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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430696/sequential-analysis-of-a-panel-of-biomarkers-and-pathologic-findings-in-a-resuscitated-rat-model-of-sepsis-and-recovery
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Nishkantha Arulkumaran, Marije L Sixma, Elisa Jentho, Elias Ceravola, Paul S Bass, John A Kellum, Robert J Unwin, Fred W K Tam, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the temporal pattern of a panel of blood and urinary biomarkers in an animal model of fecal peritonitis and recovery. DESIGN: Prospective observational animal study. SETTING: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Male Wistar rats. INTERVENTIONS: A fluid-resuscitated, long-term (3 d) rat model of sepsis (fecal peritonitis) and recovery was used to understand the temporal association of sepsis biomarkers in relation to systemic hemodynamics, inflammation, and renal function...
April 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420549/predictors-of-left-ventricular-functional-recovery-and-their-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-dilated-cardiomyopathy-and-heart-failure
#2
Jae Yeong Cho, Kye Hun Kim, Ji Eun Song, Ji Eun Kim, Hyukjin Park, Hyun Ju Yoon, Nam Sik Yoon, Young Joon Hong, Hyung Wook Park, Ju Han Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Myung Ho Jeong, Jeong Gwan Cho, Jong Chun Park
BACKGROUND: To identify the predictors of left ventricular functional recovery (LVFR) and its impacts on clinical outcomes in acute heart failure (AHF) patients with newly diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). METHODS: A total of 175 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed DCM and AHF were divided into two groups according to LVFR on FU echocardiography; the recovered group (n=54, 54.3±18.5years, 31 males) vs. the non-recovered group (n=121, 60.5±15.1years, 79 males)...
March 20, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415121/p1113relationship-between-left-atrium-and-hypertensive-retinopathy-in-patients-with-systemic-hypertension-a-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-based-study
#3
B Kanar, H S Kanar, A Karatay, M K Tigen
Background: The fundoscopic examination of hypertensive patients, which is an established hypertension-related target organ damage (TOD), tends to be underutilized in clinical practice. We sought to investigate the relationship between retinal alterations and left atrium (LA) volumes by means of real-time, three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE), which is the most pivotal predictor of diastolic dysfunction. Methods: Our population consisted of 88 consecutive essential hypertensive patients (age 59...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415099/p594contrast-transthoracic-echocardiography-as-a-gatekeeper-for-patent-foramen-ovale-closure
#4
M Muratori, G Italiano, E Innocenti, L Fusini, M Mapelli, G Tamborini, S Ghulam Ali, P Gripari, A Maltagliati, F Celeste, M Pepi
Background.: The presence of patent foramen ovale (PFO) has been linked to many illness, including cryptogenic stroke, transient ischemic attack, migraine, platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome and decompression sickness in scuba divers. Transesophageal echocardiography is the gold standard technique for the visualization of atrial septal anatomy, but it is a secondary level exam, not always available, with additional associated costs and not completely free from procedural risks. Standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has a too low sensitivity for PFO screening...
