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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208231/fast-left-ventricle-tracking-using-localized-anatomical-affine-optical-flow
#2
Sandro Queirós, João L Vilaça, Pedro Morais, Jaime C Fonseca, Jan D'hooge, Daniel Barbosa
In daily clinical cardiology practice, left ventricle (LV) global and regional function assessment is crucial for disease diagnosis, therapy selection and patient follow-up. Currently, this is still a time-consuming task, spending valuable human resources. In this work, a novel fast methodology for automatic LV tracking is proposed based on localized anatomically constrained affine optical flow. This novel method can be combined to previously proposed segmentation frameworks or manually delineated surfaces at an initial frame to obtain fully delineated datasets and, thus, assess both global and regional myocardial function...
February 16, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197291/postoperative-right-ventricular-failure-in-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Victor H Nieto Estrada, Daniel L Molano Franco, Albert A Valencia Moreno, Jose A Rojas Gambasica, Cristian C Cortes Nunez
Two cases of patients that developed right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac valve surgery are presented with a narrative revision of the literature. RVF involves a great challenge due to the severity of this condition; it has a low incidence among non-congenital cardiac surgery patients, is more likely associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary complications related to cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), and is a cause of acute graft failure and of a higher early mortality in cardiac transplant. The morphologic and hemodynamic characteristics of the right ventricle and some specific factors that breed pulmonary hypertension after cardiac surgery are in favor of the onset of RVF...
December 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194824/left-intraventricular-pressure-gradients-improvement-after-aortic-valve-replacement-in-aortic-stenosis-patients
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Miguel Guerra, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Rui Adão, Eulália Pereira, Manuela Vieira, André P Lourenço, Carmen Brás-Silva, Pedro Bastos, Luís Vouga, Adelino F Leite-Moreira
The present study was conducted to characterize left intraventicular pressure gradients, a marker of normal cardiac function, in patients with severe aortic stenosis, a condition which interferes with ventricular filling and emptying. In 10 patients (4 male; mean age 71.3 ± 4.8 years old) undergoing aortic valve replacement, 2 high-fidelity pressure catheters were inserted inside the left ventricle cavity through an apical puncture and positioned in the apex and outflow-tract below the aortic valve. Pressures were continuously acquired and gradients were calculated as apical minus outflow-tract pressure, before and immediately after aortic valve replacement...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191909/the-influence-of-chemotherapy-on-the-right-ventricle-did-we-forget-something
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REVIEW
Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Dagmara Hering, Lucia Venneri, Oleksandr Danylenko
BACKGROUND: A large number of chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular complications were discovered in studies over the last several decades. The focus of the majority of these studies was left ventricular (LV) remodeling. The aim of this article was to provide a comprehensive overview of potential mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced right ventricular (RV) remodeling and summarize clinical studies on this topic. HYPOTHESIS: Chemotherapy induces RV structural, functional, and mechanical changes...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190605/the-importance-of-age-and-weight-on-cavopulmonary-shunt-stage-ii-outcomes-after-the-norwood-procedure-planned-versus-unplanned-surgery
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David J Barron, Intisar Ul Haq, Adrian Crucean, John Stickley, Phil Botha, Natasha Khan, Timothy J Jones, William J Brawn
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to evaluate the outcomes of the cavopulmonary shunt after the Norwood procedure with a particular focus on age, weight, and whether surgery was planned or expedited by clinical findings. METHODS: We studied 297 consecutive patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome undergoing the cavopulmonary shunt operation between 2002 and 2014. All patients underwent the Norwood procedure with a right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185706/training-induced-right-ventricular-remodelling-in-pre-adolescent-endurance-athletes-the-athlete-s-heart-in-children
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Flavio D'Ascenzi, Antonio Pelliccia, Francesca Valentini, Angela Malandrino, Benedetta Maria Natali, Riccardo Barbati, Marta Focardi, Marco Bonifazi, Sergio Mondillo
AIMS: Little is known about the adaptation of the right ventricle (RV) to endurance exercise in children. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of 5months of intensive training on RV morphology and function in preadolescent endurance athletes. METHODS: Ninety-four children were evaluated in this study. Fifty-seven male competitive swimmers (aged 10.8±0.2years) were evaluated before (baseline) and after 5months of the training (peak-training), and compared to 37 age- and sex-matched non-athlete children evaluated at baseline and after 5months of natural growth...
