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Arash Haghikia, Philipp Röntgen, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Ralf Westenfeld, Philipp Ehlermann, Dominik Berliner, Edith Podewski, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Johann Bauersachs
AIMS: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a major cause of acute heart failure in the peripartum period and considered potentially life threatening. While many aspects of its clinical profiles have been frequently reported, functional analysis, in particular of the right ventricle, and tissue characterization by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging have been only sporadically described. The aim of the present study was to analyse pathological alterations and their prognostic relevance found in CMR imaging of patients newly diagnosed with PPCM...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Ananth Kidambi, Manish Motwani, Akhlaque Uddin, David P Ripley, Adam K McDiarmid, Peter P Swoboda, David A Broadbent, Tarique Al Musa, Bara Erhayiem, Joshua Leader, Pierre Croisille, Patrick Clarysse, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
OBJECTIVES: In the setting of reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the authors sought to compare prediction of contractile recovery by infarct extracellular volume (ECV), as measured by T1-mapping cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) transmural extent. BACKGROUND: The transmural extent of myocardial infarction as assessed by LGE CMR is a strong predictor of functional recovery, but accuracy of the technique may be reduced in AMI...
October 18, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Patrick Krumm, Karin A L Mueller, Karin Klingel, Ulrich Kramer, Marius S Horger, Tanja Zitzelsberger, Reinhard Kandolf, Meinrad Gawaz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bernhard D Klumpp, Joerg C Henes
BACKGROUND: To determine morphological and functional cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) patterns in histopathologically confirmed myocardial involvement in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Twenty patients (6 females; mean age 41 ± 11 years) with histopathologically proven cardiac involvement in SSc in the years 2008-2016 were retrospectively evaluated. Morphological, functional and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images were acquired in standard angulations at 1...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Yasuo Amano, Fumi Yanagisawa, Masaki Tachi, Hidenobu Hashimoto, Shogo Imai, Shinichiro Kumita
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of T2 mapping for detecting myocardial injuries in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: Twenty-one HCM patients and 7 healthy volunteers were examined. The T2 values were measured at hyperintense areas (high-T2 areas) identified with T2 mapping, at late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) areas, and in nullified myocardium of the HCM patients. The associations between T2 values and laboratory data or LGE areas were assessed...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Sabha Bhatti, Srikanth Vallurupalli, Stephanie Ambach, Adam Magier, Evan Watts, Vien Truong, Abdul Hakeem, Wojciech Mazur
Cardiac MRI is frequently used in the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis. Feature tracking is a novel method of analyzing myocardial strain at the myocardial borders. We investigated myocardial deformation mechanics of both the right and left ventricles in patients with multiple myeloma with suspected cardiac amyloidosis. Comprehensive strain analysis was performed in 43 patients with multiple myeloma and suspected cardiac amyloidosis. MRI strain by feature tracking was measured using 2D cardiac performance analysis MR software (Tomtec, Germany)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Marcus R Makowski, Christian H P Jansen, Ullrich Ebersberger, Tobias Schaeffter, Reza Razavi, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Rene M Botnar, Gerald F Greil
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of BMI on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the coronary artery wall in identical monozygous twins discordant for BMI. Coronary LGE represents a useful parameter for the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic coronary vessel wall disease. METHODS: Thirteen monozygote female twin pairs (n = 26) with significantly different BMIs (>1.6 kg/m2) were recruited out of >10,000 twin pairs (TwinsUK Registry)...
