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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677415/acute-ischemic-stroke-in-a-young-woman-with-no-known-risk-factors
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Noureldin Abdelhamid, Salman Farooq, Amrou Sarraj
INTRODUCTION: We aim to highlight a potentially morbid consequence of foam-sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 41-year-old woman with no significant medical history who presented to the emergency department with sudden onset of focal neurologic deficits. She had undergone varicose vein treatment with foam sclerotherapy 2 days prior. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed acute cerebellar infarct. Computed tomography angiography was unremarkable...
March 2018: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671110/pulmonary-cement-embolism-following-cement-augmented-fenestrated-pedicle-screw-fixation-in-adult-spinal-deformity-patients-with-severe-osteoporosis-analysis-of-2978-fenestrated-screws
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Onur Levent Ulusoy, Sinan Kahraman, Isik Karalok, Emel Kaya, Meric Enercan, Cem Sever, Burak Abay, Selhan Karadereler, Azmi Hamzaoglu
INTRODUCTION: There is very limited information about pulmonary cement embolism (PCE) following cement-augmented fenestrated pedicle screw (CAFPS) fixation in the literature. The aim of this study to report the incidence of PCE following CAFPS fixation in adult deformity patients with severe osteoporosis and to identify risk factors such as; the number of levels, number of screws, and the cement volume used. METHODS: 281 patients (204F, 77M) in whom CAFPS fixation was used during deformity surgery were included...
April 18, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667131/pulmonary-embolism-following-incomplete-surgical-resection-of-a-right-ventricular-myxoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Yazan Assaf, Maher Nasser, Hani Jneid, David Ott
Right ventricular (RV) myxomas are extremely rare, but may have dreadful clinical sequelae including pulmonary embolism (PE). We present a case of a patient who had an RV myxoma that was attached to the tricuspid valve, and therefore could not be resected completely during surgery, and remnants of the tumor were seen on transthoracic echocardiogram during post-operative follow-up. Five months after surgery, the patient had PE, which could be due to tumor emboli or thromboemboli. Since repeat surgical resection was not feasible, the patient was started on warfarin...
April 17, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659045/surgical-pulmonary-embolectomy-and-catheter-directed-thrombolysis-for-treatment-of-submassive-pulmonary-embolism
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Ahmed A Kolkailah, Sameer Hirji, Gregory Piazza, Julius I Ejiofor, Fernando Ramirez Del Val, Jiyae Lee, Siobhan McGurk, Sary F Aranki, Prem S Shekar, Tsuyoshi Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) with preserved hemodynamics but right ventricular dysfunction, classified as submassive PE, carries a high risk of mortality. We report the results for patients who did not qualify for medical therapy and required treatment of submassive PE with surgical pulmonary embolectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). METHODS: Between October 1999 and May 2015, 133 submassive PE patients underwent treatment with pulmonary embolectomy (71) and CDT (62)...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29643879/transesophageal-echocardiography-in-cardiogenic-embolic-cerebral-infarction
#5
Wen Chu, Hua Wang
Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic values of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in cardiogenic embolic cerebral infarction. Methods: Fifty patients with occult cerebral infarction who were admitted to the hospital between June 2015 and June 2016 were selected as research subjects. The patients were diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography and transthoracic echocardiography. Diagnostic data were compared to analyze the values of the two diagnostic methods...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628478/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-with-multiple-thrombi-and-ventricular-tachycardia-of-atypical-left-branch-bundle-block-morphology
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Shenzhen Gong, Xin Wei, Guyue Liu, Feng Wu, Xiaoping Chen
A 61-year-old male patient was admitted to our hospital with recurrent palpitations and syncope. Electrocardiography, echocardiography, and contrast-enhanced computed tomography were performed. The patient was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) complicated by multiple thrombi, and ventricular tachycardia (VT) without typical left bundle branch block (LBBB) morphology. This case suggests that VT is not always the sole contributor to syncope and death in patients with ARVC, and pulmonary embolism should be considered...
April 6, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625717/prospective-observational-study-in-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-rationale-and-design-of-the-all-nippon-af-in-the-elderly-anafie-registry
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Hiroshi Inoue, Takeshi Yamashita, Masaharu Akao, Hirotsugu Atarashi, Takanori Ikeda, Ken Okumura, Yukihiro Koretsune, Wataru Shimizu, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Kazunori Toyoda, Atsushi Hirayama, Masahiro Yasaka, Takenori Yamaguchi, Masahiro Akishita, Naoyuki Hasebe, Kazuomi Kario, Yuji Mizokami, Ken Nagata, Masato Nakamura, Yasuo Terauchi, Takatsugu Yamamoto, Satoshi Teramukai, Tetsuya Kimura, Jumpei Kaburagi, Atsushi Takita
BACKGROUND: Although anticoagulation effectively prevents stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), it has been underused in elderly AF patients for many reasons, mainly because of knowledge gaps regarding cardiovascular treatment of these populations with multiple comorbidities and poor prognosis. The objectives of the All Nippon AF In the Elderly (ANAFIE) Registry are to collect real-world information about the clinical status of patients with non-valvular AF (NVAF) aged ≥75 years, current status of anticoagulant therapy, and prognosis with/without anticoagulation to establish a database for this specific patient population that is increasing remarkably worldwide...
