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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722247/left-ventricular-function-and-regional-strain-with-subtly-tagged-steady-state-free-precession-feature-tracking
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Eric M Schrauben, Brett R Cowan, Andreas Greiser, Alistair A Young
PURPOSE: To provide regional strain and ventricular volume from a single acquisition, using subtly tagged steady-state free precession (SubTag SSFP) feature tracking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects on regional strain of tag strength in gradient recalled echo (GRE) tagging, flip angle in untagged balanced SSFP, and both in SubTag SSFP were examined in the mid left ventricle of 15 healthy volunteers at 3T. Optimal parameters were determined from varying both tag strength and SSFP flip angle using full tag saturation GRE as the reference standard...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720202/a-novel-surgical-approach-to-mechanical-circulatory-support-in-univentricular-infants
#2
Avihu Z Gazit, Orlando Petrucci, Peter Manning, Mark Shepard, Sirine Baltagi, Kathleen Simpson, Chesney Castleberry, Charles Canter, Pirooz Eghtesady
BACKGROUND: Historically, the options for mechanical circulatory support in infants, particularly those with single-ventricle physiology, have been limited and outcomes have generally been poor. We report a new approach implemented for long-term support in a series of such patients. METHODS: This study is a single-center case series of 7 patients with single-ventricle physiology after stage 1 palliation supported with mechanical circulatory support using a novel technique, between May 2014 and September 2015...
July 15, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714851/pdgfr%C3%AE-functions-in-endothelial-derived-cells-to-regulate-neural-crest-cells-and-development-of-the-great-arteries
#3
Haig Aghajanian, Young Kuk Cho, Nicholas W Rizer, Qiaohong Wang, Li Li, Karl Degenhardt, Rajan Jain
Originating as a single vessel emerging from the embryonic heart, the truncus arteriosus must septate and remodel into the aorta and pulmonary artery to support postnatal life. Defective remodeling or septation leads to abnormalities collectively known as conotruncal defects, which are associated with significant mortality and morbidity. Multiple populations of cells must interact to coordinate outflow tract remodeling, and cardiac neural crest has emerged as particularly important during this process. Abnormalities in cardiac neural crest have been implicated in the pathogenesis of multiple conotruncal defects, including persistent truncus arteriosus, double outlet right ventricle, and tetralogy of Fallot...
July 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714245/drug-loaded-multifunctional-nanoparticles-targeted-to-the-endocardial-layer-of-the-injured-heart-modulate-hypertrophic-signaling
#4
Mónica P A Ferreira, Sanjeev Ranjan, Sini Kinnunen, Alexandra Correia, Virpi Talman, Ermei Mäkilä, Brianda Barrios-Lopez, Marianna Kemell, Vimalkumar Balasubramanian, Jarno Salonen, Jouni Hirvonen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Anu J Airaksinen, Hélder A Santos
Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. Severe myocardial ischemia results in a massive loss of myocytes and acute myocardial infarction, the endocardium being the most vulnerable region. At present, current therapeutic lines only ameliorate modestly the quality of life of these patients. Here, an engineered nanocarrier is reported for targeted drug delivery into the endocardial layer of the left ventricle for cardiac repair. Biodegradable porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles are functionalized with atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), which is known to be expressed predominantly in the endocardium of the failing heart...
July 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711963/transfer-of-neonates-with-critical-congenital-heart-disease-within-a-regionalized-network
#5
Michael F Swartz, Jill M Cholette, Jennifer M Orie, Marshall L Jacobs, Jeffrey P Jacobs, George M Alfieris
Regionalization of pediatric cardiac surgical care varies between and within states. In most geographic regions, at least some neonates with critical heart disease are transferred from their birth hospital to a different hospital for surgery. The impact of neonatal transfer for surgery, particularly over a considerable distance (>10 miles), has been largely unexplored. We sought to examine the impact of transferring neonates for cardiac surgery. We queried the New York State Cardiac Surgery database (2005-2014) from a single institution to identify neonates born within the cardiac surgery center and those transferred for surgery...
July 15, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711530/pitfalls-of-a-neuroendoscopic-biopsy-of-intraventricular-germ-cell-tumors
#6
Yasuyuki Kinoshita, Fumiyuki Yamasaki, Atsushi Tominaga, Taiichi Saito, Tetsuhiko Sakoguchi, Takeshi Takayasu, Satoshi Usui, Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Kazunori Arita, Kaoru Kurisu
OBJECTIVE: A neuroendoscopic biopsy has become common for the diagnosis of ventricular tumors. However, its utility in patients with germ cell tumors (GCTs) has not been well discussed. We examined the usefulness and pitfalls of neuroendoscopic biopsies of intraventricular GCTs at a single institution. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 21 consecutive patients diagnosed with GCT by a neuroendoscopic biopsy of the ventricular region via the lateral ventricle. We examined the localization of tumors, histological diagnoses using biopsies, surgical complications, and consistency of the diagnosis at the latest follow-up...
