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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814965/convolutional-neural-network-for-the-detection-of-end-diastole-and-end-systole-frames-in-free-breathing-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Fan Yang, Yan He, Mubashir Hussain, Hong Xie, Pinggui Lei
Free-breathing cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has short examination time with high reproducibility. Detection of the end-diastole and the end-systole frames of the free-breathing cardiac magnetic resonance, supplemented by visual identification, is time consuming and laborious. We propose a novel method for automatic identification of both the end-diastole and the end-systole frames, in the free-breathing CMR imaging. The proposed technique utilizes the convolutional neural network to locate the left ventricle and to obtain the end-diastole and the end-systole frames from the respiratory motion signal...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814447/acute-myocarditis-secondary-to-cardiac-tuberculosis
#2
Alice Cowley, Laura Dobson, John Kurian, Christopher Saunderson
Isolated myocardial involvement in tuberculosis is exceedingly rare but there are reports it can present with sudden cardiac death, atrioventricular block, ventricular arrhythmias or congestive cardiac failure. We report the case of a 33 year-old male, of South Asian descent, who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal ECG. The patient had no significant past medical history and coronary angiogram showed no evidence of coronary artery disease. Of note the patient had recently been discharged from a local district hospital with an episode of myocarditis...
August 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
#3
Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801204/improved-post-processing-strategy-for-molli-based-tissue-characterization-allows-application-in-patients-with-dyspnoe-and-impaired-left-ventricular-function
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Thomas Kampf, Wolfgang Rudolf Bauer, Theresa Reiter
Contrast and non-contrast MRI based characterization of myocardium by T1-mapping will be of paramount importance to obtain biomarkers, e.g. fibrosis, which determines the risk of heart failure patients. T1-mapping by the standard post-processing of the modified look-locker inversion recovery (MOLLI) lacks of accuracy when trying to reduce its duration, which on the other hand, is highly desirable in patients with heart failure. The recently suggested inversion group fitting (IGF) technique, which considers more parameters for fitting, has a superior accuracy for long T1 times despite a shorter duration...
August 8, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798246/extramedullary-haematopoiesis-presenting-with-cardiac-tamponade-in-a-patient-with-polycythaemia-vera
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Faysal Haroun, Viktoria Elkis, Anne Chen, Elsie Lee
A 71-year-old man with a history of polycythaemia vera, diagnosed 4 years ago, presented to the emergency room with shortness of breath. A bedside echocardiogram revealed a large pericardial effusion with features concerning for pericardial tamponade. A left anterior thoracotomy and a pericardial window were emergently performed in the operating room and relieved the patient's symptoms. Histology evaluation of the pericardial fragments and pericardial fluid revealed the presence of trilineage haematopoietic elements without any increase in the blasts...
August 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797681/extranodal-rosai-dorfman-disease-arising-in-the-heart-clinical-course-and-review-of-literature
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Amin Heidarian, Ayesha Anwar, M A Haseeb, Raavi Gupta
Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD), also known as sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy, is a nonmalignant disease of unknown etiology. It may present as bilateral, massive, painless cervical lymphadenopathy; however, one third of the cases have extranodal involvement. Extranodal sites include soft tissue, skin, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, and central nervous system, with head and neck being the most common. Here we report a rare case of intracardiac RDD in a 46-year-old, African-American female who presented with worsening shortness of breath and fatigue for 7 weeks...
