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Feb
2018

Caval Valve Implantation: Are 2 Valves Better Than 1?

Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2018 Feb;11(2):e006334
Brian P O'Neill

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Feb
2018

Percutaneous therapies for congenital heart disease have been evolving rapidly despite limited investment from industry. The Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (Medtronic, Inc, Minneapolis, MN USA) replacement therapy represents an important advancement in this arena. It has been approved in the United States for use in the pulmonary position, on a Humanitarian Device Exemption status.

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Feb
2018

Despite advances in medical, surgical, and critical care, infective endocarditis (IE) remains associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. We evaluated the performance of the Marseille score, including clinical data and biological tests obtained within 2 h, to identify patients at high risk of IE in order to initiate early antimicrobial treatment. This was secondarily confirmed using modified ESC criteria combined with molecular testing andfluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography as diagnostic tools.

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Jan
2018

A man in his 50s with sudden-onset chest pain and dyspnoea was transferred to the emergency room. He had a history of aortic valve replacement due to aortic regurgitation with a mechanical valve 6 years previously. Heart rate was 90 bpm, and blood pressure was too low to measure.

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Aug
2017

The majority of prosthetic heart valves currently implanted are tissue valves that can be expected to calcify with time and eventually fail. Surgical or percutaneous redux valve replacement is associated with higher rate of complications. We propose a novel non-invasive therapeutic approach based on the use of pulsed cavitational ultrasound (PCU) to improve the valvular function of degenerative calcified bioprosthesis.

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Jan
2018

We aimed to analyse the incidence of prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) and elevated gradients after aortic valve in valve (ViV), and to evaluate predictors and associations with clinical outcomes of this adverse event.
A total of 910 aortic ViV patients were investigated. Elevated residual gradients were defined as ≥20 mm Hg.

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Jan
2018

The timely diagnosis of prosthetic heart valve endocarditis remains challenging yet of utmost importance. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18 F-FDG) positron emission/computed tomography (PET/CT) and cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) were recently introduced as additional diagnostic tools in the most recent ESC guidelines on infective endocarditis. However, how to interpret PET/CT findings with regard to what is to be considered abnormal, what the potential confounders may be, as well as which patients benefit most from these additional imaging techniques and how to best perform them in these often-complex patients, remains unclear.

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Dec
1969

Infective endocarditis (IE) is an infectious disease that affects the endothelium of the large intrathoracic vessels, heart valves, and intra-cardiac foreign body material. A 20-year-old woman was admitted to the cardiology department with complaints of fever and palpitations. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a bicuspid aortic valve, aortic root enlargement, and aortic coarctation.

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Feb
2018

Heart valve disease carries a substantial risk of morbidity and mortality. Outcomes are significantly improved by valve replacement, but currently available mechanical and biological replacement valves are associated with complications of their own. Mechanical valves have a high rate of thromboembolism and require lifelong anticoagulation.

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Jan
2018

Morphological characteristics of paravalvular leakage (PVL) have not yet been well characterized by computed tomography (CT). The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the morphological characteristics of PVLs using cardiac CT in patients diagnosed with PVL.
Between May 2011 and December 2013, 46 patients who had been diagnosed with PVL and underwent cardiac CT were included in this study.

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Apr
2018

The blood flow patterns in the region around the aortic valve depend on the geometry of the aorta and on the complex flow-structure interaction between the pulsatile flow and the valve leaflets. Consequently, the flow depends strongly on the constitutive properties of the tissue, which can be expected to vary between healthy and diseased heart valves or native and prosthetic valves. The main goal of this work is to qualitatively demonstrate that the choice of the constitutive model of the aortic valve is critical in analysis of heart hemodynamics.

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Oct
2017

Infective endocarditis (IE) is a microbial infection of the endothelial surface of the cardiac-valves. Rapid diagnosis, effective treatment and prompt recognition of complications are essential, in order to improve the outcome. We retrospectively reviewed and determined the clinical characteristics, microbiological profile and management strategies of IE cases, changing microbial spectrum of pathogens and outcome in Native Valve Endocarditis (NVE) and Prosthetic Valve Endocarditis (PVE) cases.

