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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639774/-discovery-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-during-adult-echocardiography
#1
Nicolas B Dayal, Hajo Müller
Left ventricular hypertrophy is a common finding during echocardiography. A precise evaluation of the left ventricular wall thickness, ventricular mass and distribution of hypertrophy is crucial both for diagnostic workup, follow-up and for prognostic evaluation. The differential diagnosis of left ventricular hypertrophy includes hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, hypertrophy secondary to abnormal left ventricular filling conditions, hypertrophy linked to intense physical training and the isolated basal septal hypertrophy of the elderly...
May 24, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638298/uncertainty-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-chest-pain-risk-stratification
#2
Htoo Kyaw, Sivacharan Buddhavarapu, Joseph Abboud, Deepika Misra
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department (ED). Although the diagnostic workup for chest pain is well established, the best time to perform invasive cardiac catheterization in patients with low to moderate risk of coronary artery disease is still unclear, particularly if noninvasive tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) and nuclear myocardial perfusion scan show nonsignificant findings. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 52-year-old female who presented to the ED with acute-onset chest pain that had started early in the morning while she was sleeping...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612139/anorectal-malformations-associated-congenital-anomalies-and-their-investigation-in-a-south-african-setting
#3
Elmarie Vd Merwe, S Cox, A Numanoglu
PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to investigate the types of anorectal malformations (ARM), incidence of associated abnormalities and investigative methods used in patients treated at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and to determine whether these are in keeping with recent literature. Mortality rates were also reviewed. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients with ARM between 1993 and 2016 was undertaken. Clinical notes were reviewed and correlated with radiology and cardiac databases...
June 13, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598033/decision-making-in-anomalous-aortic-origin-of-a-coronary-artery
#4
Carlos M Mery
Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) is the second most common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes in United States. The exact pathophysiological mechanisms of SCD are unknown. There is lack of long-term outcome data on repaired and unrepaired AAOCA and our current risk stratification scheme for these patients is suboptimal. These patients are evaluated in a nonuniform manner across institutions in United States, and even by different providers residing in the same institution...
June 9, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596204/malignant-hypertension-as-a-rare-cause-of-thrombotic-microangiopathy
#5
Guramrinder Thind, Karthik Kailasam
Malignant hypertension can occasionally be associated with microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia. A 38-year-old male presented with nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and oliguria for 2 weeks. He was diagnosed with hypertensive emergency with cardiac and renal dysfunction. Interestingly, further workup was diagnostic for the presence of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA): haemoglobin =12.7 g/dL, indirect bilirubin =2.0 mg/dL, haptoglobin ≤6 mg/dL, platelet count =121 000/μL and schistocytes on peripheral smear...
June 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586578/electrophysiological-changes-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-karachi-pakistan
#6
Om Parkash, Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin, Adil Ayub, Irfan Nazir, Arslan Arif Maan, Saeed Hamid
OBJECTIVE: Electrophysiological changes in cirrhosis are well known but least investigated especially in our country hence we wanted to see electrophysiological changes especially QT interval in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi (AKUH) in which medical records (duration 2008-2010) of cirrhotic patients were reviewed. RESULTS: Three hundred and eighty cirrhotic patients' charts were studied, 227 (59...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566800/serum-soluble-st2-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-hypertensive-patients
#7
Anca Daniela Farcaş, Florin Petru Anton, Cerasela Mihaela Goidescu, Iulia Laura Gavrilă, Luminiţa Animarie Vida-Simiti, Mirela Anca Stoia
BACKGROUND: Echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular (LV) structural and functional alterations in hypertension has some limitations, potentially overcome by using biomarkers. ST2, a prognostic biomarker for heart failure and myocardial infarction patients, was less studied in hypertension. AIM: To analyze the relationship between serum ST2 levels and diastolic dysfunction (DD) in hypertension. METHOD: We enrolled 88 hypertensive outpatients (average age 65 years, 69...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559934/the-current-status-of-spect-or-spect-ct-in-south-korea
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REVIEW
Ikdong Yoo, Eun Kyoung Choi, Yong-An Chung
The first step to nuclear medicine in Korea started with introduction of the gamma camera in 1969. Although planar images with the gamma camera give important functional information, they have the limitations that result from 2-dimensional images. Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) due to its 3-dimensional image acquisition is superior to earlier planar gamma imaging in image resolution and diagnostic accuracy. As demand for a hybrid functional and anatomical imaging device has increased, integrated SPECT/CT systems have been used...
