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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214000/comparison-of-results-of-tricuspid-valve-repair-versus-replacement-for-severe-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Jeong Yoon Jang, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Joon Bum Kim, Dae-Hee Kim, Sung-Cheol Yun, Jong-Min Song, Jae-Kwan Song, Jae-Won Lee, Duk-Hyun Kang
The optimal decision regarding whether to repair or replace the tricuspid valve (TV) remains controversial in patients with very severe functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR). We sought to compare clinical outcomes of TV repair versus replacement for very severe TR associated with severe TV tethering. We included 96 consecutive patients (20 men, 58 ± 11 years of age) who had both severe tethering of TV and very severe functional TR and consequently underwent TV surgery during left-sided valve surgery. TV repair was performed on 79 patients (repair group), whereas 17 patients underwent TV replacement (replacement group)...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212825/inhibition-of-ubiquitin-proteasome-function-prevents-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-remodeling
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Yanting Zhu, Yinxia Wu, Wenhua Shi, Jian Wang, Xin Yan, Qingting Wang, Ya Liu, Lan Yang, Li Gao, Manxiang Li
AIMS: Previous study has indicated that inhibition of proteasome function ameliorates the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), while its underlying mechanisms are still unclear. This study was performed to address these issues. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into five groups: control group, PAH group, vehicle treated PAH group, MG-132 treated PAH group and bortezomib treated PAH group. PAH model was established by a single intraperitoneal injection of monocrotaline (MCT)...
February 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208200/massive-pulmonary-embolism-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-and-surgical-pulmonary-embolectomy
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Aaron Weinberg, Victor F Tapson, Danny Ramzy
Massive pulmonary embolism (PE) refers to large emboli that cause hemodynamic instability, right ventricular failure, and circulatory collapse. According to the 2016 ACCP Antithrombotic Guidelines, therapy for massive PE should include systemic thrombolytic therapy in conjunction with anticoagulation and supportive care. However, in patients with a contraindication to systemic thrombolytics or in those who fail the above interventions, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and/or surgical embolectomy may be used to improve oxygenation, achieve hemodynamic stability, and successfully treat massive PE...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208195/echocardiography-in-the-risk-assessment-of-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Talal Dahhan, Fawaz Alenezi, Zainab Samad, Sudarshan Rajagopal
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is classified as massive (high risk), submassive (intermediate risk), or nonmassive (low risk) based on the hemodynamic status and clinical characteristics of the patient. At this time, the management of patients with submassive PE remains controversial and approaches for improving risk assessment are critical. In this review, we discuss several echocardiographic methods to assess right heart function that may aid in the risk assessment of patients with acute PE...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206731/thrombus-resolution-and-right-ventricular-functional-recovery-using-ultrasound-accelerated-thrombolysis-in-acute-massive-and-submassive-pulmonary-embolism
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Evren Ozcinar, Mehmet Cakici, Nur Dikmen Yaman, Cagdas Baran, Anar Aliyev, Bahadir Inan, Serkan Durdu, Ahmet R Akar, Mustafa Sirlak
BACKGROUND: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound-accelerated catheter- directed thrombolysis (UACDT) in the treatment of massive and submassive pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observational cohort study of consequtive patients with massive or submassive PE treated with low-dose UACDT using EKOS EkoSonic® system at single center from May 2014 until April 2015. Overall, thirty-eight patients (median age, 64...