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Dec
2017

The paper refers to the safety of MRI in patients with prosthetic heart valves or coronary stents. This condition is commonly regarded as a contraindication for MRI, where patients with these stents or valves are excluded from yielding the diagnostic imaging information provided by one of the most important noninvasive imaging modalities. On the basis of available evidence to date, all patients with prosthetic heart valves or coronary stents can safely undergo MRI at 1.

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Dec
1969

Over the last 25 years, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has emerged as an alternative to echocardiography for assessment of valvular heart disease (VHD). Although echo remains the first-line imaging modality for the assessment of patients with VHD, CMR can now provide a comprehensive assessment in many instances. Using a combination of techniques, CMR provides information on valve anatomy and enables quantitative analysis of the severity of the valve lesion.

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Dec
2017

 Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has evolved into an alternative procedure to surgical valve replacement for high-risk patients with aortic valve stenosis. Despite technical innovations, there is still a risk of complications during and after the intervention. After a TAVI procedure, ECG-gated multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) plays an important role in the early diagnosis of local complications.

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Dec
2017

Bovine and porcine pericardia are currently used for manufacturing prosthetic heart valves: their design has become an increasingly important area of investigation in parallel with progressively expanding indications for the transcutaneous approach to heart valves replacement. Before being cut and shaped, pericardial tissues are expected to be properly characterized. Actually, the mechanical assessment of these biomaterials lacks standardized protocols.

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Nov
2017

To assess advantages of integrated approach to improvement of efficiency and safety of warfarin therapy after heart valve replacement.
We included in this study 118 patients who had undergone simultaneous mitral valve replacement and maze procedure. Group 1 patients (n=37) underwent just sinus rhythm restoration, group 2 patients (n=54) underwent sinus rhythm restoration and participated in a patient education program, group 3 patients (n=27) underwent sinus rhythm restoration, participated in a patient education program, and were subjected to pharmacogenetic testing for warfarin sensitivity.

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Dec
2017

We present the case of an acute endocarditis of mitral and aortic prosthetic heart valves caused by Aggregatibacter aphrophilus (Haemophilus aphrophilus-paraphrophilus). This third report in the literature emphasizes the diagnostic work-up and the role of positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography in this setting. The specificities of endocarditis due to the HACEK group (Haemophilus spp.

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Sep
2017

Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is a life-threatening complication in pregnant women with mechanical prosthetic heart valves. Thrombolytic therapy (TT) has evolved as an effective treatment alternative to surgery, which is associated with very high maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity in these patients. Acute ischemic stroke may rarely occur during TT for PVT.

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Mar
2018

The decellularization of biological tissues decreases immunogenicity, allows repopulation with cells, and may lead to improved long-term performance after implantation. Freeze drying these tissues would ensure off-the-shelf availability, save storage costs, and facilitates easy transport. This study evaluates the in vivo performance of freeze-dried decellularized heart valves in juvenile sheep.

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Nov
2017

Although the outcomes of patients with end-stage heart failure treated with implantable left ventricular assist devices have improved, extracorporeal left ventricular assist devices continue to play an important role, especially in pediatric patients. The present study aimed to examine the long-term biocompatibility of a small-sized extracorporeal pneumatic left ventricular assist device (NIPRO-LVAD) used in a 30- to 90-day animal experiment. The NIPRO-LVAD was designed for pediatric patients or small-sized adults.

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Dec
1969

Initial experience of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) or replacement (TAVR) has ap-peared as a promising minimally invasive technology for patients disqualified from surgical treatment (SAVR). Safety and efficacy of TAVI has been analyzed and assessed through numerous registries and trials. Furthermore, results obtained from comparative TAVI vs.

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Feb
2018

There are scant comparative data quantifying the risk of infective endocarditis (IE) and associated mortality in individuals with predisposing cardiac conditions.
English hospital admissions for conditions associated with increased IE risk were followed for 5 years to quantify subsequent IE admissions. The 5-year risk of IE or dying during an IE admission was calculated for each condition and compared with the entire English population as a control.

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Nov
2017

Although thromboembolic accidents are serious adverse events associated with mechanical mitral valves, there have been no studies on the clinical impact of the large mechanical surface areas (MSAs) of mechanical mitral prostheses. Between 1995 and 2010, 488 consecutive adult patients underwent isolated mechanical mitral valve replacement. We measured the MSA via three-dimensional computed tomography for each prosthesis.

