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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915422/state-of-the-art-review-of-the-right-ventricle-in-copd-patients-it-is-time-to-look-closer
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REVIEW
Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
Since the first description of pulmonary circulation in the 16th century, the knowledge of the complex interaction between the heart and lungs has greatly improved. Hypoxemia plays a classical role in the development of complications such as pulmonary hypertension and right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in patients presenting with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, more recent results have revealed the presence of RV vascular structural and functional changes even in patients with mild COPD, without hypoxemia or pulmonary hypertension at rest...
December 3, 2016: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915262/procedural-outcomes-of-fluoroless-catheter-ablation-outside-the-traditional-catheterization-lab
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Amee M Bigelow, Philip C Smith, Dylan T Timberlake, Neil L McNinch, Grace L Smith, John R Lane, John M Clark
AIMS: Non-fluoroscopic catheter ablation is becoming routine. In experienced centres, fluoroscopy is rarely required. The use of a traditional catheterization lab (cath lab) may no longer be necessary. We began performing catheter ablations at a paediatric centre outside the traditional cardiac cath lab in 2013. The purpose of this study was to compare procedural features of paediatric catheter ablation performed outside the cath lab to those performed within a cath lab. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively looked at patients presenting to the paediatric centre with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) undergoing catheter ablation outside the cath lab in a standard operating room (OR group)...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915010/a-large-tumour-of-the-left-atrium-a-10-year-follow-up
#3
Agnieszka M Łebek-Szatańska, L Łebek Zbigniew, Marek J Dąbrowski, Piotr S Kardaszewicz
Benign myxomas are the most common among primary tumours in the left atrium of the heart and they usually require an urgent operative management. However, in times of constant ageing of the population and dealing with patients with severe concomitant diseases, an interesting question appears about the conservative approach. We present a case of 75-year-old woman, once diagnosed and operated on left atrium myxoma, with recurrent tumour in the site of resection found in control echocardiography 1,5 years later...
November 30, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914503/rationale-and-design-of-the-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-to-unload-the-left-ventricle-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-tavr-unload-trial
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Ernest Spitzer, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Philippe Pibarot, Rebecca T Hahn, Susheel Kodali, Mathew S Maurer, Tamim M Nazif, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-Michel Paradis, Arie-Pieter Kappetein, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gerrit-Anne van Es, Faouzi Kallel, William N Anderson, Jan Tijssen, Martin B Leon
BACKGROUND: Coexistence of moderate aortic stenosis (AS) in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction is not uncommon. Moderate AS increases afterload, whereas pharmacologic reduction of afterload is a pillar of contemporary HF management. HYPOTHESIS: Unloading the left ventricle by reducing the transaortic gradient with transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may improve clinical outcomes in patients with moderate AS and HF with reduced ejection fraction...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914003/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-levels-are-linked-with-modified-child-pugh-classification-in-patients-with-nonalcoholic-cirrhosis-nt-probnp-and-liver-cirrhosis
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Abdulbaki Kumbasar, Mehtap Navdar, Esra Ataoglu, Isil Uzunhasan, Kadir Ergen, Sule Poturoglu, Filiz Basinoglu, Fatih Yilmaz, Mustafa Yenigun, Fuat Sar, Ozgur Tanriverdi
Excess N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide secretion has been linked to cirrhosis in previously studies. The relationship of plasma N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels and cardiac dysfunction determined by echocardiography were investigated in patients with nonalcoholic cirrhosis and a control group of chronic hepatitis. This study was designed as a cross-sectional study. Thirty-two men and thirty-three women who gave informed consent who were followed-up for chronic liver failure were enrolled...
December 2, 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913565/a-24-year-old-male-with-a-painful-and-cold-lower-extremity
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Eric A Robinson, Zain I Khalpey, Rajesh Janardhanan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 24-year-old male presented to the emergency department with intense pain in his right lower extremity. He has a medical history significant for systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome. He also had four prior episodes of deep venous thromboses on rivaroxaban. The patient stated that early in the morning, he started to feel intense pain that started from his knee and progressed to his calf, with associated numbness and paraesthesia. On physical examination, the limb felt cold with absent right popliteal and dorsalis pedis pulses...
