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"Cardiac magnetic resonance"

Suneesh Kalliath, Rajesh Gopalan Nair, Haridasan Vellani
A 48-year-old man presented with chronic right sided heart failure. 2D echocardiography revealed the classical features of left ventricular endomyocardial fibrosis with a prominent right ventricular apical aneurysm. Right ventriculography further defined the aneurysm. Cardiac magnetic resonance images revealed a thin-walled, apical aneurysm of right ventricle with multiple septations and marked obliteration of left ventricular apex. A delayed-enhancement sequence after the infusion of contrast, demonstrated a hypersignal in the subendocardium, consistent with the right ventricular involvement of endomyocardial fibrosis...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Hemant Chaturvedi, Rudra Dev Pandey, Krishna Kumar Sharma, Jitendra Singh Makkar, Sanjeev K Sharma
We present a patient with asymptomatic apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (AHCM) who recently developed cardiac arrhythmias, and shortly discuss the diagnostic modalities, differential diagnosis, and treatment strategy for this condition. AHCM is a rare form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which usually involves the apex of the left ventricle. AHCM can occur with varied presentations such as chest pain, palpitations, dyspnea, syncope, atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction, embolic events, ventricular fibrillation, and congestive heart failure...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Ana Abreu, Helena Santa Clara
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure (CHF) and intraventricular conduction delay, which is identified by a QRS interval of 120msec or more on a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). CRT improved functional capacity, reduced hospitalizations for worsening CHF and increased survival. However, about 30-40% of patients who underwent CRT were non-responders with no clinical or echocardiographic improvement. Imaging parameters for prediction of CRT response have been reviewed...
October 14, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Santhosh R Devarapally, Sameer Arora, Ali Ahmad, Mike Sood, Amaar El Sergany, Terrence Sacchi, Barry Saul, Rahul Gaglani, John Heitner
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) failure has proven to be independently associated with adverse outcomes. Electrocardiographic parameters assessing RV function are largely unknown, making echocardiography the first line for RV function assessment. It is however, limited by geometrical assumptions and is inferior to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) which is widely regarded as the most accurate tool for assessing RV function. METHODS: We seek to determine the correlation of ECG parameters of right bundle branch block (RBBB) with RV ejection fraction (EF) and RV dimensions using the CMRI...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Grazia Casavecchia, Matteo Gravina, Michele Correale, Antonio Totaro, Luca Macarini, Matteo Di Biase, Natale Daniele Brunetti
We report a case of Loeffler's endocarditis in a 44-year old female with asthma and arthralgia. Beyond diagnosis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging may allow for a detailed definition of cardiac involvement and non-invasive follow up.
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Rafel Ramos, Xavier Albert, Joan Sala, Maria Garcia-Gil, Roberto Elosua, Jaume Marrugat, Anna Ponjoan, María Grau, Manel Morales, Antoni Rubió, Pedro Ortuño, Lia Alves-Cabratosa, Ruth Martí-Lluch
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of unrecognized myocardial infarction (UMI) remains an open question in epidemiological and clinical studies, inhibiting effective secondary prevention of myocardial infarction. We aimed to determine the prevalence and incidence of Q-wave UMI in asymptomatic individuals aged 35 to 74years, and to ascertain the positive predictive value (PPV) of asymptomatic Q-wave to diagnose UMI. METHODS: Two population-based cross-sectional studies were conducted, in 2000 (with 10-year follow-up) and in 2005...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Yibin Xie, Young-Jin Kim, Jianing Pang, Jung-Sun Kim, Qi Yang, Janet Wei, Christopher T Nguyen, Zixin Deng, Byoung Wook Choi, Zhaoyang Fan, C Noel Bairey Merz, Prediman K Shah, Daniel S Berman, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Debiao Li
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work is the development of coronary atherosclerosis T1-weighted characterization with integrated anatomical reference (CATCH) technique and the validation by comparison with high-risk plaque features (HRPF) observed on intracoronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) and invasive coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: T1-weighted cardiac magnetic resonance with or without contrast media has been used for characterizing coronary atherosclerosis showing promising prognostic value...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Nelson F Velasco, Andrea Rueda, Cristina Santa Marta, Eduardo Romero
