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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
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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/28094188/prosthetic-valve-thrombosis-in-the-acute-phase-of-the-stroke-relevance-of-detection-and-follow-up
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Jacint Sala-Padro, Jorge Pagola, Maria Teresa Gonzalez-Alujas, Laia Sero, Jesus Juega, Noelia Rodriguez-Villatoro, Sandra Boned, David Rodriguez-Luna, Marian Muchada, Ruben Fernandez-Galera, Marta Rubiera, Marc Ribo, Arturo Evangelista, Carlos Molina
BACKGROUND: Stroke may be the first symptom of prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT); therefore, rapid diagnosis and therapy are crucial. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence, main predictors, and long-term clinical evolution of patients with PVT in the acute phase of stroke. METHODS: We studied consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients with prosthetic heart valves who underwent emergent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) during a 5-year period. Two groups were defined depending on the presence of PVT (PVT or non-PVT groups)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092248/-pulmonary-thromboembolism-recent-experience-of-4-years-at-a-cardiology-hospital
#4
Erick Ramírez-Arias, Martin Rosas-Peralta, Gabriela Borrayo-Sánchez, Luis Antonio Moreno-Ruiz, Jorge Guillermo Arenas-Fonseca, Víctor Manuel Arzola-Covarrubias, Luis Efrén Santos-Martínez, Efraín Arizmendi-Uribe
It comprised a series of cases over a period of 4 years, held at the Hospital of Cardiology of the Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, IMSS. From 2008 to 2011, admitted to Emergency 184 patients with suspected pulmonary embolism, of which 41 were removed; of the 143 remaining cases, only 127 patients was diagnosed with PE. The other 16 patients had other diagnoses. In 86% of patients showed electrocardiographic pattern S1Q3T3 and 39% had RBBB, in 17 (13.3%) patients there was hemodynamic instability, and in 94...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075036/double-trouble-a-case-of-periprocedural-detection-of-intracardiac-thrombus-and-aortic-root-dissection-during-emergent-transfemoral-tavr
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Carlos Corredor, Eric Horlick, Wendy Tsang, Massimiliano Meineri
We report a case of emergency transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in a 65-year-old patient presenting with decompensated severe aortic stenosis. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was used effectively to obtain measurements of the aortic annulus and for intra-procedural guidance. At baseline, we detected a left atrial appendage thrombus and a localized aortic root dissection after balloon valvuloplasty. The case highlights the important role that TEE may play during TAVR procedures.
January 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072695/acute-pulmonary-edema-caused-by-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-a-pregnant-woman-undergoing-transvaginal-cervical-cerclage-a-case-report
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Jae-Young Lee, Hyun-Jung Kwon, Sang-Wook Park, Yu-Mi Lee
BACKGROUND: The physiological changes associated with pregnancy may predispose pregnant women to pulmonary edema. Other known causes of pulmonary edema during pregnancy include tocolytic drugs, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and peripartum cardiomyopathy. METHODS: We describe a rare case of pulmonary edema caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a pregnant woman at 14 weeks of gestation who was undergoing emergency transvaginal cervical cerclage. RESULTS: Intraoperative chest radiography revealed severe pulmonary edema and echocardiography indicated moderate left ventricular dysfunction with akinesia of the mid to apical left ventricular wall segment, which is reflective of takotsubo cardiomyopathy...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069573/relations-between-aortic-stiffness-and-left-ventricular-mechanical-function-in-the-community
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Vanessa Bell, Elizabeth L McCabe, Martin G Larson, Jian Rong, Allison A Merz, Ewa Osypiuk, Birgitta T Lehman, Plamen Stantchev, Jayashri Aragam, Emelia J Benjamin, Naomi M Hamburg, Ramachandran S Vasan, Gary F Mitchell, Susan Cheng
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness impairs optimal ventricular-vascular coupling and left ventricular systolic function, particularly in the long axis. Left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) has recently emerged as a sensitive measure of early cardiac dysfunction. In this study, we investigated the relation between aortic stiffness and GLS in a large community-based sample. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2495 participants (age 39-90 years, 57% women) of the Framingham Offspring and Omni cohorts, free of cardiovascular disease, we performed tonometry to measure arterial hemodynamics and echocardiography to assess cardiac function...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062268/pericardial-effusions-causes-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Sneha Vakamudi, Natalie Ho, Paul C Cremer
The presentation of a patient with a pericardial effusion can range from an incidental finding to a life-threatening emergency. Accordingly, the causes of pericardial effusions are numerous and can generally be divided into inflammatory and non-inflammatory etiologies. For all patients with a suspected pericardial effusion, echocardiography is essential to define the location and size of an effusion. In pericardial tamponade, the hemodynamics relate to decreased pericardial compliance, ventricular interdependence, and an inspiratory decrease in the pressure gradient for left ventricular filling...
