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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
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Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820559/percutaneous-mitral-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-a-pregnant-patient-under-guidance-of-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-right-atrial-mapping-without-using-fluoroscopy
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Begum Uygur, Hamdi Pusuroglu, Aydin Yildirim
Mitral stenosis is the most common valvular pathology complicating pregnancy. Herein are reported the details of a 26-week pregnant patient with severe mitral stenosis and NYHA class 3-4 symptoms. Percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty was performed under guidance of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography and right atrial mapping, without using fluoroscopy. Video 1: Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography. The four-chamber view shows limited opening of the rheumatic mitral valve. Video 2: Two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography while the balloon is inflated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820557/papillary-muscle-rupture-in-an-adolescent-with-no-coronary-lesions
#3
Tatjana Lejko Zupanc, Mateja Logar
A 21-year-old man with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome presented to the authors' hospital with ventricular fibrillation. Coronary angiography failed to demonstrate coronary stenosis, but temporary mechanical circulatory support resolved the ventricular fibrillation and the patient was extubated eight days later. On the next day, however, he had to be re-intubated with symptoms of congestive heart failure. Echocardiography revealed new severe mitral regurgitation and a mobile mass, while emergency surgery revealed a posteromedial papillary muscle rupture (PMR)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820555/satellite-atrial-septal-vegetations-secondary-to-mitral-valve-endocarditis
#4
Germán Cedielq, Marta Guillen Marzo, Ramón de Castro Aritmendiz, Jairo Toro Gil, Alfredo Bardají
Infective endocarditis is a challenging clinical problem with a high rate of mortality. Early recognition of this disease, and especially its complications, remain a critical task for the cardiologist. In this scenario, atrial endocarditis is a rare and sometimes unrecognized complication of mitral valve endocarditis. Herein is reported a clinical case that shows how a satellite vegetation in the atrial septum can be produced in a patient with mitral regurgitation secondary to mitral valve endocarditis. Video 1: Transthoracic echocardiography showing the presence of vegetation in the posterior mitral leaflet, severe secondary mitral regurgitation, and satellite vegetation in the atrial septum...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820553/is-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-implantation-feasible-in-the-presence-of-right-atrial-thrombus
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Jan Henzel, Zofia Dzielińska, Marek Konka, Maciej Dąbrowski, Marcin Protasiewicz, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
The case is reported of a successful transcatheter implantation of an Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve (29 mm) into a failing tricuspid bioprosthesis (Sorin Pericarbon, 31 mm). The procedure was performed in a 69-year-old woman with post-rheumatic mitral and tricuspid valve disease. Multiple previous cardiac surgeries precluded the use of another surgical approach. A large, organized, two-piece thrombus in the enlarged right atrium was not considered an absolute contraindication to the procedure. The SAPIEN 3 valve was implanted under general anesthesia, via a femoral venous access, under three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography guidance...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820550/is-fasting-for-ramadan-safe-in-patients-with-mechanical-cardiac-valves
#6
Ersin Yildirim, Ozlem Secen, Okkes Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Makbule Kutlu Karadag
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to investigate the safety and effects of fasting during Ramadan on the International Normalized Ratio (INR) in patients with mechanical cardiac valves. METHODS: A total of 105 patients admitted to the authors' hospital between June and October 2015, who had history of prosthetic valve replacement, was investigated. The patients were allocated to two groups: those fasting during Ramadan (n = 42) and those not fasting (n = 63). All patients were examined by a cardiologist, and the clinical findings and complaints for the past three months were evaluated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820544/use-of-adjuncts-reduces-cardiopulmonary-bypass-time-during-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement
#7
Alice Wang, Sharon L McCartney, Judson B Williams, Asvin Ganapathi, Donald D Glower, Alina Nicoara, Jeffrey G Gaca
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) through a mini-thoracotomy is comparable to AVR through a sternotomy, but may have increased surgical times. The development of adjuncts such as the automatic knot fastener and percutaneous coronary sinus (CS) catheter may reduce this disadvantage. METHODS: A retrospective review conducted between 2002 and 2015 at a single institution revealed 78 patients who underwent MIAVR with adjuncts. The automatic knot fastener was used on all patients, and a successful CS catheter was placed and confirmed by echocardiography in 67 patients (86%)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819953/impact-of-post-dilatation-on-the-reduction-of-paravalvular-leak-and-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Paweł Kleczyński, Artur Dziewierz, Marzena Daniec, Maciej Bagieński, Łukasz Rzeszutko, Danuta Sorysz, Jarosław Trębacz, Robert Sobczyński, Marek Tomala, Dariusz Dudek
BACKGROUND: Post-implantation paravalvular leak (PVL) remains a significant complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). More importantly, its occurrence may impact long-term mortality. AIM: We sought to evaluate the effects of balloon post-dilatation (PD) on the reduction of PVL and mortality in patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS: A total of 101 consecutive patients undergoing TAVI were enrolled. Angiography, echocardiography, and the aortic regurgitation index (ARI) were used to assess the severity of PVL before and after balloon PD...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819899/significance-of-intravascular-ultrasound-and-exercise-stress-echocardiography-in-diagnosis-of-exercise-induced-vasospastic-angina-at-the-site-of-moderate-stenosis
#9
Makio Muraishi, Kentaro Shibayama, Masahiko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Kotaro Obunai
