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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769130/diagnostic-accuracy-of-low-dose-dual-source-cardiac-computed-tomography-as-compared-to-surgery-in-univentricular-heart-patients
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Narumol Chaosuwannakit, Pattarapong Makarawate
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the ability of low radiation dose dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) to depict the features of morphological univentricular heart and to define accuracy by comparing findings with surgery. METHODS: Low radiation dose dual-source cardiac computed tomography (CCT) of 33 cases of functional univentricular heart preliminary diagnosis by echocardiography compared with the results of surgery were retrospectively analyzed (aged 1 day to 4 years, median 5 months)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762932/pulmonary-hypertension-as-a-possible-cause-of-paradoxical-low-flow-low-gradient-aortic-stenosis
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Yuta Watanabe, Haruhiko Higashi, Katsuji Inoue, Jun Aono, Takafumi Okura, Jitsuo Higaki, Shuntaro Ikeda
Paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis (LFLG AS) is recognized as a subtype of aortic stenosis. A small left ventricular (LV) cavity with marked LV concentric remodeling leads to a reduced stroke volume in this condition. The case is reported of a paradoxical LFLG AS patient who was undergoing treatment for pulmonary hypertension (PH) and interstitial pneumonia associated with scleroderma. Echocardiography demonstrated enlargement of the right ventricle and a diminished LV cavity. Moreover, the aortic valve opening was restricted despite a preserved LV ejection fraction (61%)...
September 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760285/occurrence-of-incomplete-endothelialization-causing-residual-permeability-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Mathieu Granier, Guillaume Laugaudin, François Massin, Stephane Cade, Pierre François Winum, Cornelia Freitag, Jean-Luc Pasquie
AIMS: Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion is occasionally incomplete, with residual permeability of the LAA on cardiac computed tomography. The cause for this is unclear. Our objective was to determine if residual permeability was related to incomplete endothelialization. METHODS: A total of 35 consecutive patients contraindicated for anticoagulant therapy admitted for LAA occlusion were included; 12 patients received a Watchman device (Boston Scientific) and 23 patients received an Amplatzer Cardiac Plug (St...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744246/comparative-study-of-three-methods-for-depth-of-central-venous-catheter-placement-in-children-an-observational-pilot-study
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Vaishali Chaskar, Priyanka Pradeep Karnik, Nandini Malay Dave, Madhu Garasia
Objective: Central venous cannulation of the internal jugular vein is difficult in paediatric patients because of the small size of the vein and anatomic variations. Many studies have shown the accuracy of various formulae for calculating the depth of placement. The aim of this study was to assess the most reliable method for central venous catheter (CVC) tip placement in paediatric patients. Methods: Sixty-nine patients in the age groups from 0 to 12 years were divided in three groups for three published techniques for catheter tip placement...
April 2018: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742737/inadvertent-defibrillator-lead-placement-into-the-left-ventricle-after-mitraclip-implantation-a-case-report
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Giuseppe Santarpia, Francesco Passafaro, Eugenia Pasceri, Annalisa Mongiardo, Antonio Curcio, Ciro Indolfi
RATIONALE: Inadvertent pacemaker/defibrillator lead placement into the left ventricle is an unusual cardiac device-related complication and its diagnosis is not always easy and often misunderstood. Thromboembolic events are frequently associated with this procedural complication. Percutaneous lead extraction should be performed when diagnosis is made early after device implantation while long-life oral anticoagulation is a wise option when the diagnosis is delayed and the lead is not removed...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742466/systematic-clinical-management-of-patients-with-candidemia-improves-survival
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Rita Murri, Francesca Giovannenze, Marta Camici, Riccardo Torelli, Giulio Ventura, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Roberto Cauda, Massimo Fantoni
OBJECTIVES: . Taking into account the significant morbidity, mortality, and hospital costs related to Candidemia, our objective is to define if improving appropriateness in candidemia management was associated with better clinical outcomes. METHODS: . A prospective observational monocentric cohort study was conducted. Adherence to five main elements was examined: appropriate selection of initial therapy; follow-up blood culture; echocardiography; ophthalmological examination; and removal of a central venous catheter...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726601/comparison-of-paravalvular-aortic-leak-characteristics-in-the-medtronic-corevalve-versus-edwards-sapien-valve-paravalvular-aortic-leak-characteristics
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Olivia N Gilbert, Charles H Choi, Jodie L Franzil, Melissa Caughey, Waqas Qureshi, R Brandon Stacey, Min Pu, Robert J Applegate, Sanjay K Gandhi, David X M Zhao
OBJECTIVES: Temporally quantify and localize paravalvular aortic leak (PVL) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the Medtronic CoreValve (MCV) versus the Edwards Sapien Valve (ESV). BACKGROUND: In order to increase the precision of THV selection and PVL intervention, an understanding of PVL characteristics is essential. METHODS: The frequency, severity, and location of post-TAVR PVL were evaluated with transthoracic echocardiography pre-discharge, one month, and one-year post-procedure in 202 patients receiving a MCV (N = 120) or ESV (N = 81)...
