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Hidehiro Kaneko, Michael Neuss, Jens Weissenborn, Christian Butter
Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) is common in patients with heart failure and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. MitraClip (MC) is a novel therapeutic option for patients with high-risk MR. Similar to LV dysfunction, right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) is an important predictor of patients with heart failure. We aimed to clarify the effect of RVD on outcomes of functional MR and LV dysfunction after MC implantation. We examined 117 patients with severe functional MR and reduced LV ejection fraction (≤40%) treated with MC...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Maria João Sousa, Vasco Alves, Sofia Cabral, Nuno Antunes, Luís Sousa Pereira, Filomena Oliveira, João Silveira, Severo Torres
Mitral valve aneurysms are rare and occur most commonly in association with aortic valve endocarditis. Transesophageal echocardiography is the most sensitive imaging modality for the diagnosis of this entity and its potential complications, such as leaflet rupture and mitral regurgitation, which mandate prompt surgical intervention. We present the case of a 70-year-old male patient with aortic valve endocarditis complicated with a ruptured aneurysm of the anterior mitral valve leaflet and associated severe mitral regurgitation, diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography, with impressive images...
October 17, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Wojciech Kosmala, Aleksandra Rojek, Monika Przewlocka-Kosmala, Leah Wright, Andrzej Mysiak, Thomas H Marwick
BACKGROUND: Impaired functional capacity is a hallmark of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Despite the association of HFpEF with reduced myocardial compliance attributed to fibrosis, spironolactone has not been shown to alter outcomes-perhaps reflecting the heterogeneity of underlying pathological mechanisms. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify improvement in exercise capacity with spironolactone in the subset of patients with HFpEF with exercise-induced increase in ratio between early mitral inflow velocity and mitral annular early diastolic velocity (E/e') reflecting elevation of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Mariusz Kowalewski, Pietro Giorgio Malvindi, Piotr Suwalski, Giuseppe Maria Raffa, Wojciech Pawliszak, Damian Perlinski, Magdalena Ewa Kowalkowska, Janusz Kowalewski, Thierry Carrel, Lech Anisimowicz
Controversies remain on the increased rate of neurological events after small thoracotomy mitral valve surgery attributed to endoaortic balloon occlusion (EABO). Systematic literature search of databases identified 17 studies enrolling 6,643 patients comparing safety and effectiveness of EABO versus transthoracic clamp. In a meta-analysis, there was no difference in occurrence of cerebrovascular events, all-cause mortality, and kidney injury. EABO was associated with a significantly higher risk of iatrogenic aortic dissection (0...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Tahereh Sabaghian, Bahareh Hajibaratali, Shiva Samavat
AIM: Bio-impedance analysis (BIA) is a preferred method for estimating the volume status. However, it cannot be utilized in daily practice. Since the assessment of the volume status is important and challenging for hemodialysis (HD) patients, the aim of study was to determine the volume status in chronic HD patients using echocardiographic parameters and assess its correlation with BIA. METHODS: In this cross-sectional analysis, echocardiography and BIA were performed on 30 chronic HD patients 30 min before and 30 min after dialysis...
October 20, 2016: Renal Failure
Marina Pieri, Alessandro Belletti, Fabrizio Monaco, Antonio Pisano, Mario Musu, Veronica Dalessandro, Giacomo Monti, Gabriele Finco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a reduced preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is common and is associated with a worse outcome. Available outcome data for these patients address specific surgical procedures, mainly coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Aim of our study was to investigate perioperative outcome of surgery on patients with low pre-operative LVEF undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Data from patients with pre-operative LVEF ≤40 % undergoing cardiac surgery at a university hospital were reviewed and analyzed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Amita Singh, Takeyashi Ota, Roberto M Lang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Kazunori Okada, Sanae Kaga, Taisei Mikami, Nobuo Masauzi, Ayumu Abe, Masahiro Nakabachi, Shinobu Yokoyama, Hisao Nishino, Ayako Ichikawa, Mutsumi Nishida, Daisuke Murai, Taichi Hayashi, Chikara Shimizu, Hiroyuki Iwano, Satoshi Yamada, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
We analyzed the waveform of systolic strain and strain-rate curves to find a characteristic left ventricular (LV) myocardial contraction pattern in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and evaluated the utility of these parameters for the differentiation of HCM and LV hypertrophy secondary to hypertension (HT). From global strain and strain-rate curves in the longitudinal and circumferential directions, the time from mitral valve closure to the peak strains (T-LS and T-CS, respectively) and the peak systolic strain rates (T-LSSR and T-CSSR, respectively) were measured in 34 patients with HCM, 30 patients with HT, and 25 control subjects...
October 18, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Sarah Schalekamp-Timmermans, Jerome Cornette, Albert Hofman, Willem A Helbing, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Eric A P Steegers, Bero O Verburg
BACKGROUND: There are sex differences in the risk of development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm (DOHaD), CVD originates in fetal life. This study examines fetal sex differences in cardiovascular development in utero. METHODS: In 1028 pregnant women, we assessed fetal circulation using pulsed wave Doppler examinations between 28 and 34 weeks gestation. To test associations between fetal sex and fetal circulation measurements, linear regression models were used adjusting for fetal size, gestational age, and fetal heart rate...
