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Joan Porter, Luke Mondor, Moira K Kapral, Jiming Fang, Ruth E Hall
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The reliability of diagnostic coding of acute stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in administrative data is uncertain. The purpose of this study is to determine the agreement between administrative data sources and chart audit for the identification of stroke type, stroke risk factors, and the use of hospital-based diagnostic procedures in patients with stroke or TIA. METHODS: Medical charts for a population-based sample of patients (n = 14,508) with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), or TIA discharged from inpatient and emergency departments (ED) in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were audited by trained abstractors...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Domenico Acanfora, Pietro Scicchitano, Gerardo Casucci, Bernardo Lanzillo, Nicola Capuano, Giuseppe Furgi, Chiara Acanfora, Marialaura Longobardi, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Marco Matteo Ciccone
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise training on cardiac function in heart failure (HF) patients recently suffering from acute decompensation. Radionuclide ambulatory ventricular function monitoring (VEST) was used to detect variations in cardiac hemodynamics during training period. METHODS: This was a monocentric, randomized, controlled trial. We enrolled 72 HF patients [left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%] within two weeks after acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema: 40 in the elderly group, 32 in the middle-aged group...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Sebastien Preau, Perrine Bortolotti, Delphine Colling, Florent Dewavrin, Vincent Colas, Benoit Voisin, Thierry Onimus, Elodie Drumez, Alain Durocher, Alban Redheuil, Fabienne Saulnier
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the collapsibility index of the inferior vena cava recorded during a deep standardized inspiration predicts fluid responsiveness in nonintubated patients. DESIGN: Prospective, nonrandomized study. SETTING: ICUs at a general and a university hospital. PATIENTS: Nonintubated patients without mechanical ventilation (n = 90) presenting with sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure and considered for volume expansion...
September 30, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Yu-Yang Chen, Qi Liu, Li Liu, Xiao-Rong Shu, Zi-Zhuo Su, Hai-Feng Zhang, Ru-Qiong Nie, Jing-Feng Wang, Shuang-Lun Xie
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a risk factor for stroke and thromboembolism event. Left atrial or LA appendage (LA/LAA) thrombus is a surrogate of potential stroke. The relationship between MS and atrial thrombus remains unclear. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of MS on risk stratification of LA/LAA thrombus formation in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled 294 consecutive NVAF patients without prior anticoagulant and lipid-lowering therapies...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jian-Jun Wen, Xianxiu Wan, John Thacker, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM) caused by Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection is prevalent in Latin America and recognized as an emerging infectious heart disease in the US. The NO-cGMP-PKG1α pathway maintains cardiac homeostasis and inotropy and may be disturbed due to phosphodiesterase (PDE5) mediated cGMP catabolism in CCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice were infected with Tc, and at the end of acute parasitemia (i.e. 45 days post-infection), treated with sildenafil (SIL, 1 mg/kg) twice per week for 3 weeks...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Torsten Konrad, Sebastian Sonnenschein, Frank Patrick Schmidt, Hanke Mollnau, Karsten Bock, Blanca Quesada Ocete, Thomas Münzel, Cathrin Theis, Thomas Rostock
AIMS: Different cardiac arrhythmias have been suggested to be associated with Danon disease, e.g. Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. However, a systematic electrophysiological investigation of patients with Danon disease is lacking thus far. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven patients with Danon disease (4 males, 35.8 ± 10.8 years; 3 females, 51.3 ± 19.9 years) from 3 different families were studied. In all patients, the presence of Danon disease was confirmed by western blot of biopsy material or genetic testing...
