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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434547/stress-dose-corticosteroid-versus-placebo-in-neonatal-cardiac-operations-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pertti K Suominen, Juho Keski-Nisula, Tiina Ojala, Paula Rautiainen, Timo Jahnukainen, Johanna Hästbacka, Pertti J Neuvonen, Olli Pitkänen, Jussi Niemelä, Anu Kaskinen, Jukka Salminen, Risto Lapatto
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids can improve the hemodynamic status of neonates with postoperative low cardiac output syndrome after cardiac operations. This study compared a prophylactically administered stress-dose corticosteroid (SDC) regimen against placebo on inflammation, adrenocortical function, and hemodynamic outcome. METHODS: Forty neonates undergoing elective open heart operations were randomized into two groups. The SDC group received perioperatively 2 mg/kg methylprednisolone, and 6 hours after the operation, a hydrocortisone infusion (0...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
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Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429529/impaired-left-atrial-function-predicts-inappropriate-shocks-in-primary-prevention-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-candidates
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Susumu Tao, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Luisa A Ciuffo, Kihei Yoneyama, Joao A C Lima, Terry F Frank, Robert G Weiss, Gordon F Tomaselli, Katherine C Wu
INTRODUCTION: Inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks, commonly caused by atrial fibrillation (AF), are associated with an increased mortality. Because impaired left atrial (LA) function predicts development of AF, we hypothesized that impaired LA function predicts inappropriate shocks beyond a history of AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively analyzed the association between LA function and incident inappropriate shocks in primary prevention ICD candidates...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428194/detrimental-effects-of-centrally-administered-angiotensin-ii-are-enhanced-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-disease-independently-of%C3%A2-blood-pressure
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Koki Takane, Yu Hasegawa, Bowen Lin, Nobutaka Koibuchi, Cheng Cao, Takashi Yokoo, Shokei Kim-Mitsuyama
BACKGROUND: The significance of brain angiotensin II in Alzheimer disease (AD) is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: To examine the role of brain angiotensin II in AD, intracerebroventricular angiotensin II infusion was performed on 5XFAD mice, a mouse model of AD, and wild-type mice, and the detrimental effects of brain angiotensin II was compared between the 2 strains of mice. Intracerebroventricular angiotensin II infusion significantly impaired cognitive function in 5XFAD mice but not in wild-type mice...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426885/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-heart-failure-patients-with-narrow-qrs-complex-treated-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-subanalysis-of-the-randomized-echocrt-trial
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Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado, Peter Sogaard, Jagmeet P Singh, William T Abraham, Jeffrey S Borer, Kenneth Dickstein, Daniel Gras, Josep Brugada, Michele Robertson, Ian Ford, Henry Krum, Johannes Holzmeister, Frank Ruschitzka, John Gorcsan
Aim: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) reflects LV systolic function and correlates inversely with the extent of LV myocardial scar and fibrosis. The present subanalysis of the Echocardiography Guided CRT trial investigated the prognostic value of LV GLS in patients with narrow QRS complex. Methods and results: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured on the apical 2-, 4- and 3-chamber views using speckle tracking analysis...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425164/the-fallacy-of-resting-echocardiographic-parameters-of-cardiac-function-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-add-global-longitudinal-strain-to-the-list
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EDITORIAL
Dragoş Vinereanu, Andrei D Mǎrgulescu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424090/targeted-endomyocardial-biopsy-guided-by-real-time-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Christina Unterberg-Buchwald, Christian Oliver Ritter, Verena Reupke, Robin Niklas Wilke, Christine Stadelmann, Michael Steinmetz, Andreas Schuster, Gerd Hasenfuß, Joachim Lotz, Martin Uecker
BACKGROUND: Endomyocardial biopsies (EMB) are an important diagnostic tool for myocarditis and other infiltrative cardiac diseases. Routinely, biopsies are obtained under fluoroscopic guidance with a substantial radiation burden. Despite procedural success, there is a large sampling error caused by missing the affected myocardium. Therefore, multiple (>6) biopsies are taken in the clinical setting. In cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) depicts areas of affected myocardium in myocarditis or in other infiltrative cardiomyopathies...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423986/global-longitudinal-strain-from-resting-echocardiogram-is-associated-with-long-term-adverse-cardiac-outcomes-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Ajay Yadlapati, Timothy R Maher, James D Thomas, Mark Gajjar, Kofo O Ogunyankin, Jyothy J Puthumana
PURPOSE: Measuring myocardial strain using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography has emerged as a new tool to identify subclinical ventricular dysfunction. Abnormal strain has been shown to have superior sensitivity compared with dobutamine stress echocardiography for viability assessment; however, there is a paucity of data regarding the prediction of long-term major adverse cardiac events. We compared the prognostic ability of both global longitudinal strain (GLS) from resting echocardiograms to regional wall motion score index (WMSI) from stress echocardiograms in their ability to predict long-term major adverse cardiac events...
