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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913009/quantitative-changes-in-late-gadolinium-enhancement-at-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-myocarditis
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Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Paola Sormani, Angelica Peritore, Angela Milazzo, Giuseppina Quattrocchi, Manlio Cipriani, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Maria Frigerio, Alberto Roghi, Paolo G Camici, Patrizia Pedrotti
BACKGROUND: The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS: We investigated 76 consecutive patients with AM (acute onset of chest pain/heart failure/ventricular arrhythmias not explained by other causes, and raised troponin) that met CMR criteria based on myocardial oedema at T2-weighted images and LGE on post-contrast images at median time of 6days from onset of symptoms...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899069/gastric-dilatation-and-intestinal-obstruction-mimicking-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-dynamic-electrocardiographic-changes
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H M M T B Herath, Anne Thushara Matthias, B S D P Keragala, W A E Udeshika, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: ST elevation myocardial infarction is a medical emergency and the electrocardiogram is a part of the mainstay in the initial diagnosis. A variety of non-cardiac conditions have been known to mimic the electrocardiographic changes seen in acute coronary syndrome. We present a patient presenting with acute partial intestinal obstruction causing gastric distension and intestinal dilatation who also had dynamic electrocardiographic changes, mimicking anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction...
November 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894070/the-strategy-study-stress-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-versus-computed-tomography-coronary-angiography-for-the-management-of-symptomatic-revascularized-patients-resources-and-outcomes-impact
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Gianluca Pontone, Daniele Andreini, Andrea I Guaricci, Cristina Rota, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Laura Fusini, Anna Solbiati, Chiara Segurini, Edoardo Conte, Paola Gripari, Andrea Annoni, Alberto Formenti, Maria Petulla', Federico Lombardi, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography coronary angiography (cTCA) and stress cardiac magnetic resonance (stress-CMR) are suitable tools for diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients with previous history of revascularization. However, performance appraisal of noninvasive tests must take in account the consequent diagnostic testing, invasive procedures, clinical outcomes, radiation exposure, and cumulative costs rather than their diagnostic accuracy only. We aimed to compare an anatomic (cTCA) versus a functional (stress-CMR) strategy in symptomatic patients with previous myocardial revascularization procedures...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892881/comparison-of-visual-assessment-of-coronary-stenosis-with-independent-quantitative-coronary-angiography-findings-from-the-prospective-multicenter-imaging-study-for-evaluation-of-chest-pain-promise-trial
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Rohan Shah, Eric Yow, William Schuyler Jones, Louis P Kohl, Andrzej S Kosinski, Udo Hoffmann, Kerry L Lee, Christopher B Fordyce, Daniel B Mark, Alicia Lowe, Pamela S Douglas, Manesh R Patel
: The outcomes in patients by visual assessment and quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) are not known. Our objectives were to compare visual and QCA estimates of obstructive CAD and to assess their relationship to outcomes in stable patients with symptoms of CAD. METHODS: The PROMISE trial randomized 10,003 patients with CAD symptoms to anatomical or functional testing. Site reports of invasive angiography detailing visual stenosis and independent, blinded QCA were performed for obstructive CAD (≥50% stenosis)...
October 26, 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891259/neurocardiogenic-syncope-and-supraventricular-tachycardia-in-association-with-a-rare-congenital-aortic-valve-abnormality
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Yashwant Agrawal, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Vishal Gupta, William Lapenna
We report a case of a 26-year-old woman who presented with multiple episodes of syncope over a five-months period of time. Transthoracic echocardiogram had shown a normal functioning quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) which was also confirmed on a transesophageal echocardiogram. Computed tomographic angiography of heart and coronary arteries showed the QAV with equal size of all aortic cusps and normal coronary arteries. Intermittent chest pain and palpitations warranted an exercise stress test. The stress test revealed normal aerobic exertion, with achievement of 101% of maximal peak heart rate...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889211/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-epinephrine-use-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Salik Nazir, Saroj Lohani, Niranjan Tachamo, Sushil Ghimire, Dilli Ram Poudel, Anthony Donato
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a syndrome of transient cardiac dysfunction that is frequently associated with sudden emotional or physical stress. Epinephrine use has been implicated in precipitating Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in multiple case reports and case series. We sought to systematically review the current English literature on this association. METHODS: We searched relevant articles on Takotsubo cardiomyopathy associated with epinephrine administration and extracted data on demographic characteristics, clinical features, investigations and clinical outcomes...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886421/pathophysiology-of-dyspnoea-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism-a-cross-sectional-evaluation
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Olivier Sanchez, Aurore Caumont-Prim, Elisabeth Riant, Laurent Plantier, Martin Dres, Bruno Louis, Marie-Anne Collignon, Benoit Diebold, Guy Meyer, Claudine Peiffer, Christophe Delclaux
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Dyspnoea in pulmonary embolism (PE) remains poorly characterized. Little is known about how to measure intensity or about the underlying mechanisms that may be related to ventilatory abnormalities, alveolar dead space ventilation or modulating factors such as psychological modulate. We hypothesized that dyspnoea would mainly be associated with pulmonary vascular obstruction and its pathophysiological consequences, while the sensory-affective domain of dyspnoea would be influenced by other factors...
