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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101187/severe-pneumonia-due-to-infection-with-candida-krusei-in-a-case-of-suspected-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Mingming Tan, Junwei Wang, Peiyang Hu, Bin Wang, Wanghua Xu, Jiao Chen
Candida krusei (C. krusei) pneumonia is a rare infection that is frequently associated with a poor outcome. The present study reports an unusual case of C. krusei pneumonia that was initially suspected to be a Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) case. A 64-year-old Saudi Arabian male patient was admitted to our hospital with complaints of cough and dyspnea that persisted for 6 days. The patient presented fever (oral temperature, 38.5°C) and slight tachypnea (25 respirations/min). A chest computerized tomography demonstrated unclear lung fields, diffuse pathological changes in the two lungs and multiple lymphadenectasis in the retrocaval and para-aortic arch area...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100339/-expert-recommendation-on-the-clinical-application-of-optical-coherence-tomography-in-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098103/relation-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-and-cardiovascular-calcification-in-end-stage-kidney-disease-patients-on-regular-hemodialysis
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Tarek Zakaria El Baz, Osama Ahmed Khamis, Osama Ashry Ahmed Gheith, Salama Saad Abd Ellateif, Abdallah Mahmoud Abdallah, Hussein Chahine Abd El Aal
More than half of deaths in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients are due to cardiovascular disease. Elevated fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) was found to be associated with mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients and correlates with peripheral calcification. Aortic calcification is associated with coronary artery calcification. Both aortic and peripheral vascular calcifications were associated with mortality in chronic kidney disease. We aimed to investigate the relation between intact FGF-23 and cardiovascular calcification in patients with ESKD who were maintained on regular HD...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094152/use-of-3d-printer-technology-to-facilitate-surgical-correction-of-a-complex-vascular-anomaly-with-esophageal-entrapment-in-a-dog
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A Dundie, G Hayes, P Scrivani, L Campoy, D Fletcher, K Ash, E Oxford, N S Moïse
A 10 week old female intact Staffordshire terrier was presented with a total of five congenital cardio-thoracic vascular anomalies consisting of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with an aneurysmic dilation, pulmonic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, aberrant left subclavian artery and persistent left cranial vena cava. These abnormalities were identified with a combination of echocardiogram and computed tomography angiography (CTA). The abnormalities were associated with esophageal entrapment, regurgitation, and volume overload of the left heart with left atrial and ventricular enlargement...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092496/the-effect-of-contrast-material-on-radiation-dose-at-ct-part-i-incorporation-of-contrast-material-dynamics-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
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Pooyan Sahbaee, W Paul Segars, Daniele Marin, Rendon C Nelson, Ehsan Samei
Purpose To develop a method to incorporate the propagation of contrast material into computational anthropomorphic phantoms for estimation of organ dose at computed tomography (CT). Materials and Methods A patient-specific physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of the human cardiovascular system was incorporated into 58 extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) patient phantoms. The PBPK model comprised compartmental models of vessels and organs unique to each XCAT model. For typical injection protocols, the dynamics of the contrast material in the body were described according to a series of patient-specific iodine mass-balance differential equations, the solutions to which provided the contrast material concentration time curves for each compartment...
January 13, 2017: Radiology
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/28091604/polyglucose-nanoparticles-with-renal-elimination-and-macrophage-avidity-facilitate-pet-imaging-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Edmund J Keliher, Yu-Xiang Ye, Gregory R Wojtkiewicz, Aaron D Aguirre, Benoit Tricot, Max L Senders, Hannah Groenen, Francois Fay, Carlos Perez-Medina, Claudia Calcagno, Giuseppe Carlucci, Thomas Reiner, Yuan Sun, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Hye-Yeong Kim, Cuihua Wang, John W Chen, Filip K Swirski, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Jacob Hooker, Zahi A Fayad, Willem J M Mulder, Ralph Weissleder, Matthias Nahrendorf
Tissue macrophage numbers vary during health versus disease. Abundant inflammatory macrophages destruct tissues, leading to atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Emerging therapeutic options create interest in monitoring macrophages in patients. Here we describe positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with (18)F-Macroflor, a modified polyglucose nanoparticle with high avidity for macrophages. Due to its small size, Macroflor is excreted renally, a prerequisite for imaging with the isotope flourine-18...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090249/multimodality-imaging-for-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-severity-grading-a-methodological-review
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REVIEW
Maaike Alkema, Ernest Spitzer, Osama I I Soliman, Christian Loewe
