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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317279/the-role-of-advanced-echocardiography-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-marfan-syndrome-an-update
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REVIEW
Anatoli Kiotsekoglou, James C Moggridge, Anne H Child, Peter Rask
Cardiovascular assessment of patients with Marfan syndrome has normally focused on the aortic root and vascular manifestations of the disease due to the high risk of aortic dissection. Although primary myocardial impairment has long been suspected in these patients, the evidence has been controversial. Advanced echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging have proven to be effective, accurate, and more sensitive in the detection of subtle cardiac dysfunction. The application of these techniques to Marfan syndrome over the last 10 years has made significant progress in demonstrating the presence of primary myocardial impairment in these patients, but further work is still required to obtain confirmatory molecular, pathophysiological, and prognostic clinical data...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317214/characterization-of-blood-flow-through-intrapulmonary-arteriovenous-anastomoses-and-patent-foramen-ovale-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack-patients
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Rinaldo Romac, Otto Barak, Duska Glavas, Zora Susilovic Grabovac, Petar Lozo, Igor Roje, Kresimir Caljkusic, Irena Drmic-Hofman, James T Davis, Zeljko Dujic, Andrew T Lovering
OBJECTIVES: We determined whether stroke and/or TIA subjects have exercise-induced blood flow through intrapulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses (QIPAVA ) and/or patent foramen ovale (QPFO ) and a genetic predisposition for ischemic stroke. METHODS: Twenty-eight stroke and/or TIA subjects (33-63 years old) underwent transthoracic saline contrast echocardiography concomitant with transcranial Doppler to detect QIPAVA and QPFO at rest and during supine exercise with and without breathing 100% O2 ...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317206/vena-contracta-analysis-by-color-doppler-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-shows-geometrical-differences-between-prolapse-and-pseudoprolapse-in-eccentric-mitral-regurgitation
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Javier Berdejo, Maiko Shiota, Hirotsugu Mihara, Yuji Itabashi, Hiroto Utsunomiya, Takahiro Shiota
AIMS: Evaluation of eccentric mitral regurgitation (MR) remains extremely difficult and the role played by its etiology, functional or degenerative, is not well understood. This study aimed to demonstrate the value of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) in the evaluation of eccentric MR identifying geometric differences in the vena contracta area between functional and degenerative etiologies. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 61 patients with eccentric MR (30 functional and 31 degenerative)...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317170/added-clinical-value-of-applying-myocardial-deformation-imaging-to-assess-right-ventricular-function
#4
REVIEW
Vladislavs Sokalskis, Diletta Peluso, Annika Jagodzinski, Christoph Sinning
Right heart dysfunction has been found to be a strong prognostic factor predicting adverse outcome in various cardiopulmonary diseases. Conventional echocardiographic measurements can be limited by geometrical assumptions and impaired reproducibility. Speckle tracking-derived strain provides a robust quantification of right ventricular function. It explicitly evaluates myocardial deformation, as opposed to tissue Doppler-derived strain, which is computed from tissue velocity gradients. Right ventricular longitudinal strain provides a sensitive tool for detecting right ventricular dysfunction, even at subclinical levels...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317163/the-value-of-diastolic-flow-reversal-in-the-descending-thoracic-aorta-as-a-determinant-of-invasively-measured-aortic-pulse-pressure
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Hack-Lyoung Kim, Yu Nui Kim, Hee-Jun Kim, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Sang-Hyun Kim, Myung-A Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
AIM: Although the diastolic flow reversal of the descending aorta has been recognized in patients with aortic regurgitation, its generation without this condition is still unknown. This study was performed to investigate whether flow patterns of the descending thoracic aorta, as measured by echocardiography, can represent invasively measured aortic pulse pressure (APP). METHODS: A total of 100 patients (age, 62.3±11.0 years; men, 62.0%) undergoing invasive coronary angiography (ICA) was analyzed...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317160/contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-vs-b-mode-ultrasound-for-visualization-of-intima-media-thickness-and-detection-of-plaques-in-human-carotid-arteries
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Benoy N Shah, Navtej S Chahal, Jaspal S Kooner, Roxy Senior
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque are recognized markers of increased risk for cerebrovascular events. Accurate visualization of the IMT and plaques is dependent upon image quality. Ultrasound contrast agents improve image quality during echocardiography-this study assessed whether contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) improves carotid IMT visualization and plaque detection in an asymptomatic population. METHODS & RESULTS: Individuals free from known cardiovascular disease, enrolled in a community study, underwent B-mode and CEUS carotid imaging...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317159/surgical-planning-for-a-complex-double-outlet-right-ventricle-using-3d-printing
#7
Puneet Bhatla, Justin T Tretter, Sathish Chikkabyrappa, Sujata Chakravarti, Ralph S Mosca
Rapid prototyping may be beneficial in properly selected cases of complex congenital heart disease, providing detailed anatomical understanding that helps to guide potential surgical and cardiac catheterization interventions. We present a case of double-outlet right ventricle, where the decision to obtain a three-dimensional printed model helped for better understanding of the anatomy, with the additional advantage of surgical simulation in planning the surgical approach and type of surgical repair.
