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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341191/-bacillus-cereus-endocarditis-and-a-probable-cutaneous-gateway
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S Soudet, C Becquart, F Dezoteux, K Faure, D Staumont-Salle, E Delaporte
BACKGROUND: Bacillus cereus is a ubiquitous telluric organism. B. cereus endocarditis is a rare condition seen mostly in prosthetic heart valves and among intravenous drug users. We report a new case of a patient without risk factors and with a good clinical outcome not requiring valve replacement. CASE REPORT: In October 2014, a 50-year-old woman was referred to the dermatology department of Lille University Hospital for lower-limb wounds developing 6 months earlier...
January 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328570/concomitant-valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-and-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
#2
Takashi Murashita, David L Joyce, Alberto Pochettino, John M Stulak, Lyle D Joyce
Redo aortic valve replacement (AVR) performed simultaneously with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation carries potential for increased mortality rates. Although transcatheter AVR has been used for patients with previous LVAD placement, no literature reports concomitant valve-in-valve transcatheter AVR and LVAD implantation. Our patient had severe aortic prosthetic valve deterioration and advanced heart failure. Given the risks associated with reoperative aortic valve surgery, we chose transcatheter AVR at the time of LVAD implantation...
March 22, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325766/staphylococcal-%C3%AE-toxin-modulates-human-aortic-endothelial-cell-and-platelet-function-through-sphingomyelinase-and-biofilm-ligase-activities
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Alfa Herrera, Katarina Kulhankova, Vijay K Sonkar, Sanjana Dayal, Aloysius J Klingelhutz, Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Patrick M Schlievert
Staphylococcus aureus causes many infections, such as skin and soft tissue, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, and infective endocarditis (IE). IE is an endovascular infection of native and prosthetic valves and the lining of the heart; it is characterized by the formation of cauliflower-like "vegetations" composed of fibrin, platelets, other host factors, bacteria, and bacterial products. β-Toxin is an S. aureus virulence factor that contributes to the microorganism's ability to cause IE. This cytolysin has two enzymatic activities: sphingomyelinase (SMase) and biofilm ligase...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302715/late-thrombosis-of-a-mitral-bioprosthetic-valve-with-associated-massive-left-atrial-thrombus
#4
Preetham Muskula, Rigoberto Ramirez, A Michael Borkon, Michael L Main
An 84-year-old man presented 5 years following bioprosthetic mitral valve replacement with three months of worsening dyspnea on exertion. A new mitral stenosis murmur was noted on physical examination, and an electrocardiogram revealed newly recognized atrial fibrillation. Severe mitral stenosis (mean gradient = 13 mmHg) was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed markedly thickened mitral bioprosthetic leaflets with limited mobility, and a massive left atrial thrombus (> 4 cm in diameter) (see Figures 1A-D, and video files 1-4)...
March 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298285/characterization-of-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-uptake-pattern-in-noninfected-prosthetic-heart-valves
#5
Cédric Mathieu, Nidaa Mikaïl, Khadija Benali, Bernard Iung, Xavier Duval, Patrick Nataf, Guillaume Jondeau, Fabien Hyafil, Dominique Le Guludec, François Rouzet
BACKGROUND: (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has been recently acknowledged as a diagnostic tool for prosthetic valve endocarditis, but its specificity is limited by uptake on noninfected valves. The objective of this study was to outline the main features of FDG uptake on PET/CT in patients with noninfected prosthetic heart valve (PHV). METHODS AND RESULTS: Our institution's PET/CT database was reviewed to identify patients with PHV, excluding those suspected of infection or who had received antibiotic treatment...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293002/-dehiscence-of-the-pericardial-patch-after-surgical-treatment-of-active-infective-aortic-valve-endocarditis-with-reconstruction-of-the-aortic-annulus-using-a-glutaraldehyde-treated-autologous-pericardium
#6
Kazufumi Yoshida, Naoto Fukunaga, Shigeki Koizumi, Kenta Nishiya, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Masanosuke Ishigami, Atsushi Nagasawa, Ryuzo Sakata, Tadaaki Koyama
A 50-year-old man was admitted with fever and chill sensation 6 months ago. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed left and right coronary cusp prolapses and a thickened tissue of the aortic curtain. Congestive heart failure due to active infective aortic valve endocarditis was diagnosed, and he underwent aortic valve replacement. The aortic annulus was reconstructed using a glutaraldehydetreated autologous pericardium. Six months after surgery, TTE showed severe aortic regurgitation and saccular change in the aortic annulus...
