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Nadja M Meßner, Johannes Budjan, Dirk Loßnitzer, Theano Papavassiliu, Lothar R Schad, Sebastian Weingärtner, Frank G Zöllner
Myocardial T1 -mapping, a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging technique, facilitates a quantitative measure of fibrosis which is linked to numerous cardiovascular symptoms. To overcome the problems of common techniques, including lack of accuracy and robustness against partial-voluming and heart-rate variability, we introduce a systolic saturation-recovery T1 -mapping method. The Saturation-Pulse Prepared Heart-rate independent Inversion-Recovery (SAPPHIRE) T1 -mapping method was modified to enable imaging during systole...
March 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Stephan Knöchner, K Kronberg, U Schumann
ANAMNESIS:  A 47-year-old recreational sportsman showed in a routine ergometry polymorphic ventricular extrasystoles with good physical performance. INVESTIGATIONS:  In resting ECG impressed ventricular extrasystoles (VES) predominantly right-hand-block-like with superior axis, a long-term ECG yielded up to 100 VES per hour. Echocardiographically imposing 4 - 5 trabeculae, feathered, reticular structures apically in the left and lower in the right ventricle...
February 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Karl-Michael Derwahl
Whereas in regions with sufficient iodide intake treatment of thyroid nodules with levothyroxine has been almost completely abandoned and is also not further recommended by guidelines, medical treatment may be still indicated in Germany as recently demonstrated by randomized, placebo-controlled LISA study.A major reason for this is mild iodide deficiency in patients with thyroid nodules. In LISA study a combined therapy of levothyroxine and iodide resulted in an at least 50 % reduction of nodular volume in 21,6 % of treated patient compared to in only 5,2 % of placebo-treated patients...
February 2018: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
Asaad G Beshish, Allison Weinberg, Waseem Ostwani, Gabe E Owens
We describe the use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (E-CPR) to transiently stabilize a 3-month-old patient who presented with ventricular tachyarrhythmias leading to spontaneous cardiac arrest. The patient required 4 days of extracorporeal life support (ECLS) where he was diagnosed with probable Brugada syndrome (BS). The patient was discharged home in stable condition after implantable cardioverter defibrillator placement. This case highlights the importance of early transfer to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) center in the setting of unexplained cardiac arrhythmia in a pediatric patient...
December 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Maryam Balke, Helmar C Lehmann, Gereon R Fink, Gilbert Wunderlich
History A 30-year-old man presented with a history of progressive muscle weakness, difficulty in concentrating, and a slender habitus since early childhood. Marfan syndrome was suspected since the age of 14. Examinations 13 years later he was examined by Marfan experts and by genetic testing and Marfan syndrome could not be confirmed. Further neurological examination revealed the suspected diagnosis of myotonic dystrophy type 1, which was confirmed by genetic testing. Treatment and course Similar to Marfan syndrome, myotonic dystrophy is a multisystemic disorder with the risk of cardiac arrythmias...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Laurie Laugier, Amanda Farage Frade, Frederico Moraes Ferreira, Monique Andrade Baron, Priscila Camillo Teixeira, Sandrine Cabantous, Ludmila Rodrigues Pinto Ferreira, Laurence Louis, Vagner Oliveira Carvalho Rigaud, Fabio Antônio Gaiotto, Fernando Bacal, Pablo Pomerantzeff, Edimar Bocchi, Jorge Kalil, Ronaldo Honorato Barros Santos, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Christophe Chevillard
Background: Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic in Latin America and affects 10 million people worldwide. Approximately 12,000 deaths attributable to Chagas disease occur annually due to Chagas disease cardiomyopathy (CCC), an inflammatory cardiomyopathy presenting with heart failure and arrythmia; 30% of infected subjects develop CCC years after infection. Genetic mechanisms play a role in differential progression to CCC, but little is known about the role of epigenetic modifications in pathological gene expression patterns in CCC patients' myocardium...
May 30, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Fanny Vardon Bounes, Elsa Tardif, Stéphanie Ruiz, Jean-Christophe Gallart, Jean-Marie Conil, Clément Delmas
CONTEXT: Yew intoxication has been known for many years; high dose ingestion of Taxus baccata leads to cardiac toxicity mediated by calcium and sodium channel blocking properties. We present a case report of a patient who attempted suicide after T. baccata ingestion, causing refractory cardiogenic shock requiring temporary circulatory assistance by veno-arterial extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO). CASE DETAILS: A 28-year-old man was admitted to the critical care unit of a university hospital for arrhythmia after ingestion of self-made T...