May 4, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720088/three-dimensional-thoracic-aorta-principal-strain-analysis-from-routine-ecg-gated-computerized-tomography-feasibility-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Alessandro Satriano, Zachary Guenther, James A White, Naeem Merchant, Elena S Di Martino, Faisal Al-Qoofi, Carmen P Lydell, Nowell M Fine
BACKGROUND: Functional impairment of the aorta is a recognized complication of aortic and aortic valve disease. Aortic strain measurement provides effective quantification of mechanical aortic function, and 3-dimenional (3D) approaches may be desirable for serial evaluation. Computerized tomographic angiography (CTA) is routinely performed for various clinical indications, and offers the unique potential to study 3D aortic deformation. We sought to investigate the feasibility of performing 3D aortic strain analysis in a candidate population of patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)...
May 2, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29702994/a-case-report-regarding-general-anesthesia-management-of-a-patient-with-pulmonary-vein-stenosis-that-underwent-balloon-dilatation-and-stent-implantation
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Fangzhou Li, Guoyan Qiao, Peng Liang, Jin Liu
RATIONALE: Pulmonary vein stenosis (PVS) is a rare cardiovascular deformity that can lead to high mortality if left untreated. Patients frequently experience multiple complications such as hemoptysis, pulmonary hypertension, bronchial venous rupture and cardiac insufficiency. Currently, pulmonary vein stenosis balloon dilatation (stent implantation) is the only treatment, and this can be performed under local or general anesthesia. However, a case report on the general anesthesia management of PVS has not been previously reported...
April 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29695526/approach-to-diagnosis-of-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device-infection
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Daniel C DeSimone, M Rizwan Sohail
Device infection remains a significant challenge as clinical indications for cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIED) therapy continue to expand beyond prevention and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. Patients receiving CIED therapy are now older with significant comorbidities, placing them at higher risk of complications including infection. CIED infection warrants complete device removal as retention is associated with unacceptably high risk of relapse and increased mortality. However, accurate diagnosis of CIED infections remains a significant challenge and is based on a combination of findings on physical examination, microbiological and laboratory testing, and advanced imaging such as transesophageal echocardiography or positron emission tomography...
April 25, 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691305/application-of-outpatient-cardiac-testing-among-emergency-department-patients-with-syncope
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Olivia G Cook, Muhammad A Mukarram, Soo-Min Kim, Kirtana Arcot, Marie-Joe Nemnom, Monica Taljaard, Marco L A Sivilotti, Brian H Rowe, Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy
OBJECTIVES: 2.6% of ED syncope patients will suffer cardiac serious adverse events (SAEs) within 30 days of disposition, and outpatient cardiac testing can improve patient safety. The objective is to determine whether outpatient cardiac testing for ED syncope patients is being appropriately ordered after discharge. To this end, we describe the proportion of high-risk and non-high (low and medium)-risk ED syncope patients as per the Canadian Syncope Risk Score (CSRS) who have a SAE after ED discharge, and the proportion referred for outpatient cardiac testing...
April 24, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29690944/appropriate-use-criteria-for-paediatric-echocardiography-in-an-outpatient-practice-a-validation-study
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Mark J Cartoski, Meghan Kiley, Philip J Spevak
BACKGROUND: Although transthoracic echocardiography is the dominant imaging modality in CHD, optimal utilisation is unclear. We assessed whether adherence to the paediatric Appropriate Use Criteria for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography could reduce inappropriate use without missing significant cardiac disease. METHODS: Using the Appropriate Use Criteria, we determined the indication and appropriateness rating for each initial echocardiogram performed at our institution during calendar year 2014 (N=1383)...
April 25, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29689577/decreased-circulating-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-levels-are-associated-with-cardiac-diastolic-dysfunction-in-small-for-gestational-age-infants
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Yohei Akazawa, Shoko Yamazaki, Haruka Obinata, Akira Hachiya, Motoko Kamiya, Noriko Motoki, Tomohiko Nakamura
OBJECTIVE:  To evaluate the impact of serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels on cardiac function in small for gestational age (SGA) infants. STUDY DESIGN:  This is a prospective, observational study. Serum IGF-1 levels at birth and echocardiography measurements at 1 week of age were compared between SGA and appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants. RESULTS:  Thirty-one SGA infants and 27 AGA infants were enrolled. Serum IGF-1 levels were lower in the SGA infants than in the AGA infants...
