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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725330/atrial-myxoma-mimicking-mitral-stenosis
#1
Michael Spartalis, Eleni Tzatzaki, Eleftherios Spartalis, Demetrios Moris, Antonios Athanasiou, Stamatios Kyrzopoulos, Dimitrios Tsiapras, Panagiotis Kalogris, Vassilis Voudris
Myxoma is the most common primary cardiac tumor and is usually located in the left atrium. Clinical manifestation relies in large part on the size, location, and architecture of the tumor. There are many reports in the literature of cardiac myxomas causing syncope, embolism, even myocardial infarction. We present a rare case of a patient who underwent urgent surgical resection of a large left atrial myxoma mimicking mitral stenosis. The postoperative course of the patient was uncomplicated. One year after surgery, the patient is asymptomatic and disease-free...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725325/left-atrial-appendage-volume-and-plasma-docosahexaenoic-acid-levels-are-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation
#2
Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Kazunori Shimada, Gaku Sekita, Hidemori Hayashi, Haruna Tabuchi, Seiji Miura, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Shohei Ouchi, Tatsuro Aikawa, Hamad Al Shahi, Shuhei Takahashi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Yuji Nakazato, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in patients who have undergone AF catheter ablation have not been fully clarified. The objective of this study was to assess whether the left atrium (LA) and LA appendage (LAA) volumes, and cardio-metabolic markers such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) levels were associated with AF recurrence. METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients with AF (mean age, 59 ± 8 years; male, 81%; paroxysmal AF, 64%) undergoing catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724847/a-case-of-primary-bacterial-pericarditis-with-recurrent-cardiac-tamponade
#3
Takashi Yoshizane, Takeshi Yamamoto, Hiroshi Hayashi, Mitsunobu Kitamura, Hideki Miyachi, Yusuke Hosokawa, Koichi Akutsu, Wataru Shimizu
Cardiac tamponade is an important and potentially lethal complication of acute pericarditis. However, recurrence of cardiac tamponade is rare when it is treated appropriately. We present a 49-year-old man with bacterial pericarditis and recurrent cardiac tamponade, which was caused by the rupture of an upper part of the left atrium (LA). According to the autopsy findings, bacteremia from Staphylococcus aureus developed on a substrate of poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and spread to the pericardium via the blood...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722763/isolated-drainage-of-right-superior-vena-cava-into-left-atrium-a%C3%A2-rare-etiology-of-childhood-central-cyanosis
#4
Shaimaa Rakha, Mohamed-Magdy Abuelkheir, Mohamed-Adel F Elgamal
Isolated right superior vena cava drainage into the left atrium (RSVC-LA) is an extremely rare anomaly in the absence of other cardiac or extracardiac abnormalities. The clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis is considered challenging. We report a female infant with cyanosis on crying who was diagnosed as isolated RSVC-LA using conventional and contrast echocardiography, but further confirmation was possible via multidetector CT. The surgical correction was performed with smooth postoperative recovery. In conclusion, isolated RSVC-LA must be in the differential diagnosis of cyanosis in the absence of intracardiac anomalies...
July 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721548/left-atrium-passive-ejection-fraction-is-the-most-sensitive-index-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-related-cardiac-changes
#5
Yongning Shang, Xiaochun Zhang, Weiling Leng, Xiaotian Lei, Liu Chen, Ziwen Liang, Jian Wang
The aims of this study were to use cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) cine to assess left atrium (LA) and left ventricle (LV) function and structure in normotensive type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients and to identify the most sensitive index of those T2DM-related cardiac changes. Fifty T2DM patients with normotension (25 males, age 54.7 ± 8.7 years, duration of diabetes: 7.5 ± 5.1 years) and 35 controls (16 males, age: 52.2 ± 13.2 years) were prospectively enrolled. All patients were scanned using CMR four- and two-chamber long-axis cine to assess LA and LV structure and function...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721223/atrial-fibrillation-in-a-preterm-newborn-with-structurally-normal-heart
#6
Pier Paolo Bassareo, Andrea Raffaele Marras, Mariangela Marras, Silvia Marras, Giuseppe Mercuro
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a really uncommon arrhythmia in newborns. Here, we report the case of a 1-day-old infant who was recovered in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a twin-to-twin transfusion. The appearance of an unexpected AF was registered at his continuous electrocardiographic monitoring. Both chest X-ray and echocardiographic examination revealed the anomalous insertion of the tip of a central venous catheter (CVC) into the heart ('umbilical artery → inferior vena cava → right atrium → patent foramen ovale → left atrium')...
