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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527317/fully-automatic-segmentation-of-left-ventricular-anatomy-in-3-d-lge-mri
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Tanja Kurzendorfer, Christoph Forman, Michaela Schmidt, Christoph Tillmanns, Andreas Maier, Alexander Brost
The current challenge for electrophysiology procedures, targeting the left ventricle, is the localization and qualification of myocardial scar. Late gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (LGE-MRI) is the current gold standard to visualize regions of myocardial infarction. Commonly, a stack of 2-D images is acquired of the left ventricle in short-axis orientation. Recently, 3-D LGE-MRI methods were proposed that continuously cover the whole heart with a high resolution within a single acquisition. The acquisition promises an accurate quantification of the myocardium to the extent of myocardial scarring...
May 8, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515855/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-to-assess-regional-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#2
María Cristina Saccheri, Tomás Francisco Cianciulli, Luis Alberto Morita, Ricardo José Méndez, Martín Alejandro Beck, Juan Enrique Guerra, Alberto Cozzarin, Luciana Jimena Puente, Lorena Romina Balletti, Jorge Alberto Lax
AIM: To explore regional systolic strain of midwall and endocardial segments using speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: We prospectively assessed 20 patients (mean age 53 ± 16 years, range: 18-81 years, 10 were male), with apical HCM. We measured global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLPSS) in the midwall and endocardium of the left ventricle. RESULTS: The diastolic thickness of the 4 apical segments was 16...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511859/reference-ranges-and-regional-patterns-of-left-ventricular-strain-and-strain-rate-using-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-a-healthy-middle-aged-black-and-white-population-the-cardia-study
#3
Henrique T Moreira, Chike C Nwabuo, Anderson C Armstrong, Satoru Kishi, Ola Gjesdal, Jared P Reis, Pamela J Schreiner, Kiang Liu, Cora E Lewis, Stephen Sidney, Samuel S Gidding, João A C Lima, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh
BACKGROUND: Strain and strain rate are sensitive markers of left ventricular (LV) myocardial function. The aim of this study was to assess reference ranges and regional patterns of LV strain and strain rate using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in a large population of black and white subjects. METHODS: This study involved a retrospective review of prospectively collected images in 557 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study who remained healthy at the year 25 examination...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507986/more-than-just-a-simple-cardiac-envelope-cellular-contributions-of-the-epicardium
#4
REVIEW
Angel Dueñas, Amelia E Aranega, Diego Franco
The adult pumping heart is formed by distinct tissue layers. From inside to outside, the heart is composed by an internal endothelial layer, dubbed the endocardium, a thick myocardial component which supports the pumping capacity of the heart and exteriorly covered by a thin mesothelial layer named the epicardium. Cardiac insults such as coronary artery obstruction lead to ischemia and thus to an irreversible damage of the myocardial layer, provoking in many cases heart failure and death. Thus, searching for new pathways to regenerate the myocardium is an urgent biomedical need...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491784/vein-of-marshall-partially-isolated-with-radiofrequency-ablation-from-the-endocardium
#5
Shin Kashimura, Takahiko Nishiyama, Takehiro Kimura, Nobuhiro Nishiyama, Yoshiyasu Aizawa, Seiji Takatsuki
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: HeartRhythm Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485381/regulation-of-cardiomyocyte-behavior-in-zebrafish-trabeculation-by-neuregulin-2a-signaling
#6
S Javad Rasouli, Didier Y R Stainier
Trabeculation is crucial for cardiac muscle growth in vertebrates. This process requires the Erbb2/4 ligand Neuregulin (Nrg), secreted by the endocardium, as well as blood flow/cardiac contractility. Here, we address two fundamental, yet unresolved, questions about cardiac trabeculation: why does it initially occur in the ventricle and not the atrium, and how is it modulated by blood flow/contractility. Using loss-of-function approaches, we first show that zebrafish Nrg2a is required for trabeculation, and using a protein-trap line, find that it is expressed in both cardiac chambers albeit with different spatiotemporal patterns...
May 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481037/regional-quantification-of-myocardial-mechanics-in-rat-using-3d-cine-dense-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
#7
Xiaoyan Zhang, Zhan-Qiu Liu, Dara Singh, Gregory J Wehner, David K Powell, Kenneth S Campbell, Brandon K Fornwalt, Jonathan F Wenk
Rat models have assumed an increasingly important role in cardiac research. However, a detailed profile of regional cardiac mechanics, such as strains and torsion, is lacking for rats. We hypothesized that healthy rat left ventricles (LVs) exhibit regional differences in cardiac mechanics, which are part of normal function. In this study, images of the LV were obtained with 3D cine displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance in 10 healthy rats. To evaluate regional cardiac mechanics, the LV was divided into basal, mid-ventricular, and apical regions...
