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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730986/long-term-use-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-a-report-on-clinical-outcomes
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Sneha Raju, Jane MacIver, Farid Foroutan, Carolina Alba, Filio Billia, Vivek Rao
BACKGROUND: The literature examining clinical outcomes and readmissions during extended (> 1 yr) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support is scarce, particularly in the era of continuous-flow LVADs. METHODS: We completed a retrospective cohort study on consecutive LVAD patients from June 2006 to March 2015, focusing on those who received more than 1 year of total LVAD support time. Demographic characteristics, clinical outcomes and readmissions were analyzed using standard statistical methods...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715812/free-fatty-acid-is-associated-with-thrombogenicity-in-cardioembolic-stroke
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Woo-Keun Seo, Jin-Man Jung, Ji Hyun Kim, Seong-Beom Koh, Oh Young Bang, Kyungmi Oh
BACKGROUND: Recently, the role of free fatty acids (FFAs) in thromboembolism has re-emerged in the context of cardioembolic stroke. Therefore, we attempted to determine the role of FFAs in embolic risk in various potential sources of cardioembolism (PSCE). We hypothesized that if elevated FFA levels in stroke patients are associated with thrombogenesis, then patients with a well-known high risk of embolic sources would have high FFA levels. METHODS: Data collected from 2 hospital-based stroke registries were analyzed to investigate the association between FFA and PSCE...
July 18, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687687/use-of-low-dose-thrombolytics-for-treatment-of-intracardiac-thrombus-and-massive-pulmonary-embolus-after-aborted-liver-transplant-leads-to-recovery-of-right-ventricular-function-and-redo-liver-transplantation
#3
Aarya Kafi, Oren Friedman, Irene Kim
This is a 61-year-old man with end-stage liver disease who experienced cardiac arrest secondary to a massive pulmonary embolus and intracardiac thrombus during cannulation for veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in preparation for orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Surgery was aborted and the patient was taken back to the intensive care unit in cardiogenic shock on multiple vasopressors. The patient was unresponsive to heparin bolus and too high risk for systemic thrombolytics or embolectomy...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673899/outcomes-and-prognostic-impact-of-prophylactic-oral-anticoagulation-in-anterior-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-left-ventricular-dysfunction
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Jay S Shavadia, Erik Youngson, Kevin R Bainey, Jeffrey Bakal, Robert C Welsh
BACKGROUND: The contemporary role of prophylactic anticoagulation following extensive anterior wall ST-segment myocardial infarction (STEMI) is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated anterior STEMI patients with left ventricle dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40%) ("high risk"), categorized by prophylactic warfarin use, within a regional STEMI. Patients with pre-existing atrial fibrillation were excluded. The primary outcome was an adjusted (for Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events risk score) 1-year composite of recurrent ischemia, stroke/transient ischemic attack/systemic embolism, or all-cause death...
July 3, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673245/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-complicated-with-apical-thrombus-formation-on-first-day-of-the-illness-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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H M M T B Herath, S P Pahalagamage, Laura C Lindsay, S Vinothan, Sampath Withanawasam, Vajira Senarathne, Milinda Withana
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is characterized by transient systolic dysfunction of the apical and mid segments of the left ventricle in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Intraventricular thrombus formation is a rare complication of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and current data almost exclusively consists of isolated case reports and a few case series. Here we describe a case of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy with formation of an apical thrombus within 24 h of symptom onset, which has been reported in the literature only once previously, to the best of our knowledge...
July 3, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669136/left-ventricular-diverticulum-mimicking-cardiac-tumor
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Maciej T Wybraniec, Wojciech Wróbel, Jarosław Myszor, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec
Left ventricular (LV) diverticulum represents a rare and frequently asymptomatic congenital anomaly, which is incidentally discovered during routine transthoracic echocardiography. We present a case of a 66-year-old female patient who was admitted to the cardiology department due to incidental finding of a tumor-like mass associated with the posterior mitral leaflet. Preliminary echocardiographic evaluation revealed a solid structure, suspected of mitral annulus calcification or LV malignancy. However, cardiac contrast-enhanced computed tomography confirmed the presence of LV diverticulum, partially filled with calcified thrombus...
July 2, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664012/cerebral-infarction-arising-from-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-case-report-and-literature-review
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Yoshihiro Otani, Koji Tokunaga, Satoshi Kawauchi, Satoshi Inoue, Kyoichi Watanabe, Hideki Kiriyama, Kosuke Sakane, Kiyoaki Maekawa, Isao Date, Kengo Matsumoto
Although most patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy have a favorable outcome, complications are not uncommon. Recent studies have reported an increase in incidence of cardioembolic complications; however, the association between takotsubo cardiomyopathy and stroke, in particular thromboembolic cerebral infarction, remains unclear. We reported a 44-year-old woman who had a cerebral infarction resulting from takotsubo cardiomyopathy. She had felt chest discomfort a few days prior to infarction, and later developed left hemiparesis...
