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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426885/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-heart-failure-patients-with-narrow-qrs-complex-treated-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-subanalysis-of-the-randomized-echocrt-trial
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Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado, Peter Sogaard, Jagmeet P Singh, William T Abraham, Jeffrey S Borer, Kenneth Dickstein, Daniel Gras, Josep Brugada, Michele Robertson, Ian Ford, Henry Krum, Johannes Holzmeister, Frank Ruschitzka, John Gorcsan
Aim: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) reflects LV systolic function and correlates inversely with the extent of LV myocardial scar and fibrosis. The present subanalysis of the Echocardiography Guided CRT trial investigated the prognostic value of LV GLS in patients with narrow QRS complex. Methods and results: Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured on the apical 2-, 4- and 3-chamber views using speckle tracking analysis...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
#2
Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424890/left-atrial-electromechanical-conduction-time-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-mitral-stenosis-a-5-year-follow-up-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Ozkan Candan, Cetin Gecmen, Arzu Kalayci, Cem Dogan, Emrah Bayam, Mehmet Ozkan
Prolonged left atrial electromechanical conduction time is related with atrial electrical remodeling, and is predictive of the development of atrial fibrillation. The aim of our study was to examine whether left atrial electromechanical conduction time (EMT) and left atrial strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) are predictors for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with mitral stenosis (MS) at 5-year follow-up. A total of 81 patients (61% females; mean age 38.1 ± 12...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424763/airway-problems-in-neonates-a-review-of-the-current-investigation-and-management-strategies
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REVIEW
Quen Mok
Airway problems in the neonatal population are often life threatening and raise challenging issues in diagnosis and management. The airway problems can result from congenital or acquired lesions and can be broadly classified into those causing obstruction or those due to an abnormal "communication" in the airway. Many different investigations are now available to identify the diagnosis and quantify the severity of the problem, and these tests can be simple or invasive. Bronchography and bronchoscopy are essential to determine the extent and severity of the airway problem and to plan treatment strategy...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424443/case-report-of-a-rarely-seen-long-segment-middle-aortic-syndrome
#5
Kahraman Yakut, İlkay Erdoğan
Middle aortic syndrome (MAS) follows a course with distal thoracic and abdominal aorta stenosis. It is a rare disease that is usually diagnosed after the first decade of life. Clinical reflection of MAS is often in the form of hypertension and claudication in the lower extremities. Its etiology is unclear, but is known to be associated with congenital or acquired diseases. This pathology, which is accompanied by malignant hypertension, often does not respond to medical treatment. In patients with MAS, surgical treatment is first line recommendation to prevent complications such as hypertension, heart failure, intracranial bleeding, or aortic rupture...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424438/using-cardiovascular-imaging-modalities-to-determine-cardiac-disorders-before-starting-sports-activities
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Özgür Ceylan, Timur Meşe, Meşe Hazım Gürsu
OBJECTIVE: We re-examined children who had previously been declared eligible to participate in competitive sports activities for cardiac disorders, using cardiac investigation protocol. METHODS: Total of 250 children (224 males [89.6%], and 26 females [10.4%]) between the ages of 8 and 17 years who had just started or were already engaged in sports activities were included in the study. Participants had detailed physical examination evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424437/-the-effects-of-coronary-artery-disease-severity-on-left-atrial-deformation-parameters-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Arzu Kalaycı, Can Yücel Karabay, Onur Taşar, Servet İzci, Çetin Geçmen, Vecih Oduncu, İbrahim Akın İzgi, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVES: Aim of the present study was to investigate correlation between left atrial (LA) deformation parameters assessed using 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and complexity of coronary artery disease according to SYNTAX score (SXscore) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD). STUDY DESIGN: Total of 60 moderate-risk SCAD patients (40 men, 20 women) who underwent coronary angiography and 30 healthy controls were included...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423986/global-longitudinal-strain-from-resting-echocardiogram-is-associated-with-long-term-adverse-cardiac-outcomes-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Ajay Yadlapati, Timothy R Maher, James D Thomas, Mark Gajjar, Kofo O Ogunyankin, Jyothy J Puthumana
PURPOSE: Measuring myocardial strain using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography has emerged as a new tool to identify subclinical ventricular dysfunction. Abnormal strain has been shown to have superior sensitivity compared with dobutamine stress echocardiography for viability assessment; however, there is a paucity of data regarding the prediction of long-term major adverse cardiac events. We compared the prognostic ability of both global longitudinal strain (GLS) from resting echocardiograms to regional wall motion score index (WMSI) from stress echocardiograms in their ability to predict long-term major adverse cardiac events...
