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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214482/catheter-directed-ultrasound-assisted-thrombolysis-is-a-safe-and-effective-treatment-for-pulmonary-embolism-even-in-high-risk-patients
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Kristen A Lee, Andrew Cha, Mark H Kumar, Combiz Rezayat, Clifford M Sales
OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the early success and safety of catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted (CDUA) thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients deemed to be "high risk" for thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation of patients who underwent CDUA pulmonary thrombolysis in our practice during 39 months is reported. There were 91 patients considered, all of whom presented with acute PE as diagnosed by computed tomography angiography...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213932/correlations-between-electrocardiogram-and-biomarkers-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism-analysis-of-zatpol-2-registry
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Piotr Kukla, Dariusz A Kosior, Andrzej Tomaszewski, Katarzyna Ptaszyńska-Kopczyńska, Katarzyna Widejko, Robert Długopolski, Andrzej Skrzyński, Piotr Błaszczak, Kamil Fijorek, Marcin Kurzyna
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiography (ECG) is still one of the first tests performed at admission, mostly in patients (pts) with chest pain or dyspnea. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac biomarkers as well as echocardiographic parameter in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 614 pts. (F/M 334/280; mean age of 67.9 ± 16.6 years) with confirmed acute pulmonary embolism (APE) who were enrolled to the ZATPOL-2 Registry between 2012 and 2014...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213737/associations-among-left-ventricular-systolic-function-tachycardia-and-cardiac-preload-in-septic-patients
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Michael J Lanspa, Sajid Shahul, Andrew Hersh, Emily L Wilson, Troy D Olsen, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Colin K Grissom, Samuel M Brown
BACKGROUND: In sepsis, tachycardia may indicate low preload, adrenergic stimulation, or both. Adrenergic overstimulation is associated with septic cardiomyopathy. We sought to determine whether tachycardia was associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, a measure of cardiac dysfunction. We hypothesized an association would primarily exist in patients with high preload. METHODS: We prospectively observed septic patients admitted to three study ICUs, who underwent early transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209981/fibulin-6-regulates-pro-fibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-responses-in-neonatal-mouse-ventricular-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Arpita Chowdhury, Lisa Hasselbach, Frank Echtermeyer, Nidhi Jyotsana, Gregor Theilmeier, Christine Herzog
Fibulin-6, an essential component of extracellular matrix determines the architecture of cellular junctions in tissues undergoing strain. Increased expression and deposition of fibulin-6 facilitates fibroblast migration in response to TGF-β, following myocardial infarction in mouse heart. The underlying mechanism still remains elusive. In conjunction with our previous study, we have now demonstrated that in fibulin-6 knockdown (KD) fibroblasts, not only TGF-β dependent migration, but also stress fiber formation, cellular networking and subsequently fibroblast wound contraction is almost abrogated...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204860/left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-during-septic-shock-the-role-of-loading-conditions
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Florence Boissier, Keyvan Razazi, Aurélien Seemann, Alexandre Bedet, Arnaud W Thille, Nicolas de Prost, Pascal Lim, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of septic myocardial dysfunction is controversial, a fact that may be explained by the influence of loading conditions. Many indices may be useful to characterize cardiac function during septic shock, but their feasibility and physiological coherence in the clinical setting are unknown. METHODS: Hemodynamic and echocardiographic data with tissue Doppler and speckle tracking were prospectively recorded on the first 3 days of human septic shock...
