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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214892/baicalin-attenuates-cardiac-dysfunction-and-myocardial-remodeling-in-a-chronic-pressure-overload-mice-model
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Yanqing Zhang, Pingping Liao, Meng'en Zhu, Wei Li, Dan Hu, Siming Guan, Long Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalin has been shown to be effective for various animal models of cardiovascular diseases, such as pulmonary hypertension, atherosclerosis and myocardial ischaemic injury. However, whether baicalin plays a role in cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. Here we investigated the protective effects of baicalin on cardiac hypertrophy induced by pressure overload and explored the potential mechanisms involved. METHODS: C57BL/6J-mice were treated with baicalin or vehicle following transverse aortic constriction or Sham surgery for up to 8 weeks, and at different time points, cardiac function and heart size measurement and histological and biochemical examination were performed...
February 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213403/temporal-dissociation-between-minimal-distal-to-aortic-pressure-ratio-and-peak-hyperemia-during-intravenous-adenosine-infusion
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Lorena Casadonte, Koen M Marques, Jos Ae Spaan, Maria Siebes
The present study sought to compare the temporal relation between maximal coronary flow (peak hyperemia) and minimal coronary/aortic (Pd/Pa) pressure ratio for intracoronary (IC) and intravenous (IV) adenosine administration. Peak hyperemia is assumed to coincide with the minimal Pd/Pa value. However, this has not been confirmed for systemic hemodynamic variations during IV adenosine infusion. Hemodynamic responses to IV and IC adenosine administration were obtained in 12 patients (14 lesions) using combined intracoronary pressure and flow velocity measurements...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211216/low-dose-eplerenone-treatment-decreases-aortic-stiffness-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension
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Tatjana Kalizki, Bernhard M W Schmidt, Ulrike Raff, Annemarie Reinold, Thomas K Schwarz, Markus P Schneider, Roland E Schmieder, Andreas Schneider
Vascular damage is aggravated in animal models of hypertension with mineralocorticoid (MR) excess and in hypertensive patients with primary hyperaldosteronism. MR antagonism has shown to provide effective blood pressure (BP)-control in patients with treatment resistant hypertension (TRH), but the concurrent effects on the vasculature have not been examined. In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled parallel-group study, 51 patients with TRH received either eplerenone 50 mg or placebo for 6 months together with additional antihypertensives titrated to achieve a BP target of <140/90 mm Hg...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210489/arterial-ventricular-coupling-and-parameters-of-vascular-stiffness-in-hypertensive-patients-role-of-gender
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Luca Faconti, Rosa Maria Bruno, Simona Buralli, Marta Barzacchi, Elisa Dal Canto, Lorenzo Ghiadoni, Stefano Taddei
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive estimation of arterial-ventricular coupling has been extensively used for the evaluation of cardiovascular performance, however, a relative small amount of data is available regarding arterial-ventricular coupling and its components in hypertension. The present study was designed to investigate the relationship between left ventricular elastance, arterial elastance, parameters of vascular stiffness and the influence of gender in a population of hypertensive individuals...
January 2017: JRSM Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209171/integrated-strategy-for-in-vitro-characterization-of-a-bileaflet-mechanical-aortic-valve
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Francesca Maria Susin, Stefania Espa, Riccardo Toninato, Stefania Fortini, Giorgio Querzoli
BACKGROUND: Haemodynamic performance of heart valve prosthesis can be defined as its ability to fully open and completely close during the cardiac cycle, neither overloading heart work nor damaging blood particles when passing through the valve. In this perspective, global and local flow parameters, valve dynamics and blood damage safety of the prosthesis, as well as their mutual interactions, have all to be accounted for when assessing the device functionality. Even though all these issues have been and continue to be widely investigated, they are not usually studied through an integrated approach yet, i...
