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Transesophageal echo

Patrizio Mazzone, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Damiano Regazzoli, Giulio Molon, Gaetano Senatore, Salvatore Saccà, Guido Canali, Claudia Amellone, Riccardo Turri, Paolo Della Bella
PURPOSE: The WATCHMAN device for Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) has proven to be an effective alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and has now been adopted in clinical practice. In the present study, we analyzed the safety and efficacy profile of the LAAO procedure at mid-term follow-up. METHODS: The TRAPS Registry is an observational, multicenter registry involving four Italian centers. Consecutive patients who had undergone LAAO with WATCHMAN device were enrolled...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Luke Lamers, Erick E Jimenez, Catherine Allen, Derreck Hoyme, Entela Bua Lushaj, Petros V Anagnostopoulos
The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic capabilities of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) compared to completion angiography for detection of residual post-operative pulmonary artery lesions. This is a retrospective review of 19 consecutive surgical cases involving the pulmonary arteries that had post-operative TEE and completion angiography from 2014 to 2017. The echocardiograms were reviewed by 2 blinded examiners and categorized as adequate or inadequate visualization of the surgical repair...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Chloe Grace Meyer, Thomas Paul Vacek, Amit Bansal, Ravi Gurujal, Analkumar Parikh
This report illustrates a case of a 42-year-old male with a history of intravenous drug abuse who presented with septic shock. Diagnostic studies, including a transthoracic echocardiogram, chest computed tomography angiography, transesophageal echocardiogram, and blood cultures ultimately revealed Serratia marcescens pulmonic valve infective endocarditis that was treated with intravenous antibiotics. In addition to the rare form of endocarditis and bacterium involved, this case brings into awareness the dynamic nature of the hospital course that requires vigilance in responding to hypotensive episodes for consideration of pulmonary embolism...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Benjamin Marchandot, François Levy, Nicola Santelmo, Paul-Michel Mertes, Olivier Morel
BACKGROUND: Adequate strategies using either transthoracic (TTE) or transesophageal (TEE) echocardiography in patients receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an ongoing area of research. OBJECTIVES: As transthoracic point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) during cardiac arrest resuscitation might result in an increased duration of interruptions in the delivery of chest compressions; the use of TEE has been proposed as an alternative. METHODS: No technical complications of either TTE nor TEE are so far being reported in the literature...
March 2, 2018: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Matteo Cameli, Stefano Lunghetti, Giulia Elena Mandoli, Francesca Maria Righini, Matteo Lisi, Valeria Curci, Cristina Di Tommaso, Marco Solari, Dan Nistor, Annalaura Gismondi, Marta Focardi, Roberto Favilli, Sergio Mondillo
Background and Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) has a high prevalence in the population and it is responsible for up to the 25% of the strokes in elderly people. The aim of our study was to assess the correlations of left atrial (LA) functional parameter, global peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS), derived from speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) findings in patients with persistent AF undergoing TEE before electrical cardioversion or ablation procedures...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Fang-Zhou Liu, Hong-Tao Liao, Wei-Dong Lin, Yu-Mei Xue, Xian-Zhang Zhan, Xian-Hong Fang, Fang Rao, Hai Deng, Jun Huang, Jo-Jo Hai, Hung-Fat Tse, Shu-Lin Wu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between hyperuricemia and left atrial thrombus (LAT)/spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) and to determine the predictive value of hyperuricemia in non-valvular (NV) atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. METHODS: The study retrospectively reviewed 1198 consecutive patients (male 801, female 397, and mean age of 56.84 ± 12.22) who were diagnosed with AF and accepted transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) prior to catheter ablation, appendage occlusion and electrical cardioversion using a single-center database...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mi-Na Kim, Jae-Min Shim, Jong-Il Choi, Seong-Mi Park, Young Hoon Kim, Wan Joo Shim
BACKGROUND: Female sex is a risk factor for thromboembolism (TE) in atrial fibrillation (AF); however, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We postulated that left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) could be associated with increased thromboembolic risk in women. METHODS: From a retrospective cohort, 158 patients (female : male = 79:79) with nonvalvular AF were propensity score-matched for age, presence of diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, embolic history, AF type, and AF duration...
