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Anita Krishnan, Jodi I Pike, Robert McCarter, Amanda L Fulgium, Emmanuel Wilson, Mary T Donofrio, Craig A Sable
BACKGROUND: Clinicians rely on age- and size-specific measures of cardiac structures to diagnose cardiac disease. No universally accepted normative data exist for fetal cardiac structures, and most fetal cardiac centers do not use the same standards. The aim of this study was to derive predictive models for Z scores for 13 commonly evaluated fetal cardiac structures using a large heterogeneous population of fetuses without structural cardiac defects. METHODS: The study used archived normal fetal echocardiograms in representative fetuses aged 12 to 39 weeks...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Jagdish C Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Vishwas Mohan, Arvind Sethi
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomaly wherein the mitral valve leaflets are directly attached to the papillary muscle(s) (PM) with or without short under-developed chords is rarely reported in adults. Patients with two PMs with an intervening fibrous bridge have also been included under this head in previous studies. METHODS: Echocardiography enables accurate evaluation of the morphology and function of valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and PM. This report describes a series of six patients aged 56-84 years who had abnormal mitral valve with a large solitary and anomalously inserted PM seen over a period of 3 years...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Stefano Strano, Alessandra Fanciulli, Massimiliano Rizzo, Paolo Marinelli, Paolo Palange, Dorina Tiple, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Giovanni Calcagnini, Federica Censi, Giuseppe Meco, Carlo Colosimo
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of Parkinson's disease (PD) includes a wide spectrum of non-motor features, including cardiovascular autonomic failure. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular autonomic status and cardiac functional capacity in drug-naïve PD patients. METHODS: 18 newly-diagnosed PD patients underwent laboratory cardiovascular autonomic function tests using power spectral analysis of the R-R interval, blood pressure (BP) short-term variability and non-invasive baroreflex sensitivity (BRS)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Judson A Moore, Antonio G Cabrera, Jeffrey J Kim, Santiago O Valdés, Caridad de la Uz, Christina Y Miyake
Follow-up data and correlation of arrhythmias, electrocardiogram (ECG) changes, and cardiac function in anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery have not been previously studied. This is a retrospective single-center review of 44 anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary trunk or artery patients diagnosed between 1992 and 2014, at a median age of 3 months (3 days to 13 years). Clinical history, ECG, Holter, and echocardiogram data were reviewed. ECGs were reviewed for contiguous Q-or T-wave inversions, hypertrophy, bundle branch block, and axis deviation...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
P X Kuan, P W Tan, A T Jobli, A R Norsila
INTRODUCTION: Differences in systolic blood pressure reading between arms are common but could signal trouble if the discrepancy is significant. Early detection of aortic dissection could invariably determine patient's survivability. Hence, a high index of suspicion with prompt diagnostic imaging is vital for accurate diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 35-year-old lady was referred from district hospital for hypertensive cardiomyopathy complicated by acute pulmonary oedema...
August 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
Milad C El Hajj, Van K Ninh, Elia C El Hajj, Jessica M Bradley, Jason D Gardner
We have previously demonstrated the cardioprotective effects of ovarian hormones against adverse ventricular remodeling imposed by chronic volume overload. Here, we assess the estrogen receptor dependence of this cardioprotection. Four groups of female rats were studied: sham-operated (SHAM), volume overloaded (ACF), SHAM treated with estrogen receptor antagonist, ICI 182,780 (SHAM+ICI), and ACF treated with ICI. Cardiac function was assessed temporally using echocardiogram and tissue samples were collected at 5 days and 6 weeks post-surgery...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Saamir A Hassan, Syed Wamique Yusuf, Jyoti Sharma, Jasmine Khan, Michele Guindani, Vicente Valero, Mariana Chavez-McGregor, Jose Banchs
OBJECTIVES: To identify unique echocardiographic features that could be used to reliably predict LVEF recovery upon resolution of sinus tachycardia in patients with cancer. BACKGROUND: Sinus tachycardia may be a manifestation of underlying cardiomyopathy or can lead to a reversible form of dilated cardiomyopathy known as tachycardia-mediated cardiomyopathy. While distinguishing the two can be challenging, predicting recovery regardless of cause can be of significant clinical importance in the cancer population...
