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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105999/transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-with-the-portico-valve-one-year-results-of-the-early-canadian-experience
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Gidon Y Perlman, Anson Cheung, Eric Dumont, Dion Stub, Danny Dvir, Maria Del Trigo, Marc Pelletier, Sami Alnasser, Jian Ye, David Wood, Christopher Thompson, Philipp Blanke, Jonathon Leipsic, Michael A Seidman, Heather LeBlanc, Christopher E Buller, Josep Rodés-Cabau, John G Webb
AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine the short- and medium-term outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the self-expanding and repositionable Portico valve (St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 57 patients underwent TAVR with the Portico valve between March 2012 and August 2014, representing the first-in-human experience and the entire early experience in Canada. Patients were followed up at 30 days and one year with repeat echocardiography and clinical review...
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104212/left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-incidence-clinical-impact-and-the-role-of-cardiac%C3%A2-computed%C3%A2-tomography
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Sonny Palmer, Nicholas Child, Mark A de Belder, Douglas F Muir, Paul Williams
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the incidence and clinical impact of left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) in a population referred for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and to examine the role of cardiac computed tomography (CCT) in the diagnosis of LAAT. BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is common in patients undergoing TAVR. Embolization of LAAT is a potential mechanism of periprocedural stroke. The incidence and clinical impact of LAAT in a TAVR cohort have not been reported, and the optimal method for diagnosing LAAT remains unclear...
January 23, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
#3
Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100891/reverse-right-ventricular-remodeling-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-combination-therapy-of-targeted-medical-drugs
#4
Toshihiro Sarashina, Kazufumi Nakamura, Satoshi Akagi, Takahiro Oto, Hiroki Oe, Kentaro Ejiri, Koji Nakagawa, Nobuhiro Nishii, Hiromi Matsubara, Motomu Kobayashi, Hiroshi Morimatsu, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Hiroshi Ito
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are currently treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs. Reverse right ventricular (RV) remodeling after lung transplantation (LTx) in patients with end-stage PAH despite combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs has not been fully elucidated.Methods and Results:A total of 136 patients, including 32 with PAH, underwent LTx from 1998 to 2014. We enrolled 12 consecutive patients with PAH treated with combination therapy of PAH-targeted drugs who underwent LTx and retrospectively analyzed the temporal and serial changes in hemodynamics and echocardiography before LTx and at 3 and 12 months after LTx...
January 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099588/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-safety-in-chagas-disease-patients
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Daniela do Carmo Rassi, Marcelo Luiz Campos Vieira, Rogerio Gomes Furtado, Fabio de Paula Turco, Luciano Henrique Melato, Viviane Tiemi Hotta, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira Nunes, Luiz Rassi, Salvador Rassi
Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095921/papillary-fibroelastoma-of-the-aortic-valve-presenting-with-chronic-angina-and-acute-stroke-a-case-report
#6
Fan Zhang, Ziqiang Zhu, Gautham K Upadhya, Jiankun Tong, Vlad Gotlieb, Abdullah Khan, Rakesh P Gupta
BACKGROUND: Papillary fibroelastomas are rare, benign cardiac tumors that are often found on cardiac valvular surfaces. Most are incidental discoveries during surgery or autopsy. The clinical presentation of fibroelastoma varies widely, ranging from clinically asymptomatic to severe thromboembolic events. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of 65-year-old white man diagnosed with scattered, bilateral acute cerebral hemisphere infarcts with a history of chronic angina...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094481/influence-of-the-thoracic-epidural-anesthesia-on-the-left-ventricular-function-an-echocardiographic-study
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Miguel Miró, Filippo Sanfilippo, Fátima Pérez, Santiago García Del Valle, Juan I Gómez-Arnau
BACKGROUND: Thoracic epidural anesthesia (TEA) is widely used for major surgery, but studies assessing its impact on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function are limited, and such studies have assessed patients already under general anesthesia and/or receiving volume expansion between examinations. METHODS: Observational study at a secondary university hospital including consecutive awake patients undergoing major abdominal surgery without significant pre-existing cardiac disease...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094188/prosthetic-valve-thrombosis-in-the-acute-phase-of-the-stroke-relevance-of-detection-and-follow-up
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Jacint Sala-Padro, Jorge Pagola, Maria Teresa Gonzalez-Alujas, Laia Sero, Jesus Juega, Noelia Rodriguez-Villatoro, Sandra Boned, David Rodriguez-Luna, Marian Muchada, Ruben Fernandez-Galera, Marta Rubiera, Marc Ribo, Arturo Evangelista, Carlos Molina
