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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226750/artery-and-vein-diameter-ratio-measurement-based-on-improvement-of-arteries-and-veins-segmentation-on-retinal-images
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Yuji Hatanaka, Hirokazu Tachiki, Kazunori Ogohara, Chisako Muramatsu, Susumu Okumura, Hiroshi Fujita, Yuji Hatanaka, Hirokazu Tachiki, Kazunori Ogohara, Chisako Muramatsu, Susumu Okumura, Hiroshi Fujita, Hiroshi Fujita, Susumu Okumura, Yuji Hatanaka, Hirokazu Tachiki, Kazunori Ogohara, Chisako Muramatsu
Retinal arteriolar narrowing is decided based on the artery and vein diameter ratio (AVR). Previous methods segmented blood vessels and classified arteries and veins by color pixels in the centerlines of blood vessels. AVR was definitively determined through measurement of artery and vein diameters. However, this approach was not sufficient for cases with close contact between the artery of interest and an imposing vein. Here, an algorithm for AVR measurement via new classification of arteries and veins is proposed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226746/artery-vein-classification-of-retinal-blood-vessels-using-feature-selection
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Vishal Vijayakumar, Dara D Koozekanani, Robert White, James Kohler, Sohini Roychowdhury, Keshab K Parhi, Vishal Vijayakumar, Dara D Koozekanani, Robert White, James Kohler, Sohini Roychowdhury, Keshab K Parhi, James Kohler, Keshab K Parhi, Vishal Vijayakumar, Sohini Roychowdhury, Robert White, Dara D Koozekanani
Automated classification of retinal vessels in fundus images is the first step towards measurement of retinal characteristics that can be used to screen and diagnose vessel abnormalities for cardiovascular and retinal disorders. This paper presents a novel approach to vessel classification to compute the artery/vein ratio (AVR) for all blood vessel segments in the fundus image. The features extracted are then subjected to a selection procedure using Random Forests (RF) where the features that contribute most to classification accuracy are chosen as input to a polynomial kernel Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215415/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-lead-avr-during-exercise-testing-in-patients-suspected-of-having-myocardial-ischemia
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Max Wagener, Roger Abächerli, Ursina Honegger, Nicolas Schaerli, Gil Prêtre, Raphael Twerenbold, Christian Puelacher, Germaine Sunier, Philipp Reddiess, Maria Rubini Gimenez, Karin Wildi, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Patrick Badertscher, Zaid Sabti, Ramun Schmid, Remo Leber, Dayana Flores Widmer, Samyut Shrestha, Ivo Strebel, Damian Wild, Stefan Osswald, Michael Zellweger, Christian Mueller, Tobias Reichlin
We aimed to assess the diagnostic and prognostic value of ST-segment deviation in aVR, a lead often ignored in clinical practice, during exercise testing and to compare it to the most widely used criterion of ST-segment depression in V5. We enrolled 1,596 patients with suspected myocardial ischemia referred for nuclear perfusion imaging undergoing bicycle stress testing. ST-segment amplitudes in leads aVR and V5 were automatically measured. The presence of inducible myocardial ischemia was the diagnostic end point and adjudicated based on nuclear perfusion imaging and coronary angiography...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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/28205276/positive-t-wave-in-lead-avr-as-an-independent-predictor-for-1-year-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-first-anterior-wall-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Akihiro Kobayashi, Naoki Misumida, Shunsuke Aoi, Yumiko Kanei
BACKGROUND: Positive T wave in lead aVR has been shown to predict an adverse in-hospital outcome in patients with anterior wall ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the prognostic value of positive T wave in lead aVR on a long-term outcome has not been fully explored. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 190 consecutive patients with first anterior wall STEMI who underwent an emergent coronary angiogram. Patients were divided into those with positive T wave > 0 mV and those with negative T wave ≦ 0 mV in lead aVR...
February 16, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194732/late-post-avr-progression-of-bicuspid-aortopathy-link-to-hemodynamics
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Shiho Naito, Tatiana Gross, Kushtrim Disha, Yskert von Kodolitsch, Hermann Reichenspurner, Evaldas Girdauskas
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: The ascending aortic dilatation may progress after aortic valve replacement (AVR) in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) patients. Our aim was to evaluate rheological flow patterns and histological characteristics of the aneurysmal aorta in BAV patients at the time of reoperative aortic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 13 patients (mean age: 42 ± 9 years, 10 (77%) male) with significant progression of proximal aortopathy after isolated AVR surgery for BAV disease (i...