March 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290168/early-results-of-rheumatic-mitral-valve-repair
#7
Giuseppe Petrone, Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, Prakash P Punjabi
BACKGROUND: Mitral valve repair (MVr) in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains challenging. The present authors' surgical experience of MVr in 56 patients with RHD operated in between January 2011 and September 2014 is reported. METHODS: Among the patients (mean age 32 ± 11 years), 11 were in NYHA functional class II, 32 in class III, and seven in class IV. An adequate or oversized autologous pericardial patch was sutured to extend the coaptating edge of both the anterior leaflet (in 18 patients) and the posterior leaflet (in 30 patients)...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277266/long-term-follow-up-of-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-treated-with-a-self-expanding-prosthesis
#8
Pablo Avanzas, Isaac Pascual, Antonio J Muñoz-García, José Segura, Juan H Alonso-Briales, Javier Suárez de Lezo, Manuel Pan, Manuel F Jiménez-Navarro, José López-Aguilera, José M Hernández-García, César Morís
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a safe and effective alternative to surgical treatment in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and those who are inoperable or at high surgical risk. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term survival of consecutive patients with severe AS treated with TAVI. METHODS: Observational, multicenter, prospective, follow-up study of consecutive patients with severe symptomatic AS treated by TAVI in 3 high-volume hospitals in Spain...
October 28, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265207/clinical-risk-factors-for-infective-endocarditis-in-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia
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Vincent Bryan D Salvador, Bikash Chapagain, Astha Joshi, Debra J Brennessel
Crucial to the management of staphylococcal bacteremia is an accurate evaluation of associated endocarditis, which has both therapeutic and prognostic implications. Because the clinical presentation of endocarditis can be nonspecific, the judicious use of echocardiography is important in distinguishing patients at high risk of developing endocarditis. In the presence of high-risk clinical features, an early transesophageal echocardiogram is warranted without prior transthoracic echocardiography. The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical risk factors for staphylococcal infective endocarditis that might warrant earlier transesophageal echocardiography and to describe the incidence of endocarditis in cases of methicillin-resistant and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia...
February 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258243/health-literacy-and-warfarin-therapy-at-two-anticoagulation-clinics-in-brazil
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Maria Auxiliadora Parreiras Martins, Josiane Moreira Costa, Juliana Vaz de Melo Mambrini, Antonio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro, Emelia J Benjamin, Luisa Campos Caldeira Brant, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Jared W Magnani
OBJECTIVE: Health literacy has been related to health-related conditions and health outcomes. Studies examining the association of health literacy and anticoagulation have had variable results. We sought to investigate the relations of health literacy and percentage of time in therapeutic range (TTR) in a vulnerable Brazilian cohort at two hospital-based anticoagulation clinics. METHODS: We measured health literacy with the Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Portuguese-speaking Adults (SAHLPA-18) in 2015-2016...
March 3, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250862/fdg-pet-identification-of-infected-pulmonary-artery-conduit-following-tetralogy-of-fallot-tof-repair
#11
Yuyang Zhang, Hadyn Williams, Darko Pucar
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is one of the most common forms of cyanotic congenital heart disease usually managed by serial surgical repairs. The repaired prosthetic valve or conduit is susceptible to life-threatening infection. FDG-PET is an effective alternative to evaluate the source of infection when other examinations are inconclusive. We report an unusual case of an infected pulmonary artery conduit after TOF repair although the echocardiogram was negative for vegetation, which was later confirmed by surgery and pathology...
March 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240641/transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-with-a-novel-self-expandable-prosthesis-single-institutional-experience-procedural-outcomes-and-follow-up
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Gian Paolo Ussia, Valeria Cammalleri, Jawahar L Mehta, Kunal Sarkar, Saverio Muscoli, Pasquale de Vico, Giovanni Ruvolo, Francesco Romeo
AIMS: We report our experience with the CardiAQ prosthetic valve using both transapical and transseptal access. Aim of our study was proving the feasibility, safety and effectiveness of a novel transcatheter mitral valve bioprosthesis. METHODS: Four patients with severe mitral regurgitation, not eligible for mitral valve surgery, were treated with the CardiAQ valve. The procedures were performed under general anaesthesia, fluoroscopic and transesophageal echocardiographic guidance...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238250/atrial-septostomy-as-a-bridge-to-replace-a-thrombosed-mechanical-aortic-valve-requiring-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#13
Adarsh Katamreddy, David F Snipelisky, Mackram F Eleid
Atrial septostomy is an infrequently used percutaneous technique to decompress either side of the heart. Here, a case is reported of atrial septostomy performed as an emergency 'bridge' procedure in a hemodynamically unstable 62-year-old man with acute mechanical prosthetic aortic valve thrombosis requiring peripheral venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). ECMO was placed emergently as the patient suffered cardiac arrest during anesthesia induction for surgical replacement of the thrombosed prosthetic aortic valve...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238243/improved-pig-model-to-evaluate-heart-valve-thrombosis