High-quality Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images can be hardly obtained when intrinsic noise sources are present, namely heart and breathing movements. Yet heart images may be acquired in real time, the image quality is really limited and most sequences use ECG gating to capture images at each stage of the cardiac cycle during several heart beats. This paper presents a novel super-resolution algorithm that improves the cardiac image quality using a sparse Bayesian approach. The high-resolution version of the cardiac image is constructed by combining the information of the low-resolution series -observations from different non-orthogonal series composed of anisotropic voxels- with a prior distribution of the high-resolution local coefficients that enforces sparsity...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Muhammad Shahid, Edward Hoey, Sandeep Basavarajaiah
We report a case of focal myocarditis in a young boy mimicking acute ST-segment elevation MI. He presented with chest pain and the EKG changes were consistent with infero-laeral ST-segment elevation MI. Coronary angiogram revealed smooth arteries with no obstruction. Troponin was significantly elevated and the echocardiogram exhibited mildly impaired LV function with hypokinetic inferior and lateral walls. Subsequently performed cardiac magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis of myocarditis by exhibiting classic features of delayed gadolinium enhancement in the epi and mid-myocardial regions of the lateral wall sparing the sub-endocardial region...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Idan Roifman, Nilesh R Ghugre, Tasnim Vira, Mohammad I Zia, Anna Zavodni, Mihaela Pop, Kim A Connelly, Graham A Wright
BACKGROUND: Infarct heterogeneity, as assessed by determination of the peri-infarct zone (PIZ) by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, has been shown to be an independent predictor for the development of cardiac arrhythmias and mortality post myocardial infarction (MI). The temporal evolution of the PIZ post MI is currently unknown. Thus, the main objective of our study was to describe the temporal evolution of the PIZ over a 6 month time period in contemporarily managed ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients...
October 14, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Yuko Y Inoue, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Nathan Mewton, Gustavo J Volpe, Yoshiaki Ohyama, Ravi K Sharma, Colin O Wu, Chia-Ying Liu, David A Bluemke, Elsayed Z Soliman, João A C Lima, Hiroshi Ashikaga
Purpose To examine the associations of myocardial diffuse fibrosis and scar with surface electrocardiographic (ECG) parameters in individuals free of prior coronary heart disease in four different ethnicities. Materials and Methods This prospective cross-sectional study was approved by the institutional review boards, and all participants gave informed consent. A total of 1669 participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, or MESA, who were free of prior myocardial infarction underwent both ECG and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging...
October 13, 2016: Radiology
Dominik Buckert, Sebastian Kelle, Sebastian Buss, Grigorios Korosoglou, Rolf Gebker, Ralf Birkemeyer, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Hugo Katus, Burkert Pieske, Peter Bernhardt
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has become a diagnostic modality that allows for prognostic risk stratification in various cardiac diseases. CMR derived detection of myocardial necrosis by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and assessment of left ventricular functional parameters such as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) have been proven to be significantly associated with outcome and prognosis. Our study focusses on the validation of specific thresholds for these parameters in a multi-center daily all-comers cohort of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Eric V Krieger, James Lee, Kelley R Branch, Christian Hamilton-Craig
In this review discuss the application of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) to the evaluation and quantification of mitral regurgitation and provide a systematic literature review for comparisons with echocardiography. Using the 2015 Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses methodology, we searched Medline and PubMed for original research articles published since 2000 that provided data on the quantification of mitral regurgitation by CMR. We identified 220 articles of which 33 were included...