July 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709664/current-results-of-single-ventricle-palliation-of-patients-with-double-inlet-left-ventricle
#7
Bahaaldin Alsoufi, Courtney McCracken, Kirk Kanter, Subhadra Shashidharan, Brian Kogon
BACKGROUND: Double inlet left ventricle (DILV) is a heterogeneous single ventricle anomaly in which initial presentation, and consequently, timing and palliation mode vary based on morphology and degree of pulmonary or systemic outflow obstruction. Very few reports, mostly old, focused on palliation outcomes of DILV. We report current-era results and examine whether morphologic and subsequently surgical factors influence survival. METHODS: Fifty-eight infants with DILV underwent single ventricle palliation...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708210/particle-image-velocimetry-tests-on-pediatric-45-cc-and-30-cc-ventricle-assist-devices-effects-of-heart-rate-on-vad-operation
#8
Dariusz Witkowski, Damian Obidowski, Piotr Reorowicz, Daniel Jodko, Krzysztof Jozwik
BACKGROUND: This study investigated flow analysis inside pediatric ventricle assist devices (VADs) designed and manufactured at the Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development (FRK), Zabrze, Poland. The main goal of the experiment was to define the minimal heart rate admissible in clinical practice. METHODS: The flow was directed by mechanical, single-disc valves developed at the Lodz University of Technology, Institute of Turbomachinery in Lodz, Poland. VAD operation conditions under different heart rates were analyzed...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705808/molecular-basis-of-altered-herg1-channel-gating-induced-by-ginsenoside-rg3
#9
Alison Gardner, Wei Wu, Steven Thomson, Eva-Maria Zangerl-Plessl, Anna Stary-Weinzinger, Michael Sanguinetti
Outward current conducted by human ether-a-g-go-related gene type 1 (hERG1) channels is a major determinant of action potential repolarization in the human ventricle. Ginsenoside 20(S)-Rg3 (Rg3), an alkaloid isolated from the root of Panax ginseng slows the rate of hERG1 deactivation, induces channels to open at more negative potentials than normal and increases current magnitude. The onset of Rg3 action is extremely fast, suggesting that it binds to an extracellular accessible site on the channel to alter its gating...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702716/can-the-pulmonary-artery-wedge-pressure-be-used-reliably-as-a-surrogate-for-the-left-atrial-mean-pressure-in-pre-fontan-evaluation
#10
Bassel Mohammad Nijres, Ra-Id Abdulla, Sawsan Awad, Joshua Murphy
The correlation between mean pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP) and left atrial mean pressure (LAMP) has been poorly studied in patients with single ventricle (SV) physiology (Bernstein et al. in Pediatr Cardiol 33: 15-20 2012). The aim of this study is to determine if the PAWP can be used safely as a surrogate to the LAMP to calculate the pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) during the pre-Fontan evaluation. Also, we aimed to understand if the presence of significant systemic-to-pulmonary collaterals (SPCs) is a confounding factor for accurate estimation of the LAMP...
July 12, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698113/patient-specific-biomechanical-model-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-to-predict-post-operative-cardio-circulatory-behaviour
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Elena Cutrì, Alessio Meoli, Gabriele Dubini, Francesco Migliavacca, Tain-Yen Hsia, Giancarlo Pennati
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a complex congenital heart disease characterised by the underdevelopment of the left ventricle normally treated with a three-stage surgical repair. In this study, a multiscale closed-loop cardio-circulatory model is created to reproduce the pre-operative condition of a patient suffering from such pathology and virtual surgery is performed. Firstly, cardio-circulatory parameters are estimated using a fully closed-loop cardio-circulatory lumped parameter model. Secondly, a 3D standalone FEA model is build up to obtain active and passive ventricular characteristics and unloaded reference state...
July 8, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695443/3d-experimental-and-computational-analysis-of-eccentric-mitral-regurgitant-jets-in-a-mock-imaging-heart-chamber
#12
Yifan Wang, Annalisa Quaini, Sunčica Čanić, Marija Vukicevic, Stephen H Little
Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is a disorder of the heart in which the mitral valve does not close properly. This causes an abnormal leaking of blood backwards from the left ventricle into the left atrium during the systolic contractions of the left ventricle. Noninvasive assessment of MR using echocardiography is an ongoing challenge. In particular, a major problem are eccentric or Coanda regurgitant jets which hug the walls of the left atrium and appear smaller in the color Doppler image of regurgitant flow...
July 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687711/the-optimal-timing-of-stage-2-palliation-for-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-an-analysis-of-the-pediatric-heart-network-single-ventricle-reconstruction-trial-public-dataset
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James M Meza, Edward J Hickey, Eugene H Blackstone, Robert D B Jaquiss, Brett R Anderson, William G Williams, Sally Cai, Glen S Van Arsdell, Tara Karamlou, Brian W McCrindle
Background -In infants requiring three-stage single ventricle palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome, attrition after the Norwood procedure remains significant. The effect of the timing of stage-2-palliation (S2P), a physician-modifiable factor, on long term survival is not well understood. We hypothesized that an optimal interval between the Norwood and S2P that both minimizes pre-S2P attrition and maximizes post-S2P survival exists and is associated with individual patient characteristics. Methods -The NIH/NHLBI Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial public dataset was used...
