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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444773/mechanical-dispersion-and-global-longitudinal-strain-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predictors-of-appropriate-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-therapy-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#1
Ozkan Candan, Cetin Gecmen, Emrah Bayam, Ahmet Guner, Mehmet Celik, Cem Doğan
PURPOSE: In this study, we investigated whether mechanical dispersion which reflects electrical abnormality and other echocardiographic and clinic parameters predict appropriate ICD shock in patients undergone ICD implantation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Sixty-three patients who received ICD implantation for primary or secondary prevention were included in the study. Patients' clinical, electrocardiographic, 2D classic, and speckle tracking echocardiographic data were collected...
April 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444164/vena-contracta-area-for-severity-grading-in-functional-and-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-a-transoesophageal-3d-colour-doppler-analysis-in-500-patients
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Björn Goebel, Roland Heck, Ali Hamadanchi, Sylvia Otto, Torsten Doenst, Christian Jung, Alexander Lauten, Hans R Figulla, P Christian Schulze, Tudor C Poerner
Aims: Vena contracta area (VCA3D), derived by 3D colour Doppler echocardiography, has already been validated against cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, but the number of clinical studies to define cut-off values for grading of mitral regurgitation (MR) is limited. Aim of the study was to assess VCA3D in a large population of patients with functional (FMR) and degenerative MR (DMR). Methods and results: Transoesophageal echocardiography was performed in 500 patients with MR...
April 21, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443583/retrograde-cerebral-air-embolism-in-a-patient-with-intestinal-necrosis-a-case-report
#3
Onur Taydaş, Mehmet Ruhi Onur, Erhan Akpınar
BACKGROUND: Cerebral venous air embolism (CVAE) is a severe clinical condition related to unfavoured outcome in patients with neurological impairment. CVAE may occur secondary to arterial or venous interventions. A rare mechanism of CVAE is retrograde embolism that is characterized by gas flow in a direction opposite to that of the normal blood flow. CASE REPORT: A 69-year-old female was admitted to our hospital with shortness of breath and abdominal pain. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) revealed intramural gas in the bowel and free gas in the mesenteric veins and portal vein...
April 13, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442930/thoracic-epidural-analgesia-reduces-myocardial-injury-in-ischemic-patients-undergoing-major-abdominal-cancer-surgery
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Mohamad Farouk Mohamad, Montaser A Mohammad, Diab F Hetta, Eman Hasan Ahmed, Ahmed A Obiedallah, Alaa Ali M Elzohry
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Major abdominal cancer surgeries are associated with significant perioperative mortality and morbidity due to myocardial ischemia and infarction. This study examined the effect of perioperative patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) on occurrence of ischemic cardiac injury in ischemic patients undergoing major abdominal cancer surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and twenty patients (American Society of Anesthesiologists grade II and III) of either sex were scheduled for elective upper gastrointestinal cancer surgeries...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442644/prediction-of-both-electrical-and-mechanical-reverse-remodeling-on-acute-electrocardiogram-changes-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Chien-Ming Cheng, Chieh-Shou Su, Pesus Chou, Ying-Chieh Liao, Chi-Yen Wang, Jian-Rong Zhang, Yu-Cheng Hsieh, Tsu-Juey Wu, Yu-Wei Chen, Chi-Jen Weng, Keng-Hao Chang, Weihua Zhou, Guang-Uei Hung, Jin-Long Huang, Kenichi Nakajima
BACKGROUND: The development of both electrical reverse remodeling and mechanical reverse remodeling (ERR+MRR) after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implantation could reduce the incidence of lethal arrhythmia, hence the prediction of ERR+MRR is clinically important.Methods and Results:Eighty-three patients (54 male; 67±12 years old) with CRT >6 months were enrolled. ERR was defined as baseline intrinsic QRS duration (iQRSd) shortening ≥10 ms in lead II on ECG after CRT, and MRR as improvement in LVEF ≥25% on echocardiography after CRT...
April 22, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442292/the-impact-of-gender-on-the-prognostic-value-of-dobutamine-stress-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography
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Constantina Aggeli, Kali Polytarchou, Ioannis Felekos, Kostas Zisimos, Erifili Venieri, Athanasios Verveniotis, Dimitrios Varvarousis, Kostantinos Toutouzas, Eleutherios Tsiamis, Dimitrios Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress contrast echo (DSCE) has a well-established prognostic value in the context of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, data regarding its prognostic capability separately in men and women are scarce. The aim of the current study was to assess gender-related differences in the prognostic performance of DSCE. METHODS: DSCE was performed in 2645 consecutive patients, who were classified in two groups depending on gender. Follow-up lasted 57...
April 22, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441030/measuring-cardiac-output-during-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing
#7
Carlo Vignati, Gaia Cattadori
Cardiac output is a key parameter in the assessment of cardiac function, and its measurement is fundamental to the diagnosis, treatment, and prognostic evaluation of all heart diseases. Until recently, cardiac output determination during exercise had been only possible through invasive methods, which were not practical in the clinical setting. Since oxygen uptake (V.O2) is cardiac output times arteriovenous content difference [C(a-v)O2)], evaluation of cardiac output is usually included its measurement. Because of the difficulty of directly measuring peak exercise cardiac output, indirect surrogate parameters have been proposed, but with only modest clinical usefulness...
