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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225219/educational-intervention-for-improving-the-appropriateness-of-transthoracic-echocardiograms-ordered-by-pediatric-cardiologists
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Ritu Sachdeva, Pamela S Douglas, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Benjamin W Eidem, Oscar J Benavidez, Rory B Weiner, Elizabeth Welch, Robert M Campbell, Wyman W Lai
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate effectiveness of educational intervention (EI) in the Pediatric Appropriate Use of Echocardiography (PAUSE) study to improve appropriateness of transthoracic echocardiograms (TTEs) ordered in pediatric cardiology clinics. DESIGN: Data were prospectively collected after the publication of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) document during 2 phases: the pre-EI phase (1/1/15 to 4/30/15) and the post-EI phase (7/1/15 to 10/30/15)...
February 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216698/clinical-application-of-point-of-care-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-perioperative-period
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REVIEW
Swaroop Margale, Kurichi Marudhachalam, Sarvesh Natani
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has established its role for diagnosis and management in cardiology and is used by various other specialities in medicine, but it is not routinely practised by anaesthesiologists in the perioperative period including the pre-admission clinic/outpatient clinic. The last decade has seen the emerging role of anaesthesiologist as a 'Perioperative physician'. This review article highlights the potential role and clinical utility, education, teaching and limitations of point of care (POC) TTE modality in perioperative care...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
#3
José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
#4
Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210936/does-obesity-affect-the-non-invasive-measurement-of-cardiac-output-performed-by-electrical-cardiometry-in-children-and-adolescents
#5
Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Eva Welisch, Ralf Rauch, Michael Miller, Teresa Sohee Park, Kambiz Norozi
Electrical cardiometry (EC) is a non-invasive and inexpensive method for hemodynamic assessment and monitoring. However, its feasibility for widespread clinical use, especially for the obese population, has yet to be determined. In this study, we evaluated the agreement and reliability of EC compared to transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTE) in normal, overweight, and obese children and adolescents. We measured stroke volume (SV) and cardiac output (CO) of 131 participants using EC and TTE simultaneously...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210509/recurrence-of-postoperative-stress-induced-cardiomyopathy-resulting-from-status-epilepticus
#6
Grant A Miller, Yousef M Ahmed, Nicki S Tarant
Introduction. Classically, stress-induced cardiomyopathy (SIC), also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, displays the pathognomonic feature of reversible left ventricular apical ballooning without coronary artery stenosis following stressful event(s). Temporary reduction in ejection fraction (EF) resolves spontaneously. Variants of SIC exhibiting mid-ventricular regional wall motion abnormalities have been identified. Recent case series present SIC as a finding in association with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP)...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207951/endurance-capacity-and-neuromuscular-fatigue-following-high-vs-moderate-intensity-endurance-training-a-randomised-trial
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Thomas J O'Leary, Johnny Collett, Ken Howells, Martyn G Morris
High-intensity exercise induces significant central and peripheral fatigue, however the effect of endurance training on these mechanisms of fatigue is poorly understood. We compared the effect of cycling endurance training of disparate intensities on high-intensity exercise endurance capacity and the associated limiting central and peripheral fatigue mechanisms. Twenty adults were randomly assigned to 6 weeks of either high-intensity interval training (HIIT, 6-8 × 5 min at halfway between lactate threshold and maximal oxygen uptake [50%Δ]) or volume matched moderate-intensity continuous training (CONT, ~60-80 min at 90% lactate threshold)...