January 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184976/decreased-diastolic-ventricular-kinetic-energy-in-young-patients-with-fontan-circulation-demonstrated-by-four-dimensional-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Pia Sjöberg, Einar Heiberg, Pär Wingren, Jens Ramgren Johansson, Torsten Malm, Håkan Arheden, Petru Liuba, Marcus Carlsson
Four-dimensional (4D) flow magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enables quantification of kinetic energy (KE) in intraventricular blood flow. This provides a novel way to understand the cardiovascular physiology of the Fontan circulation. In this study, we aimed to quantify the KE in functional single ventricles. 4D flow MRI was acquired in eleven patients with Fontan circulation (median age 12 years, range 3-29) and eight healthy volunteers (median age 26 years, range 23-36). Follow-up MRI after surgical or percutaneous intervention was performed in 3 patients...
February 10, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181133/effects-of-aerobic-exercise-training-on-metabolism-of-nitric-oxide-and-endothelin-1-in-lung-parenchyma-of-rats-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Zimmer, R B Teixeira, J H P Bonetto, R Siqueira, C C Carraro, L M Donatti, A Hickmann, I E Litvin, A E G Godoy, A S Araujo, R Colombo, Adriane Belló-Klein
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by vasoconstriction and proliferative obstruction of pulmonary vessels, which promotes a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The effect of exercise training on oxidative stress, metabolism, and markers of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) was analyzed in the lung tissue of rats with PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT).Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into four groups (5-7 animals): sedentary control (SC), sedentary MCT (SM), trained control (TC), and trained MCT (TM)...
February 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178995/reference-ranges-for-cardiac-structure-and-function-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-cmr-in-caucasians-from-the-uk-biobank-population-cohort
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Steffen E Petersen, Nay Aung, Mihir M Sanghvi, Filip Zemrak, Kenneth Fung, Jose Miguel Paiva, Jane M Francis, Mohammed Y Khanji, Elena Lukaschuk, Aaron M Lee, Valentina Carapella, Young Jin Kim, Paul Leeson, Stefan K Piechnik, Stefan Neubauer
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the gold standard method for the assessment of cardiac structure and function. Reference ranges permit differentiation between normal and pathological states. To date, this study is the largest to provide CMR specific reference ranges for left ventricular, right ventricular, left atrial and right atrial structure and function derived from truly healthy Caucasian adults aged 45-74. METHODS: Five thousand sixty-five UK Biobank participants underwent CMR using steady-state free precession imaging at 1...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159812/right-ventricular-metabolism-during-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-immature-swine-heart-in-vivo
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Masaki Kajimoto, Dolena R Ledee, Nancy G Isern, Michael A Portman
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) provides hemodynamic rescue for patients encountering right or left ventricular (RV or LV) decompensation, particularly after surgery for congenital heart defects. ECMO, supported metabolically by parenteral nutrition, provides reductions in myocardial work and energy demand and therefore enhances functional recovery. The RV must often assume systemic ventricular pressures and function upon weaning from VA-ECMO. However the substrate utilization responses of the RV to VA-ECMO or stimulation are unknown...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150069/influence-of-gender-on-right-ventricle-adaptation-to-endurance-exercise-an-ultrasound-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-stress-study
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Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Geneviève Giraldeau, Josefa Marin, Gonzalo Grazioli, Montserrat Esteve, Luigi Gabrielli, Carlos Brambila, Laura Sanchis, Bart Bijnens, Marta Sitges
BACKGROUND: Characteristic right ventricle (RV) remodelling is related to endurance exercise in male athletes (MAs), but data in female athletes (FAs) are scarce. Our aim was to evaluate sex-related influence on exercise-induced RV remodelling and on RV performance during exercise. METHODS: Forty endurance athletes (>10 training hours/week, 50% female) and 40 age-matched controls (<3 h moderate exercise/week, 50% female) were included. Echocardiography was performed at rest and at maximum cycle-ergometer effort...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144714/-new-and-established-aspects-of-cardiological-diagnostics-using-tee-do-we-need-3d-technology-in-clinical-routine
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A Hagendorff, S Stoebe, D Jurisch, M Neef, M Metze, D Pfeiffer
In comparison to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) enables an acquisition of images with better spatial resolution due to the use of higher ultrasound frequencies. Thus, the morphology and function of cardiac structures can principally be analyzed better and more accurately with TEE than with TTE. In addition, using three-dimensional (3D) TEE data sets standardized sectional planes can be constructed by post-processing, which enables quantitative assessment of the target structures...
