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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546016/timing-on-echocardiography-and-blood-laboratory-test-is-important-for-future-outcome-association-in-hospitalized-heart-failure-patients
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Li-Tan Yang, Yuichiro Kado, Yasufumi Nagata, Kyoko Otani, Yutaka Otsuji, Masaaki Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether both echocardiography and blood examination parameters obtained before discharge are more closely associated with adverse events than those obtained upon admission in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients. METHODS: We retrospectively selected 267 hospitalized HF patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) within 2 days of admission (n=223) and/or within 7 days of discharge (n=157). Blood test results were also collected at the same time window...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544844/image-of-the-month-concomitant-tricuspid-and-mitral-native-valve-infective-endocarditis
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Su-Jin Jeong, Sang-Hoon Seol, Pil Sang Song
A 33-year-old immunocompetent man was admitted to the authors' hospital with a one-month duration of fevers, chills, and non-productive coughs, and suddenonset weakness and ischemic pain of both lower extremities. Physical examination revealed crepitating rales heard over bilateral lung fields. On auscultation, a grade 2~3/6 systolic murmur was heard over the leftlower sternal border and apical area. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mobile mass on the tricuspid valve compatible with vegetation, in addition to concomitant mitral valve vegetation (Video 1)...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540078/use-of-multidetector-row-computed-tomography-scan-to-detect-pannus-formation-in-prosthetic-mechanical-aortic-valves
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REVIEW
Mohamed A Aladmawi, Claudio Pragliola, Olga Vriz, Domenico Galzerano
Obstruction of a mechanical aortic valve by pannus formation at the subvalvular level is a major long-term complication of aortic valve replacement (AVR). In fact, pannus is sometime difficult to differentiate from patient-prosthesis mismatch or valve thrombosis. In most cases cine-angiography and echocardiography, either transthoracic or transesophageal, cannot correctly visualize the complication when the leaflets show a normal mobility. Recent technological refinements made this difficult diagnosis possible by ECG-gated computed tomography (CT) scan which shows adequate images in 90% of the cases and can differentiate pannus from fresh and organized thrombus...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540072/standard-imaging-techniques-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Arash Salemi, Berhane M Worku
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a widely accepted therapeutic option for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate, high, or extreme risk for conventional surgery as determined through a heart team approach. Two valve prostheses are currently available and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in the United States for TAVR: the self-expandable Medtronic CoreValve (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) and the balloon-expandable Edwards Sapien Valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine CA, USA)...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540068/serendipity-and-innovation-history-and-evolution-of-transthoracic-echocardiography
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REVIEW
Antonino Di Franco, Lucas B Ohmes, Mario Gaudino, Lisa Q Rong, Leonard N Girardi, Filippo M Sarullo, Ylenia Salerno, Silvia Sarullo, Jonathan W Weinsaft, Jiwon Kim
The history of echocardiography is sprinkled with many interesting episodes and anecdotes showing that devoting your life to the pursuit of one goal is praiseworthy, and that at the same time, a little luck goes a long way. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has led to dramatic improvements in cardiovascular medicine, and is now the most widely used diagnostic cardiac test after electrocardiography (ECG). The present review pays tribute to the pioneering efforts of those who believed in this innovative technology despite mounted skepticism and briefly describes the evolution of TTE from its early days to the most recent developments...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539566/traumatic-tricuspid-regurgitation
#6
Yan Cheng, Lei Yao, Shengjun Wu
Traumatic tricuspid regurgitation is a rare and progressive disease. Early diagnosis and surgical valve repair are very important. A 57-year-old male was referred to our hospital with a history of blunt chest trauma. Three-dimensional echocardiography showed severe tricuspid regurgitation and demonstrated two main anterior leaflet chordaes of the tricuspid valve rupture and the whole anterior leaflet prolapsed. The diagnosis was severe tricuspid regurgitation due to leaflet chordae rupture secondary to blunt chest trauma...
May 23, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538437/single-operator-ultrasound-guided-central-venous-catheter-insertion-verifies-proper-tip-placement
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Ori Galante, Tzachi Slutsky, Lior Fuchs, Alexander Smoliakov, Yuval Mizrakli, Victor Novack, Evgeni Brotfein, Moti Klein, Amit Frenkel, Leonid Koifman, Yaniv Almog
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a single-operator ultrasound-guided, right-sided, central venous catheter insertion verifies proper placement and shortens time to catheter utilization. DESIGN: Prospective observational study with historical controls. SETTING: Adult ICUs. PATIENTS: Sixty-four consecutive patients undergoing ultrasound-assisted right-sided central venous catheterization compared with 92 serial historic controls who had unassisted central catheter insertion at the same sites...