February 13, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183438/cardiac-imaging-for-assessing-low-gradient-severe-aortic-stenosis
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REVIEW
Marie-Annick Clavel, Ian G Burwash, Philippe Pibarot
Up to 40% of patients with aortic stenosis (AS) harbor discordant Doppler-echocardiographic findings, the most common of which is the presence of a small aortic valve area (≤1.0 cm(2)) suggesting severe AS, but a low gradient (<40 mm Hg) suggesting nonsevere AS. The purpose of this paper is to present the role of multimodality imaging in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of this challenging entity referred to as low-gradient AS. Doppler-echocardiography is critical to determine the subtype of low-gradient AS: that is, classical low-flow, paradoxical low-flow, or normal-flow...
February 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180978/3d-rod-shape-changes-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-instrumentation-how-much-does-it-impact-correction
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Franck Le Navéaux, Carl-Eric Aubin, Stefan Parent, Peter O Newton, Hubert Labelle
PURPOSE: Flattening of rods is known to reduce the correction capability of the instrumentation, but has not been studied in 3D. The aim is to evaluate the rods shape 3D changes during and immediately after instrumentation, and its effect on 3D correction. METHODS: The 5.5 mm CoCr rods of 35 right thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients were measured from rod tracings prior to insertion, and reconstructed in 3D from bi-planar radiographs taken intra-operatively after the correction maneuvers and 1 week post-operatively...
February 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179592/five-year-clinical-outcome-of-asymptomatic-vs-symptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis-after-aortic-valve-replacement
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Shinichi Shirai, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Takeshi Morimoto, Kenji Ando, Kengo Korai, Kenji Minakata, Michiya Hanyu, Fumio Yamazaki, Tadaaki Koyama, Tatsuhiko Komiya, Norio Kanamori, Koichiro Murata, Takeshi Kitai, Yuichi Kawase, Chisato Izumi, Tsukasa Inada, Eri Minamino-Muta, Takao Kato, Moriaki Inoko, Katsuhisa Ishii, Naritatsu Saito, Kazuo Yamanaka, Noboru Nishiwaki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Toshihiko Saga, Shogo Nakayama, Genichi Sakaguchi, Atsushi Iwakura, Kotaro Shiraga, Koji Ueyama, Keiichi Fujiwara, Senri Miwa, Junichiro Nishizawa, Mitsuru Kitano, Hitoshi Kitayama, Ryuzo Sakata, Takeshi Kimura
BACKGROUND: There is discordance regarding the effect of symptom status before aortic valve replacement (AVR) on long-term outcome after AVR in severe aortic stenosis (AS).Methods and Results:The CURRENT AS registry is a multicenter retrospective registry enrolling 3,815 consecutive patients with severe AS. Among 1,196 patients managed with the initial AVR strategy, long-term clinical outcomes were compared between the symptomatic patients (n=905), and asymptomatic patients (n=291)...
February 9, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174400/-l-shaped-partial-upper-sternotomy-approach-for-aortic-valve-replacement
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Hiroshi Munakata, Noriko Oyama, Yu Murakami, Takahiro Yamazato, Noriyuki Abe, Katsuhito Mabuni, Tadao Kugai
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is a recent innovation in the treatment of severe aortic stenosis. On the other hand, several reports suggested that minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MICS-AVR) is likely to be associated with reduced postoperative discomfort and faster recovery. Of note, an upper partial sternotomy for isolated aortic valve replacement( L-shaped MICS-AVR) has been accepted as the most common approach to the MICS-AVR. Since October 2013, we have preformed L-shaped MICS-AVR at our hospital...