June 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549916/utility-of-carotid-ultrasonography-in-management-of-an-atypical-high-vascular-risk-patient-with-recurrent-calcified-cerebral-embolic-stroke
#9
John W Liang, Jesse Weinberger, Aaron Tansy
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of recurrent calcified cerebral emboli (CCE)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and the diagnostic utility of plaque morphology characterization on carotid ultrasound. BACKGROUND: CCE are a rare cause of AIS. CCE-related AIS has been previously reported only in high vascular-risk patients such as those with severe carotid stenosis, widespread atheromatous disease, or cardiac valvular disease. CCE-related AIS from a carotid origin has not been reported in patients without carotid stenosis...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546236/therapeutic-effect-of-anti-il-5-on-eosinophilic-myocarditis-with-large-pericardial-effusion
#10
Tengyao Song, David Micheal Jones, Yamen Homsi
Eosinophilic myocarditis (EM) is a rare myocardial disease that results from various eosinophilic diseases, such as idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome, helminth infection, medications and vasculitis. Patients with EM may present with different severities, ranging from mild symptoms to a life-threatening condition. Diagnosis of EM is a challenge and requires an extensive workup, including endomyocardial biopsy. Treatment options are limited because EM is rare and there is a lack of randomised controlled trials...
May 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538044/mycobacterium-chimaera-infections-associated-with-heater-cooler-units-in-cardiac-surgery
#11
Peter W Schreiber, Hugo Sax
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mycobacterium chimaera infections following cardiac surgery have been reported from an increasing number of countries. These infections are characterized by a poor prognosis with a case fatality rate around 50% despite treatment. Since the first description in 2013, our understanding has grown steadily. Several outbreak investigations, case series, and experiments with heater-cooler units (HCUs) have been published. This review summarizes the current knowledge. RECENT FINDINGS: M...
May 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511492/cardiac-myeloid-sarcoma-review-of-literature
#12
REVIEW
Archana Gautam, Ghazal Kooshk Jalali, Kamal Kant Sahu, Prateek Deo, Sikander Ailawadhi
Granulocytic Sarcomas (GS) also called as Myeloid Sarcomas (MS) or chloromas are the representatives of extramedullary infiltrates of immature myeloid cells including myeloblasts, promyelocytes and myelocytes. Primary cardiac malignancies per se are rare and infiltration of cardiac muscles by secondary malignant cells is also an uncommon finding. Out of these cardiac tumors, contribution of Cardiac Myeloid Sarcoma (CMS) is even more smaller thereby limiting our knowledge about this rare entity. Because of its very lower incidence, an exact guideline for diagnosis and management is still missing and usually haematologists around the world are treating CMS based on their clinical acumen...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506601/a-flatline-lead-i-in-a-neonate-with-suspected-congenital-heart-disease
#13
Kristy Riniker, Luis Rigales, Irwin Hoffman
In a neonate with bradycardia and hypoxia, and clinical concern for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD), highly unusual ECG findings were present. These included a flatline Lead 1, and identical Leads 2, 3, and AVF. These abnormalities were due to bilateral arm to leg lead exchanges and not to heart disease. Complete cardiac workup including echocardiogram was normal.
April 21, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496093/prediction-of-new-onset-and-recurrent-atrial-fibrillation-by-complete-blood-count-tests-a-comprehensive-systematic-review-with-meta-analysis
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Alexander Weymann, Sadeq Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh, Anton Sabashnikov, Aron-Frederik Popov, Seyed Jalil Mirhosseini, Tong Liu, Mohammadreza Lotfaliani, Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá, William L L Baker, Senol Yavuz, Mohamed Zeriouh, Jae-Sik Jang, Hamidreza Dehghan, Lei Meng, Luca Testa, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Umberto Benedetto, Gary Tse, Luis Nombela-Franco, Pascal M Dohmen, Abhishek J Deshmukh, Cecilia Linde, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Gregg W Stone, Hugh Calkins, Integrated Meta-Analysis Of Cardiac Surgery And Cardiology-Group Imcsc-Group
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most critical and frequent arrhythmias precipitating morbidities and mortalities. The complete blood count (CBC) test is an important blood test in clinical practice and is routinely used in the workup of cardiovascular diseases. This systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to determine the strength of evidence for evaluating the association of hematological parameters in the CBC test with new-onset and recurrent AF. MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies evaluating hematologic parameters in patients with new-onset AF and recurrent AF...
