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Suzuki Hitoshi H Department of Arrhythmia and Cardiac Pacing, Fukushima Medical - - 2014
Several studies have revealed that stress after catastrophic disasters can trigger cardiovascular events, however, little is known about its association with the occurrence of heart failure in past earthquakes. The objective of the present study was to determine whether the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, increased the ...
Perez Ana Cristina AC BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, - - 2014
This study sought to examine the association between thyroid status and clinical outcomes in patients in the CORONA (Controlled Rosuvastatin Multinational Trial in Heart Failure) study. Hypo- and hyperthyroidism were associated with worse clinical outcomes in the SCD-HeFT (Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial). In CORONA, 4,987 patients underwent baseline thyroid-stimulating ...
Podlecka-Piętowska Aleksandra A Department of Neurology, Warsaw Medical University, Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address: - - 2014
Mitoxantrone (MTX) has been shown to reduce progression of disability and number of clinical exacerbations in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). Prolonged administration of MTX, however, is limited by the risk of cardiotoxicity. Cardiac monitoring in MTX-treated patients includes usually measurement of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) by means ...
Rosa Gian Marco GM Gian Marco Rosa, Antonello Parodi, Ulrico Dorighi, Manrico Balbi, Claudio Brunelli, Clinic of Cardiovascular Diseases, Internal Medicine Department, San Martino Hospital and University of Genoa, 16143 Genoa, - - 2014
We present the case of a 74 year old woman suffering from severe mitral valve incompetence and rapid atrial fibrillation. After an appropriate vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy, the patient underwent mitral valve replacement by bioprosthesis. Then, the patient was re-hospitalized for jaundice. Suspecting hepatotoxicity, VKA was discontinued and fondaparinux ...
Ezekowitz Michael D MD Cardiovascular Research Foundation, New York, NY; Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, - - 2014
Anticoagulation before, during, and after cardioversion is effective in reducing stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. The objective of this study is to explore the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban 20 mg once daily (15 mg if creatinine clearance is 30-49 mL/min) compared with dose-adjusted vitamin K antagonists (VKAs; ...
Koermendy Dezsoe D Department of Cardiology, Bern University Hospital, Bern, - - 2014
Objectives To assess feasibility and outcomes of left atrial appendage closure when using a patent foramen ovale for left atrial access. Background Due to the fear of entering the left atrium too high, using a patent foramen ovale (PFO) for left atrial access during left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is ...
Celikbilek Asuman A Department of Neurology, Medical School, Bozok University, Yozgat, 66200, Turkey, - - 2014
Evidence suggests that symptoms of migraine are related to the involvement of the autonomic nervous system. Data on atrial conduction system are limited in migraineurs. We aimed to assess atrial electromechanical delay using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) in patients with migraine. Forty-five migraine patients and age- and sex-matched 26 control ...
Yavaşi Özcan Ö Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Rize Research and Training Hospital, Rize, - - 2014
Our aim was to determine if N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) or sonographic measurements of inferior vena caval (IVC) diameters and collapsibility index (IVC-CI) have a role in the monitoring of acute heart failure (AHF) therapy. Inferior vena caval diameters of 50 healthy people (control group) were measured to determine ...
Bisbal Felipe F Unitat de Fibril·lació Auricular (UFA), Hospital Clínic, Universitat de Barcelona, 08036 Barcelona, Catalonia, - - 2014
Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) induces left atrial (LA) volume reduction, known as reverse remodelling (RR). The related changes in LA shape have not yet been evaluated. Left atrial sphericity (LASP) is a new shape-based marker of remodelling that compares LA geometry and a perfect sphere and is a powerful predictor ...
Kocyigit Ismail I Department of Nephrology, Erciyes University Medical Faculty, Kayseri, - - 2014
In this study our aim was to evaluate the relationship between degree of fluid status and arterial stiffness measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV) in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. Fluid status was determined by different methods including fluid overload measured by bioimpedance (Body Composition Monitor, BCM), calf normalized resistivity (CNR), ...
Demir Ali A Emergency Department, Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ankara 06370, Turkey. - - 2014
Head injury is the main cause of death among individuals younger than 45 years old. Cranial Computerized tomography (CT) is commonly used for diagnosis of head injury. Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) is a peptide originally isolated from brain ventricles. The main aim of this study is to investigate BNP as ...
Rajendiran K S - - 2014
Heart failure (HF) is a common, debilitating disorder in which the heart is unable to pump an adequate blood supply to the tissues. Although it has been shown that inflammation occurs in HF, inflammatory markers have yet to be defined. Inflammatory markers such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), cytokines and ...
