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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352701/bailout-surgical-explantation-of-a-transcatheter-valve-in-valve-for-subacute-thrombosis-when-there-is-no-time-for-anticoagulation-case-report-and-literature-review
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Francesco Notaristefano, Matteo Rocco Reccia, Salvatore Notaristefano, Roberto Annunziata, Rocco Sclafani, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Claudio Cavallini
Trancatheter heart valve (THV) thrombosis is effectively treated with anticoagulation but alternative therapies are required when a faster gradient reduction is needed. Open heart surgery has been rarely performed due to the high perioperative mortality and only five cases have been described so far. Here we describe a case of emergent surgical explantation for THV thrombosis after a valve-in-valve. A 67years old man underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation for a failed surgical bioprosthesis Epic 21mm (St...
December 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352008/incidence-predictors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-residual-stenosis-after-aortic-valve-in-valve
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Sabine Bleiziffer, Magdalena Erlebach, Matheus Simonato, Philippe Pibarot, John Webb, Lukas Capek, Stephan Windecker, Isaac George, Jan-Malte Sinning, Eric Horlick, Massimo Napodano, David M Holzhey, Petur Petursson, Alfredo Cerillo, Nikolaos Bonaros, Enrico Ferrari, Mauricio G Cohen, Giselle Baquero, Tara L Jones, Ankur Kalra, Michael J Reardon, Adnan Chhatriwalla, Vasco Gama Ribeiro, Sami Alnasser, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Christian Jörg Rustenbach, Joachim Schofer, Santiago Garcia, Tobias Zeus, Didier Champagnac, Raffi Bekeredjian, Ran Kornowski, Rüdiger Lange, Danny Dvir
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to analyse the incidence of prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM) and elevated gradients after aortic valve in valve (ViV), and to evaluate predictors and associations with clinical outcomes of this adverse event. METHODS: A total of 910 aortic ViV patients were investigated. Elevated residual gradients were defined as ≥20 mm Hg. PPM was identified based on the indexed effective orifice area (EOA), measured by echocardiography, and patient body mass index (BMI)...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351959/diagnosis-and-significance-of-pulmonary-microvascular-disease-in-diabetes
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Timothy J Roberts, Andrew T Burns, Richard J MacIsaac, Andrew I MacIsaac, David L Prior, André La Gerche
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether pulmonary microvascular disease is detectable in subjects with diabetes and associated with diminished exercise capacity using a novel echocardiographic marker quantifying the pulmonary transit of agitated contrast bubbles (PTAC). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Sixty participants (40 with diabetes and 20 control subjects) performed cardiopulmonary (maximal oxygen consumption [VO2peak]) and semisupine bicycle echocardiography exercise tests within a 1-week period...
January 19, 2018: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351635/reversibility-of-severe-mitral-valve-regurgitation-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-single-centre-observations-from-a-real-life-population-of-patients
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Monica Dobrovie, Ricardo A Spampinato, Elena Efimova, Jaqueline G da Rocha E Silva, Julia Fischer, Michael Kuehl, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Ann Belmans, Agnieszka Ciarka, Fernanda Bonamigo Thome, Valerie Schloma, Yaroslava Dmitrieva, Sven Lehmann, Jochen Hahn, Elfriede Strotdrees, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Jens Garbade, Anna L Meyer
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact of untreated preoperative severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) on outcomes after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: Of the 234 patients who received LVAD therapy in our centre during a 6-year period, we selected those who had echocardiographic images of good quality and excluded those who underwent mitral valve replacement prior to or mitral valve repair during LVAD placement. The 128 patients selected were divided into 2 groups: Group A with severe MR (n = 65) and Group B with none to moderate MR (n = 63, 28 with moderate MR)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351473/sympathetically-mediated-cardiac-responses-to-isolated-muscle-metaboreflex-activation-following-exercise-are-modulated-by-body-position-in-humans
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André L Teixeira, Mauricio Daher, Mayara Souza, Plinio Santos Ramos, James P Fisher, Lauro C Vianna
Isolated muscle metaboreflex activation with post-handgrip exercise ischemia (PEI) increases sympathetic nerve activity and partially maintains the exercise-induced increase in blood pressure, but a smaller heart rate (HR) response occurs. The cardiopulmonary baroreceptors, mechanically sensitive receptors that respond to changes in central blood volume and pressure, are strongly associated with changes in body position and upon activation elicit reflex sympathoinhibition. Here, we tested the hypothesis that postural changes modulate the sympathetically-mediated cardiac response to PEI in humans...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351312/prognostic-relevance-of-elevated-pulmonary-arterial-pressure-assessed-non-invasively-analysis-in-a-large-patient-cohort-with-invasive-measurements-in-near-temporal-proximity
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Sebastian Greiner, Andreas Jud, Matthias Aurich, Christoph Geisenberger, Lorenz Uhlmann, Thomas Hilbel, Meinhard Kieser, Hugo A Katus, Derliz Mereles
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of non-invasively derived pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) by Doppler echocardiography (DE) has been questioned in the past. However, transthoracic echocardiography is used as a cornerstone examination for patients with dyspnea and suspected pulmonary hypertension (PH). This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of non-invasive assessed PAP in a large population of patients with known or suspected cardiopulmonary disease. METHODS: The analyses are based on data of patients of a tertiary cardiology center that received right heart catheterization (RHC) as well as non-invasively assessed PAP by DE within five days, and includes serological and clinical parameters in a retrospective follow-up for up to eight years...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351144/cardiac-dysfunction-in-critical-illness
