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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993433/management-of-thromboembolism-in-transit-with-pulmonary-embolism
#1
V S Ellensen, S Saeed, T Geisner, R Haaverstad
We present a rare complication of deep venous thrombosis with pulmonary embolism that threatened the patient with systemic embolization. A 36-year-old female was referred to the hospital after five days of progressive shortness of breath and chest pain. Preceding onset of symptoms she had undergone surgery leading to reduced physical activity and had just returned from vacation by a long flight. Investigations with transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography revealed a thromboembolism-in-transit across a patent foramen ovale...
October 9, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947633/post-myocardial-infarction-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-diagnosed-incidentally-by-echocardiography
#2
Rienzi Diaz-Navarro, Petros Nihoyannopoulos
A 54-year-old man developed a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (Ps) along the lateral wall of the left ventricle (LV), which was diagnosed incidentally by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE) 6 months after an acute myocardial infarction. Colour flow imaging (CFI) showed blood flow from the LV into the aneurysmal cavity and invasive coronary angiography revealed sub-occlusion of the circumflex artery. A complementary study using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) confirmed a dilated left ventricle with depressed ejection fraction, thin dyskinetic anterolateral and inferolateral walls, a Ps adjacent to the lateral wall of the LV contained by the pericardium, and blood passing in and out through a small defect in the LV mid-anterolateral wall...
September 25, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916516/an-uncommon-manifestation-of-shock-takotsubo-syndrome
#3
Ying X Gue, Sanjay S Bhandari, Mubarak Ahamed
76 year old female presented following an episode of collapse. She was hypotensive with the paramedics and remained refractory despite fluid resuscitation. Her initial baseline tests revealed an elevated troponin; she subsequently underwent a coronary angiogram which showed mild coronary artery disease. Left ventriculogram was performed which showed abnormal mid-wall ballooning and severely impaired systolic function, characteristic of takotsubo syndrome. Echocardiogram confirmed presence of diagnosis and presence of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction with high gradient...
September 15, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899862/challenges-and-opportunity-in-the-era-of-quantitative-echocardiography
#4
EDITORIAL
Cheuk-Man Yu
The advancement of echocardiography in the past two decades is more than downsizing of the machines and improvement of image quality, but introduction of new imaging modalities leading to the ability of performing quantitative analysis. This function is greatly facilitated by the integration of echo machines with high performance computers, software programming and establishment of workstation for offline analysis. Today, echo examination is more than estimation of ejection fraction (EF) and patterns of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction...
September 12, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893830/assessment-of-paravalvular-leakage-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-add-clinical-signs-to-echocardiographic-data
#5
Corstiaan A den Uil, Mihai Strachinaru, Ben van der Hoven, J Han J Meeder
A 62-year old male with pulmonary fibrosis and aortic valve stenosis underwent TAVI (Corevalve Evolut XL 34 mm) in the build-up for lung transplantation (LuTx). Following post-dilation for a large annular perimeter, moderate paravalvular aortic regurgitation (AR) was observed. After 6 weeks, he was admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure(A). TTE demonstrated residual mild AR (based on a small excentric paravalvular AR jet, <10% circumferential extent, pressure half-time was not reliably measured) and together with borderline elevated NT-pro-BNP, the consultant cardiologist authorized LuTx listing...
September 11, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864465/automated-left-heart-chambers-volumetric-assessment-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-chinese-adolescents
#6
Xiu-Xia Luo, Fang Fang, Hung-Kwan So, Chao Liu, Man-Ching Yam, Alex Pui-Wai Lee
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported the accuracy and reproducibility of HeartModel for automated determination of three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE)-derived left heart volumes and left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) in adult patients. However, it remains unclear whether this automated adaptive analytics algorithm, derived from a 'training' population, can encompass adequate echo images in Chinese adolescents. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to explore the accuracy of HeartModel in adolescents compared with expert manual three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
September 1, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864464/use-of-the-cha2ds2vasc-score-to-reduce-utilisation-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-prior-to-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Charlotte Atkinson, Jonathan Hinton, Edmund B Gaisie, Arthur M Yue, Paul R Roberts, Dhrubo J Rakhit, Benoy N Shah
Trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is frequently performed prior to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation to exclude left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus. However, patients undergoing AF ablation are usually anticoagulated, thus making the presence of thrombus unlikely in most cases. This study aimed to determine whether the CHA2DS2VASc scoring system can be used to identify patients that do not require TOE prior to AF ablation. In this single centre retrospective study, local institutional and primary care databases and electronic patient records were searched to identify patients that had undergone TOE prior to AF ablation...
September 1, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864463/screening-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-is-a-paradigm-shift-required
#8
REVIEW
L D Hunter, M Monaghan, G Lloyd, A J K Pecoraro, A F Doubell, P G Herbst
This focused review presents a critical appraisal of the World Heart Federation criteria for the echocardiographic diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and its performance in African RHD screening programs. It identifies various logistical and methodological problems that negatively impact on the current guideline's performance. The authors explore novel RHD screening methodology that could address some of these shortcomings and if proven to be of merit, would require a paradigm shift in the approach to the echocardiographic diagnosis of subclinical RHD...