November 25, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869490/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-causing-cardiac-arrest-in-a-30-year-old-woman
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H J Manson, Y M Goh, P Goldsmith, P Scott, P Turner
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) usually presents in infancy with respiratory failure requiring urgent surgical correction. Mortality in this group of patients remains poor and persistent pulmonary hypertension is a significant contributor. It is therefore rare for patients to reach adulthood undiagnosed. CDH is often identified incidentally in adults but when symptoms arise, they relate to the organ involved, and include gastrointestinal symptoms of dyspepsia and obstruction, as well as respiratory complaints such as dyspnoea...
November 21, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865194/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-levels-in-the-emergency-department-in-patients-with-chest-pain-but-no-myocardial-infarction
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Axel C Carlsson, Nadia Bandstein, Andreas Roos, Ola Hammarsten, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: High-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) was recently introduced into clinical practice. The increased sensitivity has decreased the specificity. We aimed to determine the predictors for and prevalence of hs-cTnT levels above the 99th percentile in a stable population of patients without myocardial infarction (MI) who sought medical attention for chest pain in the emergency department. METHODS: We included 11,847 patients with chest pain and at least one hs-cTnT measurement during 2011 and 2012...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863892/pericarditis-mimicking-brugada-syndrome-a-case-report
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Manuel Monti, Giulia Olivi, Francesca Francavilla, Francesco Borgognoni
INTRODUCTION: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic heart disorder due to alteration of the ion channels function that causes an impaired in the cardiac conduction system. It is characterized by an abnormal electrocardiogram pattern and may be complicated by malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium and 90% of isolated cases of acute pericarditis are idiopathic or viral. Acute pericarditis may appears with chest pain, fever, pericardial friction rub, and cardiac tamponade...
November 9, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860259/resp%C3%A4-ratory-muscle-strength-%C3%A4-n-pat%C3%A4-ents-w%C3%A4-th-pulmonary-hypertens%C3%A4-on-the-relat%C3%A4-onsh%C3%A4-p-w%C3%A4-th-exerc%C3%A4-se-capac%C3%A4-ty-phys%C3%A4-cal-act%C3%A4-v%C3%A4-ty-level-and-qual%C3%A4-ty-of-l%C3%A4-fe
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Goksen Kuran Aslan, Buket Akıncı, Ipek Yeldan, Gulfer Okumus
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is characterized by exertional dyspnea, fatigue, chest pain, dizziness, and syncope. Physical activity, peripheral and respiratory muscle strength reduces in pateints with PH. Little is known about respiratory muscle weakness and related outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were to determine respiratory muscle strength and to investigate the relationship between respiratory muscle strength and spirometric measurements, exercise capacity, physical activity level, quality of life, and pulmonary hemodynamics in patients with PH...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852818/parents-acute-illnesses-hospitalizations-and-medication-changes-during-the-difficult-first-year-after-infant-or-child-nicu-picu-death
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Dorothy Brooten, JoAnne M Youngblut, Carmen Caicedo, Teresa Del Moral, G Patricia Cantwell, Balagangadhar Totapally
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Infant/child death is described as a most stressful life event; however, there are few reports of effects on parent physical health during the first year after the death. The study's purpose is to examine the patterns of parent acute illnesses, hospitalizations, and medication changes over 1 to 13 months after neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) infant/child death in 3 racial/ethnic groups. METHODS: Secondary analyses were conducted with longitudinal data on parent health and functioning 1 to 13 months after infant/child NICU/PICU death...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845754/secondhand-smoke-is-an-important-modifiable-risk-factor-in-sickle-cell-disease-a-review-of-the-current-literature-and-areas-for-future-research
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S Christy Sadreameli, Benjamin T Kopp, Susan E Creary, Michelle N Eakin, Sharon McGrath-Morrow, John J Strouse
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an autosomal recessive hemoglobinopathy that causes significant morbidity and mortality related to chronic hemolytic anemia, vaso-occlusion, and resultant end-organ damage. Tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) through secondhand smoke exposure in people with SCD of all ages and through primary smoking in adolescents and adults is associated with significantly increased morbidity, with increased rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for painful vaso-occlusive crises and acute chest syndrome (ACS)...
