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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646194/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-fetal-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Su-Zhen Dong, Ming Zhu
This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC). Prenatal echocardiography (echo) and/or ultrasound (US) and MRI data for 49 fetuses with persistent LSVC, confirmed via postnatal diagnoses between January 2010 and October 2015, were retrospectively reviewed. All prenatal MRI was performed at 1.5 T. Imaging sequences included steady-state free-precession (SSFP), single-shot turbo spin echo (SSTSE), and other sequences...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641448/negative-inotropism-of-terpenes-on-guinea-pig-left-atrium-structure-activity-relationships
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Carla M L Vasconcelos, Ingrid S N Oliveira, José N A Santos, Américo A Souza, José E R Menezes-Filho, Júlio A Silva Neto, Tamires C Lima, Damião P de Sousa
The aim of this work was to evaluate the pharmacological effect of seven structurally related terpenes on the contractility of cardiac muscle. The effect of terpenes was studied on isolated electrically driven guinea pig left atrium. From concentration-response curves for inotropic effect were determined the EC50 and relative potency of such terpenes. Our results revealed that all terpenes, except phytol, showed ability to reduce the contractile response of guinea pig left atrium. Further, relative potency was directly related to the number of isoprene units and to the lipophilicity of the compounds...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641242/arrhythmia-mechanism-and-scaling-effect-on-the-spectral-properties-of-electroanatomical-maps-with-manifold-harmonics
#3
Margarita Sanroman-Junquera, Inmaculada Mora-Jimenez, Arcadi Garcia-Alberola, Antonio J Caamano, Beatriz Trenor, Jose Luis Rojo-Alvarez
Spatial and temporal processing of intracardiac electrograms provides relevant information to support the arrhythmia ablation during electrophysiological studies. Current Cardiac Navigation Systems (CNS) and Electrocardiographic Imaging (ECGI) build detailed three-dimensional electroanatomical maps (EAM), which represent the spatial anatomical distribution of bioelectrical features, such as activation time or voltage. We present a principled methodology for spectral analysis of both EAM geometry and bioelectrical feature in CNS or ECGI, including their spectral representation, cut-off frequency, or spatial sampling rate (SSR)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641192/obstructive-neonatal-atrial-myxoma
#4
Federica Iezzi, Andrea Quarti, Alessandro Capestro, Marco Pozzi
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac myxoma is a benign neoplasm representing the most common primary cardiac tumor in adults, however it is unusual in neonates. It is represented by an endocardial mass that occupies the cardiac chamber. Although the majority of myxomas are attached to the fossa ovalis of the interatrial septum, they also attach to the walls of the cardiac chambers and to valve leaflets surfaces. Approximately 75% of myxomas are found in the left atrium, 20% are located in the right atrium, and rarely in the ventricles...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635186/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-box-isolation-of-fibrotic-areas-lessons-on-fibrosis-distribution-and-extent-clinical-characteristics-and-their-impact-on-long-term-outcome
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Doreen Schreiber, Andreas Rieger, Fabian Moser, Hans Kottkamp
INTRODUCTION: The BIFA concept (box isolation of fibrotic areas) supplementing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was implemented in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy (FACM) to improve catheter ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: 92 patients with FACM underwent PVI+BIFA. We investigated patient characteristics (58 persistent/34 paroxysmal,68±8y,LA 44±7mm,CHA2 DS2 -VASc 2.6±1.3,FACM I:15.2%,II:53.3%,III:26.1%,IV:5.4%), periprocedural data concerning fibrosis extent/distribution and their impact on outcome...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634695/assessment-of-early-diastolic-intraventricular-pressure-gradient-in-the-left-ventricle-among-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Maki Kobayashi, Ken Takahashi, Mariko Yamada, Kana Yazaki, Kotoko Matsui, Noboru Tanaka, Sachie Shigemitsu, Katsumi Akimoto, Masahiko Kishiro, Keisuke Nakanishi, Shiori Kawasaki, Masaki Nii, Keiichi Itatani, Toshiaki Shimizu
Assessment of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is vital in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF). The early diastolic intraventricular pressure gradient (IVPG) in the LV plays an important role in diastolic function. IVPG is calculated as the intraventricular pressure difference divided by the LV length, which allows to account for differences in LV size and therefore calculate IVPG in children. We aimed to investigate the mechanisms of LV diastolic dysfunction by measuring mid-to-apical IVPG as an indicator of the active suction force sucking blood from the left atrium into the LV...
