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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060255/a-model-of-cardiac-remodeling-through-constriction-of-the-abdominal-aorta-in-rats
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Hui-Chun Ku, Shih-Yi Lee, Yuan-Kun Aden Wu, Kai-Chien Yang, Ming-Jai Su
Heart failure is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It is a complex clinical syndromethat includes fatigue, dyspnea, exercise intolerance, and fluid retention. Changes in myocardial structure, electrical conduction, and energy metabolism develop with heart failure, leading to contractile dysfunction, increased risk of arrhythmias, and sudden death. Hypertensive heart disease is one of the key contributing factors of cardiac remodeling associated with heart failure. The most commonly-used animal model mimicking hypertensive heart disease is created via surgical interventions, such as by narrowing the aorta...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988446/a-novel-variant-in-ryr2-causes-familiar-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
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Cristina Bosch, Oscar Campuzano, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Alexandra Perez-Serra, Monica Coll, Irene Mademont, Jesus Mates, Bernat Del Olmo, Anna Iglesias, Josep Brugada, Volker Petersen, Ramon Brugada
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is a rare familial arrhythmogenic disease. It usually occurs in juvenile patients with a structurally normal heart and causes exercise-emotion triggered syncope and sudden cardiac death. The main gene associated with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia is RyR2, encoding the cardiac ryanodine receptor protein which is involved in calcium homeostasis. After the identification of a 16 year-old man presenting with exercise-induced sudden cardiac death, clinically diagnosed as catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, we collected the family information and performed a comprehensive genetic analysis using Next Generation Sequencing technology...
December 9, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943114/predictors-of-serious-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-nonischemic-heart-failure
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Mauricio Pimentel, André Zimerman, Diego Chemello, Vanessa Giaretta, Michael Andrades, Daiane Silvello, Leandro Zimerman, Luis E Rohde
PURPOSE: Risk stratification of serious arrhythmic events in patients with nonischemic heart failure (HF), beyond estimates of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), remains an important clinical challenge. This study aims to determine the clinical value of different noninvasive and invasive tests as predictors of serious arrhythmic events in patients with nonischemic HF. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted including 106 nonischemic HF patients who underwent a comprehensive clinical and laboratory evaluation including two-dimensional echocardiography, 24-h Holter monitoring, cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX), and an invasive electrophysiological study...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931611/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-clinical-course-and-predictors-of-arrhythmic-risk
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Andrea Mazzanti, Kevin Ng, Alessandro Faragli, Riccardo Maragna, Elena Chiodaroli, Nicoletta Orphanou, Nicola Monteforte, Mirella Memmi, Patrick Gambelli, Valeria Novelli, Raffaella Bloise, Oronzo Catalano, Guido Moro, Valentina Tibollo, Massimo Morini, Riccardo Bellazzi, Carlo Napolitano, Vincenzo Bagnardi, Silvia G Priori
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death, but its progression over time and predictors of arrhythmias are still being defined. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe the clinical course of ARVC and occurrence of life-threatening arrhythmic events (LAE) and cardiovascular mortality; identify risk factors associated with increased LAE risk; and define the response to therapy. METHODS: We determined the clinical course of 301 consecutive patients with ARVC using the Kaplan-Meier method adjusted to avoid the bias of delayed entry...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916321/exercise-induced-quantitative-microvolt-t-wave-alternans-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Murillo de Oliveira Antunes, Nelson Samesima, Horacio Gomes Pereira Filho, Afonso Yoshikiro Matsumoto, Richard L Verrier, Carlos Alberto Pastore, Edmundo Arteaga-Fernández, Charles Mady
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have elevated risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). Our study aimed to quantitatively characterize microvolt T-wave alternans (TWA), a potential arrhythmia risk stratification tool, in this HCM patient population. METHODS: TWA was analyzed with the quantitative modified moving average (MMA) in 132 HCM patients undergoing treadmill exercise testing, grouped according to Maron score risk factors as high-risk (H-Risk, n=67,), or low-risk (L-Risk, n=65, without these risk factors)...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909533/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-drug-development-and-screening-in-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
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Ben Jehuda Ronen, Barad Lili
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), an inherited arrhythmia often leading to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults, is characterized by polymorphic/bidirectional ventricular tachycardia induced by adrenergic stimulation associated with emotionally stress or physical exercise. There are two forms of CPVT: 1. CPVT1 is caused by mutations in the RYR2 gene, encoding for ryanodine receptor type 2. CPVT1 is the most common form of CPVT in the population, and is inherited by a dominant mechanism...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892886/safety-profile-and-utility-of-treadmill-exercise-in-patients-with-high-gradient-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Lars Lindholm Sorensen, Hsin-Yueh Liang, Aurelio Pinheiro, Alex Hilser, Veronica Dimaano, Niels Thue Olsen, Thomas Fritz Hansen, Peter Sogaard, Alexandra Nowbar, Chiara Pisanello, Iraklis Pozios, Susan Phillip, Xun Zhou, Roselle Abraham, Theodore P Abraham
: Exercise echocardiography in the evaluation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) provides valuable information for risk stratification, selection of optimal treatment, and prognostication. However, HCM patients with left ventricular outflow tract gradients ≥30mm Hg are often excluded from exercise testing because of safety considerations. We examined the safety and utility of exercise testing in patients with high-gradient HCM. METHODS: We evaluated clinical characteristics, hemodynamics, and imaging variables in 499 consecutive patients with HCM who performed 959 exercise tests...