September 2017: Clinical Toxicology
John H Boyd, Demetrios Sirounis, Julien Maizel, Michel Slama
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients at risk for organ failure, the administration of intravenous fluids has equal chances of resulting in benefit or harm. While the intent of intravenous fluid is to increase cardiac output and oxygen delivery, unwelcome results in those patients who do not increase their cardiac output are tissue edema, hypoxemia, and excess mortality. Here we briefly review bedside methods to assess fluid responsiveness, focusing upon the strengths and pitfalls of echocardiography in spontaneously breathing mechanically ventilated patients as a means to guide fluid management...
September 4, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Abhilasha Thanvi, Udita Naithani, Sneha Arun Betkekar, Devendra Verma, Basant Kumar Dindor
Acute hypocalcaemia is a medical emergency that can have catastrophic implications like tetany, seizures, cardiac arrythmias or laryngospasm if left untreated. We are presenting a case of a 30-year-old female patient undergoing total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingoopherectomy under spinal anaesthesia. She developed unexpected bilateral carpal spasm intraoperatively which was promptly diagnosed and successfully managed with intravenous calcium administration. We conclude that the anaesthetist should be aware of the clinical presentation of acute hypocalcaemia, its causes and emergency management in the perioperative period to prevent any adverse outcomes...
January 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
M Sabarimalai Manikandan, Barathram Ramkumar
This Letter presents a fairly straightforward and robust QRS detector for wearable cardiac monitoring applications. The first stage of the QRS detector contains a powerful ℓ1-sparsity filter with overcomplete hybrid dictionaries for emphasising the QRS complexes and suppressing the baseline drifts, powerline interference and large P/T waves. The second stage is a simple peak-finding logic based on the Gaussian derivative filter for automatically finding locations of R-peaks in the ECG signal. Experiments on the standard MIT-BIH arrythmia database show that the method achieves an average sensitivity of 99...
January 2014: Healthcare Technology Letters
Silje Hugin, Egil Johnson, Hans-Olaf Johannessen, Bjørn Hofstad, Kjell Olafsen, Harald Mellem
INTRODUCTION: Myotonic dystrophies are inherited multisystemic diseases characterized by musculopathy, cardiac arrythmias and cognitive disorders. These patients are at increased risk for fatal post-surgical complications from pulmonary hypoventilation. We present a case with myotonic dystrophy and esophageal cancer who had a minimally invasive esophagectomy complicated with gastrobronchial fistulisation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 44-year-old male with myotonic dystrophy type 1 and esophageal cancer had a minimally invasive esophagectomy performed instead of open surgery in order to reduce the risk for pulmonary complications...
2015: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Kanako Noritake, Toshihiko Aki, Takeshi Funakoshi, Kana Unuma, Koichi Uemura
Direct exposure of cardiomyocytes to ethanol causes cardiac damage such as cardiac arrythmias and apoptotic cell death. Cardiomyocytes are connected to each other through intercalated disks (ID), which are composed of a gap junction (GJ), adherens junction, and desmosome. Changes in the content as well as the subcellular localization of connexin43 (Cx43), the main component of the cardiac GJ, are reportedly involved in cardiac arrythmias and subsequent damage. Recently, the hippo-YAP signaling pathway, which links cellular physical status to cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis, has been implicated in cardiac homeostasis under physiological as well as pathological conditions...
2015: PloS One
Parminder S Chaggar, Steven M Shaw, Simon G Williams
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is the oldest known treatment for heart failure (HF) and has been demonstrated to reduce admissions for worsening heart failure in a large randomized trial recruiting patients in sinus rhythm with heart failure and ejection fraction <45%. This study forms the basis for current international guidelines recommending that digoxin should be considered in patients with symptomatic HF despite optimal doses of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors/angiotensin receptor blockers, β-blockers, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in addition to device therapy, if indicated...
