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  1. Relationship of ST-segment elevation to eventual QRS loss in acute anterior wall myocardial infarction.

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    Bell, A J; Briggs, C M; Nichols, P; Kilpatrick, D

    1993-07-01

    The position of electrocardiographic ST-segment elevation in acute myocardial infarction (MI) is related to the region of infarction, but the relationship between the initial ST-segment elevation and the eventual loss of QRS voltage remains uncertain. The authors examined body surface map data in 76 patients with acute anterior wall MI to clarify this relationship. The patients had no evidence of previous MI, no subsequent MI, and did not receive thrombolytic therapy or other acute interventions. Maps were recorded on admission to the hospital, every 24 hours during the hospital stay, and again at follow-up examinations 6-48 months after the index MI. The region of ST-segment elevation on the initial body surface map was compared to the region of developed voltage loss in the QRS complex as measured by the integral 0-30, 0-40, 0-80, and 30-80 ms body surface maps subsequently recorded 24 hours, 48 hours, and over 6 months after the initial body surface map. There was a relationship between the position of the ST-segment elevation and the loss of the QRS segment voltages, which was pronounced early after acute MI and diminished months after the MI. The region of ST-segment elevation in the initial body surface map predicts the QRS loss. In the integral QRS0-30 map versus the initial ST-segment map the mean correlation coefficient was -0.54 +/- 0.33 with a median value of -0.67. The integral QRS0-40 map and ST-segment map had a mean correlation coefficient of 0.60 +/- 0.29 and median of 0.66. The mean correlation coefficient is less for the integral QRS0-80 map and nonexistent in the integral QRS30-80 map. This method may be useful for monitoring acute interventions in acute MI. PMID:8409812

  2. F-18 deoxyglucose and stress N-13 ammonia positron emission tomography in anterior wall healed myocardial infarction

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    Fudo, T.; Kambara, H.; Hashimoto, T.; Hayashi, M.; Nohara, R.; Tamaki, N.; Yonekura, Y.; Senda, M.; Konishi, J.; Kawai, C.

    1988-06-01

    To evaluate myocardial blood flow and glucose utilization, N-13 ammonia (NH3) and F-18 deoxyglucose positron emission tomography scanning was performed in 22 patients with previous anterior wall myocardial infarction, using a high-resolution, multi-slice, whole-body scanner. The N-13 ammonia study was performed at rest and after exercise. The F-18 deoxyglucose study was performed at rest after fasting greater than 5 hours. The N-13 ammonia study revealed a hypoperfused area in 19 of the 22 patients (86%), that corresponded to the infarcted regions as diagnosed by electrocardiography, coronary arteriography and left ventriculography (21 patients). The hypoperfused areas expanded after exercise in 16 of 22 patients (73%). F-18 deoxyglucose uptake was observed in these hypoperfused areas, especially in patients with hypokinetic wall motion on left ventriculography and in exercise-induced hypoperfused areas. However, positron emission tomography demonstrated diffuse uptake of F-18 deoxyglucose in 3 of 8 patients with dyskinetic wall motion. Thus, metabolically active myocardium in infarcted areas or periinfarct ischemia can be visualized with F-18 deoxyglucose and stress N-13 ammonia studies.

  3. Dual antiplatelet compared to triple antithrombotic therapy in anterior wall acute myocardial infarction complicated by depressed left ventricular ejection fraction

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    Oyetayo, Ola O.; Slicker, Kipp; De La Rosa, Lisa; Lane, Wesley; Langsjoen, Dane; Patel, Chhaya; Brough, Kevin; Chiles, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Current guidelines recommend triple antithrombotic therapy (TT) consisting of warfarin, aspirin, and a P2Y12 inhibitor following an anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) complicated by extensive wall motion abnormalities. This recommendation, however, is based on data collected before percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) became the standard of care for the treatment of STEMI. We designed a retrospective study of patients who received PCI for anterior STEMI over an 8-year period to compare rates of thromboembolic and bleeding events between patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) and those receiving TT, including warfarin. Patients were included if the predischarge echocardiogram showed extensive wall motion abnormality and an ejection fraction ≤35%. Patients with known left ventricular thrombus were excluded. A total of 124 patients met the criteria, with 80 patients in the DAPT group and 44 in the TT group. The median age was 58 years in the TT group and 64 years in the DAPT group (P < 0.04), with an average ejection fraction of 31%. Thromboembolic events occurred in 4 patients (5%) in the DAPT group compared with 3 patients (6.8%) in the TT group (P = 0.70). Bleeding occurred in 2 patients in the DAPT group and 4 patients in the TT group (2.5% in DAPT vs. 9.1% in TT group, P = 0.18). No differences in rates of clinical embolism or left ventricular thrombus were found. Our data support recent findings that warfarin may not be indicated for patients following PCI for anterior STEMI, even when significant wall motion abnormalities and reduced ejection fraction ≤35% are present. PMID:26424937

  4. Rituximab-vincristine chemotherapy-induced acute anterior wall myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock.

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    Roy, Ambuj; Khanna, Naveen; Senguttuvan, Nagendra Boopathy

    2014-02-01

    We present a case of an elderly man with coronary artery disease who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Soon after the administration of chemotherapy, which included rituximab and vincristine, he developed acute myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock. The condition was managed successfully with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. We briefly discuss the possible pathogenic mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced ischemic syndrome and the management of chemotherapy in patients with high cardiovascular risk. PMID:24512409

  5. Occurrence of Guillain-Barr syndrome as an immune mediated complication after thrombolysis with streptokinase for acute anterior wall myocardial infarction: a caution to be vigilant

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    Kumar, Basant; Agrawal, Navin; Patra, Soumya; Manjunath, C N

    2013-01-01

    Guillain-Barr syndrome (GBS) constitutes a heterogeneous group of immune-mediated peripheral neuropathic disorders that can be triggered by a variety of antecedent events. Clinical symptoms are thought to result from streptokinase antibody-mediated damage to the local bloodnerve barrier. We report the case of a 50-year-old man with acute anterior wall myocardial infarction who developed GBS as a manifestation of autoimmune hypersensitivity reaction to the drug 17?days after thrombolytic therapy with streptokinase. The patient was treated with a 5-day course of intravenous ? globulin and his symptoms improved and there was no residual deficit. The case forms a reminder of the autoimmune complications of non-fibrin specific agents that can sometimes be catastrophic and require persistent and vigilant in-hospital and immediate postdischarge follow-up and immediate management. PMID:24099761

  6. Effect of low dose acetylsalicylic acid on the frequency and hematologic activity of left ventricular thrombus in anterior wall acute myocardial infarction

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    Kuepper, A.J.V.; Verheugt, F.W.; Peels, C.H.; Galema, T.W.; den Hollander, W.; Roos, J.P.

    1989-04-15

    In this prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial the effect of 100 mg acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) once daily on the incidence, hematologic activity and embolic potential of left ventricular (LV) thrombosis was studied in 100 consecutive patients with a first anterior wall acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Patients were randomized to ASA or placebo less than 12 hours after onset of symptoms. Heparin, 5,000 IU subcutaneously twice daily, was given to all patients during immobilization. Echocardiography was performed less than 24 hours, 48 to 72 hours and 1, 2, and 12 weeks after AMI. LV thrombosis was detected by echocardiography in 30 (33%) of the 92 evaluable patients (15 patients given ASA and 15 given placebo). Indium-111 platelet scintigraphy was done in 17 of the 22 patients with an LV thrombus at the second week echocardiogram. Among 7 ASA-treated patients, 4 had positive images; among 10 placebo patients, 5 had positive images. LV thrombus resolution was noted in 3 of 9 patients with a positive scan and in 5 of 8 patients with a negative platelet scan. In 7 of 10 ASA-treated patients and 5 of 12 placebo-treated patients thrombus resolution was observed (difference not significant). Systemic embolism occurred in 2 patients, both given ASA, during the first week after AMI. Thus, low dose ASA has no effect on the incidence, hematologic activity and embolic potential of LV thrombosis in anterior wall AMI.

  7. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor therapy for stem cell mobilization following anterior wall myocardial infarction: the CAPITAL STEM MI randomized trial

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    Hibbert, Benjamin; Hayley, Bradley; Beanlands, Robert S.; Le May, Michel; Davies, Richard; So, Derek; Marquis, Jean-Franois; Labinaz, Marino; Froeschl, Michael; OBrien, Edward R.; Burwash, Ian G.; Wells, George A.; Pourdjabbar, Ali; Simard, Trevor; Atkins, Harold; Glover, Christopher

    2014-01-01

    Background: Small studies have yielded divergent results for administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) after acute myocardial infarction. Adequately powered studies involving patients with at least moderate left ventricular dysfunction are lacking. Methods: Patients with left ventricular ejection fraction less than 45% after anterior-wall myocardial infarction were treated with G-CSF (10 ?g/kg daily for 4 days) or placebo. After initial randomization of 86 patients, 41 in the placebo group and 39 in the G-CSF group completed 6-month follow-up and underwent measurement of left ventricular ejection fraction by radionuclide angiography. Results: Baseline and 6-week mean ejection fraction was similar for the G-CSF and placebo groups: 34.8% (95% confidence interval [CI] 32.6%37.0%) v. 36.4% (95% CI 33.5%39.2%) at baseline and 39.8% (95% CI 36.2%43.4%) v. 43.1% (95% CI 39.2%47.0%) at 6 weeks. However, G-CSF therapy was associated with a lower ejection fraction at 6 months relative to placebo (40.8% [95% CI 37.4%44.2%] v. 46.0% [95% CI 42.7%44.3%]). Both groups had improved left ventricular function, but change in left ventricular ejection fraction was lower in patients treated with G-CSF than in those who received placebo (5.7 [95% CI 3.48.1] percentage points v. 9.2 [95% CI 6.312.1] percentage points). One or more of a composite of several major adverse cardiac events occurred in 8 patients (19%) within each group, with similar rates of target-vessel revascularization. Interpretation: In patients with moderate left ventricular dysfunction following anterior-wall infarction, G-CSF therapy was associated with a lower 6-month left ventricular ejection fraction but no increased risk of major adverse cardiac events. Future studies of G-CSF in patients with left ventricular dysfunction should be monitored closely for safety. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov, no. NCT00394498 PMID:24934893

  8. Anterior vaginal wall repair

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  9. Association of haematological indices with the degree of microvascular injury in patients with acute anterior wall myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

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    Sezer, Murat; Okcular, Irem; Goren, Taner; Oflaz, Huseyin; Nisanci, Y?lmaz; Umman, Berrin; Mercanoglu, Fehmi; Bilge, Ahmet K; Meric, Mehmet; Umman, Sabahattin

    2007-01-01

    Background In acute myocardial infarction (AMI), increased neutrophil count has been associated with more severe coronary artery disease and larger infarct size. Increased mean platelet volume (MPV) is also associated with poor clinical outcome and impaired angiographic reperfusion in patients with AMI. However, the associations of neutrophil count and MPV with the indices of tissue level reperfusion were not fully elucidated. Aim To elucidate the relationship between baseline neutrophil count and MPV on presentation and microvascular injury in patients with anterior AMI treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). Methods 41 patients with anterior wall AMI treated successfully with pPCI were included. The leucocyte count, neutrophil count and MPV were obtained on admission, and the percentage of neutrophils was calculated. After PCI thrombolysis in myocardial infarction, grade 3 flow was established in all patients. The coronary flow velocity pattern (diastolic deceleration time (DDT)) was examined with transthoracic echocardiography and measured intracoronary pressures with fibreoptic pressuretemperature sensor?tipped guidewire in the left anterior descending artery within 48?h after pPCI. Thermodilution?derived coronary flow reserve (CFR) was calculated. Index of microvascular resistance (IMR) was defined as simultaneously measured distal coronary pressure divided by the inverse of the thermodilution?derived hyperaemic mean transit time. Subsequently, a short compliant balloon was placed in the stented segment and inflated to measure coronary wedge pressure (CWP). Results Higher neutrophil counts were strongly associated with higher IMR (r?=?0.86, p<0.001), lower CFR (r?=??0.60, p<0.001), shorter DDT (r?=??0.73, p<0.001) and higher CWP (r?=?0.73, p<0.001). Likewise, there were significant correlations among the percentage of neutrophils and CFR (r?=??0.34, p?=?0.02), IMR (r?=?0.46, p?=?0.002), DDT (r?=??0.36, p?=?0.01) and CWP (r?=?0.49, p?=?0.001). Relationships among leucocyte count and IMR (r?=?0.38, p?=?0.01), CFR (r?=??0.33, p?=? 0.03), DDT (r?=??0.36, p?=?0.01) and CWP (r?=?0.32, p?=?0.026) were slightly significant. Higher neutrophil count remained independently associated with indices of microvascular perfusion in multivariable models controlling for age, smoking habits and time to treatment. Also, higher MPV on admission was strongly associated with higher IMR (r?=?0.89, p<0.001), steeper DDT (r?=??0.64, p<0.001), lower CFR (r?=??0.43, p?=?0.004) and higher CWP (r?=?0.77, p<0.001). Conclusion Absolute and relative neutrophilia and higher MPV on admission were independently associated with impaired microvascular perfusion in patients with anterior AMI treated with pPCI. It is possible that neutrophilia and high MPV are simple surrogate markers of worse microvascular injury in patients with AMI. PMID:16940390

  10. [FUNCTIONAL PLASTIC OF ANTERIOR ABDOMINAL WALL HERNIAS].

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    Grubnik, V V; Parfentyeva, N D; Parfentyev, R S

    2015-07-01

    In order to improve the treatment efficacy of postoperative anterior abdominal wall hernias the method of plastic with restoration of anatomical and physiological properties of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall was used. After the intervention by the improved method, regardless of the location of the hernia defect yielded promising results for the conservation of anterior abdominal wall muscle function in 75% of cases completely restored functional ability of muscles recti abdomini. PMID:26591212

  11. Importance of total ischemic time and preprocedural infarct-related artery blood flow in predicting infarct size in patients with anterior wall myocardial infarction (from the CRISP-AMI Trial).

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    Vemulapalli, Sreekanth; Zhou, Yi; Gutberlet, Matthias; Kumar, Arramraj Sreenivas; Mills, James S; Blaxill, Jonathan; Smalling, Richard; Ohman, Erik Magnus; Patel, Manesh R

    2013-10-01

    The goal of this study was to characterize determinants of infarct size in the multicenter randomized Counterpulsation to Reduce Infarct Size Pre-PCI Acute Myocardial Infarction (CRISP-AMI) trial. Contemporary determinants of infarct size in patients presenting with acute anterior myocardial infarction without shock and undergoing percutaneous revascularization have been incompletely characterized. In CRISP-AMI, 337 patients with acute anterior ST segment elevation myocardial infarction but without cardiogenic shock at 30 sites in 9 countries were randomized to initiation of intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation before primary percutaneous coronary intervention versus standard of care. The primary outcome was infarct size as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging 3 to 5 days after percutaneous coronary intervention. Of 337 randomized patients, complete periprocedural and infarct size data were available in 250 patients (74%). After a comparison of baseline characteristics to ensure no significant differences, patients with missing data were excluded. Using multiple linear regression of 23 variables, time from symptom onset to first device (? = 0.022, p = 0.047) and preprocedural Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction flow 0/1 (? = 15.28, p <0.001) were independent predictors of infarct size. Infarct size increased by 0.43% per 30 minutes in early reperfusion and by 0.63% every 30 minutes in late reperfusion. In conclusion, in patients with acute anterior ST elevation myocardial infraction without cardiogenic shock, total ischemic time and preprocedural Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction flow 0/1 were associated with increased infarct size as determined by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. These findings underscore the importance of systems of care aimed at reducing total ischemic time to open infarct arteries. PMID:23768458

  12. Supine versus upright anterior images: comparison in T1-201 myocardial scintigraphy

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    Jacobson, A.F.; Parker, J.A.; Royal, H.D.; Silverman, K.J.; Gervino, E.V.; Kolodny, G.M.

    1987-06-01

    In patients undergoing exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy, activity in the inferior wall on anterior images may appear diminished when the standard supine view is used, but normal when the view is acquired with the patient upright. To determine the clinical significance of this observation, the distribution of thallium-201 activity was semiquantitatively assessed in supine and upright anterior images obtained immediately after exercise in 93 patients (65 men, 28 women). The presence of inferior wall and coronary artery disease was established with coronary angiography or from documentation of previous myocardial infarction. Supine and upright images were compared with use of receiver operating characteristic curves. In male patients diagnostic accuracy for identification of both inferior wall and coronary artery disease was improved through the use of the upright anterior image. In women, there was no significant difference in reader performance with upright and supine images. Upright anterior images should be routinely obtained in men in order to reduce the frequency of false-positive identification of inferior wall defects.

  13. Subclinical Myocardial Impairment Occurred in Septal and Anterior LV Wall Segments After Anthracycline-Embedded Chemotherapy and did not Worsen During Adjuvant Trastuzumab Treatment in Breast Cancer Patients.

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    Lange, Stefan Andreas; Jung, Jens; Jaeck, Almut; Hitschold, Thomas; Ebner, Bernd

    2016-04-01

    In a previous study of breast cancer patients, we found changes in cardiac function and size during the early stages of adjuvant trastuzumab (Herceptin(®)) therapy. Here we present a subgroup analysis of this patient cohort. This subgroup received a anthracycline-embedded chemotherapy followed by at least 3 months up to 6 months of adjuvant Herceptin(®) therapy. Twenty-seven female breast cancer patients with Her-2/-neu overexpression were studied using conventional echocardiography and 2D speckle tracking. These methods were done before anthracycline-embedded chemotherapy, before adjuvant trastuzumab therapy, and both 3 and 6 months after the start of the therapy (T3, T6). The LV-EF (Simpson biplane) decreased significantly from before the chemotherapy to after the chemotherapy and further decreased after 3 months of trastuzumab therapy (66.2 ± 1.5 vs. 58.7 ± 1.2 vs. 55.6 ± 1.3 vs. 55.9 ± 1.5 %; p < 0.05). The stroke volume index remained constant after chemotherapy (22.0 ± 0.8 vs. 22.6 ± 1.3 ml/m(2); p = 0.9), but increased significantly during trastuzumab therapy (26.7 ± 1.1 and 27.3 ± 1.0 ml/m(2); p < 0.01). Global longitudinal strain exclusively decreased during chemotherapy (-21.0 ± 0.5 vs. -18.9 ± 0.5 %, p < 0.001). Regional longitudinal strain decreased significantly after chemotherapy in septal, anteroseptal, anterolateral, and apex segments. Mitral valve regurgitation increased during the whole treatment, but especially during trastuzumab. Right ventricular function decreased exclusively during chemotherapy. Anthracycline-embedded chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer led to a decrease in LV function, especially of the septal and anterior segments, and did not worsen during adjuvant trastuzumab treatment. PMID:26022230

  14. Usefulness of the Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery Wrapping Around the Left Ventricular Apex to Predict Adverse Clinical Outcomes in Patients With Anterior Wall ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (from the Harmonizing Outcomes With Revascularization and Stents in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial).

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    Kobayashi, Nobuaki; Maehara, Akiko; Brener, Sorin J; Généreux, Philippe; Witzenbichler, Bernhard; Guagliumi, Giulio; Peruga, Jan Z; Mehran, Roxana; Mintz, Gary S; Stone, Gregg W

    2015-12-01

    The association between anatomic features of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and outcomes in patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has not been fully investigated. We sought to clarify the impact of an LAD coronary artery wrapping around the left ventricular (LV) apex on clinical outcomes in patients with anterior STEMI. Harmonizing Outcomes with Revascularization and Stents in Acute Myocardial Infarction enrolled patients with STEMI presenting <12 hours after symptom onset who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Patients with a culprit lesion in the LAD were categorized as (1) LAD wrapping around the LV apex (wrap-around LAD, n = 871) versus (2) LAD not wrapping around the LV apex (non-wrap-around LAD, n = 224). Killip class ≥II, dysrhythmia, and LV mural thrombi were more frequently observed in the wrap-around LAD group; LV ejection fraction was worse in the wrap-around LAD group (54.5% vs 58.7%, p = 0.006). At 3 years of follow-up, major adverse cardiac events (death, stroke, or stent thrombosis, 12.7% vs 5.4%, p = 0.002), death (6.6% vs 3.2%, p = 0.052), stroke (1.9% vs 0.5%, p = 0.12), stent thrombosis (5.6% vs 2.3%, p = 0.047), and severe heart failure (4.5% vs 1.4%, p = 0.03) were more common in patients with a wrap-around LAD versus those with a non-wrap-around LAD. Multivariate analysis indicated that a wrap-around LAD independently and significantly predicted major adverse cardiac events (hazard ratio 2.18, p = 0.02) and severe heart failure (odds ratio 3.31, p = 0.049) in patients with an anterior STEMI. In conclusion, a wrap-around LAD predicted adverse clinical outcomes at 3 years in patients with anterior STEMI who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention. PMID:26433272

  15. [Painless anterior acute myocardial infarction in a transplanted heart].

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    Poyet, R; Capilla, E; Tortat, A V; Brocq, F X; Pons, F; Kerebel, S; Jego, C; Cellarier, G R

    2015-11-01

    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy is the major determinant of long-term survival in patients after heart transplantation. Clinical presentations are congestive heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. Acute coronary syndrome is a rare presentation of cardiac allograft vasculopathy due to myocardial denervation. We present the case of a 31-year-old patient, who had undergone heart transplantation 6 months earlier and who developed a painless anterior myocardial infarction revealed by syncope. He was successfully treated by percutaneous coronary intervention with drug eluting stent implantation. PMID:26472502

  16. Significance of U wave polarities in previous anterior myocardial infarction

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    Kanemoto, N.; Imaoka, C.; Suzuki, Y. )

    1991-04-01

    The significance of the polarity of U waves in left precordial leads was evaluated in relation to myocardial perfusion (T1 201 myocardial scintigraphy) and left ventricular function (99m Tc radionuclide ventriculography) in 63 patients with clinical and electrocardiographic evidence of a previous anterior myocardial infarction. Patients were divided into three groups according to the polarity of the U waves: positive U waves, flat U waves, and negative U waves. Twelve matched patients served as normal controls. The following parameters were analyzed: (1) total number of abnormal Q waves; (2) total myocardial perfusion index and regional myocardial perfusion index; (3) global ejection fraction; (4) regional ejection fraction; and (5) number of diseased coronary arteries. The total myocardial perfusion index values were 43.9 {plus minus} 1.0 in controls, 40.8 {plus minus} 3.4 in the positive U wave group, 33.4 {plus minus} 3.5 in the flat U wave group, and 30.3 {plus minus} 4.4 in the patients with negative U waves. Global ejection fractions in these groups were, respectively, 63.9 {plus minus} 8.6%, 65.0 {plus minus} 11.8%, 53.6 {plus minus} 8.1%, and 36.5 {plus minus} 13.6%. The sensitivity of negative U waves suggesting a global ejection fraction of less than 45% was 91.6%, and the specificity was 82.1%. Therefore the size of myocardial infarction increased and left ventricular function decreased, in order, from patients with positive U waves, to those with flat U waves, to those with negative U waves, with statistically significant differences.

  17. Clinical implications of anterior S-T segment depression in patients with acute inferior myocardial infarction

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    Croft, C.H.; Woodward, W.; Nicod, P.; Corbett, J.R.; Lewis, S.E.; Willerson, J.T.; Rude, R.E.

    1982-09-01

    To assess various factors associated with anterior S-T segment depression during acute inferior myocardial infarction, 47 consecutive patients with electrocardiographic evidence of a first transmural inferior infarction were studied prospectively with radionuclide ventriculography an average of 7.3 hours (range 2.9 to 15.3) after the onset of symptoms. Thirty-nine patients (Group I) had anterior S-T depression in the initial electrocardiogram and 8 (Group II) did not have such reciprocal changes. There was no difference between the two groups in left ventricular end-diastolic or end-diastolic volume index or left ventricular ejection fraction. Stroke volume index was greater in Group I than in Group II. There were no group differences in left ventricular total or regional wall motion scores. A weak correlation existed between the quantities (mV) or inferior S-T segment elevation and reciprocal S-T depression. No relation between anterior S-T segment depression and the left ventricular end-diastolic volume index could be demonstrated; the extent of left ventricular apical and right ventricular wall motion abnormalities, both frequently associated with inferior infarction, did not correlate with the quantity of anterior S-T depression. These data show that anterior S-T segment depression occurs commonly during the early evolution of transmural inferior infarction, is not generally a marker of functionally significant anterior ischemia and cannot be used to predict left ventricular function in individual patients. Anterior S-T segment depression may be determined by reciprocal mechanisms.

  18. Cannulation needle-induced anterior wall tenting of internal jugular vein causing posterior wall penetration.

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    Yoshida, Hitoshi; Yaguchi, Shinya; Itaya, Hiroyuki; Ito, Kazuo; Hatanaka, Ryo; Nakai, Kishiko; Hirota, Kazuyoshi

    2015-06-01

    Unintentional posterior venous wall penetration during internal jugular vein (IJV) cannulation may cause critical arterial injuries in spite of ultrasound guidance. We aimed to evaluate whether small venous diameter and anterior venous wall tenting by a needle would be associated with posterior venous wall penetration, and to seek factors related to the venous wall tenting. We conducted a retrospective review in patients who underwent IJV cannulation. Using an ultrasound view obtained when puncturing, venous diameter, venous wall thickness, anterior venous wall tenting length, and needle angle were measured, and posterior venous wall penetration was determined. Eleven cannulations in 56 patients were assigned to posterior venous wall penetration. Small venous diameter (p = 0.004), and long anterior venous wall tenting (p = 0.007) were associated with posterior venous wall penetration. The longer anterior venous tenting would be expected with reducing needle angle (p = 0.004) or increasing anterior venous wall thickness (p = 0.006). In conclusion, small IJV and anterior venous wall tenting lead to posterior venous wall penetration. Anterior venous wall tenting is longer with reducing needle angle, or increasing the anterior venous wall thickness. PMID:25365942

  19. Prognostic significance of resting anterior thallium-201 defects in patients with inferior myocardial infarction

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    Gibson, R.S.; Taylor, G.J.; Watson, D.D.; Berger, B.C.; Crampton, R.S.; Martin, R.P.; Beller, G.A.

    1980-11-01

    To determine whether Tl-201 scintigraphy performed at rest during the late hospital phase of inferior myocardial infarction can predict subsequent coronary events, 25 patients with historical, enzymatic, and electrocardiographic criteria of transmural inferior infarction underwent serial imaging with computer quantification 7 to 35 days after admission. All 25 patients had inferior defects, and 13 (52%) also had anterior defects implying stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The patients were divided into those with inferior and anterior perfusion defects (Group 1) and those with inferior defects alone (Group 2). In Group 1, three patients had persistent defects in the anterior wall and ten had initial defects with redistribution. New or recurrent coronary events - which included new onset or progression of angina pectoris, sudden death, reinfarction, and congestive heart failure - were recorded over an average 7.2 months of followup (range 3 to 9 mo) for all patients. Ten of 13 (77%) patients in Group 1 had 17 coronary events and four of 12 (33%) patients in Group 2 had six coronary events (p < 0.02). Nine patients in Group 1 and three in Group 2 developed angina (p < 0.03). The apparently increased prevalence in Group 1 of sudden death (8% against 0%), reinfarction (8% against 0%), and congestive heart failure (46% against 25%) was not statistically significant. Thus resting T1-201 scintigraphy with computer quantification is a highly sensitive method to detect inferior myocardial infarction even in the late hospital phase. Moreover, it appears to identify those patients with inferior infarction at high risk for subsequent coronary events, presumably due to stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery.

  20. Anterior ST segment depression in acute inferior myocardial infarction as a marker of greater inferior, apical, and posterolateral damage

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    Ruddy, T.D.; Yasuda, T.; Gold, H.K.; Leinbach, R.C.; Newell, J.B.; McKusick, K.A.; Boucher, C.A.; Strauss, H.W.

    1986-12-01

    The clinical significance of anterior precordial ST segment depression during acute inferior myocardial infarction was evaluated in 67 consecutive patients early after onset of symptoms with gated blood pool scans, thallium-201 perfusion images, and 12-lead ECGs. Patients with anterior ST depression (n = 33) had depressed mean values for left ventricular ejection fraction (54 +/- 2% (mean +/- S.E.M.) vs 59 +/- 2%; p = 0.02), cardiac index (3.1 +/- 0.2 vs 3.6 +/- 0.2 L/m2; p = 0.03), and ratio of systolic blood pressure to end-systolic volume (2.0 +/- 0.1 vs 2.5 +/- 0.3 mm Hg/ml; p = 0.04) compared to patients with no anterior ST depression (n = 34). Patients with anterior ST depression had (1) lower mean wall motion values for the inferior, apical, and inferior posterolateral segments (p less than 0.05) and (2) greater reductions in thallium-201 uptake in the inferior and posterolateral regions (p less than 0.05). However, anterior and septal (1) wall motion and (2) thallium-201 uptake were similar in patients with and without ST depression. Thus, anterior precordial ST segment depression in patients with acute inferior wall myocardial infarction represents more than a reciprocal electrical phenomenon. It identifies patients with more severe wall motion impairment and greater hypoperfusion of the inferior and adjacent segments. The poorer global left ventricular function in these patients is a result of more extensive inferior infarction and not of remote septal or anterior injury.

  1. Prone decubitus: A solution to inferior wall attenuation in thallium-201 myocardial tomography

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    Esquerre, J.P.; Coca, F.J.; Martinez, S.J.; Guiraud, R.F.

    1989-03-01

    We propose an efficient method to suppress inferior wall attenuation in /sup 201/TI 180 degrees myocardial tomography. We systematically performed redistribution studies in both supine and prone decubitus, assuming that the latter should result in shifting with respect to each other's cardiac structures and diaphragm as well as subphrenic organs possibly responsible for attenuation. The comparison of both studies in 25 normal subjects by visual interpretation and circumferential profiles analysis showed a complete suppression of significant attenuation in the inferior wall in prone studies. In addition and consequently, the standard deviation of activity in this area was markedly reduced and became close to its value in anterior and lateral walls. This simple technique now routinely performed in over 400 patients drastically improves specificity in the evaluation of inferior wall abnormalities by suppressing attenuation artifacts and, incidently, the effect of high individual variability in left phrenic and subphrenic anatomic configuration.

  2. Prediction of functional recovery of the left ventricle after coronary revascularization in patients with prior anterior myocardial infarction: a myocardial integrated backscatter study.

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    Ito, Takahide; Suwa, Michihiro; Suzuki, Shuji; Tanimura, Mitsuhiro; Suzuki, George; Kobashi, Ayaka; Nakamura, Tomomi; Miyazaki, Sadae; Kitaura, Yasushi

    2002-10-01

    Cyclic variation (CV) of myocardial integrated backscatter (IBS), which reflects intrinsic contractile performance, can predict myocardial viability in patients with a reperfused acute myocardial infarction (MI), but the use of this method has not been validated for chronic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. The aim of this study was to examine whether myocardial IBS was useful for predicting LV functional recovery after coronary revascularization in 17 patients with prior anterior MI and LV dysfunction (ejection fraction <50%). Within 24 h of the revascularization procedure (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty or coronary stenting), IBS curves were obtained by placing the region of interest on the anterior wall on the short-axis IBS image. The patients had repeat left heart catheterization at 3 or 6 months after the revascularization procedure, and were grouped according to the patterns of the IBS curve within the anterior wall. In 8 patients (group A), the IBS curve had a synchronized pattern with the magnitude of CV > or = 3.5, and in the remaining 9 patients (group B), the curve had either an asynchronized pattern or the magnitude of CV was less than 3.5 dB even in the case of synchronized pattern, or both. At baseline, there were no significant differences in LV functional indices between the 2 groups. After the follow-up period, the LV end-systolic volume decreased (75 +/- 21 ml to 56 +/- 20ml, p = 0.05), LV ejection fraction increased (35 +/- 12% to 50 +/- 14%, p = 0.014), and LV end-diastolic pressure decreased (19 +/- 10 mmHg to 13 +/- 6 mmHg, p = 0.02) in group A, whereas only the LV ejection fraction increased (34 +/- 9% to 40 +/- 11%, p = 0.03) in group B; LV end-systolic volume (72 +/- 19 ml to 66 +/- 16 ml, p = 0.126) and LV end-diastolic pressure (18 +/- 12 mmHg to 14 +/- 8 mmHg, p = 0.184) showed no significant changes. In conclusion, IBS is valuable for predicting LV functional recovery after coronary revascularization in patients with LV dysfunction caused by a remote anterior MI. A large-scale study is be needed to establish these data. PMID:12381081

  3. Segmental wall motion abnormalities in dilated cardiomyopathy: hemodynamic characteristics and comparison with thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

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    Yamaguchi, S.; Tsuiki, K.; Hayasaka, M.; Yasui, S.

    1987-05-01

    This study assessed the hemodynamic characteristics of segmental wall motion abnormality of the left ventricle in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and its relation to the thallium-201 (TI-201) myocardial scintigraphy (MPI). Left ventriculograms and MPI in 23 patients were analyzed by the use of quantitative indexes of regional wall motion and TI-201 uptake based on a mean and a standard deviation of 13 normal subjects. Relative normokinesis in our definition was more frequently seen in the inferior wall than in the anterior wall (p less than 0.01). In contrast, severe asynergy was more often seen in the anterior wall than in the inferior wall (p less than 0.01). There were 11 patients who had relative normokinesis and asynergy together. By means of the index of wall motion, the DCM patients were divided into two groups, one with segmental wall motion abnormality (SWMA) and another with diffuse wall motion abnormality (DWMA). The DWMA group had higher left ventricular end-diastolic pressures (p less than 0.05) and the tendency of large left ventricular end-diastolic volumes than the SWMA group. There was a rough correlation (r = 0.58) between the quantitative indexes of TI-201 uptake and wall motion at the same region of the left ventricle. Thus, the nonuniformity of the left ventricular wall motion was recognized in the patients with DCM and more increased preload was shown in the patients with DWMA than in the group with SWMA. Further, the regional asynergy may be related to the localized fibrosis within the left ventricle in DCM, considering the result that the worse TI-201 uptake was roughly accompanied by the more severe asynergy.

  4. Thallium-201 evidence that anterior ST segment depression during early acute inferior myocardial infarction reflects septal or posterolateral ischemic injury

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    Lew, A.; Weiss, T.; Maddahi, J.; Geft, I.; Shah, P.K.; Swan, H.J.C.; Ganz, W.; Berman, D.

    1984-01-01

    The pathogenesis of anterior (ANT) ST segment depression (ST decreasing) during acute inferior myocardial infarction (IMI) remains controversial. To evaluate the role of septal (S) or posterolateral (PL) ischemic injury (IS), resting thallium-201 (T1-201) scintigrams closely timed to ECG findings (mean 21+-21 minutes) were evaluated in 49 consecutive pts during the first 5 hrs of a first acute IMI. ANT ST decreasing (any lead V1-V4) of greater than or equal to 1.0 mm was considered significant. All 49 pts had inferior T1-201 defects. In all 38 pts with ANT ST decreasing, there was T1-201 evidence of PL and/or S IS. In 9 of 11 pts without ANT ST decreasing, IS was confined to the inferior wall. The magnitude of inferior lead ST segment elevation correlated well with ST decreasing in leads 1 and AVL (r=0.88) and poorly with ST decreasing in anterior leads (r=0.32, supporting the concept that in acute IMI, ST decreasing in 1 and AVL is a reciprocal electrical phenomenon, but that ANT ST decreasing has a different pathogenesis. Thus the authors conclude that anterior ST depression in acute inferior myocardial infarction is associated with additional septal and/or posterolateral ischemic injury and does not reflect a benign reciprocal electrical phenomenon.

  5. Quantification of regional myocardial wall motion by cardiovascular magnetic resonance

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    Jiang, Kai

    2014-01-01

    Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a versatile tool that also allows comprehensive and accurate measurement of both global and regional myocardial contraction. Quantification of regional wall motion parameters, such as strain, strain rate, twist and torsion, has been shown to be more sensitive to early-stage functional alterations. Since the invention of CMR tagging by magnetization saturation in 1988, several CMR techniques have been developed to enable the measurement of regional myocardial wall motion, including myocardial tissue tagging, phase contrast mapping, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes (DENSE), and strain encoded (SENC) imaging. These techniques have been developed with their own advantages and limitations. In this review, two widely used and closely related CMR techniques, i.e., tissue tagging and DENSE, will be discussed from the perspective of pulse sequence development and image-processing techniques. The clinical and preclinical applications of tissue tagging and DENSE in assessing wall motion mechanics in both normal and diseased hearts, including coronary artery diseases, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic stenosis, and Duchenne muscular dystrophies, will be discussed. PMID:25392821

  6. ST-Segment Elevation in the Right Precordial Leads in Patients with Acute Anterior Myocardial Infarction

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    Pourafkari, Leili; Joudi, Saeid; Ghaffari, Samad; Tajlil, Arezou; Kazemi, Babak; Nader, Nader D.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Elevation of ST segment in leads V3R/ V4R, which is commonly encountered in right ventricular myocardial infarction, may also occur in patients with anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). However, the clinical impact of this finding in the setting of anterior myocardial infarction is not well understood. Aims: We aimed to investigate the prognostic value of ST segment elevation in leads V3R/V4R in patients with first acute anterior myocardial infarction. Study Design: Prospective cohort study. Methods: Right precordial leads V3R/V4R were recorded in 111 patients admitted with first time anterior myocardial infarction. Patients were allocated into two groups based on the presence or absence of ST elevation in leads V3R/V4R. Demographic, biochemical and echocardiographic data, as well as the angiographic information, were recorded. In-hospital and 3 month mortality, and major adverse cardiac events (MACE), death, heart failure and ventricular dysrhythmia were also compared. Results: ST elevation in lead V3R or V4R was present in 72 out of 111 patients (64.9%). Involvement of the proximal part of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery was not different in the two groups (44.4% of patients with elevation vs. 53.8% of patients without elevation, p=0.22). Post-myocardial infarction complications, mortality and major adverse cardiac events were similar in the two groups. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was significantly lower in patients with ST elevation in V3R/V4R (35 %±8 vs. 38 %±8, p=0.02). Twenty three out of 111 patients (20.7%) developed heart failure, which was similar in the two groups [16 (22.2%) of patients with ST elevation vs. 7 (17.9%) of patients without ST elevation, p=0.39]. Conclusion: Although ST elevation in V3R/V4R can be present in patients with left anterior descending artery occlusion, it does not seem to predict the prognosis. Lower left ventricular ejection fraction in this group may play a role in the long-term prognosis; however, this issue needs further investigation.

  7. Quantitative anatomical labeling of the anterior abdominal wall

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    Allen, Wade M.; Xu, Zhoubing; Asman, Andrew J.; Poulose, Benjamin K.; Landman, Bennett A.

    2013-03-01

    Ventral hernias (VHs) are abnormal openings in the anterior abdominal wall that are common side effects of surgical intervention. Repair of VHs is the most commonly performed procedure by general surgeons worldwide, but VH repair outcomes are not particularly encouraging (with recurrence rates up to 43%). A variety of open and laparoscopic techniques are available for hernia repair, and the specific technique used is ultimately driven by surgeon preference and experience. Despite routine acquisition of computed tomography (CT) for VH patients, little quantitative information is available on which to guide selection of a particular approach and/or optimize patient-specific treatment. From anecdotal interviews, the success of VH repair procedures correlates with hernia size, location, and involvement of secondary structures. Herein, we propose an image labeling protocol to segment the anterior abdominal area to provide a geometric basis with which to derive biomarkers and evaluate treatment efficacy. Based on routine clinical CT data, we are able to identify inner and outer surfaces of the abdominal walls and the herniated volume. This is the first formal presentation of a protocol to quantify these structures on abdominal CT. The intra- and inter rater reproducibilities of this protocol are evaluated on 4 patients with suspected VH (3 patients were ultimately diagnosed with VH while 1 was not). Mean surfaces distances of less than 2mm were achieved for all structures.

  8. Early Indium-111 antimyosin scintigraphy for assessment of regional wall motion asynergy on discharge after myocardial infarction

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    van Vlies, B.; Baas, J.; Visser, C.A.; van Royen, E.; Delemarre, B.J.; Bot, H.; Dunning, A.J. )

    1990-01-01

    To assess the relation between early Indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin antibody scintigraphy and degree of regional asynergy on discharge, 38 patients with a first acute myocardial infarct were studied (18 anterior, 20 inferoposterior infarctions). In 21 patients thrombolytic therapy was administered. On the first day of myocardial infarction, 80 MBq Indium-111 Antimyosin was injected. Planar images, anterior, lateral and left anterior oblique, were made 24 hours later. Localized myocardial uptake was present in 37/38 patients, and was evaluated for Count Density Index (count density of infarct zone/left lung count density) in the left anterior oblique images, which displayed the infarct zone well. Regional asynergy on discharge was evaluated by cross-sectional echocardiography and defined mild (hypokinesia) or severe (akinesia or dyskinesia). Count density index was significantly lower in 15 patients with mild asynergy, compared with 22 patients with severe asynergy (1.61 +/- 0.25 vs. 2.42 +/- 0.40, p less than 0.001). This difference was present in both patient groups treated with or without thrombolysis. We conclude that early count density index, reflecting the amount of local necrosis, is highly correlated to the ultimate degree of wall motion impairment.

  9. Survival after left ventricular free wall rupture due to acute myocardial infarction

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    Hosseinzadeh-Maleki, Mahmood; Valizadeh, Niloufar; Rafatpanah, Niloofar; Moezi, Seyed Ali

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Left ventricular free wall rupture is a frequent catastrophic complication of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and occurs in 1-3% of patients with acute myocardial infarction; it is the third most common cause of death caused by acute myocardial infarction, too. CASE REPORT We describe acute left ventricular free wall rupture due to acute myocardial infarction in a 60-year-old man. He was survived after urgent surgical intervention. CONCLUSION The long-term survivors of free wall rupture repair have not been extensively reported; early diagnosis is very critical and immediate surgical repair is the treatment of choice. PMID:26715937

  10. Septal and Anterior Reverse Mismatch of Myocardial Perfusion and Metabolism in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease and Left Bundle Branch Block

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    Wang, Jian-Guang; Fang, Wei; Yang, Min-Fu; Tian, Yue-Qin; Zhang, Xiao-Li; Shen, Rui; Sun, Xiao-Xin; Guo, Feng; Wang, Dao-Yu; He, Zuo-Xiang

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The effects of left bundle branch block (LBBB) on left ventricular myocardial metabolism have not been well investigated. This study evaluated these effects in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Sixty-five CAD patients with complete LBBB (mean age, 61.8??9.7 years) and 65 without LBBB (mean age, 59.9??8.4 years) underwent single photon emission computed tomography, positron emission tomography, and contrast coronary angiography. The relationship between myocardial perfusion and metabolism and reverse mismatch score, and that between QRS length and reverse mismatch score and wall motion score were evaluated. The incidence of left ventricular septum and anterior wall reverse mismatching between the two groups was significantly different (P?myocardial perfusion and metabolism in the left ventricular lateral and inferior walls were also significantly different between the two groups (P?anterior reverse mismatching of myocardial perfusion and metabolism was frequently present; the septal reverse mismatch score negatively correlated with the QRS interval. PMID:25997045

  11. Permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery in mice: a model of post-myocardial infarction remodelling and heart failure.

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    Muthuramu, Ilayaraja; Lox, Marleen; Jacobs, Frank; De Geest, Bart

    2014-01-01

    Heart failure is a syndrome in which the heart fails to pump blood at a rate commensurate with cellular oxygen requirements at rest or during stress. It is characterized by fluid retention, shortness of breath, and fatigue, in particular on exertion. Heart failure is a growing public health problem, the leading cause of hospitalization, and a major cause of mortality. Ischemic heart disease is the main cause of heart failure. Ventricular remodelling refers to changes in structure, size, and shape of the left ventricle. This architectural remodelling of the left ventricle is induced by injury (e.g., myocardial infarction), by pressure overload (e.g., systemic arterial hypertension or aortic stenosis), or by volume overload. Since ventricular remodelling affects wall stress, it has a profound impact on cardiac function and on the development of heart failure. A model of permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery in mice is used to investigate ventricular remodelling and cardiac function post-myocardial infarction. This model is fundamentally different in terms of objectives and pathophysiological relevance compared to the model of transient ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. In this latter model of ischemia/reperfusion injury, the initial extent of the infarct may be modulated by factors that affect myocardial salvage following reperfusion. In contrast, the infarct area at 24 hr after permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery is fixed. Cardiac function in this model will be affected by 1) the process of infarct expansion, infarct healing, and scar formation; and 2) the concomitant development of left ventricular dilatation, cardiac hypertrophy, and ventricular remodelling. Besides the model of permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, the technique of invasive hemodynamic measurements in mice is presented in detail. PMID:25489995

  12. Electrocardiographic changes of acute lateral wall myocardial infarction: a reappraisal based on scintigraphic localization of the infarct

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    Movahed, A.; Becker, L.C.

    1984-10-01

    To determine how often acute lateral myocardial infarcts may be electrocardiographically silent, a new approach was utilized in which subjects were selected by admission thallium scintigraphy. Thirty-one patients with their first infarction were identified with moderate to severe perfusion defects of the lateral and posterolateral walls, persistent over 7 days and associated with severe wall motion abnormalities. Patients with involvement of the anterior, septal or inferior regions were not included. In nine patients, the perfusion defect extended to the anterolateral wall: all developed ST elevation and Q waves in at least one of the lateral leads (I, aVL or V6) but none showed changes in the inferior leads (II, III or aVF). In the other 22 patients, the perfusion defect was limited to the lateral and posterolateral walls: only 12 showed ST elevations (inferior leads only in 7, lateral leads only in 2, both leads in 3) and only 9 developed Q waves (inferior in all). In 8 of these 22 patients, the infarct was silent in the sense that no ST segment elevation or Q waves were seen, although ST depressions or T wave inversions, or both, in all but one patient were compatible with subendocardial infarction. The results indicate that the standard electrocardiogram is insensitive to changes in the lateral and posterolateral regions. Additional diagnostic studies are needed for proper localization and sizing of acute myocardial infarcts.

  13. Correlation of regional wall motion after acute myocardial infarction with coronary arteriographic findings

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    Tamski, N.; Yasuda, T.; Leinbach, R.C.; Gold, H.K.; Kawamura, Y.; McKusick, K.A.; Strauss, H.W.

    1985-05-01

    Changes of wall motion after acute myocardial infarction (MI) were compared with stenosis (>50%) of major vessels on coronary arteriography (CAG) performed within 4 weeks. Multigated blood-pool scans were obtained within 15 hours of MI and at 10 days in 37 patients who received standard therapy. Regional wall motion was quantitatively analyzed as mean chord shortening (MCS) in 6 sector segments (60 degrees) in the anterior and LAO views. Akinetic segments (AkS: MCSless than or equal to15%) (n=97) and normal segments (NS: MCSgreater than or equal to30%) (n=68) at the initial scan were selected for this study. Ten days after MI, MCS in AkS increased (6.0 +- 13.4%;p<0.001), whereas MCS in NS decreased (-7.0 +- 13.6%; p<0.001). The MCS changes in these segments were compared with CAG findings in multivessel disease (MVD) (n=20) and single-vessel disease (SVD) (n=17). SVD showed significant MCS change both in AkS and NS (p<0.001 each). This change was marked in RCA/Cx disease in SVD (p<0.001 each). These data suggest 1) improvement of AkS at 10 days after MI was more often seen in SVD. 2) Among SVD, their improvement was higher in RCA/Cx than LAD. 3) NS showed higher wall motion at the acute stage than 10 days after MI. 4) This hyperkinetic wall motion in NS was more often seen in SVD.

  14. Pathophysiology of technetium-99m stannous pyrophosphate and thallium-201 scintigraphy of acute anterior myocardial infarcts in dogs.

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    Buja, L M; Parkey, R W; Stokely, E M; Bonte, F J; Willerson, J T

    1976-01-01

    In 17 dogs with acute myocardial infarcts produced by ligation of the proximal left anterior descending coronary artery, a comparative study was made of myocardial scintigrams obtained with technetium-99m stannous pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) and thallium-201 (201T1), tissue levels of 99mTc-PYP and 201T1 uptake, histopathologic alterations, and regional myocardial perfusion measured with radioactive microspheres. 9 of the 10 hearts examined histologically had transmural infarcts with outer peripheral, inner peripheral, and central zones characterized by distinctive histopathologic features. A progressive reduction in myocardial blood flow was demonstrated between normal myocardium and the centers of the infarcts, and correlated well with progressive reduction in 201T1 upatke in the same regions. Marked 99mTc-PYP concentration occurred in areas with partial to homogeneous myocardial necrosis and residual perfusion located in the outer peripheral regions of the infarcts. The latter areas also were characterized by the presence of muscle cell calcification. The patterns of distribution of 99mTc-PYP and 201T1 explained the filling defects on 201T1 myocardial scintigrams and the doughnut patterns on 99mTc-PYP myocardial scintigrams in dogs with transmural infarcts. One dog with a subendocardial infarct had a small homogeneous area of activity on the 99mTc-PYP myocardial scintigram, and showed marked uptake of 99mTc-PYP in subendocardial areas of extensive necrosis and calcification still receiving some coronary perfusion. Thus, the data indicate that the status of regional myocardial perfusion is a key determinant for the occurrence of distinctive patterns of myocardial necrosis and for the scintigraphic detection of acute myocardial infarcts with 99mTc-PYP and 201T1. Images PMID:180053

  15. Risk factors for development of left ventricular thrombus after first acute anterior myocardial infarction-association with anticardiolipin antibodies

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    2010-01-01

    Background Left ventricular thrombus(LVT] formation is a frequent complication in patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction(MI). LVT is associated with increased risk of embolism and higher mortality rates after acute MI. Anticardiolipin antibodies (ACA) are immunoglobulins that react with phospholipid-binding proteins interfering with the prothrombin activator complex. The effects of phospholipids on pathophysiology of cardiovascular thrombotic events are well known. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the importance of clinical and biochemical parameters including anticardiolipin antibodies on left ventricular thrombus formation after acute anterior MI. Methods and Results Seventy patients with a first anterior AMI were prospectively and consecutively enrolled. Patients with previous MI, autoimmune disease, collagen vascular disease and arterial or venous thrombosis history were excluded from this study. At the time of hospitalization, key demographic and clinical characteristics were collected including age, gender, ethanol intake and presence of traditional risk factors for atherosclerosis (hypertension, diabetes, smoking, hyperlipidemia, positive family history). Patients were evaluated for echocardiographic data, blood chemistry and ACA. Two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiographic examinations were performed in all patients within the first week and at 14 days after MI. LV thrombus was detected in 30 (42.8%) patients. ACA IgM levels were significantly higher in the patient group with LV thrombus than in the group without thrombus (12.44 4.12 vs. 7.69 4.25 mpl, p = 0,01). ACA IgG levels were also found higher in the group with LV thrombus (24.2 7.5 vs.17.98 6.45 gpl, p = 0.02). Multivariate analyses revealed diabetes mellitus, higher WMSI, lower MDT and higher ACA IgM and higher ACA IgG levels as independent predictors of left ventricular thrombus formation. Conclusions Our data demonstrate that beside the low ejection fraction, lower MDT and higher wall motion score index, modestly elevated ACA IgM and ACA IgG levels are associated with LV thrombus formation in patients with anterior MI. PMID:20849660

  16. Left anterior descending coronary artery obstruction. Clinical, electrocardiographic, and angiographic correlates.

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    Berndt, T; Shettigar, U R; Lipton, M J; Hultgren, H N

    1976-01-01

    Seventy-six patients with severe (greater than 80%) occlusive left anterior descending coronary artery disease by coronary angiography were examined for the electrocardiographic characteristics of this disease in the presence (group A 59 patients) or the absence (group B 17 patients) of anterior wall asynergy (akinesis or dyskinesis). The incidence of clinically documented anterior myocardial infarction in these two groups of patients was examined. The collateral circulation to the left anterior descending coronary artery was also examined in the groups of patients with and without anterior wall asynergy. Thirty-eight of 59 (64%) patients with anterior wall asynergy (group A) showed electrocardiographic signs of anterior myocardial infarction, 17 per cent showed probable electrocardiographic signs of anterior myocardial infarction and 19 per cent showed no electrocardiographic signs. None of the 17 patients without anterior wall asynergy (group B) showed electrocardiographic signs of anterior myocardial infarction. In group A 74.6 per cent had documented clinical evidence of previous anterior myocardial infarction. Collateral filling of the distal left anterior descending coronary artery was seen in 71 per cent of group A and 100 per cent of group B patients. There was a significantly higher incidence (P = 0.02) of collateral filling in the patients without electrocardiographic evidence of definite anterior myocardial infarction (93% of 28 patients), than in those who showed definite electrocardiographic evidence of anterior myocardial infarction (66% of 38 patients).it is concluded that severe occlusive left anterior descending coronary artery disease with anterior wall myocardial asynergy is usually associated with electrocardiographic signs of anterior myocardial infarction, whereas equally severe left anterior descending coronary artery disease without anterior wall asynergy is rarely associated with electrocardiographic abnormalities of anterior myocardial infarction. Severe left anterior descending coronary artery obstruction without electrocardiographic and angiographic evidence of anterior myocardial infarction is usually associated with collateral circulation to the left anterior descending coronary artery and collateral circulation to the left anterior descending coronary artery is present less frequently when obstruction is associated with anterior myocardial infarction. Images PMID:1275991

  17. Safety of laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy for women with anterior wall adherence after cesarean section

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    Ko, Jung Hwa; Bae, Jaeman; Lee, Won Moo; Koh, A Ra; Boo, Hyeyeon; Lee, Eunhyun; Hong, Jin Hwa

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the safety and surgical outcomes of laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) for women with anterior wall adherence after cesarean section. Methods We conducted a retrospective study of 328 women with prior cesarean section history who underwent LAVH from March 2003 to July 2013. The subjects were classified into two groups: group A, with anterior wall adherence (n=49); group B, without anterior wall adherence (n=279). We compared the demographic, clinical characteristics, and surgical outcomes of two groups. Results The median age and parity of the patients were 46 years (range, 34 to 70 years) and 2 (1 to 6). Patients with anterior wall adherence had longer operating times (175 vs. 130 minutes, P<0.05). There were no significant differences in age, parity, number of cesarean section, body mass index, specimen weight, postoperative change in hemoglobin concentration, or length of hospital stay between the two groups. There was one case from each group who sustained bladder laceration during the vaginal portion of the procedure, both repaired vaginally. There was no conversion to abdominal hysterectomy in either group. Conclusion LAVH is effective and safe for women with anterior wall adherence after cesarean section. PMID:26623415

  18. MRI measurements of left ventricular systolic wall thickening compared to regional myocardial perfusion as determined by 201Tl SPECT in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    Kleinhans, E; Altehoefer, C; Arnold, C; Buell, U; vom Dahl, J; Uebis, R

    1991-04-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the left ventricle (LV) is an excellent method of measuring systolic wall thickening (SWT). The aim of the present study was (a) to describe a new approach for measurement of SWT and (b) to define the relationship between SWT and regional myocardial perfusion as determined by 201Tl SPECT. 79 patients -51 with and 28 without history of earlier myocardial infarction - underwent SPECT and, within the next two weeks. MRI. End-diastolic and end-systolic spin echo images were obtained by a reduced permutation technique. For MRI measurements, only long-axis sections through the LV in the equatorial plane were used. Slice orientation was selected according to the findings of SPECT, imaging the infarcted wall segment by single or double angulation. At 7 equidistant points around the LV wall SWT was measured and compared with the corresponding regional myocardial uptake values from SPECT in percent of maximal perfusion. Wall thickness of the anterior wall was normal. Because the majority of myocardial infarctions were posterior-inferior (55%), thickness of the posterior wall was markedly decreased. A close relationship of perfusion to SWT was found. Higher perfusion areas (greater than 50% of maximal TI uptake) corresponded with normal SWT (greater than 3.0 mm), a marked decrease of SWT (less than 1 mm) was found in areas with perfusion deficits (less than 40%). Thus, a 201TI uptake value at rest of 41-50% of the respective myocardial maximum acts as a threshold by discriminating normal from severely reduced SWT. PMID:2047242

  19. Unusual Presentations of Actinomycosis; Anterior Abdominal Wall and Appendix: Report of Three Cases

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    Karateke, Faruk; Özyazıcı, Sefa; Menekşe, Ebru; Daş, Koray; Özdoğan, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    Background: Primary actinomycosis of the anterior abdominal wall and appendix are very rare clinical entities. An accurate diagnosis is generally obtained by histological examination, and treatment often requires surgical resection. Case Report: In this study we presented two cases of primary actinomycosis involving the anterior abdominal wall and a third one located in the appendix. Conclusion: Actinomyces Israelii can involve all anatomic structures of the abdomen. Although preoperative diagnosis is difficult, the combination of surgery and antibiotic treatment results in complete treatment in the majority of cases. PMID:25207127

  20. Recognizing Wellens syndrome, a warning sign of critical proximal LAD artery stenosis and impending anterior myocardial infarction

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    Hollar, Laura; Hartness, Owen; Doering, Tracey

    2015-01-01

    Wellens syndrome, also known as LAD coronary T-wave syndrome or the widow maker, is a pre-infarction syndrome with non-classical ischemic ECG changes and unremarkable cardiac biomarkers. This syndrome continues to be a can't miss for the clinician as delay in urgent angiography and intervention can result in anterior myocardial infarction, left ventricular dysfunction, arrhythmias, and death. We describe a case followed by a discussion of identification criteria and clinical implications. PMID:26486122

  1. Technique for repair of fractures and separations involving the cartilaginous portions of the anterior chest wall.

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    Bonne, Stephanie L; Turnbull, Isaiah R; Southard, Robert E

    2015-06-01

    Internal fixation of the ribs has been shown in numerous studies to decrease complications following traumatic rib fractures. Anterior injuries to the chest wall causing cartilaginous fractures, although rare, can cause significant disability and can lead to a variety of complications and, therefore, pose a unique clinical problem. Here, we report the surgical technique used for four patients with internal fixation of injuries to the cartilaginous portions of the chest wall treated at our center. All patients had excellent clinical outcomes and reported improvement in symptoms, with no associated complications. Patients who have injuries to the anterior portions of the chest wall should be considered for internal fixation of the chest wall when the injuries are severe and can lead to clinical disability. PMID:26033132

  2. Reconstruction with a patient-specific titanium implant after a wide anterior chest wall resection

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    Turna, Akif; Kavakli, Kuthan; Sapmaz, Ersin; Arslan, Hakan; Caylak, Hasan; Gokce, Hasan Suat; Demirkaya, Ahmet

    2014-01-01

    The reconstruction of full-thickness chest wall defects is a challenging problem for thoracic surgeons, particularly after a wide resection of the chest wall that includes the sternum. The location and the size of the defect play a major role when selecting the method of reconstruction, while acceptable cosmetic and functional results remain the primary goal. Improvements in preoperative imaging techniques and reconstruction materials have an important role when planning and performing a wide chest wall resection with a low morbidity rate. In this report, we describe the reconstruction of a wide anterior chest wall defect with a patient-specific custom-made titanium implant. An infected mammary tumour recurrence in a 62-year old female, located at the anterior chest wall including the sternum, was resected, followed by a large custom-made titanium implant. Latissimus dorsi flap and split-thickness graft were also used for covering the implant successfully. A titanium custom-made chest wall implant could be a viable alternative for patients who had large chest wall tumours. PMID:24227881

  3. Early constrictive pericarditis and anemia after Dressler's syndrome and inferior wall myocardial infarction.

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    Cheung, P K; Myers, M L; Arnold, J M

    1991-01-01

    Early constrictive pericarditis and anaemia developed in a 52 year old man after he had an inferior wall myocardial infarction complicated by Dressler's syndrome. Total pericardiectomy at the time of coronary artery bypass surgery resulted in complete resolution of signs and symptoms. Images PMID:2054250

  4. Mechanotransduction of trigeminal ganglion neurons innervating inner walls of rat anterior eye chambers.

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    Meng, Qingli; Fang, Peng; Hu, Zhuangli; Ling, Yun; Liu, Haixia

    2015-07-01

    To address mechanoreceptive roles of trigeminal ganglion (TG) nerve endings in the inner walls of rat anterior eye chambers, we investigated the mechanotransduction process and mechanosensitive (MS) channel on somata of TG neurons innervating this area in vitro. Rat TG neurons innervating inner walls of anterior chambers were labeled by anterior chamber injection of 1,1'-dilinoleyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindocarbocyanine, 4-chlorobenzenesulfonate (FAST DiI). The neuronal cell bodies were voltage clamped using a whole cell patch-clamp technique, while it was deformed by ejection of bath solution to verify mechanotransduction. Immunofluorescence staining was performed on sections of TG ganglia to determine the specific MS channel proteins. Mechanical stimuli induced MS currents in 55 out of 96 FAST DiI-labeled TG neurons. The MS currents exhibited mechanical intensity-dependent and clamp voltage-dependent characteristics. Mechanical stimulation further enhanced the membrane potential and increased the frequency of action potentials. Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1), TRP vanilloid 4 (TRPV4), acid-sensing ion channel (ASIC) 2 and ASIC3 channel proteins were expressed in FAST DiI-labeled TG neurons. The inhibitory effect of HC-030031, a specific inhibitor of TRPA1, on MS currents demonstrated that TRPA1 was an essential MS channel protein. Taken together, our results show that mechanical stimuli induce MS currents via MS channels such as TRPA1 to trigger mechanotransduction in TG neurons innervating inner walls of anterior chambers. Our results indicate the existence of mechanoreceptive TG nerve endings in inner walls of anterior chambers. Whether the mechanoreceptive TG nerve endings play a role in intraocular pressure sensation warrants further investigation. PMID:25904679

  5. Complex posterior thoracic wall reconstruction using a crossover combined latissimus dorsi and serratus anterior free flap.

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    Bodin, Frdric; Dissaux, Caroline; Steib, Jean-Paul; Massard, Gilbert

    2016-03-01

    Radical resection of an extended malignant sarcoma of the chest wall requires full-thickness thoracic chest wall reconstruction. Reconstruction is tedious in the case of posteriorly located tumours, because the ipsilateral pedicled myocutaneous latissimus dorsi flap is involved and hence not usable for soft tissue coverage. We report an original case of a left giant dorsal chondrosarcoma originating from the 11th costovertebral joint. After extended resection and skeletal reconstruction, soft tissue coverage was achieved with an original contralateral free flap encompassing both latissimus dorsi and serratus anterior muscles. The flap pedicle was anastomosed to the ipsilateral thoracodorsal vessels. PMID:25825263

  6. QUALITY OF LIFE OF IN PATIENTS SUBMITTED TO ANTERIOR ABDOMINAL WALL LAPAROSCOPIC HERNIOPLASTY

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    ABDALLA, Ricardo Zugaib; GARCIA, Rodrigo Biscuola; SAID, Danniel Frade; ABDALLA, Beatrice Martinez Zugaib

    2014-01-01

    Background The laparoscopic ventral hernia repair technique made possible surgeries with smaller skin incisions and smaller dissection of the soft tissue around the hernia, therefore with a better wound, a quicker postoperative recovery and a lower complication rate. Aim To evaluate the applicability of a quality of life survey based on the molds of the American Hernia Society, European Hernia Society and Carolinas Equation for Quality of Life, through telephone in patients submitted to laparoscopic hernioplasty by IPOM technique. Methods A retrospective cohort study was made to evaluate the quality of life of 21 patients that underwent anterior abdominal wall laparoscopic hernioplasty by intraperitoneal onlay mesh technique. Questionnaire was applied through telephone. Results Of the 21 patients, 19% felt that the hernia recurred. Also 19% passed through another abdominal wall surgery, and among these, 75% was related to the previously hernia correction. Finally, 81% of patients did not undergo any other abdominal wall surgery. Conclusion It was possible to apply the quality of life questionnary by telephone on patients who underwent an anterior abdominal wall. The results, in its turn, were satisfactory and showed that patients, in general, were satisfied with the surgical procedure. PMID:24676295

  7. Anterior chest wall resection and reconstruction for locally advanced breast cancer.

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    Wee, Hide Elfrida; Akbar, Fazuludeen Ali; Rajapaksha, Keerthi; Aneez, Dokev Basheer Ahmed

    2015-01-01

    With breast cancer awareness, the incidence of large invasive tumours is rare. We present a video of locally advanced breast cancer invading the anterior chest wall requiring en bloc resection that resulted in a large chest wall defect with exposed pleural and pericardial surface. Skeletal reconstruction and provision of adequate soft tissue coverage in order to avoid respiratory failure was challenging. A 58-year-old female presented with a 3-year history of locally invasive breast carcinoma with contiguous spread to sternum, clavicles, sternoclavicular joints and bilateral second to fifth ribs. She underwent total sternectomy, bilateral second to fifth ribs and chest wall resection resulting in a 21??18?cm chest wall defect. Reconstruction of her sternum was with methyl-methacrylate cement prosthesis. Ribs were reconstructed with titanium plates. Soft tissue coverage was achieved with left vertical rectus abdominis pedicle flap, right external oblique transposition flap and a right latissimus dorsi free flap. Flap failure necessitated a right vastus lateralis free flap. She was discharged ambulant without respiratory compromise. Resection and reconstruction of large chest wall defects is possible due to new bioprosthetic materials and is possible with acceptable morbidity and mortality. PMID:26362545

  8. Septal myocardial perfusion imaging with thallium-201 in the diagnosis of proximal left anterior descending coronary artery disease

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    Pichard, A.D.; Wiener, I.; Martinez, E.; Horowitz, S.; Patterson, R.; Meller, J.; Goldsmith, S.J.; Gorlin, R.; Herman, M.V.

    1981-07-01

    The use of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) to identify obstructive coronary disease of the left anterior descending coronary artery proximal to the first septal perforator (prox LAD) was studied in 60 patients. Perfusion of the septum and anteroapical areas with thallium-201 injected during exercise was compared to results of coronary arteriography. Septal MPI defect was found in 92.3% of patients with obstruction of the proximal LAD, 27.7% of patients with obstruction of LAD distal to first septal perforator, 0% in patients with obstructions involving right or circumflex arteries, and in 10.5% of patients without coronary disease. Anteroapical MPI defects were found with similar frequency in the three groups with obstructive coronary disease. Septal MPI defect had a sensitivity of 92.3% and specificity of 85.4% in the diagnosis of proximal LAD disease. Normal septal perfusion with thallium-201 virtually excluded proximal LAD disease.

  9. Urethral Diverticulum Masquerading as Anterior Vaginal Wall Cyst: A Diagnostic Dilemma.

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Jain, Sandhya; Sharma, Abha; Suneja, Amita; Guleria, Kiran

    2015-10-01

    Urethral diverticulum (UD) is a condition in which a variably sized outpouching forms, next to the urethra. Because it connects to the urethra, this outpouching repeatedly gets filled with urine during micturition, thus causing symptoms. In females, it presents as a bulge in anterior vagina, mimicking a vaginal wall cyst. Various aetiologies proposed attributing to urethral diverticulum formation is repeated infection of the periurethral gland, childbirth trauma, iatrogenic and urethral instrumentation. Patients of UD present with non specific irritative lower urinary tract symptoms such as increased frequency, urgency and dysuria; symptoms may not correlate with the size of the diverticulum. Recurrent cystitis or urinary tract infection is seen in one-third of patients. Pain, hematuria, post-void dribbling, dyspareunia, urinary retention or incontinence is other symptoms. In some cases, there may be associated urethral calculi or carcinoma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is highly sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of UD, although non invasive sonography may be the first line investigation. Treatment is by transvaginal diverticulectomy or marsupialization. A 60-year-old P9L6 postmenopausal lady, presented with a tender, hard suburethral anterior vaginal wall mass. Cystourethroscopy revealed a small opening in posterior urethra, with stone visible through it. With the final diagnosis of suburethral diverticulum with retained multiple calculi, excision of the diverticulum and repair of urethra was done vaginally. Correct evaluation and treatment of this condition can lead to avoidance of urinary tract injury. PMID:26557574

  10. Urethral Diverticulum Masquerading as Anterior Vaginal Wall Cyst: A Diagnostic Dilemma

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    Kaur, Gurpreet; Sharma, Abha; Suneja, Amita; Guleria, Kiran

    2015-01-01

    Urethral diverticulum (UD) is a condition in which a variably sized outpouching forms, next to the urethra. Because it connects to the urethra, this outpouching repeatedly gets filled with urine during micturition, thus causing symptoms. In females, it presents as a bulge in anterior vagina, mimicking a vaginal wall cyst. Various aetiologies proposed attributing to urethral diverticulum formation is repeated infection of the periurethral gland, childbirth trauma, iatrogenic and urethral instrumentation. Patients of UD present with non specific irritative lower urinary tract symptoms such as increased frequency, urgency and dysuria; symptoms may not correlate with the size of the diverticulum. Recurrent cystitis or urinary tract infection is seen in one-third of patients. Pain, hematuria, post-void dribbling, dyspareunia, urinary retention or incontinence is other symptoms. In some cases, there may be associated urethral calculi or carcinoma. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is highly sensitive and specific for the diagnosis of UD, although non invasive sonography may be the first line investigation. Treatment is by transvaginal diverticulectomy or marsupialization. A 60-year-old P9L6 postmenopausal lady, presented with a tender, hard suburethral anterior vaginal wall mass. Cystourethroscopy revealed a small opening in posterior urethra, with stone visible through it. With the final diagnosis of suburethral diverticulum with retained multiple calculi, excision of the diverticulum and repair of urethra was done vaginally. Correct evaluation and treatment of this condition can lead to avoidance of urinary tract injury. PMID:26557574

  11. Finite Element Analysis of Ventricular Wall Motion and Intra-Ventricular Blood Flow in Heart with Myocardial Infarction

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    Watanabe, Hiroshi; Sugano, Takeshi; Sugiura, Seiryo; Hisada, Toshiaki

    To study the wall motion abnormality and characteristic flow distribution observed in the heart with myocardial infarction, we modified our finite element model of left ventricle and performed simulations at two different phases after the onset of the disease by applying characteristic material property to the infarcted region. The model could not only reproduce the hemodynamic change in myocardial infarction but also give mechanistic insight into the following complicating problems. 1) Stagnation of blood as the cause of clot formation 2) Extra energy wasted for the stretch of infarcted tissue. The effect of compensatory enhancement of the force generation in normal myocardial tissue is also discussed.

  12. Elective minimally invasive coronary artery bypass: Shunt or tournique occlusion? Assessment of a protective role of perioperative left anterior descending shunting on myocardial damage. A prospective randomized study

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    2012-01-01

    Background To determine impact of intraluminal-left anterior descending shunt to prevent myocardial damage in minimally invasive coronary artery bypass. Methods 38 patients were randomly assigned to external tournique occlusion (n?=?19) or intraluminal-left anterior descending shunt group (n?=?19). Blood samples for cardiac troponin T were collected at 30 minutes prior to, 6 and 24 hours after surgery. Results One patient in external tournique occlusion and two patients in intraluminal-left anterior descending shunt group were excluded from futher analysis due to preoperative cardiac troponin T level above the 99th-percentile. Postoperatively, each six patients in external tournique occlusion (33.3%) and intraluminal-left anterior descending shunt (35.3%) group were above the 99th-percentile. Two patients from each group (external tournique occlusion group 11.1% vs. intraluminal-left anterior descending shunt group 11.8%) had peak values above 10-% coeficient of variation cutoff (p?=?1). There were no significant differences in between both groups at all studied timepoints. Conclusion There was no protective effect of intraluminal shunting on myocardial damage compared to short-term tournique occlusion. It is upon the surgeon's discretion which method may preferrably be used to achieve a bloodless field in grafting of the non-occluded left anterior descending in minimally invasive coronary artery bypass. PMID:22809563

  13. Unexpected Abscess Localization of the Anterior Abdominal Wall in an ADPKD Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis

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    Sabanis, Nikos; Paschou, Eleni; Gavriilaki, Eleni; Mourounoglou, Maria; Vasileiou, Sotirios

    2015-01-01

    Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is one of the most common monogenic disorders and the leading inheritable cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide. Cystic and noncystic extrarenal manifestations are correlated with variable clinical presentations so that an inherited disorder is now considered a systemic disease. Kidney and liver cystic infections are the most common infectious complications in ADPKD patients. Furthermore, it is well known that ADPKD is commonly associated with colonic diverticular disease which recently has been reported to be linked to increased risk of infection on hemodialysis patients. Herein, we present a case of anterior abdominal wall abscess caused by Enterococcus faecalis in a patient with ADPKD undergoing hemodialysis. Although the precise pathway of infection remains uncertain, the previous medical history as well as the clinical course of our patient led us to hypothesize an alternative route of infection from the gastrointestinal tract through an aberrant intestinal barrier into the bloodstream and eventually to an atypical location. PMID:26301109

  14. Evolution of myocardial ischemia and left ventricular function in patients with angina pectoris without myocardial infarction and total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery and collaterals from other coronary arteries

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    Juilliere, Y.; Marie, P.Y.; Danchin, N.; Karcher, G.; Bertrand, A.; Cherrier, F. )

    1991-07-01

    Repeated episodes of myocardial ischemia might lead to progressive impairment of left ventricular (LV) function. This radionuclide study assessed myocardial ischemia and LV function several years after documented coronary occlusion without myocardial infarction. Over 5 years, 24 consecutive patients, who underwent cardiac catheterization for angina pectoris without myocardial infarction, had isolated total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery with well-developed collateral vessels. Five patients were successfully treated by coronary bypass grafting and 3 by coronary angioplasty. Among the 16 medically treated patients, 1 was lost to follow-up and 1 died (extracardiac death). The mean (+/- standard deviation) follow-up (14 patients) was 48 +/- 15 months. At follow-up, 8 patients still had clinical chest pain, 11 received antianginal therapy, 4 patients had no stress ischemia and the other 10 had greater than or equal to 1 sign of stress ischemia. All patients had a normal LV ejection fraction at rest (mean 60 +/- 3%; range 55 to 65%). Collateral circulation preserves LV function at the time of occlusion and, in some cases, prevents the development of myocardial ischemia; in patients with persisting myocardial ischemia after well-collateralized coronary occlusion, LV function is not impaired at long-term follow-up.

  15. Comprehensive analysis of myocardial infarction due to left circumflex artery occlusion: comparison with infarction due to right coronary artery and left anterior descending artery occlusion

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    Huey, B.L.; Beller, G.A.; Kaiser, D.L.; Gibson, R.S.

    1988-11-01

    Forty consecutive patients with creatine kinase-MB confirmed myocardial infarction due to circumflex artery occlusion (Group 1) were prospectively evaluated and compared with 107 patients with infarction due to right coronary artery occlusion (Group 2) and 94 with left anterior descending artery occlusion (Group 3). All 241 patients underwent exercise thallium-201 scintigraphy, radionuclide ventriculography, 24 h Holter electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring and coronary arteriography before hospital discharge and were followed up for 39 +/- 18 months. There were no significant differences among the three infarct groups in age, gender, number of risk factors, prevalence and type of prior infarction, Norris index, Killip class and frequency of in-hospital complications. Acute ST segment elevation was present in only 48% of patients in Group 1 versus 71 and 72% in Groups 2 and 3, respectively (p = 0.012), and 38% of patients with a circumflex artery-related infarct had no significant ST changes (that is, elevation or depression) on admission (versus 21 and 20% for patients in Groups 2 and 3, respectively) (p = 0.001). Abnormal R waves in lead V1 were more common in Group 1 than in Group 2 (p less than 0.003) as was ST elevation in leads I, aVL and V4 to V6 (p less than or equal to 0.048). These differences in ECG findings between Group 1 and 2 patients correlated with a significantly higher prevalence of posterior and lateral wall asynergy in the group with a circumflex artery-related infarct. Infarct size based on peak creatine kinase levels and multiple radionuclide variables was intermediate in Group 1 compared with that in Group 2 (smallest) and Group 3 (largest). During long-term follow-up, the probability of recurrent cardiac events was similar in the three infarct groups.

  16. [Results of pacing after acute myocardial infarction (author's transl)].

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    Lbcke, P; Lewerenz, B; Lbbert, C

    1976-04-01

    Indications for electrical pacing were present in 58 of 665 patients with acute myocardial infarction (8.7%). Posterior-wall infarction had occurred in 34, anterior-wall infarction in 20, while two had combined infarction and in a further two precise localisation was not possible. There were 16 deaths (27.6%), six of them with posterior-wall and nine with anterior-wall infarction. Bradycardic arrhythmias with A-V block predominated among posterior-wall infarctions, hemiblocks and bifascicular block in anterior-wall infarctions. Permanent pacing was practised in 14 patients, 11 with posterior and three with anterior-wall infarctions, i.e. permanent pacing was four times as common after posterior than anterior-wall infarctions, the proportion being 2:1 for temporary pacing, largely due to a higher mortality-rate after anterior-wall infarction. Old anterior-wall scars were present in nine of eleven patients with permanent pacing. Because of the danger of late bradycardia or A-V block patients with posterior-wall infarction should be carefully followed in the late phase (from about the third week onwards), especially if it is known that they have an old anterior-wall infarct. PMID:1261362

  17. The spectrum of right ventricular involvement in inferior wall myocardial infarction: a clinical, hemodynamic and noninvasive study

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    Baigrie, R.S.; Haq, A.; Morgan, C.D.; Rakowski, H.; Drobac, M.; McLaughlin, P.