June 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633254/successful-surgical-treatment-of-an-aggressive-pelvic-angiomyxoma-with-intracardiac-extension
#7
Annastiina Husso, Jukka Savola, Jarmo Gunn
We present a case of an intravenous tumor with extension into the right atrium and right ventricle of the heart. Pelvic angiomyxoma is a rare benign tumor, which in this case carried a significant operative risk due to its extension. The patient initially presented with suspected caval and intracardiac thrombus, but unsuccessful treatment led to further investigations. The tumor was extensively dissected from the right atrium, suprarenal vena cava, and left iliac vein on cardiopulmonary bypass and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631704/-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-intracardiac-thrombosis-a-description-of-two-cases-and-a-review-of-literature
#8
Z S Alekberova, P S Ovcharov, T A Lisitsyna, A V Volkov, T V Popkova
Behçet's disease (BD) is systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology, which is more common in the countries located along the Great Silk Road. The disease is diagnosed if a patient has 4 key diagnostic signs: aphthous stomatitis, genital sores, and eye and skin lesions. Vascular diseases referred to as minor criteria for BD are characterized by the formation of aneurysms and thrombosis, predominantly in the venous bed. In venous disorders, a blood clot can form in any vessel, including caval, cerebral, pulmonary, and other veins...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630395/cerebral-infarction-by-paradoxical-gas-embolism-during-laparoscopic-liver-resection-with-injury-of-the-hepatic-vessels-in-a-patient-without-a-right-to-left-systemic-shunt
#9
Toshiyasu Kawahara, Masahiro Hagiwara, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Mariko Tanaka, Koji Imai, Jun Sawada, Takayuki Kunisawa, Hiroyuki Furukawa
BACKGROUND Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the safest gas for laparoscopic surgery, which is a standard procedure. We experienced severe cerebral infarction caused by paradoxical CO2 embolism during laparoscopic liver resection with injury of the hepatic vessels despite the absence of a right-to-left systemic shunt. CASE REPORT A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in the right hepatic lobe secondary to alcoholic liver disease. We planned the laparoscopy-assisted liver resection...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629626/left-atrial-accessory-appendages-diverticula-and-left-sided-septal-pouch-in-multi-slice-computed-tomography-association-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-cerebrovascular-accidents
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Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Karolina Wszołek, Wiesław Pawlik, Agata Krawczyk-Ożóg, Danuta Sorysz, Piotr Łoboda, Katarzyna Kuźma, Marcin Kuniewicz, Jacek Lelakowski, Dariusz Dudek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to provide a morphometric description of the left-sided septal pouch (LSSP), left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula using cardiac multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) and to compare results between patient subgroups. METHODS: Two hundred and ninety four patients (42.9% females) with a mean of 69.4±13.1years of age were investigated using MSCT. The presence of the LSSP, left atrial accessory appendages, and diverticula was evaluated...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627028/common-findings-in-late-gestation-fetal-echocardiography
#11
Lauren Tague, Mary T Donofrio, Amanda Fulgium, Robert McCarter, Catherine Limperopoulos, David N Schidlow
OBJECTIVES: Fetal echocardiography provides detailed information about cardiac structure and function in utero. Limited information is available regarding normal findings late in pregnancy. We therefore sought to identify and describe common cardiac findings in late gestation. METHODS: Fetuses with structurally normal hearts were identified in mid gestation within a subset of pregnant women in a prospective study. The atrioventricular valves, right and left atria, aortic isthmus and ductus arteriosus dimensions and flow abnormalities, aneurysm of the septum primum, and presence and grade of tricuspid regurgitation were assessed throughout pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616920/-association-of-gh-and-igf-1-burden-with-cardiac-structural-and-functional-changes-in-acromegaly-patients
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Shuo Zhang, Yi-Lin Li, Xiao-Peng Guo, Lu Gao, Yong Yao, Ren-Zhi Wang, Bing Xing
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) burden with the cardiac structural and functional changes in acromegaly patients. METHODS: Ninety-nine acromegaly patients were enrolled in this study. According to the normal range of echocardiographic parameters of Peking Union Medical College Hospital, the patients were divided into parameter normal group and abnormal group. Correlation analyses were conducted between duration of disease, mean GH, mean IGF-1, GH burden, IGF-1 burden and echocardiography data retrospectively...
