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Kociol Robb D - - 2010
Circulating biomarkers have become increasingly important in diagnosing and risk stratifying patients with heart failure (HF). While the natriuretic peptides have received much focus, there is increasing interest in the role of circulating cardiac troponin (cTn) in detecting myocardial injury (often subclinical) in those with HF. Accumulating evidence suggests that ...
Abuannadi Mohammad M Mid America Heart Institute and University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, - - 2010
In this article, we review the evidence supporting the use of eplerenone for improving cardiovascular prognosis. Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system plays a major role in the pathogenesis of heart disease, and blockage of this system has been shown to improve prognosis in several cardiovascular conditions. The 2 marketed aldosterone ...
Al Fagih A - - 2011
Coronary sinus (CS) anomalies such as diverticulum, persistent left superior vena cava or CS ostium dilatation are predominantly found in patients with accessory pathway-related tachycardias. Diverticulum of the proximal CS found in 7-11% of patients with postero-septal or left posterior manifests accessory pathways. We reported a 28 year old gentleman with ...
González-Costello José - - 2010
Treatment of anaemia in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction has traditionally focused on erythropoietin-stimulating agents. However, recent studies have shown that treatment with intravenous (IV) iron can improve the symptoms and quality of life in patients with CHF and iron deficiency (ID), with ...
Tutarel Oktay - - 2012
ACE inhibition is an established treatment regimen in patients with congestive heart failure due to left ventricular dysfunction which improves morbidity and mortality. However, little is known about the beneficial effects of ACE inhibition in adult patients after Mustard procedure for transposition of the great arteries with heart failure symptoms. ...
Arif Sally A - - 2010
To review relevant literature supporting the use of β-blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), diuretics, digoxin, aldosterone antagonists, and vasodilators in the management of heart failure in an elderly patient population aged ≥65 years. PubMed, EMBASE, and MEDLINE searches (January 1960-April 2010) were utilized to identify primary ...
Beiras-Fernandez Andres - - 2010
Ghrelin is a peptide hormone mainly produced by the stomach, which strongly stimulates the release of growth hormone (GH) via the GH secretagogue receptor 1a (GHSR-1a) located in the hypothalamus. It has been reported to exert performance-enhancing effects on myocardial function, and as both ghrelin and GHSR-1a are expressed in ...
Shen You-Tang - - 2010
One of the primary impediments to successful drug R&D is the frequent failure of successfully translating positive results obtained in animal models to human disease. To a large degree, this discrepancy is secondary to the substantial biological differences between species. Non-human primate models have the advantage of significant physiological, metabolic, ...
Jabbour Andrew - - 2011
Neuregulin-1 (NRG-1) plays a critical role in the adaptation of the heart to injury, inhibiting apoptosis and inducing cardiomyocyte proliferation. We have shown previously that rhNRG-1 improves cardiac function and survival in animal models of cardiomyopathy. Here we report the first human study aimed at exploring the acute and chronic ...
Cuccaro Pasquale - - 2010
Large facial haemangiomas have a high rate of complications and can be associated with neurological, ophthalmological and cardiac abnormalities (PHACE syndrome; Posterior fossa malformations, Haemangiomas, Arterial anomalies, Coarctation of the aorta and cardiac defects, and Eye abnormalities). However, a thorough clinical examination is absolutely necessary. In fact, even in the ...
Campia Umberto - - 2010
Acute heart failure represents an increasingly common cause of hospitalization, and may require the use of inotropic drugs in patients with low cardiac output and evidence of organ hypoperfusion. However, currently available therapies may have deleterious effects and increase mortality. An ideal inotropic drug should restore effective tissue perfusion by ...
Shinmura Ken - - 2010
Adiponectin is an adipose tissue-derived adipokine abundant in human plasma. Increasing evidence from experimental studies suggests that adiponectin plays a protective role in the cardiovascular system. However, epidemiological studies revealed that high levels of adiponectin were associated with increased mortality and severity of congestive heart failure. Furthermore, several prospective studies ...
