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Victor Chien-Chia Wu, Masaaki Takeuchi, Yasufumi Nagata, Masaki Izumo, Yoshihiro J Akashi, Fen-Chiung Lin, Yutaka Otsuji
We hypothesized that area of calcified aortic valve (ACAV) measured by 2D echocardiography (2DE) can predict future cardiovascular events in asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS).Multidetector computed tomography determined aortic valve calcification load is strongly associated with AS severity but has risks for radiation exposure. Quantification of ACAV by transthoracic 2DE is simple and convenient but its clinical utility has not been extensively studied.We measured ACAV in 124 asymptomatic severe AS patients (80 ± 9 years, 45 males) with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hongju Kim, Jung-Hee Lee
BACKGROUND: Severe aortic stenosis (AS) may lead to acute decompensated heart failure resistant to medical treatment. Here, we report a successful emergent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in a patient presenting with decompensated severe AS accompanied by cardiorenal syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 82-year-old man presented at our emergency department with aggravated dyspnea. His chest X-ray showed bilateral pulmonary edema, and laboratory examination revealed acute kidney injury...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Nicolas Palaskas, Kara Thompson, Gregory Gladish, Ali M Agha, Saamir Hassan, Cezar Iliescu, Peter Kim, Jean B Durand, Juan C Lopez-Mattei
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose is to discuss the importance of multimodality imaging in the assessment of cardiac tumors and management. We have compiled a recent review of the scientific literature and embedded our clinical pathways and recommendations based on data and clinical experience. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of contrast echocardiography in the assessment of cardiac masses has been shown to be helpful in distinguishing tumor from thrombus. Deformation imaging of cardiac tumors has been shown to differentiate better rhabdomyomas from fibromas in pediatric patients...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Jean-Michel Vandeweerd, Fanny Hontoir, Alexis De Knoop, Kathleen De Swert, Charles Nicaise
Phrenic motor neurons are cervical motor neurons originating from C3 to C6 levels in most mammalian species. Axonal projections converge into phrenic nerves innervating the respiratory diaphragm. In spinal cord slices, phrenic motor neurons cannot be identified from other motor neurons on morphological or biochemical criteria. We provide the description of procedures for visualizing phrenic motor neuron cell bodies in mice, following intrapleural injections of cholera toxin subunit beta (CTB) conjugated to a fluorophore...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Yukio Abe, Kanako Akamatsu, Kazato Ito, Yoshiki Matsumura, Kenji Shimeno, Takahiko Naruko, Yosuke Takahashi, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence and prognostic significance of functional mitral regurgitation (MR) and tricuspid regurgitation (TR) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).Methods and Results:We retrospectively studied the cases of 11,021 consecutive patients who had undergone transthoracic echocardiography. AF appeared in 1,194 patients, and we selected 298 with AF and LVEF ≥50% but without other underlying heart diseases...
March 16, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Yohsuke Yanase, Akihito Ohkawa, Satomi Inoue, Yukihiro Niida
In case of complete circumferential dissection of the ascending aorta, the dissected flap has the potential to fold backwards, causing several complications. We report two cases of Stanford type A acute aortic dissection (AAD) whose intimal flaps intussuscepted into the left ventricular outflow tract.Case 1: A 41-year-old man with AAD in whom transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed the dissected flap as folded back into the left ventricular outflow tract, causing severe aortic regurgitation (AR) with rapidly progressing acute pulmonary edema...
