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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933640/tricuspid-annular-plane-systolic-excursion-as-a-marker-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-pediatric-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ericka S McLaughlin, Curtis Travers, William L Border, Shriprasad Deshpande, Ritu Sachdeva
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular systolic dysfunction (RVSD) is a predictor of outcomes in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in adults, but little is known in children. Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) has emerged as a reliable tool to assess RVSD. We sought to determine the prevalence and prognostic significance of RVSD using TAPSE in children with DCM. METHODS: The first echocardiogram at the time of diagnosis with DCM was analyzed to obtain left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and 2D TAPSE...
December 9, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933106/screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-can-progress-to-severe-disease
#2
Daniel Engelman, Gavin R Wheaton, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Bo Remenyi, Andrew C Steer
OBJECTIVES: Echocardiography is a sensitive test for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening; however the natural history of RHD detected on screening has not been established. We aimed to evaluate the progression of screening-detected RHD in Fiji. METHODS: All young people previously diagnosed with RHD through screening, with echocardiograms available for review, were eligible. All baseline echocardiograms were reported again. Participants underwent follow-up echocardiography...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932432/fungal-mobile-mass-on-echocardiogram-native-mitral-valve-aspergillus-fumigatus-endocarditis
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Rymon Rofaiel, Yosra Turkistani, David McCarty, Seyed M Hosseini-Moghaddam
The most common type of infective endocarditis is bacterial endocarditis. However, fungal infections have been seen more frequently, mostly in the immunocompromised population. We report a case of invasive Aspergillus fumigatus native mitral valve endocarditis. The patient received appropriate empiric antifungal treatment with a combination of liposomal amphotericin B and flucytosine, associated with surgical debridement, valve replacement and chordae tendineae repair. Despite receiving the standard treatment of Aspergillus endocarditis, and susceptibility of the microorganism to the antifungal regimen, the patient, unexpectedly, developed early-onset septic emboli...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932051/functional-and-exercise-limitations-after-a-first-episode-of-pulmonary-embolism-results-of-the-elope-prospective-cohort-study
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Susan R Kahn, Andrew M Hirsch, Arash Akaberi, Paul Hernandez, David R Anderson, Philip S Wells, Marc Rodger, Susan Solymoss, Michael J Kovacs, Lawrence Rudski, Avi Shimony, Carole Dennie, Christopher Rush, William H Geerts, Shawn D Aaron, John T Granton
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the frequency and predictors of exercise limitation after pulmonary embolism (PE), and to assess its association with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and dyspnea. METHODS: 100 patients with acute PE were recruited at five Canadian hospitals from 2010-2013. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) was performed at 1 and 12 months. Quality of life, dyspnea, six-minute walk distance (6MWD), residual clot burden (perfusion (Q) scan; CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA)), cardiac function (echocardiogram) and pulmonary function tests (PFT) were measured during follow-up...
December 5, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931555/risk-factor-profile-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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I Sathyamurthy, Shaji Alex, K Kirubakaran, G Sengottuvelu, K N Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease share common risk factors. In some of the previous studies statins have been used to retard the progression of aortic stenosis, but the results were inconsistent. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of CAS above the age of 40 years have undergone clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation. Coronary angiograms were done in 66% of them. RESULTS: Male to female ratio was 2:1...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930286/left-ventricular-geometry-and-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-patients-with-severely-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Derek Phan, Aapo L Aro, Kyndaron Reinier, Carmen Teodorescu, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Sumeet S Chugh
BACKGROUND: Recent reports indicate that specific left ventricular (LV) geometric patterns predict recurrent ventricular arrhythmias in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, this relationship has not been evaluated among patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the general population. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adult SCA cases from the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study were compared with geographic controls with no prior history of SCA...