February 15, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199991/left-ventricular-longitudinal-strain-in-soccer-referees
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Luigi Gianturco, Bruno Bodini, Vincenzo Gianturco, Giuseppina Lippo, Agnese Solbiati, Maurizio Turiel
Along the years, the analysis of soccer referees perfomance has interested the experts and we can find several types of studies in literature using in particular cardiac imaging. The aim of this retrospective study was to observe relationship between VO2max uptake and some conventional and not-conventional echocardiographic parameters. In order to perform this evaluation, we have enrolled 20 referees, belonging to Italian Soccer Referees' Association and we have investigated cardiovascular profile of them. We found a strong direct relationship between VO2max and global longitudinal strain of left ventricle assessed by means of speckle tracking echocardiographic analysis (R2=0...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198938/left-atrial-deformation-analysis-in-patients-with-corrected-tetralogy-of-fallot-by-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-from-the-magyar-path-study
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Kálmán Havasi, Péter Domsik, Anita Kalapos, Jackie S McGhie, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Background: Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE) capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF). Objectives: To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
February 13, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195519/troponin-t-release-is-associated-with-silent-myocardial-ischaemia-in-black-men-the-sabpa-study
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Madelein E Griffiths, Leoné Malan, Rhena Delport, Marike Cockeran, Manja Reimann
Background High sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) is a validated marker of myocardial damage and may reflect the degree of silent myocardial ischaemia (SMI) and ventricular strain. Our aim was to compare hs-cTnT levels in black and white South Africans taking SMI into consideration. We further explored the capability of hs-cTnT to predict the presence of compensatory systolic hypertension in this South African cohort. Methods A bi-ethnic sex cohort ( n = 404) with similar socioeconomic status (198 black participants and 206 white participants, aged 20-65 years) participated in this target population study where 24 h ambulatory blood pressure, electrocardiogram and overnight fasting cardiometabolic variables were measured...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195341/left-ventricular-systolic-function-is-associated-to-sympathetic-nervous-activity-and-markers-of-inflammation-in-cirrhosis
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Raquel Yotti, Cristina Ripoll, Yolanda Benito, Maria Vega Catalina, Jaime Elízaga, Diego Rincón, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Javier Bermejo, Rafael Bañares
: An accurate evaluation of cardiac function in patients with cirrhosis remains a challenge. We used robust echocardiographic indices to characterize LV systolic function and its relationship to activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and inflammation in 59 patients cirrhosis and 59 age-matched controls. Aditionally, in eleven patients we withdrew betablockers and diuretics and used phenylephrine and albumin infusion to evaluate the response to acute afterload and preload changes (interventional substudy)...
February 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193613/apparent-aortic-stiffness-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-existence-of-vascular-interdependency
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Michal Schäfer, D Dunbar Ivy, Steven H Abman, Alex J Barker, Lorna P Browne, Brian Fonseca, Vitaly Kheyfets, Kendall S Hunter, Uyen Truong
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular dysfunction, mediated by ventricular interdependence, has been associated with negative outcomes in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Considering the dilation of the pulmonary arteries as a paramount sign of PAH, we hypothesized that the ascending aorta will present signs of apparent stiffness in children with PAH and that this effect may be because of mechanical interaction with the dilated main pulmonary artery (MPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two children with PAH and 26 age- and size-matched controls underwent comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance evaluation...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192862/long-term-dietary-quercetin-enrichment-as-a-cardioprotective-countermeasure-in-mdx-mice
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Christopher Ballmann, Thomas Denney, Ronald J Beyers, Tiffany Quindry, Matthew Romero, Joshua T Selsby, John C Quindry
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) causes declines in cardiac health resulting in premature mortality. As a potential countermeasure, quercetin is a polyphenol possessing inherent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that activate proliferator-activated γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) increasing mitochondrial biogenesis protein abundance. We investigated the extent to which lifelong 0.2% dietary quercetin enrichment attenuates dystrophic cardiopathology in mdx mice. Dystrophic animals were fed quercetin or control diet for 12 months while control C57 mice were fed a control diet...
February 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191909/the-influence-of-chemotherapy-on-the-right-ventricle-did-we-forget-something
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Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Dagmara Hering, Lucia Venneri, Oleksandr Danylenko
BACKGROUND: A large number of chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular complications were discovered in studies over the last several decades. The focus of the majority of these studies was left ventricular (LV) remodeling. The aim of this article was to provide a comprehensive overview of potential mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced right ventricular (RV) remodeling and summarize clinical studies on this topic. HYPOTHESIS: Chemotherapy induces RV structural, functional, and mechanical changes...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191665/apical-left-ventricular-myocardial-dysfunction-is-an-early-feature-of-cardiac-involvement-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Rodrigue Garcia, Quentin Labarre, Bruno Degand, Pierre Ingrand, François Le Gal, Benjamin Bonnet, Anne Delaubier, Claire Guillou, Barnabas Gellen, Damien Coisne, Claire Bouleti, Luc Christiaens
INTRODUCTION: Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is a major prognostic determinant in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Therefore, markers of early-stage LV impairment may be useful. The aim of this study was to evaluate 2D echocardiographic LV strain in a cohort of DM1 patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and to compare the results with matched controls. METHODS: This prospective single-center study included 33 consecutive DM1 patients between February 2014 and February 2015...
