Sample records for replace malfunctioning heart

  1. Successful replacement of malfunctioning TCI HeartMate LVAD with DeBakey LVAD as a bridge to heart transplantation. (United States)

    Russo, Claudio F; Fratto, Pasquale A; Milazzo, Filippo; Vitali, Ettore


    Congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization and death in the developed world and affects about 0.4-2% of the adult population [Ann Thorac Surg 1999;68:637-40]. Heart transplantation remains the most effective therapy for end-stage heart disease, but the shortage of donors has led to increasing interest in other surgical options, especially ventricular assist devices (VAD). Several VADs are available to bridge patients to transplantation [N Engl J Med 2001;345:1435-43], including pulsatile devices like the HeartMate (HeartMate, Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) and Novacor (World Heart, Netherlands), and the DeBakey VAD (MicroMed Technology, Inc., Houston, TX), which is an electromagnetically driven implantable titanium axial flow blood pump designed for left ventricular support. Despite technical improvements, VADs still are associated with serious complications. We reporte a successfull case where we replaced a TCI HeartMate with a DeBakey VAD because of a serious pocket infection, deterioration and failure of the inflow valve.

  2. [Renal replacement therapy for refractory heart failure]. (United States)

    Schwenger, V; Remppis, A B


    After broad cardiological and nephrological evaluation and consideration of optimal conservative options according to national and international guidelines, renal replacement therapy might be helpful in patients with refractory heart failure even if they are not dialysis-dependent. This is even more important as renal failure is a strong predictor for mortality in patients with severe congestive heart failure (CHF) and CHF is one of the fastest growing morbidities in western countries. Although peritoneal dialysis (PD) is frequently used in patients with CHF its role remains unclear. Acute chronic volume overload in refractory CHF is still an unresolved clinical problem. In patients with acute heart and renal failure with need of management in an intensive care unit, extracorporeal ultrafiltration or a dialysis modality should be preferred. In patients with chronic refractory CHF, volume overload and renal failure, peritoneal dialysis should be the therapy of choice. Due to the limited data available, treatment and outcome parameters should be recorded in the registry of the German Society of Nephrology (

  3. Hormone Replacement Therapy and Your Heart (United States)

    ... lifestyle choices. Counter the risks of developing heart disease by making heart-healthy lifestyle choices. Don't smoke or use tobacco products. ... ... for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

  4. Carcinoid heart disease : outcomes after surgical valve replacement

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    Mokhles, Palwasha; van Herwerden, Lex A.; de Jong, Peter L.; de Herder, Wouter W.; Siregar, Sabrina; Constantinescu, Alina A.; van Domburg, Ron T.; Roos-Hesselink, Jolien W.


    To describe the early and late outcomes of carcinoid patients undergoing surgical heart valve replacement. In a retrospective study, records of patients with symptomatic carcinoid heart disease referred for valve surgery between 1993 and 2010 at two academic centres were reviewed. The perioperative

  5. The echocardiography of replacement heart valves (United States)


    This is a practical description of how replacement valves are assessed using echocardiography. Normal transthoracic appearances including normal variants are described. The problem of differentiating normal function, patient–prosthesis mismatch and pathological obstruction in aortic replacement valves with high gradients is discussed. Obstruction and abnormal regurgitation is described for valves in the aortic, mitral and right-sided positions and when to use echocardiography in suspected infective endocarditis. The roles of transoesophageal and stress echocardiography are described and finally when other imaging techniques may be useful. PMID:27600454

  6. Aortic root replacement for bicuspid aortopathy following heart transplantation. (United States)

    Stephens, Elizabeth H; Fukuhara, Shinichi; Neely, Robert C; Takayama, Hiroo


    Although donors with well-functioning bicuspid aortic valves (BAV) are not a contraindication for transplantation, BAV patients are at risk for long-term aortopathy and valve dysfunction. We report a case of a patient status-post heart transplant 13 years ago who presented to our institution with a BAV and severe aortic regurgitation associated with an aortic root aneurysm and underwent aortic root replacement. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Cardiac crossroads: deciding between mechanical or bioprosthetic heart valve replacement

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    Maggie N Tillquist


    Full Text Available Maggie N Tillquist1, Thomas M Maddox21School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USA; 2VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, and Department of Medicine (Cardiology, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, USAAbstract: Nearly 15 million people in the United States suffer from either aortic or mitral valvular disease. For patients with severe and symptomatic valvular heart disease, valve replacement surgery improves morbidity and mortality outcomes. In 2009, 90,000 valve replacement surgeries were performed in the United States. This review evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical and bioprosthetic prosthetic heart valves as well as the factors for consideration in deciding the appropriate valve type for an individual patient. Although many caveats exist, the general recommendation is for patients younger than 60 to 65 years to receive mechanical valves due to the valve's longer durability and for patients older than 60 to 65 years to receive a bioprosthetic valve to avoid complications with anticoagulants. Situations that warrant special consideration include patient co-morbidities, the need for anticoagulation, and the potential for pregnancy. Once these characteristics have been considered, patients' values, anxieties, and expectations for their lifestyle and quality of life should be incorporated into final valve selection. Decision aids can be useful in integrating preferences in the valve decision. Finally, future directions in valve technology, anticoagulation, and medical decision-making are discussed.Keywords: prosthetic heart valves, patient preference, valve type, anticoagulant, structural valve deterioration 

  8. Patient experiences of recovery after heart valve replacement: suffering weakness, struggling to resume normality

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Zwisler, Ann-Dorthe; Pedersen, Birthe D.;


    Heart valve disease is becoming a public health problem due to increasing life expectancy and new treatment methods. Patients are at risk of developing depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder after heart valve surgery. To better plan proper care, describing and understanding patients......' perception of recovery after heart valve replacement is essential. The objective was to describe the experience of recovery at home after heart valve replacement....

  9. On-pump fibrillating heart mitral valve replacement with the SAPIEN™ XT transcatheter heart valve. (United States)

    Ferrari, Enrico; Niclauss, Lars; Locca, Didier; Marcucci, Carlo


    In some high-risk patients, standard mitral valve replacement can represent a challenging procedure, requiring a risky extensive decalcification of the annulus. In particular, high-risk redo patients and patients with a previously implanted transcatheter aortic valve, who develop calcific mitral disease, would benefit from the development of new, minimally invasive, transcatheter or hybrid techniques for mitral valve replacement. In particular, mixing transcatheter valve therapies and well-established minimally invasive techniques for mitral replacement or repair can help in decreasing the surgical risk and the technical complexity. Thus, placing transcatheter, balloon-expandable Sapien™ XT stent-valves in calcified, degenerated mitral valves through a right thoracotomy, a left atriotomy and on an on-pump fibrillating heart, represents an attractive alternative to standard surgery in redo patients, in patients with concomitant transcatheter aortic stent-valves in place and in patients with a high-risk profile. We describe this hybrid technique in detail.

  10. Relation between hormone replacement therapy and ischaemic heart disease in women

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    Løkkegaard, E; Pedersen, A T; Heitmann, B L


    To investigate the risk of ischaemic heart disease and myocardial infarction among women using hormone replacement therapy, especially the potential modifying effect of cardiovascular risk factors.......To investigate the risk of ischaemic heart disease and myocardial infarction among women using hormone replacement therapy, especially the potential modifying effect of cardiovascular risk factors....

  11. The AbioCor totally implantable replacement heart. (United States)

    Holmes, Elena C


    An artificial heart with adequate circulatory support and an acceptable quality of life remains one of the holy grails of heart failure medicine and surgery. The totally implantable AbioCor is powered electrically via an external power source and has no skin-piercing cables. To date, seven critically ill patients with end-stage heart failure have been implanted with it. Four patients survived beyond 2 months, and two patients were discharged from the hospital. Both enjoyed improved quality of life with frequent social excursions; another patient is about to be discharged. While three patients died, early trials suggest that this device holds promise.

  12. Fluid Mechanics of Heart Valves and Their Replacements (United States)

    Sotiropoulos, Fotis; Le, Trung Bao; Gilmanov, Anvar


    As the pulsatile cardiac blood flow drives the heart valve leaflets to open and close, the flow in the vicinity of the valve resembles a pulsed jet through a nonaxisymmetric orifice with a dynamically changing area. As a result, three-dimensional vortex rings with intricate topology emerge that interact with the complex cardiac anatomy and give rise to shear layers, regions of recirculation, and flow instabilities that could ultimately lead to transition to turbulence. Such complex flow patterns, which are inherently valve- and patient-specific, lead to mechanical forces at scales that can cause blood cell damage and thrombosis, increasing the likelihood of stroke, and can trigger the pathogenesis of various life-threatening valvular heart diseases. We summarize the current understanding of flow phenomena induced by heart valves, discuss their linkage with disease pathways, and emphasize the research advances required to translate in-depth understanding of valvular hemodynamics into effective patient therapies.

  13. Patient evaluation and selection for transcatheter aortic valve replacement: the heart team approach. (United States)

    Sintek, Marc; Zajarias, Alan


    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been shown to significantly impact mortality and quality of life in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) who are deemed high risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR). Essential to these outcomes is proper patient selection. The multidisciplinary TAVR heart team was created to provide comprehensive patient evaluation and aid in proper selection. This review with outline the history and components of the heart team, and delineate the team's role in risk and frailty assessment, evaluation of common co-morbidities that impact outcomes, and the complex multi-modality imaging necessary for procedural planning and patient selection. The heart team is critical in determining patient eligibility and benefit and the optimal operative approach for TAVR. The future of structural heart disease will certainly require a team approach, and the TAVR heart team will serve as the successful model.

  14. Imaging in the context of replacement heart valve development: use of the Visible Heart(®) methodologies. (United States)

    Bateman, Michael G; Iaizzo, Paul A


    In recent years huge strides have been made in the fields of interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery which now allow physicians and surgeons to repair or replace cardiac valves with greater success in a larger demographic of patients. Pivotal to these advances has been significant improvements in cardiac imaging and improved fundamental understanding of valvular anatomies and morphologies. We describe here a novel series of techniques utilized within the Visible Heart(®) laboratory by engineers, scientists, and/or anatomists to visualize and analyze the form and function of the four cardiac valves and to assess potential repair or replacement therapies. The study of reanimated large mammalian hearts (including human hearts) using various imaging modalities, as well as specially prepared anatomical specimens, has enhanced the design, development, and testing of novel cardiac therapies.

  15. Guided Tissue Regeneration in Heart Valve Replacement: From Preclinical Research to First-in-Human Trials


    Iop, L.; Gerosa, G.


    Heart valve tissue-guided regeneration aims to offer a functional and viable alternative to current prosthetic replacements. Not requiring previous cell seeding and conditioning in bioreactors, such exceptional tissue engineering approach is a very fascinating translational regenerative strategy. After in vivo implantation, decellularized heart valve scaffolds drive their same repopulation by recipient’s cells for a prospective autologous-like tissue reconstruction, remodeling, and adaptation...


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    Objective To explore the relationship between perioperative serum thyroid hormone changes and heart dysfunction in patients undergone cardiac valve replacement. Methods The serum concentrations of free tri- iodothyronine (),free thyroxine (),total total reverse and thyroid-stimulating hor- mone (TSH) in 20 patients undergone routine rheumatic mitral valve replacement were determined by radioim- munoassay at preoperation, the end of myocardial ischemia, and 2,6,12,24 and 48h postoperation, respectively. The alteration hormones above mentioned were comparatively analysed of the normal heart function group (group I,n = 14) and heart dysfunction group (group I ,n=6) after surgery. Results In comparing group I with group I , the more severe the chronic congestive heart failure, the lower the thyroid hormone level before operation;and subse- quently both progressively lowered T3 level and acute heart dysfunction emerged after operation. The decreased extent of serum thyroid hormone was closely parallel to the severity of heart dysfunction. Gonclusion Perioperatively, de- creased serum FT3 and TT3 concentrations are at least an important humoral factor aggravating heart dysfunction, and the patients with preoperative low T3 should be considered as high-risk valvular surgical cases.

  17. Pulmonary heart valve replacement using stabilized acellular xenogeneic scaffolds; effects of seeding with autologous stem cells

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    Harpa Marius Mihai


    Full Text Available Background: We hypothesized that an ideal heart valve replacement would be acellular valve root scaffolds seeded with autologous stem cells. To test this hypothesis, we prepared porcine acellular pulmonary valves, seeded them with autologous adipose derived stem cells (ADSCs and implanted them in sheep and compared them to acellular valves.

  18. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement for bicuspid aortic stenosis 13years post heart transplant. (United States)

    Julien, Maureen B; Desai, Nimesh; Brozena, Susan; Herrmann, Howard C


    Despite the widespread use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for moderate and high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, it is utilized less frequently in patients with bicuspid aortic valves (BAV). Orthotopic heart transplant (OHT) donors tend to be younger and may have undiagnosed BAV. We present a case of successful TAVR in a patient with BAV thirteen years after OHT.

  19. Outcome of left heart mechanical valve replacement in West African children - A 15-year retrospective study

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    Tamatey Martin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The West African sub-region has poor health infrastructure. Mechanical valve replacement in children from such regions raises important postoperative concerns; among these, valve-related morbidity and complications of lifelong anticoagulation are foremost. Little is known about the long-term outcome of mechanical valve replacement in West Africa. We sought to determine the outcome of mechanical valve replacement of the left heart in children from this sub-region. Method We conducted a retrospective review of all consecutive left heart valve replacements in children ( Results One hundred and fourteen patients underwent mitral valve replacement (MVR, aortic valve replacement (AVR or mitral and aortic valve replacements (MAVR. Their ages ranged from 6-18 years (13.3 ± 3.1 years. All patients were in NYHA class III or IV. Median follow up was 9.1 years. MVR was performed in 91 (79.8% patients, AVR in 13 (11.4% and MAVR in 10 (8.8% patients. Tricuspid valve repair was performed concomitantly in 45 (39.5% patients. There were 6 (5.3% early deaths and 6 (5.3% late deaths. Preoperative left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction Conclusion Mechanical valve replacement in West African children has excellent outcomes in terms of mortality, valve-related events, and reoperation rate. Preoperative left ventricular dysfunction is the primary determinant of mortality within the first 2 years of valve replacement. The risk of valve-related complications is acceptably low. Anticoagulation is well tolerated with a very low risk of bleeding even in this socioeconomic setting.

  20. Risks due to UPS malfunctioning

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    Thiesen, H


    To ensure the safety of the LHC in case of partial or general electrical power failure, all components of the machine protection system are powered by an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS). However, just as for other systems of the machine, the UPS itself is not immune to malfunction. This presentation will evaluate the impact of a UPS malfunction on the operation of the machine protection system and the consequences for the protection of the machine.

  1. replacement of the heart of the CMS experiment - the pixel #detector. Part2

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    Brice, Maximilien


    This week, one of the Large Hadron Collider’s experiments gets a “heart transplant”. --- Physicists and engineers are replacing the heart of the CMS experiment - the pixel #detector. This will improve CMS’s ability to make precise measurements on aspects of the Standard Model, including the properties of the #HiggsBoson. The #LHC and its experiments are currently preparing to wake up this spring, when the accelerator will begin to collide particles once more at close to the speed of light. --- Today at 12:15 CET, join us live on #Facebook and ask us anything:

  2. replacement of the heart of the CMS experiment - the pixel #detector.

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    This week, one of the Large Hadron Collider’s experiments gets a “heart transplant”. --- Physicists and engineers are replacing the heart of the CMS experiment - the pixel #detector. This will improve CMS’s ability to make precise measurements on aspects of the Standard Model, including the properties of the #HiggsBoson. The #LHC and its experiments are currently preparing to wake up this spring, when the accelerator will begin to collide particles once more at close to the speed of light. --- Today at 12:15 CET, join us live on #Facebook and ask us anything:

  3. Renal Replacement Therapy in Congestive Heart Failure Requiring Left Ventricular Assist Device Augmentation


    Thomas, Bernadette A.; Logar, Christine M.; Anderson, Arthur E.


    “Cardiorenal syndrome” is a term used to describe a dys-regulation of the heart affecting the kidneys, or vice versa, in an acute or chronic manner (1,2). Renal impairment can range from reversible ischemic damage to renal failure requiring short- or long-term renal replacement therapy (2). Patients who require mechanical circulatory support, such as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), as definitive treatment for congestive heart failure or as a bridge to cardiac transplantation pose a u...

  4. [Controlling of artificial blood pumps after total heart replacement - an example of disregulation (author's transl)]. (United States)

    Hennig, E; Affeld, K; Kless, H; Mohnhaupt, A; Mohhaupt, R; Clevert, D; Keibach, H; Krautzberger, W; Kleine, H O; Weidemann, H; Bücherl, E S


    This is a report on the special regulation problem of the left blood pump after replacement of the natural heart by incorporated extracorporally driven blood pumps in an animal experiment. The consequence of the peripheral self-regulation on the transporting capacity of the bloodpumps considering the driving pressure and the systemic pressure losses has been investigated. Two possible controlling principles and the respective fields of application are discussed on the example of a lung oedema.

  5. Guided Tissue Regeneration in Heart Valve Replacement: From Preclinical Research to First-in-Human Trials

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    L. Iop


    Full Text Available Heart valve tissue-guided regeneration aims to offer a functional and viable alternative to current prosthetic replacements. Not requiring previous cell seeding and conditioning in bioreactors, such exceptional tissue engineering approach is a very fascinating translational regenerative strategy. After in vivo implantation, decellularized heart valve scaffolds drive their same repopulation by recipient’s cells for a prospective autologous-like tissue reconstruction, remodeling, and adaptation to the somatic growth of the patient. With such a viability, tissue-guided regenerated conduits can be delivered as off-the-shelf biodevices and possess all the potentialities for a long-lasting resolution of the dramatic inconvenience of heart valve diseases, both in children and in the elderly. A review on preclinical and clinical investigations of this therapeutic concept is provided with evaluation of the issues still to be well deliberated for an effective and safe in-human application.

  6. Guided tissue regeneration in heart valve replacement: from preclinical research to first-in-human trials. (United States)

    Iop, L; Gerosa, G


    Heart valve tissue-guided regeneration aims to offer a functional and viable alternative to current prosthetic replacements. Not requiring previous cell seeding and conditioning in bioreactors, such exceptional tissue engineering approach is a very fascinating translational regenerative strategy. After in vivo implantation, decellularized heart valve scaffolds drive their same repopulation by recipient's cells for a prospective autologous-like tissue reconstruction, remodeling, and adaptation to the somatic growth of the patient. With such a viability, tissue-guided regenerated conduits can be delivered as off-the-shelf biodevices and possess all the potentialities for a long-lasting resolution of the dramatic inconvenience of heart valve diseases, both in children and in the elderly. A review on preclinical and clinical investigations of this therapeutic concept is provided with evaluation of the issues still to be well deliberated for an effective and safe in-human application.

  7. Catheterization of the AbioCor™ Implantable Replacement Heart: Evaluation of the Unique Physiology Created by the Device


    Delgado, Reynolds M.; Nawar, Mohamad; Loghin, Catalin; Myers, Timothy J.; Gregoric, Igor D.; Pool, Toni; Scroggins, Nancy; Radovancevic, Branislav; Frazier, O. H.


    We performed the 1st catheterization of an AbioCor™ implantable replacement heart, in a patient who had developed high right-sided pump pressures, to determine whether the high pressures were caused by graft kinking or obstruction.

  8. Cell Competition Promotes Phenotypically Silent Cardiomyocyte Replacement in the Mammalian Heart

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    Cristina Villa del Campo


    Full Text Available Heterogeneous anabolic capacity in cell populations can trigger a phenomenon known as cell competition, through which less active cells are eliminated. Cell competition has been induced experimentally in stem/precursor cell populations in insects and mammals and takes place endogenously in early mouse embryonic cells. Here, we show that cell competition can be efficiently induced in mouse cardiomyocytes by mosaic overexpression of Myc during both gestation and adult life. The expansion of the Myc-overexpressing cardiomyocyte population is driven by the elimination of wild-type cardiomyocytes. Importantly, this cardiomyocyte replacement is phenotypically silent and does not affect heart anatomy or function. These results show that the capacity for cell competition in mammals is not restricted to stem cell populations and suggest that stimulated cell competition has potential as a cardiomyocyte-replacement strategy.

  9. Mitral valve replacement in children and adolescents with rheumatic heart disease. (United States)

    Stanley, J; Munsi, S; Sukumar, I P; Cherian, G


    To our knowledge, no documented hemodynamic studies in larger series of young patients undergoing valve replacement for rheumatic valvular disease have been reported previously. It seems to us that the natural history of rheumatic heart disease in India often follows a rapid and fulminant course which makes an aggressive surgical approach mandatory. An operative mortality of 22 % was seen in this series. Pronounced cardiac disability together with the poor general condition and the low nutritional status contributed in no small measure to this figure. Patients have been followed for periods ranging from 6 months to 6 years following corrective surgery. A remarkable absence of thrombo-embolic phenomena was a striking feature in the follow-up. There has been no evidence of rheumatic reactivation in any of these patients. This communication reinforces the beneficial results of valve replacement even at this young age when severe mitral incompetence exists refractory to medical treatment.

  10. Right ventricular Hemodynamic Alteration after Pulmonary Valve Replacement in Children with Congenital Heart Disease

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    Hamid Bigdelian


    Full Text Available Introduction:  In patients who underwent surgery to repair Tetralogy of Fallot, right ventricular dilation from pulmonary regurgitation may be result in right ventricular failure, arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. Hence, pulmonary valve replacement may be necessary to reduce right ventricular volume overload. The aim of present study was to assess the effects of pulmonary valve replacement on right ventricular function after repair of Tetralogy of Fallot.   Materials and  Method:  This retrospective study was carried out between July 2011 and October 2013 on 21 consecutive patients in Chamran Heart Center (Esfahan. The study included 13 male (61.9% and 8 female (38.1%. Cardiac magnetic resonance was performed before, 6 and 12 months after pulmonary valve replacement in all patients (Babak Imaging Center, Tehran with the 1.5 Tesla system. The main reason for surgery at Tetralogy of Fallot repaired time was Tetralogy of Fallot + Pulmonary insufficiency (17 cases and Tetralogy of Fallot + Pulmonary atresia (4 cases. Right ventricular function was assessed before and after pulmonary valve replacement with Two-dimensional echocardiography and ttest was used to evaluate follow-up data.   Results:  Right ventricular end-diastolic volume, right ventricular end- systolic volume significantly decreased (P value ˂ 0.05.Right ventricular ejection fraction had a significant increase (P value ˂ 0.05. Right ventricular mass substantially shrank after pulmonary valve replacement. Moreover, pulmonary regurgitation noticeably decreased in patients. The other hemodynamic parameter such as left ventricular ejection fraction improved but was not significant (P value= 0.79. Conclusion:  Pulmonary valve replacement can successfully restores the impaired hemodynamic function of right ventricle which is caused by direct consequence of volume unloading in patient. Pulmonary valve surgery in children with Tetralogy of Fallot who have moderate to severe pulmonary

  11. JetValve: Rapid manufacturing of biohybrid scaffolds for biomimetic heart valve replacement. (United States)

    Capulli, Andrew K; Emmert, Maximillian Y; Pasqualini, Francesco S; Kehl, Debora; Caliskan, Etem; Lind, Johan U; Sheehy, Sean P; Park, Sung Jin; Ahn, Seungkuk; Weber, Benedikt; Goss, Josue A; Hoerstrup, Simon P; Parker, Kevin Kit


    Tissue engineered scaffolds have emerged as a promising solution for heart valve replacement because of their potential for regeneration. However, traditional heart valve tissue engineering has relied on resource-intensive, cell-based manufacturing, which increases cost and hinders clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, in situ tissue engineering approaches aim to develop scaffold materials and manufacturing processes that elicit endogenous tissue remodeling and repair. Yet despite recent advances in synthetic materials manufacturing, there remains a lack of cell-free, automated approaches for rapidly producing biomimetic heart valve scaffolds. Here, we designed a jet spinning process for the rapid and automated fabrication of fibrous heart valve scaffolds. The composition, multiscale architecture, and mechanical properties of the scaffolds were tailored to mimic that of the native leaflet fibrosa and assembled into three dimensional, semilunar valve structures. We demonstrated controlled modulation of these scaffold parameters and show initial biocompatibility and functionality in vitro. Valves were minimally-invasively deployed via transapical access to the pulmonary valve position in an ovine model and shown to be functional for 15 h. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. 儿童人工心脏瓣膜置换术%Heart Valve Replacement in Children

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    张镜芳; 陈伟达; 罗征祥; 蔡增欣; 何竞功; 吴若彬; 肖学钧


    This article chronicles the experience in treating 37 patients (male 22,female 15.aged 4.5 to 14 yrs)with congenital heart disease (17),rheumatic heart disease(15),congenital and rheumatic (1) and subacute bacterial endocarditis (4).The cardiac function before valve prosthesis replacement was grade Ⅳ in 15,Ⅲ in 13,Ⅱ in 7and Ⅰ in Ⅰ.Of them,25 underwent mitral valve replacement (MVR) and 10 tricupid valve replacement (TVR).Sixteen cases were inserted on biovalve,21 cases on mechanical valve prosthesis.The cardiac function of 13 survivors has been improved with a followed-up of 185 months.The hospital mortality was 24.3%.The indications of MVR are:(1) severe mitral insufficiency with cardiac function of grade Ⅲ or Ⅳ.(2)cardiothoracic ratio of more than 0.6 and (3) an irretrievable mitral valve.If the symptoms of myocadiai ischemia of aortic valvular lesion are obvious,AVR should be considered.The authors suggest that cardiac valve replacement be used prudently,only for patients failing to show improvement after conventional treatment.The mechanical valve prosthesis is the first choice for the left heart lesions and the biovalve is suitable for the right heart.In our series,no one presents symptoms of the growth inconformity with the valve prosthesis.%1975~1991年间,对14岁以下患有心脏瓣膜病变的儿童置换人工心脏瓣膜37例.16例使用生物瓣,21例使用机械瓣.住院死亡9例,术后失随访4例,晚期死亡11例,长期存活13例,已随访6~185个月,其中心功能Ⅰ级11例,Ⅱ级2例,无1例因生长发育出现人工瓣膜相对狭窄.儿童人工心脏瓣膜置换术的适应证宜慎重,只有当内科及外科治疗(如瓣膜整形术)无效时才考虑.儿童左心置换瓣膜应首选机械瓣,生物瓣适用于右心.

  13. Replacement

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    S. Radhakrishnan


    Full Text Available The fishmeal replaced with Spirulina platensis, Chlorella vulgaris and Azolla pinnata and the formulated diet fed to Macrobrachium rosenbergii postlarvae to assess the enhancement ability of non-enzymatic antioxidants (vitamin C and E, enzymatic antioxidants (superoxide dismutase (SOD and catalase (CAT and lipid peroxidation (LPx were analysed. In the present study, the S. platensis, C. vulgaris and A. pinnata inclusion diet fed groups had significant (P < 0.05 improvement in the levels of vitamins C and E in the hepatopancreas and muscle tissue. Among all the diets, the replacement materials in 50% incorporated feed fed groups showed better performance when compared with the control group in non-enzymatic antioxidant activity. The 50% fishmeal replacement (best performance diet fed groups taken for enzymatic antioxidant study, in SOD, CAT and LPx showed no significant increases when compared with the control group. Hence, the present results revealed that the formulated feed enhanced the vitamins C and E, the result of decreased level of enzymatic antioxidants (SOD, CAT and LPx revealed that these feeds are non-toxic and do not produce any stress to postlarvae. These ingredients can be used as an alternative protein source for sustainable Macrobrachium culture.

  14. Saturated fatty acids and risk of coronary heart disease: modulation by replacement nutrients. (United States)

    Siri-Tarino, Patty W; Sun, Qi; Hu, Frank B; Krauss, Ronald M


    Despite the well-established observation that substitution of saturated fats for carbohydrates or unsaturated fats increases low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in humans and animal models, the relationship of saturated fat intake to risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in humans remains controversial. A critical question is what macronutrient should be used to replace saturated fat. Substituting polyunsaturated fat for saturated fat reduces LDL cholesterol and the total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio. However, replacement of saturated fat by carbohydrates, particularly refined carbohydrates and added sugars, increases levels of triglyceride and small LDL particles and reduces high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, effects that are of particular concern in the context of the increased prevalence of obesity and insulin resistance. Epidemiologic studies and randomized clinical trials have provided consistent evidence that replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat, but not carbohydrates, is beneficial for coronary heart disease. Therefore, dietary recommendations should emphasize substitution of polyunsaturated fat and minimally processed grains for saturated fat.

  15. Comparison of the Performance of the Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Algorithms in Patients with Surgery of Heart Valve Replacement and Heart Valvuloplasty. (United States)

    Xu, Hang; Su, Shi; Tang, Wuji; Wei, Meng; Wang, Tao; Wang, Dongjin; Ge, Weihong


    A large number of warfarin pharmacogenetics algorithms have been published. Our research was aimed to evaluate the performance of the selected pharmacogenetic algorithms in patients with surgery of heart valve replacement and heart valvuloplasty during the phase of initial and stable anticoagulation treatment. 10 pharmacogenetic algorithms were selected by searching PubMed. We compared the performance of the selected algorithms in a cohort of 193 patients during the phase of initial and stable anticoagulation therapy. Predicted dose was compared to therapeutic dose by using a predicted dose percentage that falls within 20% threshold of the actual dose (percentage within 20%) and mean absolute error (MAE). The average warfarin dose for patients was 3.05±1.23mg/day for initial treatment and 3.45±1.18mg/day for stable treatment. The percentages of the predicted dose within 20% of the therapeutic dose were 44.0±8.8% and 44.6±9.7% for the initial and stable phases, respectively. The MAEs of the selected algorithms were 0.85±0.18mg/day and 0.93±0.19mg/day, respectively. All algorithms had better performance in the ideal group than in the low dose and high dose groups. The only exception is the Wadelius et al. algorithm, which had better performance in the high dose group. The algorithms had similar performance except for the Wadelius et al. and Miao et al. algorithms, which had poor accuracy in our study cohort. The Gage et al. algorithm had better performance in both phases of initial and stable treatment. Algorithms had relatively higher accuracy in the >50years group of patients on the stable phase. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Univariate Risk Factors for Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in Patients Undergoing Prosthetic Heart Valves Replacement Surgery

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    Data from 736 patients undergoing prosthetic heart valve replacement surgery and concomitant surgery (combined surgery) from January 1998 to January 2004 at Union Hospital were retrospectively reviewed. Univariate logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify risk factors for prolonged mechanical ventilation. The results showed that prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass duration, prolonged aortic cross clamp time and low ejection fraction less than 50 percent (50 %)were found to be independent predictors for prolonged mechanical ventilation. Meanwhile age,weight, and preoperative hospital stay (days) were not found to be associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation. It was concluded that, for age and weight, this might be due to the lower number of old age patients (70 years and above) included in our study and genetic body structure of majority Chinese population that favor them to be in normal weight, respectively.

  17. Heart valve health, disease, replacement, and repair: a 25-year cardiovascular pathology perspective. (United States)

    Schoen, Frederick J; Gotlieb, Avrum I


    The past several decades have witnessed major advances in the understanding of the structure, function, and biology of native valves and the pathobiology and clinical management of valvular heart disease. These improvements have enabled earlier and more precise diagnosis, assessment of the proper timing of surgical and interventional procedures, improved prosthetic and biologic valve replacements and repairs, recognition of postoperative complications and their management, and the introduction of minimally invasive approaches that have enabled definitive and durable treatment for patients who were previously considered inoperable. This review summarizes the current state of our understanding of the mechanisms of heart valve health and disease arrived at through innovative research on the cell and molecular biology of valves, clinical and pathological features of the most frequent intrinsic structural diseases that affect the valves, and the status and pathological considerations in the technological advances in valvular surgery and interventions. The contributions of many cardiovascular pathologists and other scientists, engineers, and clinicians are emphasized, and potentially fruitful areas for research are highlighted. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. A malfunctioning nasogastric feeding tube

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    Emanuele Cereda


    Full Text Available A critical point of nasogastric feeding tube placement, potentially resulting in an unsafe and/or non-effective operation of the device, is the monitoring of its proper placement into the stomach. A properly obtained and interpreted radiograph is currently recommended to confirm placement. We reported the case of a 68-year-old demented woman referred for complicated dysphagia. A nasogastric tube was blindly inserted and its placement was confirmed by the radiologist. Enteral nutrition was initiated but the patient began to vomit immediately. After reviewing the radiograph it was understood that a gastric loop in the tube and its tip pointing upwards did not allow a safe infusion of the feeding formula. It is not enough having the radiologist reporting that a nasogastric feeding tube is placed in the stomach; the inclusion in the report of specific warnings on any potential cause of malfunctioning of the device should be considered. The presence of a gastric loop should be taken into account as a cause of potential malfunctioning.

  19. Analysis of risk factors for valve replacements in 5128 cases from a single heart center in China

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    GUO Li-xin; MENG Xu; ZHANG Zhao-guang; BAI Tao


    Background Numerous studies have developed a "severity score" or "risk index" for short-term mortality associated with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Due to the different distribution of disease types, the number of valve surgeries in the US and Europe is relatively small. Thus, a risk-scoring system for valve surgeries was developed later and used less than that for the CABG surgery. We retrospectively reviewed 5128 cases of heart valve replacement, to quantitatively assess the risk factors for hospital mortality, and establish risk models for the hospital mortality of cardiac valve replacement patients.Methods A total of 1549 cases of aortic valve replacement, 2460 cases of mitral valve replacement, and 1119 cases of combined aortic valve and mitral valve replacement that were recorded from January 2005 to December 2009 in the cardiac surgery database at Beijing Anzhen Hospital were selected for this study. The cases were randomly assigned to a indicators were selected as possible influencing factors for hospital mortality. Single-factor analysis was performed to screen these factors, and then multi-factor analysis was used to determine the risk factors for hospital mortality in the three surgeries and to establish risk models.Results In the multi-factor analysis, age, body surface area, etiology, cardiopulmonary bypass time, preoperative cardiothoracic ratio, cardiac functional classification, and preoperative creatinine were risk factors for aortic valve replacement. Etiology, preoperative history of heart failure, cardiopulmonary bypass time, preoperative cardiothoracic ratio, and preoperative left ventricular end systolic diameter were risk factors for mitral valve replacement. Age, body mass index, cardiopulmonary bypass time, and cardiac function classification were risk factors for combined aortic valve and mitral valve replacement. The risk models showed good predictive ability (Hosmer-Lemeshow test: P=0.981 in the model for aortic valve

  20. Double Valve Replacement (Mitral and Aortic for Rheumatic Heart Disease: A 20-year experience with 300 patients.

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    Prashant Mishra


    Full Text Available Introduction: Rheumatic heart disease still remains one of the leading causes of congestive heart failure and death owing to valvular pathologies, in developing countries. Valve replacement still remains the treatment of choice in such patients.The aim of this study wasto analyze the postoperative outcome of  double valve replacement (Mitral and Aortic in patients of rheumatic heart disease. Materials and Methods: Between 1988 and 2008, 300 patients of rheumatic heart disease underwent double (Mitral and Aortic valve replacement with Starr Edwards valve or St Jude mechanical valve prosthesis were implanted. These patients were studied retrospectively for preoperative data and postoperative outcome including causes of early and late deaths and the data was analyzed statistically. Results: The 30-day hospital death rate was 11.3% andlate death occurred in 11.6%. Anticoagulant regimen was followed to maintain the target pro-thrombin time at 1.5 times the control value. The actuarial survival (exclusive of hospital mortality was 92.4%, 84.6%, and 84.4%, per year at 5, 10, and 20 years, respectively Conclusions: In view of the acknowledged advantageof superior durability, increased thromboresistance in our patient population, and its cost effectiveness the Starr-Edwards ball valve or St. Jude valve is the mechanical prosthesis of choice for advanced combined valvular disease. The low-intensity anticoagulant regimen has offered suffcient protection against thromboembolism as well as hemorrhage.

  1. Role of thrombus precursor protein in assessment of anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation after mechanical heart valve replacement

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    秦川; 肖颖彬; 陈林; 王学锋; 钟前进


    Objective: To explore the role of thrombus precursor protein (TpP) in assessment of anticoagulation and predict the risk of thromboembolism in the patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) after mechanical heart valve replacement. Methods: TpP plasma concentration and international normalization ratio (INR) were measured in 45 patients with atrial fibrillation and 45 patients with sinus rhythm both after mechanical heart valve replacement. Twenty patients with non-valvular heart diseases were selected as the control. Furthermore, the patients with AF were divided into groups based on different TpP plasma concentration and TpP plasma concentration and INR were analyzed. Results: After mechanical heart valve replacement, those with AF had higher TpP plasma concentration than those with sinus rhythm. It was found that discordancy existed between INR and TpP plasma concentration in the patients with AF. There were 28 AF patients with TpP plasma concentration lower than 6 μg/ml and without bleeding, who might be at the optimal anticoagulant state. The 95% confidence of the mean INR value was 1.90-2.30 in these patients and TpP plasma concentration was between 2.84-5.74 μg/ml. Conclusion: Patients with AF might face higher risk of thromboembolism after mechanical valve replacement; INR between 1.90-2.30 and TpP plasma concentration between 2.84-6 μg/ml might be the optimal anticoagulant range for patients with AF after mechanical valve replacement.

  2. Minimally invasive thoracotomy approach for double valve replacement for valvular heart diseases

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    Ab Gani Ahangar


    Full Text Available Background: Double valve replacement (DVR is usually done through median sternotomy. However, right anterolateral thoracotomy is an alternative approach. Aim: The aim of this study was to analyze the results of right anterolateral thoracotomy for DVR. Patients and Methods: This was a prospective study conducted on during the period from January 2009 to January 2012. This study consists of 56 patients who had a concomitant mitral and aortic valve disease and were subjected to DVR. Patients were studied according to their age and sex, New York Heart Association (NYHA class, valve pathology, concomitant procedures, urgent/elective, length of incision, surgical exposure, mean bypass time, operating time, hospital stay, and cosmesis. Results: Majority of the patients were in 3 rd and 4 th decade (61%. Postoperative length of stay was 7-12 days, 70% of patients were discharged by the 7 th day. The average size of incision in males was 7.5 cm and in females the size of incision was 7.25 cm with a mean of 7.3 cm in both genders. Rheumatic heart disease was responsible for 89.28% of cardiac valvular lesions, degenerative disease in 7.14% and endocarditis in 3.5%. Postoperatively at 2 months, there was a statistically significant improvement in the NYHA class with 94% of the survivors in class I-II. There was a statistically significant difference in the outcome in patients having higher ejection fraction as compared to those who had low ejection fraction preoperatively. Thirty days mortality was 1.78%. Over the first 24 postoperative hours, only about 30% of patients were pain free, and this proportion increased to about 50% by day 2, 60% by day 3, 70% by day 4, 75% by day 5 and stabilized. Postoperative length of stay was 7-12 days, 70% of patients were discharged by the 7 th day. Conclusion: DVR via thoracotomy appears to be associated with faster recover, early discharge and reduced use of rehabilitation facilities that translate into a shorter

  3. Malfunction Rates of Bird Flight Diverters on Powerlines in the Mongolian Gobi

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    Batsuuri Dashnyam


    Full Text Available The Oyu Tolgoi (OT project, one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines, is located in Gobi Desert of Mongolia. To help meet its target of Net Positive Impact on key biodiversity features such as the Houbara bustard (Chlamydotis undulata the OT installed bird fl ight diverters (BFDs include spiral and fl apper devices to its power transmission lines to reduce the risk of birds hitting the wires. Despite the many studies demonstrating that BFDs reduce collision rates, we could fi nd no published information on malfunction rates of BFDs. In January 2013, we surveyed the physical function of 1,200 BFDs (e.g. 600 fl appers and 600 spirals in three sample areas on each of four lines of varying voltage and structure. Of the 600 fl appers examined, 123 had malfunctioned within nine months of installation, while the malfunction rate of the 600 spirals studied was zero. Using a Generalized Linear Mixed Model, we found that the rate of fl apper malfunction increased with decreasing fl apper size and power line diameter. Further, the fl apper malfunction rate increased as the distance between poles increased. The cost of replacing malfunctioning BFDs is very high as there are serious health and safety constraints related to working with live wires. Factors aff ecting diverter malfunctioning need to be considered for future powerline projects and our information can serve as basis for developing national standards or regulations for powerline mitigation in Mongolia.

  4. Percutaneous Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement: Patient-specific Three-dimensional Computer-based Heart Model and Prototyping. (United States)

    Vaquerizo, Beatriz; Theriault-Lauzier, Pascal; Piazza, Nicolo


    Mitral regurgitation is the most prevalent valvular heart disease worldwide. Despite the widespread availability of curative surgical intervention, a considerable proportion of patients with severe mitral regurgitation are not referred for treatment, largely due to the presence of left ventricular dysfunction, advanced age, and comorbid illnesses. Transcatheter mitral valve replacement is a promising therapeutic alternative to traditional surgical valve replacement. The complex anatomical and pathophysiological nature of the mitral valvular complex, however, presents significant challenges to the successful design and implementation of novel transcatheter mitral replacement devices. Patient-specific 3-dimensional computer-based models enable accurate assessment of the mitral valve anatomy and preprocedural simulations for transcatheter therapies. Such information may help refine the design features of novel transcatheter mitral devices and enhance procedural planning. Herein, we describe a novel medical image-based processing tool that facilitates accurate, noninvasive assessment of the mitral valvular complex, by creating precise three-dimensional heart models. The 3-dimensional computer reconstructions are then converted to a physical model using 3-dimensional printing technology, thereby enabling patient-specific assessment of the interaction between device and patient. It may provide new opportunities for a better understanding of the mitral anatomy-pathophysiology-device interaction, which is of critical importance for the advancement of transcatheter mitral valve replacement.

  5. Hormone replacement therapy and risk for coronary heart disease. Data from the CORA-study--a case-control study on women with incident coronary heart disease. (United States)

    Windler, Eberhard; Zyriax, Birgit-Christiane; Eidenmüller, Britta; Boeing, Heiner


    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been suggested to prevent cardiovascular disease, while some intervention studies have shed doubt on this concept. Thus, uncertainty remains whether current HRT use is beneficial as to cardiovascular disease or may even be harmful. This research investigates the association of hormone replacement therapy, risk factors and lifestyle characteristics with the manifestation of coronary heart disease in current HRT users versus never users. The coronary risk factors for atherosclerosis in women study (CORA-study) provide clinical and biochemical parameters and data on lifestyle in 200 consecutive pre- and postmenopausal women with incident coronary heart disease compared to 255 age-matched population-based controls, of which 87.9% were postmenopausal. Significantly more controls than cases used currently HRT for a median of 9.5 years (32.9% versus 20.2%), while 50.0% of cases and 42.5% of controls had never used HRT (pCORA-study are not compatible with an adverse impact of hormone replacement therapy on cardiovascular disease, rather support the notion of beneficial effects of HRT on weight, central adiposity, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Yet, the data do not support the presumption of a general healthy user effect in women on HRT either. Rather, in some women adverse lifestyle habits, especially intense smoking, appear to counteract possible beneficial effects of HRT.

  6. Malfunction of Totally Implantable Central Venous Ports

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    Full Text Available Background Malfunctions of totally implantable central venous ports (TICVPs have become a problem, as the usage of TICVPs has increased enormously. Objectives This study evaluated factors related with catheter malfunctions of TICVPs. Patients and Methods Between January 2010 and June 2012, 1,740 TICVPs in 1,740 patients (874 men and 866 women with an average age of 57.7 ± 12.8 years (range: 15 - 91 years were implanted by an interventional radiology team at our institute. Catheter malfunctions were retrospectively analyzed. In the prospective study, we randomly allocated 176 patients to two kinds of TICVPs in a 1:1 assignment ratio. The primary outcome was the malfunction of TICVPs. Results In the retrospective study, the 32 malfunctioning TICVPs were caused by fibrin sheath formations (n = 15, chamber thrombosis (n = 8, TICVP rotation (n = 5, catheter migration (n = 2, and blood clots within the catheters (n = 2. Multivariate analysis showed that being female was a significant factor for poor patency rates of TICVPs (hazard ratio: 5.06; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.32 - 19.46, P = 0.018. In the prospective study, two chamber thromboses occurred in Celsite® (n = 1 and Humanport® (n = 1. The primary patency rates of both Celsite® and Humanport® were 98.9% at 6 months, respectively. Conclusion Our data suggest that catheter malfunctions of TICVPs are more common in females than males. The incidence of TICVP malfunctions does not differ between the two devices (Celsite® vs. Humanport®.

  7. Effect of Ligustrazine hydrochloride on coagulation reaction and inflammation reaction in single valve replacement patients with rheumatic heart disease undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass

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    Objective To observe the protection effect of Ligustrazine Hydrochloride(LH)on coagulation reaction and inflammation reaction in single valve replacement patients with rheumatic heart disease undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass(CPB).Methods Totally 40 patients undergoing single valve replacement were recruited in the study and randomly assigned to the two groups,the treatment group

  8. Experience of valve replacement under mild hypothermia on pump-beating heart:an analysis of 800 cases

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    陈柏成; 肖颖彬; 陈林; 钟前进; 王学锋; 周骐; 易广兵


    Objective: To assess the outcome of valve replacement under mild hypothermia on pump-beating heart and to discuss the risk factors of cardiac valve surgery. Methods: In the period from November 1997 to May 2003, a total of 800cases of valve replacement were carried out in our institute. The clinical data were reviewed and the technique of mild hypothermia and pump-beating heart to replace cardiac valve was described in detail. Results: 800 patients, 308 male and 492female, with age range from 8 to 66 years, weighing 19 to 88 kg, underwent operation. The average cardiopulmonary bypass time was (109.38 ± 40.64) min, the average clamping time of the vena cava was (77.87 ± 27.99) min and the average mechanical ventilation time was (17.78 ± 12.21) h. There were 17 patients died in the early postoperative stage with an early mortality rate of 2.13%. The causes of death were failure in the weaning of extracorporeal circulation in 2 cases, severe low output syndrome in 3 cases, ventricular fibrillation in 3 cases, obstruction of coronary ostium of mechanical prosthetic valve in 1 case, hepatic failure in 2 cases, pulmonary failure in 1 case, multiorgan failure in 4 cases, and prosthetic valve dysfunction in 1 case. Severe postopertive complications occurred in 51 cases (6.375%), which included reexploration because of excessive bleeding in 16 cases (2.0%), lavage of poststemal infection in 2 cases (0.25%), postoperative strike in 7 cases (0.875%), pulmonary failure in 5 cases (0.625%), hepatic failure in 4 cases (0.5%), multiorgan failure in 11 cases (1.375 % ), ventricular arrhythmia in 5 cases (0.625%) and peripheral circulation failure in 1 case(0. 125 % ). Conclusion: Mild hypothermia and pump-beating heart result in satisfying clinical outcome in patients undergoing valve replacement. The integrated sequenced deairing procedure ensures the avoidance of air embolism during operation.Pump-beating heart technique offers a safe and practical option especially in

  9. Properties of Frankfurter-type Sausages with Pork Back-fat Replaced with Bovine Heart Surimi-like Materials (United States)

    Seo, Jin-Kyu; Yum, Hyeon-Woong; Kim, Gap-Don; Jeong, Jin-Yeon; Yang, Han-Sul


    This study investigates the effect of bovine heart surimi-like material (BHSM) used as a back fat replacer, on the physicochemical and sensory characteristics of frankfurter-type sausages. Frankfurter-type sausage with added BHSM had a higher moisture content and lower fat content than the control. In addition, the samples with added BHSM had higher pH, cooking loss and 2-thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance (TBARS) value and lower water exudation than the control. The sausage formulation with 40% BHSM was more effective in delaying lipid oxidation without affecting cooking loss compared to the 60% BHSM treatment sample. Results showed that hardness values increased upon replacement with BHSM, and sausages manufactured with 40% BHSM had higher lightness and lower redness values. Panelists found there were no differences in color, odor, and tenderness scores and the overall acceptability score found that treatment samples containing 20% and 40% BHSM were preferable to the control after storage for 14 d. These results indicate that fat replacement with BHSM was beneficial to the quality of frankfurter-type sausages, and acceptable reduced-fat products can be produced when back fat is replaced with up to 40% BHSM. PMID:27621694

  10. Effect of Exercise Training and Testosterone Replacement on Skeletal Muscle Wasting in Patients With Heart Failure With Testosterone Deficiency. (United States)

    Dos Santos, Marcelo R; Sayegh, Ana L C; Bacurau, Aline V N; Arap, Marco A; Brum, Patrícia C; Pereira, Rosa M R; Takayama, Liliam; Barretto, Antônio C P; Negrão, Carlos E; Alves, Maria Janieire de Nazaré Nunes


    To examine whether combined testosterone replacement and exercise training (ET) therapies would potentiate the beneficial effects of isolated therapies on neurovascular control and muscle wasting in patients with heart failure (HF) with testosterone deficiency. From January 10, 2010, through July 25, 2013, 39 male patients with HF, New York Heart Association functional class III, total testosterone level less than 249 ng/dL (to convert to nmol/L, multiply by .03467), and free testosterone level less than 131 pmol/L were randomized to training (4-month cycloergometer training), testosterone (intramuscular injection of testosterone undecylate for 4 months), and training + testosterone groups. Muscle sympathetic nerve activity was measured using microneurography, forearm blood flow using plethysmography, body composition using dual X-ray absorptiometry, and functional capacity using cardiopulmonary test. Skeletal muscle biopsy was performed in the vastus lateralis. Muscle sympathetic nerve activity decreased in ET groups (training, Ptestosterone, Ptestosterone group (P=.89). Forearm blood flow was similar in all groups. Lean mass increased in ET groups (training, Ptestosterone, Ptestosterone group (Ptestosterone group as compared with the isolated testosterone group. Our findings provide evidence for a superior effect of combined ET and testosterone replacement therapies on muscle sympathetic nerve activity, muscle wasting, and functional capacity in patients with HF with testosterone deficiency. Copyright © 2016 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Beating Heart Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery without Aortic Cross-Clamping via Right Thoracotomy in a Patient with Compromised Left Ventricular Functions

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    Ahmet Baris-Durukan


    Full Text Available Global myocardial ischemia and ischemia-reperfusion injury are potential adverse events related with cardioplegic arrest. Beating heart surgery has avoided such complications and adapted to valve surgery following successful results published on myocardial revascularization. Difficulty in weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass may be lessened by using on-pump beating heart surgery for mitral valve interventions. Here we describe a 64-year-old male patient with severe mitral regurgitation and dilated cardiomyopathy. Beating heart mitral valve replacement surgery was performed without aortic cross-clamping through a right thoracotomy approach. We believe that, particularly in patients with poor left ventricular functions, beating heart mitral valve surgery may be advantageous

  12. Cardioprotection of Electroacupuncture for Enhanced Recovery after Surgery on Patients Undergoing Heart Valve Replacement with Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Randomized Control Clinical Trial

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    Fangxiang Zhang


    Full Text Available We attempted to investigate cardioprotection of electroacupuncture (EA for enhanced recovery after surgery on patients undergoing heart valve replacement with cardiopulmonary bypass. Forty-four patients with acquired heart valve replacement were randomly allocated to the EA group or the control group. Patients in the EA group received EA stimulus at bilateral Neiguan (PC6, Ximen (PC4, Shenting (GV24, and Baihui (GV20 acupoints twenty minutes before anesthesia induction to the end of surgery. The primary end point was cardioprotection effect of electroacupuncture postoperatively and the secondary endpoints were quality of recovery and cognitive functioning postoperatively. The present study demonstrated that electroacupuncture reduced the occurrence of complications and played a role of cardioprotective effect on patients after heart valve replacement surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass, and it benefits patients more comfortable and contributes to recovery after surgery. This trial is registered with ChiCTR-IOC-16009123.

  13. Challenges in long-term mechanical circulatory support and biological replacement of the failing heart. (United States)

    Lala, Anuradha; Joyce, Emer; Groarke, John D; Mehra, Mandeep R


    The burden of advanced heart failure is reaching epidemic proportions. Generally considered for cardiac transplantation, patients often cannot receive this therapy because of their advanced age, comorbidity or the scarcity of donors. Most transplants are concentrated in North America and Europe, with the average center performing fewer than 20 annual transplants. A search for nonbiological means of cardiac support has led to the advent of mechanical circulatory support (MCS), a concept now entrenched as a bridge to transplantation or, for those ineligible for transplantation, as lifetime therapy. In this review we discuss contemporary challenges posed by the changing epidemiology of cardiac transplant and MCS and outline the basis for an understanding of the future of this important therapeutic stance.  

  14. Consecutive percutaneous valve-in-valve replacement late after Ross procedure: A novel approach in an adult with congenital heart disease. (United States)

    Wiktor, Dominik M; Kay, Joseph D; Kim, Michael S


    The emergence of transcatheter valve technology over the last decade has made significant impact on the treatment of patients with valvular heart disease. There has been increasing experience with both native and valve-in-valve indications with promising results. We present the case of a young woman with congenital heart disease who underwent the Ross procedure for bicuspid aortic valve endocarditis with subsequent reoperation and surgical aortic valve replacement for neo-aortic root dilation who experienced worsening symptoms related to both pulmonary and aortic valve dysfunction. She was successfully treated with percutaneous pulmonary and aortic valve replacement with excellent early term technical results and marked improvement in symptoms.

  15. Heart valve replacement for patients with end-stage renal disease in Japan. (United States)

    Misawa, Yoshio


    There is some controversy regarding the choice of prosthetic valves in patients with heart disease and concomitant end-stage renal disease requiring chronic dialysis. Dialysis patients tend to have a short life expectancy. In Japan, the 1-year survival of the dialysis patients was 80% in the 1980s, but exceeds 85% in the 2000s. The 5-year survival has been 54%-60% for the past 20 years. In addition, the 10-year and 15-year survivals have been 35%-42% and 23%-31%, respectively. However, in the United States, the 5-year survival had only improved to 35% among patients who started dialysis between 1996 and 2000, and the life expectancies of chronic dialysis patients in their sixth, seventh and eighth decades is 5.3-6.2 years, 3.8-4.5 years, and 2.7-3.2 years, respectively. The life expectancy of dialysis patients in Japan is thus better than that of patients in the United States. Some surgeons prefer to use bioprosthetic valves because of a high rate of hemorrhagic complications in dialysis patients. They are hesitant to use anticoagulation therapy in dialysis patients with mechanical valves. Others prefer mechanical valves because of the potential for early structural dysfunction of bioprosthetic valves implanted in the dialysis patients with abnormal calcium metabolism, which can cause calcium deposition on the bioprosthetic valves during the early postoperative period. The life expectancy of dialysis patients in Japan is relatively high. The potential risk of early calcification of bioprosthetic valves should be taken into account when choosing prosthetic heart valves for these patients in Japan.