March 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423017/auxotonic-to-isometric-contraction-transitioning-in-a-beating-heart-causes-myosin-step-size-to-down-shift
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Thomas P Burghardt, Xiaojing Sun, Yihua Wang, Katalin Ajtai
Myosin motors in cardiac ventriculum convert ATP free energy to the work of moving blood volume under pressure. The actin bound motor cyclically rotates its lever-arm/light-chain complex linking motor generated torque to the myosin filament backbone and translating actin against resisting force. Previous research showed that the unloaded in vitro motor is described with high precision by single molecule mechanical characteristics including unitary step-sizes of approximately 3, 5, and 8 nm and their relative step-frequencies of approximately 13, 50, and 37%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419023/interrelations-of-epicardial-fat-volume-left-ventricular-t1-relaxation-times-and-myocardial-strain-in-hypertensive-patients-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-study
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Rami Homsi, Daniel Kuetting, Alois Sprinkart, Nina Steinfeld, Michael Meier-Schroers, Julian Luetkens, Jennifer Nadal, Darius Dabir, Stefan Fischer, Juergen Gieseke, Hans Schild, Daniel Thomas
PURPOSE: This cardiac magnetic resonance study was performed to assess myocardial fibrosis by evaluating T1-relaxation time (T1), to measure left ventricular (LV) strain, and to determine epicardial fat volume (EFV) in hypertensive patients with no history of cardiovascular (CV) events and to relate the results to the presence of coronary atherosclerotic artery disease (CAD) in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 123 subjects were examined at 1.5 T...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418811/hypertrabeculated-left-ventricular-myocardium-in-relationship-to-myocardial-function-and-fibrosis-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Robyn L McClelland, Filip Zemrak, Gabriella Captur, W Gregory Hundley, Chia-Ying Liu, James C Moon, Steffen E Petersen, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, João A C Lima, David A Bluemke
Purpose To determine if excess greater left ventricle (LV) trabeculation is associated with decreased average regional myocardial function, diffuse fibrosis, or both. Materials and Methods This was a HIPAA-compliant institutional board approved multicenter study, and all participants provided written informed consent. Participants in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) underwent a comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) examination. LV trabeculation was measured with the maximal apical fractal dimension (FD), which is a marker of endocardial complexity...
April 17, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418290/invasive-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections-among-cardiothoracic-surgical-patients-exposed-to-heater-cooler-devices-1
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Meghan M Lyman, Cheri Grigg, Cara Bicking Kinsey, M Shannon Keckler, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Emily Cooper, Minn M Soe, Judith Noble-Wang, Allison Longenberger, Shane R Walker, Jeffrey R Miller, Joseph F Perz, Kiran M Perkins
Invasive nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections may result from a previously unrecognized source of transmission, heater-cooler devices (HCDs) used during cardiac surgery. In July 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Health notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a cluster of NTM infections among cardiothoracic surgical patients at 1 hospital. We conducted a case-control study to identify exposures causing infection, examining 11 case-patients and 48 control-patients. Eight (73%) case-patients had a clinical specimen identified as Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)...
