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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332315/significant-increase-of-flow-kinetic-energy-in-nonresponders-patients-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Sara Cimino, Dino Palombizio, Francesco Cicogna, Donatella Cantisani, Manuela Reali, Domenico Filomena, Valentina Petronilli, Carlo Iacoboni, Luciano Agati
BACKGROUNDS: It's still unclear if different patterns of intraventricular flow dynamics may be detected in patients nonresponders to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) as compared to responders ones. Aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of left ventricular (LV) flow dynamics 6-months after CRT to identify Echo-particle imaging velocity (PIV) patterns were more frequently detected in nonresponders patients. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, undergoing CRT, were enrolled in this study...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329461/cardiac-function-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-complete-atrioventricular-canal-repair
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Elizabeth H Stephens, Jennifer Tingo, Marc Najjar, Betul Yilmaz, Stéphanie Levasseur, Jeffrey D Dayton, Ralph S Mosca, Paul Chai, Jan M Quaegebeur, Emile A Bacha
BACKGROUND: Repair of complete atrioventricular canal (CAVC) with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a challenging operation increasingly being performed as a complete, primary repair in infancy. Previous studies have focused on perioperative outcomes; however, midterm valve function, ventricular function, and residual obstruction have received little attention. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 20 patients who underwent CAVC/TOF repair (January 2005 to December 2014)...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326754/supporting-imaging-modalities-for-improving-diagnosis-of-prosthesis-endocarditis-preliminary-results-of-a-single-center-experience-with-fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography
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Anna Kokalova, Angelo M Dell'AQUILA, Nemanja Avramovic, Sven Martens, Christian Wenning, Jürgen R Sindermann
AIM: The aim of current study was to evaluate the role of PET-CT in the diagnosis of prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE). METHODS: This is a single-center study including 13 PET/CT examinations performed between February 2009 and March 2016 in 13 patients (76.9% men, mean age 68.1 years, IQR 11.1) because of suspect of PVE. Median interval time between first operation and PET/CT examination was 19.02 months (lQR 85.5). Final diagnosis was made according to pathological criteria (histological and microbiological) of the Duke classification...
March 21, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319168/targeting-chronic-cardiac-remodeling-with-cardiac-progenitor-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Janine C Deddens, Dries A Feyen, Peter-Paul Zwetsloot, Maike A Brans, Sailay Siddiqi, Linda W van Laake, Pieter A Doevendans, Joost P Sluijter
BACKGROUND: Translational failure for cardiovascular disease is a substantial problem involving both high research costs and an ongoing lack of novel treatment modalities. Despite the progress already made, cell therapy for chronic heart failure in the clinical setting is still hampered by poor translation. We used a murine model of chronic ischemia/reperfusion injury to examine the effect of minimally invasive application of cardiac progenitor cells (CPC) in cardiac remodeling and to improve clinical translation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298286/echo-parameters-for-differential-diagnosis-in-cardiac-amyloidosis-a-head-to-head-comparison-of-deformation-and-nondeformation-parameters
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Efstathios D Pagourelias, Oana Mirea, Jürgen Duchenne, Johan Van Cleemput, Michel Delforge, Jan Bogaert, Tatyana Kuznetsova, Jens-Uwe Voigt
BACKGROUND: A plethora of echo parameters has been suggested for distinguishing cardiac amyloidosis (CA) from other causes of myocardial thickening with, however, scarce data on their head-to-head comparison. This study aimed at comparing the diagnostic accuracy of various deformation and conventional echo parameters in differentiating CA from other hypertrophic substrates, especially in the gray zone of mild hypertrophy (maximum wall thickness ≤16 mm) or normal ejection fraction (EF)...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295809/a-new-method-to-predict-the-need-for-a-rashkind-procedure-in-fetuses-with-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#6
Maciej Słodki, Roland Axt-Fliedner, Katarzyna Zych-Krekora, Aline Wolter, Andreea Kawecki, Christian Enzensberge, Ewa Gulczyńska, Maria Respondek-Liberska
OBJECTIVE: Prenatal congenital heart disease classification system specify critical d-TGA with restriction of the foramen ovale (which requires Rashkind procedure) and planned d-TGA. However, current prenatal diagnostic criteria for post-delivery foramen ovale (FO) restriction in d-TGA are inadequate, resulting in a high false negative rate. We aim to find an echocardiographic features to predict the need for Rashkind procedure. METHODS: 98 patients from 2 European centers diagnosed prenatally with fetal d-TGA from 2006 to 2013 were analyzed and two groups were compared: 1) those in which the Rashkind procedure was performed within the first 24 hours of life; and 2) those who did not undergo a Rashkind procedure before cardiac surgery...
March 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294860/-coronary-flow-reserve-in-the-left-anterior-and-posterior-descending-arteries-as-an-additional-option-to-dipyridamole-stress-echocardiography-for-detection-of-stenosis
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A A Boshchenko, A V Vrublevsky, R S Karpov
AIM: to assess additive diagnostic value of simultaneous evaluation of coronary flow reserve (CFR) in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery and posterior descending artery (PDA) during dipyridamole stress echocardiography (stress-Echo) for detection of LAD and PDA stenoses >50%. METHODS: 108 in-patients (mean age 50+/-11 years) with cardiac chest pain underwent dipyridamole stress-Echo with ECG-analysis, wall motion analysis by 2-dimentional imaging (2D) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) evaluation in both LAD and PDA by pulse-wave Doppler...
