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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101770/factors-controlling-fetal-echocardiography-determine-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-isolated-ventricular-septal-defect
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Jiao Chen, Liang Xie, Han-Min Liu
BACKGROUND: Fetal echocardiography (FECG) is a key screening tool for prenatal cardiac abnormalities. Herein, we examined the ultrasonic factors determining prenatal ultrasonic diagnosis of isolated ventricular septal defect (IVSD). METHODS: The diagnostic role of ultrasonic factors was investigated in patients in middle or late pregnancy, diagnosed with IVSD by FECG and confirmed using postnatal echocardiography. RESULTS: One hundred and six patients with IVSD were enrolled; the majority had perimembranous VSD...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099878/screening-verification-and-analysis-of-biomarkers-for-drug-induced-cardiac-toxicity-in-vitro-based-on-rtca-coupled-with-pcr-array-technology
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Lu Zhang, Meng-Xi Xu, Qing-Sheng Yin, Cai-Ying Zhu, Xue-Lian Cheng, Yi-Ran Ren, Peng-Wei Zhuang, Yan-Jun Zhang
Cardiotoxicity is one of the most serious side effects of new drugs. Early detection of the drug induced cardiotoxicity based on the biomarkers provides an important preventative strategy for detecting potential cardiotoxicity of candidate drugs. In this study, we aim to identify the predictive genomics biomarkers for drug-induced cardiac toxicity based on the RTCA coupled with PCR Array technology in primary cells. Three prototypical cardiotoxic compounds (doxorubicin, isoproterenol, ouabain) with different mechanisms were firstly real-time monitored to diagnose the cytotoxicity by using the RTCA, while the functional alterations of cardiomyocytes were also monitored by analyzing the beating frequency of cardiomyocytes...
January 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099167/non-invasive-measurement-of-volume-time-curves-in-patients-with-mitral-regurgitation-and-in-healthy-volunteers-using-a-new-operator-independent-screening-tool
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Maurits K Konings, Rosemarijn Jansen, Laurens P Bosman, Rienk Rienks, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frank E Rademakers, Maarten J Cramer
Left ventricular volume-time curves (VTCs) provide hemodynamic data, and may help clinical decision making. The generation of VTCs using echocardiography, however, is time-consuming and prone to inter-operator variability. In this study, we used a new non-invasive, operator-independent technique, the hemodynamic cardiac profiler (HCP), to generate VTCs. The HCP, which uses a low-intensity, patient-safe, high-frequency applied AC current, and 12 standard ECG electrodes attached on the thorax in a pre-defined pattern, was applied to five young healthy volunteers, five older healthy volunteers, and five patients with severe mitral regurgitation...
January 18, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099107/case-238-spontaneous-pneumothorax-secondary-to-intrapulmonary-necrobiotic-rheumatoid-nodule
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Ammar A Chaudhry, Maryam Gul, Abbas A Chaudhry, William Moore
History A 54-year-old white woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis who was taking glucocorticoids and methotrexate presented to the emergency department in December with worsening shortness of breath and chest heaviness for 1 week. She reported additional symptoms of weakness, headache, and arthralgia primarily involving her bilateral hands, wrist, ankles, and feet. She denied experiencing fevers, syncope or presyncope, focal neurologic deficits, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, or recent trauma...
February 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092299/the-complex-phenotype-of-the-athletes-heart-implications-for-pre-participation-screening
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Benjamin Brown, Daniel J Green, Matthew Wilson, Jonathan Drezner, Keith George, David Oxborough
Pre-participation screening is vital to exclude inherited cardiac conditions which have the potential to cause sudden cardiac death in seemingly healthy athletes. Recent research has questioned traditional theories of load-induced, dichotomous cardiac adaptation. We therefore considered whether a "one-size-fits-all" approach to screening can account for inter-individual differences brought about by sporting discipline, training volume, ethnicity, body size, sex and age.
