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Zhifeng Gao, Jeffrey Bortman, Faraz Mahmood, John Mitchell, Feroze Mahmood, Robina Matyal
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility and reliability of using a vendor-neutral platform to evaluate right ventricular (RV) strain. Reliability was determined by comparing intra- and inter-observer variability between RV strain assessments. The secondary objective was to assess strain's correlation with conventional RV functional parameters to evaluate its feasibility as a RV systolic functional assessment tool. DESIGN: This is a retrospective study. SETTING: Tertiary hospital...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Susanne Korff, Patricia Enders-Gier, Lorenz Uhlmann, Matthias Aurich, Sebastian Greiner, Kristof Hirschberg, Hugo A Katus, Derliz Mereles
Pulmonary hypertension is a marker of disease severity. Exercise Doppler echocardiography (EDE) has proven to be feasible and reliable to assess pulmonary pressure. Increase in systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) has diagnostic and prognostic value in controlled studies. However, its value when assessed during routine examination in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and resting sPAP > 35 mmHg is not clearly defined. Clinical documentation and offline reevaluation of digitally stored EDE examinations of patients with appropriate clinical indications for EDE were analyzed...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Guangli Yin, Ruiqin Xie, Ling You, Hongning Yin, Yucui Sun, Jinglan Wu, Yansha Zhao, Xue Geng, Yanan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm is associated with transient dysfunction of the left atrium (LA). This study aimed to investigate the time course of LA function and inflammation after radiofrequency (RF) ablation for paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Fifty-three patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing RF ablation were recruited. White blood cells were counted and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrinogen, and D-dimer levels were measured...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
François Godart, Ali Houeijeh, Olivia Domanski, Marie-Paule Guillaume, Mélanie Brard, Hugues Lucron
AIM: To describe our initial experience with the Occlutech Duct Occluder (ODO) for percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). METHODS: Retrospective review of patients undergoing transcatheter PDA closure with the ODO in 2 academic centers. RESULTS: From April 2013 to September 2017, 42 patients underwent PDA closure. Median age at implantation was 34 months (range 4 months-68 years) and median weight was 12 kg (range 4...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Simone Frea, Paolo Centofanti, Stefano Pidello, Francesca Giordana, Virginia Bovolo, Andrea Baronetto, Beatrice Franco, Marco Matteo Cingolani, Matteo Attisani, Mara Morello, Serena Bergerone, Mauro Rinaldi, Fiorenzo Gaita
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this prospective study was to validate an echocardiographic protocol derived from 5 HeartWare left ventricular assist device (HVAD) patients for the noninvasive evaluation of right atrial pressure (RAP) and left atrial pressure (LAP) in HVAD patients. BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is an invaluable tool to optimize medical treatment and pump settings and also for troubleshooting residual heart failure. Little is known about the echocardiographic evaluation of hemodynamic status in HVAD patients...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Kathleen W Zhang, Brian S Finkelman, Gaurav Gulati, Hari K Narayan, Jenica Upshaw, Vivek Narayan, Ted Plappert, Virginia Englefield, Amanda M Smith, Carina Zhang, W Gregory Hundley, Bonnie Ky
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to evaluate the changes in three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography-derived measures of mechanics and their associations with systolic and diastolic dysfunction after anthracyclines. BACKGROUND: An improved understanding of the changes in 3D cardiac mechanics with anthracyclines may provide important mechanistic insight and identify new metrics to detect cardiac dysfunction. METHODS: A total of 142 women with breast cancer receiving doxorubicin (240 mg/m2 ) with or without trastuzumab underwent 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography at standardized intervals prior to, during, and annually after chemotherapy...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Dan Rusinaru, Yohann Bohbot, Anne Ringle, Sylvestre Maréchaux, Momar Diouf, Christophe Tribouilloy
Aims: In patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), low flow (LF) is currently defined using Doppler-echocardiography by a stroke volume index (SVi)<35 mL/m2. However, the relationship between LF and outcome remains unclear as data on normal reference values defining LF are scarce, and previous studies did not explore the risk associated with other SVi cut-points. We analysed the relationship between LF and mortality in severe AS to establish prognostic LF values associated with mortality risk...
