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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908646/left-ventricular-function-in-healthy-term-neonates-during-the-transitional-period
#1
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/27898434/the-continuing-challenge-of-evaluating-diastolic-function-by-echocardiography-in-children-developing-concepts-and-newer-modalities
#2
Wadi Mawad, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assessment of diastolic function by echocardiography is challenging but important. Left ventricular filling has been more extensively studied than the right ventricle, and predominantly in adult populations. Although multiple parameters exist to assess diastolic function, they all have limitations, including load and heart rate dependency, which make assessment of diastolic function particularly challenging. The purpose of this article is to review evolving concepts and modalities for echo assessment of diastolic function in children...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768664/bridging-the-gap-hybrid-cardiac-echo-in-the-critically-ill
#3
Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754045/os-14-02-on-treatment-blood-pressure-values-and-cardiac-organ-damage-in-hypertensive-patients
#4
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754006/js-ish-esh-2-update-on-the-detection-and-follow-up-of-early-hypertensive-heart-disease
#5
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736042/lung-and-cardiac-ultrasound-for-hemodynamic-monitoring-of-patients-with-severe-pre-eclampsia
#6
J Ambrozic, G Brzan Simenc, K Prokselj, N Tul, M Cvijic, M Lucovnik
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate lung and cardiac ultrasound for the assessment of fluid tolerance and fluid responsiveness before and after delivery in pregnant women with severe pre-eclampsia (PE). METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of singleton pregnant women with severe PE and healthy term controls. Lung ultrasound echo comet score (ECS), which denotes the amount of extravascular lung water, was obtained using the 28-rib interspaces technique. The echocardiographic E/e' ratio, measured by pulsed-wave and tissue Doppler, was used as a marker of diastolic left ventricular function...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711043/right-ventricular-performance-using-myocardial-deformation-imaging-in-infants-with-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
#7
U Haque, C Stiver, B K Rivera, B Richards, N Ma, C L Cua, C V Smith, C H Backes
OBJECTIVE: Right ventricular (RV) performance among infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that myocardial deformation imaging (MDI) strain and strain rate would allow for differentiation between infants with severe and milder forms of BPD, independent of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and superior to conventional echocardiographic measurements. STUDY DESIGN: Infants with various severities of BPD (11 with none or mild, 13 with moderate and 10 with severe) underwent conventional echocardiography, TDI and MDI assessments at >36 weeks of corrected gestational age...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695314/myocardial-performance-index-correlates-with-the-bode-index-and-affects-quality-of-life-in-copd-patients
#8
Daniela Graner Schuwartz Tannus-Silva, João Batista Masson-Silva, Lays Silva Ribeiro, Marcus Barreto Conde, Marcelo Fouad Rabahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: COPD, a systemic illness associated with the impairment of different organs, affects patient prognosis and quality of life. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between right ventricle (RV) function, the BODE (body mass index, airflow obstruction, dyspnea, and exercise capacity) index (a multifunctional scale for the assessment of mortality risk), and quality of life in patients with COPD. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 107 outpatients presenting with stable COPD who underwent clinical assessment, spirometry, arterial blood gas analyses, a 6-minute walk test, electrocardiography, and echocardiogram and who responded to the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ)...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680806/e5-lung-ultrasound-and-echocardiography-for-peripartum-haemodynamic-monitoring-of-patients-with-severe-preeclampsia
#9
J Ambrozic, K Prokselj, M Lucovnik
INTRODUCTION: The ability to judge intravascular volume is fundamental in the management of patients with severe preeclampsia. Insufficient intravascular volume can result in decreased oxygen delivery to tissues and exacerbates organ dysfunction. On the other hand, fluid excesses can lead to fluid extravasation and pulmonary edema. Outside of pregnancy, transthoracic echocardiography and lung ultrasonography have become important diagnostic and monitoring tools in critically ill patients...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642965/os-14-02-on-treatment-blood-pressure-values-and-cardiac-organ-damage-in-hypertensive-patients
#10
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642917/js-ish-esh-2-update-on-the-detection-and-follow-up-of-early-hypertensive-heart-disease
#11
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27639745/percutaneous-repair-of-the-tricuspid-valve-using-a-novel-cinching-device-acute-and-chronic-experience-in-a-preclinical-large-animal-model
#12
Maurizio Taramasso, Azeem Latib, Paolo Denti, Fabian Nietlispach, Kevin Lynn, Nikola Cesarovic, Alessandro Addis, Maximilian Y Emmert, Andrea Guidotti, Hugo Vanermen, Francesco Maisano
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, technical feasibility and performance of a new trans-catheter tricuspid repair system. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-one adult swine underwent implantation of a transcatheter tricuspid remodelling system under general anaesthesia. The steerable transcatheter device was introduced through a 24 Fr femoral sheath into the right femoral vein and delivered to the tricuspid annulus on the beating heart. A fixation element was implanted into the tricuspid annulus...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635465/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-scleroderma-cohort
#13
S Vemulapalli, L Cohen, V Hsu
OBJECTIVES: Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) is more common in systemic sclerosis (SSc) compared to the general population. Focal myocardial ischaemia and fibrosis may be important in its pathogenesis. LVDD is associated with increased mortality and little is known about the risk factors. Advanced SSc lung complications may accompany LVDD. METHOD: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 300 SSc outpatients with and without LVDD, seen between May 2012 and May 2014, and performed univariate and multivariate regression analyses to determine clinical factors associated with LVDD...
