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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820553/is-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-in-valve-implantation-feasible-in-the-presence-of-right-atrial-thrombus
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Jan Henzel, Zofia Dzielińska, Marek Konka, Maciej Dąbrowski, Marcin Protasiewicz, Adam Witkowski, Marcin Demkow
The case is reported of a successful transcatheter implantation of an Edwards SAPIEN 3 valve (29 mm) into a failing tricuspid bioprosthesis (Sorin Pericarbon, 31 mm). The procedure was performed in a 69-year-old woman with post-rheumatic mitral and tricuspid valve disease. Multiple previous cardiac surgeries precluded the use of another surgical approach. A large, organized, two-piece thrombus in the enlarged right atrium was not considered an absolute contraindication to the procedure. The SAPIEN 3 valve was implanted under general anesthesia, via a femoral venous access, under three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography guidance...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820550/is-fasting-for-ramadan-safe-in-patients-with-mechanical-cardiac-valves
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Ersin Yildirim, Ozlem Secen, Okkes Uku, Mehmet Nail Bilen, Makbule Kutlu Karadag
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to investigate the safety and effects of fasting during Ramadan on the International Normalized Ratio (INR) in patients with mechanical cardiac valves. METHODS: A total of 105 patients admitted to the authors' hospital between June and October 2015, who had history of prosthetic valve replacement, was investigated. The patients were allocated to two groups: those fasting during Ramadan (n = 42) and those not fasting (n = 63). All patients were examined by a cardiologist, and the clinical findings and complaints for the past three months were evaluated...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819899/significance-of-intravascular-ultrasound-and-exercise-stress-echocardiography-in-diagnosis-of-exercise-induced-vasospastic-angina-at-the-site-of-moderate-stenosis
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Makio Muraishi, Kentaro Shibayama, Masahiko Noguchi, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Kotaro Obunai
Recently, exercise-induced spastic coronary artery occlusion at the site of moderate stenosis, which Prinzmetal's angina or cardiac syndrome X does not cover, was reported. Multi-modality imaging is important for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease with a complex ischemic mechanism. However, the previous report did not include findings from intracoronary imaging at the site of moderate coronary stenosis. We report a case of exercise-induced vasospastic angina at the site of moderate stenosis, where multi-modality imaging, including exercise stress echocardiography and intravascular ultrasound, was utilized to make a definitive diagnosis and investigate underlying causes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818863/detection-of-left-ventricular-thrombus-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source
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Junji Takasugi, Hiroshi Yamagami, Teruo Noguchi, Yoshiaki Morita, Tomotaka Tanaka, Yoshinori Okuno, Satoshi Yasuda, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasufumi Gon, Kenichi Todo, Manabu Sakaguchi, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to use contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (CE-CMR) imaging to elucidate the prevalence of left ventricular (LV) thrombus in patients suspected of embolic stroke of undetermined source (ESUS) with previous myocardial infarction or LV dysfunction (LV ejection fraction [LVEF] <50%). METHODS: We prospectively investigated 797 consecutive patients who presented to our hospital with acute ischemic stroke between 2014 and 2015...
August 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818015/bioglue-associated-loss-of-aortic-valve-leaflet-motility-sonographically-masked-by-both-newly-replaced-mechanical-aortic-and-mitral-valves
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Alan Matthew Smeltz, Thomas G Caranasos, Emily G Teeter
BioGlue is a surgical adhesive widely used to help reinforce complex cardiac and vascular repairs. Since its introduction, several case reports have emerged revealing complications that all providers should be mindful of whenever the product is used. This report considers a unique situation where BioGlue was used after double cardiac valve repair that resulted in adhesion of the new mechanical aortic valve leaflets and was difficult to visualize with transesophageal echocardiography.