March 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423592/protective-effect-of-hydrogen-sulphide-against-myocardial-hypertrophy-in-mice
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Mingjing Shao, Chuanjun Zhuo, Ronghuan Jiang, Guangdong Chen, Jianmin Shan, Jing Ping, Hongjun Tian, Lina Wang, Chongguang Lin, Lirong Hu
Cardiac hypertrophy is a critical component of phenotype in the failing heart. Recently, increasing evidence has demonstrated that oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of myocardial hypertrophy. In the present study, we generated a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC) to investigate whether hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has protective effects against cardiac hypertrophy. Left ventricular structure was analyzed by two-dimensional echocardiography. Oxidative stress was evaluated by measuring malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and reactive oxygen specie in the myocardium...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423127/evaluation-of-anomalous-coronary-arteries-from-the-pulmonary-artery
#10
Alper Guzeltas, Erkut Ozturk, Ibrahim Cansaran Tanidir, Taner Kasar, Sertac Haydin
Objective: This study evaluated clinical and diagnostic findings, treatment methods, and follow-up of cases of anomalous coronary arteries from the pulmonary artery. Methods: The study included all cases diagnosed with anomalous coronary arteries from the pulmonary artery between January 2012 and January 2016. Data from patients' demographic characteristics, electrocardiography, echocardiography, angiographic findings, operation, intensive care unit stay, and follow-up were evaluated...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423125/coronary-arteriovenous-fistulas-in-adult-patients-surgical-management-and-outcomes
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Sebnem Albeyoglu, Mustafa Aldag, Ufuk Ciloglu, Murat Sargin, Tugba Kemaloglu Oz, Hakan Kutlu, Sabri Dagsali
Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the demographic, clinical and anatomic characteristics of coronary arteriovenous fistulas in adult patients who underwent open cardiac surgery and to review surgical management and outcomes. Methods: Twenty-one adult patients (12 female, 9 male; mean age: 56.1±7.9 years) who underwent surgical treatment for coronary arteriovenous fistulas were retrospectively included in this study. Coronary angiography, chest X-ray, electrocardiography and transthoracic echocardiography were preoperatively performed in all patients...
January 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422827/a-case-of-a-resected-benign-myxoma-like-hemorrhagic-cyst-which-later-recurred-as-undifferentiated-pleomorphic-sarcoma-in-the-left-atrium
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Eunju Kim, Seo-Won Choi, Daniel Min, Sang Hoon Kim, Woo-In Yang, Jae Youn Moon, Jung Hoon Sung, In Jai Kim, Sang-Wook Lim, Dong-Hun Cha, Byung Moon, Sang-Ho Cho, Won-Jang Kim
RATIONALE: An intracardiac cystic mass is a rare type of mass found in the left atrium. The differential diagnosis of an intracardiac cystic mass includes hydatid cysts, bronchogenic cysts, intracardiac varices, and hemorrhages in some tumor types, including myxoma. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present the case of a 68-year-old woman who presented with episodic dyspnea. DIAGNOSES-INTERVENTIONS-OUTCOMES: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed the presence of a left atrial mass mimicking myxoma...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422778/ultrasound-as-a-screening-tool-for-central-venous-catheter-positioning-and-exclusion-of-pneumothorax
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Rabia Amir, Ziyad O Knio, Feroze Mahmood, Achikam Oren-Grinberg, Akiva Leibowitz, Ruma Bose, Shahzad Shaefi, John D Mitchell, Muneeb Ahmed, Amit Bardia, Daniel Talmor, Robina Matyal
OBJECTIVES: Although real-time ultrasound guidance during central venous catheter insertion has become a standard of care, postinsertion chest radiograph remains the gold standard to confirm central venous catheter tip position and rule out associated lung complications like pneumothorax. We hypothesize that a combination of transthoracic echocardiography and lung ultrasound is noninferior to chest radiograph when used to accurately assess central venous catheter positioning and screen for pneumothorax...
