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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924958/peripartum-cardiomyopathy-frequency-and-predictors-and-indicators-of-clinical-outcome
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Shakira Perveen, Jahanara Ainuddin, Shazia Jabbar, Khalida Soomro, Arif Ali
OBJECTIVE: To determine frequency and prognostic factors of peripartum cardiomyopathy. METHODS: The prospective cohort study was conducted from April 2012 to September 2013 at Civil Hospital, Karachi. Cases were collected in the first year, and were then followed up for six months. On clinical and transthoracic 2-D M Mode echocardiography, cases of prepartum peripartum cardiomyopathy were detected. After necessary lab tests, cardiac opinion and treatment, pregnancy was terminated using caesarean section...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923796/characterization-of-the-changes-in-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-mice-treated-with-anthracyclines-using-serial-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Hoshang Farhad, Pedro V Staziaki, Daniel Addison, Otavio R Coelho-Filho, Ravi V Shah, Richard N Mitchell, Balint Szilveszter, Siddique A Abbasi, Raymond Y Kwong, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, Udo Hoffmann, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Tomas G Neilan
BACKGROUND: Anthracyclines are cardiotoxic; however, there are limited data characterizing the serial changes in cardiac structure and function after anthracyclines. The aim of this study was to use cardiac magnetic resonance to characterize anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a longitudinal cardiac magnetic resonance and histological study of 45 wild-type male mice randomized to doxorubicin (n=30, 5 mg/kg of doxorubicin/week for 5 weeks) or placebo (n=15)...
December 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918847/left-ventricular-compressions-improve-hemodynamics-in-a-swine-model-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Kenton L Anderson, Maria G Castaneda, Susan M Boudreau, Danny J Sharon, Vikhyat S Bebarta
INTRODUCTION: We hypothesized that chest compressions located directly over the left ventricle (LV) would improve hemodynamics, including coronary perfusion pressure (CPP), and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in a swine model of cardiac arrest. METHODS: Transthoracic echocardiography (echo) was used to mark the location of the aortic root and the center of the left ventricle on animals (n = 26) which were randomized to receive chest compressions in one of the two locations...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901332/safety-and-efficacy-of-non-continuous-echocardiographic-guided-pericardiocentesis-a-single-center-study-of-478-patients
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Ilaria Battistoni, Marco Marini, Luca Angelini, Matteo Francioni, Alberto Gili, Stefano Moretti, Carlo Costantini, Christian Corinaldesi, Marica Bordicchia, Gian P Perna
BACKGROUND: There are limited contemporary data on the safety and efficacy of echo-guided pericardiocentesis in Italy. The aim of the study was to evaluate safety and efficacy of pericardiocentesis, performed with non-continuous echocardiography monitoring. All the procedures performed at Department of Cardiovascular Disease, Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, from January 2001 to June 2013, were retrospectively analyzed to determine risks connected to the procedure and its success rate. Epidemiological data, procedure indications and etiology of the effusions were also recorded...
November 30, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900508/temperature-dependence-of-viscosity-relaxation-times-t1-t2-and-simulated-contrast-for-potential-perfusates-in-post-mortem-mr-angiography-pmmra
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Bridgette Webb, Thomas Widek, Bernhard Neumayer, Christine Bruguier, Sylvia Scheicher, Hanna Sprenger, Silke Grabherr, Thorsten Schwark, Rudolf Stollberger
Developments in post-mortem imaging increasingly focus on addressing recognised diagnostic weaknesses, especially with regard to suspected natural deaths. Post-mortem MR angiography (PMMRA) may offer additional diagnostic information to help address such weaknesses, specifically in the context of sudden cardiac death. Complete filling of the coronary arteries and acceptable contrast with surrounding tissue are essential for a successful approach to PMMRA. In this work, the suitability of different liquids for inclusion in a targeted PMMRA protocol was evaluated...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900333/the-effects-of-hemodynamic-changes-on-pulse-wave-velocity-in-cardiothoracic-surgical-patients
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Yurie Obata, Maki Mizogami, Sarabdeep Singh, Daniel Nyhan, Dan E Berkowitz, Jochen Steppan, Viachaslau Barodka
The effect of blood pressure on pulse wave velocity (PWV) is well established. However, PWV variability with acute hemodynamic changes has not been examined in the clinical setting. The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of hemodynamic changes on PWV in patients who undergo cardiothoracic surgery. Using data from 25 patients, we determined blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), and the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) velocity-time integral. By superimposing the radial arterial waveform on the continuous wave Doppler waveform of the LVOT, obtained by transesophageal echo, we were able to determine pulse transit time and to calculate PWV, stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), and systemic vascular resistance (SVR)...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900290/female-athletes-and-menstrual-disorders-a-pilot-study
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Laura Stefani, Giorgio Galanti, Silvia Lorini, Giada Beni, Metella Dei, Nicola Maffulli
BACKGROUND: There is a greater incidence of menstrual disorders in female athletes than in their sedentary counterparts. The menstrual disorder is reported in female athletes suffering from athletic triad syndrome, while few data in those free of this syndrome are available. The study aims to ascertain the presence of menstrual disorders and the eventual relationship with myocardial performance in female athletes practicing different sports. METHODS: A sample of 64 subjects aged 18...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899069/gastric-dilatation-and-intestinal-obstruction-mimicking-acute-coronary-syndrome-with-dynamic-electrocardiographic-changes
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H M M T B Herath, Anne Thushara Matthias, B S D P Keragala, W A E Udeshika, Aruna Kulatunga
BACKGROUND: ST elevation myocardial infarction is a medical emergency and the electrocardiogram is a part of the mainstay in the initial diagnosis. A variety of non-cardiac conditions have been known to mimic the electrocardiographic changes seen in acute coronary syndrome. We present a patient presenting with acute partial intestinal obstruction causing gastric distension and intestinal dilatation who also had dynamic electrocardiographic changes, mimicking anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction...
