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Cardiac chest pain symptoms

Frantisek Nehaj, Juraj Sokol, Michal Mokan, Veronika Jankovicova, Frantisek Kovar, Marianna Kubaskova, Stanislav Mizera, Marian Mokan
The patient database at the First Department of Internal Medicine in Martin, the Central Slovak Institute for Cardiac and Vascular Diseases in Banska Bystrica, and the National Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bratislava was searched to identify patients with benign tumors of the heart seen during the 5-year period between 2011 and 2016. Forty-one patients with primary cardiac myxomas were identified and their medical records were reviewed for details pertaining to presenting symptoms, staging modalities, treatment approaches, and outcomes...
2018: BioMed Research International
Mehrshad Vafaie, Matthias Hochadel, Thomas Münzel, Birgit Hailer, Burghard Schumacher, Gerd Heusch, Thomas Voigtländer, Harald Mudra, Michael Haude, Sebastian Barth, Claus Schmitt, Harald Darius, Lars S Maier, Hugo A Katus, Jochen Senges, Evangelos Giannitsis
BACKGROUND: Since 2008, the German Cardiac Society certified 256 Chest Pain Units (CPUs). Little is known about adherence to recommended performance measures in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) presenting to CPUs. We investigated guideline-adherence regarding critical time intervals and selected performance measures in German Chest Pain Units. METHODS: From 2008 to 2014, 23,804 consecutive patients with suspected ACS were prospectively enrolled in the Chest Pain Unit registry of the German Cardiac Society...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Jeong Won Lee, Se-Whan Lee, Sung-Hae Chang, Sang Mi Lee
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the clinical usefulness of bone scintigraphy for etiological diagnosis of patients with atypical chest pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 225 patients with atypical chest pain who underwent bone scintigraphy for etiological diagnosis. No patients showed any symptoms or signs other than chest pain and had low-to-intermediate Framingham risk with insignificant findings on initial cardiac evaluation...
March 13, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Shannon N Nees, Jonathan N Flyer, Anjali Chelliah, Jeffrey D Dayton, Lorraine Touchette, David Kalfa, Paul J Chai, Emile A Bacha, Brett R Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) from the opposite sinus of Valsalva is a rare cardiac anomaly associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD). Single-center studies describe surgical repair as safe, although medium- and long-term effects on symptoms and risk of SCD remain unknown. We sought to describe outcomes of surgical repair of AAOCA. METHODS: We reviewed institutional records for patients who underwent AAOCA repair, from 2001 to 2016, at 2 affiliated institutions...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Nils Arne Sörensen, Johannes Tobias Neumann, Francisco Ojeda, Sarina Schäfer, Christina Magnussen, Till Keller, Karl J Lackner, Tanja Zeller, Mahir Karakas, Thomas Münzel, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann, Renate B Schnabel
BACKGROUND: The atypical presentation of women with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) has been related to delayed diagnosis and treatment, which may explain worse outcome compared with men. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed pooled data of 2520 patients of 2 prospective cohorts in terms of differences in presentation and management of women and men suggestive of ACS. Using logistic regression, we established 2 diagnostic models and tested their diagnostic performance in both sexes separately...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Muhammad Hussain, Shabber Agha Abbas, Jorge L Perez, Muhammad Ayyaz
The development of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM) represents a severe complication of chronic methamphetamine abuse. MACM-induced irreversible structural and functional changes in the heart can eventually lead to decompensated heart failure, ultimately requiring heart transplantation. In this case report we present a 47-year old male with a previous history of chronic amphetamine abuse who presented to the emergency room with severe dyspnea at rest associated with mild substernal non-radiating chest pain...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Kevin J Li, Ronald J Gurrera, Lynn E Delisi
Clozapine has been shown to be the most efficacious therapy for treatment resistant schizophrenia, estimated at one third of all schizophrenia cases. There is significant morbidity and mortality associated with clozapine including risk of agranulocytosis, aspiration pneumonia, bowel ischemia, myocarditis, seizures, and weight gain. Here we present a case of a 62-year-old man with chronic paranoid schizophrenia refractory to numerous antipsychotics who was started on clozapine therapy during an acute inpatient psychiatric admission...
