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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727202/influence-of-the-left-atrial-contact-areas-on-fixed-low-voltage-zones-during-atrial-fibrillation-and-sinus-rhythm-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shiro Nakahara, Yuichi Hori, Naoki Nishiyama, Yasuo Okumura, Reiko Fukuda, Sayuki Kobayashi, Takaaki Komatsu, Yoshihiko Sakai, Isao Taguchi
BACKGROUND: Atrial low-voltage zones (LVZ) are suggested as important factors for maintaining persistent atrial fibrillation (PsAF). The relationship between LVZs and left atrial (LA) contact areas (CoAs) is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether CoA regions were involved in atrial substrate properties maintaining PsAF. METHODS: A total of 50 patients with PsAF (36 long-lasting) were analyzed. Three representative CoA detection areas (ascending aorta-anterior-LA, descending aorta-left pulmonary vein antrum, and vertebrae-posterior-LA) were registered on the mapping geometry...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727149/aortic-microcalcification-associates-with-elastin-fragmentation-in-marfan-syndrome
#2
Shaynah A Wanga, Stijntje Hibender, Yanto Ridwan, Cindy van Roomen, Mariska Vos, Ingeborg van der Made, Nicole van Vliet, Romy Franken, Luigi Amjg van Riel, Maarten Groenink, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara Jm Mulder, Carlie Jm de Vries, Jeroen Essers, Vivian de Waard
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a connective tissue disorder, in which aortic rupture is the major cause of death. MFS patients with an aortic diameter below the advised limit for prophylactic surgery (<5cm) may unexpectedly experience an aortic dissection or rupture, despite yearly monitoring. Hence, there is a clear need for improved prognostic markers to predict such aortic events. We hypothesize that elastin fragments play a causal role in aortic calcification in MFS and that microcalcification serves as a marker for aortic disease severity...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723768/detection-of-incidental-cardiac-findings-in-noncardiac-chest-computed-tomography
#3
Francesco Secchi, Giovanni Di Leo, Moreno Zanardo, Marco Alì, Paola Maria Cannaò, Francesco Sardanelli
The aim of the study was to estimate the rate of incidental cardiac findings (ICF) in patients undergoing noncardiac chest CT.An experienced radiologist retrospectively reviewed 237 consecutive patients (147 males and 90 females with median age of 69 years) undergoing a noncardiac chest CT. ICF at targeted review were compared to those mentioned in original reports (χ test).At review, ≥1 ICF was detected in 124/237 patients (52%), for a total of 229 ICF, 158 of them (69%) not originally mentioned. Valvular calcifications were unmentioned in 23/23 (100%) patients, main pulmonary artery dilation in 21/22 (96%), coronary calcifications in 69/86 (80%), right or left atrial dilation in 7/11 (64%), aortic atherosclerosis in 29/62 (47%), and ascending aorta dilatation in 8/18 (44%)...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720202/a-novel-surgical-approach-to-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-univentricular-infants
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Avihu Z Gazit, Orlando Petrucci, Peter Manning, Mark Shepard, Sirine Baltagi, Kathleen Simpson, Chesney Castleberry, Charles Canter, Pirooz Eghtesady
BACKGROUND: Historically, the options for mechanical circulatory support in infants, particularly those with single-ventricle physiology, have been limited and outcomes have generally been poor. We report a new approach implemented for long-term support in a series of such patients. METHODS: This study is a single-center case series of 7 patients with single-ventricle physiology after stage 1 palliation supported with mechanical circulatory support using a novel technique, between May 2014 and September 2015...