May 8, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477277/an-efficient-cardiac-mapping-strategy-for-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-with-active-learning
#8
Yingjing Feng, Ziyan Guo, Ziyang Dong, Xiao-Yun Zhou, Ka-Wai Kwok, Sabine Ernst, Su-Lin Lee
OBJECTIVE: A major challenge in radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures is the voltage and activation mapping of the endocardium, given a limited mapping time. By learning from expert interventional electrophysiologists (operators), while also making use of an active-learning framework, guidance on performing cardiac voltage mapping can be provided to novice operators or even directly to catheter robots. METHODS: A learning from demonstration (LfD) framework, based upon previous cardiac mapping procedures performed by an expert operator, in conjunction with Gaussian process (GP) model-based active learning, was developed to efficiently perform voltage mapping over right ventricles (RV)...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446967/cardiac-fibroblasts-more-than-mechanical-support
#9
REVIEW
Stefanie A Doppler, Catarina Carvalho, Harald Lahm, Marcus-André Deutsch, Martina Dreßen, Nazan Puluca, Rüdiger Lange, Markus Krane
Fibroblasts are cells with a structural function, synthesizing components of the extracellular matrix. They are accordingly associated with various forms of connective tissue. During cardiac development fibroblasts originate from different sources. Most derive from the epicardium, some derive from the endocardium, and a small population derives from the neural crest. Cardiac fibroblasts have important functions during development, homeostasis, and disease. However, since fibroblasts are a very heterogeneous cell population no truly specific markers exist...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444887/morphological-study-of-the-atrioventricular-conduction-system-and-purkinje-fibers-in-yak
#10
Deyong Duan, Sijiu Yu, Yan Cui, Chaoxu Li
We studied the morphology of the atrioventricular conduction system (AVCS) and Purkinje fibers of the yak. Light and transmission electron microscopy were used to study the histological features of AVCS. The distributional characteristics of the His-bundle, the left bundle branch (LBB), right bundle branch (RBB), and Purkinje fiber network of yak hearts were examined using gross dissection, ink injection, and ABS casting. The results showed that the atrioventricular node (AVN) of yak located in the right side of interatrial septum and had a flattened ovoid shape...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
#11
Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432954/fully-automatic-left-ventricular-segmentation-from-long-axis-cardiac-cine-mr-scans
#12
Rahil Shahzad, Qian Tao, Oleh Dzyubachyk, Marius Staring, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Rob J van der Geest
With an increasing number of large-scale population-based cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging studies being conducted nowadays, there comes the mammoth task of image annotation and image analysis. Such population-based studies would greatly benefit from automated pipelines, with an efficient CMR image analysis workflow. The purpose of this work is to investigate the feasibility of using a fully-automatic pipeline to segment the left ventricular endocardium and epicardium simultaneously on two orthogonal (vertical and horizontal) long-axis cardiac cine MRI scans...
April 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431051/safety-long-term-outcomes-and-predictors-of-recurrence-after-first-line-combined-endoepicardial-ventricular-tachycardia-substrate-ablation-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-impact-of-arrhythmic-substrate-distribution-pattern-a-prospective-multicentre-study
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Antonio Berruezo, Juan Acosta, Juan Fernández-Armenta, Alonso Pedrote, Alberto Barrera, Eduardo Arana-Rueda, Andrés Ignacio Bodegas, Ignasi Anguera, Luis Tercedor, Diego Penela, David Andreu, Rosario Jesus Perea, Susana Prat-González, Lluis Mont
Background: First-line endoepicardial ventricular tachycardia (VT) ablation has been proposed for patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC). This study reports procedural safety, outcomes, and predictors of recurrence. Methods and Results: Forty-one consecutive patients [12 with left ventricle (LV) involvement, 7 left-dominant] underwent first-line endoepicardial VT substrate ablation. Standard bipolar and unipolar thresholds were used to define low-voltage areas (LVA)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427467/coenzyme-q10-prevents-oxidative-stress-and-fibrosis-in-isoprenaline-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-aged-rats
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Anayt Ulla, Mustafe Khalid Mohamed, Biswajit Sikder, Afm Towheedur Rahman, Farzana Akther Sumi, Murad Hossain, Hasan Mahmud Reza, G M Sayedur Rahman, Md Ashraful Alam
BACKGROUND: The objective of the present study aimed to investigate the effect of CoQ10 treatment on isoprenaline (ISO)-induced cardiac remodeling in rats. METHODS: Rats were divided into three groups namely Control group, ISO treated group and CoQ10 + ISO treated group, each consisting of 6 rats. The cardiac specific CK-MB, AST, ALT activity and other oxidative stress parameters were estimated in heart and kidneys. Additionally histological examination was also performed to visualize the inflammatory cells infiltration and fibrosis in both tissues...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410379/new-insights-into-valve-related-intramural-and-intracellular-bacterial-diversity-in-infective-endocarditis