November 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891164/a-low-carbohydrate-high-fat-diet-decreases-lean-mass-and-impairs-cardiac-function-in-pair-fed-female-c57bl-6j-mice
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Jessica Nilsson, Madelene Ericsson, Masoumeh Motamedi Joibari, Fredrick Anderson, Leif Carlsson, Stefan K Nilsson, Anna Sjödin, Jonas Burén
BACKGROUND: Excess body fat is a major health issue and a risk factor for the development of numerous chronic diseases. Low-carbohydrate diets like the Atkins Diet are popular for rapid weight loss, but the long-term consequences remain the subject of debate. The Scandinavian low-carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) diet, which has been popular in Scandinavian countries for about a decade, has very low carbohydrate content (~5 E %) but is rich in fat and includes a high proportion of saturated fatty acids...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890871/chagas-disease-in-mexico-report-of-14-cases-of-chagasic-cardiomyopathy-in-children
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Paz María Salazar-Schettino, Margarita Cabrera-Bravo, Clara Vazquez-Antona, Edgar Zenteno, Mariana De Alba-Alvarado, Elia Torres Gutierrez, Yolanda Guevara Gomez, María Gabriela Perera-Salazar, Guadalupe Garcia de la Torre, Martha Irene Bucio-Torres
Chagas disease is a parasitic infection mainly found in Latin America; it is transmitted by a triatomine, also known as assassin bug or kissing bug. In humans, the parasite causes mostly cardiac disorders. Two-thirds of the Mexican territory are regarded as risk areas for vector transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causal agent. The parasite can be found as a blood-borne trypomastigote or as an intracellular amastigote. The progression and severity of lesions could be due to frequent reinfections or to infection by highly virulent strains...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886159/cardiac-monitoring-in-patients-on-trastuzumab-correlation-of-ultrasound-and-radionuclide-ventriculography
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Erika Matos, Borut Jug, Barbara Vidergar Kralj, Branko Zakotnik
BACKGROUND: Guidance on cardiac surveillance during adjuvant trastuzumab therapy remains elusive. The recommended methods are 2-dimensional echocardiography (2D-ECHO) and electrocardiography gated equilibrium radionuclide ventriculography (RNV). We assessed the correlation and possible specific merits of these two methods. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study in patients undergoing post-anthracycline adjuvant trastuzumab therapy, clinical assessment, 2D-ECHO and RNV were performed at baseline, 4, 8 and 12 months...
November 25, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861208/left-ventricular-myocardial-fibrosis-atrophy-and-impaired-contractility-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-a-preserved-left-ventricular-function-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-study
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Rami Homsi, Julian A Luetkens, Dirk Skowasch, Carmen Pizarro, Alois M Sprinkart, Juergen Gieseke, Julia Meyer Zur Heide Gen Meyer-Arend, Hans H Schild, Claas P Naehle
PURPOSE: Using a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) approach we investigated left ventricular (LV) myocardial changes associated with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) by strain analysis and mapping techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients with PAH (9 men; mean age, 64.2±13.6 y) and 20 controls (10 men, 63.2±10.5 y) were examined using CMR at 1.5 T. Native LV T1-relaxation times (T1) and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) were assessed using a MOLLI sequence, T2-relaxation times (T2) by means of a gradient spin-echo sequence, and LV longitudinal strain (LVS) and right ventricular (RV) longitudinal strain (RVS) by means of CMR feature tracking...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855717/hypertension-control-and-care-at-mulago-hospital-ambulatory-clinic-kampala-uganda
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Isaac Ssinabulya, Yvonne Nabunnya, Brian Kiggundu, Charles Musoke, Michael Mungoma, James Kayima
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is as prevalent in many developing countries, as in the developed world and is the leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in Africa. The control of hypertension in this resource limited setting is inadequate, a situation that translates into poorer outcomes in form of increasing incidences of stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and therefore early cardiovascular death. METHODS: This was a chart review of all the patients seen during the months of September 2012 to February 2013...
