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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318443/cardiac-ct-imaging-for-ischemic-stroke-current-and-evolving-clinical-applications
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Jin Hur, Byoung Wook Choi
While the etiology of ischemic stroke is heterogeneous, approximately 20%-40% of all stroke cases result from cardiac or aortic origin. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become the reference standard modality for the detection of potential sources of cerebral embolism. Because of the advances in computed tomographic (CT) technology, cardiac CT can be used in the evaluation of potential cardioembolic sources. During the past decade, cardiac CT has been tested and compared with TEE for the diagnosis of cardioembolic sources...
April 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317279/the-role-of-advanced-echocardiography-and-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-the-assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-marfan-syndrome-an-update
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REVIEW
Anatoli Kiotsekoglou, James C Moggridge, Anne H Child, Peter Rask
Cardiovascular assessment of patients with Marfan syndrome has normally focused on the aortic root and vascular manifestations of the disease due to the high risk of aortic dissection. Although primary myocardial impairment has long been suspected in these patients, the evidence has been controversial. Advanced echocardiography and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging have proven to be effective, accurate, and more sensitive in the detection of subtle cardiac dysfunction. The application of these techniques to Marfan syndrome over the last 10 years has made significant progress in demonstrating the presence of primary myocardial impairment in these patients, but further work is still required to obtain confirmatory molecular, pathophysiological, and prognostic clinical data...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317158/left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-storage-disease-the-incremental-value-of-speckle-tracking-strain-bull-s-eye
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REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Piercarlo Ballo, Donato Mele, Eustachio Agricola, Matteo Cameli, Andrea Rossi, Roberta Esposito, Giuseppina Novo, Sergio Mondillo, Roberta Montisci, Sabina Gallina, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) develops in response to a variety of physical, genetic, and biochemical stimuli and represents the early stage of ventricular remodeling. In patients with LVH, subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction despite normal ejection fraction (EF) may be present before the onset of symptoms, which portends a dismal prognosis. Strain measurement with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) represents a highly reproducible and accurate alternative to LVEF determination...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315124/multi-modality-imaging-assessment-of-pericardial-masses
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REVIEW
Wunan Zhou, Monvadi Barbara Srichai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will discuss the application of various imaging modalities including their advantages and disadvantages in the evaluation of the most common pericardial masses with a focus on pericardial cysts, tumors, and hematomas. RECENT FINDINGS: Accurate identification of pericardial masses and assessment of potential hemodynamic compromise is imperative for management. Cardiac imaging plays a central role in tissue characterization as well as evaluation of extension into neighboring structures...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306681/anesthesia-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#5
Torsten Baehner, Richard K Ellerkmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review focuses on patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) with regard to recent trends in global demographics, healthcare provision for noncardiac surgery, as well as anesthetic and perioperative care for these patients. RECENT FINDINGS: About 40 years after milestones of surgical innovation in CHD, the number of adults with CHD (ACHD) now surpasses those of children with CHD. This development leads to the fact that even patients with complex CHD managed for noncardiac surgery are not restricted to highly specialized centers...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303211/real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-characterization-of-cardiac-anatomy-and-function-current-clinical-applications-and-literature-review-update
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REVIEW
Omar Velasco, Morgan Q Beckett, Aaron W James, Megan N Loehr, Taylor G Lewis, Tahmin Hassan, Rajesh Janardhanan
Our review of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) discusses the diagnostic utility of RT3DE and provides a comparison with two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) in clinical cardiology. A Pubmed literature search on RT3DE was performed using the following key words: transthoracic, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, real-time, and left ventricular (LV) function. Articles included perspective clinical studies and meta-analyses in the English language, and focused on the role of RT3DE in human subjects...