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Allison Dalton, Sajid Shahul
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Sepsis and septic shock are prevalent conditions that are likely to increase in prevalence in the future. Given the high mortality and morbidity associated with sepsis and sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction, we must continue to make advances in knowledge of the complex physiologic interactions and how we may target specific mediators for potential therapeutic options in the future. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple biomarkers have been discovered, which when assayed in sepsis-induced cardiomyopathy predict morbidity and mortality...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350882/cardiac-function-by-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-imaging-and-cytokines-in-kawasaki-disease
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Masataka Kato, Mamoru Ayusawa, Hirofumi Watanabe, Akiko Komori, Yuriko Abe, Takahiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Shori Takahashi
BACKGROUND: IT is well known that serum N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) tends to elevate in acute phase of Kawasaki disease (KD), but the cause of NT-proBNP elevation has not been clarified. Our previous study revealed that cardiac function evaluated by two-dimensional echocardiography (2D-E) such as ejection fraction (EF) was normal. However, cardiac function evaluated by 2D-E does not reflect subtle change of cardiac dysfunction and the relation has still been controversial...
January 19, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350660/rest-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-may-be-a-sensitive-but-nonspecific-test-for-detection-of-significant-coronary-artery-disease
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Mohammad Parsa Mahjoob, Saeed Alipour Parsa, Asghar Mazarei, Morteza Safi, Isa Khaheshi, Shooka Esmaeeli
AIMS: To detect the significance of coronary artery disease in the patients, who are suspected, was assumed to be one of the advantages of 2D STE, as a novel non-invasive imaging modality with acceptable accuracy. METHODS: In this study, 216 patients who were suspected to have coronary artery disease and candidate for coronary angiography, underwent rest two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D STE) and negative global systolic longitudinal strain was evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350381/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-knockout-attenuates-endotoxin-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-in-mice
#11
Jie Zhang, Xin Zhang, Yuqi Cui, Lianqun Cui, Peng Zhao
BACKGROUND: The accumulated evidence suggests that macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) plays a key role not only in acute and chronic inflammatory diseases but also in cardiovascular disease. The cardiac dysfunction is related to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in sepsis. AIM: This study was designed to examine whether MIF mediates LPS-induced cardiac dysfunction and address the mechanisms. METHODS: Echocardiography, immunohistochemical analysis, cell shortening/relengthening and intracellular Ca2+ fluorescence evaluation were performed in whole hearts and isolated cardiomyocytes from C57 and MIF knockout mice treated with or without LPS...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350374/extension-of-a-coronary-intramural-hematoma-after-blunt-chest-trauma
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Maeng Real Park, Mun Ki Min, Ji Ho Ryu, Dae Sub Lee, Kang Ho Lee
Coronary artery dissection and intramural hematoma after blunt chest trauma are rare, but life-threatening, complications. Coronary intramural hematoma extension is even rarer. A 31-year-old man was transferred to our hospital for worsening left chest pain during while he was admitted at a nearby hospital due to blunt chest trauma. Bedside echocardiography showed akinesis of the left ventricular apex and anterior wall as well as hypokinesis of the mid-to-basal anteroseptal wall and mid-to-basal lateral and posterior walls of the left ventricle...
January 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350246/data-driven-quality-improvement-project-to-increase-the-value-of-the-congenital-echocardiographic-report
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Pei-Ni Jone, Ruthanne Gould, Cindy Barrett, Adel K Younoszai, Brian Fonseca
Echocardiography is the primary diagnostic modality for congenital heart disease patients. The written report is used to communicate with the care team and organization is often divided into the body with detailed findings and the conclusions with important findings summarized. Strategies to increase workflow efficiency include batch writing of reports after performance of multiple echocardiograms and the use of report templates which may contribute to discrepancies within report leading to potential downstream medical errors...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349900/primary-cardiac-angiosarcoma-a-case-report
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Nóra Ambrus, Kálmán Havasi, Anita Kalapos, László Sághy, Attila Makai, Gábor Bogáts, Zoltán Hegedűs, Béla Iványi, Zsuzsanna Besenyi, Zsuzsanna Pápai, László Nagy, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Cardiac angiosarcomas are the most common primary malignant cardiac tumors in adults. The diagnosis is often delayed due to nonspecific clinical symptoms at presentation. The cornerstones of diagnosis are echocardiography and the histological evaluation of the cardiac biopsy. The knowledge on the treatment is limited; the outcomes of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, complete surgical removal, and heart transplantation are controversial. We report a 38-year-old woman with a primary heart tumor which infiltrated the right atrial wall and the pericardium and caused pericardial effusion...