November 17, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853165/clinical-and-prognostic-value-of-hypertensive-cardiac-damage-in-the-pamela-study
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Cesare Cuspidi, Carla Sala, Anna Casati, Michele Bombelli, Guido Grassi, Giuseppe Mancia
Because subclinical alterations in cardiovascular structure reflect cumulative damage induced by risk factors and represent an intermediate stage between risk factor exposure and cardiovascular events, this damage is regarded as a marker of increased cardiovascular risk in different clinical settings, including the general population. The Pressioni Monitorate e Loro Associazioni (PAMELA) is an originally designed research study aimed at assessing the normal values and prognostic significance of ambulatory and home blood pressure in a representative sample of the Northern Italian general population...
November 17, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852680/successful-recovery-and-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-following-chemotherapy-induced-severe-cardiomyopathy-literature-review-of-management-and-prognostic-factors
#15
Muhammad Asim Shahzad, Rizwan Ishtiaq, Umar Zahid, Faiz Anwer
Chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy is one of the major possible hazards that can result from potential cardiotoxic agents while treating cancer. Prognostic risk factors include the rate of drug administration, history of hypertension, female gender, extremes of age, previous history of mediastinal irradiation, cumulative dose and pre-existing heart disease. Close monitoring of the patients, timely diagnosis, use of well-known biomarkers including cardiac troponins, NT-ProBNP and imaging studies like 2D Echo or cardiac MRI are essential...
November 16, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848162/characterizing-the-spectrum-of-right-ventricular-remodelling-in-response-to-chronic-training
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Marta Sitges, Beatriz Merino, Constatine Butakoff, Maria Sanz de la Garza, Carles Paré, Silvia Montserrat, Barbara Vidal, Manel Azqueta, Georgia Sarquella, Josep Antoni Gutierrez, Ramon Canal, Josep Brugada, Bart H Bijnens
The significance and spectrum of reduced right ventricular (RV) deformation, reported in endurance athletes, is unclear. To comprehensively analyze the cardiac performance at rest of athletes, especially focusing on integrating RV size and deformation to unravel the underlying triggers of this ventricular remodelling. Hundred professional male athletes and 50 sedentary healthy males of similar age were prospectively studied. Conventional echocardiographic parameters of all four chambers were obtained, as well as 2D echo-derived strain (2DSE) in the left (LV) and in the RV free wall with separate additional analysis of the RV basal and apical segments...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847092/efficient-removal-of-retained-intracardiac-air-utilizing-buoyancy
#17
Kazumasa Orihashi
Retained intracardiac air has been an important issue in cardiac surgery. Although echo visualization has allowed detection of air and guided deairing procedures, adequate air removal is not always attained. Actually it has been attempted in each surgeon's manner without solid standard or evidence. Basically buoyancy is responsible for air retention as well as difficult deairing. This paper is aimed to present the author's current measures of deairing, which turn this property of air into efficient removal, as test bed for discussion on this long-standing but pending issue...
December 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829710/early-norepinephrine-decreases-fluid-and-ventilatory-requirements-in-pediatric-vasodilatory-septic-shock
#18
Suchitra Ranjit, Rajeswari Natraj, Sathish Kumar Kandath, Niranjan Kissoon, Balasubramaniam Ramakrishnan, Paul E Marik
AIMS: We previously reported that vasodilatation was common in pediatric septic shock, regardless of whether they were warm or cold, providing a rationale for early norepinephrine (NE) to increase venous return (VR) and arterial tone. Our primary aim was to evaluate the effect of smaller fluid bolus plus early-NE versus the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) approach to more liberal fluid boluses and vasoactive-inotropic agents on fluid balance, shock resolution, ventilator support and mortality in children with septic shock...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826136/vegetation-attached-to-the-left-interatrial-septal-surface-at-the-congenital-location-of-the-foramen-ovale-a-rare-occurrence
#19
Waqas Javed Siddiqui, Ishan Acharya, Praneet Iyer, Muhammad Yasir Khan, Muhammad Rafique, Anand Kaji, Ketan Gala
BACKGROUND Non-valvular mural infective endocarditis (IE) is a rare bacterial growth on cardiac walls. Several risk factors have been reported. Echocardiography is an important diagnostic modality for diagnosing vegetation attached to the intracardiac walls. CASE REPORT We present the case of a 57-year-old man admitted with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia due to an infected tunnelled hemodialyses catheter. Transthoracic echocardiogram did not show any abnormality, but transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) revealed a 1...
November 9, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826082/spectrally-presaturated-modulation-spm-an-efficient-fat-suppression-technique-for-steam-based-cardiac-imaging-sequences
#20
Ahmed S Fahmy, El-Sayed H Ibrahim, Nael F Osman
Stimulated-echo acquisition mode (STEAM) is a key pulse sequences in MRI in general, and in cardiac imaging in particular. Fat suppression is an important feature in cardiac imaging to improve visualization and eliminate off-resonance and chemical-shift artifacts. Nevertheless, fat suppression comes at the expense of reduced temporal resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). The purpose of this study is to develop an efficient fat suppression method (Spectrally-Presaturated Modulation) for STEAM-based sequences to enable imaging with high temporal-resolution, high SNR, and no increase in scan time...
November 4, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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