August 2015: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Mishal Shah, Sanjeev Patni, Rajeev Bagarahatta
Central venous access devices are routinely used in oncology for delivering chemotherapy of which implantable chemoports are the most common. Spontaneous breakage and migration of the catheters is a very rare but known complication of the procedure. Patients will usually present with cardiac manifestations in form of chest pain or arrythmias. Herein we report a case of spontaneous breakage and cardiac migration in which the patient was asymptomatic. Patient was successfully managed by an interventional cardiologist...
December 2014: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Kenneth P Chen, Joon Lee, Roger G Mark, Mengling Feng, Leo A Celi, Brian E Malley, John Danziger
Hypomagnesemia can lead to cardiac arrythmias. Recently, observational data have linked chronic proton pump inhibitor (PPI) exposure to hypomagnesemia. Whether PPI exposure increases the risk for arrhythmias has not been well studied. Using a large, single-center inception cohort of critically ill patients, we examined whether PPI exposure was associated with admission electrocardiogram readings of a cardiac arrhythmia in more than 8000 patients. There were 25.4% PPI users, whereas 6% were taking a histamine 2 antagonist...
July 2015: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Nissi Varki, Dan Anderson, James G Herndon, Tho Pham, Christopher J Gregg, Monica Cheriyan, James Murphy, Elizabeth Strobert, Jo Fritz, James G Else, Ajit Varki
Heart disease is common in both humans and chimpanzees, manifesting typically as sudden cardiac arrest or progressive heart failure. Surprisingly, although chimpanzees are our closest evolutionary relatives, the major cause of heart disease is different in the two species. Histopathology data of affected chimpanzee hearts from two primate centers, and analysis of literature indicate that sudden death in chimpanzees (and in gorillas and orangutans) is commonly associated with diffuse interstitial myocardial fibrosis of unknown cause...
February 2009: Evolutionary Applications
Julie Steen Pedersen, Lars Kristian Munck
An 18-year-old woman ingested 22 g of venlafaxine with suicidal attempt. At admittance two hours after ingestion she had serotonine syndrome, repeated seizures and hypotension. After eight hours malignant arrythmias culminated in cardiac arrest, which was successfully resuscitated. Progressive liver and cardiac failure lead to fatal outcome after 48 hours. It is discussed whether early lipid infusion should be given in case of ingestion of high doses of venlafaxine, before myoclonia, seizures, hypotension, rhabdomyolysis and liver failure developed, since these can only be treated symptomatically...
February 24, 2014: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Xiuling Liu, Lei Qiao, Jianli Yang, Bin Dong, Hongrui Wang
Due to the characteristics and environmental factors, electrocardiogram (ECG) signals are usually interfered by noises in the course of signal acquisition, so it is crucial for ECG intelligent analysis to eliminate noises in ECG signals. On the basis of wavelet transform, threshold parameters were improved and a more appropriate threshold expression was proposed. The discrete wavelet coefficients were processed using the improved threshold parameters, the accurate wavelet coefficients without noises were gained through inverse discrete wavelet transform, and then more original signal coefficients could be preserved...
June 2014: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
Stefania Scarsoglio, Andrea Guala, Carlo Camporeale, Luca Ridolfi
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia affecting millions of people in the Western countries and, due to the widespread impact on the population and its medical relevance, is largely investigated in both clinical and bioengineering sciences. However, some important feedback mechanisms are still not clearly established. The present study aims at understanding the global response of the cardiovascular system during paroxysmal AF through a lumped-parameter approach, which is here performed paying particular attention to the stochastic modeling of the irregular heartbeats and the reduced contractility of the heart...
November 2014: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Katrzyna Ciuraszkiewicz, Janusz Sielski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Agnieszka Stern, Joanna Zychowicz, Karol Kaziród-Wolski, Marian Paluchowski
Infection with influenza type A virus may cause serious cardiovascular complications, such as myocarditis, heart failure, acute myocardial infarction. Also infection with influenza type AH1N1 may contribute to aggravation of cardiac disorders, i.e. acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, cardiogenic shock, severe ventricular arrythmias. One of the most fatal complication of influenza is pneumonia leading to acute respiratory insufficiency requiring artifitial ventilation. Symptoms of respiratory tract infections durnig influenza epidemy should always be treated with a high index of suspicion...
March 2014: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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