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Suma P Goudar, G Hamilton Baker, Shahryar M Chowdhury, Kimberly J Reid, Girish Shirali, Mark A Scheurer
BACKGROUND: Adult studies demonstrate that echocardiographic measurements of cardiac function using speckle tracking correlate with invasive measurements, but such data in the pediatric population are sparse. Our aim was to compare speckle-derived measures of cardiac function to measurements routinely obtained by cardiac catheterization in children. METHODS: Echocardiograms were performed on the day of cardiac catheterization. Using Tomtec 2D Cardiac Performance Analysis, longitudinal strain (LS), longitudinal strain rate (LSR), early diastolic LSR, and ejection fraction (EF) for the right and left ventricle (RV and LV) were calculated via speckle tracking...
October 14, 2016: Echocardiography
Christopher Piorkowski, Ole-A Breithardt, Hedi Razavi, Yelena Nabutovsky, Stuart P Rosenberg, Craig D Markovitz, Arash Arya, Sascha Rolf, Silke John, Jedrzej Kosiuk, Eric Olson, Charlotte Eitel, Yan Huo, Michael Döring, Sergio Richter, Kyungmoo Ryu, Thomas Gaspar, Frits W Prinzen, Gerhard Hindricks, Philipp Sommer
AIMS: In times of evolving cardiac resynchronization therapy, intra-procedural characterization of left ventricular (LV) mechanical activation patterns is desired but technically challenging with currently available technologies. In patients with normal systolic function, we evaluated the feasibility of characterizing LV wall motion using a novel sensor-based, real-time tracking technology. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten patients underwent simultaneous motion and electrical mapping of the LV endocardium during sinus rhythm using electroanatomical mapping and navigational systems (EnSite™ NavX™ and MediGuide™, SJM)...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Brian R Wood, Kenton T Unruh, Natalia Martinez-Paz, Mary Annese, Christian B Ramers, Robert D Harrington, Shireesha Dhanireddy, Lisa Kimmerly, John D Scott, David H Spach
Background.  To increase human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care capacity in our region, we designed a distance mentorship and consultation program based on the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model, which uses real-time interactive video to regularly connect community providers with a multidisciplinary team of academic specialists. This analysis will (1) describe key components of our program, (2) report types of clinical problems for which providers requested remote consultation over the first 3...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Burak Akin, Hsu-Lei Lee, Jürgen Hennig, Pierre LeVan
Resting-state networks have become an important tool for the study of brain function. An ultra-fast imaging technique that allows to measure brain function, called Magnetic Resonance Encephalography (MREG), achieves an order of magnitude higher temporal resolution than standard echo-planar imaging (EPI). This new sequence helps to correct physiological artifacts and improves the sensitivity of the fMRI analysis. In this study, EPI is compared with MREG in terms of capability to extract resting-state networks...
October 3, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Teresa J Lorenz, Martin G Raphael, Thomas D Bloxton
The marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a declining seabird that is well-known for nesting in coastal old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. Most studies of habitat selection have focused on modeling terrestrial nesting habitat even though marine habitat is believed to be a major contributor to population declines in some regions. To address this information gap, we conducted a 5-year study of marine resource selection by murrelets in Washington, which contains a population experiencing the steepest documented declines and where marine habitat is believed to be compromised...