    1983-06-01

    The clinical experience with 37 patients with acute transmural inferior wall myocardial infarction who were assessed for evidence of right ventricular involvement is reported. On the basis of currently accepted hemodynamic criteria, 29 patients (78%) had evidence suggestive of right ventricular infarction. However, only 5 (20%) of 25 patients demonstrated right ventricular uptake of technetium pyrophosphate on scintigraphy. Two-dimensional echocardiography or isotope nuclear angiography, or both, were performed in 32 patients; 20 studies (62%) showed evidence of right ventricular wall motion disturbance or dilation, or both. Twenty-one patients demonstrated a late inspiratory increase in the jugular venous pressure (Kussmaul's sign). The presence of this sign in the clinical setting of inferior wall myocardial infarction was predictive for right ventricular involvement in 81% of the patients in this study. It is suggested that right ventricular involvement in this clinical setting is common and includes not only infarction but also dysfunction without detectable infarction, which is likely on an ischemic basis.

  18. Serial Clinical Examinations of 100 Patients Treated for Anterior Abdominal Wall Stab Wounds: A Cross Sectional Study

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    Herfatkar, Mohammad Rasool; Mobayen, Mohammad Reza; Karimian, Mehdi; Rahmanzade, Fariba; Baghernejad Monavar Gilani, Sadaf; Baghi, Iraj

    2015-01-01

    Background: The current approach in stab wounds of the anterior abdominal wall is still unclear. Objectives: The goal of this study was to evaluate serial clinical examinations of patients with abdominal wall stab wounds referred to Poursina Hospital in Rasht. Patients and Methods: In a cross sectional study, 100 cases with stab wounds to the anterior abdominal wall were examined serially (admission time, 4, 8, 12, and 24 hours) after wound exploration. Serial hemoglobin test was performed every 8 hours. Laparotomy was performed in cases who were not hemodynamically stable or who showed symptoms of peritonitis. The results were analyzed with SPSS software version 21. Results: Ninety-one men (91%) and 9 women (9%) with mean age of 27 10.7 years were included. Coexisting injuries were prevalent in 12 cases. The duration of hospitalization was 1 day in 31%, 2 days in 30%, 3 - 4 days in 32% and more than 5 days in 7%. Late laparotomy was performed 12 hours after admission in 8% of patients due to peritonitis. There was visceral damage in these cases. No mortality occurred. The cost and duration of hospitalization was significantly higher in cases with coexisting injuries and those who underwent laparotomy. Conclusions: It seems serial clinical examinations are safe and decrease the cost and duration of hospitalization in stable patients with anterior abdominal wall stab wounds. PMID:26839861

  19. Difference between Outcome of Left Circumflex Artery and Right Coronary Artery Related Acute Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction in Patients Undergoing Adjunctive Angioplasty after Fibrinolysis

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    Sohrabi, Bahram; Separham, Ahmad; Madadi, Reza; Toufan, Mehrnoush; Mohammadi, Nasibeh; Aslanabadi, Naser; Kazemi, Babak

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Prognostic differences between anterior and inferior wall Myocardial Infarction (MI) has been extensively investigated, but there is limited information about similar comparison between inferior wall MI caused by right coronary artery (RCA) and left circumflex artery (LCX) occlusion. The aim of present study was to compare prognostic differences between LCX- and RCA-related acute inferior wall ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI) treated by routine adjunctive angioplasty after receiving thrombolytic therapy (TLT). Methods: Between March 2012 and June 2013 one hundred fifty consecutive patients with acute inferior wall STEMI were studied. Patients were divided into two groups according to the infarct related artery (LCX vs. RCA). All patients underwent routine adjunctive angioplasty after TLT during the index hospitalization and clinical characteristics and outcomes were compared. Results: RCA and LCX arteries were occluded in 97 (64.7%) and 53 (35.3%) of patients, respectively. Two groups were similar in baseline characteristics except multiple-vessel disease was more prevalent with LCX occlusion (p= 0.008). There was a higher cardiac enzyme release (p< 0.001), more significant mitral regurgitation (MR) (p= 0.015), and lower left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (p= 0.01) in patients with LCX occlusion. Multivariate analysis showed cTn-I release, occurrence of MR, and lower LVEF as independent factors leading to poor outcome. Conclusions: There were higher cTn-I release, MR occurrence, and lower LVEF in LCX-related acute inferior wall STEMI, all associated with poor outcome. Therefore, patients with ECG finding in favour of LCX occlusion should be considered as high risk and an invasive approach should be planned. PMID:25031825

  20. Reversal of segmental hypokinesis by coronary angioplasty in patients with unstable angina, persistent T wave inversion, and left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis. Additional evidence for myocardial stunning in humans

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    Renkin, J.; Wijns, W.; Ladha, Z.; Col, J. )

    1990-09-01

    To evaluate the significance of persistent negative T waves during severe ischemia, we prospectively studied 62 patients admitted for unstable angina without evidence of recent or ongoing myocardial infarction. A critical stenosis on the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD), considered as the culprit lesion, was successfully treated by percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The patients were divided into two groups according to the admission electrocardiogram: T NEG group (n = 32) had persistent negative T waves, and the T POS group (n = 30) had normal positive T waves on precordial leads. The two groups had similar baseline clinical, hemodynamic, and angiographic characteristics. All patients underwent a complete clinical and angiographic evaluation (coronary arteriography and left ventriculography) before undergoing PTCA and 8 +/- 3 months later. Left ventricular anterior wall motion was evaluated by the percent shortening of three areas (S1, S2, and S3) considered as LAD-related segments on left ventriculograms. Before PTCA, there was no significant difference in global ejection fraction between the two groups despite a significant depression in anterior mean percent area shortening in the T NEG compared with the T POS group (S1, 44 versus 54, p less than 0.01; S2, 39 versus 48, p less than 0.01; S3, 44 versus 50, NS). At repeated angiography, the anterior mean percent area shortening improved significantly in the T NEG group (S1, from 44 to 61, p less than 0.001; S2, from 39 to 58, p less than 0.001; S3, from 44 to 61, p less than 0.001).

  1. Simultaneous treatment of anterior vaginal wall prolapse and stress urinary incontinence by using transobturator four arms polypropylene mesh

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    Sharifiaghdas, Farzaneh; Mirzaei, Mahboubeh

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To evaluate the medium-term efficacy and safety of transobturator four-arm polypropylene mesh in the treatment of high-stage anterior vaginal wall prolapse and concomitant stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Materials and Methods Between September 2010 and August 2013, a prospective single-center trial was performed to evaluate women with stage≥3 anterior vaginal wall prolapse with or without SUI who presented to Labbafinejad Hospital, Teheran, Iran, and underwent anterior vaginal wall repair with polypropylene mesh. Pre- and postoperative evaluation included history; physical examination using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification system and cough stress test, both before and after reduction of prolapsed structures; Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI) and Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ); urinalysis and culture; and a postvoid residual assessment. Complications were reported at a mean of 2 years of follow-up. Results A total of 71 patients underwent cystocele repair with the transobturator four-arm polypropylene mesh. Seven of the patients were lost to follow-up. There were no perioperative complications. The anatomical success rate was 87.5%. The subjective success rate was 92.1%. The PFDI and PFIQ were significantly improved after surgery (p<0.001). Among those with the simultaneous complaint of SUI, 82% were cured without any additional procedure. Three patients (4.6%) experienced vaginal mesh extrusion. Two patients (3.1%) reported worsening of dyspareunia after surgery. Conclusions The four arms polypropylene mesh is an effective device for simultaneous correction of anterior vaginal wall prolapse and SUI with a low complication rate at a medium-term follow-up. The majority of the subgroup with concomitant SUI were cured without a second simultaneous procedure. PMID:26682021

  2. Metabolic Syndrome is Associated With Higher Wall Motion Score and Larger Infarct Size After Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Hajsadeghi, Shokoufeh; Chitsazan, Mitra; Chitsazan, Mandana; Haghjoo, Majid; Babaali, Nima; Norouzzadeh, Zahra; Mohsenian, Maryam

    2015-01-01

    Background: Infarct size is an important surrogate end point for early and late mortality after acute myocardial infarction. Despite the high prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients with atherosclerotic diseases, adequate data are still lacking regarding the extent of myocardial necrosis after acute myocardial infarction in these patients. Objectives: In the present study we aimed to compare myocardial infarction size in patients with metabolic syndrome to those without metabolic syndrome using peak CK-MB and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) at 72 hours after the onset of symptoms. Patients and Methods: One-hundred patients with metabolic syndrome (group I) and 100 control subjects without metabolic syndrome (group II) who experienced acute myocardial infarction were included in the study. Diagnosis of metabolic syndrome was based on the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP ATP III) guidelines published in 2001. Myocardial infarction size was compared between the two groups of patients using peak CK-MB and cTnI level in 72 hours after the onset of symptoms. Results: Peak CK-MB and cTnI in 72 hours were found to be significantly higher in patients with metabolic syndrome compared with control subjects (both P < 0.001). Patients with metabolic syndrome also had markedly higher wall motion abnormality at 72 hours after the onset of symptoms as assessed by echocardiographically-derived Wall Motion Score Index (WMSI) (P < 0.001). Moreover, statistically significant relationships were found between WMSI and peak CK-MB and also cTnI at 72 hours (Spearman's rho = 0.56, P < 0.001 and Spearman's rho = 0.5, P < 0.001; respectively). However, association between WMSI and left ventricular ejection fraction was insignificant (Spearman's rho = -0.05, P = 0.46). Conclusions: We showed that patients with metabolic syndrome have larger infarct size compared to control subjects. PMID:25789257

  3. Abnormalities of early depolarization in patients with remote anterior myocardial infarction and ventricular septal hypoperfusion. Diagnosis of septal MI by BSM

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    Kubota, I.; Yamaki, M.; Ikeda, K.; Yamaguchi, I.; Tonooka, I.; Tsuiki, K.; Yasui, S. )

    1990-10-01

    The authors conducted this study to find the difference in body surface isopotential maps in 46 patients with previous anterior infarction with and without septal involvement. Thallium-201 myocardial-perfusion imaging identified 25 patients with septal infarction (group P) and 21 without (group N). In contrast to group N, group P had a prominent minimum on the anterior chest during the early phases of the QRS. According to the results obtained, the following criteria for identifying patients with septal infarction (group P) were proposed (1). Criterion 1: The absolute value of the voltage of the minimum is equal to or greater than that of the maximum at 5 ms after the onset of the QRS; (2) Criterion 2: During the early portion of the QRS the voltage of the minimum reaches -0.10 mV at the same time or earlier than the maximum reaches 0.10 mV. Both criteria had higher sensitivities (100% and 100%), specificities (71.4% and 90.5%), and predictive accuracies (87.0% and 95.7%) than either Franklead vectorcardiograms or standard 12-lead electrocardiograms in the study population. Thus, body surface isopotential mapping is considered to be useful for the diagnosis of septal involvement in patients with previous anterior myocardial infarction.

  4. Planar positron imaging of rubidium-82 for myocardial infarction: A comparison with thallium-201 and regional wall motion

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    Williams, K.A.; Ryan, J.W.; Resnekov, L.; Stark, V.; Peterson, E.L.; Gustafson, G.C.; Martin, W.B.; Freier, P.A.; Harper, P.V. )

    1989-09-01

    Rubidium-82 (Rb-82) is a generator-produced, short half-life (76 seconds) positron emitting potassium analog. Using a mobile gamma camera equipped with a rotating tungsten collimator and high-energy shielding, we examined the use of Rb-82 in the coronary care unit and clinical laboratory for detection of perfusion defects due to myocardial infarction. We studied 31 subjects, 10 patients with acute myocardial infarction, 12 with remote myocardial infarction, and nine controls. Rb-82 images were compared with Tl-201 and regional wall motion for detection of infarct-related arteries. Of the 22 patients with myocardial infarction, 16 were identified with Rb-82 and Tl-201. In nine control subjects, eight were normal with each method. Correlation between Rb-82 and Tl-201 defect scores was excellent. Sensitivity and specificity for infarct-related arteries were similar for Rb-82, Tl-201, and wall motion imaging. Thus planar Rb-82 imaging can detect MI reliably in the coronary care unit and in the clinical laboratory.

  5. Evidence of impaired myocardial perfusion and abnormal left ventricular function during exercise in patients with isolated systolic narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery

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    Ahmad, M.; Merry, S.L.; Haibach, H.

    1981-11-01

    Seven men ranging in age from 35 to 63 years with a chest pain syndrome and cineangiographically documented systolic narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery underwent thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy and gated cardiac blood pool imaging. Grade II (50 to 75 percent) systolic coronary arterial constriction was present in three patients and grade III constriction (greater than 75 percent) in four. Three of the four patients with grade III constriction had an exercise-induced perfusion abnormality in the thallium-201 scintigram and impaired left ventricular ejection fraction response during exercise. (In two patients the left ventricular ejection fraction did not change and in one patient it decreased.) Each of the three patients with grade II constriction had normal thallium-201 perfusion and a normal increase in ejection fraction during exercise. These data provide evidence of abnormal myocardial perfusion and impaired left ventricular function during exercise in patients with high grade systolic coronary arterial narrowing.

  6. Evidence of impaired myocardial perfusion and abnormal left ventricular function during exercise in patients with isolated systolic narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery.

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    Ahmad, M; Merry, S L; Haibach, H

    1981-11-01

    Seven men ranging in age from 35 to 63 years with a chest pain syndrome and cineangiographically documented systolic narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery underwent thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy and gated cardiac blood pool imaging. Grade II (50 to 75 percent) systolic coronary arterial constriction was present in three patients and grade III constriction (greater than 75 percent) in four. Three of the four patients with grade III constriction had an exercise-induced perfusion abnormality in the thallium-201 scintigram and impaired left ventricular ejection fraction response during exercise. (In two patients the left ventricular ejection fraction did not change and in one patient it decreased.) Each of the three patients with grade II constriction had normal thallium-201 perfusion and a normal increase in ejection fraction during exercise. These data provide evidence of abnormal myocardial perfusion and impaired left ventricular function during exercise in patients with high grade systolic coronary arterial narrowing. PMID:7304430

  7. Experimental myocardial infarction

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    Kumar, Raj; Hood, William B.; Joison, Julio; Norman, John C.; Abelmann, Walter H.

    1970-01-01

    Acute myocardial infarction causes depression of left ventricular function, but the capacity of the ventricle to recover from such an injury remains unknown. This problem was explored by measuring left ventricular function in eight intact conscious dogs before, 1 hr after, and again 6-8 days after myocardial infarction. Acute myocardial infarction was produced using a technique which entails gradual inflation over an average period of 1 hr of a balloon cuff previously implanted around the left anterior descending coronary artery. Occurrence of anterior wall infarction was detected electrocardiographically and later confirmed by postmortem examination. Left ventricular function was evaluated from the relationship between left ventricular developed pressure (left ventricular peak systolic pressure minus left ventricular end-diastolic pressure) and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure during transient aortic occlusion with a balloon catheter. Left ventricular function curves were obtained by plotting left ventricular-developed pressure at increasing left ventricular end-diastolic pressures up to 50 mm Hg. Acute myocardial infarction caused marked depression of left ventricular function measured 1 hr after onset of infarction, but 1 wk later all eight animals showed improvement with return of function toward the control levels. A small but significant descending limb was noted at left ventricular end-diastolic pressures above 35 mm Hg. Quantitatively, the descending limb was similar before, 1 hr after, and 1 wk after myocardial infarction. Hemodynamic data revealed evidence of left ventricular failure in all animals, but variability in individual hemodynamic parameters was noted. The data indicate that the marked depression of left ventricular function observed immediately after experimental acute myocardial infarction undergoes considerable resolution within 1 wk, but that functional recovery remains incomplete. PMID:5409808

  8. Wave Propagation of Myocardial Stretch: Correlation with Myocardial Stiffness

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    Pislaru, Cristina; Pellikka, Patricia A.; Pislaru, Sorin V.

    2015-01-01

    The mechanism of flow propagation during diastole in the left ventricle (LV) has been well described. Little is known about the associated waves propagating along the heart wall s. These waves may have a mechanism similar to pulse wave propagation in arteries. The major goal of the study was to evaluate the effect of myocardial stiffness and preload on this wave transmission. Methods Longitudinal late diastolic deformation and wave speed (Vp) of myocardial stretch in the anterior LV wall were measured using sonomicrometry in sixteen pigs. Animals with normal and altered myocardial stiffness (acute myocardial infarction) were studied with and without preload alterations. Elastic modulus estimated from Vp (EVP; Moens-Korteweg equation) was compared to incremental elastic modulus obtained from exponential end -diastolic stress-strain relation (ESS). Myocardial distensibility and ?-and ?-coefficients of stress-strain relations were calculated. Results Vp was higher at reperfusion compared to baseline (2.61.3 m/s vs. 1.30.4 m/s; p=0.005) and best correlated with ESS (r 2=0.80, p<0.0001), ?-coefficient (r2=0.78, p<0.0001), distensibility (r2=0.47, p=0.005), and wall thickness/diameter ratio (r2=0.42, p=0.009). Elastic moduli (EVP and ESS) were strongly correlated (r2=0.83, p<0.0001). Increasing preload increased Vp and EVP and decreased distensibility. At multivariate analysis, ESS, wall thickness, and end-diastolic and systolic LV pressures were independent predictors of Vp (r2model=0.83, p<0.0001). Conclusions The main determinants of wave propagation of longitudinal myocardial stretch were myocardial stiffness and LV geometry and pressure. This local wave speed could potentially be measured noninvasively by echocardiography. PMID:25193091

  9. Wave propagation of myocardial stretch: correlation with myocardial stiffness.

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    Pislaru, Cristina; Pellikka, Patricia A; Pislaru, Sorin V

    2014-01-01

    The mechanism of flow propagation during diastole in the left ventricle (LV) has been well described. Little is known about the associated waves propagating along the heart walls. These waves may have a mechanism similar to pulse wave propagation in arteries. The major goal of the study was to evaluate the effect of myocardial stiffness and preload on this wave transmission. Longitudinal late diastolic deformation and wave speed (Vp) of myocardial stretch in the anterior LV wall were measured using sonomicrometry in 16 pigs. Animals with normal and altered myocardial stiffness (acute myocardial infarction) were studied with and without preload alterations. Elastic modulus estimated from Vp (E VP; Moens-Korteweg equation) was compared to incremental elastic modulus obtained from exponential end-diastolic stress-strain relation (E SS). Myocardial distensibility and α- and β-coefficients of stress-strain relations were calculated. Vp was higher at reperfusion compared to baseline (2.6 ± 1.3 vs. 1.3 ± 0.4 m/s; p = 0.005) and best correlated with E SS (r2 = 0.80, p < 0.0001), β-coefficient (r2 = 0.78, p < 0.0001), distensibility (r2 = 0.47, p = 0.005), and wall thickness/diameter ratio (r2 = 0.42, p = 0.009). Elastic moduli (E VP and E SS) were strongly correlated (r2 = 0.83, p < 0.0001). Increasing preload increased Vp and E VP and decreased distensibility. At multivariate analysis, E SS, wall thickness, and end-diastolic and systolic LV pressures were independent predictors of Vp (r2 model = 0.83, p < 0.0001). In conclusion, the main determinants of wave propagation of longitudinal myocardial stretch were myocardial stiffness and LV geometry and pressure. This local wave speed could potentially be measured noninvasively by echocardiography. PMID:25193091

  10. Fistulization of hydatid mediastinal cyst to the anterior thoracic wall: case report

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    Samanc?iar, Ozgur; Ozturk, Taner; Unsal, Saban; Kaya, Seyda Ors

    2014-01-01

    Echinococcosis/hydatidosis is a frequent parasitic and zoonotic disease in the population engaged with agriculture and stockbreeding. It is seen most frequently in the liver and lung in adults. Mediastinal location of the disease is very rare. In this study we aimed to present a 31-year-old man having hydatid disease in the anterior mediastinum fistulated to the skin in the right subclavicular region, together with the literature. The patient was operated on through a partial sternotomy incision, and excision of the cyst and the fistula was performed. PMID:26336462

  11. Predictive value of indium-111 antimyosin uptake for improvement of left ventricular wall motion after thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction

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    van Vlies, B.; Baas, J.; Visser, C.A.; van Royen, E.; Delemarre, B.J.; Bot, H.; Dunning, A.J.

    1989-07-15

    In 21 patients treated with thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the degree of myocardial uptake of indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin antibodies injected within 24 hours after onset of AMI was compared with the degree and extent of regional asynergy on admission and discharge, as assessed by 2-dimensional echocardiography. On the first day of AMI, 80 MBq of indium-111 antimyosin was injected and planar images were made 24 hours later. Indium-111 antimyosin uptake was evaluated for count density index (count density of infarct zone/left lung count density) in the left anterior oblique projection, in which the infarction zone was well displayed in all patients. Using 2-dimensional echocardiography, the left ventricle was divided into 13 segments and evaluated for regional asynergy, which was considered severe (akinesia or dyskinesia) or mild (hypokinesia). The extent of regional asynergy was measured by the number of asynergic segments. All 21 patients had severe regional asynergy on admission. Nine of 21 showed only mild regional asynergy on discharge and 12 of 21 had persistent severe regional asynergy in at least 1 segment. The count density index was significantly lower in patients with mild regional asynergy on discharge compared with patients with severe regional asynergy (1.63 +/- 0.27 vs 2.50 +/- 0.42, p less than 0.01).

  12. Texture analysis improves level set segmentation of the anterior abdominal wall

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    Xu, Zhoubing; Allen, Wade M.; Baucom, Rebeccah B.; Poulose, Benjamin K.; Landman, Bennett A.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The treatment of ventral hernias (VH) has been a challenging problem for medical care. Repair of these hernias is fraught with failure; recurrence rates ranging from 24% to 43% have been reported, even with the use of biocompatible mesh. Currently, computed tomography (CT) is used to guide intervention through expert, but qualitative, clinical judgments, notably, quantitative metrics based on image-processing are not used. The authors propose that image segmentation methods to capture the three-dimensional structure of the abdominal wall and its abnormalities will provide a foundation on which to measure geometric properties of hernias and surrounding tissues and, therefore, to optimize intervention. Methods: In this study with 20 clinically acquired CT scans on postoperative patients, the authors demonstrated a novel approach to geometric classification of the abdominal. The authors approach uses a texture analysis based on Gabor filters to extract feature vectors and follows a fuzzy c-means clustering method to estimate voxelwise probability memberships for eight clusters. The memberships estimated from the texture analysis are helpful to identify anatomical structures with inhomogeneous intensities. The membership was used to guide the level set evolution, as well as to derive an initial start close to the abdominal wall. Results: Segmentation results on abdominal walls were both quantitatively and qualitatively validated with surface errors based on manually labeled ground truth. Using texture, mean surface errors for the outer surface of the abdominal wall were less than 2 mm, with 91% of the outer surface less than 5 mm away from the manual tracings; errors were significantly greater (25 mm) for methods that did not use the texture. Conclusions: The authors approach establishes a baseline for characterizing the abdominal wall for improving VH care. Inherent texture patterns in CT scans are helpful to the tissue classification, and texture analysis can improve the level set segmentation around the abdominal region. PMID:24320512

  13. Texture analysis improves level set segmentation of the anterior abdominal wall

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    Xu, Zhoubing; Allen, Wade M.; Baucom, Rebeccah B.; Poulose, Benjamin K.; Landman, Bennett A.

    2013-12-15

    Purpose: The treatment of ventral hernias (VH) has been a challenging problem for medical care. Repair of these hernias is fraught with failure; recurrence rates ranging from 24% to 43% have been reported, even with the use of biocompatible mesh. Currently, computed tomography (CT) is used to guide intervention through expert, but qualitative, clinical judgments, notably, quantitative metrics based on image-processing are not used. The authors propose that image segmentation methods to capture the three-dimensional structure of the abdominal wall and its abnormalities will provide a foundation on which to measure geometric properties of hernias and surrounding tissues and, therefore, to optimize intervention.Methods: In this study with 20 clinically acquired CT scans on postoperative patients, the authors demonstrated a novel approach to geometric classification of the abdominal. The authors approach uses a texture analysis based on Gabor filters to extract feature vectors and follows a fuzzy c-means clustering method to estimate voxelwise probability memberships for eight clusters. The memberships estimated from the texture analysis are helpful to identify anatomical structures with inhomogeneous intensities. The membership was used to guide the level set evolution, as well as to derive an initial start close to the abdominal wall.Results: Segmentation results on abdominal walls were both quantitatively and qualitatively validated with surface errors based on manually labeled ground truth. Using texture, mean surface errors for the outer surface of the abdominal wall were less than 2 mm, with 91% of the outer surface less than 5 mm away from the manual tracings; errors were significantly greater (25 mm) for methods that did not use the texture.Conclusions: The authors approach establishes a baseline for characterizing the abdominal wall for improving VH care. Inherent texture patterns in CT scans are helpful to the tissue classification, and texture analysis can improve the level set segmentation around the abdominal region.

  14. Temporary relocation of testes to the anterior abdominal wall before radiation therapy of the pelvis or perineum.

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    Acosta, Juan M; Tiao, Greg; Stein, James E; Mahour, G Hossein

    2002-08-01

    Recent advances in the treatment of pelvic malignancies in children has resulted in an increased life expectancy. In the past, treatment of soft tissue sarcomas with simple surgical excision resulted in a recurrence rate of approximately 75%. Combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery have significantly altered the outcome of advanced pelvic soft tissue sarcomas. With the improved survival rate of patients treated with combination therapy, sterility secondary to radiation therapy has become an issue. As little as 600 rads to the gonads may result in sterility later in life. To alleviate this problem, relocating the gonads from the field of radiation has been suggested. In this report, we present a novel approach in which the testes are wrapped in SILASTIC (Dow Corning, Midland, MI) sheaths and are relocated temporarily into the anterior abdominal wall away from the radiation field. This alternative surgical approach should be considered in boys who are afflicted with a pelvic/perineal malignancy requiring radiation therapy. PMID:12149714

  15. A case of a urethral diverticular adenocarcinoma after the fenestration of the anterior vaginal wall for pelvic floor abscess

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    Watanabe, Ryuta; Sugahara, Takeshi; Hamada, Hitoshi

    2016-01-01

    A 61-year-old woman presented to the gynecology department with complaints of atypical genital bleeding. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a localized urethral tumor extended to vagina. Histological test of the biopsy tissue of the mass suggested the adenocarcinoma. The patient was performed the fenestration of the anterior vaginal wall 15 years ago. Under the diagnosis of urethral diverticular adenocarcinoma, we performed standard open total cystectomy with lymph node excision and ileal conduit. We could not establish a diagnosis of urethral diverticulum from the histological test; however, we clinically diagnosed as urethral diverticular adenocarcinoma. Because carcinoma arising from urethral diverticula is reported, a close long-term follow-up for the recurrence or generation of malignant tumors by genitourinary examinations or images is necessary, for the patient with urethral diverticula. PMID:26941237

  16. Desmoid Tumor of the Anterior Abdominal Wall in Female Patients: Comparison with Endometriosis

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    Krentel, H.; Tchartchian, G.; De Wilde, R. L.

    2012-01-01

    In female patients presenting a tumor of the lower abdominal wall especially after cesarian section, an endometriotic tumor as well as an aggressive desmoid tumor should be considered. Symptoms in correlation with the monthly period can facilitate the presurgical differentiation between endometriosis and fibromatosis. Ultrasound reveals the typical location of both tumors and its remarkable sonographic appearance. In the clinical practice, the desmoid fibromatosis of the lower abdominal wall is a very rare disease. We present a case of a 25-year-old pregnant and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic options by a PubMed literature review. With the knowledge of the prognosis of the desmoid fibromatosis and the respective treatment options including wait and see, complete surgical resection with macroscopically free margins and adjuvant approaches is essential to avoid further interventions and progression of the locally destructive tumor. PMID:22778752

  17. Desmoid tumor of the anterior abdominal wall in female patients: comparison with endometriosis.

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    Krentel, H; Tchartchian, G; De Wilde, R L

    2012-01-01

    In female patients presenting a tumor of the lower abdominal wall especially after cesarian section, an endometriotic tumor as well as an aggressive desmoid tumor should be considered. Symptoms in correlation with the monthly period can facilitate the presurgical differentiation between endometriosis and fibromatosis. Ultrasound reveals the typical location of both tumors and its remarkable sonographic appearance. In the clinical practice, the desmoid fibromatosis of the lower abdominal wall is a very rare disease. We present a case of a 25-year-old pregnant and discuss diagnostic and therapeutic options by a PubMed literature review. With the knowledge of the prognosis of the desmoid fibromatosis and the respective treatment options including wait and see, complete surgical resection with macroscopically free margins and adjuvant approaches is essential to avoid further interventions and progression of the locally destructive tumor. PMID:22778752

  18. Myocardial hypoperfusion on conventional contrast computed tomography.

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    Ching, Shing; Chung, Tak Shun

    2015-10-01

    Nonelectrocardiogram (ECG)gated contrast computed tomography (CT) is commonly performed to exclude aortic dissection in chest pain patients. Besides evaluating the aorta for dissection flap, attention should be paid to the myocardium for areas of hypoenhancement that may suggest ischemia. Current models of multidetector CT enable assessment of myocardial perfusion with minimal motion artifact even without ECG gating. Transmural hypoenhancement with preserved wall thickness in a coronary distribution is highly specific for acute myocardial infarction. We report 2 cases of acute chest pain with initial nondiagnostic studies that underwent CT aortogram to exclude dissection. Instead, the CT showed myocardial hypoenhancement in left anterior descending artery territory. Myocardial hypoenhancement occurred before ST-segment elevation on ECG, suggesting that recognition of this important finding may lead to earlier revascularization decisions. PMID:26321167

  19. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection presenting as acute myocardial infarction.

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    Mahenthiran, J.; Revankar, R.; Koka, V.; Hoo, J.; Shenoy, M.

    2000-01-01

    Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a rare entity being increasingly diagnosed as a cause of acute myocardial infarction, especially in cases of low cardiac risk female patients. This is one such case report of a black female patient, who suffered an acute anterior wall myocardial infarction due to an idiopathic spontaneous coronary artery dissection of the left anterior descending artery. She was treated with a thrombolytic agent in the acute phase, uneventfully. An urgent coronary angiogram demonstrated an intimal tear with a dissection of the left anterior descending artery. She survived the acute event and her subsequent hospital course was uncomplicated. Hence she was treated medically for her ischemic event and left ventricular systolic dysfunction with a favorable outcome. This case is yet another report of a survivor treated with a thrombolytic agent for the acute myocardial infarction due to spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Images Figure 2 Figure 3 PMID:10800297

  20. Giant left anterior descending coronary artery aneurysm in an adult male patient with ST elevation myocardial infarction

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    Sadeghi, Mohsen Mirmohammad; Jouzdani, Saeid Rezaei

    2016-01-01

    Coronary artery aneurysm is a rare clinical entity encountered incidentally 0.3–5% among patients who undergo coronary angiography. Even giant coronary artery aneurysm is much rarer with an incidence of 0.02% among all atherosclerotic cases. Due to rare occurrence and lack of controlled trials, clinical presentation, prognosis and management of giant coronary artery aneurysm are under controversies in the literature. We report a 43-year-old male patient admitted to our hospital with a typical chest pain associated with ST elevation changes in anterior chest leads and elevated cardiac enzymes. Coronary angiography of the patient revealed a large (1.5 cm × 3 cm) aneurysm of proximal left anterior descending coronary artery. We performed a successful surgical excision and coronary bypass surgery. The patient had an uncomplicated course.

  1. Electrocardiographic diagnosis of remote posterior wall myocardial infarction using unipolar posterior lead V9

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    Rich, M.W.; Imburgia, M.; King, T.R.; Fischer, K.C.; Kovach, K.L. )

    1989-09-01

    The accuracy of four electrocardiographic criteria for diagnosing remote posterior myocardial infarction was assessed prospectively in 369 patients undergoing exercise treadmill testing with thallium scintigraphy. Criteria included the following: (1) R-wave width greater than or equal to 0.04 s and R-wave greater than or equal to S-wave in V1; (2) R-wave greater than or equal to S-wave in V2; (3) T-wave voltage in V2 minus V6 greater than or equal to 0.38 mV (T-wave index); (4) Q-wave greater than or equal to 0.04 s in left paraspinal lead V9. Twenty-seven patients (7.3 percent) met thallium criteria for posterior myocardial infarction, defined as a persistent perfusion defect in the posterobase of the left ventricle. Sensitivities for the four criteria ranged from 4 to 56 percent, and specificities ranged from 64 to 99 percent. Posterior paraspinal lead V9 provided the best overall predictive accuracy (94 percent), positive predictive value (58 percent), and ability to differentiate patients with and without posterior myocardial infarction of any single criterion (p less than .0001). Combining the T-wave index with lead V9 further enhanced the diagnostic yield: the sensitivity for detecting posterior infarction by at least one of these criteria was 78 percent, and when both criteria were positive, specificity was 98.5 percent. It is concluded that a single, unipolar posterior lead in the V9 position is superior to standard 12-lead electrocardiographic criteria in diagnosing remote posterior myocardial infarction, and that combining V9 with the T-wave index maximizes the diagnostic yield.

  2. [A case of rupture of the left ventricle free wall with papillary muscle dysfunction following acute myocardial infarction, operated on successfully].

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    de Lima, R; Perdigo, C; Neves, L; Cravino, J; Dantas, M; Bordalo, A; Pais, F; Diogo, A N; Ferreira, R; Ribeiro, C

    1990-09-01

    The authors present a case of left ventricular free wall rupture post acute myocardial infarction, associated with mitral papillary posterior muscle necrosis, operated by infartectomy and mitral valvular protesis replacement. They refer the various complications occurred during the hospital staying, and discuss its medical and surgical approach. The patient was discharged alive and six months after the infarction keeps a moderate activity. PMID:2257157

  3. Right ventricular involvement with acute inferior wall myocardial infarction identifies high risk of developing atrioventricular nodal conduction disturbances

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    Braat, S.H.; de Zwaan, C.; Brugada, P.; Coenegracht, J.M.; Wellens, H.J.

    1984-06-01

    In 67 consecutive patients with inferior wall acute myocardial infarction (AMI), 99m-technetium pyrophosphate scintigraphy was performed 36 to 72 hours after the onset of chest pain to detect right ventricular (RV) involvement. All patients were continuously monitored during at least 3 days to detect rhythm and conduction disturbances. In 29 patients RV involvement was diagnosed by scintigraphy. None of these 29 patients showed clinical signs of right-sided heart failure. Fourteen of the 19 patients showing atrioventricular (AV) nodal condution disturbances in the setting of inferior AMI also had RV involvement. Therefore, the incidence of high-degree AV nodal block in patients with RV involvement (14 of 29 patients) was 48% compared to only 13% (5 of 38) in patients with inferior AMI without RV involvement.

  4. The Continuity of Right and Left Ventricular Myocardial Sinusoidal Spaces and its Relation to Right Ventricular Implants

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    Vineberg, Arthur; Syed, A. Kadir

    1970-01-01

    Evidence is presented which indicates that blood leaving side branches of an internal mammary artery implanted into the anterior wall of the right ventricle flows from the tunnel in which it lies through myocardial sinusoidal spaces of the anterior right ventricular wall across the midline to fill corresponding spaces in the anterior wall of the left ventricle and thence is carried to the left coronary sinus. The myocardial sinusoidal spaces of right and left ventricles have been well outlined, using injections of polyvinyl acetate and the technique of digestion casts. We have been able to show that there is no barrier between the myocardial sinusoids of the right circulation and those related to the anterior descending branch of the left coronary artery. In structure, these myocardial sinusoidal spaces are quite different from the intramyocardial coronary arteriolar zones which, in 93% of human hearts, are separated from one another without collateral communication. The continuity of the right and left ventricular myocardial sinusoids explains why implantation of a right internal mammary artery into the anterior wall of the right ventricle combined with a corresponding left implant, epicardiectomy and free omental graft, has been so effective in our hands in the treatment of far-advanced human coronary artery insufficiency. ImagesFIG. 2FIG. 3FIG. 4FIG. 6FIG. 7FIG. 8FIG. 9 PMID:5445044

  5. Image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer: Dose constraints for the anterior rectal wall to minimize rectal toxicity

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    Peterson, Jennifer L.; Buskirk, Steven J.; Heckman, Michael G.; Diehl, Nancy N.; Bernard, Johnny R.; Tzou, Katherine S.; Casale, Henry E.; Bellefontaine, Louis P.; Serago, Christopher; Kim, Siyong; Vallow, Laura A.; Daugherty, Larry C.; Ko, Stephen J.

    2014-04-01

    Rectal adverse events (AEs) are a major concern with definitive radiotherapy (RT) treatment for prostate cancer. The anterior rectal wall is at the greatest risk of injury as it lies closest to the target volume and receives the highest dose of RT. This study evaluated the absolute volume of anterior rectal wall receiving a high dose to identify potential ideal dose constraints that can minimize rectal AEs. A total of 111 consecutive patients with Stage T1c to T3a N0 M0 prostate cancer who underwent image-guided intensity-modulated RT at our institution were included. AEs were graded according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 4.0. The volume of anterior rectal wall receiving 5 to 80 Gy in 2.5-Gy increments was determined. Multivariable Cox regression models were used to identify cut points in these volumes that led to an increased risk of early and late rectal AEs. Early AEs occurred in most patients (88%); however, relatively few of them (13%) were grade ?2. At 5 years, the cumulative incidence of late rectal AEs was 37%, with only 5% being grade ?2. For almost all RT doses, we identified a threshold of irradiated absolute volume of anterior rectal wall above which there was at least a trend toward a significantly higher rate of AEs. Most strikingly, patients with more than 1.29, 0.73, or 0.45 cm{sup 3} of anterior rectal wall exposed to radiation doses of 67.5, 70, or 72.5 Gy, respectively, had a significantly increased risk of late AEs (relative risks [RR]: 2.18 to 2.72; p ? 0.041) and of grade ? 2 early AEs (RR: 6.36 to 6.48; p = 0.004). Our study provides evidence that definitive image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IG-IMRT) for prostate cancer is well tolerated and also identifies dose thresholds for the absolute volume of anterior rectal wall above which patients are at greater risk of early and late complications.

  6. Image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer: Dose constraints for the anterior rectal wall to minimize rectal toxicity.

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    Peterson, Jennifer L; Buskirk, Steven J; Heckman, Michael G; Diehl, Nancy N; Bernard, Johnny R; Tzou, Katherine S; Casale, Henry E; Bellefontaine, Louis P; Serago, Christopher; Kim, Siyong; Vallow, Laura A; Daugherty, Larry C; Ko, Stephen J

    2014-01-01

    Rectal adverse events (AEs) are a major concern with definitive radiotherapy (RT) treatment for prostate cancer. The anterior rectal wall is at the greatest risk of injury as it lies closest to the target volume and receives the highest dose of RT. This study evaluated the absolute volume of anterior rectal wall receiving a high dose to identify potential ideal dose constraints that can minimize rectal AEs. A total of 111 consecutive patients with Stage T1c to T3a N0 M0 prostate cancer who underwent image-guided intensity-modulated RT at our institution were included. AEs were graded according to the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 4.0. The volume of anterior rectal wall receiving 5 to 80Gy in 2.5-Gy increments was determined. Multivariable Cox regression models were used to identify cut points in these volumes that led to an increased risk of early and late rectal AEs. Early AEs occurred in most patients (88%); however, relatively few of them (13%) were grade ?2. At 5 years, the cumulative incidence of late rectal AEs was 37%, with only 5% being grade ?2. For almost all RT doses, we identified a threshold of irradiated absolute volume of anterior rectal wall above which there was at least a trend toward a significantly higher rate of AEs. Most strikingly, patients with more than 1.29, 0.73, or 0.45cm(3) of anterior rectal wall exposed to radiation doses of 67.5, 70, or 72.5Gy, respectively, had a significantly increased risk of late AEs (relative risks [RR]: 2.18 to 2.72; p ? 0.041) and of grade ? 2 early AEs (RR: 6.36 to 6.48; p = 0.004). Our study provides evidence that definitive image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IG-IMRT) for prostate cancer is well tolerated and also identifies dose thresholds for the absolute volume of anterior rectal wall above which patients are at greater risk of early and late complications. PMID:24099966

  7. Radionuclide imaging of myocardial infarction using Tc-99m TBI

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    Holman, B.L.; Campbell, S.; Kirshenbaum, J.M.; Lister-James, J.; Jones, A.G.; Davison, A.; Antman, E.

    1985-05-01

    The cationic complex Tc-99m t-butylisonitrile (TBI) concentrates in the myocardial tissue of several animal species. Its myocardial distribution is proportional to blood flow both in zones of ischemia and in normal myocardium at rest. Planar, tomographic, and gated myocardial images have been obtained using Tc-99m TBI in the human. The authors investigated the potential application of Tc-99m TBI imaging to detect and localize myocardial infarction. Four subjects without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease and five patients with ECG evidence of previous myocardial infarction were studied. Tc-99m TBI (10mCi) was injected intravenously with the patient in a resting state with planar imaging in the anterior, 30 and 70 degree LAO projections beginning one hr after injection. The distribution of the tracer was homogeneous throughout the left ventricular wall in the normal subjects. Regional perfusion defects were present in 4/5 of the patients with myocardial infarction. Location of the defects corresponded to the location of the infarct using ECG criteria (2 inferoposterior and 2 anterior). The patient in whom the Tc-99m TBI image appeared normal had sustained a subendocardial myocardial infarct which could not be localized by ECG; the other 4 pts had transmural infarcts. Anterior and 30 degree LAO images were of excellent quality in all cases; there was overlap of the liver on the inferior wall of the left ventricle on the 70 degree LAO views. The authors conclude that accurate perfusion imaging may be possible using Tc-99m TBI in patients with transmural myocardial infarction.

  8. Left hepatic lobe herniation through an incisional anterior abdominal wall hernia and right adrenal myelolipoma: a case report and review of the literature

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Herniation of the liver through an anterior abdominal wall hernia defect is rare. To the best of our knowledge, only three cases have been described in the literature. Case presentation A 70-year-old Mexican woman presented with a one-week history of right upper quadrant abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and jaundice to our Department of General Surgery. Her medical history included an open cholecystectomy from 20 years earlier and excessive weight. She presented with jaundice, abdominal distension with a midline surgical scar, right upper quadrant tenderness, and a large midline abdominal wall defect with dullness upon percussion and protrusion of a large, tender, and firm mass. The results of laboratory tests were suggestive of cholestasis. Ultrasound revealed choledocholithiasis. A computed tomography scan showed a protrusion of the left hepatic lobe through the anterior abdominal wall defect and a well-defined, soft tissue density lesion in the right adrenal topography. An endoscopic common bile duct stone extraction was unsuccessful. During surgery, the right adrenal tumor was resected first. The hernia was approached through a median supraumbilical incision; the totality of the left lobe was protruding through the abdominal wall defect, and once the lobe was reduced to its normal position, a common bile duct surgical exploration with multiple stone extraction was performed. Finally, the abdominal wall was reconstructed. Histopathology revealed an adrenal myelolipoma. Six months after the operation, our patient remains in good health. Conclusions The case of liver herniation through an incisional anterior abdominal wall hernia in this report represents, to the best of our knowledge, the fourth such case reported in the literature. The rarity of this medical entity makes it almost impossible to specifically describe predisposing risk factors for liver herniation. Obesity, the right adrenal myelolipoma mass effect, and the previous abdominal surgery are likely to have contributed to incisional hernia formation. PMID:22234036

  9. Thallium-201/technetium-99m pyrophosphate overlap in patients with acute myocardial infarction after thrombolysis: prediction of depressed wall motion despite thallium uptake

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    Schofer, J.; Spielmann, R.P.; Broemel, T.B.; Bleifeld, W.; Mathey, D.G.

    1986-08-01

    Intracoronary thallium-201/technetium-99m pyrophosphate planar scintigraphy was performed in 60 patients with acute myocardial infarction undergoing intracoronary thrombolysis to predict salvage of myocardium immediately after thrombolysis. In eight patients a significant overlap of new thallium uptake and technetium pyrophosphate accumulation was found after thrombolysis. Intravenous planar thallium scintigraphy revealed thallium uptake in the region of overlap in all patients; circumferential profile analysis showed no difference in the thallium scintigrams before and after technetium injections. Both findings indicate that overlap is not the result of scattering of technetium into the thallium window. Emission computed tomography revealed thallium/technetium pyrophosphate uptake in identical slices and regions. Regional wall motion in the area of overlap remained depressed in all patients, in contrast to patients with similar thallium uptake without overlap. These data suggest that thallium/technetium pyrophosphate overlap reflects the close proximity of viable and necrotic myocardial cells and predicts depressed wall motion after thrombolysis.

  10. Early prediction of myocardial viability after acute myocardial infarction by two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging

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    Woo, Jong Shin; Yu, Tae-Kyung; Kim, Woo-Shik; Kim, Kwon Sam; Kim, Weon

    2015-01-01

    Background Identifying the transmural extent of myocardial necrosis and the degree of myocardial viability in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is important clinically. The aim of this study was to assess myocardial viability using two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) in patients with AMI. Methods 2D-STI was performed at initial presentation, three days, and six months after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in 30 patients with AMI, who had a left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) culprit lesion. In addition, 20 patients who had minimal stenotic lesions (< 30% stenosis) on coronary angiography were also included in the control group. At six months dobutamine echocardiography was performed for viability assessment in seven segments of the LAD territory. According to the recovery of wall motion abnormality, segments were classified as viable or non-viable. Results A total of 131 segments were viable, and 44 were nonviable. Multivariate analysis revealed significant differences between the viable and nonviable segments in the peak systolic strain, the peak systolic strain rate at initial presentation, and peak systolic strain rate three days after primary PCI. Among these, the initial peak systolic strain rate had the highest predictive value for myocardial viability (hazard ratio: 31.22, P < 0.01). Conclusions 2D-STI is feasible for assessing myocardial viability, and the peak systolic strain rate might be the most reliable predictor of myocardial viability in patients with AMI. PMID:26512237

  11. Myocardial metabolism, perfusion, wall motion and electrical activity in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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    Perloff, J.K.; Henze, E.; Schelbert, H.R.

    1982-01-01

    The cardiomyopathy of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy originates in the posterobasal left ventricle and extends chiefly to the contiguous lateral wall. Ultrastructural abnormalities in these regions precede connective tissue replacement. We postulated that a metabolic fault coincided with or antedated the subcellular abnormality. Accordingly, regional left ventricular metabolism, perfusion and wall motion were studied using positron computed tomography and metabolic isotopes supplemented by thallium perfusion scans, equilibrium radionuclide angiography and M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiography. To complete the assessment, electrocardiograms, vectorcardiograms, 24 hour taped electrocardiograms and chest x-rays were analyzed. Positron computed tomography utilizing F-18 2-fluoro 2-deoxyglucose (FDG) provided the first conclusive evidence supporting the hypothesis of a premorphologic regional metabolic fault. Thus, cardiac involvement in duchenne dystrophy emerges as a unique form of heart disease, genetically targeting specific regions of ventricular myocardium for initial metabolic and subcellular changes. Reported ultrastructural abnormalities of the impulse and conduction systems provide, at least in part, a basis for the clinically observed sinus node, intraatrial, internodal, AV nodal and infranodal disorders.

  12. Severe thrombocytopenia soon after drug-eluting stent implantation in ST-elevation myocardial infarction

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    Po?nik-Kis?o, Anna; B?aszak-Cie?wierska, Wies?awa; D?browski, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Thrombocytopenia is among the most frequent haematological issues in patients hospitalised with myocardial infarction. We discuss the case of a 77-year-old male who was admitted to hospital on the 4th hour of ST-elevation myocardial infarction of the anterior wall. A percutaneous coronary intervention to critically stenoted initial segment of the anterior descending branch was performed. A few days later he started developing symptomatic thrombocytopenia. On the course of his long hospitalization we faced many important problems, concerning both diagnosis and treatment of these co-existing conditions.

  13. Anterior Myocardial Territory May Replace the Heart as Organ at Risk in Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Left-Sided Breast Cancer

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    Tan Wenyong; Liu Dong; Xue Chenbin; Xu Jiaozhen; Li Beihui; Chen Zhengwang; Hu Desheng; Wang Xionghong

    2012-04-01

    Purpose: We investigated whether the heart could be replaced by the anterior myocardial territory (AMT) as the organ at risk (OAR) in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) of the breast for patients with left-sided breast cancer. Methods and Materials: Twenty-three patients with left-sided breast cancer who received postoperative radiation after breast-conserving surgery were studied. For each patient, we generated five IMRT plans including heart (H), left ventricle (LV), AMT, LV+AMT, and H+LV as the primary OARs, respectively, except both lungs and right breast, which corresponded to IMRT(H), IMRT(LV), IMRT(AMT), IMRT(LV+AMT), and IMRT(H+LV). For the planning target volumes and OARs, the parameters of dose-volume histograms were compared. Results: The homogeneity index, conformity index, and coverage index were not compromised significantly in IMRT(AMT), IMRT(LV) and IMRT(LV+ AMT), respectively, when compared with IMRT(H). The mean dose to the heart, LV, and AMT decreased 5.3-21.5% (p < 0.05), 19.9-29.5% (p < 0.05), and 13.3-24.5% (p < 0.05), respectively. Similarly, the low (e.g., V5%), middle (e.g., V20%), and high (e.g., V30%) dose-volume of the heart, LV, and AMT decreased with different levels. The mean dose and V10% of the right lung increased by 9.2% (p < 0.05) and 27.6% (p < 0.05), respectively, in IMRT(LV), and the mean dose and V5% of the right breast decreased significantly in IMRT(AMT) and IMRT(LV+AMT). IMRT(AMT) was the preferred plan and was then compared with IMRT(H+LV); the majority of dose-volume histogram parameters of OARs including the heart, LV, AMT, both lungs, and the right breast were not statistically different. However, the low dose-volume of LV increased and the middle dose-volume decreased significantly (p < 0.05) in IMRT(AMT). Also, those of the right lung (V10%, V15%) and right breast (V5%, V10%) decreased significantly (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The AMT may replace the heart as the OAR in left-sided breast IMRT after breast-conserving surgery to decrease the radiation dose to the heart.

  14. Effect of tapering internal coronal walls on fracture resistance of anterior teeth treated with cast post and core: In vitro study

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    Eid, Rita; Homsy, Fodda; Elhusseini, Hasan

    2014-01-01

    When fabricating indirect post and core, internal coronal walls are tapered to remove undercuts and allow a better adaptation. To evaluate the fracture strength of anterior tooth reconstructed with post and core and crowned, with two different taper of internal coronal walls, 6 and 30 to the long axis, two groups of 30 clear plastic analogues simulating endodontically treated maxillary central incisors were prepared. The analogues crowned were subjected to a compressive load with a 1-kN cell at a crosshead speed of 0.05?mm/min at 130 to the long axis until fracture occurred. Data were analyzed by Lillifors and MannWhitney tests. Mean failure loads for the groups were as follows: group I 1038.69?N (standard deviation 243.52?N) and group II 1231.86?N (standard deviation 368.76?N). Statistical tests showed significant difference between groups (p?=?0.0010?walls appears to enhance the fracture resistance of anterior maxillary teeth post and core reconstructed. PMID:25342986

  15. Relation of global and regional left ventricular function to tomographic thallium-201 myocardial perfusion in patients with prior myocardial infarction

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    Stratton, J.R.; Speck, S.M.; Caldwell, J.H.; Martin, G.V.; Cerqueira, M.; Maynard, C.; Davis, K.B.; Kennedy, J.W.; Ritchie, J.L.

    1988-07-01

    To determine the relation between regional myocardial perfusion and regional wall motion in humans, tomographic thallium-201 imaging and two-dimensional echocardiography at rest were performed on the same day in 83 patients 4 to 12 weeks after myocardial infarction. Myocardial perfusion and wall motion were assessed independently in five left ventricular regions (total 415 regions). Regional myocardial perfusion was quantitated as a percent of the region infarcted (range 0 to 100%) using a previously validated method. Wall motion was graded on a four point scale as 1 = normal (n = 266 regions), 2 = hypokinesia (n = 64), 3 = akinesia (n = 70), 4 = dyskinesia (n = 13) or not evaluable (n = 2). Regional wall motion correlated directly with the severity of the perfusion deficit (r = 0.68, p less than 0.0001). Among normally contracting regions, the mean perfusion defect score was only 2 +/- 4. Increasingly severe wall motion abnormalities were associated with larger perfusion defect scores (hypokinesia = 6 +/- 5, akinesia = 11 +/- 7 and dyskinesia = 18 +/- 5, all p less than 0.01 versus normal. Among regions with normal wall motion, only 3% had a perfusion defect score greater than or equal to 10. Conversely, among 68 regions with a large (greater than or equal to 10) perfusion defect, only 13% had normal motion whereas 87% had abnormal wall motion. The relation between perfusion and wall motion noted for the entire cohort was also present in subgroups of patients with anterior or inferior infarction. In patients with prior myocardial infarction, the severity of the tomographic thallium perfusion defect correlates directly with echocardiographically defined wall motion abnormalities, both globally and regionally.

  16. Resolution of airflow obstruction on polysomnography after laryngotracheal reconstruction with anterior tracheal wall suspension in a patient with DiGeorge Syndrome.

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    Jon, Cindy; Mitchell, Sarah E; Mosquera, Ricardo A; Stark, James M; Yuksel, Sancak

    2014-10-01

    DiGeorge Syndrome (DGS) may be associated with airway abnormalities including laryngomalacia and suprastomal collapse of the trachea (SCT), which may lead to sleep disordered breathing (SDB). We present a 4-year-old boy with DGS, SCT, and SDB by polysomnography (PSG) while the tracheostomy tube was capped. The patient underwent anterior tracheal wall suspension (ATWS) with concurrent tracheostomy decannulation. Following the repair, the patient experienced improved airway patency visually and by PSG with resolution of obstructive sleep apnea and hypoventilation. ATWS is an effective method to repair SCT in selected patients and may lead to early decannulation and improvement of SDB. PMID:25129846

  17. Rationale and Design of a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy of B-type Natriuretic Peptide For the Preservation of Left Ventricular Function Post Anterior Myocardial Infarction

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    Sangaralingham, S. Jeson; Burnett, John C.; McKie, Paul M.; Schirger, John A.; Chen, Horng H.

    2013-01-01

    Background B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is a hormone with pleiotropic cardio-protective properties. Previously in our non-placebo controlled, un-blinded pilot study (BELIEVE) in human ST-elevation anterior acute myocardial infarction (AMI), a 72 hour intravenous infusion (IV) of recombinant human BNP (nesiritide) at a dose of 0.006 ug/kg/min suppressed plasma aldosterone and reduced cardiac dilatation while improved left ventricular ejection fraction (LV EF) at 1 month compared to baseline. Methods and Design The BELIEVE II study is a phase II, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single center clinical trial to assess the efficacy of 72 hour IV infusion of nesiritide therapy (0.006 ug/kg/min), in humans with first time ST-elevation anterior AMI and successful reperfusion, in preventing adverse LV remodeling and preserving LV function. A total of 60 patients will be randomized to placebo or nesiritide therapy. The primary efficacy endpoint is LV end-systolic and end-diastolic dimensions determined by MUGA scan between placebo and nesiritide group at 30 days; secondary endpoints include 30 day LV EF, diastolic function, infarct size, LV mass and combined total mortality and heart failure hospitalization. Conclusion This will be the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that will assess the clinical efficacy of nesiritide in human ST-elevation anterior AMI. PMID:23910581

  18. Xenon improves recovery from myocardial stunning in chronically instrumented dogs.

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    Hartlage, Maike A Grosse; Berendes, Elmar; Van Aken, Hugo; Fobker, Manfred; Theisen, Marc; Weber, Thomas P

    2004-09-01

    In this study we tested the hypothesis that inhalational administration of xenon improves recovery from myocardial stunning. Ten dogs were chronically instrumented for measurement of heart rate; left atrial, aortic, and left ventricular pressure; coronary blood-flow velocity; and myocardial wall-thickening fraction. Regional myocardial blood flow was determined with fluorescent microspheres. Catecholamine plasma levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography. An occluder around the left anterior descending artery (LAD) allowed the induction of a reversible LAD ischemia. Animals underwent 2 experimental conditions in a randomized crossover fashion on separate days: (a) 10 min of LAD occlusion under fentanyl (25 microg. kg(-1). h(-1)) and midazolam (0.6 mg. kg(-1). h(-1)) (control) and (b) a second ischemic episode under the same basal anesthesia with concomitant inhalational administration of 75 +/- 1 vol% xenon (intervention). Anesthesia was induced 35 min before LAD occlusion and was discontinued after 20 min of reperfusion. Dogs receiving xenon showed a significantly better recovery of wall-thickening fraction up to 12 h after ischemia. The increase in plasma epinephrine during emergence from anesthesia and in the early reperfusion period was significantly attenuated in the xenon group. There were no differences between groups concerning global hemodynamics, blood-flow velocity, or regional myocardial blood flow. In conclusion, inhalational administration of 75 vol% xenon improves recovery from myocardial stunning in chronically instrumented dogs under fentanyl/midazolam anesthesia. PMID:15333388

  19. Early-phase myocardial infarction: Evaluation by MR imaging

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    Tscholakoff, D.; Higgins, C.B.; McNamara, M.T.; Derugin, N.

    1986-06-01

    In vivo gated magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed in 12 dogs immediately after occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery and serially up to 5 hours and again between 4 and 14 days. This was done to evaluate the appearance of acute myocardial infarcts and to determine how soon after coronary artery occlusion MR imaging can demonstrate the site of acute myocardial ischemia. In nine dogs with postmortem evidence of myocardial infarction, regional increase of signal intensity of the myocardium was present by 3 hours after coronary occlusion and conformed to the site of myocardial infarct found at autopsy. The signal intensity on T2-weighted images of the infarcted on T2-weighted images of the infarcted myocardium was significantly greater than that of normal myocardium at 3, 4, and 5 hours after occlusion. The T2 (spin-spin) relaxation time was significantly prolonged in the region of myocardial infarct at 3, 4, and 5 hours post-occlusion compared with normal myocardium. Myocardial wall thinning and increased intracavitary flow signal were found in six dogs with comparable pre- and postocclusion images in late systole.

  20. Biphasic thallium 201 SPECT-imaging for the noninvasive diagnosis of myocardial perfusion abnormalities in a child with Kawasaki disease--a case report

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    Hausdorf, G.; Nienaber, C.A.; Spielman, R.P.

    1988-02-01

    The mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome (Kawasaki disease) is of increasing importance for the pediatric cardiologist, for coronary aneurysms with the potential of thrombosis and subsequent stenosis can develop in the course of the disease. The authors report a 2 1/2-year-old female child in whom, fourteen months after the acute phase of Kawasaki disease, myocardial infarction occurred. Biphasic thallium 201 SPECT-imaging using dipyridamole depicted anterior wall ischemia and inferolateral infarction. This case demonstrates that noninvasive vasodilation-redistribution thallium 201 SPECT-imaging has the potential to predict reversible myocardial perfusion defects and myocardial necrosis, even in small infants with Kawasaki disease.

  1. Myocardial Bridge

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  2. Commonalities of cardiac rupture (left ventricular free wall or ventricular septum or papillary muscle) during acute myocardial infarction secondary to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

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    Roberts, William C; Burks, Kendall H; Ko, Jong Mi; Filardo, Giovanni; Guileyardo, Joseph M

    2015-01-01

    Although mortality rates during acute myocardial infarction (AMI) continue to drop, cardiac rupture (left ventricular free wall [LVFW] or ventricular septum [VS] or papillary muscle [PM] or combination) remains relatively common. The aim was to identify commonalities among patients with AMI complicated by cardiac rupture. During a 22-year period (1993-2014) 64 patients hospitalized for AMI were studied and clinical and morphologic variables in those with (25 patients) - vs - those without (39 patients) cardiac rupture were compared, and previous reports on this topic were reviewed. Compared to the non-rupture cases, the rupture group was significantly older (71 years - vs - 60 years); had a much higher frequency of huge deposits of adipose tissue in the heart (floated in formaldehyde) (88% - vs - 20%) but alower mean body mass index (28.2Kg/m(2) - vs - 33.2Kg/m(2)); a much lower frequency ofhealed myocardial infarct (scar) (4% - vs - 28%); a lower frequency of diabetes mellitus(24% - vs - 47%), and a higher frequency of thrombolytic therapy during the fatal AMI (32% - vs - 10%). None of the rupture cases had evidence of dilated left ventricular cavities or evidence of heart failure before the AMI complicated by rupture. In conclusion, cardiac rupture appears to account for a high percent of deaths during a first AMI. It most commonly occurs in patients with extremely fatty hearts and in those without evidence of prior heart failure. PMID:25456862

  3. Relation of left ventricular perfusion and wall motion with metabolic activity in persistent defects on thallium-201 tomography in healed myocardial infarction

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    Tamaki, N.; Yonekura, Y.; Yamashita, K.; Senda, M.; Saji, H.; Hashimoto, T.; Fudo, T.; Kambara, H.; Kawai, C.; Ban, T.

    1988-08-01

    Myocardial viability in persistent thallium (TI)-201 defect is a controversial subject. To assess metabolic activity in segments with persistent defect, stress TI-201 tomography and positron emission tomography using nitrogen-13 ammonia and fluorine-18 2-fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG) were performed in 28 patients with healed myocardial infarction. The segments with TI-201 perfusion defect in electrocardiogram-determined infarcted areas were selected for assessment. Stress perfusion defect was detected in 61 segments by TI-201 tomography. Twenty-two patients (36%) showed transient defects with redistribution (group 1) and 39 showed persistent defects (group 2). Increase in FDG uptake was observed in 95% in group 1. Among group 2 patients, 15 segments (38%) showed an increase in FDG uptake (group 2A) while the remaining 24 (62%) did not have an increased uptake (group 2B). The decrease in nitrogen-13 ammonia perfusion was more severe in group 2B (-23 +/- 7%) than in group 2A (-13 +/- 9%) (p less than 0.005) and group 1 (-10 +/- 4%) (p less than 0.001). In addition, wall motion scores tended to be lower in group 2B (0.21 +/- 0.71), compared with group 2A (0.67 +/- 0.70) (p = 0.05) and group 1 (0.77 +/- 0.60) (p less than 0.01). These data indicate that metabolic viability was observed in approximately 40% of the segments with persistent TI-201 defect. Preservation of regional perfusion and wall motion in these areas was similar to that in areas with transient TI-201 defect.

  4. Successful Catheter Ablation of Persistent Electrical Storm late Post Myocardial Infarction by Targeting Purkinje Arborization Triggers

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    Thoppil, Paul S; Rao, B Hygriv; Jaishankar, S; Narasimhan, Calambur

    2008-01-01

    Drug refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) occurring as a storm after acute myocardial infarction has grave prognosis. We report a case of a middle-aged lady who presented with drug refractory VT that lead to persistent electrical storm two weeks after an anterior wall myocardial infarction. She underwent a successful catheter ablation of VT followed a few days later by implantation of an AICD. Catheter ablation of the VT could control the persistent electrical storm and the patient was free from a recurrence of VT at three month follow up. PMID:18982139

  5. Dipyridamole stress ultrasonic myocardial tissue characterization in patients with Kawasaki disease.

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    Yu, X; Hashimoto, I; Ichida, F; Hamamichi, Y; Uese Ki; Tsubata, S; Miyawaki, T; Seto, H; Sahn, D J

    2001-07-01

    Dipyridamole stress integrated backscatter (IBS) was used for evaluation of myocardial ischemia or damage in 31 children with coronary artery lesions caused by Kawasaki disease, in comparison with thallium-201 myocardial imaging. All patients underwent echocardiography at rest and after dipyridamole stress at the anterior interventricular septum, posterior wall (PW), and inferior wall (INF). At rest, no significant difference was seen in cyclic variation (CV) of IBS in the regions with normal or abnormal distribution on Tl-201 imaging. But in the regions showing abnormal distribution after stress, CV decreased significantly. A delayed study after stress showed the recovery of CV to the level at rest in all patients. Sensitivity of abnormal cyclic variation integrated backscatter was 75% in the PW and 91% in the INF, and specificity was 91% in the PW and 90% in the INF, compared with the results of thallium-201 imaging. Dipyridamole stress IBS can provide sensitive detection of myocardial ischemia or damage in Kawasaki disease. PMID:11447413

  6. Underestimation of residual ischemia by 201-thallium scintigraphy after myocardial infarction

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    Galli, M.; Bencivelli, W.; Pardo, N.F.; Tavazzi, L.

    1988-10-01

    Pre- and post-CABG perfusion scintigraphic findings are reported in a patient with residual ischemia after anterior myocardial infarction. The preoperative /sup 201/Tl scan showed incomplete tracer redistribution and a relevant area of persistent irreversible defect, suggestive of a large scar. After CABG, the presence of a virtually normal early thallium distribution demonstrated previous underestimation of the viable perinecrotic tissue. A persistent perfusion defect, even if associated with wall motion abnormality, does not necessarily imply the absence of residual viable tissue.

  7. Peritoneal fluid causing inferior attenuation on SPECT thallium-201 myocardial imaging in women

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    Rab, S.T.; Alazraki, N.P.; Guertler-Krawczynska, E.

    1988-11-01

    On SPECT thallium images, myocardial left ventricular (LV) anterior wall attenuation due to breast tissue is common in women. In contrast, in men, inferior wall counts are normally decreased compared to anterior counts. The purpose of this report is to describe cases of inferior wall attenuation of counts in women caused by peritoneal fluid, not myocardial disease. Twelve consecutive SPECT thallium myocardial studies performed in women on peritoneal dialysis, being evaluated for kidney transplant, were included in this study. For all studies, 3.5 mCi 201Tl were injected intravenously. Thirty-two images were acquired over 180 degrees (45 degrees RAO progressing to 45 degrees LPO) at 40 sec per stop. SPECT images were reviewed in short axis, horizontal long and vertical long axes. Data were also displayed in bullseye format with quantitative comparison to gender-matched normal files. Ten of 12 female patients studied had inferior wall defects on images, confirmed by bullseye display. All patients had approximately 2 liters of peritoneal fluid. Review of planar rotational views showed diaphragm elevation and fluid margin attenuations affecting left ventricular inferior wall. Thus, peritoneal fluid is a cause of inferior attenuation on 201Tl cardiac imaging.

  8. SU-E-J-93: Parametrisation of Dose to the Mucosa of the Anterior Rectal Wall in Transrectal Ultrasound Guided High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy of the Prostate

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    Aitkenhead, A; Hamlett, L; Wood, D; Choudhury, A

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: In high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy of the prostate, radiation is delivered from a number of radioactive sources which are inserted via catheter into the target volume. The rectal mucosa also receives dose during the treatment, which may lead to late toxicity effects. To allow possible links between rectal dose and toxicity to be investigated, suitable methods of parametrising the rectal dose are needed. Methods: During treatment of a series of 95 patients, anatomy and catheter locations were monitored by transrectal ultrasound, and target volume positions were contoured on the ultrasound scan by the therapist. The anterior rectal mucosal wall was identified by contouring the transrectal ultrasound balloon within the ultrasound scan. Source positions and dwell times, along with the dose delivered to the patient were computed using the Oncentra Prostate treatment planning system (TPS). Data for the series of patients were exported from the TPS in Dicom format, and a series of parametrisation methods were developed in a Matlab environment to assess the rectal dose. Results: Contours of the anterior rectal mucosa were voxelised within Matlab to allow the dose to the rectal mucosa to be analysed directly from the 3D dose grid. Dose parametrisations based on dose-surface (DSH) and dose-line (DLH) histograms were obtained. Both lateral and longitudinal extents of the mucosal dose were parametrised using dose-line histograms in the relevant directions. Conclusion: We have developed a series of dose parametrisations for quantifying the dose to the rectal mucosa during HDR prostate brachytherapy which are suitable for future studies investigating potential associations between mucosal dose and late toxicity effects. The geometry of the transrectal probe standardises the rectal anatomy, making this treatment technique particularly suited to studies of this nature.

  9. Salmonella Abscess of the Anterior Chest Wall in a Patient With Type 2 Diabetes and Poor Glycemic Control: A Case Report.

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    Chiao, Hao-Yu; Wang, Chi-Yu; Wang, Chih-Hsin

    2016-03-01

    Salmonella can cause extra-intestinal focal infections as well as gastrointestinal problems. A few cases of Salmonella skin and soft tissue infection have been documented in immunocompromised patients such as persons with type 2 diabetes and poor glycemic control. A case study is presented of a 30-year-old man with a 10-year history of poorly controlled (HbA1C 11.7%) diabetes mellitus who presented with a ruptured nodule resulting in a wound with signs of infection over his anterior chest region of 1-month duration. He had been taking amoxycillin/clavulanate for the week previous to presentation at the authors' facility. Following sharp debridement, the ulcerative wound deteriorated and a chest wall abscess developed. Bacterial culture results were positive for Salmonella group D, resistant to ampicillin and susceptible to ceftriaxone and ciprofloxacin. The patient underwent surgical debridement, resulting in a wound 7 cm x 4 cm, and was provided ceftriaxone 2.0 g intravenously daily along with insulin therapy. After surgical debridement, a local rotational flap was created for wound closure and reconstruction. The patient was discharged 1 week later on oral antibiotic therapy for 1 week. His wound was completely healed without recurrence at his 4-month follow-up. For this patient, addressing glycemic issues, identifying the infectious organism, and providing appropriate therapy, radical debridement, and flap surgery helped heal an advanced soft tissue infection. In immunocompromised patients with skin or soft tissue infections, the presence of Salmonella should be considered. PMID:26978859

  10. Precordial ST segment depression during acute inferior myocardial infarction: early thallium-201 scintigraphic evidence of adjacent posterolateral or inferoseptal involvement

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    Lew, A.S.; Weiss, A.T.; Shah, P.K.; Maddahi, J.; Peter, T.; Ganz, W.; Swan, H.J.; Berman, D.S.

    1985-02-01

    To investigate the myocardial perfusion correlates of precordial ST segment depression during acute inferior myocardial infarction, a rest thallium-201 scintigram and a closely timed 12 lead electrocardiogram were obtained within 6 hours of the onset of infarction in 44 patients admitted with their first acute inferior myocardial infarction. Thirty-six patients demonstrated precordial ST segment depression (group 1) and eight did not (group 2). A perfusion defect involving the inferior wall was present in all 44 patients. Additional perfusion defects of the adjacent posterolateral wall (n . 20), the ventricular septum (n . 9) or both (n . 6) were present in 35 of 36 patients from group 1 compared with only 1 of 8 patients from group 2 (p less than 0.001). There was no significant difference in the frequency of multivessel coronary artery disease or disease of the left anterior descending artery between group 1 and group 2 or between patients with and those without a thallium-201 perfusion defect involving the ventricular septum. Thus, precordial ST segment depression during an acute inferior myocardial infarction is associated with thallium-201 scintigraphic evidence of more extensive involvement of the adjacent posterolateral or inferoseptal myocardial segments, which probably reflects the extent and pattern of distribution of the artery of infarction, rather than the presence of coexistent multivessel coronary artery disease or disease of the left anterior descending artery.

  11. Right and left ventricular ejection fraction after an acute inferior wall myocardial infarction and the value of V4R to predict the site of obstruction

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    Braat, S.H.; Brugada, P.; Den Dulk, K.; Wellens, H.J.J.

    1984-01-01

    This study was undertaken to compare the right (RVEF) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after an acute inferior wall myocardial infarction (MI) caused by an obstruction in the right coronary artery (RCA) or circumflex coronary artery (CX) and to evaluate the value of lead V4R to predict the site of stenosis which caused the MI. In 42 consecutive patients (pts) admitted with an acute inferior wall MI a standard ECG and V4R were recorded. A nuclear angiogram was made one week after the acute MI and the RVEF and LVEF were calculated. Ten to 14 days (mean 12.7) after the acute MI a coronary angiogram was performed to determine the site of occlusion, which had caused the acute MI. According to the site of occlusion the pts were divided in three groups: Group A: the stenosis which had caused the MI was located in the RCA above the first branch to the right ventricle (RV); Group B: the stenosis was below the first branch to the RV in the RCA and Group C: the stenosis was located in the CX. The RVEF and LVEF in these groups are given. Nineteen pts had ST-segment elevation greater than or equal to 1 mm in V/sub 4/R and 17 of these pts had an obstruction above the first branch to the RV in the RCA. There is statistically no significant difference between the LVEF in the three different groups while the RVEF is significantly lower in group A. These pts can be identified by recording V4R.

  12. Predominant location of coronary artery atherosclerosis in the left anterior descending artery. The impact of septal perforators and the myocardial bridging effect

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    Wasilewski, Jarosław; Niedziela, Jacek; Osadnik, Tadeusz; Duszańska, Agata; Sraga, Wojciech; Desperak, Piotr; Jackowska, Zuzanna; Nowakowski, Andrzej; Głowacki, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Coronary artery atherosclerosis presents characteristic patterns of plaque distribution despite systemic exposure to risk factors. We hypothesized that local hemodynamic forces induced by the systolic compression of intramuscular septal perforators could be involved in atherosclerotic processes in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) adjacent to the septal perforators’ origin. Therefore we studied the spatial distribution of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries, especially in relation to the septal perforators’ origin. Material and methods 64-slice computed tomography angiography was performed in 309 consecutive patients (92 male and 217 female) with a mean age of 59.9 years. Spatial plaque distribution in the LAD was analyzed in relation to the septal perforators’ origin. Additionally, plaque distribution throughout the coronary artery tree is discussed. Results The coronary calcium score (CCS) was positive in 164 patients (53.1%). In subjects with a CCS > 0, calcifications were more frequent in the LAD (n = 150, 91.5%) compared with the right coronary artery (RCA) (n = 94, 57.3%), circumflex branch (CX) (n = 76, 46.3%) or the left main stem (n = 42, 25.6%) (p < 0.001). Total CCS was higher in the LAD at 46.1 (IQR: 104.2) and RCA at 34.1 (IQR: 90.7) than in the CX at 16.8 (IQR: 61.3) (p = 0.007). In patients with calcifications restricted to a single vessel (n = 54), the most frequently affected artery was the LAD (n = 42, 77.8%). In patients with lesions limited to the LAD, the plaque was located mostly (n = 37, 88.1%) adjacent to the septal perforators’ origin. Conclusions We demonstrated that coronary calcifications are most frequently located in the LAD in proximity to the septal branch origin. A possible explanation for this phenomenon could be the dynamic compression of the tunneled septal branches, which may result in disturbed blood flow in the adjacent LAD segment (milking effect). PMID:26855661

  13. Dosimetric Comparison of Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy Plans, With or Without Anterior Myocardial Territory and Left Ventricle as Organs at Risk, in Early-Stage Left-Sided Breast Cancer Patients

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    Tan Wenyong; Wang Xiaohong; Qiu Dasheng; Liu Dong; Jia Shaohui; Zeng Fanyu; Chen Zhengwang; Li Beihui; Xu Jiaozhen; Wei Lai; Hu Desheng

    2011-12-01

    Purpose: We evaluated heart sparing using an intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) plan with the left ventricle (LV) and/or the anterior myocardial territory (AMT) as additional organs at risk (OARs). Methods and Materials: A total of 10 patients with left-sided breast cancer were selected for dosimetric planning. Both lungs, the right breast, heart, LV, and AMT were defined as OARs. We generated one tangential field plan and four IMRT plans for each patient. We examined the dose-volume histogram parameters of the planning target volume and OARs. Results: Compared with the tangential field plan, the mean dose to the heart in the IMRT plans did not show significant differences; however, the dose to the AMT and LV decreased by 18.7-45.4% and 10.8-37.4%, respectively. The maximal dose to the heart decreased by 18.6-35.3%, to the AMT by 22.0-45.1%, and to the LV by 23.5-45.0%, And the relative volumes of the heart (V{sub {>=}12}), AMT (V{sub >11}) and LV (V{sub >10}) decreased significantly with different levels, respectively. The volume of the heart, AMT, LV, both lungs, and right breast receiving {>=}5 Gy showed a significant increase. Compared with the IMRT (H) plan, the mean dose to the heart, AMT, and LV decreased by 17.5-21.5%, 25.2-29.8%, and 22.8-29.8% and the maximal dose by 13.6-20.6%, 23.1-29.6%, and 17.3-29.1%, respectively. The IMRT plans for both lungs and the right breast showed no significant differences. Conclusions: The IMRT plans with the addition of the AMT and/or LV as OARs considerably increased heart sparing. We recommend including the LV as an additional OAR in such plans.

  14. A Bridge to a Woman's Heart as the Cause of Recurrent Chest Pain: A Case on Myocardial Bridge.

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    Afzal, Ashwad; Korniyenko, Aleksandr; Haq, Salman

    2016-01-01

    Myocardial bridge is a congenital structural variant of the coronary arteries where a segment of the epicardial vessel is surrounded by the myocardium. It is an uncommon entity that may go unnoticed in patients with recurrent chest pain. We present a case on a 36-year-old woman with recurrent chest pain. Initial workup revealed normal routine laboratory test results, cardiac biomarkers, electrocardiogram, and an echocardiogram showing preserved ejection fraction with no valvulopathies. A dobutamine myocardial perfusion stress test was performed; this induced chest pain in the patient with electrocardiogram changes evident for 1-mm ST segment elevation in lead V5 and V6 consistent with myocardial ischemia. Perfusion imaging revealed a small fixed myocardial perfusion defect of the apical inferior wall. A cardiac catheterization revealed moderate-to-severe myocardial bridging involving the middle left anterior descending artery. Treatment with metoprolol and ranolazine resolved her symptoms. This case portrays the importance of recognizing myocardial bridge as the potential cause of recurrent chest pain and its ability to cause myocardial ischemia under stress. PMID:25723365

  15. [Surgical revascularization of infarcted myocardial areas. Its effects on left ventricular function].

