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Sato Takamasa - - 2013
Impaired renal function is a strong predictor of mortality in chronic heart failure (CHF). However, the impact of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on prognostic factors has not been rigorously examined in CHF. The purpose of this study was to compare prognostic factors between CHF patients with and without CKD. Consecutive ...
Muhib Sharifi - - 2013
Prevalent atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) represents an important issue with regard to stroke events caused by embolization and is associated with high mortality. Increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), which shows high metabolic activity, can locally influence the activity of the autonomic ganglia, enhancing autonomic dysregulation ...
Lepoutre Thibault - - 2013
BNP (Brain Natriuretic Peptide) and Nt-proBNP (N-terminal-pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide) are valuable markers for the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure (HF). The AQT90 FLEX is a newly released random access analyzer for point-of-care (POCT) measurement. The aim of our study was to determine Nt-pro-BNP concentrations in HF patients with the ...
Ntsekhe Mpiko - - 2013
Effusive constrictive pericarditis (ECP) is visceral constriction in conjunction with compressive pericardial effusion. The prevalence of proven tuberculous ECP is unknown. Whilst ECP is distinguished from effusive disease on hemodynamic grounds, it is unknown whether effusive-constrictive physiology has a distinct cytokine profile. We conducted a prospective study of prevalence and ...
Oikawa Jun - - 2013
Patients with recently diagnosed atrial fi brillation (AF) tend to exhibit a longer fi brillation cycle length (FCL) than those having a longer clinical history. However, the electrophysiological properties of new-onset AF may vary because of the clinical background of patients. In this study, we evaluated clinical factors to identify ...
Cabré Anna A Unitat de Recerca en Lípids i Arteriosclerosi, Hospital Universitari Sant Joan, CIBERDEM, Reus, - - 2013
Circulating adipocyte fatty acid-binding protein (FABP4) levels are considered to be a link between obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular (CV) diseases. In vitro, FABP4 has exhibited cardiodepressant activity by suppressing cardiomyocyte contraction. We have explored the relationship between FABP4 and the N-terminal fragment of pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) as ...
Chen Shanying S Department of Nephrology, Zhangzhou Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Zhangzhou, - - 2013
The aim of this study was to assess the results of troponin I (cTnI) in non- acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We also examined the risk factors for elevated cTnI in non-ACS patients with CKD and whether stage 5 CKD modifies the associations of elevated ...
Tekce Hikmet H Department of Nephrology, AIB University Hospital, 14280 Bolu, - - 2013
Background/Aims: Abnormalities in atrial electromechanical delay (EMD) times and mechanical functions are considered as independent predictors of atrial fibrillation. However, to date, effects of a single hemodialysis (HD) session and acute volume-preload changes on atrial-EMD functions have not been investigated by Tissue Doppler Echocardiography (TDE). The aim of the present ...
Høiseth Arne Didrik AD Cardiothoracic Research Group, Division of Medicine, Akershus University Hospital and Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, - - 2013
Congestive heart failure is underdiagnosed in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pulmonary congestion on chest radiograph at admission for acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD) is associated with an increased risk of mortality. A standardized evaluation of chest radiographs may enhance prognostic accuracy. We aimed to evaluate whether a ...
Frey A A Department of Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Würzburg, Oberdürrbacher Straße 6, 97080 Würzburg, Germany ; Comprehensive Heart Failure Center, University of Würzburg, Straubmühlweg 2a, Haus A9, 97078 Würzburg, - - 2013
Introduction. Experimental data indicates an important role of the innate immune system in cardiac remodeling and heart failure (HF). Complement is a central effector pathway of the innate immune system. Animals lacking parts of the complement system are protected from adverse remodeling. Based on these data, we hypothesized that peripheral ...
Sankaranarayanan Rajiv R Unit of Cardiac Physiology, Cardiovascular Research Group, 3rd Floor, Core Technology Facility, The University of Manchester, M139PL, Grafton Street, Manchester M13 9NT, UK ; Manchester Heart Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WPL, - - 2013
The incidence and prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) are projected to increase significantly worldwide, imposing a significant burden on healthcare resources. The disease itself is extremely heterogeneous in its epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options based on individual patient characteristics. Whilst ageing is well recognised to be an independent risk factor ...
