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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922120/motion-estimation-in-echocardiography-using-sparse-representation-and-dictionary-learning
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Nora Ouzir, Adrian Basarab, Herve Liebgott, Brahim Harbaoui, Jean-Yves Tourneret
This paper introduces a new method for cardiac motion estimation in 2D ultrasound images. The motion estimation problem is formulated as an energy minimization, whose data fidelity term is built using the assumption that the images are corrupted by multiplicative Rayleigh noise. In addition to a classical spatial smoothness constraint, the proposed method exploits the sparse properties of the cardiac motion to regularize the solution via an appropriate dictionary learning step. The proposed method is evaluated on one dataset with available ground-truth, including four sequences of highly realistic simulations...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919631/right-atrial-myxoma-an-uncommon-presentation
#2
S K Shah, M Acharya, S I Alam, M A Hossain, M Aftabuddin
There are two types of tumors found in the cardiac chamber. These are divided into primary intra-cardiac tumors and secondary intra-cardiac tumors. Primary intra cardiac tumors are rare and among them 29% are myxomas. Majority of them are found in the left atrium. Here, we report a case of a myxoma in the right atrium with hepatomegaly and Hepatitis B virus infection. The coexistence of all these conditions is very rare. A 52 years old patient presented with history of shortness of breath on exertion along with fever and generalized weakness for 6 months which aggravated lately for last 2 months...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916478/a-retrospective-study-of-pulseless-electrical-activity-bedside-ultrasound-identifies-interventions-during-resuscitation-associated-with-improved-survival-to-hospital-admission-a-reason-study
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Romolo Gaspari, Anthony Weekes, Srikar Adhikari, Vicki Noble, Jason T Nomura, Daniel Theodoro, Michael Woo, Paul Atkinson, David Blehar, Samuel Brown, Terrell Caffery, Emily Douglass, Jacqueline Fraser, Christine Haines, Samuel Lam, Michael Lanspa, Margaret Lewis, Otto Liebmann, Alexander Limkakeng, Fernando Lopez, Elke Platz, Michelle Mendoza, Hal Minnigan, Christopher Moore, Joseph Novik, Louise Rang, Will Scruggs, Christopher Raio
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine whether organized or disorganized cardiac activity is associated with increased survival in patients who present in pulseless electrical activity (PEA) treated with either 1) standard advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) medications or 2) other interventions. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a prospective, multi-center observational study utilizing ultrasound in out-of-hospital or inemergency department PEA arrest...
September 12, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915826/acupuncture-lowering-blood-pressure-for-secondary-prevention-of-stroke-a-study-protocol-for-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
#4
Yu-Zheng Du, Xin-Xin Gao, Cheng-Ting Wang, Hai-Zhen Zheng, Yun Lei, Meng-Han Wu, Xue-Min Shi, Hai-Peng Ban, Wen-Long Gu, Xiang-Gang Meng, Mao-Ti Wei, Chun-Xiao Hu
BACKGROUND: Stroke is the prime cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population, and hypertension will increase the recurrence and mortality of stroke. We report a protocol of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial (RCT) using blood pressure (BP)-lowering acupuncture add-on treatment to treat patients with hypertension and stroke. METHODS: This is a large-scale, multicenter, subject-, assessor- and analyst-blinded, pragmatic RCT. A total of 480 patients with hypertension and ischemic stroke will be randomly assigned to two groups: an experimental group and a control group...
September 15, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904928/prenatal-sonographic-diagnosis-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Raghu Teja Sadineni, B Santh Kumar, N B Chander, Durga Mahita Boppana
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) represents a variety of cardiac malformations that may result from errors in the early stages of cardiac development. HLHS includes a wide spectrum of cardiac malformations including hypoplasia of the left ventricle, ascending aorta, hypoplasia, or atresia of the aortic and mitral valves. Over the recent years, the improved resolution of advanced equipment with awareness and increased performance of second-trimester ultrasound examinations for the assessment of fetal anomalies have helped in understanding the spectrum and have expanded our knowledge of HLHS...
July 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900519/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-concise-review
#6
REVIEW
Pablo Blanco, Carmen Martínez Buendía
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is a widely used tool in critical care areas, allowing for the performance of accurate diagnoses and thus enhancing the decision-making process. Every major organ or system can be safely evaluated with POCUS. In that respect, the utility of POCUS in cardiac arrest is gaining interest. In this article, we will review the actual role of ultrasound in cardiac arrest and the main POCUS protocols focused to this scenario as well as discuss the potential role of POCUS in monitoring the efficacy of the chest compressions...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893484/-renal-abnormalities-in-down-syndrome-a-review
#7
C Niamien-Attai, J Bacchetta, B Ranchin, D Sanlaville, P Cochat
Down syndrome (DS) is often associated with cardiac malformations, so that kidney damage is little known. The objective of this study was to present the diversity of renal abnormalities and their potential progression to chronic renal failure. Among congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) abnormalities appear to be frequent: pyelectasis, megaureters, posterior urethra valves, as well as renal malformations such as renal hypoplasia, horseshoe kidney, or renal ectopia. Contributing factors to acute kidney failure have been described in patients with DS: bilateral lesions and minor renal injury, such as glomerular microcysts, tubular dilation, and immature glomeruli...
