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Aortic pathology

Farhood Saremi, Cameron Hassani, Damián Sánchez-Quintana
The septal atrioventricular junction is a centrally located region of the heart where the septal components of the atria and ventricles meet the aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves. Important structures in this region include the membranous septum, the central fibrous body, the Koch triangle, the inferior pyramidal space, and the base of the interventricular septum. This small area is the home of the atrioventricular node and the atrioventricular conduction axis and has enormous importance to electrophysiologists owing to its prime role in the conduction system of the heart...
October 14, 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Pu Yang, Bradley M Schmit, Chunhua Fu, Kenneth DeSart, S Paul Oh, Scott A Berceli, Zhihua Jiang
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling disorder has emerged as a common molecular signature for aortic aneurysm development. The timing of postnatal maturation plays a key role in dictating the biological outcome of TGF-β signaling disorders in the aortic wall. In this study, we investigated the impact of deficiency of TGFβ receptors on the structural homeostasis of mature aortas. We used an inducible Cre-loxP system driven by a Myh11 promoter to delete Tgfbr1, Tgfbr2, or both in smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of adult mice...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Noman Ahmed Jang Khan, Masroor A Khan, Guillermo Juan Morell Chardon
End stage renal disease has a list of consequences, cardiovascular being the most common. Inefficient dialysis can cause significant deposition of calcium all over the body, including heart valves making heart function impaired. We illustrate a case of 38-year-old female with end stage renal disease on peritoneal dialysis. The patient had been complaining of pain and swelling of the right hand for the last few months and had been seen by hand surgeon and was admitted electively for the biopsy of hand lesions...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Christine Meindl, Birgit Achatz, Deborah Huber, Andrea Baessler, Ute Hubauer, Christa Meisinger, Christian Hengstenberg, Jeanette Erdmann, Stefan Buchner, Lars Maier, Heribert Schunkert, Kurt Debl, Marcus Fischer
BACKGROUND: The presence of coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is influenced by genetic factors and related to the presence of aneurysms in other vascular beds. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is frequently accompanied by ascending aortic aneurysm. Because the aortic valve and the proximal parts of the coronary arteries share a common embryonic origin, we hypothesized that CAE is associated with BAV disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred seventy-seven patients with suspected aortic valve disease (n=94 BAV, n=83 tricuspid aortic valve) underwent both cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Giovanni Teruzzi, Giuseppe Calligaris, Paolo Ravagnani, Daniela Trabattoni, Luca Grancini, Giovanni Monizzi, Alessandro Lualdi, Antonio L Bartorelli
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) accounts approximately for 0.2% of cases of acute coronary syndrome. It is defined "spontaneous" in absence of any coronary wall damage. This disease affects primarily young women in good health, with no risk factors for coronary artery disease, especially during the postpartum period. Since the clinical presentation varies widely from no symptoms to typical angina and sudden cardiac death, SCAD incidence is underestimated.A 40-year-old woman, in the 8th week after delivery, was admitted to our emergency department because of acute chest pain, and a diagnosis of inferior and posterior non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction was made...
October 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
K McCloskey, A-L Ponsonby, F Collier, K Allen, M L K Tang, J B Carlin, R Saffery, M R Skilton, M Cheung, S Ranganathan, T Dwyer, D Burgner, P Vuillermin
BACKGROUND: Excess adiposity and adiposity-related inflammation are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adults; however, little is known regarding the determinants of adiposity-related inflammation at birth. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the association between maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and newborn adiposity and inflammation. METHODS: Paired maternal (28-week gestation) and infant (umbilical cord) blood samples were collected from a population-derived birth cohort (Barwon Infant Study, n = 1074)...
