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Yoshihiro Aoki, Katsuhiko Kitazawa, Hironobu Kobayashi
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is rare in children and is characterised as necrotising vasculitis predominantly affecting small and medium-sized vessels. Propylthiouracil (PTU), an antithyroid drug, has been implicated in drug-induced AAV. In contrast, Kawasaki disease (KD) is a common systemic vasculitis, typically observed in children, which affects the medium-sized vessels, including the coronary arteries. An 11-year-old girl who developed AAV while receiving PTU therapy for Graves' disease is described...
February 19, 2018: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Bruna Bolzan, Martina Morosato, Domenico Caponi, Luca Tomasi, Giuseppe Silvestre, Giovanni Morani
OBJECTIVES: Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators have become more common in younger individuals, owing to broader indications and technological advances. Our goal was to report our long-term experience of implanting cardiac devices in young adults via a subaxillary approach with a hidden single incision, to minimize the aesthetic impact of the device. METHODS: From 2003 to 2012, 23 patients underwent cardiac device implantation via a subaxillary approach while they were under general anaesthesia...
February 1, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
A Meduri, D V Di Molfetta, L Natale, R Manfredi
OBJECTIVE: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by widespread vascular lesions and skin and internal organs fibrosis, including the heart; all cardiac layers, endocardium, myocardium, and pericardium, may be involved. We report the relevance of cardiac MRI findings in scleroderma patients with cardiac symptoms. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 50 patients, all fulfilling the ACR SSc criteria (19 with limited and 31 with diffused skin involvement) were evaluated using a 1...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Fadi Al-Rashid, Anja Bienholz, Heike Annelie Hildebrandt, Polycarpos-Christos Patsalis, Matthias Totzeck, Andreas Kribben, Daniel Wendt, Heinz Jakob, Alexander Lind, Rolf Alexander Jánosi, Tienush Rassaf, Philipp Kahlert
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has evolved to a treatment of choice in high-risk patients and is therefore ideal for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, as patients with end-stage renal disease and kidney transplant recipients. Especially, outcome of this special patient group is very important. 22 patients with chronic kidney disease stage 5 undergoing intermittent hemodialysis treatment (CKD 5D) and 8 kidney transplant recipients (KT) with severe aortic valve stenosis underwent transfemoral TAVI...
October 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
Fabio Guarracino, Matthias Heringlake, Bernard Cholley, Dominique Bettex, Stefaan Bouchez, Vladimir V Lomivorotov, Angela Rajek, Matti Kivikko, Piero Pollesello
Levosimendan is a calcium sensitizer and adenosine triphosphate-dependent potassium channel opener, which exerts sustained hemodynamic, symptomatic, and organ-protective effects. It is registered for the treatment of acute heart failure, and when inotropic support is considered appropriate. In the past 15 years, levosimendan has been widely used in clinical practice and has also been tested in clinical trials to stabilize at-risk patients undergoing cardiac surgery. Recently, 3 randomized, placebo-controlled, multicenter studies (LICORN, CHEETAH, and LEVO-CTS) have been published reporting on the perioperative use of levosimendan in patients with compromised cardiac ventricular function...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Philip Bittihn, Sebastian Berg, Ulrich Parlitz, Stefan Luther
Self-organized activation patterns in excitable media such as spiral waves and spatio-temporal chaos underlie dangerous cardiac arrhythmias. While the interaction of single spiral waves with different types of heterogeneity has been studied extensively, the effect of heterogeneity on fully developed spatio-temporal chaos remains poorly understood. We investigate how the complexity and stability properties of spatio-temporal chaos in the Bär-Eiswirth model of excitable media depend on the heterogeneity of the underlying medium...
September 2017: Chaos
Thorsten Feldkamp, Maya Luedemann, Martina E Spehlmann, Sandra Freitag-Wolf, Julia Gaensbacher, Kevin Schulte, Amer Bajrovic, Dieter Hinzmann, Hans-Joerg Hippe, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Norbert Frey, Mark Luedde
OBJECTIVES: To assess, whether cardiac catheterization via radial access prevents contrast-induced nephropathy. BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a major clinical problem which accounts for more than 10% of acute kidney injury cases in hospitalized patients. Protective measures such as the infusion of isotonic saline solution or acetylcysteine have not consistently been proven to prevent acute kidney injury (AKI). However, there is growing evidence that radial access for coronary angiography and coronary intervention is associated with a lower incidence of AKI compared to femoral access...
