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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214035/transesophageal-echocardiography-in-swine-establishment-of-a-baseline
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Katharina Huenges, Saskia Pokorny, Rouven Berndt, Jochen Cremer, Georg Lutter
The porcine model is a commonly used animal model in cardiovascular research. Along with new innovative operative techniques, choice of the optimal imaging technique is crucial. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a reliable imaging tool is highly important in a large number of experimental evaluations. But so far, TEE data for swine are limited, and few standard values have been established for the porcine model. The experience and baseline results for TEE in 45 swine are presented in this study. A full TEE examination was conducted in 45 German landrace or German large white swine, with an average body weight of 49 ± 3 kg, before experimental off-pump mitral valved stent implantation...
February 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213933/evaluation-of-vegetation-size-and-its-relationship-with-septic-pulmonary-embolism-in-tricuspid-valve-infective-endocarditis-a-real-time-3dtee-study
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Hiroto Utsunomiya, Javier Berdejo, Sayuki Kobayashi, Hirotsugu Mihara, Yuji Itabashi, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: Tricuspid valve infective endocarditis (TVIE) causes septic pulmonary embolism (PE). However, the impact of vegetation size on PE is not fully elucidated. METHODS: In 26 consecutive patients with definite TVIE according to Duke criteria, we tested clinical, microbiological, and echocardiographic data including real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) as potential predictors of PE. 3DTEE measurement of maximum length of vegetation (MLV) was obtained with Advanced QLAB Quantification Software by cropping the 3D volume with the appropriate 2D plane to obtain the largest value...
February 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196927/healthcare-utilization-and-expenditures-associated-with-appropriate-and-inappropriate-implantable-defibrillator-shocks
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Mintu P Turakhia, Steven Zweibel, Andrea L Swain, Sarah A Mollenkopf, Matthew R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: In patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, healthcare utilization (HCU) and expenditures related to shocks have not been quantified. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators identified from commercial and Medicare supplemental claims databases linked to adjudicated shock events from remote monitoring data. A shock event was defined as ≥1 spontaneous shocks delivered by an implanted device...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196811/the-heart-failure-epidemic-a-uk-perspective
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REVIEW
Martin R Cowie
Heart failure is appropriately described as an epidemic, with 1-2% of healthcare expenditure being directed at its management. In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidance on best practice for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic heart failure. Echocardiography is key to the diagnosis of the underlying cardiac abnormalities, and access to this (with our without biochemical testing using natriuretic peptides) is key to high quality and speedy diagnosis...
February 14, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183324/identification-of-taz-mutations-in-pediatric-patients-with-cardiomyopathy-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-a-chinese-cohort
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Jian Wang, Ying Guo, Meirong Huang, Zhen Zhang, Junxue Zhu, Tingliang Liu, Lin Shi, Fen Li, Huimin Huang, Lijun Fu
BACKGROUND: Barth syndrome (BTHS) is a rare X-linked recessive disease characterized by cardiomyopathy, neutropenia, skeletal myopathy and growth delay. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment may improve the prognosis of this disease. The purpose of this study is to determine the role of targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) in the early diagnosis of BTHS in children with cardiomyopathy. METHODS: During the period between 2012 and 2015, a gene panel-based NGS approach was used to search for potentially disease-causing genetic variants in all patients referred to our institution with a clinical diagnosis of primary cardiomyopathy...
February 10, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177138/application-of-pediatric-appropriate-use-criteria-for-initial-outpatient-evaluation-of-syncope
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Heather M Phelps, Michael S Kelleman, Courtney E McCracken, Oscar J Benavidez, Robert M Campbell, Pamela S Douglas, Benjamin W Eidem, Wyman W Lai, Leo Lopez, Kenan W D Stern, Elizabeth Welch, Ritu Sachdeva
BACKGROUND: Syncope is a common reason for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We studied the applicability of pediatric appropriate use criteria (AUC) on initial outpatient evaluation of children (≤18 years) with syncope. METHODS: Data were obtained before (Phase I, April-September 2014) and after (Phase II, January-April 2015) the release of the AUC document from six participating pediatric cardiology centers. Site investigators determined the indication for TTE and assigned appropriateness rating based on the AUC document: Appropriate (A), May Be Appropriate (M), Rarely Appropriate (R), or "unclassifiable" (U) if it did not fit any scenario in the AUC document...
