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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655949/incidence-and-predictors-of-6-months-mortality-after-an-acute-heart-failure-event-in-rural-uganda-the-mbarara-heart-failure-registry-mahfer
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Fardous Charles Abeya, Boniface Amanee Elias Lumori, Suzan Joan Akello, Brian H Annex, Andrew J Buda, Samson Okello
OBJECTIVE: We sought to estimate the incidence and predictors of all-cause mortality 6 months after heart failure hospitalization in Uganda. METHODS: Mbarara Heart Failure Registry is a cohort of patients hospitalized with a clinical diagnosis of heart failure at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda. We measured serum electrolytes, cardiac markers, and echocardiograms. All participants were followed until death or end of 6 months. We used Fine and Gray models to estimate the incidence and predictors all-cause mortality...
March 29, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655509/reduced-right-ventricular-fractional-area-change-strain-and-strain-rate-before-bidirectional-cavopulmonary-anastomosis-is-associated-with-medium-term-mortality-for-children-with-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Lily Q Lin, Jennifer Conway, Silvia Alvarez, Benjamin Goot, Jesus Serrano-Lomelin, Timothy Colen, Edythe B Tham, Shelby Kutty, Ling Li, Nee Scze Khoo
BACKGROUND: Ventricular dysfunction is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of conventional and speckle-tracking echocardiographic measures of right ventricular (RV) function before bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis palliation in predicting death or need for heart transplantation (HTx). METHODS: RV fractional area change (RVFAC) and longitudinal and circumferential strain and strain rate (SR) were measured in 64 prospectively recruited patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome from echocardiograms obtained before bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis surgery...
April 12, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650708/outcomes-in-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-undergoing-rest-and-treadmill-stress-echocardiography
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Chetan P Huded, Ahmad Masri, Kenya Kusunose, Andrew L Goodman, Richard A Grimm, A Marc Gillinov, Douglas R Johnston, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Zoran B Popovic, Lars G Svensson, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: In asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, we sought to assess the incremental prognostic value of resting valvuloarterial impedence (Zva) and left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LV-GLS) to treadmill stress echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 504 such patients (66±12 years, 78% men, 32% with coronary artery disease who underwent treadmill stress echocardiography between 2001 and 2012...
April 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650121/prediction-of-abnormal-myocardial-relaxation-from-signal-processed-surface-ecg
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Partho P Sengupta, Hemant Kulkarni, Jagat Narula
BACKGROUND: Myocardial relaxation is impaired in almost all cases with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and is a strong predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the feasibility of signal-processed surface electrocardiography (spECG) as a diagnostic tool for predicting the presence of abnormal cardiac muscle relaxation. METHODS: A total of 188 outpatients referred for coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography underwent an echocardiogram for assessment of LVDD...
April 17, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648704/abnormal-ventricular-repolarization-in-long-qt-syndrome-carriers-is-related-to-short-left-ventricular-filling-time-and-attenuated-stroke-volume-response-during-exercise
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Dafni Charisopoulou, George Koulaouzidis, Annika Rydberg, Michael Y Henein
BACKGROUND: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) carriers are characterized by abnormal ventricular repolarization, prolonged systole, and mechanical dispersion. Prolonged left ventricular (LV) systole has been shown to result in disproportionate shortening of LV filling in other conditions. The aim of this study was to assess LV filling, diastolic function, and stroke volume (SV) response to dynamic exercise, in a group of LQTS carriers. METHODS: Forty-seven LQTS carriers (45 ± 15 years, 20 symptomatic) and 35 healthy individuals underwent bicycle stress echocardiogram...
April 12, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648693/anomalous-systemic-and-pulmonary-veins-an-unusual-coexistence
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Priyadarshini Arunakumar, Anoop Ayyappan, Deepa Sasikumar, K M Krishnamoorthy
A 12-year-old child presented with recurrent respiratory infections and was diagnosed with Scimitar syndrome. Drainage of IVC and course of aberrant arterial supply from aorta were not clear by echocardiogram, and hence, additional imaging was planned. CT unraveled the presence of a rare combination of anomalous pulmonary venous connection (APVC) to IVC, with near-atresia/severe stenosis of IVC, superior to the drainage of scimitar vein. There was a prominent azygos vein with preferential contrast opacification on lower limb injection...
April 12, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644236/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-a-large-apical-ventricular-aneurysm-and-mural-thrombus
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Munis Raza, Nagib Chalfoun, Abdallah Wissam, Hamza Hashmi, Richard McNamara
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by increased left ventricular wall thickness in the absence of any other identifiable cause of thickness. It predisposes the patient to increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) due to fatal arrhythmias. Approximately 2% of the HCM patients have left ventricular apical aneurysm. CMR imaging is better in identifying this apical aneurysm as compared to echocardiogram. This apical aneurysm, which can be akinetic or dyskinetic, increases the risk of disease-related adverse events as compared to general HCM...