2017: BioResearch Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302744/noninvasive-imaging-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Luke J Burchill, Jennifer Huang, Justin T Tretter, Abigail M Khan, Andrew M Crean, Gruschen R Veldtman, Sanjiv Kaul, Craig S Broberg
Multimodality cardiovascular imaging plays a central role in caring for patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). CHD clinicians and scientists are interested not only in cardiac morphology but also in the maladaptive ventricular responses and extracellular changes predisposing to adverse outcomes in this population. Expertise in the applications, strengths, and pitfalls of these cardiovascular imaging techniques as they relate to CHD is essential. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of cardiovascular imaging in CHD...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301910/soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-a-link-between-angiogenesis-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-pediatric-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-intermedia
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Azza Abdel Gawad Tantawy, Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Omneya Ibrahim Youssef, Mohamed ElSayed Ali
Endothelial damage has been implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular complications in β-thalassemia intermedia (β-TI). Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFLT-1) is a member of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) family. Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 is an antiangiogenic protein that induces endothelial dysfunction by adhering to and inhibiting VEGF and placenta growth factor. The aim of this study was to assess the level of sFLT-1 in 35 children and adolescents with β-TI, correlating it with markers of hemolysis and iron overload as well as cardiopulmonary complications...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290172/frequency-mechanism-and-severity-of-mitral-regurgitation-are-there-any-differences-between-primary-and-secondary-mitral-regurgitation
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José L Zamorano, Juan Manuel Monteagudo, Dolores Mesa, Teresa Gonzalez-Alujas, Marta Sitges, Fernando Carrasco-Chinchilla, Chi-Hion Li, Antonio Grande-Trillo, Amparo Martinez, Javier Matabuena, David Alonso-Rodriguez, Covadonga Fernandez-Golfin
BACKGROUND: Although mitral regurgitation (MR) is a well-recognized prognosis factor, its true prevalence is probably underestimated and its etiology and mechanisms have not been sufficiently explored. The study aim was to evaluate the burden of MR, focusing attention on its frequency, severity, etiology, mechanism, and other associated conditions. METHODS: Between February and June 2015, a total of 39,855 consecutive echocardiographic studies was performed at nine tertiary hospitals, and were prospectively included in the study...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288539/ischemia-modified-albumin-as-a-marker-of-vascular-dysfunction-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
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Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Nayera Hazaa Khalil ElSherif, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Yosra Abdelzaher Ibrahim, Gamal Niazi, Sara Hamed Elmetwally
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) is an altered type of serum albumin that forms under conditions of oxidative stress and an independent predictor of major adverse cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVES: To measure the levels of IMA in 45 children and adolescents with β-thalassemia major (β-TM) compared with 30 healthy controls and assess its relation to lipid peroxidation, vascular complications and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: β-TM patients without symptoms of heart disease were studied focusing on transfusion history, chelation therapy, serum ferritin, malondialdehyde (MDA) and IMA levels...
March 13, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282353/the-use-of-echocardiograms-in-preparticipation-examinations
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Caroline Lucas, Deanna L Kerkhof, Jacilyn E Briggs, Gianmichel D Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death during exercise in young athletes. Preparticipation physical examinations were developed to maintain the health and safety of athletes, including the prompt identification of those at risk for SCD. The use of medical history and physical examinations, electrocardiography, and echocardiography, or some combination thereof, is the source of continued debate. This article provides an overview of the etiology of SCD and reviews literature relating to preparticipation echocardiography, with a focus on its evolution, utility, and effectiveness...
March 2017: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279544/inferior-vena-cava-filter-limb-fracture-with-embolization-to-the-right-ventricle
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Bradley S Jackson, Mykel Sepula, Jared T Marx, Chad M Cannon
BACKGROUND: Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and filter limb embolization is a known phenomenon, with a prevalence of up to 25% for certain filter types. Most commonly, the site of embolization is to the heart. Point-of-care ultrasound is an easily accessible imaging modality that should be utilized when considering IVC filter complications. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman with a history of metastatic sarcoma and IVC filter placement for deep venous thrombosis presented to the Emergency Department (ED) for chest pain...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279382/trials-of-imaging-use-in-the-emergency-department-for-acute-chest-pain
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REVIEW
Gilbert L Raff, Udo Hoffmann, James E Udelson
Over 8 million patients seek emergency department care for acute chest pain annually in the United States alone, and <5% have an acute coronary syndrome. In the absence of overt electrocardiographic or biomarker evidence, expensive and time-consuming diagnostic strategies are frequently required. Beginning in 2000, radionuclide myocardial perfusion, stress echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and coronary computed tomographic angiography have become increasingly common in evaluating these patients...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270398/pulmonary-vein-mass-with-extension-to-the-left-atrium-diagnosed-by-echocardiography
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Jezreel Labrador Taquiso, Jaime Alfonso Manalo Aherrera, Jose Donato Magno, Eric Oliver Sison
We report a case of a man aged 65 years presenting with chronic cough, haemoptysis and intermittent atrial tachyarrhythmias on ECG. On 2D transthoracic echocardiography, an incidental left atrial mass was seen, initially thought to be a thrombus predisposed by intermittent atrial fibrillation. Transoesophageal echocardiography confirmed that this left atrial mass originated from a fixed, non-homogenous, right superior pulmonary vein mass with an extracardiac extension. Because of this finding, a thorough search for a primary focus lead to the discovery of a contiguous posterior mediastinal mass, which was a round cell neoplasm on histology...
