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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096723/myocardial-t1-and-t2-mapping-techniques-and-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Pan Ki Kim, Yoo Jin Hong, Dong Jin Im, Young Joo Suh, Chul Hwan Park, Jin Young Kim, Suyon Chang, Hye-Jeong Lee, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Byoung Wook Choi
Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is widely used in various medical fields related to cardiovascular diseases. Rapid technological innovations in magnetic resonance imaging in recent times have resulted in the development of new techniques for CMR imaging. T1 and T2 image mapping sequences enable the direct quantification of T1, T2, and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) values of the myocardium, leading to the progressive integration of these sequences into routine CMR settings. Currently, T1, T2, and ECV values are being recognized as not only robust biomarkers for diagnosis of cardiomyopathies, but also predictive factors for treatment monitoring and prognosis...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096184/the-modern-role-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-valvular-pathologies
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REVIEW
Malgorzata Wamil, Sacha Bull, James Newton
Despite significant advancements in the field of cardiovascular imaging, transoesophageal echocardiography remains the key imaging modality in the management of valvular pathologies. This paper provides echocardiographers with an overview of the modern role of TOE in the diagnosis and management of valvular disease. We describe how the introduction of 3D techniques has changed detection and grading of valvular pathologies and concentrate on its role as a monitoring tool in interventional cardiology. In addition, we focus on the echocardiographic and Doppler techniques used in the assessment of prosthetic valves, and provide guidance for evaluation of prosthetic valves...
January 17, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096044/use-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-contrast-echocardiography-in-the-evaluation-of-cardiac-masses
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Hongmei Xia, Ling Gan, Yan Jiang, Qi Tang, Ping Zhang, Xuefeng Tang, Li Wen, Zheng Liu, Yunhua Gao
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the combination of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and contrast echocardiography (CE) accurately diagnose suspected cardiac masses using large sample data. METHODS: Patients with cardiac masses undergoing surgical treatment were enrolled in this study. Routine transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE examinations were carried out, and CE examinations were carried out when needed. All patients' clinical data and imaging features were retrospectively reviewed...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096040/calcium-a-predictor-of-interventional-treatment-failure-across-all-fields-of-cardiovascular-medicine
#4
EDITORIAL
Alessio Mattesini, Carlo Di Mario
In this substudy of the ADAPT-DES trial Généreux et al. compared two years outcomes according to the presence or absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) as assessed by coronary angiography. Coronary calcification was an independent predictor of interventional treatment failure and a higher incidence of both ischemic events and bleeding. The cohort with CAC was older with a higher prevalence of risk factors and comorbidities and an increased anatomical complexity of the target lesions, explaining only in part the worse outcome of the CAC population that persisted at multivariate analysis...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095878/black-blood-thrombus-imaging-bti-a-contrast-free-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach-for-the-diagnosis-of-non-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Guoxi Xie, Hanwei Chen, Xueping He, Jianke Liang, Wei Deng, Zhuonan He, Yufeng Ye, Qi Yang, Xiaoming Bi, Xin Liu, Debiao Li, Zhaoyang Fan
BACKGROUND: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common but elusive illness that can result in long-term disability or death. Accurate detection of thrombosis and assessment of its size and distribution are critical for treatment decision-making. In the present study, we sought to develop and evaluate a cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) black-blood thrombus imaging (BTI) technique, based on delay alternating with nutation for tailored excitation black-blood preparation and variable flip angle turbo-spin-echo readout, for the diagnosis of non-acute DVT...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094846/chronic-drug-induced-effects-on-contractile-motion-properties-and-cardiac-biomarkers-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Ivan Kopljar, An De Bondt, Petra Vinken, Ard Teisman, Bruce Damiano, Nick Goeminne, Ilse Van den Wyngaert, David J Gallacher, Hua Rong Lu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Risk assessment of chronic cardiac safety liabilities within the pharmaceutical industry is mostly performed during late stages of pre-clinical drug development using in vivo animal models. Here, we explored the potential of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPS-CMs) to detect chronic cardiac risks such as drug-induced cardiomyocyte toxicity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Video microscopy-based motion field imaging was applied to evaluate chronic effect (over 72 h) of cardiotoxic drugs on the contractile motion of hiPS-CMs...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094152/use-of-3d-printer-technology-to-facilitate-surgical-correction-of-a-complex-vascular-anomaly-with-esophageal-entrapment-in-a-dog
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A Dundie, G Hayes, P Scrivani, L Campoy, D Fletcher, K Ash, E Oxford, N S Moïse
A 10 week old female intact Staffordshire terrier was presented with a total of five congenital cardio-thoracic vascular anomalies consisting of a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with an aneurysmic dilation, pulmonic stenosis, persistent right aortic arch, aberrant left subclavian artery and persistent left cranial vena cava. These abnormalities were identified with a combination of echocardiogram and computed tomography angiography (CTA). The abnormalities were associated with esophageal entrapment, regurgitation, and volume overload of the left heart with left atrial and ventricular enlargement...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091836/assessment-of-edema-using-stir-via-3d-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-patients-with-suspected-myocarditis
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Michael Jeserich, Bela Merkely, Pascal Schlosser, Simone Kimmel, Gabor Pavlik, Stephan Achenbach
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate three-dimensional T2-weighted fast spin echo triple inversion recovery sequences (STIR+) for the diagnosis of myocardial edema in patients with suspected early myocarditis after respiratory or gastrointestinal tract viral infection and at follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively examined 28 patients with suspected myocarditis and 37 controls matched for gender and age. An ECG-triggered STIR+ was used to cover the entire left ventricle in short-axis images with 10-mm slice thickness and no interslice gap...
