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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128035/bedside-identification-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-with-point-of-care-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Tomislav Jelic, Melanie Baimel, Jordan Chenkin
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in those who are hemodynamically unstable and cannot be imaged to confirm the diagnosis. Echocardiography can allow for rapid assessment of patients in shock, but requires adequate transthoracic windows to obtain clinically useful information. Emergency physician-performed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) may be a useful tool when transthoracic echocardiography fails. CASE REPORT: An 86-year-old woman presented to the emergency department after a fall at home...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115044/a-leg-ulcer-with-pulsating-varicose-veins%C3%A2-%C3%A2-from-the-legs-to-the-heart
#2
Sabrina Johanna Swoboda, Hauke Schumann, Dimitra Kiritsi
We present the case of a 58-year-old man who presented to our wound care centre with a 7 -month history of a progressive unilateral leg ulcer. He reported intermittent, heavy bleeding at the ulcer. The duplex sonography showed a bilateral incompetence of the saphenofemoral junctions and the entire course of the great saphenous veins and, surprisingly, also a bilateral reversed arterial-like pulsating flow in the great and small saphenous veins as well as in the deep veins of the lower extremities. During cardiac examination by auscultation and echocardiography, we detected a previously undescribed severe tricuspid insufficiency with strongly reduced systolic ejection of both the left and the right ventricle and repercussions on the peripheral venous system as a cause for the pulsating veins...
November 7, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107407/transesophageal-echocardiography-guidelines-for-point-of-care-applications-in-cardiac-arrest%C3%A2-resuscitation
#3
James Fair, Michael Mallin, Haney Mallemat, Joshua Zimmerman, Robert Arntfield, Ross Kessler, Jonathan Bailitz, Michael Blaivas
Cardiac arrest is one of the most challenging patient presentations managed by emergency care providers, and echocardiography can be instrumental in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment guidance in these critically ill patients. Transesophageal echocardiography has many advantages over transthoracic echocardiography in a cardiac arrest resuscitation. As transesophageal echocardiography is implemented more widely at the point of care during cardiac arrest resuscitations, guidelines are needed to assist emergency providers in acquiring the equipment and skills necessary to successfully incorporate it into the management of cardiac arrest victims...
October 26, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063125/-structured-bedside-ultrasound-in-intensive-care-medicine
#4
D Hempel, R Pfister, G Michels
The so-called point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is of increasing importance for diagnostics and therapy control in intensive care medicine. Based on focused thorax sonography, echocardiography, and abdominal sonography, the most important working and differential diagnoses can be demonstrated or excluded depending on the leading symptom. Sonographic-based algorithms allow a structured evaluation especially of patients with the common leading symptoms dyspnea and thoracic pain.
November 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030027/comparison-of-right-ventricular-measurements-by-perioperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-as-a-predictor-of-hemodynamic-instability-following-cardiac-surgery
#5
Pei-Chi Ting, An-Hsun Chou, Chia-Chih Liao, Victor Chien-Chia Wu, Feng-Chun Tsai, Jaw-Ji Chu, Min-Wen Yang, Shi-Chuan Chang
BACKGROUND: The relationship between perioperative right ventricular (RV) performance and hemodynamic instability after cardiac surgery seemed less portrayed. Therefore, we sought to elucidate this relationship and compare the accuracy of different RV systolic indices in predicting outcome of cardiac surgery. METHODS: This study enrolled consecutive patients referred for cardiac surgeries. Exclusion criteria were non-sinus rhythm or contraindications to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029074/multimodality-imaging-evaluation-of-chagas-disease-an-expert-consensus-of-brazilian-cardiovascular-imaging-department-dic-and-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging-eacvi
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Maria Carmo P Nunes, Luigi Paolo Badano, J Antonio Marin-Neto, Thor Edvardsen, Covadonga Fernández-Golfín, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Bogdan A Popescu, Richard Underwood, Gilbert Habib, Jose Luis Zamorano, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva, Ester Cerdeira Sabino, Fernando A Botoni, Márcia Melo Barbosa, Marcio Vinicius L Barros, Eduardo Falqueto, Marcus Vinicius Simões, André Schmidt, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte, Manoel Otávio Costa Rocha, Antonio Luiz Pinho Ribeiro, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aims: To develop a document by Brazilian Cardiovascular Imaging Department (DIC) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) to review and summarize the most recent evidences about the non-invasive assessment of patients with Chagas disease, with the intent to set up a framework for standardized cardiovascular imaging to assess cardiovascular morphologic and functional disturbances, as well as to guide the subsequent process of clinical decision-making. Methods and results: Chagas disease remains one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in Latin America, and has become a health problem in non-endemic countries...