March 17, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Chiara De Biase, Antonios Mastrokostopoulos, Raphael Philippart, Louis Marie Desroche, Stephanie Blanco, Kamel Rehal, Nicolas Dumonteil, Didier Tchetche
This original clinical research study id focused on description of baseline anatomy and outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients presenting with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). We compared this BAV population with a population of patients with AS and tricuspid aortic valves after a propensity score matching developed by a multivariate logistic regression according to a non-parsimonious approach. Baseline anatomical characteristics were obtained by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and multi-sliced computed tomography (MSCT) and compared by chi-square and t-student tests...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Fahad Syed Naseerullah, Hemangkumar Javaiya, Avinash Murthy
Primary tumours of the heart are often encountered in clinical practice. Different autopsy series estimate the incidence to be anywhere from 0.001% to 0.19%. Cardiac lipoma is a rare type of tumour of the heart and pericardium. It comprises approximately 10-19% of all cardiac tumours. We present a case of a large cardiac lipoma in a fifty-year-old female. She presented with sharp chest pains, palpitations, and dizziness. Acute coronary syndrome was ruled out. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed an abnormal, large, fixed right atrial mass...
2018: Case Reports in Cardiology
Seung-Hun Chon, Felix Berlth, De-Hua Chang, Stefan P Mönig
Bleeding of an aberrant right subclavian artery following transthoracic en bloc esophagectomy and intrathoracic gastric reconstruction is a rare but severe complication in esophageal surgery. Preoperative diagnosis can be achieved by computed tomography or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Various treatment options are available; thus, the treatment can be challenging and should be adjusted to the severity of the symptoms. Bleeding of an aberrant right subclavian artery can result from perioperative vascular injury or various postoperative complications...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Hou Tee Lu, Gunasekaran Ramsamy, Chuey Yan Lee, Syed Rasul G Syed Hamid, Foong Kee Kan, Rusli Bin Nordin
BACKGROUND Melioidosis is a rare tropical bacterial infection caused by the Gram-negative soil saprophyte, Burkholderia pseudomallei. Melioidosis can mimic a variety of diseases due to its varied presentation, and unless it is treated rapidly, it can be fatal.  A rare case of melioidosis, with pericarditis and pericardial effusion, is described, which demonstrates the value of early diagnosis with echocardiography and pericardiocentesis. CASE REPORT A 38-year-old native (Iban) East Malaysian man presented with shortness of breath and tachycardia...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Tomonori Watanabe, Shinsuke Miyazaki, Takatsugu Kajiyama, Sadamitsu Ichijo, Takamitsu Takagi, Miyako Igarashi, Hiroaki Nakamura, Hiroshi Taniguchi, Hitoshi Hachiya, Yoshito Iesaka
Persistent iatrogenic atrial septal defects (iASDs) can be observed after intervention requiring a left atria (LA) access, including pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) of atrial fibrillation (AF). We investigated the incidence of iASDs post-second-generation cryoballoon ablation and the pre-procedural predictors. Eighty-three paroxysmal AF patients underwent PVI using second-generation cryoballoons. The LA was accessed with single 15-Fr steerable sheaths following a radiofrequency transseptal puncture, and the iASD was evaluated with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), a median of 9...
March 17, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Pier Giorgio Masci, Valentina Lorenzoni, Jurg Schwitter, Gianluca Pontone
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) represents the most valuable sudden cardiac death (SCD) prophylactic strategy in patients with heart failure and severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). To date, it is still unknown how to integrate the information given by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) into clinical and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) work-up of non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) and ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) patients for accurate risk stratification...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Junjing Su, Charmilie C Logan, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Niti M Dhutia, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulf Simonsen
Arterial stiffness and wave reflection are important components of the ventricular afterload. Therefore, we aimed to assess the arterial wave characteristics and mechanical properties of the proximal pulmonary arteries (PAs) in the hypoxic pulmonary hypertensive rat model. After 21 days in normoxic or hypoxic chambers (24 animals in each group), the animals underwent transthoracic echocardiography and pulmonary artery catheterization with a dual-tipped pressure and Doppler flow sensor wire. Wave intensity analysis (WIA) was performed...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Florencia Escarrá, Ana G Fedullo, Natalia Veliz, Julián Rosa, Rodrigo Oribe, Marisa Di Santo, Bqca Vanesa Reijtman, Lic Alejandra Mastroianni, Guadalupe Pérez
INTRODUCTION: the incidence of invasive infections caused by pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) has declined since generalized vaccination with pneumococcal conjugated vaccine, but it is still a prevalent pathogen in children. Amongst pneumococcal invasive infections, IE (infectious endocarditis) is rare, with an incidence between 1 and 7%. CASE REPORT: We describe the case of a previously healthy 4 year old boy, who had received one dose of 10-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine who presents with fever, a new heart murmur and heart failure...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Mattia Bonzi, Giulia Cernuschi, Monica Solbiati, Giuliano Giusti, Nicola Montano, Elisa Ceriani
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, and accurate diagnosis is essential. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard, in patients with suspected IE of the native valves. We performed a systematic search in MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Library searching for studies that enrolled adult patients with suspected native valves IE where data about both TTE and TEE could be extracted...
