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Cardiac echocardiography

Mehrshad Vafaie, Matthias Hochadel, Thomas Münzel, Birgit Hailer, Burghard Schumacher, Gerd Heusch, Thomas Voigtländer, Harald Mudra, Michael Haude, Sebastian Barth, Claus Schmitt, Harald Darius, Lars S Maier, Hugo A Katus, Jochen Senges, Evangelos Giannitsis
BACKGROUND: Since 2008, the German Cardiac Society certified 256 Chest Pain Units (CPUs). Little is known about adherence to recommended performance measures in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) presenting to CPUs. We investigated guideline-adherence regarding critical time intervals and selected performance measures in German Chest Pain Units. METHODS: From 2008 to 2014, 23,804 consecutive patients with suspected ACS were prospectively enrolled in the Chest Pain Unit registry of the German Cardiac Society...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Naoto Kuyama, Yasuhiro Hamatani, Satsuki Fukushima, Yoshihiko Ikeda, Eri Nakai, Atsushi Okada, Hiroyuki Takahama, Makoto Amaki, Takuya Hasegawa, Yasuo Sugano, Hideaki Kanzaki, Tomoyuki Fujita, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Satoshi Yasuda, Toshihisa Anzai, Junjiro Kobayashi
The left ventricle is a less frequent location of cardiac myxomas overall. Meanwhile, cardiac myxomas related to Carney complex (CNC), which is a multiple neoplasia syndrome involving cardiac, endocrine, neural, and cutaneous tumours, more frequently occur in the left ventricle compared with sporadic cardiac myxomas. Herein, we report a case of a 20-year-old woman with CNC who underwent complete surgical excision of a large and mobile left ventricular myxoma. In our case, echocardiography performed 4 years earlier was normal...
March 15, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
Ibtessam R Hussein, Rima S Bader, Adeel G Chaudhary, Randa Bassiouni, Maha Alquaiti, Fai Ashgan, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Mohammad H Al Qahtani
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in neonatal life. CHDs could be presented as isolated defects or associated with developmental delay (DD) and/or other congenital malformations. A small proportion of cardiac defects are caused by chromosomal abnormalities or single gene defects; however, in a large proportion of cases no genetic diagnosis could be achieved by clinical examination and conventional genetic analysis. The development of genome wide array-Comparative Genomic Hybridization technique (array-CGH) allowed for the detection of cryptic chromosomal imbalances and pathogenic copy number variants (CNVs) not detected by conventional techniques...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Denisa Muraru, Alice Niero, Hugo Rodriguez-Zanella, Diana Cherata, Luigi Badano
Three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE) is an advanced imaging technique designed for left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation analysis based on 3D data sets. 3DSTE has the potential to overcome some of the intrinsic limitations of two-dimensional STE (2DSTE) in the assessment of complex LV myocardial mechanics, offering additional deformation parameters (such as area strain) and a comprehensive quantitation of LV geometry and function from a single 3D acquisition. Albeit being a relatively young technique still undergoing technological developments, several experimental studies and clinical investigations have already demonstrated the reliability and feasibility of 3DSTE, as well as several advantages of 3DSTE over 2DSTE...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Masaki Izumo, Yoshihiro J Akashi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) is newly-described secondary cardiomyopathy characterized by transient left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, which is increasingly recognized in the field of cardiology. TTC occurs in approximately 2% of the patients with acute coronary syndrome. Its onset is rare; however, its specific features play a crucial role in diagnosing the chest pain in clinical practice. TTC has generally favorable outcome with rapid recovery of LV function; however, an increasing evidence suggests that it should be regarded as a more serious acute cardiac disorder with a variety of complications...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Victor Chien-Chia Wu, Masaaki Takeuchi
Assessment of right chamber function has become increasingly popular and important in recent decades, complementing the evaluation of left chamber functional parameters. The late adoption and integration of right ventricular (RV) function into a complete evaluation of cardiac function could be due in part to the difficulty in visualization of the whole right ventricle, inconsistency in the analysis of RV parameters, and poor understanding of the impact of RV function on prognosis. From M-mode to 2-dimensional (2D) measurements of RV size and function, there have been arrays of parameters that provide important information of the right ventricle...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Kazuaki Negishi
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February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Ali J Marian, Yanli Tan, Lili Li, Jeffrey T Chang, Petros Syrris, Manouchehr Hessabi, Mohammad H Rahbar, James T Willerson, Benjamin Y Cheong, Chia-Ying Liu, Neal S Kleiman, David A Bluemke, Sherif F Nagueh
<u>Rationale:</u> Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic paradigm of cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiac hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis are important risk factors for sudden death and morbidity in HCM. Oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Treatment with anti-oxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) reverses cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in animal models of HCM. <u>Objective:</u> To determine effect sizes of NAC on indices of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in patients with established HCM...
