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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917675/regional-variation-in-technetium-pyrophosphate-uptake-in-transthyretin-cardiac-amyloidosis-and-impact-on%C3%A2-mortality
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Brett W Sperry, Michael N Vranian, Albree Tower-Rader, Rory Hachamovitch, Mazen Hanna, Richard Brunken, Dermot Phelan, Manuel D Cerqueira, Wael A Jaber
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate the regional uptake of technetium 99m-pyrophosphate (TcPYP) in transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis (ATTR) and its association with mortality. BACKGROUND: TcPYP nuclear scintigraphy is a diagnostic and prognostic tool in ATTR. Echocardiography has identified a pattern of regional variation in longitudinal strain (LS) with a gradient of improved strain from base to apex in ATTR. METHODS: Consecutive patients with ATTR were evaluated who underwent TcPYP nuclear scintigraphy with planar and attenuation corrected single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917674/prognostic-value-of-risk-factors-calcium%C3%A2-score-coronary-cta-myocardial%C3%A2-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive%C3%A2-coronary-angiography-in-kidney%C3%A2-transplantation-candidates
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Simon Winther, My Svensson, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Laust Dupont Rasmussen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Lars Christian Gormsen, Kirsten Bouchelouche, Hans Erik Bøtker, Per Ivarsen, Morten Bøttcher
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to perform a prospective head-to-head comparison of the predictive value of clinical risk factors and a variety of cardiac imaging modalities including coronary artery calcium score (CACS), coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) on major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and all-cause mortality in kidney transplantation candidates. BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening for coronary artery disease in kidney transplantation candidates...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917157/density-of-calcium-in-the-ascending-thoracic-aorta-and-risk-of-incident-cardiovascular-disease-events
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Isac C Thomas, Robyn L McClelland, Erin D Michos, Matthew A Allison, Nketi I Forbang, W T Longstreth, Wendy S Post, Nathan D Wong, Matthew J Budoff, Michael H Criqui
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The volume and density of coronary artery calcium (CAC) both independently predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) beyond standard risk factors, with CAC density inversely associated with incident CVD after accounting for CAC volume. We tested the hypothesis that ascending thoracic aorta calcium (ATAC) volume and density predict incident CVD events independently of CAC. METHODS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is a prospective cohort study of participants without clinical CVD at baseline...
September 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916622/quantification-and-determination-of-normal-123-i-meta-iodobenzylguanidine-heart-to-mediastinum-ratio-hmr-from-cardiac-spect-ct-and-correlation-with-planar-hmr
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Raza Alvi, Edward J Miller, Taraneh Hashemi Zonouz, Veronica Sandoval, Noor Tariq, Rachel Lampert, Albert J Sinusas, Yi-Hwa Liu
Assessment of cardiac (123)I-mIBG uptake relies on the heart-to-mediastinal ratio (HMR) derived from planar images. We have developed novel semi-automated quantitative methodologies for assessing HMR from single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images using a dedicated cardiac multi-pinhole SPECT/computerized tomography (CT) system and determined the lower limit of normal (LLN) SPECT-derived HMR and the correlation to planar-derived HMR. Methods: Twenty-one healthy volunteers were injected with (123)I-meta Iodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-mIBG) and imaged using two different cameras...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915697/preoperative-assessment-of-mitral-valve-abnormalities-in-left-atrial-myxoma-patients-using-cardiac-ct
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Jing Chen, Zhi-Gang Yang, En-Sen Ma, Qin Zhang, Xi Liu, Ying-Kun Guo
BACKGROUND: To retrospectively evaluate mitral valve abnormality in left atrial myxoma patients by using cardiac computed tomography (CT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cardiac CT was performed in 56 patients with left atrial myxoma and 50 controls. Tumor and mitral valve characteristics were analyzed. The mitral valve parameters differences were compared between patients with myxoma and controls, myxoma with or without mitral valve obstruction, different obstruction degrees, respectively...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915208/appropriate-use-criteria-for-cardiac-computed-tomography-impact-on-diagnostic-utility
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Karan Bami, Manuja Premaratne, Jasmine Lamba, Yeung Yam, Alomgir Hossain, Marissa Keenan, Tony Haddad, Saipriya Anand, Ian G Burwash, Terrence D Ruddy, Girish Dwivedi, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) guidelines for cardiac computed tomography (CCT) were developed to limit testing to reasonable clinical settings. However, significant testing is still done for inappropriate indications. This study investigates the impact of AUC on evaluability of CCT to determine if inappropriate tests result in a greater proportion of nondiagnostic results. METHODS: Investigators reviewed the medical records of 2417 consecutive patients who underwent CCT at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute...