August 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817153/a-comparative-study-on-the-cardiac-morphology-and-vertical-jump-height-of-adolescent-black-south-african-male-and-female-amateur-competitive-footballers
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Philippe Jean-Luc Gradidge, Demitri Constantinou
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this comparative study was to determine the gender differences in cardiac morphology and performance in adolescent black South African footballers. METHODS: Anthropometry, electrocardiography and echocardiography data were measured in 167 (85 males and 82 females) adolescent black South African footballers (mean age: 14.8 ± 1.3 years). Vertical jump height was used as a performance measure of explosive lower-limb power. RESULTS: The males had less body fat compared with the females (12...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814492/influence-of-arterial-stiffness-on-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-without-high-blood-pressure
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Keishi Ichikawa, Satoru Sakuragi, Takahiro Nishihara, Masahiro Tsuji, Atsushi Mori, Fumi Yokohama, Tadashi Wada, Daiji Hasegawa, Kenji Kawamoto, Machiko Tanakaya, Yusuke Katayama, Hiroshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Although blood pressure (BP) is a major determinant of arterial stiffness, whether high pulse wave velocity (PWV) adversely influences cardiac parameters and cardiovascular (CV) outcome in patients without high BP remains unclear. METHODS: Outpatients without high BP (n=320), defined as systolic BP ≥140 mm Hg, were enrolled in this retrospective study. At baseline, all patients underwent echocardiography and multidetector CT to determine the coronary artery calcification (CAC) score...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814447/acute-myocarditis-secondary-to-cardiac-tuberculosis
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Alice Cowley, Laura Dobson, John Kurian, Christopher Saunderson
Isolated myocardial involvement in tuberculosis is exceedingly rare but there are reports it can present with sudden cardiac death, atrioventricular block, ventricular arrhythmias or congestive cardiac failure. We report the case of a 33 year-old male, of South Asian descent, who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal ECG. The patient had no significant past medical history and coronary angiogram showed no evidence of coronary artery disease. Of note the patient had recently been discharged from a local district hospital with an episode of myocarditis...
August 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814446/communicating-echocardiography-results-to-patients-a-future-role-for-the-clinical-scientist
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EDITORIAL
Jenna Smith, Sarah Waters, Brian Campbell, John Chambers
Clinical scientists (cardiac physiologists, sonographers, echocardiographers) perform most of the echocardiograms requested in the USA, the UK, Australia and many countries in Europe. Clinical scientists do not usually communicate the results of echocardiography directly to their patients. Instead they produce a report to informthe requesting clinician who then talks to the patient. In contrast radiologists and radiographers may already communicate results directly to their patient following national professional guidelines (1) within local hospital protocols...
August 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814264/left-ventricular-contractile-reserve-by-stress-echocardiography-as-a-predictor-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Quirino Ciampi, Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Bruno Villari, Eugenio Picano
BACKGROUND: The presence of left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR) during stress echo (SE) may provide favorable response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure patients. The aim of the study was to perform a meta-analysis of available SE data in this set of patients. METHODS: From a Pubmed and Advance Google Scholar database web based search scan up to December 2016, we initially identified 5906 records. From this initial set, we removed that did not include SE and duplicate studies...
August 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813763/simultaneous-onset-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-pulmonary-embolism-cerebral-infarction-and-myocardial-infarction-in-a-patient-with-patent-foramen-ovale
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Jimmy Yee, Vishesh Kumar, Alex Pham, Kashif Shaikh, Muhammad Omar, Adam Stys, Marian Petrasko
Paradoxical embolism is a known complication with intra-cardiac shunts. It should be considered in the differential as the pathophysiologic mechanism of simultaneous thromboembolism in the venous and systemic vasculature. We present a case of simultaneous deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and myocardial infarction in the presence of a confirmed patent foramen ovale on echocardiography. Thrombolytic therapy was administered. Subsequent concerns of intracranial hemorrhage on imaging of the brain complicated the management and added to the challenge of co-managing the clot burden in our patient...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812383/evaluation-of-relationship-between-coronary-artery-status-evaluated-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-development-of-cardiomyopathy-in-carbon-monoxide-poisoned-patients-with-myocardial-injury-a-prospective-observational-study
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Yong Sung Cha, Hyun Kim, Yoonsuk Lee, Woocheol Kwon, Jung-Woo Son, Hyun Youk, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyung Hye Park, Kyoung-Chul Cha, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang
OBJECTIVES: Whether coronary artery changes are a main mechanism in the development of carbon monoxide (CO)-induced cardiomyopathy remains unknown. We investigated the effects of coronary artery stenosis on the presence or patterns of cardiomyopathy in CO-poisoned patients with myocardial injury defined as elevation of troponin I. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study collected data from consecutive patients who were diagnosed with CO poisoning and myocardial injury during the 24-month study period...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812247/towards-robot-assisted-echocardiographic-monitoring-in-catheterization-laboratories-usability-centered-manipulator-for-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Christina Pahl, Henning Ebelt, Mostafa Sayahkaraji, Eko Supriyanto, Amiliana Soesanto