October 14, 2016: European Radiology
Seung-Ah Lee, Yeonyee E Yoon, Jung-Eun Kim, Jin Joo Park, Il-Young Oh, Chang-Hwan Yoon, Jung-Won Suh, Jun-Sung Kim, Eun Ju Chun, Young-Suk Cho, Tae-Jin Youn, Cheong Lim, Goo-Young Cho, In-Ho Chae, Kay-Hyun Park, Dong-Ju Choi, Sang Il Choi
The value of late gadolinium-enhanced (LGE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the prediction of functional recovery after surgical revascularization has been previously established. However, the impact of LGE-MRI on the long-term prognosis after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) remains incompletely understood. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the long-term prognostic value of LGE-MRI, based on the presence or absence of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing CABG...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Johannes T Kowallick, Miguel Silva Vieira, Shelby Kutty, Joachim Lotz, Gerd Hasenfu, Amedeo Chiribiri, Andreas Schuster
OBJECTIVES: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with left atrial (LA) functional abnormalities. The determinants and the degree of LA dysfunction in the course of HCM are not fully understood. We aimed to characterize LA mechanics in HCM, according to the extent of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and fibrosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-three HCM patients and 23 age- and sex-matched controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging including late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
October 12, 2016: Investigative Radiology
Dominik Buckert, Sebastian Kelle, Sebastian Buss, Grigorios Korosoglou, Rolf Gebker, Ralf Birkemeyer, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Hugo Katus, Burkert Pieske, Peter Bernhardt
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has become a diagnostic modality that allows for prognostic risk stratification in various cardiac diseases. CMR derived detection of myocardial necrosis by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and assessment of left ventricular functional parameters such as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) have been proven to be significantly associated with outcome and prognosis. Our study focusses on the validation of specific thresholds for these parameters in a multi-center daily all-comers cohort of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Agnes Mayr, Daniel Kitterer, Joerg Latus, Hannah Steubing, Joerg Henes, Francesco Vecchio, Philipp Kaesemann, Alexandru Patrascu, Andreas Greiser, Stefan Groeninger, Niko Braun, M Dominik Alscher, Udo Sechtem, Heiko Mahrholdt, Simon Greulich
BACKGROUND: Severe arrhythmias or heart failure may be surrogates of myocardial involvement in patients with connective tissue disorders (CTD). However, most patients present with unspecific symptoms, normal ECG, and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LV-EF). Therefore, timely diagnosis by an accurate technique is crucial. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has proven value for the detection of focal processes, but due to the often diffuse character of fibrosis/inflammation in CTD patients, CMR mapping techniques might be of incremental value for the assessment of myocardial involvement...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Alberto Francesco Cereda, Patrizia Pedrotti, Lucio De Capitani, Cristina Giannattasio, Alberto Roghi
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a systemic necrotizing vasculitis characterized by hypereosinophilia. EGPA typically develops in three clinical phases, beginning with asthma, followed by tissue eosinophilia and finally systemic vasculitis. Cardiac involvement is the most important predictor of mortality; it occurs in approximately 15-60% of EGPA patients, a significant proportion of whom are asymptomatic and have normal electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram...
October 7, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Animesh Tandon, Lorraine James, Markus Henningsson, René M Botnar, Amanda Potersnak, Gerald F Greil, Tarique Hussain
BACKGROUND: The use of gadolinium contrast agents in cardiovascular magnetic resonance is well-established and serves to improve both vascular imaging as well as enable late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging for tissue characterization. Currently, gadofosveset trisodium, an intravascular contrast agent, combined with a three-dimensional inversion recovery balanced steady state free precession (3D IR bSSFP) sequence, is commonly used in pediatric cardiac imaging and yields excellent vascular imaging, but cannot be used for late gadolinium enhancement...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Jose V Venero, Mark Doyle, Moneal Shah, Vikas K Rathi, June A Yamrozik, Ronald B Williams, Diane A Vido, Geetha Rayarao, Raymond Benza, Srinivas Murali, Jerry Glass, Peter Olson, George Sokos, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: Patients with newly diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and advanced heart failure have a very high morbidity and mortality with an unpredictable clinical course. We investigated the role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in this cohort of high-risk patients. We hypothesized that LGE has high prognostic value in primary DCM patients referred for possible transplantation/left ventricular assist device (LVAD) consideration...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Wolfgang G Rehwald, U Joseph Schoepf, Pal Suranyi, Sheldon E Litwin, Carlo N De Cecco, Julian L Wichmann, Stefanie Mangold, Damiano Caruso, Stephen R Fuller, Richard R Bayer 2nd, Akos Varga-Szemes
PURPOSE: To evaluate a new dark-blood late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) technique called "T(Rho) And Magnetization transfer and INvErsion Recovery" (TRAMINER) for the ability to detect myocardial LGE versus standard "bright-blood" inversion recovery (SIR) imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant prospective study included 40 patients (62 ± 14 years [mean ± standard deviation (SD)], 29 males) with suspected myocardial infarction (MI) referred for the assessment of myocardial viability...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Gillian Murtagh, Luke J Laffin, Kershaw V Patel, Amit V Patel, Catherine A Bonham, Zoe Yu, Karima Addetia, Nadia El-Hangouche, Francesco Maffesanti, Victor Mor-Avi, D Kyle Hogarth, Nadera J Sweiss, John F Beshai, Roberto M Lang, Amit R Patel
BACKGROUND: Cardiac infiltration is an important cause of death in sarcoidosis. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has limited sensitivity for the detection of cardiac sarcoidosis (CS). Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is used to diagnose CS but has limitations of cost and availability. We sought to determine whether TTE-derived global longitudinal strain (GLS) may be used to identify individuals with CS, despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and whether abnormal GLS is associated with major cardiovascular events (MCE)...