October 9, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
Rekha Krishnasarma, Liza Green Golan Mackintosh, Francine Bynum
Many children who are admitted to pediatric hospitals with the chief complaint of apparent life-threatening event (ALTE) are, in fact, well appearing by the time the inpatient medical team evaluates the patient. This presents a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. We describe a case of a six-month-old full-term female presenting with an ALTE and found to have a double aortic arch, a congenital anomaly that usually presents with a more progressive onset of symptoms such as chronic cough, positional stridor, and feeding difficulties...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Nasim Nosoudi, Aniqa Chowdhury, Steven Siclari, Saketh Karamched, Vaideesh Parasaram, Joe Parrish, Patrick Gerard, Narendra Vyavahare
Degeneration of elastic lamina and vascular calcification are common features of vascular pathology such as aortic aneurysms. We tested whether dual therapy with targeted nanoparticles (NPs) can remove mineral deposits (by delivery of a chelating agent, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA)) and restore elastic lamina (by delivery of a polyphenol, pentagalloyl glucose (PGG)) to reverse moderate aneurysm development. EDTA followed by PGG NP delivery led to reduction in macrophage recruitment, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity, elastin degradation and calcification in the aorta as compared to delivery of control blank NPs...
2016: Theranostics
Amedeo Anselmi, Vito Giovanni Ruggieri, Bernard Lelong, Erwan Flecher, Hervé Corbineau, Thierry Langanay, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Alain Leguerrier
OBJECTIVE: To clarify the mid-term durability of the Trifecta bioprosthesis for aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the prospectively collected data of 824 consecutive implants of the Trifecta valve at a single institution. A 100% complete follow-up was available (average duration, 2.2 ± 1.3 years; range, 0.03-6.9 years; 1747.6 patient-years). Echocardiography data at discharge were recorded prospectively. RESULTS: Operative mortality was 3...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Cristina Căpuşa, Gabriel Stefan, Simona Stancu, Andrea Ilyes, Nicoleta Dorobanţu, Gabriel Mircescu
INTRODUCTION: Since 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) deficiency has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the hemodialysis population, we aimed to determine the relationship between serum 25(OH)D level and markers of subclinical CVD in non-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional, single-center study prospectively enrolled 87 clinically stable CKD patients (median age: 61 (57-66) years, 51% male, median estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR): 32 (27-37) ml/min)...
October 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
Ameh Omede, Min Zi, Sukhpal Prehar, Arfa Maqsood, Nicholas Stafford, Mamas Mamas, Elizabeth Cartwright, Delvac Oceandy
The G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) family of proteins play essential roles in the heart, including in the regulation of cardiac hypertrophy. One member of this family, the oxoglutarate receptor 1 (OXGR1), may have a crucial role in the heart because it acts as a receptor for α-ketoglutarate, a metabolite that is elevated in heart failure patients. OXGR1 is expressed in the heart but its precise function during cardiac pathophysiological process is unknown. Here we used both in vivo and in vitro approaches to investigate the role of OXGR1 in cardiac hypertrophy...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Christoph A Nienaber, Natzi Sakalihasan, Rachel E Clough, Mohamed Aboukoura, Enrico Mancuso, James S M Yeh, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Nick Cheshire, Ulrich Peter Rosendahl, Cesare Quarto, John Pepper
OBJECTIVE: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has demonstrated encouraging results and is gaining increasing acceptance as a treatment option for aortic aneurysms and dissections. Yet, its role in managing proximal aortic pathologies is unknown-this is important because in proximal (Stanford type A) aortic dissections, 10% to 30% are not accepted for surgery and 30% to 50% are technically amenable for TEVAR. We describe our case series of type A aortic dissections treated by using TEVAR...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Adil H Al Kindi, Faiza A Al Kindi, Qasim S Al Abri, Nasser A Al Kemyani
72-year-old hypertensive presented with two weeks history of left sided chest pain and hoarseness. Workup demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm in the lesser curvature of the distal aortic arch opposite the origin of the left subclavian artery from a penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer. Following a left carotid-subclavian bypass, endovascular stenting of the aorta was performed excluding the pseudoaneurysm. Patient had excellent angiographic results post-stenting. Follow up at 12 weeks demonstrated complete resolution of his symptoms and good stent position with no endo-leak...