March 14, 2018: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644071/clinical-management-of-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis-in-italy-results-from-the-atena-study
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Carlo Crepaldi, Alessandro Possidoni, Flavia Caputo, Roberto Dell'Aquila, Emilio Giulio Galli, Anna Maria Costanzo, Giuliana Gualberti, Umberto di Luzio Paparatti, Roberto Russo
Background: In Italy, few studies have examined the clinical management of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, resulting in a lack of information and awareness. Methods: A total of 378 PD patients (64.7 ± 14.3 years, 58.9% males) were enrolled across 15 centres in a 12-month retrospective and 6-month prospective study. The primary objective was to evaluate the achievement of Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative and Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes guidelines on recommended target values for anaemia, high blood pressure and mineral metabolism...
April 2018: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643926/the-evaluation-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-non-hemorrhagic-stroke-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Mahdi Najafi-Dalui, Hasan Shemirani, Reyhaneh Zavar, Ali Eghbal
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common tachyarrhythmia and an important risk factor for thromboembolic stroke. CHA2DS2-VASc score was introduced for assessment of embolic events and as criteria for starting anticoagulants. This study was performed to evaluate the left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) in patients with non-hemorrhagic stroke and AF. METHODS: This cross-sectional study consisted of 76 consecutive patients with suspected non-hemorrhagic stroke referred to the Cardiology Department of Alzahra and Ayatollah Kashani hospitals in Isfahan, Iran, during 2015-2016...
November 2017: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642927/streptococcus-bovis-unusual-etiology-of-meningitis-in-a-neonate-with-down-syndrome-a-case-report
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Sachith Mettananda, Phirarthana Kamalanathan, K Dhananja Namalie
BACKGROUND: Common etiological agents of neonatal meningitis include group B Streptococcus, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus. Here we report a rare pathogen - Streptococcus bovis - causing meningitis in a premature neonate with Down syndrome. CASE PRESENTATION: A 26-day-old Asian male neonate with Down syndrome presented with a history of high-grade fever, poor sucking, poor cry, and reduced activity. On admission, he was febrile and had features of circulatory collapse...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29630015/maternal-pyrexia-and-villitis-of-unknown-etiology
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Dorothy F Graham, Eileen Sung, Bligh Berry
BACKGROUND: Villitis of unknown etiology is an inflammatory placental condition associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including fetal growth restriction and preterm birth. CASE: We describe maternal pyrexia with daily rigors in the third trimester of two consecutive pregnancies in the same woman. In her second pregnancy, we found no evidence of infection despite an extensive antenatal investigation (blood and urine cultures, serologies, chest X-ray, abdominal ultrasonogram, echocardiogram)...
April 6, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629266/giant-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-as-a-late-complication-of-myocardial-infarction
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Inês Silveira, Patrícia Rodrigues, Catarina Gomes, Severo Torres
We present a case of a 63-year-old patient referred to a cardiology consultation due to progressive symptoms of heart failure. He had a history of an inferior ST elevation acute myocardial infarction 6 years ago. Echocardiogram revealed a giant left ventricular aneurysm/pseudoaneurysm involving the inferior and inferolateral left ventricular walls, with a massive mural thrombus. Additional characterization was done by cardiac magnetic resonance, essential in establishing the diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm and to guide subsequent management...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629021/long-term-outcomes-of-left-atrial-reservoir-function-in-children-with-a-history-of-kawasaki-disease
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Soo Jung Kang, Jihyun Ha, Seo Jung Hwang, Hyo Jin Kim
Background: Decreased left atrial (LA) reservoir function is reported to be associated with elevated left ventricular (LV) end diastolic pressure and LV diastolic dysfunction. Echocardiographic parameters that reflect LA reservoir function include LA total emptying fraction [(maximum LA volume - minimum LA volume) / maximum LA volume], peak LA longitudinal strain (PLALS) at systole, and LA stiffness index (E/E´/PLALS). We aimed to investigate the long-term outcomes of LV diastolic function in children with a history of Kawasaki disease (KD) (KDHx group) by assessing LA reservoir function...
March 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628594/an-unusual-case-of-a-parturient-with-uncorrected-pentalogy-of-fallot-presenting-for-elective-cesarean-section-delivery-of-twins
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Ying Ci Ho, Sek Koon Boey, Abey Matthew Varughese Mathews, Hooi Geok See, Nian Chih Hwang
We present a 31-year-old primigravida with uncorrected pentalogy of Fallot, pregnant with monochorionic-diamniotic twins, undergoing elective lower segment cesarean section at 36 weeks gestation. Preoperative workup included a transthoracic echocardiogram which revealed a large ventricular septal defect of 1.8 cm with bidirectional shunting, a moderate size atrial septal defect of 1.8 cm with predominant left-to-right shunting, an overriding aorta, moderate right ventricular hypertrophy, and severe pulmonary valve stenosis...