October 21, 2016: Echocardiography
Michael M Dowling, Charles T Quinn, Claudio Ramaciotti, Julie Kanter, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, Baba Inusa, Rathi Iyer, Janet L Kwiatkowski, Clarissa Johnson, Melissa Rhodes, William Owen, John J Strouse, Julie A Panepinto, Lynne Neumayr, Sharada Sarnaik, Patricia A Plumb, Nomazulu Dlamini, Fenella Kirkham, Linda S Hynan
'Paradoxical' embolization via intracardiac or intrapulmonary right-to-left shunts (RLS) is an established cause of stroke. Hypercoagulable states and increased right heart pressure, which both occur in sickle cell anaemia (SCA), predispose to paradoxical embolization. We hypothesized that children with SCA and overt stroke (SCA + stroke) have an increased prevalence of potential RLS. We performed contrasted transthoracic echocardiograms on 147 children (aged 2-19 years) with SCA + stroke) mean age 12·7 ± 4·8 years, 54·4% male) and a control group without SCA or stroke (n = 123; mean age 12·1 ± 4·9 years, 53·3% male)...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Francesca Guidotti, Gioia Piatti, Alessia Marcon, Elena Cassinerio, Marianna Giuditta, Alberto Roghi, Valter Fasano, Dario Consonni, Maria Domenica Cappellini
Although pulmonary function abnormalities in thalassaemia major (TM) were described in 1980, the pathogenetic mechanism is not clear and data are contradictory, probably because of study heterogeneity and the multifactorial nature of the pathogenesis. We retrospectively analysed 73 adult TM patients to evaluate the prevalence of pulmonary dysfunction in adult TM and investigate relationships with iron load. All patients underwent body plethysmography and carbon monoxide diffusion (DLCO) was assessed in 63, in addition to blood tests, echocardiogram and T2* myocardial and liver magnetic resonance imaging...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Antonio Carlos Bandeira, José Magalhães Filho, Karine de Almeida Ramos
We describe a 32-yr old woman with AIDS and cryptococcal meningitis that developed cardiomyopathy after 17 days of treatment with Deoxycholate Amphotericin-B (D-Amb) with reversal of the symptoms and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) findings after the drug had been stopped and switched to Fluconazole.
September 2016: Medical Mycology Case Reports
Kai König, Katelyn J Guy, Claudia A Nold-Petry, Charles P Barfield, Geraldine Walsh, Sandra M Drew, Alex Veldman, Marcel F Nold, Dan M Casalaz
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is often complicated by pulmonary hypertension (PH). We investigated three biomarkers potentially suitable as screening markers for extremely preterm infants at risk of BPD-associated PH. In this prospective observational cohort study conducted in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit, 83 preterm infants with BPD born <28 weeks gestation and still inpatients at 36 weeks corrected age received an echocardiogram and blood tests of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), troponin I, and YKL-40...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Shiraz A Maskatia, Rodrigo Ruano, Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Pouya Javadian, Joshua A Kailin, Michael A Belfort, Carolyn A Altman, Nancy A Ayres
INTRODUCTION: Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is the major cause for fetal demise in monochorionic diamniotic pregnancies. Estimated combined cardiac output (CCO) has not been studied in this setting. The primary aims of this study were to compare CCO in twin donor and recipient fetuses and assess differences in CCO before and after laser coagulation therapy. A secondary aim was to evaluate the relationship of CCO with perinatal mortality, defined as intrauterine or neonatal mortality (≤30 days of age) in fetuses that underwent laser coagulation therapy...
