J W Hurst's research while affiliated with Emory University and other places

Publications (3)

Article
This is part three of a three-part series discussing parasites of the heart. In this section, we present an overview on parasitic diseases involving predominantly the pericardium and other miscellaneous cardiopulmonary manifestations such as some pulmonary hypertension syndromes and endomyocardial fibrosis.
Article
This is part two of a three-part series discussing parasites of the heart. In this section, we present an overview on parasitic diseases predominantly involving the myocardium. Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Article
Parasitic infections produce a wide spectrum of cardiac manifestations. They may involve various anatomic structures of the heart and are manifested clinically as myocarditis, cardiomyopathies, pericarditis, or pulmonary hypertension in many resource-constrained settings. However, many parasitic infections involving the heart may also be currently...

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... The prevalence varies according to various studies, and diagnosis is usually made postmortem since cardiac involvement is usually clinically silent. The diagnosis of toxoplasmosis relies on serology or identification of the bradyzoites in myocardial tissue [14][15][16]. To our knowledge, only one case reported the occurrence of Toxoplasma myocarditis in otherwise young, healthy man [17]. ...
... This study indicated that heart failure might be exacerbated by toxoplasmosis. The parasite also invades various parts of the cardiovascular system causing myocarditis, cardiomyopathies, pericarditis, and pulmonary hypertension [22]. Previous studies indicated the association between T. gondii infection and elevated levels of biomarkers related to inflammation, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular events, vascular injury, and endothelial adhesion [23]. ...
... However, it is worth mentioning that chronic schistosomiasis can lead to severe liver cirrhosis, developing portal hypertension. 5,8,9 Atrial fibrillation occurs in >30% of cases of patients with EMF. Conduction abnormalities, such as first-degree atrioventricular and/or right bundle branch blocks, are common in this disease. ...