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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822667/doppler-parameters-derived-from-transthoracic-echocardiography-accurately-detect-bioprosthetic-mitral-valve-dysfunction
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Ryan J Spencer, Ken G Gin, Michael Y C Tsang, Teresa S M Tsang, Parvathy Nair, Pui K Lee, John Jue
BACKGROUND: Detecting bioprosthetic mitral valve dysfunction on transthoracic echocardiography can be challenging because of acoustic shadowing of regurgitant jets and a wide normal range of transvalvular gradients. Several studies in mechanical mitral valves have demonstrated the utility of the transthoracically derived parameters E (peak early mitral inflow velocity), pressure half-time, and the ratio of mitral inflow velocity-time integral (VTIMV) to left ventricular outflow tract velocity-time integral (VTILVOT) in detecting significant prosthetic dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821335/symptoms-are-more-useful-than-echocardiography-in-patient-selection-for%C3%A2-pulmonary-endarterectomy
#2
Laura Donahoe, Rachel Vanderlaan, John Thenganatt, Karen McRae, Anastasia Bykova, Jakov Moric, John Granton, Marc de Perrot
BACKGROUND: Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is still largely underdiagnosed in the general population. Although transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is recommended to screen for CTEPH, it may not detect patients with chronic thromboembolic disease (CTED) and mild or exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) who could also benefit from pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). METHODS: All patients referred to our CTEPH program with persistent mismatched perfusion defects on ventilation-perfusion (VQ) scan between January 2005 and June 2015 were divided into three groups according to TTE and right heart catheterization (RHC) as follows: (1) typical CTEPH group (PH on RHC and TTE), (2) TTE-negative (neg) CTEPH group (PH on RHC, but not TTE), or (3) CTED group (no PH on RHC and TTE)...
August 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821258/contribution-of-serum-fgf21-level-to-the-identification-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-and-cardiac-death
#3
Yun Shen, Xueli Zhang, Xiaoping Pan, Yiting Xu, Qin Xiong, Zhigang Lu, Xiaojing Ma, Yuqian Bao, Weiping Jia
AIM: The relationship between fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) and cardiovascular disease has been well established in recent studies. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between FGF21 and left ventricular systolic dysfunction and cardiac death. METHODS: Two-dimensional echocardiography was used to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) to estimate left ventricular systolic function. The optimal cutoff of FGF21 for identifying left ventricular systolic dysfunction at baseline was analyzed via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves...
August 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820553/is-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-implantation-feasible-in-the-presence-of-right-atrial-thrombus
#4
Jan Henzel, Zofia Dzielińska, Marek Konka, Maciej Dąbrowski, Marcin Protasiewicz, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
The case is reported of a successful transcatheter implantation of an Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve (29 mm) into a failing tricuspid bioprosthesis (Sorin Pericarbon, 31 mm). The procedure was performed in a 69-year-old woman with post-rheumatic mitral and tricuspid valve disease. Multiple previous cardiac surgeries precluded the use of another surgical approach. A large, organized, two-piece thrombus in the enlarged right atrium was not considered an absolute contraindication to the procedure. The SAPIEN 3 valve was implanted under general anesthesia, via a femoral venous access, under three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography guidance...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819869/new-echocardiographic-parameters-in-the-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Monika Špinarová, Jaroslav Meluzín, Helena Podroužková, Radka Štěpánová, Lenka Špinarová
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a serious clinical disease. The pathophysiology of HFpEF is complex, and specific diagnostic criteria have evolved over time. Limited data are available on the quantification of diastolic function using two-dimensional real-time echocardiography, and a simple parameter has not yet been established. The aim of this work is to evaluate new echocardiographic parameters-the diastolic wall strain of the posterior wall (DWS PW) and the vortex formation time (VFT)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818851/inotropes-for-preterm-babies-during-the-transition-period-after-birth-friend-or-foe
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REVIEW
Heike Rabe, Hector Rojas-Anaya
