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Intracardiac echocardiography

Abhijeet B Shelke, Rajeev Menon, Anuj Kapadiya, Sachin Yalagudri, Daljeet Saggu, Sandeep Nair, C Narasimhan
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a therapeutic alternative to surgical myectomy in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). However, the anatomical variability of the septal branch, risk of complete heart block, and late onset ventricular arrhythmias are limitations to its therapeutic usage. There is recent interest in the use of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) as a therapeutic option in HOCM. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of RFCA in the treatment of symptomatic HOCM...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Livija Sušić, Vedrana Baraban, Josip Vincelj, Lana Maričić, Jasmina Ćatić, Robert Blažeković, Spomenka Manojlović
Detection of an intracardiac mass always represents a clinical challenge. We present a 61-year-old female patient with symptoms of New York Heart Association class III. Two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography revealed a hypoechogenic mass in the cavity of the dilated right ventricle (RV). Cardiac MRI described a pathologic structure of the RV free wall with pedunculated tumor in its cavity. Three months later, on a repeated echocardiography, there were three individual masses. The patient underwent surgery and the pathohistologic report demonstrated thrombotic masses...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Anitha Parthiban, Jami C Levine, Meena Nathan, Jennifer A Marshall, Girish S Shirali, Stephen D Simon, Steven D Colan, Jane W Newburger, Geetha Raghuveer
BACKGROUND: Postoperative echocardiography after congenital heart disease surgery is of prognostic importance, but variable image quality is problematic. We implemented a quality improvement bundle comprising of focused imaging protocols, procedural sedation, and sonographer education to improve the rate of optimal imaging (OI). METHODS: Predischarge echocardiograms were evaluated in 116 children (median age, 0.51 years; range, 0.01-5.6 years) from two centers after tetralogy of Fallot repair, arterial switch operation, and bidirectional Glenn and Fontan procedures...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Douglas Wildes, Warren Lee, Bruno Haider, Scott Cogan, Krishnakumar Sundaresan, David Mills, Christopher Yetter, Patrick Hart, Christopher Haun, Mikael Concepcion, Johan Kirkhorn, Marc Bitoun
We developed a 2.5 x 6.6 mm 2D array transducer with integrated transmit/receive ASIC for 4D ICE (real-time 3D IntraCardiac Echocardiography) applications. The ASIC and transducer design were optimized so that the high voltage transmit, low-voltage TGC (time-gain control) and preamp, subaperture beamformer, and digital control circuits for each transducer element all fit within the 0.019 mm2 area of the element. The transducer assembly was deployed in a 10 Fr (3.3 mm diameter) catheter, integrated with a GE Vivid1 E9 ultrasound imaging system, and evaluated in three pre-clinical studies...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Carlos M Mery, R Michael Nieto, Luis E De León, Shaine A Morris, Wei Zhang, John L Colquitt, Iki Adachi, Lauren C Kane, Jeffrey S Heinle, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser
BACKGROUND: Predictors for single ventricle palliation (SVP) or successful biventricular repair (BVR) in patients with borderline left-side heart structures are not well defined. The goal was to evaluate the role of echocardiography and intracardiac exploration in determining feasibility of BVR. METHODS: All neonates surgically treated from 1995 to 2015 with mitral valve (MV), aortic valve, or left ventricle end-diastolic dimension z score of -2 or less for whom management was controversial were included...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Fouad Ghazi Souki, Michael Demos, Lilibeth Fermin, Gaetano Ciancio
Advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) resection has important anesthetic management implications, particularly when tumor extends, suprahepatic, into the right atrium. Use of transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is essential in identifying tumor extension and guiding resection. Latest surgical approach avoids venovenous and cardiopulmonary bypass yet requires special precautions and interventions on the anesthesiologist's part. We present a case of Level IV RCC resected without cardiopulmonary bypass and salvaged by TEE guidance and detection of residual intracardiac tumor...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Shinya Unai, My-Le Nguyen, Daizo Tanaka, Nataliya Gorbachuk, Gregary D Marhefka, Hitoshi Hirose, Nicholas C Cavarocchi
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) is known to be a predisposition to thromboembolism and cerebrovascular accident. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors and the consequences of SEC in patients who were placed on venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) because of cardiogenic shock. METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2014, 98 patients underwent the insertion of VA-ECMO because of cardiogenic shock in our institution...
