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Cardiac computed tomography

Takeshi Konuma, Syunsuke Sakamoto, Syuhei Toba, Ayano Futsuki, Naoki Yamamoto, Shinji Kanemitsu, Hideto Shimpo
OBJECTIVES: Postoperative left pulmonary artery (PA) or bronchus compression occasionally follows narrowing of the retroaortic space after the Norwood procedure. We examined hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)-specific anatomical malformations and hypothesized that a long main pulmonary arterial trunk might contribute to a larger retroaortic space. In this study, we introduced a modified Norwood procedure [pulmonary artery trunk-saving method (PATS)] and evaluated the results. METHODS: HLHS-specific anatomical malformations were examined using computed tomographic data from 23 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral pulmonary banding...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Mohamed A Mohamed, Rohit Abraham, Tareq I Maraqa, Samir Elian
Aortic dissection is a rare and fatal complication of cocaine-induced hypertension. The injury mechanism is through shear stress that penetrates the intimal vessel layer, allowing blood flow to separate intimal and medial layers. Due to its scarcity and the paucity of related literature, our knowledge of this condition is limited. We present a rare case of a cocaine-induced aortic dissection, which extended continuously from the aortic root to the common iliacs, along with a literature review of similar cases...
January 12, 2018: Curēus
Morten Schmidt, Michael Maeng, Morten Madsen, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Lisette Okkels Jensen, Carl-Johan Jakobsen
The WDHR (Western Denmark Heart Registry) is a seminational, multicenter-based registry with longitudinal registration of detailed patient and procedure data since 1999. The registry includes as of January 1, 2017 approximately 240,000 coronary angiographies, 90,000 percutaneous coronary interventions, 60,000 cardiac computed tomographies, 40,000 cardiac operations, and 2,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacements. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography, single-photon emission computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are soon to be added...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Michael C Mongé, Osama M Eltayeb, John M Costello, Joyce T Johnson, Andrada R Popescu, Cynthia K Rigsby, Carl L Backer
BACKGROUND: Controversy remains regarding the optimal surgical approach for children with supravalvular aortic stenosis (SVAS). METHODS: Since 1997 we have used Brom three-patch aortoplasty for patients with SVAS. We prefer computed tomography (CT) imaging for preoperative evaluation rather than cardiac catheterization as it avoids the well-known morbidity of general anesthesia. The purpose of this study was to present our intermediate-term results of this strategy...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Simon P Overeem, Esmé J Donselaar, Jorrit T Boersen, Erik Groot Jebbink, Cornelis H Slump, Jean-Paul P M de Vries, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To assess the dynamic behavior of chimney grafts during the cardiac cycle. METHODS: Three chimney endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) stent-graft configurations (Endurant and Advanta V12, Endurant and Viabahn, and Endurant and BeGraft) were placed in silicone aneurysm models and subjected to physiologic flow. Electrocardiography (ECG)-gated contrast-enhanced computed tomography was used to visualize geometric changes during the cardiac cycle. Endograft and chimney graft surface, gutter volume, chimney graft angulation over the center lumen line, and the D-ratio (the ratio between the lengths of the major and minor axes) were independently assessed by 2 observers at 10 time points in the cardiac cycle...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Basmah Safdar, Gail D'Onofrio, James Dziura, Raymond R Russell, Caitlin Johnson, Albert J Sinusas
AIMS: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is common in patients with non-obstructive coronary arteries but has not been described in low-risk symptomatic patients. We therefore assessed the prevalence and characteristics of CMD in low to moderate risk patients with chest pain in an emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used three-dimensional Rb82 cardiac positron emission tomography/computed tomography to diagnose coronary artery disease (known or new regional defect, any coronary calcification) and CMD (low coronary flow reserve without coronary artery disease) in chest pain patients after being ruled out for acute myocardial infarction...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Mehrshad Vafaie, Matthias Hochadel, Thomas Münzel, Birgit Hailer, Burghard Schumacher, Gerd Heusch, Thomas Voigtländer, Harald Mudra, Michael Haude, Sebastian Barth, Claus Schmitt, Harald Darius, Lars S Maier, Hugo A Katus, Jochen Senges, Evangelos Giannitsis
BACKGROUND: Since 2008, the German Cardiac Society certified 256 Chest Pain Units (CPUs). Little is known about adherence to recommended performance measures in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) presenting to CPUs. We investigated guideline-adherence regarding critical time intervals and selected performance measures in German Chest Pain Units. METHODS: From 2008 to 2014, 23,804 consecutive patients with suspected ACS were prospectively enrolled in the Chest Pain Unit registry of the German Cardiac Society...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
D J Murphy, A Aghayev, M L Steigner
Non-invasive cross-sectional imaging techniques play a crucial role in the assessment of the varied manifestations of vascular disease. Vascular imaging encompasses a wide variety of pathology. Designing vascular imaging protocols can be challenging owing to the non-uniform velocity of blood in the aorta, differences in cardiac output between patients, and the effect of different disease states on blood flow. In this review, we provide the rationale behind-and a practical guide to-designing and implementing straightforward vascular computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols...