  16. Heart valve replacement in the elderly patient%老年心脏瓣膜置换术

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    郑知非; 李颖则; 龚宝生; 任书南; 邱兆昆


    Objective To review over the heart valve replacement in the elderly patients, including those oper-ated secondarily and tertiarily. Methods From August 1994 to August 1998, 57 consecutive elderly cardiac patients(age 60 to 75 years, mean 65.8 years) were operated in our hospital. There were 38 mitral valve replacement, 7 aorticvalve replacement and 12 multiple valvular replacement, including 13 (22.8 % ) re-stenotic mitral valve after left-routeclosed mitral commissurotomy and 6 (10.5%) re-re-stenotic mitral valve after reoperative dual-route closed mitral com-missurotomy. Results Four patients (7.01%) died, including 1 re-stenotic and 2 re-re-stenotic patients. The follow-up period was 3 months to 4 years. There were 4 late deaths, 3(5.8%) related to heart failure and myocardial infarc-tion. Valve replacement related complications were thromboembolism in three (5.8%) cardiac failure, in two (3.9%)infective endocarditis and myocardial infarction in one (1.9%) each. 95.7% of the survived patients were in NYHAfunction grade 1~2. Conclusions Valvular replacement surgery in the elderly can be performed safely and effectivelywith improved myocardial protection, intraoperative strategies and postoperative care. And for those re-and re-re-stenotic patients, the details of pulmonary and renal functions should be carefully evaluated preoperatively. (ShanghaiMed J, 2000,23:603-605)%目的 观察首次和多次心脏手术的老年心脏瓣膜病施行瓣膜置换术的疗效。方法 从1994年8月到1998年8月,共对57例老年患者(60~75岁)施行瓣膜置换术,包括13例(22.8%)二尖瓣行"闭式分离术"后再狭窄患者和6例(10.5%)二尖瓣再狭窄行"双径闭式分离术"后再-再狭窄患者。结果 手术死亡4例(7.01%),其中有1例再狭窄和2例再-再狭窄患者。随访3个月到4年,晚期死亡4例,3例(5.8%)死于顽固性心力衰竭和急性心梗;瓣膜相关的并发症有:3例(5.8

  17. Diagnosis and treatment of early bioprosthetic malfunction in the mitral valve position due to thrombus formation. (United States)

    Butnaru, Adi; Shaheen, Joseph; Tzivoni, Dan; Tauber, Rachel; Bitran, Daniel; Silberman, Shuli


    Bioprosthetic valve thrombosis is uncommon and the diagnosis is often elusive and may be confused with valve degeneration. We report our experience with mitral bioprosthetic valve thrombosis and suggest a therapeutic approach. From 2002 to 2011, 149 consecutive patients who underwent mitral valve replacement with a bioprosthesis at a single center were retrospectively screened for clinical or echocardiographic evidence of valve malfunction. Nine were found to have valve thrombus. All 9 patients had their native valve preserved, representing 24% of those with preserved native valves. Five patients (group 1) presented with symptoms of congestive heart failure at 16.4 ± 12.4 months after surgery. Echocardiogram revealed homogenous echo-dense film on the ventricular surface of the bioprosthesis with elevated transvalvular gradient, resembling early degeneration. The first 2 patients underwent reoperation: valve thrombus was found and confirmed by histologic examination. Based on these, the subsequent 3 patients received anticoagulation treatment with complete thrombus resolution: mean mitral gradient decreased from 23 ± 4 to 6 ± 1 mm Hg and tricuspid regurgitation gradient decreased from 83 ± 20 to 49 ± 5 mm Hg. Four patients (group 2) were asymptomatic, but routine echocardiogram showed a discrete mass on the ventricular aspect of the valve: 1 underwent reoperation to replace the valve and 3 received anticoagulation with complete resolution of the echocardiographic findings. In conclusion, bioprosthetic mitral thrombosis occurs in about 6% of cases. In our experience, onset is early, before anticipated valve degeneration. Clinical awareness followed by an initial trial with anticoagulation is warranted. Surgery should be reserved for those who are not responsive or patients in whom the hemodynamic status does not allow delay. Nonresection of the native valve at the initial operation may play a role in the origin of this entity.

  18. Cytotoxicity of PVPAC-treated bovine pericardium: a potential replacement for glutaraldehyde in biological heart valves. (United States)

    Barros, Janaina Aline Galvão; Filippin-Monteiro, Fabiola Branco; de Oliveira, Edson Mendes; Campa, Ana; Catalani, Luiz Henrique; Pitombo, Ronaldo de Nogueira Moraes; Polakiewicz, Bronislaw


    Acellular biological tissues, including bovine pericardium (BP), have been proposed as biomaterial for tissue engineering. BP is usually modified chemically to improve mechanical and biological properties using glutaraldehyde, the standard reagent for preservation of fresh bioprosthetic materials. Glutaraldehyde-fixed BP (Glut-BP), the most widely used material in heart valve manufacture, has been associated with calcification in vivo. In an attempt to reduce this issue and maintain its biocompatibility, this study assesses the physical properties and cytotoxicity of lyophilized BP treated with poly (vinylpyrrolidone-co-acrolein) (PVPAC-BP), a novel copolymer, as a substitute for glutaraldehyde. For that, PVPAC-BP surface ultrastructure, elastic function, water uptake and tissue calcification were evaluated. For the analysis of biocompatibility, fibroblasts (3T3-L1) and endothelial cells (HUVEC) were cultured on PVPAC-BP, Untreated-BP and Glut-BP. Nitric oxide (NO) release assay, fluorescence and SEM images of endothelial cells adhered on scaffolds were also performed. As results, the data show some advantages of PVPAC-BP over the Glut-BP. The PVPAC-BP maintains partially the original ultrastructure and elastic properties, improves scaffold hydration, and presents less calcium phosphate deposits. The cells demonstrated strong attachment, high proliferation rate, and formation of a monolayer on PVPAC-BP. Attached cells were also able to release NO de-monstrating regular metabolism. In conclusion, PVPAC may be considered as a promising alternative to BP treatment improving the efficiency of cell attachment and proliferation and also avoid immunogenicity. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Emergency use of cardiopulmonary bypass in complicated transcatheter aortic valve replacement: importance of a heart team approach. (United States)

    Roselli, Eric E; Idrees, Jay; Mick, Stephanie; Kapadia, Samir; Tuzcu, Murat; Svensson, Lars G; Lytle, Bruce W


    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) expands options for high-risk patients with aortic stenosis but is complex with life-threatening complications. We describe indications for use of salvage cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and assess outcomes. From 2006 to 2011, 303 patients underwent TAVR, and 12 (4%) required emergency CPB. Approach was transapical (9) and transfemoral (3). Mean age was 82±9 years, median Society of Thoracic Surgeons score was 11 and mean gradient was 46±9 mm Hg. Access for CPB was femoral under fluoroscopy. Principal indication for CPB was hemodynamic instability with or without ischemic changes. These resulted from aortic insufficiency (n=5), valve embolization (n=3), coronary malperfusion (n=2), bleeding requiring pericardiocentesis (n=1), and bleeding from ventricular apex (n=1). Additional procedures included valve-in-valve TAVR (n=5), surgical valve replacement (n=3), and coronary intervention (n=2). Additional circulatory support was used in 7 cases: intra-aortic balloon pump (5) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (3). There were 2 hospital deaths. Mean postoperative gradient was 12±9 mm Hg, and median stay was 16 days. There were no myocardial infarctions or renal failure. One patient had stroke with arm weakness, 2 required tracheostomy, and 2 underwent reoperations for bleeding. Median follow-up was 19 months, and there were 5 late deaths. Complications during TAVR can be life threatening and may necessitate additional procedures. Expeditious use of CPB support provided by a multidisciplinary heart team optimizes rescue after myocardial collapse. Copyright © 2014 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. [Post-operative management for 86 cases of heart valve replacement surgery patients undergoing transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation combined with general anesthesia]. (United States)

    Zhou, Wen-Xiong; Xu, Jian-Jun; Wu, Yao-Yao; Chi, Hao; Chen, Tong-Yu; Ge, Wen; Zhou, Jia


    To summarize post-operative management strategy for heart valve replacement surgery under transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) combined with general anesthesia. From July 2006 to June 2012, a total of 86 cases of open-heart surgery patients experiencing TEAS plus general anesthesia with cardiopulmonary bypass (heart valve replacement surgery without intubation) were recruited in the present summary. Post-operative managements in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were administrated with strict hemodynamic monitoring for volume infusion, routine administration of vasoactive drugs (including dopamine and nitroglycerin), oxygen inhalation, and analgesics and monitoring of central nervous system and renal function. All the 86 patients under TEAS + general anesthesia and cardiopulmonary bypass and without intubation experienced successful heart valve replacement surgery. The post-operative pulmonary infection was found in 8 cases (9.30%), the average stay duration in ICU was (28.6 +/- 6.2) hours, and the average draining volume of the interpleural space was (291 +/- 73)mL. The cardia insufficiency was found in 5 cases (5.81%), hypoxia occurred in 8 cases (9.30%), nausea in 8 cases (9.30%), vomiting 5 cases (5.81%) and post-operative gastrointestinal distension 13 cases (15.12%), mild renal insufficiency 3 cases (3.49%), fever (> 38.5 degrees C) 1 case(1. 16%) and severe post-operative pain 7 cases (8.14%). TEAS combined with general anesthesia is safe for patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass. The key points of treatment in ICU are volume infusion, body temperature maintenance, and pain control.

  1. Ultrasound-targeted transfection of tissue-type plasminogen activator gene carried by albumin nanoparticles to dog myocardium to prevent thrombosis after heart mechanical valve replacement

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    Full Text Available Ji Jun, Ji Shang-Yi, Yang Jian-An, He Xia, Yang Xiao-Han, Ling Wen-Ping, Chen Xiao-LingDepartment of Pathology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Shenzhen Sun Yat-Sen Cardiovascular Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong, People's Republic of ChinaBackground: There are more than 300,000 prosthetic heart valve replacements each year worldwide. These patients are faced with a higher risk of thromboembolic events after heart valve surgery and long-term or even life-long anticoagulative and antiplatelet therapies are necessary. Some severe complications such as hemorrhaging or rebound thrombosis can occur when the therapy ceases. Tissue-type plasminogen activator (t-PA is a thrombolytic agent. One of the best strategies is gene therapy, which offers a local high expression of t-PA over a prolonged time period to avoid both systemic hemorrhaging and local rebound thrombosis. There are some issues with t-PA that need to be addressed: currently, there is no up-to-date report on how the t-PA gene targets the heart in vivo and the gene vector for t-PA needs to be determined.Aims: To fabricate an albumin nano-t-PA gene ultrasound-targeted agent and investigate its targeting effect on prevention of thrombosis after heart mechanic valve replacement under therapeutic ultrasound.Methods: A dog model of mechanical tricuspid valve replacement was constructed. A highly expressive t-PA gene plasmid was constructed and packaged by nanoparticles prepared with bovine serum albumin. This nanopackaged t-PA gene plasmid was further cross-linked to ultrasonic microbubbles prepared with sucrose and bovine serum albumin to form the ultrasonic-targeted agent for t-PA gene transfection. The agent was given intravenously followed by a therapeutic ultrasound treatment (1 MHz, 1.5 w/cm2, 10 minutes of the heart soon after valve replacement had been performed. The expression of t-PA in myocardium was detected with multiclonal antibodies to t-PA by the indirect immunohistochemical method

  2. Using multidetector-row CT in neonates with complex congenital heart disease to replace diagnostic cardiac catheterization for anatomical investigation: initial experiences in technical and clinical feasibility

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    Lee, Tain; Tsai, I.C.; Chen, Min-Chi [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, 407 Department of Radiology, Taichung (Taiwan); Medical College of Chung Shan Medical University, Faculty of Medicine, Taichung (Taiwan); National Yang Ming University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Fu, Yun-Ching; Jan, Sheng-Lin [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Taichung (Taiwan); National Yang-Ming University, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Taipei (Taiwan); Wang, Chung-Chi; Chang, Yen [Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Section of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Taichung (Taiwan)


    Echocardiography is the first-line modality for the investigation of neonatal congenital heart disease. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization, which has a small but recognized risk, is usually performed if echocardiography fails to provide a confident evaluation of the lesions. To verify the technical and clinical feasibilities of replacing diagnostic cardiac catheterization with multidetector-row CT (MDCT) in neonatal complex congenital heart disease. Over a 1-year period we prospectively enrolled all neonates with complex congenital heart disease referred for diagnostic cardiac catheterization after initial assessment by echocardiography. MDCT was performed using a 40-detector-row CT scanner with dual syringe injection. A multidisciplinary congenital heart disease team evaluated the MDCT images and decided if further diagnostic cardiac catheterization was necessary. The accuracy of MDCT in detecting separate cardiovascular anomalies and bolus geometry of contrast enhancement were calculated. A total of 14 neonates were included in the study. No further diagnostic cardiac catheterization was needed in any neonate. The accuracy of MDCT in diagnosing separate cardiovascular anomalies was 98% (53/54) with only one atrial septal defect missed in a patient with coarctation syndrome. The average cardiovascular enhancement in evaluated chambers was 471 HU. No obvious beam-hardening artefact was observed. The technical and clinical feasibility of MDCT in complex congenital heart disease in neonates is confirmed. After initial assessment with echocardiography, MDCT could probably replace diagnostic cardiac catheterization for further anatomical clarification in neonates. (orig.)

  3. Radiotherapy-Induced Malfunction in Contemporary Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices: Clinical Incidence and Predictors. (United States)

    Grant, Jonathan D; Jensen, Garrett L; Tang, Chad; Pollard, Julianne M; Kry, Stephen F; Krishnan, Sunil; Dougherty, Anne H; Gomez, Daniel R; Rozner, Marc A


    consistent with pacemaker syndrome, and 1 developed congestive heart failure. The 3 episodes of signal interference did not result in clinical effects. No delayed malfunctions were directly attributed to RT. In a cohort of contemporary CIEDs, all cases of single-event upset malfunction occurred in the setting of notable neutron production, at a rate of 21% for neutron-producing RT and 0% for non-neutron-producing RT. Where clinically feasible, the use of non-neutron-producing RT is recommended. Given the lack of correlation between CIED malfunction and incident dose observed up to 5.4 Gy, invasive CIED relocation procedures in these settings can be minimized.

  4. An electronic circuit for sensing malfunctions in test instrumentation (United States)

    Miller, W. M., Jr.


    Monitoring device differentiates between malfunctions occurring in the system undergoing test and malfunctions within the test instrumentation itself. Electronic circuits in the monitor use transistors to commutate silicon controlled rectifiers by removing the drive voltage, display circuits are then used to monitor multiple discrete lines.

  5. The current clinical application of percutaneous heart valve replacement%经皮心脏瓣膜置换技术临床应用现状

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    丁仲如; 秦永文


    经皮心脏瓣膜置换技术(percutaneous heart valve replacement, PHVR )是近年介入心脏病学积极研究的又一新领域,包括经皮主动脉瓣置换percutaneous aortic valve replacement, PAVR )和经皮肺动脉瓣置换 ( percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement ,PPVR),目前已处于临床前期或初步临床应用中,由于其微创的特点具有广泛的应用前景。本研究简要介绍其研究应用现状,存在的问题及发展前景。

  6. Control Rod Malfunction at the NRAD Reactor

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    Thomas L. Maddock


    The neutron Radiography Reactor (NRAD) is a training, research, and isotope (TRIGA) reactor located at the INL. The reactor is normally shut down by the insertion of three control rods that drop into the core when power is removed from electromagnets. During a routine shutdown, indicator lights on the console showed that one of the control rods was not inserted. It was initially thought that the indicator lights were in error because of a limit switch that was out of adjustment. Through further testing, it was determined that the control rod did not drop when the scram switch was initially pressed. The control rod anomaly led to a six month shutdown of the reactor and an in depth investigation of the reactor protective system. The investigation looked into: scram switch operation, console modifications, and control rod drive mechanisms. A number of latent issues were discovered and corrected during the investigation. The cause of the control rod malfunction was found to be a buildup of corrosion in the control rod drive mechanism. The investigation resulted in modifications to equipment, changes to both operation and maintenance procedures, and additional training. No reoccurrences of the problem have been observed since corrective actions were implemented.

  7. Insulin Pump Malfunction During Hospitalization: Two Case Reports. (United States)

    Faulds, Eileen R; Wyne, Kathleen L; Buschur, Elizabeth O; McDaniel, Jodi; Dungan, Kathleen


    Insulin pump malfunctions and failures continue to occur; however, more severe malfunctions such as the "runaway pump" phenomenon are rarely reported. This article describes two cases of pump malfunction in which pump users appear to have received an unsolicited bolus of insulin resulting in severe episodes of hypoglycemia during hospitalization. Both cases of insulin pump malfunction occurred in the inpatient setting at a large academic medical center in the United States. An analysis of the corresponding insulin pump downloads was performed. The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database was searched for similar cases involving Medtronic (Northridge, CA) insulin pumps using the terms "pump," "infusion," "insulin AND malfunction AND Medtronic." The two cases described show remarkable similarities, each demonstrating a severe hypoglycemic event preceded by an infusion site change followed by an alarm. In both cases a rapid spraying of insulin was reported. The insulin pump downloads validated much of the patients' and medical staff's descriptions of events. The FDA's MAUDE database search revealed 425 cases meeting our search term criteria. All cases were reviewed. Seven cases were identified involving independent movement of the reservoir piston. The cases detailed are the first to describe an insulin pump malfunction of this nature in the hospital setting involving unsolicited insulin boluses leading to severe hypoglycemia. The cases are particularly compelling in that they were witnessed by medical personnel. Providers and patients should receive instruction education on the recognition and management of insulin pump malfunction.

  8. I and C functional test facility malfunction cause and effect

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    Kwon, Kee Choon


    The objective of I and C function test facility (FTF) is to validate newly developed digital control and protection algorithm, alarm reduction algorithm and the function of operator support system and so on. To realize transient and accident situation in the FTF, the result of the activation of malfunction should be similar to the situation of real nuclear power plants. In this technical report, describe the Group, Malfunction No., Description, Option, Recommendations, Considered in Subroutine, Limitations, Cause, and Effect of the malfunctions implemented in FTF. (author).

  9. A novel method for salvage of malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter

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    Ali Akbar Beig


    Conclusions: Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of this method to the previous laparoscopically repaired catheter, we concluded that this new method is efficient, and is a suitable way for malfunctioning PD catheter salvage.

  10. D-dimer to guide the intensity of anticoagulation in Chinese patients after mechanical heart valve replacement: a randomized controlled trial. (United States)

    Zhang, L; Zheng, X; Long, Y; Wu, M; Chen, Y; Yang, J; Liu, Z; Zhang, Z


    Essentials Low anticoagulation intensity reduces bleeding but increases thrombosis during warfarin therapy. Elevated D-dimer level is associated with increased thrombosis events. D-dimer can be used to find potential thrombosis in those receiving low intensity therapy. D-dimer-guided therapy may be the optimal strategy for those with mechanical heart valve replacement. Background Controversies remain regarding the optimal anticoagulation intensity for Chinese patients after mechanical heart valve replacement despite guidelines having recommended a standard anticoagulation intensity. Objectives To investigate whether D-dimer could be used to determine the optimal anticoagulation intensity in Chinese patients after mechanical heart valve replacement. Patients/Methods This was a prospective, randomized controlled clinical study. A total of 748 patients following mechanical heart valve replacement in Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital were randomized to three groups at a ratio of 1 : 1 : 1. Patients in two control groups received warfarin therapy based on constant standard intensity (international normalized ratio [INR], 2.5-3.5; n = 250) and low intensity (INR, 1.8-2.6; n = 248), respectively. In the experimental group (n = 250), warfarin therapy was initiated at low intensity, then those with elevated D-dimer levels were adjusted to standard intensity. All patients were followed-up for 24 months until the occurrence of endpoints, including bleeding events, thrombotic events and all-cause mortality. Results A total of 718 patients were included in the analysis. Fifty-three events occurred during follow-up. There was less hemorrhage (3/240 vs. 16/241; hazard ratio [HR], 0.18; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.07-0.45) and all-cause mortality (4/240 vs. 12/241; HR, 0.33; 95% CI, 0.12-0.87) observed in the D-dimer-guided group than in the standard-intensity group. A lower incidence of thrombotic events was also observed in the D-dimer-guided group when compared with the

  11. Heart Transplantation (United States)

    A heart transplant removes a damaged or diseased heart and replaces it with a healthy one. The healthy heart comes from a donor who has died. It is the last resort for people with heart failure when all other treatments have failed. The ...

  12. Pulmonary valve replacement with a mechanical prosthesis. Promising results of 28 procedures in patients with congenital heart disease

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    Hoendermis, Elke S.; den Hamer, Inez J.; Ebels, Tjark; Waterbolk, T


    Objective: Pulmonary valve replacement is performed increasingly late after correction of Tetralogy of Fallot. Most reports deal with pulmonary allografts as the valvar substitute of choice, although late deterioration and reoperation(s) are the rule. Mechanical valves are scarcely reported and if s

  13. Pulmonary valve replacement with a mechanical prosthesis. Promising results of 28 procedures in patients with congenital heart disease

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    Hoendermis, Elke S.; den Hamer, Inez J.; Ebels, Tjark; Waterbolk, T

    Objective: Pulmonary valve replacement is performed increasingly late after correction of Tetralogy of Fallot. Most reports deal with pulmonary allografts as the valvar substitute of choice, although late deterioration and reoperation(s) are the rule. Mechanical valves are scarcely reported and if

  14. Arterial pulse wave dynamics after percutaneous aortic valve replacement: fall in coronary diastolic suction with increasing heart rate as a basis for angina symptoms in aortic stenosis. (United States)

    Davies, Justin E; Sen, Sayan; Broyd, Chris; Hadjiloizou, Nearchos; Baksi, John; Francis, Darrel P; Foale, Rodney A; Parker, Kim H; Hughes, Alun D; Chukwuemeka, Andrew; Casula, Roberto; Malik, Iqbal S; Mikhail, Ghada W; Mayet, Jamil


    Aortic stenosis causes angina despite unobstructed arteries. Measurement of conventional coronary hemodynamic parameters in patients undergoing valvular surgery has failed to explain these symptoms. With the advent of percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR) and developments in coronary pulse wave analysis, it is now possible to instantaneously abolish the valvular stenosis and to measure the resulting changes in waves that direct coronary flow. Intracoronary pressure and flow velocity were measured immediately before and after PAVR in 11 patients with unobstructed coronary arteries. Using coronary pulse wave analysis, we calculated the intracoronary diastolic suction wave (the principal accelerator of coronary blood flow). To test physiological reserve to increased myocardial demand, we measured at resting heart rate and during pacing at 90 and 120 bpm. Before PAVR, the basal myocardial suction wave intensity was 1.9±0.3×10(-5) W · m(-2) · s(-2), and this increased in magnitude with increasing severity of aortic stenosis (r=0.59, P=0.05). This wave decreased markedly with increasing heart rate (β coefficient=-0.16×10(-4) W · m(-2) · s(-2); Pcoronary physiological reserve with increasing heart rate (β coefficient=0.9×10(-3) W · m(-2) · s(-2); P=0.014). In aortic stenosis, the coronary physiological reserve is impaired. Instead of increasing when heart rate rises, the coronary diastolic suction wave decreases. Immediately after PAVR, physiological reserve returns to a normal positive pattern. This may explain how aortic stenosis can induce anginal symptoms and their prompt relief after PAVR. Clinical Trial Registration- URL: Unique identifier: NCT01118442.

  15. Concealed malfunction of the temporary pacemaker

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    Mohammad Alasti


    Full Text Available The 12-lead ECG shows sequential atrial and ventricular pacing (Figure 1A. A tracing, obtained simultaneously during pacemaker interrogation, disclosed pacemaker functioning as VDD mode (Figure 1B. The careful examination of this pacemaker tracing showed that there is a pacing stimulus before each P wave (compatible with DDD mode. This paradox can only be explained by displacement of the temporary pacing lead to right atrium and right atrial stimulation by temporary pacemaker. In this setting, each temporary pacemaker-induced atrial depolarization is tracked by the right atrial lead of the permanent pacemaker as intrinsic P wave. Fluoroscopic study confirmed this explanation (Figure 2. The displaced temporary pacing lead was seen near the lateral right atrial wall. Temporary pacemaker lead had been inserted before replacement of permanent pacemaker.

  16. The capacity of associative memories with malfunctioning neurons. (United States)

    Shirazi, M N; Maekawa, S


    Hopfield associative memories with alphan malfunctioning neurons are considered. Using some facts from exchangeable events theory, the asymptotic storage capacity of such a network is derived as a function of the parameter alpha under stability and attractivity requirements. It is shown that the asymptotic storage capacity is (1-alpha)(2)/n(4 log n) under stability and (1-alpha)(2)(1-2rho)(2)n/(4 log n) under attractivity requirements, respectively. Comparing these capacities with their maximum values corresponding to the case when there is no malfunctioning neurons, alpha=0, shows the robustness of the retrieval mechanism of Hopfield associative memories with respect to the existence of malfunctioning neurons. This result also supports the claim that neural networks are fault tolerant.

  17. Factors influencing shunt malfunction in patients with tuberculous meningitis

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    Sudheer Ambekar


    Full Text Available Background: Hydrocephalus secondary to tuberculous meningitis (TBM is a challenging condition to treat. Though ventriculo-peritoneal (VP shunt is an accepted modality of treatment for hydrocephalus in TBM, there is a high rate of complications associated with the same. Objective: The study was planned to evaluate various factors associated with shunt malfunction in patients undergoing VP shunt surgery for hydrocephalus due to TBM. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of all the patients undergoing VP shunt and shunt revision for TBM between 2004 and 2008 was performed. 449 VP shunt surgeries were performed in 432 patients for hydrocephalus due to TBM. Among these 70 shunt revisions were performed in 53 patients. Results: Shunt malfunction rate in our series was 16.2%. High cerebrospinal fluid (CSF protein concentration (>200 mg/dL was associated with 5 times increased incidence of shunt malfunction. Patients with hyponatremia (Na + <130 mEq/dL prior to surgery had a 3 times increased incidence of shunt malfunction (P < 0.05. Other factors such as duration of symptoms, presence of neurological deficits, Evan′s index, third ventricular diameter, thickness of exudates, presence of infarcts, anemia, CSF cellularity and CSF glucose concentration were not associated with increased incidence of shunt malfunction. Analysis showed that shunt viability was longest in patients with normal serum sodium levels and CSF protein concentration less than 200 mg/dL and shortest in patients with low serum sodium and CSF protein concentration more than 200 mg/dL. Conclusions: Patients with pre-operative hyponatremia and high CSF protein concentration have a higher incidence of shunt malfunction and need to be followed-up closely.

  18. Combined treatment of ulinastatin and tranexamic acid provides beneficial effects by inhibiting inflammatory and fibrinolytic response in patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery. (United States)

    Chen, Ting-Ting; Jiandong-Liu; Wang, Gang; Jiang, Sheng-Li; Li, Li-Bing; Gao, Chang-Qing


    To investigate the effect of ulinastatin and tranexamic acid administered alone or in combination on inflammatory cytokines and fibrinolytic system in patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). CPB-induced fibrinolytic hyperfunction and systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) are the leading causes responsible for the occurrence of postsurgical complications such as postsurgical cardiac insufficiency and lung injury, which may lead to an increase in postsurgical bleeding, prolongation of hospital stay, and increased costs. One hundred twenty patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery during CPB were randomly assigned into 4 groups of 30 patients each: blank control group (Group C), tranexamic acid group (Group T), ulinastatin group (Group U), and tranexamic acid-ulinastatin combination group (Group D). Physiological saline, tranexamic acid, ulinastatin, and a combination of tranexamic acid and ulinastatin were given to each group, respectively. Arterial blood was collected from the radial artery at 4 time points: after induction of anesthesia (T1), unclamping the ascending aorta (T2), and at 1 hour (T3) and 24 hours (T4) after CPB. The levels of plasma tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), neutrophil elastase (NE), and the concentrations of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and α2-antiplasmin (α2-AP) were detected. The changes in the volume of pericardial mediastinal drainage after surgery were observed and recorded. The plasma TNF-α, IL-6, and NE levels significantly increased in patients from all 4 groups at time points of T2, T3, and T4 in comparison to those before CPB (P surgery (P surgery.

  19. Malfunctions of Implantable Cardiac Devices in Patients Receiving Proton Beam Therapy: Incidence and Predictors

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    Gomez, Daniel R., E-mail: [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Poenisch, Falk [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Pinnix, Chelsea C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Sheu, Tommy [Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Chang, Joe Y. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Memon, Nada [Department of Cardiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Mohan, Radhe [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Rozner, Marc A. [Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Dougherty, Anne H. [Department of Cardiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)


    Purpose: Photon therapy has been reported to induce resets of implanted cardiac devices, but the clinical sequelae of treating patients with such devices with proton beam therapy (PBT) are not well known. We reviewed the incidence of device malfunctions among patients undergoing PBT. Methods and Materials: From March 2009 through July 2012, 42 patients with implanted cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED; 28 pacemakers and 14 cardioverter-defibrillators) underwent 42 courses of PBT for thoracic (23, 55%), prostate (15, 36%), liver (3, 7%), or base of skull (1, 2%) tumors at a single institution. The median prescribed dose was 74 Gy (relative biological effectiveness; range 46.8-87.5 Gy), and the median distance from the treatment field to the CIED was 10 cm (range 0.8-40 cm). Maximum proton and neutron doses were estimated for each treatment course. All CIEDs were checked before radiation delivery and monitored throughout treatment. Results: Median estimated peak proton and neutron doses to the CIED in all patients were 0.8 Gy (range 0.13-21 Gy) and 346 Sv (range 11-1100 mSv). Six CIED malfunctions occurred in 5 patients (2 pacemakers and 3 defibrillators). Five of these malfunctions were CIED resets, and 1 patient with a defibrillator (in a patient with a liver tumor) had an elective replacement indicator after therapy that was not influenced by radiation. The mean distance from the proton beam to the CIED among devices that reset was 7.0 cm (range 0.9-8 cm), and the mean maximum neutron dose was 655 mSv (range 330-1100 mSv). All resets occurred in patients receiving thoracic PBT and were corrected without clinical incident. The generator for the defibrillator with the elective replacement indicator message was replaced uneventfully after treatment. Conclusions: The incidence of CIED resets was about 20% among patients receiving PBT to the thorax. We recommend that PBT be avoided in pacing-dependent patients and that patients with any type of CIED receiving

  20. Time to achieving therapeutic international normalized ratio increases hospital length of stay after heart valve replacement surgery. (United States)

    Arendt, Christopher J; Hong, Joon Hwa; Daly, Richard C; Scott, Christopher; Mehta, Ramila A; Bailey, Kent; Pathak, Jyotishman; Pereira, Naveen L


    Achieving a therapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) before hospital discharge is an important inpatient goal for patients undergoing mechanical cardiac valve replacement (MCVR). The use of clinical algorithms has reduced the time to achieve therapeutic INR (TTI) with warfarin therapy. Whether TTI prolongs length of stay (LOS) is unknown. Patients who underwent MCVR over a consecutive 42-month period were included. Clinical data were obtained from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery database and electronic medical records. Therapeutic INR was defined as per standard guidelines. Warfarin dose was prescribed using an inpatient pharmacy-managed algorithm and computer-based dosing tool. International normalized ratio trajectory, procedural needs, and drug interactions were included in warfarin dose determination. There were 708 patients who underwent MCVR, of which 159 were excluded for reasons that would preclude or interrupt warfarin use. Among the remainder of 549 patients, the average LOS was 6.4days and mean TTI was 3.5days. Landmark analysis showed that subjects in hospital on day 4 (n=542) who achieved therapeutic INR were more likely to be discharged by day 6 compared with those who did not achieve therapeutic INR (75% vs 59%, P<.001). Multivariable proportional hazards regression with TTI as a time-dependent effect showed a strong association with discharge (P=.0096, hazard ratio1.3) after adjustment for other significant clinical covariates. Time to achieve therapeutic INR is an independent predictor of LOS in patients requiring anticoagulation with warfarin after MCVR surgery. Alternative dosing and anticoagulation strategies will need to be adopted to reduce LOS in these patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Analysis of 427 cases of heart valve replacement%心脏瓣膜置换术427例疗效分析

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    刘宁; 刘伟; 李鹏; 何茂鑫


    目的 总结心脏瓣膜置换术的手术效果,探讨影响手术疗效的主要因素及手术适应证的选择.方法 回顾性分析1985年2月至2006年12月427例心脏瓣膜置换术的资料.427例中男196例,女231例;平均年龄(45±3)岁.风湿性瓣膜病403例(94.3%),非风湿性瓣膜病24例(5.7%).其中二尖瓣置换术302例,主动脉瓣置换术46例,主动脉辩与二尖瓣置换术65例,再次二尖瓣置换术14例;同期行三尖瓣成形术231例.结果 术后早期并发症46例(10.8%),手术死亡11例(2.58%).主要死亡原因为心力衰竭和多脏器功能衰竭.影响瓣膜置换术后早期疗效的主要危险因素是术前巨大左室,收缩功能减弱,心功能Ⅳ级,肾功能衰竭,严重感染,术后低心排综合征和多脏器功能衰竭.结论 合理选择手术时机,保留瓣下结构,积极纠正三尖瓣病变和心律失常,术中良好的心肌保护是提高手术疗效的关键.%Objective To summarize the experience of valve replacements and the operative indication. Methods The follow-up data of 427 patients were analyzed retrespectively between Feb. 1985 and Dec. 2006,196 males ,231 females, mean age was(45±3) years. Rheumatic valvular disease presented in 403 (94.3%)patients and non-rheumatic valvular disease in 24 patients (5.7%). 302 patients had mitral valve replacement (MVR), 46 had aortic valve replacement(AVR), 65 had MVR AVR, 14 had second MVR. Tricuspid valve annuloplasty in 231 patients. Results The early postoperative complication and mortality rote were 10.8% and 2. 58%. The major cause of early death was heart failure or multiple organ function failure. The main factors influencing the early surgical results were preoperative severe left ventricular enlargement and systolic dysfunction. Included leart function class Ⅳ(NYHA), renal failure, severe infection, postoperative low cardiac output and multiple organs function incompetence. Conclusion Timely decision of the operation for heart valve

  2. Feasibility Analysis on Simulation of PLCS Malfunction Event using SPACE Code

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    Kim, Ung Soo; Lee, Cheol Shin; Sohn, Jong Joo [KEPCO-E and C, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    A computer code named 'Safety and Performance Analysis Code (SPACE)' has been being developed in order to replace several existing computer codes used in designing nuclear power plant (NPP) in Korea. This SPACE code is a system code and should be able to simulate various plant events, needed for safety analysis of pressurized water reactors (PWRs), such as loss of coolant accident (LOCA), steam line break (SLB), feedwater line break (FLB), steam generator tube rupture (SGTR), and several anticipated operational occurrences (AOOs). Therefore, respective simulations of above events with the SPACE code should be verified and validated to utilize this code in the safety analysis. In this work, a feasibility analysis is performed for the simulation of pressurizer level control system (PLCS) malfunction event for the Shin-Kori units 3 and 4 (SKN 3 and 4)

  3. Optimal C-arm angulation during transcatheter aortic valve replacement: Accuracy of a rotational C-arm computed tomography based three dimensional heart model. (United States)

    Veulemans, Verena; Mollus, Sabine; Saalbach, Axel; Pietsch, Max; Hellhammer, Katharina; Zeus, Tobias; Westenfeld, Ralf; Weese, Jürgen; Kelm, Malte; Balzer, Jan


    To investigate the accuracy of a rotational C-arm CT-based 3D heart model to predict an optimal C-arm configuration during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Rotational C-arm CT (RCT) under rapid ventricular pacing was performed in 57 consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis as part of the pre-procedural cardiac catheterization. With prototype software each RCT data set was segmented using a 3D heart model. From that the line of perpendicularity curve was obtained that generates a perpendicular view of the aortic annulus according to the right-cusp rule. To evaluate the accuracy of a model-based overlay we compared model- and expert-derived aortic root diameters. For all 57 patients in the RCT cohort diameter measurements were obtained from two independent operators and were compared to the model-based measurements. The inter-observer variability was measured to be in the range of 0°-12.96° of angular C-arm displacement for two independent operators. The model-to-operator agreement was 0°-13.82°. The model-based and expert measurements of aortic root diameters evaluated at the aortic annulus (r = 0.79, P r = 0.93, P r = 0.92, P < 0.01) correlated on a high level and the Bland-Altman analysis showed good agreement. The interobserver measurements did not show a significant bias. Automatic segmentation of the aortic root using an anatomical model can accurately predict an optimal C-arm configuration, potentially simplifying current clinical workflows before and during TAVR.

  4. 30 CFR 75.352 - Actions in response to AMS malfunction, alert, or alarm signals. (United States)


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  5. Identification of Safety System Malfunction Using Correlation Visualization

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    Park, Suk Young; Heo, Gyun Young [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung Taek [KAERI, Dajeon (Korea, Republic of)


    I and C systems should provide the reliable information particularly when an accident occurs and operators should also take action to mitigate the accident by identifying the cause of accident. However, incorrect information might be provided due to malfunction or failure of safety system caused by an accident. Accordingly, operators get confused and it made difficult for them to take appropriate actions. If they fail to grasp the exact information of progress then it might lead to spread of accident. Thus, we propose the idea that enables to identify safety system malfunctions or failures in such environment impossible to guarantee of safety system. For identifying the malfunctions or failures of a safety system, the correlation visualization which shows linear relationship between parameters is performed. The correlation visualization results show different images with various scenarios, so it determines which system has problem to operate. Therefore we can identify the safety system operability by the comparison of the correlation visualization results. Furthermore, we can determine specifically which parameter shows abnormal signal using correlation visualization after identifying the operability of safety system. The methodology can determine the situation by viewing the overall signals and include the result robustly though incorrect signal input to the indictor. Proposed methodology is demonstrated through case study by specifying SBLOCA as an initiating event that is judged greater contribution of severe accident. Various accident data are obtained according to operability of safety system and confirmed a feasibility of idea by applying to case study. Overall reliability of I and C system can be improved using suggested methodology. As a result, this research can be helpful in accident response and management if safety system malfunctioned when an accident occurred.

  6. 100 Cases of Artificial Heart Valve Replacements%心脏人工机械瓣膜置换术100例报告

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    孔维生; 郑秀木; 杨谦; 郭水源; 张健然


    Objective:To review the experience of the heart valve replacements.Methods:All patients underwent general anesthesia under middle hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass(CBP).Operations included MVR in 65 cases,AVR in 19 cases,MAVR in 16 cases.Second operations had 14 patients of restenosis after mitral valve stenosis dilatation.Additional procedures included tricuspid valve De Vegas annuloplasty in 15 cases.Results:93 patients recovered uneventfully and returned to normal life.There were 7 cases of postoperative death with a mortalily of 7%.Conclusion:Main factor of heart valve diseases suffered from RHD.Infective endocarditis and degenerate heart diseases were often seen in the clinic.The study suggests that the surgical early diagnosis and effective treatment can achieve excellent outcome with low complications and high cure rates.%目的 总结100例心脏瓣膜置换术。方法 全组均在全麻体外循环中低温下手术,行二尖瓣置换(MVR)65例,主动脉瓣置换(AVR)19例,二尖瓣和主动脉瓣置换(MAVR)16例,其中14例是二尖瓣狭窄术后再狭窄行置换术,同时行三尖瓣De Vegas环缩术15例。结果 术后93例痊愈出院,围手术期死亡7例,均为风心病患者。结论 风湿性心脏病(RHD)是导致心脏瓣膜损毁的主要病因,感染性心内膜炎(IE)和退行性变也是较常见的因素,而早期诊断、及时手术是提高治愈率、降低并发症的关键。

  7. [The assessment of mechanical heart valves stenosis in adults after aortic valve replacement: the advantage of full-flow design of mechanical valve]. (United States)

    Bokeria, L A; Bokeria, O L; Fadeev, A A; Makhachev, O A; Kosareva, T I; Averina, I I


    The analysis of transprosthetic hemodynamics in adults after aortic valve replacement in the Bakoulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery in 2007-2010 demonstrated the hemodynamic advantage of the concept of new full-flow mechanical aortic valve prosthesis "CorBeat". Having the same size of internal orifice and tissue annulus diameters, the values of transprosthetic parameters (peak and mean gradients, blood flow velocities) through "CorBeat" were close to physiological values of transvalvular native aortic parameters and had a tendency to be not dependent on the size of prosthesis (p = 0.63). In the article for the first time a morphometric database of geometric values of internal orifice area of normal native aortic valves in adults was used taking into account both the gender and the body surface area's of a patient. There was also used the standardized prosthesis size Z-score which represents the number of SDs by which the internal prosthesis area differs from the mean normal native aortic valve area for the patient's body surface area. The article emphasizes the need of the personal selection of the size and the type of prosthesis for any patient as well as the need for new design development of prosthetic heart valves.

  8. New and viable cells to replace lost and malfunctioning myocardial tissue. (United States)

    Hassink, R J; Passier, R; Goumans, M J; Mummery, C L; Doevendans, P A


    The use of stem cells for cardiac repair is a promising opportunity for developing new treatment strategies as the applications are theoretically unlimited and lead to actual cardiac tissue regeneration. Human embryonic stem cells were only recently cloned and their capacity to differentiate into true cardiomyocytes makes them in principle an unlimited source of transplantable cells for cardiac repair, although practical and ethical constraints exist. Also, the study of embryonic stem cells and their differentiation into cardiomyocytes will bring forth new insights into the molecular processes involved in cardiomyocyte-development and -proliferation, which could lead to the development of other strategies to augment in vivo cardiomyocyte numbers. On the other hand, somatic stem cells are alternative cell sources that can be used for cell transplantation purposes. They do not evoke ethical issues and bear less ethical constraints. However, they also appear to be much more restricted in their differentiation potential than the embryonic stem cells. Here we discuss the use of both cell types, embryonic and somatic stem cells, in relation with their importance for the clarification of cardiomyocyte-development and their possible usefulness for clinical therapy.

  9. 2349例心脏瓣膜置换术早期死亡原因分析%Early death causes in 2349 patients who receiving heart valve replacement

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    陈海生; 刘盛华; 钟志敏; 谢翠贤; 林秋伟


    目的 分析2349例心脏瓣膜置换术病人的死亡原因,以期进一步提高治疗水平.方法 1995年1月至2007年12月,2349例心脏瓣膜病病人接受人工心脏瓣膜置换手术.其中二尖瓣置换术(MVR)1333例,主动脉瓣置换术(AVR)271例,二尖瓣、主动脉瓣同期置换术(DVR)736例,三尖瓣置换术(TVR)9例.结果 早期病死率1995年至1999年6.81%,2000年至2004年3.22%,2005年至2007年2.82%.全组总早期病死率3.40%.结论 心脏瓣膜置换术早期死亡的原因主要是低心排血量综合征、肾功能衰竭、心律失常、肺部感染、脑血管意外、左室破裂和多器官系统功能衰竭等.%Objective The early causes of death were analyze in 2349 patients who had undergone heart valve replacement.Methods Methods From January 1995 to December 2007,2349 patients with heart valve diseases received heart valve replacement.1109 cases were male and 1240 were female.The mean age of the patients was(41±19)years old.1962 cases had rheumatic heart valve disease,308 had congenital heart valve disease,39 had infective endocarditis,29 underwent reintervention by heart valve replacement,11 had Marfan syndrome.34 cases with coronary heart disease underwent heart valve prosthesis implantation and coronary artery bypass grafting.Mitral valve replacement(MVR)was performed in 1333 patients,aortic valve replacement(AVR)in 271,double valves replacement(DVR)in 736 and tricuspid valve replacement(TVR)in 9.There were 3075 mechanical valves and 10 bioprosthetic valves.Results From 1995 to 1999,death occurred in 16 of the 235 cases,early mortality rate was 6.81%.From 2000 to 2004,death occurred in 35 of the 1087 cases,early mortality rate was 3.22%.From 2005 to 2007,there were 29 deaths among 1027 cases,with an early mortality rate of 2.82%.Overall early mortality rate was 3.40%.The early mortality rate was 2.32%(31 in 1333 cases)in patients who underwent MVR,3.32% (9 in 271)in patients who underwent AVR,5.24%(40 in 736)in

  10. Association of the Joint Effect of Menopause and Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cancer in African American Women: The Jackson Heart Study

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    Daniel Sarpong


    Full Text Available Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US and in Mississippi. Breast cancer (BC is the most common cancer among women, and the underlying pathophysiology remains unknown, especially among African American (AA women. The study purpose was to examine the joint effect of menopause status (MS and hormone replacement therapy (HRT on the association with cancers, particularly BC using data from the Jackson Heart Study. The analytic sample consisted of 3202 women between 35 and 84 years of which 73.7% and 22.6% were postmenopausal and on HRT, respectively. There were a total of 190 prevalent cancer cases (5.9% in the sample with 22.6% breast cancer cases. Menopause (p < 0.0001, but not HRT (p = 0.6402, was independently associated with cancer. Similar results were obtained for BC. BC, cancer, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, prevalent cardiovascular disease, physical activity and certain dietary practices were all significantly associated with the joint effect of menopause and HRT in the unadjusted analyses. The family history of cancer was the only covariate that was significantly associated with cancer in the age-adjusted models. In examining the association of cancer and the joint effect of menopause and HRT, AA women who were menopausal and were not on HRT had a 1.97 (95% CI: 1.15, 3.38 times odds of having cancer compared to pre-menopausal women after adjusting for age; which was attenuated after further adjusting for family history of cancer. Given that the cancer and BC cases were small and key significant associations were attenuated after adjusting for the above mentioned covariates, these findings warrant further investigation in studies with larger sample sizes of cancer (and BC cases.

  11. Malfunctioning central venous catheters in children: a diagnostic approach

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    Barnacle, Alex; Arthurs, Owen J.; Roebuck, Derek; Hiorns, Melanie P. [Great Ormond Street Hospital, Radiology Department, London (United Kingdom)


    Central venous access is increasingly becoming the domain of the radiologist, both in terms of the insertion of central venous catheters (CVCs) and in the subsequent management of these lines. This article seeks to provide an overview of the CVC types available for paediatric patients and a more detailed explanation of the spectrum of complications that may lead to catheter malfunction. A standard catheter contrast study or 'linogram' technique is described. The normal appearances of such a study and a detailed pictorial review of abnormal catheter studies are provided, together with a brief overview of how information from catheter investigations can guide the management of catheter complications. (orig.)

  12. Episodic ventriculomegaly due to hypernatremia mimicking shunt malfunction: case report. (United States)

    Jernigan, Sarah C; Stone, Scellig S D; Aronson, Joshua P; Putman, Melissa; Proctor, Mark R


    Patients with shunted hydrocephalus presenting with altered mental status and ventriculomegaly are generally considered to be in shunt failure requiring surgical treatment. The authors describe a case of shunted hydrocephalus secondary to a disseminated neuroectodermal tumor in a pediatric patient in whom rapid fluctuations in sodium levels due to diabetes insipidus repeatedly led to significant changes in ventricle size, with invasively confirmed normal shunt function and low intracranial pressure. This clinical picture exactly mimics shunt malfunction, requires urgent nonsurgical therapy, and underscores the importance of considering serum osmolar abnormalities in the differential diagnosis for ventriculomegaly.

  13. Association of Genetic Polymorphisms of Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System-Related Genes with Arterio-Venous Fistula Malfunction in Hemodialysis Patients

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    Yu-Wei Chen


    Full Text Available Hemodialysis (HD is the most commonly-used renal replacement therapy for patients with end-stage renal disease worldwide. Arterio-venous fistula (AVF is the vascular access of choice for HD patients with lowest risk of infection and thrombosis. In addition to environmental factors, genetic factors may also contribute to malfunction of AVF. Previous studies have demonstrated the effect of genotype polymorphisms of angiotensin converting enzyme on vascular access malfunction. We conducted a multicenter, cross-sectional study to evaluate the association between genetic polymorphisms of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and AVF malfunction. Totally, 577 patients were enrolled. Their mean age was 60 years old and 53% were male. HD patients with AVF malfunction had longer duration of HD (92.5 ± 68.1 vs. 61.2 ± 51.9 months, p < 0.001, lower prevalence of hypertension (44.8% vs. 55.3%, p = 0.025, right-sided (31.8% vs. 18.4%, p = 0.002 and upper arm AVF (26.6% vs. 9.7%, p < 0.001, and higher mean dynamic venous pressure (DVP (147.8 ± 28.3 vs. 139.8 ± 30.0, p = 0.021. In subgroup analysis of different genders, location of AVF and DVP remained significant clinical risk factors of AVF malfunction in univariate and multivariate binary logistic regression in female HD patients. Among male HD patients, univariate binary logistic regression analysis revealed that right-side AVF and upper arm location are two important clinical risk factors. In addition, two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, rs275653 (Odds ratio 1.90, p = 0.038 and rs1492099 (Odds ratio 2.29, p = 0.017 of angiotensin II receptor 1 (AGTR1, were associated with increased risk of AVF malfunction. After adjustment for age and other clinical factors, minor allele-containing genotype polymorphisms (AA and CA of rs1492099 still remained to be a significant risk factor of AVF malfunction (Odds ratio 3.63, p = 0.005. In conclusion, we demonstrated that rs1492099, a SNP of AGTR1 gene, could

  14. Malfunction analysis of OPGW of stainless steel-unit structure

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    李星梅; 张素芳; 王旭锋; 乞建勋


    Composite fiber optic overhead ground wire (OPGW) is increasingly applied in China’s overhead transmission lines. The stainless steel structure is adopted by most OPGWs as it is very small and easy to match the existing ground wire. The malfunction of OPGW in Beijing-Shanghai Optical Communication Project was analyzed through the chemical composition method and spectrum semi-quantitative method. The analysis indicates that the cable fault was due to the failure of seepage and irregular holes in the steel pipe of the optical unit. The rain water and the watery air entered into the optical units, and the water in turn became ice when temperature dropped. The occurrence of ice led to the acceleration of attenuation of the fiber. The results show that the rupture of stainless steel tube is mainly due to the instability of welding technique. The malfunction of OPGW is due to the local defects of welding seam because of local stress concentration in the manufacturing process.

  15. Simulation of Malfunctions for the ISS Double-Gimbal Control Moment Gyroscope (United States)

    Inampudi, Ravi; Gordeuk, John


    This paper presents a simplified approach to simulation of malfunctions of the Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) on board the International Space Station (ISS). These malfunctions will be used as part of flight training of CMG failure scenarios in the guidance navigation control (GNC) subsystem of the Training Systems for 21st Century (TS21) simulator. The CMG malfunctions are grouped under mechanical, thermal and electrical categories. A malfunction can be as simple as one which only affects the telemetry or a complex one that changes the state and behavior of the CMG model. In both cases, the ISS GNC flight software will read the telemetry and respond accordingly. The user executes these malfunctions by supplying conditional data which modify internal model states and then elicit a response as seen on the user displays. Ground operators and crew on board the ISS use CMG malfunction procedures to better understand and respond to anomalies observed within the CMG subsystem.


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    李美霞; 田毅; 符白嫩; 侯春燕


    [目的]回顾总结30例再次心脏瓣膜置换手术的体外循环(CPB)管理和方法.[方法]对2005年1月-2010年1月的30例再次心脏瓣膜置换手术患者,术前进行全面评估,充分准备,术中采用适宜的插管部位,自体血液回收.中一高流量,维持平均动脉压(MAP) 50-80 mmHg,[结果]二尖瓣或主动脉瓣单瓣置换16例;二尖瓣+主动脉瓣置换7例;二尖瓣+主动脉瓣+三尖瓣置换4例;三尖瓣置换3例,无手术死亡,术后死亡2例.[结论]再次心脏瓣膜置换手术中,术前充分准备,选择适当插管部位,术中加强血液保护、心肌保护,采取综合措施是保证CPB成功的关键.%[Objective] To conclude the management experience of cardiopulmonaiy bypass in the surgery of second heart valve replacement [Methods] Collected 30 patients undergoing the second heart valve replacement from January 2005 to January 2010, we took overall evaluation and thoroughly preparation before the operation, catheter at suitable site, autotrans-fusion, middle-high rate of flow and maintained MAP between 50-80mmHg. [Results] There was no death cases during operation of all the patients, of which 16 patients undergoing single initial valve or aortic valve replacement, 7 patients undergoing both mitral valve and aortic valve replacement, 4 patients undergoing mitral valve, aortic valve and tricuspid valve replacement, 3 patients undergoing tricuspid valve replacement, but 2 deaths after operation. [Conclusion] During the second heart valve replacement surgery, the preparation before operation, suitable catheter site, intensive blood protection and myocardium protection and taking combined intervention are the keys to guarantee the success of cardiopulmonary bypass.

  17. 风湿性心脏病手术3个瓣膜同时置换的临床经验%Experience of triple-valve replacement in rheumatic heart valve disease

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    张国报; 乔刚; 赵小娟; 权晓强; 赵健; 程兆云


    Objective:To explore the triple-valve replacement experience in rheumatic heart valve disease. Methods: We reviewed our experience in A patients who underwent combined mitral and aortic valve replacement with tricuspid valve replacement between 2007 and 2011. Results:We found tricuspid annular dilatation and leaflet thickening resulting in tricuspid regurgitation in four patients, tricuspid commissural fusion leading to tricuspid stenosis in two patients. One patient received bioprosthetic valves replacement procedures in aortic and mitral position with tricuspid position. The other three patients received mechanical valves replacement procedures in aortic and mitral position, and bioprosthetic valve in tricuspid position. One patient died after operation due to low cardiac output syndrome. The mean follow-up was 30 months (range, 12 to 49 months). Post-operative heart function NYHA classifi-cation:two cases in class I, one case in class Ⅱ. Conclusion;We recommend the use of a bioprosthetic valve in tricuspid position if tricuspid valve should be replaced. Even if mechanical valves are implanted in the left side of the heart, a bioprosthetic valve may be a better choice at the tricuspid position.%目的:探讨风湿性心脏病手术中3个瓣膜同时置换的经验.方法:对4例同时置换二尖瓣、主动脉瓣和三尖瓣的病人资料进行分析.结果:术中发现4例病人均有三尖瓣环扩大和瓣叶增厚导致关闭不全,2例病人伴有交界融合导致瓣膜狭窄.1例病人接受了二尖瓣位、主动脉瓣位以及三尖瓣位生物瓣置换.另3例病人接受了二尖瓣位和主动脉瓣位机械瓣置换,以及三尖瓣位生物瓣置换.1例病人死于术后低心排.其他病人平均随访30个月(12~49个月),术后心功能I级2例,Ⅱ级1例.结论:如果三尖瓣需要置换时应使用生物瓣.尽管左侧心脏瓣膜应用机械瓣,三尖瓣位应用生物瓣仍是较好的选择.

  18. Malfunction of the inner ear is the most frequent cause of dizziness

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    Klokker, Mads; Vesterhauge, Søren


    Half of all dizziness patients suffer from a malfunction of the inner ear and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes 25-30% of these malfunctions. During the latest two decades new vestibular test equipment has been developed and has made it possible to refine the vestibular diagnoses...

  19. [A case of repeated shunt malfunctions with eosinophilic meningitis caused by silicone allergy]. (United States)

    Kambara, Mizuki; Miyazaki, Takeshi; Yoshikane, Tsutomu; Sugimoto, Keiji; Akiyama, Yasuhiko


    The ventricular-peritoneal shunt for hydrocephalus is a well-known and established method but is sometimes complicated by shunt malfunction due to several causes. Eosinophilic meningitis is a rare disease, but has occasionally been reported as a cause of shunt malfunction. Here, we report the case of a 74-year-old woman with repeated shunt malfunction and eosinophilic meningitis due to a silicone allergy. Originally, the patient received a ventricular-peritoneal shunt for normal pressure hydrocephalus secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage. However, shunt malfunction was identified 6 weeks later, and the first shunt revision was performed using a new shunt system from a different company. Further evaluation to identify the cause of the shunt malfunction revealed no abnormal findings, except for eosinophilia in the serum and cerebrospinal fluid. A second shunt malfunction was identified 16 weeks after the first shunt revision. We therefore concluded that eosinophilic meningitis caused by a silicone allergy might be the real culprit and a second shunt revision was performed using a silicone "extracted" tube. Since then, the patient's course has been free from shunt malfunction. In this case, the serum and cerebrospinal fluid eosinophilia were useful markers for identifying the cause of repeated shunt malfunctions. The silicone "extracted" tube may be helpful for diagnosis and therapy.

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    Ankle arthroplasty - total; Total ankle arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic ankle replacement; Ankle surgery ... You may not be able to have a total ankle replacement if you have had ankle joint infections in ...

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    Knee replacement is surgery for people with severe knee damage. Knee replacement can relieve pain and allow you to ... Your doctor may recommend it if you have knee pain and medicine and other treatments are not ...