September 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914747/appropriate-use-criteria-for-cardiac-computed-tomography-does-computed-tomography-have-incremental-value-in-all-appropriate-use-criteria-categories
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Fernanda Erthal, Manuja Premaratne, Yeung Yam, Li Chen, Jasmine Lamba, Marissa Keenan, Tony Haddad, Kishu Pharasi, Saipriya Anand, Rob S Beanlands, Ian G Burwash, Girish Dwivedi, Terrence D Ruddy, Benjamin J W Chow
PURPOSE: Cardiac imaging expenditures have come under scrutiny, and a focus on appropriate use criteria (AUC) has arisen to ensure cost-effective resource utilization. Although AUC has been developed by clinical experts, it has not undergone rigorous quality assurance testing to ensure that inappropriate indications for testing yield little clinical benefit. The objective of the study was to evaluate the potential incremental prognostic value of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in the different AUC categories...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914744/cardiac-computed-tomography-before-and-after-cardiac-surgery
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Fernanda Erthal, Joao R Inacio, Samir Hazra, Vincent Chan, Benjamin J W Chow
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a noninvasive imaging technique that has been rapidly adopted into clinical practice. Over the past decade, technological advances have improved CCTA accuracy, and there is an increasing amount of data supporting its prognostic value in the assessment of coronary artery disease. Recently, "appropriate use criteria" has been used as a tool to minimize inappropriate testing and reduce patient exposure to unnecessary risk and inconclusive studies. This review will summarize the appropriate uses of CCTA in patients before and after cardiac surgery...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912261/preoperative-pectoralis-muscle-quantity-and-attenuation-by-computed-tomography-are-novel-and-powerful-predictors-of-mortality-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Levi M Teigen, Ranjit John, Adam J Kuchnia, Emily M Nagel, Carrie P Earthman, Jessica Kealhofer, Cindy Martin, Rebecca Cogswell
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle mass decreases in end-stage heart failure and is predictive of clinical outcomes in several disease states. Skeletal muscle attenuation and quantity as quantified on preoperative chest computed tomographic scans may be predictive of mortality after continuous flow (CF) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A single-center continuous flow-LVAD database (n=354) was used to identify patients with chest computed tomographies performed in the 3 months before LVAD implantation (n=143)...
September 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912188/modern-imaging-techniques-in-cardiomyopathies
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REVIEW
M Fuad Jan, A Jamil Tajik
Modern advanced imaging techniques have allowed increasingly more rigorous assessment of the cardiac structure and function of several types of cardiomyopathies. In contemporary cardiology practice, echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are widely used to provide a basic framework in the evaluation and management of cardiomyopathies. Echocardiography is the quintessential imaging technique owing to its unique ability to provide real-time images of the beating heart with good temporal resolution, combined with its noninvasive nature, cost-effectiveness, availability, and portability...
