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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343598/incremental-prognostic-value-of-global-longitudinal-strain-and-18f-fludeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-with-systemic-sarcoidosis
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Brett W Sperry, Ahmed Ibrahim, Kazuaki Negishi, Tomoko Negishi, Parag Patel, Zoran B Popović, Daniel Culver, Richard Brunken, Thomas H Marwick, Balaji Tamarappoo
In independent studies, abnormal global longitudinal strain (GLS) and myocardial inflammation or scar detected by 18F-fludeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) are associated with poor prognosis among patients with high likelihood for cardiac sarcoidosis. However, commonly used imaging modalities have not been evaluated in the same population. Our goals were to examine the relation between GLS and FDG-PET, and to evaluate the incremental prognostic value of these imaging techniques for predicting major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in patients suspected to have cardiac sarcoidosis...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339702/subclinical-chronic-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-resulting-from-phosphine-poisoning
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E Szymczyk, M Wiszniewska, J Walusiak-Skorupa, J D Kasprzak, P Lipiec
We present a case of a 32-year-old male crew member of a cargo ship, accidentally exposed to phosphine, a fumigating substance. He and other crew members developed increasing fatigue and digestive disorders 24 h later; two died from acute pulmonary oedema. The patient was admitted to hospital, where bilateral pneumonia, acute nephritis, hepatopathy, electrolyte imbalance and leucopenia were diagnosed. He was discharged from hospital 3 weeks later. He was examined 4 months later for possible chronic consequences of acute phosphine poisoning, which included echocardiography showing normal heart size and cardiac function...
February 21, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334385/gradient-of-structural-traits-drives-hygroscopic-movements-of-scarious-bracts-surrounding-helichrysum-bracteatum-capitulum
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Dorota Borowska-Wykret, Aleksandra Rypien, Mateusz Dulski, Michal Grelowski, Roman Wrzalik, Dorota Kwiatkowska
Background and Aims: The capitulum of Helichrysum bracteatum is surrounded by scarious involucral bracts that perform hygroscopic movements leading to bract bending toward or away from the capitulum, depending on cell wall water status. The present investigation aimed at explaining the mechanism of these movements. Methods: Surface strain and bract shape changes accompanying the movements were quantified using the replica method. Dissection experiments were used to assess the contribution of different tissues in bract deformation...
March 16, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334029/prognostic-power-of-global-2d-strain-according-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Myung-Jin Cha, Hyun-Sook Kim, Seong Hwan Kim, Jae-Hyeong Park, Goo-Yeong Cho
BACKGROUNDS: We aimed to evaluate the predictive power of longitudinal and circumferential fibers according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in successfully reperfused acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. METHODS: Total 691 patients (age 59±13, 20% female) underwent clinical evaluation and conventional and strain echocardiography (Global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS)). The clinical outcome was defined as the composite of death, hospitalization for heart failure, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and ventricular arrhythmia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332221/right-ventricular-free-wall-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-strain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-specific-treatment
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Hatice S Kemal, Meral Kayikcioglu, Hakan Kultursay, Ozcan Vuran, Sanem Nalbantgil, Nesrin Mogulkoc, Levent Can
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a major determinant of outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), although the optimal measure of RV function is poorly defined. We evaluated the utility of RV free-wall speckle tracking strain as an assessment tool for RV function in patients with PAH who are already under specific treatment compared with conventional echocardiographic parameters and investigated the relationship of RV free-wall strain with clinical hemodynamic parameters of RV performance...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332218/changes-in-myocardial-deformation-after-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Vinisha Garg, Jonathan K Ho, Gabriel Vorobiof
Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has emerged as a novel angle-independent modality in assessing myocardial velocity, deformation, and strain. Its role in assessing change before and after aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) has recently generated interest. This review summarizes the practical utility and clinical implications of myocardial deformation by STE after surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Overall, atrial strain and ventricular strain as measured by STE improve after surgical and transcatheter aortic intervention in short- and long-term follow-up with evidence of a more pronounced acute improvement in patients who undergo TAVR...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332215/effects-of-increased-left-ventricular-wall-thickness-on-the-myocardium-in-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-normal-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-two-and-three-dimensional-multilayer-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Eun Jeong Cho, Sung-Ji Park, Eun Kyoung Kim, Ga Yeon Lee, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the capability of real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and two-dimensional (2D) multilayer speckle tracking echocardiography (MSTE) for evaluation of early myocardial dysfunction triggered by increased left ventricular (LV) wall thickness in severe aortic stenosis (AS) with normal LV ejection fraction (EF≥55%). METHODS: Conventional, RT3D STE and 2D MSTE were performed in 45 patients (mean 68.9±9...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329277/resting-right-ventricular-function-is-associated-with-exercise-performance-in-pah-but-not-in-cteph