  2. 心脏瓣膜置换术后围术期并发症的多因素分析%The Multivariate Analysis of the Perioperative Complications about the Patients with Heart Valve Replacement

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    吴小永; 李全民; 张满堂


      目的探讨手术前情况、手术方式及围手术期处理等对心脏瓣膜置换手术后围术期并发症的影响.方法收集216例行心脏瓣膜置换术患者的病历资料,详细统计围术期发生的并发症,对术前及围术期可能与并发症有关的相关因素进行统计学分析.结果①216例瓣膜置换手术中,二尖瓣和主动脉瓣双瓣置换术围术期并发症发生率明显高于二尖瓣置换组和主动脉瓣置换组.②Logistic回归分析结果显示:二尖瓣与主动脉瓣联合置换,术前心功能Ⅳ级,术中心脏阻断时间≥110min,体外循环时间≥150min,术后呼吸机支持时间过长≥24h等是影响心脏瓣膜置换术患者围手术期并发症的危险因素.结论双瓣膜置换术,术前心功能差,术中阻断主动脉时间过长,体外循环时间过长,术后呼吸机支持时间过长等是影响心脏瓣膜置换术后围术期并发症的危险因素.%Objective To study the effects of preoperative condition, operative methods and perioperative management on the complications of the patients with heart valve replacement in perioperative period.Methods To collect the 216 cases data of the patient with heart valve replacement, To statistic the perioperative complications and analyse the possible factors about the perioperative complications of preoperation and perioperation. Results ①Aortic and mitral valve replacement group caused complication incidence relatively higher than those with mitral valve replacement group and aortic valve replacement group.②Logistic regression analysis suggest that preoperative definite diagnosis of both aortic and mitral valve lesion, preoperative left ventricular dysfunction IV, intraoperative aortic clamping time≥110min, cardiopulmonary bypass(CPB) time≥150min, postoperative respirator support time≥24h are risky factors of perioperative complication incidence rate after heart valve replacement.Conclusions Aortic and mitral valve

  3. The Analysis of Early-Term Surgical Complications Following Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement%人工机械瓣膜替换术后早期并发症分析

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    杜心灵; 孙宗全; 张宏超; 苏伟; 蓝鸿均


    1987年1月至2000年4月,共施行人工机械瓣膜替换手术700例,其中二尖瓣替换术398例,主动脉瓣替换术81例,二尖瓣和主动脉瓣替换术213例,三尖瓣替换术8例.158例患者术中和术后早期发生并发症,发生率为22.6%,死亡44例,死亡率6.3%.死亡原因主要为低心排出量综合征、严重感染和心律失常等.%From Jan. 1987 to Apr. 2000, 700 patients received mechanical heart valve insertion in our hospital. Among them 398 underwent mitral valve replacement, 81 aortic valve replacement, 213 mitral and aortic valve replacement, and 8 tricuspid valve replacement. Surgical complications occurred in 158 cases (22.6 %) during or after operation. Forty-four patients died with a mortality rate of 6.3 %. Low cardiac output syndrome, serious infection and arrhythmia were the main causes of death.

  4. Connecting Malfunctioning Glial Cells and Brain Degenerative Disorders

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    Natalie Kaminsky; Ofer Bihari; Sivan Kanner; Ari Barzilai


    The DNA damage response (DDR) is a complex biological system activated by different types of DNA damage. Mutations in certain components of the DDR machinery can lead to geno-mic instability disorders that culminate in tissue degeneration, premature aging, and various types of cancers. Intriguingly, malfunctioning DDR plays a role in the etiology of late onset brain degener-ative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases. For many years, brain degenerative disorders were thought to result from aberrant neural death. Here we discuss the evi-dence that supports our novel hypothesis that brain degenerative diseases involve dysfunction of glial cells (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes). Impairment in the functionality of glial cells results in pathological neuro-glial interactions that, in turn, generate a‘‘hostile”environment that impairs the functionality of neuronal cells. These events can lead to systematic neural demise on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  5. Connecting Malfunctioning Glial Cells and Brain Degenerative Disorders

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    Natalie Kaminsky


    Full Text Available The DNA damage response (DDR is a complex biological system activated by different types of DNA damage. Mutations in certain components of the DDR machinery can lead to genomic instability disorders that culminate in tissue degeneration, premature aging, and various types of cancers. Intriguingly, malfunctioning DDR plays a role in the etiology of late onset brain degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases. For many years, brain degenerative disorders were thought to result from aberrant neural death. Here we discuss the evidence that supports our novel hypothesis that brain degenerative diseases involve dysfunction of glial cells (astrocytes, microglia, and oligodendrocytes. Impairment in the functionality of glial cells results in pathological neuro-glial interactions that, in turn, generate a “hostile” environment that impairs the functionality of neuronal cells. These events can lead to systematic neural demise on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  6. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt malfunction caused by proximal catheter fat obstruction. (United States)

    Mizrahi, Cezar José; Spektor, Sergey; Margolin, Emil; Shoshan, Yigal; Ben-David, Eliel; Cohen, José E; Moscovici, Samuel


    Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement is the mainstay of treatment for hydrocephalus, yet shunts remain vulnerable to a variety of complications. Although fat droplet migration into the subarachnoid space and cerebrospinal fluid pathways following craniotomy has been observed, a VP shunt obstruction with fat droplets has never been reported to our knowledge. We present the first reported case of VP shunt catheter obstruction by migratory fat droplets in a 55-year-old woman who underwent suboccipital craniotomy for removal of a metastatic tumor of the left medullocerebellar region, without fat harvesting. A VP shunt was inserted 1month later due to communicating hydrocephalus. The patient presented with gait disturbance, intermittent confusion, and pseudomeningocele 21days after shunt insertion. MRI revealed retrograde fat deposition in the ventricular system and VP shunt catheter, apparently following migration of fat droplets from the fatty soft tissue of the craniotomy site. Spinal tap revealed signs of aseptic meningitis. Steroid treatment for aseptic "lipoid" meningitis provided symptom relief. MRI 2months later revealed partial fat resorption and resolution of the pseudomeningocele. VP shunt malfunction caused by fat obstruction of the ventricular catheter should be acknowledged as a possible complication in VP shunts after craniotomy, even in the absence of fat harvesting. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Defective Homocysteine Metabolism: Potential Implications for Skeletal Muscle Malfunction

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    Suresh C. Tyagi


    Full Text Available Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy is a systemic medical condition and has been attributed to multi-organ pathologies. Genetic, nutritional, hormonal, age and gender differences are involved in abnormal homocysteine (Hcy metabolism that produces HHcy. Homocysteine is an intermediate for many key processes such as cellular methylation and cellular antioxidant potential and imbalances in Hcy production and/or catabolism impacts gene expression and cell signaling including GPCR signaling. Furthermore, HHcy might damage the vagus nerve and superior cervical ganglion and affects various GPCR functions; therefore it can impair both the parasympathetic and sympathetic regulation in the blood vessels of skeletal muscle and affect long-term muscle function. Understanding cellular targets of Hcy during HHcy in different contexts and its role either as a primary risk factor or as an aggravator of certain disease conditions would provide better interventions. In this review we have provided recent Hcy mediated mechanistic insights into different diseases and presented potential implications in the context of reduced muscle function and integrity. Overall, the impact of HHcy in various skeletal muscle malfunctions is underappreciated; future studies in this area will provide deeper insights and improve our understanding of the association between HHcy and diminished physical function.

  8. Ares I-X Malfunction Turn Range Safety Analysis (United States)

    Beaty, J. R.


    Ares I-X was the designation given to the flight test version of the Ares I rocket which was developed by NASA (also known as the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) component of the Constellation Program). The Ares I-X flight test vehicle achieved a successful flight test on October 28, 2009, from Pad LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center, Florida (KSC). As part of the flight plan approval for the test vehicle, a range safety malfunction turn analysis was performed to support the risk assessment and vehicle destruct criteria development processes. Several vehicle failure scenarios were identified which could have caused the vehicle trajectory to deviate from its normal flight path. The effects of these failures were evaluated with an Ares I-X 6 degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF) digital simulation, using the Program to Optimize Simulated Trajectories Version II (POST2) simulation tool. The Ares I-X simulation analysis provided output files containing vehicle trajectory state information. These were used by other risk assessment and vehicle debris trajectory simulation tools to determine the risk to personnel and facilities in the vicinity of the launch area at KSC, and to develop the vehicle destruct criteria used by the flight test range safety officer in the event of a flight test anomaly of the vehicle. The simulation analysis approach used for this study is described, including descriptions of the failure modes which were considered and the underlying assumptions and ground rules of the study.

  9. Directed Replacement

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    Karttunen, L


    This paper introduces to the finite-state calculus a family of directed replace operators. In contrast to the simple replace expression, UPPER -> LOWER, defined in Karttunen (ACL-95), the new directed version, UPPER @-> LOWER, yields an unambiguous transducer if the lower language consists of a single string. It transduces the input string from left to right, making only the longest possible replacement at each point. A new type of replacement expression, UPPER @-> PREFIX ... SUFFIX, yields a transducer that inserts text around strings that are instances of UPPER. The symbol ... denotes the matching part of the input which itself remains unchanged. PREFIX and SUFFIX are regular expressions describing the insertions. Expressions of the type UPPER @-> PREFIX ... SUFFIX may be used to compose a deterministic parser for a ``local grammar'' in the sense of Gross (1989). Other useful applications of directed replacement include tokenization and filtering of text streams.

  10. The research of the malfunction diagnosis and predictions system in the smart electric grid (United States)

    Wang, Yaqing; Zhang, Guoxing; Xu, Hongbing


    The Chinese smart electric grid constriction has been increasing with the technology development. However, the monitoring equipment and background system which should play important roles did not work as intended and restrict to the efficacy of the smart grid. In this essay, it has researched an intelligentized malfunction diagnosis and predictions system which could work with the existed monitoring equipment to function as whole energy monitoring, common malfunction diagnosis, faulted proactive judgment and automatically elimination.

  11. Malfunctions of robotic system in surgery: role and responsibility of surgeon in legal point of view

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    Ferrarese Alessia


    Full Text Available Robotic surgery (RS technology has undergone rapid growth in the surgical field since its approval. In clinical practice, failure of robotic procedures mainly results from a surgeon’s inability or to a device malfunction. We reviewed the literature to estimate the impact of this second circumstance in RS and its consequent legal implications. According to data from the literature, device malfunction is rare. We believe it is necessary to complement surgical training with a technical understanding of RS devices.

  12. Effects of a malfunctional column on conventional and FeedCol-simulated moving bed chromatography performance. (United States)

    Song, Ji-Yeon; Oh, Donghoon; Lee, Chang-Ha


    The effects of a malfunctional column on the performance of a simulated moving bed (SMB) process were studied experimentally and theoretically. The experimental results of conventional four-zone SMB (2-2-2-2 configuration) and FeedCol operation (2-2-2-2 configuration with one feed column) with one malfunctional column were compared with simulation results of the corresponding SMB processes with a normal column configuration. The malfunctional column in SMB processes significantly deteriorated raffinate purity. However, the extract purity was equivalent or slightly improved compared with the corresponding normal SMB operation because the complete separation zone of the malfunctional column moved to a lower flow rate range in zones II and III. With the malfunctional column configuration, FeedCol operation gave better experimental performance (up to 7%) than conventional SMB operation because controlling product purity with FeedCol operation was more flexible through the use of two additional operating variables, injection time and injection length. Thus, compared with conventional SMB separation, extract with equivalent or slightly better purity could be produced from FeedCol operation even with a malfunctional column, while minimizing the decrease in raffinate purity (less than 2%). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. 瓣膜置换治疗重症瓣膜性心脏病的围术期处理%Perioperative management of valve replacement in patients with severe valvular heart diseases

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    钱永祥; 张晓膺; 狄冬梅


    目的 总结重症瓣膜性心脏病患者行瓣膜置换术的围术期处理.方法 回顾性分析52例重症瓣膜性心脏病行瓣膜置换术患者的临床资料.结果 52例中,围手术期死亡9例(17.3%),包括室性心律失常3例,低心排综合征3例,肺部严重感染2例和肾衰合并弥散性血管内凝血(DIC)1例.发生严重并发症28例,其中,12例并发低心排综合征,15例发生急性肾衰,分别及时应用主动脉球囊反博和床旁血液透析后治愈;另有1例发生术后再出血,积极再手术止血后康复.结论 良好的心肌保护以及加强围手术期处理是提高患者生存率的关键.%Objective To summarize the perioperative management experience of valve replacement in the patients with severe valvular heart diseases. Methods Data of 52 patients with severe valvular heart diseases underwent mitral and/or aortic valve replacement were retrospectively analyzed. Results Nine cases died perioperatively, which included ventricular arrhythmia in 3 cases, low cardiac output syndrome in 3 cases, severe pulmonary infection in 2 cases, and renal failure complicated with DIC in 1 case. Severe complications occurred in 28 patients, in whom 12 cases occurred low cardiac output syndrome and 15 cases developed acute renal failure. All patients recovered well by timely managing with intra-aortic balloon pump and continuous renal replacement therapy, respectively. One case had postoperative rebleeding, who recovered after reoperation. Conclusion Sufficient cardial protection and enhanced perioperative management are critical for improving survival rate in the patients with severe valvular heart diseases.

  14. Protective effect of Tanreqing injection on the lung during heart valve replacement%人工瓣膜置换体外循环过程中痰热清注射液的肺保护*

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    邵连彬; 杨晓刚; 杨海平; 刘文利; 何进喜; 边虹


    BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary bypass for open heart surgery can cause acute lung injury, and there are many reports on the traditional Chinese medicine in reducing lung injury. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the protective effect of Tanreqing injection on acute lung injury during cardiopulmonary bypass in patients undergoing heart valve replacement. METHODS: A total of 40 patients undergoing heart valve replacement were randomly divided into Tanreqing group and control group (20 in each group). In Tanreqing group, intravenous drip of 20 mL of Tanreqing injection mixed with 250 mL normal saline was given the night before operation and prior to cardiopulmonary bypass, respectively, while in the control group, intravenous drip of 250 mL normal saline was given. Serial blood samples of radial artery were col ected at the fol owing intervals: prior to cardiopulmonary bypass, 40 minutes after cardiopulmonary bypass and 0, 2, 6 and 24 hours after the end of cardiopulmonary bypass. Then the amount of neutrophil was measured with hematology analyzer; the serum levels of soluble intercel ular adhesion molecule-1 and interleukin-8 was detected with double-antibody sandwich enzyme linked immunosorbent assay methods. Neutrophil ratio of right and left atrium cordis (transpulmonary polymorphonuclear) was calculated before cardiopulmonary bypass and immediately after the end of cardiopulmonary bypass, and the transpulmonary difference was calculated. We also calculated pulmonary dynamic compliance and respiratory indexes before valve replacement and skin incision, 10 minutes after the termination of cardiopulmonary bypass, at the end of surgery and 4 hours after the end of surgery, respectively. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The amount of neutrophil, intercel ular adhesion molecule-1, interleukin-8 at different time points after cardiopulmonary bypass were significantly higher than those before cardiopulmonary bypass (P 0.05),痰热清组呼吸指数较对照组降低(P <0.05),肺动态顺

  15. Knee Replacement (United States)

    ... need knee replacement surgery usually have problems walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs. Some ... a total living space on one floor since climbing stairs can be difficult. Install safety bars or a ...

  16. Replacing penalties

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    Vitaly Stepashin


    Full Text Available УДК 343.24The subject. The article deals with the problem of the use of "substitute" penalties.The purpose of the article is to identify criminal and legal criteria for: selecting the replacement punishment; proportionality replacement leave punishment to others (the formalization of replacement; actually increasing the punishment (worsening of legal situation of the convicted.Methodology.The author uses the method of analysis and synthesis, formal legal method.Results. Replacing the punishment more severe as a result of malicious evasion from serving accused designated penalty requires the optimization of the following areas: 1 the selection of a substitute punishment; 2 replacement of proportionality is serving a sentence other (formalization of replacement; 3 ensuring the actual toughening penalties (deterioration of the legal status of the convict. It is important that the first two requirements pro-vide savings of repression in the implementation of the replacement of one form of punishment to others.Replacement of punishment on their own do not have any specifics. However, it is necessary to compare them with the contents of the punishment, which the convict from serving maliciously evaded. First, substitute the punishment should assume a more significant range of restrictions and deprivation of certain rights of the convict. Second, the perfor-mance characteristics of order substitute the punishment should assume guarantee imple-mentation of the new measures.With regard to replacing all forms of punishment are set significant limitations in the application that, in some cases, eliminates the possibility of replacement of the sentence, from serving where there has been willful evasion, a stricter measure of state coercion. It is important in the context of the topic and the possibility of a sentence of imprisonment as a substitute punishment in cases where the original purpose of the strict measures excluded. It is noteworthy that the

  17. Valvular heart disease with giant left ventricle by valve replacement%心瓣膜病合并巨大左心室44例实施瓣膜置换术效果观察

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    魏蜀亮; 梁敏; 邓志刚; 谢俊豪


    目的 分析心瓣膜病合并巨大左心室患者的外科治疗经验,提高瓣膜置换术后的疗效.方法 对44例心瓣膜病变合并巨大左心室患者实施瓣膜置换术,其中二尖瓣置换术20例,主动脉瓣置换术14例,二尖瓣+主动脉瓣置换术10例.同时实施三尖瓣成形术13例,左房折叠成形术5例,左房血栓清除术12例.结果 术后早期死亡3例(6.8%),死亡原因为心室颤动、低心排出量综合征、肺水肿并呼吸衰竭,其余妇例均生存;术后随访6~12个月,超声心动图提示左室舒张末期内径(LVEDD)为65~102 mm,平均(68.3±0.39)mm,较术前均有不同程度的缩小;心功能改善Ⅰ级6例、Ⅱ级35例.结论 巨大左心室是影响心瓣膜置换手术疗效的重要因素之一.充分的术前准备,术中良好的心肌保护加上恰当的瓣膜处理及严密的术后监护对提高巨大左心室心瓣膜置换术患者疗效至关重要.%Objective To review our experience of operation for patients with valvular heart disease and giant left ventricle in order to improve the results of valve replacement operation. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 44 cases of valvular heart disease with giant left ventricle treated by valve replacement operation in our hospital. Mitral valve replacement was performed for 20 cases, aortic valve replacement for 14 cases, and double valves replacement for 10 cases. Meanwhile 13 cases underwent bicuspid valve plasty , 5 underwent left atrial plication , and 12 underwent left atrial thrombus removal. Results There were 3 cases of early death after operation (6. 8% ) , mainly due to postoperative ventricular fibrillation, low cardiac output syndrome, pulmonary edema, and respiratory failure. The other 41 survived. Follow-up was carried out for 6 ~ 12 months. The left ventricular enddiastolic diameter ranged from 65 to 102 mm (68. 3 ±0. 39) according to ultrasonic cardiography, which decreased in certain degrees compared

  18. Pulmonary valve replacement in chronic pulmonary regurgitation in adults with congenital heart disease: impact of preoperative QRS-duration and NT-proBNP levels on postoperative right ventricular function. (United States)

    Westhoff-Bleck, Mechthild; Girke, Stefan; Breymann, Thomas; Lotz, Joachim; Pertschy, Stefanie; Tutarel, Oktay; Roentgen, Philipp; Bertram, Harald; Wessel, Armin; Schieffer, Bernhard; Meyer, Gerd Peter


    Chronic severe pulmonary regurgitation (PR) causes progressive right ventricular (RV) dysfunction and heart failure. Parameters defining the optimal time point for surgery of chronic PR are lacking. The present study prospectively evaluated the impact of preoperative clinical parameters, cardiorespiratory function, QRS duration and NT-proBNP levels on post operative RV function and volumes assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in patients with chronic severe PR undergoing pulmonary valve replacement. CMR was performed pre- and 6 months postoperatively in 27 patients (23.6 ± 2.9 years, 15 women) with severe PR. Postoperatively, RV endsystolic (RVESVI) and enddiastolic volume indices (RVEDVI) decreased significantly (RVESVI pre 78.2 ± 20.4 ml/m² BSA vs. RVESVI post 52.2 ± 16.8 ml/m²BSA, pfunction and volumes. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. 瓣膜类型对主动脉瓣置换术后早期心功能影响的分析%Analysis of Valve Type Impact on Early Heart Function after Aortic Valve Replacement

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    闫成雷; 高长青; 李伯君; 叶卫华


    目的 分析主动脉瓣置换术后瓣膜类型对患者术后早期心功能的影响.方法 回顾性分析在我科行主动脉瓣置换手术的68例患者,年龄23 ~73(48.9±11.2)岁,其中男54例,女14例.病变类型:单纯主动脉瓣狭窄5例,主动脉瓣狭窄伴关闭不全21例,单纯主动脉瓣关闭不全42例.其中53例植入机械瓣,15例植入生物瓣.结果 无死亡及其他严重并发症.术后超声心动图示升主动脉内径[(37.9±5.3) vs (40.5±5.7) mm,P<0.05]较术前明显减小,术后左心室舒张末内径[(46.2±9.1) vs (58.9±11.6) mm,P<0.05]较术前明显减小,生物瓣及机械瓣两组患者术前及术后左心室舒张末内径、左心室射血分数、升主动脉直径等比较,差异无统计学意义,左心室舒张末内径和升主动脉直径的术前及术后的变化值比较,差异无统计学意义.结论 主动脉瓣置换术可改善患者心功能,瓣膜的类型在主动脉瓣置换术中对心功能的改善无影响.%Objective To analyze the impact of valve type on early heart function after aortic valve replacement. Methods We retrospectively analyzed 68 patients who underwent aortic valve replacement. Patients were aged (48.9±11.2) years on average ( range ,23 to 73 years ), including 54 males and 14 females. 5 patients had pure aortic stenosis,21 patients pure aortic insufficiency,and 42 patients aortic stenosis with insufficiency. Among them,53 underwent mechanical valve replacement,and 15 underwent bioprosthetic valve replacement. Results No death or other serious complications. The postoperative ascending aortic di-ametei{(37.9±5.3)vs(40. 5 ±5. 7 )mm,P <0. 05 land LVEDD[ ( 46. 2 ±9. 1 )vs(58.9 ±11.6)mm, P <0.05 Jwere both less than the preoperative data. Between bioprosthetic valve group and mechanical valve group,postoperative and preoperative ascending aortic diameter,LVEDD and LVEF were similar. Conclusion Aortic valve replacement can improve heart function, and valve type has

  20. Re-operation of tricuspid regurgitation after mitral valve replacement with rheumatic heart disease%风湿性心脏病二尖瓣置换术后三尖瓣返流的再手术治疗

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    罗又桥; 方海宁; 谭伟; 李树松; 曹辉庆; 赖纪昌


    Objective To analyze clinical manifestation and investigate therapy effect of re-operation of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) after mitral valve replacement with rheumatic heart disease.Methods Seventeen cases with rheumatic heart disease recurred TR after mitral valve replacement surgery,underwent tricuspid valve surgery again in the Third People's Hospital of Nanchang from January 2000 to December 2011.Of 17 cases,10cases underwent tricuspid valve annuloplasty including 1 case for pure De Vega plasty,9 cases for the valve leaflets forming + artificial valve ring forming.Another 7 cases underwent tricuspid valve replacement surgery including 4 cases for biological valve replacement and 3 cases for mechanical valve.Retrospective analyzed the clinical manifestations,treatment process and condition of prognosis.Results One case was with early postoperative deaths (5.88%,1717),and died of postoperative left ventricular failure.Three cases were postoperative low cardiac output syndrome,2 cases were renal insufficiency,and 2 cases were respiratory insufficiency,all those cases were successfully cured.Sixteen cases were followed up from 3 months to 9 years and 2 cases were lost.Of 14,2 cases were NYHA class Ⅰ,8 cases for grade Ⅱ,4 cases for grade Ⅲ.Conclusion After mitral valve replacement in patients with rheumatic heart disease,TR in patients with reoperation is a suitable choice.Reasonable surgical indications,timing of surgery and good perioperative management are the keys to improve the success rate of surgery.%目的 分析风湿性心脏病二尖瓣置换术后再发三尖瓣返流(TR)患者的临床特点、外科手术方法和疗效,总结围手术期处理经验.方法 2000年1月至2011年12月,17例风湿性心脏病二尖瓣置换术后再发三尖瓣返流的患者在我院接受单纯再次三尖瓣手术,行三尖瓣成形术10例,包括单纯DeVega成形术1例、瓣叶成形+人工瓣环成形9例;行三尖瓣置换术7例,其中置换生物瓣4

  1. Esophageal replacement. (United States)

    Kunisaki, Shaun M; Coran, Arnold G


    This article focuses on esophageal replacement as a surgical option for pediatric patients with end-stage esophageal disease. While it is obvious that the patient׳s own esophagus is the best esophagus, persisting with attempts to retain a native esophagus with no function and at all costs are futile and usually detrimental to the overall well-being of the child. In such cases, the esophagus should be abandoned, and the appropriate esophageal replacement is chosen for definitive reconstruction. We review the various types of conduits used for esophageal replacement and discuss the unique advantages and disadvantages that are relevant for clinical decision-making. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. 儿童心脏瓣膜置换术的近远期疗效分析%Early-and Long-term Clinical Efficacy of Heart Valve Replacement in Children

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    陈澍; 孙宗全; 董念国; 蒋雄刚; 孙图成


    Objective To explore the etiologies ,surgical indications and methods ,early‐and long‐term outcomes ,risk fac‐tors of mortality and anti‐coagulation treatment of heart valve replacement in children.Methods Clinical data of 53 patients who received heart valve replacement in Union Hospital ,Tongji Medical College ,Huazhong University of Science and Technolo‐gy ,between Jan.1980 and Dec.2010 ,were retrospectively analyzed.The patients were aged from 2.5 to 12 years.The etiologies included congenital heart disease (n= 41 ,77.3% ) ,rheumatic valve disease (n= 8 ,15.1% ) ,infective endocarditis (n= 2 , 3.8% ) ,endocardial fibroelastosis (n=2 ,3.8% ).Mitral valve replacement was performed in 29 cases ,aortic valve replacement in 18 ,mitral and aortic valve replacement in two ,tricuspid valve replacement in three and pulmonary valve replacement in one.Fifty‐one patients received mechanical valve implantation and 2 patients received bio‐prosthetic valve implantation.Results Overall hospital mortality was 11.3% (6/53).Patients died mainly due to low cardiac output syndrome.Follow‐up was com‐pleted in 40 out of 47 survivors ,with a mean follow‐up of (11.7 ± 3.5) years (2.5-20 years).Cardiac function of most patients was at NYHA class Ⅰ or Ⅱ.Three patients died and three patients suffered a second valve replacement during follow‐up.Conclusion The valve replacement is associated with an increased mortality in children relative to adults.Every effort should be made in the first surgery to preserve the native valve ,although the long‐term outcome can be improved to some extent by using prosthesis with a larger effective orifice area and regularly monitoring and regulating anticoagulation intensity.%目的:探讨儿童心脏瓣膜置换术的病因、手术指征及方法、近远期效果、死亡危险因素及抗凝相关问题。方法回顾性分析1980年1月至2010年12月在华中科技大学同济医学院附属协和医院接受

  3. Developments in mechanical heart valve prosthesis

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    Kalyani Nair; C V Muraleedharan; G S Bhuvaneshwar


    Artificial heart valves are engineered devices used for replacing diseased or damaged natural valves of the heart. Most commonly used for replacement are mechanical heart valves and biological valves. This paper briefly outlines the evolution, designs employed, materials being used,. and important factors that affect the performance of mechanical heart valves. The clinical performance of mechanical heart valves is also addressed. Efforts made in India in the development of mechanical heart valves are also discussed.

  4. 人工瓣膜置换治疗重症心脏瓣膜病的临床分析%Clinical Analysis of Artificial Valve Replacement in Treatment of Severe Valvular Heart Disease

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    范永峰; 张大国; 向道康; 刘秀伦


    Objective To discuss the clinical effect of bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation combined with artificial valve replacement in the treatment of severe valvular heart disease. Methods 80 patients with severe valvular heart disease treated in our hospital during April 2013 and April 2014 were selected as the research object and randomly divided into control group and observation group with 40 in each. The patients in the control group were treated with artificial valve replacement, while those in the observation group underwent simultaneous surgical treatment of artificial valve replacement and bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation. Patient's situation during operation and color doppler ultrasound examination one year later were compared between the two groups. Results Immediate recovery rate of sinus rhythm of the patients in the control group was obviously lower than that in the observation group, 17.50%vs 90.00%. Color doppler ultrasound examination one year later showed that left atrial dimension, pulmonary artery systolic pressure and left ventricular ejection fraction were (39.64±5.07)mm、(35.17±4.97)mmHg、(57.09±5.87)%in the observation group, while those were(48.71±6.36)mm、(40.19±5.38)mmHg、(50.28±6.31)%, and the differ-ences were statistically significant,P<0.05. Conclusion Simultaneous surgical treatment of artificial valve replacement and bipolar radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation is worthy of clinical application in the treatment of severe valvular heart disease due to its good effect.%目的:探究在人工瓣膜置换中行房颤双极射频消融术治疗重症心脏瓣膜病的临床效果。方法随机选取2013年4月-2014年4月在该院接受治疗的80例重症心脏瓣膜病患者作为研究对象,并随机分为对照组和观察组,每组40例。给予对照组患者进行人工瓣膜置换术,对观察组实施人工瓣膜置换术的同时行房颤双极射频消融术

  5. Apicoaortic conduit for severe hemolytic anemia after aortic valve replacement. (United States)

    Hatori, Kyohei; Ohki, Satoshi; Obayashi, Tamiyuki; Koyano, Tetsuya; Yasuhara, Kiyomitsu; Hirai, Hanako


    We describe the case of an 82-year-old woman who had undergone aortic mechanical valve replacement for aortic stenosis with a small annulus, and coronary artery bypass grafting. Four years after the operation, she began to experience hemolysis. Prosthetic valve obstruction was observed but there was no paravalvular leakage or aortic regurgitation through the mechanical valve. We elected to perform apicoaortic bypass in this patient with severe hemolytic anemia secondary to a mechanical valve malfunction.

  6. Effect of single intraoperative dose of amiodarone in patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease and atrial fibrillation undergoing valve replacement surgery

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    Selvaraj Thiruvenkadam


    Full Text Available Maintenance of sinus rhythm (SR is superior to rate control in atrial fibrillation (AF. In order to achieve SR, we administered single-dose intravenous amiodarone intraoperatively and evaluated its effect on conversion of rheumatic AF to SR in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. Patients were randomly assigned to amiodarone ( n = 42 or control ( n = 40 group in a double blind manner. The amiodarone group received amiodarone (3 mg/kg intravenously prior to the institution of cardiopulmonary bypass and the control group received the same volume of normal saline. In the amiodarone group, the initial rhythm after the release of aortic cross clamp was noted to be AF in 14.3% ( n = 6 and remained so in 9.5% ( n = 4 of patients till the end of surgery. In the control group, the rhythm soon after the release of aortic cross clamp was AF in 37.5% ( n = 15 ( p = 0.035 and remained so in 32.5% ( n = 13 of patients till the end of surgery ( p = 0.01. At the end of first post-operative day 21.4% ( n = 9 of patients in amiodarone group and 55% ( n = 22 of patients in control group were in AF ( p = 0.002. The requirement of cardioversion/defibrillation was 1.5 (±0.54 in amiodarone group and 2.26 (±0.73 in the control group ( p = 0.014, and the energy needed was 22.5 (±8.86 joules in the amiodarone group and 40.53 (±16.5 in the control group ( p = 0.008. A single intraoperative dose of intravenous amiodarone increased the conversion rate of AF to normal sinus rhythm, reduced the need and energy required for cardioversion/defibrillation and reduced the recurrence of AF within one day.

  7. LV reverse remodeling imparted by aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis; is it durable? A cardiovascular MRI study sponsored by the American Heart Association

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    Caruppannan Ketheswaram


    Full Text Available Abstract Background In patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS, long-term data tracking surgically induced effects of afterload reduction on reverse LV remodeling are not available. Echocardiographic data is available short term, but in limited fashion beyond one year. Cardiovascular MRI (CMR offers the ability to serially track changes in LV metrics with small numbers due to its inherent high spatial resolution and low variability. Hypothesis We hypothesize that changes in LV structure and function following aortic valve replacement (AVR are detectable by CMR and once triggered by AVR, continue for an extended period. Methods Tweny-four patients of which ten (67 ± 12 years, 6 female with severe, but compensated AS underwent CMR pre-AVR, 6 months, 1 year and up to 4 years post-AVR. 3D LV mass index, volumetrics, LV geometry, and EF were measured. Results All patients survived AVR and underwent CMR 4 serial CMR's. LVMI markedly decreased by 6 months (157 ± 42 to 134 ± 32 g/m2, p 2. Similarly, EF increased pre to post-AVR (55 ± 22 to 65 ± 11%,(p 2. LV stroke volume increased rapidly from pre to post-AVR (40 ± 11 to 44 ± 7 ml, p Conclusion After initial beneficial effects imparted by AVR in severe AS patients, there are, as expected, marked improvements in LV reverse remodeling. Via CMR, surgically induced benefits to LV structure and function are durable and, unexpectedly express continued, albeit markedly incomplete improvement through 4 years post-AVR concordant with sustained improved clinical status. This supports down-regulation of both mRNA and MMP activity acutely with robust suppression long term.

  8. 心脏不停跳主动脉瓣及联合瓣膜替换术%Aortic and mitral valve replacement with retrograde perfusion in the beating heart

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    林辉; 何巍; 刘唐威; 覃家锦; 罗玉忠; 廖寿合; 郑宝石


    Objective To estimate the value of aortic valves and combined mitral valve replacement with retrograde perfusion in beating hearts.Methods Continuous retrograde coronary sinus perfusion with beating hearts was used in 83 patients undergoing aortic valve or aortic valve combined with mitral valve replacement,without application of cardioplegia.After aortic valve replacement,the retrograde perfusion wes changed to antegrade perfusion for mitral valve replacement or correction of the other deformities(group A).Cold blood cardioplegia solution(15℃)was infused at intervals in 20 cases(group B).The following parameters were tested:lactate,ET,CTn-T and MDA in blood;myocardial ultra-structure;and cardiac rhythm and cardiac output (co).Results All biochemical values increased after cardiopulmonary bypass(P < 0.05 - 0.01).Empty and beating heart sinus rhythm was maintained in group A.Myocardial ultrastructure did not change significantly.The pump was stopped smoothly as the surgical procedure finished.No postoperative low cardiac output syndrome or arrhythmia was observed.Eight-one patients recovered smoothly,two died from renal failure or infective shock.When the pump stopped,all patients in group B were supported by 5 - 10 μg· kg-1· min-1 dopamine.Transient pacing was used in 9 patients.One patient died from low cardiac output syndrome.Conclusion This method is a good myocardial protection which simulates physiologic status.It is applicable to aortic valve and combined mitral valve replacement of patients with large heart or heart failure and long time aortic cross-clamping.Ideal clinical effect can be achieved.%目的评价逆行灌注心脏不停跳主动脉瓣及联合瓣膜替换术的价值.方法经冠状静脉窦逆行持续灌注机器氧合血,使心脏在有节律的空跳中完成主动脉瓣和二尖瓣替换,或改为非置管顺行灌注,再行二尖瓣替换或其他合并症的处理,共83例(A组);随机选择20例在间歇灌注冷血K+心停搏

  9. 巨大左心室瓣膜置换术32例临床分析%Heart valve replacement for giant left ventricle: clinical analysis of 32 cases

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    李悟; 王忠华; 王卫东


    目的 探讨巨大左心室(左室舒张末内径≥7.0 cm、左室收缩末内径≥5.0cm)瓣膜置换的治疗经验.方法 回顾性分析2000年1月-2010年6月32例巨大左心室患者瓣膜置换的临床资料,术前左室舒张末期内径(LVEDD) 7.28~10.68 cm,平均(7.18±0.32)cm;左室收缩末期内径(LVESD) 5.41~7.53 cm,平均(5.88±1.13)cm;左室射血分数(LVEF) 0.32~0.58,平均0.42±0.12;NYHA心功能分级为Ⅲ级23例、Ⅳ级9例.二尖瓣置换(MVR)11例,主动脉瓣置换(AVR)6例,二尖瓣及主动脉瓣置换(DVR) 12例,Bentall术3例,同期行三尖瓣成形术(TVP)18例.结果 术后早期死亡2例,死亡率6.3%.术后超声心动图复查LVEDD、LVESD、LVEF,与术前对比,术后2周LVEDD、LVESD即较术前缩小;LVEF术后半年明显改善.结论 采用HTK液灌注保护心肌,尽可能保留二尖瓣小瓣结构,围术期注意补钾、预防室颤、术中注意处理房颤是提高巨大左心室瓣膜置换术成功率的关键.%Objective To summarize the experiences in valve replacement surgery for patients with giant left ventricle [ left entricu-lar enddiastolic dimension (LVEDD) ≥7.0 cm,left ventricle end systolic dimension ( LVESD) ≥5. 0cm]. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 32 cases of giant left ventricle treated by valve replacement operation in our hospital from January 2000 to June 2010. The preoperative LVEDD, LVESD, left ventricular ejectionfraction ( LVEF) were 7. 28 - 10. 68cm (mean 7.18 ±0.32) ,5.41 -7.53cm (mean 5. 88 ± 1.13) ,0.32-0.58 (mean 0.42 ±0.12) ,respectively. Twenty three of the patients had the heart function ( NYHA) of class Ⅲ , and the other 9 had class IV. Mitral valve replacement ( MVR) was performed for 11 cases, aortic valve replacement (AVR) for 6 cases, double valves replacement (DVR) for 12 cases, and Bentall operation for 3 cases. Meanwhile, 18 of them underwent bicuspid valve plaaty (TVP). Results Two cases died in the early stage after operation

  10. 人工心脏瓣膜置换手术的随访和中远期疗效分析%Follow-up of the artificial heart valve replacement and analyze the long-term curative effect

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    马浩; 王奇; 石海燕; 王立新; 马振海; 张晓


    目的 分析我院317例次人工心脏瓣膜置换手术的临床特点和随访结果,全面评价手术疗效.方法 2005年7月至2010年6月我院共行人工心脏瓣膜置换手术317例,其中机械瓣置换284例,生物瓣置换33例.通过总结其年龄、病因、手术方式、瓣膜类型等临床特点,并经过术后随访,观察术后心功能的恢复、并发症的发生和病死率等情况.结果 围术期死亡6例,存活311例.术后随访291例,随访率93.57%,随访时间1.00~4.75年,平均(2.23 ±1.37)年.随访平均心功能(2.05±0.29)级,较术前(3.17±0.62)级有明显改善(t=2.366,P<0.05),且与术时年龄、术前心功能等有关(P均<0.05).随访期间死亡1例,术后中远期并发症的发生与人工瓣膜类型等因素相关(P均<0.05).结论 人工心脏瓣膜置换术后疗效满意,心功能改善明显,存活率高.选择合理的手术时机、使用合适的人工瓣膜类型、加强术后门诊随诊可以减少术后并发症的发生.%Objective To review the clinical features and the follow-up results of 317 cases of patients treated with artificial heart valve replacement and evaluate the curative effect.Methods Data of 317 patients underwent artificial heart valve replacement from July 2005 to June 2010 was analyzed,among them,284 patients replaced with mechanical valve and 33 patients with biological valve.Clinical features including age,etiology,surgical approach,valve type,etc,were summarized and the recovery of cardiac function,the incidence of complication and mortality were observed through postoperative follow-up.Results There were 6 patients died in the perioperative period and 311 survived.Two hundred and ninety-one cases were followed up and the follow-up rate was 93.57%.The time of follow-up is 1.00 to 4.75 years( with average:2.23 ±1.37 years).The cardiac function(NYHA) was significantly improved after operation ( grade:2.05 ± 0.29 vs 3.17 ± 0.62 ) ( t =2.366,P < 0.05 ).It was

  11. 心脏机械瓣膜置换术后华法林低强度抗凝疗效观察%Efficacy of warfarin low intense anticoagulation after heart valve replacement

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    刘状; 葛圣林; 张成鑫


    目的:探讨安徽地区汉族人心脏机械瓣膜置换术后华法林低强度抗凝应用于患者的安全性,为瓣膜置换术后患者给予最佳的华法林抗凝剂量及最佳的INR控制标准提供参考。方法对安徽医科大学第一附属医院2010年1月至2013年1月期间509例安徽省地区汉族人群人工机械瓣膜置换术后的患者给予华法林低强度抗凝治疗。随访期间,记录其PT、INR值及华法林剂量。统计出血及血栓、栓塞等不良事件的发生。结果失访及数据不完整的有40例,数据较完整的有469例,随访1~37个月,平均(18.13±6.02)月,总随访1960.8人年。男211例,女258例,平均年龄(40.52±13.38)岁,其中行MVR 268例,AVR 115例,DVR 86例。所换瓣膜均为双叶机械瓣膜,其中153枚St.Jude Regent瓣膜,291枚CarboMedics瓣膜,111枚国产GKS瓣膜。结果平均INR为2.11±0.56,平均华法林剂量为(3.124±2.4)mg。共有47例抗凝相关并发症,其中出血事件37例(发生率为1.89%pt-y),血栓、栓塞事件有10例(发生率为0.51%pt-y)。另外,5例死亡,与抗凝相关有3例。术前患者共有316例合并房颤,43例合并左房血栓。结论安徽省人群瓣膜置换术后患者INR控制在1.8~2.2是合适的,可以有效控制血栓、栓塞及出血等并发症的发生。合并房颤患者及行DVR的患者的抗凝相关并发症发生率较高,此类患者应加大复查频次,及时调整华法林剂量。%Objective To evaluate the safety of warfarin low intensity anticoagulation after mechanical heart valve replacement in Anhui Han population ,and to identify optimum international normalized ratio ( INR) levels and required warfarin doses and anticoagulation-re-lated complications in patients following mechanical heart valve replacement .Methods We studied 509 patients who underwent me-chanical valve replacement with low intensity

  12. Correction of malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance

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    Lee, Seung Ryong; Baek, Kyong Hee; Jung, Gyoo Sik; Huh, Jin Do; Joh, Young Duk; Rim, Hark [Kosin Medical College, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)


    To determine the efficacy of correction of a malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance. Between November 1994 and March 1997, we performed 15 manipulations in 12 patients in whom a dual-cuff, straight Tenckhoff peritoneal dialysis catheter had been implanted due to chronic renal failure. The causes of catheter malfunctioning were inadequate drainage of the dialysate(n=14) and painful dialysis(n=1). Under fluoroscopic guidance, adhesiolysis and repositioning of the malfunctioning catheter were performed with an Amplatz Super Stiff guidewire and the stiffener from a biliary drainage catheter. The results of procedures were categorized as either immediate or durable success, this latter being defined as adequate catheter function for at least one month after the procedure. Immediate success was achieved in 14 of 15 procedures (93%), and durable success in 7 of 15(47%). The mean duration of catheter function was 157 (range, 30 to 578) days. After manipulation, abdominal pain developed in eight patients and peritonitis in two, but with conservative treatment, these symptoms improved. The correction of a malfunctioning peritoneal dialysis catheter with guidewire and stiffener under fluoroscopic guidance is an effective means of restoring catheter function and may be an effective alternative to surgical reimplantation of the catheter, or hemodialysis.

  13. 14 CFR 21.3 - Reporting of failures, malfunctions, and defects. (United States)


    ... interference with normal control of the aircraft for which derogates the flying qualities. (12) A complete loss... operation of the aircraft. (13) A failure or malfunction of more than one attitude, airspeed, or altitude... TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR PRODUCTS AND PARTS General § 21.3 Reporting of failures...

  14. Loss of labor time due to malfunctioning ICTs and ICT skill insufficiencies

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    Deursen, van Alexander; Dijk, van Jan


    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to unexplore the area of information and communication technology (ICT) use in organizations related to the assumed productivity gains by the use of ICTs. On the one hand, the paper focus on the losses of labor time that are caused by malfunctioning hardware o

  15. Collagen birefringence assessment in heart chordae tendineae through PS-OCT (United States)

    Real, Eusebio; Revuelta, José M.; González-Vargas, Nieves; Pontón, Alejandro; Calvo-Díez, Marta; López-Higuera, José M.; Conde, Olga M.


    Degenerative mitral regurgitation is a serious and frequent human heart valve disease. Malfunctioning of this valve brings the left-sided heart through a significant increase of pressure and volume overload. Severe degenerative mitral incompetence generally requires surgical repair or valve replacement with a bioprosthesis or mechanical heart valve. Degenerative disease affects the leaflets or/and the chordae tendineae, which link both leaflets to the papillary muscles. During mitral valve surgical repair, reconstruction of the valve leaflets, annulus and chordae are provided to prevent postoperative recurrence of valve regurgitation. The operative evaluation of the diseased and apparently normal chordae tendineae mainly depends of the surgeońs experience, without any other objective diagnosis tool. In this work, PS-OCT (Polarization Sensitive-Optical Coherence Tomography) is applied for the first time to evaluate the pathological condition of human chordae coming from the mitral valve. It consists on a prospective study to test the viability of this technique for the evaluation of the collagen core of chords. This core presents a strong birefringence due to the longitudinal and organized arrangement of its collagen bundles. Different densities and organizations of the collagen core translate into different birefringence indicators whose measurement become an objective marker of the core structure. Ex-vivo mitral degenerative chordae tendineae have been analyzed with PS-OCT. Intensity OCT is used to obtain complementary morphological information of the chords. Birefringence results correlate with the previously reported values for human tendinous tissue.

  16. Heart Health - Brave Heart (United States)

    ... Bar Home Current Issue Past Issues Cover Story Heart Health Brave Heart Past Issues / Winter 2009 Table of Contents For ... you can have a good life after a heart attack." Lifestyle Changes Surviving—and thriving—after such ...

  17. [Estrogen replacement]. (United States)

    Søgaard, A J; Berntsen, G K; Magnus, J H; Tollan, A


    Recent research on long-term postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) indicates a positive effect on both total mortality and morbidity. This has raised the question of widespread preventive long-term use of HRT. Possible side-effects and ideological issues related to preventive HRT have led to debate and uncertainty among health professionals, in the media, and in the population at large. In order to evaluate the level of knowledge about and attitudes towards HRT, a randomly selected group of 737 Norwegian women aged 16-79 was interviewed by the Central Bureau of Statistics. One in three women had received information about HRT in the last two years, mainly through weekly magazines and physicians. The proportion who answered the questions on knowledge correctly varied from 36% to 47%. Those who had been given information by a physician possessed accurate knowledge, had more positive attitudes towards HRT and were more willing to use HRT than women who had reviewed information through other channels. Women with a higher level of education were better informed and more knowledgeable than others, but were nevertheless more reluctant to use HRT than those who were less educated. The limited number of women who actually receive information on HRT, the low level of knowledge and the ambivalent attitudes toward HRT are a major challenge to the public health service.

  18. Estimation of torque on mechanical heart valves due to magnetic resonance imaging including an estimation of the significance of the Lenz effect using a computational model

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    Robertson, Neil M. [44 Ardgowan Street, Greenock PA16 8EL (United Kingdom). E-mail: neil.robertson at; Diaz-Gomez, Manuel [Plaza Alcalde Horacio Hermoso, 2, 3-A 41013 Seville (Spain). E-mail: manolo-diaz at; Condon, Barrie [Department of Clinical Physics, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow G51 4TF (United Kingdom). E-mail: barrie.condon at


    Mitral and aortic valve replacement is a procedure which is common in cardiac surgery. Some of these replacement valves are mechanical and contain moving metal parts. Should the patient in whom such a valve has been implanted be involved in magnetic resonance imaging, there is a possible dangerous interaction between the moving metal parts and the static magnetic field due to the Lenz effect. Mathematical models of two relatively common forms of single-leaflet valves have been derived and the magnitude of the torque which opposes the motion of the valve leaflet has been calculated for a valve disc of solid metal. In addition, a differential model of a ring-strengthener valve type has been considered to determine the likely significance of the Lenz effect in the context of the human heart. For common magnetic field strengths at present, i.e. 1 to 2 T, the effect is not particularly significant. However, there is a marked increase in back pressure as static magnetic field strength increases. There are concerns that, since field strengths in the range 3 to 4 T are increasingly being used, the Lenz effect could become significant. At 5 to 10 T the malfunction of the mechanical heart valve could cause the heart to behave as though it is diseased. For unhealthy or old patients this could possibly prove fatal. (author)

  19. Community - based Rehabilitation and Health Management in Patients with Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement%人工机械瓣膜置换术后患者的社区康复管理

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    胡丕; 余舜; 胡知朋


    Objective To explore the significance of community - based rehabilitation and health management in pre-venting and treating long - term complications after mechanical heart valve replacement, Methods During February 2001 to July 2012,83 prosthetic valve implanted patients were included and their health archives were established, All the patients included were given health education,periodic physical examination and complication diagnosis and treatment, Results Follow - up to May 1st,2013,of the 83 patients,no one died of valve disease or complications but three patients(3, 6% )died of lung canc-er,trauma and gastric cancer respectively;79 patients(95, 2% )reached the presupposed anticoagulation standard;8 patients (9, 6% )experienced hemorrhagic tendency and one patient were diagnosed as encephalorrhagia by using MRI;3 patients (3, 6% )were diagnosed as cardiac function NAHY grade Ⅱ and their heart failure was induced by pneumonia,anemia and over-work respectively,but no cardiac shock occurred;3 patients(3, 6% )were diagnosed as atrial fibrillation for the first time and 2 patients(2, 4% )experienced worsened atrial fibrillation that obviously influenced haemodynamics;One patient(1, 2% )ex-perienced ventricular arrhythmias following the infective endocarditis, Conclusion Community - based rehabilitation and health management is of great significance for preventing and treating the long - term complications after prosthetic valve replacement.%目的:探讨社区康复管理在防治人工机械瓣膜置换术后患者远期并发症中的意义。方法2001年2月—2012年7月,共计83例金属瓣膜置换患者在杨柳湾镇中心卫生院建立健康档案,接受系统的健康宣教、定期体检、并发症判断和处理。结果随访至2013-05-01,本组患者死亡3例(3,6%),死亡原因为肺癌、创伤、胃癌各1例,无一例因心脏瓣膜病或相关并发症死亡;总抗凝达标人数79例(95,2%);出血倾向8例(9,6%

  20. Mechanical ventilation and nutritional support for the treatment of severe valvular heart disease for valve replacement%重症心脏瓣膜置换术后营养支持治疗

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    董铭峰; 马增山; 马胜军; 王建堂; 柴守栋; 唐培哲


    目的 探讨重症心脏瓣膜置换术患者机械通气和营养支持治疗的临床特点及治疗效果.方法 回顾性分析48例患者经机械通气和营养支持治疗的临床资料.全组采用胃肠外营养(PN)+胃肠内营养(EN)支持3~10 d,第1~3天PN+ EN支持,第4天后完全EN支持,期间监测术前1天、术后第1、3、7天血浆总白蛋白(TP)、血浆白蛋白(ALB)、前白蛋白(PA);CD3+、CD4+、CD8+,计算CD4+/CD8+及血糖变化.结果 术后第7天CD3+、CD4+、CD8+,CD4+/CD8+明显升高(P<0.05或P<0.01);TP、ALB、PA明显增高(P<0.05).合并高血糖6例,消化道出血3例,肺感染2例.36例1次脱机成功,2次脱机成功8例,3次脱机成功4例,无一例依赖呼吸机.结论 机械通气和营养支持治疗重症心脏瓣膜置换术临床效果较好,但应注意营养供给方式的选择.%Objective To investigate the clinical features and effect of the treatment of mechanical ventilation and nutritional support for patients with severe valvular heart disease for valve replacement.Methods The clinical datas of 48 cases treated with mechanical ventilation and nutritional support were retrospectively analyzed.Parenteral + Enteral nutrition support were used in all patients for 3-10 days.For each periphera samples were taken on one day before operation on the first,third and seventh day after opration respective,The percentage subsets including TP,ALB,PA,CD3 +,CD4 +,CD8 + as well as CD4 + / CD8 + were examined.Results It was found that the percentage of TP,ALB,PA,CD3 +,CD4 +,CD8 + as well as CD4 + / CD8 + were significantly increased at seven days after operation (P < 0.05 or P < 0.01 ).Initiation of spontaneously breathing occurred in 36,8 and 4 patients at the first,second and third off-line performance respectively.High blood sugar,gastrointestinal bleeding,lung infection and respiratory failure were found in 6,3 and 2 patients respectively.No patient was found ventilator dependent.Conclusions The

  1. Immune malfunction in the GPR39 zinc receptor of knockout mice

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    Młyniec, Katarzyna; Trojan, Ewa; Ślusarczyk, Joanna


    as an anti-inflammatory agent, and its link with depression has been proved, zinc deficiency causing depression- and anxiety-like behavior with immune malfunction. It has been discovered that trace-element zinc acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system via zinc receptor GPR39. In this study we...... investigated whether GPR39 knockout would cause depressive-like behavior as measured by the forced swim test, and whether these changes would coexist with immune malfunction. In GPR39 knockout mice versus a wild-type control we found: i) depressive-like behavior; ii) significantly reduced thymus weight; (iii......Depression is a serious psychiatric disorder affecting not only the monaminergic, glutamatergic, and GABAergic neurosystems, but also the immune system. Patients suffering from depression show disturbance in the immune parameters as well as increased susceptibility to infections. Zinc is well known...

  2. Multiple Chaotic Central Pattern Generators with Learning for Legged Locomotion and Malfunction Compensation

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    Ren, Guanjiao; Chen, Weihai; Dasgupta, Sakyasingha


    on a simulated annealing algorithm. In a normal situation, the CPGs synchronize and their dynamics are identical. With leg malfunction or disability, the CPGs lose synchronization leading to independent dynamics. In this case, the learning mechanism is applied to automatically adjust the remaining legs...... chaotic CPG controller has difficulties dealing with leg malfunction. Specifically, in the scenarios presented here, its movement permanently deviates from the desired trajectory. To address this problem, we extend the single chaotic CPG to multiple CPGs with learning. The learning mechanism is based...... in a physical simulation of a quadruped as well as a hexapod robot and finally in a real six-legged walking machine called AMOSII. The experimental results presented here reveal that using multiple CPGs with learning is an effective approach for adaptive locomotion generation where, for instance, different body...

  3. Multiple Chaotic Central Pattern Generators with Learning for Legged Locomotion and Malfunction Compensation

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    Ren, Guanjiao; Chen, Weihai; Dasgupta, Sakyasingha


    An originally chaotic system can be controlled into various periodic dynamics. When it is implemented into a legged robot’s locomotion control as a central pattern generator (CPG), sophisticated gait patterns arise so that the robot can perform various walking behaviors. However, such a single...... on a simulated annealing algorithm. In a normal situation, the CPGs synchronize and their dynamics are identical. With leg malfunction or disability, the CPGs lose synchronization leading to independent dynamics. In this case, the learning mechanism is applied to automatically adjust the remaining legs......’ oscillation frequencies so that the robot adapts its locomotion to deal with the malfunction. As a consequence, the trajectory produced by the multiple chaotic CPGs resembles the original trajectory far better than the one produced by only a single CPG. The performance of the system is evaluated first...