March 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719441/fourteen-day-in-vivo-testing-of-a-compliant-thoracic-artificial-lung
#7
David J Skoog, Joshua R Pohlmann, David S Demos, Christopher N Scipione, Amit Iyengar, Rebecca E Schewe, Ahmed B Suhaib, Kelly L Koch, Keith E Cook
The compliant thoracic artificial lung (cTAL) has been studied in acute in vivo and in vitro experiments. The cTAL's long-term function and potential use as a bridge to lung transplantation are assessed presently. The cTAL without anticoagulant coatings was attached to sheep (n = 5) via the pulmonary artery and left atrium for 14 days. Systemic heparin anticoagulation was used. Compliant thoracic artificial lung resistance, cTAL gas exchange, hematologic parameters, and organ function were recorded. Two sheep were euthanized for nondevice-related issues...
July 14, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718693/effects-of-sedation-with-dexmedetomidine-and-buprenorphine-on-echocardiographic-variables-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-healthy-cats
#8
Einar Johard, Anna Tidholm, Ingrid Ljungvall, Jens Häggström, Katja Höglund
Objectives Sedative agents are occasionally used to enable echocardiographic examination when screening cats for heart disease, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Owing to their haemodynamic effects, sedative agents may alter echocardiographic measurements. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of the sedative combination dexmedetomidine and buprenorphine on echocardiographic variables, blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) in healthy cats. Methods Fifty healthy, client-owned cats were prospectively recruited and included after physical examination...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717079/severe-hypocalcemia-in-a-patient-with-recurrent-chondrosarcoma
#9
Jung Nam Eun, Yoo Duk Choi, Jeong Ho Lee, Yun Ah Jeong, Jee Hee Yoon, Hee Kyung Kim, Ho-Cheol Kang
Hypocalcemia is relatively uncommon paraneoplastic syndrome. Only one case of hypocalcemia has been reported in a patient with chondrosarcoma. We herein report a case of a 32-year-old woman with metastatic chondrosarcoma with tetany. Her imaging findings revealed multiple calcific metastatic lesions in the lungs, pancreas, left atrium, and pulmonary vein. A laboratory examination showed hypocalcemia with no evidence of any other disease that could induce hypocalcemia. On the basis of the laboratory and clinical findings, we concluded the etiology of her severe hypocalcemia to be excessive calcium consumption by the tumor itself...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715071/the-influence-of-ablation-power-reduction-associated-with-esophagus-location-on-pulmonary-veins-isolation-results-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-six-month-follow-up
#10
Piotr Buchta, Krzysztof Myrda, Michał Skrzypek, Adam Wojtaszczyk, Barbara Budzyn, Mariusz Gąsior
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) could be associated with a thermal esophageal (EO) injury. To avoid this complication intraluminal esophageal temperature monitoring and ablation power reduction at the areas with excessive heating could be used. However, the reduced energy could limit the ablation lesion depth, without creation of consist transmural scar and influence on long-term ablation results. AIM: The primary goal was to evaluate the homogeneity of forced ablation power reduction due to excessive EO heating in different parts of left atrium...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713823/intracardiac-hemostasis-and-fibrinolysis-parameters-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Noémi Klára Tóth, Zoltán Csanádi, Orsolya Hajas, Alexandra Kiss, Edina Nagy-Baló, Kitti Bernadett Kovács, Ferenc Sarkady, László Muszbek, Zsuzsanna Bereczky, László Csiba, Zsuzsa Bagoly
AIMS: To identify intracardiac hemostasis or fibrinolysis abnormalities, which are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and increase the risk of thromboembolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient group consisted of 24 patients with AF and control group included 14 individuals with other supraventricular tachycardia undergoing transcatheter radiofrequency ablation. Blood samples were drawn from the femoral vein (FV), left atrium (LA), and left atrial appendage (LAA) before the ablation procedure...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711335/echocardiographic-reference-ranges-in-older-children-and-adolescents-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Edith D Majonga, Andrea M Rehman, Grace McHugh, Hilda A Mujuru, Kusum Nathoo, Mohammad S Patel, Shungu Munyati, Jon O Odland, Katharina Kranzer, Juan P Kaski, Rashida A Ferrand
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic reference ranges are important to identify abnormalities of cardiac dimensions. Reference ranges for children in sub-Saharan Africa have not been established. The aim of this study was to establish echocardiographic z-score references for Black children in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: 282 healthy subjects aged 6-16years (143 [51%] males) with no known history of cardiac disease were enrolled in the study in Harare, Zimbabwe between 2014 and 2016...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709918/unroofed-coronary-sinus-syndrome-an-easily-corrected-congenital-anomaly-but-more-diagnostic-suspicions-are-needed
#13
Changcheng Chen, Lili Xu, Yi Xu, Ping Li, Shuo Liu, Bin You
BACKGROUND: Unroofed coronary sinus syndrome (URCSS) is a spectrum of cardiac anomalies in which part (partial type) or the entire common wall (complete type) between the coronary sinus (CS) and left atrium is absent. It is commonly associated with a persistent left superior vena cava (PLSVC). The PLSVC can even anomalously connect to the left atrium in complete type anomaly. URCSS has been reported to be associated with delayed diagnosis and life-threatening cerebral injury. The purpose of the present study was to review our experience with surgical correction of this often-concealed malformation and discuss methods for reducing diagnostic omission...