December 2, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913338/intracardiac-vortex-dynamics-by-high-frame-rate-doppler-vortography-i-in-vivo-i-comparison-with-vector-flow-mapping-and-4-d-flow-mri
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Julia Faurie, Mathilde Baudet, Kondo Claude Assi, Dominique Auger, Guillaume Gilbert, Francois Tournoux, Damien Garcia
Recent studies have suggested that intracardiac vortex flow imaging could be of clinical interest to early diagnose the diastolic heart function. Doppler vortography has been intro-duced as a simple color Doppler method to detect and quantify intraventricular vortices. This method is able to locate a vortex core based on the recognition of an antisymmetric pattern in the Doppler velocity field. Because the heart is a fast-moving organ, high frame rates are needed to decipher the whole blood vortex dynamics during diastole...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913078/pulmonary-artery-dissection-following-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-a-dog-with-pulmonic-stenosis
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K A Grint, H B Kellihan
A 3-month-old, 9.9 kg, male pit bull cross was referred for evaluation of collapse. A left basilar systolic heart murmur graded V/VI and a grade IV/VI right basilar systolic heart murmur were ausculted. Echocardiography showed severe pulmonic stenosis characterized by annular hypoplasia, leaflet thickening, and leaflet fusion. After 1 month of atenolol therapy, a pulmonic valve balloon valvuloplasty procedure was performed, and the intra-operative right ventricular pressure was reduced by 43%. Echocardiography, performed the following day, showed apparent rupture of a pulmonary valve leaflet and a membranous structure within the pulmonary artery consistent with a dissecting membrane...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912902/evolution-of-the-clinical-profile-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-treated-in-spanish-emergency-departments
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R Escoda, Ò Miró, F J Martín-Sánchez, J Jacob, P Herrero, V Gil, J M Garrido, M J Pérez-Durá, M Fuentes, P Llorens
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the changes in epidemiology, outpatient and emergency department clinical care, and outcomes of patients treated for acute heart failure (AHF) in Spanish hospital emergency departments (HEDs) between 2007 and 2014. METHOD: A multicentre cohort study was conducted that consecutively included patients with AHF diagnosed in 9HEDs during 4 periods (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014). The study analysed the changes observed in 20 variables corresponding to baseline data, outpatient care and emergency care data and outcome data...
November 29, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912200/is-cha2ds2-vasc-appropriate-for-hyperthyroid-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-implications-of-adding-a-transesophageal-echocardiography-evaluation
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Marcus Vinicius Leitão de Souza, Patricia de Fátima Dos Santos Teixeira, Mario Vaisman, Sergio Salles Xavier
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation remains a controversial issue among hyperthyroid patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of the thrombogenic milieu (TM), detected using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), among patients with AF related to hyperthyroidism, and to correlate these findings with the clinical embolic risk classification (CHA2DS2-VASc). METHODS: CHA2DS2-VASc score, thyroid hormonal status, time since hyperthyroidism diagnosis, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE were assessed in 47 consecutive patients aged between 18 and 65years with AF related to hyperthyroidism...
November 10, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912199/right-ventricular-dyssynchrony-predicts-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Mitsushige Murata, Toshimitsu Tsugu, Takashi Kawakami, Masaharu Kataoka, Yugo Minakata, Jin Endo, Hikaru Tsuruta, Yuji Itabashi, Yuichiro Maekawa, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: RV dyssynchrony has been described in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and is an independent predictor of clinical worsening; however, the optimal method for measuring RV dyssynchrony has not been fully established. This study aimed to investigate whether RV dyssynchrony is correlated with hemodynamics and prognosis in PH patients and to identify the best parameter for evaluating RV dyssynchrony. METHODS: This study assessed 100 PH patients, measuring mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP), pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), and cardiac index (CI) by right heart catheterization (RHC)...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912070/cardiac-complications-associated-with-the-influenza-viruses-a-subtype-h7n9-or-pandemic-h1n1-in-critically-ill-patients-under-intensive-care
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Jiajia Wang, Hua Xu, Xinjing Yang, Daguo Zhao, Shenlang Liu, Xue Sun, Jian-An Huang, Qiang Guo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The clinical presentations and disease courses of patients hospitalized with either influenza A virus subtype H7N9 (H7N9) or 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus (pH1N1) were compared in a recent report, but associated cardiac complications remain unclear. The present retrospective study investigated whether cardiac complications in critically ill patients with H7N9 infections differed from those infected with the pH1N1 strain. METHODS: Suspect cases were confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays with specific confirmation of the pandemic H1N1 strain at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
November 29, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911009/echocardiographic-predictors-of-outcome-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#13