March 13, 2018: European Heart Journal
Junjing Su, Charmilie C Logan, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Niti M Dhutia, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulf Simonsen
Arterial stiffness and wave reflection are important components of the ventricular afterload. Therefore, we aimed to assess the arterial wave characteristics and mechanical properties of the proximal pulmonary arteries (PAs) in the hypoxic pulmonary hypertensive rat model. After 21 days in normoxic or hypoxic chambers (24 animals in each group), the animals underwent transthoracic echocardiography and pulmonary artery catheterization with a dual-tipped pressure and Doppler flow sensor wire. Wave intensity analysis (WIA) was performed...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Victor Kamoen, Milad El Haddad, Marc De Buyzere, Tine De Backer, Frank Timmermans
AIMS: We recently reported the feasibility of the average pixel intensity (API) method for grading mitral regurgitation (MR) in a heterogeneous MR population. Since mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is an important cause of primary MR, we more specifically investigated the feasibility of the API method and the MR flow dynamics in patients with MVP. METHODS: Transthoracic echocardiography was performed by a single operator in consecutive MVP patients (n=112). MR was assessed using the API method, color Doppler, vena contracta width (VCW), effective regurgitant orifice area (PISA-EROA) and regurgitant volume (PISA-RV)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Anne-Sophie Zenses, Morgane A Evin, Viktória Stanová, Marie-Annick Clavel, Paul Barragan, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-François Obadia, Philippe Pibarot, Régis Rieu
AIMS: Valve-in-Valve (ViV) procedure has become a valuable alternative for the treatment of failed surgical bioprostheses (BP) in high risk patients. However, in small BPs, the clinical outcomes have been suboptimal due to high post-procedural gradients. We aimed at examining the effect of size and position of the self-expanding transcatheter heart valve (THV) CoreValve on the hemodynamics of ViV within small BPs. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sizes 23 and 26 mm of the CoreValve were implanted in sizes 19 and 21 mm of 3 BP models: Trifecta, Mitroflow and Epic Supra...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Volha Dziadzko, Marie-Annick Clavel, Mikhail Dziadzko, Jose R Medina-Inojosa, Hector Michelena, Joseph Maalouf, Vuyisile Nkomo, Prabin Thapa, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is the most common valve disease worldwide but whether the community-wide prevalence, poor patient outcomes, and low rates of surgical treatment justify costly development of new therapeutic interventions remains uncertain. Therefore, we did an observational cohort study to assess the clinical characteristics, outcomes, and degree of undertreatment of mitral regurgitation in a community setting. METHODS: We used data from Mayo Clinic electronic health records and the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify all cases of moderate or severe isolated single-valvular mitral regurgitation (with no other severe left-sided valvular disease or previous mitral surgery) diagnosed during a 10-year period in the community setting in Olmsted County (MN, USA)...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
Fabian Kording, Jin Yamamura, Manuela Tavares de Sousa, Christian Ruprecht, Erik Hedström, Anthony H Aletras, P Ellen Grant, Andrew J Powell, Kai Fehrs, Gerhard Adam, Hendrik Kooijman, Bjoern P Schoennagel
BACKGROUND: Fetal cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging may provide a valuable adjunct to fetal echocardiography in the evaluation of congenital cardiovascular pathologies. However, dynamic fetal CMR is difficult due to the lack of direct in-utero cardiac gating. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a newly developed Doppler ultrasound (DUS) device in humans for fetal CMR gating. METHODS: Fifteen fetuses (gestational age 30-39 weeks) were examined using 1...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Piotr Dobrowolski, Magdalena Januszewicz, Anna Klisiewicz, Aleksander Prejbisz, Ewa Warchoł-Celińska, Ilona Michałowska, Elżbieta Florczak, Katarzyna Kożuch, Katarzyna Hanus, Anna Aniszczuk-Hybiak, Helena Witowicz, Adam Witkowski, Jacek Kądziela, Marek Kabat, Krzysztof Madej, Sławomir Nazarewski, Andrzej Tykarski, Łukasz Stryczyński, Małgorzata Szczerbo-Trojanowska, Łukasz Światłowski, Przemysław Kosiński, Krystyna Widecka, Andrzej Januszewicz, Piotr Hoffman
OBJECTIVE: To provide a comprehensive assessment of left ventricle (LV) structure, and function and to detect alterations in cardiac properties in relationship to presence, subtypes and extent of fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD). METHODS: We studied 144 patients with FMD. The control group consisted of 50 matched individuals. Office and ambulatory blood pressure levels were evaluated. Echocardiography was employed to assess: left ventricular mass index (LVMI), systolic function including speckle tracking echocardiography and diastolic function assessed by mitral flow and tissue Doppler imaging...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
Vivian T Almeida, Ricardo A R Uscategui, Antônio A Camacho, Marlos G Sousa, Victor J C Santos, Marjury C Maronezi, Wilter R R Vicente, Marcus A R Feliciano
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the consequences of the estrous cycle and gestation on the cardiovascular system of bitches evaluated through echocardiographic assessment. Fifteen healthy pregnant bitches aged 2 to 6 years and weighing 8.8 ± 2.5 kg were included in the study. Heart rate and blood pressure were clinically evaluated. M-mode, spectral, and tissue Doppler-echocardiography assessments were performed during the anestrous and estrous stages, every 15 days during pregnancy (15, 30, 45, and 60 days), and 45 days postpartum...
