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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
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Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094132/cardiovascular-maladaptation-to-exercise-in-young-hypertensive-patients
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Maurizio Cusmà Piccione, Concetta Zito, Bijoy Khandheria, Antonio Madaffari, Alessandra Oteri, Gabriella Falanga, Domenica Donato, Myriam D'Angelo, Maria Ludovica Carerj, Gianluca Di Bella, Egidio Imbalzano, Pietro Pugliatti, Scipione Carerj
BACKGROUND: Impairment of the adaptive mechanisms that increase cardiac output during exercise can translate to a reduced functional capacity. We investigated cardiovascular adaptation to exertion in asymptomatic hypertensive patients, aiming to identify the early signs of cardiac and vascular dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 54 subjects: 30 patients (45.1±11.9years, 19 males) and 24 age-matched healthy controls (44.4±9.6years, 14 males). Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) and echo-tracking were performed at rest and during exertion to assess myocardial deformation and arterial stiffness...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090263/right-atrial-paraganglioma-an-extremely-rare-primary-cardiac-neoplasm-mimicking-myxoma
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Ashok Garg, Deepika Mishra, Manish Bansal, Hari Ram Maharia, Vikram Goyal
In this report, we present a case of 35-year-old lady who had presented with atypical chest pain and exertional breathlessness for past six months. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms showed a well-circumscribed, echo-dense mass in the right atrium, attached to the interatrial septum at the level of atrioventricular junction and in the vicinity of coronary sinus ostium. She underwent successful resection of the cardiac mass. Histopathology revealed paraganglioma, which was reconfirmed by immunohistochemistry study...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087179/value-of-serum-n-terminal-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-asymptomatic-structural-heart-disease-in-taiwanese-population-comparisons-with-current-esc-guidelines
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Ta-Chuan Hung, Kuang-Te Wang, Chun-Ho Yun, Jen-Yuan Kuo, Charles Jia-Yin Hou, Chia-Yuan Liu, Tung-Hsin Wu, Hiram G Bezerra, Hsiao-Yang Cheng, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh
BACKGROUND: The relationship between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structural or functional anomalies in pre-clinical, asymptomatic Asian populations has not been well identified. METHODS: From October 2005 to March 2008, we enrolled consecutive asymptomatic adults with preserved global left ventricular (LV) function (ejection fraction>50%) who underwent annual cardiovascular health survey. Circulating NT-proBNP was used to identify echo-defined cardiac structural/functional anomalies and compared to current recommended cut-off from the European Society of Heart Failure...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074492/confirmation-of-resting-state-bold-fluctuations-in-the-human-brainstem-and-spinal-cord-after-identification-and-removal-of-physiological-noise
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Shreyas Harita, Patrick W Stroman
PURPOSE: Resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) has been used to investigate networks within the cortex, but its use in the brainstem (BS) and spinal cord (SC) has been limited. This region presents challenges for fMRI, partly because of sources of physiological noise. This study aims to quantify noise contributions to rs-fMRI, and to obtain evidence of resting-state blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) fluctuations. METHODS: Resting-state-fMRI data were obtained from the BS/SC in 16 participants, at 3 Tesla, with T2 -weighted single-shot fast spin-echo imaging...