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317158/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-storage-disease-the-incremental-value-of-speckle-tracking-strain-bull-s-eye
#8
REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Piercarlo Ballo, Donato Mele, Eustachio Agricola, Matteo Cameli, Andrea Rossi, Roberta Esposito, Giuseppina Novo, Sergio Mondillo, Roberta Montisci, Sabina Gallina, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) develops in response to a variety of physical, genetic, and biochemical stimuli and represents the early stage of ventricular remodeling. In patients with LVH, subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite normal ejection fraction (EF) may be present before the onset of symptoms, which portends a dismal prognosis. Strain measurement with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) represents a highly reproducible and accurate alternative to LVEF determination...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317155/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-dipping-pattern-in-hypertensive-patients-on-the-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis
#9
Hüseyin Göksülük, Ulvin Habibova, Aydan Ongun, Müge Akbulut, Nil Özyüncü, Türkan Seda Tan Kürklü, Cetin Erol
BACKGROUND: Nondipping blood pressure pattern carry a high risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications due to a higher cumulative pressure overload. We aimed to define the role of strain analysis for detecting subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction in recently diagnosed nondipper and dipper hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS: Study population consisted of two groups of patients, Group 1: 45 dipper patients and Group 2: 43 nondipper patients...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299822/when-to-use-femoral-vein-injection-for-diagnosis-of-patent-foramen-ovale-effect-of-a-persistent-eustachian-valve-on-right-atrial-flow-patterns-during-contrast-transesophageal-echocardiography
#10
Tat W Koh
Contrast echocardiography using agitated saline injected into the antecubital vein is the most common method used for the diagnosis of patent foramen ovale. We describe a case whereby the presence of a persistent eustachian valve and a "negative contrast sign" during contrast transesophageal echocardiography raised suspicion of a false-negative result. Femoral vein injection of contrast successfully demonstrated a patent foramen ovale. Femoral vein injection should be considered if this scenario is recognized because the eustachian valve directs blood preferentially from the inferior vena cava toward the interatrial septum and this route may prove to be more reliable...
March 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299809/bedside-screening-with-the-use-of-pocket-size-imaging-device-can-be-useful-for-ruling-out-carotid-artery-stenosis-in-patients-scheduled-for-cardiac-surgery
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Dominika Filipiak-Strzecka, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Ewa Szymczyk, Paulina Wejner-Mik, Piotr Lipiec
BACKGROUND: Patients (pts) scheduled for coronary artery bypass grafting, burdened with high risk of carotid stenosis, are recommended to undergo duplex ultrasonography (DUS) of carotid arteries. PURPOSE: To validate pocket-size imaging device (PSID) equipped with linear probe as an easily accessible tool enabling bedside screening for carotid artery stenosis (CAS). METHODS: A total of 100 pts (60 men, mean age 69±11 years) with multivessel coronary artery disease underwent bedside DUS of carotid arteries with the use of PSID performed by a cardiology resident trained in DUS...
March 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299808/pneumopericardium-as-a-rare-complication-after-esophagopericardial-fistula
#12
Hai-Qin Liao, Dan Zhou, Quan-Liang Shang, Yi-Fan Shi, Ming Zhang
Pneumopericardium is a rare clinical entity which is often complicated by trauma. Pneumoperdicardium resulting after esophagopericardial fistula is much rarer. We present a case of pneumopericardium as the complication of esophagopericardial fistula in a 53-year-old man. After undergoing radiotherapy for 26 times, the patient got a fever and an unspecified thoracic pain. Echocardiography showed the rectilinear echoes in the pericardium. Chest computed tomography revealed pneumopericardium, pericardial effusion, recurrence of lung cancer, and pneumonia in right lower and left lung...
