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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737122/preserved-heart-function-after-left-ventricular-pressure-overload-in-adult-mice-subjected-to-neonatal-cardiac-hypoplasia
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K Heinecke, A Heuser, F Blaschke, C Jux, L Thierfelder, J-D Drenckhahn
Intrauterine growth restriction in animal models reduces heart size and cardiomyocyte number at birth. Such incomplete cardiomyocyte endowment is believed to increase susceptibility toward cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a phenomenon referred to as developmental programming. We have previously described a mouse model of impaired myocardial development leading to a 25% reduction of cardiomyocyte number in neonates. This study investigated the response of these hypoplastic hearts to pressure overload in adulthood, applied by abdominal aortic constriction (AAC)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714604/antidepressants-antipsychotics-and-mood-stabilizers-in-pregnancy-what-do-we-know-and-how-should-we-treat-pregnant-women-with-depression
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REVIEW
Asher Ornoy, Liza Weinstein-Fudim, Zivanit Ergaz
Depression is generally treated with antidepressants, but may often need antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. We discuss the updated data regarding the safety in pregnancy of antidepressants and antipsychotics, except selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and their possible impact on the long-term development of the offspring. Several earlier studies demonstrated a slight increase in the rate of major anomalies following maternal tricyclic antidepressant treatment, but most current literature shows their relative safety in pregnancy...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Hyun Suk Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is now more common in adults than in children due to improvements in fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric care, and surgical techniques leading to dramatically increased survivability into adulthood. Adult patients with CHD, regardless of prior cardiac surgery, experience further cardiac problems or therapeutic challenges; therefore, a non-invasive, easily accessible echocardiographic examination is an essential follow-up tool. Among echocardiographic modalities, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provides better delineation of spatial relationships in complex cardiac geometries and more accurate volumetric information without geometric assumptions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693354/perinatal-outcomes-of-congenital-heart-disease-after-emergent-neonatal-cardiac-procedures
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Aline Wolter, Helene Holtmann, Andreea Kawecki, Jan Degenhardt, Christian Enzensberger, Oliver Graupner, Hakan Akintürk, Can Yerebakan, Markus Khalil, Dietmar Schranz, Roland Axt-Fliedner
PURPOSE: We compared outcome of neonates with prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease presenting in our paediatric heart centre between 2005-05/2015 who underwent an emergent intervention within 48 hours postpartum. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 52/111 (46.8%) with emergent intervention, congenital heart disease was diagnosed prenatally, in 59/111 (53.2%) with no specialized fetal echocardiography, diagnosis was made postnatally. In 98/111 (88...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691389/fetal-left-ventricular-non-compaction-cardiomyopathy-with-ascites-a-case-report
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Junsuke Muraoka, Yuki Kodama, Hiroshi Sameshima, Kaori Michikata, Satoshi Matsuzawa, Oohashi Masanao, Masatoki Kaneko, Mayumi Akaki, Yuichiro Sato
Here we report a case of fetal left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy with ascites and cardiac dysfunction at a gestational age of 34(+5)  weeks. Laboratory tests did not reveal any sign of viral infection in utero. A female neonate weighing 2436 g was delivered by emergency cesarean section due to non-reassuring fetal status. Postnatal echocardiography confirmed left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy with severe cardiac failure. Although she was treated effectively during the acute period by continuous flow peritoneal dialysis, surgical ligation of a patent ductus arteriosus, and inhaled nitric oxide, she died on day 41 of life...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682423/assessments-of-m-mode-color-echocardiography-on-fetal-right-ventricular-diastolic-function-with-umbilical-cord-around-neck
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W Shi, H-X Liu, Z-D Xuan, L Zhao, J-Z Li, Y-H Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the fetal right ventricular diastolic function under the condition of umbilical cord around neck (UCAN), and analyze the changes of the right ventricular propagation velocity (Vp), then discuss the clinical value of the color M-mode echocardiography in the evaluation of fetal ventricular diastolic function quantitatively. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients enrolled were with singleton pregnancy from Cangzhou Central Hospital from December 2013 to December 2015 as the experimental group...
June 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679680/chronic-hypoxia-alters-maternal-uterine-and-fetal-hemodynamics-in-the-term-pregnant-guinea-pig
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Shifa Turan, Graham W Aberdeen, Loren P Thompson
Placental hypoxia is associated with maternal hypertension, placental insufficiency and fetal growth restriction. In the pregnant guinea pig, prenatal hypoxia during early gestation inhibits cytotrophoblast invasion of spiral arteries, increases maternal blood pressure and induces fetal growth restriction. This study evaluated the impact of chronic maternal hypoxia on fetal heart structure with 4D echocardiography with spatio-temporal image correlation and tomographic ultrasound (STIC-TUI) and uterine and umbilical artery resistance/pulsatility indices and fetal heart function using pulsed wave Doppler ultrasound...