October 2016: NMC Case Rep J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651485/intraoperative-left-atrium-inversion-after-implantation-of-heartmate-iii-ventricular-assist-device
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Ayşegül Ozgök, Z Asli Demir, Gökçe Sert, Doğan Sert, Zehra Gölbaşı, Umit Kervan
We report here a case of left atrium inversion after implanting HeartMate III LVAD, which is known to be the first in literature. LVAD can be functional only if there is adequate inflow to the device. Parameters and filling of left ventricle can be assessed by TEE. In our case, initial examination with TEE showed thrombus like images. HeartMate III has a reliable algorithm that automatically reduces pump speed if 'suction effect' is detected. HeartMate III demonstrates clean flow properties and good surface wash...
June 27, 2017: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645959/formal-consensus-to-identify-clinically-important-changes-in-management-resulting-from-the-use-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-cmr-in-patients-who-activate-the-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-ppci-pathway
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Maria Pufulete, Rachel C Brierley, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, John P Greenwood, Stephen Dorman, Richard A Anderson, Jessica Harris, Elisa McAlindon, Chris A Rogers, Barnaby C Reeves
OBJECTIVE: To define important changes in management arising from the use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients who activate the primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) pathway. DESIGN: Formal consensus study using literature review and cardiologist expert opinion to formulate consensus statements and setting up a consensus panel to review the statements (by completing a web-based survey, attending a face-to-face meeting to discuss survey results and modify the survey to reflect group discussion and completing the modified survey to determine which statements were in consensus)...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635023/risk-stratification-of-patients-with-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-prior-to-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-approach-towards-an-individualized-use-of-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Melanie A Gunawardene, Jannis Dickow, Benjamin N Schaeffer, Ruken Ö Akbulak, Marc Lemoine, Jana M Nührich, Mario Jularic, Christoph Sinning, Christian Eickholt, Christian Meyer, Julia M Moser, Boris A Hoffmann, Stephan Willems
INTRODUCTION: The need for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (CA-AF) is still being questioned. The aim of this study is to analyze patients' (pts) risk factors of left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) prior to CA-AF in daily clinical practice, according to oral anticoagulation (OAC) strategies recommended by current guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS: All pts scheduled for CA-AF from 01/2015-12/2016 in our center were included and either treated with NOACs (novel-OAC; paused 24-hours pre-ablation) or continuous vitamin K-antagonists (INR 2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631704/-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-intracardiac-thrombosis-a-description-of-two-cases-and-a-review-of-literature
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Z S Alekberova, P S Ovcharov, T A Lisitsyna, A V Volkov, T V Popkova
Behçet's disease (BD) is systemic vasculitis of unknown etiology, which is more common in the countries located along the Great Silk Road. The disease is diagnosed if a patient has 4 key diagnostic signs: aphthous stomatitis, genital sores, and eye and skin lesions. Vascular diseases referred to as minor criteria for BD are characterized by the formation of aneurysms and thrombosis, predominantly in the venous bed. In venous disorders, a blood clot can form in any vessel, including caval, cerebral, pulmonary, and other veins...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631345/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-using-intravenous-tissue-plasminogen-activator-as-salvage-therapy-for-inoperable-heartware-thrombosis
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Robyn Basken, Charles M Bazzell, Richard Smith, Rajesh Janardhanan, Zain Khalpey
Device thrombosis is a devastating complication of left ventricular assist devices. The definitive treatment has been device exchange or explant. Evidence of increasing morbidity and mortality with device exchange has shifted strategies toward conservative management. In this report, we detail the use of thrombolytics as salvage therapy in a patient with an occlusive HeartWare ventricular assist device (HeartWare Inc., Framingham, MA) thrombus, resulting in long-term survival without further intervention.