May 12, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491158/an-unusual-cause-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-young-active-duty-soldier
#15
Rafik BenAbda, Anne Gunn, Eric Roberge, Ting-Wei Yang
Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is an abnormality in which the coronary artery has an anomalous connection with a venous structure such as the coronary sinus or atrium. CAF is usually congenital, but may be acquired. The prevalence in the general population is low with many asymptomatic and discovered incidentally. When symptomatic, CAF may present with dyspnea, decreasing functional capacity, and/or arrhythmia. We report a case of a young otherwise healthy active duty male with progressive symptoms of dizziness and exertional fatigue with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465983/role-of-echocardiograghy-in-treating-a-case-of-double-chamber-right-ventricle-with-delayed-presentation
#16
Ramachandra Barik
The clinical diagnosis of double chamber right ventricle (DCRV) is not straightforward. Clinical history, clinical examination, 12-lead electrocardiogram, chest X-ray, and Echocardiography (echo) contribute to morphological diagnosis. Cardiac catheterization is essential for hemodynamic evaluation. A thorough presurgical workup helps the cardiac surgeon to choose the appropriate surgical approach and timing of surgery in an individual case. We present a case of a DCRV who presented to us in the fifth decade of life...
January 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460244/late-onset-cardiomyopathy-as-presenting-sign-of-attr-a45g-amyloidosis-caused-by-a-novel-ttr-mutation-p-a65g
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Sebastiaan H C Klaassen, Henny H Lemmink, Johan Bijzet, Andor W J M Glaudemans, Reinhard Bos, Wouter Plattel, Maarten P van den Berg, Riemer H J A Slart, Hans L A Nienhuis, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Bouke P C Hazenberg
OBJECTIVE: The clinical description of a novel TTR gene mutation characterized by a late onset amyloid cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 78-year-old man of Dutch origin with recent surgery for bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was admitted to our hospital because of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (55%). Cardiac ultrasound showed thickened biventricular walls, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging also showed late gadolinium enhancement...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458927/papillary-fibroelastoma-as-a-cause-of-cardiogenic-embolic-stroke-in-a-%C3%AE-thalassemia-patient-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Re-I Chin, John J Monda, Maulik Sheth, William Ogle, Gloria Merenda, Debapriya De
We describe a case of a young male without stroke risk factors who presented with a sudden onset of left-sided weakness, left hand numbness, and left eye blurriness. CT scan of the head without contrast and diffusion-weighted MRI of the brain with contrast revealed an ischemic stroke in the right middle cerebral artery distribution. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed a mobile pedunculated mass on the posterior surface of the mitral valve. This mass was resected and pathology showed a cardiac papillary fibroelastoma (CPFE), which was determined to be the cause of the patient's cardioembolic stroke...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449090/alcohol-consumption-sinus-tachycardia-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-at-the-munich-octoberfest-results-from-the-munich-beer-related-electrocardiogram-workup-study-munichbrew
#19
Stefan Brunner, Rebecca Herbel, Cathrine Drobesch, Annette Peters, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Moritz F Sinner
Aims: Alcohol is a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias. Retrospective analyses suggest supraventricular arrhythmias consecutive to acute alcohol consumption, but prospective data are limited. We intended to prospectively associate acute alcohol consumption with cardiac arrhythmias. Methods and results: At the 2015 Munich Octoberfest, we enrolled 3028 voluntary participants who received a smartphone-based ECG and breath alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements. ECGs were analysed for cardiac arrhythmias (sinus tachycardia, sinus arrhythmia, premature atrial/ventricular complexes, atrial fibrillation/flutter) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435328/aortic-valve-papillary-fibroelastoma-causing-embolic-strokes-a-case-report-and-review
#20
Avraham Miller, Audrik Perez, Swathi Pabba, Vijay Shetty
Papillary fibroelastomas (PFEs) are the second most common benign neoplasms of the cardiac valves and are being recognized more frequently because of higher resolution imaging technology. PFEs are associated with substantial complications that are secondary to systemic embolism. Surgical resection should be offered to all patients who have symptoms and to asymptomatic patients who have pedunculated lesions or tumors larger than 1 cm in diameter. Herein, we present a patient who presented for a second time in 2 months with stroke symptoms...
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
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