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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209366/quantifying-aortic-valve-calcification-using-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#1
Abdulrahman M Alqahtani, Kevin E Boczar, Vinay Kansal, Kwan Chan, Girish Dwivedi, Benjamin J W Chow
INTRODUCTION: Aortic valve calcification (AVC) has been associated with major adverse cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. We sought to develop and validate a method to quantify AVC using coronary CT angiography (CTA). METHODS: Of 59 patients who underwent both non-contrast and contrast enhanced coronary CTA, 25 patients served as the derivation cohort and 34 patients served as the validation cohort. For non-contrast enhanced CT, quantification of AVC was performed using the Agatston method for coronary artery calcification (CAC)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206818/sudden-death-due-to-aortic-dissection-in-early-pregnancy-a-case-report
#2
Akshith Rs Shetty, Y P Girish Chandra, S Praveen, Somusekhar Gajula
Forensic pathologists come across many deaths due to natural causes which are sudden. Sudden natural deaths in females who are pregnant warrant thorough investigation and a medico-legal autopsy to rule out any foul play. Here, we report a case of 21-year-old primigravida in her first trimester who suddenly complained of severe chest pain and was brought dead to the hospital with no history suggestive of prior natural disease. At autopsy, the death was attributed to dissection of ascending aorta.
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203207/morphotype-dependent-flow-characteristics-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-ascending-aortas-a-benchtop-particle-image-velocimetry-study
#3
Andrew McNally, Ashish Madan, Philippe Sucosky
The bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a major risk factor for secondary aortopathy such as aortic dilation. The heterogeneous BAV morphotypes [left-right-coronary cusp fusion (LR), right-non-coronary cusp fusion (RN), and left-non-coronary cusp fusion (LN)] are associated with different dilation patterns, suggesting a role for hemodynamics in BAV aortopathogenesis. However, assessment of this theory is still hampered by the limited knowledge of the hemodynamic abnormalities generated by the distinct BAV morphotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197278/patent-ductus-arteriosus-with-eisenmenger-syndrome-difficult-diagnosis-made-easily-with-saline-contrast-echocardiography
#4
Prakash Kumar, Santosh Kumar Sinha, Umeshwar Pandey, Ramesh Thakur, Chandra Mohan Varma, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel
The diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) with Eisenmenger syndrome is difficult. We report a case of 35-year-old male who came to our outpatient department (OPD) for evaluation of repeated hemoptysis and dyspnea on exertion. He had already completed two courses of ATT. On examination, grade 3 ejection systolic murmur was audible over precordium. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed enlargement of right atrium (RA) and right ventricular (RV) with severe tricuspid regurgitation (TR). On agitated saline contrast injection, agitated saline was seen in pulmonary artery followed by filling of abdominal aorta without filling of ascending aorta, thus confirming the diagnosis of right to left shunt with PDA...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197271/low-density-lipoprotein-and-non-newtonian-oscillating-flow-biomechanical-parameters-for-normal-human-aorta
#5
Johannes V Soulis, Dimitrios K Fytanidis, Olga P Lampri, George D Giannoglou
BACKGROUND: The temporal variation of the hemodynamic mechanical parameters during cardiac pulse wave is considered as an important atherogenic factor. Applying non-Newtonian blood molecular viscosity simulation is crucial for hemodynamic analysis. Understanding low density lipoprotein (LDL) distribution in relation to flow parameters will possibly spot the prone to atherosclerosis aorta regions. METHODS: The biomechanical parameters tested were averaged wall shear stress (AWSS), oscillatory shear index (OSI) and relative residence time (RRT) in relation to the LDL concentration...
April 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194732/late-post-avr-progression-of-bicuspid-aortopathy-link-to-hemodynamics
#6
Shiho Naito, Tatiana Gross, Kushtrim Disha, Yskert von Kodolitsch, Hermann Reichenspurner, Evaldas Girdauskas
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY: The ascending aortic dilatation may progress after aortic valve replacement (AVR) in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) patients. Our aim was to evaluate rheological flow patterns and histological characteristics of the aneurysmal aorta in BAV patients at the time of reoperative aortic surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 13 patients (mean age: 42 ± 9 years, 10 (77%) male) with significant progression of proximal aortopathy after isolated AVR surgery for BAV disease (i...
