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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096184/the-modern-role-of-transoesophageal-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-valvular-pathologies
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REVIEW
Malgorzata Wamil, Sacha Bull, James Newton
Despite significant advancements in the field of cardiovascular imaging, transoesophageal echocardiography remains the key imaging modality in the management of valvular pathologies. This paper provides echocardiographers with an overview of the modern role of TOE in the diagnosis and management of valvular disease. We describe how the introduction of 3D techniques has changed detection and grading of valvular pathologies and concentrate on its role as a monitoring tool in interventional cardiology. In addition, we focus on the echocardiographic and Doppler techniques used in the assessment of prosthetic valves, and provide guidance for evaluation of prosthetic valves...
January 17, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094172/interval-changes-in-myocardial-performance-index-predict-outcome-in-severe-sepsis
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Junaid Nizamuddin, Feroze Mahmood, Avery Tung, Ariel Mueller, Samuel M Brown, Shahzad Shaefi, Michael O'Connor, Daniel Talmor, Sajid Shahul
OBJECTIVES: Septic cardiomyopathy is a well-described consequence of septic shock and is associated with increased sepsis-related mortality. The myocardial performance index (MPI), a parameter derived from echocardiographic tissue Doppler measurements, allows for a more sensitive assessment of global cardiac function than do traditional metrics for cardiac function. The authors hypothesized that changes in left ventricular MPI in patients with severe sepsis would be associated with a higher 90-day mortality...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090255/clinical-utility-of-echocardiography-for-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-in-children-with-bronchopulmonary-dsyplasia
#3
Young Earl Choi, Hwa Jin Cho, Eun Song Song, In Seok Jeong, Namsik Yoon, Young Youn Choi, Jae Sook Ma, Young Kuk Cho
BACKGROUND: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) may result in chronic pulmonary artery hypertension and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Various echocardiographic assessments of RV dysfunction have been used to determine whether echocardiographic measurements of premature infants with BPD could provide sensitive measures of RV function that correlates with BPD severity. METHODS: Twenty-eight control subjects without BPD (non BPD group), 28 patients with mild BPD, 11 patients with moderate BPD, and six patients with severe BPD underwent echocardiograms with standard measurement such as ejection fraction by M-mode, tricuspid regurgitation pressure gradient, myocardial performance index (MPI) derived from pulse Doppler, and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) measurements...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080919/restrictive-cardiomyopathy-and-secondary-congestive-heart-failure-in-a-mcdowell-s-carpet-python-morelia-spilota-mcdowelli
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Lionel Schilliger, Valérie Chetboul, Cécile Damoiseaux, Alexandra Nicolier
Echocardiography is an established and noninvasive diagnostic tool used in herpetologic cardiology. Various cardiac lesions have been previously described in reptiles with the exception of restrictive cardiomyopathy. In this case report, restrictive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure associated with left atrial and sinus venosus dilation were diagnosed in a 2-yr-old captive lethargic McDowell's carpet python ( Morelia spilota mcdowelli), based on echocardiographic, Doppler, and histopathologic examinations...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075037/gauging-the-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-the-important-interplay-between-predictor-variables-and-definition-of-a-favorable-outcome
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Milan Petrovic, Marija Petrovic, Goran Milasinovic, Bosiljka Vujisic Tesic, Danijela Trifunovic, Olga Petrovic, Ivana Nedeljkovic, Ivana Petrovic, Marko Banovic, Marija Boricic-Kostic, Jelena Petrovic, Ross Arena, Dejana Popovic
AIMS: Selection of patients who are viable candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), prediction of the response to CRT as well as an optimal definition of a favorable response, all require further exploration. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interplay between the prediction of the response to CRT and the definition of a favorable outcome. METHODS: Seventy patients who received CRT were included. All patients met current guideline criteria for CRT...
