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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782425/increased-arterial-stiffness-in-a-cohort-of-pediatric-takayasu-arteritis-patients-in-toronto-adversely-affects-left-ventricular-mechanics
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Heynric B Grotenhuis, Florence A Aeschlimann, Wei Hui, Cameron Slorach, Rae S M Yeung, Susanne M Benseler, Timothy J Bradley, Lars Grosse-Wortmann
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Takayasu arteritis (TA) is characterized by extensive aortic, large and midsize arterial wall inflammation. The aim of this study was to assess the morphological and elastic properties of the aorta and large arteries and the impact on left ventricular (LV) mechanics in children with TA. METHODS: Seven pediatric TA patients (6 female patients, 13.8 ± 3.2 years) were assessed with magnetic resonance imaging, vascular ultrasound, applanation tonometry, and echocardiography from February 2015 until July 2017 and compared with 7 age- and sex-matched controls...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778293/determinants-of-physician-sonographer-and-laboratory-productivity-analysis-of-the-third-survey-from-the-american-society-of-echocardiography-committee-on-pediatric-echocardiography-laboratory-productivity
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Brian D Soriano, Craig E Fleishman, Andrea M Van Hoever, Bonnie Wright, Beth Printz, Theresa A Tacy, Vivekanand Allada, Wyman W Lai, Sujatha Buddhe, Shubhika Srivastava
BACKGROUND: The American Society of Echocardiography Committee on Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity was formed in 2011 to study institutional factors that could influence the clinical productivity of physicians and sonographers in academic pediatric echocardiography laboratories. In the previous two surveys, staff clinical productivity remained stable while total echocardiography volumes increased. This third survey was designed to assess how clinical productivity is associated with laboratory infrastructure elements such as training, administrative tasks, quality improvement, research, and use of focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774391/comparison-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-by-electrocardiography-and-echocardiography-in-children-using-analytics-tool
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Lauren Tague, Justin Wiggs, Qianxi Li, Robert McCarter, Elizabeth Sherwin, Jacqueline Weinberg, Craig Sable
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a common finding on pediatric electrocardiography (ECG) leading to many referrals for echocardiography (echo). This study utilizes a novel analytics tool that combines ECG and echo databases to evaluate ECG as a screening tool for LVH. SQL Server 2012 data warehouse incorporated ECG and echo databases for all patients from a single institution from 2006 to 2016. Customized queries identified patients 0-18 years old with LVH on ECG and an echo performed within 24 h. Using data visualization (Tableau) and analytic (Stata 14) software, ECG and echo findings were compared...
May 17, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772401/evaluation-ofserum-free-carnitine-acylcarnitine-levels-and-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-in-children-with-idiopathic-epilepsy-receiving-valproic-acid
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Ilknur Kulhas Celik, Haydar Ali Tasdemir, Hülya Ince, Halil Celik, Metin Sungur
OBJECTIVES: In the study, the effect of valproic acid on serum free/acylcarnitine levels and left ventricular systolic function in pediatric patients with idiopathic epilepsy receiving valproic acid was investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients receiving valproic acid treatment for six months between January 2012 and December 2012 were evaluated. Blood samples were obtained from the participants twice (pretreatment and the sixth month of treatment) and serum-free and acylcarnitine levels (from C2 to C18:1-OH) were measured using tandem mass spectrometry...
May 14, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766272/blood-pressure-is-normal-but-is-the-heart
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Serkan Fazlı Çelik, Cemşit Karakurt, Yılmaz Tabel, Taner Elmas, Saim Yoloğlu
BACKGROUND: There is no detailed strain analysis of cardiac functions in treated hypertensive pediatric patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardio-protective effects of different drug classes in treated pediatric hypertensive patients. METHODS: Sixty non-obese-treated hypertensive patients with preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function and 45 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched healthy subjects underwent clinical evaluation, including 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, standard echocardiographic examination, tissue Doppler imaging, and two-dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754204/diagnosing-arvc-in-pediatric-patients-applying-the-revised-task-force-criteria-importance-of-imaging-12-lead-ecg-and-genetics
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Michael Steinmetz, Ulrich Krause, Peter Lauerer, Frank Konietschke, Randolph Aguayo, Christian Oliver Ritter, Andreas Schuster, Joachim Lotz, Thomas Paul, Wieland Staab
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a potentially lethal disease that is well described in adults. In pediatric patients, however, identification of patients at risk of adverse events of ARVC remains a challenge. We aimed to determine which criteria of the revised Task Force Criteria (rTFC), alone or combined, have an impact on diagnosis of ARVC when compared to disease-specific genetic mutations in pediatric patients ≤ 18 years. Between September 2010 and December 2013, 48 consecutive young patients ≤ 18 years of age (mean 14, range of 12...