Sonmez Osman O Department of Cardiology, BezmiAlem Vakif University, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, - - 2014
Background Structural remodeling is associated with the fibroinflammatory process in the atrial extracellular matrix. In the present study we aimed to investigate whether serum levels of new circulating remodeling markers differ in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared to patients with sinus rhythm. Material and Methods The study population included ...
Zecca Bruno B Emergency Care Unit, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda OspedaleMaggiore Policlinico, Via F. Sforza 35, 20100 Milan, - - 2014
Background and Scope. Early etiologic diagnosis of ischemic stroke subtype guides acute management and treatment. We aim to evaluate if plasma biomarkers can predict stroke subtypes in the early phase from stroke onset. Methods. Plasma N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), D-dimer, C-reactive protein, serum albumin, and globulin levels ...
Negi Sayoko S Department of Cardiology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, - - 2014
Congestive physical findings such as pulmonary rales and third heart sound (S3) are hallmarks of acute heart failure (AHF). However, their role in outcome prediction remains unclear. We sought to investigate the association between congestive physical findings upon admission, steady-state biomarkers at the time of discharge, and long-term outcomes in ...
Nanzer Alexandra Marie AM Respiratory Department, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London, - - 2014
A 78-year-old man presented with severe exertional dyspnoea. He suffered from mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive cardiac failure and seropositive myasthaenia gravis. Clinical examination of his chest and heart were unremarkable but he had speech dyspnoea and was unable to count to 20 in a single breath. Consecutive sniff ...
Terzano Claudio C Respiratory Diseases Unit, ALS Respiratory and Critical Care Unit, School of Specialization in Respiratory Diseases, Sapienza University, Viale del Policlinico No. 155, 00161 Rome, - - 2014
Objective. To investigate the correlation between respiratory failure and the pulmonary circulation. We focused on anatomical and functional changes of the right heart. Design. Clinical investigation. Methods. We evaluated 75 patients hospitalized in our respiratory ward for COPD exacerbation. All patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and measurements of right heart chambers. ...
Zhao Li L Department of Pharmacy, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, People's Republic of - - 2014
Digoxin is a frequently prescribed drug, particularly in the elderly population, in which there is an increased prevalence of atrial fibrillation and cardiac failure. With its complex pharmacokinetic profile and narrow therapeutic index, use of digoxin requires regular monitoring of blood levels. Recent evidence suggests that a lower concentration range ...
Yang Q M QM Department of Nephrology, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, - - 2014
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) secondary to chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, but in stages 1-3 CKD patients, it remains unclear. We sought to evaluate the prevalence of PH and elucidate the possible pathogenesis in Chinese patients with early stage kidney disease. Doppler-estimated pulmonary systolic artery pressure (PASP) was measured in ...
Schmidt H H Department of Cardiology and Diabetology, Klinikum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany; Department of Cardiology, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany. Electronic address: - - 2013
We investigated the relationship of impaired autonomic function and severity of illness in chronic heart failure (CHF) and multiple-organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) as an end stage of CHF. Furthermore, we assessed the link of parasympathetic modulation of the heart rate and inflammatory activation in CHF and MODS. Sixty-five patients admitted ...
Yoshida Naoyasu N Echocardiography Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Hiroshima Prefectural Hospital, Hiroshima, - - 2013
The clinical relevance of examining human atrial natriuretic peptide (HANP) or left atrial appendage (LAA) wall-motion velocity during sinus rhythm in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) patients has not been clearly elucidated. The subjects were 38 patients with paroxysmal AF who underwent transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography during sinus rhythm. The presence ...
Jan Aftab A Chronic Cardiovascular Disease Management Unit, St. Vincent's Healthcare Group/St. Michael's Hospital, Dublin, - - 2013
Background. Persistently elevated natriuretic peptide (NP) levels in heart failure (HF) patients are associated with impaired prognosis. Recent work suggests that NP-guided therapy can improve outcome, but the mechanisms behind an elevated BNP remain unclear. Among the potential stimuli for NP in clinically stable patients are persistent occult fluid overload, ...
Yamaguchi Kazuto K Division of Cardiology, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine, Izumo, - - 2013
Left atrial volumes (LAVs) have been suggested to represent long-term exposure to elevated pressures. This study examined the recurrence of heart failure (HF) based on LAV in patients initially diagnosed with congestive HF (CHF). This study comprised 77 patients (age, 75 ± 8 years) with well-documented, clinically defined HF, and complete two-dimensional echocardiographic ...
