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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319252/physiologic-reduction-of-hepatic-venous-blood-flow-by-the-valsalva-maneuver-decreases-liver-stiffness
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Selcan Ipek-Ugay, Heiko Tzschätzsch, Jürgen Braun, Thomas Fischer, Ingolf Sack
OBJECTIVES: Liver stiffness increases after intake of food or water, suggesting that hepatic venous blood flow affects the results of elastographic measurements. This study investigated the correlation between in vivo liver stiffness and hepatic blood flow using the Valsalva maneuver for reducing intrahepatic venous blood flow. METHODS: Intrahepatic changes in venous blood flow were assessed by sonography based on the pulsed wave Doppler velocity, vessel diameter assessment, and blood flow volume measurements in the portal vein and right hepatic vein...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306652/tests-of-eustachian-tube-function-the-effect-of-testing-technique-on-tube-opening-in-healthy-ears
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Matthew E Smith, Andrew J C Blythe, Charlotte Baker, Charlie C Zou, Peter J A Hutchinson, James R Tysome
OBJECTIVE: There is no agreement on the best clinical test for Eustachian tube (ET) dysfunction. Numerous tests have been developed to detect ET opening, and all require a patient to perform a Valsalva, Toynbee or sniff maneuver, or to swallow on demand. We aimed to characterize existing tests of ET function in healthy ears, and identify the optimal method and patient maneuver for each test. Our own normative data is presented alongside published comparisons. STUDY DESIGN: Diagnostic test cohort study...
March 16, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303730/biomechanical-properties-of-the-pelvic-floor-muscles-of-continent-and-incontinent-women-using-an-inverse-finite-element-analysis
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M E T Silva, S Brandão, M P L Parente, T Mascarenhas, R M Natal Jorge
Pelvic disorders can be associated with changes in the biomechanical properties in the muscle, ligaments and/or connective tissue form fascia and ligaments. In this sense, the study of their mechanical behavior is important to understand the structure and function of these biological soft tissues. The aim of this study was to establish the biomechanical properties of the pelvic floor muscles of continent and incontinent women, using an inverse finite element analysis (FEA). The numerical models, including the pubovisceral muscle and pelvic bones were built from magnetic resonance (MR) images acquired at rest...
March 17, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303275/modeling-pathological-hemodynamic-responses-to-the-valsalva-maneuver
#4
Leszek Pstras, Karl Thomaseth, Jacek Waniewski, Italo Balzani, Federico Bellavere
The Valsalva maneuver consisting in a forced expiration against closed airways is one of the most popular clinical tests of the autonomic nervous system function. When properly performed by a healthy subject, it features four characteristic phases of arterial blood pressure and heart rate variations, based on the magnitude of which the autonomic function may be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively. In patients with some disorders or in healthy patients subject to specific conditions, the pattern of blood pressure and heart rate changes during the execution of the Valsalva maneuver may, however, differ from the typical sinusoidal-like pattern...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295517/a-giant-aneurysm-of-noncoronary-sinus-of-valsalva-concomitant-with-aortic-regurgitation-and-mitral-regurgitation
#5
Yi Luo, Zhi Fang, Wei Meng
Aneurysms of the sinus of Valsalva (ASV) are rare, with an incidence ranging from 0.1% to 3.5% of all congenital cardiac defects and a prevalence of 0.009% in an autopsy series.ASVs occur much more frequently in the right coronary sinus of Valsalva. Previous reports, based on necropsy and cardiac surgery findings, estimated that 20% of ASVs are unruptured. Patients with an unruptured ASV may remain asymptomatic for a long period of time until rupture. They may also presented with dyspnea, palpitation, and angina-like chest pain...