During the transition to extrauterine life, preterm infants are at high risk of developing circulatory failure. Currently, hypotension is used as major diagnostic criteria for starting treatments such as fluid boluses, inotropes or steroids. Most of these treatment options have not been studied in large randomised controlled trials for efficacy and safety and are under discussions. A wide variety in their use is reported in the literature and clear evidence about which inotrope or other treatment should be preferred is lacking...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818205/strain-echocardiography-the-new-gold-standard-for-imaging-ventricular-function
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EDITORIAL
James L Januzzi, Y Chandrashekhar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818204/geometry-as-a-confounder-when-assessing-ventricular-systolic-function-comparison-between-ejection-fraction-and-strain
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Thomas M Stokke, Nina E Hasselberg, Marit K Smedsrud, Sebastian I Sarvari, Kristina H Haugaa, Otto A Smiseth, Thor Edvardsen, Espen W Remme
BACKGROUND: Preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and reduced myocardial strain are reported in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and more. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed a combined mathematical and echocardiographic study to understand the inconsistencies between EF and strains. METHODS: An analytical equation showing the relationship between EF and the 4 parameters, global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS), wall thickness, and short-axis diameter, was derived from an elliptical LV model...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817483/time-course-study-on-left-ventricular-function-in-a-rabbit-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-with-morphine-preconditioning
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Baihua Zhao, Chengxiao Liu, Darong Pu, Shi Zeng, Xi Dai, Minghui Liu
AIMS: The study aimed to analyze the left ventricular longitudinal function in a rabbit model of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion with morphine preconditioning through strain rate imaging and evaluate the effect of morphine preconditioning. METHODS: A myocardial ischemia-reperfusion model was induced by occlusion and recanalization of the coronary artery in forty male New Zealand white rabbits, which were divided into a sham group, morphine group, and vehicle control group...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816745/restoration-of-normal-sympathetic-neural-function-in-heart-failure-following-baroreflex-activation-therapy-final-43-month-study-report
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Raffaella Dell'Oro, Edoardo Gronda, Gino Seravalle, Giuseppe Costantino, Luca Alberti, Barbara Baronio, Tiziana Staine, Emilio Vanoli, Giuseppe Mancia, Guido Grassi
BACKGROUND: Baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) exerts in severe heart failure sympathoinhibitory effects, improving clinical variables and reducing hospitalization rate. The current follow-up study was aimed at determining the long-term effects of BAT, assessing whether BAT in heart failure allows to restore physiological levels of sympathetic function. METHODS: Seven patients out of the 11 heart failure patients aged 66.5 ± 3 years (mean ± SEM) in New York Heart Association Class III with left ventricular ejection fraction 40% or less and impaired functional capacity recruited in the study survived at the final follow-up (43...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814913/right-ventricular-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Abdirashit Maripov, Argen Mamazhakypov, Meerim Sartmyrzaeva, Almaz Akunov, Kubatbek Muratali Uulu, Melis Duishobaev, Meerim Cholponbaeva, Akylbek Sydykov, Akpay Sarybaev
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients present alterations in right ventricular (RV) structure and function. However, large randomized controlled trials evaluating the impact of OSA on the right ventricle are lacking. METHODS: A comprehensive electronic database (PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar) and reference search up to October 30, 2016, was performed. A systematic review and meta-analysis were performed to assess RV structure and function in OSA patients based on conventional echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814589/ureaplasma-parvum-causing-life-threatening-disease-in-a-susceptible-patient
#12
Alexander Korytny, Roni Nasser, Yuval Geffen, Tom Friedman, Mical Paul, Nesrin Ghanem-Zoubi
A 56-year-old man with lymphoma developed orchitis followed by septic arthritis of his right glenohumeral joint. Synovial fluid cultures were negative but PCR amplification test was positive forUreaplasmaparvum. The patient was treated with doxycycline. Two and a half years later, the patient presented with shortness of breath and grade III/IV diastolic murmur on auscultation. Echocardiography revealed severely dilated left heart chambers, severe aortic regurgitation and several mobile masses on the aortic valve cusps suspected to be vegetations...
