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Right ventricle assessment

Wail Alkashkari, Amani Alsubei, Ziyad M Hijazi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The past couple of decades have brought tremendous advances to the field of pediatric and adult congenital heart disease (CHD). Percutaneous valve interventions are now a cornerstone of not just the congenital cardiologist treating patients with congenital heart disease, but also-and numerically more importantly-for adult interventional cardiologists treating patients with acquired heart valve disease. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (tPVR) is one of the most exciting recent developments in the treatment of CHD and has evolved to become an attractive alternative to surgery in patients with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) dysfunction...
March 15, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Rasa Tamosiuniene, Olga Manouvakhova, Paul Mesange, Toshie Saito, Jin Qian, Mrinmoy Sanyal, Yu-Chun Lin, Linh P Nguyen, Amir Luria, Allen B Tu, Joshua M Sante, Marlene Rabinovitch, Desmond J Fitzgerald, Brian B Graham, Aida Habtezion, Norbert F Voelkel, Laure Aurelian, Mark R Nicolls
<u>Rationale:</u> Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition associated with immune dysregulation and abnormal regulatory T cell (Treg) activity, but it is currently unknown whether and how abnormal Treg function differentially affects males and females. <u>Objective:</u> To evaluate whether and how Treg-deficiency differentially affects male and female rats in experimental PH. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Male and female athymic rnu/rnu rats, lacking Tregs, were treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) inhibitor SU5416 or chronic hypoxia and evaluated for PH; some animals underwent Treg immune reconstitution (IR) before SU5416 administration...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Victor Chien-Chia Wu, Masaaki Takeuchi
Assessment of right chamber function has become increasingly popular and important in recent decades, complementing the evaluation of left chamber functional parameters. The late adoption and integration of right ventricular (RV) function into a complete evaluation of cardiac function could be due in part to the difficulty in visualization of the whole right ventricle, inconsistency in the analysis of RV parameters, and poor understanding of the impact of RV function on prognosis. From M-mode to 2-dimensional (2D) measurements of RV size and function, there have been arrays of parameters that provide important information of the right ventricle...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Pinar Yilmaz, Karel Wallecan, Wisnumurti Kristanto, Jean-Paul Aben, Adriaan Moelker
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a semi-automatic right ventricle segmentation method on short-axis cardiac cine MR images which segment all right ventricle contours in a cardiac phase using one seed contour. Twenty-eight consecutive short-axis, four-chamber, and tricuspid valve view cardiac cine MRI examinations of healthy volunteers were used. Two independent observers performed the manual and automatic segmentations of the right ventricles. Analyses were based on the ventricular volume and ejection fraction of the right heart chamber...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
Michael Dandel, Roland Hetzer
Compared with the left ventricle (LV), the right ventricle (RV) is less suited for evaluation by echocardiography (ECHO). Nevertheless, RV ECHO-assessment has currently emerged as an important diagnostic tool with meaningful prognostic value and essential contribution to therapeutic decisions. Although significant progress has been made, including generation of higher-quality normative data, validation of several two-dimensional measurements and improvements in three-dimensional ECHO-techniques, many challenges in RV ECHO-assessment still persist...