Youmans Steven J SJ Department of Biomedical Sciences, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY, 11568, - - 2013
We have utilized the persistent elevation of fractional excretion (FE) of urate, > 10%, to differentiate cerebral/renal salt wasting (RSW) from the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH), in which a normalization of FEurate occurs after correction of hyponatremia.  Previous studies suggest as well  that an elevated FEurate with ...
Kaszuba Elzbieta E 0000-0001-9808-6604 Blekinge Competence Centre, Wämö Centre, 371 81 Karlskrona, Sweden ; Lund University, Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö, General Practice/Family Medicine, 205 02 Malmö, - - 2013
Objective. To detect chronic heart failure in elderly patients with a registered diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) treated in Swedish primary health care using natriuretic peptide NT-proBNP. Design. A cross-sectional study. Setting. Two primary health care centres in southeastern Sweden each with about 9000 listed patients. Subjects. Patients ...
Durak-Nalbantic Azra A Clinic for Heart disease and rheumatism, Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. - - 2013
To assess serum levels of tumor marker carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) in patients with heart failure (HF) and to investigate possible correlation with echocardiographic parameters and level of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). We included 76 patients with different cardiac symptoms hospitalized at Clinic for heart disease and rheumatism. Control group ...
Nair Nandini - - 2012
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. Though their significance is unclear, pioneer profiling studies have attributed specific serum miRNA signatures to different disease conditions. The diagnostic potential of miRNA detection in human plasma for cardiovascular disorders is beginning to be recognized as important. In this ...
Kim Hyungseop - - 2012
Few studies have explored the clinical potentials of combined Cystatin C (Cys) and uric acid (UA) in heart failure (HF). The authors evaluated Cys and UA as predictors of clinical outcomes compared with conventional renal biomarkers. This prospective cohort study included 587 HF patients presenting with dyspnea. At admission, Cys, ...
Schernthaner Christiana - - 2012
Background: Atrial fibrosis or fatty deposition is known to increase the propensity for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). Apart from the pulmonic veins, the interatrial septum (IAS) might play a role in the maintenance of AF. In contrast to left atrial anatomy and adjacent veins, the IAS cannot be ...
Geerse Daniël A - - 2012
Abstract Background: Several biomarkers are associated with mortality in hemodialysis patients. In particular, elevated cardiac troponin T and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) are strong predictors of mortality; however, less is known about cardiac troponin I (cTnI). Elevated troponin I is detected in many hemodialysis patients, but the association of moderate ...
Guo Yutao - - 2012
Antiplatelet therapy is the cornerstone of secondary prevention in cardiovascular disease. This review focuses on the role of antiplatelet therapy in atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF). Aspirin has a limited role in stroke prevention among most patients with AF, being of limited efficacy and not any safer than ...
Piccini Jonathan P - - 2013
We sought to define the factors associated with the occurrence of stroke and systemic embolism in a large, international atrial fibrillation (AF) trial. In ROCKET AF (Rivaroxaban Once-daily, oral, direct factor Xa inhibition Compared with vitamin K antagonism for prevention of stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation), 14 264 ...
Koca Bülent - - 2012
Cardiac involvement as pericarditis, myocarditis and valvular disease is common in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). However, there are few studies concerning systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle in children with JIA. P wave dispersion is a sign for the prediction of atrial fibrillation. A recent study found that ...
Hollands James M - - 2012
To evaluate the role of newer agents in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched (up to June 2012) combining medication names with atrial fibrillation, humans, clinical trials, and pharmacoeconomic. References of the articles identified and www.clinicaltrials.gov were also reviewed. Studies were limited to the English ...
Ozaydin Mehmet - - 2012
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between inflammation and development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with hyperthyroidism. A total of 65 patients with newly diagnosed hyperthyroidism, 35 of whom were in sinus rhythm and 30 of whom in AF. Thirty five age- and gender-matched patients ...