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    Glock, Y; Puel, J; Fauvel, J M; Boccalon, H; Vaislic, C; Bounhoure, J P; Puel, P

    1981-04-01

    The results of twelve patients undergoing revascularisation procedures of infarcted myocardial territory alone were analysed quantitatively by planimetry in the right anterior oblique projection. Patients operated in the acute phase of myocardial infarction (2 cases) were distinguished from those with preinfarction syndromes (8 patients) and those with postinfarction angina (2 patients). Two posterior wall and ten anterior wall revascularisations were carried out by single bypass grafts (8) and double bypass grafts (2) with no operative deaths. The results were assessed 2 months to two years after operation (average: 6 months). Twelve of the fourteen bypass grafts were patent. Only one of the twelve operated patients, an anterior wall revascularisation, was considered a complete surgical failure: global left ventricular function and segmental wall movement progressively deteriorated with reduced contractility and velocity of fibre shortening. Improved contraction of both anterior and posterior walls was observed in the other 11 patients. The ejection fraction of the 9 patients with anterior wall revascularisation rose significantly from 47,1 +/- 10,5% to 56,3 +/- 3,5% and a similar rise was observed in systolic index (29,0 +/- 12,0 to 36,8 +/- 11,0 ml/syst./m2); the average akinetic end diastolic perimeter fell by 17%; segmental wall analysis of mean radial shortening and mean amplitude of excursion on the hemiaxes was improved, especially in the antero apical region: the corrected rates of mean excursion and average systolic work indices (33,2 +/- 15 to 41 +/- 13 gm/syst./m2) also increased. Surgical revascularisation of infarcted zones, made possible by new methods of cardioplagia and reliable circulatory assistance, may lead to improvement in global and segmental left ventricular function with minimal risk to the patient: this is thought to be due to an active mechanism and not to the passive process of scarring. Although a reserved attitude should be adopted in the acute phase of myocardial infarction, preinfarction syndromes and unstable postinfarction angina could well benefit from surgical management. PMID:6786237

  16. Relation between ST segment elevation during dobutamine stress test and myocardial viability after a recent myocardial infarction.

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    Elhendy, A.; Cornel, J. H.; Roelandt, J. R.; van Domburg, R. T.; Geleijnse, M. I.; Nierop, P. R.; Bax, J. J.; Sciarra, A.; Ibrahim, M. M.; el-Refaee, M.; el-Said, G. M.; Fioretti, P. M.

    1997-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the relation between ST segment elevation during the dobutamine stress test and late improvement of function after acute Q wave myocardial infarction. PATIENTS AND DESIGN: 70 patients were studied a mean (SD) 8 (3) days after acute myocardial infarction with high dose dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography and a follow up echocardiogram at 85 (10) days. A score model based on 16 segments and four grades was used to assess left ventricular function. Functional improvement was defined as a reduction of wall motion score > or = 1 in > or = 1 segments at follow up. INTERVENTION: Myocardial revascularisation was performed in 23 patients (33%) before follow up studies. RESULTS: ST segment elevation occurred in 40 patients (57%). Late functional improvement occurred in 35 patients (50%). Functional improvement was more common in patients with ST segment elevation (68% v 30%, P < 0.005) and they had a higher mean (SD) number of improved segments at follow up (1.9 (2.2) v 0.5 (1.1), P < 0.005). The wall motion score index decreased between baseline and follow up in patients with ST segment elevation (1.54 (0.50) v 1.48 (0.43), P < 0.05) but not in patients without ST segment elevation (1.39 (0.60) v 1.45 (0.47)). The accuracy of ST segment elevation for the prediction of functional improvement was similar to that of low dose dobutamine echocardiography in patients with anterior infarction (80% v 83%) and in patients who underwent revascularisation (78% v 83% respectively). CONCLUSION: In patients with a recent Q wave myocardial infarction, dobutamine-induced ST segment elevation is a valuable marker of myocardial viability particularly when the test is performed without or with suboptimal echocardiographic imaging. PMID:9068392

  17. Noninvasive Assessment of Myocardial Mechanics of the Left Ventricle in Rabbits Using Velocity Vector Imaging

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    Zhou, Jia; Pu, Da-Rong; Tian, Lei-Qi; Tong, Hai; Liu, Hong-Yu; Tang, Yan; Zhou, Qi-Chang

    2015-01-01

    Background Our study aimed to investigate the feasibility of velocity vector imaging (VVI) to analyze left ventricular (LV) myocardial mechanics in rabbits at basal state. Material/Method The animals used in this study were 30 New Zealand white rabbits. All rabbits underwent routine echocardiography under VVI-mode at basal state. The 2-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography images acquired included parasternal left long-axis views and short-axis views at the level of LV mitral valve, papillary muscles, and apex. Images were analyzed by VVI software. Results At basal state, longitudinal LV velocity decreased from the basal to the apical segment (P<0.05). In the short axis direction, the highest peak myocardial velocity was found between the anterior septum and anterior wall for each segment at the same level; the peak strains and strain rates (SR) were the highest in the anterior and lateral wall compared to other segments (all P<0.05). During systole, LV base rotated in a clockwise direction and LV apex rotated in a counter-clockwise direction, while during diastole, both LV base and apex rotated in the direction opposite to systole. The rotation angle, rotation velocity and unwinding velocity in the apical segment were greater than the basal segment (P<0.05). Conclusions VVI is a reliable tool for evaluating LV myocardial mechanics in rabbits at basal state, and the LV long-axis short-axis and torsional motions reflect the normal regular patterns. Our study lays the foundation for future experimental approaches in rabbit models and for other applications related to the study of human myocardial mechanics. PMID:26031608

  18. Frequency of myocardial injury after blunt chest trauma as evaluated by radionuclide angiography

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    Sutherland, G.R.; Driedger, A.A.; Holliday, R.L.; Cheung, H.W.; Sibbald, W.J.

    1983-11-01

    Seventy-seven patients who had sustained multisystem trauma, including severe blunt chest injury, were prospectively evaluated to assess the frequency of associated traumatic myocardial injury. Traumatic injury to either the right or left ventricle was defined by the presence of discrete abnormalities of wall motion on electrocardiographically gated cardiac scintigraphy in patients without a clinical history of heart disease. Forty-two patients (55%) (Group 1) had focal abnormalities of wall motion; 27 involved the right ventricle, 7 the left ventricle, 7 were biventricular, and 1 involved only the septum. Both the right and left ventricular ejection fractions were significantly lower (31 +/- 11% and 47 +/- 14%, respectively) than those in the 35 traumatized patients without wall motion abnormalities on scintigraphy (Group 2) (49 +/- 8% and 58 +/- 11%, respectively). Repeat scintigraphic examination in 32 Group 1 patients at a time remote from initial injury showed improvement or resolution of previously defined focal wall motion abnormalities in 27 of 32 patients (84%). The electrocardiogram and serum enzyme tests were insensitive indexes of traumatic myocardial injury when defined by the scintigraphic abnormalities. Thus, severe blunt chest trauma results in a higher frequency of traumatic myocardial injury than heretofore recognized, and frequently involves the anteriorly situated right ventricle.

  19. Myocardial infarction accelerates atherosclerosis

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    Dutta, Partha; Courties, Gabriel; Wei, Ying; Leuschner, Florian; Gorbatov, Rostic; Robbins, Clinton; Iwamoto, Yoshiko; Thompson, Brian; Carlson, Alicia L.; Heidt, Timo; Majmudar, Maulik D.; Lasitschka, Felix; Etzrodt, Martin; Waterman, Peter; Waring, Michael T.; Chicoine, Adam T.; van der Laan, Anja M.; Niessen, Hans W.M.; Piek, Jan J.; Rubin, Barry B.; Butany, Jagdish; Stone, James; Katus, Hugo A.; Murphy, Sabina A.; Morrow, David A.; Sabatine, Marc S.; Vinegoni, Claudio; Moskowitz, Michael A.; Pittet, Mikael J.; Libby, Peter; Lin, Charles P.; Swirski, Filip K.; Weissleder, Ralph; Nahrendorf, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY During progression of atherosclerosis, myeloid cells destabilize lipid-rich plaque in the arterial wall and cause its rupture, thus triggering myocardial infarction and stroke. Survivors of acute coronary syndromes have a high risk of recurrent events for unknown reasons. Here we show that the systemic response to ischemic injury aggravates chronic atherosclerosis. After myocardial infarction or stroke, apoE?/? mice developed larger atherosclerotic lesions with a more advanced morphology. This disease acceleration persisted over many weeks and was associated with markedly increased monocyte recruitment. When seeking the source of surplus monocytes in plaque, we found that myocardial infarction liberated hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from bone marrow niches via sympathetic nervous system signaling. The progenitors then seeded the spleen yielding a sustained boost in monocyte production. These observations provide new mechanistic insight into atherogenesis and provide a novel therapeutic opportunity to mitigate disease progression. PMID:22763456

  20. Myocardial infarction accelerates atherosclerosis.

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    Dutta, Partha; Courties, Gabriel; Wei, Ying; Leuschner, Florian; Gorbatov, Rostic; Robbins, Clinton S; Iwamoto, Yoshiko; Thompson, Brian; Carlson, Alicia L; Heidt, Timo; Majmudar, Maulik D; Lasitschka, Felix; Etzrodt, Martin; Waterman, Peter; Waring, Michael T; Chicoine, Adam T; van der Laan, Anja M; Niessen, Hans W M; Piek, Jan J; Rubin, Barry B; Butany, Jagdish; Stone, James R; Katus, Hugo A; Murphy, Sabina A; Morrow, David A; Sabatine, Marc S; Vinegoni, Claudio; Moskowitz, Michael A; Pittet, Mikael J; Libby, Peter; Lin, Charles P; Swirski, Filip K; Weissleder, Ralph; Nahrendorf, Matthias

    2012-07-19

    During progression of atherosclerosis, myeloid cells destabilize lipid-rich plaques in the arterial wall and cause their rupture, thus triggering myocardial infarction and stroke. Survivors of acute coronary syndromes have a high risk of recurrent events for unknown reasons. Here we show that the systemic response to ischaemic injury aggravates chronic atherosclerosis. After myocardial infarction or stroke, Apoe-/- mice developed larger atherosclerotic lesions with a more advanced morphology. This disease acceleration persisted over many weeks and was associated with markedly increased monocyte recruitment. Seeking the source of surplus monocytes in plaques, we found that myocardial infarction liberated haematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from bone marrow niches via sympathetic nervous system signalling. The progenitors then seeded the spleen, yielding a sustained boost in monocyte production. These observations provide new mechanistic insight into atherogenesis and provide a novel therapeutic opportunity to mitigate disease progression. PMID:22763456

  1. Quantitative Evaluation of Left Ventricular Wall Motion in Patient with Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Using Magnetic Resonance Tagging Technique

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    Inaba, Tadashi; Nakano, Takahiro; Tsutsumi, Masakazu; Kawasaki, Shingo; Kinosada, Yasutomi; Tokuda, Masataka

    Left ventricular wall motions during systole were investigated from a mechanical perspective by using a magnetic resonance tagging technique. Subjects were 7 patients with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). First, by analyzing strain in the left ventricular wall, cardiac contractility was evaluated in the patients with CABG. Next, by calculating displacement in the myocardial wall, paradoxical movements following CABG were quantitatively evaluated. Strain analysis showed local decreases in circumferential strain in 4 of 7 subjects. The results of displacement analysis clarified that following CABG, the degree of radial displacement was small in the septal wall and large in the lateral wall, and circumferential displacement towards the septal wall occurred in the anterior and posterior walls. Since this behavior was seen in both reduced and normal cardiac contractility groups, paradoxical movements in the present patients were not caused by reduced cardiac contractility, but rather by rigid-body motion of the entire heart.

  2. Myocardial Noncompaction Presenting With Myocardial Bridge

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    Shen, Yuechun; Li, Xinchun; Lu, Dongfeng; Xiao, Aiyi; Li, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Myocardial noncompaction, namly isolated noncompaction of the left ventricular myocardium (NVM), is a rare congenital disease. It can be either seen in the absence of other cardiac anomalies, or associated with other congenital cardiac defects, mostly stenotic lesions of the left ventricular outflow tract. A myocardial bridge (MB) is thought being associated with coronary heart disease, such as coronary spasm, arrhythmia, and so on. The significance of MB in association with other congenital cardiac conditions is unknown. We report a novel case who was presented NVM and MB. A 34-year-old man complained of chest prickling-like pain and dizzy for 1 year. His blood pressure was 110/70 mm Hg. Echocardiograph revealed increased trabeculations below the level of papillary muscle of left ventricle (LV); deep intertrabecular recesses in the endocardial wall of LV particularly in apex free wall; and LV ejection fraction of 57%. A coronary computerized tomography scan showed that part, 38.9?cm, of left descending artery tunnel was surrounding by cardiac muscles rather than resting on top of the myocardium. The therapeutics interventions included lifestyle cares, agents of anti-ischemia and improvement myocardial cell metabolism. The patient was followed up for 2.6 years, and his general condition was stable. This case indicates that NVM can be developed with MB, and the complete diagnosis of NVM and MB should be made by different image studies. PMID:26356695

  3. Methane attenuates myocardial ischemia injury in rats through anti-oxidative, anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory actions.

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    Chen, Ouyang; Ye, Zhouheng; Cao, Zhiyong; Manaenko, Anatol; Ning, Ke; Zhai, Xiao; Zhang, Rongjia; Zhang, Ting; Chen, Xiao; Liu, Wenwu; Sun, Xuejun

    2016-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) remains the most frequent cardiovascular disease with high mortality. Recently, methane has been shown protective effects on small intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury. We hypothesized that methane-rich saline (MS) could protect the myocardium again MI via its anti-oxidative, anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory effects. In experiment 1, tetrazolium chloride staining and detection of myocardial enzymes and oxidative and inflammatory parameters were performed at 12h after MI to determine the optimal dose at which intraperitoneal MS exerted the best protective effects on MI. In experiment 2, rats were treated with 10ml/kg MS. Myocyte apoptosis was detected 72h after MI, and cardiac function and myocardial remodeling were evaluated 4 weeks after MI. Results showed different dose of MS reduced infarct area, decreased myocardial enzymes, inhibited inflammation and oxidative stress following MI. The optimal dose of MS was 10mg/kg. Moreover, treatment with 10mg/kg MS for 3 days significantly reduced myocyte apoptosis, improved cardiac function and inhibited myocardial remodeling (reduced anterior wall thickness, attenuated myocyte hypertrophy, and decreased myocardial collagen). MS protects the myocardium of MI rats via its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and anti-remodeling activities. Thus, MS provides a novel and promising strategy for the treatment of ischemic heart diseases. PMID:26585905

  4. In vivo study of myocardial elastography under graded ischemia conditions

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    Lee, Wei-Ning; Provost, Jean; Fujikura, Kana; Wang, Jie; Konofagou, Elisa E.

    2011-02-01

    The capability of currently available echocardiography-based strain estimation techniques to fully map myocardial abnormality at early stages of myocardial ischemia is yet to be investigated. In this study, myocardial elastography (ME), a radio-frequency (RF)-based strain imaging technique that maps the full 2D transmural angle-independent strain tensor in standard echocardiographic views at both high spatial and temporal resolution is presented. The objectives were to (1) evaluate the performance of ME on mapping the onset, extent and progression of myocardial ischemia at graded coronary constriction levels (from partial to complete coronary flow reduction), and (2) validate the accuracy of the strain estimates against sonomicrometry (SM) measurements. A non-survival canine ischemic model (n = 5) was performed by gradually constricting the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary blood flow from 0% (baseline blood flow) to 100% (zero blood flow) at 20% increments. An open-architecture ultrasound system was used to acquire RF echocardiograms in a standard full short-axis view at the frame rate of 211 fps, at least twice higher than what is typically used in conventional echocardiographic systems, using a previously developed, fully automated composite technique. Myocardial deformation was estimated by ME and validated against sonomicrometry. ME estimates and maps transmural (1) 2D displacements using RF cross-correlation and recorrelation; and (2) 2D polar (radial and circumferential) strains, derived from 2D (i.e. both lateral and axial) displacement components, at high accuracy. Full-view strain images were shown and found to reliably depict decreased myocardial function in the region at risk at increased levels of coronary flow reduction. The ME radial strain was deemed to be a more sensitive, quantitative, regional measure of myocardial ischemia as a result of coronary flow reduction when compared to the conventional wall motion score index and ejection fraction. Good agreement (0.22% strain bias, 95% limits of agreement) using Bland-Altman analysis and good correlation (r = 0.84) were found between the ME and SM measurements. These findings demonstrate for the first time that ME could map angle-independent strains to non-invasively detect, localize and characterize the early onset of myocardial ischemia, i.e. at 40%, and possibly as low as 20%, LAD flow reduction, which could be further associated with the severity of coronary stenosis.

  5. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors post-myocardial infarction.

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    Young, J B

    1995-08-01

    Results from SOLVD, SAVE, AIRE, GISSI-III, ISIS-IV, and the Chinese Captopril Trial suggest that therapy with ACE inhibitors, at least with enalapril, captopril, ramipril, and lisinopril, induce significant reduction in morbidity and mortality rates in patients with ischemic heart disease, myocardial infarction, and a wide range of ventricular function and myocardial infarction. SOLVD and SAVE results, in particular, demonstrate improved survival and reduced major ischemic events in patients with depressed systolic ventricular function. SOLVD points out that institution of ACE inhibitor therapy need not be done immediately post-myocardial infarction to accrue benefit. GISSI-III and ISIS-IV, on the other hand, suggest that use of ACE inhibitor drugs early post-myocardial infarction produces significant, albeit small, benefits when drugs are begun early post-event in conjunction with other routinely used therapeutic strategies. The prospective, well-designed, and well-controlled nature of these clinical trials, the consistency of their findings, and the high level of morbidity and mortality in placebo groups establish the importance of preventing ischemic events with the prescribed ACE inhibitors. Particularly important is the fact that none of these clinical trials were designed to determine optimal dose or frequency of administration of the ACE inhibitors chosen. Targeting dose principles were utilized and clinicians wishing to generate similar results in their own patient population should choose one of the ACE inhibitors studied and administer it in the manner described in hopes of achieving outcomes similar to those detailed in the summarized clinical trials. Finally, recommendations regarding post-myocardial infarction therapy with ACE inhibitors can be summarized. Patients having acute or remote infarction should have an assessment of ventricular function. All patients with depressed systolic function, whether they are or are not symptomatic, should receive a trial of an appropriate ACE inhibitor. Patients suffering an acute myocardial infarction should have an assessment of ventricular function early and, if the ejection fraction is low (probably < 50%), an appropriately chosen ACE inhibitor should be begun after 24 hours have elapsed. ACE inhibitor therapy should be begun in combination with other proven effective post-myocardial infarction treatment strategies. In patients with normal systolic function, advantages of ACE inhibitor therapy are less clear, but patients with large anterior wall myocardial infarction will likely benefit, even without objective evidence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Concomitant utilization of thrombolytic agents, aspirin, and beta blockers should not interdict use of ACE inhibitor therapy. PMID:7585774

  6. Rapamycin Treatment of Healthy Pigs Subjected to Acute Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Attenuates Cardiac Functions and Increases Myocardial Necrosis

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    Lassaletta, Antonio D; Elmadhun, Nassrene Y; Zanetti, Arthus V D; Feng, Jun; Anduaga, Javier; Gohh, Reginald Y.; Sellke, Frank W; Bianchi, Cesario

    2013-01-01

    Background The Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) pathway is a major regulator of cell immunity and metabolism. mTOR is a well-known suppressor of tissue rejection in organ transplants, however, it has other non-immune functions including in the cardiovascular system, where it is a regulator of heart hypertrophy and locally, in coated vascular stents, inhibits vascular wall cell growth and hence neointimal formation/restenosis. Because the mTOR pathway plays major roles in normal cell growth, metabolism and survival, we hypothesized that inhibiting it with rapamycin, prior to an acute myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), would confer cardioprotection by virtue of slowing down cardiac function and metabolism. Methods Yorkshire pigs received orally either placebo or 4 mg/day rapamycin for 7 days before the IRI. All animals underwent median sternotomy and the mid-left anterior descending coronary artery was occluded for 60 min followed by 120 min of reperfusion. Left ventricular pressure-volume data was collected throughout the operation. The ischemic and infarcted areas were determined by monastral blue and triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining, respectively and plasma cardiac troponin I concentration. mTOR kinase activities were monitored in remote cardiac tissue by western blotting with specific antibodies against specific substrates phosphorylating sites. Results Rapamycin pre-treatement impaired endothelial-dependent vasorelaxation, attenuated cardiac function during IRI, and increased myocardial necrosis. Western blotting confirmed effective inhibition of myocardial mTOR kinase activities. Conclusions Pre-treatment of healthy pigs with rapamycin prior to acute myocardial IRI is associated with decreased cardiac function and higher myocardial necrosis. PMID:24266948

  7. Myocardial Infarction and Functional Outcome Assessment in Pigs

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    Koudstaal, Stefan; Jansen of Lorkeers, Sanne J.; Gho, Johannes M.I.H.; van Hout, Gerardus P.J; Jansen, Marlijn S.; Grndeman, Paul F.; Pasterkamp, Gerard; Doevendans, Pieter A.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction of newly discovered cardiovascular therapeutics into first-in-man trials depends on a strictly regulated ethical and legal roadmap. One important prerequisite is a good understanding of all safety and efficacy aspects obtained in a large animal model that validly reflect the human scenario of myocardial infarction (MI). Pigs are widely used in this regard since their cardiac size, hemodynamics, and coronary anatomy are close to that of humans. Here, we present an effective protocol for using the porcine MI model using a closed-chest coronary balloon occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD), followed by reperfusion. This approach is based on 90 min of myocardial ischemia, inducing large left ventricle infarction of the anterior, septal and inferoseptal walls. Furthermore, we present protocols for various measures of outcome that provide a wide range of information on the heart, such as cardiac systolic and diastolic function, hemodynamics, coronary flow velocity, microvascular resistance, and infarct size. This protocol can be easily tailored to meet study specific requirements for the validation of novel cardioregenerative biologics at different stages (i.e. directly after the acute ischemic insult, in the subacute setting or even in the chronic MI once scar formation has been completed). This model therefore provides a useful translational tool to study MI, subsequent adverse remodeling, and the potential of novel cardioregenerative agents. PMID:24796715

  8. Comparison of enzymic with cineangiocardiographic estimations of myocardial infarct size.

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    Sammel, N L; Stuckey, J G; Brandt, P W; Norris, R M

    1980-01-01

    Comparisons were made between enzymic indices of myocardial infarct size (total creatine kinase appearance and peak enzyme activity) measured during the acute state of a first myocardial infarct in 32 male patients, and analysis of contraction abnormalities in biplane left ventricular cineangiocardiograms performed one month later. The cineangiocardiograms were analysed independently by two radiologists, each using two different methods for quantification of subjectively classified abnormalities of left ventricular wall motion. A very strong correlation was found between the two enzymic indices of infarct size and somewhat weaker correlations between assessment of contractility abnormalities made by the two radiologists using the same method, or by the same radiologist using the two different methods. Comparisons between enzymic and angiocardiographic indices for all infarcts showed correlation coefficients (r) within the range of 0.53 to 0.72. With all comparisons of enzymic with radiological indices r values were higher for anterior infarcts than for inferior infarcts, and there was a tendency for higher enzyme levels for a given degree of left ventricular damage in inferior than in anterior infarction. This may be the result of variable degrees of right ventricular damage in inferior infarction. PMID:7426141

  9. Kappa-opioid receptor antagonism improves recovery from myocardial stunning in chronically instrumented dogs.

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    Grosse Hartlage, Maike A; Theisen, Marc M; Monteiro de Oliveira, Nelson P; Van Aken, Hugo; Fobker, Manfred; Weber, Thomas P

    2006-10-01

    We tested the hypothesis that the selective kappa-opioid receptor antagonist nor-binaltorphimine (nor-BNI) improves recovery from myocardial stunning. Ten dogs were chronically instrumented for measurement of heart rate, left atrial, aortic and left ventricular pressure (LVP), and the maximum rate of LVP increase (LV dP/dt(max)) and decrease (LV dP/dt(max)), coronary blood flow velocity and myocardial wall-thickening fraction. Regional myocardial blood flow was determined with fluorescent microspheres. Catecholamine plasma levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography, and beta-endorphin and dynorphin plasma levels by radioimmunoassay. An occluder around the left anterior descending artery (LAD) allowed induction of a reversible LAD-ischemia. Animals underwent two experiments in a randomized crossover fashion on separate days: (a) 10 min LAD-occlusion (control experiment), (b) second ischemic episode 24 h after nor-BNI (2.5 mg/kg IV) (intervention). Dogs receiving nor-BNI showed an increase in wall-thickening fraction, LV dP/dt(max) and LV dP/dt(min) before ischemia and during the whole reperfusion (P < 0.05 versus control experiment). After nor-BNI pretreatment, dynorphin levels increased after induction of ischemia to a peak level of 15.1 +/- 3.6 pg/mL (P < 0.05 versus control experiment). The increase in plasma beta-endorphin during ischemia and early reperfusion was attenuated after nor-BNI. Compared with the control experiment, nor-BNI left global hemodynamics, regional myocardial blood flow, and catecholamine levels unchanged. In conclusion, nor-BNI improves recovery from myocardial stunning after regional myocardial ischemia in chronically instrumented dogs. PMID:17000788

  10. Myocardial Drug Distribution Generated from Local Epicardial Application: Potential Impact of Cardiac Capillary Perfusion in a Swine Model Using Epinephrine

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    Maslov, Mikhail Y.; Edelman, Elazer R.; Pezone, Matthew J.; Wei, Abraham E.; Wakim, Matthew G.; Murray, Michael R.; Tsukada, Hisashi; Gerogiannis, Iraklis S.; Groothuis, Adam; Lovich, Mark A.

    2014-01-01

    Prior studies in small mammals have shown that local epicardial application of inotropic compounds drives myocardial contractility without systemic side effects. Myocardial capillary blood flow, however, may be more significant in larger species than in small animals. We hypothesized that bulk perfusion in capillary beds of the large mammalian heart enhances drug distribution after local release, but also clears more drug from the tissue target than in small animals. Epicardial (EC) drug releasing systems were used to apply epinephrine to the anterior surface of the left heart of swine in either point-sourced or distributed configurations. Following local application or intravenous (IV) infusion at the same dose rates, hemodynamic responses, epinephrine levels in the coronary sinus and systemic circulation, and drug deposition across the ventricular wall, around the circumference and down the axis, were measured. EC delivery via point-source release generated transmural epinephrine gradients directly beneath the site of application extending into the middle third of the myocardial thickness. Gradients in drug deposition were also observed down the length of the heart and around the circumference toward the lateral wall, but not the interventricular septum. These gradients extended further than might be predicted from simple diffusion. The circumferential distribution following local epinephrine delivery from a distributed source to the entire anterior wall drove drug toward the inferior wall, further than with point-source release, but again, not to the septum. This augmented drug distribution away from the release source, down the axis of the left ventricle, and selectively towards the left heart follows the direction of capillary perfusion away from the anterior descending and circumflex arteries, suggesting a role for the coronary circulation in determining local drug deposition and clearance. The dominant role of the coronary vasculature is further suggested by the elevated drug levels in the coronary sinus effluent. Indeed, plasma levels, hemodynamic responses, and myocardial deposition remote from the point of release were similar following local EC or IV delivery. Therefore, the coronary vasculature shapes the pharmacokinetics of local myocardial delivery of small catecholamine drugs in large animal models. Optimal design of epicardial drug delivery systems must consider the underlying bulk capillary perfusion currents within the tissue to deliver drug to tissue targets and may favor therapeutic molecules with better potential retention in myocardial tissue. PMID:25234821

  11. Interpolating scan and oblique-angle tomograms in myocardial PET using nitrogen-13 ammonia

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    Senda, M.; Yonekura, Y.; Tamaki, N.; Saji, H.; Koide, H.; Nohara, R.; Kambara, H.; Konishi, Y.; Torizuka, K.

    1986-12-01

    The effect of low sensitivity areas or gaps between adjacent slices of the multislice positron emission tomography on detection of myocardial perfusion abnormality with /sup 13/NH/sub 3/ was evaluated segmentally in 36 patients with coronary artery disease at rest or during exercise. The detectability of the defects in RCA or LAD region was 80% in single-position scans in stress studies. The false-negative defects were located mainly in the inferior wall, apicoinferior wall, or high anterior wall. When the patients were moved half the slice interval to perform the interpolating scan, and the two sets of images were interlaced with each other, the detectability increased to 88%. The interpolating scan also allowed reconstruction of long-axis and short-axis tomograms in high quality, which further improved the detectability of perfusion defects (100% for RCA or LAD and 75% for LCX lesion) and helped in understanding the anatomic relationships to the coronary artery territories.

  12. Effect of alpha lipoic acid co-administration on structural and immunohistochemical changes in subcutaneous tissue of anterior abdominal wall of adult male albino rat in response to polypropylene mesh implantation.

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    Mazroa, Shireen A; Asker, Samar A; Asker, Waleed; Abd Ellatif, Mohamed

    2015-06-01

    Polypropylene mesh is commonly used in the treatment of abdominal hernia. Different approaches were addressed to improve their tissue integration and consequently reduce long-term complications. This study aimed to investigate the effect of alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) co-administration on structural and immunohistochemical (IHC) changes in the subcutaneous tissues of the anterior abdominal wall of the adult rat in response to polypropylene mesh implantation. Forty adult male albino rats were divided into: group I (control), group II (receiving ALA), group III (polypropylene mesh implantation) and group IV (mesh implantation+ALA co-administration). After 4weeks, subcutaneous tissue samples were prepared for light microscopy and IHC study of CD34 as a marker for angiogenesis. In groups I and II rats, positive CD34 expression was demonstrated by IHC reaction, localized to endothelial cells lining small blood vessels. Group III showed an excess inflammatory reaction, deposition of both regular and irregularly arranged collagen fibres around mesh pores and few elastic fibres. CD34-positive was detected not only in cells lining small blood vessels but also in other cells scattered in the connective tissue indicating angiogenesis. In group IV, ALA co-administration resulted in less inflammatory reaction, regular collagen deposition, enhanced elastic fibres synthesis and a significant increase in CD34-positive cells and small blood vessels reflecting improved angiogenesis. ALA co-administration with polypropylene mesh implantation controlled the inflammatory reaction, helped regular collagen deposition, enhanced elastic fibres synthesis and improved angiogenesis in the subcutaneous tissue of anterior abdominal wall of adult albino rats, suggesting a possible role of ALA in optimizing mesh integration in subcutaneous tissue. PMID:25891652

  13. When heart goes BOOM to fast. Heart rate greater than 80 as mortality predictor in acute myocardial infarction

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    Davidovic, Goran; Iric-Cupic, Violeta; Milanov, Srdjan; Dimitijevic, Aleksandra; Petrovic-Janicijevic, Mirjana

    2013-01-01

    Many prospective studies established association between high heart rate and increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, independently of other risk factors. Heart rate over 80 beats per minute more often leads to atherosclerotic plaque disruption, the main step in developing acute coronary syndrome. Purpose was to investigate the incidence of higher heart rate levels in patients with anterior wall acute myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation and the influence of heart rate on mortality. Research included 140 patients with anterior wall acute myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation treated in Coronary Unit, Clinical Center Kragujevac in the period from January 2001-June 2006. Heart rate was calculated as the mean value of baseline and heart rate in the first 30 minutes after admission. Other risk factors were also followed to determine their connection with elevated heart rate. Results showed that the majority of patients survived (over 70%). In a total number of patients, more than 75% had a heart rate levels greater than 80 beats per minute. There was a significant difference in heart rate on addmision between survivors and patients who died, with a greater levels in patients with fatal outcome. Both, univariate and multivariate regression analysis singled out heart rate greater than 80 beats per minute as independent mortality predictor in these patients. Heart rate greater than 80 beats per minute is a major, independent risk factor for morbidity and important predictor of mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction. PMID:23991346

  14. Myocardial perfusion imaging using contrast echocardiography.

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    Pathan, Faraz; Marwick, Thomas H

    2015-01-01

    Microbubbles are an excellent intravascular tracer, and both the rate of myocardial opacification (analogous to coronary microvascular perfusion) and contrast intensity (analogous to myocardial blood volume) provide unique insights into myocardial perfusion. A strong evidence base has been accumulated to show comparability with nuclear perfusion imaging and incremental diagnostic and prognostic value relative to wall motion analysis. This technique also provides the possibility to measure myocardial perfusion at the bedside. Despite all of these advantages, the technique is complicated, technically challenging, and has failed to scale legislative and financial hurdles. The development of targeted imaging and therapeutic interventions will hopefully rekindle interest in this interesting modality. PMID:25817740

  15. Myocardial viability.

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    Birnbaum, Y; Kloner, R A

    1996-01-01

    Left ventricular function is a major predictor of outcome in patients with coronary artery disease. Acute ischemia, postischemic dysfunction (stunning), myocardial hibernation, or a combination of these 3 are among the reversible forms of myocardial dysfunction. In myocardial stunning, dysfunction occurs despite normal myocardial perfusion, and function recovers spontaneously over time. In acute ischemia and hibernation, there is regional hypoperfusion. Function improves only after revascularization. Evidence of myocardial viability usually relies on the demonstration of uptake of various metabolic tracers, such as thallium (thallous chloride TI 201) or fludeoxyglucose F 18, by dysfunctional myocardium or by the demonstration of contractile reserve in a dysfunctional region. This can be shown as an augmentation of function during the infusion of various sympathomimetic agents. The response of ventricular segments to increasing doses of dobutamine may indicate the underlying mechanism of dysfunction. Stunned segments that have normal perfusion show dose-dependent augmentation of function. If perfusion is reduced as in hibernating myocardium, however, a biphasic response usually occurs: function improves at low doses of dobutamine, whereas higher doses may induce ischemia and, hence, dysfunction. But in patients with severely impaired perfusion, even low doses may cause ischemia. Myocardial regions with subendocardial infarction or diffuse scarring may also have augmented contractility during catecholamine infusion due to stimulation of the subepicardial layers. In these cases, augmentation of function after revascularization is not expected. Because the underlying mechanism, prognosis, and therapy may differ among these conditions, it is crucial to differentiate among dysfunctional myocardial segments that are nonviable and have no potential to regain function, hibernating or ischemic segments in which recovery of function occurs only after revascularization, and myocardial stunning in which function is expected to recover spontaneously. Because combinations of all of these disorders may occur, even in the same segments, caution should be used in interpreting the imaging results. PMID:9000857

  16. Relation between coronary artery stenosis and myocardial purine metabolism, histology and regional function in humans.

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    Flameng, W; Vanhaecke, J; Van Belle, H; Borgers, M; De Beer, L; Minten, J

    1987-06-01

    In 54 patients undergoing elective or emergency aortocoronary bypass grafting, angiographic and electrocardiographic changes were studied. Five patients with unstable angina and five patients with evolving myocardial infarction were included. High energy phosphate metabolism and the histologic appearance of the myocardium were analyzed in transmural biopsy specimens acquired at the time of surgery. In patients without anterior infarction on the electrocardiogram, severe stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery resulted in a reduction of anterior wall motion that was associated with a partial depletion of the adenylate pool. Mitochondrial function, however, remained intact: the adenosine diphosphate/adenosine triphosphate ratio, the energy charge and the creatine phosphate/adenosine triphosphate ratio were in the normal range. Histologic assessment demonstrated viable myocardium with a high incidence of atrophic cells. In evolving myocardial infarction, 170 minutes of acute coronary artery obstruction resulted in anterior wall akinesia associated with a decrease of the sum of the adenylates to 52% and of creatine phosphate to 16% of their normal value (p less than 0.05). The nucleosides accumulated; their major fraction (91%) was inosine. The adenosine diphosphate/adenosine triphosphate ratio increased from 0.14 +/- 0.04 to 0.49 +/- 0.20 (p less than 0.01) and the energy charge decreased from 0.924 +/- 0.021 to 0.660 +/- 0.169 (p less than 0.01). Ultrastructure examination revealed irreversible cell damage in at least the subendocardial layer. These results suggest that the energetic base of reduced contractility due to severe coronary artery stenosis is different from that in acute coronary obstruction.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3584715

  17. Local Epicardial Inotropic Drug Delivery Allows Targeted Pharmacologic Intervention with Preservation of Myocardial Loading Conditions

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    Lovich, Mark A.; Wei, Abraham E.; Maslov, Mikhail; Wu, Peter I.; Edelman, Elazer R.

    2015-01-01

    Local myocardial application of inotropes may allow the study of pharmacologically augmented central myocardial contraction in the absence of confounding peripheral vasodilating effects and alterations in heart loading conditions. Novel alginate epicardial (EC) drug releasing platforms were used to deliver dobutamine to the left ventricle of rats. Pressure volume analyses indicated that while both local and systemic (IV) use of inotropic drugs increase stroke volume and contractility, systemic infusion does so through heart unloading. Conversely, EC application preserves heart load and systemic blood pressure. Epicardial dobutamine increased indices of contractility with less rise in heart rate and lower reduction in systemic vascular resistance than IV infusion. Drug sampling showed that dobutamine concentration was 650-fold higher in the anterior wall than in the inferior wall The plasma dobutamine concentration with local delivery was about half as much as with systemic infusion. These data suggest that inotropic EC delivery has a localized effect and augments myocardial contraction by different mechanisms than systemic infusion, with far fewer side effects. These studies demonstrate a pharmacologic paradigm that may improve heart function without interference from effects on the vasculature, alterations in heart loading and may ultimately improve the health of heart failure patients. PMID:21721001

  18. A Novel Diagnostic Aid for Detection of Intra-Abdominal Adhesions to the Anterior Abdominal Wall Using Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Randall, David; Fenner, John; Gillott, Richard; Ten Broek, Richard; Strik, Chema; Spencer, Paul; Bardhan, Karna Dev

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Abdominal adhesions can cause serious morbidity and complicate subsequent operations. Their diagnosis is often one of exclusion due to a lack of a reliable, non-invasive diagnostic technique. Development and testing of a candidate technique are described below. Method. During respiration, smooth visceral sliding motion occurs between the abdominal contents and the walls of the abdominal cavity. We describe a technique involving image segmentation and registration to calculate shear as an analogue for visceral slide based on the tracking of structures throughout the respiratory cycle. The presence of an adhesion is attributed to a resistance to visceral slide resulting in a discernible reduction in shear. The abdominal movement due to respiration is captured in sagittal dynamic MR images. Results. Clinical images were selected for analysis, including a patient with a surgically confirmed adhesion. Discernible reduction in shear was observed at the location of the adhesion while a consistent, gradually changing shear was observed in the healthy volunteers. Conclusion. The technique and its validation show encouraging results for adhesion detection but a larger study is now required to confirm its potential. PMID:26880884

  19. A Novel Diagnostic Aid for Detection of Intra-Abdominal Adhesions to the Anterior Abdominal Wall Using Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Randall, David; Fenner, John; Gillott, Richard; ten Broek, Richard; Strik, Chema; Spencer, Paul; Bardhan, Karna Dev

    2016-01-01

    Introduction. Abdominal adhesions can cause serious morbidity and complicate subsequent operations. Their diagnosis is often one of exclusion due to a lack of a reliable, non-invasive diagnostic technique. Development and testing of a candidate technique are described below. Method. During respiration, smooth visceral sliding motion occurs between the abdominal contents and the walls of the abdominal cavity. We describe a technique involving image segmentation and registration to calculate shear as an analogue for visceral slide based on the tracking of structures throughout the respiratory cycle. The presence of an adhesion is attributed to a resistance to visceral slide resulting in a discernible reduction in shear. The abdominal movement due to respiration is captured in sagittal dynamic MR images. Results. Clinical images were selected for analysis, including a patient with a surgically confirmed adhesion. Discernible reduction in shear was observed at the location of the adhesion while a consistent, gradually changing shear was observed in the healthy volunteers. Conclusion. The technique and its validation show encouraging results for adhesion detection but a larger study is now required to confirm its potential. PMID:26880884

  20. Clinical, angiographic, hemodynamic, perfusional and functional changes after one-vessel left anterior descending coronary angioplasty

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    Okada, R.D.; Lim, Y.L.; Boucher, C.A.; Pohost, G.M.; Chesler, D.A.; Block, P.C.

    1985-02-01

    Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) was successfully performed in 20 patients with 1-vessel left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery disease. Exercise capacity in terms of peak workload, heart rate and systolic blood pressure all increased significantly 1 week after PTCA. All patients had some decrease in stenosis size and gradient. All patients except 1 had an improvement in functional class. Eight of 12 patients with abnormal exercise electrocardiograms before PTCA had normal electrocardiograms after the procedure. Exercise thallium-201 (TI-201) myocardial perfusion images obtained in all 20 patients before and 1 week after PTCA were analyzed using a new computer method designed to quantitate regional myocardial TI-201 distribution, redistribution and clearance rate. Significant improvement in TI-201 activity was present in the anterior and septal segments of the left ventricle 1 week after PTCA. This increase in TI-201 uptake was associated with a significant reduction in the amount of TI-201 redistribution between initial and delayed postexercise images in the same regions. TI-201 clearance rate in the segments supplied by the dilated vessel also improved significantly. Abnormal TI-201 lung uptake was seen in 17 patients before and in 4 patients after PTCA. Exercise ejection fraction response and septal wall motion also improved after PTCA of the LAD stenosis in all 17 patients who had exercise radionuclide ventriculography.

  1. Mathematical model of blunt injury to the vascular wall via formation of rouleaux and changes in local hemodynamic and rheological factors. Implications for the mechanism of traumatic myocardial infarction

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    Ismailov, Rovshan M

    2005-01-01

    Background Blood viscosity is fundamentally important in clinical practice yet the apparent viscosity at very low shear rates is not well understood. Various conditions such as blunt trauma may lead to the appearance of zones inside the vessel where shear stress equals zero. The aim of this research was to determine the blood viscosity and quantitative aspects of rouleau formation from erythrocytes at yield velocity (and therefore shear stress) equal to zero. Various fundamental differential equations and aspects of multiphase medium theory have been used. The equations were solved by a method of approximation. Experiments were conducted in an aerodynamic tube. Results The following were determined: (1) The dependence of the viscosity of a mixture on volume fraction during sedimentation of a group of particles (forming no aggregates), confirmed by published experimental data on the volume fractions of the second phase (f2) up to 0.6; (2) The dependence of the viscosity of the mixture on the volume fraction of erythrocytes during sedimentation of rouleaux when yield velocity is zero; (3) The increase in the viscosity of a mixture with an increasing erythrocyte concentration when yield velocity is zero; (4) The dependence of the quantity of rouleaux on shear stress (the higher the shear stress, the fewer the rouleaux) and on erythrocyte concentration (the more erythrocytes, the more rouleaux are formed). Conclusions This work represents one of few attempts to estimate extreme values of viscosity at low shear rate. It may further our understanding of the mechanism of blunt trauma to the vessel wall and therefore of conditions such as traumatic acute myocardial infarction. Such estimates are also clinically significant, since abnormal values of blood viscosity have been observed in many pathological conditions such as traumatic crush syndrome, cancer, acute myocardial infarction and peripheral vascular disease. PMID:15799779

  2. Accuracy of localization of acute myocardial infarction by 12 lead electrocardiography

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    Yasuda, T.; Ribeiro, L.G.; Holman, B.L.; Alpert, J.S.; Maroko, P.R.

    1982-04-01

    Until recently, ECG accuracy in localizing acute myocardial infarction (AMI) could be assessed only by comparing the ECGs with autopsy findings. This approach, however, preselected patients, including only those who died. It is possible that this postmortem group of patients would be different from the whole population of patients with AMI. Myocardial imaging with /sup 99/mTc-pyrophosphate offers the advantage of directly localizing the region of injured myocardium in the acute phase of AMI. In 34 patients with confirmed AMI and focal uptake of /sup 99/mTc-pyrophosphate, serial ECGs were obtained and interpreted by two independent observers. The sensitivity and specificity of serial ECGs in determining the location of AMI in the five left ventricular (LV) wall segments were determined: (1) in the anterior wall sensitivity was 86.7% and specificity was 89.5%; (2) in the lateral wall sensitivity was 73.7% and specificity was 80.0%; (3) in the high lateral wall sensitivity was 80.0% and specificity was 87.5%; (4) in the inferior wall sensitivity was 87.5% and specificity was 100%; (5) in the true posterior wall sensitivity was 83.3% and specificity was 86.4%. Overall, in the 170 LV wall segments (five per patient) examined, scans localized with a sensitivity of 81.9% and a specificity of 88.8%. After four patients with LBBB were excluded, sensitivity increased to 87.1%. Overall, localization of AMI by serial ECG was accurate in 85.9% of the 34 patients included in the study.

  3. Preemptive heme oxygenase-1 gene delivery reveals reduced mortality and preservation of left ventricular function 1 yr after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Liu, Xiaoli; Simpson, Jeremy A; Brunt, Keith R; Ward, Christopher A; Hall, Sean R R; Kinobe, Robert T; Barrette, Valerie; Tse, M Yat; Pang, Stephen C; Pachori, Alok S; Dzau, Victor J; Ogunyankin, Kofo O; Melo, Luis G

    2007-07-01

    We reported previously that predelivery of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) gene to the heart by adeno-associated virus-2 (AAV-2) markedly reduces ischemia and reperfusion (I/R)-induced myocardial injury. However, the effect of preemptive HO-1 gene delivery on long-term survival and prevention of postinfarction heart failure has not been determined. We assessed the effect of HO-1 gene delivery on long-term survival, myocardial function, and left ventricular (LV) remodeling 1 yr after myocardial infarction (MI) using echocardiographic imaging, pressure-volume (PV) analysis, and histomorphometric approaches. Two groups of Lewis rats were injected with 2 x 10(11) particles of AAV-LacZ (control) or AAV-human HO-1 (hHO-1) in the anterior-posterior apical region of the LV wall. Six weeks after gene transfer, animals were subjected to 30 min of ischemia by ligation of the left anterior descending artery followed by reperfusion. Echocardiographic measurements and PV analysis of LV function were obtained at 2 wk and 12 mo after I/R. One year after acute MI, mortality was markedly reduced in the HO-1-treated animals compared with the LacZ-treated animals. PV analysis demonstrated significantly enhanced LV developed pressure, elevated maximal dP/dt, and lower end-diastolic volume in the HO-1 animals compared with the LacZ animals. Echocardiography showed a larger apical anterior-to-posterior wall ratio in HO-1 animals compared with LacZ animals. Morphometric analysis revealed extensive myocardial scarring and fibrosis in the infarcted LV area of LacZ animals, which was reduced by 62% in HO-1 animals. These results suggest that preemptive HO-1 gene delivery may be useful as a therapeutic strategy to reduce post-MI LV remodeling and heart failure. PMID:17322421

  4. Value and limitations of segmental analysis of stress thallium myocardial imaging for localization of coronary artery disease

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    Rigo, P.; Bailey, I.K.; Griffith, L.S.C.; Pitt, B.; Borow, R.D.; Wagner, H.N.; Becker, L.C.

    1980-05-01

    This study was done to determine the value of thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphic imaging (MSI) for identifying disease in the individual coronary arteries. Segmental analysis of rest and stress MSI was performed in 133 patients with ateriographically proved coronary artery disease (CAD). Certain scintigraphic segments were highly specific (97 to 100%) for the three major coronary arteries: anterior wall and septum for the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery; the inferior wall for the right coronary artery (RCA); and the proximal lateral wall for the circumflex (LCX) artery. Perfusion defects located in the anterolateral wall in the anterior view were highly specific for proximal disease in the LAD involving the major diagonal branches, but this was not true for septal defects. The apical segments were not specific for any of the three major vessels. Although MSI was abnormal in 89% of these patients with CAD, it was less sensitive for identifying individual vessel disease: 63% for LAD, 50% for RCA, and 21% for LCX disease (narrowings > = 50%). Sensitivity increased with the severity of stenosis, but even for 100% occlusions was only 87% for LAD, 58% for RCA and 38% for LCX. Sensitivity diminished as the number of vessels involved increased: with single-vessel disease, 80% of LAD, 54% of RAC and 33% of LCX lesions were detected, but in patients with triple-vessel disease, only 50% of LAD, 50% of RCA and 16% of LCX lesions were identified. Thus, although segmented analysis of MSI can identify disease in the individual coronary arteries with high specificity, only moderate sensitivity is achieved, reflecting the tendency of MSI to identify only the most severely ischemic area among several that may be present in a heart. Perfusion scintigrams display relative distributions rather than absolute values for myocardial blood flow.

  5. Scintigraphic assessment of sympathetic innervation after transmural versus nontransmural myocardial infarction

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    Dae, M.W.; Herre, J.M.; O'Connell, J.W.; Botvinick, E.H.; Newman, D.; Munoz, L. )

    1991-05-01

    To evaluate the feasibility of detecting denervated myocardium in the infarcted canine heart, the distribution of sympathetic nerve endings using I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) was compared with the distribution of perfusion using thallium-201, with the aid of color-coded computer functional map in 16 dogs. Twelve dogs underwent myocardial infarction by injection of vinyl latex into the left anterior descending coronary artery (transmural myocardial infarction, n = 6), or ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery (nontransmural myocardial infarction, n = 6). Four dogs served as sham-operated controls. Image patterns were compared with tissue norepinephrine content and with histofluorescence microscopic findings in biopsy specimens. Hearts with transmural infarction showed zones of absent MIBG and thallium, indicating scar. Adjacent and distal regions showed reduced MIBG but normal thallium uptake, indicating viable but denervated myocardium. Denervation distal to infarction was confirmed by reduced norepinephrine content and absence of nerve fluorescence. Nontransmural myocardial infarction showed zones of wall thinning with decreased thallium uptake and a greater reduction or absence of MIBG localized to the region of the infarct, with minimal extension of denervation beyond the infarct. Norepinephrine content was significantly reduced in the infarct zone, and nerve fluorescence was absent. These findings suggest that (1) MIBG imaging can detect viable and perfused but denervated myocardium after infarction; and (2) as opposed to the distal denervation produced by transmural infarction, nontransmural infarction may lead to regional ischemic damage of sympathetic nerves, but may spare subepicardial nerve trunks that course through the region of infarction to provide a source of innervation to distal areas of myocardium.

  6. A Tissue Engineering Approach to Progenitor Cell Delivery Results in Significant Cell Engraftment and Improved Myocardial Remodeling

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    Simpson, David; Liu, Hong; Fan, Tai-Hwang Michael; Nerem, Robert; Dudley, Samuel C.

    2011-01-01

    Cell replacement therapy has become an attractive solution for myocardial repair. Typical cell delivery techniques, however, suffer from poor cell engraftment and inhomogeneous cell distributions. Therefore, we assessed the hypothesis that an epicardially applied, tissue-engineered cardiac patch containing progenitor cells would result in enhanced exogenous cell engraftment. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) were embedded into a rat tail type I collagen matrix to form the cardiac patch. Myocardial infarction was induced by left anterior descending coronary artery ligation in immunocompetent male cesarean-derived fischer rats, and patches with or without cells were secured to hearts with fibrin sealant. After patch formation, hMSCs retained a viability of >90% over 5 days in culture. In addition, >75% of hMSCs maintained a high degree of potency prior to patch implantation. After 4 days in culture, patches were applied to the epicardial surface of the infarct area and resulted in 23% 4% engraftment of hMSCs at 1 week (n = 6). Patch application resulted in a reduction in left ventricle interior diameter at systole, increased anterior wall thickness, and a 30% increase in fractional shortening. Despite this improvement in myocardial remodeling, hMSCs were not detectable at 4 weeks after patch application, implying that improvement did not require long-term cell engraftment. Patches devoid of progenitor cells showed no improvement in remodeling. In conclusion, pluripotent hMSCs can be efficiently delivered to a site of myocardial injury using an epicardial cardiac patch, and such delivery results in improved myocardial remodeling after infarction. PMID:17525236

  7. Inferior ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Associated with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy

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    Koeth, Oliver; Zeymer, Uwe; Schiele, Rudolf; Zahn, Ralf

    2010-01-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is usually characterized by transient left ventricular apical ballooning. Due to the clinical symptoms which include chest pain, electrocardiographic changes, and elevated myocardial markers, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is frequently mimicking ST-elevation myocardial infarction in the absence of a significant coronary artery disease. Otherwise an acute occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery can produce a typical Takotsubo contraction pattern. ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is frequently associated with emotional stress, but to date no cases of STEMI triggering TCM have been reported. We describe a case of a female patient with inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction complicated by TCM. PMID:20811565

  8. Prediction of single versus multivessel disease following myocardial infarction using 201-thallium scintigraphy and electrocardiographic stress testing

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    Weiss, R.J.; Morise, A.P.; Raabe, D.S. Jr.; Sbarbaro, J.A.

    1983-11-01

    Fifty patients were evaluated who suffered a single myocardial infarction with graded electrocardiographic stress testing, 201-thallium myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography to assess the role of noninvasive indices as predictors of single versus multivessel coronary artery disease. Multivessel involvement was defined angiographically as the presence of two or more major coronary arteries with at least a 70% intraluminal diameter narrowing. Multivessel disease was defined scintigraphically as the presence of stress and/or redistribution perfusion defects in the distribution of more than one coronary artery. The results of stress electrocardiography were not useful in differentiating patients with single (9/16 positive) versus multivessel (22/34 positive) disease. The degree of exercise-induced ST-segment depression was also not helpful. Stress 201-thallium imaging did offer limited additional information with correct predictions of multivessel disease in 21 of 26 patients. Predictions of single-vessel disease were accurate in 11 of 24 patients. Eleven of these 13 incorrect predictions of single-vessel disease were due to the relative insensitivity of the thallium stress image to perceive defect in the anterior wall when the left anterior descending artery had significant obstruction at catheterization. Further refinements of stress perfusion imaging are needed before this method can be used to reliably separate patients with single and multivessel disease after myocardial infarction.

  9. Location of myocardial necrosis as an independent determinant of left ventricular performance: analysis of 96 patients

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    Fox, R.; Hakki, A.H.; Iskandrian, A.S.; Kane, S.

    1984-02-01

    This study determines whether the location of myocardial scarring has an effect independent of its size on left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) in patients with coronary artery disease. Two groups of patients were studied: Group I (n . 44) had resting thallium-201 perfusion defects involving the anterior wall or septum or both, and Group II (n . 52) had perfusion defects involving the inferior wall or posterior wall or both. The thallium images were divided into 5 segments in each of 3 projections, and the thallium score was determined from the number of abnormal segments and the degree of reduction of thallium uptake; the higher the score, the more severe the perfusion deficit. If the thallium score was less than or equal to 10, EF was 45 +/- 14% (mean +/- standard deviation) in Group I and 47 +/- 11% in Group II (p . not significant (NS)). If the thallium score was greater than 10, EF was 30 +/- 12% in Group I and 32 +/- 11% in Group II (NS). Similarly, EF was not significantly different between the 2 groups when the perfusion defects were assessed by the number of abnormal segments. In each group EF was significantly lower as the number of abnormal segments increased or as the thallium score was higher (p less than 0.01). The results were unchanged when patients with resting ischemic defects or women were excluded. Thus, the location of myocardial scar itself is not important in determining LV function. However, the size of the scar is important in determining LVEF.

  10. Myocardial bridges over coronary arteries in Cercopithecus.

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    Teofilovski, G; Filipovic, B; Bogdanovic, D; Trpinac, D; Rankovic, A; Stankovic, G; DiDio, L J

    1992-10-01

    The presence of myocardial bridges over the coronary arteries has been studied in 29 monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) hearts. The great resemblance between the Cercopithecus subepicardial arterial net with the corresponding one in humans has been revealed. There is a high incidence (83%) of myocardial bridges only over the ventricular branches of both coronary arteries. Myocardial bridges are usually (90%) located over the left coronary artery branches, and the left anterior interventricular branch is the most frequently (69%) overbridged vessel. The bridges are always single over the vessel examined and their length varies from 0.5 mm to 31.6 mm. No statistically significant sexual difference in myocardial bridges distribution is reported. PMID:1449220

  11. Trauma induced myocardial infarction.

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    Lolay, Georges A; Abdel-Latif, Ahmed K

    2016-01-15

    Chest Trauma in athletes is a common health problem. However, myocardial infarction secondary to coronary dissection in the setting of blunt chest trauma is extremely rare. We report a case of acute inferior wall myocardial infarction following blunt chest trauma. A 32-year-old male with no relevant medical problems was transferred to our medical center for retrosternal chest pain after being elbowed in the chest during a soccer game. Few seconds later, he started experiencing sharp retrosternal chest pain that was severe to that point where he called the emergency medical service. Upon arrival to the trauma department patient was still complaining of chest pain. ECG demonstrated ST segment elevation in the inferior leads with reciprocal changes in the lateral leads all consistent with active ischemia. After rolling out aortic dissection, patient was loaded with ASA, ticagerlor, heparin and was emergently taken to the cardiac catheterization lab. Coronary angiography demonstrated 100% thrombotic occlusion in the distal right coronary artery with TIMI 0 flow distally. After thrombus aspiration, a focal dissection was noted on the angiogram that was successfully stented. Two days after admission patient was discharged home. Echocardiography prior to discharge showed inferior wall akinesis, normal right ventricular systolic function and normal overall ejection fraction. PMID:26490501

  12. Agreement in human interpretation of analog thallium myocardial perfusion images

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    Atwood, J.E.; Jensen, D.; Froelicher, V.; Witztum, K.; Gerber, K.; Gilpin, E.; Ashburn, W.

    1981-09-01

    To assess the agreement of human interpretation of analog thallium myocardial perfusion images, four experienced interpreters evaluated 100 images on two occasions using a form designed to limit reader variability. A high intraobserver agreement (agreement by same observer at separate times) of 89--93% was found when films were interpreted as normal or abnormal (a dichotomous decision). Interobserver agreement for a majority grouping of observers (three or four) was 75% for an abnormal and 68% for a normal interpretation. However, agreement ranged from 11--79% when interpreters were asked to read the anatomic location of defects. Posterior and lateral wall defects were interpreted with the least amount of agreement. These results indicate that caution must be taken when interpreting defect location. Using a scale of 1--10 to grade the severity of a defect, correlations of 0.82--0.86 were found when reading defects in the lateral and anterior projections. Higher correlations, from 0.86--0.94, were found in left anterior oblique views. Use of reporting forms with specific criteria, multiple observers at one occasion, and/or computer processing may improve agreement. A brief review of the agreement of cardiology testing procedures is also presented.

  13. Enoximone very low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography: a new test for detecting viability in severe myocardial dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Mangieri, Enrico; Tanzilli, Gaetano; Barill, Francesco; Pannitteri, Gaetano; Acconcia, Maria Cristina; Mezzanotte, Roberto; Donati, Roberto; Comito, Cosimo; Critelli, Giuseppe

    2003-09-01

    Relying on the synergistic action on contractility of enoximone and dobutamine when concomitantly infused, 25 patients with their first acute Q-wave anterior myocardial infarctions underwent conventional low-dose dobutamine echocardiography (LDE) and enoximone very-LDE to assess myocardial viability in severely dysfunctioning areas. Images were recorded at peak of pharmacodynamic effect of drugs and 4 months after revascularization. At peak-dose stage of LDE and enoximone very-LDE the regional infarct zone wall-motion score significantly decreased from the basal value of 25.6 +/- 2.9 to 16 +/- 6.0 (P <.001) and to 14.5 +/- 5.2 (P <.001), respectively. A high correlation was found by comparing the wall-motion score of each patient calculated at peak effect of combined drug administration with follow-up values (r(s) = 0.9). Enoximone very-LDE has proven to be a new test useful to evaluate viability in asynergic segments especially when the results of conventional tests are questionable. PMID:12931106

  14. High reproducibility of adenosine stress cardiac MR myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Lawson, Mark A; Bell, Susan P; Adkisson, Douglas W; Wang, Li; Ooi, Henry; Sawyer, Douglas B; Kronenberg, Marvin W

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the reproducibility of first-pass contrast-enhanced cardiac MR (CMR) myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). Design Prospective observational study. Setting Single centre, tertiary care hospital. Participants 6 outpatient participants with NIDCM. Outcome Reproducibility of semiquantitative myocardial perfusion analysis by CMR. Method 6 patients with NIDCM were studied twice using first-pass of contrast transit through the left ventricular (LV) myocardium with a saturation-recovery gradient echo sequence at rest and during adenosine-induced hyperaemia. The anterior wall was divided into endocardial (Endo) and epicardial (Epi) segments. The Myocardial Perfusion Index (MPI) was calculated as the myocardial signal augmentation rate normalised to the LV cavity rate. The Myocardial Perfusion Reserve Index (MPRI) was calculated as hyperaemic/resting MPI. Results Between study 1 and 2, median MPI was similar for resting Endo (0.076 vs 0.077), hyperaemic Endo (0.143 vs 0.143), resting Epi (0.073 vs 0.074), and hyperaemic Epi (0.135 vs 0.134). Median MPRI was similar for Endo (1.84 vs 1.87) and Epi (1.90 vs 2.00). Combining Endo and Epi MPI (N=12), there was excellent agreement between Study 1 and 2 for resting MPI (r=0.998, intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) 0.998, coefficients of variation (CoV) 1.4%), hyperaemic MPI (r=0.979, ICC 0.963, CoV 3.3%) and MPRI (r=0.989, ICC 0.94, CoV 3.8%). Conclusions Resting and hyperaemic myocardial perfusion using a normalised upslope analysis during adenosine CMR is a highly reproducible technique in patients with NIDCM. Trial registration number Clinical Trials.Gov ID NCT00574119. PMID:25515841

  15. Functional tests for myocardial ischemia

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    Levinson, J.R.; Guiney, T.E.; Boucher, C.A. )

    1991-01-01

    Functional tests for myocardial ischemia are numerous. Most depend upon a combination of either exercise or pharmacologic intervention with analysis of the electrocardiogram, of regional perfusion with radionuclide imaging, or of regional wall motion with radionuclide imaging or echocardiography. While each test has unique features, especially at the research level, they are generally quite similar in clinical practice, so the clinician is advised to concentrate on one or two in which local expertise is high.22 references.

  16. Myocardial abscess complicating healed myocardial infarction.

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    Weisz, S.; Young, D. G.

    1977-01-01

    An isolated myocardial abscess due to Bacteroides fragilis developed in the scar of a myocardial infarction. Fever, chills and signs of pericarditis were the main clinical features. Mild enteritis 1 week prior to the onset of symptoms related to the abscess was the most likely cause of the bacteremia. The diagnosis was established at thoracotomy, performed because of cardiac tamponade. Thirteen other cases of isolated bacterial myocardial abscess accompanying myocardial infarction have been reported, but all the infarctions were recent. Surgical resection for a suspected myocardial abscess should be considered in view of the high mortality, largely from cardiac rupture. Images FIG. 1 PMID:861868

  17. Anterior chest wall inflammation by whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in patients with spondyloarthritis: lack of association between clinical and imaging findings in a cross-sectional study

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    2012-01-01

    Introduction Inflammatory involvement of the anterior chest wall (ACW) affects the quality of life of patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA), although involvement of the ACW is often neglected on clinical and imaging evaluation. Whole-body (WB) MRI is an imaging method used to assess the ACW in addition to the sacroiliac joints and spine without inconvenience for patients. Our goals in this study were to describe the distribution of ACW inflammation by WB MRI in both early and established SpA and associations between clinical and imaging findings indicative of inflammation. Methods The ACWs of 122 consecutive SpA patients (95 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and 27 with nonradiographic SpA (nrSpA)) and 75 healthy controls were scanned by sagittal and coronal WB MRI. The MRI scans were scored independently in random order by seven readers blinded to patient identifiers. Active and structural inflammatory lesions of the ACW were recorded on a web-based data entry form. ACW pain by patient self-report, ACW tenderness on physical examination according to the Maastricht Ankylosing Spondylitis Enthesitis Score (MASES) and lesions detected by MRI were analyzed descriptively. ? statistics served to assess the agreement between clinical and imaging findings. Results ACW pain or tenderness was present in 26% of patients, with little difference between AS and nrSpA patients. Bone marrow edema (BME), erosion and fat infiltration were recorded in 44.3%, 34.4% and 27.0% of SpA patients and in 9.3%, 12.0% and 5.3% of controls, respectively. Lesions found by MRI occurred more frequently in AS patients (BME, erosion and fat infiltration in 49.5%, 36.8% and 33.7%, respectively) than in nrSpA patients (25.9%, 25.9% and 3.7%, respectively). The joint most frequently affected by lesions found on MRI scans was the manubriosternal joint. The ? values between clinical assessments and MRI inflammation ranged from -0.10 to only 0.33 for both AS and nrSpA patients. Conclusions Among SpA patients, 26% had clinical involvement of the ACW. WB MRI signs of ACW inflammation were found in a substantial proportion of patients with AS (49.5%) and nrSpA (25.9%). There was no association between clinical assessments of ACW, including the MASES, and MRI features. PMID:22226453

  18. Myocardial revascularisation after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Bana, A; Yadava, O P; Ghadiok, R; Selot, N

    1999-05-15

    One hundred and twenty-three patients had coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) within 30 days of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from May 1992 to November 1997. Commonest infarct was anterior transmural (61.8%) and commonest indication of surgery was post-infarct persistent or recurrent angina (69.1%). Ten patients were operated within 48 h and 36 between 48 h to 2 weeks of having MI. Out of these, nine patients were having infarct extension and cardiogenic shock at the time of surgery. Pre-operatively fourteen patients were on inotropes of which six also had intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) support. All patients had complete revascularisation with 3.8+/-1.2 distal anastomoses per patient. By multivariate analysis, we found that independent predictors of post-operative morbidity [inotropes >48 h, use of IABP, ventilation >24 h, ICU stay >5 days] and complications [re-exploration, arrhythmias, pulmonary complications, wound infection, cerebrovascular accident (CVA)] were left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <30%, Q-wave MI, surgery <48 h after AMI, presence of pre-operative cardiogenic shock and age >60 years (P < or = 0.01). Mortality at 30 days was 3.3%. LVEF <30%, Q-wave MI, surgery <48 h after AMI, presence of pre-operative cardiogenic shock and age >60 years were found to be independent predictors of 30 days mortality (P < or = 0.01). Ninety patients were followed up for a mean duration of 33 months (1 to 65 months). There were three late deaths and five patients developed recurrence of angina. To conclude, CABG can be carried out with low risk following AMI in stable patients for post-infarct angina. Patients who undergo urgent or emergent surgery and who have pre-operative cardiogenic shock, IABP, poor left ventricular functions, age >60 years and Q-wave MI are at increased risk. PMID:10549845

  19. Cardiac venous arterialization in acute myocardial infarction: how great is the benefit?

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    Munz, Maria; Amorim, Mário J.; Faria, Miguel; Vicente, Corália; Pinto, Ana; Monteiro, Joana; Leite-Moreira, Adelino F.; Águas, Artur P.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES Cardiac venous arterialization has been proposed as an alternative approach for myocardial revascularization in ischaemic heart disease. It is based on using the cardiac venous system to transport arterial blood from a systemic artery to infarcted myocardial areas. Our goal was to evaluate its benefit in reducing acute myocardial infarct size and its effects on cardiac performance. METHODS In a group of pigs, the left internal mammary artery was anastomosed to the left anterior descending vein; this vein was ligated proximally. The left anterior descending coronary artery was also occluded. Over 5 days, several diagnostic procedures were used to characterize and measure the extent of myocardial infarct, namely ECG, echocardiography, cardiac biomarkers and histopathology. Data were compared with those from a control group of pigs, which were submitted to ligation of only the left anterior descending coronary artery. RESULTS In the experimental group, echocardiography revealed that the ejection fraction and thickness of the ventricular walls remained unchanged 4 days after surgery, in contrast to the major alterations in the control group. In fact, the ejection fraction in the control group decreased by 21% (P < 0.001), with a reduction of 31% (P < 0.004) in the thickness of the interventricular septum at end systole and enlargement of the left ventricular lumen by 28% (P < 0.001). In the experimental group, the sum for ST segment shift was 50% lower (P = 0.038) and the total ventricular histological lesion size was 50% smaller (P < 0.001). Within this lesion, the area of necrotic tissue was 70% smaller (P < 0.001). Cardiac biomarkers were not different between the two groups (P > 0.2). CONCLUSIONS This study reveals that selective cardiac venous arterialization can nourish the myocardium and is able to reduce infarct size by more than 50%, while protecting cardiac performance. We believe, therefore, that further investigation should be carried out into this technique in order for it to be considered as an option in coronary surgery. PMID:23203313

  20. Acute myocardial infarction following scorpion sting in a case with obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Patra, Soumya; K, Satish; Singla, Vivek; KS, Ravindranath

    2013-01-01

    The occurrence of an acute myocardial infarction (MI) following a scorpion sting has been very rarely reported in the previous literature. Possible pathogenetic mechanisms include severe hypotension due to hypovolaemic shock and coronary spasm with subsequent thrombosis of coronary vessels developed after the release of vasoactive, inflammatory and thrombogenic substances contained in the scorpion venom. All of the previously reported cases had normal coronary angiogram. We report a case of a 65-year-old woman who presented with severe scorpion sting and was treated with prazosin. But a few hours later, she developed acute anterior wall MI. Coronary angiogram revealed the presence of significant stenosis in coronary arteries. As acute MI owing to significant coronary artery disease can be evident after severe scorpion envenomation, so every case of acute coronary syndrome following scorpion sting needs early diagnosis, thorough cardiovascular evaluation and appropriate treatment. PMID:23715842

  1. Transient integral boundary layer method to calculate the translesional pressure drop and the fractional flow reserve in myocardial bridges

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    Bernhard, Stefan; Mhlenkamp, Stefan; Tilgner, Andreas

    2006-01-01

    Background The pressure drop flow relations in myocardial bridges and the assessment of vascular heart disease via fractional flow reserve (FFR) have motivated many researchers the last decades. The aim of this study is to simulate several clinical conditions present in myocardial bridges to determine the flow reserve and consequently the clinical relevance of the disease. From a fluid mechanical point of view the pathophysiological situation in myocardial bridges involves fluid flow in a time dependent flow geometry, caused by contracting cardiac muscles overlying an intramural segment of the coronary artery. These flows mostly involve flow separation and secondary motions, which are difficult to calculate and analyse. Methods Because a three dimensional simulation of the haemodynamic conditions in myocardial bridges in a network of coronary arteries is time-consuming, we present a boundary layer model for the calculation of the pressure drop and flow separation. The approach is based on the assumption that the flow can be sufficiently well described by the interaction of an inviscid core and a viscous boundary layer. Under the assumption that the idealised flow through a constriction is given by near-equilibrium velocity profiles of the Falkner-Skan-Cooke (FSC) family, the evolution of the boundary layer is obtained by the simultaneous solution of the Falkner-Skan equation and the transient von-Krmn integral momentum equation. Results The model was used to investigate the relative importance of several physical parameters present in myocardial bridges. Results have been obtained for steady and unsteady flow through vessels with 0 85% diameter stenosis. We compare two clinical relevant cases of a myocardial bridge in the middle segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). The pressure derived FFR of fixed and dynamic lesions has shown that the flow is less affected in the dynamic case, because the distal pressure partially recovers during re-opening of the vessel in diastole. We have further calculated the wall shear stress (WSS) distributions in addition to the location and length of the flow reversal zones in dependence on the severity of the disease. Conclusion The described boundary layer method can be used to simulate frictional forces and wall shear stresses in the entrance region of vessels. Earlier models are supplemented by the viscous effects in a quasi three-dimensional vessel geometry with a prescribed wall motion. The results indicate that the translesional pressure drop and the mean FFR compares favourably to clinical findings in the literature. We have further shown that the mean FFR under the assumption of Hagen-Poiseuille flow is overestimated in developing flow conditions. PMID:16790065

  2. Three Different Coexisting Mechanical Complications of Myocardial Infarction Detected by Transthoracic and Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Espinola-Zavaleta, Nilda; Vargas-Barrn, Jesus; Romero-Cardenas, Angel; Gonzalez-Sanchez, Sadia; Lopez-Soriano, Fernando; Rijlaarsdam, Maria; Keirns, Candace

    1997-01-01

    An aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm, and interventricular septal rupture were detected by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in a 61-year-old man with anterior myocardial infarction. This case illustrates the value of these techniques in the assessment of mechanical complications associated with myocardial infarction. PMID:11174922

  3. Transcatheter Embolization of a Coronary Fistula Originating from the Left Anterior Descending Artery by Using N-Butyl 2-Cyanoacrylate

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    Karagoz, Tevfik; Celiker, Alpay E-mail: tkaraqoz@hacettepe.edu.tr; Cil, Barbaros; Cekirge, Saruhan

    2004-11-15

    In this report, we describe a successful percutaneous transcatheter n-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate embolization of a coronary fistula originating from the left anterior descending artery in an adolescent with unexpected recurrent attacks of myocardial ischemia.

  4. Non?invasive coronary flow reserve is correlated with microvascular integrity and myocardial viability after primary angioplasty in acute myocardial infarction

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    Montisci, R; Chen, L; Ruscazio, M; Colonna, P; Cadeddu, C; Caiati, C; Montisci, M; Meloni, L; Iliceto, S

    2006-01-01

    Objective To test whether preserved coronary flow reserve (CFR) two days after reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with less microvascular dysfunction ( no?reflow phenomenon) and is predictive of myocardial viability. Design 24 patients with anterior AMI underwent CFR assessment in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) with transthoracic echocardiography and myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) 48?h after primary angioplasty in the LAD (mean 4 (SD 2) and 3 (1) days, respectively). Low?dose dobutamine echocardiography was performed 6 (3) days after AMI and follow?up echocardiography at three months. Results No?reflow extent was greater in patients with impaired CFR (?2.5) (55 (35)% v 11 (25)%, p?Wall motion score index in the LAD territory (A?WMSI) was similar at the first echocardiography (2.14 (0.39) v 2.32 (0.47), NS), although it was better in patients with preserved CFR at dobutamine (1.38 (0.45) v 1.97 (0.67), p?myocardial viability at follow up. PMID:16449513

  5. CT myocardial perfusion imaging.

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    Varga-Szemes, Akos; Meinel, Felix G; De Cecco, Carlo N; Fuller, Stephen R; Bayer, Richard R; Schoepf, U Joseph

    2015-03-01

    OBJECTIVE. CT myocardial perfusion imaging is rapidly becoming an important adjunct to coronary CT angiography for the anatomic and functional assessment of coronary artery disease with a single modality. Existing techniques for CT myocardial perfusion imaging include static techniques, which provide a snapshot of the myocardial blood pool, and dynamic techniques. CONCLUSION. This review provides a systematic overview of the presently available approaches for the assessment of myocardial perfusion at CT, including diagnostic accuracy and limitations. PMID:25714277

  6. Feasibility of voxel-based statistical analysis method for myocardial PET

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    Ram Yu, A.; Kim, Jin Su; Paik, Chang H.; Kim, Kyeong Min; Moo Lim, Sang

    2014-09-01

    Although statistical parametric mapping (SPM) analysis is widely used in neuroimaging studies, to our best knowledge, there was no application to myocardial PET data analysis. In this study, we developed the voxel based statistical analysis method for myocardial PET which provides statistical comparison results between groups in image space. PET Emission data of normal and myocardial infarction rats were acquired For the SPM analysis, a rat heart template was created. In addition, individual PET data was spatially normalized and smoothed. Two sample t-tests were performed to identify the myocardial infarct region. This developed SPM method was compared with conventional ROI methods. Myocardial glucose metabolism was decreased in the lateral wall of the left ventricle. In the result of ROI analysis, the mean value of the lateral wall was 29% decreased. The newly developed SPM method for myocardial PET could provide quantitative information in myocardial PET study.

  7. Bilateral Anterior Shoulder Dislocation

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    Siu, Yuk Chuen; Lui, Tun Hing

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Unilateral anterior shoulder dislocation is one of the most common problems encountered in orthopedic practice. However, simultaneous bilateral anterior dislocation of the shoulders is quite rare. Case Presentation: We report a case of a 75-year-old woman presented with simultaneous bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation following a trauma, complicated with a traction injury to the posterior cord of the brachial plexus. Conclusions: Bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation is very rare. The excessive traction force during closed reduction may lead to nerve palsy. Clear documentation of neurovascular status and adequate imaging before and after a reduction should be performed. PMID:25685749

  8. Comparison of radionuclide and contrast ventriculography for detection and quantitation of regions of myocardial ischemia in dogs.

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    Kronenberg, M W; Born, M L; Smith, C W; Brorson, L; Collins, J C; Higgins, S B; Vaughn, W K; Rollo, F D; Friesinger, G C; Pearson, S S; Norris, J L; Wolfe, O H

    1981-01-01

    Radionuclide and contrast ventriculography were evaluated for their ability to estimate myocardial ischemia. In 14 closed-chest, sedated dogs, a small and larger region of ischemia were produced by inflating balloon occluders on the left anterior descending coronary artery. The systemic arterial pressure, atrial-paced heart rate, global ejection fraction by radionuclide and contrast ventriculography, regional wall-motion abnormalities (as the percentage of abnormally contracting segments), and regional myocardial blood flow (using the microsphere technique) were measured during an initial control period, two separate ischemic periods, and a final control period. The regional ischemic weights based on myocardial blood flow ranged from 0 to 38.5 g and were grouped as zero, small (range 0 to less than 10 g, mean 3.40 g), and large regions of ischemia (greater than 10 g, mean 24.8 g). Regional wall-motion abnormalities were sensitive qualitative indicators of ischemia. Receiver operating characteristic analysis showed that both ventriculographic methods were highly sensitive, specific, and accurate for detecting regional ischemia. Contrast ventriculography was slightly superior for detecting small regions less than 4 g, but the methods were equal for regions greater than 4 g. The arterial pressure and heart rate were unchanged during ischemia. For small regions of ischemia, the global ejection fraction did not fall using either the contrast or radionuclide technique, but it fell significantly when large regions were produced. There was a quantitative relationship between the percentage of abnormally contracting segments and the grams of myocardial ischemia (for radionuclide ventriculography, r = 0.65, P = 0.003, and for contrast ventriculography, r = 0.75, P less than 0.001), but for many small regions of ischemia, wall-motion changes were greater than anticipated, suggesting hypofunction of the continguous normal tissue. This study demonstrated that both radionuclide and contrast ventriculography were quite sensitive and specific for detecting measured amounts of regional ischemia. The functional changes resulting from ischemia are quantitatively related to the extent of regional ischemia, small areas resulting in regional wall motion abnormalities, and large areas producing both reduced global ejection fraction and wall motion changes. Images PMID:7229030

  9. Detection of active left ventricular thrombosis during acute myocardial infarction using indium-111 platelet scintigraphy

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    Ezekowitz, M.D.; Kellerman, D.J.; Smith, E.O.; Streitz, T.M.