April 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292302/impact-of-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-ellipticity-on-the-grading-of-aortic-stenosis-in-patients-with-normal-ejection-fraction
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Frédéric Maes, Sophie Pierard, Christophe de Meester, Jamila Boulif, Mihaela Amzulescu, David Vancraeynest, Anne-Catherine Pouleur, Agnès Pasquet, Bernhard Gerber, Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of paradoxical low-gradient (LG) severe aortic stenosis (SAS) remains controversial. As low transvalvular flow has been implicated, we sought to investigate the impact of left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) ellipticity on the estimation of the LV stroke volume, the calculation of the aortic valve area (AVA) by use of the continuity equation and on AS severity grading. METHODS: We studied 190 consecutive patients (mean age: 72 ± 13 years; male: 57%) with SAS (indexed AVA < 0...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285896/perinatal-changes-in-fetal-ventricular-geometry-myocardial-performance-and-cardiac-function-in-normal-term-pregnancies
#9
Olga Patey, Michael A Gatzoulis, Basky Thilaganathan, Julene S Carvalho
BACKGROUND: The fetal heart at term is exposed to an increase in hemodynamic work as a consequence of fetal growth, increased circulating volume, and alteration in loading patterns due to maturational changes in fetoplacental circulation. The extent to which these cardiovascular changes influence human fetal and neonatal cardiac adaptation has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate perinatal cardiovascular changes in ventricular geometry and myocardial performance in normal term fetuses...
March 9, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283502/validation-of-noninvasive-measurement-of-cardiac-output-using-inert-gas-rebreathing-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mohamed Hassan, Kerolos Wagdy, Ahmed Kharabish, Peter Philip Selwanos, Ahmed Nabil, Ahmed Elguindy, Amr ElFaramawy, Mahmoud F Elmahdy, Hani Mahmoud, Magdi H Yacoub
BACKGROUND: Cardiac output (CO) is a key indicator of cardiac function in patients with heart failure. No completely accurate method is available for measuring CO in all patients. The objective of this study was to validate CO measurement using the inert gas rebreathing (IGR) method against other noninvasive and invasive methods of CO quantification in a cohort of patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 97 patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (age 42±15...
March 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283374/outcomes-after-a-left-anterior-descending-artery-endarterectomy-in-advanced-coronary-artery-disease
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Charalampos Katselis, George Samanidis, Anastasia Papasotiriou, George Karatasakis, Ioannis Nenekidis, Eftichia Demerouti, Theofani Antoniou, Konstantinos Perreas
BACKGROUND: Coronary endarterectomy albeit infrequently utilized remains a pivotal treatment modality for advanced atherosclerotic heart disease. Benefits of coronary endarterectomy are explored in terms of better mid-term survival, freedom of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events and improved left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: 50 patients with coronary artery disease including extensive diffuse LAD disease underwent a left anterior descending artery endarterectomy with coronary by-pass grafting and left internal mammary artery as conduit between 2006 and 2014...
February 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282706/cardiovascular-malformations-in-infants-of-diabetic-mothers-a-retrospective-case-control-study
#12
Parvin Akbariasbagh, Mamak Shariat, Naseredin Akbariasbagh, Bita Ebrahim
Maternal diabetes has teratogenic effects on the evolution of the fetal cardiovascular system; as a consequence, cardiovascular malformations are the most common anomalies in infants of diabetic mothers. The present study focuses on the association of all types of diabetes in mothers with the incidence of congenital cardiovascular malformations in their infants. In this retrospective case-control study performed between the years 2008 and 2010, 35 infants of diabetic mothers were selected as a case group, and another 35 infants of mothers with normal blood glucose levels were selected as a control group...
February 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275877/cardiovascular-autonomic-dysfunction-and-carotid-stiffness-in-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Marko Novaković, Katja Prokšelj, Vito Starc, Borut Jug
PURPOSE: Adults after surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) may have impaired vascular and cardiac autonomic function. Thus, we wanted to assess interrelations between heart rate variability (HRV) and heart rate recovery (HRR), as parameters of cardiac autonomic function, and arterial stiffness, as a parameter of vascular function, in adults with repaired ToF as compared to healthy controls. METHODS: In a case-control study of adults with repaired ToF and healthy age-matched controls we measured: 5-min HRV variability (with time and frequency domain data collected), carotid artery stiffness (through pulse-wave analysis using echo-tracking ultrasound) and post-exercise HRR (cycle ergometer exercise testing)...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271596/team-based-approach-to-identify-cardiac-toxicity-in-critically-ill-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#14
Christopher E Dandoy, Sonata Jodele, Zachary Paff, Russel Hirsch, Thomas D Ryan, John L Jefferies, Michelle Cash, Seth Rotz, Abigail Pate, Michael D Taylor, Javier El-Bietar, Kasiani C Myers, Gregory Wallace, Adam Nelson, Michael Grimley, Thomas Pfeiffer, Adam Lane, Stella M Davies, Ranjit S Chima
INTRODUCTION: We observed pulmonary hypertension (PH), pericardial effusions, and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in multiple critically ill hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. We implemented routine structured echocardiography screening for HSCT recipients admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) using a standardized multidisciplinary process. METHODS: HSCT recipients admitted to the PICU with respiratory distress, hypoxia, shock, and complications related to transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy were screened on admission and every 1-2 weeks thereafter...
