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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818562/conduction-recovery-and-avoidance-of-permanent-pacing-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Corinne Marzahn, Cornel Koban, Martin Seifert, Akihiro Isotani, Michael Neuß, Frank Hölschermann, Christian Butter
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an established treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis and high surgical risk. Currently, various prosthesis types are available. Atrioventricular block (AVB) requiring pacemaker (PM) implantation is a typical complication after TAVI. This study investigated the recovery of AV node conduction and mid-term outcome of patients with or without PM implantation after TAVI according to prosthesis type. METHODS: From July 2008 to May 2015, 856 transcatheter heart valves were implanted at our center (age: 80...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817195/vertical-off-centering-affects-organ-dose-in-chest-ct-evidence-from-monte-carlo-simulations-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
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Natalia Saltybaeva, Hatem Alkadhi
PURPOSE: The objective of our study was to assess the effect of patient vertical off-centering on organ dose in chest CT with tube current modulation. METHODS: For this purpose, anthropomorphic phantoms representing adult male, female and overweight male were scanned on 192-slice CT scanner at eleven different vertical positions (maximal off-centering ± 5 cm). Monte Carlo simulations were performed for each of the investigated setup, using tube current values extracted from the raw data, in order to obtain 3D dose distributions...
August 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816352/pulmonary-artery-wave-propagation-and-reservoir-function-in-conscious-man-impact-of-pulmonary-vascular-disease-respiration-and-dynamic-stress-tests
#3
Junjing Su, Charlotte Manisty, Ulf Simonsen, Luke S Howard, Kim H Parker, Alun D Hughes
Detailed hemodynamic analysis may provide novel insights into the pulmonary circulation. Therefore, wave intensity and reservoir-excess pressure analyses were applied in the pulmonary artery to characterise changes in wave propagation and reservoir function during spontaneous respiration and dynamic stress tests. Right heart catheterisation was performed using a pressure and Doppler flow sensor tipped guidewire to obtain simultaneous pressure and flow velocity measurements in the pulmonary artery in control subjects and patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) at rest...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813774/pulmonary-embolism-caused-by-popliteal-vein-aneurysm-a-case-report
#4
Kevin Marquez, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Chad Laurich, Randall Lamfers
In this case report, we describe an unusual episode of bilateral submassive pulmonary embolism (PE) caused by a popliteal vein aneurysm (PVA). The development of PE stems from many risk factors including obesity (BMI³ 30 kg/m2), hypertension, cigarette smoking (greater than 25 cigarettes per day), increasing age, surgery, immobility, malignancy, and inherited thrombophilia. A PVA is a rare but significant cause of PE. A 28-year-old male presented to the emergency department with progressive shortness of breath...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807581/right-heart-function-during-and-after-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-adults
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Kevin E Boczar, Vicente F Corrales-Medina, Ian G Burwash, Julio A Chirinos, Girish Dwivedi
BACKGROUND: New-onset or worsening heart failure is the most common extra-pulmonary complication of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) during the first 30 days after diagnosis. METHODS: We evaluated the changes in the right ventricular function amongst adult CAP survivors from the time of acute infection to its resolution. We performed comprehensive transthoracic echocardiographic examinations to assess right heart function during the acute illness and the convalescent period (four to six weeks after hospital discharge)...
July 27, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807552/assessment-of-deformation-of-the-mitral-valve-complex-during-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-a-porcine-model
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Takashi Igarashi, Masumi Iwai-Takano, Hiroki Wakamatsu, Mineyuki Haruta, Sadao Omata, Hitoshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the deformation of the mitral valve complex during the displacement of the beating heart by using three-dimensional echocardiography in a porcine off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) model. METHODS: In nine healthy swine, we positioned the beating heart as an OPCAB model, i.e. control, left anterior descending artery (LAD), right coronary artery (RCA), and left circumflex artery (LCX) positions. In each position, three-dimensional echocardiography was performed to assess the mitral valve complex with hemodynamic parameters...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807449/non-invasive-intra-cardiac-pressure-measurements-using-subharmonic-aided-pressure-estimation-proof-of-concept-in-humans
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Jaydev K Dave, Sushmita V Kulkarni, Purva P Pangaonkar, Maria Stanczak, Maureen E McDonald, Ira S Cohen, Praveen Mehrotra, Michael P Savage, Paul Walinsky, Nicholas J Ruggiero, David L Fischman, David Ogilby, Carolyn VanWhy, Matthew Lombardi, Flemming Forsberg
This study evaluated the feasibility of employing non-invasive intra-cardiac pressure estimation using subharmonic signals from ultrasound contrast agents in humans. This institutional review board-approved proof-of-concept study included 15 consenting patients scheduled for left and right heart catheterization. During the catheterization procedure, Definity was infused intra-venously at 4-10 mL/min. Ultrasound scanning was performed with a Sonix RP using pulse inversion, three incident acoustic output levels and 2...