April 18, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421812/the-frequency-of-incidental-findings-and-subsequent-evaluation-in-low-dose-ct-scans-for-lung-cancer-screening
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Lillie Morgan, Humberto Choi, Michal Reid, Ali Khawaja, Peter J Mazzone
RATIONALE: The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening with low-dose chest CT scans (LDCT) for a well-defined high-risk population. Data on the frequency and impact of incidental findings on LDCT scans performed within a centralized lung cancer screening program has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have reported IFs in the setting of clinical trials. We present our findings in a real clinical setting where the decision to manage these findings may depend on factors that are not captured in a research trial such as disclosing IFs, patient preferences, severity of comorbidities, and physician expertise...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421174/utility-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-derived-wave-intensity-analysis-as-a-marker-of-ventricular-function-in-children-with-heart-failure-and-normal-ejection-fraction
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Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Robin Chung, Paolo Ciliberti, Vivek Muthurangu, Silvia Schievano, Jan Marek, Kim H Parker, Andrew M Taylor, Giovanni Biglino
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to explore the diagnostic insight of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)-derived wave intensity analysis to better study systolic dysfunction in young patients with chronic diastolic dysfunction and preserved ejection fraction (EF), comparing it against other echocardiographic and CMR parameters. BACKGROUND: Evaluating systolic and diastolic dysfunctions in children is challenging, and a gold standard method is currently lacking...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421173/cerebral-autoregulation-brain-injury-and-the-transitioning-premature-infant
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REVIEW
Zachary A Vesoulis, Amit M Mathur
Improvements in clinical management of the preterm infant have reduced the rates of the two most common forms of brain injury, such as severe intraventricular hemorrhage and white matter injury, both of which are contributory factors in the development of cerebral palsy. Nonetheless, they remain a persistent challenge and are associated with a significant increase in the risk of adverse neurodevelopment outcomes. Repeated episodes of ischemia-reperfusion represent a common pathway for both forms of injury, arising from discordance between systemic blood flow and the innate regulation of cerebral blood flow in the germinal matrix and periventricular white matter...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420669/a-possible-early-biomarker-for-bicuspid-aortopathy-circulating-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-to-soluble-endoglin-ratio
#17
Amalia Forte, Ciro Bancone, Gilda Cobellis, Marianna Buonocore, Giuseppe Santarpino, Theodor Fischlein, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Alessandro Della Corte
Rationale: The pathogenesis of bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated aortopathy is poorly understood and no prognostic biomarker is currently available. Objective: We aimed to identify putative circulating biomarkers pathogenetically and prognostically linked to bicuspid aortopathy. Methods and Results: By RT-PCR, we evaluated gene expression variations (versus normal aorta) of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-14, endoglin (ENG) and superoxide dismutase 3 (SOD3) in ascending aorta samples from 50 tricuspid and 70 BAV patients undergoing surgery for aortic stenosis (aorta diameter ≤45mm: BAVnon-dil or >45mm: BAVdil)...
April 18, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420647/incremental-value-of-transthoracic-doppler-echocardiography-assessed-coronary-flow-reserve-in-patients-with-suspected-myocardial-ischemia-undergoing-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy
#18
Li-Ming Gan, Sara Svedlund, Ann Wittfeldt, Charlotte Eklund, Sinsia Gao, Göran Matejka, Anders Jeppsson, Per Albertsson, Elmir Omerovic, Amir Lerman
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-assisted transthoracic Doppler-derived coronary flow reserve (TDE-CFR) reflects coronary vascular function. The prognostic and incremental value of left anterior descending coronary artery TDE-CFR above myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients with suspected myocardial ischemia has not yet been studied. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three hundred seventy-one patients (mean age, 62.3±8.7 years; 46.8% males) referred to myocardial perfusion scintigraphy attributed to suspected myocardial ischemia were included in the study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420646/associations-between-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-brain-structure-and-function-findings-from-the-sabre-southall-and-brent-revisited-study
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Chloe M Park, Emily D Williams, Nish Chaturvedi, Therese Tillin, Robert J Stewart, Marcus Richards, Dean Shibata, Jamil Mayet, Alun D Hughes
BACKGROUND: Subclinical left ventricular (LV) dysfunction has been inconsistently associated with early cognitive impairment, and mechanistic pathways have been poorly considered. We investigated the cross-sectional relationship between LV dysfunction and structural/functional measures of the brain and explored the role of potential mechanisms. METHOD AND RESULTS: A total of 1338 individuals (69±6 years) from the Southall and Brent Revisited study underwent echocardiography for systolic (tissue Doppler imaging peak systolic wave) and diastolic (left atrial diameter) assessment...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420633/fibrin-sheath-associated-endovascular-infection-of-the-heart-the-trojan-horse-of-indwelling-central-venous-catheters
#20
Muhammad Adil Sheikh, Mohamed Shokr, Walid Ibrahim, Shaun Cardozo
Chronic indwelling central venous catheters can result in formation of fibrin sheaths increasing risk of occlusion, thrombosis and infection. Endovascular infection of right-sided heart structures induced by such sheaths is very rare. A 48-year-old woman with end-stage renal disease initially treated for diabetic ketoacidosis developed persistent Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteraemia without an identifiable source. Although transthoracic echocardiography was unremarkable, transoesophageal echocardiography revealed a fibrin sheath and vegetations in superior vena cava-right atrium junction, which was the site of the tip of a central catheter that had been removed 2 months prior, consistent with fibrin sheath-associated endovascular infection...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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