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Irene Stevenson, Alex Voskoboinik
BACKGROUND: The last decade has seen ongoing evolution and use of cardiac rhythm management devices, including pacemakers, cardiac resynchronisation therapy, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and loop recorders. General practitioners are increasingly involved in follow-up and management of patients with these devices. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of different cardiac rhythm management devices, including their role, implant procedure, post-procedural care, potential complications and follow‑up...
May 2018: Australian journal of general practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779143/health-related-quality-of-life-in-coronary-heart-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-mapped-against-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health
#2
REVIEW
Jana Le, Diana S Dorstyn, Elias Mpfou, Elise Prior, Phillip J Tully
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an important outcome in coronary heart disease (CHD). However, variability in HRQoL indicators suggests a need to consider domain coverage. This review applies a globally accepted framework, the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), to map HRQoL measures that are reliable and valid among people with CHD. METHODS: The Embase, Pubmed and PsycInfo databases were searched, with 10 observational studies comparing HRQOL among 4786 adults with CHD to 50949 controls identified...
May 19, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779123/pulmonary-valve-replacement-after-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
#3
REVIEW
Hideki Tatewaki, Akira Shiose
In this review article, we describe pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) late after repaired Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Since the introduction of surgical intervention for patients with TOF in 1945, surgical management of TOF has dramatically improved early survival with mortality rates, less than 2-3%. However, the majority of these patients continue to experience residual right ventricular outflow tract pathology, most commonly pulmonary valve regurgitation (PR). The patients are generally asymptomatic during childhood and adolescence and, however, are at risk for severe PR later which can result in exercise intolerance, heart failure, arrhythmias, and sudden death...
May 19, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778861/multicenter-randomized-controlled-crossover-trial-comparing-hemodynamic-optimization-against-echocardiographic-optimization-of-av-and-vv-delay-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-the-bravo-trial
#4
Zachary I Whinnett, S M Afzal Sohaib, Mark Mason, Edward Duncan, Mark Tanner, David Lefroy, Mohamed Al-Obaidi, Sue Ellery, Francisco Leyva-Leon, Tim Betts, Mark Dayer, Paul Foley, Jon Swinburn, Martin Thomas, Raj Khiani, Tom Wong, Zaheer Yousef, Dominic Rogers, Paul R Kalra, Vignesh Dhileepan, Katherine March, James Howard, Andreas Kyriacou, Jamil Mayet, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Michael Frenneaux, Alun D Hughes, Darrel P Francis
OBJECTIVES: BRAVO (British Randomized Controlled Trial of AV and VV Optimization) is a multicenter, randomized, crossover, noninferiority trial comparing echocardiographic optimization of atrioventricular (AV) and interventricular delay with a noninvasive blood pressure method. BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy including AV delay optimization confers clinical benefit, but the optimization requires time and expertise to perform. METHODS: This study randomized patients to echocardiographic optimization or hemodynamic optimization using multiple-replicate beat-by-beat noninvasive blood pressure at baseline; after 6 months, participants were crossed over to the other optimization arm of the trial...
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778855/myocardial-strain-in-prediction-of-outcomes-after-surgery-for-severe-mitral-regurgitation
#5
Hyue Mee Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, In-Chang Hwang, Hong-Mi Choi, Jun-Bean Park, Yeonyee E Yoon, Hyung-Kwan Kim
OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether global longitudinal strain (GLS) is a better predictor of clinical events after surgery for mitral regurgitation (MR) than conventional parameters. BACKGROUND: The optimal timing for surgery is guided by left ventricular (LV) dimension or left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), even though normal LVEF can mask depressed LV systolic function in severe mitral MR. METHODS: From 2006 to 2016, 506 patients (age 58...