January 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074824/studying-diastology-with-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-the-essentials
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REVIEW
Arindam Choudhury, Rohan Magoon, Vishwas Malik, Poonam Malhotra Kapoor, S Ramakrishnan
Diastolic dysfunction is common in cardiac disease and an important finding independent of systolic function as it contributes to the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Tissue Doppler mitral early diastolic velocity (Ea) combined with peak transmitral early diastolic velocity (E) to obtain E/Ea ratio provides an estimate of the left ventricular (LV) filling pressure. However, E/Ea has a significant gray zone and less reliable in patients with preserved ejection fraction (>50%). Two-dimensional echocardiographic speckle tracking measure myocardial strain and strain rate (Sr) avoiding the Doppler-associated angulation errors and tethering artifacts...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069318/right-ventricular-hypertrophy-systolic-function-and-disease-severity-in-anderson-fabry-disease-an-echocardiographic-study
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Francesca Graziani, Marianna Laurito, Maurizio Pieroni, Faustino Pennestrì, Gaetano Antonio Lanza, Valentina Coluccia, Antonia Camporeale, Daniela Pedicino, Elena Verrecchia, Raffaele Manna, Filippo Crea
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) involvement has been described in Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD), especially in patients with established Fabry cardiomyopathy (FC). However, few and controversial data on RV systolic function are available, and there are no specific tissue Doppler studies. METHODS: Detailed echocardiographic examinations were performed in 45 patients with AFD. FC, defined as maximal left ventricular wall thickness ≥ 15 mm, was present in 12...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067629/standardized-echocardiographic-assessment-of-cardiac-function-in-normal-adult-zebrafish-and-heart-disease-models
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Louis W Wang, Inken G Huttner, Celine F Santiago, Scott H Kesteven, Ze-Yan Yu, Michael P Feneley, Diane Fatkin
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) is an increasingly popular model organism in cardiovascular research. Major insights into cardiac developmental processes have been gained by studies of embryonic zebrafish. However, the utility of zebrafish for modeling adult-onset heart disease has been limited by a lack of robust methods for in vivo evaluation of cardiac function. We established a physiological protocol for underwater zebrafish echocardiography using high frequency ultrasound, and evaluated its reliability in detecting altered cardiac function in two disease models...
January 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062267/constrictive-pericarditis-a-practical-clinical-approach
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REVIEW
William R Miranda, Jae K Oh
Constrictive pericarditis (CP) represents a form of severe diastolic heart failure (HF), secondary to a noncompliant pericardium. The true prevalence of CP is unknown but it is observed in 0.2-0.4% of patients who have undergone cardiac surgery or have had pericardial trauma or inflammation due to a variety of etiologies. Despite its poor prognosis if untreated, CP is a potentially curable disease and surgical pericardiectomy can now be performed at low perioperative mortality in tertiary centers with surgical expertise in pericardial diseases...
January 3, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052977/clinical-and-echocardiographic-characteristics-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-according-to-diabetes-status-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-report-from-the-irbesartan-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-trial-i-preserve
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Søren L Kristensen, Ulrik M Mogensen, Pardeep S Jhund, Mark C Petrie, David Preiss, Sithu Win, Lars Køber, Robert S McKelvie, Michael R Zile, Inder S Anand, Michel Komajda, John S Gottdiener, Peter E Carson, John J V McMurray
BACKGROUND: -In patients with HF and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), little is known about the characteristics of and outcomes in those with and without diabetes. METHODS: -We examined clinical and echocardiographic characteristics and outcomes in the Irbesartan in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction trial (I-Preserve), according to history of diabetes. Cox regression models were used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) for cardiovascular outcomes adjusted for known predictors, including age, sex, natriuretic peptides, and comorbidity...
January 4, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049202/aortic-atherosclerosis-determines-increased-retrograde-blood-flow-as-a-potential-mechanism-of-retrograde-embolic-stroke
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Thomas Wehrum, Felix Guenther, Werner Vach, Beryl Primrose Gladstone, Sarah Wendel, Alexander Fuchs, Kehzong Wu, Christoph Johannes Maurer, Andreas Harloff
BACKGROUND: Retrograde brain embolization from complex plaques of the proximal descending aorta (DAo) has been identified as a new potential mechanism of stroke. Our purpose was to identify predictors of increased retrograde aortic blood flow indicating an elevated risk of brain embolization from the DAo. METHODS: A total of 485 patients with acute ischemic stroke were prospectively included and underwent transesophageal echocardiography. Blood flow velocities in the proximal DAo were studied using 2D pulse-wave Doppler ultrasound...
