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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049708/two-staged-hybrid-ablation-of-non-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-clinical-outcomes-and-functional-improvements-after-1%C3%A2-year
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Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, David Talavera, Anna Kraupnerova, Richard Fojt, Jana Zdarska, Tomas Vanek, Zbynek Straka
OBJECTIVES: Hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a promising treatment strategy; however, data regarding its efficacy and safety are still limited. METHODS: Patients with non-paroxysmal AF were enrolled. First, a thoracoscopic, epicardial isolation of pulmonary veins and the left atrial posterior wall ('box lesion') was performed; a novel unipolar/bipolar radiofrequency device was used. Moreover, in 12 patients enrolled thereafter, the left atrial appendage was occluded...
July 31, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045598/prognostic-value-of-pulmonary-blood-volume-by-first-pass-contrast-enhanced-cmr-in-heart-failure-outpatients-the-prove-hf-study
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F Ricci, A Barison, G Todiere, C Mantini, A R Cotroneo, M Emdin, R De Caterina, S Galllina, G D Aquaro
Aims: Pulmonary blood volume (PBV) is a novel clinical application of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging for the quantitative grading of haemodynamic congestion. In this study, we aimed to assess the prognostic value of PBV in a cohort of outpatients with chronic heart failure (HF). Methods and results: One hundred and twelve consecutive patients (91 men, 67 ± 12 years) and 53 age- and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echocardiography and contrast-enhanced CMR...
October 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035431/prognostic-application-of-thoracic-aortic-calcium-scoring-for-adverse-clinical-outcome-risk-in-elderly-patients-with-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
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In Jeong Cho, Hyuk Jae Chang, Sang Eun Lee, Chi Young Shim, Geu Ru Hong, Namsik Chung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is associated with poor cardiovascular outcomes. Heavy aortic calcification exacerbates arterial stiffness, which consequently heightens left ventricular (LV) afterload. We assessed the usefulness of aortic calcification for predicting adverse cardiovascular outcomes and to determine whether the relationship, if any, differed as a function of LVH. METHODS: The analytic sample was comprised of a total of 487 individuals 65 years of age or older...
September 18, 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033504/procedural-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-single-center-experience-of-the-first-100-inoperable-or-high-surgical-risk-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Ying-Hwa Chen, Hsiao-Huang Chang, Po-Lin Chen, Zen-Chung Weng, I-Ming Chen, Hsin-Bang Leu, Chun-Yang Huang, Su-Man Lin, Mei-Han Wu
BACKGROUND: This is the first study of a Taiwanese population reporting transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) outcomes of the first 100 cases from a single center offering two different transcatheter heart valve technologies via six types of approaches. We herein report the 30-day and one-year outcomes in our first 100 TAVI patients at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. METHODS: From May 2010 to April 2016, 100 consecutive patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) who were considered unsuitable or at high risk for surgical aortic valve replacement underwent TAVI...
July 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031497/patent-foramen-ovale-and-the-risk-of-cerebral-infarcts-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism-a-prospective-observational-study
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David Vindiš, Martin Hutyra, Daniel Šaňák, Michal Král, Eva Čecháková, Simona Littnerová, Tomáš Adam, Jan Přeček, Štěpán Hudec, Markéta Ječmenová, Miloš Táborský
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with a risk of consecutive paradoxical embolism with brain infarction through a patent foramen ovale (PFO). The aims of this study were to assess the rate of new ischemic brain lesions (IBLs) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) during a 12-month follow-up period with anticoagulation and to evaluate the potential relationship with the presence of PFO on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Seventy-eight patients with acute PE underwent baseline contrast TEE with brain MRI...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025779/scorpion-bite-induced-ischaemic-stroke
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Rakesh Reddy C, Nandakishore Bompelli, Vikram Khardenavis, Anirudda Deshpande
We report a 54-year-old woman with scorpion bite. After 3 hours of admission, the patient developed sudden onset tachycardia with hypotension. Cardiac evaluation showed raised creatine kinase MB isoenzyme was elevated; ECG and two-dimensional echocardiography findings were suggestive of myocarditis. Subsequently, she developed transient ventricular tachycardia before developing abrupt onset, right hemiplegia, global aphasia and progressive worsening of sensorium 12 hours after the bite. MRI of brain revealed massive left middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory infarct...
October 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025686/-usefulness-of-spectral-tissue-doppler-e-e-ratio-in-the-management-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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S Arques, E Roux
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder encountered in daily clinical practice. It carries high morbidity and mortality rates, mainly related to sudden death, heart failure and stroke. Validation of noninvasive markers in the diagnosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and risk stratification is therefore attractive in this clinical setting. The spectral tissue Doppler-derived E/e' ratio is a simple and user-friendly index which has been validated in the assessment of left ventricular diastolic pressures, regardless of rhythm...