#15
Andreas Oberbach, Nadine Schlichting, Stefan Feder, Stefanie Lehmann, Yvonne Kullnick, Tilo Buschmann, Conny Blumert, Friedemann Horn, Jochen Neuhaus, Ralph Neujahr, Erik Bagaev, Christian Hagl, Maximilian Pichlmaier, Arne Christian Rodloff, Sandra Gräber, Katharina Kirsch, Marcus Sandri, Vivek Kumbhari, Armirhossein Behzadi, Amirali Behzadi, Joao Carlos Correia, Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, Maik Friedrich
AIMS: In infective endocarditis (IE), a severe inflammatory disease of the endocardium with an unchanged incidence and mortality rate over the past decades, only 1% of the cases have been described as polymicrobial infections based on microbiological approaches. The aim of this study was to identify potential biodiversity of bacterial species from infected native and prosthetic valves. Furthermore, we compared the ultrastructural micro-environments to detect the localization and distribution patterns of pathogens in IE...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407744/global-bi-ventricular-endocardial-distribution-of-activation-rate-during-long-duration-ventricular-fibrillation-in-normal-and-heart-failure-canines
#16
Qingzhi Luo, Qi Jin, Ning Zhang, Yanxin Han, Yilong Wang, Shangwei Huang, Changjian Lin, Tianyou Ling, Kang Chen, Wenqi Pan, Liqun Wu
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to detect differences in the distribution of the left and right ventricle (LV & RV) activation rate (AR) during short-duration ventricular fibrillation (SDVF, <1 min) and long-duration ventricular fibrillation VF (LDVF, >1 min) in normal and heart failure (HF) canine hearts. METHODS: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) was electrically induced in six healthy dogs (control group) and six dogs with right ventricular pacing-induced congestive HF (HF group)...
April 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403869/debulking-surgery-for-venous-hemangioma-arising-from-the-epicardium-report-of-a-case
#17
Daichi Shikata, Takahiro Nakagomi, Yujiro Yokoyama, Yukiko Yamada, Masato Nakajima, Toshio Oyama, Taichiro Goto
BACKGROUND: Cardiac hemangiomas are rare benign vascular tumors that can occur in any cardiac layer: endocardium, myocardium, or epicardium. Histologically, cardiac hemangiomas may be classified as capillary, cavernous, or arteriovenous; venous hemangiomas are extremely rare. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old man reported experiencing precordial discomfort. Computed tomography revealed a massive tumor adjacent to the right ventricle. The right coronary artery was found to be located at the center of the tumor...
April 12, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402404/long-term-outcome-of-surgical-cryoablation-for-refractory-ventricular-tachycardia-in-patients-with-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#18
Jackson J Liang, Brian P Betensky, Daniele Muser, Erica S Zado, Elad Anter, Nimesh D Desai, David J Callans, Rajat Deo, David S Frankel, Mathew D Hutchinson, David Lin, Michael P Riley, Robert D Schaller, Gregory E Supple, Pasquale Santangeli, Michael A Acker, Joseph E Bavaria, Wilson Y Szeto, Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Francis E Marchlinski, Sanjay Dixit
Aims: Limited data exist on the long-term outcome of patients (pts) with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) and ventricular tachycardia (VT) refractory to conventional therapies undergoing surgical ablation (SA). We aimed to investigate the long-term survival and VT recurrence in NICM pts with VT refractory to radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) who underwent SA. Methods and results: Consecutive pts with NICM and VT refractory to RFCA who underwent SA were included...
April 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401594/incidental-tricuspid-valve-fibroelastoma-associated-with-patent-foramen-ovale-in-a-young-female-straightforward-diagnosis-but-controversial-management
#19
Cristina Ruisanchez, Angela Alonso, Beatriz Carballo, Aritz Gil, Piedad Lerena, Jose Aurelio Sarralde, Francisco Javier Ruano
Papillary fibroelastoma is an uncommon primary cardiac tumor, predominantly associated with left-sided valvular endocardium. Affectation of tricuspid valve leaflets is rare, and management in asymptomatic patients remains controversial. We present a 30-year-old female referred for evaluation prior to bariatric surgery. A routine echocardiogram revealed a mobile cardiac mass attached to the tricuspid valve. A patent foramen ovale was also present. Tumor was surgically removed. Histology confirmed the definite diagnosis of a papillary fibroelastoma...
April 12, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388574/over-expression-of-growth-differentiation-factor-15-gdf15-preventing-cold-ischemia-reperfusion-i-r-injury-in-heart-transplantation-through-foxo3a-signaling
#20
Yixin Zhang, Lisa A Moszczynski, Qing Liu, Jifu Jiang, Duo Zhao, Douglas Quan, Tina Mele, Vivian McAlister, Anthony Jevnikar, Seung Joon Baek, Kexiang Liu, Xiufen Zheng
Ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury which inevitably occurs during heart transplantation is the major factor leading to organ failure and graft rejection. In order to develop new therapies to prevent I/R injury, we used both a murine heart transplantation model with 24 hour cold I/R and an in vitro cell culture system to determine whether growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) is a protective factor in preventing I/R injury in heart transplantation and to further investigate underlying mechanisms of I/R injury...
March 27, 2017: Oncotarget
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