February 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197345/ventricular-tachycardia-originating-from-moderator-band-new-perspective-on-catheter-ablation
#8
Jin-Yi Li, Jing-Bo Jiang, Yan He, Jian-Chun Luo, Guo-Qiang Zhong
A 59-year-old woman was referred to the institution with burdens of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (IVT). Electroanatomic mapping revealed a complex fractionated, high frequency potential with long duration preceding the QRS onset of the IVT. The real end point of ablation was the disappearance of the conduction block of Purkinje potential during the sinus rhythm besides the disappearance of the inducible tachycardia. Location of distal catheter was at the moderator band (MB) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197278/patent-ductus-arteriosus-with-eisenmenger-syndrome-difficult-diagnosis-made-easily-with-saline-contrast-echocardiography
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Prakash Kumar, Santosh Kumar Sinha, Umeshwar Pandey, Ramesh Thakur, Chandra Mohan Varma, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel
The diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with Eisenmenger syndrome is difficult. We report a case of 35-year-old male who came to our outpatient department (OPD) for evaluation of repeated hemoptysis and dyspnea on exertion. He had already completed two courses of ATT. On examination, grade 3 ejection systolic murmur was audible over precordium. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed enlargement of right atrium (RA) and right ventricular (RV) with severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR). On agitated saline contrast injection, agitated saline was seen in pulmonary artery followed by filling of abdominal aorta without filling of ascending aorta, thus confirming the diagnosis of right to left shunt with PDA...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196483/aortic-stiffening-precedes-onset-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-diastolic-dysfunction
#10
Ilya Karagodin, Omer Aba-Omer, Rodney Sparapani, Jennifer L Strande
BACKGROUND: Identifying which patients with diastolic dysfunction will progress to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains challenging. The goal of this study is to determine whether increased vascular stiffness as identified on 2D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) serves as a biomarker for the development of HFpEF in patients with diastolic dysfunction. METHODS: The study design is a matched retrospective case-control study. Subjects with diastolic dysfunction were divided into two groups based on whether they had a clinical diagnosis of HFpEF...
February 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188931/percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-improves-left-atrial-mechanical-function-through-frank-starling-mechanism
#11
Augustin Coisne, Rosario Pilato, François Brigadeau, Didier Klug, Christelle Marquie, Zouheir Souissi, Marjorie Richardson, Stéphanie Mouton, Anne-Sophie Polge, Patrizio Lancellotti, Dominique Lacroix, David Montaigne
BACKGROUND: Modifications in left atrial (LA) flow velocities after left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion have been shown in animal and ex vivo models. In a substudy of the PROTECT AF, an objective improvement in quality of life was observed after LAA closure. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the impact of LAA closure on LA transport function METHODS: Comprehensive Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) evaluation (2D/3D, 2D speckle tracking) was prospectively performed before and after LAA closure (at discharge and 45 days after procedure) in 33 patients...
February 7, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188564/usefulness-of-the-echocardiographic-paravertebral-approach-for-the-diagnosis-of-descending-thoracic-aortic-dissection
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Shoko Yamaguchi, Hironori Murakami, Tomoko Kudo, Chiharu Otokozawa, Shunsuke Sasaki, Satoshi Yuda, Masanori Nojima
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is not recommended as the first-line diagnostic modality for Stanford type B aortic dissection (type-B AD). PURPOSES: The aims of this study were to evaluate the usefulness and factors influencing for the diagnosis of type-B AD using the transthoracic echocardiographic paravertebral approach (PVA). METHODS: We compared the image acquisition rate of descending thoracic aorta (DTA) and the diagnostic rate of type-B AD using TTE versus PVA...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185701/immediate-increase-of-cardiac-output-after-percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-pmvr-determined-by-echocardiographic-and-invasive-parameters-patzelt-increase-of-cardiac-output-after-pmvr
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Johannes Patzelt, Yingying Zhang, Harry Magunia, Rezo Jorbenadze, Michal Droppa, Miriam Ulrich, Shanglang Cai, Henning Lausberg, Tobias Walker, Tobias Wengenmayer, Peter Rosenberger, Juergen Schreieck, Peter Seizer, Meinrad Gawaz, Harald F Langer
BACKGROUND: Successful percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) in patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) causes changes in hemodynamics. Echocardiographic calculation of cardiac output (CO) has not been evaluated in the setting of PMVR, so far. Here we evaluated hemodynamics before and after PMVR with the MitraClip system using pulmonary artery catheterization, transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal (TEE) echocardiography. METHODS: 101 patients with severe MR not eligible for conventional surgery underwent PMVR...