March 14, 2018: Circulation Research
Marta Scatena, Melissa F Jackson, Mei Y Speer, Elizabeth M Leaf, Mary C Wallingford, Cecilia M Giachelli
OBJECTIVE: Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a major cause of aortic stenosis (AS) and cardiac insufficiency. Patients with type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at heightened risk for CAVD, and their valves have greater calcification than nondiabetic valves. No drugs to prevent or treat CAVD exist, and animal models that might help identify therapeutic targets are sorely lacking. To develop an animal model mimicking the structural and functional features of CAVD in people with T2DM, we tested a diabetogenic, procalcific diet and its effect on the incidence and severity of CAVD and AS in the, LDLr-/- ApoB100/100 mouse model...
February 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Anna Cavigelli-Brunner, Maja I Hug, Hitendu Dave, Oskar Baenziger, Christoph Buerki, Dominique Bettex, Vincenzo Cannizzaro, Christian Balmer
OBJECTIVES: Dobutamine and milrinone are commonly used after open-heart surgery to prevent or treat low cardiac output syndrome. We sought to compare efficacy and safety of these drugs in pediatric patients. DESIGN: Prospective, single-center, double-blinded, randomized clinical pilot study. SETTING: Tertiary-care university children's hospital postoperative pediatric cardiac ICU. PATIENTS: After written consent, 50 consecutive patients (age, 0...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Volha Dziadzko, Marie-Annick Clavel, Mikhail Dziadzko, Jose R Medina-Inojosa, Hector Michelena, Joseph Maalouf, Vuyisile Nkomo, Prabin Thapa, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is the most common valve disease worldwide but whether the community-wide prevalence, poor patient outcomes, and low rates of surgical treatment justify costly development of new therapeutic interventions remains uncertain. Therefore, we did an observational cohort study to assess the clinical characteristics, outcomes, and degree of undertreatment of mitral regurgitation in a community setting. METHODS: We used data from Mayo Clinic electronic health records and the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify all cases of moderate or severe isolated single-valvular mitral regurgitation (with no other severe left-sided valvular disease or previous mitral surgery) diagnosed during a 10-year period in the community setting in Olmsted County (MN, USA)...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
A Phillips, E R Kulendra, R Lam, N J Kulendra, D J Brockman
A 9-month-old domestic short-haired cat presented with stunted growth and chronic gastrointestinal signs. Tachypnoea, a heart murmur and cranial abdominal bruit were detected on physical examination. Echocardiography revealed volume overload in all heart chambers. CT angiography identified an abnormal communication between the hepatic arterial circulation and the portal vein, along with multiple acquired shunts. The abnormal vascular communication was surgically ligated. Echocardiography documented improvement in cardiac parameters following surgery and the cat continues to have no clinical signs 39 months after surgery...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Small Animal Practice
Antonio Esposito, Anna Palmisano, Sofia Antunes, Caterina Colantoni, Paola Maria Vittoria Rancoita, Davide Vignale, Francesca Baratto, Paolo Della Bella, Alessandro Del Maschio, Francesco De Cobelli
PURPOSE: Diffuse remodeling of myocardial extra-cellular matrix is largely responsible for left ventricle (LV) dysfunction and arrhythmias. Our hypothesis is that the texture analysis of late iodine enhancement (LIE) cardiac computed tomography (cCT) images may improve characterization of the diffuse extra-cellular matrix changes. Our aim was to extract volumetric extracellular volume (ECV) and LIE texture features of non-scarred (remote) myocardium from cCT of patients with recurrent ventricular tachycardia (rVT), and to compare these radiomic features with LV-function, LV-remodeling, and underlying cardiac disease...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Shuo Yang, Tao Fan, Qi Hu, Weipan Xu, Jian Yang, Changwu Xu, Bofang Zhang, Jing Chen, Hong Jiang
MicroRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) was indicated to suppress the formation of blood vessels, which is associated with cardiac function after myocardial infarction. In this study, the relationship between miR-17-5p and cardiac function was researched. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were infected with adenoviruses. Apoptosis was determined by Annexin V-7AAD/PI. Real-time RT-PCR was used to evaluate miR-17-5p and ERK levels. Western blotting was used to determine the levels of ERK, the anti-apoptosis protein bcl-2 and apoptosis proteins, including bax, caspase 3, and caspase 9...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Shuyi Wang, Cong Wang, Subat Turdi, Kacy L Richmond, Yingmei Zhang, Jun Ren