March 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295604/larger-right-atrium-than-left-atrium-is-associated-with-all-cause-mortality-in-elderly-patients-with-heart-failure
#13
Qays Almodares, Cecilia Wallentin Guron, Anders Thurin, Michael Fu, Silvana Kontogeorgos, Erik Thunstrom, Magnus C Johansson
BACKGROUND: While left atrial (LA) enlargement is known as an early sign of left heart disease with prognostic implications in heart failure (HF), the importance of right atrial (RA) enlargement is less well studied, and the prognostic implications of interatrial size comparison are insufficiently understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that RA area larger than LA area in apical four-chamber view is associated with all-cause mortality in elderly patients with HF independent of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295582/case-report-and-review-of-nonischemic-spontaneous-papillary-muscle-rupture-reports-between-2000-and-2015
#14
Pishoy Gouda, Lisa Weilovitch, Ronak Kanani, Bryan Har
Spontaneous papillary muscle rupture (PMR) is a rare cardiovascular emergency. We present a 63-year-old male who presents with acute dyspnea who was found to have an anterior PMR, with no evidence of coronary artery disease, infection, or trauma. A review of cases of nonischemic spontaneous PMR published in 2000-2015 identified 11 additional cases of spontaneous PMR. Posterior and anterior papillary muscles involvement was identified in 54.5% and 45.5% of cases, respectively. Rapid identification due to advances in imaging modalities and improved surgical management has led to optimal outcomes in patients with spontaneous PMR...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295572/dyspnea-following-thoracostomy-closure-after-right-pneumonectomy-an-uncommon-echocardiographic-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-approach
#15
Matteo Pernigo, Barbara Canneto, Davide Betta, Gionata Molinari, Flavio Ribichini, Guido Zannini, Corrado Vassanelli, Andrea Rossi
Dyspnea and hypoxemia are common postoperative problems after pneumonectomy. One of the rarer causes of respiratory distress after right pneumonectomy is the development of a significant right-to-left shunt across a patent foramen ovale (PFO), which can evolve at a variable interval of time after the operation. We report here our experience with a patient who underwent right pneumonectomy, followed by several complications, and who presented severe dyspnea 7 months later, after the closure of a right thoracostomy...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295565/characterization-of-left-ventricle-energy-loss-in-healthy-adults-using-vector-flow-mapping-preliminary-results
#16
Lei Xu, Chao Sun, Xiaoli Zhu, Weihua Liu, Shengjun Ta, Dan Zhao, Feifei Wang, Liwen Liu
BACKGROUND: Energy loss (EL) is a new quantitative hemodynamic index based on vector flow mapping (VFM). This study aimed to characterize EL of the left ventricle (LV) in healthy adults. METHODS: Fifty-one healthy adults were enrolled in this study. EL of LV was analyzed frame by frame using color Doppler images of a standard apical three-chamber dynamic view on an offline VFM workstation. The average EL of systole and diastole was calculated, and the results were averaged over three cardiac cycles...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295525/advantages-and-pitfalls-of-pocket-ultrasound-vs-daily-chest-radiography-in-the-coronary-care-unit-a-single-user-experience
#17
Colin T Phillips, Warren J Manning
BACKGROUND: Pocket ultrasonography may enhance patient diagnosis and care. We sought to assess pocket ultrasound in detecting common conditions in the coronary care unit (CCU) compared to portable daily chest radiography (CXR) and conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: An experienced pocket ultrasound user performed a pocket ultrasound examination for interstitial edema, pneumonia, central line seen in the right ventricle, pleural and pericardial effusions, left atrial enlargement, and cardiomegaly...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295517/a-giant-aneurysm-of-noncoronary-sinus-of-valsalva-concomitant-with-aortic-regurgitation-and-mitral-regurgitation
#18
Yi Luo, Zhi Fang, Wei Meng
Aneurysms of the sinus of Valsalva (ASV) are rare, with an incidence ranging from 0.1% to 3.5% of all congenital cardiac defects and a prevalence of 0.009% in an autopsy series.ASVs occur much more frequently in the right coronary sinus of Valsalva. Previous reports, based on necropsy and cardiac surgery findings, estimated that 20% of ASVs are unruptured. Patients with an unruptured ASV may remain asymptomatic for a long period of time until rupture. They may also presented with dyspnea, palpitation, and angina-like chest pain...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294402/five-year-follow-up-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-a-juvenile-with-a-double-chambered-left-ventricle
#19
Kenji Harada, Kazuhiro Mori, Chiyo Ichimiya, Naho Terada, Tsutomu Iima, Takafumi Harada, Kazutoshi Fujisawa, Atsushi Kawata, Ayumi Okada, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Fujinaga
Double-chambered left ventricle (DCLV) is a particularly rare congenital entity characterized by the presence of two ventricular cavities separated by an abnormal muscle band. An asymptomatic 15-year-old boy was referred to our hospital because of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities. His initial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) demonstrated a DCLV with mild left ventricular systolic dysfunction. During a 5-year follow-up period, he remained symptom free with no changes in ECG and conventional TTE findings...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294394/cardioembolic-strokes-resulting-from-a-self-inflicted-needle-puncture-involving-both-sides-of-the-heart
#20
Mark Zheng Yi Tan, Annemarie Brunswicker, Shamsaldeen Abdelraheem, Alison Sheehan
Foreign bodies in the heart are rare occurrences with a limited evidence base to guide recommendations on management. We report a case of multiple cardioembolic strokes as a result of a self-inflicted sewing needle puncture from the anterior chest through the right ventricle and interventricular septum with its tip in the left ventricle close to the subvalvular apparatus in a 39-year-old psychiatric patient. We discuss issues surrounding decision making and ongoing care and highlight the importance of further follow-up and reporting of cases to form a robust evidence base to guide future recommendations...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
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