January 2018: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628339/ischemic-stroke-secondary-to-paradoxical-embolism-through-a-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformation-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Ryan Cappa, Jeanette Du, Joseph F Carrera, Jimmy V Berthaud, Andrew M Southerland
Paradoxical embolism due to isolated pulmonary arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is an uncommon cause of ischemic stroke, with the majority occurring in patients who have not yet been diagnosed with their malformation. We report a 32-year-old man who presented with an abrupt onset of right facial weakness and expressive aphasia. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed an acute infarct in the left middle cerebral artery territory and chronic infarcts in the bilateral cerebellar hemispheres. A cardioembolic mechanism was initially considered in the setting of perimyocarditis diagnosed a few months earlier...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627138/longitudinal-changes-in-right-ventricular-function-in-tetralogy-of-fallot-in-the-initial-years-after-surgical-repair
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Michael P DiLorenzo, Okan U Elci, Yan Wang, Anirban Banerjee, Tomoyuki Sato, Bonnie Ky, Elizabeth Goldmuntz, Laura Mercer-Rosa
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is associated with adverse long-term outcomes in patients with tetralogy of Fallot. Little is known about RV function in the first years after surgical repair. The aim of this study was to investigate perioperative changes in myocardial deformation using global longitudinal strain. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with surgically repaired tetralogy of Fallot was performed. Global longitudinal peak systolic RV strain was measured on early postoperative echocardiograms, two subsequent postoperative echocardiograms through 2 years postoperatively, and preoperative echocardiograms, when available...
April 4, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627106/clinical-features-associated-with-nascent-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-population-aged-40-to-55-years
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Jonathan D Mosley, Rebecca T Levinson, Evan L Brittain, Deepak K Gupta, Eric Farber-Eger, Christian M Shaffer, Josh C Denny, Dan M Roden, Quinn S Wells
Diastolic dysfunction (DD), an abnormality in cardiac left ventricular (LV) chamber compliance, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Although DD has been extensively studied in older populations, co-morbidity patterns are less well characterized in middle-aged subjects. We screened 156,434 subjects with transthoracic echocardiogram reports available through Vanderbilt's electronic heath record and identified 6,612 subjects 40 to 55 years old with an LV ejection fraction ≥50% and diastolic function staging...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625730/natural-history-of-postnatal-cardiopulmonary-adaptation-in-infants-born-extremely-preterm-and-risk-for-death-or-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Hussnain Mirza, Jorge A Garcia, Elizabeth Crawford, Julie Pepe, Matthew Zussman, Rajan Wadhawan, William Oh
OBJECTIVE: To study the natural history of postnatal cardiopulmonary adaptation in infants born extremely preterm and establish its association with death or bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study of infants born extremely preterm (<29 weeks). Initial echocardiogram was performed at <48 hours of life, followed by serial echocardiograms every 24-48 hours until 14 days of life. Resolution or no resolution of pulmonary hypertension (PH) at 72-96 hours was considered normal or delayed postnatal cardiopulmonary adaptation, respectively...
April 3, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623244/the-relationship-between-bone-mineral-density-and-cardiovascular-function-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Tara Kervin, Mathula Thangarajh
INTRODUCTION: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked genetic disorder that causes progressive skeletal and cardiac muscle weakness in boys. Cardiac dysfunction is a frequent cause of death in DMD. Glucocorticoids are the standard of care in DMD. The long-term use of oral glucocorticoids in DMD is complicated by poor bone health. Epidemiological studies suggest a biological link between the loss of bone mineral density (BMD) and cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery and cerebrovascular diseases...
March 22, 2018: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622996/clinical-profile-management-and-outcome-of-pulmonary-embolism-in-shahid-gangalal-national-heart-centre-kathmandu-nepal
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Chandra Mani Adhikari, K C Bishal, Sobita Khadka
Background and aims: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with a significant mortality and morbidity. We aim to study clinical profile, management and outcome of PE at Shahid Gangalal National heart Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal. Methods: It was a retrprospective, single centre study, conducted from January 2015 to December 2016. Haemodynamics was used for risk Simplified, PESI score, predisposing factors, symptoms, clinical features at the time of admission, ECG features, echocardiogram, treatment received and the outcome were reviewed...
March 2018: The Egyptian heart journal: (EHJ): official bulletin of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
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