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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208231/fast-left-ventricle-tracking-using-localized-anatomical-affine-optical-flow
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Sandro Queirós, João L Vilaça, Pedro Morais, Jaime C Fonseca, Jan D'hooge, Daniel Barbosa
In daily clinical cardiology practice, left ventricle (LV) global and regional function assessment is crucial for disease diagnosis, therapy selection and patient follow-up. Currently, this is still a time-consuming task, spending valuable human resources. In this work, a novel fast methodology for automatic LV tracking is proposed based on localized anatomically constrained affine optical flow. This novel method can be combined to previously proposed segmentation frameworks or manually delineated surfaces at an initial frame to obtain fully delineated datasets and, thus, assess both global and regional myocardial function...
February 16, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186939/cardiac-diagnostic-work-up-for-atrial-fibrillation-after-transient-ischaemic-attacks-in-england-and-wales-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Olivia Geraghty, Eleni Korompoki, Filippos T Filippidis, Anthony Rudd, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVES: Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) are an important precursor of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is among the most dangerous aetiologies shared between TIAs and strokes. Detection of AF after TIAs is essential for the initiation of oral anticoagulants. We aimed to identify variations in the use of cardiac investigations used to detect AF and cardiac pathology in patients with TIA in the UK. SETTING: All TIA clinical leads in England and Wales received an invitation by email to participate in an online survey in February 2015...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153478/perfusion-index-and-pulse-oximetry-screening-for-congenital-heart-defects
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Federico Schena, Irene Picciolli, Massimo Agosti, Antonio Alberto Zuppa, Gianvincenzo Zuccotti, Luciana Parola, Giulia Pomero, Giorgio Stival, Markus Markart, Silvia Graziani, Luigi Gagliardi, Cristina Bellan, Simona La Placa, Giuseppe Limoli, Gabriella Calzetti, Andrea Guala, Enza Bonello, Fabio Mosca
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of combined pulse oximetry (POX) and perfusion index (PI) neonatal screening for severe congenital heart defects (sCHD) and assess different impacts of screening in tertiary and nontertiary hospitals. STUDY DESIGN: A multicenter, prospective study in 10 tertiary and 6 nontertiary maternity hospitals. A total of 42 169 asymptomatic newborns from among 50 244 neonates were screened; exclusion criteria were antenatal sCHD diagnosis, postnatal clinically suspected sCHD, and neonatal intensive care unit admission...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148335/a-pediatric-cardiology-fellowship-boot-camp-improves-trainee-confidence
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Catherine K Allan, Paul Tannous, Elizabeth DeWitt, Michael Farias, Laura Mansfield, Christina Ronai, David Schidlow, Stephen P Sanders, James E Lock, Jane W Newburger, David W Brown
: Introduction New paediatric cardiology trainees are required to rapidly assimilate knowledge and gain clinical skills to which they have limited or no exposure during residency. The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Boot Camp (PCBC) at Boston Children's Hospital was designed to provide incoming fellows with an intensive exposure to congenital cardiac pathology and a broad overview of major areas of paediatric cardiology practice. METHODS: The PCBC curriculum was designed by core faculty in cardiac pathology, echocardiography, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, exercise physiology, and cardiac intensive care...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144714/-new-and-established-aspects-of-cardiological-diagnostics-using-tee-do-we-need-3d-technology-in-clinical-routine
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A Hagendorff, S Stoebe, D Jurisch, M Neef, M Metze, D Pfeiffer
In comparison to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) enables an acquisition of images with better spatial resolution due to the use of higher ultrasound frequencies. Thus, the morphology and function of cardiac structures can principally be analyzed better and more accurately with TEE than with TTE. In addition, using three-dimensional (3D) TEE data sets standardized sectional planes can be constructed by post-processing, which enables quantitative assessment of the target structures...
