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  1. Transesophageal echocardiography assessment of severe ostial left main coronary stenosis

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    Firstenberg, M. S.; Greenberg, N. L.; Lin, S. S.; Garcia, M. J.; Alexander, L. A.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    Doppler echocardiography is commonly used in the assessment of stenotic valvular orifices. We describe the application of transesophageal echocardiography for the detection of a critical ostial left main coronary stenosis. Because preoperative coronary angiography often is not routinely performed in young patients undergoing valve surgery, application of Doppler echocardiography can potentially prevent catastrophic complications, particularly in atypical cases.

  2. Echocardiography.

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    Chambers, J. B.; Monaghan, M. J.; Jackson, G.

    1988-01-01

    Imaging echocardiography is an important extension of the clinical examination and will answer most questions in an emergency-for example, whether an enlarged cardiac shadow on the chest radiograph represents ventricular dilatation or an effusion. Doppler ultrasonography is essential for hospitals with an interest in cardiology because it provides direct haemodynamic data that are complementary to imaging. It requires more skill than imaging and may also be time consuming. Colour flow Doppler mapping is speedy and simple to use and aids the interpretation of continuous wave Doppler. It is therefore a natural companion to conventional Doppler, but there would have to be a high clinical load to justify its purchase. Images FIG 3 FIG 4 FIG 4 FIG 5 FIG 6 PMID:3143434

  3. Transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion in adults with severe pulmonary hypertension through a parasternal approach

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    Dai, Xiao-Fu; Chen, Liang-Wan; Chen, Dong-Zhong; Chen, Qiang; Zhen, Guo-Zhong; Zhang, Gui-Can

    2015-01-01

    Between April 2010 and April 2014, 39 consective adult patients (> 18 years) with PDA associated severe pulmonary hypertension underwent transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion through a parasternal minimally invasive approach. Among 39 patients, the procedure was successful in 32 cases (82.1%) and failed in 7 cases (17.9%). In the failed cases, 3 cases had a large residual shunt and 4 cases had persistent pulmonary hypertension. The mean minimum miameter of the successfully closed PDAs was 15.2 ± 2.1 mm (range 9 to 24), and the mean diameter of the mushroom-shaped occluder was 17.5 ± 2.5 mm (range 11 to 26). The pulmonary artery pressure decreased significantly after occlusion (P < 0.05), but there were no significant differences in the aortic pressure and blood oxygen saturation before and after occlusion (P > 0.05). Echocardiography performed on the first postoperative day showed decreased volume within the left atrium, left ventricle, and pulmonary artery in 23 cases, decreased volume within the left atrium and left ventricle in 4 cases, and no change in the volume of the atrium and ventricle in 3 cases. A minor residual shunt was observed in 6 cases. The posteroanterior chest X-ray showed improved pulmonary congestion in all cases and significantly reduced cardiothoracic ratio in 25 cases. Patients were followed-up at least for 1 year. No symptoms including palpitation, dyspnoea, or chest tightness were observed. The heart function ranged from NYHA class I to II. A minor residual shunt was observed only in one case. There were varying degrees of decrease in volume within the atrium and ventricle. In conclusion, transesophageal echocardiography guided patent ductus arteriosus occlusion through a parasternal minimally invasive approach is a feasible and effective method for the treatment of PDA in adults with severe pulmonary hypertension. PMID:26722416

  4. Comparative Definitions for Moderate-Severe Ischemia in Stress Nuclear, Echocardiography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Shaw, Leslee J.; Berman, Daniel S.; Picard, Michael H.; Friedrich, Matthias G.; Kwong, Raymond Y.; Stone, Gregg W.; Senior, Roxy; Min, James K.; Hachamovitch, Rory; Scherrer-Crosbie, Marielle; Mieres, Jennifer H.; Marwick, Thomas H.; Phillips, Lawrence M.; Chaudhry, Farooq A.; Pellikka, Patricia A.; Slomka, Piotr; Arai, Andrew E.; Iskandrian, Ami E.; Bateman, Timothy M.; Heller, Gary V.; Miller, Todd D.; Nagel, Eike; Goyal, Abhinav; Borges-Neto, Salvador; Boden, William E.; Reynolds, Harmony R.; Hochman, Judith S.; Maron, David J.; Douglas, Pamela S.

    2014-01-01

    The lack of standardized reporting of the magnitude of ischemia on noninvasive imaging contributes to variability in translating the severity of ischemia across stress imaging modalities. We identified the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) death or myocardial infarction (MI) associated with ?10% ischemic myocardium on stress nuclear imaging as the risk threshold for stress echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance. A narrative review revealed that ?10% ischemic myocardium on stress nuclear imaging was associated with a median rate of CAD death or MI of 4.9%/year (interquartile range: 3.75% to 5.3%). For stress echocardiography, ?3 newly dysfunctional segments portend a median rate of CAD death or MI of 4.5%/year (interquartile range: 3.8% to 5.9%). Although imprecisely delineated, moderate-severe ischemia on cardiac magnetic resonance may be indicated by ?4 of 32 stress perfusion defects or ?3 dobutamine-induced dysfunctional segments. Risk-based thresholds can define equivalent amounts of ischemia across the stress imaging modalities, which will help to translate a common understanding of patient risk on which to guide subsequent management decisions. PMID:24925328

  5. Comparative definitions for moderate-severe ischemia in stress nuclear, echocardiography, and magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Shaw, Leslee J; Berman, Daniel S; Picard, Michael H; Friedrich, Matthias G; Kwong, Raymond Y; Stone, Gregg W; Senior, Roxy; Min, James K; Hachamovitch, Rory; Scherrer-Crosbie, Marielle; Mieres, Jennifer H; Marwick, Thomas H; Phillips, Lawrence M; Chaudhry, Farooq A; Pellikka, Patricia A; Slomka, Piotr; Arai, Andrew E; Iskandrian, Ami E; Bateman, Timothy M; Heller, Gary V; Miller, Todd D; Nagel, Eike; Goyal, Abhinav; Borges-Neto, Salvador; Boden, William E; Reynolds, Harmony R; Hochman, Judith S; Maron, David J; Douglas, Pamela S

    2014-06-01

    The lack of standardized reporting of the magnitude of ischemia on noninvasive imaging contributes to variability in translating the severity of ischemia across stress imaging modalities. We identified the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) death or myocardial infarction (MI) associated with ?10% ischemic myocardium on stress nuclear imaging as the risk threshold for stress echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance. A narrative review revealed that ?10% ischemic myocardium on stress nuclear imaging was associated with a median rate of CAD death or MI of 4.9%/year (interquartile range: 3.75% to 5.3%). For stress echocardiography, ?3 newly dysfunctional segments portend a median rate of CAD death or MI of 4.5%/year (interquartile range: 3.8% to 5.9%). Although imprecisely delineated, moderate-severe ischemia on cardiac magnetic resonance may be indicated by ?4 of 32 stress perfusion defects or ?3 dobutamine-induced dysfunctional segments. Risk-based thresholds can define equivalent amounts of ischemia across the stress imaging modalities, which will help to translate a common understanding of patient risk on which to guide subsequent management decisions. PMID:24925328

  6. Physical Stress Echocardiography: Prediction of Mortality and Cardiac Events in Patients with Exercise Test showing Ischemia.

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    Araujo, Ana Carla Pereira de; Santos, Bruno F de Oliveira; Calasans, Flavia Ricci; Pinto, Ibraim M Francisco; Oliveira, Daniel Pio de; Melo, Luiza Dantas; Andrade, Stephanie Macedo; Tavares, Irlaneide da Silva; Sousa, Antonio Carlos Sobral; Oliveira, Joselina Luzia Menezes

    2014-11-01

    Background: Studies have demonstrated the diagnostic accuracy and prognostic value of physical stress echocardiography in coronary artery disease. However, the prediction of mortality and major cardiac events in patients with exercise test positive for myocardial ischemia is limited. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of physical stress echocardiography in the prediction of mortality and major cardiac events in patients with exercise test positive for myocardial ischemia. Methods: This is a retrospective cohort in which 866 consecutive patients with exercise test positive for myocardial ischemia, and who underwent physical stress echocardiography were studied. Patients were divided into two groups: with physical stress echocardiography negative (G1) or positive (G2) for myocardial ischemia. The endpoints analyzed were all-cause mortality and major cardiac events, defined as cardiac death and non-fatal acute myocardial infarction. Results: G2 comprised 205 patients (23.7%). During the mean 85.6 ± 15.0-month follow-up, there were 26 deaths, of which six were cardiac deaths, and 25 non-fatal myocardial infarction cases. The independent predictors of mortality were: age, diabetes mellitus, and positive physical stress echocardiography (hazard ratio: 2.69; 95% confidence interval: 1.20 - 6.01; p = 0.016). The independent predictors of major cardiac events were: age, previous coronary artery disease, positive physical stress echocardiography (hazard ratio: 2.75; 95% confidence interval: 1.15 - 6.53; p = 0.022) and absence of a 10% increase in ejection fraction. All-cause mortality and the incidence of major cardiac events were significantly higher in G2 (p < 0. 001 and p = 0.001, respectively). Conclusion: Physical stress echocardiography provides additional prognostic information in patients with exercise test positive for myocardial ischemia.Fundamento: Estudos têm demonstrado a acurácia diagnóstica e o valor prognóstico da ecocardiografia com estresse físico na doença arterial coronária, mas a predição de mortalidade e de eventos cardíacos maiores, em pacientes com teste ergométrico positivo para isquemia miocárdica, é limitada. Objetivo: Avaliar a predição de mortalidade e de eventos cardíacos maiores pela ecocardiografia com estresse físico em pacientes com teste ergométrico positivo para isquemia miocárdica. Métodos: Trata-se de uma coorte retrospectiva em que foram estudados 866 pacientes consecutivos, com teste ergométrico positivo para isquemia miocárdica, submetidos à ecocardiografia com estresse físico. Os pacientes foram divididos em dois grupos: ecocardiografia com estresse físico negativa (G1) ou positiva (G2) para isquemia miocárdica. Os desfechos avaliados foram mortalidade por qualquer causa e eventos cardíacos maiores, definidos como óbito cardíaco e infarto agudo do miocárdio não fatal. Resultados: O G2 constituiu-se de 205 (23,7%) pacientes. Durante o seguimento médio de 85,6 ± 15,0 meses, ocorreram 26 óbitos, sendo seis por causa cardíaca, e 25 casos de infarto agudo do miocárdio não fatais. Os preditores independentes de mortalidade foram idade, diabetes melito e a ecocardiografia com estresse físico + (hazard ratio: 2,69; intervalo de confiança de 95%: 1,20 - 6,01; p = 0,016), com os seguintes eventos cardíacos maiores: idade, doença arterial coronária prévia, ecocardiografia com estresse físico + (hazard ratio: 2,75; intervalo de confiança de 95%: 1,15 - 6,53; p = 0,022) e ausência do incremento de 10% na fração de ejeção. A mortalidade por qualquer causa e os eventos cardíacos maiores foram significativamente superiores no G2 (p < 0, 001 e p = 0,001, respectivamente). Conclusão: A ecocardiografia com estresse físico oferece informações prognósticas adicionais em pacientes com teste ergométrico positivo para isquemia miocárdica. PMID:25352460

  7. The relationship between tricuspid regurgitation severity and right atrial mechanics: a speckle tracking echocardiography study.

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    Teixeira, Rogério; Monteiro, Ricardo; Garcia, João; Baptista, Rui; Ribeiro, Miguel; Cardim, Nuno; Gonçalves, Lino

    2015-08-01

    The aim at this study was to assess the influence of the tricuspid regurgitation volume (TRvol) in right atrium (RA) reservoir phase myocardial mechanics. We included 55 heart failure (HF) patients referred for transthoracic echocardiography during a 2-month period. 18 Had HF with a reduced ejection fraction (HFREF) and 37 HF with a preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). TR was chronic and functional. TRvol was calculated according to the PISA method. This study of RA used 2D-speckle tracking echocardiography to measure strain (r?R) and strain rate (rSR(R)). The reference frame coincided with the onset of the QRS. RA stiffness was assessed as the ratio: (rE/e')/r?(R). The median age of the sample was 78 (64-84) years, with female gender predominance (63.6%). The median value of r?(R) was 16% (range, 12.7-24.0) and of rSR(R) was 1.57 s(-1) (range, 1.09-2.05). We observed a significant negative correlation between r?(R) (r = -0.68, p < 0.01) and rSR(R) (r = -0.58, p < 0.01) and TRvol. RA mechanics decreased significantly with an increase in the TR grade. We created two multivariate linear regression models for r?(R) and rSR(R), separately for the patients with sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation. The TRvol was independently associated with r?(R) after adjusting to the RA area, right ventricular longitudinal systolic function and the estimated pulmonary vascular resistance. We demonstrated an increase in RA stiffness with an increase in TR severity, and an association for functional status (NYHA class) and RA compliance. The HFREF group had a significantly lower r?(R) and rSR(R) that the HFPEF patients. According to our study, in HF patients, a chronic volume overload state significantly reduced the RA reservoir phase mechanics. PMID:25904401

  8. Technology update: intracardiac echocardiography – a review of the literature

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    Vitulano, Nicola; Pazzano, Vincenzo; Pelargonio, Gemma; Narducci, Maria Lucia

    2015-01-01

    The development of new imaging tools helps in better investigation of cardiac structures and function by showing detailed images during interventional procedures. Intracardiac echocardiography plays a pivotal role as an intraoperative real-time imaging tool during invasive cardiac procedures. Initially, this echocardiographic technique was particularly useful when transthoracic image quality was insufficient and to avoid general anesthesia for transesophageal imaging. Nowadays, intracardiac echocardiography is routinely used in several cardiac invasive laboratories to support several types of procedures, such as extraction and implantation of cardiac devices, electrophysiological mapping, ablation, and endomyocardial biopsies. This review gives an overview of the basic principles of intracardiac echocardiography and examines its applications in the different settings of invasive cardiology. PMID:26060415

  9. Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Asymptomatic Marfan Syndrome Patients Is Related to the Severity of Gene Mutation: Insights from the Novel Three Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Abd El Rahman, Mohamed; Haase, Denise; Rentzsch, Axel; Olchvary, Julia; Schäfers, Hans-Joachim; Henn, Wolfram; Wagenpfeil, Stefan; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim

    2015-01-01

    Background In asymptomatic Marfan syndrome (MFS) patients we evaluated the relationship between the types of fibrillin-1 (FBN1) gene mutation and possible altered left ventricular (LV) function as assessed by three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3D-STE). Methods and Results Forty-five MFS patients (mean age 24±15 years) and 40 age-matched healthy controls were studied. Genetic evaluation for the FBN1 gene was carried on 32 MFS patients. Gene mutation (n = 15, 47%) was classified as mild when the mutation resulted in nearly normally functioning protein, while mutations resulting in abnormally function protein were considered to be severe (n = 17, 53%). All patients and controls underwent 3D-STE for evaluation of LV function by an echocardiographer blinded to the results of the genetic testing. Compared to controls, MFS patients had significantly lower 3D-STE derived LV ejection fraction (EF, 57.43±7.51 vs. 62.69±4.76%, p = 0.0001), global LV longitudinal strain (LS, 14.85±2.89 vs. 17.90±2.01%, p = 0.0001), global LV circumferential strain (CS, 13.93±2.81 vs. 16.82±2.17%, p = 0.0001) and global LV area strain (AS, 25.76±4.43 vs. 30.51±2.61%, p = 0.0001). Apart from the global LV LS all these parameters were significantly lower in patients with severe gene mutation than in those with mild mutation (p<0.05). In the multivariate linear regression analysis only the type of mutation had a significant influence on the 3D-STE derived LVEF (p = 0.017), global CS (p = 0.005) and global AS (p = 0.03). Conclusions In asymptomatic MFS patients latent LV dysfunction can be detected using 3D STE. The LV dysfunction is mainly related to the severity of gene mutation, suggesting possible primary cardiomyopathy in MFS patients. PMID:25901601

  10. Stress echocardiography: safety and tolerability

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    2013-01-01

    Background Stress echocardiography is a valuable tool for the noninvasive diagnosis of ischemic heart disease. Despite its widely use in the clinical practice, safety and side effects profile have never been evaluated in Moroccans. The aim To assess the safety and tolerability of the two stress echo modalities in Moroccans. Methods The study was made by 311 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease, 203 underwent exercise echocardiography and 108 underwent dobutamine echocardiography, major and minor rhythmic complications and side effects were recorded for the two groups. Results We registered 3 (2, 8%) major rhythmic events in the dobutamine group (2 sustained supraventricular tachycardia and 1 sustained ventricular tachycardia), there was no major rhythmic events in the exercise group. Minor rhythmic events were frequent (43, 5% in the dobutamine group and 19, 2% in the exercise group with a p?=?0, 0001). Severe hypotension occurs in 4 (3, 7%) patients during a dobutamine stress, there was no significant drop in the blood pressure during exercise stress procedures. Non cardiac side effects were more common among patients who underwent a dobutamine stress echo (13, 9% vs. 3, 4% with p?=?0,001). Conclusion Exercise is safer than dobutamine stress echocardiography, complications and adverse effects with the use of dobutamine are usually minor and self-limiting. PMID:23961806

  11. The Origin of Echocardiography

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    Singh, Siddharth; Goyal, Abha

    2007-01-01

    The original description of M-mode echocardiography in 1953, by Inge Edler (1911–2001) and his physicist friend Hellmuth Hertz, marked the beginning of a new diagnostic noninvasive technique. Edler used this technique primarily for the preoperative study of mitral stenosis and diagnosis of mitral regurgitation. His work was carried forward by cardiologists all over the world, who developed Doppler, 2-dimensional, contrast, and transesophageal echocardiography. These are now standard in cardiologic examinations. Edler also influenced neurologists and obstetricians at Lund University (Sweden) to use ultrasound in their fields. For his landmark discovery, Edler is recognized as the “Father of Echocardiography.” PMID:18172524

  12. American Society of Echocardiography

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    ... Materials Annual Meeting ASE Foundation ASE Funded Research – Project Summaries ASE Global ASE Sponsorship Opportunity ASEUniversity Online ... Pediatric Echocardiography Fourth Year Fellowships Physician Training Practice Management Press Releases Renew Your Membership Research Resources Research ...

  13. Ebstein's anomaly assessed by real-time 3-D echocardiography.

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    Acar, Philippe; Abadir, Sylvia; Roux, Daniel; Taktak, Assaad; Dulac, Yves; Glock, Yves; Fournial, Gerard

    2006-08-01

    The outcome of patients with Ebstein's malformation depends mainly on the severity of the tricuspid valve malformation. Accurate description of the tricuspid anatomy by two-dimensional echocardiography remains difficult. We applied real-time three-dimensional echocardiography to 3 patients with Ebstein's anomaly. Preoperative and postoperative descriptions of the tricuspid valve were obtained from views taken inside the right ventricle. Surface of the leaflets as well as the commissures were obtained by three-dimensional echocardiography. Real time three-dimensional echocardiography is a promising tool, providing new views that will help to evaluate the ability and efficiency of surgical valve repair in patient with Ebstein's malformation. PMID:16863801

  14. The Role of Focused Echocardiography in Pediatric Intensive Care: A Critical Appraisal

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    Gaspar, Heloisa Amaral; Morhy, Samira Saady

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is a key tool for hemodynamic assessment in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Focused echocardiography performed by nonspecialist physicians has a limited scope, and the most relevant parameters assessed by focused echocardiography in Pediatric ICU are left ventricular systolic function, fluid responsiveness, cardiac tamponade and pulmonary hypertension. Proper ability building of pediatric emergency care physicians and intensivists to perform focused echocardiography is feasible and provides improved care of severely ill children and thus should be encouraged. PMID:26605333

  15. Quantification in echocardiography.

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    Korsten, Hendrikus H M; Mischi, Massimo; Grouls, Rene J E; Jansen, Annemiek; van Dantzig, Jan-Melle; Peels, Kathinka

    2006-03-01

    Until recently, more than 2200 Swan Ganz catheters were used annually in the operating rooms (OR) and intensive care unit (ICU) of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. After cardiologists who were specialists in echocardiography (ECHO) trained anesthesiologists in ECHO, the need for these catheters in cardiac and noncardiac surgery was reduced. Initially intended as a local teaching project, an ECHO teaching compact disk (CD) was produced during the training and distributed later worldwide, thanks to a positive review in a major anesthesiology publication. By reducing the number of Swan Ganz catheters, the hospital could finance and acquire two echocardiography machines for the OR and ICU. The availability of these machines resulted in a further reduction of the number of Swan Ganz catheters. However, the need for quantification (eg, measurements of cardiac output) remained. During the creation of the ECHO teaching CD, the idea was born to apply indicator-dilution principles on injected echo contrast. This study was performed in cooperation with the Signal Processing Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Advanced signal processing and modelling were used to develop algorithms to enable quantification of intrapulmonary blood volume, ejection-fraction, and flow from the transesophageal echocardiography approach. These quantitative measurements, which can be performed on an outpatient basis, may become a real asset in cardiology, anesthesiology, and intensive care. PMID:16703235

  16. MRI Shows More Severe Hippocampal Atrophy and Shape Deformation in Hippocampal Sclerosis Than in Alzheimer's Disease

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    Zarow, C.; Wang, L.; Chui, H. C.; Weiner, M. W.; Csernansky, J. G.

    2011-01-01

    While hippocampal atrophy is a key feature of both hippocampal sclerosis (HS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), the pathology underlying this finding differs in these two conditions. In AD, atrophy is due primarily to loss of neurons and neuronal volume as a result of neurofibrillary tangle formation. While the etiology of HS is unknown, neuron loss in the hippocampus is severe to complete. We compared hippocampal volume and deformations from premortem MRI in 43 neuropathologically diagnosed cases of HS, AD, and normal controls (NC) selected from a longitudinal study of subcortical ischemic vascular disease (IVD Program Project). HS cases (n = 11) showed loss of neurons throughout the rostral-caudal extent of the hippocampus in one or both hemispheres. AD cases (n = 24) met NIA-Reagan criteria for high likelihood of AD. Normal control cases (n = 8) were cognitively intact and showed no significant AD or hippocampal pathology. The mean hippocampal volumes were significantly lower in HS versus AD groups (P < .001). Mean shape deformations in the CA1 and subiculum differed significantly between HS versus AD, HS versus NC, and AD versus NC (P < .0001). Additional study is needed to determine whether these differences will be meaningful for clinical diagnosis of individual cases. PMID:21547227

  17. Microsatellites haplotyping of CF chromosomes shows linkage disequilibrium and several founder effects in Brittany (France)

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    Raguenes, O.; Ferec, C.; Mercier, B.

    1994-09-01

    A large study on cystic fibrosis (CF) is underway in Brittany (France). It is based on 902 CF patients distributed in 795 families who were or are still followed at the {open_quotes}Centre Helio-Marin{close_quotes} in Roscoff and/or were subjected to a molecular analysis at the {open_quotes}Centre de Biogenetique{close_quotes} in Brest. At present, the CF mutations have been identified in 309 patients born in Brittany, most of them of Celtic origin. A microsatellite (MS) study using IVS 17b TA, IVS 17b CA and IVS 8 CA was also completed in 63 CF patients and their parents (carriers of the {Delta}F508 mutation or the G551D mutation or the 1078delT mutation or the W846X mutation). All the 21 chromosomes carrying the 1078delT mutation had the same MS haplotype (16-21-13), which was also found on 9 of the 83 non-CF chromosomes analyzed. All the 16 chromosomes with the G551D mutation carried another MS haplotype (16-7-17), which was also found on 13.3% of the non-CF chromosomes. All the 6 chromosomes with the W846X mutation carried the 16-32-13 haplotype, also found on 6.0% of the non-CF chromosomes. Sixteen different MS haplotypes were found among the 74 chromosomes carrying the{Delta}F508 mutation, three of them representing 74.3% (55/74) of the chromosomes. These were the 23-31-13 haplotype (31/74 - 41.9%), the 17-31-13 haplotype (11/74 - 14.9%), and the 17-32-13 haplotype (13/74 - 17.6%). These results show that the CF mutations observed in Brittany are in linkage disequilibrium with the MS haplotypes. They also suggest that their presence in Brittany is the consequence of several founder effects.

  18. The Evolutionary Development of Echocardiography

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    Maleki, Majid; Esmaeilzadeh, Maryam

    2012-01-01

    Echocardiography is a non-invasive diagnostic technique which provides information on cardiac morphology, function, and hemodynamics. It is the most frequently used cardiovascular diagnostic test only after electrocardiography. In less than five decades, the evolution in this technique has made it the basic part of cardiovascular medicine. Herein, the evolution of various forms of echocardiography is briefly described. PMID:23390327

  19. The explosive outbreak and intercontinental spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) shows

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    The explosive outbreak and intercontinental spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS (Mills and Childs 1998). Monkeypox, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), Lassa fever, Argentine evidence for top-down regulation of zoonotic disease reservoirs Richard S Ostfeld1 and Robert D Holt2

  20. Simplified approach for delivering medicine to patients with severe pain shows promise.

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    2015-08-01

    A new study suggests that in a busy emergency environment, a protocol based on simply asking patients if they need more pain medicine at 30-minute intervals can be effective at controlling pain, although some experts urge stricter limits on the automatic authorization of hydromorphone, and a mechanism to keep physicians more involved in care. Experts suggest that soliciting patient input is more effective than relying on numbered pain scales to gauge whether pain has been adequately controlled. For non-elderly patients in severe pain, the protocol includes an automatic authorization for an additional milligram of hydromorphone up to four times at 30-minute intervals. Study results indicate that all but two of 207 study participants achieved satisfactory pain control at one or more points in the study, and that most were satisfied with their treatment. PMID:26258202

  1. Quadricuspid Aortic Valve Defined by Echocardiography and Cardiac Computed Tomography

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    Karlsberg, Daniel W.; Elad, Yaron; Kass, Robert M.; Karlsberg, Ronald P.

    2012-01-01

    A 54 year old female presented with lower extremity edema, fatigue, and shortness of breath with physical findings indicative of advanced aortic insufficiency. Echocardiography showed severe aortic regurgitation and a probable quadricuspid aortic valve. In anticipation of aortic valve replacement, cardiac computed tomography (Cardiac CT) was performed using 100 kV, 420 mA which resulted in 6 mSv of radiation exposure. Advanced computing algorithmic software was performed with a non-linear interpolation to estimate potential physiological movement. Surgical photographs and in-vitro anatomic pathology exam reveal the accuracy and precision that preoperative Cardiac CT provided in this rare case of a quadricuspid aortic valve. While there have been isolated reports of quadricuspid diagnosis with Cardiac CT, we report the correlation between echocardiography, Cardiac CT, and similar appearance at surgery with confirmed pathology and interesting post-processed rendered images. Cardiac CT may be an alternative to invasive coronary angiography for non-coronary cardiothoracic surgery with the advantage of providing detailed morphological dynamic imaging and the ability to define the coronary arteries non-invasively. The reduced noise and striking depiction of the valve motion with advanced algorithms will require validation studies to determine its role. PMID:22442640

  2. Quadricuspid aortic valve defined by echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography.

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    Karlsberg, Daniel W; Elad, Yaron; Kass, Robert M; Karlsberg, Ronald P

    2012-01-01

    A 54 year old female presented with lower extremity edema, fatigue, and shortness of breath with physical findings indicative of advanced aortic insufficiency. Echocardiography showed severe aortic regurgitation and a probable quadricuspid aortic valve. In anticipation of aortic valve replacement, cardiac computed tomography (Cardiac CT) was performed using 100 kV, 420 mA which resulted in 6 mSv of radiation exposure. Advanced computing algorithmic software was performed with a non-linear interpolation to estimate potential physiological movement. Surgical photographs and in-vitro anatomic pathology exam reveal the accuracy and precision that preoperative Cardiac CT provided in this rare case of a quadricuspid aortic valve. While there have been isolated reports of quadricuspid diagnosis with Cardiac CT, we report the correlation between echocardiography, Cardiac CT, and similar appearance at surgery with confirmed pathology and interesting post-processed rendered images. Cardiac CT may be an alternative to invasive coronary angiography for non-coronary cardiothoracic surgery with the advantage of providing detailed morphological dynamic imaging and the ability to define the coronary arteries non-invasively. The reduced noise and striking depiction of the valve motion with advanced algorithms will require validation studies to determine its role. PMID:22442640

  3. Contrast echocardiography for assessment of left ventricular thrombi.

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    Abdelmoneim, Sahar S; Pellikka, Patricia A; Mulvagh, Sharon L

    2014-08-01

    The diagnosis of intracardiac thrombi remains clinically relevant, with associated risks of systemic embolization and implications for antithrombotic management. Intravenously injected ultrasound contrast agents, composed of microbubbles smaller than red blood cells, have become established essential adjunctive tools for performance of state-of-the-art echocardiography, providing important information on cardiac structure and function. Despite advances in other imaging modalities, echocardiography remains the initial tool for diagnosis and risk stratification in patients predisposed to developing cardiac thrombi. Ultrasound contrast agents are approved for left ventricular (LV) opacification and endocardial border definition. Additionally, the use of contrast echocardiography facilitates LV thrombus detection by providing contrast opacification within the cardiac chambers to clearly show the "filling defect" of an intracardiac thrombus. Furthermore, contrast perfusion echocardiography can provide an assessment of the tissue characteristics of LV masses suspicious for intracardiac thrombi and, by differentiating an avascular thrombus from a tumor, results in improved diagnostic performance of echocardiography. This article presents a clinical vignette highlighting the sound judgment of using contrast echocardiography to aid in the diagnosis of LV thrombi and will review recent advances in imaging modalities for intracardiac thrombus detection. PMID:25063398

  4. Echocardiography and cardiac resynchronisation therapy, friends or foes?

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    van Everdingen, W M; Schipper, J C; van 't Sant, J; Ramdat Misier, K; Meine, M; Cramer, M J

    2016-01-01

    Echocardiography is used in cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) to assess cardiac function, and in particular left ventricular (LV) volumetric status, and prediction of response. Despite its widespread applicability, LV volumes determined by echocardiography have inherent measurement errors, interobserver and intraobserver variability, and discrepancies with the gold standard magnetic resonance imaging. Echocardiographic predictors of CRT response are based on mechanical dyssynchrony. However, parameters are mainly tested in single-centre studies or lack feasibility. Speckle tracking echocardiography can guide LV lead placement, improving volumetric response and clinical outcome by guiding lead positioning towards the latest contracting segment. Results on optimisation of CRT device settings using echocardiographic indices have so far been rather disappointing, as results suffer from noise. Defining response by echocardiography seems valid, although re-assessment after 6 months is advisable, as patients can show both continuous improvement as well as deterioration after the initial response. Three-dimensional echocardiography is interesting for future implications, as it can determine volume, dyssynchrony and viability in a single recording, although image quality needs to be adequate. Deformation patterns from the septum and the derived parameters are promising, although validation in a multicentre trial is required. We conclude that echocardiography has a pivotal role in CRT, although clinicians should know its shortcomings. PMID:26645707

  5. Transoesophageal echocardiography during liver transplantation

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    De Pietri, Lesley; Mocchegiani, Federico; Leuzzi, Chiara; Montalti, Roberto; Vivarelli, Marco; Agnoletti, Vanni

    2015-01-01

    Liver transplantation (LT) has become the standard of care for patients with end stage liver disease. The allocation of organs, which prioritizes the sickest patients, has made the management of liver transplant candidates more complex both as regards their comorbidities and their higher risk of perioperative complications. Patients undergoing LT frequently display considerable physiological changes during the procedures as a result of both the disease process and the surgery. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which visualizes dynamic cardiac function and overall contractility, has become essential for perioperative LT management and can optimize the anaesthetic management of these highly complex patients. Moreover, TEE can provide useful information on volume status and the adequacy of therapeutic interventions and can diagnose early intraoperative complications, such as the embolization of large vessels or development of pulmonary hypertension. In this review, directed at clinicians who manage TEE during LT, we show why the procedure merits a place in challenging anaesthetic environment and how it can provide essential information in the perioperative management of compromised patients undergoing this very complex surgical procedure. PMID:26483865

  6. Our previous studies on G. dumetorum yielded several aporphine alkaloids that showed significant activity against Leishmania spp.

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    Our previous studies on G. dumetorum yielded several aporphine alkaloids that showed significant conducted additional isolation efforts on the minor alkaloids of this species. A standard alkaloid on the identification of alkaloids 1±9 from G. dumetorum (Fig.1). All nine of these metabolites were tested against

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    Fournier, John J.F.

    Integration of sec , csc , sec3 and csc3 These notes show several ways to integrate sec , csc , sec3 and csc3 . sec d -- by trickery The standard trick used to integrate sec is to multiply the integrand by 1 = sec +tan sec +tan and then substitute y = sec + tan , dy = (sec tan + sec2 ) d. sec d

  8. Stress echocardiography in paediatric cardiology.

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    Cifra, Barbara; Dragulescu, Andreea; Border, William L; Mertens, Luc

    2015-10-01

    Stress echocardiography is a well-established technique in adult cardiology and is mainly used for assessing regional myocardial function in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Apart from detecting ischaemia, stress echocardiography has found its place in the assessment of the haemodynamic significance of valve disease, particularly in selected patients with aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation. Also in the paediatric population, stress imaging is most commonly used for the detection of ischaemia in patients with CADs such as post heart transplantation, Kawasaki Disease, and abnormal origin of coronary arteries. Other paediatric indications include the haemodynamic and myocardial response in patients with different types of congenital heart disease, the early detection of myocardial dysfunction in specific populations such as patients after anthracycline exposure, and the evaluation of pulmonary artery pressures and the right ventricular functional response. Techniques have evolved over time and in different paediatric echocardiographic laboratories, exercise stress echocardiography is replacing dobutamine stress echocardiography in older children. Moreover, integrating tissue Doppler and strain technology with stress imaging allows a more quantitative analysis of regional and global systolic and diastolic function. Current clinical applications mainly include patients after transplant, suspected CAD, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. PMID:26130262

  9. The diagnostic value of transthoracic echocardiography for eosinophilic myocarditis: A single center experience from China.

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    Xie, Mingxing; Cheng, Tsung O; Fei, Hongwen; Ren, Pingping; He, Yale; Wang, Xinfang; Lu, Qing; Han, Wei; Li, Ke; Li, Ling; Yang, Yali; Chen, Oudi

    2015-12-15

    The aim of this study is to explore the value of transthoracic echocardiography in the diagnosis of eosinophilic myocarditis. The echocardiographic characteristics of nine patients with eosinophilic myocarditis in our hospital between January 2004 and January 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. In our study, four of the nine patients were diagnosed to have small pericardial effusion. The obliteration of the apical cavity was observed in five of the nine patients. There were six patients with both mitral and tricuspid regurgitation, one patient with only mitral regurgitation, and one patient with only tricuspid regurgitation. Transthoracic echocardiography showed that the diameters of the left and right atria were both increased in eight of the nine patients. The diameter of the left ventricle was increased in five patients, and the right ventricular diameter was increased in four patients. The left ventricular ejection fraction was decreased in two of the nine patients. Five of the nine patients had pulmonary hypertension, and one patient had severe pulmonary hypertension. Transthoracic echocardiography is the primary method for the diagnosis of eosinophilic myocarditis and is also useful in follow-up of the disease. PMID:26301679

  10. Non-Coronary Patients with Severe Chest Pain Show More Irrational Beliefs Compared to Patients with Mild Pain

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    Bahremand, Mostafa; Saeidi, Mozhgan

    2015-01-01

    Background Despite providing insufficient medical evidence of the existence of a real cardiac condition, patients with non-coronary chest pain still interpret their pain incorrectly. The present study, therefore, sought to compare the irrational beliefs in non-coronary patients with mild chest pain against those with severe chest pain. Methods A cross-sectional design was used. The statistical population comprised non-coronary patients who presented to the Heart Emergency Center of Kermanshah city, Iran. Using a matching method, 96 participants were selected and studied in two groups of 48. The instruments used were the Comorbidity Index, Brief Pain Index, and the Jones Irrational Beliefs Test (short-form). The multivariate analysis of variance, chi-square test, and t-test were used for data analysis. Results Controlling for the effects of age and comorbid conditions, the severity of three types of irrational beliefs, including emotional irresponsibility (P<0.001), hopelessness changes (P<0.001), and problem avoiding (P=0.002) was higher among patients with severe chest pain (according to effect level). However, in terms of demand for approval, no difference was seen between the two groups (P=0.180). Conclusion Non-coronary patients with severe chest pain showed a greater number of irrational beliefs in comparison to patients with mild pain. Irrational beliefs are common mental occurrences in patients with non-coronary chest pain, and they should be attended to by health professionals, especially in severe non-coronary chest pain. Further investigation to determine the association between irrational beliefs and non-coronary chest pain is necessary. PMID:26217482

  11. Myocardial perfusion echocardiography and coronary microvascular dysfunction

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    Barletta, Giuseppe; Del Bene, Maria Riccarda

    2015-01-01

    Our understanding of coronary syndromes has evolved in the last two decades out of the obstructive atherosclerosis of epicardial coronary arteries paradigm to include anatomo-functional abnormalities of coronary microcirculation. No current diagnostic technique allows direct visualization of coronary microcirculation, but functional assessments of this circulation are possible. This represents a challenge in cardiology. Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) was a breakthrough in echocardiography several years ago that claimed the capability to detect myocardial perfusion abnormalities and quantify coronary blood flow. Research demonstrated that the integration of quantitative MCE and fractional flow reserve improved the definition of ischemic burden and the relative contribution of collaterals in non-critical coronary stenosis. MCE identified no-reflow and low-flow within and around myocardial infarction, respectively, and predicted the potential functional recovery of stunned myocardium using appropriate interventions. MCE exhibited diagnostic performances that were comparable to positron emission tomography in microvascular reserve and microvascular dysfunction in angina patients. Overall, MCE improved echocardiographic evaluations of ischemic heart disease in daily clinical practice, but the approval of regulatory authorities is lacking.

  12. Echocardiography in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

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    Jone, Pei-Ni; Ivy, D. Dunbar

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be a rapidly progressive and fatal disease. Although right heart catheterization remains the gold standard in evaluation of PH, echocardiography remains an important tool in screening, diagnosing, evaluating, and following these patients. In this article, we will review the important echocardiographic parameters of the right heart in evaluating its anatomy, hemodynamic assessment, systolic, and diastolic function in children with PH. PMID:25429362

  13. Sector-scanning echocardiography

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    Henry, W. L.; Griffith, J. M.

    1975-01-01

    The mechanical sector scanner is described in detail, and its clinical application is discussed. Cross sectional images of the heart are obtained in real time using this system. The sector scanner has three major components: (a) hand held scanner, (b) video display, and (c) video recorder. The system provides diagnostic information in a wide spectrum of cardiac diseases, and it quantitates the severity of mitral stenosis by measurement of the mitral valve orifice area in diagnosing infants, children and adults with cyanotic congenital heart disease.

  14. Exercise stress echocardiography in patients with valvular heart disease

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    Newby, David E; Stewart, Ralph A H; Lee, Mildred; Gabriel, Ruvin; Van Pelt, Niels; Kerr, Andrew J

    2015-01-01

    Stress echocardiography is recommended for the assessment of asymptomatic patients with severe valvular heart disease (VHD) when there is discrepancy between symptoms and resting markers of severity. The aim of this study is to determine the prognostic value of exercise stress echocardiography in patients with common valve lesions. One hundred and fifteen patients with VHD (aortic stenosis (n=28); aortic regurgitation (n=35); mitral regurgitation, (n=26); mitral stenosis (n=26)), and age- and sex-matched controls (n=39) with normal ejection fraction underwent exercise stress echocardiography. The primary endpoint was a composite of death or hospitalization for heart failure. Asymptomatic VHD patients had lower exercise capacity than controls and 37% of patients achieved <85% of their predicted metabolic equivalents (METS). There were three deaths and four hospital admissions, and 24 patients underwent surgery during follow-up. An abnormal stress echocardiogram (METS <5, blood pressure rise <20?mmHg, or pulmonary artery pressure post exercise >60?mmHg) was associated with an increased risk of death or hospital admission (14% vs 1%, P<0.0001). The assessment of contractile reserve did not offer additional predictive value. In conclusion, an abnormal stress echocardiogram is associated with death and hospitalization with heart failure at 2 years. Stress echocardiography should be considered as part of the routine follow-up of all asymptomatic patients with VHD.

  15. An autopsied case of corticobasal degeneration showing severe cerebral atrophy over a protracted disease course of 16 years.

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    Kondo, Daizo; Hino, Hiroaki; Shibuya, Katsuhiko; Fujisawa, Koshiro; Kosaka, Kenji; Hirayasu, Yoshio; Yamamoto, Ryoko; Kasanuki, Koji; Minegishi, Michiko; Sato, Kiyoshi; Hosokawa, Masato; Arai, Tetsuaki; Arai, Heii; Iseki, Eizo

    2015-06-01

    The patient was a 72-year-old Japanese woman. At the age of 57, she started having difficulty performing daily work and developed agraphia. She also exhibited restlessness and loss of interest, and began to speak less. Thereafter, stereotypical behavior, gait disturbance and dysphagia were noted. CT scan demonstrated left-dominant frontal and temporal lobe atrophy. She died at the age of 72, about 16 years after the onset of symptoms. Neuropathologically, the brain weighed 867?g, and showed remarkable cerebral atrophy with degeneration of the white matter, predominantly in the left dorsal frontal lobe and anterior temporal lobe. Microscopically, severe neuronal loss and gliosis with rarefaction were found in the cerebral cortex, and severe destruction of myelin and axons was observed in the cerebral white matter. Moderate neuronal loss with gliosis was also found in the pallidum and substantia nigra. Gallyas-Braak staining and tau immunostaining revealed pretangle neurons, NFTs, ballooned neurons and astrocytic plaques in the cerebral cortex, subcortical nuclei and brainstem, and argyrophilic threads and coiled bodies in the subcortical white matter. Tau isoform-specific immunostaining revealed that most tau-immunoreactive structures were positive for 4-repeat (4R) tau, but some of the NFTs were positive for 3-repeat (3R) tau in the cerebral neocortex. Immunoblotting demonstrated an accumulation of 4R tau in the cerebral cortex and subcortical white matter. The patient was pathologically diagnosed as having corticobasal degeneration. Her long survival course likely accounts for the severe white matter degeneration and accumulation of 3R tau in NFTs. PMID:25516199

  16. The Blood Transcriptome of Experimental Melioidosis Reflects Disease Severity and Shows Considerable Similarity with the Human Disease.

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    Conejero, Laura; Potempa, Krzysztof; Graham, Christine M; Spink, Natasha; Blankley, Simon; Salguero, Francisco J; Pankla-Sranujit, Rungnapa; Khaenam, Prasong; Banchereau, Jacques F; Pascual, Virginia; Chaussabel, Damien; Lertmemongkolchai, Ganjana; O'Garra, Anne; Bancroft, Gregory J

    2015-10-01

    Melioidosis, a severe human disease caused by the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, has a wide spectrum of clinical manifestations ranging from acute septicemia to chronic localized illness or latent infection. Murine models have been widely used to study the pathogenesis of infection and to evaluate novel therapies or vaccines, but how faithfully they recapitulate the biology of human melioidosis at a molecular level is not known. In this study, mice were intranasally infected with either high or low doses of B. pseudomallei to generate either acute, chronic, or latent infection and host blood and tissue transcriptional profiles were generated. Acute infection was accompanied by a homogeneous signature associated with induction of multiple innate immune response pathways, such as IL-10, TREM1, and IFN signaling, largely found in both blood and tissue. The transcriptional profile in blood reflected the heterogeneity of chronic infection and quantitatively reflected the severity of disease. Genes associated with fibrosis and tissue remodeling, including matrix metalloproteases and collagen, were upregulated in chronically infected mice with severe disease. Transcriptional signatures of both acute and chronic melioidosis revealed upregulation of iNOS in tissue, consistent with the expression of IFN-?, but also Arginase-1, a functional antagonist of the iNOS pathway, and was confirmed by immunohistochemistry. Comparison of these mouse blood datasets by pathway and modular analysis with the blood transcriptional signature of patients with melioidosis showed that many genes were similarly perturbed, including Arginase-1, IL-10, TREM1, and IFN signaling, revealing the common immune response occurring in both mice and humans. PMID:26311902

  17. Maternal psychological impact of fetal echocardiography.

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    Sklansky, Mark; Tang, Alvin; Levy, Denis; Grossfeld, Paul; Kashani, Iraj; Shaughnessy, Robin; Rothman, Abraham

    2002-02-01

    The maternal psychological impact of fetal echocardiography may be deleterious in the face of newly diagnosed congenital heart disease. This questionnaire-based study prospectively examined the psychological impact of both normal and abnormal fetal echocardiography. Normal fetal echocardiography decreased maternal anxiety, increased happiness, and increased the closeness women felt toward their unborn children. In contrast, when fetal echocardiography detected congenital heart disease, maternal anxiety typically increased, and mothers commonly felt less happy about being pregnant. However, among women who had recently delivered infants with congenital heart disease, those who had had fetal echocardiography during the pregnancy felt less responsible for their infants' defects and tended to have improved their relationships with the infants' fathers after the prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. Further study of the psychological and medical impact of fetal echocardiography will be necessary to define and optimize the clinical value of this powerful diagnostic tool. PMID:11836491

  18. Myotubes from Severely Obese Type 2 Diabetic Subjects Accumulate Less Lipids and Show Higher Lipolytic Rate than Myotubes from Severely Obese Non-Diabetic Subjects

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    Bakke, Siril S.; Kase, Eili T.; Moro, Cedric; Stensrud, Camilla; Damlien, Lisbeth; Ludahl, Marianne O.; Sandbu, Rune; Solheim, Brita Marie; Rustan, Arild C.; Hjelmesæth, Jøran; Thoresen, G. Hege; Aas, Vigdis

    2015-01-01

    About 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes are classified as overweight. However, only about 1/3 of severely obese subjects have type 2 diabetes. This indicates that several severely obese individuals may possess certain characteristics that protect them against type 2 diabetes. We therefore hypothesized that this apparent paradox could be related to fundamental differences in skeletal muscle lipid handling. Energy metabolism and metabolic flexibility were examined in human myotubes derived from severely obese subjects without (BMI 44±7 kg/m2) and with type 2 diabetes (BMI 43±6 kg/m2). Lower insulin sensitivity was observed in myotubes from severely obese subjects with type 2 diabetes. Lipolysis rate was higher, and oleic acid accumulation, triacylglycerol content, and fatty acid adaptability were lower in myotubes from severely obese subjects with type 2 diabetes compared to severely obese non-diabetic subjects. There were no differences in lipid distribution and mRNA and protein expression of the lipases HSL and ATGL, the lipase cofactor CGI-58, or the lipid droplet proteins PLIN2 and PLIN3. Glucose and oleic acid oxidation were also similar in cells from the two groups. In conclusion, myotubes established from severely obese donors with established type 2 diabetes had lower ability for lipid accumulation and higher lipolysis rate than myotubes from severely obese donors without diabetes. This indicates that a difference in intramyocellular lipid turnover might be fundamental in evolving type 2 diabetes. PMID:25790476

  19. Oesophageal perforation following perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography.

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    Massey, S R; Pitsis, A; Mehta, D; Callaway, M

    2000-05-01

    Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is being used more often by cardiothoracic anaesthetists for the perioperative management of cardiac problems. Reports of iatrogenic oesophageal perforation by instrumentation of the oesophagus are increasing. Although TOE is considered safe, it may be more risky during surgery, because the probe is passed and manipulated in an anaesthetized patient. It may be in place for several hours so the risk of mucosal pressure and thermal damage is increased. Patients on cardiopulmonary bypass are also fully anticoagulated. We describe a case of oesophageal perforation following insertion of the TOE probe in a patient with gross cardiomegaly. Oesophageal distortion by cardiac enlargement may increase the risk of oesophageal perforation. Difficulty in passage of the TOE probe should be regarded with suspicion and withdrawal should be contemplated because the symptoms of oesophageal perforation are often delayed and non-specific. Delay in investigation, diagnosis and treatment will increase morbidity and mortality. PMID:10844846

  20. Clinical Application of 3-Dimensional Echocardiography in the USA.

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    Shiota, Takahiro

    2015-10-23

    Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography is one of the most promising methods for the diagnosis of cardiac disease. Left and right ventricular size and function are currently evaluated with 2D echocardiography. However, for unpredictable asymmetry of the chamber geometry, conventional 2D echocardiography cannot be used to accurately determine absolute chamber volumes and ejection fraction. As for valvular heart diseases, the 3D echo approach has proven to be the most unique, powerful, and convincing method for understanding the complicated anatomy of the valves and their dynamism. The method has been useful for surgical management, including robotic mitral valve repair. Moreover, this method has become indispensable for nonsurgical procedures such as edge-to-edge mitral valve repair. Color Doppler 3D echo has also been valuable to identify the location of the regurgitant orifice, and the severity and character of the valvular regurgitation. In addition, 3D echo is invaluable in the diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease and in certain other situations, such as evaluation of the aortic annulus for transcatheter aortic valve implantation or replacement. It is now clear that 3D echocardiography, especially with the continued development of real-time 3D transesophageal echo technology, will enhance the diagnosis and management of patients with heart diseases. (Circ J 2015; 79: 2287-2298). PMID:26459394

  1. [Real time 3D echocardiography

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    Bauer, F.; Shiota, T.; Thomas, J. D.

    2001-01-01

    Three-dimensional representation of the heart is an old concern. Usually, 3D reconstruction of the cardiac mass is made by successive acquisition of 2D sections, the spatial localisation and orientation of which require complex guiding systems. More recently, the concept of volumetric acquisition has been introduced. A matricial emitter-receiver probe complex with parallel data processing provides instantaneous of a pyramidal 64 degrees x 64 degrees volume. The image is restituted in real time and is composed of 3 planes (planes B and C) which can be displaced in all spatial directions at any time during acquisition. The flexibility of this system of acquisition allows volume and mass measurement with greater accuracy and reproducibility, limiting inter-observer variability. Free navigation of the planes of investigation allows reconstruction for qualitative and quantitative analysis of valvular heart disease and other pathologies. Although real time 3D echocardiography is ready for clinical usage, some improvements are still necessary to improve its conviviality. Then real time 3D echocardiography could be the essential tool for understanding, diagnosis and management of patients.

  2. Interventional Imaging: The Role Of Echocardiography

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    Maragiannis, Dimitrios; Little, Stephen H.

    2014-01-01

    Interventional echocardiography is a rapidly evolving field requiring imaging expertise. An increasing number of structural heart interventions now require real-time imaging guidance for device placement and immediate functional evaluation. Continuous 2- and 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography are now required by many heart teams during complex structural interventions, including percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects, left atrial appendage occlusion, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter repair of paravalvular regurgitation, and percutaneous mitral valve repair. In this review, we describe the role of echocardiography during the initial structural evaluation, throughout the device placement procedure, and for the assessment of acute device function and complications. PMID:25574345

  3. Figure 1. HomeWindow showing the energy usage of several monitors, displays, and computers with colored

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    from washing machines, domestic robots, televisions, and lights, showing the camera's images. First, people can examine and remotely control the status of mobile domestic robots. Second, people can, Experimentation, Human Factors. Keywords Augmented reality, human-robot interaction, energy awareness, domestic

  4. Intracardiac echocardiography for immediate detection of intracardiac thrombus formation.

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    Baran, Jakub; Sikorska, Agnieszka; Piotrowski, Roman; Kry?ski, Tomasz

    2015-12-01

    An 85-year-old man with persistent atrial flutter (AFL) with slow ventricular rate of 44/min, causing fatigue and presyncope, was referred for urgent treatment. In spite of thromboembolic risk scale value 4, he had not been treated with anticoagulants because of high risk of bleeding. The decision was made to perform urgent catheter ablation to interrupt and cure AFL. Intracardiac echocardiography probe was placed in the pulmonary artery and visualized left atrial appendage free from thrombus with its proper function. Heparin was administered and AFL stopped during energy application. Intracardiac echocardiography showed immediate thrombus formation in left atrial appendage owing to complete atrial standstill and no retrograde conduction during hemodynamically effective escape nodal rhythm. This case report shows that in patients with sinus node disease effective ablation of AFL with escape rhythm without retrograde conduction to the atria may result in complete 'electrically induced' atrial standstill and immediate thrombus formation. PMID:26192113

  5. Impact of endometriosis on women's health: comparative historical data show that the earlier the onset, the more severe the disease.

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    Ballweg, Mary Lou

    2004-04-01

    Looking at endometriosis from the bigger picture -- as a systemic endocrine, immunological, and gastrointestinal disease -- opens the door to broader treatments. The bigger-picture understanding of the disease also makes clear a variety of patterns of presenting symptoms, again clarifying the diagnosis. Data from over 7000 confirmed cases clearly show that delay in diagnosis (the average time to diagnosis is >9 years) is a major problem and that current treatments are far from satisfactory. In conclusion, the impact of endometriosis, a disease that already produces intense symptoms, is worsened by a current lack of understanding of the disease beyond its pelvic definition. PMID:15157638

  6. Current Clinical Applications of Transthoracic Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

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    Boccalini, Francesca; Muraru, Denisa; Bianco, Lucia Dal; Peluso, Diletta; Bellu, Roberto; Zoppellaro, Giacomo; Iliceto, Sabino

    2012-01-01

    The advent of three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has significantly improved the impact of non-invasive imaging on our understanding and management of cardiac diseases in clinical practice. Transthoracic 3DE enables an easier, more accurate and reproducible interpretation of the complex cardiac anatomy, overcoming the intrinsic limitations of conventional echocardiography. The availability of unprecedented views of cardiac structures from any perspective in the beating heart provides valuable clinical information and new levels of confidence in diagnosing heart disease. One major advantage of the third dimension is the improvement in the accuracy and reproducibility of chamber volume measurement by eliminating geometric assumptions and errors caused by foreshortened views. Another benefit of 3DE is the realistic en face views of heart valves, enabling a better appreciation of the severity and mechanisms of valve diseases in a unique, noninvasive manner. The purpose of this review is to provide readers with an update on the current clinical applications of transthoracic 3DE, emphasizing the incremental benefits of 3DE over conventional two-dimensional echocardiography. PMID:22509433

  7. Echocardiography in the evaluation of athletes

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    Montserrat, Silvia; Vidal, Bàrbara; Sitges, Marta

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is currently a widely available imaging technique that can provide useful data in the field of sports cardiology particularly in two areas: pre-participation screening and analysis of the cardiac adaptation induced by exercise. The application of pre-participation screening and especially, the type and number of used diagnostic tests remains controversial. Echocardiography has shown though, higher sensitivity and specificity as compared to the ECG, following a protocol adapted to athletes focused on ruling out the causes of sudden death and the most common disorders in this population. It is still a subject of controversy the actual cost of adding it, but depending on the type of sport, echocardiography might be cost-effective if added in the first line of examination. Regarding the evaluation of cardiac adaptation to training in athletes,  echocardiography has proved to be useful in the differential diagnosis of diseases that can cause sudden death, analysing both the left ventricle (hypertrophy cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, left ventricle non compaction) and the right ventricle (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy). The aim of this paper is to review the current knowledge and the clinical practical implications of it on the field of echocardiography when applied in sport cardiology areas. PMID:26236468

  8. Stress echocardiography expert consensus statement: European Association of Echocardiography (EAE) (a registered branch of the ESC).

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    Sicari, Rosa; Nihoyannopoulos, Petros; Evangelista, Arturo; Kasprzak, Jaroslav; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Poldermans, Don; Voigt, Jen-Uwe; Zamorano, Jose Luis

    2008-07-01

    Stress echocardiography is the combination of 2D echocardiography with a physical, pharmacological or electrical stress. The diagnostic end point for the detection of myocardial ischemia is the induction of a transient worsening in regional function during stress. Stress echocardiography provides similar diagnostic and prognostic accuracy as radionuclide stress perfusion imaging, but at a substantially lower cost, without environmental impact, and with no biohazards for the patient and the physician. Among different stresses of comparable diagnostic and prognostic accuracy, semisupine exercise is the most used, dobutamine the best test for viability, and dipyridamole the safest and simplest pharmacological stress and the most suitable for combined wall motion coronary flow reserve assessment. The additional clinical benefit of myocardial perfusion contrast echocardiography and myocardial velocity imaging has been inconsistent to date, whereas the potential of adding - coronary flow reserve evaluation of left anterior descending coronary artery by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography adds another potentially important dimension to stress echocardiography. New emerging fields of application taking advantage from the versatility of the technique are Doppler stress echo in valvular heart disease and in dilated cardiomyopathy. In spite of its dependence upon operator's training, stress echocardiography is today the best (most cost-effective and risk-effective) possible imaging choice to achieve the still elusive target of sustainable cardiac imaging in the field of noninvasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease. PMID:18579481

  9. Assessment of Myocardial Collateral Blood Flow with Contrast Echocardiography

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    2015-01-01

    Humans have pre-formed collateral vessels that enlarge with ischemia. In addition, new vessels can be formed within ischemic zones from pre-formed endocardial arcades of vessels providing rich collateral flow. Collateral flow under resting conditions (if >25% of normal) is enough to maintain myocardial viability, but may be insufficient to prevent myocardial ischemia under stress. Coronary angiography is a poor tool for collateral flow assessment. Myocardial contrast echocardiography is arguably the gold standard for experimental and clinical measurement of collateral flow. This review describes several experimental and clinical studies that highlight the importance of the collateral circulation in coronary artery disease. PMID:26413100

  10. Severe Pulmonary Hypertension in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome

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    Hwang, Ji-An; Lee, Ji-Young; Koo, Dong-Wan; Choi, In Suk; Cho, Sun-Young; Kim, Min-Sung

    2013-01-01

    A 65 year-old female with a history of xerostomia and xerophthalmia was presented with dyspnea on exertion (New York Heart Association class III). Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization demonstrated severe pulmonary hypertension (PH). Laboratory examinations showed positive anti-nuclear and anti-Ro/SS-A antibodies. Schirmer's test was positive and salivary gland scintigraphy revealed severely decreased tracer uptakes in both parotid and submandibular glands. By excluding other possible causes of PH during further examinations, she was diagnosed with severe PH associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome. Her dyspnea symptom was much improved with endothelin receptor antagonist and azathioprine. PMID:23964300

  11. Severe pulmonic valve regurgitation due to histoplasma endocarditis

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    Bremer, Merri; Lin, Peter T; Pislaru, Sorin V

    2015-01-01

    Summary A 67-year-old man with myelodysplastic syndrome, disseminated histoplasmosis, and mitral valve replacement presented with dyspnea and peripheral edema. Transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated abnormal pulmonic valve with possible vegetation. Color flow imaging showed laminar flow from main pulmonary artery into right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) in diastole. The continuous wave Doppler signal showed dense diastolic envelope with steep deceleration slope. These findings were consistent with severe pulmonic valve regurgitation, possibly due to endocarditis. Transesophageal echocardiography demonstrated an echodense mass attached to the pulmonic valve. The mitral valve bioprosthesis appeared intact. Bacterial and fungal blood cultures were negative; however, serum histoplasma antigen was positive. At surgery, the valve appeared destroyed by vegetations. Gomori methenamine silver-stains showed invasive fungal hyphae and yeast consistent with a dimorphic fungus. Valve cultures grew one colony of filamentous fungus. Itraconazole was continued based on expert infectious diseases diagnosis. After surgery, dyspnea and ankle edema resolved. To the best of our knowledge, histoplasma endocarditis of pulmonic valve has not been previously reported. Isolated pulmonic valve endocarditis is rare, accounting for about 2% of infectious endocarditis (IE) cases. Fungi account for about 3% of cases of native valve endocarditis. Characterization of pulmonary valve requires thorough interrogation with 2D and Doppler echocardiography techniques. Parasternal RVOT view allowed visualization of the pulmonary valve and assessment of regurgitation severity. As an anterior structure, it may be difficult to image with transesophageal echocardiography. Mid-esophageal right ventricular inflow–outflow view clearly showed the pulmonary valve and vegetation. Learning points Identification and characterization of pulmonary valve abnormalities require thorough interrogation with 2D and Doppler echocardiography techniques.Isolated pulmonary valve IE is rare and requires high index of suspicion. Histoplasma capsulatum IE is rare and requires high index of suspicion. PMID:26693325

  12. Comparison of dobutamine stress echocardiography with dipyridamole stress echocardiography for detection of viable myocardium after myocardial infarction treated with thrombolysis.

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    Poli, A.; Previtali, M.; Lanzarini, L.; Fetiveau, R.; Diotallevi, P.; Ferrario, M.; Mussini, A.; Specchia, G.; Montemartini, C.

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To compare the ability of dobutamine and dipyridamole stress echocardiography to detect functional recovery of stunned but viable myocardial regions early after acute myocardial infarction, and to predict late functional recovery of the reperfusion salvaged myocardium within the infarct area. METHODS: Within 10 d of acute myocardial infarction, 51 patients--30 anterior and 21 inferior, 44 Q wave and seven non-Q-wave infarction--were submitted to a dobutamine echocardiography test at low dose (5-10 micrograms/kg/min over 5 min) and high dose (20-40 micrograms/kg/min over 3 min) and to dipyridamole echocardiography test (0.56 mg/kg over 4 min + 0.28 mg/kg over 2 min) on different days and in random order, after interruption of any vasoactive drug. Resting echocardiography was repeated at two months in 41 of 51 patients (80%). Regional wall motion of the left ventricle was analysed in a semiquantitative manner on a 14-segment model. Viability was defined as improvement of one grade or more of at least two basally asynergic segments in the infarcted area. RESULTS: Regional functional recovery was detected by low dose dobutamine in 38/51 patients (75%) and in 147/308 (48%) of basally asynergic segments, compared to 25/51 patients (49%; P < 0.001) and 78/308 segments (25%; P < 0.001) only identified by dipyridamole. Late spontaneous functional recovery was detected in 24/41 patients (59%) and in 78/254 basally asynergic segments (31%). The sensitivity of dobutamine and dipyridamole echocardiography for predicting spontaneous functional recovery was 72% and 51% respectively (P < 0.001), specificity 68% and 82% (P < 0.001), positive predictive value 50% and 56%, and negative predictive value 85% and 79%. CONCLUSIONS: In comparison with dipyridamole in patients with thrombolysed myocardial infarction, dobutamine induces regional functional recovery. This suggests that dobutamine is more sensitive in showing the presence of viable myocardium within the infarct zone, though it has a lower specificity in predicting delayed spontaneous functional recovery of non-contractile but still viable areas. PMID:8800985

  13. Recent advances in echocardiography for valvular heart disease

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    Hahn, Rebecca

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is the imaging modality of choice for the assessment of patients with valvular heart disease. Echocardiographic advancements may have particular impact on the assessment and management of patients with valvular heart disease. This review will summarize the current literature on advancements, such as three-dimensional echocardiography, strain imaging, intracardiac echocardiography, and fusion imaging, in this patient population. PMID:26594349

  14. [A new approach to the tricuspid valve in Ebstein's anomaly by real time 3D echocardiography].

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    Taktak, A; Acar, P; Dulac, Y; Abadir, S; Chilon, T; Roux, D; Glock, Y; Fournial, G

    2005-05-01

    Ebstein's anomaly affects the tricuspid valve with a large range of anatomical forms. Successful tricuspid valvuloplasty depends mainly on the ability to mobilise the leaflets. Evaluation of the leaflet surface is difficult with 2D echocardiography whereas 3D echocardiography provides intracardiac views of the valve. The authors used this method in 10 patients with 3 modes of imaging: biplane, real time and total volume. The study population (age: 1 day to 30 years) included: 1 prenatal diagnosis, 1 neonate with refractory cyanosis, 5 patients with mild tricuspid regurgitation, 3 patients with severe tricuspid regurgitation, 2 of whom underwent valvuloplasty. 3D echocardiography was disappointing in the foetus and neonate because of poor spatial resolution. The ventricular view of the tricuspid valve in older children and adults allowed analysis of tricuspid leaflet coaptation and of the mechanism of regurgitation. The commissures and leaflet surfaces were assessed. The results of surgical valvuloplasty could be evaluated by 3D echocardiography. 3D echocardiography is now transthoracic and a real time investigation. Technical advances are required before it comes into routine usage: a more manoeuvrable matricial probe (integrating pulsed and continuous wave Doppler) and larger volume real time 3D imaging with better resolution. Its role in the assessment of Ebstein's anomaly should be evaluated in a larger series of patients. PMID:15966604

  15. Feasibility of proximal right coronary artery imaging by 2D and 3D echocardiography in comparison to coronary angiography

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    Lange, Katharina; Pfeiffer, Dietrich; Hagendorff, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    The present study was carried out to test the feasibility of proximal right coronary artery (RCA) imaging and to detect proximal RCA narrowing and occlusion by 2D and 3D transthoracic echocardiography in comparison to coronary angiography (CA). Standardised 2D and 3D echocardiography were performed prior to CA in 97 patients with sinus rhythm. The following parameters were determined: the longest longitudinal detectable RCA segment, the minimum and maximum width of the RCA, the area and number of detectable narrowing >50% of the proximal RCA and the correlation between the echocardiographic and angiographic findings. The visualisation of the proximal RCA and the detection of coronary artery narrowing in the proximal RCA are generally possible. Differences in width and area were not statistically significant between 2D and 3D echocardiography, but showed significant differences between echocardiography and CA. For the detection of proximal RCA narrowing, higher sensitivity and specificity values were obtained by 2D than by 3D echocardiography. However, in patients with sufficient image quality 3D echocardiography permits a more detailed visualisation of the anatomical proportions and an en-face view into the RCA ostium. The visualisation of the proximal RCA is feasible and narrowing can be detected by 2D and 3D echocardiography if image quality is sufficient. CA is the gold standard for the detection of coronary artery stenoses. However, the potential of this new approach is clinically important because crucial findings of the proximal RCA can be presumably detected non-invasively prior to CA.

  16. Role of modern 3D echocardiography in valvular heart disease

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    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography has been conceived as one of the most promising methods for the diagnosis of valvular heart disease, and recently has become an integral clinical tool thanks to the development of high quality real-time transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). In particular, for mitral valve diseases, this new approach has proven to be the most unique, powerful, and convincing method for understanding the complicated anatomy of the mitral valve and its dynamism. The method has been useful for surgical management, including robotic mitral valve repair. Moreover, this method has become indispensable for nonsurgical mitral procedures such as edge to edge mitral repair and transcatheter closure of paravaluvular leaks. In addition, color Doppler 3D echo has been valuable to identify the location of the regurgitant orifice and the severity of the mitral regurgitation. For aortic and tricuspid valve diseases, this method may not be quite as valuable as for the mitral valve. However, the necessity of 3D echo is recognized for certain situations even for these valves, such as for evaluating the aortic annulus for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. It is now clear that this method, especially with the continued development of real-time 3D TEE technology, will enhance the diagnosis and management of patients with these valvular heart diseases. PMID:25378966

  17. Three dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart defects

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    Shirali, Girish S.

    2008-01-01

    Three dimensional echocardiography (3DE) is a new, rapidly evolving modality for cardiac imaging. Important technological advances have heralded an era where practical 3DE scanning is becoming a mainstream modality. We review the modes of 3DE that can be used. The literature has been reviewed for articles that examine the applicability of 3DE to congenital heart defects to visualize anatomy in a spectrum of defects ranging from atrioventricular septal defects to mitral valve abnormalities and Ebstein's anomaly. The use of 3DE color flow to obtain echocardiographic angiograms is illustrated. The state of the science in quantitating right and left ventricular volumetrics is reviewed. Examples of novel applications including 3DE transesophageal echocardiography and image-guided interventions are provided. We also list the limitations of the technique, and discuss potential future developments in the field. PMID:20300232

  18. Echocardiography in hemodialysis patients: uses and challenges.

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    Chiu, Diana Y Y; Green, Darren; Abidin, Nik; Sinha, Smeeta; Kalra, Philip A

    2014-11-01

    Patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis have high rates of morbidity and mortality. Cardiovascular disease accounts for almost half of this mortality, with the single most common cause being sudden cardiac death. Early detection of abnormalities in cardiac structure and function may be important to allow timely and appropriate cardiac interventions. Echocardiography is noninvasive cardiac imaging that is widely available and provides invaluable information on cardiac morphology and function. However, it has limitations. Echocardiography is operator dependent, and image quality can vary depending on the operator's experience and the patient's acoustic window. Hemodialysis patients undergo regular hemodynamic changes that also may affect echocardiographic findings. An understanding of the prognostic significance and interpretation of echocardiographic results in this setting is important for patient care. There are some emerging techniques in echocardiographic imaging that can provide more detailed and accurate information compared with conventional 2-dimensional echocardiography. Use of these novel tools may further our understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiac disease in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis. PMID:24751169

  19. Severe tricuspid regurgitation mimicking constrictive pericarditis

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    Ozpelit, Ebru; Akdeniz, Bahri; Ozpelit, Mehmet Emre; Göldeli, Özhan

    2014-01-01

    Patient: Female, 62 Final Diagnosis: Tricuspid regurgitation Symptoms: Dyspnea exertional • fatigue • leg edema Medication: — Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Cardiology Objective: Challenging differential diagnosis Background: Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) can mimic some hemodynamic findings of constrictive pericarditis (CP), due to the restraining effect of the enlarged right heart on intact pericardium and on the left ventricle. In this article, we report a case of severe tricuspid regurgitation in which hemodynamic findings were consistent with CP. Case Report: A 62-year-old Caucasian woman presented with right heart failure symptoms. Echocardiography showed enlarged right heart chambers and severe tricuspid regurgitation. Right heart catheterization surprisingly demonstrated a constrictive physiology. Diastolic pressures of both ventricles were elevated and equalized, with a prominent deep and plateau pattern. The patient was re-evaluated with a further focus on constrictive pericarditis. However, echocardiography, thorax CT, and cardiac MRI did not demonstrate any pathological finding related to pericardium. The remaining explanation was that the severe TR itself and secondary right heart enlargement caused the restraining effect on the intact pericardium and on the left ventricle. The pericardium was normal and tricuspid annulus was severely dilated on surgical inspection. The tricuspid valve was replaced with a bioprosthetic valve. The patient did well just after the surgery, with a rapid decrease in cardiac pressures; however, she died due to respiratory failure on the 15th postoperative day. Conclusions: This was a case with right heart failure symptoms in which invasive hemodynamic findings were consistent with constrictive pericarditis and the noninvasive imaging modalities were not. This case illustrates that severe TR can mimic some hemodynamic findings of constrictive pericarditis, due to restraining effect of the enlarged right heart on intact pericardium and on the left ventricle. Lack of significant respiratory changes in hemodynamic parameters that can safely be demonstrated by echocardiography and cardiac MRI suggest a normal pericardium. PMID:24995118

  20. WHO cares? Safety checklists in echocardiography

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    Quarterman, Clare; Fletcher, Nick

    2015-01-01

    The number of potentially preventable medical errors that occur has been steadily increasing. These are a significant cause of patient morbidity, can lead to life-threatening complications and may result in a significant financial burden on health care. Effective communication and team working reduce errors and serious incidents. In particular the implementation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Safe Surgery Checklist has been shown to reduce in-hospital mortality, postoperative complications and the incidence of surgical site infection. However an increasing number of complex medical procedures and interventions are being performed outside of the theatre environment. The lessons learnt from the surgical setting are relevant to other procedures performed in other areas. For the echocardiographer, transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is one such procedure in which there is the potential for medical errors that may result in patient harm. This risk is increased if patient sedation is being administered. The British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists have developed a procedure specific checklist to facilitate the use of checklists into routine practice. In this article we discuss the evolution of the WHO safety checklist and explore its relevance to TOE.

