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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617995/investigation-of-an-n-terminal-prohormone-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-point-of-care-elisa-in-clinically-normal-cats-and-cats-with-cardiac-disease
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A N Harris, S S Beatty, A H Estrada, B Winter, M Bohannon, I Sosa, J Hanscom, C A Mainville, A E Gallagher
BACKGROUND: N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations may be increased in cats with various cardiac disorders. The point-of-care (POC) ELISA assay uses the same biologic reagents as the quantitative NT-proBNP ELISA. Previous studies have evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the POC ELISA in cats with cardiac disease. OBJECTIVES: To prospectively evaluate the diagnostic utility of the POC ELISA in a select population of cats...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614597/esc-sudden-death-risk-model-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-incremental-value-of-quantitative-contrast-enhanced-cmr-in-intermediate-risk-patients
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Rocio Hinojar, José Luis Zamorano, Ariana Gonzalez Gómez, Maria Plaza Martin, Amparo Esteban, Luis Miguel Rincón, Juan Carlos Portugal, José Julio Jimenez Nácher, Covadonga Fernández-Golfín
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) remains the most common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young; however, current strategies do not identify all HCM patients at risk. A novel validated algorithm was proposed by the last European Society of Cardiology guidelines to guide implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Recently, extensive myocardial fibrosis was independently associated with increased risk of SCD events. This study aimed to establish the relation between myocardial fibrosis (late gadolinium enhancement [LGE] extension) and the novel SCD risk-prediction model in a real population of HCM to evaluate its potential additional value in the different risk groups...
June 14, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614229/familial-clustering-of-congenital-deafness-patent-ductus-arteriosus-eisenmenger-complex-and-differential-cyanosis-a-case-report
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Ting-Wei Lin, Chih-Wei Tseng, Chi-Yao Huang, Kuo-Yang Wang, Kae-Woei Liang
RATIONALE: Few studies had reported syndromes that include patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with Eisenmenger syndrome and congenital deafness clustered in male siblings without facial, skeletal, or mental abnormalities. PATIENT CONCERNS: Two brothers, who were deaf and had PDA with Eisenmenger complex, were first seen at our Cardiology clinic at the ages of 25 and 41, respectively. They presented with progressive dyspnea on exertion. Upon physical examination, both brothers had clubbing and/or cyanotic toes, normal fingers, and without facial, skeletal, ophthalmological, or mental abnormalities...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608183/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-scai-scct-sts-2017-appropriate-use-criteria-for-coronary-revascularization-in-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic
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Manesh R Patel, John H Calhoon, Gregory J Dehmer, James Aaron Grantham, Thomas M Maddox, David J Maron, Peter K Smith
The American College of Cardiology, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and American Association for Thoracic Surgery, along with key specialty and subspecialty societies, have completed a 2-part revision of the appropriate use criteria (AUC) for coronary revascularization. In prior coronary revascularization AUC documents, indications for revascularization in acute coronary syndromes and stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD) were combined into 1 document. To address the expanding clinical indications for coronary revascularization, and to align the subject matter with the most current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines, the new AUC for coronary artery revascularization were separated into 2 documents addressing SIHD and acute coronary syndromes individually...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599694/a-multiparous-woman-with-lately-diagnosed-multilevel-left-ventricular-obstruction
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Muhammad Nasir Rahman, Ibrahim Gul, Amjad Nabi
A 56-year hypertensive, multiparous woman presented to the cardiology unit with Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) class-III angina and worsening dyspnea for the past few weeks. Her clinical examination showed high blood pressure and mid-systolic crescendo-decrescendo murmur radiating to carotids. However, there was no radio-femoral delay or significant blood pressure difference between her arms. Her transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed moderate aortic stenosis (AS) and mid cavity left ventricular outflow (LVO) obstruction...
May 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592522/feasibility-of-physiologist-led-stress-echocardiography-for-the-assessment-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Jamal Nasir Khan, Timothy Griffiths, Tamseel Fatima, Leah Michael, Andreea Mihai, Zeeshan Mustafa, Kully Sandhu, Robert Butler, Simon Duckett, Grant Heatlie
BACKGROUND: Physiologist-led stress echocardiography (PLSE) services provide potential for expansion of SE services and increased productivity for cardiologists. There are no published data on the feasibility of PLSE. We sought to assess the feasibility, safety and robustness of PLSE and CLSE for coronary artery disease (CAD) assessment. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 898 patients undergoing PLSE or CLSE for CAD assessment using exercise or dobutamine stress over 24 months...
