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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078384/echocardiographic-versus-angiographic-assessment-of-patent-arterial-duct-in-percutaneous-closure-towards-x-ray-free-duct-occlusion
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Inês Carmo Mendes, Hannah Heard, Kelly Peacock, Thomas Krasemann, Gareth J Morgan
Device selection and procedural guidance for percutaneous ductal closure strongly rely upon angiographic and echocardiographic imaging. Current literature recognises 2D echocardiography as an essential tool for diagnosis and assessment but does not define a consistent methodology to optimise ductal measurement. There is little research comparing echocardiography with gold standard angiography for ductal measurement. Proving 2D echocardiographic ductal measurement to be equivalent to angiography could pave the way for its use as the primary modality in image guidance for percutaneous closure of the ductus...
January 11, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077188/point-catheter-ablation-of-macro-re-entrant-ventricular-tachycardia-in-a-patient-after-surgical-repair-for-double-outlet-right-ventricle
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Gaku Izumi, Hisashi Yokoshiki, Atsuhito Takeda
Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia is often difficult in patients after surgery for CHD. In patients with a ventricular septal defect patch, it is necessary to decide which ventricular side is appropriate for catheter ablation. In this article, we report a case of successful point catheter ablation of re-entrant ventricular tachycardia. Identification of the ventricular septal defect patch using intra-cardiac echocardiography was useful.
January 12, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072695/acute-pulmonary-edema-caused-by-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-in-a-pregnant-woman-undergoing-transvaginal-cervical-cerclage-a-case-report
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Jae-Young Lee, Hyun-Jung Kwon, Sang-Wook Park, Yu-Mi Lee
BACKGROUND: The physiological changes associated with pregnancy may predispose pregnant women to pulmonary edema. Other known causes of pulmonary edema during pregnancy include tocolytic drugs, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and peripartum cardiomyopathy. METHODS: We describe a rare case of pulmonary edema caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a pregnant woman at 14 weeks of gestation who was undergoing emergency transvaginal cervical cerclage. RESULTS: Intraoperative chest radiography revealed severe pulmonary edema and echocardiography indicated moderate left ventricular dysfunction with akinesia of the mid to apical left ventricular wall segment, which is reflective of takotsubo cardiomyopathy...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065584/mechanical-dispersion-by-strain-echocardiography-a-novel-tool-to-diagnose-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-athletes
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Frédéric Schnell, David Matelot, Magalie Daudin, Gaelle Kervio, Philippe Mabo, François Carré, Erwan Donal
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that global longitudinal strain (GLS) is altered in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in comparison with athletes. Nevertheless, these results rely on studies comparing sedentary patients with HCM with healthy athletes. The aims of this study were to confirm these findings in an appropriate group of athletes with HCM and to study the additive value of novel parameters (i.e., mechanical dispersion and exercise GLS). METHODS: Thirty-six athletes with HCM were prospectively included and were compared with 36 sedentary patients with HCM, 36 healthy athletes, and 36 sedentary control subjects of similar age...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056819/quality-of-care-assessment-and-improvement-in-aortic-stenosis-rationale-and-design-of-a-multicentre-registry-impulse
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Norbert Frey, Richard P Steeds, Antonio Serra, Eberhard Schulz, Stephan Baldus, Matthias Lutz, Christiane Pohlmann, Jana Kurucova, Peter Bramlage, David Messika-Zeitoun
BACKGROUND: Severe aortic stenosis (AS) is a common, serious valve disease in which no effective medical therapy is available and, if not treated by intervention, has a 5-year survival of only 40-60%. Despite the availability of guidelines supporting the effective use of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) to treat the majority of these patients, adherence to these guidelines in clinical practice is still unsatisfactory. Several recent studies have emphasised the necessity for improved communication between multidisciplinary teams, with the aim to ensure that severe AS patients receive appropriate treatment...
January 5, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049537/imperforated-cor-triatriatum-dexter-in-a-dog-with-concurrent-caudal-vena-cava-wall-mineralization
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Tetyda Paulina Dobak, Gregory Starrak, Kathleen Linn, Elisabeth Christine Roberston Snead
BACKGROUND: Cor triatriatum dexter (CTD) is a rare congenital cardiac malformation with various manifestations and has been sporadically described in dogs. Clinically the dogs present with nonspecific signs of right heart failure or Budd-Chiari-like syndrome. Other associated concurrent cardiovascular anomalies are commonly reported. Diagnosis and full characterization of this complex malformation requires careful investigation and often a multimodal imaging approach. CASE PRESENTATION: A 10-week-old, male intact, Golden Retriever was presented with clinical signs of stunted growth, anorexia, and progressive ascites...
