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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822669/left-ventricular-lead-position-guided-by-parametric-strain-echocardiography-improves-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Donato Mele, Marianna Nardozza, Michele Malagù, Emanuela Leonetti, Cristina Fragale, Antonio Rondinella, Roberto Ferrari, Matteo Bertini
BACKGROUND: There is still a significant proportion of patients with heart failure who fail to improve after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The investigators used parametric two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography with polar plots of the amplitude and timing of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain to guide implantation of the LV lead, with the aim of increasing CRT response. METHODS: Sixty-four patients who underwent LV lead implantation guided by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (study group) and 64 patients treated with standard CRT implantation (control group) were retrospectively analyzed in this study...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821988/presentation-and-management-of-symptomatic-central-bone-cement-embolization
#2
Ahmed Samir Barakat, Tamer Owais, Mohamed Alhashash, Mootaz Shousha, Hesham El Saghir, Bernward Lauer, Heinrich Boehm
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: With more cement augmentation procedures done, the occurrence of serious complications is also expected to rise. Symptomatic central cement embolization is a rare but very serious complication. Moreover, the pathophysiology and treatment of intrathoracic cement embolism remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this case series, we are trying to identify various presentations and suggest our emergent management scheme for symptomatic central cement embolization...
August 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820557/papillary-muscle-rupture-in-an-adolescent-with-no-coronary-lesions
#3
Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Mateja Logar
A 21-year-old man with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome presented to the authors' hospital with ventricular fibrillation. Coronary angiography failed to demonstrate coronary stenosis, but temporary mechanical circulatory support resolved the ventricular fibrillation and the patient was extubated eight days later. On the next day, however, he had to be re-intubated with symptoms of congestive heart failure. Echocardiography revealed new severe mitral regurgitation and a mobile mass, while emergency surgery revealed a posteromedial papillary muscle rupture (PMR)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819869/new-echocardiographic-parameters-in-the-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Monika Špinarová, Jaroslav Meluzín, Helena Podroužková, Radka Štěpánová, Lenka Špinarová
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a serious clinical disease. The pathophysiology of HFpEF is complex, and specific diagnostic criteria have evolved over time. Limited data are available on the quantification of diastolic function using two-dimensional real-time echocardiography, and a simple parameter has not yet been established. The aim of this work is to evaluate new echocardiographic parameters-the diastolic wall strain of the posterior wall (DWS PW) and the vortex formation time (VFT)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819571/incidental-finding-of-an-undiagnosed-coarctation-of-the-aorta-causing-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-an-adult
#5
Abdalla Ibrahim, Zahir Satti, Ronan Curtin
31-year-old male with no past medical history apart from high blood pressure noted by GP one week prior to admission presented with a three-week history of a flu-like illness and symptoms of heart failure with severe global left ventricular dilation and dysfunction on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE). Two weeks following admission he complained of left arm pain and CT upper limb confirmed embolic occlusion of the left brachial artery and incidental severe coarctation of the proximal descending aorta after the origin of the left subclavian artery...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816745/restoration-of-normal-sympathetic-neural-function-in-heart-failure-following-baroreflex-activation-therapy-final-43-month-study-report
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Raffaella Dell'Oro, Edoardo Gronda, Gino Seravalle, Giuseppe Costantino, Luca Alberti, Barbara Baronio, Tiziana Staine, Emilio Vanoli, Giuseppe Mancia, Guido Grassi
BACKGROUND: Baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) exerts in severe heart failure sympathoinhibitory effects, improving clinical variables and reducing hospitalization rate. The current follow-up study was aimed at determining the long-term effects of BAT, assessing whether BAT in heart failure allows to restore physiological levels of sympathetic function. METHODS: Seven patients out of the 11 heart failure patients aged 66.5 ± 3 years (mean ± SEM) in New York Heart Association Class III with left ventricular ejection fraction 40% or less and impaired functional capacity recruited in the study survived at the final follow-up (43...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814447/acute-myocarditis-secondary-to-cardiac-tuberculosis
#8
Alice Cowley, Laura Dobson, John Kurian, Christopher Saunderson
Isolated myocardial involvement in tuberculosis is exceedingly rare but there are reports it can present with sudden cardiac death, atrioventricular block, ventricular arrhythmias or congestive cardiac failure. We report the case of a 33 year-old male, of South Asian descent, who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal ECG. The patient had no significant past medical history and coronary angiogram showed no evidence of coronary artery disease. Of note the patient had recently been discharged from a local district hospital with an episode of myocarditis...