July 15, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718336/coexistence-of-takayasu-s-arteritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis-may-not-be-accidental-is-there-a-need-for-a-new-subgroup-in-the-spondyloarthritis-family
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Pawel Mielnik, Anja Myhre Hjelle, Jan Leidulv Nordeide
Aortitis of ascending aorta is a recognized complication of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). There are a few published cases of diffuse aortitis and aorta collaterals inflammation that fulfill Takayasu's arteritis (TA) criteria coexisting with AS. We have reviewed published cases from literature and present three new cases of such coexistence. We identified three patients who fulfilled definite AS New York criteria in our Takayasu's vasculitis cohort of eight patients. One of this patients had been diagnosed with Crohn's disease before AS and TA diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715076/increased-plasma-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-level-is-associated-with-ascending-aorta-dilatation-a-case-control-study
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Muhammet Hulusi Satılmışoğlu, Vesile Örnek Diker, Ömer Taşbulak, Mustafa Diker, Ali Birand, Mehmet Kaya, Taner İyigün, Abdurrahman Eksik
BACKGROUND: Asymetric dimethyl arginin (ADMA) is an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase. AIM: We aimed to determine plasma ADMA level in patients with ascending aorta dilatation in comparison to those without aorta dilatation and to evaluate the diagnostic, predictive and prognostic value of serum ADMA level for aorta dilatation. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional case-control study. One hundred-four consecutive patients (female/male, 35/69; mean age, 62...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711965/efficacy-of-an-extracellular-matrix-in-systemic-loading-conditions-in-congenital-heart-surgery
#7
Adeel Ashfaq, Amit Iyengar, Oh Jin Kwon, Mohammad S Soroya, Son Nguyen, Ryan Ou, Brian Reemtsen
Extracellular matrices (ECM) are commonly used to repair congenital heart defects; however, there is a lack of literature pertaining to outcomes with ECM use in high-pressure conditions. Between 2011 and 2014, a total of 202 patients underwent congenital heart disease repair using the ECM placed in a systemic pressure condition. The operative sites included: defects in the ventricular septum, mitral valve, aortic valve, ascending aorta, and aortic arch. Patients were followed and evaluated for mortality and reoperations due to loss of ECM integrity...
July 15, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710578/four-dimensional-flow-mri-of-stented-versus-stentless-aortic-valve-bioprostheses
#8
Floortje van Kesteren, Laurens W Wollersheim, Jan Baan, Aart J Nederveen, Abdullah Kaya, S Matthijs Boekholdt, Bas A de Mol, Pim van Ooij, R Nils Planken
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate aortic velocity, wall shear stress (WSS) and viscous energy loss (EL) of stented and stentless bioprostheses using 4D flow MRI 1 year after surgical aortic valve replacement. METHODS: For this cross-sectional study 28 patients with stented (n = 14) or stentless (n = 14) bioprosthesis underwent non-contrast-enhanced 4D-flow MRI at 1.5 T. Analyses included a comparison of velocity, WSS and EL in the ascending aorta during peak systole for both spatially averaged values and a comparison of local differences using per-voxel analysis...
July 14, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709382/severe-aortic-valve-stenosis-due-to-alkaptonuric-ochronosis
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Magdy El-Sayed Ahmed, Omar Hussain, David A Ott, Muhammad Aftab
Alkaptonuric ochronosis is a rare cause of aortic valve stenosis. We report the case of a 61-year-old female patient with alkaptonuria who presented to our institute with the clinical picture of severe aortic valve stenosis, which was confirmed by transthoracic echocardiography. On aortotomy, she was noted to have an impressive black discoloration of ascending aorta and the aortic root complex involving the aortic valve leaflets. She underwent an uneventful aortic valve replacement. She was discharged home 10 days postoperatively...