January 4, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041955/cardiac-dysfunction-in-children-and-young-adults-with-heart-transplantation-a-comprehensive-echocardiography-study
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Marcello Chinali, Claudia Esposito, Giorgia Grutter, Roberta Iacobelli, Alessandra Toscano, Maria Grazia D'Asaro, Alessia Del Pasqua, Gianluca Brancaccio, Francesco Parisi, Fabrizio Drago, Gabriele Rinelli
BACKGROUND: Transplanted heart dysfunction is a serious life-threatening condition in pediatric transplant recipients. Several studies have focused on echocardiographic detection of early signs of cardiac dysfunction in this population. We evaluated advanced echocardiographic indices of cardiac function in a large sample of children and young adults with heart transplants with apparently normal cardiac function. METHODS: The study included 60 patients with normal ejection fraction with transplantation performed at pediatric age between 1986 and 2014 and 60 healthy control subjects...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027560/structural-and-functional-state-of-heart-left-ventricle-depending-on-polymorphism-rs966221-phosphodiesterase-4d-gene-in-emergency-workers-of-the-chornobyl-npp-suffering-from-coronary-heart-disease
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O Nastina, G Pleskach, N Kursina, O Bazyka, O Makarevich, I Abramenko, A Chumak, D Belyi
OBJECTIVE: This study consisted in examination the features of structural and functional state of the cardiovascular system in emergency workers (EW) of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) who suffered from coronary heart disease (CHD) and having different genotypes due to polymorphism rs966221 phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D) gene. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved 121 EW and 63 non irradiated patients with CHD. Standardized survey included echo doppler cardiography (EchoCG) that was done by Diagnostic Ultrasound System DS N3 (Mindray)...
December 2016: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025312/performance-of-the-labcor-dokimos-plus-pericardial-aortic-prosthesis-a-single-centre-experience
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Rashad Zayat, Jessica Arias-Pinilla, Ali Aljalloud, Giulia Musetti, Andreas Goetzenich, Rüdiger Autschbach, Thomas van Gemmeren, Andreas Niedeggen, Nima Hatam
OBJECTIVES: In patients with a small aortic annulus, aortic valve replacement (AVR) is frequently associated with high residual pressure gradients. Supra-annular pericardial aortic prostheses are gaining popularity due to the increased effective orifice areas (EOA) and resulting lower gradients. This study reports the clinical and echocardiographic results following implantation of the new supra-annular pericardial aortic prosthesis Dokimos Plus (Labcor, Belo Horizonte, Brazil). METHODS: Between October 2013 and July 2015, 137 patients (41% women, mean age: 74 years) underwent supra-annular AVR with or without concomitant procedures using the Dokimos Plus prosthesis in our department...
December 26, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024925/the-evolution-of-diastolic-function-during-liver-transplantation
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Pauline Devauchelle, Zoé Schmitt, Aurélie Bonnet, Serge Duperret, Jean-Paul Viale, Jean-Yves Mabrut, Frédéric Aubrun, Mathieu Gazon
INTRODUCTION: The peroperative management of liver transplantation is still associated with many cardio-circulatory complications in which diastolic dysfunction may play a contributive role. Transoesophageal echocardiography is a monitoring device commonly used in liver transplantation allowing diastolic function assessment. METHODS: We prospectively analysed the peroperative transoesophageal echocardiography recordings of 40 patients undergoing liver transplantation in order to describe changes in diastolic function at different steps of the surgery...
