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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245186/endothelial-dysfunction-in-early-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-and-controls-without-previous-cardiovascular-events
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Mara Taraborelli, Edoardo Sciatti, Ivano Bonadei, Vincenzo Terlizzi, Micaela Fredi, Roberta Zani, Giovanni Cancarini, Angela Tincani, Franco Franceschini, Enrico Vizzardi, Ilaria Cavazzana
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence and risk factors for endothelial dysfunction detected by peripheral artery tonometry in systemic lupus erythematosus patients with early disease without cardiovascular disease and risk factors. METHODS: All the consecutive adult lupus patients, with a disease duration less than 5 years, seen in our Hospital from December 2014 to March 2016 were considered. We excluded patients with any history of cardiovascular disease or risk factors possibly affecting peripheral artery tonometry...
December 15, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240992/heart-rate-recovery-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-ratio-on-the-treadmill-test-predict-an-induction-and-recurrence-of-vasovagal-syncope
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Yu Jeong Choi, Ki-Woon Kang, Sang Hyun Jang, Jae Guk Kim, Soo Joo Lee, Kyung Tea Jung
Background/Aims: The induction and recurrence of syncope is a concerning situation that could be unpredicted in the vasovagal syncope (VVS). We investigated a simple predictor for the induced and recurrent VVS during Head-Up table-tilt Test (HUT) and clinically follow-up. Methods: The 143 consecutive patients with VVS (age 31 ± 19 years, 33 male) who referred by a cardiologist or neurologist and had undergone an echocardiogram, HUT, and a treadmill exercise test (TMT) were recruited and clinically follow-up...
December 18, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237664/giant-retrocardiac-foregut-duplication-cyst-presenting-with-left-atrial-compression-and-palpitations
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Abdus Salam, Mujtaba Mubashir, Hadika Mubashir, Saulat Hasnain Fatimi
A 35-year-old man presented with a 3-month history of palpitations and shortness of breath. An ECG showed premature atrial contractions and episodes of supraventricular tachycardia. A subsequent echocardiogram showed a retrocardiac cystic mass that was compressing the left atrium. A CT scan confirmed these findings by showing a large left-sided posterior mediastinal cyst compressing the left atrium and pulmonary veins. The cyst was successfully excised from the retrocardiac position via left thoracotomy after which there was complete resolution of the palpitations...
December 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237153/very-small-left-atrial-volume-as-a-marker-for-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-nongated-computed-tomography-pulmonary-angiography
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Zach Rozenbaum, Yoav Granot, Paul Turkeltaub, Dotan Cohen, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Yan Topilsky, Shlomo Berliner, Galit Aviram
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between very small left atria (VSLA) on nongated computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and mortality in patients without pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: Patients who underwent nongated CTPA between 2011 and 2015 in order to rule out PE, and had an echocardiogram within 24 h of the CTPA, were retrospectively identified. The left atrial volume of nongated CTPA was calculated using automatic 4-chamber volumetric analysis software...
December 14, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236169/current-treatment-of-central-retinal-artery-occlusion-a-national-survey
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Teddy S Youn, Patrick Lavin, Morgan Patrylo, Joseph Schindler, Howard Kirshner, David M Greer, Matthew Schrag
BACKGROUND: Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is an ophthalmological emergency, the retinal analog of a stroke. To date there is no consensus or national guidelines on how this disorder should be managed. As academic neurologists and ophthalmologists treat CRAO frequently, we set out to understand how these clinicians approach patients with CRAO with a national survey. METHODS: We identified university-associated teaching hospitals offering vascular neurology, neuro-ophthalmology and/or retina fellowships in the US and asked the directors of the programs to respond to questions in an open response format to profile the acute management of CRAO at their institution...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234610/a-new-root-strengthening-technique-for-acute-aortic-dissection-with-a-weakened-aortic-root-the-neo-adventitia-technique
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Ji Yong Kim, In Ha Kim, Woon Heo, Ho-Ki Min, Do Kyun Kang, Youn-Ho Hwang, Hee Jae Jun
Background: Dissection flaps in acute type A aortic dissection typically extend into the root, most frequently into the non-coronary sinus (NCS). The weakened root can be susceptible not only to surgical trauma, but also to future dilatation because of its thinner layers. Herein, we describe a new technique that we named the "neo-adventitia" technique to strengthen the weakened aortic root. Methods: From 2012 to 2016, 27 patients with acute type A aortic dissection underwent supracommissural graft replacement using our neo-adventitia technique...