July 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780235/dilated-right-coronary-sinus-identified-on-point-of-care-ultrasound
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Damali Nakitende, Michael Gottlieb
Point-of-care cardiac ultrasound (POCUS) is a common application in Emergency Medicine. Here we present a case of an incidentally discovered dilated right coronary sinus on ultrasound. This case involved a 55-year-old female who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. Her initial presentation was concerning for congestive heart failure (CHF) exacerbation. A bedside ultrasound was performed to assess cardiac function, where a dilated right coronary sinus was discovered. The right coronary sinus is the vein that serves as the venous return for the coronary system...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743311/hypercapnic-respiratory-failure-during-pregnancy-due-to-polymyositis-related-respiratory-muscle-weakness-a-case-report
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Husain Shabbir Ali, Ibrahim Fawzy Hassan, Saibu George, Abdalrazig Elsadig Fadlelmula
BACKGROUND: Polymyositis is a rare medical disorder complicating pregnancy. Ventilatory muscle weakness leading to respiratory failure is an uncommon manifestation of this autoimmune disease. We report a case of life-threatening hypercapnic respiratory failure due to polymyositis-related respiratory muscle weakness in a pregnant woman. CASE PRESENTATION: A 31-year-old, African woman in her second trimester of pregnancy presented to the emergency department with fever, shortness of breath and muscle weakness...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723765/perioperative-management-of-intracardiac-leiomyomatosis-an-observational-cohort-study
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Jiaying Xu, Min Wei, Qi Miao, Bin Zhu, Chunhua Yu, Yuguang Huang
Intracardiac leiomyomatosis (ICLM) is a rare condition in which the benign tumor extends into the right heart chambers through inferior vena cava. The best surgical approach still remains unclear.We present a retrospective cohort of 36 patients diagnosed with ICLM in Peking Union Medical College Hospital between 2002 and 2016.The mean patient age was 44.5 (range 25-55) years. The clinical manifestations were various, including shortness of breath, chest tightness, edema of the lower extremities, palpitations, syncope, etc...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719490/identification-of-hypotensive-emergency-department-patients-with-cardiogenic-etiologies
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Daniel J Henning, Kathleen E Kearney, M Kennedy Hall, Claudius Mahr, Nathan I Shapiro, Graham Nichol
OBJECTIVE: Identify predictors of cardiogenic etiology among Emergency Department (ED) patients with hypotension, and use these predictors to create a clinical tool to discern cardiogenic etiology of hypotension. METHODS: This secondary analysis evaluated a prospective cohort of consecutive patients with hypotension in an urban, academic, tertiary care ED from November 2012 to September 2013. We included adults with hypotension, defined as a new vasopressor requirement, systolic blood pressure (SBP) < 90 mmHg after at least 1L of crystalloid or 2 units packed red blood cells, or SBP < 90 mmHg and fluids withheld due to concern for fluid overload...
July 17, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705841/primary-cardiac-leiomyosarcoma-presenting-as-haemoptysis-in-a-22-year-old-patient-an-unusual-presentation-of-a-rare-condition
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Masroor Hassan, Maria Khattak, Hafez Mohammad Ammar Abdullah, Bushra Nasib
Primary cardiac sarcomas are rare malignant tumours and among them, leiomyosarcoma is extremely rare. They are especially rare in a young age group. We present a case of a 22-year-old male patient with primary leiomyosarcoma of the left atrium involving the pulmonary veins who presented with haemoptysis and shortness of breath. He underwent surgical excision of the tumour along with mitral valve replacement followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. No recurrence was reported on his second 6 monthly follow-ups.
July 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705229/brugada-syndrome-in-a-patient-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Anusha Battineni, Rohit Gummi, Naresh Mullaguri, Raghav Govindarajan
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neuromuscular disorder characterized by progressive death of the upper and lower motor neurons in the central nervous system. Patients with this disease die mostly as a result of respiratory failure; however, owing to prolonged survival through assisted ventilation, cardiovascular causes are increasingly responsible for mortality. We report what is to the best of our knowledge the first case of type 2 Brugada syndrome causing ventricular tachyarrhythmia and cardiac arrest in a patient with upper limb onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701605/role-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-surgical-retrieval-of-embolized-amplatzer-device-and-closure-of-coronary-cameral-fistula
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Bhupesh Kumar, Alok Kumar, Ganesh Kumar, Harkant Singh
Congenital coronary artery fistula is an uncommon anomaly. Transcatheter coil embolization or Amplatzer vascular plug device closure of fistula is often done in symptomatic patients with safe accessibility to the feeding coronary artery. Embolization of Amplatzer vascular plug device is rare. We report an 11-year-old male child who presented to us with increasing shortness of breath for 7 years. He had a history of Amplatzer vascular plug device closure of right coronary-cameral fistula 8 years back. Echocardiography demonstrated a dilated aneurysmal right coronary artery with turbulent jet entering into the right ventricle (RV) and device embolized into the left pulmonary artery (LPA)...
July 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690937/an-unusual-case-of-aortic-stenosis-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Mustafa Kagalwalla, Medhavi Gupta, Umme Haani Malwi, Nazia Hussain
Systemic sclerosis is a connective tissue disorder that frequently involves the heart. All cardiac structures can be involved but aortic valve involvement is rare. We report a case of an 83-year-old man with a history of systemic sclerosis presenting with shortness of breath. A transthoracic echocardiogram revealed severe aortic stenosis that could not be explained by other causes. These patients often pose challenges in management as they are not surgical candidates. Transaortic valvular implantation is a viable option for these patients...