February 20, 2018: Echocardiography
Chun-Li He, Zhao-Qian Wang, Chong-Fu Jia, Tao Cong, Liang Zhang, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Xi-Xia Sun, Si-Yao Sun
To investigate the capacity of biphasic cardiac CT (CCT) for qualitative and quantitative evaluation of different grades of left atrial appendage spontaneous echo contrast (LAASEC). The study included 267 inpatients with confirmed atrial fibrillation who underwent both CCT and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). CT numbers for LAA, ascending aorta (AA), and left atrium (LA) were identified, and ROC curves for LAA, LAA/AA, and LAA/LA were plotted. With TEE as the standard, the sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of CCT for LAASEC grade ≥ 1 were 60...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Paolo Scacciatella, Ilaria Meynet, Mauro Giorgi, Lorenza M Biava, Ivana Matranga, Luigi Biasco, Pierluigi Omedè, Fulvio Orzan, Fiorenzo Gaita
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to compare the long-term outcomes of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure using angiography or transesophageal echocardiography as procedural guidance. BACKGROUND: The interventional treatment is emerging as a safe and efficient option for patients with high likelihood of PFO-related cryptogenic stroke and high risk of recurrence. The "gold-standard" guidance technique remains an issue. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients undergoing PFO closure for cryptogenic stroke in two catheterization laboratories of the same institution, using similar inclusion criteria but different guidance, were compared with propensity score matching...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
Hythem M Nawaytou, Laura Mercer-Rosa, Alexandra Channing, Meryl S Cohen
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (iTEE) is used to assess for residual left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) after surgical resection of subaortic membrane causing subaortic stenosis (sub-AS). We aimed to identify the iTEE features associated with recurrence of LVOTO. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of children undergoing sub-AS resection from June 2006 to June 2014. Doppler assessment of the flow velocity and the anatomical features of the left ventricular outflow tract were analyzed from stored echocardiograms...
February 13, 2018: Echocardiography
Jin Ma, Shiyu Ma, Chunxia Yin, Huanlin Wu
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate whether a Shengmai San-derived herbal, Fumai granule (FM), which had a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation (AF) in myocardial infarction (MI)-induced heart failure (HF) rat and to determine the underlying mechanisms. DESIGN AND METHODS: MI was induced by a ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. One week after MI surgery, FM was gavaged for 4 weeks. AF inducibility was detected by transesophageal programmed electrical stimulation technology...
February 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Lorenzo De Marchi, Janice Lee, Nina Rawtani, Vinh Nguyen
Supported by a growing number of studies and case reports in the literature, perioperative use of TEE in non-cardiac cases has significantly increased the past two decades. The utility of TEE in monitoring hemodynamic, and diagnosing causes of hypotension refractory to conventional therapy, have made it an almost indispensible tool during major surgeries, such liver transplantation. Despite this fact, compared to the adult population, there is a lack of an equivalent amount of literature on the perioperative use of TEE in pediatric cases...
February 1, 2018: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Chung-Jong Kim, Jeong-Eun Yi, Yookyung Kim, Hee Jung Choi
RATIONALE: Infective endocarditis (IE) is a life-threatening disease, mostly caused by gram-positive bacteria. Gram-negative bacteria were identified as a causative organism in relatively small number of cases. Although, antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli is common cause of gram-negative endocarditis, AmpC beta-lactamase (BL)-harboring E coli is very rare cause of IE. Furthermore, emphysematous endocarditis is also a very rare manifestation of E coli infection. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of 80-year-old female patient presenting with dizziness, fever, and altered mental status, who was finally diagnosed with emphysematous endocarditis caused by E coli harboring an AmpC BL gene...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Florence H Sheehan, R Eugene Zierler
Healthcare providers who use peripheral vascular and cardiac ultrasound require specialized training to develop the technical and interpretive skills necessary to perform accurate diagnostic tests. Assessment of competence is a critical component of training that documents a learner's progress and is a requirement for competency-based medical education (CBME) as well as specialty certification or credentialing. The use of simulation for CBME in diagnostic ultrasound is particularly appealing since it incorporates both the psychomotor and cognitive domains while eliminating dependency on the availability of live patients with a range of pathology...
