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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102883/exploring-prognostic-factors-for-her2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-major-swiss-hospital
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Lilian Bringolf, Bernhard Pestalozzi, Daniel Fink, Konstantin Dedes
BACKGROUND: Trastuzumab (Herceptin®, Roche) has significantly improved the prognosis of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Some patients remain in remission for many years. However, there are no prognostic markers associated with long-term survival. This study aimed to analyse treatment patterns of HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer at a single institution and explore prognostic factors for long-term survival after HER2-targeted treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer receiving first-line treatment with HER2-targeted therapy between 2004 and 2014 at the University Hospital of Zurich (n = 81)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102508/simvastatin-promotes-hematoma-absorption-and-reduces-hydrocephalus-following-intraventricular-hemorrhage-in-part-by-upregulating-cd36
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Qianwei Chen, Xia Shi, Qiang Tan, Zhou Feng, Yuelong Wang, Qiaoying Yuan, Yihao Tao, Jianbo Zhang, Liang Tan, Gang Zhu, Hua Feng, Zhi Chen
We previously found that hematoma worsens hydrocephalus after intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) via increasing iron deposition and aggravating ependymal cilia injury; therefore, promoting hematoma absorption may be a promising strategy for IVH. Recently, some investigations imply that simvastatin has the ability of accelerating hematoma absorption. Thus, this study was designed to examine the efficacy of simvastatin for IVH in rats. Intracerebral hemorrhage with ventricular extension was induced in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats after autologous blood injection...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100970/sickle-cell-disease-with-cyanotic-congenital-heart-disease-long-term-outcomes-in-5-children
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Glen J Iannucci, Olufolake A Adisa, Matthew E Oster, Michael McConnell, William T Mahle
Sickle cell disease is a risk factor for cerebrovascular accidents in the pediatric population. This risk is compounded by hypoxemia. Cyanotic congenital heart disease can expose patients to prolonged hypoxemia. To our knowledge, the long-term outcome of patients who have combined sickle cell and cyanotic congenital heart disease has not been reported. We retrospectively reviewed patient records at our institution and identified 5 patients (3 girls and 2 boys) who had both conditions. Their outcomes were uniformly poor: 4 died (age range, 12 mo-17 yr); 3 had documented cerebrovascular accidents; and 3 developed ventricular dysfunction...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100968/direct-measurement-of-left-atrial-pressure-during-routine-transradial-catheterization
#4
Faisal Fa'ak, Bahaeddin Shabaneh, George Younis
Left atrial pressure indicates the left ventricular filling pressure in patients who have systolic or diastolic left ventricular dysfunction or valvular heart disease. The use of indirect surrogate methods to determine left atrial pressure has been essential in the modern evaluation and treatment of cardiovascular disease because of the difficulty and inherent risks associated with direct methods (typically the transseptal approach). One method that has been widely used to determine left atrial pressure indirectly is Swan-Ganz catheterization, in which a balloon-flotation technique is applied to measure pulmonary capillary wedge pressure; however, this approach has been associated with several limitations and potential risks...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100891/reverse-right-ventricular-remodeling-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-combination-therapy-of-targeted-medical-drugs
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Toshihiro Sarashina, Kazufumi Nakamura, Satoshi Akagi, Takahiro Oto, Hiroki Oe, Kentaro Ejiri, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiromi Matsubara, Motomu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are currently treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs. Reverse right ventricular (RV) remodeling after lung transplantation (LTx) in patients with end-stage PAH despite combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs has not been fully elucidated.Methods and Results:A total of 136 patients, including 32 with PAH, underwent LTx from 1998 to 2014. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients with PAH treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs who underwent LTx and retrospectively analyzed the temporal and serial changes in hemodynamics and echocardiography before LTx and at 3 and 12 months after LTx...
