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Tripti Gupta, Eiman Jahangir, Yvonne Gilliland, Carl J Lavie, Sangeeta Shah
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate appropriateness of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) studies based on 2011 Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for Echocardiography and its impact on patient management. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a retrospective analysis of 100 inpatient TEEs, 85% of the TEEs ordered were determined to be appropriate, 9% were inappropriate, and 6% were uncertain. Inter-observer differences in the determination of AUC were seen in 24% of the studies, requiring a senior-level cardiologist to make the final determination of AUC score...
November 18, 2018: Echocardiography
Menhel Kinno, Sasan R Raissi, Kristoff A Olson, Vera H Rigolin
Paravalvular regurgitation is an uncommon but serious complication that can be encountered after either surgical or percutaneous valve replacement and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Early detection and accurate assessment of paravalvular regurgitation are crucial to identify those who would benefit from intervention. Recent advances in 3-dimensional echocardiography have increased the feasibility of percutaneous approaches for the management of paravalvular regurgitation. Percutaneous closure of paravalvular regurgitation has emerged as a favorable alternative for redo surgery in selected cases...
November 15, 2018: Echocardiography
Aline Iskandar, Samer Mowakeaa, Mayank Sardana, Timothy P Fitzgibbons, Dennis A Tighe, Matthew W Parker, Nikolaos Kakouros, David McManus, Gerard P Aurigemma
BACKGROUND: Nonagenarians (NON) are a growing segment of the population and have a high prevalence of cardiac disease. Many findings encountered on their echocardiograms are also found in younger individuals with valvular or myocardial disease. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to describe this distinct echocardiographic phenotype. METHODS: We identified our study population by querying our echo database to identify unique septuagenarians (SEPT) and nonagenarians (NON) who underwent a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014...
November 15, 2018: Echocardiography
Suraj Kumar Kulkarni, Kapil Rangan, Beeresh P
A rare and unusual form of myocardial rupture that can complicate acute myocardial infarction is intra-myocardial dissecting hematoma (IDH). Reports in the literature describing this entity are limited to case reports or series. The diagnosis prior to the advent of noninvasive imaging was at autopsy. We present a case of IDH occurring after acute anterior wall myocardial infarction that terminated fatally preceded by a hemodynamically unstable incessant ventricular tachycardia.
November 14, 2018: Echocardiography
Sruti Rao, Patcharapong Suntharos, Hani Najm, Rukmini Komarlu
Cor Triatriatum Dexter (CTD) is a rare congenital anomaly involving the systemic venous valves. Failure of regression of the right-sided sinus venosus valve leads to abnormal septation of the right atrium and a variety of right atrial and tricuspid valve obstructive lesions. The presentation can be varied ranging from asymptomatic to persistent neonatal cyanosis. We describe a late diagnosis of CTD in a 10-month-old male with persistent hypoxia despite balloon valvuloplasty for mild pulmonic valve stenosis with a large secundum atrial septal defect and a mildly hypoplastic right ventricle...
November 9, 2018: Echocardiography
Stephani C Wang, Rachel Garcia, Mikhail Torosoff, Steven A Fein, Ata Ashar, Nikolaos Chandolias, David Conti, Radmila Lyubarova
BACKGROUND: Severe pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been associated with decreased post-kidney transplant survival and increased rate of long-term cardiovascular complications. Despite a high prevalence of PH in patients with end-stage renal disease, data on post-transplant renal allograft survival in recipients with pre-existing mild-to-moderate PH are limited. METHODS: The single-center retrospective study cohort consisted of 192 consecutive (2008-2015) renal transplant recipients with documented pretransplantation transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP)...
November 9, 2018: Echocardiography
Fu-Yong Ye, Yin-Ting Liang, Xiao-Chun Lin
OBJECTIVE: To study ventricular-arterial coupling(VAC) in uremic patients by application of two-dimensional speckle tracing imaging (2DSTI). METHODS: One hundred uremic patients were divided into two groups based on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF): group 1 with LVEF ≥ 5%, and group 2 with LVEF < 55%. Forty healthy subjects were recruited as a control group. Conventional echocardiography was performed; VAC components and myocardial performance index were calculated...