August 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805559/effect-of-stress-on-the-expression-of-galanin-receptors-in-rat-heart
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J Šípková, P Šída, N Kaspříková, I Kramáriková, S Hynie, V Klenerová
Neuropeptide galanin, galanin-like peptide and galanin receptors 1, 2 and 3 are a crucial part of the so-called galaninergic system. Our previous studies have shown the possible role of this system in mood modulation, especially regarding stress. So far, the galanin receptors have been found in different tissues including brain and heart. Our study deals with changes in expression of galanin receptor subtypes in the heart of Wistar rats exposed to three different types of stress. Galanin receptor subtypes were determined in fluorescently labelled samples using specific primary antibodies, and all sections were analysed in an immunofluorescent microscope and microphotographs...
2017: Folia Biologica (Praha)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805343/rest-and-exercise-hemodynamic-and-metabolic-findings-in-active-duty-soldiers-referred-for-cardiac-catheterization-to-exclude-heart-disease-insights-from-past-invasive-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-using-multisensor-high-fidelity-catheters
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James A Watts, Faith R Kelly, Terry D Bauch, Joseph P Murgo, Bernard J Rubal
OBJECTIVE: This study describes results of iCPET from the past, which used submaximal stress and multisensor high-fidelity catheters to exclude heart disease in a unique population of young adults. BACKGROUND: There has been resurgence in comprehensive hemodynamic evaluation of complex cardiovascular patients. Although dynamic assessments during cardiac catheterization have become commonplace, there remains limited information regarding left and right heart hemodynamic changes during supine exercise in young adults...
May 8, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805026/correlation-of-6-minute-walk-test-with-left-ventricular-function-and-quality-of-life-in-heart-failure-due-to-chagas-disease
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Mayara da Costa Chambela, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, Roberto Rodrigues Ferreira, André Miguel Japiassú, Mariana Caldas Waghabi, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the correlation of the total distance walked during the six-minute walk test (6-MWT) with left ventricular function and quality of life in patients with Chagas Disease (ChD) complicated by heart failure. METHODS: This cross-sectional study of adult patients with ChD and heart failure diagnosed based on Framingham criteria. 6MWT was performed following international guidelines. New York Heart Association functional class, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) serum levels, echocardiographic parameters, and quality of life (SF-36 and MLHFQ questionnaires) were determined and their correlation with the distance covered at the 6MWT was tested...
August 14, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801918/motion-compensation-in-the-region-of-the-coronary-arteries-based-on-partial-angle-reconstructions-from-short-scan-ct-data
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Juliane Hahn, Herbert Bruder, Christopher Rohkohl, Thomas Allmendinger, Karl Stierstorfer, Thomas Flohr, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: In order to mitigate motion-induced artifacts, several motion compensation (MoCo) methods have been developed, which are either able to a) compensate for severe artifacts, but utilize the data for the reconstruction of several cardiac phases, or b) improve image quality of a single reconstruction with only moderate motion artifacts. We propose a method combining both benefits: dose efficiency by utilizing only the data needed for a single short-scan reconstruction while still being able to compensate for severe artifacts...
August 12, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801040/extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-for-blunt-cardiac-rupture-a-case-report
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Shunsuke Kudo, Keiji Tanaka, Kunihiko Okada, Takahiro Takemura
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) followed by operating room sternotomy, rather than resuscitative thoracotomy, might be life-saving for patients with blunt cardiac rupture and cardiac arrest who do not have multiple severe traumatic injuries. A 49-year-old man was injured in a vehicle crash and transferred to the emergency department. On admission, he was hemodynamically stable, but a plain chest radiograph revealed a widened mediastinum, and echocardiography revealed hemopericardium. A computed tomography scan revealed hemopericardium and mediastinal hematoma, without other severe traumatic injuries...
August 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800548/postmortem-blood-sampling-comparison-of-drug-concentrations-at-different-sample-sites
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B Zilg, G Thelander, B Giebe, H Druid
Drug concentrations in postmortem blood samples can differ considerably, depending on the sample site - a phenomenon named postmortem redistribution. In this study, blood samples from 48 cases of suspected intoxications were collected during autopsy at the Department of Forensic Medicine in Stockholm, Sweden. Samples were collected from the right and left heart, the carotid artery, jugular vein, external iliac artery and external iliac vein. The mean ratio of right heart/iliac vein was 1.3, which confirms the results from previous studies that drug concentrations in central blood are generally higher than in peripheral blood...
July 25, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800036/improved-outcomes-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-rats-treated-with-vagus-nerve-stimulation-and-its-potential-mechanism
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Peng Sun, Jiangang Wang, Shen Zhao, Zhengfei Yang, Ziren Tang, Navami Ravindra, Jennifer Bradley, Joseph P Ornato, Mary Ann Peberdy, Wanchun Tang
Studies have demonstrated that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) reduces ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of VNS in a rat model of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We further investigated whether the beneficial effects of VNS were dependent on the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR). Forty animals were randomized into 4 groups and all underwent CPR (n = 10 each): (1) CPR alone (control); (2) VNS during CPR; (3) α7nAChR antagonist methyllycaconitine citrate (MLA) with VNS; (4) α7nAChR agonist 3-(2, 4-dimethoxybenzylidene) anabaseine (GTS-21) without VNS...