  1. Three glycosylated polypeptides secreted by several embryogenic cell cultures of pine show highly specific serological affinity to antibodies directed against the wheat germin apoprotein monomer.

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    Domon, J M; Dumas, B; Lainé, E; Meyer, Y; David, A; David, H

    1995-01-01

    Embryogenic tissues of Pinus caribaea Morelet var hondurensis produce extracellular proteins; among them germins have been identified. Two-dimensional electrophoresis followed by electroblotting onto a polyvinylidene difluoride membrane allowed isolation and N-terminal amino acid sequencing of extracellular GP111, which is present within the five embryogenic cell lines studied. The amino acid sequence showed strong homologies with the sequences of germins deduced from cDNA sequencing, starting at the same amino acid position but one, compared with other sequences of mature germins deduced from protein sequencing. Immunoblots of embryogenic and nonembryogenic extracellular proteins indicated that the polypeptide GP111 plus two others with similar relative molecular mass values are present in embryogenic cell lines but not in nonembryogenic ones. They were recognized by an antiserum raised against the nonglycosylated monomer of wheat germin. The cross-reaction between pine and wheat apoproteins was highly specific. An antiserum against the glycosylated pentameric germin-like protein (an oxalate oxidase) of barley cross-reacted with all three, as well as with several other glycosylated polypeptides. PMID:7784502

  2. Nepal's noble echocardiography-database with video clips and color still images: a single individual's 6 years' experience at the Echocardiography Lab of Nepal Medical College, Teaching Hospital.

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    Shrestha, B

    2012-09-01

    Echocardiographic reporting system is very poor in Nepal. No long-term feasibility and efficacy data about the echocardiography database with video clips has been studied. Snazzi Movie Studio S4 was used to convert analog video signals into MPEG2 and color photographs were converted into JPEG format for storage and use for the database. All together 2272 patients' echocardiography were performed by one individual prospectively at the Nepal Medical College Teaching Hospital from 10th January 2007 to 9th January 2012. Echocardiographic findings of these patients were evaluated. Mean age +/- SD were 44.4 +/- 28.7 years. Male female ratio was 0.8:1. Brahman/Chhetri were the usual ethnic group to undergo echocardiography (943, 41.5%), followed byjanajati (631, 27.8%) and newar (496, 21.8%). Age group of 60-69 years was the most common echo users (519, 22.8%). Total time for echocardiography/report writing with database compared to non database was 13.9 +/- 2.4 minutes vs. 12.3 +/- 0.8 minutes, p = 0.51. Out of all lesions, valvular lesions were the most common lesions detected (4885, 215%). Mild tricuspid regurgitation (1213, 53.4%) was the most common valvular lesion followed by mild mitral regurgitation (742, 32.7%). Patent foramen ovale was the most common congenital heart disease (32, 45.7%) followed by atrial septal defect (12, 17.1%). About one seventh of the total patients (318, 13.9%) had systolic dysfunction. Out of total chronic cor pulmonale (383, 16.9%), severe Pulmonary arterial dysfulction (PAH) was noted in more than one third of the patients (169, 44.1%). PMID:24047011

  3. Prognostic importance of tissue velocity imaging during exercise echocardiography in patients with systolic heart failure

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    van Zalen, Jet; Patel, Nikhil R; J Podd, Steven; Raju, Prashanth; McIntosh, Rob; Brickley, Gary; Beale, Louisa; Sturridge, Lydia P

    2015-01-01

    Resting echocardiography measurements are poor predictors of exercise capacity and symptoms in patients with heart failure (HF). Stress echocardiography may provide additional information and can be expressed using left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), or diastolic parameters (E/E?), but LVEF has some major limitations. Systolic annular velocity (S?) provides a measure of longitudinal systolic function, which is relatively easy to obtain and shows a good relationship with exercise capacity. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship among S?, E/E? and LVEF obtained during stress echocardiography and both mortality and hospitalisation. A secondary objective was to compare S? measured using a simplified two-wall model. A total of 80 patients with stable HF underwent exercise stress echocardiography and simultaneous cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Volumetric and tissue velocity imaging (TVI) measurements were obtained, as was peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak). Of the total number of patients, 11 died and 22 required cardiac hospitalisation. S? at peak exertion was a powerful predictor for death and hospitalisation. Cut-off points of 5.3?cm/s for death and 5.7?cm/s for hospitalisation provided optimum sensitivity and specificity. This study suggests that, in patients with systolic HF, S? at peak exertion calculated from the averaged spectral TVI systolic velocity of six myocardial segments, or using a simplified measure of two myocardial segments, is a powerful predictor of future events and stronger than LVEF, diastolic velocities at rest or exercise and VO2 peak. Results indicate that measuring S? during exercise echocardiography might play an important role in understanding the likelihood of adverse clinical outcomes in patients with HF.

  4. Diagnostic echocardiography in an unstable intensive care patient

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    Baldwin, F; Bruemmer-Smith, S

    2015-01-01

    Summary A previously fit and well 57-year-old gentleman who had recently undergone a colonoscopy and biopsy of a polyp presented with a 4-day history of progressive breathlessness and abdominal discomfort. The day after admission, he became haemodynamically unstable, developed ischaemic legs and suffered a brief cardiac arrest. Blood tests demonstrated a coagulopathy and hypoglycaemia. Continued haemodynamic instability post-arrest and clinical findings of high right-sided heart pressures were investigated by bedside screening echocardiogram. This demonstrated a massive pericardial effusion causing tamponade of the right ventricle. Heavily blood stained pericardial fluid was drained, with marked improvement in haemodynamic stability. Retrospective review of the admission-electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray demonstrated electrical alternans and cardiac enlargement. The differential diagnosis included bowel malignancy causing a haemorrhagic metastatic pericardial effusion and a type A aortic dissection. Therefore a computerised tomography (CT) scan of chest, abdomen, pelvis and aorta was performed. This was negative for disseminated malignancy and showed a type B aortic dissection, but was inconclusive for a type A aortic dissection. A subsequent transoesophageal echocardiogram confirmed the diagnosis of type B dissection and ruled out a type A dissection. The histology of the colonic polyp was negative for malignancy, but it was subsequently discovered that the patient had metastatic adenocarcinoma from a primary lung cancer diagnosed from pleural fluid cytology. With hindsight the presenting clinical picture was of type B aortic dissection with concurrent but not directly related pericardial tamponade. Learning points Basic echocardiography skills are increasingly being used acutely by physicians' as part of resuscitative care in intensive care unit (ICU) patients.The availability of expert skills in transoesophageal echocardiography are essential in ICU, as demonstrated in this case, where it was needed for discriminating between sub types of aortic dissection.Cardiac tamponade is a clinical diagnosis, although the presence of electrical alternans on an ECG with associated tachycardia is highly suggestive of cardiac tamponade. PMID:26693323

  5. [Fetal echocardiography: Part III. Fetal arrhythmia].

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    Chaoui, R; Bollmann, R; Hoffmann, H; Göldner, B

    1991-01-01

    The paper is a review of cardiac arrhythmias, as the most common cardiological symptom in the fetus. After exposing the basic knowledge of fetal pathophysiology necessary for the better und understanding of cardiac rhythm disturbances in the fetus, the classification of fetal arrhythmias is presented. The possibilities of modern diagnosis and differential diagnosis, such us the fetal ECG, the control of the heart rate patterns and the sonography are discussed. The usefulness of the real-time-directed and color-coded M-Mode-echocardiography in the diagnosis and classification of arrhythmias are emphasized as well as the significance of the intracardiac Doppler and simultaneous Doppler recordings in the inferior vena cava and aorta. The indications, ways and drugs used in the intrauterine therapy of arrhythmias are presented. The differentiated management related to the diagnosis is described, after reporting about our own experience with 261 fetuses with arrhythmias (27 tachycardias, 21 bradycardias and 213 ectopic beats). PMID:1808960

  6. [Transesophageal 2-dimensional echocardiography in hip endoprostheses].

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    Heinrich, H; Kremer, P; Winter, H; Wörsdorfer, O; Ahnefeld, F W

    1985-03-01

    Previous studies indicate that during total hip replacement intraoperative pulmonary embolization of air and medullary bone marrow occurs. This was based on histological examination of lung tissue obtained during animal investigations and postmortem in human tissue. In vivo proof of this embolization has not as yet been found because of the methodological problems involved. Using transoesophageal two-dimensional echocardiography continuously direct imaging of the right atrium and the right ventricle can be carried out and the embolization thus visualized. In a prospective randomized study in 26 patients having to undergo total hip replacement operation the right atrium and right ventricle were continuously scanned. Endexpiratory CO2-partial pressure was simultaneously recorded. A venting hole in the femur is said to prevent the pressure rising in the medullary space and therefore prevents embolization. In 13 patients therefore, a 4.5 mm lateral drill hole 4 cm distal the tip of the prosthesis was made in order to vent the medullary space. Transoesophageal two-dimensional echocardiography revealed air bubbles in 12 of 13 patients in the control group during implantation of the femoral prosthesis. This is significantly different to the group of vented patients where bubbles were only seen in 4 cases (p less than 0.01). Emboli were visible in 8 patients in the control group in contrast to only 2 cases in the vented group (p less than 0.05). The endexpiratory CO2-pressure of the control group fell from 35 mmHg to 33 mm Hg (Median, p less than 0.001). The CO2 of the vented patients remained constant.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3993898

  7. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Might Complement Two-Dimensional Echocardiography in the Detection of a Reversible Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy

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    Madanieh, Raef; Mathew, Shawn; Shah, Pratik; Vatti, Satya K.; Madanieh, Abed; Kosmas, Constantine E.; Vittorio, Timothy J.

    2015-01-01

    We report a case of reversible nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy in a male in his 60s who presented with an acute heart failure syndrome. Both conventional two-dimensional echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) demonstrated severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction; however, both modalities were devoid of significant valvular heart disease as well as the presence of fibrosis, infiltration, inflammation, and scar. After six months of aggressive neurohumoral modulation, there was complete reverse remodeling and normalization of left ventricular function, which highlights the role of cMRI as an adjunct to two-dimensional echocardiography in the detection of a potentially reversible nonischemic cardiomyopathy.

  8. Influenza Viruses with Receptor-Binding N1 Neuraminidases Occur Sporadically in Several Lineages and Show No Attenuation in Cell Culture or Mice

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    Hooper, Kathryn A.; Crowe, James E.

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT In nearly all characterized influenza viruses, hemagglutinin (HA) is the receptor-binding protein while neuraminidase (NA) is a receptor-cleaving protein that aids in viral release. However, in recent years, several groups have described point mutations that confer receptor-binding activity on NA, albeit in laboratory rather than natural settings. One of these mutations, D151G, appears to arise in the NA of recent human H3N2 viruses upon passage in tissue culture. We inadvertently isolated the second of these mutations, G147R, in the NA of the lab-adapted A/WSN/33 (H1N1) strain while we were passaging a heavily engineered virus in the lab. G147R also occurs at low frequencies in the reported sequences of viruses from three different lineages: human 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pdmH1N1), human seasonal H1N1, and chicken H5N1. Here we reconstructed a representative G147R NA from each of these lineages and found that all of the proteins have acquired the ability to bind an unknown cellular receptor while retaining substantial sialidase activity. We then reconstructed a virus with the HA and NA of a reported G147R pdmH1N1 variant and found no attenuation of viral replication in cell culture or change in pathogenesis in mice. Furthermore, the G147R virus had modestly enhanced resistance to neutralization by the Fab of an antibody against the receptor-binding pocket of HA, although it remained completely sensitive to the full-length IgG. Overall, our results suggest that circulating N1 viruses occasionally may acquire the G147R NA receptor-binding mutation without impairment of replicative capacity. IMPORTANCE Influenza viruses have two main proteins on their surface: one (hemagglutinin) binds incoming viruses to cells, while the other (neuraminidase) helps release newly formed viruses from these same cells. Here we characterize unusual mutant neuraminidases that have acquired the ability to bind to cells. We show that the mutation that allows neuraminidase to bind cells has no apparent adverse effect on viral replication but does make the virus modestly more resistant to a fragment of an antibody that blocks the normal hemagglutinin-mediated mode of viral attachment. Our results suggest that viruses with receptor-binding neuraminidases may occur at low levels in circulating influenza virus lineages. PMID:25609803

  9. Usefulness of intraoperative real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography for pre-procedural evaluation of mitral valve cleft: a case report.

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    Jung, Hyun Ju; Yu, Ga-Yon; Seok, Jung-Ho; Oh, Chungsik; Kim, Seong-Hyop; Yoon, Tae-Gyoon; Kim, Tae-Yop

    2014-01-01

    A precise pre-procedural evaluation of mitral valve (MV) pathology is essential for planning the surgical strategy for severe mitral regurgitation (MR) and preparing for the intraoperative procedure. In the present case, a 38-year-old woman was scheduled to undergo MV replacement due to severe MR. She had a history of undergoing percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty due to rheumatic mitral stenosis during a previous pregnancy. A preoperative transthoracic echocardiography suggested a tear in the mid tip of the anterior mitral leaflet. However, the "en face" view of the MV in the left atrial perspective using intraoperative real time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT 3D-TEE) provided a different diagnosis: a torn cleft in the P2-scallop of the posterior mitral leaflet (PML) with rupture of the chordae. Thus, surgical planning was changed intraoperatively to MV repair (MVRep) consisting of patch closure of the PML, commissurotomy, and lifting annuloplasty. The present case shows that intraoperative RT 3D-TEE provides more precise and reliable spatial information of MV for MVRep and facilitates critical surgical decision-making. PMID:24567819

  10. Complete Neurological Recovery After Transesophageal Echocardiography-Guided Diagnosis and Management of Prolonged Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

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    Ramarapu, Srikiran

    2015-12-01

    A 70-year-old man was scheduled for open reduction and internal fixation of his right knee fracture. When the tourniquet was deflated after 150 minutes, his arterial blood pressure and heart rate decreased precipitously. The patient was deemed to exhibit pulseless electrical activity. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated. The bispectral index reading improved to 25 to 30, but his end-tidal carbon dioxide was still very low (5?mm Hg). Transesophageal echocardiography showed a pulmonary embolism. Feedback from echo imaging improved the quality of chest compressions and motivated the resuscitation team to maintain the diastolic blood pressure >25?mm Hg. Although capnographic guidance was ineffective by itself, echocardiography monitoring was very helpful for showing the intracardiac events. PMID:26588031

  11. Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening.

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    Engelman, Daniel; Kado, Joseph H; Reményi, Bo; Colquhoun, Samantha M; Watson, Caroline; Rayasidamu, Sera C; Steer, Andrew C

    2015-01-01

    Screening for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) requires workers skilled in echocardiography, which typically involves prolonged, specialized training. Task shifting echocardiographic screening to nonexpert health workers may be a solution in settings with limited human resources. An 8-week training program was designed to train health workers without any prior experience in focused echocardiography for RHD screening. Seven health workers participated. At the completion of training, the health workers performed unsupervised echocardiography on 16 volunteer children with known RHD status. A pediatric cardiologist assessed image quality. Participants provided qualitative feedback. The quality of echocardiograms were high at completion of training (55 of 56 were adequate for diagnosis) and all cases of RHD were identified. Feedback was strongly positive. Training health workers to perform focused echocardiography for RHD screening is feasible. After systematic testing for accuracy, this training program could be adapted in other settings seeking to expand echocardiographic capabilities. PMID:26085762

  12. Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening

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    Engelman, Daniel; Kado, Joseph H; Reményi, Bo; Colquhoun, Samantha M; Watson, Caroline; Rayasidamu, Sera C; Steer, Andrew C

    2015-01-01

    Screening for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) requires workers skilled in echocardiography, which typically involves prolonged, specialized training. Task shifting echocardiographic screening to nonexpert health workers may be a solution in settings with limited human resources. An 8-week training program was designed to train health workers without any prior experience in focused echocardiography for RHD screening. Seven health workers participated. At the completion of training, the health workers performed unsupervised echocardiography on 16 volunteer children with known RHD status. A pediatric cardiologist assessed image quality. Participants provided qualitative feedback. The quality of echocardiograms were high at completion of training (55 of 56 were adequate for diagnosis) and all cases of RHD were identified. Feedback was strongly positive. Training health workers to perform focused echocardiography for RHD screening is feasible. After systematic testing for accuracy, this training program could be adapted in other settings seeking to expand echocardiographic capabilities. PMID:26085762

  13. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography of the atrial septal defects

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    Roldán, Francisco-Javier; Vargas-Barrón, Jesús; Vázquez-Antona, Clara; Castellanos, Luis Muñoz; Erdmenger-Orellana, Julio; Romero-Cárdenas, Ángel; Martínez-Ríos, Marco-Antonio

    2008-01-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography has advantages over transthoracic technique in defining morphology of atrial structures. Even though real time three-dimensional echocardiographic imaging is a reality, the off-line reconstruction technique usually allows to obtain higher spatial resolution images. The purpose of this study was to explore the accuracy of off-line three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in a spectrum of atrial septal defects by comparing them with representative anatomic specimens. PMID:18638394

  14. Microlesions induced by microcavitation during contrast echocardiography

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    Miller, Douglas; Li, Peng; Gordon, David; Armstrong, William

    2001-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to search for histologically identifiable lesions associated with myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in rats. Diagnostic ultrasound scans with 1:4 end-systolic triggering provided a short-axis view of the left ventricle in rats at 1.5 MHz with 1.45-?s pulses of 1.7 Mechanical Index. Two relatively high doses (500 ?l/kg) of OptisonTM ultrasound contrast agent were given 5 min apart during 10 min of MCE. One day after scanning, rats were sacrificed and the hearts fixed for histology. Slides were scored blind by a pathologist, and photomicrographs in the anterior half of the heart sections were characterized by digital image analysis. Microlesions identified by inflammatory infiltrates were scattered primarily over the anterior half of the sections. Pathologically, there was inflammatory cell infiltration in areas of 0.6+/-0.5% of the sections for shams and 3.6+/-3.6% for MCE (P<0.01). Analysis of the photographs from the anterior wall found microlesion areas of 0.5+/-0.8% for shams and 7.4+/-5.0% for MCE (P<0.02). Diagnostic MCE at high Mechanical Index has a potential for causing microscale lesions in the myocardium by nucleation of microcavitation. [Work supported by NIH Grant EB0338.

  15. Standard and advanced echocardiography in takotsubo (stress) cardiomyopathy: clinical and prognostic implications.

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    Citro, Rodolfo; Lyon, Alexander R; Meimoun, Patrick; Omerovic, Elmir; Redfors, Björn; Buck, Thomas; Lerakis, Stamatios; Parodi, Guido; Silverio, Angelo; Eitel, Ingo; Schneider, Birke; Prasad, Abhiram; Bossone, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is frequently the initial noninvasive imaging modality used to assess patients with takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC). Standard transthoracic echocardiography can provide, even in the acute care setting, useful information about left ventricular (LV) morphology as well as regional and global systolic or diastolic function. It allows the differentiation of different LV morphologic patterns according to the localization of wall motion abnormalities. A "circumferential pattern" of LV myocardial dysfunction characterized by symmetric wall motion abnormalities involving the midventricular segments of the anterior, inferior, and lateral walls should be considered suggestive of TTC and included in the differential diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes. Moreover, advanced echocardiographic techniques, including speckle-tracking, myocardial contrast, and coronary flow studies, are providing mechanistic and pathophysiologic insights into this unique syndrome. Early identification of any potential complications (i.e., LV outflow tract obstruction, reversible moderate to severe mitral regurgitation, right ventricular involvement, thrombus formation, and cardiac rupture) are crucial for the management, risk stratification, and follow-up of patients with TTC. Because of the dynamic evolution of the syndrome, comprehensive serial echocardiographic examinations should be systematically performed. This review focuses on these aspects of imaging and the increasing understanding of the clinical and prognostic utility of echocardiography in TTC. PMID:25282664

  16. Speckle reduction in echocardiography by temporal compounding and anisotropic diffusion filtering

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    Giraldo-Guzmán, Jader; Porto-Solano, Oscar; Cadena-Bonfanti, Alberto; Contreras-Ortiz, Sonia H.

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is a medical imaging technique based on ultrasound signals that is used to evaluate heart anatomy and physiology. Echocardiographic images are affected by speckle, a type of multiplicative noise that obscures details of the structures, and reduces the overall image quality. This paper shows an approach to enhance echocardiography using two processing techniques: temporal compounding and anisotropic diffusion filtering. We used twenty echocardiographic videos that include one or three cardiac cycles to test the algorithms. Two images from each cycle were aligned in space and averaged to obtain the compound images. These images were then processed using anisotropic diffusion filters to further improve their quality. Resultant images were evaluated using quality metrics and visual assessment by two medical doctors. The average total improvement on signal-to-noise ratio was up to 100.29% for videos with three cycles, and up to 32.57% for videos with one cycle.

  17. Need for a standardized protocol for stress echocardiography in provoking subaortic and valvular gradient in various cardiac conditions

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    2014-01-01

    (Semi) supine exercise testing has an established role in the evaluation of patients with valvular heart disease and can help clinical decision making. Stress echocardiography has the advantages of its wide availability, low cost, and versatility for the assessment of disease severity. However, exercise-induced changes in valve hemodynamics, left ventricular outflow obstruction and pulmonary artery pressure depended on load variation. Changing position from supine to upright rapidly decreases load conditions for the ventricles. Therefore several cardiac centers have proposed exercise stress echocardiography in the upright position with gradient monitoring sometimes also in post-exercise recovery. Doppler measurement of subaortic gradient has been a very helpful and informative examination in several heart diseases (especially in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, valve heart diseases, prosthesis dysfunction). PMID:25017422

  18. Standard transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography views of mitral pathology that every surgeon should know

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    Tan, Timothy C.

    2015-01-01

    The mitral valve is the most commonly diseased heart valve and the prevalence of mitral valve disease increases proportionally with age. Echocardiography is the primary diagnostic imaging modality used in the assessment of patients with mitral valve disease. It is a noninvasive method which provides accurate anatomic and functional information regarding the mitral valve and can identify the mechanism of mitral valve pathology. This is especially useful as it may guide surgical repair. This is increasingly relevant given the growing trend of patients undergoing mitral valve repair. Collaboration between cardiac surgeons and echocardiographers is critical in the evaluation of mitral valve disease and for identification of complex valvular lesions that require advanced surgical skill to repair. This article will provide an overview of transthoracic and transesophageal assessment of common mitral valve pathology that aims to aid surgical decision making. PMID:26539350

  19. A systematic approach to echocardiography in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography

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    Smith, Nicola; Steeds, Richard; Masani, Navroz; Sandoval, Julie; Wharton, Gill; Allen, Jane; Chambers, John; Jones, Richard; Lloyd, Guy; Rana, Bushra; O'Gallagher, Kevin; Wheeler, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a relatively common inherited cardiac condition with a prevalence of approximately one in 500. It results in otherwise unexplained hypertrophy of the myocardium and predisposes the patient to a variety of disease-related complications including sudden cardiac death. Echocardiography is of vital importance in the diagnosis, assessment and follow-up of patients with known or suspected HCM. The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) has previously published a minimum dataset for transthoracic echocardiography, providing the core parameters necessary when performing a standard echocardiographic study. However, for patients with known or suspected HCM, additional views and measurements are necessary. These additional views allow more subtle abnormalities to be detected or may provide important information in order to identify patients with an adverse prognosis. The aim of this Guideline is to outline the additional images and measurements that should be obtained when performing a study on a patient with known or suspected HCM.

  20. The Utility of Intracardiac Echocardiography Following Melody™ Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Implantation.

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    Whiteside, Wendy; Pasquali, Sara K; Yu, Sunkyung; Bocks, Martin L; Zampi, Jeffrey D; Armstrong, Aimee K

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the utility of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) in assessing Melody™ transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV) function immediately following valve implantation. ICE is used increasingly in percutaneous cardiac interventions. At our center, ICE is routinely utilized to evaluate valve function following Melody TPV implantation, but the utility of this practice remains unclear. A retrospective review of all Melody valves placed in the right ventricular outflow tract from April 2010 to September 2013 was performed. The clinical utility of ICE was described, along with the relationship between ICE data and traditional hemodynamic/angiographic data. ICE was performed in 54 cases and provided excellent Melody TPV visualization with no complications. ICE did not change clinical management but did provide supplemental information in two cases. In one case, angiography showed severe catheter-related Melody insufficiency. Subsequent ICE confirmed no insufficiency and prevented the need for additional angiography. In the second case, ICE allowed characterization of the mechanism of a residual gradient. ICE did not detect any clinically significant paravalvar leaks or valvar insufficiency not seen by angiography. The peak catheterization gradient was more closely approximated by the mean ICE gradient (median difference -7.4 % between measurements) than by the peak ICE gradient (median difference 58.3 %; p < 0.0001). ICE provides excellent and safe visualization following Melody TPV implantation but did not provide new clinical information impacting management in this series. Selective use of ICE in cases with more than expected valve insufficiency or larger than expected residual gradients may streamline use while maintaining optimal clinical outcomes. PMID:26169526

  1. AN ANALOGUE ECHOGRAM RANGE GATE TRACKER FOR CLINICAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

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    The fundamental purpose of this paper is to present the results of a feasibility study for an on-line, real-time automatic range gate tracker (ARGT) for clinical echocardiography specifically for the purpose of determining cardiac output noninvasively and in real time. The basic ...

  2. Transesophageal echocardiography: first-line imaging for aortic diseases

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    Yalcin, F.; Thomas, J. D.; Homa, D.; Flachskampf, F. A.

    2000-01-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is now commonly used to evaluate the thoracic aorta, because it is widely available and provides high-resolution images and flow information by Doppler. This article reviews the essential features on TEE of acute and chronic aortic diseases, such as aortic dissection, aneurysm, and atherosclerosis, and discusses its strengths, weaknesses, and indications.

  3. Noninvasive Evaluation of Myocardial Systolic Dysfunction in the Early Stage of Kawasaki Disease: A Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography Study

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    Hematian, Mohammad-Nasir; Torabi, Shirin; MalaKan-Rad, Elaheh; Sayadpour-Zanjani, Keyhan; Ziaee, Vahid; Lotfi-Tolkaldany, Masoumeh

    2015-01-01

    Background: Evaluation of myocardial function by speckle-tracking echocardiography is a new method for the early diagnosis of systolic dysfunction. Objectives: We aimed to determine myocardial speckle-tracking echocardiography indices in Kawasaki Disease (KD) patients and compare them with the same indices in control subjects. Patients and Methods: Thirty-two patients (65.5% males) with KD and 19 control subjects with normal echocardiography participated in this study. After their demographic characteristics and clinical findings were recorded, all the participants underwent transthoracic echocardiography. Strain (S), Strain Rate (SR), Time to Peak Strain (TPS), and Strain Rate (TPSR), longitudinal velocity and view point velocity images in the two, three, and four-chamber views were semi-automatically obtained via speckle-tracking echocardiography. Results: Among the patients, Twenty-four cases (75%) were younger than 4 years. Mean global S and SR was significantly reduced in the KD patients compared to controls (17.03 ± 1.28 vs. 20.22 ± 2.14% and 1.66 ± 0.16 vs. 1.97 ± 0.25 1/second, respectively), while there were no significant differences regarding mean TPS, TPSR, longitudinal velocity and view point velocity. Using repeated measure of analysis of variances, we observed that S and SR decreased from base to apical level in both groups. The change in the pattern of age adjusted mean S and SR across levels was significantly different between the groups (P < 0.001 for both parameters). Conclusions: We showed changes in S and SR assessed in KD patients versus control subjects in the acute phase of KD. However, we suggest that further studies be undertaken to compare S and SR in the acute phase and thereafter in KD patients. PMID:26199701

  4. Will transoesophageal echocardiography become a standard tool for anesthetists to assess haemodynamic status during non-cardiac surgeries? Case report and literature review

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    Stach, Orest; Ka?ski, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    A 53-year-old male, with no history of cardiovascular diseases, underwent elective extended right hemihepatectomy for large metastatic tumor. Approximately 2 hours after the start of procedure sudden onset of severe hypotension associated with profound desaturation and significant fall in end-tidal carbon dioxide pressure was noted. Transoesophageal echocardiography was performed and massive air embolism was confirmed. Patient was turned into Trendelenburg position, inspired oxygen was increased to 100% and positive end-expiratiory pressure turned up to 10 cm H20. Patient was further resuscitated with iv fluids, blood products and vasopressors under surveillance of transoesophageal echocardiography. In this report we present a case in which intraoperative use of transoesophageal echocardiography by trained anaesthetist helped to immediately identify the cause of sudden hypotension and hypoxaemia. Transoesophageal echocardiographywas also a valuable tool for direct monitoring of efficacy of instituted treatment.

  5. Current diagnostic and treatment strategies for Lutembacher syndrome: the pivotal role of echocardiography

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    Dzudie, Anastase; Takah, Noah Fongwen; Ngu, Kathleen Blackett; Sliwa, Karen; Kengne, Andre Pascal

    2015-01-01

    Lutembacher syndrome (LS) is a rare cardiac abnormality characterized by any combination of a congenital or iatrogenic atrial septal defect (ASD) and a congenital or acquired mitral stenosis (MS). Clinical features and hemodynamic effects of LS depend on the balance of effects of the MS and the ASD. Prognosis is influenced by several factors [pulmonary vascular resistance, right ventricle (RV) compliance, size of ASD and MS severity] but the occurrence of secondary pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure is commonly associated with poor outcome. Echocardiography remains the gold standard for diagnosis and evaluation of LS. Timely diagnosis is critical for modifying the natural course, by allowing patients to benefit from currently available percutaneous trans-catheter therapies with favorable effects on the outcomes. This article is a review of published literature on the current diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for LS, focusing on the pivotal role of echocardiography as the key diagnostic tool. Clinical suspicion of LS should prompt extensive investigation with non-invasive and where possible, invasive technics. Multicenter registers have a potential to assist the evaluation of long term outcomes of percutaneous trans-catheter therapies in patients with LS. PMID:25984452

  6. Current diagnostic and treatment strategies for Lutembacher syndrome: the pivotal role of echocardiography.

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    Aminde, Leopold Ndemnge; Dzudie, Anastase; Takah, Noah Fongwen; Ngu, Kathleen Blackett; Sliwa, Karen; Kengne, Andre Pascal

    2015-04-01

    Lutembacher syndrome (LS) is a rare cardiac abnormality characterized by any combination of a congenital or iatrogenic atrial septal defect (ASD) and a congenital or acquired mitral stenosis (MS). Clinical features and hemodynamic effects of LS depend on the balance of effects of the MS and the ASD. Prognosis is influenced by several factors [pulmonary vascular resistance, right ventricle (RV) compliance, size of ASD and MS severity] but the occurrence of secondary pulmonary hypertension and congestive heart failure is commonly associated with poor outcome. Echocardiography remains the gold standard for diagnosis and evaluation of LS. Timely diagnosis is critical for modifying the natural course, by allowing patients to benefit from currently available percutaneous trans-catheter therapies with favorable effects on the outcomes. This article is a review of published literature on the current diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for LS, focusing on the pivotal role of echocardiography as the key diagnostic tool. Clinical suspicion of LS should prompt extensive investigation with non-invasive and where possible, invasive technics. Multicenter registers have a potential to assist the evaluation of long term outcomes of percutaneous trans-catheter therapies in patients with LS. PMID:25984452

  7. Adverse bioeffects of ultrasound contrast agents used in echocardiography: true safety issue or "much ado about nothing"?

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    Aggeli, Constadina; Giannopoulos, Georgios; Lampropoulos, Konstantinos; Pitsavos, Christos; Stefanadis, Christodoulos

    2009-07-01

    Ultrasound contrast agents, consisting of gas-filled microbubbles, have long been used to enhance ultrasonographic imaging of various organs and in several settings. In echocardiography, after their first use for Doppler signal enhancement, their applications have expanded and several studies, combining a range of stress modalities with myocardial contrast echocardiography have shown the clinical utility of these agents. In experimental isolated heart animal models, the interaction of ultrasound with echo-contrast microbubbles was shown to have significant biologic effects when the acoustic energy of the beam exceeded a threshold, leading them to rupture and causing cavitation phenomena; the observed consequences in the experimental setting included microvascular damage, transient decrease of contractile performance and increased lactate production. From the clinical point of view, the reporting of a number of serious adverse events - whose association with the echo-contrast agents was debated - has led to the addition of warning boxes in the prescribing documentation of these preparations. On the other hand, clinical studies including high numbers of patients have shown good safety and tolerance of contrast use during stress echocardiography, both for left ventricle opacification and myocardial perfusion imaging. The present review aims at presenting a balanced account of the existing data regarding the mechanisms and clinical implications of echo-contrast bioeffects, in order to make an informed assessment of their safety in clinical practice. PMID:19601858

  8. Assessment of aortic stenosis by three?dimensional echocardiography: an accurate and novel approach

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    Goland, Sorel; Trento, Alfredo; Iida, Kiyoshi; Czer, Lawrence S C; De Robertis, Michele; Naqvi, Tasneem Z; Tolstrup, Kirsten; Akima, Takashi; Luo, Huai; Siegel, Robert J

    2007-01-01

    Background Accurate assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) is important for clinical decision?making in patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS). The role of three?dimensional echocardiography (3D) in the quantitative assessment of AS has not been evaluated so far. Objectives To evaluate the reproducibility and accuracy of real?time three?dimensional echocardiography (RT3D) and 3D?guided two?dimensional planimetry (3D/2D) for assessment of AS, and compare these results with those of standard echocardiography and cardiac catheterisation (Cath). Methods AVA was estimated by transthoracic echo?Doppler (TTE) and by direct planimetry using transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as well as RT3D and 3D/2D. 15 patients underwent assessment of AS by Cath. Results 33 patients with AS were studied (20 men, mean (SD) age 70 (14)?years). Bland–Altman analysis showed good agreement and small absolute differences in AVA between all planimetric methods (RT3D vs 3D/2D: ?0.01 (0.15)?cm2; 3D/2D vs TEE: 0.05 (0.22)?cm2; RT3D vs TEE: 0.06 (0.26)?cm2). The agreement between AVA assessment by 2D–TTE and planimetry was ?0.01 (0.20)?cm2 for 3D/2D; 0.00 (0.15)?cm2 for RT3D; and ?0.05 (0.30)?cm2 for TEE. Correlation coefficient r for AVA assessment between each of 3D/2D, RT3D, TEE planimetry and Cath was 0.81, 0.86 and 0.71, respectively. The intraobserver variability was similar for all methods, but interobserver variability was better for 3D techniques than for TEE (p<0.05). Conclusions The 3D echo methods for planimetry of the AVA showed good agreement with the standard TEE technique and flow?derived methods. Compared with AV planimetry by TEE, both 3D methods were at least as good as TEE and had better reproducibility. 3D aortic valve planimetry is a novel non?invasive technique, which provides an accurate and reliable quantitative assessment of AS. PMID:17488766

  9. Semi-supine exercise stress echocardiography in children and adolescents: feasibility and safety.

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    Ciliberti, P; McLeod, I; Cairello, F; Kaski, J P; Fenton, M; Giardini, A; Marek, J

    2015-03-01

    Although exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) is a well-validated technique in adult population, its use in children is quite limited. We aimed to assess the feasibility, the safety and the reproducibility of ESE, using on-line scanning in semi-supine cyclo-ergometer protocol in a large pediatric population. Between July 2008 and January 2013, 42 patients (mean age 14 ± 3) were evaluated with a bicycle ESE performing 50 studies. ESE was successfully performed and well tolerated by all patients. None of the patients presented with adverse effects of stress-induced ischemia. HR was 82 ± 13 at rest, and 153 ± 19.1 during peak exercise. Among 544 views analyzed for grading of image quality, the visualization was optimal in 473 (87 %), suboptimal in 39, and inadequate in 32 (6 %). 37 tests were performed in patients with congenital or acquired coronary abnormality. Regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) were revealed in nine cases (24 %). The agreement between the two different observers showed a K index of 0.7276 (95 % CI 0.6497-0.8055) for the image quality and a K index of 0.5125 (95 % CI 0.4782-0.5468) for the RWMA analysis. Among ten patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, we were able to demonstrate the new comparison of significant left ventricular outflow tract gradient (?30 mmHg) during exercise in three patients (30 %). Bicycle stress echocardiography performed by on-line scanning during exercise is a feasible, safe, and reproducible modality in children. Further data to assess its diagnostic accuracy are, however, needed. Stress echocardiography provides a dynamic assessment of the myocardial structure and function under conditions of physiologic or pharmacologic stress. PMID:25410823

  10. Exercise treadmill saline contrast echocardiography for the detection of patent foramen ovale in hypoxia.

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    Fenster, Brett E; Freeman, Andrew M; Silveira, Lori; Buckner, J Kern; Curran-Everett, Douglas; Carroll, John D

    2015-12-01

    Percutaneous patent foramen ovale (PFO) occluder placement improves dyspnea and oxygen requirement in hypoxic patients with PFO-mediated right-to-left shunt (RTLS). Although saline contrast echocardiography (SCE) in the resting state can identify PFO RTLS, SCE performed with exercise stress testing may provide incremental diagnostic yield compared to rest SCE. We evaluated the ability of exercise SCE to predict PFO presence and size using intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) as a gold standard in a hypoxic cohort. Thirty-three hypoxic patients with suspected PFO RTLS who underwent rest, Valsalva, and exercise stress SCE prior to ICE were evaluated retrospectively. PFO RTLS was defined by ICE findings including PFO anatomy, RTLS by saline contrast and color Doppler, and probe patency. SCE shunt severity was compared to the presence of ICE-defined PFO RTLS and PFO size. Exercise SCE for the detection of PFO RTLS performed with an area under the curve of 0.77, sensitivity of 73 %, and specificity of 86 %. Among 26 patients with PFO RTLS, exercise SCE identified four additional patients with PFO that had negative rest SCE and two patients with negative Valsalva SCE. Exercise SCE had a stronger correlation with PFO size than resting or Valsalva SCE. Exercise SCE detects PFO RTLS and predicts PFO size in a hypoxic cohort. In addition, exercise SCE can identify PFO RTLS that is otherwise undetected with rest or Valsalva SCE. Exercise SCE may be appropriate when a clinical suspicion for PFO RTLS persists despite negative rest and Valsalva SCE. PMID:26231342

  11. The role of transesophageal echocardiography in aortic valve preserving procedures

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    Hall, Terri; Shah, Pallav; Wahi, Sudhir

    2014-01-01

    In selected cases of aortic regurgitation, aortic valve (AV) repair and AV sparing root reconstruction viable alternatives to aortic valve replacement. Repair and preservation of the native valve avoids the use of long-term anticoagulation, lowers the incidence of subsequent thromboembolic events and reduces the risk of endocarditis. Additionally repair has a low operative mortality with reasonable mid-term durability. The success and longer term durability of AVPP has improved with surgical experience. An understanding of the mechanism of the AR is integral to determining feasibility and success of an AVPP. Assessment of AV morphology, anatomy of the functional aortic annulus (FAA) and the aortic root with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) improves the understanding of the mechanisms of AR. Pre- and intra-operative TEE plays a pivotal role in guiding case selection, surgical planning, and in evaluating procedural success. Post-operative transthoracic echocardiography is useful to determine long-term success and monitor for recurrence of AR. PMID:24973839

  12. On-Orbit Prospective Echocardiography on International Space Station

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    Hamilton, Douglas R.; Sargsyan, Ashot E.; Martin, David; Garcia, Kathleen M.; Melton, Shannon; Feiverson, Alan; Dulchavsky, Scott A.

    2010-01-01

    A number of echocardiographic research projects and experiments have been flown on almost every space vehicle since 1970, but validation of standard methods and the determination of Space Normal cardiac function has not been reported to date. Advanced Diagnostics in Microgravity (ADUM) -remote guided echocardiographic technique provides a novel and effective approach to on-board assessment of cardiac physiology and structure using a just-in-time training algorithm and real-time remote guidance aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The validation of remotely guided echocardiographic techniques provides the procedures and protocols to perform scientific and clinical echocardiography on the ISS and the Moon. The objectives of this study were: 1.To confirm the ability of non-physician astronaut/cosmonaut crewmembers to perform clinically relevant remotely guided echocardiography using the Human Research Facility on board the ISS. 2.To compare the preflight, postflight and in-flight echocardiographic parameters commonly used in clinical medicine.

  13. Influence of psoriasis on circulatory system function assessed in echocardiography.

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    Milaniuk, Sylwia; Pietrzak, Aldona; Mosiewicz, Barbara; Mosiewicz, Jerzy; Reich, Kristian

    2015-12-01

    Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic disease with a multifactorial pathogenesis. It affects about 2-4 % of the population all over the world. In course of psoriatic arthritis, joints' damages are observed. In patients with psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis, there is increased morbidity and mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases observed. The aim of the study is to analyze the echocardiography of patients with psoriasis vulgaris and psoriatic arthritis on the basis of the literature available in PubMed database. Abnormalities found in echocardiography of patients with psoriasis include valvular defects (40.7 % of the patients), left ventricle diastolic dysfunction (27.8 %), and left ventricle hypertrophy (11.1 %). Left ventricle's systolic disorders, increased aorta stiffness index and increased pulmonary artery blood pressure were also observed in this group of patients. PMID:26121943

  14. The role of transesophageal echocardiography in aortic valve preserving procedures.

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    Hall, Terri; Shah, Pallav; Wahi, Sudhir

    2014-01-01

    In selected cases of aortic regurgitation, aortic valve (AV) repair and AV sparing root reconstruction viable alternatives to aortic valve replacement. Repair and preservation of the native valve avoids the use of long-term anticoagulation, lowers the incidence of subsequent thromboembolic events and reduces the risk of endocarditis. Additionally repair has a low operative mortality with reasonable mid-term durability. The success and longer term durability of AVPP has improved with surgical experience. An understanding of the mechanism of the AR is integral to determining feasibility and success of an AVPP. Assessment of AV morphology, anatomy of the functional aortic annulus (FAA) and the aortic root with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) improves the understanding of the mechanisms of AR. Pre- and intra-operative TEE plays a pivotal role in guiding case selection, surgical planning, and in evaluating procedural success. Post-operative transthoracic echocardiography is useful to determine long-term success and monitor for recurrence of AR. PMID:24973839

  15. [The role of intracardiac echocardiography in clinical practice].

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    Sapel'nikov, O V; Partigulova, A S; Saidova, M A; Akchurin, R S

    2015-01-01

    The article contains review of possibilities of the method of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) in clinical electrophysiology, delineation of indications to its use, and perspectives of development of this technology. Characteristics of technical variants of the method and special features of their application are also given. Technique of performance of interventions under ICE control is described in detail. Foreign experience of ICE use is summarized, and own experience is presented. PMID:26050495

  16. Assessment of myocardial perfusion using contrast echocardiography – Case report

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    Rotaru, L; Nanea, T

    2015-01-01

    Contrast echocardiography is a technique that improves endocardial demarcation and provides real-time data on blood circulation (blood flow, velocity). Left ventricle imaging study using contrast agents that cross the pulmonary circulation allows an improved visualization of endocardial tissue. This creates a more accurate ultrasound evaluation of left ventricular dimensions and its kinetics. Contrast echocardiography can improve Doppler mode evaluation and can provide information on myocardial perfusion precisely through this mechanism. Microbubble contrast agents are second-generation ultrasound contrast agents and are especially useful in endocardial demarcation. Second generation ultrasound contrast agents available now, include “Definity”, “Optison” - available in almost all countries with an average medical system except for Europe and “SonoVue” - available in most European countries. Contrast agents are represented by microbubbles between 1-10?m in diameter, containing a gas surrounded by a phospholipid membrane (SonoVue) or protein (Optison). Because the microbubble ultrasound characteristics used are different from the characteristics of the surrounding tissue or blood elements and cardiac structures, their diffusion produce very strong acoustic signals, which are directly proportional to blood volume. Quantitative assessment of myocardial microcirculation is now possible due to the advancing techniques in contrast echocardiography, provided that the left ventricular cavity has an increased echogenicity compared with the surrounding myocardium (which has a lower blood volume).

  17. "The Show"

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    Gehring, John

    2004-01-01

    For the past 16 years, the blue-collar city of Huntington, West Virginia, has rolled out the red carpet to welcome young wrestlers and their families as old friends. They have come to town chasing the same dream for a spot in what many of them call "The Show". For three days, under the lights of an arena packed with 5,000 fans, the state's best…

  18. 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

  19. Quantitation of mitral regurgitation after percutaneous MitraClip repair: comparison of Doppler echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

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    Strugnell, Wendy; Gaikwad, Niranjan; Ischenko, Matthew; Speranza, Vicki; Chan, Jonathan; Neill, Johanne; Platts, David; Scalia, Gregory M.; Burstow, Darryl J.; Walters, Darren L.

    2015-01-01

    Objective Percutaneous valve intervention for severe mitral regurgitation (MR) using the MitraClip is a novel technology. Quantitative assessment of residual MR by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is challenging, with multiple eccentric jets and artifact from the clips. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the reference standard for left and right ventricular volumetric assessment. CMR phase-contrast flow imaging has superior reproducibility for quantitation of MR compared to echocardiography. The objective of this study was to establish the feasibility and reproducibility of CMR in quantitating residual MR after MitraClip insertion in a prospective study. Methods Twenty-five patients underwent successful MitraClip insertion. Nine were excluded due to non-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible implants or arrhythmia, leaving 16 who underwent a comprehensive CMR examination at 1.5 T (Siemens Aera) with multiplanar steady state free precession (SSFP) cine imaging (cine CMR), and phase-contrast flow acquisitions (flow CMR) at the mitral annulus atrial to the MitraClip, and the proximal aorta. Same-day echocardiography was performed with two-dimensional (2D) visualization and Doppler. CMR and echocardiographic data were independently and blindly analyzed by expert readers. Inter-rater comparison was made by concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and Bland-Altman (BA) methods. Results Mean age was 79 years, and mean LVEF was 44%±11% by CMR and 54%±16% by echocardiography. Inter-observer reproducibility of echocardiographic visual categorical grading by expert readers was poor, with a CCC of 0.475 (?0.7, 0.74). Echocardiographic Doppler regurgitant fraction reproducibility was modest (CCC 0.59, 0.15-0.84; BA mean difference ?3.7%, ?38% to 31%). CMR regurgitant fraction reproducibility was excellent (CCC 0.95, 0.86-0.98; BA mean difference ?2.4%, ?11.9 to 7.0), with a lower mean difference and narrower limits of agreement compared to echocardiography. Categorical severity grading by CMR using published ranges had good inter-observer agreement (CCC 0.86, 0.62-0.95). Conclusions CMR performs very well in the quantitation of MR after MitraClip insertion, with excellent reproducibility compared to echocardiographic methods. CMR is a useful technique for the comprehensive evaluation of residual regurgitation in patients after MitraClip. Technical limitations exist for both techniques, and quantitation remains a challenge in some patients. PMID:26309843

  20. Assessment of right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction by echocardiography: from geometric approximations to realistic shapes

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    A Flachskampf, Frank

    2015-01-01

    Right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction are challenging to assess by echocardiography, but are well established as functional and prognostic parameters. Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography has become widespread and relatively easy to use, making calculation of these parameters feasible in the large majority of patients. We review past attempts to estimate right ventricular volumes, current strengths and weaknesses of 3D echocardiography for this task, and compare with corresponding data from magnetic resonance imaging.

  1. Reversion of Severe Mitral Insufficiency in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Using Levosimendan

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    Nieto Estrada, Victor H.; Molano Franco, Daniel L.; Valencia Moreno, Albert Alexander; Rojas Gambasica, Jose A.; Jaller Bornacelli, Yamil E.; Martinez Del Valle, Anacaona

    2015-01-01

    Idiopathic peripartum cardiomyopathy presenting with heart failure is a true diagnostic and treatment challenge. Goal oriented clinical management aims at the relapse of left ventricular systolic dysfunction. A 35-year-old patient on her 12th day post-delivery presents progressive signs of heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography showed severe mitral insufficiency, mild left ventricular dysfunction, mild tricuspid insufficiency, severe pulmonary hypertension, and right atrial enlargement. With wet and cold heart failure signs, the patient was a candidate for inodilator cardiovascular support and volume depletion therapy. As the patient presented a persistent tachycardia at rest, levosimendan was chosen over dobutamine. Levosimendan was administered at a dose of 0.2 µg/kg/min during a period of 24 hours. After inodilator therapy, the patient’s signs and symptoms of heart failure began to decrease, showing improvement of dyspnea, mitral murmur grade went from IV/IV to II/IV, filling pressures and systemic and pulmonary resistance indexes decreased, arterial blood gases improved, and an echocardiography performed 72 h later showed non-dilated cardiomyopathy, mild cardiac contractile dysfunction, mild mitral insufficiency, type I diastolic dysfunction and improvement of pulmonary hypertension. Cardiovascular function in peripartum cardiomyopathy tends to go back to normality in 23-41% of the cases, but in a large group of patients, severe ventricle dysfunction remains months after initial symptoms. This article describes the diagnostic process of a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy and a successful reversion of a severe case of mitral insufficiency using levosimendan as a new therapeutic strategy in this clinical context. PMID:26566415

  2. Reversion of Severe Mitral Insufficiency in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Using Levosimendan.

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    Nieto Estrada, Victor H; Molano Franco, Daniel L; Valencia Moreno, Albert Alexander; Rojas Gambasica, Jose A; Jaller Bornacelli, Yamil E; Martinez Del Valle, Anacaona

    2015-12-01

    Idiopathic peripartum cardiomyopathy presenting with heart failure is a true diagnostic and treatment challenge. Goal oriented clinical management aims at the relapse of left ventricular systolic dysfunction. A 35-year-old patient on her 12th day post-delivery presents progressive signs of heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography showed severe mitral insufficiency, mild left ventricular dysfunction, mild tricuspid insufficiency, severe pulmonary hypertension, and right atrial enlargement. With wet and cold heart failure signs, the patient was a candidate for inodilator cardiovascular support and volume depletion therapy. As the patient presented a persistent tachycardia at rest, levosimendan was chosen over dobutamine. Levosimendan was administered at a dose of 0.2 µg/kg/min during a period of 24 hours. After inodilator therapy, the patient's signs and symptoms of heart failure began to decrease, showing improvement of dyspnea, mitral murmur grade went from IV/IV to II/IV, filling pressures and systemic and pulmonary resistance indexes decreased, arterial blood gases improved, and an echocardiography performed 72 h later showed non-dilated cardiomyopathy, mild cardiac contractile dysfunction, mild mitral insufficiency, type I diastolic dysfunction and improvement of pulmonary hypertension. Cardiovascular function in peripartum cardiomyopathy tends to go back to normality in 23-41% of the cases, but in a large group of patients, severe ventricle dysfunction remains months after initial symptoms. This article describes the diagnostic process of a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy and a successful reversion of a severe case of mitral insufficiency using levosimendan as a new therapeutic strategy in this clinical context. PMID:26566415

  3. Dobutamine stress echocardiography in clinical practice with a review of the recent literature.

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    Barasch, E; Wilansky, S

    1994-01-01

    Stress echocardiography has been developed in recent years as an effective noninvasive test for the detection and assessment of coronary artery disease. This method combines exercise with 2-dimensional echocardiography, which can assess regional and global left ventricular function during stress. Dobutamine infusion, a pharmacologic means of producing cardiovascular stress, appears to be an excellent alternative to exercise in echocardiographic studies. Currently, it is reserved for patients who cannot exercise at a meaningful level because of advanced age, physical deconditioning, or other factors. This review evaluates the current clinical application of dobutamine stress echocardiography and compares its efficacy with that of exercise echocardiography and nuclear perfusion imaging. PMID:8000267

  4. [Measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes in real-time 3D echocardiography. Validation by nuclear magnetic resonance

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    Bauer, F.; Shiota, T.; Qin, J. X.; White, R. D.; Thomas, J. D.

    2001-01-01

    The measurement of the left ventricular ejection fraction is important for the evaluation of cardiomyopathy and depends on the measurement of left ventricular volumes. There are no existing conventional echocardiographic means of measuring the true left atrial and ventricular volumes without mathematical approximations. The aim of this study was to test anew real time 3-dimensional echocardiographic system of calculating left atrial and ventricular volumes in 40 patients after in vitro validation. The volumes of the left atrium and ventricle acquired from real time 3-D echocardiography in the apical view, were calculated in 7 sections parallel to the surface of the probe and compared with atrial (10 patients) and ventricular (30 patients) volumes calculated by nuclear magnetic resonance with the simpson method and with volumes of water in balloons placed in a cistern. Linear regression analysis showed an excellent correlation between the real volume of water in the balloons and volumes given in real time 3-dimensional echocardiography (y = 0.94x + 5.5, r = 0.99, p < 0.001, D = -10 +/- 4.5 ml). A good correlation was observed between real time 3-dimensional echocardiography and nuclear magnetic resonance for the measurement of left atrial and ventricular volumes (y = 0.95x - 10, r = 0.91, p < 0.001, D = -14.8 +/- 19.5 ml and y = 0.87x + 10, r = 0.98, P < 0.001, D = -8.3 +/- 18.7 ml, respectively. The authors conclude that real time three-dimensional echocardiography allows accurate measurement of left heart volumes underlying the clinical potential of this new 3-D method.

  5. Right ventricular strain analysis from three-dimensional echocardiography by using temporally diffeomorphic motion estimation

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    Zhu, Meihua; Ashraf, Muhammad; Broberg, Craig S.; Sahn, David J.; Song, Xubo

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Quantitative analysis of right ventricle (RV) motion is important for study of the mechanism of congenital and acquired diseases. Unlike left ventricle (LV), motion estimation of RV is more difficult because of its complex shape and thin myocardium. Although attempts of finite element models on MR images and speckle tracking on echocardiography have shown promising results on RV strain analysis, these methods can be improved since the temporal smoothness of the motion is not considered. Methods: The authors have proposed a temporally diffeomorphic motion estimation method in which a spatiotemporal transformation is estimated by optimization of a registration energy functional of the velocity field in their earlier work. The proposed motion estimation method is a fully automatic process for general image sequences. The authors apply the method by combining with a semiautomatic myocardium segmentation method to the RV strain analysis of three-dimensional (3D) echocardiographic sequences of five open-chest pigs under different steady states. Results: The authors compare the peak two-point strains derived by their method with those estimated from the sonomicrometry, the results show that they have high correlation. The motion of the right ventricular free wall is studied by using segmental strains. The baseline sequence results show that the segmental strains in their methods are consistent with results obtained by other image modalities such as MRI. The image sequences of pacing steady states show that segments with the largest strain variation coincide with the pacing sites. Conclusions: The high correlation of the peak two-point strains of their method and sonomicrometry under different steady states demonstrates that their RV motion estimation has high accuracy. The closeness of the segmental strain of their method to those from MRI shows the feasibility of their method in the study of RV function by using 3D echocardiography. The strain analysis of the pacing steady states shows the potential utility of their method in study on RV diseases. PMID:25471981

  6. Evaluation of short-axis and long-axis myocardial function with two-dimensional strain echocardiography in patients with different degrees of coronary artery stenosis.

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    Deng, You-Bin; Liu, Rong; Wu, Yu-Han; Xiong, Li; Liu, Ya-Ni

    2010-02-01

    This study was designed to characterize the changes in the peak systolic longitudinal, circumferential and radial strains by using 2-D strain echocardiography in patients with coronary artery stenosis without segmental wall motion abnormalities on conventional 2-D echocardiography. 2D strain echocardiography was performed in 44 patients with different degrees of coronary artery stenosis. Myocardial longitudinal, circumferential and radial strain profiles were obtained and peak systolic strain values were measured. The peak systolic longitudinal strain was significantly reduced in myocardial segments subtended by coronary arteries with greater than 75% stenosis when compared with those subtended by coronary artery with less than 75% stenosis and those in control. Sensitivity and specificity were 74% and 72%, respectively, for peak systolic longitudinal strain to predict segments subtended by coronary arteries with greater than 75% stenosis (cutoff value--17.7%; area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, 0.825). There were no significant differences in circumferential and radial strains among myocardial segments subtended by coronary arteries with greater than 75% stenosis and those with less than 75% stenosis and in control. In conclusion, our study suggests that analysis of long-axis cardiac function by using the 2-D strain echocardiography may help to identify the myocardial segments subtended by coronary arteries with severe stenosis. PMID:20045591

  7. Reliability of quantitative echocardiography in adult sheep and goats

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    2012-01-01

    Background Echocardiography is a non-invasive method for assessment of the ovine and caprine heart. Complete reference ranges for cardiac dimensions and time indices for both species are not currently available and reliability of these measurements has not been evaluated. The objectives for this study are to report reliability, normal cardiac dimensions and time indices in a large group of adult sheep and goats. Fifty-one adult sheep and forty adult goats were recruited. Full echocardiographic examinations were performed in the standing unsedated animal. All animals underwent echocardiography four times in a 72-hour period. Echocardiography was performed three times by one author and once by another. Images were stored and measured offline. Technique and measurement repeatability and reproducibility and any differences due to animal or day were evaluated. Reference ranges (mean?±?2 standard deviations) were calculated for both species. Results Majority of the images obtained were of good to excellent quality. Image acquisition was straightforward with 5.4% of animals demonstrating a small scanning window. Reliability was excellent for majority of dimensions and time indices. There was less variation in repeatability when compared with reproducibility and differences were greater for technique than for measurements. Dimensions that were less reliable included those for right ventricular diameter and left ventricular free wall. There were many differences in cardiac dimensions between sheep and goats. Conclusions This study has demonstrated that specific reference ranges are required for these two species. Repeatability and reproducibility were excellent for the majority of cardiac dimensions and time indices suggesting that this technique is reliable and valuable for examination of clinical cases over time and for longitudinal research studies. PMID:23017011

  8. Non-ischaemic cardiac conditions: role of stress echocardiography

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    2014-01-01

    Stress echocardiography (SE) has a unique ability for simultaneous assessment of both functional class and exercise-related haemodynamic changes and as such is increasingly recognised for the evaluation of non-coronary artery disease pathologies. Some indications such as valvular heart disease or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have been well established already, while others such as diastolic exercise testing are emerging of late. This paper addresses the main and best established indications for SE in non-ischaemic conditions, providing a practical perspective correlated with updated guidelines.

  9. The transesophageal echocardiography simulator based on computed tomography images.

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    Piórkowski, Adam; Kempny, Aleksander

    2013-02-01

    Simulators are a new tool in education in many fields, including medicine, where they greatly improve familiarity with medical procedures, reduce costs, and, importantly, cause no harm to patients. This is so in the case of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), in which the use of a simulator facilitates spatial orientation and helps in case studies. The aim of the project described in this paper is to simulate an examination by TEE. This research makes use of available computed tomography data to simulate the corresponding echocardiographic view. This paper describes the essential characteristics that distinguish these two modalities and the key principles of the wave phenomena that should be considered in the simulation process, taking into account the conditions specific to the echocardiography. The construction of the CT2TEE (Web-based TEE simulator) is also presented. The considerations include ray-tracing and ray-casting techniques in the context of ultrasound beam and artifact simulation. An important aspect of the interaction with the user is raised. PMID:23144029

  10. Prognostic Value of Normal Stress Echocardiography in Obese Patients

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    Murphy, Michele; Krothapalli, Siva; Cuellar, Jose; Kanjanauthai, Somsupha; Heeke, Brian; Gomadam, Pallavi S.; Guha, Avirup; Barnes, Vernon A.; Litwin, Sheldon E.; Sharma, Gyanendra K.

    2014-01-01

    Background. Chest pain is a common problem in obese patients. Because of the body habitus, the results of noninvasive evaluation for CAD may be limited in this group. Methods. We reviewed the records of 1446 consecutive patients who had undergone clinically indicated stress echocardiography (SE). We compared major adverse cardiac events (MACE; myocardial infarction, cardiac intervention, cardiac death, subsequent hospitalization for cardiac events, and emergency department visits) at 1 year in normal weight, overweight, and obese subjects with normal SE. Results. Excluding patients with an abnormal and indeterminate SE and those who were lost to follow-up, a retrospective analysis of 704 patients was performed. There were 366 obese patients (BMI ? 30), 196 overweight patients (BMI 25–29.9), and 142 patients with normal BMI (18.5–24.9). There was no MACE in the groups at 1-year follow-up after a normal SE. Conclusions. In obese patients including those with multiple risk factors and symptoms concerning for cardiac ischemia, stress echocardiography is an effective and reliable noninvasive tool for identifying those with a low 1-year risk of cardiac events. PMID:25258682

  11. UK Cardiology Training in Core Echocardiography Symposium Report: the good the bad and the ugly

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    Kydd, Anna; Sohaib, Afzal; Sarwar, Rizwan; Holdsworth, David

    2014-01-01

    Training in core echocardiography skills within the UK has been the focus of considerable discussion following recent national surveys. This article reports the proceedings of a joint meeting held by the British Society of Echocardiography and British Junior Cardiologists' Association. It considers the current issues impacting on high-quality training and presents potential solutions for the future.

  12. Altered mitral inflow orifice in severe aortic regurgitation: real time three-dimensional echocardiographic findings.

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    Bertrand, Philippe B; Verhaert, David; Vandervoort, Pieter

    2014-01-01

    We present the case of a young man with severe eccentric aortic regurgitation, obstructing mitral inflow and provoking an audible Austin Flint murmur at clinical examination. Two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography depicts the remarkable mechanical interaction between aortic regurgitant jet and anterior mitral leaflet opening. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography aids in understanding the geometric and hemodynamic consequences of the regurgitant jet and in the genesis of the Austin Flint murmur. This case accentuates the incremental value of three-dimensional echocardiography when evaluating valvular pathology, and offers more insight in the interaction between aortic regurgitant flow and mitral leaflet dynamics. PMID:23742271

  13. Effect of color coding and subtraction on the accuracy of contrast echocardiography

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    Pasquet, A.; Greenberg, N.; Brunken, R.; Thomas, J. D.; Marwick, T. H.

    1999-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Contrast echocardiography may be used to assess myocardial perfusion. However, gray scale assessment of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) is difficult because of variations in regional backscatter intensity, difficulties in distinguishing varying shades of gray, and artifacts or attenuation. We sought to determine whether the assessment of rest myocardial perfusion by MCE could be improved with subtraction and color coding. METHODS AND RESULTS: MCE was performed in 31 patients with previous myocardial infarction with a 2nd generation agent (NC100100, Nycomed AS), using harmonic triggered or continuous imaging and gain settings were kept constant throughout the study. Digitized images were post processed by subtraction of baseline from contrast data and colorized to reflect the intensity of myocardial contrast. Gray scale MCE alone, MCE images combined with baseline and subtracted colorized images were scored independently using a 16 segment model. The presence and severity of myocardial contrast abnormalities were compared with perfusion defined by rest MIBI-SPECT. Segments that were not visualized by continuous (17%) or triggered imaging (14%) after color processing were excluded from further analysis. The specificity of gray scale MCE alone (56%) or MCE combined with baseline 2D (47%) was significantly enhanced by subtraction and color coding (76%, p<0.001) of triggered images. The accuracy of the gray scale approaches (respectively 52% and 47%) was increased to 70% (p<0.001). Similarly, for continuous images, the specificity of gray scale MCE with and without baseline comparison was 23% and 42% respectively, compared with 60% after post processing (p<0.001). The accuracy of colorized images (59%) was also significantly greater than gray scale MCE (43% and 29%, p<0.001). The sensitivity of MCE for both acquisitions was not altered by subtraction. CONCLUSION: Post-processing with subtraction and color coding significantly improves the accuracy and specificity of MCE for detection of perfusion defects.

  14. 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

  15. The diagnostic ability of echocardiography for infective endocarditis and its associated complications.

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    Vilacosta, Isidre; Olmos, Carmen; de Agustín, Alberto; López, Javier; Islas, Fabián; Sarriá, Cristina; Ferrera, Carlos; Ortiz-Bautista, Carlos; Sánchez-Enrique, Cristina; Vivas, David; San Román, Alberto

    2015-11-01

    Echocardiography, transthoracic and transoesophageal, plays a key role in the diagnosis and prognosis assessment of patients with infective endocarditis. It constitutes a major Duke criterion and is pivotal in treatment guiding. Seven echocardiographic findings are major criteria in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE) (vegetation, abscess, pseudoaneurysm, fistulae, new dehiscence of a prosthetic valve, perforation and valve aneurysm). Echocardiography must be performed as soon as endocarditis is suspected. Transoesophageal echocardiography should be done in most cases of left-sided endocarditis to better define the anatomic lesions and to rule out local complications. Transoesophageal echocardiography is not necessary in isolated right-sided native valve IE with good quality transthoracic examination and unequivocal echocardiographic findings. Echocardiography is a very useful tool to assess the prognosis of patients with IE at any time during the course of the disease. Echocardiographic predictors of poor outcome include presence of periannular complications, prosthetic dysfunction, low left ventricular ejection fraction, pulmonary hypertension and very large vegetations. PMID:26471429

  16. Quantitative approach using multiple single parameters versus visual assessment in dobutamine stress echocardiography

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    2012-01-01

    Background A number of myocardial Doppler-derived velocity, strain myocardial imaging parameters (DMI) and speckle tracking imaging (STI) have been proposed for the quantification of myocardial ischemia during stress echocardiography. The purpose of the study was to identify the best single ultrasound quantitative parameter for prediction of significant coronary stenosis and compare it with visual assessment during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). Methods Prospective analysis included data of 151 patients (age 61.8?±?9.2) who underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography for known (n?=?35) or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) (n?=?36) or symptomatic chest pain (n?=?80), excluding patients with previous myocardial infarction. Systolic, post-systolic and diastolic velocities, strain and strain rate parameters were obtained at rest and at peak dobutamine challenge. Derivative markers as E'/A' ratio, post-systolic index and changes from rest to stress were calculated (98 parameters overall, predominantly longitudinal). Coronary angiography was chosen as reference method considering at least one stenosis ?70% per patient as significant CAD. The predictive value of quantitative parameters and wall motion score index (WMSI) was obtained using logistic regression and ROC analysis. Results The value of single parameters discriminated as independent predictors of CAD appeared to be modest (area under the curve [AUC] ranged from 0.63 to 0.72 for 16 PW-DMI, 12 CC-DMI and 12 STI markers), comparing to AUC of WMSI 0.88. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of visual DSE evaluation was 82.4% (95%CI 77.4%; 85.2%), 92.6% (95%CI 83.4%; 97.5%) and 86.0% (95%CI 79.5%; 89.6%), respectively, Youden index 0.75. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of single predictors ranged from 40.0% to 93.3% (95% CI 22.7%; 99.2%), from 34.2% to 88.7% (95% CI 25.6%; 94.1%) and from 45.8% to 80.0% (95% CI 37.5%; 87.2%) respectively, Youden index ranged from 0.20 to 0.52. Conclusions Multiple single quantitative parameters showed limited predictive ability to identify significant coronary artery stenosis. Visual assessment of DSE appears to be more accurate than single velocity and strain/strain rate markers in the diagnosis of CAD. PMID:22846395

  17. Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) Measurement of Dynamic Myocardial Stiffness with Shear Wave Velocimetry

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    Hollender, Peter J.; Wolf, Patrick D.; Goswami, Robi; Trahey, Gregg E.

