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Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging

Adrian P Harrison
Acoustic myography (AMG) enables a detailed and accurate measurement of those muscles involved in a particular movement and is independent of electrical signals between the nerve and muscle, measuring solely muscle contractions, unlike surface electromyography (sEMG). With modern amplifiers and digital sound recording systems, measurements during physical activity both inside and outside a laboratory setting are now possible and accurate. Muscle sound gives a representation of the work of each muscle group during a complex movement, and under certain forms of movement even reveals both concentric and eccentric activity, something that sEMG is incapable of...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, Samuel L Buckner, J Grant Mouser, Brittany R Counts, Scott J Dankel, Gilberto C Laurentino, Jeremy P Loenneke
To investigate the acute responses to blood flow-restricted (BFR) exercise across low, moderate and high relative pressures. Muscle thickness, maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and electromyography (EMG) amplitude were assessed following exercise with six different BFR pressures: 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% and 90% of arterial occlusion pressure (AOP). There were differences between each time point within each condition for muscle thickness, which increased postexercise [+0·47 (0·40, 0·54) cm] and then trended towards baseline...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Adam H Laursen, Jens Jakob Thune, Martin Hutchings, Philip Hasbak, Andreas Kjaer, Marie B Elming, Rasmus S Ripa
Due to improvements in early detection and treatment of malignant disease, the population of cancer survivors is constantly expanding. Cancer survivors are faced with chemotherapy-related long-term side effects, including irreversible cardiac injury with risk of heart failure (HF). Numerous antineoplastic regimens are associated with risk of cardiac side effects, but anthracyclines in particular carry a severe risk of cardiotoxicity. Currently, serial echocardiographic evaluation of resting left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is the gold standard for monitoring anthracycline-induced cardiac side effects from chemotherapy...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Ola Hjelmgren, Caroline Schmidt, Lars Johansson, Göran M L Bergström
BACKGROUND: In MRI studies of carotid plaques, ultrasound is used to find plaques, which are later imaged using MRI. The performance in plaque detection has not been compared between the modalities. The aim of the current study was to compare the performance of MRI and ultrasound in detecting carotid artery plaques and measuring extent of atherosclerosis. METHODS: Subjects with at least one plaque (height≥2·5 mm) on ultrasound were imaged using MRI. The number of plaques and their height was measured in both modalities; plaque area and volume were analysed on ultrasound and MRI, respectively...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Robert S Thiebaud, Takashi Abe, Jonathan C Bravo, Nicolas Giovannitti, Avery P Sullivan
BACKGROUND: The side-step test is commonly used to assess agility. Side-step interval exercise may also be a potential way to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness. However, the acute heart rate and muscle activation response to this type of exercise is not well established. In addition, different tempos can influence these responses. The purpose of this study was to determine the acute heart rate and muscle activation responses of a side-step interval exercise to different exercise tempos...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Thomas P Heinink, David J Read, William K Mitchell, Ashish Bhalla, Jonathan N Lund, Bethan E Phillips, John P Williams
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal Doppler monitoring (ODM) is used clinically to optimize cardiac output (CO) and guide fluid therapy. Despite limited experimental evidence, it is assumed that increasing CO increases visceral microvascular blood flow (MBF). We used contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) to assess whether ODM-guided optimization of CO altered MBF. METHODS: Sixteen healthy male volunteers (62 ± 3·4 years) were studied. Baseline measurements of CO were recorded via ODM...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Johan Petrini, Maria J Eriksson, Kenneth Caidahl, Matilda Larsson