2016: PloS One
Srinidhi J Meera, Tomo Ando, Daniel Pu, Shivaprasad Manjappa, Cynthia C Taub
PURPOSE: The left ventricle (LV) undergoes physiologic remodeling in adaptation to the hemodynamic changes that occur in pregnancy. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel and reliable tool to evaluate subtle myocardial alterations that have been utilized to assess myocardial changes in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) but not in patients with gestational DM (GDM). We seek to evaluate changes in LV function using STE in patients with GDM compared with women with normal pregnancy...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
W Brent Keeling, Bradley G Leshnower, Jose Binongo, Yi Lasanajak, LaRonica McPherson, Edward P Chen
BACKGROUND: The David V valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSRR) is an established and durable method of root reconstruction for varying pathologies. However, the impact of the severity of preoperative aortic regurgitation (AR) on long-term durability remains unclear. The purpose of this research was to investigate the impact of the degree of preoperative AR on midterm durability following VSRR. METHODS: A retrospective review of the adult cardiac surgical database at a single academic center was undertaken from 2005 to 2015 for 223 adult patients who underwent VSRR...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Xiaoke Cui, Takumi Washio, Tomoaki Chono, Hirotaka Baba, Jun-Ichi Okada, Seiryo Sugiura, Toshiaki Hisada
By tracking echocardiography images more accurately and stably, we can better assess myocardial functions. In this paper, we propose a new tracking method with deformable Regions of Interest (ROIs) aiming at rational pattern matching. For this purpose we defined multiple tracking points for an ROI and regarded these points as nodes in the Meshfree Method to interpolate displacement fields. To avoid unreasonable distortion of the ROI caused by noise and perturbation in echo images, we introduced a stabilization technique based on a nonlinear strain energy function...
September 15, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
Telmo Pereira, Armindo Almeida, João Maldonado, Jorge Conde
OBJECTIVE: The Moens-Korteweg equation predicts changes in pulse wave velocity (PWV) following changes in arterial radius, therefore an increase in arterial radius, as seen in a reactive hyperaemia (RH) condition, should slow PWV over a given arterial segment. If this assumption is true, than the deceleration of PWV over the brachial artery (flow-mediated slowing - FMS) should be an equivalent signal of endothelial function during a conventional RH flow-mediated dilation (FMD) procedure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joanna Jaroch, Krystyna Łoboz-Grudzień, Stefania Magda, Maria Florescu, Zbigniew Bociąga, Andrea O Ciobanu, Ewa Kruszyńska, Krzysztof Dudek, Dragos Vinereanu
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and geometry patterns vary in different hemodynamic profiles The concentric hypertrophy (CH) pattern has been proved to have the worst prognosis. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to test the hypothesis that carotid artery stiffness, as a marker of vascular damage, is associated with CH, independently of other potential determinants such as demographic factors (age, sex, BMI), clinical parameters (smoking, diabetes, creatinine level) and hemodynamic variables (blood pressure, pulse pressure [PP])...
March 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Melville J Wohlgemuth, Ninad B Kothari, Cynthia F Moss
Under natural conditions, animals encounter a barrage of sensory information from which they must select and interpret biologically relevant signals. Active sensing can facilitate this process by engaging motor systems in the sampling of sensory information. The echolocating bat serves as an excellent model to investigate the coupling between action and sensing because it adaptively controls both the acoustic signals used to probe the environment and movements to receive echoes at the auditory periphery. We report here that the echolocating bat controls the features of its sonar vocalizations in tandem with the positioning of the outer ears to maximize acoustic cues for target detection and localization...
September 2016: PLoS Biology
Masaru Obokata, Masaaki Takeuchi, Kazuaki Negishi, Nobuyuki Ohte, Masaki Izumo, Eiji Yamashita, Mio Ebato, Satoshi Yuda, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Satoshi Nakatani
The purposes of this study were to investigate whether heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) share echocardiographic predictors and elucidate E/(e' × s') that predicts major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) independent of other echocardiographic parameters in each HF group. We assessed tissue Doppler-derived parameters [E/e', E/(e' × s')] and left ventricular and right ventricular longitudinal strains in HFrEF (n = 340) and HFpEF (n = 102)...