    2012-01-01

    Acoustic Radiation Force (ARF)-based methods have been demonstrated to be a viable tool for noninvasively estimating tissue elastic properties, and shear wave velocimetry has been used to quantitatively measure the stiffening and relaxation of myocardial tissue in open-chest experiments. Dynamic stiffness metrics may prove to be indicators for certain cardiac diseases, but a clinically-viable means of remotely generating and tracking transverse wave propagation in myocardium is needed. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter-tip transducers are demonstrated here as a viable tool for making this measurement. ICE probes achieve favorable proximity to the myocardium, enabling the use of shear wave velocimetry from within the right ventricle throughout the cardiac cycle. This work describes the techniques used to overcome the challenges of using a small probe to perform ARF-driven shear wave velocimetry, and presents in vivo porcine data showing the effectiveness of this method in the interventricular septum. Acoustic Radiation Force (ARF)-based methods have been demonstrated to be a viable tool for noninvasively estimating tissue elastic properties, and shear wave velocimetry has been used to quantitatively measure the stiffening and relaxation of myocardial tissue in open-chest experiments. Dynamic stiffness metrics may prove to be indicators for certain cardiac diseases, but a clinically-viable means of remotely generating and tracking transverse wave propagation in myocardium is needed. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter-tip transducers are demonstrated here as a viable tool for making this measurement. ICE probes achieve favorable proximity to the myocardium, enabling the use of shear wave velocimetry from within the right ventricle throughout the cardiac cycle. This work describes the techniques used to overcome the challenges of using a small probe to perform ARF-driven shear wave velocimetry, and presents in vivo porcine data showing the effectiveness of this method in the interventricular septum. PMID:22579544

  18. Intra-cardiac echocardiography in alcohol septal ablation: a prospective comparative study against trans-thoracic echocardiography

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    Shahzad, Adeel; Newton, James; Vejlstrup, Niels; Axelsson, Anna; Sharma, Vishal; Ormerod, OIiver; Stables, Rodney H

    2015-01-01

    Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy reduces left ventricular outflow tract gradients. A third of patients do not respond; inaccurate localisation of the iatrogenic infarct can be responsible. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) using myocardial contrast can be difficult in the laboratory environment. Intra-cardiac echocardiography (ICE) provides high-quality images. We aimed to assess ICE against TTE in ASA. The ability of ICE and TTE to assess three key domains (mitral valve (MV) anatomy and systolic anterior motion, visualisation of target septum, adjacent structures) was evaluated in 20 consecutive patients undergoing ASA. Two independent experts scored paired TTE and ICE images off line for each domain in both groups. The ability to see myocardial contrast following septal arterial injection was also assessed by the cardiologist performing ASA. In patients undergoing ASA, ICE was superior in viewing MV anatomy (P=0.02). TTE was superior in assessing adjacent structures (P=0.002). There was no difference in assessing target septum. Myocardial contrast: ICE did not clearly identify the area of contrast in 17/19 patients due to dense acoustic shadowing (8/19) and inadequate opacification of the myocardium (6/19). ICE only clearly localised contrast in 2/19 cases. ICE does not visualise myocardial contrast well and therefore cannot be used to guide ASA. TTE was substantially better at viewing myocardial contrast. There was no significant difference between ICE and TTE in the overall ability to comment on cardiac anatomy relevant to ASA. PMID:26693311

  19. A Holographic Road Show.

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    Kirkpatrick, Larry D.; Rugheimer, Mac

    1979-01-01

    Describes the viewing sessions and the holograms of a holographic road show. The traveling exhibits, believed to stimulate interest in physics, include a wide variety of holograms and demonstrate several physical principles. (GA)

  20. Endurance and Strength Athlete's Heart: Analysis of Myocardial Deformation by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Santoro, Amato; Antonelli, Giovanni; Caputo, Maria; Padeletti, Margherita; Lisi, Matteo; Mondillo, Sergio

    2014-01-01

    Background Intensive training induces two morphological myocardial typologies of athlete's heart. Endurance training (ET) induces eccentric remodeling, bradycardia and better diastolic filling. Strength training (ST) determines concentric chamber remodelling maintaining a normal heart rate (HR). Aim of the study was to compare ET and ST athletes' heart using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). Methods 33 professional ET, 36 ST athletes, and 17 healthy controls (CT) were enrolled. All subjects underwent standard transthoracic echocardiography at rest and STE. Results In ET group, HR was lower than ST group and CT group (p < 0.001; p < 0.01). ET group had higher E/A ratio than ST group and CT group (p < 0.01; p < 0.001). The left ventricular apical circumferential strain in ET group was lower than ST group and CT group (-21.6 ± 4.1% vs. -26.8 ± 7.7%, p < 0.05; vs. -27.8 ± 5.6%, p < 0.01). ET group had lower left ventricular twist (LVT) and untwisting (UTW) than ST group (6.2 ± 0.1° vs. 12.0 ± 0.1°, p < 0.01; -67.3 ± 22.9°/s vs. -122.5 ± 52.8°/s, p < 0.01) and CT group (10.0 ± 0.1°, p < 0.01; -103.3 ± 29.3°/s, p < 0.01). The univariate analysis showed significant correlation between E/A ratio and HR (r = -0.54; p < 0.001), LVT (r = -0.45; p < 0.01), UTW (r = 0.24; p < 0.05). At the multivariate analysis only HR was confirmed as independent predictor of diastolic function in all groups (Beta -0.52; p < 0.001). Conclusion In ET there was a better global systolic and diastolic functional reserve at rest observed with strain analysis and it maybe depended on autonomic modulation. PMID:25580194

  1. Best anesthetics for assessing left ventricular systolic function by echocardiography in mice.

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    Pachon, Ronald E; Scharf, Bruce A; Vatner, Dorothy E; Vatner, Stephen F

    2015-06-15

    Our review of the literature of the major cardiovascular journals for the past three years showed that for all studies using anesthesia for mouse echocardiography, the predominant anesthetic was isoflurane, which was used in 76% of the studies. The goal of this investigation was to determine if isoflurane is indeed the best anesthetic. Accordingly, we compared isoflurane with 2,2,2-tribromoethanol (Avertin), ketamine-xylazine, and ketamine on different days in the same 14 mice, also studied in the conscious state without anesthesia. A randomized crossover study design was employed to compare the effects on left ventricular (LV) systolic function and heart rate of the four different anesthetic agents assessed by transthoracic echocardiography. As expected, each anesthetic depressed LV ejection fraction and heart rate when compared with values in conscious mice. Surprisingly, isoflurane was not the best, but actually second to last in maintaining normal LV function and heart rate. The anesthetic with the least effect on LV function and heart rate was ketamine alone at a dose of 150 mg/kg, followed by Avertin at 290 mg/kg, isoflurane at 3% induction and 1 to 2% maintenance, and lastly ketamine-xylazine at 100 and 10 mg/kg, respectively. In summary, these results indicate that ketamine alone exerts the least depressant effects on LV function and heart rate, with Avertin second, suggesting that these anesthetics should be used when it is not feasible to study the animals in the conscious state as opposed to the most commonly used anesthetic, isoflurane. PMID:25862835

  2. The role of intracardiac echocardiography in interventional electrophysiology.

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    Knackstedt, C; Mischke, K; Frechen, D; Gramley, F; Schimpf, T; Becker, M; Franke, A; Kelm, M; Schauerte, P

    2007-12-01

    Visualization of the cardiac anatomy becomes more and more important as the complexity of interventions increases. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) provides good depiction of cardiac soft tissue structures and has become an important tool in today's cardiology. It has been shown to be valuable during many ablation procedures for supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. ICE has been used for monitoring catheter placement, observing catheter-tissue contact and lesion formation as well as titrating ablation energy. The rate of complications could be reduced, outcome of procedures improved and radiation exposure decreased. Even more, new therapy strategies have been evaluated based on ICE and it has also been used in the setting of three- dimensional imaging and image integration. PMID:18091644

  3. Role of foetal echocardiography in predicting perinatal outcome.

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    Grover, A; Dogra, M; Ghosh, K; Narang, A; Anand, I S

    1991-01-01

    To establish foetal cardiovascular parameters as predictors of perinatal outcome in pregnancy, M-Mode, 2-D echocardiography and pulse Doppler study was performed at 24-32 weeks of gestation in 65 pregnancies. These pregnancies were followed up for perinatal outcome. The studied population included 24 normal pregnancies, 21 pregnant women with heart disease (14 rheumatic and 7 congenital heart disease) and 20 high risk pregnancies (bad obstetric history in 7, suspected intrauterine growth retardation in 4, hypertensive disease of pregnancy in 6 and diabetes mellitus in 3). There was no perinatal mortality. Two foetuses were born with complete heart block and one with a small ventricular septal defect; 6 neonates had intrauterine growth retardation and two of these had neonatal asphyxia with APGAR score less than 6 at one minute. Anatomically normal heart was correctly diagnosed in all 64 foetuses and ventricular septal defect was detected antenatally in one. Antenatal diagnosis of complete heart block was correctly made in two foetuses. One new born with complete heart block required a permanent pacemaker, which was implanted. The ratio of peak velocity across mitral valve during atrial systole (A) to peak velocity during early diastolic ventricular filling (E) was chosen to correlate with perinatal outcome. The ratio was less than 1.0 in 6 foetuses, all of whom were subsequently confirmed to have intrauterine growth retardation. In normal pregnancies A/E ratio was more than 1.0. We conclude that foetal echocardiography is a useful tool for predicting perinatal outcome and may be helpful in screening patients who require specific perinatal management. PMID:1752617

  4. Emerging clinical role of strain imaging in echocardiography.

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    Leung, Dominic Y; Ng, Arnold C T

    2010-03-01

    Myocardial strain is a measure of tissue deformation and strain rate is the rate at which deformation occurs. When applied to the heart, strain and strain rate give fundamental information on myocardial properties and mechanics that would otherwise be unavailable. Site specificity and angle independency are two unique characteristics of strain and strain rate data. Strain and strain rate can be obtained with tissue Doppler imaging or with 2D speck tracking. These two techniques derive information on strain and strain rate in two fundamentally different ways and each has its own advantages and limitations. Tissue Doppler imaging yields velocity information from which strain and strain rate are mathematically derived whereas 2D speckle tracking yields strain information from which strain rate and velocity data are derived. Data obtained from these two different techniques may not be equivalent due to limitations inherent with each technique. Strain and strain rate imaging have been used to assess myocardial function in a wide range of cardiac conditions. They are useful in detecting early left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in the setting of systemic diseases with cardiac involvement, in differentiating transmural from non-transmural infarction, and in identifying LV contractile reserve in regurgitant valve lesions. When used with dobutamine echocardiography, strain and strain rate imaging can identify viable myocardium and aid the detection of myocardial ischaemia. Strain and strain rate imaging can also be used to assess right ventricular and left atrial function. Despite significant promises, strain and strain rate imaging is technically challenging and signal to noise ratio may be potentially affected by a wide range of factors. As a result, strain and strain rate imaging have been slow to get incorporated into everyday clinical practice. Ongoing research and further technical development are likely to improve the quality of the data and the more general acceptance of these new modalities of imaging in echocardiography. PMID:20149727

  5. On-Orbit Prospective Echocardiography on International Space Station Crew

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    Hamilton, Douglas R.; Sargsyan, Ashot E.; Martin, David S.; Garcia, Kathleen M.; Melton, Shannon L.; Feiveson, Alan; Dulchavsky, Scott A.

    2010-01-01

    Introduction A prospective trial of echocardiography was conducted on of six crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. The main objective was to determine the efficacy of remotely guided tele-echocardiography, including just-in-time e-training methods and determine what "space normal" echocardiographic data is. Methods Each crewmember operator (n=6) had 2-hour preflight training. Baseline echocardiographic data were collected 55 to 167days preflight. Similar equipment was used in each 60-minute in-flight session (mean microgravity exposure - 114 days (34 -- 190)). On Orbit ultrasound operators used an e-learning system within 24h of these sessions. Expert assistance was provided using ultrasound video downlink and two-way voice. Testing was repeated 5 to 16 days after landing. Separate ANOVA was used on each echocardiographic variable (n=33). Within each ANOVA, three tests were made: a) effect of mission phase (preflight, in-flight, post flight); b) effect of echo technician (two technicians independently analyzed the data); c) interaction between mission phase and technician. Results Nine rejections of the null hypothesis (mission phase or technician or both had no effect) were discovered and considered for follow up. Of these, six rejections were for significant technician effects, not as a result of space flight. Three rejections of the null hypothesis (Aortic Valve time velocity integral, Mitral E wave Velocity and heart rate) were attributable to space flight, however determined not to be clinically significant. No rejections were due to the interaction between technician and space flight. Conclusion No consistent clinically significant effects of long-duration space flight were seen in echocardiographic variables of the given group of subjects.

  6. Extreme Tele-Echocardiography: Methodology for Remote Guidance of In-flight Echocardiography Aboard the International Space Station

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    Martin, David; Borowski, Allan; Bungo, Michael W.; Dulchavsky, Scott; Gladding, Patrick; Greenberg, Neil; Hamilton, Doug; Levine, Benjamin D.; Norwoord, Kelly; Platts, Steven H.; Poston, Sue; Roper, Matthew; Sandoz, Gwenn; Thomas, James D.

    2011-01-01

    Echocardiography is ideally suited for cardiovascular imaging in remote environments, but the expertise to perform it is often lacking. In 2001, an ATL HDI5000 was delivered to the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument is currently being used in a study to investigate the impact of long-term microgravity on cardiovascular function. The purpose of this report is to describe the methodology for remote guidance of echocardiography in space. Methods: In the year before launch of an ISS mission, potential astronaut echocardiographic operators participate in 5 sessions to train for echo acquisitions that occur roughly monthly during the mission, including one exercise echocardiogram. The focus of training is familiarity with the study protocol and remote guidance procedures. On-orbit, real-time guidance of in-flight acquisitions is provided by a sonographer in the Telescience Center of Mission Control. Physician investigators with remote access are able to relay comments on image optimization to the sonographer. Live video feed is relayed from the ISS to the ground via the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System with a 2 second transmission delay. The expert sonographer uses these images along with two-way audio to provide instructions and feedback. Images are stored in non-compressed DICOM format for asynchronous relay to the ground for subsequent off-line analysis. Results: Since June, 2009, a total of 19 resting echocardiograms and 4 exercise studies have been performed in-flight. Average acquisition time has been 45 minutes, reflecting 26,000 km of ISS travel per study. Image quality has been adequate in all studies, but remote guidance has proven imperative for fine-tuning imaging and prioritizing views when communication outages limit the study duration. Typical resting studies have included 12 video loops and 21 still-frame images requiring 750 MB of storage. Conclusions: Despite limited crew training, remote guidance allows research-quality echocardiography to be performed by non-experts aboard the ISS. Analysis is underway and additional subjects are being recruited to define the impact of microgravity on cardiac structure and systolic and diastolic function.

  7. Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Anatomical Assessment of Isolated Parachute Mitral Valve in an Adult Patient.

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    López-Pardo, Francisco; Urbano-Moral, Jose Angel; González-Calle, Antonio; Laviana-Martinez, Fernando; Esteve-Ruiz, Iris; Lagos-Degrande, Oscar; López-Haldon, Jose E

    2015-11-01

    Parachute mitral valve (PMV) is a rare congenital anomaly of the mitral valve apparatus usually evidenced in infants and young children. Adult presentation is extremely rare and is generally mild in terms of mitral stenosis. A 73-year-old woman was admitted to the emergency department due to progressive dyspnea, with NYHA functional class IV symptoms on presentation. The echocardiographic examination identified a PMV with moderate mitral stenosis and a secondary smaller subvalvular mitral orifice. The report shows the usefulness of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the detection and quantification of this rare anomaly. PMID:26096823

  8. Comparison of Transesophageal and Transthoracic Contrast Echocardiography for Detection of a Patent Foramen Ovale

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    Siostrzonek, Peter; Zangeneh, Massoud; Gossinger, Heinz; Lang, Wilfried; Rosenmayr, Georg; Heinz, Gottfried; Stumpflen, Andreas; Zeiler, Karl; Schwarz, Martin; Mosslacher, Herbert

    1991-01-01

    Presence of a patent foramen ovale may indicate paradoxic embolism in patients with otherwise unexplained embolic disease. Transthoracic contrast echocardiography has been used as a simple technique for detecting patent foramen ovale. However, particularly in patients with poor transthoracic image quality, presence of a patent foramen ovale might be missed. Transesophageal contrast echocardiography provides superior visualization of the atrial septum and therefore is believed to improve diagnostic accuracy. The present study investigates the influence of image quality on the detection of a patent foramen ovale by both transthoracic and transesophageal contrast echocardiography.

  9. VES: VIRTUAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY SYSTEM Sascha Kohn, Rolf H. van Lengen, Gerd Reis, Martin Bertram, Hans Hagen

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    VES: VIRTUAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY SYSTEM Sascha K¨ohn, Rolf H. van Lengen, Gerd Reis, Martin Bertram Kaiserslautern, Germany Sascha.Koehn, Rolf-Hendrik.van Lengen, Gerd.Reis, Martin.Hering-Bertram, Hans.Hagen @dfki

  10. The Role of Echocardiography in Coronary Artery Disease and Acute Myocardial Infarction

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    Esmaeilzadeh, Maryam; Parsaee, Mozhgan; Maleki, Majid

    2013-01-01

    Echocardiography is a non-invasive diagnostic technique which provides information regarding cardiac function and hemodynamics. It is the most frequently used cardiovascular diagnostic test after electrocardiography and chest X-ray. However, in a patient with acute chest pain, Transthoracic Echocardiography is essential both for diagnosing acute coronary syndrome, zeroing on the evaluation of ventricular function and the presence of regional wall motion abnormalities, and for ruling out other etiologies of acute chest pain or dyspnea, including aortic dissection and pericardial effusion. Echocardiography is a versatile imaging modality for the management of patients with chest pain and assessment of left ventricular systolic function, diastolic function, and even myocardial and coronary perfusion and is, therefore, useful in the diagnosis and triage of patients with acute chest pain or dyspnea. This review has focused on the current applications of echocardiography in patients with coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. PMID:23646042

  11. The use of intracardiac echocardiography during percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement.

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    Awad, Sawsan M; Masood, Syed Asif; Gonzalez, Ismael; Cao, Qi-Ling; Abdulla, Ra-id; Heitschmidt, Mary G; Hijazi, Ziyad M

    2015-01-01

    High-quality live imaging assessment of cardiac valves and cardiac anatomy is crucial for the success of catheter-based procedures. We present our experience using Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) during transcatheter Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve replacement (tPVR).This is a retrospective study that included 35 patients who underwent tPVR between April 2008 and June 2012. Thirty-one of these patients had the procedure performed under continuous ICE guidance. Pre-procedure transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was obtained in all patients. ICE was performed at baseline, during the procedure, and at the conclusion of the procedure. Comparisons between the pre-procedure TTE and baseline ICE data and between post-procedure ICE data and the following day TTE were performed. Total of 35 patients had tPVR during the above-mentioned time period. Twenty-one patients received the Edwards Sapien valve and 14 patients had the Melody valve. Thirty-one patients had the procedure performed under continuous ICE guidance. The mean Pre-TTE peak gradient (PG) and Pre-ICE-PG were 45.5 ± 20 vs 33 ± 13 mmHg (p < 0.001) and the mean Pre-TTE mean gradient (MG) and Pre-ICE-MG were 27.7 ± 13 vs 21 ± 18 mmHg (p < 0.001). The mean Post-TTE- PG and Post-ICE-PG were 24.3 ± 11 vs 15.3 ± 7 mmHg (p < 0.001) and the mean of the Post-TTE-MG and Post-ICE-MG were 14.2 ± 7 vs 8.4 ± 4 mmHg (p < 0.001). There was a good correlation between peak ICE and TTE gradient at baseline and after valve placement. For the degree of pulmonary regurgitation, there was no significant difference between TTE and ICE. ICE is an important modality to guide tPVR in patients with dysfunctional homograft valve between the right ventricle and pulmonary artery and should be used to assess valve function before, during and immediately after the procedure. PMID:25070389

  12. Diagnostic Value of Fetal Echocardiography for Congenital Heart Disease

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    Zhang, Ya-Fei; Zeng, Xian-Ling; Zhao, En-Fa; Lu, Hong-Wei

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Prenatal diagnosis of fetal congenital heart disease (CHD) has been shown to have a significant effect on prenatal and postnatal management and outcomes. However, the factors influencing the diagnostic accuracy and which pregnant trimester is the most adaptive for fetal heart disease remain uncertain despite of extensive researches. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the accuracy of echocardiography for detecting CHD and potential influence factors. We searched Chinese Biomedical Database (CBM), Medline, ISI Web of Knowledge, the Cochrane Library, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) to identify relevant studies from January 1, 1990 to August 13, 2015. Overall, the pooled sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odds ratio, positive likelihood ratio, and negative likelihood ratio were 68.5% (95% confidence interval [CI], 66.8%–70.2%), 99.8% (95% CI, 99.7%–99.8%), 3026.9 (95% CI, 1417.9–6461.8), 659.41 (95% CI, 346.38–1255.3), and 0.246 (95% CI, 0.187–0.324) respectively (AUC?=?0.9924). The pooled sensitivity of basic cardiac echocardiographic examination (BCEE), extended cardiac echocardiographic examination (ECEE), BCEE plus outflow tract view (BCEE?+?OTV), BCEE?+?OTV?+?3VTV (BCEE plus outflow tract view plus three vessel and trachea view) for the prenatal diagnosis of CHD were 49.0%, 75.5%, 66.1%, and 83.7% respectively. The pooled sensitivity of the prenatal echocardiographic diagnosis of CHD during the first trimester, second trimester, the second to third trimester were 60.3%, 60.9%, and 77.4%, respectively. The pooled sensitivity of BCEE and ECEE for the prenatal diagnosis of CHD during the second to third trimester was significantly higher than that during the second trimester. The pooled sensitivity of the prenatal echocardiographic diagnosis of CHD for pregnancies with low risk, high risk, low and high risk, and unselected risk were 45.4%, 85.1%, 89.1%, and 66.2%, respectively. The sensitivity analysis was robust and risk level was significant source of heterogeneity. Deek test indicated no potential significant publication bias. Prenatal ultrasound is a powerful tool for the diagnosis of CHD; however, echocardiography has individual sensitivity for different gestation period, different levels of risk, and different echo-views. PMID:26496297

  13. Intracardiac echocardiography for guidance of transcatheter aortic valve implantation under monitored sedation: a solution to a dilemma?

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    Bartel, Thomas; Edris, Ahmad; Velik-Salchner, Corinna; Müller, Silvana

    2016-01-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has been established as a valuable alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement in patients deemed to have high or prohibitive perioperative risk. However, there are several technical constraints and procedural risks inherent to TAVI. These risks include annulus rupture, ventricular perforation, aortic dissection, coronary occlusion, and dislodgement or migration of the valve prosthesis to the aorta or the left ventricle (LV). Other complications may be related to inappropriate valve deployment and subsequent paravalvular leak. Most complications cannot be detected at an early stage without echocardiographic guidance. Although not addressed by current guidelines, some European centres have advocated a 'minimalist' approach with exclusively fluoroscopic and angiographic guidance. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), including real-time three-dimensional (RT-3D) imaging, has been established as a standard approach for peri-interventional guidance of TAVI. However, TEE monitoring almost always necessitates general anaesthesia and endotracheal intubation. A potential alternative to TEE is intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) that may provide a solution to a common dilemma: the most important advantage of ICE being the compatibility with monitored anaesthesia care without endotracheal intubation. Other advantages of ICE include uninterrupted monitoring, no fluoroscopic interference, and precise Doppler-based assessment of pulmonary artery pressures. Limitations of ICE include the need for additional venous access, the learning curve associated with a new device, and potentially increased cost. PMID:26497737

  14. Cardiopulmonary function and scoliosis severity in idiopathic scoliosis children

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    Huh, Seokwon; Kim, Nam Kyun; Jung, Jo Won; Choi, Jae Young; Kim, Hak Sun

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Idiopathic scoliosis is a structural lateral curvature of the spine of unknown etiology. The relationship between degree of spine curvature and cardiopulmonary function has not yet been investigated. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between scoliosis and cardiopulmonary characteristics. Methods Ninety children who underwent preoperative pulmonary or cardiac evaluation at a single spine institution over 41 months were included. They were divided into the thoracic-dominant scoliosis (group A, n=78) and lumbar-dominant scoliosis (group B, n=12) groups. Scoliosis severity was evaluated using the Cobb method. In each group, relationships between Cobb angles and cardiopulmonary markers such as forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), FEV1/FVC, left ventricular ejection fraction, pulmonary artery flow velocity, and tissue Doppler velocities (E/E', E'/A') were analyzed by correlation analysis linear regression. Results In group A, 72 patients (92.3%) underwent pulmonary function tests (PFTs), and 41 (52.6%) underwent echocardiography. In group B, 9 patients (75.0%) underwent PFT and 8 (66.7%) underwent echocardiography. Cobb angles showed a significant negative correlation with FVC and FEV1 in group A (both P<0.05), but no such correlation in group B, and a significant negative correlation with mitral E/A ratio (P<0.05) and tissue Doppler E'/A' (P<0.05) in group A, with a positive correlation with mitral E/A ratio (P<0.05) in group B. Conclusion Pulmonary and cardiac function was significantly correlated with the degree of scoliosis in patients with thoracic-dominant scoliosis. Myocardial diastolic function might be impaired in patients with the most severe scoliosis. PMID:26213550

  15. Retrieval of a Dislodged Catheter Using Combined Fluoroscopy and Intracardiac Echocardiography

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    Mitsopoulos, Gus; Hanna, Robert F.; Brejt, Sidney Z.; Goldstein, Greg E.; Sheynzon, Vladimir; Weintraub, Joshua L.; Gray, William A.

    2015-01-01

    This report details a method of percutaneous, transluminal retrieval of an intracardiac foreign body using fluoroscopy in combination with intracardiac echocardiography. During retrieval, intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) provided real-time anatomic localization of a constantly moving, almost radiolucent micropuncture coaxial dilator fragment with respect to the tricuspid and pulmonary valves. This method may serve as a crucial aid in retrieval of intracardiac foreign bodies that are difficult to see with fluoroscopy and which may be adjacent to cardiac valves. PMID:26075131

  16. Results of a Prospective Echocardiography Trial in International Space Station Crew

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    Hamilton, Douglas R.; Sargsyan, Ashot E.; Martin, David; Garcia, Kathleen M.; Melton, Shannon; Feiverson, Alan; Dulchavsky, Scott A.

    2009-01-01

    In the framework of an operationally oriented investigation, we conducted a prospective trial of a standard clinical echocardiography protocol in a cohort of long-duration crewmembers. The resulting primary and processed data appear to have no precedents. Our tele-echocardiography paradigm, including just-in-time e-training methods, was also assessed. A critical review of the imaging technique, equipment and setting limitations, and quality assurance is provided, as well as the analysis of "space normal" data.

  17. The Echocardiography in the Cardiovascular Laboratory: A Guide to Research with Animals

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    Abduch, Maria Cristina Donadio; Assad, Renato Samy; Mathias Jr, Wilson; Aiello, Vera Demarchi

    2014-01-01

    The feasibility and potential for the morphological and hemodynamic investigation of the heart has been increasing the use of the echocardiography in the research setting. Additionally, the development of new technologies, like the real time 3D echocardiography and speckle tracking, demands validation throughout experimental studies before being instituted in the clinical setting. This paper aims to provide information concerning the particularities of the echocardiographic examination in quadruped mammals, targeting the experimental research. PMID:24652090

  18. Teles-operated echocardiography using a robotic arm and an internet connection.

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    Arbeille, Philippe; Provost, Romain; Zuj, Kathryn; Dimouro, Dominique; Georgescu, Monica

    2014-10-01

    The objective was to design and validate a method of tele-operated echocardiography. The method was tested in a hospital facility with an expert sonographer located in a room 10 m away from the patient. An ultrasound probe, fixed to a motorized probe holder, was located on the patient by a non-sonographer and was remotely controlled by the expert sonographer via an Internet connection. Scans were performed on 41 cardiac patients. The quality of the cardiac views obtained using tele-echocardiography was lower than that of reference echocardiography, but generated similar measurements in 93%-100% of the cases. Bland-Altman plots and statistical comparison of tele- and reference echocardiography measures revealed no differences (p > 0.05). Of the 71 valve leaks or aortic stenoses present, 61 (86%) were detected using tele-echocardiography. These results indicate that tele-echocardiography provided reliable diagnoses and acceptable measurements in 86% and 93% of cases, respectively, with no false-positive diagnoses being reported. PMID:25130450

  19. A Primer on the Methods and Applications for Contrast Echocardiography in Clinical Imaging

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    Seol, Sang-Hoon

    2014-01-01

    Contrast echocardiography is broadly described as a variety of techniques whereby the blood pool on cardiac ultrasound is enhanced with encapsulated gas-filled microbubbles or other acoustically active nano- or microparticles. The development of this technology has occurred primarily in response to the need improve current diagnostic applications of echocardiography such as the need to better define left ventricular cavity volumes, regional wall motion, or the presence or absence of masses and thrombi. A secondary reason for the development of contrast echocardiography has been to expand the capabilities of echocardiography. These new applications include myocardial perfusion imaging for detection of ischemia and viability, perfusion imaging of masses/tumors, and molecular imaging. The ability to fill all of these current and future clinical roles has been predicated on the ability to produce robust contrast signal which, in turn, has relied on technical innovation with regards to the microbubble contrast agents and the ultrasound imaging paradigms. In this review, we will discuss the basics of contrast echocardiography including the composition of microbubble contrast agents, the unique imaging methods used to optimize contrast signal-to-noise ratio, and the clinical applications of contrast echocardiography that have made a clinical impact. PMID:25309685

  20. Automatic quantification of aortic regurgitation using 3D full volume color doppler echocardiography: a validation study with cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Choi, Jaehuk; Hong, Geu-Ru; Kim, Minji; Cho, In Jeong; Shim, Chi Young; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Mancina, Joel; Ha, Jong-Won; Chung, Namsik

    2015-10-01

    Recent advances in real-time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provide the automated measurement of mitral inflow and aortic stroke volume without the need to assume the geometry of the heart. The aim of this study is to explore the ability of 3D full volume color Doppler echocardiography (FVCDE) to quantify aortic regurgitation (AR). Thirty-two patients with more than a moderate degree of AR were enrolled. AR volume was measured by (1) two-dimensional-CDE, using the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) and (2) real-time 3D-FVCDE with (3) phase-contrast cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (PC-CMR) as the reference method. Automated AR quantification using 3D-FVCDE was feasible in 30 of the 32 patients. 2D-PISA underestimated the AR volume compared to 3D-FVCDE and PC-CMR (38.6 ± 9.9 mL by 2D-PISA; 49.5 ± 10.2 mL by 3D-FVCDE; 52.3 ± 12.6 mL by PC-CMR). The AR volume assessed by 3D-FVCDE showed better correlation and agreement with PC-CMR (r = 0.93, p < 0.001, 2SD: 9.5 mL) than did 2D-PISA (r = 0.76, p < 0.001, 2SD: 15.7 mL). When used to classify AR severity, 3D-FVCDE agreed better with PC-CMR (k = 0.94) than did 2D-PISA (k = 0.53). In patients with eccentric jets, only 30% were correctly graded by 2D-PISA. Conversely, almost all patients with eccentric jets (86.7%) were correctly graded by 3D-FVCDE. In patients with multiple jets, only 3 out of 10 were correctly graded by 2D-PISA, while 3D-FVCDE correctly graded 9 out of 10 of these patients. Automated quantification of AR using the 3D-FVCDE method is clinically feasible and more accurate than the current 2D-based method. AR quantification by 2D-PISA significantly misclassified AR grade in patients with eccentric or multiple jets. This study demonstrates that 3D-FVCDE is a valuable tool to accurately measure AR volume regardless of AR characteristics. PMID:26164059

  1. Limitations and Potential Clinical Application on Contrast Echocardiography

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    Modonesi, Elisa; Balbi, Manrico; Bezante, Gian Paolo

    2010-01-01

    Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) is a relatively simple myocardial perfusion imaging technique which should be used in different clinical settings. The ability of MCE to provide a comprehensive assessment of cardiac structure, function, and perfusion is likely to make it the technique of choice for non-invasive cardiac imaging. Contrast agents are encapsulated microbubbles (MB) filled with either air or high-molecular-weight gas. They are innocuous, biologically inert and when administered intravasculary, the sound backscatter from the blood poll is enhanced because MB have the enormous reflective ability due to a large acoustic impedance mismatch between the bubble gas and surrounding blood. MCE is an ideal imaging tool for the assessment of left heart contrast and the myocardial microcirculation. MCE detects contrast MB at the capillary level within the myocardium and, thus, has the potential to assess tissue viability and the duration of the contrast effect. MCE was equivalent to SPECT for the detection of CAD with a tendency toward higher sensitivity of MCE compared with SPECT in microvascular disease and CAD. MCE is also a bedside technique that can be used early in patients presenting with acute heart failure to rapidly assess LV function (regional and global) and perfusion (rest and stress). PMID:21286275

  2. Prevalence of coronary artery spasm during dobutamine stress echocardiography.

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    Mansencal, Nicolas; El Hajjaji, Imane; El Mahmoud, Rami; Digne, Franck; Dubourg, Olivier

    2012-03-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of coronary artery spasm during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). Over a 9-year period (from November 2001 to October 2010) we reviewed all patients (n = 2,224) referred for DSE. Criteria for selection included patients > 18 years old who underwent DSE. We systematically analyzed all electrocardiograms obtained during DSE to detect ST-segment elevation during the examination. All patients with ST-segment elevation underwent coronary angiography. DSE was performed in 2,179 patients. ST-segment elevation was observed in 21 patients, all of whom underwent emergency coronary angiography. In 13 of these 21 patients (62%) significant coronary stenosis was observed: 6 patients with critical coronary stenosis and 7 patients with chronic coronary occlusion. The remaining 8 patients (38% of patients presenting with ST-segment elevation during DSE, 7 men, mean age 67 ± 11 years) had no significant coronary stenosis. Prevalence of coronary artery spasm during DSE was 0.4%. In conclusion, physicians should be aware that, although rare, coronary artery spasm may occur during DSE. PMID:22189013

  3. Determination of cardiac output in critically ill patients by dual beam Doppler echocardiography.

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    Looyenga, D S; Liebson, P R; Bone, R C; Balk, R A; Messer, J V

    1989-02-01

    Recent technology in Doppler echocardiography has produced a dual beam Doppler instrument that is capable of insonating the total cross-sectional area of the ascending aorta. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of this instrument in measuring cardiac output in critically ill patients by comparing results with those of the thermodilution-derived cardiac output. A technically adequate Doppler cardiac output measurement was attained in 71 (91%) of 78 patients. The range of thermodilution-derived cardiac output measurements was from 1.58 to 11.70 liters/min. To maximize thermodilution cardiac output reliability, several measurements were made for each patient. Those patients in whom the difference between the highest and lowest measurement varied by less than 10% from the averaged results were accepted into the 50 patient study. There was significant correlation between dual beam Doppler- and thermodilution-derived cardiac output (r = 0.96, SEE = 0.55 liters/min, p less than 0.0001). This study demonstrates that dual beam Doppler ultrasound is a promising noninvasive method of measuring cardiac output in the critically ill patient. PMID:2913112

  4. Estimation of diastolic intraventricular pressure gradients by Doppler M-mode echocardiography

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    Greenberg, N. L.; Vandervoort, P. M.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Garcia, M. J.; Thomas, J. D.

    2001-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that small intraventricular pressure gradients (IVPG) are important for efficient filling of the left ventricle (LV) and as a sensitive marker for ischemia. Unfortunately, there has previously been no way of measuring these noninvasively, severely limiting their research and clinical utility. Color Doppler M-mode (CMM) echocardiography provides a spatiotemporal velocity distribution along the inflow tract throughout diastole, which we hypothesized would allow direct estimation of IVPG by using the Euler equation. Digital CMM images, obtained simultaneously with intracardiac pressure waveforms in six dogs, were processed by numerical differentiation for the Euler equation, then integrated to estimate IVPG and the total (left atrial to left ventricular apex) pressure drop. CMM-derived estimates agreed well with invasive measurements (IVPG: y = 0.87x + 0.22, r = 0.96, P < 0.001, standard error of the estimate = 0.35 mmHg). Quantitative processing of CMM data allows accurate estimation of IVPG and tracking of changes induced by beta-adrenergic stimulation. This novel approach provides unique information on LV filling dynamics in an entirely noninvasive way that has previously not been available for assessment of diastolic filling and function.

  5. Assessment of left ventricular longitudinal function in cats with subclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy using tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography

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    SUGIMOTO, Keisuke; FUJII, Yoko; SUNAHARA, Hiroshi; AOKI, Takuma

    2015-01-01

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats is characterized by concentric left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and both diastolic and systolic dysfunction. Although impaired cardiac function detected by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) in cats with HCM was previously reported, reference ranges of TDI in normal cats and cats with HCM have been reported as widely variable. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) was useful for assessment of cardiac function in human patients with HCM, but clinical utility was not known in cats. The aim of this study was to assess global and segmental LV myocardial function using STE in cats with HCM whose TDI variables were within the reference range. A total of 35 cats of different breeds were enrolled in this study. The HCM group (n=22) was cats diagnosed as HCM without left atrial enlargement and with normal TDI measurements. HCM cats were further divided into a segmental hypertrophy (S-HCM) group and a diffuse hypertrophy (D-HCM) group. The control group consisted of 13 clinically healthy cats. No cats in any group showed any clinical symptoms. Conventional echocardiography, TDI, and global and segmental STE indices were evaluated and compared between groups. Only the longitudinal strain rate during early diastole was significantly decreased in both HCM groups, even in all segments including those without hypertrophy in S-HCM group. This study suggests that STE parameters are the more sensitive variables compared with conventional TDI parameters to detect early myocardial diastolic dysfunction in cats with HCM. PMID:25877405

  6. Comparison of exercise echocardiography with an exercise score to diagnose coronary artery disease in women.

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    Williams, M J; Marwick, T H; O'Gorman, D; Foale, R A

    1994-09-01

    This study compares the accuracy of the routine exercise electrocardiogram, exercise score, and exercise echocardiography for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in women. Seventy women with a pretest probability of 53 +/- 30% for CAD were stressed using a maximal symptom-limited bicycle exercise protocol. Significant ST-segment change was defined by a depression of > 0.1 mV 0.06 second after the J point. The exercise score was calculated from ST response, heart rate, and workload using an equation derived from a multivariate model. A positive stress echocardiogram was defined by development of a new or worsening wall motion abnormality. The results were compared with the presence or absence of significant (> 50% diameter) stenoses at angiography. Exercise echocardiography identified 29 of the 33 patients (88%) with CAD, compared with 22 (67%) using ST analysis alone, and 20 (61%) using the exercise score (both p < 0.05 vs exercise echocardiography). The specificity of exercise echocardiography (84%) and the multivariate score (73%) were comparable, and exceeded that of the ST analysis (51%) in 37 patients without CAD (p < 0.01). The accuracy of exercise echocardiography (86%) exceeded that of the exercise score (67%, p = 0.01) and ST analysis (59%, p < 0.01). Among all 70 patients, an intermediate (20% to 80%) probability of coronary disease was identified in 21 patients on the basis of exercise echocardiography, in 38 based on the multivariate score, and in 38 based on the ST analysis alone. Exercise echocardiography is more sensitive than the exercise score, and more sensitive and specific than ST-segment analysis for the diagnosis of CAD in women.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:8059721

  7. Assessing Epicardial Substrate Using Intracardiac Echocardiography During VT Ablation

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    Bala, Rupa; Ren, Jian-Fang; Hutchinson, Mathew D.; Desjardins, Benoit; Tschabrunn, Cory; Gerstenfeld, Edward P.; Deo, Rajat; Dixit, Sanjay; Garcia, Fermin C.; Cooper, Joshua; Lin, David; Riley, Michael P.; Tzou, Wendy S.; Verdino, Ralph; Epstein, Andrew E.; Callans, David J.; Marchlinski, Francis E.

    2011-01-01

    Background Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) has played a limited role in defining the substrate for ventricular tachycardia (VT). The purpose of this study was to assess whether ICE could identify abnormal epicardial substrate in patients (pts) with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) and VT. Methods and Results We studied 18 pts with NICM and recurrent VT who had abnormal echogenicity identified on ICE imaging. Detailed LV endocardial (ENDO) and epicardial (EPI) electroanatomic mapping was performed in all pts. Low voltage areas (< 1.0mV) in the epicardium were analyzed. ICE imaging in the NICM group was compared to a control group of 30 pts with structurally normal hearts who underwent ICE imaging for other ablation procedures. In 18 pts (53 ± 13 years, 17 men) with NICM (EF: 37 ± 13%) increased echogenicity was identified in the lateral LV by ICE imaging. LV ENDO electroanatomic mapping identified normal voltage in 9 pts and at least one, confluent low voltage area [6.6 cm2 (minimum 2.1 to maximum 31.7 cm2)] in 9 pts (5 posterolateral LV and 4 perivalvular LV). Detailed EPI mapping revealed areas of low voltage [39 cm2 (minimum 18.5 to maximum 96.3 cm2)] and abnormal, fractionated electrograms (EGMs) in all 18 pts (15 posterolateral LV and 3 lateral LV). In all pts, the EPI scar identified by electroanatomic mapping correlated with the echogenic area identified on ICE imaging. ICE imaging identified no areas of increased echogenicity in the control group. Conclusions ICE imaging identified increased echogenicity in the lateral wall of the LV that correlated to abnormal EPI substrate. These findings suggest that ICE imaging may be useful to identify EPI substrate in NICM. PMID:21880675

  8. Intracardiac Echocardiography Evaluation in Secundum Atrial Septal Defect Transcatheter Closure

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    Zanchetta, Mario; Pedon, Luigi; Rigatelli, Gianluca; Carrozza, Antonio; Zennaro, Marco; Di Martino, Roberta; Onorato, Eustaquio; Maiolino, Pietro

    2003-02-15

    Purpose: This study was designed to assess the balloon sizing maneuvers and deployment of an Amplatzer Septal Occluder (ASO). In addition, intraprocedural balloon sizing was compared with off-line intracardiac echocardiographic measurements. Methods: The intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) measurements were: maximum transverse and longitudinal atrial septal defect (ASD) diameters in the aortic valve and four-chamber planes;area of the ASD and its equivalent circle diameter. Thirteen consecutive patients underwent transcatheter implantation of an ASO device using ICE guidance under local anesthesia. The device matching the balloon sizing diameter of the defect was implanted. Qualitative ICE assessment of the ASO devices implanted was performed off line. Results: The mean equivalent circle diameter predicted by ICE was 24.40 {+-} 5.61 mm and was significantly higher(p 0.027) than the ASD measured by balloonsizing (21.38 {+-} 5.28 mm). Unlike previous studies we did not find any correlation between the two measurements (correlation coefficient = 0.47). Only four of the 13 patients had optimal device positioning as shown by the qualitative ICE evaluation, whereas the remaining nine patients had inadequate device placement. This resulted in a waist diameter that was an average 26.1% undersized in seven patients and 12.7% oversized in two patients. Five of the seven patients with an undersized device had ASO-atrial septum misalignment with leftward device deviation. Conclusion: The ICE images allowed careful measurement of the dimensions of the ASD and accurately displayed the spatial relations of the ASO astride the ASD.Moreover, use of the ICE measurement led to selection of a different size of device in comparison with those of balloon sizing. The clinical benefit of this new approach needs to be rigorously tested.

  9. Comparative Myocardial Deformation in 3 Myocardial Layers in Mice by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Tee, Nicole; Gu, Yacui; Murni; Shim, Winston

    2015-01-01

    Background. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) using dedicated high-resolution ultrasound is a relatively new technique that is useful in assessing myocardial deformation in 3 myocardial layers in small animals. However, comparative studies of STE parameters acquired from murine are limited. Methods. A high-resolution rodent ultrasound machine (VSI Vevo 2100) and a clinically validated ultrasound machine (GE Vivid 7) were used to consecutively acquire echocardiography images from standardized parasternal long axis and short axis at midpapillary muscle level from 13?BALB/c mice. Speckle tracking strain (longitudinal, circumferential, and radial) from endocardial, myocardial, and epicardial layers was analyzed using vendor-specific offline analysis software. Results. Intersystem differences were not statistically significant in the global peak longitudinal strain (?16.8 ± 1.7% versus ?18.7 ± 3.1%) and radial strain (46.8 ± 14.2% versus 41.0 ± 9.5%), except in the global peak circumferential strain (?16.9 ± 3.1% versus 27.0 ± 5.2%, P < 0.05). This was corroborated by Bland Altman analysis that revealed a weak agreement in circumferential strain (mean bias ± 1.96 SD of ?10.12 ± 6.06%) between endocardium and midmyocardium. However, a good agreement was observed in longitudinal strain between midmyocardium/endocardium (mean bias ± 1.96 SD of ?1.88 ± 3.93%) and between midmyocardium/epicardium (mean bias ± 1.96 SD of 3.63 ± 3.91%). Radial strain (mean bias ± 1.96 SD of ?5.84 ± 17.70%) had wide limits of agreement between the two systems that indicated an increased variability. Conclusions. Our study shows that there is good reproducibility and agreement in longitudinal deformation of the 3 myocardial layers between the two ultrasound systems. Directional deformation gradients at endocardium, myocardium, and epicardium observed in mice were consistent to those reported in human subjects, thus attesting the clinical relevance of STE findings in murine cardiovascular disease models. PMID:25821784

  10. Assessment of Atrial Fibrillation and Vulnerability in Patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome Using Two-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Li, Jing-Jie; Wei, Fang; Chen, Ju-Gang; Yu, Yan-Wei; Gu, Hong-Yue; Jiang, Rui; Wu, Xiu-Li; Sun, Qian

    2014-01-01

    Purpose The aim was to assess atrial fibrillation (AF) and vulnerability in Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome patients using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). Methods All patients were examined via transthoracic echocardiography and 2D-STE in order to assess atrial function 7 days before and 10 days after RF catheter ablation. A postoperative 3-month follow-up was performed via outpatient visit or telephone calls. Results Results showed significant differences in both body mass index (BMI) and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) duration between WPW patients and DAVNP patients (both P<0.05). Echocardiography revealed that the maximum left atrial volume (LAVmax) and the left ventricular mass index (LVMI) in diastole increased noticeably in patients with WPW compared to patients with DAVNP both before and after ablation (all P<0.05). Before ablation, there were obvious differences in the levels of SRs, SRe, and SRa from the 4-chamber view (LA) in the WPW patients group compared with patients in the DAVNP group (all P<0.05). In the AF group, there were significant differences in the levels of systolic strain rate (SRs), early diastolic strain rate (SRe), and late diastolic strain rate (SRa) from the 4-chamber view (LA) both before and after ablation (all P<0.05). In the non-AF group, there were decreased SRe levels from the 4-chamber view (LA/RA) pre-ablation compared to post-ablation (all P<0.05). Conclusion Our findings provide convincing evidence that WPW syndrome may result in increased atrial vulnerability and contribute to the development of AF. Further, RF catheter ablation of AAV pathway can potentially improve atrial function in WPW syndrome patients. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography imaging in WPW patients would be necessary in the evaluation and improvement of the overall function of RF catheter ablation in a long-term follow-up period. PMID:25397668

  11. Cardiac output by Doppler echocardiography in the premature baboon: Comparison with radiolabeled microspheres

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    Kinsella, J.P.; Morrow, W.R.; Gerstmann, D.R.; Taylor, A.F.; deLemos, R.A. )

    1991-04-01

    Pulsed-Doppler echocardiography (PDE) is a useful noninvasive method for determining left ventricular output (LVO). However, despite increasingly widespread use in neonatal intensive care units, validation studies in prematures with cardiopulmonary disease are lacking. The purpose of this study was to compare radiolabeled microsphere (RLM) and PDE measurements of LVO, using the critically ill premature baboon as a model of the human neonate. Twenty-two paired RLM and PDE measurements of LVO were obtained in 14 animals between 3 and 24 h of age. Average PDE LVO was 152 ml/min/kg (range, 40-258 ml/min/kg) compared to 158 ml/min/kg (range, 67-278 ml/min/kg) measured by RLM. Linear regression analysis of the paired measurements showed good correlation with a slope near unity (gamma = 0.94x + 4.20, r = 0.91, SEE = 25.7 ml). The authors conclude that PDE determinations of LVO compare well with those measured by RLM in the premature baboon. PDE appears to provide a valid estimate of LVO and should be useful in human prematures with cardiopulmonary distress.

  12. Role of three-dimensional echocardiography in structural complications after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Ermacora, Davide; Muraru, Denisa; Pontarollo, Sara; Casablanca, Simona; Livi, Ugolino; Iliceto, Sabino; Badano, Luigi P

    2014-07-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) is a unique cardiovascular imaging modality in terms of: ability to provide realistic anatomical views of cardiac structures in the beating heart and possibility to visualize cardiac structures from any desired perspective. Therefore, 3DE is emerging as an accurate imaging modality for a prompt diagnosis and detailed anatomical description of structural complications (SC) of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We report 3 emblematic cases which show how both the transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal (TEE) 3D imaging can provide precise anatomic information useful to address management of SC in AMI patients: (1) detailed assessment of size, location, and morphology of an apical ventricular septal defect (VSD) obtained with 3DTTE was pivotal in referring the patient to percutaneous closure of it; (2) size and location of a complex inferior VSD with irregular margins advised against percutaneous closure; and (3) 3DTEE assisted surgeons to choose between reparative or replacement surgery for an acute mitral regurgitation due to complete papillary muscle rupture. PMID:24661074

  13. Diagnostic Performance of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Echocardiography in Evaluation of Cardiac and Paracardiac Masses.

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    Patel, Rima; Lim, Ruth P; Saric, Muhamed; Nayar, Ambika; Babb, James; Ettel, Mark; Axel, Leon; Srichai, Monvadi B

    2016-01-01

    Echocardiography is the preferred initial imaging method for assessment of cardiac masses. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging, with its excellent tissue characterization and wide field of view, may provide additional unique information. We evaluated the predictive value of echocardiography and CMR imaging parameters to identify tumors and malignancy and to provide histopathologic diagnosis of cardiac masses. Fifty patients who underwent CMR evaluation of a cardiac mass with subsequent histopathologic diagnosis were identified. Echocardiography was available in 44 of 50 cases (88%). Echocardiographic and CMR characteristics were evaluated for predictive value in distinguishing tumor versus nontumor and malignant versus nonmalignant lesions using histopathology as the gold standard. The Wilcoxon rank-sum test was used to compare the 2 imaging methods' ability to provide the correct histopathologic diagnosis. Parameters associated with tumor included location outside the right atrium, T2 hyperintensity, and contrast enhancement. Parameters associated with malignancy included location outside the cardiac chambers, nonmobility, pericardial effusion, myocardial invasion, and contrast enhancement. CMR identified 6 masses missed on transthoracic echocardiography (4 of which were outside the heart) and provided significantly more correct histopathologic diagnoses compared to echocardiography (77% vs 43%, p <0.0001). In conclusion, CMR offers the advantage of identifying paracardiac masses and providing crucial information on histopathology of cardiac masses. PMID:26552505

  14. New approaches in small animal echocardiography: imaging the sounds of silence

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    Ram, Rashmi; Mickelsen, Deanne M.; Theodoropoulos, Catherine

    2011-01-01

    Systolic and diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV) is a hallmark of most cardiac diseases. In vivo assessment of heart function in animal models, particularly mice, is essential to refining our understanding of cardiovascular disease processes. Ultrasound echocardiography has emerged as a powerful, noninvasive tool to serially monitor cardiac performance and map the progression of heart dysfunction in murine injury models. This review covers current applications of small animal echocardiography, as well as emerging technologies that improve evaluation of LV function. In particular, we describe speckle-tracking imaging-based regional LV analysis, a recent advancement in murine echocardiography with proven clinical utility. This sensitive measure enables an early detection of subtle myocardial defects before global dysfunction in genetically engineered and rodent surgical injury models. Novel visualization technologies that allow in-depth phenotypic assessment of small animal models, including perfusion imaging and fetal echocardiography, are also discussed. As imaging capabilities continue to improve, murine echocardiography will remain a critical component of the investigator's armamentarium in translating animal data to enhanced clinical treatment of cardiovascular diseases. PMID:21873501

  15. Extreme Tele-Echocardiography: Methodology for Remote Guidance of In-Flight Echocardiography Aboard the International Space Station

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    Martin, David S.; Borowski, Allan; Bungo, Michael W.; Gladding, Patrick; Greenberg, Neil; Hamilton, Doug; Levine, Benjamin D.; Lee, Stuart M.; Norwood, Kelly; Platts, Steven H.; Matz, Timothy; Roper, Matthew; Sandoz, Gwenn; Thomas, James D.

    2012-01-01

    Methods: In the year before launch of an ISS mission, potential astronaut echocardiographic operators participate in 5 sessions to train for echo acquisitions that occur roughly monthly during the mission, including one exercise echocardiogram. The focus of training is familiarity with the study protocol and remote guidance procedures. On-orbit, real-time guidance of in-flight acquisitions is provided by a sonographer in the Telescience Center of Mission Control. Physician investigators with remote access are able to relay comments on image quality to the sonographer. Live video feed is relayed from the ISS to the ground via the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System with a 2- second transmission delay. The expert sonographer uses these images, along with twoway audio, to provide instructions and feedback. Images are stored in non-compressed DICOM format for asynchronous relay to the ground for subsequent off-line analysis. Results: Since June, 2009, a total of 27 resting echocardiograms and 5 exercise studies have been performed during flight. Average acquisition time has been 45 minutes, reflecting 26,000 km of ISS travel per study. Image quality has been adequate in all studies, and remote guidance has proven imperative for fine-tuning imaging and prioritizing views when communication outages limit the study duration. Typical resting studies have included 27 video loops and 30 still-frame images requiring 750 MB of storage. Conclusions: Despite limited crew training, remote guidance allows research-quality echocardiography to be performed by non-experts aboard the ISS. Analysis is underway and additional subjects are being recruited to define the impact of microgravity on cardiac structure and systolic and diastolic function.

  16. Effect of Obesity on Left Ventricular Longitudinal Myocardial Strain by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Children and Adolescents

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    Kibar, Ay?e Esin; Pac, Feyza Ay?enur; Ece, ?brahim; Oflaz, Mehmet Burhan; Ball?, ?evket; Bas, Veysel Nejat; Aycan, Zehra

    2015-01-01

    Background: Impaired subclinical ventricular function may contribute to the risk of cardiovascular disease in obesity. Aims: The aim of this study was to determine the influence of obesity on left ventricular (LV) longitudinal myocardial function in normotensive obese children using two-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). Study Design: Case-control study. Methods: Sixty normotensive obese children aged 10–16 years (mean age, 13.9±2.3 years) were compared with 50 normal-weight controls. Obese participants had a body mass index (BMI)?95th percentile. Regional strain/strain rate (SR) values were compared with left ventricular (LV) parameters. The correlation was studied by linear regression analysis. Results: Obese subjects exhibited a significantly higher LV end-diastolic diameter, left atrium/aortic diameter ratio, and LV mass/index when compared to controls (p<0.001). Left ventricular ejection fraction and regional systolic myocardial velocities were similar in the obese and control groups. By 2D STE, regional strain of both the septal wall (average strain: ?16.0±3.9% vs ?21.9±2.4%, p<0.001) and lateral wall (average strain: ?15.6±2.3% vs ?22.9±3.5%, p<0.001); regional SR of both the septal wall (average SRsys: ?0.7±0.22 s?1 vs ?1.3±0.32 s?1, p<0.001) and lateral wall (average SRsys: ?0.67±0.19 s?1 vs ?1.33±0.31 s?1, p<0.001); regional SRE/A of both the septal wall (average SRE/A: 1.8±0.83 vs. 2.2±0.91, p: 0.004) and lateral wall (average SRE/A: 1.4±0.43 vs. 2.4±1.21, p<0.001); and global strain (?14.6±7.34% vs ?20.9±3.24%, p<0.001) were lower in the obese group compared with the controls. These strain imaging parameters appear to be related to the severity of obesity and can contribute to increased BMI. Left ventricular mass was found to be correlated with a decrease in global LV strain. Conclusion: Our study showed that childhood obesity is associated with an alteration in the longitudinal LV function. Segmental analysis of the LV can provide subtle markers for the emergence of future obesity-related cardiac disease. PMID:25759773

  17. The Early Variation of Left Ventricular Strain after Aortic Valve Replacement by Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

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    Cheng, Leilei; Fan, Li; Wang, Chunsheng; Shu, Xianhong

    2015-01-01

    Aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic incompetence (AI) are common aortic valve diseases. Both may deteriorate into irreversible myocardial dysfunction and will increase the risk of sudden death. In this study, we aimed to investigate the early variation trend of left ventricular function by three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3D-STE) in the patients who underwent cardiac surgeries for aortic valve disease. Twenty patients with severe aortic AS and 16 patients with severe AI were enrolled. All of them underwent the aortic valve replacement (AVR) procedures. The patients’ global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global circumferential strain (GCS) were evaluated by 3D-STE before surgery and at 1 week after surgery. In addition, GLS and GCS were followed at 1 month as well as 3 months after AVR. In AS patients, the GCS after AVR altered little both at 1 week (p = 0.562) and at 1 month (p = 0.953) compared with the data before the surgery. And it increased significantly at 3 months of follow-up observation compared to that before AVR (p<0.05). Meanwhile, GLS increased progressively after AVR and improved significantly at 3 months after surgery (p<0.05). For the AI patients, GLS as well as GCS decreased at 1 week after AVR compared to those data at baseline (p<0.05). However, these two parameters recovered at 1 month after AVR. Furthermore, GLS and GCS improved significantly at 3 months after the surgery (p<0.05). Therefore, both GLS and GCS were influenced by AVR and would be improved at 3 months after surgery both in AS patients or AI patients. GLS and GCS can be finely evaluated by 3D-STE, and they are helpful to determine the variation tendency of left ventricular function in patients with AVR. PMID:26473730

  18. Obesity in show cats.

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    Corbee, R J

    2014-12-01

    Obesity is an important disease with a high prevalence in cats. Because obesity is related to several other diseases, it is important to identify the population at risk. Several risk factors for obesity have been described in the literature. A higher incidence of obesity in certain cat breeds has been suggested. The aim of this study was to determine whether obesity occurs more often in certain breeds. The second aim was to relate the increased prevalence of obesity in certain breeds to the official standards of that breed. To this end, 268 cats of 22 different breeds investigated by determining their body condition score (BCS) on a nine-point scale by inspection and palpation, at two different cat shows. Overall, 45.5% of the show cats had a BCS > 5, and 4.5% of the show cats had a BCS > 7. There were significant differences between breeds, which could be related to the breed standards. Most overweight and obese cats were in the neutered group. It warrants firm discussions with breeders and cat show judges to come to different interpretations of the standards in order to prevent overweight conditions in certain breeds from being the standard of beauty. Neutering predisposes for obesity and requires early nutritional intervention to prevent obese conditions. PMID:24612018

  19. Coronary Flow Velocity Reserve during Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography

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    de Abreu, José Sebastião; Lima, José Wellington Oliveira; Diógenes, Tereza Cristina Pinheiro; Siqueira, Jordana Magalhães; Pimentel, Nayara Lima; Gomes, Pedro Sabino; de Abreu, Marília Esther Benevides; Paes, José Nogueira

    2014-01-01

    Background A coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) ? 2 is adequate to infer a favorable prognosis or the absence of significant coronary artery disease. Objective To identify parameters which are relevant to obtain CFVR (adequate or inadequate) in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). Methods 100 patients referred for detection of myocardial ischemia by DSE were evaluated; they were instructed to discontinue the use of ?-blockers 72 hours prior to the test. CFVR was calculated as a ratio of the diastolic peak velocity (cm/s) (DPV) on DSE (DPV-DSE) to baseline DPV at rest (DPV-Rest). In group I, CFVR was < 2 and, in group II, CFVR was ? 2. The Fisher's exact test and Student's t test were used for the statistical analyses. P values < 0.05 were considered statistically significant. Results At rest, the time (in seconds) to obtain Doppler in LAD in groups I and II was not different (53±31 vs. 45±32; p=0.23). During DSE, LAD was recorded in 92 patients. Group I patients were older (65.9±9.3 vs. 61.2±10.8 years; p=0.04), had lower ejection fraction (61±10 vs. 66±6%; p=0.005), higher DPV-Rest (36.81±08 vs. 25.63 ± 06cm/s; p<0.0001) and lower CFVR (1.67 ± 0.24 vs. 2.53 ± 0.57; p<0.0001), but no difference was observed regarding DPVDSE (61.40±16 vs. 64.23±16cm/s; p=0.42). ?-blocker discontinuation was associated with a 4-fold higher chance of a CFVR < 2 (OR= 4; 95% CI [1.171-13.63], p=0.027). Conclusion DPV-Rest was the main parameter to determine an adequate CFVR. ?-blocker discontinuation was significantly associated with inadequate CFVR. The high feasibility and the time to record the LAD corroborate the use of this methodology. PMID:24676368

  20. [Echocardiography in emergency admissions. Recognition of cardiac low-output failure].

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    Schmidt, J; Maier, A; Christ, M

    2012-10-01

    Detection of acute cardiac dysfunction and differential diagnosis of low cardiac output syndrome is challenging for emergency physicians. For the critical ill patient it is essential to rapidly identify the underlying disease to initiate the correct therapy and optimize patient outcome. Echocardiography is the diagnostic tool of choice for the evaluation of low cardiac output states. In the setting of the emergency department the use of focused echocardiography instead of detailed echocardiographic studies of cardiologists is appropriate and should be provided for emergency care. The differentiation in preserved versus reduced left ventricular ejection fraction as a first assessment is helpful, particularly for physicians not well trained in echocardiography. The structured and focused approach to evaluate or exclude differential diagnoses of cardiac dysfunction is the key for optimal management of acute and critically ill patients with low cardiac output. PMID:23052991

  1. Automated Classification of Disease Patterns from Echo-cardiography Images Based on Shape Features of the Left Ventricle

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    Das, Shaoli; Parekh, Ranjan

    2010-10-01

    Computer assisted diagnosis using analysis of medical images is an area of active research in health informatics. This paper proposes a technique for indication of heart diseases by using information related to shapes of the left ventricle (LV). LV boundaries are tracked from echo-cardiography images taken from LV short axis view, corresponding to two disease conditions viz. dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and discriminated from the normal condition. The LV shapes are modeled using shape histograms generated by plotting the frequency of normalized radii lengths drawn from the centroid to the periphery, against a specific number of bins. A 3-layer neural network activated by a log-sigmoid function is used to classify the shape histograms into one of the three classes. Experimentations on a dataset of 240 images show recognition accuracies of the order of 80%.

  2. Intraoperative three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography for evaluating an unusual structure in the left ventricular outflow tract: a case report

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    Sung, Tae-Yun; Kwon, Won-Kyoung; Park, Dong-Ho; Park, Cheol-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    Intraoperative three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) facilitates an understanding of the complex cardiac pathology that is not fully delineated in a two-dimensional (2D) echocardiographic evaluation, and it suggests earlier and more precise surgical planning and intraoperative decision making. In the present case, the intraoperative 2D-TEE midesophageal long-axis view indicated a significant narrowing of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) area by a band-like structure that vertically traversed the middle of the LVOT and connected to the anterior mitral leaflet base and the interventricular septum. However, additional 3D-TEE images of the LVOT and their cropped and rendered 2D images showed that web-like tissue, which presumably had grown around the patch closure from a previous atrioventricular septal defect, was obstructing the LVOT partially. PMID:26495063

  3. Automated Classification of Disease Patterns from Echo-cardiography Images Based on Shape Features of the Left Ventricle

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    Das, Shaoli; Parekh, Ranjan

    2010-10-26

    Computer assisted diagnosis using analysis of medical images is an area of active research in health informatics. This paper proposes a technique for indication of heart diseases by using information related to shapes of the left ventricle (LV). LV boundaries are tracked from echo-cardiography images taken from LV short axis view, corresponding to two disease conditions viz. dilated cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and discriminated from the normal condition. The LV shapes are modeled using shape histograms generated by plotting the frequency of normalized radii lengths drawn from the centroid to the periphery, against a specific number of bins. A 3-layer neural network activated by a log-sigmoid function is used to classify the shape histograms into one of the three classes. Experimentations on a dataset of 240 images show recognition accuracies of the order of 80%.

  4. Early and late improvement of global and regional left ventricular function after transcatheter aortic valve implantation in patients with severe aortic stenosis: an echocardiographic study

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    Giannini, Cristina; Petronio, Anna Sonia; Talini, Enrica; De Carlo, Marco; Guarracino, Fabio; Grazia, Maria; Donne, Delle; Nardi, Carmela; Conte, Lorenzo; Barletta, Valentina; Marzilli, Mario; Di Bello, Vitantonio

    2011-01-01

    The recent development of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for severe aortic stenosis (AS) treatment offers a viable option for high-risk patient categories. Our aim is to evaluate whether 2D strain and strain rate can detect subtle improvement in global and regional LV systolic function immediately after TAVI. 2D conventional and 2D strain (speckle analysis) echocardiography was performed before, at discharge and after three months in thirty three patients with severe AS. After TAVI, we assessed by conventional echocardiography an immediate reduction of transaortic peak pressure gradient (p<0.0001), of mean pressure gradient (p<0.0001) and a concomitant increase in aortic valve area (AVA: 1.08±0.31 cm2/m2; p<0.0001). 2D longitudinal systolic strain showed a significant improvement in all patients, both at septal and lateral level, as early as 72 h after procedure (septal: -14.2±5.1 vs -16.7±3.7%, p<0.001; lateral: -9.4±3.9 vs -13.1±4.5%, p<0.001; respectively) and continued at 3 months follow-up (septal: -18.1±4.6%, p<0.0001; lateral: -14.8±4.4%, p<0.0001; respectively). Conventional echocardiography after TAVI proved a significant reduction of LV end-systolic volume and of LV mass with a mild improvement of LV ejection fraction (EF) (51.2±11.8 vs 52.9±6.4%; p<0.02) only after three months. 2D strain seems to be able to detect subtle changes in LV systolic function occurring early and late after TAVI in severe AS, while all conventional echo parameters seem to be less effective for this purpose. Further investigations are needed to prove the real prognostic impact of these echocardiographic findings. PMID:22254204

  5. Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm during Transthoracic Echocardiography in Patients with Significant Coronary Artery Disease

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    Lee, Sung Ho; Chang, Sung-A; Jang, Shin Yi; Lee, Sang-Chol; Song, Young Bin; Park, Seung Woo; Choi, Seung-Hyuk; Gwon, Hyeon-Cheol; Oh, Jae K.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Coronary artery disease (CAD) shares several risk factors with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). We evaluated the prevalence during transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and risk factors of AAA in patients with CAD. Materials and Methods A total of 1300 CAD patients were screened from August 2009 to May 2010, and measurement of abdominal aorta size was feasible in 920 patients (71%) at the end of routine TTE. An AAA was defined as having a maximal diameter of ?30 mm. Results Of the 920 patients, 22 (2.4% of the study population) were diagnosed with AAA; of these AAA patients, 86% were male, and 82% were over 65 years-old. Abdominal aortic size was weakly correlated with aortic root diameter (r=0.22, p<0.01). Although the proportions of male gender, hypertension, and dyslipidemia were higher in AAA patients, such differences were not statistically significant. Advanced age [odds ratio (OR)=1.07; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.01-1.12; p<0.01], smoking (OR=3.44; 95% CI: 1.18-10.04; p=0.02), and peripheral arterial disease (OR=5.88; 95% CI: 1.38-25.05; p=0.01) were found to be associated with AAA. Conclusion Although prevalence of AAA is very low in the Asian population, the prevalence of AAA in Asian CAD patients is higher than the general population. Therefore, opportunistic examination of the abdominal aorta during routine TTE could be effective, especially for male CAD patients over 65 years with a history of smoking or peripheral arterial disease. PMID:25510745

  6. [The value of Doppler echocardiography in the diagnosis of pulmonary artery hypertension in chronic obstructive bronchopneumopathies].

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    Didier, A; Boudjemaa, B; Coca, F; Rivière, D; Rouquet, R M; Leophonte, P

    1988-01-01

    We report a study using Doppler echocardiography looking for pulmonary arterial hypertension (HTAP) in 36 patients presenting with chronic airflow obstruction (BPCO) who are in a stable state. 18 of these (group 1) had confirmed HTAP by right heart catheterisation which had been done the day before and was defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (PAPm) of greater than 20 mm of mercury. The other 18 patients (group 2) did not have HTAP at rest. The systolic ejection flow and the duration of the peak (expressed in msec) was analysed at the time of each examination. The Doppler data was compared between the two groups of patients and also with the results obtained in ten healthy subjects. The Doppler examination was successfully performed in 35 patients in spite of a poor echographic window in 86% of cases. When there was HTAP, the systolic ejection flow had a triangular aspect which contrasted with the dome shaped appearance of the normals. In group 1 the peak time was significantly shortened (p less than 0.01) compared to group 2 and to the healthy subjects. On the other hand there was no linear correlation between the value of the peak time and the level of HTAP measured by the catheter. Thus the severity of HTAP could not be precisely measured using these parameters. In considering that the peak time is normally greater than 100 msec, the sensitivity and specificity of the Doppler examination for the detection of HTAP during the course of BPCO are 90 and 88% respectively, which appears to be superior to the values obtained using other non invasive methods in the diagnosis of HTAP. PMID:3217590

  7. Characteristics of sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction using speckle-tracking echocardiography: a feasibility study.

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    Zaky, A; Gill, E A; Paul, C P; Bendjelid, K; Treggiari, M M

    2016-01-01

    Septic cardiomyopathy is commonly encountered in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. This study explores whether novel global and segmental echocardiographic markers of myocardial deformation, using two-dimensional speckle tracking, are associated with adverse sepsis outcomes. We conducted a retrospective observational feasibility study, at a tertiary care centre, of patients admitted to the ICU with a diagnosis of sepsis who underwent an echocardiogram within the first week of sepsis diagnosis. Data were collected on chamber dimensions, systolic and diastolic function, demographics, haemodynamics, and laboratory parameters. Global and segmental left ventricular longitudinal strain (LVLS) and tissue mitral annular displacement (TMAD) were assessed on 12 left ventricular segments and six mitral annulus segments in apical views, respectively. We explored associations of abnormal LVLS and TMAD with duration of mechanical ventilation, hospital length of stay, and mortality. Fifty-four patients were included. Global LVLS was not associated with any of the primary study endpoints. However, reduced systolic LVLS of the basal anterior segment was associated with in-hospital mortality. There was a suggestion that patients with a reduced global TMAD were associated with an increased risk of mortality and a short length of hospital stay but these associations were not statistically significant. Reduced global LVLS was associated with lower ejection fraction. Reduced global TMAD was associated with reduced global and segmental LVLS, reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, and increased left ventricular end-systolic and end-diastolic volumes. Speckle-tracking echocardiography can be performed feasibly in patients in sepsis. Global and segmental left ventricular deformation indices are associated with ejection fraction. Further studies need to evaluate the ability of these new indices to predict sepsis outcomes. PMID:26673591

  8. INTRODUCTION Several literature reviews show convincingly that pre-

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    of insect herbivores on their host plants (expressed in terms of abundance, biomass or species richness of ants between various species of rain- forest trees, except for those involved in ant­plant mutualism, particularly for insect herbivores (Jeffries & Lawton 1984; Bernays & Graham 1988; Berdegue et al. 1996). Ants

  9. Echocardiography diagnosis of ruptured congenital right coronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm into right ventricle.