Butler Javed - - 2010
Several retrospective studies have raised concerns regarding digoxin therapy in select subgroups of heart failure patients. To assess the impact of digoxin therapy on outcomes in the current era of heart failure therapy, the authors analyzed data representing 5010 patients enrolled in the Valsartan Heart Failure Trial (Val-HeFT) to examine ...
Tamargo Juan - - 2010
The nitric oxide (NO)/soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC)/cyclic guanosine-3',5'-monophosphate (cGMP) pathway plays an important role in cardiovascular regulation by producing vasodilation and inhibiting platelet aggregation and vascular smooth muscle proliferation. The NO/SGC/cGMP pathway is disrupted in patients with heart failure as a result of a decrease in NO bioavailability and an ...
Reil Jan-Christian - - 2011
Heart rate influences myocardial oxygen demand, coronary blood flow, and myocardial function. Clinical and experimental studies support an association between elevated resting heart rate and a broad range of maladaptive effects on the function and structure of the cardiovascular system. Heart rate has been shown to be an important predictor ...
Krum Henry - - 2010
Renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) activation is a key neurohormonal contributor to the progression of chronic heart failure. Strategies that block this activation have consistently demonstrated major beneficial impacts on morbidity and mortality in this setting. Direct renin inhibitors (DRIs) present a novel opportunity to block at an additional or alternative ...
Ezekowitz Justin A - - 2010
Heart disease is important in elderly patients. The treatment of myocardial infarction and heart failure are particularly important and will continue to play an important role across the globe. Advances in treatment of myocardial infarction have made tremendous inroads in the short and long term survival of patients, young and ...
Curigliano Giuseppe - - 2010
Cardiovascular toxicity is a potential short- or long-term complication of anticancer therapy. Exposure to chemotherapy medications, primarily the anthracycline class, can lead to potentially irreversible clinically significant cardiac dysfunction. The advent of novel biologic agents, including monoclonal antibodies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors, has revolutionized the treatment of several types of ...
Chen Wei W Section of Cardiovascular Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza BCM620, Houston, TX 77030, - - 2010
Heart failure is strongly associated with aging. Elderly patients with heart failure often have preserved systolic function exhibiting left ventricular hypertrophy accompanied by a decline in diastolic function. Experimental studies have demonstrated that age-related cardiac fibrosis plays an important role in the pathogenesis of diastolic heart failure in senescent hearts. ...
Rengo Giuseppe G Center for Translational Medicine and George Zallie and Family Laboratory for Cardiovascular Gene Therapy, Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, - - 2011
Despite significant advances in pharmacological and clinical treatment, heart failure (HF) remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. HF is a chronic and progressive clinical syndrome characterized by a reduction in left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction and adverse remodeling of the myocardium. The past several years have seen ...
Martinez Felipe A - - 2010
Aldosterone is present and active all along the cardiovascular continuum. Excessive tissue production occurs in cardiovascular diseases including myocardial infarction (MI) and heart failure, resulting in a multitude of adverse effects in the cardiovascular system necessitating pharmacologic blockade of this neurohormone. Both human and animal studies have consistently proven the ...
Woodcock E A - - 2010
Heart failure, the common end-point of many cardiac diseases, is a major contributor to mortality and morbidity and contributes considerably to health care costs. Current treatment regimens include beta-adrenergic antagonists, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, and inotropic agents are used by some patients. Studies in experimental animals have demonstrated that inhibition ...
Brandimarte Filippo - - 2010
Hospitalization for heart failure is a major health problem with high in-hospital and postdischarge mortality and morbidity. Non-potassium-sparing diuretics (NPSDs) still remain the cornerstone of therapy for fluid management in heart failure despite the lack of large randomized trials evaluating their safety and optimal dosing regimens in both the acute ...
Fonarow Gregg C - - 2010
BACKGROUND: A treatment gap exists between heart failure (HF) guidelines and the clinical care of patients. The Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF) prospectively tested a multidimensional practice-specific performance improvement intervention on the use of guideline-recommended therapies for HF in ...
