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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724192/handheld-echocardiography-during-hospitalization-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Michael W Cullen, Jeffrey B Geske, Nandan S Anavekar, J Wells Askew, Bradley R Lewis, Jae K Oh
BACKGROUND: Handheld echocardiography (HHE) is concordant with standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a variety of settings but has not been thoroughly compared to traditional TTE in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). HYPOTHESIS: Completed by experienced operators, HHE provides accurate diagnostic capabilities compared with standard TTE in AMI patients. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled patients admitted to the coronary care unit with AMI...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721638/contribution-of-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-definitive-infective-endocarditis-the-infectious-disease-specialist-s-point-of-view
#2
B Davido, A Moussiegt, A Dinh, O Senard, L Deconinck, O Auzel, X Repesse, M Sirol, M Morgan, J Salomon
In 1994, the original Duke criteria introduced the usefulness of echocardiography for the diagnosis of definitive infective endocarditis (IE). Recently, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) highlighted the need of complementary imaging to support the diagnosis of embolic events and cardiac involvement when echocardiography findings are negative or doubtful. We decided to study the usefulness of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (TTE/TEE) for the diagnosis of definitive IE in patients who already benefited from complementary investigations...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720600/is-the-mechanism-of-re-expansion-pulmonary-oedema-in-a-heart-lung-interaction
#3
Candy Masego Mokotedi, Martin Balik
The mechanism of re-expansion pulmonary oedema (Re-PE) is unclear. There are multiple variables in play when evaluating the response to evacuation of pleural fluid. We present an educational case of a critically ill patient admitted for respiratory failure who was fully dependent on ventricular pacing set at a constant rate throughout the episode of Re-PE. The transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed an ejection fraction of 38%, moderate mitral regurgitation (MR), mildly dilated right ventricle and moderate pulmonary hypertension...
July 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718320/oral-prednisolone-for-4-days-does-not-increase-exercise-tolerance-in-men-with-copd
#4
S L Karlsson, V Backer, Nina Skavlan Godtfredsen
One of the primary objectives in management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is preventing decrease in lung function and reducing the annual number of acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD). An oral course of systemic corticosteroids is a commonly used treatment in AECOPD. We hypothesize that this treatment also increases exercise performance and decreases muscle fatigue. In a randomized double-blinded, parallel, placebo-controlled trial, we investigated 14 men (8 on prednisolone 37.5 mg vs. 6 on placebo) with severe and very severe COPD...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711964/utility-of-echocardiography-in-detecting-silent-complications-after-pediatric-catheter-ablations
#5
Shahnawaz M Amdani, Salaam Sallaam, Peter P Karpawich, Sanjeev Aggarwal
Although transcatheter arrhythmia ablation (TCA) has been performed in children for over two decades, guidelines for routine use of post-ablation transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) are absent. We sought to determine the efficacy of TTE after apparently uneventful TCA procedures in detecting adverse findings and identify predisposing factors. A retrospective review of clinical and procedural data on patients who underwent TCA for supraventricular arrhythmias from 2000 to 2015 was performed. Pre- and post-ablation TTE data were reviewed...
July 15, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708502/temporal-effect-of-maternal-heat-stress-during-gestation-on-the-fertility-and-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentration-of-offspring-in-bovine
#6
V Akbarinejad, F Gharagozlou, M Vojgani
Ovarian reserve has been suggested as an important contributing factor of reproductive success in bovine. Size of ovarian reserve is determined during fetal period and it could be altered by environmental factors, with which the dam is exposed. Maternal heat stress could impair placental function and fetal development; however, there is limited information on the impact of prenatal heat stress on fertility and ovarian reserve in the offspring. Therefore, a retrospective study was conducted, in which fertility parameters and AMH concentration, as a reliable marker of ovarian reserve in bovine, were studied in the offspring of dams that had been exposed to heat stress during the first (FTE), second (STE) or third (TTE) trimester of gestation and the offspring of dams unexposed to heat stress (US)...
May 28, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706865/echocardiography-of-the-tricuspid-valve-acknowledgements
#7
Jamahal Luxford, Levi Bassin, Michael D'Ambra
The tricuspid valve (TV), although occasionally considered "neglected" is the subject of renewed and increasing interest. Factors include an awareness that tricuspid value dysfunction is influential in patient outcomes, an improving understanding of valve anatomy and function and evolving techniques available to address tricuspid regurgitation. Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) can be classified as being due to primary diseases of the valve or functional in nature, with the majority being functional. Whilst it was previously believed that such functional TR, resulting from left sided disease, would resolve after correction of the underlying pathology this is now known not to be true...