August 9, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794367/earlier-right-ventricular-pacing-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-for-a-patient-with-right-axis-deviation
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Yusuke Hattori, Kohei Ishibashi, Takashi Noda, Hideo Okamura, Hideaki Kanzaki, Toshihisa Anzai, Satoshi Yasuda, Kengo Kusano
We describe the case of a 37-year-old woman who presented with complete right bundle branch block and right axis deviation. She was admitted to our hospital due to severe heart failure and was dependent on inotropic agents. Cardiac resynchronization therapy was initiated but did not improve her condition. After the optimization of the pacing timing, we performed earlier right ventricular pacing, which led to an improvement of her heart failure. Earlier right ventricular pacing should be considered in patients with complete right bundle branch block and right axis deviation when cardiac resynchronization therapy is not effective...
August 10, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793143/intraoperative-diagnosis-of-anderson-fabry-disease-in-patients-with-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-undergoing-surgical-myectomy
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Franco Cecchi, Maria Iascone, Niccolò Maurizi, Laura Pezzoli, Irene Binaco, Elena Biagini, Maria Laura Fibbi, Iacopo Olivotto, Federico Pieruzzi, Ana Fruntelata, Lucian Dorobantu, Claudio Rapezzi, Paolo Ferrazzi
Importance: Diagnostic screening for Anderson-Fabry cardiomyopathy (AFC) is performed in the presence of specific clinical red flags in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) older than 25 years. However, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) has been traditionally considered an exclusion criteria for AFC. Objective: To examine a series of patients diagnosed with HCM and severe basal LVOTO undergoing myectomy in whom the diagnosis of AFC was suspected by the cardiac surgeon intraoperatively and confirmed by histological and genetic examinations...
August 9, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790277/-management-of-right-heart-failure-after-cardiac-surgery
#17
Takeo Fujino, Akira Shiose
Perioperative right heart failure(RHF) is an important problem, especially in the field of heart failure surgery. Right ventricular performance is determined by the combination of preload, contractility, heart rate, rhythm and afterload. Many factors influence on these parameters in the perioperative period, and the deterioration of one of them can cause RHF. Recently, we often encounter perioperative RHF after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation, and prompt LVAD pump speed optimization and treatment for RHF is required to avoid complications and hemodynamic deterioration...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790122/association-between-echocardiography-laboratory-accreditation-and-the-quality-of-imaging-and-reporting-for-valvular-heart-disease
#18
Jeremy J Thaden, Michael Y Tsang, Chadi Ayoub, Ratnasari Padang, Vuyisile T Nkomo, Stephen F Tucker, Cynthia S Cassidy, Merri Bremer, Garvan C Kane, Patricia A Pellikka
BACKGROUND: It is presumed that echocardiographic laboratory accreditation leads to improved quality, but there are few data. We sought to compare the quality of echocardiographic examinations performed at accredited versus nonaccredited laboratories for the evaluation of valvular heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 335 consecutive valvular heart disease subjects who underwent echocardiography at our institution and an external accredited or nonaccredited institution within 6 months...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781300/successful-catheter-ablation-as-a-substitute-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patient-with-an-accessory-pathway-induced-cardiomyopathy
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Keisuke Nakabayashi, Ryo Sugiura, Yusuke Mizuno, Hiroko Kato, Naomi Nakazawa, Toshiaki Suzuki, Hideki Saito, Naomi Kawakatsu, Masayuki Goto, Daichi Isomura, Hisayuki Okada, Toshiaki Oka
A 50-year-old man presented with exertional dyspnea and orthopnea. An electrocardiogram showed a delta wave and a wide QRS complex, similar to left bundle branch block. Cardiac echocardiography revealed diffuse severe hypokinesis and dyssynchrony. The patient was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. We considered that the patient's condition was caused by an accessory pathway-induced cardiomyopathy after heart failure compensation with guideline-oriented medical therapy. We therefore performed catheter ablation for right-sided pre-excitation syndrome as cardiac resynchronization therapy...
August 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780235/dilated-right-coronary-sinus-identified-on-point-of-care-ultrasound
#20
Damali Nakitende, Michael Gottlieb
Point-of-care cardiac ultrasound (POCUS) is a common application in Emergency Medicine. Here we present a case of an incidentally discovered dilated right coronary sinus on ultrasound. This case involved a 55-year-old female who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness. Her initial presentation was concerning for congestive heart failure (CHF) exacerbation. A bedside ultrasound was performed to assess cardiac function, where a dilated right coronary sinus was discovered. The right coronary sinus is the vein that serves as the venous return for the coronary system...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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