Acar Gurkan G Department of Cardiology, Kahramanmaraş Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, - - 2013
The aims of this study were to evaluate atrial electromechanical delay, inflammation, and oxidative stress parameters, along with to investigate clinical and laboratory characteristics affecting atrial electromechanical delay in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Forty-three patients with COPD (60.5 ± 9.9 years) and 50 healthy controls (59.6 ± 7.1 years) were included in the ...
Potpara T S TS Cardiology Clinic, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, - - 2013
Atrial fibrillation (AF) sometimes develops in younger individuals without any evident cardiac or other disease. To refer to these patients who were considered to have a very favourable prognosis compared with other AF patients, the term 'lone' AF was introduced in 1953. However, there are numerous uncertainties associated with 'lone' ...
Gruson D D Pôle de recherche en Endocrinologie, Diabète et Nutrition, Institut de Recherche Expérimentale et Clinique, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc and Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium; Department of Laboratory Medicine, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc and Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address: - - 2013
Circulating levels of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a marker of cardiac fibrosis and remodelling, contributes to the risk stratification of patients with heart failure (HF). The aim of our study was to determine the analytical and clinical validity of a novel automated Gal-3 assay in HF patients with reduced ejection fraction. We ...
Izumiya Yasuhiro Y Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. Electronic address: - - 2013
Circulating growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) levels correlate with heart mass and fibrosis; however, little is known about its value in predicting the prognosis of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We measured serum GDF-15 levels in 149 consecutive patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and ...
Dahl Emilie Kristine EK Department of Gastroenterology, Odense University Hospital , Odense , - - 2013
Abstract Objective. Presence of cardiac dysfunction in patients with advanced cirrhosis is widely accepted, but data in early stages of cirrhosis are limited. Systolic and diastolic functions, dynamics of QT-interval, and pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (pro-ANP) are investigated in patients with early stage cirrhosis during maximal β-adrenergic drive. Material and methods. ...
Geske Jeffrey B JB Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, - - 2013
Characterization of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and the effects of myectomy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) remain poorly defined. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of myectomy on PH in HCM. This is a retrospective analysis of 306 consecutive symptomatic HCM patients (70% NYHA class III-IV) with evaluation ...
Ozkan Hasan Atilla HA Anadolu Medical Center Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplantation Center, Cumhuriyet Mah. 2255 sk. No. 3, Gebze 41400, Kocaeli, - - 2013
This study was undertaken to prospectively evaluate and compare the acute effect of high-dose (HD), cyclophosphamide (CY) and HD etoposide (ET) on cardiac function assessed by plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in patients undergoing stem-cell mobilization. NT-proBNP was measured at baseline and 6h after completion of mobilization chemotherapy (MC) ...
Limantoro Ione - - 2013
Acute atrial fibrillation (AF) is often treated with the administration of intravenous flecainide; however, this treatment may not always be successful and is potentially hazardous. Previous studies suggest that electro-echocardiographic tissue velocity imaging (TVI) of the atrial wall may reflect atrial remodeling. To study whether atrial TVI can be used ...
Wan Yu-Feng - - 2013
The objective of this observational study was to determine whether there is an association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and uric acid and to identify the risk markers for AF in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Consecutive patients with newly diagnosed OSA were screened at baseline. The final study population consisted of ...
Chida Ayako - - 2013
Background: Some potential biomarkers have been reported recently in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but the most clinically useful among these potential biomarkers, especially in childhood PAH, has not been identified. Therefore, this study investigated which biomarker is useful in assessing severity of and patient prognosis in childhood idiopathic PAH ...
Pereira José Manuel - - 2013
This study aimed to evaluate the role of biomarkers as markers of pneumococcal bacteremia in severe community-acquired pneumonia (SCAP). A prospective, single-center, observational cohort study of 108 patients with SCAP admitted to the intensive care department of a university hospital in Portugal was conducted. Leucocytes, C-reactive protein (CRP), lactate, procalcitonin ...
Limantoro I I Department of Cardiology, Maastricht University Medical Centre, PO Box 5800, 6202 AZ, Maastricht, the Netherlands, - - 2013
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure are conditions that often coexist. Consequently, many patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) present with AF. We evaluated the effectiveness of internal cardioversion of AF in patients with an ICD. Retrospectively, we included 27 consecutive ICD patients with persistent AF who underwent internal cardioversion ...
Ruwald Anne-Christine H AC University of Rochester Medical Center, Heart Research Follow-Up Program, Rochester, NY, USA; Department of Cardiology, Gentofte University Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark. Electronic address: - - 2013
We aimed to investigate the effect of both history of IAT and in-trial IAT on the risk of heart failure (HF) or death comparing CRT-D to implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment in mildly symptomatic HF patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB). Limited data exist regarding the benefit of cardiac ...
