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Cardiac ultrasound

Gang Chen, Lingmin Wu, Lihui Zheng, Ligang Ding, Tom Wong, Shu Zhang, Yan Yao
This study aimed to prospectively evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new developed method that uses percutaneous ultrasound-guided hematoma aspiration followed by targeted localized manual compression for treatment of femoral artery pseudoaneurysm after cardiac catheterization, which obviates thrombin use, surgery, and long-time compression.From January 2007 to July 2014, 32 patients (17 women; mean age, 55.3 ± 11.5 years) out of 8,725 consecutive cases undergoing cardiac catheterization via femoral access developed one pseudoaneurysm each ranging in size from 21 × 11 mm to 72 × 39 mm...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Iain Parsons, E J Hutley, I Gibb, J Lentaigne, D Wilson, A T Cox
INTRODUCTION: The role of the military physician in Deployed Hospital Care involves the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of disease states. Broad clinical skills need to be complemented by judicious use of a limited array of investigations. No study has specifically quantified what investigations physicians use on operations. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was performed to ascertain what investigations were undertaken on all patients managed by the General Internal Medicine teams over a 14 month period during a recent enduring operation in Afghanistan...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Keshav Gopal, Malak Almutairi, Rami Al Batran, Farah Eaton, Manoj Gandhi, John Reyes Ussher
Obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) increase the risk for cardiomyopathy, which is the presence of ventricular dysfunction in the absence of underlying coronary artery disease and/or hypertension. As myocardial energy metabolism is altered during obesity/T2D (increased fatty acid oxidation and decreased glucose oxidation), we hypothesized that restricting myocardial glucose oxidation in lean mice devoid of the perturbed metabolic milieu observed in obesity/T2D would produce a cardiomyopathy phenotype, characterized via diastolic dysfunction...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Dominique De Clercq, Barbara Broux, Lisse Vera, Annelies Decloedt, Gunther van Loon
BACKGROUND: In human and veterinary medicine, monophasic action potential (MAP) analysis and determination of local refractory periods by contact electrode technique gives valuable information about local cardiac electrophysiological properties. It is used to investigate dysrhythmias and the impact of drugs on the myocardium. Precise measurement of total MAP duration is difficult, therefore the MAP duration is usually determined at a repolarization level of 90% (APD90). Until now, no studies are published about the feasibility of this technique in the standing non-sedated horse...
March 20, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Melih Velipasaoglu, Metin Sentürk, Reyhan Ayaz, Barbaros Atesli, H Mete Tanir
This study aimed to elucidate the diagnostic process, the associated anomalies and the perinatal outcomes of right aortic arch (RAA) in a group of low-risk patients. The obstetric imaging database and digital patient files were reviewed between January 2015 and June 2016. There were 12 RAA cases detected prenatally. Seven foetuses had an aberrant left subclavian artery and one foetus had mirror image branching. The prevalence of RAA was 1.8 in 1000. Invasive prenatal diagnosis was offered to patients and seven tests were performed...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Patrícia Leitão, André Carvalho, Conceição Guerra, José Gonçalves, Isabel Ramos
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia or Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant vascular disorder characterized by epistaxis, mucocutaneous telangiectasias, and arteriovenous malformations affecting various organs and systems. The liver is a commonly involved organ (74% of patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia), although symptomatic liver disease is quite infrequent. In symptomatic cases, clinical manifestations relate most commonly to the predominant type of vascular shunting present (arteriovenous, arterioportal, or portovenous)...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Connor M Pettem, Jennifer M Briens, David M Janz, Lynn P Weber
Selenium (Se) is considered an essential trace element, involved in important physiological and metabolic functions for all vertebrate species. Fish require dietary concentrations of 0.1-0.5 μg Se/g dry mass (d.m.) to maintain normal physiological and selenoprotein function, however concentrations exceeding 3 μg/g d.m. have been shown to cause toxicity. As Se is reported to have a narrow margin between essentiality and toxicity, there is growing concern surrounding the adverse effects of elevated Se exposure caused by anthropogenic activities...
March 8, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Amer M Johri, Joshua Durbin, Joseph Newbigging, Robert Tanzola, Ryan Chow, Sabe De, James Tam
The development of small, user friendly, handheld ultrasound devices has stimulated the growth of cardiac point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for the purpose of rapid, bedside cardiac assessment. Medical schools have begun integrating cardiac POCUS into their curricula. In this review the authors summarize the variable approaches taken by several medical training programs with respect to duration of POCUS training, prerequisite knowledge, and methods of delivering these skills (including e-learning, hands-on training, and simulation)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Olivier Villemain, Mafalda Correia, Elie Mousseaux, Jérome Baranger, Samuel Zarka, Ilya Podetti, Gilles Soulat, Thibaud Damy, Albert Hagège, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Emmanuel Messas
OBJECTIVES: The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of myocardial shear wave imaging (SWI) to quantify the diastolic myocardial stiffness (MS) (kPa) noninvasively in adult healthy volunteers (HVs) and its physiological variation with age, and in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) populations with heart failure and preserved ejection function (HFpEF). BACKGROUND: MS is an important prognostic and diagnostic parameter of the diastolic function. MS is affected by physiological changes but also by pathological alterations of extracellular and cellular tissues...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
J T Sullivan
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February 9, 2018: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Chen Shu-Lan, Lan Fang-Chen, Du Zhen-Shuang, Xu Ya-Ping, Zhao Hui-Ming, Zeng Cui-Ping, Miao Yu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the influence of injection rates of calibrating standard solution on monitoring pulse indicator continuous cardiac output (PICCO, made in Germany), and thereby to provide significant references for clinical practice. METHODS: A total of 108 critical patients in stroke intensive care unit were identified. All these participants received transesophageal cardiac color Doppler ultrasound, and within 15 min PICCO equipment was utilized to monitor the relevant parameters, by means of 0 °C calibrating standard solution, and the injection speeds were 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 s...