January 3, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055270/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-known-unknown-foe-of-asthma
#9
Ourania S Kotsiou, Alexandros Douras, Demosthenes Makris, Nikoleta Mpaka, Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis
INTRODUCTION: Patients with uncontrolled asthma are at a greater risk of asthma attacks requiring emergency room visits or hospital admissions. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is potentially a significant complication in a course of status asthmaticus. CASE STUDY: We present a 43-year-old female patient who presented with status asthmaticus further complicated with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. RESULTS: Recognizing apical ballooning syndrome is challenging in patients with a history of respiratory disease because the symptoms of the last entity may complicate the diagnostic approach...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050472/use-of-lung-ultrasound-for-diagnosing-acute-heart-failure-in-emergency-department-of-southern-india
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Manav Aggarwal, Mrigakshi Gupta, Vikrant Vijan, Anjith Vupputuri, Sanjeev Chintamani, Bishnukiran Rajendran, Rajesh Thachathodiyal, Rajiv Chandrasekaran
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosing heart failure is often a challenge for the healthcare providers due to it's non-specific and usually subtle physical presentations. The outcomes for treatment are strongly related to the stage of the disease. Considering the importance of early and accurate diagnosis, it is important to have an easy, inexpensive, non-invasive, reliable and reproducible method for diagnosis of heart failure. Recent advancement in radiology and cardiology are supporting the emerging technique of lung ultrasound through B-line evaluation for identifying extravascular lung water...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042559/successful-anticoagulation-therapy-for-antiphospholipid-syndrome-with-mobile-aortic-thrombi
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Hyun Oh Park, Seong Ho Moon, Jong Woo Kim, Joung Hun Byun, Sung Hwan Kim, Jun Ho Yang, Chung-Eun Lee, Jong-Duk Kim
Hypercoagulable states have been associated with aortic thrombosis. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is one of the commonest types of acquired thrombophilia. We report the case of successful anticoagulation management in an APS patient with mobile thrombi within the aorta. A 58-year-old male patient presented to the emergency department (ED) with right-sided hemiparesis. His first symptoms were noted approximately 12-16 hours before presentation to the ED. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed acute embolic infarction of the left frontal and parietotemporal lobes...
December 2016: Vascular Specialist International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041756/trauma-induced-acute-myocardial-infarction-due-to-delayed-dissection-of-the-left-anterior-descending-coronary-artery
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Magdalena Wilczynska-Golonka, Pawel Rostoff, Aleksander Siniarski, Agnieszka Skrzypek, Andrzej Gackowski, Ewa Konduracka, Jadwiga Nessler
Acute myocardial infarction is a very rare, life-threatening complication of blunt chest trauma. A 27-year-old man with no previous medical history was admitted to the emergency department due to multiple trauma following a car accident. After 48h following the accident, the patient's condition rapidly deteriorated, with severe dyspnea at rest, tachycardia, and increasing chest pain. A 12-lead ECG showed a sinus tachycardia at 120bpm with significant ST-segment elevation in leads V1 to V5, pathologic Q wave in I, aVL, and QS complex in leads V1 to V4...
December 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040384/circulatory-collapse-right-ventricular-dilatation-and-alveolar-dead-space-a-triad-for-the-rapid-diagnosis-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism
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Raúl J Gazmuri, Dimple J Patel, Rom Stevens, Shani Smith
A triad of circulatory collapse, right ventricular dilatation, and large alveolar dead space is proposed for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of massive pulmonary embolism. A 17year-old female on oral contraceptives collapsed at home becoming incoherent with shallow breathing. Paramedics initiated mechanical chest compression and transported the patient to our emergency department, arriving minimally responsive with undetectable blood pressure but having positive corneal reflexes and bradycardia with wide QRS...
