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Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography

Carolina A Escudero, James E Potts, Pei-Yoong Lam, Astrid M De Souza, Gerald J Mugford, George G S Sandor
BACKGROUND: Anorexia nervosa (AN) is associated with abnormalities in biomarkers of cardiovascular risk. Arterial stiffness, as measured by pulse-wave velocity (PWV), is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The aims of this study were to determine the stiffness of the aorta in female adolescents with AN and to determine if either the severity or the type of AN was associated with PWV. METHODS: This was a retrospective case-control study. Adolescent patients with a clinical diagnosis of AN were included...
March 17, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Amer M Johri, Joshua Durbin, Joseph Newbigging, Robert Tanzola, Ryan Chow, Sabe De, James Tam
The development of small, user friendly, handheld ultrasound devices has stimulated the growth of cardiac point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for the purpose of rapid, bedside cardiac assessment. Medical schools have begun integrating cardiac POCUS into their curricula. In this review the authors summarize the variable approaches taken by several medical training programs with respect to duration of POCUS training, prerequisite knowledge, and methods of delivering these skills (including e-learning, hands-on training, and simulation)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Ayan R Patel, Lissa Sugeng, Ben A Lin, Mikel D Smith, Vincent L Sorrell
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March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Liselotte C R Hensen, Kathleen Goossens, Tomaz Podlesnikar, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) have high risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) and may benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). However, the risk for ICD-related complications is also high in this population. Therefore, there is an unmet need for accurate risk stratification tools to identify patients with CKD at risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), who may benefit from ICD implantation. The aim of this hypothesis-generating study was to investigate the association between left ventricular (LV) mechanical dispersion and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and VA and SCD in patients with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Asbjørn Støylen
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March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Marco Scalese, Raffaele Giordano, Eliana Franchi, Nadia Assanta, Marco Marotta, Cecilia Viacava, Sabrina Molinaro, Giorgio Iervasi, Giuseppe Santoro, Martin Koestenberger
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in echocardiographic strain (ε) measurements for the assessment of ventricular myocardial function in children; however, pediatric nomograms remain limited. Our aim was to establish pediatric nomograms for the left ventricular (LV) and the right ventricular (RV) ε measured by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) in a large cohort of healthy children prospectively enrolled. METHODS: Echocardiographic measurements included STE LV longitudinal and circumferential and RV longitudinal global end-systolic ε...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Clothilde Philouze, Philippe Obert, Stéphane Nottin, Asma Benamor, Olivier Barthez, Falah Aboukhoudir
BACKGROUND: Discrepancies are present in the literature on resting myocardial mechanics in patients with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Data are noticeably sparse regarding circumferential function and torsional mechanics. Resting deformation imaging may not be sensitive enough to detect subtle dysfunctions. The aim of this study was thus to comprehensively evaluate myocardial mechanics in patients with T2DM at rest and to investigate whether dobutamine stress echocardiography could unmask functional alterations that would remain otherwise subtle at rest...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Zachary J Il'Giovine, Hillary Mulder, Karen Chiswell, Kristine Arges, Jennifer Tomfohr, Abraham Hashmi, Eric J Velazquez, Joseph A Kisslo, Zainab Samad, Sudarshan Rajagopal
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular peak systolic longitudinal strain (RVLS) has emerged as an approach for quantifying right ventricular function in diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and congenital heart disease. A major limitation in applying RVLS is that strain imaging and analysis are proprietary, which may result in systematic differences from vendor to vendor. The goal of this study was to test the reproducibility of right ventricular strain analysis among selected vendor-specific software (VSS) and vendor-independent software (VIS) on images obtained from different ultrasound scanners, as would be common in clinical practice or in a multicenter clinical trial...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Sourabh Aggarwal, Feng Xie, Robin High, Gregory Pavlides, Thomas R Porter
