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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423126/chronic-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-harmonic-scalpel-during-mitral-valve-surgery
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Alexandre Visconti Brick, Domingo M Braile
Objective: To evaluate surgical treatment of chronic atrial fibrillation with ultrasound in patients with mitral valve disease, considering preoperative clinical characteristics of patients undergoing surgical procedure and follow-up in the immediate postoperative period, in hospital and up to 60 months after discharge. Methods: We studied 100 patients with chronic atrial fibrillation and mitral valve disease who underwent surgical treatment using ultrasound ablation...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398665/both-a-frameshift-and-a-missense-mutation-of-the-stra6-gene-observed-in-an-infant-with-the-matthew-wood-syndrome
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Samantha Sadowski, Nicolas Chassaing, Zuzanna Gaj, Ewa Czichos, Jan Wilczynski, Dorota Nowakowska
BACKGROUND: The Matthew-Wood syndrome is associated with mutations of the STRA6 gene. It combines a pulmonary agenesis/hypoplasia; microphthalmia/anophthalmia; congenital cardiac, digestive, and urogenital malformations; and diaphragmatic defects. CASE: A 23-year-old nulliparous woman was referred to our center after a fetal ultrasound examination at 26 weeks of pregnancy revealed an abnormal head shape, a heart malformation, multiple cysts in both kidneys, and dilated ureters...
March 1, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369985/nongalenic-pial-arteriovenous-fistula-prenatal-diagnosis
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Cristina Martínez-Payo, Javier Sancho Saúco, Maria Miralles, Tirso Pérez Medina
Pial arteriovenous (AV) fistulae have rarely been diagnosed in utero. They are characterized by one or more pial arteries flowing directly into a cortical vein without any shunt or interposed capillary bed. In the fetus and the newborn up to 2 years of age, the most common clinical manifestation is heart failure resulting from fistula overload. Later on, hydrocephalus, focal neurologic deficits, headaches, seizures, and cerebral hemorrhage are the most common manifestations. We present a case of nongalenic pial AV fistula diagnosed in the 25th week of pregnancy, which resulted in intrauterine fetal death due to congestive heart failure...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361119/evaluation-of-carotid-ultrasonography-screening-among-kidney-transplant-candidates-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Chad W Rossitter, Ronald B Vigo, Ahmed Osama Gaber, Joshua T Swan, Wadi N Suki
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant candidates undergo rigorous testing prior to clearance for transplantation. Because kidney transplant candidates may be at increased risk for carotid artery stenosis because of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis secondary to hypertension, vascular calcification, and diabetes, carotid ultrasound is often performed with the intent of preventing a cerebrovascular accident in the perioperative or posttransplant period. To our knowledge, there has not been a study investigating the utility of screening carotid ultrasonography in pretransplant candidates...
March 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350721/a-rare-case-of-cor-triatriatum-leading-to-respiratory-failure-and-shock-in-an-8-month-old
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Catherine Burger
An 8-month-old boy presents with 1 week of gradually worsening respiratory distress. After chest radiograph shows bilateral airspace opacities, he is treated for pneumonia with antibiotics and intravenous fluids. Shortly after this, he decompensates requiring intubation, followed by cardiopulmonary support with pressors and eventually extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Bedside ultrasound then shows an additional congenital membrane in the left atrium obstructing pulmonary venous return and thought to have caused his original presentation and subsequent decompensation...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320791/patient-reported-outcomes-and-associations-with-pleural-effusion-in-outpatients-with-heart-failure-an-observational-cohort-study
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Guri H Gundersen, Tone M Norekvål, Torbjørn Graven, Hilde H Haug, Kyrre Skjetne, Jens O Kleinau, Lise T Gustad, Håvard Dalen
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study whether patient-reported outcomes, measured by quality of life (QoL) and functional class, are sensitive to pleural effusion (PLE) in patients with heart failure (HF), and to study changes in QoL and functional class during follow-up of PLE. METHODS: A cohort of 62 patients from an outpatient HF clinic was included. The amount of PLE was quantified using a pocket-sized ultrasound imaging device. Self-reports of QoL and functional class were collected using the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ) and the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional classification...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302481/metformin-improves-cardiac-function-in-mice-with-heart-failure-after-myocardial-infarction-by-regulating-mitochondrial-energy-metabolism
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Dan Sun, Fei Yang
To investigate whether metformin can improve the cardiac function through improving the mitochondrial function in model of heart failure after myocardial infarction. Male C57/BL6 mice aged about 8 weeks were selected and the anterior descending branch was ligatured to establish the heart failure model after myocardial infarction. The cardiac function was evaluated via ultrasound after 3 days to determine the modeling was successful, and the mice were randomly divided into two groups. Saline group (Saline) received the intragastric administration of normal saline for 4 weeks, and metformin group (Met) received the intragastric administration of metformin for 4 weeks...
