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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764897/diagnostic-yield-of-genetic-testing-in-young-athletes-with-t-wave-inversion
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Nabeel Sheikh, Michael Papadakis, Mathew Wilson, Aneil Malhotra, Carmen Adamuz, Tessa Homfray, Lorenzo Monserrat, Elijah R Behr, Sanjay Sharma
Background -T-wave inversion (TWI) is common in patients with cardiomyopathy. However, up to 25% of athletes of African/Afro-Caribbean descent (black athletes) and 5% of white athletes also have TWI of unclear clinical significance despite comprehensive clinical evaluation and long-term follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic yield from genetic testing, beyond clinical evaluation, when investigating athletes with TWI. Methods -We investigated 50 consecutive asymptomatic black and 50 white athletes aged 14-35-years-old with TWI and a normal echocardiogram who were referred to a UK tertiary center for cardiomyopathy and sports cardiology...
May 15, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761136/yield-of-echocardiogram-and-predictors-of-positive-yield-in-pediatric-patients-a-study-in-an-urban-community-based-outpatient-pediatric-cardiology-clinic
#2
Ramya Deepthi Billa, Susan Szpunar, Lida Zeinali, Premchand Anne
The yield of outpatient echocardiograms varies based on the indication for the echocardiogram and the age of the patient. The purpose of this study was to determine the cumulative yield of outpatient echocardiograms by age group and reason for the test. A secondary aim was to determine the predictors of a positive echocardiogram in an outpatient cardiology clinic at a large community teaching hospital. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 891 patients who had a first-time echocardiogram between 2011 and 2015...
2018: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753425/-the-contribution-of-systematic-implementation-of-cardiovascular-explorations-for-the-detection-of-cardiac-sources-of-embolism-in-patients-with-stroke-about-230-patients
#3
A Hadi, L Bendriss, A Khatouri
OBJECTIVES: Ischemic stroke are estimated at 80% of all strokes. Embolism of cardiac origin accounts for around 20% of them. The aim of our study is to report the contribution of cardiovascular investigations performed as a routine during the evaluation of patients with ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ischemic stroke cases collated in Cardiology department of the military hospital of Marrakech between January 2010 and December 2014...
May 9, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724385/sildenafil-added-to-pirfenidone-in-patients-with-advanced-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-and-risk-of-pulmonary-hypertension-a-phase-iib-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-rationale-and-study-design
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Jürgen Behr, Steven D Nathan, Sergio Harari, Wim Wuyts, Klaus-Uwe Kirchgaessler, Monica Bengus, Frank Gilberg, Athol U Wells
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is commonly observed in patients with advanced idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Despite the availability of therapies for both IPF and PH, none are approved for PH treatment in the context of significant pulmonary disease. This study will investigate the use of sildenafil added to pirfenidone in patients with advanced IPF and risk of PH, who represent a group with a high unmet medical need. METHODS: This Phase IIb, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial is actively enrolling patients and will study the efficacy, safety and tolerability of sildenafil or placebo in patients with advanced IPF and intermediate or high probability of Group 3 PH who are receiving a stable dose of pirfenidone...
May 2018: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29700054/ventricular-electrical-delay-measured-from-body-surface-ecgs-is-associated-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-response-in-left-bundle-branch-block-patients-from-the-madit-crt-trial-multicenter-automatic-defibrillator-implantation-cardiac-resynchronization
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Filip Plesinger, Pavel Jurak, Josef Halamek, Petr Nejedly, Pavel Leinveber, Ivo Viscor, Vlastimil Vondra, Scott McNitt, Bronislava Polonsky, Arthur J Moss, Wojciech Zareba, Jean-Philippe Couderc
BACKGROUND: Although cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is beneficial in heart failure patients with left bundle branch block, 30% of these patients do not respond to the therapy. Identifying these patients before implantation of the device is one of the current challenges in clinical cardiology. METHODS: We verified the diagnostic contribution and an optimized computerized approach to measuring ventricular electrical activation delay (VED) from body surface 12-lead ECGs...
May 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29694606/cardiovascular-abnormalities-in-patients-with-oral-cleft-a-clinical-electrocardiographic-echocardiographic-study
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Gisele C P Leite, Marcela A G Ururahy, João F Bezerra, Valéria M G D M Lima, Maria I F Costa, Sandra S C Freire, André D Luchessi, Jussara M C Maia, Maria E F Brito, Vera L Gil-da-Silva-Lopes, Adriana A Rezende
OBJECTIVES: The present study aims to describe the clinical, electrocardiographic, and echocardiographic cardiological findings in a group of patients with oral clefts. METHODS: This is a prospective cross-sectional study on 70 children (age range from 13 days to 19 years) with oral clefts who attended the multidisciplinary program of a university hospital from March 2013 to September 2014. The patients were evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist and underwent detailed anamnesis, physical examination, electrocardiogram, and echocardiogram...