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), defined by an increase in left ventricular mass (LVM), is a common cardiac finding generally caused by an increase in pressure or volume load. Assessing severity of LVH is of great clinical value in terms of prognosis and treatment choices, as LVH severity grades correlate with the risk for presenting cardiovascular events. The three main cardiac parameters for the assessment of LVH are wall thickness, LVM, and LV geometry. Echocardiography, with large availability and low cost, is the technique of choice for their assessment...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089233/epicardial-adipose-tissue-and-myocardial-ischemia-assessed-by-computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive-fractional-flow-reserve
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Rahul G Muthalaly, Nitesh Nerlekar, Dennis T L Wong, James D Cameron, Sujith K Seneviratne, Brian S Ko
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a metabolically active fat depot that is associated with incident coronary artery disease (CAD) and major adverse cardiovascular events. The relationship between EAT and myocardial ischemia remains unclear. This study investigated the relationship between EAT volume and the presence of perfusion defects on myocardial computed tomographic perfusion imaging (CTP) and functional stenoses on invasive fractional flow-reserve (FFR). METHODS: Data were obtained from a previous prospective cross-sectional study in patients with suspected CAD...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079834/intestinal-brucellosis-associated-with-celiac-artery-and-superior-mesenteric-artery-stenosis-and-with-ileum-mucosa-and-submucosa-thickening-a-case-report
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Miaoqian Wang, Qingli Zhu, Qian Yang, Wenbo Li, Xinning Wang, Wei Liu, Baotong Zhou, Zhenghong Li, Hong Yang
RATIONALE: Brucellosis is a multisystem infection found worldwide that has a broad range of characteristics, which range from acute fever and hepatomegaly to chronic infections that most commonly affect the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, or skeletal system. Gastrointestinal and splanchnic artery involvements in brucellosis are relatively uncommon. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of brucellosis in an adolescent presenting as intermittent abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever, with intestinal tract involvement...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078575/molecular-imaging-of-atherosclerosis-with-integrated-pet-imaging
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Basma Hammad, Nicholas R Evans, James H F Rudd, Ahmed Tawakol
Atherosclerotic diseases account for nearly half of all deaths and are leading causes of adult disability. Our understanding of how atherosclerosis leads to cardiovascular disease events has evolved: from a concept of progressive luminal narrowing, to that of sudden rupture and thrombosis of biologically active atheroma. In concert with this conceptual shift, contemporary imaging techniques now allow imaging of biological processes that associate with plaque instability: active calcification and plaque inflammation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060856/hiv-infection-is-associated-with-increased-fatty-infiltration-of-the-thigh-muscle-with-aging-independent-of-fat-distribution
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Javzandulam Natsag, Kristine M Erlandson, Deborah E Sellmeyer, Sabina A Haberlen, Joseph Margolick, Lisa P Jacobson, Frank J Palella, Susan L Koletar, Jordan E Lake, Wendy S Post, Todd T Brown
BACKGROUND: Lower muscle density on computed tomography (CT) provides a measure of fatty infiltration of muscle, an aspect of muscle quality that has been associated with metabolic abnormalities, weakness, decreased mobility, and increased fracture risk in older adults. We assessed the cross-sectional relationship between HIV serostatus, age, thigh muscle attenuation, and thigh muscle cross-sectional area (CSA). METHODS: Mean CT-quantified Hounsfield units (HU) of the thigh muscle bundle and CSA were evaluated in 368 HIV-infected and 145 HIV-uninfected men enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) Cardiovascular Substudy using multivariable linear regression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060192/imaging-of-the-lungs-in-organ-donors-and-its-clinical-relevance-a-retrospective-analysis
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Gracijela Bozovic, Catharina Adlercreutz, Peter Höglund, Isabella Björkman-Burtscher, Peter Reinstrup, Richard Ingemansson, Cornelia Schaefer-Prokop, Roger Siemund, Mats Geijer
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to retrospectively evaluate the diagnostic imaging that potential lung donors undergo, the reader variability of image interpretation and its relevance for donation, and the potential information gained from imaging studies not primarily intended for lung evaluation but partially including them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bedside chest radiography and computed tomography (CT), completely or incompletely including the lungs, of 110 brain-dead potential organ donors in a single institution during 2007 to 2014 were reviewed from a donation perspective...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054136/-role-of-imaging-procedures-in-clarification-of-complications-of-pneumonia
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K Lampichler
CLINICAL ISSUE: Despite a considerable number of antimicrobial agents and interdisciplinary treatment options, lower respiratory tract infections are still associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Infections of the respiratory tract can lead to severe complications, such as empyema, lung abscesses and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Besides intrapulmonary complications pneumonia can also impair other organs due to a systemic inflammatory response. Underlying cardiovascular diseases, such as chronic heart failure, arteriosclerosis and dysrhythmia can either deteriorate due to infections or be newly manifested as a result of pneumonia...
