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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740398/focusing-on-a-complete-blood-cell-parameter-mean-platelet-volume-levels-may-be-a-predictor-of-coronary-slow-flow
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Mücahid Yılmaz, Mustafa Necati Dağlı, Ökkeş Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Hasan Korkmaz, Kenan Erdem, Ertuğrul Kurtoğlu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between increased mean platelet volume (MPV) and atherosclerosis is well known. In the present study, MPV in patients with coronary slow flow (CSF) and in cases with normal coronary anatomy (NCA) was investigated and compared with the aim of identifying the relationship between CSF and MPV. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We studied 40 patients previously determined via coronary angiography as having NCA and 40 patients with CSF in the coronary blood stream, as identified by thrombolysis in myocardial infarction square...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732349/intracoronary-administration-of-tirofiban-during-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-facilitates-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#2
Helei Jia, Changqing Lu, Panli Sun
We assessed the efficacy and safety of tirofiban intracoronary versus intravenous administration during percutaneous coronary intervention for patients with acute coronary syndrome. The databases of PubMed, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and WanFang Database were retrieved. A total of 437 articles were found, according to inclusive and exclusive criteria, 13 of which were finally included. Compared with subjects with intravenous administration, those with intracoronary administration were more likely to reach thrombolysis in myocardial infarction trial grade 3 flow (relative risk = 1...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730407/venous-thromboembolism-thrombosis-inflammation-and-immunothrombosis-for-clinicians
#3
REVIEW
Eduardo Vazquez-Garza, Carlos Jerjes-Sanchez, Aline Navarrete, Jorge Joya-Harrison, David Rodriguez
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a worldwide disease related with mortality, cardiovascular disability, impaired quality of life and, cause major long-term complications. Clinicians related to the acute and long-term patients care must be involved in the molecular mechanisms of thrombosis. The vessel wall and its inner lining of the endothelium are critical to the maintenance of a patent vasculature. After endothelial disruption, collagen (first line of endothelial defense) and intravascular tissue factor (second line of endothelial defense) are exposed to blood flow, starting the formation of a thrombus...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725290/the-discovery-of-the-flammer-syndrome-a-historical-and-personal-perspective
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REVIEW
Josef Flammer, Katarzyna Konieczka
This review describes the clinical and basic research that led to the description of Flammer syndrome. It is narrated from a personal perspective. This research was initiated by the observation of an increased long-term fluctuation of visual fields in a subgroup of glaucoma patients. As these patients had strikingly cold hands, peripheral blood flow was tested with a capillary microscopy, and vasospastic syndrome (VS) was diagnosed. Further studies on these patients revealed frequently weakened autoregulation of ocular blood flow and increased flow resistivity in retroocular vessels...
June 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724126/comparative-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-among-black-and-white-patients-treated-at-us-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Taisei Kobayashi, Thomas J Glorioso, Ehrin J Armstrong, Thomas M Maddox, Mary E Plomondon, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Thomas T Tsai, Stephen W Waldo, Sunil V Rao, Subhash Banerjee, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Deepak L Bhatt, A Garvey Rene, Robert L Wilensky, Peter W Groeneveld, Jay Giri
Importance: Current comparative outcomes among black and white patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are not known. Objective: To compare outcomes between black and white patients undergoing PCI in the VA health system. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study compared black and white patients who underwent PCI between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, at 63 VA hospitals using data recorded in the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (CART-CL) program...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718077/early-risk-stratification-using-rubidium-82-positron-emission-tomography-in-stemi-patients
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Adam Ali Ghotbi, Philip Hasbak, Lars Nepper-Christensen, Jacob Lønborg, Kiril Atharovski, Thomas Christensen, Lene Holmvang, Thomas Engstrøm, Rasmus Sejersten Ripa, Andreas Kjær
BACKGROUND: Assessment of infarct size after myocardial infarction is predictive of subsequent morphological changes and clinical outcome. This study aimed to assess subacute post-intervention Rubidium-82 ((82)Rb)-PET imaging in predicting left ventricle ejection fraction, regional wall motion, and final infarct size by CMR at 3-months after STEMI. METHODS: STEMI patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention were included prospectively. Rest-only (82)Rb-PET perfusion imaging was performed at median 36 hours [IQR: 22 to 50] after the treatment...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718074/advances-in-imaging-instrumentation-for-nuclear-cardiology
#7
Jae Sung Lee, Gil Kovalski, Tali Sharir, Dong Soo Lee
Advances in imaging instrumentation and technology have greatly contributed to nuclear cardiology. Dedicated cardiac SPECT cameras incorporating novel, highly efficient detector, collimator, and system designs have emerged with the expansion of nuclear cardiology. Solid-state radiation detectors incorporating cadmium zinc telluride, which directly convert radiation to electrical signals and yield improved energy resolution and spatial resolution and enhanced count sensitivity geometries, are increasingly gaining favor as the detector of choice for application in dedicated cardiac SPECT systems...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712405/-changes-of-monocyte-and-monocyte-platelet-aggregates-in-different-subgroups-of-thrombotic-events-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-during-pci
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Sheng Wang, Cuifang Sun, Wang Liao, Zhongwei Wu, Yudai Wang, Xiuxian Huang, Sijia Lu, Xiaoli Dong, Fujie Shuai, Bin Li
Objective To investigate the impact of thrombotic events on the alterations of monocyte and monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Methods Blood was collected before PCI for flow cytometry. Monocyte subsets and MPAs were detected by four-color platform (CDl4-APC, CDl6-PE-Cy7, CD86-PE and CD41-Alexa Fluor(R)488). According to the expression of the platelet surface marker CD41, the number of monocyte subsets and MPAs was analyzed using the fluorescent microspheres of absolute counting tube...