#14
Umashankar Payanam Ramachandra, Sachin J Shenoy, Sabareeswaran Arumugham
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: Although the sheep is the most acceptable animal model for heart valve evaluation, it has severe limitations for detecting heart valve thrombosis during preclinical studies. While the pig offers an alternative model and is better for detecting prosthetic valve thrombogenicity, it is not often used because of inadvertent valve thrombosis or bleeding complications. The study aim was to develop an improved pig model which can be used reliably to evaluate mechanical heart valve thrombogenicity...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228452/does-the-use-of-a-decision-aid-improve-decision-making-in-prosthetic-heart-valve-selection-a-multicenter-randomized-trial
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Nelleke M Korteland, Yunus Ahmed, David R Koolbergen, Marjan Brouwer, Frederiek de Heer, Jolanda Kluin, Eline F Bruggemans, Robert J M Klautz, Anne M Stiggelbout, Jeroen J J Bucx, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Peter Polak, Thanasie Markou, Inge van den Broek, Rene Ligthart, Ad J J C Bogers, Johanna J M Takkenberg
BACKGROUND: A Dutch online patient decision aid to support prosthetic heart valve selection was recently developed. A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted to assess whether use of the patient decision aid results in optimization of shared decision making in prosthetic heart valve selection. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a 5-center randomized controlled trial, patients were allocated to receive either standard preoperative care (control group) or additional access to the patient decision aid (intervention group)...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228313/significant-intra-valvular-pressure-loss-across-epic-supra-and-perimount-magna-supra-annular-designed-aortic-bioprostheses-in-patients-with-normal-aortic-size
#16
Jagdish C Mohan, Vishwas Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Arvind Sethi
Doppler-derived trans-prosthetic gradients are higher and the estimated effective valve area is smaller than the catheter-derived and directly measured hemodynamic values, mostly due to pressure recovery phenomenon. Pressure recovery to a varying extent is common to all prosthetic heart valves including bioprostheses. Pressure recovery-related differences are usually small except in patients with bileaflet metallic prosthesis, wherein high-pressure local jets across central orifice have been documented since long back and also in patients with narrow aortic root...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225640/absolute-delay-multiphase-reconstruction-reduces-prosthetic-valve-related-and-atrial-fibrillation-related-artifacts-at-cardiac-ct
#17
Young Joo Suh, Dong Jin Im, Yoo Jin Hong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Jin Hur, Byoung Wook Choi, Young Jin Kim
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to compare the image quality of cardiac CT images of mechanical valves in patients with irregular heart rates (HRs) using absolute-delay multiphase reconstruction versus relative-delay multiphase reconstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 26 patients with 40 mechanical valves who had atrial fibrillation during CT were included. The image quality of the CT scans was assessed for the subvalvular and valvular regions on a 4-point scale...
February 22, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209176/infective-endocarditis-causing-mitral-valve-stenosis-a-rare-but-deadly-complication-a-case-report
#18
Michael A Hart, Gautam R Shroff
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis rarely causes mitral valve stenosis. When present, it has the potential to cause severe hemodynamic decompensation and death. There are only 15 reported cases in the literature of mitral prosthetic valve bacterial endocarditis causing stenosis by obstruction. This case is even more unusual due to the mechanism by which functional mitral stenosis occurred. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 23-year-old white woman with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with acute heart failure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209171/integrated-strategy-for-in-vitro-characterization-of-a-bileaflet-mechanical-aortic-valve
#19
Francesca Maria Susin, Stefania Espa, Riccardo Toninato, Stefania Fortini, Giorgio Querzoli
BACKGROUND: Haemodynamic performance of heart valve prosthesis can be defined as its ability to fully open and completely close during the cardiac cycle, neither overloading heart work nor damaging blood particles when passing through the valve. In this perspective, global and local flow parameters, valve dynamics and blood damage safety of the prosthesis, as well as their mutual interactions, have all to be accounted for when assessing the device functionality. Even though all these issues have been and continue to be widely investigated, they are not usually studied through an integrated approach yet, i...
February 16, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157747/cardioembolic-stroke
#20
Cumara B O'Carroll, Kevin M Barrett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardioembolic stroke is common and disproportionately more disabling than nonembolic mechanisms of stroke. Its incidence is expected to rise because of the age-related incidence of atrial fibrillation and an aging population. This article summarizes the different causes of cardioembolism and outlines current management guidelines. RECENT FINDINGS: Since cardioembolic stroke is not a single disease entity, its diagnosis requires initial clinical suspicion and a comprehensive evaluation, including ECG, echocardiography, brain imaging, and cardiac monitoring...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
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