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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749191/disease-related-autoantibody-profile-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis
#1
Christos Liaskos, Emmanouela Marou, Theodora Simopoulou, Maria Barmakoudi, Georgios Efthymiou, Thomas Scheper, Wolfgang Meyer, Dimitrios P Bogdanos, Lazaros I Sakkas
BACKGROUND: Autoantibodies (autoAbs) help in diagnosis and predicting clinical phenotypes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). AIM OF THE STUDY: To determine the clinical utility of 13 SSc-related autoAbs in SSc patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 131 consecutive patients with SSc (111 female, mean age 58.1 ± 14 years; 49 with diffused cutaneous SSc [dcSSc] and 82 with limited cutaneous SSc [lcSSc]) were analysed by a multiplex line immunoassay (Euroimmun) for autoantibodies (autoAbs) against 13 SSc-related antigens...
July 27, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748840/cardiovascular-involvement-in-severe-malaria-a-prospective-study-in-ranchi-jharkhand
#2
Hemant Narayan Ray, Darshit Doshi, Appu Rajan, Amit K Singh, S B Singh, M K Das
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Malaria is considered as the most important parasitic disease of humans, causing seri- ous illness that can be fatal, if not diagnosed and treated immediately. It is a multisystem disorder affecting nearly every system of the body. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the involvement of cardiovascular system in severe malaria using non-invasive methods. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted on patients of severe malaria who were admitted between June and November 2015 in the Department of Medicine, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India...
April 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748509/clinical-characteristics-and-thrombosis-outcomes-of-paediatric-antiphospholipid-syndrome-analysis-of-58-patients
#3
Jingran Ma, Hongmei Song, Min Wei, Yanyan He
The study aims to analyse the clinical and immunological manifestations of paediatric antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in patients, based on the 2006 revised classification criteria of definite APS. Fifty-eight paediatric patients with APS were enrolled and analysed retrospectively. A total of 37 female and 21 male patients with a mean age of 14 ± 3 years at disease onset were included. Fourteen (24%) cases were primary APS, and 40 (69%) cases were secondary to systemic lupus erythaematosus (SLE). Anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) positivity and hypocomplementemia were more common in secondary APS than in primary APS...
July 26, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748360/autophagy-and-inflammation
#4
REVIEW
Mengjia Qian, Xiaocong Fang, Xiangdong Wang
Autophagy is a homeostatic mechanism involved in the disposal of damaged organelles, denatured proteins as well as invaded pathogens through a lysosomal degradation pathway. Recently, increasing evidences have demonstrated its role in both innate and adaptive immunity, and thereby influence the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. The detection of autophagy machinery facilitated the measurement of autophagy during physiological and pathophysiological processes. Autophagy plays critical roles in inflammation through influencing the development, homeostasis and survival of inflammatory cells, including macrophages, neutrophils and lymphocytes; effecting the transcription, processing and secretion of a number of cytokines, as well as being regulated by cytokines...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747612/effectiveness-and-outcome-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-specific-therapy-in-japanese-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Yuichi Tamura, Hiraku Kumamaru, Toru Satoh, Hiroaki Miyata, Aiko Ogawa, Nobuhiro Tanabe, Masaru Hatano, Atsushi Yao, Kohtaro Abe, Ichizo Tsujino, Keiichi Fukuda, Hiroshi Kimura, Masataka Kuwana, Hiromi Matsubara, Koichiro Tatsumi
BACKGROUND: The trend of the initial treatment strategy for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has changed from monotherapies to upfront combination therapies. This study analyzed treatments and outcomes in Japanese patients with PAH, using data from the Japan PH Registry (JAPHR), which is the first organized multicenter registry for PAH in Japan.Methods and Results:We studied 189 consecutive patients (108 treatment-naïve and 81 background therapy patients) with PAH in 8 pulmonary hypertension (PH) centers enrolled from April 2008 to March 2013...
July 26, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747456/do-brd-4-s-of-a-feather-flock-together-how-an-inflammation-driven-epigenetic-regulator-may-link-pulmonary-hypertension-and-coronary-artery-disease
#6
EDITORIAL
Partha Dutta, Delphine Gomez, Mark T Gladwin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745124/dysfunction-of-the-foetal-arterial-duct-results-in-a-wide-spectrum-of-cardiovascular-pathology
#7
Marc Gewillig, Stephen C Brown, Mieke Roggen, Benedicte Eyskens, Ruth Heying, Patrice Givron, Bjorn Cools, Luc de Catte
OBJECTIVE: Foetal ductal problems may have various cardiopulmonary consequences. This study aimed to identify the spectrum of ductus arteriosus (DA) dysfunction (closure, constriction, kinking, aneurysm and thrombosis) and the resultant clinical and echocardiographic presentation in foetuses and neonates. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective analysis of serial pre- and post-natal data of 27 cases of foetal ductal dysfunction diagnosed at a median gestational age of 33 weeks (range 20-39)...
