolar radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Clinicians have developed strategies including multiple device applications and vena caval occlusion (VCO) to improve ablation efficacy. These techniques were evaluated in an acute porcine model. METHODS: In the first experiment, an RFA device was used to perform two 40-second epicardial ablations on the right atrium of six pigs...
December 7, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928258/evaluation-of-pulse-oximetry-in-the-early-detection-of-cyanotic-congenital-heart-disease-in-newborns
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Amir Hosein Movahedian, Ziba Mosayebi, Setareh Sagheb
Background: Delayed or missed diagnosis of critical and cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD) in asymptomatic newborns may result in significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of pulse oximetry screening performed on the first day of life for the early detection of critical and cyanotic CHD in apparently normal newborns. Methods: This cross-sectional study used postductal pulse oximetry to evaluate term neonates born between 2008 and 2011 with normal physical examinations...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
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Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920878/utilization-of-bedside-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-a-case-report
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Osman Z Abbasi, Thanhnga T Doan, Sumit Duggal, Sanjeev U Nair, Shawn M Quinn
The prompt diagnosis and treatment of massive pulmonary embolism is a well-known challenge for physicians. We report a case of a 61-year-old hemodynamically unstable man who presented to the emergency department with complaints of acute dyspnea. After performing a focused history and physical, we used bedside ultrasound to diagnose significant right heart strain, which suggested massive bilateral pulmonary embolisms. This diagnosis was further supported by the visualization of deep venous thrombosis in the left lower extremity...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919928/impact-of-surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-the-progression-of-tricuspid-regurgitation-and-right-sided-heart-remodeling-after-mitral-valve-surgery-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Jiangang Wang, Jie Han, Yan Li, Qing Ye, Fei Meng, Tiange Luo, Baiyu Tian, Haibo Zhang, Yixin Jia, Wen Zeng, Chunlei Xu, Wei Han, Yuqing Jiao, Xu Meng
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the role of surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) in decreasing tricuspid regurgitation (TR) and right-sided heart remodeling in patients after mitral valve procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 1994 and 2014, 1568 consecutive patients with AF undergoing mitral valve procedure were identified. In 26.0% (n=408), surgical ablation of AF was used. Propensity-score matching (PSM) was performed on the basis of 41 known perioperative risk variables...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913834/key-role-of-pacing-site-as-determinant-factor-of-exercise-testing-performance-in-pediatric-patients-with-chronic-ventricular-pacing
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Michel Cabrera Ortega, Hiram Tápanes Duamy, Dunia B Benítez Ramos
Chronic right ventricular (RV) apical pacing has been associated with deterioration of functional capacity and chronotropic incompetence during exercise testing in children. The effects of alternative pacing site on exercise performance in pediatric population remain unknown. We evaluated the influence of ventricular pacing site on exercise capacity in pediatric patients with complete congenital atrioventricular block requiring permanent pacemaker therapy. Sixty-four children paced from RV apex (n = 26), RV midseptum (n = 15) and left ventricular (LV) apex (n = 23) were studied cross-sectionally...
December 2, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913078/pulmonary-artery-dissection-following-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-a-dog-with-pulmonic-stenosis
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K A Grint, H B Kellihan
A 3-month-old, 9.9 kg, male pit bull cross was referred for evaluation of collapse. A left basilar systolic heart murmur graded V/VI and a grade IV/VI right basilar systolic heart murmur were ausculted. Echocardiography showed severe pulmonic stenosis characterized by annular hypoplasia, leaflet thickening, and leaflet fusion. After 1 month of atenolol therapy, a pulmonic valve balloon valvuloplasty procedure was performed, and the intra-operative right ventricular pressure was reduced by 43%. Echocardiography, performed the following day, showed apparent rupture of a pulmonary valve leaflet and a membranous structure within the pulmonary artery consistent with a dissecting membrane...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
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Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908177/automatic-segmentation-of-right-ventricle-in-cardiac-cine-mr-images-using-a-saliency-analysis
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Angélica Atehortúa, Maria A Zuluaga, Juan D García, Eduardo Romero
PURPOSE: Accurate measurement of the right ventricle (RV) volume is important for the assessment of the ventricular function and a biomarker of the progression of any cardiovascular disease. However, the high RV variability makes difficult a proper delineation of the myocardium wall. This paper introduces a new automatic method for segmenting the RV volume from short axis cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) images by a salient analysis of temporal and spatial observations. METHODS: The RV volume estimation starts by localizing the heart as the region with the most coherent motion during the cardiac cycle...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905006/guidelines-on-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-a-critical-appraisal
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Giorgio Costantino, Gian Marco Podda, Lorenzo Falsetti, Primiano Iannone, Ana Lages, Alberto M Marra, Maristella Masala, Olaug Marie Reiakvam, Florentia Savva, Jan Schovanek, Sjoerd van Bree, Inês João da Silva Chora, Graziella Privitera, Silvio Ragozzino, Matthias von Rotz, Lycke Woittiez, Christopher Davidson, Nicola Montano
Several guidelines often exist on the same topic, sometimes offering divergent recommendations. For the clinician, it can be difficult to understand the reasons for this divergence and how to select the right recommendations. The aim of this study is to compare different guidelines on the management of atrial fibrillation (AF), and provide practical and affordable advice on its management in the acute setting. A PubMed search was performed in May 2014 to identify the three most recent and cited published guidelines on AF...
