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REVIEW
Lance C Visser
Functional assessment of the right ventricle (RV) is challenging and has been understudied compared with the left ventricle. However, advances in echocardiographic assessment of RV function permit the quantitative assessment of RV performance via numerous modalities. Many RV function indices have now been studied in large samples of healthy dogs, and studies suggest a clinical benefit to echocardiographic RV function assessment in dogs and cats. This article reviews relevant RV anatomy and physiology, and highlights numerous indices of RV function assessment for dogs and cats...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644061/diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-choroid-plexus-aging
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Banu Alicioglu, Guliz Yilmaz, Ozgur Tosun, Nail Bulakbasi
Recent studies have pointed out dysfunction and histopathological changes of the choroid plexuses (CPs) with aging. This paper reviews apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the CPs for age-related changes. All the brain MR images of the patients between January 2013 and June 2014 in our Radiology Department were retrospectively investigated. Patients with major cranial abnormalities (brain tumors, hyperacute or acute ischemia, developmental anomalies, hemorrhage, hydrocephaly) were excluded. Diffusion-weighted images were obtained at the parameter values of b = 1000 s/mm(2) in the axial plane...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637782/the-brugada-syndrome-susceptibility-gene-hey2-modulates-cardiac-transmural-ion-channel-patterning-and-electrical-heterogeneity
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Christiaan C Veerman, Svitlana Podliesna, Rafik Tadros, Elisabeth M Lodder, Isabella Mengarelli, Berend de Jonge, Leander Beekman, Julien Barc, Ronald Wilders, Arthur A Wilde, Bastiaan J Boukens, Ruben Coronel, Arie Verkerk, Carol Ann Remme, Connie R Bezzina
Rationale: Genome-wide association studies previously identified an association of rs9388451 at chromosome 6q22.3 (near HEY2) with Brugada syndrome (BrS). The causal gene and underlying mechanism remain unresolved. Objective: We used an integrative approach entailing transcriptomic studies in human hearts and electrophysiological studies in Hey2 heterozygous knockout mice (Hey2(+/-) ) to dissect the underpinnings of the 6q22.31 association with BrS. Methods and Results: We queried expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) data acquired in 190 human left ventricular (LV) samples from the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) consortium for cis-eQTL effects of rs9388451 which revealed an association between BrS risk allele dosage and HEY2 expression (β=+0...
June 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637196/chronological-change-of-right-ventricle-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-in-mice
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Hyung-Ju Cho, Woon Heo, Jung Woo Han, Yong Hyuk Lee, Jin Myung Park, Min Jung Kang, Joo-Heon Yoon, Min Goo Lee, Chang-Hoon Kim, Joo Young Kim
Study Objective: No studies have investigated sequential changes in the heart on MRI, along with observation of functional lung phenotypes and genetics, over the duration of chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). We investigated chronological changes in heart and lung phenotypes after CIH using a mouse model to provide new insights into the pathophysiology of sleep apnea-induced cardiovascular disease. Methods: C57BL/6J adult male mice were randomized to 4 weeks or 8 weeks of CIH...
June 20, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629852/bioelectronic-block-of-paravertebral-sympathetic-nerves-mitigates-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Ray W Chui, Una Buckley, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tina Vrabec, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Jeffrey L Ardell
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction contributes to induction of ventricular tachyarrhythmia (VT). OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of charge-balanced direct current (CBDC), applied to the T1-T2 segment of the paravertebral sympathetic chain, on VT inducibility post-myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: In a porcine model, CBDC was applied in acute animals (n=7) to optimize stimulation parameters for sympathetic blockade and in chronic MI animals (n=7) to evaluate the potential for VTs...