January 16, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091604/polyglucose-nanoparticles-with-renal-elimination-and-macrophage-avidity-facilitate-pet-imaging-in-ischaemic-heart-disease
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Edmund J Keliher, Yu-Xiang Ye, Gregory R Wojtkiewicz, Aaron D Aguirre, Benoit Tricot, Max L Senders, Hannah Groenen, Francois Fay, Carlos Perez-Medina, Claudia Calcagno, Giuseppe Carlucci, Thomas Reiner, Yuan Sun, Gabriel Courties, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Hye-Yeong Kim, Cuihua Wang, John W Chen, Filip K Swirski, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Jacob Hooker, Zahi A Fayad, Willem J M Mulder, Ralph Weissleder, Matthias Nahrendorf
Tissue macrophage numbers vary during health versus disease. Abundant inflammatory macrophages destruct tissues, leading to atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and heart failure. Emerging therapeutic options create interest in monitoring macrophages in patients. Here we describe positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with (18)F-Macroflor, a modified polyglucose nanoparticle with high avidity for macrophages. Due to its small size, Macroflor is excreted renally, a prerequisite for imaging with the isotope flourine-18...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091541/apelin-receptor-homodimer-oligomers-revealed-by-single-molecule-imaging-and-novel-g-protein-dependent-signaling
#10
Xin Cai, Bo Bai, Rumin Zhang, Chunmei Wang, Jing Chen
The apelin receptor (APJ) belongs to family A of the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and is a potential pharmacotherapeutic target for heart failure, hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. There is evidence APJ heterodimerizes with other GPCRs; however, the existence of APJ homodimers and oligomers remains to be investigated. Here, we measured APJ monomer-homodimer-oligomer interconversion by monitoring APJ dynamically on cells and compared their proportions, spatial arrangement, and mobility using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, resonance energy transfer, and proximity biotinylation...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090249/multimodality-imaging-for-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-severity-grading-a-methodological-review
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REVIEW
Maaike Alkema, Ernest Spitzer, Osama I I Soliman, Christian Loewe
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), defined by an increase in left ventricular mass (LVM), is a common cardiac finding generally caused by an increase in pressure or volume load. Assessing severity of LVH is of great clinical value in terms of prognosis and treatment choices, as LVH severity grades correlate with the risk for presenting cardiovascular events. The three main cardiac parameters for the assessment of LVH are wall thickness, LVM, and LV geometry. Echocardiography, with large availability and low cost, is the technique of choice for their assessment...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089233/epicardial-adipose-tissue-and-myocardial-ischemia-assessed-by-computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive-fractional-flow-reserve
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Rahul G Muthalaly, Nitesh Nerlekar, Dennis T L Wong, James D Cameron, Sujith K Seneviratne, Brian S Ko
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a metabolically active fat depot that is associated with incident coronary artery disease (CAD) and major adverse cardiovascular events. The relationship between EAT and myocardial ischemia remains unclear. This study investigated the relationship between EAT volume and the presence of perfusion defects on myocardial computed tomographic perfusion imaging (CTP) and functional stenoses on invasive fractional flow-reserve (FFR). METHODS: Data were obtained from a previous prospective cross-sectional study in patients with suspected CAD...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088338/relation-between-resting-amygdalar-activity-and-cardiovascular-events-a-longitudinal-and-cohort-study
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Ahmed Tawakol, Amorina Ishai, Richard Ap Takx, Amparo L Figueroa, Abdelrahman Ali, Yannick Kaiser, Quynh A Truong, Chloe Je Solomon, Claudia Calcagno, Venkatesh Mani, Cheuk Y Tang, Willem Jm Mulder, James W Murrough, Udo Hoffmann, Matthias Nahrendorf, Lisa M Shin, Zahi A Fayad, Roger K Pitman
BACKGROUND: Emotional stress is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We imaged the amygdala, a brain region involved in stress, to determine whether its resting metabolic activity predicts risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. METHODS: Individuals aged 30 years or older without known cardiovascular disease or active cancer disorders, who underwent (18)F-fluorodexoyglucose PET/CT at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA, USA) between Jan 1, 2005, and Dec 31, 2008, were studied longitudinally...