January 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053308/evaluation-of-left-pulmonary-artery-sling-associated-cardiovascular-anomalies-and-surgical-outcomes-using-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-angiography
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Jiajun Xie, Yu-Hsiang Juan, Qiushi Wang, Jimei Chen, Jian Zhuang, Zhaofeng Xie, Changhong Liang, Yulei Zhu, Zhuliang Yu, Jinglei Li, Sachin S Saboo, Hui Liu
We evaluated the prevalence, image appearance, associated cardiovascular anomalies, and surgical outcomes of left pulmonary artery sling (LPAS) using cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA). A retrospective search of patients from our database between October 2007 and December 2014 identified 52,200 patients with congenital heart diseases (CHD) referred for CCTA, echocardiography, or magnetic resonance imaging. Clinical information, CCTA findings, associated cardiovascular anomalies, and surgical outcomes were analyzed...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052965/the-sglt2-inhibitor-dapagliflozin-prevents-cardiomyopathy-in-a-diabetic-lipodystrophic-mouse-model
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Michael Joubert, Benoît Jagu, David Montaigne, Xavier Marechal, Angela Tesse, Audrey Ayer, Lucile Dollet, Cédric Le May, Gilles Toumaniantz, Alain Manrique, Flavien Charpentier, Bart Staels, Jocelyne Magré, Bertand Cariou, Xavier Prieur
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a well-recognized independent risk factor for heart failure (HF). T2DM is associated with altered cardiac energy metabolism, leading to ectopic lipid accumulation and glucose overload, the exact contribution of these two parameters remaining unclear. To provide new insight into the mechanism driving the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy, we studied a unique model of T2DM: lipodystrophic Bscl2(-/-) (seipin knockout (SKO)) mice. Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with left ventricular dysfunction in SKO mice and these two abnormalities were strongly correlated with hyperglycemia...
January 4, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050863/incremental-prognostic-value-of-spect-mpi-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-reclassification-analysis
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Amjad M Ahmed, Waqas T Qureshi, Wesley T O'Neal, Fatima Khalid, Mouaz H Al-Mallah
BACKGROUND: Traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors have limited predictive value of CV mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD, creatinine clearance less than 60 mL/minute per 1.73 m(2)). The aim of this study was to evaluate incremental and independent prognostic value of single-photon emission computerized tomography-myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) across continuum of renal function. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 11,518 (mean age, 65 ± 12 years; 52% were men) patients referred for a clinical indication of SPECT-MPI between April 2004 and May 2009...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049537/imperforated-cor-triatriatum-dexter-in-a-dog-with-concurrent-caudal-vena-cava-wall-mineralization
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Tetyda Paulina Dobak, Gregory Starrak, Kathleen Linn, Elisabeth Christine Roberston Snead
BACKGROUND: Cor triatriatum dexter (CTD) is a rare congenital cardiac malformation with various manifestations and has been sporadically described in dogs. Clinically the dogs present with nonspecific signs of right heart failure or Budd-Chiari-like syndrome. Other associated concurrent cardiovascular anomalies are commonly reported. Diagnosis and full characterization of this complex malformation requires careful investigation and often a multimodal imaging approach. CASE PRESENTATION: A 10-week-old, male intact, Golden Retriever was presented with clinical signs of stunted growth, anorexia, and progressive ascites...
January 3, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039339/concomitant-mitral-annular-calcification-and-severe-aortic-stenosis-prevalence-characteristics-and-outcome-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Yigal Abramowitz, Yoshio Kazuno, Tarun Chakravarty, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Yoshio Maeno, David Anderson, Zev Allison, Geeteshwar Mangat, Wen Cheng, Ambarish Gopal, Hasan Jilaihawi, Michael J Mack, Raj R Makkar
AIMS: Calcified aortic stenosis (AS) and mitral annular calcification (MAC) have certain similar etiology and pathophysiological mechanisms. MAC is frequently encountered in pre-procedural computed tomography (CT) imaging of patients that undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), but its prognostic implications for these patients have not been thoroughly investigated. This study sought to evaluate the prevalence of MAC among patients with severe AS and to assess the clinical implications of MAC on these patients during and following TAVR...
December 30, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030440/subclinical-bioprosthetic-aortic-valve-thrombosis-clinical-and-translational-implications
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Bobby Yanagawa, Amine Mazine, Deepak L Bhatt, Marie-Annick Clavel, Nancy Côté, Asim N Cheema, Philippe Pibarot, Subodh Verma
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A recently published study has alerted the cardiovascular community to the existence of a significant and previously unrecognized risk of subclinical valve thrombosis following implantation of surgical and catheter-based bioprosthetic valves. The purpose of this article is to review our current understanding of this new clinical entity and to identify unanswered questions and areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Subclinical bioprosthetic valve thrombosis (BPVT) is a more common phenomenon than previously appreciated...
December 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Cardiology
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