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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910996/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predicts-early-subclinical-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Qi Tang, Yan Jiang, Yali Xu, Hongmei Xia
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the early changes of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) mechanics associated with anthracycline treatment for breast cancer and to determine whether two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) analysis could predict chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. BACKGROUND: Anthracycline generates progressive LV dysfunction associated with a poor prognosis. Early detection of minor change of myocardial mechanics is thus important...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910866/biomechanical-analysis-of-normal-brain-development-during-the-first-year-of-life-using-finite-strain-theory
#2
Jeong Chul Kim, Li Wang, Dinggang Shen, Weili Lin
The first year of life is the most critical time period for structural and functional development of the human brain. Combining longitudinal MR imaging and finite strain theory, this study aimed to provide new insights into normal brain development through a biomechanical framework. Thirty-three normal infants were longitudinally imaged using MRI from 2 weeks to 1 year of age. Voxel-wise Jacobian determinant was estimated to elucidate volumetric changes while Lagrange strains (both normal and shear strains) were measured to reveal directional growth information every 3 months during the first year of life...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910250/a-large-%C3%AF-extended-carbon-nanoring-based-on-nanographene-units-bottom-up-synthesis-photophysical-properties-and-selective-complexation-with-fullerene-c70
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Dapeng Lu, Guilin Zhuang, Haotian Wu, Song Wang, Shangfeng Yang, Pingwu Du
Herein we report the organoplatinum-mediated bottom-up synthesis, characterization, and properties of a novel large π-extended carbon nanoring based on a nanographene hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) building unit. This tubular structure can be considered as an example of the longitudinal extension of the cycloparaphenylene scaffold to form a large π-extended carbon nanotube (CNT) segment. The cyclic tetramer of a tetramesityl HBC ([4]CHBC) was synthesized by the reaction of a 2,11-diborylated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene with a platinum complex, followed by reductive elimination...
December 2, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909859/sofa-score-and-left-ventricular-systolic-function-as-predictors-of-short-term-outcome-in-patients-with-sepsis
#4
Francesca Innocenti, Vittorio Palmieri, Aurelia Guzzo, Valerio Teodoro Stefanone, Chiara Donnini, Riccardo Pini
In a group of septic patients, we assess the short-term prognostic value of LV systolic performance, evaluated through conventional left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LV GLS). One hundred forty-seven patients with sepsis were recruited; LVEF by planimetry and peak GLS by 2D speckle tracking could be assessed within 24 h. The study population was stratified according to SOFA tertiles assessed at the time of the echocardiogram (G1: SOFA score <5; G2: SOFA score 5-7; G3: SOFA score >7)...
December 1, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908646/left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-term-neonates-during-the-transitional-period
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Amish Jain, Afif F El-Khuffash, Bart C W Kuipers, Adel Mohamed, Kim A Connelly, Patrick J McNamara, Robert P Jankov, Luc Mertens
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether incorporating conventional, tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography are reliable and can characterize changes in left ventricular (LV) function properly in healthy neonates in the early transitional newborn period. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observational study was conducted in 50 healthy term neonates with a mean ± SD gestational age and birth weight of 39.3 ± 1.2 weeks and 3.5 ± 0.44 kg, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903602/whole-genome-sequencing-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-provides-insight-into-the-evolution-and-genetic-composition-of-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-belarus
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Kurt R Wollenberg, Christopher A Desjardins, Aksana Zalutskaya, Vervara Slodovnikova, Andrew J Oler, Mariam Quiñones, Thomas Abeel, Sinead B Chapman, Michael Tartakovsky, Andrei Gabrielian, Sven Hoffner, Aliaksandr Skrahin, Bruce W Birren, Alexander Rosenthal, Alena Skrahina, Ashlee M Earl
The emergence and spread of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (DR-TB) is a critical global health issue. Eastern Europe has some of the highest incidences of DR-TB, particularly multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB. To better understand the genetic composition and evolution of MDR- and XDR-TB in the region, we sequenced and analyzed the genomes of 138 M. tuberculosis isolates from 97 patients sampled between 2010 and 2013 in Minsk, Belarus. MDR and XDR-TB isolates were significantly more likely to belong to the Beijing lineage than to the Euro-American lineage, and known resistance-conferring loci accounted for the majority of phenotypic resistance to first- and second-line drugs in MDR and XDR-TB...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900955/serum-levels-of-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-as-a-diagnostic-marker-for-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-children-with-end-stage-renal-disease-on-hemodialysis
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Amr Mohamed Zoair, Maher Ahmed Abdel-Hafez, Wegdan Mawlana, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman Sweylam
The objective of this study was to determine the diagnostic cutoff value of N-terminal-pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) as a marker of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on regular hemodialysis (HD). The study was carried out on thirty children with ESRD on regular HD and thirty healthy controls. Echocardiographic studies were done, including a conventional mode for ejection fraction, fractional shortening, tissue Doppler imaging, and longitudinal global strain by speckle tracking...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894963/longitudinal-surveillance-on-antibiogram-of-important-gram-positive-pathogens-in-southern-china-2001-to-2015
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Zhenbo Xu, Jinhong Xie, Brian M Peters, Bing Li, Lin Li, Guangchao Yu, Mark E Shirtliff
OBJECTIVES: A longitudinal surveillance aimed to investigate the antibiogram of three genus of important Gram-positive pathogens in Southern China during 2001-2015. METHODS: A total of 3849 Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Streptococcus strains were isolated from Southern China during 2001-2015. Bacteria identification was performed by colony morphology, Gram staining, the API commercial kit and the Vitek 2 automated system. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was determined by disk diffusion method and MIC method...
