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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655825/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-clinical-update
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REVIEW
Jeffrey B Geske, Steve R Ommen, Bernard J Gersh
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common heritable cardiomyopathy, manifesting as left ventricular hypertrophy in the absence of a secondary cause. The genetic underpinnings of HCM arise largely from mutations of sarcomeric proteins; however, the specific underlying mutation often remains undetermined. Patient presentation is phenotypically diverse, ranging from asymptomatic to heart failure or sudden cardiac death. Left ventricular hypertrophy and abnormal ventricular configuration result in dynamic left ventricular outflow obstruction in most patients...
April 5, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655572/3d-modelling-and-printing-technology-to-produce-patient-specific-3d-models
#2
Nicolette S Birbara, James M Otton, Nalini Pather
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive knowledge of mitral valve (MV) anatomy is crucial in the assessment of MV disease. While the use of three-dimensional (3D) modelling and printing in MV assessment has undergone early clinical evaluation, the precision and usefulness of this technology requires further investigation. This study aimed to assess and validate 3D modelling and printing technology to produce patient-specific 3D MV models. METHODS: A prototype method for MV 3D modelling and printing was developed from computed tomography (CT) scans of a plastinated human heart...
November 10, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653353/a-statistical-shape-model-of-the-left-ventricle-from-real-time-3d-echocardiography-and-its-application-to-myocardial-segmentation-of-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-images
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M C Carminati, C Piazzese, M Pepi, G Tamborini, P Gripari, G Pontone, R Krause, A Auricchio, R M Lang, E G Caiani
OBJECT: We present in this paper the application of a statistical shape model of the left ventricle (LV) built from transthoracic real time 3D echocardiography (3DE) to segment the LV endocardium and epicardium in cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The LV model was built from a training database constituted by over 9000 surfaces obtained from retrospectively selected 3DE examination of 435 patients with various pathologies. Three-dimensional segmentation of the endocardium and the epicardium was obtained by processing CMR images acquired in 30 patients with a dedicated active shape modelling (ASM) algorithm using the proposed LV model...
March 30, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653073/a-zebrafish-heart-failure-model-for-assessing-therapeutic-agents
#4
Xiao-Yu Zhu, Si-Qi Wu, Sheng-Ya Guo, Hua Yang, Bo Xia, Ping Li, Chun-Qi Li
Heart failure is a leading cause of death and the development of effective and safe therapeutic agents for heart failure has been proven challenging. In this study, taking advantage of larval zebrafish, we developed a zebrafish heart failure model for drug screening and efficacy assessment. Zebrafish at 2 dpf (days postfertilization) were treated with verapamil at a concentration of 200 μM for 30 min, which were determined as optimum conditions for model development. Tested drugs were administered into zebrafish either by direct soaking or circulation microinjection...
March 20, 2018: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29653072/zebrapace-an-open-source-method-for-cardiac-rhythm-estimation-in-untethered-zebrafish-larvae
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Himanshu Gaur, Narasimha Pullaguri, Shubham Nema, Srinithi Purushothaman, Yogesh Bhargava, Anamika Bhargava
For the assessment of cardiac function, heartbeat represents one key parameter. Current methods of heartbeat measurements in the zebrafish larvae usually require larval immobilization, fluorescent transgenic strains and a confocal microscope, costly commercial software for analysis, or strong programming skills if the software is open-source. Here, we present a simple yet powerful method of heartbeat analysis using untethered, unlabeled zebrafish larva using ImageJ (open-source software), which does not require programming skills...
March 13, 2018: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652902/relations-between-right-ventricular-morphology-and-clinical-electrical-and-genetic-parameters-in-brugada-syndrome
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Belinda Gray, Ganesh Kumar Gnanappa, Richard D Bagnall, Giuseppe Femia, Laura Yeates, Jodie Ingles, Charlotte Burns, Rajesh Puranik, Stuart M Grieve, Christopher Semsarian, Raymond W Sy
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests the presence of structural changes affecting the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) in patients with Brugada Syndrome (BrS). The aim of this study was to characterise the RV morphology in BrS and explore associations between morphologic, clinical, electrical, and genetic parameters using non-invasive multimodality testing. METHODS: Consecutive BrS patients (recruited 2013-2015) underwent clinical assessment, dedicated RV imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging (unless contra-indicated), electrical assessment (electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, signal-averaged ECG[SAECG]) and genotyping...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652747/the-incremental-clinical-value-of-cardiac-hybrid-spect-cta-imaging-in-coronary-artery-disease
#7
Lin Qiu, Hui Tan, Dengfeng Cheng, Hongcheng Shi
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death worldwide. It is significantly important to assess the coronary lesion and its pathophysiological relevance comprehensively. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) or myocardial perfusion imaging alone suffers from some limitations in the evaluation of CAD. Through the integration and spatial colocalization of complementary morphological and functional information, the results of published hybrid single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CTA studies in patients with CAD are promising for detecting functionally relevant coronary artery lesion and evaluating the relationship between diseased coronary artery, coronary artery anomaly, myocardial bridging, or coronary calcification and myocardial ischemia...