January 31, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140622/exaggerated-interventricular-dependence-among-patients-with-pectus-excavatum-combined-assessment-with-cardiac-mri-and-chest-ct
#14
Alejandro Deviggiano, Javier Vallejos, Natalia Vina, Marcelo Martinez-Ferro, Gaston Bellia-Munzon, Patricia Carrascosa, Gaston A Rodríguez-Granillo
OBJECTIVE: We sought to explore whether patients with pectus excavatum have exaggerated interventricular dependence and to evaluate the impact of the malformation severity (assessed on CT) on both anatomic and functional cardiac parameters (assessed on cardiac MRI). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The current study involved consecutive patients with a diagnosis of pectus excavatum who were referred to undergo cardiac MRI and chest CT to establish surgical candidacy or to define treatment strategies...
January 31, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132404/right-ventricular-function-during-acute-exacerbation-of-severe-equine-asthma
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A Decloedt, H Borowicz, M Slowikowska, K Chiers, G van Loon, A Niedzwiedz
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension has been described in horses with severe equine asthma but its effect on the right ventricle has not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate right ventricular structure and function after a one-week period of pulmonary hypertension secondary to acute exacerbation of severe equine asthma. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study. METHODS: A clinical episode of severe equine asthma was induced experimentally in six susceptible horses...
January 28, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131806/-effects-of-prolonged-endocardial-stimulation-on-left-ventricular-mechanical-synchrony-a-pilot-study-applying-gated-spect-phase-analysis-endocardial-stimulation-and-dyssynchrony
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Federico Ferrando-Castagnetto, Roberto Ricca-Mallada, Alejandro Vidal, Rodolfo Ferrando
OBJETIVE: To evaluate left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) associated to prolonged right ventricular pacing through an innovative imaging technique, as a pilot study in Uruguay. METHODS: We performed 99mTc-MIBI gated-SPECT and phase analysis in 12 patients with pacemakers implanted at least one year before scintigraphy due to advanced atrioventricular block. Clinical data, QRS duration, rate, mode and site of pacing in right ventricle, chamber diameters, presence and extension of myocardial scar and ischemia and rest LVEF were recorded...
January 25, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130566/-stress-echocardiography-and-its-central-role-in-cardiac-diagnostics
#17
R Leischik, B Dworrak, T Cremer, S Amirie, H Littwitz
Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established central role as a diagnostic tool in cardiology. It is not only an established method for the diagnostic and prognostic stratification of patients with coronary artery disease but also shows an emerging value for assessment of cardiac function beyond coronary artery disease. The enormous conceptual technological development of ultrasound technology (Doppler, digitizing, tissue Doppler imaging, strain technology, 3‑D-echo and new ultrasound contrast agents) has led to applications of SE in almost all diagnostic fields of cardiology...
January 27, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129939/2d-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-correlates-with-3d-volumetric-models-in-cardiac-surgery-patients
#18
Harry Magunia, Eckhard Schmid, Jan N Hilberath, Leo Häberle, Christian Grasshoff, Christian Schlensak, Peter Rosenberger, Martina Nowak-Machen
OBJECTIVES: The early diagnosis and treatment of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction are of critical importance in cardiac surgery patients and impact clinical outcome. Two-dimensional (2D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) can be used to evaluate RV function using surrogate parameters due to complex RV geometry. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the commonly used visual evaluation of RV function and size using 2D TEE correlated with the calculated three-dimensional (3D) volumetric models of RV function...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124310/subclinical-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-a-retrospective-case-series
#19
Dagmar F Hernandez-Suarez, Angel López-Candales
INTRODUCTION: There is scarce information about right ventricle (RV) function in patients with secondary pulmonary hypertension (PH) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We aim to identify possible RV abnormalities in patients referred for TAVI with severe aortic stenosis (sAS) and secondary PH. METHODS: Objective measures of RV function, as well as noninvasive estimates of pulmonary artery systolic pressures (PASP) were obtained from 30 sAS patients undergoing percutaneous valve intervention...
January 25, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117249/downhill-exercise-training-in-monocrotaline-injected-rats-effects-on-echocardiographic-and-haemodynamic-variables-and-survival
#20
Irina Enache, Fabrice Favret, Stéphane Doutreleau, Paola Goette Di Marco, Anne-Laure Charles, Bernard Geny, Anne Charloux
BACKGROUND: Eccentric exercise training has been shown to improve muscle force strength without excessive cardiovascular stress. Such an exercise modality deserves to be tested in pulmonary arterial hypertension. AIM: We aimed to assess the effects of an eccentric training modality on cardiac function and survival in an experimental monocrotaline-induced model of pulmonary arterial hypertension with right ventricular dysfunction. METHODS: Forty rats were randomly assigned to one of four groups: 40mg/kg monocrotaline-injected sedentary rats; 40mg/kg monocrotaline-injected eccentric-trained rats; sedentary control rats; or eccentric-trained control rats...
January 20, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
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