August 18, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928258/evaluation-of-pulse-oximetry-in-the-early-detection-of-cyanotic-congenital-heart-disease-in-newborns
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Amir Hosein Movahedian, Ziba Mosayebi, Setareh Sagheb
Background: Delayed or missed diagnosis of critical and cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD) in asymptomatic newborns may result in significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of pulse oximetry screening performed on the first day of life for the early detection of critical and cyanotic CHD in apparently normal newborns. Methods: This cross-sectional study used postductal pulse oximetry to evaluate term neonates born between 2008 and 2011 with normal physical examinations...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927624/cerebral-blood-flow-autoregulation-in-ischemic-heart-failure
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Juliana R Caldas, Ronney B Panerai, Victoria Jane Haunton, Juliano P Almeida, Graziela S R Ferreira, Ligia Camara, Ricardo de Carvalho Nogueira, Edson Bor-Seng-Shu, Marcelo L Oliveira, Raphaela R V Groehs, Larissa Ferreira-Santos, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira, Filomena R B G Galas, Thompson G Robinson, Fabio B Jatene, Ludhmila A Hajjar
Patients with ischemic heart failure (iHF) have a high risk of neurological complications such as cognitive impairment and stroke. We hypothesized that iHF patients have a higher incidence of impaired dynamic cerebral autoregulation (dCA). Adult patients with iHF and healthy volunteers were included. Cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV, transcranial Doppler, middle cerebral artery), end-tidal CO2 (capnography), and arterial blood pressure (Finometer) were continuously recorded supine for five minutes at rest...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926615/coronary-artery-evaluation-by-screening-echocardiogram-in-intercollegiate-athletes
#9
Walter J Hoyt, Peter N Dean, Daniel S Schneider, Mark R Conaway, Christopher M Kramer, Robert W Battle
INTRODUCTION: Coronary artery anomalies are the second most common congenital cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. Some centers have advocated for limited transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) protocols in the screening of college athletes, which may miss important causes of SCD. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of screening TTE to determine origin and proximal course of the coronary arteries in intercollegiate athletes...
December 6, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924179/ischemic-stroke-and-septic-shock-after-subacute-endocarditis-caused-by-haemophilus-parainfluenzae-case-report
#10
Mayra Goncalves Menegueti, Jaciara Machado-Viana, Gilberto Gambero Gaspar, Edson Antonio Nicolini, Anibal Basile-Filho, Maria Auxiliadora-Martins
Haemophilus parainfluenzae, which belongs to the HACEK (Haemophilus ssp, Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, Cardiobacterium hominis, Eikenella corrodens, and Kingella kingae) group, is a rare cause of subacute endocarditis and may lead to ischemic stroke. A 65-year-old female patient previously diagnosed with rheumatic valve disease was submitted to surgical mitral valve repair in 1996. Physical examination did not reveal any murmurs; physical examination of the lungs and abdomen was normal. The patient was admitted to hospital with progressive dyspnea, dry cough, and fever...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923685/a-combined-cellular-and-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction-therapeutic-approach-produces-attenuation-of-remodeling-in-infarcted-rats
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Michael J Bonios, Maria Anastasiou-Nana, Despina N Perrea, Konstantinos Malliaras
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular reconstruction (LVR) has been shown to provide transient benefits in LV structure and function of infarcted hearts; however long-term results have been disappointing, as LVR-induced benefits are typically not sustained. We hypothesized that administration of cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), which promote myocardial repair and regeneration, may result in long-term preservation of the beneficial effects of LVR in ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Wistar Kyoto rats underwent myocardial infarction (MI) and two weeks later were randomized into 3 groups: in Group 1 (n=9) LVR was performed by plication of the infarcted apex and CDCs were injected in the infarct border zone (IBZ); group 2 animals (n=9) underwent LVR and received vehicle solution in the IBZ...
December 3, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922863/suppression-of-myocardial-18f-fdg-uptake-through-prolonged-high-fat-high-protein-and-very-low-carbohydrate-diet-before-fdg-pet-ct-for-evaluation-of-patients-with-suspected-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Yang Lu, Christopher Grant, Karen Xie, Nadera J Sweiss
BACKGROUND: A major obstacle in using FDG-PET/CT to diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is the unpredictable physiological myocardial FDG uptake. We hypothesized that a prolonged 72-hour pretest high-fat, high-protein, and very-low-carbohydrate (HFHPVLC) diet preparation could suppress physiologic myocardial uptake of FDG and thus help to identify active CS. METHODS: This retrospective study included 215 FDG-PET/CT tests from 207 patients with biopsy-proven sarcoidosis and clinical suspicion for CS between July 2014 and December 2015...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
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Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920864/clinical-case-report-discitis-osteomyelitis-complicated-by-inferior-vena-cava-venous-thrombosis-and-septic-pulmonary-emboli
#14
Zerwa Farooq, Brooke Devenney-Cakir
