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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
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Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758641/dropconnected-neural-networks-trained-on-time-frequency-and-inter-beat-features-for-classifying-heart-sounds
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Edmund Kay, Anurag Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Automatic heart sound analysis has the potential to improve the diagnosis of valvular heart diseases in the primary care phase, as well as in countries where there is neither the expertise nor the equipment to perform echocardiograms. An algorithm has been trained, on the PhysioNet open-access heart sounds database, to classify heart sounds as normal or abnormal. APPROACH: The heart sounds are segmented using an open-source algorithm based on a hidden semi-Markov model...
July 31, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715078/polish-stress-echocardiography-registry-pol-stress-registry-a-multicenter-study-stress-echo-in-poland-numbers-settings-results-and-complications
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Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Szymon Olędzki, Jolanta Rzucidło-Resil, Piotr Gościniak, Tomasz Kukulski, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Wojciech Kosmala, Dariusz Kosior, Marta Marcinkiewicz-Siemion, Barbara Brzezińska, Beata Zaborska, Marcin Fijałkowski, Iwona Świątkiewicz, Andrzej Szyszka, Jan Błażejewski, Wojciech Witkiewicz, Zbigniew Gąsior, Danuta Sorysz, Agnieszka Olszanecka
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) is widely used in Europe. No collective data have been available on the use of SE in Poland until now. AIM: To evaluate the number of SE investigations performed in Poland, their settings, complications and results. METHODS: In this retrospective survey, referral cardiology centers in Poland were asked to fill in a questionnaire regarding SE examinations performed from May 01, 2014 to May 01, 2015. RESULTS: The study included data from 17 university hospitals and large community hospitals which performed 4611 SE examinations, including 4408 tests in patients investigated for coronary artery disease (CAD) and 203 tests to evaluate valvular heart disease (VHD)...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698895/using-anatomical-landmark-to-avoid-phrenic-nerve-injury-during-balloon-based-procedures-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Nicolina M Smith, Larry Segars, Travis Kauffman, Anthony B Olinger
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia which affects as many as 2.7 million Americans. AF should be treated, because it can lead to a four-to-fivefold increased risk of experiencing a stroke. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for the treatment of drug refractory and symptomatic paroxysmal AF denote catheter ablation as the standard of care. The newest ablation treatment, cryoballoon, uses a cold balloon tip. The biggest risk factor associated with the cryoballoon ablation is phrenic nerve injury (PNI)...
July 11, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677508/multimodality-imaging-for-interventional-cardiology
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Simona Celi, Nicola Martini, Luigi Emilio Pastormerlo, Vincenzo Positano, Sergio Berti
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, interventional cardiology has received fast and wide implementation as an effective alternative treatment to surgery for several congenital and acquired diseases. In this scenario, imaging provides solutions for most clinical needs, from diagnosis to prognosis and risk stratification, as well as anatomical and functional assessment. METHODS: In this review article, we present recent innovations in medical imaging for structural heart disease and coronary artery disease, emphasizing the progress achieved in the field of multimodality imaging and the solutions proposed to some as-yet unresolved technical problems for safe and effective procedural performance...
July 4, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670826/current-practices-are-variable-in-the-evaluation-and-management-of-patients-with-anomalous-aortic-origin-of-a-coronary-artery-results-of-a-survey
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Hitesh Agrawal, Carlos M Mery, Patrick E Day, S Kristen Sexson Tejtel, E Dean McKenzie, Charles D Fraser, Athar M Qureshi, Silvana Molossi
BACKGROUND: Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes in the USA. Long-term outcome data for these patients are lacking to date. There is insufficient knowledge on the best approach to these patients and they are managed in a nonuniform manner. METHODS: An online survey of 15 questions regarding management of AAOCA was sent out to 198 cardiac healthcare providers. The goal was to define gaps in knowledge to justify a dedicated scientific forum for discussion of AAOCA...
July 2, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660735/impact-of-standardized-clinical-assessment-and-management-plans-on-resource-utilization-and-costs-in-children-after-the-arterial-switch-operation
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Rahul H Rathod, Brittney Jurgen, Rose A Hamershock, Kevin G Friedman, Audrey C Marshall, Mihail Samnaliev, Dionne A Graham, Kathy Jenkins, James E Lock, Andrew J Powell
BACKGROUND: Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs) are a quality improvement initiative designed to reduce unnecessary utilization, decrease practice variation, and improve patient outcomes. We created a novel methodology, the SCAMP managed episode of care (SMEOC), which encompasses multiple encounters to assess the impact of the arterial switch operation (ASO) SCAMP on total costs. METHODS: All ASO SCAMP patients (dates March 2009 to July 2015) were compared to a control group of ASO patients (January 2001 to February 2009)...