Creagh-Brown Benedict C - - 2010
The sepsis syndromes, frequently complicated by pulmonary and cardiac dysfunction, remain a major cause of death amongst the critically ill. Targeted therapies aimed at ameliorating the systemic inflammation that characterises the sepsis syndromes have largely yielded disappointing results in clinical trials. Whilst there are many potential reasons for lack of ...
Werner Christian - - 2010
The cardiovascular and cardiorenal disease continuum comprises the transition from cardiovascular risk factors to endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis, to clinical complications such as myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, to the development of persistent target-organ damage and, ultimately, to chronic congestive heart failure (CHF), end-stage renal disease or premature death. The ...
Sugishita Kazuro - - 2010
A 48 year-old obese male with hypertension was admitted to our department because of severe right-dominant heart failure. His heart rhythm was 2:1 atrial flutter and the left ventricle was diffusely hypertrophic and hypokinetic. Primary aldosteronism was diagnosed based on severe hypokalemia (2.6 mEq/L) and a low renin-high aldosterone state ...
Zannad Faiez - - 2010
Given the importance of fibrous tissue in leading to myocardial dysfunction, non-invasive assessment of fibrosis could prove a clinically useful tool in heart failure (HF) patients. Biomarkers may be used for early detection of otherwise subclinical disease, diagnostic assessment of an acute or chronic clinical syndrome, risk stratification of patients ...
Jankowska Ewa A - - 2010
Chronic untreated anemia or iron deficiency (ID) can result in an increased cardiac output, chronic sympathetic activation, left ventricular hypertrophy, and left ventricular dilation, leading to symptomatic chronic heart failure (CHF). Only in the past decade has there been an increase in interest in anemia and ID occurring in the ...
Strauer Bodo-Eckehard - - 2010
Despite accumulated evidence that intracoronary bone marrow cell (BMC) therapy may be beneficial in acute myocardial infarction, there are only limited data available on the effectiveness of BMC's in chronic heart failure. The aim of this study was to quantitatively investigate ventricular haemodynamics, geometry, and contractility as well as the ...
Haley Heather - - 2010
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the most common discharge diagnosis in the United States and accounts for greater than 1 million hospital discharges annually. CHF is associated with many serum electrolyte abnormalities, the most common and perhaps most significant of which is hyponatremia. CHF with hyponatremia makes the already high ...
Dean Steven M - - 2010
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a medical condition associated with a relatively high risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Without thromboprophylaxis, venographically proven deep vein thrombosis occurs in 10% to 22% of hospitalized patients with CHF. Although the elevated VTE risk associated with CHF has been attributed to a variety of ...
Einhorn Paula T - - 2010
The Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) is re-evaluated considering information from recent subgroup and exploratory analyses, other new clinical trials, and meta-analyses. The ALLHAT analyses specifically emphasize heart failure findings, results in Black participants and those with chronic kidney disease, selection and doses of thiazide ...
Horowitz John D - - 2010
We focus on the molecular and cellular basis of the improvement in myocardial energetics, which might represent an attractive therapeutic option in some forms of acute and chronic heart disease. Myocardial dysfunction, whether related to left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure or myocardial ischaemia, is frequently associated with impairment of myocardial ...
McKee Michael G - - 2010
Biofeedback training can be used to reduce activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and increase activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). It is well established that hyperactivation of the SNS contributes to disease progression in chronic heart failure. It has been postulated that underactivation of the PNS may ...
Zhou Rui-Hai - - 2010
Organic nitrates have been used for over a century in cardiovascular therapy and are still widely used in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes, chronic angina pectoris, and congestive heart failure. Nitrates, together with sodium nitroprusside, generally referred to as nitrovasodilators, exert their biologic effects via the release of nitric ...
Ma Terry K W - - 2010
Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) results in vasoconstriction, muscular (vascular and cardiac) hypertrophy and fibrosis. Established arterial stiffness and cardiac dysfunction are key factors contributing to subsequent cardiovascular and renal complications. Blockade of RAAS has been shown to be beneficial in patients with hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, chronic systolic ...