Viridans group streptococcus is an infrequent cause of osteomyelitis that is found in association with infective endocarditis. Only a few studies report viridans osteomyelitis in the absence of endocarditis. Vertebral pyogenic osteomyelitis can sometimes be complicated by psoas or paraspinal abscesses. These intra-abdominal and/or pelvic collections can very rarely result in venous thrombosis. A paraspinal abscess resulting in inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombosis has only been reported once in the literature...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920693/capecitabine-induced-coronary-vasospasm
#15
Danish Henry, Francine Rudzik, Allison Butts, Aju Mathew
Capecitabine, an oral prodrug of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), is approved for early-stage and advanced colorectal cancer and metastatic breast cancer. Cardiotoxicity of 5-FU is well described in the literature. However, cardiac adverse effects of capecitabine are poorly described. We report a case of coronary vasospasm induced by capecitabine. A 41-year-old female with metastatic breast cancer presented with chest pain 3 days after starting capecitabine. The chest pain was relieved by rest and exacerbated by exertion...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919937/primary-care-referral-for-echocardiogram-refer-in-heart-failure-a-diagnostic-accuracy-study
#16
Clare J Taylor, Andrea K Roalfe, Rachel Iles, Fd Richard Hobbs, Pelham Barton, Martin R Cowie, Russell C Davis, Jon Deeks, Jonathan Mant, Deborah McCahon, Theresa McDonagh, George Sutton, Lynda Tait
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, and ankle swelling are common in general practice but deciding which patients are likely to have heart failure is challenging. AIM: To evaluate the performance of a clinical decision rule (CDR), with or without N-Terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) assay, for identifying heart failure. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, observational, diagnostic validation study of patients aged >55 years, presenting with shortness of breath, lethargy, or ankle oedema, from 28 general practices in England...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919727/patent-ductus-arteriosus-in-cats-felis-catus-50-cases-2000-2015
#17
A Bascuñán, K M Thieman Mankin, A B Saunders, J M Bright, V Scharf, A Singh, L O'Sullivan, B Brisson, A H Estrada, S P Tou, C Ruoff
OBJECTIVES: To describe signalment, clinical characteristics, diagnostic, treatment, and outcome data in a large case series of cats with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). ANIMALS: Fifty cats with confirmed PDA. METHODS: Retrospective review of medical records from five referral veterinary hospitals for cats with PDA between 2000 and 2015. Cats were included if a PDA was visualized echocardiographically, during surgery, or on post-mortem examination...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918330/preoperative-echocardiographic-indices-of-diastolic-dysfunction-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-predicting-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-after-noncardiac-surgery
#18
Oren Brecher, Harleena Gulati, Nancy Roistacher, Hao Zhang, Weiji Shi, Howard T Thaler, David Amar
BACKGROUND: We have shown previously that either echocardiographic indices of diastolic dysfunction or increased preoperative brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) predict postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). Because these 2 predictors of POAF have not been evaluated together, our goal was to further elucidate their concurrent role in patients undergoing noncardiac thoracic surgery. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 191 patients who had a preoperative transthoracic echocardiogram and serum BNP level collected as part of routine care before major lung or esophageal resection...
December 1, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915200/effects-of-prophylactic-indomethacin-on-vasopressor-dependent-hypotension-in-extremely-preterm-infants
#19
Melissa Liebowitz, Jane Koo, Andrea Wickremasinghe, Isabel Elaine Allen, Ronald I Clyman
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a moderate-to-large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is responsible for vasopressor-dependent hypotension, occurring at the end of the first postnatal week. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a retrospective, double cohort controlled study of infants delivered at ≤27(+6) weeks' gestation (n = 313). From January 2004 through April 2011, all infants were treated with prophylactic indomethacin ([PINDO] epoch). From May 2011 through December 2015, no infant was treated with indomethacin until at least 8 postnatal days (conservative epoch)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911335/european-cross-sectional-survey-of%C3%A2-current-care-practices-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-reveals-regional-and%C3%A2-age-dependent-differences
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Julia Vry, Kathrin Gramsch, Sunil Rodger, Rachel Thompson, Birgit F Steffensen, Jes Rahbek, Sam Doerken, Adrian Tassoni, María de Los Angeles Beytía, Velina Guergueltcheva, Teodora Chamova, Ivailo Tournev, Anna Kostera-Pruszczyk, Anna Kaminska, Anna Lusakowska, Lenka Mrazova, Lenka Pavlovska, Jana Strenkova, Petr Vondráček, Marta Garami, Veronika Karcagi, Ágnes Herczegfalvi, Katherine Bushby, Hanns Lochmüller, Janbernd Kirschner
BACKGROUND: Publication of comprehensive clinical care guidelines for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in 2010 was a milestone for DMD patient management. Our CARE-NMD survey investigates the neuromuscular, medical, and psychosocial care of DMD patients in Europe, and compares it to the guidelines. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 1677 patients contacted via the TREAT-NMD patient registries was conducted using self-report questionnaires in seven European countries...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
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