February 16, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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/28207773/local-versus-global-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-in-early-atherosclerosis-an-animal-study-in-apoe-mice-using-ultrahigh-field-mri
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Alexander Gotschy, Wolfgang R Bauer, Patrick Winter, Peter Nordbeck, Eberhard Rommel, Peter M Jakob, Volker Herold
Increased aortic stiffness is known to be associated with atherosclerosis and has a predictive value for cardiovascular events. This study aims to investigate the local distribution of early arterial stiffening due to initial atherosclerotic lesions. Therefore, global and local pulse wave velocity (PWV) were measured in ApoE-/- and wild type (WT) mice using ultrahigh field MRI. For quantification of global aortic stiffness, a new multi-point transit-time (TT) method was implemented and validated to determine the global PWV in the murine aorta...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205629/mechanisms-of-chinese-medicine-xinmailong-s-protection-against-heart-failure-in-pressure-overloaded-mice-and-cultured-cardiomyocytes
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Jianyong Qi, Juan Yu, Yafang Tan, Renshan Chen, Wen Xu, Yanfen Chen, Jun Lu, Qin Liu, Jiashin Wu, Weiwang Gu, Minzhou Zhang
Patients with heart failure (HF) have high mortality and mobility. Xinmailong (XML) injection, a Chinese Medicine, is clinically effective in treating HF. However, the mechanism of XML's effectiveness on HF was unclear, and thus, was the target of the present study. We created a mouse model of pressure-overload-induced HF with transverse aortic constriction (TAC) surgery and compared among 4 study groups: SHAM (n = 10), TAC (n = 12), MET (metoprolol, positive drug treatment, n = 7) and XML (XML treatment, n = 14)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203542/robotic-trans-atrial-and-trans-mitral-ventricular-septal-resection
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W Randolph Chitwood
Localized ventricular septal hypertrophy, also known as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis or idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic septal obstruction (IHSS), can create severe ventricular outflow obstruction. This often results in a high sub-aortic pressure gradient with potentially lethal symptoms. In 1960, Braunwald described the hemodynamic characteristics of IHSS, and thereafter, Morrow developed a trans-aortic approach to resect a large part of the ventricular septum, enlarging the outflow tract. The Morrow operation has remained the gold standard for surgically treating this pathology...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203408/determinants-of-prolonged-intensive-care-unit-stay-in-patients-after-cardiac-surgery-a-prospective-observational-study
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Theodore Kapadohos, Epameinondas Angelopoulos, Ioannis Vasileiadis, Serafeim Nanas, Anastasia Kotanidou, Andreas Karabinis, Katerina Marathias, Christina Routsi
BACKGROUND: Prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay of patients after cardiac surgery has a major impact on overall cost and resource utilization. The aim of this study was to identify perioperative factors which prolong stay in ICU. METHODS: All adult patients from a single, specialized cardiac center who were admitted to the ICU after cardiac surgery during a 2-month period were included. Demographic and clinical characteristics, comorbidities, preoperative use of drugs, intraoperative variables, and postoperative course were recorded...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202417/triptolide-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-myocardial-remodeling-in-mice-via-the-inhibition-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-expression
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Rujun Li, Kuiying Lu, Yao Wang, Mingxing Chen, Fengyu Zhang, Hui Shen, Deshan Yao, Kaizheng Gong, Zhengang Zhang
Triptolide is the predominant active component of the Chinese herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) that has been widely used to treat several chronic inflammatory diseases due to its immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties. In the present study, we elucidated the cardioprotective effects of triptolide against cardiac dysfunction and myocardial remodeling in chronic pressure-overloaded hearts. Furthermore, the potential mechanisms of triptolide were investigated. For this purpose, C57/BL6 mice were anesthetized and subjected to transverse aortic constriction (TAC) or sham operation...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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/28194496/impact-of-pulmonary-hypertension-on-outcome-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Julien Magne, Dania Mohty, Alessandro Piccardo, Cyrille Boulogne, Mathieu Deltreuil, Vincent Petitalot, Najmeddine Echahidi, Nicole Darodes, Patrice Virot, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans
AIMS: The prognostic impact of elevated pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) remains controversial in aortic stenosis (AS) and few studies focused on patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). We aimed to investigate the impact of pulmonary hypertension (PH), invasively derived, on survival in severe AS with preserved LVEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2000 and 2010, 749 patients (74 ± 8 years, 57% males) with preserved LVEF and severe AS without other valvular heart disease underwent cardiac catheterization...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192231/hypotensive-and-vasorelaxant-effect-of-diapocynin-in-normotensive-rats
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Simone R Potje, Jéssica A Troiano, Murilo E Graton, Valdecir F Ximenes, Ana Claúdia M S Nakamune, Cristina Antoniali
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase (NAD(P)H-oxidase) is a multicomponent enzyme system that generates superoxide anion by one-electron reduction of molecular oxygen and represents the major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the vascular cells. Apocynin has been extensively used as an inhibitor of NADPH oxidase (NOX) in phagocytic cells and as an antioxidant in non-phagocytic cells. In phagocytes cells, due to the presence of myeloperoxidase, apocynin can be the converted to diapocynin, which is supposed to be the active form of this phytochemical...