October 14, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Shuchita Gupta, Abel Romero-Corral, Magdaléna Matejková, Toni De Venecia, Edinrin Obasare, Vikas Bhalla, Gregg S Pressman
BACKGROUND: Calcium deposits in the aortic valve and mitral annulus have been associated with cardiovascular events and mortality. However, there is no accepted standard method for scoring such cardiac calcifications, and most existing methods are simplistic. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a semiquantitative score, one that accounts for all visible calcium on echocardiography, could predict all-cause mortality and stroke in a graded fashion. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 443 unselected subjects derived from a general echocardiography database...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Masaru Obokata, Yasufumi Nagata, Yuichiro Kado, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Yutaka Otsuji, Masaaki Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) may develop even at low workloads in heart failure (HF) patients. Ventricular-arterial stiffening plays an important role in the pathophysiology of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). This study aimed to compare the response of ventricular-arterial coupling and PH during low-level exercise between HFpEF and HF with reduced EF (HFrEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography was performed at rest and during 10 W of bicycle exercise in HFpEF (n=37) and HFrEF (n=43)...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
M Iida, M Yamamoto, Y Ishiguro, M Yamazaki, N Ueda, H Honjo, K Kamiya
Left atrial (LA) phasic volumes consist of reservoir, conduit and booster pump volumes. Arterial stiffness is linked to lower systemic arterial compliance (SAC) contributing to cardiac afterload. Arterial stiffness may be a modulator of LA phasic volumes. Echocardiography was performed in 161 hypertensive patients and in 50 normotensive subjects in order to assess biplane LA volumes (maximum, before atrial contraction, minimum), early and late diastolic mitral annular velocity (e' and a'), and LV stroke volume...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Hypertension
Daijo Inaguma, Hibiki Shinjo, Akihito Tanaka, Eri Ito, Naoki Kamegai, Akiko Kato, Minami Mizutani, Hiroya Shimogushi, Yasuhiro Otsuka, Asami Takeda, Midori Hasegawa, Yukio Yuzawa
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between serum 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D) levels and left atrial diameter (LAD) using echocardiography in pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From an initial population of 487 patients (109 met the exclusion criteria), a total of 378 patients with CKD stage 3a - 5 who had not undergone dialysis or kidney transplantation were included in the study. The relationship between serum 1,25D levels and LAD was examined...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Jin-Man Jung, Jae-Gyum Kim, Jung Bin Kim, Kyung-Hee Cho, Sungwook Yu, Kyungmi Oh, Yong-Hyun Kim, Jeong-Yoon Choi, Woo-Keun Seo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We investigated clinical and radiological characteristics of ischemic stroke patients with Takotsubo-like myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: From multicenter stroke registry database, ischemic stroke patients who underwent transthoracic echocardiography were found. Among these, patients were classified if they had specific ventricular regional wall motion abnormalities discording with coronary artery distribution, such as apical (typical pattern) or nonapical ballooning (atypical pattern), considered as echocardiographic findings of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Aylin Tugcu, Zhezhen Jin, Shunichi Homma, Mitchell S V Elkind, Tatjana Rundek, Mitsuhiro Yoshita, Charles DeCarli, Koki Nakanishi, Sofia Shames, Clinton B Wright, Ralph L Sacco, Marco R Di Tullio
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aortic arch plaque (AAP) is a risk factor for ischemic stroke, but its association with subclinical cerebrovascular disease is not established. We investigated the association between AAP and subclinical cerebrovascular disease in an elderly stroke-free community-based cohort. METHODS: The CABL study (Cardiovascular Abnormalities and Brain Lesions) was designed to investigate cardiovascular predictors of silent cerebrovascular disease in the elderly...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Ryan T Demmer, Matthew A Allison, Jianwen Cai, Robert C Kaplan, Ankit A Desai, Barry E Hurwitz, Jill C Newman, Sanjiv J Shah, Katrina Swett, Gregory A Talavera, Ashley Thai, Marston E Youngblood, Carlos J Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: We examined the relationship between glucose homeostasis and comprehensive measures of cardiac structure and function among a representative sample of US Hispanics. METHODS AND RESULTS: ECHO-SOL (Echocardiographic Study of Latinos), an echocardiographic ancillary study of the HCHS/SOL (Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos), enrolled 1818 Hispanic/Latino men (43%) and women (57%) aged ≥45 years (mean=56). Glucose intolerance was defined as follows: (1) prediabetes: hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≥5...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Johannes Scherr, Philip Jung, Tibor Schuster, Lars Pollmer, Gert Eisele, Franz Goss, Jens Schneider, Martin Halle
BACKGROUND: Increased left atrial (LA) dimensions are known to be a risk factor in predicting cardiovascular events and mortality and to be one key diagnostic tool to assess diastolic dysfunction. Currently, LA measurements are usually conducted using 2D-echocardiography, although there are well-known limitations. Real-time 3D-echocardiography is able to overcome these limitations, furthermore being a valid measurement tool compared to reference standards (e.g. cardiac magnetic resonance imaging)...
