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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077517/two-phase-hospital-associated-outbreak-of-mycobacterium-abscessus-investigation-and-mitigation
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Arthur W Baker, Sarah S Lewis, Barbara D Alexander, Luke F Chen, Richard J Wallace, Barbara A Brown-Elliott, Pamela J Isaacs, Lisa C Pickett, Chetan B Patel, Peter K Smith, John M Reynolds, Jill Engel, Cameron R Wolfe, Carmelo A Milano, Jacob N Schroder, Robert D Davis, Matthew G Hartwig, Jason E Stout, Nancy Strittholt, Eileen K Maziarz, Jennifer Horan Saullo, Kevin C Hazen, Richard J Walczak, Ravikiran Vasireddy, Sruthi Vasireddy, Celeste M McKnight, Deverick J Anderson, Daniel J Sexton
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) commonly colonize municipal water and cause healthcare-associated outbreaks. We investigated a biphasic outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus at a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: Case patients had recent hospital exposure and laboratory-confirmed colonization or infection with M. abscessus from January 2013 through December 2015. We conducted a multidisciplinary epidemiologic, field, and laboratory investigation. RESULTS: The incidence rate of M...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075503/correlation-between-cardiac-rhythm-left-atrial-appendage-flow-velocity-and-cha2-ds2-vasc-score-study-based-on-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-2-dimensional-speckle-tracking
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Kun Zuo, Lanlan Sun, Xinchun Yang, Xiuzhang Lyu, Kuibao Li
BACKGROUND: The CHA2 DS2 -VASc score is a classic predictor of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Decreased left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAA-FV) reflects the blood stasis, and left atrial (LA) strain is a manifestation of atrial remodeling. This study aimed to explore the effects of AF rhythm and CHA2 DS2 -VASc score in the development of thrombogenesis and their potential correlation with LAA-FV and LA strain. HYPOTHESIS: AF rhythm and high CHA2 DS2 -VASc score correlate independently with decreased LAA-FV, which can be predicted by LA strain...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074824/studying-diastology-with-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-the-essentials
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Arindam Choudhury, Rohan Magoon, Vishwas Malik, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, S Ramakrishnan
Diastolic dysfunction is common in cardiac disease and an important finding independent of systolic function as it contributes to the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Tissue Doppler mitral early diastolic velocity (Ea) combined with peak transmitral early diastolic velocity (E) to obtain E/Ea ratio provides an estimate of the left ventricular (LV) filling pressure. However, E/Ea has a significant gray zone and less reliable in patients with preserved ejection fraction (>50%). Two-dimensional echocardiographic speckle tracking measure myocardial strain and strain rate (Sr) avoiding the Doppler-associated angulation errors and tethering artifacts...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074794/acute-effect-of-treatment-of-mitral-stenosis-on-left-atrium-function
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Atooshe Rohani, Shahram Kargar, Afsoon Fazlinejad, Fereshte Ghaderi, Vida Vakili, Homa Falsoleiman, Ramin Khamene Bagheri
AIM: Peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) is used to evaluate left atrium (LA) function in patients with mitral stenosis (MS), before and after percutaneous transmitral commissurotomy (PTMC) and mitral valve replacement (MVR). METHODS: Patients with severe symptomatic MS, who were referred to our echocardiographic laboratory for a diagnostic examination before cardiac surgery or PTMC from October of 2014 to October of 2015, were included in the study. RESULT: The peak systolic global LA strain improved post-PTMC (P < 0...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073593/integrative-cardiopulmonary-ultrasound-for-interstitial-lung-disease-assessment-correlation-between-lung-ultrasound-performance-and-cardiac-involvement
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Wei-Wei Zhu, Yi-Dan Li, Hong Li, Xiu-Zhang Lu, Ling-Yun Kong, Xiao-Guang Ye, Qi-Zhe Cai, Lan-Lan Sun, Wei Jiang, Li Wang
The aims of this study were to apply integrative cardiopulmonary ultrasound (thoracic ultrasound) to the evaluation of patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) and to determine the relationship between lung ultrasound signs and echocardiographic parameters such as systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) and various right ventricular parameters. ILD patients and healthy controls underwent lung ultrasound (LUS) and echocardiographic tests. In addition to traditional echocardiographic parameters, right ventricular free wall longitudinal strain (RVLS_FW) was measured using 2-D speckle-tracking echocardiography...