BACKGROUND: Although microvascular flow abnormalities have been observed following epicardial recanalization in acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the prevalence and severity of these abnormalities in the current era of rapid percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been evaluated. The objective of this study was to assess microvascular perfusion (MVP) following successful primary PCI in patients with STEMI and how it affects clinical outcome. METHODS: In this single-center, retrospective study, 170 patients who successfully underwent emergent PCI for STEMI were assessed using real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography using a continuous infusion of intravenous commercial microbubbles (3% Definity)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Charles B Nyman, G Burkhard Mackensen, Srdjan Jelacic, Stephen H Little, Thomas W Smith, Feroze Mahmood
Percutaneous intervention for mitral valve (MV) disease has been established as an alternative to open surgical MV repair in patients with prohibitive surgical risk. Multiple percutaneous approaches have been described and are in various stages of development. Edge-to-edge leaflet plication with the MitraClip (Abbott, Menlo Park, CA) is currently the only Food and Drug Administration-approved device specifically for primary or degenerative lesions. Use of the edge-to-edge clip for secondary mitral regurgitation is currently under investigation and may result in expanded indications...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Gherardo Finocchiaro, Harshil Dhutia, Andrew D'Silva, Aneil Malhotra, Nabeel Sheikh, Rajay Narain, Bode Ensam, Stathis Papatheodorou, Maite Tome, Rajan Sharma, Michael Papadakis, Sanjay Sharma
BACKGROUND: The association between athletic participation and alteration in diastolic function is not well established. The aims of this study were to determine the spectrum of Doppler parameters of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function in a large cohort of healthy athletes and to quantify the overlap between physiologic LV hypertrophy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of indices of LV diastolic function was performed in 1,510 healthy athletes (mean age, 22 ± 5 years; range, 13-33 years; 72% men)...
February 23, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Romain Capoulade, Jonathan G Teoh, Philipp E Bartko, Eliza Teo, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Lionel Tastet, Mylene Shen, Christos G Mihos, Yong H Park, Julio Garcia, Eric Larose, Eric M Isselbacher, Thoralf M Sundt, Thomas E MacGillivray, Serguei Melnitchouk, Brian B Ghoshhajra, Philippe Pibarot, Judy Hung
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the association between abnormal morphology of the proximal aorta and aortic stenosis (AS) progression rate. The main hypothesis was that morphologic changes of the proximal aorta, such as effacement of the sinotubular junction (STJ), result in increased biomechanical stresses and contribute to calcification and progression of AS. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2012, 426 patients with mild to moderate AS were included in this study...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Iraklis Pozios, Aurelio Pinheiro, Celia Corona-Villalobos, Lars L Sorensen, Zeina Dardari, Hong-Yun Liu, Kenneth Cresswell, Susan Phillip, David A Bluemke, Stefan L Zimmerman, M Roselle Abraham, Theodore P Abraham
BACKGROUND: Exercise intolerance is the most common symptom in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). We examined whether inability to augment myocardial mechanics during exercise would influence functional performance and clinical outcomes in HCM. METHODS: Ninety-five HCM patients (32 nonobstructive, 32 labile-obstructive, 31 obstructive) and 26 controls of similar age and gender distribution were recruited prospectively. They underwent rest and treadmill stress strain echocardiography, and 61 of them underwent magnetic resonance imaging...
February 6, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Shih-Hung Hsiao, Shih-Kai Lin, Yi-Ran Chiou, Chin-Chang Cheng, Hwong-Ru Hwang, Kuan-Rau Chiou
BACKGROUND: Titration of evidence-based medications, important for treating heart failure (HF), is often underdosed by symptom-guided treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate, using echocardiographic parameters, stroke volume and left ventricular (LV) filling pressure to guide up-titration of medications, increasing prognostic benefits. METHODS: A total of 765 patients with chronic HF and severely reduced LV ejection fractions (<35%), referred from 2008 to 2016, were prospectively studied...
