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echocardiography + stroke

Murat Biteker, Kadir Kayataş, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Eda Özlek, Bülent Özlek
BACKGROUND: Although an enlarged left atrium has recently emerged as a marker of adverse outcomes in various diseases, its discriminatory value and prognostic role in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are not well studied. We studied whether left atrial volume index (LAVI) predicts mortality and discriminates stroke subtypes after AIS. METHODS: We prospectively followed 310 consecutive first-ever AIS patients aged 50 years or older who were admitted to the hospital within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Tarun Saxena, Sanjay Patidar, Manjari Saxena
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiology of essential hypertension remains obscure. Correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension is less clearly narrated in hypertensive subjects. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension in hypertensive subjects, and to be compared with normotensive subjects. METHODS: This is a case-control study to assess left ventricular ejection force (LVEF) and sympathetic skin response, in normotensive (group 1; control), and hypertensive subjects (group 2; cases)...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Yoshinari Enomoto, Varuna K Gadiyaram, Carola Gianni, Rodney P Horton, Chintan Trivedi, Sanghamitra Mohanty, Luigi Di Biase, Amin Al-Ahmad, J David Burkhardt, Arvin Narula, Gwen Janczyk, Matthew J Price, Rizwan Afzal, Moustapha Atoui, Matthew Earnest, Vijay Swarup, Shephal K Doshi, Sarina van der Zee, Rebecca Fisher, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Douglas N Gibson, Andrea Natale, Vivek Reddy
BACKGROUND: In the stroke prevention trials of left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the Watchman device, a post-implantation anti-thrombotic regimen of 6 weeks of warfarin was employed. OBJECTIVE: Because of the clinical complexity of warfarin use, we studied the relative feasibility and safety of instead employing non-warfarin oral anticoagulants (NOACs) during the peri- and initial post-implantation period after Watchman implantation. METHODS: This is a retrospective multicenter study of consecutive patients undergoing Watchman implantation and receiving peri- and post-procedural NOACs or warfarin...
October 19, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Stefan Reers, Tolga Agdirlioglu, Michael Kellner, Matthias Borowski, Holger Thiele, Johannes Waltenberger, Michael Reppel
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as dabigatran or rivaroxaban are alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL). Incidences of risk factors for left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus formation, such as dense spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), low LAA velocity (LAAV) <20 cm/s under treatment with dabigatran and rivaroxaban in comparison with VKAs are unknown...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Jacob J Glaser, Cassandra Cardarelli, Samuel Galvagno, Thomas M Scalea, Sarah B Murthi
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound often includes cardiac ultrasound. It is commonly used to evaluate cardiac function in critically ill patients but lacks the specific quantitative anatomic assessment afforded by standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). We developed the Focused Rapid Echocardiographic Examination (FREE), a hybrid between a cardiac ultrasound and TTE that places an emphasis on cardiac function rather than anatomy. We hypothesized that data obtained from FREE correlate well with TTE while providing actionable information for clinical decision making...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
William Spencer Cheyne, Alexandra Mackenzie Williams, Megan Harper, Neil Derek Eves
COPD is associated with dynamic lung hyperinflation (DH), increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and large increases in negative intrathoracic pressure (nITP). The individual and interactive effect of these stressors on left ventricular (LV) filling, emptying and geometry, and the role of direct ventricular interaction (DVI) in mediating these interactions have not been fully elucidated. Twenty healthy subjects were exposed to the following stressors alone and in combination: 1) inspiratory resistive loading of -20 cmH2O (nITP), 2) expiratory resistive loading to cause dynamic hyperinflation (DH), and 3) normobaric-hypoxia to increase PVR (hPVR)...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Rosita Zakeri, Gilles Moulay, Qiang Chai, Ozgur Ogut, Saad Hussain, Hiroyuki Takahama, Tong Lu, Xiao-Li Wang, Wolfgang A Linke, Hon-Chi Lee, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) compliance and contractility influence left ventricular stroke volume. We hypothesized that diminished LA compliance and contractile function occur early during the development of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and impair overall cardiac performance. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, echocardiography, left ventricular and LA pressure-volume studies, and tissue analyses were performed in a model of early HFpEF (elderly dogs, renal wrap-induced hypertension, exogenous aldosterone; n=9) and young control dogs (sham surgery; n=13)...