    1984-07-01

    Platelet scintigraphy with radioactive indium-111 may be used both to identify and to reflect the activity of thrombin in vivo in man. Forty-one patients with acute myocardial infarction were studied for active left ventricular thrombosis by platelet scintigraphy and followed until in-hospital death, discharge, or same-admission cardiac surgery for evidence of systemic embolization. Group 1 (n . 29) had transmural myocardial infarctions, of which 21 were anterior and eight were inferior. Group 2 (n . 12) had subendocardial myocardial infarctions. Those with subendocardial and transmural inferior myocardial infarctions had neither left ventricular thrombosis nor emboli. Ten (48 percent) of 21 with anterior transmural myocardial infarctions had left ventricular thrombosis by platelet scintigraphy. Three with and one without such thrombosis by scintigraphy had acute neurologic episodes. In the group with anterior myocardial infarctions, seven of ten patients with and four of 11 without left ventricular thrombosis received heparin subcutaneously. We conclude that platelet scintigraphy may be used to monitor antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapy in patients with anterior transmural myocardial infarctions who are at risk for left ventricular thrombosis and systemic embolization.

  10. Comparison of two-dimensional echocardiography with gated radionuclide ventriculography in the evaluation of global and regional left ventricular function in acute myocardial infarction

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    Van Reet, R.E.; Quinones, M.A.; Poliner, L.R.; Nelson, J.G.; Waggoner, A.D.; Kanon, D.; Lubetkin, S.J.; Pratt, C.M.; Winters, W.L. Jr.

    1984-02-01

    Two-dimensional echocardiography and gated radionuclide ventriculography were performed in 93 patients (66 men, 27 women; mean age 61 years) with 95 episodes of acute myocardial infarction within 48 hours and at 10 days after infarction. Abnormal motion of an inferior or posterior wall segment was seen in 91% of inferoposterior infarctions by echocardiography versus 61% seen by radionuclide ventriculography. Ejection fractions determined by echocardiography and radionuclide ventriculography correlated well (r . 0.82) and did not change from the first 48 hours to 10 days after infarction (0.48 +/- 0.14). Similarly, wall motion score showed minimal change from the first 48 hours to 10 days. In-hospital mortality was 37 and 42% in patients with an ejection fraction of 0.35 or less by echocardiography and radionuclide ventriculography, respectively. No mortality was seen in patients with an ejection fraction above 0.40 by either test. The echocardiographic wall motion score was also predictive of mortality (40 versus 2%; score less than or equal to 0.50 versus greater than 0.50). The 1 year mortality rate in the 81 short-term survivors was 17%. Mortality was lowest in patients with an ejection fraction above 0.49 or wall motion score above (0.79 (2 to 5%) and worse in those with an ejection fraction below 0.36 or wall motion score below 0.51 (36 to 63%) by either technique. Thus in acute myocardial infarction, echocardiography and radionuclide ventriculography provide a comparable assessment of left ventricular function and wall motion in anterior infarction. Echocardiography appears more sensitive in detecting inferoposterior wall motion abnormalities. Both techniques are capable of identifying subgroups of patients with a high risk of death during the acute event and with an equally high mortality rate over a 1 year follow-up period.

  11. Myocardial imaging. Coxsackie myocarditis

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    Wells, R.G.; Ruskin, J.A.; Sty, J.R.

    1986-09-01

    A 3-week-old male neonate with heart failure associated with Coxsackie virus infection was imaged with Tc-99m PYP and TI-201. The abnormal imaging pattern suggested myocardial infarction. Autopsy findings indicated that the cause was myocardial necrosis secondary to an acute inflammatory process. Causes of abnormal myocardial uptake of Tc-99m PYP in pediatrics include infarction, myocarditis, cardiomyopathy, bacterial endocarditis, and trauma. Myocardial imaging cannot provide a specific cause diagnosis. Causes of myocardial infarction in pediatrics are listed in Table 1.

  12. Usefulness of myocardial parametric imaging to evaluate myocardial viability in experimental and in clinical studies

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    Korosoglou, G; Hansen, A; Bekeredjian, R; Filusch, A; Hardt, S; Wolf, D; Schellberg, D; Katus, H A; Kuecherer, H

    2006-01-01

    Objective To evaluate whether myocardial parametric imaging (MPI) is superior to visual assessment for the evaluation of myocardial viability. Methods and results Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) was assessed in 11 pigs before, during, and after left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion and in 32 patients with ischaemic heart disease by using intravenous SonoVue administration. In experimental studies perfusion defect area assessment by MPI was compared with visually guided perfusion defect planimetry. Histological assessment of necrotic tissue was the standard reference. In clinical studies viability was assessed on a segmental level by (1) visual analysis of myocardial opacification; (2) quantitative estimation of myocardial blood flow in regions of interest; and (3) MPI. Functional recovery between three and six months after revascularisation was the standard reference. In experimental studies, compared with visually guided perfusion defect planimetry, planimetric assessment of infarct size by MPI correlated more significantly with histology (r2??=??0.92 versus r2??=??0.56) and had a lower intraobserver variability (4% v 15%, p?myocardial perfusion (???=??0.87 v ???=??0.75, p?myocardial viability both in animals and in patients. It is less time consuming than quantification analysis by regions of interest and less observer dependent than visual analysis. Thus, strategies incorporating this technique may be valuable for the evaluation of myocardial viability in clinical routine. PMID:15939722

  13. Clinical-Echocardiographic Correlation of Myocardial Infarction with Extension to Right Chambers.

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    Vargas-Barrn, Jess; Espinola-Zavaleta, Nilda; Romero-Crdenas, Angel; Simon-Ruiz, Silvino; Keirns, Candace; Pea-Duque, Marco; Rijlaarsdam, Mara; Lupi-Herrera, Eulo

    1998-02-01

    In order to determine the transesophageal echocardiographic characteristics in patients with acute myocardial infarction of right ventricle and establish the relationship between these findings, the clinical condition, and their prognostic value, 38 patients consecutively admitted to the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologa with a diagnosis of acute left ventricular myocardial infarction with extension to right ventricle and/or atrium were retrospectively studied. Of the left ventricular infarctions, 37 were posteroinferior and one anterior. Significant elevations of CPK and DHL were found in 35. In 30 patients (78%) electrocardiographic evidence of extension of infarction to the right ventricle was found, and in 3, evidence of right atrial infarction. Twenty-one patients presented clinical data compatible with right ventricular infarction. In 19, cardiac rhythm and atrioventricular conduction disturbances were documented. Coronary angiograms practiced on 34 patients demonstrated single-vessel (right coronary) disease in 12, affection of two vessels in 14, and lesions in three or more in 6. Coronary arteries presented no significant lesions in two cases. With TEE, alterations of right ventricular segmental mobility were demonstrated in all patients, and in 6, alterations of right atrial mobility as well. As respects the ventricular wall movement index, 68.5% had total scores (RV + LV) of <5. The other 31.5% had scores >/= 5. In 26%, the right ventricular wall movement index was >/=4. The RVDD/LVDD ratio was 1 or less in 30 patients (78%) and >1 in only 8 (22%). The conclusions from these findings are that: (1) TEE is an excellent diagnostic means of identifying right ventricular and/or atrial infarction; and (2) a relationship exists between the magnitude of right ventricular damage and a wall movement index of 5 or more or an RV/LV diastolic diameter ratio > 1:postinfarction hemodynamic deterioration is significantly greater and the incidence of intrahospitalary complications higher. PMID:11175028

  14. Quantitative evaluation of myocardial function by a volume-normalized map generated from relative blood flow

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    Fukami, Tadanori; Sato, Hidenori; Wu, Jin; Lwin, Thet-Thet-; Yuasa, Tetsuya; Kawano, Satoru; Iida, Keiji; Akatsuka, Takao; Hontani, Hidekata; Takeda, Tohoru; Tamura, Masao; Yokota, Hiroshi

    2007-07-01

    Our study aimed to quantitatively evaluate blood flow in the left ventricle (LV) of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (APH) by combining wall thickness obtained from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and myocardial perfusion from single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). In this study, we considered paired MRI and myocardial perfusion SPECT from ten patients with APH and ten normals. Myocardial walls were detected using a level set method, and blood flow per unit myocardial volume was calculated using 3D surface-based registration between the MRI and SPECT images. We defined relative blood flow based on the maximum in the whole myocardial region. Accuracies of wall detection and registration were around 2.50 mm and 2.95 mm, respectively. We finally created a bull's-eye map to evaluate wall thickness, blood flow (cardiac perfusion) and blood flow per unit myocardial volume. In patients with APH, their wall thicknesses were over 10 mm. Decreased blood flow per unit myocardial volume was detected in the cardiac apex by calculation using wall thickness from MRI and blood flow from SPECT. The relative unit blood flow of the APH group was 1/7 times that of the normals in the apex. This normalization by myocardial volume distinguishes cases of APH whose SPECT images resemble the distributions of normal cases.

  15. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

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    Han, Hyuk Soo; Seong, Sang Cheol; Lee, Sahnghoon

    2008-01-01

    The bone-patellar tendon-bone has been widely used and considered a good graft source. The quadriceps tendon was introduced as a substitute graft source for bone-patellar tendon-bone. We compared the clinical outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions using central quadriceps tendon-patellar bone and bone-patellar tendon-bone autografts. We selected 72 patients who underwent unilateral anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone-patellar tendon-bone between 1994 and 2001 and matched for age and gender with 72 patients who underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using quadriceps tendon-patellar bone. All patients were followed up for more than 2years. We assessed anterior laxity, knee function using the Lysholm and International Knee Documentation Committee scores, and quadriceps strength, the means of which were similar in the two groups. More patients (28 or 39%) in the bone-patellar tendon-bone group reported anterior knee pain than in the quadriceps tendon-patellar bone group (six patients or 8.3%). Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the central quadriceps tendon-patellar bone graft showed clinical outcomes comparable to those of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the patellar tendon graft, with anterior knee pain being less frequent in the former. Our data suggest the quadriceps tendon can be a good alternative graft choice. Level of Evidence: Level III Therapeutic study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence. PMID:18196393

  16. Effect of ischemia and postischemic dysfunction on myocardial uptake of technetium-99m-labeled methoxyisobutyl isonitrile and thallium-201

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    Sinusas, A.J.; Watson, D.D.; Cannon, J.M. Jr.; Beller, G.A. )

    1989-12-01

    The myocardial uptake of a new technetium-99m-labeled myocardial perfusion agent, methoxyisobutyl isonitrile (Tc-99m MIBI), and thallium-201 was correlated with microsphere flow in an open chest canine model of low coronary flow and postischemic dysfunction. Eighteen dogs were given an injection of thallium-201 (0.5 mCi) and Tc-99m MIBI (5 mCi) either after 40 min of partial left anterior descending artery occlusion (Group I, 10 dogs) or during reperfusion after 15 min of left anterior descending artery occlusion (Group II, 8 dogs). Regional dysfunction was documented during injection in both groups by quantitative two-dimensional echocardiography. Regional blood flow was assessed by radiolabeled microspheres. The heart was excised 15 min after radionuclide injection and the left ventricle divided into 96 segments for gamma well counting. Among Group I dogs, central ischemic thallium-201 and Tc-99m MIBI activity (expressed as a percent of the activity in the corresponding nonischemic zone) was comparable, respectively, for endocardial (54 +/- 17% and 52 +/- 17%), mid-wall (71 +/- 20% and 69 +/- 17%) and epicardial (89 +/- 13% and 94 +/- 9%) segments and increased proportionally with flow. There was a good linear correlation among these endocardial segments between flow and both thallium-201 (r = 0.78) and Tc-99m MIBI (r = 0.85) activity. Among Group II dogs, central ischemic endocardial flow (59 +/- 14%) was comparable to thallium-201 (70 +/- 18%) and Tc-99m MIBI (74 +/- 12%) activity. Similarly, relative endocardial flow in the intermediate ischemic region (71 +/- 11%) was comparable to thallium-201 (77 +/- 11%) and Tc-99m MIBI (81 +/- 10%) activity. Thus, myocardial uptake of Tc-99m MIBI and thallium-201 is comparable under conditions of low coronary flow and postischemic dysfunction and closely parallels flow alterations.

  17. Effects of time required for reperfusion (thrombolysis or angioplasty, or both) and location of acute myocardial infarction on left ventricular functional reserve capacity several months later

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    Little, T.; Crenshaw, M.; Liberman, H.A.; Battey, L.L.; Warner, R.; Churchwell, A.L.; Eisner, R.L.; Morris, D.C.; Patterson, R.E. )

    1991-04-15

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether reperfusion of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) by recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (rt-PA) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, or both, would improve left ventricular (LV) function when it is measured several months later at rest or maximal bicycle exercise, or both. Radionuclide angiography was performed in 44 patients 5 months (range 6 weeks to 9 months) after AMI to assess function, and tomographic myocardial thallium-201 imaging was performed at maximal exercise and delayed rest to determine whether there was any evidence of myocardial ischemia. As expected, no patient had chest pain or redistribution of a thallium defect during the exercise test, because patients had undergone angioplasty (n = 28) or coronary bypass graft surgery (n = 5) where clinically indicated for revascularization. The LV ejection fraction was plotted as a function of the time elapsed between the onset of chest pain and the time when coronary angiography confirmed patency of the infarct-related artery (achieved in 91% of 44 patients by rt-PA (n = 31) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (n = 9) ). Functional responses differed markedly between patients with anterior (n = 20) versus inferior (n = 24) wall AMI. LV ejection fraction during exercise correlated with time to reperfusion in patients with an anterior wall AMI (r = -0.58; standard error of the estimate = 11.9%; p less than 0.02) but not in patients with an inferior AMI (r = 0.10; standard error of the estimate = 13.1%); difference not significant.

  18. Death from undetected acute myocardial infarction secondary to coronary artery dissection after blunt thoracic trauma.

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    Puanglumyai, Supot; Thamtakerngkit, Somboon; Lekawanvijit, Suree

    2016-01-01

    Blunt thoracic trauma is a common occurrence in automobile accidents. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) caused by coronary dissection following blunt thoracic trauma is rare. We report a case of healthy 24-year-old man with a history of blunt thoracic injury with subsequent undetected AMI who died of acute decompensated heart failure 4days after the insult. The autopsy findings showed a 90% luminal narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery by dissecting hematoma, 3cm in length. The myocardium revealed transmural myocardial infarction affecting apex, most part of left ventricular free wall, and interventricular septum. Both lungs were heavy, wet, and noncrepitant. Histological findings of the infarcted myocardium were consistent with 3-5days post-AMI. Sections from both lungs revealed massive pulmonary edema, reflecting acute decompensated heart failure following a large AMI secondary to coronary dissection. Blunt thoracic trauma may obscure typical chest pain associated with cardiac ischemia especially in cases with a high tolerance for pain. PMID:26454807

  19. Rapid and Efficient Production of Coronary Artery Ligation and Myocardial Infarction in Mice Using Surgical Clips

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    Hensley, Michael Taylor; Vandergriff, Adam; Cores, Jhon; Henry, Eric; Allen, Tyler A.; Caranasos, Thomas George; Wang, Zegen; Zhang, Tianxia; Zhang, Jinying; Cheng, Ke

    2015-01-01

    Aims The coronary artery ligation model in rodents mimics human myocardial infarction (MI). Normally mechanical ventilation and prolonged anesthesia period are needed. Recently, a method has been developed to create MI by popping-out the heart (without ventilation) followed by immediate suture ligation. Mortality is high due to the time-consuming suture ligation process while the heart is exposed. We sought to improve this method and reduce mortality by rapid coronary ligation using a surgical clip instead of a suture. Methods and Results Mice were randomized into 3 groups: clip MI (CMI), suture MI (SMI), or sham (SHAM). In all groups, heart was manually exposed without intubation through a small incision on the chest wall. Unlike the conventional SMI method, mice in the CMI group received a metal clip on left anterior descending artery (LAD), quickly dispensed by an AutoSuture Surgiclip. The CMI method took only 1/3 of ligation time of the standard SMI method and improved post-MI survival rate. TTC staining and Massons trichrome staining revealed a similar degree of infarct size in the SMI and CMI groups. Echocardiograph confirmed that both SMI and CMI groups had a similar reduction of ejection fraction and fraction shortening over the time. Histological analysis showed that the numbers of CD68+ macrophages and apoptotic cells (TUNEL-positive) are indistinguishable between the two groups. Conclusion This new method, taking only less than 3 minutes to complete, represents an efficient myocardial infarction model in rodents. PMID:26599500

  20. The Benefits of Prone SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Reducing Both Artifact Defects and Patient Radiation Exposure

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    Stathaki, Maria; Koukouraki, Sophia; Papadaki, Emmanouela; Tsaroucha, Angeliki; Karkavitsas, Nikolaos

    2015-01-01

    Background Prone imaging has been demonstrated to minimize diaphragmatic and breast tissue attenuation. Objectives To determine the role of prone imaging on the reduction of unnecessary rest perfusion studies and coronary angiographies performed, thus decreasing investigation time and radiation exposure. Methods We examined 139 patients, 120 with an inferior wall and 19 with an anterior wall perfusion defect that might represented attenuation artifact. Post-stress images were acquired in both the supine and prone position. Coronary angiography was used as the “gold standard” for evaluating coronary artery patency. The study was terminated and rest imaging was obviated in the presence of complete improvement of the defect in the prone position. Quantitative interpretation was performed. Results were compared with clinical data and coronary angiographic findings. Results Prone acquisition correctly revealed defect improvement in 89 patients (89/120) with inferior wall and 12 patients (12/19) with anterior wall attenuation artifact. Quantitative analysis demonstrated statistically significant difference in the mean summed stress scores (SSS) of supine and mean SSS of prone studies in patients with disappearing inferior wall defect in the prone position and patent right coronary artery (true negative results). The mean difference between SSS in supine and in prone position was higher with disappearing than with remaining defects. Conclusion Technetium-99m (Tc-99m) tetrofosmin myocardial perfusion imaging with the patient in the prone position overcomes soft tissue attenuation; moreover it provides an inexpensive, accurate approach to limit the number of unnecessary rest perfusion studies and coronary angiographies performed. PMID:26559981

  1. Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio Predicts Left Ventricular Remodeling in Patients with ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction after Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    Börekçi, Abdurrezzak; Gür, Mustafa; Türkoğlu, Caner; Baykan, Ahmet Oytun; Şahin, Durmuş Yıldıray; Harbalıoğlu, Hazar; Elbasan, Zafer; Topuz, Mustafa; Çaylı, Murat

    2016-01-01

    Background and Objectives It has been demonstrated that the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) might be a useful marker to predict cardiovascular risk and events. We aimed to investigate the role of the NLR to predict ventricular remodeling (VR) in patients with anterior ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who were treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Subjects and Methods We prospectively included 274 consecutive anterior STEMI patients. Echocardiography was performed during admission and at six months after myocardial infarction. VR was defined as at least 20% increase from baseline in left ventricular end-diastolic volume. Patients were divided into two groups according to their VR status: VR (n=67) and non-VR (n=207). Total and differential leukocyte count, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and other biochemical markers were measured at admission and 24 hours later. Results Compared with the non-VR group, peak creatine kinase MB (CK-MB), NT-proBNP (24 h), neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio, presence of diabetes, no-reflow frequency and wall motion score index were significantly higher in patients with VR (p<0.05 for all). On multivariate logistic regression analysis, NLR (β=2.000, 95% confidence interval=1.577-2.537, p<0.001) as well as peak CK-MB, NT-proBNP (24 h), WMSI and diabetes incidence were associated with VR. The cutoff value of the neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio obtained by receiver operator characteristic curve analysis was 4.25 for the prediction of VR (sensitivity: 79 %, specificity: 74%). Conclusion In patients with anterior STEMI, initial NLR and NT-proBNP measured 24 hours after admission may be useful for predicting adverse cardiovascular events including left VR. PMID:26798381

  2. Anterior ophthalmic imaging.

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    Wolffsohn, James S; Peterson, Rachael C

    2006-07-01

    Improvements in imaging chips and computer processing power have brought major advances in imaging of the anterior eye. Digitally captured images can be visualised immediately and can be stored and retrieved easily. Anterior ocular imaging techniques using slitlamp biomicroscopy, corneal topography, confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography (OCT), ultrasonic biomicroscopy, computerised tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are reviewed. Conventional photographic imaging can be used to quantify corneal topography, corneal thickness and transparency, anterior chamber depth and lateral angle and crystalline lens position, curvature, thickness and transparency. Additionally, the effects of tumours, foreign bodies and trauma can be localised, the corneal layers can be examined and the tear film thickness assessed. PMID:16776728

  3. Right ventricular infarction mimicking anterior infarction: a case report.

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    Vives, M A; Bonet, L A; Soriano, J R; Lalaguna, L A; Sez, A O; de Arellano, A R; Prez, M P

    1999-10-01

    Right ventricular infarction usually occurs in association with inferior infarction, with no remarkable electrocardiographic signs in conventional leads. This report describes a patient with a previous inferior acute myocardial infarction who developed right ventricular infarction with significant anterior lead ST segment elevation (V1-V4) caused by the loss of two large right ventricular branches during a coronary angioplasty of the right coronary artery. The case is discussed and the literature is reviewed. PMID:10549912

  4. Effect of Wenxin Granule on Ventricular Remodeling and Myocardial Apoptosis in Rats with Myocardial Infarction

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    Wu, Aiming; Zhai, Jianying; Zhang, Dongmei; Lou, Lixia; Zhu, Haiyan; Gao, Yonghong; Chai, Limin; Xing, Yanwei; Lv, Xiying; Zhu, Lingqun; Zhao, Mingjing; Wang, Shuoren

    2013-01-01

    Aim. To determine the effect of a Chinese herbal compound named Wenxin Granule on ventricular remodeling and myocardial apoptosis in rats with myocardial infarction (MI). Methods. Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into four groups: the control group, the model group, the metoprolol group, and the Wenxin Granule group (WXKL group) with sample size (n) of 7 rats in each group. An MI model was established in all rats by occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (the control group was without occlusion). Wenxin Granule (1.35?g/kg/day), metoprolol (12?mg/kg/day), and distilled water (5?mL/kg/day for the control and model groups) were administered orally for 4 weeks. Ultrasonic echocardiography was used to examine cardiac structural and functional parameters. Myocardial histopathological changes were observed using haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) dyeing. Myocardial apoptosis was detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) staining. Serum angiotensin II (Ang II) concentration was measured using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results. It was found that Wenxin Granule could partially reverse ventricular remodeling, improve heart function, alleviate the histopathological damage, inhibit myocardial apoptosis, and reduce Ang II concentration in rats with MI. Conclusions. The results of the current study suggest that Wenxin Granule may be a potential alternative and complementary medicine for the treatment of MI. PMID:23997803

  5. A Murine Closed-chest Model of Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion

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    Kim, Se-Chan; Boehm, Olaf; Meyer, Rainer; Hoeft, Andreas; Knüfermann, Pascal; Baumgarten, Georg

    2012-01-01

    Surgical trauma by thoracotomy in open-chest models of coronary ligation induces an immune response which modifies different mechanisms involved in ischemia and reperfusion. Immune response includes cytokine expression and release or secretion of endogenous ligands of innate immune receptors. Activation of innate immunity can potentially modulate infarct size. We have modified an existing murine closed-chest model using hanging weights which could be useful for studying myocardial pre- and postconditioning and the role of innate immunity in myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. This model allows animals to recover from surgical trauma before onset of myocardial ischemia. Volatile anesthetics have been intensely studied and their preconditioning effect for the ischemic heart is well known. However, this protective effect precludes its use in open chest models of coronary artery ligation. Thus, another advantage could be the use of the well controllable volatile anesthetics for instrumentation in a chronic closed-chest model, since their preconditioning effect lasts up to 72 hours. Chronic heart diseases with intermittent ischemia and multiple hit models are other possible applications of this model. For the chronic closed-chest model, intubated and ventilated mice undergo a lateral blunt thoracotomy via the 4th intercostal space. Following identification of the left anterior descending a ligature is passed underneath the vessel and both suture ends are threaded through an occluder. Then, both suture ends are passed through the chest wall, knotted to form a loop and left in the subcutaneous tissue. After chest closure and recovery for 5 days, mice are anesthetized again, chest skin is reopened and hanging weights are hooked up to the loop under ECG control. At the end of the ischemia/reperfusion protocol, hearts can be stained with TTC for infarct size assessment or undergo perfusion fixation to allow morphometric studies in addition to histology and immunohistochemistry. PMID:22847277

  6. Regional myocardial perfusion of cardioplegic solutions

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    Eugene, J.; Lyons, K.P.; Ott, R.A.; Gelezunas, V.L.; Chang, C.W.; Kowall, M.G.; Haiduc, N.J.

    1987-05-01

    We compared the regional myocardial perfusion of blood cardioplegic solution (BCP) and crystalloid cardioplegic solution (CCP) in 14 mongrel dogs. Cardiopulmonary bypass was established at 28 degrees C, and a hydraulic occluder was placed around the proximal left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. In group 1 (N = 7) collateral coronary arteries were ligated; in group 2 (N = 7) collateral coronary arteries were left in situ. After the aorta was clamped, BCP and CCP were alternately perfused at 200 ml/min. The occluder was inflated to produce moderate, severe, and critical LAD stenosis, and regional perfusion was measured by xenon-133 washout with the Silicon Avalanche Radiation Detector. BCP infusion produced a consistently higher aortic pressure, but CCP flow was better than BCP flow under all conditions, particularly without coronary collaterals. Regional myocardial perfusion of CCP is superior to BCP.

  7. Nicardipine in models of myocardial infarction

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    Alps, B. J.; Calder, C.; Wilson, A.

    1985-01-01

    1 In a dog model of partial myocardial ischaemia, superimposed ST segment elevations in epicardial ECGs were inhibited by nicardipine over a cumulative i.v. dose range of 1-20 ?g kg-1. 2 Over the cumulative i.v. dose range of 0.5-166.5 ?g kg-1, nicardipine had little overall effect on gross cardiac conduction, at spontaneous heart rate. 3 Dogs that received oral 1-2 mg kg-1 nicardipine daily for 16 weeks and then survived 1 week occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) developed a superior coronary collateral circulation compared with untreated animals. 4 Nicardipine given by three different dosing schedules to baboons markedly limited myocardial infarction over a 6 h period of LAD occlusion. 5 Compared with a group of completely untreated dogs, there was protection of the myocardium in the animals given nicardipine that survived 3 months occlusion of the LAD. ImagesFigure 7 PMID:4027150

  8. Contrast echocardiography accurately predicts myocardial perfusion before angiography during acute myocardial infarction

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    Schnell, Gregory B; Kryski, Albert J; Mann, Luana; Anderson, Todd J; Belenkie, Israel

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To determine whether myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) can quickly and accurately assess myocardial perfusion and infarct-related artery (IRA) patency before emergency angiography during acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND: Despite encouraging experimental and clinical studies, the reliability and practicality of MCE in predicting IRA patency during AMI before angiography has not been proven. METHODS: Two-dimensional echocardiography and MCE were performed in 51 patients with AMI just before emergency angiography. With knowledge of the electrocardiogram findings and regional wall motion, myocardial perfusion was assessed to predict IRA patency. RESULTS: Myocardial perfusion studies were adequate for interpretation in 40 patients. An occluded IRA was predicted in 28 patients; the artery was occluded in 22 patients, and six patients had Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) grade 2 flow or less. A patent IRA was predicted in 12 patients; eight patients had TIMI grade 3 flow, one patient had TIMI grade 2 flow and the IRA was occluded in three patients. In one of the three patients, the appropriate view was not obtained. In another patient, collateral flow was adequate for near-normal regional wall motion, and in the last, the findings suggested reperfusion of the proximal artery with distal embolic occlusion. Taken together, MCE accurately predicted either TIMI grade 2 flow or less, or TIMI grade 3 flow in 36 of 40 patients. Sensitivity was 87.5%, specificity and positive predictive value were 100% and negative predictive power was 66.7% (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: MCE, together with the electrocardiogram and regional wall motion, can be used to quickly and reliably predict IRA patency early during AMI and may be useful to facilitate a management strategy. PMID:17985005

  9. A case of myocardial bridging as a rare cause of chest pain in children.

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    Poryo, Martin; Khreish, Fadi; Schäfers, Hans-Joachim; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim

    2016-03-01

    Asymptomatic myocardial bridging is a frequently seen pathology in adult patients, often in association with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Left anterior descending coronary artery is mostly affected. We report on a 14-year-old boy with repeated angina-like pain, disturbances of repolarization in the ECG and elevated values for Troponin T. After exclusion of a myocarditis in the MRI, myocardial bridging was detectable in coronary angiography and confirmed by myocardial perfusion imaging with 430 MBq (99m)Tc-Tetrofosmin at rest and under physical stress. After surgical myotomy, improvement of the cardiac symptoms could be noted and myocardial perfusion imaging studies at rest and under stress demonstrated reversal of the myocardial ischemia. Myocardial bridging is a rare and important differential diagnosis for angina-like pain in childhood without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. PMID:26349785

  10. A lotus root-like appearance in both the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries.

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    Kadowaki, Hiromu; Taguchi, Eiji; Kotono, Yoshihiro; Suzuyama, Hiroto; Yoshida, Masayoshi; Miyamoto, Shinzo; Sakamoto, Tomohiro; Nishigami, Kazuhiro; Nakao, Koichi

    2016-01-01

    A 60-year-old man was referred to our hospital because of dyspnea on exertion. He was diagnosed with heart failure due to an old myocardial infarction. Myocardial stress perfusion scintigraphy revealed inducible myocardial ischemia. Coronary angiography revealed hazy slit lesions in both the left anterior descending (LAD) and right coronary arteries (RCA). We first performed percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on the LAD lesion. Subsequently, we performed PCI for the RCA lesion using multiple imaging modalities. We observed a lotus root-like appearance in both the LAD and RCA, and PCI was successful for both vessels. We describe this rare case in detail. PMID:25142445

  11. Anterior ST depression with acute transmural inferior infarction due to posterior infarction. A vectorcardiographic and scintigraphic study

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    Mukharji, J.; Murray, S.; Lewis, S.E.; Croft, C.H.; Corbett, J.R.; Willerson, J.T.; Rude, R.E.

    1984-07-01

    The hypothesis that anterior ST segment depression represents concomitant posterior infarction was tested in 49 patients admitted with a first transmural inferior myocardial infarction. Anterior ST depression was defined as 0.1 mV or more ST depression in leads V1, V2 or V3 on an electrocardiogram recorded within 18 hours of infarction. Serial vectorcardiograms and technetium pyrophosphate scans were obtained. Eighty percent of the patients (39 of 49) had anterior ST depression. Of these 39 patients, 34% fulfilled vectorcardiographic criteria for posterior infarction, and 60% had pyrophosphate scanning evidence of posterior infarction. Early anterior ST depression was neither highly sensitive (84%) nor specific (20%) for the detection of posterior infarction as defined by pyrophosphate imaging. Of patients with persistent anterior ST depression (greater than 72 hours), 87% had posterior infarction detected by pyrophosphate scan. In patients with inferior myocardial infarction, vectorcardiographic evidence of posterior infarction correlated poorly with pyrophosphate imaging data. Right ventricular infarction was present on pyrophosphate imaging in 40% of patients with pyrophosphate changes of posterior infarction but without vectorcardiographic evidence of posterior infarction. It is concluded that: 1) the majority of patients with acute inferior myocardial infarction have anterior ST segment depression; 2) early anterior ST segment depression in such patients is not a specific marker for posterior infarction; and 3) standard vectorcardiographic criteria for transmural posterior infarction may be inaccurate in patients with concomitant transmural inferior myocardial infarction or right ventricular infarction, or both.

  12. Simultaneous technetium-99m MIBI angiography and myocardial perfusion imaging

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    Baillet, G.Y.; Mena, I.G.; Kuperus, J.H.; Robertson, J.M.; French, W.J.

    1989-01-01

    Resting first-pass radionuclide angiography (FPRNA) was performed with the myocardial perfusion agent technetium-99m MIBI. In 27 patients, it was compared with technetium-99m diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid FPRNA. A significant correlation was present in left (r = 0.93, p less than 0.001) as well as right (r = 0.92, p less than 0.001) ventricular ejection fraction measured with both radiopharmaceuticals. In 13 patients, MIBI derived segmental wall motion was compared with contrast ventriculography. A high correlation was present (p less than 0.001), and qualitative agreement was found in 38/52 segments. In 19 patients with myocardial infarction a significant correlation was present between MIBI segmental wall motion and perfusion scores (p less than 0.001). In ten patients with a history of myocardial infarction, 18 myocardial segments demonstrated diseased coronary vessels and impaired wall motion at contrast angiography. These segments were all identified by the MIBI wall motion and perfusion study. We conclude that MIBI is a promising agent for simultaneous evaluation of cardiac function and myocardial perfusion at rest.

  13. Dobutamine echocardiography and myocardial contrast echocardiography. Two new techniques for the assessment of myocardial viability.

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    Cheirif, J; Meza, M; Murgo, J P

    1995-01-01

    As investigators have discovered that cardiac regions displaying resting wall motion abnormalities are not the necessary equivalent of myocardial scar (and therefore of irreversible injury) but are potentially viable regions rendered dysfunctional by stunning or hibernation, a new field of medicine has developed to identify viable myocardium that can improve in function after revascularization. Moreover, improvements in myocardial preservation and perfusion during coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty have enabled patients with poor resting ejection fractions to undergo safer revascularization. In this review, we describe briefly the diagnostic techniques most commonly used in identifying dysfunctional but viable myocardium. We give specific attention to the assets and limitations of these techniques and special emphasis to 2 promising new techniques: dobutamine echocardiography and myocardial contrast echocardiography. PMID:7787468

  14. Anterior femoroacetabular impingement.

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    Laude, Frdric; Boyer, Thierry; Nogier, Alexis

    2007-03-01

    Anterior femoroacetabular impingement is a mechanical hip disorder defined as abnormal contact between the anterior acetabular rim and the proximal femur. The typical patient is a young man who practices a martial art that involves kicking. Mechanical groin pain is the main presenting symptom. Passive flexion and internal rotation of the hip replicates the pain. The range of internal rotation is often limited. Imaging studies show a non-spherical femoral head or overhang of the anterior acetabular rim. Computed arthrotomography or magnetic resonance arthrography visualize focal damage to the anterosuperior labrum and sometimes to the acetabular cartilage. Discontinuing the activity associated with the harmful hip movement is the main treatment. However, arthroplasty and removal of damaged labral tissue may be required. Surgical outcomes correlate negatively with the severity of the cartilage lesions. PMID:17337228

  15. Role of leukocytes and platelets in acute myocardial infarction

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    Bednar, M.M.

    1986-01-01

    Myocardial ischemia initiates an inflammatory-like response in which invading neutrophils exacerbate the degree of injury. The effects of nafazatrom, a new antithrombotic agent, on leukocyte function in vitro and in vivo were related to its ability to salvage ischemic myocardium in an occulsion-reperfusion model of myocardial injury in the anesthetized dogs. Measurements of the neutrophil-specific myeloperoxidase enzyme in ischemic myocardium indicate that the smaller infarct size in dogs treated with nafazatrom is accompanied by a diminished leukocyte infiltration. The results obtained with nafazatrom emphasize the important role of the neutrophil in ischemia-induced myocardial damage. The possibility that myocardial ischemia-induced platelet deposition was secondary to a neutrophil-mediated event was assessed by the injection of PGI{sub 2}-washed autologous {sup 111}indium-labeled platelets and measuring the amount of radioactivity in different regions of the heart following a 90 min. occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery followed by reperfusion for periods up to 5 hrs. Neutropenia, induced with specific sheep anti-dog neutrophil antiserum, significantly reduced platelet accumulation in the ischemic myocardium following 5 hrs. reperfusion and abolished the transmural platelet distribution. These results suggest that myocardial platelet deposition is secondary to a neutrophil-mediated event in this occlusion-reperfusion model of myocardial injury.

  16. Relationship of functional recovery to scar contraction after myocardial infarction in the canine left ventricle

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    Choong, C.Y.; Gibbons, E.F.; Hogan, R.D.; Franklin, T.D.; Nolting, M.; Mann, D.L.; Weyman, A.E.

    1989-04-01

    We have previously reported that regional wall motion abnormalities in a canine model of acute myocardial infarction may show substantial improvement in the first 6 weeks after infarction. To determine whether the mechanism of this improvement in function is the result of scar contraction within the infarct, we studied the relationship between changes in regional wall motion defined by cross-sectional echocardiography and the regional concentration of radioactive microspheres injected immediately before coronary occlusion and sampled 6 weeks after occlusion. Eight dogs underwent serial echocardiographic and microsphere blood flow measurements immediately before and 30 minutes, 48 hours, 1 week, 3 weeks, and 6 weeks after ligation of the left anterior descending or the left circumflex coronary artery. Wall motion and blood flow were measured in the short-axis section of the left ventricle at the level of the midpapillary muscle in each 10-degree radial segment around the circumference of the ventricle. Infarct histology was assessed at 6 weeks by means of the same radial coordinate system. Control data were collected in a similar manner from four dogs that underwent sham operations and had no histologic evidence of infarction. In all of the animals with infarcts, but not in the sham animals, the calculated preocclusion endocardial and epicardial blood flow values in the histologic infarct zone (252 +/- 44 and 168 +/- 17 ml/min/100 gm, respectively, mean +/- SEM) were significantly higher than those in the normal opposite wall (endocardial: 106 +/- 3 ml/min/100 gm, p less than 0.01); epicardial: 108 +/- 3 ml/min/100 gm, p less than 0.01. The location and circumferential extent of myocardium showing this elevation of preocclusion blood flow correlated well (r = 0.93, p less than 0.001) with the location and circumferential extent of the histologic infarct.

  17. Stress thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy for the detection of individual coronary arterial lesions in patients with and without previous myocardial infarction

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    Rigo, P.; Bailey, I.K.; Griffith, L.S.; Pitt, B.; Wagner, H.N. Jr.; Becker, L.C.

    1981-08-01

    The value of stress thallium-201 scintigraphy for detecting individual coronary arterial stenoses was analyzed in 141 patients with angiographically proved coronary artery disease, 101 with and 40 without a previous myocardial infarction. In patients without infarction, the sensitivity for detecting greater than 50 percent narrowing in the left anterior descending, the right and the left circumflex coronary artery was 66, 53 and 24 percent, respectively. In those with a previous infarction, the sensitivity for demonstrating disease in the artery corresponding to the site of infarction was 100 percent for the left anterior descending, 79 percent for the right and 63 percent for the left circumflex coronary artery. In patients with a prior anterior infarction, concomitant right or left circumflex coronary arterial lesions were detected in only 1 of 12 cases, whereas in those with previous inferior or inferolateral infarction, the sensitivity for left anterior descending coronary artery disease was 69 percent. Because of the reasonably high sensitivity for detecting left anterior descending arterial disease, irrespective of the presence and location of previous infarction, myocardial scintigraphy was useful in identifying multivessel disease in patients with a previous inferior infarction. However, because of its relative insensitivity for right or left circumflex coronary artery disease, scintigraphy proved to be a poor predictor of multivessel disease in patients with a prior anterior infarction and in patients without previous myocardial infarction.

  18. Myocardial blood flow assessment with 82rubidium-PET imaging in patients with left bundle branch block

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    Falco, Andra; Chalela, William; Giorgi, Maria Clementina; Imada, Rodrigo; Soares, Jos; Do Val, Renata; Oliveira, Marco Antonio; Izaki, Marisa; Filho, Roberto Kalil; Meneghetti, Jos C

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Perfusion abnormalities are frequently seen in Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) when a left bundle branch block is present. A few studies have shown decreased coronary flow reserve in the left anterior descending territory, regardless of the presence of coronary artery disease. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate rubidium-82 (82Rb) positron emission tomography imaging in the assessment of myocardial blood flow and coronary flow reserve in patients with left bundle branch block. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with left bundle branch block (GI), median age 63.5 years, 22 (58%) female, 12 with coronary artery disease (?70%; GI-A) and 26 with no evidence of significant coronary artery disease (GI-B), underwent rest-dipyridamole stress 82Rb-positron emission tomography with absolute quantitative flow measurements using Cedars-Sinai software (mL/min/g). The relative myocardial perfusion and left ventricular ejection fraction were assessed in 17 segments. These parameters were compared with those obtained from 30 patients with normal 82Rb-positron emission tomography studies and without left bundle branch block (GII). RESULTS: Stress myocardial blood flow and coronary flow reserve were significantly lower in GI than in GII (p<0.05). The comparison of coronary flow reserve between GI-A and GI-B showed that it was different from the global coronary flow reserve (p<0.05) and the stress flow was significantly lower in the anterior than in the septal wall for both groups. Perfusion abnormalities were more prevalent in GI-A (p=0.06) and the left ventricular ejection fraction was not different between GI-A and GI-B, whereas it was lower in GI than in GII (p<0.001). CONCLUSION: The data confirm that patients with left bundle branch block had decreased myocardial blood flow and coronary flow reserve and coronary flow reserve assessed by 82Rb-positron emission tomography imaging may be useful in identifying coronary artery disease in patients with left bundle branch block. PMID:26602518

  19. Transesophageal echocardiographic diagnosis of an aneurysm and thrombosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery.

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    Vargas-Barron, J; Romero-Cardenas, A; Espinola-Zavaleta, N; Gil-Moreno, M; Keirns, C; Rijlaarsdam, M; Verdejo Paris, J

    1994-01-01

    An aneurysm of the left anterior descending coronary artery with thrombosis in its lumen in a 36-year-old woman who had an acute myocardial infarction is described. Although the aneurysm was detected by angiography, a transesophageal study provided new specific details of the exact site of origin of the aneurysm, as well as vascular thrombosis. PMID:7840995

  20. Sustained effect of glucose-insulin-potassium on myocardial performance during regional ischemia. Role of free fatty acid and osmolality.

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    Ahmed, S S; Lee, C H; Oldewurtel, H A; Regan, T J

    1978-01-01

    To evaluate the influence of glucose infusate administered with insulin and potassium on left ventricular function during 4 h of ischemia, as well as mechanism of action, four groups of intact anesthetized dogs were studied. Acute regional ischemia was induced with a balloon tip catheter in the left anterior descending artery and infusates were begun after 20 min of ischemia. A threefold increase of plasma glucose concentration was associated with improved left ventricular function during ischemia, compared to animals receiving isovolumic saline. There was a significant decline of left ventricular end-diastolic pressure associated with elevation of stroke volume and ejection fraction to control levels, as determined by indicator dilution. In a separate subgroup studied by cineangiography, shortening of the ischemic anterior wall, after an initial decline, was increased in response to glucose but there was no evidence of extension of injury. Ischemic tissue exhibited a smaller gain of water as well as Na+ per gram dry weight as compared to ischemic controls. On precordial electrocardiogram mapping there was a significant decrease in the sigmaST (sum of ST elevation) as well as NST (number of ST segment elevations), but the reduction of R wave amplitude was not different from controls. To further evaluate long-term effects, eight controls and six treated animals underwent myocardial ischemia and were sacrificed after 4 mo. Calculated area and weight of scar, as well as degree of wall thinning, were similar in both groups. The glucose-treated animals had a significant decrease of plasma FFA in contrast to controls which manifested a significant rise. To examine the postulate that the decrease in FFA was important to therapeutic action, a third group was infused with Intralipid (Cutter Laboratories, Inc., Berkeley, Calif.) and heparin, simultaneously with the glucose infusate, to effect an elevation of plasma FFA during ischemia. Changes in myocardial function and electrolyte composition, as well as precordial electrocardiogram mapping, were similar to that of animals receiving glucose alone. Because serum osmolality was increased approximately 40 mosmol during the glucose infusion, the potential role of hyperosmolality was assessed by infusion of 20% mannitol during acute ischemia in a fourth group. After a transient small increase, there was a moderate decline in function by 4 h, suggesting that the response to glucose is not dependent upon extracellular osmolality. Thus, it is concluded that during the initial hours after the onset of myocardial ischemia the glucose infusate improves ventricular performance without evidence of arrhythmia induction or intensification of ischemic injury. Evolution of irreversible necrosis appears to be delayed rather than prevented under the circumstances of this study. PMID:659587

  1. Thrombolytics and myocardial infarction.

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    Kunadian, Vijayalakshmi; Gibson, C Michael

    2012-04-01

    Coronary artery disease is the single leading cause of death in the United States. Occlusion of the coronary artery was identified to be the cause of myocardial infarction almost a century ago. Following a series of investigations, streptokinase was discovered and demonstrated to be beneficial for the treatment of patients with acute myocardial infarction in terms of reducing short- and long-term mortality. Newer agents including tissue plasminogen activators such as alteplase, reteplase, tenecteplase were developed subsequently. In the present era, thrombolytic therapy and primary percutaneous coronary intervention has revolutionized the way patients with acute myocardial infarction are managed resulting in significant reduction in cardiovascular death. This article provides an overview of the various thrombolytic agents utilized in the management of patients with acute myocardial infarction. PMID:21070617

  2. Recurrent myocardial infarction secondary to Prinzmetals variant angina

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    Murdoch, Dale; Dhillon, Priyanka; Niranjan, Selvanayagam

    2015-01-01

    Prinzmetals variant angina describes chest pain secondary to reversible coronary artery vasospasm in the context of both diseased and non-diseased coronary arteries. Symptoms typically occur when the patient is at rest and are associated with transient ST-segment elevation. Acute episodes respond to glyceryl trinitrate, but myocardial infarction and other potentially fatal complications can occur, and long-term management can be challenging. Although it is not well understood, the underlying mechanism appears to involve a combination of endothelial damage and vasoactive mediators. In this case, a 35-year-old woman with myocardial infarction secondary to coronary artery vasospasm experienced recurrent chest pain. Coronary angiography revealed severe focal stenosis in the mid left anterior descending artery, which completely resolved after administration of intracoronary glyceryl trinitrate. The patient was discharged on nitrates and calcium channel blockers. The patient re-presented with another myocardial infarction, requiring up-titration of medical therapy. PMID:26034323

  3. Left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis: in a patient with takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

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    Vittala, Satya S; Najib, Mohammad Q; Click, Roger L; Fortuin, F David; Chaliki, Hari P

    2012-01-01

    Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is characterized by chest pain, electrocardiographic abnormalities such as ST-segment elevation or depression, and elevated cardiac enzyme levels. Left ventriculography reveals transient akinesis of the involved segment of the myocardial wall (usually the left ventricular apex) and compensatory hyperkinesis of the noninvolved myocardium, which appears as apical ballooning during systole. Existing criteria for the diagnosis of takotsubo cardiomyopathy include the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Indeed, previous investigators have found incidental stenosis in only a minority of patients.Herein, we present the unusual case of an 84-year-old woman who sustained 4 episodes of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in 18 years. At the time of the initial episode, coronary angiography revealed no substantial stenosis. Concomitant with the 2nd episode, stenosis in the 1st obtuse marginal branch was treated with stenting. No new lesions were apparent after the patient's 3rd presentation, and the previously placed stent was patent. During the 4th (current) presentation, we detected and percutaneously treated severe stenoses in the patient's left anterior descending coronary artery and 2nd obtuse marginal branch.Although this report is of a single patient only, it definitively illustrates that severe coronary artery disease can occur in patients who have takotsubo cardiomyopathy. We recommend the thorough evaluation of possible coronary artery disease in high-risk patients, even upon the strong clinical suspicion of takotsubo cardiomyopathy. PMID:22412247

  4. [Recurrent acute myocardial infarction as a thromboembolic complication of atrial fibrillation].

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    Tomcsnyi, Jnos; Tak, Katalin; Srmn, Balzs

    2016-01-31

    Coronary thromboembolism with subsequent myocardial infarction is a rare complication of atrial fibrillation. The authors present the history of a 55-year-old male with a history of acute myocardial infarction caused by thromboembolism in the distal part of left anterior descending coronary artery and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, who presented one year later with new chest pain, ST-segment elevation and atrial fibrillation. Coronarography confirmed the presence of thrombus in the circumflex coronary artery. Transesophageal echocardiogram showed left atrial appendage thrombus. To the knowledge of the authors this is the first report of recurrent myocardial infarction caused by atrial fibrillation. PMID:26801365

  5. Specificity of systolic anterior motion of anterior mitral leaflet for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Prevalence in large population of patients with other cardiac diseases.

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    Maron, B J; Gottdiener, J S; Perry, L W

    1981-01-01

    The value of systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet as a diagnostic marker for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been questioned because of its reported occurrence in other heart diseases. To determine the true specificity of systolic anterior motion for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, 721 echocardiograms from patients with a wide variety of cardiac diseases were reviewed for its presence or absence under basal conditions. Systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet was present in only 22 (3.0%) of the 721 patients, giving a specificity of 97 per cent. It was most common in patients with d-transposition of the great vessels (11 of 51, or 21%). With patients having transposition of the great vessels excluded from the analysis, the prevalence of systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet was only 1.6 per cent (specificity 98%). Of note, eight of the 11 patients with systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet and diseases other than transposition of the great vessels had disproportionate thickening of the ventricular septum, making it exceedingly rare in a patient population with normal septal-free wall thickness ratios (prevalence 0.4%; specificity 99%). Hence, while systolic anterior motion is not pathognomonic of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, it was an uncommon finding in a large population of patients with a variety of cardiac diseases; when present in such patients systolic anterior motion of the anterior mitral leaflet is usually associated with disproportionate septal thickening. Images PMID:7193042

  6. Concomitant Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibition Enhances Myocardial Protection by Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.

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    Lux, Arpad; Pokreisz, Peter; Swinnen, Melissa; Caluwe, Ellen; Gillijns, Hilde; Szelid, Zsolt; Merkely, Bela; Janssens, Stefan P

    2016-02-01

    Enhanced cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling may attenuate myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (I/R) and improve left ventricular (LV) functional recovery after myocardial infarction (MI). We investigated the cardioprotection afforded by inhaled NO (iNO), the phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5)-specific inhibitor tadalafil (TAD), or their combination (iNO+TAD) in C57Bl6J mice subjected to 6-minute left anterior descending artery ligation followed by reperfusion. We measured plasma and cardiac concentrations of cGMP during early reperfusion, quantified myocardial necrosis and inflammation by serial troponin-I (TnI) and myeloperoxidase-positive cell infiltration at day 3, and evaluated LV function and remodeling after 4 weeks using echocardiography and pressure-conductance catheterization. Administration of iNO, TAD, or both during I/R was safe and hemodynamically well tolerated. Compared with untreated mice (CON), only iNO+TAD increased plasma and cardiac-cGMP levels during early reperfusion (80 12 versus 36 6 pmol/ml and 0.15 0.02 versus 0.05 0.01 pmol/mg protein, P < 0.05 for both). Moreover, iNO+TAD reduced TnI at 4 hours to a greater extent (P < 0.001 versus CON) than either alone (P < 0.05 versus CON) and was associated with significantly less myocardial inflammatory cell infiltration at day 3. After 4 weeks and compared with CON, iNO+TAD was associated with increased fractional shortening (43 1 versus 33 2%, P < 0.01), larger stroke volumes (14.9 1.2 versus 10.2 0.9 ?l, P < 0.05), enhanced septal and posterior wall thickening (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001, respectively), and attenuated LV dilatation (P < 0.001), whereas iNO or TAD alone conferred less benefit. Thus, iNO+TAD has superior efficacy to limit early reperfusion injury and attenuate adverse LV remodeling. Combination of inhaled NO with a long-acting PDE5 inhibitor may represent a promising strategy to reduce ischemic damage following reperfusion and better preserve LV function. PMID:26621143

  7. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

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  8. Measurement of acute Q-wave myocardial infarct size with single photon emission computed tomography imaging of indium-111 antimyosin

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    Antunes, M.L.; Seldin, D.W.; Wall, R.M.; Johnson, L.L.

    1989-04-01

    Myocardial infarct size was measured by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) following injection of indium-111 antimyosin in 27 patients (18 male and 9 female; mean age 57.4 +/- 10.5 years, range 37 to 75) who had acute transmural myocardial infarction (MI). These 27 patients represent 27 of 35 (77%) consecutive patients with acute Q-wave infarctions who were injected with indium-111 antimyosin. In the remaining 8 patients either tracer uptake was too faint or the scans were technically inadequate to permit infarct sizing from SPECT reconstructions. In the 27 patients studied, infarct location by electrocardiogram was anterior in 15 and inferoposterior in 12. Nine patients had a history of prior infarction. Each patient received 2 mCi of indium-111 antimyosin followed by SPECT imaging 48 hours later. Infarct mass was determined from coronal slices using a threshold value obtained from a human torso/cardiac phantom. Infarct size ranged from 11 to 87 g mean (48.5 +/- 24). Anterior infarcts were significantly (p less than 0.01) larger (60 +/- 20 g) than inferoposterior infarcts (34 +/- 21 g). For patients without prior MI, there were significant inverse correlations between infarct size and ejection fraction (r = 0.71, p less than 0.01) and wall motion score (r = 0.58, p less than 0.01) obtained from predischarge gated blood pool scans. Peak creatine kinase-MB correlated significantly with infarct size for patients without either reperfusion or right ventricular infarction (r = 0.66). Seven patients without prior infarcts had additional simultaneous indium-111/thallium-201 SPECT studies using dual energy windows.

  9. Intake of hot water-extracted apple protects against myocardial injury by inhibiting apoptosis in an ischemia/reperfusion rat model.

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    Kim, Mi Young; Lim, Sun Ha; Lee, Jongwon

    2014-11-01

    Intakes of apple and its products are shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by delaying occlusion of coronary arteries. In our previous study, we showed that apple pectin protected against myocardial injury by prohibiting apoptotic cascades in a rat model of ischemia/reperfusion. Thus, we hypothesized that water-extracted apple, into which apple pectin was released from the cell wall, might exhibit the same efficacy as apple pectin. To test this hypothesis, we fed rats either cold water- (400 mg kg(-1) d(-1)) or hot water-extracted apples (HWEA; 40, 100, and 400 mg kg(-1) d(-1)). Three days later, the rats were subjected to myocardial injuries by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery (30 minutes), and subsequently, the heart (3 hours) reperfused by releasing the ligation. Only the rats that were supplemented with HWEA (400 mg kg(-1) d(-1)) showed significant reductions in infarct size, which was 28.5% smaller than that of the control group. This infarct size reduction could be partly attributed to the prevention of steps leading to apoptosis. These steps are manifested by a higher Bcl-2/Bax ratio, lower procaspase-3 conversion to caspase-3, and inhibition of DNA nick generation, which reflects the extent of apoptosis. The findings indicate that HWEA supplementation reduces myocardial injury by inhibiting apoptosis under ischemia/reperfusion conditions. In conclusion, this study suggests that apple intake, specifically boiled apple, might reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by inhibiting postocclusion steps, such as myocardial injury after artery occlusion, as well as preocclusion steps, such as atherosclerotic plaque formation. PMID:25304826

  10. Mitral stenosis and acute ST elevation myocardial infarction.

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    Cardoz, Joseph; Jayaprakash, K; George, Raju

    2015-04-01

    We describe a patient who presented with acute (inferior wall) ST elevation myocardial infarction. Her echocardiogram showed severe mitral stenosis with ball valve thrombus in the left atrial body and thrombus in the left atrial appendage. Coronary angiogram revealed thromboembolic material in the right coronary artery. Mitral valve replacement was scheduled. PMID:25829656

  11. Anterior mandibular ameloblastoma

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    Bhandarwar, Ajay H.; Bakhshi, Girish D.; Borisa, Ashok D.; Wagh, Amol; Kapoor, Rajat; Kori, Channabasappa G.

    2012-01-01

    Ameloblastoma is a benign odontogenic tumor. These are usually asymptomatic until a large size is attained. Ameloblastoma has tendency to spread locally and has a high recurrence rate. Majority of ameloblastomas (80%) arise from the mandible. Ameloblastoma arising from anterior mandibular region (symphysis-menti) is rare. Very few cases of midline anterior ameloblastomas are reported in the literature. They often require wide local excision. Reconstruction of mandible in these cases is challenging. We present a case of mandibular ameloblastoma arising from symphysis-menti. Patient underwent wide surgical excision of the tumor followed by immediate reconstruction using free fibular vascular flap, stabilized with titanium reconstructive plates. A brief case report ands review of literature is presented. PMID:24765429

  12. Anterior urethral stricture review

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    Stein, Marshall J.

    2013-01-01

    Male anterior urethral stricture disease is a commonly encountered condition that presents to many urologists. According to a National Practice Survey of Board Certified Urologist in the United States most urologists treat on average 6-20 urethral strictures yearly. Many of those same urologists surveyed treat with repeated dilation or internal urethrotomy, despite continual recurrence of the urethral stricture. In point of fact, the urethroplasty despite its high success rate, is underutilized by many practicing urologists. Roughly half of practicing urologist do not perform urethroplasty in the United States. Clearly, the reconstructive ladder for urethral stricture management that was previously described in the literature may no longer apply in the modern era. The following article reviews the etiology, diagnosis, management and comparisons of treatment options for anterior urethral strictures. PMID:26816721

  13. Anterior segment fluorescein cineangiography.

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    Kottow, M H; Jednock, N; Sewell, J H

    1978-03-01

    We have developed a technique for performing anterior segment fluorescein cineangiography. Illumination is obtained with a halogen lamp of a standard slide projector that is fitted with a blue excitation filer. Cinematography occurs with a movie camera fitted with an absorption-type barrier filter and mounted to a photo slit lamp through a cineadapter. The technique has been successfully employed with animals, and it is anticipated that the light levels used are tolerable and safe for application with humans. PMID:306767

  14. Innate immunity and myocardial adaptation to ischemia.

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    Valeur, Hanne Stre; Valen, Guro

    2009-01-01

    Myocardial adaptation to ischemia in the form of ischemic preconditioning is clinically attractive, but not directly usable until molecular mimics are discovered. A growing body of evidence indicates that events underlying myocardial adaptation to ischemia may either involve, or be parallel to, signaling of the innate immune response. Preconditioning-like protection of the heart can be evoked through giving cytokines or fragments of bacterial walls. A possible role for cytokines, toll-like receptors, and nuclear factor kappa B for evoking ischemic preconditioning are discussed. Through stimulating innate immunity, there is potential to bring preconditioning into the clinics in a reasonable time frame. The possibility that the underlying protective response may involve adaptive immunity through danger signaling is briefly reviewed. PMID:18931966

  15. Painless acute myocardial infarction on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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    Jamal, Nasiruddin; Rajhy, Mubina; Bapumia, Mustaafa

    2016-01-01

    An individual experiencing dyspnoea or syncope at high altitude is commonly diagnosed to have high-altitude pulmonary edema or cerebral edema. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is generally not considered in the differential diagnosis. There have been very rare cases of AMI reported only from Mount Everest. We report a case of painless ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) that occurred while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. A 51-year-old man suffered dyspnoea and loss of consciousness near the mountain peak, at about 5600 m. At a nearby hospital, he was treated as a case of high-altitude pulmonary edema. ECG was not obtained. Two days after the incident, he presented to our institution with continued symptoms of dyspnoea, light-headedness and weakness, but no pain. He was found to have inferior wall and right ventricular STEMI complicated by complete heart block. He was successfully managed with coronary angioplasty, with good recovery. PMID:26989121

  16. Myocardial stunning in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: recovery predicted by single photon emission computed tomographic thallium-201 scintigraphy

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    Fine, D.G.; Clements, I.P.; Callahan, M.J.

    1989-05-01

    A young woman with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy confirmed by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization presented with chest pain and features of a large left ventricular aneurysm. The initial diagnosis was myocardial ischemia with either an evolving or an ancient myocardial infarction. Subsequently, verapamil therapy was associated with complete resolution of the extensive left ventricular wall motion abnormalities, normalization of left ventricular ejection fraction and a minimal myocardial infarction. Normal thallium uptake on single photon emission computed tomographic scintigraphy early in the hospital course predicted myocardial viability in the region of the aneurysm. Thus, orally administered verapamil may reverse spontaneous extensive myocardial ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and possibly limit the extent of myocardial infarction in such circumstances.

  17. Reversible cold-induced abnormalities in myocardial perfusion and function in systemic sclerosis

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    Alexander, E.L.; Firestein, G.S.; Weiss, J.L.; Heuser, R.R.; Leitl, G.; Wagner, H.N. Jr.; Brinker, J.A.; Ciuffo, A.A.; Becker, L.C.

    1986-11-01

    The effects of peripheral cold exposure on myocardial perfusion and function were studied in 13 patients with scleroderma without clinically evident myocardial disease. Ten patients had at least one transient, cold-induced, myocardial perfusion defect visualized by thallium-201 scintigraphy, and 12 had reversible, cold-induced, segmental left ventricular hypokinesis by two-dimensional echocardiography. The 10 patients with transient perfusion defects all had anatomically corresponding ventricular wall motion abnormalities. No one in either of two control groups (9 normal volunteers and 7 patients with chest pain and normal coronary arteriograms) had cold-induced abnormalities. This study is the first to show the simultaneous occurrence of cold-induced abnormalities in myocardial perfusion and function in patients with scleroderma. The results suggest that cold exposure in such patients may elicit transient reflex coronary vasoconstriction resulting in reversible myocardial ischemia and dysfunction. Chronic recurrent episodes of coronary spasm may lead to focal myocardial fibrosis.

  18. A randomized double-blind control study of early intra-coronary autologous bone marrow cell infusion in acute myocardial infarction: the REGENERATE-AMI clinical trial†

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    Choudry, Fizzah; Hamshere, Stephen; Saunders, Natalie; Veerapen, Jessry; Bavnbek, Katrine; Knight, Charles; Pellerin, Denis; Locca, Didier; Westwood, Mark; Rakhit, Roby; Crake, Tom; Kastrup, Jens; Parmar, Mahesh; Agrawal, Samir; Jones, Daniel; Martin, John; Mathur, Anthony

    2016-01-01

    Aims Clinical trials suggest that intracoronary delivery of autologous bone marrow-derived cells (BMCs) 1–7 days post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) may improve left ventricular (LV) function. Earlier time points have not been evaluated. We sought to determine the effect of intracoronary autologous BMC on LV function when delivered within 24 h of successful reperfusion therapy. Methods and results A multi-centre phase II randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial. One hundred patients with anterior AMI and significant regional wall motion abnormality were randomized to receive either intracoronary infusion of BMC or placebo (1:1) within 24 h of successful primary percutaneous intervention (PPCI). The primary endpoint was the change in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) between baseline and 1 year as determined by advanced cardiac imaging. At 1 year, although LVEF increased compared with baseline in both groups, the between-group difference favouring BMC was small (2.2%; 95% confidence interval, CI: −0.5 to 5.0; P = 0.10). However, there was a significantly greater myocardial salvage index in the BMC-treated group compared with placebo (0.1%; 95% CI: 0.0–0.20; P = 0.048). Major adverse events were rare in both treatment groups. Conclusion The early infusion of intracoronary BMC following PPCI for patients with AMI and regional wall motion abnormality leads to a small non-significant improvement in LVEF when compared with placebo; however, it may play an important role in infarct remodelling and myocardial salvage. Clinical trial registration Clinicaltrials.gov NCT00765453 and EudraCT 2007-002144-16. PMID:26405233

  19. Intraprocedural myocardial contrast echocardiography as a routine procedure in percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation: detection of threatening myocardial necrosis distant from the septal target area.

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    Faber, L; Seggewiss, H; Ziemssen, P; Gleichmann, U

    1999-08-01

    Percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation (PTSMA) has been introduced as an alternative to surgery for symptomatic hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). Visualization of the ablation area prior to induction of the chemical necrosis is possible by intraprocedural myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE). We report on two patients in whom MCE showed opacification of the medial papillary muscle or the left ventricular posterolateral free wall. In both patients the correct ablation area could be identified by MCE after a change of the target vessel, thus avoiding potentially fatal complications due to induction of a necrosis of myocardium distant from the septal target area. PMID:10470478

  20. Effect of hydroxy safflower yellow A on myocardial apoptosis after acute myocardial infarction in rats.

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    Zhou, M X; Fu, J H; Zhang, Q; Wang, J Q

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the effect of hydroxy safflower yellow A (HSYA) on myocardial apoptosis after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in rats. We randomly divided 170 male Wistar rats into 6 groups (N = 23): normal control, sham, control, SY (90 mg/kg), HSYA high-dose (HSYA-H, 40 mg/kg), and HSYA low-dose groups (HSYA-L, 20 mg/kg). Myocardial ischemic injury was induced by ligating the anterior descending coronary artery, and the degree of myocardial ischemia was evaluated using electrocardiography and nitroblue tetrazolium staining. Bax and Bcl-2 expressions in the ischemic myocardium were determined using immunohistochemical analysis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-? (PPAR-?) expression in the myocardium of rats with AMI was determined using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Compared to rats in the control group, those in the HYSA-H, HSYA-L, and SY groups showed a decrease in the elevated ST segments and an increase in the infarct size. The rats in the drug-treated groups showed a significantly lower percentage of Bax-positive cells and a significantly higher percentage of Bcl-2-positive cells than those in the control group (P < 0.05). Moreover, mRNA expression of PPAR-? in the ischemic myocardium of rats in the SY, HSYA-L, and HSYA-H groups was significantly lower than that in the control group (P < 0.05). Thus, HSYA and SY can attenuate myocardial ischemia in rats, possibly by increasing the level of Bcl-2/Bax, and PPAR-? may be not a necessary link in this process. PMID:25966078

  1. Myocardial Viability and Impact of Surgical Ventricular Reconstruction on Outcomes of Patients with Severe Left Ventricular Dysfunction Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Results of the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) Trial

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    Holly, Thomas A.; Bonow, Robert O.; Arnold, J. Malcolm O.; Oh, Jae K.; Varadarajan, Padmini; Pohost, Gerald M.; Haddad, Haissam; Jones, Robert H.; Velazquez, Eric J.; Birkenfeld, Bozena; Asch, Federico M.; Malinowski, Marcin; Barretto, Rodrigo; Kalil, Renato A.K.; Berman, Daniel S.; Sun, Jie-Lena; Lee, Kerry L.; Panza, Julio A.

    2014-01-01

    Objective In the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) trial, surgical ventricular reconstruction plus coronary artery bypass surgery was not associated with a reduction in the rate of death or cardiac hospitalization compared to bypass alone. We hypothesized that the absence of viable myocardium identifies patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction who have a greater benefit with coronary artery bypass graft surgery and surgical ventricular reconstruction compared to bypass alone. Methods Myocardial viability was assessed by single photon computed tomography in 267 of the 1,000 patients randomized to bypass or bypass plus surgical ventricular reconstruction in STICH. Myocardial viability was assessed on a per patient basis as well as regionally based on pre-specified criteria. Results At 3 years, there was no difference in mortality or the combined outcome of death or cardiac hospitalization between those with and those without viability, and there was no significant interaction between the type of surgery and global viability status with respect to mortality or death plus cardiac hospitalization. Furthermore, there was no difference in mortality or death plus cardiac hospitalization between those with and without anterior wall or apical scar, and no significant interaction between the presence of scar in these regions and the type of surgery with respect to mortality. Conclusion In patients with coronary artery disease and severe regional left ventricular dysfunction, assessment of myocardial viability does not identify patients who will derive a mortality benefit from adding surgical ventricular reconstruction to coronary artery bypass graft surgery. PMID:25152476

  2. Preoperative prediction of reversible myocardial asynergy by postexercise radionuclide ventriculography

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    Rozanski, A.; Berman, D.; Gray, R.; Diamond, G.; Raymond, M.; Prause, J.; Maddahi, J.; Swan, H.J.; Matloff, J.

    1982-07-22

    Myocardial asynergy is sometimes reversed by coronary bypass, and a noninvasive method of predicting which assess are reversible would be desirable. To assess whether changes in myocardial wall motion observed immediately after exercise can differentiate reversible from nonreversible myocardial asynergy, we evaluated 53 patients by radionuclide ventriculography before and after exercise and again at rest after coronary bypass surgery. Preoperative improvement in wall motion immediately after exercise was highly predictive of the surgical outcome (average chance-corrected agreement, 91 per cent). At surgery the asynergic segments that had improved after exercise were free of grossly apparent epicardial scarring. The accuracy of these predictions for postoperative improvement was significantly greater (P less than 0.01) than that of analysis of Q waves on resting electrocardiography (average chance-corrected agreement, 40 per cent). In contrast, preoperative changes in left ventricular ejection fraction after exercise were not predictive of postoperative resting ejection fraction. We conclude that postexercise radionuclide ventriculography can be used to identify reversible resting myocardial asynergy. This test should prove effective in predicting which patients with myocardial asynergy are most likely to benefit from aortocoronary revascularization.

  3. Interaction between Apical Supports and Levator Ani in Anterior Vaginal Support: Theoretical Analysis

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    Chen, Luyun; Ashton-Miller, James A.; Hsu, Yvonne; DeLancey, John O. L.

    2009-01-01

    Objective To use a biomechanical model to explore how impairment of the pubovisceral portion of the levator ani muscle and/or the apical vaginal suspension might interact to affect anterior vaginal wall prolapse severity. Method A biomechanical model of the anterior vaginal wall and its support system was developed and implemented. The anterior vaginal wall and main muscular and connective tissue support elements, namely the levator plate, pubovisceral muscle, cardinal and uterosacral ligaments, were included and their geometry based on mid-sagittal plane magnetic resonance scans. Material properties were based on published data. The change in the sagittal profile of the anterior vaginal wall during a maximum Valsalva was then simulated when different combinations of muscle and connective tissue impairment were present. Results Under raised intra-abdominal pressure, the magnitude of anterior vaginal wall prolapse was shown to be a combined function of both pubovisceral muscle and uterosacral and/or cardinal ligament (apical supports) impairment. Once a certain degree of pubovisceral impairment was reached, the genital hiatus opened and a prolapse developed. The larger the pubovisceral impairment, the larger the anterior wall prolapse became. A 90% impairment of apical support led to an increase in anterior wall prolapse from 0.3 cm to 1.9 cm (a 530% increase) at 60% pubovisceral muscle impairment, and from 0.7 cm to 2.4 cm (a 240% increase) at 80% pubovisceral muscle impairment. Conclusions These results suggest that a prolapse can develop as a result of impairment of the muscular and apical supports of the anterior vaginal wall. PMID:16880302

  4. Anterior interosseous nerve syndrome

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    Bumer, Philipp; Meinck, Hans-Michael; Schiefer, Johannes; Weiler, Markus; Bendszus, Martin; Kele, Henrich

    2014-01-01

    Objective: We sought to determine lesion sites and spatial lesion patterns in spontaneous anterior interosseous nerve syndrome (AINS) with high-resolution magnetic resonance neurography (MRN). Methods: In 20 patients with AINS and 20 age- and sex-matched controls, MRN of median nerve fascicles was performed at 3T with large longitudinal anatomical coverage (upper arm/elbow/forearm): 135 contiguous axial slices (T2-weighted: echo time/repetition time 52/7,020 ms, time of acquisition: 15 minutes 48 seconds, in-plane resolution: 0.25 0.25 mm). Lesion classification was performed by visual inspection and by quantitative analysis of normalized T2 signal after segmentation of median nerve voxels. Results: In all patients and no controls, T2 lesions of individual fascicles were observed within upper arm median nerve trunk and strictly followed a somatotopic/internal topography: affected were those motor fascicles that will form the anterior interosseous nerve further distally while other fascicles were spared. Predominant lesion focus was at a mean distance of 14.6 5.4 cm proximal to the humeroradial joint. Discriminative power of quantitative T2 signal analysis and of qualitative lesion rating was high, with 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity (p < 0.0001). Fascicular T2 lesion patterns were rated as multifocal (n = 17), monofocal (n = 2), or indeterminate (n = 1) by 2 independent observers with strong agreement (kappa = 0.83). Conclusion: It has been difficult to prove the existence of fascicular/partial nerve lesions in spontaneous neuropathies using clinical and electrophysiologic findings. With MRN, fascicular lesions with strict somatotopic organization were observed in upper arm median nerve trunks of patients with AINS. Our data strongly support that AINS in the majority of cases is not a surgically treatable entrapment neuropathy but a multifocal mononeuropathy selectively involving, within the main trunk of the median nerve, the motor fascicles that continue distally to form the anterior interosseous nerve. PMID:24415574

  5. Anterior knee pain.

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    LLopis, Eva; Padrn, Mario

    2007-04-01

    Anterior knee pain is a common complain in all ages athletes. It may be caused by a large variety of injuries. There is a continuum of diagnoses and most of the disorders are closely related. Repeated minor trauma and overuse play an important role for the development of lesions in Hoffa's pad, extensor mechanism, lateral and medial restrain structures or cartilage surface, however usually an increase or change of activity is referred. Although the direct relation of cartilage lesions, especially chondral, and pain is a subject of debate these lesions may be responsible of early osteoarthrosis and can determine athlete's prognosis. The anatomy and biomechanics of patellofemoral joint is complex and symptoms are often unspecific. Transient patellar dislocation has MR distinct features that provide evidence of prior dislocation and rules our complication. However, anterior knee pain more often is related to overuse and repeated minor trauma. Patella and quadriceps tendon have been also implicated in anterior knee pain, as well as lateral or medial restraint structures and Hoffa's pad. US and MR are excellent tools for the diagnosis of superficial tendons, the advantage of MR is that permits to rule out other sources of intraarticular derangements. Due to the complex anatomy and biomechanic of patellofemoral joint maltracking is not fully understood; plain films and CT allow the study of malalignment, new CT and MR kinematic studies have promising results but further studies are needed. Our purpose here is to describe how imaging techniques can be helpful in precisely defining the origin of the patient's complaint and thus improve understanding and management of these injuries. PMID:17350782

  6. Regional cardiac adrenergic function using I-123 meta-iodobenzylguanidine tomographic imaging after acute myocardial infarction

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    McGhie, A.I.; Corbett, J.R.; Akers, M.S.; Kulkarni, P.; Sills, M.N.; Kremers, M.; Buja, L.M.; Durant-Reville, M.; Parkey, R.W.; Willerson, J.T. )

    1991-02-01

    The effect of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) on regional cardiac adrenergic function was studied in 27 patients mean +/- standard deviation 10 +/- 4 days after AMI. Regional adrenergic function was evaluated noninvasively with I-123 meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) using a dedicated 3-detector tomograph. Four hours after its administration, there was reduced MIBG uptake in the region of infarction, 0.38 +/- 0.31 counts/pixel/mCi x 103 compared with 0.60 +/- 0.30 counts/pixel/mCi x 103 and 0.92 +/- 0.35 counts/pixel/mCi x 103 in the zones bordering and distant from the infarct area, respectively, p less than 0.001. In all patients, the area of reduced MIBG uptake after 4 hours was more extensive that the associated thallium-201 perfusion defect with defect scores of 52 +/- 22 and 23 +/- 18%, respectively, p less than 0.001. After anterior wall AMI, the 4-hour MIBG defect score was 70 +/- 13% and the degree of mismatch between myocardial perfusion and MIBG uptake was 30 +/- 9% compared with 39 +/- 17 and 21 +/- 17% after inferior AMI, p less than 0.001 and p = 0.016, respectively. The 4-hour MIBG defect score correlated inversely with the predischarge left ventricular ejection fraction, r = -0.73, p less than 0.001. Patients with ventricular arrhythmia of greater than or equal to 1 ventricular premature complexes per hour, paired ventricular premature complexes or ventricular tachycardia detected during the late hospital phase had higher 4-hour MIBG defect scores, 62.5 +/- 15.0%, than patients with no detectable complex ventricular ectopic activity and a ventricular premature complex frequency of less than 1 per hour, 44.6 +/- 23.4%, p = 0.036.

  7. Tibialis Anterior Tendon Transfer.

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    Mulhern, Jennifer L; Protzman, Nicole M; Brigido, Stephen A

    2016-01-01

    Tendon transfer procedures are used commonly for the correction of soft tissue imbalances and instabilities. The complete transfer and the split transfer of the tibialis anterior tendon are well-accepted methods for the treatment of idiopathic equinovarus deformity in children and adults. Throughout the literature, complete and split transfer have been shown to yield significant improvements in ankle and foot range of motion and muscle function. At present, there is insufficient evidence to recommend one procedure over the other, although the split procedure has been advocated for consistently achieving inversion to eversion muscle balance without overcorrection. PMID:26590723

  8. Myocardial Lineage Development

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    Evans, Sylvia M.; Yelon, Deborah; Conlon, Frank L.; Kirby, Margaret L.

    2010-01-01

    The myocardium of the heart is composed of multiple highly specialized myocardial lineages, including those of the ventricular and atrial myocardium, and the specialized conduction system. Specification and maturation of each of these lineages during heart development is a highly ordered, ongoing process involving multiple signaling pathways and their intersection with transcriptional regulatory networks. Here, we attempt to summarize and compare much of what we know about specification and maturation of myocardial lineages from studies in several different vertebrate model systems. To date, most research has focused on early specification, and while there is still more to learn, less is known about factors that promote subsequent maturation of myocardial lineages required to build the functioning adult heart. PMID:21148449

  9. [Anterior skull base reconstruction].