July 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668226/sustained-chronic-maternal-hyperoxygenation-increases-myocardial-deformation-in-fetuses-with-a-small-aortic-isthmus-at-risk-for-coarctation
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Shi Zeng, Jiawei Zhou, Qinghai Peng, Wen Deng, Ming Zang, Tao Wang, Qichang Zhou
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess differences in myocardial deformation in fetuses at risk for coarctation (CoA) and the effects of maternal hyperoxygenation on deformation. METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and velocity vector imaging were performed prospectively and serially in 48 fetuses with a small aortic isthmus and 48 gestation age-matched normal fetuses. Fetuses with a small aortic isthmus were randomly divided into two groups: one group with and the other group without maternal supplemental oxygen administration...
June 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662946/cardiac-morphology-and-function-in-preterm-growth-restricted-infants-relevance-for-clinical-sequelae
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Arvind Sehgal, Beth J Allison, Stella M Gwini, Suzanne L Miller, Graeme R Polglase
OBJECTIVES: To assess cardiac morphology and function in preterm infants with fetal growth restriction (FGR) compared with an appropriate for gestational age cohort, and to ascertain clinical correlation with neonatal sequelae. STUDY DESIGN: With informed consent, 20 infants born between 28 and 32 weeks of gestational age and birthweight (BW) <10th percentile were compared using conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography with 20 preterm appropriate for gestational age infants...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646194/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-fetal-persistent-left-superior-vena-cava
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Su-Zhen Dong, Ming Zhu
This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC). Prenatal echocardiography (echo) and/or ultrasound (US) and MRI data for 49 fetuses with persistent LSVC, confirmed via postnatal diagnoses between January 2010 and October 2015, were retrospectively reviewed. All prenatal MRI was performed at 1.5 T. Imaging sequences included steady-state free-precession (SSFP), single-shot turbo spin echo (SSTSE), and other sequences...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641300/prenatal-diagnosis-of-dextrocardia-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-and-a-literature-review
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Lami Yeo, Suchaya Luewan, Dor Markush, Navleen Gill, Roberto Romero
Fetal dextrocardia is a type of cardiac malposition where the major axis from base to apex points to the right side. This condition is usually associated with a wide spectrum of complex cardiac defects. As a result, dextrocardia is conceptually difficult to understand and diagnose on prenatal ultrasound. The advantage of four-dimensional sonography with spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) is that this modality can facilitate fetal cardiac examination. A novel method known as fetal intelligent navigation echocardiography (FINE) allows automatic generation of nine standard fetal echocardiography views in normal hearts by applying intelligent navigation technology to STIC volume datasets...
June 23, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639332/the-natural-history-of-fetal-diagnosed-isolated-ventricular-septal-defect
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Young-Sun Cho, So-Eun Park, Soo-Kyung Hong, Na-Yeong Jeong, Eun-Young Choi
OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to clarify the natural course of ventricular septal defect, and to find an index that would help in prenatal counseling. METHODS: Between January 2010 and December 2014, 18188 fetuses underwent echocardiographic examinations. Of these, 228 isolated ventricular septal defect cases were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: In this retrospective study, the incidence of isolated ventricular septal defect was 1...
