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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115988/prevalence-and-determinants-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-group-of-cameroonian-patients-without-chronic-lung-disease-a-cross-sectional-echocardiographic-study
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Ahmadou M Jingi, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Aurel T Tankeu, Liliane Mfeukeu-Kuate, Clovis Nkoke, Philippe Kamdem, Alain Patrick Menanga, Samuel Kingue
OBJECTIVE: To study prevalence and determinants of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in a group of Cameroonian patients without chronic lung disease. We conducted a cross-sectional study conducted between April and December 2011 in a private cardiology clinic in Bafoussam, Cameroon. We included consenting participants aged ≥ 18, who underwent a Doppler echocardiography. Patients with chronic lung disease were excluded. RESULTS: A total of 178 participants were enrolled, of whom 44...
November 7, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112180/impaired-right-ventricle-function-as-predictor-of-early-mortality-in-patients-with-light-chain-cardiac-amyloidosis-assessed-in-the-cardiology-department
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Justyna Anna Szczygieł, Piotr Zbigniew Wieczorek, Joanna Drozd-Sokołowska, Piotr Michałek, Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Marta Legatowicz-Koprowska, Ewa Walczak, Wiesław Wiktor Jędrzejczak, Jadwiga Dwilewicz-Trojaczek, Jacek Grzybowski
INTRODUCTION    Light-chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) is the most common cardiac amyloidosis. Early mortality remains a substantial problem despite progress in treatment. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to obtain a clinical profile of patients diagnosed with AL amyloidosis in the cardiology department, to define an early mortality cut-off point in this population, and to identify predictors of early mortality. PATIENTS AND METHODS    The analysis covered 30 patients (14 females, median age 61...
November 3, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101266/a-59-year-old-woman-with-visible-precordial-pulsations
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Alastair J Moss, Renzo Pessotto, Andrew D Flapan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A retired 59-year-old woman presented to the cardiology clinic concerned with cardiac pulsations that were visible on her chest wall. These were not associated with dyspnoea, syncope or chest discomfort.Of note, 8 years previously, she complained of recurrent nocturnal diaphoresis and 5 kg weight loss. Blood sampling at that time revealed a microcytic anaemia, reactive thrombocytosis and raised inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate 99 mm/hour, C-reactive protein 161 mg/L)...
November 3, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095976/lamin-a-c-cardiomyopathy-young-onset-high-penetrance-and-frequent-need-for-heart-transplantation
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Nina Eide Hasselberg, Trine Fink Haland, Jørg Saberniak, Pål Haugar Brekke, Knut Erik Berge, Trond Paul Leren, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
Aims: Lamin A/C (LMNA) mutations cause familial dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) with frequent conduction blocks and arrhythmias. We explored the prevalence, cardiac penetrance, and expressivity of LMNA mutations among familial DCM in Norway. Furthermore, we explored the risk factors and the outcomes in LMNA patients. Methods and results: During 2003-15, genetic testing was performed in patients referred for familial DCM. LMNA genotype-positive subjects were examined by electrocardiography, Holter monitoring, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and echocardiography...
October 31, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093771/current-awareness-and-use-of-the-strain-echocardiography-in-routine-clinical-practices-result-of-a-nationwide-survey-in-korea
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Ju-Hee Lee, Jae-Hyeong Park, Seung Woo Park, Woo-Shik Kim, Il Suk Sohn, Jung Yeon Chin, Jung Sun Cho, Ho-Joong Youn, Hae Ok Jung, Sun Hwa Lee, Seong-Hwan Kim, Wook-Jin Chung, Chi Young Shim, Jin-Won Jeong, Eui-Young Choi, Se-Joong Rim, Jang-Young Kim, Kye Hun Kim, Joon-Han Shin, Dae-Hee Kim, Ung Jeon, Jung Hyun Choi, Yong-Jin Kim, Seung Jae Joo, Ki-Hong Kim, Kyoung Im Cho, Goo-Yeong Cho
Background: Because conventional echocardiographic parameters have several limitations, strain echocardiography has often been introduced in clinical practice. However, there are also obstacles in using it in clinical practice. Therefore, we wanted to find the current status of awareness on using strain echocardiography in Korea. Methods: We conducted a nationwide survey to evaluate current use and awareness of strain echocardiography from the members of the Korean Society of Echocardiography...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073313/things-we-do-for-no-reason-echocardiogram-in-unselected-patients-with-syncope
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Charles L Madeira, Michael J Craig, Andrew Donohoe, John R Stephens
Syncope is a common cause of emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Echocardiogram is frequently used as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of syncope, performed in 39% to 91% of patients. The diagnostic yield of echocardiogram for detecting clinically important abnormalities in patients with a normal history, physical examination, and electrocardiogram (ECG), however, is extremely low. In contrast, echocardiograms performed on patients with syncope with a positive cardiac history, abnormal examination, and/or ECG identify an abnormality in up to 29% of cases, though these abnormalities are not always defi nitively the cause of symptoms...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071783/age-is-not-a-good-predictor-of-irreversibility-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-congenital-cardiac-malformations-with-left-to-right-shunt
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Amir-Reza Hosseinpour, Marie-Hélène Perez, David Longchamp, Jacques Cotting, Nicole Sekarski, Michel Hurni, René Prêtre, Stefano Di Bernardo
OBJECTIVE: Congenital cardiac malformations with high pulmonary blood flow and pressure due to left-to-right shunts are usually repaired in early infancy for both the benefits of early relief of heart failure and the fear that the concomitant pulmonary hypertension may become irreversible unless these defects are corrected at an early age. Age, however, has been a poor predictor of irreversibility of pulmonary hypertension in our experience, which is presented here. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study...