July 26, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743482/adult-congenital-heart-disease-in-greece-preliminary-data-from-the-challenge-registry
#8
G Giannakoulas, K Vasiliadis, A Frogoudaki, C Ntellos, A Tzifa, S Brili, A Manginas, M Papaphylactou, D Parcharidou, N Kampourides, A Pitsis, A Chamaidi, M Kolios, G Papadopoulos, A Douras, P Davlouros, D Ntiloudi, H Karvounis, A Kalangos, C Tsioufis, S Rammos
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), nowadays, survives into adulthood and is faced with long-term complications. We aimed to study the basic demographic and clinical characteristics of adult patients with congenital heart disease (ACHD) in Greece. METHODS: A registry named CHALLENGE (Adult Congenital Heart Disease Registry. A registry from Hellenic Cardiology Society) was initiated in January 2012. Patients with structural CHD older than 16years old were enrolled by 16 specialized centers nationwide...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743113/pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-large-cohort-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
#9
Veronique Vorselaars, Sebastiaan Velthuis, Marco van Gent, Cornelis Westermann, Repke Snijder, Johannes Mager, Martijn Post
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a vascular disorder characterized by arteriovenous malformations in the brain, liver, and lungs. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is increasingly recognized as a severe complication of HHT. However, there are no studies describing the prevalence of PH in HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. OBJECTIVE: To assess the estimated prevalence of PH in patients with HHT compared to HHT-negative controls. METHODS: All consecutive subjects screened for HHT with available genetic testing and echocardiography-based peak tricuspid regurgitation velocity (TRV) measurement were included...
July 26, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742532/pulmonary-pressure-assessment-with-the-total-artificial-heart
#10
David L Joyce, Margaret M Redfield, Sudhir S Kushwaha, Atta Behfar, Barry A Borlaug, Richard C Daly, Gurpreet S Sandhu, Lyle D Joyce
Reversal of pulmonary hypertension has been observed in patients during a bridge to transplant with a left ventricular assist device. Total artificial heart (TAH) implant prevents subsequent right heart catheterization. Consequently, controversy exists over whether the prosthetic right ventricle improves or exacerbates pulmonary hypertension. A pulmonary artery (PA) pressure monitor was placed in two patients undergoing TAH implant, as a bridge to transplant. One patient had pulmonary hypertension at implant; the other had normal pulmonary pressures...
July 24, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742524/early-postnatal-echocardiographic-assessment-of-pulmonary-blood-flow-in-newborns-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
#11
Florian Kipfmueller, Katrin Heindel, Lukas Schroeder, Christoph Berg, Oliver Dewald, Heiko Reutter, Peter Bartmann, Andreas Mueller
OBJECTIVE: Echocardiography is the most important tool to assess infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) for pulmonary hypertension (PH). The pattern of blood flow in the pulmonary artery [described as time to peak velocity (TPV)/right ventricular ejection time (RVET) ratio] provides distinct information about pulmonary arterial pressure. The aim of our study was to investigate the correlation of TPV/RVET measurements with the most commonly used classification system for PH in CDH newborns and the association of these measurements with outcome parameters...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742187/pulmonell-hypertension-vanligt-vid-kronisk-lungsjukdom-europeiska-riktlinjer-kring-utredning-och-behandling
#12
David Kylhammar, Göran Rådegran
Pulmonary hypertension due to lung diseases In 2015 the European Society of Cardiology and European Respiratory Society published new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH due to lung diseases and/or hypoxia was classified as a separate entity. PH is common in lung diseases, but seldom severe. Nevertheless, the presence of PH in a patient with lung disease is associated with worse outcome. If there is clinical suspicion of PH in a patient with lung disease, echocardiography is recommended, and if there are signs of severe PH and/or severe right ventricular dysfunction the patient should be referred to a PH expert centre...
July 21, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741841/pulmonary-valve-opening-with-two-rotary-left-ventricular-assist-devices-for-biventricular-support
#13
Eric L Wu, Frank Nestler, Matthias Kleinheyer, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, John F Fraser, Shaun D Gregory
Right ventricular failure is a common complication associated with rotary left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. Currently, there is no clinically approved long-term rotary right ventricular assist device (RVAD). Instead, clinicians have implanted a second rotary LVAD as RVAD in biventricular support. To prevent pulmonary hypertension, the RVAD must be operated by either reducing pump speed or banding the outflow graft. These modes differ in hydraulic performance, which may affect the pulmonary valve opening (PVO) and subsequently cause fusion, valvular insufficiency, and thrombus formation...
July 25, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741093/fetal-right-ventricular-prominence-associated-postnatal-abnormalities-and-coarctation-clinical-prediction-tool
#14
Alyssa Power, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Deborah Fruitman
Fetal right ventricular (RV) prominence is a known indicator of possible left-sided structural heart disease with a low positive predictive value for aortic coarctation. There is a paucity of data on identifying which fetuses with RV prominence will have postnatal arch obstruction. Our study objectives were to create a clinical prediction tool for coarctation and to describe the diagnostic outcomes of our cohort with fetal RV prominence. We performed a retrospective review of patients referred with fetal RV prominence from January 2009 to October 2015...