March 14, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295118/an-unusual-case-of-aorta-right-atrial-tunnel-with-windsock-aneurysm-imaging-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Shehzaadi Aneesah Khan, Leonie Scholtz, F Adriaan Snyders, Johan de Villiers
The first successfully diagnosed and treated case of aorta-right atrial tunnel was reported by Coto et al. in 1980. The most common cause of aorta-right atrial tunnel is a ruptured aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysms had been reported as early as 1840 by Thurnam; these were diagnosed at autopsy. With the advances in radiology, many cases of aorta-right atrial tunnel have been reported since then, each with its own subtle variations. We report on a unique case of aorta-right atrial tunnel with a windsock aneurysm in the right atrium...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291779/echocardiographic-diagnosis-of-rare-pathological-patterns-of-sinus-of-valsalva-aneurysm
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Yali Yang, Li Zhang, Xinfang Wang, Qing Lü, Lin He, Jing Wang, Bin Wang, Ling Li, Li Yuan, Jinfeng Liu, Shuping Ge, Mingxing Xie
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the value and improve the diagnostic accuracy of echocardiography in the diagnosis of a sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (SVA) with rare pathological patterns. METHODS: Echocardiographic features and surgical findings from 270 Chinese patients with SVA treated in the last 18 years (1995-2013) at the Union Hospital were compared retrospectively; 22 of 270 cases had rare patterns. RESULTS: The patients with SVA, a rare origin, a rare extending position, or a rare course accounted for 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290836/-problems-and-perspectives-of-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-the-left-ventricular-diastolic-function
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M N Alekhin
This literature review is devoted to noninvasive evaluation of the left ventricular (LV) diastolic function by echocardiography with special stress on existing problems of detection of LV dysfunction by Doppler echocardiography of transmitral blood flow. Basing on existent algorithms one often cannot clearly judge whether LV dysfunction is present even when such methods are used as assessment of blood flow in pulmonary veins, transmitral blood flow during the Valsalva maneuver, etc. The review also contains discussion and analysis of newly suggested Doppler echocardiography based algorithms of detection of LV diastolic dysfunction and estimation of its severity (two-dimensional deformation of left atrial walls, three-dimensional echocardiography and three-dimensional deformation of the left ventricle)...
January 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286774/orthostatic-intolerance-and-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-in-joint-hypermobility-syndrome-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-hypermobility-type-neurovegetative-dysregulation-or-autonomic-failure
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Claudia Celletti, Filippo Camerota, Marco Castori, Federica Censi, Laura Gioffrè, Giovanni Calcagnini, Stefano Strano
Background. Joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT), is a hereditary connective tissue disorder mainly characterized by generalized joint hypermobility, skin texture abnormalities, and visceral and vascular dysfunctions, also comprising symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. This study aims to further evaluate cardiovascular autonomic involvement in JHS/EDS-HT by a battery of functional tests. Methods. The response to cardiovascular reflex tests comprising deep breathing, Valsalva maneuver, 30/15 ratio, handgrip test, and head-up tilt test was studied in 35 JHS/EDS-HT adults...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285396/pelvic-organ-support-several-years-after-a-first-birth
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Caroline W S Ferreira, Ixora K Atan, Andrew Martin, Ka Lai Shek, Hans Peter Dietz
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Female pelvic organ prolapse is highly prevalent and childbirth has been shown to be an important risk factor. The study was carried out to observe if pelvic organ support deteriorates over time following a first birth. METHODS: This is a retrospective review using archived data sets of women seen in the context of two prospective perinatal imaging studies. All subjects had undergone a standardised interview, a clinical examination and 4D translabial ultrasound, 3 months and 2-5 years post-partum...
March 11, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280087/unilateral-cutaneous-congestion-induced-by-valsalva-manoeuvre-due-to-vascular-malformation
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Kohei Hirose, Takanobu Hirosawa, Taro Shimizu
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March 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277469/correlation-between-transperineal-3-dimensional-ultrasound-measurements-of-levator-hiatus-and-female-sexual-function
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Serdar Aydin, Rabia Zehra Bakar, Çağri Arioğlu Aydin, Seda Ateş
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the association of sexual functions with levator hiatus biometry measurements and levator ani muscle defect. METHODS: In 62 heterosexual, sexually active premenopausal women without pelvic floor disorders or urinary incontinence, 3-dimensional transperineal ultrasound imaging was used. Two 3-dimensional volumes were recorded, one at rest and one on Valsalva maneuver. Levator biometry measurements and levator defect were evaluated in an axial plane...
March 9, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272209/dissection-of-the-interventricular-septum-echocardiographic-features
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Xiaoyan Gu, Yihua He, Shurong Luan, Ying Zhao, Lin Sun, Hongjia Zhang, J V Ian Nixon
Dissection of the interventricular septum (IVS) is an extremely rare entity. An institutional echocardiographic database was retrospectively reviewed; 13 patients with a diagnosis of IVS dissection were found and confirmed by cardiac surgery. The purposes of the study were: to determine the value of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in establishing the diagnosis of IVS dissection, and to detail the TTE features of IVS dissection.Thirteen patients with IVS dissection diagnosed by TTE, 8 males and 5 females were taken from 789,114 TTE studies performed between 1985 and 2014...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266724/multiple-aneurysmatic-involvement-of-sinus-of-valsalva
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Ahmet Guner, Mehmet Celik, Muzaffer Kahyaoglu, Ozkan Candan, Nuri Havan, Adnan Ak, Ozge Karaman, Aykun Hakgor, Cagatay Onal, Cetin Gecmen
Forty-five-year-old male patient presented with chest pain and dyspnea lasting for three weeks. Transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated a huge right sinus of Valsalva aneurysm. Contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography was performed and revealed three large unruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysms.
