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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678322/measurement-of-wall-shear-stress-exerted-by-flowing-blood-in-the-human-carotid-artery-ultrasound-doppler-velocimetry-and-echo-particle-image-velocimetry
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Phillip E Gates, Arati Gurung, Luciano Mazzaro, Kuni Aizawa, Salim Elyas, William D Strain, Angela C Shore, Robin Shandas
Vascular endothelial cells lining the arteries are sensitive to wall shear stress (WSS) exerted by flowing blood. An important component of the pathophysiology of vascular diseases, WSS is commonly estimated by centerline ultrasound Doppler velocimetry (UDV). However, the accuracy of this method is uncertain. We have previously validated the use of a novel, ultrasound-based, particle image velocimetry technique (echo PIV) to compute 2-D velocity vector fields, which can easily be converted into WSS data. We compared WSS data derived from UDV and echo PIV in the common carotid artery of 27 healthy participants...
April 17, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677191/type-2-diabetic-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-mutant-mice-aldh-2-2-exhibiting-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-phenotype-can-be-determined-by-exercise-stress-echocardiography
#2
Guodong Pan, Srikar Munukutla, Ananya Kar, Joseph Gardinier, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Suresh Selvaraj Palaniyandi
E487K point mutation of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 2 (ALDH2*2) in East Asians intrinsically lowers ALDH2 activity. ALDH2*2 is associated with diabetic cardiomyopathy. Diabetic patients exhibit heart failure of preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) i.e. while the systolic heart function is preserved in them, they may exhibit diastolic dysfunction, implying a jeopardized myocardial health. Currently, it is challenging to detect cardiac functional deterioration in diabetic mice. Stress echocardiography (echo) in the clinical set-up is a procedure used to measure cardiac reserve and impaired cardiac function in coronary artery diseases...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659065/comparing-the-reproducibility-of-commonly-used-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-techniques-to-quantify-cerebral-glutathione
#3
S Andrea Wijtenburg, Jamie Near, Stephanie A Korenic, Frank E Gaston, Hongji Chen, Mark Mikkelsen, Shuo Chen, Peter Kochunov, L Elliot Hong, Laura M Rowland
BACKGROUND: Cerebral glutathione (GSH), a marker of oxidative stress, has been quantified in neurodegenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Using a reproducible MRS technique is important, as it minimizes the impact of measurement technique variability on the study results and ensures that other studies can replicate the results. HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesized that very short echo time (TE) acquisitions would have comparable reproducibility to a long TE MEGA-PRESS acquisition, and that the short TE PRESS acquisition would have the poorest reproducibility...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650708/outcomes-in-asymptomatic-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-undergoing-rest-and-treadmill-stress-echocardiography
#4
Chetan P Huded, Ahmad Masri, Kenya Kusunose, Andrew L Goodman, Richard A Grimm, A Marc Gillinov, Douglas R Johnston, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Zoran B Popovic, Lars G Svensson, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: In asymptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, we sought to assess the incremental prognostic value of resting valvuloarterial impedence (Zva) and left ventricular global longitudinal strain (LV-GLS) to treadmill stress echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 504 such patients (66±12 years, 78% men, 32% with coronary artery disease who underwent treadmill stress echocardiography between 2001 and 2012...
April 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29648704/abnormal-ventricular-repolarization-in-long-qt-syndrome-carriers-is-related-to-short-left-ventricular-filling-time-and-attenuated-stroke-volume-response-during-exercise
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Dafni Charisopoulou, George Koulaouzidis, Annika Rydberg, Michael Y Henein
BACKGROUND: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) carriers are characterized by abnormal ventricular repolarization, prolonged systole, and mechanical dispersion. Prolonged left ventricular (LV) systole has been shown to result in disproportionate shortening of LV filling in other conditions. The aim of this study was to assess LV filling, diastolic function, and stroke volume (SV) response to dynamic exercise, in a group of LQTS carriers. METHODS: Forty-seven LQTS carriers (45 ± 15 years, 20 symptomatic) and 35 healthy individuals underwent bicycle stress echocardiogram...
April 12, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642694/integrated-quadruple-stress-echocardiography
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Eugenio Picano, Doralisa Morrone, Maria C Scali, Alda Huqi, Katia Coviello, Quirino Ciampi
Stress Echocardiography (SE) is an established diagnostic technique. For 40 years, the cornerstone of the technique has been the detection of regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA), due to the underlying physiologically-relevant epicardial coronary artery stenosis. In the last decade, three new parameters (more objective than RWMA) have shown the potential to integrate and comple- ment RWMA: 1- B-lines, also known as ultrasound lung comets, as a marker of extra-vascular lung water, measured using lung ultrasound with the 4-site simplified scan symmetrically of the antero- lateral thorax on the third intercostal space, from mid-axillary to anterior axillary and mid- clavicular line; 2-left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR), assessed as the peak stress/rest ratio of left ventricular force, also known as elastance (systolic arterial pressure by cuff sphygmomanome- ter/end-systolic volume from 2D echocardiography); 3- coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) on left anterior descending coronary artery, calculated as peak stress/rest ratio of diastolic peak flow velocity assessed using pulsed-wave Doppler...