September 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912073/mapping-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-using-a-novel-noninvasive-epicardial-and-endocardial-electrophysiology-system
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Alexey Tsyganov, Erik Wissner, Andreas Metzner, Sergey Mironovich, Maria Chaykovskaya, Vitaly Kalinin, Mikhail Chmelevsky, Christine Lemes, Karl-Heinz Kuck
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the use of a novel noninvasive epicardial and endocardial electrophysiology system (NEEES) for mapping of ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS: Eight patients (2 females, mean age 50±17 years) with ischemic (n=3) and nonischemic (n=5) cardiomyopathy and inducible ventricular arrhythmias during electrophysiology study were enrolled. Noninvasive mapping of ventricular arrhythmias was performed using the NEEES based on body-surface electrocardiograms and computed tomography imaging data...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911512/cardioprotective-effects-of-hsp72%C3%A2-administration-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Takashi Tanimoto, Missag H Parseghian, Takehiro Nakahara, Hideki Kawai, Navneet Narula, Dongbin Kim, Robert Nishimura, Richard H Weisbart, Grace Chan, Richard A Richieri, Nezam Haider, Farhan Chaudhry, Glenn T Reynolds, John Billimek, Francis G Blankenberg, Partho P Sengupta, Artiom D Petrov, Takashi Akasaka, H William Strauss, Jagat Narula
BACKGROUND: Although early reperfusion is the most desirable intervention after ischemic myocardial insult, it may add to damage through oxidative stress. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the cardioprotective effects of a single intravenous dose of heat shock protein-72 (HSP72) coupled to a single-chain variable fragment (Fv) of monoclonal antibody 3E10 (3E10Fv) in a rabbit ischemia-reperfusion model. The Fv facilitates rapid transport of HSP72 into cells, even with intact membranes...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906389/risk-factor-analysis-for-nonocclusive-mesenteric-ischemia-following-cardiac-surgery-a-case-control-study
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Ju Yong Lim, Joon Bum Kim, Sung Ho Jung, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee
Although rare, postcardiac surgery nonocclusive mesenteric ischemia (NOMI) is a life-threatening condition. Identifying the risk factors for NOMI during immediate postoperative period may help early detection and intervention, which leads to improved clinical outcomes. The objective of this study was to identify the clinical features and risk factors of NOMI for prognosis identification after cardiac surgery, focusing on immediate postoperative parameters.Among 9445 patients who underwent cardiac surgery over a span of 9 years, 40 NOMI cases (0...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906380/syntax-score-based-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-may-have-a-prognostic-value-in-patients-with-complex-coronary-artery-disease-an-observational-study-from-a-retrospective-cohort
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Young Joo Suh, Kyunghwa Han, Suyon Chang, Jin Young Kim, Dong Jin Im, Yoo Jin Hong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Jin Hur, Young Jin Kim, Byoung Wook Choi
The SYNergy between percutaneous coronary intervention with TAXus and cardiac surgery (SYNTAX) score is an invasive coronary angiography (ICA)-based score for quantifying the complexity of coronary artery disease (CAD). Although the SYNTAX score was originally developed based on ICA, recent publications have reported that coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a feasible modality for the estimation of the SYNTAX score.The aim of our study was to investigate the prognostic value of the SYNTAX score, based on CCTA for the prediction of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCEs) in patients with complex CAD...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905100/frequency-and-influencing-factors-of-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-related-injuries-during-implementation-of-the-american-heart-association-2010-guidelines-a-retrospective-study-based-on-autopsy-and-postmortem-computed-tomography
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Rutsuko Yamaguchi, Yohsuke Makino, Fumiko Chiba, Suguru Torimitsu, Daisuke Yajima, Go Inokuchi, Ayumi Motomura, Mari Hashimoto, Yumi Hoshioka, Tomohiro Shinozaki, Hirotaro Iwase