February 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
Khalid Najib, Mark Heckle, Sameh Goubran, Rhadika Mehta, Rohan Goswami, Rami N Khouzam
A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolus due to passage of a venous thrombus through a right to left shunt. We describe a case of acute cerebral vascular accident (CVA), right subclavian arterial embolus, and pulmonary emboli in the setting of a large patent foramen ovale (PFO). A 74-year-old woman with multiple comorbidities presented to the emergency department with acute onset of shortness of breath, weakness, and right arm pain. She was found to have bilateral pulmonary emboli, left CVA, and a right subclavian arterial embolus on computed tomography (CT)...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Andrea Colli, Laura Besola, Matteo Montagner, Danila Azzolina, Nicola Soriani, Erica Manzan, Eleonora Bizzotto, Fabio Zucchetta, Roberto Bellu, Demetrio Pittarello, Gino Gerosa
BACKGROUND: The transapical echo-guided NeoChord repair is a procedure to correct mitral regurgitation (MR) without the need for concomitant annuloplasty for degenerative mitral valve (MV) disease. Lacking strict criteria to define normal annular dimensions for patients undergoing MV repair, we consequently missed having precise selection criteria to identify patients who can benefit from a ringless procedure with respect to who would need a combined annular and leaflet repair. The aim of this study is to identify whether a new preoperative echocardiographic index may predict postoperative outcomes after NeoChord repair...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Maria Livia Burzo, Mariangela Antonelli, Giovanni Pecorini, Angela M R Favuzzi, Raffaele Landolfi, Andrea Flex
RATIONALE: Fever of unknown origin (FUO) can be determined by different conditions among which infectious diseases represent the main cause. PATIENT CONCERNS: A young woman, with a history of aortic stenosis, was admitted to our unit for a month of intermittent fever associated with a new diastolic heart murmur and splenomegaly. Laboratory tests were negative for infectious screening. The total body computed tomography (CT) scan excluded abscesses, occulted neoplasia, or lymphadenopathy...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Benjamin Schaeffer, Lea Rüden, Tim Salzbrunn, Hans O Pinnschmidt, Ruken Özge Akbulak, Julia Magdalena Moser, Mario Jularic, Christian Meyer, Christian Eickholt, Arian Sultan, Jakob Lüker, Daniel Steven, Stephan Willems, Boris Alexander Hoffmann
AIMS: To evaluate the incidence of newly diagnosed intracardiac thrombi (ICT) in respect to the mode of OAC in patients undergoing cardioversion (CV). METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively assessed transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and OAC therapy prior to CV in AF patients with ≥48h duration scheduled for CV. A total of 60 first-time ICT (4.7%) were diagnosed in 1286 TEE, with highest rate in patients without OAC (9.6% vs. OAC 4.1% p = 0.009) and an apparently lower rate in non-vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants (NOAC) therapy compared to vitamin K antagonist (VKA) (2...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Catarina Queirós, Elsa Francisco, João Almeida
A 65-year-old woman with no significant prior medical history presented, in the postoperative course of a complicated cholecystectomy, several episodes of arterial desaturation. Pulmonary embolism was repeatedly suspected, but there was no evidence of pulmonary thrombus on the chest computed tomography angiographies obtained. As these episodes were mainly induced by postural changes, a platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome was suspected. A transthoracic echocardiogram was performed and revealed a patent foramen ovale...
November 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Safieh Golestaneh, Mohammad Amin Kashef, William L Hiser, Amir S Lotfi, Timothy G Egan
Aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva, a rare cardiac condition, results from dilation of an aortic sinus. Sudden aneurysm rupture can trigger rapidly progressive heart failure. We discuss the case of a 57-year-old woman with situs ambiguus, isolated levocardia, and polysplenia who presented with acute-onset heart failure. Transesophageal echocardiograms revealed an aneurysm of the right coronary sinus of Valsalva that had ruptured into the right atrial cavity. The patient underwent successful surgical repair. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a sinus of Valsalva aneurysm in a patient with this combination of congenital abnormalities...
December 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
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