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Measures of subclinical cardiac dysfunction and increased filling pressures associate with pulmonary arterial pressure in the general population: results from the population-based Rotterdam Study

Pulmonary hypertension is associated with increased mortality and morbidity in the elderly population. Heart failure is a common cause of pulmonary hypertension. Yet, the relation between left heart parameters reflective of subclinical cardiac dysfunction and increased filling pressures, and pulmonary arterial pressures in the elderly population remains elusive. Within the...

Early detection of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction using conventional and speckle tracking echocardiography in a large animal model of metabolic dysfunction

supported by the European Commission FP7-Health-2010 Grant MEDIA-261409 (to Dirk J. Duncker and Daphne Merkus), by the Netherlands CardioVascular Research Initiative CVON-RECONNECT 2014-11 (to Dirk J. Duncker ... and Daphne Merkus), and the Academy of Finland 251272 (to Ilkka Heinonen). Compliance with ethical standards Conflict of interest Mark M. P. van den Dorpel, Ilkka Heinonen, Sanne M. Snelder, Hendrik J

Altered purinergic signaling in uridine adenosine tetraphosphate-induced coronary relaxation in swine with metabolic derangement

We previously demonstrated that uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up4A) induces potent and partially endothelium-dependent relaxation in the healthy porcine coronary microvasculature. We subsequently showed that Up4A-induced porcine coronary relaxation was impaired via downregulation of P1 receptors after myocardial infarction. In view of the deleterious effect of metabolic...

Time course of VCAM-1 expression in reperfused myocardial infarction in swine and its relation to retention of intracoronary administered bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells

Background Intracoronary infusion of autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells (BMMNC), after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), has been shown to improve myocardial function. However, therapeutic efficacy is limited, possibly because cell retention rates are low, suggesting that optimization of cell retention might increase therapeutic efficacy. Since retention of...

Intermittent pacing therapy favorably modulates infarct remodeling

Despite early revascularization, remodeling and dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV) after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remain important therapeutic targets. Intermittent pacing therapy (IPT) of the LV can limit infarct size, when applied during early reperfusion. However, the effects of IPT on post-AMI LV remodeling and infarct healing are unknown. We therefore...

Vagal nerve stimulation started just prior to reperfusion limits infarct size and no-reflow

Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) started prior to, or during, ischemia has been shown to reduce infarct size. Here, we investigated the effect of VNS when started just prior to, and continued during early, reperfusion on infarct size and no-reflow and studied the underlying mechanisms. For this purpose, swine (13 VNS, 10 sham) underwent 45 min mid-LAD occlusion followed by 120 min...

Coronary–aortic interaction during ventricular isovolumic contraction

In earlier work, we suggested that the start of the isovolumic contraction period could be detected in arterial pressure waveforms as the start of a temporary pre-systolic pressure perturbation (AICstart, start of the Arterially detected Isovolumic Contraction), and proposed the retrograde coronary blood volume flow in combination with a backwards traveling pressure wave as its...

Left ventricular remodeling in swine after myocardial infarction: a transcriptional genomics approach

Despite the apparent appropriateness of left ventricular (LV) remodeling following myocardial infarction (MI), it poses an independent risk factor for development of heart failure. There is a paucity of studies into the molecular mechanisms of LV remodeling in large animal species. We took an unbiased molecular approach to identify candidate transcription factors (TFs) mediating...

Myofilament dysfunction in cardiac disease from mice to men

In healthy human myocardium a tight balance exists between receptor-mediated kinases and phosphatases coordinating phosphorylation of regulatory proteins involved in cardiomyocyte contractility. During heart failure, when neurohumoral stimulation increases to compensate for reduced cardiac pump function, this balance is perturbed. The imbalance between kinases and phosphatases...