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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420670/confirmed-early-myocardial-rupture-in-a-patient-with-pulseless-electrical-activity-pea-following-late-presentation-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Baskar Sekar, Joe Martins, Sanjiv Petkar
A 69 year old male, an ex-smoker, was admitted with ongoing chest pain of 11 hours duration. Past medical history included treated hypertension and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He delayed seeking medical attention as he assumed the pain to be due to indigestion and kept taking antacids without much symptomatic relief. Clinical examination on arrival was unremarkable. Admission 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was diagnostic of a recent anterolateral myocardial infarction (MI) (Figure 1a). Bedside trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) confirmed an established anterolateral MI (Video 1, Figure 1b)...
April 18, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341764/transesophageal-echocardiographic-guidance-of-transcatheter-closure-of-the-aortic-valve-in-a-patient-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-related-severe-aortic-regurgitation
#2
Preetham Muskala, Taiyeb M Khumri, Michael L Main
A 68 year-old man with a severe ischemic cardiomyopathy underwent left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation (Heart Mate II device) for destination therapy. He presented 49 months following LVAD implant with worsening heart failure symptoms and new severe aortic regurgitation. Given high risk for both surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement, he was admitted for transcatheter closure of the aortic valve under transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) guidance. TEE imaging revealed severe aortic regurgitation (see Figure 1A and 1B, and multimedia files 1 and 2)...
March 24, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336529/toe-imaging-of-a-large-aortic-mass-an-unusual-cause-of-systemic-embolization-in-a-septic-patient
#3
Sarah R Blake, Jamal Khan, Adrian Chenzbraun
A 72-year-old woman presented with sepsis and lower limb ischaemia. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) for suspected endocarditis revealed no cardiac pathology or source of emboli but a large thrombus-like mass was noted in a normal size descending aorta (Fig. 1A, Video 1). Repeat TOE after two weeks of anticoagulation showed two new masses and no change in the size of the original one (Fig. 1B). The patient died following bilateral leg amputation. There was no PM to provide pathology confirmation but the most likely diagnosis was of a thrombus, possibly infected...
March 23, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302715/late-thrombosis-of-a-mitral-bioprosthetic-valve-with-associated-massive-left-atrial-thrombus
#4
Preetham Muskula, Rigoberto Ramirez, A Michael Borkon, Michael L Main
An 84-year-old man presented 5 years following bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with three months of worsening dyspnea on exertion. A new mitral stenosis murmur was noted on physical examination, and an electrocardiogram revealed newly recognized atrial fibrillation. Severe mitral stenosis (mean gradient = 13 mmHg) was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed markedly thickened mitral bioprosthetic leaflets with limited mobility, and a massive left atrial thrombus (> 4 cm in diameter) (see Figures 1A-D, and video files 1-4)...
March 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254996/cardio-oncology-what-you-need-to-know-now-for-clinical-practice-and-echocardiography
#5
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Charlotte M Larsen, Sharon L Mulvagh
Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at minimizing the effects of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. To meet this aim, patients are assessed at baseline to define their risk of cardiotoxicity and then followed closely during and after chemotherapy to assess for early signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac imaging, and in particular transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients...
March 2, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249937/is-transnasal-tee-imaging-a-viable-alternative-to-conventional-tee-during-structural-cardiac-interventions-a-comparison-of-image-quality
#6
Dimitris Klettas, Emma Alcock, Rafal Dworakowski, Philip MacCarthy, Mark Monaghan
AIM: The role of transoesophageal echocardiography in cardiac interventional structural procedures is well established and appreciated. However, the need for general anaesthesia (GA) throughout the procedure remains a controversial issue. The aim of the present study is to assess the feasibility and imaging quality of using a transnasal microrobe that allows the usage of conscious sedation in patients that undergo cardiac structural interventional procedures without missing the benefits, guidance and navigation of conventional trans-procedural TEE...