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    Hanoun, G; Sova, M; Smrcka, M; Smrcka, V

    2006-12-01

    The reasons for transcranial operative revision of anterior cranial fossa are cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage, pneumocephalus, recurrent meningitis and eventually other causes. The trauma is the most common etiology of previously mentioned pathologic statuses, rarely it can also be long-lasting intracranial hypertension. We retrospectively analyzed our 61 patients, operatively treated at Department of Neurosurgery in Brno-Bohunice between 1997 and 2005, at whom the cranionasal communication must have been treated by means of transcranial neurosurgical repair of anterior fossa skull base. Each year approximately 10-15 operations of this kind were performed. The main goal of operative solution was the water-tight closure of dural defect and cranial base by means of direct dural suture duroplasty with periostal flap, fascial flap or other graft. Each case solution was dependent on actual operative appearance of the operative field. The majority of transcranial repairs of frontal cerebral fossas were performed acutely as a part of frontobasal injury operation with haematoma, calvar impressive fractures and open cerebral injury. The minority of repairs is formed by elective operations for posttraumatic rhinnorhea and meningitis. In our announcement we also mention possible conservative treatment. PMID:17407946

  10. Multiplane Transesophageal Echocardiography with Dobutamine in Patients with Biventricular Inferior Myocardial Infarction.

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    Espinola-Zavaleta, Nilda; Vargas-Barrn, Jess; Romero-Crdenas, Angel; Bialostozky, David; Alexanderson, Erick; Martinez-Sanchez, Carlos; Pea-Duque, Marco; Keirns, Candace; Rijlaarsdam, Mara; Lupi-Herrera, Eulo

    1998-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the alterations of ventricular wall movement in patients with acute posteroinferior myocardial infarction with extension to right cavities with multiplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), as well as the utility of dobutamine with this technique to analyze myocardial viability. Nine men with a mean age of 51 years fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Myocardial TEE was performed in all the men 72 hours after the acute event with long- and short-axis transgastric images of both ventricles under basal conditions and with dobutamine infusions of 5 and 10 g/kg per minute. Results were compared with myocardial perfusion findings obtained with Tc-99m Sestamibi SPECT. Left ventricular myocardial viability was demonstrated in 28 of 45 altered segments with dobutamine stress myocardial TEE and Tc-99m Sestamibi SPECT. Right ventricular myocardial viability was identified in 27 of 30 altered segments with dobutamine stress myocardial TEE in transgastric short and long axes, and with Tc-99m Sestamibi SPECT in 23 of 25 segments only in short-axis images. Multiplane TEE provided excellent image resolution and better definition of endocardial and epicardial borders, which facilitated detailed evaluation of ventricular segmental wall movement. Infusion of low doses of dobutamine made it possible to identify viable tissue in both ventricles, and results were comparable to those of nuclear medicine. PMID:11175029

  11. ECG findings after myocardial infarction in children after Kawasaki disease

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    Nakanishi, T.; Takao, A.; Kondoh, C.; Nakazawa, M.; Hiroe, M.; Matsumoto, Y.

    1988-10-01

    Standard 12-lead ECGs were evaluated in 17 children with myocardial infarction and 78 children without myocardial infarction after Kawasaki disease; sensitivity and specificity of the ECG infarction criteria were determined. The presence or absence of myocardial infarction was determined from either clinical examination results (coronary angiography, ventriculography, and thallium-201 myocardial imaging) or autopsy findings. Of seven patients with inferior infarction, abnormally deep Q waves in lead II, III, or aVF were observed in six, but the duration was greater than 0.04 second in only one (14%). The sensitivity and specificity of inferior infarction criteria based on Q wave amplitude were 86% and 97%, respectively. Of eight patients with anterior infarction, seven (88%) had abnormally deep and wide (greater than or equal to 0.04 second) Q waves in anterior chest leads. The sensitivity and specificity of the infarction criteria based on the amplitude and duration of the Q wave were 75% and 99%, respectively. Of seven patients with lateral infarction, Q waves were observed in lead I, aVL, or both in four patients, and in all of these patients Q waves were wider than 0.04 second. In two patients with both inferior and anterior infarction, Q waves were observed only in leads II, III, and aVF; in only one patient were the Q waves wider than 0.04 second. Thus deep Q waves in lead II, III, or aVF that are not wider than 0.04 second may indicate inferior infarction in children. Q waves in lead I, aVL, and chest leads associated with anterolateral infarction are in most instances deep and wide.

  12. Non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction after a wasp sting

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    Pezold, Marcin; Bo?ek, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    We report a case of a 56-year-old woman with loss of conscious transferred to the cardiology unit where non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction was diagnosed. The patient reported a wasp sting a few minutes before the accident. The cardiac troponin level was high and confirmed damage of the heart muscle. Finally, echocardiography and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy revealed an ejection fraction of 50% with hypokinesia of posterior walls. Cardiac consequences of the insect venom sting are discussed in this article. PMID:25254013

  13. Leukocyte behavior in atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and heart failure

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    Swirski, Filip K.; Nahrendorf, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives worldwide than any other. Etiologically, the dominant trajectory involves atherosclerosis, a chronic inflammatory process of lipid-rich lesion growth in the vascular wall that can cause life-threatening myocardial infarction (MI). Those who survive MI can develop congestive heart failure, a chronic condition of inadequate pump activity that is frequently fatal. Leukocytes – white blood cells – are important participants at the various stages of cardiovascular disease progression and complication. This review will discuss leukocyte function in atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, and heart failure. PMID:23307733

  14. Wall turbulence without walls

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    Mizuno, Yoshinori; Jimenez, Javier

    2008-11-01

    Direct numerical simulations are presented of isolated logarithmic layers without an underlying buffer zone. They are implemented by enforcing artificial boundary conditions within the logarithmic layer which are synthesized from values from the interior of the flow. As an example, simulations of a half-channel employing this technique are discussed. The results exhibit logarithmic mean velocity profiles, and velocity fluctuation intensities that are similar to those obtained by the full DNS of half or full channels. Those results strongly suggest that the formation of a logarithmic layer is not overly dependent on the presence of a near-wall region, and that such a flow can exist by itself. The technique enables us to perform conceptual experiments to clarify what is essential to the logarithmic layer. For example, preliminary results show that the logarithmic layer cannot be created only by a non-uniform shear, and requires a spatial gradient of the scales of the fluctuations. Somewhat surprisingly, some simulations result in Kármán constants fairly different from κ=0.4, providing clues to what determines κ in real wall turbulence.

  15. Myocardial diseases of animals.

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    Van Vleet, J. F.; Ferrans, V. J.

    1986-01-01

    In this review we have attempted a comprehensive compilation of the cardiac morphologic changes that occur in spontaneous and experimental myocardial diseases of animals. Our coverage addresses diseases of mammals and birds and includes these diseases found in both domesticated and wild animals. A similar review of the myocardial diseases in this broad range of animal species has not been attempted previously. We have summarized and illustrated the gross, microscopic, and ultrastructural alterations for these myocardial diseases; and, whenever possible, we have reviewed their biochemical pathogenesis. We have arranged the myocardial diseases for presentation and discussion according to an etiologic classification with seven categories. These include a group of idiopathic or primary cardiomyopathies recognized in man (hypertrophic, dilated, and restrictive types) and a large group of secondary cardiomyopathies with known causes, such as inherited tendency; nutritional deficiency; toxicity; physical injury and shock; endocrine disorders, and myocarditides of viral, bacterial, and protozoal causation. Considerable overlap exists between each of the etiologic groups in the spectrum of pathologic alterations seen in the myocardium. These include various degenerative changes, myocyte necrosis, and inflammatory lesions. However, some diseases show rather characteristic myocardial alterations such as vacuolar degeneration in anthracycline cardiotoxicity, myofibrillar lysis in furazolidone cardiotoxicity, calcification in calcinosis of mice, glycogen accumulation in the glycogenoses, lipofuscinosis in cattle, fatty degeneration in erucic acid cardiotoxicity, myofiber disarray in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and lymphocytic inflammation with inclusion bodies in canine parvoviral myocarditis. The myocardial diseases represent the largest group in the spectrum of spontaneous cardiac diseases of animals. Pericardial and endocardial diseases and congential cardiac diseases are seen less frequently; and, in contrast to man, coronary artery disease and myocardial ischemia are rather infrequent in animals. The present review shows clearly that the spectrum of myocardial diseases in animals is enlarging and that many newly recognized diseases are emerging and assuming considerable importance. For example, various heritable cardiomyopathies have recently been described in the KK mouse, cattle, and rats. Increasingly recognized myocardial diseases include cardiomyopathies in cats, dogs, and birds; anthracycline cardiotoxicity; furazolidone cardiotoxicity; ionophore cardiotoxicity; myocardial damage associated with central nervous system injuries; myocardial hypertrophy in Images Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 45 Figure 46 Figure 47 Figure 48 Figure 61 Figure 62 Figure 63 Figure 64 Figure 79 Figure 75 Figure 76 Figure 77 Figure 78 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 Figure 11 Figure 12 Figure 13 Figure 14 Figure 15 Figure 16 Figure 17 Figure 18 Figure 19 Figure 20 Figure 21 Figure 22 Figure 23 Figure 24 Figure 25 Figure 26 Figure 27 Figure 28 Figure 29 & 30 Figure 31 Figure 32 Figure 33 Figure 34 Figure 35 Figure 36 Figure 37 Figure 38 Figure 39 Figure 40 Figure 41 Figure 42 Figure 43 Figure 44 Figure 49 Figure 50 Figure 51 Figure 52 Figure 53 Figure 54 Figure 55 Figure 56 Figure 57 Figure 58 Figure 59 Figure 60 Figure 65 Figure 66 Figure 67 Figure 68 Figure 69 Figure 70 Figure 71 & 72 Figure 73 & 74 PMID:3524254

  16. Reorientation of the left ventricular long-axis on myocardial transaxial tomograms by a linear fitting method

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    He, Z.X.; Maublant, J.C.; Cauvin, J.C.; Veyre, A. )

    1991-09-01

    A method is described for reorientating the left ventricular (LV) long-axis from myocardial transaxial tomographic data. On a midventricular transverse slice and on a midventricular sagittal slice, the apical and basal limits are selected successively by the operator. The linear activity profiles between these two limits are plotted line by line. In each profile, the two points with the maximum counts in the septal and lateral walls on the transverse slice, or in the anterior and inferior walls on the sagittal slice, are detected. The intermediate point with the minimum counts is then determined. The set of points with minimum counts are fitted by a straight line using the least squares method. This line is taken as the LV long-axis. In a series of 15 cases with stress-delayed 201Tl SPECT, the reproducibility of the reorientation with this semi-automatic method was compared with manual selection of the LV long-axis. In all patients, a successful reorientation was obtained with the present method. The reproducibility was significantly better with the semi-automatic method than with the manual selection of the LV long-axis.

  17. 3D perfusion mapping in the intact mouse heart after myocardial infarction using myocardial contrast echocardiography

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    Li, Yinbo; Yang, Zequan; French, Brent A.; Hossack, John A.

    2005-04-01

    An intact mouse model of surgically-induced myocardial infarction (MI) caused by permanent occlusion of the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) coronary artery was studied. Normal mice with no occlusion were also studied as controls. For each mouse, contrast enhanced ultrasound images of the heart were acquired in parallel cross-sections perpendicular to the sternum at millimeter increments. For accurate 3D reconstruction, ECG gating and a tri-axial adjustable micromanipulator were used for temporal and spatial registration. Ultrasound images at steady-state of blood refilling were color-coded in each slice to show relative perfusion. Myocardial perfusion defects and necrosis were also examined postmortem by staining with Phthalo blue and TTC red dyes. Good correlation (R>0.93) in perfused area size was observed between in vivo measurements and histological staining. A 3D multi-slice model and a 3D rendering of perfusion distribution were created and showed a promising match with postmortem results, lending further credence to its use as a more comprehensive and more reliable tool for in vivo assessment of myocardial perfusion than 2D tomographic analysis.

  18. Acute myocardial infarction associated with intravenous dipyridamole for rubidium-82 PET imaging

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    Marwick, T.H.; Hollman, J. )

    1990-03-01

    This report describes the occurrence of chest pain and electrocardiographic features of acute myocardial infarction following intravenous dipyridamole-handgrip stress. Myocardial perfusion imaging (Rb-82 PET) demonstrated a stress-induced perfusion defect. Following failure to respond to medical therapy, urgent cardiac catheterization demonstrated total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The vessel was revascularized, with limitation of myocardial damage evidenced by failure to develop anterior Q waves and only modest elevation of cardiac enzyme levels. Complications of intravenous dipyridamole stress are rare, this case constituting the first major problem in over 500 such procedures at this institution. However, this experience demonstrates the importance of vigilant observation during the performance of this technique.

  19. Myocardial dysfunction following motor vehicle accidents

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    Harley, D.P.; Mena, I.G.; Maublant, J.; Nelson, R.J.

    1984-01-01

    Blunt chest trauma (BCT), with a high frequency of myocardial contusion, is a frequent complication of a large number of motor vehicle accidents (MVA). The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence and significance of this mechanism of myocardial damage. Left and right rest first pass radionuclide angiography (RNA) was performed 1-2 days following BCT in 74 consecutive patients. Serial ECG and CPK MB enzymes were determined. RNA was determined supine in 30/sup 0/ RAO projection following bolus injection of technetium-99m pertechnetate and acquired in list mode into a minicomputer. Right and left ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF and LVEF) and LV wall motion were determined (LVWM). 8/12 patients with abnormal acute RNA became normal in 30 days (72%). The high incidence of abnormalities noted on RNA and its reversibility after one month suggests the method as a very sensitive indicator of myocardial dysfunction following blunt chest trauma in MVA. The frequency of abnormalities of LVWM in patients with abnormal LVEF is consistent with focal direct injury and is considered a risk factor for emergency surgery.

  20. Nonsurgical reperfusion in evolving myocardial infarction

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    Ganz, W.; Geft, I.; Maddahi, J.; Berman, D.; Charuzi, Y.; Shah, P.K.; Swan, H.J.

    1983-05-01

    Nonsurgical recanalization of the occluded coronary artery has been performed in patients with evolving myocardial infarction since the late 1970s by intracoronary administration of thrombolytic agents at the ostium of the occluded artery or directly to the site of occlusion. The authors review the basic concepts underlying intracoronary thrombolysis, the method applied at their institution and the clinical results. Reperfusion of totally occluded arteries or termination of the ischemic state in subtotally occluded arteries was achieved in 71 (87.7%) of 81 patients. Reocclusion occurred in four patients, in three of these at a time when anticoagulation became temporarily ineffective, emphasizing the need for uninterrupted anticoagulation with a partial thromboplastin time longer than 80 seconds. Thallium scintigraphic studies before and after reperfusion showed a decrease in defect, indicating myocardial salvage, in the successful cases but not in failures or untreated control subjects. A decrease in thallium-201 defect was followed by improvement of regional wall motion and usually also left ventricular ejection fraction. Three of the patients with an unsuccessful result and one patient with a successful result died. Bypass surgery was performed electively in 18 patients because of multiple vessel involvement. Intracoronary thrombolysis appears to be a relatively safe and promising procedure. A large controlled study will be needed for definitive assessment of its role in the management of acute myocardial infarction.

  1. Bioengineered anterior cruciate ligament

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    Altman, Gregory (Inventor); Kaplan, David (Inventor); Vunjak-Novakovic, Gordana (Inventor); Martin, Ivan (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for producing an anterior cruciate ligament ex vivo. The method comprises seeding pluripotent stem cells in a three dimensional matrix, anchoring the seeded matrix by attachment to two anchors, and culturing the cells within the matrix under conditions appropriate for cell growth and regeneration, while subjecting the matrix to one or more mechanical forces via movement of one or both of the attached anchors. Bone marrow stromal cells are preferably used as the pluripotent cells in the method. Suitable matrix materials are materials to which cells can adhere, such as a gel made from collagen type I. Suitable anchor materials are materials to which the matrix can attach, such as Goinopra coral and also demineralized bone. Optimally, the mechanical forces to which the matrix is subjected mimic mechanical stimuli experienced by an anterior cruciate ligament in vivo. This is accomplished by delivering the appropriate combination of tension, compression, torsion, and shear, to the matrix. The bioengineered ligament which is produced by this method is characterized by a cellular orientation and/or matrix crimp pattern in the direction of the applied mechanical forces, and also by the production of collagen type I, collagen type III, and fibronectin proteins along the axis of mechanical load produced by the mechanical forces. Optimally, the ligament produced has fiber bundles which are arranged into a helical organization. The method for producing an anterior cruciate ligament can be adapted to produce a wide range of tissue types ex vivo by adapting the anchor size and attachment sites to reflect the size of the specific type of tissue to be produced, and also adapting the specific combination of forces applied, to mimic the mechanical stimuli experienced in vivo by the specific type of tissue to be produced. The methods of the present invention can be further modified to incorporate other stimuli experienced in vivo by the particular developing tissue, some examples of the stimuli being chemical stimuli, and electro-magnetic stimuli. Some examples of tissue which can be produced include other ligaments in the body (hand, wrist, elbow, knee), tendon, cartilage, bone, muscle, and blood vessels.

  2. Sustained-Release Delivery of Prostacyclin Analogue Enhances Bone Marrow-Cell Recruitment and Yields Functional Benefits for Acute Myocardial Infarction in Mice

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    Imanishi, Yukiko; Miyagawa, Shigeru; Fukushima, Satsuki; Ishimaru, Kazuhiko; Sougawa, Nagako; Saito, Atsuhiro; Sakai, Yoshiki; Sawa, Yoshiki

    2013-01-01

    Background A prostacyclin analogue, ONO-1301, is reported to upregulate beneficial proteins, including stromal cell derived factor-1 (SDF-1). We hypothesized that the sustained-release delivery of ONO-1301 would enhance SDF-1 expression in the acute myocardial infarction (MI) heart and induce bone marrow cells (BMCs) to home to the myocardium, leading to improved cardiac function in mice. Methods and Results ONO-1301 significantly upregulated SDF-1 secretion by fibroblasts. BMC migration was greater to ONO-1301-stimulated than unstimulated conditioned medium. This increase was diminished by treating the BMCs with a CXCR4-neutralizing antibody or CXCR4 antagonist (AMD3100). Atelocollagen sheets containing a sustained-release form of ONO-1301 (n = 33) or ONO-1301-free vehicle (n = 48) were implanted on the left ventricular (LV) anterior wall immediately after permanent left-anterior descending artery occlusion in C57BL6/N mice (male, 8-weeks-old). The SDF-1 expression in the infarct border zone was significantly elevated for 1 month in the ONO-1301-treated group. BMC accumulation in the infarcted hearts, detected by in vivo imaging after intravenous injection of labeled BMCs, was enhanced in the ONO-1301-treated hearts. This increase was inhibited by AMD3100. The accumulated BMCs differentiated into capillary structures. The survival rates and cardiac function were significantly improved in the ONO-1301-treated group (fractional area change 23±1%; n = 22) compared to the vehicle group (19±1%; n = 20; P = 0.004). LV anterior wall thinning, expansion of infarction, and fibrosis were lower in the ONO-1301-treated group. Conclusions Sustained-release delivery of ONO-1301 promoted BMC recruitment to the acute MI heart via SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling and restored cardiac performance, suggesting a novel mechanism for ONO-1301-mediated acute-MI heart repair. PMID:23894446

  3. Timing effect of intramyocardial hydrogel injection for positively impacting left ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction.

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    Yoshizumi, Tomo; Zhu, Yang; Jiang, Hongbin; D'Amore, Antonio; Sakaguchi, Hirokazu; Tchao, Jason; Tobita, Kimimasa; Wagner, William R

    2016-03-01

    Intramyocardial injection of various injectable hydrogel materials has shown benefit in positively impacting the course of left ventricular (LV) remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). However, since LV remodeling is a complex, time dependent process, the most efficacious time of hydrogel injection is not clear. In this study, we injected a relatively stiff, thermoresponsive and bioabsorbable hydrogel in rat hearts at 3 different time points - immediately after MI (IM), 3d post-MI (3D), and 2 w post-MI (2W), corresponding to the beginnings of the necrotic, fibrotic and chronic remodeling phases. The employed left anterior descending coronary artery ligation model showed expected infarction responses including functional loss, inflammation and fibrosis with distinct time dependent patterns. Changes in LV geometry and contractile function were followed by longitudinal echocardiography for 10 w post-MI. While all injection times positively affected LV function and wall thickness, the 3D group gave better functional outcomes than the other injection times and also exhibited more local vascularization and less inflammatory markers than the earlier injection time. The results indicate an important role for injection timing in the increasingly explored concept of post-MI biomaterial injection therapy and suggest that for hydrogels with mechanical support as primary function, injection at the beginning of the fibrotic phase may provide improved outcomes. PMID:26774561

  4. Focal myocardial infarction induces global remodeling of cardiac sympathetic innervation: neural remodeling in a spatial context

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    Ajijola, Olujimi A.; Yagishita, Daigo; Patel, Krishan J.; Vaseghi, Marmar; Zhou, Wei; Yamakawa, Kentaro; So, Eileen; Lux, Robert L.; Mahajan, Aman

    2013-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) induces neural and electrical remodeling at scar border zones. The impact of focal MI on global functional neural remodeling is not well understood. Sympathetic stimulation was performed in swine with anteroapical infarcts (MI; n = 9) and control swine (n = 9). A 56-electrode sock was placed over both ventricles to record electrograms at baseline and during left, right, and bilateral stellate ganglion stimulation. Activation recovery intervals (ARIs) were measured from electrograms. Global and regional ARI shortening, dispersion of repolarization, and activation propagation were assessed before and during sympathetic stimulation. At baseline, mean ARI was shorter in MI hearts than control hearts (365 8 vs. 436 9 ms, P < 0.0001), dispersion of repolarization was greater in MI versus control hearts (734 123 vs. 362 32 ms2, P = 0.02), and the infarcted region in MI hearts showed longer ARIs than noninfarcted regions (406 14 vs. 365 8 ms, P = 0.027). In control animals, percent ARI shortening was greater on anterior than posterior walls during right stellate ganglion stimulation (P = 0.0001), whereas left stellate ganglion stimulation showed the reverse (P = 0.0003). In infarcted animals, this pattern was completely lost. In 50% of the animals studied, sympathetic stimulation, compared with baseline, significantly altered the direction of activation propagation emanating from the intramyocardial scar during pacing. In conclusion, focal distal anterior MI alters regional and global pattern of sympathetic innervation, resulting in shorter ARIs in infarcted hearts, greater repolarization dispersion, and altered activation propagation. These conditions may underlie the mechanisms by which arrhythmias are initiated when sympathetic tone is enhanced. PMID:23893167

  5. Prominent anterior QRS forces: clinical, electrocardiographic and prospective study.

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    Paparella, N; Alboni, P; Cappato, R; Pirani, R; Gruppillo, P; Preziosi, S; Battaglia, R; Corio, R; Occari, G; Berti, C

    1987-07-01

    Recent data suggest that the prominent anterior QRS forces (R greater than or equal to S in V1 and/or V2 leads), in the absence of posterior myocardial infarction, right ventricular hypertrophy, or WPW syndrome, are related to an intraventricular conduction disturbance, at times rate-dependent. We followed 240 subjects with prominent anterior QRS forces and without the above mentioned diseases (study group), (mean age: 44.6 +/- 16 years, mean follow-up: 8 +/- 2 years) and 240 subjects without the anterior displacement (control group), (mean age: 44.4 +/- 14 years, mean follow-up: 7.9 +/- 1.9 years). The age distribution, sex, prevalence of organic heart disease, and follow-up period did not show significant differences between the two groups. QRS duration, prevalence of left ventricular hypertrophy pattern, S1 S2 S3 morphology, terminal r wave in AVR and s wave in V6 were similar in the two groups. During the follow-up period the incidence of right and left bundle branch block and fascicular block was very similar in the two groups of patients. These data suggest that prominent anterior QRS forces do not appear to be related to an initial involvement of the main bundle branches and fascicles and do not increase the likelihood of appearance of an intraventricular block of more advanced degree. The clinical, ECG and prospective data are not helpful in localizing either the ventricle or the area of the ventricle affected by conduction disturbance responsible for the anterior displacement. Our data suggest that the prominent anterior QRS forces express a normal variant of ventricular depolarization and that this finding does not have, per se, any unfavourable clinical implication. PMID:3655594

  6. Closed-chest myocardial ischaemia in dog.

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    Birkui, P J; Georgiopoulos, G; Riche, M C; Perrault, M; Puisieux, F; Merland, J J; Saumont, R

    1981-01-01

    Myocardial ischaemia in dog was induced with releasable material in the distal segment of the anterior descending branch of the left coronary artery. Three releasable materials were tested: gel foam, wax microspheres (120-200 micron) and latex balloons, using different methods of introduction. The left carotid route was selected for introduction of a preformed catheter. The gel foam and wax microspheres caused transitory ischaemia, which was proximal for the foam and distal for the microspheres. The balloons made it possible to standardize the ischaemia as its localization and duration could be selected. This material therefore provided a model for stable chronic ischaemia. Nine dogs were observed by means of precordial mapping (36 electrodes) during the phase following ischaemia or for a period of 4 weeks. The results of these experiments are analysed and correlated with histological results for the post-mortem phase. PMID:7311940

  7. Great Walls.

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    Blackburn, Steve; Moore, Tim

    1996-01-01

    Explains why installing a well-designed indoor climbing wall can draw new users to an athletic facility. Climbing-wall design elements and gear are discussed and a checklist for working with contractors is provided.(GR)

  8. Improvement of Prostate Treatment by Anterior Proton Fields

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    Tang, Shikui; Both, Stefan; Bentefour, Hassan; Paly, Jonathan J.; Tochner, Zelig; Efstathiou, Jason; Lu, Hsiao-Ming

    2012-05-01

    Purpose: We performed a treatment planning study to demonstrate the potential dosimetric benefits of anterior-oriented fields for prostate irradiation by proton beam. A novel in vivo beam range control method shows millimeter accuracy, suggesting that such fields could be safely used to spare the rectum given the sharp distal penumbra of protons. Methods and Materials: Ten prostate patients treated with water-filled endorectal balloon were selected. Bilateral fields were planned following the conventional treatment protocol. Three anterior-oriented fields (0, +30, -30 Degree-Sign ) were planned, with the range compensators manually adjusted to improve rectal sparing. Dose distributions to the clinical target volume, rectum, anterior rectal wall (ARW), bladder, bladder wall (BW), and femoral heads were compared for: A) equally weighted bilateral fields, B) a single straight anterior field, and C) two equally weighted anterior-oblique fields. Results: The anterior-oriented fields required much less beam energy, {approx}10 cm water equivalent path length less than lateral fields. For ARW, the V{sub 95%} for Plans A, B, and C were 39%, 8%, and 6%, respectively; the corresponding V{sub 80%} were 59%, 27%, and 26%, respectively (p = 0.002 when Plan A was compared with B or C). Plan B irradiated a larger volume of BW than did Plan A by 3% at V{sub 95%}, 11% at V{sub 80%}, and 16% at V{sub 50%} (p = 0.002), whereas Plan C differs little from Plan A for BW at these dose levels. The femoral heads received {approx}40% of the prescription dose in Plan A, but negligible dose in Plans B and C. Conclusions: Compared to lateral fields, anterior-oriented fields can significantly reduce dose to the ARW, particularly at high dose levels. These fields alone, or in combination with lateral fields, allow for the possibility of either reducing treatment toxicity at current prescription doses or further dose escalation in the treatment of prostate cancer.

  9. Constrictive pericardial disease: prognostic significance of a nonvisualized left ventricular wall

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    Rienmueller, R.; Doppman, J.L.; Lissner, J.; Kemkes, B.M.; Strauer, B.E.

    1985-09-01

    Twenty-six patients with pericardial constriction confirmed by catheterization were studied by dynamic computed tomography (CT). The posterolateral wall of the left ventricular myocardium was not detected in five patients (19.2%). None had evidence of previous myocardial infarction on electrocardiogram or levocardiogram. In 16 patients, a pericardiectomy was performed to remove pericardial constriction. All five patients with nondetectable posterolateral walls of the left ventricle died at or immediately following surgery because of acute myocardial failure. Nonvisualization of the posterolateral wall of the left ventricle in patients with constrictive pericarditis suggests the presence of myocardial fibrosis or atrophy. Surgery is an extremely high risk in these patients.

  10. Usefulness of MRI to Differentiate Between Temporary and Long-Term Coronary Artery Occlusion in a Minimally Invasive Model of Experimental Myocardial Infarction

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    Abegunewardene, Nico Vosseler, Markus; Gori, Tommaso; Hoffmann, Nico; Schmidt, Kai-Helge; Becker, Dietmar; Kreitner, Karl-Friedrich; Petersen, Steffen E.; Schreiber, Laura M.; Horstick, Georg; Muenzel, Thomas

    2009-09-15

    The surgical technique employed to determine an experimental ischemic damage is a major factor in the subsequent process of myocardial scar development. We set out to establish a minimally invasive porcine model of myocardial infarction using cardiac contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (ce-MRI) as the basic diagnostic tool. Twenty-seven domestic pigs were randomized to either temporary or permanent occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD). Temporary occlusion was achieved by inflation of a percutaneous balloon in the left anterior descending artery directly beyond the second diagonal branch. Occlusion was maintained for 30 or 45 min, followed by reperfusion. Permanent occlusion was achieved via thrombin injection. Thirteen animals died peri- or postinterventionally due to arrhythmias. Fourteen animals survived the 30-min ischemia (four animals; group 1), the 45-min ischemia (six animals; group 2), or the permanent occlusion (4 animals; group 3). Coronary angiography and ce-MRI were performed 8 weeks after coronary occlusion to document the coronary flow grade and the size of myocardial scar tissue. The LAD was patent in all animals in groups 1 and 2, with normal TIMI flow; in group 3 animals, the LAD was totally occluded. Fibrosis of the left ventricle in group 1 (4.9 {+-} 4.4%; p = 0.008) and group 2 (9.4 {+-} 2.9%; p = 0.05) was significantly lower than in group 3 (14.5 {+-} 3.9%). Wall thickness of the ischemic area was significantly lower in group 3 versus group 1 and group 2 (2.9 {+-} 0.3, 5.9 {+-} 0.7, and 6.1 {+-} 0.7 mm; p = 0.005). The extent of late enhancement of the left ventricle was also significantly higher in group 3 (16.9 {+-} 2.1%) compared to group 1 (5.3 {+-} 5.4%; p = 0.003) and group 2 (9.7 {+-} 3.4%, p = 0.013). In conclusion, the present model of minimally invasive infarction coupled with ce-MRI may represent a useful alternative to the open chest model for studies of myocardial infarction and scar development.

  11. Quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging in a porcine ischemia model using a prototype spectral detector CT system.

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    Fahmi, Rachid; Eck, Brendan L; Levi, Jacob; Fares, Anas; Dhanantwari, Amar; Vembar, Mani; Bezerra, Hiram G; Wilson, David L

    2016-03-21

    We optimized and evaluated dynamic myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging on a prototype spectral detector CT (SDCT) scanner. Simultaneous acquisition of energy sensitive projections on the SDCT system enabled projection-based material decomposition, which typically performs better than image-based decomposition required by some other system designs. In addition to virtual monoenergetic, or keV images, the SDCT provided conventional (kVp) images, allowing us to compare and contrast results. Physical phantom measurements demonstrated linearity of keV images, a requirement for quantitative perfusion. Comparisons of kVp to keV images demonstrated very significant reductions in tell-tale beam hardening (BH) artifacts in both phantom and pig images. In phantom images, consideration of iodine contrast to noise ratio and small residual BH artifacts suggested optimum processing at 70 keV. The processing pipeline for dynamic CTP measurements included 4D image registration, spatio-temporal noise filtering, and model-independent singular value decomposition deconvolution, automatically regularized using the L-curve criterion. In normal pig CTP, 70 keV perfusion estimates were homogeneous throughout the myocardium. At 120 kVp, flow was reduced by more than 20% on the BH-hypo-enhanced myocardium, a range that might falsely indicate actionable ischemia, considering the 0.8 threshold for actionable FFR. With partial occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery (FFR  <  0.8), perfusion defects at 70 keV were correctly identified in the LAD territory. At 120 kVp, BH affected the size and flow in the ischemic area; e.g. with FFR [Formula: see text] 0.65, the anterior-to-lateral flow ratio was 0.29  ±  0.01, over-estimating stenosis severity as compared to 0.42  ±  0.01 (p  <  0.05) at 70 keV. On the non-ischemic inferior wall (not a LAD territory), the flow ratio was 0.50  ±  0.04 falsely indicating an actionable ischemic condition in a healthy territory. This ratio was 1.00  ±  0.08 at 70 keV. Results suggest that projection-based keV imaging with the SDCT system and proper processing could enable useful myocardial CTP, much improved over conventional CT. PMID:26943749

  12. Quantitative myocardial perfusion imaging in a porcine ischemia model using a prototype spectral detector CT system

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    Fahmi, Rachid; Eck, Brendan L.; Levi, Jacob; Fares, Anas; Dhanantwari, Amar; Vembar, Mani; Bezerra, Hiram G.; Wilson, David L.

    2016-03-01

    We optimized and evaluated dynamic myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging on a prototype spectral detector CT (SDCT) scanner. Simultaneous acquisition of energy sensitive projections on the SDCT system enabled projection-based material decomposition, which typically performs better than image-based decomposition required by some other system designs. In addition to virtual monoenergetic, or keV images, the SDCT provided conventional (kVp) images, allowing us to compare and contrast results. Physical phantom measurements demonstrated linearity of keV images, a requirement for quantitative perfusion. Comparisons of kVp to keV images demonstrated very significant reductions in tell-tale beam hardening (BH) artifacts in both phantom and pig images. In phantom images, consideration of iodine contrast to noise ratio and small residual BH artifacts suggested optimum processing at 70 keV. The processing pipeline for dynamic CTP measurements included 4D image registration, spatio-temporal noise filtering, and model-independent singular value decomposition deconvolution, automatically regularized using the L-curve criterion. In normal pig CTP, 70 keV perfusion estimates were homogeneous throughout the myocardium. At 120 kVp, flow was reduced by more than 20% on the BH-hypo-enhanced myocardium, a range that might falsely indicate actionable ischemia, considering the 0.8 threshold for actionable FFR. With partial occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery (FFR  <  0.8), perfusion defects at 70 keV were correctly identified in the LAD territory. At 120 kVp, BH affected the size and flow in the ischemic area; e.g. with FFR ≈ 0.65, the anterior-to-lateral flow ratio was 0.29  ±  0.01, over-estimating stenosis severity as compared to 0.42  ±  0.01 (p  <  0.05) at 70 keV. On the non-ischemic inferior wall (not a LAD territory), the flow ratio was 0.50  ±  0.04 falsely indicating an actionable ischemic condition in a healthy territory. This ratio was 1.00  ±  0.08 at 70 keV. Results suggest that projection-based keV imaging with the SDCT system and proper processing could enable useful myocardial CTP, much improved over conventional CT.

  13. FGF21 attenuates pathological myocardial remodeling following myocardial infarction through the adiponectin-dependent mechanism.

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    Joki, Yusuke; Ohashi, Koji; Yuasa, Daisuke; Shibata, Rei; Ito, Masanori; Matsuo, Kazuhiro; Kambara, Takahiro; Uemura, Yusuke; Hayakawa, Satoko; Hiramatsu-Ito, Mizuho; Kanemura, Noriyoshi; Ogawa, Hayato; Daida, Hiroyuki; Murohara, Toyoaki; Ouchi, Noriyuki

    2015-03-27

    Ischemic heart disease is one of the leading causes of death. Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is a circulating factor with an anti-diabetic property. Skeletal muscle is an important source of FGF21 production. Here, we investigated whether skeletal muscle-derived FGF21 modulates cardiac remodeling in a murine model of myocardial infarction. Myocardial infarction was produced in C57BL/6J wild-type (WT) mice by the permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Adenoviral vectors expressing FGF21 (Ad-FGF21) or control ?-galactosidase were intramuscularly injected into mice at 3 days before permanent LAD ligation. Intramuscular injection of Ad-FGF21 increased plasma FGF21 levels in WT mice compared with control. Treatment of WT mice with Ad-FGF21 led to improvement of left ventricular systolic dysfunction and dilatation at 2 weeks after LAD ligation. Ad-FGF21 administration to WT mice also led to enhancement of capillary density in the infarct border zone, and reduction of myocyte apoptosis in the remote zone, which were accompanied by decreased expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Furthermore, treatment of WT mice with Ad-FGF21 increased plasma levels of adiponectin, which is a cardioprotective adipokine. The beneficial effects of Ad-FGF21 on cardiac dysfunction and inflammatory response after myocardial infarction were diminished in adiponectin-knockout mice. These data suggest that muscle-derived FGF21 ameliorates adverse cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction, at least in part, through an adiponectin-dependent mechanism. PMID:25712519

  14. Serum thioredoxin 1 level has close relation with myocardial damage amount in acute myocardial infarction patients.

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    Shim, Young Kwang; Kim, Jeong-Tae; Seong, Mun-Hyuk; Kim, Yeon-Jeong; Shim, Tae-Jin; Kim, Sang Min; Lee, Sang Yeub; Bae, Jang-Whan; Kim, Ki-Seok; Hwang, Kyung-Kuk; Kim, Dong-Woon; Cho, Myeong-Chan

    2012-10-01

    Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is one of important anti-oxidative molecules to overcome the oxidative stress. The aim of the present study is to investigate the clinical relationship between serum concentration of Trx-1 on the pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (prePCI) and myocardial damage amount in the patients with acute myocardial infarction with the culprit lesion in only the left anterior descending artery on coronary angiography (n = 100). Initial value of creatine kinase (CK) was 368.3 ± 531.4 U/L, and MB isoenzyme of CK (CK-MB) level was 22.92 ± 33.8 ng/mL, and cardiac specific troponin T (cTnT) level was 0.61 ± 1.6 ng/mL. Positive correlations were observed between prePCI Trx-1 level and initial CK (P = 0.005, r = 0.281), and cTnT (P < 0.001, r = 0.453), peak CK (P = 0.001, r = 0.316) in all patients, but the statistical relation was observed only in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients (P = 0.008, r = 0.329 for initial CK, P = 0.001, r = 0.498 for initial cTnT, P = 0.005, r = 0.349 for peak CK), not in Non-STEMI patients. Conclusively, we consider prePCI serum Trx-1 as a predictor for myocardial damage amount in patients with STEMI. PMID:23091312

  15. Serum Thioredoxin 1 Level Has Close Relation with Myocardial Damage Amount in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients

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    Shim, Young Kwang; Kim, Jeong-Tae; Seong, Mun-Hyuk; Kim, Yeon-Jeong; Shim, Tae-Jin; Kim, Sang Min; Lee, Sang Yeub; Kim, Ki-Seok; Hwang, Kyung-Kuk; Kim, Dong-Woon; Cho, Myeong-Chan

    2012-01-01

    Thioredoxin-1 (Trx-1) is one of important anti-oxidative molecules to overcome the oxidative stress. The aim of the present study is to investigate the clinical relationship between serum concentration of Trx-1 on the pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (prePCI) and myocardial damage amount in the patients with acute myocardial infarction with the culprit lesion in only the left anterior descending artery on coronary angiography (n = 100). Initial value of creatine kinase (CK) was 368.3 ± 531.4 U/L, and MB isoenzyme of CK (CK-MB) level was 22.92 ± 33.8 ng/mL, and cardiac specific troponin T (cTnT) level was 0.61 ± 1.6 ng/mL. Positive correlations were observed between prePCI Trx-1 level and initial CK (P = 0.005, r = 0.281), and cTnT (P < 0.001, r = 0.453), peak CK (P = 0.001, r = 0.316) in all patients, but the statistical relation was observed only in ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients (P = 0.008, r = 0.329 for initial CK, P = 0.001, r = 0.498 for initial cTnT, P = 0.005, r = 0.349 for peak CK), not in Non-STEMI patients. Conclusively, we consider prePCI serum Trx-1 as a predictor for myocardial damage amount in patients with STEMI. PMID:23091312

  16. Low-dose adenosine stress echocardiography: Detection of myocardial viability

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    Djordjevic-Dikic, Ana; Ostojic, Miodrag; Beleslin, Branko; Nedeljkovic, Ivana; Stepanovic, Jelena; Stojkovic, Sinisa; Petrasinovic, Zorica; Nedeljkovic, Milan; Saponjski, Jovica; Giga, Vojislav

    2003-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic potential of low-dose adenosine stress echocardiography in detection of myocardial viability. Background Vasodilation through low dose dipyridamole infusion may recruit contractile reserve by increasing coronary flow or by increasing levels of endogenous adenosine. Methods Forty-three patients with resting dyssynergy, due to previous myocardial infarction, underwent low-dose adenosine (80, 100, 110 mcg/kg/min in 3 minutes intervals) echocardiography test. Gold standard for myocardial viability was improvement in systolic thickening of dyssinergic segments of ? 1 grade at follow-up. Coronary angiography was done in 41 pts. Twenty-seven patients were revascularized and 16 were medically treated. Echocardiographic follow up data (12 2 months) were available in 24 revascularized patients. Results Wall motion score index improved from rest 1.55 0.30 to 1.33 0.26 at low-dose adenosine (p < 0.001). Of the 257 segments with baseline dyssynergy, adenosine echocardiography identified 122 segments as positive for viability, and 135 as necrotic since no improvement of systolic thickening was observed. Follow-up wall motion score index was 1.31 0.30 (p < 0.001 vs. rest). The sensitivity of adenosine echo test for identification of viable segments was 87%, while specificity was 95%, and diagnostic accuracy 90%. Positive and negative predictive values were 97% and 80%, respectively. Conclusion Low-dose adenosine stress echocardiography test has high diagnostic potential for detection of myocardial viability in the group of patients with left ventricle dysfunction due to previous myocardial infarction. Low dose adenosine stress echocardiography may be adequate alternative to low-dose dobutamine test for evaluation of myocardial viability. PMID:12812523

  17. Effect of reperfusion and hyperemia on the myocardial distribution of technetium-99m t-butylisonitrile

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    Holman, B.L.; Campbell, C.A.; Lister-James, J.; Jones, A.G.; Davison, A.; Kloner, R.A.

    1986-07-01

    Technetium-99m t-butylisonitrile ((/sup 99m/Tc)TBI) is a promising new radiotracer for myocardial imaging. Its myocardial uptake is sufficiently high in humans to permit planar, tomographic, and gated images of excellent technical quality. We studied the behavior of (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI in the dog at rest and under conditions of hyperemia and reperfusion in order to determine the relationship between (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI myocardial concentration and blood flow. After permanent occlusion of the left anterior descending artery, the correlation between the relative myocardial concentration of (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI and regional myocardial blood flow (RMBF) measured with radiolabeled microspheres was excellent. In a dog model of transient hyperemia, the concentration of (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI was directly related to blood flow but underestimated the degree of hyperemia. Technetium-99m TBI redistributed into transiently ischemic myocardium. The myocardial concentrations of (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI and thallium-201(/sup 201/TI) in transiently ischemic myocardium were similar at 10 and 30 min following reperfusion and were significantly higher than blood flow prior to reperfusion. When (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI was injected into the left anterior descending artery, the washout was slow, falling to 78% of initial activity at 120 min after injection. In conclusion, (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI reflects regional myocardial blood flow accurately in ischemic and normal resting myocardium and underestimates blood flow at high flows. The rate of myocardial redistribution after reperfusion is similar for (/sup 99m/Tc)TBI and /sup 201/TI.

  18. Reversibility by dipyridamole of thallium-201 myocardial scan defects in patients with sarcoidosis

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    Tellier, P.; Paycha, F.; Antony, I.; Nitenberg, A.; Valeyre, D.; Foult, J.M.; Battesti, J.P.

    1988-08-01

    In order to clarify the significance of anginal pain and myocardial thallium-201 scan defects in cardiac sarcoidosis, the pharmacologic effect of dipyridamole on myocardial perfusion was assessed by planar thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in patients with sarcoidosis. Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy was performed at rest and after 0.56 mg/kg intravenous dipyridamole during four minutes in 16 patients with sarcoidosis. The myocardial scan (45-degree and 70-degree left anterior oblique, and anterior views) was divided into 15 segments. Results were evaluated by the number of segmental defects and with a global perfusion score (from 0 to 60) by a semi-quantitative index depending on the size and severity of myocardial thallium-201 defects. Thirteen of the 16 patients showed partial or total reversion of their thallium-201 defects on redistribution scanning either at rest or after dipyridamole. The mean (+/- SD) number of myocardial perfusion defects that were present in all the patients decreased from 5.31 +/- 1.78 at rest to 3.25 +/- 2.52 after redistribution (p less than 0.001) and to 2.19 +/- 2.10 after dipyridamole (p less than 0.001). The mean global perfusion score increased from 53.2 +/- 3.0 at rest to 56.2 +/- 2.9 after redistribution (p less than 0.001) and to 57.2 +/- 2.7 after dipyridamole (p less than 0.001). A significant correlation (r = 0.82, p less than 0.001) was found between the increase of global perfusion score on redistribution and after dipyridamole. The reversibility of myocardial scan defects is a common finding in sarcoidosis. It makes unlikely the role of scar fibrosis or extensive confluent granulomas as a mechanism for such defects. The effect of dipyridamole suggests the presence of reversible disorders lying at the coronary microvascular level.

  19. Regional myocardial shape and dimensions of the working isolated canine left ventricle

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    Ritman, E. L.; Tsuiki, K.; Donald, D.; Wood, E. H.

    1975-01-01

    The extent to which the dynamic shape and dimensions of the isolated left ventricular myocardial wall differ throughout the myocardium and how these differences are characteristic of the anatomic location was demonstrated. The use of a biplane X-ray technique and a metabolically-supported isolated canine left ventricle preparation provided an angiographically ideal means of measuring mechanical dynamics of the myocardium while the intact left ventricular myocardial structure and electrical activation pattern retains most of the in situ ventricular characteristics.

  20. Detection of prominent left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis for patients with stable angina using Doppler tissue echocardiography.

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    Veyrat, Colette; Larrazet, Fabrice; Cohen, Laurent; Laborde, Franois; Pellerin, Denis

    2005-08-01

    The midseptum has an elective left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) supply. Septal peak velocity (PkV) and myocardial velocity gradient (MVG) were studied at rest with M-mode Doppler tissue echocardiography during the cardiac cycle including the septal active relaxation (SAR) outward wall motion preceding isovolumic relaxation. In all, 33 patients had significant multivessel coronary artery disease. Group A (15 patients) had prominent LAD stenosis. Group B (18 patients) had prominent circumflex (15) or right (3) coronary artery stenoses. The goal was to detect a prominent LAD stenosis. During SAR, sensitivity to detect a prominent LAD stenosis was 86% for PkV < 20 mm/s and 80% for MVG < 1.1 s(-1); specificity was 83% for both variables. During systole, sensitivity was 86% with a 55% specificity for MVG < 2.0 s(-1), whereas sensitivity was 73% and specificity 66% for PkV < 30 mm/s. Areas under receiver operating characteristic curves were over 0.90 during SAR and only 0.70 for PkV and 0.80 for MVG during systole. In multivessel coronary artery disease, SAR variables better identified a prominent LAD stenosis than systolic variables. Moreover, SAR PkVs were informative per se, whereas systole required MVG calculation. PMID:16084334

  1. Regional Myocardial Blood Flow*

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    Sullivan, Jay M.; Taylor, Warren J.; Elliott, William C.; Gorlin, Richard

    1967-01-01

    A method is described which measures the local effectiveness of the myocardial circulation, expressed as a clearance constant. Uniform clearance constants have been demonstrated in the normal canine and human myocardium. A distinct difference in clearance constants has been demonstrated between the normal canine myocardium and areas of naturally occurring disease. Heterogeneous clearance constants have been found in a majority of human subjects with coronary artery diseasethe lowest rates being noted in areas of fibrous aneurysm. PMID:6036537

  2. Early myocardial damage assessment in dystrophinopathies using 99Tcm-MIBI gated myocardial perfusion imaging

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    Zhang, Li; Liu, Zhe; Hu, Ke-You; Tian, Qing-Bao; Wei, Ling-Ge; Zhao, Zhe; Shen, Hong-Rui; Hu, Jing

    2015-01-01

    Background Early detection of muscular dystrophy (MD)-associated cardiomyopathy is important because early medical treatment may slow cardiac remodeling and attenuate symptoms of cardiac dysfunction; however, no sensitive and standard diagnostic method for MD at an earlier stage has been well-recognized. Thus, the aim of this study was to test the early diagnostic value of technetium 99m-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (99Tcm-MIBI) gated myocardial perfusion imaging (G-MPI) for MD. Methods and results Ninety-one patients underwent 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI examinations when they were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) (n=77) or Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD; n=14). 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI examinations were repeated in 43 DMD patients who received steroid treatments for 2 years as a follow-up examination. Myocardial defects were observed in nearly every segment of the left ventricular wall in both DMD and BMD patients compared with controls, especially in the inferior walls and the apices by using 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI. Cardiac wall movement impairment significantly correlated with age in the DMD and BMD groups (rs=0.534 [P<0.05] and rs=0.784 [P<0.05], respectively). Intermittent intravenous doses of glucocorticoids and continuation with oral steroid treatments significantly improved myocardial function in DMD patients (P<0.05), but not in BMD patients. Conclusion 99Tcm-MIBI G-MPI is a sensitive and safe approach for early evaluation of cardiomyopathy in patients with DMD or BMD, and can serve as a candidate method for the evaluation of progression, prognosis, and assessment of the effect of glucocorticoid treatment in these patients. PMID:26677332

  3. [Bonsai induced acute myocardial infarction].

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    Ayhan, Hüseyin; Aslan, Abdullah Nabi; Süygün, Hakan; Durmaz, Tahir

    2014-09-01

    Incidences of drug abuse and cannabis have increased in young adults, recently. Cannabis induced myocardial infarction has rarely been reported in these people. There is no any literature about a synthetic cannabinoid, being recently most popular Bonsai, to cause myocardial infarction. In this case report we presented a 33-year-old male patient who developed acute myocardial infarction after taking high doses of Bonsai. PMID:25362948

  4. A Novel Stress Echocardiography Pattern for Myocardial Bridge With Invasive Structural and Hemodynamic Correlation

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    Lin, Shin; Tremmel, Jennifer A.; Yamada, Ryotaro; Rogers, Ian S.; Yong, Celina Mei; Turcott, Robert; McConnell, Michael V.; Dash, Rajesh; Schnittger, Ingela

    2013-01-01

    Background Patients with a myocardial bridge (MB) and no significant obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) may experience angina presumably from ischemia, but noninvasive assessment has been limited and the underlying mechanism poorly understood. This study seeks to correlate a novel exercise echocardiography (EE) finding for MBs with invasive structural and hemodynamic measurements. Methods and Results Eighteen patients with angina and an EE pattern of focal end?systolic to early?diastolic buckling in the septum with apical sparing were prospectively enrolled for invasive assessment. This included coronary angiography, left anterior descending artery (LAD) intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), and intracoronary pressure and Doppler measurements at rest and during dobutamine stress. All patients were found to have an LAD MB on IVUS. The ratios of diastolic intracoronary pressure divided by aortic pressure at rest (Pd/Pa) and during dobutamine stress (diastolic fractional flow reserve [dFFR]) and peak Doppler flow velocity recordings at rest and with stress were successfully performed in 14 patients. All had abnormal dFFR (?0.75) at stress within the bridge, distally or in both positions, and on average showed a more than doubling in peak Doppler flow velocity inside the MB at stress. Seventy?five percent of patients had normalization of dFFR distal to the MB, with partial pressure recovery and a decrease in peak Doppler flow velocity. Conclusions A distinctive septal wall motion abnormality with apical sparing on EE is associated with a documented MB by IVUS and a decreased dFFR. We posit that the septal wall motion abnormality on EE is due to dynamic ischemia local to the compressed segment of the LAD from the increase in velocity and decrease in perfusion pressure, consistent with the Venturi effect. PMID:23591827

  5. Carotid intima-media thickness in young survivors of acute myocardial infarction

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    Linhart, Ale; Dostlov, Gabriela; B?lohlvek, Jan; Vtek, Libor; Karetov, Debora; Ingrischov, Michaela; Bojanovsk, Kristina; Pol?ek, Pavel; Votavov, Regina; Cfkov, Renata

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is considered to be a useful surrogate marker of coronary atherosclerosis. However, it is unclear whether this applies to young patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), in whom most cases are attributable to the destabilization of focal atheroma. OBJECTIVE: To assess CIMT in patients experiencing AMI at a young age. METHODS: CIMT was investigated in young survivors of AMI (78 male and 20 female) occurring before 45 years of age in men and before 50 years of age in women. CIMT values were compared with those of a sex-, age- and smoking status-matched sample selected from participants of a large epidemiological survey (115 men and 144 women). CIMT was measured on the anterior and posterior walls of the distal common carotid artery. RESULTS: In post-AMI male patients, the mean average CIMT, comprised of measurements of both the near and far walls on both sides, was significantly increased compared with controls (0.670.10 mm versus 0.600.09 mm; P<0.001), while it did not differ in post-AMI female patients (0.600.07 mm versus 0.600.10 mm). Mean maximum CIMT was greater in both male and female post-AMI patients (0.940.15 mm versus 0.810.13 mm; P<0.001 in men and 0.890.14 mm versus 0.800.11 mm; P=0.001 in women). CONCLUSIONS: In young AMI survivors, CIMT appeared to be significantly increased to a greater extent in men than in women. Although most patients had single- or double-vessel coronary disease, the overall increase in CIMT suggests that their coronary events were not due to destabilization of a single focal atheroma but may have reflected a generalized atherosclerotic process. PMID:23592939

  6. Thallium myocardial perfusion scans for the assessment of right ventricular hypertrophy in patients with cystic fibrosis. A comparison with other noninvasive techniques

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    Newth, C.J.; Corey, M.L.; Fowler, R.S.; Gilday, D.L.; Gross, D.; Mitchell, I.

    1981-01-01

    The incidence of right ventricular hypertrophy in 32 patients with cystic fibrosis was studied using thallium 201 (TI-201) myocardial perfusion scans, and compared with other noninvasive techniques including electrocardiography, vectorcardiography, and M-mode echocardiography. The patients (mean age, 17.3 yr; range, 7 to 33) had a wide range of clinical and pulmonary abnormalities (mean Shwachman-Kulczycki score, 66.6). In the total study group, TI-201 scans, like the vectorcardiograms and the M-mode echocardiograms, gave a surprisingly high proportion of positive predictions for right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) (44%). The correlations with all other noninvasive methods were uniformly poor, so caution must be exercised in using this technique to predict early RVH in order to follow the natural history of cor pulmonale in cystic fibrosis. At the time of the study, 6 patients had clinical evidence of right ventricular failure, and in this disease setting must have had RVH. In 3 patients, RVH was confirmed at autopsy, and it was successfully predicted by TI-201 scans in 5 of the 6 patients. The false negative scan may have been due to regional myocardial ischemia secondary to severe right ventricular failure. In contrast, the vectorcardiogram, using Fowler's new criteria, made a successful prediction of RVH in all 6 patients, and the electro cardiogram in only 3. Although the M-mode echocardiogram was abnormal in all patients, it would have predicted RVH (with increased right ventricular anterior wall thickness) in only 1 patient. We concluded that TI-201 myocardial perfusion cans are good at confirming RVH in cases with established right ventricular failure, but have no advantage over vectorcardiographic assessments, which are logistically easier to perform and carry no radiation risks.

  7. Quantitative Assessment of Regional Wall Motion Abnormalities Using Dual-Energy Digital Subtraction Intravenous Ventriculography

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    McCollough, Cynthia H.

    Healthy portions of the left ventricle (LV) can often compensate for regional dysfunction, thereby masking regional disease when global indices of LV function are employed. Thus, quantitation of regional function provides a more useful method of assessing LV function, especially in diseases that have regional effects such as coronary artery disease. This dissertation studied the ability of a phase -matched dual-energy digital subtraction angiography (DE -DSA) technique to quantitate changes in regional LV systolic volume. The potential benefits and a theoretical description of the DE imaging technique are detailed. A correlated noise reduction algorithm is also presented which raises the signal-to-noise ratio of DE images by a factor of 2 -4. Ten open-chest dogs were instrumented with transmural ultrasonic crystals to assess regional LV function in terms of systolic normalized-wall-thickening rate (NWTR) and percent-systolic-thickening (PST). A pneumatic occluder was placed on the left-anterior-descending (LAD) coronary artery to temporarily reduce myocardial blood flow, thereby changing regional LV function in the LAD bed. DE-DSA intravenous left ventriculograms were obtained at control and four levels of graded myocardial ischemia, as determined by reductions in PST. Phase-matched images displaying changes in systolic contractile function were created by subtracting an end-systolic (ES) control image from ES images acquired at each level of myocardial ischemia. The resulting wall-motion difference signal (WMD), which represents a change in regional systolic volume between the control and ischemic states, was quantitated by videodensitometry and compared with changes in NWTR and PST. Regression analysis of 56 data points from 10 animals shows a linear relationship between WMD and both NWTR and PST: WMD = -2.46 NWTR + 13.9, r = 0.64, p < 0.001; WMD = -2.11 PST + 18.4, r = 0.54, p < 0.001. Thus, changes in regional ES LV volume between rest and ischemic states, as measured using the described imaging technique, appear linearly related to changes in wall-thickening, as measured using transmural ultrasonic crystals. This type of image analysis may prove useful in a variety of clinical and research applications and further investigation is proposed.

  8. Diagnostic value of image processing in myocardial scintigraphy

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    Cinotti, L.; Meignan, M.; Usdin, J.P.; Vasile, N.; Castaigne, A.

    1983-09-01

    The diagnostic value of stress myocardial analog scintigrams, and of five image-processing methods, was assessed by a decisional analysis in 96 patients undergoing coronary arteriography. The methods involved digitalization, nine-point binomial smoothing, background subtraction by linear interpolation, stationary filtering, and a combination of them. The difference between after-test probabilities of having the disease with a positive or a negative examination provided a discriminant index for different prevalences of the disease. Though the processing methods failed to improve the detection of a circumflex stenosis, the stationary filter significantly increased the diagnostic value for the detection of stenosis in a left anterior descending artery for a large range of prevalence, and in a right coronary artery at high prevalence. Thus, the filter seemed to provide a useful tool for enhancing the diagnostic value of myocardial scintigraphy.

  9. Unusual mechanism of myocardial infarction in prosthetic valve endocarditis

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    Atik, Fernando A; Campos, Vanessa G; da Cunha, Claudio R; de Oliveira, Felipe Bezerra Martins; Otto, Maria Estefnia Bosco; Monte, Guilherme U

    2015-01-01

    A 46-year-old man with bicuspid aortic valve and severe calcific aortic stenosis was submitted to aortic valve replacement with a stented bioprosthesis. He developed Staphylococcus epidermidis prosthetic valve endocarditis a month later, presenting in the emergency room with acute myocardial infarction. The mechanism of myocardial ischemia was a large aortic root abscess causing left main extrinsic compression. He was urgently taken to the operating room, and an aortic root replacement with cryopreserved homograft was performed, associated with autologous pericardium patch closure of aortic to right atrium fistula and coronary artery bypass grafting of the left anterior descending. After a difficult postoperative period with multiple problems, he was eventually discharged home. At 36-month follow-up, he is asymptomatic with no recurrent infection, and the left main coronary artery is widely patent on control chest computed tomography. PMID:26045678

  10. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection as a cause of myocardial infarction.

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    Aksakal, Aytekin; Arslan, Uğur; Yaman, Mehmet; Urumdaş, Mehmet; Ateş, Ahmet Hakan

    2014-12-26

    Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is a rare disease that is usually seen in young women in left descending coronary artery and result in events like sudden cardiac death and acute myocardial infarction. A 70-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department with chest pain which started 1 h ago during a relative's funeral. The initial electrocardiography demonstrated 2 mm ST-segment depression in leads V1-V3 and the patient underwent emergent coronary angiography. SCAD simultaneously in two different coronary arteries [left anterior descending (LAD) artery and left circumflex (LCx)] artery was detected and SCAD in LCx artery was causing total occlusion which resulted in acute myocardial infarction. Successful stenting was performed thereafter for both lesions. In addition to the existence of SCAD simultaneously in two different coronary arteries, the presence of muscular bridge and SCAD together at the same site of the LAD artery was another interesting point which made us report this case. PMID:25548620

  11. Cysticercosis in the anterior chamber: a case report.

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    Uhumwangho, O M; Ugiagbe, E E

    2012-01-01

    Cysticercosisis a public health problem and its occurrence in the anterior chamber of the eye israre. It occurs following ingestion of poorly cooked infested meat of pigs, sheep and dogs etc. Clinical evaluation and investigations were done to determine the cause of defective vision in a 45 year old female patient. A cyst was removed surgically from the anterior chamber by visco expression followed by a course of medication. The cyst was taken for histopathological examination. Investigations revealed mild eosinophilia on blood examination and an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 95 mm/hr. Histology showed a cystic lesion with a thin fibrocollagenous wall and a hyalinised scolex within the lumen.A high index of suspicion is required for appropriate diagnosis and subsequent management of patients with anterior chamber cysticercosis. PMID:23468031

  12. Severe coronary tortuosity or myocardial bridging in patients with chest pain, normal coronary arteries, and reversible myocardial perfusion defects.

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    Gaibazzi, Nicola; Rigo, Fausto; Reverberi, Claudio

    2011-10-01

    We reviewed patients with normal or near-normal coronary angiograms enrolled in the SPAM contrast stress echocardiographic diagnostic study in which 400 patients with chest pain syndrome of suspected cardiac origin with a clinical indication to coronary angiography were enrolled. Patients underwent dipyridamole contrast stress echocardiography (cSE) with sequential analysis of wall motion, myocardial perfusion, and Doppler coronary flow reserve before elective coronary angiography. Ninety-six patients with normal or near-normal epicardial coronary arteries were screened for the presence of 2 prespecified findings: severely tortuous coronary arteries and myocardial bridging. Patients were divided in 2 groups based on the presence (false-positive results, n = 37) or absence (true-negative results, n = 59) of reversible myocardial perfusion defects during cSE and compared for history and clinical and angiographic characteristics. Prevalence of severely tortuous coronary arteries (35% vs 5%, p <0.001) or myocardial bridging (13% vs 2%, p <0.05) was 7 times higher in patients who demonstrated reversible perfusion defects at cSE compared to those without reversible perfusion defects. No significant differences were found between the 2 groups for the main demographic variables and risk factors. Patients in the false-positive group more frequently had a history of effort angina (p <0.001) and ST-segment depression at treadmill electrocardiography (p <0.001). In conclusion, we hypothesize that patients with a positive myocardial perfusion finding at cSE but without obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease have a decreased myocardial blood flow reserve, which may be caused by a spectrum of causes other than obstructive coronary artery disease, among which severely tortuous coronary arteries/myocardial bridging may play a significant role. PMID:21784382

  13. Anterior extrapleural line: superior extension.

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    Whalen, J P; Oliphant, M; Evans, J A

    1975-06-01

    Anatomic sections of the superior aspect of the anterior mediastinum reveal that normal structures can cause indentations upon the adjacent lung. On lateral chest films, the soft-tissue density of the anterior superior mediastinal structures contrasts with that of the normal lung, revealing a normal, undulating configuration of the anterior superior mediastinum. We have termed this the "vascular incisura," analogous to the cardiac incisura of the left lung seen inferiorly. An appreciation of normal variations within this space is essential when evaluating pathologic alterations. PMID:1093226

  14. Quantitative analysis of regional myocardial performance in coronary artery disease

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    Stewart, D. K.; Dodge, H. T.; Frimer, M.

    1975-01-01

    Findings from a group of subjects with significant coronary artery stenosis are given. A group of controls determined by use of a quantitative method for the study of regional myocardial performance based on the frame-by-frame analysis of biplane left ventricular angiograms are presented. Particular emphasis was placed upon the analysis of wall motion in terms of normalized segment dimensions, timing and velocity of contraction. The results were compared with the method of subjective assessment used clinically.

  15. Perioperative myocardial infarction in patients undergoing myocardial revascularization surgery

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    Pretto, Pericles; Martins, Gerez Fernandes; Biscaro, Andressa; Kruczan, Dany David; Jessen, Barbara

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Perioperative myocardial infarction adversely affects the prognosis of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft and its diagnosis was hampered by numerous difficulties, because the pathophysiology is different from the traditional instability atherosclerotic and the clinical difficulty to be characterized. Objective To identify the frequency of perioperative myocardial infarction and its outcome in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft. Methods Retrospective cohort study performed in a tertiary hospital specialized in cardiology, from May 01, 2011 to April 30, 2012, which included all records containing coronary artery bypass graft records. To confirm the diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction criteria, the Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction was used. Results We analyzed 116 cases. Perioperative myocardial infarction was diagnosed in 28 patients (24.1%). Number of grafts and use and cardiopulmonary bypass time were associated with this diagnosis and the mean age was significantly higher in this group. The diagnostic criteria elevated troponin I, which was positive in 99.1% of cases regardless of diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction. No significant difference was found between length of hospital stay and intensive care unit in patients with and without this complication, however patients with perioperative myocardial infarction progressed with worse left ventricular function and more death cases. Conclusion The frequency of perioperative myocardial infarction found in this study was considered high and as a consequence the same observed average higher troponin I, more cases of worsening left ventricular function and death. PMID:25859867

  16. Anterior Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patellae).

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    Garrick, James G.

    1989-01-01

    This article presents a pragmatic approach to the definition, diagnosis, and management of anterior knee pain. Symptoms and treatment are described. Emphasis is on active involvement of the patient in the rehabilitation exercise program. (IAH)

  17. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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    Vilaseca, Tomas; Chahla, Jorge; Rodriguez, Gustavo Gomez; Arroquy, Damián; Herrera, Gonzalo Perez; Orlowski, Belen; Carboni, Martín

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: The objective of this study was to analyze whether it is more frequent the presence of a decreased range of motion in the hips of recreational athletes with primary injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) than in a control group of volunteers without knee pathology. Methods: We included prospectively recreational athletes between 18 and 40 years with an acute ACL injury between January 2011 and January 2013. They were compared with a control group of volunteers recreational athletes without lower limb pathology and in the same range of age. The internal and external rotations passively prior to the point at which the pelvis movement contributes were observed. The results were statistically analyzed using t test for related samples to the hips of patients with ACL injury and t test for independent variables for comparison with the control group. Results: 48 patients with ACL injury and 53 healthy volunteers were evaluated. The ACL group was composed of 32 males and 16 females with an average age of 29.3 years. In the control group 26 males and 27 females were studied with a mean age of 26.6 years. Internal (IR) and external (ER) rotation in the LCA group was 22,9º and 55,5º respectively in the ipsilateral hip and 27,9º and 57,7º in the contralateral. In the control group a 35,9º of IR and 55,2º of ER was observed. The analysis showed an association between ACL injury and hypomotility of the hip further expense of a decrease in internal rotation. The analysis showed an association between ACL injury and hypomotility of the hip at the expense to a greater decrease in internal rotation. Conclusion: We found a statistically significant difference in the mobility of the hips in patients with ACL injury predominantly due to internal rotation, pattern that allows us to interpret this injury not only as an intrinsic etiology of the knee but also of the adjacent joints. We consider very importance to incorporate prevention activities and screening of risk factors regarding to at least high performance athletes.

  18. Diffuse anterior retinoblastoma: current concepts

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    Yang, Jing; Dang, Yalong; Zhu, Yu; Zhang, Chun

    2015-01-01

    Diffuse anterior retinoblastoma is a rare variant of retinoblastoma seeding in the area of the vitreous base and anterior chamber. Patients with diffuse anterior retinoblastoma are older than those with the classical types, with the mean age being 6.1 years. The original cells of diffuse anterior retinoblastoma are supposed to be cone precursor. Patients most commonly present with pseudouveitis, pseudohypopyon, and increased intraocular pressure. The retina under fundus examination is likely to be normal, and the clinical features mimic the inflammation progress, which can often lead to misdiagnosis. The published diffuse anterior retinoblastoma cases were diagnosed after fine-needle aspiration biopsy running the potential risk of inducing metastasis. The most common treatment for diffuse anterior retinoblastoma is enucleation followed by systematic chemotherapy according to the patients presentation and clinical course. This review summarizes the recent advances in etiology (including tumorigenesis and cell origin), pathology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and new treatment. The challenges of early diagnosis and prospects are also discussed. PMID:26229489

  19. Transthoracic coronary flow reserve and dobutamine derived myocardial function: a 6-month evaluation after successful coronary angioplasty

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    Cicala, Silvana; Galderisi, Maurizio; Guarini, Pasquale; D'Errico, Arcangelo; Innelli, Pasquale; Pardo, Moira; Scognamiglio, Giancarlo; de Divitiis, Oreste

    2004-01-01

    After percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), stress-echocardiography and gated single photon emission computerized tomography (g-SPECT) are usually performed but both tools have technical limitations. The present study evaluated results of PTCA of left anterior descending artery (LAD) six months after PTCA, by combining transthoracic Doppler coronary flow reserve (CFR) and color Tissue Doppler (C-TD) dobutamine stress. Six months after PTCA of LAD, 24 men, free of angiographic evidence of restenosis, underwent standard Doppler-echocardiography, transthoracic CFR of distal LAD (hyperemic to basal diastolic coronary flow ratio) and C-TD at rest and during dobutamine stress to quantify myocardial systolic (Sm) and diastolic (Em and Am, Em/Am ratio) peak velocities in middle posterior septum. Patients with myocardial infarction, coronary stenosis of non-LAD territory and heart failure were excluded. According to dipyridamole g-SPECT, 13 patients had normal perfusion and 11 with perfusion defects. The 2 groups were comparable for age, wall motion score index (WMSI) and C-TD at rest. However, patients with perfusion defects had lower CFR (2.11 0.4 versus 2.87 0.6, p < 0.002) and septal Sm at high-dose dobutamine (p < 0.01), with higher WMSI (p < 0.05) and stress-echo positivity of LAD territory in 5/11 patients. In the overall population, CFR was related negatively to high-dobutamine WMSI (r = -0.50, p < 0.01) and positively to high-dobutamine Sm of middle septum (r = 0.55, p < 0.005). In conclusion, even in absence of epicardial coronary restenosis, stress perfusion imaging reflects a physiologic impairment in coronary microcirculation function whose magnitude is associated with the degree of regional functional impairment detectable by C-TD. PMID:15581428

  20. Diagnostic Ultrasound Induced Inertial Cavitation to Non-Invasively Restore Coronary and Microvascular Flow in Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Xie, Feng; Gao, Shunji; Wu, Juefei; Lof, John; Radio, Stanley; Vignon, Francois; Shi, William; Powers, Jeffry; Unger, Evan; Everbach, E. Carr; Liu, Jinjin; Porter, Thomas R.

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasound induced cavitation has been explored as a method of dissolving intravascular and microvascular thrombi in acute myocardial infarction. The purpose of this study was to determine the type of cavitation required for success, and whether longer pulse duration therapeutic impulses (sustaining the duration of cavitation) could restore both microvascular and epicardial flow with this technique. Accordingly, in 36 hyperlipidemic atherosclerotic pigs, thrombotic occlusions were induced in the mid-left anterior descending artery. Pigs were then randomized to either a) dose tissue plasminogen activator (0.5 mg/kg) alone; or same dose plasminogen activator and an intravenous microbubble infusion with either b) guided high mechanical index short pulse (2.0 MI; 5 usec) therapeutic ultrasound impulses; or c) guided 1.0 mechanical index long pulse (20 usec) impulses. Passive cavitation detectors indicated the high mechanical index impulses (both long and short pulse duration) induced inertial cavitation within the microvasculature. Epicardial recanalization rates following randomized treatments were highest in pigs treated with the long pulse duration therapeutic impulses (83% versus 59% for short pulse, and 49% for tissue plasminogen activator alone; p<0.05). Even without epicardial recanalization, however, early microvascular recovery occurred with both short and long pulse therapeutic impulses (p<0.005 compared to tissue plasminogen activator alone), and wall thickening improved within the risk area only in pigs treated with ultrasound and microbubbles. We conclude that although short pulse duration guided therapeutic impulses from a diagnostic transducer transiently improve microvascular flow, long pulse duration therapeutic impulses produce sustained epicardial and microvascular re-flow in acute myocardial infarction. PMID:23922797

  1. Diagnostic ultrasound induced inertial cavitation to non-invasively restore coronary and microvascular flow in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Xie, Feng; Gao, Shunji; Wu, Juefei; Lof, John; Radio, Stanley; Vignon, Francois; Shi, William; Powers, Jeffry; Unger, Evan; Everbach, E Carr; Liu, Jinjin; Porter, Thomas R

    2013-01-01

    Ultrasound induced cavitation has been explored as a method of dissolving intravascular and microvascular thrombi in acute myocardial infarction. The purpose of this study was to determine the type of cavitation required for success, and whether longer pulse duration therapeutic impulses (sustaining the duration of cavitation) could restore both microvascular and epicardial flow with this technique. Accordingly, in 36 hyperlipidemic atherosclerotic pigs, thrombotic occlusions were induced in the mid-left anterior descending artery. Pigs were then randomized to either a) dose tissue plasminogen activator (0.5 mg/kg) alone; or same dose plasminogen activator and an intravenous microbubble infusion with either b) guided high mechanical index short pulse (2.0 MI; 5 usec) therapeutic ultrasound impulses; or c) guided 1.0 mechanical index long pulse (20 usec) impulses. Passive cavitation detectors indicated the high mechanical index impulses (both long and short pulse duration) induced inertial cavitation within the microvasculature. Epicardial recanalization rates following randomized treatments were highest in pigs treated with the long pulse duration therapeutic impulses (83% versus 59% for short pulse, and 49% for tissue plasminogen activator alone; p<0.05). Even without epicardial recanalization, however, early microvascular recovery occurred with both short and long pulse therapeutic impulses (p<0.005 compared to tissue plasminogen activator alone), and wall thickening improved within the risk area only in pigs treated with ultrasound and microbubbles. We conclude that although short pulse duration guided therapeutic impulses from a diagnostic transducer transiently improve microvascular flow, long pulse duration therapeutic impulses produce sustained epicardial and microvascular re-flow in acute myocardial infarction. PMID:23922797

  2. The Early-Onset Myocardial Infarction Associated PHACTR1 Gene Regulates Skeletal and Cardiac Alpha-Actin Gene Expression

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    Kelloniemi, Annina; Szabo, Zoltan; Serpi, Raisa; Näpänkangas, Juha; Ohukainen, Pauli; Tenhunen, Olli; Kaikkonen, Leena; Koivisto, Elina; Bagyura, Zsolt; Kerkelä, Risto; Leosdottir, Margret; Hedner, Thomas; Melander, Olle

    2015-01-01

    The phosphatase and actin regulator 1 (PHACTR1) locus is a very commonly identified hit in genome-wide association studies investigating coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction (MI). However, the function of PHACTR1 in the heart is still unknown. We characterized the mechanisms regulating Phactr1 expression in the heart, used adenoviral gene delivery to investigate the effects of Phactr1 on cardiac function, and analyzed the relationship between MI associated PHACTR1 allele and cardiac function in human subjects. Phactr1 mRNA and protein levels were markedly reduced (60%, P<0.01 and 90%, P<0.001, respectively) at 1 day after MI in rats. When the direct myocardial effects of Phactr1 were studied, the skeletal α-actin to cardiac α-actin isoform ratio was significantly higher (1.5-fold, P<0.05) at 3 days but 40% lower (P<0.05) at 2 weeks after adenovirus-mediated Phactr1 gene delivery into the anterior wall of the left ventricle. Similarly, the skeletal α-actin to cardiac α-actin ratio was lower at 2 weeks in infarcted hearts overexpressing Phactr1. In cultured neonatal cardiac myocytes, adenovirus-mediated Phactr1 overexpression for 48 hours markedly increased the skeletal α-actin to cardiac α-actin ratio, this being associated with an enhanced DNA binding activity of serum response factor. Phactr1 overexpression exerted no major effects on the expression of other cardiac genes or LV structure and function in normal and infarcted hearts during 2 weeks’ follow-up period. In human subjects, MI associated PHACTR1 allele was not associated significantly with cardiac function (n = 1550). Phactr1 seems to regulate the skeletal to cardiac α-actin isoform ratio. PMID:26098115

  3. Wonderful Walls

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    Greenman, Jim

    2006-01-01

    In this article, the author emphasizes the importance of "working" walls in children's programs. Children's programs need "working" walls (and ceilings and floors) which can be put to use for communication, display, storage, and activity space. The furnishings also work, or don't work, for the program in another sense: in aggregate, they serve as

  4. Transesophageal Echocardiographic Study of Right Atrial Myocardial Infarction and Myocardial Viability.

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    Vargas-Barrn, Jess; Romero-Crdenas, Angel; Espinola-Zavaleta, Nilda; Pea-Duque, Marco; Martminez-Sanchez, Carlos; Eladio Ortiz-Solis, Jose; Keirns, Candace; Rijlaarsdam, Mara; Lupi-Herrera, Eulo

    1998-02-01

    In order to determine the effects of dobutamine on right atrial wall movement, two groups were studied using transesophageal echocardiography. Group A included six patients without ischemic heart disease. Group B included six patients with infarction of the inferior wall of both ventricles and abnormal wall movement of the right atrium. In group A, an increase in the amplitude of right atrial movement was observed with dobutamine at doses of 5 and 10 g/kg per minute. In group B, infusion of dobutamine did not modify wall akinesis in three patients with right atrial infarction; in the remaining three, alterations of segmental atrial movement were evident, and their responses to dobutamine were related to the patency of right atrial coronary branches. The following conclusions were reached: (1) dobutamine has a positive inotropic effect on atrial myocardium; (2) right atrial ischemia appears in the echocardiogram as altered segmental or global wall movement; (3) dobutamine can be used in the evaluation of atrial myocardial viability. PMID:11175031

  5. Dipyridamole thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy

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    1988-09-01

    Thallium-201 (/sup 201/Tl) myocardial scintigraphy is a sensitive technique for detecting coronary artery disease. Standardized exercise testing is the most common method for inducing myocardial stress for /sup 201/Tl imaging. Unfortunately, a significant number of patients are unable to undergo adequate treadmill or bicycle exercise. In these patients, pharmacologic stress with dipyridamole provides a safe, efficacious, and reliable alternative.