2018: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656776/purulenta-pericarditis-and-pasteurella-multocida-an-extremely-rare-entity
#7
Raquel Ferreira, José Martins, Tiago Adrega, Sara Pinto, Sofia Nunes, Rita Pancas, Anabela Gonzaga, José Santos
Purulent pericarditis is a rare entity, defined as the presence of neutrophilic pericardial effusion which is infected by a bacterial, fungus or parasite agent. The diagnosis can be challenging, especially if patients have taken previous antibiotic therapy; on the other hand the recognition of this pathology is often made late, with the onset of severe symptoms or signs of cardiac tamponade or even only at the autopsy. The authors describe the case of a 82-year-old woman with history of extensive laceration of the right lower limb from a dog bite in July 2016, admitted to the Cardiology Department one month later for Acute Pericarditis...
April 12, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643926/the-evaluation-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-non-hemorrhagic-stroke-and-atrial-fibrillation
#8
REVIEW
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/29629266/giant-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-as-a-late-complication-of-myocardial-infarction
#9
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/29609088/milrinone-associated-cardiomyopathy-and-arrhythmia-in-cerebral-vasospasm
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Eva M Wu, Tarek Y El Ahmadieh, Benjamin Kafka, Matthew T Davies, Salah G Aoun, Jonathan A White
BACKGROUND: Milrinone is an inotropic and vasodilatory drug proven safe for use in the treatment of cerebral vasospasm. Despite its reported safety profile, its use is not free of side effects. Milrinone-associated cardiomyopathy and arrhythmia can occur in patients with cerebral vasospasm. CASE DESCRIPTION: This is a retrospective chart review of a patient who presented with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and developed clinical vasospasm twice over a period of two weeks...
March 30, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29592974/sodium-nitroprusside-a-lifesaving-treatment-for-neonatal-hypertension-an-irish-experience
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Alina Gina Deliu, Phani Bhushan Jeerigehalli Sanneerappa, Orla Franklin, Johannes Letshwiti
We present a 30+2-weeks-old (30 weeks and 2 days) male, twin 1, born by emergency caesarean section due to twin-twin transfusion syndrome (absent end-diastolic flow and cardiac anomaly in twin 2) presenting with hypertensive crisis on day 3. He was already on milrinone and propranolol. His echocardiogram showed poor left ventricular contractility and after cardiology consultation received sodium nitroprusside, which eventually saved his life by decreasing his blood pressure and improving cardiac function. As sodium nitroprusside is very rarely used for hypertensive crisis in neonates, we would like to share our experiences on dosage, challenges in administration due to its fast onset of action, criteria for monitoring for complications and finally weaning...
March 28, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29579059/cardiac-findings-in-infants-with-in-utero-exposure-to-zika-virus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dulce H G Orofino, Sonia R L Passos, Raquel V C de Oliveira, Carla Verona B Farias, Maria de Fatima M P Leite, Sheila M Pone, Marcos V da S Pone, Helena A R Teixeira Mendes, Maria Elizabeth L Moreira, Karin Nielsen-Saines
BACKGROUND: Antenatal exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) is related to severe neurological manifestations. A previous study in Brazil reported an increased incidence of non-severe congenital heart defects in infants with diagnosis of congenital Zika syndrome but without laboratory confirmation of ZIKV infection in the mother or infant. The objective of this study is to report echocardiographic (ECHO) findings in infants with laboratory confirmed antenatal exposure to ZIKV. METHODOLOGY: Cross sectional study of cardiologic assessments of infants born between November 2015 and January 2017 with confirmed vertical exposure to ZIKV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
March 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29564352/management-of-sequelae-of-kawasaki-disease-in-adults
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REVIEW
John B Gordon, Jane C Burns
Background: A growing population of young adults is presenting to cardiologists with late manifestations of Kawasaki disease (KD) that include cardiomyopathy, ischemia, and infarction. The management of these conditions differs in important ways from atherosclerotic heart disease, and yet there is little awareness in the adult cardiology community regarding the special challenges posed by the cardiovascular sequelae of KD. Methods: Observations were made on a population of 140 adult KD patients enrolled in the San Diego Adult KD Collaborative Study...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563819/a-case-of-brucella-melitensis-endocarditis-in-a-patient-with-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device
#14
Wasl Al-Adsani, Ali Ahmad, Mohammad Al-Mousa
Background: Brucellosis is a bacterial infection, caused by the nonmotile gram-negative aerobic coccobacilli. The clinical manifestation of brucellosis is variable, ranging from mild disease to severe disease. The gold standard test to confirm the diagnosis of brucellosis is assaying blood, bone marrow, or other body fluids or by tissue culture. Preferred first-line treatment in adults with uncomplicated, nonlocalized disease consists of doxycycline-aminoglycoside combination. The recommended duration of treatment is 6 weeks...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29492349/a-reversible-cause-of-complete-heart-block-causing-chest-pain-and-syncope
#15
Syed Rafay Ali Sabzwari, Zoltan Varga, Khurram Butt, Nimra Khan
Vasospastic angina (VSA), also known as variant or Prinzmetal's angina, is a relatively uncommon cause of retrosternal chest pain with transient ST segment elevation, mainly due to vasospasm in the coronary arteries. This is a case of 37-year-old female who presented with chest pain and syncope. Her initial workup, including echocardiogram, was negative. Subsequently, she was sent home with an event monitor. During the next two weeks, she continued to have recurrent episodes of similar chest pains and presented to her cardiology appointment with a heart rate of 45 bpm and blood pressure of 100/60 mmHg and was taken to hospital emergency department...
