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Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic inflammatory liver disease leading to cirrhosis. Researches reported patients with PBC may involve abnormalities on skeleton, thyroid and exocrine glands. However, whether this autoimmune disease would cause cardiac impairment is scarcely investigated. Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance(CMR) is recently developed as a reliable modality to evaluate the cardiac tissue characteristics and functions. This study aims to investigate the cardiac status in PBC patients based on CMR.
Introduction: Cardiac sympathetic drive provides inotropic support to the failing heart and preserves cardiovascular homeostasis. Nonetheless, as myocardial insult evolves, this compensatory response leads to a progressive decline in contractile function, increases the vulnerability to arrhythmias and constitutes an independent mortality predictor. Despite advanced pharmacological therapies, side effects and persistent cardiac sympathetic overdrive highlights the modulation of the adrenergic system as a primary target for non-pharmacological strategies in the heart failure (HF) treatment. In this scenario, we will propose cervicothoracic transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a non-pharmacological therapy to attenuate cardiac sympathetic overdrive in patients with heart failure. Methods: In this prospective, randomized, sham-controlled, double-blind crossover trial, ten (10) HF patients under optimal pharmacological treatment will be randomly assigned to either an in-home cervicothoracic transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS: 30 min twice a day with 80 Hz frequency and pulse duration of 150 μs) or a sham control intervention (SHCI) for two weeks. Following a two-month washout phase from TENS/SHCI, patients crossed over and started the opposite condition. Washout rate and heart-to-mediastinum ratio (planar 123l-metaiodobenzylguanidine myocardial scintigraphy images), indexes of cardiac sympathetic activity and innervation density, muscle sympathetic nerve activity (microneurography) and brachial artery blood flow (Doppler ultrasound) during dynamic handgrip exercise will be obtained at the beginning and end of each condition.
Arrhythmogenic ventricular cardiomyopathy (AVC) is a genetic condition which affects the heart and can lead to heart failure and rhythm problems, of which, sudden cardiac arrest or death is the most tragic and dangerous. Diagnosis and screening of blood-relatives is very difficult as the disease process can be subtle, but sufficient enough, so that the first event is sudden death. The Mayo Clinic AVC Registry is a collaboration between Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA and Papworth Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK. The investigators aim to enroll patients with a history of AVC or sudden cardiac death which may be due to AVC, from the US and UK. Family members who are blood-relatives will also be invited, including those who do not have the condition. Data collected include symptoms, ECG, echocardiographic, MRI, Holter, loop recorder, biopsies, exercise stress testing, blood, buccal and saliva samples. Objectives of the study: 1. Discover new genes or altered genes (variants) which cause AVC 2. Identify biomarkers which predict (2a) disease onset, (2b) disease progression, (2c) and the likelihood of arrhythmia (ventricular, supra-ventricular and atrial fibrillation) 3. Correlate genotype with phenotype in confirmed cases of AVC followed longitudinally using clinical, electrocardiographic and imaging data. 4. Characterize desmosomal changes in buccal mucosal cells with genotype and validate with gold-standard endomyocardial biopsies
The Cardio-Oncology program at Northwestern offers care to cancer patients who develop cardiac toxicities from chemotherapy. Breast cancer patients with the tumor marker for HER2 necessitate treatment with anthracycline and/or trastuzumab and pertuzumab-based chemotherapies, which are known to cause cardiac toxicities. Breast cancer patients will undergo a "cardio-oncology echocardiogram" which incorporates advanced left ventricular assessment by utilizing deformation or strain imaging during chemotherapy treatment for surveillance of cardiac toxicities. The aims of this project are: 1. To create a registry of both clinical, and echocardiographic variables, biomarkers, and genetic analysis that will be used to develop a risk model to predict LV dysfunction in early stage breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with anthracycline and/or trastuzumab and pertuzumab-based chemotherapy regimens. 2. To propose a new management algorithm for initiation of prophylactic beta-blocker therapy for early stage breast cancer patients with preclinical cardiac toxicities demonstrated by strain parameters. 3. To determine if initiation of prophylactic beta-blocker therapy in patients with early cardiac toxicity can delay or prevent a drop in LV EF and the development of clinical heart failure. 4. To explore serial measurements of a suite of novel biomarkers during ongoing anticancer treatment that are presumed but not yet proven to be predictive of cardiac dysfunction in women with breast cancer. 5. To identify DNA biomarkers of predilection to cardiotoxicity. 6. To generate hiPSC to validate markers predictive of cardiotoxicity.
The overall objective of the AFFECTS Study is to assess agreement between SPECT and FFRct in identifying vessel-specific, hemodynamically significant CAD in patients scheduled for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) based on abnormal SPECT myocardial perfusion scans. In particular, the study will evaluate the ability of FFRct to correctly rule out hemodynamically significant CAD in patients with non-significant CAD or normal coronary arteries who had positive SPECT scans.
The primary objective is to assess the effect of 2 dose levels of SNF472 (300 mg and 600 mg) compared to placebo on the progression of coronary artery calcium volume score over a 12‑month (52 weeks) period in ESRD patients on HD
The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of a remote patient monitoring platform and alert system in reducing adverse events for hospitalized geriatric orthopedic trauma patients.
The primary objective of this study is to assess the corrected QT interval (QTc) effect of volanesorsen (ISIS 304801) administered as a 300 mg subcutaneous (SC) therapeutic and a 300 mg intravenous (IV; 2-hour infusion) supra-therapeutic dose relative to placebo in healthy adult male and female subjects.
Cardiovascular disease linked to atherosclerosis (e.g. infarcts, cerebro-vascular accidents) are one of the main causes of mortality in the general population. The recruitment of macrophages from the walls of the arterial lumen followed by unregulated capture of oxidated LDL (LDLox) leads to the accumulation of cholesterol esters and the formation of foamy cells characteristic of fatty streaks, the first phase of atherogenesis. These fatty streaks are rarely followed by clinical events, but can progress to complicated atheromatoses (calcification, rupture) resulting in the occurrence of various clinical events such as myocardial infarction and cerebro-vascular accidents (CVA). Once oxidated, LDL becomes immunogenic and induces anti-LDLox antibody production that could be markers of progression of atherosclerosis. During LDL oxidation, a multitude of specific oxidative epitopes (SOE) such as oxidated phospholipids (PLox) and malondialdehyde-lysine epitopes (MDA) are generated. In order to measure the level of markers in the blood, researchers developed a series of immunologic levels in vitro, using specific antibodies directed against well-defined epitopes. Recently, it was shown that Lp(a ) would be the preferred transporter of these PLox. In fact, several clinical studies show a strong correlation between PLox/apoB concentrations and Lp(a). This marker (PLox/apoB) predicts future morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular diseases, including CVA, up to 15 years in advance, independent of all other known risk factors. CD36 is a scavenger receptor that recognizes LDLox, but more specifically PLox present in these lipoproteins .One soluble form of inflammatory CD36 (sCD36) was recently identified. In this study, only healthy volunteers were recruited in order to be able to establish normal serum ranges of different immunologic biomarkers.
This study evaluates if a single oral dose of 150 mg of the novel food ingredient (AME001, R,R-monatin) does not have an effect on the Fridericia-corrected QT ECG interval (QTcF) exceeding 10 milliseconds (msec). Each subject will consume test article (150 mg), placebo, and moxifloxacin (400 mg; positive control) in each of 3 treatment periods.