February 6, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Matthias Aurich, Patrick Fuchs, Matthias Müller-Hennessen, Lorenz Uhlmann, Matthias Niemers, Sebastian Greiner, Tobias Täger, Kristof Hirschberg, Philipp Ehlermann, Benjamin Meder, Lutz Frankenstein, Evangelos Giannitsis, Hugo A Katus, Derliz Mereles
BACKGROUND: Impaired left ventricular (LV) longitudinal function (LF) is a known predictor of cardiac events in patients with heart failure, but two-dimensional strain imaging, the reference method to measure myocardial deformation, is not always feasible or available. Therefore, reliable and reproducible alternatives are needed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate unidimensional longitudinal strain (ULS) as a simple echocardiographic parameter for the assessment of LV LF. METHODS: Two hundred two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who had their first presentation in the authors' cardiology department, as well as the same number of age- and gender-matched control subjects, were prospectively included in this study...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Karima Addetia, Francesco Maffessanti, Denisa Muraru, Amita Singh, Elena Surkova, Victor Mor-Avi, Luigi P Badano, Roberto M Lang
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) remodeling involves changes in size, wall thickness, function, and shape. Previous studies have suggested that regional curvature indices (rCI) may be useful for RV shape analysis. The aim of this study was to establish normal three-dimensional echocardiographic values of rCI in a large group of healthy subjects to facilitate future three-dimensional echocardiographic study of adverse RV remodeling. METHODS: RV endocardial surfaces were reconstructed at end-diastole and end-systole in 245 healthy subjects (mean age, 42 ± 12 years) and analyzed using custom software to calculate mean curvature in six regions: RV inflow tract (RVIT) and RV outflow tract, apex, and body (both divided into free wall and septal regions)...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Giovanni Benfari, Stefano Nistri, Pompilio Faggiano, Marie-Annick Clavel, Caterina Maffeis, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, Corrado Vassanelli, Andrea Rossi
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation (MR) and elevated pulmonary artery pressure are common findings in patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS). The pathophysiologic role of quantitatively defined MR as a determinant of pulmonary hypertension (PH) is incompletely characterized across the whole spectrum of AS degrees. The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the quantification of MR reveals a link to PH in patients with AS. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing comprehensive echocardiography and presenting peak aortic velocity ≥ 2...
January 30, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Anne Ringle Griguer, Christophe Tribouilloy, Ariane Truffier, Anne-Laure Castel, François Delelis, Franck Levy, André Vincentelli, Yohann Bohbot, Sylvestre Maréchaux
BACKGROUND: Ejection dynamics parameters are useful in assessing prosthetic valve obstruction, but very limited data are available in the setting of native aortic stenosis (AS). The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the prognostic value of acceleration time (AT) and the ratio of AT to ejection time (ET) in patients with AS. METHODS: AT and AT/ET were prospectively measured in 456 patients with AS (aortic valve area < 1.3 cm2; mean aortic valve area, 0...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Bart W De Boeck, Aurel Toma, Stephanie Kiencke, Christoph Dehnert, Stefanie Zügel, Christoph Siebenmann, Katja Auinger, Peter T Buser, Marco Maggiorini, Beat A Kaufmann
BACKGROUND: Changes in left ventricular (LV) torsion have been related to LV geometry in patients with concomitant long-standing myocardial disease or pulmonary hypertension (PH). We evaluated the effect of acute high altitude-induced isolated PH on LV geometry, volumes, systolic function, and torsional mechanics. METHODS: Twenty-three volunteers were prospectively studied at low altitude and after the second (D3) and third night (D4) at high altitude (4,559 m)...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Oliver Rothwell, Keith George, John Somauroo, Rachel Lord, Mike Stembridge, Rob Shave, Martin D Hoffman, Mathew Wilson, Euan Ashley, Francois Haddad, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, David Oxborough
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that chronic exposure to prolonged strenuous exercise may result in maladaptation of the right ventricle (RV). The of this study aim was to establish RV structure and function, including septal insertion points, using conventional echocardiography and myocardial strain (ε) imaging in a veteran population of ultramarathon runners (UR) and age- and sex-matched controls. METHODS: A retrospective study design provided 40 UR (>35 years old; mean ± SD training experience, 18 ± 12 years) and 24 sedentary controls who had previously undergone conventional two-dimensional, tissue Doppler and speckle-tracking echocardiography to measure RV size and function...
January 3, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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