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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673293/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-velocity-time-integral-outperforms-ejection-fraction-and-doppler-derived-cardiac-output-for-predicting-outcomes-in-a-select-advanced-heart-failure-cohort
#1
Christina Tan, David Rubenson, Ajay Srivastava, Rajeev Mohan, Michael R Smith, Kristen Billick, Samuel Bardarian, J Thomas Heywood
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOT VTI) is a measure of cardiac systolic function and cardiac output. Heart failure patients with low cardiac output are known to have poor cardiovascular outcomes. Thus, extremely low LVOT VTI may predict heart failure patients at highest risk for mortality. METHODS: Patients with heart failure and extremely low LVOT VTI were identified from a single-center database. Baseline characteristics and heart failure related clinical outcomes (death, LVAD) were obtained at 12 months...
July 3, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645293/prenatal-screening-of-fetal-ventriculoarterial-connections-benefits-of-4d-technique-in-fetal-heart-imaging
#2
Yu Wang, Miao Fan, Faiza Amber Siddiqui, Meilian Wang, Wei Sun, Xue Sun, Wenjia Lei, Ying Zhang
BACKGROUND: Identification of prenatal ventriculoarterial connections in fetuses with conotruncal anomalies (CTA) remains one of the greatest challenges for sonographers performing screening examinations. Herein, we propose a novel protocol of 4D volume analysis that identifies ventriculoarterial connections and evaluate its clinical utility in routine screenings. METHODS: Twenty-nine cases of transposition of the great arteries (TGA), 22 cases of double-outlet right ventricle (DORV), 36 cases of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), 14 cases of truncus arteriosus (TCA), and randomly selected 70 normal fetuses were reviewed in this study...
June 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629375/diagnostic-performance-of-multi-organ-ultrasound-with-pocket-sized-device-in-the-management-of-acute-dyspnea
#3
Alfonso Sforza, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Viviana Carlino, Agostino Buonauro, Marco Barozzi, Giuseppe Romano, Sossio Serra, Giovanni de Simone
BACKGROUND: The availability of ultra-miniaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. Information on accuracy of ultrasound with handheld units in immediate differential diagnosis in emergency department (ED) is poor. The aim of this study is to test the usefulness and accuracy of lung ultrasound (LUS) alone or combined with ultrasound of the heart and inferior vena cava (IVC) using a PUD for the differential diagnosis of acute dyspnea (AD)...
June 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623910/pilot-study-using-3d-longitudinal-strain-computation-in-a-multi-parametric-approach-for-best-selecting-responders-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#4
Maxime Fournet, Anne Bernard, Sylvestre Marechaux, Elena Galli, Raphael Martins, Philippe Mabo, J Claude Daubert, Christophe Leclercq, Alfredo Hernandez, Erwan Donal
BACKGROUND: Almost all attempts to improve patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) using echo-derived indices have failed so far. We sought to assess: the performance of homemade software for the automatic quantification of integral 3D regional longitudinal strain curves exploring left ventricular (LV) mechanics and the potential value of this tool to predict CRT response. METHODS: Forty-eight heart failure patients in sinus rhythm, referred for CRT-implantation (mean age: 65 years; LV-ejection fraction: 26%; QRS-duration: 160 milliseconds) were prospectively explored...
June 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606187/investigation-on-left-ventricular-multi-directional-deformation-in-patients-of-hypertension-with-different-lvef
#5
Huimei Huang, Qinyun Ruan, Meiyan Lin, Lei Yan, Chunyan Huang, Liyun Fu
BACKGROUND: This study is aimed at investigating myocardial multi-directional systolic deformation in hypertensive with different left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and exploring its contribution to LVEF. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-three patients with primary hypertension (HT) were divided into group A (LVEF ≥ 55%), group B (45% ≤ LVEF < 50%, or 50% ≤ LVEF < 55% + LVEDVI ≥ 97 ml/m(2)), and group C (LVEF < 45%). Two-dimensional strain echocardiography (2DSE) including LV longitudinal strain (SL), radial strain (SR) and circumferential strain (SC) were measured...