March 14, 2018: Insights Into Imaging
Peter Paik, Sanjay K Arukala, Anupam A Sule
Central venous catheters are placed in approximately five million patients annually in the US. The preferred site of insertion is one with fewer risks and easier access. Although the right internal jugular vein is preferred, on occasion, the left internal jugular may have to be accessed. A patient was admitted for septic shock, cerebrovascular accident, and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A central venous line was needed for antibiotic and vasopressor administration. Due to trauma from a fall to the right side and previously failed catheterization attempts at the left subclavian and femoral veins, the left internal jugular vein was accessed...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Per Lehnert, Theis Lange, Christian Holdflod Møller, Peter Skov Olsen, Jørn Carlsen
This study reports the incidence, clinical profile and mortality for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) patients in the Danish population in four eras from 2004 to 2014. Patients admitted with first-time acute PE from 2004 through 2014 were identified from national patient registries classified according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition, World Health Organization. A total of 30,275 patients from a population of 4,301,673 adult residents aged 18 years or older were diagnosed with first-time acute PE, corresponding to an incidence of 64 (95% confidence interval: 61-66) per 100,000 adult residents per year...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Amir Pourmorteza, Noemie Keller, Richard Chen, Albert Lardo, Henry Halperin, Marcus Y Chen, Elliot McVeigh
Resting regional wall motion abnormality (RWMA) has significant prognostic value beyond the findings of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography. Stretch quantification of endocardial engraved zones (SQUEEZ) has been proposed as a measure of regional cardiac function. The purpose of the work reported here was to determine the effect of lowering the radiation dose on the precision of automatic SQUEEZ assessments of RWMA. Chronic myocardial infarction was created by a 2-h occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery in 10 swine (heart rates 80-100, ejection fraction 25-57%)...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Antonio Esposito, Anna Palmisano, Sofia Antunes, Caterina Colantoni, Paola Maria Vittoria Rancoita, Davide Vignale, Francesca Baratto, Paolo Della Bella, Alessandro Del Maschio, Francesco De Cobelli
PURPOSE: Diffuse remodeling of myocardial extra-cellular matrix is largely responsible for left ventricle (LV) dysfunction and arrhythmias. Our hypothesis is that the texture analysis of late iodine enhancement (LIE) cardiac computed tomography (cCT) images may improve characterization of the diffuse extra-cellular matrix changes. Our aim was to extract volumetric extracellular volume (ECV) and LIE texture features of non-scarred (remote) myocardium from cCT of patients with recurrent ventricular tachycardia (rVT), and to compare these radiomic features with LV-function, LV-remodeling, and underlying cardiac disease...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Shinya Higuchi, Iwao Matsunaga, Kiyokazu Koga, Eiichi Teshima, Atsuhiro Nakashima, Ryuji Tominaga, Tsuyoshi Ito
In almost every type of artificial valve, structural failure has been described. We are reporting on a case of a sudden leaflet escape of an Edwards TEKNA mitral valve prosthesis 12 years after implantation. The patient had a sudden onset of dyspnea and severe pulmonary edema with subsequent cardiogenic shock. An emergency mitral replacement was successfully performed. A multi-detector computed tomography scanning and three-dimensional imaging showed two fragments that had embolized in the terminal aorta and the left common iliac artery...