October 20, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882733/anomalous-origin-of-the-right-coronary-artery-first-familial-cases-in-asia
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Hideki Motomura, Mari Yokokawa, Hirofumi Fukunaga, Mari Nakagaki, Tomoyuki Hasuwa, Hiroyuki Moriuchi
Congenital coronary artery abnormalities may cause sudden death, particularly in athletes. Two siblings, aged 10 and 9 years, respectively, were diagnosed with anomalous origin of the right coronary artery on multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT). The right coronary artery arose from the left coronary cusp, and was wedged between the aorta and pulmonary artery. This was also noted on cardiac ultrasonography (UCG), but in general this might not be seen on electrocardiography at rest. Although the surgical indications are unclear in the case of unproven ischemia, early recognition of the condition may reduce risk of the cardiac events during exercise...
November 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869041/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome-a-single-exercise-stress-test-might-be-misleading
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Arash Salavitabar, Eric S Silver, Leonardo Liberman
Risk stratification of patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome for sudden death is a complex process, particularly in understanding the utility of the repeat exercise stress test. We report a case of an 18-year-old patient who was found to have a high-risk pathway by both invasive and exercise stress testing after an initial exercise stress test showing beat-to-beat loss of pre-excitation.
November 21, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861184/catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-a-model-for-genotype-specific-therapy
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Thomas M Roston, Filip Van Petegem, Shubhayan Sanatani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a life-threatening syndrome defined by exercise-induced or emotion-induced ventricular arrhythmias, typically caused by gain-of-function mutations in RYR2-encoded ryanodine receptor-2 (RyR2). This review will discuss recent advances and ongoing challenges in devising genotype-specific CPVT therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: CPVT patients were once universally thought to be at high risk of sudden death; however, as more cases emerge, CPVT is being re-defined as a complex syndrome of variable expressivity...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856464/longitudinal-association-among-sickle-cell-trait-fitness-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-in-african-americans-in-cardia
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Robert I Liem, Cheeling Chan, Thanh-Huyen T Vu, Myriam Fornage, Alexis A Thompson, Kiang Liu, Mercedes R Carnethon
The contribution of sickle cell trait (SCT) to racial disparities in cardiopulmonary fitness is not known despite concerns that SCT is associated with exertion-related sudden death. We evaluated the association of SCT status with cross-sectional and longitudinal changes in fitness and risk of hypertension, diabetes and metabolic syndrome over 25 years among 1,995 African Americans (56% women, 18 to 30 years old) in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study. Overall, the prevalence of SCT was 6...
November 16, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826330/management-of-patients-with-long-qt-syndrome
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REVIEW
Yongkeun Cho
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a rare cardiac channelopathy associated with syncope and sudden death due to torsades de pointes and ventricular fibrillation. Syncope and sudden death are frequently associated with physical and emotional stress. Management of patients with LQTS consists of life-style modification, β-blockers, left cardiac sympathetic denervation (LCSD), and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation. Prohibition of competitive exercise and avoidance of QT-prolonging drugs are important issues in life-style modification...
November 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805707/assessment-of-indirect-inflammatory-markers-in-patients-with-myocardial-bridging
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Levent Cerit
INTRODUCTION: Myocardial bridging (MB) is a congenital variant of the coronary artery in which a portion of the epicardial coronary artery takes an intramuscular course. Although it is considered a benign anomaly, it may lead to such complications as myocardial ischaemia, acute coronary syndrome, coronary spasm, exercise-induced dysrhythmias or even sudden death. MB may be related to increased inflammatory and atherosclerotic processes. This study was conducted with the aim of evaluating the relationship between neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and MB...