  6. A Tissue-Engineered Chondrocyte Cell Sheet Induces Extracellular Matrix Modification to Enhance Ventricular Biomechanics and Attenuate Myocardial Stiffness in Ischemic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Shudo, Yasuhiro; Cohen, Jeffrey E; MacArthur, John W; Goldstone, Andrew B; Otsuru, Satoru; Trubelja, Alen; Patel, Jay; Edwards, Bryan B; Hung, George; Fairman, Alexander S; Brusalis, Christopher; Hiesinger, William; Atluri, Pavan; Hiraoka, Arudo; Miyagawa, Shigeru; Sawa, Yoshiki; Woo, Y Joseph

    2015-10-01

    There exists a substantial body of work describing cardiac support devices to mechanically support the left ventricle (LV); however, these devices lack biological effects. To remedy this, we implemented a cell sheet engineering approach utilizing chondrocytes, which in their natural environment produce a relatively elastic extracellular matrix (ECM) for a cushioning effect. Therefore, we hypothesized that a chondrocyte cell sheet applied to infarcted and borderzone myocardium will biologically enhance the ventricular ECM and increase elasticity to augment cardiac function in a model of ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). Primary articular cartilage chondrocytes of Wistar rats were isolated and cultured on temperature-responsive culture dishes to generate cell sheets. A rodent ICM model was created by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery. Rats were divided into two groups: cell sheet transplantation (1.0??10(7) cells/dish) and no treatment. The cell sheet was placed onto the surface of the heart covering the infarct and borderzone areas. At 4 weeks following treatment, the decreased fibrotic extension and increased elastic microfiber networks in the infarct and borderzone areas correlated with this technology's potential to stimulate ECM formation. The enhanced ventricular elasticity was further confirmed by the axial stretch test, which revealed that the cell sheet tended to attenuate tensile modulus, a parameter of stiffness. This translated to increased wall thickness in the infarct area, decreased LV volume, wall stress, mass, and improvement of LV function. Thus, the chondrocyte cell sheet strengthens the ventricular biomechanical properties by inducing the formation of elastic microfiber networks in ICM, resulting in attenuated myocardial stiffness and improved myocardial function. PMID:26154752

  7. Assessment of myocardial viability.

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    Travin, Mark I; Bergmann, Steven R

    2005-01-01

    The prevalence of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and resultant congestive heart failure is increasing. Patients with this condition are at high risk for cardiac death and usually have significant limitations in their lifestyles. Although there have been advances in medical therapy resulting in improved survival and well being, the best and most definitive therapy, when appropriate, is revascularization. In the setting of coronary artery disease, accounting for approximately two thirds of cases of congestive heart failure, LV dysfunction often is not the result of irreversible scar but rather caused by impairment in function and energy use of still viable-myocytes, with the opportunity for improved function if coronary blood flow is restored. Patients with LV dysfunction who have viable myocardium are the patients at highest risk because of the potential for ischemia but at the same time benefit most from revascularization. It is important to identify viable myocardium in these patients, and radionuclide myocardial scintigraphy is an excellent tool for this. Single-photon emission computed tomography perfusion scintigraphy, whether using thallium-201, Tc-99m sestamibi, or Tc-99m tetrofosmin, in stress and/or rest protocols, has consistently been shown to be an effective modality for identifying myocardial viability and guiding appropriate management. Metabolic imaging with positron emission tomography radiotracers frequently adds additional information and is a powerful tool for predicting which patients will have an improved outcome from revascularization, including some patients referred instead for cardiac transplantation. Other noninvasive modalities, such as stress echocardiography, also facilitate the assessment of myocardial viability, but there are advantages and disadvantages compared with the nuclear techniques. Nuclear imaging appears to require fewer viable cells for detection, resulting in a higher sensitivity but a lower specificity than stress echocardiography for predicting post-revascularization improvement of ventricular function. Nevertheless, it appears that LV functional improvement may not always be necessary for clinical improvement. Future directions include use of magnetic resonance imaging, as well as larger, multicenter trials of radionuclide techniques. The increasing population of patients with LV dysfunction, and the increased benefit afforded by newer therapies, will make assessment of myocardial viability even more essential for proper patient management. PMID:15645391

  8. In vivo assessment of wall strain in embryonic chick heart by spectral domain optical coherence tomography.

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    Ma, Zhenhe; Dou, Shidan; Zhao, Yuqian; Guo, Ce; Liu, Jian; Wang, Qiaoyun; Xu, Tao; Wang, Ruikang K; Wang, Yi

    2015-11-01

    The ability to measure in vivo wall strain in embryonic hearts is important for fully understanding the mechanisms of cardiac development. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful tool for the three-dimensional imaging of complex myocardial activities in early-stage embryonic hearts with high spatial and temporal resolutions. We describe a method to analyze periodic deformations of myocardial walls and evaluate in vivo myocardial wall strains with a high-speed spectral domain OCT system. We perform four-dimensional scanning on the outflow tract (OFT) of chick embryonic hearts and determine a special cross-section in which the OFT can be approximated as an annulus by analyzing Doppler blood-flow velocities. For each image acquired at the special cross-section, the annular myocardial wall is segmented with a semiautomatic boundary-detection algorithm, and the fluctuation myocardial wall thickness is calculated from the area and mean circumference of the myocardial wall. The experimental results shown with the embryonic chick hearts demonstrate that the proposed method is a useful tool for studying the biomechanical characteristics of embryonic hearts. PMID:26560579

  9. Ventricular myocardial architecture in marine fishes.

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    Sanchez-Quintana, D; Hurle, J M

    1987-03-01

    The fiber architecture of the ventricular myocardium has been studied in elasmobranch (Isurus oxyrhinchus, Galeorhinus galeus, Prionace glauca) and teleost (Xiphias gladius, Thunnus thynnus, Thunnus alalunga) fish species with hearts displaying mixed types of ventricular musculature (compact and trabecular). In all cases, the compact myocardium is organized in layers of fiber bundles with an orderly arrangement within the ventricular walls. The number of these layers appears to be dependent on the relative thickness of the compact myocardium. Differences in the pattern of myocardial fiber arrangement were observed among the different fish species. In elasmobranchs the compact myocardium at the level of the atrioventricular orifice is continuous with the trabeculated myocardium. Furthermore, in elasmobranchs the trabeculated myocardium displays a precise arrangement in arcuate trabeculae running from the auriculoventricular to the conoventricular orifices. In teleosts, the compact myocardium is independent of the trabeculated myocardium and a large number of fibers insert into the bulboventricular fibrous ring. The trabeculated myocardium in these species displays an anarchic arrangement except at the level of the bulboventricular orifice, where the fibers tend to be aligned longitudinally, also being inserted into the fibrous ring. Minor differences, consisting mainly of the presence of extra bundles of fibers, were also observed among different individuals of the same species. The possible relationship between myocardial fiber architecture and ventricular shape is discussed. PMID:3578842

  10. Assessment of single vessel coronary artery disease: results of exercise electrocardiography, thallium-201 myocardial perfusion imaging and radionuclide angiography

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    Port, S.C.; Oshima, M.; Ray, G.; McNamee, P.; Schmidt, D.H.

    1985-07-01

    The sensitivity of the commonly used stress tests for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease was analyzed in 46 patients with significant occlusion (greater than or equal to 70% luminal diameter obstruction) of only one major coronary artery and no prior myocardial infarction. In all patients, thallium-201 perfusion imaging (both planar and seven-pinhole tomographic) and 12 lead electrocardiography were performed during the same graded treadmill exercise test and radionuclide angiography was performed during upright bicycle exercise. Exercise rate-pressure (double) product was 22,307 +/- 6,750 on the treadmill compared with 22,995 +/- 5,622 on the bicycle (p = NS). Exercise electrocardiograms were unequivocally abnormal in 24 patients (52%). Qualitative planar thallium images were abnormal in 42 patients (91%). Quantitative analysis of the tomographic thallium images were abnormal in 41 patients (89%). An exercise ejection fraction of less than 0.56 or a new wall motion abnormality was seen in 30 patients (65%). Results were similar for the right (n = 11) and left anterior descending (n = 28) coronary arteries while all tests but the planar thallium imaging showed a lower sensitivity for isolated circumflex artery disease (n = 7). The specificity of the tests was 72, 83, 89 and 72% for electrocardiography, planar thallium imaging, tomographic thallium imaging and radionuclide angiography, respectively. The results suggest that exercise thallium-201 perfusion imaging is the most sensitive noninvasive stress test for the diagnosis of single vessel coronary artery disease.

  11. Sequential radionuclide angiographic assessment of left and right ventricular performance and quantitative thallium-201 scintigraphy following acute myocardial infarction

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    Hirsowitz, G.S.; Lakier, J.B.; Marks, D.S.; Lee, T.G.; Goldberg, A.D.; Goldstein, S.

    1984-05-01

    Sequential changes in radionuclide angiographic measurement of left and right ventricular performance and quantitative thallium-201 scintigraphy were studied in 20 patients sustaining their first acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The studies were performed on the average 29.4 hours and 9.4 days after hospital admission. Anterior infarction had greater impairment of left ventricular (LV) performance in terms of ejection fraction and percentage of abnormal contraction area in addition to larger thallium-201 perfusion defects. At the time of the late study evidence of thallium-201 perfusion of infarcted area was seen in 14 of 20 patients, five of whom demonstrated improvement of regional wall motion. The remaining patients in the reperfused group and all of the patients in the nonperfused group failed to show evidence of LV functional improvement. This study indicates that reperfusion as measured by thallium-201 scintigraphy does occur spontaneously in 70% of patients with AMI and only in those patients with established reperfusion is there any potential for improvement in LV performance.

  12. Endoderm convergence controls subduction of the myocardial precursors during heart-tube formation.

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    Ye, Ding; Xie, Huaping; Hu, Bo; Lin, Fang

    2015-09-01

    Coordination between the endoderm and adjacent cardiac mesoderm is crucial for heart development. We previously showed that myocardial migration is promoted by convergent movement of the endoderm, which itself is controlled by the S1pr2/G?13 signaling pathway, but it remains unclear how the movements of the two tissues is coordinated. Here, we image live and fixed embryos to follow these movements, revealing previously unappreciated details of strikingly complex and dynamic associations between the endoderm and myocardial precursors. We found that during segmentation the endoderm underwent three distinct phases of movement relative to the midline: rapid convergence, little convergence and slight expansion. During these periods, the myocardial cells exhibited different stage-dependent migratory modes: co-migration with the endoderm, movement from the dorsal to the ventral side of the endoderm (subduction) and migration independent of endoderm convergence. We also found that defects in S1pr2/G?13-mediated endodermal convergence affected all three modes of myocardial cell migration, probably due to the disruption of fibronectin assembly around the myocardial cells and consequent disorganization of the myocardial epithelium. Moreover, we found that additional cell types within the anterior lateral plate mesoderm (ALPM) also underwent subduction, and that this movement likewise depended on endoderm convergence. Our study delineates for the first time the details of the intricate interplay between the endoderm and ALPM during embryogenesis, highlighting why endoderm movement is essential for heart development, and thus potential underpinnings of congenital heart disease. PMID:26329600

  13. Cave Walls

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    A cave wall showing several cave formations, or speleothems. The larger formations at the bottom formed submerged in water, whereas the smaller formations at the top were exposed to air when they formed....

  14. (1) Coronary Events Caused by Myocardial Bridge

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    Yoko, Kawawa; Ehiichi, Kohda; Toshiharu, Ishii

    2009-01-01

    Myocardial bridge (MB), which covers a part of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD), is a normal anatomical variant structure (45% in frequency by autopsy) in LAD. MB contraction plays the role of a “double-edged sword” on the coronary events, suppressing coronary atherosclerosis under the MB, yet generating abnormal blood flow associated with coronary heart diseases (CHDs). High shear stress driven by MB compression causes the suppression of vascular permeability and vasoactive protein expression such as e-NOS and endothelin-1, which leads to the suppression of atherosclerosis in the LAD segment under the MB. However, despite the prevalent view of MB as benignancy by conventional coronary angiography (5-6% in frequency), with advance of imaging technique such as multislice spiral computed tomography [(MSCT); 16% in frequency], cardiologists are now frequently aware of symptomatic MB occurring not only in hospitalized patients, but also in young athletes free from atherosclerosis. Moreover, the large mass volume of MB muscle induces atherosclerosis evolution at the settled site in LAD proximal to MB and contributes to the occurrence of myocardial infarction. These events upon the coronary events result from the different pathophysiological mechanisms induced by contractile force of MB, which is solely determined just by the integration of anatomical properties of MB, such as the location, length and thickness of MB in an individual LAD. A recent MSCT provides the objective quantification of the anatomical variables that correlate with the histopathological results in relation to the occurrence of CHD. In this review, we therefore discuss the necessity to explore MB as a inherent chance anatomical risk factor for CHD. PMID:23555365

  15. Anterior urethroplasty--changing concepts.

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    Motiwala, H G; Visana, K N; Joshi, S P; Patel, P C

    1992-01-01

    The management of complex anterior urethral strictures, not amendable to dilatation or internal urethromotomy, is difficult. Our experience of treating long strictures of anterior urethra with one-stage urethroplasty in 16 cases and two-stage Johanson's in 12 cases are reviewed here. The strictures had varied etiology and many were associated with fistula, diverticulum, etc. Three cases had concomitant posterior urethral strictures and were managed by one-stage anterior and posterior urethroplasty simultaneously. The one-stage repair was done using vascularized flap of longitudinal ventral penile skin in most cases. Transverse scrotal flap and Duckket's transverse preputial flap were utilized in 2 cases each. In one-stage repair success was 100% and in two-stage repair it was 75%. Our preference is now for one-stage repair irrespective of length and number of strictures. PMID:1589924

  16. Prompt Recognition of Left Ventricular Free-Wall Rupture Aided by the Use of Contrast Echocardiography

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    Okabe, Toshimasa; Julien, Howard M.; Kaliyadan, Antony G.; Siu, Henry

    2015-01-01

    In the modern period of reperfusion, left ventricular free-wall rupture occurs in less than 1% of myocardial infarctions. Typically, acute left ventricular free-wall rupture leads to sudden death from immediate cardiac tamponade. We present the case of a 59-year-old woman who sustained a posterior-wall myocardial infarction and subsequent cardiac arrest with pulseless electrical activity. A bedside transthoracic echocardiogram showed pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade. Emergency pericardiocentesis yielded 500 mL of blood, and spontaneous circulation returned. Contrast-enhanced echocardiograms revealed inferolateral akinesis and a new, small myocardial slit with systolic extrusion of contrast medium, consistent with left ventricular free-wall rupture. During immediate open-heart surgery, a small hole in an area of necrotic tissue was discovered and repaired. This case highlights the usefulness of bedside contrast-enhanced echocardiography in confirming acute left ventricular free-wall rupture and enabling rapid surgical treatment. PMID:26504446

  17. Surgical Porcine Myocardial Infarction Model through Permanent Coronary Occlusion

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    Munz, Maria R; Faria, Miguel A; Monteiro, Joana R; guas, Artur P; Amorim, Mrio J

    2011-01-01

    Using domestic pigs as an animal model, we here validated a reproducible and standardized myocardial infarction (MI) surgical model, to achieve the largest possible infarct extent with the lowest morbidity and mortality. To this end, we included several anesthetic and perisurgical precautions to minimize surgical complications. Mortality and morbidity rates were compared among groups of pigs that underwent permanent occlusion at different locations of either the left circumflex or left anterior descending artery. In addition, to compare the resulting MI between groups, data were collected by using cardiac biomarkers (including troponin I), electrocardiography, and echocardiography. These data were correlated to the final mean infarct size calculated by microscopic studies. Proximal occlusions lead to high mortality rates, whereas distal occlusions induced rather small MI areas. The optimal occlusion site in terms of morbidity, mortality, and lesion extent was the midpoint of the left anterior descending artery. In this group, only one pig died, and group cardiac data showed a rise in biomarker levels, marked left ventricular dysfunction on electrocardiography and echocardiography, and well-defined transmural MI in both ventricles. Infarct size quantitated through histologic studies revealed an average 15% ventricular lesion. Because interanimal variability in results from this group was negligible, we consider that the induced myocardial injury of this model is reliable. PMID:22330353

  18. 3D Myocardial Contraction Imaging Based on Dynamic Grid Interpolation: Theory and Simulation Analysis

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    Bu, Shuhui; Shiina, Tsuyoshi; Yamakawa, Makoto; Takizawa, Hotaka

    Accurate assessment of local myocardial contraction is important for diagnosis of ischemic heart disease, because decreases of myocardial motion often appear in the early stages of the disease. Three-dimensional (3-D) assessment of the stiffness distribution is required for accurate diagnosis of ischemic heart disease. Since myocardium motion occurs radially within the left ventricle wall and the ultrasound beam propagates axially, conventional approaches, such as tissue Doppler imaging and strain-rate imaging techniques, cannot provide us with enough quantitative information about local myocardial contraction. In order to resolve this problem, we propose a novel myocardial contraction imaging system which utilizes the weighted phase gradient method, the extended combined autocorrelation method, and the dynamic grid interpolation (DGI) method. From the simulation results, we conclude that the strain image's accuracy and contrast have been improved by the proposed method.

  19. Global and regional left ventricular ejection fraction abnormalities during exercise in patients with silent myocardial ischemia

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    Cohn, P.F.; Brown, E.J. Jr.; Wynne, J.; Holman, B.L.; Atkins, H.L.

    1983-03-01

    Sixteen asymptomatic patients with coronary artery disease and silent myocardial ischemia were studied with exercise radionuclide ventriculography. Radionuclide ventriculograms were analyzed for changes in ejection fraction globally and in three regions. Results were compared with radionuclide ventriculograms in 24 symptomatic patients. Both groups (silent myocardial ischemia and angina) were similar in prevalence of multivessel disease and previous myocardial infarction, as well as in age and sex. Global ejection fraction decreased by 0.06 in both groups during exercise; regional ejection fraction also decreased by similar amounts in the two groups. Furthermore, the percent of regions with normal ejection fraction at rest that demonstrated a decrease during exercise was identical: 19 (60%) of 33 versus 26 (60%) of 46. These exercise radionuclide ventriculographic results suggest that abnormalities in regional and global left ventricular wall motion are similar in patients with coronary artery disease with and without silent myocardial ischemia.

  20. Imaging of acute myocardial infarction in pigs with Indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin scintigraphy and MRI

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    ten Kate, C.I.; van Kroonenburgh, M.J.; Schipperheyn, J.J.; Doornbos, J.; Hoedemaeker, P.J.; Maes, A.; v.d. Nat, K.H.; Camps, J.A.; Huysmans, H.A.; Pauwels, E.K. )

    1990-07-01

    Indium-111 antimyosin F(ab')2 was used in a series of scintigraphic studies on experimentally induced myocardial infarctions in pigs. Antimyosin distribution recorded by planar images of in vivo pigs and by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of excised hearts delineated areas of myocardial necrosis if infarct volume exceeded 3.3 cm3. Scintigraphic images were compared with magnetic resonance images (MRI) obtained from excised hearts and with photographs of slices of the hearts. Infarct size and localization determined with antimyosin were compared. The MR images, with or without gadolinium-DTPA (Gd-DTPA), of the in vivo pigs were all false-negative; some myocardial wall thinning and high bloodpool signals were visible. Results show that both the antimyosin and the MR technique are specific methods for the visualization of induced myocardial necrosis in this animal model. However, the use of antimyosin is limited to a period ranging from 24 to 72 hours after infarction.

  1. Evaluation of diseased coronary arterial branches by polar representations of thallium-201 rotational myocardial imaging

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    Iino, T.; Toyosaki, N.; Katsuki, T.; Noda, T.; Natsume, T.; Yaginuma, T.; Hosoda, S.; Furuse, M.

    1987-09-01

    The perfusion territories in polar representations of stress Tl-201 rotational myocardial imaging in patients with angina pectoris who had one diseased coronary segment were analyzed. The lesions proximal or distal to the first major septal perforator in left anterior descending arteries were detected by the presence or absence of defects at the base of the anterior septum. Right coronary artery lesions were detected by the presence of defects at the basal posterior septum, in contrast to the preservation of myocardial uptake at this portion in lesions of the left circumflex artery. The specific defect patterns were detected in cases with lesions at the first diagonal, obtuse marginal, and posterolateral branches. Recognition of these defects in the polar maps allows detailed detection of diseased coronary arterial branches.

  2. Masquerades of myocardial infarction.

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    Bean, W. B.

    1976-01-01

    I summarize these observations in Figure 1. It represents every person in a hypothetical population who has myocardial infarction. A large but unknown number, some believe almost half, never get help. Mobile coronary care units are reducing this group, but so far only a little. When the diagnosis is not understood the disease is not recognized. Then come discovery and popularization. Hereafter masquerades hide some cases and the diagnosis is missed. Somewhere fairly early the diagnostic fad leads to false positive diagnosis. As new techniques are discovered, perfected and mastered, false positive errors and masquerades leading to oversights diminish but still exist. All the skill and technical virtuosity in the world will not be applied if we do not think of the disease. When we think of it, even obscure cases may be resolved easily. PMID:960416

  3. Taurine and myocardial noradrenaline.

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    Chahine, R; Hanna, J; Abou Khalil, K; Cheav, S L; Hatala, R; Bouchi, N; Mounayar, A

    1994-02-01

    Taurine (CAS 107-35-17) is an anticonvulsant used also as an adjunct in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. Therefore, we studied its effects noradrenergic transmission in the isolated rabbit heart prelabelled with 3H-noradrenaline. At the concentrations of 1 and 10 mmol/l taurine treatment was without effect on the neuronal and extraneuronal uptake of noradrenaline by the myocardial tissue. At the highest concentration, it decreased the spontaneous release of the transmitter and enhanced its catabolism. Without any significant effect on tyramine-induced noradrenaline release, taurine decreased the release of the amine induced by dimethylphenylpiperazinium and nerve stimulation. These results suggested that taurine may reduce the peripheral sympathetic activity by accelerating noradrenaline catabolism and decreasing its release probably via its ability to prevent a rise of intracellular calcium ion. PMID:8147943

  4. An unusual myocardial infarction

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    Di Michele, Sara; Mirabelli, Francesca; Mankad, Sunil

    2014-01-01

    Summary We present a 74-year-old male with a chondrosarcoma, who presented with chest pain. The history, electrocardiogram (ECG), and biomarkers established the diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI); angiography did not show coronary atherosclerosis and, both initial transthoracic echocardiogram and chest computed tomography (CT), did not demonstrate any cardiac abnormalities. A second echocardiogram following a routine ECG showed presence of a mass involving the right ventricle and the cardiac apex that was confirmed by chest CT scan. We underline the importance of considering cardiac tumors in the clinical arena of MI management. Learning points Cardiac tumors cause ECG changes similar to ischemic heart diseases.Keep in mind cardiac tumors when performing transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) in the setting of suspected MI.TTE is the technique of choice in detecting cardiac tumors.

  5. Quantitative assessment of harmonic power doppler myocardial perfusion imaging with intravenous levovist in patients with myocardial infarction: comparison with myocardial viability evaluated by coronary flow reserve and coronary flow pattern of infarct-related artery

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    Tani, Tomoko; Tanabe, Kazuaki; Tani, Minako; Ono, Fumie; Katayama, Minako; Tamita, Koichi; Kaji, Shuichiro; Yamamuro, Atsushi; Nagai, Kunihiko; Shiratori, Kenichi; Morioka, Shigefumi; Kihara, Yasuki

    2005-01-01

    Background Myocardial contrast echocardiography and coronary flow velocity pattern with a rapid diastolic deceleration time after percutaneous coronary intervention has been reported to be useful in assessing microvascular damage in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Aim To evaluate myocardial contrast echocardiography with harmonic power Doppler imaging, coronary flow velocity reserve and coronary artery flow pattern in predicting functional recovery by using transthoracic echocardiography. Methods Thirty patients with anterior acute myocardial infarction underwent myocardial contrast echocardiography at rest and during hyperemia and were quantitatively analyzed by the peak color pixel intensity ratio of the risk area to the control area (PIR). Coronary flow pattern was measured using transthoracic echocardiography in the distal portion of left anterior descending artery within 24 hours after recanalization and we assessed deceleration time of diastolic flow velocity. Coronary flow velocity reserve was calculated two weeks after acute myocardial infarction. Left ventricular end-diastolic volumes and ejection fraction by angiography were computed. Results Pts were divided into 2 groups according to the deceleration time of coronary artery flow pattern (Group A; 20 pts with deceleration time ? 600 msec, Group B; 10 pts with deceleration time < 600 msec). In acute phase, there were no significant differences in left ventricular end-diastolic volume and ejection fraction (Left ventricular end-diastolic volume 112 33 vs. 146 38 ml, ejection fraction 50 7 vs. 45 9 %; group A vs. B). However, left ventricular end-diastolic volume in Group B was significantly larger than that in Group A (192 39 vs. 114 30 ml, p < 0.01), and ejection fraction in Group B was significantly lower than that in Group A (39 9 vs. 52 7%, p < 0.01) at 6 months. PIR and coronary flow velocity reserve of Group A were higher than Group B (PIR, at rest: 0.668 0.178 vs. 0.248 0.015, p < 0.0001: during hyperemia 0.725 0.194 vs. 0.295 0.107, p < 0.0001; coronary flow velocity reserve, 2.60 0.80 vs. 1.31 0.29, p = 0.0002, respectively). Conclusion The preserved microvasculature detecting by myocardial contrast echocardiography and coronary flow velocity reserve is related to functional recovery after acute myocardial infarction. PMID:16107221

  6. Role of 123I-Iobenguane Myocardial Scintigraphy in Predicting Short-term Left Ventricular Functional Recovery: An Interesting Image

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    Feola, Mauro; Chauvie, Stephane; Biggi, Alberto; Testa, Marzia

    2015-01-01

    123I-iobenguane myocardial scintigraphy (MIBG) has been shown to be a predictor of sudden cardiac mortality in patients with heart failure. One patient with recent anterior myocardial infarction (MI) treated with coronary angioplasty and having left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) of 30% underwent early MIBG myocardial scintigraphy/tetrofosmin single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in order to help evaluate his eligibility for implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The late heart/mediastinum (H/M) ratio was calculated to be 1.32% and the washout rate was 1%. At 40-day follow-up after angioplasty, LVEF proved to be 32%, New York Heart Association (NYHA) class was still IIIII, and an ICD was placed in order to reduce mortality from ventricular arrhythmias. MIBG myocardial scintigraphy might be a promising method for evaluating left ventricular recovery in post-MI patients. PMID:26664773

  7. Altered phosphate metabolism in myocardial infarction: P-31 MR spectroscopy

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    Bottomley, P.A.; Herfkens, R.J.; Smith, L.S.; Bashore, T.M.

    1987-12-01

    The high-energy myocardial phosphate metabolism of four patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction after coronary angioplasty and drug therapy was evaluated with cardiac-gated phosphorus magnetic resonance (MR) depth-resolved surface coil spectroscopy (DRESS) 5-9 days after the onset of symptoms. Significant reductions (about threefold) in the phosphocreatine (PCr) to inorganic phosphate (Pi) ratio and elevations in the Pi to adenosine triphosphate (ATP) ratio were observed in endocardially or transmurally derived MR spectra when compared with values from epicardially displaced spectra and values from seven healthy volunteers (P less than .05). High-energy phosphate metabolites and Pi ratios did not vary significantly during the cardiac cycle in healthy volunteers. However, contamination of Pi resonances by phosphomonoester components, including blood 2,3-diphosphoglycerate, precluded accurate spectral quantification of Pi and pH. The results indicate that localized P-31 MR spectroscopy may be used to directly assess cellular energy reserve in clinical myocardial infarction and to evaluate metabolic response to interventions.

  8. Effect of regional myocardial ischemia on sympathetic nervous system as assessed by fluorine-18-metaraminol

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    Schwaiger, M.; Guibourg, H.; Rosenspire, K.; McClanahan, T.; Gallagher, K.; Hutchins, G.; Wieland, D.M. )

    1990-08-01

    With the introduction of radiolabeled catecholamine analogues, the noninvasive evaluation of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system has become possible. This study evaluated the effect of regional ischemia on myocardial retention of the new norepinephrine analogue 6-({sup 18}F) fluorometaraminol (FMR) in the open chest dog model. Six dogs were injected intravenously with FMR following 30-min occlusion of the left anterior descending artery. Six sham animals served as control group. Regional myocardial blood flow as determined by microspheres decreased 87% during ischemia (p less than 0.01), but was not significantly different from control myocardium following reperfusion. Regional myocardial 18F activity as determined postmortem was significantly reduced in reperfused myocardium (-34%), which paralleled an 18% reduction of tissue norepinephrine concentration. Thus, short time periods of coronary occlusion affect neuronal function indicating the sensitivity of the sympathetic nerve terminals to ischemia. FMR provides a new tracer approach for the characterization of neuronal integrity in postischemic myocardium.

  9. In vivo determination of acute myocardial ischemia based on photoacoustic imaging with a focused transducer

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    Li, Zhifang; Li, Hui; Chen, Haiyu; Xie, Wengming

    2011-07-01

    The location and ischemia extent are two important parameters for evaluating the acute myocardial ischemia (AMI). A focused-transducer-based photoacoustic imaging method was employed to assess time-dependent AMI. Our preliminary results show that the photoacoustic signal could identify the myocardium. The intensity and area of photoacoustic images of myocardium could be used for characterizing the ischemia extent and scope of myocardial ischemia. The results also imply that the intensity and area of photoacoustic images are the rapid fall of an exponential model with an increase of delaying time after the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) occlusion. These experimental results were consistent with the clinical characteristics. The findings suggest that the photoacoustic imaging be a potential tool for the real-time assessment of acute myocardial ischemia during surgical operation.

  10. Myocardial Bridge as a Structure of Double-Edged Sword for the Coronary Artery

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    2014-01-01

    Myocardial bridge (MB) is a chance anatomical structure, comprised of the myocardial tissue, with which the coronary artery running in epicardial adipose tissue is partly covered. It is predominantly present in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and recognizable through imaging techniques as changes in blood flow within the LAD that arises from MB contraction at cardiac systole. Such changes in blood flow influence the pathophysiology of coronary circulation and atherosclerosis development, thus generating controversy as to whether MB predisposes individual to myocardial infarction (MI). However, recent histomorphometric studies have shown that the individual anatomic properties of MB, such as location, length and thickness, consistently play a critical role in the occurrence of MI. This review article comprehensively addresses the pathophysiological mechanisms of MI occurrence together with the benign suppressive effect of coronary atherosclerosis by MB. PMID:24995053

  11. [Protective action of sophoridine on acute myocardial infarction in anesthetized dogs].

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    Zhang, Y L; Yao, L Y; Long, Y D; Luo, W; Ding, X L; Xiao, L M

    1991-05-01

    The effects of sophoridine on acute myocardial infarction induced by ligation of left anterior descending coronary artery in 16 anesthetized and open-chest dogs were studied. Treatment with sophoridine 20 mg.kg-1 iv reduced the size of myocardial infarct 6 h after ligation and lowered the elevated plasma levels of lactic acid and pyruvic acid 15, 30 and 60 min after ligation. Sophoridine also lowered the activity of serum CPK 60 and 120 min after ligation and reduced TXB2 and increased 6-keto-PGF1 alpha, hence the metabolites of PGI2/TXA2 ratio after ligation was increased. Electron microscopy showed that sophoridine protected mitochondria of ischemic cells. These results indicated that sophoridine showed protective effects on acute myocardial infarction. The beneficial effect on PGI2/TXA2 and mitochondria seems to contribute its protective action. PMID:1781291

  12. Left ventricular early myocardial dysfunction after chronic misuse of anabolic androgenic steroids: a Doppler myocardial and strain imaging analysis

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    D'Andrea, Antonello; Caso, Pio; Salerno, Gemma; Scarafile, Raffaella; De Corato, Giuseppe; Mita, Claudia; Salvo, Giovanni Di; Severino, Sergio; Cuomo, Sergio; Liccardo, Biagio; Esposito, Nicolino; Calabr, Raffaele

    2007-01-01

    Background Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are sometimes used by power athletes to improve performance by increasing muscle mass and strength. Recent bioptical data have shown that in athletes under the pharmacological effects of AAS, a focal increase in myocardial collagen content might occur as a repair mechanism against myocardial damage. Objective To investigate the potential underlying left ventricular myocardial dysfunction after chronic misuse of AAS in athletes by use of Doppler myocardial imaging (DMI) and strain rate imaging (SRI). Methods Standard Doppler echocardiography, DMI, SRI and ECG treadmill test were undertaken by 45 bodybuilders, including 20 athletes misusing AAS for at least 5?years (users), by 25 anabolic?free bodybuilders (non?users) and by 25 age?matched healthy sedentary controls, all men. The mean (SD) number of weeks of AAS use per year was 31.3 (6.4) in users, compared with 8.9 (3.8)?years in non?users, and the mean weekly dosage of AAS was 525.4 (90.7)?mg. Results The groups were matched for age. Systolic blood pressure was higher in athletes (145 (9) vs 130 (5)?mm Hg) than in controls. Left ventricular mass index did not significantly differ between the two groups of athletes. In particular, both users and non?users showed increased wall thickness and relative wall thickness compared with controls, whereas left ventricular ejection fraction, left ventricular end?diastolic diameter and transmitral Doppler indexes were comparable for the three groups. Colour DMI analysis showed significantly lower myocardial early: myocardial atrial diastolic wave ratios in users at the level of the basal interventricular septum (IVS) and left ventricular lateral wall (p<0.01), in comparison with both non?users and controls. In addition, in users, peak systolic left ventricular strain rate and strain were both reduced in the middle IVS (both p<0.001) and in the left ventricular lateral free wall (both p<0.01). By stepwise forward multivariate analyses, the sum of the left ventricular wall thickness (? coefficient?=??0.32, p<0.01), the number of weeks of AAS use per year (??=??0.42, p<0.001) and the weekly dosage of AAS (??=??0.48, p<0.001) were the only independent determinants of middle IVS strain rate. In addition, impaired left ventricular strain in users was associated with a reduced performance during physical effort (p<0.001). Conclusions Several years after chronic misuse of AAS, power athletes show a subclinical impairment of both systolic and diastolic myocardial function, strongly associated with mean dosage and duration of AAS use. The combined use of DMI and SRI may therefore be useful for the early identification of patients with more diffused cardiac involvement, and eventually for investigation of the reversibility of such myocardial effects after discontinuation of the drug. PMID:17178777

  13. Exercise training prior to myocardial infarction attenuates cardiac deterioration and cardiomyocyte dysfunction in rats

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    Bozi, Luiz Henrique Marchesi; dos Santos Costa Maldonado, Izabel Regina; Baldo, Marcelo Perim; da Silva, Márcia Ferreira; Moreira, José Bianco Nascimento; Novaes, Rômulo Dias; Ramos, Regiane Maria Soares; Mill, José Geraldo; Brum, Patricia Chakur; Felix, Leonardo Bonato; Gomes, Thales Nicolau Prímola; Natali, Antônio José

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The present study was performed to investigate 1) whether aerobic exercise training prior to myocardial infarction would prevent cardiac dysfunction and structural deterioration and 2) whether the potential cardiac benefits of aerobic exercise training would be associated with preserved morphological and contractile properties of cardiomyocytes in post-infarct remodeled myocardium. METHODS: Male Wistar rats underwent an aerobic exercise training protocol for eight weeks. The rats were then assigned to sham surgery (SHAM), sedentary lifestyle and myocardial infarction or exercise training and myocardial infarction groups and were evaluated 15 days after the surgery. Left ventricular tissue was analyzed histologically, and the contractile function of isolated myocytes was measured. Student's t-test was used to analyze infarct size and ventricular wall thickness, and the other parameters were analyzed by the Kruskal-Wallis test followed by Dunn's test or a one-way analysis of variance followed by Tukey's test (p<0.05). RESULTS: Myocardial infarctions in exercise-trained animals resulted in a smaller myocardial infarction extension, a thicker infarcted wall and less collagen accumulation as compared to myocardial infarctions in sedentary animals. Myocardial infarction-induced left ventricular dilation and cardiac dysfunction, as evaluated by +dP/dt and -dP/dt, were both prevented by previous aerobic exercise training. Moreover, aerobic exercise training preserved cardiac myocyte shortening, improved the maximum shortening and relengthening velocities in infarcted hearts and enhanced responsiveness to calcium. CONCLUSION: Previous aerobic exercise training attenuated the cardiac dysfunction and structural deterioration promoted by myocardial infarction, and such benefits were associated with preserved cardiomyocyte morphological and contractile properties. PMID:23778353

  14. 'Stucco' Walls

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    2004-01-01

    This projected mosaic image, taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or 'arm,' shows the partial clotting or cement-like properties of the sand-sized grains within the trench wall. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) wide and 5 centimeters (2 inches) tall.(This image also appears as an inset on a separate image from the rover's navigation camera, showing the location of this particular spot within the trench wall.)

  15. Refined ambient PM2.5 exposure surrogates and the risk of myocardial infarction

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    Using a case-crossover study design and conditional logistic regression, we compared the relative odds of transmural (full-wall) myocardial infarction (MI) calculated using exposure surrogates that account for human activity patterns and the indoor transport of ambient PM2....

  16. [Myocardial protection with pulsatiled retrograde coronary sinus perfusion--using Emax for left ventricular contractility].

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    Morota, T; Ikeshita, M; Tanaka, S; Shouji, T

    1993-09-01

    Recently retrograde coronary sinus perfusion technique has been frequently used in patients with severe coronary artery disease. However many untoward effects, such as tissue edema and hemorrhage, have also noticed. To evaluate the efficacy of retrograde cardioplegia, 24 mongrel pentobarbital anesthetized dogs were studied. To create hypoperfused area, distal portion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) was occluded. After cardioplegic arrest under cardiopulmonary bypass, dogs were assigned following 3 experimental groups (8 dogs each). Group I; Glucose-Insulin-Potassium (GIK) solution (K: 20 mEq/l, 20 ml/kg) was given antegradely into the aorta. Group II; GIK was given retrogradely through the coronary sinus. Group III; GIK was given retrogradely with pulsatile device (synchronized retroperfusion pump system). After 30 minutes, same amount of GIK was given again. Then LAD occlusion was released. Sixty minutes after onset of arrest, the aorta was declamped and cardiopulmonary bypass was stopped. The left ventricular contractility (Emax) measured with conductance catheter at the end of experiment was significantly (p < 0.05) better in groups II (13.1 +/- 2.6, mean +/- SD) and III (13.1 +/- 2.9) than in group I (9.6 +/- 2.7). The left ventricular wall-motion measured with ultrasound crystals in hypoperfused area compared to before cardiopulmonary bypass was also significantly better in groups II (76.2 +/- 17.2%) and III (87.9 +/- 16.9%). Regional myocardial temperature suggested that more rapid and homogeneous cooling including right ventricle was achieved in group III than in groups I and II. Retrograde perfusion is more effective method in the setting of coronary stenosis compared to ordinal antegrade technique.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8409602

  17. Effect of isometric horizontal abduction on pectoralis major and serratus anterior EMG activity during three exercises in subjects with scapular winging.

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    Park, Kyung-Mi; Cynn, Heon-Seock; Yi, Chung-Hwi; Kwon, Oh-Yun

    2013-04-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the effect of isometric horizontal abduction using Thera-Band during three exercises (forward flexion, scaption, and wall push-up plus) in subjects with scapular winging by investigating the electromyographic (EMG) amplitude of the pectoralis major, serratus anterior and the pectoralis major/serratus anterior activity ratio. Twenty-four males with scapular winging participated in this study. The subjects performed the forward flexion, scaption, and wall push-up plus with and without isometric horizontal abduction using Thera-Band. Surface EMG was used to collect the EMG data of the pectoralis major and serratus anterior during the three exercises. Two-way repeated analyses of variance with two within-subject factors (isometric horizontal abduction condition and exercise type) were used to determine the statistical significance of pectoralis major and serratus anterior EMG activity and the pectoralis major/serratus anterior EMG activity ratio. Pectoralis major EMG activity was significantly lower during forward flexion and wall push-up plus with isometric horizontal abduction, and serratus anterior EMG activity was significantly greater with isometric horizontal abduction. Additionally, the pectoralis major/serratus anterior activity ratio was significantly lower during the forward flexion and wall push-up plus with isometric horizontal abduction. The results of this study suggest that isometric horizontal abduction using Thera-Band can be used as an effective method to facilitate the serratus anterior activity and to reduce excessive pectoralis major activity during exercises for activating serratus anterior. PMID:23332682

  18. Relation between regional distribution of /sup 201/Tl and myocardial blood flow in normal, acutely ischemic, and infarcted myocardium

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    Chu, A.; Murdock, R.H. Jr.; Cobb, F.R.

    1982-11-01

    Myocardial localization of /sup 201/Tl was compared with direct measurements of myocardial perfusion in normal, acutely ischemic, and recently infarcted myocardium. Studies were performed in 6 chronically instrumented dogs that were subjected to myocardial infarction by occlusion of the proximal left circumflex coronary artery. Four days after myocardial infarction, /sup 201/Tl and 9 +/- 1 micrometer /sup 95/Nb-labelled microspheres were injected simultaneously after acute left anterior descending coronary arterial occlusion; the animals were killed 5 minutes later and the entire left ventricle was sectioned into 1 to 2 g samples. Regression analyses between /sup 201/Tl activity and regional myocardial blood flow using all myocardial samples demonstrated a very close linear relation in each dog; r values were 0.98 or greater, indicating that the initial localization of /sup 201/Tl in acutely ischemic and recently infarcted myocardium as a function of regional blood flow was essentially identical. Consequently, in each dog the regional distribution of /sup 201/Tl closely approximated myocardial perfusion over a wide range of blood flow and potentially different local metabolic conditions that may be encountered in the clinical use of the isotope.

  19. Scorpion envenomation-induced acute thrombotic inferior myocardial infarction.

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    Baykan, Ahmet Oytun; Gür, Mustafa; Acele, Armağan; Şeker, Taner; Çaylı, Murat

    2016-01-01

    The occurrence of a serious cardiac emergency following scorpion envenomation has rarely been reported and, when so, mostly presented as non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, or myocarditis. Possible mechanisms include imbalance in blood pressure and coronary vasospasm caused by the combination of sympathetic excitation, scorpion venom-induced release of catecholamines, and the direct effect of the toxin on the myocardium. We report a case of a 55-year-old man who presented with acute inferior wall myocardial infarction (MI) within 2 h of being stung by a scorpion. Coronary angiogram revealed total thrombotic occlusion of the left circumflex artery, which was treated successfully with glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor, thrombus aspiration, antivenom serum, and supportive therapy. Therefore, life-threatening MI can complicate the clinical course during some types of scorpion envenomation and should be managed as an acute coronary syndrome. PMID:26875137

  20. T-wave inversion: cardiac memory or myocardial ischemia?

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    Chen-Scarabelli, Carol; Scarabelli, Tiziano M

    2009-09-01

    This article presents a case report of a 74-year-old man with T-wave inversion (TwI) in atrial fibrillation noted during routine pacemaker interrogation. The patient was seen for routine pacemaker interrogation, at which time he was noted to have underlying atrial fibrillation. A12-lead electrocardiogram of the atrial fibrillation revealed significant TwIs. He was subsequently worked up for myocardial ischemia and was found to have a moderate-sized,moderate-degree inferior wall myocardial perfusion defect. He was subsequently referred for a cardiac catheterization. The cardiac catheterization revealed nonobstructive coronary artery disease. The follow-up electrocardiogram revealed persistent but attenuated TwI.The TwIs were attributed to cardiac memory, a common but infrequently recognized phenomenon of which many clinical practitioners are unaware. Cardiac memory is due to the T wave tracking the preceding abnormal QRS complex and can be induced by right ventricular pacing or arrhythmias. PMID:19683128

  1. Anomalous origin of the left anterior descending artery from the pulmonary artery associated with bicuspid aortic valve and aortic coarctation.

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    Clarke, Andrew J B; Radford, Dorothy J; Jalali, Homayoun

    2003-01-01

    A 15-year-old boy presented with exertional palpitations and chest pain. Investigation revealed anomalous origin of his left anterior descending coronary artery from his pulmonary trunk causing myocardial ischaemia. He previously had aortic coarctation repair with known aortic root dilation and a bicuspid aortic valve. His left anterior descending artery was implanted into the aortic root using a Gortex interposition conduit. This represents an interesting combination of cardiac abnormalities for which repair required consideration of the requirement of further surgery in the future. PMID:16352110

  2. Wall Art

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    McGinley, Connie Q.

    2004-01-01

    The author of this article, an art teacher at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado, describes how her experience teaching in a new school presented an exciting visual challenge for an art teacher--monotonous brick walls just waiting for decoration. This school experienced only minimal instances of graffiti, but as an art teacher, she did

  3. Wall Covering

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    1978-01-01

    The attractive wall covering shown below is one of 132 styles in the Mirror Magic II line offered by The General Tire & Rubber Company, Akron, Ohio. The material is metallized plastic fabric, a spinoff from space programs. Wall coverings are one of many consumer applications of aluminized plastic film technology developed for NASA by a firm later bought by King-Seeley Thermos Company, Winchester, Massachusetts, which now produces the material. The original NASA use was in the Echo 1 passive communications satellite, a "space baloon" made of aluminized mylar; the high reflectivity of the metallized coating enabled relay of communications signals from one Earth station to another by "bouncing" them off the satellite. The reflectivity feature also made the material an extremely efficient insulator and it was subsequently widely used in the Apollo program for such purposes as temperature control of spacecraft components and insulation of tanks for fuels that must be maintained at very low temperatures. I Used as a wall covering, the aluminized material offers extra insulation, reflects light and I resists cracking. In addition to General Tire, King-Seeley also supplies wall covering material to Columbus Coated Fabrics Division of Borden, Incorporated, Columbus, Ohio, among others.

  4. Wall Art

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    McGinley, Connie Q.

    2004-01-01

    The author of this article, an art teacher at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado, describes how her experience teaching in a new school presented an exciting visual challenge for an art teacher--monotonous brick walls just waiting for decoration. This school experienced only minimal instances of graffiti, but as an art teacher, she did…

  5. Localization of coronary artery disease with exercise electrocardiography: correlation with thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scanning

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    Dunn, R.F.; Freedman, B.; Bailey, I.K.; Uren, R.F.; Kelly, D.T.

    1981-11-01

    In 61 patients with single vessel coronary artery disease (70 percent or greater obstruction of luminal diameter in only one vessel) and no previous myocardial infarction, the sites of ischemic changes on 12 lead exercise electrocardiography and on thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scanning were related to the obstructed coronary artery. The site of exercise-induced S-T segment depression did not identify which coronary artery was obstructed. In the 37 patients with left anterior descending coronary artery disease S-T depression was most often seen in the inferior leads and leads V4 to V6, and in the 18 patients with right coronary artery disease and in the 6 patients with left circumflex artery disease S-T depression was most often seen in leads V5 and V6. Although S-T segment elevation was uncommon in most leads, it occurred in lead V1 or a VL, or both, in 51 percent of the patients with left anterior descending coronary artery disease. A reversible anterior defect on exercise thallium scanning correlated with left anterior descending coronary artery disease (probability (p) less than 0.0001) and a reversible inferior thallium defect correlated with right coronary or left circumflex artery disease (p less than 0.0001). In patients with single vessel disease, the site of S-T segment depression does not identify the obstructed coronary artery; S-T segment elevation in lead V1 or aVL, or both, identifies left anterior descending coronary artery disease; and the site of reversible perfusion defect on thallium scanning identifies the site of myocardial ischemia and the obstructed coronary artery.

  6. Protective mechanism of quercetin on acute myocardial infarction in rats.

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    Li, B; Yang, M; Liu, J W; Yin, G T

    2016-01-01

    To investigate the protective mechanism of quercetin on acute myocardial infarction (AMI) rats, an AMI rat model was established by ligating the left coronary anterior descending branch. The rats were randomly divided into the model group and low- and high-dose quercetin groups. The control group comprised sham-operated rats. The rats in the low- and high-dose quercetin groups were administered 100 and 400 mg/kg quercetin, respectively, by gavage. The rats in the control and model groups were administered isometric normal saline once daily for one week. The mRNA and protein levels of TNF-α and IL-1β in the myocardial tissue of rats were detected in each group by real time polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Malondialdehyde (MDA) content in the myocardial tissue and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities were detected using a colorimetric method. The level of apoptosis was detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling. Compared with those in the control group, the mRNA and protein levels of TNF-α, IL-1β and MDA content in the model, low-, and high-dose groups significantly increased. SOD and CAT activities decreased significantly. The cell apoptosis index increased significantly  (P < 0.05). Compared with those in the model group, the mRNA and protein levels of TNF-α and IL-1β and MDA content in myocardial tissue of rats in the low-dose and high-dose groups decreased significantly. SOD and CAT activities increased significantly. The cell apoptosis index significantly reduced (P < 0.05). In conclusion, quercetin has significant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-apoptotic effects on AMI rats and can effectively protect against myocardium damage. PMID:26985950

  7. Automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator discharges and acute myocardial injury

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    Avitall, B.; Port, S.; Gal, R.; McKinnie, J.; Tchou, P.; Jazayeri, M.; Troup, P.; Akhtar, M. )

    1990-05-01

    Multiple defibrillations by the automatic implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (AICD) have been reported to result in localized epicardial damage. No data exist, however, regarding whether this damage can be detected in the clinical setting or whether it interferes with the detection of true myocardial infarction. Forty-nine patients who received defibrillations by patch electrodes were studied prospectively. We attempted to document the presence of myocardial injury with the following three commonly used modalities for the detection of myocardial infarction: serial electrocardiographic changes, serial creatine phosphokinase (CPK) and CPK-MB release, and technetium 99m pyrophosphate scanning. Fifteen patients received defibrillations by AICD patches at the time of AICD generator replacement. Nine patients received defibrillations at the time of new AICD lead placement. The average total energy delivered was 85 +/- 29 J. None of these patients had detectable myocardial injury. Ten patients had defibrillations by the AICD patches at the time of bypass operation. One patient in this group developed acute myocardial infarction in the inferior wall after posterior descending coronary bypass operation, as detected by electrocardiogram, 99mTc pyrophosphate scanning, and CPK-MB analysis. Fifteen patients were evaluated for spontaneous AICD discharges. Thirteen had a maximum of five consecutive shocks, and cumulative energy delivered was not greater than 330 J. None of these patients had detectable injury. Two patients had CPK-MB release of 15.3% and 7.5%, respectively. One of these patients had a positive 99mTc pyrophosphate scan. These two patients received 12 and 17 rapid and consecutive AICD discharges, respectively, with cumulative delivered energy of 360 and 510 J, respectively.

  8. Diverse patterns of myocardial fibrosis in lifelong, veteran endurance athletes

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    O'Hanlon, R.; Prasad, S.; Deighan, A.; MacMillan, P.; Oxborough, D.; Godfrey, R.; Smith, G.; Maceira, A.; Sharma, S.; George, K.; Whyte, G.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined the cardiac structure and function of a unique cohort of documented lifelong, competitive endurance veteran athletes (>50 yr). Twelve lifelong veteran male endurance athletes [mean SD (range) age: 56 6 yr (5067)], 20 age-matched veteran controls [60 5 yr; (5269)], and 17 younger male endurance athletes [31 5 yr (2640)] without significant comorbidities underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging to assess cardiac morphology and function, as well as CMR imaging with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) to assess myocardial fibrosis. Lifelong veteran athletes had smaller left (LV) and right ventricular (RV) end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes (P < 0.05), but maintained LV and RV systolic function compared with young athletes. However, veteran athletes had a significantly larger absolute and indexed LV and RV end-diastolic and systolic volumes, intraventricular septum thickness during diastole, posterior wall thickness during diastole, and LV and RV stroke volumes (P < 0.05), together with significantly reduced LV and RV ejection fractions (P < 0.05), compared with veteran controls. In six (50%) of the veteran athletes, LGE of CMR indicated the presence of myocardial fibrosis (4 veteran athletes with LGE of nonspecific cause, 1 probable previous myocarditis, and 1 probable previous silent myocardial infarction). There was no LGE in the age-matched veteran controls or young athletes. The prevalence of LGE in veteran athletes was not associated with age, height, weight, or body surface area (P > 0.05), but was significantly associated with the number of years spent training (P < 0.001), number of competitive marathons (P < 0.001), and ultraendurance (>50 miles) marathons (P < 0.007) completed. An unexpectedly high prevalence of myocardial fibrosis (50%) was observed in healthy, asymptomatic, lifelong veteran male athletes, compared with zero cases in age-matched veteran controls and young athletes. These data suggest a link between lifelong endurance exercise and myocardial fibrosis that requires further investigation. PMID:21330616

  9. CAD of myocardial perfusion

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    Storm, Corstiaan J.; Slump, Cornelis H.

    2007-03-01

    Our purpose is in the automated evaluation of the physiological relevance of lesions in coronary angiograms. We aim to extract as much as possible quantitative information about the physiological condition of the heart from standard angiographic image sequences. Coronary angiography is still the gold standard for evaluating and diagnosing coronary abnormalities as it is able to locate precisely the coronary artery lesions. The dimensions of the stenosis can be assessed nowadays successfully with image processing based Quantitative Coronary Angiography (QCA) techniques. Our purpose is to assess the clinical relevance of the pertinent stenosis. We therefore analyze the myocardial perfusion as revealed in standard angiographic image sequences. In a Region-of-Interest (ROI) on the angiogram (without an overlaying major blood vessel) the contrast is measured as a function of time (the so-called time-density curve). The required hyperemic state of exercise is induced artificially by the injection of a vasodilator drug e.g. papaverine. In order to minimize motion artifacts we select based on the recorded ECG signal end-diastolic images in both a basal and a hyperemic run in the same projection to position the ROI. We present the development of the algorithms together with results of a small study of 20 patients which have been catheterized following the standard protocol.

  10. Update on anterior ankle impingement.

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    Vaseenon, Tanawat; Amendola, Annunziato

    2012-06-01

    Anterior ankle impingement results from an impingement of the ankle joint by a soft tissue or osteophyte formation at the anterior aspect of the distal tibia and talar neck. It often occurs secondary to direct trauma (impaction force) or repetitive ankle dorsiflexion (repetitive impaction and traction force). Chronic ankle pain, swelling, and limitation of ankle dorsiflexion are common complaints. Imaging is valuable for diagnosis of the bony impingement but not for the soft tissue impingement, which is based on clinical findings. MR imaging and MR arthrography are helpful in doubtful diagnoses and the identification of associated injuries. Recommended methods for initial management include rest, physical therapy, and shoe modification. If nonoperative treatment fails, arthroscopic bony or soft tissue debridement both offer significant symptomatic relief with long-term positive outcomes in cases that have no significant arthritic change, associated ligament laxity, and chondral lesion. PMID:22403038

  11. Differential MR Delayed Enhancement Patterns of Chronic Myocardial Infarction between Extracellular and Intravascular Contrast Media

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    Wang, Jian; Xiang, Bo; Lin, Hung Yu; Liu, Hongyu; Freed, Darren; Arora, Rakesh C.; Tian, Ganghong

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Because the distribution volume and mechanism of extracellular and intravascular MR contrast media differ considerably, the enhancement pattern of chronic myocardial infarction with extracellular or intravascular media might also be different. This study aims to investigate the differences in MR enhancement patterns of chronic myocardial infarction between extracellular and intravascular contrast media. Materials and Methods Twenty pigs with myocardial infarction underwent cine MRI, first pass perfusion MRI and delayed enhancement MRI with extracellular or intravascular media at four weeks after coronary occlusion. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was determined with microsphere measurement. The infarction histopathological changes were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin staining and Masson's trichrome method. Results Cine MRI revealed the reduced wall thickening in chronic infarction compared with normal myocardium. Moreover, significant wall thinning in chronic infarction was observed in cine MRI. Peak first-pass signal intensity didnt significantly differ between chronic infarction and normal myocardium no matter what kinds of contrast media. At the following delayed enhancement phase, extracellular media-enhanced signal intensity was significantly higher in chronic infarction than in normal myocardium. Conversely, intravascular media-enhanced signal intensity was almost equivalent among chronic infarction and normal myocardium. At four weeks after infarction, MBF in chronic infarction approached to that in normal myocardium. Large thick-walled vessels were detected at peri-infarction zones. The cardiomyocytes were replaced by scar tissue consisting of dilated blood vessels and discrete fibers of collagen. Conclusions Chronic infarction was characterized by the significantly reduced wall thickening and the definite wall thinning. First-pass myocardial perfusion defect was not detected in chronic infarction with two media due to the significantly recovered MBF and well-developed collateral vessels. Infarction remodeling enlarged the extracellular compartment, which was available for extracellular media but not accessible to intravascular media. Extracellular media identified chronic infarction as the hyper-enhancement; nonetheless, intravascular media didnt provide delayed enhancement. PMID:25816056

  12. Myocardial perfusion as assessed by thallium-201 scintigraphy during the discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in ventilator-dependent patients

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    Hurford, W.E.; Lynch, K.E.; Strauss, H.W.; Lowenstein, E.; Zapol, W.M. )

    1991-06-01

    Patients who cannot be separated from mechanical ventilation (MV) after an episode of acute respiratory failure often have coexisting coronary artery disease. The authors hypothesized that increased left ventricular (LV) wall stress during periods of spontaneous ventilation (SV) could alter myocardial perfusion in these patients. Using thallium-201 (201TI) myocardial scintigraphy, the authors studied the occurrence of myocardial perfusion abnormalities during periods of SV in 15 MV-dependent patients (nine women, six men; aged 71 {plus minus} 7 yr, mean {plus minus} SD). Fourteen of these patients were studied once with 201TI myocardial scintigraphy during intermittent mechanical ventilation (IMV) and again on another day, after at least 10 min of SV through a T-piece. One patient was studied during SV only. Thirteen of 14 of the patients (93%) studied during MV had abnormal patterns of initial myocardial 201TI uptake, but only 1 patient demonstrated redistribution of 201TI on delayed images. The remainder of the abnormalities observed during MV were fixed defects. SV produced significant alterations of myocardial 201TI distribution or transient LV dilation, or both, in 7 of the 15 patients (47%). Four patients demonstrated new regional decreases of LV myocardial thallium concentration with redistribution of the isotope on delayed images. The patient studied only during SV also had myocardial 201TI defects with redistribution. Five patients (3 also having areas of 201TI redistribution) had transient LV dilation during SV.

  13. Myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of silent myocardial ischemia

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    Beller, G.A.

    1988-04-21

    Despite the widespread use of the exercise stress test in diagnosing asymptomatic myocardial ischemia, exercise radionuclide imaging remains useful for detecting silent ischemia in numerous patient populations, including those who are totally asymptomatic, those who have chronic stable angina, those who have recovered from an episode of unstable angina or an uncomplicated myocardial infarction, and those who have undergone angioplasty or received thrombolytic therapy. Studies show that thallium scintigraphy is more sensitive than exercise electrocardiography in detecting ischemia, i.e., in part, because perfusion defects occur more frequently than ST depression and before angina in the ischemic cascade. Thallium-201 scintigraphy can be performed to differentiate a true- from a false-positive exercise electrocardiographic test in patients with exercise-induced ST depression and no angina. The development of technetium-labeled isonitriles may improve the accuracy of myocardial perfusion imaging. 11 references.

  14. Myocardial infarction in children: Two interesting cases

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    Suryawanshi, Suresh Punam; Das, Braj; Patnaik, Amar N

    2011-01-01

    Myocardial infarction in children is extremely rare and can have various etiologies. The following two case reports highlight rare but important causes of myocardial infarction in children. PMID:21677815

  15. MYOCARDIAL AKT: THE OMNIPRESENT NEXUS

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    Sussman, Mark A.; Völkers, Mirko; Fischer, Kimberlee; Bailey, Brandi; Cottage, Christopher T.; Din, Shabana; Gude, Natalie; Avitabile, Daniele; Alvarez, Roberto; Sundararaman, Balaji; Quijada, Pearl; Mason, Matt; Konstandin, Mathias H.; Malhowski, Amy; Cheng, Zhaokang; Khan, Mohsin; McGregor, Michael

    2013-01-01

    One of the greatest examples of integrated signal transduction is revealed by examination of effects mediated by AKT kinase in myocardial biology. Positioned at the intersection of multiple afferent and efferent signals, AKT exemplifies a molecular sensing node that coordinates dynamic responses of the cell in literally every aspect of biological responses. The balanced and nuanced nature of homeostatic signaling is particularly essential within the myocardial context, where regulation of survival, energy production, contractility, and response to pathological stress all flow through the nexus of AKT activation or repression. Equally important, the loss of regulated AKT activity is primarily the cause or consequence of pathological conditions leading to remodeling of the heart and eventual decompensation. This review presents an overview compendium of the complex world of myocardial AKT biology gleaned from more than a decade of research. Summarization of the widespread influence that AKT exerts upon myocardial responses leaves no doubt that the participation of AKT in molecular signaling will need to be reckoned with as a seemingly omnipresent regulator of myocardial molecular biological responses. PMID:21742795

  16. How reliable is myocardial imaging in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction

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    Willerson, J.T.

    1983-01-01

    Myocardial scintigraphic techniques available presently allow a sensitive and relatively specific diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction when they are used correctly, although every technique has definite limitations. Small myocardial infarcts (less than 3 gm.) may be missed, and there are temporal limitations in the usefulness of the scintigraphic techniques. The development of tomographic methodology that may be used with single-photon radionuclide emitters (including technetium and /sup 201/Tl will allow the detection of relatively small abnormalities in myocardial perfusion and regions of myocardial infarction and will help to provide a more objective interpretation of the myocardial scintigrams. The use of overlay techniques allowing simultaneous assessment of myocardial perfusion, infarct-avid imaging, and radionuclide ventriculograms will provide insight into the relevant aspects of the extent of myocardial damage, the relationship of damage to myocardial perfusion, and the functional impact of myocardial infarction on ventricular performance.

  17. Learned predictions of error likelihood in the anterior cingulate cortex.

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    Brown, Joshua W; Braver, Todd S

    2005-02-18

    The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the related medial wall play a critical role in recruiting cognitive control. Although ACC exhibits selective error and conflict responses, it has been unclear how these develop and become context-specific. With use of a modified stop-signal task, we show from integrated computational neural modeling and neuroimaging studies that ACC learns to predict error likelihood in a given context, even for trials in which there is no error or response conflict. These results support a more general error-likelihood theory of ACC function based on reinforcement learning, of which conflict and error detection are special cases. PMID:15718473

  18. Hiccups as a myocardial ischemia symptom.

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    Krysiak, Waldemar; Szabowski, S?awomir; Stepie?, Marta; Krzywkowska, Katarzyna; Krzywkowski, Artur; Marciniak, Piotr

    2008-03-01

    A hiccup is involuntary, paroxysmal inspiratory movements of the chest wall associated with diaphragm and accessory respiratory muscle contractions, with the synchronized closure of glottis. The mechanism underlying this common primitive reflex plays an important role in protecting airways against esophageal aspiration. The hiccup reflex mechanism is based on the afferent pathway (vagus and phrenic nerve and sympathetic fibers innervating chest organs, the abdomen, the ear, the nose and the throat stimulation, and the stimulation of hiccup center in the central nervous system, mainly reflecting psychogenic or metabolic disorders) and the efferent pathway (phrenic nerves). An incidental hiccup is a common problem, usually resolves spontaneously and does not present a clinical issue. The clinical issue arises in the case of pathologic persistent hiccups or symptomatic secondary hiccups which may lead to significant fatigue, insomnia or depression. Generally, pathologic hiccups are associated with considerable discomfort concerning both the "stigmatized" person and his or her personal surroundings in which it evokes different emotions, from amusement through impatience to uneasiness and the suggestion of a medical visit as an expression of concern for a given person. The most common causes of pathologic symptomatic hiccups are nervous system diseases, either the central nervous system (proliferative, angiogenic, inflammatory disorders), or the peripheral nervous system: the irritation of the phrenic nerve (proliferative disorders, goitre) and the vagus nerve (otolaryngologic diseases, meningitis, esophageal, stomach and duodenal diseases, hepatitis, pancreatitis, enteritis). The vagus nerve irritation with subsequent hiccups may be caused by chest disorders (injury, surgery) and heart diseases (myocardial infarction). In the present paper we describe the case of a 62-year-old male with recurrent hiccups associated with exertion as a secondary symptom of myocardial ischemia. PMID:18476462

  19. Penehyclidine Hydrochloride Preconditioning Provides Cardioprotection in a Rat Model of Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury

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    Lin, Duomao; Ma, Jun; Xue, Yanyan; Wang, Zhaoqi

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the impacts and related mechanisms of penehyclidine hydrochloride (PHC) on ischemia/reperfusion (I/R)-induced myocardial injury. A rat model of myocardial I/R injury was established by the ligation of left anterior descending coronary artery for 30 min followed by 3 h perfusion. Before I/R, the rats were pretreated with or without PHC. Cardiac function was measured by echocardiography. The activities/levels of myocardial enzymes, oxidants and antioxidant enzymes were detected. Evans blue/TTC double staining was performed to assess infarct size. Cardiomyocyte apoptosis was evaluated by TUNEL assay. The release of inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory mediators was detected by ELISA. Western blot was performed to analyze the expression of COX-2, IκB, p-IκB and NF-κB. Meanwhile, the rats were given a single injection of H-PHC before I/R. The effects of PHC on myocardial infarct and cardiac function were investigated after 7 days post-reperfusion. We found that PHC remarkably improved cardiac function, alleviated myocardial injury by decreasing myocardial enzyme levels and attenuated oxidative stress in a dose-dependent manner. Additionally, PHC preconditioning significantly reduced infarct size and the apoptotic rate of cardiomyocytes. Administration of PHC significantly decreased serum TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and PGE2 levels and myocardium COX-2 level. Meanwhile, the expression levels of p-IκB and NF-κB were downregulated, while IκB expression was upregulated. H-PHC also exerted long-term cardioprotection in a rat model of I/R injury by decreasing infarct size and improving cardiac function. These results suggest that PHC can efficiently protect the rats against I/R-induced myocardial injury. PMID:26632817

  20. [Influence of lyophilized Radix Astragali powder injection on hemodynamics of dogs with myocardial ischemia].

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    Jiang, Congxun; Gu, Xi; Li, Li; Xiao, Hua; Zou, Yi; Han, Xu; Yang, Fangju

    2010-02-01

    In order to observe the influence of lyophilized Radix Astragali powder injection on hemodynamics and myocardial consumption of oxygen of dogs with myocardial ischemia, we establised the myocardial ischemia model by ligating the anterior descending branch of left coronary artery of 5 mongrel dogs. Then the drugs were administered intravenously, and the hemodynamic parameters and myocardial consumption of oxygen of the dogs were measured. All the Radix Astragali groups and Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae Group (RSMG) showed significantly decreased heart rate (HR), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP) of dogs with myocardial ischemia in 5-30 min after drug administration (P < 0.05-0.01). All the Radix Astragali groups and the RSMG showed significantly lowered left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) of the dogs in 10 min-4 h after drug administration (P < 0.05-0.01). All the Radix Astragali groups displayed significantly increased maximum contraction velocity (+dp/dt(max)) of the dogs in 10 min after drug administration (P < 0.05-0.01). All the Radix Astragali groups and the RSMG displayed significantly increased cardiac output (CO) in 10 min-4 h after drug administration, in which the High Dose Group (HDG) of Radix Astragali displayed the highest statistical significance (P < 0.01). All the Radix Astragali groups and the RSMG exhibited significantly decreased peripheral resistance (TPR) and increased coronary blood flow (CBF) in 10 min-4 h after drug administration (P < 0.05-0.01). HDG showed significantly decreased myocardial work (MW) in 5 min-30 min after drug administration (P < 0.05-0.01). HDG and MDG exhibited significantly decreased oxygen uptake rate of the myocardium (MVo2) in 30 min-3 h after drug administration(P < 0.05-0.01). In summary, the lyophilized Radix Astragali powder injection can significantly benefit all the indexes and strengthen the heart function of the dogs with myocardial ischemia. PMID:20337029

  1. Is arterial wall-strain stiffening an additional process responsible for atherosclerosis in coronary bifurcations?: an in vivo study based on dynamic CT and MRI

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    Gharib, Ahmed M.; Garcia, Alberto; Heroux, Julie; Yazdani, Saami K.; Malv, Mauro; Tracqui, Philippe; Martinez, Miguel-Angel; Doblare, Manuel; Finet, Grard; Pettigrew, Roderic I.

    2011-01-01

    Coronary bifurcations represent specific regions of the arterial tree that are susceptible to atherosclerotic lesions. While the effects of vessel compliance, curvature, pulsatile blood flow, and cardiac motion on coronary endothelial shear stress have been widely explored, the effects of myocardial contraction on arterial wall stress/strain (WS/S) and vessel stiffness distributions remain unclear. Local increase of vessel stiffness resulting from wall-strain stiffening phenomenon (a local process due to the nonlinear mechanical properties of the arterial wall) may be critical in the development of atherosclerotic lesions. Therefore, the aim of this study was to quantify WS/S and stiffness in coronary bifurcations and to investigate correlations with plaque sites. Anatomic coronary geometry and cardiac motion were generated based on both computed tomography and MRI examinations of eight patients with minimal coronary disease. Computational structural analyses using the finite element method were subsequently performed, and spatial luminal arterial wall stretch (LWStretch) and stiffness (LWStiff) distributions in the left main coronary bifurcations were calculated. Our results show that all plaque sites were concomitantly subject to high LWStretch and high LWStiff, with mean amplitudes of 34.7 1.6% and 442.4 113.0 kPa, respectively. The mean LWStiff amplitude was found slightly greater at the plaque sites on the left main coronary artery (mean value: 482.2 88.1 kPa) compared with those computed on the left anterior descending and left circumflex coronary arteries (416.3 61.5 and 428.7 181.8 kPa, respectively). These findings suggest that local wall stiffness plays a role in the initiation of atherosclerotic lesions. PMID:21685261

  2. Anatomical Variations of Anterior Communicating Artery

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    Kardile, Poorwa Baburao; Ughade, Jaideo Manohar; Pandit, Sudhir Vishnupant; Ughade, Manohar Namdeo

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: The Circle of Willis is a vascular network formed at the base of skull in the interpeduncular fossa. Its anterior part is formed by the anterior cerebral artery, from either side. Anterior communicating artery connects the right and left anterior cerebral arteries. Posteriorly, the basilar artery divides into right and left posterior cerebral arteries and each joins to ipsilateral internal carotid artery through a posterior communicating artery. Anterior communicating artery, an important component of circle of Willis, acts as collateral channel to stabilize blood flow. In the present study, anatomical variations in the anterior communicating artery were noted. Material and Methods: One hundred apparently normal formalin fixed brain specimens were collected from human cadavers. Normal anatomical pattern and variations of anterior communicating artery were studied. The anterior communicating arteries were then coloured, photographed, numbered and the abnormalities, if any, were noted. Result: Thity eight variant anterior communicating arteries were noted. The most common variation observed in the anterior communicating artery was its duplication in 10 subjects, followed by its absence in 8 subjects. Some variations like plexus formation, median artery were found in adults, because of persistence of embryonic pattern. Conclusion: Knowledge on variations in the anterior communicating artery is of clinical significance, as it is one of the components of circle of Willis which stabilizes cerebral blood flow when principle conduits fail. PMID:24551604

  3. Myocardial fibrosis in desmin-related hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    2010-01-01

    Desmin-related myopathy (DRM) is known to cause different types of cardiomyopathy. Late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has been shown to identify fibrosis in ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies. We present a rare case of desmin-related hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, CMR revealed fibrosis in the lateral wall of the left ventricle. CMR is superior to conventional echocardiography for the detection of myocardial fibrosis in desmin-related cardiomyopathy, which may be useful to detect early cardiac involvement and predict the patient prognosis. PMID:21083940

  4. Importance of Reference Muscle Selection in Quantitative Signal Intensity Analysis of T2-Weighted Images of Myocardial Edema Using a T2 Ratio Method

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    Carbone, Iacopo; Childs, Helene; Aljizeeri, Ahmed; Merchant, Naeem; Friedrich, Matthias G.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives. The purpose of our study was to identify the suitability of various skeletal muscles as reference regions for calculating the T2 SI ratio for a semiautomated quantification of the extent of myocardial edema with T2-weighted images. Methods. Thirty-four patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) were enrolled. The extent of myocardial edema was determined by T2 SI ratio map, using 4 different muscles as reference: major and minor pectoralis, serratus anterior, teres minor-infraspinatus, and subscapularis. The size of myocardial edema as visually quantified was used as the standard of truth. The control group consisted of 15 patients with chronic MI. Intra- and interobserver variability were assessed. Results. Due to poor image quality four patients were excluded from the analysis. In acute MI patients, serratus anterior muscle showed the strongest correlation with the visual analysis (r = 0.799; P < 0.001) and low inter- and intraobserver variability, while the other muscles resulted in a significant interobserver variability. In contrast, the use of other muscles as a reference led to overestimating edema size. Conclusions. In acute MI patients, serratus anterior resulted to be the most reliable and reproducible muscle for measuring the extent of myocardial edema. PMID:26185752

  5. Effect of coronary artery recanalization on right ventricular function in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Verani, M.S.; Tortoledo, F.E.; Batty, J.W.; Raizner, A.E.

    1985-05-01

    The effects of coronary artery recanalization by intracoronary administration of streptokinase on left ventricular function during acute myocardial infarction have received increasing attention in recent years. Although myocardial dysfunction is often more pronounced in the right ventricle than in the left ventricle in patients with acute inferior wall myocardial infarction, the effect of coronary artery recanalization on right ventricular dysfunction has not been previously addressed. Accordingly, in this investigation, 54 patients who participated in a prospective, controlled, randomized trial of recanalization during acute myocardial infarction were studied. Among 30 patients with inferior wall infarction, 19 had right ventricular dysfunction on admission; 11 of these 19 had positive uptake of technetium-99m pyrophosphate in the right ventricle, indicative of right ventricular infarction. Patients with successful recanalization exhibited improved right ventricular ejection fraction from admission to day 10. However, control patients and patients who did not undergo recanalization also exhibited improvement. These data indicate that the right ventricular dysfunction commonly associated with inferior wall infarction is often transient, and improvement is the rule, irrespective of early recanalization of the infarct vessel.

  6. Thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy in acute myocardial infarction and ischemia

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    Wackers, F.J.

    1982-04-01

    Thallium-201 scintigraphy provides a sensitive and reliable method of detecting acute myocardial infarction and ischemia when imaging is performed with understanding of the temporal characteristics and accuracy of the technique. The results of scintigraphy are related to the time interval between onset of symptoms and time of imaging. During the first 6 hr after chest pain almost all patients with acute myocardial infarction and approximately 50% of the patients with unstable angina will demonstrate /sup 201/TI pefusion defects. Delayed imaging at 2-4 hr will permit distinction between ischemia and infarction. In patients with acute myocardial infarction, the size of the perfusion defect accurately reflects the extent of the infarcted and/or jeopardized myocardium, which may be used for prognostic stratification. In view of the characteristics of /sup 201/TI scintigraphy, the most practical application of this technique is in patients in whom myocardial infarction has to be ruled out, and for early recognition of patients at high risk for complications.

  7. Mechanisms of cell death in acute myocardial infarction: pathophysiological implications for treatment

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    de Zwaan, C.; Daemen, M.J.A.P.; Hermens, W.Th.

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this review is to draw attention to the growing list of pathophysiological phenomena occurring in blood, the vessel wall and cardiac tissue during myocardial infarction. A further aim is to point to the complexity of factors, contributing to cardiac dysfunction and the implications for therapy, aimed at limiting myocardial cell death. Not all pathophysiological mechanisms have been elucidated yet, indicating the necessity for further research in this area. In addition we describe interventions which have shown promise in animal studies, those which may show promise in humans, and those which are accepted as therapies of choice. PMID:25696691

  8. Anterior femoroacetabular impingement: an update.

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    Lequesne, Michel; Bellache, Laurence

    2012-05-01

    Anterior femoroacetabular impingement can cause early hip osteoarthritis. The typical patient is an adult younger than 50 years of age, often with a history of sporting activities. The main symptom is intermittent pain triggered by static flexion (low seats) or dynamic flexion (during sporting or occupational activities that require repeated hip flexion). The characteristic physical finding is pain triggered by placing the hip in internal rotation and 70 to 110 of flexion. In additional to anteroposterior and false-profile radiographs, lateral Dunn or Ducroquet views should be obtained on both sides to visualize the anterior part of the head-neck junction. Instead of being concave, the head-neck junction is either flat or convex, causing a cam effect that damages the labrum and anterosuperior cartilage. Non-sphericity of the femoral head with an anterior ovoid bulge induces a similar cam effect. In pincer impingement, which is less common, over-coverage by the anterosuperior acetabular rim pinches the labrum between the rim and the femoral head-neck junction when the hip is flexed. Pincer impingement is related to acetabular retroversion or protrusion. Arthrography coupled with computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging visualizes the morphological abnormalities (e.g., ovoid shape of the femoral head or retroversion of the acetabulum) and detects secondary lesions such as labral tears or separation or damage to the anterosuperior cartilage. Arthroscopy allows removal of the damaged labrum and correction of the morphological abnormalities via femoroplasty to restore the normal concave shape of the neck and/or acetabuloplasty to eliminate over-coverage. Short- or mid-term results are satisfactory in 75 to 80% of patients. However, the presence of degenerative lesions in about two-thirds of patients at the time of arthroplastic surgery limits the probability of achieving good long-term results. PMID:22281229

  9. Beam hardening artifact reduction using dual energy computed tomography: implications for myocardial perfusion studies

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    Carrascosa, Patricia; Cipriano, Silvina; De Zan, Macarena; Deviggiano, Alejandro; Capunay, Carlos; Cury, Ricardo C.