September 16, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634410/postoperative-dyspnoea
#14
Jason R Sims, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, Hector I Michelena
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A man in his 50s presented with abscessed aortic valve methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus endocarditis, received intravenous antibiotics and underwent bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement with removal of all infected tissues. He returned 18 days later with severe dyspnoea, subjective fever and bilateral lower extremity oedema. Physical examination revealed tachypnoea and tachycardia without fever, prominent neck CV waves visible at 90°, left parasternal heave, 3/6 holosystolic murmur across the precordium, lung rales and severe peripheral oedema...
September 15, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27621026/oscillatory-flow-suppression-improves-inflammation-in-chronic-venous-disease
#15
Paolo Zamboni, Paolo Spath, Veronica Tisato, Mirko Tessari, Patrizia Dalla Caneva, Erica Menegatti, Savino Occhionorelli, Sergio Gianesini, Paola Secchiero
BACKGROUND: To assess if suppression of the oscillatory component of reflux may improve the inflammatory phenotype in chronic venous disease (CVD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 193 CVD patients, we selected 54 (13 males, 41 females, CEAP C2-4EpAsPr) for a blinded, case-control prospective investigation. All of them underwent echo-color-Doppler assessment of reflux parameters. In the same patients a blood systemic assessment of 19 inflammatory cytokines was obtained...
September 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600459/relation-between-echocardiogram-based-cardiac-parameters-and-outcome-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
#16
Masaru Obokata, Masaaki Takeuchi, Kazuaki Negishi, Nobuyuki Ohte, Masaki Izumo, Eiji Yamashita, Mio Ebato, Satoshi Yuda, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Satoshi Nakatani
The purposes of this study were to investigate whether heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) share echocardiographic predictors and elucidate E/(e' × s') that predicts major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) independent of other echocardiographic parameters in each HF group. We assessed tissue Doppler-derived parameters [E/e', E/(e' × s')] and left ventricular and right ventricular longitudinal strains in HFrEF (n = 340) and HFpEF (n = 102)...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596111/echocardiographic-correlates-of-severe-pulmonary-hypertension-in-adult-patients-with-ostium-secundum-atrial-septal-defect
#17
Jorge Cossío-Aranda, Karina Del Valle Zamora, Navin C Nanda, Anezi Uzendu, Candace Keirns, Juan Verdejo-Paris, Marco Antonio Martínez-Ríos, Nilda Espinola-Zavaleta
OBJECTIVE: To identify echocardiographic factors that correlate with pulmonary hypertension (PH) in adults with ostium secundum atrial septal defect (ASD). METHODS: Between November 2009 and November 2013, 92 adults with ASD were studied. All had clinical history and transthoracic echocardiogram. RESULTS: Thirty-nine percent of patients had severe PH defined as systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) of 70 mm Hg or more. The size of ASD (31...
September 5, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27566720/two-dimensional-strain-echocardiography-for-diagnosing-chest-pain-in-the-emergency-room-a-multicentre-prospective-study-by-the-israeli-echo-research-group
#18
Avinoam Shiran, David S Blondheim, Sara Shimoni, Mohamed Jabarren, David Rosenmann, Alex Sagie, David Leibowitz, Marina Leitman, Micha Feinberg, Ronen Beeri, Salim Adawi, Avraham Shotan, Sorel Goland, Lev Bloch, Sergio L Kobal, Noah Liel-Cohen
AIMS: Left ventricular (LV) two-dimensional longitudinal strain (2DLS) analysis by echocardiography has been suggested as a useful tool for the detection of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Our aim was to determine whether 2DLS analysis could assist in triage of patients with chest pain (CP) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled patients presenting to the ED with CP and suspected ACS but without a diagnostic ECG or elevated troponin...
August 26, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27545012/tissue-doppler-imaging-during-exercise-stress-echocardiography-demonstrates-a-mechanism-for-impaired-exercise-performance-in-children-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#19
Matthew Eric Ferguson, Ritu Sachdeva, Scott E Gillespie, Gemma Morrow, William Border
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with decreased exercise tolerance in children, presumably due to diastolic dysfunction. Modern imaging techniques to assess myocardial function during active exercise have not been applied to this population. We hypothesized that impaired contractile reserve, as assessed by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and strain, contributes to reduced exercise capacity in affected individuals. METHODS: Children (<18 years) with HCM and healthy age- and sex-matched controls were prospectively enrolled...
November 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27508704/-op-4b-09-cardiac-organ-damage-in-hypertensive-patients-according-to-on-treatment-blood-pressure-values
#20
M Salvetti, A Paini, C Agabiti Rosei, F Bertacchini, D Stassaldi, G Rubagotti, G Maruelli, L Verzeri, C Donini, E Agabiti Rosei, M L Muiesan
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (<140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography.Aim of our study: was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis) at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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