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Right ventricle assessment

Per Martin Arvidsson, Johannes Töger, Marcus Carlsson, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Einar Heiberg, Hakan Arheden
Intracardiac blood flow is driven by hemodynamic forces that are exchanged between the blood and myocardium. Previous studies have been limited to 2D measurements or investigated only LV forces. Right ventricular forces and their mechanistic contribution to asymmetric redirection of flow in the RV have not been measured. We therefore aimed to quantify three-dimensional hemodynamic forces in both ventricles in a cohort of healthy subjects, using magnetic resonance imaging 4D flow measurements. 25 controls,14 elite endurance athletes, and two patients with left ventricular dyssynchrony were included...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Suresh Chengode
The left ventricle, with its thickened myocardial walls, unlike the right ventricle has no measurable geometric shape. It has a conical apex and its function quantification, needs intensive, 2D, 3D and M mode transesophageal echocardiography, which is described in this review.
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Cailei Zhao, Yongxin Li, Weiguo Cao, Kui Xiang, Heye Zhang, Jian Yang, Yungen Gan
To explore the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameters in the quantitative assessment of early brain microstructure changes before and after ventriculoperitoneal shunt in children with high intracranial pressure hydrocephalus.Ten patients with communicating hydrocephalus (age: 2-36 months) and 14 age-/gender-matched controls (age: 2-36 months) were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent the ventriculoperitoneal shunt procedure. The imaging data were collected before and 3 months after the operation...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kaylin T Nguyen, Rachel A Gladstone, Jonathan W Dukes, Babak Nazer, Eric Vittinghoff, Nitish Badhwar, Vasanth Vedantham, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Byron K Lee, Randall J Lee, Zian H Tseng, Jeffrey E Olgin, Melvin M Scheinman, Gregory M Marcus
INTRODUCTION: Atrial refractoriness may be an important determinant of atrial fibrillation (AF) risk, but its measurement is not clinically accessible. Because the QT interval predicts incident AF and the atrium and ventricle share repolarizing ion currents, we investigated the association between an individual's QT interval and atrial effective refractory period (AERP). METHODS: In paroxysmal AF patients presenting for catheter ablation, the QT interval was measured from the surface 12-lead ECG...
October 18, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Frank W DiPaola, Kurt R Schumacher, Caren S Goldberg, Joshua Friedland-Little, Aishwarya Parameswaran, Jonathan R Dillman
OBJECTIVES: Assess liver stiffness using ultrasound point shear wave elastography (US P-SWE) in children before and after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Eighteen children undergoing the Fontan operation were prospectively enrolled. Eight US P-SWE measurements were obtained from the right hepatic lobe before surgery, and at multiple postoperative time points. Temporally related inferior vena cava pressure (IVC) data was collected from medical records, when available...
October 17, 2016: European Radiology
Domenico Acanfora, Pietro Scicchitano, Gerardo Casucci, Bernardo Lanzillo, Nicola Capuano, Giuseppe Furgi, Chiara Acanfora, Marialaura Longobardi, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Marco Matteo Ciccone
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise training on cardiac function in heart failure (HF) patients recently suffering from acute decompensation. Radionuclide ambulatory ventricular function monitoring (VEST) was used to detect variations in cardiac hemodynamics during training period. METHODS: This was a monocentric, randomized, controlled trial. We enrolled 72 HF patients [left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%] within two weeks after acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema: 40 in the elderly group, 32 in the middle-aged group...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Moshe Bronshtein, Zeev Blumenfeld, Asaad Choury, Ayala Gover
OBJECTIVES: To assess the natural history and outcome of fetal pulmonary stenosis [PS] detected at 14 to 16 weeks gestation. METHODS: This is a retrospective study, in the years 2004-2015, with serial follow up during pregnancy. Patients referred for complete early fetal ultrasound including all fetal systems and a fetal echocardiogram. Ninety seven percent of the women were low risk, and 3% had risk factors such as maternal type 1 diabetes mellitus, exposure to teratogenic drugs or anomalies in previous pregnancies or in other family members...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pantelis A Sarafidis, Vasilios Kamperidis, Charalampos Loutradis, Konstantinos Tsilonis, Fani Mpoutsiouki, Athanasios Saratzis, Georgios Giannakoulas, Georgios Sianos, Haralambos Karvounis
BACKGROUND: The effect of acute preload reduction during haemodialysis on left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) function is not well understood. This study aimed to evaluate acute changes in novel echocardiographic and tissue Doppler-derived indices of LV and RV function during the first and a standard weekly dialysis session and to examine the possible effect of acute intradialytic volume changes in LV and RV diastolic function and pulmonary circulation loading. METHODS: Forty-one adult patients receiving standard thrice-weekly haemodialysis participated in this study...