BACKGROUND: Stroke may be the first symptom of prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT); therefore, rapid diagnosis and therapy are crucial. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence, main predictors, and long-term clinical evolution of patients with PVT in the acute phase of stroke. METHODS: We studied consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients with prosthetic heart valves who underwent emergent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) during a 5-year period. Two groups were defined depending on the presence of PVT (PVT or non-PVT groups)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090292/a-new-look-at-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-postcapillary-pathophysiology-and-cardiac-dysfunction
#9
Arvind Sehgal, Andra Malikiwi, Eldho Paul, Kenneth Tan, Samuel Menahem
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular function are the focus of cardiovascular effects of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We assessed cardiac indexes reflecting systemic afterload and pulmonary venous back pressure as pathophysiologic factors. Cardiac parameters were measured by conventional echocardiography in 20 preterm infants with severe BPD and compared with those of 10 preterm infants with no BPD and 20 healthy term infants. In infants with severe BPD, PH was noted in 5 (25%) by tricuspid regurgitation Doppler jet ≥2...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089952/impact-of-tricuspid-valve-regurgitation-in-surgical-high-risk-patients-undergoing-mitraclip-implantation-results-from-the-trami-registry
#10
Daniel Kalbacher, Ulrich Schäfer, R Stephan Von Bardeleben, Christine S Zuern, Raffi Bekeredjian, Taoufik Ouarrak, Horst Sievert, Georg Nickenig, Peter Boekstegers, Jochen Senges, Wolfgang Schillinger, Edith Lubos
AIMS: We sought to assess the impact of TR severity on patient outcome in a collective with relevant mitral regurgitation undergoing MitraClip implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 08/2010-07/2013, 766 patients (age 75.3±8.5 years, 61% male gender, median EuroSCORE 24.3%±18.4) were prospectively enrolled in the TRAMI registry and stratified by echocardiography in no/mild, moderate and severe TR. Overall, the mean of implanted MitraClips was higher in patients with severe TR but increasing TR severity was not associated with procedural success...
January 17, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089095/characteristics-of-anatomy-and-function-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-and-their-relationships-in-patients-with-cardioembolic-stroke-a-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-study
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Yuki Matsumoto, Yoshihiro Morino, Akiko Kumagai, Maiko Hozawa, Motoyuki Nakamura, Yasuo Terayama, Atsushi Tashiro
BACKGROUND: Increasing attention is being paid to the left atrial appendage (LAA) in the context of risk stratification in cardioembolic stroke (CES) and the requirement for meticulous planning of percutaneous closure device implantation. However, detailed systematic assessment of the LAA remains limited. METHODS: This study evaluated the anatomy and function of LAA using 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) on 194 consecutive patients older than 50 years old hospitalized exclusively for CES...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077495/left-ventricular-wall-motion-abnormalities-are-associated-with-stroke-recurrence
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Jeong-Yoon Choi, Jaehyung Cha, Jin-Man Jung, Woo-Keun Seo, Kyungmi Oh, Kyung-Hee Cho, Sungwook Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of left ventricular wall motion abnormalities (LVWMA), unrelated to high-risk cardioembolic conditions, in stroke recurrence. METHODS: This study included consecutive acute ischemic stroke patients. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed as a routine evaluation for stroke patients. The outcomes were the time to recurrent any stroke and ischemic stroke. RESULTS: Among 4,316 acute ischemic stroke patients, 430 had LVWMA without high-risk cardioembolic sources...
January 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075503/correlation-between-cardiac-rhythm-left-atrial-appendage-flow-velocity-and-cha2-ds2-vasc-score-study-based-on-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-2-dimensional-speckle-tracking
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Kun Zuo, Lanlan Sun, Xinchun Yang, Xiuzhang Lyu, Kuibao Li
BACKGROUND: The CHA2 DS2 -VASc score is a classic predictor of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Decreased left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAA-FV) reflects the blood stasis, and left atrial (LA) strain is a manifestation of atrial remodeling. This study aimed to explore the effects of AF rhythm and CHA2 DS2 -VASc score in the development of thrombogenesis and their potential correlation with LAA-FV and LA strain. HYPOTHESIS: AF rhythm and high CHA2 DS2 -VASc score correlate independently with decreased LAA-FV, which can be predicted by LA strain...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075037/gauging-the-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-the-important-interplay-between-predictor-variables-and-definition-of-a-favorable-outcome
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Milan Petrovic, Marija Petrovic, Goran Milasinovic, Bosiljka Vujisic Tesic, Danijela Trifunovic, Olga Petrovic, Ivana Nedeljkovic, Ivana Petrovic, Marko Banovic, Marija Boricic-Kostic, Jelena Petrovic, Ross Arena, Dejana Popovic
AIMS: Selection of patients who are viable candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), prediction of the response to CRT as well as an optimal definition of a favorable response, all require further exploration. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interplay between the prediction of the response to CRT and the definition of a favorable outcome. METHODS: Seventy patients who received CRT were included. All patients met current guideline criteria for CRT...