June 7, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587699/accurate-diagnosis-of-chd-by-paediatricians-with-expertise-in-cardiology
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Hannah C Jacob, Hannah Massey, Robert W M Yates, A Wilfred Kelsall
Introduction Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology assess children with a full history, examination, and often perform an echocardiogram. A minority are then referred to an outreach clinic run jointly with a visiting paediatric cardiologist. The accuracy of the echocardiography diagnosis made by the Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology is unknown. Materials and methods We conducted a retrospective review of clinic letters for children seen in the outreach clinic for the first time between March, 2004 and March, 2011...
June 7, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580760/stress-echocardiography-an-overview-for-use-in-pediatric-and-congenital-cardiology
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Peter Ermis
Currently, the role of stress echocardiography primarily resides in diagnosing acquired coronary artery disease (CAD) in adults. Besides an increasing concern for traditional CAD in young patients due to obesity and other chronic pediatric diseases, there is also a growing population of adolescents and young adults with "at risk" coronary arteries due to: reimplanted coronaries in congenital heart disease, anomalous origin of the native coronary arteries, coronary abnormalities in Kawasaki's disease, and posttransplant coronary vasculopathy...
June 5, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571753/real-time-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography-guided-closure-of-a-complicated-patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-a-dog
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K R Doocy, D A Nelson, A B Saunders
Advanced imaging modalities are becoming more widely available in veterinary cardiology, including the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) during occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in dogs. The dog in this report had a complex history of attempted ligation and a large PDA that initially precluded device placement thereby limiting the options for PDA closure. Following a second thoracotomy and partial ligation, the morphology of the PDA was altered and device occlusion was an option. Angiographic assessment of the PDA was limited by the presence of hemoclips, and the direction of ductal flow related to the change in anatomy following ligature placement...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567710/the-preoperative-cardiology-consultation-indications-and-risk-modification
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M W Groot, A Spronk, S E Hoeks, R J Stolker, F van Lier
BACKGROUND: The cardiologist is regularly consulted preoperatively by anaesthesiologists. However, insights into the efficiency and usefulness of these consultations are unclear. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 24,174 preoperatively screened patients ≥18 years scheduled for elective non-cardiac surgery, which resulted in 273 (1%) referrals to the cardiologist for further preoperative evaluation. Medical charts were reviewed for patient characteristics, main reason for referring, requested diagnostic tests, interventions, adjustment in medical therapy, 30-day mortality and major adverse cardiac events...
May 31, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567086/predicting-intermittent-atrial-fibrillation-in-outpatient-clinics
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Mustafa Karaca, Deniz Aytekin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Palpitations are the most common complaint in cardiology outpatient clinics. These palpitations may be derived from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) and can be easily overlooked. It is unclear whether inter-atrial conduction time (ICT) may predict the paroxysmal AF in out-patients that present with palpitations. We evaluated the ability of the ICT to predict paroxysmal AF in these patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 199 patients (110 female)...
May 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566197/cardiac-sarcoidosis-diagnosis-therapeutic-management-and-prognostic-factors
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Catherine Chapelon-Abric, Damien Sene, David Saadoun, Philippe Cluzel, Olivier Vignaux, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Jean-Clarles Piette, Patrice Cacoub
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is a severe localization, observed mostly in cardiology departments. Despite appropriate cardiological treatment, CS is a potentially life-threatening condition, and accounts for 13-85% of sarcoidosis-related deaths. AIMS: This retrospective study aimed to give an overview of CS in a non-cardiac unit, to analyse the effect of first-line immunosuppressive treatment on outcome and survival and to evaluate factors associated with relapses...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541602/three-dimensional-printing-in-cardiology-current-applications-and-future-challenges
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Hongxing Luo, Jarosław Meyer-Szary, Zhongmin Wang, Robert Sabiniewicz, Yuhao Liu
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has attracted a huge interest in recent years. Broadly speaking, it refers to the technology which converts a predesigned virtual model to a touchable object. In clinical medicine, it usually converts a series of two-dimensional medical images acquired through computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or 3D echocardiography into a physical model. Medical 3D printing consists of three main steps: image acquisition, virtual reconstruction and 3D manufacturing. It is a promising tool for preoperative evaluation, medical device design, hemodynamic simulation and medical education, it is also likely to reduce operative risk and increase operative success...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536728/neonatologist-performed-point-of-care-functional-echocardiography-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Woei Bing Poon, Keng Yean Wong
Functional echocardiography (fECHO) refers to a bedside, limited assessment of the ductus arteriosus, myocardial performance and pulmonary or systemic haemodynamics that is brief in nature and addresses a specific clinical question or management dilemma. This point-of-care ultrasonography is increasingly used internationally and locally among neonatal units to assist with management of neonatal haemodynamic conditions. This article intends to explain the modality, its indications, interpretation and implications for management, and how it impacts long-term outcomes, particularly in chronic lung disease for premature infants born before 32 weeks of gestation...