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Dec
2017

The prevalence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in the adult population is steadily increasing. A substrate of prosthetic material and residual lesions, constantly evolving as surgical techniques change over time, predispose these patients to the potentially devastating complication of infective endocarditis (IE).
We retrospectively reviewed 2935 patients in our adult CHD database for all cases of endocarditis between 1991 and 2016.

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Nov
2017

Numerous studies have suggested that medical image derived computational mechanics models could be developed to reduce mortality and morbidity due to cardiovascular diseases by allowing for patient-specific surgical planning and customized medical device design. In this work, we present a novel framework for designing prosthetic heart valves using a parametric design platform and immersogeometric fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis. We parameterize the leaflet geometry using several key design parameters.

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Dec
2017

Congenital heart disease (CHD) increases the risk of infective endocarditis (IE), though the lesion-specific risk and mortality are poorly defined. Using the population-based Quebec CHD database, we sought to describe the predictors of IE and to evaluate if IE was associated with mortality among adult CHD (ACHD) patients without prior valve replacement surgery. We extracted data on ACHD patients with IE and assessed the lesion-specific incidence of IE, risk factors for IE acquisition, and all-cause 1-year mortality.

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Jan
2018

Biaxial mechanical behavior of bovine saphenous venous valve leaflets.

J Mech Behav Biomed Mater 2018 Jan 24;77:594-599. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
Jiaqi Lu, Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang
Chronic venous disease is caused by chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which results in significant symptoms such as venous ulcers, ankle eczema, leg swelling, etc. Venous valve incompetence is a major cause of CVI. When the valves of veins in the leg become incompetent (i.

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Nov
2017

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major worldwide public health problem, and AF in association with valvular heart disease (VHD) is also common. However, management strategies for this group of patients have been less informed by randomized trials, which have largely focused on 'non-valvular AF' patients. Thrombo-embolic risk also varies according to valve lesion and may also be associated with CHA2DS2VASc score risk factor components, rather than only the valve disease being causal.

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May
2017

Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) in metallic prosthetic cardiac valves is not an uncommon condition, and has high mortality and morbidity. Although surgery is the traditional choice for PVT therapy, thrombolysis with newer agents has achieved good success rates. Many studies described in the western literature have used tissue plasminogen activators, while studies from developing countries have been largely based on the use of streptokinase and urokinase.

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May
2017

Thrombosis of a mechanical prosthetic heart valve is a potentially life-threatening complication associated with a high mortality. Although thrombolytic therapy has been considered highly beneficial in this situation, very few studies have been conducted to monitor the effectiveness of such thrombolytic therapy among Asian populations. Hence, the study aim was to evaluate the clinical profile, efficacy and safety of the thrombolytic agent streptokinase (SK) in patients with obstructive thrombosis of a left-sided mechanical heart valve.

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Oct
2017

The SAPIEN 3 valve (S3V) was designed to overcome the shortcomings of its predecessor, the SAPIEN XT (SXT) valve. We conducted a meta-analysis to compare their clinical outcomes and procedural characteristics.
PUBMED, EMBASE, and Cochrane CENTRAL were searched by two independent reviewers.

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Sep
2017

Data on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) long-term clinical outcomes and hemodynamic performance of the self-expandable CoreValve (CV) and the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN XT (ES) (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, California, USA) transcatheter heart valves (THV) are limited. Therefore, this study aimed to compare long-term clinical outcome data and hemodynamic performance of TAVR with either CV or ES.
We reviewed prospectively collected data of 171 patients treated with TAVR for severe aortic stenosis (AS) at our center between June 2007 and December 2010, with last follow-up contact in 2016.

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Feb
2018

Children with acquired and congenital heart disease (CHD) are increasingly surviving to adulthood. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors in children at known risk for early CAD or with severe CHD. We recruited children (8-19 years) at risk for early CAD-Kawasaki disease (KD, N = 36) and coarctation (69) or severe CHD: > 1 cardiopulmonary bypass surgery (60), single ventricle (15), prosthetic valves (13).

