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Exercise echocardiography

Stefano Strano, Alessandra Fanciulli, Massimiliano Rizzo, Paolo Marinelli, Paolo Palange, Dorina Tiple, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Giovanni Calcagnini, Federica Censi, Giuseppe Meco, Carlo Colosimo
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of Parkinson's disease (PD) includes a wide spectrum of non-motor features, including cardiovascular autonomic failure. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cardiovascular autonomic status and cardiac functional capacity in drug-naïve PD patients. METHODS: 18 newly-diagnosed PD patients underwent laboratory cardiovascular autonomic function tests using power spectral analysis of the R-R interval, blood pressure (BP) short-term variability and non-invasive baroreflex sensitivity (BRS)...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Kevin Forton, Yoshiki Motoji, Gael Deboeck, Vitalie Faoro, Robert Naeije
There has been revival of in interest in exercise testing of the pulmonary circulation for the diagnosis of pulmonary vascular disease, but there still is uncertainty about body position and the most relevant measurements. Doppler echocardiography pulmonary hemodynamic measurements were performed at progressively increased workload in 26 healthy adult volunteers in supine, semi-recumbent and upright positions which were randomly assigned at 24 hours intervals. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) was estimated from the maximum tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Attila Oláh, Dalma Kellermayer, Csaba Mátyás, Balázs Tamás Németh, Árpád Lux, Lilla Szabó, Marianna Török, Mihály Ruppert, Anna Meltzer, Alex Ali Sayour, Kálmán Benke, István Hartyánszky, Béla Merkely, Tamás Radovits
PURPOSE: Long-term exercise training is associated with characteristic cardiac adaptation, termed athlete's heart. Our research group previously characterized in vivo left ventricular (LV) function of exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy in detail in a rat model, however the effect of detraining on LV function is still unclear. We aimed at evaluating the reversibility of functional alterations of athlete's heart after detraining. METHODS: Rats (n=16) were divided into detrained exercised (DEx) and detrained control (DCo) groups...
October 14, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Wook-Jin Chung
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening disorder with a poor prognosis and causes pulmonary vascular remodeling accompanied with increased pulmonary arterial medial wall thickness and fibrosis, which leads to vascular and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Despite treatment with prostacyclin, endothelin antagonist, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors the 1-year mortality rate of PAH still remains high. Recent registries, clinical trials, and basic researches have been increasing the knowledge of PAH and it would contribute to potential therapeutic strategies and better clinical outcome...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Min Seok Oh, Jidong Sung, Soojin Cho, Kyung Pyo Hong
OBJECTIVE: Exaggerated blood pressure (BP) response during exercise test reflects future risk of hypertension and has been shown to be related to increased left ventricular mass (LVM) in hypertensive patients. However, it is not known whether there is such a relationship in normotensives. The objective of this study is to investigate whether exercise BP response is related to left ventricular mass in normotensive subjects. DESIGN AND METHOD: Among the normotensive (systolic blood pressure (SBP) < 120 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) < 80 mmHg and no history of antihypertensive treatments or clinical cardiovascular diseases) subjects who underwent routine health screening, both exercise test and echocardiography results were available in 7607 men and women...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Domenico Acanfora, Pietro Scicchitano, Gerardo Casucci, Bernardo Lanzillo, Nicola Capuano, Giuseppe Furgi, Chiara Acanfora, Marialaura Longobardi, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Marco Matteo Ciccone
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise training on cardiac function in heart failure (HF) patients recently suffering from acute decompensation. Radionuclide ambulatory ventricular function monitoring (VEST) was used to detect variations in cardiac hemodynamics during training period. METHODS: This was a monocentric, randomized, controlled trial. We enrolled 72 HF patients [left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%] within two weeks after acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema: 40 in the elderly group, 32 in the middle-aged group...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Santosh Kumar Sinha, Shalini Garg, Ramesh Thakur, Vinay Krishna, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel, Mahamdula Razi, Umeshwar Pandey, Chandra Mohan Varma