June 16, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629574/biventricular-mechanics-in-prediction-of-severe-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-cmr-study
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Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Joanna Petryka, Mateusz Spiewak, Barbara Miłosz-Wieczorek, Konrad Werys, Łukasz A Małek, Magdalena Polanska-Skrzypczyk, Natalia Ojrzynska, Agata Kubik, Magdalena Marczak, Jolanta Misko, Jacek Grzybowski
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of various parameters of myocardial mechanics to predict large amounts of biventricular fibrosis assessed via T1 mapping in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIAL: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance feature tracking analysis and T1 mapping were performed in 26 patients with DCM [mean age: 34.4±9.1years, 15 (57.6%) males]. The values of various parameters of myocardial mechanics at predicting advanced left-ventricle (LV) and right-ventricle (RV) fibrosis were compared using logistic regression analysis and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) analysis...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625373/high-risk-echocardiographic-features-predict-mortality-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Christopher Austin, Charles Burger, Garvan Kane, Robert Safford, Joseph Blackshear, Ryan Ung, Jordan Ray, Ali Alsaad, Khadija Alassas, Brian Shapiro
AIMS: Echocardiography is the most common imaging modality for assessment of the right ventricle in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Echocardiographic parameters were identified as independent risk factors for mortality in the Registry to Evaluate Early and Long-term PAH Disease Management (REVEAL) and other PAH cohorts. We sought to identify readily obtained echocardiographic features associated with PAH survival. METHODS AND RESULTS: Retrospective analysis of 175 patients with Group 1 was performed...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625165/transpulmonary-thermodilution-advantages-and-limits
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REVIEW
Xavier Monnet, Jean-Louis Teboul
BACKGROUND: For complex patients in the intensive care unit or in the operating room, many questions regarding their haemodynamic management cannot be answered with simple clinical examination. In particular, arterial pressure allows only a rough estimation of cardiac output. Transpulmonary thermodilution is a technique that provides a full haemodynamic assessment through cardiac output and other indices. MAIN BODY: Through the analysis of the thermodilution curve recorded at the tip of an arterial catheter after the injection of a cold bolus in the venous circulation, transpulmonary thermodilution intermittently measures cardiac output...
June 19, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620681/cardiac-t1-mapping-in-congenital-heart-disease-bolus-vs-infusion-protocols-for-measurements-of-myocardial-extracellular-volume-fraction
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Nadya Al-Wakeel-Marquard, Sanaz Rastin, Frédéric Muench, Darach O H-Ici, Sevim Yilmaz, Felix Berger, Titus Kuehne, Daniel R Messroghli
Myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) reflecting diffuse myocardial fibrosis can be measured with T1 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) before and after the application of a gadolinium-based extracellular contrast agent. The equilibrium between blood and myocardium contrast concentration required for ECV measurements can be obtained with a primed contrast infusion (equilibrium contrast-CMR). We hypothesized that equilibrium can also be achieved with a single contrast bolus to accurately measure diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620320/abnormal-haemodynamic-flow-patterns-in-bicuspid-pulmonary-valve-disease
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Malenka M Bissell, Margaret Loudon, Stefan Neubauer, Saul G Myerson
Abnormal flow patterns in the aortas of those with bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) are increasingly recognized as important in the pathogenesis of aortic dilatation but pulmonary flow patterns in bicuspid pulmonary valves have not been studied. Bicuspid pulmonary valve disease is rare and a small numbers of case reports describe concomitant pulmonary artery dilation similar to the dilation of the ascending aorta, which is often seen in BAVs disease. We examined three cases of bicuspid pulmonary valve disease, 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with BAV disease but a tricuspid pulmonary valve...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619122/long-term-results-of-percutaneous-balloon-valvuloplasty-in-neonatal-critical-pulmonary-valve-stenosis-a-20-year-single-centre-experience
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Petra Loureiro, Barbara Cardoso, Inês B Gomes, José F Martins, Fátima F Pinto
Introduction Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty is the primary treatment for critical pulmonary valve stenosis in neonates. Thus far, a few studies have reported long-term results of this technique in neonatal critical pulmonary valve stenosis. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective study of all consecutive newborns with critical pulmonary valve stenosis subjected to percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty at a single centre, between 1994 and 2014, to assess its immediate and long-term safety and efficacy...
June 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612517/two-dimensional-knowledge-based-volumetric-reconstruction-of-the-right-ventricle-documents-short-term-improvement-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Johannes P Schwaiger, Daniel S Knight, Thomas Kaier, Adele Gallimore, Christopher P Denton, Benjamin E Schreiber, Clive Handler, John G Coghlan
BACKGROUND: Data are scarce about short-term right ventricular changes in pulmonary hypertension. Two-dimensional knowledge-based reconstruction of the right ventricle with 2D echocardiography (2DKBR) has been shown to be a valid alternative to Cardiac MRI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this longitudinal study 25 pulmonary hypertension patients underwent 2DKBR of the right ventricle, assessment of NT-proBNP levels and functional class at baseline and after a mean follow-up of 6...
June 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608400/myocardial-strain-assessment-using-velocity-vector-imaging-in-normally-grown-fetuses-at-term
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Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Alexander Gooi, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to prospectively assess fetal myocardial deformation at term in normally grown fetuses, using Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) 2D speckle-tracking technique and explore myocardial deformation changes over the last four weeks of pregnancy. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study, at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. A cohort of 276 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies underwent fortnightly ultrasound from 36 weeks until delivery...