June 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690902/group-a-streptococcal-pericarditis-in-a-four-month-old-infant-case-report
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Badria R Al-Waili, Sunny K Zacharias, Emad Aslem
Purulent pericarditis is uncommon among paediatric patients and cases caused by group A Streptococcus (GAS) are even rarer. We report a four-month-old female infant who was referred to the Royal Hospital, Muscat, Oman, in 2015 with pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade. She had initially presented to a secondary hospital with a two-week history of fever, a runny nose and shortness of breath. Blood and pericardial fluid cultures confirmed GAS isolates. The infant was treated with a two-week course of antibiotics and made a complete recovery with no echocardiographical evidence of pericardial effusion at a two-month follow-up...
May 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689709/the-reliability-of-short-term-measurement-of-heart-rate-variability-during-spontaneous-breathing-in-people-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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C A Sima, J A Inskip, A W Sheel, S F van Eeden, W D Reid, P G Camp
BACKGROUND: Reduced heart rate variability (HRV), a marker of autonomic system dysfunction, has been reported in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Yet, limited data exists on the reliability of HRV measurement in this population. Here we investigated the reliability of short-term HRV measurement performed during spontaneous breathing in patients with COPD. METHODS: Thirteen individuals (8 males) with moderate-to-severe COPD (FEV1 46±16% predicted; FEV1/FVC 49±13) underwent standard time and frequency domain HRV measurements derived from 5-minute electrocardiograms collected on two separate days using a SphygmoCor device...
July 6, 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687586/a-rash-with-a-heavy-heart
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Sergio Barros-Gomes, Niyada Naksuk, Dragan Jevremovic, Hector R Villarraga
Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is relatively rare and frequently misdiagnosed. Other disorders presenting with increased left ventricular (LV) mass can mimic its diagnosis. This case illustrates unique findings of primary light chain (AL) amyloidosis in a patient with remarkable signs of CA. Here, we report a 49-year-old man with prior diagnosis of hypertrophy cardiomyopathy (HCM) based on an echocardiogram performed 1 year earlier that presented with 8 weeks of periorbital rash. He had numbness in the past 3 years...
July 7, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661990/the-influence-of-comorbidities-risk-factors-and-medications-on-sexual-activity-in-individuals-aged-40-to-59-years-with-and-without-cardiac-conditions-us-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2011-to-2012
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Elaine E Steinke, Victoria Mosack, Twyla J Hill
BACKGROUND: Sexual activity is increasingly recognized as an important aspect of quality of life for many individuals with cardiovascular disease, although less is known about the factors contributing to sexual functioning in younger adults. OBJECTIVE: This study examined factors influencing sexual activity in individuals aged 40 to 59 years, comparing those reporting a cardiac condition with those without a cardiac condition, in a national population-based sample...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660548/chemotherapy-induced-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-pemetrexed
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Takuya Oyakawa, Kei Iida, Masatoshi Kusuhara, Hirotsugu Kenmotsu, Takashi Sugino
Chemotherapy-related cardiac toxicity is a rare but serious adverse event in patients with cancer. Thus far, no case of serious cardiac toxicity of pemetrexed has been reported. We describe the case of a patient with advanced lung cancer and cardiomyopathy due to pemetrexed. A 59-year-old woman visited our hospital, and we found abnormal findings on a chest radiograph. She was diagnosed as having stage IV lung adenocarcinoma. Chemotherapy with cisplatin and pemetrexed every 3 weeks was initiated. After four cycles of chemotherapy, maintenance chemotherapy with pemetrexed was administered every 3 weeks...
June 28, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628465/cardiopulmonary-involvement-in-takayasu-s-arteritis
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David N Brennan, Kenneth J Warrington, Cynthia S Crowson, Jean Schmidt, Matthew J Koster
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiopulmonary (CP) involvement in patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and assess the impact on disease outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with newly diagnosed TAK from 1984 to 2009 was assembled. Demographics, baseline disease characteristics, relapse events, surgeries and mortality were abstracted from direct medical record review. Angiograms, advanced imaging and cardiac studies were reviewed for evidence of CP involvement...
June 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
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