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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936780/ct-based-spect-attenuation-correction-and-assessment-of-infarct-size-results-from-a-cardiac-phantom-study
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Alexander Stephan Kroiss, Stephan Gerhard Nekolla, Georg Dobrozemsky, Thomas Grubinger, Barry Lynn Shulkin, Markus Schwaiger
RATIONALE: Myocardial perfusion SPECT is a commonly performed, well established, clinically useful procedure for the management of patients with coronary artery disease. However, the attenuation of photons from myocardium impacts the quantification of infarct sizes. CT-Attenuation Correction (AC) potentially resolves this problem. This contention was investigated by analyzing various parameters for infarct size delineation in a cardiac phantom model. METHODS: A thorax phantom with a left ventricle (LV), fillable defects, lungs, spine and liver was used...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929512/systematic-design-of-a-magnetically-levitated-brushless-dc-motor-for-a-reversible-rotary-intra-aortic-blood-pump
#2
Yaxin Wang, Thomas G Logan, P Alex Smith, Po-Lin Hsu, William E Cohn, Liping Xu, Richard A McMahon
The IntraVAD is a miniature intra-aortic ventricular assist device (VAD) designed to work in series with the compromised left ventricle. A reverse-rotation control (RRc) mode has been developed to increase myocardial perfusion and reduce ventricular volume. The RRc mode includes forward rotation in systole and reverse rotation in diastole, which requires the IntraVAD to periodically reverse its rotational direction in synchrony with the cardiac cycle. This periodic reversal leads to changes in pressure force over the impeller, which makes the entire system less stable...
September 20, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929333/late-iodine-enhancement-computed-tomography-with-image-subtraction-for-assessment-of-myocardial-infarction
#3
Yuki Tanabe, Teruhito Kido, Akira Kurata, Takanori Kouchi, Naoki Fukuyama, Takahiro Yokoi, Teruyoshi Uetani, Natsumi Yamashita, Masao Miyagawa, Teruhito Mochizuki
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of image subtraction in late iodine enhancement CT (LIE-CT) for assessment of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: A comprehensive cardiac CT protocol and late gadolinium enhancement MRI (LGE-MRI) was used to assess coronary artery disease in 27 patients. LIE-CT was performed after stress CT perfusion (CTP) and CT angiography. Subtraction LIE-CT was created by subtracting the mask volume of the left ventricle (LV) cavity from the original LIE-CT using CTP dataset...
September 19, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929251/risk-reduction-of-long-term-major-adverse-cardiovascular-events-after-endoscopic-thoracic-sympathectomy-in-palmar-hyperhidrosis
#4
Chun-An Cheng, Chun-Gu Cheng, Hsin Chu, Hung-Che Lin, Chi-Hsiang Chung, Hung-Wen Chiu, Wu-Chien Chien
PURPOSE: Palmar hyperhidrosis (PH) is excessive sweating of the palms resulting from sympathetic overactivity, and patients who undergo endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) show reduced cardiac demand after 1 year and improved cerebral perfusion within 2-4 weeks. However, the long-term risks of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) following ETS remain unclear. METHODS: We searched the Longitudinal National Health Insurance Database in Taiwan and identified PH patients (International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnostic code 708...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929246/a-numerical-study-of-the-hemodynamic-effect-of-the-aortic-valve-on-coronary-flow
#5
Shaily Wald, Alex Liberzon, Idit Avrahami
During diastole, coronary perfusion depends on the pressure drop between the myocardial tissue and the coronary origin located at the aortic root. This pressure difference is influenced by the flow field near the closing valve leaflets. Clinical evidence is conclusive that patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) suffer from diastolic dysfunction during hyperemia, but show increased coronary blood flow (CBF) during rest. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was shown to decrease rest CBF along with its main purpose of improving the aortic flow and reducing the risk of heart failure...