March 1, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Nivethitha Ilangkovan, Christian Backer Mogensen, Hans Mickley, Annmarie Touborg Lassen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Niels Peter Ronnow Sand, Rasmus Albiniussen, Jørgen Byg, Flemming Hald, Mette Hjortdal Grønhøj, Axel Diederichsen
OBJECTIVES: To examine and compare the prevalence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) and the frequency of cardiac events in a background population and a cohort of patients with non-specific chest pain (NSCP) who present to an emergency or cardiology department and are discharged without an obvious reason for their symptom. DESIGN: A double-blinded, prospective, observational cohort study that measures both CT-determined CAC scores and cardiac events after 1 year of follow-up...
March 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Syed Rafay Ali Sabzwari, Zoltan Varga, Khurram Butt, Nimra Khan
Vasospastic angina (VSA), also known as variant or Prinzmetal's angina, is a relatively uncommon cause of retrosternal chest pain with transient ST segment elevation, mainly due to vasospasm in the coronary arteries. This is a case of 37-year-old female who presented with chest pain and syncope. Her initial workup, including echocardiogram, was negative. Subsequently, she was sent home with an event monitor. During the next two weeks, she continued to have recurrent episodes of similar chest pains and presented to her cardiology appointment with a heart rate of 45 bpm and blood pressure of 100/60 mmHg and was taken to hospital emergency department...
December 16, 2017: Curēus
George Renchao Wu, Aman Saini, Imtiaz Ahmed, Charles Finch
Anomalous coronary artery from the opposite sinus is a rare congenital anomaly that can present with symptoms similar to coronary artery disease, and sudden cardiac death. Management of anomalous coronary artery from the opposite sinus varies; however, current guidelines suggest surgery in symptomatic patients. Our patient is a middle-aged male with a history of coronary artery disease and status post coronary artery bypass graft. He presented with complaints of vague chest pain. After a positive stress test, he was sent to the catheterization suite...
December 2017: Radiology case reports
Ivo Strebel, Raphael Twerenbold, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Roger Abächerli, Maria Rubini Giménez, Karin Wildi, Karin Grimm, Christian Puelacher, Patrick Badertscher, Zaid Sabti, Dominik Breitenbücher, Janina Jann, Farah Selman, Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, Nicolas Schaerli, Thomas Nestelberger, Claudia Stelzig, Michael Freese, Lukas Schumacher, Stefan Osswald, Christian Mueller, Tobias Reichlin
BACKGROUND: The cardiac electrical biomarker (CEB) is a novel electrocardiographic (ECG) marker quantifying the dipolar activity of the heart with higher levels indicating myocardial injury. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 1097 patients presenting with suspected non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) to the emergency department (ED). Digital 12-lead ECGs were recorded at presentation and the CEB values were calculated in a blinded fashion. The final diagnosis was adjudicated by two independent cardiologists...
February 24, 2018: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Shiva T Radhakrishnan, Aruchuna Mohanaruban, Sami Hoque
BACKGROUND: Myocarditis is a rare complication of therapy with mesalazine, a drug widely prescribed in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of myocarditis occurring in a 49-year-old British man 10 days following initiation of mesalazine therapy for treatment of ulcerative colitis. He presented with troponin-positive chest pain, and the diagnosis of myocarditis was confirmed on the basis of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, which showed subepicardial delayed gadolinium enhancement in the basal to middle inferior and inferolateral segments of the heart...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Akamin Raymond, Ettore Pedretti, Giuseppina Privitera, Cristina Cicero, Giacomo Biasucci
BACKGROUND: Unilateral absence of the pulmonary artery (UAPA) is a rare congenital malformation often associated with other cardiac anomalies; however it may occur as an isolated lesion. Isolated absence of the right pulmonary artery is twice more frequent than that of the left pulmonary artery. Patients with isolated UAPA are usually asymptomatic at birth; thereafter they may develop a progression of symptoms such as exercise intolerance, dyspnea, chest pain, hemoptysis and recurrent pulmonary infections...
