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REVIEW
Mamta Fuloria, Judy L Aschner
Failure of the normal circulatory adaptation to extrauterine life results in persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Although this condition is most often secondary to parenchymal lung disease or lung hypoplasia, it may also be idiopathic. PPHN is characterized by elevated pulmonary vascular resistance with resultant right-to-left shunting of blood and hypoxemia. Although the preliminary diagnosis of PPHN is often based on differential cyanosis and labile hypoxemia, the diagnosis is confirmed by echocardiography...
March 23, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341390/pulmonary-mr-angiography-and-perfusion-imaging-a-review-of-methods-and-applications
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REVIEW
Christopher S Johns, Andrew J Swift, Paul J C Hughes, Yoshiharu Ohno, Mark Schiebler, Jim M Wild
The pulmonary vasculature and its role in perfusion and gas exchange is an important consideration in many conditions of the lung and heart. Currently the mainstay of imaging of the vasculature and perfusion of the lungs lies with CT and nuclear medicine perfusion scans, both of which require ionizing radiation exposure. Improvements in MRI techniques have increased the use of MRI in pulmonary vascular imaging. Here we review MRI methods for imaging the pulmonary vasculature and pulmonary perfusion, both using contrast enhanced and non-contrast enhanced methodology...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341058/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-stimulators-and-activators-a-review-of-the-preclinical-evidence
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Peter Sandner, Johannes Peter Stasch
It is now well established that the NO-sGC-cGMP signal transduction system mediates many different physiological functions in almost every conceivable organ system; this has been best characterized in the cardiovascular system where NO-driven cGMP production exerts a plethora of cytoprotective and anti-atherogenic effects, including dilatation, inhibition of vascular smooth muscle proliferation, blockade of leukocyte recruitment, and anti-platelet activity. Accordingly, dysfunctional NO-sGC-cGMP mediated signaling is perceived as the underlying pathophysiological cause of many cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular diseases...
January 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338487/the-evolution-of-disease-chronic-lung-disease-of-infancy-and-pulmonary-hypertension
#4
Michael C Tracy, David N Cornfield
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) or chronic lung disease of infancy BPD was originally described 50 years ago, in 1967 by Northway et al. This article possesses two fundamental objectives to provide: a brief historical perspective on BPD; and an update relative to current notions of epidemiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and clinical management of BPD complicated by vascular disease. The review highlights areas of consensus and ongoing uncertainty. RECENT FINDINGS: The clinical cause and presentation of infants with BPD has evolved over the past several decades...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337871/cytokine-modulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-treatment-with-steroids-immunosuppressants-and-ifn-%C3%AE-1b
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S Marinari, V De Iuliis, V Dadorante, S Colella, A Marino, A Nunziata, V Flati, M Caruso, A Pennelli, F De Benedetto, S Matera, S Capodifoglio, S Martinotti, S Caputi, E Toniato
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease of unknown etiology and pathogenic mechanisms. From an etiopathogenic point of view, alveolar macrophages play a key role in accumulation of fibroblasts and deposition of collagen and extracellular matrix by releasing specific cytokines and inflammatory mediators. IPF seems to be also associated with circulating fibrocytes, which might be involved with an abnormal pulmonary vascular repair and remodeling. Based on its hypothesized pathologic mechanisms, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and immunosuppressive therapies are often used...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334718/sex-differences-do-not-exist-in-outcomes-among-stroke-patients-with-intracranial-atherosclerosis-in-china-subgroup-analysis-from-the-chinese-intracranial-atherosclerosis-study
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Yuehua Pu, Na Wei, Dandan Yu, Yilong Wang, Xinying Zou, Yannie O Y Soo, Yuesong Pan, Thomas W H Leung, Lawrence K S Wong, Yongjun Wang, Liping Liu
BACKGROUND: To date, sex difference in outcomes among patients with intracranial atherosclerosis (ICAS) has rarely been discussed in China as well as in the world. This study aimed to estimate the sex difference in outcomes among patients with ICAS in Chinese cerebral ischemia patients. METHODS: We analyzed 1,335 men and women with ICAS who were enrolled in the Chinese Intracranial Atherosclerosis study. They were followed-up for ischemic stroke recurrence, any cause of death, cerebral vascular events (including transient ischemic attack, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke), combined end points (including cerebral vascular events, angina or myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, peripheral vascular events), and unfavorable outcome (modified Rankin scale score of 3-6) at 1 year...
