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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106022/complicated-left-sided-infective-endocarditis-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients-a-case-report
#1
Öykü Gülmez, Mehtap Aydın
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious infectious condition with high morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It has been particularly associated with recurrent bacteremia due to vascular access via lumen catheters. The most common pathogen is Staphylococcus (S.) aureus, and most affected valve is mitral valve, which frequently calcified. Two patients with ESRD who received hemodialysis treatment via tunneled catheters, aged 56 and 88 years, were admitted with fever and high troponin level...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
#2
Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097194/the-mystery-of-the-z-score
#3
REVIEW
Alexander E Curtis, Tanya A Smith, Bulat A Ziganshin, John A Elefteriades
Reliable methods for measuring the thoracic aorta are critical for determining treatment strategies in aneurysmal disease. Z-scores are a pragmatic alternative to raw diameter sizes commonly used in adult medicine. They are particularly valuable in the pediatric population, who undergo rapid changes in physical development. The advantage of the Z-score is its inclusion of body surface area (BSA) in determining whether an aorta is within normal size limits. Therefore, Z-scores allow us to determine whether true pathology exists, which can be challenging in growing children...
August 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096184/the-modern-role-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-valvular-pathologies
#4
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/28090292/a-new-look-at-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-postcapillary-pathophysiology-and-cardiac-dysfunction
#5
Arvind Sehgal, Andra Malikiwi, Eldho Paul, Kenneth Tan, Samuel Menahem
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular function are the focus of cardiovascular effects of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We assessed cardiac indexes reflecting systemic afterload and pulmonary venous back pressure as pathophysiologic factors. Cardiac parameters were measured by conventional echocardiography in 20 preterm infants with severe BPD and compared with those of 10 preterm infants with no BPD and 20 healthy term infants. In infants with severe BPD, PH was noted in 5 (25%) by tricuspid regurgitation Doppler jet ≥2...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089598/impact-of-focused-intraoperative-transthoracic-echocardiography-by-anesthesiologists-on-management-in-hemodynamically-unstable-high-risk-noncardiac-surgery-patients
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Thomas Kratz, Thorsten Steinfeldt, Maik Exner, Marco Campo Dell Orto, Nina Timmesfeld, Caroline Kratz, Martin Skrodzki, Hinnerk Wulf, Martin Zoremba
OBJECTIVES: Focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is used perioperatively for surgical patients. Intraoperative application of TTE is feasible, but its benefits remain unclear. The intention of this study was to investigate the effect of intraoperative TTE on the management of high-risk noncardiac surgery patients. DESIGN: A prospective interventional study. SETTING: Single-center university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty consecutive hemodynamically unstable high-risk patients anesthetized for noncardiac surgery...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056232/-analysis-of-cardiac-troponin-c-gene-tnnc1-c-g175c-mutation-in-a-chinese-pedigree-with-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-the-correlation-between-genotype-and-phenotype
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X B Xing, F S Liu, F Wang, L Song, W N Zhao, J Liu, K C Zhang, Y Z Zhu, X F Shang, R Li, Y Liang
Objective: To investigate the genotype-phenotype correlation in Chinese familial hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM )focusing on the cardiac troponin C gene TNNC1 c. G175C mutation. Methods: All family members of a Chinese pedigree with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy admitted in Third People's Hospital of Qingdao in February 2005 and 200 healthy volunteers were included in this study. The coding exons of 30 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy associated genes were identified by whole exons amplification and high-throughput sequencing in the proband, and the identified mutation were further detected through bi-directional Sanger sequencing in all family members and 200 healthy volunteers...
December 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052532/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava-accompanying-congenital-heart-disease-in-children-experience-of-a-tertiary-care-center
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Mehmet Emre Ari, Vehbi Doğan, Senem Özgür, Özben Ceylan, İlker Ertuğrul, Şeyma Kayalı, Tamer Yoldaş, Utku Arman Örün, Özkan Kaya, Selmin Karademir
BACKGROUND: This study focuses on determining concomitant persistent left superior vena cava (SVC) in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS: Between 2005 and 2012, a total of 2.663 patients with CHD, 88 (3.3%) of whom were diagnosed with persistent left SVC, were evaluated retrospectively. The demographic characteristics of patients, clinical and radiographic findings, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and angiography results obtained from the patients' records were reviewed...