Recently, exercise-induced spastic coronary artery occlusion at the site of moderate stenosis, which Prinzmetal's angina or cardiac syndrome X does not cover, was reported. Multi-modality imaging is important for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease with a complex ischemic mechanism. However, the previous report did not include findings from intracoronary imaging at the site of moderate coronary stenosis. We report a case of exercise-induced vasospastic angina at the site of moderate stenosis, where multi-modality imaging, including exercise stress echocardiography and intravascular ultrasound, was utilized to make a definitive diagnosis and investigate underlying causes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819869/new-echocardiographic-parameters-in-the-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#10
Monika Špinarová, Jaroslav Meluzín, Helena Podroužková, Radka Štěpánová, Lenka Špinarová
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a serious clinical disease. The pathophysiology of HFpEF is complex, and specific diagnostic criteria have evolved over time. Limited data are available on the quantification of diastolic function using two-dimensional real-time echocardiography, and a simple parameter has not yet been established. The aim of this work is to evaluate new echocardiographic parameters-the diastolic wall strain of the posterior wall (DWS PW) and the vortex formation time (VFT)...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819571/incidental-finding-of-an-undiagnosed-coarctation-of-the-aorta-causing-dilated-cardiomyopathy-in-an-adult
#11
Abdalla Ibrahim, Zahir Satti, Ronan Curtin
31-year-old male with no past medical history apart from high blood pressure noted by GP one week prior to admission presented with a three-week history of a flu-like illness and symptoms of heart failure with severe global left ventricular dilation and dysfunction on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE). Two weeks following admission he complained of left arm pain and CT upper limb confirmed embolic occlusion of the left brachial artery and incidental severe coarctation of the proximal descending aorta after the origin of the left subclavian artery...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818863/detection-of-left-ventricular-thrombus-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Junji Takasugi, Hiroshi Yamagami, Teruo Noguchi, Yoshiaki Morita, Tomotaka Tanaka, Yoshinori Okuno, Satoshi Yasuda, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasufumi Gon, Kenichi Todo, Manabu Sakaguchi, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to use contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) imaging to elucidate the prevalence of left ventricular (LV) thrombus in patients suspected of embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) with previous myocardial infarction or LV dysfunction (LV ejection fraction [LVEF] <50%). METHODS: We prospectively investigated 797 consecutive patients who presented to our hospital with acute ischemic stroke between 2014 and 2015...
August 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818851/inotropes-for-preterm-babies-during-the-transition-period-after-birth-friend-or-foe
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REVIEW
Heike Rabe, Hector Rojas-Anaya
During the transition to extrauterine life, preterm infants are at high risk of developing circulatory failure. Currently, hypotension is used as major diagnostic criteria for starting treatments such as fluid boluses, inotropes or steroids. Most of these treatment options have not been studied in large randomised controlled trials for efficacy and safety and are under discussions. A wide variety in their use is reported in the literature and clear evidence about which inotrope or other treatment should be preferred is lacking...
August 17, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818780/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-arterial-coupling-in-elderly-patients-with-septic-shock
#14
Jing Yan, Xiaoyang Zhou, Bangchuan Hu, Shijin Gong, Yihua Yu, Guolong Cai, Li Li
PURPOSE: To investigate the predictive value of left ventricular-arterial coupling (VAC) for clinical prognosis of elderly patients with septic shock. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a single-center prospective cohort study of 63 elderly patients with septic shock treated between August 2014 and January 2016 at the 30-bed intensive care unit (ICU) of Zhejiang Hospital (China). Left VAC was evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). End-systolic elastance (Ees) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) were measured; arterial elastance (Ea) was calculated...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818205/strain-echocardiography-the-new-gold-standard-for-imaging-ventricular-function
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EDITORIAL
James L Januzzi, Y Chandrashekhar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818204/geometry-as-a-confounder-when-assessing-ventricular-systolic-function-comparison-between-ejection-fraction-and-strain
#16
Thomas M Stokke, Nina E Hasselberg, Marit K Smedsrud, Sebastian I Sarvari, Kristina H Haugaa, Otto A Smiseth, Thor Edvardsen, Espen W Remme
BACKGROUND: Preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and reduced myocardial strain are reported in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and more. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed a combined mathematical and echocardiographic study to understand the inconsistencies between EF and strains. METHODS: An analytical equation showing the relationship between EF and the 4 parameters, global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS), wall thickness, and short-axis diameter, was derived from an elliptical LV model...
August 22, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818149/cerebellar-infarction-presenting-with-acute-vestibular-syndrome-in-two-u-s-air-force-pilots
#17
Roger R Hesselbrock
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar infarction is an uncommon but serious cause of isolated acute vestibular symptoms, particularly in young, healthy individuals, and can easily be overlooked. We present two cases of cerebellar infarction in U.S. Air Force pilots, one of which occurred during flight. CASE REPORTS: A 41-yr-old man developed acute vertigo, disequilibrium, nausea, and headache, with progressive slow symptomatic improvement, and presented to medical attention 4 d after symptom onset...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818015/bioglue-associated-loss-of-aortic-valve-leaflet-motility-sonographically-masked-by-both-newly-replaced-mechanical-aortic-and-mitral-valves
#18
Alan Matthew Smeltz, Thomas G Caranasos, Emily G Teeter
BioGlue is a surgical adhesive widely used to help reinforce complex cardiac and vascular repairs. Since its introduction, several case reports have emerged revealing complications that all providers should be mindful of whenever the product is used. This report considers a unique situation where BioGlue was used after double cardiac valve repair that resulted in adhesion of the new mechanical aortic valve leaflets and was difficult to visualize with transesophageal echocardiography.
August 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
#19
Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817537/echocardiography-in-patients-undergoing-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation-a-step-beyond-towards-maximum-safety
#20
Paolo Colonna, Ilaria Dentamaro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
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