January 11, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072689/an-observational-study-on-the-effect-of-premature-ventricular-complex-burden-on-long-term-outcome
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Chin-Yu Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Yun-Yu Chen, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Tze-Fan Chao, Fa-Po Chung, Jo-Nan Liao, Yao-Ting Chang, Chung-Hsing Lin, Rohit Walia, Abigail Louise D Te, Shinya Yamada, Chuen-Wang Chiou, Hsuan-Ming Tsao, Shih-Ann Chen
The long-term clinical impact of premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) on mortality and morbidity has not been fully studied. This study aimed to investigate the association between the burden of PVCs and adverse clinical outcome.A total of 5778 subjects, who were pacemaker-free and ventricular tachycardia-free at baseline, received 24-hour electrocardiography monitoring between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2004. Clinical event data were retrieved from the Bureau of National Health Insurance of Taiwan...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070903/myocardial-deformation-in-pediatric-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-a-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-study
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Francesco Borgia, Enrica Pezzullo, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Francesco Lo Iudice, Sara Cocozza, Roberto Della Casa, Giancarlo Parenti, Pietro Strisciuglio, Bruno Trimarco, Maurizio Galderisi
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are inherited lysosomal storage disorders caused by deficiency of required glycosaminoglycans breakdown enzymes, inducing cardiac involvement. Little is known about myocardial deformation involvement in MPS. Our aim was to assess biventricular structure and function in asymptomatic children with MPS using standard echo Doppler and 2D speckle tracking (STE). METHODS: Fifteen MPS children (one type I, six type II, three type III A, one III B, three IV A, one VI), asymptomatic for cardiac symptoms, and 15 age and sex-matched healthy controls underwent echo Doppler and STE...
January 10, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067978/imaging-left-ventricular-mechanical-activation-in-heart-failure-patients-using-cine-dense-mri-validation-and-implications-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Daniel A Auger, Kenneth C Bilchick, Jorge A Gonzalez, Sophia X Cui, Jeffrey W Holmes, Christopher M Kramer, Michael Salerno, Frederick H Epstein
PURPOSE: To image late mechanical activation and identify effective left-ventricular (LV) pacing sites for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). There is variability in defining mechanical activation time, with some studies using the time to peak strain (TPS) and some using the time to the onset of circumferential shortening (TOS). We developed improved methods for imaging mechanical activation and evaluated them in heart failure (HF) patients undergoing CRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We applied active contours to cine displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE) strain images to detect TOS...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055859/right-ventricular-strain-torsion-and-dyssynchrony-in-healthy-subjects-using-3d-spiral-cine-dense-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Jonathan Suever, Gregory Wehner, Linyuan Jing, David Powell, Sean Hamlet, Jonathan Grabau, Dimitri Mojsejenko, Kristin Andres, Christopher Haggerty, Brandon Fornwalt
Mechanics of the left ventricle (LV) are important indicators of cardiac function. The role of right ventricular (RV) mechanics is largely unknown due to the technical limitations of imaging its thin wall and complex geometry and motion. By combining 3D Displacement Encoding with Stimulated Echoes (DENSE) with a post-processing pipeline that includes a local coordinate system, it is possible to quantify RV strain, torsion, and synchrony. In this study, we sought to characterize RV mechanics in 50 healthy individuals and compare these values to their LV counterparts...
December 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054182/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-fdg-myocardial-uptake-pattern-in-fasting-patients-comparison-of-pet-ct-spect-and-echo-results
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Malgorzata Kobylecka, Monika Budnik, Janusz Kochanowski, Radoslaw Piatkowski, Marek Chojnowski, Katarzyna Fronczewska-Wieniawska, Tomasz Mazurek, Joanna Maczewska, Michał Peller, Grzegorz Opolski, Leszek Krolicki
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the accumulation pattern of 18F-FDG in fasting patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) and to correlate the results with perfusion scintigraphy and echocardiography. METHODS: 18 consecutive patients with TTC were identified by clinical symptoms, cardiac catheterization, and echocardiography. Coronary angiography (CA) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) were performed on the day of the onset of symptoms. An assessment of myocardial perfusion (99mTc-MIBI) and glucose metabolism (18F-FDG) was performed within 18 days...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048129/su-f-i-15-evaluation-of-a-new-mr-compatible-respiratory-motion-device-at-3t