February 13, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191526/decreased-regional-left-ventricular-myocardial-strain-in-type-1-diabetic-children-a-first-sign-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Amir Hodzic, Virginie Ribault, Pascale Maragnes, Paul Milliez, Eric Saloux, Fabien Labombarda
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Type 1 diabetes is a major cardiovascular risk factor associated with an excess of mortality in young adults due to premature cardiovascular events, which includes heart failure. The relation between type 1 diabetes and cardiac structure and function in children was poorly documented. Our study investigates (1) whether type 1 diabetic children have echocardiographic signs of subclinical cardiac dysfunction assessed by tissue Doppler strain and (2) whether state of metabolic control and diabetes duration have any influence on the cardiac event...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188427/the-prognostic-value-of-right-ventricular-long-axis-strain-in-non-ischaemic-dilated-cardiomyopathies-using-standard-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Nisha Arenja, Johannes H Riffel, Manuel Halder, Charly N Djiokou, Thomas Fritz, Florian Andre, Fabian Aus dem Siepen, Thomas Zelniker, Benjamin Meder, Elham Kayvanpour, Grigorios Korosoglou, Hugo A Katus, Sebastian J Buss
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of right ventricular long axis strain (RV-LAS), a parameter of longitudinal function, with outcome in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). METHODS: In 441 patients with NIDCM, RV-LAS was analysed retrospectively by measuring the length between the epicardial border of the left ventricular apex and the middle of a line connecting the origins of the tricuspidal valve leaflets in end-diastole and end-systole on non-contrast standard cine sequences...
February 10, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188386/improved-identifiability-of-myocardial-material-parameters-by-an-energy-based-cost-function
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Anastasia Nasopoulou, Anoop Shetty, Jack Lee, David Nordsletten, C Aldo Rinaldi, Pablo Lamata, Steven Niederer
Myocardial stiffness is a valuable clinical biomarker for the monitoring and stratification of heart failure (HF). Cardiac finite element models provide a biomechanical framework for the assessment of stiffness through the determination of the myocardial constitutive model parameters. The reported parameter intercorrelations in popular constitutive relations, however, obstruct the unique estimation of material parameters and limit the reliable translation of this stiffness metric to clinical practice. Focusing on the role of the cost function (CF) in parameter identifiability, we investigate the performance of a set of geometric indices (based on displacements, strains, cavity volume, wall thickness and apicobasal dimension of the ventricle) and a novel CF derived from energy conservation...
February 10, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185312/reproducibility-and-experience-dependence-of-echocardiographic-indices-of-left-ventricular-function-side-by-side-comparison-of-global-longitudinal-strain-and-ejection-fraction
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Diego Medvedofsky, Kalie Kebed, Luke Laffin, Jeremy Stone, Karima Addetia, Roberto M Lang, Victor Mor-Avi
BACKGROUND: Although left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) are recommended by the current echocardiographic chamber quantification guidelines, these measurements are not performed routinely. Because EF measurements rely on manual tracing of LV boundaries, and are subject to inter-reader variability and experience dependence, we hypothesized that semiautomated GLS measurements using speckle tracking would be more reproducible and less experience-dependent...
February 9, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183509/assessment-of-myocardial-microstructural-dynamics-by-in%C3%A2-vivo-diffusion-tensor-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
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Sonia Nielles-Vallespin, Zohya Khalique, Pedro F Ferreira, Ranil de Silva, Andrew D Scott, Philip Kilner, Laura-Ann McGill, Archontis Giannakidis, Peter D Gatehouse, Daniel Ennis, Eric Aliotta, Majid Al-Khalil, Peter Kellman, Dumitru Mazilu, Robert S Balaban, David N Firmin, Andrew E Arai, Dudley J Pennell
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyocytes are organized in microstructures termed sheetlets that reorientate during left ventricular thickening. Diffusion tensor cardiac magnetic resonance (DT-CMR) may enable noninvasive interrogation of in vivo cardiac microstructural dynamics. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a condition of abnormal myocardium with unknown sheetlet function. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to validate in vivo DT-CMR measures of cardiac microstructure against histology, characterize microstructural dynamics during left ventricular wall thickening, and apply the technique in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and DCM...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178996/hemodynamic-effects-of-lung-recruitment-maneuvers-in-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Anup Das, Mainul Haque, Marc Chikhani, Oana Cole, Wenfei Wang, Jonathan G Hardman, Declan G Bates
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have, so far, failed to establish clear beneficial outcomes of recruitment maneuvers (RMs) on patient mortality in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and the effects of RMs on the cardiovascular system remain poorly understood. METHODS: A computational model with highly integrated pulmonary and cardiovascular systems was configured to replicate static and dynamic cardio-pulmonary data from clinical trials. Recruitment maneuvers (RMs) were executed in 23 individual in-silico patients with varying levels of ARDS severity and initial cardiac output...
February 8, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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