  4. Substituição valvar mitral com papilopexia cruzada e constrição anular em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca Mitral valve replacement with crossed papillopexy and annular constriction in heart failure patients

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    Ricardo Adala Benfatti


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar os resultados em curto e médio prazo de pacientes portadores de insuficiência cardíaca e insuficiência mitral moderada/grave submetidos a substituição valvar mitral com a técnica da papilopexia cruzada e constrição anular. MÉTODOS: Treze pacientes em classe funcional III ou IV (NYHA, idade média de 54,1 anos, etiologia idiopática, foram submetidos a substituição valvar mitral com constrição do anel e papilopexia cruzada. Foram analisados os parâmetros ecocardiográficos, classe funcional e curva atuarial de sobrevivência. RESULTADOS: Não houve mortes no período trans e pósoperatório imediato. A média dos diâmetros diastólicos e sistólicos ventricular esquerdo reduziu de 71 ± 8,6 mm para 65,3 ± 8,6 mm (p=0,049 e de 59,1 ± 8,5 mm para 50,4 ± 11,1 mm (p=0,002, respectivamente. Os diâmetros atriais variaram de 49,4 ± 6,4 mm para 44 ± 5,9 mm (p=0,017; o percentual de encurtamento sistólico do ventrículo esquerdo foi de 17 ± 4% para 24 ± 8,3% (p=0,014, a fração de ejeção variou de 34 ± 9% para 45 ± 14% (p=0,008, todos estatisticamente significativos. Onze (84,6% pacientes se encontram em classe funcional I e II. A sobrevivência foi de 100%, 82,6%, 71,6%, respectivamente para 1, 6 e 12 meses após a cirurgia de seguimento, mantendo-se 71,6% em período superior a 36 meses. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados obtidos, em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca e insuficiência mitral moderada/grave submetidos a substituição valvar mitral com papilopexia cruzada e constrição anular, apresentaram evidências de remodelamento cardíaco favorável e significativa recuperação funcional ventricular esquerda.OBJECTIVE: To analyze the short-term and mid-term follow-ups of patients with heart failure and moderate to severe mitral valve insufficiency and who have undergone mitral valve replacement with crossed papillopexy and annular constriction. METHODS: Thirteen patients in NYHA functional class III or

  5. RIG-1 expression is associated with sexual malfunctions of female type 2 diabetic patients

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    Batool Hajebrahimi


    Full Text Available Introduction: The patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D suffer from the malfunctions of the sexual behaviors, and several mechanisms have been proposed to describe these disorders. The innate immunity may be involved in the malfunctions of T2D patients. Melanoma differentiation-associated protein 5 (MDA5 and retinoic acid (RA-inducible gene 1 (RIG-1, as the innate immunity receptors, are the responsible molecules for the activation of some intracellular signaling pathways and the induction of inflammation. Thus, this study aimed to examine the molecules which may participate in the induction/stimulation of sexual malfunctions in the female T2D patients. Methods: Sexual functions were evaluated in 41 female T2D patients using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI questionnaire. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR technique was used to quantify MDA5 and RIG-1 mRNA levels. Results: Results showed that increased RIG-1 mRNA levels were significantly associated with the bad orgasm in the female T2D patients compared to the female patients with good orgasm. Expression of RIG-1 and MDA5 levels were not associated with other sexual functions’ criteria. Conclusion: The findings of this study demonstrated that bad orgasm is associated with the increased RIG-1 expression. Consequently, the correlation between inflammation and bad orgasm in a RIG-1 dependent manner is suggested.

  6. An Experimental Study of Emission and Combustion Characteristics of Marine Diesel Engine with Fuel Injector Malfunctions

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    Kowalski Jerzy


    Full Text Available The presented paper shows the results of the laboratory study on the relation between chosen malfunctions of a fuel injector and composition of exhaust gas from the marine engine. The object of research is a marine 3-cylinder, four-stroke, direct injection diesel engine with an intercooler system. The engine was loaded with a generator and supercharged. The generator was electrically connected to the water resistance. The engine operated with a load between 50 kW and 250 kW at a constant speed. The engine load and speed, parameters of the turbocharger, systems of cooling, fuelling, lubricating and air exchange, were measured. Fuel injection and combustion pressures in all cylinders of the engine were also recorded. Exhaust gas composition was recorded by using a electrochemical gas analyzer. Air pressure, temperature and humidity were also recorded. Emission characteristics of the engine were calculated according to ISO 8178 standard regulations. During the study the engine operated at the technical condition recognized as „working properly” and with simulated fuel injector malfunctions. Simulation of malfunctions consisted in the increasing and decreasing of fuel injector static opening pressure, decalibration of fuel injector holes and clogging 2 neighboring of 9 fuel injector holes on one of 3 engine cylinders.

  7. The change and significance of heart fatty acid-binding protein and cardiac troponin Ⅰ in valve replacement patients%心脏瓣膜置换围手术期H-FABP和cTnI的变化及意义

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    陈志军; 王永连; 王忠民


    目的 探讨心脏瓣膜置换术后心肌肌钙蛋白I(cTnI)和心型脂肪酸结合蛋白(H-FABP)的变化规律.方法 选本院风湿性心脏病手术患者40例,随机分为晶体停搏液灌注组和冷血停搏液灌注组,选取8个时间点,分析和比较各时点血清cTnI和H-FABP浓度变化规律.结果 晶体停搏液灌注组cTnI组间及交互效应差异均有统计学意义(F组间=2744.397,P<0.01; F交互=125.345,P<0.01),冷血停搏液灌注组cTnI组间及交互效应差异均有统计学意义(F组间=1056.357,P<0.01; F交互 =64.242,P<0.01);晶体停搏液灌注组H- FABP组间及交互效应差异均有统计学意义(F组间=1775.022,P<0.01;F交互=34.297,P<0.01),冷血停搏液灌注组H -FABP组间及交互效应差异均有统计学意义(F组间=3064.451,P<0.01;F交互=60.472,P<0.01).结论 H-FABP心肌的特异性强,有效诊断窗口期短,较符合心肌损伤的理想判定标志物.%Objective To explore change trend of Cardiac Troponin Ⅰ (cTnI) and Heart Fatty Acid-binding Protein(H-FABP) in serum during the perioperation of valve replacement.Methods Forty patients with heumatoid valvular heart disease were selected for this study,and the patients were randomly divided into two groups.Blood samples were taken from center vein,and the serum levels of cTnI and H-FABP were determined.The change of the serum levels of these two markers at different time points was recorded and compared between two groups.Results There were significant differences in the concentration of cTnl in the cold crystalloid cardioplegia group ( F between group =2744.397,P <0.01 ; F interaction =125.345,P <0.01 ).There were significant differences in the concentration of cTnI in the cold blood cardioplegia group ( F between group =1056.357,P < 0.01 ; Finteraction =64.242,P < 0.01 ).There were significant differences in the concentration of H - FABP in the cold crystalloid cardioplegia group ( F between group =1775.022,P <0.01; F

  8. 1例心脏病术后患者华法林抗凝治疗的用药分析%Analysis of Anticoagulant Therapy for a Patient after Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement

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    吴晓丽; 周玲


    1例46岁男性患者,既往有房颤及脑梗塞病史,二尖瓣机械瓣膜置换术后予以华法林抗凝治疗。根据药物基因检测及合并用药情况,初始给予华法林2.5 mg po qd,监测INR值偏低,华法林调整至3.75 mg po qd后出院,一月后复查INR 1.64。在随访过程中,临床药师发现该患者出院后自2014年10月至2015年1月,华法林剂量上调,但抗凝效果不佳,有栓塞风险。经详细了解后,考虑与患者服药依从性差相关,建议家属严格监督患者每日按时按量服用华法林,在饮食上避免长期摄入大量含有维生素K的食物并戒酒,一周后复查INR为1.46,接近合适范围。%A 46-year-old male patient, who has a history of atrial fibrillation and cerebral infarction, has taken warfarin-anticoagulant therapy after mechanical heart valve replacement. According to the results of drug genetic testing and drug combination, an abnormal low international standardization ration (INR) was observed when the initial warfarin dosage was 2.5 mg po qd, which indicated the risk of thrombosis. The warfarin dosage was adjusted to 3.75 mg po qd as the patient left hospital and then INR was 1.64 when rechecked one month later. At follow-up, with the increasing dosage of warfarin, the anticoagulant effect was not satisfactory from October 2014 to January 2015. After the detailed investigation, the clinical pharmacists considered the unsatisfactory anticoagulant effect was related to the poor compliance of the patient. The family dependents of the patient were advised to strictly supervise the patient to take warfarin timely and quantitatively and the patient was exhorted to avoid long-term foods with large amounts of vitamin K and forbear from alcohols. INR was 1.46 when rechecked one week later, which was close to the target range.

  9. Cerebral regional oxygen saturation monitoring in pediatric malfunctioning shunt patients☆,☆☆,★ (United States)

    Abramo, Thomas J.; Zhou, Chuan; Estrada, Cristina; Drayna, Patrick C.; Locklair, Matthew R.; Miller, Renee; Pearson, Matthew; Tulipan, Noel; Arnold, Donald H.


    Background Shunt malfunction produces increased intracranial pressure causing decreased cerebral regional perfusion and tissue O2sat. Cerebral regional oxygen saturation (rSO2) by near-infrared spectroscopy represents tissue perfusion and oxygen saturation. Cerebral rSO2 is used to detect cerebral ischemia in pediatric clinical settings. Objective The objective of the study was to determine the reliability of cerebral rSO2 in pediatric malfunctioning shunt. Methods A prospective observational study of pediatric patients presented to the pediatric emergency department was conducted. Confirmed malfunctioning shunt subjects had cerebral rSO2 monitoring. Results A total of 131 malfunctioning shunt subjects had cerebral rSO2 monitoring. Patient's central trend and intrasubject variability of cerebral rSO2 readings for left and right probe and malfunction sites (n = 131) are as follows: VariableOverall, mean SO2Distal, mean SO2Proximal, mean rSO2PLeft cerebral rSO2 trend69.1 (10.7)67.7 (9.81)70.0 (11.17).23Right cerebral rSO2 trend71.3 (9.6)70.5 (8.13)71.8 (10.40).42Left cerebral rSO2 variability3.57 (2.04)4.72 (2.55)2.88 (1.24)<.001Right cerebral rSO2 variability3.46 (1.95)3.77 (2.20)3.28 (1.77).19 Intrasubject left and right rSO2 Pearson correlation was −0.46 to 0.98 (mean ± SD, 0.35 ± 0.34; median, 0.34; interquartile range, 0.06–0.61). The correlation coefficients of 99 subjects between left and right rSO2 was significantly different (P < .001), suggesting that intrasubjects' left and right rSO2 are highly correlated. Sample mean difference between left and right rSO2 were −1.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], −1.8 to −1.6; P < .001) supporting overall left lower than right. Intraclass correlation for left rSO2 was 87.4% (95% CI, 87.2%−87.6%), and that for right rSO2 was 83.8% (95% CI, 83.8%−84%), showing intersubject differences accounting for the variation, and relative to intersubject variation, intrasubjects readings are consistent. Intrasubjects

  10. Human Errors - A Taxonomy for Describing Human Malfunction in Industrial Installations

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    Rasmussen, J.


    This paper describes the definition and the characteristics of human errors. Different types of human behavior are classified, and their relation to different error mechanisms are analyzed. The effect of conditioning factors related to affective, motivating aspects of the work situation as well...... as physiological factors are also taken into consideration. The taxonomy for event analysis, including human malfunction, is presented. Possibilities for the prediction of human error are discussed. The need for careful studies in actual work situations is expressed. Such studies could provide a better...... understanding of the complexity of human error situations as well as the data needed to characterize these situations....

  11. Biofilm-associated infection: the hidden face of cerebrospinal fluid shunt malfunction. (United States)

    Mounier, Roman; Kapandji, Natacha; Birnbaum, Ron; Cook, Fabrice; Rodriguez, Cristophe; Nebbad, Bibba; Lobo, David; Dhonneur, Gilles


    Diagnosis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infection is difficult. Growing evidence links this pattern to biofilm-associated infections (BAI). Biofilm may explain the indolent development of the infection, and the poor efficiency of traditional microbiologic methods. We report the case of a patient admitted for hydrocephalus associated to CSF shunt malfunction. None of the clinical, serum, or CSF laboratory findings were in favor of an infectious process. Only scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed the presence of biofilm. Hence, despite a broad CSF shunt infection definition, some infections could remain undiagnosed by the traditional approach. This study is the first to provide some direct evidence for bacterial biofilm-associated CSF shunt infection.

  12. An Experimental Study of Emission and Combustion Characteristics of Marine Diesel Engine with Fuel Injector Malfunctions


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    The presented paper shows the results of the laboratory study on the relation between chosen malfunctions of a fuel injector and composition of exhaust gas from the marine engine. The object of research is a marine 3-cylinder, four-stroke, direct injection diesel engine with an intercooler system. The engine was loaded with a generator and supercharged. The generator was electrically connected to the water resistance. The engine operated with a load between 50 kW and 250 kW at a constant spee...

  13. Selective detection of mitochondrial malfunction in situ by energy transfer spectroscopy (United States)

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Gschwend, Michael H.; Sailer, Reinhard; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Schoch, Lars; Schuh, Alexander; Stock, Karl; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, non-radiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. These signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated (nanosecond) technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the experimental setup are described and compared with a previously established microscopic system.

  14. Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve Thrombosis

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    Hansson, Nicolaj C; Grove, Erik L; Andersen, Henning R;


    BACKGROUND: There is increasing focus on transcatheter heart valve (THV) thrombosis. However, there are limited data on incidence, clinical implications and predisposing factors of THV thrombosis following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). OBJECTIVES: We assessed the incidence...

  15. An Enhanced Data Visualization Method for Diesel Engine Malfunction Classification Using Multi-Sensor Signals

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    Yiqing Li


    Full Text Available The various multi-sensor signal features from a diesel engine constitute a complex high-dimensional dataset. The non-linear dimensionality reduction method, t-distributed stochastic neighbor embedding (t-SNE, provides an effective way to implement data visualization for complex high-dimensional data. However, irrelevant features can deteriorate the performance of data visualization, and thus, should be eliminated a priori. This paper proposes a feature subset score based t-SNE (FSS-t-SNE data visualization method to deal with the high-dimensional data that are collected from multi-sensor signals. In this method, the optimal feature subset is constructed by a feature subset score criterion. Then the high-dimensional data are visualized in 2-dimension space. According to the UCI dataset test, FSS-t-SNE can effectively improve the classification accuracy. An experiment was performed with a large power marine diesel engine to validate the proposed method for diesel engine malfunction classification. Multi-sensor signals were collected by a cylinder vibration sensor and a cylinder pressure sensor. Compared with other conventional data visualization methods, the proposed method shows good visualization performance and high classification accuracy in multi-malfunction classification of a diesel engine.

  16. Heart rate variability in natural time and 1/f "noise" (United States)

    Sarlis, N. V.; Skordas, E. S.; Varotsos, P. A.


    Several studies have shown that heart rate fluctuations exhibit the ubiquitous 1/f behavior which is altered in desease. Furthermore, the analysis of electrocardiograms in natural time reveals that important malfunctions in the complex system of the human heart can be identified. Here, we present a simple evolution model in natural time that exhibits the 1/fa behavior with a close to unity. The results of this model are consistent with a progressive modification of heart rate variability in healthy children and adolescents. The model results in complexity measures that separate healthy dynamics from patients as well as from sudden cardiac death individuals.

  17. Clinical Pharmacists' Experience about the Practice of Anticoagulation Management of the Patients Who Had Been Discharged from Hospital after Undergoing Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement%临床药师参与心脏机械瓣膜置换术患者出院后抗凝管理的实践与体会

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    张海燕; 罗万慰; 马守梅


    To explore the function and approach of clinical pharmacists' participating in the anticoagulation management of patients who had been discharged from hospital after undergoing mechanical heart valve replacement. METHODS: The experiences of clinical pharmacists obtained through first-hand practice in the anticoagulation management and pharmaceutical care of the patients who had been discharged from hospital after undergoing mechanical heart valve replacement were introduced by illustrating examples. RESULTS & CONCLUSION: Clinical pharmacists' participating in the anticoagulation management of patients who had been discharged from hospital after undergoing mechanical heart valve replacement provide physicians and patients with pharmaceutical information and pharmaceutical care and enhance the effectiveness and safety of anticoagulative therapy accordingly.%目的:探讨临床药师参与心脏机械瓣膜置换术患者出院后抗凝治疗管理的作用和方法.方法:通过亲身实践,介绍我院临床药师参与抗凝管理工作及开展药学服务的体会,并结合典型实例分析说明.结果与结论:临床药师通过参与心脏机械瓣膜置换术患者出院后的抗凝管理工作,为医师及患者提供药学信息和药学服务,可提高抗凝治疗的安全性和有效性.

  18. Analysis the Curative Effect of Valve Replacement Simultaneous Coordinate Ablation Therapy in Treatment of Valvular Heart Disease%行瓣膜置换术同期配合射频消融治疗瓣膜性心脏病的疗效分析

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    赵勇鹏; 陈兴澎


    Objective To explore the practical value of radiofrequency catheter ablation in patients with valvular heart disease undergoing valve replacement.Methods Selected 80 cases of valvular heart disease, which were divided into the observation group and the control group. The control group was treated with valve replacement, the control group basis on the observation group was treated with radiofrequency ablation.Results There were significant differences in the rate of atrial fibrillation, left atrial diameter, left ventricular ejection fraction, and the difference was statistically signiifcant (P<0.05).Conclusion Patients with valvular heart disease undergoing valve replacement combined with radiofrequency ablation of the actual value of the actual value is signiifcant.%目的:系统地探究对瓣膜性心脏病患者行瓣膜置换术同期配合射频消融手术治疗的实际价值。方法选取80例瓣膜性心脏病患者,结合临床随机表法将其平均地列入观察组与对照组。对照组应用瓣膜置换术,在对照组基础上,观察组同期行射频消融手术治疗。结果两组房颤转复率、左心房内径、左室射血分数比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论对瓣膜性心脏病患者行瓣膜置换术同期配合射频消融手术治疗的实际价值显著。

  19. Heart Disease (United States)

    ... type of heart disease you have. Symptoms of heart disease in your blood vessels (atherosclerotic disease) Cardiovascular disease ... can sometimes be found early with regular evaluations. Heart disease symptoms caused by abnormal heartbeats (heart arrhythmias) A ...

  20. Pharmaceutical care on a heart failure patient combined with pulmonary fungal infection after mitral valve replacement surgery due to rheumatic heart disease%1例风湿性心脏病二尖瓣置换术后心衰合并肺部真菌感染患者的药学监护

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    陈星伟; 郑英丽; 王冉冉


    1例67岁女性患者,因风湿性心脏病、二尖瓣置换术后心衰入院治疗,入院时合并肺部感染、呼吸衰竭等多种疾病。入院后给予无创呼吸机辅助呼吸,抗凝、强心、利尿、化痰、平喘、抗感染等药物治疗。患者心衰症状逐渐改善,但胸片提示肺部感染加重,结合患者症状体征及辅助检查考虑真菌感染。针对患者的肺部真菌感染,临床药师建议加用伏立康唑(负荷剂量:6 mg·kg-1,q 12 h,维持剂量4 mg·kg-1,q 12 h)进行抗真菌治疗;针对患者国际标准化比值(INR)的波动,临床药师分析了药物间的相互作用对华法林抗凝强度的影响;并对患者由于使用噻嗪类利尿剂导致的电解质紊乱,抗菌药物可能导致的QT间期延长、尖端扭转型室速等不良反应进行了药学监护。经过15 d治疗,患者病情稳定转入普通病房继续治疗。%One 67-year-old female patient with pulmonary infection, respiratory failure and other diseases was hospitalized primary for rheumatic heart disease and heart failure after mitral valve replacement surgery. The patient was treated by non-invasive mechanical ventilation, and anticoagulation, cardiotonic, diuretic, eliminating sputum, antiasthmatic as well as anti-infectious drugs. The heart failure symptom of the patient improved, however the lung infection aggravated. Fungal infection was considered according to the clinical signs and laboratory examinations of the patient. Pharmaceutical cares were given to the patient by clinical pharmacists in respect of the selection and dose adjustment of the antifungal agent, fluctuations analysis of the international normalized ratio (INR) due to the interactions between the warfarin and other drugs, the treatment of electrolyte imbalance after long-term use of thiazide diuretic and monitoring the side effect of the antibacterials such as QT interval prolonged, ventricle speed torsade de pointe

  1. Analysis of Autonomic Nervous System Functional Age and Heart Rate Variability in Mine Workers

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    Vasicko T


    Full Text Available Introduction: Heavy working conditions and many unpropitious factors influencing workers health participate in development of various health disorders, among other autonomic cardiovascular regulation malfunction. The aim of this study is to draw a comparison of autonomic nervous system functional age and heart rate variability changes between workers with and without mining occupational exposure.

  2. Beta-lactam antibiotics induce a lethal malfunctioning of the bacterial cell wall synthesis machinery (United States)

    Cho, Hongbaek; Uehara, Tsuyoshi; Bernhardt, Thomas G.


    SUMMARY Penicillin and related beta-lactams comprise one of our oldest and most widely used antibiotic therapies. These drugs have long been known to target enzymes called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) that build the bacterial cell wall. Investigating the downstream consequences of target inhibition and how they contribute to the lethal action of these important drugs, we demonstrate that beta-lactams do more than just inhibit the PBPs as is commonly believed. Rather, they induce a toxic malfunctioning of their target biosynthetic machinery involving a futile cycle of cell wall synthesis and degradation, thereby depleting cellular resources and bolstering their killing activity. Characterization of this mode of action additionally revealed a quality-control function for enzymes that cleave bonds in the cell wall matrix. The results thus provide insight into the mechanism of cell wall assembly and suggest how best to interfere with the process for future antibiotic development. PMID:25480295

  3. Time-resolved in-situ measurement of mitochondrial malfunction by energy transfer spectroscopy (United States)

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Gschwend, Michael H.; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Sailer, Reinhard; Schoch, Lars; Schuh, Alexander; Stock, Karl; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, non-radiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. An experimental setup was developed, where these signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the apparatus are described, and preliminary result of cultivated endothelial cells are reported. Results are compared with those obtained from a previously established microscopic system and discussed in view of potential applications.

  4. When do the symptoms of autonomic nervous system malfunction appear in patients with Parkinson's disease? (United States)

    De Luka, Silvio R; Svetel, Marina; Pekmezović, Tatjana; Milovanović, Branislav; Kostić, Vladimir S


    Dysautonomia appears in almost all patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in a certain stage of their condition. The aim of our study was to detect the development and type of autonomic disorders, find out the factors affecting their manifestation by analyzing the potential association with demographic variables related to clinical presentation, as well as the symptoms of the disease in a PD patient cohort. The patients with PD treated at the Clinic of Neurology in Belgrade during a 2-year period, divided into 3 groups were studied: 25 de novo patients, 25 patients already treated and had no long-term levodopa therapy-related complications and 22 patients treated with levodopa who manifested levodopa-induced motor complications. Simultaneously, 35 healthy control subjects, matched by age and sex, were also analyzed. Autonomic nervous system malfunction was defined by Ewing diagnostic criteria. The tests, indicators of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, were significantly different in the PD patients as compared with the controls, suggesting the failure of both systems. However, it was shown, in the selected groups of patients, that the malfunction of both systems was present in two treated groups of PD patients, while de novo group manifested only sympathetic dysfunction. For this reason, the complete autonomic neuropathy was diagnosed only in the treated PD patients, while de novo patients were defined as those with the isolated sympathetic dysfunction. The patients with the complete autonomic neuropathy differed from the subjects without such neuropathy in higher cumulative and motor unified Parkinson's disease rating score (UPDRS) (p nervous system disturbances among PD patients from the near onset of disease, with a predominant sympathetic nervous system involvement. The patients who developed complete autonomic neuropathy (both sympathetic and parasympathetic) were individuals with considerable level of functional failure, more severe clinical

  5. 植物雌激素与雌激素替代疗法对女性冠心病影响的此较%Comparison of Phytoestrogens and Estrogen Replacement Therapy to Famale Coronary Heart Disease

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    曾俊杰; 钟栩; 王晨


    综合分析近年来国内外相关文献,比较植物雌激素与雌激素替代疗法的作用及副作用,以期对寻找传统中医药途径替代雌激素治疗的研究者们有所帮助.%To compare phytoestrogen and estrogen replacement therapy and side effects,by comprehensive analysis domestic and foreign literature in recent years,in order to find traditional Chinese way of estrogen replacement therapy

  6. Clinical analysis of the continuous renal replacement therapy in patients with the intractable heart failure based on 12case studies%12例难治性心衰患者应用连续性肾脏替代疗法治疗的临床疗效观察

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      目的:探讨连续性肾脏替代疗法(CRRT)在救治难治性心衰患者中的应用。方法:回顾分析了12例经常规药物治疗效果不佳后接受CRRT治疗的难治性心衰患者的临床资料。结果:患者经过CRRT治疗后,症状与心功能分级明显改善,脑钠肽(BNP)水平明显降低。结论:应用CRRT减低心脏负荷、减少心脏做功,使心脏耗氧量减少,心衰症状缓解,效果显著,为难治性心衰治疗提供了一个新思路。%  Objective: To research the effect of the continuous renal replacement therapy(CRRT) in patients with the intractable heart failure. Methods:The clinical data from 12patients of the intractable heart failure treated by CRRT were reviewed and analyzed. Results: After CRRT, the clinical symptoms and cardiac function of the majority of the patients were improved, and the level of the Brain Natriuretic Peptid were obviously lowered. Conclusion: The application of CRRT can reduce the preload of the heart and improve the left heart function. So It is a new method for treatment the intractable heart failure.

  7. Shoulder Joint Replacement (United States)

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  8. Partial knee replacement - slideshow (United States)

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  9. Progress in Mitral Valve Replacement of Complete Apparatus Preservation in Treating Senile Degen-erative Valvular Heart Disease%保留全瓣及瓣下结构的二尖瓣置换术治疗老年退行性瓣膜病的进展

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    陈景伟(综述); 程可洛(审校)


    The morbidity of senile degenerative valvular heart disease has been increasing in recent years.Severe cases need surgery.Because of the long course of disease and functional failure of important organs,the surgical mortality and complication rate of mitral valve replacement is still high in elder people . Mitral valve replacement of complete apparatus preservation can keep the normal connection of valvular leaf-let,tendinous chorda,papillary muscle and ventricle,and maintain the original constriction support of ventric-ular wall,so as to avoid severe complications and promote left ventricular function after surgery ,and increase the cure rate of senile degenerative valvular heart disease and preserve better heart function of long term .Here is to make a review of the clinical application of mitral valve replacement of complete apparatus preservation in surgical therapy for senile degenerative valvular heart disease .%老年退行性瓣膜病的发病率近年来有逐渐增加的趋势。严重的退行性二尖瓣病变需要外科手术治疗。老年患者的病程较长,各重要脏器功能退化不全,手术病死率较高,术后并发症发生率较高。保留全瓣及瓣下结构的二尖瓣置换术能保持瓣叶、腱索、乳头肌与左心室之间的正常联系,维护了心室壁原有的收缩支撑力,从而避免严重并发症和改善术后左心室功能,提高老年退行性瓣膜病的手术治愈率和维持较好的远期心功能状况。该文就保留全瓣及瓣下结构的二尖瓣置换术治疗老年退行性瓣膜病的临床应用进行综述。

  10. Badness, madness and the brain - the late 19th-century controversy on immoral persons and their malfunctioning brains

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    Schirmann, Felix


    In the second half of the 19th-century, a group of psychiatric experts discussed the relation between brain malfunction and moral misconduct. In the ensuing debates, scientific discourses on immorality merged with those on insanity and the brain. This yielded a specific definition of what it means t

  11. Using Noninvasive Brain Measurement to Explore the Psychological Effects of Computer Malfunctions on Users during Human-Computer Interactions

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    Leanne M. Hirshfield


    Full Text Available In today’s technologically driven world, there is a need to better understand the ways that common computer malfunctions affect computer users. These malfunctions may have measurable influences on computer user’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses. An experiment was conducted where participants conducted a series of web search tasks while wearing functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS and galvanic skin response sensors. Two computer malfunctions were introduced during the sessions which had the potential to influence correlates of user trust and suspicion. Surveys were given after each session to measure user’s perceived emotional state, cognitive load, and perceived trust. Results suggest that fNIRS can be used to measure the different cognitive and emotional responses associated with computer malfunctions. These cognitive and emotional changes were correlated with users’ self-report levels of suspicion and trust, and they in turn suggest future work that further explores the capability of fNIRS for the measurement of user experience during human-computer interactions.

  12. The total artificial heart. (United States)

    Cook, Jason A; Shah, Keyur B; Quader, Mohammed A; Cooke, Richard H; Kasirajan, Vigneshwar; Rao, Kris K; Smallfield, Melissa C; Tchoukina, Inna; Tang, Daniel G


    The total artificial heart (TAH) is a form of mechanical circulatory support in which the patient's native ventricles and valves are explanted and replaced by a pneumatically powered artificial heart. Currently, the TAH is approved for use in end-stage biventricular heart failure as a bridge to heart transplantation. However, with an increasing global burden of cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure, the number of patients with end-stage heart failure awaiting heart transplantation now far exceeds the number of available hearts. As a result, the use of mechanical circulatory support, including the TAH and left ventricular assist device (LVAD), is growing exponentially. The LVAD is already widely used as destination therapy, and destination therapy for the TAH is under investigation. While most patients requiring mechanical circulatory support are effectively treated with LVADs, there is a subset of patients with concurrent right ventricular failure or major structural barriers to LVAD placement in whom TAH may be more appropriate. The history, indications, surgical implantation, post device management, outcomes, complications, and future direction of the TAH are discussed in this review.

  13. The Thai Anesthesia Incident Monitoring Study (Thai AIMS) of anesthetic equipment failure/malfunction: an analysis of 1996 incident reports. (United States)

    Kusumaphanyo, Chaiyapruk; Charuluxananan, Somrat; Sriramatr, Dujduen; Pulnitiporn, Aksorn; Sriraj, Wimonrat


    The present study is a part of the multi-centered study of model of anesthesia relating adverse events in Thailand by incident report (The Thai Anesthesia Incident Monitoring Study or Thai AIMS). The objective was to identify the frequency distribution, contributing factors, and factors minimizing incident of equipment failure/malfunction. As a prospective descriptive research design, anesthesia providers reported the data as soon as the incidents of equipment failure/malfunction occurred. Standardized forms of incident report were then mailed to the center at Chulalongkorn University and three anesthesiologists reviewed the data. Ninety-two cases of equipment failure/malfunction were reported from 51 hospitals across Thailand Between January and June 2007, 92 incidents of equipment failure/malfunction were reported out of 1996 anesthesia-related incidents (4.6%). Failed/malfunctioned equipment included anesthetic circuit (17.4%), anesthesia machine (15.2%), capnography (15.2%), laryngoscope (15.2%), ventilator (12%), pulse oximeter (8.7%), vaporizer (4.3%), endotracheal tube (3.3%), sodalime (3.3%), and electrocardiogram (2.2%). All 16 anesthetic circuit incidents (100%) were detected by clinical signs whereas five incidents (31.3%) were detected firstly by monitors. All 14 laryngoscope malfunction (100%) were detected solely by clinical signs. Only one out of eight (12.5%) of pulse oximeter incidents was detected by clinical signs before the pulse oximeter itself. Three out of four (75%) incidents of vaporizer were detected by clinical signs before monitors. The majority of equipment malfunction was considered as related to anesthetic (69.6%) and system factors (69.6%) and 71.7% of incidents were preventable. Seventy-four incidents (80.4%) were caused by human error and, specifically, rule-based error in three fourths. Contributing factors were ineffective equipment, haste, lack of experience, ineffective monitors, and inadequate equipment. Factors minimizing

  14. Postoperative nursing of patients with rheumatic heart disease combined with atrial fibrillation treated with valve replacement and radio frequency ablation%瓣膜置换术同期行射频消融术治疗风湿性心脏病合并房颤的术后护理

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    于环; 曾丽华


    Objective To summarize the postoperative nursing of patients with rheumatic heart disease combined with atrial fibrillation treated with valve replacement and radio frequency ablation. Methods The nursing experience in 54 patients with rheumatic heart disease combined with atrial fibrillation treated with valve replacement and radio frequency ablation was summarized including monitoring heart rate, cardiac rhythm, reasonably use of amiodarone, standardized use of temporary pacemaker, maintaining cardiac function, keeping cardiac function, observing drainage volume and instructing them to take oral anticoagulant drugs. Results Of all, 53 cases were succeeded. One case died of renal failure and no complications occurred in other cases. Conclusion The nursing care after radio frequency ablation is critical and may be effective in enhancing their quality of life.%目的 总结瓣膜置换术同期行射频消融术治疗风湿性心脏病合并房颤的术后护理要点.方法 对行瓣膜置换术同期行射频消融术后的患者做好各项护理,包括监测心率、心律变化及合理应用胺碘酮,临时起搏器的规范使用,维护内环境稳定及心功能,胸腔引流液量的重要性和及时处理,以及应用口服抗凝药的护理指导.结果 本组53例患者手术成功,均为窦性心律,1例因肝肾功能衰竭死亡.结论 射频消融术后护理尤其重要,对患者术后生活质量的提高有一定的改善.

  15. Cellular modifications and interventions for the damaged heart

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    Engels, M.C.


    The aim of this thesis was to explore cellular modification processes associated with heart disease, as well as harnessing its potential for treatment and prevention of detrimental electrophysiological consequences of heart disease. For regenerative cell replacement therapies, optimal differentiatio

  16. Heart Disease (United States)

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  17. 风湿性心脏瓣膜置换术同期射频消融迷宫术治疗房颤%Intraoperative modified maze procedure by radiofrequency ablation to treat atrial fibrillation during concomitant valve replacement of rheumatic heart disease

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    雷虹; 严中亚; 严宇; 朱正艳


    Objective To analyze the effectiveness of modified maze procedure by radiofrequency ablation in the patients of valvular heart diseases with atrial fibrillation ( AF ) who underwent heart valve replacement surgery. Methods 11 cases of valvular heart diseases with AF undergoing modified maze procedure by radiofrequency ablation with concomitant Valve Replacement during March 2010 to November 2011 were investigated. Including 1 case of double valvular replacement ,10 cases of mitral valvular replacement, four of them with tricuspid valve annuloplasty. Results 11 cases resumed sinus rhythm immediately after the surgery. 1 cf them is sinus bradycardia, another case is ventricular tachycardia Ⅲ0 atrial - ventricular block and atrial muscle perforation did not occurr. 1 patient occurred death. With 3 ~ 12 months follow - up. 10 patients remained in sinus rhythm. One patient had atrial fibrillation recurrence after 6 months. And the left atriums of the remaining 10 patients were significantly reduced. Conclusion Valve replace operation combined with radiofrequency modified maze procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation with valvular heart disease is safe and worth popularizing.%目的 对合并房颤的心脏瓣膜病患者行瓣膜置换手术的同时进行射频改良迷宫Ⅲ手术,评价风湿性心脏瓣膜置换术同期射频消融迷宫术治疗房颤的临床效果.方法 2010 年3 月至2011 年11 月,采用Medtronic公司的射频消融系统对11例合并房颤的心脏瓣膜病患者行瓣膜置换手术的同时进行射频改良迷宫Ⅲ手术,其中包括双瓣置换术1例、二尖瓣置换术10例同时三尖瓣成形术4例.结果 术毕转为窦性心律11 例,1例窦性心动过缓,1例室速,无Ⅲ°房室传导阻滞,无心房穿孔出血,1例术后低心排死亡,随访3~12个月,10例均为窦性心律,1例术后6个月出现房颤复发,余10例患者超声心动图检查左房明显缩小.结论 射频消融改良迷宫Ⅲ手术在

  18. Uncovering the link between malfunctions in Drosophila neuroblast asymmetric cell division and tumorigenesis

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    Kelsom Corey


    Full Text Available Abstract Asymmetric cell division is a developmental process utilized by several organisms. On the most basic level, an asymmetric division produces two daughter cells, each possessing a different identity or fate. Drosophila melanogaster progenitor cells, referred to as neuroblasts, undergo asymmetric division to produce a daughter neuroblast and another cell known as a ganglion mother cell (GMC. There are several features of asymmetric division in Drosophila that make it a very complex process, and these aspects will be discussed at length. The cell fate determinants that play a role in specifying daughter cell fate, as well as the mechanisms behind setting up cortical polarity within neuroblasts, have proved to be essential to ensuring that neurogenesis occurs properly. The role that mitotic spindle orientation plays in coordinating asymmetric division, as well as how cell cycle regulators influence asymmetric division machinery, will also be addressed. Most significantly, malfunctions during asymmetric cell division have shown to be causally linked with neoplastic growth and tumor formation. Therefore, it is imperative that the developmental repercussions as a result of asymmetric cell division gone awry be understood.

  19. Influence of malfunctions of the maintenance activities on the urban buses fuel consumption (United States)

    George, Crişan; Nicolae, Filip


    Optimization of activities with the aim to provide quality service in conditions of high profitability, is one of the main objectives chased by managers in transportation companies. As a consequence, directing the attention towards monitoring of maintenance activities of vehicles fleet, can achieve desired results. Two of the most important issues related to the maintenance activity, is the increase of reliability and reduction of fuel consumption of the vehicles fleet. Aforementioned actions represents a way forward for raising the quality and profitability of services offered. In this paper, the main ways of monitoring the fuel consumption, in order to reduce it and increase the reliability of transportation vehicles fleet, are presented. For the evaluation of the maintenance system and the degree of influence of malfunctions recorded on the fuel consumption, using the Pareto -ABC method, following case study on a fleet of buses for urban public transport has been conducted. Results obtained highlights the deficiencies of the maintenance process carried out and constitutes a solid base for the reorganization of the maintenance activity, involving preventive maintenance activities, in order to contribute decisively to the results targeted by the management of transport companies.

  20. Time-resolved in situ measurement of mitochondrial malfunction by energy transfer spectroscopy (United States)

    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Sailer, Reinhard; Strauss, Wolfgang S.; Lyttek, Marco; Stock, Karl; Zipfl, Peter


    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, nonradiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. A screening system was developed in which these signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated (nanosecond) technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the apparatus are described, and results obtained from cultivated endothelial cells are reported. The ratio of fluorescence intensities excited in the near ultraviolet and blue-green spectral ranges increased by a factor 1.5 or 1.35 after inhibition of the mitochondrial respiratory chain by rotenone at cytotoxic or noncytotoxic concentrations, respectively. Concomitantly the amount of mitochondrial NADH increased. Excellent linearity between the number of cells incubated with R123 and fluorescence intensity was found in suspension.

  1. Microscopic energy transfer spectroscopy to determine mitochondrial malfunction in human myotubes (United States)

    Gschwend, Michael H.; Strauss, Wolfgang S. L.; Brinkmeier, H.; Ruedel, R.; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Schneckenburger, Herbert


    A microscopic equipment is reported for examination of cellular autofluorescence and determination of energy transfer in vitro, which is proposed to be an appropriate tool to investigate mitochondrial malfunction. The method includes fluorescence microscopy combined with time-gated (nanosecond) fluorescence emission spectroscopy and is presently used to study mitochondrial metabolism of human myotube primary cultures Enzyme complexes of the respiratory chain, located at the inner mitochondrial membrane, were inhibited by various drugs, and fluorescence of the mitochondrial coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) as well as of the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. After inhibition of enzyme complex I (NADH-coenzyme Q reductase) by rotenone or enzyme complex III (coenzyme QH2-cytochrome c reductase) by antimycin a similar or increased NADH fluorescence was observed. In addition, energy transfer from excited states of NADH (energy donor) to R123 (energy acceptor) was deduced from a decrease of NADH fluorescence after coincubation with these inhibitors and R123. Application of microscopic energy transfer spectroscopy for diagnosis of congenital mitochondrial deficiencies is currently in preparation.

  2. Rhomboid-7 over-expression results in Opa1-like processing and malfunctioning mitochondria. (United States)

    Rahman, Mokhlasur; Kylsten, Per


    Rhomboid-7 (rho-7) is a mitochondrial-specific intramembranous protease. The loss-of-function mutation rho-7 results in semi-lethality, while escapers have a reduced lifespan with several neurological disorders [1]. Here we show that general, or CNS-specific expression of rho-7 can rescue the lethality of rho-7. General, or CNS-specific over-expression of rho-7 in otherwise wild-type animals caused semi-lethality, with approximately 50% of the animals escaping this lethality, developing into adults displaying a shortened life span with larval locomotory problem. On a cellular level, over-expression resulted in severe depression of ATP levels and cytochrome c oxidase subunit II mRNA levels, a lowered number of mitochondria in neurons and aggregation of mitochondria in the brain indicating mitochondrial malfunction. Over-expression of rho-7 in developing eye discs resulted in an elevated apoptotic index. In the CNS, elevated levels of rho-7 were accompanied by both isoforms of Opa1-like, a dynamin-like GTPase, a mitochondrial component involved in regulating mitochondrial dynamics and function, including apoptosis. Most, but not all, of rho-7 over-expression phenotypes were suppressed by introducing a heterozygous mutation for Opa1-like. Our results suggest that rho-7 and Opa1-like function in a common molecular pathway affecting mitochondrial function and apoptosis in Drosophila melanogaster.

  3. Oxidative stress, mitochondrial and proteostasis malfunction in adrenoleukodystrophy: A paradigm for axonal degeneration. (United States)

    Fourcade, Stéphane; Ferrer, Isidre; Pujol, Aurora


    Peroxisomal and mitochondrial malfunction, which are highly intertwined through redox regulation, in combination with defective proteostasis, are hallmarks of the most prevalent multifactorial neurodegenerative diseases-including Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD)-and of the aging process, and are also found in inherited conditions. Here we review the interplay between oxidative stress and axonal degeneration, taking as groundwork recent findings on pathomechanisms of the peroxisomal neurometabolic disease adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD). We explore the impact of chronic redox imbalance caused by the excess of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA) on mitochondrial respiration and biogenesis, and discuss how this impairs protein quality control mechanisms essential for neural cell survival, such as the proteasome and autophagy systems. As consequence, prime molecular targets in the pathogenetic cascade emerge, such as the SIRT1/PGC-1α axis of mitochondrial biogenesis, and the inhibitor of autophagy mTOR. Thus, we propose that mitochondria-targeted antioxidants; mitochondrial biogenesis boosters such as the antidiabetic pioglitazone and the SIRT1 ligand resveratrol; and the autophagy activator temsirolimus, a derivative of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin, hold promise as disease-modifying therapies for X-ALD.

  4. Immunopathology of giardiasis: the role of lymphocytes in intestinal epithelial injury and malfunction

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    AG Buret


    Full Text Available T lymphocyte-mediated pathogenesis is common to a variety of enteropathies, including giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, bacterial enteritis, celiac's disease, food anaphylaxis, and Crohn's disease. In giardiasis as well as in these other disorders, a diffuse loss of microvillous brush border, combined or not with villus atrophy, is responsible for disaccharidase insufficiencies and malabsorption of electrolytes, nutrients, and water, which ultimately cause diarrheal symptoms. Other mucosal changes may include crypt hyperplasia and increased infiltration of intra-epithelial lymphocytes. Recent studies using models of giardiasis have shed new light on the immune regulation of these abnormalities. Indeed, experiments using an athymic mouse model of infection have found that these epithelial injuries were T cell-dependent. Findings from further research indicate that that the loss of brush border surface area, reduced disaccharidase activities, and increase crypt-villus ratios are mediated by CD8+ T cells, whereas both CD8+ and CD4+ small mesenteric lymph node T cells regulate the influx of intra-epithelial lymphocytes. Future investigations need to characterize the CD8+ T cell signaling cascades that ultimately lead to epithelial injury and malfunction in giardiasis and other malabsorptive disorders of the intestine.

  5. Machinery malfunction diagnosis and correction: Vibration analysis and troubleshooting for process industries

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    Eisemann, R.C.


    This book is an up-to-date, hands-on single-source diagnostic guide for process machinery. It contains extensive illustrations, sample calculations, and explicit physical explanations; a 7-point problem solving methodology based on the authors` 40+ years of expertise; and 52 highly detailed field case histories describing problem definition, investigation, analytical and measurement techniques, and the final corrective solutions. It includes usable computations, analytical procedures, definitions, explanations of fundamental machinery behavior, rotordynamics, static and dynamic measurements, data acquisition and processing, data interpretation, plus field proven problem-solving techniques. The book begins with fundamental concepts of lateral and torsional mechanical motion, and expands these basic models into acceptable simulations of real machines. Steam, gas, and hydro turbines, gear boxes, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, pumps, expanders, motors and generators are analyzed from multiple perspectives. This text describes common malfunctions, plus unusual excitations and failure mechanisms. It is extensively illustrated, and contains detailed examples with sample calculations--along with case histories that cover refineries, chemical plants, power plants, paper mills and other processing facilities.

  6. Educating My Replacement (United States)

    Tarter, Jill

    The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) could succeed tomorrow, decades from now, or never. The nature of this scientific exploration is such that we cannot predict success on any timescale; we only know that if we do not search, we cannot succeed. Having spent my scientific career in this field, I know perhaps better than anyone that the researchers of tomorrow may hold the key. Thus I have an enormous and vested interest in trying to educate the next generation of scientists. Because SETI excites such enthusiasm in young and old alike, I have an excellent opportunity to capture hearts and minds and leverage this interest into science education at many levels. Astrobiology is the new banner for inter- and cross-disciplinary investigations aimed at answering the big question "Are we alone?" The story of cosmic evolution is one that scientists at the SETI Institute have been telling for decades. We have used it as the framework for developing supplementary materials for elementary and middle schools called Life In The Universe. Currently we are tackling a year-long curriculum called Voyages Through Time for ninth grade students. This curriculum is delivered on CD-ROM and supported by the web. It focuses on evolution as a theme and stresses the contributions made from all the traditionally isolated branches of science --- and by the way, it's fun! I am a product of the post-Sputnik era and the American emphasis on science and engineering education. In the New York City bedroom community where I grew up, every school bond issue passed at every election. So I am appalled at the difficulties, the impecuniousness, and bureaucratic nonsense our pilot and field test teachers encounter on a daily basis. I am also overjoyed that even under such unreasonable conditions, I meet enthusiastic teachers who care about their students and are dedicated to helping them achieve the best possible education. Not all students will become scientists, nor should they. However

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    Department of Transportation — Aeronautical Information System Replacement is a web-enabled, automation means for the collection and distribution of Service B messages, weather information, flight...

  8. Correlation between left ventricular diastolic function before and after valve replacement surgery and myocardial ultrastructural changes in patients with left ventricular volume-overloaded valvular heart diseases; Evaluation with gated blood pool scintigraphy using [sup 99m]Tc

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    Okada, Tomiro (Okayama Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)


    Left ventricular (LV) diastolic functions in 23 patients with aortic regurgitation (AR) and 22 patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) were evaluated by gated blood pool scintigraphy. LV myocardial biopsy was performed during open heart surgery, and LV myocardial ultrastructural changes were evaluated by electron microscope. Correlation between LV diastolic function and myocardial ultrastructural changes was examined. It was suggested that preoperative LV diastolic dysfunction occurred earlier than LV systolic dysfunction in patients with AR and MR. LV early diastolic dysfunction was especially significant in patients with AR. LV systolic function was significantly improved postoperatively compared with LV diastolic function in patients with AR and MR. It was suggested that LV interstitial fibrosis caused LV diastolic dysfunction in patients with AR and MR, and insufficiency of myocardial thickening as compensation in patients with MR. It was presumed that LV diastolic dysfunction was irreversible in patients with AR and MR in the distant postoperative period due to persistence of the preoperative myocardial ultrastructural change, e.g., interstitial fibrosis. These LV diastolic indices measured by gated pool scintigraphy were useful in predicting LV ultrastructural changes and postoperative LV dysfunction in patients with LV volume-overloaded valvular heart disease. (author).

  9. Controversies in hormone replacement therapy

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    A. Baziad


    Full Text Available Deficiency of estrogen hormone will result in either long-term or short-term health problems which may reduce the quality of life. There are numerous methods by which the quality of female life can be achieved. Since the problems occuring are due to the deficiency of estrogen hormone, the appropriate method to tackle the problem is by administration of estrogen hormone. The administration of hormone replacement therapy (HRT with estrogen may eliminate climacteric complaints, prevent osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, dementia, and colon cancer. Although HRT has a great deal of advantage, its use is still low and may result in controversies. These controversies are due to fact that both doctor and patient still hold on to the old, outmoded views which are not supported by numerous studies. Currently, the use of HRT is not only based on experience, or temporary observation, but more on evidence based medicine. (Med J Indones 2001; 10: 182-6Keywords: controversies, HRT

  10. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement in elderly patients

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    Dimytri Siqueira; Alexandre Abizaid; Magaly Arrais J.; Eduardo Sousa


    Aortic stenosis is the most common native valve disease, affecting up to 5% of the elderly population. Surgical aortic valve replacement reduces symptoms and improves survival, and is the definitive therapy in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. However, despite the good results of classic surgery, risk is markedly increased in elderly patients with co-morbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) allows implantation of a prosthetic heart valve within the diseased native aortic valve without the need for open heart surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass, offering a new therapeutic option to elderly patients considered at high surgical risk or with contraindications to surgery. To date, several multicenter registries and a randomized trial have confirmed the safety and efficacy of TAVR in those patients. In this chapter, we review the background and clinical applications of TAVR in elderly patients.

  11. Heart Diseases (United States)

    ... you're like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for others. But heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. ... of disability. There are many different forms of heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease is ...

  12. Clinical Effect of Mitral Valve Replacement with Preservation of Mitral Apparatus for Treatment of Rheumatic Heart Disease%保留二尖瓣装置的风湿性心脏病换瓣术的临床治疗效果

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    李中杰; 何勇; 曹勇; 刘光强; 陈冲; 谢学弟; 黄创业; 游荣帆


    目的:观察对风湿性心脏病患者采用保留二尖瓣装置的换瓣术进行治疗的临床疗效。方法选择我院2013年2月至2015年2月间接诊的90例风湿性心脏病患者,随机分为两组各45例。治疗组患者给予保留二尖瓣装置的换瓣术进行治疗,对照组患者使用不保留二尖瓣装置的换瓣术进行治疗。观察及对比两组的临床疗效。结果治疗组患者治疗后的心功能分级情况显著优于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。治疗组治疗后的LVEDD、 LVESD显著低于对照组, FS、 EF显著高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论保留二尖瓣装置的换瓣术可有效改善患者的心功能,提高患者术后左心室的舒张、收缩、射血能力,从而有效促进患者的术后康复。%Objective To observe and analyze the clinical effect of mitral valve replacement with preservation of mitral apparatus for treatment of rheumatic heart disease. Methods A total of 90 cases of patients with rheumatic heart disease admitted to our hospital from February 2013 to February 2015 were selected and randomly divided into two groups. The treatment group received mitral valve replacement with preservation of mitral apparatus, while the control group received mitral valve replacement without preservation of mitral apparatus. The clinical effects of two groups were compared. Results After treatment, the cardiac function classification of treatment group was significantly better than that of control group (P<0.05), the LVEDD and LVESD were significantly lower than those of control group (P<0.05), and the FS and EF were significantly higher than those of control group (P<0.05). Conclusions Mitral valve replacement with preservation of mitral apparatus for treatment of rheumatic heart disease can effectively improve the heart function of patients, and improve the diastolic, systolic, ejection capability of left ventricle after operation, so as to

  13. Radiation Source Replacement Workshop

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    Griffin, Jeffrey W.; Moran, Traci L.; Bond, Leonard J.


    This report summarizes a Radiation Source Replacement Workshop in Houston Texas on October 27-28, 2010, which provided a forum for industry and researchers to exchange information and to discuss the issues relating to replacement of AmBe, and potentially other isotope sources used in well logging.

  14. 三尖瓣成形术与置换术治疗合并右心衰竭的中重度三尖瓣关闭不全的效果分析%Efficacies of tricuspid valve replacement versus repair for moderate-to-severe tricuspid regurgitation with right heart failure

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    付金涛; 陈庆良; 徐栋; 赵丰; 刘子厚; 姜楠


    Objective To compare the efficacies of tricuspid valve replacement versus plasty for moderate-to-severe tricuspid regurgitation with right heart failure.Methods From January 2003 to June 2008,a total of 228 patients with right heart failure undergoing tricuspid valve operations were selected.And the procedures included tricuspid valve plasty (n =127) and tricuspid valve replacement (n =101).During a follow-up period of 65 months,their perioperative data were collected to evaluate the surgical outcomes.Results The abnormal liver function rate and average pulmonary artery systolic pressure in tricuspid valve plasty group were lower than those in tricuspid valve replacement group (P =0.023,0.033).In replacement group,average aortic cross-clamping time,cardiopulmonary bypass time,ventilation time and stay length of intensive care unit (ICU),the usage of inotropic drug was significantly higher than repair group (P<0.01).The early complication rate (15.8%) and case fatality rate (6.3%) of repair group were much lower than those of replacement group (27.3%,16.8%) (P =0.042,0.011).Long-term follow-ups revealed that the tricuspid valve thrombosis rate in replacement group was higher than that in repair group (P =0.036).And the recurrence rate of moderate-to-severe tricuspid regurgitation in repair group was higher than that in replacement group (28.7% vs 8.8%) (P =0.011).The survival rate of patients in repair group was much higher than that of replacement group at 3 months,1,3,5 years postoperation.However,the differences were not statistically significant (P =0.231,0.089,0.133,0.078).Conclusion For moderate-to-severe tricuspid regurgitation leading to right heart failure,the early efficacy of tricuspid valve plasty is much better than that of tricuspid valve replacement.The mid-term recurrence rate after tricuspid valve repair is higher than that of replacement.%目的 比较三尖瓣成形术与置换术治疗合并右心衰竭的中重度三尖

  15. bir1 deletion causes malfunction of the spindle assembly checkpoint and apoptosis in yeast

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    Qun eRen


    Full Text Available Cell division in yeast is a highly regulated and well studied event. Various checkpoints are placed throughout the cell cycle to ensure faithful segregation of sister chromatids. Unexpected events, such as DNA damage or oxidative stress, cause the activation of checkpoint(s and cell cycle arrest. Malfunction of the checkpoints may induce cell death. We previously showed that under oxidative stress, the budding yeast cohesin Mcd1, a homolog of human Rad21, was cleaved by the caspase-like protease Esp1. The cleaved Mcd1 C-terminal fragment was then translocated to mitochondria, causing apoptotic cell death. In the present study, we demonstrated that Bir1 plays an important role in spindle assembly checkpoint and cell death. Similar to H2O2 treatment, deletion of BIR1 using a BIR1-degron strain caused degradation of the securin Pds1, which binds and inactivates Esp1 until metaphase-anaphase transition in a normal cell cycle. BIR1 deletion caused an increase level of ROS and mis-location of Bub1, a major protein for spindle assembly checkpoint. In wild type, Bub1 was located at the kinetochores, but was primarily in the cytoplasm in bir1 deletion strain. When BIR1 was deleted, addition of nocodazole was unable to retain the Bub1 localization on kietochores, further suggesting that Bir1 is required to activate and maintain the spindle assembly checkpoint. Our study suggests that the BIR1 function in cell cycle regulation works in concert with its anti-apoptosis function.

  16. Risk factors for shunt malfunction in pediatric hydrocephalus: a multicenter prospective cohort study. (United States)

    Riva-Cambrin, Jay; Kestle, John R W; Holubkov, Richard; Butler, Jerry; Kulkarni, Abhaya V; Drake, James; Whitehead, William E; Wellons, John C; Shannon, Chevis N; Tamber, Mandeep S; Limbrick, David D; Rozzelle, Curtis; Browd, Samuel R; Simon, Tamara D


    OBJECT The rate of CSF shunt failure remains unacceptably high. The Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) conducted a comprehensive prospective observational study of hydrocephalus management, the aim of which was to isolate specific risk factors for shunt failure. METHODS The study followed all first-time shunt insertions in children younger than 19 years at 6 HCRN centers. The HCRN Investigator Committee selected, a priori, 21 variables to be examined, including clinical, radiographic, and shunt design variables. Shunt failure was defined as shunt revision, subsequent endoscopic third ventriculostomy, or shunt infection. Important a priori-defined risk factors as well as those significant in univariate analyses were then tested for independence using multivariate Cox proportional hazard modeling. RESULTS A total of 1036 children underwent initial CSF shunt placement between April 2008 and December 2011. Of these, 344 patients experienced shunt failure, including 265 malfunctions and 79 infections. The mean and median length of follow-up for the entire cohort was 400 days and 264 days, respectively. The Cox model found that age younger than 6 months at first shunt placement (HR 1.6 [95% CI 1.1-2.1]), a cardiac comorbidity (HR 1.4 [95% CI 1.0-2.1]), and endoscopic placement (HR 1.9 [95% CI 1.2-2.9]) were independently associated with reduced shunt survival. The following had no independent associations with shunt survival: etiology, payer, center, valve design, valve programmability, the use of ultrasound or stereotactic guidance, and surgeon experience and volume. CONCLUSIONS This is the largest prospective study reported on children with CSF shunts for hydrocephalus. It confirms that a young age and the use of the endoscope are risk factors for first shunt failure and that valve type has no impact. A new risk factor-an existing cardiac comorbidity-was also associated with shunt failure.