June 28, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653469/development-of-quality-metrics-for-ambulatory-pediatric-cardiology-chest-pain
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Jimmy C Lu, Manish Bansal, Sarina K Behera, Jeffrey R Boris, Brian Cardis, John S Hokanson, Bahram Kakavand, Roy Jedeikin
OBJECTIVE: As part of the American College of Cardiology Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section effort to develop quality metrics (QMs) for ambulatory pediatric practice, the chest pain subcommittee aimed to develop QMs for evaluation of chest pain. DESIGN: A group of 8 pediatric cardiologists formulated candidate QMs in the areas of history, physical examination, and testing. Consensus candidate QMs were submitted to an expert panel for scoring by the RAND-UCLA modified Delphi process...
June 27, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645902/the-cause-of-the-stroke-a-diagnostic-uncertainty
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Abhishek Dattani, Ava Jackson
A 39-year-old man with a history of sickle cell disease (SCD) presented with left leg weakness. He had a normal CT head and CT angiogram, but MRI head showed multiple acute bilateral cortical infarcts including in the right precentral gyrus. The MRI findings were more in keeping with an embolic source rather than stroke related to SCD, although it could not be ruled out. He also had an echocardiogram which revealed a patent foramen ovale. He was treated with antiplatelet therapy and also had red blood cell exchange transfusion...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616350/anomalous-right-coronary-artery-origin-with-interarterial-pathway-importance-of-morphological-origin-assessment-and-the-role-of-percutaneous-interventionism
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Daniel García Iglesias, Lidia Martínez Fernández, María Martín Fernández, Laura García Suárez, Laura García Pérez, Juan Calvo Blanco, Helena Cigarrán Sexto, Raquel Del Valle Fernández, César Morís de la Tassa
Anomalies in coronary arteries (CA) are an important issue in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Specifically the anomalous origin of the right coronary artery (RCA) is of special importance because it is the most frequent anomaly. Clinical practice guidelines recommend the revascularization treatment in cases of interarterial pathway and documented myocardial ischemia and when hypoplasia, compression or obstruction is evident. We report two different cases of patients with anomalous origin of RCA and associated interarterial pathway...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607778/saphenovenous-graft-aneurysm-a-rare-complication-of-cabg
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James Thomas Connell
Saphenovenous graft aneurysm is a rare complication of coronary artery bypass grafts that is likely underdiagnosed. It is typically asymptomatic, slow growing, and often diagnosed incidentally on angiography or following catastrophic rupture. There is no consensus on best management but PCI and surgery appear to have more favourable mortality outcomes relative to conservative management. We present the case of a 48-year-old male with a cardiovascular risk profile hallmarked by diabetes mellitus, end stage renal failure, recalcitrant hyperlipidaemia, and IHD previously treated with CABG...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587699/accurate-diagnosis-of-chd-by-paediatricians-with-expertise-in-cardiology
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Hannah C Jacob, Hannah Massey, Robert W M Yates, A Wilfred Kelsall
Introduction Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology assess children with a full history, examination, and often perform an echocardiogram. A minority are then referred to an outreach clinic run jointly with a visiting paediatric cardiologist. The accuracy of the echocardiography diagnosis made by the Paediatrician with Expertise in Cardiology is unknown. Materials and methods We conducted a retrospective review of clinic letters for children seen in the outreach clinic for the first time between March, 2004 and March, 2011...
August 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501373/evaluating-appropriate-use-of-pediatric-echocardiograms-for-chest-pain-in-outpatient-clinics
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Reid C Chamberlain, Jonathan H Pelletier, Sarah Blanchard, Christoph P Hornik, Kevin D Hill, Michael J Campbell
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is often used in the evaluation of pediatric chest pain, but the incidence of cardiac pathology is low. In 2014, the American College of Cardiology published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for echocardiography including recommendations for pediatric chest pain. We evaluated the frequency and diagnostic yield of echocardiograms performed for each AUC indication and cost associated with echocardiograms performed for indications meeting the "rarely appropriate" criteria...
May 10, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495691/screening-for-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-an-unselected-prospective-systemic-sclerosis-cohort
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Els Vandecasteele, Benny Drieghe, Karin Melsens, Kristof Thevissen, Michel De Pauw, Ellen Deschepper, Saskia Decuman, Carolien Bonroy, Yves Piette, Filip De Keyser, Guy Brusselle, Vanessa Smith
Screening for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) improves outcomes. The DETECT screening algorithm is recommended in a high-risk SSc subgroup. This study aims to compare prospectively the positive predictive value of screening using the DETECT algorithm and the 2009 European Society of Cardiology/European Respiratory Society (ESC/ERS) guidelines, and to compare their cost-effectiveness in an unselected, day-to-day SSc population. Post hoc, screening according to the 2015 ESC/ERS guidelines using echocardiographic parameters alone ("2015 echo screening") or combined with the DETECT algorithm ("2015 combined screening") in high-risk subjects was analysed...