February 20, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Anand Chockalingam
Stress cardiomyopathy (SC) typically presents as potential acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in previously healthy people. While there may be physical or mental stressors, the initial symptom is usually chest pain. This form conforms to the published Mayo diagnostic criteria, is well reported and as the presentation is initially cardiac, is considered primary SC. Increasingly we see SC develop several days into the hospitalization secondary to medical or surgical critical illness. This condition is more complex, presents atypically, is not easy to recognize and carries a much worse prognosis...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
Aghygh Heidari, Samsam Dabiri, Feridoun Sabzi
Angiosarcomas of the uterine is a malignant and poor prognostic tumor and can either be a primary sarcoma or arising secondary to radiotherapy of a more complex tumor. Primary uterine angiosarcomas are exceptional and probably arise from embryonic vascular remnants, teratoma or from the rich uterine vasculature. We reported a rare case of primary angiosarcoma of uterine that at the time of diagnosis presented with sign and symptom of local and distant metastasis. The patient presented with dyspnea, chest pain, and history of vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain...
January 2018: Acta Medica Iranica
Jay Brieler, Matthew A Breeden, Jane Tucker
The definition and classification of cardiomyopathy have evolved considerably in recent years. Cardiomyopathy can be separated into primary (genetic, mixed, or acquired) and secondary categories, which result in varied phenotypes including dilated, hypertrophic, and restrictive patterns. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common primary cardiomyopathy and can cause exertional dyspnea, presyncope, atypical chest pain, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. Dilated cardiomyopathy can be genetic or acquired and typically presents with classic symptoms of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction...
November 15, 2017: American Family Physician
Miroslav P Peev, Anne Therese C Lim, Tianle Zou, Laurence H Brinckerhoff
A 49-year-old female with history of uterine leiomyoma and intermittent shortness of breath presented to the emergency department with new onset of tachycardia and chest pain. Subsequent cardiac work up revealed hypoechoic mass compressing the right ventricle. Computer tomography guided biopsy for tissue characterization revealed a benign spindle cell tumor. Surgical resection of a large epicardial tumor was undertaken. The histologic examination of the tumor was consistent with Estrogen and Progesterone positive leiomyoma of uncertain malignant potential...
September 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Ayman Elbadawi, Basarat Baig, Islam Y Elgendy, Erfan Alotaki, Ahmed H Mohamed, Kirolos Barssoum, David Fries, Muhammad Khan, Rami N Khouzam
INTRODUCTION: Single coronary artery is a rare anomaly, which is usually associated with other cardiac congenital abnormalities. CASE REPORT: A 56-year-old female presented with unstable angina. The patient reported complaints of typical chest pain on exertion few months prior to presentation, which progressed to become at rest. The pain was associated palpitations and dizziness. Past medical history was significant for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Vital signs were stable...
February 6, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
Catarina Ruivo, Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Rita Faria, Nuno Ferreira, Vasco Gama
A 56-year-old woman complained of atypical chest pain. At initial diagnostic workup, chest radiograph and transthoracic echocardiogram depict specific findings that raised the suspicion of pericardial agenesis. Cardiac computed tomography showed extreme levoposition of the heart and interposition of lung parenchyma between the aorta and the pulmonary artery. Those findings were consistent with the diagnosis of left-side pericardial agenesis, which was subsequently confirmed in cardiac magnetic resonance study...
February 4, 2018: Echocardiography
Mohammad Saud Khan, Zubair Khan, Bhavana Siddegowda Banglore, Ghattas Alkhoury, Laura Murphy, Claudiu Georgescu
BACKGROUND: Acute purulent bacterial pericarditis is of rare occurrence in this modern antibiotic era. Primary involvement of the pericardium without evidence of underlying infection elsewhere is even rarer. It is a rapidly progressive infection with high mortality. We present an extremely rare case of acute purulent bacterial pericarditis in an immunocompetent adult patient with no underlying chronic medical conditions. CASE PRESENTATION: A 33-year-old previously healthy white man presented with the complaints of chest pain and dyspnea...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
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