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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
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Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523642/autosomal-recessive-nonsyndromic-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-without-cutaneous-involvements-a-novel-mutation
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Mahdieh Soveizi, Bahareh Rabbani, Yousef Rezaei, Sedigheh Saedi, Nasim Najafi, Majid Maleki, Nejat Mahdieh
The arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is a genetic disease frequently associated with desmosomal mutations, mainly attributed to dominant mutations in the Plakophilin-2 (PKP2) gene. Naxos and Carvajal are the syndromic forms of ARVD/C due to recessive mutations. Herein, we report an autosomal recessive form of nonsyndromic ARVD/C caused by a mutation in the PKP2 gene. After examination and implementation of diagnostic modalities, the definite diagnosis of ARVD/C was confirmed by detection of ventricular tachycardia with a left bundle branch configuration and a superior axis, T-wave inversion in right precordial leads (i...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520951/non-selective-his-bundle-pacing-with-a-biphasic-waveform-enhancing-septal-resynchronization
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Daniel F Ortega, Luis D Barja, Emilio Logarzo, Nicolas Mangani, Analia Paolucci, Maria P Bonomini
Aims: His bundle pacing has shown to prevent detrimental effects from right ventricular apical pacing (RVA) and proved to resynchronize many conduction disturbances cases. However, the extent of His bundle pacing resynchronization is limited. An optimized stimulation waveform could expand this limit when implemented in His bundle pacing sets. In this work, we temporarily implemented RVA and Non-selective His bundle pacing with a biphasic anodal-first waveform (AF-nHB) and compared their effects against sinus rhythm (SR)...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520847/maternal-exposure-to-nitrogen-dioxide-intake-of-methyl-nutrients-and-congenital-heart-defects-in-offspring
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Jeanette A Stingone, Thomas J Luben, Suzan L Carmichael, Arthur S Aylsworth, Lorenzo D Botto, Adolfo Correa, Suzanne M Gilboa, Peter H Langlois, Wendy N Nembhard, Jennifer Richmond-Bryant, Gary M Shaw, Andrew F Olshan
Nutrients that regulate methylation processes may modify susceptibility to the effects of air pollutants. Data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2006, were used to estimate associations between maternal exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), dietary intake of methyl nutrients and the odds of congenital heart defects in offspring. NO2 concentrations, a marker of traffic-related air pollution, averaged across post-conception weeks 2-8, were assigned to 6160 non-diabetic mothers of cases and controls using inverse distance-squared weighting of air monitors within 50 km of maternal residence...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515821/left-ventricular-velocity-of-propagation-a-useful-non-invasive-measurement-when-assessing-hemodynamic-alterations-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Dagmar F Hernandez-Suarez, Denada Palm, Francisco Lopez-Menendez, Marcel Mesa Pabon, Angel Lopez-Candales
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) velocity of propagation (Vp) has been shown to be inversely related to the LV relaxation time constant. We sought to examine Vp from a group of chronic pulmonary hypertension (cPH) patients and compare these values to Vp obtained in normal individuals and patients with known LV diastolic dysfunction (LVDD). METHODS: Echo-Doppler data and Vp measurements were retrospectively collected from all patients. The studied population was divided into four groups...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513656/restoring-the-biophysical-properties-of-decellularized-patches-through-recellularization
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Gigi Chi Ting Au-Yeung, Udi Sarig, Hadar Sarig, Hanumakumar Bogireddi, Tomer Bronshtein, Limor Baruch, Avihai Spizzichino, Jacob Bortman, Boey Yin Chiang Freddy, Marcelle Machluf, Subbu S Venkatraman
Various extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds, isolated through decellularization, were suggested as ideal biomimetic materials for 'Functional tissue engineering' (FTE). The decellularization process comprises a compromise between damaging and preserving the ultrastructure and composition of ECM-previously shown to affect cell survival, proliferation, migration, organization, differentiation and maturation. Inversely, the effects of cells on the ECM constructs' biophysical properties, under physiological-like conditions, remain still largely unknown...
May 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497622/non-contrast-enhanced-t1-weighted-mri-of-myocardial-radiofrequency-ablation-lesions
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Michael A Guttman, Susumu Tao, Sarah Fink, Aravindan Kolandaivelu, Henry R Halperin, Daniel A Herzka
PURPOSE: To demonstrate imaging of radiofrequency ablation lesions with non-contrast-enhanced T1 -weighted (T1w) MRI. METHODS: Fifteen swine underwent left ventricular ablation followed by MRI using different preparations: endocardial or epicardial ablation of naïve animal, or endocardial ablation of animal with myocardial infarction. Lesion imaging was performed using free-breathing, non-contrast-enhanced, T1w sequence with long inversion time (TI). Also acquired were T1 maps and delayed contrast-enhanced (DCE) imaging...