January 31, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138817/incremental-value-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-for-the-evaluation-of-cardiac-tumors-in-adults-experience-of-a-high-volume-tertiary-cardiology-centre
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Sorin Giusca, Derliz Mereles, Andreas Ochs, Sebastian Buss, Florian André, Sebastian Seitz, Johannes Riffel, Philipp Fortner, Mindaugas Andrulis, Stefan Schönland, Hugo A Katus, Grigorios Korosoglou
To assess the value of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in evaluating cardiac tumours in a tertiary cardiology centre. Between 2004 and 2014, 125 patients (pts.) from a total of 17000 who received a CMR examination in our institution were referred with the suspicion of cardiac tumours. A dedicated protocol was used that included standard cine SSFP acquisitions as well as tissue characterization using T1 and T2 black-blood (T1 BB and T2 BB respectively) with and without fat suppression, perfusion of the structure and late gadolinium enhancement...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138403/clozapine-in-a-patient-with-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-and-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Asiel Yair Adan Sanchez, Jessica J Foster, Carla M Plymen, Sukhi Shergill
BACKGROUND: There is currently limited experience in the initiation and maintenance of clozapine for treatment-resistant psychosis in adults with established structural heart disease. These complex patients require close supervision and liaison between colleagues. Here we present the successful experience of treating one such patient within our service and describe a monitoring plan to ensure that these treatments can be provided both safely and effectively. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old man with treatment-resistant schizophrenia and known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was admitted to a specialist unit for a trial of clozapine...
November 2016: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988362/appropriate-use-criteria-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-greece-a-single-center-experience
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G Georgiopoulos, C Aggeli, A Laina, M Deligianni, D Oikonomou, S Lampridou, G Vogiatzi, D Tousoulis
INTRODUCTION: The American College of Cardiology Foundation (A.C.C.F) along with the American Society of Echocardiography (A.S.E.) have enabled an accurate and clinically oriented evaluation of echocardiography indications by introducing Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC). AIM: This study was designed to evaluate the degree of implementation of AUC for transesophageal echo (TEE) in daily clinical practice in a tertiary university hospital of Greece during the era of economic recession...
December 14, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982544/cardiovascular-preclinical-imaging
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Stephan G Nekolla, Christoph Rischpler, Anna Paschali, Constantinos Anagnostopoulos
Non-invasive imaging in the form of single-photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT), positron-emission tomography (PET), computed tomography (CT), echocardiography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a very useful tool for cardiovascular research as it allows assessment of biological processes in vivo. Nuclear imaging with SPECT and PET offers the advantage of high sensitivity, the potential for serial imaging, and reliable quantification. Currently a wide range of established as well as innovative agents is available and can be imaged with dedicated preclinical and clinical SPECT and PET imaging systems...
March 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968771/treatment-of-acute-cardiac-failure-in-the-emergency-department-improve-our-practices-data-from-the-resurcor-network
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L Belle, G Courtiol, L Lamboley, P Debax, P Pili, G Deschane, M Latappy, J Oberlin, A Drouet, C Ricard, C Morvan, F-X Ageron
BACKGROUND: In 2015, the European Society of cardiology published guidelines on the pre-hospital and early hospital management of acute cardiac failure (ACF), which included: - use of intravenous vasodilators (nitrates) when systolic blood pressure is>110mmHg; - non-invasive ventilation if oxygen saturation is<90% and/or respiratory rate is>25/min despite nasal oxygen; - using a reduced dose of intravenous furosemide (20-40mg or equivalent of the oral morning dose if already on chronic diuretic therapy) and; - early performance of echocardiography...
November 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860542/successful-fetal-tele-echo-at-a-small-regional-hospital
#12
Julianna Brown, Brian Holland
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis of complex congenital heart disease (CHD) has been shown to improve newborn outcomes. The rate of prenatal diagnosis and access to fetal echocardiography vary widely across the United States. INTRODUCTION: A clinical fetal tele-echo service was established at King's Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) in Ashland, KY, a region in eastern Kentucky that is 3 h from the nearest congenital heart surgeon. The aim of this study was to determine if fetal tele-echo utilizing local sonographers at a small regional hospital can accurately and efficiently identify fetuses with complex CHD...