October 9, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023958/stroke-induced-chronic-systolic-dysfunction-driven-by-sympathetic-overactivity
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Michael Bieber, Rudolf A Werner, Edit Tanai, Ulrich Hofmann, Takahiro Higuchi, Kai Schuh, Peter U Heuschmann, Stefan Frantz, Oliver Ritter, Peter Kraft, Christoph Kleinschnitz
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac diseases are established risk factors for ischemic stroke incidence and severity. Conversely, there is increasing evidence that brain ischemia can cause cardiac dysfunction. The mechanisms underlying this neurogenic heart disease are incompletely understood. While it is established that ischemic stroke is associated with cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial damage, elevated cardiac enzymes and plasma catecholamines in the acute phase, nothing is known about the delayed consequences of ischemic stroke on cardiovascular function...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019612/unveiling-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-and-its-predictors-among-elderly-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Adam Castaño, David L Narotsky, Nadira Hamid, Omar K Khalique, Rachelle Morgenstern, Albert DeLuca, Jonah Rubin, Codruta Chiuzan, Tamim Nazif, Torsten Vahl, Isaac George, Susheel Kodali, Martin B Leon, Rebecca Hahn, Sabahat Bokhari, Mathew S Maurer
Aims: Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR-CA) has been reported in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) but its prevalence and phenotype are not known. We examine elderly patients with severe symptomatic AS undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and determine the prevalence and phenotype of ATTR-CA non-invasively. Methods and results: We performed technetium-99m pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) cardiac scintigraphy prospectively on patients who underwent TAVR, to screen for ATTR-CA...
October 7, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990216/left-atrial-volume-changes-is-an-early-marker-of-end-organ-damage-in-essential-hypertension-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-an-old-problem
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Batur Kanar, Beste Ozben, Hatice Selen Kanar, Aysu Arsan, Kursat Tigen
PURPOSE: Left atrial (LA) volume has been shown to be a predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relation between LA phasic volumes and hypertensive end-organ damage (EOD), by using real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) in patients with essential hypertension (HT). METHODS: The study included 95 essential hypertensive patients (60 ± 10 years, 37 males). The patients were divided into three according to the presence of EOD, namely microalbuminuria and retinal vascular changes detected by direct ophthalmoscopy...
October 9, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986350/post-myocardial-infarction-left-ventricular-pseudoaneurysm-diagnosed-incidentally-by-echocardiography
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Rienzi Díaz-Navarro, Petros Nihoyannopoulos
A 54-year-old male developed a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (Ps) along the lateral wall of the left ventricle (LV), which was diagnosed incidentally by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE) 6 months after an acute myocardial infarction. Color flow imaging (CFI) showed blood flow from the LV into the aneurysmal cavity and invasive coronary angiography revealed sub-occlusion of the circumflex artery. A complementary study using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) confirmed a dilated left ventricle with depressed ejection fraction, thin dyskinetic anterolateral and inferolateral walls, a Ps adjacent to the lateral wall of the LV contained by the pericardium and blood passing in and out through a small defect in the LV mid-anterolateral wall...
December 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973402/2017-update-on-medical-overuse-a-systematic-review
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Daniel J Morgan, Sanket S Dhruva, Eric R Coon, Scott M Wright, Deborah Korenstein
Importance: Overuse of medical care is a well-recognized problem. Objective: To identify and highlight original research articles published in 2016 that are most relevant to understanding medical overuse or strategies to reduce it. Evidence Review: A structured review of English-language articles on PubMed published in 2016 coupled with examination of tables of contents of high-impact journals to identify articles related to medical overuse in adults...
October 2, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972957/comparison-of-different-oral-anticoagulant-regimens-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-undergoing-ablation-or-cardioversion
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Monika Gawałko, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Monika Budnik, Aldona Babiarz, Aleksandra Bodys, Robert Uliński, Maciej Żochowski, Michał Peller, Piotr Scisło, Janusz Kochanowski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
INTRODUCTION Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOAC) are an alternative to vitamin K antagonists (VKA) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF).  OBJECTIVES To assess the incidence of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus, dense spontaneous echo contrast (DSEC) and to compare clinical characteristics of AF patients treated with different  anticoagulant regiments. PATIENTS AND METHODS We studied 1033 consecutive AF patients, who underwent transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) before AF ablation or cardioversion...
