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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320124/the-p-wave-terminal-force-in-embolic-strokes-of-undetermined-source
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Simona Lattanzi, Claudia Cagnetti, Alessandra Pulcini, Marco Morelli, Simone Maffei, Leandro Provinciali, Mauro Silvestrini
BACKGROUND: The Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (ESUS) is a recently developed clinical construct which describes stroke patients for whom the embolic source remains undetermined despite recommended investigations. The aim of the study was to characterize the ESUS population according to the abnormality in the P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1). METHODS: We retrospectively identified consecutive patients hospitalized for acute ischemic stroke who met the ESUS diagnostic criteria...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302557/prevalence-and-prognostic-features-of-ecg-abnormalities-in-acute-stroke-findings-from-the-siren-study-among-africans
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Abiodun M Adeoye, Okechukwu S Ogah, Bruce Ovbiagele, Rufus Akinyemi, Vincent Shidali, Francis Agyekum, Akinyemi Aje, Oladimeji Adebayo, Joshua O Akinyemi, Philip Kolo, Lambert Tetteh Appiah, Henry Iheonye, Uwanuruochi Kelechukwu, Amusa Ganiyu, Taiwo O Olunuga, Onoja Akpa, Ojo Olakanmi Olagoke, Fred Stephen Sarfo, Kolawole Wahab, Samuel Olowookere, Adekunle Fakunle, Albert Akpalu, Philip B Adebayo, Kwadwo Nkromah, Joseph Yaria, Philip Ibinaiye, Godwin Ogbole, Aridegbe Olumayowa, Sulaiman Lakoh, Benedict Calys-Tagoe, Paul Olowoyo, Chukwuonye Innocent, Hemant K Tiwari, Donna Arnett, Osaigbovo Godwin, Bisi Ayotunde, Josephine Akpalu, Okeke Obiora, Odo Joseph, Adeleye Omisore, Carolyn Jenkins, Daniel Lackland, Lukman Owolabi, Suleiman Isah, Abdu H Dambatta, Morenikeji Komolafe, Andrew Bock-Oruma, Ezinne Sylvia Melikam, Lucius Chidiebere Imoh, Taofiki Sunmonu, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Oluyemisi Olabisi, Kevin Armstrong, Ugochukwu U Onyeonoro, Emmanuel Sanya, Atinuke M Agunloye, Luqman Ogunjimi, Oyedunni Arulogun, Temitope H Farombi, Olugbo Obiabo, Reginald Obiako, Mayowa Owolabi
BACKGROUND: Africa has a growing burden of stroke with associated high morbidity and a 3-year fatality rate of 84%. Cardiac disease contributes to stroke occurrence and outcomes, but the precise relationship of abnormalities as noted on a cheap and widely available test, the electrocardiogram (ECG), and acute stroke outcomes have not been previously characterized in Africans. OBJECTIVES: The study assessed the prevalence and prognoses of various ECG abnormalities among African acute stroke patients encountered in a multisite, cross-national epidemiologic study...
March 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295604/larger-right-atrium-than-left-atrium-is-associated-with-all-cause-mortality-in-elderly-patients-with-heart-failure
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Qays Almodares, Cecilia Wallentin Guron, Anders Thurin, Michael Fu, Silvana Kontogeorgos, Erik Thunstrom, Magnus C Johansson
BACKGROUND: While left atrial (LA) enlargement is known as an early sign of left heart disease with prognostic implications in heart failure (HF), the importance of right atrial (RA) enlargement is less well studied, and the prognostic implications of interatrial size comparison are insufficiently understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that RA area larger than LA area in apical four-chamber view is associated with all-cause mortality in elderly patients with HF independent of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295525/advantages-and-pitfalls-of-pocket-ultrasound-vs-daily-chest-radiography-in-the-coronary-care-unit-a-single-user-experience
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Colin T Phillips, Warren J Manning
BACKGROUND: Pocket ultrasonography may enhance patient diagnosis and care. We sought to assess pocket ultrasound in detecting common conditions in the coronary care unit (CCU) compared to portable daily chest radiography (CXR) and conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: An experienced pocket ultrasound user performed a pocket ultrasound examination for interstitial edema, pneumonia, central line seen in the right ventricle, pleural and pericardial effusions, left atrial enlargement, and cardiomegaly...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291607/indexed-left-atrial-size-predicts-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-aortic-valve-surgery
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Victor X Mosquera, Alberto Bouzas-Mosquera, Miguel González-Barbeito, Victor Bautista-Hernandez, Javier Muñiz, Nemesio Alvarez-García, José J Cuenca-Castillo
OBJECTIVES: The enlargement of the left atrium has been identified as a marker of chronically increased left ventricular filling pressure and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction. This study aims to evaluate the association of indexed left atrial diameter with stroke, cardiovascular mortality, the combined event, and all-cause mortality in patients who underwent aortic valve surgery. METHODS: Indexed left atrial diameter was measured in 2011 adult patients (mean age, 70...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288200/morphological-features-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-consecutive-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-patients-with-and-without-atrial-fibrillation
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Miika Korhonen, Johannes Parkkonen, Marja Hedman, Antti Muuronen, Juha Onatsu, Pirjo Mustonen, Ritva Vanninen, Mikko Taina
The majority of intracardiac thrombi form in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Enlargement of this structure, together with certain morphological features, may indicate a predisposition to the formation of thrombi and subsequent cardioembolic stroke. Thus far, studies on LAA morphology have largely focused on those patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Taking a different approach, we investigated the variation in LAA morphology in a consecutive patient population with and without AF. We evaluated 808 consecutive patients (529 females; mean age 52...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261285/comparison-of-echocardiography-with-tissue-doppler-imaging-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-with-delayed-enhancement-in-the-assessment-of-children-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Lidia Ziółkowska, Joanna Petryka, Agnieszka Boruc, Wanda Kawalec
INTRODUCTION: In children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) there often occurs a non-ischemic pattern of myocardial fibrosis, which could be the cause of impaired left ventricular (LV) diastolic function assessed by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of myocardial fibrosis in children with HCM, and to evaluate its relationship with echocardiographic parameters including LV diastolic dysfunction. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-three children with HCM, mean age 12...