December 16, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031654/aortic-root-rupture-during-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-a-patient-with-idiopathic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-utility-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-early-detection-and-description-of-a-semiconservative-surgical-management-approach
#14
Jaya Chandrasekhar, Marc Ruel, Donna Nicholson, Marino Labinaz
An 87-year-old man with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and platelet count of 56 × 10(9)/L underwent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided transcatheter aortic valve implantation using a femoral approach. Post valve deployment, a new pericardial effusion was noted which was successfully drained. Despite this, the patient became hypotensive needing vasopressor support with reaccumulation of pericardial fluid. Emergent sternotomy was performed and a perforation of the right ventricular apex was noted which was sealed with a pledgeted suture...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028503/cardiac-hydatid-cyst-a-case-report
#15
Esfandiar Shojaei, Zeynab Yassin, Omid Rezahosseini
Hydatid disease commonly involves liver but in rare cases, it can involve cardiac structures. A 75-yr-old farmer from Parsabad-Moghan, northwestern Iran was presented to the Emergency Room of Tehran Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Iran with dyspnea and without chest pain in 2014. A lesion compatible with hydatid cyst was found in echocardiography and confirmed by serology and MRI. Surgical treatment was done but the patient was died in recovery room because of cardiac arrhythmia. In endemic areas, hydatid cyst should be considered in differential diagnosis of heterogeneous echogenic lesions even if the serologic tests are negative...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027743/igg4-related-cardiovascular-disease-the-emerging-role-of-cardiovascular-imaging
#16
REVIEW
Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou
Immunoglobulin 4-related disease (IgG4-related disease) is a systemic inflammatory disease that presents with increases of serum IgG4. It may affect various systems, including the cardiovascular (CV) system. Assessment of serum IgG4 levels and involved organ biopsy are necessary for diagnosis. IgG4-related disease is characterized by fibrosclerosis, lymphocytic infiltration and presence of IgG4-positive plasma cells. The disease usually responds to treatment with corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressive medication...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018828/paradoxical-embolus-stuck-in-a-patent-foramen-ovale
#17
Zaki Kohistani, Chris Probst
In-hospital mortality rate of an embolus in transit is as high as 44.7%. In some cases, a paradoxical embolus can get stuck in a patent foramen ovale. Because of the high mortality rate, this condition should be considered as an emergency case. Echocardiography has been established as the gold standard method for the diagnosis. A negative echocardiography, however, does not rule out an embolus in transit. To rule out pulmonary embolisms, a computed tomography scan of the chest should also be performed. A cardiothoracic surgeon should be consulted immediately upon diagnosis of an embolus in transit...
December 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017389/la-strain-categorization-of-lv-diastolic%C3%A2-dysfunction
#18
Amita Singh, Karima Addetia, Francesco Maffessanti, Victor Mor-Avi, Roberto M Lang
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to observe the relationship between left atrial (LA) strain and left ventricular diastolic function and determine whether LA strain could be used to detect diastolic dysfunction (DD) and classify its degree when present. BACKGROUND: The assessment of diastolic function is complex and multiparametric because most conventional parameters do not follow the progression of DD. Strain imaging is an emerging index of LA function, with recent data demonstrating that LA strain is diminished in diastolic heart failure...
December 8, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013417/left-atrial-mechanics-strongly-predict-functional-capacity-assessed-by-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-subjects-without-structural-heart-disease
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Luís Leite, Sofia Lázaro Mendes, Rui Baptista, Rogério Teixeira, Manuel Oliveira-Santos, Nelson Ribeiro, Rosa Coutinho, Victor Monteiro, Rui Martins, Graça Castro, Maria João Ferreira, Mariano Pego
Left atrium function is essential for cardiovascular performance and is evaluable by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). Our aim was to determine how echocardiographic parameters interrelate with exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in subjects with no structural heart disease. Asymptomatic volunteers, in sinus rhythm and with normal biventricular size and function, were recruited from a community-based population. Individuals with moderate-to-severe valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and history of cardiac disease were excluded...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009950/multiple-imaging-modalities-including-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-after-mitral-valve-replacement
#20
Muhammed Keskin, Tuğba Kemaoğlu Öz, Mehmet Mahir Atasoy, Işıl Atasoy, Altuğ Ösken, Abdullah Kemal Tuygun
Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (LVPA) after mitral valve replacement (MVR) is a rare condition. The diagnosis of LVPA may be difficult, and for accurate diagnosis, two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) should be used in combination with other imaging modalities such as multiple detector computed tomography (MDCT) and three-dimensional (3D) TTE. Herein is presented a late type of post-MVR pseudoaneurysm in a 72-year-old female who was admitted to the authors' emergency department with complaints of dyspnea...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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