January 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069573/relations-between-aortic-stiffness-and-left-ventricular-mechanical-function-in-the-community
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Vanessa Bell, Elizabeth L McCabe, Martin G Larson, Jian Rong, Allison A Merz, Ewa Osypiuk, Birgitta T Lehman, Plamen Stantchev, Jayashri Aragam, Emelia J Benjamin, Naomi M Hamburg, Ramachandran S Vasan, Gary F Mitchell, Susan Cheng
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness impairs optimal ventricular-vascular coupling and left ventricular systolic function, particularly in the long axis. Left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) has recently emerged as a sensitive measure of early cardiac dysfunction. In this study, we investigated the relation between aortic stiffness and GLS in a large community-based sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2495 participants (age 39-90 years, 57% women) of the Framingham Offspring and Omni cohorts, free of cardiovascular disease, we performed tonometry to measure arterial hemodynamics and echocardiography to assess cardiac function...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069473/high-intensity-training-improves-global-and-segmental-strains-in-severe-congestive-heart-failure
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Yair Blumberg, Offir Ertracht, Itai Gershon, Noa Bachner-Hinenzon, Tali Reuveni, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: High intensity training (HIT) is superior to moderate aerobic training (MAT) for improving quality of life in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has recently been suggested for estimation of left ventricle global and regional function. AIMS: We evaluated the utility of STE for characterizing differences in cardiac function following MAT or HIT in a CHF rat model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Following baseline physiological assessment, CHF was induced by coronary artery ligation in Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068794/the-impact-of-cardiac-arrest-on-the-long-term-wellbeing-and-caregiver-burden-of-family-caregivers-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Helena Gfm van Wijnen, Sascha Mc Rasquin, Caroline M van Heugten, Jeanine A Verbunt, Véronique Rm Moulaert
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to gain insight in the functioning of caregivers of cardiac arrest survivors at 12 months after a cardiac arrest. Secondly, the course of the wellbeing of the caregivers during the first year was studied. Finally, factors that are associated with a higher care burden at 12 months after the cardiac arrest were investigated. SUBJECTS: A total of 195 family caregivers of cardiac arrest survivors were included. MAIN MEASURES: Quality of life (SF-36, EuroQol-VAS), caregiver strain (CSI) and emotional functioning (HADS, IES) were measured at two weeks, three months and one year after the cardiac arrest...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067978/imaging-left-ventricular-mechanical-activation-in-heart-failure-patients-using-cine-dense-mri-validation-and-implications-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Daniel A Auger, Kenneth C Bilchick, Jorge A Gonzalez, Sophia X Cui, Jeffrey W Holmes, Christopher M Kramer, Michael Salerno, Frederick H Epstein
PURPOSE: To image late mechanical activation and identify effective left-ventricular (LV) pacing sites for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). There is variability in defining mechanical activation time, with some studies using the time to peak strain (TPS) and some using the time to the onset of circumferential shortening (TOS). We developed improved methods for imaging mechanical activation and evaluated them in heart failure (HF) patients undergoing CRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We applied active contours to cine displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) strain images to detect TOS...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067629/standardized-echocardiographic-assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-normal-adult-zebrafish-and-heart-disease-models
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Louis W Wang, Inken G Huttner, Celine F Santiago, Scott H Kesteven, Ze-Yan Yu, Michael P Feneley, Diane Fatkin
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an increasingly popular model organism in cardiovascular research. Major insights into cardiac developmental processes have been gained by studies of embryonic zebrafish. However, the utility of zebrafish for modeling adult-onset heart disease has been limited by a lack of robust methods for in vivo evaluation of cardiac function. We established a physiological protocol for underwater zebrafish echocardiography using high frequency ultrasound, and evaluated its reliability in detecting altered cardiac function in two disease models...
January 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065839/cardiovascular-function-in-long-term-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-survivors
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Saro H Armenian, David Horak, Jessica M Scott, George Mills, Aida Siyahian, Jennifer Berano Teh, Pamela S Douglas, Stephen J Forman, Smita Bhatia, Lee W Jones
Peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak), as measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), is a powerful independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality in a broad range of populations. We assessed the safety and feasibility of CPET in aging long-term HCT survivors, a population at high risk for premature-onset of CVD. Next we examined how organ-specific impairments (e.g. cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic) impact VO2peak after HCT. Twenty consecutive HCT survivors underwent a comprehensive assessment of cardiopulmonary health that included CPET, echocardiography with strain, pulmonary function testing, six-minute walk test, and timed-up and go...
January 5, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065668/ablation-of-the-cardiac-ryanodine-receptor-phospho-site-ser2808-does-not-alter-the-adrenergic-response-or-the-progression-to-heart-failure-in-mice-elimination-of-the-genetic-background-as-critical-variable
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Francisco J Alvarado, Xi Chen, Héctor H Valdivia
BACKGROUND: Phosphorylation of the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2) phospho-site S2808 has been touted by the Marks group as a hallmark of heart failure (HF) and a critical mediator of the physiological fight-or-flight response of the heart. In support of this hypothesis, mice unable to undergo phosphorylation at RyR2-S2808 (S2808A) were significantly protected against HF and displayed a blunted response to adrenergic stimulation. However, the issue remains highly controversial because several groups have been unable to reproduce these findings...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063633/evaluation-of-myocardial-strain-in-patients-with-amyloidosis-using-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking
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Tarun Pandey, Sindhura Alapati, Vibhor Wadhwa, Mohan M Edupuganti, Pooja Gurram, Shelly Lensing, Kedar Jambhekar
PURPOSE: To study the use of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) feature tracking technique in evaluation of myocardial amyloidosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CMR scans of 28 patients with biopsy proven myocardial amyloidosis and 35 controls were reviewed. Conventional short axis, vertical long axis, and 4-chamber cine steady-state free precession images from CMR scans were used to generate radial, circumferential, and longitudinal myocardial strain maps using feature tracking software...