September 2016: Echocardiography
Daniel Addison, Hoshang Farhad, Ravi V Shah, Thomas Mayrhofer, Siddique A Abbasi, Roy M John, Gregory F Michaud, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Udo Hoffmann, William G Stevenson, Raymond Y Kwong, Tomas G Neilan
BACKGROUND: The factors that predict recovery of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) are not completely understood. Late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the LV has been reported among patients with AF, and we aimed to test whether the presence LGE was associated with subsequent recovery of LV systolic function among patients with AF and LV dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: From a registry of 720 consecutive patients undergoing a cardiac magnetic resonance study prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), patients with LV systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction [EF] <50%) were identified...
September 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Gianluca Di Bella, Alessandro Pingitore, Paolo Piaggi, Fausto Pizzino, Andrea Barison, Anna Terrizzi, Miriam d'angelo, Giancarlo Todiere, Salvina Quattrocchi, Scipione Carerj, Michele Emdin, Giovanni Donato Aquaro
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the accuracy of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and imaging stress test in predicting significant coronary artery disease (CAD) in left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. METHODS: We enrolled 187 consecutive out-patients (61±17years) with new evidence of depressed (<45%) ejection fraction and no history of previous heart diseases and absence of Q-waves. All patients underwent coronary angiography (CA) and to LGE-CMR examination to identify ischemic and non-ischemic LGE...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Edgar Monroy, Jose Azpiri, Cuauhtémoc De La Peña, Carlos Cardona, Miguel Hinojosa, Rafael Zamarripa, Jose Assad
Pulmonary vein isolation using robotic radiosurgery system CyberKnife is a new non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation, currently in clinical phase. Robotic radiosurgical pulmonary vein isolation (RRPVI) uses stereotactic, non-invasive (painless) pinpoint radiation energy delivery to a small, precise area to accomplish ablation. The purpose of this report is to describe the finding of an increase in the enhancement of the left atrium demonstrated with the use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE-CMR) as a result of RRPVI in the first case in the world in humans using CyberKnife as a treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF)...
2016: Curēus
Paul Wexberg, Marion Avanzini, Julia Mascherbauer, Stefan Pfaffenberger, Birgit Freudenthaler, Reginald Bittner, Günther Bernert, Franz Weidinger
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease that occurs in males leading to immobility and death in early adulthood. Female carriers of DMD are generally asymptomatic, yet frequently develop dilated cardiomyopathy. This study aims to detect early cardiac manifestation in DMD using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and to evaluate its association with clinical symptoms. METHODS: Clinical assessment of DMD carriers included six minutes walk tests (6MWT), blood analysis, electrocardiography, echocardiography, and CMR using FLASH sequences to detect late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Keyur Parekh, Michael Markl, Jie Deng, Roger A de Freitas, Cynthia K Rigsby
To assess the global and segmental left ventricular (LV) native T1 and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in children and young adults with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) compared to a control cohort. The study population included 21 HCM patients (mean 14.1 ± 4.6 years) and 21 controls (mean 15.7 ± 1.5 years). Native modified Look-Locker inversion recovery sequence was performed before and after contrast injection in 3 short axis planes. Global and segmental LV native T1 and ECV were quantified and compared between HCM patients and controls...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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