March 1, 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259843/point-of-care-cardiac-ultrasound-techniques-in-the-physical-examination-better-at-the-bedside
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REVIEW
Bruce J Kimura
The development of hand-carried, battery-powered ultrasound devices has created a new practice in ultrasound diagnostic imaging, called 'point-of-care' ultrasound (POCUS). Capitalising on device portability, POCUS is marked by brief and limited ultrasound imaging performed by the physician at the bedside to increase diagnostic accuracy and expediency. The natural evolution of POCUS techniques in general medicine, particularly with pocket-sized devices, may be in the development of a basic ultrasound examination similar to the use of the binaural stethoscope...
March 4, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258848/conduction-recovery-following-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-recurrent-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
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Matteo Anselmino, Mario Matta, T Jared Bunch, Martin Fiala, Marco Scaglione, Georg Nölker, Pierre Qian, Thomas Neumann, Federico Ferraris, Fiorenzo Gaita
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) catheter ablation is increasingly proposed for patients suffering from AF and concomitant heart failure (HF). However, the optimal ablation strategy remains controversial. We performed this study to assess the prevalence of pulmonary vein (PV) or linear lesion reconnection in HF patients undergoing repeated procedures. METHODS AND RESULTS: At seven high-volume centres, 165 patients with HF underwent a repeat procedure after a first AF ablation including PV isolation alone (47 patients, group A) or PV isolation plus left atrial lines (118 patients, group B)...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255011/ranolazine-prevents-phenotype-development-in-a-mouse-model-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Raffaele Coppini, Luca Mazzoni, Cecilia Ferrantini, Francesca Gentile, Josè Manuel Pioner, Tina Laurino, Lorenzo Santini, Valentina Bargelli, Matteo Rotellini, Gianluca Bartolucci, Claudia Crocini, Leonardo Sacconi, Chiara Tesi, Luiz Belardinelli, Jil Tardiff, Alessandro Mugelli, Iacopo Olivotto, Elisabetta Cerbai, Corrado Poggesi
BACKGROUND: Current therapies are ineffective in preventing the development of cardiac phenotype in young carriers of mutations associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Ranolazine, a late Na(+) current blocker, reduced the electromechanical dysfunction of human HCM myocardium in vitro. METHODS AND RESULTS: To test whether long-term treatment prevents cardiomyopathy in vivo, transgenic mice harboring the R92Q troponin-T mutation and wild-type littermates received an oral lifelong treatment with ranolazine and were compared with age-matched vehicle-treated animals...
March 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247527/association-of-left-atrial-enlargement-with-ventricular-remodeling-in-hypertensive-chinese-elderly
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Jing Peng, Jari A Laukkanen, Qianping Zhao, Liping Wang, Xu Zhang, Gang Li
BACKGROUND: It is not well known whether left atrial (LA) enlargement is associated with left ventricular (LV) remodeling in Asian subjects with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF ≥50%). Therefore, we studied whether LA enlargement is related to ventricular remodeling in hypertensive Chinese elderly with preserved LVEF. METHODS: Data of 480 hypertensive Chinese elderly (age from 65 to 94 years) with LVEF ≥50% were consecutively included in the study. RESULTS: We observed a total of 248 patients (51...
March 1, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247428/predictors-and-prognostic-significance-of-atrial-fibrillation-developed-during-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-a%C3%A2-propensity-score-matched-comparison
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Yuba Acharya, Sahil Agrawal, Junu Bhattarai, Vlad Cotarlan, Jamshid Shirani
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) uncommonly occurs during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). We aimed to characterize the predictors and long-term prognostic significance of AF during DSE. METHODS: The clinical, echocardiographic, and outcome data of patients in sinus rhythm who developed AF during DSE were reviewed and compared to a propensity score-matched group of controls. RESULTS: Atrial fibrillation developed in 73 (1% of 7026) patients (age 70±10 years, 58% men)...