August 12, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Chiara H Giammanco, Patrick L Kramer, Michael D Fayer
The ultrafast dynamics of concentrated aqueous solutions of the salt lithium bistriflimide and ionic liquid (IL) 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bistriflimide was studied using two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) vibrational echo and polarization-selective IR pump-probe techniques to monitor water's hydroxyl stretch. Two distinct populations of hydroxyl groups, with differing vibrational lifetimes, are detected in solution: those engaged in hydrogen bonding with other water molecules and those engaged in hydrogen bonding with the bistriflimide anion...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Masashi Ohmachi, Yoshie Fujiwara, Shuki Muramatsu, Koji Yamada, Osamu Iwata, Kengo Suzuki, Dan Ohtan Wang
Single-cell transfection is a powerful technique for delivering chemicals, drugs, or probes into arbitrary, specific single cells. This technique is especially important when the analysis of molecular function and cellular behavior in individual microscopic organisms such as protists requires the precise identification of the target cell, as fluorescence labeling of bulk populations makes tracking of individual motile protists virtually impossible. Herein, we have modified current single-cell electroporation techniques for delivering fluorescent markers into single Euglena gracilis, a motile photosynthetic microalga...
November 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Kamill Del Toro, Brian D Soriano, Sujatha Buddhe
BACKGROUND: Echocardiogram has limitations in effectively assessing right ventricular (RV) function in children post tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair. We evaluated the utility of speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)-based RV global longitudinal strain (GLS) for the assessment of RV systolic function. METHODS: All patients with repaired TOF who had both echocardiograms and cardiac MRI (CMR) within a 6-month interval were included. RV volumes and ejection fraction (EF) were obtained by CMRs...
August 20, 2016: Echocardiography
S Kiando, N Tucker, L Castro-Vega, D Cusi, P Galan, Empana J-P, J Olin, H Gornik, P-F Plouin, I Kullo, D Milan, S Ganesh, P Boutouyrie, J Kovacic, X Jeunemaitre, N Bouatia-Naji
OBJECTIVE: Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a nonatherosclerotic vascular disease leading to stenosis, dissection and aneurysm affecting mainly the renal and cerebrovascular arteries. FMD has higher prevalence in females (80-90%) and predisposes to hypertension and stroke but its pathophysiology is unclear. DESIGN AND METHOD: We performed a multistage genetic association study (1,154 patients and 3,895 controls) from five case-control cohorts. We investigated the association between rs9349379 in the phosphatase and actin regulator 1 gene (PHACTR1) and carotid traits by echo-tracking in healthy volunteers, the expression of PHACTR1 by genotypes in human fibroblasts, protein staining pattern in human carotids, and vasculature development after Phactr1 knockdown in zebrafish...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
D Skultetyova, S Filipova
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to investigate the relationship between daytime and night-time mean blood pressure (BP) on carotid artery stiffness (CAS) and wave intensity (WI) in 1) hypertensive patients (pts) and in 2) the subgroups formed according to the circadian patterns of BP. DESIGN AND METHOD: We investigated 148 hypertensive pts, mean age 58 years. The subgroups were created according to the circadian patterns (64 dippers, 56 non-dippers, 14 extreme dippers, 14 reverse dippers)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
L Marais, M Pernot, H Khettab, M Tanter, E Messas, M Zidi, S Laurent, P Boutouyrie
OBJECTIVE: The question whether arterial stiffness in hypertension is increased solely because of increased arterial pressure is not solved. Because measurement of arterial stiffness is highly dependent on measurement of blood pressure (BP), the development of methods independent of BP is necessary for clarifying this question. Ultrafast echography (UFE, Supersonic Imagine, Aix en Provence, France) makes use of very fast sampling rate (up to 10 kHz), so transient events such as pressure wave arrival can be tracked...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tze Yee Lim, Rajat J Kudchadker, Jihong Wang, Tharakeswara Bathala, Janio Szklaruk, Thomas J Pugh, Usama Mahmood, Geoffrey S Ibbott, Steven J Frank
PURPOSE: Computed tomography (CT)-based prostate post-implant dosimetry allows for definitive seed localization but is associated with high interobserver variation in prostate contouring. Currently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based post-implant dosimetry allows for accurate anatomical delineation but is limited due to inconsistent seed localization. Encapsulated contrast agent markers were previously proposed to overcome the seed localization limitation on MRI images by placing hyperintense markers adjacent to hypointense seeds...
June 2016: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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