May 11, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778671/international-study-of-comparative-health-effectiveness-with-medical-and-invasive-approaches-ischemia-trial-rationale-and-design
#6
David J Maron, Judith S Hochman, Sean M O'Brien, Harmony R Reynolds, William E Boden, Gregg W Stone, Sripal Bangalore, John A Spertus, Daniel B Mark, Karen P Alexander, Leslee Shaw, Jeffrey S Berger, T Bruce Ferguson, David O Williams, Robert A Harrington, Yves Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Prior trials comparing a strategy of optimal medical therapy with or without revascularization have not shown that revascularization reduces cardiovascular events in patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). However, those trials only included participants in whom coronary anatomy was known prior to randomization and did not include sufficient numbers of participants with significant ischemia. It remains unknown whether a routine invasive approach offers incremental value over a conservative approach with catheterization reserved for failure of medical therapy in patients with moderate or severe ischemia...
April 21, 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778534/fibroblast-growth-factor-19-protects-the-heart-from-oxidative-stress-induced-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-via-activation-of-ampk-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
#7
Xin Li, Di Wu, Ye Tian
Diabetes affects cardiac structure and function, where it leads to diabetic cardiomyopathy. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by oxidative stress play an important role in the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 19, an enterokine, is synthesized and released into the ileum. In the present study, we revealed that FGF19 induced an antioxidant response through stimulating the expression of nuclear erythroid factor 2 (NE-F2)-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and as well as reducing ROS production through the AMPK signaling pathway...
May 18, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778342/one-year-outcomes-associated-with-a-novel-stented-bovine-pericardial-aortic-bioprosthesis
#8
Joseph F Sabik, Vivek Rao, Rüdiger Lange, A Pieter Kappetein, Francois Dagenais, Louis Labrousse, Vinayak Bapat, Michael Moront, Neil J Weissman, Himanshu J Patel, Michael J Reardon, Federico M Asch, Cathy Zeng, Robert J M Klautz
OBJECTIVES: The study objectives were to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and hemodynamic performance of a new stented bovine pericardial aortic valve. METHODS: This trial enrolled patients with symptomatic moderate or severe aortic stenosis or chronic, severe aortic regurgitation. We assessed death, valve-related adverse events, functional recovery, and hemodynamic performance at discharge, 3 to 6 months, and 1 year, as required by the US Food and Drug Administration for regulatory approval...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778325/tranexamic-acid-for-hyperacute-primary-intracerebral-haemorrhage-tich-2-an-international-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-3-superiority-trial
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Nikola Sprigg, Katie Flaherty, Jason P Appleton, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Daniel Bereczki, Maia Beridze, Hanne Christensen, Alfonso Ciccone, Ronan Collins, Anna Czlonkowska, Robert A Dineen, Lelia Duley, Juan Jose Egea-Guerrero, Timothy J England, Kailash Krishnan, Ann Charlotte Laska, Zhe Kang Law, Serefnur Ozturk, Stuart J Pocock, Ian Roberts, Thompson G Robinson, Christine Roffe, David Seiffge, Polly Scutt, Jegan Thanabalan, David Werring, David Whynes, Philip M Bath
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid can prevent death due to bleeding after trauma and post-partum haemorrhage. We aimed to assess whether tranexamic acid reduces haematoma expansion and improves outcome in adults with stroke due to intracerebral haemorrhage. METHODS: We did an international, randomised placebo-controlled trial in adults with intracerebral haemorrhage from acute stroke units at 124 hospital sites in 12 countries. Participants were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive 1 g intravenous tranexamic acid bolus followed by an 8 h infusion of 1 g tranexamic acid or a matching placebo, within 8 h of symptom onset...