Ivan Stankovic, Robert Marcun, Aleksandra Janicijevic, Jerneja Farkas, Sasa Kadivec, Ivan Ilic, Aleksandar N Neskovic, Mitja Lainscak
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the relationship between echocardiographic characteristics and mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: We prospectively studied 154 patients (mean age 71 ± 10 years, 71% male) with COPD. All patients underwent transthoracic Doppler echocardiography within 48 hours of hospital admission. Primary endpoint was all-cause mortality during a median period of 22 months. RESULTS: Mildly elevated tricuspid regurgitation pressure and mitral E/e' ratio were the most commonly encountered echocardiographic abnormalities, observed in 60% and 56% of patients, respectively...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910996/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predicts-early-subclinical-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#14
Qi Tang, Yan Jiang, Yali Xu, Hongmei Xia
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the early changes of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) mechanics associated with anthracycline treatment for breast cancer and to determine whether two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) analysis could predict chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. BACKGROUND: Anthracycline generates progressive LV dysfunction associated with a poor prognosis. Early detection of minor change of myocardial mechanics is thus important...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909891/canola-oil-rich-in-oleic-acid-improves-diastolic-heart-function-in-diet-induced-obese-rats
#15
Sijo Joseph Thandapilly, Pema Raj, Xavier Lieben Louis, Danielle Perera, Prasanga Yamanagedara, Peter Zahradka, Carla G Taylor, Thomas Netticadan
Obesity is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It directly affects heart structure and function and contributes to heart failure. Diet is a major factor involved in the development of obesity along with genetic factors. We examined the effects of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich oils on cardiac structure and function in the diet-induced rodent model of obesity (DIO). Obese prone (OP) rats were fed a high-fat diet (HF; 55% of kcal) for 12 weeks; Sprague-Dawley rats fed commercial chow served as control...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909593/our-anaesthetic-experiences-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-mitraclip-implantation
#16
Ezgi Erkılıç, Elvin Kesimci, Cihan Döğer, Tülin Gümüş, Süleyman Ellik, Orhan Kanbak
OBJECTIVE: Percutaneous mitraclip implantation system, is a new technique developed for patients with high surgical risks. It is generally performed in a catheterisation laboratory with the guidance of fluoroscopy and transesophageal echocardiography. In this study, we aimed to share our experiences on anaesthetic in patients undergoing mitraclip implantation under general anaesthesia. METHODS: Eighty four patients with severe, symptomatic mitral insufficiency, who had undergone MitraClip implantation under general anaesthesia between July 2012 and March 2015 (54 male, 30 female; mean age: 68...
August 2016: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909566/prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-terminal-chromosome-1-q42-q44-deletion-original-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
C Van Linthout, V Emonard, J S Gatot, X Capelle, F Kridelka, P Emonts, M C Segghaye
Terminal chromosome 1q deletion is rarely reported but causes typical malformations that have been well described in childhood. Clinical features include facial dysmorphy, growth and/or psychomotor retardation, brain agenesis or hypoplasia of the corpus callosum, epilepsy and occasional urogenital or cardiac malformations. The diagnosis of this condition is usually made at birth. The rare cases of antenatal diagnosis were based on microcephaly and growth retardation. In the present case, the foetus presented with an hypoplasia of the corpus callosum, a dysmorphic profile and a single umbilical artery...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
#18
Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909490/effects-of-atrial-fibrillation-cardioversion-after-percutaneous-mitral-balloon-valvuloplasty-on-echocardiographic-left-and-right-atrial-functions
#19
Ayman Morttada Md, Aly Ramzy Md, Said Khaled Md, Amal Ayoub Md, Sameh Samir Md, Hossam Zaki Md
Amongst patients with mitral stenosis (MS), the most common complication is AF.Our study aimed at evaluating the effect of AF cardioversion after Percutaneous Mitral Balloon Valvuloplasty (PMBV) on echocardiographic atrial functions. The study included 34 patients with MS and AF, presenting to Ain-shams University hospitals, who underwent successful PMBV then randomized into 2 different groups according to AF management strategy. Group-I patients (n=16) received DC cardioversion after amiodarone infusion (within 24 hours post-PMBV) in addition to anticoagulation...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909481/ice-guided-crt-is-there-evidence-of-reverse-remodeling
#20
REVIEW
Antonio Rossillo Md, Angelo B Ramondo Md
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an accepted treatment for patients with heart failure (HF), impaired left ventricular (LV) function, and a wide QRS complex. However, more than 30% of eligible patients fail to benefit from CRT. It is clearly necessary to define the characteristics of the best candidates for this therapy. To this end, surface ECG and echocardiography have been tested. Unfortunately, however, neither of these examinations has proved sufficiently able to identify the best patients. A tailored approach based on the evaluation of both electrical and mechanical delay to guide LV lead placement seems to be the most reasonable strategy in order to increase the efficacy of CRT therapy...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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