March 24, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331450/pulmonary-thromboendarterectomy-for-pulmonary-hypertension-before-considering-transplant
#7
Hannah Kooperkamp, Inder Mehta, David Fary, Michael Bates
BACKGROUND: In cases of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), referral for possible surgical intervention is important because surgery can be curative. Surgery necessitates cardiopulmonary bypass and deep circulatory arrest with pulmonary thrombectomy and bilateral endarterectomy (PTE). If surgery fails, lung transplant is the next best surgical option. Medical treatment is also an important adjunct. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old female presented 3 months after a pulmonary embolus was found to be completely occluding her left pulmonary artery...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330686/imaging-of-acute-and-chronic-thromboembolic-disease-state-of-the-art
#8
REVIEW
A Ruggiero, N J Screaton
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. Recent advances in imaging allow acute and rapid recognition even by the non-specialist radiologist. Most acute emboli resolve on anticoagulation without sequelae; however, some emboli fail to fully resolve becoming endothelialised with the development of chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED). Increased pulmonary vascular resistance arising from CTED may lead to chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) a debilitating disease affecting up to 5% of survivors of acute PE...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329325/comparison-of-radial-and-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-in-patients-with-peripheral-vascular-disease%C3%A2
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Dmitry Pevni, Yanai Ben-Gal, Rephael Mohr, Nadav Teich, Zvi Raviv, Amir Kramer, Yosef Paz, Benjamin Medalion, Nahum Nesher
OBJECTIVES: The composite T-graft with radial artery (RA) attached end-to-side to the left internal thoracic artery (ITA) provides arterial myocardial revascularization without the increased risk of deep sternal wound infection associated with harvesting 2 ITAs. However, many surgeons are reluctant to use RA in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) due to concerns regarding the quality of the conduit in this subset of patients. The purpose of this study is to compare early- and long-term outcomes of arterial grafting with bilateral ITAs (BITA) to that of single ITA and RA in patients with PVD...
March 2, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329315/seraphin-haemodynamic-sub-study-the-effect-of-the-dual-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-macitentan-on-haemodynamic-parameters-and-nt-probnp-levels-and-their-association-with-disease-progression-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nazzareno Galiè, Pavel Jansa, Tomás Pulido, Richard N Channick, Marion Delcroix, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Franck-Olivier Le Brun, Sanjay Mehta, Loïc Perchenet, Lewis J Rubin, B K S Sastry, Gérald Simonneau, Olivier Sitbon, Rogério Souza, Adam Torbicki
Aims: The effect of macitentan on haemodynamic parameters and NT-proBNP levels was evaluated in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients in the SERAPHIN study. Association between these parameters and disease progression, assessed by the primary endpoint (time to first morbidity/mortality event), was explored. Methods and results: Of the 742 randomized patients, 187 with right heart catheterization at baseline and month 6 participated in a haemodynamic sub-study...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329267/right-ventricular-recovery-after-bilateral-lung-transplantation-for-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension%C3%A2
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Thomas M Gorter, Erik A M Verschuuren, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Elke S Hoendermis, Michiel E Erasmus, Harm J Bogaard, Anton Vonk Noordegraaf, Rolf M F Berger, Joost P van Melle, Tineke P Willems
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive and often fatal disease characterized by increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and right ventricular (RV) failure. End-stage PAH is often an indication for a lung transplant (LTX). Our goal was to study ventricular recovery using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging late after LTX. METHODS: We studied 10 patients with PAH who underwent isolated bilateral LTX. RV and left ventricular (LV) volumes, function and mass were measured...
March 3, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329155/pulmonary-arterial-stiffness-indices-assessed-by-intravascular-ultrasound-in-children-with-early-pulmonary-vascular-disease-prediction-of-advanced-disease-and-mortality-during-20-year-follow-up
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Mark-Jan Ploegstra, Jody G M Brokelman, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Johannes M Douwes, Lenny M van Osch-Gevers, Elke S Hoendermis, Annemien E van den Bosch, Maarten Witsenburg, Beatrijs Bartelds, Hans L Hillege, Rolf M F Berger
Aims: Prognosis in children with pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) is closely linked to right ventricular (RV) failure due to increased RV-afterload. Pulmonary arterial (PA) stiffening is known to occur early in the course of PVD and constitutes a main component of RV-afterload. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of PA-stiffness in children with PVD by determining its association with advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and mortality at long-term follow-up. Methods and results: Forty-one children with various stages of arterial PVD, defined as mean PA-pressure  ≥20 mmHg and/or pulmonary-to-systemic flow-ratio  ≥1...
March 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323056/fty720-promotes-pulmonary-fibrosis-when-administered-during-the-remodelling-phase-following-a-bleomycin-induced-lung-injury
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David R Gendron, Anne-Marie Lemay, Pascale Blais Lecours, Valérie Perreault-Vallières, Carole-Ann Huppé, Ynuk Bossé, Marie-Renée Blanchet, Geneviève Dion, David Marsolais
Fibrosis complicates numerous pathologies including interstitial lung diseases. Sphingosine analogs such as FTY720 can alleviate lung injury-induced fibrosis in murine models. Contradictorily, FTY720 also promotes in vitro processes normally leading to fibrosis and high doses in vivo foster lung fibrosis by enhancing vascular leakage into the lung. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of low doses of FTY720 on lung fibrosis triggered by an acute injury in mice. We first defined the time-boundaries delimiting the inflammatory and remodelling phases of an injury elicited by bleomycin based on neutrophil counts, total lung capacity and lung stiffness...