January 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100870/impact-on-clinical-outcomes-of-periodic-leg-movements-during-sleep-in-hospitalized-patients-following-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
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Shoichiro Yatsu, Takatoshi Kasai, Shoko Suda, Hiroki Matsumoto, Nanako Shiroshita, Mitsue Kato, Fusae Kawana, Azusa Murata, Takao Kato, Masaru Hiki, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Periodic leg movements during sleep (PLM) are characterized by regularly recurring movement of the legs during sleep. Although PLM is common and a predictor of death in patients with chronic heart failure, the clinical significance of PLM in hospitalized patients with a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) following acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) remains unknown.Methods and Results:After initial improvement of acute signs and symptoms of ADHF, 94 consecutive patients with reduced LVEF who underwent polysomnography were enrolled...
January 17, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100626/effect-of-metformin-on-metabolites-and-relation-with-myocardial-infarct-size-and-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-after-myocardial-infarction
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Ruben N Eppinga, Daniel Kofink, Robin P F Dullaart, Geertje W Dalmeijer, Erik Lipsic, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Iwan C C van der Horst, Folkert W Asselbergs, Pim van der Harst
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and infarct size (ISZ) are key predictors of long-term survival after myocardial infarction (MI). However, little is known about the biochemical pathways driving LV dysfunction after MI. To identify novel biomarkers predicting post-MI LVEF and ISZ, we performed metabolic profiling in the GIPS-III randomized clinical trial (Glycometabolic Intervention as Adjunct to Primary Percutaneous Intervention in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction)...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100430/three-decades-later-the-fate-of-the-population-of-patients-who-underwent-the-atriopulmonary-fontan-procedure
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Chin Leng Poh, Diana Zannino, Robert G Weintraub, David S Winlaw, Leeanne E Grigg, Rachael Cordina, Tim Hornung, Andrew Bullock, Robert N Justo, Thomas L Gentles, Charlotte Verrall, Karin du Plessis, David S Celermajer, Yves d'Udekem
OBJECTIVE: To review our experience of patients with an atrio-pulmonary Fontan circulation to determine their long-term outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective analysis of long-term follow-up data using the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry was performed. There were 215 patients surviving hospital discharge after an atrio-pulmonary Fontan completion. A total of 163 patients were alive at latest follow-up, with 52 deaths. Twelve patients had required heart transplantation and 95 had Fontan failure (death, transplantation, Fontan takedown, Fontan conversion, severe systemic ventricular dysfunction or NYHA≥3)...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099179/traditional-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-stratified-by-ejection-fraction
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Tom C Nguyen, Vinod H Thourani, Justin Q Pham, Yelin Zhao, Matthew D Terwelp, Prakash Balan, Daniel Ocazionez, Catalin Loghin, Richard W Smalling, Anthony L Estrera, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVE: Low ejection fraction (EF < 40%) portends adverse outcomes in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. The role of traditional median sternotomy aortic valve replacement (SAVR) compared with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) in this cohort remains incompletely understood. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 1503 patients who underwent SAVR (n = 815) and MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 688) from 2011 to 2014 was performed...
January 17, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099167/non-invasive-measurement-of-volume-time-curves-in-patients-with-mitral-regurgitation-and-in-healthy-volunteers-using-a-new-operator-independent-screening-tool
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Maurits K Konings, Rosemarijn Jansen, Laurens P Bosman, Rienk Rienks, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frank E Rademakers, Maarten J Cramer
Left ventricular volume-time curves (VTCs) provide hemodynamic data, and may help clinical decision making. The generation of VTCs using echocardiography, however, is time-consuming and prone to inter-operator variability. In this study, we used a new non-invasive, operator-independent technique, the hemodynamic cardiac profiler (HCP), to generate VTCs. The HCP, which uses a low-intensity, patient-safe, high-frequency applied AC current, and 12 standard ECG electrodes attached on the thorax in a pre-defined pattern, was applied to five young healthy volunteers, five older healthy volunteers, and five patients with severe mitral regurgitation...