September 25, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026892/prompt-diagnosis-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-with-papillary-muscle-rupture-by-point-of-care-ultrasound-in-the-emergency-department
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Koon Ho Cheung, Colin Graham Alexander
A previously healthy 61-year-old man presented to the emergency department with chest pain and dyspnoea for 6 hours. Examination revealed distress with an apical pansystolic murmur. Initial electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia and ST elevation in leads II, III, and aVF compatible with an inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Point-of-care echocardiography in the emergency department showed a flail anterior mitral leaflet and severe mitral regurgitation, leading to a provisional diagnosis of papillary muscle rupture...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993991/pocus-in-perioperative-medicine-a-north-american-perspective
#8
Lorenzo De Marchi, Massimiliano Meineri
Ultrasound (US) performed at the point of care has found fertile ground in perioperative medicine. In the hands of anesthesiologists, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become established as a powerful diagnostic and monitoring tool in the perioperative care of cardiac and non-cardiac patients. A number of point-of-care US (POCUS) applications are relevant to perioperative care, including airway, cardiac, lung and gastric US. Although guidelines exist to define the scope of practice for basic and advanced TEE, there remains a lack of such guidelines for perioperative point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), despite a number of recent calls for action in the academic anesthesia community...
October 9, 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992169/points-to-consider-when-doing-a-trial-primarily-involving-the-heart
#9
REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Ulrich A Walker, Dinesh Khanna, Daniel E Furst, Christophe Meune
Cardiac involvement contributes to the severity of SSc and should carefully be investigated and managed in SSc patients. Although it is commonly sub-clinical, once symptomatic it has a poor prognosis. Several complementary tools (circulating biomarkers, electrocardiography, echocardiography, scintigraphy or MRI) allow the assessment of all the various cardiac structures (endocardium, myocardium and pericardium) and heart function. Treatment remains empirical but cardiac trials in SSc can add data to the treatment of this complication...
September 1, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966921/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-hemodynamics-in-neonates-and-children
#10
REVIEW
Yogen Singh
Hemodynamic instability and inadequate cardiac performance are common in critically ill children. The clinical assessment of hemodynamic status is reliant upon physical examination supported by the clinical signs such as heart rate, blood pressure, capillary refill time, and measurement of the urine output and serum lactate. Unfortunately, all of these parameters are surrogate markers of cardiovascular well-being and they provide limited direct information regarding the adequacy of blood flow and tissue perfusion...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953498/diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-performed-by-pulmonary-critical-care-physicians-for-right-ventricle-assessment-in-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Jason Filopei, Samuel O Acquah, Eric E Bondarsky, David J Steiger, Navitha Ramesh, Madeline Ehrlich, Paru Patrawalla
OBJECTIVES: Risk stratification for acute pulmonary embolism using imaging presence of right ventricular dysfunction is essential for triage; however, comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography has limited availability. We assessed the accuracy and timeliness of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellow's performance of goal-directed echocardiograms and intensivists' interpretations for evaluating right ventricular dysfunction in acute pulmonary embolism. DESIGN: Prospective observational study and retrospective chart review...
September 26, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917688/a-randomized-trial-of-pocket-echocardiography-integrated-mobile-health-device-assessments-in-modern-structural-heart-disease-clinics
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Sanjeev P Bhavnani, Srikanth Sola, David Adams, Ashwin Venkateshvaran, P K Dash, Partho P Sengupta
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether mobile health (mHealth) device assessments used as clinical decision support tools at the point-of-care can reduce the time to treatment and improve long-term outcomes among patients with rheumatic and structural heart diseases (SHD). BACKGROUND: Newly developed smartphone-connected mHealth devices represent promising methods to diagnose common diseases in resource-limited areas; however, the impact of technology-based care on long-term outcomes has not been rigorously evaluated...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867125/comparison-of-benefit-of-successful-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-chronic-total-occlusion-in-patients-with-versus-without-reduced-%C3%A2-40-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Aurel Toma, Barbara E Stähli, Michael Gick, Catherine Gebhard, Beat A Kaufmann, Kambis Mashayekhi, Miroslaw Ferenc, Heinz Joachim Buettner, Franz-Josef Neumann
Successful recanalization of chronic total occlusions (CTO) has been associated with improved survival. Data on outcomes in patients with left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention for CTO, however, are scarce. Between January 2005 and December 2013, a total of 2,002 consecutive patients undergoing elective CTO percutaneous coronary intervention at a tertiary care center were divided into patients with (LV ejection fraction ≤ 40%) and without (LV ejection fraction > 40%) LV systolic dysfunction as defined by transthoracic echocardiography...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866972/comparison-of-continous-wave-doppler-ultrasound-monitor-and-echocardiography-to-assess-cardiac-output-in-intensive-care-patients
#14
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ahmad Elgendy, Ian M Seppelt, Andrew S Lane
BACKGROUND: Continuous-wave Doppler (CWD) ultrasound through the left ventricular outflow tract is one modality used for non-invasive cardiac output measurement. The ultrasonic cardiac output monitor (USCOM) is a relatively new monitor which uses a small, transcutaneous ultrasound probe to measure cardiac output with CWD via the suprasternal window. It is faster and less complex to train new users than conventional echocardiography. In addition to stroke volume (SV), the USCOM can calculate stroke volume variation (SVV) and the Smith-Madigan inotropy index (SMII), which is an estimate of the pre-load independent contractility of the myocardium...