#11
A Soliman, B Chugh, B Keller, A Sahgal, W Song
PURPOSE: Recent advances in MRI-guided radiotherapy has inspired the development of MRI-compatible motion devices that simulate patient periodic motion in the scanner, particularly respiratory motion. Most commercial devices rely on non MR-safe ferromagnetic stepper motors which are not practical for regular QA testing. This work evaluates the motion performance of a new fully MRI compatible respiratory motion device at 3T. METHODS: The QUASAR™ MRI-compatible respiratory motion phantom has been recently developed by Modus QA Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047631/we-fg-206-04-comprehensive-evaluation-of-left-ventricular-lv-filling-and-ejection-using-high-frame-rate-cine-mr-imaging-key-technical-and-methodological-requirements
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J Zhang, B Cheong, A Pednekar, C Arena, D Dees, R Muthupillai
PURPOSE: Unlike echocardiography which can quantify both LV filling and ejection, cine steady state free precession sequence (SSFP)-despite its high intrinsic signal and contrast to noise ratio, accuracy and precision of volume measurements-, is mostly relegated to quantifying LV ejection. The steady-state requirement typically constrains SSFP sequence to a breathhold (and limited temporal resolution). We describe: (a) free breathing cine SSFP approach that meets the SS requirement allowing high frame rate acquisition, (b) two MRI indices based on time-LV volume (TV) change during filling and compare against echocardiagraphic diastolic index (E/A ratio), and (c) evaluate the effect of temporal resolution on: LV volumes; ejection and filling rates; and normalized indices of systolic and diastolic function...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047200/tu-h-206-07-assessment-of-geometric-distortion-in-epi-with-a-spamm-tagged-acquisition
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K Hwang, J Meier, J Yung, R Stafford
PURPOSE: Echo planar imaging (EPI) is known to exhibit gross geometric distortion caused by multiple factors, including B0 inhomgeneity and transient eddy currents. However, diffusion weighted (DW) EPI has become indispensable for diagnosis and therapy assessment. We propose a methodology for quantifying distortion in EPI sequences that does not require the use of dedicated spatial accuracy phantoms, enabling flexibility in phantom design for QA of distortion effects in EPI protocols...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039604/socioeconomic-and-racial-disparities-a-case-control-study-of-patients-receiving-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-for-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Anna Sleder, Shiloh Tackett, Matthew Cerasale, Chetan Mittal, Iyad Isseh, Ryhm Radjef, Andrew Taylor, Rashad Farha, Oleksandra Lupak, Dana Larkin, Lois Lamerato, George Divine, Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Kimberly Baker-Genaw, William O'Neill
BACKGROUND: We sought to quantify socioeconomic disparities in patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at an urban, tertiary referral center. METHODS: This retrospective case-control study identified 67 patients with severe AS (aortic valve [AV] area ≤1 cm(2) or AV area index ≤0.60 cm(2)/m(2) or AV velocity ≥40 mmHg) who underwent TAVR from November 5, 2013 to June 10, 2014. Study subjects were matched to controls with severe AS without TAVR in a 4:1 age-frequency match...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025231/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-by-multipoint-pacing-improves-response-of-left-ventricular-mechanics-and-fluid-dynamics-a-three-dimensional-and-particle-image-velocimetry-echo-study
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Mariachiara Siciliano, Federico Migliore, Luigi Badano, Emanuele Bertaglia, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Stefano Cavedon, Alessandro Zorzi, Domenico Corrado, Sabino Iliceto, Denisa Muraru
AIMS: To characterize the effect of multipoint pacing (MPP) compared to biventricular pacing (BiV) on left ventricle (LV) mechanics and intraventricular fluid dynamics by three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) and echocardiographic particle imaging velocimetry (Echo-PIV). METHODS AND RESULTS: In 11 consecutive patients [8 men; median age 65 years (57-75)] receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with a quadripolar LV lead (Quartet,St.Jude Medical,Inc...
December 26, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019050/electrocardiographic-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-predicts-atrial-fibrillation-independent-of-left-ventricular-mass
#16
Nikhil Patel, Wesley T O'Neal, S Patrick Whalen, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: Although left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) detected by electrocardiography (ECG-LVH) and echocardiography (echo-LVH) independently predict cardiovascular disease events, it is unclear if ECG-LVH and echo-LVH independently predict atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This analysis included 4,904 participants (40% male; 85% white) from the Cardiovascular Health Study who were free of baseline AF and major intraventricular conduction delays. ECG-LVH was defined by Minnesota Code Classification from baseline ECG data...