September 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928604/kaempferide-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-pathway
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Dong Wang, Xinjie Zhang, Defang Li, Wenjin Hao, Fanqing Meng, Bo Wang, Jichun Han, Qiusheng Zheng
The aim of this study is to investigate both the efficacy and mechanism of action of kaempferide (Kae) as a therapy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. A rat model of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury was established by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery for 30 min followed by a 2 h perfusion. In our study, we show that Kae remarkably improved cardiac function, alleviated myocardial injury via a decrease in myocardial enzyme levels, and attenuated myocardial infarct size in a dose-dependent manner...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926643/skin-perfusion-pressure-as-an-indicator-of-tissue-perfusion-in-valvular-heart-surgery-preliminary-results-from-a-prospective-observational-study
#7
Young Song, Sarah Soh, Jae-Kwang Shim, Kyoung-Un Park, Young-Lan Kwak
Hemodynamic management aims to provide adequate tissue perfusion, which is often altered during cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). We evaluated whether skin perfusion pressure (SPP) can be used for monitoring of adequacy of tissue perfusion in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. Seventy-two patients undergoing valve replacement were enrolled. SPP and serum lactate level were assessed after anaesthesia induction (baseline), during CPB, after CPB-off, end of surgery, arrival at intensive care unit, and postoperative 6 h...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925655/pleuritic-chest-pain-sorting-through-the-differential-diagnosis
#8
Brian V Reamy, Pamela M Williams, Michael Ryan Odom
Pleuritic chest pain is characterized by sudden and intense sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. Pulmonary embolism is the most common serious cause, found in 5% to 21% of patients who present to an emergency department with pleuritic chest pain. A validated clinical decision rule for pulmonary embolism should be employed to guide the use of additional tests such as d-dimer assays, ventilation-perfusion scans, or computed tomography angiography. Myocardial infarction, pericarditis, aortic dissection, pneumonia, and pneumothorax are other serious causes that should be ruled out using history and physical examination, electrocardiography, troponin assays, and chest radiography before another diagnosis is made...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925651/exercise-stress-testing-indications-and-common-questions
#9
Kathryn K Garner, William Pomeroy, James J Arnold
Exercise stress testing is a validated diagnostic test for coronary artery disease in symptomatic patients, and is used in the evaluation of patients with known cardiac disease. Testing of asymptomatic patients is generally not indicated. It may be performed in select deconditioned adults before starting a vigorous exercise program, but no studies have compared outcomes from preexercise testing vs. encouraging light exercise with gradual increases in exertion. Preoperative exercise stress testing is helpful for risk stratification in patients undergoing vascular surgery or who have active cardiac symptoms before undergoing nonemergent noncardiac surgery...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924814/the-prognostic-value-of-heart-rate-response-during-vasodilator-stress-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-undergoing-renal-transplantation
#10
Wael AlJaroudi, Chiedozie Anokwute, Ibtihaj Fughhi, Tania Campagnoli, Marwan Wassouf, Aviral Vij, Michael Kharouta, Andrew Appis, Amjad Ali, Rami Doukky
BACKGROUND: In asymptomatic end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing vasodilator stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) prior to renal transplantation (RT), the impact of pre-transplant heart rate response (HRR) to vasodilator stress on post-RT outcomes is unknown. METHODS: We analyzed a retrospective cohort of asymptomatic patients with ESRD who underwent a vasodilator stress SPECT-MPI and subsequently received RT. Blunted HRR was defined as HRR <28% for regadenoson stress and <20% for adenosine stress...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922191/acr-spr-str-practice-parameter-for-the-performance-of-cardiac-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-imaging
#11
Rathan M Subramaniam, Warren R Janowitz, Geoffrey B Johnson, Martin A Lodge, Marguerite T Parisi, Mark R Ferguson, Jeffrey C Hellinger, Gregory W Gladish, Narainder K Gupta
This clinical practice parameter has been developed collaboratively by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR), and the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR). This document is intended to act as a guide for physicians performing and interpreting positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) of cardiac diseases in adults and children. The primary value of cardiac PET/CT imaging include evaluation of perfusion, function, viability, inflammation, anatomy, and risk stratification for cardiac-related events such as myocardial infarction and death...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920462/involvement-of-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-in-abrogated-cardioprotective-effect-of-ischemic-preconditioning-in-ovariectomized-rat-heart
#12
V K Vishwakarma, A Goyal, J K Gupta, P K Upadhyay, H N Yadav
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is an effective mediator of ischemic preconditioning (IPC)-induced cardioprotection. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is downregulated after ovariectomy, which results in reduction in the level of NO. The present study deals with the investigation of the role of ANP in abrogated cardioprotective effect of IPC in the ovariectomized rat heart. METHODS: Heart was isolated from ovariectomized rat and mounted on Langendorff's apparatus, subjected to 30 min of ischemia and 120 min of reperfusion...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920042/mitochondrial-atp-sensitive-potassium-channels-play-a-role-in-reducing-both-myocardial-infarction-and-reperfusion-arrhythmia-in-remote-ischemic-preconditioned-hearts
#13
Young-Ho Jang, June-Hong Kim, Yong-Cheol Lee
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium (mKATP) channels play a role in reperfusion arrhythmias (RAs) in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. Evidence suggests that remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) reduces RAs, however not much is known on the mechanistic role of mKATP in RIPC. We evaluated whether mKATP channels are associated with reducing arrhythmia and infarct size in RIPC. METHODS: Isolated rat hearts received 30 minutes of regional ischemia followed by 2 hours of reperfusion through the Langendorff perfusion system...
