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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642098/quantifying-left-atrial-structure-and-function-using-single-plane-tissue-tracking-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
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Susumu Tao, Luisa A Ciuffo, Joao A C Lima, Katherine C Wu, Hiroshi Ashikaga
PURPOSE: Left atrial (LA) structure and function are important markers of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Tissue-tracking cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) accurately quantifies LA volume, strain, and strain rate based on biplane long-axis imaging. We aimed to assess the accuracy of the LA indices quantification from single-plane tissue-tracking CMR. METHODS: We included 162 patients (mean age 56±15, male 70%) from a prospective cohort study whose cine CMR images in sinus rhythm were available in both four-chamber and two-chamber views...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639972/imaging-in-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-a-focus-on-recent-advances-in-echocardiography
#2
Guillermo Larios, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging is essential for the management of adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rToF). Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are the central modalities to assess rToF. Here we review recent literature on imaging rToF, focusing on echocardiography and advances in assessment of cardiac mechanics. RECENT FINDINGS: Several two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler echo parameters have been proposed to assess pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, but most of them still have important limitations in their feasibility and reliability compared to cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR)...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
#3
Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629628/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-and-its-impact-on-systolic-ventricular-function-and-exercise-capacity-in-adults-with-a-subaortic-right-ventricle
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Annina Stauber, Céline Wey, Matthias Greutmann, Daniel Tobler, Kerstin Wustmann, Andreas Wahl, Emanuela R Valsangiacomo Buechel, Matthias Wilhelm, Markus Schwerzmann
BACKGROUND: In biventricular hearts the filling and contractility of one ventricle affects the performance of the other. In this study, we compared right ventricular systolic function and exercise capacity in patients with a subaortic right ventricle (RV) in relation to the presence of a left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of adults with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or with a previous atrial switch procedure for complete TGA (D-TGA)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625379/reliability-of-updated-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-recommendations-in-predicting-elevated-left-ventricular-filling-pressure-and-prognosis
#5
Kimi Sato, Andrew D M Grant, Kazuaki Negishi, Paul C Cremer, Tomoko Negishi, Arnav Kumar, Patrick Collier, Samir R Kapadia, Richard A Grimm, Milind Y Desai, Brian P Griffin, Zoran B Popović
An updated 2016 echocardiographic algorithm for diagnosing left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (DD) was recently proposed. We aimed to assess the reliability of the 2016 echocardiographic LVDD grading algorithm in predicting elevated LV filling pressure and clinical outcomes compared to the 2009 version. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 460 consecutive patients without atrial fibrillation or significant mitral valve disease who underwent transthoracic echocardiography within 24 hours of elective heart catheterization...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624712/classification-of-ecg-heartbeats-using-nonlinear-decomposition-methods-and-support-vector-machine
#6
Kandala N V P S Rajesh, Ravindra Dhuli
Classifying electrocardiogram (ECG) heartbeats for arrhythmic risk prediction is a challenging task due to minute variations in the amplitude, duration and morphology of the ECG signal. In this paper, we propose two feature extraction approaches to classify five types of heartbeats: normal, premature ventricular contraction, atrial premature contraction, left bundle branch block and right bundle branch block. In the first approach, ECG beats are decomposed into intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) using ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD)...
