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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643428/mechanical-circulatory-support-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-heart-failure
#1
Amanda W Cai, Sabrina Islam, Shelley R Hankins, Wade Fischer, Howard J Eisen
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart failure (HF) remains a pervasive condition with high morbidity and mortality, affecting 5.8 million people in the United States (US) and 23 million worldwide. For patients with refractory end-stage HF, heart transplantation is the gold standard for definitive treatment. However, the demand for heart transplantation has consistently exceeded the availability of donor hearts, with approximately 2,331 orthotopic heart transplantations performed in the US in 2015 despite an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class IIIB or IV symptoms that are refractory to medical treatment and potential transplant candidates...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643402/clinical-findings-in-right-ventricular-noncompaction-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Monique M Gardner, Meryl S Cohen
BACKGROUND: Noncompaction is a poorly understood form of cardiomyopathy that typically affects the left ventricle and may be associated with congenital heart disease. Right ventricular noncompaction (RVNC) may occur when the left ventricle is affected but is rarely seen in isolation. RVNC may have clinical significance affecting surgical and long-term outcomes. We describe the diagnosis and clinical course in three patients at our institution. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients diagnosed with RVNC over a 12-month period at our institution and reviewed their imaging and clinical course...
June 23, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640529/effect-of-everolimus-versus-calcineurin-inhibitors-on-quality-of-life-in-heart-transplant-recipients-during-a-3-year-follow-up-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial-schedule
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A Relbo Authen, I Grov, K Karason, F Gustafsson, H Eiskjaer, G Rådegran, E Gude, K Jansson, G Dellgren, D Solbu, S Arora, A K Andreassen, L Gullestad
The SCHEDULE trial was a 12-month, randomized, open-label, parallel-group trial that compared everolimus (EVR; n=56) to conventional CsA (n=59) immunosuppression. Previously, we reported that EVR outperformed CsA in improving renal function and coronary artery vasculopathy, despite a higher rejection rate with EVR. The present study aimed to compare the effects of these treatments on quality of life (QoL). Within 5 postoperative days, patients (mean age 50±13 years, 27% women) were randomized to EVR or a standard CsA dosage (CsA group)...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639400/motion-estimation-for-cardiac-functional-analysis-using-two-x-ray-computed-tomography-scans
#4
George S K Fung, Luisa Ciuffo, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Katsuyuki Taguchi
PURPOSE: This work concerns computed tomography (CT)-based cardiac functional analysis (CFA) with a reduced radiation dose. As CT-CFA requires images over the entire heartbeat, the scans are often performed at 10-20% of the tube current settings that are typically used for coronary CT angiography. A large image noise then degrades the accuracy of motion estimation. Moreover, even if the scan was performed during the sinus rhythm, the cardiac motion observed in CT images may not be cyclic with patients with atrial fibrillation...
June 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639243/right-atrial-myocardial-deformation-by-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predicts-recurrence-in-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Malini Govindan, Anatoli Kiotsekoglou, Samir K Saha, A John Camm
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a bi-atrial disease yet little attention has been given to right heart function in AF. We propose that the assessment of right atrial (RA) and right ventricular function (RV) using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) could be valuable in predicting AF recurrence in patients with paroxysmal AF (PAF). METHODS: Thirty patients with PAF were prospectively recruited from a dedicated AF clinic. Right atrial size, volume, and area and RV dimensions were analyzed along with RA and RV strain derived from 2D-STE at baseline and at 3 and 12 months...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636811/performance-evaluation-of-gpu-parallelization-space-time-adaptive-algorithms-and-their-combination-for-simulating-cardiac-electrophysiology
#6
Rafael S Oliveira, Bernardo M Rocha, Denise Burgarelli, Wagner Meira, Christakis Constantinides, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos
The use of computer models as a tool for the study and understanding of the complex phenomena of cardiac electrophysiology has attained increased importance nowadays. At the same time, the increased complexity of the biophysical processes translates into complex computational and mathematical models. In order to speed up cardiac simulations and to allow more precise and realistic uses, two different techniques have been traditionally exploited: parallel computing and sophisticated numerical methods. In this work, we combine a modern parallel computing technique based on multicore and graphics processing units (GPUs), and a sophisticated numerical method based on a new space-time adaptive algorithm...