November 18, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847557/thoracic-ultrasound-a-complementary-diagnostic-tool-in-cardiology
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REVIEW
Guglielmo M Trovato
Clinical assessment and workup of patients referred to cardiologists may need an extension to chest disease. This requires more in-depth examination of respiratory co-morbidities due to uncertainty or severity of the clinical presentation. The filter and integration of ecg and echocardiographic information, addressing to the clues of right ventricular impairment, pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension, and other less frequent conditions, such as congenital, inherited and systemic disease, usually allow more timely diagnosis and therapeutic choice...
October 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790495/acute-right-heart-failure-in-a-patient-with-right-heart-thrombus-and-pulmonary-thromboembolism
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Mohammad Mostafa Ansari-Ramandi, Samaneh Ansari-Ramandi, Nasim Naderi
Right Heart Thrombus (RiHT) management is really controversial, and appropriate guidelines are not present for the management. In patients referring with RiHT and Pulmonary Embolism (PE), there are three ways of managing these patients. Out of the three, one is thrombectomy, which is with high risk taking in mind the comorbidities these patients have. The other is using thrombolytic which, in many cases is contraindicated or with high risk. The other less effective way is full anticoagulation. It is really controversial to choose between these ways of management and no clear approach is present...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768034/primary-outcome-assessment-in-a-pig-model-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Guilielmus H J M Ellenbroek, Gerardus P J van Hout, Leo Timmers, Pieter A Doevendans, Gerard Pasterkamp, Imo E Hoefer
Mortality after acute myocardial infarction remains substantial and is associated with significant morbidity, like heart failure. Novel therapeutics are therefore required to confine cardiac damage, promote survival and reduce the disease burden of heart failure. Large animal experiments are an essential part in the translational process from experimental to clinical therapies. To optimize clinical translation, robust and representative outcome measures are mandatory. The present manuscript aims to address this need by describing the assessment of three clinically relevant outcome modalities in a pig acute myocardial infarction (AMI) model: infarct size in relation to area at risk (IS/AAR) staining, 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and admittance-based pressure-volume (PV) loops...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761557/safety-and-efficacy-of-transthoracic-versus-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-transcatheter-closure-of-atrial-septal-defects-reporting-a-single-center-experience-from-saudi-arabia
#16
Ahmad S Azhar
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and effectiveness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in monitoring transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), in comparison with conventional technique using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).  Methods: A retrospective review of all cases of transcatheter closure of isolated ostium secundum ASDs operated from 2005 to 2015, at the Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Department, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755242/cardiovascular-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-cardiotoxicity-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-and-nuclear-cardiology
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Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754006/js-ish-esh-2-update-on-the-detection-and-follow-up-of-early-hypertensive-heart-disease
#18
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749513/the-utility-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-pediatric-cardiology-a-review
#19
Ana L Neves, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, Adelino Leite-Moreira, José C Areias
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to evaluate the clinical utility of brain natriuretic peptide in pediatric patients, examining the diagnostic value, management, and prognostic relevance, by critical assessment of the literature. DATA SOURCES: In December 2015, a literature search was performed (PubMed access to MEDLINE citations; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/) and included these Medical Subject Headings and text terms for the key words: "brain natriuretic peptide," "amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide," "children," "neonate/s," "newborn/s," "infant/s," and "echocardiography...
November 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735084/best-practices-in-teaching-echocardiography-to-cardiology-fellows-a-review-of-the-evidence
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Emily A Ruden, David P Way, Rollin W Nagel, Fern Cheek, Alex J Auseon
BACKGROUND: Best practices in the teaching of performance and interpretation of echocardiography to cardiology fellows are unknown, and thus, it has traditionally been performed through an apprenticeship model. This review summarizes the existing literature describing evidence-based teaching of echocardiography. METHODS: A comprehensive search of multiple scientific and educational databases included prospective studies describing an educational intervention for teaching echocardiography to physicians...
November 2016: Echocardiography
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