March 9, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Marzena Barczuk-Falęcka, Łukasz A Małek, Hubert Krysztofiak, Danuta Roik, Michał Brzewski
Physical training is associated with changes in cardiac morphology called the "athlete's heart", which has not been sufficiently studied in children. The aim of the study was to analyze cardiac adaptation to exercise in pre-adolescent soccer players. Thirty-six soccer players (mean age 10.1 ± 1.4 years) and 24 non-athlete male controls (10.4 ± 1.7 years) underwent cardiac magnetic resonance. Measurements of myocardial mass, end-diastolic and end-systolic volume, stroke volume and ejection fraction for left and right ventricle (LV, RV) were performed...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
M Barczuk-Falęcka, Ł A Małek, D Roik, K Werys, B Werner, M Brzewski
AIM: To assess the accuracy of simple cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) parameters for first-line analysis of right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in children to identify those who require in-depth analysis and those in whom simple assessment is sufficient. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty paediatric CMR studies were analysed. The following CMR parameters were measured: RV end-diastolic and end-systolic area (4CH EDA and 4CH ESA), fractional area change (FAC), RV diameter in end-diastole (RVD1), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), and RV outflow tract diameter in end-diastole (RVOT prox)...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Catherine E Lipovsky, Brittany D Brumback, Aditi Khandekar, Stacey L Rentschler
The left and right ventricles of the four-chambered heart have distinct developmental origins and functions. Chamber-specific developmental programming underlies the differential gene expression of ion channel subunits regulating cardiac electrophysiology that persists into adulthood. Here, we discuss regional specific electrical responses to genetic mutations and cardiac stressors, their clinical correlations, and describe many of the multi-scale techniques commonly used to analyze electrophysiological regional heterogeneity...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
Dan Li, Qing-Ling Li, Qiang Ma, Na-Na Liu, Jia-Hui Yang, Yong-Lei Zeng, Ling He, Hui Tan, Xue-Zhao Jia, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of moxibustion on cardiac function and the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 associated X (Bax), Fas, Fas ligand (FasL) in cardiomyocytes of chronic heart failure (CHF) rats, so as to explore its underlying mechanisms in preventing and treating CHF. METHODS: SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, moxibustion, Captopril and moxibustion + Captopril (M+C) groups ( n =12 rats/group). The CHF model was established by intraperitoneal injection of Adriamycin (ADR, from 1 to 4 mg/kg, once every other day for 15 days)...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Marshall M Mrocki, Vivian B Nguyen, Paul Lombardo, Megan R Sutherland, Jonathan G Bensley, Ilias Nitsos, Beth J Allison, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Michal Schneider, Graeme R Polglase, M Jane Black
Preterm birth prematurely exposes the immature heart to the haemodynamic transition at birth, which has the potential to induce abnormal cardiac remodelling. Magnetic resonance imaging studies in young adults born preterm have shown abnormalities in the gross structure of the ventricles (particularly the right ventricle; RV), but the cellular basis of these alterations is unknown. The aim of this study, conducted in sheep, was to determine the effect of moderate preterm birth on RV cellular structure and function in early adulthood...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Leire Unzué, Eulogio García, Beatriz López-Melgar, Pilar Agudo-Quilez
Anomalous origin of a coronary artery from the opposite sinus of Valsalva (ACAOS) is a rare malformation traditionally considered "malignant" in cases of interarterial course. Recently, a protective effect of the low interarterial subtype (between the aorta and the right ventricle outflow tract) has been described. We present an IVUS-guided percutaneous intervention in a patient with anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the right coronary sinus presenting with anterior ischemia. In patients with ACAOS, the integration of complementary image techniques is recommended, defining the anomalous course of the vessel and providing an accurate assessment of the individual risk for each patient...
February 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
Christoffer Göransson, Niels Vejlstrup, Thomas Scheike, Jørn Carlsen
BACKGROUND: Normally, morbidity precedes mortality in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and is assessed with recognized surrogate measures of survival. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) can assess right ventricular (RV) structure and function which is directly related to survival in PAH. This study describes CMR-assessed weekly cardiac variability in PAH, allowing calculation of sample sizes for trials comparing PAH targeted treatment effects and optimal methods for individual monitoring...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mario Boehm, Nadine Arnold, Adam Braithwaite, Josephine Pickworth, Changwu Lu, Tatyana Novoyatleva, David G Kiely, Friedrich Grimminger, Hossein A Ghofrani, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, Allan Lawrie, Ralph T Schermuly, Baktybek Kojonazarov
BACKGROUND: Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone critically involved in arterial blood pressure regulation. Although pharmacological aldosterone antagonism reduces mortality and morbidity among patients with severe left-sided heart failure, the contribution of aldosterone to the pathobiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and right ventricular (RV) heart failure is not fully understood. METHODS: The effects of Eplerenone (0.1% Inspra® mixed in chow) on pulmonary vascular and RV remodeling were evaluated in mice with pulmonary hypertension (PH) caused by Sugen5416 injection with concomitant chronic hypoxia (SuHx) and in a second animal model with established RV dysfunction independent from lung remodeling through surgical pulmonary artery banding...
