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Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Antonio Carlos Bandeira, José Magalhães Filho, Karine de Almeida Ramos
We describe a 32-yr old woman with AIDS and cryptococcal meningitis that developed cardiomyopathy after 17 days of treatment with Deoxycholate Amphotericin-B (D-Amb) with reversal of the symptoms and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) findings after the drug had been stopped and switched to Fluconazole.
September 2016: Medical Mycology Case Reports
Gerhard Batz, Michael Dinkel
Echocardiography as an imaging method in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine has enabled a new dimension of hemodynamic monitoring: the direct visualization of the cardiac function and its disruptions. Preconditions for a broad application in this area was the development of mobile, high-definition ultrasonic devices and the origination of focused examination techniques. A successful application of this method requires the respective know-how of the examiner, in order to take relevant decisions and avoid misdiagnoses...
October 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Annette Vegas
A basic understanding of evolving 3D technology enables the echocardiographer to master the new skills necessary to acquire, manipulate, and interpret 3D datasets. Single button activation of specific 3D imaging modes for both TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) matrix array probes include (a) live, (b) zoom, (c) full volume (FV), and (d) color Doppler FV. Evaluation of regional LV wall motion by RT 3D TEE is based on a change in LV chamber subvolume over time from altered segmental myocardial contractility...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Ahmad S Azhar
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and effectiveness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in monitoring transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), in comparison with conventional technique using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).  Methods: A retrospective review of all cases of transcatheter closure of isolated ostium secundum ASDs operated from 2005 to 2015, at the Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Department, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Uwe Schneider, Fabiano Vasi, Jürgen Besserer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: When fractionation schemes for hypofractionation and stereotactic body radiotherapy are considered, a reliable cell survival model at high dose is needed for calculating doses of similar biological effectiveness. An alternative to the LQ-model is the track-event theory which is based on the probabilities for one- and two two-track events. A one-track-event (OTE) is always represented by at least two simultaneous double strand breaks. A two-track-event (TTE) results in one double strand break...
2016: PloS One
Darae Kim, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, In Jeong Cho, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Jong-Won Ha, Namsik Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to comprehensively assess mechanical adaptation of LV in subclinical patients with hypertension(HTN) using a layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with 2D-layer specific speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed on 218 HTN patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF > 50%). Endocardial, epicardial, and transmural global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strains (GCS), and peak LV torsion were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
L Angius, B Pageaux, J Hopker, S M Marcora, A R Mauger
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can increase cortical excitability of a targeted brain area, which may affect endurance exercise performance. However, optimal electrode placement for tDCS remains unclear. We tested the effect of two different tDCS electrode montages for improving exercise performance. Nine subjects underwent a control (CON), placebo (SHAM) and two different tDCS montage sessions in a randomised design. In one tDCS session, the anodal electrode was placed over the left motor cortex and the cathodal on contralateral forehead (HEAD), while for the other montage the anodal electrode was placed over the left motor cortex and cathodal electrode above the shoulder (SHOULDER)...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience
Deepak Ameta, Rajiv Bharat Kharwar, Pallavi Aga, Rishi Sethi, Sharad Chandra, Sudhanshu Kumar Dwivedi, Varun Shankar Narain, Ram Kirti Saran
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a common congenital cardiac anomaly, and rarely, it is associated with sinus of Valsalva aneurysms (SOVAs). And very infrequently, these SOVAs rupture into left side of heart. We hereby report a case of 12-year-old male with BAV with severe aortic stenosis with a large SOVA that ruptured into the left side of the heart. The anatomy was delineated with multimodality imaging; initially with two-dimensional trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE), and later on with three-dimensional TTE and with multi detector computed tomography...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
E Aadland, A K Solbraa, G K Resaland, J Steene-Johannessen, E Edvardsen, B H Hansen, S A Anderssen
The aims of the present study were to provide reference values for time to exhaustion (TTE) on a modified Balke treadmill protocol, and to perform a cross-validation of TTE as a measure of maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max ), in Norwegian men and women 20-85 years of age. Reference values for TTE were derived from a national sample of 765 subjects. An additional sample of 119 subjects was included in the cross-validation (total n = 884), where prediction equations for VO2max was established. A decline in TTE was seen with increased age...