April 25, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440714/hypereosinophilic-syndrome-endomyocardial-biopsy-versus-echocardiography-to-diagnose-cardiac-involvement
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Joseph H Butterfield, Garvan C Kane, Catherine R Weiler
OBJECTIVE: To compare echocardiograms and endomyocardial biopsies to diagnose cardiac involvement in hypereosinophilic syndrome. METHODS: We examined the agreement between echocardiography and endomyocardial biopsies to detect cardiac involvement in hypereosinophilic syndrome by reviewing cases identified as hypereosinophilia or hypereosinophilic syndrome in Mayo Clinic databases from January 1978 through June 2009. Single-organ cases of eosinophilia such as eosinophilic fasciitis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis were excluded...
April 25, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440414/thymosin-%C3%AE-4-promotes-the-survival-and-angiogenesis-of-transplanted-endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-the-infarcted-myocardium
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Zhe Quan, Qiang-Li Wang, Pei Zhou, Guo-Dong Wang, Yu-Zhen Tan, Hai-Jie Wang
The survival of transplanted stem cells in ischemic tissue is poor. In the present study, the effects of thymosin β4 (Tβ4) on the survival and angiogenesis of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and improvement in cardiac functions after transplantation of Tβ4-treated EPCs in the infarcted myocardium were investigated. EPCs were isolated from bone marrow of adult male rats and incubated in Endothelial Basal Medium-2. Then the cells were treated with Tβ4 at different concentrations (0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 µM), and cells incubated with DMEM were set as controls...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438795/cystic-tumour-of-the-atrioventricular-node-treatment-dilemma
#10
Wael Abuzeid, Robert B H Myers
An asymptomatic 18-year-old black woman was found to have an incidental finding of third-degree atrioventricular (AV) block on a routine ECG. 2-Dimensional transthoracic echocardiography showed a heterogeneous mass in the region of the peri-membranous septum in the AV node area. A cardiac MRI showed a well-defined cystic mass arising from the right side of the interatrial septal wall. An MRI compatible permanent pacemaker was implanted with plans to monitor the tumour with non-invasive imaging. Cystic tumour of the AV node is a rare primary cardiac tumour...
April 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438326/transapical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-using-the-j-valve-system-a-1-year-follow-up-study
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Xiang Luo, Xu Wang, Xuan Li, Xin Wang, Fei Xu, Mingzheng Liu, Bing Yu, Fei Li, Minghui Tong, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation has become a routine procedure to treat screened inoperable or high-risk patients. In this study, we present the first outcome of echocardiographic midterm using a new second-generation transcatheter aortic valve implantation system, the J-Valve system (Jie Cheng Medical Technologies, Suzhou, China), in patients with aortic stenosis or aortic regurgitation. METHODS: From July 2014 to June 2015, 21 patients with isolated aortic valve disease at high risk for open surgery received transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation using the J-Valve system...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438309/association-of-albuminuria-with-cardiac-dysfunction-in-us-hispanics-latinos
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David B Hanna, Shuo Xu, Michal L Melamed, Franklyn Gonzalez, Matthew A Allison, Martin S Bilsker, Barry E Hurwitz, Mayank M Kansal, Neil Schneiderman, Sanjiv J Shah, Robert C Kaplan, Carlos J Rodriguez, Jorge R Kizer
Higher urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) has been associated with cardiac dysfunction in the general population. We assessed the association of UACR with cardiac structure and function in the Echocardiographic Study of Latinos (Echo-SOL), an ancillary study of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos across 4 US sites. Echo-SOL participants underwent standard 2-dimensional echocardiography, including speckle-tracking strain analysis. UACR was categorized as normal and high-normal (based on the midpoint of values below microalbuminuria), microalbuminuria (≥17 mg/g for men; ≥25 mg/g for women), and macroalbuminuria (≥250 mg/g; ≥355 mg/g)...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438064/utility-of-fetal-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-fetuses-with-right-aortic-arch-and-right-ductus-arteriosus
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Su-Zhen Dong, Zhu Ming
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose right aortic arch with right ductus arteriosus. METHODS: This retrospective study included six fetuses with right aortic arch and right ductus arteriosus. The six fetal cases were examined using a 1.5-T magnetic resonance unit. The steady-state free precession (SSFP) and single-shot turbo spin echo (SSTSE) sequences were used to evaluate the fetal heart and airway. The gestational age of the six fetuses ranged from 22 to 35 weeks (mean, 26...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437372/heart-rate-modification-of-cardiac-output-following-cardiac-surgery-the-importance-of-cardiac-time-intervals
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Guido Tavazzi, Andy Kontogeorgis, Fabio Guarracino, Niels Bergsland, Ana Martinez-Naharro, John Pepper, Susanna Price