April 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622996/clinical-profile-management-and-outcome-of-pulmonary-embolism-in-shahid-gangalal-national-heart-centre-kathmandu-nepal
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Chandra Mani Adhikari, K C Bishal, Sobita Khadka
Background and aims: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is associated with a significant mortality and morbidity. We aim to study clinical profile, management and outcome of PE at Shahid Gangalal National heart Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal. Methods: It was a retrprospective, single centre study, conducted from January 2015 to December 2016. Haemodynamics was used for risk Simplified, PESI score, predisposing factors, symptoms, clinical features at the time of admission, ECG features, echocardiogram, treatment received and the outcome were reviewed...
March 2018: The Egyptian heart journal: (EHJ): official bulletin of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622424/two-dimensional-global-longitudinal-strain-is-superior-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-prediction-of-outcome-in-patients-with-left-sided-infective-endocarditis
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Trine Kiilerich Lauridsen, Christina Alhede, Anna Lisa Crowley, Joseph Kisslo, Lars L Sørensen, Thomas Fritz Hansen, Niels Risum, Carsten Toftager Larsen, Christian Hassager, Peter Søgaard, Anders Dahl, Niels Eske Bruun
BACKGROUND: Impaired cardiac function is the main predictor of poor outcome in infective endocarditis (IE). Global longitudinal strain (GLS) derived from two-dimensional strain echocardiography has proven superior in prediction of long-term outcome as compared to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in valvular disease and heart failure in general. Whether measurements of cardiac deformation can predict survival in patients with IE has not previously been investigated. METHODS: The study included consecutive patients with Duke definite IE who underwent transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography within 7 days...
June 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622180/roles-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-evaluation-of-left-atrial-thrombus-and-associated-pathology-a-review-and-critical-analysis
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REVIEW
Faraz Pathan, Harvey Hecht, Jagat Narula, Thomas H Marwick
Evaluation of the left atrium and left atrial appendage for the presence of thrombus prior to cardioversion and pulmonary vein isolation, and of the entire heart for embolic sources in the setting of cryptogenic stroke, has long been standard medical care. Guidelines have uniformly recommended transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to accomplish these goals. In recent years, computed tomographic angiography has demonstrated diagnostic accuracy similar to that of TEE for the detection of thrombus. Analysis of the pertinent data and relative merits of the 2 technologies leads to the conclusions that: 1) both modalities have some unique, nonoverlapping capabilities that may dictate their use in specific situations; 2) computed tomographic angiography is a reasonable alternative to TEE when the primary aim is to exclude left atrial and left atrial appendage thrombus and in patients in whom the risks associated with TEE outweigh the benefits; and 3) both options should be discussed with the patient in the setting of shared decision making...
April 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614544/-pulmonary-tumor-thrombotic-microangiopathy-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-gastric-cancer
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Bijan Zomorodbakhsch, Inna Shaforostova, Robert Fiedler
HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS:  A 53-year-old woman with relapsed metastatic gastric cancer after multimodal therapy was hospitalized 6 months after the end of treatment due to acute dyspnea. INVESTIGATIONS AND DIAGNOSIS:  The examination showed tachycardia and tachypnea. D-dimers and LDH were elevated, blood gases were still in the standard range. In the CT we could exclude a pulmonary embolism (LE) and pneumonia. The echocardiography (EC) showed no abnormalities...
April 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29613965/mr-imaging-of-cardiac-masses
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John P Lichtenberger, Adam R Dulberger, Paul E Gonzales, Juliana Bueno, Brett W Carter
Cardiac masses present a diagnostic challenge given their relative rarity and the overall difficulty imaging the heart. With the increasing frequency and quality of imaging in general, however, the incidental discovery of cardiac masses is increasing. Cardiac masses seldom produce symptoms, and they are more commonly found during imaging for noncardiac indications. While echocardiography is useful in the initial evaluation of a suspected mass, cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is the best imaging modality to characterize cardiac tumors due to its superior tissue characterization and its higher contrast resolution...
April 2018: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29600543/speckle-tracking-analysis-in-intensive-care-unit-a-toy-or-a-tool
#13
REVIEW
Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Donato Mele, Flavio D'Ascenzi, Eustachio Agricola, Andreina Carbone, Francesco Lo Iudice, Giuseppina Novo, Francesco Ancona, Francesca Maria Righini, Sergio Mondillo, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi
The use of conventional echocardiography in the intensive care unit (ICU) is today established to assess left and right ventricular systolic function, for preload determination and procedural guidance. Next step in ICU echocardiography could be the use of novel ultrasound techniques such as strain echocardiography to assist in the management of patients with acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, or pulmonary embolism. This review has gathered the available evidence supporting the incremental value of strain in the diagnostic workup of cardiac diseases treated in ICU...
