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Patrizia Carità, Egle Corrado, Gianluca Pontone, Antonio Curnis, Luca Bontempi, Giuseppina Novo, Marco Guglielmo, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Pasquale Assennato, Salvatore Novo, Giuseppe Coppola
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a successful strategy for heart failure (HF) patients. The pre-requisite for the response is the evidence of electrical dyssynchrony on the surface electrocardiogram usually as left bundle branch block (LBBB). Non-response to CRT is a significant problem in clinical practice. Patient selection, inadequate delivery and sub-optimal left ventricle lead position may be important causes. OBJECTIVES: In an effort to improve CRT response multimodality imaging (especially echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance) could play a decisive role and extensive literature has been published on the matter...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ulrike Herberg, Katharina Linden, Oliver Dewald, Eva Gatzweiler, Matthias Seehase, Georg Daniel Duerr, Jonas Dörner, Stephanie Kleppe, Dennis Ladage, Johannes Breuer
BACKGROUND: Pressure-volume loops (PVL) provide vital information regarding ventricular performance and pathophysiology in cardiac disease. Unfortunately, acquisition of PVL by conductance technology is not feasible in neonates and small children due to the available human catheter size and resulting invasiveness. The aim of the study was to validate the accuracy of PVL in small hearts using volume data obtained by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and simultaneously acquired pressure data...
2016: PloS One
Line Lisbeth Olesen, Andreas Andersen
AIMS: Due to the demographic development there is an increasing number of senior citizens with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD), defined as ejection fraction (EF) < 40%. Unfortunately there are under-diagnosis and under-treatment in the elderly of this serious condition. Echocardiography is the gold standard to diagnose LVSD, but access is limited. Simple screening methods may ensure reduction of undetected cases, and this study investigates if electrocardiogram (ECG) can be used to screen for LVSD in the geriatric population...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Rayan Yousefzai, Setu Trivedi, Renuka Jain, Omar M Cheema, John D Crouch, Vinay Thohan, Bijoy K Khandheria
We present a 71-year-old male, who had had a heart transplantation 24 years prior, who came to our clinic with a low-grade fever and a new II/VI holosystolic murmur. Echocardiography showed a large mass in the right atrium with attachment near the junction of the right atrium and superior vena cava. The patient was taken to the operating room for resection of the mass. Microscopic evaluation was consistent with thrombus. Differential diagnosis of cardiac masses after cardiac transplant includes tumour, thrombus, and vegetation...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Sung Keun Park, Jae-Hong Ryoo, Chang-Mo Oh, Joong-Myung Choi, Jeong Gyu Kang, Jae-Hon Lee, Ju Youn Chung, Ju Young Jung
BACKGROUND: Although obesity is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the cutoff of body mass index (BMI) for elevated cardiovascular risk is still controversial in Asian. Thus, this study was conducted to investigate the functional and structural changes of the left ventricle (LV) according to the degree of obesity in a general Korean population.Methods and Results:A total of 31,334 apparently healthy Korean adults who underwent echocardiography were enrolled. The study population was stratified into 5 groups according to the degree of obesity classified by the Asian-Pacific obesity guideline...
