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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634177/pneumococcal-pulmonary-valve-endocarditis
#1
Apostolos Vrettos, Paula Mota, James Nash, Iain Thorp, Max Baghai, Max Baghai
Pulmonary valve endocarditis is an rare type of infective endocarditis (IE). Streptococcus pneumoniae is a pathogen that is uncommonly associated with IE. A 50 year-old man was referred to us to an incidental echocardiographic finding of a pulmonary valve vegetation. He had a recent admission for drainage of a scrotal abscess from which streptococcus pneumoniae was isolated, complicated by hospital acquired pneumonia and pulmonary embolism. Analysis using Polymerase Chain Reaction of the surgically resected mass revealed signs of 16S rDNA consistent with Streptococcus pneumoniae infection...
June 20, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611061/clinical-events-and-echocardiographic-lesion-progression-rate-in-subjects-with-mild-or-moderate-aortic-regurgitation
#2
Sveeta Badiani, Jet van Zalen, Saad Saheecha, Lesley Hart, Ann Topham, Nikhil Patel, Lydia Sturridge, Andrew Marshall, Neil Sulke, Stephen Furniss, Guy Lloyd
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)...
June 13, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592522/feasibility-of-physiologist-led-stress-echocardiography-for-the-assessment-of-coronary-artery-disease
#3
Jamal Nasir Khan, Timothy Griffiths, Tamseel Fatima, Leah Michael, Andreea Mihai, Zeeshan Mustafa, Kully Sandhu, Robert Butler, Simon Duckett, Grant Heatlie
BACKGROUND: Physiologist-led stress echocardiography (PLSE) services provide potential for expansion of SE services and increased productivity for cardiologists. There are no published data on the feasibility of PLSE. We sought to assess the feasibility, safety and robustness of PLSE and CLSE for coronary artery disease (CAD) assessment. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 898 patients undergoing PLSE or CLSE for CAD assessment using exercise or dobutamine stress over 24 months...
June 7, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515127/a-retrospective-analysis-of-mitral-valve-pathology-in-the-setting-of-bicuspid-aortic-valves
#4
Annari van Rensburg, Philip Herbst, Anton Doubell
The therapeutic implications of bicuspid aortic valve associations have come under scrutiny in the transcatheter aortic valve implantation era. We evaluate the spectrum of mitral valve disease in patients with bicuspid aortic valves to determine the need for closer echocardiographic scrutiny/follow-up of the mitral valve. A retrospective analysis of echocardiograms done at a referral hospital over five years was conducted in patients with bicuspid aortic valves with special attention to congenital abnormalities of the mitral valve...
May 17, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490455/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-acute-lupus-myocarditis-comparison-to-conventional-echocardiography
#5
Riƫtte du Toit, Phillip G Herbst, Annari van Rensburg, Hendrik W Snyman, Helmuth Reuter, Anton F Doubell
AIMS: Lupus myocarditis occurs in 5-10% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). No single feature is diagnostic of lupus myocarditis. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) can detect sub-clinical left ventricular dysfunction in SLE patients, with limited research on its utility in clinical lupus myocarditis. We report on STE in comparison to conventional echocardiography in patients with clinical lupus myocarditis. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective study was done at a tertiary referral hospital in South Africa...
May 10, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592613/diagnosis-and-assessment-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-guideline-protocol-from-the-british-society-of-echocardiography
#6
Thomas Mathew, Lynne Williams, Govardhan Navaratnam, Bushra Rana, Richard Wheeler, Katherine Collins, Allan Harkness, Richard Jones, Dan Knight, Kevin O'Gallagher, David Oxborough, Liam Ring, Julie Sandoval, Martin Stout, Vishal Sharma, Richard P Steeds
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition, with 5-year survival rate lower than breast or prostate cancer. It is the leading cause of hospital admission in over 65s, and these admissions are projected to rise by more than 50% over the next 25 years. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the first-line step in diagnosis in acute and chronic HF and provides immediate information on chamber volumes, ventricular systolic and diastolic function, wall thickness, valve function and the presence of pericardial effusion, while contributing to information on aetiology...
June 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 Muskula, 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/28420670/confirmed-early-myocardial-rupture-in-a-patient-with-pulseless-electrical-activity-pea-following-late-presentation-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#8
Baskar Sekar, Joe Martins, Sanjiv Petkar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 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
#9
Sarah R Blake, Jamal N Khan, Adrian Chenzbraun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302715/late-thrombosis-of-a-mitral-bioprosthetic-valve-with-associated-massive-left-atrial-thrombus
#10
Preetham R Muskula, Rigoberto Ramirez, A Michael Borkon, Michael L Main
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 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
#11
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/28254996/cardio-oncology-what-you-need-to-know-now-for-clinical-practice-and-echocardiography
#12
REVIEW
Carolyn 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 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-to-avoid-general-anaesthesia-a-pilot-comparison-study-of-image-quality
#13
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 who undergo cardiac structural interventional procedures without missing the benefits, guidance and navigation of conventional trans-procedural TEE...
March 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196811/the-heart-failure-epidemic-a-uk-perspective
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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