January 3, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041955/cardiac-dysfunction-in-children-and-young-adults-with-heart-transplantation-a-comprehensive-echocardiography-study
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Marcello Chinali, Claudia Esposito, Giorgia Grutter, Roberta Iacobelli, Alessandra Toscano, Maria Grazia D'Asaro, Alessia Del Pasqua, Gianluca Brancaccio, Francesco Parisi, Fabrizio Drago, Gabriele Rinelli
BACKGROUND: Transplanted heart dysfunction is a serious life-threatening condition in pediatric transplant recipients. Several studies have focused on echocardiographic detection of early signs of cardiac dysfunction in this population. We evaluated advanced echocardiographic indices of cardiac function in a large sample of children and young adults with heart transplants with apparently normal cardiac function. METHODS: The study included 60 patients with normal ejection fraction with transplantation performed at pediatric age between 1986 and 2014 and 60 healthy control subjects...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038721/assessment-of-inferior-vena-cava-diameter-by-echocardiography-in-normal-indian-population-a-prospective-observational-study
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Shivanand Patil, Santosh Jadhav, Natraj Shetty, Jayashree Kharge, Beeresha Puttegowda, Rangraj Ramalingam, Manjunath Nanjappa Cholenahally
BACKGROUND: The assessment of the IVC diameter is self explanatory for evaluation of the individuals' volume status. Studies regarding IVC diameter estimation in normal individuals are scarce. AIM: The present study aimed to define normal criteria of size and dynamics of the inferior vena cava (IVC) by M-mode echocardiography in normal individuals. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-center, observational study carried out at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research between December 2011 and April 2014...
December 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013283/delayed-and-decreased-lv-untwist-and-unstrain-rate-in-mutation-carriers-for-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Floris Kauer, Bas M van Dalen, Michelle Michels, Arend F L Schinkel, Wim B Vletter, Marjon van Slegtenhorst, Osama I I Soliman, Marcel L Geleijnse
BACKGROUND: The echocardiographic focus to detect abnormalities in genetically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) affected subjects without left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (G+/LVH-) has been on diastolic abnormalities in transmitral flow and longitudinal myocardial function with tissue Doppler imaging. The aim of this study was to assess diastolic LV unstrain and untwist. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-one consecutive genotyped family members of HCM patients (mean age 37 ± 11 years, 16 men) and 41 age- and gender-matched healthy volunteers underwent speckle-tracking echocardiography to measure untwist and unstrain...
December 24, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998668/-peculiarities-of-the-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-octogenarian-patients
#12
Jesús M Canale, Rubén Cardoza-Encinas, Andrés Canale-Segovia
The growing trend in the absolute and relative number of elderly in the population scheme, the increasing prevalence of heart disease as people get older and the impressive technological development of ultrasound devices have all together recently contributed to promote an increasing number of transesophageal echocardiograms in older patients, however, the already published information about the distinguishing features of this diagnostic methodology in elderly patients is still scarce and seems to be insufficient...
December 17, 2016: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986510/simulation-based-training-for-cardiology-procedures-are-we-any-further-forward-in-evidencing-real-world-benefits
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REVIEW
Christopher M Harrison, Jivendra N Gosai
Simulation-based training as an educational tool for healthcare professionals continues to grow in sophistication, scope, and usage. There have been a number of studies demonstrating the utility of the technique, and it is gaining traction as part of the training curricula for the next generation of cardiologists. In this review, we focus on the recent literature for the efficacy of simulation for practical procedures specific to cardiology, focusing on transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, coronary angioplasty, and electrophysiology...
September 1, 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943410/number-of-weeks-rotating-in-the-emergency-department-has-a-greater-effect-on-ultrasound-milestone-competency-than-a-dedicated-ultrasound-rotation
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Courtney M Smalley, Molly Thiessen, Richard Byyny, Alyrene Dorey, Bryan McNair, John L Kendall
OBJECTIVES: Ultrasound (US) is vital to modern emergency medicine (EM). Across residencies, there is marked variability in US training. The "goal-directed focused US" part of the Milestones Project states that trainees must correctly acquire and interpret images to achieve a level 3 milestone. Standardized methods by which programs teach these skills have not been established. Our goal was to determine whether residents could achieve level 3 with or without a dedicated US rotation. METHODS: Thirty-three first- and second-year residents were assigned to control (no rotation) and intervention (US rotation) groups...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943176/rationale-and-design-of-the-edwards-sapien-3-periprosthetic-leakage-evaluation-versus-medtronic-corevalve-in-transfemoral-aortic-valve-implantation-elect-trial-a%C3%A2-randomised-comparison-of-balloon-expandable-versus-self-expanding-transcatheter-aortic-valve-prostheses
#15
M Abawi, P Agostoni, N H M Kooistra, M Samim, F Nijhoff, M Voskuil, H Nathoe, P A Doevendans, S A Chamuleau, K Urgel, J Hendrikse, T Leiner, A C Abrahams, B van der Worp, P R Stella
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Periprosthetic aortic regurgitation (PPR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains an important issue associated with impaired long-term outcomes. The current randomised study aims to evaluate potential differences between the balloon-expandable Edwards SAPIEN-3 and the self-expanding Medtronic CoreValve system with the main focus on post-TAVI PPR by means of novel imaging endpoints, and an additional focus on other clinical endpoints. ENDPOINTS: The primary endpoint of this study is quantitative assessment of the severity of post-procedural PPR using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging...
