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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107505/septic-systems-contribution-to-phosphorus-in-shallow-groundwater-field-scale-studies-using-conventional-drainfield-designs
#1
Sara Mechtensimer, Gurpal S Toor
Septic systems can be a potential source of phosphorus (P) in groundwater and contribute to eutrophication in aquatic systems. Our objective was to investigate P transport from two conventional septic systems (drip dispersal and gravel trench) to shallow groundwater. Two new in-situ drainfields (6.1 m long by 0.61 m wide) with a 3.72 m2 infiltrative surface were constructed. The drip dispersal drainfield was constructed by placing 30.5 cm commercial sand on top of natural soil and the gravel trench drainfield was constructed by placing 30...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100875/the-role-of-thiol-disulphide-homeostasis-in-anthracycline-associated-cardiac-toxicity
#2
Mustafa Topuz, Omer Şen, Mehmet Kaplan, Oguz Akkus, Ozcan Erel, Mustafa Gur
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the baseline thiol/disulfide state can predict the occurrence of anthracycline induced cardiac toxicity. A total of 186 cancer patients receiving anthracycline (doxorubicin)-based chemotherapy were enrolled. All patients underwent 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to determine their left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and blood samples for measuring thiol forms were obtained before treatment and 4 weeks after completion of the chemotherapy...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094132/cardiovascular-maladaptation-to-exercise-in-young-hypertensive-patients
#3
Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Bijoy Khandheria, Antonio Madaffari, Alessandra Oteri, Gabriella Falanga, Domenica Donato, Myriam D'Angelo, Maria Ludovica Carerj, Gianluca Di Bella, Egidio Imbalzano, Pietro Pugliatti, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Impairment of the adaptive mechanisms that increase cardiac output during exercise can translate to a reduced functional capacity. We investigated cardiovascular adaptation to exertion in asymptomatic hypertensive patients, aiming to identify the early signs of cardiac and vascular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 54 subjects: 30 patients (45.1±11.9years, 19 males) and 24 age-matched healthy controls (44.4±9.6years, 14 males). Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and echo-tracking were performed at rest and during exertion to assess myocardial deformation and arterial stiffness...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091872/impact-of-revascularization-of-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-on-left-ventricular-function-and-electrical-stability-analysis-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-signal-averaged-electrocardiogram
#4
Yohei Sotomi, Atsunori Okamura, Katsuomi Iwakura, Motoo Date, Hiroyuki Nagai, Tomohiro Yamasaki, Yasushi Koyama, Koichi Inoue, Yasushi Sakata, Kenshi Fujii
The present study aimed to assess the mechanisms of effects of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) from two different aspects: left ventricular (LV) systolic function assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) and electrical stability evaluated by late potential on signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG). We conducted a prospective observational study with consecutive CTO-PCI patients. 2D-STE and SAECG were performed before PCI, and after 1-day and 3-months of procedure...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075709/the-influence-of-exercise-intensity-on-postexercise-baroreflex-sensitivity
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Linda J Reynolds, Mark B A De Ste Croix, David V B James
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of exercise intensity on postexercise supine and tilt baroreflex sensitivity (BRS). METHOD: Nine healthy, active men performed 2 conditions of interval cycling of 40% maximal work rate (WRmax) and 75% WRmax of matched work done and a control condition of no exercise in a counterbalanced order. BRS outcome measures were determined at preexercise and postexercise up to +24 hr in supine and tilt positions...
January 11, 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070881/left-ventricular-function-after-takotsubo-is-not-fully-recovered-in-long-term-follow-up-a-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Radoslaw S Nowak, Marta Fijalkowska, Natasza Gilis-Malinowska, Milosz Jaguszewski, Rafal Galaska, Agnieszka Rojek, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Marcin Gruchala, Marcin Fijalkowski
BACKGROUND: Complete improvement of left ventricle (LV) systolic function is an essential feature of takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC). It is suggested that 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D STE) can evaluate LV dysfunction more accurately than conventional echocardiography. Thus, the purpose of this research was to assertain whether LV function recovery is complete after the acute phase of TTC using 2D STE commencing 6 months after discharge. METHODS: Thirty patients (29 females, 67 ± 11 years) with an apical ballooning TTC pattern 225...