August 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814168/deterioration-of-heart-rate-recovery-index-in-patients-after-carotid-artery-stenting
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Emrah Aytac, Murat Gonen, Orhan Dogdu, Mehmet Balin
Objective Although carotid artery stenting (CAS) is an effective treatment for severe carotid stenosis, it has been associated with alterations in autonomic functions long term after the procedure. Patients with CAS have been reported to have autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. This study aimed to evaluate heart rate recovery (HRR) indices and exercise test parameters after CAS. Methods Patients (10 male, 11 female) suitable for CAS, without a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, severe coronary artery or valvular heart disease, were enrolled in our study...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812383/evaluation-of-relationship-between-coronary-artery-status-evaluated-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-development-of-cardiomyopathy-in-carbon-monoxide-poisoned-patients-with-myocardial-injury-a-prospective-observational-study
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Yong Sung Cha, Hyun Kim, Yoonsuk Lee, Woocheol Kwon, Jung-Woo Son, Hyun Youk, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyung Hye Park, Kyoung-Chul Cha, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang
OBJECTIVES: Whether coronary artery changes are a main mechanism in the development of carbon monoxide (CO)-induced cardiomyopathy remains unknown. We investigated the effects of coronary artery stenosis on the presence or patterns of cardiomyopathy in CO-poisoned patients with myocardial injury defined as elevation of troponin I. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study collected data from consecutive patients who were diagnosed with CO poisoning and myocardial injury during the 24-month study period...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812247/towards-robot-assisted-echocardiographic-monitoring-in-catheterization-laboratories-usability-centered-manipulator-for-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Christina Pahl, Henning Ebelt, Mostafa Sayahkaraji, Eko Supriyanto, Amiliana Soesanto
This paper proposes a robotic Transesophageal Echocardiography (TOE) system concept for Catheterization Laboratories. Cardiovascular disease causes one third of all global mortality. TOE is utilized to assess cardiovascular structures and monitor cardiac function during diagnostic procedures and catheter-based structural interventions. However, the operation of TOE underlies various conditions that may cause a negative impact on performance, the health of the cardiac sonographer and patient safety. These factors have been conflated and evince the potential of robot-assisted TOE...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810592/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-on-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#16
Jun-Biao Zhang, Chang-Lei Guo
The protective effect and the mechanism of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) on myocardial infarction (MI) in mice were explored. A total of 12 female Tg-ERβ transgenic mice and 12 non-transgenic littermate control (NLC) wild-type C57 mice were used for the present study. Both transgenic and wild-type mice had similar baseline data such as age, sex, and weight. The mouse model of MI was established by coronary artery ligation method, and the cardiac structure and function changes of the mouse were observed by ultrasonic echocardiography on days 1, 3 and 7 after the operation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810584/evaluation-of-two-dimensional-strain-echocardiography-for-quantifying-right-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#17
Yong Liu, Yong Wang, Yingying Wang, Zhe Wen
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the use of two-dimensional strain echocardiography (2DS) in quantifying right ventricular (RV) function in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). A total of 41 patients with PAH and 40 healthy control patients were recruited to the study. 2DS was used to determine the strain (ε) and strain rate (SR) of basal, middle and apical segments of the RV free wall. The aforementioned indicators were compared with measurements of RV function taken by conventional ultrasound and right heart catheterization...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
#18
Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807827/the-endotoxemia-cardiac-dysfunction-is-attenuated-by-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway-regulating-autophagy
#19
Jie Zhang, Peng Zhao, Nanhu Quan, Lin Wang, Xu Chen, Courtney Cates, Thomas Rousselle, Ji Li
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an enzyme that plays a role in cellular energy homeostasis, modulates myocardial signaling in the heart. Myocardial dysfunction is a common complication of sepsis. Autophagy is involved in the aging related cardiac dysfunction. However, the role of AMPK in sepsis-induced cardiotoxicity has yet to be clarified, especially in aging. In this study, we explored the role of AMPK on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced myocardial dysfunction and elucidated the potential mechanisms of AMPK/mTOR pathway against autophagy in young and aged mice...
August 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807722/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-is-not-associated-with-a-history-of-reproductive-risk-factors-in-women-with-angina-pectoris-an-ipower-substudy
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Hannah Elena Suhrs, Anna Meta Kristensen, Anna Bay Rask, Marie Mide Michelsen, Daria Frestad, Naja Dam Mygind, Kira Bové, Eva Prescott
BACKGROUND: Reproductive risk factors such as preeclampsia and recurrent miscarriages have been associated with adverse cardiovascular (CV) events. Underlying coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) may be a common denominator. PURPOSE: We investigated whether a history of reproductive risk factors was associated with CMD in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Participants from the iPOWER study, including women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (<50% stenosis), were invited to complete an electronic survey regarding reproductive risk factors: recurrent miscarriages, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, rhesus immunity, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopausal status as well as migraine and Raynaud phenomenon...
August 11, 2017: Maturitas
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