April 11, 2018: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629257/12-year-temporal-trend-in-referral-pattern-and-test-results-of-stress-echocardiography-in-a-tertiary-care-referral-center-with-moderate-volume-activities-and-cath-lab-facility
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Andrea Barbieri, Francesca Mantovani, Francesca Bursi, Ylenia Bartolacelli, Marcella Manicardi, Maria Giulia Lauria, Giuseppe Boriani
Background: Data on stress echocardiography (SE) time-related changes in referral patterns and diagnostic yield for detection of inducible ischemia could enhance Echo Lab quality benchmarks and performance measures. Aim: This study aims to evaluate temporal trends in SE test results among ambulatory patients with suspected or known coronary artery disease (CAD) in a tertiary care referral center with moderate (>100/year) volume SE activities and Cath-Lab facility...
January 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628901/defending-oneself-from-tourists-the-counter-environmental-bubble
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Michela Cortini, Daniela Converso
According to the Environmental Bubble Theory, tourists perform a series of strategies in order to remain anchored to their residential spots. The environmental bubble is constituted by a sort of social pellicule able to immunize tourists from the identity/cultural attacks which the visit to a foreign country implies. Such a pellicule is activated by the tourists themselves as they decide to travel in group or, for example, to eat only at the restaurants proposing their own national cuisine, and so on. Generally the potential cultural shock of residents is not taken into consideration in literature, even if it is plausibile to make the hypothesis of a counter-environmental bubble performed by the residents in order to defend their own culture and their identity from the attacks of mass tourism, especially for cities that live on tourism, as, for example, Florence or Siena do...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627182/transesophageal-echocardiographic-strain-imaging-predicts-aortic-biomechanics-beyond-diameter
#9
Alexander Emmott, Haitham Alzahrani, Mohammed Alreishidan, Judith Therrien, Richard L Leask, Kevin Lachapelle
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines recommend resection of ascending aortic aneurysms at diameters 5.5 cm or greater to prevent rupture or dissection. However, approximately 40% of all ascending aortic dissections occur below this threshold. We propose new transesophageal echocardiography strain-imaging moduli coupled with blood pressure measurements to predict aortic dysfunction below the surgical threshold. METHODS: A total of 21 patients undergoing aortic resection were recruited to participate in this study...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610444/hemodynamic-effects-of-valve-asymmetry-in-sapien-3-transcatheter-aortic-valves
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Daniel R Mangels, Mary Siki, Rohan Menon, Joseph Bavaria, Saif Anwaruddin, Jay Giri, Nimesh Desai, Wilson Y Szeto, Prashanth Vallabhajosyula, Howard C Herrmann
BACKGROUND: Eccentric valve deployment after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has been associated with abnormal leaflet shear stresses that may accelerate structural valve deterioration (SVD). This phenomenon has not been studied in patients receiving Sapien 3 prostheses (Edwards Lifesciences). METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis of 100 patients who received Sapien 3 valves between 2013 and 2015 at a single institution was performed. Axial fluoroscopic images from the co-planar view were used to assess TAVR asymmetry, which was defined as a ratio of left-to-right valve heights ≤0...
April 2018: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29602306/coronary-artery-fistula-with-associated-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
#11
Rabail Qureshi, Leo Kao, Rakesh P Gupta
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery fistula, first described by Krause in 1865, is an abnormal communication between the coronary artery and one of the four chambers of the heart or one of the great vessels. The communications are often congenital but may also be acquired from trauma or invasive cardiovascular procedures. Half of the cases present with angina pectoris whereas the remaining half are incidentally detected on echocardiogram or angiogram performed for an unrelated reason. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or stress-induced cardiomyopathy is characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction with minimal elevation of cardiac biomarkers in the absence of underlying coronary artery disease...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596455/flip-flop-method-a-new-t1-weighted-flow-mri-for-plants-studies
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Simon Buy, Simon Le Floch, Ning Tang, Rahima Sidiboulenouar, Michel Zanca, Patrick Canadas, Eric Nativel, Maida Cardoso, Eric Alibert, Guillaume Dupont, Dominique Ambard, Christophe Maurel, Jean-Luc Verdeil, Nadia Bertin, Christophe Goze-Bac, Christophe Coillot
The climate warming implies an increase of stress of plants (drought and torrential rainfall). The understanding of plant behavior, in this context, takes a major importance and sap flow measurement in plants remains a key issue for plant understanding. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which is well known to be a powerful tool to access water quantity can be used to measure moving water. We describe a novel flow-MRI method which takes advantage of inflow slice sensitivity. The method involves the slice selectivity in the context of multi slice spin echo sequence...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596110/cardiac-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-perinatally-hiv-infected-and-hiv-exposed-uninfected-children
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James D Wilkinson, Paige L Williams, Wendy Yu, Steven D Colan, Armando Mendez, Justin P V Zachariah, Russell B Van Dyke, William T Shearer, Renee E Margossian, Steven E Lipshultz
OBJECTIVES: To compare distributions of serum cardiac and inflammatory biomarkers between perinatally HIV-infected (PHIV) and perinatally HIV-exposed uninfected (PHEU) children, to evaluate their associations with echocardiographic measures, and among PHIV youth, with antiretroviral therapy (ART) and HIV disease severity measures. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of temporally paired serum samples for biomarkers and echocardiograms in a prospective multicenter cohort study of PHIV and PHEU youth...