October 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Christine Meindl, Birgit Achatz, Deborah Huber, Andrea Baessler, Ute Hubauer, Christa Meisinger, Christian Hengstenberg, Jeanette Erdmann, Stefan Buchner, Lars Maier, Heribert Schunkert, Kurt Debl, Marcus Fischer
BACKGROUND: The presence of coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is influenced by genetic factors and related to the presence of aneurysms in other vascular beds. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease is frequently accompanied by ascending aortic aneurysm. Because the aortic valve and the proximal parts of the coronary arteries share a common embryonic origin, we hypothesized that CAE is associated with BAV disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred seventy-seven patients with suspected aortic valve disease (n=94 BAV, n=83 tricuspid aortic valve) underwent both cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Gianluca Pontone, Andrea I Guaricci, Daniele Andreini, Anna Solbiati, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Laura Fusini, Cristina Rota, Chiara Segurini, Edoardo Conte, Paola Gripari, Antonio Dello Russo, Massimo Moltrasio, Fabrizio Tundo, Federico Lombardi, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Valentina Lorenzoni, Claudio Tondo, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic benefit of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) over transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in ischemic cardiomyopathy and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy patients evaluated for primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 409 consecutive ischemic and dilated cardiomyopathy patients (mean age: 64±12 years; 331 men). All patients underwent TTE and CMR, and left ventricle end-diastolic volume, left ventricle end-systolic volume, and left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) were evaluated...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Flemming Javier Olsen, Litten Bertelsen, Martina Chantal de Knegt, Thomas Emil Christensen, Niels Vejlstrup, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Jan Skov Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
Several cardiac imaging modalities are able to visualize the left atrium (LA) and, therefore, allow for quantification of both structural and functional properties of this cardiac chamber. In echocardiography, only the maximal LA volume is included in the assessment of diastolic function at the current moment. Numerous studies, however, have shown that functional measures may be superior to the maximal LA volume in several aspects and to possess clinical value even in the absence of structural abnormalities...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Radu Campean, Matthias Hasun, Claudia Stöllberger, Johannes Bucher, Josef Finsterer, Christoph Schnack, Franz Weidinger
BACKGROUND: Reversible left ventricular dysfunction, also termed Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is rarely reported in Addison's disease after initiation of hormone replacement therapy. The pathogenesis of this cardiomyopathy is unknown. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old white woman with a history of autoimmune Hashimoto thyroiditis diagnosed 3 years earlier and acute adrenal insufficiency diagnosed 3 weeks earlier presented with new onset of heart failure New York Heart Association class IV, which had started shortly after initiation of hormone replacement therapy with hydrocortisone 20 mg/day and fludrocortisone 0...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Alberto Francesco Cereda, Patrizia Pedrotti, Lucio De Capitani, Cristina Giannattasio, Alberto Roghi
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis characterized by hypereosinophilia. EGPA typically develops in three clinical phases, beginning with asthma, followed by tissue eosinophilia and finally systemic vasculitis. Cardiac involvement is the most important predictor of mortality; it occurs in approximately 15-60% of EGPA patients, a significant proportion of whom are asymptomatic and have normal electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Massimo Imazio, Elena Gribaudo, Fiorenzo Gaita
Recurrent pericarditis is the most common and troublesome complication of pericarditis affecting 20 to 50% of patients. Its pathogenesis is often presumed to be immune-mediated, but additional investigations are needed to clarify the pathogenesis in order to develop etiology-oriented therapies. Imaging with Computed Tomography and especially Cardiac Magnetic Resonance holds promise to help in the identification of more difficult cases and improve their management. Refractory recurrent pericarditis with corticosteroid dependence and colchicine resistance remain still an unsolved issue in search of new therapies, although old drugs such as azathioprine, intravenous immunoglobulins, and biological agents seem promising, but new randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm their role...
October 7, 2016: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Gee-Hee Kim, Chul-Min Kim, Bo-Hyun Jang, Hyeong-Han Lee, Solim Hong, Sang-Hoon Eum, Howook Jeon, Donggyu Moon
A 58-year-old man had been diagnosed with non-obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCMP) according to echocardiography findings 16 years ago. Echocardiography showed ischemic cardiomyopathy (CMP)-like features with decreased systolic function but a non-dilated chamber. Coronary angiography was performed but showed a normal coronary artery. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multifocal transmural and subepicardial delayed-enhancing areas at the anteroseptal, septal, and inferoseptal left ventricular (LV) wall, and wall thinning and decreased motion of the anteroseptal LV wall...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
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