October 25, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067561/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-hrs-scai-scct-scmr-sts-2017-appropriate-use-criteria-for-multimodality-imaging-in-valvular-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic-surgery-american
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John U Doherty, Smadar Kort, Roxana Mehran, Paul Schoenhagen, Prem Soman
This document is 1 of 2 companion appropriate use criteria (AUC) documents developed by the American College of Cardiology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This document addresses the evaluation and use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease, whereas the second, companion document addresses this topic with regard to structural heart disease...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066081/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-hrs-scai-scct-scmr-sts-2017-appropriate-use-criteria-for-multimodality-imaging-in-valvular%C3%A2-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic-surgery-american
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John U Doherty, Smadar Kort, Roxana Mehran, Paul Schoenhagen, Prem Soman, Greg J Dehmer, John U Doherty, Paul Schoenhagen, Zahid Amin, Thomas M Bashore, Andrew Boyle, Dennis A Calnon, Blase Carabello, Manuel D Cerqueira, John Conte, Milind Desai, Daniel Edmundowicz, Victor A Ferrari, Brian Ghoshhajra, Praveen Mehrotra, Saman Nazarian, T Brett Reece, Balaji Tamarappoo, Wendy S Tzou, John B Wong, John U Doherty, Gregory J Dehmer, Steven R Bailey, Nicole M Bhave, Alan S Brown, Stacie L Daugherty, Larry S Dean, Milind Y Desai, Claire S Duvernoy, Linda D Gillam, Robert C Hendel, Christopher M Kramer, Bruce D Lindsay, Warren J Manning, Praveen Mehrotra, Manesh R Patel, Ritu Sachdeva, L Samuel Wann, David E Winchester, Michael J Wolk, Joseph M Allen
This document is 1 of 2 companion appropriate use criteria (AUC) documents developed by the American College of Cardiology, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This document addresses the evaluation and use of multimodality imaging in the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease, whereas the second, companion document addresses this topic with regard to structural heart disease...
October 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992908/evaluation-of-pericardial-effusion-in-dogs-and-successful-treatment-using-a-hemodialysis-fistula-needle-a-retrospective-study
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REVIEW
Bartolo Celona, Chiara Crinò, Elisabetta Giudice, Simona Di Pietro
The aim of this retrospective study was to assess epidemiology and echocardiographic findings of pericardial effusion in canine patients and to determine the clinical usefulness and safety of a new pericardiocentesis technique, using a "fistula needle" for hemodialysis. A database of 5304 dogs of different breeds, age, gender, type, and severity of the cardiac disease, referred for a specialist cardiology and echocardiographic examination from 2009-2016, was reviewed. All the dogs were subjected to echocardiography; when possible and required, an echo-guided pericardiocentesis was performed by mean of a 17G "fistula needle" commonly used for hemodialysis...
June 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984894/a-joint-procedural-position-statement-on-imaging-in-cardiac-sarcoidosis-from-the-cardiovascular-and-inflammation-infection-committees-of-the-european-association-of-nuclear-medicine-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging-and-the-american-society
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This joint position paper illustrates the role and the correct use of echocardiography, radionuclide imaging with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging for the evaluation and management of patients with known or suspected cardiac sarcoidosis. This position paper will aid in standardizing imaging for cardiac sarcoidosis and may facilitate clinical trials and pooling of multi-centre data on cardiac sarcoidosis...
October 1, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980410/the-pediatric-echocardiography-boot-camp-four-year-experience-and-impact-on-clinical-performance
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Shiraz A Maskatia, Antonio G Cabrera, Shaine A Morris, Carolyn A Altman
BACKGROUND: We previously reported on the short-term impact of an echocardiography "Boot Camp" on a single class of cardiology fellows (CF). The impact of the Boot Camp on performance throughout fellowship is unknown. METHODS: We enrolled four classes of CFs and two classes of cardiac ICU fellows (CVs) prospectively into the Boot Camp and compared CFs to a historical cohort. Experience with echocardiography was surveyed. Outcome measures included written pre- and post-Camp exams, a performance based test (PBT), self-efficacy assessments, numbers of echocardiograms performed, and echocardiogram quality during the last 3 months of fellowship...