December 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234197/echocardiographic-and-electrocardiographic-predictors-of-adverse-outcomes-in-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis
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Mahek Shah, Soumya Patnaik, Obiora Maludum, Shantanu Patil, Toni Anne De Venecia, Vincent M Figueredo
Background: Patients with cirrhosis who develop Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis (SBP) suffer from cirrhotic cardiomyopathy which is characterized by impaired contractility in response to stress despite a relatively normal resting cardiac output. We hypothesized that electrocardiographic and echocardiographic information would help prognosticate patients developing SBP in addition to existing scoring systems. Methods: Cirrhotic patients admitted to Einstein Medical Center from 01/01/2005 to 6/30/2012 for SBP, and did not receive a transplant within one year, were included...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233813/a-case-of-isolated-bicuspid-pulmonary-valve
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Ramasamy Manivarmane, Rebecca Taylor, Rajdeep Khattar
We present a 73 years old woman who presented with pelvic cancer, ongoing sepsis and presumably a new diastolic murmur. Her transthoracic echocardiogram, as part of a sepsis screen, showed an abnormal pulmonary valve with moderate regurgitation. Trans-oesophageal echocardiography using 3D imaging showed a bicuspid pulmonary valve as the cause for the moderate regurgitation, but with no clear source of infection. Bicuspid pulmonary valve as an isolated clinical entity is a rare finding in clinical practice. Bicuspid pulmonary valves tend to be more commonly associated with other congenital cardiac anomalies...
December 12, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233764/annulus-sparing-tetralogy-of-fallot-repair-low-risk-and-benefits-to-right-ventricular-geometry
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Edward Hickey, Eric Pham-Hung, Fredrick Halvorsen, Michael Gritti, An Duong, Travis Wilder, Christopher Caldarone, Andrew Redington, Glen Van Arsdell
BACKGROUND: Annulus-sparing (AS) repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) carries a potential increased risk reoperation for re-stenosis and unproven benefits on right ventricular (RV) geometry. METHODS: Primary TOF repairs (N=434) between 2000 and 2012 were studied using risk-adjusted parametric techniques. Progression of cardiac dimensions were analyzed using repeated measures regression using reports of all 2,103 echocardiograms undertaken throughout the study period, to maximum follow-up 13...
December 9, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233624/first-and-second-trimester-screening-for-fetal-structural-anomalies
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REVIEW
Lindsay Edwards, Lisa Hui
Fetal structural anomalies are found in up to 3% of all pregnancies and ultrasound-based screening has been an integral part of routine prenatal care for decades. The prenatal detection of fetal anomalies allows for optimal perinatal management, providing expectant parents with opportunities for additional imaging, genetic testing, and the provision of information regarding prognosis and management options. Approximately one-half of all major structural anomalies can now be detected in the first trimester, including acrania/anencephaly, abdominal wall defects, holoprosencephaly and cystic hygromata...
December 9, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230826/evolution-of-biventricular-loading-condition-in-pediatric-lvad-patient-a-prospective-and-observational-study
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Arianna Di Molfetta, Roberta Iacobelli, Sergio Filippelli, Giorgia Grutter, Gianluigi Perri, Francesca Iodice, Luciano Pasquini, Paolo Guccione, Antonio Amodeo
The aim of this study was to describe the echocardiographic trend of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) function after implantation of a pulsatile flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) in children. From 2013 to 2016, we prospectively evaluated 13 consecutive pediatric Berlin Heart EXCOR LVAD patients. Clinical and echocardiographic data were collected at baseline, within 24 h after implantation and monthly until LVAD explant. Median age and weight at the implantation was 8 (4-23) months and 5 (4...
December 12, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229372/invasive-and-noninvasive-hemodynamic-assessment-in-adults-with-fontan-palliation
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Alexander C Egbe, Heidi M Connolly, Nathaniel W Taggart, Mohamad Al-Otaibi, Barry A Borlaug
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Although echocardiographic-Doppler cardiac index (CI) assessment is widely used to guide heart failure management in patients with biventricular circulation, this application has not been studied in the Fontan population. The objective of this study was to: (1) determine the correlation between Doppler and cardiac catheterization CI calculation; (2) determine the association between Doppler CI and the occurrence of Fontan failure. METHODS: Retrospective review of adult Fontan patients followed at Mayo Clinic Adult Congenital Heart Disease program, 1994-2015...
December 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226430/3dtee-imaging-of-a-descending-aorta-floating-thrombus-in-a-patient-with-calciphylaxis
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Konstantinos C Theodoropoulos, Alexandros Papachristidis, Michael Papitsas, Jonathan Byrne, Mark J Monaghan
We present a case of a 68-year-old man with calciphylaxis, who was found to have a floating thrombus in the descending aorta on a transesophageal echocardiogram. The use of 3D echocardiography demonstrated nicely the free motion of the thrombus, emerging from an atherosclerotic plaque in the descending aorta. Anticoagulation was started for thromboembolism prevention.
December 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225726/incidence-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-toxicity-from-trastuzumab-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Somaira Nowsheen, Paul V Viscuse, Ciara C O'Sullivan, Nicole P Sandhu, Tufia C Haddad, Anne Blaes, Jennifer Klemp, Lara Nhola, Joerg Herrmann, Kathryn J Ruddy
Purpose of review: Treatment with trastuzumab is a cornerstone of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer treatment, but carries an unfortunate risk of toxicity to the cardiovascular system. Here we review recent findings on trastuzumab-associated cardiotoxicity, focusing on its incidence, diagnosis, and treatment. Recent findings: Screening with multigated acquisition scan (MUGA) or echocardiogram (ECHO) is recommended to assess cardiac function prior to and during trastuzumab therapy...