April 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300079/corrigendum-prognostic-value-of-pulmonary-congestion-assessed-by-lung-ultrasound-imaging-during-heart-failure-hospitalisation-a-two-centre-cohort-study
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Stefano Coiro, Guillaume Porot, Patrick Rossignol, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Erberto Carluccio, Isabella Tritto, Olivier Huttin, Simon Lemoine, Nicolas Sadoul, Erwan Donal, Faiez Zannad, Nicolas Girerd
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286751/new-delivery-systems-of-stem-cells-for-vascular-regeneration-in-ischemia
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Adegbenro Omotuyi John Fakoya
The finances of patients and countries are increasingly overwhelmed with the plague of cardiovascular diseases as a result of having to chronically manage the associated complications of ischemia such as heart failures, neurological deficits, chronic limb ulcers, gangrenes, and amputations. Hence, scientific research has sought for alternate therapies since pharmacological and surgical treatments have fallen below expectations in providing the desired quality of life. The advent of stem cells research has raised expectations with respect to vascular regeneration and tissue remodeling, hence assuring the patients of the possibility of an improved quality of life...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285867/a-modified-lung-and-cardiac-ultrasound-protocol-saves-time-and-rules-in-the-diagnosis-of-acute-heart-failure
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Frances M Russell, Robert R Ehrman
BACKGROUND: Multiorgan ultrasound (US), which includes evaluation of the lungs and heart, is an accurate method that outperforms clinical gestalt for diagnosing acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF). A known barrier to ultrasound use is the time needed to perform these examinations. OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this study was to determine the test characteristics of a modified lung and cardiac US (LuCUS) protocol for the accurate diagnosis of ADHF. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a prospective observational study that enrolled adult patients presenting to the emergency department with undifferentiated dyspnea...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284757/c-kit-positive-cardiac-stem-cells-and-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-synergistically-enhance-angiogenesis-and-improve-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction-in-a-paracrine-manner
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Luer Bao, Qingshu Meng, Yuan Li, Shengqiong Deng, Zuoren Yu, Zhongmin Liu, Lin Zhang, Huimin Fan
BACKGROUND: Stem cell transplantation offers a promising treatment for heart failure. Recent studies show that both c-kit positive cardiac stem cells (CSCs) and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are good candidates for stem cell therapy to treat heart failure. However, the exact mechanism of stem cell therapy in improving cardiac function of ischemic cardiomyopathy is not fully known. Our objective was to test our hypothesis that CSCs and/or BM-MSCs repair the damaged heart by boosting post-myocardial infarction (MI) angiogenesis in a paracrine manner...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277912/fetal-hemoglobin-bart-s-hydrops-fetalis-pathophysiology-prenatal-diagnosis-and-possibility-of-intrauterine-treatment
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Phudit Jatavan, Nipon Chattipakorn, Theera Tongsong
This review aimed to comprehensively summarize current available reports regarding the ultrasound markers and biomarkers in predicting fetal Hb Bart's disease and evaluate the potential role of cardiac function assessment in a clinical practice. This review involves various methods in prenatal predicting fetal Hb Bart's disease or alpha-thalassemia major and attempts to provide valuable insights regarding the underlying mechanisms responsible for heart failure in Hb Bart's fetuses. Moreover, this information may be used to predict the cardiac function before the development of hydrops fetalis...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271386/serial-lung-and-ivc-ultrasound-in-the-assessment-of-congestive-heart-failure
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Rachel Spevack, Mohamed Al Shukairi, Dev Jayaraman, Jerrald Dankoff, Lawrence Rudski, Jed Lipes
BACKGROUND: Management of congestive heart failure (CHF) is dependent on clinical assessments of volume status, which are subjective and imprecise. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is useful in the diagnosis of CHF, but how POCUS findings correlate with therapy remains unknown. This study aimed to determine whether the changes in clinical evaluation of CHF with treatment are mirrored with changes in the number of B lines on lung ultrasound (LUS) and inferior vena cava (IVC) size. In this prospective observational study, investigators performed serial clinical and ultrasound assessments within 24 h of admission (T1), day 1 in hospital (T2) and within 24 h of discharge (T3)...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266644/renal-systolic-time-intervals-derived-from-intra-renal-artery-doppler-as-a-novel-predictor-of-adverse-cardiac-outcomes
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Wen-Hsien Lee, Po-Chao Hsu, Chun-Yuan Chu, Szu-Chia Chen, Hung-Hao Lee, Meng-Kuang Lee, Chee-Siong Lee, Hsueh-Wei Yen, Tsung-Hsien Lin, Wen-Chol Voon, Wen-Ter Lai, Sheng-Hsiung Sheu, Po-Lin Kuo, Ho-Ming Su
The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of renal systolic time intervals measured by electrocardiographic gated Doppler ultrasonography for predicting adverse cardiac events. This longitudinal observation study enrolled 205 patients. Renal systolic time intervals, including pre-ejection period (PEP) and ejection time (ET), and ratio of renal PEP to ET, were measured by electrocardiographic gated Doppler ultrasound. The 14 adverse cardiac events identified in this population included 9 cardiac deaths and 5 hospitalizations for heart failure during an average follow up of 30...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246137/heart-failure-in-patients-presenting-with-dyspnoea-to-the-emergency-department-in-the-asia-pacific-region-an-observational-study
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Gerben Keijzers, Anne-Maree Kelly, Louise Cullen, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Anna Holdgate, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
OBJECTIVES: To describe demographic features, assessment, management and outcomes of patients who were diagnosed with heart failure after presenting to an emergency department (ED) with a principal symptom of dyspnoea. DESIGN: Planned substudy of the prospective, descriptive cohort study: Asia, Australia and New Zealand Dyspnoea in Emergency Departments (AANZDEM). SETTING: 46 EDs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia collected data over 3 72-hour periods in May, August and October 2014...
