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A lthough low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) represent a strong independent risk marker inversely associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), large interventional trials have failed to translate the increases in HDL-C into reductions in cardiovascular events. As HDL plasma levels represent a pool of the different HDL subfractions,(More)
Myocardial contractility is generally believed to be increased in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I propose the opposite--that cardiac myocyte contractility is decreased in this disorder. Accordingly, the contractile deficit provides the primary stimulus for increased expression of trophic factors in the heart, which leads to hypertrophy, interstitial(More)
Cardiac hypertrophy, a major determinant of morbidity and mortality in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is considered a secondary phenotype and potentially preventable. To test this hypothesis, we screened 30 5- to 6-month-old beta-myosin heavy chain Q403 transgenic rabbits by echocardiography and selected 26 without cardiac hypertrophy. We randomized the(More)
BACKGROUND Systolic (Sa) and diastolic (Ea) myocardial velocities measured by tissue Doppler (TD) imaging (TDI) recently were shown to be decreased in subjects who have mutations causing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) but who do not have left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. By studying these subjects at a later date, we sought to determine whether TDI(More)
We determined the distribution frequency of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) polymorphism in 100 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and 106 of their unaffected siblings and offspring. The distribution of ACE genotypes was different in the two groups: allele D frequency of 0.69 in patients and 0.57 in relatives (p = 0.021). The frequency of allele(More)
AIM Mutations in a sarcomeric protein can cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), the opposite ends of a spectrum of phenotypic responses of the heart to mutations. We posit the contracting phenotypes could result from differential effects of the mutant proteins on interactions among the sarcomeric proteins. To test the(More)
BACKGROUND Case-control Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at the 9p21 locus as risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). The locus does not contain a clear candidate gene. Hence, the results of GWAS have raised an intense interest in delineating the basis for the observed association. We(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a common manifestation of advanced cardiomyopathies. In a subset of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, VT is the initial and the cardinal manifestation of the disease. The molecular genetic basis of this subset of dilated cardiomyopathy is largely unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS We identified 10 patients with(More)