December 25, 2016: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017714/long-term-valve-performance-of-tavr-and-savr-a-report-from-the-partner-i-trial
#17
Melissa A Daubert, Neil J Weissman, Rebecca T Hahn, Philippe Pibarot, Rupa Parvataneni, Michael J Mack, Lars G Svensson, Deepika Gopal, Samir Kapadia, Robert J Siegel, Susheel K Kodali, Wilson Y Szeto, Raj Makkar, Martin B Leon, Pamela S Douglas
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term performance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) through longitudinal echocardiographic analysis. BACKGROUND: The long-term performance of the SAPIEN TAVR is not well-described. Therefore, we examined the hemodynamic and valvular profile of the SAPIEN TAVR over 5 years. METHODS: All patients receiving TAVR or SAVR with first post-implant (FPI) and 5-year echoes were analyzed for aortic valve (AV) peak velocity, AV mean gradient, AV area, peak left ventricular (LV) outflow tract and in-stent velocities, Doppler velocity index, aortic regurgitation (AR), LV mass index, stroke volume index, and cardiac index...
December 8, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017510/characterization-of-the-physiological-displacement-of-the-aortic-arch-using-non-rigid-registration-and-mr-imaging
#18
B Nasr, F Le Ven, J Savean, D Ben Salem, M Nonent, P Gouny, D Visvikis, H Fayad
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to study physiological aortic arch three-dimensional displacement using non-rigid registration methods and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers underwent thoracic MRI. Prospective cardiac gating was performed with a 3D turbo field echo sequence to obtain end-systolic and end-diastolic MR images. The rigid and elastic behavior between these two cardiac phases was detected and compared using either an affine or an elastic registration method...
December 22, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996161/medium-term-assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-pediatric-cancer-survivors-comparison-of-different-echocardiographic-methods-cardiac-mri-and-cardiac-biomarker-testing-in-adolescent-cancer-survivors
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Sanket S Shah, Wendy McClellan, Joshua Q Knowlton, Jeet Mehta, Suma Goudar, Angela Ferguson, Ashley Sherman, Girish Shirali, Joy Fulbright
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility and correlation of 3D echocardiography (echo) and cardiac biomarkers with cardiac MRI, in surveillance of cardiac function for cancer survivors. METHODS: Subjects ≥10 years of age who have survived >2 years after completion of cancer treatment from a single center were enrolled. Cardiac MRI and 3D echo images were obtained on the same day when routine echo was obtained. On the same day, along with annual routine blood test, cardiac biomarkers N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide levels (NT-proBNP) and troponin-I levels were also measured...
December 20, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990708/temporal-accumulation-and-localization-of-isoflurane-in-the-c57bl-6-mouse-and-assessment-of-its-potential-contamination-in-19-f-mri-with-perfluoro-crown-ether-labeled-cardiac-progenitor-cells-at-9-4-tesla
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Christakis Constantinides, Mahon L Maguire, Leeanne Stork, Edyta Swider, Mangala Srinivas, Carolyn A Carr, Jurgen E Schneider
PURPOSE: To assess the uptake, accumulation, temporal stability, and spatial localization of isoflurane (ISO) in the C57BL/6 mouse, and to identify its potential interference with the detection of labeled cardiac progenitor cells using (19) F MRI/MR spectroscopy (MRS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Objectives are demonstrated using (a) in vitro ISO tests, (b) in vivo temporal accumulation/spatial localization C57BL/6 studies (n = 3), and (c) through injections of perfluoro-crown-ether (PFCE) labeled cardiac progenitor cells into femoral muscle areas of the murine hindlimb post-mortem (n = 1) using (1) H/(19) F MRI/MRS at 9...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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