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    Iadanza, Alessandro; Fineschi, Massimo; Del Pasqua, Alessia; Pierli, Carlo

    2006-10-01

    We describe a case of ruptured aneurysm of the right coronary sinus of Valsalva (ASV) diagnosed by transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography which allowed to quickly establish a correct diagnosis in a patient with a recent onset of continuous murmur and acute right congestive heart failure. PMID:16157512

  10. Estimating the Myocardium's Angle of Three-Dimensional Trajectory, Using the Tracking of Sequential Two-Dimensional Echocardiography Images

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    Mobasheri, Mosayyeb; Roshanali, Faride

    2014-01-01

    Background In this study, the angle of the myocardium's trajectory in three dimensions (?) was estimated by simultaneous use of long-axis and short-axis views of left ventricle septum two-dimensional images. Then correlation of three-dimensional trajectory's angle with the rotation angle from the long (?) and short (?) axis views was estimated and compared at the three levels of base, mid and apex of the interventricular septum wall. Methods Two-dimensional echocardiography images of long- and short-axis views of 19 healthy men were recorded and analyzed. Using an electrocardiogram of each individual, the images of the two views were synchronized. The interventricular septum wall motion at the three levels of base, mid and apex were estimated, using a block matching algorithm throughout three cardiac cycles. Considering the defined system of coordinates and the position vectors in long and short-axis views, the 3-dimensional angle of the trajectory was calculated. Results Maxima of the ?, ?, and ? angles were extracted at 16.33 ± 3.01, 10.61 ± 3.38, and 15.11 ± 3.30 degrees at base level, 22.77 ± 4.95, 7.78 ± 2.96, and 16.72 ± 2.66 degrees at mid level and 14.60 ± 5.81, 10.37 ± 5.48, and 8.79 ± 3.32 degrees at apex level, respectively, of the septum wall, respectively. This study shows significant correlation between the angle of 3-dimensional trajectory (?) with the angle in short axis view (?) of the septum wall at the apex level; and also with the angle in long axis view (?) of the septum wall at base and mid levels. Conclusion Due to the motion of the wall of the left ventricle in three dimensions, and the non-isotropic structure of myofibers, the angle of 3-dimensional trajectory was estimated using the speckle tracking method of 2-dimentional echocardiography images. PMID:24753804

  11. Apex to Base Left Ventricular Twist Mechanics Computed From High Frame Rate Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: A Comparison Study

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    Ashraf, Muhammad; Zhou, Zhiwen; Nguyen, Thuan; Ashraf, Shiza; Sahn, David J.

    2012-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to compare two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) methods for computing left ventricular (LV) rotation. Methods A two-axis linear/rotary system was designed using rotary motors controlled through a digital interface, and 10 freshly harvested pig hearts were studied. Each heart was mounted on the rotary actuator with the base being rotated at different known degrees of rotation (10°, 15°, 20°, and 25°) and was passively driven by a pump with calibrated stoke volume (50 mL) at a constant rate (60 beats/min) simultaneously. Cardiac motion was scanned to acquire 2D short-axis views using a GE Vivid 7 system for assessing rotation, and 3D apical full-volume loops were acquired using a Toshiba Applio Artida ultrasound system. Full-volume 3D image loops were analyzed online with Toshiba Wall Motion Tracking software, and short-axis 2D images were analyzed offline for LV rotation in GE EchoPAC PC at corresponding LV levels. Results At each state, both 2D and 3D echocardiography detected the changes in LV rotation but overestimated the rotation degrees. The biases for overestimation from 3D imaging were smaller compared with 2D imaging at each LV level. Both methods, when compared with each other, showed a linear correlation (r = 0.84, P < .0001). Bland-Altman comparison showed 99% of data points within range, with a constant bias between both methods (adjusted values of 3D = 1.892 + 0.964 × 3D). Conclusions Although 3D echocardiography showed smaller bias, the results between 2D and 3D echocardiography were comparable. PMID:21995883

  12. Real-time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography in daily practice: initial experience

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    2012-01-01

    Aim of the work To evaluate the feasibility and possible additional value of transthoracic real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3D-TTE) for the assessment of cardiac structures as compared to 2D-TTE. Methods 320 patients (mean age 45 ± 8.4 years, 75% males) underwent 2D-TTE and RT3D-TTE using 3DQ-Q lab software for offline analysis. Volume quantification and functional assessment was performed in 90 patients for left ventricle and in 20 patients for right ventricle. Assessment of native (112 patients) and prosthetic (30 patients) valves morphology and functions was performed. RT3D-TTE was performed for evaluation of septal defects in 30 patients and intracardiac masses in 52 patients. Results RT3D-TTE assessment of left ventricle was feasible and reproducible in 86% of patients while for right ventricle, it was (55%). RT3D-TTE could define the surface anatomy of mitral valve optimally (100%), while for aortic and tricuspid was (88% and 81% respectively). Valve area could be planimetered in 100% for the mitral and in 80% for the aortic. RT3D-TTE provided a comprehensive anatomical and functional evaluation of prosthetic valves. RT3D-TTE enface visualization of septal defects allowed optimal assessment of shape, size, area and number of defects and evaluated the outcome post device closure. RT3D-TTE allowed looking inside the intracardiac masses through multiple sectioning, valuable anatomical delineation and volume calculation. Conclusion Our initial experience showed that the use of RT3D-TTE in the assessment of cardiac patients is feasible and allowed detailed anatomical and functional assessment of many cardiac disorders. PMID:22448671

  13. Contrast and harmonic imaging improves accuracy and efficiency of novice readers for dobutamine stress echocardiography

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    Vlassak, Irmien; Rubin, David N.; Odabashian, Jill A.; Garcia, Mario J.; King, Lisa M.; Lin, Steve S.; Drinko, Jeanne K.; Morehead, Annitta J.; Prior, David L.; Asher, Craig R.; Klein, Allan L.; Thomas, James D.

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    BACKGROUND: Newer contrast agents as well as tissue harmonic imaging enhance left ventricular (LV) endocardial border delineation, and therefore, improve LV wall-motion analysis. Interpretation of dobutamine stress echocardiography is observer-dependent and requires experience. This study was performed to evaluate whether these new imaging modalities would improve endocardial visualization and enhance accuracy and efficiency of the inexperienced reader interpreting dobutamine stress echocardiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-nine consecutive patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography. Both fundamental (2.5 MHZ) and harmonic (1.7 and 3.5 MHZ) mode images were obtained in four standard views at rest and at peak stress during a standard dobutamine infusion stress protocol. Following the noncontrast images, Optison was administered intravenously in bolus (0.5-3.0 ml), and fundamental and harmonic images were obtained. The dobutamine echocardiography studies were reviewed by one experienced and one inexperienced echocardiographer. LV segments were graded for image quality and function. Time for interpretation also was recorded. Contrast with harmonic imaging improved the diagnostic concordance of the novice reader to the expert reader by 7.1%, 7.5%, and 12.6% (P < 0.001) as compared with harmonic imaging, fundamental imaging, and fundamental imaging with contrast, respectively. For the novice reader, reading time was reduced by 47%, 55%, and 58% (P < 0.005) as compared with the time needed for fundamental, fundamental contrast, and harmonic modes, respectively. With harmonic imaging, the image quality score was 4.6% higher (P < 0.001) than for fundamental imaging. Image quality scores were not significantly different for noncontrast and contrast images. CONCLUSION: Harmonic imaging with contrast significantly improves the accuracy and efficiency of the novice dobutamine stress echocardiography reader. The use of harmonic imaging reduces the frequency of nondiagnostic wall segments.

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    Forde, Evan B.

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    Educating the public about safety issues related to severe weather is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) mission. This month's insert, Severe Weather, has been created by NOAA to help educate the public about hazardous weather conditions. The four types of severe weather highlighted in this poster are hurricanes,…

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    Forde, Evan B.

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    Educating the public about safety issues related to severe weather is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) mission. This article deals with a poster entitled, "Severe Weather," that has been created by NOAA to help educate the public about hazardous weather conditions. The four types of severe weather highlighted in…

  16. Severe Tricuspid Regurgitation Diagnosed 13 Years after a Car Accident: A Case Report

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    Acar, Burak; Suleymanoglu, Muhammed; Burak, Cengiz; Demirkan, Burcu Mecit; Guray, Yesim; Tufekcioglu, Omac; Aydogdu, Sinan

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Blunt chest traumas mostly occur due to car accidents and can cause many cardiac complications such as septal rupture, free-wall rupture, coronary artery dissection or thrombosis, heart failure, arrhythmias, and chordae and papillary muscle rupture. One of the most serious complication is tricuspid regurgitation (TR), which can be simply diagnosed by physical examination and confirmed by echocardiography. We describe a 48-year-old female patient, diagnosed with severe TR 13 years after a blunt chest trauma due to a car accident. TR was diagnosed with transthoracic echocardiography and three dimensional transthoracic echocardiography had defined the exact pathology of the tricuspid valve. The patient underwent successful surgery with bioprosthetic valve implantation and was discharged at 6th postoperative day without any complication. The patient had no problem according to the follow-up one month and six months after operation. PMID:26157464

  17. Severe mitral regurgitation and heart failure due to caseous calcification of the mitral annulus.

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    Pozsonyi, Zoltán; Tóth, Attila; Vágó, Hajnalka; Adám, Zsófia; Apor, Astrid; Alotti, Nasri; Sármán, Pál; Merkely, Béla; Karádi, István

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    Caseous calcification is a rare form of mitral annular calcification. Echocardiography reveals an echodense mass in the inferior mitral annulus with smooth borders and an echolucent inner core. We present a case where caseous calcification of the mitral annulus caused severe mitral regurgitation, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance and computed tomography were performed and ensured the diagnosis. The mass was surgically removed and a prosthetic valve was implanted. We conclude that caseous calcification of the mitral annulus should be considered not only in the differential diagnosis of cardiac masses but also in the background of mitral regurgitation, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. This case also represents the usefulness of multimodal imaging in identifying cardiac masses. PMID:21508639

  18. Assessment of Myocardial Ischemia in Obese Individuals Undergoing Physical Stress Echocardiography (PSE)

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    Silveira, Mara Graziele Maciel; Sousa, Antônio Carlos Sobral; Santos, Marcos Antônio Almeida; Tavares, Irlaneide da Silva; Andrade, Stephanie Macedo; Melo, Luiza Dantas; de Andrade, Loren Suyane Oliveira; Santos, Emmanuel Lima Almeida; Oliveira, Joselina Luzia Menezes

    2015-01-01

    Background Physical stress echocardiography is an established methodology for diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease in patients with physical capacity. In obese (body mass index ? 30 kg/m2) the usefulness of pharmacological stress echocardiography has been demonstrated; however, has not been reported the use of physical stress echocardiography in this growing population group. Objective To assess the frequency of myocardial ischemia in obese and non-obese patients undergoing physical stress echocardiography and compare their clinical and echocardiographic differences. Methods 4,050 patients who underwent treadmill physical stress echocardiography were studied according to the Bruce protocol, divided into two groups: obese (n = 945; 23.3%) and non-obese (n = 3,105; 76.6%). Results There was no difference regarding gender. Obese patients were younger (55.4 ± 10.9 vs. 57.56 ± 11.67) and had a higher frequency of hypertension (75.2% vs. 57, 2%; p < 0.0001), diabetis mellitus (15.2% vs. 10.9%; p < 0.0001), dyslipidemia (59.5% vs 51.9%; p < 0.0001), family history of coronary artery disease (59.3% vs. 55.1%; p = 0.023) and physical inactivity (71.4% vs. 52.9%, p < 0.0001). The obese had greater aortic dimensions (3.27 vs. 3.14 cm; p < 0.0001), left atrium (3.97 vs. 3.72 cm; p < 0.0001) and the relative thickness of the ventricule (33.7 vs. 32.8 cm; p < 0.0001). Regarding the presence of myocardial ischemia, there was no difference between groups (19% vs. 17.9%; p = 0.41). In adjusted logistic regression, the presence of myocardial ischemia remained independently associated with age, female gender, diabetes and hypertension. Conclusion Obesity did not behave as a predictor of the presence of ischemia and the physical stress echocardiography. The application of this assessment tool in large scale sample demonstrates the feasibility of the methodology, also in obese. PMID:25714197

  19. Utility of three-dimensional echocardiography in assessing and predicting response to cardiac resynchronization therapy

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    Lau, Ching; Abdel-Qadir, Husam M; Lashevsky, Ilan; Hansen, Mark; Crystal, Eugene; Joyner, Campbell

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    BACKGROUND Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) can be a valuable treatment for heart failure. However, there are high nonresponse rates using current CRT inclusion criteria. OBJECTIVE To assess the value of three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) in predicting response to CRT. METHODS Functional assessments and 3DE were performed in heart failure patients pre-CRT, 24 h post-CRT and six to 12 months after CRT. The dyssynchrony index (DI) was calculated as the SD of the time to minimum volume in 16 left ventricle segments corrected by heart rate. Response to CRT was defined as functional improvement (alive at late follow-up with improvement by one New York Heart Association class) and a decrease in left ventricular end-systolic volume by 15% or greater at six to 12 months follow-up. RESULTS A total of 53 patients were enrolled. Average 3DE acquisition time was less than 5 min. Seventy-two per cent of patients showed functional improvement, while 43% showed functional and echocardiographic evidence of response. Baseline DI and the decrease in DI at 24 h were both correlated with reverse remodelling. Responders had higher baseline DI values compared with nonresponders (mean 16.8 versus 7.1, P<0.001), and showed a greater decrease in DI values at 24 h (mean decrease 7.9 versus 0.7, P<0.001). All responders had baseline DI values of greater than 10 (negative predictive value of 100%). A decrease in the DI value by more than 5 at 24 h in patients with a baseline DI of greater than 10 identified responders with a positive predictive value of 83%. CONCLUSIONS 3DE may be valuable in predicting response to CRT. A baseline DI cut-off of greater than 10 in our patients excluded reverse remodelling to CRT. In addition, the decrease in DI at 24 h had a high positive predictive value for long-term response to CRT. PMID:21076720

  20. Early Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Children after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Acute Leukemia: A Case Control Study Using Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Yoon, Ji-Hong; Kim, Hye Jin; Lee, Eun-Jung; Moon, Sena; Lee, Jae Wook; Chung, Nack Gyun; Cho, Bin; Kim, Hack Ki

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    Background and Objectives Cardiovascular complications are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in childhood cancer survivors. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a curable therapy for pediatric cancer. However, changes in cardiac function in children after HSCT are not well known. We assessed left ventricular (LV) function in children after HSCT using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). Subjects and Methods Forty consecutive patients with median age of 11.9 years (range, 1.5-16 years) who received HSCT for acute leukemia and had comprehensive echocardiography before and after (median 9.2 month) HSCT were included in this study. The LV function parameters including conventional tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and STE data were collected from pre- and post-HSCT echocardiography. These data were compared to those of 39 age-matched normal controls. Results Compared to normal controls, post HSCT patients had similar (p=0.06) LV ejection fraction. However, the following three LV function parameters were significantly decreased in post HSCT patients: rate-corrected velocity of circumferential fiber shortening (p=0.04), mitral inflow E velocity (p<0.001), and mitral septal annular E' velocity (p=0.03). The following four STE parameters were also significantly decreased in post HSCT patients: LV global circumferential systolic strain (p<0.01), strain rate (SR, p=0.01), circumferential diastolic SR (p<0.01), and longitudinal diastolic SR (p<0.001). There was no significant change in TDI or STE parameters after HSCT compared to pre-HSCT. Patients with anthracycline cumulative dose >400 mg/m2 showed significantly (p<0.05) lower circumferential systolic strain and circumferential diastolic SR. Conclusion Subclinical cardiac dysfunction is evident in children after HSCT. It might be associated with pre-HSCT anthracycline exposure with little effect of conditioning regimens. Serial monitoring of cardiac function is mandatory for all children following HSCT. PMID:25653704

  1. Methodological Gaps in Left Atrial Function Assessment by 2D Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Rimba?, Roxana Cristina; Dulgheru, Raluca Elena; Vinereanu, Drago?

    2015-01-01

    The assessment of left atrial (LA) function is used in various cardiovascular diseases. LA plays a complementary role in cardiac performance by modulating left ventricular (LV) function. Transthoracic two-dimensional (2D) phasic volumes and Doppler echocardiography can measure LA function non-invasively. However, evaluation of LA deformation derived from 2D speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a new feasible and promising approach for assessment of LA mechanics. These parameters are able to detect subclinical LA dysfunction in different pathological condition. Normal ranges for LA deformation and cut-off values to diagnose LA dysfunction with different diseases have been reported, but data are still conflicting, probably because of some methodological and technical issues. This review highlights the importance of an unique standardized technique to assess the LA phasic functions by STE, and discusses recent studies on the most important clinical applications of this technique.

  2. Non-invasive determination of cardiac output by Doppler echocardiography and electrical bioimpedance.

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    Northridge, D B; Findlay, I N; Wilson, J; Henderson, E; Dargie, H J

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    Cardiac output measured by thermodilution in 25 patients within 24 hours of acute myocardial infarction was compared with cardiac output measured by Doppler echocardiography (24 patients) and electrical bioimpedance (25 patients). The mean (range) cardiac outputs measured by Doppler (4.03 (2.2-6.0) 1/min) and electrical bioimpedance (3.79 (1.1-6.2) 1/min) were similar to the mean thermodilution value (3.95 (2.1-6.2) 1/min). Both non-invasive techniques agreed closely with thermodilution in most patients. None the less, three results with each method disagreed with thermodilution by more than 1 1/min. Both non-invasive techniques were reproducible and accurate in most patients with acute myocardial infarction. Doppler echocardiography was time consuming and technically demanding. Electrical bioimpedance was simple to use and had the additional advantage of allowing continuous monitoring of the cardiac output. PMID:2317415

  3. Clinical Use of Doppler Echocardiography in Organic Mitral Regurgitation: From Diagnosis to Patients' Management

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    Russo, Antonio; Pasquale, Ferdinando; Biagini, Elena; Barberini, Francesco; Ferlito, Marinella; Leone, Ornella; Rapezzi, Claudio

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of mitral regurgitation (MR) is essential for any care provider, and not only for those directly involved in the management of cardiovascular diseases. This happens because MR is the most frequent valvular lesion in North America and the second most common form of valve disease requiring surgery in Europe. Furthermore, due to the ageing of the general population and the reduced mortality from acute cardiovascular events, the prevalence of MR is expected to increase further. Doppler echocardiography is essential both for the diagnosis and the clinical management of MR. In the present article, we sought to provide a practical step-by-step approach to help either performing a Doppler echocardiography or interpreting its findings in light of contemporary knowledge on organic (but not only) MR. PMID:26448820

  4. Imaging Tuberous Sclerosis: The Incremental Benefit of Three-Dimensional and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Garg, Pankaj; Musa, Tarique A; Ripley, David P

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    Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous syndrome and multisystem disorder with autosomal dominant inheritance and variable penetrance. Cardiac rhabdomyomas have been reported in 50-64% of patients with TSC and transthoracic echocardiography is established as the primary imaging modality for their detection. The precise functional assessment of the left ventricle in these patients requires clarification. We report a case of a 19-year-old male with known TSC who was referred for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to investigate for the presence of cardiac rhabdomyomas. TTE demonstrated multiple rhabdomyomas with a normal ejection fraction but altered global and regional deformation on speckle tracking. The regional longitudinal strain was notably reduced in the anterior septum (-11%) and inferior septum (-15%). The global circumferential strain (GCS) was significantly reduced at -15.6%. The distribution of regional circumferential strain reduction for the mid-ventricular segment correlated with the location of cardiac rhabdomyomas. PMID:25736174

  5. Combination of contrast with stress echocardiography: A practical guide to methods and interpretation

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    Moir, Stuart; Marwick, Thomas H

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    Contrast echocardiography has an established role for enhancement of the right heart Doppler signals, the detection of intra-cardiac shunts, and most recently for left ventricular cavity opacification (LVO). The use of intravenously administered micro-bubbles to traverse the myocardial microcirculation in order to outline myocardial viability and perfusion has been the source of research studies for a number of years. Despite the enthusiasm of investigators, myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) has not attained routine clinical use and LV opacification during stress has been less widely adopted than the data would support. The purpose of this review is to facilitate an understanding of the involved imaging technologies that have made this technique more feasible for clinical practice, and to guide its introduction into the practice of the non-expert user. PMID:15331015

  6. The Clinical Impact of Bedside Contrast Echocardiography in Intensive Care Settings: A Korean Multicenter Study

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    Hwang, Hui-Jeong; Kim, Woo-Shik; Hong, Geu-Ru; Choi, Eui-Young; Rim, Se-Joong; Lee, Sang-Chol; Chung, Wook-Jin; Choi, Jung-Hyun; Seo, Hye-Sun; Yoon, Se Jung; Cho, Kyoung Im; Kim, Hyung Seop; Yoon, Hyun Ju

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    Background and Objectives We assessed the ability of portable echocardiography (with contrasts) to clearly delineate the cardiac structure, and evaluated the impact of its use on the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients in Korea. Subjects and Methods We prospectively enrolled 123 patients (mean age 66±16 years), who underwent portable transthoracic echocardiography (with contrast) for image enhancement at 12 medical centers. The quality of the global left ventricular (LV) images, the number of the regional LV segments visualized, the ability to visualize the LV apex and the right ventricle (RV), and any changes in the diagnostic procedure and treatment strategy were compared before and after the contrast. Results Of the 123 patients, 52 (42%) were using mechanical ventilators. The amount of poor or uninterpretable images decreased from 48% to 5% (p<0.001), after the contrast. Before the contrast, 15.6±1.1 of 16 LV segments were seen, which improved to 15.9±0.6 segments (p=0.001) after the contrast. The ability to visualize the LV apex increased from 47% to 94% (p<0.001), while the inability to clearly visualize the RV decreased from 46% to 19% (p<0.001). Changes in the diagnostic procedure (for example, not requiring other types of imaging studies) were observed in 18% of the patients, and the treatment plan (medication) was altered in 26% of patients after the contrast echocardiography. Conclusion The use of a contrast agent during the portable echocardiography, in intensive care settings, can improve the image quality and impact the diagnostic procedures and treatment for Korean patients. PMID:26617651

  7. Diagnostic ability of hand-held echocardiography in ventilated critically ill patients

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    Vignon, Philippe; Chastagner, Catherine; François, Bruno; Martaillé, Jean-François; Normand, Sandrine; Bonnivard, Michel; Gastinne, Hervé

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    Study objectives To compare the diagnostic capability of recently available hand-held echocardiography (HHE) and of conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) used as a gold standard in critically ill patients under mechanical ventilation. Design A prospective and descriptive study. Setting The general intensive care unit of a teaching hospital. Patients All mechanically ventilated patients requiring a TTE study with a full-feature echocardiographic platform (Sonos 5500®; Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) also underwent an echocardiographic examination using a small battery-operated device (33 × 23 cm2, 3.5 kg) (Optigo®; Philips Medical Systems). Interventions Each examination was performed independently by two intensivists experienced in echocardiography and was interpreted online. For each patient, the TTE videotape was reviewed by a cardiologist experienced in echocardiography and the final interpretation was used as a reference diagnosis. Results During the study period, 106 TTE procedures were performed in 103 consecutive patients (age, 59 ± 18 years; Simplified Acute Physiology Score, 46 ± 14; body mass index, 26 ± 9 kg/m2; positive end-expiratory pressure, 8 ± 4 cmH2O). The number of acoustic windows was comparable using HHE and TTE (233/318 versus 238/318, P = 0.72). HHE had a lower overall diagnostic capacity than TTE (199/251 versus 223/251 clinical questions solved, P = 0.005), mainly due to its lack of spectral Doppler capability. In contrast, diagnostic capacity based on two-dimensional imaging was comparable for both approaches (129/155 versus 135/155 clinical questions solved, P = 0.4). In addition, HHE and TTE had a similar therapeutic impact in 45 and 47 patients, respectively (44% versus 46%, P = 0.9). Conclusions HHE appears to have a narrower diagnostic field when compared with conventional TTE, but promises to accurately identify diagnoses based on two-dimensional imaging in ventilated critically ill patients. PMID:12974974

  8. Novel strategies in the ablation of typical atrial flutter: role of intracardiac echocardiography.

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    Bencsik, Gábor

    2015-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the cavo-tricuspid isthmus (CTI) is one of the most frequently performed procedures in electrophysiology. Despite a high success rate, ablation of the CTI can be unusually difficult in some cases. Multiple tools like angiography, 3D mapping, remote navigation and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) have been introduced to facilitate typical flutter ablation. This review article summarizes the clinical value of different strategies and tools used for CTI ablation focusing on the importance of approaches utilizing ICE. PMID:25308811

  9. Surgeon-Performed Hemodynamic Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Burn Intensive Care Unit.

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    Held, Jenny M; Litt, Jeffrey; Kennedy, Jason D; McGrane, Stuart; Gunter, Oliver L; Rae, Lisa; Kahn, Steven A

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    The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for resuscitation after burn injury has been reported in small case studies. Conventional TEE is invasive and often requires a subspecialist with a high level of training. The authors report a series of surgeon-performed hemodynamic TEE with an indwelling, less bulky, user-friendly probe. Records of patients treated in a regional burn center who underwent hemodynamic TEE between October 1, 2012 and May 30, 2014 were reviewed. The clinical course of each patient was recorded. All bedside interpretations were retrospectively reviewed for accuracy by a cardiac anesthesiologist. Eleven patients were included in the study. Median age was 68.5 years (interquartile range, 49.5-79.5). Median burn size was 37% TBSA (interquartile range: 16.3-53%). Seven patients were male, and four suffered inhalation injury. The operator's interpretation matched that of the echocardiography technician and cardiac anesthesiologist in all instances. No complications occurred from probe placement. Four patients underwent hemodynamic TEE to determine volume status during resuscitation. Changes in volume status on echocardiography preceded the eventual changes in urine output and vital signs for one patient. Hemodynamic TEE diagnosed cardiogenic shock and was used to titrate inotropes and vasopressors in seven elderly patients. Hemodynamic TEE is a useful adjunct to manage the burn patient who deviates off the expected course, especially if there is a question of cardiac function or volume status. It is less invasive and can be accurately performed by surgical intensivists when transthoracic echo windows are limited. The role of echocardiography in optimizing routine burn resuscitations needs to be further studied. PMID:26594864

  10. The Role of Transesophageal Echocardiography in Endovascular Repair of Traumatic Aortic Transection

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    Al-Shamsi, Sulaiman Saif; Sabek, Said Abdelrahman; Al-Hajri, Mahmood

    2014-01-01

    Traumatic rupture of the thoracic aorta is a leading cause of death, following major blunt trauma, and endovascular repair has evolved as a viable alternative to open repair. This report highlights the role of transesophageal echocardiography as a valuable imaging tool for locating the exact position of the lesion, guiding placement of the endograft, detecting leaks around it and supplementing information derived from angiography during endograft deployment. PMID:25337315

  11. Interventricular septal hydatid cyst: Transesophageal echocardiography as a therapeutic tool during bypass.

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    Jain, Pawan Kumar; Malik, Vishwas; Divya, Abha; Narula, Jitin; Hote, Milind

    2015-01-01

    Cystic echinococcosis (hydatid disease) arising from infestation with a larval or adult form of the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm is endemic in certain states of India, but affecting interventricular septum (IVS) solitarily is a scarce phenomenon. We present a rare case of transesophageal echocardiography guided management of IVS hydatid cyst even during cardiopulmonary bypass, which presented with a rather unusual complaint of repeated syncope. PMID:26139754

  12. SEGMENTATION OF MEDICAL IMAGES APPLICATIONS IN ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AND NUCLEAR

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    been applied to different imaging modalities. In the first paper a full computer assisted diagnosis to the assessments from a physician. These three applications show the usefulness of segmentation in a variety

  13. Quantitative assessment of left ventricular systolic function using 3-dimensional echocardiography

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    Mehrotra, Rahul; Alagesan, R.; Srivastava, Sameer

    2013-01-01

    Assessment of left ventricular systolic function is the commonest and one of the most important indications for performance of echocardiography. It is important for prognostication, determination of treatment plan, for decisions related to expensive device therapies and for assessing response to treatment. The current methods based on two-dimensional echocardiography are not reliable, have high degree of inter-observer and intra-observer variability and are based on presumptions about the geometry of left ventricle (LV). Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) on the other hand is fast, easy, accurate, relatively operator independent and is not based on any assumptions related to the shape of LV. Owing to these advantages, it is the Echocardiographic modality of choice for assessment of systolic function of the LV. We describe here a step by step approach to evaluation of LV volumes, ejection fraction, regional systolic function and Dyssynchrony analysis based on RT3DE. It has been well validated in clinical studies and is rapidly being incorporated in routine clinical practice. PMID:24206890

  14. Quantitative assessment of left ventricular systolic function using 3-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Mehrotra, Rahul; Alagesan, R; Srivastava, Sameer

    2013-01-01

    Assessment of left ventricular systolic function is the commonest and one of the most important indications for performance of echocardiography. It is important for prognostication, determination of treatment plan, for decisions related to expensive device therapies and for assessing response to treatment. The current methods based on two-dimensional echocardiography are not reliable, have high degree of inter-observer and intra-observer variability and are based on presumptions about the geometry of left ventricle (LV). Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) on the other hand is fast, easy, accurate, relatively operator independent and is not based on any assumptions related to the shape of LV. Owing to these advantages, it is the Echocardiographic modality of choice for assessment of systolic function of the LV. We describe here a step by step approach to evaluation of LV volumes, ejection fraction, regional systolic function and Dyssynchrony analysis based on RT3DE. It has been well validated in clinical studies and is rapidly being incorporated in routine clinical practice. PMID:24206890

  15. Heart wall motion analysis by dynamic 3D strain rate imaging from tissue Doppler echocardiography

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    Hastenteufel, Mark; Wolf, Ivo; de Simone, Raffaele; Mottl-Link, Sibylle; Meinzer, Hans-Peter

    2002-04-01

    The knowledge about the complex three-dimensional (3D) heart wall motion pattern, particular in the left ventricle, provides valuable information about potential malfunctions, e.g., myocardial ischemia. Nowadays, echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) is the predominant technique for evaluation of cardiac function. Beside morphology, tissue velocities can be obtained by Doppler techniques (tissue Doppler imaging, TDI). Strain rate imaging (SRI) is a new technique to diagnose heart vitality. It provides information about the contraction ability of the myocardium. Two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography is still the most important clinical method for estimation of morphology and function. Two-dimensional methods leads to a lack of information due to the three-dimensional overall nature of the heart movement. Due to this complex three-dimensional motion pattern of the heart, the knowledge about velocity and strain rate distribution over the whole ventricle can provide more valuable diagnostic information about motion disorders. For the assessment of intracardiac blood flow three-dimensional color Doppler has already shown its clinical utility. We have developed methods to produce strain rate images by means of 3D tissue Doppler echocardiography. The tissue Doppler and strain rate images can be visualized and quantified by different methods. The methods are integrated into an interactively usable software environment, making them available in clinical everyday life. Our software provides the physician with a valuable tool for diagnosis of heart wall motion.

  16. Severe Sarcoidosis.

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    Kouranos, Vasileios; Jacob, Joe; Wells, Athol U

    2015-12-01

    In sarcoidosis, reduction in mortality and the prevention of disability due to major organ involvement are treatment goals. Thus, it is important to recognize severe disease and identify patients at higher risk of progression to severe disease. In this article, fibrotic lung disease and cardiac sarcoidosis are reviewed as the major contributors to sarcoidosis mortality and morbidity. In the absence of a standardized definition of severe pulmonary disease, a multidisciplinary approach to clinical staging is suggested, based on symptoms, pulmonary function tests, and imaging findings at presentation, integrated with the duration of disease and longitudinal disease behavior during early follow-up. PMID:26593144

  17. Endocardial left ventricle feature tracking and reconstruction from tri-plane trans-esophageal echocardiography data

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    Dangi, Shusil; Ben-Zikri, Yehuda K.; Cahill, Nathan; Schwarz, Karl Q.; Linte, Cristian A.

    2015-03-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound (US) has been the clinical standard for over two decades for monitoring and assessing cardiac function and providing support via intra-operative visualization and guidance for minimally invasive cardiac interventions. Developments in three-dimensional (3D) image acquisition and transducer design and technology have revolutionized echocardiography imaging enabling both real-time 3D trans-esophageal and intra-cardiac image acquisition. However, in most cases the clinicians do not access the entire 3D image volume when analyzing the data, rather they focus on several key views that render the cardiac anatomy of interest during the US imaging exam. This approach enables image acquisition at a much higher spatial and temporal resolution. Two such common approaches are the bi-plane and tri-plane data acquisition protocols; as their name states, the former comprises two orthogonal image views, while the latter depicts the cardiac anatomy based on three co-axially intersecting views spaced at 600 to one another. Since cardiac anatomy is continuously changing, the intra-operative anatomy depicted using real-time US imaging also needs to be updated by tracking the key features of interest and endocardial left ventricle (LV) boundaries. Therefore, rapid automatic feature tracking in US images is critical for three reasons: 1) to perform cardiac function assessment; 2) to identify location of surgical targets for accurate tool to target navigation and on-target instrument positioning; and 3) to enable pre- to intra-op image registration as a means to fuse pre-op CT or MR images used during planning with intra-operative images for enhanced guidance. In this paper we utilize monogenic filtering, graph-cut based segmentation and robust spline smoothing in a combined work flow to process the acquired tri-plane TEE time series US images and demonstrate robust and accurate tracking of the LV endocardial features. We reconstruct the endocardial LV geometry using the tri-plane contours and spline interpolation, and assess the accuracy of the proposed work flow against gold-standard results from the GE Echopac PC clinical software according to quantitative clinical LV characterization parameters, such as the length, circumference, area and volume. Our proposed combined work flow leads to consistent, rapid and automated identification of the LV endocardium, suitable for intra-operative applications and "on-the-fly" computer-assisted assessment of ejection fraction for cardiac function monitoring.Two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound (US) has been the clinical standard for over two decades for monitoring and assessing cardiac function and providing support via intra-operative visualization and guidance for minimally invasive cardiac interventions. Developments in three-dimensional (3D) image acquisition and transducer design and technology have revolutionized echocardiography imaging enabling both real-time 3D trans-esophageal and intra-cardiac image acquisition. However, in most cases the clinicians do not access the entire 3D image volume when analyzing the data, rather they focus on several key views that render the cardiac anatomy of interest during the US imaging exam. This approach enables image acquisition at a much higher spatial and temporal resolution. Two such common approaches are the bi-plane and tri-plane data acquisition protocols; as their name states, the former comprises two orthogonal image views, while the latter depicts the cardiac anatomy based on three co-axially intersecting views spaced at 600 to one another. Since cardiac anatomy is continuously changing, the intra-operative anatomy depicted using real-time US imaging also needs to be updated by tracking the key features of interest and endocardial left ventricle (LV) boundaries. Therefore, rapid automatic feature tracking in US images is critical for three reasons: 1) to perform cardiac function assessment; 2) to identify location of surgical targets for accurate tool to target navigation and on-target instrument positioning; and 3

  18. The need for annual echocardiography to detect cabergoline-associated valvulopathy in patients with prolactinoma: a systematic review and additional clinical data.

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    Caputo, Carmela; Prior, David; Inder, Warrick J

    2015-11-01

    Present recommendations by the US Food and Drug Administration advise that patients with prolactinoma treated with cabergoline should have an annual echocardiogram to screen for valvular heart disease. Here, we present new clinical data and a systematic review of the scientific literature showing that the prevalence of cabergoline-associated valvulopathy is very low. We prospectively assessed 40 patients with prolactinoma taking cabergoline. Cardiovascular examination before echocardiography detected an audible systolic murmur in 10% of cases (all were functional murmurs), and no clinically significant valvular lesion was shown on echocardiogram in the 90% of patients without a murmur. Our systematic review identified 21 studies that assessed the presence of valvular abnormalities in patients with prolactinoma treated with cabergoline. Including our new clinical data, only two (0·11%) of 1811 patients were confirmed to have cabergoline-associated valvulopathy (three [0·17%] if possible cases were included). The probability of clinically significant valvular heart disease is low in the absence of a murmur. On the basis of these findings, we challenge the present recommendations to do routine echocardiography in all patients taking cabergoline for prolactinoma every 12 months. We propose that such patients should be screened by a clinical cardiovascular examination and that echocardiogram should be reserved for those patients with an audible murmur, those treated for more than 5 years at a dose of more than 3 mg per week, or those who maintain cabergoline treatment after the age of 50 years. PMID:25466526

  19. Influence of Positive End-Expiratory Pressure on Myocardial Strain Assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

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    Faltoni, Agnese; Cameli, Matteo; Muzzi, Luigi; Lisi, Matteo; Cubattoli, Lucia; Cecchini, Sofia; Mondillo, Sergio; Biagioli, Bonizella

    2013-01-01

    Purpose. The effects of mechanical ventilation (MV) on speckle tracking echocardiography- (STE-)derived variables are not elucidated. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) ventilation on 4-chamber longitudinal strain (LS) analysis by STE. Methods. We studied 20 patients admitted to a mixed intensive care unit who required intubation for MV and PEEP titration due to hypoxia. STE was performed at three times: (T1) PEEP = 5?cmH2O; (T2) PEEP = 10?cmH2O; and (T3) PEEP = 15?cmH2O. STE analysis was performed offline using a dedicated software (XStrain MyLab 70 Xvision, Esaote). Results. Left peak atrial-longitudinal strain (LS) was significantly reduced from T1 to T2 and from T2 to T3 (P < 0.05). Right peak atrial-LS and right ventricular-LS showed a significant reduction only at T3 (P < 0.05). Left ventricular-LS did not change significantly during titration of PEEP. Cardiac chambers' volumes showed a significant reduction at higher levels of PEEP (P < 0.05). Conclusions. We demonstrated for the first time that incremental PEEP affects myocardial strain values obtained with STE in intubated critically ill patients. Whenever performing STE in mechanically ventilated patients, care must be taken when PEEP is higher than 10?cmH2O to avoid misinterpreting data and making erroneous decisions. PMID:24066303

  20. [Intraoperative detection of air embolism and corpuscular embolism using pulse oximetry and capnometry. Comparative studies with transesophageal echocardiography].

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    Bednarz, F; Roewer, N

    1989-02-01

    19 patients undergoing total hip replacement in general anesthesia because of transcervical femur fractures were continuously monitored throughout surgery to detect any embolic events. Aside from the standard monitoring with ECG and control of arterial pressure in regular short intervals, the pulse-oximetry and capnography were applied for a comparative examination of their sensitivity in detecting gas and corpuscular embolisms. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) which allows an extensive assessment regarding the extent and differentiation between gaseous and corpuscular embolisms was chosen as a reference method. The examination concentrated on the implantation of the acetabulum and femur prosthesis since this phase of the operation has been associated with a high incidence of embolisms. The TEE monitoring revealed corpuscular as well as gaseous emboli during surgery. In the 36 cases of echocardiographic detectable embolisms prospectively defined changes of the heart rate were observed in 17%, of the mean arterial pressure in 56%, of the end-expiratory CO2 partial pressure in 47% and of the arterial O2 saturation in 31% of the cases. The embolisms which had been categorized by means of TEE according to their severity reflected a decrease of the end-expiratory CO2 partial pressure in 25% of the cases with light, in 45% of the cases with moderate and in 69% of the cases with severe embolisms, whereas a decrease in arterial O2 saturation was detected in 8% with light, 27% with moderate and in 54% of the cases with severe embolisms. Corpuscular embolism had no stronger influence on the frequency of relevant changes of end-expiratory CO2 partial pressure and the arterial O2 saturation than did the gaseous emboli.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2496617

  1. Left ventricular mass and hypertrophy by echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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    Armstrong, Anderson C.; Gjesdal, Ola; Almeida, André; Nacif, Marcelo; Wu, Colin; Bluemke, David A.; Brumback, Lyndia; Lima, João A. C.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND Left ventricular mass (LVM) and hypertrophy (LVH) are important parameters, but their use is surrounded by controversies. We compare LVM by echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), investigating reproducibility aspects and the effect of echocardiography image quality. We also compare indexing methods within and between imaging modalities for classification of LVH and cardiovascular risk. METHODS MESA enrolled 880 participants in Baltimore City; 146 had echocardiograms and CMR on the same day. LVM was then assessed using standard techniques. Echocardiography image quality was rated (good/limited) according to the parasternal view. LVH was defined after indexing LVM to body surface area, height1.7, height2.7, or by the predicted LVM from a reference group. Participants were classified for cardiovascular risk according to Framingham score. Pearson’s correlation, Bland-Altman plots, percent agreement, and kappa coefficient assessed agreement within and between modalities. RESULTS LVM by echocardiography (140 ± 40 g) and by CMR were correlated (r = 0.8, p < 0.001) regardless of the echocardiography image quality. The reproducibility profile had strong correlations and agreement for both modalities. Image quality groups had similar characteristics; those with good images compared to CMR slightly superiorly. The prevalence of LVH tended to be higher with higher cardiovascular risk. The agreement for LVH between imaging modalities ranged from 77% to 98% and the kappa coefficient from 0.10 to 0.76. CONCLUSIONS Echocardiography has a reliable performance for LVM assessment and classification of LVH, with limited influence of image quality. Echocardiography and CMR differ in the assessment of LVH, and additional differences rise from the indexing methods. PMID:23930739

  2. Sever's Disease

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    ... after activity. If the child has a pronated foot, a flat or high arch, or another condition that increases the risk of Sever's disease, the doctor might recommend special shoe inserts, called ... goes away on its own when foot growth is complete and the growth plate has ...

  3. The Great Cometary Show

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    2007-01-01

    The ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer, which allows astronomers to scrutinise objects with a precision equivalent to that of a 130-m telescope, is proving itself an unequalled success every day. One of the latest instruments installed, AMBER, has led to a flurry of scientific results, an anthology of which is being published this week as special features in the research journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. ESO PR Photo 06a/07 ESO PR Photo 06a/07 The AMBER Instrument "With its unique capabilities, the VLT Interferometer (VLTI) has created itself a niche in which it provide answers to many astronomical questions, from the shape of stars, to discs around stars, to the surroundings of the supermassive black holes in active galaxies," says Jorge Melnick (ESO), the VLT Project Scientist. The VLTI has led to 55 scientific papers already and is in fact producing more than half of the interferometric results worldwide. "With the capability of AMBER to combine up to three of the 8.2-m VLT Unit Telescopes, we can really achieve what nobody else can do," added Fabien Malbet, from the LAOG (France) and the AMBER Project Scientist. Eleven articles will appear this week in Astronomy & Astrophysics' special AMBER section. Three of them describe the unique instrument, while the other eight reveal completely new results about the early and late stages in the life of stars. ESO PR Photo 06b/07 ESO PR Photo 06b/07 The Inner Winds of Eta Carinae The first results presented in this issue cover various fields of stellar and circumstellar physics. Two papers deal with very young solar-like stars, offering new information about the geometry of the surrounding discs and associated outflowing winds. Other articles are devoted to the study of hot active stars of particular interest: Alpha Arae, Kappa Canis Majoris, and CPD -57o2874. They provide new, precise information about their rotating gas envelopes. An important new result concerns the enigmatic object Eta Carinae. Using AMBER with its high spatial and spectral resolution, it was possible to zoom into the very heart of this very massive star. In this innermost region, the observations are dominated by the extremely dense stellar wind that totally obscures the underlying central star. The AMBER observations show that this dense stellar wind is not spherically symmetric, but exhibits a clearly elongated structure. Overall, the AMBER observations confirm that the extremely high mass loss of Eta Carinae's massive central star is non-spherical and much stronger along the poles than in the equatorial plane. This is in agreement with theoretical models that predict such an enhanced polar mass-loss in the case of rapidly rotating stars. ESO PR Photo 06c/07 ESO PR Photo 06c/07 RS Ophiuchi in Outburst Several papers from this special feature focus on the later stages in a star's life. One looks at the binary system Gamma 2 Velorum, which contains the closest example of a star known as a Wolf-Rayet. A single AMBER observation allowed the astronomers to separate the spectra of the two components, offering new insights in the modeling of Wolf-Rayet stars, but made it also possible to measure the separation between the two stars. This led to a new determination of the distance of the system, showing that previous estimates were incorrect. The observations also revealed information on the region where the winds from the two stars collide. The famous binary system RS Ophiuchi, an example of a recurrent nova, was observed just 5 days after it was discovered to be in outburst on 12 February 2006, an event that has been expected for 21 years. AMBER was able to detect the extension of the expanding nova emission. These observations show a complex geometry and kinematics, far from the simple interpretation of a spherical fireball in extension. AMBER has detected a high velocity jet probably perpendicular to the orbital plane of the binary system, and allowed a precise and careful study of the wind and the shockwave coming from the nova. The stream of results from the VLTI and AMBER

  4. Clutter Mitigation in Echocardiography Using Sparse Signal Separation.

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    Turek, Javier S; Elad, Michael; Yavneh, Irad

    2015-01-01

    In ultrasound imaging, clutter artifacts degrade images and may cause inaccurate diagnosis. In this paper, we apply a method called Morphological Component Analysis (MCA) for sparse signal separation with the objective of reducing such clutter artifacts. The MCA approach assumes that the two signals in the additive mix have each a sparse representation under some dictionary of atoms (a matrix), and separation is achieved by finding these sparse representations. In our work, an adaptive approach is used for learning the dictionary from the echo data. MCA is compared to Singular Value Filtering (SVF), a Principal Component Analysis- (PCA-) based filtering technique, and to a high-pass Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter. Each filter is applied to a simulated hypoechoic lesion sequence, as well as experimental cardiac ultrasound data. MCA is demonstrated in both cases to outperform the FIR filter and obtain results comparable to the SVF method in terms of contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Furthermore, MCA shows a lower impact on tissue sections while removing the clutter artifacts. In experimental heart data, MCA obtains in our experiments clutter mitigation with an average CNR improvement of 1.33?dB. PMID:26199622

  5. Clutter Mitigation in Echocardiography Using Sparse Signal Separation

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    Turek, Javier S.; Elad, Michael; Yavneh, Irad

    2015-01-01

    In ultrasound imaging, clutter artifacts degrade images and may cause inaccurate diagnosis. In this paper, we apply a method called Morphological Component Analysis (MCA) for sparse signal separation with the objective of reducing such clutter artifacts. The MCA approach assumes that the two signals in the additive mix have each a sparse representation under some dictionary of atoms (a matrix), and separation is achieved by finding these sparse representations. In our work, an adaptive approach is used for learning the dictionary from the echo data. MCA is compared to Singular Value Filtering (SVF), a Principal Component Analysis- (PCA-) based filtering technique, and to a high-pass Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter. Each filter is applied to a simulated hypoechoic lesion sequence, as well as experimental cardiac ultrasound data. MCA is demonstrated in both cases to outperform the FIR filter and obtain results comparable to the SVF method in terms of contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR). Furthermore, MCA shows a lower impact on tissue sections while removing the clutter artifacts. In experimental heart data, MCA obtains in our experiments clutter mitigation with an average CNR improvement of 1.33?dB. PMID:26199622

  6. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Guided by Integrated Echocardiography and Fluoroscopy Imaging Reduces Radiation Exposure

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    Balzer, Jan; Eickholt, Christian; Petersen, Margot; Kehmeier, Eva; Veulemans, Verena; Kelm, Malte; Willems, Stephan; Meyer, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Aims To investigate whether percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure guided by automated real-time integration of 2D-/3D-transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and fluoroscopy imaging results in decreased radiation exposure. Methods and Results In this open-label single-center study LAA closure (AmplatzerTM Cardiac Plug) was performed in 34 consecutive patients (8 women; 73.1±8.5 years) with (n = 17, EN+) or without (n = 17, EN-) integrated echocardiography/fluoroscopy imaging guidance (EchoNavigator® [EN]; Philips Healthcare). There were no significant differences in baseline characteristics between both groups. Successful LAA closure was documented in all patients. Radiation dose was reduced in the EN+ group about 52% (EN+: 48.5±30.7 vs. EN-: 93.9±64.4 Gy/cm2; p = 0.01). Corresponding to the radiation dose fluoroscopy time was reduced (EN+: 16.7±7 vs. EN-: 24.0±11.4 min; p = 0.035). These advantages were not at the cost of increased procedure time (89.6±28.8 vs. 90.1±30.2 min; p = 0.96) or periprocedural complications. Contrast media amount was comparable between both groups (172.3±92.7 vs. 197.5±127.8 ml; p = 0.53). During short-term follow-up of at least 3 months (mean: 8.1±5.9 months) no device-related events occurred. Conclusions Automated real-time integration of echocardiography and fluoroscopy can be incorporated into procedural work-flow of percutaneous left atrial appendage closure without prolonging procedure time. This approach results in a relevant reduction of radiation exposure. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01262508 PMID:26465747

  7. The Art Show

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    2004-01-01

    This article describes what once was thought to be impossible--a formal art show extravaganza at an elementary school with 1,000 students, a Department of Defense Dependent School (DODDS) located overseas, on RAF Lakenheath, England. The dream of this this event involved the transformation of the school cafeteria into an elegant art show

  8. Clinical experience in the detection of coronary artery disease with myocardial contrast echocardiography.

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    Porter, Thomas R; Xie, Feng

    2002-07-01

    Myocardial contrast enhancement following intravenous infusions or injections of perfluorocarbon-containing microbubbles has now been observed consistently in humans. Currently, the major challenge facing us is interpreting accurately what we see. The myocardial contrast patterns we observe have, thus far, been shown to detect myocardial perfusion abnormalities during dipyridamole, adenosine, and dobutamine stress echocardiography. They also have been shown to detect zones of no reflow following coronary revascularization in patients with acute myocardial infarction. These preliminary data will require validation in larger multicenter clinical studies. PMID:12174204

  9. A retrospective experience of right atrial and superior vena caval thrombi diagnosed by transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Shapiro, Michael A; Johnson, Mahala; Feinstein, Steven B

    2002-01-01

    Central venous catheter (CVC) thrombosis and infection has become a frequent finding in immunosuppressed and chronically ill medical patients, particularly those with end-stage renal disease. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), as the only reliable noninvasive method of imaging the superior vena cava (SVC) is appreciated to be very useful in the evaluation of these lesions. We retrospectively review our findings of TEE for this purpose, with regard to frequency of positive findings, patient characteristics, and microbiologic findings from SVC and right atrial thrombi and vegetations associated with CVCs. PMID:11781558

  10. Coumadin ridge: An incidental finding of a left atrial pseudotumor on transthoracic echocardiography

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    Lodhi, Aadil Mubeen; Nguyen, Tin; Bianco, Christopher; Movahed, Assad

    2015-01-01

    Coumadin ridge is a normal anatomic variant that is occasionally found in the left atrium. It can present as a linear or nodular mass which can undulate with cardiac motion and if particularly prominent, can easily be mistaken for a tumor or thrombus. Careful evaluation and consideration of the common variants discussed in this review can help limit misdiagnosis, as well as unnecessary workup and treatment. We present a case of coumadin ridge that was found on a patient using two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography. PMID:26380830

  11. Anatomy of the Mitral Valve Apparatus – Role of 2D and 3D Echocardiography

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    Dal-Bianco, Jacob P.; Levine, Robert A.

    2013-01-01

    The mitral valve apparatus is a complex three–dimensional functional unit that is critical to unidirectional heart pump function. This review details the normal anatomy, histology and function of the main mitral valve apparatus components 1) mitral annulus, 2) mitral valve leaflets, 3) chordae tendineae and 4) papillary muscles. 2 and 3 dimensional Echocardiography is ideally suited to examine the mitral valve apparatus and has provided insights into the mechanism of mitral valve disease. An overview of standardized image acquisition and interpretation is provided. Understanding normal mitral valve apparatus function is essential to comprehend alterations in mitral valve disease and the rationale for repair strategies. PMID:23743068

  12. [Severe Asthma].

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    Hagmeyer, Lars; Randerath, Winfried J

    2015-10-01

    The European Respiratory Society and the American Thoracic Society recently published the international ERS/ATS guidelines on definition, evaluation and treatment of severe asthma. It is aim of the guideline to establish standardized diagnostic criteria and to develop evidence based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. In the diagnostic approach verifying the diagnosis of asthma and identifying comorbidities and contributing factors are very important. In the therapeutic guidance of asthma patients steroid insensitivity and overdosage of betamimetic inhaler therapy are typical challenges. Novel therapeutic strategies open the perspective to personalized therapy in asthma. PMID:26445257

  13. Producing Turkeys for Show 

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    Thornberry, Fredrick D.

    2005-12-14

    feed consumption and growth. Small amounts of feed moistened with milk and cooking oil and fed several times during the day may stimulate older birds to eat more and increase growth. This practice can be particularly helpful in hot weather with turkeys... on the label and do not over-medicate. Vaccinate poults for fowl pox at 8 to 10 weeks of age. In areas with high mosquito populations, poults should be vaccinated ini- tially at 3 to 4 weeks followed by a second vaccination at 12 weeks of age to ensure last...

  14. A minimum dataset for a standard adult transthoracic echocardiogram: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography

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    Wharton, Gill; Steeds, Richard; Allen, Jane; Phillips, Hollie; Jones, Richard; Kanagala, Prathap; Lloyd, Guy; Masani, Navroz; Mathew, Thomas; Oxborough, David; Rana, Bushra; Sandoval, Julie; Wheeler, Richard; O'Gallagher, Kevin

    2015-01-01

    There have been significant advances in the field of echocardiography with the introduction of a number of new techniques into standard clinical practice. Consequently, a ‘standard’ echocardiographic examination has evolved to become a more detailed and time-consuming examination that requires a high level of expertise. This Guideline produced by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Education Committee aims to provide a minimum dataset that should be obtained in a comprehensive standard echocardiogram. In addition, the layout proposes a recommended sequence in which to acquire the images. If abnormal pathology is detected, additional views and measurements should be obtained with reference to other BSE protocols when appropriate. Adherence to these recommendations will promote an increased quality of echocardiography and facilitate accurate comparison of studies performed either by different operators or at different departments.

  15. Stress echocardiography

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  16. Atrial Septal Aneurysm and Patent Foramen Ovale as Risk Factors for Cryptogenic Stroke in Patients Less Than 55 Years of Age: A Study using Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    Cabanes, L.; Mas, J. L.; Cohen, A.; Amarenco, P.; Cabanes, P. A.; Oubary, P.; Chedru, F.; Guerin, F.; Bousser, M. G.; deRecondo, J.

    1993-01-01

    Background and Purpose: An association between atrial septal aneurysm and embolic events has been suggested. Atrial septal aneurysm has been shown to be associated with patent foramen ovale and,.in some reports, with mitral valve prolapse. These two latter cardiac disorder; have been identified as potential risk factors for ischemic stroke. The aim of this prospective study was to assess the role of atrial septal aneurysm as an independent risk factor for stroke, especially for cryptogenic stroke. Methods: We studied the prevalence of atrial septal aneurysm, patent foramen ovale, and mitral valve prolapse in 100 consecutive patients <55 years of age with ischemic stroke who underwent extensive etiological investigations. We compared these results with those in a control group of 50 consecutive patients. The diagnosis of atrial septal aneurysm and patent foramen ovale relied on transesophageal echocardiography with a contrast study and that of mitral valve prolapse, on two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography. Results: Stepwise logistic regression analysis showed that atrial septal aneurysm (odds ratio, 4.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.3 to 14.6; P=.01) and patent foramen ovale (odds ratio, 3.9; 95% confidence interval, 1.5 to 10; P=.003) but not mitral valve prolapse were significantly associated with the diagnosis of cryptogenic stroke. The stroke odds of a patient with both atrial septal aneurysm and patent foramen ovale were 33.3 times (95% confidence interval, 4.1 to 270) the stroke odds of a patient with neither of these cardiac disorders. For a patient with atrial septal aneurysm of >lo-mm excursion, the stroke odds were approximately 8 times the stroke odds of a patient with atrial septal aneurysm of <10 mm. Conclusions: This study shows that atrial septal aneurysm and patent foramen ovale are both significantly associated with cryptogenic stroke and that their association has a marked synergistic effect. Atrial septal aneurysms of >lo-mm excursion are associated with a higher risk of stroke. (Stroke. 1993;24:1865-1873.) KEY WORDS aneurysm echocardiography foramen ovale, patent mitral valve prolapse o young adults

  17. Why is intracardiac echocardiography helpful? Benefits, costs, and how to learn

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    Bartel, Thomas; Müller, Silvana; Biviano, Angelo; Hahn, Rebecca T.

    2014-01-01

    Current interventional procedures in structural heart disease and cardiac arrhythmias require peri-interventional echocardiographic monitoring and guidance to become as safe, expedient, and well-tolerated for patients as possible. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) complements and has in part replaced transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), including real-time three-dimensional (RT-3D) imaging. The latter is still widely accepted as a method to prepare for and to guide interventional treatments. In contrast to TEE, ICE represents a purely intraprocedural guiding and imaging tool unsuitable for diagnostic purposes. Patients tolerate ICE much better, and the method does not require general anaesthesia. Accurate imaging of the particular pathology, its anatomic features, and spatial relation to the surrounding structures is critical for catheter and wire positioning, device deployment, evaluation of the result, and for ruling out complications. This review describes the peri-interventional role of ICE, outlines current limitations, and points out future implications. Two-dimensional ICE has become a suitable guiding tool for a variety of percutaneous treatments in patients who are conscious or under monitored anaesthesia care, whereas RT-3DICE is still undergoing clinical testing. Continuous TEE monitoring under general anaesthesia remains a widely accepted alternative. PMID:24144789

  18. The Clinical Benefits of Adding a Third Dimension to Assess the Left Ventricle with Echocardiography

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    Badano, Luigi P.

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography is a novel imaging technique based on acquisition and display of volumetric data sets in the beating heart. This permits a comprehensive evaluation of left ventricular (LV) anatomy and function from a single acquisition and expands the diagnostic possibilities of noninvasive cardiology. It provides the possibility of quantitating geometry and function of LV without preestablished assumptions regarding cardiac chamber shape and allows an echocardiographic assessment of the LV that is less operator-dependent and therefore more reproducible. Further developments and improvements for widespread routine applications include higher spatial and temporal resolution to improve image quality, faster acquisition, processing and reconstruction, and fully automated quantitative analysis. At present, three-dimensional echocardiography complements routine 2DE in clinical practice, overcoming some of its limitations and offering additional valuable information that has led to recommending its use for routine assessment of the LV of patients in whom information about LV size and function is critical for their clinical management. PMID:24959374

  19. Porous PLGA microparticles: AI-700, an intravenously administered ultrasound contrast agent for use in echocardiography.

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    Straub, Julie A; Chickering, Donald E; Church, Charles C; Shah, Bhavdeep; Hanlon, Thomas; Bernstein, Howard

    2005-11-01

    The production and characterization of AI-700, an intravenously administered ultrasound contrast agent under investigation for myocardial perfusion echocardiography, are described. The product consists of small, porous microparticles filled with decafluorobutane gas, and formulated as a dry powder. Small scale spray drying studies demonstrated that porous PLGA microparticles could be produced with varying porosity using ammonium bicarbonate as a volatile pore-forming agent. The porous microparticles of AI-700 were created aseptically by spray drying a water-in-oil emulsion containing poly-d,l-lactide-co-glycolide, 1,2-diarachidoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and ammonium bicarbonate using a two-chamber spray dryer. The porous microparticles were further formulated into a dry powder drug product (AI-700) containing decafluorobutane gas and excipients. The dry powder was reconstituted with sterile water prior to evaluation. Microscopy demonstrated that the microparticles were sphere-shaped and internally porous. The microparticles were appropriately sized for intravenous administration, having an average diameter of 2.3 mum. Zeta-potential analysis demonstrated that the microparticles would be expected to be stable post-reconstitution. The microparticles retained encapsulated gas post-reconstitution, had high acoustic potency that was stable over time and were physically stable upon exposure to high-power ultrasound, as used clinically. AI-700 has the characteristics desirable for an intravenously administered ultrasound contrast agent for myocardial perfusion echocardiography. PMID:16126299

  20. Real-Time, Interactive Echocardiography Over High-Speed Networks: Feasibility and Functional Requirements

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    Bobinsky, Eric A.

    1998-01-01

    Real-time, Interactive Echocardiography Over High Speed Networks: Feasibility and Functional Requirements is an experiment in advanced telemedicine being conducted jointly by the NASA Lewis Research Center, the NASA Ames Research Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In this project, a patient undergoes an echocardiographic examination in Cleveland while being diagnosed remotely by a cardiologist in California viewing a real-time display of echocardiographic video images transmitted over the broadband NASA Research and Education Network (NREN). The remote cardiologist interactively guides the sonographer administering the procedure through a two-way voice link between the two sites. Echocardiography is a noninvasive medical technique that applies ultrasound imaging to the heart, providing a "motion picture" of the heart in action. Normally, echocardiographic examinations are performed by a sonographer and cardiologist who are located in the same medical facility as the patient. The goal of telemedicine is to allow medical specialists to examine patients located elsewhere, typically in remote or medically underserved geographic areas. For example, a small, rural clinic might have access to an echocardiograph machine but not a cardiologist. By connecting this clinic to a major metropolitan medical facility through a communications network, a minimally trained technician would be able to carry out the procedure under the supervision and guidance of a qualified cardiologist.

  1. Assessment of diastolic function by tissue Doppler echocardiography: comparison with standard transmitral and pulmonary venous flow

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    Farias, C. A.; Rodriguez, L.; Garcia, M. J.; Sun, J. P.; Klein, A. L.; Thomas, J. D.

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the utility of Doppler tissue echocardiography in the evaluation of diastolic filling and in discriminating between normal subjects and those with various stages of diastolic dysfunction. We measured myocardial velocities in 51 patients with various stages of diastolic dysfunction and in 27 normal volunteers. The discriminating power of each of the standard Doppler indexes of left ventricular filling, pulmonary venous flow, and myocardial velocities was determined with the use of Spearman rank correlation and analysis of variance F statistics. Early diastolic myocardial velocity (E(m)) was higher in normal subjects (16.0 +/- 3.8 cm/s) than in patients with either delayed relaxation (n = 15, 7.5 +/- 2.2 cm/s), pseudonormal filling (n = 26, 7.6 +/- 2.3 cm/s), or restrictive filling (n = 10, 7.4 +/- 2.4 cm/s, P <.0001). E(m ) was the best single discriminator between control subjects and patients with diastolic dysfunction (P =.7, F = 64.5). Myocardial velocities assessed by Doppler tissue echocardiography are useful in differentiating patients with normal from those with abnormal diastolic function. Myocardial velocity remains reduced even in those stages of diastolic dysfunction characterized by increased preload compensation.

  2. Show Me the Way

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    Dicks, Matthew J.

    2005-01-01

    Because today's students have grown up steeped in video games and the Internet, most of them expect feedback, and usually gratification, very soon after they expend effort on a task. Teachers can get quick feedback to students by showing them videotapes of their learning performances. The author, a 3rd grade teacher describes how the seemingly…

  3. Stage a Water Show

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    Frasier, Debra

    2008-01-01

    In the author's book titled "The Incredible Water Show," the characters from "Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster" used an ocean of information to stage an inventive performance about the water cycle. In this article, the author relates how she turned the story into hands-on science teaching for real-life fifth-grade students. The author also…

  4. Showing What They Know

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    Cech, Scott J.

    2008-01-01

    Having students show their skills in three dimensions, known as performance-based assessment, dates back at least to Socrates. Individual schools such as Barrington High School--located just outside of Providence--have been requiring students to actively demonstrate their knowledge for years. The Rhode Island's high school graduating class became…

  5. The Ozone Show.

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    Mathieu, Aaron

    2000-01-01

    Uses a talk show activity for a final assessment tool for students to debate about the ozone hole. Students are assessed on five areas: (1) cooperative learning; (2) the written component; (3) content; (4) self-evaluation; and (5) peer evaluation. (SAH)

  6. Mars Slide Show

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    15 September 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a landslide that occurred off of a steep slope in Tithonium Chasma, part of the vast Valles Marineris trough system.

    Location near: 4.8oS, 84.6oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Autumn

  7. Keeping Show Pigs Healthy 

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    Lawhorn, D. Bruce

    2006-10-13

    ? are approved antibiotics commonly used in rations. For more information on feed med- ication for specific diseases, check these Extension publications: Diarrheal Disease in Show Swine, L-5320; and Swine Pneumonia, L-5203. taking care dUring and after... requiring anesthesia, such as removal of a retained testicle (cryptorchidism), removal of an infected and enlarged urine pocket (preputial diverticulum removal), repair of scrotal or umbil- ical hernia, and removal of tumors. Before a sur- geon...

  8. Aortic Measurements in Patients with Aortopathy are Larger and More Reproducible by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Compared with Echocardiography.

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    Nejatian, Atosa; Yu, Johan; Geva, Tal; White, Matthew T; Prakash, Ashwin

    2015-12-01

    Accurate and reproducible aortic measurements are essential in aortopathy patients. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is commonly used but has several limitations. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) can offset these limitations but has not been directly compared with TTE. We compared the reproducibility of CMR and TTE measurements at multiple aortic levels. Patients with a connective tissue disorder (CTD) or bicommissural aortic valve (BAV) (n = 41; 22 CTD, 19 BAV; mean age 18.8 ± 8.9 years) with TTE and CMR imaging performed within 3 months of each other were randomly selected. Two blinded observers measured the aorta at multiple anatomic levels. Intra- and interobserver variability and agreement between techniques were assessed. Aortic root diameter measurements by TTE and CMR were equally reproducible (% error 4-10 %), but TTE measurements were systematically smaller by 5-7 % (p < 0.0001). Systematic differences were larger in BAV (11-12 %, p < 0.0001) due to root asymmetry. CMR measurements of aortic root cross-sectional area were feasible and highly reproducible (% error 5-8 %). Compared with CMR, ascending aorta measurements by TTE were less reproducible, especially in BAV (% error 21-24 vs. 6-7 %, p = 0.01). Distal aortic measurements by TTE were 14-29 % smaller and had poor reproducibility compared with CMR (% error 24-42 vs. 9-10 %; p < 0.0001). CMR measurement of the largest aortic root dimension is more reliable than TTE, especially when the root is asymmetric. Measurements of the thoracic aorta distal to the root by CMR are more accurate and reproducible than by TTE. These data support a role for CMR in aortopathy patients. PMID:26174757

  9. The Role of Echocardiography in the Differential Diagnosis Between Training Induced Myocardial Hypertrophy Versus Cardiomyopathy

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    Venckunas, Tomas; Mazutaitiene, Birute

    2007-01-01

    Increased myocardial mass due to regular high-volume intense exercise training (so-called athlete’s heart) is not uncommon. Although directly correlated with the extent of training loads, myocardial hypertrophy is not present exclusively in well-trained or elite athletes. Athlete’s heart is considered a physiological phenomenon with no known harmful consequences. However, extreme forms of myocardial hypertrophy due to endurance training resemble a structural heart disease such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition associated with substantially increased risk of cardiac event. Endurance sports such as rowing and road cycling, rather than strength/power training, are most commonly associated with left ventricular (LV) wall thickness compatible with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The differentiation between physiological and maladaptive cardiac hypertrophy in athletes is undoubtedly important, since untreated cardiac abnormality often possesses a real threat of premature death due to heart failure during intense physical exertion. Luckily, the distinction from pathological hypertrophy is usually straightforward using transthoracic echocardiography, as endurance athletes, in addition to moderately and proportionally thickened LV walls with normal acoustic density, tend to possess increased LV diameter. In more uncertain cases, a detailed evaluation of myocardial function using (tissue) Doppler and contrast echocardiography is effective. When a doubt still remains, knowledge of an athlete’s working capacity may be useful in evaluating whether the insidious cardiac pathology is absent. In such cases cardiopulmonary exercise testing typically resolves the dilemma: indices of aerobic capacity are markedly higher in healthy endurance athletes compared to patients. Other characteristics such as a decrease of LV mass due to training cessation are also discussed in the article. Key pointsTransthoracic echocardiography is still the most common relevant differentiation technique applied to distinguish athlete’s heart from the cardiomyopathy.Conventional echocardiographic criteria such as left ventricular chamber size and diastolic function parameters are to be regarded first when making differential diagnosis between substantially increased wall thickness in athlete’s heart (i.e. physiological adaptation) versus a disease (usually hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).When conventional echocardiographic parameters fail to diagnose the nature of myocardial hypertrophy, other differentiation criteria such as aerobic fitness, cardiac performance in response to physical exertion, and changes in echocardiographic parameters due to detraining, must be taken into consideration.Tissue Doppler, contrast and three-dimensional imaging are state-of-the-art echocardiographic techniques which have recently appeared in the differential diagnostics. PMID:24149325

  10. Public medical shows.

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    Walusinski, Olivier

    2014-01-01

    In the second half of the 19th century, Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893) became famous for the quality of his teaching and his innovative neurological discoveries, bringing many French and foreign students to Paris. A hunger for recognition, together with progressive and anticlerical ideals, led Charcot to invite writers, journalists, and politicians to his lessons, during which he presented the results of his work on hysteria. These events became public performances, for which physicians and patients were transformed into actors. Major newspapers ran accounts of these consultations, more like theatrical shows in some respects. The resultant enthusiasm prompted other physicians in Paris and throughout France to try and imitate them. We will compare the form and substance of Charcot's lessons with those given by Jules-Bernard Luys (1828-1897), Victor Dumontpallier (1826-1899), Ambroise-Auguste Liébault (1823-1904), Hippolyte Bernheim (1840-1919), Joseph Grasset (1849-1918), and Albert Pitres (1848-1928). We will also note their impact on contemporary cinema and theatre. PMID:25273491

  11. Btu accounting: Showing results

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    Nelson, K.E.