October 22, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Murat Biteker, Kadir Kayataş, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Eda Özlek, Bülent Özlek
BACKGROUND: Although an enlarged left atrium has recently emerged as a marker of adverse outcomes in various diseases, its discriminatory value and prognostic role in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are not well studied. We studied whether left atrial volume index (LAVI) predicts mortality and discriminates stroke subtypes after AIS. METHODS: We prospectively followed 310 consecutive first-ever AIS patients aged 50 years or older who were admitted to the hospital within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Megumi Mathison, Vivek P Singh, Maria J Chiuchiolo, Deepthi Sanagasetti, Yun Mao, Vivekkumar B Patel, Jianchang Yang, Stephen M Kaminsky, Ronald G Crystal, Todd K Rosengart
OBJECTIVE: The reprogramming of cardiac fibroblasts into induced cardiomyocyte-like cells improves ventricular function in myocardial infarction models. Only integrating persistent expression vectors have thus far been used to induce reprogramming, potentially limiting its clinical applicability. We therefore tested the reprogramming potential of nonintegrating, acute expression adenoviral (Ad) vectors. METHODS: Ad or lentivirus vectors encoding Gata4 (G), Mef2c (M), and Tbx5 (T) were validated in vitro...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Nir Uriel, Sirtaz Adatya, Jiří Malý, Eric Kruse, Daniel Rodgers, Gerald Heatley, Aleš Herman, Poornima Sood, Dominik Berliner, Johann Bauersachs, Axel Haverich, Michael Želízko, Jan D Schmitto, Ivan Netuka
BACKGROUND: The HeartMate 3 (HM3) is a Conformiteé Européenne (CE) mark-approved left ventricular assist device (LVAD) with a fully magnetically levitated rotor with features consisting of a wide range of operational speeds, wide flow paths and an artificial pulse. We performed a hemodynamic and echocardiographic evaluation of patients implanted with the HM3 LVAD to assess the speed range for optimal hemodynamic support. METHODS: Sixteen HM3 patients underwent pump speed ramp tests with right heart catheterization (including central venous pressure [CVP], pulmonary artery pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure [PCWP] and blood pressure [BP]) and 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE)...
July 17, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
S Harikrishnan, G Sanjay, M Ashishkumar, Jaideep Menon, G Rajesh, R Krishna Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease associated with a high morbidity and mortality. There is paucity of data regarding PH from the developing countries including India. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is the most important etiological factor in the western world, but PH secondary to rheumatic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and untreated congenital heart disease could well be the predominant causes in developing countries like India. The main objective of the PROKERALA study - Pulmonary hypertension Registry Of Kerala is to collect data regarding the etiology, practice patterns and one-year outcomes of patients diagnosed to have PH...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Madhur Kumar Srivatsava, M Indirani, I Sathyamurthy, G Sengottuvelu, Avani S Jain, S Shelley
AIM: Role of PET-CT in assessment of myocardial viability in patients with LV dysfunction. METHODS: This prospective study included 120 patients with LV dysfunction who underwent 99mTechnetium-Sestamibi myocardial perfusion SPECT-CT and 18FFDG cardiac PET-CT. They also underwent serial echocardiography and coronary angiography along with myocardial perfusion and FDG PET study. RESULTS: Thirty-three patients had single vessel disease, 48 had triple vessel disease, and rest had double vessel disease...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Tarun Saxena, Sanjay Patidar, Manjari Saxena
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiology of essential hypertension remains obscure. Correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension is less clearly narrated in hypertensive subjects. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension in hypertensive subjects, and to be compared with normotensive subjects. METHODS: This is a case-control study to assess left ventricular ejection force (LVEF) and sympathetic skin response, in normotensive (group 1; control), and hypertensive subjects (group 2; cases)...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Jagdish C Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Vishwas Mohan, Arvind Sethi
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomaly wherein the mitral valve leaflets are directly attached to the papillary muscle(s) (PM) with or without short under-developed chords is rarely reported in adults. Patients with two PMs with an intervening fibrous bridge have also been included under this head in previous studies. METHODS: Echocardiography enables accurate evaluation of the morphology and function of valve leaflets, chordae tendineae, and PM. This report describes a series of six patients aged 56-84 years who had abnormal mitral valve with a large solitary and anomalously inserted PM seen over a period of 3 years...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Mohamed M Al-Daydamony, El-Sayed M Farag
AIM: To examine the value of CRUSADE bleeding score in predicting bleeding events in our local patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in Zagazig University Hospitals. METHODS: Our study included 240 patients with ACS. They underwent history and clinical examination; 12-lead electrocardiography; echocardiography; troponin I, hematocrit value; estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR); application of CRUSADE score; and follow-up of the hospital stay and documentations of events...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Abhijeet B Shelke, Rajeev Menon, Anuj Kapadiya, Sachin Yalagudri, Daljeet Saggu, Sandeep Nair, C Narasimhan