June 21, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633270/surgical-correction-for-a-neonate-with-ebstein-s-anomaly-associated-with-tetralogy-of-fallot
#7
Ling-Yi Wei, Jin-Chung Shih, En-Ting Wu, Shyh-Jye Chen, Yih-Sharng Chen, Shu-Chien Huang
Ebstein's anomaly in combination with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is rare. We report a male infant with these combined anomalies who presented with severe cyanosis, heart failure, and respiratory distress after birth. Biventricular repair was successfully performed with 1-stage correction of his ventricular septal defect (VSD), right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) obstruction, and tricuspid regurgitation. The downward displaced tricuspid valve was also restored to the normal annulus position. The infant recovered well...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631361/optimal-right-heart-filling-pressure-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-determined-by-strain-echocardiography
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Romel Garcia-Montilla, Faryal Imam, Mi Miao, Kathryn Stinson, Akram Khan, Stephen Heitner
INTRODUCTION: Right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction is common in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). While preload optimization is crucial in its management, dynamic fluid responsiveness indices lack reliability, and there is no consensus on target central venous pressure (CVP). We analyzed the utility of RV free wall longitudinal strain (RVFWS) in the estimation of optimal RV filling pressure in ARDS. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional analysis of clinical data and echocardiograms of patients with ARDS was performed...
June 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629628/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-and-its-impact-on-systolic-ventricular-function-and-exercise-capacity-in-adults-with-a-subaortic-right-ventricle
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Annina Stauber, Céline Wey, Matthias Greutmann, Daniel Tobler, Kerstin Wustmann, Andreas Wahl, Emanuela R Valsangiacomo Buechel, Matthias Wilhelm, Markus Schwerzmann
BACKGROUND: In biventricular hearts the filling and contractility of one ventricle affects the performance of the other. In this study, we compared right ventricular systolic function and exercise capacity in patients with a subaortic right ventricle (RV) in relation to the presence of a left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of adults with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or with a previous atrial switch procedure for complete TGA (D-TGA)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628189/-a-statement-the-polish-cardiac-society-working-group-on-pulmonary-circulation-on-screening-for-cteph-patients-after-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#10
Michał Ciurzyński, Marcin Kurzyna, Grzegorz Kopeć, Piotr Błaszczak, Łukasz Chrzanowski, Karol Kamiński, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Tatiana Mularek-Kubzdela, Ewa Mroczek, Andrzej Biederman, Piotr Pruszczyk, Adam Torbicki
Both pharmacological and invasive treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is now available in Poland and the awareness of the disease among physicians is growing. Thus, the Polish Cardiac Society's Working Group on Pulmonary Circulation in cooperation with independent experts in this field, have launched the statement on algorithm to guide a CTEPH diagnosis in patients with previous acute pulmonary embolism (APE). In Poland, every year this disease affects about 250 patients. CTEPH should be suspected in individuals after APE with dyspnea, despite at least 3 months period of effective anticoagulation, particularly when specified risk factors are present...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626212/a-huge-subcutaneous-hematoma-in-an-adult-with-kasabach-merritt-syndrome
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Kuan-Lin Wu, Chiung-Ying Liao, Chen-Kuang Chang, Shang-Yun Ho, Yeu-Sheng Tyan, Yuan-Chun Huang
BACKGROUND Kasabach-Merritt syndrome is a potentially fatal disease that consists of hemangioma(s) with thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and coagulopathy. Extensive hemangiomatosis is rare. We present the radiological features and treatment strategy of a young adult suffering from Kasabach-Merritt syndrome with widespread hemangiomas and an infected huge hematoma in the right thigh. CASE REPORT A 33-year-old Taiwanese male presented with a painful 20-cm mass over his right thigh and gross hematuria for 2 days...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625587/a-rabbit-model-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-by-ear-central-artery-suprasellar-cistern-shunt
#12
Jing Lu, Fuxiang Chen, Bing Cai, Fan Chen, Dezhi Kang
Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a life-threatening hemorrhagic cerebrovascular disease. The concept of early brain injury (EBI), induced by sharply increased intracranial pressure (ICP) and low cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) with cerebral global ischemia following aneurysm rupture, has been increasingly accepted. However, EBI has not been well studied partly due to lack of an ideal animal model. The purpose of this study was to establish a new aSAH model which can mimic the pathophysiological damage of EBI...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621816/control-of-a-pediatric-pulsatile-ventricular-assist-device-a-hybrid-cardiovascular-model-study
#13
Gianfranco Ferrari, Arianna Di Molfetta, Krzysztof Zieliński, Libera Fresiello, Krystyna Górczyńska, Krzysztof Jakub Pałko, Marek Darowski, Antonio Amodeo, Maciej Kozarski
The aim of this work is to study pediatric pneumatic ventricle (PVAD) performance, versus VAD rate (VADR) and native heart rate (HR) ratio Rr (VADR/HR). The study uses a hybrid model of the cardiovascular system (HCS). HCS consists of a computational part (a lumped parameter model including left and right ventricles, systemic and pulmonary arterial and venous circulation) interfaced to a physical part. This permits the connection of a VAD (15 mL PVAD). Echocardiographic and hemodynamic data of a pediatric patient (average weight 14...