December 1, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411261/feasibility-and-diagnostic-value-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-after-acute-ischemic-stroke-of-undetermined-origin
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Karl Georg Haeusler, Christian Wollboldt, Laura Zu Bentheim, Juliane Herm, Sebastian Jäger, Claudia Kunze, Holger-Carsten Eberle, Claudia Christina Deluigi, Oliver Bruder, Carolin Malsch, Peter U Heuschmann, Matthias Endres, Heinrich J Audebert, Andreas J Morguet, Christoph Jensen, Jochen B Fiebach
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Etiology of acute ischemic stroke remains undetermined (cryptogenic) in about 25% of patients after state-of-the-art diagnostic work-up. METHODS: One-hundred and three patients with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-proven acute ischemic stroke of undetermined origin were prospectively enrolled and underwent 3-T cardiac MRI and magnetic resonance angiography of the aortic arch in addition to state-of-the-art diagnostic work-up, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410640/florida-sleeve-procedure-is-durable-and-improves-aortic-valve-function-in-marfan-syndrome-patients
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Seyed Hossein Aalaei-Andabili, Tomas Martin, Philip Hess, Charles Klodell, Ashkan Karimi, George Arnaoutakis, Teng Lee, Thomas Beaver
BACKGROUND: The Florida sleeve (FS) procedure was developed as a simplified approach for repair of functional type I aortic insufficiency secondary to aortic root aneurysm. We evaluated postoperative aortic valve function, long-term survival, and freedom from reoperation in Marfan syndrome patients who underwent the FS procedure at our center. METHODS: All Marfan syndrome patients undergoing FS procedure from May 2002 to December 2014 were included. Echocardiography assessment included left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD), left ventricular end-systolic diameter (LVESD), ejection fraction, and degree of aortic insufficiency (none = 0, minimal = 1, mild = 2, moderate = 3, severe = 4)...
April 12, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410346/improved-survival-in-a-long-term-rat-model-of-sepsis-is-associated-with-reduced-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake-despite-increased-energetic-demand
#7
Bernardo B Pinto, Alex Dyson, Michele Umbrello, Jane E Carré, Cristiane Ritter, Innes Clatworthy, Michael R Duchen, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between prognosis, changes in mitochondrial calcium uptake, and bioenergetic status in the heart during sepsis. DESIGN: In vivo and ex vivo controlled experimental studies. SETTING: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Male adult Wistar rats. INTERVENTIONS: Sepsis was induced by intraperitoneal injection of fecal slurry. Sham-operated animals served as controls...
April 13, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403411/comparison-of-bioreactance-and-echocardiographic-non-invasive-cardiac-output-monitoring-and-myocardial-function-assessment-in-primagravida-women
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A Doherty, A El-Khuffash, C Monteith, L McSweeney, C Breatnach, E Kent, E Tully, F Malone, P Thornton
Background.: Non-invasive cardiac output monitoring (NICOM) using bioreactance (BRT) in pregnancy is gaining interest but lacks validation. We compared simultaneous cardiac output (CO) measurements obtained using the NICOM ® (BRT-CO) and echocardiography (echo-CO), and assessed the relationship between maternal characteristics and myocardial performance. Methods.: Paired stroke volume (SV) and CO readings were obtained using NICOM ® and echocardiography, in a group of healthy nulliparous women throughout a 15 min period...
April 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400861/revision-of-echocardiographic-indications-and-findings-in-neurologically-ill-patients
#9
Claudia Stöllberger, Christian Wegner, Josef Finsterer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Little is known about the general indications for echocardiography and the prevalence of abnormalities detected by echocardiography in patients who are referred from a neurological department. Left ventricular hypertrabeculation/noncompaction (LVHT) is associated with neuromuscular disorders and embolism. The aim of the study was to assess the indications for echocardiography in patients from a neurological department and to review the cine-loops of the examinations in order to assess the frequency of abnormal echocardiographic findings with special regard to LVHT...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398922/characterization-of-cardiac-dysfunction-by-echocardiography-in-early-severe-acute-pancreatitis
#10
Ragesh Babu Thandassery, Nikhil Choudhary, Ajay Bahl, Rakesh Kochhar
OBJECTIVE: Persistent organ failure is a feature of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) and the leading cause of death. Although usually defined by hypotension, cardiovascular dysfunction (CD) in early SAP has not been well characterized. We aim to characterize CD in patients with SAP and hypotension and determine its impact on clinical outcome. METHODS: Patients with SAP and hypotension were studied to define the frequency, nature, and prognostic significance of CD characterized by echocardiography and classified as systolic, diastolic, or combined dysfunction...