May 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746603/intraobserver-and-interobserver-reproducibility-of-m-mode-and-b-mode-acquired-mitral-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-mapse-and-its-dependency-on-echocardiographic-image-quality-in-children
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Kai O Hensel, Markus Roskopf, Lucia Wilke, Andreas Heusch
BACKGROUND: Mitral annular plane systolic excursion (MAPSE) is an increasingly used echocardiography technique to assess left ventricular (LV) function. However, reproducibility and dependence on echocardiographic image quality for MAPSE in pediatric patients have not been studied to date. METHODS: We analyzed 284 transthoracic echocardiograms performed on consecutive normotensive children without structural heart disease (mean age 12.6±3.1 years, 50.4% female)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739317/novel-functional-advanced-echocardiography-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-mechanics-in-children-with-neurocardiogenic-syncope-a-blinded-prospective-speckle-tracking-head-up-tilt-table-challenge-study
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Kai O Hensel, Markus Roskopf, Francisca Abellan Schneyder, Andreas Heusch
BACKGROUND: Data on left ventricular (LV) function in patients with neurocardiogenic syncope (NS) is conflicting in adults and lacking in children. The aim of this study was to analyze LV myocardial performance in children with NS at rest and during head-up tilt-table (HUTT) testing. METHODS: This is the first study to combine HUTT and speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) in children with NS. 43 consecutive normotensive pediatric patients with NS (mean age 13...
May 8, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705358/abdominal-pain-of-cardiovascular-origin
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Pedro Epifânio, Maria Emanuel Amaral, Natália Noronha, Paula Martins, Dina Rodrigues, António Pires, Eduardo Castela
Infective endocarditis is a microbial infection of the endocardium and it is rare in the pediatric population. In children, congenital heart disease is one of the most important risk factors for developing infective endocarditis and can involve other structures in addition to cardiac valves. The prognosis is generally better than in other forms of endocarditis, although the average mortality rate in the pediatric population is 15-25%. Clinical manifestations can mimic other diseases such as meningitis and collagen-vascular disease or vasculitis...
April 25, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671499/poststreptococcal-illness-recognition-and-management
#10
David L Maness, Michael Martin, Gregg Mitchell
Group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus can cause several postinfectious, nonsuppurative immune- mediated diseases including acute rheumatic fever, poststreptococcal reactive arthritis, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders, and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis. Except for sporadic outbreaks, poststreptococcal autoimmune syndromes occur most commonly in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Children younger than three years are rarely affected by group A streptococcus pharyngitis or rheumatic fever, and usually do not require testing...
April 15, 2018: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670871/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-ventricular-function-for-the-neonatologist-and-pediatric-intensivist
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REVIEW
Cécile Tissot, Yogen Singh, Nicole Sekarski
In the neonatal and pediatric intensive care setting, bedside cardiac ultrasound is often used to assess ventricular dimensions and function. Depending upon the underlying disease process, it is necessary to be able to evaluate the systolic and diastolic function of left and or right ventricles. The systolic function of left ventricle is mostly assessed qualitatively on visual inspection "eye-balling" and quantitatively by measuring circumferential fraction shortening or calculating the ejection fraction by Simpson's planimetry...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651540/identifying-non-invasive-tools-to-distinguish-acute-myocarditis-from-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-children
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Divya Suthar, Debra A Dodd, Justin Godown
There is often a diagnostic dilemma in pediatric patients presenting with depressed ventricular function, as myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) of other etiologies can appear very similar. Accurate identification is critical to guide treatment and to provide families with the most accurate expectation of long-term outcomes. The objective of this study was to identify patterns of clinical presentation and to assess non-invasive measures to differentiate patients with acute myocarditis from other forms of DCM...
April 12, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650343/safety-efficacy-and-management-of-subcutaneous-treprostinil-infusions-in-the-treatment-of-severe-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension
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Marilyne Levy, Maria-Jesus Del Cerro, Sophie Nadaud, Karunakar Vadlamudi, Elizabeth Colgazier, Jeff Fineman, Damien Bonnet, Ian Adatia
BACKGROUND: Continuous intravenous epoprostenol was the first treatment approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) but administration through a central venous line carries risks of thrombosis and sepsis, particularly in children. We sought to evaluate the safety, efficacy and management of subcutaneous (SC) treprostinil in children with PAH. METHODS: Fifty-six children (median age 65, range 1-200 months) were treated with SC treprostinil. Clinical status, echocardiography, NT-proBNP, and site pain and infection were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625102/tricuspid-valve-detachment-in-ventricular-septal-defect-closure-does-not-impact-valve-function
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Charles D Fraser, Xun Zhou, Sandeep Palepu, Cecillia Lui, Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, Todd C Crawford, J Trent Magruder, Marshall L Jacobs, Duke E Cameron, Naru Hibino, Luca A Vricella
BACKGROUND: Although tricuspid valve detachment (TVD) facilitates improved exposure during trans-atrial ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure, few have analyzed the impact of TVD on long-term valve durability. METHODS: Pediatric patients undergoing VSD closure at our institution from 1997 to 2013 were identified, and charts were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were separated into groups based on utilization of TVD. Propensity score matching was then performed using a non-parsimonious logistic regression model involving 7 variables...