August 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814264/left-ventricular-contractile-reserve-by-stress-echocardiography-as-a-predictor-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Quirino Ciampi, Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Bruno Villari, Eugenio Picano
BACKGROUND: The presence of left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR) during stress echo (SE) may provide favorable response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure patients. The aim of the study was to perform a meta-analysis of available SE data in this set of patients. METHODS: From a Pubmed and Advance Google Scholar database web based search scan up to December 2016, we initially identified 5906 records. From this initial set, we removed that did not include SE and duplicate studies...
August 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808841/prognostic-significance-of-myocardial-energy-expenditure-and-myocardial-efficiency-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
#10
Mehmet S Cetin, Elif H Ozcan Cetin, Ugur Canpolat, Hatice Sasmaz, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydogdu
In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients, myocardial blood flow (MBF), myocardial energy expenditure (MEE), myocardial efficiency has been poorly evaluated because of the necessity of invasive procedures in the determination of these parameters. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can provide reliable data for MEE, MBF (via coronary sinus (CS) flows). Also, myocardial efficiency can be evaluated by the MEE to MBF ratio. We aim to assess MBF, MEE and energy efficiency and the prognostic value of these parameters in HFrEF...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807477/echocardiographic-features-and-clinical-outcomes-of-flail-mitral-leaflet-without-severe-mitral-regurgitation
#11
Devin W Kehl, Florian Rader, Robert J Siegel
BACKGROUND: Flail mitral leaflet is a common complication of degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) and is generally equated with severe MR. However, a flail mitral leaflet is not always associated with severe MR. The hemodynamic and clinical significance of a flail leaflet in the absence of severe MR has not been characterized. The authors identified cases of flail mitral leaflet associated with only mild or moderate MR and evaluated their echocardiographic features and clinical outcomes...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805198/severe-reversible-hypocalcemic-cardiomyopathy-diagnosed-36-years-after-subtotal-thyroidectomy-a-case-report
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Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Patrycja Lachowska-Kotowska
Chronic hypocalcemia, irrespectively of its etiology, can lead to severe impairment of the left ventricular (LV) contractility manifesting as dilated cardiomyopathy, usually defined as hypocalcemic cardiomyopathy (hypocaCM). This rarely diagnosed type of heart failure (HF), can be completely reversible, when treated properly with calcium and vitamin D supplementation or, in some subjects, with human recombinant parathormone. A CASE REPORT: The authors present a case of a 60-year-old male admitted with advanced pulmonary congestion, recurrent pulmonary edema and pleural effusion...
July 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802997/prophylactic-use-of-an-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-in-a-high-risk-patient-with-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-requiring-cesarean-delivery
#13
R S Samalavicius, L Puodziukaite, I Radaviciute, I Norkiene, K Urbonas, I Misiuriene, V Janusauskas, A Zorinas, K Rucinskas, P Serpytis
The use of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation for circulatory support in pregnant women with cardiac failure is limited to several case reports. Few publications have addressed the use of intra-aortic balloon counter-pulsation during delivery. We report a case using prophylactic intra-aortic counter-pulsation during the management of a cesarean delivery in a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy. A 28-year-old primigravid female at 37weeks of gestation was admitted with signs of worsening heart failure, and transthoracic echocardiography revealed a decreased left ventricular ejection fraction of 25%...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802808/novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-direct-current-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Giuseppe Femia, Taufik Fetahovic, Pratap Shetty, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: For some patients with atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is one strategy that can be used to establish sinus rhythm but appropriate anticoagulation is mandatory to prevent thromboembolic events. Historically, patients were anticoagulated with warfarin with bridging with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, however, recently novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban have become more popular. Despite the increase in use, real world data on safety and efficacy is limited...