November 10, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063262/quantification-of-mechanical-dyssynchrony-in-growth-restricted-fetuses-and-normal-controls-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-ste
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Kristina Krause, Mareike Möllers, Kerstin Hammer, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Ute Möllmann, Dennis Görlich, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
PURPOSE: To evaluate longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in normally grown fetuses by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and to compare longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in fetal growth restriction (FGR) with normal controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was performed on 30 FGR and 62 normally grown fetuses, including 30 controls matched by gestational age, using STE and a transversal four-chamber view. Data analysis was carried out with a high frame rate of about 175 frames/s...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062567/short-term-high-fat-diet-compromises-myocardial-function-a-radial-strain-rate-imaging-study
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Julien Ternacle, Feng Wan, Daigo Sawaki, Mathieu Surenaud, Maria Pini, Raquel Mercedes, Laura Ernande, Etienne Audureau, Jean-Luc Dubois-Rande, Serge Adnot, Sophie Hue, Gabor Czibik, Genevieve Derumeaux
AIM: Long-term high-fat diet (HFD) induces both cardiac remodelling and myocardial dysfunction in murine models. The aim was to assess the time course and mechanisms of metabolic and cardiac modifications induced by short-term HFD in wild-type (WT) mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-three WT mice were subjected to HFD (60% fat, n = 16) and chow diet (CD, 13% fat, n = 17). Metabolic and echocardiographic data were collected at baseline and every 5 weeks for 20 weeks...
January 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060042/hiv-infected-children-in-malawi-have-decreased-performance-on-the-6-minute-walk-test-with-preserved-cardiac-mechanics-regardless-of-antiretroviral-treatment-status
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Amy Sims Sanyahumbi, Mina Hosseinipour, Danielle Guffey, Irving Hoffman, Peter N Kazembe, Madeline McCrary, Charles G Minard, Charles Van der Horst, Craig A Sable
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to (1) determine if cardiac disease can be detected in HIV-infected children by strain imaging, and (2) to evaluate differences in exercise performance between HIVinfected on and not yet on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and in HIV-uninfected children by 6- minute walk tests (6MWT) METHODS:: This cross-sectional study evaluated cardiac function by echocardiogram and exercise performance by 6MWT in HIV-infected and uninfected children ages 4 to 18 years in Lilongwe, Malawi...
January 3, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058478/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking-biventricular-two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-strains-to-evaluate-ventricular-function-in-children-after-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-as-compared-with-healthy-children
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Fernando M Berganza, Cesar Gonzalez de Alba, Nazire Özcelik, Dilachew Adebo
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is an important tool to evaluate cardiac anatomy and ventricular size and function after repaired tetralogy of Fallot. Magnetic resonance tissue tagging is the gold standard for evaluation of myocardial strain. However, myocardial tagging strain requires tagged images to be obtained prospectively, during the scan and with limited temporal resolution. Cardiac magnetic resonance feature tracking is a new tool that allows the retrospective analysis of cine images. There is limited experience with cardiac magnetic resonance feature tracking strain analysis in children...
January 5, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055859/right-ventricular-strain-torsion-and-dyssynchrony-in-healthy-subjects-using-3d-spiral-cine-dense-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jonathan Suever, Gregory Wehner, Linyuan Jing, David Powell, Sean Hamlet, Jonathan Grabau, Dimitri Mojsejenko, Kristin Andres, Christopher Haggerty, Brandon Fornwalt
Mechanics of the left ventricle (LV) are important indicators of cardiac function. The role of right ventricular (RV) mechanics is largely unknown due to the technical limitations of imaging its thin wall and complex geometry and motion. By combining 3D Displacement Encoding with Stimulated Echoes (DENSE) with a post-processing pipeline that includes a local coordinate system, it is possible to quantify RV strain, torsion, and synchrony. In this study, we sought to characterize RV mechanics in 50 healthy individuals and compare these values to their LV counterparts...
December 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047545/we-fg-206-11-measuring-mechanical-biomarkers-of-liver-tumors-using-tagged-mri
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X Xia, M Zhu, L Sun, M Sacks, G Genin, C Hu, L Guo, Y Feng
PURPOSE: Early detection of liver cancer improves patient prognosis dramatically. We propose a novel approach in which liver deformation is tracked during the cardiac cycle using tagged MRI. Strain concentrations that arise from material mismatches between the tumor and non-tumor regions were compared in patients with liver tumors. METHODS: Tagged MR images were acquired from four liver cancer patients in the coronal plane in a 3.0T scanner. In each cardiac cycle, a total of 25 time frames were acquired with a FOV of 289×359 mm2 and a resolution of 180×224...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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