September 2017: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833528/intraoperative-assessment-of-transient-and-persistent-regional-left-ventricular-wall-motion-abnormalities-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-revascularization-surgery-using-real-time-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-a-prospective-observational
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Neelam Aggarwal, Koniparambil P Unnikrishnan, Indranil Biswas, Jayakumar Karunakaran, Puthuvasseri R Suneel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of intraoperative real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) for identification and quantification of transient and persistent regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMAs) in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). DESIGN: A prospective observational study SETTING: Single-center study in an academic tertiary care hospital PARTICIPANTS: A series of 42 patients undergoing elective CABG over a 2-year period were included...
August 22, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818780/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-arterial-coupling-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
#16
Jing Yan, Xiaoyang Zhou, Bangchuan Hu, Shijin Gong, Yihua Yu, Guolong Cai, Li Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular-arterial coupling (VAC) for clinical prognosis of elderly patients with septic shock. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study of 63 elderly patients with septic shock treated between August 2014 and January 2016 at the 30-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of Zhejiang Hospital (China). Left VAC was evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). End-systolic elastance (Ees) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were measured; arterial elastance (Ea) was calculated...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817424/impact-of-simulator-based-training-in-focused-transesophageal-echocardiography-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Andreas Bloch, Robert von Arx, Reto Etter, David Berger, Heiko Kaiser, Armando Lenz, Tobias M Merz
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine if training in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) using a TEE simulator improves the ability of novice operators to perform and interpret a focused critical care TEE. METHODS: In this prospective, randomized, controlled study with blinded outcome assessment, 44 intensive care unit trainees were randomly assigned to a control group receiving 4 hours of lecture-based training only, or an intervention group which was additionally trained for 4 hours using a TEE simulator...
October 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800728/feasibility-and-diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-of-care-handheld-echocardiography-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-a-pilot-study
#18
Peter Kraft, Anna Fleischer, Silke Wiedmann, Viktoria Rücker, Daniel Mackenrodt, Caroline Morbach, Uwe Malzahn, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Stefan Störk, Peter U Heuschmann
BACKGROUND: Standard echocardiography (SE) is an essential part of the routine diagnostic work-up after ischemic stroke (IS) and also serves for research purposes. However, access to SE is often limited. We aimed to assess feasibility and accuracy of point-of-care (POC) echocardiography in a stroke unit (SU) setting. METHODS: IS patients were recruited on the SU of the University Hospital Würzburg, Germany. Two SU team members were trained in POC echocardiography for a three-month period to assess a set of predefined cardiac parameters including left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
August 11, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755100/point-of-care-ultrasonography-in-canadian-anesthesiology-residency-programs-a-national-survey-of-program-directors
#19
Daniel Mok, Stephan K W Schwarz, Kevin Rondi
PURPOSE: Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is a useful tool with multiple perioperative applications relevant to the anesthesiologist. Nevertheless, the full scope of POCUS applications has yet to be formally incorporated into Canadian anesthesiology training. The purpose of this study was to determine the current state of POCUS training in Canadian anesthesiology residency programs. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey of program directors from Royal College-accredited anesthesiology residency programs across Canada...
July 28, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617995/investigation-of-an-n-terminal-prohormone-of-brain-natriuretic-peptide-point-of-care-elisa-in-clinically-normal-cats-and-cats-with-cardiac-disease
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A N Harris, S S Beatty, A H Estrada, B Winter, M Bohannon, I Sosa, J Hanscom, C A Mainville, A E Gallagher
BACKGROUND: N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations may be increased in cats with various cardiac disorders. The point-of-care (POC) ELISA assay uses the same biologic reagents as the quantitative NT-proBNP ELISA. Previous studies have evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of the POC ELISA in cats with cardiac disease. OBJECTIVES: To prospectively evaluate the diagnostic utility of the POC ELISA in a select population of cats...
July 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
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