February 8, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168038/echocardiography-for-patients-undergoing-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-primer-for-intensive-care-physicians
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REVIEW
Zhongheng Zhang
Echocardiography is an invaluable tool in the management of patients with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) and subsequent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and weaning. At the very beginning, echocardiography can identify the etiology of cardiac arrest, such as massive pulmonary embolism and cardiac tamponade. Eliminating these culprits saves life and may avoid the initiation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If the underlying causes are not identified or intrinsic to the heart (e...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165137/preclinical-safety-assessments-of-nano-sized-constructs-on-cardiovascular-system-toxicity-a-case-for-telemetry
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REVIEW
Hoay Yan Cheah, Lik Voon Kiew, Hong Boon Lee, Nina Japundžić-Žigon, Marίa J Vicent, See Ziau Hoe, Lip Yong Chung
While nano-sized construct (NSC) use in medicine has grown significantly in recent years, reported unwanted side effects have raised safety concerns. However, the toxicity of NSCs to the cardiovascular system (CVS) and the relative merits of the associated evaluation methods have not been thoroughly studied. This review discusses the toxicological profiles of selected NSCs and provides an overview of the assessment methods, including in silico, in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models and how they are related to CVS toxicity...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154603/underdevelopment-of-left-atrial-appendage
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In Geol Song, Sung-Hwan Kim, Yong-Seog Oh, Tai-Ho Rho
A patient was admitted for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation. Cardiac computed tomography and transesophageal echocardiography revealed the absence of the left atrial appendage. However, the right atrial appendage looked normal and the level of pro B-natriuretic peptide was within normal limits. Successful catheter ablation was performed without any procedural complications and the sinus rhythm was appropriately maintained for 10 months with an antiarrhythmic drug.
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153388/short-term-and-long-term-models-of-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy-in-rats-a-comparison-of-functional-and-histopathological-changes
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João Lucas O'Connell, Minna Moreira Dias Romano, Erica C Campos Pulici, Eduardo E V Carvalho, Fernanda R de Souza, Denise M Tanaka, Benedito Carlos Maciel, Hélio C Salgado, Rubens Fazan-Júnior, Marcos A Rossi, Marcus V Simões
OBJECTIVES: Doxorubicin (DXR), an anthracyclic antineoplastic agent, is one of the most commonly drug utilized to induce dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and heart failure (HF), but the well optimized protocol for cardiomyopathy induction leading to development of cardiac systolic dysfunction is unclear. This study aims to critically compare short-term and long-term DXR injection protocols for the induction of DCM in rats. METHODS: Animals were allocated into 3 experimental groups: a ST (short-term DXR injection) group, in which animals received 6 intraperitoneal (i...
January 30, 2017: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152491/aggregatibacter-aphrophilus-infective-endocarditis-confirmed-by-broad-range-pcr-diagnosis-a-case-report
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Koji Hirano, Toshiya Tokui, Masahiro Inagaki, Taro Fujii, Yasumi Maze, Hirokazu Toyoshima
INTRODUCTION: Aggregatibacter aphrophilus is a rare cause of infective endocarditis. This pathogen is difficult to identify with common culture methods, which can lead to incorrect diagnosis and treatment. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 72-year-old woman was admitted to a community hospital with a persistent high fever and deteriorating renal function. Based on negative blood culture and positive serum proteinase 3 anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (PR3-ANCA), acute renal failure associated with ANCA-rerated vasculitis was initially suspected...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151908/implantation-of-vvi-pacemaker-in-a-patient-with-dextrocardia-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava-and-sick-sinus-syndrome-a-case-report
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Gongliang Guo, Lili Yang, Jinyi Wu, Liqun Sun
BACKGROUND: Dextrocardia, or right-lying heart, is an uncommon congenital heart disease in which the apex of the heart is located on the right side of chest. Persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVA) is a rare venous anomaly that is often associated with the abnormalities of cardiac transduction system. A case with combination of dextrocardia, persistent left superior vena cava, and sick sinus syndrome has not been reported. METHODS: We used different techniques including cardiac color Doppler echocardiography, 24-hour Holter monitoring, and abdominal ultrasound to make a diagnosis and treated the patient by implanting a VVI pacemaker...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139440/the-parasternal-short-axis-view-improves-diagnostic-accuracy-for-inferior-sinus-venosus-type-of-atrial-septal-defects-by-transthoracic-echocardiography
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Brian S Snarr, Michael Y Liu, Jeremy C Zuckerberg, Christine B Falkensammer, Sumekala Nadaraj, Danielle Burstein, Deborah Ho, Monique A Gardner, Arene Butto, Stanford G Ewing, Natesa G Pandian, Anirban Banerjee
BACKGROUND: Sinus venosus defects (SVD) of the inferior vena cava (IVC) type, or inferior SVDs, are an uncommon form of atrial communication located outside the confines of the fossa ovalis and involve override of the IVC. Despite numerous studies describing the anatomical and echocardiographic features of the inferior SVD, distinguishing this defect from a large secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) by echocardiography is often challenging. Accurate diagnosis of an inferior SVD and correct differentiation from a secundum ASD is essential for appropriate presurgical planning...