OBJECTIVES: Inadequate cardiac output is associated with a poor outcome following cardiac surgery and is generally modified by the use of positive inotropic agents, volume resuscitation, and pacing. Echocardiography-guided pacemaker optimization is used in the outpatient setting, using different variables including total isovolumic time and the Tei index. We sought to determine the acute impact of heart rate on cardiac electromechanics, cardiac output, and stroke volume in the perioperative setting...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437282/inhibition-of-mid-chain-hetes-protects-against-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Samya Elkhatali, Zaid H Maayah, Ahmed A El-Sherbeni, Osama H Elshenawy, Ghada Abdelhamid, Sherif M Shoieb, Ayman O S El-Kadi
Recent data demonstrated the role of CYP1B1 in cardiovascular disease. It was, therefore, necessary to examine whether the inhibition of CYP1B1 and hence inhibiting the formation of its metabolites, using 2,4,3',5'-tetramethoxystilbene (TMS), would have a cardioprotective effect against angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac hypertrophy. For this purpose, male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with Ang II with or without TMS (300 μg/kg every 3day3 i.p). Thereafter, cardiac hypertrophy and the formation of mid-chain HETEs and AA were assessed...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436306/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-has-limited-additional-yield-in-cryptogenic-stroke-evaluation-after-transesophageal-echocardiography
#16
Ava L Liberman, Rizwan E Kalani, Jessie Aw-Zoretic, Matthew Sondag, Vistasp J Daruwalla, Sumeet S Mitter, Richard Bernstein, Jeremy D Collins, Shyam Prabhakaran
Background The use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is increasing, but its role in the diagnostic work-up following ischemic stroke has received limited study. We aimed to explore the added yield of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to identify cardio-aortic sources not detected by transesophageal echocardiography among patients with cryptogenic stroke. Methods A retrospective single-center cohort study was performed from 01 January 2009 to 01 March 2013. Consecutive patients who had both a stroke protocol cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and a transesophageal echocardiography preformed during a single hospitalization were included...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436207/racial-differences-in-the-association-between-heart-rate-variability-and-left-ventricular-mass
#17
LaBarron K Hill, Lana L Watkins, Alan L Hinderliter, James A Blumenthal, Andrew Sherwood
PURPOSE: Increased left ventricular mass (LVM) is an early precursor of target organ damage due to hypertension. Diminished parasympathetic cardiac control has been linked to both hypertension onset and left ventricular impairment; however, emerging evidence suggests that this pattern may be different in African Americans. The present study sought to determine if race impacts the relationship between parasympathetic cardiac control and LVM. METHODS: LVM was assessed via echocardiography in a sample (N = 148) of African American and White adults (Mean age = 33...
April 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436133/population-trends-in-prenatal-detection-of-transposition-of-great-arteries-impact-of-obstetrical-screening-ultrasound-guidelines
#18
Ravi Prasad, Mills Lindsay, Fruitman Deborah, Savard Winnie, Colen Timothy, Khoo Nee, Serrano-Lomelin Jesus, Hornberger Lisa K
BACKGROUND: D-transposition of the great arteries (D-TGA) is one of the most common critical neonatal heart defects. Although there are clinical advantages to a prenatal diagnosis, D-TGA has had low prenatal detection internationally. Recent obstetrical ultrasound guidelines incorporating screening of cardiac outflows may improve prenatal detection of D-TGA. We sought to evaluate trends in the prenatal detection of D-TGA with/without ventricular septal defect (VSD) in Alberta over the past 13 years, examining the potential impact of enhanced ultrasound guidelines in 2009-2010 and 2013 and factors impacting detection...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436119/maternal-hypertrophy-and-diastolic-disfunction-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-early-and-late-pre-eclampsia
#19
V T M Borges, S G Zanati, M T S PeraÇoli, J R Poiati, M Romão-Veiga, J C PeraÇoli, B Thilaganathan
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia is associated with maternal cardiac remodelling and diastolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess and compare maternal left ventricular structure and diastolic function and Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels in women with early-onset pre-eclampsia (<34 weeks of gestation) and late-onset pre-eclampsia (≥34weeks of gestation). METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional observational study was performed in 30 women with early-onset pre-eclampsia, 32 with late-onset pre-eclampsia and 23 normotensive controls...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435681/a-hol-e-y-predicament
#20
Shaiva Ginoya Meka, Daniel Shelden, Amy Mertens, Paul Christensen, Meet Patel
Endocardial cushion defects are congenital abnormalities that result in valvular dysfunction as well as defects (or "holes") in the septa of the heart. They are typically diagnosed in early infancy; presentation late in life is rare. We present the case of a 72-year-old female admitted to the hospital with dyspnoea and palpitations. She was found to have multifocal atrial tachycardia. She suffered cardiac arrest associated with refractory hypoxaemia that required mechanical ventilation and vasodilator therapy with inhaled nitric oxide...
July 2017: Respirology Case Reports
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