July 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712393/-vcam-1-mediated-migration-of-cd34-vla-4-bone-marrow-derived-cells-into-myocardial-tissues-in-mice-with-acute-viral-myocarditis
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Xiaochun Zeng, Xingcui Gao, Weifeng Wu, Bin Wei
Objective To analyze the migration and expression of CD34(+)VLA-4(+) cells under the induction of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) in a murine model of acute viral myocarditis (VMC). Methods Frequency of CD34(+)VLA-4(+) cells in the myocardial tissues and peripheral blood were examined by flow cytometry. The mRNA and protein of VCAM-1 in the myocardial tissues were analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR and Western blotting. Results In the acute VMC mice, CD34(+)VLA-4(+) cell population in the myocardial tissues significantly increased at day 3, peaked at day 7, and then decreased, but it was still higher than that in the control group at day 14 and 28...
July 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711647/surgical-training-improves-performance-in-minimally-invasive-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-without-cardiopulmonary-bypass
#10
Lu-Feng Zhang, Hai-Bo Feng, Zhi-Guo Yu, Shi Jing, Feng Wan
OBJECTIVE: We introduced a live animal model for training of minimally invasive implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) without cardiopulmonary bypass for operator's performance improvement. DESIGN: After watching a videotape of LVAD implantation on the beating heart through the cardiac apex, the surgical team performed implantation of LVADs into 5 pigs during 3 training sessions in a time series. The procedure success rate, operating time, and technical and global performances by self-evaluation and senior evaluation were compared among the sessions...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708039/comparison-of-endothelial-function-in-healthy-chronic-periodontitis-and-myocardial-infarction-patients
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Anahita Punj, Santhosh B Shenoy, Subramanyam K
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory burden as a result of severe periodontal disease acts as an insult to the endothelium. This disruption in the function of the endothelium, predisposes it towards formation of atherosclerotic plaque, which may be a subsequent risk for coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to estimate and compare endothelial function via flow mediated dilation (FMD) assessment in periodontal health and disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 120 patients were selected and categorized equally into three groups of healthy, chronic periodontitis and myocardial infarction patients...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699070/noninvasive-myocardial-blood-flow-assessment-another-marker-of-arrhythmic-risk
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EDITORIAL
Alejandro Velasco, Harish Doppalapudi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695407/nuclear-cardiology-in-china-2017
#13
Gongshun Tang
This paper provides the current state of nuclear cardiology in China and contrasts it with the state of nuclear cardiology in the United States (US). The West China Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) were used as representative hospitals to contrast nuclear cardiology in China and the US, respectively. In 2015, there were 101 medical cyclotrons, 774 SPECT or SPECT/CT, 240 PET/CT, and 6 PET/MR cameras in China. Most (~90%) of the nuclear cardiology studies are gated SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), and ~10% are other types of studies including MUGA, PET/CT MPI, and viability studies...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693906/reproducible-computer-assisted-quantification-of-myocardial-perfusion-with-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound
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Yuanwei Li, Navtej Chahal, Roxy Senior, Meng-Xing Tang
Myocardial perfusion can be quantified by myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) and is used for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, existing MCE quantification software is highly operator dependent and has poor reproducibility and ease of usage. The aim of this study was to develop robust and easy-to-use software that can perform MCE quantification accurately, reproducibly and rapidly. The developed software has the following features: (i) semi-automatic segmentation of the myocardium; (ii) automatic rejection of MCE data with poor image quality; (iii) automatic computation of perfusion parameters such as myocardial blood flow (MBF)...