May 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706743/when-is-the-optimal-timing-of-surgical-intervention-for-severe-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
#8
Nobuhiro Nakanishi, Masanobu Ishii, Koichi Kaikita, Ken Okamoto, Yasuhiro Izumiya, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Seiji Takashio, Seiji Hokimoto, Toshihiro Fukui, Kenichi Tsujita
Functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a serious pathology to be noted for severe right heart failure (HF) and poor prognosis; however, the conventional assessment of TR has some limitations and the optimal timing of surgical intervention remains unclear. A 79-year-old Japanese female was admitted to our hospital to undergo cardiac surgery, because edema gradually got worse despite the increase in diuretics. She had a history of atrial fibrillation (AF) and chronic HF due to severe TR and had been treated with a furosemide for leg edema 4 years ago...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701611/the-utility-of-targeted-perioperative-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-managing-an-adult-patient-with-anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-pulmonary-artery-for-noncardiac-surgery
#9
Anudeep Jafra, Suman Arora, Aveek Jayant
Congenital coronary artery anomalies as a whole are uncommon. Abnormal origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is probably the most common congenital coronary defect. An overwhelming majority of the patients with untreated ALCAPA do not survive to adulthood. As yet, there is no consensus on the management of adults with ALCAPA. We describe a patient with breast malignancy and incidentally detected ALCAPA; primacy was given to treatment of the oncologic condition as a first step...
July 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690218/-comparative-study-between-cardiac-catheterization-intervention-therapy-and-transthoracic-small-incision-surgery-for-closure-of-congenital-atrial-septal-defect-by-domestic-occluder-with-echocardiographic-monitoring
#10
Xiaomei He, Lina Zhao, Xuejia Guo, Ning Zhang, Yuna Sun, Jun Wang, Zhen Wang, Gaiqin Liu
To evaluate the safety of cardiac catheterization intervention therapy and transthoracic small incision surgery in the occlusion bydomestic occluder under echocardiography guiding in patients with atrial septal defect (ASD).
 Methods: A total of 1 080 patients with ASD in the occlusion by domestic occluder were analyzed retrospectively, and the interventional treatment were performed in 734 cases through cardiac catheterization intervention therapy and 346 cases through transthoracic small incision surgery...
June 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687888/application-of-appropriate-use-criteria-for-initial-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-an-academic-outpatient-pediatric-cardiology-program
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Raya Safa, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Amrit Misra, Daisuke Kobayashi
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a non-invasive diagnostic modality for children with suspected heart disease. The American College of Cardiology published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for an initial outpatient pediatric TTE in 2014 to promote effective care and improve resource utilization. The objective was to determine the appropriateness of TTE per the published AUC in a single academic pediatric cardiology clinic as a baseline performance quality measure. The echocardiography database was used to identify initial outpatient TTE in children during January-March 2014...
July 7, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685199/pacemaker-induced-tricuspid-regurgitation-is-uncommon-immediately-post-implantation
#12
Daniel P Rothschild, James A Goldstein, Nathan Kerner, Amr E Abbas, Meet Patel, Wai Shun Wong
BACKGROUND: Prior studies report permanent pacemaker (PPM)-induced tricuspid regurgitation (TR) in up to one third of cases late post-implantation. We sought to assess the extent of immediate PPM-induced TR. METHODS: Forty patients undergoing PPM implant were prospectively enrolled. Patients with pre-existing moderate or severe TR or an RVSP >50 mmHg were excluded. Pre- and immediate post-implantation transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) analyzed TR grade according to established methods...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678047/imaging-of-the-pulmonary-valve-in-the-adults
#13
Ricardo H Pignatelli, Cory Noel, S Chandra B Reddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pulmonary valve is the least imaged of the cardiac valves in adults. This review will address the strengths and the limitations of various imaging modalities that are commonly used for evaluation of pulmonary valve diseases in the adults. RECENT FINDINGS: Valvular pulmonary stenosis is mostly congenital and pulmonary regurgitation is usually an acquired pulmonary valve disease. Combined pulmonary stenosis and pulmonary regurgitation as sequel to previous surgeries for congenital heart diseases is the most common form of pulmonary valve disease in the adults...
July 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671860/a-giant-left-atrial-diverticulum-diagnosed-by-transesophageal-echocardiogram-and-multidetector-computed-tomography-a-case-report-and-brief-review-of-the-literature
#14
Qiang Chen, Hua Cao, Gui-Can Zhang, Xin-Ming Huang
Giant left atrial diverticulum is a rare congenital malformation that is most commonly diagnosed in incidental finding. Here, we reported a case of a 1-year-old asymptomatic child with a giant left atrial diverticulum. Diagnosis was established by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and confirmed by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). We excised the diverticulum and sewed its base under cardiopulmonary bypass and cardiac arrest.  The patient had a good postoperative result...