March 30, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581714/congenital-left-ventricular-aneurysms-and-diverticula-an-entity-in-search-of-an-identity
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REVIEW
Marc-Alexander Ohlow
Congenital left ventricular aneurysm or diverticulum are rare cardiac malformations described in 809 cases since the first description in 1816, being associated with other cardiac, vascular or thoraco-abdominal abnormalities in about 70%. It appears to be a developmental anomaly, starting in the 4th embryonic week. In an experimental study, targeted knockdown of cardiac troponin T in the chick was performed at day 3, after the heart tube has formed. Morpholino treatment of gene TNNT2 at this stage led to the development of left ventricular diverticula (LVD) in the primitive left ventricular wall...
December 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29576785/incidental-finding-of-a-large-mobile-aortic-arch-mass-during-conventional-angiography
#15
Hassan Aghajani, Shahrooz Yazdani, Mohammad Ghafaripoor, Zahra Shajari
Thromboembolism occurs commonly in general practice and leads to significant health burden. Apart from cardiac sources, aortic atherosclerotic plaques contribute considerably to thromboembolism. A 63-year-old diabetic hypertensive woman referred to our center due to exertional chest pain unresponsive to optimal medical therapy and underwent coronary angiography. Owing to resistance during guide-wire advancement, an aortography was performed. Aortic arch injection demonstrated a large suspended mass distal to the left subclavian artery with free movement in the descending thoracic aorta...
October 2017: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571765/paradoxical-brain-embolism-in-elderly-subjects-with-small-atrial-septal-defects
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Taisuke Kitamura, Shuji Arakawa, Kei Murao, Takanari Kitazono, Tetsuro Ago
BACKGROUND: Atrial septal defects have a low prevalence in the general population, and are recognized as a rare cause of paradoxical brain embolism. METHODS: We extensively examined stroke causes in patients with acute stroke admitted to a single stroke center within 1 year. RESULTS: Among 186 consecutive patients, transesophageal or transthoracic echocardiography revealed 5 cases of paradoxical brain embolism: 3 (1.6%) were related to atrial septal defects, whereas 2 were patent foramen ovale patients...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563378/infective-endocarditis-associated-with-atopic-dermatitis
#17
Shigeaki Aoyagi, Takeshi Oda, Kumiko Wada, Eiji Nakamura, Tomokazu Kosuga, Hiroshi Yasunaga
We report a case of aortic valve infective endocarditis (IE) in a 24-year-old man with atopic dermatitis (AD). He had a history of balloon valvuloplasty for a stenotic bicuspid aortic valve, and had dental caries but no invasive dental procedure before the onset of IE. On admission, skin lesions of AD with itching and scratches were found on the neck, trunk, and extremities. Echocardiography showed a vegetation on the aortic valve with mild steno-regurgitation, but extension of IE to the annulus was not detected...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29563171/multicentre-observational-screening-survey-for-the-detection-of-cteph-following-pe
#18
Nicolas Coquoz, Daniel Weilenmann, Daiana Stolz, Vladimir Popov, Andrea Azzola, Jean-Marc Fellrath, Hans Stricker, Alberto Pagnamenta, Sebastian Ott, Silvia Ulrich, Sandor Györik, Jérôme Pasquier, John-David Aubert
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a severe complication of pulmonary embolism (PE). Its incidence following PE is debated. An active screening for CTEPH in patients with acute PE is yet to be recommended.This prospective, multicentre, observational study (INPUT on PE; ISRCTN61417303) included patients with acute PE from 11 centres in Switzerland from March 2009 to November 2016. Screening for possible CTEPH was performed at 6, 12 and 24 months using a step-wise algorithm that included a dyspnoea phone-based survey, transthoracic echocardiography, right heart catheterisation and radiologic confirmation of CTEPH...
March 21, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29555833/comparison-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-with-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-identifying-vegetation-and-intracardiac-complications-in-patients-with-infective-endocarditis-in-the-era-of-3-dimensional-images
#19
In-Cheol Kim, Suyon Chang, Geu-Ru Hong, Seung Hyun Lee, Sak Lee, Jong-Won Ha, Byung-Chul Chang, Young Jin Kim, Chi Young Shim
BACKGROUND: Recent evolution of cardiac computed tomography (CT) provides useful information about valvular and perivalvular structures. We compared the diagnostic performance of CT and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) with applications of 3-dimensional reconstruction in detecting vegetation and intracardiac complications in patients with infective endocarditis (IE). METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-five patients (53 men; age, 58±15 years) with definite IE who underwent TEE and CT with 3-dimensional reconstruction within 3 days were analyzed...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29551254/is-the-new-occlutech-duct-occluder-an-appropriate-device-for-transcatheter-closure-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus
#20
François Godart, Ali Houeijeh, Olivia Domanski, Marie-Paule Guillaume, Mélanie Brard, Hugues Lucron
AIM: To describe our initial experience with the Occlutech Duct Occluder (ODO) for percutaneous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). METHODS: Retrospective review of patients undergoing transcatheter PDA closure with the ODO in 2 academic centers. RESULTS: From April 2013 to September 2017, 42 patients underwent PDA closure. Median age at implantation was 34 months (range 4 months-68 years) and median weight was 12 kg (range 4...
June 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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