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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819953/impact-of-post-dilatation-on-the-reduction-of-paravalvular-leak-and-mortality-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Paweł Kleczyński, Artur Dziewierz, Marzena Daniec, Maciej Bagieński, Łukasz Rzeszutko, Danuta Sorysz, Jarosław Trębacz, Robert Sobczyński, Marek Tomala, Dariusz Dudek
BACKGROUND: Post-implantation paravalvular leak (PVL) remains a significant complication of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). More importantly, its occurrence may impact long-term mortality. AIM: We sought to evaluate the effects of balloon post-dilatation (PD) on the reduction of PVL and mortality in patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS: A total of 101 consecutive patients undergoing TAVI were enrolled. Angiography, echocardiography, and the aortic regurgitation index (ARI) were used to assess the severity of PVL before and after balloon PD...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818863/detection-of-left-ventricular-thrombus-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Junji Takasugi, Hiroshi Yamagami, Teruo Noguchi, Yoshiaki Morita, Tomotaka Tanaka, Yoshinori Okuno, Satoshi Yasuda, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasufumi Gon, Kenichi Todo, Manabu Sakaguchi, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to use contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) imaging to elucidate the prevalence of left ventricular (LV) thrombus in patients suspected of embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) with previous myocardial infarction or LV dysfunction (LV ejection fraction [LVEF] <50%). METHODS: We prospectively investigated 797 consecutive patients who presented to our hospital with acute ischemic stroke between 2014 and 2015...
August 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
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Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808841/prognostic-significance-of-myocardial-energy-expenditure-and-myocardial-efficiency-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mehmet S Cetin, Elif H Ozcan Cetin, Ugur Canpolat, Hatice Sasmaz, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydogdu
In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients, myocardial blood flow (MBF), myocardial energy expenditure (MEE), myocardial efficiency has been poorly evaluated because of the necessity of invasive procedures in the determination of these parameters. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can provide reliable data for MEE, MBF (via coronary sinus (CS) flows). Also, myocardial efficiency can be evaluated by the MEE to MBF ratio. We aim to assess MBF, MEE and energy efficiency and the prognostic value of these parameters in HFrEF...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802808/novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-direct-current-cardioversion-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giuseppe Femia, Taufik Fetahovic, Pratap Shetty, Astin Lee
BACKGROUND: For some patients with atrial fibrillation, direct current cardioversion (DCCV) is one strategy that can be used to establish sinus rhythm but appropriate anticoagulation is mandatory to prevent thromboembolic events. Historically, patients were anticoagulated with warfarin with bridging with unfractionated or low molecular weight heparin, however, recently novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran and rivaroxaban have become more popular. Despite the increase in use, real world data on safety and efficacy is limited...
July 17, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801528/epidemiology-and-natural-history-of-the-cardiorenal-syndromes-in-a-cohort-with-echocardiography
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Thomas A Mavrakanas, Aisha Khattak, Karandeep Singh, David M Charytan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is unknown whether echocardiographic parameters are independently associated with the cardiorenal syndrome. No direct comparison of the natural history of various cardiorenal syndrome types has been conducted. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Our retrospective cohort study enrolled adult patients with at least one transthoracic echocardiography between 2004 and 2014 at a single health care system. Information on comorbidities was extracted using condition-specific diagnostic codes...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800728/feasibility-and-diagnostic-accuracy-of-point-of-care-handheld-echocardiography-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-a-pilot-study
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Peter Kraft, Anna Fleischer, Silke Wiedmann, Viktoria Rücker, Daniel Mackenrodt, Caroline Morbach, Uwe Malzahn, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Stefan Störk, Peter U Heuschmann
BACKGROUND: Standard echocardiography (SE) is an essential part of the routine diagnostic work-up after ischemic stroke (IS) and also serves for research purposes. However, access to SE is often limited. We aimed to assess feasibility and accuracy of point-of-care (POC) echocardiography in a stroke unit (SU) setting. METHODS: IS patients were recruited on the SU of the University Hospital Würzburg, Germany. Two SU team members were trained in POC echocardiography for a three-month period to assess a set of predefined cardiac parameters including left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
August 11, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799252/the-impact-of-global-left-ventricular-afterload-on-left-ventricular-reverse-remodeling-after-aortic-valve-replacement
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Hisato Ito, Toru Mizumoto, Yu Shomura, Yasuhiro Sawada, Ko Kajiyama, Hideto Shimpo
BACKGROUND: Conventional indices such as prosthetic valve effective orifice area (EOA) or transvalvular pressure gradients (TPG) may be unreliable in predicting left ventricular (LV) reverse remodeling after aortic valve replacement (AVR). We hypothesized that the global LV afterload, including valvular and arterial impedance, could influence LV reverse remodeling after AVR. METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive aortic-stenosis patients (mean age, 76 ± 6.4 years) underwent isolated AVR using contemporary externally wrapped pericardial valves (19 mm, 10 patients; 21 mm 11; 23 mm, 2)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797952/left-atrial-appendage-closure-using-amplatzer%C3%A2-devices-a-large-multicenter-italian-registry
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Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Elvis Brscic, Matteo Montorfano, Luigi Vignali, Paolo Danna, Claudio Tondo, Gianpiero D'Amico, Amerigo Stabile, Salvatore Saccà, Giuseppe Patti, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Arnaldo Poli, Paolo Golino, Paolo Magnavacchi, Alberto De Caterina, Francesco Meucci, Bruno Pezzulich, Marco Rezzaghi, Miroslava Stolcova, Giuseppe Tarantini
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) has been proven to be effective for stroke prophylaxis in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). We aim to assess the safety and efficacy of LAAO by AMPLATZER™ devices in a large, multicenter, single-nation cohort of NVAF patients at high-risk of stroke and bleeding. METHODS: From December 2008 to April 2015 613 NVAF patients (75.1±8.0years, 62.5% male) underwent LAAO in 15 Italian centers by AMPLATZER™ devices...