March 15, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Chin L Poh, Edward Buratto, Marco Larobina, Rochelle Wynne, Michael O'Keefe, John Goldblatt, James Tatoulis, Peter D Skillington
OBJECTIVES: The Ross procedure has demonstrated excellent results when performed in patients with aortic stenosis or mixed aortic valve disease [aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation (AR)]. However, due to its reported risk of late reoperation, it is not recommended under current guidelines for patients presenting with bicuspid aortic valve and pure AR. We have analysed our own results in light of this recommendation. METHODS: Between 1993 and 2016, 129 consecutive patients with a mean age of 34...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Victor Kamoen, Milad El Haddad, Marc De Buyzere, Tine De Backer, Frank Timmermans
AIMS: We recently reported the feasibility of the average pixel intensity (API) method for grading mitral regurgitation (MR) in a heterogeneous MR population. Since mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is an important cause of primary MR, we more specifically investigated the feasibility of the API method and the MR flow dynamics in patients with MVP. METHODS: Transthoracic echocardiography was performed by a single operator in consecutive MVP patients (n=112). MR was assessed using the API method, color Doppler, vena contracta width (VCW), effective regurgitant orifice area (PISA-EROA) and regurgitant volume (PISA-RV)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Dante Picarelli, Ruben Leone, José L Surraco, Nicolas Fernandez, Martin Antelo, Carolina Grela, Jorge Speyer, Domingo Bianchi, Mateo Rios, Pedro Chiesa
A 15-month-old infant with a systolic cardiac murmur developed an episode of nonsustained ventricular tachycardia during transthoracic echocardiography. A large intracardiac mass, which widened the interventricular septum causing right ventricular outflow tract obstruction, was seen and confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging. A cardiac fibroma was suspected, and because of the risk of life-threatening arrhythmias, surgery was rapidly considered. Despite the challenging location, the tumor was completely and successfully resected...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Henrik Staer-Jensen, Kjetil Sunde, Espen Rostrup Nakstad, Jan Eritsland, Geir Øystein Andersen
OBJECTIVES: Haemodynamic monitoring during post arrest care is important to optimise treatment. We compared stroke volume measured by minimally-invasive monitoring devices with or without thermodilution calibration, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and hypothesised that thermodilution calibration would give stroke volume index (SVI) more in agreement with TTE during targeted temperature management (TTM). DESIGN: Comatose out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors receiving TTM (33 °C for 24 hrs) underwent haemodynamic monitoring with arterial pulse contour analyses with (PiCCO2®) and without (FloTrac® /Vigileo® monitor® ) transpulmonary thermodilution calibration...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Masaki Izumo, Yoshihiro J Akashi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is newly-described secondary cardiomyopathy characterized by transient left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, which is increasingly recognized in the field of cardiology. TTC occurs in approximately 2% of the patients with acute coronary syndrome. Its onset is rare; however, its specific features play a crucial role in diagnosing the chest pain in clinical practice. TTC has generally favorable outcome with rapid recovery of LV function; however, an increasing evidence suggests that it should be regarded as a more serious acute cardiac disorder with a variety of complications...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
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