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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227119/clinical-viability-of-carotid-plaque-strain-estimation-using-b-mode-ultrasound-image-sequences
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Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Siddhartha Sikdar, Brajesh K Lal, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker
It is estimated that approximately 30% of ischemic strokes are caused by rupture of plaque in the carotid artery. Development of techniques focusing on identifying plaques that are vulnerable to rupture is thus indispensable for stroke prevention. Recent studies have demonstrated that motion analysis of plaques from B-mode and RF ultrasound (US) image sequences can be used to estimate plaque strain. However, viability of these methods in a clinical setting, with variable acquisition protocols, has not been demonstrated yet...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226918/gyrocardiography-a-new-non-invasive-approach-in-the-study-of-mechanical-motions-of-the-heart-concept-method-and-initial-observations
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Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Eero Lehtonen, Mikko Pankaala, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mika Teras, Tero Koivisto, Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Eero Lehtonen, Mikko Pankaala, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mika Teras, Tero Koivisto, Eero Lehtonen, Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Mika Teras, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mikko Pankaala, Tero Koivisto
The pumping action of the heart is performed by contraction of the myocardium fibers. We present a non-invasive technique named gyrocardiography (GCG) that comprises a sensor of angular motion, gyroscope, configured to obtain three-dimensional angular velocity signals. A tri-axial micro electromechanical (MEMS) gyroscope sensor was attached to the surface of the chest to obtain gyrocardiogram. Color-coded Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) was recorded simultaneously and synchronized with the GCG in an off-line analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224783/a-highly-stretchable-potentiometric-ph-sensor-fabricated-via-direct-laser-writing-machining-of-carbon-polyaniline-composite
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Rahim Rahimi, Manuel Ochoa, Ali Tamayol, Shahla Khalili, Ali Khademhosseini, Babak Ziaie
Development of stretchable sensors has recently attracted considerable attention. These sensors have been used in wearable and robotics applications such as personalized health-monitoring, motion detection, and human-machine interfaces. Herein, we report on a highly stretchable electrochemical pH sensor for wearable point-of-care applications that consists of a pH sensitive working and a liquid-junction-free reference electrode, in which the stretchable conductive interconnections are fabricated by laser carbonizing and micromachining of a polyimide sheet bonded to an Ecoflex substrate...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222894/the-relationship-between-left-ventricular-deformation-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-two-and-three-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Marijana Tadic, Maja Zlatanovic, Cesare Cuspidi, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov, Vesna Kocijancic, Vera Celic
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate left ventricular (LV) function and deformation, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: The study included 49 SSc patients and 38 age-matched healthy subjects. All patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, 24-h Holter monitoring, and comprehensive two- and three-dimensional echocardiography (2DE and 3DE). RESULTS: 2DE and 3DE LV global longitudinal and circumferential strain, as well as 3DE area strains are significantly reduced in SSc patients comparing with controls...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222749/the-impact-of-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-replacement-induced-left-bundle-branch-block-on-cardiac-reverse-remodeling
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Laura E Dobson, Tarique A Musa, Akhlaque Uddin, Timothy A Fairbairn, Owen J Bebb, Peter P Swoboda, Philip Haaf, James Foley, Pankaj Garg, Graham J Fent, Christopher J Malkin, Daniel J Blackman, Sven Plein, John P Greenwood
BACKGROUND: Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is common following trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and has been linked to increased mortality, although whether this is related to less favourable cardiac reverse remodeling is unclear. The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of TAVR induced LBBB on cardiac reverse remodeling. METHODS: 48 patients undergoing TAVR for severe aortic stenosis were evaluated. 24 patients with new LBBB (LBBB-T) following TAVR were matched with 24 patients with a narrow post-procedure QRS (nQRS)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220640/multidimensional-contractile-reserve-predicts-adverse-outcome-in-patients-with-severe-systolic-heart-failure-a-4-year-follow-up-study
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Ioannis A Paraskevaidis, Ignatios Ikonomidis, Panagiotis Simitsis, John Parissis, Vasilios Stasinos, George Makavos, John Lekakis
AIMS: Left ventricular contractile reserve is a prognostic indicator for adverse outcome in patients with severe chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). We investigated the dobutamine-induced changes of LV multidimensional deformation and their predictive value for cardiac mortality of patients with severe chronic HFrEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective study, out of 130 patients with severe HFrEF who underwent a low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography (LDSE) study using speckle tracking imaging, 100 patients were followed up for the occurrence of cardiac death over a period of 4 years...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217413/deformation-response-of-the-iliotibial-band-tensor-fascia-lata-complex-to-clinical-grade-longitudinal-tension-loading-in-vitro
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Mark Wilhelm, Omer Matthijs, Kevin Browne, Gesine Seeber, Anja Matthijs, Phillip S Sizer, Jean-Michel Brismée, C Roger James, Kerry K Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Iliotibial Band (ITB) syndrome is a troublesome condition with prevalence as high as 12% in runners. Stretching has been utilized as a conservative treatment. However, there is limited evidence supporting ITB elongation in response to a stretching force. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESES: The purpose of this study was to describe the iliotibial band tensor fascia lata complex (ITBTFLC) tissue elongation response to a simulated clinical stretch in-vitro. The authors hypothesized that the ITBTFLC would undergo statistically significant elongation when exposed to a clinical-grade stretching regimen, with the majority of the elongation occurring within the proximal ITBTFLC region...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217226/functional-characteristics-of-left-ventricular-synchronization-via-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-pacing-detected-by-two-dimensional-strain-echocardiography
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Yasutaka Hirayama, Yuichiro Kawamura, Nobuyuki Sato, Tatsuya Saito, Hideichi Tanaka, Yasuaki Saijo, Kenjiro Kikuchi, Katsumi Ohori, Naoyuki Hasebe