    1994-10-01

    In the preceding article in this series last month, the author showed how to calculate the energy consumed to make a pound of product. To realize a payoff, however, the results must be presented in graphs or tables that clearly display what has happened. They must call attention to plant performance and ultimately lead to more efficient use of energy. Energy-consumption reporting is particularly valuable when viewed over a period of time. The author recommend compiling data annually and maintaining a ten-year performance history. Four cases are considered: individual plant performance; site performance for sites having more than one plant; company performance, for companies having more than one site; and performance based on product, for identical or similar products made at different plants or sites. Of these, individual plant performance is inherently the most useful. It also serves as the best basis for site, company and product performance reports. A key element in energy accounting is the relating of all energy consumption to a common basis. As developed last month in Part 1 in this series, the author chose Btu[sub meth] (i.e., Btu of methane equivalent, expressed as its higher heating value) for this purpose. It represents the amount of methane that would be needed to replace (in the case of fuels) or generate (in the case of steam and power) the energy being used.

  12. Initial clinical experience of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography in patients with ischemic and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Shiota, T.; McCarthy, P. M.; White, R. D.; Qin, J. X.; Greenberg, N. L.; Flamm, S. D.; Wong, J.; Thomas, J. D.

    1999-01-01

    The geometry of the left ventricle in patients with cardiomyopathy is often sub-optimal for 2-dimensional ultrasound when assessing left ventricular (LV) function and localized abnormalities such as a ventricular aneurysm. The aim of this study was to report the initial experience of real-time 3-D echocardiography for evaluating patients with cardiomyopathy. A total of 34 patients were evaluated with the real-time 3D method in the operating room (n = 15) and in the echocardiographic laboratory (n = 19). Thirteen of 28 patients with cardiomyopathy and 6 other subjects with normal LV function were evaluated by both real-time 3-D echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for obtaining LV volumes and ejection fractions for comparison. There were close relations and agreements for LV volumes (r = 0.98, p <0.0001, mean difference = -15 +/- 81 ml) and ejection fractions (r = 0.97, p <0.0001, mean difference = 0.001 +/- 0.04) between the real-time 3D method and MRI when 3 cardiomyopathy cases with marked LV dilatation (LV end-diastolic volume >450 ml by MRI) were excluded. In these 3 patients, 3D echocardiography significantly underestimated the LV volumes due to difficulties with imaging the entire LV in a 60 degrees x 60 degrees pyramidal volume. The new real-time 3D echocardiography is feasible in patients with cardiomyopathy and may provide a faster and lower cost alternative to MRI for evaluating cardiac function in patients.

  13. Abstract--A new left ventricle segmentation method in two-dimensional echocardiography images is proposed. Image

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    Carvalho, João Luiz

    commonly used in the assessment of cardiac diseases. Semi-automatic left ventricle segmentation using bidimensional echocardiography images may be used to extract parameters related to cardiac function. Different's border extraction, based on the nature of heart's movement during a cardiac cycle. In this work, we

  14. Validation of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography for quantifying left ventricular volumes in the presence of a left ventricular aneurysm: in vitro and in vivo studies

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    Qin, J. X.; Jones, M.; Shiota, T.; Greenberg, N. L.; Tsujino, H.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Gupta, P. C.; Zetts, A. D.; Xu, Y.; Ping Sun, J.; Cardon, L. A.; Odabashian, J. A.; Flamm, S. D.; White, R. D.; Panza, J. A.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To validate the accuracy of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) for quantifying aneurysmal left ventricular (LV) volumes. BACKGROUND: Conventional two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) has limitations when applied for quantification of LV volumes in patients with LV aneurysms. METHODS: Seven aneurysmal balloons, 15 sheep (5 with chronic LV aneurysms and 10 without LV aneurysms) during 60 different hemodynamic conditions and 29 patients (13 with chronic LV aneurysms and 16 with normal LV) underwent RT3DE and 2DE. Electromagnetic flow meters and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) served as reference standards in the animals and in the patients, respectively. Rotated apical six-plane method with multiplanar Simpson's rule and apical biplane Simpson's rule were used to determine LV volumes by RT3DE and 2DE, respectively. RESULTS: Both RT3DE and 2DE correlated well with actual volumes for aneurysmal balloons. However, a significantly smaller mean difference (MD) was found between RT3DE and actual volumes (-7 ml for RT3DE vs. 22 ml for 2DE, p = 0.0002). Excellent correlation and agreement between RT3DE and electromagnetic flow meters for LV stroke volumes for animals with aneurysms were observed, while 2DE showed lesser correlation and agreement (r = 0.97, MD = -1.0 ml vs. r = 0.76, MD = 4.4 ml). In patients with LV aneurysms, better correlation and agreement between RT3DE and MRI for LV volumes were obtained (r = 0.99, MD = -28 ml) than between 2DE and MRI (r = 0.91, MD = -49 ml). CONCLUSIONS: For geometrically asymmetric LVs associated with ventricular aneurysms, RT3DE can accurately quantify LV volumes.

  15. Radionuclide ventriculography and two dimensional echocardiography as predictors of left ventricular performance during aortic vascular surgery.

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    O'Toole, D P; Quill, D; Peyton, M; Barton, J; Bouchier-Hayes, D; Cunningham, A J

    1988-10-01

    Sixteen consecutive patients scheduled for elective aortic vascular surgery underwent preoperative LVEF determination employing two dimensional echocardiography (2DE) and radionuclide ventriculography (RNV). Measured and derived indices of cardiac function were recorded before and after induction of anaesthesia, aortic cross-clamping and aortic unclamping. Induction of anaesthesia was associated with significant decreases in mean arterial pressure (MAP), pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), cardiac index (CI) and with a highly significant decrease in left ventricular stroke work index (LVSWI). Aortic cross-clamping was associated with significant increases in MAP and systemic vascular resistance (SVR) whereas aortic unclamping was associated with a significant decrease in SVR. Preoperative LVEF, as measured by RNV and 2DE, were similar. Resting ejection fractions correlated poorly with both preoperative cardiac indices and with changes in indices of left ventricular performance seen intraoperatively. Preoperative ejection fraction determination did not predict intraoperative left ventricular performance. Preoperative exercise scanning may prove more informative. PMID:3234553

  16. A proposed method to visualize the ductus arteriosus on transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Gogia, Raviraj; Kumar, Bhupesh; Jayant, Aveek

    2014-01-01

    The ductus arteriosus occupies a uniquely privileged position in the management of heart disease; it initiated not only the surgical management of congenital lesions but also the percutaneous management of this subset. During trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) the ductus is often visualized using 'high' parasternal (or the 'ductal' view) or suprasternal windows. It is generally agreed that imaging ductus during transesophageal echo (TEE) can be sub-optimal. During TEE imaging, visualization of the ductus arteriosus is obscured by the acoustic impedance offered by the left main bronchus; adjunct techniques such as insertion of a saline filled balloon in this airway have been used. We describe a simple maneuver that allows visualization of the patent ductus arteriosus during TEE imaging without the use of any adjuncts. PMID:25281628

  17. Automated Assessment of Right Ventricular Volumes and Function Using Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Nillesen, Maartje M; van Dijk, Arie P J; Duijnhouwer, Anthonie L; Thijssen, Johan M; de Korte, Chris L

    2016-02-01

    Assessment of right ventricular (RV) function is known to be of diagnostic value in patients with RV dysfunction. Because of its complex anatomic shape, automated determination of the RV volume is difficult and strong reliance on geometric assumptions is not desired. A method for automated RV assessment was developed using three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography without relying on a priori knowledge of the cardiac anatomy. A 3-D adaptive filtering technique that optimizes the discrimination between blood and myocardium was applied to facilitate endocardial border detection. Filtered image data were incorporated in a segmentation model to automatically detect the endocardial RV border. End-systolic and end-diastolic RV volumes, as well as ejection fraction, were computed from the automatically segmented endocardial surfaces and compared against reference volumes manually delineated by two expert cardiologists. The results reported good performance in terms of correlation and agreement with the results from the reference volumes. PMID:26633596

  18. Guidelines for transoesophageal echocardiographic probe cleaning and disinfection from the British Society of Echocardiography.

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    Kanagala, P; Bradley, C; Hoffman, P; Steeds, R P

    2011-10-01

    The clinical utility of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is well established. Being a semi-invasive procedure, however, the potential for transmission of infection between sequential patients exists. This has implications for the protection of both patients and medical staff. Guidelines for disinfection during gastrointestinal endoscopy (GIE) have been in place for many years.(1,2) Unfortunately, similar guidance is lacking with respect to TOE. Although traversing the same body cavities and sharing many similarities with upper GIE, there are fundamental structural and procedural differences with TOE which merit special consideration in establishing a decontamination protocol. This document provides recommendations for TOE probe decontamination based on the available evidence, expert opinion, and modification of the current British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines. PMID:21998464

  19. A novel mathematical technique to assess of the mitral valve dynamics based on echocardiography

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    Karvandi, Mersedeh; Hassantash, Seyed Ahmad; Foroughi, Mahnoosh

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: The mechanics of the mitral valve leaflet as a nonlinear, inelastic and anisotropic soft tissue results from an integrated response of many mathematical/physical indexes' that illustrate the tissue. In the past decade, finite element modeling of complete heart valves has greatly aided evaluation of heart valve surgery, design of bioprosthetic valve replacements, and general understanding of healthy and abnormal cardiac function. Such a model must be based on an accurate description of the mechanical behavior of the valve material. It is essential to calculate velocity/displacement and strain rate/strain at a component level that is to work at the cellular level. In this study we developed the first three-dimensional displacement vectors field in the characterization of mitral valve leaflets in continuum equations of inelasticity framework based on echocardiography. Method: Much of our knowledge of abnormal mitral valve function is based on surgical and post-mortem studies while these studies are quan...

  20. A 10-Fr ultrasound catheter with integrated micromotor for 4-D intracardiac echocardiography.

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    Lee, Warren; Griffin, Weston; Wildes, Douglas; Buckley, Donald; Topka, Terry; Chodakauskas, Thaddeus; Langer, Mark; Calisti, Serge; Bergstøl, Svein; Malacrida, Jean-Pierre; Lanteri, Frédéric; Maffre, Jennifer; McDaniel, Ben; Shivkumar, Kalyanam; Cummings, Jennifer; Callans, David; Silvestry, Frank; Packer, Douglas

    2011-07-01

    We developed prototype real-time 3-D intracardiac echocardiography catheters with integrated micromotors, allowing internal oscillation of a low-profile 64-element, 6.2-MHz phased-array transducer in the elevation direction. Components were designed to facilitate rotation of the array, including a low-torque flexible transducer interconnect and miniature fixtures for the transducer and micromotor. The catheter tip prototypes were integrated with two-way deflectable 10-Fr catheters and used in in vivo animal testing at multiple facilities. The 4-D ICE catheters were capable of imaging a 90° azimuth by up to 180° elevation field of view. Volume rates ranged from 1 vol/sec (180° elevation) to approximately 10 vol/sec (60° elevation). We successfully imaged electrophysiology catheters, atrial septal puncture procedures, and detailed cardiac anatomy. The elevation oscillation enabled 3-D visualization of devices and anatomy, providing new clinical information and perspective not possible with current 2-D imaging catheters. PMID:21768032

  1. Regional left atrial function differentiation in patients with constrictive pericarditis and restrictive cardiomyopathy: a study using speckle tracking echocardiography.

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    Liu, Shuang; Ma, Chunyan; Ren, Weidong; Zhang, Jing; Li, Nan; Yang, Jun; Zhang, Yan; Qiao, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Left atrial (LA) function plays an important role in the maintenance of cardiac output. However, whether assessment of regional LA myocardial dysfunction is useful for differentiating between CP and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) remains unclear. Thirty-five patients with CP, 30 patients with RCM, and 30 healthy volunteers (controls) were enrolled in this study. The LA maximum volume (Vmax), LA minimal volume (Vmin), and LA volume before atrial contraction (Vpre-a) were measured using the biplane modified Simpson's rule. All patients underwent two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). The peak systolic strain rate (SrS), early diastolic strain rate (SrE), and late diastolic strain rate (SrA) of the LA septum, LA lateral wall and superior walls were measured. The LA diastolic and systolic function was found to be reduced in patients with CP and RCM. The SrE in the LA superior wall and lateral wall were significantly decreased in patients with CP and RCM compared with controls (P < 0.001). The SrE of the LA septum in patients with CP was preserved compared to normal controls. Althouth the LA septal SrE in patients with CP was significantly reduced (P < 0.001). For the diagnosis of RCM, a cutoff value 1.40 for SrE of the LA septum showed a sensitivity of 94.7 % and a specificity of 89.7 %. The SrE in the LA superior wall and lateral wall were decreased while the LA septal SrE was preserved in patients with CP, indicating that the rigid pericardium might restrict myocardial motion and deformation in the lateral wall. The measurement of STE to determine the LA septal SrE can be helpful for differentiating between CP and RCM. PMID:26245471

  2. Speckle-tracking strain echocardiography for detecting cardiac dyssynchrony in a canine model of dyssynchrony and heart failure.

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    Arita, Takeshi; Sorescu, George P; Schuler, Brian T; Schmarkey, Laura S; Merlino, John D; Vinten-Johansen, Jakob; Leon, Angel R; Martin, Randolph P; Sorescu, Dan

    2007-07-01

    Multiple echocardiographic criteria have been proposed to diagnose mechanical dyssynchrony in patients with heart failure without being validated against a model of cardiac dyssynchrony with heart failure. This study examines which of these methods can detect dyssynchrony in a canine model. Adult mongrel dogs underwent His-bundle ablation and right-ventricular pacing for 4 wk at either 110 bpm to induce dyssynchrony without heart failure (D group, n = 12) or 170 bpm to induce dyssynchrony with heart failure (DHF group, n = 9). To induce heart failure with narrow QRS, atria were paced at 190 bpm for 4 wk (HF group, n = 8). Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and two-dimensional echocardiography were performed at baseline and at end of study. Standard deviation of time to peak systolic velocity (color-coded TDI), time to peak S wave on pulse-wave TDI, time to peak radial and circumferential strain by speckle-tracking analysis (E(rr) and E(cc), respectively), and septal-to-posterior wall motion delay on M mode were obtained. In D group, only E(rr) and E(cc) were increased by dyssynchrony. In contrast, all the echocardiographic parameters of dyssynchrony appeared significantly augmented in the DHF group. Receiver-operator curve analysis showed good sensitivity of E(rr) (90%) and E(cc) (100%) to detected dyssynchrony without heart failure and excellent sensitivity and specificity of E(rr) and E(cc) to detect dyssynchrony with heart failure. Radial strain by speckle tracking is more accurate than TDI velocity to detect cardiac dyssynchrony in a canine model of dyssynchrony with or without heart failure. PMID:17449554

  3. Increasing Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Flux as a Treatment for Diabetic Cardiomyopathy: A Combined 13C Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance and Echocardiography Study

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    Le Page, Lydia M.; Rider, Oliver J.; Lewis, Andrew J.; Ball, Vicky; Clarke, Kieran; Johansson, Edvin; Carr, Carolyn A.; Heather, Lisa C.; Tyler, Damian J.

    2015-01-01

    Although diabetic cardiomyopathy is widely recognised, there are no specific treatments available. Altered myocardial substrate selection has emerged as a candidate mechanism behind the development of cardiac dysfunction in diabetes. As pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) activity appears central to the balance of substrate utilisation, we aimed to investigate the relationship between PDH flux and myocardial function in a rodent model of type-II diabetes and to explore whether or not increasing PDH flux, with dichloroacetate, would restore the balance of substrate utilisation and improve cardiac function. All animals underwent in vivo hyperpolarized [1-13C]pyruvate magnetic resonance spectroscopy and echocardiography to assess cardiac PDH flux and function respectively. Diabetic animals showed significantly higher blood glucose (10.8±0.7mM vs 8.4±0.5mM), lower PDH flux (0.005±0.001s?1 vs 0.017±0.002s?1) and significantly impaired diastolic function (E/E’ 12.2±0.8 vs 20±2) in keeping with early diabetic cardiomyopathy. Twenty-eight days treatment with dichloroacetate restored PDH flux to normal levels (0.018±0.002s?1), reversed diastolic dysfunction (E/E’ 14±1) and normalized blood glucose (7.5±0.7mM). Treatment of diabetes with dichloroacetate therefore restored the balance of myocardial substrate selection, reversed diastolic dysfunction and normalised blood glucose levels. This suggests that PDH modulation could be a novel therapy for the treatment and/or prevention of diabetic cardiomyopathy. PMID:25795215

  4. Effect of scanline orientation on ventricular flow propagation: assessment using high frame-rate color Doppler echocardiography

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    Greenberg, N. L.; Castro, P. L.; Drinko, J.; Garcia, M. J.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    Color M-mode echocardiography has recently been utilized to describe diastolic flow propagation velocity (Vp) in the left ventricle. While increasing temporal resolution from 15 to 200 Hz, this M-mode technique requires the user to select a single scanline, potentially limiting quantification of Vp due to the complex three-dimensional inflow pattern. We previously performed computational fluid dynamics simulations to demonstrate the insignificance of the scanline orientation, however geometric complexity was limited. The purpose of this study was to utilize high frame-rate 2D color Doppler images to investigate the importance of scanline selection in patients for the quantification of Vp. 2D color Doppler images were digitally acquired at 50 frames/s in 6 subjects from the apical 4-chamber window (System 5, GE/Vingmed, Milwaukee, WI). Vp was determined for a set of scanlines positioned through 5 locations across the mitral annulus (from the anterior to posterior mitral annulus). An analysis of variance was performed to examine the differences in Vp as a function of scanline position. Vp was not effected by scanline position in sampled locations from the center of the mitral valve towards the posterior annulus. Although not statistically significant, there was a trend to slower propagation velocities on the anterior side of the valve (60.8 +/- 16.7 vs. 54.4 +/- 13.6 cm/s). This study clinically validates our previous numerical experiment showing that Vp is insensitive to small perturbations of the scanline through the mitral valve. However, further investigation is necessary to examine the impact of ventricular geometry in pathologies including dilated cardiomyopathy.

  5. Comparison of echocardiography and device based algorithm for atrio-ventricular delay optimization in heart block patients

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    Vijayvergiya, Rajesh; Gupta, Ankur

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To compare the atrio-ventricular (AV/PV) delay optimization by echocardiography and intra-cardiac electrocardiogram (IEGM) based QuickOpt algorithm in complete heart block (CHB) patients, implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 20 patients (age 59.45 ± 18.1 years; male: 65%) with CHB, who were implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker. The left ventricular outflow tract velocity time-integral was measured after AV/PV delay optimization by both echocardiography and QuickOpt algorithm method. Bland-Altman analysis was used for agreement between the two techniques. RESULTS: The optimal AV and PV delay determined by echocardiography was 155.5 ± 14.68 ms and 122.5 ± 17.73 ms (P < 0.0001), respectively and by QuickOpt method was 167.5 ± 16.73 and 117.5 ms ± 9.10 ms (P < 0.0001), respectively. A good agreement was observed between optimal AV and PV delay as measured by two methods. However, the correlation of the optimal AV (r = 0.0689, P = 0.77) and PV (r = 0.2689, P = 0.25) intervals measured by the two techniques was poor. The time required for AV/PV optimization was 45.26 ± 1.73 min by echocardiography and 0.44 ± 0.08 min by QuickOpt method (P < 0.0001). CONCLUSION: The programmer based IEGM method is an automated, quick, easier and reliable alternative to echocardiography for the optimization of AV/PV delay in CHB patients, implanted with a dual chamber pacemaker. PMID:26635928

  6. Prognostic value of real time dobutamine stress myocardial contrast echocardiography in patients with chest pain syndrome

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    Hong, Geu-Ru; Park, Jong-Seon; Lee, Sang-Hee; Shin, Dong-Gu; Kim, Ung; Choi, Jung Hyun; Abdelmalik, Robin; Vera, Jesús A.; Kim, Jin-Kyung; Narula, Jagat

    2015-01-01

    The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate the prognostic value of negative wall motion (WM) and myocardial perfusion during contrast-dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE), (2) to determine whether WM-myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) had incremental prognostic value over just WM during DSE in patients with chest pain in the emergency room(ER), and (3) to compare the prognostic value of negative DSE-WM, and DSE-WM-MCE to nuclear-myocardial perfusion imaging (N-MPI) in a similar patient population over the same time period. We retrospectively studied 569 patients with real time contrast DSE, and 147 patients underwent N-MPI for evaluation of chest pain. Follow-up for cardiac events was obtained between 12 and 25 months. The cumulative cardiac event-free survival was 94.5% in negative DSE-WM, 97.1% in negative DSE-WM-MCE and 96.7% in negative N-MPI group. Cardiac event-free survival of the negative DSE-WM-MCE group was significantly higher than the DSE-WM group (log rank P < 0.01), and similar in the DSE-WM-MCE group compared to the N-MPI group. Combined WM and perfusion during DSE was the strongest independent predictor for cardiac events. The negative predictive power of DSE-WM-MCE is superior to that of just negative DSE-WM and is comparable to that of N-MPI. Myocardial perfusion and WM analysis during DSE provide independent information for predicting cardiac events in patients with chest pain syndrome in the ER. PMID:22143170

  7. Assessment of aortic and mitral annuli dynamics during the cardiac cycle using speckle tracking echocardiography

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    Bai, Wenjuan; Li, Hui; Tang, Hong; Zhang, Qing; Zhu, Ye

    2014-01-01

    The aims of this study were i) to evaluate mitral and aortic annuli excursion, and aortomitral angle (AMA) during the cardiac cycle in healthy adults using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, ii) to assess two annuli dynamics and coupling behaviors as an integral, and iii) to detect the relation between two annuli and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). A total of 74 healthy adults underwent transthoracic echocardiography. In the parasternal long-axis view, a number of points were extracted, including right coronary aortic annular, aortomitral fibrous junction, and posterior mitral annular points. The annuli excursion and AMA were measured using a speckle tracking-derived software during the cardiac cycle. During the isovolumic contraction and the isovolumic relaxation phase, annuli excursion and AMA remain stable for a short time. During the systole, annuli excursion increased sharply to the maximum, while AMA narrowed quickly to the minimum value. During the diastole, there are three patterns of decrease in annuli excursion and AMA expansion in different phases. The annuli excursion of three points correlates well with the LVEF (right coronary aortic annulus excursion, r=0.71, P<0.05; non-coronary aortic annulus excursion, r=0.70, P<0.05; posterior mitral annulus excursion, r=0.82, P<0.05). Moreover, there are positive correlations between annuli excursion and the variation of AMA (r=0.60, P<0.05). The annuli excursion and AMA have various regular patterns in healthy adults. The interactions of mitral and aortic annuli correlate with the left ventricular function. Our findings may have relevance to the evaluation of left ventricular function and presurgical planning of patients with valvular diseases.

  8. The Value of Assessing Myocardial Deformation at Recovery after Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography

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    Hwang, Hui-Jeong; Lee, Hyae-Min; Yang, In-Ho; Lee, Jung Lok; Pak, Hyun Young; Park, Chang-Bum; Jin, Eun-Sun; Cho, Jin-Man; Kim, Chong-Jin

    2014-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether performing an assessment of myocardial deformation using speckle tracking imaging during the recovery period after dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) allows detection of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with chest discomfort. Methods DSE and coronary angiography were performed in 44 patients with chest discomfort. The mean global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLS) was measured at rest, at low stress (dobutamine infusion rate of 10 µg/kg/min) and at recovery (5 min after cessation of dobutamine infusion) of DSE using automated function imaging with apical views. Fractional flow reserve (FFR) was also performed in patients with intermediate coronary stenosis. CAD was defined as having a ? 70% diameter stenosis on coronary angiography or as having a FFR < 0.8. Patients were divided two groups based on the absence or presence of CAD [CAD (-) group vs. CAD (+) group]. Results There were no significant differences in the clinical characteristics and results of conventional echocardiography between the two groups. GLS at recovery was lower in the CAD (+) group than in the CAD (-) group (-18.0 ± 3.4% vs. -21.0 ± 1.9%, p = 0.003). The optimal cutoff of GLS at recovery for detection of CAD was -19% (sensitivity of 70.6%, specificity of 83.3%). Conclusion Assessment of GLS at recovery of DSE is a reliable and objective method for detection of CAD. This finding may suggest that systolic myocardial stunning remains even after recovery of wall motion abnormalities in patients with CAD. PMID:25309689

  9. Pulmonary Haemodynamics in Sickle Cell Disease Are Driven Predominantly by a High-Output State Rather Than Elevated Pulmonary Vascular Resistance: A Prospective 3-Dimensional Echocardiography/Doppler Study

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    Mushemi-Blake, Sitali; Melikian, Narbeh; Drasar, Emma; Bhan, Amit; Lunt, Alan; Desai, Sujal R.; Greenough, Anne; Monaghan, Mark J.; Thein, Swee Lay; Shah, Ajay M.

    2015-01-01

    Aims Patients with sickle cell disease have significant morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary hypertension is suggested to be an important contributor but its nature and severity in these patients and how best to non-invasively assess it are controversial. We hypothesised that a high-output state rather than primary pulmonary vascular pathology may be the major abnormality in sickle cell disease. This study aimed to evaluate the characteristics and severity of pulmonary hypertension in patients with sickle cell disease using detailed echocardiography. Methods and Results We undertook a prospective study in 122 consecutive stable outpatients with sickle cell disease and 30 age, gender and ethnicity-matched healthy controls. Echocardiographic evaluation included 3D ventricular volumes, sphericity, tissue Doppler, and non-invasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance. 36% of patients had a tricuspid regurgitant velocity ?2.5 m.s-1 but only 2% had elevated pulmonary vascular resistance and the prevalence of right ventricular dysfunction was very low. Patients with raised tricuspid regurgitant velocity had significantly elevated biventricular volumes and globular left ventricular remodelling, related primarily to anaemia. In a subgroup of patients who underwent cardiac catheterization, invasive pulmonary haemodynamics confirmed the echocardiographic findings. Conclusions Elevated cardiac output and left ventricular volume overload secondary to chronic anaemia may be the dominant factor responsible for abnormal cardiopulmonary haemodynamics in patients with sickle cell disease. 3D echocardiography with non-invasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance represents a valuable approach for initial evaluation of cardiopulmonary haemodynamics in sickle cell disease. PMID:26270484

  10. Feasibility of 3D4D echocardiography for the detection of colour-coded flow in the left anterior descending artery

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    Pfeiffer, Dietrich; Hagendorff, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of the visualisation of 3D4D coronary flow in detectable segments of coronary arteries. Regarding the feasibility of this new approach, the hypothesis was proposed that the flow signals of the course of detectable coronary arteries can be better visualised by 3D4D echocardiography than by the conventional 2D approach. A total of 30 consecutive patients with sinus rhythm, in whom the distal left anterior descending artery (LAD) was visualised by 2D colour-coded Doppler echocardiography, were selected for 3D4D scanning procedures. All measurements were performed using a Vivid 7 or E9. All segments visualised by 2D colour-coded Doppler echocardiography were also examined by 3D4D echocardiography. Using defined settings, the width of the colour-coded flow signal differs significantly between 2D- and 3D4D echocardiography. The length of larger segments of the visualised colour-coded flow signal of the coronary flow could be better detected with 2D imaging. Small segments of coronary artery flow (<11?mm), however, could be significantly better visualised by 3D4D echocardiography. The main advantage of 3D4D echocardiography of the coronary artery flow is the visualisation of the proportions of vessels with complex morphology. 3D4D echocardiography of LAD flow by colour-coded Doppler echocardiography raises new possibilities for the direct flow visualisation of the detectable segments of coronaries. With its sufficiently high spatial and temporal resolution, this new method has the potential to be implemented in clinical scenarios. The possible application to the quantification of stenoses by the flow visualisation has to be evaluated in further studies.

  11. Shows 

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    Langley

    2009-01-01

    The present work examines the construction of race on reality television through the use of an exemplar in this genre, MTV's The Real World. By the sheer fact of its popularity and ubiquity, as The Real World is nearly two ...

  12. Definitions for a common standard for 2D speckle tracking echocardiography: consensus document of the EACVI/ASE/Industry Task Force to standardize deformation imaging.

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    Voigt, Jens-Uwe; Pedrizzetti, Gianni; Lysyansky, Peter; Marwick, Tom H; Houle, Hélène; Baumann, Rolf; Pedri, Stefano; Ito, Yasuhiro; Abe, Yasuhiko; Metz, Stephen; Song, Joo Hyun; Hamilton, Jamie; Sengupta, Partho P; Kolias, Theodore J; d'Hooge, Jan; Aurigemma, Gerard P; Thomas, James D; Badano, Luigi Paolo

    2015-02-01

    Recognizing the critical need for standardization in strain imaging, in 2010, the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) invited technical representatives from all interested vendors to participate in a concerted effort to reduce intervendor variability of strain measurement. As an initial product of the work of the EACVI/ASE/Industry initiative to standardize deformation imaging, we prepared this technical document which is intended to provide definitions, names, abbreviations, formulas, and procedures for calculation of physical quantities derived from speckle tracking echocardiography and thus create a common standard. PMID:25623220

  13. Definitions for a common standard for 2D speckle tracking echocardiography: consensus document of the EACVI/ASE/Industry Task Force to standardize deformation imaging.

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    Voigt, Jens-Uwe; Pedrizzetti, Gianni; Lysyansky, Peter; Marwick, Tom H; Houle, Helen; Baumann, Rolf; Pedri, Stefano; Ito, Yasuhiro; Abe, Yasuhiko; Metz, Stephen; Song, Joo Hyun; Hamilton, Jamie; Sengupta, Partho P; Kolias, Theodore J; d'Hooge, Jan; Aurigemma, Gerard P; Thomas, James D; Badano, Luigi Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Recognizing the critical need for standardization in strain imaging, in 2010, the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) invited technical representatives from all interested vendors to participate in a concerted effort to reduce intervendor variability of strain measurement. As an initial product of the work of the EACVI/ASE/Industry initiative to standardize deformation imaging, we prepared this technical document which is intended to provide definitions, names, abbreviations, formulas, and procedures for calculation of physical quantities derived from speckle tracking echocardiography and thus create a common standard. PMID:25525063

  14. Comparison of Radiological Findings of Chest X-Ray With Echocardiography in Determination of the Heart Size

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    Biharas Monfared, Ali; Agha Farajollah, Shahnaz; Sabour, Fahimeh; Farzanegan, Roya; Taghdisi, Shahram

    2015-01-01

    Background: Heart size is an important and effective parameter in chest X-ray (CXR) interpretation. Studies indicate that, especially in middle-aged men, increased cardiothoracic ratio (CTR) is associated with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and increased rate of morbidity and mortality. The CXR is the most common imaging examination of the heart. Objectives: A good quality posterior-anterior (PA) chest radiograph is an important indicator of the cardiac size. Nowadays, CXR has given its place to more advanced approaches such as two-dimensional echocardiography. However, CXR is still more accessible and feasible for most of the physicians. This study was designed to compare the findings of CXR and echocardiography in determination of the heart size. Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out from 2006 to 2007. A total of 197 patients entered the study. The cases had been undergone PA CXR and 2-D echocardiography maximum within two days. Results: Of participants, 24.9% had cardiomegaly according to the findings of CXR and 50.8% based on echocardiography. There was a statistically significant difference between the mean size of Right Ventricular End Diastolic Diameter in the patients with cardiothoracic ratio < 50% and ? 50% (P = 0.002) as well as Left Ventricular End Diastolic Diameter (P = 0.023). Also, a statistically significant difference was seen between echocardiography and CXR findings with regard to determination of the heart size (P = 0.003). Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that sensitivity and specificity of CXR findings in the diagnosis of cardiomegaly were 34%, and 84.5%, respectively. Conclusions: CTR is the most common method of describing the heart size. Increased CTR in CXR is associated with poor prognosis, which is suggestive of importance and necessity of early diagnosis. Although CXR may not have the same diagnostic accuracy as echocardiography, its easy accessibility and high specificity in diagnosis of cardiomegaly is very helpful, which can play an important and a cost-benefit role, particularly in screening the enlarged heart size. Moreover, according to the statistics released by Medical Council of Iran, most of Iranian physicians are general practitioners and a few of them are cardiologist. PMID:25763274

  15. Virtual reality 3D echocardiography in the assessment of tricuspid valve function after surgical closure of ventricular septal defect

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    Bol Raap, Goris; Koning, Anton HJ; Scohy, Thierry V; ten Harkel, A Derk-Jan; Meijboom, Folkert J; Kappetein, A Pieter; van der Spek, Peter J; Bogers, Ad JJC

    2007-01-01

    Background This study was done to investigate the potential additional role of virtual reality, using three-dimensional (3D) echocardiographic holograms, in the postoperative assessment of tricuspid valve function after surgical closure of ventricular septal defect (VSD). Methods 12 data sets from intraoperative epicardial echocardiographic studies in 5 operations (patient age at operation 3 weeks to 4 years and bodyweight at operation 3.8 to 17.2 kg) after surgical closure of VSD were included in the study. The data sets were analysed as two-dimensional (2D) images on the screen of the ultrasound system as well as holograms in an I-space virtual reality (VR) system. The 2D images were assessed for tricuspid valve function. In the I-Space, a 6 degrees-of-freedom controller was used to create the necessary projectory positions and cutting planes in the hologram. The holograms were used for additional assessment of tricuspid valve leaflet mobility. Results All data sets could be used for 2D as well as holographic analysis. In all data sets the area of interest could be identified. The 2D analysis showed no tricuspid valve stenosis or regurgitation. Leaflet mobility was considered normal. In the virtual reality of the I-Space, all data sets allowed to assess the tricuspid leaflet level in a single holographic representation. In 3 holograms the septal leaflet showed restricted mobility that was not appreciated in the 2D echocardiogram. In 4 data sets the posterior leaflet and the tricuspid papillary apparatus were not completely included. Conclusion This report shows that dynamic holographic imaging of intraoperative postoperative echocardiographic data regarding tricuspid valve function after VSD closure is feasible. Holographic analysis allows for additional tricuspid valve leaflet mobility analysis. The large size of the probe, in relation to small size of the patient, may preclude a complete data set. At the moment the requirement of an I-Space VR system limits the applicability in virtual reality 3D echocardiography in clinical practice. PMID:17306019

  16. Normal and shear strains of the left ventricle in healthy human subjects measured by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography

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    2014-01-01

    Background Animal studies have shown that shear deformation of myocardial sheets in transmural planes of left ventricular (LV) wall is an important mechanism for systolic wall thickening, and normal and shear strains of the LV free wall differ from those of the interventricular septum (IVS). We sought to test whether these also hold for human hearts. Methods Thirty healthy volunteers (male 23 and female 7, aged 34?±?6 years) from Outpatient Department of the University of Tokyo Hospital were included. Echocardiographic images were obtained in the left decubitus position using a commercially available system (Aloka SSD-6500, Japan) equipped with a 3.5-MHz transducer. The ECG was recorded simultaneously. The peak systolic radial normal strain (length change), shear strain (angle change) and time to peak systolic radial normal strain were obtained non-invasively by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography. Results The peak systolic radial normal strain in both IVS and LV posterior wall (LVPW) showed a trend to increase progressively from the apical level to the basal level, especially at short axis views, and the peak systolic radial normal strain of LVPW was significantly greater than that of IVS at all three levels. The time to peak systolic radial normal strain was the shortest at the basal IVS, and increased progressively from the base to the apical IVS. It gradually increased from the apical to the basal LVPW in sequence, especially at short axis views. The peak of radial normal strain of LVPW occurred much later than the peak of IVS at all three levels. For IVS, the shear deformation was clockwise at basal level, and counterclockwise at mid and apical levels in LV long-axis view. For LVPW, the shear deformations were all counterclockwise in LV long-axis view and increased slightly from base to the apex. LVPW showed larger shear strains than IVS at all three levels. Bland-Altman analysis shows very good agreement between measurements taken by the same observer and by two independent observers. Conclusion “Myocardial sheets” theory also holds true for intact human LV. Moreover, dyssynchrony exists even in healthy human subjects, which should be considered when evaluating the diseased hearts. PMID:24517641

  17. Determination of left ventricular volume, ejection fraction, and myocardial mass by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography

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    Qin, J. X.; Shiota, T.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    Reconstructed three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography is an accurate and reproducible method of assessing left ventricular (LV) functions. However, it has limitations for clinical study due to the requirement of complex computer and echocardiographic analysis systems, electrocardiographic/respiratory gating, and prolonged imaging times. Real-time 3-D echocardiography has a major advantage of conveniently visualizing the entire cardiac anatomy in three dimensions and of potentially accurately quantifying LV volumes, ejection fractions, and myocardial mass in patients even in the presence of an LV aneurysm. Although the image quality of the current real-time 3-D echocardiographic methods is not optimal, its widespread clinical application is possible because of the convenient and fast image acquisition. We review real-time 3-D echocardiographic image acquisition and quantitative analysis for the evaluation of LV function and LV mass.

  18. [Evaluation of the size of the left-right shunt using pulse Doppler echocardiography in children--personal experience].

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    Kokos, Z; Fabeci?-Sabadi, V; Lukanovi?, T; Marki?evi?-Ruzici?, K

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to verify the value of a two-dimensional pulsed Doppler echocardiographic method for measurement of pulmonary (QP) and systemic blood flow (QS) in comparison with the radiocardiography in patients with ventricular and atrial septal defects. We reviewed 42 children with ventricular septal defect and 23 children with atrial septal defect. Two-dimensional echocardiography was employed to measure the diameter of the aorta and pulmonary artery and pulsed Doppler for measurement of pulmonary and systemic blood flow velocity in the pulmonary artery and left ventricular outflow tract. By comparing pulmonary and systemic blood flow ratios by pulsed Doppler echocardiography and radiocardiography, the correlation coefficient for children with atrial septal defect and those with ventricular septal defect respectively amounted to r = 0.71 and r = 0.81. The authors conclude that two-dimensional pulsed Doppler echocardiography, although a semiquantitative technique, appears to be a reliable non-invasive method for measuring pulmonary and systemic blood flow in patients with left-to-right sgunt. PMID:8170279

  19. Detection of Cardiac Quiescence from B-Mode Echocardiography Using a Correlation-Based Frame-to-Frame Deviation Measure

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    WICK, CARSON A.; MCCLELLAN, JAMES H.; RAVICHANDRAN, LAKSHMINARAYAN; TRIDANDAPANI, SRINI

    2015-01-01

    Two novel methods for detecting cardiac quiescent phases from B-mode echocardiography using a correlation-based frame-to-frame deviation measure were developed. Accurate knowledge of cardiac quiescence is crucial to the performance of many imaging modalities, including computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA). Synchronous electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiography data were obtained from 10 healthy human subjects (four male, six female, 23–45 years) and the interventricular septum (IVS) was observed using the apical four-chamber echocardiographic view. The velocity of the IVS was derived from active contour tracking and verified using tissue Doppler imaging echocardiography methods. In turn, the frame-to-frame deviation methods for identifying quiescence of the IVS were verified using active contour tracking. The timing of the diastolic quiescent phase was found to exhibit both inter- and intra-subject variability, suggesting that the current method of CTCA gating based on the ECG is suboptimal and that gating based on signals derived from cardiac motion are likely more accurate in predicting quiescence for cardiac imaging. Two robust and efficient methods for identifying cardiac quiescent phases from B-mode echocardiographic data were developed and verified. The methods presented in this paper will be used to develop new CTCA gating techniques and quantify the resulting potential improvement in CTCA image quality.

  20. Automatic computation of left ventricular volume changes over a cardiac cycle from echocardiography images by nonlinear dimensionality reduction.

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    Alizadeh Sani, Zahra; Shalbaf, Ahmad; Behnam, Hamid; Shalbaf, Reza

    2015-02-01

    Curve of left ventricular (LV) volume changes throughout the cardiac cycle is a fundamental parameter for clinical evaluation of various cardiovascular diseases. Currently, this evaluation is often performed manually which is tedious and time consuming and suffers from significant interobserver and intraobserver variability. This paper introduces a new automatic method, based on nonlinear dimensionality reduction (NLDR) for extracting the curve of the LV volume changes over a cardiac cycle from two-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography images. Isometric feature mapping (Isomap) is one of the most popular NLDR algorithms. In this study, a modified version of Isomap algorithm, where image to image distance metric is computed using nonrigid registration, is applied on 2-D echocardiography images of one cycle of heart. Using this approach, the nonlinear information of these images is embedded in a 2-D manifold and each image is characterized by a symbol on the constructed manifold. This new representation visualizes the relationship between these images based on LV volume changes and allows extracting the curve of the LV volume changes automatically. Our method in comparison to the traditional segmentation algorithms does not need any LV myocardial segmentation and tracking, particularly difficult in the echocardiography images. Moreover, a large data set under various diseases for training is not required. The results obtained by our method are quantitatively evaluated to those obtained manually by the highly experienced echocardiographer on ten healthy volunteers and six patients which depict the usefulness of the presented method. PMID:25059548

  1. Prediction of thrombus-related mechanical prosthetic valve dysfunction using transesophageal echocardiography

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    Lin, S. S.; Tiong, I. Y.; Asher, C. R.; Murphy, M. T.; Thomas, J. D.; Griffin, B. P.

    2000-01-01

    Identification of thrombus-related mechanical prosthetic valve dysfunction (MPVD) has important therapeutic implications. We sought to develop an algorithm, combining clinical and echocardiographic parameters, for prediction of thrombus-related MPVD in a series of 53 patients (24 men, age 52 +/- 16 years) who had intraoperative diagnosis of thrombus or pannus from 1992 to 1997. Clinical and echocardiographic parameters were analyzed to identify predictors of thrombus and pannus. Prevalence of thrombus and diagnostic yields relative to the number of predictors were determined. There were 22 patients with thrombus, 19 patients with pannus, and 12 patients with both. Forty-two of 53 masses were visualized using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), including 29 of 34 thrombi or both thrombi and panni and 13 of 19 isolated panni. Predictors of thrombus or mixed presentation include mobile mass (p = 0.009), attachment to occluder (p = 0.02), elevated gradients (p = 0.04), and an international normalized ratio of < or = 2.5 (p = 0.03). All 34 patients with thrombus or mixed presentation had > or = 1 predictor. The prevalence of thrombus in the presence of < or = 1, 2, and > or = 3 predictors is 14%, 69%, and 91%, respectively. Thus, TEE is sensitive in the identification of abnormal mass in the setting of MPVD. An algorithm based on clinical and transesophageal echocardiographic predictors may be useful to estimate the likelihood of thrombus in the setting of MPVD. In the presence of > or = 3 predictors, the probability of thrombus is high.

  2. Automated Three-Dimensional Reconstruction of the Left Ventricle From Multiple-Axis Echocardiography.

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    Krishnan Rajan, Navaneetha; Song, Zeying; Hoffmann, Kenneth R; Belohlavek, Marek; McMahon, Eileen M; Borazjani, Iman

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional echocardiography (echo) is the method of choice for noninvasive evaluation of the left ventricle (LV) function owing to its low cost, fast acquisition time, and high temporal resolution. However, it only provides the LV boundaries in discrete 2D planes, and the 3D LV geometry needs to be reconstructed from those planes to quantify LV wall motion, acceleration, and strain, or to carry out flow simulations. An automated method is developed for the reconstruction of the 3D LV endocardial surface using echo from a few standard cross sections, in contrast with the previous work that has used a series of 2D scans in a linear or rotational manner for 3D reconstruction. The concept is based on a generalized approach so that the number or type (long-axis (LA) or short-axis (SA)) of sectional data is not constrained. The location of the cross sections is optimized to minimize the difference between the reconstructed and measured cross sections, and the reconstructed LV surface is meshed in a standard format. Temporal smoothing is implemented to smooth the motion of the LV and the flow rate. This software tool can be used with existing clinical 2D echo systems to reconstruct the 3D LV geometry and motion to quantify the regional akinesis/dyskinesis, 3D strain, acceleration, and velocities, or to be used in ventricular flow simulations. PMID:26548948

  3. Automated speckle tracking algorithm to aid on-axis imaging in echocardiography

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    Dhutia, Niti M.; Cole, Graham D.; Zolgharni, Massoud; Manisty, Charlotte H.; Willson, Keith; Parker, Kim H.; Hughes, Alun D.; Francis, Darrel P.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Obtaining a “correct” view in echocardiography is a subjective process in which an operator attempts to obtain images conforming to consensus standard views. Real-time objective quantification of image alignment may assist less experienced operators, but no reliable index yet exists. We present a fully automated algorithm for detecting incorrect medial/lateral translation of an ultrasound probe by image analysis. The ability of the algorithm to distinguish optimal from sub-optimal four-chamber images was compared to that of specialists—the current “gold-standard.” The orientation assessments produced by the automated algorithm correlated well with consensus visual assessments of the specialists (r=0.87) and compared favourably with the correlation between individual specialists and the consensus, 0.82±0.09. Each individual specialist’s assessments were within the consensus of other specialists, 75±14% of the time, and the algorithm’s assessments were within the consensus of specialists 85% of the time. The mean discrepancy in probe translation values between individual specialists and their consensus was 0.97±0.87??cm, and between the automated algorithm and specialists’ consensus was 0.92±0.70??cm. This technology could be incorporated into hardware to provide real-time guidance for image optimisation—a potentially valuable tool both for training and quality control. PMID:26158075

  4. Integration of trans-esophageal echocardiography with magnetic tracking technology for cardiac interventions

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    Moore, John T.; Wiles, Andrew D.; Wedlake, Chris; Bainbridge, Daniel; Kiaii, Bob; Trejos, Ana Luisa; Patel, Rajni; Peters, Terry M.

    2010-02-01

    Trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a standard component of patient monitoring during most cardiac surgeries. In recent years magnetic tracking systems (MTS) have become sufficiently robust to function effectively in appropriately structured operating room environments. The ability to track a conventional multiplanar 2D TEE transducer in 3D space offers incredible potential by greatly expanding the cumulative field of view of cardiac anatomy beyond the limited field of view provided by 2D and 3D TEE technology. However, there is currently no TEE probe manufactured with MTS technology embedded in the transducer, which means sensors must be attached to the outer surface of the TEE. This leads to potential safety issues for patients, as well as potential damage to the sensor during procedures. This paper presents a standard 2D TEE probe fully integrated with MTS technology. The system is evaluated in an environment free of magnetic and electromagnetic disturbances, as well as a clinical operating room in the presence of a da Vinci robotic system. Our first integrated TEE device is currently being used in animal studies for virtual reality-enhanced ultrasound guidance of intracardiac surgeries, while the "second generation" TEE is in use in a clinical operating room as part of a project to measure perioperative heart shift and optimal port placement for robotic cardiac surgery. We demonstrate excellent system accuracy for both applications.

  5. Clinician referrals for stress echocardiography: are we compliant with the NICE guidelines?

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    Ravi, K A; Ripley, D P; Kane, J; Wass, E; Carr, A; Wilson, D; Watchorn, N; Hobman, R K; Gill, D; Brooksby, W P; Kilcullen, N; Artis, N

    2014-01-01

    Accurate diagnosis of stable angina is of paramount importance, and where possible, this should be based on clinical history. In cases of uncertainty, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides a framework for assisting diagnosis based on pre-test likelihood (PTL) of coronary artery disease. Functional testing such as stress echocardiography (SE) is recommended as a first-line investigation in patients with PTL of 30–60%. This study evaluated hospital clinicians' adherence to this recommendation. A prospective analysis of patients referred for SE at a district general hospital between March and May 2013 was performed. Data were extracted from an electronic database of SE reports and medical notes. A total of 193 patients were assessed. The most common PTL was 61–90%, accounting for 40% of the cohort. Of them, 14% had a PTL of 30–60%. Of these, 15% had positive SE; 57% described non-anginal pain, as defined by NICE, of whom only nine cases had SE positivity. None of these patients required revascularisation. Findings suggest that SE is being used in a much broader selection group than advocated by NICE. This may often be for its exclusion value rather than to stratify risk. Although utility may be justified in high-risk patients to avoid proceeding directly to invasive angiography, SE appears to add little in those with non-anginal pain and with low PTL. Greater focus should be directed towards characterisation of symptoms, which may negate the need for subsequent investigation.

  6. Dobutamine stress echocardiography after cardiac transplantation: implications of donor–recipient age difference

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    Riesgo, Fernando; Choy, Jonathan B; Kim, Daniel H; Becher, Harald

    2015-01-01

    Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) is widely used during follow-up after cardiac transplant for the diagnosis of allograft vasculopathy. We investigated the effect of donor–recipient age difference on the ability to reach target heart rate (HR) during DSE. All cardiac transplant patients who were undergoing DSE over a 3-year period in a single institution were reviewed. Target HR was specified as 85%×(220 – patient age). Further patient and donor demographics were obtained from the local transplant database. 61 patients (45 male, 55±12 years) were stressed with a median dose of 40?mcg/kg per min dobutamine. Only 37 patients (61%) achieved target HR. Donor hearts were mostly younger (mean 41±14 years, P<0.001), with only 11 patients (18%) having donors who were older than they were. Patients with older donors required higher doses of dobutamine (median 50 vs 30?mcg/kg per min, P<0.001) but achieved a lower percentage target HR (mean 93% vs 101%, P=0.003) than those with younger donors did. Patients with older donors were less likely to achieve target HR (18% vs 67%, P=0.003). In conclusion, donor–recipient age difference affects the likelihood of achieving target HR and should be considered when a patient is consistently unable to achieve ‘adequate’ stress according to the patient's age.

  7. Multiframe registration of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography time series

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    Mulder, Harriët W.; van Stralen, Marijn; van der Zwaan, Heleen B.; Leung, K. Y. Esther; Bosch, Johan G.; Pluim, Josien P. W.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Mosaicing of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3-DE) images aims at extending the field-of-view of overlapping images. Currently available methods discard most of the temporal information available in the time series. We investigate the added value of simultaneous registration of multiple temporal frames using common similarity metrics. We combine RT3-DE images of the left and right ventricles by registration and fusion. The standard approach of registering single frames, either end-diastolic (ED) or end-systolic (ES), is compared with simultaneous registration of multiple time frames, to evaluate the effect of using the information from all images in the metric. A transformation estimating the protocol-specific misalignment is used to initialize the registration. It is shown that multiframe registration can be as accurate as alignment of the images based on manual annotations. Multiframe registration using normalized cross-correlation outperforms any of the single-frame methods. As opposed to expectations, extending the multiframe registration beyond simultaneous use of ED and ES frames does not further improve registration results. PMID:26158023

  8. Feasibility of radial and circumferential strain analysis using 2D speckle tracking echocardiography in cats

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    TAKANO, Hiroshi; ISOGAI, Tomomi; AOKI, Takuma; WAKAO, Yoshito; FUJII, Yoko

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the present study is to investigate the feasibility of strain analysis using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in cats and to evaluate STE variables in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Sixteen clinically healthy cats and 17 cats with HCM were used. Radial and circumferential strain and strain rate variables in healthy cats were measured using STE to assess the feasibility. Comparisons of global strain and strain variables between healthy cats and cats with HCM were performed. Segmental assessments of left ventricle (LV) wall for strain and strain rate variables in cats with HCM were also performed. As a result, technically adequate images were obtained in 97.6% of the segments for STE analysis. Sedation using buprenorphine and acepromazine did not affect any global strain nor strain rate variable. In LV segments of cats with HCM, reduced segmental radial strain and strain rate variables had significantly related with segmental LV hypertrophy. It is concluded that STE analysis using short axis images of LV appeared to be clinically feasible in cats, having the possibility to be useful for detecting myocardial dysfunctions in cats with diseased heart. PMID:25373881

  9. Automated Segmentation of the Right Ventricle in 3D Echocardiography: A Kalman Filter State Estimation Approach.

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    Bersvendsen, Jorn; Orderud, Fredrik; Massey, Richard John; Fossa, Kristian; Gerard, Olivier; Urheim, Stig; Samset, Eigil

    2016-01-01

    As the right ventricle's (RV) role in cardiovascular diseases is being more widely recognized, interest in RV imaging, function and quantification is growing. However, there are currently few RV quantification methods for 3D echocardiography presented in the literature or commercially available. In this paper we propose an automated RV segmentation method for 3D echocardiographic images. We represent the RV geometry by a Doo-Sabin subdivision surface with deformation modes derived from a training set of manual segmentations. The segmentation is then represented as a state estimation problem and solved with an extended Kalman filter by combining the RV geometry with a motion model and edge detection. Validation was performed by comparing surface-surface distances, volumes and ejection fractions in 17 patients with aortic insufficiency between the proposed method, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and a manual echocardiographic reference. The algorithm was efficient with a mean computation time of 2.0 s. The mean absolute distances between the proposed and manual segmentations were 3.6 ± 0.7 mm. Good agreements of end diastolic volume, end systolic volume and ejection fraction with respect to MRI ( -26±24 mL , -16±26 mL and 0 ± 10%, respectively) and a manual echocardiographic reference (7 ± 30 mL, 13 ± 17 mL and -5±7% , respectively) were observed. PMID:26168434

  10. [Intraoperative evaluation of visceral arteries by transesophageal echocardiography during aortic fenestration].

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    Yoshimura, Manabu; Kurosawa, Atsushi; Kunisawa, Takayuki; Kanda, Hirotsugu; Takahata, Osamu; Iwasaki, Hiroshi

    2013-10-01

    76-year-old man was diagnosed with DeBakey type IIIb acute aortic dissection, for which he underwent axillo-femoral bypass surgery. Two days postoperatively, hematochezia developed suddenly. Laboratory data revealed AST 5,088 IU x l(-1), ALT 3,822 IU x l(-1), and CK 27,746 IU x l(-1) suggesting intestinal malperfusion due to stenosis of the celiac artery (CEA) and superior mesenteric artery (SMA). The abdominal aorta and visceral arteries were evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Color Doppler imaging revealed increased blood flow velocity (4.0 m x sec(-1)) in CEA due to the stenosis, while that in SMA was decreased. Open abdominal aortic fenestration was performed. The aorta was clamped at the level of the infra-renal and inferior mesenteric arteries, and the septum between the false and true lumens was resected. On postoperative TEE assessment, CEA stenosis was resolved, and flow velocity was improved (3.0 m x sec(-1)). Color Doppler imaging demonstrated that fenestration resulted in recovery of SMA perfusion. Aortic fenestration is useful in the treatment of ischemic complications of aortic dissection. Its advantages include minimal invasiveness and short operative time. Bypass surgery and reoperation were avoided by evaluating visceral arteries by TEE in the case reported here. PMID:24228454

  11. Reversible Changes of Left Atrial Function during Pregnancy Assessed by Two-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Song, Guang; Liu, Jing; Ren, Weidong; Qiao, Wei; Zhang, Jing; Zhan, Ying; Bi, Wenjing

    2015-01-01

    Background Left ventricular diastolic function is impaired during pregnancy. However, changes in left atrial (LA) function remain unclear. We aimed to evaluate changes in LA function during pregnancy using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE). Methods and Results 50 pregnant and 50 healthy nulliparous (control group) women were enrolled in this study. All pregnant women were followed up postpartum in sixth-month. The LA maximum volume, LA minimal volume and LA preatrial contraction volume were obtained using biplane modified Simpson’s method. LA filling volume, LA expansion index, LA ejection fraction, passive volume, passive emptying index, active volume, and active emptying index were calculated. LA longitudinal systolic strain (SS), systolic strain rate (s-SR), early diastolic strain rate (e-SR), and late diastolic strain rate (a-SR) were obtained by 2DSTE. Compared to the control group, the reservoir function was increased in pregnant patients (P<0.05); conduit function was decreased in pregnant patients (P<0.05); booster pump function was increased in pregnant patients (P<0.05). There was no statistically significant difference between the control group and postpartum group. Conclusions LA reservoir and booster pump function were increased, while conduit function was decreased during pregnancy using 2DSTE. The changes were reversible. 2DSTE can easily assess LA function during pregnancy with good repeatability. PMID:25933100

  12. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorders.

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    Chinn, Ivan K; Shearer, William T

    2015-11-01

    Severe combined immunodeficiency disorders represent pediatric emergencies due to absence of adaptive immune responses to infections. The conditions result from either intrinsic defects in T-cell development (ie, severe combined immunodeficiency disease [SCID]) or congenital athymia (eg, complete DiGeorge anomaly). Hematopoietic stem cell transplant provides the only clinically approved cure for SCID, although gene therapy research trials are showing significant promise. For greatest survival, patients should undergo transplant before 3.5 months of age and before the onset of infections. Newborn screening programs have yielded successful early identification and treatment of infants with SCID and congenital athymia in the United States. PMID:26454313

  13. Myocarditis Leading to Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy in a Patient with Dengue Fever

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    Daruwalla, Vistasp; Hayat, Saleem

    2015-01-01

    Background. Majority of dengue fever cases follow a benign self-limiting course but recently rare presentations and complications are increasingly seen due to rising burden of disease. Cardiac involvement in dengue fever with fatal outcome is a very rare complication. We report a case of 44-year-old patient who presented with symptoms of severe acute congestive heart secondary to myocarditis induced cardiomyopathy caused by dengue virus infection. Case Presentation. A 44-year-old man presented to ER with the complaints of high fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Patient was lethargic and blood pressure was low when he was brought to the ER. CXR showed cardiomegaly with pulmonary congestion and echocardiography revealed dilated left ventricle and ejection fraction of 10%. Patient condition worsened and he got admitted to the ICU because of acute hypoxic respiratory failure. Despite aggressive measures, patient died on day 5. Conclusion. Dilated cardiomyopathy is a rare complication of dengue myocarditis. Early recognition of acute DCM caused by dengue myocarditis is imperative in the management of dengue fever as early detection and management of cardiac failure can improve the survival of patient. PMID:25802766

  14. [Biomarkers in Heart Failure: Apelin Level Is Not Associated With Presence and Severity of the Disease].

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    Lakomkin, S V; Tereshchenko, S N; Sychev, A V; Masenko, V P; Tkachev, G A; Gerasimova, O N; Sigalovich, E Iu; Dankovtseva, E N; Zate?shchikov, D A

    2015-01-01

    We tested possibility of the use of apelin-12 as a biomarker of chronic heart failure (CHF). The study comprised 108 patients with I-IV functional class CHF of various etiology (ischemic heart disease, dilation cardiomyopathy) and 40 healthy volunteers. Blood samples were taken at hospital admission before prescription of pharmacological therapy. In all patients we carried out echocardiography with calculation of end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes (EDV, ESV) and ejection fraction (EF). Blood plasma apelin-12 concentration was compared with CHF market NT-proBNP. Mean apelin-12 concentrations were 0.86 ± 0.22 hg/ml in healthy volunteers and 0.8±0.35, 0.81 ± 0.29, 0.68 ± 0.38, 0.82 ± 0.35 hg/ml in patients with CHF classes I, III, III, IV, respectively. There was no significant differences between appelin-12 concentrations in various classes of CHF. No correlations were found between apelin-12 and EF, EDV, ESV, sex, age, smoking, body mass index, and NT-proBNP level. Concentration of NT pro-BNP level correlated with CHF severity. Thus apelin-12 did not show itself as reliable biomarker of CHF. PMID:26164987

  15. The causality quandary in a patient with stroke, Takotsubo syndrome and severe coronary artery disease.

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    Y-Hassan, Shams; Winter, Reidar; Henareh, Loghman

    2015-01-01

    Takotsubo-like left ventricular dysfunction syndrome (TLVDS) and acute coronary syndrome have almost always the same clinical presentation and ECG findings. Both diseases may become a potential cardioembolic source to the cerebrovascular system. Stroke has been linked to TLVDS either as the trigger or as a complication. We report on a 67-year-old female patient who presented with an acute ischemic stroke confirmed by computed tomographic scan of the brain. She also had electrocardiographic features and laboratory findings suggestive of both acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and TLVDS. Coronary angiography revealed severe coronary artery stenoses but the coronary lesions did not have any of the features suggestive of an acute pathology. Echocardiography and left ventriculography showed a striking apical ballooning of the left ventricle, which resolved completely within 1 week, a clinical picture and course typical for TLVDS. There were no signs of left ventricular thrombus. A few burning questions arose from this case: what was the acute cardiac disease - TLVDS or AMI? Which disease came first - the stroke or the acute cardiac illness? An intricate cause-effect relationship is discussed; and finally, does an obstructive coronary artery disease rule out TLVDS? PMID:20935571

  16. The Evolving Mcart Multimodal Imaging Core: Establishing a Protocol for Computed Tomography and Echocardiography in the Rhesus Macaque to Perform Longitudinal Analysis of Radiation-Induced Organ Injury.

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    de Faria, Eduardo B; Barrow, Kory R; Ruehle, Bradley T; Parker, Jordan T; Swartz, Elisa; Taylor-Howell, Cheryl; Kieta, Kaitlyn M; Lees, Cynthia J; Sleeper, Meg M; Dobbin, Travis; Baron, Adam D; Mohindra, Pranshu; MacVittie, Thomas J

    2015-11-01

    Computed Tomography (CT) and Echocardiography (EC) are two imaging modalities that produce critical longitudinal data that can be analyzed for radiation-induced organ-specific injury to the lung and heart. The Medical Countermeasures Against Radiological Threats (MCART) consortium has a well established animal model research platform that includes nonhuman primate (NHP) models of the acute radiation syndrome and the delayed effects of acute radiation exposure. These models call for a definition of the latency, incidence, severity, duration, and resolution of different organ-specific radiation-induced subsyndromes. The pulmonary subsyndromes and cardiac effects are a pair of interdependent syndromes impacted by exposure to potentially lethal doses of radiation. Establishing a connection between these will reveal important information about their interaction and progression of injury and recovery. Herein, the authors demonstrate the use of CT and EC data in the rhesus macaque models to define delayed organ injury, thereby establishing: a) consistent and reliable methodology to assess radiation-induced damage to the lung and heart; b) an extensive database in normal age-matched NHP for key primary and secondary endpoints; c) identified problematic variables in imaging techniques and proposed solutions to maintain data integrity; and d) initiated longitudinal analysis of potentially lethal radiation-induced damage to the lung and heart. PMID:26425907

  17. Real-time transmission of full-motion echocardiography over a high-speed data network: impact of data rate and network quality of service

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    Main, M. L.; Foltz, D.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Bobinsky, E.; Bailey, D.; Frantz, B.; Pleva, D.; Baldizzi, M.; Meyers, D. P.; Jones, K.; Spence, M. C.; Freeman, K.; Morehead, A.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    With high-resolution network transmission required for telemedicine, education, and guided-image acquisition, the impact of errors and transmission rates on image quality needs evaluation. METHODS: We transmitted clinical echocardiograms from 2 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research centers with the use of Motion Picture Expert Group-2 (MPEG-2) encoding and asynchronous transmission mode (ATM) network protocol over the NASA Research and Education Network. Data rates and network quality (cell losses [CLR], errors [CER], and delay variability [CVD]) were altered and image quality was judged. RESULTS: At speeds of 3 to 5 megabits per second (Mbps), digital images were superior to those on videotape; at 2 Mbps, images were equivalent. Increasing CLR caused occasional, brief pauses. Extreme CER and CDV increases still yielded high-quality images. CONCLUSIONS: Real-time echocardiographic acquisition, guidance, and transmission is feasible with the use of MPEG-2 and ATM with broadcast quality seen above 3 Mbps, even with severe network quality degradation. These techniques can be applied to telemedicine and used for planned echocardiography aboard the International Space Station.

  18. Casimir experiments showing saturation effects

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    Sernelius, Bo E.

    2009-10-15

    We address several different Casimir experiments where theory and experiment disagree. First out is the classical Casimir force measurement between two metal half spaces; here both in the form of the torsion pendulum experiment by Lamoreaux and in the form of the Casimir pressure measurement between a gold sphere and a gold plate as performed by Decca et al.; theory predicts a large negative thermal correction, absent in the high precision experiments. The third experiment is the measurement of the Casimir force between a metal plate and a laser irradiated semiconductor membrane as performed by Chen et al.; the change in force with laser intensity is larger than predicted by theory. The fourth experiment is the measurement of the Casimir force between an atom and a wall in the form of the measurement by Obrecht et al. of the change in oscillation frequency of a {sup 87}Rb Bose-Einstein condensate trapped to a fused silica wall; the change is smaller than predicted by theory. We show that saturation effects can explain the discrepancies between theory and experiment observed in all these cases.

  19. Comparison of one- and 12-month outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with severely stenotic bicuspid versus tricuspid aortic valves (results from a multicenter registry).

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    Kochman, Janusz; Huczek, Zenon; Scis?o, Piotr; Dabrowski, Maciej; Chmielak, Zbigniew; Szyma?ski, Piotr; Witkowski, Adam; Parma, Rados?aw; Ochala, Andrzej; Chodór, Piotr; Wilczek, Krzysztof; Reczuch, Krzysztof W; Kubler, Piotr; Rymuza, Bartosz; Ko?towski, Lukasz; Scibisz, Anna; Wilimski, Rados?aw; Grube, Eberhard; Opolski, Grzegorz

    2014-09-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in high-risk patients with severe bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) stenosis and to compare the outcomes with a matched group of patients with tricuspid aortic valve. TAVR became an alternative treatment method in high-risk patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis; however, BAV stenosis is regarded as a relative contraindication to TAVR. The study population comprised 28 patients with BAV who underwent TAVR. BAV was diagnosed based on a transesophageal echocardiography. CoreValve and Edwards SAPIEN prostheses were implanted. The control group consisted of 84 patients (3:1 matching) with significant tricuspid aortic valve stenosis treated with TAVR. There were no significant differences between patients with and without BAV in device success (93% vs 93%, p = 1.0), risk of annulus rupture (0% in both groups), or conversion to cardiosurgery (4% vs 0%, respectively, p = 0.25). The postprocedural mean pressure gradient (11.5 ± 6.4 vs 10.4 ± 4.5 mm Hg, p = 0.33), aortic regurgitation grade ?2 of 4 (32% vs 23%, p = 0.45), 30-day mortality (4% vs 7%, p = 0.68), and 1-year all-cause mortality (19% vs 18%, p = 1.00) did not differ between the groups. Echocardiography showed well-functioning valve prosthesis with a mean prosthetic valve area of 1.6 ± 0.4 cm(2) versus 1.7 ± 0.3 cm(2) (p = 0.73), a mean pressure gradient of 10.3 ± 5.4 versus 9.8 ± 2.8 mm Hg (p = 0.64), and aortic regurgitation grade ?2 of 4 (22% vs 22%, p = 1.00) for the 2 groups. In conclusion, selected high-risk patients with BAV can be successfully treated with TAVR, and their outcomes are similar to those reported in patients without BAV. PMID:25037674

  20. The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio improves the positive predictive value of dobutamine stress echocardiography

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    Icli, Abdullah; Kayrak, Mehmet; Akilli, Hakan; Aribas, Alpay; Coskun, Mukremin; Ozer, Sumeyye Fatma; Ozdemir, Kurtulus

    2015-01-01

    The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) predicts cardiovascular events. The aim of this study was to determine whether NLR improved the positive predictive value (PPV) of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). We conducted a retrospective review of laboratory and DSE data from the medical records of 1,012 patients who were divided into two groups according to the presence of ischemia and further subdivided into three groups according to the extent of ischemia (nonischemic segments, 1-3 ischemic segments, or > 3 ischemic segments). NLRs were compared among these groups. NLRs increased in patients with ischemia and correlated with the number of ischemic segments (P < 0.001). The optimal cutoff value of NLR determined using receiver operating characteristic analysis was > 2.04, and the diagnostic value of NLR for discriminating patients with ? 50% coronary stenosis in at least one of the coronary arteries from those without significant CAD was high [area under the curve (AUC) = 0.671, standard error = 0.052, P < 0.001, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.569-0.773)]. An NLR cutoff value of > 2.04 predicted CAD presence with significant stenosis (62.10% sensitivity and 64.10% specificity). PPV of DSE for a significant coronary artery lesion identified using coronary angiography was 73.8% (95% CI = 75.1-88.5, P < 0.001, AUC = 0.818). On including a cut-off value of > 2.04 for NLR in this multivariable predictive model, the AUC value slightly increased to 0.905 (95% CI = 85.4-95.6) and PPV of DSE increased from 73.8% to 92.6%. NLR improved PPV of DSE for patients with stable CAD. PMID:26629056

  1. Left atrial function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in chronic asymptomatic alcoholic patients.

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    Kocabay, Gonenc; Karabay, Can Yucel; Kalayc?, Arzu; Oduncu, Vecih; Akgun, Taylan; Guler, Ahmet; K?l?cgedik, Alev; Kalkan, Sedat; ?zgi, Akin; K?rma, Cevat

    2015-04-01

    Although the effects of chronic alcoholism on left ventricular (LV) systolic function are well established, diastolic impairment has been evaluated partially. In addition, there are scarce data available about the relation of LV diastolic function to either or both duration and quantity of drinking among alcoholics. The aim of the study was to evaluate the left atrial (LA) function in chronic asymptomatic alcoholic patients by using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (2D-STE). We enrolled 30 healthy subjects (age 34.8 ± 5.8 years) and 75 asymptomatic male alcoholics (age 39.8 ± 6.5 years) divided into two groups, according to total lifetime dose of ethanol: group I, <15 kg/kg and group II, ?15 kg/kg. In the 2D-STE analysis of the LA, strain during ventricular systole (LA-Res), during late diastole (LA-Pump) and strain rate during ventricular contraction (LA-SRs), during passive ventricular filling (LA-SRe), during active atrial contraction (LA-SRa) were obtained. Deceleration time was longer, E/A and V(p) were smaller, and E/E(m) was higher in alcoholics. Although parameters of diastolic dysfunction were comparable in alcoholic groups, LA-Res and LA-Pump were found significantly different among the alcoholics. However, there were no differences in LA-SRs and LA-SRe between the controls and alcoholic groups. LA function is reduced in chronic alcohol abuse, and heavy alcohol consumption may play an important role in LA function impairment. PMID:25245871

  2. Right ventricular function assessment using tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography

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    Pietrzak, Rados?aw

    2014-01-01

    Modern echocardiographic techniques, i.e. tissue Doppler imaging and speckle tracking echocardiography, allow for an assessment of global and regional right ventricular function. The right ventricular myocardial performance index and tricuspid annulus motion are used in the assessment of global right ventricular function, whereas duration of the cardiac cycle phases and myocardial velocities are used in the assessment of regional function. Strain and strain rate allow for an evaluation of both regional and global myocardial function. Literature reports provide data on the usefulness of these methods in patients with pressure and volume overload as well as with direct myocardial damage involving the right ventricle. In pulmonary hypertension, S’ wave assessment may be used for therapeutic efficacy evaluation. Longitudinal strain reduction indicates an increased risk of vascular events, while an increased value of myocardial performance index is a predictor for a survival in pulmonary hypertension. A decreased S’ wave velocity is associated with limited pulmonary vascular flow in patients with pulmonary embolism. In patients after atrial baffle repair for transposition of the great arteries, decreased longitudinal strain was an independent predictor for heart failure. A statistically significant decrease in both the S’ wave as well as acceleration during isovolumic contraction were observed in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. S’ wave and global right ventricular longitudinal strain values were lower in patients in the acute phase of myocardial infarction involving the right ventricle compared to the corresponding parameters in healthy individuals. In the case of tetralogy of Fallot correction, the evaluation of S’ wave velocity may prove useful in identifying patients with reduced cardiac systolic reserve; a good correlation was also found between the global right ventricular longitudinal strain and right ventricular ejection fraction in MRI. PMID:26674180

  3. Reference values for mitral and tricuspid annular dimensions using two-dimensional echocardiography

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    Dwivedi, Girish; Mahadevan, Ganadevan; Jimenez, Donie; Frenneaux, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Only limited data are available from which normal ranges of mitral annular (MA) and tricuspid annular (TA) dimensions have been established. Normative data are important to assist the echocardiographer in defining the mechanism of atrioventricular valve regurgitation and to inform surgical planning. This study was conceived to establish normal MA and TA dimensions. Consecutive healthy subjects over the age of 60 were randomly recruited from the community as part of a screening project within South Birmingham. MA and TA dimensions in end-systole and end-diastole were evaluated in the parasternal and apical acoustic windows views using transthoracic echocardiography. Gender (males (M) and females (F))-specific dimensions were then assessed. A total of 554 subjects were screened and 74 with pathology considered to have an effect on annular dimensions were excluded from analysis. The mean age of the remaining 480 subjects was 70±7 years and the majority were female (56%). Dimensions were larger in men than in women and greater at end-diastole than end-systole (both P<0.05). Mean MA diameters at end-systole in the parasternal long axis view (cm) were 3.44?cm (M) and 3.11?cm (F) and at end-diastole 3.15?cm (M) and 2.83?cm (F) respectively. Mean TA diameters (cm) at end-systole in the apical 4 chamber view were 2.84 (M) and 2.80 (F) and at end-diastole 3.15 (M) and 3.01 (F) respectively. The reference ranges derived from this study differ from current published standards and should help to improve distinction of normal from pathological findings, in identifying aetiology and defining the mechanism of regurgitation.