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Dec
2017

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibres are flexible, have high tensile strength, and platelet and bacterial adhesion is low. Therefore, UHMWPE may overcome limitations of current mechanical valves and bioprostheses. In this study, the biocompatibility and functionality of prototype handmade stented valves from woven UHMWPE (U-valve) was assessed in a chronic sheep model with acetylsalicylic acid monotherapy.

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Dec
2017

To support decision-making regarding prosthetic valve selection in non-elderly adults, we aim to provide a detailed overview of outcome after contemporary mechanical aortic valve replacement (AVR).
A systematic review was conducted for papers reporting clinical outcome after AVR with bileaflet mechanical valves with a mean patient age ≥18 and ≤55 years, published between 1 January 1995 and 31 December 2015. Through meta-analysis outcomes were pooled and entered into a microsimulation model to calculate (event-free) life expectancy and lifetime event risk.

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Dec
2017

Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NОАСs) are highly effective drugs that prevent venous thrombosis and stroke in atrial fibrillation. Their use has difficulties that are associated with the need for laboratory control and with the influence of many factors on the activity of these medications. The emerged direct oral anticoagulants have some advantages over NOACs.

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Jan
2018

Valvular heart disease is currently treated with mechanical valves, which benefit from longevity, but are burdened by chronic anticoagulation therapy, or with bioprosthetic valves, which have reduced thromboembolic risk, but limited durability. Tissue engineered heart valves have been proposed to resolve these issues by implanting a scaffold that is replaced by endogenous growth, leaving autologous, functional leaflets that would putatively eliminate the need for anticoagulation and avoid calcification. Despite the diversity in fabrication strategies and encouraging results in large animal models, control over engineered valve structure-function remains at best partial.

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Dec
2017

The formation of thrombotic deposits affects the functionality of mechanical prosthetic heart valves; as a consequence, mechanical valves thrombosis needs early diagnosis to prevent thromboembolic events. This paper compares the acoustic signals produced by two commercial bileaflet mechanical heart valves in the closing phase to detect the presence of thrombi. The closing sounds were recorded in vitro by means of a phonocardiographic device under different hydrodynamic conditions.

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Dec
1969

Evaluation of aortic stenosis(AS) is based on measurement of mean transvalvular gradient(MPG), flow velocity(vmax) and aortic valve area(AVA). Objective of the present study was to analyse the impact of systemic hemodynamic variables and concomitant mitral regurgitation(MR) on aortic MPG, vmax and AVA in severe AS.
A pulsatile circulatory model was designed to study function and interdependence of stenotic aortic and insufficient mitral prosthetic valves (n=8; effective regurgitation orifice (EROA)<0.

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Oct
2017

The aim of this study was to determine the prognosis and specific complications of patients with prosthetic mitral valves (PMVs) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
TAVR is performed relatively often in patients with PMVs, but specific risks are not well described.
A multicenter analysis was conducted, including patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis who underwent TAVR at 10 centers.

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Oct
2017

This study sought to assess the relative merit of surgical correction (SC) versus transcatheter reduction on long-term outcomes in patients with significant paravalvular leak (PVL) refractory to medical therapy.
PVL is the most frequent dysfunction following prosthetic valve replacement. Although repeat surgery is the gold standard, transcatheter reduction (TR) of PVL has been associated with reduced mortality.

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Oct
2017

The aim of this study was to examine 1-year outcomes of transseptal balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valve implantation in failed mitral bioprosthesis, ring annuloplasty, and mitral annular calcification (MAC).
Immediate outcomes following transseptal mitral valve implantation in failed bioprostheses are favorable, but data on subsequent outcomes are lacking.
Percutaneous transseptal implantation of balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valves was performed in 87 patients with degenerated mitral bioprostheses (valve in valve [VIV]) (n = 60), previous ring annuloplasty (valve in ring) (n = 15), and severe MAC (valve in MAC) (n = 12).

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Nov
2017

Replacement with a prosthetic device remains a major treatment option for the patients suffering from heart valve disease, with prevalence growing resulting from an ageing population. While the most popular replacement heart valve continues to be the bioprosthetic heart valve (BHV), its durability remains limited. There is thus a continued need to develop a general understanding of the underlying mechanisms limiting BHV durability to facilitate development of a more durable prosthesis.

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