November 25, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894255/silent-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-everyday-practice-a-clinical-and-echocardiographic-study
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Brane Loncarevic, Danijela Trifunovic, Ivan Soldatovic, Bosiljka Vujisic-Tesic
BACKGROUND: Whether type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in the absence of hypertension (HTA) and coronary artery disease (CAD) affects left ventricular (LV) phenotype and function among asymptomatic DM patients that can be easily discovered in everyday practice, what is the clinical risk profile for diabetic cardiomyopathy and how HTA and CAD modulate LV structure and function above diabetic cardiomyopathy, are still incompletely answered questions. METHODS: In 210 DM patients (group I: 70 asymptomatic DM patients without HTA and CAD; group II: 70 DM patients with HTA and no CAD; group III: 70 DM patients with CAD and no HTA) and 80 healthy individuals, comprehensive echocardiography including speckle tracking strain and strain rate analysis, was done...
November 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894062/echocardiographic-comparison-between-left-ventricular-non-compaction-and-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Trine F Haland, Jørg Saberniak, Ida S Leren, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Modern imaging technology has improved detection of left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) shares morphological features with LVNC, but prognosis and treatment strategies differ between LVNC and HCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: We aimed to compare global and regional LV myocardial function in LVNC and HCM. We hypothesized that apical function is reduced in LVNC due to the embryonic reduced compaction of the apex...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893065/histology-and-biaxial-mechanical-behavior-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-tissue-samples
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Francesco Q Pancheri, Robert A Peattie, Nithin D Reddy, Touhid Ahamed, Wenjian Lin, Timothy D Ouellette, Mark D Iafrati, A Luis Dorfmann
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) represent permanent, localized dilations of the abdominal aorta that can be life-threatening if progressing to rupture. Evaluation of risk of rupture depends on understanding the mechanical behavior of patient AAA walls. In this project, a series of patient AAA wall tissue samples have been evaluated through a combined anamnestic, mechanical and histopathologic approach. Mechanical properties of the samples have been characterized using a novel, strain-controlled, planar biaxial testing protocol emulating the in vivo deformation of the aorta...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892858/longitudinal-study-of-ctx-m-esbl-producing-e-coli-strains-on-a-uk-dairy-farm
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R A Horton, D Duncan, L P Randall, S Chappell, L A Brunton, R Warner, N G Coldham, C J Teale
The aim of this study was to investigate the bacterial strains and farm environment that may contribute to the persistence of ESBL-producing E. coli on a single UK dairy farm. A longitudinal study was conducted comprising 6 visits, between August and October 2010, followed by a further visit at approximately 69weeks after the initial visit. Faecal and environmental samples were collected from different parts of the farm. The persistence and extent of faecal shedding of ESBL E. coli by individual calves was also determined...
September 30, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891719/myocardial-strain-to-detect-subtle-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Laurens F Tops, Victoria Delgado, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax
In daily clinical practice, LV systolic function is routinely assessed with the use of two-dimensional echocardiography. Using biplane LV end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, LVEF is calculated. The introduction of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography has improved the accuracy of echocardiographic assessment of LVEF. However, calculated LVEF may not truly represent LV systolic function in specific cardiac diseases or when subtle LV dysfunction is present. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography enables assessment of myocardial strain, thereby providing detailed information on global and regional LV deformation...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889869/left-ventricular-speckle-tracking-derived-cardiac-strain-and-cardiac-twist-mechanics-in-athletes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-controlled-studies
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REVIEW
Alexander Beaumont, Fergal Grace, Joanna Richards, John Hough, David Oxborough, Nicholas Sculthorpe
BACKGROUND: The athlete's heart is associated with physiological remodeling as a consequence of repetitive cardiac loading. The effect of exercise training on left ventricular (LV) cardiac strain and twist mechanics are equivocal, and no meta-analysis has been conducted to date. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to review the literature pertaining to the effect of different forms of athletic training on cardiac strain and twist mechanics and determine the influence of traditional and contemporary sporting classifications on cardiac strain and twist mechanics...