Pei Zhi-Yong - - 2012
To assess the secular trends in the etiology and comorbidity of patients hospitalized with congestive heart failure (CHF). Data of 7,319 patients (mean age 59.6 years, 62.1% male) with a primary discharge diagnosis of CHF, hospitalized from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 2007 at the Chinese People's Liberation Army ...
Park Jae-Hyeong - - 2012
Measurement of right ventricular (RV) systolic function is important for patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). However, assessment of RV function is a challenge due to its complex anatomy. We measured RV systolic function with analysis of tricuspid annular motion in acute PE patients. From August 2007 to May 2011, ...
Terawaki Hiroyuki - - 2012
BACKGROUND: The present study aimed to clarify the beneficial effect of allopurinol on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in a cohort of hypertensive nephropathy patients with impaired kidney function. METHODS: One hundred and seventy-eight patients diagnosed with hypertensive nephropathy and presenting with impaired kidney function (estimated glomerular filtration rate <45 mL/min/1.73 m(2)) were ...
Ma Tean - - 2012
Background: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and systolic dysfunction would predict the mortality of patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis. The cause of LVH is usually related to the increase of total peripheral vascular resistance and overloading volume. The presence of residual diuresis enables greater control of the volume. This study evaluated the ...
Corino Valentina D A - - 2013
Even if atrial fibrillatory rate (AFR) has been related to clinical outcome in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), its relation with ventricular response has not been deeply studied. The aim of this study was to investigate the relation between AFR and RR series variability in patients with AF. Twenty-minute electrocardiograms ...
Pawlak Agnieszka - - 2012
Desmin plays an essential role in maintaining cell cytoarchitecture, positioning and functioning of organelles, and the intercellular signaling pathway. It has been suggested that remodeling of desmin cytoskeleton might contribute to the progression of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and might affect patients' long-term prognosis. We performed endomyocardial biopsy in 200 patients ...
Baranchuk Adrian - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, including atrial arrhythmias. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard treatment for OSA; its impact on atrial electrical remodelling has not been fully investigated. Signal-averaged p-wave (SAPW) duration is an accepted marker for atrial electrical remodelling. ...
Yodogawa Kenji - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is highly prevalent in patients with ischemic stroke, but the diagnosis is often difficult. METHODS: This study consisted of 68 stroke patients in sinus rhythm without history of AF. All patients underwent P-wave signal-averaged electrocardiography (P-SAECG), echocardiography, 24-h Holter monitoring, and measurement of plasma B-type natriuretic ...
Matsue Yuya - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Although tolvaptan is a recently approved drug for heart failure and causes aquaresis without affecting renal function, its clinical efficacy for patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is yet to be elucidated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a prospective observational study in patients with ADHF and high risk ...
Lee Yu-Ji - - 2012
Aims: The aim of the present study was to investigate the interaction of nutritional status, N-terminal probrain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and ventricular remodeling in hemodialysis patients. Methods: NT-proBNP was measured by immunoassay. Nutritional status was assessed using the subjective global assessment (SGA) and malnutrition-inflammation score (MIS). Transthoracic echocardiographic examinations were ...
Ludka Ondrej - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Plasma N-terminal fragment of pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentration is elevated in cardiovascular diseases such as congestive heart failure, where increased levels of NT-proBNP indicate cardiac dysfunction, hypervolemia, and higher risk of hospitalization and death. These associations apply also to patients with severe impairment of kidney function. Little ...
Shivkumar Kalyanam K UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Los Angeles, California, USA. - - 2012
Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) currently relies on eliminating triggers, and no reliable method exists to map the arrhythmia itself to identify ablation targets. The aim of this multicenter study was to define the use of Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation (FIRM) for identifying ablation targets. We prospectively enrolled ...
Uhm Jae-Sun - - 2012
BACKGROUNDS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is commonly associated with structural heart disease (SHD) or sinus node dysfunction (SND). We hypothesized that regional atrial effective refractory period (ERP) is different in patients with SHD/SND from lone AF. METHODS: We included 648 patients with AF (age, 56.0 ± 11.0 years; male, 77.3%; paroxysmal ...