  17. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy--clinical implications

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    Ravn, S H; Rosenberg, J; Bostofte, E


    in the urogenital tract. Women at risk of osteoporosis will benefit from hormone replacement therapy. The treatment should start as soon after menopause as possible and it is possible that it should be maintained for life. The treatment may be supplemented with extra calcium intake, vitamin D, and maybe calcitonin....... Physical activity should be promoted, and cigarette smoking reduced if possible. Women at risk of cardiovascular disease will also benefit from hormone replacement therapy. There is overwhelming evidence that hormone therapy will protect against both coronary heart disease and stroke...... suggest that every woman showing any signs of hormone deprivation should be treated with hormone replacement therapy. This includes women with subjective or objective vaso-motor symptoms, genito-urinary symptoms, women at risk of osteoporosis (fast bone losers), and women at risk of cardiovascular...

  18. Double Valve Replacement for Lupus Valvulitis (United States)

    Ferraris, Victor A.; Hawksley, Vaughn C.; Rabinowitz, Max; Coyne, Carolyn M.; Sullivan, Thomas J.; Sprague, Merle S.


    Hemodynamically significant lupus valvulitis, requiring valve replacement, is rare: 21 cases have been reported so far in the literature, and only 2 of these have involved double valve replacement. We describe an additional case of double valve replacement in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. The histopathologic and clinical features of this case suggest that valvular involvement resulted from both acute and chronic disease processes. Medical success in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, especially that achieved through prolonged or high-dose steroid therapy, may cause chronic valvular disease to become a more common surgical problem. A review of the literature supports this contention. (Texas Heart Institute Journal 1990;17:56-60) Images PMID:15227191

  19. 对行瓣膜置换术的重症心脏瓣膜病患者进行综合护理的效果观察%Observation of ICU nursing of severe valvular heart disease patients after valve replacement

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    目的:探讨分析对行瓣膜置换术的重症心脏瓣膜病患者进行综合护理的临床效果。方法:选取近期我院收治的进行瓣膜置换术的重症心脏瓣膜病患者58例作为研究对象,将其随机分为对比组(24例)和实验组(34例),对对比组患者进行常规护理,对实验组患者进行综合护理,然后统计比较两组患者对护理工作的满意率。结果:实验组患者对护理工作的满意率明显高于对比组患者,差异具有统计学意义(P <0.05)。结论:对行瓣膜置换术的重症心脏瓣膜病患者进行综合护理的临床效果十分显著。%Objective: To explore the ICU nursing measures for the patients with severe valvular heart disease should be taken in after valve replacement and effect. Methods: a total of October 2014 to 2015 November treated 58 cases of severe cardiac valve disease patients after valve replacement given ICU nursing intervention, were randomly divided into two groups, the experimental group 34 patients were treated with comprehensive ICU nursing, control group (24 patients) were taken routine nursing intervention, compared two groups of patients with nursing effect. Results: the patients in the control group, nursing satisfaction was 79.17%, patients in the experimental group of nursing satisfaction was 94.12%, nursing satisfaction of the experimental group were higher, significant difference was statistically significant (P < 0.05). Conclusion: the patients with severe valvular heart disease underwent ICU nursing in patients after valve replacement, can improve the prognosis, reduce complications, reduce the mortality rate, helps the body back to health, it is recommended.

  20. 人工心脏瓣膜置换患者围术期心肌损伤生化标志物的变化及其临床意义%Changes in biochemical markers of perioperative myocardial injury in patients undergoing artificial heart valve replacement and their clinical significance

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    蓝远敏; 刘治元; 汪涛; 杨丽娜; 陈亮


    Objective To observe the changes in biochemical markers of perioperative myocardial injury in pa-tients undergoing artificial heart valve replacement, and to analyze their clinical significance. Methods Sixty patients of heart valve disease who were treated from January 2014 to December 2014 were enrolled in the study, among which 30 patients accepted artificial heart valve replacement (the observation group) and 30 patients received valvuloplasty (the control group). Then creatine kinase (CK), cardiac troponin I (cTnI), C-reactive protein (CRP), creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) andβ-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase (HBDH) levels were detected before sur-gery, immediately after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and 6 h, 24 h, 48 h, 6 d after surgery. Results CTnI reached the peak in 6~24 h in the observation group and in 48 h~6 d in the control group. The difference between the two groups was statistically significant (P<0.05). CK, CRP, CK-MB, LDH, HBDH reached the peak in the treatment of 24~48 h in the observation group and in 48 h~6 d in the control group. The differences were statistically significant (P<0.05). Conclusion The perioperative biochemical markers of artificial heart valve replacement has changed successively. Monitoring these changes can effectively understand the disease condition, which has positive clinical significance for re-ducing accidents and treatment risks.%目的 分析人工心脏瓣膜置换患者围术期心肌损伤生化标志物的变化情况及其临床意义.方法 选择2014年1~12月深圳市龙岗人民医院及梅州市人民医院接诊的60例心脏瓣膜病患者,其中以接受人工心脏瓣膜置换的30例患者为观察组,接受瓣膜成形的30例患者为对照组,分别检测两组患者的人工心脏瓣膜置换术之前、体外循环结束即刻(ST)以及结束后6 h、24 h、48 h、术后6 d的肌酸激酶(CK)、心肌肌钙蛋白I (cTnI)、C反应蛋白(CRP)、肌酸激酶-MB (CK-MB)、乳

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  6. Product Platform Replacements

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    Sköld, Martin; Karlsson, Christer


    Purpose – It is argued in this article that too little is known about product platforms and how to deal with them from a manager's point of view. Specifically, little information exists regarding when old established platforms are replaced by new generations in R&D and production environments...... originality and value is achieved by focusing on product platform replacements believed to represent a growing management challenge....

  7. Infections in open heart surgery. (United States)

    Baddour, L M; Kluge, R M


    More than 250,000 open heart surgical procedures are performed annually in the United States. The majority of these procedures are coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) and valve replacements. In this forum our authors discuss the kinds of infections that occur in patients following open heart surgery, as well as the documented risk factors and microbiology of these infections. We also asked each author to outline the criteria used to diagnose post open heart surgery infections, and to address associated consequences and complications. Finally, we were interested in each author's definition of the infection control practitioner's role in the prevention of this particular subset of nosocomial infections.

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  11. 新型高分子材料介入肺动脉瓣膜的动物实验%Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement in sheep : 1-month evaluation of a novel polymeric prosthetic heart valve

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    张本; 徐同毅; 李鑫; 陈翔; 张志钢; 韩林; 徐志云


    Objective To evaluate valvular functionality after transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement in sheep using a novel polymeric prosthetic pulmonary valve.Methods In this study,we designed a novel polymeric trileaflet transcatheter pulmonary valve with a balloon-expandable stent,and the valve leaflet was made of 0.1 mm expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE).We chose bovine pericardium valve as control.Pulmonary valve stents were implanted in situ by right ventricular apical approach in 8 healthy sheep(6 for polymeric valve and 2 for bovine pericardium valve) weighing an average of(22.8 ± 2.2) kg.Angiography was performed after implantation to assess immediate valvular function.Color Doppler echocardiography and 64-row computed tomography were used to assess valvular function 4 weeks after implantation.Results Implantation was successful in 8 sheep.Angiography at implantation showed one polymeric valve was located below the ideal position and most of the stent was in the outflow tract of right ventricle.While,all the other prosthetic valves demonstrated orthotopic position and exhibited normal open and close functionality.Echocardiography 4 weeks after implantation showed all the prosthetic valves exhibited normal functionality and no significant insufficiency.The peak-peak transvalvular pressure gradient of the polymeric valves was (18.8 ± 6.0) mmHg,while that of two bovine pericardium valves were 9 mmHg and 20 mmHg.CT 4 weeks after implantation demonstrated orthotopic position of the stents except the above-mentioned one and all the stents had no deformation.Conclusion The success rate of transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement by right ventricular apical approach is satisfactory.The early valvular functionality of the novel ePTFE pulmonary valve after transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement in sheep is good.%目的 评价自主研制的新型高分子材料介入肺动脉瓣膜动物体内原位置换后的早期实验效果.方法 选用超微孔聚四氟

  12. Heart Attack (United States)

    ... a million people in the U.S. have a heart attack. About half of them die. Many people have permanent heart damage or die because they don't get ... It's important to know the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if someone ...

  13. Surgical phantom for off-pump mitral valve replacement (United States)

    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Moore, John; Guiraudon, Gerard M.; Jones, Doug L.; Campbell, Gordon; Peters, Terry M.


    Off-pump, intracardiac, beating heart surgery has the potential to improve patient outcomes by eliminating the need for cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross clamping but it requires extensive image guidance as well as the development of specialized instrumentation. Previously, developments in image guidance and instrumentation were validated on either a static phantom or in vivo through porcine models. This paper describes the design and development of a surgical phantom for simulating off-pump mitral valve replacement inside the closed beating heart. The phantom allows surgical access to the mitral annulus while mimicking the pressure inside the beating heart. An image guidance system using tracked ultrasound, magnetic instrument tracking and preoperative models previously developed for off-pump mitral valve replacement is applied to the phantom. Pressure measurements and ultrasound images confirm the phantom closely mimics conditions inside the beating heart.

  14. Exercise echocardiography for structural heart disease. (United States)

    Izumo, Masaki; Akashi, Yoshihiro J


    Since the introduction of transcatheter structural heart intervention, the term "structural heart disease" has been widely used in the field of cardiology. Structural heart disease refers to congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. In structural heart disease, valvular heart disease is frequently identified in the elderly. Of note, the number of patients who suffer from aortic stenosis (AS) and mitral regurgitation (MR) is increasing in developed countries because of the aging of the populations. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair has been widely used for AS and MR, individually. Echocardiography is the gold standard modality for initial diagnosis and subsequent evaluation of AS and MR, although the difficulties in assessing patients with these diseases still remain. Here, we review the clinical usefulness and prognostic impact of exercise echocardiography on structural heart disease, particularly on AS and MR.

  15. 甲状腺功能减退患者心率变异及对治疗的反应%Heart rate variability and its response to thyroxine replacement therapy in patients with hypothyroidism

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    邢惠莉; 陈寒蓓; 王一尘; 沈迎; 沈卫峰


    Objective To analyze heart rate variability (HRV)and its changes with thyroxine treatment in patients with hypothyroidism. Methods HRV was analyzed using 24-hour electrocardiographic recording in 38 patients with hypothyroidism and 21 normal controls. The changes in HRV were evaluated for the 18 hypothyroid patients after 3 months of thyroxine therapy. Results The time domain measurements of HRV in hypothyroid patients were much lower than those in the control group. As to HRV frequency domain, the high frequency power was significantly higher, but the ratio of low frequency power to frequency power for hypothyroid patients was lower than in the controls. These abnormal changes of HRV measurements in hypothyroid patients were improved after treatment with thyroxine and were associated with recovery of serum concentrations of FT3 and FT4. Conclusions Patients with hypothyroidism often have autonomic neuropathies with a higher level of vagal tone. These abnormalities could be partly improved by thyoxine therapy.%目的测定甲状腺功能减退(甲减)患者心率变异(HRV)及观察甲状腺素替代治疗后的变化.方法记录38例甲减患者与21例正常者24小时动态心电图,并进行HRV分析.18例甲减患者治疗3月后重复HRV测定.结果甲减时,HRV的时阈指标较对照组明显降低;频阈指标中,高频功率(HF)较对照组明显增高,而低频(LF)与HF比值较对照组显著减低.甲减患者经甲状腺素替代治疗后,HRV时阈指标和频阈指标均明显改善,且与FT3和FT4的恢复程度相一致.结论甲减时,自主神经活动明显改变,且以迷走神经兴奋性增加占优势.这种自主神经异常在甲状腺素替代治疗后可部分改善.

  16. Transvalvular mitral regurgitation following mitral valve replacement a diagnostic dilemma


    U S Dinesh Kumar; Umesh Nareppa; Shyam Prasad Shetty; Murugesh Wali


    After mitral valve replacement with a prosthetic valve, the valve should be competent and there should not be any residual prosthetic valve regurgitation. Transvalvular residual prosthetic valve regurgitation are difficult to diagnose and quantify. we are reporting interesting TEE images as a diagnostic dilemma in a case of transvalvular mitral regurgitation following mitral valve replacement secondary to entrapment of sub-valvular apparatus in a Chitra mechanical heart valve.

  17. 心脏机械瓣膜置换术后早期患者对华法林抗凝认知现状及其影响因素分析%The cognitive status of anticoagulant and its related factors in patients with mechanical heart valve replacement

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    屈清荣; 郭亚男; 乔晨晖; 石伟玲; 凡中霞


    Objective: To investigate the cognitive status and its related factors of warfarin anticoagulant in patients undergoing mechanical heart valve replacement. Methods: A total of 115 patients with mechanical heart valve replacement were investigated with a self-designed questionnaire about the cognitive status of anticoagulation by warfarin, Self-rating anxiety scale(SAS), Self-rating depressive scale(SDS), and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS). They were interviewed at outpatient appointment or called by telephone to complete the questionnaires. Results: The score of cognitive status of anticoagulation by warfarin was ranged 4~15 (9.34±2.91); 40.0% were unsatisfactory; 34.8% were common; and 25.2% were satisfactory. Social support, depression, and place of residency were significantly correlated with cognitive status of anticoagulation. Conclusion: The level of cognitive status of anticoagulation by warfarin in patients undergoing mechanical heart valve replacement needs to be improved. Nursing staff should enhance health education of the patients, especially the patients with poor social support, depression, and living in the rural area.%目的:调查心脏机械瓣膜置换术后早期患者对华法林抗凝认知情况,并探讨其影响因素,为制定有针对性的华法林抗凝临床健康教育方案提供依据.方法:采用自行设计的华法林抗凝认知情况调查表,以及Zung焦虑自评量表、Zung抑郁自评量表和社会支持评定量表,以门诊复诊和电话随访的方式对115例心脏机械瓣膜置换术后服用华法林进行抗凝治疗的患者进行问卷调查.结果:患者抗凝认知得分为4~15(9.34±2.91)分,认知程度差者占40.0%,认知程度一般者占34.8%,认知程度好者占25.2%;认知程度主要影响因素为社会支持度、抑郁程度和现居住地.结论:患者抗凝认知程度尚待提高,护理人员应加强对患者进行华法林抗凝相关知识的宣教,特别是对于社会

  18. Perioperative Period Treatments for Patients Underwent One-stage Coronary Artery bypass Grafting and Artificial Heart Valve Repair or Replacement%冠心病合并心脏瓣膜疾病同期手术治疗的围手术期处理要点

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    黎昱江; 刘学刚


    目的:探讨同期行冠脉旁路移植术和瓣膜置换或瓣膜成形术的围手术期的处理要点和注意事项,以期降低该类手术围手术期的死亡率.方法:通过Pubmed、万方数据库、中国知网等检索近几年国内外关于同期行冠脉旁路移植术和瓣膜置换或瓣膜成形术研究的相关文献,总结其围手术期的处理要点和注意事项.结果:同期行冠脉旁路移植术和瓣膜置换或瓣膜成形术,术前应注意患者各脏器功能情况,积极处理合并症;严格掌握手术适应证,制定合理的手术方式、手术流程;术中需掌握各种手术技巧,注意加强心肌保护;术后积极处理各种并发症.结论:同期行冠脉旁路移植术和瓣膜置换或瓣膜成形术,重视并掌握围手术期的处理要点和注意事项,在提高该类手术病人的生存率上起关键作用,能有效提高病人术后生存质量、降低其死亡率.%Objective:To investigate the perioperative period treatments for patients underwent one-stage coronary artery bypass grafting and artificial heart valve repair or replacement in order to reduce the surgical perioperative morbidity and mortality.Methods:To search the related literature in the database of PubMed,Wanfang Data and CNKI in recent years,to sum up the appropriate perioperative treatments.Results:In the perioperative period treatments for patients underwent one-stage coronary artery bypass grafting and artificial heart valve repair or replacement,it has many critical factors,including organs' condition before operation,correct assessment for operative indications,rational operative plan,operative skills,myocardial preservation in operation and prophylaxis and treatment for operation complications.Conclusions:The operation effect of patients underwent one-stage coronary artery bypass grafting and artificial heart valve repair or replacement will be increased remarkably if we pay attention to above-mentioned perioperative period

  19. Severe Intraoperative Hypercapnia Complicating an Unsual Malfunction of the Inner Tube of a Co-axial (BAIN'S Circuit

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    Youssef Emam Youssef


    Full Text Available The Bain's co-axial circuit system is fully established in general anaesthesia practice. It is favoured for its light weight and suitability for head and neck surgery. However, there are numerous published reports of malfunction of the inner tube of the Bain's co-axial circuit, with potentially lethal complications for the patient. This report presents a case in which a patient connected to a reused Bain's circuit (Datex-Ohmeda developed severe hypercapnia in the early intraoperative period due to unusual defect of the inner tube. This report tests and outlines the integrity of co-axial circuits and also reviews the available literature.

  20. 瓣膜置换同期行改良CoxⅢ迷宫手术治疗风湿性心脏瓣膜病伴房颤患者的护理%Nursing of patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease with atrial fibrillation treated with CoxⅢ labyrinth and simultaneous valve replacement operation

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    夏梅; 何萍; 吴蔚


    目的 总结瓣膜置换同期行改良CoxⅢ迷宫手术治疗风湿性心脏瓣膜病伴房颤的护理效果和经验.方法 回顾分析2006年4月-2008年7月收治的58例瓣膜置换同期行coxⅢ迷宫手术的风湿性心脏瓣膜病伴房颤患者的护理措施. 结果 本组病例中围手术期因肾功能衰竭死亡1例,低心排死亡1例,感染性心内膜炎死亡1例,死亡率5.2%,其余均康复出院.在术后住院期间及术后短期随访中存活患者均为窦性心律.在完成术后6个月随访的43例患者中,有3例(7.0%)出现房颤心律,其余均保持窦性心律. 结论 对于瓣膜置换同期行迷宫手术的患者,护理上要注意术前的心理护理及呼吸道准备,术后加强对患者心功能的监护,注意抗凝治疗的护理.%Objective To summarize the effect and experience of nursing of patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease with atrial fibrillation treated with Cox Ⅲ labyrinth and simultaneous valve replace-ment operation. Methods A retrospective analysis was carried out in the nursing of 58 patients with rheumatic valvular heart disease with atrial fibrillation treated with Cox Ⅲ labyrinth and simultaneous valve replacement operation in our hospital from April 2006 to July 2008. Results One patient died of periop-erative renal failure,one died of low cardiac output,one died of infectious endoearditis.Tbe mortality rate reached 5.2%.Other patients were discharged from hospital after completely cured.The survived patients maintained sinus rate during hospitalization days after operation and short-term follow-up after being dis-charged.Among 43 patients who completed follow-up of 6 months after operation,3 patients (7.0%) damon-strated atrial fibrillation,while others still kept sinus rate. Conclusions Attention should be paid to psy-chological nursing,respiratory tract preparation,cardiac function monitoring and nursing of anticoagulation treatment for patients treated with Cox Ⅲ labyrinth and

  1. Leaky valves: new operation improves the heart's pumping action

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    Van Kasteren, J.


    The action of any pump will start to decline when the valves no longer close properly. The same goes for the heart, the pump that maintains the circulation in our vascular system. Consequently, a major field of focus of open heart surgery is the repair or replacement of heart valves. Petr Havl a Ph.

  2. 不同剂量右美托咪定对心肺转流风心瓣膜置换术患者心肌损伤的影响%Effect of different doses of dexmedetomidine on myocardial injury on cardiopulmonary bypass in patients with rheumatic heart valve replacement surgery

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    符炜; 顾尔伟; 王宏; 梅玫; 陈庆书; 赵浩


    Objective To investigate the effect of different doses of dexmedetomidine on myocardial injury (in perioperative peri‐od) on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in patients with rheumatic heart valve replacement surgery .Methods Patients undertook rheumatic heart valve replacement surgery with mitral stenosis were divided into three groups (n=20) in randomized and double‐blind method :control group (group C) ,dexmedetomidine 0 .3 μg/kg group (DEX1 group) ,dexmedetomidine 0 .6 μg/kg group (DEX2 group) .Central venous blood was drawn respectively before anesthesia induction (T0 ) ,2h after CPB (T1 ) ,24 h after CPB (T2 ) ,48 h after CPB (T3 ) ,72 h after CPB (T4 ) .Plasma muscle calcium protein I (cTnI) and creatine kinase (CreatineKinase MB , CK‐MB) were measured and mean arterial pressure and heart rate were recorded at each time point .Furthermore ,extubation time , ICU stay ,postoperative inotropic score 24 h after operation ,drainage 24 h after operation ,cardio auto‐resuscitation rates and ad‐verse cardiovascular events were recorded .Results Compared with T0 ,HR was significantly lower in the T1 time point in DEX2 group .Compared with group C ,HR ,plasma CK‐MB ,inotropic score 24 h after operation and cardiovascular adverse events was sig‐nificantly reduced in the T1 time points in DEX1 group (P<0 .05) ,but the heart auto‐resuscitation rate did not significantly im‐proved .HR at T1 ,plasma CK‐MB values at T1 and T2 ,and plasma cTnI values at T2 -T4 were significantly reduced ;the heart re‐suscitation significantly increased ,myocardial contraction power ratings 24 h after operation and the incidence of cardiovascular e‐vents was significantly lower in DEX2 group (P<0 .05) .The extubation time ,ICU stay time and drainage 24 h after operation did not change significantly in both groups .Conclusion Dexmedetomidine has a protective effect on perioperative myocardial injury in patients with rheumatic heart valve replacement surgery ,and the

  3. 合并重度肺动脉高压瓣膜病患者行机械瓣膜置换的围术期治疗%Perioperative management of mechanical valve replacement in patients with valvular heart diseases complicated by severe pulmonary artery hypertension

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    刘湘君; 景小勇; 李洪银; 潘广玉; 吴清玉


    Objective To summarize the perioperative management of mechanical valve replacement in patients with valvular heart diseases complicated by severe pulmonary artery hypertension. Methods The clinical data of 41 patients with valvular heart diseases complicated by severe pulmonary artery hypertension( PASP > 70mmHg ) performed mechanical valve replacement recently in the hospital were analyzed. Among 21 of them were cases with MVR ( mitral valve replacement, 19 cases of rheaumatic diseases, 2 cases of prolapse ), 4 cases with AVR ( aortic valve replacement, 3 cases of rheumatic diseases,1 case of bicuspid aortic valve ) and 16 cases with MVR + AVR ( all rheumatic heart diseases ). 27 cases with De Vega TVP ( tricuspid valvuloplasty ), 3 cases with coronary artery bypass grafting, and 6 cases with left atrial thrombectomy were performed concomitantly. Echocardiography was employed to evaluate the operation effect and preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care were reviewed. Results Two of 41 cases were death ( 4.9% ), 2 cases of renal failure ( 4.9% ) in perio perative stage. The average pulmonary artery pressure dropped significantly 1 week after surgery( 91 mmHg ± 19 mmHg vs 37 mmHg ± 10 mmHg ), then dropped to ( 35 ± 13 )mmHg at 3 months later. All of the patients recovered to NYHA function class Ⅰ ~ Ⅱ at 3 months later. Conclusion Valve replacement significantly decreased the pulmonary artery pressure of valve diseases and improved cardiac function of valvulopathy patients. On the precondition of complete pre-operation preparation, appropriate operation scheme, prevention and treatment of post-operation complication, severe pulmonary artery hypertension did not increase the mortality rate of mechanical valve replacement.%目的 总结分析瓣膜病合并重度肺动脉高压患者行机械瓣膜置换术的围术期治疗经验.方法 分析瓣膜病合并重度肺动脉高压(肺动脉收缩压>70 mmHg)的机械瓣膜置换术患者41

  4. Tragedy in a heartbeat: malfunctioning desmin causes skeletal and cardiac muscle disease. (United States)

    Goldfarb, Lev G; Dalakas, Marinos C


    Muscle fiber deterioration resulting in progressive skeletal muscle weakness, heart failure, and respiratory distress occurs in more than 20 inherited myopathies. As discussed in this Review, one of the newly identified myopathies is desminopathy, a disease caused by dysfunctional mutations in desmin, a type III intermediate filament protein, or alphaB-crystallin, a chaperone for desmin. The range of clinical manifestations in patients with desminopathy is wide and may overlap with those observed in individuals with other myopathies. Awareness of this disease needs to be heightened, diagnostic criteria reliably outlined, and molecular testing readily available; this would ensure prevention of sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias and other complications.

  5. Robotic mitral valve replacement. (United States)

    Senay, Sahin; Gullu, Ahmet Umit; Kocyigit, Muharrem; Degirmencioglu, Aleks; Karabulut, Hasan; Alhan, Cem


    Robotic surgical techniques allow surgeons to perform mitral valve surgery. This procedure has gained acceptance, particularly for mitral valve repair in degenerative mitral disease. However, mitral repair may not always be possible, especially in severely calcified mitral valve of rheumatic origin. This study demonstrates the basic concepts and technique of robotic mitral valve replacement for valve pathologies that are not suitable for repair.

  6. Replacing America's Job Bank (United States)

    Vollman, Jim


    The Job Central National Labor Exchange ( has become the effective replacement for America's Job Bank with state workforce agencies and, increasingly, with community colleges throughout the country. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has formed a partnership with Job Central to promote its use throughout the…

  7. Replacing America's Job Bank (United States)

    Vollman, Jim


    The Job Central National Labor Exchange ( has become the effective replacement for America's Job Bank with state workforce agencies and, increasingly, with community colleges throughout the country. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has formed a partnership with Job Central to promote its use throughout the…

  8. DNA Damage-Induced HSPC Malfunction Depends on ROS Accumulation Downstream of IFN-1 Signaling and Bid Mobilization. (United States)

    Tasdogan, Alpaslan; Kumar, Suresh; Allies, Gabriele; Bausinger, Julia; Beckel, Franziska; Hofemeister, Helmut; Mulaw, Medhanie; Madan, Vikas; Scharfetter-Kochanek, Karin; Feuring-Buske, Michaela; Doehner, Konstanze; Speit, Günter; Stewart, A Francis; Fehling, Hans Joerg


    Mouse mutants with an impaired DNA damage response frequently exhibit a set of remarkably similar defects in the HSPC compartment that are of largely unknown molecular basis. Using Mixed-Lineage-Leukemia-5 (Mll5)-deficient mice as prototypical examples, we have identified a mechanistic pathway linking DNA damage and HSPC malfunction. We show that Mll5 deficiency results in accumulation of DNA damage and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in HSPCs. Reduction of ROS efficiently reverses hematopoietic defects, establishing ROS as a major cause of impaired HSPC function. The Ink4a/Arf locus also contributes to HSPC phenotypes, at least in part via promotion of ROS. Strikingly, toxic ROS levels in Mll5(-/-) mice are critically dependent on type 1 interferon (IFN-1) signaling, which triggers mitochondrial accumulation of full-length Bid. Genetic inactivation of Bid diminishes ROS levels and reverses HSPC defects in Mll5(-/-) mice. Overall, therefore, our findings highlight an unexpected IFN-1 > Bid > ROS pathway underlying DNA damage-associated HSPC malfunction.

  9. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (United States)

    HLHS; Congenital heart - hypoplastic left heart; Cyanotic heart disease - hypoplastic left heart ... Hypoplastic left heart is a rare type of congenital heart disease. It is more common in males than in ...

  10. Heart transplantation


    Cheng, Allen; Slaughter, Mark S.


    Heart failure remains a major global problem with approximately 6 million individuals suffering from heart failure in the United States alone. The surgical technique of heart transplantation, popularized by Dr. Norman Shumway, has led to its success and currently remains the best treatment options for patients with end-stage. However, with the continued limitation of donor organs and the rapid development of ventricular assist device technology, the number of patients bridged to transplant wi...

  11. Heart attack (United States)

    ... Saunders; 2014:chap 51. Read More Arrhythmias Cardiogenic shock Diabetes Hardening of the arteries Heart failure - overview High blood pressure Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator Lipoprotein- ...

  12. Aortic Annular Enlargement during Aortic Valve Replacement

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    Selman Dumani


    Full Text Available In the surgery of aortic valve replacement is always attempted, as much as possible, to implant the larger prosthesis with the mains goals to enhance the potential benefits, to minimise transvalvular gradient, decrease left ventricular size and avoid the phenomenon of patient-prosthesis mismatch. Implantation of an ideal prosthesis often it is not possible, due to a small aortic annulus. A variety of aortic annulus enlargement techniques is reported to avoid patient-prosthesis mismatch. We present the case that has submitted four three times open heart surgery. We used Manouguian technique to enlarge aortic anulus with excellent results during the fourth time of surgery.

  13. Experience With a Long-term Pulsatile Ventricular Assist Device as a Bridge to Heart Transplant in Adults. (United States)

    Gómez Bueno, Manuel; Segovia Cubero, Javier; Serrano Fiz, Santiago; Ugarte Basterrechea, Juan; Hernández Pérez, Francisco José; Goirigolzarri Artaza, Josebe; Castedo Mejuto, Evaristo; Burgos Lázaro, Raúl; García Montero, Carlos; Moñivas Palomero, Vanessa; Mingo Santos, Susana; González Román, Ana Isabel; Álvarez Avelló, José Manuel; Vidal Fernández, Mercedes; Forteza Gil, Alberto; Alonso-Pulpón, Luis


    Most long-term ventricular assist devices (VADs) that are currently implanted are intracorporeal continuous-flow devices. Their main limitations include their high cost and inability to provide biventricular support. The aim of this study was to describe the results of using paracorporeal pulsatile-flow VADs as a bridge to transplant (BTT) in adult patients. Retrospective analysis of the characteristics, complications, and outcomes of a single-center case series of consecutive patients treated with the EXCOR VAD as BTT between 2009 and 2015. During the study period, 25 VADs were implanted, 6 of them biventricular. Ventricular assist devices were indicated directly as a BTT in 12 patients and as a bridge to decision in 13 due to the presence of potentially reversible contraindications or chance of heart function recovery. Twenty patients (80%) were successfully bridged to heart transplant after a median of 112 days (range, 8-239). The main complications included infectious (52% of patients), neurological events (32%, half of them fatal), bleeding (28%), and VAD malfunction requiring component replacement (28%). Eighty percent of patients with the EXCOR VAD as BTT achieved the goal after an average of almost 4 months of support. The most frequent complications were infectious, and the most severe were neurological. In our enivonment, the use of these pulsatile-flow VAD as BTT is a feasible strategy that obtains similar outcomes to those of intracorporeal continuous-flow devices. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Revision Total Hip Replacement: A Case Report

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    Md Hafizur Rahman


    Full Text Available Total hip replacement is a reconstructive procedure that has improved the management of those diseases of the hip joint that have responded poorly to conventional medical therapy. Conventional, primary total hip replacement is a durable operation in the majority of patients. A hip replacement is a mechanical device with parts that are assembled before and during the operation. But the possible complications of total hip arthroplasty, and its clinical performance over time, is a challenging occasion to the surgeons, and such a challenge we faced with our presenting patient. A 68 year old lady with history of cemented bipolar hemiarthroplasty done in a tertiary care hospital, due to fracture neck of the left femur having the history of diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, anaemia, and mental disorders presented with loosened prosthesis, thinning of medial proximal cortex of the femur which had broken within few months after surgery. She complained of painful walking at left hip joint. There was also evidence of chronic infective and degenerative arthritis of acetabular component of the affected hip joint. Cemented revision total hip replacement surgery was performed with expert multidisciplinary involvement. On 2nd postoperative day the patient was allowed to walk on operated limb with the aid of walker. On 12th postoperative day all the stitches were removed and wound was found healthy.

  15. Operative Treatment and Perioperative Management for Mid and Lower Ureteric Stones After Mechanical Heart Valve Replacement%心脏机械瓣膜置换术后输尿管中下段结石的手术及围术期处理

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    杨军; 范本祎; 何本林; 袁俊斌


    探讨心脏机械瓣膜置换术后输尿管中下段结石的手术方法选择及围手术期抗凝药物的使用及其安全性。【方法】8例心脏机械瓣膜置换术后罹患输尿管中下段结石患者,长期口服华法林抗凝治疗,入院后停用华法林,改用普通肝素0.5 mg/kg ,q4 h 静脉注射,调整凝血酶原时间(PT )至正常范围之内,于手术前24 h 停用抗凝药物。手术方式采用全麻下输尿管硬镜气压弹道碎石加 D‐J 管内置术,手术时间控制在30 min 之内,术后24~48 h 口服华法林并与肝素重叠使用,3 d 后停用肝素,单服华法林并维持国际标准化比率(INR)于治疗范围之内。【结果】8例患者均顺利渡过围术期,一次性碎石排石率100%。【结论】针对心脏机械瓣膜置换术后输尿管中下段结石患者,在合理调整抗凝药物种类、剂量及用法,掌握合适的抗凝强度,并注意术中操作及术后处理的前提条件下,输尿管镜碎石+ D‐J 管内置术,其疗效确,安全可靠。%Objective]To investigate the choice of surgical methods for the middle and lower ureteral cal‐culi after mechanical heart valve replacement and the safety of the use of anticoagulant drugs during periopera‐tive period .[Methods] Eight patients suffered from middle and lower ureteral calculi after mechanical heart valve replacement received long‐term oral anticoagulation therapy with warfarin .After admission ,warfarin was discontinued ,and heparin 0 .5 mg/kg ,q4h intravenous injection was used instead to adjust the prothrombin time (PT ) to the normal range .Anticoagulant drugs was discontinued 24h before surgery .The surgery was con‐ducted under ureter hard mirror pneumatic ballistic lithotripsy under general anesthesia plus D‐J tube internal operation .The operation time was controlled within 30 min .In 24 to 48 h after operation ,warfarin was adminis‐trated with heparin overlap

  16. 人工心脏瓣膜置换术后抗凝治疗女性合并卵巢黄体破裂3例临床分析%A retrospective study about ovarian corpus luteum rupture in women receiving anticoagulant therapy after artificial heart valve replacement

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    陈燕萍; 刘佳华; 孙阳; 刘越; 柯丽娟; 陈政; 卢琴; 林丽珍


    Objective To evaluate the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian corpus luteum rupture in women receiving anticoagulant therapy after artificial heart valve replacement. Method A retrospectively analysis was conducted on the clinical data of 3 patients with ovarian corpus luteum rupture who received anticoagulant therapy after artificial heart valve replacement in Fujian Provincial Hospital from October 2011 to October 2014.Result Three patients were admitted to the emergency department for moderate-severe anemia caused by massive intra-peritoneal hemorrhage. They did not undergo emergency surgery due to heart dysfunction, but their condition improved after conservative treatment, such as discontinuation of warfarin, intramuscular injection of vitamin K1, blood and plasma transfusion.Conclusion The key for the treatment of patients whose coagulant function is abnormal since long-term anticoagulant therapy, which is different from those without complications, is improving blood coagulation function when massive haemorrhage caused by corpus luteum rupture occurs. For most of the cases, emergency operation is not required, because conservative treatment can achieve good effect.%目的:探讨人工心脏瓣膜置换术后抗凝治疗女性合并卵巢黄体破裂的临床特点、诊疗关键。方法对2011年10月至2014年10月期间本院妇科急诊收治的3例人工心脏瓣膜置换术后抗凝治疗期间出现黄体破裂患者的临床资料进行回顾性分析。结果3例患者均因腹腔内大出血导致中、重度贫血急诊入院。入院后因心功能不全,均未行急诊手术,在停用华法林、肌肉注射维生素K1、输血、血浆等保守治疗后,凝血功能得以纠正,腹腔内出血逐渐停止,均好转出院。结论与无合并症的黄体破裂大出血患者不同,长期口服抗凝剂的女性患者在凝血功能异常、出现卵巢黄体破裂大出血时,治疗的关键在于纠正凝血功能,多数患者

  17. Quantitative image analysis for planning of aortic valve replacement

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    Aortic stenosis is the most common and frequent cause of sudden death among all valvular heart diseases. Symptomatic aortic stenosis is considered to be a fatal disease if left untreated. Aortic valve replacement is the mainstay of treatment of symptomatic aortic stenosis. Traditional treatment of s

  18. Quantitative image analysis for planning of aortic valve replacement

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    Elattar, M.A.I.M.


    Aortic stenosis is the most common and frequent cause of sudden death among all valvular heart diseases. Symptomatic aortic stenosis is considered to be a fatal disease if left untreated. Aortic valve replacement is the mainstay of treatment of symptomatic aortic stenosis. Traditional treatment of

  19. Pulmonary artery rupture in a patient receiving an orthotopic heart transplant after total artificial heart explant. (United States)

    Nomoto, Koichi; Weiner, Menachem M; Evans, Adam


    Our case illustrates a patient who suffered a pulmonary artery rupture despite previous total artificial heart implantation and replacement with orthotopic heart transplant. Pulmonary artery rupture during or following cardiac surgery has been reported to occur due to both pulmonary artery catheter use and surgical technique. Our case is the first to demonstrate the occurrence of this complication in the total artificial heart patient population.

  20. Ulnar head replacement. (United States)

    Herbert, Timothy J; van Schoonhoven, Joerg


    Recent years have seen an increasing awareness of the anatomical and biomechanical significance of the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ). With this has come a more critical approach to surgical management of DRUJ disorders and a realization that all forms of "excision arthroplasty" can only restore forearm rotation at the expense of forearm stability. This, in turn, has led to renewed interest in prosthetic replacement of the ulnar head, a procedure that had previously fallen into disrepute because of material failures with early implants, in particular, the Swanson silicone ulnar head replacement. In response to these early failures, a new prosthesis was developed in the early 1990s, using materials designed to withstand the loads across the DRUJ associated with normal functional use of the upper limb. Released onto the market in 1995 (Herbert ulnar head prosthesis), clinical experience during the last 10 years has shown that this prosthesis is able to restore forearm function after ulnar head excision and that the materials (ceramic head and noncemented titanium stem), even with normal use of the limb, are showing no signs of failure in the medium to long term. As experience with the use of an ulnar head prosthesis grows, so does its acceptance as a viable and attractive alternative to more traditional operations, such as the Darrach and Sauve-Kapandji procedures. This article discusses the current indications and contraindications for ulnar head replacement and details the surgical procedure, rehabilitation, and likely outcomes.

  1. Heart transplant (United States)

    ... factors include the type and severity of your heart disease, and how sick you are at the time you are listed. The amount of time you spend on a waiting list is usually NOT a factor for how soon you get a heart, except in the case of children. Most, but ...

  2. Heart failure

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    970284 Effects of enalapril on heart rate variabilityin patients with congestive heart failure. ZHANGYouhua(章友华), et a1. Dept Cardiol, Cardiovasc Instit& Fuwai Hosp, CAMS & PUMC, Beijing, 100037. ChinCir J 1996; 11(2): 729-732.

  3. Heart Anatomy (United States)

    ... from the left ventricle into the aorta, your body's largest artery. See also on this site: The Heartbeat The Conduction System (illustration) Electrical impulses from your heart muscle (the myocardium) cause your heart to contract. This electrical signal begins in the sinoatrial (SA) node, located at ...

  4. Clinical application of continuous renal replacement therapy for postoperative renal insufficiency in patient with severe heart valve disease%连续性肾脏替代治疗在重症心脏瓣膜病术后急性肾功能衰竭的临床应用

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    王松; 谢凯; 李红; 王琴; 谭君


    Objectives To evaluate clinical application the of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) for postoperative renal insufficiency in patient with severe heart valve disease. Methods We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 27 patients (live group 15 cases, death group 12 cases) with severe heart valves diseases who got postoperative renal insufficiency and performed CRRT. Results Gender, age, the classification of preoperative heart function classification and extracorporeal circulation time has no significant difference (P<0. 05) between live group and death group. But the duration of AKI before CRRT(P<0. 05)and the time of urine volume<0. 5ml·kg-1·h-1 before CRRT (P<0. 05) in death group were significantly longer than that in live group. The serum creatinine of death group before CRRT is also significantly higher than live group (P<0. 05). The serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, mean arterial pressure, central venous blood pressure, K+ and blood HCO3- of all 27 patients after CRRT are statistically significant difference (P<0. 05) with those before CRRT. Conclusion CRRT is an important treatment to these patients with severe heart valve disease who got postoperative renal insufficiency. But the most important problem in this process is the recognition of AKI and early beginning of the therapy. It is suggested that early CRRT therapy is beneficial for reducing mortality rate of these patients.%目的 探讨连续性肾脏替代治疗(CRRT)在心脏瓣膜病术后出现急性肾功能衰竭的临床应用价值.方法 回顾性分析心脏瓣膜病术后合并急性肾功能衰竭行CRRT治疗的27例患者(存活组15例,死亡组12例)的临床资料,并进行统计分析.结果 死亡组CRRT距AKI时间和距尿量<0.5ml/Kg·h时间明显长于存活组(P<0.05),且死亡组CRRT开始前的血肌酐显著高于存活组(P<0.05).27例患者CRRT治疗前后血肌酐、尿素氮、平均动脉压、中心静脉压、血K+、血HCO3

  5. Simple, heart-smart substitutions (United States)

    Coronary artery disease - heart smart substitutions; Atherosclerosis - heart smart substitutions; Cholesterol - heart smart substitutions; Coronary heart disease - heart smart substitutions; Healthy diet - heart ...

  6. Inspection of Conductive Prosthetic Replacements using Electromagnetic Methods of Non-Destructive Testing

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    Full Text Available This paper describes the use of electromagnetic methods of non-destructive testing for detecting of inhomogeneities presence in a prosthetic replacement with focus on strut fractures in prosthetic heart valves. In the first part of this paper there are described a basic principle of eddy current testing, heart valve replacement and materials which are usually used for it. The experimental part contains description of simulated problem, obtained simulation results and their interpretation for use in medicine.

  7. Electromagnetic malfunction of semiconductor-type electronic personal dosimeters caused by access control systems for radiation facilities. (United States)

    Deji, Shizuhiko; Ito, Shigeki; Ariga, Eiji; Mori, Kazuyuki; Hirota, Masahiro; Saze, Takuya; Nishizawa, Kunihide


    High frequency electromagnetic fields in the 120 kHz band emitted from card readers for access control systems in radiation control areas cause abnormally high and erroneous indicated dose readings on semiconductor-type electronic personal dosimeters (SEPDs). All SEPDs malfunctioned but recovered their normal performance by resetting after the exposure ceased. The minimum distances required to prevent electromagnetic interference varied from 5.0 to 38.0 cm. The electric and magnetic immunity levels ranged from 35.1 to 267.6 V m(-1) and from 1.0 to 16.6 A m(-1), respectively. Electromagnetic immunity levels of SEPDs should be strengthened from the standpoint of radiation protection.

  8. Grafting analysis indicates that malfunction of TRICOT in the root causes a nodulation-deficient phenotype in Lotus japonicus. (United States)

    Suzaki, Takuya; Kawaguchi, Masayoshi


    Leguminous plants develop root nodules in symbiosis with soil rhizobia. Nodule formation occurs following rhizobial infection of the host root that induces dedifferentiation of some cortical cells and the initiation of a new developmental program to form nodule primordia. In a recent study, we identified a novel gene, TRICOT (TCO), that acts as a positive regulator of nodulation in Lotus japonicus. In addition to its role in nodulation, tco mutant plants display pleiotropic defects including abnormal shoot apical meristem formation. Here, we investigated the effect of the tco mutation on nodulation using a grafting approach. The results strongly indicate that the nodulation-deficient phenotype of the mutant results from malfunction of the TCO gene in the root.

  9. Troubling dimensions of heart transplantation. (United States)

    Shildrick, M; McKeever, P; Abbey, S; Poole, J; Ross, H


    Heart transplantation is now the accepted therapy for end-stage heart failure that is resistant to medical treatment. Families of deceased donors routinely are urged to view the heart as a "gift of life" that will enable the donor to live on by extending and sustaining the life of a stranger. In contrast, heart recipients are encouraged to view the organ mechanistically-as a new pump that was rendered a spare, reusable part when a generous stranger died. Psychosocial and psychoanalytic research, anecdotal evidence and first-person accounts indicate that after transplant, many recipients experience unexpected changes or distress that cannot be understood adequately using biomedical explanatory models alone. In this paper it is argued that phenomenological philosophy offers a promising way to frame an ongoing empirical study that asks recipients to reflect on what it is like to incorporate the heart of another person. Merleau-Ponty and others have posited that any change to the body inevitably transforms the self. Hence, it is argued in this paper that replacing failing hearts with functioning hearts from deceased persons must be considered much more than a complex technical procedure. Acknowledging the disturbances to embodiment and personal identity associated with transplantation may explain adverse outcomes that heretofore have been inexplicable. Ultimately, a phenomenological understanding could lead to improvements in the consent process, preoperative teaching and follow-up care.

  10. Fluid mechanics of artificial heart valves. (United States)

    Dasi, Lakshmi P; Simon, Helene A; Sucosky, Philippe; Yoganathan, Ajit P


    1. Artificial heart valves have been in use for over five decades to replace diseased heart valves. Since the first heart valve replacement performed with a caged-ball valve, more than 50 valve designs have been developed, differing principally in valve geometry, number of leaflets and material. To date, all artificial heart valves are plagued with complications associated with haemolysis, coagulation for mechanical heart valves and leaflet tearing for tissue-based valve prosthesis. For mechanical heart valves, these complications are believed to be associated with non-physiological blood flow patterns. 2. In the present review, we provide a bird's-eye view of fluid mechanics for the major artificial heart valve types and highlight how the engineering approach has shaped this rapidly diversifying area of research. 3. Mechanical heart valve designs have evolved significantly, with the most recent designs providing relatively superior haemodynamics with very low aerodynamic resistance. However, high shearing of blood cells and platelets still pose significant design challenges and patients must undergo life-long anticoagulation therapy. Bioprosthetic or tissue valves do not require anticoagulants due to their distinct similarity to the native valve geometry and haemodynamics, but many of these valves fail structurally within the first 10-15 years of implantation. 4. These shortcomings have directed present and future research in three main directions in attempts to design superior artificial valves: (i) engineering living tissue heart valves; (ii) development of advanced computational tools; and (iii) blood experiments to establish the link between flow and blood damage.

  11. The comparison of application effect of sevoflurane and propofol anesthesia methods in the surgery of the heart valve replacement%七氟烷与丙泊酚麻醉在心脏瓣膜置换手术诱导期的应用效果比较

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    范丹; 兰志勋; 吕强; 蒋蓉娟; 秦志均


    Objective To compare the application effects of whole sevoflurane inhaling and target-controlled infusion of propofol during the induction period of anesthesia and perioperation. Methods Thirty adult patients undergoing heart valve replacement surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass were divided into intervention group( sevoflurane group,S group)and control group(propofol group,P group) by computer generated random number. The S group received 1 % sevoflurane during the anesthetic induction period and sevoflurane concentration in vaporizer increased 1 % per minute until reach 3 % . The P group received target-controlled infusion of propofol during anesthetic induction. The initial target plasma concentration was 0. 8μg/ml, and the concentration increased 0. 5 μg/ml every minute until intubation. At the same time,all the patients received fentanyl 5μg/kg and rocuronium 0. 6 mg/kg. The parameters such as systolic blood pressure (SBP) ,diastolic blood pressure ( DBP) , heart rate(HR)and BIS value were recorded before anesthetic induction ( T0 ) , induction 1 minute(T1) , induction 2 minutes(T2) ,induction 3 minutes(T3 ) , induction 5 minutes(T4 ) ,intubation(T5 ) ,3 minutes after intubation ( T6 )and 10 minutes after intubation(T7) . Blood glucose levels at T2 ,T3 and T7 were also measured. Results There were no statistical differences on SBP,DBP,HR and blood glucose during anesthetic induction period. However,SBP decreased significantly on T1 -T7 compared to T0( P 0.05),两组SBP在T1~T7时点均下降(P0.05).结论 成人风湿性心脏瓣膜置换手术麻醉诱导时应用梯度法吸入七氟烷或靶控输注丙泊酚均可以降低气管插管应激反应,较好地满足气管插管,对血流动力学有一定影响,但在临床接受范围.

  12. Aortic valve replacement

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    Kapetanakis, Emmanouil I; Athanasiou, Thanos; Mestres, Carlos A


    BACKGROUND AND AIMS OF THE STUDY: Prompted by anecdotal evidence and observations by surgeons, an investigation was undertaken into the potential differences in implanted aortic valve prosthesis sizes, during aortic valve replacement (AVR) procedures, between northern and southern European...... countries. METHODS: A multi-institutional, non-randomized, retrospective analysis was conducted among 2,932 patients who underwent AVR surgery at seven tertiary cardiac surgery centers throughout Europe. Demographic and perioperative variables including valve size and type, body surface area (BSA) and early...

  13. Total ankle joint replacement. (United States)


    Ankle arthritis results in a stiff and painful ankle and can be a major cause of disability. For people with end-stage ankle arthritis, arthrodesis (ankle fusion) is effective at reducing pain in the shorter term, but results in a fixed joint, and over time the loss of mobility places stress on other joints in the foot that may lead to arthritis, pain and dysfunction. Another option is to perform a total ankle joint replacement, with the aim of giving the patient a mobile and pain-free ankle. In this article we review the efficacy of this procedure, including how it compares to ankle arthrodesis, and consider the indications and complications.

  14. The Optimum Replacement of Weapon

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    ZHANG Xiao; ZHANG Jin-chun


    The theory of LCC (Life Cycle Cost) is applied in this paper. The relation between the economic life of weapon and the optimum replacement is analyzed. The method to define the optimum replacement time of weapon is discussed.

  15. 2013 update on congenital heart disease, clinical cardiology, heart failure, and heart transplant. (United States)

    Subirana, M Teresa; Barón-Esquivias, Gonzalo; Manito, Nicolás; Oliver, José M; Ripoll, Tomás; Lambert, Jose Luis; Zunzunegui, José L; Bover, Ramon; García-Pinilla, José Manuel


    This article presents the most relevant developments in 2013 in 3 key areas of cardiology: congenital heart disease, clinical cardiology, and heart failure and transplant. Within the area of congenital heart disease, we reviewed contributions related to sudden death in adult congenital heart disease, the importance of specific echocardiographic parameters in assessing the systemic right ventricle, problems in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot and indication for pulmonary valve replacement, and confirmation of the role of specific factors in the selection of candidates for Fontan surgery. The most recent publications in clinical cardiology include a study by a European working group on correct diagnostic work-up in cardiomyopathies, studies on the cost-effectiveness of percutaneous aortic valve implantation, a consensus document on the management of type B aortic dissection, and guidelines on aortic valve and ascending aortic disease. The most noteworthy developments in heart failure and transplantation include new American guidelines on heart failure, therapeutic advances in acute heart failure (serelaxin), the management of comorbidities such as iron deficiency, risk assessment using new biomarkers, and advances in ventricular assist devices. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  16. Power Plant Replacement Study

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    Reed, Gary


    This report represents the final report for the Eastern Illinois University power plant replacement study. It contains all related documentation from consideration of possible solutions to the final recommended option. Included are the economic justifications associated with the chosen solution along with application for environmental permitting for the selected project for construction. This final report will summarize the results of execution of an EPC (energy performance contract) investment grade audit (IGA) which lead to an energy services agreement (ESA). The project includes scope of work to design and install energy conservation measures which are guaranteed by the contractor to be self‐funding over its twenty year contract duration. The cost recovery is derived from systems performance improvements leading to energy savings. The prime focus of this EPC effort is to provide a replacement solution for Eastern Illinois University’s aging and failing circa 1925 central steam production plant. Twenty‐three ECMs were considered viable whose net impact will provide sufficient savings to successfully support the overall project objectives.

  17. Total disc replacement. (United States)

    Vital, J-M; Boissière, L


    Total disc replacement (TDR) (partial disc replacement will not be described) has been used in the lumbar spine since the 1980s, and more recently in the cervical spine. Although the biomechanical concepts are the same and both are inserted through an anterior approach, lumbar TDR is conventionally indicated for chronic low back pain, whereas cervical TDR is used for soft discal hernia resulting in cervicobrachial neuralgia. The insertion technique must be rigorous, with precise centering in the disc space, taking account of vascular anatomy, which is more complex in the lumbar region, particularly proximally to L5-S1. All of the numerous studies, including prospective randomized comparative trials, have demonstrated non-inferiority to fusion, or even short-term superiority regarding speed of improvement. The main implant-related complication is bridging heterotopic ossification with resulting loss of range of motion and increased rates of adjacent segment degeneration, although with an incidence lower than after arthrodesis. A sufficiently long follow-up, which has not yet been reached, will be necessary to establish definitively an advantage for TDR, particularly in the cervical spine. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.


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  2. Power Plant Replacement Study

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    This report represents the final report for the Eastern Illinois University power plant replacement study. It contains all related documentation from consideration of possible solutions to the final recommended option. Included are the economic justifications associated with the chosen solution along with application for environmental permitting for the selected project for construction. This final report will summarize the results of execution of an EPC (energy performance contract) investment grade audit (IGA) which lead to an energy services agreement (ESA). The project includes scope of work to design and install energy conservation measures which are guaranteed by the contractor to be self-funding over its twenty year contract duration. The cost recovery is derived from systems performance improvements leading to energy savings. The prime focus of this EPC effort is to provide a replacement solution for Eastern Illinois University's aging and failing circa 1925 central steam production plant. Twenty-three ECMs were considered viable whose net impact will provide sufficient savings to successfully support the overall project objectives.

  3. Faster Replacement Paths

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    The replacement paths problem for directed graphs is to find for given nodes s and t and every edge e on the shortest path between them, the shortest path between s and t which avoids e. For unweighted directed graphs on n vertices, the best known algorithm runtime was \\tilde{O}(n^{2.5}) by Roditty and Zwick. For graphs with integer weights in {-M,...,M}, Weimann and Yuster recently showed that one can use fast matrix multiplication and solve the problem in O(Mn^{2.584}) time, a runtime which would be O(Mn^{2.33}) if the exponent \\omega of matrix multiplication is 2. We improve both of these algorithms. Our new algorithm also relies on fast matrix multiplication and runs in O(M n^{\\omega} polylog(n)) time if \\omega>2 and O(n^{2+\\eps}) for any \\eps>0 if \\omega=2. Our result shows that, at least for small integer weights, the replacement paths problem in directed graphs may be easier than the related all pairs shortest paths problem in directed graphs, as the current best runtime for the latter is \\Omega(n^{2.5...

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    This report represents the final report for the Eastern Illinois University power plant replacement study. It contains all related documentation from consideration of possible solutions to the final recommended option. Included are the economic justifications associated with the chosen solution along with application for environmental permitting for the selected project for construction. This final report will summarize the results of execution of an EPC (energy performance contract) investment grade audit (IGA) which lead to an energy services agreement (ESA). The project includes scope of work to design and install energy conservation measures which are guaranteed by the contractor to be self-funding over its twenty year contract duration. The cost recovery is derived from systems performance improvements leading to energy savings. The prime focus of this EPC effort is to provide a replacement solution for Eastern Illinois University’s aging and failing circa 1925 central steam production plant. Twenty-three ECMs were considered viable whose net impact will provide sufficient savings to successfully support the overall project objectives.