January 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098098/a-study-of-clinical-assessment-of-frailty-in-patients-on-maintenance-hemodialysis-supported-by-cashless-government-scheme
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Manjusha Yadla, Jyothi Priyadarshini John, Mahesh Mummadi
This is a prospective cohort study to assess the prevalence of frailty in patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (HD) under the government-funded scheme at our center and to assess the relationship between frailty and falls, hospitalizations, and mortality. This was done at our center which is completely supported by the government, which provides HD to all the patients under poverty line. Epidemiological data, anthropometric measurements, comorbidities assessment, frailty assessment using Fried criteria, subsequent hospitalizations, falls, and mortality were recorded in our prevalent dialysis population at our center between October 2014 and October 2015...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097683/echocardiographic-estimates-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-do-not-predict-the-clinical-course-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-atrial-septal-defect-closure-impact-of-early-diastolic-mitral-annular-velocity
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Yoichi Takaya, Teiji Akagi, Yasufumi Kijima, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhisa Watanabe, Hiroki Oe, Manabu Taniguchi, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the effect of echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction on acute congestive heart failure after transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) closure in elderly patients. BACKGROUND: Although there is concern that LV diastolic dysfunction develops acute congestive heart failure after ASD closure, limited information is available regarding the influence, especially in elderly patients with severe LV diastolic dysfunction...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097476/impact-of-an-exercise-training-program-on-cardiac-neuronal-function-in-heart-failure-patients-on-optimal-medical-therapy-a-randomized-iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine-scintigraphy-study
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Torstein Valborgland, Kjetil Isaksen, Peter Scott Munk, Zbigniew Piotr Grabowski, Alf Inge Larsen
BACKGROUND: The syndrome of heart failure (HF) is characterized by left ventricular dysfunction and a compensatory chronic over activation of the sympathetic nervous system. We wanted to investigate if the beneficial effects of exercise training (ET) in HF patients on optimal medical therapy (OMT) are associated with alterations in cardiac sympathetic activity. METHODS: Cardiac sympathetic activity was evaluated at baseline and after 12 weeks using metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy in 23 patients with stable HF participating in the SmartEx trial...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097316/evaluation-of-structural-progression-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy
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Thomas P Mast, Cynthia A James, Hugh Calkins, Arco J Teske, Crystal Tichnell, Brittney Murray, Peter Loh, Stuart D Russell, Birgitta K Velthuis, Daniel P Judge, Dennis Dooijes, Ryan J Tedford, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Harikrishna Tandri, Richard N Hauer, Theodore P Abraham, Pieter A Doevendans, Anneline S J M Te Riele, Maarten J Cramer
Importance: Considerable research has described the arrhythmic course of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). However, objective data characterizing structural progression, such as ventricular enlargement and cardiac dysfunction, in ARVD/C are relatively scarce. Objectives: To define the extent of structural progression, identify determinants of structural progression, and determine the association between structural progression and electrocardiographic (ECG) changes in patients with ARVD/C...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096045/early-detection-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-first-degree-relatives-of-diabetic-patients-by-myocardial-deformation-imaging-the-role-of-endothelial-glycocalyx-damage
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Ignatios Ikonomidis, George Pavlidis, Vaia Lambadiari, Fotini Kousathana, Maria Varoudi, Filio Spanoudi, Eirini Maratou, John Parissis, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Dimitriadis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND: First-degree relatives of type-2 diabetes patients (FDR) present insulin resistance. We investigated whether FDR and dysglycaemic subjects demonstrate abnormal endothelial glycocalyx and LV deformation during postprandial hyperglycemia. METHODS: We studied 40 FDR with normal oral glucose test (OGTT), 40 subjects with abnormal OGTT (dysglycaemic) and 20 subjects with normal OGTT without parental history of diabetes (normoglycaemic). At 0 and 120min of OGTT we measured: a) LV longitudinal strain (LS) of subendocardial, mid-myocardial and subepicardial layers, global LS (GLS), peak twisting (pTw), untwisting velocity (pUtwVel), by speckle tracking echocardiography b) perfused boundary region (PBR) of the sublingual arterial microvessels; high PBR values represent reduced glycocalyx thickness...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095413/one-month-global-longitudinal-strain-identifies-patients-who-will-develop-pacing-induced-left-ventricular-dysfunction-over-time-the-pacing-and-ventricular-dysfunction-pavd-study