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415129/p1294evaluation-of-right-atrium-mechanics-and-relation-with-loading-conditions-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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S Unlu
Purpose: The aim of this study is to evaluate the right atrial (RA) mechanics and change in echocardiographic parameters used for assessment of RA by examining the end stage kidney patients before and after the hemodialysis (HD). Methods: Patients between 18 and 85 years of age, receiving HD for at least 6 months were included. The echocardiographic images were obtained before and after hemodialysis therapy. Two-dimensional speckle tracking strain analysis was performed for right atrium in 62 patients...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415104/p697new-indices-for-a-best-quantification-of-left-ventricular-function-in-heart-valve-diseases
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A Hubert, E Galli, G Bouzille, E Samset, E Donal
Aims. The Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function remains a clinical challenge especially in patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF) and valvular heart diseases (VHD). Mechanical dispersion is supposed to be a strong predictor of events and, to be related to the extent of fibrosis. Regional cardiac work is a new validated and very promising approach to quantify LV-function. We investigated the differences in mechanical dispersions and global LV work (totW) and wasted work fraction (WWF) in normal subjects and in patients with severe primary mitral regurgitation (MR) and severe aortic stenosis (AS)...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415084/p260right-cardiac-chambers-remodeling-in-marathon-and-ultra-trail-athletes-detected-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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K Ujka, R M Bruno, B Catuzzo, L Bastiani, A Tonacci, G D'angelo, S Mrakic-Sposta, A Vezzoli, G Giardini, L Pratali
Background: Strenuous and chronic exercise training can have detrimental effects on cardiac morphology and function. Our aim was to evaluate the cardiac adaptation between 2 different specialties' endurance athletes: marathon runners (M) and ultra-trailers (UT). Methods: 47 M (age 45±7, men 32; training: 18 (9-53) years*days/week), 41 UT (age 42±9, men 38, training: 30 (15-66) years*days/week) were submitted in rest condition to conventional 2D echocardiography and Speckle-Tracking echo (STE) (Beyond Diogenes 2...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409231/preoperative-right-ventricular-dysfunction-is-a-strong-predictor-of-3%C3%A2-years-survival-after-cardiac-surgery
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Jérôme Peyrou, Christophe Chauvel, Atul Pathak, Marc Simon, Patrick Dehant, Eric Abergel
BACKGROUND: Prognostic value of right ventricular (RV) systolic function is well established in valvular disease, heart failure but has not been evaluated in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic value of preoperative RV dysfunction extensively evaluated on the basis of a large set of echocardiographic parameters [S', RV fractional area change (RVFAC), right myocardial performance index (RMPI), isovolumic acceleration (IVA), RV dP/dt and basal longitudinal strain (BLS)] in a large population of unselected patient awaiting cardiac surgery...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407237/cytoskeletal-remodeling-and-regulation-of-cell-fate-in-the-hypertensive-neonatal-pulmonary-artery-in-response-to-stress
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REVIEW
Dina Johar
Neonatal pulmonary hypertension (PHN) is a lethal progressive disease that occurs in prenatal circulatory transition. Mechanical wall strain caused by cardiac pulsation integrates with hypoxia to generate rapidly progressive myocyte cytoskeleton disassembly and failure to exert force generation. The physiological responses to such an interaction have not been investigated. The persistent phenotype does not respond to traditional vasodilator therapy; hence, there is a need for new treatment strategies to improve the morbidity and mortality outcomes...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405943/myocardial-oxidative-stress-correlates-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction-on-strain-echocardiography-in-a-rodent-model-of-sepsis
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Bereketeab Haileselassie, Erik Su, Iraklis Pozios, Diego F Niño, Hongyun Liu, Dai-Yin Lu, Ioannis Ventoulis, William B Fulton, Chhinder P Sodhi, David Hackam, Brian O'Rourke, Theodore Abraham
BACKGROUND: Recognition of cardiomyopathy in sepsis can be challenging due to the limitations of conventional measures such as ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS) in the context of variable preload and afterload conditions. This study correlates myocardial function using strain echocardiography (SE) with cardiomyocyte oxidative stress in a murine model of sepsis. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were randomized into control (n = 10), sham (n = 25), and a cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) (n = 33) model of sepsis...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405789/left-ventricular-strain-and-twisting-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-updated-review
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REVIEW
Marijana Tadic, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Cesare Cuspidi, Martin Genger, Daniel A Morris, Kun Zhang, Nina Alexandra Walther, Burket Pieske
Despite the high prevalence of the patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), our knowledge about this entity, from diagnostic tools to therapeutic approach, is still not well established. The evaluation of patients with HFpEF is mainly based on echocardiography, as the most widely accepted tool in cardiac imaging. Identification of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction has long been considered as the only responsible for HFpEF, and its evaluation is still "sine qua non" of HFpEF diagnostics...
April 12, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403411/comparison-of-bioreactance-and-echocardiographic-non-invasive-cardiac-output-monitoring-and-myocardial-function-assessment-in-primagravida-women
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A Doherty, A El-Khuffash, C Monteith, L McSweeney, C Breatnach, E Kent, E Tully, F Malone, P Thornton
Background.: Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring (NICOM) using bioreactance (BRT) in pregnancy is gaining interest but lacks validation. We compared simultaneous cardiac output (CO) measurements obtained using the NICOM ® (BRT-CO) and echocardiography (echo-CO), and assessed the relationship between maternal characteristics and myocardial performance. Methods.: Paired stroke volume (SV) and CO readings were obtained using NICOM ® and echocardiography, in a group of healthy nulliparous women throughout a 15 min period...
April 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
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