November 26, 2016: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889396/functional-recovery-of-regional-myocardial-deformation-in-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Sung-Ai Kim, Sang-Ho Jo, Kyoung-Ha Park, Hyun-Sook Kim, Sang-Jin Han, Woo-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is acute, but completely reversible in the absence of significant coronary artery disease. This study aims to assess the functional recovery of regional myocardial deformation in patients with TC using 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography. METHODS: Thirty-three patients diagnosed with TC (mean age 63 years, 26 female) prospectively underwent serial 2D echocardiography on day 1 (initial presentation), day 4 [the middle, interquartile range (IQR), 2-5 days], and day 21 (recovery, IQR 13-32 days)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888778/loss-of-mechanical-directional-dependency-of-the-ascending-aorta-with-severe-medial-degeneration
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Jennifer Chung, Kevin Lachapelle, Raymond Cartier, Rosaire Mongrain, Richard L Leask
Biomechanical characterization of the aortic wall may help risk stratify patients with aneurysms. We investigated the degree of anisotropy, the directional dependency of mechanical properties, in control and aneurysmal ascending aortic tissue. We hypothesized that medial degeneration and aortic wall remodeling as found in aneurysmal tissue alter energy loss in both the circumferential and longitudinal directions, thereby reducing anisotropy. Aneurysmal and control ascending aortic tissue excised during surgery was subjected to biaxial tensile testing...
November 15, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888320/cardiac-mechanics-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-the-association-that-we-should-not-miss
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Maja Zlatanovic, Marijana Tadic, Vera Celic, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov
We aimed to determine left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) structure, function and mechanics, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The study included 41 SSc patients and 30 age-matched healthy volunteers. All the patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, pulmonary function testing, 24-h Holter monitoring and complete two-dimensional echocardiography including strain analysis. The parameters of LV structure (interventricular septum thickness and LV mass index) and RV structure (RV wall thickness) were significantly higher in SSc patients...
November 25, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886611/inter-and-intraobserver-consistency-in-lv-myocardial-strain-measurement-using-a-novel-multi-layer-technique-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-preserved-lv-ejection-fraction
#18
Koya Ozawa, Nobusada Funabashi, Tomoko Kamata, Yoshio Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: A new transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) technique allows multi-layer measurement of left ventricular (LV), endocardial, epicardial, and whole layer myocardial strain. We evaluated interobserver and intraobserver TTE reproducibility for 2D LV global longitudinal (GLS) and circumferential strain (GCS) estimates using data from severe aortic stenosis (AS) subjects with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF). METHODS: Twenty severe AS subjects (11 male; mean age, 75±7years; LV EF >50%) underwent TTE (Vivid E9, GE Healthcare)...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885998/bi-ventricular-finite-element-model-of-right-ventricle-overload-in-the-healthy-rat-heart
#19
Fulufhelo Masithulela
BACKGROUND: The recognition of RV overpressure is critical to human life, as this may signify morbidity and mortality. Right ventricle (RV) dysfunction is understood to have an impact on the performance of the left ventricle (LV), but the mechanisms remain poorly understood. It is understood that ventricular compliance has the ability to affect cardiac performance. In this study, a bi-ventricular model of the rat heart was used in preference to other, single-ventricle models. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the bi-ventricular model provides important information on the function of the healthy heart...
November 25, 2016: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884663/early-impairment-in-left-ventricular-longitudinal-systolic-function-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-incident-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#20
Stefano Bonapace, Filippo Valbusa, Lorenzo Bertolini, Luciano Zenari, Guido Canali, Giulio Molon, Laura Lanzoni, Antonella Cecchetto, Andrea Rossi, Alessandro Mantovani, Giacomo Zoppini, Enrico Barbieri, Giovanni Targher
AIMS: It is known that type 2 diabetic patients are at high risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the early echocardiographic determinants of AF vulnerability in this patient population remain poorly known. METHODS: We followed-up for 2years a sample of 180 consecutive outpatients with type 2 diabetes, who were free from AF and ischemic heart disease at baseline. All patients underwent a baseline echocardiographic-Doppler evaluation with tissue Doppler and 2-D strain analysis...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
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