Pinner Nathan A - - 2010
PURPOSE: The successful use of conivaptan for the treatment of symptomatic hypervolemic hyponatremia in a patient with acute decompensated heart failure is reported. SUMMARY: A 67-year-old woman with severe ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy was admitted to the hospital due to a heart failure exacerbation. She was initially managed with furosemide and ...
Bauer Axel - - 2010
Heart rate turbulence (HRT) denotes the baroreflex-mediated short-term oscillation of cardiac cycle lengths after spontaneous ventricular premature complexes. The physiological pattern of HRT consists of brief heart rate acceleration followed by more gradual heart rate deceleration before the heart rate returns to baseline. Physiological mechanisms of HRT are complex and ...
Johnson Miriam J - - 2010
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To identify current management options for dyspnoeic people with chronic heart failure (CHF). RECENT FINDINGS: Research in people with CHF studying dyspnoea as a primary endpoint remains sparse. However, attention is turning towards symptoms as well as survival, and the need for agreed outcome measurement is recognized. ...
Thompson Keith A - - 2010
Congestive heart failure is a chronic and debilitating disease responsible for high cardiac morbidity and mortality in the world and is associated with more than 290 000 deaths in the United States each year. Recent advances in heart failure therapy target many of the mechanical and structural aspects of heart ...
Chiong Jun R - - 2010
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a common condition associated with substantial cost, morbidity, and mortality. Because results of clinical trials in the acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) setting have been mostly neutral, loop diuretics remain the mainstay of treatment. HYPOTHESIS: Loop diuretic use may be associated with unfavorable outcomes. METHODS: ...
Godino M - - 2010
OBJECTIVE: Ventricular dysfunction (VD) in the context of brain death (BD) is one medical cause that may be reversed to extend the range of donors for cardiac transplant programs. The aim of this study was to identify and quantify the causes for exclusion of potential heart donors and to define ...
Teichman Sam L - - 2010
Relaxin is a naturally occurring human peptide initially identified as a reproductive hormone. More recently, relaxin has been shown to play a key role in the maternal hemodynamic and renal adjustments that accommodate pregnancy. An understanding of these physiologic effects has led to the evaluation of relaxin as a pharmacologic ...
Asakura Masanori - - 2010
Both prevention and attenuation of ischemic heart disease are important issues, and there are three different strategies to save patients from the deleterious sequelae of ischemic injury. The first strategy is to remove the causes of ischemic heart disease; the second is to attenuate on-going ischemic and reperfusion injury; the ...
Metra Marco - - 2010
Acute heart failure (HF) is the most common diagnosis at discharge in patients aged >65years. It carries a dismal prognosis with a high in-hospital mortality and very high post-discharge mortality and re-hospitalization rates. It is a complex clinical syndrome that cannot be described as a single entity as it varies ...
Deubner Nikolas - - 2010
Evidence for a pathophysiologic relevance of autoimmunity in human heart disease has substantially increased over the past years. Conformational autoantibodies stimulating the cardiac beta1-adrenoceptor (beta1-aabs) are considered of importance in heart failure development and clinical pilot studies have shown their prognostic significance in human 'idiopathic' cardiomyopathy. We recently developed a ...
de Couto Geoffrey - - 2010
The impact of cardiac dysfunction and heart failure is continuing to escalate in the developed world. Treatment of this heterogeneous condition has focused on the symptomatic stage, often after irreversible remodeling and functional impairment have occurred. Early identification of cardiac dysfunction would allow implementation of early intervention strategies to delay ...
Morimoto Tatsuya - - 2010
Hypertensive heart disease and post-myocardial-infarction heart failure (HF) are leading causes of cardiovascular mortality in industrialized countries. To date, pharmacological agents that block cell surface receptors for neurohormonal factors have been used, but despite such conventional therapy, HF is increasing in incidence worldwide. During the development and deterioration process of ...
Khasawneh Faisal A - - 2010
Caring for critically ill patients requires rapid and accurate diagnosis followed by prompt interventions. The physical examination remains an important part of the assessment of such patients, but it has been shown to have a low sensitivity and specificity in judging left ventricular function and intravascular volume. Invasive hemodynamic monitoring ...
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