April 24, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684593/renal-function-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-propeptide-big-endothelin-and-patients-with-heart-failure-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Ingrid Gergei, Bernhard K Krämer, Hubert Scharnagl, Tatjana Stojakovic, Winfried März
Renal dysfunction may limit the clinical application of NT-proBNP in the diagnosis of heart failure. In general practice, where echocardiography is not readily available, a biomarker for the diagnosis of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) would be useful. Since cardiac diseases frequently coincide with renal disease, there is a high need of valid risk stratification methods in patients affected with both. We therefore examined NT-proBNP and another biomarker, Big-Endothelin-1, as a marker of HFpEF in patients with CKD...
April 20, 2018: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671237/acute-torrential-mitral-regurgitation-during-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-case-report
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Yoshiyuki Yamashita, Hiromichi Sonoda, Tomoki Ushijima, Akira Shiose
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive approach to aortic valve replacement. However, critical cardiovascular collapse can occur during the procedure for various reasons. CASE PRESENTATION: A 90-year-old man with severe aortic stenosis and left circumflex artery stenosis developed acute torrential mitral regurgitation (MR) during TAVR. The valve deployment process induced left ventricular dyssynchrony due to left bundle-branch block and myocardial ischemia in the left circumflex artery region with torrential MR...
April 18, 2018: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668609/the-success-of-opening-single-chronic-total-occlusion-lesions-to-improve-myocardialviabilitytrial-sos-comedy-study-protocol-of-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Rongchong Huang, Xiantao Song, Haishan Zhang, Wen Tian, Zheng Huang, Xingwei Zhang, Junqing Yang, Dongfeng Zhang, Jian Wu, Lei Zhong, Henry H Ting
AIMS: Success of opening single (SOS)-comedy is a prospective multicenter study to compare the improvement in the decrease of myocardial viability by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with that by optimal medical therapy (OMT) alone in patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO) of a single coronary artery. METHODS AND RESULTS: The risks and the benefits of both options (PCI and OMT) were listed in a CTO decision aid (DA). Eligible participants detected by invasive coronary angiography (ICA) or coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) were divided into PCI or OMT groups according to patients' choice after shared-decision making process with DA...
April 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659777/number-of-pregnancies-and-subsequent-phenotype-in-a-cross-sectional-cohort-of-women-with-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy
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Anna I Castrini, Øyvind H Lie, Ida S Leren, Mette E Estensen, Mathis K Stokke, Lars G Klæboe, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
Aims: We aimed to assess the relation between number of pregnancies and cardiac structure, function, and arrhythmic events in women with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC). Methods and results: We included female AC patients in a cross-sectional study. Number of pregnancies and pregnancy related symptoms were recorded. Ventricular arrhythmias were defined as aborted cardiac arrest, sustained ventricular tachycardia, or appropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator therapy...
April 6, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659045/surgical-pulmonary-embolectomy-and-catheter-directed-thrombolysis-for-treatment-of-submassive-pulmonary-embolism
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Ahmed A Kolkailah, Sameer Hirji, Gregory Piazza, Julius I Ejiofor, Fernando Ramirez Del Val, Jiyae Lee, Siobhan McGurk, Sary F Aranki, Prem S Shekar, Tsuyoshi Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) with preserved hemodynamics but right ventricular dysfunction, classified as submassive PE, carries a high risk of mortality. We report the results for patients who did not qualify for medical therapy and required treatment of submassive PE with surgical pulmonary embolectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). METHODS: Between October 1999 and May 2015, 133 submassive PE patients underwent treatment with pulmonary embolectomy (71) and CDT (62)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655950/strengths-and-weaknesses-of-echocardiography-for-the-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-hypertension
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Michele D'Alto, Eduardo Bossone, Alexander R Opotowsky, Stefano Ghio, Lawrence G Rudski, Robert Naeije
Doppler echocardiography is extensively used in clinical practice for the screening and detection of pulmonary hypertension (PH). It allows for accurate estimates of pulmonary artery pressures, but with moderate precision, which explains why it is more appropriate for population studies than for definitive diagnosis of PH in individual patients. Moreover, echocardiography allows one to distinguish different patterns of right ventricular remodelling in various forms of PH and enables clinically satisfactory differentiation between pre- and post-capillary PH...
April 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642696/periprocedural-and-perioperatory-management-of-patients-with-tricuspid-valve-disease
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Fabrizio Monaco, Ambra L DI Prima, Monica DE Luca, Gaia Barucco, Alberto Zangrillo
Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a common valvular lesion which may affect morbidity and mortality. It can be related to an intrinsic abnormality of the tricuspid valve leaflets (organic) or secondary to annular dilatation (functional). Often organic and functional TR coexist in the same patient. A long standing TR is associated with ascites, congestive hepatopathy, peripheral edema, renal failure, and abdominal fullness which significantly affect the outcome. In particular, the perioperative course may be complicated due to both the presence of comorbidities and the development of a severe postoperative right ventricle (RV) dysfunction...
April 11, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
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