October 13, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Basant M Elnady, Ayman Saeed Mohamed Abdelghafar, El Shazly Abdul Khalik, Mohammed Mesfer Algethami, A S Basiony, Mona Dhaif Allah Al-Otaibi, Maram Eidhah Al-Otaibi
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can present limitations to exercise capacity and quality of life (QoL) because of various clinical conditions, such as pulmonary disease or heart disease. Tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE) offers the promise of an objective measurement to quantify regional and global ventricular function through the assessment of myocardial velocity data. This study aimed to assess the intensity of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) systolic and diastolic dysfunction in SLE patients by means of TDE and cardiopulmonary exercise (CPX) testing to determine their impact on QoL...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Elio Aloia, Matteo Cameli, Flavio D'Ascenzi, Carlotta Sciaccaluga, Sergio Mondillo
RV function is an important component of overall heart function with prognostic value in predicting symptomatic limitation and outcome in different cardiovascular pathologies. RV longitudinal contraction accounts for the majority of total RV function, up to 80%, as compared to transverse shortening. Calculation of RV volume and RV ejection fraction (RVEF) remains hampered by the complex RV geometry and we lack a good geometric model allowing the calculation of right ventricular ejection fraction; secondly, the large apical trabeculations of the right ventricle make the endocardial delineation more difficult to obtain than for the left ventricle...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Andrew Kohut, Nishi Patel, Harpreet Singh
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive high-resolution echocardiography to evaluate cardiovascular function of small animals is increasingly being used due to availability of genetically engineered murine models. Even though guidelines and standard values for humans were revised by the American Society of Echocardiography, evaluations on murine models are not performed according to any standard protocols. These limitations are preventing translation of preclinical evaluations to clinical meaningful conclusions...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Christopher J François, Mark L Schiebler
Multimodality, noninvasive imaging is increasingly used in the identification and management of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Chest radiography, ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy, and Doppler echocardiography are frequently the initial studies used to evaluate patients suspected of having PH. However, their ability to evaluate the right ventricle (RV) and pulmonary vasculature is limited. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are increasingly used to identify causes of PH and assess the effect of PH on RV function...
November 2016: Radiologic Clinics of North America
Alberto M Marra, Nicola Benjamin, Francesco Ferrara, Olga Vriz, Michele D'Alto, Antonello D'Andrea, Anna Agnese Stanziola, Luna Gargani, Antonio Cittadini, Ekkehard Grünig, Eduardo Bossone
The right ventricular outflow tract acceleration time (RVOT-AT) has shown to progressively shorten with increasing degrees of pulmonary pressure. However, the physiologic ranges of RVOT AT are based on small sample sizes and have not been investigated regarding their determining factors. The aim of this study was to investigate reference values and determining factors of RVOT-AT in a large population of healthy subjects and by values described in the literature. In the first part of the study, 1029 healthy subjects (mean age 45...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Jun-Yen Pan, Chu-Chuan Lin, Jen-Ping Chang
Assessment of the pulmonary circulation status including pressure, resistance, size, and absence of anatomical distortion, is crucial to the successful Fontan operation. Most patients are found to have acceptable pulmonary arteries after previous palliation, although some degree of distortion is not uncommon. However, in rare instances, some patients have only one functioning lung with another pulmonary artery seriously hypoplastic or atretic. For theses patients, completion of a Fontan operation will be challenging...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Brett Cronin, Robin Robbins, Timothy Maus
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of pulmonary artery catheter placement using transesophageal echocardiography inclusive of a description of the technique. DESIGN: A prospective, proof-of-concept study. SETTING: Single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension scheduled for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. INTERVENTIONS: Pulmonary artery catheters were placed in 20 patients solely by transesophageal echocardiographic guidance...
July 12, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Hai-Feng Pei, Juan-Ni Hou, Fei-Peng Wei, Qiang Xue, Fan Zhang, Cheng-Fei Peng, Yi Yang, Yue Tian, Juan Feng, Jin Du, Lei He, Xiu-Chuan Li, Er-He Gao, De Li, Yong-Jian Yang
Mitochondrial dysfunction leads to reactive oxygen species (ROS) overload, exacerbating injury in myocardial infarction (MI). As a receptor for translocases in the outer mitochondrial membrane (Tom) complex, Tom70 has an unknown function in MI, including in melatonin-induced protection against MI injury. We delivered specific small interfering RNAs against Tom70 or lentivirus vectors carrying Tom70a sequences into the left ventricles of mice or to cultured neonatal murine ventricular myocytes (NMVMs). At 48 h post-transfection, the left anterior descending coronary arteries of mice were permanently ligated, while the NMVMs underwent continuous hypoxia...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Krishna Kumar Mohanan Nair, Arun Gopalakrishnan, Sanjay Ganapathi, Sivadasanpillai Harikrishnan, Ajitkumar Valaparambil, Jaganmohan Tharakan
Ventricular interdependence is a salient hemodynamic feature of cardiac tamponade that manifests as discordance between the left and right ventricles in filling and ejection on hemodynamic assessment. Ventricular interdependence can manifest as arterial discordance at the level of the great arteries.
October 2016: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
A W den Hartog, R Franken, M P van den Berg, A H Zwinderman, J Timmermans, A J Scholte, V de Waard, A M Spijkerboer, G Pals, B J M Mulder, M Groenink
BACKGROUND: Mild biventricular dysfunction is often present in patients with Marfan syndrome. Losartan has been shown to reduce aortic dilatation in patients with Marfan syndrome. This study assesses the effect of losartan on ventricular volume and function in genetically classified subgroups of asymptomatic Marfan patients without significant valvular regurgitation. METHODS: In this predefined substudy of the COMPARE study, Marfan patients were classified based on the effect of their FBN1 mutation on fibrillin-1 protein, categorised as haploinsufficient or dominant negative...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
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