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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#1
Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150941/micrornas-as-predictive-biomarkers-for-myocardial-injury-in-aged-mice-following-myocardial-infarction
#2
Natia Qipshidze Kelm, Kellianne M Piell, Eugenia Wang, Marsha P Cole
The occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI) increases appreciably with age. In the Framingham Heart Study, the incidence of MI more than doubles for men and increases more than 5-fold in women (ages 55 to 64 years compared to 85 to 94 years). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) quantitatively regulate their target's expression post-transcriptionally by either silencing action through binding at the 3'UTR domains or degrading the messages at their coding regions. In either case, these regulations affect the cardiac transcriptional output and cardiac function...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150936/the-roles-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-tissue-development-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Maryam Majidinia, Javad Aghazadeh, Rana Jahanban-Esfahlani, Bahman Yousefi
Regenerative medicine is a translational field which combines tissue engineering and molecular biology to construct spare organs or help injured or defective tissues to regenerate or restore their normal functions. This is particularly important with specific organs such as heart, central nervous system, retina or limbs which possess very limited regenerative capacity. As such, regenerative medicine has received peculiar attention in the last decade. In this regard, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been subject to intensive research, since it plays many essential roles in the regulation of the progenitor cell fate, developmental decisions, proliferation during embryonic development, and adult tissue homeostasis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150791/16-channel-flexible-system-to-measure-electrophysiological-properties-of-bioengineered-hearts
#4
Betsy H Salazar, Kristopher A Hoffman, Anilkumar K Reddy, Sridhar Madala, Ravi K Birla
As tissue engineering continues to mature, it is necessary to develop new technologies that bring insight into current paradigms and guide improvements for future experiments. To this end, we have developed a system to characterize our bioartificial heart model and compare them to functional native structures. In the present study, the hearts of adult Sprague-Dawley were decellularized resulting in a natural three-dimensional cardiac scaffold. Neonatal rat primary cardiac cells were then cultured within a complex 3D fibrin gel, forming a 3-dimensional cardiac construct, which was sutured to the acellular scaffold and suspended in media for 24-48 h...
November 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150779/perioperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-non-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Ashraf Fayad, Sasha K Shillcutt
PURPOSE: The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has evolved to include patients undergoing high-risk non-cardiac procedures and patients with significant cardiac disease undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Implementation of basic TEE education in training programs has increased across a broad spectrum of procedures in the perioperative arena. This paper describes the use of perioperative TEE in non-cardiac surgery and provides an overview of the basic TEE examination. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Perioperative TEE is used to monitor hemodynamic parameters in non-cardiac procedures where there is a high risk of hemodynamic instability...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150612/health-impact-of-e-cigarettes-a-prospective-3-5-year-study-of-regular-daily-users-who-have-never-smoked
#6
Riccardo Polosa, Fabio Cibella, Pasquale Caponnetto, Marilena Maglia, Umberto Prosperini, Cristina Russo, Donald Tashkin
Although electronic cigarettes (ECs) are a much less harmful alternative to tobacco cigarettes, there is concern as to whether long-term ECs use may cause risks to human health. We report health outcomes (blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, exhaled breath nitric oxide [eNO], exhaled carbon monoxide [eCO], and high-resolution computed tomography [HRCT] of the lungs) from a prospective 3.5-year observational study of a cohort of nine daily EC users (mean age 29.7 (±6...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150464/testosterone-therapy-in-hypogonadal-men-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
#7
Jesse Elliott, Shannon E Kelly, Adam C Millar, Joan Peterson, Li Chen, Amy Johnston, Ahmed Kotb, Becky Skidmore, Zemin Bai, Muhammad Mamdani, George A Wells
OBJECTIVE: To assess the relative effects of individual testosterone products among hypogonadal men. DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane CENTRAL, and grey literature (25 May 2017) for randomised-controlled trials (RCTs) and non-randomised studies (NRS) that involved hypogonadal men given testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for ≥3 months. Comparators were placebo, another TRT, or the same product at a different dose...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150299/a-new-analytical-model-for-the-changes-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-ischemic-diseases
#8
Feng Qiu, Hui Cao, Yue Wu
Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) play an important role in ischemic diseases. However, few studies focused on the generation and decay process of VEGF and no model yet can quantify different VEGF behavior caused in different area, like heart or brain. We compare the results across different groups and quantify the effectiveness of the selected training protocols. By applying the model to experimental data, the analytical model has been proposed to simulate the changes of vascular endothelial growth factor as a function of time and training protocols in ischemic diseases...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149967/early-prediction-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
#9
G Bilancio, M Celano, V Cozza, F Zingone, G Palladino, M Cirillo
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is frequent after kidney transplantation (KT). This study investigated CVD prediction in KT by information available before KT or within 6 months after KT. The study cohort consisted of 629 patients with KT in 2005-10 and with adult age at KT. The end point was incidence up to 2015 of CVD (coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, peripheral artery disease). Graft failure, non-CVD death with functioning graft, and loss to follow-up were considered competing events. CVD prediction was investigated for 34 variables by means of competing-risks regression...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149759/dusp1-alleviates-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-suppressing-the-mff-required-mitochondrial-fission-and-bnip3-related-mitophagy-via-the-jnk-pathways
#10
Qinhua Jin, Ruibing Li, Nan Hu, Ting Xin, Pingjun Zhu, Shunying Hu, Sai Ma, Hong Zhu, Jun Ren, Hao Zhou
Mitochondrial fission and selective mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) form an essential axis of mitochondrial quality control that plays a critical role in the development of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. However, the precise upstream molecular mechanism of fission/mitophagy remains unclear. Dual-specificity protein phosphatase1 (DUSP1) regulates cardiac metabolism, but its physiological contribution in the reperfused heart, particularly its influence on mitochondrial homeostasis, is unknown. Here, we demonstrated that cardiac DUSP1 was downregulated following acute cardiac IR injury...
November 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148430/low-dose-4d-cardiac-imaging-in-small-animals-using-dual-source-micro-ct
#11
Matthew Holbrook, Darin P Clark, Cristian T Badea
Micro-CT is widely used in preclinical studies, generating substantial interest in extending its capabilities in functional imaging applications such as blood perfusion and cardiac function. However, imaging cardiac structure and function in mice is challenging due to their small size and rapid heart rate. To overcome these challenges, we propose and compare improvements on two strategies for cardiac gating in dual-source, preclinical micro-CT: fast prospective gating (PG) and uncorrelated retrospective gating (RG)...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148158/long-term-anesthetic-protocol-in-rats-feasibility-in-electrophysiology-studies-in-visual-prosthesis
#12
Alejandro Barriga-Rivera, Veronica Tatarinoff, Nigel H Lovell, John W Morley, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of excitable cells provides therapeutic benefits for a variety of medical conditions, including restoration of partial vision to those blinded via some types of retinal degeneration. To improve visual percepts elicited by the current technology, researchers are conducting acute electrophysiology experiments, mainly in cats. However, the rat can provide a model of a range of retinal diseases and possesses a sufficiently large eye to be used in this field. This article presents a long-term anesthetic protocol to enable electrophysiology experiments to further the development of visual prostheses...
November 17, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148148/an-integrative-translational-approach-to-study-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-position-paper-from-the-working-group-on-myocardial-function-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology
#13
REVIEW
Andre P Lourenço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Jean-Luc Balligand, Johann Bauersachs, Dana Dawson, Rudolf A de Boer, Leon J de Windt, Inês Falcão-Pires, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Stefan Franz, Mauro Giacca, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Emilio Hirsch, Christoph Maack, Manuel Mayr, Burkert Pieske, Thomas Thum, Carlo G Tocchetti, Dirk L Brutsaert, Stephane Heymans
As heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) rises to epidemic proportions, major steps in patient management and therapeutic development are badly needed. With the current position paper we seek to update our view on HFpEF as a highly complex systemic syndrome, from risk factors and mechanisms to long-term clinical manifestations. We will revise recent advances in animal model development, experimental set-ups and basic and translational science approaches to HFpEF research, highlighting their drawbacks and advantages...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148144/systolic-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-analysis-of-the-topcat-trial
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Senthil Selvaraj, Brian Claggett, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Jean L Rouleau, Akshay S Desai, Eldrin F Lewis, Bertram Pitt, Nancy K Sweitzer, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Recent guidelines have advocated for stricter systolic blood pressure (SBP) control in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), though data regarding the optimal SBP in HFpEF are sparse. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed participants from the Americas from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) study with available baseline and 8-week visit SBP data (n = 1645). We related baseline SBP to several efficacy and safety outcomes...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148067/should-theophylline-be-added-to-the-j-wave-syndrome-therapeutic-armamentarium