May 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494974/multiple-comorbidities-and-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-madit-crt-long-term-follow-up
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Emily P Zeitler, Daniel J Friedman, James P Daubert, Sana M Al-Khatib, Scott D Solomon, Yitschak Biton, Scott McNitt, Wojciech Zareba, Arthur J Moss, Valentina Kutyifa
BACKGROUND: Data regarding cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in patients with multiple comorbidities are limited. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the association of multiple comorbidities with the benefits of CRT over implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) alone. METHODS: We examined 1,214 MADIT-CRT (Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) study patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and 0, 1, 2, or ≥3 comorbidities, including renal dysfunction, hypertension (HTN), diabetes, coronary artery disease, history of atrial arrhythmias, history of ventricular arrhythmias, current smoking, and cerebrovascular accident...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488348/pulmonary-artery-stiffness-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-and-emphysema-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa-copd-study
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Chia-Ying Liu, Megha Parikh, David A Bluemke, Pallavi Balte, James Carr, Stephen Dashnaw, Hooman D Poor, Antoinette S Gomes, Eric A Hoffman, Steven M Kawut, Joao A C Lima, David A McAllister, Martin A Prince, Jens Vogel-Claussen, R Graham Barr
PURPOSE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and particularly emphysema are characterized by stiffness of the aorta, due in part to accelerated elastin degradation in the lungs and aorta. Stiffness of the pulmonary arteries (PAs) may also be increased in COPD and emphysema, but data are lacking. We assessed PA stiffness using MRI in patients with COPD and related these measurements to COPD severity and percent emphysema. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) COPD Study recruited 290 participants, age 50-79 years with 10 or more packyears and free of clinical cardiovascular disease...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484585/disappearance-of-electrocardiographic-abnormalities-associated-with-the-arrhythmic-pattern-of-a-barlow-disease-after-surgical-mitral-valve-repair
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Matteo Augello, Luca Lanzarini
We describe the case of a 46-year old female with a Barlow's disease (MVP) characterized by systolic curling of posterior left ventricular (LV) wall + significant mitral annular disjunction + complex ventricular arrhythmias + syncope + inverted T waves in inferolateral leads in whom a successful surgical mitral valve rapair determined the disappearance not only of the echocardiographic but also the electrocar-diographic abnormalities (in particular the inferolateral T waves inversion on basal electrocardiogram and the complex basal arrhythmic pattern)...
April 6, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468272/clinical-correlates-and-prognostic-value-of-plasma-galectin-3-levels-in-degenerative-aortic-stenosis-a-single-center-prospective-study-of-patients-referred-for-invasive-treatment
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Beata Bobrowska, Ewa Wieczorek-Surdacka, Olga Kruszelnicka, Bernadeta Chyrchel, Andrzej Surdacki, Dariusz Dudek
Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding lectin, has been implicated in myocardial fibrosis, development of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and transition from compensated LV hypertrophy to overt heart failure (HF), being a novel prognostic marker in HF. Risk stratification is crucial for the choice of the optimal therapy in degenerative aortic stenosis (AS), affecting elderly subjects with coexistent diseases. Our aim was to assess correlates and prognostic value of circulating Gal-3 in real-world patients with degenerative AS referred for invasive treatment...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461021/pediatric-fontan-patients-are-at-risk-for-myocardial-fibrotic-remodeling-and-dysfunction
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Atsuko Kato, Eugénie Riesenkampff, Deane Yim, Shi-Joon Yoo, Mike Seed, Lars Grosse-Wortmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with single ventricle (SV) circulations are at risk for ventricular dysfunction. This study investigates whether there is evidence of increased myocardial fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction in children after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Consecutive children after the Fontan operation who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 relaxometry with a modified look-locker inversion recovery approach were included in this retrospective study...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458697/myocardial-iron-load-measured-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-evaluate-cardiac-systolic-function-in-thalassemia
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Masoumeh Kahnooji, Hamid Reza Rashidinejad, Mohammad Shahram Yazdanpanah, Nahid Azdaki, Ahmad Naghibzadeh-Tahami
BACKGROUND: The assessment of cardiac iron overload in thalassemia major has been considered as an important predictive factor of heart injury. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-derived relaxation time parameter (T2*) varies inversely with iron level, and elevated myocardial iron levels by T2* are associated with depressed left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF). We compared echocardiographic (ECHO) indices of systolic function to myocardial T2* in these patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional database review identified 200 consecutive patients with thalassemia who underwent both ECHO and MRI T2* assessment...