July 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796425/comparison-of-stroke-volume-measurements-during-hemodialysis-using-bioimpedance-cardiography-and-echocardiography
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Michael J Germain, Jyovani Joubert, Daniel O'Grady, Brian H Nathanson, Yossi Chait, Nathan W Levin
BACKGROUND: Fluid management remains a major challenge of hemodialysis (HD) care, with serious implications for morbidity and mortality. Intradialytic fluid management is typically guided by blood pressure, an indirect resultant of hemodynamics status. Direct measurements of hemodynamic parameters may improve cardiovascular outcomes by providing rational bases for intervention. We compare stroke volume (SV) measurements using a noninvasive, regional biompedance cardiography device (NiCaS) with Doppler echocardiography (Echo) in HD setting...
August 10, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790049/cor-triatriatum-and-stroke
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Jose Danilo Bengzon Diestro, Joseph Justin Hipolito Regaldo, Eddieson Masangcay Gonzales, Maria Kristina Casanova Dorotan, Adrian Isidro Espiritu, Jose Leonard Rivera Pascual
Cor triatriatum sinistrum (CTS) is a congenital anomaly where the left atrium is divided into two compartments by a fibromuscular membrane. This report aims to add to the literature on a rare cardiac condition that can cause neurological morbidity. We report a case of a 19-year-old female with an infarct in the right middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory initially maintained on aspirin. Eighteen months later, she had recurrence of weakness, for which repeat transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and re-evaluation of the first TTE demonstrated a hyperechoic membrane spanning the width of the left atrium, clinching the diagnosis of CTS...
August 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771491/atrial-fibrillation-in-retinal-vascular-occlusion-disease-and-non-arteritic-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
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Josep Callizo, Nicolas Feltgen, Antje Ammermann, Janina Ganser, Sebastian Bemme, Thomas Bertelmann, Sebastian Pfeiffer, Andre Duvinage, Klaus Gröschel, Hans Hoerauf, Rolf Wachter
BACKGROUND: Patients with retinal vascular occlusion disease have an increased risk for ischemic stroke and share some risk factors with cerebrovascular disease. The purpose of this study was to analyze the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in subjects with retinal vascular occlusive disease and anterior ischemic optic neuropathy and to compare these data to an ischemic stroke group. METHODS: Prospective, observational single-center trial. Subjects with retinal artery occlusion (RAO), retinal vein occlusion (RVO) and anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (AION) were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762298/cardiac-myxoma-clinical-characteristics-surgical-intervention-intra-operative-challenges-and-outcome
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Mahmoud Abu Abeeleh, Suhayl Saleh, Emad Alhaddad, Moaath Alsmady, Musa Alshehabat, Zuhair Bani Ismail, Islam Massad, Amjad Bani Hani, Sami Abu Halaweh
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this retrospective study were to characterize the clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, surgical approaches, intra-operative challenges and complications following the surgical treatment of cardiac myxoma in two of the largest referral hospitals in Jordan. METHODS: Medical records of all patients presented to the cardiology department during the period between 1984 and 2016 were reviewed. Criteria for inclusion in the study were: (1) patients who were presented for cardiac evaluation due to symptoms suggestive of a primary cardiac problem, (2) completed medical records, including results of echocardiography suggestive of intra-cardiac occupying mass, (3) the surgical operation was undertaken and intra-operative data was available, (4) a histological diagnosis of myxoma was available and (5) the discharge status and follow-up data were available for at least 2 years after initial surgery...