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of arterial deformation and mechanics using strain analysis on ultrasound greyscale images has gained increasing scientific interest. The aim of this study was to validate in vitro measurements of circumferential strain by velocity vector imaging (VVI) and speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) against sonomicrometry as a reference method. METHOD: Two polyvinyl alcohol phantoms sized to mimic the descending aorta were constructed and connected to a pulsatile flow pump to obtain high-resistance flow profiles...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Marios Panagiotou, Ioannis Vogiatzis, Geeshath Jayasekera, Zafeiris Louvaris, Alison Mackenzie, Neil Mcglinchey, Julien S Baker, Alistair C Church, Andrew J Peacock, Martin K Johnson
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive methods of measuring cardiac output are highly desirable in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We therefore sought to validate impedance cardiography (ICG) against thermodilution (TD) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in the measurement of cardiac output in patients under investigation for PAH. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional study was performed to compare single-point measurements of cardiac output obtained by impedance cardiography (COICG ) technology (PhysioFlow(®) ) with (i) contemporaneous TD measurements (COTD ) at rest and steady-state exercise during right heart catheterization and (ii) CMR measurements (COCMR ) at rest obtained within 72 h...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Charlotte Birk Christensen, Annika Loft-Jakobsen, Per Munck Af Rosenschöld, Liselotte Højgaard, Henrik Roed, Anne K Berthelsen
BACKGROUND: (18) F-FDG PET/CT (FDG PET/CT) used in radiotherapy planning for extra-cerebral malignancy may reveal metastases to distant sites that may affect the choice of therapy. AIM: To investigate the role of FDG PET/CT on treatment strategy changes induced by the use of PET/CT as part of the radiotherapy planning. 'A major change of treatment strategy' was defined as either including more lesions in the gross tumour volume (GTV) distant from the primary tumour or a change in treatment modalities...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Elin B Brolin, Stefan Agewall, Kerstin Cederlund, Christina Ekenbäck, Loghman Henareh, Karin Malmqvist, Andreas Rück, Anders Svensson, Per Tornvall
PURPOSE: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and several circulating biomarkers have prognostic value regarding cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, but their association is incompletely studied. We aimed to investigate whether markers of lipid metabolism, inflammation and kidney function could predict non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) determined by coronary CTA, in a low-to-intermediate-risk group. METHODS: Coronary CTA and laboratory testing were performed for 115 subjects (45-70 years), with low prevalence of CVD risk factors, predominantly low-to-intermediate Framingham risk and normal or mildly reduced kidney function...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Kátia Ponciano, Maria Luiza de Jesus Miranda, Miwako Homma, João Marcelo Queiroz Miranda, Aylton J Figueira Júnior, Cássio De Miranda Meira Júnior, Danilo Sales Bocalini
This study is aimed at analysing the scientific literature related to physiological responses in synchronized swimmers, produced from 2006 to 2016. A systematic review was conducted using electronic databases (Google Scholar, PubMed, SportDiscus, Web Science, Scielo and Scopus) in national and international journals. The articles were selected using the following inclusion criteria: composed samples of synchronized swimmers of both sexes, articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese, published from 2006 to 2016...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Nazzareno Fagoni, Andreas Breenfeldt Andersen, Laura Oberholzer, Thomas Haider, Anne-Kristine Meinild Lundby, Carsten Lundby
INTRODUCTION: The carbon monoxide (CO) rebreathing method used for the determination of haemoglobin mass (Hbmass ) is associated with blood sample analysis (in this study: Radiometer ABL800). As an alternative hereto the aim of the present study was to evaluate the use of a portable and non-invasive CO pulse oximeter (Rad-57). METHOD: With simultaneous determination of CO in the circulation by ABL800 (%HbCO) and Rad-57 (SpCO), Hbmass and blood volume (BV) were determined in duplicates in 24 volunteers...
January 30, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Scott J Dankel, Samuel L Buckner, Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, J Grant Mouser, Brittany R Counts, Gilberto C Laurentino, Jeremy P Loenneke
INTRODUCTION: Blood flow restriction has been shown to augment muscle activation and increase muscle size when combined with low-load training; however, much less is known on whether blood flow restriction can augment muscle activation during high-load exercise. PURPOSE: To determine whether applying blood flow restriction can augment muscle activation with traditional high-load resistance exercise. METHOD: Ten individuals completed two sets of elbow flexion exercise to volitional fatigue...