  4. Characteristics of Patent Foramen Ovale Associated with Cryptogenic Stroke: A Biplane Transesophageal Echocardiography Study

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    Homma, S.; DiTullio, M. R.; Sacco, R. L.; Mihalatos, D..; LiMandri, G.; Mohr, J. P.

    1994-01-01

    Patent foramen ovale is associated with ischemic stroke in patients without a clearly identifiable etiology for stroke (cryptogenic stroke). Paradoxical embolization is thought to be a potential mechanism. However, patent foramen ovale is also found in patients with known cause of stroke. Therefore, using contrast transesophageal echocardiography, we characterized the patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke patients to assess morphological factors that may contribute to paradoxical embolization. Methods: Contrast transesophageal echocardiographic studies of 74 consecutive patients referred for ischemic stroke were reviewed. Twenty-three patients with patent foramen ovale were identified. These patients were classified as having strokes of determined origin or cryptogenic strokes according to criteria developed for the Stroke Data Bank of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Separation of septum primum from secundum and the number of microbubbles appearing in left atrium were then quantitated. These parameters were compared between patients with cryptogenic stroke and those with known cause of stroke. Results: The patent foramen ovale dimension was significantly larger in patients with cryptogenic stroke compared with patients with an identifiable cause of stroke (2.1+/-1.7 mm versus 057+/-0.78 mm [mean+/-SD]; P<.01). The number of microbubbles was also greater in patients with cryptogenic stroke compared with patients with an identifiable cause of stroke (13.9+/-10.7 versus 1.62+/-0.8 [mean+/-SD]; P<.0005). Conclusions: Patients with cryptogenic stroke have larger patent foramen ovale with more extensive right-to-left inter-atrial shunting than patients with stroke of determined cause. Transesophageal echocardiographically identifiable characteristics of patent foramen ovale may be important in defining the clinical significance of individual patent foramina.

  5. Upgrade Summer Severe Weather Tool

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    Watson, Leela

    2011-01-01

    The goal of this task was to upgrade to the existing severe weather database by adding observations from the 2010 warm season, update the verification dataset with results from the 2010 warm season, use statistical logistic regression analysis on the database and develop a new forecast tool. The AMU analyzed 7 stability parameters that showed the possibility of providing guidance in forecasting severe weather, calculated verification statistics for the Total Threat Score (TTS), and calculated warm season verification statistics for the 2010 season. The AMU also performed statistical logistic regression analysis on the 22-year severe weather database. The results indicated that the logistic regression equation did not show an increase in skill over the previously developed TTS. The equation showed less accuracy than TTS at predicting severe weather, little ability to distinguish between severe and non-severe weather days, and worse standard categorical accuracy measures and skill scores over TTS.

  6. [Transesophageal Echocardiography Was Useful to Determine a Therapeutic Strategy for Coronary Artery Ischemia during Surgery for Acute Type A Aortic Dissection: A Case Report].

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    Takahashi, Saori; Gamo, Masahiro; Shimizu, Yuko; Kawana, Yuki

    2015-11-01

    A 57-year-old woman presented with acute back pain, diagnosed with acute type A aortic dissection, and we performed emergency ascending aortic replacement. During surgery, until cardiopulmonary bypass was started, the dissection did not extend to the orifice of the both coronary arteries. When aortic replacement was completed and just after the return of spontaneous beating, ventricular fibrillation (Vf) suddenly occurred. At that time, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed that dissection extended from the left main trunk (LMT) to the left circumflex artery (LCX). Recurrent Vf and circulatory collapse necessitated the application of a percutaneous cardiopulmonary support system (PCPS), while the surgeons performed cardiac massage. Additional emergency coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) was immediately implemented. After the CABG, TEE showed that the true lumens of the LMT and LCX were dilated, allowing an increased flow to the LAD and LCX. The patient was discharged 2 months later. Although rare, coronary ischemia can be a complication of acute aortic dissection, resulting in decreased survival. Development of dissection to the coronary artery can also occur both intra- and postoperatively. In such instances, rapid diagnosis and treatment are important to save the patient. PMID:26689074

  7. Impact of Duration of Mitral Regurgitation on Outcomes in Asymptomatic Patients With Myxomatous Mitral Valve Undergoing Exercise Stress Echocardiography

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    Naji, Peyman; Asfahan, Fadi; Barr, Tyler; Rodriguez, L. Leonardo; Grimm, Richard A.; Agarwal, Shikhar; Thomas, James D.; Gillinov, A. Marc; Mihaljevic, Tomislav; Griffin, Brian P.; Desai, Milind Y.

    2015-01-01

    Background Significant mitral regurgitation (MR) typically occurs as holosystolic (HS) or mid?late systolic (MLS), with differences in volumetric impact on the left ventricle (LV). We sought to assess outcomes of degenerative MR patients undergoing exercise echocardiography, separated based on MR duration (MLS versus HS). Methods and Results We included 609 consecutive patients with ?III+myxomatous MR undergoing exercise echocardiography: HS (n=487) and MLS (n=122). MLS MR was defined as delayed appearance of MR signal during mid?late systole on continuous?wave Doppler while HS MR occurred throughout systole. Composite events of death and congestive heart failure were recorded. Compared to MLS MR, HS MR patients were older (60±14 versus 53±14 years), more were males (72% versus 53%), and had greater prevalence of atrial fibrillation (16% versus 7%; all P<0.01). HS MR patients had higher right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) at rest (33±11 versus 27±9 mm Hg), more flail leaflets (36% versus 6%), and a lower number of metabolic equivalents (METs) achieved (9.5±3 versus 10.5±3), compared to the MLS MR group (all P<0.05). There were 54 events during 7.1±3 years of follow?up. On step?wise multivariable analysis, HS versus MLS MR (HR 4.99 [1.21 to 20.14]), higher LV ejection fraction (hazard ratio [HR], 0.94 [0.89 to 0.98]), atrial fibrillation (HR, 2.59 [1.33 to 5.11]), higher RVSP (HR, 1.05 [1.03 to 1.09]), and higher percentage of age? and gender?predicted METs (HR, 0.98 [0.97 to 0.99]) were independently associated with adverse outcomes (all P<0.05). Conclusion In patients with ?III+myxomatous MR undergoing exercise echocardiography, holosystolic MR is associated with adverse outcomes, independent of other predictors. PMID:25672368

  8. Validation of high-resolution echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging vs. high-fidelity catheterization in experimental pulmonary hypertension.

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    Urboniene, Dalia; Haber, Idith; Fang, Yong-Hu; Thenappan, Thenappan; Archer, Stephen L

    2010-09-01

    High-frequency echocardiography and high-field-strength magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are new noninvasive methods for quantifying pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy (RVH). We compared these noninvasive methods of assessing the pulmonary circulation to the gold standard, cardiac catheterization (micromanometer-tipped catheters), in rats with monocrotaline-induced PAH and normal controls. Closed-chest, Sprague-Dawley rats were anesthetized with inhaled isoflurane (25 monocrotaline, 6 age-matched controls). Noninvasive studies used 37.5-MHz ultrasound (Vevo 770; VisualSonics) or a 9.4-T MRI (Bruker BioSpin). Catheterization used a 1.4-F micromanometer-tipped Millar catheter and a thermodilution catheter to measure cardiac output (CO). We compared noninvasive measures of pulmonary artery (PA) pressure (PAP) using PA acceleration time (PAAT) and CO, using the geometric PA flow method and RV free wall (RVFW) thickness/mass with cardiac catheterization and/or autopsy. Blinded operators performed comparisons using each method within 2 days of another. In a subset of rats with monocrotaline PAH, weekly echocardiograms, catheterization, and autopsy data assessed disease progression. Heart rate was similar during all studies (>323 beats/min). PAAT shortened, and the PA flow envelope displayed systolic "notching," reflective of downstream vascular remodeling/stiffening, within 3 wk of monocrotaline. MRI and echocardiography measures of PAAT were highly correlated (r(2) = 0.87) and were inversely proportional to invasive mean PAP (r(2) = 0.72). Mean PAP by echocardiography was estimated as 58.7 - (1.21 x PAAT). Invasive and noninvasive CO measurement correlated well (r(2) >or= 0.75). Noninvasive measures of RVFW thickness/mass correlated well with postmortem measurements. We conclude that high-resolution echocardiography and MRI accurately determine CO, PAP, and RV thickness/mass, offering similar results as high-fidelity right heart catheterization and autopsy, and that PAAT accurately estimates PAP and permits serial monitoring of experimental PAH. These tools are useful for assessment of the rodent pulmonary circulation and RVH. PMID:20581101

  9. Accurate assessment of mitral valve area in patients with mitral stenosis by three-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Chen, Q; Nosir, Y F; Vletter, W B; Kint, P P; Salustri, A; Roelandt, J R

    1997-03-01

    The accuracy of measurements of mitral valve orifice area (MVA) from three-dimensional echocardiographic (3DE) image data sets obtained by a transthoracic or transesophageal rotational imaging probe was studied in 15 patients with native mitral stenosis. The smallest MVA was identified from a set of eight parallel short-axis cut planes of the mitral valve between the anulus and the tips of leaflets (paraplane echocardiography) and measured by planimetry. In addition, MVA was measured from the two-dimensional short-axis view (2DE). Values of MVA measured by 3DE and 2DE were compared with those calculated from Doppler pressure half-time (PHT) as a gold standard. Observer variabilities were studied for 3DE. MVA measured from PHT ranged between 0.55 and 3.19 cm2 (mean +/- SD 1.57 +/- 0.73 cm2), from 3DE between 0.83 and 3.23 cm2 (mean +/- SD 1.55 +/- 0.67 cm2), and from 2DE between 1.27 and 4.08 cm2 (mean +/- SD 1.9 +/- 0.7 cm2). The variability of intraobserver and interobserver measurements for 3DE measurements was not significantly different (p = 0.79 and p = 0.68, respectively); for interobserver variability, standard error of the estimate = 0.25. There was excellent correlation, close limits of agreement (mean difference +/- 2 SD), and nonsignificant differences between 3DE and PHT for MVA measurements (r = 0.98 [0.02 +/- 0.3] and p = 0.6), respectively. There was moderate correlation, wider limits of agreement, and significant difference between 2DE and PHT for MVA measurements (r = 0.89 [0.32 +/- 0.66] and p = 0.002), respectively. This may be related to the difficulties in visualization of the smallest orifice in precordial short-axis views. This study suggests that three-dimensional image data sets, by providing the possibility of "computer slicing" to generate equidistant parallel cross sections of the mitral valve independently from physically dictated ultrasonic windows, allow accurate and reproducible measurement of the MVA. PMID:9083968

  10. Exercise stress echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging in risk stratification of mild to moderate aortic stenosis.

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    Sonaglioni, Andrea; Lombardo, Michele; Baravelli, Massimo; Trotta, Graziana; Sommese, Carmen; Anzà, Claudio

    2015-12-01

    Background Patients with mild to moderate aortic stenosis (AS) seem to have a worse outcome than commonly expected. Early identification of subjects who may develop a rapid disease progression or cardiovascular events is critical in order to apply adequate risk management. Study design Observational prospective single-centre study. Objective To determine the prognostic role of exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) in patients with mild and moderate asymptomatic AS. Patients Ninety consecutive patients (mean age 74 ± 12 years) with isolated mild and moderate AS were enrolled into the study protocol over a 20 months period. Follow-up time was 12 months. Methods A complete echocardiographic study with tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) was performed at baseline and during semi-supine symptom-limited exercise test to evaluate: (1) the occurrence of symptoms, (2) ST segment changes, (3) transaortic pressure gradient, (4) the E/A ratio, (5) the E/e' ratio and (6) the systolic pulmonary artery pressure. Main outcome measures During the 1 year follow-up time, we evaluated the occurrence of adverse cardiac events, defined as any of the following: (1) cardio-vascular hospitalization; (2) requirement for aortic valve replacement; (3) cardiac death. Results During follow-up, three patients died, 11 underwent aortic valve replacement and 26 had cardiovascular hospitalizations. On univariate analysis, patients who exhibited symptoms during exercise (HR 2.93, p = 0.003); the occurrence of a ?2 mm exercise-induced ST segment depression (HR 3.12, p = 0.001); a ?15 mmHg increase in mean transaortic pressure gradient during exercise (HR 2.77, p = 0.001); a ?50 mmHg exercise-induced increase in systolic pulmonary artery pressure (HR 2.90, p = 0.009); an exercise-induced pseudo-normalization of the E/A ratio (E/A ? 1) (HR 7.50, p = 0.0001) and, particularly, a ?15 exercise-induced increase in the E/e' ratio (HR 7.69, p = 0.0001) had a significantly higher risk of cardiac events during the follow-up time. On multivariate analysis, only the latter covariate (HR 6.04, p = 0.009) was independently associated with adverse cardiac events. Conclusions A ?15 stress-induced increase in E/e' ratio is highly predictive of cardiac events in patients with mild to moderate AS. Assessment of diastolic function using TDI during ESE provides additional prognostic information in such patients. PMID:26223986

  11. Speckle tracking echocardiography in mature Irish Wolfhound dogs: technical feasibility, measurement error and reference intervals

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    2013-01-01

    Background Two-dimensional strain measurements obtained by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have been reported in both humans and dogs. Incorporation of this technique into canine clinical practice requires the availability of measurements from clinically normal dogs, ideally of the same breed, taken under normal clinical conditions. The aims of this prospective study were to assess if it is possible to obtain STE data during a routine echocardiographic examination in Irish Wolfhound dogs and that these data will provide reference values and an estimation of measurement error. Methods Fifty- four healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds were used. These were scanned under normal clinical conditions to obtain in one session both standard echocardiographic parameters and STE data. Measurement error was determined separately in 5 healthy mature Irish Wolfhounds. Results Eight dogs were rejected by the software algorithm for reasons of image quality, resulting in a total of 46 dogs (85.2%) being included in the statistical analysis. In 46 dogs it was possible to obtain STE data from three scanning planes, as well as to measure the rotation of the left ventricle at two levels and thus calculate the torsion of the heart. The mean peak radial strain at the cardiac apex (RS-apex) was 45.1?±?10.4% (n?=?44), and the mean peak radial strain at the base (RS-base) was 36.9?±?14.7% (n?=?46). The mean peak circumferential strain at the apex (CS-apex) was -24.8?±?6.2% (n?=?44), and the mean peak circumferential strain at the heart base (CS-base) was -15.9?±?3.2% (n?=?44). The mean peak longitudinal strain (LS) was -16.2?±?3.0% (n?=?46). The calculated mean peak torsion of the heart was 11.6?±?5.1 degrees (n?=?45). The measurement error was 24.8%, 26.4%, 11.5%, 6.7%, 9.0% and 10 degrees, for RS-apex, RS-base, CS-apex, CS-base, LS and torsion, respectively. Conclusions It is concluded that this technique can be included in a normal echocardiographic examination in large breed dogs under clinical conditions. The usefulness of the reference values reported here, given their wide normal range, will ultimately be determined by the values that are obtained from a large numbers of diseased dogs. PMID:23680023

  12. 28. MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF ARVFS FACILITY AS BUILT. SHOWS ...

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    28. MAP SHOWING LOCATION OF ARVFS FACILITY AS BUILT. SHOWS LINCOLN BOULEVARD, BIG LOST RIVER, AND NAVAL REACTORS FACILITY. F.C. TORKELSON DRAWING NUMBER 842-ARVFS-101-2. DATED OCTOBER 12, 1965. INEL INDEX CODE NUMBER: 075 0101 851 151969. - Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Advanced Reentry Vehicle Fusing System, Scoville, Butte County, ID

  13. Rest global longitudinal 2D strain to detect coronary artery disease in patients undergoing stress echocardiography: a comparison with wall-motion and coronary flow reserve responses

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    Gaibazzi, Nicola; Reverberi, Claudio; Porter, Thomas R

    2014-01-01

    Myocardium subtended by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) may show reduced left ventricle (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS), as well as early systolic lengthening (ESL) before shortening; these can be measured at rest and may predict obstructive CAD. This study investigated whether baseline resting LV longitudinal strain measurements may be able to detect significant CAD in patients undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) and coronary angiography, who have normal resting wall motion. We selected patients with a clinical indication of coronary angiography who were previously referred for SE. Patients with known CAD, rest wall-motion (WM) abnormalities, or rhythm/conduction abnormalities were excluded. Speckle tracking strain analyses were retrospectively performed on digitally archived 2D video-loops, using vendor independent software. Peak GLS and duration of ESL were recorded. Diagnostic accuracy of each parameter to predict obstructive (?50%) CAD was assessed and multivariate logistic regression models fitted and compared. Eighty-two patients were enrolled and 49 had significant CAD by quantitative angiography. Patients with CAD were more often male (P=0.01) and more frequently presented with typical angina (P<0.01). Among rest and stress variables, GLS showed a Youden index of 0.665, while SE WM assessment showed a Youden index of 0.599. These were the only two parameters that remained predictive in multivariate analyses. In conclusion, rest GLS demonstrated comparable accuracy with stress-echo data for prediction of angiographically obstructive CAD; it also added significant CAD prediction when combined with clinical data, similar to SE WM assessment.

  14. 1. Show the synthesis of prontosil. Show the starting

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    Gates, Kent. S.

    to prepare the other five derivatives shown below. 4. Show the synthesis of the sulfa drug on the right. Show in the synthetic route. SH2N O O NH2 Sulfa drug SH2N O O H N ON Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim/Septra) SH2N O O H N N N answer will appear in every undergraduate organic textbook). N N 5. The (imaginary) drug shown below

  15. An urea, arginine and carnosine based cream (Ureadin Rx Db ISDIN) shows greater efficacy in the treatment of severe xerosis of the feet in Type 2 diabetic patients in comparison with glycerol-based emollient cream. A randomized, assessor-blinded, controlled trial

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    2012-01-01

    Background Xerosis is a common skin disorder frequently observed in diabetic patients. An effective hydration of foot skin in diabetics is a relevant preventive strategy in order to maintain a healthy foot. Urea is considered an effective hydrating and emollient topical product. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of topical urea 5% with arginine and carnosine (Ureadin Rx Db, ISDIN Spain) (UC) in comparison with glycerol-based emollient topical product (Dexeryl, Pierre Fabre) (EC), in Type 2 diabetic patients. Methods We assessed the effect of UC on skin hydration in a randomized, evaluator-blinded comparative study in 40 type II diabetic patients, aged 40–75 years, treated with UC or the comparator for 28 days with a twice-daily application. The principal outcomes were the Dryness Area Severity Index (DASI) Score and the Visual Analogue Score (VAS) for skin dryness evaluated at baseline and at the end of study period by an investigator unaware of treatment allocation. Results UC induced significantly greater hydration than EC with an 89% reduction in DASI score (from 1.6 to 0.2; p?

  16. Three-dimensional echocardiography in a dynamic heart phantom: comparison of five different methods to measure chamber volume using a commercially available software

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    Gibson, Patrick H; Becher, Harald

    2014-01-01

    Several methods of analysis are available for quantification of left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction using three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. This study compared the accuracy and reproducibility of five methods of analysis in a novel, irregularly shaped dynamic heart phantom with excellent image quality. Five 3D datasets were acquired on a Philips IE33 platform using an X5-1 3D transducer. Each dataset was analysed by five different methods using the Philips QLab v8.1 software: Methods A1, A2 and A3, semi-automated contour detection with varying degrees of user correction; Method B, Simpson's biplane method using optimally aligned four- and two-chamber views and Method C, method of discs, manually delineated in reconstructed short-axis views. Time–volume curves were generated for each method and compared with the true volumes measured throughout systole in the phantom heart. A second observer repeated measurements by each method in a single 3D dataset. Method A1 (uncorrected semi-automated contouring) produced the most consistent time–volume curves, although end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes varied between datasets. Any manual correction of contours (Methods A2, A3 and B) resulted in significant variation in the time–volume curves, with less consistent endocardial tracking. Method C was not only the most accurate and reproducible method, but also the most time-consuming one. Different methods of 3D volume quantification vary significantly in accuracy and reproducibility using an irregular phantom heart model. Although contouring may appear optimal in long-axis views, this may not be replicated circumferentially, and the resulting measures appeared to be less robust following the manual correction of semi-automated contours.

  17. Sources of variation in assessing left atrial functions by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography.

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    Rimba?, Roxana Cristina; Mih?il?, Sorina; Vinereanu, Drago?

    2014-11-12

    Left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate, determined by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), are reproducible indices to assess LA function. Different normal ranges for LA phasic functions have been reported. We investigated the role of the reference point (P- and R-wave), gain, and region of interest (ROI), as the major sources of variation when assessing LA function. 52 subjects were evaluated for LA conventional and STE analysis. 45 of them (46 ± 14 years, 26 men) were feasible for concomitant LA deformation, and LA phasic volumes and ejection fractions (LAEF) evaluation. First, we compared the P- and R-wave methods, for the evaluation of the LA functions. We used diastolic mitral profile to clearly delineate the time intervals for each LA function. For the P-wave method, active function was assessed from negative global strain as a difference between the strain at pre-atrial contraction and strain just before mitral valve closure (GSA-), and late diastolic strain rate (GSRL); passive function from positive strain at MVO (GSA+), and from early negative diastolic strain rate (GSRE); reservoir function from the sum of GSA- and GSA+ (TGSA), and positive strain rate at the beginning of LV systole (GSR+). For the R-wave method we used the same SR parameters. The active function was evaluated by late positive global strain (GSAC), the reservoir by positive peak before the opening of the mitral valve (TGSA), and conduit function by the difference between TGSA and GSAC (GSA+). Then, by using P-wave method, we measured all previously described parameters for different gains-minimum (G0), medium (G12), and maximum (G24), and for different ROIs-minimum (ROI0), step 1 (ROI1), and 2 (ROI2). Feasibility of the LA strain measurements was 87 %. Active LA function was similar in the absolute value (GSAC and GSA-), whereas passive and reservoir functions were significantly higher (GSA+, TGSA) with the R-wave method. Active LAEF correlated with GSA- measured by the P-wave (r = -0.44, p = 0.002), but not with the GSAC measured by the R-wave method. Similar correlations were found for passive and reservoir LAEF with correspondent strain parameters, only with P-wave method. There were no differences between methods regarding SR indices and their correlations with correspondent LAEFs. Increase of gain from minimum to maximum overestimated all measured LA functions (all p < 0.05). Intermediary changes did not have a significant impact on the measurement of active and conduit function, but they do have on the measurement of the reservoir function. Increase of ROI from minimum to ROI2 was associated with an overestimation of all measurements of atrial functions (all p < 0.05). For all parameters, except GSR+, a decrease of atrial S and SR values from minimum ROI to step 1 was recorded. For GSA+, TGSA, GSRE a decrease of S and SR values with each ROI step was recorded. The two methods used to assess LA functions by STE do not provide similar results. The R-wave method essentially ignores negative peak, creating a positive strain for atrial contraction, and also provides higher values for the reservoir and conduit functions, by comparison with the P-wave method. Increase of gain overestimates, whereas increase of ROI underestimates all parameters of LA functions. Therefore, we suggest that P-wave as a reference point, a medium gain, and a minimum ROI should be used as the best choice for a correct assessment. PMID:25388354

  18. Combined computational and experimental approach to improve the assessment of mitral regurgitation by echocardiography.

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    Sonntag, Simon J; Li, Wei; Becker, Michael; Kaestner, Wiebke; Büsen, Martin R; Marx, Nikolaus; Merhof, Dorit; Steinseifer, Ulrich

    2014-05-01

    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most frequent valvular heart diseases. To assess MR severity, color Doppler imaging (CDI) is the clinical standard. However, inadequate reliability, poor reproducibility and heavy user-dependence are known limitations. A novel approach combining computational and experimental methods is currently under development aiming to improve the quantification. A flow chamber for a circulatory flow loop was developed. Three different orifices were used to mimic variations of MR. The flow field was recorded simultaneously by a 2D Doppler ultrasound transducer and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were conducted using the same geometry and boundary conditions. The resulting computed velocity field was used to simulate synthetic Doppler signals. Comparison between PIV and CFD shows a high level of agreement. The simulated CDI exhibits the same characteristics as the recorded color Doppler images. The feasibility of the proposed combination of experimental and computational methods for the investigation of MR is shown and the numerical methods are successfully validated against the experiments. Furthermore, it is discussed how the approach can be used in the long run as a platform to improve the assessment of MR quantification. PMID:24398572

  19. Diarrheal Disease in Show Swine 

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    Lawhorn, D. Bruce

    2007-02-27

    water is the main source of Giardia spp. Bacterial Causes Swine dysentery or ?bloody dysentery? from infec- tion with Brachyspira (Serpulina) hyodysenteriae is a major cause of diarrheal disease in show pigs. Pigs can be exposed to the organism.... Swine dysentery bac- teria are not known to cause disease in humans. Salmonella typhimurium infection is another impor- tant cause of diarrheal disease in show pigs. They become infected by exposure to contaminated swine manure on premises, trailers...

  20. National Orange Show Photovoltaic Demonstration

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    Dan Jimenez Sheri Raborn, CPA; Tom Baker

    2008-03-31

    National Orange Show Photovoltaic Demonstration created a 400KW Photovoltaic self-generation plant at the National Orange Show Events Center (NOS). The NOS owns a 120-acre state fairground where it operates an events center and produces an annual citrus fair known as the Orange Show. The NOS governing board wanted to employ cost-saving programs for annual energy expenses. It is hoped the Photovoltaic program will result in overall savings for the NOS, help reduce the State's energy demands as relating to electrical power consumption, improve quality of life within the affected grid area as well as increase the energy efficiency of buildings at our venue. In addition, the potential to reduce operational expenses would have a tremendous effect on the ability of the NOS to service its community.

  1. Effects of antithrombotic drugs in patients with left ventricular thrombi: assessment with indium-111 platelet imaging and two-dimensional echocardiography

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    Stratton, J.R.; Ritchie, J.L.

    1984-03-01

    Patients with left ventricular thrombi not caused by recent myocardial infarction were prospectively studied by indium-111 platelet imaging and two-dimensional echocardiography to determine the reproducibility of these techniques and the short-term effects of sulfinpyrazone (200 mg four times daily), aspirin (325 mg three times daily) plus dipyridamole (75 mg three times daily), and full-dose warfarin. At baseline, all patients underwent indium-111 platelet imaging and echocardiography, and the results were positive for thrombus. In six patients on no antithrombotic drug therapy, repeat platelet scans and echocardiographic studies at 6.0 +/- 3.3 weeks remained positive and were unchanged. In seven patients studied on sulfinpyrazone, three platelet scans became negative, two became equivocal, and two were unchanged; the presence and size of thrombus was constant by echocardiography in all seven patients. Of the six patients studied on aspirin plus dipyridamole, one platelet scan became negative, those of three became equivocal, and two were unchanged; all echocardiographic findings remained positive, but one patient had decreased thrombus size. Among four warfarin-treated patients, three had resolution of platelet deposition and one was unchanged; by echocardiography, thrombus resolved in one patient, was decreased in size in one, and was unchanged in two. We conclude that, in the absence of antithrombotic drug therapy, platelet imaging and echocardiographic findings are stable in patients with left ventricular thrombi not caused by recent myocardial infarction. Sulfinpyrazone, aspirin plus dipyridamole, and warfarin all interrupt platelet deposition in some patients with chronic left ventricular thrombi.

  2. Arches showing UV flaring activity

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    Fontenla, J. M.

    1988-01-01

    The UVSP data obtained in the previous maximum activity cycle show the frequent appearance of flaring events in the UV. In many cases these flaring events are characterized by at least two footpoints which show compact impulsive non-simultaneous brightenings and a fainter but clearly observed arch developes between the footpoints. These arches and footpoints are observed in line corresponding to different temperatures, as Lyman alpha, N V, and C IV, and when observed above the limb display large Doppler shifts at some stages. The size of the arches can be larger than 20 arcsec.

  3. Graphene Oxides Show Angiogenic Properties.

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    Mukherjee, Sudip; Sriram, Pavithra; Barui, Ayan Kumar; Nethi, Susheel Kumar; Veeriah, Vimal; Chatterjee, Suvro; Suresh, Kattimuttathu Ittara; Patra, Chitta Ranjan

    2015-08-01

    Angiogenesis, a process resulting in the formation of new capillaries from the pre-existing vasculature plays vital role for the development of therapeutic approaches for cancer, atherosclerosis, wound healing, and cardiovascular diseases. In this report, the synthesis, characterization, and angiogenic properties of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) have been demonstrated, observed through several in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis assays. The results here demonstrate that the intracellular formation of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species as well as activation of phospho-eNOS and phospho-Akt might be the plausible mechanisms for GO and rGO induced angiogenesis. The results altogether suggest the possibilities for the development of alternative angiogenic therapeutic approach for the treatment of cardiovascular related diseases where angiogenesis plays a significant role. PMID:26033847

  4. Removal of metallic foreign body in heart by minimally invasive procedure under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography and transthoracic echocardiogram

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    Qian, Hong; Song, Haibo; Li, Yajiao

    2015-01-01

    Penetrating cardiac injury, caused by intracardiac foreign bodies, presents a big challenge to surgeons for that it is difficult to exactly locate the intracardiac foreign bodies due to the continuous movement of heart. We present the case of successful removal of two self-inflicted intramyocardial needles by minimally invasive procedures. Under the guidance of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), left mini-anterolateral thoracotomy was performed and the needles were located and removed. The patient was discharged from hospital 5 days after surgery without any complications. In our case, the TTE and TEE provide valuable informations on the choice of surgical procedure, which avoids opening the chest and use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). PMID:26716056

  5. A Rare Case of Iatrogenic Deep Neck Infection Secondary to Hypopharyngeal Injury Caused by the Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    Kim, Hyung Yoon; Lee, Sang-Chol; Park, Sung-Ji; Choi, Jin-Oh; Chang, Sung-A; Kim, Sung Mok; Choe, Yeon Hyeon; Oh, Jae K.

    2015-01-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is considered relatively safe but semi-invasive. The hypopharyngeal and esophageal injury is infrequent complication of TEE but could be serious, even life-threatening. We present a case of a 74-year-old man who experienced a deep neck infection secondary to hypopharyngeal injury following TEE. The diagnosis was made because of the subcutaneous emphysema developed 3 hours after TEE. In spite of antibiotics therapy with prolonged fasting, a right parapharyngeal and retropharyngeal abscess was developed 5 days later. With ultrasound-guided drainage of abscess and continuous antibiotic treatment, infection was controlled. The patent underwent mitral valve repair after 14 days of antibiotic therapy. The patient recovered uneventfully. For cardiologists performing TEE, it is required to know complications and their risk factors to minimize hypopharyngeal and esophageal injury. PMID:26448827

  6. Geometric differences of the mitral apparatus between ischemic and dilated cardiomyopathy with significant mitral regurgitation: real-time three-dimensional echocardiography study

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    Kwan, Jun; Shiota, Takahiro; Agler, Deborah A.; Popovic, Zoran B.; Qin, Jian Xin; Gillinov, Marc A.; Stewart, William J.; Cosgrove, Delos M.; McCarthy, Patrick M.; Thomas, James D.

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to elucidate the geometric differences of the mitral apparatus in patients with significant mitral regurgitation caused by ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM-MR) and by idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM-MR) by use of real-time 3D echocardiography (RT3DE). METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty-six patients with ICM-MR caused by posterior infarction, 18 patients with DCM-MR, and 8 control subjects were studied. With the 3D software, commissure-commissure plane and 3 perpendicular anteroposterior (AP) planes were generated for imaging the medial, central, and lateral sides of the mitral valve (MV) during mid systole. In 3 AP planes, the angles between the annular plane and each leaflet (anterior, Aalpha; posterior, Palpha) were measured. In ICM-MR, Aalpha measured in the medial and central planes was significantly larger than that in the lateral plane (39+/-5 degrees, 34+/-6 degrees, and 27+/-5 degrees, respectively; P<0.01), whereas Palpha showed no significant difference in any of the 3 AP planes (61+/-7 degrees, 57+/-7 degrees, and 56+/-7 degrees, P>0.05). In DCM-MR, both Aalpha (38+/-8 degrees, 37+/-9 degrees, and 36+/-7 degrees, P>0.05) and Palpha (59+/-6 degrees, 58+/-5 degrees, and 57+/-6 degrees, P>0.05) revealed no significant differences in the 3 planes. CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of MV deformation from the medial to the lateral side was asymmetrical in ICM-MR, whereas it was symmetrical in DCM-MR. RT3DE is a helpful tool for differentiating the geometry of the mitral apparatus between these 2 different types of functional mitral regurgitation.

  7. Assessment of Mitral Valve Adaptation with Gated Cardiac Computed Tomography: Validation with Three-Dimensional Echocardiography and Mechanistic Insight to Functional Mitral Regurgitation

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    Beaudoin, Jonathan; Thai, Wai-Ee; Wai, Bryan; Handschumacher, Mark D.; Levine, Robert A.; Truong, Quynh A.

    2013-01-01

    Background Mitral valve (MV) enlargement is a compensatory mechanism capable of preventing functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) in dilated ventricles. Total leaflet area and its relation with closure area measured by 3D-echocardiography have been related to FMR. Whether these parameters can be assessed with other imaging modalities is not known. Our objectives are to compare cardiac CT-based measurements of MV leaflets with 3D-echocardiography and determine the relationship of these metrics to the presence of FMR. Methods and Results We used two cohorts of patients who had cardiac CT to measure MV total leaflet, closure and annulus areas. In cohort 1 (26 patients), we validated these CT metrics to 3D-echocardiography. In cohort 2 (66 patients), we assessed the relation of MV size with the presence of FMR in three populations: heart failure with FMR, heart failure without FMR, and normal controls. Cardiac CT and 3D-echocardiography produced similar results for total leaflet (R2=0.97), closure (R2=0.89) and annulus areas (R2=0.84). MV size was largest in heart failure without FMR compared with controls and FMR patients (9.1±1.7 vs 7.5±1.0 vs 8.1±0.9 cm2/m2, p<0.01). FMR patients had reduced ratios of total leaflet:closure areas and total leaflet:annulus areas when compared to patients without FMR (p<0.01). Conclusions MV size measured by CT is comparable to 3D-echocardiography. MV enlargement in cardiomyopathy suggests leaflet adaptation. Patients with FMR have inadequate adaptation as reflected by decreased ratios of leaflet area and areas determined by ventricle size (annulus and closure areas). These measurements provide additional insight into the mechanism of FMR. PMID:23873402

  8. Bioeffects of albumin-encapsulated microbubbles and real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography in an experimental canine model.

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    Dourado, P M M; Tsutsui, J M; Santos, J M T; Aiello, V D; Mathias, W; Ramires, J A F; da Luz, P L; Chagas, A C P

    2006-06-01

    Myocardial contrast echocardiography has been used for assessing myocardial perfusion. Some concerns regarding its safety still remain, mainly regarding the induction of microvascular alterations. We sought to determine the bioeffects of microbubbles and real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (RTMCE) in a closed-chest canine model. Eighteen mongrel dogs were randomly assigned to two groups. Nine were submitted to continuous intravenous infusion of perfluorocarbon-exposed sonicated dextrose albumin (PESDA) plus continuous imaging using power pulse inversion RTMCE for 180 min, associated with manually deflagrated high-mechanical index impulses. The control group consisted of 3 dogs submitted to continuous imaging using RTMCE without PESDA, 3 dogs received PESDA alone, and 3 dogs were sham-operated. Hemodynamics and cardiac rhythm were monitored continuously. Histological analysis was performed on cardiac and pulmonary tissues. No hemodynamic changes or cardiac arrhythmias were observed in any group. Normal left ventricular ejection fraction and myocardial perfusion were maintained throughout the protocol. Frequency of mild and focal microhemorrhage areas in myocardial and pulmonary tissue was similar in PESDA plus RTMCE and control groups. The percentages of positive microscopical fields in the myocardium were 0.4 and 0.7% (P = NS) in the PESDA plus RTMCE and control groups, respectively, and in the lungs they were 2.1 and 1.1%, respectively (P = NS). In this canine model, myocardial perfusion imaging obtained with PESDA and RTMCE was safe, with no alteration in cardiac rhythm or left ventricular function. Mild and focal myocardial and pulmonary microhemorrhages were observed in both groups, and may be attributed to surgical tissue manipulation. PMID:16751990

  9. The Incidence of Patent Foramen Ovale in 1,000 Consecutive Patients: A Contrast Transesophageal Echocardiography Study

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    Fisher, Daniel C.; Fisher, Edward A.; Budd, Jacqueline H.; Rosen, Stacey E.; Goldman, Martin E.

    1995-01-01

    Study objective: Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is present in 10 to 35% of people and has been reported to be an important risk factor for cardioembolic cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) and transient ischemic attacks (TIAS), especially in younger patients. While contrast transthoracic echocardiography has been used to detect PFO, contrast transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has a greater sensitivity. Prior studies reported the incidence of PFO in patients presenting with a CVA or TIA. Design: To determine the incidence of PFO in a more general population, we reviewed 1,000 consecutive TEES performed with contrast and color Doppler for the presence of PFO and other cardioembolic risk factors, including atrial septal aneurysm (ASA), aortic plaque, atrial fibrillation (AFib), and atrial thrombi. While imaging with monoplane or biplane TEE, multiple injections of agitated saline solution were injected during cough or Valsalva maneuver to detect flow through a PFO. Patients: There were 482 male and 518 female patients with mean age of 60 + 17 years (range 11 to 93 years). Results: Patent foramen ovale was found in 9.2% of all patients and, though seen in all age groups divided by decade, the incidence in patients aged 40 to 49 years was greater than those aged 70 to 79 years (12.96% vs 6.15%',, p=0.03). Contrast TEE had a much higher detection rate than color Doppler alone. Importantly, there was no greater incidence of PFO in patients with CVA vs thos without CVA, or in male vs female patients. Also, there was a very strong correlation between the presence of ASA and PFO (p<.001). Conclusion: Thus, PFO detected by TEE, frequently seen with ASA, is seen in all age groups and does not in itself present a risk factor for CVA. The association of PFO with peripheral thrombosis and CVA needs further study.

  10. Impact of monitoring longitudinal systolic strain changes during serial echocardiography on outcome in patients with AL amyloidosis.

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    Hu, Kai; Liu, Dan; Nordbeck, Peter; Cikes, Maja; Störk, Stefan; Kramer, Bastian; Gaudron, Philipp Daniel; Schneider, Andreas; Knop, Stefan; Ertl, Georg; Bijnens, Bart; Weidemann, Frank; Herrmann, Sebastian

    2015-10-01

    Relative apical sparing of longitudinal systolic strain (LSsys) with preserved LSsys at apical and significantly reduced LSsys at mid/basal segments is a typical echocardiographic feature in AL amyloidosis patients with cardiac involvement. The present study aims to evaluate the change of this typical feature over time by serial echocardiography and its impact on outcome in AL amyloidosis patients with cardiac involvement. Echocardiography was performed in 24 consecutive patients with biopsy-proven AL amyloidosis (mean age 64 ± 9 years; 50% male) at baseline and during a median of 257 (quartiles 103-651) days follow-up. Global and segmental LSsys were assessed by two-dimensional speckle-tracking-imaging in septal and lateral segments of the left ventricle (LV) from the apical 4-chamber view. Sixteen (67%) patients died during a median follow-up of 487 days (quartiles 223-872). LV global and segmental LSsys remained unchanged over time in survivors (all P > 0.05), while LV global, septal-apical and lateral-apical LSsys significantly decreased in non-survivors. A decrease in lateral-apical LSsys > 3.0% independently predicted a fivefold increased all-cause mortality risk after adjustment for age, gender, NYHA class, and treatment strategies. Further, baseline serum NT-proBNP, serum albumin decrease during follow-up, baseline septal apical-to-basal LSsys ratio and lateral-apical LSsys decrease during follow-up remained independently predictive of increased all-cause mortality risk. Serial monitoring of serological and echocardiographic parameters is valuable to predict outcome in AL amyloidosis patients with cardiac involvement. The best follow-up parameter to predict risk for imminent death is a decrease of longitudinal systolic strain at the lateral apical segment. PMID:26179863

  11. Left Ventricular Early Inflow–Outflow Index: A Novel Echocardiographic Indicator of Mitral Regurgitation Severity

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    Lee, Ming-Ming; Salahuddin, Ayesha; Garcia, Mario J; Spevack, Daniel M

    2015-01-01

    Background No gold standard currently exists for quantification of mitral regurgitation (MR) severity. Classification by echocardiography is based on integrative criteria using color and spectral Doppler and anatomic measurements. We hypothesized that a simple Doppler left ventricular early inflow–outflow index (LVEIO), based on flow velocity into the left ventricle (LV) in diastole and ejected from the LV in systole, would add incrementally to current diagnostic criteria. LVEIO was calculated by dividing the mitral E-wave velocity by the LV outflow velocity time integral. Methods and Results Transthoracic echocardiography reports from Montefiore Medical Center and its referring clinics from July 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011 (n=11 235) were reviewed. The MR severity reported by a cardiologist certified by the National Board of Echocardiography was used as a reference standard. Studies reporting moderate or severe MR (n=550) were reanalyzed to measure effective regurgitant orifice area by the proximal isovelocity surface area method, vena contracta width, MR jet area, and left-sided chamber volumes. LVEIO was 9.3±3.9, 7.0±3.2, and 4.2±1.7 among those with severe, moderate, and insignificant MR, respectively (ANOVA P<0.001). By receiver operating characteristic analysis, area under the curve for LVEIO was 0.92 for severe MR. Those with LVEIO ?8 were likely to have severe MR (likelihood ratio 26.5), whereas those with LVEIO ?4 were unlikely to have severe MR (likelihood ratio 0.11). LVEIO performed better in those with normal LV ejection fraction (?50%) compared with those with reduced LV ejection fraction (<50%) (area under the curve 0.92 versus 0.80, P<0.001). By multivariate logistic regression analysis, LVEIO was independently associated with severe MR when compared with vena contracta width, MR jet area, and effective regurgitant orifice area measured by the proximal isovelocity surface area method. Conclusion LVEIO is a simple-to-use echocardiographic parameter that accurately identifies severe MR, particularly in patients with normal LV ejection fraction. PMID:26071032

  12. Isolation of novel Bacillus species showing high mosquitocidal activity against several mosquito species.

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    Hayes, Sabrina R; Hudon, Michael; Park, Hyun-Woo

    2011-05-01

    Two novel mosquitocidal bacteria, VB17 and VB24, identified as new Bacillus species were isolated from dead mosquito larvae obtained in Florida aquatic habitats. Gas chromatographic analysis of fatty acid methyl esters (GC-FAME) and 16S rRNA sequencing indicated that VB24 is closely related to Bacillus sphaericus whereas VB17 does not have a close relationship with either Bacillus thuringiensis or B. sphaericus. Both isolates were significantly more active than B. sphaericus 2362 against Aedes taeniorhynchus, Anopheles quadrimaculatus, Culex quinquefasciatus larvae, and as active as B. sphaericus 2362 against Anopheles gambiae. Interestingly, however, both were not active against Aedes aegypti larvae, indicating some level of insecticidal specificity. PMID:21276795

  13. Smokers Beware: Study Shows Increased Cadmium Levels in the Brain May Cause Severe Neurological Disorders

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    King, Angela G.

    2005-01-01

    Tobacco is one crop that accumulates cadmium, making smokers susceptible to higher levels of the metal in their bodies. The findings suggest that even a low-level exposure to a heavy metal like cadmium is likely to cause a change in the functions of neurons in the brain and the behavioral response to drugs of abuse.

  14. Severe Strep Infections

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    ... severe group A strep infections may lead to shock, organ failure, and death. Therefore, healthcare providers must diagnose and treat such infections quickly. Treatment Antibiotics used to treat these severe infections include ...

  15. ShowMe3D

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    2012-01-05

    ShowMe3D is a data visualization graphical user interface specifically designed for use with hyperspectral image obtained from the Hyperspectral Confocal Microscope. The program allows the user to select and display any single image from a three dimensional hyperspectral image stack. By moving a slider control, the user can easily move between images of the stack. The user can zoom into any region of the image. The user can select any pixel or region from themore »displayed image and display the fluorescence spectrum associated with that pixel or region. The user can define up to 3 spectral filters to apply to the hyperspectral image and view the image as it would appear from a filter-based confocal microscope. The user can also obtain statistics such as intensity average and variance from selected regions.« less

  16. Phoenix Scoop Inverted Showing Rasp

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    2008-01-01

    This image taken by the Surface Stereo Imager on Sol 49, or the 49th Martian day of the mission (July 14, 2008), shows the silver colored rasp protruding from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander's Robotic Arm scoop. The scoop is inverted and the rasp is pointing up.

    Shown with its forks pointing toward the ground is the thermal and electrical conductivity probe, at the lower right. The Robotic Arm Camera is pointed toward the ground.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  17. Can recurrence networks show small world property?

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    Rinku Jacob; K. P. Harikrishnan; R. Misra; G. Ambika

    2015-09-15

    Recurrence networks are important statistical tools used for the analysis of time series data with several practical applications. Though these networks are complex and characterize objects with structural scale invariance, their properties from a complex network perspective have not been fully understood. In this Letter, we argue, with numerical support, that the recurrence networks from chaotic attractors with continuous measure can neither show scale free topology nor small world property. However, if the critical threshold is increased from its optimum value, the recurrence network initially crosses over to a complex network with the small world property and finally to the classical random graph as the threshold approaches the size of the strange attractor.

  18. Severe Weather Perceptions.

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    Abrams, Karol

    Severe weather is an element of nature that cannot be controlled. Therefore, it is important that the general public be aware of severe weather and know how to react quickly and appropriately in a weather emergency. This study, done in the community surrounding the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, was conducted to compile and analyze…

  19. Currency flaw severity. [Banknotes

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    Johnson, C.; Burnett, M.; Goodman, C.; Sherrod, R.; Schmoyer, R.; Harrison, C.; Uppuluri, R.

    1986-01-01

    A survey of currency flaw severity was carried out using 300 banknotes and 37 judges. Each judge assigned each note to one of five flaw severity categories. These categories correspond to severity grades of 1 to 5 with 1 equivalent to ''always accepted'' and 5 ''never accepted.'' An average flaw severity grade for each note was obtained by taking the mean of the severity grades assigned to that note by the 37 judges. Thus, each note has a single numerical real-number flaw grade between 1 and 5. Mathematical modeling of the currency flaw survey results is continuing with some very promising initial results. Our present model handles common excess ink and missing ink flaw types quite well. We plan to extend the model to ink level, mash, setoff and blanket impression flaw types.

  20. A noninvasive method of measuring Max(dP/dt) of the left ventricle by Doppler echocardiography.

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    Senda, S; Sugawara, M; Matsumoto, Y; Kan, T; Matsuo, H

    1992-02-01

    Although slightly affected by alterations in preload, the maximum first derivative of left ventricular pressure with respect to time, Max(dP/dt), is widely regarded as a simple and convenient index of cardiac contractility for clinical use. The feasibility of noninvasive, hence repeatable, measurement of Max(dP/dt) will certainly lead to re-evaluation of its usefulness. Max(dP/dt) is given by the following equation: Max(dP/dt) = rho c Max(du/dt), where rho is the blood density, c the pulse wave velocity, and mu the flow velocity in the aorta. This equation has been previously validated in animal experiments and has now been applied to the clinical setting for the first time. In 20 patients without aortic stenosis, left ventricular pressure was measured with a catheter-tip micromanometer, aortic ejection flow velocity was measured by Doppler echocardiography, and pulse wave velocity by mechanocardiography or Doppler echocardiography. Then, delta c Max (du/dt was calculated from the measured data and compared with measured Max (dP/dt). A significant positive correlation was found between them (rho c Max (du/dt) = 0.96 x Max (dP/dt) + 6.52, r = 0.83, p < 0.001). In 11 patients with hypertension, rho c Max (du/dt) was obtained before and after long-term (average 13.1 months) treatment with antihypertensive drugs. In spite of the expected reduction in blood pressure and the regression of left ventricular mass, rho c Max (du/dt) remaioned unchanged. In 9 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, the effects of beta 1-agonist were tested at the beginning of therapy (30 mg/day denopamine) and 6 months later. The increase in rho c Max (du/dt) observed 1 hour after oral administration of he drug had not changed significantly 6 months later. We conclude that the index rho c Max (du/dt), is useful in assessing the contractile state of the left ventricle noninvasively. PMID:1491580

  1. Severe asthma in children

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    Guilbert, TW; Bacharier, LB; Fitzpatrick, AM

    2015-01-01

    Severe asthma in children is characterized by sustained symptoms despite treatment with high doses of ICS or oral corticosteroids. Children with severe asthma may fall into two categories, difficult-to-treat asthma or severe therapy-resistant asthma. Difficult-to-treat asthma is defined as poor control due to an incorrect diagnosis or comorbidities, poor adherence due to adverse psychological or environmental factors. In contrast, treatment-resistant is defined as difficult asthma despite management of these factors. It is increasingly recognized that severe asthma is a highly heterogeneous disorder associated with a number of clinical and inflammatory phenotypes that have been described in children with severe asthma. Guideline based drug therapy of severe childhood asthma is based primarily on extrapolated data from adult studies. The recommendation is that children with severe asthma be treated with higher-dose inhaled or oral corticosteroids combined with long-acting beta-agonists and other add on therapies such as antileukotrienes and methylxanthines. It is important to identify and address the influences that make asthma difficult to control including reviewing the diagnosis and the removal of causal or aggravating factors. Better definition of the phenotypes and better targeting of therapy based upon individual patient phenotypes is likely to improve asthma treatment in the future. PMID:25213041

  2. Intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain I in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI

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    Kercheva, M.; Ryabova, T.; Ryabov, V.; Karpov, R.

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of standard and 2 dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, dynamics of global longitudinal strain in patients with acute primary anterior STEMI. The study included 24 patients, mean age 58.46±10.2. Echocardiography with 2D speckle tracking imaging was performed on the 1st (T1), 7th (T2), 14th days (T3) after STEMI («Vivid E9»). Analysis of echocardiographic images was performed offline at the different periods by the two independent observers (EchoPac) - experienced and inexperienced. In order to assess the agreement between standard and 2D speckle tracking echocardiography, a correlation analysis (Pearson correlation, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient) and Bland-Altman analysis were undertaken. The 23 patients had urgent reperfusion therapy, 6 patients underwent primary PCI, 16 patients - PCI after successful fibrinolysis (68%). GLS and WMSI had the best intraobsever reproducibility. Dynamics of EDV LV, ESV LV, EF LV was without significant differences. Nevertheless, it was found positive dynamic of GLS: - 12.65±3.53 (T1), -13.61±3.81 (T2), -14.27±4.1 (T3), p<0.05. GLS reduced 11.35% (p=0.0048) from T1 to T3. The best intraobserver reproducibility of parameters of 2 D speckle-tracking and standard echocardiography was revealed in GLS and WMSI. The modern management of STEMI patients limits adverse postinfarction remodeling and preserves of global left ventricular contractility detected by the EF LV. However, GLS had the positive dynamics and improved to the 14th day.

  3. New concept of myocardial longitudinal strain reserve assessed by a dipyridamole infusion using 2D-strain echocardiography: the impact of diabetes and age, and the prognostic value

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    2013-01-01

    Aims Although dipyridamole is a widely used pharmacological stress agent, the direct effects on myocardium are not entirely known. Diabetic cardiomyopathy can be investigated by 2D-strain echocardiography. The aim of this study was to assess myocardial functional reserve after dipyridamole infusion using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Methods Seventy-five patients referred for dipyridamole stress myocardial perfusion gated SPECT (MPGS) were examined by echocardiography to assess a new concept of longitudinal strain reserve (LSR) and longitudinal strain rate reserve (LSRR) respectively defined by the differences of global longitudinal strain (GLS) and longitudinal strain rate between peak stress after dipyridamole and rest. Twelve patients with myocardial ischemia were excluded on the basis of MPGS as gold standard. Results Mean LSR was ?2.28±2.19% and was more important in the 28 (44%) diabetic patients (?3.27±1.93%; p = 0.001). After multivariate analyses, only diabetes improved LSR (p = 0.011) after dipyridamole infusion and was not associated with glycaemic control (p = 0.21), insulin therapy (p = 0.46) or duration of the disease (p = 0.80). Conversely, age (p = 0.002) remained associated with a decrease in LSR. LSSR was also correlated to age (p = 0.005). Patients with a LSR < 0% have a better survival after 15 months (log-rank p = 0.0012). Conclusion LSR explored by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography after dipyridamole infusion is a simple and new concept that provides new insights into the impact of diabetes and age on the myocardium with a potential prognostic value. PMID:23759020

  4. Application of three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography to assess left ventricular regional work using wall tension-regional area loop.

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    Hioki, Ayana; Masuda, Kasumi; Asanuma, Toshihiko; Goto, Yoichi; Nakatani, Satoshi

    2015-05-15

    Three-dimensional (3-D) speckle tracking echocardiography allows us to track a change in regional endocardial surface area. The change of regional area during a cardiac cycle should be useful for assessing left ventricular regional work. We investigated the feasibility of assessing regional work, calculated as the area within the wall tension-regional area (T-A) loop using 3-D echocardiography. Three-dimensional full-volume images were acquired using 3-D echocardiography (Artida, Toshiba) at baseline and during brief occlusion of the left circumflex coronary artery in eight dogs. Wall tension was calculated according to Laplace's law for a spherical model. Area change ratio (in %) determined by area tracking was transformed into a change of regional area (in cm(2)) by a custom software. We calculated the area within the T-A loop (TAA) in the area under transient ischemia (risk area) and the remote area as regional work and validated the T-A loop method by comparing the global integral of TAA with the total work assessed by the pressure-volume loop. During coronary occlusion, regional work for the risk area significantly decreased (baseline vs. occlusion, 26.8 ± 10.7 vs. 18.4 ± 7.8 mmHg·cm(3); P < 0.05), whereas that for the remote area did not change. The global integral of TAA closely correlated with the total work assessed by the pressure-volume loop (r = 0.91, P < 0.0001). The wall T-A loop reflected regional dysfunction caused by myocardial ischemia. This analysis using 3-D speckle tracking echocardiography might be useful to quantify left ventricular regional work. PMID:25770249

  5. Measurement of peak aortic jet velocity in the perioperative period-machine variability: implications for assessment of aortic stenosis severity.

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    Cowie, B S; Kluger, R

    2015-09-01

    Variation in echocardiography machines and probes are not well described in the perioperative period. We aimed to compare the estimation of severity of aortic stenosis with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) using two semi-portable ultrasound machines. Experienced cardiac anaesthetists performed a limited transthoracic echocardiogram with two different semi-portable ultrasound machines in patients with known aortic stenosis. The peak aortic jet velocity with continuous-wave Doppler and the time taken to obtain an acceptable envelope were recorded. The Sonosite M Turbo often underestimated the peak jet velocities (median jet velocity [IQR] 2.25 m/s [1.95 to 3.4] versus 3.85 m/s (3 to 4.2); P <0.001) and required more time to get a satisfactory envelope than the GE Vivid I. There was no statistically or clinically significant difference between the velocities obtained from the Vivid I and those measured on the patient's formal cardiology preoperative transthoracic echocardiogram (median [IQR]: 3.95 m/s [3.0 to 4.7]; P=0.3). However, the velocities obtained by the M Turbo were significantly lower than those obtained by the formal preoperative transthoracic echocardiogram (P <0.001). With the expansion of transthoracic echocardiography amongst anaesthetists, underestimation of the peak aortic jet velocity can significantly underestimate the severity of aortic stenosis with potentially lethal clinical consequences. Semi-portable ultrasound machines with echocardiographic capability are not necessarily equivalent and can result in underestimation of severity of aortic stenosis. PMID:26310416

  6. Diagnostic Value of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Patients with Coarctation of Aorta: The Chinese Experience in 53 Patients Studied between 2008 and 2012 in One Major Medical Center

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    Wang, Xinfang; Dong, Nianguo; Lv, Qing; Li, Ke; Yuan, Li; Wang, Jing; Xie, Mingxing

    2015-01-01

    Although aortography is well known as the “gold standard” for the diagnosis of coarctation of aorta (CoA), the method is invasive, expensive and not readily accepted by some patients. Ultrasound diagnosis for CoA is non-invasive, inexpensive, readily accepted by every patient, and can be repeated as frequently as necessary. The purpose of this presentation is to evaluate the applicability of transthoracic echocardiography for the diagnosis of CoA. The echocardiographic appearances of 53 patients with CoA who had undergone surgery during a 5-year period from January 2008 to October 2012 were analyzed retrospectively, and the results were compared with findings at surgery. Fifty-three patients with CoA include six with isolated CoA and 47 of CoA associated with other cardiac anomalies. Of the 53 operated patients, 48 were correctly diagnosed preoperatively by echocardiography, while two were misdiagnosed as interrupted aortic arch and the diagnosis were missed in three other patients. Thus the diagnostic accuracy rate was 90.6%, and the misdiagnosis rate was 9.4%. Preoperative echocardiographic evaluation offers very satisfactory anatomic assessment in most patients with CoA. It makes preoperative angiography unnecessary. Thus transthoracic echocardiography should be the first-line method for the diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta. PMID:26030197

  7. Patent Foramen Ovale: Association between the Degree of Shunt by Contrast Transesophageal Echocardiography and the Risk of Future Ischemic Neurologic Events

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    Stone, David A.; Godard, Joel; Godard, Joel; Corretti, mary C.; Kittner, Steven J.; Sample, Cindy; Price, Thomas R.; Plotnick, Gary D.

    1996-01-01

    This study investigated whether there is an association between the degree of interatrial shunting across a patent foramen ovale, as determined by saline contrast transesophageal echocardiography, and the risk of subsequent systemic embolic events, including stroke. Thirty-four patients found to have patent foramen ovale during transesophageal echocardiography were divided into two groups on the basis of the maximum number of microbubbles in the left heart in any single frame after intravenous saline contrast injection: group 1 (n = 16) with a "large" degree of shunt (220 microbubbles) and group 2 (n = 18) with a "small" degree of shunt (23 but <20 microbubbles). Patients were followed up over a mean period of 21 months for subsequent systemic embolic events, including transient ischemic attack and stroke. Five (31%) of the patients with large shunts had subsequent ischemic neurologic events, whereas none of the patients with small shunts had embolic events (p= 0.03). These events occurred in spite of antiplatelet or anticoagulant therapy. We conclude that patients with a large degree of shunt across a patent foramen ovale, as determined by contrast transesophageal echocardiography, are at a significantly higher risk for subsequent adverse neurologic events compared with patients with a small degree of shunt.

  8. Assessment of Left Atrial Appendage Morphology and Function in Patients with Non-valvular Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation with Different Rhythms Using Real-Time 3D Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Chen, Ran; Wu, Xia; Jin, Huihong; Wang, Bei; Ma, Mingming; Zhao, Bowen

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the morphology and function of the left atrial appendage (LAA) in different rhythms of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PaAF) patients using real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography. This study included 46 patients with PaAF-24 with PaAF with sinus rhythm (PaAF-S) and 22 with PaAF with fibrillation (PaAF-F)-and 23 healthy volunteers. Real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography images of the LAA were acquired in all patients. LAA end-diastolic volume increased in PaAF-S and PaAF-F, whereas LAA end-systolic volume increased only in PaAF-F. LAA emptying index, end-diastolic volume and end-systolic volume were strongly negatively correlated. LAA emptying index was positively correlated with percentage changes in LAA area and diameter, as well as flow velocity. The co-occurrence of spontaneous echo contrast and thrombus gradually increased in the PaAF-F group, compared with the PaAF-S group. The morphology and change in function of the LAA in patients with paroxysmal PaAF can be evaluated with superior feasibility and reproducibility using real-time 3D transesophageal echocardiography. Morphologic changes in the LAA appeared earlier than changes in LAA function during the course of PaAF. Spontaneous echo contrast and thrombus co-occurred more often in PaAF-F than in PaAF-S. PMID:26433439

  9. Transesophageal Echocardiography and Contrast-TCD in the Detection of a Patent Foramen Ovale: Experience with 111 Patients

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    Klotzsch, Christof; Janben, Gerhard; Berlit, Peter

    1994-01-01

    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is increasingly recognized in association with cryptogenic stroke. Using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transcranial Doppler sonography with ultrasonic contrast medium contrast-(TCD), we evaluated the frequency of a PFO as the fundamental condition of paradoxical embolism in 111 patients after cerebral ischemia. There was a right-left shunt in 50 patients (45%) with TEE. In 31 of 40 patients with stroke of unknown etiology, a PFO was the only detectable finding associated with cerebral ischemia. Using TEE as he "gold standard," the sensitivity of contrast-TCD was 91.3%, specificity 93.8%, and the overall accuracy 92.8%. contrast-TCD failed to detect a right-left shunt in four patients, but there were four other patients with negative TEE and positive contrast-TCD. We conclude that contrast-TCD is a highly sensitive method for detecting a right-left shunt. Its advantages are low cost, its ability to detect single contrast-medium embolism, and control of the Valsalva maneuver by observing the decrease of cerebral blood flow. Evidence of PFO in cryptogenic stroke should prompt a search for a subclinical venous thrombosis as the embolic source.

  10. Acoustic output measured by thermal and mechanical indices during fetal echocardiography at the time of the first trimester scan.

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    Nemescu, Dragos; Berescu, Anca

    2015-01-01

    We measured acoustic output, expressed as the thermal index (TI) and mechanical index (MI), during fetal echocardiography at the time of the first trimester scan. TI and MI were retrieved from the saved displays during gray-mode, high-definition color flow Doppler and pulsed-wave Doppler (tricuspid flow) ultrasound examinations of the fetal heart and from the ductus venosus assessment. A total of 399 fetal cardiac examinations were evaluated. There was a significant increase in TI values from B-mode studies (0.07 ± 0.04 [mean ± SD]) to color flow mapping (0.2 ± 0.0) and pulsed-wave Doppler studies (0.36 ± 0.05). The TI from ductus venosus assessment (0.1 ± 0.01) was significantly lower than those from Doppler examinations of the heart. MI values from B-mode scans (0.65 ± 0.12) and color flow mapping (0.71 ± 0.11) were comparable, although different, and both values were higher than those from pulsed-wave Doppler tricuspid evaluation (0.39 ± 0.03). There were no differences in MI values from power Doppler assessment between the tricuspid flow and ductus venosus. Safety indices were remarkably stable and were largely constant, especially for color Doppler (TI), tricuspid flow (MI) and ductus venosus assessment (TI, MI). We acquired satisfactory Doppler images and/or signals at acoustic levels that were lower than the actual recommendations and never reached a TI of 0.5. PMID:25438839

  11. A Prototype PZT Matrix Transducer With Low-Power Integrated Receive ASIC for 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Chen, Chao; Raghunathan, Shreyas B; Yu, Zili; Shabanimotlagh, Maysam; Chen, Zhao; Chang, Zu-Yao; Blaak, Sandra; Prins, Christian; Ponte, Jacco; Noothout, Emile; Vos, Hendrik J; Bosch, Johan G; Verweij, Martin D; de Jong, Nico; Pertijs, Michiel A P

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and experimental evaluation of a prototype lead zirconium titanate (PZT) matrix transducer with an integrated receive ASIC, as a proof of concept for a miniature three-dimensional (3-D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) probe. It consists of an array of 9 ×12 piezoelectric elements mounted on the ASIC via an integration scheme that involves direct electrical connections between a bond-pad array on the ASIC and the transducer elements. The ASIC addresses the critical challenge of reducing cable count, and includes front-end amplifiers with adjustable gains and micro-beamformer circuits that locally process and combine echo signals received by the elements of each 3 ×3 subarray. Thus, an order-of-magnitude reduction in the number of receive channels is achieved. Dedicated circuit techniques are employed to meet the strict space and power constraints of TEE probes. The ASIC has been fabricated in a standard [Formula: see text] CMOS process and consumes only 0.44 mW/channel. The prototype has been acoustically characterized in a water tank. The ASIC allows the array to be presteered across ±37(°) while achieving an overall dynamic range of 77 dB. Both the measured characteristics of the individual transducer elements and the performance of the ASIC are in good agreement with expectations, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed techniques. PMID:26540683

  12. Serial hemodynamic assessment using Doppler echocardiography in a fetus with left ventricular aneurysm presented as fetal hydrops.

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    Hirose, A; Maeno, Y; Suda, K; Fusazaki, N; Kado, H; Matsuishi, T

    2013-06-01

    A 22-week fetus presented with a large left ventricular aneurysm, 24 × 21 × 18 mm in size, detected by abnormal four-chamber view, and severe fetal hydrops with pericardial effusion, ascites and skin edema. The aneurysm was thin-walled, hypokinetic, and had enlarged with gestational age, causing compression of the lung. Although the left ventricular function had progressively impaired as expressed by increase in Tei index, hydrops had resolved by 32 weeks of gestation, probably because of maternal digoxin therapy and successful compensation by the right ventricle, as represented by retrograde blood flow in the distal aortic arch via the patent arterial duct. Because of the significant risk of severe cardiorespiratory failure, we transported the mother to a neonatal cardiac surgical center at 38 weeks of gestation. Indeed, the baby showed severe cardiopulmonary failure after birth, showing 100% of cardiothoracic ratio on the chest X-ray film, but was saved by the successful Dor procedure, including surgical resection of the aneurysm at 10 h of life. In this case, serial echocardiographic evaluation can allow us to monitor the hemodynamics and lead to successful postnatal management. PMID:23719251

  13. Three?Dimensional Echocardiography and 2D?3D Speckle?Tracking Imaging in Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension: Diagnostic Accuracy in Detecting Hemodynamic Signs of Right Ventricular (RV) Failure

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    Vitarelli, Antonio; Mangieri, Enrico; Terzano, Claudio; Gaudio, Carlo; Salsano, Felice; Rosato, Edoardo; Capotosto, Lidia; D'Orazio, Simona; Azzano, Alessia; Truscelli, Giovanni; Cocco, Nino; Ashurov, Rasul

    2015-01-01

    Background Our aim was to compare three?dimensional (3D) and 2D and 3D speckle?tracking (2D?STE, 3D?STE) echocardiographic parameters with conventional right ventricular (RV) indexes in patients with chronic pulmonary hypertension (PH), and investigate whether these techniques could result in better correlation with hemodynamic variables indicative of heart failure. Methods and Results Seventy?three adult patients (mean age, 53±13 years; 44% male) with chronic PH of different etiologies were studied by echocardiography and cardiac catheterization (25 precapillary PH from pulmonary arterial hypertension, 23 obstructive pulmonary heart disease, and 23 postcapillary PH from mitral regurgitation). Thirty healthy subjects (mean age, 54±15 years; 43% male) served as controls. Standard 2D measurements (RV–fractional area change–tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion) and mitral and tricuspid tissue Doppler annular velocities were obtained. RV 3D volumes and global and regional ejection fraction (3D?RVEF) were determined. RV strains were calculated by 2D?STE and 3D?STE. RV 3D global?free?wall longitudinal strain (3DGFW?RVLS), 2D global?free?wall longitudinal strain (GFW?RVLS), apical?free?wall longitudinal strain, basal?free?wall longitudinal strain, and 3D?RVEF were lower in patients with precapillary PH (P<0.0001) and postcapillary PH (P<0.01) compared to controls. 3DGFW?RVLS (hazard ratio 4.6, 95% CI 2.79 to 8.38, P=0.004) and 3D?RVEF (hazard ratio 5.3, 95% CI 2.85 to 9.89, P=0.002) were independent predictors of mortality. Receiver operating characteristic curves showed that the thresholds offering an adequate compromise between sensitivity and specificity for detecting hemodynamic signs of RV failure were 39% for 3D?RVEF (AUC 0.89), ?17% for 3DGFW?RVLS (AUC 0.88), ?18% for GFW?RVLS (AUC 0.88), ?16% for apical?free?wall longitudinal strain (AUC 0.85), 16 mm for tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (AUC 0.67), and 38% for RV?FAC (AUC 0.62). Conclusions In chronic PH, 3D, 2D?STE and 3D?STE parameters indicate global and regional RV dysfunction that is associated with RV failure hemodynamics better than conventional echo indices. PMID:25792128

  14. The Physics of Equestrian Show Jumping

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    Stinner, Art

    2014-04-01

    This article discusses the kinematics and dynamics of equestrian show jumping. For some time I have attended a series of show jumping events at Spruce Meadows, an international equestrian center near Calgary, Alberta, often referred to as the "Wimbledon of equestrian jumping." I have always had a desire to write an article such as this one, but when I searched the Internet for information and looked at YouTube presentations, I could only find simplistic references to Newton's laws and the conservation of mechanical energy principle. Nowhere could I find detailed calculations. On the other hand, there were several biomechanical articles with empirical reports of the results of kinetic and dynamic investigations of show jumping using high-speed digital cameras and force plates. They summarize their results in tables that give information about the motion of a horse jumping over high fences (1.40 m) and the magnitudes of the forces encountered when landing. However, they do not describe the physics of these results.