January 3, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043666/association-of-survival-time-with-transthoracic-echocardiography-in-stable-patients-with-heart-failure-is-routine-follow-up-ever-appropriate
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Ricardo Fonseca, Petr Otahal, John Galligan, Samuel Neilson, Quan Huynh, Makoto Saito, Kazuaki Negishi, Thomas H Marwick
BACKGROUND: The appropriateness of repeat transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for stable heart failure (HF) is based on timing of the follow-up examination, but this lacks scientific support. We sought the association of routine follow-up TTE on survival and readmission in stable HF. METHODS: Patients with HF were selected from consecutive HF admissions from 2008 to 2012. Groups were divided into: no follow-up TTE; routine <1year with no change in status ("rarely appropriate"), ≥1year follow-up with no change in status ("maybe appropriate") and TTE due to change in clinical status ("appropriate")...
December 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038838/-interventional-cardiac-catheterization-in-congenital-heart-disease
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François Godart, Ali Houeijeh
Interventional cardiac catheterization has a major place in the management of congenital heart disease. Since the Rashkind atrioseptostomy in mid-1960s, many techniques have been developed. For some, it is necessary to close a cardiac or extracardiac shunt using occluder (double disc system, plug, coil…): closure of atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect or patent arterial duct. For others, it is necessary to treat a valvular or vascular stenosis using a balloon catheter: dilatation of the pulmonary or the aortic valve, dilatation of aortic coarctation...
December 27, 2016: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029583/acr-appropriateness-criteria-assessment-of-fetal-well-being
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Lynn Simpson, Nadia J Khati, Sandeep P Deshmukh, Kika M Dudiak, Mukesh G Harisinghani, Tara L Henrichsen, Benjamin J Meyer, David A Nyberg, Liina Poder, Thomas D Shipp, Carolyn M Zelop, Phyllis Glanc
Although there is limited evidence that antepartum testing decreases the risk for fetal death in low-risk pregnancies, women with high-risk factors for stillbirth should undergo antenatal fetal surveillance. The strongest evidence supporting antepartum testing pertains to pregnancies complicated by intrauterine fetal growth restriction secondary to uteroplacental insufficiency. The main ultrasound-based modalities to determine fetal health are the biophysical profile, modified biophysical profile, and duplex Doppler velocimetry...
October 28, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029179/prenatal-diagnosis-of-congenital-heart-diseases-by-fetal-echocardiography-in-second-trimester-a-chinese-multicenter-study
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Chen Chu, Yingliu Yan, Yunyun Ren, Xiaotian Li, Yonghao Gui
INTRODUCTION: The objective of our study was to evaluate the performance of detailed fetal echocardiography by skilled obstetric physician sonologists in the diagnosis of congenital heart disease (CHD) in a Chinese population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This investigation included a multicenter prospective cohort of 10,259 pregnant women attending ten regional tertiary hospitals in China. The inclusion criteria were singleton pregnancy and gestational age 18 ~ ≤28 weeks...
December 28, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013380/the-impact-of-age-on-the-postoperative-response-of-the-diastolic-function-and-left-ventricular-mass-regression-after-surgical-or-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-for-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Teruya Nakamura, Koichi Toda, Toru Kuratani, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yasushi Yoshikawa, Satsuki Fukushima, Shunsuke Saito, Yoshiki Sawa
PURPOSE: We examined the impact of advanced age on left ventricular mass regression and the change in the diastolic function after aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis. METHODS: The present study included 129 patients who underwent either surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement and 1-year postoperative echocardiography. The patient characteristics and echocardiographic findings were compared between patients who were <80 years of age (group Y: n = 69) and those who were ≥80 years of age (group O: n = 60)...
December 24, 2016: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012615/acc-aats-aha-ase-asnc-scai-scct-sts-2016-appropriate-use-criteria-for-coronary-revascularization-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-appropriate-use-criteria-task-force-american-association-for-thoracic-surgery
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003419/47-year-old-female-with-an-apical-mass
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Jack Andrews, Christopher Ce Lang, Marc Dweck
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 47-year-old female with no medical history presented with a sudden collapse. Physical examination, chest X-ray and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I were normal, however ECG demonstrated anterior T-wave inversion. CT pulmonary angiography was performed which ruled out pulmonary embolism but revealed a non-calcified, homogenous mass at the left ventricular (LV) apex. It was not clear whether this mass was intramyocardial or pericardial. Transthoracic echocardiography confirmed the apical mass but was unable to establish its aetiology...
