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Wencheng Zheng, Xiaoming Shang, Chunlai Zhang, Xiang Gao, Barry Robinson, Jing Liu
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by cardiac dysfunction, myocardial inflammation, interstitial fibrosis and cardiomyocytes apoptosis. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of carvedilol on cardiac function and the AKT/XIAP signaling pathway in DCM rats. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: the control group, diabetic mellitus (DM) group and DM with carvedilol treatment group. DM rats were induced by streptozotocin accompanied by high energy intake...
October 26, 2016: Cardiology
Mi-Hyang Jung, Youn-Ho Lee, Kyo-Young Lee, Hae Ok Jung, Ho-Joong Youn
Here, we report a rare case of isolated leukemic infiltrate of the myocardium (extramedullary involvement) presenting as restrictive cardiomyopathy in a patient in complete remission of acute myeloid leukemia. It was evaluated with multimodality imaging studies (echocardiography and cardiac MRI) and further confirmed by pathology. The present case highlights the importance of maintaining a high degree of clinical suspicion when evaluating patients with progressive ventricular hypertrophy of unknown cause, including recognition of the potential involvement by recurrent hematologic malignancy...
October 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Shui-Hua Yang, Xiao-Xian Tian, Yuan-Yuan Li, Zuo-Jian Yang
We report a case in which Berry syndrome is diagnosed by fetal echocardiography. Fetal echocardiography showed that the ascending aorta, main pulmonary artery, left pulmonary artery, and right pulmonary artery were presented as a vascular complexity in the three vessels and pulmonary arterial branches view.
October 2016: Echocardiography
Jaroslav Meluzin, Zdenek Starek, Tomas Kulik, Jiri Jez, Frantisek Lehar, Josef Tomandl, Ladislav Dusek, Jiri Wolf, Pavel Leinveber, Miroslav Novak
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive diagnosis of exercise-induced elevation of left ventricular filling pressure is difficult and remains unsatisfactory. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the ratio of early diastolic transmitral (E) to mitral annular (e') velocity and to determine new parameters or parameter combinations with the ability to predict exercise-induced left atrial pressure (LAP) elevation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) referred for catheter AF ablation underwent simultaneous exercise echocardiography and direct invasive LAP measurements, as well as a resting and postexercise biomarker analysis...
October 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Lorenzo Conte, Iacopo Fabiani, Nicola R Pugliese, Cristina Giannini, Salvatore La Carruba, Marco Angelillis, Paolo Spontoni, Marco De Carlo, Anna Sonia Petronio, Vitantonio Di Bello
OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the prognostic role of left ventricular stiffness (LVS) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS: We performed a complete two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic study before and after TAVI in patients with severe AS at high surgical risk. In order to assess LVS, we measured LV end-diastolic pressure (EDP) invasively during TAVI and LV end-diastolic volume (EDV) by means of echocardiography...
October 25, 2016: Echocardiography
Abdullah Ozyurt, Derya Karpuz, Aydin Yucel, Mehtap Durukan Tosun, Ayse Esin Kibar, Olgu Hallioglu
The aim of the current study is to investigate the effects of CO (carbon monoxide) on the cardiovascular system via electrocardiographic, echocardiographic and biochemical findings in children. This prospective study included 22 children with CO poisoning and 24 healthy children as a control group. The CO-intoxicated children were evaluated via electrocardiography and echocardiography 1 h after admission to the emergency department and daily until their discharge from the hospital. Blood gasses, complete blood account, troponin I and creatinine kinase-MB(CK-MB) were assessed daily...
October 24, 2016: Cardiovascular Toxicology
Anjali Garg, Nivas Balasubramaniyam, Rocco Lafaro, Robert Timmermans, Wilbert S Aronow, Howard A Cooper, Julio A Panza
We report a contained rupture of a right coronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm, in which repair resulted in symptomatic improvement. Patients often present with symptoms secondary to rupture of the sinus of Valsalva aneurysm into one of the cardiac chambers, or secondary to the compression of adjacent structures. Whereas sinus of Valsalva aneurysms and their rupture are well reported in the literature, contained ruptures have been described only rarely. In those cases, symptoms often arose from compression of adjacent structures...