May 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536067/relationship-between-quantitative-and-descriptive-methods-of-studying-blood-flow-through-intrapulmonary-arteriovenous-anastomoses-during-exercise
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Joseph W Duke, Jonathan E Elliott, Steven S Laurie, Thomas Voelkel, Igor M Gladstone, Mathews B Fish, Andrew T Lovering
Several methods exist to study intrapulmonary arteriovenous anastomoses (IPAVA) in humans. Transthoracic saline contrast echocardiography (TTSCE), i.e., bubble scores, is minimally-invasive, but cannot be used to quantify the magnitude of blood flow through IPAVA (QIPAVA). Radiolabeled macroaggregates of albumin ((99m)Tc-MAA) have been used to quantify QIPAVA in humans, but this requires injection of radioactive particles. Previous work has shown agreement between (99m)Tc-MAA and TTSCE, but this has not been tested simultaneously in the same group of subjects...
May 20, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533317/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-illicit-anabolic-androgenic-steroid-use
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Aaron L Baggish, Rory B Weiner, Gen Kanayama, James I Hudson, Michael T Lu, Udo Hoffmann, Harrison G Pope
BACKGROUND: Millions of individuals have used illicit anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), but the long-term cardiovascular associations of these drugs remain incompletely understood. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional cohort design, we recruited 140 experienced male weightlifters 34 to 54 years of age, comprising 86 men reporting ≥2 years of cumulative lifetime AAS use and 54 nonusing men. Using transthoracic echocardiography and coronary computed tomography angiography, we assessed 3 primary outcome measures: left ventricular (LV) systolic function (left ventricular ejection fraction), LV diastolic function (early relaxation velocity), and coronary atherosclerosis (coronary artery plaque volume)...
May 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532506/clinical-evaluation-of-myocardial-involvement-in-acute-myopericarditis-in-young-adults
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Ersin Saricam, Yasemin Saglam, Tuncay Hazirolan
BACKGROUND: Myocardial involvement in young adults has various causes. Acute myopericarditis is one of the myocardial involvements in young adults. It is easy to confuse with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction because of the electrocardiographic features. This study aims to investigate a number of imaging techniques and clinical features for acute myopericarditis in young adults (<30 years of age). METHODS: This retrospective study included 147 patients selected from the 2147 patients at the age of <30 with acute chest pain admitted into emergency service between 2010 and 2016...
May 22, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528995/the-usefulness-of-global-left-atrial-strain-for-predicting-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-persistent-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Xin-Xin Ma, Yue-Li Zhang, Bing Hu, Meng-Ruo Zhu, Wen-Jun Jiang, Man Wang, Dong-Yan Zheng, Xiao-Pei Xue
BACKGROUND: Given the potential complications of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after ablation, better predictors of the effectiveness of the procedure are necessary to guide patient selection. AIM: This prospective study was conducted to evaluate the clinical relevance of global left atrial longitudinal strain (GLAS) and AF recurrence after catheter ablation. METHODS: In 115 consecutive patients with AF (persistent, n=62; paroxysmal, n=53), transthoracic echocardiography was performed before catheter ablation to assess baseline left atrial mechanical function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527865/mechanism-of-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-study-using-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Kazato Ito, Yukio Abe, Yosuke Takahashi, Yoshihisa Shimada, Hitoshi Fukumoto, Yoshiki Matsumura, Takahiko Naruko, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama, Junichi Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) despite having preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function. This MR is known as atrial functional MR. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of atrial functional MR using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). METHODS: Sixty patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 3DTEE: 16 patients with AF and significant non-organic MR and preserved LV ejection fraction (>50%) constituted the AF-MR group, 20 patients with AF and no significant MR formed the AF-NSMR group, and 24 normal subjects comprised the control group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526473/coronary-flow-reserve-is-reduced-in-sarcoidosis
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Seref Kul, Gonul Aciksari Kutlu, Tolga Sinan Guvenc, Murat Kavas, Kenan Demircioglu, Yusuf Yilmaz, Halil Ibrahim Yakar, Asiye Kanbay, Sibel Boga, Mustafa Caliskan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease with frequent cardiac involvement, albeit manifest cardiac disease is rare. Though epicardial coronary arteries are not frequently involved, microvascular disease is rather common in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The mechanism of microvascular involvement has not been elaborated yet. The aim of this study is to investigate coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) using transthoracic echocardiography in patients with sarcoidosis but without known atherosclerotic coronary artery disease or risk factors for atherosclerosis...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526085/papillary-fibroelastoma-unusual-cause-of-stroke-in-a-young-man-a-case-report
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Elisabetta Grolla, Michele Dalla Vestra, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Riccardo D'Ascoli, Adriana Critelli, Rocco Quatrale, Domenico Mangino, Fausto Rigo