October 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
U S Dinesh Kumar, Shyam Prasad Shetty, K R Sujay, Murugesh Wali
Left ventricular (LV) mass is a rare condition, of which the most common is thrombus. Echocardiography is a very useful modality of investigation to evaluate the LV mass. We are reporting a case of LV mass presenting with neurological symptom. The diagnosis of this mass was dilemma as the echocardiographic features were favoring tumor as well as thrombi. Mass (a) measuring 3.8 cm × 1.9 cm attached to the left ventricle apex appeared to be pedunculated tumor and mass (b) measuring 2.4 cm × 1.8 cm attached to the chordae of anterior mitral leaflet resembled a thrombus or an embolized tumor entangled in the chordae...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Yuji Ueno, Kazuo Yamashiro, Ryota Tanaka, Takuma Kuroki, Kenichiro Hira, Naohide Kurita, Takao Urabe, Nobutaka Hattori
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Underlying embolic causes diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography could be implicated in mechanisms of embolic stroke of undetermined source. We aimed to explore factors, including underlying embolic causes, related to recurrent vascular events in embolic stroke of undetermined source. METHODS: Patients who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for embolic stroke of undetermined source and whose potential embolic sources were examined by transesophageal echocardiography were included...
October 4, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Matthias Bossard, Rahel Kreuzmann, Thomas Hochgruber, Philipp Krisai, Andreas J Zimmermann, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Katrin Pumpol, Arnheid Kessel-Schaefer, Frank-Peter Stephan, Nadja Handschin, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, Beat A Kaufmann, Guillaume Paré, Michael Kühne, David Conen
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial (LA) enlargement is an important risk factor for incident stroke and a key determinant for the success of rhythm control strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, factors associated with LA volume in AF patients remain poorly understood. METHODS: Patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were enrolled in this study. Real time 3-D echocardiography was performed in all participants and analyzed offline in a standardized manner...
2016: PloS One
Michele D'Alto, Adriana Pavelescu, Paola Argiento, Emanuele Romeo, Anna Correra, Giovanni Maria Di Marco, Antonello D'Andrea, Berardo Sarubbi, Maria Giovanna Russo, Robert Naeije
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced increase in pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) as a possible measure of right ventricular (RV) contractile reserve has been shown to predict survival in severe pulmonary hypertension. However, RV contractile reserve can also be measured by changes in stroke volume (SV), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), or tricuspid annular systolic velocity (S'). The limits of normal values and the functional significance of these changes in healthy subjects are not well known...
October 2, 2016: Echocardiography
Shinya Unai, My-Le Nguyen, Daizo Tanaka, Nataliya Gorbachuk, Gregary D Marhefka, Hitoshi Hirose, Nicholas C Cavarocchi
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) is known to be a predisposition to thromboembolism and cerebrovascular accident. The aim of this study was to investigate the risk factors and the consequences of SEC in patients who were placed on venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) because of cardiogenic shock. METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2014, 98 patients underwent the insertion of VA-ECMO because of cardiogenic shock in our institution...
September 28, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yae Matsuo, Petr Neuzil, Jan Petru, Milan Chovanec, Marek Janotka, Subbarao Choudry, Jan Skoda, Lucie Sediva, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Vivek Y Reddy
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter left atrial appendage closure is an alternative therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation patients. These procedures are currently guided with transesophageal echocardiography and fluoroscopy in most centers. As intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is commonly used in other catheter-based procedures, we sought to determine the safety and effectiveness of intracardiac echocardiography-guided left atrial appendage closure with the Watchman device. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 27 patients (11 males, 77...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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