August 19, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801691/sudden-cardiac-death-in-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-with-a-mustard-or-senning-baffle-the-myocardial-ischemia-hypothesis
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Paul Khairy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The literature on sudden death in transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) with atrial switch surgery is reviewed and a pathophysiological mechanism is proposed. RECENT FINDINGS: Over 80% of sudden deaths in patients with D-TGA and Mustard or Senning baffles occur during exercise. Factors most consistently associated with ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death include heart failure parameters and atrial arrhythmias. Atrial arrhythmias have been observed to trigger malignant ventricular arrhythmias...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798055/exercise-induced-syncope-in-a-22-year-old-man
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Colin Yeo, Vern Hsen Tan, Kelvin Ck Wong
A 22-year-old man was referred to us for syncope during a game of Captain's ball. There was no prodrome. His friends did not notice any ictal movements. He was otherwise well prior to passing out. He was not taking any medications or supplements. He was not usually physically active, but was otherwise well with no significant medical history. This is his first episode of syncope. There was no history of cardiac arrest or seizures. There is no family history of premature sudden cardiac death.Physical examination was normal...
October 25, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792707/-hypertrophic-miocardiopathy-an-historical-and-anatomopathological-review
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Manlio F Márquez, Teresita de Jesús Ruíz-Siller, Rosario Méndez-Ramos, Erick Karabut, Alberto Aranda-Fraustro, Silvia Jiménez-Becerra
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by the presence of an abnormal hypertrophy of the left ventricle (LV), without dilation, and in the absence of any condition or another cardiac or systemic disease capable of inducing such hypertrophy. This primary or idiopathic hypertrophy can occur with or without dynamic obstruction (induced by exercise) of the LV outflow tract, so in its natural history two fundamental aspects are highlighted: the production of symptoms by blocking the LV outflow tract and the occurrence of sudden cardiac death secondary to ventricular arrhythmias...
September 2016: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788932/causes-and-predictors-of-death-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-from-the-heart-and-soul-study
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Elizabeth Y Wang, Jeffrey Dixson, Nelson B Schiller, Mary A Whooley
Although the prevalence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in the United States has increased during the past 25 years, cardiovascular mortality has decreased due to advances in CHD therapy and prevention. We sought to determine the proportion of patients with CHD who die from cardiovascular versus noncardiovascular causes and the causes and predictors of death, in a cohort of patients with CHD. The Heart and Soul Study enrolled 1,024 participants with stable CHD from 2000 to 2002 and followed them for 10 years...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770771/evaluation-of-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-ambrisentan-in-chinese-adults-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-a-prospective-open-label-cohort-study
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Y Huo, Z C Jing, X F Zeng, J M Liu, Z X Yu, G C Zhang, Y Li, Y Wang, Q S Ji, P Zhu, B X Wu, Y Zheng, P P Wang, J Li
BACKGROUND: Although several new drugs have been approved in recent years, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains a rapidly progressive disease with a poor prognosis. Ambrisentan, a selective endothelin type A antagonist, has been approved for treatment of PAH. This open label study assessed the efficacy and safety of ambrisentan in Chinese subjects with PAH. METHODS: Eligible patients with PAH (World Health Organisation [WHO] functional class [FC] II orIII) were enrolled and received Ambrisentan (5 mg) once daily for a 12-week preliminary evaluation period, and a 12-week dose-adjustment period (dose titration to 10 mgallowed)...
October 22, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761157/current-topics-in-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Naokata Sumitomo
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is induced by emotions or exercise in patients without organic heart disease and may be polymorphic or bidirectional in nature. The prognosis of CPVT is not good, and therefore prevention of sudden death is of utmost importance. Genetic variants of CPVT include RyR2, CASQ2, CALM2, TRD, and possibly KCNJ2 and ANK2 gene mutations. Hypotheses that suggest the causes of CPVT include weakened binding of FKBP12.6 and RyR2, a store overload-induced Ca(2+) release (SOICR), unzipping of intramolecular domain interactions in RyR2, and molecular and functional abnormalities caused by mutations in the CASQ2 gene...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751241/decision-analysis-to-define-the-optimal-management-of-athletes-with-anomalous-aortic-origin-of-a-coronary-artery
#20
Carlos M Mery, Keila N Lopez, Silvana Molossi, S Kristen Sexson-Tejtel, Rajesh Krishnamurthy, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser, Scott B Cantor
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to use decision analysis to evaluate the impact of varying uncertainties on the outcomes of patients with anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery. METHODS: Two separate decision analysis models were created: one for anomalous left coronary artery (ALCA) and one for anomalous right coronary artery (ARCA). Three strategies were compared: observation, exercise restriction, and surgery. Probabilities and health utilities were estimated on the basis of existing literature...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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