February 13, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193613/apparent-aortic-stiffness-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-existence-of-vascular-interdependency
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Michal Schäfer, D Dunbar Ivy, Steven H Abman, Alex J Barker, Lorna P Browne, Brian Fonseca, Vitaly Kheyfets, Kendall S Hunter, Uyen Truong
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular dysfunction, mediated by ventricular interdependence, has been associated with negative outcomes in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Considering the dilation of the pulmonary arteries as a paramount sign of PAH, we hypothesized that the ascending aorta will present signs of apparent stiffness in children with PAH and that this effect may be because of mechanical interaction with the dilated main pulmonary artery (MPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two children with PAH and 26 age- and size-matched controls underwent comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance evaluation...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192856/persistent-double-dorsal-aorta-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#8
Brandy Mills, Thomas Gest
INTRODUCTION: Our discovery of a case of persistent double dorsal aorta prompted us to systematically review the literature of all previously reported cases of this anomaly. For our case, we present a completely separated double dorsal aorta, with the right accessory aorta arising from the abdominal aorta and ascending through the aortic hiatus to supply posterior intercostal arteries (PIAs) to the 9(th) -3(rd) spaces bilaterally. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined and compiled data from the ten previously reported cases, along with our observations from our cadaver, into a systematic review of all known cases of persistent double dorsal aorta...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190607/patient-specific-assessment-of-hemodynamics-by-computational-fluid-dynamics-in-patients-with-bicuspid-aortopathy
#9
Naoyuki Kimura, Masanori Nakamura, Kenji Komiya, Satoshi Nishi, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Osamu Tanaka, Yoshio Misawa, Hideo Adachi, Koji Kawahito
OBJECTIVE: Hemodynamics related to eccentric blood flow may factor into the development of bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy. We investigated wall shear stress distribution by means of magnetic resonance imaging-based computational fluid dynamics in patients with a bicuspid aortic valve. METHODS: Included were 12 patients with a bicuspid aortic valve (aortic stenosis, n = 11; root enlargement, n = 1). Three patients with a normal tricuspid aortic valve (arch aneurysm, n = 1; descending aortic aneurysm, n = 2) were included for comparison...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185644/bicuspid-aortic-valve-morphotype-correlates-with-regional-antioxidant-gene%C3%A2-expression-profiles-in-the-proximal%C3%A2-ascending-aorta
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Julie A Phillippi, Jennifer C Hill, Marie Billaud, Benjamin R Green, Mary P Kotlarczyk, Thomas G Gleason
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is associated with asymmetric dilatation of the proximal ascending aorta. We previously demonstrated increased susceptibility of smooth muscle cells to oxidative stress in the BAV-aneurysmal aorta and hypothesized that antioxidant expression is regionally defined and influenced by the BAV morphotype. METHODS: BAV valve morphology was defined according to number of raphes: type 0 (0 raphes), type 1 (1 raphe), or type 2 (2 raphes) and by the raphe location among the left (L), right (R) or non (N) coronary cusps...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185277/three-dimensional-parametric-modeling-of-bicuspid-aortopathy-and-comparison-with-computational-flow-predictions
#11
Salvatore Pasta, Giovanni Gentile, Giuseppe M Raffa, Francesco Scardulla, Diego Bellavia, Angelo Luca, Michele Pilato, Cesare Scardulla
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV)-associated ascending aneurysmal aortopathy (namely "bicuspid aortopathy") is a heterogeneous disease making surgeon predictions particularly challenging. Computational flow analysis can be used to evaluate the BAV-related hemodynamic disturbances, which likely lead to aneurysm enlargement and progression. However, the anatomic reconstruction process is time consuming so that predicting hemodynamic and structural evolution by computational modeling is unfeasible in routine clinical practice...
February 10, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184962/magnetic-resonance-imaging-4-d-flow-based-analysis-of-aortic-hemodynamics-in-turner-syndrome
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Raoul Arnold, Marie Neu, Daniel Hirtler, Charlotte Gimpel, Michael Markl, Julia Geiger
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular surveillance is important in Turner syndrome because of the increased risk of aortic dilation and dissection with consecutively increased mortality. OBJECTIVE: To compare 4-D flow MRI for the characterization of aortic 3-D flow patterns, dimensions and vessel wall parameters in pediatric patients with Turner syndrome and age-matched controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed 4-D flow MRI measuring in vivo 3-D blood flow with coverage of the thoracic aorta in 25 patients with Turner syndrome and in 16 female healthy controls (age mean ± standard deviation were 16 ± 5 years and 17 ± 4 years, respectively)...