February 28, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198075/exercise-induced-b-lines-identify-worse-functional-and-prognostic-stage-in-heart-failure-patients-with-depressed-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Anca Simionuc, Dario Gregori, Mario Marzilli, Eugenio Picano
AIMS: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) is recommended by the European Society of Cardiology guidelines for the evaluation of heart failure (HF) patients. Recently, lung ultrasound (LUS) has been proposed for the assessment of extravascular lung water through B-lines. The aim of this study was to assess B-lines during ESE in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Standard transthoracic and LUS evaluation was performed during semi-supine ESE in 103 NYHA class I-III HF patients (76 male; mean age 64 ± 12 years) with depressed LVEF (35 ± 8%)...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191535/association-of-serum-intact-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-with-left-ventricular-mass-and-different-echocardiographic-findings-in-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Amir Ahmad Nassiri, Monir Sadat Hakemi, Reza Safar-Pour, Ali Ahmadi, Maryam Tohidi, Babak Sharif Kashani, Fatemeh Esfehani, Soudabeh Alatab
OBJECTIVES: To determine the association of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) through the assessment of left ventricular (LV) mass and left ventricular mass index (LVMI) in patients on hemodialysis, this study was done. METHODS: All patients on hemodialysis who are older than 18 years and in whom hemodialysis vintage was at least 6 months were enrolled. All patients were on hemodialysis thrice a week for 4 h using low-flux dialysis filters, polysulfone membranes, reverse osmosis purified water, and bicarbonate-base hemodialysis solution...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151822/clinical-significance-of-portal-hypertension-diagnosed-with-bedside-ultrasound-after-cardiac-surgery
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André Y Denault, William Beaubien-Souligny, Mahsa Elmi-Sarabi, Roberto Eljaiek, Ismail El-Hamamsy, Yoan Lamarche, Alexandra Chronopoulos, Jean Lambert, Josée Bouchard, Georges Desjardins
BACKGROUND: Portal venous flow pulsatility detected by Doppler ultrasound is a sign of congestive heart failure in noncritically ill patients. The assessment of portal and splenic venous flows has never been reported in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: This is a case series performed in patients undergoing cardiac surgery between February 2014 and February 2015 in which portal and/or splenic venous flows were assessed by the attending anesthesiologist during surgery or by the intensivist after surgery using transthoracic echography in 9 patients or transesophageal echocardiography in 5 patients...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109936/precision-phenotyping-in-heart-failure-and-pattern-clustering-of-ultrasound-data-for-the-assessment-of-diastolic-dysfunction
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Alaa Mabrouk Salem Omar, Sukrit Narula, Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rahman, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Hala Raslan, Osama Rifaie, Jagat Narula, Partho P Sengupta
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether cluster analysis of left atrial and left ventricular (LV) mechanical deformation parameters provide sufficient information for Doppler-independent assessment of LV diastolic function. BACKGROUND: Medical imaging produces substantial phenotyping data, and superior computational analyses could allow automated classification of repetitive patterns into patient groups with similar behavior. METHODS: The authors performed a cluster analysis and developed a model of LV diastolic function from an initial exploratory cohort of 130 patients that was subsequently tested in a prospective cohort of 44 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization...
January 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058791/re-pre-eclampsia-an-important-risk-factor-for-asymptomatic-heart-failure-c-ghossein-doha-j-van-neer-b-wissink-n-breetveld-l-j-de-windt-a-p-j-van-dijk-m-j-van-der-vlugt-m-c-h-janssen-w-m-heidema-r-r-scholten-and-m-e-a-spaanderman-ultrasound-obstet-gynecol-2017
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