May 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398018/cardiac-imaging-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension
#11
Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Elisa Leiballi, Flavia Martinis, Daniela Pavan
Hypertension is considered the major modifiable risk factor for premature cardiovascular disease, being more common than other important risk factors as cigarette smoking, dyslipidemia, or diabetes [1]. In older patients, systolic pressure and pulse pressure are more powerful determinants of cardiovascular events than diastolic pressure [2]. Importantly, the cardiovascular risk associated with hypertension is significantly affected by the presence or absence of other major risk factors [3]. Among imaging features, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is the more common and early in patients with hypertension [4]...
April 10, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386043/nongated-cardiac-computed-tomographic-angiograms-for-detection-of-embolic-sources-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Leonard L L Yeo, Staffan Holmin, Tommy Andersson, Erik Lundström, Anil Gopinathan, Er Luen Lim, Benjamin S H Leong, Win Sen Kuan, Eric Ting, Benjamin Y Q Tan, Sterling Ellis Eide, Edgar L K Tay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We assessed the feasibility of obtaining diagnostic quality images of the heart and thoracic aorta by extending the z axis coverage of a non-ECG-gated computed tomographic angiogram performed in the primary evaluation of acute stroke without increasing the contrast dose. METHODS: Twenty consecutive patients with acute ischemic stroke within the 4.5 hours of symptom onset were prospectively recruited. We increased the longitudinal coverage to the domes of the diaphragm to include the heart...
April 6, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383438/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardi-o-fix-occluder-for-percutaneous-closure-of-a-patent-foramen-ovale-a-single-center-prospective-study
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Enfa Zhao, Wenjuan Liu, Yushun Zhang, Gesheng Cheng, Yajuan Du, Lu He, Xingye Wang, Xumei He
BACKGROUND: Amplatzer occluder and Cardio-O-fix occluder are currently used in percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale. However, there is still a lack of relevant reports comparison the differences between them. The aim of this study was to evaluate the short-term and mid-term safety and efficacy of the Cardi-O-fix occluder in preventing recurrent cerebrovascular events in patients with a patent foramen ovale (PFO). METHODS: We enrolled 246 patients (105 men) with a PFO from May 30, 2013 to March 30, 2015 in this single-center prospective study...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381447/acute-cardiac-functional-and-mechanical-responses-to-isometric-exercise-in-prehypertensive-males
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Jamie M O'Driscoll, Katrina A Taylor, Jonathan D Wiles, Damian A Coleman, Rajan Sharma
Isometric exercise (IE) training has been shown to reduce resting arterial blood pressure (ABP) in hypertensive, prehypertensive, and normotensive populations. However, the acute hemodynamic response of the heart to such exercise remains unclear. We therefore performed a comprehensive assessment of cardiac structure, function, and mechanics at rest and immediately post a single IE session in 26 male (age 44.8 ± 8.4 years) prehypertensive participants. Conventional echocardiography recorded standard and tissue Doppler measures of left ventricular (LV) structure and function...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381328/long-term-effect-of-a-chronic-low-protein-multideficient-diet-on-the-heart-hypertension-and-heart-failure-in-chronically-malnourished-young-adult-rats
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Luiza V P Mendes, Sabrina R Gonsalez, Leonardo M Oliveira-Pinto, Amaury Pereira-Acácio, Christina M Takiya, José H M Nascimento, Marcelo Einicker-Lamas, Adalberto Vieyra, Valéria M N Cunha, Lucienne S Lara
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether a chronic low-protein multideficient diet (BRD) from weaning turns on cardiovascular adaptive responses that could culminate in hypertension and heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Systolic pressure (SP) and heart rate (HR) were determined in CTRL (normal diet) and BRD rats. Plasma albumin, plasma urea and urinary urea excretion decreased in BRD rats. In this group, echocardiography and the Langendorff technique showed: (i) increased HR and hypertension; (ii) decreased LVDP, dP/dtmax, dP/dtmin, cardiac output, ejection fraction, stroke volume and left ventricular diameter...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380656/early-results-of-surgical-simultaneous-therapy-for-significant-carotid-artery-stenosis-and-heart-disease
#16
Marc Irqsusi, Alessandro Vannucchi, Julius Beckers, Stefan Kasseckert, Stefan Waldhans, Sebastian Vogt, Rainer G H Moosdorf
Background The purpose of this single-center, retrospective study was to review the early outcome with defined endpoints of myocardial infarction, brain injury, and death after coronary bypass grafting and simultaneous carotid endarterectomy with or without combined valve replacement. Methods During the preoperative investigation 52 (44 males, 8 females) patients were examined by cardiac catheterization within the scope of their coronary status. In addition, all patients underwent echocardiography, CT angiography of the supra-aortic vessels, and full description of their neurologic status...