October 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
V J Nijenhuis, M P Huitema, V M M Vorselaars, M J Swaans, T de Kroon, J A S van der Heyden, B J W M Rensing, R Heijmen, J M Ten Berg, M C Post
AIMS: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with mortality after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). However, diagnosis based on tricuspid regurgitant velocity (TRV) is often inaccurate and unreliable. The updated PH guidelines introduced a PH probability grading implementing additional PH signs on transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), from which we aimed to analyse its effects on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 591 consecutive patients (mean age 80...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Gianluca Pontone, Andrea I Guaricci, Daniele Andreini, Anna Solbiati, Marco Guglielmo, Saima Mushtaq, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Laura Fusini, Cristina Rota, Chiara Segurini, Edoardo Conte, Paola Gripari, Antonio Dello Russo, Massimo Moltrasio, Fabrizio Tundo, Federico Lombardi, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Valentina Lorenzoni, Claudio Tondo, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic benefit of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) over transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in ischemic cardiomyopathy and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy patients evaluated for primary prevention implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 409 consecutive ischemic and dilated cardiomyopathy patients (mean age: 64±12 years; 331 men). All patients underwent TTE and CMR, and left ventricle end-diastolic volume, left ventricle end-systolic volume, and left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) were evaluated...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Kevin Chang, Chio Yokose, Craig Tenner, Cheongeun Oh, Robert Donnino, Alana Choy-Shan, Virginia C Pike, Binita D Shah, Jeffrey D Lorin, Svetlana Krasnokutsky, Steven P Sedlis, Michael H Pillinger
BACKGROUND: An independent association between gout and coronary artery disease is well established. The relationship between gout and valvular heart disease, however, is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the association between gout and aortic stenosis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case-control study. Aortic stenosis cases were identified through a review of outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) reports. Age-matched controls were randomly selected from patients who had undergone TTE and did not have aortic stenosis...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Deepak Prakash Borde, Antony George, Shreedhar Joshi, Suresh Nair, Thomas Koshy, Uday Gandhe, Murali Chakravarthy
CONTEXT: Use of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has expanded in India. Despite attempts to standardize the practice of TEE in cardiac surgical procedures, variation in practice and application exists. This is the first online survey by Indian College of Cardiac Anaesthesia, research and academic wing of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA). AIMS: We hypothesized that variations in practice of intraoperative TEE exist among centers and this survey aimed at analyzing them...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Jing Leng, Mei-Hong Chen, Zhi-Hui Zhou, Ya-Wen Lu, Xiao-Dong Wen, Jie Yang
Adipose tissue inflammation and macrophage polarization are tightly associated with the development of obesity-associated insulin resistance. Our previous studies have demonstrated the triterpenoids-enriched extract from the aerial parts of Salvia miltiorrhiza (TTE) could significantly improve atherosclerosis in LDLR(-/-) mice. However, its molecular mechanisms of TTE ameliorating insulin resistance remain unclear. In the present study, obesity model with insulin resistance induced by feeding high-fat diet (HFD) was established...
October 6, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Mustafa Topuz, Ali Dogan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) thickness on left ventricular diastolic functions in patients with normal coronary arteries (NCA) proven by angiography. METHODS: We selected study patients who were referred to coronary angiography due to typical chest pain or atypical chest pain with a positive pre-test result for coronary artery disease. After coronary angiography, 85 patients had significant coronary lesion (≥50% stenosis) served as coronary artery disease (CAD) group, 82 patients had non-significant coronary lesion (<50% stenosis) and/or a coronary plaque served as non-significant CAD group and 83 patients had normal coronary arteries served as normal coronary artery (NCA) group...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Sebnem Albeyoglu, Mustafa Aldag, Ufuk Ciloglu, Hakan Kutlu, Sabri Dagsali
BACKGROUND: Pericardial decompression syndrome is defined as paradoxical hemodynamic instability, left ventricular or bi ventricular systolic dysfunction and pulmonary edema after pericardial fluid drainage. Pericardial Decompression Syndrome is an unexpected clinical scenario with an incidence less than 5% in all surgically or percutaneously managed pericardial tamponade patients. The aim of this manuscript was to describe a case with cardiac tamponade in whom acute biventricular heart failure and pulmonary edema developed after surgical creation of a pericardial window, and to discuss this case in light of the literature...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Ricardo Fonseca, Faraz Pathan, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVE: We sought whether simple clinical markers could be used in a questionnaire for recognition of inappropriate (or rarely appropriate, RA) tests at point-of-service. Most applications of appropriateness criteria (AC) for transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) have been at the point of order, but a simple means of identifying RA tests in an audit process would be of value. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: The study was performed in 2 major hospitals in Tasmania...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Martin Lombardero, Ruth Henquin, Gabriel Perea, Mariana Corneli, Carlos Izurieta
INTRODUCTION: Quantification of mitral regurgitation (MR) by two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is based on the analysis of the proximal flow convergence (PFC) and the "vena contracta" (VC). This method assumes geometries and can be misleading. In contrast, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography directly measures flow volumes and does not assume geometries, which allows for more accurate MR evaluation. AIMS: To report the 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) feasibility for MR quantification and evaluate its concordance with 2D echo...
October 4, 2016: Echocardiography
Gilles Soulat, Nadjia Kachenoura, Emilie Bollache, Ludivine Perdrix, Benoit Diebold, Valentina Zhygalina, Christian Latremouille, Stephane Laurent, Jean-Noel Fabiani, Elie Mousseaux
PURPOSE: Valvuloarterial impedance (ZVA ), estimating left ventricle (LV) afterload, has been proposed in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) as a predictor of mortality in aortic valve stenosis (AVS). However, its calculation differs from arterial characteristic impedance (ZC ). Our aim was to apply the concept of ZC calculation to estimate ZVA from MR with carotid tonometry and to evaluate these indices through their associations with symptoms, LV diastolic function and aortic stiffness...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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