November 12, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833517/clinical-utility-of-esophageal-manometry-in-the-patients-with-dysphagia-experience-from-sudan
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Amin M Abbas, Sami Medani, Tajeldin M Abdallah, Gasim I Gasim
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the clinical utility of esophageal manometry among Sudanese patients presenting to the National Centre for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases, Ibn Sina Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan. METHODOLOGY: Consecutive patients referred for esophageal manometry at the aforementioned center from July 2008 through January 2011 were included in the study. Manometric studies were done after stopping medicines with a known effect on esophageal motility and an overnight fast...
October 2016: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826707/diagnostic-yield-of-outpatient-pediatric-echocardiograms-impact-of-indications-and-specialty
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Sean M Lang, Elijah Bolin, Sarah Hardy, Xinyu Tang, R Thomas Collins
Multiple reports have shown that echocardiograms are neither cost-effective nor of high diagnostic yield for a number of indications. This study sought to evaluate the impact of indications and provider type on the diagnostic yield of first-time outpatient pediatric echocardiograms. All initial echocardiograms interpreted at our institution from February 2009 to December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Positive findings were defined as any abnormality of structure or function. Ordering physicians were grouped as Primary Care, Subspecialist, or Cardiologist...
November 8, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818685/primary-sjogren-s-syndrome-presenting-as-acute-interstitial-pneumonitis-hamman-rich-syndrome
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Abidullah Khan, Mohammad Humayun, Iqbal Haider, Maimoona Ayub, Zakir Shah, Fahad Ajmal
A previously well, 45-year-old Pakistani lady was admitted to the medical unit on-call of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) Peshawar with a 5-day history of fever, productive cough with copious mucoid sputum, dyspnea, and pleuritic chest pain. She also complained of dry eyes, mouth, and vagina. Her chest X-ray showed diffuse alveolar shadowing and arterial gas analysis confirmed type 1 respiratory failure. Over the next few days, she deteriorated rapidly making an urgent transfer to the medical intensive care unit (MICU) necessary, where she was mechanically ventilated...
2016: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814848/respiratory-dysfunction-in-patients-with-chronic-neck-pain-what-is-the-current-evidence
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Zacharias Dimitriadis, Eleni Kapreli, Nikolaos Strimpakos, Jacqueline Oldham
Respiratory function of patients with neck pain has not been given much consideration in usual clinical practice. The problem has however been highlighted occasionally by renown clinical scientists and recently there is a growing interest in the investigation of respiratory function in this clinical population. The aim of this review is to critically present the emerging evidence and discuss the similarities and differences observed. Although the evidence for some respiratory parameters is conflicting, it seems to be generally agreed that others such as maximal voluntary ventilation, strength of respiratory muscles, chest mechanics and partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide are affected in patients with chronic neck pain...
October 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804168/the-fifth-takotsubo-variant
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Paul G Bridgman, Christina W Chan
We document the fifth pattern of takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which the mid-LV is hyperdynamic but the apex and base are akinetic or hypokinetic. This is a reverse mid-ventricular takotsubo. The patient is a 79-year-old woman admitted with chest pain and initially a normal EKG. Her troponin I rose to 5.4 μg/L (0.02-0.03 μg/L) and she developed QT prolongation and widespread T-wave inversion. Coronary angiography showed only very mild atheroma. Follow-up echocardiogram six weeks later showed normal left ventricular function...
November 2, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785479/severe-progressive-scoliosis-in-an-adult-female-possibly-secondary-thoracic-surgery-in-childhood-treated-with-scoliosis-specific-schroth-physiotherapy-case-presentation
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Andrea Lebel, Victoria Ashley Lebel
BACKGROUND: Scoliosis is a complex three-dimensional (3D) spinal deformity. Acquired scoliosis in early childhood may progress into adulthood and pose an increased risk of health problems and reduction in quality of life. In Canada, patients with scoliosis are not referred for physiotherapeutic scoliosis-specific exercises (PSSE) despite the fact that Schroth physiotherapy, a scoliosis-specific 3D posture training and exercise program, can be effective in reducing pain and improving scoliosis curves, vital capacity, and overall quality of life in scoliosis patients...
2016: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784233/physiotherapy-for-ankylosing-spondylitis-systematic-review-and-a-proposed-rehabilitation-protocol
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Deepak Sharan, Joshua Samuel Rajkumar
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of insidious onset, mostly affecting the axial skeleton. It leads to varying degrees of restricted spinal mobility, pain and loss of functional capacity. Rehabilitation, especially Physiotherapy and exercises, are considered integral components of its management. Various rehabilitation modalities are available for the benefit of individuals with AS, but a sequenced protocol has not been reported. A scientific review was performed using the following search engines: MEDLINE (Pubmed), COCHRANE Library and Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)...
October 25, 2016: Current Rheumatology Reviews
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