July 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680470/a-case-of-successfully-managed-pregnancy-in-a-patient-with-complex-cyanotic-congenital-heart-disease
#14
J Y Liu, W K Tan, E L Tan, J L Tan, L K Tan
Medical advances have increased survival of patients with congenital heart disease. However, cardiac disease in pregnancy carries significant maternal and fetal risks, posing enormous challenges to obstetricians. Cyanotic congenital heart disease is associated with maternal complications such as arrhythmias, thromboembolic events and death. Fetal complications include small for gestational age, miscarriage and prematurity. Cyanotic congenital heart disease patients who continue their pregnancies require holistic multidisciplinary team care with early and coordinated planning for delivery...
June 2017: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679172/potts-shunt-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-institutional-experience
#15
Sergey V Gorbachevsky, Anton A Shmalts, Irina Y Barishnikova, Sergey B Zaets
OBJECTIVES: Since 2004, different techniques for the Potts shunt have been used in patients with incurable pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, the experience with these interventions in a single institution is limited. We present our series of Potts shunts in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension. METHODS: Eight patients with suprasystemic pulmonary arterial hypertension (pulmonary artery-to-aorta mean pressure ratio of 1.39 ± 0.30) had a Potts shunt at the median age of 13...
June 29, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678701/a-planning-and-guidance-platform-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#16
Peter Mountney, Jonathan M Behar, Daniel Toth, Maria Panayiotou, Sabrina Reiml, Marie-Pierre Jolly, Rashed Karim, Li Zhang, Alexander Brost, Christopher A Rinaldi, Kawal Rhode
Patients with drug-refractory heart failure can greatly benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). A CRT device can resynchronize the contractions of the left ventricle (LV) leading to reduced mortality. Unfortunately 30- 50% of patients do not respond to treatment when assessed by objective criteria such as cardiac remodeling. A significant contributing factor is suboptimal placement of the LV lead. It has been shown that placing this lead away from scar and at the point of latest mechanical activation can improve response rates...
June 27, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677661/a-novel-therapeutic-approach-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-allium-ursinum-liophylisate-alleviates-symptoms-comparably-to-sildenafil
#17
Mariann Bombicz, Daniel Priksz, Balazs Varga, Andrea Kurucz, Attila Kertész, Akos Takacs, Aniko Posa, Rita Kiss, Zoltan Szilvassy, Bela Juhasz
Right-sided heart failure-often caused by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure-is a chronic and progressive condition with particularly high mortality rates. Recent studies and our current findings suggest that components of Wild garlic (Allium ursinum, AU) may play a role in reducing blood pressure, inhibiting angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), as well as improving right ventricle function in rabbit models with heart failure. We hypothesize that AU may mitigate cardiovascular damage caused by pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and has value in the supplementary treatment of the complications of the disease...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670188/an-uncommon-variant-of-an-uncommon-disease-a-caucasian-adolescent-with-apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-diagnosed-with-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#18
Rami Kassem Zein, Zaid Al-Faham, Jason A Mouabbi, Edouard R Daher
Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ApHCM) is a subtype of HCM. This variant is more common in the Asian population when compared to North American patients. Patients may present with arrhythmias, heart failure, myocardial infarction, chest discomfort, fatigue, and presyncope or syncope. Initial evaluation requires electrocardiogram and two-dimensional echocardiogram. T-wave inversion in the precordial leads as well as hypertrophy of the left ventricle is hallmarks of the disease. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is the most specific and sensitive imaging modality...
July 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670181/transient-ischemic-dilation-ratio-in-regadenoson-single-isotope-gated-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#19
Manolo Rubio, Andre Dias, Nikoloz Koshkelashvili, Jose N Codolosa, Mauricio Jalife-Bucay, Mary Rodriguez-Ziccardi, Aman M Amanullah
Single isotope 99mTc single-photon emission computed tomography-myocardial perfusion imaging (SPECT-MPI) is the most commonly used protocol for nuclear stress testing. Transient ischemic dilation of the left ventricle (TID) has been considered a specific marker of severe coronary artery disease (CAD). Recent publications have questioned the clinical utility of TID, specifically with regadenoson as a stressor and 4DM-SPECT software for TID analysis. These findings have not been demonstrated using other imaging packages...
July 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666664/young-infants-with-severe-tetralogy-of-fallot-early-primary-surgery-versus-transcatheter-palliation
#20
Travis J Wilder, Glen S Van Arsdell, Lee Benson, Eric Pham-Hung, Michael Gritti, Alexandra Page, Christopher A Caldarone, Edward J Hickey
BACKGROUND: Infants with severe tetralogy of Fallot may undergo (1) early primary surgical repair (EARLY) or (2) early transcatheter palliation (CATH) before delayed surgical repair. We compared these strategies with (3) elective single-stage tetralogy of Fallot repair (IDEAL). METHODS: From 2000 to 2012, 453 children underwent tetralogy of Fallot repair (excluding systemic-pulmonary shunts), including 383 in the IDEAL (75%), 42 in the EARLY (9%), and 28 in the CATH (6%) groups...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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