March 7, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266661/influence-of-the-valsalva-maneuver-on-cardiac-hemodynamics-and-right-to-left-shunt-in-patients-with-patent-foramen-ovale
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Enfa Zhao, Yafei Zhang, Chunmiao Kang, Hua Niu, Jing Zhao, Lei Sun, Baomin Liu
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the Valsalva maneuver (VM) on cardiac hemodynamics in patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO). Sixty-five patients who were highly suspected to have PFO were included. The changes in E, A, E/A ratio of mitral valve blood flow, E, A, E/A ratio of tricuspid valve blood flow, left ventricular end-diastolic volume, area and right atrial area during the resting state and the strain phase of the Valsalva maneuver were observed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251911/sex-differences-in-phenotypes-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortopathy-insights-from-a-large-multicenter-international-registry
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William K F Kong, Madelien V Regeer, Arnold C T Ng, Louise McCormack, Kian Keong Poh, Tiong Cheng Yeo, Miriam Shanks, Sarah Parent, Roxana Enache, Bogdan A Popescu, James W Yip, Lawrence Ma, Vasileios Kamperidis, Enno T van der Velde, Bart Mertens, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: This large multicenter, international bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) registry aimed to define the sex differences in prevalence, valve morphology, dysfunction (aortic stenosis/regurgitation), aortopathy, and complications (endocarditis and aortic dissection). METHODS AND RESULTS: Demographic, clinical, and echocardiographic data at first presentation of 1992 patients with BAV (71.5% men) were retrospectively analyzed. BAV morphology and valve function were assessed; aortopathy configuration was defined as isolated dilatation of the sinus of Valsalva or sinotubular junction, isolated dilatation of the ascending aorta distal to the sinotubular junction, or diffuse dilatation of the aortic root and ascending aorta...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251220/coexisting-ventricular-septal-defect-affects-the-features-of-ruptured-sinus-of-valsalva-aneurysms
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Yan Jin, Xiu-Min Han, Hui-Shan Wang, Zeng-Wei Wang, Min-Hua Fang, Yan Yu, Xiao-Xuan Fang
To determine the correlation exists between ventricular septal defect (VSD) and ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm (RSVA). Methods: Between September 2003 and April 2014, 80 RSVA patients underwent surgical repair. These patients were retrospectively divided into two groups: the VSD group (38 cases) and the non-VSD group (42 cases).  Results: Rupture points of SVA originated more frequently in the right coronary sinus (RCS) of patients in the VSD group than those in the non-VSD group (p=0.002). In the VSD group, more than 92...
March 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245992/overt-and-subclinical-baroreflex-dysfunction-following-bilateral-carotid-body-tumor-resection-pathophysiology-diagnosis-and-implications-for-management
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Michael G Z Ghali, Visish M Srinivasan, Ehab Hanna, Franco DeMonte
Carotid body paragangliomas are rare, usually benign, tumors arising from glomus cells of the carotid body. Bilateral involvement is present in ∼5% of sporadic cases and up to one-third of familial cases. In the majority of patients undergoing bilateral resection of carotid body tumors (CBTs), a condition known as baroreflex failure syndrome (BFS) develops following resection of the second tumor characterized by headache, anxiety, emotional lability, orthostatic lightheadedness, hypertension, and tachycardia...
February 25, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241301/battle-of-the-bulge-aortic-aneurysm-management-from-early-modernity-to-the-present
#19
Justin Barr
For centuries, physicians have recognized aortic aneurysms as an acute threat to life. Therapeutic approaches to the disease began in the 18th century when leading physicians, such as René Laennec and Antonio Valsalva, applied research on circulation and blood coagulation to devise whole-body fasting and bleeding regimens to prevent rupture. After John Hunter's success in ligating arteries to treat peripheral aneurysms, surgeons attempted analogous operations on the aorta, but even the renowned Sir Astley Cooper and William Halsted met with disastrous results...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240702/utility-of-genetic-testing-in-elite-volleyball-players-with-aortic-root-dilation
#20
Nicole Herrick, Christopher Davis, Lisa Vargas, Hal Dietz, Paul Grossfeld
Basketball and volleyball attract individuals with a characteristic biophysical profile, mimicking features of Marfan Syndrome (MFS). Consequently, identification of these abnormalities can be lifesaving. PURPOSE: To determine how physical examination, echocardiography, and genetic screening can identify elite volleyball players with a previously undiagnosed aortopathy. METHODS: We have performed cardiac screening on 90 US Volleyball National Team members and identified four individuals with dilated sinuses of Valsalva...
February 25, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
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