April 12, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652661/combined-brain-and-heart-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-systemic-vasculitides-fiction-or-real-need
#8
REVIEW
Sophie I Mavrogeni, George Kitas, Hildo J Lamb, Klearchos Psychoyios, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Kyriaki Boki, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Cees G Kallenberg, Loic Guillevin, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos
Systemic vasculitides (SVs) is a group of diseases characterised by inflammation/necrosis of the blood vessel wall in various organs. Simultaneous brain and heart involvement is a cause of increased morbidity/mortality in SV. We aimed to present evidence of concurrent brain/heart involvement in SV and the role of a combined brain/heart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in their risk stratification. Cerebral vasculitis (CV) can be presented as focal deficits, seizures, headache, neuropsychiatric manifestations or cognitive dysfunction and cardiovascular disease (CVD) as myocardial/vascular inflammation, perfusion/function defects and fibrosis...
April 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652284/inverted-left-atrial-appendage-during-minimally-invasive-mitral-valve-repair
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Kazuto Miyata, Sayaka Shigematsu
Inverted left atrial appendage (LAA) is a rare complication in cardiac surgery. The echocardiographic appearance often leads to misdiagnosis of thrombus or some other cardiac mass. Patients misdiagnosed in this way often undergo unnecessary anticoagulation or surgical treatment. Recently, minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS) has become more widespread. However, as the incision for MIMVS through the right thoracotomy is very small, the inverted LAA is not within the surgical field of the cardiac surgeon...
April 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651739/prognostic-utility-of-splenic-response-ratio-in-dipyridamole-pet-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
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Karan Bami, Shrankhala Tewari, Fadi Guirguis, Linda Garrard, Ann Guo, Alomgir Hossain, Terrence D Ruddy, Rob S B Beanlands, Robert A deKemp, Benjamin J W Chow, Girish Dwivedi
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance perfusion studies with adenosine stress have shown that splenic response can identify patients with inadequate pharmacologic stress. We investigate the incremental prognostic impact of splenic response ratio (SRR) in patients with normal Rubidium (Rb)-82 PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing dipyridamole Rb-82 PET MPI for the evaluation of coronary artery disease were screened. Spleen and liver Rb-82 activity was measured and the SRR was calculated: SRR = (Spleen stress/Liver stress)/(Spleen rest/Liver rest)...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651605/diagnostic-role-of-strain-imaging-in-atypical-myocarditis-by-echocardiography-and-cardiac-mri
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Bethany L Wisotzkey, Brian D Soriano, Erin L Albers, Mark Ferguson, Sujatha Buddhe
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of myocarditis presenting as isolated acute chest pain with elevated troponins but normal systolic function is challenging with significant drawbacks even for the gold-standard endomyocardial biopsy. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic role of strain imaging by echocardiography and cardiac MRI in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective review of children with cardiac MRI for acute chest pain with elevated troponins compared to normal controls...
April 13, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651545/extracardiac-18-f-florbetapir-imaging-in-patients-with-systemic-amyloidosis-more-than-hearts-and-minds
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T Wagner, J Page, M Burniston, A Skillen, J C Ross, R Manwani, D McCool, P N Hawkins, Ashutosh D Wechalekar
PURPOSE: 18 F-Florbetapir has been reported to show cardiac uptake in patients with systemic light-chain amyloidosis (AL). This study systematically assessed uptake of 18 F-florbetapir in patients with proven systemic amyloidosis at sites outside the heart. METHODS: Seventeen patients with proven cardiac amyloidosis underwent 18 F-florbetapir PET/CT imaging, 15 with AL and 2 with transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR). Three patients had repeat scans. All patients had protocolized assessment at the UK National Amyloidosis Centre including imaging with 123 I-serum amyloid P component (SAP)...
April 12, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650708/outcomes-in-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-undergoing-rest-and-treadmill-stress-echocardiography
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Chetan P Huded, Ahmad Masri, Kenya Kusunose, Andrew L Goodman, Richard A Grimm, A Marc Gillinov, Douglas R Johnston, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Zoran B Popovic, Lars G Svensson, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: In asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, we sought to assess the incremental prognostic value of resting valvuloarterial impedence (Zva) and left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LV-GLS) to treadmill stress echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 504 such patients (66±12 years, 78% men, 32% with coronary artery disease who underwent treadmill stress echocardiography between 2001 and 2012...