February 15, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206727/results-of-tricuspid-valve-surgery-for-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-acute-and-long-term-outcomes-and-predictors-of-failure
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Alberto Pozzoli, Nicola Buzzatti, Luca Vicentini, Michele De Bonis, Ottavio Alfieri
The assessment and management of tricuspid valve disease evolved significantly in the last decade. Tricuspid regurgitation is a frequent heart valve disease and it is most often secondary, due to annular dilatation and leaflet tethering from right ventricular remodelling. The indications for tricuspid valve surgery are several and mainly related to the underlying disease, to the severity of the regurgitation and to the right ventricular function. Moreover, surgical tricuspid repair has been avoided for years, because of the erroneous concept that tricuspid regurgitation should disappear once the primary pathology on the left heart has been resolved...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206674/effects-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-on-cardiac-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Jan Naar, Deborah Jaye, Cecilia Linde, Petr Neužil, Petr Doškář, Filip Málek, Frieder Braunschweig, Lars H Lund, Lars Mortensen, Bengt Linderoth, Göran Lind, Dianna Bone, Arthur J Scholte, Fred Kueffer, Jodi Koehler, Kambiz Shahgaldi, Otto Lang, Marcus Ståhlberg
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) reduces sympathetic activity in animal models of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF) but limited data exist of SCS in patients with HF. The aim of the present study was to test the primary hypothesis that SCS reduces cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in HF patients. Secondary hypotheses were that SCS improves left ventricular function and dimension, exercise capacity and clinical variables relevant to HF. METHODS: HF patients with a SCS device previously participating in the DEFEAT-HF trial were included in this crossover study with 6-week intervention periods (SCS-ON and SCS-OFF)...
February 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197291/postoperative-right-ventricular-failure-in-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Victor H Nieto Estrada, Daniel L Molano Franco, Albert A Valencia Moreno, Jose A Rojas Gambasica, Cristian C Cortes Nunez
Two cases of patients that developed right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac valve surgery are presented with a narrative revision of the literature. RVF involves a great challenge due to the severity of this condition; it has a low incidence among non-congenital cardiac surgery patients, is more likely associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary complications related to cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and is a cause of acute graft failure and of a higher early mortality in cardiac transplant. The morphologic and hemodynamic characteristics of the right ventricle and some specific factors that breed pulmonary hypertension after cardiac surgery are in favor of the onset of RVF...
December 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197277/scoring-system-based-on-electrocardiogram-features-to-predict-the-type-of-heart-failure-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Purnasidha Bagaswoto Hendry, Lucia Krisdinarti, Maharani Erika
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is divided into heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Mortality from HF is inversely related to left ventricular function. Additional studies are required to distinguish between these two types of HF. A previous study showed that HFrEF is less likely when electrocardiogram (ECG) findings are normal. This study aims to create a scoring system based on ECG findings that will predict the type of HF...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197275/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-leads-to-improvements-in-handgrip-strength
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David R Warriner, Patricia Lawford, Paul J Sheridan
BACKGROUND: A reduction in skeletal muscle performance measured by handgrip strength is common in heart failure. No trial has investigated the role of cardiac resynchronization therapy, which leads to improvements in cardiac performance, on the function of skeletal muscle in patients with heart failure. METHODS: Nineteen patients were recruited, 18 male, age 69 ± 8 years, New York Heart Association class II-IV, QRS duration 173 ± 21 ms and left ventricular ejection fraction 26±8%...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197102/right-cervical-vagotomy-aggravates-viral-myocarditis-in-mice-via-the-cholinergic-anti-inflammatory-pathway
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Ge Li-Sha, Chen Xing-Xing, Wu Lian-Pin, Zhou De-Pu, Li Xiao-Wei, Lin Jia-Feng, Li Yue-Chun
The autonomic nervous system dysfunction with increased sympathetic activity and withdrawal of vagal activity may play an important role in the pathogenesis of viral myocarditis. The vagus nerve can modulate the immune response and control inflammation through a 'cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway' dependent on the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR). Although the role of β-adrenergic stimulation on viral myocarditis has been investigated in our pervious studies, the direct effect of vagal tone in this setting has not been yet studied...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195341/left-ventricular-systolic-function-is-associated-to-sympathetic-nervous-activity-and-markers-of-inflammation-in-cirrhosis