October 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
Ruggero De Paulis, Salvatore D'Aleo, Alessandro Bellisario, Andrea Salica, Luca P Weltert, Raffaele Scaffa, Lorenzo Guerrieri Wolf, Daniele Maselli, Michele Di Mauro
BACKGROUND: Structural valve deterioration (SVD) is the Achilles' heel of bioprostheses. Its correlation with younger age is well known. In recent years we exclusively reserved use of small-size Mitroflow valve prostheses (LivaNova, London, United Kingdom) to an older patient population with small aortic annuli. This study aimed to assess the incidence of SVD and its effect on patient survival and need for reoperation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred five patients (aged 75...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Arthur J H A Scholte, Spyridon Katsanos, Georgette E Hoogslag, Alexander R van Rosendael, Erik W van Zwet, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Two-dimensional echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is moderately correlated with infarct size and reflects the residual LV systolic function. This correlation may be influenced by the presence of myocardial ischemia. The present study investigated how myocardial ischemia modulates the correlation between LV GLS and infarct size determined with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients with first STEMI treated with primary coronary intervention...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Nadera Methia, Samia Latreche, Omar Ait Mokhtar, Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Salim Benkhedda
BACKGROUND: Prognosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is affected by pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH). METHODS: Among 202 patients (mean age: 46.1 ± 13.3 years; 177 women) with SSc, those with a tricuspid regurgitation (TR) jet maximal velocity at 2D-echocardiography (2DE) < 2.8m/second were not considered at high risk for PAH, whereas those with a TR velocity >3m/second or between 2.8 and 3m/second and associated with dyspnea were. RESULTS: Among 22 patients at risk, 15 (mean age: 50...
October 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Patrizia Carità, Egle Corrado, Gianluca Pontone, Antonio Curnis, Luca Bontempi, Giuseppina Novo, Marco Guglielmo, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Pasquale Assennato, Salvatore Novo, Giuseppe Coppola
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a successful strategy for heart failure (HF) patients. The pre-requisite for the response is the evidence of electrical dyssynchrony on the surface electrocardiogram usually as left bundle branch block (LBBB). Non-response to CRT is a significant problem in clinical practice. Patient selection, inadequate delivery and sub-optimal left ventricle lead position may be important causes. OBJECTIVES: In an effort to improve CRT response multimodality imaging (especially echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance) could play a decisive role and extensive literature has been published on the matter...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ulrike Herberg, Katharina Linden, Oliver Dewald, Eva Gatzweiler, Matthias Seehase, Georg Daniel Duerr, Jonas Dörner, Stephanie Kleppe, Dennis Ladage, Johannes Breuer
BACKGROUND: Pressure-volume loops (PVL) provide vital information regarding ventricular performance and pathophysiology in cardiac disease. Unfortunately, acquisition of PVL by conductance technology is not feasible in neonates and small children due to the available human catheter size and resulting invasiveness. The aim of the study was to validate the accuracy of PVL in small hearts using volume data obtained by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and simultaneously acquired pressure data...
2016: PloS One
Line Lisbeth Olesen, Andreas Andersen
AIMS: Due to the demographic development there is an increasing number of senior citizens with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), defined as ejection fraction (EF) < 40%. Unfortunately there are under-diagnosis and under-treatment in the elderly of this serious condition. Echocardiography is the gold standard to diagnose LVSD, but access is limited. Simple screening methods may ensure reduction of undetected cases, and this study investigates if electrocardiogram (ECG) can be used to screen for LVSD in the geriatric population...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Rayan Yousefzai, Setu Trivedi, Renuka Jain, Omar M Cheema, John D Crouch, Vinay Thohan, Bijoy K Khandheria
We present a 71-year-old male, who had had a heart transplantation 24 years prior, who came to our clinic with a low-grade fever and a new II/VI holosystolic murmur. Echocardiography showed a large mass in the right atrium with attachment near the junction of the right atrium and superior vena cava. The patient was taken to the operating room for resection of the mass. Microscopic evaluation was consistent with thrombus. Differential diagnosis of cardiac masses after cardiac transplant includes tumour, thrombus, and vegetation...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Sung Keun Park, Jae-Hong Ryoo, Chang-Mo Oh, Joong-Myung Choi, Jeong Gyu Kang, Jae-Hon Lee, Ju Youn Chung, Ju Young Jung
BACKGROUND: Although obesity is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the cutoff of body mass index (BMI) for elevated cardiovascular risk is still controversial in Asian. Thus, this study was conducted to investigate the functional and structural changes of the left ventricle (LV) according to the degree of obesity in a general Korean population.Methods and Results:A total of 31,334 apparently healthy Korean adults who underwent echocardiography were enrolled. The study population was stratified into 5 groups according to the degree of obesity classified by the Asian-Pacific obesity guideline...