February 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187791/primary-mediastinal-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-a-woman-who-is-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-presenting-with-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-a-case-report
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Pedro Pallangyo, Paulina Nicholaus, Frederick Lyimo, Elikaanany Urio, Peter Kisenge, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: The risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma is increased 200-fold in individuals seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus compared to those free from human immunodeficiency virus. Human immunodeficiency virus-associated non-Hodgkin lymphoma is known for its atypical presentation, aggressive ability, widespread involvement, poor response to chemotherapy, and high relapse potential which makes both the diagnosis and management a difficult undertaking especially in resource-poor settings...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187467/protective-effects-of-ellagic-acid-on-cardiovascular-injuries-caused-by-hypertension-in-rats
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Juliana Bahia Reis Jordão, Hellen Karine Paes Porto, Flávio Marques Lopes, Aline Carvalho Batista, Matheus Lavorenti Rocha
Ellagic acid is described as having antioxidant and antiproliferative properties. Hence, it was hypothesized that ellagic acid could improve cardiovascular damage caused by hypertension. In this work, hypertension was induced in rats with Nω-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (60 mg/kg/day in drinking water) for 6 weeks. Ellagic acid was coadministered (10 or 30 mg/kg/day by gavage) between the second and sixth week. Blood pressure was recorded every week by tail-cuff plethysmography. After 6 weeks, the rats were sacrificed, the hearts and kidneys were weighed, and blood was collected...
February 10, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187154/comparison-of-different-inspiratory-triggering-settings-in-automated-ventilators-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-a-porcine-model
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Dingyu Tan, Jun Xu, Shihuan Shao, Yangyang Fu, Feng Sun, Yazhi Zhang, Yingying Hu, Joseph Walline, Huadong Zhu, Xuezhong Yu
BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation via automated in-hospital ventilators is quite common during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. It is not known whether different inspiratory triggering sensitivity settings of ordinary ventilators have different effects on actual ventilation, gas exchange and hemodynamics during resuscitation. METHODS: 18 pigs enrolled in this study were anaesthetized and intubated. Continuous chest compressions and mechanical ventilation (volume-controlled mode, 100% O2, respiratory rate 10/min, and tidal volumes 10ml/kg) were performed after 3 minutes of ventricular fibrillation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182575/response-of-a-physiological-controller-for-ventricular-assist-devices-during-acute-patho-physiological-events-an-in-vitro-study
#18
Anastasios Petrou, Panagiotis Pergantis, Gregor Ochsner, Raffael Amacher, Thomas Krabatsch, Volkmar Falk, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners
The current paper analyzes the performance of a physiological controller for turbodynamic ventricular assist devices (tVADs) during acute patho-physiological events. The numerical model of the human blood circulation implemented on our hybrid mock circulation was extended in order to simulate the Valsalva maneuver (VM) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). The performance of an end-diastolic volume (EDV)-based physiological controller for VADs, named preload responsive speed (PRS) controller was evaluated under VM and PVCs...
February 9, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179397/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-induces-aortic-valve-calcification-by-inhibiting-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-signaling-in-valvular-interstitial-cells
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Bongkun Choi, Sahmin Lee, Sang-Min Kim, Eun-Jin Lee, Sun Ro Lee, Dae-Hee Kim, Jeong Yoon Jang, Sang-Wook Kang, Ki-Up Lee, Eun-Ju Chang, Jae-Kwan Song
Background -Calcification of the aortic valve leads to increased leaflet stiffness, and consequently to the development of calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD); however, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of calcification remain unclear. Here, we identified that dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4, also known as CD26) increases valvular calcification and promotes CAVD progression. Methods -We obtained the aortic valve tissues from humans and murine models (wild type and eNOS(-/-) mice), and cultured the valvular interstitial cells (VICs) and valvular endothelial cells (VECs) from the cusps...
February 8, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177919/camkii-inhibition-reduces-isoproterenol-induced-ischemia-and-arrhythmias-in-hypertrophic-mice
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Ying Feng, Jun Cheng, Baozhu Wei, Yanggan Wang
OBJECTIVES: The Ca/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), an arrhythmogenic molecule, is excessively activated in cardiac hypertrophy. Here, we investigated the effect of CaMKII inhibition in isoproterenol (ISO)-induced arrhythmias in hypertrophic mice. RESULTS: ISO induced multiple types of arrhythmias in the hypertrophic mice but not in the normal mice. The QTc intervals were prolonged and the amplitudes of T waves were increased significantly by ISO prior to arrhythmia initiation...
February 4, 2017: Oncotarget
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