March 16, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Puneet Kapur, Melanie Baimel, Jordan Chenkin
Left ventricular outflow tract pseudoaneurysms are a rare but life-threatening disorder, often caused by complications of cardiac surgery or myocardial infarction. We present a case report of a patient with no prior risk factors who presented with a six-month history of progressive exertional dyspnea, bilateral leg swelling and cough. Point-of-care ultrasound revealed an unexpected outpouching of the left ventricle. He was diagnosed with a left ventricular outflow tract pseudoaneurysm and subsequently went into cardiogenic shock secondary to extension of pseudoaneurysm causing extrinsic compression of the coronary arteries...
March 16, 2018: CJEM
Lucie Angel, Badiâa Bouazzaoui, Michel Isingrini, Séverine Fay, Laurence Taconnat, Sandrine Vanneste, Moïse Ledoux, Valérie Gissot, Caroline Hommet, Fréderic Andersson, Laurent Barantin, Jean-Philippe Cottier, Jérémy Pasco, Thomas Desmidt, Frédéric Patat, Vincent Camus, Jean-Pierre Remenieras
Aging is characterized by a cognitive decline of fluid abilities and is also associated with electrophysiological changes. The vascular hypothesis proposes that brain is sensitive to vascular dysfunction which may accelerate age-related brain modifications and thus explain age-related neurocognitive decline. To test this hypothesis, cognitive performance was measured in 39 healthy participants from 20 to 80 years, using tests assessing inhibition, fluid intelligence, attention and crystallized abilities. Brain functioning associated with attentional abilities was assessed by measuring the P3b ERP component elicited through an auditory oddball paradigm...
March 12, 2018: Brain and Cognition
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Esra Ozkavukcu, Andelib Babaturk, Nuray Haliloglu, Tuncay Yuce, Tayfun Ucar
Congenital aneurysms and diverticula of the heart are rare anomalies and their prenatal diagnosis is challenging. Fetuses with suspected cardiac aneurysms on ultrasound (US) screening should undergo targeted fetal echocardiography, postnatal imaging, and follow-ups. Herein, we describe the second trimester US scan and postnatal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of a baby girl with concurrent septal and right ventricular cardiac aneurysms. Other cardiac and extra-cardiac structures were normal...
February 2018: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Fabian Kording, Jin Yamamura, Manuela Tavares de Sousa, Christian Ruprecht, Erik Hedström, Anthony H Aletras, P Ellen Grant, Andrew J Powell, Kai Fehrs, Gerhard Adam, Hendrik Kooijman, Bjoern P Schoennagel
BACKGROUND: Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging may provide a valuable adjunct to fetal echocardiography in the evaluation of congenital cardiovascular pathologies. However, dynamic fetal CMR is difficult due to the lack of direct in-utero cardiac gating. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a newly developed Doppler ultrasound (DUS) device in humans for fetal CMR gating. METHODS: Fifteen fetuses (gestational age 30-39 weeks) were examined using 1...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Yoko Kaneko, Takamoto Yanagawa, Yoshinori Taru, Sonoko Hayashi, Hong Zhang, Tomoki Tsukahara, Tsuneaki Matsunaga, Takashi Ishizu
INTRODUCTION: We describe a hemodialysis patient who developed subclavian steal syndrome via an arteriovenous fistula after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 55-year-old female with end-stage renal failure due to polycystic kidney disease had been treated with hemodialysis for 10 years. Because of an autologous arteriovenous fistula stenosis, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty was performed. After successful treatment with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, the patient developed dizziness...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Aleksandar N Neskovic, Henry Skinner, Susanna Price, Gabriele Via, Stefan De Hert, Ivan Stankovic, Maurizio Galderisi, Erwan Donal, Denisa Muraru, Erik Sloth, Luna Gargani, Nuno Cardim, Alexandros Stefanidis, Matteo Cameli, Gilbert Habib, Bernard Cosyns, Patrizio Lancellotti, Thor Edvardsen, Bogdan A Popescu
There is a growing trend of using ultrasound examination of the heart as a first-line diagnostic tool for initial patient evaluation in acute settings. Focus cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) is a standardized but restricted cardiac ultrasound examination that may be undertaken by a range of medical professionals with diverse backgrounds. The intention of this core curriculum and syllabus is to define a unifying framework for educational and training processes/programmes that should result in competence in FoCUS for various medical professionals dealing with diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Devin B Phillips, Craig D Steinback, Sophie É Collins, Desi P Fuhr, Tracey L Bryan, Eric Y L Wong, Vincent Tedjasaputra, Mohit Bhutani, Michael K Stickland
COPD patients have increased central arterial stiffness and muscle sympathetic nervous activity (MSNA), both of which contribute to cardiovascular (CV) dysfunction and increased CV risk. Previous work suggests that COPD patients have elevated carotid chemoreceptor (CC) activity/sensitivity, which may contribute to the elevated MSNA and arterial stiffness. Accordingly, the effect of CC inhibition on central arterial stiffness, MSNA and CV function at rest in COPD patients was examined in a randomized placebo-controlled study...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
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