July 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802509/value-of-strain-imaging-and-maximal-oxygen-consumption-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#15
Kegan J Moneghetti, Davide Stolfo, Jeffrey W Christle, Yukari Kobayashi, Gherardo Finocchiaro, Gianfranco Sinagra, Jonathan Myers, Euan A Ashley, Francois Haddad, Matthew T Wheeler
Longitudinal strain (LS) has been shown to be predictive of outcome in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). Percent predicted peak oxygen uptake (ppVO2), among other cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) metrics, is a strong predictor of prognosis in HC. However, there has been limited investigation into the combination of LS and CPX metrics. This study sought to determine how LS and parameters of exercise performance contribute to prognosis in HC. One hundred and thirty-one consecutive patients with HC who underwent CPX and stress echocardiography were included...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801528/epidemiology-and-natural-history-of-the-cardiorenal-syndromes-in-a-cohort-with-echocardiography
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Thomas A Mavrakanas, Aisha Khattak, Karandeep Singh, David M Charytan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is unknown whether echocardiographic parameters are independently associated with the cardiorenal syndrome. No direct comparison of the natural history of various cardiorenal syndrome types has been conducted. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Our retrospective cohort study enrolled adult patients with at least one transthoracic echocardiography between 2004 and 2014 at a single health care system. Information on comorbidities was extracted using condition-specific diagnostic codes...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801415/randomised-feasibility-trial-into-the-effects-of-low-frequency-electrical-muscle-stimulation-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients
#17
Stuart Ennis, Gordon McGregor, Thomas Hamborg, Helen Jones, Robert Shave, Sally J Singh, Prithwish Banerjee
OBJECTIVES: Low-frequency electrical muscle stimulation (LF-EMS) may have the potential to reduce breathlessness and increase exercise capacity in the chronic heart failure population who struggle to adhere to conventional exercise. The study's aim was to establish if a randomised controlled trial of LF-EMS was feasible. DESIGN AND SETTING: Double blind (participants, outcome assessors), randomised study in a secondary care outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programme...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801407/the-boundaries-of-mild-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-design-of-the-searching-clinical-copd-onset-soon-study
#18
Gonzalo Labarca, Andrea Bustamante, Gonzalo Valdivia, Rodrigo Díaz, Álvaro Huete, Paul Mac Nab, Laura Mendoza, Jaime Leppe, Carmen Lisboa, Fernando Saldías, Orlando Díaz
INTRODUCTION: Clinical onset of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the point at which the disease is first identifiable by physicians. It is a poorly defined stage which seems to include both mild spirometric and non-spirometric disease, and could be described as early grade COPD, for practical purposes. While dyspnoea; chronic bronchitis and CT imaging evidence of emphysema and airway disease may be present very early, the lone significance of dyspnoea, the most relevant symptom in COPD in identifying these individuals, has been scarcely assessed...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801203/echocardiographic-prediction-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-response-requires-analysis-of-both-mechanical-dyssynchrony-and-right-ventricular-function-a-combined-analysis-of%C3%A2-patient-data-and-computer-simulations
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Wouter M van Everdingen, John Walmsley, Maarten J Cramer, Iris van Hagen, Bart W L De Boeck, Mathias Meine, Tammo Delhaas, Pieter A Doevendans, Frits W Prinzen, Joost Lumens, Geert E Leenders
BACKGROUND: Pronounced echocardiographically measured mechanical dyssynchrony is a positive predictor of response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), whereas right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a negative predictor. The aim of this study was to investigate how RV dysfunction influences the association between mechanical dyssynchrony and left ventricular (LV) volumetric remodeling following CRT. METHODS: One hundred twenty-two CRT candidates (mean LV ejection fraction, 19 ± 6%; mean QRS width, 168 ± 21 msec) were prospectively enrolled and underwent echocardiography before and 6 months after CRT...
August 8, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801075/doppler-assessment-of-diastolic-function-reflect-the-severity-of-injury-in-rats-with-chronic-heart-failure
#20
Pablo Sanchez, Jordan J Lancaster, Kyle Weigand, Saffie-Alrahman Ezz-Eldin Mohran, Steven Goldman, Elizabeth Juneman
OBJECTIVE: For chronic heart failure (CHF), more emphasis has been placed on evaluation of systolic as opposed to diastolic function. Within the study of diastology, measurements of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal myocardial relaxation have the most validation. Anterior wall radial myocardial tissue relaxation velocities along with mitral valve inflow (MVI) patterns are applicable diastolic parameters in the differentiation between moderate and severe disease in the ischemic rat model of CHF...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
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