Shaida Varnous

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Laminopathies are a group of disorders caused by mutations in the LMNA gene encoding A-type lamins, components of the nuclear lamina. Three of these disorders affect specifically the skeletal and/or cardiac muscles, and their pathogenic mechanisms are still unknown. We chose the LMNA H222P missense mutation identified in a family with autosomal dominant(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacokinetic modeling supports trough monitoring of everolimus, but prospective data comparing this approach versus mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in de novo cardiac transplant recipients are currently unavailable. METHODS In a 12-month multicenter open-label study, cardiac transplant patients received everolimus (trough level 3-8 ng/mL) with(More)
AIMS Identification of patients with chronic heart failure at risk for sudden death remains difficult. We sought to assess the prognostic value for all-cause and sudden death of time and frequency domain measures of heart rate variability in chronic heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS We prospectively enrolled 190 patients with chronic heart failure in(More)
AIM Rejection is one of the major causes of late cardiac allograft failure and at present can only be diagnosed by invasive endomyocardial biopsies. We sought to determine whether microRNA profiling could serve as a non-invasive biomarker of cardiac allograft rejection. METHODS We included 113 heart transplant recipients from four referral French(More)
BACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with bare-metal stenting (BMS) has been reported to be associated with high rates of target-lesion revascularization (TLR) in heart transplant recipients. We aimed to assess the outcome of successful PCI with BMS or drug-eluting stenting (DES) in such patients. METHODS Ninety-four consecutive heart(More)
Recurrence in the allograft and progression in other organs increase mortality after cardiac transplantation in AL amyloidosis. Survival may be improved after suppression of monoclonal light chain (LC) production following high dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDM/ASCT). However, because of high treatment related mortality, this(More)
The aims of the study were to assess the risk of HHV8 transmission resulting from organ transplantation, and related morbidity in liver, heart and kidney transplant recipients. Donor and recipient serologies were screened between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2005 using HHV8 indirect immunofluorescence latent assay (latent IFA) and indirect(More)
Post-myocardial infarction cardiogenic shock still carries a very poor prognosis despite the rapid recourse to effective methods of myocardial revascularisation. Circulatory assistance devices allow restoration of adequate haemodynamics with limitation of myocardial work. In the most severe cases, implantation of intra-thoracic devices is associated with a(More)
INTRODUCTION Ecthyma gangrenosum (EG) starts as an erythematous or purpuric macule, papule or plaque that develops into a haemorrhagic bulla, which becomes a necrotic black sore. EG is usually a cutaneous manifestation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection but other microbial agents can be involved. OBSERVATION Four patients (three women and one man, mean(More)
AIMS Arrhythmogenic right ventricular Dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is an autosomal dominant inherited cardiomyopathy associated with ventricular arrhythmia, heart failure and sudden death. Genetic studies have demonstrated the central role of desmosomal proteins in this disease, where 50% of patients harbor a mutation in a desmosmal gene. However,(More)