January 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069473/high-intensity-training-improves-global-and-segmental-strains-in-severe-congestive-heart-failure
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Yair Blumberg, Offir Ertracht, Itai Gershon, Noa Bachner-Hinenzon, Tali Reuveni, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: High intensity training (HIT) is superior to moderate aerobic training (MAT) for improving quality of life in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has recently been suggested for estimation of left ventricle global and regional function. AIMS: We evaluated the utility of STE for characterizing differences in cardiac function following MAT or HIT in a CHF rat model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Following baseline physiological assessment, CHF was induced by coronary artery ligation in Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063262/quantification-of-mechanical-dyssynchrony-in-growth-restricted-fetuses-and-normal-controls-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-ste
#9
Kristina Krause, Mareike Möllers, Kerstin Hammer, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Ute Möllmann, Dennis Görlich, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
PURPOSE: To evaluate longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in normally grown fetuses by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and to compare longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in fetal growth restriction (FGR) with normal controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was performed on 30 FGR and 62 normally grown fetuses, including 30 controls matched by gestational age, using STE and a transversal four-chamber view. Data analysis was carried out with a high frame rate of about 175 frames/s...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063138/are-biventricular-systolic-functions-impaired-in-patient-with-coronoray-slow-flow-a-prospective-study-with-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking
#10
Tuğba Kemaloğlu Öz, Mehmet Eren, Işıl Atasoy, Tayfun Gürol, Özer Soylu, Bahadır Dağdeviren
The newly developed three dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) technology provides quick and comprehensive quantitative assessment of biventricular myocardial dynamics. The impact of coronary slow flow phenomenon (CSFP) on biventricular functions has not been comprehensively evaluated using this new technology. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CSFP on biventricular systolic functions using 3D-STE. Forty patients with CSFP and otherwise normal coronary arteries (NCAs) and 40 age- and sex-matched controls with normal coronary angiograms (CAGs) were prospectively enrolled...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060927/acute-effects-of-three-neuromuscular-warm-up-strategies-on-several-physical-performance-measures-in-football-players
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Francisco Ayala, Ana Calderón-López, Juan Carlos Delgado-Gosálbez, Sergio Parra-Sánchez, Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Alejandro López-Valenciano, Mark De Ste Croix
No studies have analysed the acute effects of the FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee warm-up programmes on major physical performance measures. The aim of this study was to analyse the acute (post-exercise) effects of the FIFA 11+, Harmoknee and dynamic warm-up routines on several physical performance measures in amateur football players. A randomized, crossover and counterbalanced study design was used to address the purpose of this study. A total of sixteen amateur football players completed the following protocols in a randomized order on separate days: a) FIFA 11+; b) Harmoknee; and c) dynamic warm-up (DWU)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046050/postsystolic-shortening-is-associated-with-altered-right-ventricular-function-in-children-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-surgical-repair
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Radosław Pietrzak, Bożena Werner
: The aim of the study was to determine whether segmental interactions, as expressed by postsystolic shortening (PSS), affects RV mechanics and are connected with impaired systolic and diastolic function in rTOF children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 55 rTOF adolescent (study group), and 34 healthy volunteers (control group) were examined using classical Doppler flow (Doppler), Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE). PSS was found to occur when time to peak (TTP) was longer than pulmonary valve closure time (PVCT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045338/systolic-mitral-annulus-velocity-is-a-sensitive-index-for-changes-in-left-ventricular-systolic-function-during-inotropic-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Trygve Husebye, Jan Eritsland, Reidar Bjørnerheim, Geir Ø Andersen
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography is recommended for assessment of left ventricular systolic function in patients with acute heart failure but few randomised trials have validated techniques like tissue Doppler (TDI) and speckle tracking (STE) in patients with acute heart failure following ST-elevation myocardial infarction. METHODS: This was a substudy from the LEAF (LEvosimendan in Acute heart Failure following myocardial infarction) trial (NCT00324766 ), which randomised 61 patients developing acute heart failure, including cardiogenic shock, within 48 hours after ST-elevation myocardial infarction, double-blind to a 25-hour infusion of levosimendan or placebo...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033254/efficacy-of-an-early-home-based-cardiac-rehabilitation-program-for-patients-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-randomized-trial
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Lin Xu, Zekun Cai, Meihua Xiong, Yekuo Li, Guoying Li, Yu Deng, William Kongto Hau, Shuo Li, Wenhua Huang, Jian Qiu
BACKGROUND: The effect of an early short-term home-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program on ventricular function in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients is not yet clear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of our CR program on the improvement of myocardial function using three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) in AMI patients. METHODS: Fifty-two AMI patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups after discharge: the rehabilitation group, which participated in an early, home-based CR program, and the control group, which received only usual care...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025463/value-of-3-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-the-prediction-of-microvascular-obstruction-and-left-ventricular-remodeling-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#15
Akinori Sugano, Yoshihiro Seo, Tomoko Ishizu, Hiroaki Watabe, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Tomoko Machino-Ohtsuka, Yui Takaiwa, Yuki Kakefuda, Hideaki Aihara, Yuko Fumikura, Hidetaka Nishina, Yuichi Noguchi, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: In patients with myocardial infarction (MI), microvascular obstruction (MVO) determined by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is associated with left ventricular (LV) remodeling and worse prognosis.Methods and Results:In 71 patients with ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and CMR were performed early after PCI. All patients underwent CMR at 6 months after hospital discharge to assess the occurrence of LV remodeling...