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Uncorrected obesity contributes to cardiac remodeling and contractile dysfunction although the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) is a mitochondrial enzyme with some promises in a number of cardiovascular diseases. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of ALDH2 on cardiac remodeling and contractile property in high fat diet-induced obesity. METHODS: Wild-type (WT) and ALDH2 transgenic mice were fed low (10% calorie from fat) or high (45% calorie from fat) fat diet for 5 months prior to the assessment of cardiac geometry and function using echocardiography, IonOptix system, Lectin, and Masson Trichrome staining...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Claudio de Lucia, Giuseppina Gambino, Laura Petraglia, Andrea Elia, Klara Komici, Grazia Daniela Femminella, Maria Loreta D'Amico, Roberto Formisano, Giulia Borghetti, Daniela Liccardo, Maria Nolano, Steven R Houser, Dario Leosco, Nicola Ferrara, Walter J Koch, Giuseppe Rengo
BACKGROUND: Caloric restriction (CR) has been described to have cardioprotective effects and improve functional outcomes in animal models and humans. Chronic ischemic heart failure (HF) is associated with reduced cardiac sympathetic innervation, dysfunctional β-adrenergic receptor signaling, and decreased cardiac inotropic reserve. We tested the effects of a long-term CR diet, started late after myocardial infarction on cardiac function, sympathetic innervation, and β-adrenergic receptor responsiveness in a rat model of postischemic HF...
March 2018: Circulation. Heart Failure
Liselotte C R Hensen, Kathleen Goossens, Tomaz Podlesnikar, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) have high risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD) and may benefit from implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). However, the risk for ICD-related complications is also high in this population. Therefore, there is an unmet need for accurate risk stratification tools to identify patients with CKD at risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), who may benefit from ICD implantation. The aim of this hypothesis-generating study was to investigate the association between left ventricular (LV) mechanical dispersion and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and VA and SCD in patients with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Shiwei Huang, Binglin Pan, He Zou, Wei Lin
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually originates from pulmonary veins (PVs) but can also be caused by pulmonary veins outside, such as the coronary sinus (CS), the superior vena cava (SVC), and the ligament of Marshall. CASE PRESENTATION: A 69-year-old male with a history of palpitations for 10 years was referred to our institute because of its recurrence for half a day. A dynamic electrocardiogram revealed sinus rhythm (SR) and paroxysmal AF. Echocardiography demonstrated normal cardiac structure, and physical examination results were unremarkable...
March 13, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
M H Zou, L Ma, Y S Xia, S C Yang, W D Chen, F Cao, X X Chen
Objective: To review the early and mid-term results of end-to-side anastomosis technique for interrupted aortic arch in neonates and infants. Methods: Clinic data of 46 patients were diagnosed as interrupted aortic arch in Department of Cardiac Surgery, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center between January 2010 and December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively. Twenty-six cases were neonates. The median age underwent surgery was 23 days (range: 2 days to 8 years). Anatomical subtypes included 36 cases of type A and 10 cases of type B...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
Elliot Long, Franz E Babl, Ed Oakley, Bennett Sheridan, Trevor Duke
OBJECTIVES: Fluid bolus therapy is the initial recommended treatment for acute circulatory failure in sepsis, yet it is unknown whether this has the intended effect of increasing cardiac index. We aimed to describe the effect of fluid bolus therapy on cardiac index in children with sepsis. DESIGN: A prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: The Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. PATIENTS: A convenience sample of children meeting international consensus criteria for sepsis with acute circulatory failure...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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