#15
EDITORIAL
Charles Antzelevitch, Sami Viskin
The substrate for both early repolarization syndrome (ERS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS), the so-called J wave syndromes, has been shown to develop as a consequence of genetic variants causing a loss of function of inward currents such sodium (INa ) and calcium (ICa ) channel currents or a gain of function in outward currents such as the transient outward current (Ito ). These changes in ion channel function result in an outward shift of the balance of currents active during the early phases of the epicardial action potential in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of the heart in the case BrS and in the inferior left ventricle in the case of ERS...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146614/heart-rate-reduction-improves-biventricular-function-and-interactions-in-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
#16
Olga Gomez, Kenichi Okumura, Osami Honjo, Mei Sun, Ryo Ishii, Bart Bijens, Mark K Friedberg
OBJECTIVES: To investigate mechanisms of heart rate (HR) reduction on biventricular function and interactions in experimental pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: We compared cardiac-cycle mechanics and interventricular interactions in 15 sham, 8 monocrotaline-PAH, 9 PAH+carvedilol and 8 PAH+ivabradine rats. We used echocardiography to assess biventricular function, timing of cardiac- cycle events and septal position in PAH rats; and related HR reduction effect on biventricular function measured by echocardiography and conductance catheter...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146543/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-optimisation-of-interventricular-delay-by-the-systolic-dyssynchrony-index-a-comparative-randomized-12-month-follow-up-study
#17
Jiri Vondrak, Dan Marek, Jan Vecera, Klara Benesova, Jan Matejka
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study was to compare the effect of interventricular (VV) delay optimisation in CRT recipients based on systolic dyssynchrony index (SDI) derived from the three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) versus QRS width assessment, on left ventricle volume reduction at the 12-month follow-up. METHODS: We included 63 patients with recently implanted CRT in this randomized, open-label trial. Patients were randomized to VV delay optimisation based on QRS complex width measurement in the group 1 (n=31) to obtain the narrowest QRS complex and based on SDI in group 2 (n=32) to achieve its lowest possible value...
November 13, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146505/muscarinic-receptor-oligomerization
#18
REVIEW
Sara Marsango, Richard J Ward, Elisa Alvarez-Curto, Graeme Milligan
G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been classically described as monomeric entities that function by binding in a 1:1 stoichiometric ratio to both ligand and downstream signalling proteins. However, in recent years, a growing numbers of studies have supported the hypothesis that these receptors can interact to form dimers and higher order oligomers although the molecular basis for these interactions, the overall quaternary arrangements and the functional importance of the GPCR oligomerization remain topics of intense speculation...
November 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146485/in-frame-variants-in-flna-proximal-rod-1-domain-associate-with-a-predominant-cardiac-valvular-phenotype
#19
Luis Fernández, Jair Tenorio, Coral Polo-Vaquero, Elena Vallespín, María Palomares-Bralo, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Pedro Arias, Hernán Carnicer, Silvina Giannivelli, Juan Medina, Rosa Pérez-Piaya, Jorge Solís, Mónica Rodríguez, Alexandra Villagrá, Laura Rodríguez, Julián Nevado, Víctor Martínez-Glez, Karen E Heath, Pablo Lapunzina
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: X-linked cardiac valvular dysplasia is a rare form of male-specific congenital heart defect mainly characterized by myxomatous degeneration of the atrioventricular valves with variable hemodynamic consequences. It is caused by genetic defects in FLNA-encoded filamin A, a widely expressed actin-binding protein that regulates cytoskeleton organization. Filamin A loss of function has also been associated with often concurring neurologic and connective tissue manifestations, with mutations in the first half of the Rod 1 domain apparently expressing the full cardiac phenotype...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146481/central-obesity-is-the-key-component-in-the-association-of-metabolic-syndrome-with-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-impairment
#20
Wilson Cañon-Montañez, Angela B S Santos, Lisandra A Nunes, Julio C G Pires, Claudia M V Freire, Antonio L P Ribeiro, José G Mill, Marina Bessel, Bruce B Duncan, Maria Inês Schmidt, Murilo Foppa
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Subclinical systolic dysfunction is one of the proposed mechanisms for increased cardiovascular risk associated with metabolic syndrome (MS). This study investigated the association between MS and impaired left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) and the role of each MS criteria in this association. METHODS: We analyzed a random sample of the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) after excluding participants with prevalent heart disease...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
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