February 9, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167695/interventional-repair-of-pseudoaneurysm-of-ascending-aorta-following-prosthetic-aortic-valve-replacement
#13
Amer Harky, Amir Khosravi, Jonathan Colledge, Shyamsunder Kolvekar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163921/bioprosthetic-aortic-valve-replacement-12-years-after-percutaneous-aortic-valvuloplasty-in-a-young-female-adult-with-hope-of-pregnancy
#14
Hirohiko Akutsu, Yuichiro Kaminishi, Soki Kurumisawa, Yoshio Misawa
CASE: A 26-year-old woman who had congenital aortic valve stenosis presented with exertional dyspnea. She had undergone percutaneous balloon aortic valvuloplasty 12 years previously at the age of 14. When she was 20 years old, she delivered a neonate by elective cesarean section at the 31st week of gestation because the mean pressure between the left ventricle and the ascending aorta was 52 mmHg. OUTCOME: She successfully underwent aortic valve replacement with a bioprosthetic valve combined with replacement of the ascending aorta in order to make the next pregnancy possible...
October 2016: Acute Med Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155679/the-risk-of-stanford-type-a-aortic-dissection-with-different-tear-size-and-location-a-numerical-study
#15
Yue Shi, Minjia Zhu, Yu Chang, Huanyu Qiao, Yongmin Liu
BACKGROUND: This study is to investigate the influence of hemodynamics on Stanford type-A aortic dissection with different tear size and location, to provide some support for the relationships between the risks (rupture, reverse tearing and further tearing) and tear size and location for clinical treatment. METHODS: Four numerical models of Stanford type-A aortic dissection were established, with different size and location of the tears. The ratio of the area between the entry and re-entry tears(RA) is various within the model; while, the size and the location of the re-entry in the distal descending aorta are fixed...
December 28, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154161/development-of-coronary-pulse-wave-velocity-new-pathophysiological-insight-into-coronary-artery-disease
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Brahim Harbaoui, Pierre-Yves Courand, Andrei Cividjian, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: Although aortic stiffness assessed by pulse wave velocity (PWV) is a strong predictor of coronary artery disease, the significance of local coronary stiffness has never been tackled. The first objective of this study was to describe a method of measuring coronary PWV (CoPWV) invasively and to describe its determinants. The second objective was to assess both CoPWV and aortic PWV in patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes or stable coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 53 patients, CoPWV was measured from the delay in pressure wave and distance traveled as a pressure wire was withdrawn from the distal to the proximal coronary segment...
February 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149606/who-is-at-risk-of-dissection-or-rupture-in-moderately-dilated-ascending-aorta
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EDITORIAL
Pyung Chun Oh, Woong Chol Kang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148318/utility-of-4d-flow-mapping-in-eisenmenger-syndrome-with-pulmonary-atresia
#18
Soha Romeih, Heba Aguib, Magdi Yacoub
Management of patients with Eisenmenger syndrome with pulmonary atresia is challenging because of the complexity of the structure-function relationship of the components of the syndrome. Multi-modality imaging including cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) 4D Flow offers unprecedented opportunities to unravel, at least in part, some of these components, and thus help in the management of these patients. In this study, we describe the use of these integrated methods with particular reference to CMR 4D Flow in a patient with Eisenmenger syndrome and pulmonary atresia and outline both the utility and the limitations...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148315/assessment-of-the-structure-and-function-of-the-aorta-by-echocardiography
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REVIEW
Anitha Parthiban, Girish Shirali
Echocardiography is the primary modality for imaging the aorta for the diagnosis and serial evaluation of pathological conditions. In this article, we review the methodology for optimal echocardiographic imaging of the various segments of the aorta and discuss abnormalities of the aorta including stenosis, dilation including aortopathy and sinus of Valsalva aneurysms, and fistulous communications involving the ascending aorta including aortoventricular tunnel and ruptured sinus of Valsalva aneurysm. We review novel echocardiographic measurements of aortic functional properties of the aorta such as elasticity and stiffness, and review the literature on the potential additive value of such measurements for structural assessment alone...
December 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139364/sex-differences-in-aortic-root-and-vascular-anatomy-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-computed-tomographic-study
#20
Ashraf Hamdan, Israel Barbash, Ehud Schwammenthal, Amit Segev, Ran Kornowski, Abid Assali, Ella Shaviv, Paul Fefer, Orly Goitein, Eli Konen, Victor Guetta
BACKGROUND: Very little data exist on the impact of sex on aortic and arterial anatomy as relevant for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) referred for TAVI display sex-specific differences in aortic root and ilio-femoral artery size. METHODS: In 506 patients referred for pre-procedural CT evaluation before TAVI we performed a detailed assessment of aortic root anatomy: size of the annulus and the sinus of Valsalva (SoV), diameter of the sino-tubular junction (STJ), and distance of the coronary artery ostia to the aortic annulus plane; we also determined the dimensions of aorta, subclavian, and ilio-femoral arteries...
January 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
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