June 22, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707420/transthoracic-intracardiac-catheters-in-pediatric-cardiac-patients-a-single-center-experience
#14
Kristoffer Beham, Hitendu Dave, Janet Kelly, Bernhard Frey, Maja I Hug, Barbara Brotschi
BACKGROUND: Transthoracic intracardiac catheters are frequently inserted in children during congenital heart surgery for monitoring and vascular access purposes. Their use entails a small potential risk. AIM: We aimed to evaluate both catheter-associated morbidities related to maintenance and removal of transthoracic intracardiac catheters in pediatric cardiac patients, and predictors for catheter-associated adverse events. METHODS: Single-center retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data of children aged 0-14 years receiving a transthoracic intracardiac catheter inserted in the operating room during 7 consecutive years at the University Children's Hospital Zurich...
July 14, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706592/inadvertent-cardiac-phlebography
#15
Konstantinos Aznaouridis, Constantina Masoura, Stylianos Kastellanos, Albert Alahmar
We are reporting a case of a 80-year-old lady with effort angina who underwent coronary angiography through the right radial artery, using a dedicated radial multipurpose 5 French Optitorque Tiger catheter. The catheter was advanced into the left ventricle and a left ventriculogram was obtained, while the catheter appeared optimally placed at the centre of the ventricle and the pressure waveform was normal. A large posterior interventricular vein draining into the right atrium was opacified, presumably because the catheter's end hole inadvertently cannulated an endocardial opening of a small thebesian vein, with subsequent retrograde filling of the epicardial vein...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705841/primary-cardiac-leiomyosarcoma-presenting-as-haemoptysis-in-a-22-year-old-patient-an-unusual-presentation-of-a-rare-condition
#16
Masroor Hassan, Maria Khattak, Hafez Mohammad Ammar Abdullah, Bushra Nasib
Primary cardiac sarcomas are rare malignant tumours and among them, leiomyosarcoma is extremely rare. They are especially rare in a young age group. We present a case of a 22-year-old male patient with primary leiomyosarcoma of the left atrium involving the pulmonary veins who presented with haemoptysis and shortness of breath. He underwent surgical excision of the tumour along with mitral valve replacement followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. No recurrence was reported on his second 6 monthly follow-ups.
July 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703270/acute-myocardial-infarction-due-to-embolisation-from-the-thrombosed-coronary-artery-fistula-between-the-right-coronary-artery-and-the-left-atrium
#17
Rafał Wolny, Jerzy Pręgowski, Krzysztof Cyran, Adam Witkowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702181/the-major-thoracic-vascular-invasion-of-lung-cancer
#18
Soichi Oka, Shuichi Shinohara, Taiji Kuwata, Masaru Takenaka, Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Ayako Hirai, Yoshinobu Ichiki, Shohei Shimajiri, Takatoshi Aoki, Fumihiro Tanaka
BACKGROUND: We actually investigated the surgical and pathological findings in cases which tumor invasion of the major thoracic vessels was suspected based on the preoperative Computed tomography (CT) findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our prospective database of all patients, who underwent lung resection for lung cancer from 2012 to 2014. 387 patients underwent lung cancer surgery. Among these patients, we analyzed 30 patients in whom pulmonary artery (PA) invasion was suspected and 11 patients in whom pulmonary vein (PV) or left atrium (LA) invasion was suspected based on the preoperative CT findings...
August 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701850/invasive-mediastinal-aspergillosis-in-immunocompetent-male-with-invasion-of-left-atrium-and-hilar-structures
#19
Munta Kartik, Arun Kanala, Sunilnadikuda, S Manimala Rao, P Swathi Prakasham
Aspergillus is described as mould characterised by septate hyphae about 2-4μ in diameter, it is ubiquitous in nature and spreads by inhalation of spores. It causes opportunistic infections in almost six forms namely Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, Aspergillus sinusitis, Cutaneous aspergillosis, Aspergilloma, Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, Invasive aspergillosis. Invasive aspergillosis of mediastinum in an immunocompetent patient has rarely been reported. We present a case of a young male who had presented with chest pain, cough and breathleness was later diagnosed as fulminant mediastinal aspergillosis...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698895/using-anatomical-landmark-to-avoid-phrenic-nerve-injury-during-balloon-based-procedures-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#20
Nicolina M Smith, Larry Segars, Travis Kauffman, Anthony B Olinger
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia which affects as many as 2.7 million Americans. AF should be treated, because it can lead to a four-to-fivefold increased risk of experiencing a stroke. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for the treatment of drug refractory and symptomatic paroxysmal AF denote catheter ablation as the standard of care. The newest ablation treatment, cryoballoon, uses a cold balloon tip. The biggest risk factor associated with the cryoballoon ablation is phrenic nerve injury (PNI)...
July 11, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
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