January 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349824/reduced-left-ventricular-filling-following-blood-volume-extraction-does-not-result-in-compensatory-augmentation-of-cardiac-mechanics
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Rachel Lord, David MacLeod, Keith George, David Oxborough, Rob Shave, Mike Stembridge
An acute non-invasive reduction in preload has been shown to augment cardiac mechanics to maintain stroke volume and cardiac output. Such interventions induce concomitant changes in heart rate (HR), whereas blood volume extraction reduces preload without HR changes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine whether a preload reduction in isolation resulted in augmented stroke volume achieved via enhanced cardiac mechanics. Nine healthy volunteers (4 female, age 29 ± 11 years) underwent echocardiography for the assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and mechanics in a supine position at baseline and end-extraction following the controlled removal of 25% of total blood volume (1062 ± 342 ml)...
January 18, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349803/assessment-of-mitral-annulus-and-mitral-leaflet-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-various-degrees-of-mitral-regurgitation-real-time-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Yongjuan Luo, Yanbo Zhu, Xin Guan, Yunjia Lin
AIM: To study the changes of mitral valve (MV) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related mitral regurgitation (MR) and the relationship between MV parameters and the enlarged left atrium (LA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 43 patients with NVAF were divided into two groups: (1) the MR1 group with mild MR and (2) the MR2 group with moderate-to-severe MR. Real time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to detect the structure of MV...
January 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349091/coexistent-ipsilateral-internal-carotid-artery-occlusion-and-cerebral-venous-thrombosis-in-hepatitis-c
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Karan Seegobin, Somphanh Khousakhoun, Ryan Crooks, Satish Maharaj, Cherisse Baldeo
A 58-year-old male, known to have hepatitis C virus (HCV), presented with intermittent headaches and left-sided sensorimotor symptoms. There were no focal neurological deficits on examination. Electrocardiogram was unremarkable. Computed tomography angiography head and neck displayed extracranial right internal carotid artery occlusion. Magnetic resonance imaging showed right cortical vein thrombosis, with hemorrhagic infarction. Echocardiography with bubble study was unremarkable. Hypercoagulable workup was significant for protein S deficiency...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348263/phosphoinositide-3-kinase-gamma-inhibition-protects-from-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-and-reduces-tumor-growth
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Mingchuan Li, Valentina Sala, Maria Chiara De Santis, James Cimino, Paola Cappello, Nicola Pianca, Anna Di Bona, Jean Piero Margaria, Miriam Martini, Edoardo Lazzarini, Flora Pirozzi, Luca Rossi, Irene Franco, Julia Bornbaum, Jacqueline Heger, Susanne Rohrbach, Alessia Perino, Carlo G Tocchetti, Braulio H F Lima, Mauro M Teixeira, Paolo E Porporato, Rainer Schulz, Annalisa Angelini, Marco Sandri, Pietro Ameri, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Roberto César P Lima-Júnior, Marco Mongillo, Tania Zaglia, Fulvio Morello, Francesco Novelli, Emilio Hirsch, Alessandra Ghigo
Background -Anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin (DOX), are potent anti-cancer agents for the treatment of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. However, their clinical use is hampered by cardiotoxicity. This study sought to investigate the role of PI3Kγ in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity and the potential cardio-protective and anti-cancer effects of PI3Kγ inhibition. Methods -Mice expressing a kinase-inactive PI3Kγ or receiving PI3Kγ selective inhibitors were subjected to chronic DOX treatment. Cardiac function was analyzed by echocardiography and DOX-mediated signaling was assessed in whole hearts or in isolated cardiomyocytes...
January 18, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348023/impaired-recovery-of-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-cardiomyopathy-and-left%C3%A2-bundle-branch-block
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Edward Sze, Zainab Samad, Allison Dunning, Kristen Bova Campbell, Zak Loring, Brett D Atwater, Karen Chiswell, Joseph A Kisslo, Eric J Velazquez, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) often respond to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement. Guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), not CRT, is first-line therapy for patients with reduced LVEF with LBBB. However, there are little data on how patients with reduced LVEF and LBBB respond to GDMT. OBJECTIVES: This study examined patients with cardiomyopathy and sought to assess rates of LVEF improvement for patients with LBBB compared to other QRS morphologies...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348012/coronary-embolus-an-underappreciated-cause-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Claire E Raphael, John A Heit, Guy S Reeder, Melanie C Bois, Joseph J Maleszewski, R Thomas Tilbury, David R Holmes
Coronary embolism is the underlying cause of 3% of acute coronary syndromes but is often not considered in the differential of acute coronary syndromes. It should be suspected in the case of high thrombus burden despite a relatively normal underlying vessel or recurrent coronary thrombus. Coronary embolism may be direct (from the aortic valve or left atrial appendage), paroxysmal (from the venous circulation through a patent foramen ovale), or iatrogenic (following cardiac intervention). Investigations include transesophageal echocardiography to assess the left atrial appendage and atrial septum and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring to assess for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
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