January 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Julius Fink, Naoki Kikuchi, Koichi Nakazato
We investigated the effects of volume-matched resistance training (RT) with different training loads and rest intervals on acute responses and long-term muscle and strength gains. Ten subjects trained with short rest (30 s) combined with low load (20 RM) (SL) and ten subjects performed the same protocol with long rest (3 min) and high load (8 RM) (LH). Cross-sectional area (CSA) of the upper arm was measured by magnetic resonance imaging before and after 8 weeks of training. Acute stress markers such as growth hormone (GH) and muscle thickness (MT) changes have been assessed pre and post a single RT session...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Joseph D Ostrem, Nicholas G Evanoff, Justin R Ryder, Donald R Dengel
BACKGROUND: Previously, we have demonstrated that high-flow-mediated constriction (H-FMC) of the brachial artery has been shown to negatively affect flow-mediated dilation (FMD). However, the reproducibility of an H-FMC response is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the intra- and interday reproducibility of H-FMC in young adults. METHODS: Thirty young adults (15 male, 15 female; 24 ± 3 years) were assessed for H-FMC reproducibility via high-resolution ultrasound imaging of the brachial artery during and after forearm occlusion of a normal FMD procedure...
December 26, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Kazumichi Kurobe, Ayaka Kousaka, Futoshi Ogita, Naoyuki Matsumoto
Although aerobic exercise after a meal decreases postprandial blood glucose, the differences in glucose response between land and aquatic exercise are unclear. Thus, we examined the effect of different modes of exercise with same energy expenditure following glucose ingestion on carbohydrate metabolism. Ten healthy sedentary men (age, 22 ± 1 years) participated in this study. All subjects performed each of three exercise modes (cycling, walking and aquatic exercise) for 30 min after ingestion of a 75-g glucose solution with 1-2 weeks between trials...
December 26, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Robin Kämpe, Emelie Lind, Freddy Ståhlberg, Danielle van Westen, Linda Knutsson, Ronnie Wirestam
INTRODUCTION: Global oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) and cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2 ) were quantified in a test-retest study. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) data, required for CMRO2 estimation, were obtained using dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI (DSC-MRI). OEF and CMRO2 were quantified using two separate data sets, that is, conventional high-resolution (HR) gradient echo (GRE) phase maps as well as echo planar imaging (EPI) phase maps taken from the baseline (precontrast) part of the DSC-MRI time series...
March 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Ana L S Gil, Gabriel R Neto, Maria S C Sousa, Ingrid Dias, Jeferson Vianna, Rodolfo A M Nunes, Jefferson S Novaes
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training stimulates muscle size and strength by increasing muscle activation, accumulation of metabolites and muscle swelling. This method has been used in different populations, but no studies have evaluated the effects of training on muscle power and submaximal strength (SS) in accounted for the menstrual cycle. The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of strength training (ST) with BFR on the muscle power and SS of upper and lower limbs in eumenorrheic women. Forty untrained women (18-40 years) were divided randomly and proportionally into four groups: (i) high-intensity ST at 80% of 1RM (HI), (ii) low-intensity ST at 20% of 1RM combined with partial blood flow restriction (LI + BFR), (iii) low-intensity ST at 20% of 1RM (LI) and d) control group (CG)...
March 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Maurílio Tiradentes Dutra, Bruna Pereira Avelar, Vinícius Carolino Souza, Martim Bottaro, Ricardo Jacó Oliveira, Otávio Toledo Nóbrega, Ricardo Moreno Lima
Ageing is associated with changes in body composition that may result in sarcopenic obesity (SO). Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP) are important inflammatory markers related to ageing. SO has been examined as an important public health problem, but its association with inflammatory markers has yet to be investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between SO-related phenotypes and inflammatory markers in postmenopausal women. A total of 130 women (66·7 ± 5·2 years) underwent body composition evaluation using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
March 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Kasper Dideriksen, Ulla Ramer Mikkelsen
PURPOSE: Testing of the ventilatory threshold (VT) and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 peak) is relevant for the evaluation of a range of training studies, clinical trials and cross-sectional studies. Due to a possible learning effect, a familiarization test is often performed to increase test reproducibility. However, limited research has investigated this learning effect and reproducibility of maximal exercise testing. The most appropriate ways to determine VT and VO2 peak are not clear, and this study evaluated two approaches (V-slope and a combined method) for the determination of VT and five time-averaging intervals (60, 30, 15, 10 and 5 s) for the determination of VO2 peak to compare test results and reproducibility...
March 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
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