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Natalia Lorenzo, Irene Mendez, Mikel Taibo, Gianfranco Martinis, Sara Badia, Guillermo Reyes, Rio Aguilar
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation frequently affects patients with valvular heart disease. Ablation of atrial fibrillation during valvular surgery is an alternative for restoring sinus rhythm. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate mid-term results of successful atrial fibrillation surgical ablation during valvular heart disease surgery, to explore left atrium post-ablation mechanics and to identify predictors of recurrence. METHODS: Fifty-three consecutive candidates were included...
March 19, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Andrea I Guaricci, Delia De Santis, Mark G Rabbat, Gianluca Pontone
: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have proven to be the most effective preventive therapy of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Based on current guidelines, the indication for prophylactic ICD therapy is primarily based on a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 35%. However, patients with low LVEF may never have an arrhythmic event while patients with normal to moderately reduced LVEF, who are traditionally felt to be at lower risk, can experience SCD. Therefore, LVEF alone is not an ideal risk stratification parameter to determine ICD therapy...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Yang Dong, Dan Yang, Yuchi Han, Wei Cheng, Jiayu Sun, Ke Wan, Hong Liu, Andreas Greiser, Xiaoyue Zhou, Yucheng Chen
Background: Diffuse myocardial fibrosis is a common pathological process in many cardiovascular diseases. In order to determine disease, we must have standard normal imaging values. We investigated myocardial interstitial fibrosis of the left ventricle (LV) in a healthy population of Chinese adults and explored the impact of gender, age, and other physiological factors using a T1 mapping technique of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Materials and Methods: We recruited 69 healthy adult Chinese subjects (35 males; age 18-76)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Łukasz A Małek, Marzena Barczuk-Falęcka, Michał Brzewski
The purpose of the study was to analyse whether prolonged and regular physical training in children leads to changes in myocardial systolic deformation and rotational mechanics. For that purpose, cardiac MRI feature tracking was performed retrospectively in 35 pre-adolescent male soccer players and 20 matched controls. There were no changes in global strain, but left ventricular twist and apical rotation were greater in soccer players, which adds to the features of paediatric athlete's heart.
March 21, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Linda A Briggs
The causes of chest pain range from benign sources such as muscle strain to life-threatening diagnoses such as aortic dissection and myocardial infarction. The likelihood and presentations of disorders causing chest pain are different between women and men. This article highlights important features in determining a correct diagnosis.
April 19, 2018: Nurse Practitioner
W Gregory Hundley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the utility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to detect abnormalities of the cardiovascular system that may result from cancer or its treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: With CMR, one may assess cardiac anatomy, function, myocardial perfusion, tissue composition, and blood flow. For those with cancer, these capabilities allow one to differentiate myocardial masses that may relate to the presence of cancer and evaluate diseases of the pericardium...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Geraldine Ong, Christine Brezden-Masley, Vinita Dhir, Djeven P Deva, Kelvin K W Chan, Chi-Ming Chow, Dinesh Thavendiranathan, Rashida Haq, Joseph J Barfett, Teresa M Petrella, Kim A Connelly, Andrew T Yan
BACKGROUND: Our objectives were to evaluate the temporal changes in CMR-based strain imaging, and examine their relationship with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), in patients treated with trastuzumab. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective longitudinal observational study, 41 women with HER2+ breast cancer treated with chemotherapy underwent serial CMR (baseline, 6, 12, and 18 months) after initiation of trastuzumab (treatment duration 12 months)...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Gary C H Gan, Aaisha Ferkh, Anita Boyd, Liza Thomas
The left atrium has an important role in modulating left ventricular filling and is an important biomarker of cardiovascular disease and adverse cardiovascular outcomes. While previously left atrial (LA) size was utilised, the role of LA function as a biomarker is increasingly being evaluated, both independently and also in combination with LA size. Strain analysis has been utilised for evaluation of LA function and can be measured throughout the cardiac cycle, thereby enabling the evaluation of LA reservoir, conduit and contractile function...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Jayendra M Bhalodiya, Arnab Palit, Manoj K Tiwari, Sanjay K Prasad, Sunil K Bhudia, Theodoros N Arvanitis, Mark A Williams
Cardiovascular disease diagnosis and prognosis can be improved by measuring patient-specific in-vivo local myocardial strain using Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Local myocardial strain can be determined by tracking the movement of sample muscles points during cardiac cycle using cardiac motion estimation model. The tracking accuracy of the benchmark Free Form Deformation (FFD) model is greatly affected due to its dependency on tunable parameters and regularisation function. Therefore, Hierarchical Template Matching (HTM) model, which is independent of tunable parameters, regularisation function, and image-specific features, is proposed in this article...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Gabriela Miana de Mattos Paixão, Horácio Eduardo Veronesi, Halsted Alarcão Gomes Pereira da Silva, José Nunes de Alencar Neto, Carolina de Paulo Maldi, Luciano de Figueiredo Aguiar Filho, Ibrahim Masciarelli Francisco Pinto, Francisco Faustino de Albuquerque Carneiro de França, Edileide de Barros Correia
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram is the initial test in the investigation of heart disease. Electrocardiographic changes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have no set pattern, and correlates poorly with echocardiographic findings. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has been gaining momentum for better assessment of hypertrophy, as well as the detection of myocardial fibrosis. OBJECTIVES: To correlate the electrocardiographic changes with the location of hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by cardiac magnetic resonance...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Roman Johannes Gertz, Torben Lange, Johannes Tammo Kowallick, Sören Jan Backhaus, Michael Steinmetz, Wieland Staab, Shelby Kutty, Gerd Hasenfuß, Joachim Lotz, Andreas Schuster
AIM: Since cardiovascular magnetic resonance feature-tracking (CMR-FT) has been demonstrated to be of incremental clinical merit we investigated the interchangeability of global left and right ventricular strain parameters between different CMR-FT software solutions. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CMR-cine images of 10 patients without significant reduction in LVEF and RVEF and 10 patients with a significantly impaired systolic function were analyzed using two different types of FT-software (TomTec, Germany; QStrain, Netherlands)...