January 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108550/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Zeliha Koyak, Joris R de Groot, Ahmed Krimly, Tara M Mackay, Berto J Bouma, Candice K Silversides, Erwin N Oechslin, Ulas Hoke, Lieselot van Erven, Werner Budts, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Barbara J M Mulder, Louise Harris
AIMS: In adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) heart failure is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality but experience with and reported outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is limited. We investigated the efficacy of CRT in adults with CHD. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a retrospective study including 48 adults with CHD who received CRT since 2003 in four tertiary referral centres. Responders were defined as patients who showed improvement in NYHA functional class and/or systemic ventricular ejection fraction by at least one category...
January 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102878/pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-left-sided-heart-disease
#16
Micha Tobias Maeder, Otto D Schoch, Rebekka Kleiner, Lucas Joerg, Daniel Weilenmann, Swiss Society For Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension associated with left-sided heart disease (PH-LHD) is the most common type of pulmonary hypertension. In patients with left-sided heart disease, the presence of pulmonary hypertension is typically a marker of more advanced disease, more severe symptoms, and worse prognosis. In contrast to pulmonary arterial hypertension, PH-LHD is characterised by an elevated pulmonary artery wedge pressure (postcapillary pulmonary hypertension) without or with an additional precapillary component (isolated postcapillary versus combined postcapillary and precapillary pulmonary hypertension)...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094679/a-retrospective-analysis-of-a-pediatric-tele-echocardiography-service-to-treat-triage-and-reduce-trans-pacific-transport
#17
Christopher A Rouse, Brandon T Woods, C Becket Mahnke
Introduction Tele-echocardiography can ensure prompt diagnosis and prevent the unnecessary transport of infants without critical congenital heart disease, particularly at isolated locations lacking access to tertiary care medical centers. Methods We retrospectively reviewed all infants who underwent tele-echocardiography at a remote 16-bed level IIIB NICU from June 2005 to March 2014. Tele-echocardiograms were completed by cardiac sonographers in Okinawa, Japan, and transmitted asynchronously for review by pediatric cardiologists in Hawaii...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093412/beyond-bernoulli-improving-the-accuracy-and-precision-of-noninvasive-estimation-of-peak-pressure-drops
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Fabrizio Donati, Saul Myerson, Malenka M Bissell, Nicolas P Smith, Stefan Neubauer, Mark J Monaghan, David A Nordsletten, Pablo Lamata
BACKGROUND: Transvalvular peak pressure drops are routinely assessed noninvasively by echocardiography using the Bernoulli principle. However, the Bernoulli principle relies on several approximations that may not be appropriate, including that the majority of the pressure drop is because of the spatial acceleration of the blood flow, and the ejection jet is a single streamline (single peak velocity value). METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed the accuracy of the Bernoulli principle to estimate the peak pressure drop at the aortic valve using 3-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance flow data in 32 subjects...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078384/echocardiographic-versus-angiographic-assessment-of-patent-arterial-duct-in-percutaneous-closure-towards-x-ray-free-duct-occlusion
#19
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
#20
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
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