Targonski Ryszard - - 2013
The limitations of diuretics in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure (ADCHF) are progressive worsening of renal function and resistance to up-titrated doses. The occurrence of resistance to loop diuretics in patients with ADCHF is associated with worsening prognosis and increased mortality. In this study, we report two patients ...
Akca Ferdi - - 2013
Atrial tachycardias (ATs) frequently develop in patients with congenital heart defects (CHDs). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of extensive atrial scar formation on the total atrial activation time (TAAT) and its relation to the tachycardia cycle length (CL) to classify AT.METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-one patients were included and ...
Yashiro Bun - - 2013
The association of atrial fibrillation (AF) with sudden death and the difference in prognostic significance between paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal AF remains unclear in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Our aim was to investigate the clinical significance of AF, and to assess the prognostic difference between paroxysmal and non-paroxysmal AF in ...
Miniati Massimo - - 2013
Ventilatory impairment is known to occur in patients with heart failure (HF). Alveolar volume (VA) is measured by the dilution of an inert gas during a single breath-hold maneuver. Such measurement is sensitive to ventilatory disturbances. We conducted a prospective, observational study to establish the prognostic value of VA in ...
Afşinoktay A - - 2013
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a common clinical syndrome associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Due to the lack of evidence-based therapies and increasing prevalence of HFpEF, clinicians are often confronted with these patients and yet have little guidance on how to effectively diagnose and ...
Hijazi Ziad - - 2013
High sensitivity troponin-I (hs-TnI) measurements improves risk assessment for cardiovascular events in many clinical settings, the added value in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients has not been described. At randomization hs-TnI was analyzed in 14,821 AF patients in the ARISTOTLE trial comparing apixaban with warfarin. The associations between hs-TnI concentrations and ...
Sucu Murat - - 2013
We aimed to investigate the presence of atrial electromechanical conduction delay in patients with neurocardiogenic syncope, which was diagnosed with head-up tilt table test (HUTT). A total of 29 patients (mean age: 30.6 ± 15.9 years) with vasovagal syncope, as diagnosed by HUTT, and 23 healthy control subjects (mean age: ...
Park Jin Joo - - 2013
The neurohumoral and inflammatory pathways are regarded as the main mechanisms for the progression of heart failure. We sought to investigate the prognostic value of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) by evaluating their relation with 12-month mortality rate in this prospective cohort study from 24 ...
Sahlén Anders - - 2013
Although enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) provides symptom reduction in many patients with severe angina pectoris, one-quarter of patients fail to respond. Earlier reports have not clearly established whether and how EECP responders may be identified pre-hoc. We hypothesized that clinical and biochemical data may be used to predict EECP response. ...
Mortezabeigi H R HR Neuro Science Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical sciences, Tabriz, - - 2013
Scoring systems have been designed to help physicians in early prediction of cerebral stroke following Transitional Ischemic Attack (TIA). ABCD2 system is one of these scoring systems. Considering increase of brain natriuretic peptide following cerebral ischemic stroke, BNP level may be associated with incidence of ischemic stroke following TIA. The ...
Rasmuson Johan - - 2013
Hantavirus infections cause potentially life-threatening disease in humans world-wide. Infections with American hantaviruses may lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome characterised by severe cardiopulmonary distress with high mortality. Pulmonary involvement in European Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) infection has been reported, whereas knowledge of potential cardiac manifestations is limited. We aimed to comprehensively ...
Polat Nihat - - 2013
The prevalence of chronic heart failure (CHF) in the elderly population is growing. Identification of risk factors in patients with CHF is important. Recent studies suggest that red cell distribution width (RDW) has prognostic significance in these patients. We aimed to evaluate the relationship of RDW with clinical and laboratory ...
Karavelioğlu Yusuf - - 2013
There are no definite data about the atrial electromechanical coupling times (AEMCT) in patients with end stage renal failure (ESRF). The aim of this study was to investigate the AEMCT in ESRF patients without hypertension (HT) and diabetes mellitus. The study population consisted of 47 normotensive, nondiabetic ESRF patients and ...
Zhao Liang - - 2013
It is unknown if baseline characteristics and prognosis of patients with longstanding persistent (defined as history greater than 1 year) atrial fibrillation (LS-AF) differ among those with either recurrent atrial tachycardia (R-AT) or recurrent AF (R-AF) after first ablation. In 222 consecutive LS-AF patients treated for R-AT or R-AF after ...
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