2018: PloS One
Paola Occhetta, Giuseppe Isu, Marta Lemme, Chiara Conficconi, Philipp Oertle, Christian Räz, Roberta Visone, Giulia Cerino, Marija Plodinec, Marco Rasponi, Anna Marsano
In vitro cardiac models able to mimic the fibrotic process are paramount to develop an effective anti-fibrosis therapy that can regulate fibroblast behaviour upon myocardial injury. In previously developed in vitro models, typical fibrosis features were induced by using scar-like stiffness substrates and/or potent morphogen supplementation in monolayer cultures. In our model, we aimed to mimic in vitro a fibrosis-like environment by applying cyclic stretching of cardiac fibroblasts embedded in three-dimensional fibrin-hydrogels alone...
March 13, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Laurien Goedemans, Rachid Abou, Georgette E Hoogslag, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
Aims: Left ventricular (LV) systolic function is a known prognostic factor after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We evaluated the prognostic value of LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after STEMI. Methods and results: One hundred and forty-three STEMI patients with COPD (mean age 70 ± 11 years, 71% male), were retrospectively analysed. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and LV GLS were measured on transthoracic echocardiography within 48 h of admission...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Arnaud Hubert, Virginie Le Rolle, Christophe Leclercq, Elena Galli, Eigil Samset, Cyrille Casset, Philippe Mabo, Alfredo Hernandez, Erwan Donal
Purpose: The area of left ventricular (LV) pressure-strain loop (PSL) is used as an index of regional myocardial work. The purpose of the present work is to compare the main segmental PSL markers and the derived global work indices, when they are calculated using an estimated pressure signal or an observed pressure signal. Methods and results: In nine patients implanted with a bi-ventricular pace-maker (CRT), LV pressure was invasively measured in five conditions: CRT-off, LV-pacing, right ventricular-pacing and two different CRT-pacing...
February 26, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Marco Scalese, Raffaele Giordano, Eliana Franchi, Nadia Assanta, Marco Marotta, Cecilia Viacava, Sabrina Molinaro, Giorgio Iervasi, Giuseppe Santoro, Martin Koestenberger
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in echocardiographic strain (ε) measurements for the assessment of ventricular myocardial function in children; however, pediatric nomograms remain limited. Our aim was to establish pediatric nomograms for the left ventricular (LV) and the right ventricular (RV) ε measured by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) in a large cohort of healthy children prospectively enrolled. METHODS: Echocardiographic measurements included STE LV longitudinal and circumferential and RV longitudinal global end-systolic ε...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Clothilde Philouze, Philippe Obert, Stéphane Nottin, Asma Benamor, Olivier Barthez, Falah Aboukhoudir
BACKGROUND: Discrepancies are present in the literature on resting myocardial mechanics in patients with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Data are noticeably sparse regarding circumferential function and torsional mechanics. Resting deformation imaging may not be sensitive enough to detect subtle dysfunctions. The aim of this study was thus to comprehensively evaluate myocardial mechanics in patients with T2DM at rest and to investigate whether dobutamine stress echocardiography could unmask functional alterations that would remain otherwise subtle at rest...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Alberto Lo Gullo, Javier Rodríguez-Carrio, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Giuseppe Dattilo, Concetta Zito, Ana Suárez, Saverio Loddo, Marco Atteritano, Antonino Saitta, Giuseppe Mandraffino
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular (CV) morbidity is increased in inflammatory joint diseases (IJD), as rheumatoid (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Whereas increased prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis has been reported in these conditions, whether an early myocardial functionality is also impaired remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the myocardial functionality by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) in recent onset RA and PsA patients and its potential associations with the levels of circulating CD34 +  cells, vitamin D, and with disease activity...
March 2, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Gabriel Altit, Shazia Bhombal, Krisa Van Meurs, Theresa A Tacy
INTRODUCTION: Newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have varying degrees of pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH), and there is limited evidence that cardiac dysfunction is present. We sought to study early neonatal biventricular function and performance in these patients by reviewing early post-natal echocardiography (ECHO) measurements and comparing them to normal term newborns. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study reviewing clinical and ECHO data on term newborns with CDH and normal controls born between 2009 and 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
John Whitaker, Cory M Tschabrunn, Jihye Jang, Eran Leshem, Mark O'Neill, Warren J Manning, Elad Anter, Reza Nezafat
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) survivors are at risk of complications including heart failure and malignant arrhythmias. PURPOSE: We undertook serial imaging of swine following MI with the aim of characterizing the longitudinal left ventricular (LV) remodeling in a translational model of ischemia-reperfusion-mediated MI. ANIMAL MODEL: Eight Yorkshire swine underwent mid left anterior descending coronary artery balloon occlusion to create an ischemia-reperfusion experimental model of MI...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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