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Michaela Beatrice Rehman, Luke S Howard, Luc P Christiaens, Dipender Gill, J Simon R Gibbs, Petros Nihoyannopoulos
Aims: To assess whether resting right ventricular (RV) function assessed by Global RV longitudinal strain (RVLS) and RV fractional area change (FAC) is associated with exercise performance in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). Methods and results: We prospectively recruited 46 consecutive patients with PAH and 42 patients with CTEPH who were referred for cardio-pulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and transthoracic echocardiography...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329230/3d-echocardiographic-reference-ranges-for-normal-left-ventricular-volumes-and-strain-results-from-the-eacvi-norre-study
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Anne Bernard, Karima Addetia, Raluca Dulgheru, Luis Caballero, Tadafumi Sugimoto, Natela Akhaladze, George D Athanassopoulos, Daniele Barone, Monica Baroni, Nuno Cardim, Andreas Hagendorff, Krasimira Hristova, Federica Ilardi, Teresa Lopez, Gonzalo de la Morena, Bogdan A Popescu, Martin Penicka, Tolga Ozyigit, Jose David Rodrigo Carbonero, Nico van de Veire, Ralph Stephan Von Bardeleben, Dragos Vinereanu, Jose Luis Zamorano, Christophe Martinez, Julien Magne, Bernard Cosyns, Erwan Donal, Gilbert Habib, Luigi P Badano, Roberto M Lang, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aim: To obtain the normal ranges for 3D echocardiography (3DE) measurement of left ventricular (LV) volumes, function, and strain from a large group of healthy volunteers. Methods and results: A total of 440 (mean age: 45 ± 13 years) out of the 734 healthy subjects enrolled at 22 collaborating institutions of the Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study had good-quality 3DE data sets that have been analysed with a vendor-independent software package allowing homogeneous measurements regardless of the echocardiographic machine used to acquire the data sets...
December 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329173/mitral-valve-repair-for-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-in-non-ischaemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-is-associated-with-left-ventricular-reverse-remodelling-and-increase-of-forward-flow
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Vasileios Kamperidis, Suzanne E van Wijngaarden, Philippe J van Rosendael, William Kok Fai Kong, Madelien V Regeer, Frank van der Kley, Georgios Sianos, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Aims: It remains unclear whether surgical or transcatheter mitral valve repair for secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy reverse the underlying left ventricular (LV) pathophysiology. We hypothesized that mitral valve repair improves LV systolic function and forward flow and induces LV reverse remodelling in this group of patients. Methods and results: Seventy-six patients (65 ± 14 years old, 43% male) with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy and moderate to severe chronic secondary MR treated successfully with transcatheter or surgical mitral valve repair were evaluated...
February 23, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325850/phenotypic-diversity-and-genotypic-flexibility-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-during-long-term-chronic-infection-of-cystic-fibrosis-lungs
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Amy Huei-Yi Lee, Stephane Flibotte, Sunita Sinha, Adrianna Paiero, Rachel L Ehrlich, Sergey Balashov, Garth D Ehrlich, James E A Zlosnik, Joshua Chang Mell, Corey Nislow
Chronic bacterial infections of the lung are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis patients. Tracking bacterial evolution during chronic infections can provide insights into how host selection pressures-including immune responses and therapeutic interventions-shape bacterial genomes. We carried out genomic and phenotypic analyses of 215 serially collected Burkholderia cenocepacia isolates from 16 cystic fibrosis patients, spanning a period of 2-20 yr and a broad range of epidemic lineages...
March 21, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325672/new-parameter-derived-from-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-for-the-estimation-of-left-ventricular-filling-pressure-in-nondilated-hearts
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Daisuke Sakurai, Toshihiko Asanuma, Kasumi Masuda, Hikaru Koriyama, Satoshi Nakatani
BACKGROUND: E/e' is clinically useful for the noninvasive assessment of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure. However, its use in some conditions is controversial, and angle dependence of the Doppler measurement and preload dependence of mitral e' in nondilated hearts represent major problems. The ratio of early filling rate derived from the time derivative of LV volume to early diastolic strain rate (FRe/SRe), similar to E/e', by three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography has the potential to address such limitations...