June 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616561/left-atrial-appendage-function-assessment-and-thrombus-identification
#7
Jacek Kurzawski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Marcin Sadowski
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of thrombus in the left atrium in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and may be inconsistent because of variability in thrombus morphology. In some cases it is challenging and requires unusual approach. New Doppler-derived methods might be helpful to identify such thrombi. We evaluated quantitative differences in mechanical function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) basal segments using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with non-valvular AF with and without LAA thrombus and compared them with SR patients...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616536/nt-probnp-and-diastolic-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-marfan-syndrome
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Petra Gehle, Peter N Robinson, Frank Heinzel, Frank Edelmann, Mustafa Yigitbasi, Felix Berger, Volkmar Falk, Burkert Pieske, Ernst Wellnhofer
AIMS: Subclinical diastolic dysfuntion in patients with preclinical heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) has been demonstrated in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). We investigated the relationship between diastolic dysfunction and NT-proBNP levels in patients with MFS. METHODS AND RESULTS: NT-proBNP, C-reactive protein (CRP) and diastolic function were assessed in 217 patients with MFS (31 ± 16 y, 110 f. and in 339 patients referred for suspected MFS in whom the diagnosis was ruled out according to the Ghent nosology (30 ± 15 y, 154 f)...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612903/the-value-of-left-atrial-strain-and-strain-rate-in-predicting-left-atrial-appendage-stasis-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Mengruo Zhu, Man Wang, Xinxin Ma, Dongyan Zheng, Yueli Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the value of left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate (S/SR) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in predicting left atrial appendage (LAA) stasis, in order to find a way for LAA stasis screening which is easily performed in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: One hundred and thirty NVAF patients prepared for AF ablation were enrolled. TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed in all patients...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611124/endothelial-senescence-contributes-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-an-aging-mouse-model
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Andreas B Gevaert, Hadis Shakeri, Arthur J Leloup, Cor E Van Hove, Guido R Y De Meyer, Christiaan J Vrints, Katrien Lemmens, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck
BACKGROUND: Because of global aging, the prevalence of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) continues to rise. Although HFpEF pathophysiology remains incompletely understood, endothelial inflammation is stated to play a central role. Cellular senescence is a process of cellular growth arrest linked with aging and inflammation. We used mice with accelerated aging to investigate the role of cellular senescence in HFpEF development. METHODS AND RESULTS: Senescence-accelerated mice (SAM, n=18) and control mice with normal senescence (n=15) were fed normal chow or a high-fat, high-salt diet (WD)...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605469/surgical-ablation-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-in-concomitant-cardiac-surgery-mid-long-term-result%C3%A2
#11
Wenda Gu, Huiming Guo, Cong Lu, Huanlei Huang, Jing Liu, Jian Liu, Bin Xie, Ruobin Wu, Jimei Chen, Jian Zhuang
OBJECTIVES: Surgical ablation is an option for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing concomitant cardiac surgery. This study aims to evaluate the outcome of surgical ablation during concomitant cardiac surgery and to identify the independent predictors for a primary end-point consisting of AF or atrial flutter (AFL) recurrence, death, permanent pacemaker implantation and necessity for anti-arrhythmic drugs and the effects of reintervention for AF/AFL recurrence. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for 1028 patients who underwent surgical ablation during concomitant cardiac surgery from October 2004 to April 2015...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604079/tracking-of-structural-and-functional-cardiac-measures-from-infancy-into-school-age
#12
Liza Toemen, Romy Gaillard, Lennie van Osch-Gevers, Willem A Helbing, Albert Hofman, Vincent Wv Jaddoe
Objective Cardiac structure and function are important predictors for cardiovascular disease in adults. Not much is known about tracking of cardiac measures, other than left ventricular mass, from early life onwards. We examined whether and to what extent cardiac measures track from infancy into school-age. Methods We performed a population-based prospective cohort study among 1072 children. Aortic root diameter, left atrial diameter, left ventricular mass, relative wall thickness and fractional shortening were measured repeatedly by echocardiography...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602671/atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Kaivan Vaidya, Christopher Semsarian, Kim H Chan
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited cardiac disorder with a spectrum of clinical manifestations. Patients with HCM are predisposed to developing atrial fibrillation (AF) due primarily to advanced diastolic dysfunction and left atrial (LA) dilatation and remodelling. Atrial fibrillation causes a progressive symptomatic and functional decline, as well as increased thromboembolic risk and mortality, particularly in the setting of rapid ventricular rates and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction...
May 23, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602206/strain-rate-in-children-and-young-piglets-mirrors-changes-in-contractility-and-demonstrates-a-force-frequency-relationship
#14
Silvia V Alvarez, Etienne Fortin-Pellerin, Mohammed Alhabdan, Jesus S Lomelin, Michal Kantoch, Joseph Atallah, Lisa K Hornberger, James Y Coe, Po-Yin Cheung, Edythe B Tham, Kandice Mah, Lily Lin, Lindsay Mills, Nee S Khoo
BACKGROUND: In adult humans and pig models, strain rate (SR) correlates strongly with invasive measures of contractility but does not demonstrate a force-frequency relationship, which is a fundamental behavior of myocardial contraction. Given the considerable maturational changes of the myocardium from fetal stages to adulthood, extrapolation of adult findings to the young heart may not be appropriate. We sought to evaluate the SR response of the immature heart to increased heart rate (HR) and inotropic stimulation...