December 9, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942784/-introduction-of-prehospital-emergency-ultrasound-into-an-emergency-medical-service-area
#16
C Weilbach, A Kobiella, N Rahe-Meyer, K Johanning
BACKGROUND: Emergency ultrasound as part of the provision of emergency medical services using mobile devices offers great benefits regarding to some important questions related to the management of critically ill and injured patients in the prehospital situation where diagnostic resources are limited. The aim of this study is to determine whether the comprehensive introduction of prehospital emergency ultrasound examinations into a German Emergency Medical Services ("rescue services") area is both feasible and beneficial for patients...
December 9, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933193/outcomes-of-ischaemic-mitral-regurgitation-in-anterior-versus-inferior-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#17
Amgad Mentias, Mohammad Q Raza, Amr F Barakat, Elizabeth Hill, Dalia Youssef, Amar Krishnaswamy, Milind Y Desai, Brian Griffin, Stephen Ellis, Venu Menon, E Murat Tuzcu, Samir R Kapadia
BACKGROUND: Ischaemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) is a detrimental complication of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine patient characteristics and outcomes of patients with IMR with focus on anterior or inferior location of STEMI. METHODS: All patients presenting with STEMI complicated by IMR to our centre who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention within the first 12 hours of presentation from 1995 to 2014 were included...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932197/crucial-role-of-carotid-ultrasound-for-the-rapid-diagnosis-of-hyperacute-aortic-dissection-complicated-by-cerebral-infarction-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Eglė Sukockienė, Kristina Laučkaitė, Antanas Jankauskas, Dalia Mickevičienė, Giedrė Jurkevičienė, Antanas Vaitkus, Edgaras Stankevičius, Kęstutis Petrikonis, Daiva Rastenytė
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening rare condition that may virtually present by any organ system dysfunction, the nervous system included. Acute cerebral infarction among multiple other neurological and non-neurological presentations is part of this acute aortic syndrome. Rapid and correct diagnosis is of extreme importance keeping in mind the possibility of thrombolytic treatment if a patient with a suspected ischemic stroke arrives to the Emergency Department within a 4.5-h window after symptom onset...
2016: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930349/patent-foramen-ovale-with-atrial-septal-aneurysm-is-strongly-associated-with-migraine-with-aura-a-large-observational-study
#19
Roel J R Snijder, Justin G L M Luermans, Albert H de Heij, Vincent Thijs, Wouter J Schonewille, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Martin J Swaans, Werner I H L Budts, Martijn C Post
BACKGROUND: A patent foramen ovale (PFO) with atrial septal aneurysm (ASA) has been identified as a risk factor for cryptogenic stroke. Patients with migraine with aura (MA) appear to be at risk for silent brain infarction, which might be related to the presence of a PFO. However, the association between MA and PFO with ASA has never been reported. We examined this association in a large observational study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients (>18 years) who underwent an agitated saline transesophageal echocardiography (cTEE) at our outpatient clinics within a timeframe of 4 years were eligible to be included...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898735/cognitive-dysfunction-and-malnutrition-are-independent-predictor-of-dysphagia-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-congestive-heart-failure
#20
Junichi Yokota, Yoshiko Ogawa, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Yoshimi Takahashi, Hiroshi Fujita, Nobuhiro Yamaguchi, Noriko Onoue, Takeshi Ishizuka, Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Masahiro Kohzuki
Early detection and intervention for dysphagia is important in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). However, previous studies have focused on how many patients with dysphagia develop CHF. Studies focusing on the comorbidity of dysphagia in patients with CHF are rare. Additionally, risk factors for dysphagia in patients with CHF are unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to clarify risk factors for dysphagia in patients with acute exacerbation of CHF. A total of 105 patients, who were admitted with acute exacerbation of CHF, were enrolled...
2016: PloS One
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