November 8, 2018: Echocardiography
Andrea Barbieri, Elisa Giubertoni, Ylenia Bartolacelli, Francesca Bursi, Marcella Manicardi, Giuseppe Boriani
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) remodeling due to aortic regurgitation (AR) often leads to maladaptive responses. We assessed the prevalence and clinical implications of LV remodeling considering LV volume, mass, and relative wall thickness at the time of AR diagnosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2008 and 2017, 370 consecutive patients (mean age 67.3 ± 16.1 years, 56.5% males), with moderate or severe AR, were retrospectively analyzed. LV geometric patterns and clinical outcomes (cardiovascular death, hospitalization for heart failure, or aortic valve replacement) were evaluated...
November 8, 2018: Echocardiography
Nikola Bogunovic, Frank van Buuren, Hermann Esdorn, Dieter Horstkotte, Lukas Bogunovic, Lothar Faber
OBJECTIVE: We investigated physiological systolic left ventricular (LV) myocardial mechanics and gradients to provide a database for later studies of diseased hearts. METHODS: The analyses were performed in 131 heart-healthy individuals and included seven parameters of myocardial mechanics using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). RESULTS: Basal to apical and circumferentially significant physiological intraventricular parameter gradients of myocardial activity were determined...
November 8, 2018: Echocardiography
Vidang P Nguyen, Alex Qin, James N Kirkpatrick
Two-dimensional echocardiography is a crucial component for assessing the position and function of mechanical circulatory support devices, but three-dimensional echocardiography provides additional information to aid in management and may improve accuracy in the assessment of these devices. In this article, we review the utility of three-dimensional echocardiography of various mechanical circulatory support devices.
November 8, 2018: Echocardiography
Giulia Elena Mandoli, Matteo Cameli, Simona Minardi, Felice Crudele, Stefano Lunghetti, Sergio Mondillo
BACKGROUND: Dipyridamole stress echocardiography (DSE) represents a fundamental test in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). The diagnosis of microvascular disease is still challenging. We aimed to determine the diagnostic value of left ventricular (LV) layer-specific longitudinal (LS) and circumferential strain (CS) by Speckle Tracking in detecting CAD during DSE and to study if they can help in discriminate between a negative echo and a suspected microvascular angina...
November 5, 2018: Echocardiography
Andre Dias, Emiliana Franco, Akanksha Agrawal, Kathy Hebert, Felix Ladron de Guevara, Janina Rangaswami, Vincent M Figueredo
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is a peculiar clinical condition often resembling an acute coronary syndrome and mostly affecting postmenopausal women. We sought to describe the prevalence of acute kidney injury and acute renal failure in TTS patients during index event and assess the usefulness of speckle tracking echocardiography in predicting subjects at risk of developing acute kidney insult. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective descriptive study reviewing study with the discharge diagnosis of TTS between 2003-2016 at our Institution...
November 2, 2018: Echocardiography
Carli E Calderone, Benjamin C Tuck, Stephen H Gray, Kristin K Porter, Soroush Rais-Bahrami
We reviewed the role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the management of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) with associated tumor thrombus. Many consider intraoperative TEE as imperative in cases of Level 4 thrombi with atrial involvement, as well as in cases that require the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). However, the role of TEE in the surgical management of RCC with associated inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombus may expand beyond this subset. When performed after induction, TEE provides updated information regarding tumor thrombus staging, which is essential for optimal surgical planning...
