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Olivier Villemain, Mafalda Correia, Elie Mousseaux, Jérome Baranger, Samuel Zarka, Ilya Podetti, Gilles Soulat, Thibaud Damy, Albert Hagège, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Emmanuel Messas
OBJECTIVES: The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of myocardial shear wave imaging (SWI) to quantify the diastolic myocardial stiffness (MS) (kPa) noninvasively in adult healthy volunteers (HVs) and its physiological variation with age, and in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) populations with heart failure and preserved ejection function (HFpEF). BACKGROUND: MS is an important prognostic and diagnostic parameter of the diastolic function. MS is affected by physiological changes but also by pathological alterations of extracellular and cellular tissues...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Yoshihiro Seo, Tomofumi Nakatsukasa, Seika Sai, Tomoko Ishizu, Noriko Iida, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Tomoko Machino-Ohtsuka, Yasushi Kawakami, Akihiko Nogami, Kazutaka Aonuma
In the management of heart failure (HF), decongestion is critical for improving clinical outcomes in addition to patients' symptoms. Although physicians accept this theory, there are no established markers for the achievement of optimal decongestion status. Organ congestion, in particular liver and kidney congestion, has recently attracted substantial attention. Ultrasound methods have been introduced for assessing organ congestion, although this is merely a preliminary step. Here, we review the clinical implications of the assessment of organ congestion by ultrasound...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Alberto Palazzuoli, Gaetano Ruocco, Matteo Beltrami, Ranuccio Nuti, John G Cleland
BACKGROUND: Lung ultrasound (LUS) can be used to assess pulmonary congestion by imaging B-lines ('comets') for patients with acute heart failure (AHF). OBJECTIVES: Investigate relationship of B-lines, plasma concentrations of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), and echocardiographic left ventricular (LV) function measured at admission and discharge and their relationship to prognosis for AHF with preserved (HFpEF) or reduced (HFrEF) LV ejection fraction. METHODS: Patients with AHF had the above tests done at admission and discharge...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is a common condition among older adults that can be associated with dangerous outcomes, due to both the disease itself and its influence on other conditions. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of aortic stenosis. DISCUSSION: Aortic stenosis refers to significant narrowing of the aortic valve and can be caused by calcific disease, congenital causes, or rheumatic valvular disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Priyantha Udaya Kumara Ralapanawa, Kulatunga Wijekoon Mudiyanselage Pramitha Prabhashini Kumarihamy, Miriyalini Sundararajah, Widana Arachchilage Thilak Ananda Jayalath
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic myocarditis is one of the fatal complications of idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndromes. Given the rarity of this form of myocarditis, it is often under-recognized. We describe a young girl who presented with features of heart failure. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of eosinophilic myocarditis in a young Sri Lankan female. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously healthy 21 year old Sri Lankan female admitted with shortness of breath for 1 week duration with associated low grade fever and profuse sweating...
March 9, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Maria Viviana Carlino, Fiorella Paladino, Alfonso Sforza, Claudia Serra, Filomena Liccardi, Giovanni de Simone, Costantino Mancusi
BACKGROUND: Acute dyspnea is one of the main reasons for admission to Emergency Department (ED). Availability of ultraminiaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. The aim of this study was to identify an integrated ultrasound approach for diagnosis of acute heart failure (acute HF), using PUD and combining evaluation from lung, heart and inferior vena cava (IVC). METHODS: We included 102 patients presenting to the ED of "Antonio Cardarelli" Hospital in Naples (Italy) for acute dyspnea (AD)...
March 9, 2018: Echocardiography
A Drobníková, Z Vocásek, M Kacerovský
OBJECTIVE: A case report of the pregnancy complicated by the presence of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation in fetus. DESIGN: The case report. SETTING: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Masaryks Hospital, Jilemnice; Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic, University Hospital in Hradec Králové. CASE REPORT: The description of the pregnancy complicated by the presence of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation in a fetus 32 weeks gestation which led to a progressive heart failure and the development of the hydrocephalus...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Shana R Watson, James D Dormer, Baowei Fei
There has been an increasing interest in studying cardiac fibers in order to improve the current knowledge regarding the mechanical and physiological properties of the heart during heart failure (HF), particularly early HF. Having a thorough understanding of the changes in cardiac fiber orientation may provide new insight into the mechanisms behind the progression of left ventricular (LV) remodeling and HF. We conducted a systematic review on various technologies for imaging cardiac fibers and its link to HF...
March 2, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Kristin H Dwyer, Allison A Merz, Eldrin Lewis, Brian Claggett, Daniela R Crousillat, Emily S Lau, Montane B Silverman, Julie Peck, Jose Rivero, Susan Cheng, Elke Platz
BACKGROUND: Although pulmonary congestion can be quantified by lung ultrasonography (LUS) in heart failure (HF), little is known about LUS findings (B-lines) in different HF phenotypes. This prospective cohort study investigated the prevalence, clinical and echocardiographic correlates of B-lines in ambulatory HF patients with preserved (HFpEF) or reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) compared with hypertensive patients. We related LUS findings to 12-month HF hospitalizations and all-cause mortality...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Hong Li, Yi-Dan Li, Wei-Wei Zhu, Ling-Yun Kong, Xiao-Guang Ye, Qi-Zhe Cai, Lan-Lan Sun, Xiu-Zhang Lu
Ultrasound lung comets (ULCs) are a nonionizing bedside approach to assess extravascular lung water. We evaluated a protocol for grading ULC score to estimate pulmonary congestion in heart failure patients and investigated clinical and echocardiographic correlates of the ULC score. Ninety-three patients with congestive heart failure, admitted to the emergency department, underwent pulmonary ultrasound and echocardiography. A ULC score was obtained by summing the ULC scores of 7 zones of anterolateral chest scans...