December 21, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001173/patient-in-chronic-hemodialysis-with-right-atrial-mass-thrombus-fungal-endocarditis-or-atrial-myxoma
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Talita G Salani, Cynthia de Moura Borges, Carolina S Urbini, Patrícia Schincariol, Kélcia Rosana da Silva Quadros, Maria Almerinda Ribeiro-Alves, Rodrigo Bueno de Oliveira
We present the case report of a 19-year-old patient with chronic kidney disease due to chronic glomerulonephritis, in hemodialysis (HD) by central catheter, with the incidental finding of a mass of 28x16 mm in right atrium (RA). The diagnosis of thrombus, infective endocarditis or myxoma were considered. Given the context of immunosuppression and difficult access vascular therapeutic practice has proved complex. Although Doppler echocardiography suggested thrombus in RA, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) indicated for the diagnosis of myxoma in RA...
December 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994895/surgical-management-of-multiple-valve-endocarditis-associated-with-dialysis-catheter
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R Zea-Vera, M Sanchez, E Castañeda, L Soto-Arquiñigo
Endocarditis associated with dialysis catheter is a disease that must be suspected in every patient with hemodialysis who develops fever. Multiple valve disease is a severe complication of endocarditis that needs to be managed in a different way. There is very limited data for treatment and every case must be considered individually. We present a patient with this complication and describe the medical treatment and surgical management. We report the case of a 15-year-old patient with acute renal failure that develops trivalvular endocarditis after the hemodialysis catheter was placed, with multiple positive blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989068/underlying-rheumatic-disease-an-important-determinant-of-outcome-in-tricuspid-valve-repair
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Mandhir Munasur, Datshana Naidoo
BACKGROUND: Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) accompanying severe left-sided valve disease occurs on a functional basis, secondary to pulmonary hypertension and tricuspid annular dilatation. In the context of endemic left-sided rheumatic heart disease, non-recognition of organic disease of the tricuspid valve may adversely influence surgical decision-making, resulting in suboptimal outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the perioperative and follow up data of 30 patients who underwent tricuspid valve surgery with concomitant left-sided valve replacement was undertaken...
March 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988362/appropriate-use-criteria-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-greece-a-single-center-experience
#17
G Georgiopoulos, C Aggeli, A Laina, M Deligianni, D Oikonomou, S Lampridou, G Vogiatzi, D Tousoulis
INTRODUCTION: The American College of Cardiology Foundation (A.C.C.F) along with the American Society of Echocardiography (A.S.E.) have enabled an accurate and clinically oriented evaluation of echocardiography indications by introducing Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC). AIM: This study was designed to evaluate the degree of implementation of AUC for transesophageal echo (TEE) in daily clinical practice in a tertiary university hospital of Greece during the era of economic recession...
December 14, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943114/predictors-of-serious-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-nonischemic-heart-failure
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Mauricio Pimentel, André Zimerman, Diego Chemello, Vanessa Giaretta, Michael Andrades, Daiane Silvello, Leandro Zimerman, Luis E Rohde
PURPOSE: Risk stratification of serious arrhythmic events in patients with nonischemic heart failure (HF), beyond estimates of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), remains an important clinical challenge. This study aims to determine the clinical value of different noninvasive and invasive tests as predictors of serious arrhythmic events in patients with nonischemic HF. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted including 106 nonischemic HF patients who underwent a comprehensive clinical and laboratory evaluation including two-dimensional echocardiography, 24-h Holter monitoring, cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX), and an invasive electrophysiological study...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939746/non-invasive-assessment-of-pulmonary-vascular-resistance-in-pulmonary-hypertension-current-knowledge-and-future-direction
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Pyi Naing, Harveen Kuppusamy, Gregory Scalia, Graham S Hillis, David Playford
Pulmonary Hypertension (PHT) is relatively common, dangerous and under-recognised. Pulmonary hypertension is not a diagnosis in itself; it is caused by a number of differing diseases each with different treatments and prognoses. Therefore, timely and accurate recognition of the underlying cause for PHT is essential for appropriate management. This is especially true for patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) in the current era of disease-specific drug therapy. Measurement of Pulmonary Vascular Resistance (PVR) helps separate pre-capillary from post-capillary PHT, and is measured with right heart catheterisation (RHC)...
November 20, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939224/effect-of-a-reminder-statement-on-echocardiography-reports-on-referrals-for-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-for-primary-prevention
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Moulin Chokshi, Robert L McNamara, Yasotha Rajeswaran, Rachel Lampert
Numerous trials show the benefit of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) for primary prevention in patients with low ejection fraction (EF), a class I indication. However, underutilization is well documented. We retrospectively reviewed charts to see whether placing a reminder statement into echocardiogram reports for appropriate patients increased adherence to guidelines. From January through June 2013, a brief reminder of the ICD guidelines was automatically inserted into echocardiogram reports with EF ≤ 35% (reminder period)...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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