March 13, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Hisanori Fukunaga, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Hideo Shimomura, Shuzo Yamamoto, Chiaki Terao, Tomoko Totsune, Manabu Nakagawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Primary cardiac lymphoma is rare and can be an aggressive disease, depending on the grade. A case is reported of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma associated with a pericardial effusion. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) imaging was useful in the diagnosis and in evaluating the disease activity in this case. CASE REPORT A 72-year-old Japanese woman visited a general practitioner, complaining of dyspnea associated with cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed, and Group V malignant cells were identified by cytology, suspicious for malignant lymphoma...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Benjamin J Currie, Chris Johns, Matthew Chin, Thanos Charalampopolous, Charlie A Elliot, Pankaj Garg, Smitha Rajaram, Catherine Hill, Jim W Wild, Robin A Condliffe, David G Kiely, Andy J Swift
BACKGROUND: Patients with pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease (PH-LHD) have overlapping clinical features with pulmonary arterial hypertension making diagnosis reliant on right heart catheterization (RHC). This study aimed to investigate computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) derived cardiopulmonary structural metrics, in comparison to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the diagnosis of left heart disease in patients with suspected pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: Patients with suspected pulmonary hypertension who underwent CTPA, MRI and RHC were identified...
March 4, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Bo Wen, Lei Xu, Junfu Liang, Zhanming Fan, Zhonghua Sun
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography using a 256-row detector CT scanner in a single cardiac cycle in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Seventy consecutive patients (41 men and 29 women; age range was from 37 to 84 years, mean age was 61.7 ± 10.2 years; body mass index range was from 15.08 to 36.45 kg/m, mean body mass index was 25.9 ± 3.5 kg/m) with persistent or paroxysmal AF during acquisition, who were not receiving any medications for heart rate (HR) regulation, were imaged with a 256-row detector CT scanner (Revolution CT, GE healthcare)...
March 2018: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Brianna J Shinn, Laura J Tafe, Pantila Vanichakarn
BACKGROUND Carcinoid tumor, benign, low-grade malignant, and high-grade malignant, can be associated with the release of vasoactive substances that cause symptoms including cutaneous flushing, diarrhea, and bronchospasm. In 50-60% of patients with carcinoid syndrome, the vasoactive substances cause fibrosis of the pulmonary and tricuspid heart valves which lead to regurgitation and right-sided heart failure. The right side of the heart is usually affected because monoamine oxidases in the lungs usually inactivate the vasoactive substances...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Yoshinari Enomoto, Go Hashimoto, Naohiko Sahara, Hikari Hashimoto, Hiroki Niikura, Keijiro Nakamura, Raisuke Iijima, Hidehiko Hara, Makoto Suzuki, Mahito Noro, Masao Moroi, Kaoru Sugi, Masato Nakamura
A 70-years-old male with a history of hypertension and drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented to our hospital for catheter ablation to his symptomatic AF. He had no prior surgical or percutaneous procedure to close or exclude the left atrial appendage (LAA). A transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to rule out intra-cardiac thrombus prior to the ablation procedure. Although the TEE imaging at multiple acquisition angles was obtained, the LAA could not be visualized and an absence of the LAA was suspected...
March 12, 2018: International Heart Journal
Kasper Korsholm, Jesper Møller Jensen, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk
Transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion is increasingly used for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. The technique has proven effective and safe in randomized trials and multiple observational studies. The procedure is challenging due to the complex anatomy of the left atrial appendage; accurate cardiac imaging is essential for procedural guidance. Transesophageal echocardiography is the gold standard, but cardiac computed tomography (CT) has gained increasing interest within recent years. Cardiac CT offers high-resolution imaging allowing for preprocedural anatomic evaluation and device sizing, but may also be useful for exclusion of left atrial appendage thrombus, and follow-up assessment of residual peri-device leaks...
April 2018: Interventional Cardiology Clinics
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