July 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616561/left-atrial-appendage-function-assessment-and-thrombus-identification
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Jacek Kurzawski, Agnieszka Janion-Sadowska, Marcin Sadowski
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of thrombus in the left atrium in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and may be inconsistent because of variability in thrombus morphology. In some cases it is challenging and requires unusual approach. New Doppler-derived methods might be helpful to identify such thrombi. We evaluated quantitative differences in mechanical function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) basal segments using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI)and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in patients with non-valvular AF with and without LAA thrombus and compared them with SR patients...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615616/early-stage-mucinous-ovarian-adenocarcinoma-with-extensive-clotting-in-a-previously-healthy-young-female-patient-an-uncommon-presentation-of-a-relatively-uncommon-disease
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Suchin R Khanna, Brave Nguyen, Mahmoud Charif
BACKGROUND Mucinous ovarian adenocarcinoma is one of the less common epithelial cancers of the ovaries, and typically does not occur in younger women. Nearly all mucinous ovarian adenocarcinomas present with early-stage disease without significant sequelae of cancer, such as clotting. Anchoring bias is a common problem in medicine that has been shown to significantly affect physician decision-making. CASE REPORT We present the case of a 24-year-old healthy female Chinese immigrant with no significant past medical history, who presented with a subacute history of nonproductive cough and shortness of breath with exertion...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611782/long-term-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-outcomes-of-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-the-era-of-second-generation-drug-eluting-stents
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Wojciech Wańha, Damian Kawecki, Tomasz Roleder, Aleksandra Pluta, Kamil Marcinkiewicz, Beata Morawiec, Janusz Dola, Sylwia Gładysz, Tomasz Pawłowski, Grzegorz Smolka, Andrzej Ochała, Ewa Nowalany-Kozielska, Wojciech Wojakowski
BACKGROUND: The following registry (Katowice-Zabrze retrospective registry) aimed to assess the influence of a chronic kidney disease (CKD) on long-term clinical outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using either first-generation (DES-I) or second-generation (DES-II) drug-eluting stents. METHODS: The study group consisted of 1,908 consecutive patients, of whom 331 (17.3%) had CKD. CKD was defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate of <60 mL/min/m(2)...
February 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611061/clinical-events-and-echocardiographic-lesion-progression-rate-in-subjects-with-mild-or-moderate-aortic-regurgitation
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Sveeta Badiani, Jet van Zalen, Saad Saheecha, Lesley Hart, Ann Topham, Nikhil Patel, Lydia Sturridge, Andrew Marshall, Neil Sulke, Stephen Furniss, Guy Lloyd
A 69 year old male, an ex-smoker, was admitted with ongoing chest pain of 11 hours duration. Past medical history included treated hypertension and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He delayed seeking medical attention as he assumed the pain to be due to indigestion and kept taking antacids without much symptomatic relief. Clinical examination on arrival was unremarkable. Admission 12 lead electrocardiogram (ECG) was diagnostic of a recent anterolateral myocardial infarction (MI) (Figure 1a). Bedside trans-thoracic echocardiogram (TTE) confirmed an established anterolateral MI (Video 1, Figure 1b)...
June 13, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598062/atypical-variants-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-twin-case-reports
#17
Neeta Bachani, Jaipal Jadwani, Gopi Krishna Panicker, Yash Lokhandwala
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is a well-known entity. We present two rare presentations of the same. Our first patient was diagnosed to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with ventricular tachycardia (VT), for which an ICD had been implanted. He later developed acute TTC with a large left ventricular (LV) apical thrombus. Our second patient was a 59 year old lady diagnosed to have TTC 2 years ago, from which she had recovered completely. She recently developed a recurrence of the same.
May 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595772/prevention-of-early-complications-and-late-consequences-after-acute-pulmonary-embolism-focus-on-reperfusion-techniques
#18
Stavros V Konstantinides, Stefano Barco
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a major cause of acute cardiovascular mortality and long-term morbidity. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is the key determinant of prognosis in the acute phase of PE, and residual RV dysfunction is associated with the development of post-PE functional impairment, chronic thromboembolic disease, and higher costs of treatment over the long term. Patients with clinically overt RV failure, i.e. hemodynamic collapse at presentation (high-risk PE), necessitate immediate thrombolytic treatment to relieve the obstruction in the pulmonary circulation; surgical or catheter-directed removal of the thrombus can be an alternative option...
June 1, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591063/a-new-technique-for-lipid-core-plaque-detection-by-optical-coherence-tomography-for-prevention-of-peri-procedural-myocardial-infarction-a-case-report
#19
Yongcheol Kim, Muthukaruppan Gnanadesigan, Gijs van Soest, Thomas W Johnson
RATIONALE: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) provides effective revascularization of atherosclerotic coronary arteries but the invasive nature of treatment can result in complications. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 53-year old man underwent coronary angiography due to chest pain with minimal ST-segment elevation in the inferior leads of the electrocardiogram. DIAGNOSIS: We proceeded directly to coronary angiography and delineated a moderate stenosis with haziness in the mid right coronary artery (RCA)...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589748/challenges-in-management-of-left-ventricular-thrombus
#20
Fuad Habash, Srikanth Vallurupalli
Left ventricular thrombus (LVT) complicates both ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies and is a potential cause of thromboembolic complications such as stroke. Management of LVT in the 21st century is primarily based on studies before the widespread use of potent pharmacological and interventional therapies such as primary percutaneous coronary intervention, especially in the setting of acute myocardial infarction. Though advances in diagnostic technology have improved detection of LVT, clinicians face several uncertainties in the management of LVT in daily practice...
June 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
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