  5. Wine and heart health (United States)

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    ... CPR: A Real Lifesaver Kids Talk About: Coaches Heart Disease KidsHealth > For Kids > Heart Disease Print A A ... chest pain, heart attacks, and strokes . What Is Heart Disease? The heart is the center of the cardiovascular ...

  8. Men and Heart Disease (United States)

    ... Pressure Salt Cholesterol Million Hearts® WISEWOMAN Men and Heart Disease Fact Sheet Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir Source: Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke Heart Disease Facts in Men Heart disease is the leading ...

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  11. Substituição do carvedilol pelo propranolol em pacientes com insuficiência cardíaca Sustitución del carvedilol por el propranolol en pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca Replacement of carvedilol for propranolol in patients with heart failure

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    Fabiana Marques


    y de las variables cardiovasculares de control presórico y autonómico.BACKGROUND: Large clinical trials using the betablockers carvedilol, metoprolol, bisoprolol and nebivolol have demonstrated improvement of survival and symptoms in patients with heart failure. Despite the lack of scientific evidence, it is plausible that their beneficial effects are extensible to other betablockers. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of the replacement of carvedilol for propranolol on left ventricular function, functional capacity, quality of life, pressure levels, and cardiac autonomic control in patients with heart failure. METHODS: Twenty nine patients receiving optimized drug therapy including maximum tolerated doses of carvedilol were divided into two groups: replacement of carvedilol for propranolol (n = 15 and continued carvedilol (n = 14. At baseline and 6 months later, clinical and laboratorial assessments were carried out with radionuclide ventriculography, echocardiography, Minnesota questionnaire, walk test, APBM and Holter monitoring. RESULTS: The clinical and demographic characteristics were similar in the two groups at baseline. Individualized propranolol dose adjustment ensured a similar degree of beta-blockade, as assessed by resting heart rate and chronotropic reserve. The mean propranolol dose used was 109 ± 43 mg/day. Only one patient presented with intolerance to propranolol, thus carvedilol was reintroduced. One death was recorded in group propranolol. Ejection fraction significantly increased in the propranolol group. No significant change was observed in the other cardiovascular variables after betablocker replacement. CONCLUSION: Our results indicate that replacement of carvedilol for propranolol in patients with heart failure is not associated with deterioration of the ejection fraction, functional capacity, quality of life, and other cardiovascular variables related to autonomic and blood pressure control., PP.0-0.

  12. Heart Disease (United States)

    ... Atherosclerosis is also the most common cause of cardiovascular disease. It can be caused by correctable problems, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. Causes of heart arrhythmia ...

  13. Heart Attack (United States)

    ... tear in the heart artery (spontaneous coronary artery dissection). Certain factors contribute to the unwanted buildup of ... logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. © 1998-2017 Mayo Foundation for Medical ...

  14. Heart failure

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    2008275 Relationship of calcineure in mRNA level in peripheral blood and cardiac muscle of patients with heart failure.WANG Mengmeng(王萌萌),et al.Dept Cardiol,Shandong Prov Hosp,Shandong Univ,Jinan 250021.Chin Cir J 2008;23(2):113-116.Objective To study the relationship of calcineurin mRNA level between peripheral lymphocytes and cardiac muscles of patients with chronic heart failure.Methods

  15. Heart failure

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    2008037 Factors associated with efficacy of cardiac resynchronization therapy for patients with congestive heart failure. SHI Haoying(史浩颖), et al. Dept Cardiol, Zhongshan Hosp Fudan Univ, Shanghai 200032. Chin J Cardiol 2007;35(12):1099-1163. Objective The efficacy of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in patients with congestive heart failure and the potential factors associated with responder or nonresponder were investigated. Methods Fifty

  16. 汉族人心脏瓣膜置换术后华法林用药剂量与基因型关系的相关性研究%Correlation of Warfarin Dosage and Genetic Polymorphism of Han-patients after Heart Valve Replacement

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    王玉庆; 董力; 石应康; 侯江龙; 江虹; 付博


    目的 探讨汉族人心脏瓣膜置换术后抗凝治疗华法林用药剂量个体差异与其基因多态性的相关性,预测患者华法林抗凝治疗的合理用药剂量,实现抗凝监测的个体化管理.方法 选择《中国人心脏瓣膜置换术后抗凝治疗数据库》中2011年1月1日至2012年12月31日在四川大学华西医院接受心脏瓣膜置换术、术后服用华法林行抗凝治疗,并接受国际标准化比值(international normalized ratio,INR)行抗凝监测的患者103例.其中男32例、女71例,年龄21~85 (48.64 ±11.66)岁,采用聚合酶链反应-限制性片段长度多态性(PCR-RFLP)方法和基因测序技术检测CYP2C9 (rs1057910)和VKORC1 (rs9923231)基因位点的基因型和等位基因频率.用超高效液相色谱法(HPLC)检测患者华法林血药浓度,并用Sysmex CA7000 analyser试剂盒检测其凝血因子Ⅱ、Ⅶ、Ⅸ、Ⅹ活性.结果 性别、体表面积和凝血因子活性对华法林用药剂量的影响相对较弱.CYP2C9*3、VKORCI-1639、华法林血药浓度以及年龄对华法林用药剂量的影响相对较强,其影响程度(r2)依次为1.2%、26.5%、43.4%和5.0%.并由此推导出回归方程:Y=1.963-0.986× (CYP2C9*3)+ 0.893× (VKORC1-1639)+ 0.002×(华法林血药浓度)-0.019×(年龄).结论 结合CYP2C9和VKORC1两种基因的多态性检测结果、华法林血药浓度、年龄等非遗传因素建立的多元回归方程,可预测患者华法林抗凝治疗的合理用药剂量,从而实现抗凝监测的个体化管理,减少其并发症的发生.%Objectives To investigate the correlation of warfarin dose genetic and polymorphism of Han-patients after heart valve replacement,to forecast the anticoagulation therapy with warfarin reasonable dosage,and to realize individualized management of anticoagulation monitoring.Methods We selected 103 patients between January 1,2011 and December 31,2012 in West China Hospital of Sichuan University who were treated by oral

  17. 前列腺素E1降低心脏瓣膜置换术患者心肌细胞NF-κB活性及血浆TNF-α水平%Effects of prostaglandin E1 on the levels of myocardium NF-κB and plasma TNF-α in patients underwent heart valve replacement

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    张文斌; 朱成均; 石泉; 赵振海


    目的:评价前列腺素E1(PGE1)对心脏瓣膜置换术患者心肌细胞核转录因子κB(NF‐κB)活性和血浆肿瘤坏死因子α(T N F‐α)水平的影响。方法择期行体外循环下心脏瓣膜置换术的患者40例,年龄32~67岁,体质量指数17~28 kg/m2,美国麻醉师协会(ASA)分级Ⅱ或Ⅲ级,纽约心脏病协会(NYHA)分级Ⅱ或Ⅲ级。采用随机数字表法,将患者分为2组(n=20):对照组(C组)和PGE1组(P组)。麻醉诱导后P组静脉输注PGE120 ng · kg -1· min-1,至手术结束,C组给予等容量生理盐水。于体外循环前(T0,基础值)、体外循环开始后30 min(T1)、体外循环结束时(T2)、体外循环结束后12 h(T3)、体外循环结束后24 h(T4)抽取动脉血,检测血浆TNF‐α水平;于T0和T2时取右心耳组织,观察组织病理学变化,并用蛋白免疫印迹法(Western blot)检测NF‐κB活性。结果与C组比较,P组T1~T4时血浆 TNF‐α水平下降(P<0.05),T2时心肌病理学损伤明显减轻,心肌细胞NF‐κB活性下降(P<0.05)。结论 PGE1可减轻心脏瓣膜置换术患者心肌损伤,其机制与抑制心肌细胞NF‐κB活性,减少血浆TNF‐α水平有关。%Objective To investigate the effects of prostaglandin E1 (PGE1) on the levels of myocardium nuclear factor‐κB (NF‐κB) and plasma tumor necrosis factor‐α (TNF‐α) in patients underwent heart valve replacement .Methods Forty ASA Ⅱ orⅢ degree patients (NYHA Ⅱ or Ⅲ degree) ,aged 32 to 67 years with body mass index of 17 to 28 kg/m2 ,underwent heart valve replacement ,were randomly divided into 2 groups (n=20):control group (group C) and PGE1 group (group P) .After induction of anesthesia ,PGE1 20 ng · kg -1 · min-1 was infused intravenously in group P ,while the equivalent volume of normal saline was giv‐en in group C ,and the infusion was completed at the end of

  18. The observation and clinical significance of the long-term anticoagulation status in patients after mechanical heart valve replacement.%机械瓣膜置换术后远期抗凝状态观察及临床意义

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    王永亮; 张伟; 万俊哲; 李少民; 裴斐; 张军


    Objective To investigate the long-term anticoagulation starus and relation of INR and complica-tion,best anticoagulation range and clinical significance in patients after mechanical heart valve replacement. Meth-ods The data of blood clotting test series(containing PT,PT% ,PTR,INR,Fbg,APTT) for patients after 6 months of mechanical heart valve replacement were collected, then the cases were divided into 4 groups according to their INR levels( group Ⅰ : INR 2.5 ). Results Group Ⅰ contained 28 person-times, with their dosage of warfarin for (3.61 ± 1.44 ) mg, INR 1.38 ± 0. 12, core-bral embolism occurred for 4 person-times,with a inception rate of 14%. Group Ⅱ contained 92 person-times,with their dosage of warfarin for (3.5±1.37)mg,INR 1.65±0. 14,hemorrhinia occurred for 2 person-times,with a in-ception rate of 2%. Group Ⅲ contained 80 person-times, with their dosage of warfarin for (3.18±1.63 )mg, INR 2.23±0.19 ,bematuria occurred for 2 person-times, bemorrhinia occurred for 2 person-times, with a total inception rate of 5% ; Group Ⅳ contained 16 person-times, with their dosage of warfarin for ( 2.32 ± 1. 23 ) mg, INR 2.80± 0.19, hemorrhinia occurred for 2 person-times and hemoptysis occurred for 1 person-times, with a total inception rate of 18.7%. The person-times in group Ⅱ and Ⅲ accounted for 79.6% and the complication rate was the lowest when INR was between 1.5-2.5. Conclusions INR levels between 1.5-2.5 is the most secure, which is the best antico-agu]ation range in our region. Since the anticoagulation strength dynamically changes, the long-term anticoagulation status in patients after mechanical heart valve replacement should be deeply concerned.%目的 了解机械心脏瓣膜置换术后远期国际标准化比值(INR)与并发症的关系,最佳抗凝强度范围及临床意义.方法 对行机械心脏瓣膜置换术后出院6个月以上的患者在门诊检查凝血三项(PT、PT%、PTR、INR、Fbg、APTY)216例

  19. 全程护理在心力衰竭患者行床边连续肾脏替代疗法中的应用%The Application of Therapy in Nursing Bedside Continuous renal Replacement in Patients with Heart Failure

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    韩月娥; 何细文; 彭燕; 孙仕娟; 殷礼群


    目的:探讨全程护理在心力衰竭患者行床边连续肾脏替代疗法(CRRT)中的护理效果。方法选取2013年4月至2014年5月接受治疗的90例心力衰竭患者作为研究对象,将其按随机数字表法分为对照组和观察组,各45例。对照组患者给予血透室常规护理,观察组患者采用护理人员全程协同护理,比较两组患者的护理效果以及对护理工作的满意度。结果观察组患者的护理质量评分明显高于对照组,并发症发生率明显低于对照组,差异均有统计学意义(均 P<0.05);观察组患者的护理总满意度明显高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论全程护理应用于心力衰竭患者床边 CRRT 治疗中效果明显,不仅可极大程度地提升护理质量以及患者对护理工作的满意度,且有利于患者的康复。%Objective To explore the nursing in patients with heart failure of bedside continuous renal replacement therapy(CRRT) in the treatment of nursing effect.Methods 90 cases of heart failure were selected from 2013 April to 2014 May treated in our hospital as the research object,they were randomly divided into control group and observ- ation group,each 45 cases.The control group were given routine nursing in hemodialysis room,the observation group patients by nursing staff throughout the colaborative nursing care,compared two groups of patients with nursing the effect and satisfaction of nursing work.Results The nursing quality score in observation group was significantly higher than that of the control group,the incidence of complications was significantly lower than the control group,the difference was statisticaly significant(P<0.05);satisfaction of patients in observation group were significantly higher than the control group,the difference was statisticaly significant(P<0.05).Conclusion Nursing application in heart failure in the bed al the CRRT treatment in clinical effect is

  20. Phenomenological research on anticoagulation-related self-management behavior in rehabilitation period for patients with heart valves replacement%瓣膜置换术后患者康复期抗凝自我管理的现象学研究

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    Objective To explore the status quo of knowledge,belief,and practice of anticoagulationrelated self-management in rehabilitation period for patients with haeat valves replacement.Methods Van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenology was used as qualitative research method.Twenty patients who had undergone heart valves replacement operation were selected and interviewed.The results of interview were analyzed with category analysis.Results After repeated self-examination,comparison,and summery,four themes were refined,including patients lack anticoagulation-related knowledge and skills in rehabilitation period,the levels of patients' attitudes and beliefs varied greatly,patients' compliance of self-management behavior and taking medicine was low,there were limited channels to get anticoagulation-related information in rehabilitation period.Conclusions More attention should be paid to patients for anticoagulation management after valve replacement operation,especially to those of low literacy,older age,and rural area.Nurses should implement the specific health education about anticoagulation management to patients during discharge guide and following-up period to minimize complications,promote the survival rate,and improve their quality of life.%目的 探讨心脏瓣膜置换术后患者康复期抗凝自我管理的知、信、行的现况.方法 采用质性研究中的Van Manen的诠释现象学研究法,对20名社区心脏瓣膜置换术后康复期抗凝患者进行深入访谈,运用类属分析法对访谈结果进行分析.结果 经过反复的自省、比较、归纳,提炼出4大主题:心脏瓣膜置换术后患者康复期抗凝自我管理的知识和技能缺乏,自我管理信念态度参差不齐,自我管理行为及服药的依从性差,获取康复期抗凝指导的途径少.结论 重视社区瓣膜病康复期抗凝患者,尤其文化程度低、高龄、偏远社区的患者,护理人员在出院指导及随访的过程中要有针对性地实施健

  1. Valve replacement in pediatric patients:a single center experience

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    YU Jian-hua; GUO Hong-wei; ZHANG Gong; WU Shu-ming; SONG Guang-min; SUN Wen-yu


    Background Reconstructive surgery is the primary goal in pediatric patients with valve disease.However,in cases with irreparable valve lesions,valve replacement is the only option.This study aimed to retrospectively analyze the clinical experience of heart valve prosthesis replacement in children.Methods Between January 1990 and July 2009,35 pediatric patients (16 boys,19 girls) underwent mechanical valve replacement in Shandong University Qilu Hospital.The ages ranged from 2.5 to 14 years (mean,(8.8±3.8) years) and body weight varied from 11 to 37 kg (mean,(22.1±5.2) kg).Mechanical valve replacement was performed because of congenital heart disease in 23 patients,rheumatic disease in ten patients and infective endocarditis in two patients.St.Jude bileaflet mechanical valves were implanted in all the 35 patients including mitral valve replacement (MVR) in 18,aortic valve replacement (AVR) in 12,tricuspid valve replacement (TVR) in two,AVR and MVR in two and MVR and TVR in one.The size of the prostheses ranged between 19 and 27 mm.All patients received long-term anticoagulation treatment with sodium warfarin,aiming to maintain an international normalized ratio between 1.5 to 2.0.Follow-up was performed in all the patients with a total follow-up of 119.4 patient-years.Results The operative mortality was 8.57% (3/35).One patient,who underwent cardiac debridement and AVR,died 2 hours after being admitted to the intensive care unit because of severe low cardiac output syndrome and ventricular fibrillation.Two patients died of cardiogenic shock and renal failure during initial hospitalization after the operation.One patient who received replacement of a tricuspid valve developed complete heart block requiring temporary pacing and recovered sinus rhythm 4 days later.Thirty-two patients survived and their cardiac function was in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class Ⅰ to class Ⅱ when discharged.Late events included hemorrhage and endocarditis.Two patients required

  2. Simultaneous ramp right heart catheterization and echocardiography in a ReliantHeart left ventricular assist device (United States)

    Banerjee, Dipanjan; Dutt, Debleena; Duclos, Sebastien; Sallam, Karim; Wheeler, Matthew; Ha, Richard


    Many clinicians caring for patients with continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVAD) use ramp right heart catheterization (RHC) studies to optimize pump speed and also to troubleshoot CF-LVAD malfunction. An investigational device, the ReliantHeart Heart Assist 5 (Houston, TX), provides the added benefit of an ultrasonic flow probe on the outflow graft that directly measures flow through the CF-LVAD. We performed a simultaneous ramp RHC and echocardiogram on a patient who received the above CF-LVAD to optimize pump parameters and investigate elevated flow through the CF-LVAD as measured by the flow probe. We found that the patient’s hemodynamics were optimized at their baseline pump speed, and that the measured cardiac output via the Fick principle was lower than that measured by the flow probe. Right heart catheterization may be useful to investigate discrepancies between flow measured by a CF-LVAD and a patient’s clinical presentation, particularly in investigational devices where little clinical experience exists. More data is needed to elucidate the correlation between the flow measured by an ultrasonic probe and cardiac output as measured by RHC. PMID:28163837

  3. Heart failure: TNM-like classification. (United States)

    Fedele, Francesco; Severino, Paolo; Calcagno, Simone; Mancone, Massimo


    Staging of heart failure represents a major issue in clinical practice. In this setting, the MOGE(S) classification was designed to be similar to the TNM classification used in oncology. Nevertheless, MOGE(S) nosology differs greatly from the key elements of the TNM classification, as well as its simplicity and clinical applicability. In fact, MOGE(S) acronym stands for morphofunctional characteristics (M), organ involvement (O), genetic or familial inheritance pattern (G), etiological information (E), and functional status (S). Recently, a new TNM-like classification for heart failure was proposed. This classification, named HLM, refers to heart damage arising from an initial stage of impaired systolic or diastolic function, without structural injury, to an advanced stage of biventricular dysfunction (H), different stages of lung involvement (L), and malfunction of peripheral organs such as the kidney, liver, and brain (M). HLM classification was influenced by the key elements of TNM staging: simplicity, clinical usefulness, efficacy for planning a therapeutic strategy, and ability to determine patient prognosis. HLM classification seems to be easily applied in the real world and valuable for balancing economic resources with the clinical complexity of patients. Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Biological heart valves. (United States)

    Ciubotaru, Anatol; Cebotari, Serghei; Tudorache, Igor; Beckmann, Erik; Hilfiker, Andres; Haverich, Axel


    Cardiac valvular pathologies are often caused by rheumatic fever in young adults, atherosclerosis in elderly patients, or by congenital malformation of the heart in children, in effect affecting almost all population ages. Almost 300,000 heart valve operations are performed worldwide annually. Tissue valve prostheses have certain advantages over mechanical valves such as biocompatibility, more physiological hemodynamics, and no need for life-long systemic anticoagulation. However, the major disadvantage of biological valves is related to their durability. Nevertheless, during the last decade, the number of patients undergoing biological, rather than mechanical, valve replacement has increased from half to more than three-quarters for biological implants. Continuous improvement in valve fabrication includes development of new models and shapes, novel methods of tissue treatment, and preservation and implantation techniques. These efforts are focused not only on the improvement of morbidity and mortality of the patients but also on the improvement of their quality of life. Heart valve tissue engineering aims to provide durable, "autologous" valve prostheses. These valves demonstrate adaptive growth, which may avoid the need of repeated operations in growing patients.

  5. Toleration, Synthesis or Replacement?

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    Holtermann, Jakob v. H.; Madsen, Mikael Rask


    to have considerable problems keeping a clear focus on the key question: What are the implications of this empirical turn in terms of philosophy of legal science, of the social understanding of IL, and, not least, of the place of doctrinal scholarship after the alleged Wende? What is needed, we argue......, in order to answer is not yet another partisan suggestion, but rather an attempt at making intelligible both the oppositions and the possibilities of synthesis between normative and empirical approaches to law. Based on our assessment and rational reconstruction of current arguments and positions, we...... therefore outline a taxonomy consisting of the following three basic, ideal-types in terms of the epistemological understanding of the interface of law and empirical studies: toleration, synthesis and replacement. This tripartite model proves useful with a view to teasing out and better articulating...

  6. Analysis of continuous renal replacement therapy during post-operative period among patients with severe heart valve diseases%重症心脏瓣膜病瓣膜置换术后持续血液滤过技术应用疗效分析

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    刘若凡; 史艺; 黄辰; 许建屏


    目的 观察与分析持续血液滤过技术(CRRT)在重症心脏瓣膜病术后的应用效果.方法 对2010年10月至2012年4月阜外心血管病医院收治的重症心脏瓣膜病术后因肾功能不全、循环功能障碍、严重电解质紊乱或感染性休克等原因实施CRRT的32例患者的病例资料进行回顾性分析,应用过程中监测患者生命体征、生化等指标,在患者病情稳定后撤除;对血肌酐、转氨酶、氧分压、中心静脉压、尿量等指标进行CRRT应用前后对比.结果 患者体外循环中位时间为140.00(79.50,207.75) min,主动脉阻断中位时间为98.00(45.50,130.75) min,于术后应用CRRT的中位时间46.50(21.25,110.00)h,CRRT应用中位时程为52.50(42.25,72.25)h,应用CRRT治疗后尿量升高[0.77(0.17,1.34) ml/(kg·h)比0.42(0.29,0.61) rml/(kg·h),P=0.007、动脉收缩压升高[(106±25)mm Hg(1 mm Hg =0.133 kPa)比(97±24)mm Hg,P=0.014],中心静脉压[(9±4)cm H2O(1 cm H2O =0.098 kPa)比(12±3)cm H2O,P=0.001]、血肌酐值[129.00(100.60,161.30) g/L比209.00(153.70,268.30) g/L,P<0.001]、尿素氮[12.70(6.93,17.33) g/L比15.20(10.10,28.90) g/L,P=0.017]、转氨酶水平[79.00 (42.25,134.00)g/L比195.00(70.25,689.50) g/L,P=0.003]等均有明显下降,治愈患者中位ICU治疗时长10 d,中位住院时长29 d,术后3例患者死于循环衰竭(术后第5、6、6天),1例死于心脏骤停(术后第2天),1例因肾功能不全转院行专科治疗.结论 对于重症心脏瓣膜病患者,术后积极应用CRRT技术,可以有效帮助患者安全、平稳地度过术后危险期,效果显著.%Objective To observe patients with severe heart valve diseases who had continuous renal replacement therapy(CRRT) after cardiopulmonary bypass.Methods Patients with severe heart valve diseases who underwent cardiac surgery between October 2010 and April 2012 were treated with CRRT due to renal dysfunction,cardiovascular dysfunction,severe electrolyte disturbance or infectious shock (n =32

  7. Myocardial Upregulation of Cathepsin D by Ischemic Heart Disease Promotes Autophagic Flux and Protects Against Cardiac Remodeling and Heart Failure. (United States)

    Wu, Penglong; Yuan, Xun; Li, Faqian; Zhang, Jianhua; Zhu, Wei; Wei, Meng; Li, Jingbo; Wang, Xuejun


    Lysosomal dysfunction is implicated in human heart failure for which ischemic heart disease is the leading cause. Altered myocardial expression of CTSD (cathepsin D), a major lysosomal protease, was observed in human heart failure, but its pathophysiological significance has not been determined. Western blot analyses revealed an increase in the precursor but not the mature form of CTSD in myocardial samples from explanted human failing hearts with ischemic heart disease, which is recapitulated in chronic myocardial infarction produced via coronary artery ligation in Ctsd(+/+) but not Ctsd(+/-) mice. Mice deficient of Ctsd displayed impaired myocardial autophagosome removal, reduced autophagic flux, and restrictive cardiomyopathy. After induction of myocardial infarction, weekly serial echocardiography detected earlier occurrence of left ventricle chamber dilatation, greater decreases in ejection fraction and fractional shortening, and lesser wall thickening throughout the first 4 weeks; pressure-volume relationship analyses at 4 weeks revealed greater decreases in systolic and diastolic functions, stroke work, stroke volume, and cardiac output; greater increases in the ventricular weight to body weight and the lung weight to body weight ratios and larger scar size were also detected in Ctsd(+/-) mice compared with Ctsd(+/+) mice. Significant increases of myocardial autophagic flux detected at 1 and 4 weeks after induction of myocardial infarction in the Ctsd(+/+) mice were diminished in the Ctsd(+/-) mice. Myocardial CTSD upregulation induced by myocardial infarction protects against cardiac remodeling and malfunction, which is at least in part through promoting myocardial autophagic flux. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  8. When do the symptoms of autonomic nervous system malfunction appear in patients with Parkinson’s disease?

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    De Luka Silvio R.


    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Dysautonomia appears in almost all patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD in a certain stage of their condition. The aim of our study was to detect the development and type of autonomic disorders, find out the factors affecting their manifestation by analyzing the potential association with demographic variables related to clinical presentation, as well as the symptoms of the disease in a PD patient cohort. Methods. The patients with PD treated at the Clinic of Neurology in Belgrade during a 2-year period, divided into 3 groups were studied: 25 de novo patients, 25 patients already treated and had no long-term levodopa therapy-related complications and 22 patients treated with levodopa who manifested levodopa-induced motor complications. Simultaneously, 35 healthy control subjects, matched by age and sex, were also analyzed. Results. Autonomic nervous system malfunction was defined by Ewing diagnostic criteria. The tests, indicators of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, were significantly different in the PD patients as compared with the controls, suggesting the failure of both systems. However, it was shown, in the selected groups of patients, that the malfunction of both systems was present in two treated groups of PD patients, while de novo group manifested only sympathetic dysfunction. For this reason, the complete autonomic neuropathy was diagnosed only in the treated PD patients, while de novo patients were defined as those with the isolated sympathetic dysfunction. The patients with the complete autonomic neuropathy differed from the subjects without such neuropathy in higher cumulative and motor unified Parkinson’s disease rating score (UPDRS (p < 0.01, activities of daily living scores (p < 0.05, Schwab-England scale (p < 0.001 and Hoehn-Yahr scale. There was no difference between the patients in other clinical-demographic characteristics (sex, age at the time of diagnosis, actual age, duration of

  9. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Comprehensive Review and Present Status (United States)

    Misenheimer, Jacob A.; Ramaraj, Radhakrishnan


    Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in the developed world. About 7% of the population over age 65 years suffers from degenerative aortic stenosis. The prognosis of patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis is dismal without valve replacement. Even though the American College of Cardiology recommends aortic valve replacement to treat this condition as a class I recommendation, approximately one third of these patients over the age of 75 years are not referred for surgery. Typically, this is from concern about prohibitive surgical risk associated with patient frailty, comorbidities, age, and severe left ventricular dysfunction. The advent in France of transcatheter aortic valve replacement has raised the hope in the United States for an alternative, less invasive treatment for aortic stenosis. Two recent trials—the Placement of AoRTic TraNscathetER Valve Trial Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve (Partner) and the CoreValve US Pivotal—have established transcatheter aortic valve replacement as the preferred approach in patients who are at high or prohibitive surgical risk. The more recently published Partner 2 trial has shown the feasibility of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in intermediate-surgical-risk patients as well. With a profile that promises easier use and better valve performance and delivery, newer-generation valves have shown their potential for further improvement in safety profile and overall outcomes. We review the history and status of this topic. PMID:28265210

  10. Análise da evolução tardia de 291 pacientes submetidos a substituição valvar por próteses metálicas Late follow-up of 291 patients who underwent heart valve replacement with mechanical valves

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    Carlos M. A Brandão


    Full Text Available No período de janeiro de 1980 a dezembro de 1993, 291 pacientes foram submetidos a substituição valvar por próteses metálicas, no Instituto do Coração do HCFMUSP. Cento e oitenta e sete (64,3% pacientes eram do sexo masculino, com idade variando de 2 meses a 78 anos (média de 38,3 +/-18,5. A etiologia das lesões foi reumática em 132 (45,4% pacientes. Foram realizadas 201 substituições da valva aórtica, 77 da valva mitral, 15 duplas substituições mitro-aórticas, 2 substituições da valva tricúspide, 1 dupla substituição mitro-tricuspídea e 1 tríplice substituição mitro-aórtico-tricuspídea, totalizando 315 substituições valvares. Cirurgias associadas foram realizadas em 164 (56,4% pacientes, sendo a mais freqüente a correção de aneurisma de aorta ascendente em 49 (16,8% pacientes Cento e quarenta e um (48,4% pacientes foram submetidos anteriormente a cirurgias valvares. Os pacientes foram avaliados clinicamente no pós-operatório tardio, segundo a classe funcional (NYHA e o aparecimento de complicações relacionadas às próteses e à anticoagulação. A mortalidade imediata foi de 36 (12,4% pacientes. Foram estudados 159 pacientes no pós-operatório tardio, com um tempo médio de evolução de 40,6 meses (10078 meses/paciente. As taxas linearizadas para tromboembolismo, hemorragia relacionada à anticoagulação, óbito tardio, endocardite, escape paravalvar e hemólise no pós-operatório tardio foram, respectivamente, 1,33%, 0,95%, 1,9%, 0,19%, 0,57% e 0,57% pacientes/ano. A curva actuarial de sobrevida em 14 anos é de 63,8%. Oitenta e dois porcento dos pacientes encontram-se em classe funcional I no pós-operatório tardio. Podemos concluir que os nossos resultados foram bastante satisfatórios com a utilização de próteses metálicas.Between January 1980 and December 1993, 291 patients underwent valve replacement with mechanical valves in the Heart Institute of HCFMUSP. One hundred and eighty seven (64

  11. Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Replacement and Transfemoral Aortic Valve Implantation. (United States)

    Rustenbach, Christian; Baumbach, Hardy; Hill, Stephan; Franke, Ulrich F W


    The case is reported of a symptomatic elderly patient with severe mitral regurgitation, severe aortic valve stenosis, and coronary heart disease. The coronary artery disease had been interventionally treated four years previously with stent implantation into the right coronary artery. Published studies have shown that a combination of mitral and aortic valve surgery is associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality and morbidity, particularly in elderly patients. In the present patient, both valvular malformations were successfully treated with a single-step interdisciplinary approach, namely an initial surgical mitral valve replacement followed by transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

  12. Heart failure - tests (United States)

    CHF - tests; Congestive heart failure - tests; Cardiomyopathy - tests; HF - tests ... the best test to: Identify which type of heart failure (systolic versus diastolic, valvular) Monitor your heart failure ...

  13. Problem: Heart Valve Stenosis (United States)

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    张锡德; 董泰斌; 王西林; 蒋云峰


    A number of malfunctions occurred in synthesis gas compressor train during operation. The causes for the malfunctions have been found out through analysis. The reason for the worm tooth damage of turning devices is that the turning device starts up before the rotor comes to standstill or the turning motor is started before the turning set lever is turned down; the reason for the turbine trip by high vibration during start-up includes short barring gear time, no turning, wrong control of TTV; the reason for the turbine trip during speed-up is that after the governing valve replaces the TTV valve,it's still adjusting itself and sudden speed-up may cause low turbine speed; and the reason for the full open of the surge valve of air compressor is that the extraction pipe is inadequately warmed and the condensation in tube goes into steam pipe network when the turbine of synthesis gas com-pressor is running extraction gas and the speed of the steam turbine of the air compressor goes down.%合成气压缩机组在运行中出现了一系列故障,对其分析,找出了故障的原因.对于盘车器蜗杆齿损坏,其原因为在汽轮机转子未完全静止前就投入盘车或先开盘车电机然后扳离合手柄而造成的;对于汽轮机振动高而连锁跳车,其原因为盘车时间短、未盘车、TTV阀控制不当等因素而引起;对于汽轮机在提速时跳车,其原因为调速阀在接管TTV阀后,其仍处于自我调整期,急于提速导致汽轮机转速低而跳车;对于空气压缩机喘振放空阀突然全开,其原因为合成气压缩机汽轮机在投抽汽时暖管不充分,冷凝液带入蒸汽管网,造成空气压缩杌汽轮机转速下降而喘振放空阀全开.

  18. Iron replacement therapy

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    Nielsen, Ole Haagen; Coskun, Mehmet; Weiss, Günter


    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Approximately, one-third of the world's population suffers from anemia, and at least half of these cases are because of iron deficiency. With the introduction of new intravenous iron preparations over the last decade, uncertainty has arisen when these compounds should be admini...... treatment, when to follow-up for relapse, which dosage and type of therapy should be recommended or not recommended, and if some patients should not be treated....... be administered and under which circumstances oral therapy is still an appropriate and effective treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Numerous guidelines are available, but none go into detail about therapeutic start and end points or how iron-deficiency anemia should be best treated depending on the underlying cause...... of iron deficiency or in regard to concomitant underlying or additional diseases. SUMMARY: The study points to major issues to be considered in revisions of future guidelines for the true optimal iron replacement therapy, including how to assess the need for treatment, when to start and when to stop...

  19. The interrelations between malfunctioning DNA damage response (DDR) and the functionality of the neuro-glio-vascular unit. (United States)

    Barzilai, Ari


    A hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases is impairment of certain aspects of "brain functionality". Brain functionality is defined as the total input and output of the brain's neural circuits and networks. A given brain degenerative disorder does not deregulate total brain functionality but rather the activity of specific circuits in a given network, affecting their organization and topology, their cell numbers, their cellular functionality, and the interactions between neural circuits. Similarly, our concept of neurodegenerative diseases, which for many years revolved around neural survival or death, has now been extended to emphasize the role of glia. In particular, the role of glial cells in neuro-vascular communication is now known to be central to the effect of insults to the nervous system. In addition, a malfunctioning vascular system likely plays a role in the etiology of certain neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, the symptoms of neurodegenerative or more correctly brain degenerative disease are, to a very large extent, a result of impairment in glial cells that lead to pathological neuro-vascular interactions that, in turn, generate a rather "hostile" environment in which the neurons fail to function. These events lead to systematic neural cell death on a scale that appears to be proportional to the severity of the neurological deficit.

  20. Evolving Insights into the Pathophysiology of Diabetic Neuropathy: Implications of Malfunctioning Glia and Discovery of Novel Therapeutic Targets. (United States)

    Rahman, Md Habibur; Jha, Mithilesh Kumar; Suk, Kyoungho


    Diabetic neuropathy subsequent to chronic high blood glucose-induced nerve damage is one of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes, which affects the quality of life in patients with diabetes. Approximately 60-70% of patients with diabetes suffer from a distal symmetrical form of mild to severe neuropathy that progresses in a fiber-length-dependent pattern, with sensory and autonomic manifestations predominating. High glucose and oxidative stress-mediated damage in neurons and glial cells, as well as neuroinflammation and crosstalk between these disease processes, have garnered immense attention as the essential mechanisms underlying the development and progression of diabetic neuropathy. Although the metabolic causes of diabetic neuropathy are well understood and documented, treatment options for this disorder are still limited, highlighting the need for further studies to identify new molecular and therapeutic targets. This review covers recent advances in our knowledge of the pathophysiology of diabetic neuropathy, discusses how persistent hyperglycemic conditions and malfunctioning glia drive disease progression, and finally explores the possibilities and challenges offered by several potential novel therapeutic targets for both preventing and reversing diabetic neuropathy.

  1. Risk factors for the long-term prognosis of patients undergoing heart valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting%心瓣膜置换术同期行冠状动脉旁路移植术患者长期预后的危险因素探讨

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    Objective To investigate the risk factors for the long-term prognosis of patients undergoing heart valve replacement ( HVR ) and coronary artery bypass grafting ( CABG). Methods Fifty-seven patients who underwent HVR combined with CABG in our center were selected as the study objects, CABG combined with aortic operation were performed in 13 cases,CABG combined with double valve replacement were performed in 16 cases and CABG combined with mitral surgery were peformed in 28 cases; The mean number of the graft vessels was ( 1. 97 ?1. 36 ). The follow-up data were collected. Cox proportional hazard model was used to perform the univariate and multivariate analysis of risk factors. Results Fifty-five patients were followed up with the mean time of(57. 37 ?13. 98)months. Two patients were out of follow-up and 7 patients died; Cox proportional hazard model revealed that age > 70 years, pre-existing diabetes,history of myocardical infarction,chronic lung diseases,previous infarction,and left ventricular e-jection fraction (LVEF) =S40% were the independent risk factors for the long-term prognosis in patients undergoing HVR combined with CABG. Conclusion Age, pre-existing diabetes, history of myocardical infarction, chronic lung diseases,previous infarction,and LVEF<40% were the risk factors for the long-term prognosis in patients undergoing HVR combined with CABG.%目的 探讨影响心瓣膜置换术同期行冠状动脉旁路移植术(CABG)患者长期预后的危险因素.方法 57例同期行心脏瓣膜置换术和冠状动脉旁路移植术的患者,同行CABG和主动脉手术13例,同行CABG和双瓣膜手术16例,同行CABG和二尖瓣手术28例;移植血管(1.97±1.36)支.通过随访获取数据,对潜在危险因素先用Cox比例风险模型进行单变量分析,再将有统计学意义(P<0.05)的危险因素纳入Cox多变量回归.结果 失访2例,随访55例,平均随访时间(57.37±13.98)个月,随访期间共7例死亡;高龄(年龄>70岁)、

  2. Protective effects of continuous renal replacement therapy on multiple organs in the elderly patients with refractory heart failure%连续性肾脏替代疗法对老年难治性心衰患者多器官的保护作用

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    张颖萍; 秦龙


    目的:观察连续性肾脏替代疗法( CRRT)对改善老年难治性心力衰竭(心衰)患者心功能的疗效,以及对肝、肾、肺、脑等多个脏器是否存在保护作用。方法收集我院2009~2014年老年难治性心衰患者(≥60岁)共188例,其中108例仅接受传统治疗,80例接受传统疗法联合CRRT治疗。传统联合CRRT治疗组在CRRT前(当天)及CRRT后1周分别评估患者心功能、胸部X线、脑电图,以及检验血清天门冬氨酸氨基转移酶( AST)、丙氨酸氨基转移酶( ALT )、血肌酐( SCr )。传统组在相应时间同时行同样评估。结果传统联合 CRRT 组NYHA心功能分级(P=0�007)、AST(P=0�004)、ALT(P=0�024)、SCr(P=0�046)水平以及脑电异常活动发生率( P=0�037)均较CRRT前下降,而射血分数( EF)值( P=0�019)较CRRT前上升;与传统组比较,其NYHA分级明显改善(P<0�001),EF值上升(P=0�018),AST(P=0�004)、ALT(P=0�039)、SCr(P=0�032)水平均有所下降,且传统联合CRRT组肺炎( P<0�001)、脑电活动好转率( P=0�034)均显著高于传统组。结论 CRRT可改善老年难治性心衰患者心功能,并可减少或改善肝、肾、肺、脑等多个器官并发症的出现或损伤程度,对多个器官具有保护作用。%Objective To observe whether continuous renal replacement therapy ( CRRT ) could protect multiple organs, including heart, liver, kidney, lung and brain in the elderly patients with refractory heart failure. Methods One hundred and eighty⁃eight patients (≥60 years) with refractory heart failure were recruited from 2009 to 2014, including 80 patients receiving traditional treatments combined with CRRT ( group A ) and 108 patients only receiving traditional treatments ( group B) . Group A underwent the detection of cardiac function, chest X ray, electroencephalogram ( EEG

  3. Heart Health: The Heart Truth Campaign 2009 (United States)

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  4. Women's Heart Disease: Heart Attack Symptoms (United States)

    ... this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Women's Heart Disease Heart Attack Symptoms Past Issues / Winter 2014 Table ... NHLBI has uncovered some of the causes of heart diseases and conditions, as well as ways to prevent ...

  5. Women's Heart Disease: Heart Disease Risk Factors (United States)

    ... this page please turn JavaScript on. Feature: Women's Heart Disease Heart Disease Risk Factors Past Issues / Winter 2014 Table of ... or habits may raise your risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). These conditions are known as risk factors. ...

  6. Heart failure

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    2009170 Curcumin attenuates left ventricular dysfunction and remodeling in rabbits with chronic heart failure. TANG Yanhong(唐艳红),et al.Dept Cardiol,Renmin Hosp,Wuhan Univ,Wuhan 430060.Chin J Cardiol,2009;37(3):262-267.

  7. Heart failure

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    2008411 Expression of S100B during heart failure in rats. JIANG Zhenni(蒋珍妮), et al. Dept Cardiol, 2nd Affili Hosp, Zhejiang Univ, Coll Med Hangzhou 310009. Chin J Emerg Med 2008;17(5):475-478. Objective To evaluate the value of S100B gene on cardiovascular remodeling in rats with abdominal aorta coarctation.

  8. [Interventional mitral valve replacement. Current status]. (United States)

    Lutter, G; Frank, D


    Approximately 30 % of patients suffering from severe valvular heart disease, such as mitral valve regurgitation are non-compliant to the gold standard of minimally invasive surgery, reconstruction or valve replacement. The number of these mostly old patients with severe comorbidities is increasing; therefore, transcatheter interventions have been developed to address an unmet clinical need and may be an alternative therapeutic option to the reference standard. Apart from the successful MitraClip therapy, alternative transcatheter reconstruction technologies are being developed. As with transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedures, the off-pump implantation of a valved stent into the mitral position mainly via a transapical approach will be of great benefit. Recently, the feasibility of transcatheter mitral valved stent implantation in high-risk patients has already been reported.

  9. Fulminant diffuse systemic sclerosis following aortic valve replacement. (United States)

    Marasovic-Krstulovic, Daniela; Jurisic, Zrinka; Perkovic, Dijana; Aljinovic, Jure; Martinovic-Kaliterna, Dusanka


    We present a case of fulminant diffuse systemic sclerosis (dSSc) developed after the aortic valve replacement followed by fatal congestive heart failure within the 6 months from the initial symptoms. A 61-year-old male developed rapidly progressive diffuse systemic sclerosis following aortic valve replacement due to stenosis of bicuspid aortic valve. He presented with diarrhoea, weight loss, mialgia and arthralgia after cardiac surgery. Heart failure, due to myocardial fibrosis, was noted as a cause of death. We hypothesize that artificial materials like the ones used in mechanical valves or silicon materials in breast implants may induce fulminant course of pre-existing systemic sclerosis or create a new onset in predisposed individual.

  10. Using your shoulder after replacement surgery (United States)

    Joint replacement surgery - using your shoulder; Shoulder replacement surgery - after ... You have had shoulder replacement surgery to replace the bones of your shoulder joint with artificial parts. The parts include a stem made of metal and a ...

  11. Role of CT in patients with prosthetic heart valves

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    Suchá, D.


    Valvular heart disease accounts for a substantial part of the cardiovascular disease worldwide with an estimated prevalence of 2.5% in the Western population aged <65 years and over 13% in the population aged >75 years. Surgical prosthetic heart valve (PHV) replacement is the indicated therapy for

  12. Heart attack first aid (United States)

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  14. Diabetic Heart Disease (United States)

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  18. Classes of Heart Failure (United States)

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  19. Heart valve surgery (United States)

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  20. Aortic valve replacement in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Bhuvnesh Kansara


    Full Text Available Valvular heart disease in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Current therapy includes symptomatic measures and valve replacement. SLE can present major challenges because of accrued organ damage, coagulation defects and complex management regimes. The peri-operative goals are to maintain strict asepsis, avoid use of nephrotoxic drugs and thereby renal insult, and to promote early ambulation post-operatively.

  1. 发电机纵联差动保护误动原因分析%Cause Analysis of the Malfunction of the Longitudinal Differential Protection of a Generator

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    王安甫; 徐明


    通过分析一起发电机纵差保护误动的原因,对差动保护两侧电流互感器的特性、差动回路阻抗进行比较,并全面复核保护定值,以避免在区外故障时,差动回路中产生不平衡电流,发生保护误动作。%Based on the cause analysis of the malfunction of the longitudinal differential protection of a generator,this essay compares the featm's and the differential circuit impedances between the two current transformers of the dif ferential protection. Besides, it also rechecks the fixed value of the protection to avoid protection malfunctions caused by unbalanced current in the differential circuit beyond the relay protection zone.

  2. [Ascending aorta replacement late after aortic valve replacement]. (United States)

    Hayashi, Yasunari; Ito, Toshiaki; Maekawa, Atsuo; Sawaki, Sadanari; Fujii, Genyo; Hoshino, Satoshi; Tokoro, Masayoshi; Yanagisawa, Junji


    Replacement of the asceding aorta is indicated in patients undergoing aortic valve replacement( AVR), if the diameter of the ascending aorta is greater than 5.0 cm. If the diameter of the asceding aorta is from 4.0 to 5.0 cm, it was arguable whether replacement of the ascending aorta should be performed. Nine patients who underwent reoperative ascending aorta replacement after AVR were reviewed retrospectively. Reoperation on the asending aorta replacement was performed 11.8±7.2 years (range 1y5m~23y3m) after AVR. Mean patient age was 69.9±6.3 (range 60~81). In 2 cases, reoperations were performed early year after AVR. Although ascending aorta was dilated at the 1st operation, replacement wasn't performed for the age and minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS). In 3 cases, reoperations were performed more than 10 years later. On these cases, ascending aorta aneurysm and dissection occurred with no pain and were pointed out by computed tomography(CT) or ultrasonic cardiogram(UCG). We think that patients with dilatation of the ascending aorta should undergo AVR and aorta replacement at the 1st operation regardness of age. It is important that patients who underwent AVR should undergo a regular checkup on the ascending aorta.

  3. Dopamine in heart failure and critical care

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    Smit, AJ

    Dopamine is widely used in critical care to prevent renal function loss. Nevertheless sufficient evidence is still lacking of reduction in end points like mortality or renal replacement therapy. Dopaminergic treatment in chronic heart failure (CHF) has provided an example of unexpected adverse

  4. Dopamine in heart failure and critical care

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    Smit, AJ


    Dopamine is widely used in critical care to prevent renal function loss. Nevertheless sufficient evidence is still lacking of reduction in end points like mortality or renal replacement therapy. Dopaminergic treatment in chronic heart failure (CHF) has provided an example of unexpected adverse outco

  5. Manganese depresses rat heart muscle respiration (United States)

    It has previously been reported that moderately high dietary manganese (Mn) in combination with marginal magnesium (Mg) resulted in ultrastructural damage to heart mitochondria. Manganese may replace Mg in biological functions, including the role of enzyme cofactor. Manganese may accumulate and subs...

  6. Concomitant aortic valve replacement and myocardial revascularization. (United States)

    Craver, J M; Jones, E L; Hatcher, C R; Farmer, J H


    Twenty-six consecutive patients underwent combined aortic valve replacement and myocardial revascularization at the Emory University Affiliated Hospitals between May, 1973 and March, 1976. Acute myocardial infarction resulted in two operative deaths (8%). There have been four late deaths, all Class IV preoperative. The age range was 37 to 79 years with an average age of 60. Preoperatively all patients were Class IV or late Class III. Twenty-three patients had symptoms of angina pectoris; congestive heart failure was evident in 56%. Postoperatively, 70% are now Class 1 or II. Single coronary bypass was performed in 16 patients, double in 6, and triple in three. Double bypass plus mitral valve replacement was required in two with aneurysmectomy in one. The rate of intraoperative infarction was 27% for the series but only 7% in the last year. The methods of intraoperative myocardial preservation and the technical approach for the operative procedures were variable. Results with each method are correlated, and currently preferred techniques are presented and discussed. Best results were obtained in patients who presented early in their symptomatic course with isolated proximal coronary lesions and good renoff vessels. Excellent results could be achieved despite advanced age of patients, requirement for multiple bypass grafts, and correction of other associated cardiac lesions. Poorest results were obtained when long-standing ventricular failure was combined with poor vessels distal to coronary stenoses. PMID:860881

  7. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Patient With a Previous Bioprosthetic Mitral Valve Replacement: Report of a Delayed Fatal Interaction. (United States)

    Poulin, Frédéric; Lamarche, Yoan; Le, Van Hoai Viet; Doucet, Michel; Roméo, Philippe; Généreux, Philippe


    We report on a man with bioprosthetic mitral valve perforation who presented late after transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valve (THV). The protrusion of the commissural strut of the bioprosthetic mitral valve coupled with the low implanted THV resulted in repetitive trauma leading to rupture of a mitral leaflet. Potential preventive strategies are discussed. This case illustrates the importance of preprocedural imaging screening and cautious THV deployment in patients with a bioprosthetic mitral valve.

  8. Heart failure

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    2005186 The diagnostic application of bedside measurement of plasma brain natriuretic in patients with heart failure. SHAO Le-wen (邵乐文) , Advanced Ward Dept, 1st Hosp, Med Sch, Zhejiang Univ, Hangzhou 310003. Chin J Intern Med, 2005;44(2): 99-101. Objective: To investigate differential diagnosis value of ultra-rapid bedside measurement of brain na-triuretic peptide (BNP) in patients with dyspnea.

  9. Heart failure

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    2010316 Tissue doppler imaging observation on effect of long-term use of gingko biloba tabtet on left ventricular function in patients with chronic heart failure. ZHANG Hui(张辉),et al. Dept Cardiovasc Med, 2nd Hosp, Hebei Med Univ,Shijiazhuang 050000. Chin J Integr Tradit & West Med 2010;30(5):478-481. Objective To quantitatively observe the effect of long-term

  10. Expanding Applicability of Total Artificial Heart Therapy: The 50-cc SynCardia Total Artificial Heart. (United States)

    Spiliopoulos, Sotirios; Dimitriou, Alexandros Merkourios; Guersoy, Dilek; Koerfer, Reiner; Tenderich, Gero


    The 50-cc SynCardia total artificial heart is designed to facilitate orthotopic replacement of the native ventricles in patients with a body surface area below 1.7 m(2) in need of long-term circulatory support as a result of end-stage biventricular heart failure. We describe the implementation of this technology in a female patient with irreversible cardiogenic shock on the grounds of acute myocardial infarction and chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy.

  11. Malfunctioning DNA damage response (DDR) leads to the degeneration of nigro-striatal pathway in mouse brain. (United States)

    Kirshner, Michal; Galron, Ronit; Frenkel, Dan; Mandelbaum, Gil; Shiloh, Yosef; Wang, Zhao-Qi; Barzilai, Ari


    Pronounced neuropathology is a feature of ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) and Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS), which are both genomic instability syndromes. The Nbs1 protein, which is defective in NBS, is a component of the Mre11/RAD50/NBS1 (MRN) complex. This complex plays a major role in the early phase of the cellular response to double strand breaks (DSBs) in the DNA. Among others, MRN is required for timely activation of the protein kinase ATM (A-T mutated), which is disrupted in patients with A-T. Earlier reports show that Atm-deficient mice exhibit severe degeneration of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-positive dopaminergic nigro-striatal neurons and their terminals in the striatum. This cell loss is accompanied by a large reduction in immunoreactivity for the dopamine transporter protein (DAT) in the striatum. To test whether Nbs1 inactivation also affects the integrity of the nigro-striatal pathway, we examined this pathway in a murine model with conditional inactivation of the Nbs1 gene in central nervous system (Nbs1-CNS-Δ). We report that this model has a reduction in TH-positive cells in the substantia nigra. This phenomenon was seen at very early age, while Atm-/- mice showed a progressive age-dependent reduction. Furthermore, we observed an age-dependent increase in the level of TH in the striatum of Atm-/- and Nbs1-CNS-Δ mice. In addition to the altered expression of TH, we also found a reduction of DAT in the striatum of both Atm-/- and Nbs1-CNS-Δ mice at 60 days of age. Finally, microglial recruitment and alterations in the levels of various neurotrophic factors were also observed. These results indicate that malfunctioning DNA damage response severely affects the integrity of the nigro-striatal pathway and suggest a new neurodegenerative pathway in Parkinsonian syndromes.

  12. Melatonin mitigates mitochondrial malfunction. (United States)

    León, Josefa; Acuña-Castroviejo, Darío; Escames, Germane; Tan, Dun-Xian; Reiter, Russel J


    Melatonin, or N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine, is a compound derived from tryptophan that is found in all organisms from unicells to vertebrates. This indoleamine may act as a protective agent in disease conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, aging, sepsis and other disorders including ischemia/reperfusion. In addition, melatonin has been proposed as a drug for the treatment of cancer. These disorders have in common a dysfunction of the apoptotic program. Thus, while defects which reduce apoptotic processes can exaggerate cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and ischemic conditions are made worse by enhanced apoptosis. The mechanism by which melatonin controls cell death is not entirely known. Recently, mitochondria, which are implicated in the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis, have been identified as a target for melatonin actions. It is known that melatonin scavenges oxygen and nitrogen-based reactants generated in mitochondria. This limits the loss of the intramitochondrial glutathione and lowers mitochondrial protein damage, improving electron transport chain (ETC) activity and reducing mtDNA damage. Melatonin also increases the activity of the complex I and complex IV of the ETC, thereby improving mitochondrial respiration and increasing ATP synthesis under normal and stressful conditions. These effects reflect the ability of melatonin to reduce the harmful reduction in the mitochondrial membrane potential that may trigger mitochondrial transition pore (MTP) opening and the apoptotic cascade. In addition, a reported direct action of melatonin in the control of currents through the MTP opens a new perspective in the understanding of the regulation of apoptotic cell death by the indoleamine.

  13. Electrocatalysts Prepared by Galvanic Replacement


    Athanasios Papaderakis; Ioanna Mintsouli; Jenia Georgieva; Sotiris Sotiropoulos


    Galvanic replacement is the spontaneous replacement of surface layers of a metal, M, by a more noble metal, Mnoble, when the former is treated with a solution containing the latter in ionic form, according to the general replacement reaction: nM + mMnoblen+ → nMm+ + mMnoble. The reaction is driven by the difference in the equilibrium potential of the two metal/metal ion redox couples and, to avoid parasitic cathodic processes such as oxygen reduction and (in some cases) hydrogen evolution too...

  14. Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement

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    Foghsgaard, Signe; Schmidt, Thomas Andersen; Kjaergard, Henrik K


    In this descriptive prospective study, we evaluate the outcomes of surgery in 98 patients who were scheduled to undergo minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. These patients were compared with a group of 50 patients who underwent scheduled aortic valve replacement through a full sternotomy....... The 30-day mortality rate for the 98 patients was zero, although 14 of the 98 mini-sternotomies had to be converted to complete sternotomies intraoperatively due to technical problems. Such conversion doubled the operative time over that of the planned full sternotomies. In the group of patients whose...... is an excellent operation in selected patients, but its true advantages over conventional aortic valve replacement (other than a smaller scar) await evaluation by means of randomized clinical trial. The "extended mini-aortic valve replacement" operation, on the other hand, is a risky procedure that should...

  15. Usable Analysis on Car Bearing Malfunction Diagnosis in Means of Oil-analysis%油脂分析法用于车辆轴承故障诊断的可行性分析

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    pointing-out problems on analysis and treating bearing malfunction diagnosis, stating usability of checking and verdicting bearing malfunction diagnosis.%针对目前列检等部门在分析、处理轴承故障方面存在的问题,论述了油样分析法用于检测、判断轴承故障的可行性。

  16. Surgical therapy in advanced heart failure. (United States)

    Vitali, Ettore; Colombo, Tiziano; Fratto, Pasquale; Russo, Claudio; Bruschi, Giuseppe; Frigerio, Maria


    Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects about 1% of adults in the United States and is a contributing factor in >250,000 deaths per year. In an increasingly elderly population, the surgical treatment of CHF made great progress during the past 3 decades, consuming enormous health care resources. Heart transplantation is still the most effective therapy for end-stage heart disease, with the 10-year survival rate after transplantation approaching 50%. Efforts to increase the supply of donor organs have failed to improve the shortage, underscoring the crucial need for alternatives to cardiac allotransplantation. Alternative surgical options to end-stage heart transplantation are rapidly evolving. Left ventricular assist devices have been used as a bridge to heart transplantation for patients who otherwise might die awaiting a new heart. There is also continued interest in the use of these devices either to bridge patients to full recovery or to destination therapy, without the need for heart replacement. Left ventricular reconstruction, including the Batista and Dor procedures, along with mitral valve repair, cardiomyoplasty, and extreme coronary artery bypass graft surgery, are now being increasingly performed as alternative options. The history, status, and personal experience of surgical treatment of end-stage heart disease are discussed.