March 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240425/assessment-of-left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-synchrony-in-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-with-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Zhijuan Shang, Dechun Su, Tao Cong, Yinghui Sun, Yan Liu, Na Chen, Jun Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate left atrial (LA) function and synchrony in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) patients using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: Forty-five PAF patients and 30 healthy controls were enrolled. LA peak ventricular systolic longitudinal strain (LAS-S ) and strain rate (LASR-S ) and left atrial longitudinal strain (LAS-A ) and strain rate (LASR-A ) during late diastole were determined using STE, and the standard deviation of the time to peak (TPSD) of the regional strains was calculated to quantify LA dyssynchrony...
February 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238149/the-occurrence-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-dialysis-patients-and-its-association-with-left-atrium-volume-before-and-after-dialysis
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Beata Franczyk, Anna Gluba-Brzózka, Piotr Bartnicki, Jacek Rysz
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation is a serious problem, especially in patients on dialysis. The prevalence of AF in this group of patients is higher than in general population and associated with increased mortality. The aim of this study was to assess the risk of the occurrence of atrial fibrillation related to intradialysis hypotension and left atrium volume enlargement associated with dialysis. The influence of dialysis session on: E/E', V LA, E/A, E', V RA and the width of inferior vena cava of RV was analyzed...
February 25, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228120/findings-of-transoesophageal-echocardiogram-in-appropriately-anticoagulated-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-prior-to-planned-cardioversion
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Jūratė Barysienė, Aistė Žebrauskaitė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Germanas Marinskis, Sigita Aidietienė, Audrius Aidietis
BACKGROUND: To evaluate a diagnostic value of transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in appropriately anticoagulated patients with a non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to establish possible additional indications for TEE; to evaluate the incidence of left atrial (LA) thrombi in appropriately anticoagulated patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: This retrospective study analyses data of 432 patients who had been anticoagulated by means of oral anticoagulants (OACs) prior to planned cardioversion during the period from 2012 to 2015...
February 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203542/robotic-trans-atrial-and-trans-mitral-ventricular-septal-resection
#16
REVIEW
W Randolph Chitwood
Localized ventricular septal hypertrophy, also known as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis or idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic septal obstruction (IHSS), can create severe ventricular outflow obstruction. This often results in a high sub-aortic pressure gradient with potentially lethal symptoms. In 1960, Braunwald described the hemodynamic characteristics of IHSS, and thereafter, Morrow developed a trans-aortic approach to resect a large part of the ventricular septum, enlarging the outflow tract. The Morrow operation has remained the gold standard for surgically treating this pathology...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184260/perioperative-management-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-heart-failure-an-anesthesiologist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Taeha Ryu, Seok-Young Song
Anesthesiologists frequently see asymptomatic patients with diastolic dysfunction or heart failure for various surgeries. These patients typically show normal systolic function but abnormal diastolic parameters in their preoperative echocardiographic evaluations. The symptoms that are sometimes seen are similar to those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients with diastolic dysfunction, and even with diastolic heart failure, have the potential to develop a hypertensive crisis or pulmonary congestion...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153950/left-atrial-remodeling-more-than-just-left-atrial-enlargement
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EDITORIAL
Brian D Hoit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151504/-cardiac-abnormalities-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-the-role-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies
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Manuel Monti, Francesco Borgognoni, Loredana Pastacci, Giovanni Maria Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease that has protean manifestations and follows a relapsing and remitting course. More than 90% of cases of SLE occur in women, frequently starting at childbearing age. It is characterized by the presence of autoantibodies potentially directed toward every organ or apparatus. Cardiac alterations are frequent in patients affected by SLE and the simultaneous presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL), able to cause arterial thrombosis in any vascular district, is considered a possible risk factor for cardiac damage in SLE patients...
December 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149413/left-atrial-enlargement-in-young-high-level-endurance-athletes-another-sign-of-athlete-s-heart
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Wojciech Król, Ilona Jędrzejewska, Marcin Konopka, Krystyna Burkhard-Jagodzińska, Andrzej Klusiewicz, Andrzej Pokrywka, Jolanta Chwalbińska, Dariusz Sitkowski, Mirosław Dłużniewski, Artur Mamcarz, Wojciech Braksator
Enlargement of the left atrium is perceived as a part of athlete's heart syndrome, despite the lack of evidence. So far, left atrial size has not been assessed in the context of exercise capacity. The hypothesis of the present study was that LA enlargement in athletes was physiological and fitness-related condition. In addition, we tried to assess the feasibility and normal values of left atrial strain parameters and their relationship with other signs of athlete's heart. The study group consisted of 114 international-level rowers (17...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
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