May 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616561/left-atrial-appendage-function-assessment-and-thrombus-identification
#13
Jacek Kurzawski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Marcin Sadowski
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of thrombus in the left atrium in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and may be inconsistent because of variability in thrombus morphology. In some cases it is challenging and requires unusual approach. New Doppler-derived methods might be helpful to identify such thrombi. We evaluated quantitative differences in mechanical function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) basal segments using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with non-valvular AF with and without LAA thrombus and compared them with SR patients...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616550/is-hatch-score-a-reliable-predictor-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-cavotricuspid-isthmus-ablation-for-typical-atrial-flutter
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Javier García-Seara, Francisco Gude Sampedro, Jose L Martínez Sande, Xesus Alberte Fernández López, Moisés Rodríguez Mañero, Laila González Melchor, Belén Alvarez Alvarez, Diego Iglesias Alvarez, José Ramón González Juanatey
OBJECTIVE: We determined the effectiveness of the HATCH score in patients with typical atrial flutter (AFl) undergoing cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation to predict long-term atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We conducted an observational retrospective single-center cohort study including all patients admitted to our hospital for a CTI ablation between 1998 and 2010. The patients were divided into four categories: 1) new-onset AF (no prior AF and AF during follow-up (FU)); 2) old AF (prior AF and no AF during FU); 3) prior and post AF (AF prior and post CTI ablation); and 4) no AF...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614214/a-rare-case-of-multiple-thrombi-in-a-giant-left-atrium
#15
Alfredo Intorcia, Marco A Perrone, Riccardo Morgagni, Domenico Sergi, Massimo Marchei, Mauro Borzi, Francesco Romeo
: Giant left atrium is frequently associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. The incidence of left atrial thrombus among patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation varies from 7 to 38%. Anticoagulation therapy achieves a high rate of resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrial cavity thrombi, but in selected patients surgical therapy must be considered. An 81-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with repeated episodes of transient ischemic attack. She had a history of carotid artery stenosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatic heart disease, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612452/unusual-interatrial-membrane-in-the-left-atrium-a-newer-obstacle-for-transseptal-based-percutaneous-mitral-valve-repair-techniques
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Antonio Popolo Rubbio, Sarah Mangiafico, Salvatore Scandura, Sergio Buccheri, Marco Barbanti, Giuseppe Ronsivalle, Maria Elena Di Salvo, Marta Chiarandà, Tatiana Salerno, Anna Caggegi, Sandra Giaquinta, Davide Capodanno, Carmelo Grasso, Corrado Tamburino
We present a case of a patient with severe mitral regurgitation referred to our Institution for an echocardiographic examination as part of the routine workup to assess the eligibility for mitral valve percutaneous repair with either the MitraClip or Cardioband systems. Echocardiography showed the presence of an unusual interatrial membrane in the left atrium that represented a contraindication for the puncture of the interatrial septum. The patient was finally deferred to percutaneous mitral valve replacement using transapical access...
June 13, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612230/right-atrial-diameter-and-outcome-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Song -Nan Wen, Nian Liu, Rong Bai, Ri-Bo Tang, Rong-Hui Yu, De-Yong Long, Cai-Hua Sang, Chen-Xi Jiang, Song-Nan Li, Jia-Hui Wu, Yan-Fei Ruan, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Xiao-Hui Liu, Jian-Zeng Dong, Chang-Sheng Ma
PURPOSE: While AF is considered more like a left atrial (LA) disease, to what extent the right atrium contributes to the pathogenesis and ablation outcome of AF remains unclear. This study aimed to identify if right atrial diameter (RAD) could predict arrhythmia recurrence after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Four hundred and seventy patients with drug-resistant AF [paroxysmal AF (PAF) 196; non-PAF 274] who underwent primary catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611257/isolated-intrapulmonary-vascular-dilatations-and-the-risk-of-developing-hepatopulmonary-syndrome-in-liver-transplant-candidates
#18
Manuel Mendizabal, David Goldberg, Federico Piñero, Diego Arufe, María José de la Fuente, Pablo Testa, Matías Coronel, Sergio Baratta, Luis Podestá, Michael Fallon, Marcelo Silva
BACKGROUND: The natural history of intrapulmonary vascular dilations (IPVD) and their impact on patient outcomes in the setting of portal hypertension has only been described in small series. AIMS: To assess the development of hepatopulmonary síndrome (HPS) in patients with isolated IPVD and to evaluate outcomes of IPVD and HPS among patients evaluated for liver transplantation (LT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data from a prospective cohort of patients evaluated for LT with standardized screening for HPS were analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607613/complex-fractionated-atrial-electrograms-high-dominant-frequency-regions-and-left-atrial-voltages-during-sinus-rhythm-and-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Naoko Sasaki, Ichiro Watanabe, Yasuo Okumura, Koichi Nagashima, Rikitake Kogawa, Kazumasa Sonoda, Kazuki Iso, Keiko Takahashi, Masaru Arai, Ryuta Watanabe, Sayaka Kurokawa, Kimie Ohkubo, Toshiko Nakai, Atsushi Hirayama, Mizuki Nikaido
BACKGROUND: Ablation targeting complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs) or high dominant frequency (DF) sites is generally effective for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). CFAEs and/or high DF sites may exist in low-voltage regions, which theoretically represent abnormal substrates. However, whether CFAEs or high DF sites reflect low voltage substrates during sinus rhythm (SR) is unknown. METHODS: Sixteen patients with AF (8 with paroxysmal AF; 8, persistent AF) underwent high-density mapping of the left atrium (LA) with a 3-dimensional electroanatomic mapping system before ablation...
June 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606607/state-of-the-art-review-atrial-fibrillation-in-athletes
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REVIEW
M Darragh Flannery, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, André La Gerche
Exercise has substantial health benefits with pleomorphic vascular, metabolic, psychological and anti-neoplastic actions resulting in improved quality of life and longevity. Despite these many benefits, numerous studies have shown that endurance athletes are more likely to develop atrial fibrillation (AF) than non-athletes. The type, intensity and amount of sport appears to influence the risk of developing AF. Several endurance sport activities have been shown to increase the risk of developing AF but an excess in AF has not been shown in non-endurance sports...
June 3, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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