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing of surgery in patients with chronic organic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) continues to be debated, especially for those who are asymptomatic. The aim of the study was to determine independent and additive prognostic value of exercise brain natriuretic peptide (eBNP) in patients with severe asymptomatic MR and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: Two hundred twenty-three consecutive patients with severe MR defined by effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) area ≥ 40 mm(2) and/or residual volume ≥ 60 mL, LVEF > 60%, and normal LV end-systolic diameter < 40 mm underwent symptom limited exercise treadmill test (TMT)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Masaru Obokata, Yasufumi Nagata, Yuichiro Kado, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Yutaka Otsuji, Masaaki Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) may develop even at low workloads in heart failure (HF) patients. Ventricular-arterial stiffening plays an important role in the pathophysiology of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). This study aimed to compare the response of ventricular-arterial coupling and PH during low-level exercise between HFpEF and HF with reduced EF (HFrEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography was performed at rest and during 10 W of bicycle exercise in HFpEF (n=37) and HFrEF (n=43)...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Andrzej Wojtarowicz, Zdzisława Kornacewicz-Jach
BACKGROUND: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a method of treatment in obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM), but there is little data on the long-term results of ASA and the natural course after treatment. The aim of the study was to evaluate the results of ASA in HOCM in multiannual observation, and its impact on patient survival, exercise capacity, electrical complications, and changes in the anatomy and function of the heart. METHODS: The study evaluated 47 patients with HOCM with a high left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT gradient) treated between 1997 and 2014 with ASA...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Daisuke Murai, Satoshi Yamada, Taichi Hayashi, Kazunori Okada, Hisao Nishino, Masahiro Nakabachi, Shinobu Yokoyama, Ayumu Abe, Ayako Ichikawa, Kota Ono, Sanae Kaga, Hiroyuki Iwano, Taisei Mikami, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Whether and how left ventricular (LV) strain and strain rate correlate with wall stress is not known. Furthermore, it is not determined whether strain or strain rate is less dependent on the afterload. In 41 healthy young adults, LV global peak strain and systolic peak strain rate in the longitudinal direction (LS and LSR, respectively) and circumferential direction (CS and CSR, respectively) were measured layer-specifically using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) before and during a handgrip exercise...
October 12, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Basant M Elnady, Ayman Saeed Mohamed Abdelghafar, El Shazly Abdul Khalik, Mohammed Mesfer Algethami, A S Basiony, Mona Dhaif Allah Al-Otaibi, Maram Eidhah Al-Otaibi
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can present limitations to exercise capacity and quality of life (QoL) because of various clinical conditions, such as pulmonary disease or heart disease. Tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE) offers the promise of an objective measurement to quantify regional and global ventricular function through the assessment of myocardial velocity data. This study aimed to assess the intensity of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) systolic and diastolic dysfunction in SLE patients by means of TDE and cardiopulmonary exercise (CPX) testing to determine their impact on QoL...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
C Guruchaithanya Kumar
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January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Denise C Joffe, Thomas K Jones, Mark Reisman, Elizabeth Perpetua, Yuk Law, Andreas Schuler, G Burkhard Mackensen
We present the primary report of a paediatric patient who had placement of the MitraClip device for severe functional mitral regurgitation. The patient was a 14-year-old boy with symptomatic end-stage non-compaction type cardiomyopathy secondary to a mitochondrial cytopathy. He had severe mitral regurgitation, tricuspid valve regurgitation, a severely dilated LV with apical non-compaction, severe LV dysfunction and severe pulmonary hypertension. Despite optimal medical therapy he developed progressive symptoms of congestive heart failure and he was not a candidate for an assist device or cardiac transplantation...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
Pelbreton C Balfour, Jorge A Gonzalez, Christopher M Kramer
Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a significant global public health burden despite advancements in prevention and therapeutic strategies. Common non-invasive imaging modalities, anatomic and functional, are available for the assessment of patients with stable chest pain. Exercise electrocardiography is a long-standing method for evaluation for CAD and remains the initial test for the majority of patients who can exercise adequately with a baseline interpretable electrocardiogram. The addition of cardiac imaging to exercise testing provides incremental benefit for accurate diagnosis for CAD and is particularly useful in patients who are unable to exercise adequately and/or have uninterpretable electrocardiograms...