February 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917674/prognostic-value-of-risk-factors-calcium%C3%A2-score-coronary-cta-myocardial%C3%A2-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive%C3%A2-coronary-angiography-in-kidney%C3%A2-transplantation-candidates
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Simon Winther, My Svensson, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Laust Dupont Rasmussen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Lars Christian Gormsen, Kirsten Bouchelouche, Hans Erik Bøtker, Per Ivarsen, Morten Bøttcher
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to perform a prospective head-to-head comparison of the predictive value of clinical risk factors and a variety of cardiac imaging modalities including coronary artery calcium score (CACS), coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) on major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and all-cause mortality in kidney transplantation candidates. BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening for coronary artery disease in kidney transplantation candidates...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916890/coronary-calcium-score-influences-referral-for-invasive-coronary-angiography-after-normal-myocardial-perfusion-spect
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Shu Yokota, Mohamed Mouden, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Elsemiek Engbers, Pieter L Jager, Jorik R Timmer, Siert Knollema
BACKGROUND: In patients with normal SPECT but persistent complaints, invasive angiography may exclude obstructive coronary disease. We assessed whether high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores are associated with increased referral for invasive angiography following normal SPECT. METHODS AND RESULTS: 2286 consecutive patients (mean age 60 ± 12, 39% male) with normal SPECT were assessed. All patients underwent simultaneous CAC scoring. Patients were categorized into four groups based on their CAC score: CAC = 0 (n = 694), CAC 1 to 100 (n = 891), CAC 101 to 400 (n = 368), and CAC >400 (n = 333)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916411/3d-fusion-of-coronary-ct-angiography-and-ct-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-intuitive-assessment-of-morphology-and-function
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Jochen von Spiczak, Robert Manka, Manoj Mannil, Sabrina Oebel, Sandra Hamada, Kai Higashigaito, Ernst Klotz, Frank Ruschitzka, Hatem Alkadhi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this work was to support three-dimensional fusion of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) and CT myocardial perfusion (CT-Perf) data visualizing coronary artery stenoses and corresponding stress-induced myocardial perfusion deficits for diagnostics of coronary artery disease. METHODS: Twelve patients undergoing coronary CTA/CT-Perf after heart transplantation were included (56 ± 12 years, all males). CT image quality was rated. Coronary diameter stenoses >50% were documented for coronary CTA...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912893/the-role-of-nitric-oxide-during-sonoreperfusion-of-microvascular-obstruction
#17
Francois T H Yu, Xucai Chen, Adam C Straub, John J Pacella
Rationale: Microembolization during PCI for acute myocardial infarction can cause microvascular obstruction (MVO). MVO severely limits the success of reperfusion therapies, is associated with additional myonecrosis, and is linked to worse prognosis, including death. We have shown, both in in vitro and in vivo models, that ultrasound (US) and microbubble (MB) therapy (termed "sonoreperfusion" or "SRP") is a theranostic approach that relieves MVO and restores perfusion, but the underlying mechanisms remain to be established...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906538/nuclear-cardiology-practices-and-radiation-exposure-in-africa-results-from-the-iaea-nuclear-cardiology-protocols-study-incaps
#18
Salah E Bouyoucef, Mathew Mercuri, Thomas N Pascual, Adel H Allam, Mboyo Vangu, João V Vitola, Nathan Better, Ganesan Karthikeyan, John J Mahmarian, Madan M Rehani, Ravi Kashyap, Maurizio Dondi, Diana Paez, Andrew J Einstein
OBJECTIVE: While nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) offers many benefits to patients with known or suspected cardiovascular disease, concerns exist regarding radiation-associated health effects. Little is known regarding MPI practice in Africa. We sought to characterise radiation doses and the use of MPI best practices that could minimise radiation in African nuclear cardiology laboratories, and compare these to practice worldwide. METHODS: Demographics and clinical characteristics were collected for a consecutive sample of 348 patients from 12 laboratories in six African countries over a one-week period from March to April 2013...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905206/improved-diagnosis-of-the-number-of-stenosed-coronary-artery-vessels-by-segmentation-with-scatter-and-photo-peak-window-data-for-attenuation-correction-in-myocardial-perfusion-spect
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Yohei Yamauchi, Yumiko Kanzaki, Masuo Hayashi, Mami Arai, Hideaki Morita, Tsuyoshi Komori, Masaaki Hoshiga, Nobukazu Ishizaka
BACKGROUND: Attenuation correction using segmentation of scatter and photo-peak window data (SSPAC) enables an evaluation of the attenuation map in a patient-specific manner without additional radiation exposure. We compared the accuracy of SSPAC and non-corrected myocardial perfusion scintigraphy methods for diagnosing the number of stenosed coronary artery vessels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively reviewed the data from 183 consecutive patients who underwent (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin stress/rest SPECT examination and a coronary angiography within 3 months...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903760/feasibility-of-detecting-myocardial-infarction-in-the-sheep-fetus-using-late-gadolinium-enhancement-cmr-imaging
#20
An Qi Duan, Mitchell C Lock, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Jack R Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Christopher K Macgowan, Mike Seed, Janna L Morrison
BACKGROUND: Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging has enabled the accurate assessment of myocardial infarction (MI). However, LGE CMR has not been performed successfully in the fetus, where it could be useful for animal studies of interventions to promote cardiac regeneration. We believe that LGE imaging could allow us to document the presence, extent and effect of MI in utero and would thereby expand our capacity for conducting fetal sheep MI research...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
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