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Fozia Zahir Ahmed, Manish Motwani, Colin Cunnington, Chun Shing Kwok, Catherine Fullwood, Delvac Oceandy, Alan Fitchet, Grahame Kevin Goode, Matthew Luckie, Amir Masood Zaidi, Rajdeep Khattar, Mamas Andreas Mamas
BACKGROUND: Predicting which individuals will have a decline in left ventricular (LV) function after pacemaker implantation remains an important challenge. We investigated whether LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), measured by 2D speckle tracking strain echocardiography, can identify patients at risk of pacing-induced left ventricular dysfunction (PIVD) or pacing-induced cardiomyopathy (PICMP). METHODS: Fifty-five patients with atrioventricular block and preserved LV function underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation and were followed with serial transthoracic echocardiography for 12 months for the development of PIVD (defined as a reduction in LV ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥5 percentage points at 12 months) or PICMP (reduction in LVEF to <45%)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094481/influence-of-the-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia-on-the-left-ventricular-function-an-echocardiographic-study
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Miguel Miró, Filippo Sanfilippo, Fátima Pérez, Santiago García Del Valle, Juan I Gómez-Arnau
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is widely used for major surgery, but studies assessing its impact on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function are limited, and such studies have assessed patients already under general anesthesia and/or receiving volume expansion between examinations. METHODS: Observational study at a secondary university hospital including consecutive awake patients undergoing major abdominal surgery without significant pre-existing cardiac disease...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092472/using-biomarkers-to-predict-and-to-prevent-cardiotoxicity-of-cancer-therapy
#18
Daniela Cardinale, Gina Biasillo, Michela Salvatici, Maria Teresa Sandri, Carlo Maria Cipolla
Cardiotoxicity is a common complication that may compromise the clinical effectiveness of anticancer therapy. The current standard for monitoring cardiac function detects cardiotoxicity only when a functional impairment has already occurred, not allowing for any early preventive strategy. Areas covered: A novel approach, based on the use of biomarkers has recently emerged, resulting in a very effective tool for early, real-time identification, and monitoring of cardiotoxicity. In particular, cardiac troponin elevation during chemotherapy allows to identify patients more prone to develop myocardial dysfunction and cardiac events...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091873/prediction-of-left-ventricular-contractile-recovery-using-tissue-doppler-strain-and-strain-rate-measurements-at-rest-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#19
Ihab M Abdelgawwad, Ahmed A Al Hawary, Hanan M Kamal, Layla M Al Maghawry
The aim of the study was to assess the ability of tissue Doppler (TD) deformation analysis at rest to predict left ventricular contractile recovery in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This prospective cohort enrolled 67 patients with segmental wall motion abnormality. Assessment of each segment was performed at rest and during low dose Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) using a 4 point scoring system, TD peak systolic strain (PSS) and peak systolic strain rate (PSSR). The study followed up the patients for contractile improvement after 6 months of successful PCI by echocardiography...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090637/diltiazem-prevents-stress-induced-contractile-deficits-in-cardiomyocytes-but-does-not-reverse-the-cardiomyopathy-phenotype-in-mybpc3-knock-in-mice
#20
Frederik Flenner, Birgit Geertz, Silke Reischmann-Düsener, Florian Weinberger, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lucie Carrier, Felix W Friedrich
Left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and fibrosis are main features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Guidelines recommend β-adrenoceptor or Ca(2+) channel antagonists as pharmacological treatment. The Ca(2+) channel blocker diltiazem recently showed promising beneficial effects in pre-clinical HCM, particularly in patients carrying MYBPC3 mutations. In the present study we evaluated whether diltiazem could ameliorate or reverse the disease phenotype in cells and in vivo in Mybpc3-targeted knock-in (KI) mouse model of HCM...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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