September 22, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Kun Wang, Wei-Jie Bei, Yuan-Hui Liu, Hua-Long Li, Shi-Qun Chen, Kai-Yang Lin, Zhi-Ling Zhou, Ji-Yan Chen, Yong Liu, Ning Tan
Contrast medium (CM) is widely used in cardiac catheterization; however, it may induce acute kidney injury or renal failure, although the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. MicroRNA‑21 (miR‑21) is involved in renal disease and has been indicated to regulate cellular apoptosis and fibrosis, although its role in CM‑induced renal cell injury is unknown. The present study examined the expression and potential targets of miR‑21 in human renal proximal tubular epithelial (HK‑2) cells following CM treatment...
November 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Marisa M Lubbers, Marc Kock, André Niezen, Tjebbe Galema, Marcel Kofflard, Tobias Bruning, Henriette S Kooij, Hanneke van Valen, Marcel Dijkshoorn, Ronald Booij, Anthony Padmos, Alain Vogels, Ricardo P J Budde, Koen Nieman
Purpose To show that equal coronary lumen opacification can be achieved with iso- and low-osmolar contrast media when it is injected at the same iodine delivery rate with contemporary cardiac computed tomographic (CT) protocols and to investigate the cardiovascular effect of iso-osmolar contrast media and the image quality achieved. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained for the Effect of Iso-osmolar Contrast Medium on Coronary Opacification and Heart Rhythm in Coronary CT Angiography, or IsoCOR, trial...
August 15, 2017: Radiology
Kun Wang, Hua-Long Li, Wei-Jie Bei, Xiao-Sheng Guo, Shi-Qun Chen, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Ji-Yan Chen, Yong Liu, Ning Tan
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is the most widely used parameter to evaluate the cardiac function in patients with heart failure (HF). However, the association between LVEF and contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is still controversial. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the association of LVEF with CIN and long-term mortality following coronary angiography (CAG) or intervention in patients with HF. METHODS: We analyzed 1,647 patients with HF (New York Heart Association [NYHA] or Killip class >1) undergoing CAG or intervention, including 207 (12...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Yeong-Min Lim, Jae Youn Moon, Daniel Min, Sang-Hoon Kim, Woo-In Yang, Won-Jang Kim, Jung-Hoon Sung, In Jai Kim, Sang-Wook Lim, Dong-Hun Cha
BACKGROUND: There are no previous data on serial changes in neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) levels in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients before and after a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of serial NGAL measurements in patients with STEMI treated by pPCI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified 169 STEMI patients who underwent pPCI within 12 h of symptom onset and had plasma NGAL measurements before (pre-NGAL) and 6 h after (post-NGAL) pPCI...
July 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
Antonios E Papadakis, John Damilakis
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of vessel diameter and exposure parameters on the estimation accuracy of concentration and effective atomic number (Zeff ) of iodine (I) in contrast-enhanced thorax and cardiac dual-energy CT using a modern fast kVp-switching CT scanner. METHODS: A standard semi-anthropomorphic cardiac CT phantom devised to simulate the human chest at three different body habitus i.e., medium-sized, large-sized, and obese, was scanned using a fast kVp-switching Revolution-GSI GE CT scanner...
June 28, 2017: Medical Physics
Emanuele Cecchi, Gianfranco Avveduto, Maria Grazia D'Alfonso, Alessandro Terreni, Emma Gelera, Anna Caldini, Cristina Giglioli
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to test the association of both the baseline values and post-procedural variations of urinary and serum Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL) and Cystatin C (CysC) with contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) occurrence in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary invasive procedures (PCIP), and compare them to serum creatinine and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). METHODS: In 43 patients admitted to our Cardiac Step-Down Unit and submitted to PCIP, we measured serum creatinine and eGFR as the standard markers for CIN diagnosis, and compared them to both serum and urinary NGAL as well as serum CysC, assessed before and 4 hours after PCIP...