2018: BioMed Research International
Luke J Laffin, Amit V Patel, Narayan Saha, Julian Barbat, James K Hall, Matthew Cain, Kishan Parikh, Jay Shah, Kirk T Spencer
Acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is a common reason for admission to the hospital, and readmission is frequent. Multiple factors contribute to rehospitalizations, but inadequate assessment of volume status leading to persistent congestion is an important factor. We sought to determine if focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU) of the inferior vena cava (IVC), as a surrogate of volume status, would predict readmission of ADHF patients after index hospitalization. Patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of ADHF were prospectively enrolled...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Alejandro Giraldo, Jesús Talavera López, Maria Josefa Fernandez-Del-Palacio, Obdulio García-Nicolás, Juan Seva, Gavin Brooks, José María Moraleda
Cell and gene therapy are exciting and promising strategies for the purpose of cardiac regeneration in the setting of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Before they can be considered for use, and implemented in humans, extensive preclinical studies are required in large animal models to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and fate of the injectate (e.g., stem cells) once delivered into the myocardium. Small rodent models offer advantages (e.g., cost effectiveness, amenability for genetic manipulation); however, given inherent limitations of these models, the findings in these rarely translate into the clinic...
January 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Aghygh Heidari, Samsam Dabiri, Feridoun Sabzi
Angiosarcomas of the uterine is a malignant and poor prognostic tumor and can either be a primary sarcoma or arising secondary to radiotherapy of a more complex tumor. Primary uterine angiosarcomas are exceptional and probably arise from embryonic vascular remnants, teratoma or from the rich uterine vasculature. We reported a rare case of primary angiosarcoma of uterine that at the time of diagnosis presented with sign and symptom of local and distant metastasis. The patient presented with dyspnea, chest pain, and history of vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain...
January 2018: Acta Medica Iranica
Yoshie Nogami, Yoshihiro Seo, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Tomoko Ishizu, Kazutaka Aonuma
Wave intensity (WI) is a novel noninvasive index of circulatory dynamics that reflects ventriculo-arterial coupling. It is calculated as the product of the first derivative of blood pressure and that of flow velocity measured by carotid echocardiography. This study aimed to clarify the clinical implications of WI and its relation with carbon dioxide production (VE/VCO 2 slope). Twenty-one healthy volunteers (control group) and 21 patients with hypertension (HT group) underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) and exercise stress echocardiography...
February 12, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Julie Vaynshtein, Gilbert Sabbag, Ilya Pinsk, Ilan Rahmani, Avraham Reshef
AIM: Biliary lithiasis is common in most western countries. Symptomatic patients will also have choledocholithiasis in 10% of the cases. For patients with intermediate probability of CBD stones, the recommended imaging studies are endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) or MRCP. This study aims to identify early factors that can be used as predictors for the presence of CBD stones, and by that to find which patient should undergo ERCP without an early EUS. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study including all patients who underwent EUS for suspected choledocholithiasis at the Soroka University Medical Center (SUMC) in the years 2009-2014...
February 8, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Joseph Bledsoe, Scott Woller, Scott Stevens, Valerie Aston, Rich Patten, Todd Allen, Benjamin Horne, Lydia Dong, James Lloyd, Greg Snow, Troy Madsen, Gregory Elliott
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of managing patients with low-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) without hospitalization requires objective data from US medical centers. We sought to determine the 90-day composite rate of recurrent symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE), major bleeding events, and all-cause mortality among consecutive patients diagnosed with acute low-risk PE managed without inpatient hospitalization; and to measure patient satisfaction. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort single-arm management study conducted from January 2013 to October 2016 in five emergency departments...
February 1, 2018: Chest
Yan Zhuang, Linfeng Dai, Mingqi Chen, Ning Chang, Jiandong Chen, Haibo Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of bedside lung ultrasound B-line score in the diagnosis of acute heart failure (AHF). METHODS: A retrospectively analysis was conducted. The adult patients presenting with acute dyspnea in intensive care unit (ICU) of Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine from January 2016 to June 2017 were enrolled. An 8-zone lung ultrasound was performed and plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level was tested in all patients...
February 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Seung Mi Lee, Dong Hoon Suh, So Yeon Kim, Min Kyoung Kim, Sohee Oh, Sang Hoon Song, Hyun-Young Kim, Chan-Wook Park, Joong Shin Park, Jong Kwan Jun
OBJECTIVES: In sacrococcygeal teratoma, the presence of high-output cardiac failure resulting from arteriovenous shunting through the large tumor has been associated with an adverse outcome. The objective of this study was to determine whether the tumor size and cardiac biomarkers in cord blood can predict neonatal survival in sacrococcygeal teratoma. METHODS: The study population consisted of 25 neonates with sacrococcygeal teratoma. Tumor size was calculated by the ellipsoid formula using dimensions measured by antenatal ultrasound ([length × width × depth in cm] × 0...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Keun Her, Joon Yeong Kim, Ki Moo Lim, Seong Wook Choi
BACKGROUND: Counter-pulsation control (CPC) by ventricular assist devices (VADs) is believed to reduce cardiac load and increase coronary perfusion. However, patients with VADs have a higher risk of arrhythmia, which may cause the CPC to fail. Consequently, CPC has not been applied by VADs in clinical practice. The phase-locked loop (PLL) algorithm for CPC is readily implemented in VADs; however, it requires a normal, consistent heartbeat for adequate performance. When an arrhythmia occurs, the algorithm maintains a constant pumping rate despite the unstable heartbeat...
February 2, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
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