Anderssohn Maike - - 2012
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) is associated with increased mortality in patients with chronic heart failure but it remains unclear if the etiology of heart failure influences the prognostic value of dimethylarginines. L-Arginine, ADMA, and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in 341 patients with chronic heart failure ...
O'Shea P - - 2012
Heart Failure is one of the fastest growing cardiovascular diseases of the 21st century. Echocardiogram is considered the gold standard for diagnosis, but is costly, time consuming and not readily accessible to all patients. Our aim was to assess the diagnostic utility of BNP to risk stratify patients for ECHO. ...
Rajagopalan Bharath - - 2012
In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), a rhythm-control strategy may be adopted when there are unacceptable symptoms from AF, failure of rate control, and/or the presence of comorbidities, such as heart failure, that may improve with restoration of sinus rhythm. When a rhythm-control strategy is chosen and the patient is ...
Khan M A - - 2012
Heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently coexist and each complicates the course of the other. The purpose of this review is to analyse the prognostic impact of AF in patients with HF and assess whether there is an advantage in targeting therapies towards the maintenance of sinus rhythm ...
Brechenmacher Claude J - - 2012
INTRODUCTION: In this case, electrophysiology and histology could be studied in the same heart. Clinical investigation, clinical electrophysiology, and postmortem serial histological sections of the septum were analyzed. METHODS: A patient with repeated seizures and a short PR interval with narrow QRS complex underwent electrophysiologic studies. RESULTS: The patient died ...
Sekizuka Hiromitsu - - 2012
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate and compare prevalence of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in Japanese patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) versus those with HF with preserved EF (HFpEF). METHODS: This study consecutively included 101 Japanese patients (77 males) with de novo CHF. Echocardiography was performed ...
Rich Jonathan D - - 2012
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is characterized by a progressive decline in cardiac output (CO) and right heart failure. NICOM(®) is a bioreactance-based technology that has been broadly validated, but its specific application in right heart failure and PH is unknown.Cardiac catheterization was performed in 50 consecutive patients with PH. CO measurements ...
Caruso R - - 2012
OBJECTIVES: Neopterin, a marker of inflammation and monocyte activation, is found increased in patients with heart failure (HF). This study investigates whether neopterin levels correlate with left ventricular (LV) remodeling and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), a marker of cardiac stress, in chronic HF (CHF) patients with different severity of disease. ...
Kühne Michael - - 2012
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study were to determine whether predictors of phrenic nerve palsy (PNP) exist and to test whether a standardized ablation protocol may prevent PNP during cryoballoon (CB) ablation using the 28 mm CB. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D) geometry of the pulmonary veins (PV) and their relationship to the ...
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Objectives: Heart failure (HF) is defined as the incapability of the heart to serve the tissues adequately with blood. This includes changes in microvascular perfusion. A mechanism aggravating perfusion disturbances in HF is endothelial dysfunction by reduced bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO). A mechanism possibly contributing to low NO bioavailability ...
Yongjun Qian - - 2012
Mitral valvular disease is strongly related to atrial fibrillation (AF), but the different types of mitral valvular disease have a different prevalence of AF. In this study we explored the expressions of the circulating and local renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) in order to determine the relationship between circulating and local RAAS ...
Floria Mariana - - 2012
Aberrantly inserted chordae tendineae in the left atrial side are a rare find. We report here the case of a young patient with aberrantly inserted chordae tendineae not causing significant mitral regurgitation. Because the patient remained asymptomatic and the anomalous chord of the left atrium could be considered within normal ...
Kitaoka Hiroaki - - 2012
AIMS: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic functions by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) has been reported to be useful for predicting the prognosis in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of TDI parameters for the prediction of cardiovascular ...
Fang Fang - - 2012
PURPOSE: Late-onset atrial arrhythmia after successful closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) is not uncommon. Right atrial (RA) enlargement and increased electrocardiographic P-wave dispersion (Pd) independently predict the development of atrial arrhythmia. Data on the degree of right atrial (RA) geometrical and electrical remodeling following device closure of ASD are ...
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