November 1, 2018: Echocardiography
Atsusuke Yatomi, Shumpei Mori, Ayu Shono, Tsubasa Kamio, Shinsuke Shimoyama, Yu Izawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Focal thinning of the basal muscular ventricular septum is a characteristic morphological finding in cases of cardiac sarcoidosis, usually detected on the parasternal long-axis image during echocardiography. Surprisingly, however, its circumferential extent has rarely been demonstrated and discussed. We present a case showing typical thinning of the basal ventricular septum. The extent of circumferential wall thinning was evaluated using both echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. The present case highlights the importance of detailed multiplanar and three-dimensional evaluation of this characteristic abnormality, more so because its mechanism as well as the precise impact on conduction has not yet been elucidated...
November 1, 2018: Echocardiography
Seçkin Dereli, Adil Bayramoğlu, Osman Can Yontar, Sinan Cerşit, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy
OBJECTIVE: In recent years, epicardial fat tissue (EFT) has been found to be strongly associated with the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) and post-ablation long-term recurrence. The current study investigated the procedural success rate of electrical cardioversion (ECV) and potential predictors of treatment failure in patients with nonvalvular persistent AF. METHODS: A total of 262 nonvalvular persistent AF patients who were scheduled for elective ECV were included in this prospective study...
November 1, 2018: Echocardiography
Ahmet Güner, Macit Kalçık, Mahmut Yesin, Mehmet Özkan
Intermittent malfunction is a rare but potentially serious complication of prosthetic heart valve (PHV) replacement. It may be observed in both mitral and aortic valve prosthesis and may lead to either paroxysmal obstruction or regurgitation, depending on the valve location and on the phase of the cardiac cycle during which the leaflet is entrapped. The most frequently encountered causes of intermittent valve malfunction are pannus formation, prosthetic valve thrombosis, vegetations, and remnants of subvalvular apparatus such as chordae tendineae and suture material...
November 1, 2018: Echocardiography
Roderick W J van Grootel, Mihai Strachinaru, Myrthe E Menting, Jackie McGhie, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Annemien E van den Bosch
PURPOSE: Left atrial (LA) dilatation is predictive for complications in a multitude of cardiac diseases; therefore, adequate assessment is essential. Technological advances have made it possible to quantify LA function with Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE); however, there are currently no recommendations for normal values with regard to LA function. We aimed to assess LA myocardial and volumetric function in a healthy cohort and investigate correlations with baseline characteristics...
October 30, 2018: Echocardiography
Bhaskar Bhardwaj, Senthil A Kumar, Richard Webel, Sandeep Gautam, Anand Chockalingam
Left ventricular diverticula (LVD) are rare congenital anomalies usually detected incidentally in the adult population. Most commonly, they are found as a single left ventricular diverticulum in association with other congenital abnormalities but multiple LVD are exceedingly rare. We are describing a patient who was found to have multiple LVD on multimodality imaging studies. He had presented with a sudden cardiac arrest attributed to a combination of alcohol intoxication and QT interval prolongation from hypokalemia and antidepressant medications...
October 30, 2018: Echocardiography
Aws Alherbish, Harald Becher, Wendimagegn Alemayehu, D Ian Paterson, Craig R Butler, Todd J Anderson, Justin A Ezekowitz, Miriam Shanks
AIM: Limited data exist on the impact of contrast-enhanced echocardiography on treatment decisions in heart failure patients that require specific left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) criteria. This study assessed accuracy of contrast-enhanced echocardiography in identifying patients with LVEF >35% vs ≤35% with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) used as reference method. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty-five patients from prospective Alberta HEART cohort with LVEF ≤50% on CMR were included...
October 30, 2018: Echocardiography
Po F Chan, Theodoros Kofidis, Kong B Tan, James W-L Yip, Lieng H Ling
Left atrial (LA) masses are known to be associated with peripheral embolization. Accurate identification of etiology is crucial because treatment strategies may differ. We present the case of a young woman, who was initially diagnosed with a LA thrombus and anticoagulated. The diagnosis was revised to a primary cardiac tumor after review of the echocardiographic findings. Surgical excision revealed an atrial myxoma in an unusual location.
October 30, 2018: Echocardiography
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