December 16, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29487670/arterial-tortuosity-syndrome-an-extremely-rare-disease-presenting-as-a-mimic-of-pulmonary-sling
#16
Amy Farkas, Michael Steiner, Henry Giles, Kristen Miller
Pulmonary sling is the anatomic variant defined by the aberrant origin of the left pulmonary artery from the right pulmonary artery. This patient presented with a mimic of pulmonary sling as a result of an extremely rare condition, arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS). The patient was first diagnosed with pulmonary sling on prenatal echocardiogram performed by cardiology. Computed tomography angiography of the chest obtained at birth to evaluate respiratory depression demonstrated ATS. The early detection of ATS has been demonstrated to improve patient outcome...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474699/rationale-and-design-of-the-eacvi-afib-echo-europe-registry-for-assessing-relationships-of-echocardiographic-parameters-with-clinical-thrombo-embolic-and-bleeding-risk-profile-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Maurizio Galderisi, Erwan Donal, Julien Magne, Francesco Lo Iudice, Eustachio Agricola, Leyla Elif Sade, Matteo Cameli, Ehud Schwammenthal, Nuno Cardim, Bernard Cosyns, Andreas Hagendorff, Alexandar N Neskovic, Josè Luis Zamorano, Patrizio Lancellotti, Gilbert Habib, Thor Edvardsen, Bogdan A Popescu
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for management of atrial fibrillation (AF) recommend the use of CHA2DS2VASc risk score for assessment of thromboembolic (TE) risk, whereas the stratification of bleeding risk should be obtained by HAS-Bleed to balance the most appropriate anticoagulation (OAC) therapy. However, men with CHA2DS2VASc score = 1 and women with CHA2DS2VASc = 2, who are at intermediate TE risk, represent a grey zone where guidelines do not provide a definite OAC indication...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463283/neonatal-diagnosis-of-isolated-absence-of-the-right-pulmonary-artery-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Akamin Raymond, Ettore Pedretti, Giuseppina Privitera, Cristina Cicero, Giacomo Biasucci
BACKGROUND: Unilateral absence of the pulmonary artery (UAPA) is a rare congenital malformation often associated with other cardiac anomalies; however it may occur as an isolated lesion. Isolated absence of the right pulmonary artery is twice more frequent than that of the left pulmonary artery. Patients with isolated UAPA are usually asymptomatic at birth; thereafter they may develop a progression of symptoms such as exercise intolerance, dyspnea, chest pain, hemoptysis and recurrent pulmonary infections...
February 20, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432303/utility-of-echocardiography-as-screening-for-late-onset-anthracycline-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-pediatric-cancer-survivors-observations-from-the-first-decade-after-end-of-therapy
#19
Diana J Moke, Lynn E Schubert, Heather Y Sun, Beth F Printz, Andrew C Dietz
Current screening guidelines are available for anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. However, the utility of echocardiogram screening for late-onset anthracycline cardiotoxicity especially in the decade immediately after end of therapy is debatable. A retrospective chart review of patients seen in the Thriving after Cancer Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital January 2006 to December 2013 was performed. Treatment data, echocardiogram results, cardiology referral notes and cardiac medication data were abstracted from anthracycline-exposed survivors...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428052/heart-score-and-stress-test-emergency-department-bayesian-decision-scheme-results-from-the-acute-care-diagnostic-collaboration
#20
Naureen Farook, L Cochon, A D Bode, B P Langer, A A Baez
BACKGROUND: Accurate identification of patients at risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE) places a substantial burden on emergency physicians (EPs). Bayesian nomogram for risk stratification in low- to intermediate-risk cardiovascular patients has not been investigated previously. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a comparative diagnostic model using Bayesian statistics for exercise treadmill test (ETT) and stress echocardiogram (ECHO) to calculate post-test diagnostic risk of MACE using HEART (history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin) risk score as predictor of pretest probability...
February 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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