May 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493451/the-effect-of-an-electronic-health-record-based-tool-on-abnormal-pediatric-blood-pressure-recognition
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Sarah A Twichell, Corinna J Rea, Patrice Melvin, Andrew J Capraro, Joshua C Mandel, Michael A Ferguson, Daniel J Nigrin, Kenneth D Mandl, Dionne Graham, Justin P Zachariah
BACKGROUND: Recognition of high blood pressure (BP) in children is poor, partly due to the need to compute age-sex-height referenced percentiles. This study examined the change in abnormal BP recognition before versus after the introduction of an electronic health record (EHR) app designed to calculate BP percentiles with a training lecture. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical data were extracted on all ambulatory, non-urgent encounters for children 3-18 years old seen in primary care, endocrinology, cardiology, or nephrology clinics at an urban, academic hospital in the year before and the year after app introduction...
May 11, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470007/incidental-echocardiographic-finding-fractured-inferior-vena-cava-filter
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Bhradeev Sivasambu, Deepa Kabirdas, Assad Movahed
Inferior vena cava filters have gained increasing popularity in recent decades and knowledge on rare complications becomes vital to practicing physicians. A 30-year-old African American male with diabetes mellitus, hypertension, end-stage renal disease, history of deep venous thrombosis and placement of venacaval filter who was seen in the cardiology clinic for cardiac risks stratification prior to renal transplant. Patient denied any cardiac symptoms. A transthoracic echocardiogram was performed and showed two linear echoes bright densities in the right atrium and right ventricle embedded which was later found to be fractured filter struts by computed tomography...
April 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465981/left-atrial-size-and-heart-failure-hospitalization-in-patients-with-diastolic-dysfunction-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Omar Issa, Julio G Peguero, Carlos Podesta, Denisse Diaz, Javier De La Cruz, Daniela Pirela, Juan Carlos Brenes
CONTEXT: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a clinical syndrome associated with diastolic function abnormalities. It remains unclear which factors, if any, can predict the transition from asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction to an overt symptomatic phase. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients hospitalized with suspected heart failure between January 2012 and November 2014 with a transthoracic echocardiogram demonstrating preserved systolic function were screened (n = 425)...
January 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460762/acute-pulmonary-thromboembolism-epidemiology-predictors-and-long-term-outcome-a-single-center-experience
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U M Nagamalesh, V S Prakash, K C Karthik Naidu, S Sarthak, Anupama V Hegde, T Abhinay
INTRODUCTION: Acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) is a life-threatening disease. Mortality in PTE still remains very high in spite of progress in diagnostic tools. Mortality rate is about 30% in patients with unrecognized acute PTE. METHODS: It is a single center observational study of 31 consecutive patients who were hospitalized in the Department of Cardiology at MS Ramaiah Memorial hospital between January 1, 2010 and June 2015. All the patients confirmed with diagnosis of acute PTE by CT scan (either HRCT or CTPA) were included in the study...
March 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425041/familial-amyloid-cardiomyopathy-masquerading-as-chronic-guillain-barre-syndrome-things-are-not-always-what-they-seem
#19
Die Hu, Ling Liu, Shuguang Yuan, Yuhong Yi, Daoquan Peng
Familial amyloid cardiomyopathy is a challenging condition that mimics many other diseases, particularly in patients with pronounced neurological presentations and unexplained or equivocal cardiac abnormalities. In this case, a 57-year-old man was admitted for outpatient cardiological evaluation of progressive right heart failure and limb paraesthesias. The patient presented with hypertension, chronic Guillain-Barre syndrome, and sick sinus syndrome. Transthoracic echocardiograms showed a thickened ventricular wall and enlarged atrium...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424438/using-cardiovascular-imaging-modalities-to-determine-cardiac-disorders-before-starting-sports-activities
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Özgür Ceylan, Timur Meşe, Alper Hazım Gürsu
OBJECTIVE: We re-examined children who had previously been declared eligible to participate in competitive sports activities for cardiac disorders, using cardiac investigation protocol. METHODS: Total of 250 children (224 males [89.6%], and 26 females [10.4%]) between the ages of 8 and 17 years who had just started or were already engaged in sports activities were included in the study. Participants had detailed physical examination evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
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