January 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182287/transthoracic-echocardiography-study-of-congenitally-corrected-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#14
Amarjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Tejveer S Dhaliwal, Manpreet Singh
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) is a rare congenital heart defect, occurring in only 0.5% of patients exhibiting congenital heart defects. Because it is not seen in a routine transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) examination, CCTGA may be missed. The echocardiography diagnosis of CCTGA is difficult and not well explained in most textbooks. The present report provides key sonographic images that contribute to the diagnosis. In the present case, the patient had no prior history of heart disease...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177138/application-of-pediatric-appropriate-use-criteria-for-initial-outpatient-evaluation-of-syncope
#15
Heather M Phelps, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Oscar J Benavidez, Robert M Campbell, Pamela S Douglas, Benjamin W Eidem, Wyman W Lai, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Elizabeth Welch, Ritu Sachdeva
BACKGROUND: Syncope is a common reason for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We studied the applicability of pediatric appropriate use criteria (AUC) on initial outpatient evaluation of children (≤18 years) with syncope. METHODS: Data were obtained before (Phase I, April-September 2014) and after (Phase II, January-April 2015) the release of the AUC document from six participating pediatric cardiology centers. Site investigators determined the indication for TTE and assigned appropriateness rating based on the AUC document: Appropriate (A), May Be Appropriate (M), Rarely Appropriate (R), or "unclassifiable" (U) if it did not fit any scenario in the AUC document...
February 8, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168751/easily-measurable-noninvasive-and-novel-finding-for-pulmonary-hypertension-hypertrophy-of-the-basal-segment-of-septomarginal-trabeculation-of-right-ventricle
#16
Gultekin Karakus, Ertugrul Zencirci, Aleks Degirmencioglu, Tolga Sinan Güvenc, Hale Unal Aksu, Aydin Yildirim
BACKGROUND: Effect of pulmonary hypertension (PH) on right ventricular (RV) geometry constitutes an ideal target to assess both pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and its physiological importance. In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic power of the basal segment of septomarginal trabeculation (SMT) in predicting the PH and RV hypertrophy by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) and Eisenmenger's syndrome (ES). METHODS: Eleven patients with IPAH, seven patients with ES, and 20 healthy controls were enrolled...
February 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168563/right-atrial-strain-is-predictive-of-clinical-outcomes-and-invasive-hemodynamic-data-in-group-1-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#17
Nicole M Bhave, Scott H Visovatti, Brian Kulick, Theodore J Kolias, Vallerie V McLaughlin
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a practical and widely used tool for risk stratification in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We hypothesized that right atrial (RA) reservoir function, represented by peak RA systolic strain, correlates with invasive hemodynamic measurements and clinical outcomes in PAH. Patients with group 1 PAH who had TTE within 6 months of index PAH clinic visit and right heart catheterization were included in this retrospective study. Peak RA strain in the 2D apical 4-chamber view was measured with speckle-tracking software...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154595/role-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-paradoxical-low-flow-low-gradient-severe-aortic-stenosis
#18
Muaz M Abudiab, Anil Pandit, Hari P Chaliki
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prior studies indicate that up to 35% of cases of severe aortic stenosis (AS) have paradoxical low flow, low gradient despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, error in left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter may lead to misclassification. Herein, we determined whether measurement of LVOT diameter by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) results in reclassification of cases to non-severe AS. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Patients with severe AS with aortic valve area (AVA) <1 cm(2) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) within 6 months were studied...
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153348/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-versus-transthoracic-echocardiography-for-prediction-of-outcomes-in-chronic-aortic-or-mitral-regurgitation
#19
Andrew W Harris, Eric V Krieger, Minkyu Kim, Peter J Cawley, David S Owens, Christian Hamilton-Craig, Jeffrey Maki, Catherine M Otto
In subjects with aortic regurgitation (AR) or mitral regurgitation (MR), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is recommended for surveillance. Few prospective studies have directly compared the ability of TTE and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) to predict clinical outcomes in AR and MR. We hypothesized that, given its higher reproducibility, CMR would predict the need for valve surgery or heart failure (HF) hospitalization better than TTE. Quantitative TTE and CMR were performed on the same day for 51 subjects: 29 with chronic AR and 22 with chronic, primary MR for quantification of valve regurgitation...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144714/-new-and-established-aspects-of-cardiological-diagnostics-using-tee-do-we-need-3d-technology-in-clinical-routine
#20
A Hagendorff, S Stoebe, D Jurisch, M Neef, M Metze, D Pfeiffer
In comparison to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) enables an acquisition of images with better spatial resolution due to the use of higher ultrasound frequencies. Thus, the morphology and function of cardiac structures can principally be analyzed better and more accurately with TEE than with TTE. In addition, using three-dimensional (3D) TEE data sets standardized sectional planes can be constructed by post-processing, which enables quantitative assessment of the target structures...
January 31, 2017: Herz
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