This is Your Brain on LVAD

The utilization and duration of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support has increased steadily over the last decade and recent changes in the UNOS heart allocation system, implemented in October 2018, portend a further increase in the duration of mechanical circulatory support for many patients (1). Though four-year survival rates have improved to 60% following LVAD implantation, the leading cause of death in these patients is neurological injury, specifically ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke (spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage or intraparenchymal hemorrhage [IPH]) (2).
Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation - Category: Transplant Surgery Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

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AbstractTranslational genomics represents a broad field of study that combines genome and transcriptome-wide studies in humans and model systems to refine our understanding of human biology and ultimately identify new ways to treat and prevent disease. The approaches to translational genomics can be broadly grouped into two methodologies, forward and reverse genomic translation. Traditional (forward) genomic translation begins with model systems and aims at using unbiased genetic associations in these models to derive insight into biological mechanisms that may also be relevant in human disease. Reverse genomic translation...
Source: Neurotherapeutics - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revolutionized medicine, but MRI scanners are so demanding that access to them is still a challenge. MRI machines typically require specially built rooms with magnet quench vent pipes, entry systems that check peo...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Emergency Medicine Neurology Neurosurgery Radiology Source Type: blogs
Time-critical acute ischemic conditions such as ST-elevation myocardial infarction and acute ischemic stroke are staples in Emergency Medicine practice. While timely reperfusion therapy is a priority, the resultant acute ischemia/reperfusion injury contributes to significant mortality and morbidity. Among therapeutics targeting ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), remote ischemic conditioning (RIC) has emerged as the most promising. RIC, which consists of repetitive inflation and deflation of a pneumatic cuff on a limb, was first demonstrated to have protective effect on IRI through various neural and humoral mechanisms. It...
Source: Shock - Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe SPICE multicenter study will investigate 1-year outcomes, ethical issues, as well as care pathways of acute stroke patients requiring invasive ventilation in the ICU. Gathered data will delineate human resources and facilities needs for adequate management. The identification of prognostic factors at the acute phase will help to identify patients who may benefit from prolonged intensive care and rehabilitation.Trial registration: NCT03335995.
Source: Neurocritical Care - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
This study enrolled 43 patients with VA dissection, and 63 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects were used as the controls. MRA was employed to evaluate the presence of dominant VA and the lateral shift of vertebrobasilar junction in both groups.
Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion Prophylactic heparin was associated with a nonsignificant increase in any hematoma enlargement and mortality, a nonsignificant reduction in extracranial hemorrhage, and a nonsignificant increase in the incidence of major disability in patients with sICH. It is probably safe to administer heparin to prevent VTE in patients with sICH. [...] Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New YorkArticle in Thieme eJournals: Table of contents  |  Abstract  |  Full text
Source: Journal of Neurological Surgery Part A: Central European Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
In conclusion, isoflurane protected against BBB disruption caused by carbogen inhalation in mice and rats, but unlike isoflurane-mediated protection against ischemic BBB disruption, the effect could not be explained by anesthesia-induced hypothermia.
Source: NeuroReport - Category: Neurology Tags: Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 31 December 2019Source: Neurochemistry InternationalAuthor(s): Wu Ruan, Junwen Hu, Hang Zhou, Yin Li, Chaoran Xu, Yujie Luo, Ting Chen, Bangliang Xu, Feng Yan, Gao ChenAbstractNeuronal apoptosis is one of the main pathophysiological events in the early brain injury (EBI) post subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Wnt-3a, one of the endogenous wnt ligands crucial in neurogenesis, has been proven to be efficacious in neuroprotection in traumatic brain injury and ischemic stroke. The glycolytic enzyme aldolase C and ribosome biogenesis protein PPAN were revealed to be linked to wnt signaling pathwa...
Source: Neurochemistry International - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
Conclusions: At least 27 pediatric neurocritical care centers use transcranial Doppler during clinical care. In the majority of centers, studies are performed and interpreted by credentialed personnel, and findings are used to guide clinical management. Further studies are needed to standardize these practices.
Source: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Neurocritical Care Source Type: research
AbstractStroke remains one of the leading causes of long-term disability and mortality despite recent advances in acute thrombolytic therapies. In fact, the global lifetime risk of stroke in adults over the age of 25 is approximately 25%, with 24.9 million cases of ischemic stroke and 18.7 million cases of hemorrhagic stroke reported in 2015. One of the main challenges in developing effective new acute therapeutics and enhanced long-term interventions for stroke recovery is the heterogeneity of stroke, including etiology, comorbidities, and lifestyle factors that uniquely affect each individual stroke survivor. In this com...
Source: Translational Stroke Research - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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