February 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168930/avirulence-avr-gene-based-diagnosis-complements-existing-pathogen-surveillance-tools-for-effective-deployment-of-resistance-r-genes-against-rice-blast-disease
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Shiela Marie Gines Selisana, Mary Jeanie Yanoria, Berlaine Quime, Chaivarakun Chaipanya, Guodong Lu, Rina Bagsic Opulencia, Guo-Liang Wang, Thomas Mitchell, James C Correll, Nick Talbot, Hei Leung, Bo Zhou
Avirulence genes in Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungal pathogen that causes the devastating rice blast disease, have been documented to be major targets subject to mutations to avoid recognition by resistance (R) genes. In this study, an avirulence (AVR) gene-based diagnosis tool for determining the virulence spectrum of a rice blast pathogen population was developed and validated. A set of 77 single-spore field isolates was subjected to pathotype analysis using differential lines each containing a single R gene and classified into 20 virulent pathotypes except for four isolates that lost pathogenicity...
February 7, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159815/validation-of-the-prognostic-utility-of-the-electrocardiogram-for-acute-drug-overdose
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Alex F Manini, Ajith P Nair, Rajesh Vedanthan, David Vlahov, Robert S Hoffman
BACKGROUND: While it is certain that some emergency department patients with acute drug overdose suffer adverse cardiovascular events (ACVE), predicting ACVE is difficult. The prognostic utility of the ECG for heterogeneous drug overdose patients remains to be proven. This study was undertaken to validate previously derived features of the initial ECG associated with ACVE in this population. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a prospective validation cohort study to evaluate adult emergency department patients with acute drug overdose at 2 urban university hospitals over 5 years in whom an emergency department admission ECG was performed...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151798/modulating-portal-hemodynamics-with-vascular-ring-allows-efficient-regeneration-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-a-porcine-model
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Petru O Bucur, Mohamed Bekheit, Chloe Audebert, Amnah Othman, Seddik Hammad, Mylene Sebagh, Marc-Antoine Allard, Benoît Decante, Adrian Friebel, Elodie Miquelestorena-Standley, Dirk Drasdo, Jan G Hengstler, Irene E Vignon-Clementel, Eric Vibert
OBJECTIVE: To investigate safety and efficacy of temporary portal hemodynamics modulation with a novel percutaneously adjustable vascular ring (MID-AVR) onto a porcine model of 75% hepatectomy. BACKGROUND: Postoperative liver failure is a leading cause of mortality after major hepatectomy. Portal flow modulation is an increasingly accepted concept to prevent postoperative liver failure. Nonetheless, the current strategies have shortcomings. METHODS: Resection was performed under hemodynamic monitoring in 17 large, white pigs allocated into 2 groups...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151532/-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-versus-aortic-valve-replacement-cost-analysis-from-the-regional-health-service-and-hospital-perspectives
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Elena Berti, Daniela Fortuna, Simona Bartoli, Cristina Ciuca, Anna Orlando, Salvatore Scondotto, Nera Agabiti, Stefano Salizzoni, Tiziana Claudia Aranzulla, Caterina Gandolfo, Rossana De Palma, Francesco Saia
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to estimate the cost of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) procedures, together with the cost of the first-year hospitalizations following the index ones, in 4 Italian regions where diffusion level of TAVI and coverage decisions are different. METHODS: The cost analysis was performed evaluating 372 patients enrolled consecutively from December 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015...
December 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151531/-cognitive-and-quality-of-life-trajectory-after-either-surgical-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-in-high-risk-patients
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Cristina Ciuca, Daniela Fortuna, Susy Ferrari, Stefano Salizzoni, Enrica Grisoglio, Giuseppe Punta, Stefano Del Ponte, Tiziana Claudia Aranzulla, Davide Gabbieri, Caterina Gandolfo, Flavia Dispensa, Lavinia Vecchio Verderame, Corrado Tamburino, Cinzia Caruso, Claudio Grossi, Elisa Mikus, Vincenzo Guiducci, Roberto Violini, Silvia Rongoni, Claudia Pandolfi, Carolina Moretti, Rossana De Palma, Rabih Chattat, Carlo Savini, Antonio Marzocchi, Francesco Saia
RATIONALE: The impact of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) or surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) on cognitive status and quality of life in high-risk patients has been incompletely investigated. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multicenter study including all patients treated with TAVI and high-risk patients undergoing AVR (age ≥80 years or logistic EuroSCORE ≥15%) at participating centers. Multidimensional geriatric evaluation including Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), EuroQol 5D (EQ5D) and Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ) were performed at baseline and at 3- and 12-month follow-up...