June 7, 2017: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669428/preoperative-evaluation-of-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-using-dual-source-computed-tomography-comparison-with-echocardiography
#15
Li Jiang, Lin-Jun Xie, Zhi-Gang Yang, Ke Shi, Hua-Yan Xu, Rui Li, Kai-Yue Diao, Ying-Kun Guo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the image features and diagnostic agreement for anomalous pulmonary venous connection (APVC) by dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) before surgery when compared with trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of one hundred and twenty-three patients were enrolled in this study. The associated malformation was analyzed between 39 total anomalous pulmonary venous connections (TAPVC) and 84 partial anomalous pulmonary venous connections (PAPVC)...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664832/clinical-determinants-of-elevated-systolic-pulmonary-artery-pressure-measured-by-transthoracic-doppler-echocardiography-in-early-systemic-sclerosis
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Patricia E Carreira, Loreto Carmona, Beatriz E Joven, Estibaliz Loza, Jose Luis Andreu, Gabriela Riemekasten, Serena Vettori, Yannick Allanore, Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, Paolo Airò, Ulrich A Walker, Nemanja Damjanov, Lidia P Ananieva, Simona Rednic, László Czirják, Oliver Distler, Dominique Farge, Roger Hesselstrand, Ada Corrado, Paola Caramaschi, Mohammed Tikly, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
OBJECTIVES: To explore the prevalence and clinical associations of elevated systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP), measured by Transthoracic Doppler-echocardiography (TTE) in patients with early systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the prospective EULAR Scleroderma Trial and Research (EUSTAR) database was performed. SSc patients with <3 years from the first non-Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) symptom at baseline EUSTAR visit, were selected...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652669/early-postoperative-paravalvular-leak-among-egyptian-population-an-observational-study
#17
Noha Hassanin, Yasser Sharaf, Waleed Ammar, Amr Y H Sayed
OBJECTIVES: Several reports described the incidence of postoperative paravalvular leakage (PVL) early after valve replacement surgery, however, there is a paucity of data regarding the outcomes and complications correlated to the severity of PVL. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the incidence, causes, and short term outcome of early postoperative PVL. METHODS: Data were collected from patients presenting to the cardiovascular department at Cairo University Hospital for aortic and/or mitral valve replacement surgery from May 2014 to May 2015...
July 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651801/physician-attitudes-toward-the-first-pediatric-appropriate-use-criteria-and-engagement-with-educational-intervention-to-improve-the-appropriateness-of-outpatient-echocardiography
#18
Ritu Sachdeva, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Robert M Campbell, Wyman W Lai, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Elizabeth Welch, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: A survey of pediatric cardiologists who participated in the Pediatric Appropriate Use of Echocardiography study was conducted to assess attitudes toward appropriate use criteria (AUC) and the relationship between perceptions of usefulness of a multifaceted educational intervention (EI) and the appropriateness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: Self-reported helpfulness and impact of a four-component EI (feedback of personal appropriateness data before EI, lecture, self-assignment of AUC indications, and monthly feedback) was surveyed...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645010/a-rare-case-of-male-pseudohermaphroditism-persistent-mullerian-duct-syndrome-with-transverse-testicular-ectopia-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#19
Aashish Rajesh, Mohammed Farooq
INTRODUCTION: Persistent Mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare type of male pseudohermaphroditism. Transverse testicular ectopia (TTE) is characterized by one testis moving to the opposite side and both testes traversing the same inguinal canal. CASE PRESENTATION: An 11-month-old boy presented with bilateral cryptorchidism. The left testis was not palpable; the right testis was canalicular with a right inguinal hernia. Ultrasound showed both testes located in the right inguinal canal...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639568/intraoperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-operation-of-ebstein-s-anomaly-a-retrospective-study
#20
Xiu-Jie Tang, Min Bao, He Zhao, Lian-Yi Wang, Qing-Yu Wu
BACKGROUND: Ebstein's anomaly (EA) has various spectrums in clinical and anatomic features. This study aimed to report the experience of two-dimensional intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (2D-ITEE) during the EA surgery and to analyze the characteristics of the tricuspid valve (TV) by comparing the data from 2D-ITEE with the results from the surgery. METHODS: 2D-ITEE data of 164 patients with EA who were operated in the First Hospital of Tsinghua University between July 2004 and April 2014 were retrospectively analyzed in this study...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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