March 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268511/tracking-of-the-anterior-mitral-leaflet-in-echocardiographic-sequences-using-active-contours
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Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra
Echocardiography assessment of cardiac valves plays a vital role in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease. In the vast majority of cases, the mitral valve gets affected, leading to the thickening of its leaflets that may result in the fusion of their tips. This changes the appearance and reduces the mobility of the leaflets, which also reduce the heart efficiency. Quantifying such parameters provides diagnostic insight. To achieve that, the first step is to identify and then track fast moving leaflets. This work is focused on Anterior Mitral Leaflet (AML) tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263791/accuracy-of-point-of-care-focused-echocardiography-in-predicting-outcome-of-resuscitation-in-cardiac-arrest-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Po-Yang Tsou, Jeantte Kurbedin, Yueh-Sheng Chen, Eric H Chou, Meng-Tse Gabriel Lee, Matthew Chien-Hung Lee, Matthew Huei-Ming Ma, Shyr-Chyr Chen, Chien-Chang Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aim to summarize current evidence on the value of Point-of-Care (POC) focused echocardiography in the assessment of short-term survival in patients with cardiac arrest. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE were searched from inception to July 2016 for eligible studies that evaluated the utility of POC echocardiography in patients with cardiac arrest. Modified QUADAS was used to appraise the quality of included studies. A random-effect bivariate model and a hierarchical summary receiving operating curve were used to summarize the performance characteristics of focused echocardiography...
March 2, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259865/parametrization-of-an-in-silico-circulatory-simulation-by-clinical-datasets-towards-prediction-of-ventricular-function-following-assist-device-implantation
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Ajay Moza, Jonas Gesenhues, Rüdiger Autschbach, Dirk Abel, Rolf Rossaint, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Andreas Goetzenich
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy has revolutionized the way end stage heart failure is treated today. Analysis of LVAD interaction with the whole cardiovascular system and its biological feedback loops is often conducted by means of computer models. Generating real time pressure volume loops (PV-loops) in patients, not using conductance catheters but routine diagnostics to feed an in-silico model could help to predict postoperative complications. METHODS: Routinely obtained hemodynamic measurements to evaluate myocardial function prior to LVAD implantation like pressure readings in the aorta, the left atrium and the left ventricle and simultaneous three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography recordings were assessed to parametrize a reduced computational model of the cardiovascular system...
March 6, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254996/cardio-oncology-what-you-need-to-know-now-for-clinical-practice-and-echocardiography
#18
REVIEW
Charlotte M Larsen, Sharon L Mulvagh
Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at minimizing the effects of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. To meet this aim, patients are assessed at baseline to define their risk of cardiotoxicity and then followed closely during and after chemotherapy to assess for early signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac imaging, and in particular transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients...
March 2, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240430/accuracy-of-an-automated-transthoracic-echocardiographic-tool-for-3d-assessment-of-left-heart-chamber-volumes
#19
Ernest Spitzer, Ben Ren, Osama I I Soliman, Felix Zijlstra, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Marcel L Geleijnse
AIMS: The feasibility and accuracy of an automated adaptive algorithm (Heart Model) for the quantification of left heart chamber volumes and left ventricular ejection fraction has been reported earlier. An improved version of the algorithm is available, and we aimed to test its accuracy compared with manual 3D echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: Apical 3D transthoracic datasets were obtained in 67 patients. Acquisitions covering ventricles and atria were performed for analysis using the automated software (Heart Model, Philips Healthcare)...
February 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238234/markers-of-lipid-metabolism-do-not-correlate-with-the-expression-of-aortopathy-in-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-disease
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Tatiana M Sequeira Gross, Thomas Kuntze, Alexander Bernhardt, Hermann Reichenspurner, Yskert von Kodolitsch, Evaldas Girdauskas
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the potential effects of lipid metabolism on the expression of proximal aortopathy. The study aim was to compare the association between markers of lipid metabolism and the expression of proximal aortopathy in patients with either bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) or tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) disease. METHODS: A total of 458 consecutive patients (68% males) underwent aortic valve replacement (AVR) with or without concomitant aortic surgery between January 2008 and December 2014 at the authors' institution...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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