March 1, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432187/transesophageal-echocardiographic-guidance-of-transcatheter-closure-of-the-aortic-valve-in-a-patient-with-left-ventricular-assist-device-related-severe-aortic-regurgitation
#7
Preetham R Muskala, Taiyeb M Khumri, Michael L Main
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302656/3d-transoesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-tavi-sizing-arena-should-we-do-it-and-how-do-we-do-it
#8
REVIEW
Caroline Bleakley, Mehdi Eskandari, Mark Monaghan
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was initially proven as an alternative to valve replacement therapy in those beyond established risk thresholds for conventional surgery. With time the technique has been methodically refined and offered to a progressively lower risk cohort, and with this evolution has come that of the significant imaging requirements of valve implantation. This review discusses the role of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) in the current TAVI arena, aligning it with that of cardiac computed tomography, and outlining how TOE can be used most effectively both prior to and during TAVI in order to optimise outcomes...
March 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196811/the-heart-failure-epidemic-a-uk-perspective
#9
REVIEW
Martin R Cowie
Heart failure is appropriately described as an epidemic, with 1-2% of health care expenditure being directed at its management. In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance on the best practice for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. Echocardiography is key to the diagnosis of the underlying cardiac abnormalities, and access to this (with our without biochemical testing using natriuretic peptides) is key to high-quality and speedy diagnosis...
March 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096184/the-modern-role-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-valvular-pathologies
#10
REVIEW
Malgorzata Wamil, Sacha Bull, James Newton
Despite significant advancements in the field of cardiovascular imaging, transoesophageal echocardiography remains the key imaging modality in the management of valvular pathologies. This paper provides echocardiographers with an overview of the modern role of TOE in the diagnosis and management of valvular disease. We describe how the introduction of 3D techniques has changed detection and grading of valvular pathologies and concentrate on its role as a monitoring tool in interventional cardiology. In addition, we focus on the echocardiographic and Doppler techniques used in the assessment of prosthetic valves, and provide guidance for evaluation of prosthetic valves...
January 17, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057706/acknowledgement-to-reviewers
#11
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974356/making-three-dimensional-echocardiography-more-tangible-a-workflow-for-three-dimensional-printing-with-echocardiographic-data
#12
REVIEW
Azad Mashari, Mario Montealegre-Gallegos, Ziyad Knio, Lu Yeh, Jelliffe Jeganathan, Robina Matyal, Kamal R Khabbaz, Feroze Mahmood
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a rapidly evolving technology with several potential applications in the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease. Recently, 3D printing (i.e. rapid prototyping) derived from 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become possible. Due to the multiple steps involved and the specific equipment required for each step, it might be difficult to start implementing echocardiography-derived 3D printing in a clinical setting. In this review, we provide an overview of this process, including its logistics and organization of tools and materials, 3D TEE image acquisition strategies, data export, format conversion, segmentation, and printing...
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884828/effects-of-age-on-left-atrial-volume-and-strain-parameters-using-echocardiography-in-a-normal-black-population
#13
Ruchika Meel, Bijoy K Khandheria, Ferande Peters, Elena Libhaber, Samantha Nel, Mohammed R Essop
OBJECTIVE: Normal cut-off values for left atrial (LA) size and function may be altered by aging and ethnic differences. No age-related reference values for LA volumetric measurements or LA strain exist in Africans. We aimed to establish normal age-appropriate values of LA size and function in black Africans. Additionally, we studied the correlation between age, LA strain and volumetric parameters. METHODS: In this prospective, cross-sectional study of 120 individuals (mean age 38...
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872150/the-prognostic-role-of-stress-echocardiography-in-a-contemporary-population-and-the-clinical-significance-of-limited-apical-ischaemia
#14
Alexandros Papachristidis, Damian Roper, Daniela Cassar Demarco, Ioannis Tsironis, Michael Papitsas, Jonathan Byrne, Khaled Alfakih, Mark J Monaghan
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we aim to reassess the prognostic value of stress echocardiography (SE) in a contemporary population and to evaluate the clinical significance of limited apical ischaemia, which has not been previously studied. METHODS: We included 880 patients who underwent SE. Follow-up data with regards to MACCE (cardiac death, myocardial infarction, any repeat revascularisation and cerebrovascular accident) were collected over 12 months after the SE...
