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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226685/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, Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Diana Veiga, Nelson Martins, Malik Saad Sultan, Miguel Tavares Coimbra, Manuel Joao Ferreira
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/28184260/perioperative-management-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-heart-failure-an-anesthesiologist-s-perspective
#2
REVIEW
Taeha Ryu, Seok-Young Song
Anesthesiologists frequently see asymptomatic patients with diastolic dysfunction or heart failure for various surgeries. These patients typically show normal systolic function but abnormal diastolic parameters in their preoperative echocardiographic evaluations. The symptoms that are sometimes seen are similar to those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients with diastolic dysfunction, and even with diastolic heart failure, have the potential to develop a hypertensive crisis or pulmonary congestion...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168038/echocardiography-for-patients-undergoing-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-primer-for-intensive-care-physicians
#3
REVIEW
Zhongheng Zhang
Echocardiography is an invaluable tool in the management of patients with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) and subsequent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and weaning. At the very beginning, echocardiography can identify the etiology of cardiac arrest, such as massive pulmonary embolism and cardiac tamponade. Eliminating these culprits saves life and may avoid the initiation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If the underlying causes are not identified or intrinsic to the heart (e...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163427/rheumatic-heart-disease-screening-current-concepts-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Scott Dougherty, Maziar Khorsandi, Philip Herbst
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a disease of poverty, is almost entirely preventable, and is the most common cardiovascular disease worldwide in those under 25 years. RHD is caused by acute rheumatic fever (ARF) which typically results in cumulative valvular lesions that may present clinically after a number of years of subclinical disease. Therapeutic interventions, therefore, typically focus on preventing subsequent ARF episodes (with penicillin prophylaxis). However, not all patients with ARF develop symptoms and not all symptomatic cases present to a physician or are correctly diagnosed...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152279/pulmonary-vein-stenosis-of-ex-premature-infants-with-pulmonary-hypertension-and-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-epidemiology-and-survival-from-a-multicenter-cohort
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Linda Mahgoub, Tarek Kaddoura, A Rebecca Kameny, Paloma Lopez Ortego, Rachel D Vanderlaan, Ashok Kakadekar, Frank Dicke, Ivan Rebeyka, Christopher A Calderone, Andrew Redington, Maria Jesus Del Cerro, Jeff Fineman, Ian Adatia
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein stenosis is emerging as an important clinical problem in ex-premature infants. METHODS: We sought to describe the epidemiology of pulmonary vein stenosis affecting ex-premature infants by a multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients from seven children's hospitals diagnosed between 2000-2014. RESULTS: We identified 39 ex-premature patients (26 males, median gestational age 28 weeks range 22-36 weeks, birth weight 1...
February 2, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144779/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-the-early-resuscitation-of-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-a-prospective-pilot-study
#6
Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Yohei Harada, Hector R Villarraga, Sunil V Mankad, Ognjen Gajic
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasonography has been increasingly used in the care of critically ill patients; however, reports on its use during active resuscitation are limited. The aim of this study was to investigate the true impact of focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) during the management of sepsis with early (6-h) resuscitation. METHODS: A prospective pilot observational study was conducted at an academic medical center from March 2011 through July 2012. Patients undergoing resuscitation for severe sepsis or septic shock were prospectively enrolled at medical and combined medical-surgical intensive care units...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131443/fulminant-pneumococcal-pericarditis-in-a-previously-healthy-patient
#7
Cvetan Trpkov, Ermin Nath, Michael Moon, Jonathan Windram, Michelle M Graham
Purulent pericarditis is a rare acutely life-threatening condition. Initial symptoms, signs, and investigations can be nonspecific. Echocardiography is invaluable for establishing the diagnosis and initial management. We present a case of a previously healthy patient with purulent pericarditis caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in the absence of a primary focus of infection. The patient deteriorated rapidly with cardiac tamponade and septic shock and was managed successfully by a combined medical and surgical approach...
November 17, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130567/malignant-pericardial-mesothelioma-a%C3%A2-systematic-review-of-current-practice
#8
S Cao, S Jin, J Cao, J Shen, H Zhang, Q Meng, B Pan, Y Yu
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive tumor, with a high misdiagnosis rate and overall bleak prognosis. In 0.7% of all cases, the origin is the pericardium. METHODS: The present study is a review of the literature published in recent decades focusing on the advances in clinical manifestations, radiological findings, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment of malignant pericardial mesothelioma (MPM). RESULTS: No clear relationship has been established between the etiologies and the development of MPM...
January 27, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127033/advanced-imaging-in-valvular-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Although echocardiography remains the mainstay imaging technique for the evaluation of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD), innovations in noninvasive imaging in the past few years have provided new insights into the pathophysiology and quantification of VHD, early detection of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, and advanced prognostic assessment. The severity grading of valve dysfunction has been refined with the use of Doppler echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), and CT imaging. LV ejection fraction remains an important criterion when deciding whether patients should be referred for surgery...
January 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117110/hemorrhagic-pericardial-cyst-diagnosis-accelerated-by-emergency-physician-echocardiography-a-case-report
#10
Michael F Yip, Brooks M Walsh
BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis for chest pain in the emergency department is broad and includes both benign and life-threatening conditions-with pericardial cyst as a rare example. Emergency physician-performed point-of-care focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) is increasingly recognized as a useful modality in the evaluation of patients with chest pain. CASE REPORT: We report a case of hemorrhagic pericardial cyst in a young woman presenting with chest pain in which findings on FOCUS contradicted findings on chest x-ray study and thus, accelerated diagnosis and definitive treatment...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113205/fully-automatic-3d-tee-segmentation-for-the-planning-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#11
Sandro Queiros, Alexandros Papachristidis, Pedro Morais, Konstantinos C Theodoropoulos, Jaime C Fonseca, Mark J Monaghan, Joao L Vilaca, Jan D'hooge
A novel fully automatic framework for aortic valve (AV) trunk segmentation in 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) datasets is proposed. The methodology combines a previously presented semi-automatic segmentation strategy using shape-based B-spline Explicit Active Surfaces with two novel algorithms to automate the quantification of relevant AV measures. The first combines a fast rotation-invariant 3D Generalized Hough Transform with a vessel-like dark tube detector to initialize the segmentation. After segmenting the AV wall, the second algorithm focuses on aligning this surface with reference ones in order to estimate the short-axis (SAx) planes (at the left ventricular outflow tract, annulus, sinuses of Valsalva and sinotubular junction) in which to perform the measurements...
October 13, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106022/complicated-left-sided-infective-endocarditis-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients-a-case-report
#12
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
#13
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
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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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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