January 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073429/relation-of-the-myocardial-contraction-fraction-as-calculated-from-m-mode-echocardiography-with-incident-heart-failure-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-results-from-the-cardiovascular-health-study
#15
Mathew S Maurer, William J H Koh, Traci M Bartz, Sirish Vullaganti, Eddy Barasch, Julius M Gardin, John S Gottdiener, Bruce M Psaty, Jorge R Kizer
We evaluated the association between 2-dimensional (2D) echocardiography (echo)-determined myocardial contraction fraction (MCF) and adverse cardiovascular outcomes including incident heart failure (HF), atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and mortality. The MCF, the ratio of left ventricular (LV) stroke volume (SV) to myocardial volume (MV), is a volumetric measure of myocardial shortening that can distinguish pathologic from physiological hypertrophy. Using 2D echo-guided M-mode data from the Cardiovascular Health Study, we calculated MCF in subjects with LV ejection fraction (EF) ≥55% and used Cox models to evaluate its association with incident HF, ASCVD, and all-cause mortality after adjusting for clinical and echo parameters...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067203/long-term-prognostic-impact-of-left-atrial-volumes-and-emptying-fraction-in-a-community-based-cohort
#16
Pär Hedberg, Jonas Selmeryd, Jerzy Leppert, Egil Henriksen
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesised that left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF) would predict long-term cardiovascular outcome in the general population and better so than left atrial (LA) volumes. METHODS: A community-based sample (n=740) in sinus rhythm prospectively underwent clinical evaluation, echocardiography and blood analyses including N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP). The LA maximum (LAVmax) and minimum volumes (LAVmin) were indexed to body surface area (LAVImax and LAVImin, respectively)...
November 9, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065654/challenging-cardiac-function-post-spinal-cord-injury-with-dobutamine
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Kathryn M DeVeau, Emily K Martin, Nicholas T King, Alice Shum-Siu, Bradley B Keller, Christopher R West, David S K Magnuson
There is general consensus that spinal cord injuries (SCI) above T6 result in altered sympathetic control of the heart, which negatively influences cardiac structure and function. To by-pass disrupted circuitry and investigate cardiac responses under enhanced sympathetic activity we utilized dobutamine (DOB) stress echocardiography. Animals were divided into a T2, 25g-cm contusive SCI (SCI) or an uninjured control (CON) group. Echocardiography was performed pre-SCI and at 1, 2 and 6weeks post-SCI. Increasing doses of DOB (5, 10 & 20μg/min/kg) were infused intravenously pre-SCI and at 1 and 6weeks post-SCI...
December 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064156/high-prevalence-of-baffle-leaks-in-adults-after-atrial-switch-operations-for-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Gabriella De Pasquale, Francesca Bonassin Tempesta, Bruno Santos Lopes, Daniela Babic, Angela Oxenius, Theresa Seeliger, Christiane Gruner, Felix C Tanner, Patric Biaggi, Christine Attenhofer Jost, Matthias Greutmann
AIMS: To determine the prevalence of baffle leaks in adults after atrial switch operations for transposition of the great arteries, as these may predispose to paradoxical embolic events, particularly in patients with transvenous pacemaker or defibrillator leads. METHODS AND RESULTS: We routinely perform contrast echocardiography with agitated saline in all patients after atrial switch operations. For this study, we analysed patients who had saline contrast echocardiography between 2010 and 2012...
January 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063138/are-biventricular-systolic-functions-impaired-in-patient-with-coronoray-slow-flow-a-prospective-study-with-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking
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Tuğba Kemaloğlu Öz, Mehmet Eren, Işıl Atasoy, Tayfun Gürol, Özer Soylu, Bahadır Dağdeviren
The newly developed three dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) technology provides quick and comprehensive quantitative assessment of biventricular myocardial dynamics. The impact of coronary slow flow phenomenon (CSFP) on biventricular functions has not been comprehensively evaluated using this new technology. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CSFP on biventricular systolic functions using 3D-STE. Forty patients with CSFP and otherwise normal coronary arteries (NCAs) and 40 age- and sex-matched controls with normal coronary angiograms (CAGs) were prospectively enrolled...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062433/rivaroxaban-lessens-the-number-of-thrombi-in-the-left-atrium-and-right-lower-pulmonary-vein-as-illustrated-by-transoesophageal-echocardiography-but-not-80-mdct
#20
Hidekazu Takeuchi
Stroke is a clinically important problem. A left atrial thrombus is known as a cause of ischaemic stroke. A pulmonary vein thrombus (PVT) is thought to be rare; however, PVT is common in elderly patients. Additionally, images of PVT with transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) following treatment have not been well contrasted with that from either 64 or 80-slice multidetector CT (80-MDCT). The images of such changes depicted by TEE remain unknown. An 87-year-old man with hypertension was examined by 80-MDCT and TEE to check the cardiac thrombus...
January 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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