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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445003/a-multiscale-approach-for-determining-the-morphology-of-endothelial-cells-at-a-coronary-artery
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Hossein Ali Pakravan, Mohammad Said Saidi, Bahar Firoozabadi
The morphology of endothelial cells (ECs) may be an indication for determining the atheroprone sites. Until now, there is not any clinical imaging technique to visualize the morphology of ECs at the arteries. The present study, introduces a computational technique for determining the morphology of ECs. This technique is a multiscale simulation, consisting the artery-scale and the cell-scale. The artery-scale is a FSI simulation. The input for the artery-scale is the geometry of the coronary artery (CA), dynamic curvature of the artery due to the cardiac motion, blood flow, blood pressure, heart rate, and the mechanical properties of the blood and the arterial wall, which these quantities can be obtained for a specific patient...
April 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444180/left-bundle-branch-block-from-cardiac-mechanics-to-clinical-and-diagnostic-challenges
#2
Elena Surkova, Luigi P Badano, Roberto Bellu, Patrizia Aruta, Federica Sambugaro, Gabriella Romeo, Federico Migliore, Denisa Muraru
Left bundle branch block (LBBB) results in an altered pattern of left ventricular (LV) activation and subsequent contraction, causing remarkable changes in LV mechanics, perfusion and workload and ultimately leading to pathologic cardiac remodelling. Clinical and diagnostic notions about the LBBB phenomenon had evolved from just an electrocardiographic pattern to a critically important finding affecting diagnostic and clinical management of many patients and adversely influencing their outcomes. Recent advances in imaging techniques significantly improved the assessment of patients with LBBB and provided additional insights into pathophysiological mechanisms of LV remodelling...
April 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444164/vena-contracta-area-for-severity-grading-in-functional-and-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-a-transoesophageal-3d-colour-doppler-analysis-in-500-patients
#3
Björn Goebel, Roland Heck, Ali Hamadanchi, Sylvia Otto, Torsten Doenst, Christian Jung, Alexander Lauten, Hans R Figulla, P Christian Schulze, Tudor C Poerner
Aims: Vena contracta area (VCA3D), derived by 3D colour Doppler echocardiography, has already been validated against cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, but the number of clinical studies to define cut-off values for grading of mitral regurgitation (MR) is limited. Aim of the study was to assess VCA3D in a large population of patients with functional (FMR) and degenerative MR (DMR). Methods and results: Transoesophageal echocardiography was performed in 500 patients with MR...
April 21, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441643/ventricular-rupture-following-myocardial-infarction
#4
Christian Fielder Camm, Stefan Neubauer, David P Taggart, Oliver J Rider
A 70-year-old man presented with prolonged cardiac chest pain and was awaiting coronary artery bypass surgery following angiography showing extensive multivessel disease. Following further chest pain, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging showed extensive, contained, ventricular rupture, which was managed aggressively with combined bypass surgery and rupture repair.
May 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441369/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-oncology
#5
Daniel Jeong, Aarti Patel, Christopher J Francois, Kenneth L Gage, Michael G Fradley
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emerging as an important diagnostic modality in the management of cardiovascular-related dysfunction in oncological diseases. Advances in imaging techniques have enhanced the detection and evaluation of cardiac masses; meanwhile, innovative applications have created a growing role for cardiac MRI for the management of cardiotoxicity caused by cancer therapies. METHODS: An overview is provided of the clinical indications and technical considerations of cardiac MRI...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441235/noninvasive-iphone-measurement-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-using-intrinsic-frequency-methodology
#6
Niema M Pahlevan, Derek G Rinderknecht, Peyman Tavallali, Marianne Razavi, Thao T Tran, Michael W Fong, Robert A Kloner, Marie Csete, Morteza Gharib
OBJECTIVE: The study is based on previously reported mathematical analysis of arterial waveform that extracts hidden oscillations in the waveform that we called intrinsic frequencies. The goal of this clinical study was to compare the accuracy of left ventricular ejection fraction derived from intrinsic frequencies noninvasively versus left ventricular ejection fraction obtained with cardiac MRI, the most accurate method for left ventricular ejection fraction measurement. DESIGN: After informed consent, in one visit, subjects underwent cardiac MRI examination and noninvasive capture of a carotid waveform using an iPhone camera (The waveform is captured using a custom app that constructs the waveform from skin displacement images during the cardiac cycle...