  15. [Severe depression : psychoanalysis].

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    Bouvet de la Maisonneuve, O

    2009-12-01

    The indication for psychoanalysis in severe depression is not clear. And yet, demands for this type of intervention are increasing, despite the absence of any form of consensus on the subject. Freud considered depression as a failure of analytical efforts and, based on this observation, revised his theory, in particular to include the notions of narcissism and the death drive. Many analysts have been reluctant to follow his teachings on this last point and provide depressed patients with analytical-type therapies aimed at restoring narcissism. Melanie Klein pushed Freud's ideas about depression even further and brought such therapies back to the heart of analytical practice. Jacques Lacan took the debate to another level by proposing an overhaul of the principles on which analysis has been based. Today, while following certain precautionary rules, true psychoanalyses can be proposed to patients with severe depression, whether of the bipolar, recurring or even neurotic type that can reach this level of severity. PMID:20141799

  16. Epidemiology of severe sepsis

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    Mayr, Florian B; Yende, Sachin; Angus, Derek C

    2014-01-01

    Severe sepsis is a leading cause of death in the United States and the most common cause of death among critically ill patients in non-coronary intensive care units (ICU). Respiratory tract infections, particularly pneumonia, are the most common site of infection, and associated with the highest mortality. The type of organism causing severe sepsis is an important determinant of outcome, and gram-positive organisms as a cause of sepsis have increased in frequency over time and are now more common than gram-negative infections. Recent studies suggest that acute infections worsen pre-existing chronic diseases or result in new chronic diseases, leading to poor long-term outcomes in acute illness survivors. People of older age, male gender, black race, and preexisting chronic health conditions are particularly prone to develop severe sepsis; hence prevention strategies should be targeted at these vulnerable populations in future studies. PMID:24335434

  17. Perioperative risk stratification in non cardiac surgery: role of pharmacological stress echocardiography

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    Sicari, Rosa

    2004-01-01

    Perioperative ischemia is a frequent event in patients undergoing major non-cardiac vascular or general surgery. This is in agreement with clinical, pathophysiological, and epidemiological evidence and constitutes an additional diagnostic therapeutic factor in the assessment of these patients. Form a clinical standpoint, it is well known that multidistrict disease, especially at the coronary level, is a severe aggravation of the operative risk. From a pathophysiological point of view, however, surgery creates conditions able to unmask coronary artery disease. Prolonged hypotension, hemorrhages, and haemodynamic stresses caused by aortic clamping and unclamping during major vascular surgery are the most relevant factors endangering the coronary circulation with critical stenoses. From the epidemiological standpoint, coronary disease is known to be the leading cause of perioperative mortality and morbidity following vascular and general surgery: The diagnostic therapeutic corollary of these considerations is that coronary artery disease – and therefore the perioperative risk – in these patients has to be identified in an effective way preoperatively. PMID:15140258

  18. [Severe keratomycosis. Diagnosis and treatment].

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    Legeais, J M; Blanc, V; Basset, D; D'Hermies, F; Harrabi, S; Frau, E; Goichot, L; Renard, G; Pouliquen, Y

    1994-01-01

    We reported three consecutive cases of severe fungal keratitis initially undiagnosed by corneal scrapping. Corneal biopsy showed fungal elements of Paecilomyces lilacinus, Fusarium solani, Scedosporium apiospermum. Most cases of fungal keratitis could be treated successfully if adequate antifungal therapy were started early. Early and accurate diagnosis is of major importance. The results of our cases confirm the superiority of corneal biopsy over corneal scrapping. Corneal biopsy is a procedure of choice in suspected cases of keratomycosis in which corneal scrapings fail. PMID:7822693

  19. Age-matched comparison reveals early electrocardiography and echocardiography changes in dystrophin-deficient dog

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    Fine, Deborah M.; Shin, Jin-Hong; Yue, Yongping; Volkmann, Dietrich; Leach, Stacey B.; Smith, Bruce F.; McIntosh, Mark; Duan, Dongsheng

    2012-01-01

    The absence of dystrophin in the heart leads to Duchenne cardiomyopathy. Dystrophin-deficient dogs represent a critical model to translate novel therapies developed in mice to humans. Unfortunately, little is known about cardiophysiology changes in these dogs. We performed prospective electrocardiographic and echocardiographic examinations at 3, 6 and 12 months of age in four normal and three affected dogs obtained from the same litter. Affected dogs showed growth retardation and serum creatine kinase elevation. Necropsy confirmed cardiac dystrophin deficiency and histopathology. Q/R ratio elevation and diastolic left ventricular (LV) internal diameter reduction were the most consistent findings in affected dogs at all ages. At 6 and 12 months, dystrophic dogs also showed significant reduction of PR intervals, LV end diastolic/systolic volumes and systolic LV internal diameters. Epicardial and endocardial slope times were significantly reduced in affected dogs at 12 months. These results establish the baseline for evaluating experimental therapies in the future. PMID:21570848

  20. Diagnostics of Severe PCVAD

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    About 2 years ago case reports in Eastern Canada described a syndrome of an acute onset of high mortality in finishing age pigs. Within a year this syndrome had spread westward in Canada and was reported in several states in the U.S. Although diagnostic investigations into these cases have detecte...

  1. Multiculturalism and Severe Disabilities.

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    Meyer, Luanna H.

    2001-01-01

    This article discusses the need for educators to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to help students with severe disabilities from mainstream groups to develop cross-cultural knowledge, values, and competencies. It outlines goals for multicultural understanding for educational researches, for teacher educators, and for school leaders and…

  2. Improvement in left ventricular function assessed by tissue Doppler imaging after aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis

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    Nieh, Chih-Chiang; Teo, Alvin Yeng-Hok; Soo, Wern Miin; Lee, Glenn K; Singh, Devinder; Poh, Kian-Keong

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The effects of reduction of left ventricular (LV) systemic afterload following aortic valve replacement (AVR) for severe aortic valve stenosis (AS) were investigated, using echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI). METHODS We compared the preoperative and postoperative echocardiographic assessments of 23 patients with severe AS who had undergone isolated AVR (n = 13) or concomitant AVR with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) (n = 10). Conventional echocardiographic evaluations and TDI at the lateral mitral annulus were performed. RESULTS Echocardiography was performed at a median of 120 (interquartile range: 66–141) days after AVR. There was significant reduction in aortic transvalvular mean pressure gradient after AVR. Although LV dimensions, mass and ejection fraction remained unchanged, LV diastolic and systolic functions improved (as observed on TDI). Early diastolic (E’), late diastolic (A’) and systolic (S’) mitral annular velocities increased significantly (p < 0.05). There was significant improvement in TDI-derived parameters among the patients who had isolated AVR, while among the patients who had concomitant AVR with CABG, only S’ had significant improvement (p = 0.028). CONCLUSION TDI was able to detect improvements in LV systolic and diastolic function after AVR for severe AS. There was less improvement in the TDI-derived diastolic parameters among patients who underwent concomitant AVR with CABG than among patients who underwent isolated AVR. PMID:26702162

  3. Artemether for severe malaria

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    Esu, Ekpereonne; Effa, Emmanuel E; Opie, Oko N; Uwaoma, Amirahobu; Meremikwu, Martin M

    2014-01-01

    Background In 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended parenteral artesunate in preference to quinine as first-line treatment for people with severe malaria. Prior to this recommendation, many countries, particularly in Africa, had begun to use artemether, an alternative artemisinin derivative. This review evaluates intramuscular artemether compared with both quinine and artesunate. Objectives To assess the efficacy and safety of intramuscular artemether versus any other parenteral medication in treating severe malaria in adults and children. Search methods We searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register, CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library), MEDLINE, EMBASE and LILACS, ISI Web of Science, conference proceedings and reference lists of articles. We also searched the WHO clinical trial registry platform, ClinicalTrials.gov and the metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT) for ongoing trials up to 9 April 2014. Selection criteria Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing intramuscular artemether with intravenous or intramuscular antimalarial for treating severe malaria. Data collection and analysis The primary outcome was all-cause death.Two authors independently assessed trial eligibility, risk of bias and extracted data. We summarized dichotomous outcomes using risk ratios (RR) and continuous outcomes using mean differences (MD), and presented both measures with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Where appropriate, we combined data in meta-analyses and assessed the quality of the evidence using the GRADE approach. Main results We included 18 RCTs, enrolling 2662 adults and children with severe malaria, carried out in Africa (11) and in Asia (7). Artemether versus quinine For children in Africa, there is probably little or no difference in the risk of death between intramuscular artemether and quinine (RR 0.96, 95% CI 0.76 to 1.20; 12 trials, 1447 participants, moderate quality evidence). Coma recovery may be about five hours shorter with artemether (MD -5.45, 95% CI -7.90 to -3.00; six trials, 358 participants, low quality evidence), and artemether may result in fewer neurological sequelae, but larger trials would be needed to confirm this (RR 0.84, 95% CI 0.66 to 1.07; seven trials, 968 participants, low quality evidence). Artemether probably shortens the parasite clearance time by about nine hours (MD -9.03, 95% CI -11.43 to -6.63; seven trials, 420 participants, moderate quality evidence), and may shorten the fever clearance time by about three hours (MD -3.73, 95% CI -6.55 to -0.92; eight trials, 457 participants, low quality evidence). For adults in Asia, treatment with intramuscular artemether probably results in fewer deaths than treatment with quinine (RR 0.59, 95% CI 0.42 to 0.83; four trials, 716 participants, moderate quality evidence). Artemether versus artesunate Artemether and artesunate have not been directly compared in randomized trials in African children. For adults in Asia, mortality is probably higher with intramuscular artemether (RR 1.80, 95% CI 1.09 to 2.97, two trials,494 participants, moderate quality evidence). Authors' conclusions Although there is a lack of direct evidence comparing artemether with artesunate, artemether is probably less effective than artesunate at preventing deaths from severe malaria. In circumstances where artesunate is not available, artemether is an alternative to quinine. PLAIN LANGUAGE SUMMARY Artemether injection for treating people with severe malaria In this review, researchers from The Cochrane Collaboration examined the effects of treating people that have severe malaria with artemether injected intramuscularly, and compared it to treatment with other antimalarial drugs given intramuscularly or intravenously. After searching for relevant trials up to 9 April 2014, we included 18 randomized controlled trials that recruited 2662 adults and children and were conducted mainly in Africa and Asia. What is severe malaria and how might artemether injection reduce deaths Severe malaria is caused by infection with the Plasmodium parasite, which

  4. Residual Inferior Vena Cava Thrombus Detected by Transesophageal Echocardiography After Resection of a Malignant Adrenal Mass.

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    Burbano, Nelson H; Vlah, Claudene; Argalious, Maged

    2015-10-15

    A 43-year-old woman with a history of the Cushing syndrome secondary to adrenocortical carcinoma presented to the operating room for right adrenalectomy, hepatectomy, nephrectomy, and inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy. Initial intraoperative transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) confirmed the presence of an IVC tumor below the hepatic veins. Total vascular exclusion of the liver was necessary to perform the operation. A repeat TEE showed a residual thrombus within the IVC prompting an additional cavotomy to successfully remove the entire mass. The remainder of the procedure finalized uneventfully. The case highlights the importance of TEE monitoring for noncardiac surgery with thrombotic involvement of the IVC. PMID:26466307

  5. Modelling runway incursion severity.

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    Wilke, Sabine; Majumdar, Arnab; Ochieng, Washington Y

    2015-06-01

    Analysis of the causes underlying runway incursions is fundamental for the development of effective mitigation measures. However, there are significant weaknesses in the current methods to model these factors. This paper proposes a structured framework for modelling causal factors and their relationship to severity, which includes a description of the airport surface system architecture, establishment of terminological definitions, the determination and collection of appropriate data, the analysis of occurrences for severity and causes, and the execution of a statistical analysis framework. It is implemented in the context of U.S. airports, enabling the identification of a number of priority interventions, including the need for better investigation and causal factor capture, recommendations for airfield design, operating scenarios and technologies, and better training for human operators in the system. The framework is recommended for the analysis of runway incursions to support safety improvements and the methodology is transferable to other areas of aviation safety risk analysis. PMID:25819211

  6. Assessment of cardiac dynamics during stress echocardiography by the peak power output-to-left ventricular mass ratio.

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    Dini, Frank L

    2011-05-01

    Peak cardiac power-to-mass and peak mass-to-power are variables that couple cardiac power output with left ventricular (LV) mass at peak exercise or during maximal inotropic stimulation. Quantitative stress echocardiography enables the calculation of power output according to the formula: 133 × 10(-6) × stroke volume per second (ml) × mean blood pressure (BP; mmHg) × heart rate. Power-to-mass may be calculated as LV power output per 100 g of LV mass: 100 g × LV power output divided by LV mass (W/100 g). Conversely, mass-to-power may be estimated by dividing LV mass index by LV power output (g/m(2)/W). With a little rearrangement of the formulas we can write: power-to-mass (W/100 g) = 0.222 × cardiac output (l/min) × mean BP (mmHg)/LV mass (g) and mass-to-power (g/m(2)/W) = LV mass index/0.00222 × cardiac output (l/min) × mean BP (mmHg). These parameters reflect the energy delivery of ventricular myocardium with respect to potential energy that is stored in LV mass. The assessment of peak power-to-mass and peak mass-to-power indices may be useful to distinguish compensatory versus maladaptive remodeling in patients with LV dysfunction. When the integrity of myocardial structure is compromised, a disproportion becomes apparent between maximal cardiac power output and LV mass and this leads to either a reduction of peak power-to-mass or an increase of peak mass-to-power. Preliminary reports have demonstrated the usefulness and the prognostic value of peak power-to-mass and peak mass-to-power in patients with LV systolic dysfunction and coronary artery disease. PMID:21627476

  7. Efficient feature-based 2D/3D registration of transesophageal echocardiography to x-ray fluoroscopy for cardiac interventions

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    Hatt, Charles R.; Speidel, Michael A.; Raval, Amish N.

    2014-03-01

    We present a novel 2D/ 3D registration algorithm for fusion between transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and X-ray fluoroscopy (XRF). The TEE probe is modeled as a subset of 3D gradient and intensity point features, which facilitates efficient 3D-to-2D perspective projection. A novel cost-function, based on a combination of intensity and edge features, evaluates the registration cost value without the need for time-consuming generation of digitally reconstructed radiographs (DRRs). Validation experiments were performed with simulations and phantom data. For simulations, in silica XRF images of a TEE probe were generated in a number of different pose configurations using a previously acquired CT image. Random misregistrations were applied and our method was used to recover the TEE probe pose and compare the result to the ground truth. Phantom experiments were performed by attaching fiducial markers externally to a TEE probe, imaging the probe with an interventional cardiac angiographic x-ray system, and comparing the pose estimated from the external markers to that estimated from the TEE probe using our algorithm. Simulations found a 3D target registration error of 1.08(1.92) mm for biplane (monoplane) geometries, while the phantom experiment found a 2D target registration error of 0.69mm. For phantom experiments, we demonstrated a monoplane tracking frame-rate of 1.38 fps. The proposed feature-based registration method is computationally efficient, resulting in near real-time, accurate image based registration between TEE and XRF.

  8. Assessment of internal mammary artery and saphenous vein graft patency and flow reserve using transthoracic Doppler echocardiography

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    Chirillo, F.; Bruni, A.; Balestra, G.; Cavallini, C.; Olivari, Z.; Thomas, J. D.; Stritoni, P.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate transthoracic Doppler echocardiography in the identification of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) flow for assessing graft patency. DESIGN: The initial study group comprised 45 consecutive patients with previous CABG undergoing elective cardiac catheterisation for recurrent ischaemia. The Doppler variables best correlated with angiographic graft patency were then tested prospectively in a further 84 patients (test group). SETTING: Three tertiary referral centres. INTERVENTIONS: Flow velocities in grafts were recorded at rest and during hyperaemia induced by dipyridamole (0.56 mg/kg/4 min), under the guidance of transthoracic colour Doppler flow mapping. Findings on transthoracic Doppler were compared with angiography. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Feasibility of identifying open grafts by Doppler and diagnostic accuracy for Doppler detection of significant (>/= 70%) graft stenosis. RESULTS: In the test group the identification rate for mammary artery grafts was 100%, for saphenous vein grafts to left anterior descending coronary artery 91%, for vein grafts to right coronary artery 96%, and for vein grafts to circumflex artery 90%. Coronary flow reserve (the ratio between peak diastolic velocity under hyperaemia and at baseline) of < 1.9 (95% confidence interval 1.83 to 2.08) had 100% sensitivity, 98% specificity, 87.5% positive predictive value, and 100% negative predictive value for mammary artery graft stenosis. Coronary flow reserve of < 1.6 (95% CI 1.51 to 1.73) had 91% sensitivity, 87% specificity, 85.4% positive predictive value, and 92.3% negative predictive value for significant vein graft stenosis. CONCLUSIONS: Transthoracic Doppler can provide non-invasive assessment of CABG patency.

  9. Comparison of the accuracy of cardiac computed tomography angiography and transthoracic echocardiography in the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse

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    Moradi, Maryam; Nazari, Masoud; Khajouei, Amir Sajjadieh; Esfahani, Morteza Abdar

    2015-01-01

    Background: Cardiac multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) has been mainly applied in the diagnosis of valvular heart morphology and function along with the assessment of coronary artery disease. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of coronary MDCT angiography for the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse (MVP), as compared to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). Materials and Methods: A total of 40 patients who had undergone both TTE and MDCT within a three-month period were included in the study. Two parameters of mitral valve leaflet thickness and leaflet billowing were measured using both techniques. The MDCT results were compared with those of TTE, which was the reference standard. Results: Implementing the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) test on the data for MDCT-measured leaflet billowing received from MDCT angiography suggests that the area under the ROC curve is 96% for a declared variable, which is absolutely significant (P < 0.001), and MDCT-measured leaflet billowing is an appropriate index for the diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse. On the basis of the achieved cut-off point from the ROC analysis (which equals 2.5 mm leaftlet billowing) the MDCT-measured leaflet billowing takes a sensitivity and specificity of 68.4 and 95.2%. The false positive and false negative results are 4.8 and 31.6%. The positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV) of the revealed test indicate 92.9 and 76.9%, respectively. Finally, the consistency of the MDCT measured leaflet billowing for diagnosing the mitral valve prolapse is 82.5%. Based on the mentioned test, the consistency of the MDCT-measured leaflet thickness test is 47.5%. Conclusion: Along with the assessment of coronary arteries, the presence or absence of MVP can be reliably evaluated by MDCT angiography. PMID:26623397

  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 3-6 months 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. The importance of speckle tracking echocardiography in the early detection of left ventricular dysfunction in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.

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    Demirelli, Selami; Degirmenci, Husnu; Ermis, Emrah; Inci, Sinan; Nar, Gokay; Ayhan, Mehmet Emin; F?rt?na, Serdar; Hamur, Hikmet; Durmaz, Senay Arikan

    2015-01-01

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by hormonal and metabolic abnormalities and is thought to increase a risk for cardiovascular diseases. In this study we use speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to evaluate left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in the early period of the disease. We enrolled 31 patients with PCOS and 32 healthy volunteers as a control group. The participants' ages ranged between 18 and 40 years. PCOS was diagnosed according to the Rotterdam criteria. LV strain (LS) and strain rate (SR) were evaluated using apical two-chamber (2C), three-chamber (3C), and four-chamber (4C) imaging. Global LS and SR were calculated as average of three apical views. The waist-to-hip ratio, homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and fasting insulin and triglyceride levels were higher in the PCOS group than in the controls (p=0.001, p=0.001, p=0.001, and p=0.005, respectively). In the PCOS group, the mitral A wave, deceleration time (DT), and isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT) were significantly higher than in the controls (all p<0.05). The LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global longitudinal SR systolic (GLSRS) were significantly lower in the PCOS patient group (both p= 0.001). There were strong negative correlations between GLS and both fasting insulin (r=-0.64) and DT (r=-0.62) (both p<0.05). The study demonstrated that PCOS patients had decreased LV function using STE. Therefore, STE imaging appears to be useful for the early detection of subclinical LV dysfunction in patients with PCOS. PMID:26614851

  12. Longitudinal strain predicts left ventricular mass regression after aortic valve replacement for severe aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular function.

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    Gelsomino, Sandro; Lucà, Fabiana; Parise, Orlando; Lorusso, Roberto; Rao, Carmelo Massimiliano; Vizzardi, Enrico; Gensini, Gian Franco; Maessen, Jos G

    2013-11-01

    We explored the influence of global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography on left ventricular mass regression (LVMR) in patients with pure aortic stenosis (AS) and normal left ventricular function undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR). The study population included 83 patients with severe AS (aortic valve area <1 cm(2)) treated with AVR. Bioprostheses were implanted in 58 patients (69.8 %), and the 25 remaining patients (30.2 %) received mechanical prostheses. Peak systolic longitudinal strain was measured in four-chamber (PLS4ch), two-chamber (PLS2ch), and three-chamber (PLS3ch) views, and global longitudinal strain was obtained by averaging the peak systolic values of the 18 segments. Median follow-up was 66.6 months (interquartile range 49.7-86.3 months). At follow-up, values of PLS4ch, PLS2ch, PLS3ch, and GLS were significantly lower (less negative) in patients who did not show left ventricular (LV) mass regression (all P < 0.001). Baseline global strain was the strongest predictor of lack of LVMR (odds ratio 3.5 (95 % confidence interval 3.0-4.9), P < 0.001), and GLS value ?-9.9 % predicted lack of LVMR with 95 % sensitivity and 87 % specificity (P < 0.001). Other multivariable predictors were the preoperative LV mass value (cutoff value ?147 g/m(2), P < 0.001), baseline effective orifice area index (cutoff ?0.35 cm(2)/m(2), P = 0.01), and baseline mean gradient (cutoff ?58 mmHg, P = 0.01). Finally, we failed to find interactions between GLS and other significant parameters (all P < 0.05). Global longitudinal strain accurately predicts LV mass regression in patients with pure AS undergoing AVR. Our findings must be confirmed by further larger studies. PMID:23180240

  13. A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Use of Oral Glucose with or without Gentle Facilitated Tucking of Infants during Neonatal Echocardiography

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    Lavoie, Pascal M.; Stritzke, Amelie; Ting, Joseph; Jabr, Mohammad; Jain, Amish; Kwan, Eddie; Chakkarapani, Ela; Brooks, Paul; Brant, Rollin; McNamara, Patrick J.; Holsti, Liisa

    2015-01-01

    Objective To compare the effect of oral glucose given with or without facilitated tucking (FT), versus placebo (water) to facilitate image acquisition during a targeted neonatal echocardiography (TNE). Design Factorial, double blind, randomized controlled trial. Setting Tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Patients Infants born between 26 and 42 weeks of gestation (GA). Interventions One of four treatment groups: oral water (placebo), oral glucose (25%), facilitated tucking with oral water or facilitated tucking with oral glucose, during a single, structured TNE. All infants received a soother. Main Outcome Measure Change in Behavioral Indicators of Infant Pain (BIIP) scores. Results 104 preterm infants were randomized (mean ± SD GA: 33.4 ± 3.5 weeks). BIIP scores remained low during the echocardiography scan (median, [IQ range]: 0, [0 to 1]). There were no differences in the level of agitation of infants amongst the treatment groups, with estimated reductions in mean BIIP relative to control of 0.27 (95%CI -0.40 to 0.94) with use of oral glucose and .04 (-0.63 to 0.70) with facilitated tucking. There were also no differences between treatment groups in the quality and duration of the echocardiography scans. Conclusions In stable infants in the NICU, a TNE can be performed with minimal disruption in a majority of cases, simply by providing a soother. The use of 25% glucose water in this context did not provide further benefit in reducing agitation and improving image acquisition. Clinical Trial Registration Clinical Trials.gov: NCT01253889 PMID:26496361

  14. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation in Severe Acute Respiratory Failure in Postpartum Woman With Rheumatic Mitral Valve Disease: Benefit, Factors Furthering the Success of This Procedure, and Review of the Literature

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    Fayad, Georges; Larrue, Benoît; Modine, Thomas; Azzaoui, Richard; Regnault, Alexi; Koussa, Mohammad; Gourlay, Terry; Fourrier, François; Decoene, Christophe; Warembourg, Henri

    2007-01-01

    Abstract: Pregnancy is a common decompensation factor for women with post-rheumatic mitral disease. However, valvular heart diseases causing severe acute respiratory distress are rare. Use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) early in the event of cardiorespiratory failure after cardiac surgery may be of benefit. Indeed, ECMO cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) support could help pulmonary recovery if the mitral pathology is involved. A 31-year-old female patient at 30 weeks of amenorrhea was admitted to the obstetrics department with 40°C hyperthermia and New York Heart Association (NYHA) class 4 dyspnea. The patient’s medical history included a post-rheumatic mitral stenosis. Blood gases showed severe hypoxemia associated with hypocapnia. The patient needed to be rapidly intubated and was placed on ventilatory support because of acute respiratory failure. Transesophageal echocardiography showed a severe mitral stenosis, mild mitral insufficiency, and diminished left ventricular function, hypokinetic, dilated right ventricle, and a severe tricuspid regurgitation. An urgent cesarean section was performed. Because of the persistent hemodynamic instability, a mitral valvular replacement and tricuspid valve annuloplasty were performed. In view of the preoperative acute respiratory distress, we decided, at the beginning of the operation, to carry on circulatory support with oxygenation through an ECMO-type CPB at the end of the operation. This decision was totally justified by the unfeasible CPB weaning off. ECMO use led to an efficient hemodynamic state without inotropic drug support. The surgical post-operative course was uneventful. Early use of cardiorespiratory support with veno-arterial ECMO allows pulmonary and right heart recovery after cardiac surgery, thus avoiding the use of inotropic drugs and complex ventilatory support. PMID:17672195

  15. Aneurysm of Sinus of Valsalva Dissecting Into the Interventricular Septum After Aortic Valve Replacement: Diagnosis by Echocardiography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Treatment With Surgical Sealant

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    Park, Kyu-Hwan; Son, Chang-Woo; Son, Jang-Won; Jo, Hyun-Su; Yoon, Joon-Cheol; Lee, Won-Jae; Lee, Sang-Hee; Hong, Geu-Ru; Park, Jong-Seon; Kim, Young-Jo; Choi, Jung-Hyun; Lee, Dong-Hyup

    2011-01-01

    Aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva that causes dissection of the interventricular septum is an extremely rare entity. In this report we describe a case of aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva dissecting into the interventricular septum, from the base to mid septum, after aortic valve replacement. After the diagnosis was made by transthoracic echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging, the patient was successfully treated with surgical sealant-mediated occlusion of the aneurysmal sac and cardiac resynchronization therapy used for the first time. PMID:21949531

  16. The right ventricle under pressure: evaluating the adaptive and maladaptive changes in the right ventricle in pulmonary arterial hypertension using echocardiography (2013 Grover Conference series)

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    Hatton, Nathan; Ryan, John J.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The importance of the right ventricle (RV) in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has been gaining increased recognition. This has included a reconceptualization of the RV as part of an RV–pulmonary circulation interrelated unit and the observation that RV function is a major determinant of prognosis in PAH. Noninvasive imaging of RV size and function is critical to the longitudinal management of patients with PAH, and continued understanding of the pathophysiology of pulmonary vascular disease relies on the response of the RV to pulmonary vascular remodeling. Echocardiography, in particular the newer echocardiographic measurements and techniques, allows easy, readily accessible means to assess and follow RV size and function. PMID:25992269

  17. Nutrition in severe dementia.

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    Pivi, Glaucia Akiko Kamikado; Bertolucci, Paulo Henrique Ferreira; Schultz, Rodrigo Rizek

    2012-01-01

    An increasing proportion of older adults with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias are now surviving to more advanced stages of the illness. Advanced dementia is associated with feeding problems, including difficulty in swallowing and respiratory diseases. Patients become incompetent to make decisions. As a result, complex situations may arise in which physicians and families decide whether artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) is likely to be beneficial for the patient. The objective of this paper is to present methods for evaluating the nutritional status of patients with severe dementia as well as measures for the treatment of nutritional disorders, the use of vitamin and mineral supplementation, and indications for ANH and pharmacological therapy. PMID:22645608

  18. Severe storm electricity

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    Arnold, R. T.; Rust, W. D.

    1984-01-01

    Successful ground truth support of U-2 overflights was been accomplished. Data have been reduced for 4 June 1984 and some of the results have been integrated into some of MSFC's efforts. Staccato lightning (multiply branched, single stroke flash with no continuing current) is prevalent within the rainfree region around the main storm updraft and this is believed to be important, i.e., staccato flashes might be an important indicator of severe storm electrification. Results from data analysis from two stations appear to indicate that charge center heights can be estimated from a combination of intercept data with data from the fixed laboratory at NSSL. An excellent data base has been provided for determining the sight errors and efficiency of NSSL's LLP system. Cloud structures, observable in a low radar reflectivity region and on a scale smaller than is currently resolved by radar, which appear to be related to electrical activity are studied.

  19. Severe peripartum sepsis.

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    Sriskandan, S

    2011-12-01

    Despite global efforts to reduce maternal mortality, maternal deaths from bacterial sepsis have actually risen in the UK. The group A streptococcus, also known as Streptococcus pyogenes, is the leading cause of infection-related death in pregnancy and the puerperium. Many clinicians remain unaware of the risks posed to this particular group of otherwise fit, healthy patients despite the fact that S. pyogenes has been the leading infective cause of puerperal deaths since records began. S. pyogenes has a specific but unexplained predilection for the recently pregnant woman, and has an attributable mortality greater than many other invasive bacteria. Here, the epidemiology, aetiology, and management of severe peripartum sepsis are discussed, as are potential approaches to reduce risks. While fundamental changes in healthcare access can lead to dramatic reductions in maternal deaths in developing countries, an improvement in maternal sepsis deaths in the UK will require heightened awareness among both hospital and community-based clinical staff. PMID:22184573

  20. Characterization and Quantification of Vortex Flow in the Human Left Ventricle by Contrast Echocardiography Using Vector Particle Image Velocimetry

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    Hong, Geu-Ru; Pedrizzetti, Gianni; Tonti, Giovanni; Li, Peng; Wei, Zhao; Kim, Jin Kyung; Baweja, Abinav; Liu, Shizhen; Chung, Namsik; Houle, Helene; Narula, Jagat; Vannan, Mani A.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to: 1) assess the feasibility of left ventricular (LV) vortex flow analysis using contrast echocardiography (CE); and 2) characterize and quantify LV vortex flow in normal subjects and patients with LV systolic dysfunction. BACKGROUND Vortices that form during LV filling have specific geometry and anatomical locations that are critical determinants of directed blood flow during ejection. Therefore, it is clinically relevant to assess the vortex flow patterns to better understand the LV function. METHODS Twenty-five patients (10 normal and 15 patients with abnormal LV systolic function) underwent CE with intravenous contrast agent, Definity (Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging, Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts). The velocity vector and vorticity were estimated by particle image velocimetry. Average vortex parameters including vortex depth, transverse position, length, width, and sphericity index were measured. Vortex pulsatility parameters including relative strength, vortex relative strength, and vortex pulsation correlation were also estimated. RESULTS Vortex depth and vortex length were significantly lower in the abnormal LV function group (0.443 ± 0.04 vs. 0.482 ± 0.06, p < 0.05; 0.366 ± 0.06 vs. 0.467 ± 0.05, p < 0.01, respectively). Vortex width was greater (0.209 ± 0.05 vs. 0.128 ± 0.06, p < 0.01) and sphericity index was lower (1.86 ± 0.5 vs. 3.66 ± 0.6, p < 0.001) in the abnormal LV function group. Relative strength (1.13 ± 0.4 vs. 2.10 ± 0.8, p < 0.001), vortex relative strength (0.57 ± 0.2 vs. 1.19 ± 0.5, p < 0.001), and vortex pulsation correlation (0.63 ± 0.2 vs. 1.31 ± 0.5, p < 0.001) were significantly lower in the abnormal LV function group. CONCLUSIONS It was feasible to quantify LV vorticity arrangement by CE using particle image velocimetry in normal subjects and those with LV systolic dysfunction, and the vorticity imaging by CE may serve as a novel approach to depict vortex, the principal quantity to assess the flow structure. PMID:19356506

  1. Altered ventricular mechanics after 60 min of high-intensity endurance exercise: insights from exercise speckle-tracking echocardiography.

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    Stewart, Glenn M; Yamada, Akira; Haseler, Luke J; Kavanagh, Justin J; Koerbin, Gus; Chan, Jonathan; Sabapathy, Surendran

    2015-04-15

    Transient reductions in myocardial strain coupled with cardiac-specific biomarker release have been reported after prolonged exercise (>180 min). However, it is unknown if 1) shorter-duration exercise (60 min) can perturb cardiac function or 2) if exercise-induced reductions in strain are masked by hemodynamic changes that are associated with passive recovery from exercise. Left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS), LV torsion, and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T were measured in 15 competitive cyclists (age: 28 ± 3 yr, peak O2 uptake: 4.8 ± 0.6 l/min) before and after a 60-min high-intensity cycling race intervention (CRIT60). At both time points (pre- and post-CRIT60), strain and torsion were assessed at rest and during a standardized low-intensity exercise challenge (power output: 96 ± 8 W) in a semirecumbent position using echocardiography. During rest, hemodynamic conditions were different from pre- to post-CRIT60 (mean arterial pressure: 96 ± 1 vs. 86 ± 2 mmHg, P < 0.001), and there were no changes in strain or torsion. In contrast, during the standardized low-intensity exercise challenge, hemodynamic conditions were unchanged from pre- to post-CRIT60 (mean arterial pressure: 98 ± 1 vs. 97 ± 1 mmHg, not significant), but strain decreased (left ventricular GLS: -20.3 ± 0.5% vs. -18.5 ± 0.4%, P < 0.01; right ventricular GLS: -26.4 ± 1.6% vs. -22.4 ± 1.5%, P < 0.05), whereas LV torsion remained unchanged. Serum high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T increased by 345% after the CRIT60 (6.0 ± 0.6 vs. 20.7 ± 6.9 ng/l, P < 0.05). This study demonstrates that exercise-induced functional and biochemical cardiac perturbations are not confined to ultraendurance sporting events and transpire during exercise that is typical of day-to-day training undertaken by endurance athletes. The clinical significance of cumulative exposure to endurance exercise warrants further study. PMID:25637550

  2. Treatment of severe tinnitus.

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    Laurikainen, E; Johansson, R; Akaan-Penttilä, E; Haapaniemi, J

    2000-01-01

    In 1995-96 we selected a group of 26 patients who were suffering from severe invalidating idiopathic tinnitus (IT) in order to evaluate the efficacy of rehabilitation and some alternative therapies. All patients were assessed thoroughly by means of audiology and radiology regarding any objective cause for the symptom. In order to help patients control their symptom by increasing knowledge and adding supportive elements, they were given basic education (presentations of the anatomy and physiology of the ear and hearing system, psychological and social aspects of IT, guided and non-guided group discussions, relaxation therapy, physiotherapy, music therapy) for 4 months, comprising one 2-h session bi-weekly. This type of group therapy was found to be extremely helpful, although no objective evaluation revealed effects on IT sensation (VAS) or psychometric measures (SLC-90). In a second limb of the study, the same patients attended a 6-day intensive course in a spa. The purpose was to evaluate the possible usefulness of the widely recommended alternative therapies for IT. All patients had an opportunity to sample the treatments. Six months later only a few had tried any of these treatments, but all reported that the lessons were the most helpful in association with supportive group discussions. The results indicated that none of these therapies can be recommended, based on rational medical practise. PMID:10908984

  3. Severe storm electricity

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    Rust, W. D.; Macgorman, D. R.; Taylor, W.; Arnold, R. T.

    1984-01-01

    Severe storms and lightning were measured with a NASA U2 and ground based facilities, both fixed base and mobile. Aspects of this program are reported. The following results are presented: (1) ground truth measurements of lightning for comparison with those obtained by the U2. These measurements include flash type identification, electric field changes, optical waveforms, and ground strike location; (2) simultaneous extremely low frequency (ELF) waveforms for cloud to ground (CG) flashes; (3) the CG strike location system (LLP) using a combination of mobile laboratory and television video data are assessed; (4) continued development of analog-to-digital conversion techniques for processing lightning data from the U2, mobile laboratory, and NSSL sensors; (5) completion of an all azimuth TV system for CG ground truth; (6) a preliminary analysis of both IC and CG lightning in a mesocyclone; and (7) the finding of a bimodal peak in altitude lightning activity in some storms in the Great Plains and on the east coast. In the forms on the Great Plains, there was a distinct class of flash what forms the upper mode of the distribution. These flashes are smaller horizontal extent, but occur more frequently than flashes in the lower mode of the distribution.

  4. Technique of fetal echocardiography.

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    Allan, L

    2004-01-01

    The fetal heart is examined by a series of sequential ultrasound views, which image the cardiac connections and intracardiac structure. The imformation obtained by cross-sectional imaging can be augmented by the use of cardiac measurements, and evaluation with pulsed or color flow Doppler. A thorough familiarity with the normal appearance and systematic evaluation of standard views can exclude or diagnose major heart malformations. With training, cardiac evaluation can be performed during routine obstetric scanning, in a matter of minutes. An accurate description of any abnormal findings and a knowledge of the types of cardiac malformation which are possible, will help the examiner to reach a correct diagnosis. PMID:15360115

  5. Transfemoral aortic valve implantation in severe aortic stenosis patients with prior mitral valve prosthesis

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    Sar?, Cenk; Ba?tu?, Serdal; Kasapkara, Hac? Ahmet; Durmaz, Tahir; Kele?, Telat; Akçay, Murat; Aslan, Abdullah Nabi; Bayram, Nihal Akar; Bozkurt, Engin

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Transcatheter aortic valve implantation for severe symptomatic aortic stenosis in patients with a previous mitral valve prosthesis is technically challenging, and pre-procedural comprehensive assessment of these patients before transcatheter aortic valve implantation is vital for an uncomplicated and successful procedure. Aim We want to share our experience with transcatheter aortic valve implantation in patients with a preexisting functional mitral valve prosthesis and describe a series of important technical and pre-procedural details. Material and methods At our center, 135 patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis were treated with transcatheter aortic valve implantation. Six of them with a preexisting mitral valve prosthesis received an Edwards SAPIEN XT valve through the transfemoral route. Results Transcatheter aortic valve implantation was performed successfully in all 6 patients without any deformation of the cobalt-chromium/steel stents of the aortic valve bioprosthesis. Also no distortion or malfunction in the mitral valve prosthesis was observed after the procedure. There were no complications during the hospitalization period. Post-procedural echocardiography revealed no or mild aortic paravalvular regurgitation and normal valve function in all the patients. In addition, serial echocardiographic examination demonstrated that both the stability and function of the aortic and mitral prosthetic valves were normal without any deterioration in the gradients and the degree of the regurgitation at long-term follow-ups. Conclusions Our experience confirms that transcatheter aortic valve implantation is technically feasible in patients with previous mitral valve replacement but comprehensive evaluation of patients by multimodal imaging techniques such as transesophageal echocardiography and multislice computed tomography is mandatory for a successful and safe procedure. PMID:26677380

  6. Hedratecture in severe climates

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    Mangan, Joseph J.

    Attention is given to hedratecture, the art and science of constructing with framed elements that are hedron-shaped, usually in the form of the Platonic solids. Hedratecture encompasses two major elements: the expandable platform and the structures that are set on its surface. The platform, when set on a surface by computer, has the capability to incorporate within itself a whole variety of integrated lesser structures that provide dwelling units and a modular internal transportation system. The platform can be placed as a base camp or expanded in a lineal mode to become a trestle or a bridge. The study shows how this platform, which consists of redundant tetrahedral frames with special footings, can be placed in every type of extreme climate on earth but can also be used for the construction of computer sets, telerobotically erected structures on the surfaces of the moon, Mars, or the asteroids.

  7. New England 4-H Horse Show

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    New England 4-H Horse Show Rules and Guidelines Basic guide to local, county, and state/regional 4-H Horse shows as well as for those classes in open shows limited to 4-H membership entry. This rules-H Rule Book Page 2 Revised April 2014 All revisions of the New England 4-H Horse Show Rules

  8. Severe Weather Planning for Schools

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    Watson, Barbara McNaught; Strong, Christopher; Bunting, Bill

    2008-01-01

    Flash floods, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes occur with rapid onset and often no warning. Decisions must be made quickly and actions taken immediately. This paper provides tips for schools on: (1) Preparing for Severe Weather Emergencies; (2) Activating a Severe Weather Plan; (3) Severe Weather Plan Checklist; and (4) Periodic Drills and…

  9. UV Photography Shows Hidden Sun Damage

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    ... skin UV photography shows hidden sun damage UV photography shows hidden sun damage A UV photograph gives ... developing skin cancer and prematurely aged skin. Normal photography UV photography 18 months of age: This boy's ...

  10. New Hampshire Guide 4H Dog Shows

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    New Hampshire Guide to 4H Dog Shows UNH Cooperative Extension 4H Youth ................................................................................................................................. 2 Purpose of the 4H Dog Project ................................................................................................................ 2 4H DOG SHOW GENERAL INFORMATION

  11. This image, looking due south shows the central part of ...

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    This image, looking due south shows the central part of the north wing of the building, a 2 story facade. In the foreground are several utility chases which span this elevation of the building - Department of Energy, Mound Facility, Electronics Laboratory Building (E Building), One Mound Road, Miamisburg, Montgomery County, OH

  12. Taking Your Show on the Road.

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    Buchanan, Suzanne

    1998-01-01

    Describes a local interpretation program in New England that uses a motorcoach to take visitors on a day-long tour of several sites in the region. Explains how to create similar programs elsewhere and gives advice for preparing for the tour, orienting tour members, interpreting on the road, pacing tours over a day, and stopping at tour sites. (PVD)

  13. 3D transesophageal echocardiography is a decision-making tool for the management of cardiogenic shock following a large postinfarction ventricular defect.

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    Liu, Yihua; Frikha, Zied; Maureira, Pablo; Levy, Bruno; Selton-Suty, Christine; Villemot, Jean-pierre; Huttin, Olivier

    2015-01-01

    Postinfarction ventricular septal defect (PIVSD) is a devastating mechanical complication following acute myocardial infarction. The management of this pathology is quite challenging, especially in case of complicated cardiogenic shock. The difficulties lie in the timing and type of intervention. Debates exist with regard to immediate versus deferring repair, as well as open repair versus percutaneous closure. The anatomic characteristics and hemodynamic consequence of PIVSD are important elements determining which strategy to adopt, since large septal defect (>15 mm) cannot be appropriately treated by percutaneous occluder devices limiting by their available size, while compromised hemodynamics usually require emergent repair or mechanical support "bridging to surgery". Herein, we report our experience of successful management of a case of cardiogenic shock complicating large PIVSD (38 mm) by delayed surgical repair bridged with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) during 7 days. We emphasize the importance of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography as a decision-making tool. PMID:25603876

  14. Fast interactive real-time volume rendering of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography: an implementation for low-end computers

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    Saracino, G.; Greenberg, N. L.; Shiota, T.; Corsi, C.; Lamberti, C.; Thomas, J. D.

    2002-01-01

    Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) is an innovative cardiac imaging modality. However, partly due to lack of user-friendly software, RT3DE has not been widely accepted as a clinical tool. The object of this study was to develop and implement a fast and interactive volume renderer of RT3DE datasets designed for a clinical environment where speed and simplicity are not secondary to accuracy. Thirty-six patients (20 regurgitation, 8 normal, 8 cardiomyopathy) were imaged using RT3DE. Using our newly developed software, all 3D data sets were rendered in real-time throughout the cardiac cycle and assessment of cardiac function and pathology was performed for each case. The real-time interactive volume visualization system is user friendly and instantly provides consistent and reliable 3D images without expensive workstations or dedicated hardware. We believe that this novel tool can be used clinically for dynamic visualization of cardiac anatomy.

  15. Can Echocardiography, Especially Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion Measurement, Predict Pulmonary Hypertension and Improve Prognosis in Patients on Long-Term Dialysis?

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    Grabysa, Rados?aw; Wa?kowicz, Zofia

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to pulmonary hypertension (PH) as a strong and independent risk factor for adverse outcome in the population of patients on long-term dialysis. Published results of observational studies indicate that the problem of PH refers mostly to patients on long-term hemodialysis and is less common in peritoneal dialysis patients. The main cause of this complication is proximal location of the arteriovenous fistula, causing chronically increased cardiac output. This paper presents the usefulness of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for measurement of the Tricuspid Annular Plane Systolic Excursion (TAPSE) in the early diagnosis of PH in dialysis patients. Echocardiographic diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension with TTE, especially in the case of HD patients, ensures the selection of the proper location for the first arteriovenous fistula and facilitates the decision to switch to peritoneal dialysis or to accelerate the process of qualification for kidney transplantation. PMID:26697754

  16. The Language of Show Biz: A Dictionary.

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    Sergel, Sherman Louis, Ed.

    This dictionary of the language of show biz provides the layman with definitions and essays on terms and expressions often used in show business. The overall pattern of selection was intended to be more rather than less inclusive, though radio, television, and film terms were deliberately omitted. Lengthy explanations are sometimes used to express…

  17. Incident Response Planning for Selected Livestock Shows 

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    Tomascik, Chelsea Roxanne

    2012-02-14

    RESPONSE PLANNING FOR SELECTED LIVESTOCK SHOWS A Thesis by CHELSEA ROXANNE TOMASCIK Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE... December 2011 Major Subject: Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications Incident Response Planning for Selected Livestock Shows Copyright 2011 Chelsea Roxanne Tomascik INCIDENT RESPONSE...

  18. Salton Sea Satellite Image Showing Fault Slip

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    Landsat satellite image (LE70390372003084EDC00) showing location of surface slip triggered along faults in the greater Salton Trough area. Red bars show the generalized location of 2010 surface slip along faults in the central Salton Trough and many additional faults in the southwestern section of t...

  19. 2015 4-H State Food Show Guidelines

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    1 2015 4-H State Food Show Guidelines Bringing Texas to the Table Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion.D. Shawnte Clawson, MS Subject: 2015 4-H State Food Show Guidelines Being transmitted to you this year via e

  20. The Physics of Equestrian Show Jumping

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    Stinner, Art

    2014-01-01

    This article discusses the kinematics and dynamics of equestrian show jumping. For some time I have attended a series of show jumping events at Spruce Meadows, an international equestrian center near Calgary, Alberta, often referred to as the "Wimbledon of equestrian jumping." I have always had a desire to write an article such as this…

  1. 47 CFR 90.505 - Showing required.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Showing required. 90.505 Section 90.505 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO SERVICES Developmental Operation § 90.505 Showing required. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, each...

  2. 47 CFR 90.505 - Showing required.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Showing required. 90.505 Section 90.505 Telecommunication FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (CONTINUED) SAFETY AND SPECIAL RADIO SERVICES PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO SERVICES Developmental Operation § 90.505 Showing required. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, each...

  3. SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURE

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    MacMillan, Andrew

    SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURE © Alberta Health Services 2014 Page 1 of 8 SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURE ALGORITHM Switchboard/DesignateSupervisor/Designate SiteAdministration/ Designate(onsite) StaffMember becomesawareof SevereWeather · Determine need to establish Site Command Post

  4. Statistics of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks

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    Malamud, B. D.; Turcotte, D. L.

    2012-09-01

    The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider severe tornadoes, which we define as L?10 km, in the continental USA (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database). We find that for the period 1982-2011, for individual severe tornadoes (L?10 km): (i) There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path length in that year. (ii) The cumulative frequency path length data suggests that, not taking into account any changing trends over time, we would expect in a given year (on average) one severe tornado with a path length L?115 km and in a decade (on average) one severe tornado with a path length L?215 km. (iii) The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20severe tornadoes in a convective day (12:00-12:00 UTC), LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-h USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i) For 1982-2011, the number of severe tornadoes in a USA convective day outbreak has a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.80) on the convective day total path length, LD. (ii) For 1952-2011, the cumulative frequency path length data for severe tornado outbreaks suggests that we would expect in a given year (on average) one daily severe tornado outbreak with total path length LD?480 km and in a decade (on average) one daily severe tornado outbreak with a total path length LD?1200 km. (iii) For 1982-2011, the noncumulative frequency-length statistics of tornado outbreaks, 10severe tornadoes (L?10 km) during two tornado outbreaks, 27 April 2011 (67 severe tornadoes) and 25 May 2011 (16 severe tornadoes), and find similar statistical distributions with robust scaling. We believe that our robust scaling results provide evidence that touchdown path lengths can be used as quantitative measures of the systematic properties of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks.

  5. Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise Against Macular Degeneration

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    ... nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_155695.html Parkinson's Drug Shows Promise Against Macular Degeneration But more ... THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A common Parkinson's disease medication might hold potential for preventing or ...

  6. map showing predicted habitat potentional for tortoise

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    This map shows the spatial representation of the predicted habitat potential index values for desert tortoise in the Mojave and parts of the Sonoran Deserts of California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Map: USGS. ...

  7. Severe Weather Forecast Decision Aid

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    Bauman, William H., III; Wheeler, Mark M.; Short, David A.

    2005-01-01

    This report presents a 15-year climatological study of severe weather events and related severe weather atmospheric parameters. Data sources included local forecast rules, archived sounding data, Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Surveillance System (CGLSS) data, surface and upper air maps, and two severe weather event databases covering east-central Florida. The local forecast rules were used to set threat assessment thresholds for stability parameters that were derived from the sounding data. The severe weather events databases were used to identify days with reported severe weather and the CGLSS data was used to differentiate between lightning and non-lightning days. These data sets provided the foundation for analyzing the stability parameters and synoptic patterns that were used to develop an objective tool to aid in forecasting severe weather events. The period of record for the analysis was May - September, 1989 - 2003. The results indicate that there are certain synoptic patterns more prevalent on days with severe weather and some of the stability parameters are better predictors of severe weather days based on locally tuned threat values. The results also revealed the stability parameters that did not display any skill related to severe weather days. An interactive web-based Severe Weather Decision Aid was developed to assist the duty forecaster by providing a level of objective guidance based on the analysis of the stability parameters, CGLSS data, and synoptic-scale dynamics. The tool will be tested and evaluated during the 2005 warm season.

  8. A cellular study of teosinte Zea mays ssp. parviglumis (Poaceae) caryopsis development showing several processes conserved in maize

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Although recent molecular studies elucidate the genetic background leading to changed morphology of maize female inflorescence and the structure of the caryopsis during the domestication of maize (Zea mays ssp. mays) from its wild progenitor teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis), the mechanisms under...

  9. Educational Outreach: The Space Science Road Show

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    Cox, N. L. J.

    2002-01-01

    The poster presented will give an overview of a study towards a "Space Road Show". The topic of this show is space science. The target group is adolescents, aged 12 to 15, at Dutch high schools. The show and its accompanying experiments would be supported with suitable educational material. Science teachers at schools can decide for themselves if they want to use this material in advance, afterwards or not at all. The aims of this outreach effort are: to motivate students for space science and engineering, to help them understand the importance of (space) research, to give them a positive feeling about the possibilities offered by space and in the process give them useful knowledge on space basics. The show revolves around three main themes: applications, science and society. First the students will get some historical background on the importance of space/astronomy to civilization. Secondly they will learn more about novel uses of space. On the one hand they will learn of "Views on Earth" involving technologies like Remote Sensing (or Spying), Communication, Broadcasting, GPS and Telemedicine. On the other hand they will experience "Views on Space" illustrated by past, present and future space research missions, like the space exploration missions (Cassini/Huygens, Mars Express and Rosetta) and the astronomy missions (Soho and XMM). Meanwhile, the students will learn more about the technology of launchers and satellites needed to accomplish these space missions. Throughout the show and especially towards the end attention will be paid to the third theme "Why go to space"? Other reasons for people to get into space will be explored. An important question in this is the commercial (manned) exploration of space. Thus, the questions of benefit of space to society are integrated in the entire show. It raises some fundamental questions about the effects of space travel on our environment, poverty and other moral issues. The show attempts to connect scientific with community thought. The difficulty with a show this elaborate and intricate is communicating on a level understandable for teenagers, whilst not treating them like children. Professional space scientists know how easy it is to lose oneself in technical specifics. This would, of course, only confuse young people. The author would like to discuss the ideas for this show with a knowledgeable audience and hopefully get some (constructive) feedback.

  10. Statistics of Severe Tornadoes and Severe Tornado Outbreaks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Malamud, B. D.; Turcotte, D. L.

    2012-04-01

    The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider 4,061 severe tornadoes (defined as L? 10 km) in the continental USA for the time period 1981-2010 (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database). We find for individual severe tornadoes: (i) The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20 < L < 200 km, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 3. (ii) There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path lengths in that year. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a day, LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-hour USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i) On average, the number of days per year with at least one continental USA severe tornado (path length L? 10 km) has increased 16% in the 30-year period 1981-2010. (ii) The daily numbers of severe tornadoes in a USA outbreak have a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.87) on their daily total path lengths, LD, over the range 20 < LD

  11. Statistical Scaling of Severe Tornadoes and Severe Tornado Outbreaks

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    Turcotte, D. L.; Malamud, B. D.

    2012-12-01

    The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. Here we consider severe tornadoes, which we define as L ? 10 km, in the continental USA (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database). We find that for the period 1982-2011, for individual severe tornadoes (L ? 10 km): (i) There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path lengths in that year. (ii) The cumulative path length data suggests that the longest severe tornado path length (or greater) expected in a year (on average) is L = 115 km and in a decade (on average) is L = 215 km. (iii) The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20 < L < 200 km, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 3. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a convective day (12:00-12:00 UTC), LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-hour USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i) For 1982-2011, the numbers of severe tornadoes in a USA convective day outbreak have a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.80) with their convective day total path lengths, LD, over the range 20 < LD < 1000 km/dy. (ii) For 1952-2011, the cumulative severe tornado outbreak path length data suggests that the longest daily outbreak path length total (or greater) expected in a year (on average) is LD = 480 km and in a decade (on average) is LD = 120 km. (iii) For 1982-2011, the noncumulative frequency-length statistics of tornado outbreaks, 10 < LD <1000 km/dy, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 1.8. Finally, we consider the frequency path-length scaling of severe tornadoes (L ? 10 km) during two tornado outbreaks, 27 April 2011 (67 severe tornadoes) and 25 May 2011 (16 severe tornadoes), and find similar statistical distributions with robust scaling. We believe that our robust scaling results provide evidence that touchdown path lengths can be used as quantitative measures of the systematic properties of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks.

  12. Statistics of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Malamud, B. D.; Turcotte, D. L.

    2012-03-01

    The standard measures of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider 4061 severe tornadoes (defined as L?10 km) in the continental USA for the time period 1981-2010 (USA Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database). We find for individual severe tornadoes: (i) The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of severe tornado touchdown path lengths, 20 < L < 200 km, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 3. (ii) There is a strong linear scaling between the number of severe tornadoes in a year and their total path lengths in that year. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a day, LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-hour USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i) On average, the number of days per year with at least one continental USA severe tornado (path length L?10 km) has increased 16% in the 30-year period 1981-2010. (ii) The daily numbers of severe tornadoes in a USA outbreak have a strong power-law relationship (exponent 0.87) on their daily total path lengths, LD, over the range 20 < LD < 1000 km dy-1. (iii) The noncumulative frequency-length statistics of tornado outbreaks, 10 < LD < 1000 km dy-1, is well approximated by an inverse power-law relationship with exponent near 1.7. We believe that our robust scaling results provide evidence that touchdown path lengths can be used as quantitative measures of the systematic properties of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks.

  13. Statistics of Severe Tornadoes and Severe Tornado Outbreaks

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    Malamud, B. D.; Turcotte, D. L.

    2011-12-01

    The standard measure of the intensity of a tornado in the USA and many other countries are the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales. These scales are based on the damage that a tornado causes. Another measure of the strength of a tornado is its path length of touchdown, L. In this study we consider 4,061 severe tornadoes, with L ? 10 km, in the continental USA for the period 1981-2010 (Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Database). We find for individual severe tornadoes: (i) The noncumulative frequencies, f(L), have a strong power-law relationship on severe tornado path lengths, L. (ii) The dependence of the number of severe tornadoes in a year on the total length in that year also exhibits strong power-law scaling. We then take the total path length of severe tornadoes in a day, LD, as a measure of the strength of a 24-hour USA tornado outbreak. We find that: (i) The number of days on which USA outbreaks occur has increased 15% in the 30-year period considered over the continental USA. (ii) The numbers of severe tornadoes in a USA outbreak, ND, have a strong power-law relationship on total 24-hour path lengths, LD. (iii) The noncumulative frequencies, f(LD), have a strong power-law relationship on severe tornado path lengths, LD. We believe that our robust scaling results provide evidence that touchdown lengths might be used as quantitative measures of the systematic properties of severe tornadoes and severe tornado outbreaks.

  14. Show Them You Really Want the Job

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    Perlmutter, David D.

    2012-01-01

    Showing that one really "wants" the job entails more than just really wanting the job. An interview is part Broadway casting call, part intellectual dating game, part personality test, and part, well, job interview. When there are 300 applicants for a position, many of them will "fit" the required (and even the preferred) skills listed in the job…

  15. Tilapia show immunization response against Ich

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    This study compares the immune response of Nile tilapia and red tilapia against parasite Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich) using a cohabitation challenge model. Both Nile and red tilapia showed strong immune response post immunization with live Ich theronts by IP injection or immersion. Blood serum...

  16. STAR Trial Shows Lower Toxicities from Raloxifene

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    Initial results in 2006 of the NCI-sponsored Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) showed that a common osteoporosis drug, raloxifene, prevented breast cancer to the same degree, but with fewer serious side-effects, than the drug tamoxifen that had bee

  17. George Arcement Shows Locations of USGS Streamgages

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    USGS Louisiana Water Science Center Director George Arcement shows the locations of USGS' streamgage network to WAFB Meteorologist Jay Grymes.  USGS maintains more than 30 real-time streamgages throughout the area affected by the 2011 Flood. In addition, more than 50 non-real-time gages were...

  18. The Morning Show at WLES-TV.

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    Blondell, Beverley

    1979-01-01

    Describes the production and programing of daily quarter-hour television shows by different groups of students at Laurel (Maryland) Elementary School, guided by the library media specialist who started them five years ago. The video experience has improved students' reading, writing, and math skills, as well as behavior. (MF)

  19. Martinkus docos show reality of Afghanistan war

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    Wapstra, Erik

    Martinkus docos show reality of Afghanistan war By ShAron Webb Journalist John Martinkus reels off the date he was kidnapped in the Iraq war as if it's perma- nently scratched on his brain. "It happened. It was terrible. I thought: Here we go." It's experiences like this that gave credibility to the television war

  20. What Pain Asymbolia Really Shows Colin Klein

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    Klein, Colin

    What Pain Asymbolia Really Shows Colin Klein Macquarie University cvklein@gmail.com Abstract Pain asymbolics feel pain, but act as if they are indifferent to it. Nikola Grahek argues that such patients present a clear counterexample to motivationalism about pain. I argue that Grahek has mischaracterised

  1. Laser entertainment and light shows in education

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    Sabaratnam, Andrew T.; Symons, Charles

    2002-05-01

    Laser shows and beam effects have been a source of entertainment since its first public performance May 9, 1969, at Mills College in Oakland, California. Since 1997, the Photonics Center, NgeeAnn Polytechnic, Singapore, has been using laser shows as a teaching tool. Students are able to exhibit their creative skills and learn at the same time how lasers are used in the entertainment industry. Students will acquire a number of skills including handling three- phase power supply, operation of cooling system, and laser alignment. Students also acquire an appreciation of the arts, learning about shapes and contours as they develop graphics for the shows. After holography, laser show animation provides a combination of the arts and technology. This paper aims to briefly describe how a krypton-argon laser, galvanometer scanners, a polychromatic acousto-optic modulator and related electronics are put together to develop a laser projector. The paper also describes how students are trained to make their own laser animation and beam effects with music, and at the same time have an appreciation of the operation of a Class IV laser and the handling of optical components.

  2. Showing Enantiomorphous Crystals of Tartaric Acid

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    Andrade-Gamboa, Julio

    2007-01-01

    Most of the articles and textbooks that show drawings of enantiomorphous crystals use an inadequate view to appreciate the fact that they are non-superimposable mirror images of one another. If a graphical presentation of crystal chirality is not evident, the main attribute of crystal enantiomorphism can not be recognized by students. The classic…

  3. Measuring Severity and Change in Anorexia Nervosa.

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    Piazza, Eugene; And Others

    1983-01-01

    Describes the State of Mind (SOM) Questionnaire, which measures severity and change of clinical state in anorexia nervosa. A study of 42 anorexia patients and 4 control groups showed a strong correlation between depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory and the Anorexia Scale, which comprise the SOM. (JAC)

  4. 54. View from ground level in building no. 105 showing ...

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    54. View from ground level in building no. 105 showing lower radar scanner switch at open port door. Note incoming waveguide and control switch at lower left of photograph and note several waveguides leaving top of scanner switch around the circumference of switch. - Clear Air Force Station, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II, One mile west of mile marker 293.5 on Parks Highway, 5 miles southwest of Anderson, Anderson, Denali Borough, AK

  5. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

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    Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a serious form of pneumonia . It is caused by a virus that was first identified ... chap 366. McIntosh K, Perlman S. Coronaviruses, including severe ... syndrome (SARS)and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In: ...

  6. Severity assessment in trauma patient.

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    Raux, M; Vivien, B; Tourtier, J-P; Langeron, O

    2013-01-01

    Severity assessment in trauma patients is mandatory. It started during initial phone call that alerts emergency services when a trauma occurred. On-call physician assesses severity based on witness-provided information, to adapt emergency response (paramedics, emergency physicians). Initial severity assessment is subsequently improved based on first-responder provided informations. Whenever information comes, it helps providing adequate therapeutics and orientating the patient to the appropriate hospital. Severity assessment is based upon pre-trauma medical conditions, mechanism of injury, anatomical lesions and their consequences on physiology. Severity information can be summarized using scores, yet those are not used in France, except for post-hoc scientific purposes. Triage is usually performed using algorithms. Whatever the way triage is performed, triage tools are based on mortality as main judgement criterion. Other criteria should be considered, such as therapeutics requirements. The benefit of biomarkers of ultrasonography at prehospital setting remains to be assessed. PMID:23906735

  7. Map showing depth to bedrock, Anchorage, Alaska

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    Glass, R.L.

    1988-01-01

    Knowledge of the physical and hydrologic characteristics of geologic materials is useful in determining the availability of groundwater for public and domestic supply and the suitability of areas for on-site septic systems. A generalized map of the Anchorage area shows the approximate distance from land surface to the top of the bedrock surface. Four depth zones are shown. The depths were determined from lithologic data contained in drillers ' logs. (USGS)

  8. Malignant melanoma showing smooth muscle differentiation.

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    Banerjee, S S; Bishop, P W; Nicholson, C M; Eyden, B P

    1996-01-01

    A unique case of a metastatic non-desmoplastic sarcomatoid malignant melanoma in an axillary lymph node showing smooth muscle differentiation in a 54 year old woman is described. The tumour cells exhibited alpha-smooth muscle actin, HHF-35 and desmin positivity but were negative for S100 protein and HMB-45. Ultrastructural examination revealed smooth muscle phenotype and there was no evidence of myofibroblastic differentiation, a feature described previously in desmoplastic melanomas. Images PMID:8944620

  9. Jackson County Fed Cattle Show Rules

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    Jawitz, James W.

    . The 1219-pound steer was the winner of Class 4; Case was awarded the W. H. Neel Award and won the Senior. #12;37th Annual Jackson County Market Steer Show & Sale PROGRAM Monday, February 15, 2016 4 P.M. ­ 6 Steer 4:30 ­ 6:30 P.M. Barbeque Dinner 6:15 P.M. All persons receiving awards meet at the Sale Ring 6

  10. New map of Io shows an otherworldly

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    Rhoads, James

    AnEtArium shoWs Wednesday evenings @ 7 p.m. Astronomy PubliC lECturEs James Webb Telescope (Prof. Windhorst), April 13 @ 7 p.m. [Cover]. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the solid form of buckyballs consisting of stacked buckyballs around a pair of stars called "XX Ophiuchi" SESE BuckyBAlls in spAce New

  11. TU-F-BRF-04: Registration of 3D Transesophageal Echocardiography and X-Ray Fluoroscopy Using An Inverse Geometry X-Ray System

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    Speidel, M; Hatt, C; Tomkowiak, M; Raval, A; Funk, T

    2014-06-15

    Purpose: To develop a method for the fusion of 3D echocardiography and Scanning-Beam Digital X-ray (SBDX) fluoroscopy to assist with catheter device and soft tissue visualization during interventional procedures. Methods: SBDX is a technology for low-dose inverse geometry x-ray fluoroscopy that performs digital tomosynthesis at multiple planes in real time. In this study, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) images were fused with SBDX images by estimating the 3D position and orientation (the “pose”) of the TEE probe within the x-ray coordinate system and then spatially transforming the TEE image data to match this pose. An initial pose estimate was obtained through tomosynthesis-based 3D localization of points along the probe perimeter. Position and angle estimates were then iteratively refined by comparing simulated projections of a 3D probe model against SBDX x-ray images. Algorithm performance was quantified by imaging a TEE probe in different known orientations and locations within the x-ray field (0-30 degree tilt angle, up to 50 mm translation). Fused 3D TEE/SBDX imaging was demonstrated by imaging a tissue-mimicking polyvinyl alcohol cylindrical cavity as a catheter was navigated along the cavity axis. Results: Detected changes in probe tilt angle agreed with the known changes to within 1.2 degrees. For a 50 mm translation along the source-detector axis, the detected translation was 50.3 mm. Errors for in-plane translations ranged from 0.1 to 0.9 mm. In a fused 3D TEE/SBDX display, the catheter device was well visualized and coincident with the device shadow in the TEE images. The TEE images portrayed phantom boundaries that were not evident under x-ray. Conclusion: Registration of soft tissue anatomy derived from TEE imaging and device imaging from SBDX x-ray fluoroscopy is feasible. The simultaneous 3D visualization of these two modalities may be useful in interventional procedures involving the navigation of devices to soft tissue anatomy.

  12. Combination of Echocardiography and Pulse Wave Velocity Provides Clues for the Differentiation between White Coat Hypertension and Hypertension in Postmenopausal Women

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    Suzuki, Hiromichi; Kobayashi, Kazuhiro; Okada, Hirokazu

    2014-01-01

    Objective To determine whether or not noninvasive assessment of the cardiovascular system can discriminate white coat hypertension and hypertension in postmenopausal women. The major reason is the high prevalence of white coat hypertension in these subjects and the uncertain associations of white coat hypertension with cardiovascular risk. Patients and Methods Selected women were required to be naturally or surgically menopausal for at least 1 year but not more than 5 years past their menstrual period. White coat hypertension patients were defined as subjects who had office blood pressures >150/90 mm Hg but who had both systolic and diastolic ambulatory pressures <120/80 mm Hg. In total, 44 subjects with a mean age of 52 years were recruited from the outpatient clinic and examined. Office and home blood pressures were measured using the HEM 401C (Omron Life Science Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan), a semi-automatic device that operates on the cuff-oscillometric principle and generates a digital display of the systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure as well as the pulse rate. The pulse wave velocity (PWV) was recorded, and the left ventricular (LV) diameter, septal wall thickness, and left posterior wall thickness were assessed by M-mode echocardiography after selecting the measurement section by B-mode echocardiography. Results Twenty patients were diagnosed as having white coat hypertension based on the criteria in the trial. Pulse wave patterns were different between subjects with white coat hypertension and those with hypertension. PWV of subjects with white coat hypertension was 1.32 ± 0.33 m/s and that of patients with hypertension was 1.46 ± 0.37 m/s (p < 0.01). In addition to these findings, there was a significant association between the values of home SBP and PWV and the LV mass index. However, this association was not seen for office SBP. When the data of the LV mass index and PWV were combined, white coat hypertension could be easily differentiated from hypertension. Conclusions The combination of blood pressure self-monitoring, echocardiographic data, and PWV can be a powerful indicator for the treatment of hypertension in postmenopausal women.

  13. Strain and strain rate by speckle-tracking echocardiography correlate with pressure-volume loop-derived contractility indices in a rat model of athlete's heart.

