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echocardiography in diabetic patients

Rajeev Bhardwaj
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Left bundle branch (LBBB) is common ECG finding. Common causes of LBBB are coronary artery disease (CAD), hypertension and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Purpose of the study was to find out the etiology and left ventricular function in patients coming to a territory care hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All consecutive patients coming to our hospital as indoor or outdoor patients with ECG suggestive of LBBB were studied. The detail history and examination was done...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Peter Kruzliak, Alexander Berezin, Alexander Kremzer, Tatyana Samura, Roman Benacka, Ioana Mozos, Emmanuel Egom, Luis Rodrigo
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical stress and inflammatory biomarkers relate to global contractility dysfunction; however, adding these biomarkers into a risk model constructed on clinical data does not improve its prediction value in chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether biomarkers predict declining of left ventricular global contractility function in diabetic patients with ischemia-induced CHF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study retrospectively evolved 54 diabetic patients who had systolic or diastolic ischemia-induced CHF that was defined as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤45% or 46-55% respectively assessed by quantitative echocardiography and other conventional criteria according to current clinical guidelines...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Leonardo Sechi, GianLuca Colussi, Marileda Novello, Francesca Pezzutto, Cristiana Catena
OBJECTIVE: Studies on heavy alcoholic drinkers have reported an association between alcohol intake and left ventricular (LV) function. The effect of moderate alcohol intake on LV function in hypertensive patients, however, is unknown. The aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between alcohol consumption and LV function in hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: In 335 non-alcoholic hypertensive patients (age 52 ± 14) we measured plasma glucose, lipids, and liver tests, and 24-h creatinine clearance (CrCl)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chang Wei-Ting, Chen Zhih-Cherng, Cheng Juei-Tang
OBJECTIVE: Despite the threatening risks of diabetes-induced cardiac fibrosis, less is known to whether diabetes causes an altered cardiac phenotype independent of coronary atherosclerosis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) emerges as a versatile regulator of metabolic and inflammatory homeostasis. Potentially PPARδ may be a therapeutic target for diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effectiveness of Telmisartan, a unique angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that increased the expression of PPARδ, in the improvement of left ventricular remodeling in both diabetic human and rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joan Porter, Luke Mondor, Moira K Kapral, Jiming Fang, Ruth E Hall
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The reliability of diagnostic coding of acute stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in administrative data is uncertain. The purpose of this study is to determine the agreement between administrative data sources and chart audit for the identification of stroke type, stroke risk factors, and the use of hospital-based diagnostic procedures in patients with stroke or TIA. METHODS: Medical charts for a population-based sample of patients (n = 14,508) with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), or TIA discharged from inpatient and emergency departments (ED) in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were audited by trained abstractors...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Sebastian Völz, Sara Svedlund, Bert Andersson, Gan Li-Ming, Bengt Rundqvist
Resistant hypertension is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular events. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) is impaired in patients with hypertension and an independent predictor of cardiac mortality. However, there are no published data on CFR in the subset of treatment-resistant hypertension. The aim of this study was to assess CFR in patients with resistant hypertension. Twenty-five consecutive patients with primary resistant hypertension, scheduled for renal denervation, 25 matched patients with controlled hypertension, and 25 healthy controls underwent transthoracic colour Doppler echocardiography at rest and during adenosine infusion...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Emmanuelle Berthelot, David Montani, Vincent Algalarrondo, Céline Dreyfus, Raed Rifai, Anouar Benmalek, Xavier Jais, Amir Bouchachi, Laurent Savale, Gerald Simonneau, Denis Chemla, Marc Humbert, Olivier Sitbon, Patrick Assayag
BACKGROUND: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a frequent cause of pulmonary hypertension (PH) that is not easy to differentiate from precapillary PH. We aimed to determine whether the characteristic features of the patients may help differentiate between HFpEF and precapillary-PH. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical and echocardiographic parameters were analyzed in 156 patients referred to our PH referral center. Right heart catheterization identified 78 PH-HFpEF patients and 78 precapillary-PH...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Neeraj Nagpal
Physicians and Internists in India have tended to brush under the carpet legal issues affecting their profession. Of concern to all Physicians is the judgment in a recent case where the NCDRC has stated that if MD Medicine Physicians write Physician & Cardiologist on their letterhead it is Quackery. What is MD Medicine degree holder in India qualified and trained to treat ? These are issues which need debate and that can only be initiated once we recognize that there is a problem. Either an MD Medicine is a cardiologist or he is not...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Punit Gupta, Siya Sethi, Mayuri Gupta
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January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Arnold C T Ng, Shi Yi Goo, Nicole Roche, Rob J van der Geest, William Y S Wang
BACKGROUND: Although epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume is associated with increased incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD), its role in myocardial systolic dysfunction is unclear. The present study aimed to identify independent determinants of EAT volume in patients without obstructive CAD, and to evaluate the association between EAT volume (vs other measures of obesity) and myocardial systolic strain analysis. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 130 patients without obstructive CAD on contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography imaging and normal left ventricular ejection fraction on 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Hack-Lyoung Kim, Myung-A Kim, Sohee Oh, Mina Kim, Seong Mi Park, Hyun Ju Yoon, Mi Seung Shin, Kyung-Soon Hong, Gil Ja Shin, Wan-Joo Shim
BACKGROUND: Sex-related differences in the influence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on various cardiovascular diseases have been suggested. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of sex on the association between MetS and left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Two hundred ten patients (105 men and age-matched 105 women; mean age: 56.5 ± 10.9 years) undergoing elective coronary angiography for the evaluation of CAD were studied...