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439851/exploring-the-pathophysiology-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Wengen Chen, Vasken Dilsizian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to explore the pathophysiology of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy by appraising the interplay between myocardial perfusion, function, metabolism, and, particularly, sympathetic innervation. RECENT FINDINGS: A number of hypotheses have been proposed to explain the pathogenesis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which include (1) catecholamine cardiac toxicity, (2) myocardial sympathetic innervation disruption, (3) coronary vasospasm, (4) myocardial microvascular dysfunction, and (5) aborted myocardial infarction...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439760/prognostic-study-of-cardiac-events-in-japanese-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-using-ecg-gated-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-final-3-year-report-of-the-j-access-3-study
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Satoko Nakamura, Yuhei Kawano, Kenichi Nakajima, Hiroki Hase, Nobuhiko Joki, Tsuguru Hatta, Shigeyuki Nishimura, Masao Moroi, Susumu Nakagawa, Tokuo Kasai, Hideo Kusuoka, Yasuchika Takeishi, Mitsuru Momose, Kazuya Takehana, Mamoru Nanasato, Syunichi Yoda, Hidetaka Nishina, Naoya Matsumoto, Tsunehiko Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is considered useful for risk stratification among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), without renal deterioration by contrast media. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Japanese Assessment of Cardiac Events and Survival Study by Quantitative Gated SPECT (J-ACCESS 3) is a multicenter, prospective cohort study investigating the ability of MPI to predict cardiac events in 529 CKD patients without a definitive coronary artery disease...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439734/myocardial-salvage-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-presenting-early-versus-late-after-symptom-onset
#9
Thomas Stiermaier, Ingo Eitel, Suzanne de Waha, Janine Pöss, Georg Fuernau, Holger Thiele, Steffen Desch
Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the treatment of choice in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) presenting within 12 h of symptom onset. A benefit in the subacute stage is less clear. The aim of the present analysis was to compare myocardial salvage and infarct size between patients with early and late reperfusion after STEMI. We compared cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) data from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in STEMI patients presenting within 12 h (n = 695) and a RCT of subacute STEMI patients presenting between 12 and 48 h (n = 93) after symptom onset...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439652/myocardial-extracellular-volume-fraction-quantified-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-is-increased-in-hypertension-and-associated-with-left-ventricular-remodeling
#10
Shuli Wang, Hongjie Hu, Minjie Lu, Arlene Sirajuddin, Jinghui Li, Jing An, Xiuyu Chen, Gang Yin, Tian Lan, Linlin Dai, Yan Zhang, Xiaorong Yin, Lei Song, Aimin Dang, Peter Kellman, Andrew E Arai, Shihua Zhao
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether extracellular volume fraction (ECV) quantification by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) can demonstrate left ventricle (LV) abnormalities and relationship between ECV and LV remodeling in hypertension (HTN) patients METHODS: ECV quantification was prospectively performed in 134 consecutive HTN patients and 97 healthy subjects. Individual and regional ECV were compared to the regions on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images. Statistical analysis of the relationship between LV global functional parameters and ECV was carried out using Pearson's correlation, Student's t test and multiple regressions...
April 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439651/contrast-enhanced-t1-mapping-based-extracellular-volume-fraction-independently-predicts-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-non-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jong-Chan Youn, Yoo Jin Hong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Kyunghwa Han, Chi Young Shim, Geu-Ru Hong, Young Joo Suh, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Byoung Wook Choi, Seok-Min Kang
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the prognostic role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR)-based extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) and compare it with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) parameters. METHODS: This was a single-center, prospective, cohort study of 117 NIDCM patients (71 men, 51.9 ± 16.7 years) who underwent clinical 3.0-T CMR. Myocardial ECV and LGE were quantified on the left ventricular myocardium...
April 24, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438795/cystic-tumour-of-the-atrioventricular-node-treatment-dilemma
#12
Wael Abuzeid, Robert B H Myers
An asymptomatic 18-year-old black woman was found to have an incidental finding of third-degree atrioventricular (AV) block on a routine ECG. 2-Dimensional transthoracic echocardiography showed a heterogeneous mass in the region of the peri-membranous septum in the AV node area. A cardiac MRI showed a well-defined cystic mass arising from the right side of the interatrial septal wall. An MRI compatible permanent pacemaker was implanted with plans to monitor the tumour with non-invasive imaging. Cystic tumour of the AV node is a rare primary cardiac tumour...