July 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761682/a-comparative-study-of-different-imaging-modalities-for-successful-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Danny Hf Chow, Gintautas Bieliauskas, Fadi J Sawaya, Oscar Millan-Iturbe, Klaus F Kofoed, Lars Søndergaard, Ole De Backer
OBJECTIVES: Accurate sizing of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is essential when performing percutaneous LAA closure. This study aimed to compare different LAA imaging modalities and sizing methods in order to obtain successful LAA closure. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous LAA closure is an increasingly used treatment strategy to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. LAA sizing has typically been done by 2D-transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE). METHODS: Patients who had a preprocedural TEE and preprocedural and postprocedural multislice CT (MSCT) were identified...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761681/smoking-intensity-and-duration-is-associated-with-cardiac-structure-and-function-the-echocardiographic-study-of-hispanics-latinos
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J Adam Leigh, Robert C Kaplan, Katrina Swett, Pelbreton Balfour, Mayank M Kansal, Gregory A Talavera, Krista Perreira, Michael J Blaha, Emelia J Benjamin, Rosemarie Robertson, Aruni Bhartnagar, Carlos J Rodriguez
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in smokers and this relationship is complicated by the multiplicity of cardiovascular effects of smoking. However, the relationship between intensity and duration of cigarette smoking and echocardiographic measures of right and left ventricular structure and function has been poorly studied. METHODS: We examined ECHO-SOL (Echocardiographic Study of Hispanics/Latinos) participants, a subset of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760473/transapical-mitral-valve-implantation-for-native-mitral-valve-stenosis-using-a-balloon-expandable-prosthesis
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Philipp Kiefer, Thilo Noack, Joerg Seeburger, Alexandro Hoyer, Axel Linke, Norman Mangner, Lukas Lehmkuhl, Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, David Holzhey
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter mitral valve implantation (TMVI) is still in its infancy and is mainly limited to valve-in-valve or valve-in-ring implantations. We present the early experience with TMVI for severe calcified native MV stenosis. METHODS: Between January 2014 and June 2015, 6 of 11 patients screened (mean age, 77.4 ± 6.3 years; 66% men) with severe native mitral valve (MV) stenosis (mean gradient [Pmean], 11.1 ± 2.1 mm Hg; mean effective orifice area [EOA], 0...
July 28, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758803/assessment-of-left-atrium-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-hypertensive-retinopathy-a-real-time-three-dimensional-echocardiography-based-study
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Batur Gonenc Kanar, Hatice Selen Kanar, Aysu Karatay, Kursat Tigen, Ayse Sonmez
The fundoscopic examination of hypertensive patients, which is established hypertension-related target organ damage (TOD), tends to be underutilized in clinical practice. We sought to investigate the relationship between retinal alterations and left atrium (LA) volumes by means of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE). Our population consisted of 88 consecutive essential hypertensive patients (age 59.2 ± 1.2 years, 35 males). All subjects underwent a fundoscopy examination and were distributed into four groups according to the Keith-Wagener-Barker (KWB) classification...
July 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758563/papillary-fibroelastoma-found-with-transesophageal-echocardiography-after-a-normal-transthoracic-echocardiography
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Andrew G Cook, Omar Viswanath, Jayanand D'Mello
We present the case of a patient with transient ischemic attacks who was being investigated for multiple embolic strokes. Initial workup, including brain computed tomography, computed tomography angiography, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) were negative for a source until transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) found a mass in the left atrium. The TEE differentiated the mass as a rare cardiac papillary fibroelastoma on the left atrial free wall confirmed by postsurgical pathology. This case highlights the importance of TEE as a diagnostic tool for its ability to more accurately differentiate and characterize the tumor compared with TTE...
September 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750827/outcomes-for-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-silent-left-atrial-thrombi-detected-by-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Koichi Inoue, Shinichiro Suna, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takafumi Oka, Masaharu Masuda, Yoshio Furukawa, Yasuyuki Egami, Kazunori Kashiwase, Akio Hirata, Tetsuya Watanabe, Toshihiro Takeda, Hiroya Mizuno, Hitoshi Minamiguchi, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Tomoharu Dohi, Daisaku Nakatani, Shungo Hikoso, Yuji Okuyama, Yasushi Sakata
Although we have occasionally experienced silent thrombi in the left atrium (LA), defined as thrombi free from embolic events, by screening transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for atrial fibrillation (AF), few data are available on predictors and outcomes of silent LA thrombi in patients with AF. We retrospectively reviewed clinical records and identified 83 patients (2.6%) with silent LA thrombi, out of 4,214 TEE procedures in 3,139 patients with AF at 6 hospitals from January 2010 to December 2012. The median [interquartile range] CHA2DS2-VASc score was 3 [2, 5]...
June 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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