December 23, 2016: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017714/long-term-valve-performance-of-tavr-and-savr-a-report-from-the-partner-i-trial
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Melissa A Daubert, Neil J Weissman, Rebecca T Hahn, Philippe Pibarot, Rupa Parvataneni, Michael J Mack, Lars G Svensson, Deepika Gopal, Samir Kapadia, Robert J Siegel, Susheel K Kodali, Wilson Y Szeto, Raj Makkar, Martin B Leon, Pamela S Douglas
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term performance of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) through longitudinal echocardiographic analysis. BACKGROUND: The long-term performance of the SAPIEN TAVR is not well-described. Therefore, we examined the hemodynamic and valvular profile of the SAPIEN TAVR over 5 years. METHODS: All patients receiving TAVR or SAVR with first post-implant (FPI) and 5-year echoes were analyzed for aortic valve (AV) peak velocity, AV mean gradient, AV area, peak left ventricular (LV) outflow tract and in-stent velocities, Doppler velocity index, aortic regurgitation (AR), LV mass index, stroke volume index, and cardiac index...
December 8, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013283/delayed-and-decreased-lv-untwist-and-unstrain-rate-in-mutation-carriers-for-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Floris Kauer, Bas M van Dalen, Michelle Michels, Arend F L Schinkel, Wim B Vletter, Marjon van Slegtenhorst, Osama I I Soliman, Marcel L Geleijnse
BACKGROUND: The echocardiographic focus to detect abnormalities in genetically hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) affected subjects without left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (G+/LVH-) has been on diastolic abnormalities in transmitral flow and longitudinal myocardial function with tissue Doppler imaging. The aim of this study was to assess diastolic LV unstrain and untwist. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-one consecutive genotyped family members of HCM patients (mean age 37 ± 11 years, 16 men) and 41 age- and gender-matched healthy volunteers underwent speckle-tracking echocardiography to measure untwist and unstrain...
December 24, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012518/the-impact-of-adenotonsillectomy-on-pulmonary-arterial-pressure-in-west-african-children-with-adenotonsillar-hypertrophy
#18
Foster T Orji, Fortune A Ujunwa, Nnaemeka G Umedum, Onyinyechi Ukaegbe
OBJECTIVES: To assess the improvement or otherwise, in the mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) among children with adenotonsillar hypertrophy (ATH) after adenotonsillectomy (AT), and to examine the impact of timing of surgery as well as the patients' characteristics on the mPAP changes. METHODS: We included 39 children with ATH in this study. The adenoidal enlargement was evaluated radiologically with adenoid nasopharyngeal ratio (ANR) parameter from lateral neck radiograph, whereas the clinical assessment of adeno-tonsillar obstruction was conducted with the 'symptom score'...
January 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011667/echocardiographic-assessment-of-pulmonary-artery-systolic-pressure-following-treadmill-stress-testing
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Arshad A Khan, Mohammad Al-Omary, Ian Renner, Ehtesham Ul Haque, Avedis Ekmejian, Mumtaz Hussain, Laurent Quiqueree, Nicholas J Collins, Stuart Turner
AIMS: The use of treadmill stress echocardiography (SE) for the diagnosis of nascent pulmonary hypertension (PH) has been hampered by a lack of well-defined, post-exercise pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) values across representative age groups in a normal cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five hundred and eleven subjects (mean age: 53 ±14, 68% female) with normal resting PASP were included in the study. All participants performed treadmill exercise using the Bruce protocol to a high level of perceived exertion...
December 23, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008293/hormonal-and-echocardiographic-abnormalities-in-adult-patients-with-sickle-cell-anemia-in-bahrain
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Taysir S Garadah, Ahmed A Jaradat, Mohammed E Alalawi, Adla B Hassan
BACKGROUND: Adrenal, thyroid, and parathyroid gland hormonal changes are recognized in children with homozygous (HbSS) sickle-cell anemia (SCA), but are not clear in adult patients with SCA. AIM: To assess the metabolic and endocrine abnormalities in adult patients with SCA and evaluate left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic functions compared with patients with no SCA and further study the relationship between serum levels of cortisol, free thyroxine (T4), and testosterone with serum ferritin...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
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