March 16, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320472/increased-serum-levels-of-fractalkine-and-mobilisation-of-cd34-cd45-endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Audrey Benyamine, Jérémy Magalon, Sylvie Cointe, Romaric Lacroix, Laurent Arnaud, Nathalie Bardin, Pascal Rossi, Yves Francès, Fanny Bernard-Guervilly, Gilles Kaplanski, Jean-Robert Harlé, Pierre-Jean Weiller, Philippe Berbis, David Braunstein, Elisabeth Jouve, Nathalie Lesavre, Françoise Couranjou, Françoise Dignat-George, Florence Sabatier, Pascale Paul, Brigitte Granel
BACKGROUND: The disruption of endothelial homeostasis is a major determinant in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and is reflected by soluble and cellular markers of activation, injury and repair. We aimed to provide a combined assessment of endothelial markers to delineate specific profiles associated with SSc disease and its severity. METHODS: We conducted an observational, single-centre study comprising 45 patients with SSc and 41 healthy control subjects...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320395/vasoproliferative-process-resembling-pulmonary-capillary-hemangiomatosis-in-a-cat
#15
J A Jaffey, K J Williams, I Masseau, M Krueger, C Reinero
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is a rare, vascular obstructive disorder that uniformly causes pulmonary arterial hypertension. Clinically, pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is indistinguishable from primary pulmonary arterial hypertension and histology is required for definitive diagnosis. The distinctive histologic feature of pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is non-malignant extensive proliferation of capillaries in the alveolar septae. Vasodilator treatment of humans with primary arterial hypertension due to pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis can result in fatal acute pulmonary edema...
March 20, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317625/relationship-among-pulmonary-hypertension-autoimmunity-thyroid-hormones-and-dyspnea-in-patients-with-hyperthyroidism
#16
Sayid Shafi Zuhur, Derya Baykiz, Sonat Pinar Kara, Ertan Sahin, Idris Kuzu, Gulsah Elbuken
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have reported conflicting results regarding the mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of pulmonary hypertension (PHT) in patients with hyperthyroidism. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the association between PHT and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor antibody, thyroid peroxidase antibody, thyroglobulin antibody, TSH, fT3, fT4 and dyspnea during daily activities in a large population of patients with hyperthyroidism. METHODS: A total of 129 consecutive patients with hyperthyroidism, 37 with hypothyroidism and 38 euthyroid controls were enrolled in this study...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316463/the-role-of-serotonin-transporter-in-human-lung-development-and-in-neonatal-lung-disorders
#17
E C C Castro, P Sen, W T Parks, C Langston, C Galambos
Introduction. Failure of the vascular pulmonary remodeling at birth often manifests as pulmonary hypertension (PHT) and is associated with a variety of neonatal lung disorders including a uniformly fatal developmental disorder known as alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACD/MPV). Serum serotonin regulation has been linked to pulmonary vascular function and disease, and serotonin transporter (SERT) is thought to be one of the key regulators in these processes. We sought to find evidence of a role that SERT plays in the neonatal respiratory adaptation process and in the pathomechanism of ACD/MPV...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316033/cardiovascular-complications-of-targeted-therapies-for-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#18
REVIEW
Rongras Damrongwatanasuk, Michael G Fradley
The development of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) dramatically changed the treatment landscape for many different cancers including chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). With the introduction of imatinib, the first TKI developed and approved to effectively treat CML, patient survival has increased dramatically and, in some cases, this fatal cancer can be managed as a chronic disease. Since the approval of imatinib in 2002, four additional TKIs have been developed to treat this disease including the second-generation TKIs nilotinib, dasatinib, and bosutinib and the third-generation TKI ponatinib...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315681/differential-sex-specific-effects-of-oxygen-toxicity-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#19
Yuhao Zhang, Krithika Lingappan
Despite the well-established sex-specific differences in the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), the molecular mechanism(s) behind these are not completely understood. Pulmonary angiogenesis is critical for alveolarization and arrest in vascular development adversely affects lung development. Human neonatal umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) provide a robust in vitro model for the study of endothelial cell physiology and function. Male and Female HUVECs were exposed to room air (21% O2, 5% CO2) or hyperoxia (95% O2, 5% CO2) for up to 72 h...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306357/asthma-causes-inflammation-of-human-pulmonary-arteries-and-decreases-vasodilatation-induced-by-prostaglandin-i2-analogs
#20
Nabil Foudi, Aouatef Badi, Mounira Amrane, Wassim Hodroj
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with increased cardiovascular events. This study assesses the presence of inflammation and the vascular reactivity of pulmonary arteries in patients with acute asthma. METHODS: Rings of human pulmonary arteries obtained from non-asthmatic and asthmatic patients were set up in organ bath for vascular tone monitoring. Reactivity was induced by vasoconstrictor and vasodilator agents. Protein expression of inflammatory markers was detected by western blot...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
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