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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
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Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550178/severity-of-structural-and-functional-right-ventricular-remodeling-depends-on-training-load-in-an-experimental-model-of-endurance-exercise
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Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Cira Rubies, Montserrat Batlle, Bart Bijnens, Lluís Mont, Marta Sitges, Eduard Guasch
An arrhythmogenic right ventricle (RV) remodeling has been reported in response to regular training, but it remains unclear how exercise intensity affects the presence and extent of such remodeling. We aimed at assessing the relationship between RV remodeling and exercise load in a long-term endurance training model. Wistar rats were conditioned to run at moderate (MOD, 45 min, 30cm/s) or intense (INT, 60 min, 60cm/s) workloads for 16 weeks; sedentary rats (SED) served as controls. Cardiac remodeling was assessed with standard echocardiographic and tissue Doppler techniques, sensor-tip pressure catheters and pressure-volume loop analyses...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550174/variability-in-coronary-artery-anatomy-affects-consistency-of-cardiac-damage-following-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Jiqiu Chen, Delaine K Ceholski, Lifan Liang, Kenneth Fish, Roger J Hajjar
Low reliability and reproducibility in heart failure models are well established. The purpose of the present study is to explore factors that affect model consistency of myocardial infarction (MI) in mice. METHODS: MI was induced by left coronary artery (LCA) ligation. The coronary artery was casted with resin and visualized with fluorescent imaging ex vivo. LCA characteristics and MI size were analyzed individually in each animal, and MI size was correlated with left ventricular (LV) function by echocardiography...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550172/myocardial-overexpression-of-timp3-following-myocardial-infarction-exerts-beneficial-effects-through-promoting-angiogenesis-and-suppressing-early-proteolysis
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Abhijit Takawale, Pu Zhang, Abul Azad, Wang Wang, Xiuhua Wang, Allan G Murray, Zamaneh Kassiri
Myocardial infarction (MI) results in loss of cardiomyocytes, adverse extracellular matrix (ECM) and structural remodeling, left ventricular (LV) dilation and dysfunction. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the main regulators of ECM turnover. TIMPs also have MMP-independent functions. TIMP3 levels are reduced in the heart within 24 hours of MI in mice. We investigated if overexpression of TIMP3 post-MI limits adverse remodeling, LV dilation and dysfunction...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550021/effects-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-on-neurocognitive-architecture-and-function-in-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-study-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Huajun Xu, Hui Wang, Jian Guan, Hongliang Yi, Yingjun Qian, Jianyin Zou, Yunyan Xia, Yiqun Fu, Xinyi Li, Xiao Jiao, Hengye Huang, Pin Dong, Ziwei Yu, Jun Yang, Mingliang Xiang, Jiping Li, Yanqing Chen, Peihua Wang, Yizhou Sun, Yuehua Li, Xiaojian Zheng, Wei Jia, Shankai Yin
OBJECTIVES: Many clinical studies have indicated that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), the most common chronic sleep disorder, may affect neurocognitive function, and that treatment for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) has some neurocognitive protective effects against the adverse effects of OSA. However, the effects of CPAP treatment on neurocognitive architecture and function remain unclear. Therefore, this multicentre trial was designed to investigate whether and when neurocognitive architecture and function in patients with OSA can be improved by CPAP treatment and to explore the role of gut microbiota in improving neurocognitive function during treatment...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549450/the-left-atrial-bacterial-vegetative-mass-due-to-corynebacterium-striatum-as-a-presentation-of-myxoma-a-case-report
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Jun Xu, Qing Yang, Jun Li, Xia Zheng
BACKGROUND: Corynebacterium striatum is a member of the non-diphtherial corynebacteria, which are ubiquitous in nature and generally colonize the skin and mucous membranes of humans. Rarely, it causes infective endocarditis (IE). We report a case of rare left atrial bacterial vegetative mass due to C. striatum masquerading as a myxoma identified through a tortuous diagnostic process, and present a brief review of the relevant literature. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of 63-year-old man who presented with progressively worsening dyspnea on exertion and lower leg edema, and was diagnosed with heart failure...