  17. Clinical observation on B-type natriuretic peptide, C-reactive protein and left ventricle ejection fraction in acute myocardial infarction patients with acute heart failure after the continuous renal replacement therapy%连续性肾脏替代治疗对急性心肌梗死后心功能不全患者脑钠肽、C反应蛋白及射血分数的影响

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    宋艳东; 李志忠; 张京梅


    Objective To summarize our experience in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients complicated with acute heart failure using continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). Method We retrospectively analyzed 181 AMI patients treated in our ward. Eighty-eight of these patients were attacked with acute heart failure after patent blood flow of culprit vessels by primary PTC, and then treated with medications. CRRT was initiated in 50 patients because of the persistence of heart failure. Patient's vital signs and tolerance to CRRT were closely monitored. Blood gas, electrolytes, plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured before and after CRRT. Left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) was measured. Patients were followed up for one year. Data were analyzed with SPSS 13.0 software. Results CRRT was terminated in 2 patients due to thrombocytopenia, and in one patient due to insufficient perfusion of vital organs. Vital signs and heart failure symptoms improved in 47 patients. After CRRT, electrolytes improved, BNP and CRP decreased (P<0.05), LVEF increased (P < 0.05), and BNP in ultrafiltrate became very low (P < 0.05). Three cases died of sudden cardiac death. Forty-four patients discharged after 20~59 days, and they were followed up for one year. No deterioration of heart dysfunction was found, and no long-term hemodialysis was required. Conclusions CRRT is a relatively safe and effective strategy for patients with acute heart failure after AMI. It can decrease serum BNP and CRP remarkably, and improve heart failure symptoms and LVEF. It also helps the patients survive the dangerous period. Our patients treated with CRRT experienced a gradual improvement of cardiac function, and discharged from the hospital in a stable condition without heart failure recurrence and long-term dialysis during the follow-up period.%目的 探讨连续性肾脏替代治疗(continuous renal replacement therapy,CRRT)对急性心肌梗死

  18. 激素治疗6.8年后的心血管疾病结局心脏与雌/孕激素替代治疗研究随访(HERSⅡ)%Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes During 6.8 Years of Hormone Therapy Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study Follow-up (HERS Ⅱ)

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    Deborah Grady; Steven Khan; L.Kristin Newby; David Waters; Eric Vittinghoff; Nanette Wenger; David Herrington; Vera Bittner; Roger Blumenthal; Michael Davidson; Mark Hlatky; Judith Hsia; Stephen Hulley; Alan Herd


    @@ 背景:心脏与雌、孕激素替代治疗研究(Heart and Estrogen/Progestin ReplacementStudy,HERS)发现,患有冠心病(coronary heart disease,CHD)的绝经后妇女冠心病事件总体风险并无下降.然而,研究还显示,激素组冠心病事件风险第1年增加,第3~5年下降. 目的:确定HERS后期观察到的冠心病事件风险下降是否持续存在,是否随时间的延长而致整体风险下降. 设计与地点:试验在美国20个临床中心门诊及社区医院实施.先进行为期4.1年的随机、盲法、安慰剂对照试验(HERS),随后继续非盲法随诊2.7年(HERSⅡ).对象:共计2 763例患有冠心病的绝经后妇女,入选HERS时的平均年龄为67岁;2 321例妇女(占存活者的93%)同意参加HERSⅡ随诊. 干预:在HERS期间,受试者随机分配接受0.625 mg/d结合雌激素加2.5 mg/d醋酸甲羟孕酮(1 380例)或安慰剂(1 383例).HERSⅡ期间,由经治医生决定开放标记的激素治疗的使用.坚持服用激素至少达80%的比例在激素组从第1年的81%降至第6年的45%,在安慰剂组则从第1年的0%升至第6年的8%. 主要结局指标:主要结局为非致死性心肌梗死和冠心病死亡.次要(或二级)心血管事件包括冠状动脉再通术、因不稳定心绞痛或充血性心力衰竭住院、非致死性室性心律失常、猝死、卒中或短暂缺血发作以及外周动脉疾病. 结果:在HERS、HERSⅡ或整个试验期间,激素组与安慰剂组妇女相比,主要冠心病事件或次要心血管事件的发生率均无明显下降.冠心病事件未校正的相对风险(rela-tive hazard,RH)在HERS为0.99(95%可信区间[CI],0.81~1.22),在HERSⅡ为1.0(95%CI,0.77~1.29),在整个试验为0.99(95%CI,0.84~1.17).校正潜在混淆因素及组间他汀类药物的使用差异后,其总体RH相似,为0.97(95%CI,0.82~1.14).在分析限于坚持原随机分配方案治疗的受试者时,冠心病事件的RH也相似0.96(95%CI,0.77~1.19). 结论:HERS后期

  19. Comparison of peritoneal dialysis versus continuous renal replacement therapy in the treatment of acute kidney injury in infants with congenital heart disease after surgery%腹膜透析和血液滤过治疗婴幼儿先天性心脏病术后并发急性肾功能损害疗效比较

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    郑萍; 柳梅; 袁媛


    目的 比较持续腹膜透析和持续血液滤过治疗在先天性心脏病手术后婴幼儿并发急性肾功能损害的治疗效果.方法 回顾性分析2012年1月到2013年12月间3岁以下,行先天性心脏病手术后并发急性肾功能损害婴幼儿95例的临床资料.其中,腹膜透析治疗患儿52例(腹膜透析 组),持续血液滤过治疗患儿43例(血液滤过治疗组).比较两组患儿手术后液体出超的时间(液体出量开始大于入量的时间)、乳酸恢复正常时间、术后呼吸机辅助时间、住ICU时间、术后住院时间和病死率.结果 两组患儿性别、年龄、体重、疾病、手术中阻断时间和体外循环时间差异没有统计学意义.腹膜透析组液体出超的时间为(22.3±4.2)h,血液滤过治疗组为(14.2±3.6)h,组间比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).腹膜透析组术后乳酸恢复到正常时间为(10.3±5.2)h,血液滤过治疗组为(6.8±3.4)h,组间比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).腹膜透析组术后呼吸机辅助时间为(22.1±5.3)h较血液滤过治疗组(15.6±4.2)h明显延长,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).腹膜透析组实际使用肾脏替代治疗时间为(85.4±11.7)h,血液滤过治疗组为(68.9±12.4)h,组间比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).腹膜透析组术后住ICU时间为(8.2±3.6)d,较血液滤过治疗组(5.8±2.1)d时间长,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).腹膜透析组术后住院时间为(16.2±4.4)d,血液滤过组为(15.2±3.2)d,差异没有统计学意义.结论 先天性心脏病手术后婴幼儿出现急性肾功能损害,使用血液滤过治疗较腹膜透析治疗效果更好,更快,更确切.%Objective To compare the efficacies of continuous peritoneal dialysis versus continuous renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury in infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) after surgery.Methods Retrospective analyses were performed for a total of 95 CHD infants aged under 3 years with acute renal

  20. Accommodation: The role of the external muscles of the eye: A consideration of refractive errors in relation to extraocular malfunction. (United States)

    Hargrave, B K


    Speculation as to optical malfunction has led to dissatisfaction with the theory that the lens is the sole agent in accommodation and to the suggestion that other parts of the eye are also conjointly involved. Around half-a-century ago, Robert Brooks Simpkins suggested that the mechanical features of the human eye were precisely such as to allow for a lengthening of the globe when the eye accommodated. Simpkins was not an optical man but his theory is both imaginative and comprehensive and deserves consideration. It is submitted here that accommodation is in fact a twofold process, and that although involving the lens, is achieved primarily by means of a give - and - take interplay between adducting and abducting external muscles, whereby an elongation of the eyeball is brought about by a stretching of the delicate elastic fibres immediately behind the cornea. The three muscles responsible for convergence (superior, internal and inferior recti) all pull from in front backwards, while of the three abductors (external rectus and the two obliques) the obliques pull from behind forwards, allowing for an easy elongation as the eye turns inwards and a return to its original length as the abducting muscles regain their former tension, returning the eye to distance vision. In refractive errors, the altered length of the eyeball disturbs the harmonious give - and - take relationship between adductors and abductors. Such stresses are likely to be perpetuated and the error exacerbated. Speculation is not directed towards a search for a possible cause of the muscular imbalance, since none is suspected. Muscles not used rapidly lose tone, as evidenced after removal of a limb from plaster. Early attention to the need for restorative exercise is essential and results usually impressive. If flexibility of the external muscles of the eyes is essential for continuing good sight, presbyopia can be avoided and with it the supposed necessity of glasses in middle life. Early attention

  1. Types of Heart Failure (United States)

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  2. Epicardium-Derived Heart Repair

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    Anke M. Smits


    Full Text Available In the last decade, cell replacement therapy has emerged as a potential approach to treat patients suffering from myocardial infarction (MI. The transplantation or local stimulation of progenitor cells with the ability to form new cardiac tissue provides a novel strategy to overcome the massive loss of myocardium after MI. In this regard the epicardium, the outer layer of the heart, is a tractable local progenitor cell population for therapeutic pursuit. The epicardium has a crucial role in formation of the embryonic heart. After activation and migration into the developing myocardium, epicardial cells differentiate into several cardiac cells types. Additionally, the epicardium provides instructive signals for the growth of the myocardium and coronary angiogenesis. In the adult heart, the epicardium is quiescent, but recent evidence suggests that it becomes reactivated upon damage and recapitulates at least part of its embryonic functions. In this review we provide an update on the current knowledge regarding the contribution of epicardial cells to the adult mammalian heart during the injury response.

  3. The Heart and Great Vessels. (United States)

    Onwuka, Ekene; King, Nakesha; Heuer, Eric; Breuer, Christopher


    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. We have made large strides over the past few decades in management, but definitive therapeutic options to address this health-care burden are still limited. Given the ever-increasing need, much effort has been spent creating engineered tissue to replaced diseased tissue. This article gives a general overview of this work as it pertains to the development of great vessels, myocardium, and heart valves. In each area, we focus on currently studied methods, limitations, and areas for future study. Copyright © 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; all rights reserved.

  4. Alternative hormone replacement regimens: is there a need for further clinical trials? (United States)

    Welty, Francine K


    To review the randomized trials of hormone replacement therapy. Studies have shown that conjugated equine estrogen 0.625 mg a day plus medroxyprogesterone acetate 2.5 mg a day increased the risk of cardiovascular events during the first year of treatment in women both with and without coronary heart disease. Conjugated equine estrogen plus medroxyprogesterone acetate also increased the overall risk of myocardial infarction and stroke in women without coronary heart disease, and myocardial infarction or death in women with coronary heart disease, and also increased the risk of breast cancer, cognitive decline and dementia. Unopposed, oral 17B-estradiol increased the risk of stroke during the first 6 months of treatment in women with a previous stroke. Oral 17B-estradiol with or without cyclic progestin had no effect on the progression of atherosclerosis or reinfarction. Transdermal 17B-estradiol plus cyclic progestin was associated with a non-significant increase in coronary heart disease events in women with coronary heart disease. Compared with placebo, cardiovascular events increased in the ongoing estrogen-only arm of the Women's Health Initiative, indicating that unopposed conjugated equine estrogen is unlikely to be cardioprotective. However, oral 17B-estradiol retarded the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis in younger women without coronary heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy should not be initiated for the primary or secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in women. A trial of 17B-estradiol started at menopause in women without coronary heart disease should be considered.

  5. [Indications for surgery for valvular heart disease]. (United States)

    Halbach, Marcel; Wahlers, Thorsten; Baldus, Stephan; Rudolph, Volker


    Due to the demographic change, chronic valvular heart disease becomes increasingly important - especially age-related primary diseases of the aortic and mitral valve as well as secondary diseases of the mitral and tricuspid valve caused by other age-related cardiac disorders. Medical treatment is limited to symptom relief by use of diuretics. Specific drugs or drugs with a prognostic benefit are not available. Thus, valve repair or replacement are the key options for treatment of relevant valvular heart disease. While open heart surgery was the only approach for a long time, interventional, catheter-based therapies have evolved in the last decade. This article describes up-to-date recommendations on indications for surgery for the most prevalent valvular heart diseases in adults - aortic stenosis, and aortic, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation).

  6. Anticoagulation property and security of artificial heart valve material

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    WANG Xianghui; XU Jingfang; LIU Xianghuai; ZHANG Feng; LI Changrong; YU Liujiang; ZHENG Zhihong; WANG Xi; JIANG Zhenbin; CHEN Anqing


    Heart valve diseases threaten human health. One reliable way to save lives of such patients is to replace the pathologically changed heart valves by artificial ones. Over 2 million patients have received LTI-carbon heart valve's implantation. However, the thrombosis after the implantation is one of the difficulties that need to be solved. In order to improve the blood compatibility and security of mechanical heart valves, ion beam technology was used to modify the surface properties of the materials. The investigation results have been summarized in this paper.

  7. Knee Replacement: What you can Expect (United States)

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  8. Living artificial heart valve alternatives: a review

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    Flanagan T. C.


    Full Text Available Conventional replacement therapies for heart valve disease are associated with significant drawbacks. The field of tissue engineering has emerged as an exciting alternative in the search for improved heart valve replacement structures. One of the principles behind this concept is the transplantation of living elements, embedded in a suitable scaffold material, to the diseased site where the structure becomes integrated with patients' tissue to restore natural function. Significant progress has been made in the last ten years in the development of a living artificial heart valve alternative (LAHVA, with the identification of potential replacement sources for valve cells, scaffolds to maintain the cells in a three-dimensional environment, and signals to promote tissue development. This review addresses the need for a tissue-engineered alternative to current prostheses and provides a detailed account of normal heart valve structure - the blueprint for LAHVA fabrication. The research efforts to create a viable LAHVA, including recent developments, are discussed. Particular attention is focused on the choice of cell source for LAHVA construction, the use of biodegradable natural and synthetic polymeric scaffolds as extracellular matrix derivatives, and exogenous stimulation of tissue growth. The critical challenges involved in LAHVA development and possible future areas of investigation are also discussed.

  9. Off-pump replacement of the INCOR implantable axial-flow pump. (United States)

    Nakashima, Kuniki; Kirsch, Matthias E W; Vermes, Emmanuelle; Rosanval, Odile; Loisance, Daniel


    Owing to the actual increase of mechanical circulatory support durations, total or partial replacement of ventricular assist devices (VADs) will most certainly have to be performed with increasing frequency. Herein we report the case of a patient in whom an INCOR (Berlin Heart AG, Berlin) implantable axial-flow pump was replaced without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), underscoring some of the unique features provided by this system.

  10. Homologous gene replacement in Physarum

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    Burland, T.G. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Pallotta, D. [Laval Univ., Quebec (Canada)


    The protist Physarum polycephalum is useful for analysis of several aspects of cellular and developmental biology. To expand the opportunities for experimental analysis of this organism, we have developed a method for gene replacement. We transformed Physarum amoebae with plasmid DNA carrying a mutant allele, ardD{Delta}1, of the ardD actin gene; ardD{Delta}1 mutates the critical carboxy-terminal region of the gene product. Because ardD is not expressed in the amoeba, replacement of ardD{sup +} with ardD{Delta}1 should not be lethal for this cell type. Transformants were obtained only when linear plasmid DNA was used. Most transformants carried one copy of ardD{Delta}1 in addition to ardD{sup +}, but in two (5%), ardD{sup +} was replaced by a single copy of ardD{Delta}1. This is the first example of homologous gene replacement in Physarum. ardD{Delta}1 was stably maintained in the genome through growth, development and meiosis. We found no effect of ardD{Delta}l on viability, growth, or development of any of the various cell types of Physarum. Thus, the carboxy-terminal region of the ardD product appears not to perform a unique essential role in growth or development. Nevertheless, this method for homologous gene replacement can be applied to analyze the function of any cloned gene. 38 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

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  4. Atrioventricular valve replacement in functional single-ventricle patients

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    ZHANG Zhong; CEN Jian-zheng; XU Gang; WEN Shu-sheng; CHEN Ji-mei


    Background This article summarized the experience of atrioventricular valve replacement operation for functional single ventricle patients whose atrioventricular valve was insufficiency.The follow-up time of operation was arranged from early-to medium-term.Methods From July 2009 to July 2015,there were 40 patients of functional single ventricle receiving the operation of atrioventricular valve replacement,including 23 male and 17 female patients.The age at A-Ⅴ valve replacement was ranged from 6 days to 32 years (the medium age of 9 years),and the body weight ranged from 2.7 to 57 kg (the medium body weight of 21.5 kg).Moreover,the atrioventricular valve replacement was performed on all patients under extracorporeal circulation.Results Atrioventricular valve replacement was performed on 40 patients with function single ventricle in hospital,of which eight (20.0%) died in hospital including two neonate and infant (age range:6 days-2 years old) accounting for 25% (2/8),Among them,seven patients died of low cardiac output syndrome two patients with repeated hypoxemia concurrent infection after operation,and one with bilateral diaphragmatic paralysis and malignant arrhythmia.For the patients suffering the severe perivalvular leakage,there was a reoperation,and the cardiac function before the first operation was class Ⅳ.One patient received heart transplantation finally for severe heart failure after AV valve replacement.For the rest of patients,their cardiac function recovered to class Ⅰ-Ⅱ after operation.Conclusions For function single ventricle patients with atrioventricular valve regurgitation,the mortality rate of atrioventricular valve replacement can be accepted if the operation was indicated.For patients with severe atrioventricular value regurgitation,the result of the operation in the early and medium term was satisfying.Thus,the atrioventricular valve replacement served as a useful treatment for patients diagnosed of A-Ⅴ valve regurgitation and

  5. Revealing Hearts

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    Saghaug, Kristin Falck; Pattison, George; Lindgren, Peter


    Some small business owners want to balance personal values as well as economic values. “I have to follow my heart” or “it must be meaningful” some of them say. But how might they be able to know what gives meaning to the heart? The philosophical theologian Paul Tillich finds that the problem...... with reference to Tillich’s account of the meaning of revelation through culture and art, summed up in the statement that “(...) revelation is the manifestation of the ground of being for human knowledge” (Tillich, 1951, p.94), which, we argue, can be extended to everyday experiences, for example, in business...... life. In Tillich’s own terms, even preliminary concerns may point at an ultimate concern (Tillich, 1964), which can also be understood as ‘knowledge of the heart’. Our account is also connected to wider discussions concerning the nature of intuition....

  6. Understanding chronic heart failure


    Fenton, Matthew; Burch, Michael


    The key principles of chronic heart failure and the development of clinical management strategies are described. The physiological changes in chronic heart failure and the clinical management of children with heart failure are considered, but the treatment of heart failure related to congenital heart disease or the intensive care management of heart failure are not mentioned as both topics require consideration in their own right. A greater understanding of the maladaptive responses to chroni...

  7. Cobra Probes Containing Replaceable Thermocouples (United States)

    Jones, John; Redding, Adam


    A modification of the basic design of cobra probes provides for relatively easy replacement of broken thermocouples. Cobra probes are standard tube-type pressure probes that may also contain thermocouples and that are routinely used in wind tunnels and aeronautical hardware. They are so named because in side views, they resemble a cobra poised to attack. Heretofore, there has been no easy way to replace a broken thermocouple in a cobra probe: instead, it has been necessary to break the probe apart and then rebuild it, typically at a cost between $2,000 and $4,000 (2004 prices). The modified design makes it possible to replace the thermocouple, in minimal time and at relatively low cost, by inserting new thermocouple wire in a tube.

  8. Evaluation of mitral valve replacement anchoring in a phantom (United States)

    McLeod, A. Jonathan; Moore, John; Lang, Pencilla; Bainbridge, Dan; Campbell, Gordon; Jones, Doug L.; Guiraudon, Gerard M.; Peters, Terry M.


    Conventional mitral valve replacement requires a median sternotomy and cardio-pulmonary bypass with aortic crossclamping and is associated with significant mortality and morbidity which could be reduced by performing the procedure off-pump. Replacing the mitral valve in the closed, off-pump, beating heart requires extensive development and validation of surgical and imaging techniques. Image guidance systems and surgical access for off-pump mitral valve replacement have been previously developed, allowing the prosthetic valve to be safely introduced into the left atrium and inserted into the mitral annulus. The major remaining challenge is to design a method of securely anchoring the prosthetic valve inside the beating heart. The development of anchoring techniques has been hampered by the expense and difficulty in conducting large animal studies. In this paper, we demonstrate how prosthetic valve anchoring may be evaluated in a dynamic phantom. The phantom provides a consistent testing environment where pressure measurements and Doppler ultrasound can be used to monitor and assess the valve anchoring procedures, detecting pararvalvular leak when valve anchoring is inadequate. Minimally invasive anchoring techniques may be directly compared to the current gold standard of valves sutured under direct vision, providing a useful tool for the validation of new surgical instruments.

  9. Heart failure - home monitoring (United States)

    ... failure - discharge Heart failure - fluids and diuretics Heart failure - what to ask ... Medical Center, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, ...

  10. Treatment of anemia in heart failure patients

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    Miran Šebeštjen


    Full Text Available h e prevalence of anemia in patients with advanced heart failure is signii cant and is present in more than 50 % of this patient population. h e exact pathophysiologic mechanism of anemia in heart failure is still not known – it could be a direct consequence of the heart failure or it could be caused by some other disease in this population of polymorbid patients. h ere are several mechanisms through which heart failure could contribute to the development of anemia. h e most plausible among them are hemodilution, renal insui ciency, increased proinl ammatory cytokines, malnutrition, decreased erhythropoiesis in bone marrow and heart-failure medications (predominantly ACEI. Anemia is an independant risk factor for recurrent hospitalizations and increased mortality. Several small-scale studies demonstrated that the treatment of anemia in heart-failure patients decreased heart failure signs and symptoms in this patient population. Anemia in heart-failure patients can be treated with: blood transfusion, iron replacement therapy, or with synthetic analogues of erhythropoietin. Before the treatment with synthetic analogues of erhythropoietin. is started, other causes of anemia (gastrointestinal bleeding, malnutrition, renal insui ciency, hematological diseases and malignancies have to be excluded. Iron blood levels, ferritin, transferrin and TIBC also have to be determined. If body iron stores are depleted, iron has to be replaced intravenously, the target levels of ferritin being around 250 ng/mL. If anemia persists at er 2 weeks of iron replacement therapy, treatment with erhythropoietin is indicated. Currently 4 erhythropoietin analogues are available: epoetin α (Eprex®, epoetin β (NeoRecormon®, darbepoetin α (Aranesp® and metoksipolietilenglikol epoetin β (Mircera®. Anemia needs to be treated in all NYHA III and IV heart failure patients and hemoglobin levels below 110 g/dL. h e treatment of anemia with erhythropoietin and the adjustment

  11. Renal replacement therapy in ICU

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    C Deepa


    Full Text Available Diagnosing and managing critically ill patients with renal dysfunction is a part of the daily routine of an intensivist. Acute kidney insufficiency substantially contributes to the morbidity and mortality of critically ill patients. Renal replacement therapy (RRT not only does play a significant role in the treatment of patients with renal failure, acute as well as chronic, but also has spread its domains to the treatment of many other disease conditions such as myaesthenia gravis, septic shock and acute on chronic liver failure. This article briefly outlines the role of renal replacement therapy in ICU.

  12. Prioritization methodology for chemical replacement (United States)

    Goldberg, Ben; Cruit, Wendy; Schutzenhofer, Scott


    This methodology serves to define a system for effective prioritization of efforts required to develop replacement technologies mandated by imposed and forecast legislation. The methodology used is a semi quantitative approach derived from quality function deployment techniques (QFD Matrix). QFD is a conceptual map that provides a method of transforming customer wants and needs into quantitative engineering terms. This methodology aims to weight the full environmental, cost, safety, reliability, and programmatic implications of replacement technology development to allow appropriate identification of viable candidates and programmatic alternatives.

  13. Wafer Replacement Cluster Tool (Presentation);

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    Branz, H. M.


    This presentation on wafer replacement cluster tool discusses: (1) Platform for advanced R and D toward SAI 2015 cost goal--crystal silicon PV at area costs closer to amorphous Si PV, it's 15% efficiency, inexpensive substrate, and moderate temperature processing (<800 C); (2) Why silicon?--industrial and knowledge base, abundant and environmentally benign, market acceptance, and good efficiency; and (3) Why replace wafers?--expensive, high embedded energy content, and uses 50-100 times more silicon than needed.

  14. New Trends in Heart Regeneration: A Review

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    Kochegarov A


    Full Text Available In this review, we focus on new approaches that could lead to the regeneration of heart muscle and the restoration of cardiac muscle function derived from newly-formed cardiomyocytes. Various strategies for the production of cardiomyocytes from embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, adult bone marrow stem cells and cardiac spheres from human heart biopsies are described. Pathological conditions which lead to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease often are followed by myocardial infarction causing myocardial cell death. After cell death, there is very little self-regeneration of the cardiac muscle tissue, which is replaced by non-contractile connective tissue, thus weakening the ability of the heart muscle to contract fully and leading to heart failure. A number of experimental research approaches to stimulate heart muscle regeneration with the hope of regaining normal or near normal heart function in the damaged heart muscle have been attempted. Some of these very interesting studies have used a variety of stem cell types in combination with potential cardiogenic differentiation factors in an attempt to promote differentiation of new cardiac muscle for possible future use in the clinical treatment of patients who have suffered heart muscle damage from acute myocardial infarctions or related cardiovascular diseases. Although progress has been made in recent years relative to promoting the differentiation of cardiac muscle tissue from non-muscle cells, much work remains to be done for this technology to be used routinely in translational clinical medicine to treat patients with damaged heart muscle tissue and return such individuals to pre-heart-attack activity levels.

  15. 单张纸胶印机学习系统故障模块的研发%Development of Malfunction Management Module in Sheet-fed Offset Press Learning System

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    陈虹; 徐永财


    针对单张纸胶印机故障种类多、产生原因复杂、鉴别排除困难的现状,研究和开发了单张纸胶印机学习系统的故障查询与管理模块.在科学分类印刷故障的基础上,利用Access软件建立了故障查询数据库,设计并开发了基于VB的学习系统人机界面.该研发模块支持的单张纸胶印机学习系统,具备依据故障图进行故障分类判断、原因描述及解决方案分析的功能,能够在虚拟环境下,进行印刷故障信息的检索和学习,从而为在校学生、一线工人的技术培训和工程技术人员的工艺、设备研究提供平台.%Malfunction query and management module of learning system of sheet-fed offset press was developed to solve the problems of many kinds, complicated causes, and difficult to distinguish for malfunction of sheet-fed offset press. On the basis of scientific classification of printing malfunction, the module of learning system was established with a mechanical malfunction Access database and VB based man-machine interface. The sheet-fed offset press learning system has the function of judging printing malfunction sort, describing the causes and analyzing the solution. It can be used as a malfunction inquiry, learning and technical training platform for in-school students, printing operators according to a virtual printed sheet with printing malfunction.

  16. Carcinoid heart disease: Diagnosis and management. (United States)

    Luis, Sushil A; Pellikka, Patricia A


    Hedinger syndrome refers to carcinoid valvular heart disease. The disease is believed to be triggered by vasoactive substances that result in valvular fibrosis. It classically occurs in patients with metastatic carcinoid and preferentially involves the right sided cardiac valves. Affected valves become thickened and retracted, exhibiting regurgitation and sometimes, stenosis. Echocardiography is recommended in patients with carcinoid syndrome and a follow up study is advisable in those who develop a murmur or other symptoms or signs of valvular heart disease. For appropriately selected patients, valve replacement surgery appears to improve outcomes.

  17. Double emulsions as fat replacers

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    Oppermann, Anika


    The use of double (w1/o/w2) emulsions, in which part of the oil is replaced by small water droplets, is a promising strategy to reduce oil content in food products. For successful applications, (1) significant levels of fat reduction (i.e. significant amounts of water inside the oil droplets) have

  18. Replacement policies for dairy cows

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    Nielsen, Lars Relund

    In a recent paper a hierarchical Markov decision processes (MDP) with finite state and action space was formulated for the dairy cow replacement problem with stage lengths of 1 d. Bayesian updating was used to predict the performance of each cow in the herd and economic decisions were based...

  19. Electrocatalysts Prepared by Galvanic Replacement

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    Athanasios Papaderakis


    Full Text Available Galvanic replacement is the spontaneous replacement of surface layers of a metal, M, by a more noble metal, Mnoble, when the former is treated with a solution containing the latter in ionic form, according to the general replacement reaction: nM + mMnoblen+ → nMm+ + mMnoble. The reaction is driven by the difference in the equilibrium potential of the two metal/metal ion redox couples and, to avoid parasitic cathodic processes such as oxygen reduction and (in some cases hydrogen evolution too, both oxygen levels and the pH must be optimized. The resulting bimetallic material can in principle have a Mnoble-rich shell and M-rich core (denoted as Mnoble(M leading to a possible decrease in noble metal loading and the modification of its properties by the underlying metal M. This paper reviews a number of bimetallic or ternary electrocatalytic materials prepared by galvanic replacement for fuel cell, electrolysis and electrosynthesis reactions. These include oxygen reduction, methanol, formic acid and ethanol oxidation, hydrogen evolution and oxidation, oxygen evolution, borohydride oxidation, and halide reduction. Methods for depositing the precursor metal M on the support material (electrodeposition, electroless deposition, photodeposition as well as the various options for the support are also reviewed.

  20. Ischemic heart disease in women

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    Stella Iraklianou


    Full Text Available Coronary heart disease has long been recognized as the leading cause of death among middle-aged men and an equally important cause of death and disability among older women. Women with acute ischemic syndromes tend to be older than men with such syndromes. This is considered to be attributed to the protective effects of female ovarian sex hormones. Estrogen express an antiatherogenic profile via mechanisms that cause favorable modifications of lipoprotein levels, coagulation and fibrolytic system and alterations in the wall of vessels that cause vasodilation. Women are susceptible to coronary heart disease because of differences in the anatomy and physiology of their vessels. Women's coronary arteries are smaller and have more diffuse disease than men's. Ischemia can be induced in women without flow limiting stenosis because of endothelial dysfunction or coronary spasm. Usually, the way of manifestation of the disease and ECG abnormalities are not typical in women. Female patients usually delay to seek treatment for their symptoms .The way of evaluation and treatment is usually conservative in women than male counterparts. The diagnosis of the disease is overestimated in men and the treatment is more often invasive, even in the category of low risk. Reversely, women of high risk are less likely to undergo a full assessment and invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are seldom. Recommendations of the American Heart Association for ischemic heart disease in women are in accordance to alterations in the way of life interventions in major risk factors such as arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus, preventive use of medications and drugs that are not recommended. In this category of medications belong hormone replacement therapy (HRT.The last is not recommended for primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease in women.

  1. Take heart!

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    Alizée Dauvergne


    Recently, ten new semi-automatic defibrillators were installed at various locations around CERN. This is a preventive measure intended to provide cardiac arrest victims with the best possible response. The first responder could be you!   The Director-General has welcomed the initiative of the Medical Service and Fire Brigade for the installation of ten new semi-automatic defibrillators. You have probably seen them on your way to the restaurant, for example:  brand new semi-automatic defibrillators, ready for an emergency. Housed in a white wall-mounted case, the bright red defibrillators are marked with a white heart symbol crossed by a lightning bolt (see photo). The defibrillator is designed so that anyone can use it. “Anyone can use it, you don’t need to be a health professional,” says Dr Reymond from CERN's Medical Service. Together with the CERN Fire Brigade, he is behind the initiative to have these units put in place. And with good reason, as the unit...

  2. Bonding over Dentin Replacement Materials. (United States)

    Meraji, Naghmeh; Camilleri, Josette


    Dentin replacement materials are necessary in large cavities to protect the pulp and reduce the bulk of filling material. These materials are layered with a composite resin restorative material. Microleakage caused by poor bonding of composite resin to underlying dentin replacement material will result in pulp damage. The aim of this study was to characterize the interface between dentin replacement materials and composite resin and to measure the shear bond strength after dynamic aging. Biodentine (Septodont, Saint Maur-des-Fosses, France), Theracal LC (Bisco, Schaumburg, IL), and Fuji IX (GC, Tokyo, Japan) were used as dentin replacement materials. They were then overlaid with a total-etch and bonding agent or a self-etch primer and composite resin or a glass ionomer cement. All combinations were thermocycled for 3000 cycles. The interface was characterized using scanning electron microscopy and elemental mapping. Furthermore, the shear bond strength was assessed. The Biodentine surface was modified by etching. The Theracal LC and Fuji IX microstructure was unchanged upon the application of acid etch. The Biodentine and glass ionomer interface showed an evident wide open space, and glass particles from the glass ionomer adhered to the Biodentine surface. Elemental migration was shown with aluminum, barium, fluorine, and ytterbium present in Biodentine from the overlying composite resin. Calcium was more stable. The bond strength between Theracal LC and composite using a total-etch technique followed by self-etch primer achieved the best bond strength values. Biodentine exhibited the weakest bond with complete failure of bonding shown after demolding and thermocycling. Dynamic aging is necessary to have clinically valid data. Bonding composite resin to water-based dentin replacement materials is still challenging, and further alternatives for restoration of teeth using such materials need to be developed. Copyright © 2017 American Association of Endodontists

  3. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (image) (United States)

    Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a congenital heart condition that occurs during the development of the heart in the ... womb. During the heart's development, parts of the left side of the heart (mitral valve, left ventricle ...

  4. Turbo charger of marine diesel engine malfunction analyze%船舶柴油机涡轮增压器常见故障分析

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    蒋志斌; 杨庆明


    涡轮增压器是船舶动力装置的重要部件,其工作状况是否良好,对改善气缸的燃烧条件,降低燃油消耗,提高柴油机的功率有着十分重要的意义。由于船舶柴油机涡轮增压器的工况恶劣,使用中易发生故障。本文通过其运行中的常见故障,阐述了故障原因并加以分析,提出了排除故障的方法及预防建议。%Turbo charger is a very important component of vessels power appliance, the working condition of it has extremely important meanings to improve the combustion condition of cylinders, reduce fuel consumption and increase engine power. Since the working condition on board is seriously bad, malfunction can be easily happened on the turbo charger. In this article, it will describe and analyze the malfunction reasons and reminding the methods of solving faults and prevention suggestions through different kinds of faults during running.

  5. The spectrum of transcatheter mitral valve replacement devices. (United States)

    Dudiy, Yuriy; Brownlee, Andrew; Ruiz, Carlos E


    Mitral regurgitation is the most common valvular heart disease. The gold standard for patients not suitable for valve repair is a surgical valve replacement. A significant proportion of patients, however are not referred for surgery due to comorbidities, advanced age or severe LV dysfunction. Transcatheter mitral valve replacement may be a viable therapeutic option for these high risk patients. With improvements in technology and data on the durability of the transcatheter mitral valve, this technology has the potential to be used in a lower risk population. A number of transcatheter systems have emerged recently and are at different stages of investigation. In this review, we outline the key elements and challenges of the transcatheter mitral valve design as well as the status of devices that have reached First in Man status.

  6. What Causes Heart Disease? (United States)

    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Causes Heart Disease? Research suggests that coronary heart disease (CHD) begins with damage to the lining and ... causing coronary microvascular disease (MVD). Coronary MVD is heart disease that affects the heart's tiny arteries. The cause ...

  7. Heart Disease in Women (United States)

    ... United States, 1 in 4 women dies from heart disease. The most common cause of heart disease in both men and women is narrowing or ... It's the major reason people have heart attacks. Heart diseases that affect women more than men include Coronary ...

  8. Non-transplant surgical alternatives for heart failure

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    Robroy H. MacIver; Edwin C. McGee


    Although surgical options exist, treatment for heart failure remains dominated by medical therapy. Even with optimal medical therapy, the mortality of heart failure continues to be high. Conventional wisdom in heart failure treatment leads many practitioners to believe that the patient is "too sick" for further operative procedures such as revascularization, valve repair or replacement and ventricular reconstruction. Improvements in intra and peri-operative care over the last 20 years have allowed for more complex procedures to be performed, and have improved the mortality rates of the more traditional surgeries. As the complexity of the operative procedure and morbidity of the patient has elevated so has the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in choosing treatment plans for patients. As the age of the population increases and acute management of ischemic heart disease improves, the prevalence of heart failure will likely increase. Improving access and changing treatment algorithms to include operative procedures can improve the treatment of heart failure patients.

  9. Heart rate variability in isolated rabbit hearts. (United States)

    Frey, B; Heger, G; Mayer, C; Kiegler, B; Stöhr, H; Steurer, G


    The presence of heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with cardiac denervation after heart transplantation raised our interest in HRV of isolated, denervated hearts. Hearts from seven adult white ELCO rabbits were transferred to a perfusion apparatus. All hearts were perfused in the working mode and in the Langendorff mode for 20 minutes each. HRV was analyzed in the frequency domain. A computer simulated test ECG at a constant rate of 2 Hz was used for error estimation of the system. In the isolated, denervated heart, HRV was of random, broadband fluctuations, different from the well-characterized oscillations at specific frequencies in intact animals. Mean NN was 423 +/- 51 ms in the Langendorff mode, 406 +/- 33 ms in the working heart mode, and 500 ms in the test ECG. Total power was 663 +/- 207 ms2, 817 +/- 318 ms2, and 3.7 ms2, respectively. There was no significant difference in any measure of HRV between Langendorff and working heart modes. The data provide evidence for the presence of HRV in isolated, denervated rabbit hearts. Left atrial and ventricular filling, i.e., the working heart mode, did not alter HRV, indicating that left atrial or ventricular stretch did not influence the sinus nodal discharge rate.

  10. Receptor-interacting protein 140 overexpression impairs cardiac mitochondrial function and accelerates the transition to heart failure in chronically infarcted rats. (United States)

    Chen, YanFang; Chen, ShaoRui; Yue, ZhongBao; Zhang, YiQiang; Zhou, ChangHua; Cao, WeiWei; Chen, Xi; Zhang, LuanKun; Liu, PeiQing


    Heart failure (HF) is associated with myocardial energy metabolic abnormality. Receptor-interacting protein 140 (RIP140) is an important transcriptional cofactor for maintaining energy balance in high-oxygen consumption tissues. However, the role of RIP140 in the pathologic processes of HF remains to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the role of RIP140 in mitochondrial and cardiac functions in rodent hearts under myocardial infarction (MI) stress. MI was created by a permanent ligation of left anterior descending coronary artery and exogenous expression of RIP140 by adenovirus (Ad) vector delivery. Four weeks after MI or Ad-RIP140 treatment, cardiac function was assessed by echocardiographic and hemodynamics analyses, and the mitochondrial function was determined by mitochondrial genes expression, biogenesis, and respiration rates. In Ad-RIP140 or MI group, a subset of metabolic genes changed, accompanied with slight reductions in mitochondrial biogenesis and respiration rates but no change in adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content. Cardiac malfunction was compensated. However, under MI stress, rats overexpressing RIP140 exhibited greater repressions in mitochondrial genes, state 3 respiration rates, respiration control ratio, and ATP content and had further deteriorated cardiac malfunction. In conclusion, RIP140 overexpression leads to comparable cardiac function as resulted from MI, but RIP140 aggravates metabolic repression, mitochondrial malfunction, and further accelerates the transition to HF in response to MI stress.

  11. Aortic Valve Replacement for Infective Endocarditis in a Renal Transplant Recipient

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    Masmoudi Sayda


    Full Text Available Renal transplant recipients are more prone to developing infections. We report a 37-year old renal transplant recipient who developed infective endocarditis of the aortic valve, heart failure and renal allograft dysfunction. He underwent aortic valve replacement which was followed by improvement in cardiac as well as allograft function.

  12. Total left main coronary artery occlusion after aortic aneurysm repair and valve replacement. (United States)

    DePace, N L; Lemole, G M; Wolf, N W; Dowinsky, S; Untereker, W; Spagna, P M


    A 38-year-old woman with complete occlusion of the left main coronary artery secondary to cannulation during aortic valve replacement is presented. The clinical course was characterized by progressive left ventricular dysfunction and congestive heart failure. Recognition of this potential problem when it occurs is important as to institute therapeutic measures which may interrupt a patient's progressive clinical deterioration.

  13. Free-floating left atrial ball thrombus early after mitral valve replacement. (United States)

    Sanae, T; Kazama, S; Nie, M; Miyoshi, Y; Machii, M; Ohara, K; Yoshimura, H


    A 61-year-old woman was found to have a free-floating ball, thrombus in the left atrium on echocardiographic examination 2 weeks after mitral valve replacement and tricuspid, annuloplasty. The free-floating thrombus was successfully, removed by an open-heart procedure without clinical sequelae. The diagnostic value of routine echocardiography on follow-up of valve surgery is emphasized.

  14. Automatic measuring of quality criteria for heart valves (United States)

    Condurache, Alexandru Paul; Hahn, Tobias; Hofmann, Ulrich G.; Scharfschwerdt, Michael; Misfeld, Martin; Aach, Til


    Patients suffering from a heart valve deficiency are often treated by replacing the valve with an artificial or biological implant. In case of biological implants, the use of porcine heart valves is common. Quality assessment and inspection methods are mandatory to supply the patients (and also medical research) with only the best such xenograft implants thus reducing the number of follow-up surgeries to replace worn-up valves. We describe an approach for automatic in-vitro evaluation of prosthetic heart valves in an artificial circulation system. We show how to measure the orifice area during a heart cycle to obtain an orifice curve. Different quality parameters are then estimated on such curves.

  15. Urbanization, Ikization, and Replacement Dynamics

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    Chen, Yanguang


    The phenomenon of Iks was first found by anthropologists and biologists, but it is actually a problem of human geography. However, it has not yet drawn extensive attention of geographers. In this paper, a hypothesis of ikization is presented that sudden and violent change of geographical environments results in dismantling of traditional culture, which then result in collective depravity of a nationality. By quantitative analysis and mathematical modeling, the causality between urbanization and ikization is discussed, and the theory of replacement dynamics is employed to interpret the process of ikization. Urbanization is in essence a nonlinear process of population replacement. Urbanization may result in ikization because that the migration of population from rural regions to urban regions always give rise to abrupt changes of geographical environments and traditional culture. It is necessary to protect the geographical environment against disruption, and to inherit and develop traditional culture in order t...


    Tabata, Minoru


    Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) is defined as aortic valve replacement avoiding full sternotomy. Common approaches include a partial sternotomy right thoracotomy, and a parasternal approach. MIAVR has been shown to have advantages over conventional AVR such as shorter length of stay and smaller amount of blood transfusion and better cosmesis. However, it is also known to have disadvantages such as longer cardiopulmonary bypass and aortic cross-clamp times and potential complications related to peripheral cannulation. Appropriate patient selection is very important. Since the procedure is more complex than conventional AVR, more intensive teamwork in the operating room is essential. Additionally, a team approach during postoperative management is critical to maximize the benefits of MIAVR.

  17. Machines versus medication for biventricular heart failure: focus on the total artificial heart. (United States)

    Arabia, Francisco A; Moriguchi, Jaime D


    The medical/surgical management of advanced heart failure has evolved rapidly over the last few decades. With better understanding of heart failure pathophysiology, new pharmacological agents have been introduced that have resulted in improvements in survival. For those patients that fail to improve, mechanical circulatory support with left ventricular assist devices and total artificial hearts (TAHs) have served as a beneficial bridge to transplantation. The TAH has continued to play a significant role as a bridge to transplantation in patients with biventricular failure and more selected indications that could not be completely helped with left ventricular assist devices. Improved survival with the TAH has resulted in more patients benefiting from this technology. Improvements will eventually lead to a totally implantable device that will permanently replace the failing human heart.

  18. Mitochondrial Replacement: Ethics And Identity


    Wrigley, Anthony; Wilkinson, Stephen; Appleby, John B


    Mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRTs) have the potential to allow prospective parents who are at risk of passing on debilitating or even life-threatening mitochondrial disorders to have healthy children to whom they are genetically related. Ethical concerns have however been raised about these techniques. This article focuses on one aspect of the ethical debate, the question of whether there is any moral difference between the two types of MRT proposed: Pronuclear Transfer (PNT) and Mat...

  19. Replacing magnets at the LHC

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    LHC, LSI2, Point 4


    CERN engineers have been working through the night this week to move the final replacement dipole magnets into position on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Though there are several still to go, the teams expect to have completed the task by the end of this month. Dipole magnets bend the paths of particles as they travel around the circular accelerator. Of the LHC's 1232 dipoles – each 15 metres long and weighing 35 tonnes – 15 are being replaced as part of the long shutdown of CERN's accelerator complex. These 15 magnets suffered wear and tear during the LHC's first 4-year run. Three quadrupole-magnet assemblies – which help to focus particles into a tight beam – have also been replaced. Moving such heavy magnets requires specially adapted cranes and trailers both above and below ground. There are several access points on the LHC. Some, such as the 100-metre vertical access shaft down to the ALICE experiment, are equipped with lifts to allow technical personnel and visitors down to the caverns. Other ...

  20. Results of Austin Moore replacement.

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    Jadhav A


    Full Text Available Forty cases of Austin Moore Replacement done for transcervical fractures of the femur in patients were reviewed after a period of 12 to 48 months postoperatively (mean 26 mth. 30 cases (75% had mild to severe pain of non-infective origin, starting as early as 6 months postoperatively. This was irrespective of the make, size or position (varus/valgus of the prosthesis. Though the Aufranc and Sweet clinical scoring was satisfactory in 65% cases, radiological evidence of complications like sinking, protrusion, etc. were seen in majority of the cases. Calcar resorption was seen in 34 cases (85% as early as 4 months postoperatively. Results of THR and bipolar replacement done for transcervical fractures in recent literature show 85% pain-free cases at 5 years. We feel that Austin Moore Replacement should be reserved for patients more than 65 years of age and those who are less active or debilitated because of other factors, because of increased acetabular wear with time in the younger individual. This is corroborated by unsatisfactory results in patients less than 65 years of age (p < 0.05.

  1. The caudal septum replacement graft. (United States)

    Foda, Hossam M T


    To describe a technique for reconstructing the lost tip support in cases involving caudal septal and premaxillary deficiencies. The study included 120 patients with aesthetic and functional nasal problems resulting from the loss of caudal septal and premaxillary support. An external rhinoplasty approach was performed to reconstruct the lost support using a cartilaginous caudal septum replacement graft and premaxillary augmentation with Mersilene mesh. The majority of cases (75%) involved revisions in patients who had previously undergone 1 or more nasal surgical procedures. A caudal septum replacement graft was combined with premaxillary augmentation in 93 patients (77.5%). The mean follow-up period was 3 years (range, 1-12 years). The technique succeeded in correcting the external nasal deformities in all patients and resulted in a significant improvement in breathing in 74 patients (86%) with preoperative nasal obstruction. There were no cases of infection, displacement, or extrusion. The caudal septum replacement graft proved to be very effective in restoring the lost tip support in patients with caudal septal deficiency. Combining the graft with premaxillary augmentation using Mersilene mesh helped increase support and stability over long-term follow-up.

  2. Telomerase Is Essential for Zebrafish Heart Regeneration

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    Dorota Bednarek


    Full Text Available After myocardial infarction in humans, lost cardiomyocytes are replaced by an irreversible fibrotic scar. In contrast, zebrafish hearts efficiently regenerate after injury. Complete regeneration of the zebrafish heart is driven by the strong proliferation response of its cardiomyocytes to injury. Here we show that, after cardiac injury in zebrafish, telomerase becomes hyperactivated, and telomeres elongate transiently, preceding a peak of cardiomyocyte proliferation and full organ recovery. Using a telomerase-mutant zebrafish model, we found that telomerase loss drastically decreases cardiomyocyte proliferation and fibrotic tissue regression after cryoinjury and that cardiac function does not recover. The impaired cardiomyocyte proliferation response is accompanied by the absence of cardiomyocytes with long telomeres and an increased proportion of cardiomyocytes showing DNA damage and senescence characteristics. These findings demonstrate the importance of telomerase function in heart regeneration and highlight the potential of telomerase therapy as a means of stimulating cell proliferation upon myocardial infarction.

  3. Radiation-associated valvular heart disease. (United States)

    Ong, Daniel S; Aertker, Robert A; Clark, Alexandra N; Kiefer, Todd; Hughes, G Chad; Harrison, J Kevin; Bashore, Thomas M


    Therapeutic ionizing radiation, such as that used in the treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma, can cause cardiac valvular damage that may take several years to manifest as radiation-associated valvular heart disease. Treatment can be complicated by comorbid radiation injury to other cardiac and mediastinal structures that lead to traditional surgical valve replacement or repair becoming high-risk. A representative case is presented that demonstrates the complexity of radiation-associated valvular heart disease and its successful treatment with percutaneous transcatheter valve replacement. The prevalence and pathophysiologic mechanism of radiation-associated valvular injury are reviewed. Anthracycline adjuvant therapy appears to increase the risk of valvular fibrosis. Left-sided heart valves are more commonly affected than right-sided heart valves. A particular pattern of calcification has been noted in some patients, and experimental data suggest that radiation induction of an osteogenic phenotype may be responsible. A renewed appreciation of the cardiac valvular effects of therapeutic ionizing radiation for mediastinal malignancies is important, and the treatment of such patients may be assisted by the development of novel, less-invasive approaches.

  4. Fusion following failed total ankle replacement. (United States)

    Wünschel, Markus; Leichtle, Ulf G; Leichtle, Carmen I; Walter, Christian; Mittag, Falk; Arlt, Eva; Suckel, Andreas


    Although mid- to long-term results after total ankle replacement have improved because of available second- and third-generation devices, failure of total ankle replacement is still more common compared with total hip replacement and total knee replacement. The portfolio of available total ankle replacement revision component options is small. Furthermore, the bone stock of the tibiotalar region is scarce making it difficult and in some situations impossible to perform revision total ankle replacement. In these cases tibiotalar and tibiotalocalcaneal fusions are valuable options. This article describes which surgical procedures should be performed depending on the initial situation and gives detailed advice on surgical technique, postoperative care, and clinical results.

  5. All about Heart Rate (Pulse) (United States)

    ... Cholesterol Tools & Resources Congenital Defects Children & Adults About Congenital Heart Defects The Impact of Congenital Heart Defects Understand Your Risk for Congenital Heart Defects Symptoms & ...

  6. Valve replacement in children: a challenge for a whole life. (United States)

    Henaine, Roland; Roubertie, François; Vergnat, Mathieu; Ninet, Jean


    Valvular pathology in infants and children poses numerous challenges to the paediatric cardiac surgeon. Without question, valvular repair is the goal of intervention because restoration of valvular anatomy and physiology using native tissue allows for growth and a potentially better long-term outcome. When reconstruction fails or is not feasible, valve replacement becomes inevitable. Which valve for which position is controversial. Homograft and bioprosthetic valves achieve superior haemodynamic results initially but at the cost of accelerated degeneration. Small patient size and the risk of thromboembolism limit the usefulness of mechanical valves, and somatic outgrowth is an universal problem with all available prostheses. The goal of this article is to address valve replacement options for all four valve positions within the paediatric population. We review current literature and our practice to support our preferences. To summarize, a multitude of opinions and surgical experiences exist. Today, the valve choices that seem without controversy are bioprosthetic replacement of the tricuspid valve and Ross or Ross-Konno procedures when necessary for the aortic valve. On the other hand, bioprostheses may be implanted when annular pulmonary diameter is adequate; if not or in case of right ventricular outflow tract discontinuity, it is better to use a pulmonary homograft with the Ross procedure. Otherwise, a valved conduit. Mitral valve replacement remains the most problematic; the mechanical prosthesis must be placed in the annular position, avoiding oversizing. Future advances with tissue-engineered heart valves for all positions and new anticoagulants may change the landscape for valve replacement in the paediatric population.

  7. Radiology of total hip replacement

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    Griffiths, H.J.; Lovelock, J.E.; McCollister Evarts, C.; Geyer, D.


    The radiology of total hip replacement (THR) and its complications is reviewed in conjunction with a long-term follow-up study on 402 patients with 501 prostheses. The indications, contraindications, biomechanics, and operative management of these patients is discussed. Clinical complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and hemorrhage are mentioned. Postoperative infections including granulomatous pseudotumors, dislocations and fractures, true loosening of the prosthesis, and heterotopic bone formation (HBF) are discussed and illustrated. The importance of differentiating the lucent line from true loosening is stressed. Mechanical and other clinical complications which are largely ignored by radiologists are also discussed. The uses of arthrography and bone scanning are included.

  8. [Proximal and total femur replacement]. (United States)

    Pennekamp, P H; Wirtz, D C; Dürr, H R


    Reconstruction of segmental bone defects of the proximal femur following wide tumor resection or revision arthroplasty. Aggressive benign or primary malignant bone tumors of the proximal femur; destructive metastases; massive segmental bone defects of the proximal femur; periprosthetic fractures. Local infection; very short life expectancy (acetabular bone stock. Anterolateral approach. Exposure and detachment of the iliopsoas and gluteus medius muscle from the proximal femur with a sufficient safety margin to the bone; distal transsection of the vastus lateralis/intermedius and rectus femoris muscle according to the extraosseous tumor extension; distal femur osteotomy al least 3 cm beyond the farthest point of tumor extension; in case of total femur replacement, additional lateral arthrotomy of the knee with resection of the ligaments and menisci; reaming of the medullary canal after securing the shaft with a Verbrugge clamp; trial assembly and reduction followed by the definitive implantation of the prosthesis with adjustment of the femoral neck anteversion in 5° increments; soft tissue reconstruction and fixation to an attachment tube covering the prosthesis; in case of total femur replacement, the preparation of the tibia is followed by the coupling of the tibial and femoral components. Infection prophylaxis, 20 kg partial weight bearing, continuous passive motion. A total of 20  patients with proximal femur replacement and 2 patients with total femur replacement implanted between June 2007 and December 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Three patients had primary malignant bone tumors, while 19 patients underwent resection for metastatic disease. The mean age at surgery was 62.0 ± 18.1 years (18-82 years). Fifteen patients with a mean follow-up of 20.3 ± 17.2 months (4-51 months) were studied. Among the 22 cases, periprosthetic infection occurred in 3 patients (13.6%), dislocation in 2 patients (9.1%). Evaluation of the functional

  9. Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: Study (United States)

    ... page: Smoking Thickens Heart Wall, Leading to Heart Failure: Study ... 13, 2016 TUESDAY, Sept. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking leads to heart failure by causing thickened heart ...

  10. Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart (United States)

    ... page: Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart Blocked arteries ... 14, 2017 TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart disease affects more than just the heart. It also ...

  11. [Valvular heart disease: preoperative assessment and postoperative care]. (United States)

    Nägele, Reto; Kaufmann, Beat A


    Patients with valvular heart disease or with a prosthetic heart valve replacement are seen with increasing frequency in clinical practice. The medical care and evaluation of patients with valvular heart disease before valve surgery, but also the post-operative treatment is complex and managed by general practitioners, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. In this mini-review we will first discuss the preoperative assessment of the two most common valvulopathies, aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. Then we will discuss the post-operative care, which includes the management of anticoagulation, serial follow up and as well as the diagnostic assessment of complications such as thromboembolism, hemolysis, endocarditis and valve dysfunction.

  12. Texas Heart Institute (United States)

    ... Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine today with a keynote from Texas State Senator Paul Bettencourt Dr. Taylor received the ... in cardiovascular discovery is happening here at the Texas Heart Institute. Visit . Your Heart ...