June 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521772/feasibility-and-relevance-of-compound-strain-imaging-in-non-stenotic-arteries-comparison-between-individuals-with-cardiovascular-diseases-and-healthy-controls
#6
Martijn F H Maessen, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, Ayla Grotens, Maria T E Hopman, Dick H J Thijssen, Hendrik H G Hansen
BACKGROUND: Compound strain imaging is a novel method to noninvasively evaluate arterial wall deformation which has recently shown to enable differentiation between fibrous and (fibro-)atheromatous plaques in patients with severe stenosis. We tested the hypothesis that compound strain imaging is feasible in non-stenotic arteries and provides incremental discriminative power to traditional measures of vascular health (i.e., distensibility coefficient (DC), central pulse wave velocity [cPWV], and intima-media thickness [IMT]) for differentiating between participants with and without a history of cardiovascular diseases (CVD)...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446199/different-determinants-of-exercise-capacity-in-hfpef-compared-to-hfref
#7
Arlind Batalli, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Ibadete Bytyçi, Artan Ahmeti, Edmond Haliti, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y Henein, Gani Bajraktari
BACKGROUND: Quality of life is as important as survival in heart failure (HF) patients. Controversies exist with regards to echocardiographic determinants of exercise capacity in HF, particularly in patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The aim of this study was to prospectively examine echocardiographic parameters that correlate and predict functional exercise capacity assessed by 6 min walk test (6-MWT) in patients with HFpEF. METHODS: In 111 HF patients (mean age 63 ± 10 years, 47% female), an echo-Doppler study and a 6-MWT were performed in the same day...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403861/cardiac-shock-wave-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-coronary-artery-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Greta Burneikaitė, Evgeny Shkolnik, Jelena Čelutkienė, Gitana Zuozienė, Irena Butkuvienė, Birutė Petrauskienė, Pranas Šerpytis, Aleksandras Laucevičius, Amir Lerman
AIM: To systematically review currently available cardiac shock-wave therapy (CSWT) studies in humans and perform meta-analysis regarding anti-anginal efficacy of CSWT. METHODS: The Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, Medline, Medscape, Research Gate, Science Direct, and Web of Science databases were explored. In total 39 studies evaluating the efficacy of CSWT in patients with stable angina were identified including single arm, non- and randomized trials. Information on study design, subject's characteristics, clinical data and endpoints were obtained...
April 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381254/effect-of-food-intake-on-myocardial-performance-index
#9
Ylva Gårdinger, Anna Dieden, Joanna Hlebowicz, Ola Björgell, Magnus Dencker
BACKGROUND: Myocardial performance index (MPI) has been investigated in a variety of populations, but the effect of food intake has not been evaluated. We assessed whether myocardial performance index is affected by food intake in healthy subjects. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy subjects aged 25.6 ± 4.5 years were investigated. MPI was measured before, 30 min after, and 110 min after a standardized meal. RESULTS: MPI decreased significantly (P < 0...
April 5, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376791/definition-of-common-carotid-wall-thickness-affects-risk-classification-in-relation-to-degree-of-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-the-plaque-at-risk-parisk-study
#10
J Steinbuch, A C van Dijk, Fhbm Schreuder, Mtb Truijman, J Hendrikse, P J Nederkoorn, A van der Lugt, E Hermeling, Apg Hoeks, W H Mess
BACKGROUND: Mean or maximal intima-media thickness (IMT) is commonly used as surrogate endpoint in intervention studies. However, the effect of normalization by surrounding or median IMT or by diameter is unknown. In addition, it is unclear whether IMT inhomogeneity is a useful predictor beyond common wall parameters like maximal wall thickness, either absolute or normalized to IMT or lumen size. We investigated the interrelationship of common carotid artery (CCA) thickness parameters and their association with the ipsilateral internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis degree...
April 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347344/quantification-of-the-relative-contribution-of-the-different-right-ventricular-wall-motion-components-to-right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-the-revision-method
#11
Bálint Lakatos, Zoltán Tősér, Márton Tokodi, Alexandra Doronina, Annamária Kosztin, Denisa Muraru, Luigi P Badano, Attila Kovács, Béla Merkely
Three major mechanisms contribute to right ventricular (RV) pump function: (i) shortening of the longitudinal axis with traction of the tricuspid annulus towards the apex; (ii) inward movement of the RV free wall; (iii) bulging of the interventricular septum into the RV and stretching the free wall over the septum. The relative contribution of the aforementioned mechanisms to RV pump function may change in different pathological conditions.Our aim was to develop a custom method to separately assess the extent of longitudinal, radial and anteroposterior displacement of the RV walls and to quantify their relative contribution to global RV ejection fraction using 3D data sets obtained by echocardiography...
March 27, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327159/the-clinical-use-of-stress-echocardiography-in-ischemic-heart-disease
#12
REVIEW
Rosa Sicari, Lauro Cortigiani
Stress echocardiography is an established technique for the assessment of extent and severity of coronary artery disease. The combination of echocardiography with a physical, pharmacological or electrical stress allows to detect myocardial ischemia with an excellent accuracy. A transient worsening of regional function during stress is the hallmark of inducible ischemia. Stress echocardiography provides similar diagnostic and prognostic accuracy as radionuclide stress perfusion imaging or magnetic resonance, but at a substantially lower cost, without environmental impact, and with no biohazards for the patient and the physician...