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Raquel Yotti, Cristina Ripoll, Yolanda Benito, Maria Vega Catalina, Jaime Elízaga, Diego Rincón, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Javier Bermejo, Rafael Bañares
: An accurate evaluation of cardiac function in patients with cirrhosis remains a challenge. We used robust echocardiographic indices to characterize LV systolic function and its relationship to activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and inflammation in 59 patients cirrhosis and 59 age-matched controls. Aditionally, in eleven patients we withdrew betablockers and diuretics and used phenylephrine and albumin infusion to evaluate the response to acute afterload and preload changes (interventional substudy)...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194824/left-intraventricular-pressure-gradients-improvement-after-aortic-valve-replacement-in-aortic-stenosis-patients
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Miguel Guerra, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Rui Adão, Eulália Pereira, Manuela Vieira, André P Lourenço, Carmen Brás-Silva, Pedro Bastos, Luís Vouga, Adelino F Leite-Moreira
The present study was conducted to characterize left intraventicular pressure gradients, a marker of normal cardiac function, in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a condition which interferes with ventricular filling and emptying. In 10 patients (4 male; mean age 71.3 ± 4.8 years old) undergoing aortic valve replacement, 2 high-fidelity pressure catheters were inserted inside the left ventricle cavity through an apical puncture and positioned in the apex and outflow-tract below the aortic valve. Pressures were continuously acquired and gradients were calculated as apical minus outflow-tract pressure, before and immediately after aortic valve replacement...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194472/right-ventricular-strain-as-predictor-of-pulmonary-complications-in-patients-with-femur-fracture
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Hyun-Jin Kim, Hyung-Bok Park, Yongsung Suh, Hyun-Sun Kim, Yoon-Hyeong Cho, Tae-Young Choi, Eui-Seok Hwang, Deok-Kyu Cho
BACKGROUND: Following femur fracture, medullary fat enters the systemic circulation and altered pulmonary haemodynamics may contribute to pulmonary complications. This study evaluated the association between right ventricular (RV) function and pulmonary complications in patients with femur fracture. METHODS: Patients with a femur fracture who had undergone pre-operative echocardiography that included RV peak global longitudinal strain (RV GLS) were evaluated retrospectively between March 2015 and February 2016...
February 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191909/the-influence-of-chemotherapy-on-the-right-ventricle-did-we-forget-something
#18
REVIEW
Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Dagmara Hering, Lucia Venneri, Oleksandr Danylenko
BACKGROUND: A large number of chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular complications were discovered in studies over the last several decades. The focus of the majority of these studies was left ventricular (LV) remodeling. The aim of this article was to provide a comprehensive overview of potential mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced right ventricular (RV) remodeling and summarize clinical studies on this topic. HYPOTHESIS: Chemotherapy induces RV structural, functional, and mechanical changes...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191731/right-ventricular-systolic-function-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-comparison-of-manual-and-automated-software-to-measure-fractional-area-change
#19
Hanna K Ruotsalainen, Hannah R Bellsham-Revell, Aaron J Bell, Jaana I Pihkala, Tiina H Ojala, John M Simpson
BACKGROUND: Quantitative echocardiographic assessment of right ventricular function is important in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The aim of this study was to examine the repeatability of different echocardiographic techniques, both manual and automated, to measure fractional area change (FAC) in patients with HLHS and to correlate these measurements with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived ejection fraction (EF). METHODS: Fifty-one children with HLHS underwent transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac MRI under the same general anesthetic as part of routine inter-stage assessment...
February 13, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190605/the-importance-of-age-and-weight-on-cavopulmonary-shunt-stage-ii-outcomes-after-the-norwood-procedure-planned-versus-unplanned-surgery
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David J Barron, Intisar Ul Haq, Adrian Crucean, John Stickley, Phil Botha, Natasha Khan, Timothy J Jones, William J Brawn
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to evaluate the outcomes of the cavopulmonary shunt after the Norwood procedure with a particular focus on age, weight, and whether surgery was planned or expedited by clinical findings. METHODS: We studied 297 consecutive patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome undergoing the cavopulmonary shunt operation between 2002 and 2014. All patients underwent the Norwood procedure with a right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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