May 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
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Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510718/multimodality-imaging-in-restrictive-cardiomyopathies-an-eacvi-expert-consensus-document-in-collaboration-with-the-working-group-on-myocardial-and-pericardial-diseases-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology-endorsed-by-the-indian-academy-of-echocardiography
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Gilbert Habib, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Alida L P Caforio, Nuno Cardim, Philippe Charron, Bernard Cosyns, Aurélie Dehaene, Genevieve Derumeaux, Erwan Donal, Marc R Dweck, Thor Edvardsen, Paola Anna Erba, Laura Ernande, Oliver Gaemperli, Maurizio Galderisi, Julia Grapsa, Alexis Jacquier, Karin Klingel, Patrizio Lancellotti, Danilo Neglia, Alessia Pepe, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Steffen E Petersen, Sven Plein, Bogdan A Popescu, Patricia Reant, L Elif Sade, Erwan Salaun, Riemer H J A Slart, Christophe Tribouilloy, Jose Zamorano
Restrictive cardiomyopathies (RCMs) are a diverse group of myocardial diseases with a wide range of aetiologies, including familial, genetic and acquired diseases and ranging from very rare to relatively frequent cardiac disorders. In all these diseases, imaging techniques play a central role. Advanced imaging techniques provide important novel data on the diagnostic and prognostic assessment of RCMs. This EACVI consensus document provides comprehensive information for the appropriateness of all non-invasive imaging techniques for the diagnosis, prognostic evaluation, and management of patients with RCM...
May 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506578/-congenital-heart-disease-in-adolescents-and-adults-management-in-a-general-cardiology-department-in-senegal
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A Mbaye, M Bodian, A A Ngaïdé, H Abdourafiq, M C B O Leye, S Savodogo, F Aw, M Ndiaye, I Kouamé, K Babaka, M Dioum, N D Gaye, S A Sarr, M B Ndiaye, A D Kane, A Kane
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart diseases in adults include malformations treated in childhood that decompensate secondarily and those asymptomatic at birth, appear later. This study aims to identify congenital heart diseases in adults in general cardiology department of Senegal and to assess clinical presentations, treatment and outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional and descriptive study based on the records of patients aged at least 16 years and followed for congenital heart disease in the cardiology department of the General Hospital of Grand-Yoff in Dakar between May 2003 and March 2015...
May 12, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501373/evaluating-appropriate-use-of-pediatric-echocardiograms-for-chest-pain-in-outpatient-clinics
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Reid C Chamberlain, Jonathan H Pelletier, Sarah Blanchard, Christoph P Hornik, Kevin D Hill, Michael J Campbell
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is often used in the evaluation of pediatric chest pain, but the incidence of cardiac pathology is low. In 2014, the American College of Cardiology published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for echocardiography including recommendations for pediatric chest pain. We evaluated the frequency and diagnostic yield of echocardiograms performed for each AUC indication and cost associated with echocardiograms performed for indications meeting the "rarely appropriate" criteria...
May 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497090/association-between-prostate-specific-antigen-levels-and-coronary-artery-angioplasty
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Arezoo Khosravi, Eghlim Nemati, Mahdi Soleimanian, Neda Raesi, Shahin Abbaszadeh
Introduction: Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein, whose serum levels changes during various physiologic and pathologic situations. Recently, the relationship between PSA and cardiologic disorders has been assessed. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess the association of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) complications with PSA serum levels. Patients and Methods: In this study, 100 eligible patients undergoing PCI were included. The total PSA serum values were analyzed pre- and post-procedure...
2017: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
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