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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024133/plasma-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-fetuses-with-congenital-heart-defect-and-arrhythmia-a-single-center-prospective-study
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Takekazu Miyoshi, Takashi Umekawa, Hiroshi Hosoda, Takashi Asada, Akihiro Fujiwara, Ken-Ichi Kurosaki, Isao Shiraishi, Michikazu Nakai, Kunihiro Nishimura, Mikiya Miyazato, Kenji Kangawa, Tomoaki Ikeda, Jun Yoshimatsu, Naoto Minamino
OBJECTIVES: Diagnosing fetal heart failure remains challenging because it is difficult to know how well the fetal myocardium will perform as loading conditions change. In adult cardiology, natriuretic peptides (NPs) are established marker of heart failure. However, the number of studies investigating NP levels in fetuses is quite limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of plasma NP levels in the assessment of heart failure in fetuses with congenital heart defect (CHD) and arrhythmia...
October 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913590/challenges-of-anticoagulation-therapy-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Annemarie E Fogerty
Thrombotic complications in pregnancy represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Pregnancy is a primary hypercoagulable state due to enhanced production of clotting factors, a decrease in protein S activity, and inhibition of fibrinolysis. These physiologic changes will yield a collective rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE) of about 1-2 in 1000 pregnancies for the general obstetric population, which represents a five- to tenfold increased risk in pregnancy compared to age-matched non-pregnant peers...
September 14, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872655/fosterkardiologiska-erfarenheter-fr%C3%A3-n-astrid-lindgrens-barnsjukhus
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Felicia Nordenstam, Sven-Erik Sonesson
Fetal Cardiology. Experiences from a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden This review provides a brief overview of the current position and clinical experiences of fetal cardiology at a tertiary referral centre in Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm, more than 60% of congenital cardiac defects requiring surgery or catheter intervention before one year of age are detected before birth. This not only results in termination of pregnancy in the majority of cases carrying a poor prognosis, but also conveys a better postnatal care and prognosis in cases of continued pregnancy...
August 29, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867155/the-boundaries-of-fetal-cardiac-intervention-expand-or-tighten
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Laura Gellis, Wayne Tworetzky
Fetal cardiac intervention (FCI) is a relatively new and continually evolving field, and, for select cardiac defects, offers the potential to alter the progression of the disease and improve outcomes. It is a procedure that requires a collaborative effort between maternal-fetal medicine, interventional cardiology and fetal echo/ultrasound specialists, as well as fetal and maternal anesthesiologists, nursing specialists, and social workers. This article reviews the most recently reported data and advances in FCI...
August 31, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751846/consensus-document-of-the-italian-association-of-hospital-cardiologists-anmco-italian-society-of-pediatric-cardiology-sicp-and-italian-society-of-gynaecologists-and-obstetrics-sigo-pregnancy-and-congenital-heart-diseases
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Innocenzo Bianca, Giovanna Geraci, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Gabriele Egidy Assenza, Chiara Barone, Marcello Campisi, Annalisa Alaimo, Rachele Adorisio, Francesca Comoglio, Silvia Favilli, Gabriella Agnoletti, Maria Gabriella Carmina, Massimo Chessa, Berardo Sarubbi, Maurizio Mongiovì, Maria Giovanna Russo, Sebastiano Bianca, Giuseppe Canzone, Marco Bonvicini, Elsa Viora, Marco Poli
The success of cardiac surgery over the past 50 years has increased numbers and median age of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD). Adults now represent two-thirds of patients with CHD; in the USA alone the number is estimated to exceed 1 million. In this population, many affected women reach reproductive age and wish to have children. While in many CHD patients pregnancy can be accomplished successfully, some special situations with complex anatomy, iatrogenic or residual pathology are associated with an increased risk of severe maternal and fetal complications...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621803/absent-pulmonary-valve-syndrome-diagnosis-associations-and-outcome-in-71-prenatally-diagnosed-cases
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Roland Axt-Fliedner, Andrii Kurkevych, Maciej Slodki, Maria Respondek-Liberska, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Rüdiger Stressig, Jochen Ritgen, Guiseppe Rizzo, Martin Krapp, Luc de Catte, Gunther Mielke, Stephan Bosselmann, Mathias Meyer-Wittkopf, Andreea Kawecki, Aline Wolter, Marios Mamalis, Christian Enzensberger
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyze the spectrum of prenatally diagnosed absent pulmonary valve syndrome (APVS) and the outcome from diagnosis onwards. Fetuses with APVS and tetralogy of Fallot (TOF/APVS) and with APVS and intact ventricular septum (APVS/IVS) were included. METHOD: Multicenter retrospective study of the International Prenatal Cardiology Collaboration Group. Clinical and echocardiographic databases of nine referral centers were reviewed from 2012-2016...