November 30, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904843/cardiac-surgery-in-africa-a-thirty-five-year-experience-on-open-heart-surgery-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Manga Diomande, Anicet Adoubi, Yves Tanauh
BACKGROUND: Few centers for open heart surgery (OHS) are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Lack of OHS results is also noted. By reporting our African experience on OHS, the aim of this study was to fill the gap. METHODS: It is a retrospective study on 2,612 patients who were subject to an OHS between 1978 and 2013. Data were collected from demographical, clinical, investigative studies, surgical and outcomes parameters. RESULTS: There were 1,475 cases of rheumatic heart diseases (RHD), 126 endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF), 741 congenital heart diseases (CHDs) and 270 various affections...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904840/surgical-experience-on-chronic-constrictive-pericarditis-in-african-setting-review-of-35-years-experience-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Yves Tanauh, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Anicet Adoubi, Manga Diomande
BACKGROUND: Surgical experience with chronic constrictive pericarditis (CCP) is rarely documented in Africa; the aim of this study is therefore to review our African experience with CCP from 1977 to 2012 in terms of clinical and surgical outcomes and risk factors of early death after pericardiectomy. METHODS: This retrospective study is related to 120 patients with CCP; there were 72 men and 48 women with an average age at 28.8±10.4 years standard deviation (SD) (8-51 years)...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904162/impact-of-catheterization-lab-computer-software-settings-on-hemodynamic-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis
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Zaher Fanari, Anitha Rajamanickam, Mathew Grove, Sumaya Hammami, Cassie Walls, Paul Kolm, William Weintraub, Andrew J Doorey
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of Cardiac Output (CO) is a critical measurement in the calculation of aortic valve area (AVA). Due to the known inaccuracy of estimated Fick calculations, many measure thermodilution (TD) CO as well due to previous studies showing better correlation with the gold standard direct CO. Previous studies showed suboptimal correlation between both methods. Most physicians assume that the TD CO is chosen by catheterization laboratory software for AVA evaluation...
July 2016: Delaware Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900095/intravenous-leiomyomatosis-with-right-atrium-extension-in-two-patients-a-case-report
#17
Lianxue Zhang, Yang Duan, Fulin Song, Junrui Xiao, Benqiang Yang
Intravenous leiomyomatosis (IVL) is a rare benign tumor of the uterus mesoderm, which can spread via the vein, from the micro-vein to the inferior vena cava, and even to the right atrium. IVL was first described this disease in 1896 and the first presented case of IVL with right atrium extension in the autopsy was described in 1907. On rare occasions, the tumors may extend into the regional and systemic veins, thus reaching the heart. This may subsequently cause intracardiac leiomyomatosis (ICL), which may lead to congestive heart failure and on occasion, sudden fatalities...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898601/fontan-fenestration-closure-prior-to-posterior-spinal-fusion-in-patients-with-single-ventricle-heart-disease
#18
Matthew C Schwartz, David Nykanen, Craig Fleishman, Hamish M Munro, Jonathan Phillips, Raymond D Knapp, Donald Felix
STUDY DESIGN: Case series. OBJECTIVE: To describe transcatheter closure of the Fontan fenestration prior to posterior spinal fusion in two children to prevent paradoxical venous air embolism during the operation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Scoliosis is common among patients with single-ventricle congenital heart disease who have undergone Fontan operation and spinal surgery can offer physiologic benefits. Venous air embolism is a rare, but important reported complication during spinal surgery performed in the prone position...
December 1, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887023/a-case-of-primary-intracardiac-yolk-sac-tumour-with-extracardiac-extension
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Moosa Kunhi, Sachin Sanagar, N Jagadeesh, Vadanattathil P Gangadharan, Anand Kumar, Pushpa Mahadevan
Primary cardiac tumour is a rare entity as secondaries in the heart are more common. A 2-year-old child was having repeated respiratory tract infection with poor oral intake and poor activity for 3 months. His symptoms progressed from New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II to IV. On evaluation he had an intracardiac mass with extracardiac extension. Emergency tumour excision under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest was performed with provisional diagnosis of sarcoma. But Serum markers, histopathological examination and immunohistochemistry confirmed diagnosis of yolk sac tumour...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886660/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-adjuvant-effect-of-a-detoxified-listeriolysin-o-mutant-on-the-humoral-response-to-dengue-virus-antigens
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K G Hernández-Flores, A L Calderón-Garcidueñas, G Mellado-Sánchez, R Ruiz-Ramos, L A Sánchez-Vargas, P Thomas-Dupont, I Y Izaguirre-Hernández, J Téllez-Sosa, J Martínez-Barnetche, L Wood, Y Paterson, L Cedillo-Barrón, O López-Franco, H Vivanco-Cid
Listeriolysin O (LLO) has been proposed as a potential carrier or adjuvant molecule in the vaccination field. However, the cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic effects of LLO are the major limitations for this purpose. Here, we have performed a preclinical safety evaluation and characterized a new potential adjuvant application for a non-cytolytic LLO mutant (dtLLO) to enhance and modulate the immune response against the envelope (E) protein from Dengue virus. In addition, we have studied the adjuvant effects of dtLLO on human immune cells and the role of membrane cholesterol for the binding and the pro-inflammatory property of the toxoid...
November 25, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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