May 15, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778317/appropriate-use-of-noninvasive-ischemia-testing-to-guide-revascularization-decision-making-following-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-latin-american-countries-results-from-an-expert-panel-meeting-of-the-international-atomic-energy-agency
#10
I Berrocal, A Peix, F Mut, L J Shaw, G Karthikeyan, E Estrada Lobato, D Paez
Across Latin American and Caribbean countries, cardiovascular disease and especially ischemic heart disease is currently the main cause of death both in men and in women. For most Latin American and Caribbean countries, public and community health efforts aim to define care strategies which are both clinically and cost effective and promote primary and secondary prevention, resulting in improved patient outcomes. The optimal approach to deal with acute events such as ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a matter of controversy; however, there is an expanding role for assessing residual ischemic burden in STEMI patients following primary percutaneous coronary intervention...
May 16, 2018: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778242/cardiovascular-responses-to-isometric-handgrip-exercise-in-young-patients-with-recurrent-vasovagal-syncope
#11
Juan Idiaquez, Juan Francisco Idiaquez, Rodrigo Iturriaga
OBJECTIVE: Arterial blood pressure (BP) increased in healthy humans in response to isometric handgrip (IHG), but the pattern of the relative contribution of cardiac output (CO) and total peripheral resistance (TPR) changes to the pressor response is different among individuals. We investigated weather patients with recurrent vasovagal syncope (VVS) have a similar pattern of individual CO, TPR and pressor responses to IHG, as healthy subjects. METHODS: 32 patients (27...
July 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778241/dual-autonomic-inhibitory-action-of-central-apelin-on-gastric-motor-functions-in-rats
#12
Mehmet Bülbül, Osman Sinen
Centrally administered apelin has been shown to inhibit gastric emptying (GE) in rodents, however, the relevant mechanism has been investigated incompletely. Using male Wistar rats, we investigated the efferent pathways involved in gastroinhibitory action of central apelin. Stereotaxic intracerebroventricular (icv) cannulation, subdiaphragmatic vagotomy (VGX) and/or celiac ganglionectomy (CGX) were performed 7 days prior to the experiments. Apelin-13 was administered (30 nmol, icv) 90 min prior to GE measurement...
July 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778239/time-dependent-changes-in-cardiorespiratory-functions-of-anesthetized-rats-exposed-to-sustained-hypoxia
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Kouki Kato, Ryosuke Morinaga, Seigo Fushuku, Nobuaki Nakamuta, Yoshio Yamamoto
Although cardiovascular responses may be altered by respiratory changes under prolonged hypoxia, the relationship between respiratory and cardiovascular changes remains unknown. The aim of the present study is to clarify cardiorespiratory changes in anesthetized rats during and after hypoxic conditions using simultaneous recordings of cardiorespiratory variables with 20-sec recording intervals. After air breathing for 20 min (pre-exposure period), rats were subjected to 10% O2 for 2 h (hypoxic exposure period) and then air for 30 min (recovery period)...
July 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778237/prevalence-temporal-evolution-and-impact-on-survival-of-ventricular-conduction-blocks-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-cardiogenic-shock
#14
Heli Tolppanen, Tuija Javanainen, Jordi Sans-Rosello, Jiri Parenica, Tuomo Nieminen, Marie Pavlusova, Josep Masip, Lars Köber, Marek Banaszewski, Alessandro Sionis, Jindrich Spinar, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Raija Jurkko, Johan Lassus
Changes in QRS duration and pattern are regarded to reflect severe ischemia in acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and ventricular conduction blocks (VCBs) are recognized high-risk markers in both ACS and acute heart failure. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence, temporal evolution, association with clinical and angiographic parameters, and impact on mortality of VCBs in ACS-related cardiogenic shock (CS). Data of 199 patients with ACS-related CS from a prospective multinational cohort were evaluated with electrocardiogram data from baseline and day 3...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777919/brain-to-bone-what-is-the-contribution-of-the-brain-to-skeletal-homeostasis
#15
REVIEW
Anna Idelevich, Roland Baron
The brain, which governs most, if not all, physiological functions in the body, from the complexities of cognition, learning and memory, to the regulation of basal body temperature, heart rate and breathing, has long been known to affect skeletal health. In particular, the hypothalamus - located at the base of the brain in close proximity to the medial eminence, where the blood-brain-barrier is not as tight as in other regions of the brain but rather "leaky", due to fenestrated capillaries - is exposed to a variety of circulating body cues, such as nutrients (glucose, fatty acids, amino acids), and hormones (insulin, glucagon, leptin, adiponectin) [1-3]...