    2015-01-01

    Background Myocardial computed tomography perfusion (CTP) using conventional single energy (SE) imaging is influenced by the presence of beam hardening artifacts (BHA), occasionally resembling perfusion defects and commonly observed at the left ventricular posterobasal wall (PB). We therefore sought to explore the ability of dual energy (DE) CTP to attenuate the presence of BHA. Methods Consecutive patients without history of coronary artery disease who were referred for computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) due to atypical chest pain and a normal stress-rest SPECT and had absence or mild coronary atherosclerosis constituted the study population. The study group was acquired using DE and the control group using SE imaging. Results Demographical characteristics were similar between groups, as well as the heart rate and the effective radiation dose. Myocardial signal density (SD) levels were evaluated in 280 basal segments among the DE group (140 PB segments for each energy level from 40 to 100 keV; and 140 reference segments), and in 40 basal segments (at the same locations) among the SE group. Among the DE group, myocardial SD levels and myocardial SD ratio evaluated at the reference segment were higher at low energy levels, with significantly lower SD levels at increasing energy levels. Myocardial signal-to-noise ratio was not significantly influenced by the energy level applied, although 70 keV was identified as the energy level with the best overall signal-to-noise ratio. Significant differences were identified between the PB segment and the reference segment among the lower energy levels, whereas at ≥70 keV myocardial SD levels were similar. Compared to DE reconstructions at the best energy level (70 keV), SE acquisitions showed no significant differences overall regarding myocardial SD levels among the reference segments. Conclusions BHA that influence the assessment of myocardial perfusion can be attenuated using DE at 70 keV or higher. PMID:25774354

  10. The allometric model in chronic myocardial infarction

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    2012-01-01

    Background An allometric relationship between different electrocardiogram (ECG) parameters and infarcted ventricular mass was assessed in a myocardial infarction (MI) model in New Zealand rabbits. Methods A total of fifteen animals were used, out of which ten underwent left anterior descending coronary artery ligation to induce infarction (735% area). Myocardial infarction (MI) evolved and stabilized during a three month-period, after which, rabbits were sacrificed and the injured area was histologically confirmed. Right before sacrifice, ECGs were obtained to correlate several of its parameters to the infarcted mass. The latter was normalized after combining data from planimetry measurements and heart weight. The following ECG parameters were studied: RR and PR intervals, P-wave duration (PD), QRS duration (QRSD) and amplitude (QRSA), Q-wave (QA), R-wave (RA) and S-wave (SA) amplitudes, T-wave peak amplitude (TA), the interval from the peak to the end of the T-wave (TPE), ST-segment deviation (STA), QT interval (QT), corrected QT and JT intervals. Corrected QT was analyzed with different correction formulae, i.e., Bazett (QTB), Framingham (QTFRA), Fridericia (QTFRI), Hodge (QTHO) and Matsunaga (QTMA) and compared thereafter. The former variables and infarcted ventricular mass were then fitted to the allometric equation in terms of deviation from normality, in turn derived after ECGs in 5 healthy rabbits. Results Six variables (JT, QTB, QA, SA, TA and STA) presented statistical differences among leads. QT showed the best allometric fit (r?=?0.78), followed by TA (r?=?0.77), STA (r?=?0.75), QTFRA (r?=?0.72), TPE (r?=?0.69), QTFRI (r?=?0.68) and QTMA (r?=?0.68). Corrected QTs (QTFRA, QTFRI and QTMA) performed worse than the uncorrected counterpart (QT), the former scaling allometrically with similar goodness of fits. Conclusions QT, TA, STA and TPE could possibly be used to assess infarction extent in an old MI event through the allometric model as a first approach. Moreover, the TPE also produced a good allometric scaling, leading to the potential existence of promising allometric indexes to diagnose malignant arrhythmias. PMID:22578057

  11. Detection of multivessel disease in patients with sustained myocardial infarction by thallium 201 myocardial scintigraphy: No additional value of quantitative analysis

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    Niemeyer, M.G.; Pauwels, E.K.; van der Wall, E.E.; Cramer, M.J.; Verzijlbergen, J.F.; Zwinderman, A.H.; Ascoop, C.A. )

    1989-01-01

    This study was performed to determine the value of visual and quantitative thallium 201 scintigraphy for the detection of multivessel disease in 67 patients with a sustained transmural myocardial infarction. Also the viability of the myocardial regions corresponding to pathologic Q-waves was evaluated. Of the 67 patients, 51 patients had multivessel coronary artery disease (76%). The sensitivity of the exercise test was 53%, of thallium scintigraphy 69%, when interpreted visually, and 67%, when analysed quantitatively. The specificity of these methods was 69%, 56%, and 50%, respectively. Sixty-two infarct-related flow regions were detected by visual analysis of the thallium scans, total redistribution was observed in 11/62 (18%) of patients, partial redistribution in 26/62 (42%), and no redistribution in 25/62 (40%) of patients. The infarct-related areas with total redistribution on the thallium scintigrams were more likely to be associated with normal or hypokinetic wall motion (7/11: 64%) than the areas with a persistent defect (7/25:28%) (P = 0.05), which were more related with akinetic or dyskinetic wall motion. Based on our results, it is concluded that (1) both visual and quantitative analysis of thallium exercise scintigraphy have limited value to predict the presence or absence of multivessel coronary artery disease in patients with sustained myocardial infarction, and (2) exercise-induced thallium redistribution may occur within the infarct zone, suggesting the presence of viable but jeopardized myocardium in presumed fibrotic myocardial areas.

  12. Selective Inhibition of the Master Regulator Transcription Factor Egr?1 With Catalytic Oligonucleotides Reduces Myocardial Injury and Improves Left Ventricular Systolic Function in a Preclinical Model of Myocardial Infarction

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    Rayner, Benjamin S.; Figtree, Gemma A.; Sabaretnam, Tharani; Shang, Ping; Mazhar, Jawad; Weaver, James C.; Lay, William N.; Witting, Paul K.; Hunyor, Stephen N.; Grieve, Stuart M.; Khachigian, Levon M.; Bhindi, Ravinay

    2013-01-01

    Background Egr?1 is implicated in the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemiareperfusion injury. The aim of this study was to ascertain the effectiveness of intracoronary delivery of DNAzyme targeting the transcription factor Egr?1 at reperfusion following experimental myocardial ischemia. Methods and Results Functional DNAzyme targeting Egr?1 or a size?matched scrambled control were delivered via the intracoronary route immediately on reperfusion after 60 minutes' balloon occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery in a pig model of myocardial I/R injury (n=7 per treatment group). Heart function and extent of myocardial infarction were determined following intervention by echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, respectively. Hearts were removed and examined for molecular and histological markers of inflammation and apoptosis. Administration of functional DNAzyme led to an overall decrease in the expression of inflammatory markers including intracellular adhesion molecule?1, tissue factor, and complement 3, with associated decreases in the extent of neutrophil infiltration, oxidative damage, and subsequent apoptosis within the infarct border zone. Functional significance was indicated by an increase in salvaged left ventricular myocardium (P=0.012), ejection fraction (P=0.002), and fractional area change (P=0.039) in the functional DNAzymetreated group compared with the control. Conclusions Egr?1 silencing through intracoronary delivery of a targeting DNAzyme at the time of reperfusion following acute myocardial ischemia decreases myocardial inflammation and apoptosis leading to improved cardiac function. PMID:23902638

  13. Acute myocardial infarction

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    Domes, Trustin; Szafran, Olga; Bilous, Cheryl; Olson, Odell; Spooner, G. Richard

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To assess the quality of care of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in a rural health region. DESIGN Clinical audit employing multiple explicit criteria of care elements for emergency department and in-hospital AMI management. The audit was conducted using retrospective chart review. SETTING Twelve acute care health centres and hospitals in the East Central Health Region, a rural health region in Alberta, where medical and surgical services are provided almost entirely by family physicians. PARTICIPANTS Hospital inpatients with a confirmed discharge diagnosis of AMI (ICD-9-CM codes 410.xx) during the period April 1, 2001, to March 31, 2002, were included (177 confirmed cases). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Quality of AMI care was assessed using guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association and the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team and Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Quality of care indicators at three stages of patient care were assessed: at initial recognition and AMI management in the emergency department, during in-hospital AMI management, and at preparation for discharge from hospital. RESULTS In the emergency department, the quality of care was high for most procedural and therapeutic audit elements, with the exception of rapid electrocardiography, urinalysis, and provision of nitroglycerin and morphine. Average door-to-needle time for thrombolysis was 102.5 minutes. The quality of in-hospital care was high for most elements, but low for nitroglycerin and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, daily electrocardiography, and counseling regarding smoking cessation and diet. Few patients received counseling for lifestyle changes at hospital discharge. Male and younger patients were treated more aggressively than female and older patients. Sites that used care protocols achieved better results in initial AMI management than sites that did not. Stress testing was not readily available in the rural region studied. CONCLUSION Quality of care for patients with AMI in this rural health region was high for most guideline elements. Standing orders, protocols, and checklists could improve care. Training and resource issues will need to be addressed to improve access to stress testing for rural patients. Clinical audit should be at the core of a system for local monitoring of quality of care. PMID:16926968

  14. Myocardial infarction in women.

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    Johansson, S; Vedin, A; Wilhelmsson, C

    1983-01-01

    In the industrialized countries, the incidence and mortality of myocardial infarction (MI) in young women is much lower than in men of equal ages. This difference decreases with advancing age without any abrupt change at menopause. Scotland and Northern Ireland have the highest mortality rates from coronary heart disease in women, and Scotland the highest in men. Studies on the age variation of the sex ratio based on vital statistics have suggested that male behavior may make a contribution to the elevated mortality in males compared to females regarding not only coronary heart disease but also other causes of death. Studies have shown that uncomplicated angina pectoris has the highest incidence of the various coronary disease manifestations in women. Risk factors include hypertension, serum lipids, smoking, diabetes, obesity, oral contraceptive (OC) use, noncontraceptive estrogen use, and menopause. In a series of 145 women with MI and angina pectoris only 8% had been taking OCs at the time of onset of coronary heart disease. Evidence has been accumulating recently that women using OCs run a higher risk of coronary heart disease with the relative risk increasing with an increasing number of other factors, such as hyperlipemia, hypertension, and cigarette smoking. In 1 study the death rate from circulatory diseases in women who had used OCs was 5 times greater than that of controls who had never used OCs. These findings relate mainly to preparations containing 50 mcg of estrogen. The excess death rate increased with age up to 50 years and with smoking. OCs influence carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in ways similar to those induced by glucocorticoids such as impairment of oral glucose tolerance with hyperinsulinemia and elevated serum pyruvate levels. Serum cholesterol and serum triglyceride levels seem to remain relatively unchanged in OC users with a low estrogen content. In 1 study HDL cholesterol levels appeared to be directly related to the estrogen and conversely related to the progestogen content. OCs with both estrogens and progestogens have an intermediate effect on the level of HDL cholesterol. After menopause, estrogen use has not been conclusively linked with an increased risk, but the importance of estrogen in the causation of the disease should not be ignored. There is support for familial aggregation of coronary heart disease in women but the role of environmental and genetic contributions to this is unclear. Further studies are needed of the sex-related differences in coronary heart disease among men and women of various age groups so that understanding of basic disease factors may be gained. PMID:6357823

  15. Cooling wall

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    Nosenko, V.I.

    1995-07-01

    Protecting the shells of blast furnaces is being resolved by installing cast iron cooling plates. The cooling plates become non-operational in three to five years. The problem is that defects occur in manufacturing the cooling plates. With increased volume and intensity of work placed on blast furnaces, heat on the cast iron cooling plates reduces their reliability that limits the interim repair period of blast furnaces. Scientists and engineers from the Ukraine studied this problem for several years, developing a new method of cooling the blast furnace shaft called the cooling wall. Traditional cast iron plates were replaced by a screen of steel tubes, with the area between the tubes filled with fireproof concrete. Before placing the newly developed furnace shaft into operation, considerable work was completed such as theoretical calculations, design, research of temperature fields and tension. Continual testing over many years confirms the value of this research in operating blast furnaces. The cooling wall works with water cooling as well as vapor cooling and is operating in 14 blast furnaces in the Ukraine and two in Russia, and has operated for as long as 14 years.

  16. Myocardial contusion following nonfatal blunt chest trauma

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    Kumar, S.A.; Puri, V.K.; Mittal, V.K.; Cortez, J.

    1983-04-01

    Currently available diagnostic techniques for myocardial contusion following blunt chest trauma were evaluated. We investigated 30 patients prospectively over a period of 1 year for the presence of myocardial contusion. Among the 30 patients, eight were found to have myocardial contusion on the basis of abnormal electrocardiograms, elevated creatine phosphokinase MB fraction (CPK-MB), and positive myocardial scan. Myocardial scan was positive in seven of eight patients (87.5%). CPK-MB fraction was elevated in four of eight patients (50%). Definitive electrocardiographic changes were seen in only two of eight patients (25%). It appears that myocardial scan using technetium pyrophosphate and CPK-MB fraction determinations are the most reliable aids in diagnosis of myocardial contusion following blunt chest trauma.

  17. Cardiac imaging and myocardial kinetics of technetium-tertiary butyl-isonitrile during dipyridamole-induced hyperemia

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    Okada, R.D.; Williams, S.J.; Glover, D.K.; Dragatokis, D.

    1988-10-01

    To determine the myocardial kinetics of technetium-tertiary-butyl-isonitrile (Tc-TBI) during dipyridamole-induced hyperemia, the circumflex coronary arteries (LCX) of 15 dogs were partially occluded. Dipyridamole was then infused intravenously over 4 minutes, creating hyperemic flows in the anterior descending (LAD) coronary system. Tc-TBI was administered, then LAD and LCX regional myocardial Tc-TBI activities were continuously monitored with miniature detectors and gamma camera imaging over 3 hours. Microsphere-determined regional myocardial blood flows demonstrated an LCX/LAD flow ratio of 0.81 +/- 0.21 at rest and 0.45 +/- 0.24 (SD) during dipyridamole infusion. Three-hour fractional Tc-TBI clearance rates were minimal and were equal in the LAD (0.14 +/- 0.11) and LCX (0.13 +/- 0.12) zones (p = ns). Excellent gamma camera images, demonstrating the LCX defect, were obtained in all dogs. The correlation coefficient was 0.98 for regional myocardial blood flow vs initial Tc-TBI distribution. In conclusion: (1) Dipyridamole vasodilation unmasked coronary stenoses despite no flow disparities at rest. (2) The initial distribution of Tc-TBI is proportional to regional myocardial blood flow. (3) There is minimal washout and no redistribution into the initial defect over time, and thus image quality is stable over time. (4) Tc-TBI myocardial kinetics may be applicable to closely related agents currently being developed.

  18. Myocardial revascularization in Jehovah Witnesses.

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    Seifert, P E; Auer, J E; Hohensee, P

    1989-04-01

    The refusal of certain patients to accept blood transfusions need not be a deterrent to surgery. We report on nine Jehovah's Witnesses who over a one-year period underwent myocardial revascularization without significant blood loss or decrease in hematocrit values. PMID:2786287

  19. Spousal Adjustment to Myocardial Infarction.

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    Ziglar, Elisa J.

    This paper reviews the literature on the stresses and coping strategies of spouses of patients with myocardial infarction (MI). It attempts to identify specific problem areas of adjustment for the spouse and to explore the effects of spousal adjustment on patient recovery. Chapter one provides an overview of the importance in examining the…

  20. Regional myocardial extraction of a radioiodinated branched chain fatty acid during right ventricular pressure overload due to acute pulmonary hypertension

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    Hurford, W.; Lowenstein, E.; Zapol, W.; Barlai-Kovach, M.; Livni, E.; Elmaleh, D.R.; Strauss, H.W.

    1985-05-01

    To determine whether branched chain fatty acid extraction is reduced during right ventricular (RV) dysfunction due to acute pulmonary artery hypertension, studies were done in 6 anesthetized dogs. Regional branched chain fatty acid extraction was measured by comparing the myocardial uptake of I-125 labeled 15-(p-(iodophenyl))-3-methylpentadecanoic acid (I-PDA) to myocardial blood flow. Acute pulmonary hypertension was induced by incremental intravenous injection of 100 micron diameter glass beads into six pentobarbital anesthetized, mechanically ventilated dogs. Myocardial blood flow was measured by radiolabeled microspheres both under baseline conditions and during pulmonary hypertension. Mean RV pressure rose from 12 +- 2 (mean +- SEM) to 30 +-3mmHg resulting in a 225 +- 16% increase in RV stroke work. RV ejection fraction, as assessed by gated blood pool scans fell from 39 +- 2 to 18 +- 2%. Left ventricular (LV) pressures, stroke work and ejection fraction were unchanged. Myocardial blood flow increased 132 + 59% in the RV free wall and 67 +- 22% in the RV septum. LV blood flow was unchanged. Despite increased RV work and myocardial blood flow, no differences were noted in the branched chain fatty acid extraction ratios among LV or RV free walls or septum. The authors conclude that early RV dysfunction associated with pulmonary artery hypertension is not due to inadequate myocardial blood flow or branched chain fatty acid extraction.

  1. Salmonella Urosepsis Complicated by Metastatic osteomyelitis of the Chest Wall.

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    Vartian

    1997-09-01

    Although tens of thousands of Salmonella infections occur annually in this country, most involve the gastrointestinal tract with involvement of the urinary tract being quite infrequent.1-3 I would like to report a case of urosepsis due to Salmonella with eventual development of metastatic osteomyelitis of a rib that proved refractory to treatment. A 59-year-old Latin American male who resided in the Texas Rio Grande Valley presented to an emergency room with inability to void, having first noted a decreased urinary stream and dribbling a few months earlier. In-and-out bladder catheterization yielded 700 cc of urine, and he was sent out on co-trimoxazole one double-strength tablet twice daily. The patient returned within several hours, again unable to void, and a Foley catheter was inserted draining 1100 cc of urine. The patient was admitted for further evaluation. Past history was notable for long-standing inflammatory arthritis treated with injectable gold, hydroxychloroquine and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. He had previously undergone left shoulder replacement and synovectomy of both knees. Diabetes mellitus was diagnosed 6 years earlier and treated with oral hypoglycemic agents. The patient denied any gastrointestinal complaints. Examination was notable for a temperature of 102.4 degreesF and obvious sequelae of long-standing rheumatoid arthritis. The abdomen was entirely benign, but rectal examination revealed an enlarged, nontender prostate. White blood cell count was 11,200/mm3. Urinalysis revealed 10-12 white blood cells per high power field and 15-20 red blood cells per high power field. Two blood cultures from admission grew Salmonella species sensitive to all antibiotics. Urine cultured at the time of admission remained sterile. The patient was treated initially with tobramycin and ciprofloxacin and was changed to ceftriaxone 1 g intravenously every 12 hr when the Salmonella was identified. Ultrasound examination confirmed an enlarged prostate but disclosed no ureteral or renal abnormalities. Intravenous pyelogram also revealed the enlarged prostate but was otherwise unremarkable. On the ninth hospital day a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) was performed with histologic evidence of abscesses containing acute inflammatory cells in the resected tissue. The tissue itself was culture negative. He gradually defervesced and completed a 14-day course of parenteral therapy. The patient did well for about 6 months at which point he developed anterior chest wall pain for which he applied a heating pad. A second degree burn developed which ulcerated and began to drain. Culture revealed Salmonella species with a similar sensitivity pattern as the previous isolate. Local care as well as courses of oral ciprofloxacin and chloramphenicol failed to eradicate the drainage. The patient underwent surgical excision of the sinus tract 11 months after the initial bacteremia. Surgical specimens again grew Salmonella. Unfortunately, neither this nor the previous chest wall isolate was saved for further analysis. The area continued to drain and bone scan was consistent with osteomyelitis of the left sixth rib. Ceftriaxone 2 g intravenously per day was begun. The following month (16 months after the initial bacteremia) the patient underwent extensive debridement of the anterior chest wall with removal of the sixth and seventh ribs, and closure via a pectoralis myocutaneous flap. Forty-eight hours postoperatively, the patient suffered an acute myocardial infarction and expired. Postmortem revealed severe coronary artery disease. No additional focus of Salmonella infection was found. PMID:9815503

  2. Biomarkers in acute myocardial infarction

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    2010-01-01

    Myocardial infarction causes significant mortality and morbidity. Timely diagnosis allows clinicians to risk stratify their patients and select appropriate treatment. Biomarkers have been used to assist with timely diagnosis, while an increasing number of novel markers have been identified to predict outcome following an acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome. This may facilitate tailoring of appropriate therapy to high-risk patients. This review focuses on a variety of promising biomarkers which provide diagnostic and prognostic information. Heart-type Fatty Acid Binding Protein and copeptin in combination with cardiac troponin help diagnose myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome in the early hours following symptoms. An elevated N-Terminal Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide has been well validated to predict death and heart failure following a myocardial infarction. Similarly other biomarkers such as Mid-regional pro-Atrial Natriuretic Peptide, ST2, C-Terminal pro-endothelin 1, Mid-regional pro-Adrenomedullin and copeptin all provide incremental information in predicting death and heart failure. Growth differentiation factor-15 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein predict death following an acute coronary syndrome. Pregnancy associated plasma protein A levels following chest pain predicts risk of myocardial infarction and revascularisation. Some biomarkers such as myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in an apparently healthy population predicts risk of coronary disease and allows clinicians to initiate early preventative treatment. In addition to biomarkers, various well-validated scoring systems based on clinical characteristics are available to help clinicians predict mortality risk, such as the Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction score and Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events score. A multimarker approach incorporating biomarkers and clinical scores will increase the prognostic accuracy. However, it is important to note that only troponin has been used to direct therapeutic intervention and none of the new prognostic biomarkers have been tested and proven to alter outcome of therapeutic intervention. Novel biomarkers have improved prediction of outcome in acute myocardial infarction, but none have been demonstrated to alter the outcome of a particular therapy or management strategy. Randomised trials are urgently needed to address this translational gap before the use of novel biomarkers becomes common practice to facilitate tailored treatment following an acute coronary event. PMID:20529285

  3. Myocardial blood flow during induced aortic hypertension in dogs

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    Thai, B.N.; Levesque, M.J.; Nerem, R.M.

    1986-03-01

    Myocardial blood flow was measured in anesthetized dogs during control conditions and under conditions where the aortic pressure was increased due to aortic constriction or during infusion. Blood flow was measured using the radioactive microsphere technique. Radioactive microspheres (15 m Ce-141, Sr-85, and Sc-46) were injected under control, aortic constriction and arterenol infusion in four dogs and under control conditions in two others. All microsphere injections were performed under stabilized conditions. It was found that coronary blood flow rose by 80% during aortic constriction and by 158% during arterenol infusion (P < 0.05). This increase in blood flow was not uniform throughout the heart, and higher increases were observed in the middle and apex regions of the left ventricle. Furthermore, under hypertension the increase in blood flow in LAD (left anterior descending) perfused territories was slightly higher than that in CFX (left circumflex) perfused territories.

  4. Noncompaction and embolic myocardial infarction: the importance of oral anticoagulation.

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    Pulignano, Giovanni; Tinti, Maria Denitza; Tolone, Stefano; Musto, Carmine; De Lio, Lucia; Pino, Paolo Giuseppe; Minardi, Giovanni; Violini, Roberto; Uguccioni, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC) is characterized by left ventricular (LV) hypertrabeculations and is associated with heart failure, arrhythmias and embolism. We report the case of a 67-year-old LVNC patient, under oral anticoagulation (OAC) therapy for apical thrombosis. After she discontinued OAC, the thrombus involved almost the whole of the left ventricle; in a few months her condition worsened, requiring hospitalization, and despite heparin infusion she experienced myocardial infarction (MI), caused by embolic occlusion of the left anterior descending artery. Although infrequent as a complication of LVNC, and usually attributable to microvascular dysfunction, in this case MI seems due to coronary thromboembolism from dislodged thrombotic material in the left ventricle. PMID:26162290

  5. Radioiodinated tracers for myocardial imaging

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    Kulkarni, P.V.; Corbett, J.R. )

    1990-04-01

    Recent advances in the efficient production of high purity radioiodine (123I) and new efficient radiolabeling techniques have allowed the development of new classes of cardiovascular radiopharmaceuticals. These include 123I-labeled fatty acids to assess myocardial metabolism, 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) for myocardial neuronal activity, labeled monoclonal antibodies for myocardial necrosis, and labeled lipoproteins for receptor concentration. 123I-labeled fatty acids and MIBG are under clinical investigation with encouraging results. 123I- and 111In-labeled fragments of monoclonal antibodies to myosin have been used for imaging myocardial necrosis in humans. The development of radiotracers for imaging of cholinergic and adrenergic receptors is still in the experimental stage. Recent advances in imaging instrumentation and radiopharmaceuticals have resulted in cardiac imaging applications beyond blood pool ventriculography, perfusion, and infarct-avid imaging. Developments of radioiodine (123I)-labeled agents promise to play an important role in the assessment of myocardial metabolism, neuronal activity, and receptor concentration. The chemistry of iodine is well defined compared with that of 99mTc; therefore, iodine isotopes are well suited for labeling biologically important molecules. Among the iodine isotopes, 123I has nearly ideal nuclear properties for nuclear medical applications with a 13.3-hour half-life (T1/2) and 159 keV gamma emission (83%). Despite the nearly ideal chemical and nuclear properties of 123I, the widespread application of 123I-based radiopharmaceuticals in clinical practice has been limited by high production costs (123I is produced in a cyclotron), relatively limited availability, and the presence of undesirable radionuclidic impurities (124I, T1/2 = 4.2 days; 125I, T1/2 = 60 days; 126I, T1/2 = 13.1 days). 77 references.

  6. Genomics and anterior segment dysgenesis: a review.

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    Ito, Yoko A; Walter, Michael A

    2014-01-01

    Anterior segment dysgenesis refers to a spectrum of disorders affecting structures in the anterior segment of the eye including the iris, cornea and trabecular meshwork. Approximately 50% of patients with anterior segment dysgenesis develop glaucoma. Traditional genetic methods using linkage analysis and family-based studies have identified numerous disease-causing genes such as PAX6, FOXC1 and PITX2. Despite these advances, phenotypic and genotypic heterogeneity pose continuing challenges to understand the mechanisms underlying the complexity of anterior segment dysgenesis disorders. Genomic methods, such as genome-wide association studies, are potentially an effective tool to understand anterior segment dysgenesis and the individual susceptibility to the development of glaucoma. In this review, we provide the rationale, as well as the challenges, to utilizing genomic methods to examine anterior segment dysgenesis disorders. PMID:24433355

  7. Wall to Wall Optimal Transport

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    Chini, Gregory P.; Hassanzadeh, Pedram; Doering, Charles R.

    2013-11-01

    How much heat can be transported between impermeable fixed-temperature walls by incompressible flows with a given amount of kinetic energy or enstrophy? What do the optimal velocity fields look like? We employ variational calculus to address these questions in the context of steady 2D flows. The resulting nonlinear Euler-Lagrange equations are solved numerically, and in some cases analytically, to find the maximum possible Nusselt number Nu as a function of the Pclect number Pe , a measure of the flow's energy or enstrophy. We find that in the fixed-energy problem Nu ~ Pe , while in the fixed-enstrophy problem Nu ~ Pe 10 / 17 . In both cases, the optimal flow consists of an array of convection cells with aspect ratio ? (Pe) . Interpreting our results in terms of the Rayleigh number Ra for relevant buoyancy-driven problems, we find Nu <= 1 + 0 . 035 Ra and ? ~ Ra - 1 / 2 for porous medium convection (which occurs with fixed energy), and Nu <= 1 + 0 . 115 Ra 5 / 12 and ? ~ Ra - 1 / 4 for Rayleigh-Bnard convection (which occurs with fixed enstrophy and for free-slip walls). This work was supported by NSF awards PHY-0855335, DMS-0927587, and PHY-1205219 (CRD) and DMS-0928098 (GPC). Much of this work was completed at the 2012 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

  8. Anterior Cruciate: Methods of Physical Examination

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    Grant, John; Kirby, R. Lee

    1982-01-01

    Tear of the anterior cruciate ligament is a common, serious injury. Since the long-range consequences of uncorrected anterior cruciate incompetence are better understood, and surgical and rehabilitative measures improved, early accurate diagnosis is increasingly important. Besides a careful history, diagnosis requires the use of specific physical examination methods to reproduce the symptomatic subluxation (anterior shift or internal rotation) and to assess functional performance of the knee. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3 PMID:21286055

  9. Concomitant anterior and posterior infantile perianal protrusions.

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    Leung, Alexander K C

    2010-02-01

    Infantile perianal protrusion is characterized by asymptomatic pyramidal protrusion with a rose-red or purplish red surface along the midline, usually anterior to the anus. The protrusion is usually solitary. Two girls are reported with concomitant anterior and posterior infantile perianal pyramidal protrusions and a history of constipation. The occurrence of concomitant anterior and posterior infantile perianal pyramidal protrusions has not been reported previously. PMID:20191927

  10. Thallium-201 myocardial imaging in young adults with anomalous left coronary artery arising from the pulmonary artery

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    Moodie, D.S.; Cook, S.A.; Gill, C.C.; Napoli, C.A.

    1980-11-01

    Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (Bland-Garland-White syndrome) may produce myocardial ischemia, infarction, and frequently death in infancy. Some patients, however, develop satisfactory coronary artery collaterals and are relatively asymptomatic into adulthood. Very little is known about their myocardial perfusion patterns. We studied three young adults with this condition using stress thallium-201 myocardial imaging. Electrocardiograms in two patients demonstrated old arterolateral myocardial infarctions. Preoperative stress exercise tests were positive in all three patients. Marked perfusion abnormalities were found in the proximal anterolateral wall in all patients, and one patient also had a posterolateral defect. Postoperatively, all stress tests returned to normal. Thallium imaging demonstrated improvement in ischemic areas, but old scars persisted.

  11. [Acute myocardial infarct in a 14-year-old girl treated with contraceptives. Coronary arteriography and immediate thrombolytic therapy].

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    Verna, E; Repetto, S; Lu, G Q

    1989-05-01

    A 14 year old girl on oral contraceptive treatment for menstrual disorders, was admitted with an acute anterior myocardial infarction and underwent immediate coronary arteriography and intracoronary thrombolysis (urokinase 350,000 units) within 4 hours of the onset of symptoms. A segmental occlusion of the left anterior descending artery with no evidence of coronary atherosclerosis elsewhere was shown. A successful re-canalization was documented after fibrinolytic therapy. The present is the first reported case, in a patient of this age, with an angiographic demonstration during the acute phase of the thromboembolic pathogenesis of myocardial infarction in contraceptive users. The potential benefit of early thrombolytic treatment in this rare clinical setting is thus suggested. PMID:2767375

  12. Acute Myocardial Infarction following a possible direct intravenous bite of Russells viper (Daboia russelli)

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    2012-01-01

    Background Russells viper (Daboia russelli) bites lead to high morbidity and mortality in South Asia. Although variety of clinical manifestations is reported in viper bite victims, myocardial ischemic events are rare. Case presentation We report a unique case of inferior wall ST elevation myocardial infarction due to a Russells viper bite over a vein with possible direct intravenous envenoming, in a young male with no past history or family history suggestive of ischemic cardiac disease, from Sri Lanka. In addition, the possible mechanisms of myocardial ischemia in snake bite victims are also briefly discussed. Conclusion Importance of the awareness of physicians on the rare, yet fatal manifestations of snake envenoming is highlighted. PMID:22971617

  13. Multimodality Imaging in the Assessment of the Physiological Significance of Myocardial Bridging.

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    Uusitalo, Valtteri; Saraste, Antti; Knuuti, Juhani

    2016-01-01

    In myocardial bridging (MB) a segment of the coronary artery is covered by the myocardium. MB can be seen as a systolic compression by invasive coronary angiography (ICA) or as an intramural course by computed tomography angiography (CTA). Intramural course is a common incidental finding in CTA studies. Only minority of the bridging segments are associated with systolic compression causing a possible impairment of myocardial perfusion. The relationship between myocardial blood flow and MB is complex and poorly evaluated by anatomic imaging. Furthermore, provocation tests are frequently needed to uncover systolic compression. Fractional flow reserve can be used to assess the hemodynamic significance of MB. Nuclear perfusion imaging can demonstrate flow abnormalities associated with MB. Stress echocardiography can demonstrate ischemic wall motion abnormalities. They can be complemented by hybrid imaging with CTA to distinguish epicardial coronary artery disease and MB. This article will review different imaging modalities for the evaluation of the physiologic significance of MB. PMID:26694724

  14. Acute myopericarditis in an adolescent mimicking acute myocardial infarction.

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    Sharma, Jayendra; Fernandes, Nithi; Alvarez, Dora; Khanna, Shefali

    2015-06-01

    Acute myopericarditis is primarily a pericarditic syndrome with variable myocardial involvement, as evidenced by elevated cardiac enzymes. It is a rare entity, exclusively seen in male adolescents and accounts for less than 2% of the cases of inpatient admissions for chest pain/pericarditis in the pediatric age group. The electrocardiographic changes of pericarditis include J point/ST segment elevation, which needs to be differentiated from the benign early repolarization pattern that is common in young adolescents and the subtle anterior ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Differentiating acute myopericarditis from acute coronary syndromes can be challenging because they share the presenting triad of acute chest pain, ST segment changes, and elevated cardiac enzymes. The accurate distinction of myopericarditis from acute myocarditis or acute coronary syndrome is important because of their differences in risk for specific complications, prognosis, and treatment implications. We present a case of acute myopericarditis in an adolescent who presented with atypical precordial chest pain, accompanied by inferolateral focal electrocardiographic changes and significant elevation of cardiac enzymes. The differential diagnosis and management of myopericarditis is reviewed with a focus on electrocardiographic changes and troponin assays. PMID:25229187

  15. Mechanical Complications of Myocardial InfarctionRadiologic Aspects

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    Keene, Richard J.; Raphael, M. J.

    1970-01-01

    Left ventricular aneurysm, interventricular septal defect and acute mitral valve incompetence due to papillary muscle damage are three mechanical complications which cause intractable heart failure following myocardial infarction. In each case surgical intervention can result in dramatic improvement of congestive heart failure. A hemodynamically significant left ventricular aneurysm enlarges the cardiac silhouette and frequently causes a localized protrusion as seen radiographically. Cardiac fluoroscopy will disclose an abnormal pulsation of the left ventricular border. The left ventricular angiogram establishes the diagnosis, reveals the extent of the aneurysm and may disclose a filling defect in the aneurysmal sac due to the presence of mural thrombus. Coronary arteriography shows occlusion of a major vessel, most commonly the anterior descending branch of the left coronary artery. Ischemic perforation of the interventricular septum and acute mitral incompetence due to severe papillary muscle damage both cause severe heart failure shortly after myocardial infarction. A similar pansystolic murmur accompanies both conditions, and differentiation between the two is rarely possible on the basis of the electrocardiogram or x-ray film of the chest. Ventricular cardiac catheterization and left ventricular angiocardiography are required for a correct diagnosis. ImagesFigure 1.Figure 2.Figure 3. PMID:5457510

  16. Lactation protects against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats.

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    Shekarforoush, S; Safari, F

    2015-12-01

    Some researchers have reported that lactation is effective in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether lactation may improve intrinsic tolerance against ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury. The rats were randomly divided into two groups (n = 8 in each group). In the lactation (Lact) group, the surgery was performed on postpartum day 21 (at the end of lactation period) and the results were compared with those of virgin female rats (control group). Cardiac IR injury was induced by means of left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion for 30 min followed by reperfusion for 120 min. Infarct size was measured using the staining agent 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride. At the end of the experiment, Mean arterial pressure in the control group was significantly lower than that in the Lact group. Myocardial infarct size was significantly reduced in the Lact group (23 3% vs. 45 8%, p < 0.05 in the control group). Lactation reduced the extent of myocardial injury induced by ischemia and reperfusion. So, lactation may increase cardiac tolerance to ischemic injury. PMID:26690029

  17. Amniotic fluid stem cells are cardioprotective following acute myocardial infarction.

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    Bollini, Sveva; Cheung, King K; Riegler, Johannes; Dong, Xuebin; Smart, Nicola; Ghionzoli, Marco; Loukogeorgakis, Stavros P; Maghsoudlou, Panagiotis; Dub, Karina N; Riley, Paul R; Lythgoe, Mark F; De Coppi, Paolo

    2011-11-01

    In recent years, various types of stem cells have been characterized and their potential for cardiac regeneration has been investigated. We have previously described the isolation of broadly multipotent cells from amniotic fluid, defined as amniotic fluid stem (AFS) cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic potential of human AFS cells (hAFS) in a model of acute myocardial infarction. Wistar rats underwent 30?min of ischemia by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery, followed by administration of hAFS cells and 2?h of reperfusion. Infarct size was assessed by 2,3,5-triphenyltetrazolium chloride staining and planimetry. hAFS cells were also analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to detect secretion of putative paracrine factors, such as the actin monomer-binding protein thymosin ?4 (T?4). The systemic injection of hAFS cells and their conditioned medium (hAFS-CM) was cardioprotective, improving myocardial cell survival and decreasing the infarct size from 53.9%2.3% (control animals receiving phosphate-buffered saline injection) to 40.0%3.0% (hAFS cells) and 39.7%2.5% (hAFS-CM, P<0.01). In addition, hAFS cells were demonstrated to secrete T?4, previously shown to be both cardioprotective and proangiogenic. Our results suggest that AFS cells have therapeutic potential in the setting of acute myocardial infarction, which may be mediated through paracrine effectors such as T?4. Therefore, AFS cells might represent a novel source for cell therapy and cell transplantation strategies in repair following ischemic heart disease, with a possible paracrine mechanism of action and a potential molecular candidate for acute cardioprotection. PMID:21534857

  18. Magnetic Resonance Elastography as a Method to Estimate Myocardial Contractility

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    Kolipaka, Arunark; Aggarwal, Shivani R.; McGee, Kiaran P.; Anavekar, Nandan; Manduca, Armando; Ehman, Richard L.; Araoz, Philip A.

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To determine whether increasing epinephrine infusion in an in-vivo pig model is associated with an increase in end-systolic magnetic resonance elastography (MRE)-derived effective stiffness. Methods Finite element modeling (FEM) was performed to determine range of myocardial wall thicknesses that could be used for analysis. Then MRE was performed on 5-pigs to measure the end-systolic effective stiffness with epinephrine infusion. Epinephrine was continuously infused intravenously in each pig to increase the heart-rate in increments of 20%. For each such increase end-systolic effective stiffness was measured using MRE. In each pig, Students t-test was used to compare effective end-systolic stiffness at baseline and at initial infusion of epinephrine. Least-square linear regression was performed to determine the correlation between normalized end-systolic effective stiffness and increase in heart-rate with epinephrine infusion. Results FEM showed that phase gradient inversion could be performed on wall thickness ~?1.5cm. In pigs, effective end-systolic stiffness significantly increased from baseline to the first infusion in all pigs (p=0.047). A linear correlation was found between normalized effective end-systolic stiffness and percent increase in heart-rate by epinephrine infusion with R2 ranging from 0.860.99 in 4-pigs. In one of the pigs the R2 value was 0.1. A linear correlation with R2=0.58 was found between normalized effective end-systolic stiffness and percent increase in heart-rate when pooling data points from all pigs. Conclusion Noninvasive MRE-derived end-systolic effective myocardial stiffness may be a surrogate for myocardial contractility. PMID:22334349

  19. Detection of Cardiac Function Abnormality from MRI Images Using Normalized Wall Thickness Temporal Patterns

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    Wael, Mai; Fahmy, Ahmed S.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose. To develop a method for identifying abnormal myocardial function based on studying the normalized wall motion pattern during the cardiac cycle. Methods. The temporal pattern of the normalized myocardial wall thickness is used as a feature vector to assess the cardiac wall motion abnormality. Principal component analysis is used to reduce the feature dimensionality and the maximum likelihood method is used to differentiate between normal and abnormal features. The proposed method was applied on a dataset of 27 cases from normal subjects and patients. Results. The developed method achieved 81.5%, 85%, and 88.5% accuracy for identifying abnormal contractility in the basal, midventricular, and apical slices, respectively. Conclusions. A novel feature vector, namely, the normalized wall thickness, has been introduced for detecting myocardial regional wall motion abnormality. The proposed method provides assessment of the regional myocardial contractility for each cardiac segment and slice; therefore, it could be a valuable tool for automatic and fast determination of regional wall motion abnormality from conventional cine MRI images.

  20. Early detection of acute transmural myocardial ischemia by the phasic systolic-diastolic changes of local tissue electrical impedance.

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    Jorge, Esther; Amorós-Figueras, Gerard; García-Sánchez, Tomás; Bragós, Ramón; Rosell-Ferrer, Javier; Cinca, Juan

    2016-02-01

    Myocardial electrical impedance is influenced by the mechanical activity of the heart. Therefore, the ischemia-induced mechanical dysfunction may cause specific changes in the systolic-diastolic pattern of myocardial impedance, but this is not known. This study aimed to analyze the phasic changes of myocardial resistivity in normal and ischemic conditions. Myocardial resistivity was measured continuously during the cardiac cycle using 26 different simultaneous excitation frequencies (1 kHz-1 MHz) in 7 anesthetized open-chest pigs. Animals were submitted to 30 min regional ischemia by acute left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion. The electrocardiogram, left ventricular (LV) pressure, LV dP/dt, and aortic blood flow were recorded simultaneously. Baseline myocardial resistivity depicted a phasic pattern during the cardiac cycle with higher values at the preejection period (4.19 ± 1.09% increase above the mean, P < 0.001) and lower values during relaxation phase (5.01 ± 0.85% below the mean, P < 0.001). Acute coronary occlusion induced two effects on the phasic resistivity curve: 1) a prompt (5 min ischemia) holosystolic resistivity rise leading to a bell-shaped waveform and to a reduction of the area under the LV pressure-impedance curve (1,427 ± 335 vs. 757 ± 266 Ω·cm·mmHg, P < 0.01, 41 kHz) and 2) a subsequent (5-10 min ischemia) progressive mean resistivity rise (325 ± 23 vs. 438 ± 37 Ω·cm at 30 min, P < 0.01, 1 kHz). The structural and mechanical myocardial dysfunction induced by acute coronary occlusion can be recognized by specific changes in the systolic-diastolic myocardial resistivity curve. Therefore these changes may become a new indicator (surrogate) of evolving acute myocardial ischemia. PMID:26608340

  1. The effect of levosimendan on myocardial ischemia–reperfusion injury in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats

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    Kiraz, Hasan Ali; Poyraz, Fatih; Kip, Gülay; Erdem, Özlem; Alkan, Metin; Arslan, Mustafa; Özer, Abdullah; Şivgin, Volkan; Çomu, Faruk Metin

    2015-01-01

    Objective Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is an important cause of myocardial damage by means of oxidative, inflammatory, and apoptotic mechanisms. The aim of the present study was to examine the potential cardio protective effects of levosimendan in a diabetic rat model of myocardial I/R injury. Methods A total of 18 streptozotocin-induced diabetic Wistar Albino rats (55 mg/kg) were randomly divided into three equal groups as follows: the diabetic I/R group (DIR) in which myocardial I/R was induced following left thoracotomy, by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery for 60 min, followed by 2 h of reperfusion; the diabetic I/R levosimendan group (DIRL), which underwent I/R by the same method while taking levosimendan intraperitoneal 12 µg kg−1; and the diabetic control group (DC) which underwent sham operations without tightening of the coronary sutures. As a control group (C), six healthy age-matched Wistar Albino rats underwent sham operations similar to the DC group. Two hours after the operation, the rats were sacrificed and the myocardial tissue samples were examined by light microscopy for evidence of myonecrosis and inflammatory cell infiltration. Results Myonecrosis findings were significantly different among groups (p=0.008). Myonecrosis was more pronounced in the DIR group compared with the C, DC, and DIRL groups (p=0.001, p=0.007 and p=0.037, respectively). Similarly, the degree of inflammatory cell infiltration showed significant difference among groups (p<0.0001). Compared with C, DC, and DIRL groups, the inflammatory cell infiltration was significantly higher among the DIR group (p<0.0001, p<0.0001, and p=0.020, respectively). Also, myocardial tissue edema was significantly different among groups (p=0.006). The light microscopic myocardial tissue edema levels were significantly higher in the DIR group than the C, DC, and DIRL groups (p=0.001, p=0.037, and p=0.014, respectively). Conclusion Taken together, our data indicate that levosimendan may be helpful in reducing myocardial necrosis, myocardial inflammation, and myocardial tissue edema resulting from ischemia–reperfusion injury. PMID:26649830

  2. Baicalein, a Component of Scutellaria baicalensis, Attenuates Kidney Injury Induced by Myocardial Ischemia and Reperfusion.

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    Lai, Chang-Chi; Huang, Po-Hsung; Yang, An-Han; Chiang, Shu-Chiung; Tang, Chia-Yu; Tseng, Kuo-Wei; Huang, Cheng-Hsiung

    2016-02-01

    Acute kidney injury is a common and severe complication of acute myocardial infarction and cardiac surgery. It results in increased mortality, morbidity, and duration of hospitalization. Baicalein is a component of the root of Scutellaria baicalensis, which has traditionally been used to treat cardiovascular and liver diseases in Asia. In this study, we investigated whether baicalein can attenuate kidney injury induced by myocardial ischemia and reperfusion in rats. Myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, induced by a 40-minute occlusion and a 3-hour reperfusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery, significantly increased blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels in addition to causing histological changes in the kidneys. Kidney apoptosis was also significantly increased. Furthermore, myocardial ischemia and reperfusion significantly increased the serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1, and interleukin-6 as well as the tumor necrosis factor-α levels in the kidneys. Intravenous pretreatment with baicalein (in doses of 3, 10, or 30 mg/kg), however, significantly reduced the increases in the creatinine level, renal histological damage, and apoptosis induced by myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. In addition, the increases in the serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1, and interleukin-6, and of tumor necrosis factor-α in the kidneys were significantly reduced. Western blot analysis revealed that baicalein significantly increased Bcl-2 and reduced Bax in the kidneys. The phosphorylation of Akt and extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 was also significantly increased. In conclusion, baicalein significantly attenuates kidney injury induced by myocardial ischemia and reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms might be related to the inhibition of apoptosis, possibly through the reduction of tumor necrosis factor-α production, the modulation of Bcl-2 and Bax, and the activation of Akt and extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2. PMID:26550790

  3. Echocardiographic prediction of the final event in patients dying of acute myocardial infarction.

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    Mimo, R; Sparacino, L; Nicolosi, G L; Cervesato, E; Wei, D R; Grandis, U; Lestuzzi, C; Rellini, G L; Charmet, P A; Zanuttini, D

    1993-06-01

    From an autopsy series of 346 patients who died of acute myocardial infarction, we selected 36 cases for whom echocardiographic data preceding death were available: 17 cases died from a rupture of the left ventricular free wall (group A) and 19 from pump failure (group B). Our aim was to investigate whether any echocardiographic parameter could predict the final event. The total wall motion score, regional wall motion score index and percent of abnormally contracting myocardium were calculated. Diastolic and systolic volumes, ejection fraction and the eccentricity index, as a rough indicator of the left ventricular shape, were also estimated. Interventricular septum and posterior wall thicknesses were also measured. All measured parameters were similar in both groups except posterior wall thickness. Even though an unavoidable selection bias is present in our series, we failed to identify any echocardiographic predictor of the final event in this patient group. PMID:8325304

  4. LV wall segmentation using the variational level set method (LSM) with additional shape constraint for oedema quantification

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    Kadir, K.; Gao, H.; Payne, A.; Soraghan, J.; Berry, C.

    2012-10-01

    In this paper an automatic algorithm for the left ventricle (LV) wall segmentation and oedema quantification from T2-weighted cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images is presented. The extent of myocardial oedema delineates the ischaemic area-at-risk (AAR) after myocardial infarction (MI). Since AAR can be used to estimate the amount of salvageable myocardial post-MI, oedema imaging has potential clinical utility in the management of acute MI patients. This paper presents a new scheme based on the variational level set method (LSM) with additional shape constraint for the segmentation of T2-weighted CMR image. In our approach, shape information of the myocardial wall is utilized to introduce a shape feature of the myocardial wall into the variational level set formulation. The performance of the method is tested using real CMR images (12 patients) and the results of the automatic system are compared to manual segmentation. The mean perpendicular distances between the automatic and manual LV wall boundaries are in the range of 1-2 mm. Bland-Altman analysis on LV wall area indicates there is no consistent bias as a function of LV wall area, with a mean bias of -121 mm2 between individual investigator one (IV1) and LSM, and -122 mm2 between individual investigator two (IV2) and LSM when compared to two investigators. Furthermore, the oedema quantification demonstrates good correlation when compared to an expert with an average error of 9.3% for 69 slices of short axis CMR image from 12 patients.

  5. Effect of isolated proximal coronary stenotic lesions on distal myocardial perfusion during exercise

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    Nichols, A.B.; Buczek, J.A.; Schwann, T.A.; Esser, P.D.; Blood, D.K.

    1988-07-01

    This study tested the hypothesis that the absolute dimension of a coronary stenotic lesion is a more important determinant of its hemodynamic effect on regional myocardial perfusion during exercise than is relative percent stenosis. In 31 patients with an isolated lesion of the left anterior descending coronary artery, regional myocardial perfusion was determined from thallium-201 scans recorded in the left anterior oblique projection after symptom-limited treadmill exercise. Thallium-201 uptake in the distribution of the left anterior descending coronary artery was expressed as a ratio of thallium-201 uptake in the left circumflex artery distribution. Percent area stenosis, minimal cross-sectional area and mean diameter of each stenotic lesion were measured by computer-assisted cinevideodensitometric analysis of projected coronary arteriograms digitized in a 512 X 512 pixel matrix with 256 gray levels. Thallium-201 uptake in the left anterior descending coronary artery distribution, expressed as a ratio, correlated poorly (r = 0.65) with relative percent stenosis, but correlated significantly (r = 0.83; p less than 0.05) with absolute lesion area. For all 16 patients with reduced regional perfusion in the left anterior descending coronary artery distribution during exercise, lesion cross-sectional area was less than 1.8 mm2 (mean 0.9 +/- 0.6); for 13 of the 15 patients with normal distal perfusion, the area of the stenotic lesion was greater than 1.8 mm2 (mean 2.7 +/- 0.7; p less than 0.001). Percent coronary stenosis failed to predict flow-limiting lesions.

  6. Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Screw Fixation in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

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    Chizari, Mahmoud; Wang, Bin; Snow, Martyn; Barrett, Mel

    2008-09-01

    This paper reports the results of an experimental and finite element analysis of tibial screw fixation in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The mechanical properties of the bone and tendon graft are obtained from experiments using porcine bone and bovine tendon. The results of the numerical study are compared with those from mechanical testing. Analysis shows that the model may be used to establish the optimum placement of the tunnel in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction by predicting mechanical parameters such as stress, strain and displacement at regions in the tunnel wall.

  7. Collateral circulation as a marker of the presence of viable myocardium in patients with recent myocardial infarction

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    Fujita, M.; Ohno, A.; Wada, O.; Miwa, K.; Nozawa, T.; Yamanishi, K.; Sasayama, S. )

    1991-08-01

    The relationship between the presence of viable myocardium and the extent of coronary collateral circulation to the infarct area was evaluated in 20 patients with a recent anterior myocardial infarction who had complete obstruction of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The viability of myocardial tissue was assessed by exercise thallium-201 myocardial scintigraphy, and the collateral circulation was angiographically evaluated by means of a collateral index ranging from 0 to 3. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence (group 1, n = 10) or absence (group 2, n = 10) of viable myocardium in the perfusion territory of the infarct-related artery. The collateral index in group 1 was 2.5 {plus minus} 0.5 (SD), which was significantly higher than the 0.7 {plus minus} 0.8 in group 2. These findings indicate that the presence of ischemic but viable myocardium is intimately related to the development of collateral circulation in patients with myocardial infarction, and the existence of well-developed collateral channels predicts the presence of viable myocardium in the infarct area.

  8. Myocardial contrast echocardiography to assess perfusion in a mouse model of ischemia/reperfusion injury

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    Hossack, John A.; Li, Yinbo; Christensen, Jonathan P.; Yang, Zequan; French, Brent A.

    2004-04-01

    Noninvasive approaches for measuring anatomical and physiological changes resulting from myocardial ischemia / reperfusion injury in the mouse heart have significant value since the mouse provides a practical, low-cost model for modeling human heart disease. In this work, perfusion was assessed before, during and after an induced closed- chest, coronary ischemic event. Ultrasound contrast agent, similar to MP1950, in a saline suspension, was injected via cannulated carotid artery as a bolus and imaged using a Siemens Sequoia 512 scanner and a 15L8 intraoperative transducer operating in second harmonic imaging mode. Image sequences were transferred from the scanner to a PC for analysis. Regions of interest were defined in septal and anterior segments of the myocardium. During the ischemic event, when perfusion was diminished in the anterior segment, mean video intensity in the affected segment was reduced by one half. Furthermore, following reperfusion, hyperemia (enhanced blood flow) was observed in the anterior segment. Specifically, the mean video intensity in the affected segment was increased by approximately 50% over the original baseline level prior to ischemia. Following the approach of Kaul et al., [1], gamma variate curves were fitted to the time varying level of mean video intensity. This foundation suggests the possibility of quantifying myocardial blood flow in ischemic regions of a mouse heart using automated analysis of contrast image data sets. An improved approach to perfusion assessment using the destruction-reperfusion approach [2] is also presented.

  9. Ranolazine, a partial fatty acid oxidation inhibitor, reduces myocardial infarct size and cardiac troponin T release in the rat.

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    Zacharowski, K; Blackburn, B; Thiemermann, C

    2001-04-20

    Ranolazine reduces cellular acetyl-CoA content via inhibition of fatty acid beta-oxidation and activates pyruvate dehydrogenase. This metabolic switch increases ATP production per mole of oxygen consumed, reduces the rise in lactic acid and acidosis, and maintains myocardial function under conditions of reduced myocardial oxygen delivery. It is still unclear whether ranolazine causes a reduction of (i) infarct size and (ii) cardiac troponin T release, in a male Wistar rat model of left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion (25 min) and reperfusion (2 h). Rats were subjected to saline infusion (n=12) or ranolazine (bolus injection: 10 mg/kg plus infusion: 9.6 mg/kg/h, n=12), 30 min prior to left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion-reperfusion, respectively. Ranolazine caused a significant reduction in myocardial infarct size of approximately 33% compared to saline control (P<0.05). In addition, infusion of ranolazine significantly attenuated the release of cardiac troponin T into the plasma from 65+/-14 (controls) to 12+/-2 ng/ml. This study demonstrates for the first time that ranolazine significantly reduces (i) infarct size and (ii) cardiac troponin T release in rats subjected to left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion-reperfusion. PMID:11334871

  10. Myocardial function in acute pancreatitis.

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    Ito, K; Ramirez-Schon, G; Shah, P M; Agarwal, N; Delguercio, L R; Reynolds, B M

    1981-01-01

    Fifteen patients with acute pancreatitis had 68 physiologic cardiopulmonary assessments performed, and they were compared with 61 performed on normal postoperative patients, and 113 on 41 cirrhotics. It was found that the patients with pancreatitis have an elevated cardiac index (CI), which is not due to the hyperdynamic hemodynamic state found in cirrhotics. In spite of this, the Sarnoff curves demonstrated that pancreatitis was accompanied by a myocardial depression p less than 0.03, not found in hyperdynamic cirrhotics. Cirrhotics are unable to increase their oxygen consumption in response to an increase in CI, as do normal patients or those with acute pancreatitis. In cirrhotics the hemodynamic lesion occurs at the capillary level with the opening of arteriovenous shunts which rob the tissues of their nutritive blood supply, while the patient with acute pancreatitis has a primary myocardial depression and his peripheral vasculature reacts like that of a normal person. PMID:7247538

  11. Selective importance of the rat anterior thalamic nuclei for configural learning involving distal spatial cues

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    Dumont, Julie R; Amin, Eman; Aggleton, John P

    2013-01-01

    To test potential parallels between hippocampal and anterior thalamic function, rats with anterior thalamic lesions were trained on a series of biconditional learning tasks. The anterior thalamic lesions did not disrupt learning two biconditional associations in operant chambers where a specific auditory stimulus (tone or click) had a differential outcome depending on whether it was paired with a particular visual context (spot or checkered wall-paper) or a particular thermal context (warm or cool). Likewise, rats with anterior thalamic lesions successfully learnt a biconditional task when they were reinforced for digging in one of two distinct cups (containing either beads or shredded paper), depending on the particular appearance of the local context on which the cup was placed (one of two textured floors). In contrast, the same rats were severely impaired at learning the biconditional rule to select a specific cup when in a particular location within the test room. Place learning was then tested with a series of go/no-go discriminations. Rats with anterior thalamic nuclei lesions could learn to discriminate between two locations when they were approached from a constant direction. They could not, however, use this acquired location information to solve a subsequent spatial biconditional task where those same places dictated the correct choice of digging cup. Anterior thalamic lesions produced a selective, but severe, biconditional learning deficit when the task incorporated distal spatial cues. This deficit mirrors that seen in rats with hippocampal lesions, so extending potential interdependencies between the two sites. PMID:24215178

  12. Post-ischemic treatment with dipyruvyl-acetyl-glycerol decreases myocardial infarct size in the pig.

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    Stanley, William C; Kivilo, Krista M; Panchal, Ashish R; Hallowell, Peter H; Bomont, Catherine; Kasumov, Takhar; Brunengraber, Henri

    2003-05-01

    The beneficial effects of pyruvate in organ reperfusion injury have been documented, however the therapeutic use of pyruvate has been hindered by the lack of an appropriate delivery method. Pyruvic acid is unstable and high rates of sodium pyruvate infusion are toxic. Dipyruvyl-acetyl-glycerol (DPAG) ester was developed as a novel method for intravenous pyruvate delivery at a high rate without sodium overload. We tested the ability of DPAG to reduce myocardial infarct size when administered after severe myocardial ischemia in an anesthetized open-chest pig model of ischemia-reperfusion injury. Ischemia was induced by total occlusion of the distal 2/3 of the left anterior descending coronary artery for one hour, followed by two hours of reperfusion. Animals were either untreated (n = 7), or treated with intravenous DPAG (8.0 mg/kg(-1). min(-1), n = 8) during the two hours of reperfusion. Infarct size was measured on blinded samples using tetrazolium staining. The DPAG treated group had elevated pyruvate levels (0.82 +/- 0.07 mM) and reduced infarct size (20.1 +/- 4.2% of the volume at risk, compared to 30.8 +/- 4.6% in the untreated animals (p < 0.05)), with no difference in blood pressure or heart rate between groups. In conclusion, an intravenous infusion of DPAG safely increases arterial pyruvate concentration and reduces myocardial infarct size following myocardial ischemia. PMID:14574079

  13. Pbx4 is Required for the Temporal Onset of Zebrafish Myocardial Differentiation

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    Kao, Robert M.; Rurik, Joel G.; Farr, Gist H.; Dong, Xiu Rong; Majesky, Mark W.; Maves, Lisa

    2015-01-01

    Proper control of the temporal onset of cellular differentiation is critical for regulating cell lineage decisions and morphogenesis during development. Pbx homeodomain transcription factors have emerged as important regulators of cellular differentiation. We previously showed, by using antisense morpholino knockdown, that Pbx factors are needed for the timely activation of myocardial differentiation in zebrafish. In order to gain further insight into the roles of Pbx factors in heart development, we show here that zebrafish pbx4 mutant embryos exhibit delayed onset of myocardial differentiation, such as delayed activation of tnnt2a expression in early cardiomyocytes in the anterior lateral plate mesoderm. We also observe delayed myocardial morphogenesis and dysmorphic patterning of the ventricle and atrium, consistent with our previous Pbx knock-down studies. In addition, we find that pbx4 mutant larvae have aberrant outflow tracts and defective expression of the proepicardial marker tbx18. Finally, we present evidence for Pbx expression in cardiomyocyte precursors as well as heterogeneous Pbx expression among the pan-cytokeratin-expressing proepicardial cells near the developing ventricle. In summary, our data show that Pbx4 is required for the proper temporal activation of myocardial differentiation and establish a basis for studying additional roles of Pbx factors in heart development.

  14. Beneficial Effects of Schisandrin B on the Cardiac Function in Mice Model of Myocardial Infarction

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    Chen, Pengsheng; Pang, Sisi; Yang, Naiquan; Meng, Haoyu; Liu, Jia; Zhou, Ningtian; Zhang, Min; Xu, Zhihui; Gao, Wei; Chen, Bo; Tao, Zhengxian; Wang, Liansheng; Yang, Zhijian

    2013-01-01

    The fruit of Schisandra chinensis has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Accumulating evidence suggests that Schisandrin B (Sch B) has cardioprotection effect on myocardial ischemia in vitro. However, it is unclear whether Sch B has beneficial effects on continuous myocardial ischemia in vivo. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether Sch B could improve cardiac function and attenuate myocardial remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI) in mice. Mice model of MI was established by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. Then the MI mice were randomly treated with Sch B or vehicle alone. After treatment for 3 weeks, Sch B could increase survival rate, improve heart function and decrease infarct size compared with vehicle. Moreover, Sch B could down-regulate some inflammatory cytokines, activate eNOS pathway, inhibit cell apoptosis, and enhance cell proliferation. Further in vitro study on H9c2 cells showed similar effects of Sch B on prevention of hypoxia-induced inflammation and cell apoptosis. Taken together, our results demonstrate that Sch B can reduce inflammation, inhibit apoptosis, and improve cardiac function after ischemic injury. It represents a potential novel therapeutic approach for treatment of ischemic heart disease. PMID:24260217

  15. Ventricular Arrhythmias and Mortality Associated with Isoflurane and Sevoflurane in a Porcine Model of Myocardial Infarction

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    Regueiro-Purriños, Marta; Fernández-Vázquez, Felipe; de Prado, Armando Perez; Altónaga, Jose R; Cuellas-Ramón, Carlos; Ajenjo-Silverio, Jose M; Orden, Asuncion; Gonzalo-Orden, Jose M

    2011-01-01

    Ischemia of the myocardium can lead to reversible or irreversible injury depending on the severity and duration of the preceding ischemia. Here we compared sevoflurane and isoflurane with particular reference to their hemodynamic effects and ability to modify the effects of acute severe myocardial ischemia and reperfusion on ventricular arrhythmias and mortality in a porcine model of myocardial infarction. Female Large White pigs were premedicated with ketamine, midazolam, and atropine. Propofol was given intravenously for the anesthetic induction, and anesthesia was maintained with isoflurane or sevoflurane. Endovascular, fluoroscopy-guided, coronary procedures were performed to occlude the midleft anterior descending artery by using a coronary angioplasty balloon. After 75 min, the balloon catheter system was withdrawn and the presence of adequate reperfusion flow was verified. The pigs were followed for 2 mo, and overall mortality rate was calculated. The isoflurane group showed lower arterial pressure throughout the procedure, with the difference reaching statistical significance after induction of myocardial ischemia. The ventricular fibrillation rate was higher in isoflurane group (81.3%) than the sevoflurane group (51.7%; relative risk, 1.57 [1.03 to 2.4]). Overall survival was lower in the isoflurane group (75%) than the sevoflurane group (96.4%). In conclusion, in this porcine model of myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, sevoflurane was associated with higher hemodynamic stability and fewer ventricular arrhythmias and mortality than was isoflurane. PMID:21333167

  16. Case of angina pectoris at rest and during effort due to coronary spasm and myocardial bridging.

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    Teragawa, Hiroki; Fujii, Yuichi; Ueda, Tomohiro; Murata, Daiki; Nomura, Shuichi

    2015-06-26

    We present a case of a 71-year-old male who had chest symptoms at rest and during effort. He had felt chest oppression during effort for 1 year, and his chest symptoms had recently worsened. One month before admission he felt chest squeezing at rest in the early morning. He presented at our institution to evaluate his chest symptoms. Electrocardiography and echocardiography failed to show any specific changes. Because of the possibility that his chest symptoms were due to myocardial ischemia, he was admitted to our institution for coronary angiography (CAG). An initial CAG showed mild atherosclerotic changes in the proximal segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and mid-segment of the left circumflex coronary artery. Subsequent spasm provocation testing using acetylcholine revealed a bilateral coronary vasospasm, which was relieved after the intracoronary infusion of nitroglycerin. Finally, a CAG showed myocardial bridging (MB) of the mid-distal segments of the LAD. Fractional flow reserve using the intravenous administration of adenosine triphosphate was positive at 0.77, which jumped up to 0.90 through the myocardial bridging segments when the pressure wire was pulled back. Thus, coronary vasospasm and MB might have contributed to his chest symptoms at rest and during effort. Interventional cardiologists should consider the presence of MB as a potential cause of myocardial ischemia. PMID:26131343

  17. Comparison of radionuclide and enzymatic estimate of infarct size in patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    Hirsowitz, G.S.; Lakier, J.B.; Marks, D.S.; Lee, T.G.; Goldberg, A.D.; Goldstein, S.

    1983-06-01

    A comparison was made of the estimated size of the myocardial infarction occurring in 26 patients with a first infarction using creatine kinase (CK) enzyme release between radionuclide gated blood pool measurement of total and regional ventricular function and thallium-201 scintigraphic measurement of myocardial perfusion defects. Creatine kinase estimates of infarct size (enzymatic infarct size) correlated closely with the percent of abnormal contracting regions, left ventricular ejection fraction and thallium-201 estimates of percent of abnormal perfusion area (r . 0.78, 0.69 and 0.74, respectively, p less than 0.01). A close correlation also existed between percent abnormal perfusion area and percent of abnormal contracting regions (r . 0.81, p less than 0.01) and left ventricular ejection fraction (r . 0.69, p less than 0.01). Enzymatic infarct size was larger in anterior (116 +/- 37 CK-g-Eq) than inferior (52 +/- 29 CK-g-Eq) myocardial infarction (p less than 0.01) and was associated with significantly more left ventricular functional impairment as determined by left ventricular ejection fraction (33 +/- 7 versus 60 +/- 10%) (p less than 0.01) and percent abnormal perfusion area (58 +/- 14 versus 13 +/- 12) (p less than 0.01). No significant correlation was observed between enzymatic infarct size and right ventricular ejection fraction. These different methods of estimating infarct size correlated closely with each other in these patients with a first uncomplicated myocardial infarction.

  18. Not all ST-segment changes are myocardial injury: hypercalcaemia-induced ST-segment elevation.

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    Strand, Adam Orville; Aung, Thein Tun; Agarwal, Ajay

    2015-01-01

    ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is an important, life-threatening diagnosis that requires quick diagnosis and management. We describe the case of an 83-year-old man with coronary artery disease, ischaemic cardiomyopathy with left ventricular ejection fraction of 15%, newly diagnosed multiple myeloma that had an initial ECG showing ST-segment elevation in anterior leads V1-3 and ST-segment depression in lateral leads concerning for an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. Troponins were negative and his calcium was 3.55?mmol/L. It was thought that the ECG changes were not indicative of cardiac ischaemia but, rather, hypercalcaemia. He was treated with fluids, diuretics and zolendronic acid, with subsequent resolution of ST-segment changes. This case demonstrates that one must consider disease other than myocardial ischaemia as the culprit of ST-segment changes if physical examination and history do not point towards myocardial injury, as unnecessary invasive revascularisation procedures have inherent risks. PMID:26464407

  19. Acute myocardial infarct imaging with indium-111-labeled monoclonal antimyosin Fab

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    Khaw, B.A.; Yasuda, T.; Gold, H.K.; Leinbach, R.C.; Johns, J.A.; Kanke, M.; Barlai-Kovach, M.; Strauss, H.W.; Haber, E.

    1987-11-01

    Indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin Fab scintigraphy was used to detect myocardial necrosis in 52 of 54 patients (96.3%) with acute myocardial infarction. Infarcts were visualized when coronary arteries were persistently occluded (n = 10), became patent after thrombolysis (n = 33), or became patent after spontaneous reperfusion (n = 7). Posteroinferolateral visualizations were obtained in two patients with clinical and enzymatic evidence of infarction but normal electrocardiograms. Of the two patients in whom no infarcts were visualized, one had an anterior myocardial infarct. This patient underwent successful thrombolytic therapy, with attendant minimization of creatine kinase release. The other patient had a small, nonreperfused inferior myocardial infarct. Five patients with a history of remote infarction and acute necrosis showed antimyosin uptake only in regions concordant with the acute episodes of infarction, and radiolabeled antimyosin Fab localized in neither old infarcts nor normal, noninfarcted myocardium. Antimyosin Fab scintigraphy, thus, appears to be a highly specific means of delineating necrotic myocardium, at least in this limited and selected group of patients.

  20. Case of angina pectoris at rest and during effort due to coronary spasm and myocardial bridging

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    Teragawa, Hiroki; Fujii, Yuichi; Ueda, Tomohiro; Murata, Daiki; Nomura, Shuichi

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of a 71-year-old male who had chest symptoms at rest and during effort. He had felt chest oppression during effort for 1 year, and his chest symptoms had recently worsened. One month before admission he felt chest squeezing at rest in the early morning. He presented at our institution to evaluate his chest symptoms. Electrocardiography and echocardiography failed to show any specific changes. Because of the possibility that his chest symptoms were due to myocardial ischemia, he was admitted to our institution for coronary angiography (CAG). An initial CAG showed mild atherosclerotic changes in the proximal segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and mid-segment of the left circumflex coronary artery. Subsequent spasm provocation testing using acetylcholine revealed a bilateral coronary vasospasm, which was relieved after the intracoronary infusion of nitroglycerin. Finally, a CAG showed myocardial bridging (MB) of the mid-distal segments of the LAD. Fractional flow reserve using the intravenous administration of adenosine triphosphate was positive at 0.77, which jumped up to 0.90 through the myocardial bridging segments when the pressure wire was pulled back. Thus, coronary vasospasm and MB might have contributed to his chest symptoms at rest and during effort. Interventional cardiologists should consider the presence of MB as a potential cause of myocardial ischemia. PMID:26131343

  1. Chronic right ventricular pressure overload results in a hyperplastic rather than a hypertrophic myocardial response

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    Leeuwenburgh, Boudewijn P J; Helbing, Willem A; Wenink, Arnold C G; Steendijk, Paul; de Jong, Roos; Dreef, Enno J; Gittenberger-de Groot, Adriana C; Baan, Jan; van der Laarse, Arnoud

    2008-01-01

    Myocardial hyperplasia is generally considered to occur only during fetal development. However, recent evidence suggests that this type of response may also be triggered by cardiac overload after birth. In congenital heart disease, loading conditions are frequently abnormal, thereby affecting ventricular function. We hypothesized that chronic right ventricular pressure overload imposed on neonatal hearts initiates a hyperplastic response in the right ventricular myocardium. To test this, young lambs (aged 23 weeks) underwent adjustable pulmonary artery banding to obtain peak right ventricular pressures equal to left ventricular pressures for 8 weeks. Transmural cardiac tissue samples from the right and left ventricles of five banded and five age-matched control animals were studied. We found that chronic right ventricular pressure overload resulted in a twofold increase in right-to-left ventricle wall thickness ratio. Morphometric right ventricular myocardial tissue analysis revealed no changes in tissue composition between the two groups; nor were right ventricular myocyte dimensions, relative number of binucleated myocytes, or myocardial DNA concentration significantly different from control values. In chronic pressure overloaded right ventricular myocardium, significantly (P < 0.01) more myocyte nuclei were positive for the proliferation marker proliferating cellular nuclear antigen than in control right ventricular myocardium. Chronic right ventricular pressure overload applied in neonatal sheep hearts results in a significant increase in right ventricular free wall thickness which is primarily the result of a hyperplastic myocardial response. PMID:18248360

  2. Myocardial Strain Imaging Based on Two-Dimensional Displacement Vector Measurement

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    Nitta, Naotaka; Shiina, Tsuyoshi

    2004-05-01

    The abnormalities of myocardial wall motion caused by changes in wall stiffness often appear in the early stage of ischemic heart disease. Since the myocardium exhibits complex and large motion, a two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) assessment of stiffness distribution is required for accurate diagnosis. Although a 3D assessment is ultimately required, as a stepped approach for practical use, we propose novel methods for tracking the 2D motion using a one-dimensional (1D) phased array and for assessing myocardial malfunction by visualizing the invariant of a strain tensor. The feasibilities of the proposed methods were evaluated by numerically simulating the short-axis imaging of a 3D myocardial model. This model includes a hard infarction located between 1 and 3 oclock, which is difficult to detect by conventional tissue Doppler and strain rate imaging, and the motions of the model were assigned by referring to actual myocardial motion. These results revealed that the proposed imaging methods clearly depicted the hard infarction area which conventional imaging could not detect.

  3. [Dysphagia in patients undergoing anterior cervical surgery].

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    Falavigna, Asdrubal; Righesso Neto, Orlando; Ferraz, Fernando Antonio Patriani; Martinato, Geraldo; Riegel, Rafael Ernesto

    2004-06-01

    Dysphagia is one of the complications of anterior cervical surgery. Although common, few articles were published on this subject. Its incidence and duration varies depending on the author. We show a prospective study, analyzing the incidence, duration and quality of the dysphagia after anterior cervical surgery. PMID:15273851

  4. Totally thrombosed giant anterior communicating artery aneurysm

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    Kumar, V. R. Roopesh; Madhugiri, Venkatesh S.; Sasidharan, Gopalakrishnan M.; Gundamaneni, Sudheer Kumar; Yadav, Awdhesh Kumar; Verma, Surendra Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Giant anterior communicating artery aneurysms are rare. Apatient presented with visual dysfunction, gait ataxia and urinary incontinence. MRI showed a giant suprasellar mass. At surgery, the lesion was identified as being an aneurysm arising from the anterior communicating artery. The difficulty in preoperative diagnosis and relevant literature are reviewed. PMID:25883491

  5. [Infusion of flecainide in a patient with atrial fibrillation and latent Brugada's syndrome has determined modifications of the electrocardiogram similar to those of a septal myocardial infarct].

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    Vitiello N; Cirillo R; Fontana D; Granato L; Sestri C; Pagano V; D'Errico L; Carotenuto F; di Palma F

    2003-02-01

    ST-segment elevation in the presence of typical chest pain is a fundamental criterion for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. We describe the case of a 62-year-old male with latent Brugada syndrome in whom the intravenous infusion of flecainide for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation caused ECG abnormalities similar to those of an acute septal myocardial infarction. The patient was not submitted to systemic thrombolysis since accurate echocardiographic evaluation was not suggestive of the presence of any wall motion abnormality and blood analysis did not reveal any increase in the levels of myocardial enzymes. The clinical outcome was not complicated and the patient was finally discharged.

  6. Myocardialization of the cardiac outflow tract

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    van den Hoff, M. J.; Moorman, A. F.; Ruijter, J. M.; Lamers, W. H.; Bennington, R. W.; Markwald, R. R.; Wessels, A.