September 28, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yae Matsuo, Petr Neuzil, Jan Petru, Milan Chovanec, Marek Janotka, Subbarao Choudry, Jan Skoda, Lucie Sediva, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Vivek Y Reddy
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter left atrial appendage closure is an alternative therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients. These procedures are currently guided with transesophageal echocardiography and fluoroscopy in most centers. As intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is commonly used in other catheter-based procedures, we sought to determine the safety and effectiveness of intracardiac echocardiography-guided left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 27 patients (11 males, 77...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Massimo Giammaria, Gianluca Quirino, Enrico Cecchi, Gaetano Senatore, Paolo Pistelli, Mario Bocchiardo, Roberto Mureddu, Paolo Diotallevi, Eraldo Occhetta, Andrea Magnani, Mauro Bensoni, Catia Checchinato, Valentina Conti, Sandra Badolati, Antonio Mazza
BACKGROUND: AtrioVentricular (AV) and InterVentricular (VV) delay optimization can improve ventricular function in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) and is usually performed by means of echocardiography. St Jude Medical has developed an automated algorhythm which calculates the optimal AV and VV delays (QuickOpt™) based on Intracardiac ElectroGrams, (IEGM), within 2 min. So far, the efficacy of the algorhythm has been tested acutely with standard lead position at right ventricular (RV) apex...
March 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Patricia E Thomas, Scott L Macicek
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has been used to manage supraventricular arrhythmia in children since 1990. This article reviews the history of catheter ablation used to treat arrhythmia in children and discusses new frontiers in the field. We also address ablation in adult patients with a history of congenital heart disease (CHD) that was diagnosed and initially treated in childhood. METHODS: We conducted an evidence-based literature review to gather available data on ablation for supraventricular tachycardia in children and adult patients with CHD...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Jeffrey Forris Beecham Chick, Shilpa N Reddy, Ruchika D Bhatt, Benjamin J Shin, James N Kirkpatrick, Scott O Trerotola
PURPOSE: To explore significance, management, and outcomes of central venous catheter (CVC) tip-associated thrombi incidentally detected on echocardiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Echocardiogram data from all patients with CVCs from October 2009 to June 2011 were reviewed (N = 170). Patients with CVC tip-associated thrombi were selected (n = 49). Echocardiograms were reviewed for ejection fraction, presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO), presence of other intracardiac shunts, and mean thrombus size...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Antonio H Frangieh, Jasmina Alibegovic, Christian Templin, Oliver Gaemperli, Slayman Obeid, Robert Manka, Erik W Holy, Willibald Maier, Thomas F Lüscher, Ronald K Binder
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is mostly performed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) may be an alternative imaging modality for LAAO that precludes the need for general anesthesia or sedation. METHODS AND RESULTS: All consecutive single center, single operator LAAO candidates were analyzed. Baseline clinical and procedural characteristics and in-hospital outcomes were compared between patients in whom a Watchman was implanted with ICE vs...
September 21, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Andrew K Roy, Jerome Garot, Antoinette Neylon, Marco Spaziano, Fadi J Sawaya, Thierry Lefèvre
Progressive dyspnea and hypoxaemia in the subacute phase after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) are uncommon and warrant immediate assessment of valve and prosthesis leaflet function to exclude thrombosis, as well as investigation for other causes related to the procedure, such as left ventricular dysfunction, pulmonary embolism, and respiratory sepsis. In this case, we report the observation of a patient presenting two weeks after TAVI with arterial hypoxaemia in an upright position, relieved by lying flat, and coupled with an intracardiac shunt detected on echocardiography in the absence of pulmonary hypertension, raising the suspicion of Platypnea-Orthodeoxia Syndrome (POS)...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, William H Schenke, Jonathan R Mazal, Anthony Z Faranesh, Adam B Greenbaum, Vasilis C Babaliaros, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: The authors propose a novel transcatheter transection of the anterior mitral leaflet to prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction during transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR caused by septal displacement of the anterior mitral leaflet. METHODS: In vivo procedures in swine were guided by biplane x-ray fluoroscopy and intracardiac echocardiography...