September 30, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967590/a-case-of-intrathoracic-carotid-bifurcation-without-klippel-feil-syndrome
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Ryo Itabashi, Yukako Yazawa, Yuya Shigehatake, Eisuke Furui
BACKGROUND: Intrathoracic carotid bifurcation is a rare vascular anomaly, with only 8 cases reported. This vascular anomaly was recently correlated with Klippel-Feil syndrome, a rare congenital disorder involving fusion of the cervical vertebrae. METHODS: A 70-year-old deaf mute man was admitted to our department because of right hemiparesis and right sensory disturbance. He displayed no abnormalities associated with Klippel-Feil syndrome. Diffusion-weighted imaging revealed acute multiple infarcts in bilateral hemispheres...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966589/recurrent-patent-foramen-ovale-related-cerebral-infarcts-alternately-causing-bilateral-hand-paresis
#15
Seung-Jae Lee
Isolated hand paresis is a rare presentation of stroke, which mostly results from a lesion in the cortical hand motor area, a knob-like area within the precentral gyrus. I report the case of a patient who experienced recurrent ischemic stroke alternately involving bilateral hand knob areas, causing isolated hand paresis. There was no abnormal finding on brain and neck magnetic resonance angiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and 48-h Holter monitoring, and there were no abnormal immunologic and coagulation laboratory findings...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966115/elective-cardioversion-in-the-era-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-does-a-nurse-administered-verbal-questionnaire-for-compliance-negate-the-need-for-routine-transoesophageal-echocardiography
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Matthew K Rowe, Naomi Lollback, Leanne Slater, John Hill, Paul A Gould, Gerald C Kaye
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation prior to elective external direct current cardioversion (EDCCV) is mandatory. The inability to monitor compliance with novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) raises a potential safety issue. We aimed to evaluate whether a structured, nurse-led assessment of compliance prior to EDCCV ensures safety without the need for routine transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE). METHODS: Data was prospectively collected on consecutive patients undergoing EDCCV during 2014-2015...
September 12, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957815/clinical-relevance-of-patent-foramen-ovale-and-atrial-septum-aneurysm-in-stroke-findings-of-a-single-center-cross-sectional-study
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Marlena Schnieder, Tariq Siddiqui, André Karch, Mathias Bähr, Gerd Hasenfuss, Jan Liman, Marco R Schroeter
BACKGROUND: A significant proportion of ischemic strokes are cryptogenic. In this context, the clinical pertinence of patent foramen ovale (PFO) with and without atrial septum aneurysm (ASA) remains controversial. The aim of this study was to identify how PFO +/-ASA and cryptogenic stroke are associated in a representative sample of stroke patients. METHODS: We enrolled all patients (n = 909) with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack admitted to the certified stroke unit or neurological intensive care unit of our university medical center who underwent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) between 2012 and 2014...
September 28, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956773/metoprolol-reduces-hemodynamic-and-metabolic-overload-in-asymptomatic-aortic-valve-stenosis-patients-a-randomized-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Nils Henrik Hansson, Jens Sörensen, Hendrik Johannes Harms, Won Yong Kim, Roni Nielsen, Lars Poulsen Tolbod, Jørgen Frøkiær, Kirsten Bouchelouche, Karen Kaae Dodt, Inger Sihm, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen, Henrik Wiggers
BACKGROUND: Currently, no pharmacological treatment can modify the natural history of aortic valve stenosis (AS). This underlines the critical need to explore novel treatment strategies, which could postpone or prevent the need for aortic valve replacement in patients with asymptomatic AS. The objectives of this study were to investigate whether metoprolol reduce the hemodynamic and metabolic burden imposed by AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a double-blinded design, 40 patients with moderate-severe asymptomatic AS (aortic valve area, 0...
October 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954974/a-case-of-cerebral-embolism-with-a-large-thrombus-in-the-left-atrium-and-a-recurrence-of-thrombus-in-the-left-atrium-after-the-maze-procedure
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Masafumi Arakawa, Takashi Shimoyama, Noriko Matsumoto, Satoshi Suda, Jiro Kurita, Kazumi Kimura
A 67-year-old woman developed weakness of the entire left side of the body and disturbance of consciousness, and was admitted to our hospital. She had atrial fibrillation (AF) on arrival at the hospital. Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging showed high intensity area in the right basal ganglia, and magnetic resonance angiography showed occlusion of the right internal carotid artery (ICA). Thrombolytic therapy with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) was administered 225 minutes after onset, and endovascular procedure also performed...
September 28, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950335/3d-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-and-strain-a-prognostic-study-in-paediatric-pulmonary-hypertension
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Pei-Ni Jone, Michal Schäfer, Zhaoxing Pan, Carlie Bremen, D Dunbar Ivy
Aims: To evaluate right ventricular functional indices using 3D echocardiography (3DE) between normal children and paediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients, and to evaluate these indices as outcome predictors in children with PH. Methods and results: Ninety-six paediatric PH patients from 2014 to 2016 were compared with 40 normal controls. All patients underwent 3DE and off-line analysis generated 3D end-diastolic volume, 3D end-systolic volume, 3D stroke volume, 3D right ventricular (RV) ejection fraction (EF), RV longitudinal strain (LS) free wall and septum, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), and fractional area change (FAC)...
August 25, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
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