  13. Heart Diseases--Prevention (United States)

    ... you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age. Fortunately, there are many things you can do reduce your chances of getting heart disease. You should Know your blood pressure and keep ...

  14. Heart failure - discharge (United States)

    ... Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, Bonow RO, Braunwald E, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine . 10th ... Mann DL, Zipes DP, Libby P, Bonow RO, Braunwald E, eds. Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of ...

  15. Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia (United States)

    ... Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More The Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia Click a letter below to get a ... dozens of cardiovascular terms from our Heart and Stroke Encyclopedia and get links to in-depth information. ...

  16. Open heart surgery (United States)

    Heart surgery - open ... lung machine is used in most cases during open heart surgery. While the surgeon works on the ... with these procedures, the surgeon may have to open the chest to do the surgery.

  17. Valvular heart disease


    Gelson, E; Gatzoulis, M; Johnson, M.


    Valvular disease may be unmasked in pregnancy when physiological changes increase demands on the heart. Women with valvular heart disease require close follow-up during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum

  18. Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease (United States)

    ... in Balance › Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease Fact Sheet Hypothyroidism and Heart Disease January 2014 Download PDFs English ... nervous system, body temperature, and weight. What is hypothyroidism and what are its symptoms? Hypothyroidism, also called ...

  19. Heart disease - risk factors (United States)

    Heart disease - prevention; CVD - risk factors; Cardiovascular disease - risk factors; Coronary artery disease - risk factors; CAD - risk ... a certain health condition. Some risk factors for heart disease you cannot change, but some you can. ...

  20. Anatomy of the Heart (United States)

    ... Share this page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Anatomy of the Heart Your heart is located under your ribcage in the center of your chest between your right and left lungs. Its muscular walls beat, or contract, pumping blood ...

  1. Heart Health for Women (United States)

    ... it Email Print En Español In Chinese - In Korean - In Vietnamese - In French Creole You may think ... Download and Share: Social Media Toolkit (PDF 481KB) Learn More About Heart Disease: The Heart Truth Campaign ...

  2. Heart Attack Payment - Hospital (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Payment for heart attack patients measure – provider data. This data set includes provider data for payments associated with a 30-day episode of care for heart...

  3. Inflammation and Heart Disease (United States)

    ... Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Inflammation and Heart Disease Updated:Oct 12,2016 Understand the risks of ... inflammation causes cardiovascular disease, inflammation is common for heart disease and stroke patients and is thought to be ...

  4. Meditation and Heart Health (United States)

    ... Check Meal Certification Program Nutrition Requirements Heart-Check Professional Resources Contact the Heart-Check Certification Program Simple Cooking and Recipes Dining Out Choosing a Restaurant Deciphering the Menu Ordering Your Meal Eating Fast ...

  5. Alcohol and Heart Health (United States)

    ... Check Meal Certification Program Nutrition Requirements Heart-Check Professional Resources Contact the Heart-Check Certification Program Simple Cooking and Recipes Dining Out Choosing a Restaurant Deciphering the Menu Ordering Your Meal Eating Fast ...

  6. Heart disease and women (United States)

    ... this page: // Heart disease and women To use the sharing features on ... please enable JavaScript. People often DO NOT consider heart disease a woman's disease. Yet cardiovascular disease is the ...

  7. Aspirin and heart disease (United States)

    ... Aspirin and heart disease To use the sharing features on this page, ... healthy people who are at low risk for heart disease. You provider will consider your overall medical condition ...

  8. [Understanding heart failure]. (United States)

    Boo, José Fernando Guadalajara


    Heart failure is a disease with several definitions. The term "heart failure" is used by has brougth about confusion in the terminology. For this reason, the value of the ejection fraction (< 0.40 or < 0.35) is used in most meganalyses on the treatment of heart failure, avoiding the term "heart failure" that is a confounding concept. In this paper we carefully analyze the meaning of contractility, ventricular function or performance, preload, afterload, heart failure, compensation mechanisms in heart failure, myocardial oxygen consumption, inadequate, adequate and inappropriate hypertrophy, systole, diastole, compliance, problems of relaxation, and diastolic dysfunction. Their definitions are supported by the original scientific descriptions in an attempt to clarify the concepts about ventricular function and heart failure and, in this way, use the same scientific language about the meaning of ventricular function, heart failure, and diastolic dysfunction.

  9. Pericarditis - after heart attack (United States)

    ... and swelling of the covering of the heart (pericardium). It can occur in the days or weeks ... Symptoms include: Anxiety Chest pain from the swollen pericardium rubbing on the heart. The pain may be ...

  10. Heart failure - medicines (United States)

    ... are working and to measure your potassium levels. Beta Blockers Beta blockers slow your heart rate and decrease the strength ... muscle contracts in the short term. Long term beta blockers help keep your heart failure from becoming worse. ...

  11. Know Your Heart's Numbers (United States)

    ... of body fat based on height and weight), waist circumference, blood sugar and weight. The telephone survey of ... for heart health. Just 36 percent knew that waist circumference is important measure of heart disease risk. The ...

  12. Heart Attack Payment - State (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Payment for heart attack patients measure – state data. This data set includes state-level data for payments associated with a 30-day episode of care for heart...

  13. Heart Attack Payment - National (United States)

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Payment for heart attack patients measure – national data. This data set includes national-level data for payments associated with a 30-day episode of care for heart...

  14. DenHeart

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    Berg, Selina Kikkenborg; Rasmussen, Trine Bernholdt; Thrysøe, Lars


    differences were found in all patient reported outcomes across diagnostic groups. Listed from worst to best outcomes were heart failure, heart valve disease, ischemic heart disease, infectious heart disease, arrhythmia, congenital heart disease and heart transplant. Also “observation for cardiac disease...... reported outcomes. Methods A national cross-sectional survey combined with national register data. From April 2013 to April 2014 all patients (n = 34,564) discharged or transferred from one of five Danish Heart Centres were invited to participate. 16,712 patients (51%) responded; 67% male and mean age 64...... years. All diagnostic groups were represented similar to real life proportions. Patient reported outcome measures included: SF-12, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, EQ-5D, Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire, HeartQoL and Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale. Results Statistically significant...

  15. Right heart ventriculography (United States)

    Angiography - right heart ... The catheter will be moved forward into the right side of the heart. As the catheter is advanced, the doctor can record pressures from the right atrium and right ventricle. Contrast material ("dye") is ...

  16. Menopause and Heart Disease (United States)

    ... Peripheral Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Menopause and Heart Disease Updated:Jun 23,2017 Heart ... can become more evident after the onset of menopause. Menopause does not cause cardiovascular diseases . However, certain ...

  17. B Plant process piping replacement feasibility study

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    Howden, G.F.


    Reports on the feasibility of replacing existing embedded process piping with new more corrosion resistant piping between cells and between cells and a hot pipe trench of a Hanford Site style canyon facility. Provides concepts for replacement piping installation, and use of robotics to replace the use of the canyon crane as the primary means of performing/supporting facility modifications (eg, cell lining, pipe replacement, equipment reinstallation) and operational maintenenace.


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    The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently replacing all diplomatic cards, special cards and employment permits («attestations de fonctions») held by members of the personnel and their families. These cards are replaced by secure, computerized equivalents. The old cards may no longer be used after 31 December 2001. For the purposes of the handover, members of the personnel must go personally to the cards office (33/1-015) between 8h30 and 12h30, in order to fill in a «fiche individuelle» form, taking the following documents for themselves and members of their families already in possession of a French card : A recent identity photograph in 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm format, the French card in their possession, an A4 photocopy of the same French card, certified by the cards office as being a true copy. Those members of the personnel whose cards (and/or cards belonging to members of their families) are shortly due to expire, or have recently done so, are also requested...

  19. Total hip replacement in dancers. (United States)

    Buyls, Inge R A E; Rietveld, A B M Boni; Ourila, Tiia; Emerton, Mark E; Bird, H A


    A case report of a professional contemporary dancer who successfully returned to the stage after bilateral total hip replacements (THR) for osteoarthritis is presented, together with her own commentary and a retrospective cohort study of total hip replacements in dancers. In the presented cohort, there were no post-operative dislocations or infections, the original pain had been relieved, rehabilitation was objectively normal and all resumed their dance (teaching) activities. Nevertheless, they were disappointed about the prolonged rehabilitation. Due to their high demands as professional dancers, post-operative expectations were too optimistic in view of the usual quick and favourable results of THR in the older and less physically active, general population. In all dancers with unilateral osteoarthritis, the left hip was involved, which may reflect the tendency to use the left leg as standing leg and be suggestive that strenuous physical activity may lead to osteoarthritis. Better rehabilitation guidelines are needed for dancer patients undergoing THR, especially drawing their attention to realistic post-operative expectations.

  20. Heart-lung transplantation


    Griffith, Bartley P.; Magliato, Kathy E.


    Heart-lung transplantation itself is not a particularly difficult operation technically. It is the setting in which this procedure is performed which is difficult. The three issues of importance in a successful outcome are appropriate harvest of the heart-lung bloc from the donor, careful explant of the heart and lungs of the recipient, and finally the implant of the heart-lung bloc into the recipient. None of this requires extraordinary technical skill, but does require careful coordination ...

  1. Novel imaging strategies for the Detection of Prosthetic Heart Valve Obstruction and Endocarditis

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    Tanis, W.


    Valvular heart disease is accompanied by a high mortality/morbidity and often requires prosthetic heart valve (PHV) replacement in order to improve quality of life and survival. The major drawback of both mechanical and biological PHV implantations is development of dysfunction, which is a life thre

  2. Heart Valve Diseases (United States)

    Your heart has four valves. Normally, these valves open to let blood flow through or out of your heart, and then shut to keep it from flowing ... close tightly. It's one of the most common heart valve conditions. Sometimes it causes regurgitation. Stenosis - when ...

  3. Heart failure overview (United States)

    ... symptoms) You feel a severe crushing chest pain Prevention Most cases of heart failure can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and taking steps aimed at reducing your risk for heart disease . . Alternative Names CHF; Congestive heart failure; Left-sided ...

  4. The Danish Heart Registry

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    Özcan, Cengiz; Juel, Knud; Lassen, Jens Flensted


    AIM: The Danish Heart Registry (DHR) seeks to monitor nationwide activity and quality of invasive diagnostic and treatment strategies in patients with ischemic heart disease as well as valvular heart disease and to provide data for research. STUDY POPULATION: All adult (≥15 years) patients...

  5. Heart valve surgery - discharge (United States)

    ... ACC guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: executive summary: a report of the American College ... Editorial team. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Heart Surgery Heart Valve Diseases Browse the Encyclopedia A.D.A.M., Inc. ...

  6. The Heart of Coaching (United States)

    Docheff, Dennis M.; Gerdes, Dan


    This article challenges coaches to address the more personal, human elements of coaching--the HEART of coaching. While there is much research on numerous aspects of coaching, this article provides ideas that make a lasting impact on the hearts of athletes. Using HEART as an acronym, five elements of effective coaching are presented: Humility,…

  7. Heart Truth for Latinas (United States)

    ... That’s a man’s disease.” But here’s The Heart Truth : Heart disease is the #1 killer of Latinas ... TAKING ACTION Now that you know The Heart Truth , what should you do? First, find out your ...

  8. The Heart of Coaching (United States)

    Docheff, Dennis M.; Gerdes, Dan


    This article challenges coaches to address the more personal, human elements of coaching--the HEART of coaching. While there is much research on numerous aspects of coaching, this article provides ideas that make a lasting impact on the hearts of athletes. Using HEART as an acronym, five elements of effective coaching are presented: Humility,…

  9. Living with Heart Disease (United States)

    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Living With Heart Disease If you have coronary heart disease (CHD), you can take steps to control its ... the section of this article titled "How Is Heart Disease Treated?" You also can visit the Health Topics ...

  10. Women and Heart Disease

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    Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. But it kills more women than men. The American Heart Association says heart disease and other cardiovascular (心血管的) disorders kill about five hundred thousand women a year. That is more than the next seven causes of death combined.

  11. Implantable Heart Aid (United States)


    CPI's human-implantable automatic implantable defibrillator (AID) is a heart assist system, derived from NASA's space circuitry technology, that can prevent erratic heart action known as arrhythmias. Implanted AID, consisting of microcomputer power source and two electrodes for sensing heart activity, recognizes onset of ventricular fibrillation (VF) and delivers corrective electrical countershock to restore rhythmic heartbeat.

  12. Tachycardia | Fast Heart Rate (United States)

    ... SA) node --- the heart's natural pacemaker - sends out electrical signals faster than usual. The heart rate is fast, but the heart beats properly. Causes of sinus tachycardia A rapid heartbeat may be your body's response to common conditions such as: Fever Anxiety ...

  13. Congenital Heart Disease in Adults (United States)

    ... and genetics may play a role. Why congenital heart disease resurfaces in adulthood Some adults may find that ... in following adults with congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease and pregnancy Women with congenital heart disease who ...

  14. Managing Feelings about Heart Failure (United States)

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  15. Illegal Drugs and Heart Disease (United States)

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  16. What Are Congenital Heart Defects? (United States)

    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Are Congenital Heart Defects? Congenital (kon-JEN-ih-tal) heart defects are problems ... carry blood to the heart or the body Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the ...

  17. A comparative study of crystalloid solution mixed with colloidal solutions and pure crystal solution as extracorporeal circulation priming solution in adult simple heart valve replacement with cardiopulmonary bypass%纯晶体溶液与晶胶混合溶液作为体外循环预充液在成人单纯心脏瓣膜置换术体外循环中应用的比较研究

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    沈雅丹; 刘继佳; 卢婷; 熊瑶瑶; 易定武; 杨一峰


    Objective To investigate physiological changes in peri extracorporeal circulation period of patients who underwent cardiac valve replacement surgeries with crystalloid solution mixed with colloidal solutions and pure crystal solution as extracorporeal circulation priming solution, and explore the clinical value and practicability of crystalloid solution as the sole extracorporeal circulation priming solution.Methods A retrospective analysis was performed in 130 patients who underwent cardiac valve replacement surgeries.Pure lactated Ringer's solution liquid and Lactated Ringer's solution mixed with Voluven as the extracorporeal circulation priming solution were used.We respectively compared hematocrit at different time points, postoperative blood routine, liver and kidney function, blood coagulation index, duration of intensive care and trachea cannula in two groups.Results There were no significant differences in ages, preoperative blood routine, kidney function, blood coagulation function, duration of operation, clamping time, bypass time, intensive care, postoperative blood routine, kidney function, blood coagulation function and hematocrit at different time points in two groups (P >0.05).However, the hospital day of group which used crystalloid solution as extracorporeal circulation priming solution was significant shorter compared to group which used lactated Ringer's solution mixed with Voluven (P < 0.05).Alanine aminotransferase of group which used crystalloid solution as extracorporeal circulation priming solution was significant higher compared to group which used lactated Ringer's solution mixed with Voluven (P <0.01).Conclusions Crystalloid solution as extracorporeal circulation priming solution is safe and economy in cardiopulmonary bypass.Pure crystalloid solution as the sole extracorporeal circulation priming solution can be safely used on patients (New York Heart Association class Ⅱ-Ⅲ) who have normal liver and kidney function before the

  18. Store-Carry and Forward-Type M2M Communication Protocol Enabling Guide Robots to Work together and the Method of Identifying Malfunctioning Robots Using the Byzantine Algorithm

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    Yoshio Suga


    Full Text Available This paper concerns a service in which multiple guide robots in an area display arrows to guide individual users to their destinations. It proposes a method of identifying malfunctioning robots and robots that give wrong directions to users. In this method, users’ mobile terminals and robots form a store-carry and forward-type M2M communication network, and a distributed cooperative protocol is used to enable robots to share information and identify malfunctioning robots using the Byzantine algorithm. The robots do not directly communicate with each other, but through users’ mobile terminals. We have introduced the concept of the quasi-synchronous number, so whether a certain robot is malfunctioning can be determined even when items of information held by all of the robots are not synchronized. Using simulation, we have evaluated the proposed method in terms of the rate of identifying malfunctioning robots, the rate of reaching the destination and the average length of time to reach the destination.


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    Young T.PARK; Jing SUN


    Most of the spare ordering policies treated up to now have assumed that preventive and corrective replacement costs are equal, which implies in essential that there is no significant need for preventive replacement. This paper presents an ordering policy for preventive age replacement with minimal repair. Introducing the replacement, repair, inventory holding and shortage costs, the expected cost rate is derived. A procedure to determine jointly the ordering time for a spare and the preventive replacement time for the operating unit so as to minimize the expected cost rate is proposed. To explain the ordering policy and the optimization procedure, a numerical example is also included.

  20. Heart wall motion analysis by dynamic 3D strain rate imaging from tissue Doppler echocardiography (United States)

    Hastenteufel, Mark; Wolf, Ivo; de Simone, Raffaele; Mottl-Link, Sibylle; Meinzer, Hans-Peter


    The knowledge about the complex three-dimensional (3D) heart wall motion pattern, particular in the left ventricle, provides valuable information about potential malfunctions, e.g., myocardial ischemia. Nowadays, echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) is the predominant technique for evaluation of cardiac function. Beside morphology, tissue velocities can be obtained by Doppler techniques (tissue Doppler imaging, TDI). Strain rate imaging (SRI) is a new technique to diagnose heart vitality. It provides information about the contraction ability of the myocardium. Two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography is still the most important clinical method for estimation of morphology and function. Two-dimensional methods leads to a lack of information due to the three-dimensional overall nature of the heart movement. Due to this complex three-dimensional motion pattern of the heart, the knowledge about velocity and strain rate distribution over the whole ventricle can provide more valuable diagnostic information about motion disorders. For the assessment of intracardiac blood flow three-dimensional color Doppler has already shown its clinical utility. We have developed methods to produce strain rate images by means of 3D tissue Doppler echocardiography. The tissue Doppler and strain rate images can be visualized and quantified by different methods. The methods are integrated into an interactively usable software environment, making them available in clinical everyday life. Our software provides the physician with a valuable tool for diagnosis of heart wall motion.

  1. ORO. The physical developer replacement? (United States)

    Wood, Michael A; James, Tim


    In the process of fingerprint development Physical Developer has been largely the method of choice on porous surfaces after coming into contact with wet environments. It is only recently that a new technique has been identified which could replace this standard technique. This study aims to build on previous research and expand knowledge regarding the technique. The study built on previous research and compared Physical Developer to Oil Red O, testing both on four paper types, while being placed in three different water types and an accelerant for various amounts of time. Marks were placed with both heavily 'loaded' sebaceous fingers and 'normal' un-washed fingers. Results show that Oil Red O consistently produced clearer more detailed marks from the 'loaded' fingers, but neither technique proved to work better on the 'normal' marks. Neither technique developed any prints from the accelerant.

  2. Optimal randomized scheduling by replacement

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    Saias, I.


    In the replacement scheduling problem, a system is composed of n processors drawn from a pool of p. The processors can become faulty while in operation and faulty processors never recover. A report is issued whenever a fault occurs. This report states only the existence of a fault but does not indicate its location. Based on this report, the scheduler can reconfigure the system and choose another set of n processors. The system operates satisfactorily as long as, upon report of a fault, the scheduler chooses n non-faulty processors. We provide a randomized protocol maximizing the expected number of faults the system can sustain before the occurrence of a crash. The optimality of the protocol is established by considering a closely related dual optimization problem. The game-theoretic technical difficulties that we solve in this paper are very general and encountered whenever proving the optimality of a randomized algorithm in parallel and distributed computation.

  3. Replacement reactor to revolutionise magnets

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    Atkins, G


    Electric motors, hearing aids and magnetic resonance imaging are only some of the applications that will benefit from the first advances in magnets in a quarter of a century. Magnets achieve their characteristics when electrons align themselves to produce a unified magnetic field. Neutrons can probe these magnetic structures. The focus is not just on making more powerful magnets, but also identifying the characteristics that make magnets cheaper and easier for industry to manufacture. Staff from the ANSTO's Neutron Scattering Group have already performed a number of studies on the properties of magnets using using HIFAR, but the Replacement Research Reactor that will produce cold neutrons would allow scientists to investigate the atomic properties of materials with large molecules. A suite of equipment will enable studies at different temperatures, pressures and magnetic fields

  4. Renal replacement therapy in Europe

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    Noordzij, Marlies; Kramer, Anneke; Abad Diez, José M


    BACKGROUND: This article provides a summary of the 2011 ERA-EDTA Registry Annual Report (available at METHODS: Data on renal replacement therapy (RRT) for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) from national and regional renal registries in 30 countries in Europe and bordering the .......6-47.0], and on dialysis 39.3% (95% CI 39.2-39.4). The unadjusted 5-year patient survival after the first renal transplantation performed between 2002 and 2006 was 86.7% (95% CI 86.2-87.2) for kidneys from deceased donors and 94.3% (95% CI 93.6-95.0) for kidneys from living donors....

  5. Leptin replacement improves cognitive development.

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    Gilberto J Paz-Filho

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Leptin changes brain structure, neuron excitability and synaptic plasticity. It also regulates the development and function of feeding circuits. However, the effects of leptin on neurocognitive development are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of leptin on neurocognitive development. METHODOLOGY: A 5-year-old boy with a nonconservative missense leptin gene mutation (Cys-to-Thr in codon 105 was treated with recombinant methionyl human leptin (r-metHuLeptin at physiologic replacement doses of 0.03 mg/kg/day. Cognitive development was assessed using the Differential Ability Scales (DAS, a measure of general verbal and nonverbal functioning; and selected subtests from the NEPSY, a measure of neuropsychological functioning in children. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Prior to treatment, the patient was morbidly obese, hypertensive, dyslipidemic, and hyperinsulinemic. Baseline neurocognitive tests revealed slower than expected rates of development (developmental age lower than chronological age in a majority of the areas assessed. After two years, substantial increases in the rates of development in most neurocognitive domains were apparent, with some skills at or exceeding expectations based on chronological age. We also observed marked weight loss and resolution of hypertension, dyslipidemia and hyperinsulinemia. CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that replacement with r-metHuLeptin is associated with weight loss and changes in rates of development in many neurocognitive domains, which lends support to the hypothesis that, in addition to its role in metabolism, leptin may have a cognitive enhancing role in the developing central nervous system. TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT00659828.

  6. The Danish Heart Registry

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    Özcan, Cengiz; Juel, Knud; Flensted Lassen, Jens;


    AIM: The Danish Heart Registry (DHR) seeks to monitor nationwide activity and quality of invasive diagnostic and treatment strategies in patients with ischemic heart disease as well as valvular heart disease and to provide data for research. STUDY POPULATION: All adult (≥15 years) patients...... undergoing coronary angiography (CAG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), coronary artery bypass grafting, and heart valve surgery performed across all Danish hospitals were included. MAIN VARIABLES: The DHR contains a subset of the data stored in the Eastern and Western Denmark Heart Registries (EDHR...

  7. Heart Age PSA (:60)

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    This 60 second public service announcement is based on the September 2015 CDC Vital Signs report. Your heart age is the age of your heart and blood vessels as a result of your risk factors for heart attack and stroke. If you smoke or have high blood pressure, your heart age will be much higher than your actual age. Learn what you can do to lower your heart age and keep it low.  Created: 9/1/2015 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP).   Date Released: 9/1/2015.

  8. Thromboembolism and mechanical heart valves : A randomized study revisited

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    Kuntze, CEE; Blackstone, EH; Ebels, T


    Background. This study was designed to revise and substantiate previous inferences, based on short-term follow-up, about differences in the incidence of anticoagulant-related events after heart valve replacement among patients who had been randomly assigned to receive either a Bjork-Shiley, Edwards-

  9. Thromboembolism and mechanical heart valves : A randomized study revisited

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    Kuntze, CEE; Blackstone, EH; Ebels, T


    Background. This study was designed to revise and substantiate previous inferences, based on short-term follow-up, about differences in the incidence of anticoagulant-related events after heart valve replacement among patients who had been randomly assigned to receive either a Bjork-Shiley, Edwards-

  10. Renal insufficiency after heart transplantation: a case-control study

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    T. van Gelder (Teun); R. Zietse (Bob); C.J. Hesse (Cees); W. Weimar (Willem); A.H.M.M. Balk (Aggie); B. Mochtar (Bas)


    textabstractBACKGROUND: In Rotterdam 304 heart transplants have been performed since 1984. End-stage renal failure, necessitating renal replacement therapy, has developed in 24 patients (8%) after an interval of 25-121 months (median 79 months). After starting renal rep



    D. A. Belokurov; M. L. Semenovskiy; Y. G. Moysyuk


    Aim. Evaluation of the possibility heart valve replacement in renal transplant recipients from a position of safe- ty for graft function. Materials and methods. 5 patients, heart valve replacement was performed with a func- tioning kidney transplant at a satisfactory its function. The average age of patients at the time of cardiac surgery was 38,8 ± 12,6 years, among whom were two (40%) men and 3 (60%) women. The interval between renal transplantation and heart surgery was 40,3 ± 44,1 (2 to 1...

  12. Pathophysiology of valvular heart disease. (United States)

    Zeng, Y I; Sun, Rongrong; Li, Xianchi; Liu, Min; Chen, Shuang; Zhang, Peiying


    Valvular heart disease (VHD) is caused by either damage or defect in one of the four heart valves, aortic, mitral, tricuspid or pulmonary. Defects in these valves can be congenital or acquired. Age, gender, tobacco use, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and type II diabetes contribute to the risk of disease. VHD is an escalating health issue with a prevalence of 2.5% in the United States alone. Considering the likely increase of the aging population worldwide, the incidence of acquired VHD is expected to increase. Technological advances are instrumental in identifying congenital heart defects in infants, thereby adding to the growing VHD population. Almost one-third of elderly individuals have echocardiographic or radiological evidence of calcific aortic valve (CAV) sclerosis, an early and subclinical form of CAV disease (CAVD). Of individuals ages >60, ~2% suffer from disease progression to its most severe form, calcific aortic stenosis. Surgical intervention is therefore required in these patients as no effective pharmacotherapies exist. Valvular calcium load and valve biomineralization are orchestrated by the concerted action of diverse cell-dependent mechanisms. Signaling pathways important in skeletal morphogenesis are also involved in the regulation of cardiac valve morphogenesis, CAVD and the pathobiology of cardiovascular calcification. CAVD usually occurs without any obvious symptoms in early stages over a long period of time and symptoms are identified at advanced stages of the disease, leading to a high rate of mortality. Aortic valve replacement is the only primary treatment of choice. Biomarkers such as asymmetric dimethylarginine, fetuin-A, calcium phosphate product, natriuretic peptides and osteopontin have been useful in improving outcomes among various disease states. This review, highlights the current understanding of the biology of VHD, with particular reference to molecular and cellular aspects of its regulation. Current clinical questions

  13. Heart transplantation in adult congenital heart disease. (United States)

    Burchill, Luke J


    Heart failure (HF) in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) is vastly different to that observed in acquired heart disease. Unlike acquired HF in which pharmacological strategies are the cornerstone for protecting and improving ventricular function, ACHD-related HF relies heavily upon structural and other interventions to achieve these aims. patients with ACHD constitute a small percentage of the total adult heart transplant population (∼3%), although the number of ACHD heart transplant recipients is growing rapidly with a 40% increase over the last two decades. The worldwide experience to date has confirmed heart transplantation as an effective life-extending treatment option in carefully selected patients with ACHD with end-stage cardiac disease. Opportunities for improving outcomes in patients with ACHD-related HF include (i) earlier recognition and referral to centres with combined expertise in ACHD and HF, (ii) increased awareness of arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death risk in this population, (iii) greater collaboration between HF and ACHD specialists at the time of heart transplant assessment, (iv) expert surgical planning to reduce ischaemic time and bleeding risk at the time of transplant, (v) tailored immunosuppression in the post-transplant period and (vi) development and validation of ACHD-specific risk scores to predict mortality and guide patient selection. The purpose of this article is to review current approaches to diagnosing and treating advanced HF in patients with ACHD including indications, contraindications and clinical outcomes after heart transplantation. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

  14. Double valve replacement for acute spontaneous left chordal rupture secondary to chronic aortic incompetence

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    McLenachan Jim


    Full Text Available Abstract A 54 years old male with undiagnosed chronic calcific degenerative aortic valve incompetence presented with acute left anterior chordae tendinae rupture resulting in severe left heart failure and cardiogenic shock. He was successfully treated with emergency double valve replacement using mechanical valves. The pathogenesis of acute rupture of the anterior chordae tendinae, without any evidence of infective endocarditis or ischemic heart disease seems to have been attrition of the subvalvular mitral apparatus by the chronic regurgitant jet of aortic incompetence with chronic volume overload. We review the literature with specific focus on the occurrence of this unusual event.

  15. Evaluation of the hemodynamic impact of continuous renal replacement therapy in healthy dogs. (United States)

    Shimokawa Miyama, Takako; Itamoto, Kazuhito; Yoshioka, Chihiro; Minami, Koji; Okawa, Takumi; Fujisaki, Yuka; Hiraoka, Hiroko; Mizuno, Takuya; Okuda, Masaru


    We performed continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) on clinically healthy dogs to evaluate the effects of CRRT on hemodynamics. Heart rate, arterial blood pressure, and central venous pressure of the dogs (n=6) were recorded during the procedure, which was performed under general anesthesia. Throughout the CRRT, heart rate and arterial blood pressure were stable. Central venous pressure increased after CRRT termination but returned to the basal level within 30 min. In this study, hemodynamic alterations, including hypotension, hypertension, and arrhythmias, were not observed during CRRT. These observations suggest that the CRRT protocol used in the present study can be safely applied to clinical cases with acute renal failure.

  16. Transapical Mitral Valve Replacement for Mixed Native Mitral Stenosis and Regurgitation. (United States)

    Bedzra, Edo; Don, Creighton W; Reisman, Mark; Aldea, Gabriel S


    A 71-year-old man presented with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class IV heart failure. He had undergone transapical mitral valve replacement for mixed mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation. At the 1 month follow-up, the patient reported symptom resolution. An echocardiogram revealed a low gradient and no regurgitation. Our case shows that with careful multidisciplinary evaluation, preoperative planning, and patient selection, percutaneous mitral intervention can become an alternative therapy for high-risk patients who cannot undergo conventional surgical therapy.

  17. Urinary excretion of beta 2-glycoprotein-1 (apolipoprotein H) and other markers of tubular malfunction in "non-tubular" renal disease. (United States)

    Flynn, F. V.; Lapsley, M.; Sansom, P. A.; Cohen, S. L.


    AIM: To determine whether urinary beta 2-glycoprotein-1 assays can provide improved discrimination between chronic renal diseases which are primarily of tubular or glomerular origin. METHODS: Urinary beta 2-glycoprotein-1, retinol-binding protein, alpha 1-microglobulin, beta 2-microglobulin, N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosa-minidase and albumin were measured in 51 patients with primary glomerular disease, 23 with obstructive nephropathy, and 15 with polycystic kidney disease, and expressed per mmol of creatinine. Plasma beta 2-glycoprotein-1 was assayed in 52 patients and plasma creatinine in all 89. The findings were compared between the diagnostic groups and with previously published data relating to primary tubular disorders. RESULTS: All 31 patients with plasma creatinine greater than 200 mumol/l excreted increased amounts of beta 2-glycoprotein-1, retinol-binding protein, and alpha 1-microglobulin, and 29 had increased N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase; the quantities were generally similar to those found in comparable patients with primary tubular pathology. Among 58 with plasma creatinine concentrations under 200 mumol/l, increases in beta 2-glycoprotein-1, retinol-binding protein, and alpha 1-microglobulin excretion were less common and much smaller, especially in those with obstructive nephropathy and polycystic disease. The ratios of the excretion of albumin to the other proteins provided the clearest discrimination between the patients with glomerular or tubular malfunction, but an area of overlap was present which embraced those with obstructive nephropathy and polycystic disease. CONCLUSIONS: Increased excretion of beta 2-glycoprotein-1 due to a raised plasma concentration or diminution of tubular reabsorption, or both, is common in all the forms of renal disease investigated, and both plasma creatinine and urinary albumin must be taken into account when interpreting results. Ratios of urinary albumin: beta 2-glycoprotein-1 greater than 1000 are highly suggestive

  18. Gene replacement in Penicillium roqueforti. (United States)

    Goarin, Anne; Silar, Philippe; Malagnac, Fabienne


    Most cheese-making filamentous fungi lack suitable molecular tools to improve their biotechnology potential. Penicillium roqueforti, a species of high industrial importance, would benefit from functional data yielded by molecular genetic approaches. This work provides the first example of gene replacement by homologous recombination in P. roqueforti, demonstrating that knockout experiments can be performed in this fungus. To do so, we improved the existing transformation method to integrate transgenes into P. roqueforti genome. In the meantime, we cloned the PrNiaD gene, which encodes a NADPH-dependent nitrate reductase that reduces nitrate to nitrite. Then, we performed a deletion of the PrNiaD gene from P. roqueforti strain AGO. The ΔPrNiaD mutant strain is more resistant to chlorate-containing medium than the wild-type strain, but did not grow on nitrate-containing medium. Because genomic data are now available, we believe that generating selective deletions of candidate genes will be a key step to open the way for a comprehensive exploration of gene function in P. roqueforti.

  19. VNR CMS Pixel detector replacement

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    Joel Butler, spokesperson of the CMS collaboration explains how a team from many different partner institutes installed a new detector in CMS. This detector is the silicon pixel detector and they’ve been working on it for about five years, to replace one of our existing detectors. This detectors measures particles closer to the beam than any of the other components of this huge detector behind me. It gives us the most precise picture of tracks as they come out of the collisions and expand and travel through the detector. This particular device has twice as many pixels, 120 million, as opposed to about 68 million in the old detector and it can take data faster and pump it out to the analysis more quickly. 00’53’’ Images of the descent, insertion and installation of first piece of the Pixel detector on Tue Feb 28. Images of the descent, insertion and installation of second piece of the Pixel and the two cylinders being joined.

  20. Orthogonal Matching Pursuit with Replacement

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    Jain, Prateek; Dhillon, Inderjit S


    In this paper, we consider the problem of compressed sensing where the goal is to recover almost all the sparse vectors using a small number of fixed linear measurements. For this problem, we propose a novel partial hard-thresholding operator that leads to a general family of iterative algorithms. While one extreme of the family yields well known hard thresholding algorithms like ITI (Iterative Thresholding with Inversion) and HTP (Hard Thresholding Pursuit), the other end of the spectrum leads to a novel algorithm that we call Orthogonal Matching Pursuit with Replacement (OMPR). OMPR, like the classic greedy algorithm OMP, adds exactly one coordinate to the support at each iteration, based on the correlation with the current residual. However, unlike OMP, OMPR also removes one coordinate from the support. This simple change allows us to prove that OMPR has the best known guarantees for sparse recovery in terms of the Restricted Isometry Property (a condition on the measurement matrix). In contrast, OMP is kn...

  1. Visual Image Sensor Organ Replacement (United States)

    Maluf, David A.


    This innovation is a system that augments human vision through a technique called "Sensing Super-position" using a Visual Instrument Sensory Organ Replacement (VISOR) device. The VISOR device translates visual and other sensors (i.e., thermal) into sounds to enable very difficult sensing tasks. Three-dimensional spatial brightness and multi-spectral maps of a sensed image are processed using real-time image processing techniques (e.g. histogram normalization) and transformed into a two-dimensional map of an audio signal as a function of frequency and time. Because the human hearing system is capable of learning to process and interpret extremely complicated and rapidly changing auditory patterns, the translation of images into sounds reduces the risk of accidentally filtering out important clues. The VISOR device was developed to augment the current state-of-the-art head-mounted (helmet) display systems. It provides the ability to sense beyond the human visible light range, to increase human sensing resolution, to use wider angle visual perception, and to improve the ability to sense distances. It also allows compensation for movement by the human or changes in the scene being viewed.

  2. [Animal experiment, can we replace? (United States)

    Combrisson, H


    Animal experiment is a subject of controversies. Some people, defenders of animals, think that it is not acceptable to use for scientific purposes at the risk of making them suffer or assert that the results obtained with animals are not transposable in the human beings. Others, in particular researchers in biology or medicine, think that the animal models are essential for the biomedical search. This confrontation of the opinions bases largely on an evolution of the place of animals in our society. The regulations authorize the use of animals for scientific purposes but oblige to make it under restrictive conditions. The application of 3Rs - replacement, reduction, and refinement - expressed in 1959 by Russel and Burch is an ethical guide to improve the welfare of animals in research. The alternative methods do not allow, in the present state of the knowledge, to answer all the scientific questions in biology and medicine research. They are, most of the time, complementary methods of the in vivo methods. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. Comparison of amiodarone plus irbesartan regimen versus amiodarone alone on maintaining sinus rhythm in rheumatic heart disease patients with persistent atrial fibrillation post valve replacement and cordioversion%厄贝沙坦与胺碘酮联合对风湿性心脏病持续性心房颤动转复患者的窦性心律维持作用

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    丁平; 李莉; 张浩; 陈良金; 邓学军; 袁义强


    Objective To compare the efficacy of combined amiodamne and irbesartan use versus amiodarone alone on maintaining sinus rhythm in rheumatic heart disease patients with persistent atrial fibrillation(AF)post valve replacement and cardioversion.nethods Patients were randomly divided into amiodarone group(A,n=31)and amiodarone plus irbesartan group(AI,n=32)and all patients received Warfarin(INR 2.0-3.0).For patients in group A,intravenous amiodarone(600 mg/d)was applied for 10 days and oral amiodarone(200 mg,b.I.d.)was given on the 7th day for 3 days.For patients in group AI,irhesartan(150 mg/d)was added on top of amiodarone at the study begin.Electric cardioversion was performed for patients still with AF on day 10.Amiodarone(200 mg,b.I.d.for 1 week,then 200 mg,q.d.till study end) with or without irbesartan(150 me/d)was continued thereafter.Patients were followed up for 12 months after sinus rhythm recovery.The primary end points are first recurrence of symptomatic and asymptomatic AF.Results Twelve months post therapy,number of patients on sinus rhythm was significantly higher(68.7%vs.41.9%,P<0.05)and left atrium diameter(LAD)was significantly smaller[(48.6±4.6)mm vs.(51.5±4.2)mm,P<0.05]in group AI than those in group A.LAD(OR 1.242)and use of irbesartan(OR 0.226)are associated with the AF recurrence.Conclusion Combined amiodarone and irbesartan use is superior to amiodarone alone for maintaining sinus rhythm in rheumatic heart disease patients with persistent AF post valve replacement and cardioversion.%目的 研究风湿性心脏病持续性心房颤动(房颤)应用厄贝沙坦联合胺碘酮的窦性心律(窦律)维持作用及复发的危险因素.方法 选择住院准备房颤复律且符合入选标准风湿性心脏病(风心病)瓣膜置换术后持续性房颤患者63例.随机分为对照组(31例)和试验组(32例).对照组给予胺碘酮,试验组用胺碘酮+厄贝沙坦.入选患者转复为窦律后即为试验起始

  4. Challenges to success in heart failure: Cardiac cell therapies in patients with heart diseases. (United States)

    Oh, Hidemasa; Ito, Hiroshi; Sano, Shunji


    Heart failure remains the leading cause of death worldwide, and is a burgeoning problem in public health due to the limited capacity of postnatal hearts to self-renew. The pathophysiological changes in injured hearts can sometimes be manifested as scar formation or myocardial degradation, rather than supplemental muscle regeneration to replenish lost tissue during the healing processes. Stem cell therapies have been investigated as a possible treatment approach for children and adults with potentially fatal cardiovascular disease that does not respond to current medical therapies. Although the heart is one of the least regenerative organs in mammals, discoveries made during the past few decades have improved our understanding of cardiac development and resident stem/progenitor pools, which may be lineage-restricted subpopulations during the post-neonatal stage of cardiac morphogenesis. Recently, investigation has specifically focused on factors that activate either endogenous progenitor cells or preexisting cardiomyocytes, to regenerate cardiovascular cells and replace the damaged heart tissues. The discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells has advanced our technological capability to direct cardiac reprogramming by essential factors that are crucial for heart field completion in each stage. Cardiac tissue engineering technology has recently shown progress in generating myocardial tissue on human native cardiac extracellular matrix scaffolds. This review summarizes recent advances in the field of cardiac cell therapies with an emphasis on cellular mechanisms, such as bone marrow stem cells and cardiac progenitor cells, which show the high potential for success in preclinical and clinical meta-analysis studies. Expanding our current understanding of mechanisms of self-renewal in the neonatal mammalian heart may lead to the development of novel cardiovascular regenerative medicines for pediatric heart diseases. Copyright © 2016 Japanese College of Cardiology

  5. Biology of tooth replacement in amniotes

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    John A Whitlock; Joy M Richman


    Tooth replacement is a common trait to most vertebrates, including mammals. Mammals, however, have lost the capacity for continuous tooth renewal seen in most other vertebrates, and typically have only 1–2 generations of teeth. Here, we review the mechanisms of tooth replacement in reptiles and mammals, and discuss in detail the current and historical theories on control of timing and pattern of tooth replacement and development.

  6. Heart rate index

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    Haedersdal, C; Pedersen, F H; Svendsen, J H


    The present study compares the variables assessed by standard exercise test with the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) measured by multigated radionuclide angiocardiography (MUGA) in 77 patients early after myocardial infarction. The exercise test and MUGA were performed within two weeks...... after the myocardial infarction. A significant correlation (Spearman's correlation coefficient rs, p less than 0.05) was found between LVEF at rest and the following variables assessed at exercise test: 1) the heart rate at rest, 2) rise in heart rate, 3) ratio between maximal heart rate and heart rate...... at rest, 4) rise in systolic blood pressure, 5) rate pressure product at rest, 6) rise in rate pressure product, 7) ratio (rHR) between maximal rate pressure product and rate pressure product at rest, 8) total exercise time. The heart rate was corrected for effects caused by age (heart index (HR...

  7. Patterns of Heart Attacks (United States)


    Hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking, family history of heart disease, and diabetes mellitus (both types 1 and 2) are also factors that increase the risk...breath 16% 19% Hyperlipidemia 2% Asthma 23% Coronary Artery Disease 15% Chest Pain 4% Pneumonia 24% 38% Diabetes 7% Congestive Heart Failure 9% 6...Pain Diabetes Congestive Heart Failure Hypertension Asthma Table 5.7: Diagnoses that distinguish cluster 8 from the cost bucket 2 population average. The

  8. Music and the heart


    Koelsch, Stefan; Jäncke, Lutz


    Music can powerfully evoke and modulate emotions and moods, along with changes in heart activity, blood pressure (BP), and breathing. Although there is great heterogeneity in methods and quality among previous studies on effects of music on the heart, the following findings emerge from the literature: Heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR) are higher in response to exciting music compared with tranquilizing music. During musical frissons (involving shivers and piloerection), both HR and RR...

  9. Heart Rate Monitors (United States)


    Under a NASA grant, Dr. Robert M. Davis and Dr. William M. Portnoy came up with a new type of electrocardiographic electrode that would enable long term use on astronauts. Their invention was an insulated capacitive electrode constructed of a thin dielectric film. NASA subsequently licensed the electrode technology to Richard Charnitski, inventor of the VersaClimber, who founded Heart Rate, Inc., to further develop and manufacture personal heart monitors and to produce exercise machines using the technology for the physical fitness, medical and home markets. Same technology is on both the Home and Institutional Model VersaClimbers. On the Home Model an infrared heart beat transmitter is worn under exercise clothing. Transmitted heart rate is used to control the work intensity on the VersaClimber using the heart rate as the speedometer of the exercise. This offers advantages to a full range of users from the cardiac rehab patient to the high level physical conditioning of elite athletes. The company manufactures and markets five models of the 1*2*3 HEART RATE monitors that are used wherever people exercise to accurately monitor their heart rate. Company is developing a talking heart rate monitor that works with portable headset radios. A version of the heart beat transmitter will be available to the manufacturers of other aerobic exercise machines.

  10. Anesthesia for Heart Transplantation. (United States)

    Ramsingh, Davinder; Harvey, Reed; Runyon, Alec; Benggon, Michael


    This article seeks to evaluate current practices in heart transplantation. The goals of this article were to review current practices for heart transplantation and its anesthesia management. The article reviews current demographics and discusses the current criteria for candidacy for heart transplantation. The process for donor and receipt selection is reviewed. This is followed by a review of mechanical circulatory support devices as they pertain to heart transplantation. The preanesthesia and intraoperative considerations are also discussed. Finally, management after transplantation is also reviewed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. [Heart transplantation and infection]. (United States)

    Ozábalová, Eva; Krejčí, Jan; Hude, Petr; Godava, Julius; Honek, Tomáš; Špinarová, Lenka; Pavlík, Petr; Bedáňová, Helena; Němec, Petr


    Heart transplantation (HTx) is a method of treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure with severe symptoms despite complex therapy. Post-transplant difficulties include acute rejection and infectious complications, which are the most common reason of morbidity and mortality in the first year after heart transplant. It requires the patient to remain on immunosuppressive medication to avoid the possibility of graft rejection. Therefore the range of infection is much larger. The diagnosis and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections is often difficult.Key words: heart transplantation - immunosuppression - infection.

  12. Aortic valve replacement in octogenarians

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    Dark John H


    Full Text Available Abstract Background and Aims As our population ages and life expectancy increases the number of people aged over 80 and more referred for cardiac surgery is growing. This study sought to identify the outcome of aortic valve replacement (AVR in octogenarians. Methods 68 patients aged 80 years or more underwent AVR at the Freeman Hospital, between April 2001 and April 2004. A retrospective review of the notes and outcomes from the patients' GP and the NHS strategic tracking service was performed. 54% (37 underwent isolated AVR whilst 46% (31 underwent combined AVR and CABG. Results Follow up was 100% complete. The mean age was 83.1 ± s.d. 2.9 years, a mean gradient of 83 ± s.d. 31 mmHg and mean AVA of 0.56 cm2. The mean additive EuroSCORE was 8.6 ± s.d. 1.2, the logistic EuroSCORE mean 12.0 ± s.d. 5.9. In hospital 30 day mortality was 13 %. Survival was 80% at 1 year and 78% at 2 years. Median follow up was for 712 days. Stepwise logistic regression identified chronic obstructive airways disease as an independent predictor of mortality (p Conclusion Our study demonstrates that the operative mortality for AVR in the over eighties is good, whilst the mid to long term outcome is excellent There is a very low attrition rate with those undergoing the procedure living as long than their age matched population. This study confirms AVR is a safe, acceptable treatment for octogenarians with excellent mid term outcomes.

  13. Menopause and hormone replacement therapy

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    Ali Baziad


    Full Text Available The global population in the 21st century has reached 6.2 billion people, by the year 2025 it is to be around 8.3-8.5 billion, and will increase further. Elderly people are expected to grow rapidly than other groups. The fastest increase in the elderly population will take place in Asia. Life expectancy is increasing steadily throughout developed and developing countries. For many  menopausal women, increased life expectancy will accompanied by many health problems. The consequences of estrogen deficiency are the menopausal symptoms. The treatment of menopause related complaints and diseases became an  important socioeconomic and medical issue. Long term symptoms, such as the increase in osteoporosis fractures, cardio and cerebrovascular disesses and dementia, created a large financial burden on individuals and society. All these health problems can be lreated or prevented by hormone replacement therapy (HRT. Natural HRT is usually prefened. Synthetic  estrogen in oral contraceptives (oc are not recommended for HRT. Many contra-indications for oc, but now it is widely usedfor HRT. The main reasons for discontinuing HRT are unwanted bleeding, fear of cancer, and negative side effects. Until now there are sill debates about the rebrtonship between HRT and the incidence of breast cancer. Many data showed that there were no clear relationship between the use of HRT and breast cancer. ThereÎore, nwny experts advocate the use of HRTfrom the first sign of climacteric complaints until death. (Med J Indones 2001;10: 242-51Keywords: estrogen deficiency, climacteric phases, tibolone.

  14. Total joint replacement preadmission programs. (United States)

    Messer, B


    Patients begin to formulate their expectations of the postoperative hospitalization during the preadmission program. The challenge is to better understand the factors patients consider when formulating judgments about the quality of preadmission education. For example, it may be that perceptions of the preadmission program are influenced by what patients believe about their postoperative pain and functional abilities. Specific attention needs to be given both preoperatively and postoperatively to instructing patients on realistic expectations for recovery. One other method of measuring patient outcomes is with the Health Status Profile (SF-36) (Response Healthcare Information Management, 1995). The SF-36 approach emphasizes the outcome of medical care as the patient sees it, in addition to a clinical evaluation of successful health care. This form is currently initiated in the physician's office and returned for scanning at the preadmission class. The patient then completes another SF-36 at 6 months and every year thereafter to compare measurable outcomes. Patients intending to have elective total joint replacements experience anxiety and require much support and education. An effective preadmission program is a major investment in a patient's recovery, as well as a unique marketing tool to customers. Preadmission programs can be viewed as an opportunity to enhance customer satisfaction. Preadmission clinics are an excellent means for nurses to improve the quality of patient care through patient education. the overall goal of preadmission testing programs is to ensure patient preparedness while increasing quality health care and overall customer satisfaction. To enhance program effectiveness, health care providers must lead collaborative efforts to improve the efficiency of systems.

  15. AnalyzingtheReasonsandMeasurestotheMalfunction oftheNPC’sSupervisionSystem%人大监督制度运行失灵的原因与对策分析

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      ThemalfunctionoftheNPC’ssupervisionsystemistheresultofstrengthimbalancebetween societyandstateinpoliticalpattern.Itisunrealistictochangethesituationonlybyincreasingsupervi-sionpowerandstandardizingsupervisionprocess.Themaldevelopmentofsocietyandtheabsenceof self-governancewillleadtoheavydependenceuponpoliticalpowerandlostsupervision motivationto controlpowerabuse.Onlytaxationstructurereformation,enhancedcivilcompetenceinpoliticalpartici-pationandtheimprovementofrulingparty’ssocialcommunicationmechanismcanprovideandtransmit sufficientdriveandsupportingstrengthfortheNPC’ssupervisionandcompletelybreakthesystema-wayfrom malfunction.%  人大监督制度的运行失灵是社会与国家之间的力量对比失衡在政治制度中的现实反映。要想改变这种状态仅仅通过制度的赋权或者监督程序的规范是不现实的。社会自身发育不良或者自治能力欠缺都会导致对权力的严重依赖,进而丧失监督权力滥用的动力与力量。只有改革税制结构,提高公民政治参与能力,才可以为人大监督提供足够的动力源泉与力量支撑,并通过改善执政党的社会沟通机制为人大监督提供动力转换,才能在根本上摆脱监督乏力的困境。

  16. Abnormally activated one-carbon metabolic pathway is associated with mtDNA hypermethylation and mitochondrial malfunction in the oocytes of polycystic gilt ovaries. (United States)

    Jia, Longfei; Li, Juan; He, Bin; Jia, Yimin; Niu, Yingjie; Wang, Chenfei; Zhao, Ruqian


    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is associated with hyperhomocysteinemia and polycystic ovaries (PCO) usually produce oocytes of poor quality. However, the intracellular mechanism linking hyperhomocysteinemia and oocyte quality remains elusive. In this study, the quality of the oocytes isolated from healthy and polycystic gilt ovaries was evaluated in vitro in association with one-carbon metabolism, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) methylation, and mitochondrial function. PCO oocytes demonstrated impaired polar body extrusion, and significantly decreased cleavage and blastocyst rates. The mitochondrial distribution was disrupted in PCO oocytes, together with decreased mitochondrial membrane potential and deformed mitochondrial structure. The mtDNA copy number and the expression of mtDNA-encoded genes were significantly lower in PCO oocytes. Homocysteine concentration in follicular fluid was significantly higher in PCO group, which was associated with significantly up-regulated one-carbon metabolic enzymes betaine homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT), glycine N-methyltransferase (GNMT) and the DNA methyltransferase DNMT1. Moreover, mtDNA sequences coding for 12S, 16S rRNA and ND4, as well as the D-loop region were significantly hypermethylated in PCO oocytes. These results indicate that an abnormal activation of one-carbon metabolism and hypermethylation of mtDNA may contribute, largely, to the mitochondrial malfunction and decreased quality of PCO-derived oocytes in gilts.

  17. AIRSEA SystemⅡ传感器倒台故障分析与处理%Malfunction and treatment for the downfall of AIRSEA System Ⅱ sensor

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    谢清陆; 陈勃


    文章介绍了AIRSEA System Ⅱ几个方面的改进和劣海况下进行重力测量时发生重力传感器倒台的现象,通过故障实例分析,指出倒台现象的主要原因是仪器本身结构不合理、散热效果不理想。AIRSEA SystemⅡ传感器倒台故障的分析思路及相应的解决对策对实际海洋重力测量外业具有指导意义。%This paper describes few improvements of AIRSEA System Ⅱ and the sensor~ s downfall during gravimetry on the abominable sea. Through the example of faults, main reasons caused the downfall are pointed out that are unreasonable structure and non-ideal heat dissipation. Malfunction analysis for the downfall of AIRSEA System Ⅱ and its corresponding countermeasures have guiding significance for the practical marine gravimetry.

  18. Hemolytic Anemia after Aortic Valve Replacement: a Case Report

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    Feridoun Sabzi


    Full Text Available Hemolytic anemia is exceedingly rare and an underestimated complication after aortic valve replacement (AVR.The mechanism responsible for hemolysis most commonly involves a regurgitated flow or jet that related to paravalvar leak or turbulence of subvalvar stenosis. It appears to be independent of its severity as assessed by echocardiography. We present a case of a 24-year-old man with a history of AVR in 10 year ago that developed severe hemolytic anemia due to a mild subvalvar stenosis caused by pannus formation and mild hypertrophic septum. After exclusion of other causes of hemolytic anemia and the lack of clinical and laboratory improvement, the patient underwent redo valve surgery with pannus and subvalvar hypertrophic septum resection. Anemia and heart failure symptoms gradually resolved after surgery

  19. Partial sodium replacement in tilapia steak without loss of acceptability. (United States)

    Monteiro, Maria Lúcia G; Mársico, Eliane T; Canto, Anna Carolina V C S; Costa-Lima, Bruno R C; Lázaro, César A; Cruz, Adriano G; Conte-Júnior, Carlos A


    The aim of this study was to evaluate physical and sensory characteristics of low-sodium tilapia steaks restructured with microbial transglutaminase. Polyphosphate (0.4%), condiment mixes-onion powder and garlic powder (2.5%), water (10.0%), transglutaminase (1.0%), and different types of salts (1.5%) were mixed with non-commercial sized fillets. Substitution of NaCl by KCl or MgCl2 (at 50% each) affected quality attributes and decreased (P purchase intention. We conclude that potassium and magnesium chlorides are possible replacers of salt (NaCl) in restructured tilapia steaks and potentially decrease the risk factor for heart failure associated with high sodium consumption.

  20. [Left Ventricular Rupture during Both Mitral and Aortic Valve Replacements]. (United States)

    Kurumisawa, Soki; Aizawa, Kei; Takazawa, Ippei; Sato, Hirotaka; Muraoka, Arata; Ohki, Shinnichi; Saito, Tsutomu; Kawahito, Koji; Misawa, Yoshio


    A 73-year-old woman on hemodialysis was transferred to our hospital for surgical treatment of heart valve disease. She required both mitral and aortic valve replacement with mechanical valves, associated with tricuspid annuloplasty. After aortic de-clamping, a massive hemorrhage from the posterior atrioventricular groove was observed. Under repeated cardiac arrest, the left atrium was reopened, the implanted mitral prosthetic valve was removed and a type I left ventricular rupture (Treasure classification) was diagnosed. The lesion was directly repaired with mattress stitches and running sutures, using reinforcement materials such as a glutaraldehyde-treated bovine pericardium. To avoid mechanical stress by the prosthetic valve on the repaired site, a mechanical valve was implanted using a translocation method. The patient suffered from aspiration pneumonia and disuse atrophy for 3 months. However, she was doing well at 1 year post-operation.