January 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087602/novel-application-of-3d-contrast-enhanced-cmr-to-define-fibrotic-structure-of-the-human-sinoatrial-node-in-vivo
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Thomas A Csepe, Jichao Zhao, Lidiya V Sul, Yufeng Wang, Brian J Hansen, Ning Li, Anthony J Ignozzi, Anna Bratasz, Kimerly A Powell, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen, John D Hummel, Orlando P Simonetti, Vadim V Fedorov
AIMS: The adult human sinoatrial node (SAN) has a specialized fibrotic intramural structure (35-55% fibrotic tissue) that provides mechanical and electrical protection from the surrounding atria. We hypothesize that late gadolinium-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) can be applied to define the fibrotic human SAN structure in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: LGE-CMR atrial scans of healthy volunteers (n olu, 23-52 y.o.) using a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging system with a spatial resolution of 1...
January 13, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087564/right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-is-incremental-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-for-the-prediction-of-future-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-systolic-dysfunction
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Yoko Mikami, Umjeet Jolly, Bobak Heydari, Mingkai Peng, Fahad Almehmadi, Mohammed Zahrani, Mahmoud Bokhari, John Stirrat, Carmen P Lydell, Andrew G Howarth, Raymond Yee, James A White
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction remains the primary risk stratification tool used in the selection of patients for implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy. However, this solitary marker fails to identify a substantial portion of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In this study, we examined the incremental value of considering right ventricular ejection fraction for the prediction of future arrhythmic events in patients with systolic dysfunction using the gold standard of cardiovascular magnetic resonance...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087126/cardiac-lymphatics-a-new-avenue-for-therapeutics
#16
REVIEW
Taina Vuorio, Annakaisa Tirronen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Recent progress in lymphatic vessel biology and in novel imaging techniques has established the importance of the lymphatic vasculature as part of the cardiovascular system. The lymphatic vessel network regulates many physiological processes important for heart function such as fluid balance, transport of extravasated proteins, and trafficking of immune cells. Therefore, lymphangiogenic therapy could be beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, for example by improving reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) from atherosclerotic lesions or by resolving edema and fibrosis after myocardial infarction...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086907/identification-of-the-main-determinants-of-abdominal-aorta-size-a-screening-by-pocket-size-imaging-device
#17
Roberta Esposito, Federica Ilardi, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Vincenzo Sellitto, Giuseppe Giugliano, Giovanni Esposito, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound exam as a screening test for abdominal aorta (AA) can visualize the aorta in 99% of patients and has a sensitivity and specificity approaching 100% in screening settings for aortic aneurysm. Pocket Size Imaging Device (PSID) has a potential value as a screening tool, because of its possible use in several clinical settings. Our aim was to assess the impact of demographics and cardiovascular (CV) risk factors on AA size by using PSID in an outpatient screening. METHODS: Consecutive patients, referring for a CV assessment in a 6 months period, were screened...
January 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079834/intestinal-brucellosis-associated-with-celiac-artery-and-superior-mesenteric-artery-stenosis-and-with-ileum-mucosa-and-submucosa-thickening-a-case-report
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Miaoqian Wang, Qingli Zhu, Qian Yang, Wenbo Li, Xinning Wang, Wei Liu, Baotong Zhou, Zhenghong Li, Hong Yang
RATIONALE: Brucellosis is a multisystem infection found worldwide that has a broad range of characteristics, which range from acute fever and hepatomegaly to chronic infections that most commonly affect the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, or skeletal system. Gastrointestinal and splanchnic artery involvements in brucellosis are relatively uncommon. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of brucellosis in an adolescent presenting as intermittent abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever, with intestinal tract involvement...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078575/molecular-imaging-of-atherosclerosis-with-integrated-pet-imaging
#19
Basma Hammad, Nicholas R Evans, James H F Rudd, Ahmed Tawakol
Atherosclerotic diseases account for nearly half of all deaths and are leading causes of adult disability. Our understanding of how atherosclerosis leads to cardiovascular disease events has evolved: from a concept of progressive luminal narrowing, to that of sudden rupture and thrombosis of biologically active atheroma. In concert with this conceptual shift, contemporary imaging techniques now allow imaging of biological processes that associate with plaque instability: active calcification and plaque inflammation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078510/relationship-between-framingham-risk-score-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-carotid-plaques-an-in-vivo-study-using-multi-contrast-mri
#20
Feiyu Li, Xiaoying Wang
The assessment and management of early-stage atherosclerosis are important for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this study, we used multi-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the carotid plaque feature in asymptomatic, at-risk subjects; we also evaluated the correlation between MRI findings and Framingham risk score (FRS). One hundred sixty-six asymptomatic individuals with risk factors for CVD underwent multi-contrast MRI. After the arterial morphology and plaque components were outlined, the differences in carotid plaque burden among the various risk categories were analyzed...
January 4, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
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