June 8, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600567/reference-value-of-left-and-right-atrial-size-and-phasic-function-by-ssfp-cmr-at-3-0%C3%A2-t-in-healthy-chinese-adults
#15
Weihao Li, Ke Wan, Yuchi Han, Hong Liu, Wei Cheng, Jiayu Sun, Yong Luo, Dan Yang, Yiu-Cho Chung, Yucheng Chen
The size and function of the left atrium (LA) and right atrium (RA) are related closely with the prognosis of cardiovascular diseases. However, their normal reference values, as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), are not well established in Chinese populations. Healthy Chinese subjects (n = 135, 66 males, age 23-83 years) without cardiovascular risk factors were recruited. We imaged the LA and RA of all subjects using short axis and long axis slices by steady-state free precession (SSFP) sequences using a 3...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600458/structural-mri-markers-of-brain-aging-early-after-ischemic-stroke
#16
Emilio Werden, Toby Cumming, Qi Li, Laura Bird, Michele Veldsman, Heath R Pardoe, Graeme Jackson, Geoffrey A Donnan, Amy Brodtmann
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between ischemic stroke, vascular risk factors, and MRI markers of brain aging. METHODS: Eighty-one patients (mean age 67.5 ± 13.1 years, 31 left-sided, 61 men) with confirmed first-ever (n = 66) or recurrent (n = 15) ischemic stroke underwent 3T MRI scanning within 6 weeks of symptom onset (mean 26 ± 9 days). Age-matched controls (n = 40) completed identical testing. Multivariate regression analyses examined associations between group membership and MRI markers of brain aging (cortical thickness, total brain volume, white matter hyperintensity [WMH] volume, hippocampal volume), normalized against intracranial volume, and the effects of vascular risk factors on these relationships...
June 9, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600101/non-cardiac-factors-for-prediction-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-the-value-of-baseline-and-of-serial-changes-in-red-cell-distribution-width
#17
Erberto Carluccio, Paolo Biagioli, Gianfranco Alunni, Adriano Murrone, Gianluca Zingarini, Stefano Coiro, Antonella D'Antonio, Anna Mengoni, Maria Francesca Cerasa, Giuseppe Ambrosio
BACKGROUND: Increased red blood cell distribution width (RDW) has been associated with poor outcome after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). However, whether baseline RDW, and its serial changes after CRT implant, have incremental prognostic value is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 148 consecutive patients (age, 68±9years; 122 men) undergoing CRT, RDW was assessed before and 3months after implant. Patients were categorized according to baseline RDW (≤14...
June 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598953/uromodulin-associates-with-cardiorenal-function-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-cardiovascular-disease
#18
Engi A H Algharably, Juliane Bolbrinker, Susanne Lezius, Rona Reibis, Karl Wegscheider, Heinz Völler, Reinhold Kreutz
OBJECTIVE: Common genetic variants in the gene encoding uromodulin (UMOD) have been associated with renal function, blood pressure (BP) and hypertension. We investigated the associations between an important single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in UMOD, that is rs12917707-G>T, and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), BP and cardiac organ damage as determined by echocardiography in patients with arterial hypertension. METHODS: A cohort of 1218 treated high-risk patients (mean age 58...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597998/a-novel-mechanical-mitral-valve-replacement-using-sapien-xt
#19
Megan Koehle, Justin A Strote, Mark Guadagnoli, J Bradley Oldemeyer
PATIENT PRESENTATION: We report the case of a 66 year old female who presented to our institution fourteen years after receiving a St. Jude Mechanical Mitral Valve Replacement. She presented in refractory NYHA class IV congestive heart failure with comorbidities of acute renal failure, liver failure, and mental status changes. She was found to have immobility of one of the mitral valve disks with resultant severe mitral stenosis with a mean pressure gradient of 12 mmHg. EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT: The patient was found to have an STS predicted mortality of 39% with redo surgical MVR, and evaluation by the valve team led to a recommendation of a hybrid surgical and transcatheter procedure...
June 9, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597771/first-in-child-use-of-the-oral-selective-prostacyclin-ip-receptor-agonist-selexipag-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Lianne M Geerdink, Harald Bertram, Georg Hansmann
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a complex disease with a poor prognosis. Selexipag is a selective prostacyclin receptor agonist with vasodilatory, anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, and pro-angiogenic properties. However, no clinical data on its therapeutic use in children with PAH are currently available. Here, we report the case of a 12-year-old girl who presented in World Health Organization (WHO) functional class III and right ventricular (RV) failure with recurrent syncope, dizziness, and progressive fatigue for two years...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
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