June 22, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627028/common-findings-in-late-gestation-fetal-echocardiography
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Lauren Tague, Mary T Donofrio, Amanda Fulgium, Robert McCarter, Catherine Limperopoulos, David N Schidlow
OBJECTIVES: Fetal echocardiography provides detailed information about cardiac structure and function in utero. Limited information is available regarding normal findings late in pregnancy. We therefore sought to identify and describe common cardiac findings in late gestation. METHODS: Fetuses with structurally normal hearts were identified in mid gestation within a subset of pregnant women in a prospective study. The atrioventricular valves, right and left atria, aortic isthmus and ductus arteriosus dimensions and flow abnormalities, aneurysm of the septum primum, and presence and grade of tricuspid regurgitation were assessed throughout pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614966/persistently-elevated-nuchal-translucency-and-the-fetal-heart
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Trisha V Vigneswaran, Tessa Homfray, Lindsey D Allan, John M Simpson, Vita Zidere
OBJECTIVE: To describe the outcome of fifteen cases with an elevated nuchal translucency (NT) which persisted into the second trimester as nuchal edema (NE) >6 mm whom underwent fetal echocardiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cases were identified following retrospective review of cardiac and genetic findings in fetuses with NE. RESULTS: Minor congenital heart disease was identified in 3/15 by the second trimester. Agenesis of the ductus venosus was evident in four...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602206/strain-rate-in-children-and-young-piglets-mirrors-changes-in-contractility-and-demonstrates-a-force-frequency-relationship
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Silvia V Alvarez, Etienne Fortin-Pellerin, Mohammed Alhabdan, Jesus S Lomelin, Michal Kantoch, Joseph Atallah, Lisa K Hornberger, James Y Coe, Po-Yin Cheung, Edythe B Tham, Kandice Mah, Lily Lin, Lindsay Mills, Nee S Khoo
BACKGROUND: In adult humans and pig models, strain rate (SR) correlates strongly with invasive measures of contractility but does not demonstrate a force-frequency relationship, which is a fundamental behavior of myocardial contraction. Given the considerable maturational changes of the myocardium from fetal stages to adulthood, extrapolation of adult findings to the young heart may not be appropriate. We sought to evaluate the SR response of the immature heart to increased heart rate (HR) and inotropic stimulation...
June 8, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599825/left-ventricular-rotational-and-twist-mechanics-in%C3%A2-the-human-fetal-heart
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Ling Li, Mary Craft, Hao H Hsu, Ming Zhang, Berthold Klas, David A Danford, Shelby Kutty
BACKGROUND: The authors investigated left ventricular (LV) rotational indices, twist, and torsion in a large cohort of fetuses using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography. METHODS: Pregnant women (N = 102) were prospectively recruited for fetal two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography. Because of variable fetal position, ventricular orientation was established using the location of the liver and LV position in relation to the right ventricle...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585848/-ultrasound-diagnosis-of-fetal-inflammatory-response-syndrome-in-women-with-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membrane
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R Špaček, I Musilová, K Magdová, O Šimetka, M Kacerovský
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to analyze the existing possibilities of using ultrasound in the diagnosis of the fetal inflammatory response. DESIGN: Review. SETTINGS: Gynekologicko-porodnická klinika, Fakultní nemocnice Ostrava. METHODS: Preterm delivery is defined as a delivery before completed 37 weeks of gestation. Approximately one-thirdof these cases is associated with preterm premature rupture of membranes...
2017: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571229/role-of-echocardiography-in-prenatal-screening-of-congenital-heart-diseases-and-its-correlation-with-postnatal-outcome
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Shivani Sharma, Navkiran Kaur, Khushpreet Kaur, Naveen Chandrashekhar Pawar
INTRODUCTION: Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs) are one of the most common forms of congenital anomalies. Fetal echocardiography performed during second trimester aims at early diagnosis of congenital heart disease which is instrumental in proper planning of delivery, perinatal care and counselling of parents. AIM: To evaluate the role of fetal echocardiography in prenatal screening of CHDs and to study the role of associated extracardiac anomalies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a hospital based prospective and correlative type of study, done over a period of one year...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566819/neonates-with-critical-congenital-heart-defects-impact-of-fetal-diagnosis-on-immediate-and-short-term-outcomes
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Sylvia Michael Colaco, Tanuja Karande, Prashant Raviprakash Bobhate, Rashmi Jiyani, Suresh G Rao, Snehal Kulkarni
BACKGROUND: Fetal echocardiography is being increasingly used for prenatal diagnosis of congenital cardiac malformations, but its impact on the neonatal outcomes in low- and middle-income countries is still unknown. AIMS: The objective of this study is to determine the impact of fetal echocardiography on immediate postnatal and short-term outcome in a tertiary pediatric cardiac center. STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred consecutive patients with critical congenital heart defects (CHD) requiring active medical or surgical interventions in the 1(st) month of life were included in the study...
May 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545116/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-amniotic-fluid-of-fetuses-with-known-or-suspected-cardiac-load
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Christina Leufgen, Ulrich Gembruch, Birgit Stoffel-Wagner, Rolf Fimmers, Waltraut M Merz
BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction occurs in a variety of fetal disorders. Findings from adult cardiology, where n-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (nt-proBNP) is an established biomarker of left ventricular dysfunction have been extended to fetal life. Since fetal blood sampling is technically challenging we investigated amniotic fluid nt-proBNP for its suitability to diagnose fetal myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: Ultrasound, Doppler examination and echocardiography was applied to classify cases and controls...
2017: PloS One
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