July 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708716/the-influence-of-contrast-agent-s-osmolarity-on-iodine-delivery-protocol-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-comparison-between-iso-osmolar-iodixanol-320-and-low-osmolar-iomeprol-370
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Xiaohan Yang, Weiwei Huang, Wangyan Liu, Yinsu Zhu, Yi Xu, Guanyu Yang, Lijun Tang, Xiaomei Zhu
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to assess whether iodine-contained contrast agents with different osmolarity affect iodine delivery protocol during coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). METHODS: Patients who underwent CCTA were randomized to receive contrast media either iodixanol-320 (iso-osmolar group) or iopromide-370 (low-osmolar group). Contrast protocols were recorded. Tube voltage of 100 kV was chosen for patients with body mass index of less than or equal to 25 (n = 224) and tube voltage of 120 kV for patients with body mass index of greater than 25 (n = 165)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707212/automatic-evaluation-of-vessel-diameter-variation-from-2d-x-ray-angiography
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Faten M'hiri, Luc Duong, Christian Desrosiers, Nagib Dahdah, Joaquim Miró, Mohamed Cheriet
PURPOSE: Early detection of blood vessel pathologies can be made through the evaluation of functional and structural abnormalities in the arteries, including the arterial distensibility measure. We propose a feasibility study on computing arterial distensibility automatically from monoplane 2D X-ray sequences for both small arteries (such as coronary arteries) and larger arteries (such as the aorta). METHODS: To compute the distensibility measure, three steps were developed: First, the segment of an artery is extracted using our graph-based segmentation method...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705446/a-novel-sax-stent-method-in-treatment-of-ascending-aorta-and-aortic-arch-aneurysms-evaluated-by-finite-element-simulations
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M C Arokiaraj, M De Beule, G De Santis
OBJECTIVES: A novel stent method to simplify treatment of proximal ascending aorta and aortic arch aneurysms was developed and investigated by finite element analysis. Therapy of ascending aortic and aortic arch aneurysms is difficult and challenging and is associated with various complications. METHODS: A 55mm wide×120mm long stent was designed without the stent graft and the stent was deployed by an endovascular method in a virtual patient-specific aneurysm model...
February 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704832/cerebral-and-renal-oxygen-saturation-are-not-compromised-in-the-presence-of-retrograde-blood-flow-in-either-the-ascending-or-descending-aorta-in-term-or-near-term-infants-with-left-sided-obstructive-lesions
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Michelle E van der Laan, Mirthe J Mebius, Marcus T R Roofthooft, Arend F Bos, Rolf M F Berger, Elisabeth M W Kooi
BACKGROUND: In infants with left-sided obstructive lesions (LSOL), the presence of retrograde blood flow in either the ascending or descending aorta may lead to diminished cerebral and renal blood flow, respectively. OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to compare cerebral and renal tissue oxygen saturation (rSO2) between infants with LSOL with antegrade and retrograde blood flow in the ascending aorta and with and without diastolic backflow in the descending aorta. METHODS: Based on 2 echocardiograms, the study group was categorized according to the direction of blood flow in the ascending and descending aorta...
July 14, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703104/high-pitch-dual-source-ct-angiography-without-ecg-gating-for-imaging-the-whole-aorta-intraindividual-comparison-with-standard-pitch-single-source-technique-without-ecg-gating
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Carmelinda Manna, Mario Silva, Rocco Cobelli, Sara Poggesi, Cristina Rossi, Nicola Sverzellati
PURPOSE: We aimed to perform intraindividual comparison of computed tomography (CT) parameters, image quality, and radiation exposure between standard CT angiography (CTA) and high-pitch dual source (DS)-CTA, in subjects undergoing serial CTA of thoracoabdominal aorta. METHODS: Eighteen subjects with thoracoabdominal CTA by standard technique and high-pitch DS-CTA technique within 6 months of each other were retrieved for intraindividual comparison of image quality in thoracic and abdominal aorta...
July 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702479/image-quality-and-contrast-agent-exposure-in-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-procedures-using-different-acquisition-protocols
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Nina P Hofmann, Moritz Schuetz, Raffi Bekeredjian, Sven Pleger, Emanuel Chorianopoulos, Sorin Giusca, Florian André, Gitsios Gitsioudis, Christopher Schlett, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Hugo A Katus, Grigorios Korosoglou
BACKGROUND: ECG-gated cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has found widespread use for prosthesis sizing before transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). However, still little data exists on the optimal scan-strategy in such patients. We hypothesized that prospectively triggered CCTA can enable the visualization of aortic valve structures and peripheral arteries with lower radiation and contrast agent exposure in patients considered for TAVI compared to retrospectively gated protocols...