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a therapeutic alternative to surgical myectomy in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). However, the anatomical variability of the septal branch, risk of complete heart block, and late onset ventricular arrhythmias are limitations to its therapeutic usage. There is recent interest in the use of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) as a therapeutic option in HOCM. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of RFCA in the treatment of symptomatic HOCM...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Stefano Strano, Alessandra Fanciulli, Massimiliano Rizzo, Paolo Marinelli, Paolo Palange, Dorina Tiple, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Giovanni Calcagnini, Federica Censi, Giuseppe Meco, Carlo Colosimo
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of Parkinson's disease (PD) includes a wide spectrum of non-motor features, including cardiovascular autonomic failure. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular autonomic status and cardiac functional capacity in drug-naïve PD patients. METHODS: 18 newly-diagnosed PD patients underwent laboratory cardiovascular autonomic function tests using power spectral analysis of the R-R interval, blood pressure (BP) short-term variability and non-invasive baroreflex sensitivity (BRS)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Madan M Maddali, Nishant R Arora, John Valliattu, Pranav S Kandachar, Francois Lacour-Gayet
Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography is an established modality for confirming the preoperative diagnosis, assess adequacy of surgical repair, identify residual problems, and help improve the outcome after operation. Despite the multitude of advantages, intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography can affect the hemodynamic parameters in small neonates and children. A severe transient electromechanical dissociation caused by the anteflexion of a transesophageal echocardiography probe during a total anomalous pulmonary venous connection repair in an infant is reported...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yoshinari Enomoto, Varuna K Gadiyaram, Carola Gianni, Rodney P Horton, Chintan Trivedi, Sanghamitra Mohanty, Luigi Di Biase, Amin Al-Ahmad, J David Burkhardt, Arvin Narula, Gwen Janczyk, Matthew J Price, Rizwan Afzal, Moustapha Atoui, Matthew Earnest, Vijay Swarup, Shephal K Doshi, Sarina van der Zee, Rebecca Fisher, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Douglas N Gibson, Andrea Natale, Vivek Reddy
BACKGROUND: In the stroke prevention trials of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device, a post-implantation anti-thrombotic regimen of 6 weeks of warfarin was employed. OBJECTIVE: Because of the clinical complexity of warfarin use, we studied the relative feasibility and safety of instead employing non-warfarin oral anticoagulants (NOACs) during the peri- and initial post-implantation period after Watchman implantation. METHODS: This is a retrospective multicenter study of consecutive patients undergoing Watchman implantation and receiving peri- and post-procedural NOACs or warfarin...
October 19, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Ida S Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Trine F Haland, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate early markers of arrhythmic events (AEs) and improve risk stratification in early arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). BACKGROUND: AEs are frequent in patients with ARVC, but risk stratification in subjects with early ARVC is challenging. METHODS: Early ARVC disease was defined as possible or borderline ARVC diagnosis according to the ARVC Task Force Criteria 2010. We performed resting and signal averaged electrocardiogram (ECG)...
October 14, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Ahmad Masri, Vidyasagar Kalahasti, Lars G Svensson, Eric E Roselli, Douglas Johnston, Donald Hammer, Paul Schoenhagen, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: -In patients with a dilated proximal ascending aorta and trileaflet aortic valve (TAV), we sought to assess a) factors independently associated with increased long-term mortality and b) the incremental prognostic utility of indexing aortic root to patient height. METHODS: -We studied consecutive patients with a dilated aortic root (≥4 cm) that underwent echocardiography and gated contrast-enhanced thoracic aortic computed tomography or magnetic resonance angiography between 2003-2007...
October 21, 2016: Circulation
Vanessa D Ortiz, Alexandre L de Castro, Cristina Campos, Rafael O Fernandes, Jéssica H P Bonetto, Rafaela Siqueira, Adriana Conzatti, Tânia R G Fernandes, Adriane Belló-Klein, Alex S R Araujo
Studies have shown a cardioprotective role of thyroid hormones (THs) in cardiac remodeling after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, there is no data in the literature examining the influence of TH administration on the aortic tissue in an animal model of MI. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of thyroid hormones on the aorta after MI. Male Wistar rats were divided into a sham group (SHAM), infarcted group (AMI), sham+TH (SHAMT) and AMI+TH (AMIT). After MI, the animals received T3 and T4 (2 and 8μg/100g/day, respectively) by oral gavage for 12 days...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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