September 2017: Current Breast Cancer Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225261/a-case-of-isolated-left-atrial-infective-mural-endocarditis
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Saki Hosokawa, Hideki Okayama, Go Hiasa, Go Kawamura, Tatsuya Shigematsu, Tatsunori Takahashi, Yoshitaka Kawada, Tadakatsu Yamada, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Yukio Kazatani
A 52-year-old man presented with a fever and malaise. Transthoracic echocardiogram was performed because of a holosystolic murmur, which showed mitral valve prolapse and a regurgitation jet toward the posterior wall of the left atrium. There was no apparent vegetation at any valves. Blood cultures were positive for Streptococcus mitis/oralis. Transesophageal echocardiogram revealed vegetation only at the posterior wall of the left atrium exposed to the mitral regurgitant jet. We diagnosed this condition as infective mural endocarditis...
December 8, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224637/valve-hemodynamic-deterioration-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-tavr-a-report-from-the-sts-acc-tvt-registry
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Sreekanth Vemulapalli, David R Holmes, David Dai, Roland Matsouaka, Michael J Mack, Fred L Grover, Raj R Makkar, Vinod H Thourani, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Recent reports of leaflet abnormalities (detected using advanced imaging) have raised questions regarding transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) durability. We sought to determine the incidence of valve hemodynamic deterioration (VHD) and its association with cardiovascular outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive cases with paired postimplant and follow-up echocardiograms from November 2011 to March 2015 in the STS/ACC TVT Registry were allocated into 2 overlapping cohorts: early (paired echocardiograms at 0 and 30 days) and late (paired echocardiograms at 30 days and 1 year)...
January 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222864/effects-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-after-inferior-myocardial-infarction-on-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-and-mitral-valve-geometry
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Christos G Mihos, Evin Yucel, Romain Capoulade, Mary P Orencole, Gaurav A Upadhyay, Orlando Santana, Jagmeet P Singh, Michael H Picard
BACKGROUND: The effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on secondary mitral regurgitation (MR), and mitral valve (MV) and left ventricular (LV) geometry, in patients with prior inferior myocardial infarction is not clearly defined. We assessed these outcomes utilizing 2-dimensional echocardiography, and analyzed echocardiographic geometric variables that may correlate with follow-up MR severity. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2012, 229 CRT were implanted. Twenty-two had prior inferior myocardial infarction, ≥ mild MR at baseline, and serial echocardiography...
December 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221351/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-system-as-a-bridge-to-reparative-surgery-in-ventricular-septal-defect-complicating-acute-inferoposterior-myocardial-infarction
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Jose Rozado, Isaac Pascual, Pablo Avanzas, Daniel Hernandez-Vaquero, Ruben Alvarez, Rocio Díaz, Beatriz Díaz, María Martín, Amelia Carro, Guillermo Muñiz, Jacobo Silva, Cesar Moris
Post-infarction ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a rare but potentially lethal complication of acute myocardial infarction. Medical management is usually futile, so definitive surgery remains the treatment of choice but the risk surgery is very high and the optimal timing for surgery is still under debate. A 55-year-old man with no previous medical history attended the emergency-room for 12 h evolution of oppressive chest pain and strong anginal pain 7 days ago. On physical examination, blood pressure was 96/70 mmHg, pansystolic murmur over left sternal border without pulmonary crackles...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221290/should-sinus-of-valsalva-be-preserved-in-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortic-dilation
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Yulin Wang, Yi Lin, Kanhua Yin, Kai Zhu, Zhaohua Yang, Yongxin Sun, Hao Lai, Chunsheng Wang
Background: It is recommended that dilated ascending aortas (≥45 mm) should be replaced at the time of aortic valve replacement (AVR) for bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). The risk of progressive sinus of Valsalva dilatation after AVR and ascending aorta replacement is less clear. Methods: We identified 156 patients (age 56.2±10.8 years, 46 females) who underwent AVR and ascending aorta replacement in our institution from 2010-2014, 124 (79%) of whom had BAV. Aortic root and ascending aorta sizes were determined from preoperative and the most recent echocardiograms...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217343/patent-foramen-ovale-in-patients-with-pulmonary-embolism-a-prognostic-factor-on-ct-pulmonary-angiography
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Meng Zhang, Stephanie Tan, Vishal Patel, Benjamin A Zalta, Anna Shmukler, Jeffrey M Levsky, Vineet R Jain, Nada M Shaban, Linda B Haramati
BACKGROUND: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) represents a risk factor for mortality, but this has not been evaluated for CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between PFO and mortality in patients with acute PE diagnosed on CTPA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 268 adults [173 women, mean age 61 (range 22-98) years] diagnosed with acute PE on non-ECG-gated 64-slice CTPA in 2012 at our medical center...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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