October 6, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Yuji Ueno, Kazuo Yamashiro, Ryota Tanaka, Takuma Kuroki, Kenichiro Hira, Naohide Kurita, Takao Urabe, Nobutaka Hattori
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Underlying embolic causes diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography could be implicated in mechanisms of embolic stroke of undetermined source. We aimed to explore factors, including underlying embolic causes, related to recurrent vascular events in embolic stroke of undetermined source. METHODS: Patients who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for embolic stroke of undetermined source and whose potential embolic sources were examined by transesophageal echocardiography were included...
October 4, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Matthias Bossard, Rahel Kreuzmann, Thomas Hochgruber, Philipp Krisai, Andreas J Zimmermann, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Katrin Pumpol, Arnheid Kessel-Schaefer, Frank-Peter Stephan, Nadja Handschin, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, Beat A Kaufmann, Guillaume Paré, Michael Kühne, David Conen
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial (LA) enlargement is an important risk factor for incident stroke and a key determinant for the success of rhythm control strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, factors associated with LA volume in AF patients remain poorly understood. METHODS: Patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were enrolled in this study. Real time 3-D echocardiography was performed in all participants and analyzed offline in a standardized manner...
2016: PloS One
Zekun Cai, Jianwei Dai, Dan Wu, Jian Qiu, Jun Ma, Guoying Li, Wei Zhu, Hongqiang Lei, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Lin Xu
The aim of this study is to investigate the value of 3-dimensional global peak longitudinal strain (GPLS) derived from the 3-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) in the diagnosis of the complex non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) by comparing GPLS to the synergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with taxus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) score.A total of 59 inpatients with NSTE-ACS in our hospital between October 2014 and January 2015 were enrolled into our study...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Srinidhi J Meera, Tomo Ando, Daniel Pu, Shivaprasad Manjappa, Cynthia C Taub
PURPOSE: The left ventricle (LV) undergoes physiologic remodeling in adaptation to the hemodynamic changes that occur in pregnancy. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel and reliable tool to evaluate subtle myocardial alterations that have been utilized to assess myocardial changes in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) but not in patients with gestational DM (GDM). We seek to evaluate changes in LV function using STE in patients with GDM compared with women with normal pregnancy...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Mohammad M Al-Daydamony, Mohammad A El-Tahlawi, Ahmad Shawky
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes. Silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) is common in patients with diabetes and is associated with poorer prognosis. Myocardial performance index "Tei index" that reflects both left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function. The aim of our study was to test the value of Tei index in prediction of SMI in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes were included in our study...
September 28, 2016: Echocardiography
Rubab Munir, Sajjad Hussain, Azhar Mahmood Kayani
OBJECTIVE: To describe the demographics, risk factors, and clinical presentation in Pakistani patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy. STUDY DESIGN: A descriptive observational study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi, from June 2014 to June 2015. METHODOLOGY: Seventy patients meeting criteria of peripartum cardiomyopathy were included in the study. Adetailed history, physical examination and investigations were done...
September 2016: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Ali Hosseinsabet, Shima Yarmohamadi, Sima Narimani, Nazanin Amini-Farshidmehr
OBJECTIVE: Coronary slow-flow phenomenon (CSFP) is described as protracted passage of angiographic contrast agent to the distal portion of the epicardial coronary arteries in the absence of stenosis. Few studies have addressed the effects of this condition on right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. The present objective was to assess RV function in CSFP via 2-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). METHODS: A total of 29 patients with CSFP and 29 participants with normal coronary flow were compared regarding RV systolic and diastolic functions...
September 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Peter Godsk Jørgensen, Magnus Thorsten Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Rasmus Mogelvang, Søren Galatius, Thomas Fritz-Hansen, Peter Rossing, Tina Vilsbøll, Jan Skov Jensen
BACKGROUND: Recently, genetic studies have suggested a causal relationship between cholesterol remnants and ischemic heart disease. We aimed to determine whether cholesterol remnants and its marker, triglyceride levels, are associated with cardiac function as determined by sensitive echocardiographic measures in a population of patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Comprehensive echocardiography including 2D-speckle tracking echocardiography was performed on a representative sample of 924 patients with type 2 diabetes-730 of whom were treated with statins...
2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Anupama Nair, S Radhakrishnan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the referral pattern for fetal echocardiography (FE) at our tertiary referral center for pediatric cardiac care in northern India. We also aimed to determine the incidence of CHD in each group and intend to highlight the need of identifying the various risk factors and appropriate timely referral of patients for detailed evaluation. METHODS: This is a prospective study including 201 consecutive patients referred for fetal echo to our center...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
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