    1999-01-01

    During development, the single-circuited cardiac tube transforms into a double-circuited four-chambered heart by a complex process of remodeling, differential growth, and septation. In this process the endocardial cushion tissues of the atrioventricular junction and outflow tract (OFT) play a crucial role as they contribute to the mesenchymal components of the developing septa and valves in the developing heart. After fusion, the endocardial ridges in the proximal portion of the OFT initially form a mesenchymal outlet septum. In the adult heart, however, this outlet septum is basically a muscular structure. Hence, the mesenchyme of the proximal outlet septum has to be replaced by cardiomyocytes. We have dubbed this process "myocardialization." Our immunohistochemical analysis of staged chicken hearts demonstrates that myocardialization takes place by ingrowth of existing myocardium into the mesenchymal outlet septum. Compared to other events in cardiac septation, it is a relatively late process, being initialized around stage H/H28 and being basically completed around stage H/H38. To unravel the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the induction and regulation of myocardialization, an in vitro culture system in which myocardialization could be mimicked and manipulated was developed. Using this in vitro myocardialization assay it was observed that under the standard culture conditions (i) whole OFT explants from stage H/H20 and younger did not spontaneously myocardialize the collagen matrix, (ii) explants from stage H/H21 and older spontaneously formed extensive myocardial networks, (iii) the myocardium of the OFT could be induced to myocardialize and was therefore "myocardialization-competent" at all stages tested (H/H16-30), (iv) myocardialization was induced by factors produced by, most likely, the nonmyocardial component of the outflow tract, (v) at none of the embryonic stages analyzed was ventricular myocardium myocardialization-competent, and finally, (vi) ventricular myocardium did not produce factors capable of supporting myocardialization. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  7. Myocardial Infarction in the Elderly

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    Carro, Amelia; Kaski, Juan Carlos

    2011-01-01

    Advances in pharmacological treatment and effective early myocardial revascularization have –in recent years- led to improved clinical outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, it has been suggested that compared to younger subjects, elderly AMI patients are less likely to receive evidence-based treatment, including myocardial revascularization therapy. Several reasons have been postulated to explain this trend, including uncertainty regarding the true benefits of the interventions commonly used in this setting as well as increased risk mainly associated with comorbidities. The diagnosis, management, and post-hospitalization care of elderly patients presenting with an acute coronary syndrome pose many difficulties at present. A complex interplay of variables such as comorbidities, functional and socioeconomic status, side effects associated with multiple drug administration, and individual biologic variability, all contribute to creating a complex clinical scenario. In this complex setting, clinicians are often required to extrapolate evidence-based results obtained in cardiovascular trials from which older patients are often, implicitly or explicitly, excluded. This article reviews current recommendations regarding management of AMI in the elderly. PMID:22396870

  8. Accumulation of Iron in a Model of Myocardial Infarction and Its Cell Toxicity in Cardiomyocytes

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    Higa, Jason K; Matsui, Takashi

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Despite advancements in medicine leading to a marked decline in mortality due to acute myocardial infarction (MI), mortality due to post-MI heart failure (HF) remains high. Left ventricular (LV) remodeling is important in the pathogenesis of HF following MI. Previous reports investigating iron overload in anemia and chronic liver cirrhosis suggest that excess iron exhibits cell toxicity in multiple organ systems. During acute MI, ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury caused by temporary coronary ischemia results in massive necrosis followed by fibrosis. Previous reports studying tissue injury demonstrated that iron accumulation suppresses wound healing and exacerbates tissue injury in other organs. However, the role of iron in scar formation and LV remodeling is not well characterized. Methods: To address this, we investigated iron, transferrin, and fibrosis in heart tissue sections after I/R injury, and potential cytotoxic effects of iron in the form of FeCl3 on HL-1 and H9C2 cardiomyocytes. Mice underwent surgical I/R injury using left anterior descending coronary ligation to induce 30-minute transient ischemia. The hearts were harvested 1 week later and prepared for histological assays. Results: Masson's trichrome staining revealed fibrosis from the anterior to posterior wall in the mid-myocardium. Perl's iron staining revealed non-transferrin bound iron localized in scar tissue at anterior and posterior aspects of the heart. Immunohistochemistry found ferritin localization to areas of fibrosis, specifically in the extracellular fluid of mid-myocardium and intracellular fluid of fibroblasts and surrounding cardiomyocytes. While iron was undetectable in iron stains of sham operated mice, more than 50 cells were positive with the iron stain in I/R group. Image J (NIH) showed increased anti-ferritin staining in the I/R group compared to sham controls (more than a four-fold increase). To further investigate this, HL-1 and H9C2 cardiomyocytes were cultured with doses of 1 M to 1 mM FeCl3 for 24 hours, and cell death was analyzed with Live/Dead Cell Viability Assay (Invitrogen). Treatment greater than 100 M decreased cell viability, and significant cell death (n=6, P<.05) was observed in cardiomyocytes exposed to 50 M FeCl3 or more, and that excess iron leads to cell death. Conclusions: These results suggest that iron accumulation may play a role in cardiac cell death and fibrosis in ventricular myofiber remodeling after I/R injury. Taken together, excess iron in MI may induce cell death, leading to LV remodeling following I/R injury. Understanding the role of iron accumulation in the heart could develop new therapeutic strategies for treating multiple heart diseases including HF.

  9. Dihydropyridines' metabolites-induced early apoptosis after myocardial infarction in rats; new outlook on preclinical study with M-2 and M-3.

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    Mitr?ga, Katarzyna A; No?y?ski, Jerzy; Porc, Maurycy; Spa?ek, Adrianna M; Krzemi?ski, Tadeusz F

    2016-02-01

    Our previous studies established cardio-protective effects of furnidipine and its active metabolites called M-2 and M-3. The aim of current research was to compare the effects of single oral pretreatment with 20mgkg(-1) of M-2 and M-3 on mortality, different forms of arrhythmias, blood pressures parameters and ST-segment changes during occlusion (for 90min) and reperfusion in the model of myocardial infarction in rats evoked by left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion. Additionally, the development of programmed cell death and biochemical parameters in blood serum were studied at 4th day after infarction. Furnidipines' metabolites effectively reduced mortality index while did not markedly influence on blood pressures parameters, arrhythmias, ST-segment changes as well as biochemical parameters. Intriguingly, programmed cell death study (TUNEL) showed distinct increase in the amount of apoptotic nuclei in post-infarcted myocardium, granulation tissue and what is more in arteriolar walls after M-2 and M-3 application. Moreover, M-2 turned out to be more powerful in stimulation of apoptosis in granulation tissue surrounding infarcted area whereas M-3 presented balanced profile in this matter. Taking into account that programmed cell death plays positive role in post-infarcted heart healing, M-2 presents itself as more attractive agent for oral pretreatment in early stages of ischemia by non-stable individuals due to its more specific action in stimulation repairing processes in granulation tissue as well as in arteriolar walls. While M-2 and M-3 are common metabolites present in degradation pathways of many widely used dihydropyridines in clinic, this key fact put the new outlook on understanding additional mechanism and effects of not only furnidipines' metabolites but also other dihydropyridines. PMID:26666749

  10. Evaluation of myocardial infarction size with three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography: a comparison with single photon emission computed tomography.

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    Wang, Qiushuang; Zhang, Chunhong; Huang, Dangsheng; Zhang, Liwei; Yang, Feifei; An, Xiuzhi; Ouyang, Qiaohong; Zhang, Meiqing; Wang, Shuhua; Guo, Jiarui; Ji, Dongdong

    2015-12-01

    To assess whether global and regional myocardial strains from three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) correlate with myocardial infarction size (MIS) detected by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Fifty-seven patients with a history of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (MI) within 3-6months were enrolled, alongside 24 healthy volunteers. Left ventricular (LV) global area strain, global longitudinal strain (GLS), global radial strain, global circumferential strain, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and wall motion score index (WMSI) were measured and compared with the corresponding SPECT-detected MISs. Patients were sub-grouped into massive MIS group (MIS?12%) and small MIS group (MIS<12%). Myocardial strains of all the LV segments were compared with the corresponding MIS. Global myocardial strain parameters, LVEF and WMSI of the patients were significantly different from the control group (all P<0.05) and correlated well with MISs, most significantly for GLS (r=0.728, P<0.01). Significant differences in myocardial strain parameters were found between the massive and small MIS groups (all P<0.05). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis indicated that GLS had a highest diagnostic value and when the cutoff was -13.8%, the area under the curve was 0.84, with the 70.6% sensitivity and 87.5% specificity. Significant differences of myocardial strain parameters were observed between segments with and without transmural MIs (P<0.01). 3D-STE myocardial strain parameters evaluated LV global MIS, 3D GLS had the highest diagnostic value. It also preliminarily gauged the degree of ischemia and necrosis of regional myocardial segments. PMID:26288953

  11. Effect of granulocyte colony stimulating EPC on cardiac function and myocardial energy expenditure in patients with heart failure after myocardial infarction

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    Zhao, Zilin; Luo, Jianchun; Ma, Lixian; Luo, Xia; Huang, Liangyan

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To study the changes of cardiac function and myocardial energy expenditure following treatment with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) in patients with heart failure after myocardial infarction. Methods: Thirty-eight patients with heart failure after myocardial infarction were randomized into G-CSF treatment group and control group. All the patients received conventional treatment (medication and interventional therapy), and the patients in treatment group were given additional G-CSF (600 ?g/day) for 7 consecutive days. The plasma level of brain-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the number of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in the peripheral blood were detected before and at 7 days and 4 months after the treatment. The cardiac functions (LVEF, FS, LVIDs, PWTs, EDV, SV, ET) was evaluated by ultrasonic imaging before and at 2 weeks and 4 months after the treatment. The MEE and circumferential end-systolic wall stress (cESS) were calculated by correlation formula. Results: The number of EPC was significantly higher in the treatment group than in the control group after the treatment especially at 7 days (P<0.01). In both groups, BNP level was lowered significantly after the treatment to recover the normal level (P<0.01). The cardiac functions and myocardial energy expenditure were improved in all the patients at 2 weeks and 4 months after the treatment, and the improvement was more obvious in the treatment group (P<0.05), especially in terms of the MEE and cESS was significantly lowered in the treatment group than in the control group after the treatment at 2 weeks (P<0.01), the LVEF and FS was significantly increased in the treatment group than in the control group after the treatment at 4 months (P<0.01). Conclusion: EPC mobilization by G-CSF can effectively improve the cardiac functions, lessen ventricular remodeling and reduce myocardial energy expenditure in patients with heart failure after myocardial infarction. PMID:26629187

  12. Anterior capsulotomy using the CO2 laser

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    Barak, Adiel; Ma-Naim, Tova; Rosner, Mordechai; Eyal, Ophir; Belkin, Michael

    1998-06-01

    Continuous circular capsulorhexis (CCC) is the preferred technique for removal of the anterior capsule during cataract surgery due to this technique assuring accurate centration of the intraocular lens. During modern cataract surgery, especially with small or foldable intra ocular lenses, centration of the lens is obligatory. Radial tears at the margin of an anterior capsulotomy may be associated with the exit of at least one loop of an intraocular lens out of the capsular bag ('pea pod' effect) and its subsequent decentration. The anterior capsule is more likely to ream intact if the continuous circular capsulorhexis (CCC) technique is used. Although manual capsulorhexis is an ideal anterior capsulectomy technique for adults, many ophthalmologists are still uncomfortable with it and find it difficult to perform, especially in complicated cases such as these done behind small pupil, cataract extraction in children and pseudoexfoliation syndrome. We have developed a technique using a CO2 laser system for safe anterior capsulotomy and tested it in animal eyes.

  13. Atraumatic Anterior Dislocation of the Hip Joint

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    Ohtsuru, Tadahiko; Morita, Yasuyuki; Murata, Yasuaki; Itou, Junya; Morita, Yuji; Munakata, Yutaro; Kato, Yoshiharu

    2015-01-01

    Dislocation of the hip joint in adults is usually caused by high-energy trauma such as road traffic accidents or falls from heights. Posterior dislocation is observed in most cases. However, atraumatic anterior dislocation of the hip joint is extremely rare. We present a case of atraumatic anterior dislocation of the hip joint that was induced by an activity of daily living. The possible causes of this dislocation were anterior capsule insufficiency due to developmental dysplasia of the hip, posterior pelvic tilt following thoracolumbar kyphosis due to vertebral fracture, and acetabular anterior coverage changes by postural factor. Acetabular anterior coverage changes in the sagittal plane were measured using a tomosynthesis imaging system. This system was useful for elucidation of the dislocation mechanism in the present case. PMID:26819791

  14. Role of labetalol in acute myocardial infarction

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    Timmis, A. D.; Fowler, M. B.; Jaggarao, N. S. V.; Vincent, R.; Chamberlain, D. A.

    1982-01-01

    1 The role of labetalol in managing acute myocardial infarction is reviewed. 2 After intravenous infusion labetalol lowers blood pressure in patients with increased blood pressure associated with acute myocardial infarction. 3 Although average heart rate was decreased, cardiac index fell only slightly and stroke index was substantially unchanged. 4 In patients whose pretreatment pulmonary artery end-diastolic pressures were increased, labetalol induced decreases, whereas in the presence of normal pressures, these were unchanged. 5 It is concluded that labetalol infusion in patients with acute myocardial infarction is unlikely to precipitate heart failure and is likely to be of value in reducing myocardial oxygen requirement. PMID:7093093

  15. ST segment elevation myocardial infarction of a rare aetiology: an unexpected diagnosis.

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    Mandal, Kaushik; Karki, Apurwa; Mangla, Aditya

    2015-01-01

    A 43-year-old man presenting with acute coronary syndrome with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction underwent urgent coronary angiography. During the intervention, the patient was found to have several multiple filling defects with dynamic obstruction in the left coronary circulation. Thrombectomy was performed on distal left anterior descending artery and 2nd diagonal artery lesions with balloon angioplasty, which was unsuccessful. Considering the dynamic obstruction in the angiogram, immediate imaging was performed for structural evaluation of the heart. Cardiac CT revealed a circumferential groove on the heart, suggesting an external compression leading to dynamic obstruction of the coronary arteries on angiogram. Cardiac hernia, a very rare aetiology, was suspected to be the culprit for the ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. Thoracoscopy was performed, which revealed congenital cardiac hernia and a fibrous pericardial band encircling the apex. A left mini thoracotomy was performed to release the constriction imposed over the heart, with improvement in circulation. PMID:26420696

  16. Regional Heterogeneity in 3D Myocardial Shortening in Hypertensive Left Ventricular Hypertrophy: A Cardiovascular CMR Tagging Substudy to the Life Study

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    Biederman, Robert W. W.; Young, Alistair A.; Doyle, Mark; Devereux, Richard B.; Kortright, Eduardo; Perry, Gilbert; Bella, Jonathan N.; Oparil, Suzanne; Calhoun, David; Pohost, Gerald M.; Dell’Italia, Louis J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Increased relative wall thickness in hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) has been shown by echocardiography to allow preserved shortening at the endocardium despite depressed LV midwall circumferential shortening (MWCS). Depressed MWCS is an adverse prognostic indicator, but whether this finding reflects reduced global or regional LV myocardial function, as assessed by three-dimensional (3D) myocardial strain, is unknown. Methods and Results Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) tissue tagging permits direct evaluation of regional 3D intramyocardial strain, independent of LV geometry. We evaluated 21 hypertensive patients with electrocardiographic LVH in the LIFE study and 8 normal controls using 3D MR tagging and echocardiography. Patients had higher MR LV mass than normals (116 ± 40 versus 63 ± 6 g/m2, P = 0.002). Neither echocardiographic fractional shortening (32 ± 6 versus 33% ± 3%), LVEF (63% versus 64%) or mean end-systolic stress (175 ± 27 versus 146 ± 28 g/cm2) were significantly different, yet global MWCS was decreased by both echocardiography (13.4 ± 2.8 versus 18.2% ± 1.5%, P < 0.001) and MR (16.8 ± 3.6 versus 21.6% ± 3.0%, P < 0.005). 3D MR MWCS was lower at the base versus apex (P = 0.002) in LVH and greater in lateral and anterior regions versus septal and posterior regions (P < 0.001), contributing to the higher mean global MWCS by MR than echo. MR longitudinal strain was severely depressed in LVH patients (11.0 ± 3.3 versus 16.5% ± 2.5%, P < 0.001) and apical twist was increased (17.5 ± 4.3 versus 13.7 ± 3.7, P < 0.05). Importantly, both circumferential and longitudinal shortening correlated with LV relative wall thickness (R > 0.60, P = 0.001 for both). Conclusions In patients with hypertensive LVH, despite normal LV function via echocardiography or CMR, CMR intramyocardial tagging show depressed global MWCS while 3D MR strain revealed marked underlying regional heterogeneity of LV dysfunction. PMID:27011783

  17. Ameloblastoma of the anterior mandible

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    Hariram; Mohammad, Shadab; Malkunje, Laxman R.; Singh, Nimisha; Das, Sugata; Mehta, Gagan

    2014-01-01

    Ameloblastoma or adamantinoma is the rarest of the three forms of tumor of the odontogenic type. They are benign, locally aggressive neoplasms arising from ameloblasts, which typically occur at the angle of the mandible, and are often associated with an un-erupted tooth and must, therefore, be differentiated from a dentigerous cyst which will be centered on the crown. When in the maxilla (less common), they are located in the premolar region, and can extend up in the maxillary sinus. Ameloblastoma is reported to constitute about 1-3% of tumors and cysts of the jaws. The tumor is by far more common in the mandible than in the maxilla and shows predilection for various parts of the mandible in different racial groups. The relative frequency of the mandible to maxilla is reported as varying from 80-20% to 99-1%. Here, we are representing a case of ameloblastoma of anterior mandible which was considered as a rare site of occurrence. PMID:25298718

  18. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Choices

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    Macaulay, Alec A.; Perfetti, Dean C.; Levine, William N.

    2012-01-01

    Context: Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common surgical procedure; however, there is no consensus to what the best graft option is to replace the injured ACL. The main options available consist of allografts and autografts, which include patellar tendon, hamstring tendon, and quadriceps tendon autografts. Evidence Acquisition: The PubMed database was searched in August 2010 for English-language articles pertaining to ACL grafts. Results: Postoperative outcome variables were analyzed to determine similarities and differences among the different graft options. These variables include stability, strength, function, return to sports, patient satisfaction, complications, and cost. Conclusions: Both allografts and the 3 main options for autografts can provide excellent results in ACL reconstruction and lead to a high percentage of satisfied patients. However, differences exist among the graft choices. Both the similarities and the differences are important to discuss with a patient who will be undergoing ACL reconstruction so that he or she has the best information available when making a choice of graft. PMID:23016071

  19. Pulsed Doppler echocardiographic analysis of mitral regurgitation after myocardial infarction.

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    Loperfido, F; Biasucci, L M; Pennestri, F; Laurenzi, F; Gimigliano, F; Vigna, C; Rossi, E; Favuzzi, A; Santarelli, P; Manzoli, U

    1986-10-01

    In 72 patients with previous myocardial infarction (MI), mitral regurgitation (MR) was assessed by pulsed-wave Doppler echocardiography and compared with physical and 2-dimensional echocardiographic findings. MR was found by Doppler in 29 of 42 patients (62%) with anterior MI, 11 of 30 (37%) with inferior MI (p less than 0.01) and in none of 20 normal control subjects. MR was more frequent in patients who underwent Doppler study 3 months after MI than in those who underwent Doppler at discharge (anterior MI = 83% vs 50%, p less than 0.01; inferior MI = 47% vs 27%, p = not significant). Of 15 patients who underwent Doppler studies both times, 3 (all with anterior MI) had MR only on the second study. Of the patients with Doppler MR, 12 of 27 (44%) with a left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) greater than 30% and 1 of 13 (8%) with an EF of 30% or less (p less than 0.01) had an MR systolic murmur. Mitral prolapse or eversion and papillary muscle fibrosis were infrequent in MI patients, whether or not Doppler MR was present. The degree of Doppler MR correlated with EF (r = -0.61), LV systolic volume (r = 0.47), and systolic and diastolic mitral anulus circumference (r = 0.52 and 0.51, respectively). Doppler MR was present in 24 of 28 patients (86%) with an EF of 40% or less and in 16 of 44 (36%) with EF more than 40% (p less than 0.001).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3766410

  20. Halothane inhibits calcium accumulation following myocardial ischemia and calcium paradox in guinea pig hearts

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    Hoka, S.; Bosnjak, Z.J.; Kampine, J.P.

    1987-08-01

    This study was performed to test the hypothesis that halothane inhibits calcium accumulation associated with myocardial ischemia and calcium paradox. Using a Langendorff preparation in isolated guinea pig hearts, tissue /sup 45/Ca was measured after 40 and 60 min of loading with /sup 45/Ca, followed by 20 min of washout period. Myocardial ischemia was produced by a 30-min occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). LAD occlusion caused an increase in /sup 45/Ca content in the anterior left ventricular muscle (ischemic area) of 215% compared to that of the posterior left ventricular muscle (normal myocardium). The increase in /sup 45/Ca content in the ischemic area was significantly less (P less than 0.05) in the presence of halothane (1%) compared to the non-halothane group. Halothane did not significantly alter /sup 45/Ca content in the non-ischemic myocardium. Myocardial injury associated with calcium paradox, which was produced by a 10-min perfusion of the heart with calcium-free Krebs solution followed by normal calcium repletion, caused a significant increase (P less than 0.05) in the /sup 45/Ca content compared to control. Addition of halothane (1%) significantly depressed (P less than 0.05) the increase in /sup 45/Ca content caused by calcium paradox. It is suggested that halothane might inhibit calcium accumulation associated with myocardial ischemia and calcium paradox under certain experimental situations. The inhibitory effect of halothane on calcium accumulation may be beneficial for the ischemic heart during halothane anesthesia.

  1. Chronic effects of myocardial infarction on right ventricular function: a noninvasive assessment

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    Kaul, S.; Hopkins, J.M.; Shah, P.M.

    1983-10-01

    To assess the chronic effects of myocardial infarction on right ventricular function, 48 subjects were studied utilizing radionuclide angiography and two-dimensional echocardiography. Ten were normal subjects (group I), 11 had previous inferior wall myocardial infarction (group II), 10 had previous anteroseptal infarction (group III), 11 had combined anteroseptal and inferior infarction (group IV) and 6 had extensive anterolateral infarction (group V). The mean (+/- standard deviation) left ventricular ejection fraction was 0.66 +/- 0.03 in group I, 0.58 +/- 0.02 in group II, 0.52 +/- 0.02 in group III, 0.33 +/- 0.03 in group IV and 0.33 +/- 0.01 in group V. No systematic correlation between left and right ventricular ejection fraction was observed among the groups. The mean right ventricular ejection fraction was significantly reduced in the presence of inferior myocardial infarction (0.30 +/- 0.03 in group II and 0.29 +/- 0.03 in group IV compared with 0.43 +/- 0.02 in group I (p less than 0.001)). The group II and IV patients also had increased (p less than 0.001) right ventricular end-diastolic area and decreased (p less than 0.001) right ventricular free wall motion by two-dimensional echocardiography. In the presence of anteroseptal infarction (group III), right ventricular free wall motion was increased (p less than 0.05) compared with normal subjects (group I). Thus, the effects of prior myocardial infarction on right ventricular function depend more on the location of infarction than on the extent of left ventricular dysfunction. Inferior infarction was commonly associated with reduced right ventricular ejection fraction and increased right ventricular end-diastolic area. The right ventricular free wall excursion was increased in the presence of anteroseptal infarction, suggested loss of contribution of interventricular septal contraction to right ventricular ejection.

  2. Double jeopardy: two major complications of a myocardial infarction in one patient.

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    Selder, Jasper; Riezebos, Robert

    2015-01-01

    A 62-year-old woman with no cardiac history was admitted to the hospital with an ambulant inferoposterolateral myocardial infarction. She experienced two major complications, namely, a free-wall rupture of the infarcted area, on which a bovine pericardial patch was glued surgically, and, a few days later, a posteromedial papillary muscle rupture, for which a mitral valve replacement was performed. She survived both complications and is now rehabilitating at home. PMID:26148495

  3. Pharyngocutaneous fistula after anterior cervical spine surgery

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    Sansur, Charles A.; Early, Stephen; Reibel, James

    2009-01-01

    Pharyngocutaneous fistulae are rare complications of anterior spine surgery occurring in less than 0.1% of all anterior surgery cases. We report a case of a 19year old female who sustained a C6 burst fracture with complete quadriplegia. She was treated urgently with a C6 corpectomy with anterior cage and plating followed by posterior cervical stabilization at another institution. Post operatively she developed a pharyngocutaneous fistula that failed to heal despite several attempts of closure and esophageal exclusion with a Jpeg tube. The patient was eventually successfully treated with a three-stage procedure consisting of firstly a posterior approach to reinforce the posterior stabilization of the cervical spine that was felt to be inadequate, secondly an anterior approach with removal of all the anterior instrumentation followed by iliac crest bone graft and thirdly a superior based sternocleidomastoid flap that was interposed between the esophagus and the anterior cervical spine. The patient's fistula healed successfully. However, yet asymptomatic, the anterior iliac crest bone graft resorbed almost completely at 16months follow up. In light of this complication, we discuss the surgical options for the treatment of pharyngocutaneous fistulae and the closure of this fistula using a superiorly based sternocleidomastoid muscle flap. PMID:19330360

  4. Free-Floating Iris Pigmented Epithelial Cyst in the Anterior Chamber

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    Rotsos, Tryfon; Bagikos, Georgios; Christou, Spyridon; Symeonidis, Chrysanthos; Papadaki, Thekla; Papaeuthimiou, Ioannis; Miltsakakis, Dimitrios

    2016-01-01

    An unusual case of a free-floating peripheral pigmented cyst in the anterior chamber is presented. A 30-year-old Caucasian male presented reporting a visual defect on his right eye in prone position over the past year. Slit-lamp examination revealed a small pigmented free-floating peripheral iris cyst at the 6 o'clock position in the anterior chamber. Ultrasound biomicroscopy revealed an unfixed epithelial pigmented cyst with an extremely thin wall and no internal reflectivity. Due to the lack of severity of visual disturbance of the patient, no surgical treatment was indicated. The patient is to be followed up annually and advised to return immediately in case of pain or any visual symptoms. Free-floating iris cysts in the anterior chamber are uncommon and remain stable in the majority of cases. Management includes only regular observation until any complications arise. PMID:26904334

  5. Traditional Chinese Medicine Shuang Shen Ning Xin Attenuates Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury by Preserving of Mitochondrial Function

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    Li, Xueli; Liu, Jianxun; Lin, Li; Guo, Yujie; Lin, Chengren; Zhang, Cuixiang; Yang, Bin

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the potential cardioprotective effects of Shuang Shen Ning Xin on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury. Wistar rats were treated with trimetazidine (10?mg/kg/day, ig), Shuang Shen Ning Xin (22.5, 45?mg/kg/day, ig), or saline for 5 consecutive days. Myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury was induced by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery for 40?min and reperfusion for 120?min on the last day of administration. It is found that Shuang Shen Ning Xin pretreatment markedly decreased infarct size and serum LDH levels, and this observed protection was associated with reduced myocardial oxidative stress and cardiomyocyte apoptosis after myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury. In addition, further studies on mitochondrial function showed that rats treated with Shuang Shen Ning Xin displayed decreased mitochondrial swelling and cytosolic cytochrome c levels, which were accompanied by a preservation of complex I activities and inhibition of mitochondrial permeability transition. In conclusion, the mitochondrial protective effect of Shuang Shen Ning Xin could be a new mechanism, by which Shuang Shen Ning Xin attenuates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury. PMID:25031602

  6. Increased regional epicardial fat volume associated with reversible myocardial ischemia in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.

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    Khawaja, Tuba; Greer, Christine; Thadani, Samir R; Kato, Tomoko S; Bhatia, Ketan; Shimbo, Daichi; Kontak, Andrew; Konkak, Andrew; Bokhari, Sabahat; Einstein, Andrew J; Schulze, P Christian

    2015-04-01

    Epicardial adipose tissue is a source of pro-inflammatory cytokines and has been linked to the development of coronary artery disease. No study has systematically assessed the relationship between local epicardial fat volume (EFV) and myocardial perfusion defects. We analyzed EFV in patients undergoing SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging combined with computed tomography (CT) for attenuation correction. Low-dose CT without contrast was performed in 396 consecutive patients undergoing SPECT imaging for evaluation of coronary artery disease. Regional thickness, cross-sectional areas, and total EFV were assessed. 295 patients had normal myocardial perfusion scans and 101 had abnormal perfusion scans. Mean EFVs in normal, ischemic, and infarcted hearts were 99.882.3cm(3), 156.4121.9cm(3), and 96.3102.1cm(3), respectively (P<0.001). Reversible perfusion defects were associated with increased local EFV compared to normal perfusion in the distribution of the right (69.251.5 vs 46.632.0cm(3); P=0.03) and left anterior descending coronary artery (87.176.4 vs 46.740.6cm(3); P=0.005). Our results demonstrate increased regional epicardial fat in patients with active myocardial ischemia compared to patients with myocardial scar or normal perfusion on nuclear perfusion scans. Our results suggest a potential role for cardiac CT to improve risk stratification in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. PMID:25339129

  7. Increased Regional Epicardial Fat Volume Associated with Reversible Myocardial Ischemia in Patients with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

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    Khawaja, Tuba; Greer, Christine; Thadani, Samir R.; Kato, Tomoko S.; Bhatia, Ketan; Shimbo, Daichi; Konkak, Andrew; Bokhari, Sabahat; Einstein, Andrew J.; Schulze, P. Christian

    2015-01-01

    Epicardial adipose tissue is a source of pro-inflammatory cytokines and has been linked to the development of coronary artery disease. No study has systematically assessed the relationship between local epicardial fat volume (EFV) and myocardial perfusion defects. We analyzed EFV in patients undergoing SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging combined with computed tomography (CT) for attenuation correction. Low-dose CT without contrast was performed in 396 consecutive patients undergoing SPECT imaging for evaluation of coronary artery disease. Regional thickness, cross-sectional areas, and total EFV were assessed. 295 patients had normal myocardial perfusion scans and 101 had abnormal perfusion scans. Mean EFVs in normal, ischemic, and infarcted hearts were 99.8 82.3 cm3, 156.4 121.9 cm3, and 96.3 102.1 cm3, respectively (P < 0.001). Reversible perfusion defects were associated with increased local EFV compared to normal perfusion in the distribution of the right (69.2 51.5 vs 46.6 32.0 cm3; P = 0.03) and left anterior descending coronary artery (87.1 76.4 vs 46.7 40.6 cm3; P = 0.005). Our results demonstrate increased regional epicardial fat in patients with active myocardial ischemia compared to patients with myocardial scar or normal perfusion on nuclear perfusion scans. Our results suggest a potential role for cardiac CT to improve risk stratification in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. PMID:25339129

  8. MicroRNA-22 targeting CBP protects against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury through anti-apoptosis in rats.

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    Yang, Jian; Chen, Lihua; Yang, Jun; Ding, Jiawang; Li, Song; Wu, Hui; Zhang, Jing; Fan, Zhixing; Dong, Wusong; Li, Xinxin

    2014-01-01

    MicroRNAs are extensively involved in the pathogenesis of major cardiovascular diseases by suppressing target gene expression. Recent studies have reported that microRNA-22 (miR-22) may be implicated in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) induced myocardial injury. However, the specific function of miR-22 in myocardial I/R injury is far from clear nowadays. The present study was designed to determine the role of miR-22 in myocardial I/R injury and investigate the underlying cardio-protective mechanism. The rat myocardial I/R injury model was induced by occluding the left anterior descending coronary artery for 30 min followed by 12 h reperfusion. As predicted, adenovirus-mediated miR-22 overexpression markedly reduced the release of creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase, infarct size and cardiomyocytes apoptosis. Moreover, CREB binding protein (CBP) as a potential miR-22 target by bioinformatics was significantly inhibited after miR-22 transfection. We also found that p53 acetylation activity, pro-apoptotic related genes Bax and p21 levels were all decreased associated with the down-regulation of CBP. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that miR-22 could inhibit apoptosis of cardiomyocytes through one of its targets, CBP. Thus, miR-22 may constitute a new therapeutic target for the prevention of myocardial I/R injury. PMID:24338162

  9. Dronedarone does not affect infarct volume as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging in a porcine model of myocardial infarction.

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    Linke, Josefine; Utpatel, Kirsten; Wolke, Carmen; Evert, Matthias; Khn, Jens-Peter; Bukowska, Alicja; Goette, Andreas; Lendeckel, Uwe; Peters, Barbara

    2015-10-01

    Dronedarone has been demonstrated to be harmful in patients with recent decompensated heart failure. Furthermore, a PALLAS study reported that dronedarone therapy increases mortality rates in patients with permanent atrial fibrillation. Although a pathophysiological explanation for these finding remains to be elucidated, the long term effects of dronedarone on myocardial structure and stability have been suggested. The aim of the present study was to determine whether dronedarone therapy affects left ventricular (LV) function in a chronic model of myocardial infarction (MI). An anterior MI was induced in 16 pigs. Of these animals, eight pigs were then treated with dronedarone for 1 week prior to, and 4 weeks following MI, the remaining pigs served as controls. LV angiography was performed 4 weeks after MI to determine the LV ejection fraction (LVEF). A post?mortem magnetic resonance imaging scan of the LV was then performed on the two groups (n=6) to determine the volume and size of the induced MI. Dronedarone therapy did not affect systemic and intracardiac hemodynamic parameters or LVEF during the follow?up assessment. Of note, dronedarone had no negative effect on the total infarct volume and size and did not induce lethal proarrhythmic effects following the induced anterior MI. Therefore, the results suggested that dronedarone did not increase the volume or size of induced anterior MI and did not affect LV performance. Thus, dronedarone therapy was observed to be safe in a porcine model of anterior MI. PMID:26179812

  10. Myocardial contusion in patients with blunt chest trauma as evaluated by thallium 201 myocardial scintigraphy

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    Bodin, L.; Rouby, J.J.; Viars, P.

    1988-07-01

    Fifty five patients suffering from blunt chest trauma were studied to assess the diagnosis of myocardial contusion using thallium 201 myocardial scintigraphy. Thirty-eight patients had consistent scintigraphic defects and were considered to have a myocardial contusion. All patients with scintigraphic defects had paroxysmal arrhythmias and/or ECG abnormalities. Of 38 patients, 32 had localized ST-T segment abnormalities; 29, ST-T segment abnormalities suggesting involvement of the same cardiac area as scintigraphic defects; 21, echocardiographic abnormalities. Sixteen patients had segmental hypokinesia involving the same cardiac area as the scintigraphic defects. Fifteen patients had clinical signs suggestive of myocardial contusion and scintigraphic defects. Almost 70 percent of patients with blunt chest trauma had scintigraphic defects related to areas of myocardial contusion. When thallium 201 myocardial scintigraphy directly showed myocardial lesion, two-dimensional echocardiography and standard ECG detected related functional consequences of cardiac trauma.

  11. Bimanual anterior segment revision surgery for anterior capsule contraction syndrome associated with anterior flexion of intraocular lens haptics

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    Zinkernagel, M; Papazoglou, A; Patel, C K

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To report the incidence of anterior capsule contraction syndrome (ACCS) and to present a novel minimally invasive bimanual technique for anterior segment revision surgery associated with ACCS with anterior flexion of the intraocular lens haptics. Methods A consecutive cohort of 268 eyes of 161 patients undergoing phacoemulsification and implantation of the same type of hydrophilic acrylic aspheric intraocular lens cohort were analysed and a novel technique of minimally invasive bimanual technique for anterior segment revision surgery is described. Results We identified four eyes (1.5%) of three patients with advanced ACCS. Successful restoration of a clear visual axis with minimal induction of astigmatism and rapid visual rehabilitation was achieved in all four cases. Conclusion This technique is a safe and minimally invasive alternative to laser or vitrector-cut capsulotomy to restore a clear visual axis. In cases of advanced ACCS, it offers the option for haptic reposition or amputation. PMID:24037236

  12. Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

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    Wilde, Jeffrey; Bedi, Asheesh; Altchek, David W.

    2014-01-01

    Context: Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common surgical procedures, with more than 200,000 ACL tears occurring annually. Although primary ACL reconstruction is a successful operation, success rates still range from 75% to 97%. Consequently, several thousand revision ACL reconstructions are performed annually and are unfortunately associated with inferior clinical outcomes when compared with primary reconstructions. Evidence Acquisition: Data were obtained from peer-reviewed literature through a search of the PubMed database (1988-2013) as well as from textbook chapters and surgical technique papers. Study Design: Clinical review. Level of Evidence: Level 4. Results: The clinical outcomes after revision ACL reconstruction are largely based on level IV case series. Much of the existing literature is heterogenous with regard to patient populations, primary and revision surgical techniques, concomitant ligamentous injuries, and additional procedures performed at the time of the revision, which limits generalizability. Nevertheless, there is a general consensus that the outcomes for revision ACL reconstruction are inferior to primary reconstruction. Conclusion: Excellent results can be achieved with regard to graft stability, return to play, and functional knee instability but are generally inferior to primary ACL reconstruction. A staged approach with autograft reconstruction is recommended in any circumstance in which a single-stage approach results in suboptimal graft selection, tunnel position, graft fixation, or biological milieu for tendon-bone healing. Strength-of-Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT): Good results may still be achieved with regard to graft stability, return to play, and functional knee instability, but results are generally inferior to primary ACL reconstruction: Level B. PMID:25364483

  13. Trypan blue dye for anterior segment surgeries

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    Jhanji, V; Chan, E; Das, S; Zhang, H; Vajpayee, R B

    2011-01-01

    Use of vital dyes in ophthalmic surgery has gained increased importance in the past few years. Trypan blue (TB) has been a popular choice among anterior segment surgeons mainly due to its safety, ease of availability, and remarkable ability to enable an easy surgery in difficult situations mostly related to visibility of the targeted tissue. It is being used in cataract surgery since nearly a decade and its utilization has been extended to other anterior segment surgeries like trabeculectomy and corneal transplantation. This review will discuss the techniques and outcome of TB dye-assisted anterior segment surgeries. PMID:21681214

  14. Modulation of myocardial contraction by peroxynitrite

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    Kohr, Mark J.; Roof, Steve R.; Zweier, Jay L.; Ziolo, Mark T.

    2012-01-01

    Peroxynitrite is a potent oxidant that is quickly emerging as a crucial modulator of myocardial function. This review will focus on the regulation of myocardial contraction by peroxynitrite during health and disease, with a specific emphasis on cardiomyocyte Ca2+ handling, proposed signaling pathways, and protein end-targets. PMID:23248603

  15. [ST segment elevation myocardial infarction in a young patient: special physiopathology and unusual management].

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    Combaret, N; Motreff, P

    2014-12-01

    We report the case of a 24-year-old patient admitted for anterior ST segment elevation myocardial complicated by ventricular fibrillation and revealing thrombotic sub occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Revascularization is achieved by manual thrombectomy and use of Glycoprotein GPIIbIIIa inhibitors and permits to restore TIMI 3 flow. Given the large thrombotic burden, the patient is initially treated medically (optimal anti thrombotic therapy without stenting) and benefits from angiographic control 48 hours later with imaging by Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). It shows a reduction of thrombus burden and lack of significant underlying organic lesion (no organic stenosis or plaque rupture). In view of these data, it was decided to continue medical treatment alone without stenting. OCT imaging at 6 months shows atheroma without stenosis, thrombus or plaque rupture. This young patient remains asymptomatic and recovered normal left ventricular function with a 2-year follow-up. PMID:25450990

  16. An unusual adverse effect of sildenafil citrate: acute myocardial infarction in a nitrate-free patient.

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    Cakmak, Huseyin Altug; Ikitimur, Baris; Karadag, Bilgehan; Ongen, Zeki

    2012-01-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) associated with sildenafil citrate is seen rarely in patients without any history of coronary artery disease. We report a nitrate-free patient with a history of cardiovascular risk factors who developed acute MI after taking sildenafil. A 44-year-old man diagnosed with acute anterior ST segment elevation MI 120 min after self-administration of 150 mg sildenafil was admitted before attempting any sexual intercourse. The coronary angiography revealed 99% occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) and a bare-metal stent was implanted. He was discharged after 5 days without any complication. Sildenafil may cause coronary steal or may lead to vasodilation causing hypotension in patient with pre-existing cardiovascular disease, especially in patients on nitrate therapy. Our patient was nitrate free, with normal blood pressure values. Emotional stimulation associated with anticipated sexual activity may have been a triggering factor for vulnerable coronary plaque rupture. PMID:23087267

  17. Intracranial haemorrhage 4?days after receiving thrombolytic therapy in a young woman with myocardial infarction

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    Ali, Sameera Mohamed; Rajani, Ali Raza; Baslaib, Fahad Omar

    2013-01-01

    Intracranial haemorrhage is a known complication after fibrinolytic therapy and occurs usually in the first 24?h. We report a 35-year-old woman who presented with severe central chest pain and she was diagnosed as anterior ST elevation myocardial infarction. She was given fibrinolytic therapy with Tenecteplase. She responded well to the treatment with a decrease in the intensity of chest pain and resolution of the ST segment elevation. She was taken for coronary angiogram the next day, which revealed an occlusion of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery, and stenting of LAD was carried out. Four? days later, she developed severe headache, confusion, slurring of speech and right haemiparesis. CT brain revealed intracerebral haemorrhage and she was referred to an neurosurgeon who advised for conservative management. Her condition gradually improved with physiotherapy and was discharged home with no marked functional impairment. PMID:23704457

  18. Biomarkers of myocardial injury after cardiac arrest or myocardial ischemia.

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    Ristagno, Giuseppe; Santonocito, Cristina; Li, Yongqin; Li Volti, Giovanni; Gullo, Antonino

    2010-01-01

    Outcomes of victims of cardiac arrest or acute myocardial ischemic events have improved with advances in medical therapy. Heart failure, however, remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality after these conditions have occurred. Clinical features may be useful for predicting patients who are at risk of developing such complications, but they lack of sensitivity and specificity. Biomarkers have been therefore suggested as means to provide relevant prognostic information. The more commonly used biomarkers after cardiovascular ischemic events, including cardiac arrest, are creatin kinases and troponins. In addition, natriuretic peptides and C-reactive protein have gained great interest and now sufficient data has been collected such to justify their clinical applicability. Finally, several other novel biomarkers, to be used after resuscitation from cardiac arrest or more generally after a myocardial ischemic event, have been anticipated. Nevertheless, the "perfect" biomarker, able to provide diagnosis and prognosis with high sensitivity and specificity does not exit. A multimarker strategy that categorizes patients based on the number of elevated biomarkers at presentation is therefore suggested. PMID:20036954

  19. Prostanoids suppress the coronary vasoconstrictor influence of endothelin after myocardial infarction.

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    de Beer, Vincent J; Taverne, Yannick J; Kuster, Diederik W; Najafi, Aref; Duncker, Dirk J; Merkus, Daphne

    2011-09-01

    Myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with endothelial dysfunction resulting in an imbalance in endothelium-derived vasodilators and vasoconstrictors. We have previously shown that despite increased endothelin (ET) plasma levels, the coronary vasoconstrictor effect of endogenous ET is abolished after MI. In normal swine, nitric oxide (NO) and prostanoids modulate the vasoconstrictor effect of ET. In light of the interaction among NO, prostanoids, and ET combined with endothelial dysfunction present after MI, we investigated this interaction in control of coronary vasomotor tone in the remote noninfarcted myocardium after MI. Studies were performed in chronically instrumented swine (18 normal swine; 13 swine with MI) at rest and during treadmill exercise. Furthermore, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and cyclooxygenase protein levels were measured in the anterior (noninfarcted) wall of six normal and six swine with MI. eNOS inhibition with N(?)-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) and cyclooxygenase inhibition with indomethacin each resulted in coronary vasoconstriction at rest and during exercise, as evidenced by a decrease in coronary venous oxygen levels. The effect of l-NNA was slightly decreased in swine with MI, although eNOS expression was not altered. Conversely, in accordance with the unaltered expression of cyclooxygenase-1 after MI, the effect of indomethacin was similar in normal and MI swine. L-NNA enhanced the vasodilator effect of the ET(A/B) receptor blocker tezosentan but exclusively during exercise in both normal and MI swine. Interestingly, this effect of L-NNA was blunted in MI compared with normal swine. In contrast, whereas indomethacin increased the vasodilator effect of tezosentan only during exercise in normal swine, indomethacin unmasked a coronary vasodilator effect of tezosentan in MI swine both at rest and during exercise. In conclusion, the present study shows that endothelial control of the coronary vasculature is altered in post-MI remodeled myocardium. Thus the overall vasodilator influences of NO as well as its inhibition of the vasoconstrictor influence of ET on the coronary resistance vessels were reduced after MI. In contrast, while the overall prostanoid vasodilator influence was maintained, its inhibition of ET vasoconstrictor influences was enhanced in post-MI remote myocardium. PMID:21685265

  20. Quantification of myocardial infarction: a comparison of single photon-emission computed tomography with pyrophosphate to serial plasma MB-creatine kinase measurements

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    Jansen, D.E.; Corbett, J.R.; Wolfe, C.L.; Lewis, S.E.; Gabliani, G.; Filipchuk, N.; Redish, G.; Parkey, R.W.; Buja, L.M.; Jaffe, A.S.

    1985-08-01

    Single photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT) with /sup 99m/Tc-pyrophosphate (PPi) has been shown to estimate size of myocardial infarction accurately in animals. The authors tested the hypothesis that SPECT with /sup /sup 99m//Tc-PPi and blood pool subtraction can provide prompt and accurate estimates of size of myocardial infarction in patients. SPECT estimates are potentially available early after the onset of infarction and should correlate with estimates of infarct size calculated from serial measurements of plasma MB-creatine kinase (CK) activity. Thirty-three patients with acute myocardial infarction and 16 control patients without acute myocardial infarction were studied. Eleven of the patients had transmural anterior myocardial infarction, 16 had transmural inferior myocardial infarction, and six had nontransmural myocardial infarction. SPECT was performed with a commercially available rotating gamma camera. Identical projection images of the distribution of 99mTc-PPi and the ungated cardiac blood pool were acquired sequentially over 180 degrees. Reconstructed sections were color coded and superimposed for purposes of localization of infarct. Areas of increased PPi uptake within myocardial infarcts were thresholded at 65% of peak activity. The blood pool was thresholded at 50% and subtracted to determine the endocardial border for the left ventricle. Myocardial infarcts ranged in size from 1 to 126 gram equivalents (geq) MB-CK. The correlation of MB-CK estimates of size of infarct with size determined by SPECT (both in geq) was good (r = .89 with a regression line of y = 13.1 + 1.5x).

  1. [Cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction].

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    Ghannem, M; Ghannem, L; Ghannem, L

    2015-12-01

    Although the proofs of the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation accumulate, many patients are not sent to rehabilitation units, especially younger and very elderly patients. As the length of stay in acute care units decreases, rehabilitation offers more time to fully assess the patients' conditions and needs. Meta-analyses of randomised trials suggest that mortality can be improved by as much as 20-30%. In addition, rehabilitation helps managing risk factors, including hyperlipidemia, diabetes, smoking and sedentary behaviours. Physical training also helps improving exercise capacity. Because of all of these effects, cardiac rehabilitation for post-myocardial infarction patients has been given a class IA recommendation in current guidelines. PMID:26548984

  2. Risk stratification after myocardial infarction. Clinical overview

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    O'Rourke, R.A. )

    1991-09-01

    Many patients with an acute myocardial infarction can be stratified into subgroups that are at high risk for morbidity and mortality on the basis of clinical characteristics that indicate recurrent myocardial ischemia, persistent left ventricular dysfunction, and/or recurrent cardiac arrhythmias. In patients with uncomplicated myocardial infarction the assessment of symptoms, physical findings, and ECG changes during predischarge exercise testing often identifies patients at increased risk for further cardiac events. Because of the suboptimum sensitivity and specificity of the exercise ECG for detecting myocardial ischemia, myocardial perfusion imaging with 201Tl and/or assessment of global and segmental ventricular function by two-dimensional echocardiography or radionuclide cineangiography during or immediately after exercise are often added to the predischarge risk stratification.

  3. Myocardial infarction during adenosine stress test.

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    Polad, J E; Wilson, L M

    2002-02-01

    A 65 year old woman with history of ischaemic heart disease underwent standard adenosine stress test for myocardial perfusion imaging. She sustained inferior myocardial infarction during the final stages of the stress test. She was admitted to the coronary care unit and received thrombolytic treatment. The patient made an uneventful recovery. Adenosine is widely used for myocardial stress imaging tests and has a good safety profile. So far there has been only one other reported myocardial infarction during adenosine stress test, which was under special circumstances because three days before the test the patient had undergone percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty when a severe circumferential dissection was noted. The present patient's case highlights the need to be aware of rare but potentially serious complications of adenosine, even though it generally has an excellent safety record for use in myocardial stress testing. PMID:11796565

  4. Myocardial infarction during adenosine stress test

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    Polad, J E; Wilson, L M

    2002-01-01

    A 65 year old woman with history of ischaemic heart disease underwent standard adenosine stress test for myocardial perfusion imaging. She sustained inferior myocardial infarction during the final stages of the stress test. She was admitted to the coronary care unit and received thrombolytic treatment. The patient made an uneventful recovery. Adenosine is widely used for myocardial stress imaging tests and has a good safety profile. So far there has been only one other reported myocardial infarction during adenosine stress test, which was under special circumstances because three days before the test the patient had undergone percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty when a severe circumferential dissection was noted. The present patient's case highlights the need to be aware of rare but potentially serious complications of adenosine, even though it generally has an excellent safety record for use in myocardial stress testing. PMID:11796565

  5. Signs and symptoms in diagnosing acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary syndrome: a diagnostic meta-analysis

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    Bruyninckx, Rudi; Aertgeerts, Bert; Bruyninckx, Pieter; Buntinx, Frank

    2008-01-01

    Background Prompt diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome is very important. Aim A systematic review was conducted to determine the accuracy of 10 important signs and symptoms in selected and non-selected patients. Design of study Diagnostic meta-analysis. Method Using MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, tracing references, and by contacting experts, studies were sought out that described one of the 10 signs and symptoms on one or both conditions. Studies were excluded if they were not based on original data. Validity was assessed using QUADAS and all data were pooled using a random effects model. Results Sixteen of the 28 included studies were about patients who were non-selected. In this group, absence of chest-wall tenderness on palpation had a pooled sensitivity of 92% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 86 to 96) for acute myocardial infarction and 94% (95% CI = 91 to 96) for acute coronary syndrome. Oppressive pain followed with a pooled sensitivity of 60% (95% CI = 55 to 66) for acute myocardial infarction. Sweating had the highest pooled positive likelihood ratio (LR+), namely 2.92 (95% CI = 1.97 to 4.23) for acute myocardial infarction. The other pooled LR+ fluctuated between 1.05 and 1.49. Negative LRs (LR?) varied between 0.98 and 0.23. Absence of chest-wall tenderness on palpation had a LR? of 0.23 (95% CI = 0.18 to 0.29). Conclusions Based on this meta-analysis it was not possible to define an important role for signs and symptoms in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome. Only chest-wall tenderness on palpation largely ruled out acute myocardial infarction or acute coronary syndrome in low-prevalence settings. PMID:18307844

  6. The experince with anterior minimally invasive hip surgery.

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    Asotic, Mithat; Grubor, Predrag; Muminagic, Sahib

    2011-01-01

    Frontal sinus fractures make up about 2-15% of all facial fractures.This is relatively low frequency of occurrence, but it has a large potential of complication and may involve not only the frontal sinuse but more importantly the brain and the eyes. The management depends of the complexity. If anterior wall is fractured with grossly involved nasofrontal duct (NFD) in the injury it is paramount to occlude NFD. Very often, sinus obliteration is done at the same time. In our expirience autogenous cancellous bone graft is considered to be the best grafting material. It has the less short - or long-term complications and the donor site morbidity is insignificant. KEY PMID:21950234

  7. [Anterior rectal duplication. Value of ultrasonic diagnosis].

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    Trguier, C; Montagne, C; Gandon, Y; Langanay, T; Frmond, B; Babut, J M; Carsin, M

    1990-01-01

    A case of neonatal anterior rectal duplication is reported. Abdominal ultrasonography revealed a prerectal cystic mass. The different types of rectal duplications and the main differential diagnosis are described. Mechanical obstruction and neoplastic risk make early surgery necessary. PMID:2181959

  8. Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion with Plating

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  9. Nasal provocation and passive anterior rhinomanometry (PAR).

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    Clement, P A; van Dishoeck, A; van de Wal, J; Stoop, P; Hoek, T; van Strick, R

    1981-05-01

    A rapid and convenient method of nasal provocation (aerosol provocation combined with passive anterior rhinomanometry) is described. A comparative study between skin tests, bronchial provocations and nasal provocations highlights the usefulness of this method. PMID:7249344

  10. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Learning Module

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    ... only Sections Introduction Your Knee Causes of ACL Injury Symptoms Diagnosis Nonsurgical Treatment Surgical Treatment Your Surgery After Surgery Risks and Complications Conclusion Related Topics Exit This Module Informed Patient - Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Help Introduction Welcome ...

  11. In-Situ Onlay Grafting Combined with Titanium Mesh for Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Anterior Maxillary Ridge.

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    Wang, Tianlu; Wu, Qingqing; Qu, Yili; Gong, Ping; Yu, Haiyang; Man, Yi

    2016-01-01

    Reconstruction of anterior maxillary ridge defects involving both horizontal and vertical dimensions has always been a challenge. This case report proposes a novel approach to reconstruct labial bony walls with onlay bone blocks harvested in situ held by titanium mesh covered with concentrated growth factor. Favorable outcomes were shown because of better space maintenance and nutrition supply. PMID:26697557

  12. The bottleneck stent model for chronic myocardial ischemia and heart failure in pigs.

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    Rissanen, Tuomas T; Nurro, Jussi; Halonen, Paavo J; Tarkia, Miikka; Saraste, Antti; Rannankari, Markus; Honkonen, Krista; Pietil, Mikko; Leppnen, Olli; Kuivanen, Antti; Knuuti, Juhani; Yl-Herttuala, Seppo

    2013-11-01

    A large animal model of chronic myocardial ischemia and heart failure is crucial for the development of novel therapeutic approaches. In this study we developed a novel percutaneous one- and two-vessel model for chronic myocardial ischemia using a stent coated with a polytetrafluoroethylene tube formed in a bottleneck shape. The bottleneck stent was implanted in the proximal left anterior descending (LAD) or proximal circumflex artery (LCX), or in both proximal LCX and mid LAD 1 wk later (2-vessel model), and pigs were followed for 4-5 wk. Ejection fraction (EF), infarct size, collateral growth, and myocardial perfusion were assessed. Pigs were given antiarrhythmic medication to prevent sudden death. The occlusion time of the bottleneck stent and the timing of myocardial infarction could be modulated by the duration of antiplatelet medication. Fractional flow reserve measurements and positron emission tomography imaging showed severe ischemia after bottleneck stenting covering over 50% of the left ventricle in the proximal LAD model. Complete coronary occlusion was necessary for significant collateral growth, which mostly had occurred already during the first wk after the stent occlusion. Dynamic and competitive collateral growth patterns were observed. EF declined from 64 to 41% in the LCX model and to 44% in the LAD model 4 wk after stenting with 12 and 21% infarcted left ventricle in the LCX and LAD models, respectively. The mortality was 32 and 37% in the LCX and LAD models but very (71%) high in the two-vessel disease model. The implantation of a novel bottleneck stent in the proximal LAD or LCX is a novel porcine model of reversible myocardial ischemia (open stent) and ischemic heart failure (occluded stent) and is feasible for the development of new therapeutic approaches. PMID:23997096

  13. Myocardial sestamibi uptake in healthy subjects is related to age, gender and habitus.

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    Bouvier, F; Bevegård, S; Nejat, M; Jensen-Urstad, M

    1999-01-01

    The object of this study was to evaluate the effect of gender, age and anthropometric data on regional isotope uptake in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy using 99mTc-MIBI-SPECT (myocardial sestamibi single-photon emission technique). Seventy-one healthy, non-smoking subjects, 42 men and 29 women between 40 and 80 years of age, with less than 5% likelihood of having coronary artery disease were studied. All subjects underwent a maximal exercise and rest MIBI-SPECT using a 2-day protocol and a 180 degrees anterior circular rotation. No correction for scatter or attenuation was made. Normalized regional activity was different in men and women in the anterior and inferior regions, with higher values anteriorly in men and inferiorly in women. Regional activity also differed with age in both women and men with higher relative activity in the anterior regions in the oldest age groups. Higher activities were seen in the basal parts of the left ventricle at rest compared with stress in both men and women. Regional isotope uptake was significantly affected by habitus expressed as body mass index (BMI) and thoracic circumference. Different protocols for stress and rest seem to be needed for men and women in different age groups, and for stress and rest when performing semiquantitative MIBI-SPECT and comparing data with a normal file of healthy subjects. Furthermore, such anthropometric data as BMI and/or thoracic circumference should be considered in order to minimize the risk for false-positive or false-negative scintigraphic results. PMID:10068869

  14. Ventricular function and infarct size: the Western Washington Intravenous Streptokinase in Myocardial Infarction Trial

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    Ritchie, J.L.; Cerqueira, M.; Maynard, C.; Davis, K.; Kennedy, J.W.

    1988-04-01

    The Western Washington Intravenous Streptokinase in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial randomized 368 patients with symptoms and signs of acute myocardial infarction of less than 6 h duration to either conventional care or 1.5 million units of intravenous streptokinase. The mean time to randomization was 209 min and 52% of patients were randomized within 3 h of symptom onset. Quantitative, tomographic thallium-201 infarct size and radionuclide ejection fraction were measured at 8.2 +/- 7.5 weeks in 207 survivors who lived within a 100 mile radius of a centralized laboratory. Overall, infarct size as a percent of the left ventricle was 19 +/- 13% for control subjects and 15 +/- 13% for treatment patients (p = 0.03). For anterior infarction in patients entered within 3 h of symptom onset, infarct size was 28 +/- 13% in the control group versus 19 +/- 15% for the treatment group (p = 0.09). Left ventricular ejection fraction was 47 +/- 15% in the control versus 51 +/- 15% in the treatment group (p = 0.08). For anterior infarction of less than 3 h duration, the ejection fraction was 38 +/- 16% in the control versus 48 +/- 20% in the treatment group (p = 0.13). By statistical analysis incorporating the nonsurvivors, p values for all of these variables were less than or equal to 0.08. There was no benefit for patients with inferior infarction or for anterior infarction of greater than 3 h duration. It is concluded that intravenous streptokinase, when given within 3 h of symptom onset to patients with anterior infarction, reduces infarct size and improves ventricular function.

  15. Myocardial performance after successful intervention for native aortic coarctation.

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    Tavli, Vedide; Saritas, Turkay; Guven, Baris; Okur, Faik; Saylan, Berna Cevik; Tavli, Talat; Uyanik, Bekir Sami; Ari, Zeki; Isbilen, Banu

    2010-02-01

    Coarctation of the aorta is associated with increased risk for hypertension in adulthood, despite successful repair. The intrinsic mechanisms underscoring hypertension and left ventricular performance in these patients, however, remains to be determined. Our objective was to evaluate left ventricular performance by means of echocardiographic and biochemical parameters at midterm follow-up in normotensive children who have had undergone successful surgical or catheter interventional treatment of coarctation with a residual gradient of less than 20 mmHg at rest. We studied prospectively 14 patients with native aortic coarctation who underwent surgery or balloon angioplasty, the cohort made up of equal numbers of boys and girls, and having a mean age of 8.5 plus or minus 4 years. We also studied 30 age-matched healthy subjects, measuring mitral inflow pulsed wave signals, isovolumic relaxation and contraction times, myocardial performance index parameters, and levels of B-type natriuretic peptide and endothelin-1 in both groups. We found no differences in systolic blood pressure at rest between the patients and their controls. The ventricular septal diastolic dimensions, left ventricular posterior wall dimensions, mitral valve E wave, deceleration time, isovolumic relaxation time, isovolumic contraction time and myocardial performance index were all significantly increased in the patients. Levels of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide and endothelin-1 were also significantly higher in the patients when compared to the control group. We conclude that aortic coarctation is a chronic disease characterized by persistency of myocardial and vascular alterations. The elevated levels of plasma b-type natriuretic peptide and endothelin-1 may be indicative of late onset hypertension after successful treatment of native coarctation in early childhood. PMID:20067654

  16. [Usefulness of the measurement of the left-ventricular isometric relaxation time by echo-Doppler during the administration of dipyridamole or dobutamine as a method of inducing myocardial ischemia].

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    Romero Crdenas, A; Vargas Barrn, J; Alamn Garca, A; Guzmn Herrera, M; Hernndez Herrera, C; Espinola Zavaleta, N; Rijlaarsdam, M; Ram-irez, M; Morelos Guzmn, M; Gutirrez Fajardo, P

    1995-01-01

    Myocardial isquemia prolongs ventricular relaxation. The purpose of this study was to assess the isovolumetric relaxation time of the left ventricle (IVRT) as a parameter of global ventricular relaxation, during the administration of Dipyridamol or Dobutamine intravenously. We studied 58 patients with ischemic heart disease uncovered by the administration of pharmacological agents. They were divided in two groups: 22 patients in the group of Dipyridamole, which was administered intravenously at a dose of 0.84 mg/kg during 10 minutes and 36 patients in the group of Dobutamine administered at a dose of 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 mcg/kg/min in stepping fashion every three minutes. Coronariography was performed in all patients. The measurements of the maximal velocities of the E and A waves, as well as the deceleration time of the E wave and the pressure half time of the mitral flow did not show significant changes in both groups. If the study was positive by criterion of alteration of the wall motion, the IVRT corrected from the heart rate (IVRT/C) had an increase in 54% (p < 0.01) with respect to baseline values in the same patient in the Dipyridamole group and in the Dobutamine group the increment of the IVRT/C was 26% (p < 0.20). The sensibility (Sen), specificity (Sp) and positive predictive value (PPV) of the IVRT/C increments in detecting proximal significant obstruction of the left anterior descending coronary artery of trivascular disease in the Dipyridamole group was of 50%, 100% and 100% respectively. In the Dobutamine group the Sen was of 74%, the Sp of 60% and the PPV of 89%. Nor Dipyridamol neither Dobutamine produced a significant prolongation of IVRT/C when alterations of wall motion were absent or when the existing alterations were not exacerbated. On the basis of these results we concluded that the measurement of the IVRT/C in studies of myocardial ischemia with pharmacological provocative maneuvers is an additional useful parameter together with segmental alterations of wall motion to differentiate positive from negative studies. PMID:8678698

  17. Wind tunnel wall interference

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    Newman, Perry A.; Mineck, Raymond E.; Barnwell, Richard W.; Kemp, William B., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    About a decade ago, interest in alleviating wind tunnel wall interference was renewed by advances in computational aerodynamics, concepts of adaptive test section walls, and plans for high Reynolds number transonic test facilities. Selection of NASA Langley cryogenic concept for the National Transonic Facility (NTF) tended to focus the renewed wall interference efforts. A brief overview and current status of some Langley sponsored transonic wind tunnel wall interference research are presented. Included are continuing efforts in basic wall flow studies, wall interference assessment/correction procedures, and adaptive wall technology.

  18. Wall surveyor project report

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    Mullenhoff, D.J.; Johnston, B.C.; Azevedo, S.G.

    1996-02-22

    A report is made on the demonstration of a first-generation Wall Surveyor that is capable of surveying the interior and thickness of a stone, brick, or cement wall. LLNL`s Micropower Impulse Radar is used, based on emitting and detecting very low amplitude and short microwave impulses (MIR rangefinder). Six test walls were used. While the demonstrator MIR Wall Surveyor is not fieldable yet, it has successfully scanned the test walls and produced real-time images identifying the walls. It is planned to optimize and package the evaluation wall surveyor into a hand held unit.

  19. Abdominal wall extraction using constrained deformable model and abdominal context.

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    Huang, Weimin; Quan, Lijie; Lin, Zhiping; Duan, Yuping; Zhou, Jiayin; Yang, Yongzhong; Xiong, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Information about abdominal wall can be used for many applications from organ segmentation, registration, and surgical simulation. The challenges exist in abdominal wall extraction due to its varieties in shapes, connection to the internal organs and anterior layer edge formed between the muscle and fascia/fatty layer, which may distract the shape model. In this paper we present an approach to the posterior abdominal wall extraction using the shape model and other abdominal context, particularly with the rib-spine bone information and the wall image features. The shape model is constructed based on the training abdominal walls that are delineated manually. After bone information being extracted, the wall shape deforms from the prior shape model using the snake, which is constrained by the bone context and guided by the processed image energy map with the aim of removing distracted image features of anterior abdominal wall and the outer region from the original map. Meanwhile, an overall convex shape is maintained by limiting the angles of the contour points. The proposed approach is tested on abdominal CT data which provides encouraging results. PMID:25571041

  20. Myocardial perfusion after percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation as assessed by myocardial contrast echocardiography in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

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    Pedone, Chiara; Biagini, Elena; Galema, Tjebbe W; Vletter, Willem B; ten Cate, Folkert J

    2006-08-01

    Microvascular dysfunction in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) depends on a complex interplay of functional and anatomic mechanisms. We used myocardial contrast echocardiography in 16 consecutive patients with HOCM (mean age 49 +/- 15 years; 11 men) referred for percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation to assess myocardial perfusion before and 6 months after the procedure. Myocardial contrast echocardiography was performed using real-time imaging during intravenous injection of SonoVue. Myocardial blood velocity (beta) and a semiquantitative assessment of blood volume were obtained in the apical 4-chamber views at midapical septum. Twelve healthy individuals served as control subjects. In patients with HOCM, beta was lower either before (0.17 +/- 0.04 vs 0.50 +/- 0.34 s(-1), P = .006) or after (0.23 +/- 0.07 vs 0.50 +/- 0.34 s(-1), P = .02) successful percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation compared with control subjects. A patchy perfusion pattern was seen in all the patients with HOCM either before or after the procedure. In patients with HOCM percutaneous transluminal septal myocardial ablation improves, but does not normalize microvascular function. PMID:16880092

  1. Anterior Eye Imaging with Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Huang, David; Li, Yan; Tang, Maolong

    The development of corneal and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology has advanced rapidly in recently years. The scan geometry and imaging wavelength are both important choices to make in designing anterior segment OCT systems. Rectangular scan geometry offers the least image distortion and is now used in most anterior OCT systems. The wavelength of OCT light source affects resolution and penetration. An optimal choice of the OCT imaging wavelength (840, 1,050, or 1,310 nm) depends on the application of interest. Newer generation Fourier-domain OCT technology can provide scan speed 100-1000 times faster than the time-domain technology. Various commercial anterior OCT systems are available on the market. A wide spectrum of diagnostic and surgical applications using anterior segment OCT had been investigated, including mapping of corneal and epithelial thicknesses, keratoconus screening, measuring corneal refractive power, corneal surgery planning and evaluation in LASIK, intracorneal ring implantation, assessment of angle closure glaucoma, anterior chamber biometry and intraocular lens implants, intraocular lens power calculation, and eye bank donor cornea screening.

  2. K-wire assisted split-thickness skin graft harvesting from the anterior trunk.

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    Yontar, Yalcin; Coruh, Atilla; Severcan, Mehmet

    2016-02-01

    Split thickness skin graft (STSG) harvesting from the anterior chest and abdominal wall skin is quite a difficult process. The main reason for the difficulty to perform this process is the unsuitable anatomic characteristics of the anterior trunk, such as irregular wavy-like surface over the ribs and lax abdominal wall skin resulting in collapse due to lack of adequate underneath supporting structures when a downward force is applied by the skin graft dermatome. Lower extremity and especially the thigh are generally chosen as the donor site where the STSGs are easily harvested from. However, extensive lower extremity burns, with or without other region burns, preclude harvesting auto STSGs from this invaluable anatomic site. We harvested K-wire assisted STSGs from the anterior chest and abdominal wall skin of 7 patients with lower extremity burns and also a patient that sustained motor vehicle collision. We encountered no problems in any of our patients both intra and postoperatively by using K-wire assisted STSG harvesting. All of the STSGs donor sites healed uneventfully without complications. In our opinion, K-wire assisted STSG harvesting must always be in the tool-box of any surgeon who deals with extensive burns with or without lower extremity burns and extensive traumas of lower extremities. PMID:26608017

  3. Direct Evidence that Myocardial Insulin Resistance following Myocardial Ischemia Contributes to Post-Ischemic Heart Failure.

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    Fu, Feng; Zhao, Kun; Li, Jia; Xu, Jie; Zhang, Yuan; Liu, Chengfeng; Yang, Weidong; Gao, Chao; Li, Jun; Zhang, Haifeng; Li, Yan; Cui, Qin; Wang, Haichang; Tao, Ling; Wang, Jing; Quon, Michael J; Gao, Feng

    2015-01-01

    A close link between heart failure (HF) and systemic insulin resistance has been well documented, whereas myocardial insulin resistance and its association with HF are inadequately investigated. This study aims to determine the role of myocardial insulin resistance in ischemic HF and its underlying mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats subjected to myocardial infarction (MI) developed progressive left ventricular dilation with dysfunction and HF at 4 wk post-MI. Of note, myocardial insulin sensitivity was decreased as early as 1 wk after MI, which was accompanied by increased production of myocardial TNF-?. Overexpression of TNF-? in heart mimicked impaired insulin signaling and cardiac dysfunction leading to HF observed after MI. Treatment of rats with a specific TNF-? inhibitor improved myocardial insulin signaling post-MI. Insulin treatment given immediately following MI suppressed myocardial TNF-? production and improved cardiac insulin sensitivity and opposed cardiac dysfunction/remodeling. Moreover, tamoxifen-induced cardiomyocyte-specific insulin receptor knockout mice exhibited aggravated post-ischemic ventricular remodeling and dysfunction compared with controls. In conclusion, MI induces myocardial insulin resistance (without systemic insulin resistance) mediated partly by ischemia-induced myocardial TNF-? overproduction and promotes the development of HF. Our findings underscore the direct and essential role of myocardial insulin signaling in protection against post-ischemic HF. PMID:26659007

  4. Direct Evidence that Myocardial Insulin Resistance following Myocardial Ischemia Contributes to Post-Ischemic Heart Failure

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    Fu, Feng; Zhao, Kun; Li, Jia; Xu, Jie; Zhang, Yuan; Liu, Chengfeng; Yang, Weidong; Gao, Chao; Li, Jun; Zhang, Haifeng; Li, Yan; Cui, Qin; Wang, Haichang; Tao, Ling; Wang, Jing; Quon, Michael J; Gao, Feng

    2015-01-01

    A close link between heart failure (HF) and systemic insulin resistance has been well documented, whereas myocardial insulin resistance and its association with HF are inadequately investigated. This study aims to determine the role of myocardial insulin resistance in ischemic HF and its underlying mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats subjected to myocardial infarction (MI) developed progressive left ventricular dilation with dysfunction and HF at 4 wk post-MI. Of note, myocardial insulin sensitivity was decreased as early as 1 wk after MI, which was accompanied by increased production of myocardial TNF-?. Overexpression of TNF-? in heart mimicked impaired insulin signaling and cardiac dysfunction leading to HF observed after MI. Treatment of rats with a specific TNF-? inhibitor improved myocardial insulin signaling post-MI. Insulin treatment given immediately following MI suppressed myocardial TNF-? production and improved cardiac insulin sensitivity and opposed cardiac dysfunction/remodeling. Moreover, tamoxifen-induced cardiomyocyte-specific insulin receptor knockout mice exhibited aggravated post-ischemic ventricular remodeling and dysfunction compared with controls. In conclusion, MI induces myocardial insulin resistance (without systemic insulin resistance) mediated partly by ischemia-induced myocardial TNF-? overproduction and promotes the development of HF. Our findings underscore the direct and essential role of myocardial insulin signaling in protection against post-ischemic HF. PMID:26659007

  5. A case of left main coronary artery disease in an octogenarian treated surgically and complicated by myocardial infarction: decisions, techniques, rescue and final outcome.

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    Kossaify, Antoine; Grollier, Gilles

    2013-01-01

    We report on an octogenarian patient presenting with an acute coronary syndrome due to significant left main coronary artery disease and severe ostial stenosis of the left anterior descending artery disease. Emergent bypass graft performed with "beating heart" consisted of left internal mammary graft to the mid left anterior descending artery with an "over-stent" anastomosis. The immediate post-operative phase was simple, however the patient presented on post-operative day 8 with extensive anterior myocardial infarction and cardiogenic shock. Emergent coronary angiogram showed subocclusive anastomotic stenosis. Percutaneous coronary intervention was performed on left main, proximal left anterior descending, and proximal circumflex arteries. Subsequently, the patient restored a satisfactory hemodynamic condition. A focus on the importance of decision for management of left main disease especially in octogenarian is presented, along with a review of the pertinent literature. PMID:23641159

  6. Formation of myocardial zonal lesions.

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    Ratliff, N. B.; Kopelman, R. I.; Goldner, R. D.; Cruz, P. T.; Hackel, D. B.

    1975-01-01

    Right ventricular papillary muscles from control cats and from cats subjected to hemorrhagic shock were studied by electron microscopy. Half of the muscles were fixed at the apex of their active length-tension curves following stimulation in a papillary muscle bath. The other half were also fixed under tension. The ultrastructure of each muscle was examined in detail. A series of stages in the formation of myocardial zonal lesions, ranging from minimal changes in the intercalated discs to severe lesions, were identified and interpreted as representing the sequential stages in the formation of zonal lesions. One of the earliest (least severe) changes in the formation of zonal lesions, the separations of actin filaments from the intercalated disc, may be critical to the subsequent development of cardiac failure in hypovolemic shock. Mitochondrial displacement was a late event in the formation of the lesions, occurring only after major alterations had taken place in the sarcomeres and intercalated discs. It was noted that the ultrastructure of mitochondria remained essentially normal, and that there was no cell swelling associated with zonal lesions. This serves as confirmatory evidence that myocardial zonal lesions are a unique form of myocyte injury, are potentially reversible, and are not caused by ischemia. Images Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 Fig 5 Fig 6 Fig 7 Fig 8 Fig 9 Fig 10 PMID:1146964

  7. Circadian influences on myocardial infarction

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    Virag, Jitka A. I.; Lust, Robert M.

    2014-01-01

    Components of circadian rhythm maintenance, or “clock genes,” are endogenous entrainable oscillations of about 24 h that regulate biological processes and are found in the suprachaismatic nucleus (SCN) and many peripheral tissues, including the heart. They are influenced by external cues, or Zeitgebers, such as light and heat, and can influence such diverse phenomena as cytokine expression immune cells, metabolic activity of cardiac myocytes, and vasodilator regulation by vascular endothelial cells. While it is known that the central master clock in the SCN synchronizes peripheral physiologic rhythms, the mechanisms by which the information is transmitted are complex and may include hormonal, metabolic, and neuronal inputs. Whether circadian patterns are causally related to the observed periodicity of events, or whether they are simply epi-phenomena is not well established, but a few studies suggest that the circadian effects likely are real in their impact on myocardial infarct incidence. Cycle disturbances may be harbingers of predisposition and subsequent response to acute and chronic cardiac injury, and identifying the complex interactions of circadian rhythms and myocardial infarction may provide insights into possible preventative and therapeutic strategies for susceptible populations. PMID:25400588

  8. Inferior vena cava injury caused by an anteriorly migrated cage resulting in ligation: case report.

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    Ariyoshi, Dai; Sano, Shigeo; Kawamura, Naohiro

    2016-03-01

    Anterior dislodgement of the transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) cage is one of the severe complications seen in this procedure, which may cause an intraoperative major vessel injury. The objective of this report is to present a rare case of inferior vena cava (IVC) injury during revision surgery for removal of the anteriorly migrated cage. The authors describe a case of 74-year-old woman with lumbar spinal canal stenosis and degenerative scoliosis. During the TLIF surgery, an inserted titanium cage at the L4-5 level dislodged anteriorly to the retroperitoneal space without massive bleeding from the disc space. In the second surgery, which was performed via an anterior retroperitoneal approach to remove the migrated cage, massive torrential bleeding occurred because of IVC injury. The laceration in the posterior wall of the IVC necessitated ligation of this vessel and both common iliac veins by a vascular surgeon. Postoperative edema of the lower extremities after ligation of the vessels was well tolerated, and the patient showed almost full recovery. For removal surgery of an anteriorly migrated cage, the surgeon should be well prepared for the risk of IVC injury, including requesting the attendance of a vascular surgeon. Ligation of the infrarenal IVC is an acceptable solution in irreparable IVC injury. PMID:26637062

  9. Tc-99m pyrophosphate myocardial imaging in perimyocarditis

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    Ahmad, M.; Dubiel, J.P.

    1981-05-01

    A focal or diffuse pattern of Tc-99m pyrophosphate (Tc-99m PPi) myocardial uptake may occur in patients with acute myocardial necrosis from various causes. A recent study has shown intense Tc-99m PPi myocardial uptake in experimental viral perimyocarditis in mice. This report describes a patient with perimyocarditis, with intense, persistent, and generalized myocardial uptake of Tc99m PPi.

  10. Mechanisms Involved in the Beneficial Effects of Spironolactone after Myocardial Infarction

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    Minicucci, Marcos F.; dos Santos, Priscila P.; Rafacho, Bruna P. M.; Gonalves, Andrea F.; Silva, Renata A. C.; Chiuso-Minicucci, Fernanda; Azevedo, Paula S.; Polegato, Bertha F.; Okoshi, Katashi; Pereira, Elenize J.; Paiva, Sergio A. R.; Zornoff, Leonardo A. M.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Our objective was to analyze the effect of spironolactone on cardiac remodeling after experimental myocardial infarction (MI), assessed by matricellular proteins levels, cardiac collagen amount and distribution, myocardial tissue metalloproteinase inhibitor-1(TIMP-1) concentration, myocyte hypertrophy, left ventricular architecture, and in vitro and in vivo cardiac function. Methods Wistar rats were assigned to 4 groups: control group, in which animals were submitted to simulated surgery (SHAM group; n=9); group that received spironolactone and in which animals were submitted to simulated surgery (SHAM-S group, n=9); myocardial infarction group, in which animals were submitted to coronary artery ligation (MI group, n=15); and myocardial infarction group with spironolactone supplementation (MI-S group, n=15). The rats were observed for 3 months. Results The MI group had higher values of left cardiac chambers and mass index and lower relative wall thicknesses compared with the SHAM group. In addition, diastolic and systolic functions were worse in the MI groups. However, spironolactone did not influence any of these variables. The MI-S group had a lower myocardial hydroxyproline concentration and myocyte cross-sectional area compared with the MI group. Myocardial periostin and collagen type III were lower in the MI-S group compared with the MI-group. In addition, TIMP-1 concentration in myocardium was higher in the MI-S group compared with the MI group. Conclusions The predominant consequence of spironolactone supplementation after MI is related to reductions in collagens, with discrete attenuation of other remodeling variables. Importantly, this effect may be modulated by periostin and TIMP-1 levels. PMID:24098808

  11. If walls could talk

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    Braam, J.; McIntire, L. V. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    The plant cell wall is very complex, both in structure and function. The wall components and the mechanical properties of the wall have been implicated in conveying information that is important for morphogenesis. Proteoglycans, fragments of polysaccharides and the structural integrity of the wall may relay signals that influence cellular differentiation and growth control. Furthering our knowledge of cell wall structure and function is likely to have a profound impact on our understanding of how plant cells communicate with the extracellular environment.

  12. Regional lymph node radiotherapy in breast cancer: single anterior supraclavicular field vs. two anterior and posterior opposed supraclavicular fields

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    Houshyari, Mohammad; Kashi, Amir Shahram Yousefi; Varaki, Sakineh Soleimani; Rakhsha, Afshin; Blookat, Eftekhar Rajab

    2015-01-01

    Background: The treatment of lymph nodes engaged in breast cancer with radiotherapy leads to improved locoregional control and enhanced survival rates in patients after surgery. The aim of this study was to compare two treatment techniques, namely single anterior posterior (AP) supraclavicular field with plan depth and two