December 27, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013417/left-atrial-mechanics-strongly-predict-functional-capacity-assessed-by-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-subjects-without-structural-heart-disease
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Luís Leite, Sofia Lázaro Mendes, Rui Baptista, Rogério Teixeira, Manuel Oliveira-Santos, Nelson Ribeiro, Rosa Coutinho, Victor Monteiro, Rui Martins, Graça Castro, Maria João Ferreira, Mariano Pego
Left atrium function is essential for cardiovascular performance and is evaluable by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). Our aim was to determine how echocardiographic parameters interrelate with exercise capacity and ventilatory efficiency in subjects with no structural heart disease. Asymptomatic volunteers, in sinus rhythm and with normal biventricular size and function, were recruited from a community-based population. Individuals with moderate-to-severe valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, and history of cardiac disease were excluded...
December 24, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004817/assessment-of-myocardial-function-in-elite-athlete-s-heart-at-rest-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-korean-elite-soccer-players
#17
Lucy Youngmin Eun, Hyun Wook Chae
The purpose of this study was to investigate Korean elite soccer players' myocardial function using the conventional and advanced speckle tracking imaging to compare the difference with the normal controls. We used 2D echocardiography speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to evaluate LV regional strain in 29 elite soccer players compared to 29 age-matched healthy controls. Conventional, tissue Doppler, and STI echocardiography was performed, for strain at base and apex, rotation and torsion. There is no difference in longitudinal strain (-17...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988273/the-association-of-maximum-troponin-values-post-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-with-electrocardiographic-findings-cardiac-reperfusion-procedures-and-survival-to-discharge-a-sub-study-of-roc-primed
#18
Laurie J Morrison, Sean M Devlin, Michael C Kontos, Sheldon Cheskes, Tom P Aufderheide, Jim Christenson, Joseph P Ornato, Ian G Stiell, Valeria E Rac, Andrew J Thomas, Jane G Wigginton, Paul Dorian
BACKGROUND: The role of Troponin (Tn) levels in the management of patients post out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is unclear. METHODS: All OHCA patients enrolled in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Prehospital Resuscitation using an IMpedance valve and Early versus Delayed analysis trial and admitted to hospital with a Tn level and a 12-lead electrocardiogram were stratified by ST elevation (STE) or no STE in a regression model for survival to discharge adjusted for Utstein predictors and site...
February 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976873/molecular-fractionation-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-a-shallow-subterranean-estuary-the-role-of-the-iron-curtain
#19
Annika Linkhorst, Thorsten Dittmar, Hannelore Waska
Iron that precipitates under aerobic conditions in natural aquatic systems scavenges dissolved organic matter (DOM) from solution. Subterranean estuaries (STEs) are of major importance for land-ocean biogeochemical fluxes. Their specific redox boundaries, coined the "iron curtain" due to the abundance of precipitated iron(III) (oxy)hydroxides, are hot spots for the removal and redissolution of iron, associated nutrients, and DOM. We used ultra-high-resolution electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry to molecularly characterize the iron-coagulating fractions of 32 groundwater and seawater DOM samples along a salinity gradient from a shallow STE on Spiekeroog Island, North Sea, Germany, and linked our findings to trace metal and nutrient concentrations...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956909/left-ventricular-function-after-arterial-switch-operation-as-assessed-by-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-simple-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#20
Elaheh Malakan Rad, Yazdan Ghandi, Armen Kocharian, Mohammadreza Mirzaaghayan
Background: The late postoperative course for children with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) with an intact ventricular septum (IVS) is very important because the coronary arteries may be at risk of damage during arterial switch operation (ASO). We sought to investigate left ventricular function in patients with TGA/IVS by echocardiography. Methods: From March 2011 to December 2012, totally 20 infants (12 males and 8 females) with TGA/IVS were evaluated via 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D STE) more than 6 months after they underwent ASO...
July 6, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
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