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737905/timing-surgery-in-mitral-regurgitation-defining-risk-and-optimising-intervention-using-stress-echocardiography
#15
REVIEW
Boyang Liu, Nicola C Edwards, Simon Ray, Richard P Steeds
Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the second most common form of valvular disease requiring surgery. Correct identification of surgical candidates and optimising the timing of surgery are key in management. For primary MR, this relies upon a balance between the peri-operative risks and rates of successful repair in patients undergoing early surgery when asymptomatic with the potential risk of irreversible left ventricular dysfunction if intervention is performed too late. For secondary MR, recognition that this is a highly dynamic condition where MR severity may change is key, although data on outcomes in determining whether concomitant valve intervention is performed with revascularisation has raised questions regarding timing of surgery...
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600455/cardiac-tumors-echo-assessment
#16
REVIEW
Rekha Mankad, Joerg Herrmann
Cardiac tumors are exceedingly rare (0.001-0.03% in most autopsy series). They can be present anywhere within the heart and can be attached to any surface or be embedded in the myocardium or pericardial space. Signs and symptoms are nonspecific and highly variable related to the localization, size and composition of the cardiac mass. Echocardiography, typically performed for another indication, may be the first imaging modality alerting the clinician to the presence of a cardiac mass. Although echocardiography cannot give the histopathology, certain imaging features and adjunctive tools such as contrast imaging may aid in the differential diagnosis as do the adjunctive clinical data and the following principles: (1) thrombus or vegetations are the most likely etiology, (2) cardiac tumors are mostly secondary and (3) primary cardiac tumors are mostly benign...
December 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686556/a-meta-analysis-for-echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricular-structure-and-function-in-arvc
#17
M Qasem, V Utomi, K George, J Somauroo, A Zaidi, L Forsythe, S Bhattacharrya, G Lloyd, B Rana, L Ring, S Robinson, R Senior, N Sheikh, M Sitali, J Sandoval, R Steeds, M Stout, J Willis, D Oxborough
INTRODUCTION: Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is an inherited pathology that can increase the risk of sudden death. Current Task Force Criteria for echocardiographic diagnosis do not include new, regional assessment tools which may be relevant in a phenotypically diverse disease. We adopted a systematic review and meta-analysis approach to highlight echocardiographic indices that differentiated ARVC patients and healthy controls. METHODS: Data was extracted and analysed from prospective trials that employed a case-control design meeting strict inclusion and exclusion as well as a-priori quality criteria...
September 29, 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628098/global-longitudinal-strain-a-useful-everyday-measurement
#18
A King, J Thambyrajah, E Leng, M J Stewart
Herceptin (Trastuzumab) is a widely used and effective drug for the treatment of Her2+ breast cancer but its cardiotoxic side effects require regular monitoring by echocardiography. A 10% reduction in left ventricular ejection fraction can lead to suspension of treatment and therefore has significant implications for patient prognosis in terms of cardiac and cancer outcomes. Assessment of LV function by conventional 2D biplane method of discs (2DEF) has limitations in accuracy and reproducibility. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) is becoming more widely available and user friendly...
September 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600454/the-echocardiography-of-replacement-heart-valves
#19
REVIEW
John B Chambers
This is a practical description of how replacement valves are assessed using echocardiography. Normal transthoracic appearances including normal variants are described. The problem of differentiating normal function, patient-prosthesis mismatch and pathological obstruction in aortic replacement valves with high gradients is discussed. Obstruction and abnormal regurgitation is described for valves in the aortic, mitral and right-sided positions and when to use echocardiography in suspected infective endocarditis...
September 2016: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27457967/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-is-feasible-in-the-general-practice-setting-and-alters-diagnosis-and-management-of-cardiac-disease
#20
James Yates, Colin Forbes Royse, Carolyn Royse, Alistair George Royse, David Jeffrey Canty
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-assisted examination of the cardiovascular system with focused cardiac ultrasound by the treating physician is non-invasive and changes diagnosis and management of patient's with suspected cardiac disease. This has not been reported in a general practice setting. AIM: To determine whether focused cardiac ultrasound performed on patients aged over 50 years changes the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease by a general practitioner. DESIGN AND SETTING: A prospective observational study of 80 patients aged over 50years and who had not received echocardiography or chest CT within 12months presenting to a general practice...
September 2016: Echo Research and Practice
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