March 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298230/left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-predicts-heart-failure-readmission-in-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
#13
Simone Romano, Ibrahim N Mansour, Mayank Kansal, Hana Gheith, Zachary Dowdy, Carolyn A Dickens, Cassandra Buto-Colletti, June M Chae, Hussam H Saleh, Thomas D Stamos
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to determine if left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) predicts heart failure (HF) readmission in patients with acute decompensated heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred ninety one patients were enrolled at the time of admission for acute decompensated heart failure between January 2011 and September 2013. Left ventricle global longitudinal strain (LV GLS) by velocity vector imaging averaged from 2, 3 and 4-chamber views could be assessed in 204 out of 291 (70%) patients...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288629/erratum-to-modified-mallampati-classification-in-determining-the-success-of-unsedated-transesophageal-echocardiography-procedure-in-patients-with-heart-disease-simple-but-efficient
#14
Jureerat Khongkaew, Dujdao Sahasthas, Tharrittawadha Potat, Phatchara Thammawirat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270161/right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-measurements-using-two-dimensional-transthoracic-echocardiography-by-applying-an-ellipsoid-model
#15
Stina Jorstig, Micael Waldenborg, Mats Lidén, Per Thunberg
BACKGROUND: There is today no established approach to estimate right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) using 2D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). The aim of this study was to evaluate a new method for RVEF calculations using 2D TTE and compare the results with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE). METHODS: A total of 37 subjects, 25 retrospectively included patients and twelve healthy volunteers, were included to give a wide range of RVEF...
March 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
#16
MULTICENTER STUDY
Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086907/identification-of-the-main-determinants-of-abdominal-aorta-size-a-screening-by-pocket-size-imaging-device
#17
Roberta Esposito, Federica Ilardi, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Vincenzo Sellitto, Giuseppe Giugliano, Giovanni Esposito, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound exam as a screening test for abdominal aorta (AA) can visualize the aorta in 99% of patients and has a sensitivity and specificity approaching 100% in screening settings for aortic aneurysm. Pocket Size Imaging Device (PSID) has a potential value as a screening tool, because of its possible use in several clinical settings. Our aim was to assess the impact of demographics and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors on AA size by using PSID in an outpatient screening. METHODS: Consecutive patients, referring for a CV assessment in a 6 months period, were screened...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069008/accuracy-of-echocardiographic-area-length-method-in-chronic-myocardial-infarction-comparison-with-cardiac-ct-in-pigs
#18
Haitham Ballo, Miikka Tarkia, Matti Haavisto, Christoffer Stark, Marjatta Strandberg, Tommi Vähäsilta, Virva Saunavaara, Tuula Tolvanen, Mika Teräs, Ville-Veikko Hynninen, Timo Savunen, Anne Roivainen, Juhani Knuuti, Antti Saraste
BACKGROUND: We evaluated echocardiographic area-length methods to measure left ventricle (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF) in parasternal short axis views in comparison with cardiac computed tomography (CT) in pigs with chronic myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Male farm pigs with surgical occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (n = 9) or sham operation (n = 5) had transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac-CT 3 months after surgery...
January 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919286/effects-of-nitroglycerine-on-coronary-flow-velocity-before-and-during-adenosine-provocation
#19
Ann Wittfeldt, Anders Jeppsson, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography-assessed coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) evaluates coronary microvascular arterial function. Coronary flow velocity measurements at baseline and during hyperemia are used to calculate CFVR. Adenosine infusion induces hyperemia but it is not known if it causes a maximal response. We hypothesized that pre-treatment with nitroglycerine before adenosine provocation enhances hyperemia. METHODS: Twenty-three healthy study subjects (mean age 27...
December 6, 2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876049/geographical-predisposition-influences-on-the-distribution-and-tissue-characterisation-of-eccentric-coronary-plaques-in-non-branching-coronary-arteries-cross-sectional-study-of-coronary-plaques-analysed-by-intravascular-ultrasound
#20
Hidenori Komiyama, Hitoshi Takano, Shunichi Nakamura, Masamichi Takano, Noritake Hata, Miyauchi Yasushi, Yoshihiko Seino, Kyoichi Mizuno, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: We investigated the influence of geographical predisposition on the spatial distribution and composition of coronary plaques. METHODS: Thirty coronary arteries were evaluated. A total of 1441 cross-sections were collected from intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and radio-frequency signal-based virtual histology (VH-IVUS) imaging. To exclude complex geographical effects of side branches and to localise the plaque distribution, we analysed only eccentric plaques in non-branching regions...
November 22, 2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
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