September 8, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890841/predictive-filtering-in-motion-compensation-with-steerable-cardiac-catheters
#8
Paul M Loschak, Alperen Degirmenci, Robert D Howe
Robotic cardiac catheterization using ultrasound (US) imaging catheters provides real time imaging from within the heart while reducing the difficulty in manually steering a four degree-of-freedom (4-DOF) catheter. Accurate robotic catheter navigation in the heart is challenging due to a variety of disturbances including cyclical physiological motions, such as respiration. In this work we compensate for respiratory motion by using an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) to predict target motion and by applying the predictions to steer the US imaging catheter...
May 2017: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation: ICRA: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887857/development-of-a-patient-specific-atrial-phantom-model-for-planning-and-training-of-inter-atrial-interventions
#9
Pedro Morais, João Manuel R S Tavares, Sandro Queirós, Fernando Veloso, Jan D'hooge, João L Vilaça
BACKGROUND: Several authors have presented cardiac phantoms to mimic the particularities of the heart, making it suitable for medical training and surgical planning. Although the initial models were mainly focused on the ventricles, personalized phantoms of the atria were recently presented. However, such models are typically rigid, the atrial wall is not realistic and they are not compatible with ultrasound, being sub-optimal for planning/training of several interventions. METHODS: In this work, we propose a strategy to construct a patient-specific atrial model...
September 8, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883542/longitudinal-micro-ultrasound-assessment-of-the-ob-ob-mouse-model-evaluation-of-cardiovascular-renal-and-hepatic-parameters
#10
N Di Lascio, C Kusmic, F Stea, F Lenzarini, C Barsanti, A Leloup, F Faita
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions and is associated with increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Leptin-deficient mice (ob/ob) are widely employed to investigate obesity. Aim of this study was to provide a micro-ultrasound (μUS) longitudinal evaluation of the ob/ob mouse model in terms of cardiovascular effects, consequences for renal microcirculation and liver fat accumulation. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Sixteen wild-type (wt) and eleven ob/ob male mice were studied at 8 (T0) and 25 (T1) weeks of age with a μUS system (Vevo2100) and B-mode and Doppler images were acquired...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883122/on-course
#11
Harry Carslake
Harry Carslake, equine medicine specialist at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital, Liverpool, reviews a fiveday course on advanced cardiac ultrasound scanning that he completed recently.
September 9, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882392/fundus-autofluorescence-in-retinal-artery-occlusion-a-more-precise-diagnosis
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J-L Bacquet, M Sarov-Rivière, C Denier, G Querques, B Riou, L Bonin, E Barreau, M Labetoulle, A Rousseau
IMPORTANCE: Retinal artery occlusion (RAO) is a medical emergency associated with a high risk of cerebral vascular accident and other cardiovascular events. Among patients with non-arteritic RAO, a retinal embolus is observed in approximately 40% of cases. Fundus examination and retinography are not reliable to predict the nature of the emboli. OBSERVATIONS: We report three consecutive cases of central and branch RAO that were investigated with fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography and color retinal photographs...
September 4, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881821/radial-artery-intima-media-thickness-regresses-after-secondary-prevention-interventions-in-patients-post-acute-coronary-syndrome-and-is-associated-with-cardiac-and-kidney-biomarkers
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Damilola D Adingupu, Helena U Westergren, Santosh Dahgam, Ann-Cathrine Jönsson-Rylander, Juuso Blomster, Per Albertsson, Elmir Omerovic, Sara Svedlund, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Radial artery intima-media thickness (rIMT) measured by ultra-high-resolution ultrasound is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and predicts outcomes. We performed non-invasive high-resolution ultrasound of the radial artery to investigate vascular changes in subjects presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and who had undergone percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PURPOSE: In the present work, we aimed to follow rIMT change over time post-acute coronary syndrome as a tool to monitor potential response to intensified medical therapy...