June 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594706/diagnosis-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-in-a-patient-referred-for-uncontrolled-hypertension-and-renal-dysfunction-a-case-highlighting-the-importance-of-proper-diagnostic-work-up-of-hypertensive-patients
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Pantelis A Sarafidis, Athanasios Bikos, Charalampos Loutradis, Stergios Tzikas, Efstratios Vakirlis, Eugenia Avdelidou, Dimitrios Zafeiriou, Aikaterini Papagianni, Vasileios Vassilikos
: We report a case of a 39-year-old woman with resistant hypertension and renal dysfunction. The patient was hospitalized 3 months earlier for dyspnea at the Department of Cardiology, where she was diagnosed with heart failure (left ventricle injection fraction: 25-30%), pulmonary hypertension, chronic kidney disease (serum creatinine: 1.58 mg/dl), and resistant hypertension and discharged with optimal heart failure treatment. At presentation to our clinic, apart from uncontrolled hypertension for more than 10 years and history of pre-eclampsia and fetal loss, the patient had obesity (BMI: 38 kg/m) and facial fibromas...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559848/efficient-fetal-maternal-ecg-signal-separation-from-two-channel-maternal-abdominal-ecg-via-diffusion-based-channel-selection
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Ruilin Li, Martin G Frasch, Hau-Tieng Wu
There is a need for affordable, widely deployable maternal-fetal ECG monitors to improve maternal and fetal health during pregnancy and delivery. Based on the diffusion-based channel selection, here we present the mathematical formalism and clinical validation of an algorithm capable of accurate separation of maternal and fetal ECG from a two channel signal acquired over maternal abdomen. The proposed algorithm is the first algorithm, to the best of the authors' knowledge, focusing on the fetal ECG analysis based on two channel maternal abdominal ECG signal, and we apply it to two publicly available databases, the PhysioNet non-invasive fECG database (adfecgdb) and the 2013 PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge (CinC2013), to validate the algorithm...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533687/pulmonary-hypertension-and-vasculopathy-in-incontinentia-pigmenti-a-case-report
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Abduljabbar Alshenqiti, Marwan Nashabat, Hissah AlGhoraibi, Omar Tamimi, Majid Alfadhel
Incontinentia pigmenti (IP; Bloch-Sulzberger syndrome) is a rare, genetic syndrome inherited as an X-linked dominant trait. It primarily affects female infants and is lethal in the majority of males during fetal life. The clinical findings include skin lesions, developmental defects, and defects of the eyes, teeth, skeletal system, and central nervous system. Cardiovascular complications of this disease in general, and pulmonary hypertension in particular, are extremely rare. This report describes the case of a 3-year-old girl with IP complicated by pulmonary arterial hypertension...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451578/a-pca-ica-based-fetal-ecg-extraction-from-mother-abdominal-recordings-by-means-of-a-novel-data-driven-approach-to-fetal-ecg-quality-assessment
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A Karimi Rahmati, S K Setarehdan, B N Araabi
BACKGROUND: Fetal electrocardiography is a developing field that provides valuable information on the fetal health during pregnancy. By early diagnosis and treatment of fetal heart problems, more survival chance is given to the infant. OBJECTIVE: HASH(0x4b596d8) MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here, we extract fetal ECG from maternal abdominal recordings and detect R-peaks in order to recognize fetal heart rate. On the next step, we find a better and more qualified extracted fetal ECG by using a novel approach...
March 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426617/clinical-updates-in-women-s-health-care-summary-arrhythmias-primary-and-preventive-care-review
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Brittany S Fuller, Michele D Voeltz
Obstetrician-gynecologists often are the sole providers of health care to female patients. Because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the United States, obstetrician- gynecologists must be aware of the risk factors, symptoms, and signs of cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia. Furthermore, they must be prepared to identify and treat common types of arrhythmia in this population and refer patients to cardiology for specialized care. Understanding the role of pregnancy among women with arrhythmia is critically important to optimize both maternal and fetal outcomes...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416028/attitudes-and-perceptions-of-pregnant-women-with-chd-results-of-a-single-site-survey
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Aarthi Sabanayagam, David Briston, Ali N Zaidi
Introduction CHD occurs in about 1% of the United States population, and is now the most common cardiac condition affecting women during pregnancy. METHODS: An anonymous, single-site, cross-sectional, 50-question survey was performed at a national Adult Congenital Heart Disease conference to assess the level of knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding cardiac care during pregnancy in women with CHD. RESULTS: A total of 77 women completed the survey. Among them, 50% (n=39) had moderate and 38% (n=29) had severely complex disease; 30% (n=23) of women were told that pregnancy was contraindicated given their underlying cardiac condition...
