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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
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Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797723/left-ventricular-global-strain-analysis-by-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-the-learning-curve
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Jonathan Chan, Kenji Shiino, Nchafatso G Obonyo, Joseph Hanna, Robert Chamberlain, Andrew Small, Isabel G Scalia, William Scalia, Akira Yamada, Christian R Hamilton-Craig, Gregory M Scalia, Jose Luis Zamorano
BACKGROUND: The application of left ventricular (LV) global strain by speckle-tracking is becoming more widespread, with the potential for incorporation into routine clinical echocardiography in selected patients. There are no guidelines or recommendations for the training requirements to achieve competency. The aim of this study was to determine the learning curve for global strain analysis and determine the number of studies that are required for independent reporting. METHODS: Three groups of novice observers (cardiology fellows, cardiac sonographers, medical students) received the same standardized training module prior to undertaking retrospective global strain analysis on 100 patients over a period of 3 months...
August 7, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762298/cardiac-myxoma-clinical-characteristics-surgical-intervention-intra-operative-challenges-and-outcome
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Mahmoud Abu Abeeleh, Suhayl Saleh, Emad Alhaddad, Moaath Alsmady, Musa Alshehabat, Zuhair Bani Ismail, Islam Massad, Amjad Bani Hani, Sami Abu Halaweh
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this retrospective study were to characterize the clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, surgical approaches, intra-operative challenges and complications following the surgical treatment of cardiac myxoma in two of the largest referral hospitals in Jordan. METHODS: Medical records of all patients presented to the cardiology department during the period between 1984 and 2016 were reviewed. Criteria for inclusion in the study were: (1) patients who were presented for cardiac evaluation due to symptoms suggestive of a primary cardiac problem, (2) completed medical records, including results of echocardiography suggestive of intra-cardiac occupying mass, (3) the surgical operation was undertaken and intra-operative data was available, (4) a histological diagnosis of myxoma was available and (5) the discharge status and follow-up data were available for at least 2 years after initial surgery...
July 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742187/pulmonell-hypertension-vanligt-vid-kronisk-lungsjukdom-europeiska-riktlinjer-kring-utredning-och-behandling
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David Kylhammar, Göran Rådegran
Pulmonary hypertension due to lung diseases In 2015 the European Society of Cardiology and European Respiratory Society published new guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH due to lung diseases and/or hypoxia was classified as a separate entity. PH is common in lung diseases, but seldom severe. Nevertheless, the presence of PH in a patient with lung disease is associated with worse outcome. If there is clinical suspicion of PH in a patient with lung disease, echocardiography is recommended, and if there are signs of severe PH and/or severe right ventricular dysfunction the patient should be referred to a PH expert centre...
July 21, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711164/on-estimating-intraventricular-hemodynamic-forces-from-endocardial-dynamics-a-comparative-study-with-4d-flow-mri
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Gianni Pedrizzetti, Per M Arvidsson, Johannes Töger, Rasmus Borgquist, Federico Domenichini, Håkan Arheden, Einar Heiberg
Intraventricular pressure gradients or hemodynamic forces, which are their global measure integrated over the left ventricular volume, have a fundamental importance in ventricular function. They may help revealing a sub-optimal cardiac function that is not evident in terms of tissue motion, which is naturally heterogeneous and variable, and can influence cardiac adaptation. However, hemodynamic forces are not utilized in clinical cardiology due to the unavailability of simple non-invasive measurement tools...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708197/risk-stratification-personalised-model-for-prediction-of-life-threatening-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Alexander Vladimirovich Frolov, Tatjana Gennadjevna Vaikhanskaya, Olga Petrovna Melnikova, Anatoly Pavlovich Vorobiev, Ludmila Michajlovna Guel
BACKGROUND: The development of prognostic factors of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) continues to maintain its priority and relevance in cardiology. The development of a method of personalised prognosis based on multifactorial analysis of the risk factors associated with life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances is considered a key research and clinical task. AIM: To design a prognostic and mathematical model to define personalised risk for life-threatening VTA in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697773/efficacy-and-safety-of-electroacupuncture-in-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-patient-and-assessor-blinded-sham-controlled-trial
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Jungtae Leem, Seung Min Kathy Lee, Jun Hyeong Park, Suji Lee, Hyemoon Chung, Jung Myung Lee, Weon Kim, Sanghoon Lee, Jong Shin Woo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of electroacupuncture in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure compared with sham electroacupuncture. METHODS: This protocol is for a randomized, sham controlled, patient- and assessor-blinded, parallel group, single center clinical trial that can overcome the limitations of previous trials examining acupuncture and heart failure. Forty-four acute decompensated heart failure patients admitted to the cardiology ward will be randomly assigned into the electroacupuncture treatment group (n = 22) or the sham electroacupuncture control group (n = 22)...
July 11, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687888/application-of-appropriate-use-criteria-for-initial-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-an-academic-outpatient-pediatric-cardiology-program
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Raya Safa, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Amrit Misra, Daisuke Kobayashi
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a non-invasive diagnostic modality for children with suspected heart disease. The American College of Cardiology published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for an initial outpatient pediatric TTE in 2014 to promote effective care and improve resource utilization. The objective was to determine the appropriateness of TTE per the published AUC in a single academic pediatric cardiology clinic as a baseline performance quality measure. The echocardiography database was used to identify initial outpatient TTE in children during January-March 2014...
July 7, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677508/multimodality-imaging-for-interventional-cardiology
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Simona Celi, Nicola Martini, Luigi Emilio Pastormerlo, Vincenzo Positano, Sergio Berti
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, interventional cardiology has received fast and wide implementation as an effective alternative treatment to surgery for several congenital and acquired diseases. In this scenario, imaging provides solutions for most clinical needs, from diagnosis to prognosis and risk stratification, as well as anatomical and functional assessment. METHODS: In this review article, we present recent innovations in medical imaging for structural heart disease and coronary artery disease, emphasizing the progress achieved in the field of multimodality imaging and the solutions proposed to some as-yet unresolved technical problems for safe and effective procedural performance...
July 4, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661896/vitamin-k-antagonists-versus-novel-oral-anticoagulants-for-elective-electrical-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Diana Ţînţ, Antoniu O Petriş, Ioana Pop, Rimma Melnic, Andreea-Mihaela Ignat, Liliana M Rogozea
BACKGROUND: The management strategy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is often very complex, electrical cardioversion (EC) being often used to restore sinus rhythm in those patients. The increased risk of thromboembolic complications was lowered using anticoagulation therapy. Usually, the anticoagulation was achieved using vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), but over the last years we witnessed a wide implementation of the novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs). STUDY QUESTION: Study question was to compare the efficacy of NOACs versus VKAs in patients undergoing elective EC for persistent AF, by assessing the presence of left atrial spontaneous contrast and left atrial thrombi (LACS), as well as the occurrence of the thromboembolic events in the first month after the procedure...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
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...
July 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
#15
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/28587699/accurate-diagnosis-of-chd-by-paediatricians-with-expertise-in-cardiology
#16
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...
August 2017: Cardiology in the Young
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
#18
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/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
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