This paper proposes a robotic Transesophageal Echocardiography (TOE) system concept for Catheterization Laboratories. Cardiovascular disease causes one third of all global mortality. TOE is utilized to assess cardiovascular structures and monitor cardiac function during diagnostic procedures and catheter-based structural interventions. However, the operation of TOE underlies various conditions that may cause a negative impact on performance, the health of the cardiac sonographer and patient safety. These factors have been conflated and evince the potential of robot-assisted TOE...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810592/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-on-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#14
Jun-Biao Zhang, Chang-Lei Guo
The protective effect and the mechanism of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) on myocardial infarction (MI) in mice were explored. A total of 12 female Tg-ERβ transgenic mice and 12 non-transgenic littermate control (NLC) wild-type C57 mice were used for the present study. Both transgenic and wild-type mice had similar baseline data such as age, sex, and weight. The mouse model of MI was established by coronary artery ligation method, and the cardiac structure and function changes of the mouse were observed by ultrasonic echocardiography on days 1, 3 and 7 after the operation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810087/multiple-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-an-unusual-cause-of-shortness-of-breath-and-recurrent-strokes
#15
Kalyan C Potu, Shenjing Li, Shawn C Kelly, Julia A Prescott-Focht, Scott Pham
OBJECTIVE: To discuss an uncommon case of a patient with multiple pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) presenting with dyspnea on exertion and recurrent strokes. BACKGROUND: A 79-year-old woman with recent onset recurrent cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) was referred to cardiology for evaluation of dyspnea on exertion. Clinical examination was unrevealing. METHODS: A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with agitated saline was suggestive of an extra-cardiac shunt...
February 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809063/color-and-power-doppler-combined-with-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-to-evaluate-the-fetal-heart
#16
L Yeo, R Romero
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of color and bidirectional power Doppler ultrasound combined with Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE) in examining the fetal heart. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted of fetuses in the second and third trimesters with a normal heart or with congenital heart disease (CHD). One or more spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) volume datasets, combined with color or bidirectional power Doppler (S-flow) imaging, were acquired in the apical four-chamber view...
August 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808933/cardiovascular-disease-in-clozapine-treated-patients-evidence-mechanisms-and-management
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REVIEW
Kathlyn J Ronaldson
Myocarditis occurs in about 3% of those initiated on clozapine but monitoring reduces the risk of serious outcome. Cardiomyopathy may develop after myocarditis, or from prolonged tachycardia. Monitoring using echocardiography is not deemed cost effective. Tachycardia, orthostatic hypotension and reduced heart rate variability are a group of clozapine-related adverse effects associated with autonomic dysfunction and may have serious consequences in the long term. Elevated heart rate and poor heart rate variability can be treated with a β-blocker or a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, while orthostatic hypotension can be alleviated by increased fluid intake and abdominal binding, but may require pharmacological intervention...
August 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808772/longitudinal-strain-assessed-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-correlates-to-hemodynamic-findings-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-predicts-positive-remodeling-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#18
Dominik Buckert, Maciej Cieslik, Raid Tibi, Michael Radermacher, Volker Rasche, Peter Bernhardt, Vinzenz Hombach, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Jochen Wöhrle
AIMS: To assess left-ventricular strain parameters before and after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) by feature tracking cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (FT CMR) and to correlate the findings to hemodynamic state and left-ventricular remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with symptomatic AS underwent FT CMR before and after TAVR. Patients were carefully evaluated by a comprehensive work-up including CMR, echocardiography and left and right heart catheterization...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807827/the-endotoxemia-cardiac-dysfunction-is-attenuated-by-ampk-mtor-signaling-pathway-regulating-autophagy
#20
Jie Zhang, Peng Zhao, Nanhu Quan, Lin Wang, Xu Chen, Courtney Cates, Thomas Rousselle, Ji Li
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an enzyme that plays a role in cellular energy homeostasis, modulates myocardial signaling in the heart. Myocardial dysfunction is a common complication of sepsis. Autophagy is involved in the aging related cardiac dysfunction. However, the role of AMPK in sepsis-induced cardiotoxicity has yet to be clarified, especially in aging. In this study, we explored the role of AMPK on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced myocardial dysfunction and elucidated the potential mechanisms of AMPK/mTOR pathway against autophagy in young and aged mice...
August 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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