July 24, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740853/prothrombotic-fibrin-clot-phenotype-in-patients-with-deep-vein-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-a-new-risk-factor-for-recurrence
#15
REVIEW
Anetta Undas
Prothrombotic fibrin clot phenotype, involving faster formation of dense meshwork composed of thinner and highly branched fibers that are relatively resistant to plasmin-induced lysis, has been reported in patients with not only myocardial infarction or stroke, but also venous thromboembolism (VTE), encompassing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and/or pulmonary embolism (PE). Prothrombotic fibrin clot phenotype, in particular prolonged clot lysis time, is considered a novel risk factor for VTE as well as venous thrombosis at unusual location, for example, cerebral sinus venous thrombosis, retinal vein obstruction, and Budd-Chiari syndrome...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740835/severe-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-combined-pulmonary-fibrosis-and-emphysema-another-cause-of-death-among-smokers
#16
REVIEW
André Carramenha de Góes Hirano, Eduardo Pelegrineti Targueta, Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos, João Augusto Dos Santos Martines, Dafne Andrade, Silvana Maria Lovisolo, Aloisio Felipe-Silva
In 2005, the combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema (CPFE) was first defined as a distinct entity, which comprised centrilobular or paraseptal emphysema in the upper pulmonary lobes, and fibrosis in the lower lobes accompanied by reduced diffused capacity of the lungs for carbon monoxide (DLCO). Recently, the fibrosis associated with the connective tissue disease was also included in the diagnosis of CPFE, although the exposure to tobacco, coal, welding, agrochemical compounds, and tire manufacturing are the most frequent causative agents...
April 2017: Autopsy & case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740685/minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-high-risk-patient-groups
#17
REVIEW
Daniel Fudulu, Harriet Lewis, Umberto Benedetto, Massimo Caputo, Gianni Angelini, Hunaid A Vohra
Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (AVR) aims to preserve the sternal integrity and improve postoperative outcomes. In low risk patients, this technique can be achieved with comparable mortality to the conventional approach and there is evidence of possible reduction in intensive care and hospital length of stay, transfusion requirement, renal dysfunction, improved respiratory function and increased patient satisfaction. In this review, we aim to asses if these benefits can be transferred to the high risk patient groups...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739840/mitochondrial-sirtuins-in-cardiometabolic-diseases
#18
REVIEW
Xiaoqiang Tang, Xiao-Feng Chen, Hou-Zao Chen, De-Pei Liu
Mitochondria are heterogeneous and essentially contribute to cellular functions and tissue homeostasis. Mitochondrial dysfunction compromises overall cell functioning, tissue damage, and diseases. The advances in mitochondrion biology increase our understanding of mitochondrial dynamics, bioenergetics, and redox homeostasis, and subsequently, their functions in tissue homeostasis and diseases, including cardiometabolic diseases (CMDs). The functions of mitochondria mainly rely on the enzymes in their matrix...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739752/severe-cardiotoxicity-in-a-patient-with-colorectal-cancer-treated-with-bevacizumab
#19
Jian Chen, Fengcai DU, Baohong Hu, Cheng Chi, Hongjin Chu, Lixin Jiang, Peng Li, Zhaohua Gong
BACKGROUND/AIM: Bevacizumab combined with standard chemotherapeutics has become a choice of treatment for several kinds of cancers. Hypertension, third-degree albuminuria, thrombosis and cardiotoxicity are the reported side-effects of bevacizumab. Among them, cardiotoxicity is a most severe, but rare outcome. We report a case of a 62-year-old female with colorectal carcinoma who was given bevacizumab-containing chemotherapy for more than 20 months and achieved a stable disease during the entire course of treatment...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739174/inhibition-of-mitochondrial-fission-prevents-hypoxia-induced-metabolic-shift-and-cellular-proliferation-of-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells
#20
Valentina Parra, Roberto Bravo-Sagua, Ignacio Norambuena-Soto, Carolina P Hernández-Fuentes, Andrés G Gómez-Contreras, Hugo E Verdejo, Rosemarie Mellado, Mario Chiong, Sergio Lavandero, Pablo F Castro
Inhibition of mitochondrial fission prevents hypoxia-induced metabolic shift and cellular proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells. Valentina Parra, Roberto Bravo-Sagua, Ignacio Norambuena-Soto, Carolina P. Hernández-Fuentes, Andrés G. Gómez-Contreras, Hugo E. Verdejo, Rosemarie Mellado, Mario Chiong, Sergio Lavandero, Pablo F. Castro. Chronic hypoxia exacerbates proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMC), thereby reducing the lumen of pulmonary arteries. This leads to poor blood oxygenation and cardiac work overload, which are the basis of diseases such as pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH)...
July 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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