April 3, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617502/the-frequency-of-infective-endocarditis-in-candida-bloodstream-infections-a-retrospective-study-in-a-child-hospital
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Ahu Kara, İlker Devrim, Timur Meşe, Nuri Bayram, Murat Yılmazer, Gamze Gülfidan
INTRODUCTION: Fungal endocarditis is reported less frequently than bacterial endocarditis, with an incidence of 0-12% of the total pediatric infective endocarditis. OBJECTIVE: In this study, the incidence of infective endocarditis in Candida bloodstream infections in a tertiary hospital during the periods of 2007 and 2016 was reviewed. METHODS: Patients with positive blood or catheter cultures in terms of Candida spp. during the study period of January 2007 and January 2016 were analyzed in terms of Candida infective endocarditis...
January 2018: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609642/a-comprehensive-characterization-of-myocardial-and-vascular-phenotype-in-pediatric-chronic-kidney-disease-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Mun Hong Cheang, Nathaniel J Barber, Abbas Khushnood, Jakob A Hauser, Gregorz T Kowalik, Jennifer A Steeden, Michael A Quail, Kjell Tullus, Daljit Hothi, Vivek Muthurangu
BACKGROUND: Children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have increased cardiovascular mortality. Identifying high-risk children who may benefit from further therapeutic intervention is difficult as cardiovascular abnormalities are subtle. Although transthoracic echocardiography may be used to detect sub-clinical abnormalities, it has well-known problems with reproducibility that limit its ability to accurately detect these changes. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the reference standard method for assessing blood flow, cardiac structure and function...
March 29, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29606334/apical-transverse-motion-is-associated-with-interventricular-mechanical-delay-and-decreased-left-ventricular-function-in-children-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Wei Hui, Cameron Slorach, Mark K Friedberg
BACKGROUND: Apical transverse motion (ATM) is associated with electromechanical dyssynchrony in adult dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Bundle branch block electromechanical dyssynchrony is uncommon in pediatric DCM, but ATM and its association with ventricular function have not been characterized. METHODS: Fifty-six children with DCM were retrospectively studied. Using echocardiography, ATM was assessed visually and by speckle-tracking longitudinal displacement of the interventricular septal and left ventricular (LV) lateral walls in opposite directions...
March 29, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29605473/real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-of-the-left-ventricle-pediatric-percentiles-and-head-to-head-comparison-of-different-contour-finding-algorithms-a-multicenter-study
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Kristina Krell, Kai Thorsten Laser, Robert Dalla-Pozza, Christian Winkler, Ursula Hildebrandt, Deniz Kececioglu, Johannes Breuer, Ulrike Herberg
BACKGROUND: Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) is a promising method for accurate assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and function, however, pediatric reference values are scarce. The aim of the study was to establish pediatric percentiles in a large population and to compare the inherent influence of different evaluation software on the resulting measurements. METHODS: In a multicenter prospective-design study, 497 healthy children (ages 1 day to 219 months) underwent RT3DE imaging of the LV (ie33, Philips, Andover, MA)...
March 28, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29602613/noninvasive-echocardiographic-measures-of-pulmonary-vascular-resistance-in-children-and-young-adults-with-cardiomyopathy
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Dor Markush, Robert D Ross, Ronald Thomas, Sanjeev Aggarwal
BACKGROUND: Patients with cardiomyopathy (CM) are at increased risk for pulmonary hypertension (PH). Data are lacking on the use of noninvasive PH measures by echocardiography in patients with CM. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between Doppler-derived echocardiographic indices and catheterization-based measurement of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) in children and young adults with CM. METHODS: Imaging studies were retrospectively reviewed from pediatric patients with CM who underwent both echocardiography and cardiac catheterization within a 72-hour period...
March 27, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581998/long-term-effect-of-critical-illness-after-severe-paediatric-burn-injury-on-cardiac-function-in-adolescent-survivors-an-observational-study
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Gabriel Hundeshagen, David N Herndon, Robert P Clayton, Paul Wurzer, Alexis McQuitty, Kristofer Jennings, Ludwik Branski, Vanessa N Collins, Nicole Ribeiro Marques, Celeste C Finnerty, Oscar E Suman, Michael P Kinsky
Background: Sepsis, trauma, and burn injury acutely depress systolic and diastolic cardiac function; data on long-term cardiac sequelae of pediatric critical illness are sparse. This study evaluated long-term systolic and diastolic function, myocardial fibrosis, and exercise tolerance in survivors of severe pediatric burn injury. Methods: Subjects at least 5 years after severe burn (post-burn:PB) and age-matched healthy controls (HC) underwent echocardiography to quantify systolic function (ejection fraction[EF%]), diastolic function (E/e'), and myocardial fibrosis (calibrated integrated backscatter) of the left ventricle...
December 2017: The lancet child & adolescent health
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