March 8, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269509/single-shot-turbo-spin-echo-acquisition-for-in-vivo-cardiac-diffusion-mri
#15
Masoud Edalati, Gregory R Lee, Hui Wang, Michael D Taylor, Yu Y Li
Diffusion MRI offers the ability to noninvasively characterize the microstructure of myocardium tissue and detect disease related pathology in cardiovascular examination. This study investigates the feasibility of in vivo cardiac diffusion MRI under free-breathing condition. A high-speed imaging technique, correlation imaging, is used to enable single-shot turbo spin echo for free-breathing cardiac data acquisition. The obtained in vivo cardiac diffusion-weighted images illustrate robust image quality and minor geometry distortions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268118/the-role-of-early-focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-a-not-so-typical-presentation-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
#16
Jithin G Varghese, Qurat-Ul-Ain Jelani, Stuart Zarich, Brooks Walsh
BACKGROUND: Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) can be extremely helpful in identifying unexpected diagnoses that can significantly alter treatment options. The diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) may be difficult to identify. CASE REPORT: We describe a 47-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department (ED) with atypical features of TCM. Her clinical features included being a premenopausal woman with mild chest pain with a lack of identifiable emotional or physical stressors or significant electrocardiographic changes...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265722/mr-imaging-of-carotid-webs
#17
Mari E Boesen, Prasanna Venkatesan Eswaradass, Dilip Singh, Alim P Mitha, Mayank Goyal, Richard Frayne, Bijoy K Menon
PURPOSE: We propose a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol for the characterization of carotid web morphology, composition, and vessel wall dynamics. The purpose of this case series was to determine the feasibility of imaging carotid webs with MR imaging. METHODS: Five patients diagnosed with carotid web on CT angiography were recruited to undergo a 30-min MR imaging session. MR angiography (MRA) images of the carotid artery bifurcation were acquired. Multi-contrast fast spin echo (FSE) images were acquired axially about the level of the carotid web...
March 6, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258942/late-onset-of-neutral-lipid-storage-disease-due-to-novel-pnpla2-mutations-causing-total-loss-of-lipase-activity-in-a-patient-with-myopathy-and-slight-cardiac-involvement
#18
Sara Missaglia, Lorenzo Maggi, Marina Mora, Sara Gibertini, Flavia Blasevich, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Laura Moro, Denise Cassandrini, Filippo Maria Santorelli, Simonetta Gerevini, Daniela Tavian
Neutral lipid storage disease with myopathy (NLSDM) presents with skeletal muscle myopathy and severe dilated cardiomyopathy in nearly 40% of cases. NLSDM is caused by mutations in the PNPLA2 gene, which encodes the adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL). Here we report clinical and genetic findings of a patient carrying two novel PNPLA2 mutations (c.696+4A>G and c.553_565delGTCCCCCTTCTCG). She presented at age 39 with right upper limb abduction weakness slowly progressing over the years with asymmetric involvement of proximal upper and lower limb muscles...
January 17, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249381/echocardiography-guided-pericardiocentesis-as-the-method-of-choice-for-treatment-of-significant-pericardial-effusion-following-cardiac-surgery-a-12-year-single-centre-experience
#19
Martin Kolek, Radim Brat
BACKGROUND: There are limited contemporary data on the safety and efficacy of echo-guided pericardiocentesis following cardiac surgery in Europe. The aim of the study was to review tertiary cardiac surgery centre experience with postoperative pericardial effusion (PE) diagnosis and treatment. METHODS: A total of 6830 patients underwent open-heart surgery at our centre between December 2004 and November 2016. Of these patients, 208 (3%) required pericardiocentesis for significant PE...
March 1, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247463/echocardiographic-linear-fractional-shortening-for-quantification-of-right-ventricular-systolic-function-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-validation-study
#20
Aparna Srinivasan, Jiwon Kim, Omar Khalique, Alexi Geevarghese, Melissa Rusli, Tara Shah, Antonino Di Franco, Javid Alakbarli, Samantha Goldburg, Meenakshi Rozenstrauch, Richard B Devereux, Jonathan W Weinsaft
BACKGROUND: Echocardiography (echo)-based linear fractional shortening (FS) is widely used to assess left ventricular dysfunction (LVdys ), but has not been systematically tested for right ventricular dysfunction (RVdys ). METHODS: The population comprised LVdys patients with and without RVdys (EF<50%) on cardiac MRI (CMR): Echo included standard RV indices (fractional area change [FAC], TAPSE, S', and FS in parasternal long-axis (RV outflow tract [RVOT ]) and apical four-chamber views (width [RVWD ], length [RVLG ])...
March 2017: Echocardiography
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