March 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322009/prognostic-importance-of-left-ventricular-mechanical-dyssynchrony-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Tor Biering-Sørensen, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Nancy Sweitzer, Brian Claggett, Li Liu, Bertram Pitt, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon, Amil M Shah
AIMS: Left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony has been described in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), but its prognostic significance is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 3445 patients with HFpEF enrolled in the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) trial, dyssynchrony analysis was performed on 424 patients (12%) by multiple speckle tracking echocardiography strain-based criteria. The primary dyssynchrony analysis was the standard deviation of the time to peak longitudinal strain (SD T2P LS)...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321789/longitudinal-study-of-bovine-rotavirus-group-a-in-newborn-calves-from-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-dairy-herds
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Thaís Gomes Rocha, Fernanda Dornelas Florentino Silva, Fábio Gregori, Amauri Alcindo Alfieri, Maria da Glória Buzinaro, José Jurandir Fagliari
Reports of rotavirus excretion in calves usually result from cross-sectional studies, and in face of the conflicting results regarding protection of calves born to vaccinated dams against diarrhea, the aim of the present study was to evaluate rotavirus excretion in dairy calves born to vaccinated or unvaccinated dams, to identify the genotypes of bovine rotavirus group A (RVA) strains isolated from these animals as well as to investigate characteristics of the disease in naturally occurring circumstances throughout the first month of life...
March 20, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317398/cardiac-transplantation-towards-a-new-noninvasive-approach-of-cardiac-allograft-rejection
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Sophie I Mavrogeni, George Athanasopoulos, Aggeliki Gouziouta, Evangelos Leontiadis, Stamatis Adamopoulos, Genovefa Kolovou
Cardiac allograft rejection (CAR) may occur after transplantation and remains silent, until hemodynamic deterioration takes place. Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) is applied to early detect CAR. Although, flexible bioptoms have decreased the incidence of lethal complications, EMB remains an invasive procedure carrying risk of tamponade and permanent heart block. Therefore, a new non-invasive approach is needed. Areas covered: AlloMap molecular expression testing and graft-derived cell-free DNA (GcfDNA) test can be used as blood indices of acute and chronic CAR, respectively...
March 21, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317170/added-clinical-value-of-applying-myocardial-deformation-imaging-to-assess-right-ventricular-function
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REVIEW
Vladislavs Sokalskis, Diletta Peluso, Annika Jagodzinski, Christoph Sinning
Right heart dysfunction has been found to be a strong prognostic factor predicting adverse outcome in various cardiopulmonary diseases. Conventional echocardiographic measurements can be limited by geometrical assumptions and impaired reproducibility. Speckle tracking-derived strain provides a robust quantification of right ventricular function. It explicitly evaluates myocardial deformation, as opposed to tissue Doppler-derived strain, which is computed from tissue velocity gradients. Right ventricular longitudinal strain provides a sensitive tool for detecting right ventricular dysfunction, even at subclinical levels...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317155/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-dipping-pattern-in-hypertensive-patients-on-the-left-ventricular-systolic-functions-by-two-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Hüseyin Göksülük, Ulvin Habibova, Aydan Ongun, Müge Akbulut, Nil Özyüncü, Türkan Seda Tan Kürklü, Cetin Erol
BACKGROUND: Nondipping blood pressure pattern carry a high risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications due to a higher cumulative pressure overload. We aimed to define the role of strain analysis for detecting subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction in recently diagnosed nondipper and dipper hypertensive patients with normal left ventricular systolic function. METHODS: Study population consisted of two groups of patients, Group 1: 45 dipper patients and Group 2: 43 nondipper patients...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315942/forgotten-right-ventricle-in-pediatric-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Hala Mounir Agha, Hossam Ibrahim, Inas Abd El Satar, Naglae Abd El Rahman, Doaa Abd El Aziz, Zeinab Salah, Sonia El Saeidi, Fatma Mostafa, Wael Attia, Mohamed Abd El Rahman, Gaser Abd El Mohsen
To evaluate the right ventricular (RV) function in relation to that of the left ventricle (LV) in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Echocardiographic examination was done using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) for 32 pediatric patients with DCM comparing them to another 32 normal matched controls. The global longitudinal strain (GLS) derived from 2D-STE was used to reflect the LV systolic function. Tricuspid annular plan systolic excursion (TAPSE) and the following RV TDI derived indexes: peak systolic velocity (S'), peak early diastolic velocity E', peak late diastolic velocity A', isovolumic acceleration (IVA) and myocardial performance index (MPI) were measured...
March 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
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