October 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974140/echodynamics-interpretation-limitations-and-clinical-integration
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Ashraf Roshdy
Echodynamics refers to the use of echocardiography as hemodynamic tool mostly in intensive and acute care settings. It implies a smooth drift from the classic cardiology use to a more critical care adjusted use. A more personalized approach is advocated in critical care, and echo is one way to reach such goal. Correct application necessitates optimum understanding, interpretation, and finally integration into patients' clinical management. As more critical care doctors are advancing from basic focused echo examinations to a more advanced one, this article is trying to underlie many pitfalls of critical care echocardiography in order to guide better practice...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973588/hba1c-identifies-subjects-with-prediabetes-and-subclinical-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction
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Antonino Di Pino, Sarah Mangiafico, Francesca Urbano, Roberto Scicali, Salvatore Scandura, Veronica D'Agate, Salvatore Piro, Corrado Tamburino, Francesco Purrello, Agata Maria Rabuazzo
Context: Prediabetes is associated with subclinical cardiac changes associated with heart failure development. Objective: We investigated diastolic function and its association with markers of glycation and inflammation related to cardiovascular disease in patients with prediabetes. We focused on individuals with prediabetes identified only by glycated hemoglobin A1c [HbA1c; 5.7% to 6.4% and normal fasting glucose (NFG) and normal glucose tolerance (NGT) after an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)]...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965522/apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-treated-as-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Christopher J Parr, Rajat Sharma, Philip J Garber
Electrocardiographic changes resulting from apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may mimic an acute coronary syndrome. A 67-year-old Sudanese male without cardiac risk factors presented to hospital with chest pain and electrocardiographic findings of septal ST-segment elevation, ST-segment depression in V4-V6, and diffuse T-wave inversion. He was treated as an acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction with thrombolytics. There was no cardiac biomarker rise and coronary angiography did not reveal evidence of significant coronary arterial disease...
October 2, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953498/diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-pulmonary-critical-care-physicians-for-right-ventricle-assessment-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Jason Filopei, Samuel O Acquah, Eric E Bondarsky, David J Steiger, Navitha Ramesh, Madeline Ehrlich, Paru Patrawalla
OBJECTIVES: Risk stratification for acute pulmonary embolism using imaging presence of right ventricular dysfunction is essential for triage; however, comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography has limited availability. We assessed the accuracy and timeliness of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellow's performance of goal-directed echocardiograms and intensivists' interpretations for evaluating right ventricular dysfunction in acute pulmonary embolism. DESIGN: Prospective observational study and retrospective chart review...
December 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950366/clinical-practice-of-contrast-echocardiography-recommendation-by-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging-eacvi-2017
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Roxy Senior, Harald Becher, Mark Monaghan, Luciano Agati, Jose Zamorano, Jean Louis Vanoverschelde, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Thor Edvardsen, Patrizio Lancellotti
Contrast echocardiography is widely used in cardiology. It is applied to improve image quality, reader confidence and reproducibility both for assessing left ventricular (LV) structure and function at rest and for assessing global and regional function in stress echocardiography. The use of contrast in echocardiography has now extended beyond cardiac structure and function assessment to evaluation of perfusion both of the myocardium and of the intracardiac structures. Safety of contrast agents have now been addressed in large patient population and these studies clearly established its excellent safety profile...
November 1, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935040/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-what-is-its-value
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REVIEW
Marco Guazzi, Francesco Bandera, Cemal Ozemek, David Systrom, Ross Arena
Compared with traditional exercise tests, cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) provides a thorough assessment of exercise integrative physiology involving the pulmonary, cardiovascular, muscular, and cellular oxidative systems. Due to the prognostic ability of key variables, CPET applications in cardiology have grown impressively to include all forms of exercise intolerance, with a predominant focus on heart failure with reduced or with preserved ejection fraction. As impaired cardiac output and peripheral oxygen diffusion are the main determinants of the abnormal functional response in cardiac patients, invasive CPET has gained new popularity, especially for diagnosing early heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension...
September 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929112/imaging-diagnosis-of-right-ventricle-involvement-in-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Minna M D Romano, Henrique T Moreira, André Schmidt, Benedito Carlos Maciel, José Antônio Marin-Neto
Right ventricle (RV) is considered a neglected chamber in cardiology and knowledge about its role in cardiac function was mostly focused on ventricular interdependence. However, progress on the understanding of myocardium diseases primarily involving the RV led to a better comprehension of its role in health and disease. In Chagas disease (CD), there is direct evidence from both basic and clinical research of profound structural RV abnormalities. However, clinical detection of these abnormalities is hindered by technical limitations of imaging diagnostic tools...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928990/detection-of-a-left-superior-vena-cava-during-a-pacemaker-implantation-in-cotonou
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A Sonou, M Hounkponou, L Codjo, P M Adjagba, C Houehanou, H Dohou, S Assani, Y Tchabi, M Houenassi
Persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC) is a rare congenital anomaly. Its prevalence in the general population is 0.1 to 0.5%. LSVC is 5 times rarer when accompanied by an absence of the right superior vena cava (RSVC). We present the case of a 54-year-old man who carries a persistent LSVC without RSVC. Clinically, this patient presented a regular bradycardia at 40 per minute associated with a heart failure syndrome. The electrocardiogram diagnosed a complete atrioventricular block and transthoracic echocardiography showed dilated left heart cavities and a left ventricular ejection fraction of 50%...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
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