May 16, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777821/regional-cardiac-function-analysis-from-tagged-mri-images-comparison-of-techniques-harmonic-phase-harp-versus-sinusoidal-modeling-sinmod-analysis
#16
El-Sayed H Ibrahim, Jadranka Stojanovska, Azza Hassanein, Claire Duvernoy, Pierre Croisille, Rodica Pop-Busui, Scott D Swanson
Cardiac MRI tagging is a valuable technique for evaluating regional heart function. Currently, there are a number of different techniques for analyzing the tagged images. Specifically, k-space-based analysis techniques showed to be much faster than image-based techniques, where harmonic-phase (HARP) and sine-wave modeling (SinMod) stand as two famous techniques of the former group, which are frequently used in clinical studies. In this study, we compared HARP and SinMod and studied inter-observer variability between the two techniques for evaluating myocardial strain and apical-to-base torsion in numerical phantom, nine healthy controls, and thirty diabetic patients...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777709/amelioration-of-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-sirt4-involves-mitochondrial-protection-and-reduced-apoptosis
#17
Guangwei Zeng, Hui Liu, Haiyan Wang
Apoptosis and mitochondria dysfunction are key contributors to myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (MI-R) injury. SIRT4, a mitochondrial-localized sirtuin, controls cellular energy metabolism and stress response, and is abundantly present in the heart, however, its role in MI-R injury is not clear. In the current study, we demonstrate that SIRT4 is downregulated in cardiomyocytes both in vitro and in vivo models after MI-R. Functionally, SIRT4 overexpression decreases myocardial infarct size and serum creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level, and vice versa, SIRT4 depletion by siRNA increases myocardial infarct size and serum CPK level...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777565/unanticipated-hospital-admission-in-pediatric-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-undergoing-ambulatory-noncardiac-surgical-procedures
#18
Koichi Yuki, Sophia Koutsogiannaki, Sandra Lee, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of surgical and nonsurgical procedures are being performed on an ambulatory basis in children. Analysis of a large group of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease undergoing ambulatory procedures has not been undertaken. AIMS: The objective of this study was to characterize the profile of children with congenital heart disease who underwent noncardiac procedures on an ambulatory basis at our institution, to determine the incidence of adverse cardiovascular and respiratory adverse events, and to determine the risk factors for unscheduled hospital admission...
May 18, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777508/endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-heart-failure-an-authentic-expectation-for-potential-future-use-and-a-lack-of-universal-definition
#19
REVIEW
Andie H Djohan, Ching-Hui Sia, Poay Sian Lee, Kian-Keong Poh
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a prevalent disease (especially among the elderly) with high mortality and morbidity rates. The pathological hallmark of CHF is a loss of cardiomyocytes leading to cardiac fibrosis and dysfunctional cardiac remodeling, which culminates in organ failure. Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are bone marrow-derived cells that contribute to maintenance of the integrity of endothelial wall and protect ischemic myocardium through forming new blood vessels (vasculogenesis) or proliferation of pre-existing vasculature (angiogenesis)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777281/right-ventricular-systolic-function-parameters-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
#20
S Javed Zaidi, Jamie Penk, Vivian W Cui, Supaluck Kanjanauthai, David A Roberson
Assessment of the systolic function of the right ventricle (RV) in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is important. The asymmetric shape and heavy trabeculations make accurate assessment of RV systolic function challenging. Novel measures of RV function could be helpful in distinguishing reduced versus preserved function in HLHS and may also be worse in HLHS with preserved function compared to normal controls. These novel methods offer promise, but research and clinical applicability is hindered as no cut-off values for normal function have been established...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
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