ASE offers TEE guidelines for congenital heart disease

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has published new guidelines...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASE releases clinical guidelines for TTE ASE releases updated guidelines for cardiac US agents ASE releases guide for imaging Chagas disease Medical societies celebrate ultrasound awareness Medical societies expand collaboration on cardiac registry
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In conclusion, our work emphasizes the role of anti-inflammatory mechanisms to ameliorate heart function in CHD and shows, for the first time, that fenofibrate attains this through IL-10-dependent and -independent mechanisms.
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
Chagas disease (CD), caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic to parts of Mexico and Central/South America. Chagas heart disease develops in 20-30% of patients; manifestations include conduction abnormalities (e.g. right bundle branch block [RBBB]), ventricular tachycardia (VT), and progressive dilated cardiomyopathy1. The estimated prevalence of CD in the US exceeds 300,000 people2, and CD accounts for ∼19% of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy3, 7.5% of pacemakers4, and 5% of conduction abnormalities5 among Latin American immigrants in California.
Source: Journal of Cardiac Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Research Letter Source Type: research
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) People living with Chagas disease without symptoms or signs of cardiac injury are at high risk of developing cardiomyopathy, a progressive heart disease, and the risk more than doubled among patients with acute infections, according to a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
AbstractAimsPatients with Chagas disease and heart failure (HF) have a poor prognosis similar to that of patients with ischaemic or dilated cardiomyopathy. However, the impact of body composition and muscle strength changes in these aetiologies is still unknown. We aimed to evaluate these parameters across aetiologies in two distinct cohort studies [TESTOsterone ‐Heart Failure trial (TESTO‐HF; Brazil) and Studies Investigating Co‐morbidities Aggravating Heart Failure (SICA‐HF; Germany)].Methods and resultsA total of 64 male patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% were matched for body mass index an...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
AbstractAimsPatients with Chagas disease and heart failure (HF) have a poor prognosis similar to that of patients with ischaemic or dilated cardiomyopathy. However, the impact of body composition and muscle strength changes in these aetiologies is still unknown. We aimed to evaluate these parameters across aetiologies in two distinct cohort studies [TESTOsterone ‐Heart Failure trial (TESTO‐HF; Brazil) and Studies Investigating Co‐morbidities Aggravating Heart Failure (SICA‐HF; Germany)].Methods and resultsA total of 64 male patients with left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% were matched for body mass index an...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
The association between infection and cardiovascular disease has long been recognized in the form of Chagas Disease, Diptheria, tuberculous pericarditis, viral myocarditis, and others. Almost any infectious pathogen can cause myocarditis or heart disease [1]. Viral infection has been and is a predominant cause of myocarditis in the developed world. During the influenza pandemic of 1918, a large number of patients had evidence of heart damage on autopsy [2]. Myocarditis was found in over 50% of patients who died of poliomyelitis infection during the years 1942 –1951 [3,4].
Source: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology - Category: Cytology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our results of this cohort study, comprising a population from the Northeast region of Brazil, suggest that ACE I/D polymorphism is more prevalent in the cardiac form of Chagas disease with HF.
Source: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical - Category: Tropical Medicine Source Type: research
Discussion Bradycardia is a heart rate below what the lowest value that is normal for age. Infants and children have higher heart rates that slowly decrease with age to adult levels. It is usually noted as an incidental finding because of increased vagal tone. Reasons for cardiology referral include associated heart murmur, syncope especially if associated with exercise or unusual triggers, other signs such as chest pain or palpitations, family history of sudden cardiac death, congenital heart disease or familial heart disease, bradycardic medication use, or unusual symptoms associated with the concern. Severe bradycardia ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Chagas disease, caused by the infection with the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, is clinically manifested in approximately one-third of infected people by inflammatory heart disease (cardiomyopathy) and, to a minor degree, gastrointestinal tract disorders (megaesophagus or megacolon). Chagas disease is a zoonosis transmitted among animals and people through the contact with triatomine bugs, which are found in much of the western hemisphere, including most countries of North, Central and South America, between parallels 45° north (Minneapolis, USA) and south (Chubut Province, Argentina). Despite much research on d...
Source: Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Multiple perturbations of the immune response affecting a range of cells have been reported in Trypanosoma cruzi-infected individuals and associated to clinical manifestations of chronic Chagas disease. There is a paucity of knowledge about the role of T follicular helper (Tfh) cells in this infection. Here, we sought to characterize circulating Tfh (cTfh) cells in chronic Chagas disease patients and to identify potential associations with disease severity in humans. cTfh cells were characterized by flow cytometry in freshly isolated PBMCs from 7 T. cruzi-infected asymptomatic patients (ASYMP), 5 patients with chronic chag...
Source: Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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