AIM: To determine the frequency of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)-related injuries and factors involved in their occurrence, data based on forensic autopsy and postmortem computed tomography (PMCT) during implementation of the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR were studied. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated data on adult patients with non-traumatic deaths who had undergone manual CPR and autopsy from January 2012 to December 2014. CPR-related injuries were analyzed on autopsy records and PMCT images and compared with results of previous studies...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905088/new-horizons-in-cardiac-innervation-imaging-introduction-of-novel-18-f-labeled-pet-tracers
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Ryohei Kobayashi, Xinyu Chen, Rudolf A Werner, Constantin Lapa, Mehrbod S Javadi, Takahiro Higuchi
Cardiac sympathetic nervous activity can be uniquely visualized by non-invasive radionuclide imaging techniques due to the fast growing and widespread application of nuclear cardiology in the last few years. The norepinephrine analogue (123)I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) is a single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) tracer for the clinical implementation of sympathetic nervous imaging for both diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure. Meanwhile, positron emission tomography (PET) imaging has become increasingly attractive because of its higher spatial and temporal resolution compared to SPECT, which allows regional functional and dynamic kinetic analysis...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902766/future-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-ischemic-ecg-changes-during-adenosine-infusion-as-a-myocardial-stress-agent-and-normal-cardiac-scan
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Hamid Amer, Khalid Niaz, Jun Hatazawa, Ahmed Gasmelseed, Hussain Al Samiri, Maram Al Othman, Mai Al Hammad
BACKGROUND: We sought to determine the prognostic importance of adenosine-induced ischemic ECG changes in patients with normal single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion images (MPI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective analysis of 765 patients undergoing adenosine MPI between January 2013 and January 2015. Patients with baseline ECG abnormalities and/or abnormal scan were excluded. RESULTS: Overall, 67 (8...
September 11, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901573/validation-of-a-novel-cartoseg%C3%A2-segmentation-module-software-for-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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EDITORIAL
Hasan Imanli, Shaun Bhatty, Jean Jeudy, Yousra Ghzally, Kiddy Ume, Rama Vunnam, Refael Itah, Mati Amit, John Duell, Vincent See, Stephen Shorofsky, Timm M Dickfeld
INTRODUCTION: Visualization of left atrial (LA) anatomy using image integration modules has been associated with decreased radiation exposure and improved procedural outcome when used for guidance of pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. We evaluated the CARTOSEG™ CT Segmentation Module (Biosense Webster, Inc.) that offers a new CT-specific semi-automatic reconstruction of the atrial endocardium. METHODS: The CARTOSEG™ CT Segmentation Module software was assessed prospectively in 80 patients undergoing AF ablation...
September 13, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899908/activation-of-the-splenocardiac-axis-by-electronic-and-tobacco-cigarettes-in-otherwise-healthy-young-adults
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Zachary Boas, Pawan Gupta, Roya S Moheimani, May Bhetraratana, Fen Yin, Kacey M Peters, Jeffrey Gornbein, Jesus A Araujo, Johannes Czernin, Holly R Middlekauff
The "Splenocardiac Axis" describes an inflammatory signaling network underlying acute cardiac ischemia, characterized by sympathetic nerve stimulation of hematopoietic tissues, such as the bone marrow and spleen, which then release proinflammatory monocytes that populate atherosclerotic plaques, thereby promoting ischemic heart disease. Electronic (e) cigarettes, like tobacco cigarettes trigger sympathetic nerve activation, but virtually nothing is known about their influence on hematopoietic and vascular tissues and cardiovascular risks...
September 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898766/radiation-dose-to-heart-base-linked-with-poorer-survival-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Alan McWilliam, Jason Kennedy, Clare Hodgson, Eliana Vasquez Osorio, Corinne Faivre-Finn, Marcel van Herk
BACKGROUND: Advances in radiotherapy (RT) have allowed an increased proportion of lung cancer patients to be treated curatively. High doses delivered to critical thoracic organs can result in excess mortality with tolerance doses poorly defined. This work presents a novel method of identifying anatomical dose-sensitive regions within the thorax. METHODS: A high-resolution, normal-tissue dosimetric analysis was performed to identify regions in the heart that correlate with poorer survival...
September 9, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
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