May 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548989/imaging-adult-patients-with-fontan-circulation
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Salil Ginde, Benjamin H Goot, Peter C Frommelt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Survival after the Fontan procedure for palliation of single ventricle congenital heart disease has improved. However, adults with Fontan circulation are at risk for several complications including heart failure, thromboembolism, and protein-losing enteropathy. This review discusses the role of noninvasive imaging for surveillance and early detection of anatomic and functional abnormalities of the Fontan circulation that can impact the risk for Fontan failure over time...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547872/cerebral-white-matter-lesion-burden-is-associated-with-the-degree-of-aortic-valve-calcification-and-predicts-peri-procedural-cerebrovascular-events-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-tavi
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Jonas Doerner, Patrick A Kupczyk, Marius Wilsing, Julian A Luetkens, Klaus Storm, Rolf Fimmers, Tilman Hickethier, Lars Eichhorn, Claas P Naehle, Hans H Schild, Nikos Werner, Georg Nickenig, Alexander Ghanem
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of aortic valve calcification and brain morphology on acute peri-procedural cerebrovascular events (CVEs) in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: Aortic valve calcification and stenosis can be assessed with echocardiography. Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) depicts and quantifies morphological signs of hypoperfusion and vascular embolism, which is of special interest in patients with severe aortic stenosis...
May 26, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547004/ocular-arterial-occlusive-disorders-and-carotid-artery-disease
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Sohan Singh Hayreh, M Bridget Zimmerman
OBJECTIVE: To compare prevalence of carotid artery disease and its various types of lesions in different types of ocular arterial occlusive disorders. DESIGN: Cohort study. SUBJECTS: 614 consecutive patients (728 eyes) with ocular arterial occlusive disorders. METHODS: At first visit, all patients had a detailed ophthalmic and medical history, comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation, and carotid artery evaluation (by Doppler/angiography) on the side of ocular arterial occlusion, and echocardiography...
January 2017: Ophthalmol Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546773/successful-bipolar-ablation-for-ventricular-tachycardia-with-potential-substrate-identification-by-pre-procedural-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Kazuo Sakamoto, Masatsugu Nozoe, Yoshitomo Tsutsui, Nobuhiro Suematsu, Toru Kubota, Masanori Okabe, Yusuke Yamamoto
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a useful tool for detecting the arrhythmogenic substrate in cardiac sarcoidosis. We herein present a case of bipolar radiofrequency catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) complicated with cardiac sarcoidosis, guided by pre-procedural cardiac MRI. Neither echocardiography nor endocardial voltage mapping suggested a septal VT substrate. However, MRI alone detected intramural lesions in the septum. Although application of endocardial energy failed to treat the VT, bipolar ablation targeting the potential substrate identified by MRI successfully eliminated the VT...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546529/the-safety-of-electrical-cardioversion-under-the-control-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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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 (AF) requires adequate oral anticoagulation (OAC) prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    Assessment of risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of DCC under transesophageal echocardiography control (TEE) in patients with inadequate anticoagulation. PATIENTS AND METHODS    From the cohort of 316 patients admitted for DCC, 139 (age 63...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546016/timing-on-echocardiography-and-blood-laboratory-test-is-important-for-future-outcome-association-in-hospitalized-heart-failure-patients
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Li-Tan Yang, Yuichiro Kado, Yasufumi Nagata, Kyoko Otani, Yutaka Otsuji, Masaaki Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether both echocardiography and blood examination parameters obtained before discharge are more closely associated with adverse events than those obtained upon admission in hospitalized heart failure (HF) patients. METHODS: We retrospectively selected 267 hospitalized HF patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) within 2 days of admission (n=223) and/or within 7 days of discharge (n=157). Blood test results were also collected at the same time window...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545852/duration-of-reverse-remodeling-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-rates-predictors-and-clinical-outcomes
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Takafumi Oka, Koichi Inoue, Koji Tanaka, Yuko Toyoshima, Takaaki Isshiki, Takeshi Kimura, Masakiyo Nobuyoshi, Satoshi Shizuta, Takeshi Arita, Satoki Fujii, Katsuomi Iwakura, Kenshi Fujii, Kenji Ando
BACKGROUND: A subset of patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for heart failure (HF) with severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction experience only short-lived LV reverse remodeling. Little is known about the incidence and prognosis of this finding. We sought to identify predictors of a brief response and investigated the prognosis in a retrospective study. METHODS: A total of 528 patients from a Japanese multicenter database with full echocardiography datasets were enrolled...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545521/clinical-serological-and-echocardiographic-examination-of-healthy-field-dogs-before-and-after-vaccination-with-a-commercial-tetravalent-leptospirosis-vaccine
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Andrea M Spiri, Sabrina Rodriguez-Campos, José M Matos, Tony M Glaus, Barbara Riond, Claudia E Reusch, Regina Hofmann-Lehmann, Barbara Willi
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a re-emerging bacterial zoonosis caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira. Severe disease has been reported in dogs in Europe despite vaccination with bivalent Leptospira vaccines. Recently, a tetravalent canine Leptospira vaccine (Nobivac® L4) was licenced in Europe. The goal of this study was to investigate clinical signs, microscopic agglutination test (MAT) titres, haematology, blood biochemistry, cardiac (c) Troponin I levels and echocardiography before and after vaccination with this tetravalent vaccine...