September 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454633/effective-cardiac-index-and-systemic-pulmonary-collaterals-evaluated-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-late-after-fontan-palliation
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Lamia Ait Ali, Alessandra Cadoni, Giuseppe Rossi, Petra Keilberg, Claudio Passino, Pierluigi Festa
The regulation of cardiac output in the Fontan circuit is not completely understood. Systemic-pulmonary collaterals (SPCs) are frequent in patients with univentricular heart, and their clinical significance and management remain controversial. The aims of our study were to identify factors associated with SPCs' flow at late follow-up after Fontan and evaluate the relation between SPCs flow (QSPCs) and the effective cardiac index (CI). From our cardiac magnetic resonance database, we identified all Fontan patients with a complete set of flow measurements allowing calculation of QSPCs and effective CI...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433947/maximum-likelihood-estimation-of-cardiac-fiber-bundle-orientation-from-arbitrarily-spaced-diffusion-weighted-images
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Andreas Nagler, Cristóbal Bertoglio, Christian T Stoeck, Sebastian Kozerke, Wolfgang A Wall
We propose an estimation scheme for local fiber bundle direction in the left ventricle directly from gray values of arbitrarily spaced cardiac diffusion weighted images (DWI). The approach is based on a parametric and space-dependent mathematical representation of the myocardial fiber bundle orientation and hence the diffusion tensor (DT) for the ventricular geometry. By solving a nonlinear inverse problem derived from a maximum likelihood estimator, the degrees of freedom of the fiber and DT model can be estimated from the measured gray values of the DWIs...
April 4, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431062/impact-of-basal-inferolateral-scar-burden-determined-by-automatic-analysis-of-99mtc-mibi-myocardial-perfusion-spect-on-the-long-term-prognosis-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
Aims: Left-ventricular (LV) scarring may be associated with a poor response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The automatic analysis of myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (MP-SPECT) may provide objective quantification of LV scarring. We investigated the impact of LV scarring determined by an automatic analysis of MP-SPECT on short-term LV volume response as well as long-term outcome. Methods and Results: We studied consecutive 51 patients who were eligible to undergo 99mTc-MIBI MP-SPECT both at baseline and 6 months after CRT (ischaemic cardiomyopathies 31%)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431057/quantitative-analysis-of-pkp2-and-neighbouring-genes-in-a-patient-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-heterozygous-pkp2-deletion
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Keiko Sonoda, Seiko Ohno, Sou Otuki, Koichi Kato, Nobue Yagihara, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takeru Makiyama, Tohru Minamino, Minoru Horie
Aims: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a disease mainly caused by desmosome gene mutations. The genetic culprit, however, remains elusive in ∼50% of ARVC patients. One of the reasons for missing genetic abnormalities is the difficulty in detecting large deletions/duplications, which are called as copy number variation (CNV) by the Sanger sequencing method. This study aimed to identify CNVs in PKP2 and a part of other desmosome genes in ARVC patients. Methods and Results: The study cohort consisted of 71 ARVC probands who were diagnosed as definite or borderline cases based on 2010 Task Force Criteria...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426885/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-heart-failure-patients-with-narrow-qrs-complex-treated-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-subanalysis-of-the-randomized-echocrt-trial
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Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado, Peter Sogaard, Jagmeet P Singh, William T Abraham, Jeffrey S Borer, Kenneth Dickstein, Daniel Gras, Josep Brugada, Michele Robertson, Ian Ford, Henry Krum, Johannes Holzmeister, Frank Ruschitzka, John Gorcsan
Aim: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) reflects LV systolic function and correlates inversely with the extent of LV myocardial scar and fibrosis. The present subanalysis of the Echocardiography Guided CRT trial investigated the prognostic value of LV GLS in patients with narrow QRS complex. Methods and results: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured on the apical 2-, 4- and 3-chamber views using speckle tracking analysis...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422817/incidence-and-implications-of-left-ventricular-distention-during-venoarterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
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Lauren K Truby, Koji Takeda, Christine Mauro, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Arthur R Garan, Ajay J Kirtane, Veli K Topkara, Darryl Abrams, Daniel Brodie, Paolo C Colombo, Yoshifumi Naka, Hiroo Takayama
Left ventricular distention (LVD) during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) support is increasingly recognized but seldom reported in the literature. The current study defined LVD as not present (LVD-); subclinical (LVD+, evidence of pulmonary edema on chest radiograph AND pulmonary artery diastolic blood pressure greater than 25 mm Hg within the first 2 hours of intensive care unit admission); or clinical (LVD++, need for decompression of the left ventricle immediately following VA-ECMO initiation)...
May 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420590/volume-and-dimensions-of-angiographically-normal-coronary-arteries-assessed-by-multidetector-computed-tomography
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Samuel Kiil Sørensen, Jørgen Tobias Kühl, Andreas Fuchs, Jakob Boesgaard Norsk, Lars Valeur Køber, Børge Grønne Nordestgaard, Klaus Fuglsang Kofoed
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to determine normal values for coronary artery volume (CAV) and individual vasculature and segment dimensions. METHODS: We examined 200 healthy volunteers with an Agatston score of 0 and a normal, high quality coronary CTA. Using 320 slice multidetector row CT and designated vessel tracing software with border detection algorithm, the main coronary arteries and branches were delineated and total and segmental dimensions calculated...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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