August 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880385/echocardiographic-features-of-right-ventricular-diverticulum-a-case-report
#14
Lihong Wang, Xiaoli Cao, Jie Xue, Hongyan Li, Lei Shi, Yanming Men
Right ventricular diverticulum is a rare form of cardiac deformity, with a very few cases caused by pericarditis. A 60-year-old man sought medication because of chest congestion and shortness of breath. CT showed a soft tissue mass at the heart apex and pericardial calcification. Doppler echocardiography demonstrated a mixed cystic solid mass at the right ventricular apex. Surgical cure confirmed the diagnosis of right ventricular apex diverticulum with pericarditis. Echocardiography is contributive to the diagnosis of ventricular diverticula in measuring their size and showing the local thinning of the ventricular wall with localized bulging and abnormal motion...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879657/an-exploratory-investigation-of-echocardiographic-parameters-and-the-effects-of-posture-on-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-the-livingstone-s-fruit-bat-pteropus-livingstonii
#15
Aimee L Drane, Robert Shave, Andrew Routh, Alberto Barbon
There is growing evidence that dilated cardiomyopathy may be a major cause of death in captive Livingstone's fruit bats (Pteropus livingstonii). Therefore, the primary aim of this prospective, exploratory study was to examine whether a systematic cardiac ultrasound protocol is feasible in this critically endangered species and to report basic measures of cardiac structure and function from a cohort of apparently healthy bats. A secondary aim was to test the effect posture (dorsal recumbency vs. roosting) has upon cardiac function in this species...
September 6, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877098/a-3-dimensional-printed-ultrasound-probe-visuospatial-trainer
#16
Ryan T McKenna, Jesse C Dove, Robert A Ratzlaff, Jose L Diaz-Gomez, Daniel J Cox, Leslie V Simon
Training adult learners to use ultrasound in clinical practice relies on the ability of the learner to apply visuospatial concepts to the anatomy of the human body. We describe a visuospatial trainer that replicates the housing of an ultrasound transducer, through which a linear laser projects light in the same plane and orientation as the ultrasonic sound waves. We use this trainer in combination with a porcine heart dissection laboratory to teach bedside cardiac ultrasound and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)...
September 4, 2017: Ultrasound Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876671/screening-for-an-occult-penetrating-cardiac-injury-using-transoesophageal-echcardiography-toe-a-prospective-study
#17
A Nicol, K Steur, R Bent, R Myburgh, G Sudwarts, F Roodt, S Edu, P Navsaria
BACKGROUND: 30% of patients with a cardiac injury will present with a penetrating chest wound and be haemodynamically stable, the so-called "occult cardiac injury". Current international practice is to screen for occult cardiac injuries using ultrasound (US) of the pericardial sac. If the US confirms the presence of fluid, then the patient undergoes a subxiphoid pericardial window (SPW) under general anaesthetic. In our experience, US Results in a large number of false positives and unnecessary operations...
June 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875864/pulmonary-embolism-with-cardiac-arrest-a-stemi-patient-s-unexpected-course
#18
Zoë Piggott, Tomislav Jelic
We describe the successful use and complications of bolus-dose alteplase to treat strongly suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) with cardiac arrest in a patient initially presenting as ST-elevation myocardial infarcation (MI). Case description is followed by a review of the indications, safety, and dosing of systemic thrombolytic therapy for high-risk PE in the emergency department (ED). Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to PE in critically ill patients is also considered, including the potential utility of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) in the ED...
September 6, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874293/a-plea-for-an-early-ultrasound-clinical-integrated-approach-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-a-proactive-comment-on-the-esc-guidelines-on-heart-failure-2016
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G Tavazzi, A N Neskovic, A Hussain, G Volpicelli, G Via
BACKGROUND: The European Association of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of acute heart failure (AHF) indicate prompt therapy initiation and performance of relevant investigations as paramount. Specifically, echocardiography prior to treatment is advocated only with hemodynamic instability, and the evaluation of clinical signs of peripheral perfusion and congestion is suggested as guidance for early interventions. Given the growing body of evidence on the diagnostic/monitoring capabilities of bedside ultrasound (including focused cardiac ultrasound, comprehensive echocardiography, lung ultrasound), we discuss the potential benefit of an integrated clinical/ultrasound approach at the very early stages of acute heart failure...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871660/clinical-echocardiographic-and-therapeutic-aspects-of-congenital-heart-diseases-of-children-at-douala-general-hospital-a-cross-sectional-study-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Félicité Kamdem, Danielle Kedy Koum, Ba Hamadou, Mélanie Yemdji, Henry Luma, Marie Solange Doualla, Diomède Noukeu, Esther Barla, Christophe Akazong, Anastase Dzudie, Henry Ngote, Yves Monkam, Sidiki Mouliom, Samuel Kingue
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular diseases in pediatric pathologies have emerged in the recent years in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), with congenital heart diseases (CHDs) being the most frequent. Unfortunately, their diagnosis is usually delayed, thereby increasing childhood morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: Describe the clinical, echocardiographic, and therapeutic aspects of CHDs of children at Douala General Hospital. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional descriptive study over a 10-year period, from January 2006 to December 2015...
September 4, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
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