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W H Wu, L J Huang, J Z Pu, X Y Huang, X Pu, Y Ning, X Wang
Objective: To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter closure of anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery using Amplatzer Vascular Plug Ⅲ (AVP Ⅲ). Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 5 patients with anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery, who underwent transcatheter closure in our hospital from January to June 2017 using AVP Ⅲ. Surgeries were performed in 3 cases of Standford type A dissection, 1 case of ascending aortic aneurysm and 1 case of persistent truncus.There were 3 males,and age was (43...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Natalia Lorenzo, Irene Mendez, Mikel Taibo, Gianfranco Martinis, Sara Badia, Guillermo Reyes, Rio Aguilar
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation frequently affects patients with valvular heart disease. Ablation of atrial fibrillation during valvular surgery is an alternative for restoring sinus rhythm. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate mid-term results of successful atrial fibrillation surgical ablation during valvular heart disease surgery, to explore left atrium post-ablation mechanics and to identify predictors of recurrence. METHODS: Fifty-three consecutive candidates were included...
March 19, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Adam Domonkos Tarnoki, Andrea Agnes Molnar, David Laszlo Tarnoki, Levente Littvay, Emanuela Medda, Corrado Fagnani, Antonio Arnolfi, Filippo Farina, Claudio Baracchini, Giorgio Meneghetti, Giacomo Pucci, Giuseppe Schillaci, Maria Antonietta Stazi, György L Nadasy
AIMS: The elasticity of the internal jugular vein (IJV) is a major determinant of cerebral venous drainage and right atrium venous return. However, the level of genetic determination of IJV dimensions, compliance and distensibility has not been studied yet. METHODS: 170 adult Caucasian twins (43 monozygotic [MZ] and 42 dizygotic [DZ] pairs) were involved from the Italian twin registry. Anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters of the IJV were measured bilaterally by ultrasonography...
2018: PloS One
Alicia Blackman, Wayne Mohammed
This case presents a woman in her early 20s who died after the sudden onset of chest pain. Five years earlier, she was investigated for a cardiac murmur during pregnancy and an echocardiogram revealed a 6.0×3.0 cm blood-filled sac compressing the left atrium and anterolateral aspect of the left ventricle with communication to the aortic root. She later had a CT scan of the chest with contrast, which showed aneurysmal dilatation of the left main coronary artery. She was placed on aspirin but defaulted from clinic 11 months post partum...
March 20, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Catherine Paris, Raluca E Dulgheru
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March 20, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Kensuke Ihara, Koji Sugiyama, Kentaro Takahashi, Masahiro Yamazoe, Tetsuo Sasano, Tetsushi Furukawa
Recent genome-wide association studies targeting atrial fibrillation (AF) have indicated a strong association between the genotype and electrophysiological phenotype in the atria. That encourages us to utilize a genetically-engineered mouse model to elucidate the mechanism of AF. However, it is difficult to evaluate the electrophysiological properties in murine atria due to their small size. This protocol describes the electrophysiological evaluation of atria using an optical mapping system with a high temporal and spatial resolution in Langendorff perfused murine hearts...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Fahad Syed Naseerullah, Hemangkumar Javaiya, Avinash Murthy
Primary tumours of the heart are often encountered in clinical practice. Different autopsy series estimate the incidence to be anywhere from 0.001% to 0.19%. Cardiac lipoma is a rare type of tumour of the heart and pericardium. It comprises approximately 10-19% of all cardiac tumours. We present a case of a large cardiac lipoma in a fifty-year-old female. She presented with sharp chest pains, palpitations, and dizziness. Acute coronary syndrome was ruled out. A transthoracic echocardiogram showed an abnormal, large, fixed right atrial mass...
2018: Case Reports in Cardiology
Sheikh Mohammad Shavik, Zhenxiang Jiang, Seungik Baek, Lik Chuan Lee
While it has long been recognized that bi-directional interaction between the heart and the vasculature plays a critical role in the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, a comprehensive study of this interaction has largely been hampered by a lack of modeling framework capable of simultaneously accommodating high-resolution models of the heart and vasculature. Here, we address this issue and present a computational modeling framework that couples finite element (FE) models of the left ventricle (LV) and aorta to elucidate ventricular-arterial coupling in the systemic circulation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Guangli Yin, Ruiqin Xie, Ling You, Hongning Yin, Yucui Sun, Jinglan Wu, Yansha Zhao, Xue Geng, Yanan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) to sinus rhythm is associated with transient dysfunction of the left atrium (LA). This study aimed to investigate the time course of LA function and inflammation after radiofrequency (RF) ablation for paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Fifty-three patients with paroxysmal AF undergoing RF ablation were recruited. White blood cells were counted and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrinogen, and D-dimer levels were measured...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Micha Pfeiffer, Hannes Kenngott, Anas Preukschas, Matthias Huber, Lisa Bettscheider, Beat Müller-Stich, Stefanie Speidel
PURPOSE: The data which is available to surgeons before, during and after surgery is steadily increasing in quantity as well as diversity. When planning a patient's treatment, this large amount of information can be difficult to interpret. To aid in processing the information, new methods need to be found to present multimodal patient data, ideally combining textual, imagery, temporal and 3D data in a holistic and context-aware system. METHODS: We present an open-source framework which allows handling of patient data in a virtual reality (VR) environment...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Abdulrahman Masrani, Sebastian McWilliams, Sanjeev Bhalla, Pamela K Woodard
PURPOSE: To report the anatomical associations and radiological characteristics of Scimitar syndrome on CT and MR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of the medical records between February 2001 and February 2016 was performed. To identify patients, radiological reports were queried for "Scimitar" or "partial anomalous pulmonary venous return." Patients with radiological findings of Scimitar syndrome were included. Patients without cross-sectional imaging were excluded...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