June 16, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619664/nailfold-capillaroscopic-changes-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Corrado, M Correale, N Mansueto, I Monaco, A Carriero, A Mele, R Colia, M Di Biase, F P Cantatore
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) represents one of the main clinical expressions of the vascular changes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Lung microvascular changes can play a role in the pathogenesis of idiopathic PAH (IPAH) also. The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of capillaroscopic abnormalities in patients with IPAH and to evaluate the differences in capillary nailfold changes between patients with IPAH and patients with SSc with and without PAH. METHODS: 39 SSc patients (19 with PAH - SSc-PAH and 20 without - SSc-noPAH), 21 subjects with IPAH and 20 healthy subjects were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617952/systolic-ca-2-i-regulates-diastolic-levels-in-rat-ventricular-myocytes
#15
R Sankaranarayanan, K Kistamas, D J Greensmith, L A Venetucci, D A Eisner
[Ca(2+) ]i must be low enough in diastole so that the ventricle is relaxed and can refill with blood. Interference with this will impair relaxation. The factors responsible for regulation of diastolic [Ca(2+) ]i , in particular the relative roles of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) and surface membrane are unclear. We investigated the effects on diastolic [Ca(2+) ]i that result from the changes of Ca cycling known to occur in heart failure. Experiments were performed using Fluo-3 in voltage-clamped rat ventricular myocytes...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611709/relationships-between-motor-and-executive-functions-and-the-effect-of-an-acute-coordinative-intervention-on-executive-functions-in-kindergartners
#16
Marion Stein, Max Auerswald, Mirjam Ebersbach
There is growing evidence indicating positive, causal effects of acute physical activity on cognitive performance of school children, adolescents, and adults. However, only a few studies examined these effects in kindergartners, even though correlational studies suggest moderate relationships between motor and cognitive functions in this age group. One aim of the present study was to examine the correlational relationships between motor and executive functions among 5- to 6-year-olds. Another aim was to test whether an acute coordinative intervention, which was adapted to the individual motor functions of the children, causally affected different executive functions (i...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608148/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-sequencing-reveals-a-novel-notch1-mutation-in-a-family-with-single-ventricle-defects
#17
Matthew D Durbin, Adrian G Cadar, Charles H Williams, Yan Guo, David P Bichell, Yan Ru Su, Charles C Hong
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) has been associated with germline mutations in 12 candidate genes and a recurrent somatic mutation in HAND1 gene. Using targeted and whole exome sequencing (WES) of heart tissue samples from HLHS patients, we sought to estimate the prevalence of somatic and germline mutations associated with HLHS. We performed Sanger sequencing of the HAND1 gene on 14 ventricular (9 LV and 5 RV) samples obtained from HLHS patients, and WES of 4 LV, 2 aortic, and 4 matched PBMC samples, analyzing for sequence discrepancy...
June 12, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605469/surgical-ablation-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-in-concomitant-cardiac-surgery-mid-long-term-result%C3%A2
#18
Wenda Gu, Huiming Guo, Cong Lu, Huanlei Huang, Jing Liu, Jian Liu, Bin Xie, Ruobin Wu, Jimei Chen, Jian Zhuang
OBJECTIVES: Surgical ablation is an option for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing concomitant cardiac surgery. This study aims to evaluate the outcome of surgical ablation during concomitant cardiac surgery and to identify the independent predictors for a primary end-point consisting of AF or atrial flutter (AFL) recurrence, death, permanent pacemaker implantation and necessity for anti-arrhythmic drugs and the effects of reintervention for AF/AFL recurrence. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for 1028 patients who underwent surgical ablation during concomitant cardiac surgery from October 2004 to April 2015...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605420/prognostic-value-of-mean-pulmonary-artery-pressure-in-the-stable-phase-after-heart-transplantation
#19
Jan-Philip Molkentin, Matthias P Nägele, Michelle Frank, Isabella Sudano, Frank Enseleit, Markus J Wilhelm, Thomas F Lüscher, Francesco Maisano, Frank Ruschitzka, Andreas J Flammer
OBJECTIVES: In heart transplant recipients, elevated mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) shortly before or after transplantation represents a powerful predictor for an adverse short-term outcome. Less is known on cardiac and pulmonary pressures measured in the stable phase after heart transplantation. The aim of this study was to assess the predictive value of mPAP, mean pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and mean central venous pressure in the stable phase after transplantation. METHODS: All patients ( n  = 260, mean age 47...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602045/compression-therapy-for-venous-leg-ulcers-risk-factors-for-adverse-events-and-complications-contraindications-a-review-of-present-guidelines
#20
A Andriessen, J Apelqvist, G Mosti, H Partsch, C Gonska, M Abel
INTRODUCTION: The adequate use of compression in venous leg ulcer treatment is equally important to patients as well as clinicians. Currently there is a lack of clarity on contra-indications, risk factors, adverse events and complications, when applying compression therapy for venous leg ulcer patients. METHODS: The project aimed to optimize prevention, treatment and maintenance approaches by recognizing contra-indications, risk factors, adverse events and complications, when applying compression therapy for venous leg ulcer patients...
June 11, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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