June 13, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604803/impact-of-tumor-position-conductivity-distribution-and-tissue-homogeneity-on-the-distribution-of-tumor-treating-fields-in-a-human-brain-a-computer-modeling-study
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Anders Rosendal Korshoej, Frederik Lundgaard Hansen, Axel Thielscher, Gorm Burckhardt von Oettingen, Jens Christian Hedemann Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Tumor treating fields (TTFields) are increasingly used in the treatment of glioblastoma. TTFields inhibit cancer growth through induction of alternating electrical fields. To optimize TTFields efficacy, it is necessary to understand the factors determining the strength and distribution of TTFields. In this study, we provide simple guiding principles for clinicians to assess the distribution and the local efficacy of TTFields in various clinical scenarios. METHODS: We calculated the TTFields distribution using finite element methods applied to a realistic head model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600804/noninvasive-pulmonary-transit-time-a-new-parameter-for-general-cardiac-performance
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Anouk G W de Lepper, Ingeborg H F Herold, Salvatore Saporito, R Arthur Bouwman, Massimo Mischi, Hendrikus H M Korsten, Koen D Reesink, Patrick Houthuizen
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary transit time (PTT) assessed with contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a novel tool to evaluate cardiac function. PTT represents the time for a bolus of contrast to pass from the right to the left ventricle, measured according to the indicator dilution principles using CEUS. We investigated the hypothesis that PTT is a measure of general cardiac performance in patient populations eligible for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS: The study population consisted of heart failure patients referred for CRT with NYHA class II-IV, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)≤35% and QRS≥120 ms...
June 9, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597761/metabolic-and-functional-evaluation-of-the-heart-and-lungs-in-pulmonary-hypertension-by-gated-2-18f-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose-positron-emission-tomography
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Didem Saygin, Kristin B Highland, Samar Farha, Margaret Park, Jacqueline Sharp, Emir Charles Roach, W H Wilson Tang, James D Thomas, Serpil C Erzurum, Donald R Neumann, Frank P DiFilippo
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with a metabolic shift towards glycolysis in both the right ventricle and lung. This results in increased glucose uptake to compensate for the lower energy yield of glycolysis, which creates a potential for 2-[18F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) to be a useful tool in the evaluation of participants with PH. We investigated the utility of PET for PH by comparing FDG-PET uptake in the right ventricle and lungs in 30 participants with PH and eight healthy controls and correlating these measurements with echocardiographic (ECHO) measurements and other traditional assessments commonly used in PH...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595994/-news-techniques-of-pacing-in-congenital-heart-diseases
#18
Mathieu Le Bloa, Jean-Benoît Thambo
The number of children and adult with congenital heart disease requiring implantation of cardiac pacemaker or cardioverter defibrillator is constantly increasing. The lead between stimulation/defibrillation site and the generator constitutes the main weakpoint of those devices despite the numerous recent technological advances: use of bipolar probes, corticoid elution electrodes, insulation improvement, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility. Risk of device failure remains high in this population. Long term adverse events with endovascular devices remain high...
June 5, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595488/can-mri-detect-pulmonary-hypertension-in-a-population-pre-selected-by-echocardiography
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Clement Venner, Freddy Odille, Damien Voilliot, Ari Chaouat, François Chabot, Jacques Felblinger, Laurent Bonnemains
Background The place of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the assessment of pulmonary hypertension (PH) remains controversial. Several studies proposed to use MRI to assess pulmonary pressure but the level of proof is low. Purpose To evaluate the diagnostic power of cardiac MRI within a non-selected population of patients suspected of PH after an echocardiography. Material and Methods Fifty-six consecutive patients, suspected of PH after an echocardiography, were assessed with right heart catheterization and cardiac MRI (including a high temporal resolution pulmonary flow curve)...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593003/focused-cardiac-ultrasound-focus-by-emergency-medicine-residents-in-patients-with-suspected-cardiovascular-diseases
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Davood Farsi, Skokoufeh Hajsadeghi, Mohammad Javad Hajighanbari, Mani Mofidi, Peyman Hafezimoghadam, Mahdi Rezai, Babak Mahshidfar, Samaneh Abiri, Saeed Abbasi
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have assessed the value and accuracy of focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) performed by emergency physicians. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FOCUS performed by emergency medicine residents compared to echocardiography performed by a cardiologist in emergency department (ED) patients suspected of cardiovascular disease. METHODS: The research involved a prospective observational cross-sectional study enrolling patients over 18-years old suspected of having cardiovascular disease who required an echocardiograph...
June 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
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