March 28, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581040/female-false-positive-exercise-stress-ecg-testing-fact-verses-fiction
#14
Benjamin T Fitzgerald, William M Scalia, Gregory M Scalia
BACKGROUND: Exercise stress testing is a well validated cardiovascular investigation. Accuracy for treadmill stress electrocardiograph (ECG) testing has been documented at 60%. False positive stress ECGs (exercise ECG changes with non-obstructive disease on anatomical testing) are common, especially in women, limiting the effectiveness of the test. This study investigates the incidence and predictors of false positive stress ECG findings, referenced against stress echocardiography (SE) as a standard...
March 7, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29566820/physiological-stress-elicits-impaired-left-ventricular-function-in-preterm-born-adults
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Odaro J Huckstep, Wilby Williamson, Fernando Telles, Holger Burchert, Mariane Bertagnolli, Charlotte Herdman, Linda Arnold, Robert Smillie, Afifah Mohamed, Henry Boardman, Kenny McCormick, Stefan Neubauer, Paul Leeson, Adam J Lewandowski
BACKGROUND: Experimental and clinical studies show that prematurity leads to altered left ventricular (LV) structure and function with preserved resting LV ejection fraction (EF). Large-scale epidemiological data now links prematurity to increased early heart failure risk. OBJECTIVES: The authors performed echocardiographic imaging at prescribed exercise intensities to determine whether preterm-born adults have impaired LV functional response to physical exercise...
March 27, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562360/a-needs-led-framework-for-understanding-the-impact-of-caring-for-a-family-member-with-dementia
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Simon Pini, Emma Ingleson, Molly Megson, Linda Clare, Penny Wright, Jan R Oyebode
Background and Objectives: Approximately half the care for people with dementia is provided by families. It is therefore imperative that research informs ways of maintaining such care. In this study, we propose that a needs-led approach can provide a useful, novel means of conceptualizing the impact of caring on the lives of family carers. Our aim was to develop and present a needs-led framework for understanding how providing care impacts on carers' fulfilment of needs. Design and Methods: In this qualitative study, we conducted 42 semistructured interviews with a purposively diverse sample of family carers to generate nuanced contextualized accounts of how caring impacted on carers' lives...
March 19, 2018: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29561225/cerebrovascular-blood-oxygenation-level-dependent-pulsatility-at-baseline-and-following-acute-exercise-among-healthy-adolescents
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Athena E Theyers, Benjamin I Goldstein, Arron Ws Metcalfe, Andrew D Robertson, Bradley J MacIntosh
Arterial stiffness is linked to cerebral small vessel damage and neurodegeneration, but barriers to accessing deep cerebrovascular anatomy limit our ability to assess the brain. This study describes an adaptation of a cardiac-related scrubbing method as a means of generating blood oxygenation level-dependent pulsatility maps based on the cardiac cycle. We examine BOLD pulsatility at rest, based on the non-parametric deviation from null metric, as well as changes following acute physiological stress from 20 min of moderate-intensity cycling in 45 healthy adolescents...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29561203/n-acetylcysteine-rapidly-replenishes-central-nervous-system-glutathione-measured-via-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-in-human-neonates-with-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
#18
Hunter G Moss, Truman R Brown, Donald B Wiest, Dorothea D Jenkins
Persistent oxidative stress depletes reduced glutathione (GSH), an intracellular antioxidant and an important determinant of CNS injury after hypoxia ischemia. We used standard, short echo time Stimulated Echo Acquisition Mode (STEAM) to detect GSH by magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in 24 term neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), on day of life 5-6, after rewarming from therapeutic hypothermia. MRS demonstrated reliable, consistent GSH of 1·64 ± 0·20 mM in the basal ganglia immediately before intravenous infusion of N-acetylcysteine...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29545982/cocaine-induced-type-a-aortic-dissection-extending-to-the-common-iliac-arteries
#19
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29538653/simulating-the-ideal-geometrical-and-biomechanical-parameters-of-the-pulmonary-autograft-to-prevent-failure-in-the-ross-operation
#20
Francesco Nappi, Antonio Nenna, Domenico Larobina, Angelo Rosario Carotenuto, Mohamed Jarraya, Cristiano Spadaccio, Massimiliano Fraldi, Massimo Chello, Christophe Acar, Thierry Carrel
OBJECTIVES: Reinforcements for the pulmonary autograft (PA) in the Ross operation have been introduced to avoid the drawback of conduit expansion and failure. With the aid of an in silico simulation, the biomechanical boundaries applied to a healthy PA during the operation were studied to tailor the best implant technique to prevent reoperation. METHODS: Follow-up echocardiograms of 66 Ross procedures were reviewed. Changes in the dimensions and geometry of reinforced and non-reinforced PAs were evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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