April 5, 2017: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374918/left-atrial-volume-and-function-in-patients-with-cardiac-syndrome-x-assessed-by-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography
#17
Nusret Acıkgoz, Julide Yagmur, Ertugrul Kurtoglu, Necip Ermis, Mehmet Cansel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate left atrial (LA) volume and function using real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) in patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX). METHODS: Fifty patients with CSX (28 females; mean age 50.9±10.9 years) and 50 age- and gender-matched healthy controls (30 females; mean age 52.3±9.8 years) who had negative treadmill exercise test and normal coronary arteries on invasive coronary angiography were included in the study...
April 4, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370476/comparing-characteristics-and-clinical-and-echocardiographic-outcomes-in-low-flow-vs-normal-flow-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-an-asian-population
#18
Jinghao Nicholas Ngiam, Benjamin Yong-Qiang Tan, Ching-Hui Sia, Glenn K M Lee, William K F Kong, Yiong-Huak Chan, Kian-Keong Poh
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: In severe aortic stenosis (AS), deterioration of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) to <50% is an AHA/ACC class I indication for valve replacement, regardless of symptoms. Controversy surrounds prognosis of low-flow AS compared to normal-flow, and no study has examined LVEF deterioration. We compared factors associated with LVEF deterioration (to <50%) and clinical outcomes. METHODS: Consecutive subjects with low-flow (stroke volume index <35 mL/m(2) , n=56) and normal-flow (n=72) severe AS (aortic valve area <1 cm(2) ) with preserved LVEF (>50%) and with paired echocardiography were studied...
April 1, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369288/rapid-deployment-aortic-valve-replacement-for-severe-aortic-stenosis-1-year-outcomes-in-150-patients%C3%A2
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Alexis Theron, Eleonore Ravis, Dominique Grisoli, Nicolas Jaussaud, Pierre Morera, Pascal Candolfi, Jana Boleckova, David Lagier, Cecile Amanatiou, Lyna Messous, Vlad Gariboldi, Frederic Collart
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement (RDAVR) for severe aortic stenosis (AS). METHODS: All consecutive patients with severe AS who underwent RDAVR with the EDWARDS INTUITY bioprosthesis were prospectively included in a single-centre, cohort study between July 2012 and April 2015. Clinical examination and transthoracic echocardiography were performed preoperatively and at 1-month and 1-year follow-up...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369242/transcatheter-aortic-valve-thrombosis-the-relation-between-hypo-attenuated-leaflet-thickening-abnormal-valve-haemodynamics-and-stroke
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E Mara Vollema, William K F Kong, Spyridon Katsanos, Vasileios Kamperidis, Philippe J van Rosendael, Frank van der Kley, Arend de Weger, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
Aims: The presence of hypo-attenuated leaflet thickening (HALT) and/or reduced leaflet motion on multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) has been proposed as a possible marker for early transcatheter aortic valve thrombosis. However, its association with abnormal valve haemodynamics on echocardiography (another potential marker of thrombosis) and clinical outcomes (stroke) remains unclear. The present study evaluated the prevalence of HALT on MDCT and abnormal valve haemodynamics on echocardiography...
March 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
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