2017: European Journal of Radiology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701609/a-rare-case-of-acyanotic-congenital-heart-disease-large-patent-ductus-arteriosus-with-pre-ductal-coarctation-of-descending-thoracic-aorta-with-patent-ductus-arteriosus-closure-and-extra-anatomical-bypass-grafting
#16
Zara Wani, Deepak Tiwari, Rajeev Gehlot, Deepak Kumar, Sushil Chhabra, Meenaxi Sharma
We report a case of 18-year-old female patient with large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)-preductal coarctation of descending thoracic aorta. She underwent large PDA closure with a prosthetic graft from ascending aorta to descending thoracic aorta by mid-sternotomy on cardiopulmonary bypass machine under total hypothermic circulatory arrest.
July 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698423/-early-structural-valve-deterioration-of-trifecta-biological-prosthesis-report-of-a-case
#17
Atsushi Tamura, Takamichi Yoshizaki, Sho Kusadokoro
Trifecta valve is a 3rd-generation, stented bioprosthesis which is made from one bovine pericardial sheet. A 77-years-old male patient had undergone combine aortic valve replacement (AVR) using a 23-mm Trifecta valve and ascending aorta replacement for severe aortic valve regurgitation and ascending aorta aneurysm. The postoperative period was uneventful. However, he presented with dyspnea on effort and severe aortic valve regurgitation 31 months after operation. Re-do AVR with a new bioprosthetic valve was performed via 2nd sternotomy...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696871/anomalous-origin-of-pulmonary-artery-from-aorta-neonatal-autologous-aortopulmonary-reconstruction
#18
Alexander J Eason, Brent Shafer, Kenneth A Murdison, Anastasios C Polimenakos
Anomalous origin of a branch pulmonary artery (PA) from the ascending aorta is rather rare within the spectrum of congenital cardiovascular anomalies. In the scarce subset of patients with anomalous origin of right PA (RPA) from the ascending aorta originating from the lateral aspect of the distal ascending aorta, early neonatal repair by employing native aortic tissue for RPA reconstruction combined with translocation of the aorta posteriorly to the RPA can be an alternative option in the surgical armamentarium...
July 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694784/4d-flow-analysis-of-bav-related-fluid-dynamic-alterations-evidences-of-wall-shear-stress-alterations-in-absence-of-clinically-relevant-aortic-anatomical-remodeling
#19
Filippo Piatti, Francesco Sturla, Malenka M Bissell, Selene Pirola, Massimo Lombardi, Igor Nesteruk, Alessandro Della Corte, Alberto C L Redaelli, Emiliano Votta
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital cardiac disease and is a foremost risk factor for aortopathies. Despite the genetic basis of BAV and of the associated aortopathies, BAV-related alterations in aortic fluid-dynamics, and particularly in wall shear stresses (WSSs), likely play a role in the progression of aortopathy, and may contribute to its pathogenesis. To test whether WSS may trigger aortopathy, in this study we used 4D Flow sequences of phase-contrast cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to quantitatively compare the in vivo fluid dynamics in the thoracic aorta of two groups of subjects: (i) five prospectively enrolled young patients with normo-functional BAV and with no aortic dilation and (ii) ten age-matched healthy volunteers...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693049/hybrid-repair-techniques-for-complex-aneurysms-and-dissections-involving-the-aortic-arch-and-thoracic-aorta
#20
Rami Tadros, Scott R Safir, Peter L Faries, Daniel K Han, Rajiv K Chander, James F McKinsey, Michael L Marin, Allan S Stewart, Sharif Ellozy
Aortic aneurysms involving the ascending aorta, aortic arch, and descending thoracic aorta have been a challenging entity to surgically treat for over 60 years. Despite the mortality of the disease, early open surgical procedures also had significant morbidity and mortality. The inherent risk in treating multiple anatomic segments simultaneously led to the innovation of the staged elephant trunk (ET) approach by Borst in 1983. To avoid the thoracotomy and associated complications related to the second stage of the procedure, an endovascular completion paradigm was begun by Volodos in 1991...
July 11, 2017: Surgical Technology International
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