April 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650329/perceptions-of-hospital-emergency-color-codes-among-hospital-employees-in-korea
#14
Hyo-Jin Lee, Ogcheol Lee
INTRODUCTION: Hospital emergency codes frequently comprise of colors to prevent confusion and enhance prompt response to emergency situations. The purpose of this study was to identify perceptions of emergency color codes among hospital employees in Korea. METHODS: A 12-color spectrum and emergency situations were selected from the standardized emergency color codes used in the US and Canada. Participants were selected via convenience sampling from four general hospitals in Seoul and Gyeonggi-Do...
April 9, 2018: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650126/myocardial-interstitial-fibrosis-in-heart-failure-biological-and-translational-perspectives
#15
REVIEW
Arantxa González, Erik B Schelbert, Javier Díez, Javed Butler
Myocardial interstitial fibrosis contributes to left ventricular dysfunction leading to the development of heart failure. Basic research has provided abundant evidence for the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind this lesion and the pathways by which it imparts a detrimental impact on cardiac function. Translation of this knowledge, however, to improved diagnostics and therapeutics for patients with heart failure has not been as robust. This is partly related to the paucity of biomarkers to accurately identify myocardial interstitial fibrosis and to the lack of personalized antifibrotic strategies to treat it in an effective manner...
April 17, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650121/prediction-of-abnormal-myocardial-relaxation-from-signal-processed-surface-ecg
#16
Partho P Sengupta, Hemant Kulkarni, Jagat Narula
BACKGROUND: Myocardial relaxation is impaired in almost all cases with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and is a strong predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the feasibility of signal-processed surface electrocardiography (spECG) as a diagnostic tool for predicting the presence of abnormal cardiac muscle relaxation. METHODS: A total of 188 outpatients referred for coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography underwent an echocardiogram for assessment of LVDD...
April 17, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648690/incremental-value-of-left-atrial-active-function-measured-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#17
Kaori Fujimoto, Katsuji Inoue, Makoto Saito, Haruhiko Higashi, Tamami Kono, Teruyoshi Uetani, Jun Aono, Takayuki Nagai, Kazuhisa Nishimura, Jun Suzuki, Takafumi Okura, Shuntaro Ikeda, Satoshi Nakatani, Jitsuo Higaki
PURPOSE: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) impairs left ventricular (LV) diastolic function leading to left atrial (LA) dilatation. Because Doppler echocardiography cannot accurately assess LV diastolic function in hearts with heterogeneous hypertrophy, assessment of LA function might be useful for risk stratification of patients with HCM. This study aimed to elucidate the impact of LA function on outcome in patients with patients. METHODS: Seventy-six patients with HCM who underwent echocardiographic and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were retrospectively enrolled...
April 12, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644942/postnatal-undernutrition-in-mice-causes-cardiac-arrhythmogenesis-which-is-exacerbated-when-pharmacologically-stressed
#18
J R Visker, D P Ferguson
Growth restriction caused by postnatal undernutrition increases risk for cardiovascular disease in adulthood with the potential to induce arrhythmogenesis. Thus, the purpose was to determine if undernutrition during development produced arrhythmias at rest and when stressed with dobutamine in adulthood. Mouse dams were fed (CON: 20% protein), or low-protein (LP: 8%) diet before mating. A cross-fostering model was used where pups nursed by dams fed LP diet in early [EUN; postnatal day (PN) 1-10], late (LUN; PN11-21) and whole (PUN; 1-21) phases of postnatal life...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644869/pearls-and-pitfalls-in-imaging-of-blunt-traumatic-thoracic-aortic-injury-a-pictorial-review
#19
Neeral R Patel, Elizabeth Dick, Nicola Batrick, Michael Jenkins, Elika Kashef
Blunt thoracic aortic injury (TAI) occurs most frequently as a sequelae of high impact deceleration such as high velocity road traffic accidents and falls from height. The burden of mortality and morbidity is high, however advances in pre-hospital care, diagnostic imaging and endovascular therapies have improved outcomes in this group of patients. Emergent treatment depends on accurate, early diagnosis by the radiologist. It is therefore of paramount importance that radiologists are familiar with both the direct (intimal flap, pseudoaneurysm, aortic contour irregularity and contrast extravasation) and indirect (periaortic haematoma) imaging findings of TAI...
April 12, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644628/quantitatively-characterizing-drug-induced-arrhythmic-contractile-motions-of-human-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#20
Plansky Hoang, Nathaniel Huebsch, Shin Hyuk Bang, Brian A Siemons, Bruce R Conklin, Kevin E Healy, Zhen Ma, Sabir Jacquir
Quantification of abnormal contractile motions of cardiac tissue has been a noteworthy challenge and significant limitation in assessing and classifying the drug-induced arrhythmias (i.e. Torsades de pointes). To overcome these challenges, researchers have taken advantage of computational image processing tools to measure contractile motion from cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-CMs). However, the amplitude and frequency analysis of contractile motion waveforms doesn't produce sufficient information to objectively classify the degree of variations between two or more sets of cardiac contractile motions...
April 12, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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