March 1, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Heather N Anderson, Frank Cetta, David J Driscoll, Timothy M Olson, Michael J Ackerman, Jonathan N Johnson
Idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy (IRC) is a rare condition characterized by reduced ventricular compliance. Children with IRC have poor outcomes with most patients proceeding to cardiac transplantation. We sought to analyze our institutional experience and assess contemporary outcomes for children with IRC. We reviewed the medical record for patients (<21 years old) evaluated for a primary diagnosis of IRC between 1975 and 2013 at our institution. Demographic, clinical, echocardiographic, and catheterization data were abstracted...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Paul S Pagel, Lonnie Dye, Brent T Boettcher, Julie K Freed
OBJECTIVE: Blood flow across the mitral valve during early left ventricular (LV) filling produces a 3-dimensional rotational fluid body, known as a vortex ring, that enhances LV filling efficiency. Diastolic dysfunction is common in elderly patients, but the influence of advanced age on vortex formation is unknown. The authors tested the hypothesis that advanced age is associated with a reduction in LV filling efficiency quantified using vortex formation time (VFT) in octogenarians undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Nikolaus Jander, Susanne Wienecke, Stephan Dorfs, Philipp Ruile, Franz-Josef Neumann, Gregor Pache, Jan Minners
AIM: Two-dimensional, transthoracic echocardiography does not account for the noncircular anatomy of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) and may therefore underestimate LVOT area. Fusion of computed tomography (CT)-derived LVOT area and Doppler-derived flow data has been proposed to improve assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) and classification of aortic stenosis severity. For hemodynamic reasons, effective AVA has to be smaller than anatomic AVA. The aim of the study was to test the "fusion approach" by comparing effective CT-derived AVA with anatomic AVA from CT planimetry...
March 9, 2018: Echocardiography
Szu-Ying Tsai, Shan-Ying Wang, Yu-Chien Shiau, Yen-Wen Wu
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an often under-diagnosed cause of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). It affects 1/500 of the population, is the most commonly inherited cardiovascular disorder, and can present in apical, concentric, or septal forms. Although most patients are asymptomatic, sudden cardiac death can be the initial presentation of HCM. By retrospectively enrolling patients suspected of having three different types of HCM in the absence of epicardial coronary stenosis, we aimed to examine systolic and diastolic dysfunction and perfusion abnormalities using both Doppler echocardiography and state-of-the-art gated single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with a cadmium-zinc-telluride camera and thallium-201...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
F Freccero, A Cordella, F Dondi, C Castagnetti, K Niinistö, M Cipone
BACKGROUND: In dogs, due to better alignment with the aortic outflow, the subcostal (SC) transducer site provides greater Doppler-derived velocities than those obtained from the left parasternal view. The feasibility of this imaging approach has never been described in equine echocardiography. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility of the SC view in newborn foals and compare aortic two-dimensional and Doppler-derived velocity measurements with those of standard parasternal long-axis (LAX) views...
March 8, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
Karen V Danielsen, Signe Wiese, Jens Hove, Flemming Bendtsen, Søren Møller
BACKGROUND: The relation between excessive alcohol consumption and coronary arteriosclerosis has remained controversial. The etiology of cirrhosis has been considered a substantial risk factor for development of arteriosclerotic lesions. The coronary artery calcium-score derived from coronary CT angiography is a robust marker of coronary arteriosclerosis. AIMS: To study the burden of coronary arteriosclerosis in cirrhotic patients of various etiologies and association to cardiac dysfunction and survival...
March 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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