BACKGROUND: Papillary fibroelastoma is the third most common primary benign tumor with an incidence of up to 0.33% in autopsy series; it accounts for approximately 75% of all cardiac valvular tumors. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a rare case of a 28-Year-old man that while playing football, had a sudden onset of neurological deficit: aphasia, right hemiparesis and right facial numbness. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed a 10x10 mm mass attached to the anterior mitral valve leaflet...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525971/left-ventricular-mural-thrombus-and-dual-coronary-embolization-associated-with-hyperthyroid-cardiomyopathy-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-case-report
#15
Guohui Liu, Ping Yang, Yuquan He
BACKGROUND: The majority of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) events are caused by thrombotic occlusion of the coronary artery, secondary to atherosclerotic plaque erosion or rupture. However, coronary embolism (CE), while rare, is being increasingly recognized as an important cause of AMI. We present the case of a patient with multi-site coronary artery embolization associated with hyperthyroid-related cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation. CASE PRESENTATION: A 49-year-old female with a history of hyperthyroidism and atrial fibrillation (AF) was admitted to our hospital presenting with right upper limb pain and swelling...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517046/three-dimensional-proximal-flow-convergence-automatic-calculation-for-determining-mitral-valve-area-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
#16
Francisco Sampaio, Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, João Almeida, Paulo Fonseca, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, José Ribeiro, Vasco Gama
PURPOSE: Management of patients with mitral stenosis (MS) depends heavily on the accurate quantification of mitral valve area (MVA) using echocardiography. All currently used two-dimensional (2D) methods have limitations. Estimation of MVA using the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method with real time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography may circumvent those limitations. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of 3D direct measurement of PISA in the estimation of MVA. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients (median age of 63 years; 77...
May 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515742/the-use-of-intraoperative-epiaortic-ultrasonography-in-monitoring-patients-over-75-years-old-treated-with-aortic-valve-replacement
#17
Tomasz Niklewski, Michał Zembala, Dariusz Puszczewicz, Paweł Nadziakiewicz, Wojciech Karolak, Marian Zembala
INTRODUCTION: Epiaortic ultrasound scanning (EAS) extended the use of ultrasound to the intraoperative diagnosis of aortic pathology. Surgical palpation of the ascending aorta underestimates the presence and severity of atherosclerotic plaques. Epiaortic ultrasound scanning has been used as an adjunct to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) or as a primary direct diagnostic tool for imaging the ascending aorta as well as the aortic arch, which gained prominence as part of a multipronged intraoperative strategy to reduce atherosclerotic emboli...
March 2017: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514878/anticoagulant-cessation-following-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-limits-of-the-ecg-guided-approach
#18
Matteo Anselmino, Chiara Rovera, Giovanni Marchetto, Federico Ferraris, Davide Castagno, Fiorenzo Gaita
Long-term cessation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) following successful catheter or surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is debated. Usually, in the presence of sinus rhythm at serial ECG recordings, the CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc, and HAS-BLED scores are adopted to guide decision regarding OAC management. Areas covered: The safety of OAC cessation in patients without recurrent AF but with historically elevated risk for thromboembolism remains largely unknown. Taking the cue from two clinical cases, we provide an updated summary of the latest evidence regarding how to manage OAC after a successful atrial fibrillation ablation...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512734/mitral-valve-aneurysms-clinical-characteristics-echocardiographic-abnormalities-and-possible-mechanisms-of-formation
#19
José Luiz B Pena, Tarciso O Bomfim, Paulo R L Fortes, Charles Simão-Filho, José de Souza Andrade-Filho
AIMS: Mitral valve aneurysms (MVA) are most frequently associated with endocarditis. Echocardiography is the method of choice for diagnosis, and color flow imaging is an important, easy method to detect MVA ruptures. We aimed to study the clinical and echocardiographic findings and their relation to the mechanism of aneurysm formation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We reviewed clinical and echocardiographic records of 18 patients during a 17-year period, corresponding to 0...
May 16, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511326/-comparison-of-aortic-annular-diameter-defined-by-different-measurement-mordalities-before-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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R X Qi, X D You, Z X Pu, Q Yang, Z X Huang, L M Zhou, P T Huang
Objective: To compare aortic annular diameter measured by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), and multislice computed tomography (MSCT) in patients with severe aortic stenosis, and to evaluate the impact on selection of prosthetic valve type in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Methods: Clinical data of 138 patients with severe aortic stenosis referred for TAVI between January 2014 and June 2016 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed.The difference of aortic annular diameter measured by TTE, TEE, and MSCT were compared...
May 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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