2016: Biology of Sex Differences
Christopher P Lawrance, Matthew C Henn, Jacob R Miller, Michael A Kopek, Andrew J Zhang, Richard B Schuessler, Ralph J Damiano
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs in 30% of patients with mitral regurgitation referred for surgical intervention. However, the underlying mechanisms in this population are poorly understood. This study examined the effects of acute left atrial volume overload on atrial electrophysiology and the inducibility of AF. METHODS: Ten canines underwent insertion of an atrioventricular shunt between the left ventricle and left atrium. Shunt and aortic flows were calculated, and the shunt was titrated to a shunt fraction to 40% to 50% of cardiac output...
October 15, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Krasimira Hristova, Vera Bogdanova, Rumen Marinov
OBJECTIVE: Arterial hypertension (HTN) causes left ventricular (LV) dysfunction even if ejection function (EF) remains preserved. The objective of this study was to assess whether complex LAFI (left atrium functional index) had additional value in definition and grading of diastolic dysfunction and compare with indices of atrial deformation - longitudinal strain. DESIGN AND METHOD: Peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) was evaluated in 82 patients with systemic HTN and preserved EF (> = 55%) divided in 41 with diastolic dysfunction but no hypertrophy (HTNdd), and 41 with no diastolic dysfunction or hypertrophy (eHTN)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tanima Banerjee, Somaditya Mukherjee, Sudip Ghosh, Monodeep Biswas, Santanu Datta, Sanjib Pattari, Shelly Chatterjee, Arun Bandyopadhyay
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a chronic acquired heart disorder results from Acute Rheumatic Fever. RHD is mostly prevalent in developing nations which is mainly diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography. Till date, there is no biochemical marker for disease management. In the present study we aim to investigate whether mitral valve remodeling contributes to altered levels of circulating biomarkers of collagen metabolism in rheumatic heart disease. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study involved RHD subjects with before and after valve replacement surgery which includes age and sex matched controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Bin Bai, Jin Xiong, Yuyan Lv, Shikai Yu, Jiadela Teliewubai, Chen Chi, Yiwu Zhou, Kai Wang, Le Wang, Yi Zhang, Yawei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the discrepancy between PWV and PPA in association with hypertensive TODs in the elderly population. DESIGN AND METHOD: From June 2014 to August 2015, a total of 1599 community-based elderly subjects (age > 65 years old) located in the northern Shanghai were recruited. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), peripheral blood pressure (BP), central BP and other TODs indicators including the ratio of the early ventricular filling velocity (E) to the peak velocity of tissue Doppler velocity of septal mitral annulus (E/Ea), left ventricular mass index (LVMI), carotid intima-medium thickness (IMT), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), urinary albumin-creatinine rate (ACR) were assessed on each participant...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hellmuth Weich, Jacques Janson, Alfonso Pecoraro, Jacques van Wyk, Andre Rocher, Johan Dempers, Anton Doubell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
Richard Cheng, Emily Tat, Robert J Siegel, Reza Arsanjani, Asma Hussaini, Moody Makar, Yukiko Mizutani, Alfredo Trento, Saibal Kar
AIMS: Mitral annular calcification (MAC) negatively influences outcomes in surgical mitral valve (MV) repair for mitral regurgitation (MR). However, there are no data on whether MAC impacts on outcomes of MitraClip percutaneous MV edge-to-edge repair. This study sought to investigate whether the presence of MAC impacts on the procedural success and durability of percutaneous transcatheter repair of MR using the MitraClip. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and seventy-three patients undergoing MitraClip repair for significant MR were studied...
October 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
Carsten Schwencke, Klaudija Bijuklic, Taoufik Ouarrak, Edith Lubos, Wolfgang Schillinger, Björn Plicht, Holger Eggebrecht, Stephan Baldus, Gerhard Schymik, Peter Boekstegers, Rainer Hoffmann, Jochen Senges, Joachim Schofer
AIMS: The use of the MitraClip system has gained widespread acceptance for the treatment of patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) who are not suitable for the conventional surgery. This study sought to investigate the early and 1-year outcome after MitraClip therapy of patients with MR and cardiac comorbidities. METHODS AND RESULTS: Outcomes through 12-month follow-up of patients (n = 528) who underwent MitraClip implantation were obtained from the German transcatheter mitral valve interventions (TRAMI) registry...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Asbjørn Støylen, Harald E Mølmen, Håvard Dalen
BACKGROUND: We aimed to study left ventricular (LV) geometry assessed by length (LVWL), external diameter (LVEDD) and relative wall thickness (RWT) in relation to age, body size and gender in healthy individuals. METHODS: 1266 individuals underwent echocardiography in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT3), Norway. Septum thickness (IVS), posterior wall thickness (LVPWd) and end-diastolic internal diameter (LVIDD) were measured in M-mode, and LVEDD was calculated as the sum...
2016: Open Heart
Varun Kumar, Santosh Sinha, Prakash Kumar, Mohammed Razi, Chandra Mohan Verma, Ramesh Thakur, Umeshwar Pandey, Rajpal Singh Bhardwaj, Mohammed Ahmad, R K Bansal, Shalini Gupta
OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the complications, particularly conduction blocks, subsequent morbidity and mortality, and effect of thrombolytic therapy in Indian patients with inferior wall myocardial infarction (IWMI). METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, single-center study conducted at LPS Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur, from December 2011 to May 2014. Patients who presented with typical chest pain and were subsequently diagnosed by standardized diagnostic criteria as having IWMI were enrolled...
October 12, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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