April 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438740/clinical-significance-of-postinfarct-fever-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#13
Woo Jin Jang, Jeong Hoon Yang, Young Bin Song, Woo Jung Chun, Ju Hyeon Oh, Yong Hwan Park, Mi Rae Lee, Jin Kyung Hwang, Ji-Won Hwang, Joo-Yong Hahn, Seung-Hyuk Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Yeon Hyeon Choe, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon
BACKGROUND: Little is known about causality and pathological mechanism underlying association of postinfarct fever with myocardial injury in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 276 patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed a median of 3.4 days after the index procedure. Forty-five patients had postinfarct fever (peak body temperature within 4 days after primary percutaneous coronary intervention ≥37...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438578/global-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats-leads-to-amnesiadue-to-selective-neuronal-death-followed-by-astroglial-scar-formationin-the-ca1-layer
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Kevin Sadelli, Jean-Claude Stamegna, Stéphane D Girard, Nathalie Baril, Guy Escoffier, Maïna Brus, Antoine D Véron, Michel Khrestchatisky, François S Roman
Global Cerebral Ischemia (GCI) occurs following cardiac arrest or neonatal asphyxia and leads to harmful neurological consequences. In most cases, patients who survive cardiac arrest develop severe cognitive and motor impairments. This study focused on learning and memory deficits associated with brain neuroanatomical reorganization that appears after GCI. The four-vessel occlusion (4VO) model was performed to produce a transient GCI. Hippocampal lesions in ischemic rats were visualized using anatomical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (aMRI)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438306/relation-of-quantity-of-subepicardial-adipose-tissue-to-infarct-size-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#15
Loïc Bière, Vianney Behaghel, Victor Mateus, Antonildes Assunção, Christoph Gräni, Kais Ouerghi, Sylvain Grall, Serge Willoteaux, Fabrice Prunier, Raymond Kwong, Alain Furber
According to the so-called obesity paradox, obesity might present a protective role in patients with myocardial infarction. We aimed to assess the influence of the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume on cardiac healing and remodeling in patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We prospectively included 193 consecutive patients presenting a first STEMI without known coronary artery disease. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging was performed at baseline and after a 3-month follow-up. EAT volume was computed, and the population was divided into quartiles: the highest quartile of EAT defining the high EAT group (h-EAT)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438064/utility-of-fetal-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-fetuses-with-right-aortic-arch-and-right-ductus-arteriosus
#16
Su-Zhen Dong, Zhu Ming
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose right aortic arch with right ductus arteriosus. METHODS: This retrospective study included six fetuses with right aortic arch and right ductus arteriosus. The six fetal cases were examined using a 1.5-T magnetic resonance unit. The steady-state free precession (SSFP) and single-shot turbo spin echo (SSTSE) sequences were used to evaluate the fetal heart and airway. The gestational age of the six fetuses ranged from 22 to 35 weeks (mean, 26...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437634/convolutional-neural-network-regression-for-short-axis-left-ventricle-segmentation-in-cardiac-cine-mr-sequences
#17
Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Robert A McLaughlin
Automated left ventricular (LV) segmentation is crucial for efficient quantification of cardiac function and morphology to aid subsequent management of cardiac pathologies. In this paper, we parameterize the complete (all short axis slices and phases) LV segmentation task in terms of the radial distances between the LV centerpoint and the endo- and epicardial contours in polar space. We then utilize convolutional neural network regression to infer these parameters. Utilizing parameter regression, as opposed to conventional pixel classification, allows the network to inherently reflect domain-specific physical constraints...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
#18
Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437443/relative-predictive-value-of-lung-cancer-screening-ct-versus-myocardial-perfusion-attenuation-correction-ct-in-the-evaluation-of-coronary-calcium
#19
Grant Bailey, Abigail Healy, Bryan D Young, Esseim Sharma, Judith Meadows, Hyung J Chun, Wen-Chih Wu, Gaurav Choudhary, Alan R Morrison
Coronary artery calcium scores (CACS) from lung cancer screening computed tomography (LCSCT) or myocardial perfusion attenuation correction computed tomography (ACCT) are not routinely performed or reported. CACS from LCSCT and ACCT have not been directly compared in the same patient population. We identified 66 patients who underwent both LCSCT (non-gated) and ECG-gated cardiac CT (CCT) within a 2-year span. Of this population, 40 subjects had also undergone ACCT. Using the Agatston method, CACS for 264 individual vessels from the LCSCT population and for 160 vessels from ACCT population were calculated and evaluated for agreement with ECG-gated CCT as the gold standard...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436918/an-integrated-and-highly-sensitive-ultrafast-acoustoelectric-imaging-system-for-biomedical-applications
#20
Beatrice Berthon, Pierre-Marc Dansette, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Jean Provost
PURPOSE: Direct imaging of cardiac electrical activation is crucial to better understand and diagnose diseases linked to arrhythmias. This work presents an Ultrafast Acoustoelectric Imaging (UAI) system for direct and non-invasive ultrafast mapping of propagating current densities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Acoustoelectric imaging is based on the acoustoelectric effect, the modulation of the medium's electrical impedance by a propagating ultrasonic wave. UAI triggers this effect with plane wave emissions to image current densities...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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