September 12, 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Srdjan Aleksandric, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Branko Beleslin, Biljana Parapid, Gordana Teofilovski-Parapid, Jelena Stepanovic, Dragan Simic, Ivana Nedeljkovic, Milan Petrovic, Milan Dobric, Miloje Tomasevic, Marko Banovic, Milan Nedeljkovic, Miodrag Ostojic
BACKGROUND: To consider hemodynamic assessment of myocardial bridging (MB) adequate, it is believed that inotropic stimulation with dobutamine should be estimated because its dynamic nature depends on the degree of extravascular coronary compression. This study evaluated comparative assessment of hemodynamic relevance of MB using coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) measurements by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE) with vasodilatative and inotropic challenges. METHODS: This prospective study included forty-four patients with angiographic evidence of isolated MB of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and systolic compression of ≥50% diameter stenosis...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Michele D'Alto, Adriana Pavelescu, Paola Argiento, Emanuele Romeo, Anna Correra, Giovanni Maria Di Marco, Antonello D'Andrea, Berardo Sarubbi, Maria Giovanna Russo, Robert Naeije
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced increase in pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) as a possible measure of right ventricular (RV) contractile reserve has been shown to predict survival in severe pulmonary hypertension. However, RV contractile reserve can also be measured by changes in stroke volume (SV), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), or tricuspid annular systolic velocity (S'). The limits of normal values and the functional significance of these changes in healthy subjects are not well known...
October 2, 2016: Echocardiography
Nadjib Hammoudi, Florent Laveau, Gérard Helft, Nathalie Cozic, Olivier Barthelemy, Alexandre Ceccaldi, Thibaut Petroni, Emmanuel Berman, Michel Komajda, Pierre-Louis Michel, Alain Mallet, Claude Le Feuvre, Richard Isnard
BACKGROUND: Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) with exercise is an early sign of heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The abnormal exercise increase in LVEDP is nonlinear, with most change occurring at low-level exercise. Data on non-invasive approach of this condition are scarce. Our objective was assessing E/e' to estimate low level exercise LVEDP using a direct invasive measurement as the reference method. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients with LVEF >50 % prospectively underwent both exercise cardiac catheterization and echocardiography...
September 30, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Antonello D'Andrea, Eduardo Bossone, Juri Radmilovic, Lucia Riegler, Enrica Pezzullo, Raffaella Scarafile, Maria Giovanna Russo, Maurizio Galderisi, Raffaele Calabrò
Cardiac changes in athletes involve the left ventricle and atrium. Mild left atrial enlargement is common among competitive athletes, possibly a physiologic adaptation to exercise conditioning. The prevalence of this remodeling and the association with supraventricular arrhythmias has not been systematically addressed. Echocardiography screens for patients with disease involving the left atrium. New techniques like speckle tracking can recognize early atrial dysfunction and assess left atrial myocardial function in patients with either physiologic or pathologic left ventricular hypertrophy...
November 2016: Cardiology Clinics
Sung-Ji Park, Seungmin Chung, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Jin-Ho Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESEcho) is sufficiently sensitive and has high enough specificity for the clinical detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women. However, there was little data about the ability of ESEcho to detect CAD and predict clinical outcomes in female patients with chest pain and low global cardiovascular (CV) risks. The purposes of this study were (1) to determine the diagnostic accuracy of ESEcho, (2) to evaluate the clinical outcomes of major cardiovascular outcome (MACE), and (3) to assess the incremental prognostic value of ESEcho for the prediction of MACE in Korean female patients with low CV risks...
September 30, 2016: Echocardiography
A Young Lim, Chunghun Kim, Sung-Ji Park, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
AIMS: Recent studies have shown that exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) is not rare in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, the determinants and clinical implication of EIPH in these patients are unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 1383 patients who were referred for exercise echocardiography to evaluate unexplained exertional dyspnoea or chest discomfort. Pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) was estimated from the maximal velocity of the tricuspid regurgitant jet added to a right atrial pressure of 10 mmHg...
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
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