May 2017: Acta Medica Academica
Rajiv Sharma, Hayley L Letson, Samuel Smith, Geoffrey P Dobson
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) is increasingly used during major surgery with the goal to reduce excessive bleeding, transfusion requirements, and reexploration. Our aim was to examine the effect of TXA on coagulation at different times during cardiac surgery using rotational thromboelastometry. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen adult males (EuroSCORE 4-5) were recruited consecutively for first-time cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery. Ten patients received TXA at anesthesia and nine received no TXA...
September 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Qiang Chen, Hua Cao, Gui-Can Zhang, Liang-Wan Chen, Fan Xu, Jia-Xin Zhang
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to outline the safety and feasibility of transthoracic device closure of an atrial septal defect (ASD) with a domestic occluder in infants. METHODS: Sixty-eight infants underwent transthoracic device closure of an ASD at Union Hospital, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China from January 2010 to January 2015. All relevant clinical data were recorded and analyzed. All patients were invited to undergo contrast transthoracic echocardiography for 12 to 60 months after ASD closure, and telephone interviews were conducted with the infants' parents to evaluate the patients' clinical status further...
October 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
N Linta, M Baron Toaldo, G Bettini, A Cordella, M Quinci, P Pey, V Galli, M Cipone, A Diana
BACKGROUND: This study describes the feasibility of Contrast Enhanced Ultrasonography (CEUS) in the diagnostic work-up of non-cardiac thoracic disorders of small animals. The second aim is to assess the usefulness of CEUS as a direct guide for sample procedures. RESULTS: Forty animals, 28 dogs and 12 cats, were included in the study. Thoracic disorders included 23 pulmonary lesions [primary carcinoma (14), lymphoma (1), sarcoma (1), histiocytic sarcoma (1), abscess (1) and pneumonia (5)] and 17 mediastinal lesions [lymphoma (8), thymoma (3), mesothelioma (1), melanoma (1), carcinomatous lymphadenopathy (1), mixsosarcoma (1), lipoma (1), and abscess (1)]...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
Mirna Kirin, Reka Nagy, Thomas J MacGillivray, Ozren Polašek, Caroline Hayward, Igor Rudan, Harry Campbell, Sarah Wild, Alan F Wright, James F Wilson, Veronique Vitart
OBJECTIVES: To examine factors influencing retinal vasculature in two environmentally contrasted, cross-sectional studies of adult participants of European descent and to estimate the extent and specificity of genetic contributions to each retinal vasculature feature. METHODS: Retinal images from 1088 participants in the Orkney Complex Disease Study and 387 in the CROATIA-Korčula study, taken using the same nonmydriatic camera system and graded by the same person, were evaluated...
August 2017: Journal of Hypertension
Giuseppe M C Rosano, Dimitris Tousoulis, Eugene McFadden, John Clarke, Graham J Davies, Juan Carlos Kaski
BACKGROUND: Patients with microvascular angina (exertional angina, positive exercise tests and normal coronary arteriograms) usually have a reduced coronary blood flow reserve. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a potent endogenous vasoconstrictor involved in modulation of coronary vasomotor tone and may play a role in microvascular angina. METHODS: We compared the effects of NPY (0.2-1.0pmol/kg, intracoronary) on the vasomotor response of proximal and distal segments of the coronary arteries in 7 patients with microvascular angina, 9 with chronic stable angina, and 9 control individuals...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Patcharapong Suntharos, Randolph M Setser, Sharon Bradley-Skelton, Lourdes R Prieto
To validate the feasibility and spatial accuracy of pre-procedural 3D images to 3D rotational fluoroscopy registration to guide interventional procedures in patients with congenital heart disease and acquired pulmonary vein stenosis. Cardiac interventions in patients with congenital and structural heart disease require complex catheter manipulation. Current technology allows registration of the anatomy obtained from 3D CT and/or MRI to be overlaid onto fluoroscopy. Thirty patients scheduled for interventional procedures from 12/2012 to 8/2015 were prospectively recruited...
October 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Beatrice Berthon, Pierre-Marc Dansette, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Jean Provost
PURPOSE: Direct imaging of cardiac electrical activation is crucial to better understand and diagnose diseases linked to arrhythmias. This work presents an Ultrafast Acoustoelectric Imaging (UAI) system for direct and non-invasive ultrafast mapping of propagating current densities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acoustoelectric imaging is based on the acoustoelectric effect, the modulation of the medium's electrical impedance by a propagating ultrasonic wave. UAI triggers this effect with plane wave emissions to image current densities...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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