September 1, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986350/post-myocardial-infarction-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-diagnosed-incidentally-by-echocardiography
#9
Rienzi Díaz-Navarro, Petros Nihoyannopoulos
A 54-year-old male developed a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (Ps) along the lateral wall of the left ventricle (LV), which was diagnosed incidentally by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE) 6 months after an acute myocardial infarction. Color flow imaging (CFI) showed blood flow from the LV into the aneurysmal cavity and invasive coronary angiography revealed sub-occlusion of the circumflex artery. A complementary study using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) confirmed a dilated left ventricle with depressed ejection fraction, thin dyskinetic anterolateral and inferolateral walls, a Ps adjacent to the lateral wall of the LV contained by the pericardium and blood passing in and out through a small defect in the LV mid-anterolateral wall...
December 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986349/automated-left-heart-chamber-volumetric-assessment-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-chinese-adolescents
#10
Xiu-Xia Luo, Fang Fang, Hung-Kwan So, Chao Liu, Man-Ching Yam, Alex Pui-Wai Lee
BACKGROUND: Several studies have reported the accuracy and reproducibility of HeartModel for automated determination of three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE)-derived left heart volumes and left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (LVEF) in adult patients. However, it remains unclear whether this automated adaptive analytics algorithm, derived from a 'training' population, can encompass adequate echo images in Chinese adolescents. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to explore the accuracy of HeartModel in adolescents compared with expert manual three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
December 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870983/ischaemia-as-a-cause-of-lvot-gradient-reversal-in-hcm
#11
Camelia Demetrescu, Shelley Rahman Haley, Aigul Baltabaeva
We present the case of a previously fit 84-year-old female with long-standing systemic hypertension and the echo phenotype of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - asymmetrical septal hypertrophy, significant resting left ventricular (LV) outflow obstruction and mitral regurgitation (MR) secondary to systolic anterior motion (SAM) of the mitral valve. Valsalva provocation caused an increase in LVOT dynamic gradient and MR severity. The patient presented with a progressive decrease in exercise capacity along with chest pain relieved by rest or sublingual GTN...
December 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814447/acute-myocarditis-secondary-to-cardiac-tuberculosis-a-case-report
#12
Alice Cowley, Laura Dobson, John Kurian, Christopher Saunderson
Isolated myocardial involvement in tuberculosis is exceedingly rare but there are reports it can present with sudden cardiac death, atrioventricular block, ventricular arrhythmias or congestive cardiac failure. We report the case of a 33-year-old male, of South Asian descent, who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal ECG. The patient had no significant past medical history and coronary angiogram showed no evidence of coronary artery disease. Of note, the patient had recently been discharged from a local district hospital with an episode of myocarditis...
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814446/communicating-echocardiography-results-to-patients-a-future-role-for-the-clinical-scientist
#13
EDITORIAL
Jenna Smith, Sarah Waters, Brian Campbell, John Chambers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751436/a-striking-image-of-spontaneous-echo-contrast-in-severe-mitral-stenosis-in-a-patient-with-good-international-normalised-ratio-inr-control
#14
Daniel A Jeffery, Guy Lloyd, Arjun K Ghosh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743714/incidental-finding-of-a-double-orifice-mitral-valve-in-an-elderly-patient-value-of-3d-imaging
#15
Nuno Pires, Wei Li, Roxy Senior, Rajdeep S Khattar
A rare isolated double orifice mitral valve (DOMV) was diagnosed in a 77-year-old male patient, being assessed for surgical repair of the ascending aorta. This is a rare congenital abnormality, usually discovered as an incidental finding during investigation of other congenital heart defects. This case shows that a detailed assessment of all cardiac structures is necessary, not only in young patients, but also in the elderly population, to minimise the under-diagnosis of such rare anomalies. The use of 3D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has an increasingly significant role in establishing the diagnosis and extending the morphological and functional understanding of the anomaly...
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694247/a-case-of-unprovoked-precarious-patent-foramen-ovale-protuberance
#16
H Z R McConkey, M Ghosh-Dastidar, S R Redwood, V Bapat
This is a case of a precarious thrombotic mass straddling a patent foramen ovale which had already embolised to the pulmonary circulation. The diagnosis was initially deceptive and management challenging. LEARNING POINTS: Echocardiography is mandated and can change management in haemodynamically unstable patients with pulmonary emboli.Pulmonary embolism can be life-threatening.The authors propose that urgent cardiac surgery is the safest treatment in the setting of highly mobile, large volume, intra-cardiac thrombus...
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684393/critical-aortic-stenosis-presenting-as-stemi
#17
Ying X Gue, Sanjay S Bhandari, Damian J Kelly
A 73-year-old male was brought into hospital with chest pain and inferior ST elevation on ECG. The patient immediately proceeded to the catheter lab for primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Angiography did not identify any culprit lesions to account for the patient's electrocardiographic changes and ongoing symptoms of chest pain. Bedside echocardiography revealed critical aortic stenosis. Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) was inserted, resulting in resolution of chest pain and ST-segment changes. The patient underwent successful aortic valve (AV) replacement without the need for coronary intervention...
September 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687586/a-rash-with-a-heavy-heart
#18
Sergio Barros-Gomes, Niyada Naksuk, Dragan Jevremovic, Hector R Villarraga
Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is relatively rare and frequently misdiagnosed. Other disorders presenting with increased left ventricular (LV) mass can mimic its diagnosis. This case illustrates unique findings of primary light chain (AL) amyloidosis in a patient with remarkable signs of CA. Here, we report a 49-year-old man with prior diagnosis of hypertrophy cardiomyopathy (HCM) based on an echocardiogram performed 1 year earlier that presented with 8 weeks of periorbital rash. He had numbness in the past 3 years...
July 7, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634177/pneumococcal-pulmonary-valve-endocarditis
#19
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
#20
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
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