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Sergey V Brodsky, Rolf F Barth, Xiaokui Mo, Vedat Yildiz, Patricia Allenby, Iouri Ivanov, Stephen Moore, Charles L Hitchcock, Stephen Smith, Taha Sachak, Keluo Yao, Matthew Ball, Kelly Rosborough, Zachary Olson, Micah Kiehl, Navin Muni, Renu Virmani
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Morbid obesity generally has been associated with higher morbidity and mortality for a variety of diseases. However, a number of exceptions to this have been reported and referred to as the "obesity paradox." The purpose of the present study was to obtain objective data on aortic atherosclerosis and its relationship to body mass index (BMI, kg/m(2)), based on autopsy findings in a large cohort of overweight and obese decedents. METHODS: Decedents were ≥18 years who had autopsies between 2003 and 2014, a subset of whom were morbidly obese (BMI≥40)...
September 13, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Michael M Kreusser, Lorenz H Lehmann, Nora Wolf, Stanislav Keranov, Andreas Jungmann, Hermann-Josef Gröne, Oliver J Müller, Hugo A Katus, Johannes Backs
CaM kinase II (CaMKII) has been suggested to drive pathological cardiac remodeling and heart failure. However, the evidence provided so far is based on inhibitory strategies using chemical compounds and peptides that also exert off-target effects and followed exclusively preventive strategies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether specific CaMKII inhibition after the onset of cardiac stress delays or reverses maladaptive cardiac remodeling and dysfunction. Combined genetic deletion of the two redundant CaMKII genes δ and γ was induced after the onset of overt heart failure as the result of pathological pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Ryutaro Mori, Manabu Futamura, Kasumi Morimitsu, Kazuhiro Yoshida
The appropriate therapy for metastatic breast cancer must be selected based on the immunohistochemical phenotype of the cancer. However, biopsy for metastatic lesions is difficult. We herein report a patient with incidental appendicitis caused by a metastatic breast cancer which was successfully treated with effective therapy chosen based on the pathological diagnosis obtained on resection. The patient was a 56-year-old female with right breast cancer and an immunohistochemical status of estrogen receptor (ER) (+), progesterone receptor (PgR) (+), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) (3+), and Ki67 40 %...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
Violante Di Donato, Michele Carlo Schiavi, Ilary Ruscito, Virginia Sibilla Visentin, Innocenza Palaia, Claudia Marchetti, Margherita Fischetti, Marco Monti, Ludovico Muzii, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici
BACKGROUND: To assess the clinical efficacy and prognostic outcome of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) plus radical surgery (RS) as front line treatment in patients with FIGO stage III cervical cancer (CC). METHODS: In this retrospective study, 52 FIGO stage III CC patients treated from 2005 to 2015 were included. All patients received platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients reporting clinical response or stable disease after NACT underwent to RS and bilateral systematic pelvic lymphadenectomy with or without aortic lymphadenectomy or anterior exenteration...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Mehmet Bicer, Mehmet Dedemoglu, Ahmet Sasmazel, Numan Ali Aydemir
Aortic mycotic pseudoaneurysms are rare pathologies in children, which are mostly caused by an infection or trauma. Surgical and perioperative antibiotic therapies are mandatory in the treatment. Surgical timing and operational strategy are also critical factors. Herein, we report a the successful repair of a giant mycotic pseudoaneurysm of the ascending aorta following a previous cardiac surgery in a 7-year old girl.
September 27, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Vadim Z Lankin, Alla K Tikhaze
We have provided an overview, based on the literature and our data. In accordance with the theory of D. Harman free radical processes cause damages that can accumulate and contribute to aging of the organism. Atherosclerosis and diabetes are developing for a long time so they are manifested predominantly in old age. We found an increase in the level of free radical peroxidation products and decrease in the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the tissues of animals with experimental atherosclerosis. Similar changes were found by in the blood of patients with atherosclerosis and aortic autopsy material with atherosclerotic lesions...
September 26, 2016: Current Aging Science
Matteo Sorge, Mara Brancaccio
Melusin is a chaperone protein selectively expressed in heart and skeletal muscles. Melusin expression levels correlate with cardiac function in pre-clinical models and in human patients with aortic stenosis. Indeed, previous studies in several animal models indicated that Melusin plays a broad cardioprotective role in different pathological conditions. Chaperone proteins, besides playing a role in protein folding, are also able to facilitate supramolecular complex formation and conformational changes due to activation/deactivation of signaling molecules...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
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