BACKGROUND: Recently, due to the detrimental effects on the ventricular function associated with right ventricular apical (RVA) pacing, right ventricular septal (RVS) pacing has become the preferred pacing method. However, the term RVS pacing refers to both right ventricular outflow-tract (RVOT) and mid-septal (RVMS) pacing, leading to a misinterpretation of the results of clinical studies. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to elucidate the functional differences of RVA, RVOT, and RVMS pacing in patients with atrioventricular block...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216496/-clinical-value-of-the-evolution-of-left-ventricular-global-strain-in-anterior-myocardial-infarction-patients-treated-with-emergency-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Zurong Yang, Qichang Zhou, Zhenfei Fang, Danming Cao, Jiawei Zhou, Xiankui Tan
To investigate the evolution of left ventricular global strain in anterior myocardial infarction patients treated with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
 Methods: A total of 54 patients with PCI were enrolled as a PCI group. Forty healthy subjects were enrolled as a control group. Dynamic cardiac images were collected. All of these images were analyzed off-line by velocity vector imaging (VVI) software. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was measured with an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay through the Elecsys 1010/2010 system...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214723/how-financial-strain-affects-health-evidence-from-the-dutch-national-bank-household-survey
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Carla Prentice, Donal McKillop, Declan French
The mechanisms by which financial strain affects health are not well understood. In this paper, we conduct a longitudinal mediation analysis of the Dutch National Bank Household Survey. To quantify the relative importance of biological and nonbiological pathways from financial strain to health, we consider smoking, heavy drinking and being overweight as plausible behavioural responses to financial strain but find that only 4.9% of the response of self-reported health to financial strain is mediated by these behaviours...
February 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213737/associations-among-left-ventricular-systolic-function-tachycardia-and-cardiac-preload-in-septic-patients
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Michael J Lanspa, Sajid Shahul, Andrew Hersh, Emily L Wilson, Troy D Olsen, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Colin K Grissom, Samuel M Brown
BACKGROUND: In sepsis, tachycardia may indicate low preload, adrenergic stimulation, or both. Adrenergic overstimulation is associated with septic cardiomyopathy. We sought to determine whether tachycardia was associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, a measure of cardiac dysfunction. We hypothesized an association would primarily exist in patients with high preload. METHODS: We prospectively observed septic patients admitted to three study ICUs, who underwent early transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209163/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-feature-tracking-using-a-non-rigid-elastic-image-registration-algorithm-assessment-of-variability-in-a-real-life-clinical-setting
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Pedro Morais, Alberto Marchi, Julie A Bogaert, Tom Dresselaers, Brecht Heyde, Jan D'hooge, Jan Bogaert
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a promising technique for quantification of myocardial strain from steady-state free precession (SSFP) cine images. We sought to determine the variability of CMR-FT using a non-rigid elastic registration algorithm recently available in a commercial software package (Segment, Medviso) in a real-life clinical setting. METHODS: Firstly, we studied the variability in a healthy volunteer who underwent 10 CMR studies over five consecutive days...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208195/echocardiography-in-the-risk-assessment-of-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#17
Talal Dahhan, Fawaz Alenezi, Zainab Samad, Sudarshan Rajagopal
Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and is classified as massive (high risk), submassive (intermediate risk), or nonmassive (low risk) based on the hemodynamic status and clinical characteristics of the patient. At this time, the management of patients with submassive PE remains controversial and approaches for improving risk assessment are critical. In this review, we discuss several echocardiographic methods to assess right heart function that may aid in the risk assessment of patients with acute PE...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204860/left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-during-septic-shock-the-role-of-loading-conditions
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Florence Boissier, Keyvan Razazi, Aurélien Seemann, Alexandre Bedet, Arnaud W Thille, Nicolas de Prost, Pascal Lim, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of septic myocardial dysfunction is controversial, a fact that may be explained by the influence of loading conditions. Many indices may be useful to characterize cardiac function during septic shock, but their feasibility and physiological coherence in the clinical setting are unknown. METHODS: Hemodynamic and echocardiographic data with tissue Doppler and speckle tracking were prospectively recorded on the first 3 days of human septic shock...
February 15, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199991/left-ventricular-longitudinal-strain-in-soccer-referees
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Luigi Gianturco, Bruno Bodini, Vincenzo Gianturco, Giuseppina Lippo, Agnese Solbiati, Maurizio Turiel
Along the years, the analysis of soccer referees perfomance has interested the experts and we can find several types of studies in literature using in particular cardiac imaging. The aim of this retrospective study was to observe relationship between VO2max uptake and some conventional and not-conventional echocardiographic parameters. In order to perform this evaluation, we have enrolled 20 referees, belonging to Italian Soccer Referees' Association and we have investigated cardiovascular profile of them. We found a strong direct relationship between VO2max and global longitudinal strain of left ventricle assessed by means of speckle tracking echocardiographic analysis (R2=0...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195011/childhood-misfortune-and-adult-health-in-a-national-study
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Jiyoung Lyu, Stefan Agrigoroaei
This study investigated the relationship between childhood misfortune and 10-year change in health and whether this relationship was mediated by the quality of social relations. We used data from the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) national longitudinal study, 1995-1996 (Time 1) and 2005-2006 (Time 2). Childhood misfortune was measured at Time 1 using indicators of financial strain, family structure, and abuse. Self-rated physical and mental health indicators were obtained at both occasions. The measure of quality of social relations was based on items relative to social support and social strain from spouse, friends, and family at Time 1...
March 2017: International Journal of Aging & Human Development
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