October 22, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Murat Biteker, Kadir Kayataş, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Eda Özlek, Bülent Özlek
BACKGROUND: Although an enlarged left atrium has recently emerged as a marker of adverse outcomes in various diseases, its discriminatory value and prognostic role in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are not well studied. We studied whether left atrial volume index (LAVI) predicts mortality and discriminates stroke subtypes after AIS. METHODS: We prospectively followed 310 consecutive first-ever AIS patients aged 50 years or older who were admitted to the hospital within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Megumi Mathison, Vivek P Singh, Maria J Chiuchiolo, Deepthi Sanagasetti, Yun Mao, Vivekkumar B Patel, Jianchang Yang, Stephen M Kaminsky, Ronald G Crystal, Todd K Rosengart
OBJECTIVE: The reprogramming of cardiac fibroblasts into induced cardiomyocyte-like cells improves ventricular function in myocardial infarction models. Only integrating persistent expression vectors have thus far been used to induce reprogramming, potentially limiting its clinical applicability. We therefore tested the reprogramming potential of nonintegrating, acute expression adenoviral (Ad) vectors. METHODS: Ad or lentivirus vectors encoding Gata4 (G), Mef2c (M), and Tbx5 (T) were validated in vitro...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Nir Uriel, Sirtaz Adatya, Jiří Malý, Eric Kruse, Daniel Rodgers, Gerald Heatley, Aleš Herman, Poornima Sood, Dominik Berliner, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Michael Želízko, Jan D Schmitto, Ivan Netuka
BACKGROUND: The HeartMate 3 (HM3) is a Conformiteé Européenne (CE) mark-approved left ventricular assist device (LVAD) with a fully magnetically levitated rotor with features consisting of a wide range of operational speeds, wide flow paths and an artificial pulse. We performed a hemodynamic and echocardiographic evaluation of patients implanted with the HM3 LVAD to assess the speed range for optimal hemodynamic support. METHODS: Sixteen HM3 patients underwent pump speed ramp tests with right heart catheterization (including central venous pressure [CVP], pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure [PCWP] and blood pressure [BP]) and 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE)...
July 17, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
S Harikrishnan, G Sanjay, M Ashishkumar, Jaideep Menon, G Rajesh, R Krishna Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease associated with a high morbidity and mortality. There is paucity of data regarding PH from the developing countries including India. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is the most important etiological factor in the western world, but PH secondary to rheumatic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and untreated congenital heart disease could well be the predominant causes in developing countries like India. The main objective of the PROKERALA study - Pulmonary hypertension Registry Of Kerala is to collect data regarding the etiology, practice patterns and one-year outcomes of patients diagnosed to have PH...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Madhur Kumar Srivatsava, M Indirani, I Sathyamurthy, G Sengottuvelu, Avani S Jain, S Shelley
AIM: Role of PET-CT in assessment of myocardial viability in patients with LV dysfunction. METHODS: This prospective study included 120 patients with LV dysfunction who underwent 99mTechnetium-Sestamibi myocardial perfusion SPECT-CT and 18FFDG cardiac PET-CT. They also underwent serial echocardiography and coronary angiography along with myocardial perfusion and FDG PET study. RESULTS: Thirty-three patients had single vessel disease, 48 had triple vessel disease, and rest had double vessel disease...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
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