C J Das, M Soneja, S Tayal, A Chahal, S Srivastava, A Kumar, U Baruah
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is a clinical condition resulting from impaired hepatic venous drainage, in which there is obstruction to the hepatic venous outflow at any level from the small hepatic veins to the junction of the inferior vena cava and the right atrium leading to hepatic congestion. The diagnosis of BCS is based on imaging, which can be gathered from non-invasive investigations such as ultrasonography coupled with venous Doppler, triphasic computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Damla Ozbek, Ozlem Ozturk Tan, Gazanfer Ekinci, Ipek Midi
OBJECTIVES: Stroke is an important public health problem in most countries. Therefore, the treatment of stroke and its complications is important. Intracerebral hemorrhage is one of the complications of ischemic stroke. This study aimed to investigate the risk of hemorrhage in patients with acute ischemic stroke and prospectively study its relationship with cerebral microbleeds (MBs) using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) that is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequence. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic stroke were included...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Prateek Bhatnagar, Shubhi Bhatnagar
Mesocardia is an extremely rare congenital cardiac anomaly of counter clockwise rotation of the heart. We report here a case of coronary artery bypass grafting in mesocardia, which has not been described in medical literature earlier. A 52 years male suffered an anterior wall myocardial infarction. Chest X Ray, 2 D Echocardiography and computed tomography of chest confirmed the presence of mesocardia. Off pump total arterial revascularization was done. Exposure of aorta and right atrium through the standard median sternotomy is very difficult in mesocardia due to cardiac rotation and should be kept in mind in this surgery...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
P Alex Smith, Yaxin Wang, Ralph W Metcalfe, Luiz C Sampaio, Daniel L Timms, William E Cohn, O H Frazier
PURPOSE: A minimally invasive, partial-assist, intra-atrial blood pump has been proposed, which would unload the left ventricle with a flow path from the left atrium to the arterial system. Flow modulation is a common strategy for ensuring washout in the pump, but it can increase power consumption because it is typically achieved through motor-speed variation. However, if a pump's performance curve had the proper gradient, flow modulation could be realized passively. To achieve this goal, we propose a pump performance operating curve as an alternative to the more standard operating point...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Pil Hyung Lee, Jae-Kwan Song, Jong S Kim, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Dae-Hee Kim, Jong-Min Song, Duk-Hyun Kang, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Dongwhane Lee, Hyuk Sung Kwon, Sung-Cheol Yun, Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Jae-Hwan Lee, Hye Seon Jeong, Hee-Jung Song, Jei Kim, Seung-Jung Park
BACKGROUND: Recent reports showing the favorable role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure in patients with cryptogenic stroke have raised the issue of selecting optimal candidates. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated whether the benefits of PFO closure can be determined based on the morphologic characteristics of the PFO, as evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: Patients with cryptogenic stroke and high-risk PFO were divided between a transcatheter PFO closure and a medication-only group...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Naoto Kuyama, Yasuhiro Hamatani, Satsuki Fukushima, Yoshihiko Ikeda, Eri Nakai, Atsushi Okada, Hiroyuki Takahama, Makoto Amaki, Takuya Hasegawa, Yasuo Sugano, Hideaki Kanzaki, Tomoyuki Fujita, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Satoshi Yasuda, Toshihisa Anzai, Junjiro Kobayashi
The left ventricle is a less frequent location of cardiac myxomas overall. Meanwhile, cardiac myxomas related to Carney complex (CNC), which is a multiple neoplasia syndrome involving cardiac, endocrine, neural, and cutaneous tumours, more frequently occur in the left ventricle compared with sporadic cardiac myxomas. Herein, we report a case of a 20-year-old woman with CNC who underwent complete surgical excision of a large and mobile left ventricular myxoma. In our case, echocardiography performed 4 years earlier was normal...
March 15, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
Dominik Linz, R Doug McEvoy, Martin R Cowie, Virend K Somers, Stanley Nattel, Patrick Lévy, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders
Importance: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common clinically significant breathing abnormality during sleep. It is highly prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and it promotes arrhythmogenesis and impairs treatment efficacy. Observations: The prevalence of OSA ranges from 3% to 49% in population-based studies and from 21% to 74% in patients with AF. Diagnosis and treatment of OSA in patients with AF requires a close interdisciplinary collaboration between electrophysiologists, cardiologists, and sleep specialists...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Gary C H Gan, Aaisha Ferkh, Anita Boyd, Liza Thomas
The left atrium has an important role in modulating left ventricular filling and is an important biomarker of cardiovascular disease and adverse cardiovascular outcomes. While previously left atrial (LA) size was utilised, the role of LA function as a biomarker is increasingly being evaluated, both independently and also in combination with LA size. Strain analysis has been utilised for evaluation of LA function and can be measured throughout the cardiac cycle, thereby enabling the evaluation of LA reservoir, conduit and contractile function...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Sophinese Iskander-Rizk, Pieter Kruizinga, Antonius F W van der Steen, Gijs van Soest
Catheter-based radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation has long-term success in 60-70% of cases. A better assessment of lesion quality, depth, and continuity could improve the procedure's outcome. We investigate here photoacoustic contrast between ablated and healthy atrial-wall tissue in vitro in wavelengths spanning from 410 nm to 1000 nm. We studied single- and multi-wavelength imaging of ablation lesions and we demonstrate that a two-wavelength technique yields precise detection of lesions, achieving a diagnostic accuracy of 97%...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
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