December 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151530/-quality-of-life-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-comprehensive-literature-review-and-critical-appraisal
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Susy Ferrari, Cristina Ciuca, Enrica Grisoglio, Tiziana Claudia Aranzulla, Davide Gabbieri, Lavinia Vecchio Verderame, Flavia Dispensa, Cinzia Caruso, Alda Carmela Di Mauro, Omar Di Gregorio, Claudia Pandolfi, Silvia Rongoni, Giovanni Ottoboni, Carolina Moretti, Rossana De Palma, Antonio Marzocchi, Rabih Chattat, Francesco Saia
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a very effective treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are either not suitable candidates or at high risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR). Patients undergoing TAVI are often very elderly and their clinical status is burdened with multiple comorbidities, therefore evaluation of quality of life (QoL) might be challenging. We sought to provide an overview of available data on QoL changes after TAVI and critical insights on the instruments used to detect these changes...
December 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134594/expression-of-the-potato-late-blight-resistance-gene-rpi-phu1-and-phytophthora-infestans-effectors-in-the-compatible-and-incompatible-interactions-in-potato
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Emil Stefańczyk, Sylwester Sobkowiak, Marta Brylińska, Jadwiga Śliwka
This study describes late blight resistance of potato breeding lines resulting from crosses between cv. Sárpo Mira and Rpi-phu1 gene donors. The progeny is investigated for the presence of Rpi-Smira1 and Rpi-phu1 resistance genes. Interestingly, in detached leaflet tests, plants with both R genes withstand the infection of the Phytophthora infestans isolate virulent to each gene separately, either due to interaction of these genes or presence of additional resistance loci. The interaction was studied further in three chosen breeding lines on the transcriptional level...
January 30, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132979/reducing-prosthesis-patient-mismatch-with-edwards-magna-prosthesis-for-aortic-valve-replacement
#18
Yuta Kume, Tomoyuki Fujita, Satsuki Fukushima, Hiroki Hata, Yusuke Shimahara, Yorihiko Matsumoto, Kizuku Yamashita, Junjiro Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: Prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) is associated with increased mid-term and long-term mortality rates after aortic valve replacement (AVR). This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of the Carpentier-Edwards Perimount Magna and Magna Ease (CEPMs) aortic bioprostheses to reduce the incidence of PPM.Methods and Results:Altogether, 282 consecutive patients (113 women, mean age 69.9±9.9 years) underwent AVR with a CEPMs between 2008 and 2015. They were divided into 3 groups based on the risk of PPM as a result of their body surface area and aortic annular diameter (BSA/AnnD ratio): low-risk (LR) group: 0...
January 27, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130792/klotho-attenuated-antibody-mediated-porcine-endothelial-cell-activation-and-injury
#19
Lu Liu, Hanchao Gao, Chungu Hong, Chen He, Dengke Pan, Yifan Dai, Hidetaka Hara, David K C Cooper, Zesong Li, Zhiming Cai, Lisha Mou
Long-term success in pig-to-primate xenotransplantation is currently hampered by acute vascular rejection (AVR), characterized by endothelial cell (EC) activation and injury. Klotho has anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory effects on EC and protects EC against reactive oxygen species, rendering klotho a promising molecule to control AVR. In this study, porcine ECs were pre-incubated with klotho and then exposed to xenoreactive antibodies and complement. Real-time PCR revealed that klotho suppressed antibody-induced pro-inflammatory gene expression of VCAM-1 and IL-1α...
January 28, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123153/efficacy-of-the-stonehenge-technique-for-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-via-right-infraaxillary-thoracotomy
#20
Masataka Yamazaki, Hajime Kin, Shohei Kitamoto, Shota Yamanaka, Hidefumi Nishida, Kosaku Nishigawa, Shuichiro Takanashi
Minimally invasive cardiac surgeries for aortic valve replacement (AVR) are still a technical challenge for surgeons because these procedures are undertaken through small incisions and deep surgical fields. Although AVR via vertical infraaxillary thoracotomy can be a cosmetically superior option, a disadvantage of this approach is the distance between the thoracotomy incision and the ascending aorta. Therefore, we devised a technique to perform all manipulations using the fingertips without the aid of a knot pusher or long-shafted surgical instruments...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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