September 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412852/transitional-hemodynamics-in-infants-of-diabetic-mothers-by-targeted-neonatal-echocardiography-electrocardiography-and-peripheral-flow-study
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Ingrid Anne Mandy Schierz, Giuseppa Pinello, Ettore Piro, Mario Giuffrè, Simona La Placa, Giovanni Corsello
OBJECTIVE: Metabolic alterations of intrauterine environment in diabetes mellitus (DM) lead to fetal cardiac dysfunctions that can persist after birth. The aim of the study was to assess the cardiovascular adaptation in infants born to diabetic mothers (IDM) with different degrees of glycometabolic control, in relation to revised guidelines for diagnosis of DM and quality improvements in neonatal care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational case-control study was conducted on IDM with gestational, type 1 and type 2 DM...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283918/at-the-heart-of-the-pregnancy-what-prenatal-and-cardiovascular-genetic-counselors-need-to-know-about-maternal-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Ana Morales, Dawn C Allain, Patricia Arscott, Emily James, Gretchen MacCarrick, Brittney Murray, Crystal Tichnell, Amy R Shikany, Sara Spencer, Sara M Fitzgerald-Butt, Jessica D Kushner, Christi Munn, Emily Smith, Katherine G Spoonamore, Harikrishna S Tandri, W Aaron Kay
In the last decade, an increasing number of cardiac conditions have been shown to have a genetic basis. Cardiovascular genetic counseling has emerged as a subspecialty aiming to identify unaffected at-risk individuals. An important sector of this at-risk population also includes expectant mothers, in whom unique clinical challenges may arise. Genetic counselors, especially those in cardiovascular and prenatal settings, have an opportunity to identify and assist women who may benefit from cardiovascular care during pregnancy...
August 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277918/concordance-of-fetal-echocardiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-cardiac-disease-utilizing-updated-guidelines
#17
Marijo Aguilera, Kirsten Dummer
OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the concordance of prenatally diagnosed congenital cardiac disease with postnatal echocardiography. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who underwent fetal echocardiograms performed by pediatric cardiologists at a single referral center from January to December 2014 were reviewed. Fetal echocardiography exams were performed in accordance with guidelines by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines (2013 and 2014, respectively)...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265962/treatment-of-fetal-supraventricular-tachycardia
#18
REVIEW
Bridget B Zoeller
Fetal arrhythmia is a common reason for referral to fetal cardiology. Fetal supraventricular tachycardia can be subdivided into several groups with the most common being re-entrant supraventricular tachycardia and atrial flutter. Fetal tachycardia can lead to hydrops fetalis, which increases the risk of fetal demise, perinatal morbidities, and premature delivery. The diagnosis of fetal tachycardia can be a challenge as a traditional electrocardiogram cannot be completed on a fetus, and other methods must be used by fetal echocardiogram...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215417/prenatal-diagnosis-of-the-criss-cross-heart
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Prasad Ravi, Deborah Fruitman, Lindsay Mills, Timothy Colen, Lisa K Hornberger
We sought to describe the prenatal features and postnatal outcomes of the "criss-cross heart" (CCH) with crossing atrioventricular connections as encountered in 5 cases and to review the literature regarding fetal diagnoses of this lesion. We reviewed the clinical history and fetal echocardiograms of 5 patients with a diagnosis of CCH encountered in our institution from 2010 to 2015. Affected pregnancies were identified through the University of Alberta fetal cardiology database. Fetal and postnatal echocardiograms, prenatal and postnatal clinical records, autopsy, and surgical reports were reviewed...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210991/extraction-of-fetal-ecg-signal-by-an-improved-method-using-extended-kalman-smoother-framework-from-single-channel-abdominal-ecg-signal
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D Panigrahy, P K Sahu
This paper proposes a five-stage based methodology to extract the fetal electrocardiogram (FECG) from the single channel abdominal ECG using differential evolution (DE) algorithm, extended Kalman smoother (EKS) and adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) framework. The heart rate of the fetus can easily be detected after estimation of the fetal ECG signal. The abdominal ECG signal contains fetal ECG signal, maternal ECG component, and noise. To estimate the fetal ECG signal from the abdominal ECG signal, removal of the noise and the maternal ECG component presented in it is necessary...
March 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
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