March 2, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Qing Liu, Hui Hu, Tingting Hu, Ting Han, Ahui Wang, Lijie Huang, Qiwen Tan, Wen Tan
Right heart failure and pulmonary artery remodeling resulting from increased left heart pressure are prevalent in a clinical setting, and the specific pathological feature exhibits cancer-like cell proliferation in lung. STVNa has been previously demonstrated its anti-proliferation property. In this study, we want to verify the therapeutic effect of STVNa against right ventricle hypertrophy and pulmonary artery remodeling in rats induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). The results show that TAC surgery increased mean right ventricle pressure (mRVP) less in the STVNa group than that in the vehicle group (11...
February 27, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Ibolya Csecs, Csilla Czimbalmos, Ferenc Imre Suhai, Róbert Mikle, Arash Mirzahosseini, Zsófia Dohy, Andrea Szűcs, Anna Réka Kiss, Tamás Simor, Attila Tóth, Béla Merkely, Hajnalka Vágó
While cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is the reference method to evaluate left and right ventricular functions, volumes and masses, there is no widely accepted method for the quantitative analysis of trabeculae and papillary muscles (TPM). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of TPM quantification on left and right ventricular CMR values in a normal cohort and to investigate interobserver variability of threshold-based (TB) analysis by three independent observers with variant experience in CMR...
February 28, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Yumi Shiina, Kei Inai, Tatsunori Takahashi, Kota Taniguchi, Eri Watanabe, Kenji Fukushima, Koichiro Niwa, Michinobu Nagao
The aim of the study was to evaluate systemic right ventricular (RV) dyssynchrony in patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA) and transposition of the great arteries (TGA) with New York Heart Association functional class (NYHA FC) < III. We used cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) to evaluate the dyssynchrony and assessed whether RV dyssynchrony can be predictive of major cardiac events in their early stages in these patients. We enrolled 71 consecutive, NYHA FC < III patients with systemic RV who underwent CMR between April 1995 and December 2016...
February 28, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Syed Saleem Mujtaba, Stephen Clark
AIM: To describe the early outcomes of carcinoid patients undergoing surgical heart valve replacement. METHODS: In a retrospective study, records of patients with symptomatic carcinoid heart disease referred for valve surgery between 2012 and 2016 were reviewed. The perioperative and early postoperative outcomes were analyzed. RESULTS: Nine patients, with a mean age of 61 years (range 55-70 years) underwent cardiac surgery for carcinoid syndrome...
February 16, 2018: Heart Surgery Forum
Cetin Gecmen, Ozkan Candan, Muzaffer Kahyaoglu, Arzu Kalayci, Ender Ozgun Cakmak, Ahmet Karaduman, Ibrahim Akin Izgi, Cevat Kirma
In this study, our objective was to evaluate right ventricular functions with speckle-tracking and conventional echocardiographic methods in patients with acute inferior myocardial infarction and to investigate the correlation between the echocardiographic parameters and the prediction of the proximal RCA lesions. 77 patients were included in this study. Patients with a RCA occluded proximal to the right ventricular branch were assigned to Group 1 and patients with an RCA occlusion distal to the right ventricle branch were assigned to Group 2...
February 26, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Rachael Cordina, Margherita Ministeri, Sonya V Babu-Narayan, Magalie Ladouceur, David S Celermajer, Michael A Gatzoulis, Anselm Uebing, Wei Li
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic assessment of diastolic function in the setting of Fontan physiology is not well validated. We recently demonstrated that atrioventricular systolic to diastolic duration ratio (AVV S/D ratio) independently predicts mortality in Fontan-adults and that a value >1.1 was associated with poor prognosis. PURPOSE: To correlate echocardiographic measures of diastolic function with direct measurement of ventricular end-diastolic pressure (VEDP)...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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