October 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
Stephen B Smith, Zhaobin Xu, Tatiana Novitskaya, Bo Zhang, Elena Chepurko, Xin-An Pu, Debra G Wheeler, Mark Ziolo, Richard J Gumina
AIMS: Prior work suggests that ischemic preconditioning increases the level of CD39 in the heart and contributes to cardiac protection. Therefore, we examined if targeted cardiac expression of CD39 protects against myocardial injury. MAIN METHODS: Mice with cardiac-specific expression of human CD39 (αMHC/hCD39-Tg) were generated, characterized and subjected to left coronary artery ischemia-reperfusion injury and infarct size at 24h following injury quantified. KEY FINDINGS: αMHC/hCD39-Tg mice have increased in cardiac ATPase and ADPase activity compared to WT littermates...
October 15, 2016: Life Sciences
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
Joji Ishikawa, Ayumi Toba, Yuko Yamanaka, Shintaro Watanabe, Kazumasa Harada
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) diagnosed by Cornell product in electrocardiogram predicted future stroke events at lower thresholds in Japanese general populations than those in western countries; therefore, we thought to evaluate whether the gender-adjustment and the levels of Cornell product to detect echo LVH was appropriate in Japanese subjects. DESIGN AND METHOD: We consecutively enrolled 345 hypertensive patients who were performed echocardiography for the screening of LVH...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Davyd Yakhontov
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk factors (RF) prevalence and compliance in hypertension (Ht) associated with coronary artery diseases (CAD) pts - West Siberia residents. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 151 pts with Ht grade 1-3 and stable angina 54,8 ± 0,7 years old divided in 3 groups. The 1 group included 43 Ht pts with uncomplicated angina and intact coronary arteries, the 2 group - 47 Ht pts with angina and percutaneous coronary intervention last 1-3 years, the 3 group - 61 Ht pts with myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke last 1-3 years...
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
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
Sebastien Preau, Perrine Bortolotti, Delphine Colling, Florent Dewavrin, Vincent Colas, Benoit Voisin, Thierry Onimus, Elodie Drumez, Alain Durocher, Alban Redheuil, Fabienne Saulnier
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the collapsibility index of the inferior vena cava recorded during a deep standardized inspiration predicts fluid responsiveness in nonintubated patients. DESIGN: Prospective, nonrandomized study. SETTING: ICUs at a general and a university hospital. PATIENTS: Nonintubated patients without mechanical ventilation (n = 90) presenting with sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure and considered for volume expansion...
September 30, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Yu-Yang Chen, Qi Liu, Li Liu, Xiao-Rong Shu, Zi-Zhuo Su, Hai-Feng Zhang, Ru-Qiong Nie, Jing-Feng Wang, Shuang-Lun Xie
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism event. Left atrial or LA appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus is a surrogate of potential stroke. The relationship between MS and atrial thrombus remains unclear. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of MS on risk stratification of LA/LAA thrombus formation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 294 consecutive NVAF patients without prior anticoagulant and lipid-lowering therapies...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jian-Jun Wen, Xianxiu Wan, John Thacker, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM) caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection is prevalent in Latin America and recognized as an emerging infectious heart disease in the US. The NO-cGMP-PKG1α pathway maintains cardiac homeostasis and inotropy and may be disturbed due to phosphodiesterase (PDE5) mediated cGMP catabolism in CCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice were infected with Tc, and at the end of acute parasitemia (i.e. 45 days post-infection), treated with sildenafil (SIL, 1 mg/kg) twice per week for 3 weeks...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Torsten Konrad, Sebastian Sonnenschein, Frank Patrick Schmidt, Hanke Mollnau, Karsten Bock, Blanca Quesada Ocete, Thomas Münzel, Cathrin Theis, Thomas Rostock
AIMS: Different cardiac arrhythmias have been suggested to be associated with Danon disease, e.g. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. However, a systematic electrophysiological investigation of patients with Danon disease is lacking thus far. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven patients with Danon disease (4 males, 35.8 ± 10.8 years; 3 females, 51.3 ± 19.9 years) from 3 different families were studied. In all patients, the presence of Danon disease was confirmed by western blot of biopsy material or genetic testing...
October 14, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Shuchita Gupta, Abel Romero-Corral, Magdaléna Matejková, Toni De Venecia, Edinrin Obasare, Vikas Bhalla, Gregg S Pressman
BACKGROUND: Calcium deposits in the aortic valve and mitral annulus have been associated with cardiovascular events and mortality. However, there is no accepted standard method for scoring such cardiac calcifications, and most existing methods are simplistic. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a semiquantitative score, one that accounts for all visible calcium on echocardiography, could predict all-cause mortality and stroke in a graded fashion. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 443 unselected subjects derived from a general echocardiography database...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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
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