September 12, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Rui Wei, Jin Yang, Meijuan Gao, Haining Wang, Wenfang Hou, Yiming Mu, Guian Chen, Tianpei Hong
Microenvironment regulates cell fate and function. In this study, we investigated the effects of the infarcted cardiac microenvironment on cardiac differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). hESCs were intramyocardially transplanted into infarcted or uninjured rat hearts. After 4 weeks, mesodermal and cardiac lineage markers were detected by immunofluorescence. Cardiac function was assessed by echocardiography. hESCs were differentiated in vitro under hypoxic (5% O2 ), low-nutrient (5% FBS), or control condition...
November 2016: Cell Biology International
Yuichi Saito, Sho Okada, Nobusada Funabashi, Yoshio Kobayashi
A 59-year-old woman with a history of bronchial asthma presented with a prolonged fever and eosinophilia. There was transient proteinuria and troponin level was elevated. Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody was negative and she did not fulfil criteria for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis (EGPA). Echocardiography showed a large apical mass in the left ventricle, but there was no systolic dysfunction, local asynergy or ventricular remodelling. On MRI, apical mass was compatible with a thrombus and endocardial region was diffusely damaged...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Jia-Feng Chang, Cheng-Hsien Hsieh, Jian-Chiun Liou, Jen-Kuang Lee
: A 60-year-old man had a long history of chronic hepatitis C. He presented to the emergency department with 2 days of progressive dyspnoea. Clinical manifestations included respiratory distress, cyanosis, digital clubbing, spider naevi on the upper chest and shifting dullness in the abdomen (see online supplementary figure S1). The ECG showed sinus tachycardia and left axis deviation. The chest radiography depicted blunting of right costophrenic angle with small pleural effusions and bilateral prominent pulmonary vascular markings (see online supplementary figure S2)...
September 1, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Göksel Çinier, Ahmet Öz, Ahmet Ilker Tekkesin, Mert İlker Hayıroğlu, Muhammed Keskin, Şahin Avsar
Factor V Leiden (FVL) mutation is the most common hereditary thrombophilia. Association of this mutation with venous thrombosis is well established. However, there are several conflicting results regarding the association of FVL with arterial thrombosis, acute coronary syndrome, and intracardiac thrombosis. In this case report, we present a 44-yearold male patient with a medical history of both arterial and venous thrombosis who came to our emergency department with chest pain. After the initial evaluation he was diagnosed as having acute coronary syndrome and transthoracic echocardiography revealed an intracardiac apical thrombus...
September 28, 2016: International Heart Journal
Tuğba Kemaloğlu Öz, Mahmoud Elsayed, Navin C Nanda, Koray Kalenderoğlu, Şükrü Akyüz, Işıl Atasoy, Altuğ Ösken, Tolga Onuk, Mehmet Eren
Intracardiac tuberculomas are extremely rare, and cardiac involvement in tuberculosis accounts for only 0.5% of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. We report for the first time incremental value of live/real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography over two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the assessment of a tuberculoma involving the left atrium and left atrial appendage.
September 2016: Echocardiography
Jeremy Burt, Baiywo Rop, Edward Derrick, Jamil Armaly, Usman Siddiqui
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare autosomal dominant genetic syndrome. The hallmark of the disease is multiple hamartomatous lesions in multiple organ systems. Common cardiac manifestations of TSC are rhabdomyomas, which are a benign tumor of striated muscle. In some patients with TSC, myocardial fatty foci (MFF) deposition has been described with or without the presence of rhabdomyomas. We present the case of a 24-year-old female with TSC and refractory seizures, who was evaluated with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) for an intracardiac right ventricular mass thought to be rhabdomyoma on echocardiography and for multiple areas of myocardial fatty deposition...
2016: Curēus
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