May 25, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545342/echocardiographic-and-clinical-findings-in-patients-with-fabry-disease-during-long-term-enzyme-replacement-therapy-a-nationwide-danish-cohort-study
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Christoffer Valdorff Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Åse Krogh Rasmussen, Søren Schwartz Sørensen, Jørgen Holm Petersen, Lars Køber, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen, Helle Petri
OBJECTIVES: In patients with Fabry disease (FD), left ventricular hypertrophy and arrhythmias are frequently observed and cardiac involvement is the leading cause of death. Long-term efficacy of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) on cardiac involvement is unclear. We assessed and compared long-term progression of cardiac involvement according to ERT and non-ERT. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed and compared long-term progression of cardiac involvement in adult patients with FD in the nationwide Danish cohort...
May 25, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545283/-clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-thrombolytic-treatment-with-reteplase-in-patients-with-intermediate-risk-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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H G Zhao, S X Wang, Z N Lu, X X Yan, Z C Lyu, F H Peng, Y Wu, X Gao, L Hua, Z C Jing, X Q Xu
Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of thrombolytic treatment with reteplase in patients with intermediate-risk acute pulmonary embolism. Methods: Ten consecutive patients with intermediate-risk acute pulmonary embolism who received thrombolytic treatment with reteplase at Thrombosis and Vascular Medicine Center, Fuwai Hospital from March to November in 2016 were included.Vital signs, right ventricular diameter, systolic pulmonary artery pressure, and biochemical markers were assessed before and after thrombolytic therapy with reteplase, and bleeding complications were also observed during 3 months follow up...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544844/image-of-the-month-concomitant-tricuspid-and-mitral-native-valve-infective-endocarditis
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Su-Jin Jeong, Sang-Hoon Seol, Pil Sang Song
A 33-year-old immunocompetent man was admitted to the authors' hospital with a one-month duration of fevers, chills, and non-productive coughs, and suddenonset weakness and ischemic pain of both lower extremities. Physical examination revealed crepitating rales heard over bilateral lung fields. On auscultation, a grade 2~3/6 systolic murmur was heard over the leftlower sternal border and apical area. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a mobile mass on the tricuspid valve compatible with vegetation, in addition to concomitant mitral valve vegetation (Video 1)...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544841/transcatheter-valve-in-valve-implantation-failing-tricuspid-bioprosthesis-in-a-patient-with-ebstein%C3%A2-s-anomaly
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Pedro A Villablanca, Aman M Shah, David F Briceno, Ali N Zaidi, Mei Chau, Mario J Garcia, David Slovut, Cynthia Taub
Transcatheter valve-in-valve (VIV) implantation has been recently proposed as an alternative to surgical reoperative aortic valve replacement in patients with a failing aortic bioprosthesis. Experience with transcatheter VIV implantation at other valve positions is very limited. Herein is reported the case of an 18-year-old man with Ebstein's anomaly and severe tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation status after bioprosthetic valve replacement, who developed new dyspnea on exertion three years after the initial valve replacement...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544832/percutaneous-antegrade-trans-septal-closure-of-mitral-paravalvular-leak-without-creation-of-an-arteriovenous-wire-loop-in-patients-with-coexistent-mechanical-aortic-valve
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Teoman Kilic, Senol Coskun, Kurtulus Karauzum, Sadan Yavuz, Tayfun Sahin
BACKGROUND: Various approaches such as antegrade trans-septal, retrograde transfemoral and transapical techniques have been used to close mitral paravalvular leak (PVL) in patients with an aortic prosthesis. During the implementation of these techniques, an arteriovenous guidewire loop is often created for device delivery. However, passing through a mechanical aortic valve may cause hemodynamic compromise and prolong the procedure. To date, no studies have evaluated antegrade mitral PVL closure without the use of an arteriovenous wire loop in patients with a mechanical aortic prosthesis...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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