October 19, 2016: Echocardiography
Pedro Pallangyo, Isaac Mawenya, Paulina Nicholaus, Henry Mayala, Amida Kalombola, Godwin Sharau, Naiz Majani, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Congenital complete heart block is a life-threatening condition which is highly associated with autoimmune and connective tissue disorders. Presence of maternal autoantibodies for associated conditions increases the risk of delivering a child with congenital complete heart block, however, less than a half of all women with such antibodies are symptomatic even after delivery. Mortality rate is highest during the neonatal period (45 %) and about two-thirds of all cases will require permanent pacing at some point in their lives...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Jacinthe Leclerc, Marie Arsenault, Jean-Pierre Després, Patrice Brassard, Valérie Gaudreault, Jean Bergeron, Natalie Alméras, Angelo Tremblay, Audrey Auclair, Marie-Kristelle Ross, Stéphanie Denault-Bissonnette, Paul Poirier
BACKGROUND: Abdominal obesity and presence of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) are associated with cardiac abnormalities. Among those, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) is the most frequently encountered in clinical practice. Few studies evaluated the reversibility of LVDD by an approach promoting lifestyle modifications in abdominally obese subjects with MetS. METHODS: We assessed the impact of a 1-year lifestyle modification program combining nutritional and physical activity counseling on LVDD and metabolic profile of abdominally obese men with MetS...
October 18, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Deirdre A Caplin, Ken R Smith, Kirsten K Ness, Heidi A Hanson, Stephanie M Smith, Paul C Nathan, Melissa M Hudson, Wendy M Leisenring, Leslie L Robison, Kevin C Oeffinger
PURPOSE: To determine the independent contribution of population socioeconomic and health system factors on childhood cancer survivors' medical care and screening. METHODS: 7899 childhood cancer survivors in the United States and Canada enrolled in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). Population-level factors were derived from U.S. Area Health Resource File or 201 Canadian Census. Health service utilization and individual-level factors were self-reported...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yan Li
Current guidelines recommend searching for asymptomatic target organ damage (TOD) in treated as well as in untreated hypertensive patients because that TOD is an intermediate stage in the continuum of cardiovascular diseases and because it is a determinant of patients' overall cardiovascular risk. Large amount of data demonstrated that target organ measures can predict cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Nowadays, several non-invasive techniques are available and recommended to assess TOD. The clinical values and limitations of the TOD measures on heart, arteries, kidney and brain, including ECG- or echocardiogram- diagnosed LVH or other heart lesions, carotid intima-media thickness and plaques, carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity and ankle-brachial index, microalbuminuria, and estimated glomerular filtration rate, fundoscopy and brain imaging will be discussed...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Carsten Schwencke, Klaudija Bijuklic, Taoufik Ouarrak, Edith Lubos, Wolfgang Schillinger, Björn Plicht, Holger Eggebrecht, Stephan Baldus, Gerhard Schymik, Peter Boekstegers, Rainer Hoffmann, Jochen Senges, Joachim Schofer
AIMS: The use of the MitraClip system has gained widespread acceptance for the treatment of patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) who are not suitable for the conventional surgery. This study sought to investigate the early and 1-year outcome after MitraClip therapy of patients with MR and cardiac comorbidities. METHODS AND RESULTS: Outcomes through 12-month follow-up of patients (n = 528) who underwent MitraClip implantation were obtained from the German transcatheter mitral valve interventions (TRAMI) registry...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Raúl Alberto Borracci, Natalia Ayala, Paola Renes, Norberto Gustavo Allende
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery perforation associated to cardiac tamponade is an uncommon life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary intervention, and the occurrence of subepicardial or intramyocardial hematoma without hemopericardium is even rarer. CLINICAL CASE: We describe the case of a 72 year-old woman with a subepicardial hematoma after percutaneous coronary intervention, who required urgent left internal mammary artery graft to anterior descending artery surgery...
October 14, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Prakash Aroor Sarvotham Rao, S N Nagendra Prakash, Somanath Vasudev, M Girish, Arun Srinivas, H P Guru Prasad, P Jayakumar, Venu Gopal Anandaswamy
We present a 62-year-old lady admitted in our hospital with two episodes of acute ischemic stroke about 2 weeks apart. She was evaluated for acute ischemic stroke and was thrombolysed for recent stroke in right MCA territory first time. On further evaluation, she was found to have a RVOT mass. A transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a PFO and a large, 5.1cm×2.3cm, ovoid, well circumscribed, echogenic mass in the right ventricle outflow tract attached by small pedicle to the ventricular side of anterior tricuspid leaflet, partly obstructing the right ventricular outflow tract and protruding through the pulmonic valve during systole...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
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