January 13, 2017: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091969/quality-of-life-as-predictor-for-the-development-of-cardiac-ischemia-in-high-risk-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients
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Philip Haaf, Myriam Ritter, Leticia Grize, Matthias E Pfisterer, Michael J Zellweger
BACKGROUND: Ischemia induced by psychological stress and depression is a common phenomenon in stable coronary artery disease (CAD). We evaluated the quality of life (QoL) of diabetic patients screened for CAD and assessed the prognostic value of mental and physical QoL scores to predict the development of new cardiac ischemia. METHODS: Prospective multicentre outcome study. The study comprised 400 asymptomatic diabetic patients without history or symptoms of CAD...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090261/fabry-disease-presenting-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Sang-Cheol Cho, Han-Wook Yoo, Jae Won Lee, Jeong Yoon Jang, Ran Heo, Jong-Min Song
A 71-year-old female who was diagnosed with nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy since 1999 presented with dyspnea and severe edema on both legs. For the management of her symptom, cardiac surgery including tricuspid annuloplasty, Maze operation and right atrial reduction plasty was performed. During follow-up after cardiac surgery, a plasma α-galactosidase activity was checked for the screening of Fabry disease and the result was around lower normal limit. DNA analysis was implemented for confirmation and it revealed a heterozygote α-galactosidase mutation at exon 6 [c...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088920/cardiac-strain-findings-in-children-with-latent-rheumatic-heart-disease-detected-by-echocardiographic-screening
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Andrea Beaton, Hedda Richards, Michelle Ploutz, Lasya Gaur, Twalib Aliku, Peter Lwabi, Greg Ensing, Craig Sable
BACKGROUND: Identification of patients with latent rheumatic heart disease by echocardiography presents a unique opportunity to prevent disease progression. Myocardial strain is a more sensitive indicator of cardiac performance than traditional measures of systolic function. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that abnormalities in myocardial strain may be present in children with latent rheumatic heart disease. METHODS: Standard echocardiography images with electrocardiogram gating were obtained from Ugandan children found to have latent rheumatic heart disease as well as control subjects...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088339/evidence-based-management-of-systemic-sclerosis-navigating-recommendations-and-guidelines
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Russell Edward Pellar, Janet Elizabeth Pope
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare heterogeneous connective tissue disease. Recommendations addressing the major issues in the management of SSc including screening and treatment of organ complications are needed. METHODS: The updated European League Against Rheumatism/European Scleroderma Trial and Research (EULAR/EUSTAR) and the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) and British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) guidelines were compared and contrasted...
December 9, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087964/arrythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia
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M K Anis Munirah, W K Lim, I M Sharifah Ainon
A 10-year-old well and asymptomatic female was referred for screening of acute right ventricular dilatation (ARVD) as she had an elder brother diagnosed with ARVD whom died of sudden cardiac death. Electrocardiography (ECG), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) were performed. Results of these investigations were suggestive of ARVD. Despite being a rare cardiac disease and largely unrecognised in children and young adult population, ARVD is an important cause of ventricular arrhythmias in this group of patients and is one of the causes of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in this population...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087566/application-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-and-management-of-inherited-cardiovascular-diseases-in-adults
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Sara B Seidelmann, Emily Smith, Lakshman Subrahmanyan, Daniel Dykas, Maen D Abou Ziki, Bani Azari, Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Yuexin Jiang, Joseph G Akar, Mark Marieb, Daniel Jacoby, Allen E Bale, Richard P Lifton, Arya Mani
BACKGROUND: With the advent of high throughput sequencing, the identification of genetic causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become an integral part of medical diagnosis and management and at the forefront of personalized medicine in this field. The use of whole exome sequencing for clinical diagnosis, risk stratification, and management of inherited CVD has not been previously evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the results of whole exome sequencing in first 200 adult patients with inherited CVD, who underwent genetic testing at the Yale Program for Cardiovascular Genetics...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087426/next-generation-sequencing-of-a-large-gene-panel-in-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation
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Marloes Visser, Dennis Dooijes, Jasper J van der Smagt, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Pieter A Doevendans, Peter Loh, Folkert W Asselbergs, Rutger J Hassink
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) is a rare primary cardiac arrhythmia syndrome that is diagnosed in a resuscitated cardiac arrest victim, with documented ventricular fibrillation, in whom no underlying cause is identified after comprehensive clinical evaluation. In some patients causative genetic mutations are detected which facilitate patient treatment and follow-up. The feasibility of next generation sequencing (NGS) has increased with its greater availability and decreasing costs...
January 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087362/clinical-phenotypes-and-outcomes-of-heritable-and-sporadic-pulmonary-veno-occlusive-disease-a-population-based-study
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David Montani, Barbara Girerd, Xavier Jaïs, Marilyne Levy, David Amar, Laurent Savale, Peter Dorfmüller, Andrei Seferian, Edmund M Lau, Mélanie Eyries, Jérôme Le Pavec, Florence Parent, Damien Bonnet, Florent Soubrier, Elie Fadel, Olivier Sitbon, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert
BACKGROUND: Bi-allelic mutations of the EIF2AK4 gene cause heritable pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and/or pulmonary capillary haemangiomatosis (PVOD/PCH). We aimed to assess the effect of EIF2AK4 mutations on the clinical phenotypes and outcomes of PVOD/PCH. METHODS: We did a population-based study using clinical, functional, and haemodynamic data from the registry of the French Pulmonary Hypertension Network. We reviewed the clinical data and outcomes from all patients referred to the French Referral Centre (Pulmonary Department, Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, University Paris-Sud) with either confirmed or highly probable PVOD/PCH with DNA available for mutation screening (excluding patients with other risk factors of pulmonary hypertension, such as chronic respiratory diseases)...