July 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688858/a-comprehensive-review-of-stress-testing-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-assessment-of-functional-capacity-identification-of-prognostic-indicators-and-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Albree Tower-Rader, Jorge Betancor, Harry M Lever, Milind Y Desai
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a heterogeneous condition that may present with functional limitation due to dyspnea on exertion, angina, or symptoms of heart failure. Although angina is a common symptom, it is thought to be multifactorial, including abnormal microvasculature and epicardial coronary artery disease. The role of stress testing in the detection of coronary artery disease and its limitations are discussed in this review. Stress testing yields additional information beyond the detection of ischemia, which is prognostic independent of the presence of coronary artery disease and can be beneficial in defining the presence of provocable left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, symptoms, response of heart rate and blood pressure to exercise, and functional capacity...
July 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687967/relationship-of-non-invasive-quantification-of-myocardial-blood-flow-to-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-implantable-cardiac-defibrillators
#16
Michael Ghannam, Krasimira Mikhova, Hong Jun Yun, John J Lazarus, Matthew Konerman, Ashraf Saleh, Richard L Weinberg, Ryan Cunnane, Ravi V Shah, Keri M Hiller, Edward P Ficaro, James R Corbett, Venkatesh L Murthy
BACKGROUND: Ischemia contributes to arrhythmogenesis though its role is incompletely understood. Abnormal myocardial perfusion measured by PET imaging may predict ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in a high-risk population. METHODS: Patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators who had undergone rubidium-82 cardiac PET imaging were identified. Patients were stratified by median MBF and MFR values for analysis. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess the impact of myocardial perfusion on survival free of VT independent of critical covariates...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685253/detection-and-quantitation-of-right-ventricular-reversible-perfusion-defects-by-stress-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-a-proof-of-principle-study
#17
Ayman A Farag, Jack Heo, Lindsey Tauxe, Pradeep Bhambhvani, Guido Germano, Paul Kavanagh, Ami E Iskandrian, Fadi G Hage
BACKGROUND: In patients with right dominant coronary circulation, the right ventricular (RV) myocardium and the inferior region of the left ventricular (LV) myocardium share a common source of blood flow. We hypothesized that stress/rest SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) could detect reversible perfusion defects in the RV in some patients with LV inferior wall perfusion abnormalities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified 2 groups of patients with LV inferior wall perfusion defects (with or without defects in other regions of LV myocardium) from our database...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685251/corrected-coronary-opacification-decrease-from-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-validation-with-quantitative-13n-ammonia-positron-emission-tomography
#18
Dominik C Benz, Christoph Gräni, Paola Ferro, Luis Neumeier, Michael Messerli, Mathias Possner, Olivier F Clerc, Catherine Gebhard, Oliver Gaemperli, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Philipp A Kaufmann, Ronny R Buechel
BACKGROUND: To assess the functional relevance of a coronary artery stenosis, corrected coronary opacification (CCO) decrease derived from coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has been proposed. The present study aims at validating CCO decrease with quantitative 13N-ammonia positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). METHODS AND RESULTS: This retrospective study consists of 39 patients who underwent hybrid CCTA/PET-MPI. From CCTA, attenuation in the coronary lumen was measured before and after a stenosis and corrected to the aorta to calculate CCO and its decrease...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684219/elevated-plasma-levels-of-mir-29a-are-associated-with-hemolysis-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#19
Dimitrios Ntelios, Soultana Meditskou, Georgios Efthimiadis, Antonios Pitsis, Eleni Nikolakaki, Fotios Girtovitis, Despoina Parcharidou, Thomas Zegkos, Sofia Kouidou, Haralampos Karvounis, Georgios Tzimagiorgis
BACKGROUND: miR-29a is a small non-coding RNA that is known to repress collagen synthesis. Interestingly, elevated plasma miR-29a was reported to correlate with pronounced myocardial fibrosis in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The objective of this study was to elucidate the origin of plasma miR-29a, and evaluate its significance as a biomarker. METHODS: miR-29a expression was evaluated in plasma (n=50) and myocardial samples (n=4) from patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using RT-qPCR...
July 4, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677661/a-novel-therapeutic-approach-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-allium-ursinum-liophylisate-alleviates-symptoms-comparably-to-sildenafil
#20
Mariann Bombicz, Daniel Priksz, Balazs Varga, Andrea Kurucz, Attila Kertész, Akos Takacs, Aniko Posa, Rita Kiss, Zoltan Szilvassy, Bela Juhasz
Right-sided heart failure-often caused by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure-is a chronic and progressive condition with particularly high mortality rates. Recent studies and our current findings suggest that components of Wild garlic (Allium ursinum, AU) may play a role in reducing blood pressure, inhibiting angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), as well as improving right ventricle function in rabbit models with heart failure. We hypothesize that AU may mitigate cardiovascular damage caused by pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and has value in the supplementary treatment of the complications of the disease...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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