January 10, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087179/value-of-serum-n-terminal-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-asymptomatic-structural-heart-disease-in-taiwanese-population-comparisons-with-current-esc-guidelines
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Ta-Chuan Hung, Kuang-Te Wang, Chun-Ho Yun, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Chia-Yuan Liu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Hiram G Bezerra, Hsiao-Yang Cheng, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structural or functional anomalies in pre-clinical, asymptomatic Asian populations has not been well identified. METHODS: From October 2005 to March 2008, we enrolled consecutive asymptomatic adults with preserved global left ventricular (LV) function (ejection fraction>50%) who underwent annual cardiovascular health survey. Circulating NT-proBNP was used to identify echo-defined cardiac structural/functional anomalies and compared to current recommended cut-off from the European Society of Heart Failure...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087110/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-posterior-pericardial-drainage-in-patients-undergoing-heart-surgery
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Mirosław Gozdek, Wojciech Pawliszak, Wojciech Hagner, Paweł Zalewski, Janusz Kowalewski, Domenico Paparella, Thierry Carrel, Lech Anisimowicz, Mariusz Kowalewski
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the potential beneficial effects of posterior pericardial drainage in patients undergoing heart surgery. METHODS: Multiple online databases and relevant congress proceedings were screened for randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy and safety of posterior pericardial drainage, defined as posterior pericardiotomy incision, chest tube to posterior pericardium, or both. Primary endpoint was in-hospital/30 days' cardiac tamponade...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081318/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-brucella-endocarditis
#17
Na Du, Feng Wang
BACKGROUND/AIM: Brucella endocarditis, which is a rare condition, is the most common cause of death in human brucellosis, leading to severe cardiac complications. By collecting and analyzing clinical cases, we analyzed the clinical characteristics and outcome of Brucella endocarditis in endemic areas in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Presented here are 5 cases of Brucella endocarditis, all managed uniformly. We present the clinical, serological, and echocardiographic features; the therapeutic approach; and the follow-up of five patients with Brucella endocarditis...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077227/impact-of-nutritional-assessment-and-body-mass-index-on-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Ayako Kunimura, Hideki Ishii, Tadayuki Uetani, Toshijirou Aoki, Kazuhiro Harada, Kenshi Hirayama, Yosuke Negishi, Yohei Shibata, Takuya Sumi, Kazuhiro Kawashima, Yosuke Tatami, Toshiki Kawamiya, Dai Yamamoto, Susumu Suzuki, Tetsuya Amano, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: An inverse association between obesity, as defined by body mass index (BMI) and prognosis has been reported in patients with cardiovascular disease ("obesity paradox"). The aim of this study was to investigate whether adding nutritional information to BMI provides better risk assessment in patients undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHOD: This study comprised 1004 patients undergoing elective PCI. We calculated each patient's controlling nutritional status (CONUT) score for nutritional screening at baseline...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077182/functional-tricuspid-stenosis-a-rare-presentation-of-suspected-rhabdomyoma-as-congenital-cyanotic-heart-disease
#19
Anishkumar Nair, Gopalan Nair Rajesh, Chakanalil Govindan Sajeev
Cardiac tumours in newborns are often asymptomatic and can be sporadically detected on routine screening unless they result in intractable arrhythmias or haemodynamically significant obstructions causing heart failure. Their presentation as a cause of congenital cyanosis is never anticipated. We report a rare case of a newborn presenting with congenital cyanosis consequent to suspected cardiac rhabdomyoma causing tricuspid inflow obstruction. Our experience with this patient with two large cardiac masses illustrates the significance of its inclusion in the differential diagnosis of perinatal cyanosis, as early detection and surgical management might be the only lifesaving options, if performed well in time...
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076990/outcomes-in-the-absence-of-the-ductus-venosus-diagnosed-in-the-first-trimester
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Hiroko Takita, Junichi Hasegawa, Tatsuya Arakaki, Shoko Hamada, Mayumi Tokunaka, Masamitsu Nakamura, Ryu Matsuoka, Akihiko Sekizawa
PURPOSE: To clarify the outcomes of the absence of the ductus venosus diagnosed in fetuses suspected to have a structural abnormality during a morphological assessment in the first trimester. METHODS: Infants in whom ultrasound fetal morphological assessments were attempted in the first trimester (11 to 13-6 weeks of gestation) and who were subsequently delivered between 2013 and 2015 at Showa University Hospital were enrolled. In cases in which the absence of the ductus venosus was diagnosed in the first trimester, the prognosis was assessed...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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