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    Kovács, Attila; Oláh, Attila; Lux, Árpád; Mátyás, Csaba; Németh, Balázs Tamás; Kellermayer, Dalma; Ruppert, Mihály; Török, Marianna; Szabó, Lilla; Meltzer, Anna; Assabiny, Alexandra; Birtalan, Ede; Merkely, Béla; Radovits, Tamás

    2015-04-01

    Contractile function is considered to be precisely measurable only by invasive hemodynamics. We aimed to correlate strain values measured by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) with sensitive contractility parameters of pressure-volume (P-V) analysis in a rat model of exercise-induced left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy. LV hypertrophy was induced in rats by swim training and was compared with untrained controls. Echocardiography was performed using a 13-MHz linear transducer to obtain LV long- and short-axis recordings for STE analysis (GE EchoPAC). Global longitudinal (GLS) and circumferential strain (GCS) and longitudinal (LSr) and circumferential systolic strain rate (CSr) were measured. LV P-V analysis was performed using a pressure-conductance microcatheter, and load-independent contractility indices [slope of the end-systolic P-V relationship (ESPVR), preload recruitable stroke work (PRSW), and maximal dP/dt-end-diastolic volume relationship (dP/dtmax-EDV)] were calculated. Trained rats had increased LV mass index (trained vs. control; 2.76 ± 0.07 vs. 2.14 ± 0.05 g/kg, P < 0.001). P-V loop-derived contractility parameters were significantly improved in the trained group (ESPVR: 3.58 ± 0.22 vs. 2.51 ± 0.11 mmHg/?l; PRSW: 131 ± 4 vs. 104 ± 2 mmHg, P < 0.01). Strain and strain rate parameters were also supernormal in trained rats (GLS: -18.8 ± 0.3 vs. -15.8 ± 0.4%; LSr: -5.0 ± 0.2 vs. -4.1 ± 0.1 Hz; GCS: -18.9 ± 0.8 vs. -14.9 ± 0.6%; CSr: -4.9 ± 0.2 vs. -3.8 ± 0.2 Hz, P < 0.01). ESPVR correlated with GLS (r = -0.71) and LSr (r = -0.53) and robustly with GCS (r = -0.83) and CSr (r = -0.75, all P < 0.05). PRSW was strongly related to GLS (r = -0.64) and LSr (r = -0.71, both P < 0.01). STE can be a feasible and useful method for animal experiments. In our rat model, strain and strain rate parameters closely reflected the improvement in intrinsic contractile function induced by exercise training. PMID:25617359

  14. European gasoline survey shows decreasing lead, MON

    SciTech Connect

    1995-10-02

    Associated Octel Co. Ltd., London, has released the results of its 1994 survey of European gasoline quality. Octel collected and analyzed more than 200 gasoline samples taken from sampling points close to major European refineries. Over the past decade, Octel`s surveys have demonstrated reduced use of lead antiknock compounds and increased use of high-octane blending components. Despite increased blending of alkylate and isomerate into gasolines at European refineries, many gasolines tested had MONs close to minimum nation requirements. Figures show trends in, respectively, MON and RON, in four important European markets: France, Germany, Iberia (defined by Octel as Spain and Portugal), and the U.K.

  15. National Severe Storms Forecast Center

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    1977-01-01

    The principal mission of the National Severe Storms Forecast Center (NSSFC) is to maintain a continuous watch of weather developments that are capable of producing severe local storms, including tornadoes, and to prepare and issue messages designated as either Weather Outlooks or Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watches for dissemination to the public and aviation services. In addition to its assigned responsibility at the national level, the NSSFC is involved in a number of programs at the regional and local levels. Subsequent subsections and paragraphs describe the NSSFC, its users, inputs, outputs, interfaces, capabilities, workload, problem areas, and future plans in more detail.

  16. Show Me the Invisible: Visualizing Hidden Content

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    Geymayer, Thomas; Steinberger, Markus; Lex, Alexander; Streit, Marc; Schmalstieg, Dieter

    2014-01-01

    Content on computer screens is often inaccessible to users because it is hidden, e.g., occluded by other windows, outside the viewport, or overlooked. In search tasks, the efficient retrieval of sought content is important. Current software, however, only provides limited support to visualize hidden occurrences and rarely supports search synchronization crossing application boundaries. To remedy this situation, we introduce two novel visualization methods to guide users to hidden content. Our first method generates awareness for occluded or out-of-viewport content using see-through visualization. For content that is either outside the screen’s viewport or for data sources not opened at all, our second method shows off-screen indicators and an on-demand smart preview. To reduce the chances of overlooking content, we use visual links, i.e., visible edges, to connect the visible content or the visible representations of the hidden content. We show the validity of our methods in a user study, which demonstrates that our technique enables a faster localization of hidden content compared to traditional search functionality and thereby assists users in information retrieval tasks. PMID:25325078

  17. Show Me the Invisible: Visualizing Hidden Content.

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    Geymayer, Thomas; Steinberger, Markus; Lex, Alexander; Streit, Marc; Schmalstieg, Dieter

    2014-01-01

    Content on computer screens is often inaccessible to users because it is hidden, e.g., occluded by other windows, outside the viewport, or overlooked. In search tasks, the efficient retrieval of sought content is important. Current software, however, only provides limited support to visualize hidden occurrences and rarely supports search synchronization crossing application boundaries. To remedy this situation, we introduce two novel visualization methods to guide users to hidden content. Our first method generates awareness for occluded or out-of-viewport content using see-through visualization. For content that is either outside the screen's viewport or for data sources not opened at all, our second method shows off-screen indicators and an on-demand smart preview. To reduce the chances of overlooking content, we use visual links, i.e., visible edges, to connect the visible content or the visible representations of the hidden content. We show the validity of our methods in a user study, which demonstrates that our technique enables a faster localization of hidden content compared to traditional search functionality and thereby assists users in information retrieval tasks. PMID:25325078

  18. Treatment of Severe Recurrent Clubfoot.

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    Radler, Christof; Mindler, Gabriel T

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the pathoanatomy of severe recurrent clubfoot and its implication on treatment options is important for the successful treatment. A comprehensive clinical evaluation of the different components helps in selecting procedures. Individual needs and social and psychological factors influencing treatment and the impact of treatment on the child have to be considered. With increasing dissemination and improved understanding of the Ponseti method, a further decrease in the frequency of severe recurrent clubfoot can be hoped for and expected. PMID:26589079

  19. Color Voyager 2 Image Showing Crescent Uranus

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    1990-01-01

    This image shows a crescent Uranus, a view that Earthlings never witnessed until Voyager 2 flew near and then beyond Uranus on January 24, 1986. This planet's natural blue-green color is due to the absorption of redder wavelengths in the atmosphere by traces of methane gas. Uranus' diameter is 32,500 miles, a little over four times that of Earth. The hazy blue-green atmosphere probably extends to a depth of around 5,400 miles, where it rests above what is believed to be an icy or liquid mixture (an 'ocean') of water, ammonia, methane, and other volatiles, which in turn surrounds a rocky core perhaps a little smaller than Earth.

  20. Lemurs and macaques show similar numerical sensitivity.

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    Jones, Sarah M; Pearson, John; DeWind, Nicholas K; Paulsen, David; Tenekedjieva, Ana-Maria; Brannon, Elizabeth M

    2014-05-01

    We investigated the precision of the approximate number system (ANS) in three lemur species (Lemur catta, Eulemur mongoz, and Eulemur macaco flavifrons), one Old World monkey species (Macaca mulatta) and humans (Homo sapiens). In Experiment 1, four individuals of each nonhuman primate species were trained to select the numerically larger of two visual arrays on a touchscreen. We estimated numerical acuity by modeling Weber fractions (w) and found quantitatively equivalent performance among all four nonhuman primate species. In Experiment 2, we tested adult humans in a similar procedure, and they outperformed the four nonhuman species but showed qualitatively similar performance. These results indicate that the ANS is conserved over the primate order. PMID:24068469

  1. Prostatic ductal adenocarcinoma showing Bcl-2 expression.

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    Tulunay, Ozden; Orhan, Diclehan; Baltaci, Sümer; Gögü?, Cagatay; Müftüoglu, Yusuf Z

    2004-09-01

    Prostatic ductal adenocarcinoma represents a rare histological variant of prostatic carcinoma with features of a papillary lesion at cystoscopy. There are conflicts regarding the existence, origin, staging, grading, treatment and clinical behavior of this tumor. The aim of the present study is to examine the expression of Bcl-2 and p53 in prostatic ductal adenocarcinoma and to evaluate its origin by analyzing prostate specific antigen, prostate specific acid phosphatase, cytokeratins, epithelial membrane antigen and carcinoembryonic antigen expressions. The results confirmed the expression of prostate specific antigen and prostate specific acid phosphatase in prostatic ductal adenocarcinoma. The demonstrated expression of Bcl-2 was predominant in the better-differentiated tumor. Bcl-2 expression appears not to be associated with neuroendocrine differentiation as assessed by chromogranin A reactivity. Thus, the first case of a prostatic ductal adenocarcinoma showing Bcl-2 expression is presented. The tumor was negative for p53. PMID:15379952

  2. Microbiological and environmental issues in show caves.

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    Saiz-Jimenez, Cesareo

    2012-07-01

    Cultural tourism expanded in the last half of the twentieth century, and the interest of visitors has come to include caves containing archaeological remains. Some show caves attracted mass tourism, and economical interests prevailed over conservation, which led to a deterioration of the subterranean environment and the rock art. The presence and the role of microorganisms in caves is a topic that is often ignored in cave management. Knowledge of the colonisation patterns, the dispersion mechanisms, and the effect on human health and, when present, over rock art paintings of these microorganisms is of the utmost importance. In this review the most recent advances in the study of microorganisms in caves are presented, together with the environmental implications of the findings. PMID:22806150

  3. Juvenile severe mitral stenosis predisposing Eisenmenger syndrome in a case with ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, coarctation of aorta & hypoplastic aortic arch: Report of first case of rare association

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    Patra, Soumya; Kumar, Basant; Sadananda, Kanchanahalli Siddegowda; Krishnappa, Santhosh; Basappa, Harsha; Nanjappa, Manjunath Cholenahalli

    2013-01-01

    We are reporting the first case of rare association between multiple congenital cardiac malformations with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis which is an acquired structural cardiac disease. A 16 years old female patient presented with progressive dyspnoea & cyanosis for the last one month with past history of recurrent pneumonia since infancy. Physical examination revealed presence of cyanosis, grade I clubbing, radio-radial & radio-femoral delay, loud & single second heart sound, apical long mid diastolic murmur and left parasternal ejection systolic murmur. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed severe rheumatic mitral stenosis, multiple ventricular septal defects (VSD) with bidirectional shunt, hypoplastic aortic arch, Coarctation of aorta and severe pulmonary hypertension. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed the same findings along with the presence of moderate mitral regurgitation and 9 mm perimembranous VSD extending into muscular septum. Cardiac catheterization study confirmed the echocardiographic findings and demonstrated large patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). We have planned for high-risk percutaneous transmitral commissurotomy (PTMC) for this patient to decrease the back pressure on pulmonary vasculature. So that right to left shunt will be decreased and cyanosis will also improve. But parents refused to give consent for PTMC. She was on treatment with regular penicillin prophylaxis, diuretics, sildenafil and infective endocarditic prophylaxis. We should be aware of this kind of complex association between congenital and acquired structure heart disease. Eisenmenger syndrome could also be a presentation of juvenile severe rheumatic mitral stenosis when it is associated with congenital shunt lesion like VSD/PDA in our case. PMID:24396261

  4. Accretion Discs Show Their True Colours

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    2008-07-01

    Quasars are the brilliant cores of remote galaxies, at the hearts of which lie supermassive black holes that can generate enough power to outshine the Sun a trillion times. These mighty power sources are fuelled by interstellar gas, thought to be sucked into the hole from a surrounding 'accretion disc'. A paper in this week's issue of the journal Nature, partly based on observations collected with ESO's Very Large Telescope, verifies a long-standing prediction about the intensely luminous radiation emitted by these accretion discs. Uncovering the disc ESO PR Photo 21/08 Uncovering the inner disc "Astronomers were puzzled by the fact that the best models of these discs couldn't quite be reconciled with some of the observations, in particular, with the fact that these discs did not appear as blue as they should be," explains lead-author Makoto Kishimoto. Such a discrepancy could be the signal that there was something very wrong with the models. With his colleagues, he investigated this discrepancy by studying the polarised light from six quasars. This enabled them to demonstrate that the disc spectrum is as blue as predicted. "The crucial observational difficulty here has been that the disc is surrounded by a much larger torus containing hot dust, whose light partly outshines that of the disc," says Kishimoto. "Because the light coming from the disc is scattered in the disc vicinity and thus polarised, by observing only polarised light from the quasars, one can uncover the buried light from the disc." In a similar way that a fisherman would wear polarised sunglasses to help get rid of the glare from the water surface and allow him to see more clearly under the water, the filter on the telescope allowed the astronomers to see beyond surrounding clouds of dust and gas to the blue colour of the disc in infrared light. The observations were done with the FORS and ISAAC instruments on one of the 8.2-m Unit Telescopes of ESO's Very Large Telescope, located in the Atacama Desert, in Chile, as well as several other telescopes, including STFC's UKIRT. The standard picture of the accretion disc is therefore vindicated. The authors believe that further measurements could eventually provide valuable insight into how and where the disc ends, and how material is being supplied to the disc.

  5. Coronary blood flow in patients with severe aortic stenosis before and after transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

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    Ben-Dor, Itsik; Malik, Rahul; Minha, Sa'ar; Goldstein, Steven A; Wang, Zuyue; Magalhaes, Marco A; Weissman, Gaby; Okubagzi, Petros G; Torguson, Rebecca; Lindsay, Joseph; Satler, Lowell F; Pichard, Augusto D; Waksman, Ron

    2014-10-15

    Patients with severe aortic stenosis and no obstructed coronary arteries are reported to have reduced coronary flow. Doppler evaluation of proximal coronary flow is feasible using transesophageal echocardiography. The present study aimed to assess the change in coronary flow in patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The left main coronary artery was visualized using transesophageal echocardiography in 90 patients undergoing TAVI using the Edwards SAPIEN valve. The peak systolic and diastolic velocities of the coronary flow and the time-velocity integral were obtained before and after TAVI using pulse-wave Doppler. Mean aortic gradients decreased from 47.1 ± 15.7 mm Hg before TAVI to 3.6 ± 2.6 mm Hg after TAVI (p <0.001). The aortic valve area increased from 0.58 ± 0.17 to 1.99 ± 0.35 cm(2) (p <0.001). The cardiac output increased from 3.4 ± 1.1 to 3.8 ± 1.0 L/min (p <0.001). Left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) decreased from 19.8 ± 5.4 to 17.3 ± 4.1 mm Hg (p <0.001). The following coronary flow parameters increased significantly after TAVI: peak systolic velocity 24.2 ± 9.3 to 30.5 ± 14.9 cm/s (p <0.001), peak diastolic velocity 49.8 ± 16.9 to 53.7 ± 22.3 cm/s (p = 0.04), total velocity-time integral 26.7 ± 10.5 to 29.7 ± 14.1 cm (p = 0.002), and systolic velocity-time integral 6.1 ± 3.7 to 7.7 ± 5.0 cm (p = 0.001). Diastolic time-velocity integral increased from 20.6 ± 8.7 to 22.0 ± 10.1 cm (p = 0.04). Total velocity-time integral increased >10% in 43 patients (47.2%). Pearson's correlation coefficient revealed the change in LVEDP as the best correlate of change in coronary flow (R = -0.41, p = 0.003). In conclusion, TAVI resulted in a significant increase in coronary flow. The change in coronary flow was associated mostly with a decrease in LVEDP. PMID:25173443

  6. A Summary of the American Society of Echocardiography Foundation Value-Based Healthcare: Summit 2014: The Role of Cardiovascular Ultrasound in the New Paradigm.

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    Byrd, Benjamin F; Abraham, Theodore P; Buxton, Denis B; Coletta, Anthony V; Cooper, James H S; Douglas, Pamela S; Gillam, Linda D; Goldstein, Steven A; Graf, Thomas R; Horton, Kenneth D; Isenberg, Alexis A; Klein, Allan L; Kreeger, Joseph; Martin, Randolph P; Nedza, Susan M; Navathe, Amol; Pellikka, Patricia A; Picard, Michael H; Pilotte, John C; Ryan, Thomas J; Rychik, Jack; Sengupta, Partho P; Thomas, James D; Tucker, Leslie; Wallace, William; Ward, R Parker; Weissman, Neil J; Wiener, David H; Woodruff, Sarah

    2015-07-01

    Value-Based Healthcare: Summit 2014 clearly achieved the three goals set forth at the beginning of this document. First, the live event informed and educated attendees through a discussion of the evolving value-based healthcare environment, including a collaborative effort to define the important role of cardiovascular ultrasound in that environment. Second, publication of these Summit proceedings in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography will inform a wider audience of the important insights gathered. Third, moving forward, the ASE will continue to build a ‘‘living resource’’ on its website, http://www.asecho.org, for clinicians, researchers, and administrators to use in advocating for the value of cardiovascular ultrasound in the new value-based healthcare environment. The ASE looks forward to incorporating many of the Summit recommendations as it works with its members, legislators, payers, hospital administrators, and researchers to demonstrate and increase the value of cardiovascular ultrasound. All Summit attendees shared in the infectious enthusiasm generated by this proactive approach to ensuring cardiovascular ultrasound’s place as ‘‘The Value Choice’’ in cardiac imaging. PMID:26140937

  7. Effect of Exercise Training on the Quality of Life and Echocardiography Parameter of Systolic Function in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure: a Randomized Trial

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    Hassanpour Dehkordi, Ali; Khaledi Far, Arsalan

    2015-01-01

    Background: Ejection fraction promotion in heart failure patients reduces mortalities and limitations. Objectives: This study was to investigate the effect of exercise on ejection fraction of chronic heart failure patients. Patients and Methods: The present study was conducted on patients with chronic heart failure. 66 patients were divided randomly into two experimental and control groups of 33 each. The subjects were male and female. The patients in experimental group followed an exercise program three sessions per week for 24 weeks. Echocardiography and quality of life questionnaire were used to gather data. The data were analyzed by SPSS 18 through pair and independent t-test. Results: The results indicated a significant difference in left ventricular diameter (LV-ESD, LV-EDD) and ejection fraction at the end of exercise program in experimental group and 24 weeks after in control group. There was a significant difference in quality of life in physical performance, activity limitation following physical problems, energy and fatigue, social performance, physical pain, and public health (P < 0.05 for all) between two groups. Conclusions: Exercise program increases ejection fraction and quality of life in chronic heart failure patients, associated with management of disease by health team. PMID:25883771

  8. Real-time three-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography for characterizing the spatial velocity distribution and quantifying the peak flow rate in the left ventricular outflow tract

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    Tsujino, H.; Jones, M.; Shiota, T.; Qin, J. X.; Greenberg, N. L.; Cardon, L. A.; Morehead, A. J.; Zetts, A. D.; Travaglini, A.; Bauer, F.; Panza, J. A.; Thomas, J. D.

    2001-01-01

    Quantification of flow with pulsed-wave Doppler assumes a "flat" velocity profile in the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT), which observation refutes. Recent development of real-time, three-dimensional (3-D) color Doppler allows one to obtain an entire cross-sectional velocity distribution of the LVOT, which is not possible using conventional 2-D echo. In an animal experiment, the cross-sectional color Doppler images of the LVOT at peak systole were derived and digitally transferred to a computer to visualize and quantify spatial velocity distributions and peak flow rates. Markedly skewed profiles, with higher velocities toward the septum, were consistently observed. Reference peak flow rates by electromagnetic flow meter correlated well with 3-D peak flow rates (r = 0.94), but with an anticipated underestimation. Real-time 3-D color Doppler echocardiography was capable of determining cross-sectional velocity distributions and peak flow rates, demonstrating the utility of this new method for better understanding and quantifying blood flow phenomena.

  9. Long-Term Effects of Pericardiectomy on Left Ventricular Mechanics Evaluated by Using Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Patients with Constrictive Pericarditis.

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    Li, Li; Deng, You-Bin; Liu, Kun; Guo, Ling-Dan; Liu, Hong-Yun; Zhou, Wei; Tang, Qiao-Ying

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate long-term changes in left ventricular (LV) mechanics after pericardiectomy in patients with constrictive pericarditis (CP) and to correlate post-operative LV mechanics with clinical status. A total of 24 patients with CP underwent serial speckle tracking echocardiography 1 wk before and 1, 6 and 12 mo after pericardiectomy. Global LV longitudinal, circumferential and radial strains, along with LV twist, were measured. Twenty-three healthy volunteers were served as control patients. Although global LV longitudinal, circumferential and radial strains obtained 6 mo after pericardiectomy increased compared with those for pre-pericardiectomy, they were still significantly lower than those for control patients. Further improvements occurred over time with normalization of global LV longitudinal and radial strains 12 mo after pericardiectomy, but global circumferential strain obtained 12 mo after pericardiectomy was still lower than that for control patients. LV twist remained unchanged after pericardiectomy. In addition, the improvements in global LV circumferential strain after pericardiectomy were associated with improvements in clinical symptoms (p < 0.001). These findings suggest that the global LV circumferential strain may be a promising parameter in the evaluation of the effectiveness of pericardiectomy. PMID:26653938

  10. New digital measurement methods for left ventricular volume using real-time three-dimensional echocardiography: comparison with electromagnetic flow method and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Qin, J. J.; Jones, M.; Shiota, T.; Greenberg, N. L.; Firstenberg, M. S.; Tsujino, H.; Zetts, A. D.; Sun, J. P.; Cardon, L. A.; Odabashian, J. A.; Flamm, S. D.; White, R. D.; Panza, J. A.; Thomas, J. D.

    2000-01-01

    AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility and accuracy of using symmetrically rotated apical long axis planes for the determination of left ventricular (LV) volumes with real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE). METHODS AND RESULTS: Real-time 3DE was performed in six sheep during 24 haemodynamic conditions with electromagnetic flow measurements (EM), and in 29 patients with magnetic resonance imaging measurements (MRI). LV volumes were calculated by Simpson's rule with five 3DE methods (i.e. apical biplane, four-plane, six-plane, nine-plane (in which the angle between each long axis plane was 90 degrees, 45 degrees, 30 degrees or 20 degrees, respectively) and standard short axis views (SAX)). Real-time 3DE correlated well with EM for LV stroke volumes in animals (r=0.68-0.95) and with MRI for absolute volumes in patients (r-values=0.93-0.98). However, agreement between MRI and apical nine-plane, six-plane, and SAX methods in patients was better than those with apical four-plane and bi-plane methods (mean difference = -15, -18, -13, vs. -31 and -48 ml for end-diastolic volume, respectively, P<0.05). CONCLUSION: Apically rotated measurement methods of real-time 3DE correlated well with reference standards for calculating LV volumes. Balancing accuracy and required time for these LV volume measurements, the apical six-plane method is recommended for clinical use.

  11. Guidelines for noninvasive vascular laboratory testing: a report from the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology.

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    Gerhard-Herman, Marie; Gardin, Julius M; Jaff, Michael; Mohler, Emile; Roman, Mary; Naqvi, Tasneem Z

    2006-11-01

    Accompanying the rapid growth of interest in percutaneous vascular interventions, there has been increasing interest among cardiologists in performing noninvasive vascular testing using ultrasound. In an attempt to provide recommendations on the best practices in vascular laboratory testing, this report has been prepared by a writing group from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology. The document summarizes principles integral to vascular duplex ultrasound--including color Doppler, spectral Doppler waveform analysis, power Doppler, and the use of contrast. Appropriate indications and interpretation of carotid artery, renal artery, abdominal aorta, and peripheral artery ultrasound imaging are described. A dedicated section summarizes noninvasive techniques for physiologic vascular testing of the lower extremity arteries--including measurement of segmental pressures and pulse volume plethysmography. The use of exercise testing in the evaluation of peripheral artery disease, ultrasound evaluation of the lower extremities after percutaneous revascularization, and the diagnosis and management of iatrogenic pseudoaneurysm (PSA) is also discussed. A section on the important topic of vascular laboratory accreditation is included. Finally, additional details regarding proper technique for performance of the various vascular tests and procedures are included in the Appendix. PMID:17288127

  12. Temperature Data Shows Warming in 2001

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    2002-01-01

    TThe figure above depicts how much air temperatures near the Earth's surface changed relative to the global mean temperature from 1951 to 1980. NASA researchers used maps of urban areas derived from city lights data to account for the 'heat island' effect of cities. The red and orange colors show that temperatures are warmer in most regions of the world when compared to the 1951 to 1980 'normal' temperatures. Warming around the world has been widespread, but it is not present everywhere. The largest warming is in Northern Canada, Alaska and Siberia, as indicated by the deeper red colors. The lower 48 United States have become warmer recently, but only enough to make the temperatures comparable to what they were in the 1930s. The scale on the bottom of these temperature anomaly images represent degrees in Celsius. The negative numbers represent cooling and the positive numbers depict warming. Overall, the air temperature near the Earth's surface has warmed by 1oF (0.6oC) globally, on average, over the last century. For more information and additional images, read Satellites Shed Light on a Warmer World. Image courtesy Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

  13. Mirazid shows insignificant activity against ovine fascioliasis.

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    Botros, S S; El-Lakkany, N M; Badawy, A A; Mahmoud, S S; Ebeid, F A; Fenwick, A

    2009-10-01

    In a recent study, the fasciolicidal activity of Mirazid (a myrrh-derived drug) and its effect on the function and histopathology of host liver were investigated in Egyptian sheep, with triclabendazole (TCBZ) used as the positive control. Sheep were infected with metacercariae (150/animal) and treated 3 months later, either with Mirazid (10 mg/kg/day for six consecutive days) or TCBZ (a single dose of 10 mg/kg), or left untreated, as controls. When the animals were killed 4 weeks after the end of treatment, no Fasciola flukes or eggs could be found in the animals given TCBZ but the number of flukes found in the Mirazid-treated animals was only 6% lower than that recorded in the untreated sheep (a statistically insignificant difference). In terms of their Fasciola egg loads, serum concentrations of hepatic enzymes and hepatic histopathological changes, the Mirazid-treated sheep appeared very similar to the untreated, infected animals. The TCBZ-treated animals, in contrast, showed remarkably little evidence of hepatic pathology. It therefore appears that, in the treatment of ovine fascioliasis, at least some batches of Mirazid have little, if any, value. PMID:19825282

  14. Asymptomatic myotonia congenita unmasked by severe hypothyroidism.

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    Passeri, Elena; Sansone, Valeria A; Verdelli, Chiara; Mendola, Marco; Corbetta, Sabrina

    2014-04-01

    Myotonia congenita is an inherited muscle disorder sustained by mutations in the skeletal muscle chloride channel gene CLCN1. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and generalized myotonia and worsen with cold, stressful events and hormonal fluctuations. Here we report the case of a young woman who sought medical attention because of subacute onset of diffuse and severe limb myotonia. CLCN1 gene sequencing showed a heterozygous transversion (T550M), two polymorphisms and one silent mutation. Thyroid function screening revealed severe hypothyroidism. She was placed on l-thyroxine replacement therapy which dramatically improved myotonia. We conclude that hypothyroidism unmasked a genetically determined, clinically asymptomatic chloride channelopathy. Diagnostic work-up in patients with clinically isolated myotonia should not be limited to genetic screening of non-dystrophic or dystrophic myotonias. Considering the high prevalence of hypothyroidism in females, systematic thyroid function screening by looking for additional hypothyroid symptoms and serum TSH levels measurement is mandatory in these patients. PMID:24530047

  15. The Impact of Plant Enemies Shows a Phylogenetic Signal

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    Gilbert, Gregory S.; Briggs, Heather M.; Magarey, Roger

    2015-01-01

    The host ranges of plant pathogens and herbivores are phylogenetically constrained, so that closely related plant species are more likely to share pests and pathogens. Here we conducted a reanalysis of data from published experimental studies to test whether the severity of host-enemy interactions follows a similar phylogenetic signal. The impact of herbivores and pathogens on their host plants declined steadily with phylogenetic distance from the most severely affected focal hosts. The steepness of this phylogenetic signal was similar to that previously measured for binary-response host ranges. Enemy behavior and development showed similar, but weaker phylogenetic signal, with oviposition and growth rates declining with evolutionary distance from optimal hosts. Phylogenetic distance is an informative surrogate for estimating the likely impacts of a pest or pathogen on potential plant hosts, and may be particularly useful in early assessing risk from emergent plant pests, where critical decisions must be made with incomplete host records. PMID:25893581

  16. Using Image Processing to Determine Emphysema Severity

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    McKenzie, Alexander; Sadun, Alberto

    2010-10-01

    Currently X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans are used to detect emphysema, but other tests are required to accurately quantify the amount of lung that has been affected by the disease. These images clearly show if a patient has emphysema, but are unable by visual scan alone, to quantify the degree of the disease, as it presents as subtle, dark spots on the lung. Our goal is to use these CT scans to accurately diagnose and determine emphysema severity levels in patients. This will be accomplished by performing several different analyses of CT scan images of several patients representing a wide range of severity of the disease. In addition to analyzing the original CT data, this process will convert the data to one and two bit images and will then examine the deviation from a normal distribution curve to determine skewness. Our preliminary results show that this method of assessment appears to be more accurate and robust than the currently utilized methods, which involve looking at percentages of radiodensities in the air passages of the lung.

  17. 26. A typical outer rod room, or rack room, showing ...

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    26. A typical outer rod room, or rack room, showing the racks for the nine horizontal control rods (HCRs) that would be inserted or withdrawn from the pile to control the rate of reaction. In this case, it is the 105-F Reactor in February 1945. The view is looking away from the pile, which is out of the picture on the left. Several of the cooling water hose reels for the rods can be seen at the end of the racks near the wall. D-8323 - B Reactor, Richland, Benton County, WA

  18. Closeup view of portion of swingspan truss showing members and ...

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    Close-up view of portion of swing-span truss showing members and their pin connections at joints. The vertical member (hanger) shown is a portion of a small secondary truss added in each subdivided panel to help support the bottom chord. The track timber ties span the distance (16'-0') center to center of trusses, rest on the bottom chord and support the track. Note: Several of the members shown are eyebars. - Bridgeport Swing Span Bridge, Spanning Tennessee River, Bridgeport, Jackson County, AL

  19. Severe convective environments in Reanalyses

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    Gutierrez, G.; Kennedy, A. D.

    2014-12-01

    Climate change implies an altering of weather patterns that may change the frequency of high impact events such as severe thunderstorms and their associated dangers (damaging winds, torrential rains, hail, and tornadoes). Presently, very little is known about how climate change will impact these events. Since these phenomenon are not resolved by climate models, proxies are required to understand how these events may change in the future.Prior to investigating how convective environments change in the future, a reference must be obtained to understand the current climatology of convective environments. Studies such as Kennedy et al. (2011) have shown there are significant differences in reanalyses for regions prone to severe weather.Severe weather parameters such as Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE), Lifted Index, K Index, Total Totals, 0-1 km shear, 0-3 km shear and 0-6 km shear are calculated using soundings from reanalyses for known severe convective environments. Reanalyses included in this study are the North American Regional Reanalysis (NARR), Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA), 20th Century Reanalysis (20CR), Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR), Japanese 25-year Reanalysis (JRA25), and Japanese 55-year Reanalysis (JRA55). Preliminary findings are presented. If time allows, multi-parameter indices such as Energy Helicity Index, Bunkers storm motion, Significant Tornado Parameter, and Supercell Composite Parameter will also be compared.

  20. Positive lightning and severe weather

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    Price, C.; Murphy, B.

    2003-04-01

    In recent years researchers have noticed that severe weather (tornados, hail and damaging winds) are closely related to the amount of positive lightning occurring in thunderstorms. On 4 July 1999, a severe derecho (wind storm) caused extensive damage to forested regions along the United States/Canada border, west of Lake Superior. There were 665,000 acres of forest destroyed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, with approximately 12.5 million trees blown down. This storm resulted in additional severe weather before and after the occurrence of the derecho, with continuous cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning occurring for more than 34 hours during its path across North America. At the time of the derecho the percentage of positive cloud-to-ground (+CG) lightning measured by the Canadian Lightning Detection Network (CLDN) was greater than 70% for more than three hours, with peak values reaching 97% positive CG lightning. Such high ratios of +CG are rare, and may be useful indicators for short-term forecasts of severe weather.

  1. Severe thunderstorms and climate change

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    Brooks, H. E.

    2013-04-01

    As the planet warms, it is important to consider possible impacts of climate change on severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. To further that discussion, the current distribution of severe thunderstorms as a function of large-scale environmental conditions is presented. Severe thunderstorms are much more likely to form in environments with large values of convective available potential energy (CAPE) and deep-tropospheric wind shear. Tornadoes and large hail are preferred in high-shear environments and non-tornadic wind events in low shear. Further, the intensity of tornadoes and hail, given that they occur, tends to be almost entirely a function of the shear and only weakly depends on the thermodynamics. Climate model simulations suggest that CAPE will increase in the future and the wind shear will decrease. Detailed analysis has suggested that the CAPE change will lead to more frequent environments favorable for severe thunderstorms, but the strong dependence on shear for tornadoes, particularly the strongest ones, and hail means that the interpretation of how individual hazards will change is open to question. The recent development of techniques to use higher-resolution models to estimate the occurrence of storms of various kinds is discussed. Given the large interannual variability in environments and occurrence of events, caution is urged in interpreting the observational record as evidence of climate change.

  2. Severe Malnutrition: A Global Approach.

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    Pelletier, Jean-Gerard

    1993-01-01

    This report examines the immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition in the developing world. The first section discusses the effects of malnutrition on childhood development and examines the efficacy of nutritional rehabilitation. The second section addresses the medical effects of severe malnutrition, including the onset of ponderostatural…

  3. Severe Weather Forecast Decision Aid

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    Bauman, William H., III; Wheeler, Mark

    2005-01-01

    The Applied Meteorology Unit developed a forecast tool that provides an assessment of the likelihood of local convective severe weather for the day in order to enhance protection of personnel and material assets of the 45th Space Wing Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), and Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

  4. Severe allergic reaction to Dermabond.

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    Perry, Arthur W; Sosin, Michael

    2009-01-01

    The use of 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond; Ethicon, Somerville, NJ) for wound closure is increasingly popular. Problems with Dermabond are generally related to application techniques and rarely relate to the chemical nature of the adhesive. This article describes a severe allergic reaction to Dermabond following breast augmentation/mastopexy. PMID:19717065

  5. Stuttering Severity and Educational Attainment

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    O'Brian, Sue; Jones, Mark; Packman, Ann; Menzies, Ross; Onslow, Mark

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: This study investigated the relationship between self-reported stuttering severity ratings and educational attainment. Method: Participants were 147 adults seeking treatment for stuttering. At pretreatment assessment, each participant reported the highest educational level they had attained and rated their typical and worst stuttering…

  6. Mercury's Core Molten, Radar Study Shows

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    2007-05-01

    Scientists using a high-precision planetary radar technique for the first time have discovered that the innermost planet Mercury probably has a molten core, resolving a mystery of more than three decades. The discovery, which used the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, and NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory antennas in California, is an important step toward a better understanding of how planets form and evolve. Planetary Radar High-precision planetary radar technique sent signal to Mercury, received reflection. CREDIT: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Click on image for high-resolution file (447 KB) "For a long time it was thought we'd have to land spacecraft on Mercury to learn if its core is solid or molten. Now we've answered that question using ground-based telescopes," said Jean-Luc Margot, of Cornell University, leader of the research team, which published its results in the May 4 issue of the journal Science. Mercury is one of the least-understood of the planets in our Solar System. Its distance from the Sun is just over one-third that of the Earth, and it contains a mass just 5½ percent that of Earth. Only about half of Mercury's surface has been photographed by a spacecraft, Mariner 10, back in 1974. Mariner 10 also discovered that Mercury has a weak magnetic field, about one percent as strong as Earth's. That discovery spurred a scientific debate about the planet's core. Scientists normally expect a rocky planet's magnetic field to be caused by an electromagnetic dynamo in a molten core. However, Mercury is so small that most scientists expected its core to have cooled and solidified long ago. Those scientists speculated that the magnetic field seen today may have been "frozen" into the planet when the core cooled. "Whether the core is molten or solid today depends greatly on the chemical composition of the core. That chemical composition can provide important clues about the processes involved in planet formation," Margot said. To answer the question, the scientists implemented an ingenious, high-precision technique in which they sent a powerful beam of radio waves to bounce off Mercury, then received and analyzed the reflected signal using pairs of ground-based radio telescopes. While similar radar systems have been used in the past to map planetary surfaces, this technique instead measured the rate at which Mercury spins on its axis, and did so with an unprecedented precision of one part in 100,000. By making 21 separate observations, the research team was able to measure minute variations in the planet's spin rate. This was the key to learning whether Mercury's core is solid or molten. Using an understanding of the Sun's gravitational effect on the planet, they realized that the tiny variations in its spin rate would be twice as large if the core is liquid than they would be if Mercury has a solid core. "The variations in Mercury's spin rate that we measured are best explained by a core that is at least partially molten. We have a 95 percent confidence level in this conclusion," Margot said. For most of their observations, carried out from 2002-2006, the scientists transmitted a powerful radar beam from the NASA/JPL 70-meter antenna at Goldstone, California, and received the reflected signal with the Green Bank Telescope and the Goldstone antenna. For some observations, they transmitted from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and received at Arecibo and two Goldstone antennas. They used radar signals at frequencies of 8.5 and 2.4 GHz. To make the precision measurements of Mercury's spin rate, the geometry between the planet and the receiving antennas had to match a specific alignment. Such an alignment only occurs for about 20 seconds a day. In addition to measuring Mercury's spin rate, their technique also made the best measurement ever of the alignment of the planet's axis of rotation. "We improved the accuracy of this measurement by 100 times, and showed that Mercury's spin axis

  7. Clinical Application of Superior Vena Cava Spectra in Evaluation of Pulmonary Hypertension: A Comparative Echocardiography and Catheterization Study.

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    Hou, Ying; Sun, Dan-Dan; Yuan, Li-Jun; Zhu, Xian-Yang; Shang, Fu-Jun; Hou, Chuan-Ju; Duan, Yun-You

    2016-01-01

    This study was designed to assess whether superior vena cava (SVC) Doppler flow velocities are associated with invasive measures of pulmonary arterial pressure. Eighty patients with unrepaired congenital heart disease who underwent cardiac catheterization were included (31 men, 49 women; mean age: 37.3 ± 14.7 y). Compared with the non-pulmonary hypertension group, the moderate and severe pulmonary hypertension groups had decreased SVC ventricular reserve flow velocity and a significantly increased ratio of atrial reverse flow to systolic flow (AR/S). AR/S correlated significantly with invasive pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (r = 0.426, p < 0.0001). A cutoff of 0.45 had a sensitivity and specificity of 74% and 80%, respectively, for prediction of pulmonary hypertension. Good correlation also existed between SVC AR/S and pulmonary arterial systolic pressure in cases without tricuspid regurgitation (r = 0.706, p = 0.034). These results indicate that SVC AR/S may be an alternative method for assessing pulmonary hypertension. PMID:26478279

  8. Severe acute malnutrition and infection

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    Jones, Kelsey D J; Berkley, James A

    2014-01-01

    Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is associated with increased severity of common infectious diseases, and death amongst children with SAM is almost always as a result of infection. The diagnosis and management of infection are often different in malnourished versus well-nourished children. The objectives of this brief are to outline the evidence underpinning important practical questions relating to the management of infectious diseases in children with SAM and to highlight research gaps. Overall, the evidence base for many aspects covered in this brief is very poor. The brief addresses antimicrobials; antipyretics; tuberculosis; HIV; malaria; pneumonia; diarrhoea; sepsis; measles; urinary tract infection; nosocomial Infections; soil transmitted helminths; skin infections and pharmacology in the context of SAM. The brief is structured into sets of clinical questions, which we hope will maximise the relevance to contemporary practice. PMID:25475887

  9. Transesophageal Echocardiography in Healthy Young Adult Male Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis): Normal Cardiac Anatomy and Function in Subhuman Primates Compared to Humans

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    Bert, Arthur A.; Drake, William B.; Quinn, Rachael W.; Brasky, Kathleen M.; O’Brien, James E.; Lofland, Gary K.; Hopkins, Richard A.

    2014-01-01

    Implantable, viable tissue engineered cardiovascular constructs are rapidly approaching clinical translation. Species typically utilized as preclinical large animal models are food stock ungulates for which cross species biological and genomic differences with humans are great. Multiple authorities have recommended developing subhuman primate models for testing regenerative surgical strategies to mitigate xenotransplant inflammation. However, there is a lack of specific quantitative cardiac imaging comparisons between humans and the genomically similar baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis). This study was undertaken to translate to baboons transesophageal echocardiographic functional and dimensional criteria defined as necessary for defining cardiac anatomy and function in the perioperative setting. Seventeen young, healthy baboons (approximately 30 kg, similar to 5 year old children) were studied to determine whether the requisite 11 views and 52 measurement parameters could be reliably acquired by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). The obtained measurements were compared to human adult normative literature values and to a large relational database of pediatric “normal heart” echo measurements. Comparisons to humans, when normalized to BSA, revealed a trend in baboons toward larger mitral and aortic valve effective orifice areas and much larger left ventricular muscle mass and wall thickness, but similar pulmonary and tricuspid valves. By modifying probe positioning relative to human techniques, all recommended TEE views except transgastric could be replicated. To supplement, two transthoracic apical views were discovered that in baboons could reliably replace the transgastric TEE view. Thus, all requisite echo views could be obtained for a complete cardiac evaluation in Papio hamadryas anubis to noninvasively quantify cardiac structural anatomy, physiology, and dimensions. Despite similarities between the species, there are subtle and important physiologic and anatomic differences when compared to human. PMID:24707162

  10. Transesophageal Echocardiography in Healthy Young Adult Male Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis): Normal Cardiac Anatomy and Function in Subhuman Primates Compared to Humans.

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    Bert, Arthur A; Drake, William B; Quinn, Rachael W; Brasky, Kathleen M; O'Brien, James E; Lofland, Gary K; Hopkins, Richard A

    2013-08-01

    Implantable, viable tissue engineered cardiovascular constructs are rapidly approaching clinical translation. Species typically utilized as preclinical large animal models are food stock ungulates for which cross species biological and genomic differences with humans are great. Multiple authorities have recommended developing subhuman primate models for testing regenerative surgical strategies to mitigate xenotransplant inflammation. However, there is a lack of specific quantitative cardiac imaging comparisons between humans and the genomically similar baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis). This study was undertaken to translate to baboons transesophageal echocardiographic functional and dimensional criteria defined as necessary for defining cardiac anatomy and function in the perioperative setting. Seventeen young, healthy baboons (approximately 30 kg, similar to 5 year old children) were studied to determine whether the requisite 11 views and 52 measurement parameters could be reliably acquired by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). The obtained measurements were compared to human adult normative literature values and to a large relational database of pediatric "normal heart" echo measurements. Comparisons to humans, when normalized to BSA, revealed a trend in baboons toward larger mitral and aortic valve effective orifice areas and much larger left ventricular muscle mass and wall thickness, but similar pulmonary and tricuspid valves. By modifying probe positioning relative to human techniques, all recommended TEE views except transgastric could be replicated. To supplement, two transthoracic apical views were discovered that in baboons could reliably replace the transgastric TEE view. Thus, all requisite echo views could be obtained for a complete cardiac evaluation in Papio hamadryas anubis to noninvasively quantify cardiac structural anatomy, physiology, and dimensions. Despite similarities between the species, there are subtle and important physiologic and anatomic differences when compared to human. PMID:24707162

  11. Assessment of Left and Right Ventricular Diastolic and Systolic Functions Using Two-Dimensional Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Patients with Coronary Slow-Flow Phenomenon

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    Wang, Yonghuai; Ma, Chunyan; Zhang, Yan; Guan, Zhengyu; Liu, Shuang; Li, Yuling; Yang, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Objective Coronary slow-flow phenomenon (CSFP) is an angiographic diagnosis characterised by a low rate of flow of contrast agent in the normal or near-normal epicardial coronary arteries. Many of the patients with CSFP may experience recurrent acute coronary syndromes. However, current clinical practice tends to underestimate the impact of CSFP due to the yet unknown effect on the cardiac function. This study was performed to evaluate left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) diastolic and systolic functions, using two-dimensional (2D) longitudinal strain and strain rate, in patients with CSFP, and to determine the relationships between the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count (TFC) and LV and RV diastolic and systolic functions. Methods Sixty-three patients with CSFP and 45 age- and sex-matched controls without CSFP were enrolled in the study. Diagnosis of CSFP was made by TFC. LV and RV diastolic and systolic functions were assessed by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography. Results LV peak early diastolic longitudinal strain rate (LSRe) was lower in patients with CSFP than in controls (P = 0.01). LV peak systolic longitudinal strain (LS) and LV peak systolic longitudinal strain rate (LSRs) were lower in patients with CSFP than in controls (P = 0.004 and P = 0.03, respectively). There was no difference in LV ejection fraction. RV peak early diastolic longitudinal strain rate (RSRe) was lower in patients with CSFP than in controls (P = 0.03). There were no differences in RV peak systolic longitudinal strain (RS), RV peak systolic longitudinal strain rate (RSRs), or RV fractional area change among the groups. The mean TFC correlated negatively with LSRe and RSRe in patients with CSFP (r = ?0.26, P = 0.04 and r = ?0.32, P = 0.01, respectively). Conclusions LV diastolic and systolic functions were impaired in patients with CSFP. CSFP also affected RV diastolic function, but not RV systolic function. PMID:25706989

  12. Upgrade Summer Severe Weather Tool in MIDDS

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    Wheeler, Mark M.

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this task was to upgrade the severe weather database from the previous phase by adding weather observations from the years 2004 - 2009, re-analyze the data to determine the important parameters, make adjustments to the index weights depending on the analysis results, and update the MIDDS GUI. The added data increased the period of record from 15 to 21 years. Data sources included local forecast rules, archived sounding data, surface and upper air maps, and two severe weather event databases covering east-central Florida. Four of the stability indices showed increased severe weather predication. The Total Threat Score (TTS) of the previous work was verified for the warm season of 2009 with very good skill. The TTS Probability of Detection (POD) was 88% and the False alarm rate (FAR) of 8%. Based on the results of the analyses, the MIDDS Severe Weather Worksheet GUI was updated to assist the duty forecaster by providing a level of objective guidance based on the analysis of the stability parameters and synoptic-scale dynamics.

  13. Ergospirometry and Echocardiography in Early Stage of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction and in Healthy Individuals

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    Garcia, Eduardo Lima; Menezes, Márcio Garcia; Stefani, Charles de Moraes; Danzmann, Luiz Cláudio; Torres, Marco Antonio Rodrigues

    2015-01-01

    Background Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction is a syndrome characterized by changes in diastolic function; it is more prevalent among the elderly, women, and individuals with systemic hypertension (SH) and diabetes mellitus. However, in its early stages, there are no signs of congestion and it is identified in tests by adverse remodeling, decreased exercise capacity and diastolic dysfunction. Objective To compare doppler, echocardiographic (Echo), and cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) variables - ergospirometry variables - between two population samples: one of individuals in the early stage of this syndrome, and the other of healthy individuals. Methods Twenty eight outpatients diagnosed with heart failure according to Framingham’s criteria, ejection fraction > 50% and diastolic dysfunction according to the european society of cardiology (ESC), and 24 healthy individuals underwent Echo and CPET. Results The group of patients showed indexed atrial volume and left ventricular mass as well as E/E’ and ILAV/A´ ratios significantly higher, in addition to a significant reduction in peak oxygen consumption and increased VE/VCO2 slope, even having similar left ventricular sizes in comparison to those of the sample of healthy individuals. Conclusion There are significant differences between the structural and functional variables analyzed by Echo and CPET when comparing two population samples: one of patients in the early stage of heart failure with ejection fraction greater than or equal to 50% and another of healthy individuals. PMID:26247247

  14. Mechanical ventilation for severe asthma.

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    Leatherman, James

    2015-06-01

    Acute exacerbations of asthma can lead to respiratory failure requiring ventilatory assistance. Noninvasive ventilation may prevent the need for endotracheal intubation in selected patients. For patients who are intubated and undergo mechanical ventilation, a strategy that prioritizes avoidance of ventilator-related complications over correction of hypercapnia was first proposed 30 years ago and has become the preferred approach. Excessive pulmonary hyperinflation is a major cause of hypotension and barotrauma. An appreciation of the key determinants of hyperinflation is essential to rational ventilator management. Standard therapy for patients with asthma undergoing mechanical ventilation consists of inhaled bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and drugs used to facilitate controlled hypoventilation. Nonconventional interventions such as heliox, general anesthesia, bronchoscopy, and extracorporeal life support have also been advocated for patients with fulminant asthma but are rarely necessary. Immediate mortality for patients who are mechanically ventilated for acute severe asthma is very low and is often associated with out-of-hospital cardiorespiratory arrest before intubation. However, patients who have been intubated for severe asthma are at increased risk for death from subsequent exacerbations and must be managed accordingly in the outpatient setting. PMID:26033128

  15. Best in show but not best shape: a photographic assessment of show dog body condition.

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    Such, Z R; German, A J

    2015-08-01

    Previous studies suggest that owners often wrongly perceive overweight dogs to be in normal condition. The body shape of dogs attending shows might influence owners' perceptions, with online images of overweight show winners having a negative effect. This was an observational in silico study of canine body condition. 14 obese-prone breeds and 14 matched non-obese-probe breeds were first selected, and one operator then used an online search engine to identify 40 images, per breed, of dogs that had appeared at a major national UK show (Crufts). After images were anonymised and coded, a second observer subjectively assessed body condition, in a single sitting, using a previously validated method. Of 1120 photographs initially identified, 960 were suitable for assessing body condition, with all unsuitable images being from longhaired breeds. None of the dogs (0 per cent) were underweight, 708 (74 per cent) were in ideal condition and 252 (26 per cent) were overweight. Pugs, basset hounds and Labrador retrievers were most likely to be overweight, while standard poodles, Rhodesian ridgebacks, Hungarian vizslas and Dobermanns were least likely to be overweight. Given the proportion of show dogs from some breeds that are overweight, breed standards should be redefined to be consistent with a dog in optimal body condition. PMID:26169655

  16. Showing and Telling Farming: Agricultural Shows and Re-Imaging British Agriculture

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    Holloway, Lewis

    2004-01-01

    Some actors in the ''mainstream'' agricultural sector are beginning to engage in strategies of influencing public perceptions of farming, responding to public anxieties over industrialised agriculture and to a supposed separation of non-farming publics from food production. This paper focuses on agricultural shows as sites and events central to…

  17. Severe Jaccoud's arthropathy in systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Santiago, Mittermayer B; Galvão, Verena; Ribeiro, Daniel Sá; Santos, Willer D; da Hora, Priscila R; Mota, Anna Paula; Pimenta, Emanuela; Oliveira, Isabela; Atta, Ajax M; Reis, Mitermayer G; Reis, Eliana A G; Lins, Carolina

    2015-10-01

    Jaccoud's arthropathy (JA) is a clinical situation nowadays present mostly in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is characterized by the presence of joint deformities such as "swan neck," ulnar deviation and "Z-thumb" resembling rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but that are passively correctable and without bone erosion on plain radiographs. From our cohort of SLE patients with JA, we selected a subgroup with a more severe form of this arthropathy and looked at their clinical and laboratory profile as well as studied the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings or ultrasound (US) obtained from the hand with most evident deformities. Seven SLE patients with a severe form of JA were identified. All seven patients have "swan neck," ulnar deviation and "Z-thumb" deformities. Two out of seven had "mutilans-type JA" and four had fixed deformities in the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints. The MRI of the hand with more evident deformity clinically performed in six cases and US performed in one case showed mild synovitis in five and moderate synovitis in two patients, mild flexor tenosynovitis in six and severe tenosynovitis in one. Only two small bone erosions were observed in the second and third MCP joints of one patient with moderate synovitis. Severe JA compromises the functional capacity of the joints and imposes the risk of misdiagnosis of RA. With the improvement of the survival rate of SLE and the lack of specific prophylactic or therapeutical measures for JA, it is reasonable to assume that more and more cases of severe JA are going to be identified. PMID:26310503

  18. Eccentric muscle challenge shows osteopontin polymorphism modulation of muscle damage

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    Barfield, Whitney L.; Uaesoontrachoon, Kitipong; Wu, Chung-Sheih; Lin, Stephen; Chen, Yue; Wang, Paul C.; Kanaan, Yasmine; Bond, Vernon; Hoffman, Eric P.

    2014-01-01

    A promoter polymorphism of the osteopontin (OPN) gene (rs28357094) has been associated with multiple inflammatory states, severity of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and muscle size in healthy young adults. We sought to define the mechanism of action of the polymorphism, using allele-specific in vitro reporter assays in muscle cells, and a genotype-stratified intervention in healthy controls. In vitro reporter constructs showed the G allele to respond to estrogen treatment, whereas the T allele showed no transcriptional response. Young adult volunteers (n = 187) were enrolled into a baseline study, and subjects with specific rs28357094 genotypes enrolled into an eccentric muscle challenge intervention [n = 3 TT; n = 3 GG/GT (dominant inheritance model)]. Female volunteers carrying the G allele showed significantly greater inflammation and increased muscle volume change as determined by magnetic resonance imaging T1- and T2-weighted images after eccentric challenge, as well as greater decrement in biceps muscle force. Our data suggest a model where the G allele enables enhanced activities of upstream enhancer elements due to loss of Sp1 binding at the polymorphic site. This results in significantly greater expression of the pro-inflammatory OPN cytokine during tissue remodeling in response to challenge in G allele carriers, promoting muscle hypertrophy in normal females, but increased damage in DMD patients. PMID:24626632

  19. Severe scurvy: an underestimated disease.

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    Levavasseur, M; Becquart, C; Pape, E; Pigeyre, M; Rousseaux, J; Staumont-Sallé, D; Delaporte, E

    2015-09-01

    Scurvy is one of the oldest diseases in human history. Nowadays, although scurvy tends to become a forgotten disease in developed country, rare cases still occur, especially in people undergoing extreme diet, old people or children with poor diet and patients with malabsorption. We describe three cases of scurvy. The first case is a patient diagnosed with Crohn's disease, the second one is in a context of anorexia nervosa and drug addiction, and the third case is in a context of social isolation. Early recognition of scurvy can be difficult because symptoms may appear nonspecific and can mimic more common conditions. In any patient with spontaneous hematoma and purpura, in the context of nutritional disorder, scurvy should be systematically considered. As this disease can lead to severe complications, such as bone pain, heart failure or gastrointestinal symptoms, nothing should delay vitamin C supplementation, which is a simple and rapidly effective treatment. PMID:26081492

  20. Transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation for severe bioprosthetic stenosis after Bentall operation using a homograft in a patient with Behçet's disease.

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    Joo, Hyung Joon; Hong, Soon Jun; Yu, Cheol Woong

    2015-03-01

    A 43-year-old man presented with severe aortic stenosis. Eight years previously, he had undergone primary surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR) for severe aortic regurgitation, but one year later developed cardiac arrest and complete atrioventricular block as a result of non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis with severe valvular dehiscence. Following the diagnosis of prosthetic valve failure caused by Behçet's disease, the patient underwent a Bentall operation using 23 mm aortic homograft with permanent pacemaker implantation and coronary artery bypass grafting. Subsequently, he was stable with steroid administration and azathioprine for seven years after the second operation, but recently suffered from severe dyspnea and chest pain. Echocardiography revealed the development of severe aortic stenosis. A preprocedural evaluation demonstrated a porcelain aorta with severe calcification in the previous homograft valve on computed tomography, and critical stenosis at the ostium of the left circumflex artery on coronary angiography. After percutaneous coronary intervention for the ostium of the left circumflex artery, a transcatheter AVR was successfully performed using a 26 mm Edwards SAPIEN XT valve. The patient recovered without any complications after the procedure. This is the first report of a successful transcatheter aortic valve-in valve implantation for severe homograft aortic stenosis after a Bentall operation, using a homograft, in a patient with Behçet's disease. PMID:26204689

  1. Hydrocarbon shows in the scientific ocean drilling programs

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    Katz, B.J. ); Emeis, K.C. )

    1990-05-01

    For more than 20 yr, two major programs, the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), have been coring the deep oceans for scientific purposes. For technological as well as financial reasons, drilling was and is performed without a riser. Precruise preparation, therefore, is aimed at preventing an accidental hydrocarbon discovery. During the course of drilling, at the more than 700 locations studied to date, numerous black shales of various ages were encountered. Many of these represent thermally immature hydrocarbon source rocks. Although these organic-rich rocks (up to 34 wt.% total organic carbon) by themselves did not pose a safety problem, hydrocarbon shows were detected on no less than ten legs. These shows represent heavy (C{sub 15+}), thermally generated hydrocarbons. Commonly, these shows can be attributed to migration through a porous and permeable network into the penetrated section. In these situations, migration commonly occurs over distances on the order of several tens of miles from a more mature, structurally deeper section (e.g., Challenger Knoll, DSDP Site 2). There are, however, instances where there is strong geochemical evidence for in-situ hydrocarbon generation. In-situ hydrocarbon generation appears to be the result of anomalous thermal conditions associated with high heat flow, igneous and/or hydrothermal activity (e.g., Tyrrhenian Sea, ODP Site 652). Such conditions are more commonly associated with young marginal basins. The distribution of these shows provides valuable information on the long-term exploratory potential of the deep oceans and continental margins.

  2. Ulcerating Ileocolitis in Severe Amatoxin Poisoning.

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    Hilty, Matthias Peter; Halama, Marcel; Zimmermann, Anne-Katrin; Maggiorini, Marco; Geier, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Amatoxin poisoning is still associated with a great potential for complications and a high mortality. While the occurrence of acute gastroenteritis within the first 24 hours after amatoxin ingestion is well described, only very few descriptions of late gastrointestinal complications of amatoxin poisoning exist worldwide. We present the case of a 57-year-old female patient with severe amatoxin poisoning causing fulminant but reversible hepatic failure that on day 8 after mushroom ingestion developed severe abdominal pain and watery diarrhea. Ulcerating ileocolitis was identified by computed tomography identifying a thickening of the bowel wall of the entire ileum and biopsies taken from the ileum and large bowel revealing distinct ileitis and proximally accentuated colitis. The absence of discernible alternative etiologies such as infectious agents makes a causal relationship between the ulcerating ileocolitis and the amatoxin poisoning likely. Diarrhea and varying abdominal pain persisted over several weeks and clinical follow-up after six months showed a completely symptom-free patient. The case presented highlights the importance to consider the possibility of rare complications of Amanita intoxication in order to be able to respond to them early and adequately. PMID:26357578

  3. Ulcerating Ileocolitis in Severe Amatoxin Poisoning

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    Hilty, Matthias Peter; Halama, Marcel; Zimmermann, Anne-Katrin; Maggiorini, Marco; Geier, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Amatoxin poisoning is still associated with a great potential for complications and a high mortality. While the occurrence of acute gastroenteritis within the first 24 hours after amatoxin ingestion is well described, only very few descriptions of late gastrointestinal complications of amatoxin poisoning exist worldwide. We present the case of a 57-year-old female patient with severe amatoxin poisoning causing fulminant but reversible hepatic failure that on day 8 after mushroom ingestion developed severe abdominal pain and watery diarrhea. Ulcerating ileocolitis was identified by computed tomography identifying a thickening of the bowel wall of the entire ileum and biopsies taken from the ileum and large bowel revealing distinct ileitis and proximally accentuated colitis. The absence of discernible alternative etiologies such as infectious agents makes a causal relationship between the ulcerating ileocolitis and the amatoxin poisoning likely. Diarrhea and varying abdominal pain persisted over several weeks and clinical follow-up after six months showed a completely symptom-free patient. The case presented highlights the importance to consider the possibility of rare complications of Amanita intoxication in order to be able to respond to them early and adequately. PMID:26357578

  4. Association between left atrial appendage morphology evaluated by trans-esophageal echocardiography and ischemic cerebral stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.

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    Sakr, Sherif A; El-Rasheedy, Wagdia A; Ramadan, Mahmoud M; El-Menshawy, Ibrahim; Mahfouz, Essam; Bayoumi, Mohamed

    2015-05-13

    The left atrial appendage (LAA) represents one of the major sources of cardiac thrombi responsible for embolic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of the present study was to evaluate LAA structure and functions by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in patients with AF to investigate the possible association between the different LAA morphologies and the patients' history of ischemic cerebral stroke. We included 50 patients with non-valvular AF (29 chronic, 21 paroxysmal), 24 patients (13 men) without stroke; and 26 patients (9 men) with a history of ischemic stroke. All patients underwent TEE evaluation of LAA morphology and functions. Compared to patients without stroke, patients with ischemic stroke had significantly higher CHADS2 scores (4.19 ± 0.89 versus 1.67 ± 1.13; P < 0.001) and C-reactive protein levels (8.3 ± 1.6 versus 7.6 ± 0.83 mg/L; P = 0.023), and lower peak filling (21.7 ± 11.3 versus 31.2 ± 9.5 cm/second; P = 0.033) and emptying (22.2 ± 9.7 versus 33.4 ± 13.4 cm/second, P = 0.030) velocities. Triangular LAA morphology had a higher prevalence in patients with stroke (36% versus 12% in non-stroke group); and in half of them an LAA thrombus was present. LAA thrombi were detected in 9 patients (18%) with stroke and in 5 patients (10%) without stroke. On multivariate logistic regression analysis, age (OR = 1.202 [1.042-1.585]; P = 0.041), LAA orifice diameter (OR = 1.275 [1.102-1.748]; P = 0.028), and triangular LAA morphology (OR = 4.53 [1.629-8.381]; P = 0.011) were significantly and independently associated with ischemic stroke in AF patients. LAA morphology evaluated by TEE may be useful for predicting ischemic cerebral stroke in patients with non-valvular AF, especially in those with a low CHADS2 score. PMID:25912903

  5. 4-D flow magnetic resonance imaging: blood flow quantification compared to 2-D phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging and Doppler echocardiography

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    Gabbour, Maya; Schnell, Susanne; Jarvis, Kelly; Robinson, Joshua D.; Markl, Michael

    2015-01-01

    Background Doppler echocardiography (echo) is the reference standard for blood flow velocity analysis, and two-dimensional (2-D) phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is considered the reference standard for quantitative blood flow assessment. However, both clinical standard-of-care techniques are limited by 2-D acquisitions and single-direction velocity encoding and may make them inadequate to assess the complex three-dimensional hemodynamics seen in congenital heart disease. Four-dimensional flow MRI (4-D flow) enables qualitative and quantitative analysis of complex blood flow in the heart and great arteries. Objectives The objectives of this study are to compare 4-D flow with 2-D phase-contrast MRI for quantification of aortic and pulmonary flow and to evaluate the advantage of 4-D flow-based volumetric flow analysis compared to 2-D phase-contrast MRI and echo for peak velocity assessment in children and young adults. Materials and methods Two-dimensional phase-contrast MRI of the aortic root, main pulmonary artery (MPA), and right and left pulmonary arteries (RPA, LPA) and 4-D flow with volumetric coverage of the aorta and pulmonary arteries were performed in 50 patients (mean age: 13.1±6.4 years). Four-dimensional flow analyses included calculation of net flow and regurgitant fraction with 4-D flow analysis planes similarly positioned to 2-D planes. In addition, 4-D flow volumetric assessment of aortic root/ascending aorta and MPA peak velocities was performed and compared to 2-D phase-contrast MRI and echo. Results Excellent correlation and agreement were found between 2-D phase-contrast MRI and 4-D flow for net flow (r=0.97, P<0.001) and excellent correlation with good agreement was found for regurgitant fraction (r= 0.88, P<0.001) in all vessels. Two-dimensional phase-contrast MRI significantly underestimated aortic (P= 0.032) and MPA (P<0.001) peak velocities compared to echo, while volumetric 4-D flow analysis resulted in higher (aortic: P=0.001) or similar (MPA: P=0.98) peak velocities relative to echo. Conclusion Excellent flow parameter agreement between 2-D phase-contrast MRI and 4-D flow and the improved volumetric 4-D flow velocity analysis relative to echo suggests that 4-D flow has the potential to become a clinical alternative to 2-D phase-contrast MRI. PMID:25487721

  6. CME front and severe space weather

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    Balan, N.; Skoug, R.; Tulasi Ram, S.; Rajesh, P. K.; Shiokawa, K.; Otsuka, Y.; Batista, I. S.; Ebihara, Y.; Nakamura, T.

    2014-12-01

    Thanks to the work of a number of scientists who made it known that severe space weather can cause extensive social and economic disruptions in the modern high-technology society. It is therefore important to understand what determines the severity of space weather and whether it can be predicted. We present results obtained from the analysis of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar energetic particle (SEP) events, interplanetary magnetic field (IMF), CME-magnetosphere coupling, and geomagnetic storms associated with the major space weather events since 1998 by combining data from the ACE and GOES satellites with geomagnetic parameters and the Carrington event of 1859, the Quebec event of 1989, and an event in 1958. The results seem to indicate that (1) it is the impulsive energy mainly due to the impulsive velocity and orientation of IMF Bz at the leading edge of the CMEs (or CME front) that determine the severity of space weather. (2) CMEs having high impulsive velocity (sudden nonfluctuating increase by over 275 km s-1 over the background) caused severe space weather (SvSW) in the heliosphere (failure of the solar wind ion mode of Solar Wind Electron Proton Alpha Monitor in ACE) probably by suddenly accelerating the high-energy particles in the SEPs ahead directly or through the shocks. (3) The impact of such CMEs which also show the IMF Bz southward from the leading edge caused SvSW at the Earth including extreme geomagnetic storms of mean DstMP < -250 nT during main phases, and the known electric power outages happened during some of these SvSW events. (4) The higher the impulsive velocity, the more severe the space weather, like faster weather fronts and tsunami fronts causing more severe damage through impulsive action. (5) The CMEs having IMF Bz northward at the leading edge do not seem to cause SvSW on Earth, although, later when the IMF Bz turns southward, they can lead to super geomagnetic storms of intensity (Dstmin) less than even -400 nT.

  7. A comparison of different category scales for estimating disease severity

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    Plant pathologists most often obtain quantitative information on disease severity using visual assessments. Category scales are widely used for assessing disease severity, including for screening germplasm. The most widely used category scale is the Horsfall-Barratt (H-B) scale, but reports show tha...

  8. [Severe diphtheria with acute myocardial infarction (author's transl)].

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    Sakellariou, G; Atsalakis, E; Vrettos, I; Sakellariou, B; Volonakis, M

    1979-05-15

    Report on a female patient with severe diphtheria and electrocardiographic changes of acute myocardial infarction. Cases of such a kind seem to be seldom, as a review of international literature shows. PMID:155934

  9. Fundamentals of interpretation in echocardiography

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    Harrigan, P.; Lee, R.M.

    1985-01-01

    This illustrated book provides familiarity with the many clinical, physical, and electronic factors that bear on echocardiographic interpretation. Physical and clinical principles are integrated with considerations of anatomy and physiology to address interpretive problems. This approach yields, for example, sections on the physics and electronics of M-mode, cross sectional, and Doppler systems which are informal, full of echocardiagrams, virtually devoid of mathematics, and rigorously related to common issues faced by echocardiograph interpreters.

  10. Severe acute malnutrition in Asia.

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    Ahmed, Tahmeed; Hossain, Muttaquina; Mahfuz, Mustafa; Choudhury, Nuzhat; Hossain, Mir Mobarak; Bhandari, Nita; Lin, Maung Maung; Joshi, Prakash Chandra; Angdembe, Mirak Raj; Wickramasinghe, V Pujitha; Hossain, S M Moazzem; Shahjahan, Mohammad; Irianto, Sugeng Eko; Soofi, Sajid; Bhutta, Zulfiqar

    2014-06-01

    Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a common condition that kills children and intellectually maims those who survive. Close to 20 million children under the age of 5 years suffer from SAM globally, and about 1 million of them die each year. Much of this burden takes place in Asia. Six countries in Asia together have more than 12 million children suffering from SAM: 0.6 million in Afghanistan, 0.6 million in Bangladesh, 8.0 million in India, 1.2 million in Indonesia, 1.4 million in Pakistan, and 0.6 million in Yemen. This article is based on a review of SAM burden and intervention programs in Asian countries where, despite the huge numbers of children suffering from the condition, the coverage of interventions is either absent on a national scale or poor. Countries in Asia have to recognize SAM as a major problem and mobilize internal resources for its management. Screening of children in the community for SAM and appropriate referral and back referral require good health systems. Improving grassroots services will not only contribute to improving management of SAM, it will also improve infant and young child feeding and nutrition in general. Ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), the key to home management of SAM without complications, is still not endorsed by many countries because of its unavailability in the countries and its cost. It should preferably be produced locally from locally available food ingredients. Countries in Asia that do not have the capacity to produce RUTF from locally available food ingredients can benefit from other countries in the region that can produce it. Health facilities in all high-burden countries should be staffed and equipped to treat children with SAM. A continuous cascade of training of health staff on management of SAM can offset the damage that results from staff attrition or transfers. The basic nutrition interventions, which include breastfeeding, appropriate complementary feeding, micronutrient supplementation, and management of acute malnutrition, should be scaled up in Asian countries that are plagued with the burden of malnutrition. PMID:25069289

  11. New Inspiring Planetarium Show Introduces ALMA to the Public

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    2009-03-01

    As part of a wide range of education and public outreach activities for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), ESO, together with the Association of French Language Planetariums (APLF), has produced a 30-minute planetarium show, In Search of our Cosmic Origins. It is centred on the global ground-based astronomical Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project and represents a unique chance for planetariums to be associated with the IYA2009. ESO PR Photo 09a/09 Logo of the ALMA Planetarium Show ESO PR Photo 09b/09 Galileo's first observations with a telescope ESO PR Photo 09c/09 The ALMA Observatory ESO PR Photo 09d/09 The Milky Way band ESO PR Video 09a/09 Trailer in English ALMA is the leading telescope for observing the cool Universe -- the relic radiation of the Big Bang, and the molecular gas and dust that constitute the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies and life itself. It is currently being built in the extremely arid environment of the Chajnantor plateau, at 5000 metres altitude in the Chilean Andes, and will start scientific observations around 2011. ALMA, the largest current astronomical project, is a revolutionary telescope, comprising a state-of-the-art array of 66 giant 12-metre and 7-metre diameter antennas observing at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths. In Search of our Cosmic Origins highlights the unprecedented window on the Universe that this facility will open for astronomers. "The show gives viewers a fascinating tour of the highest observatory on Earth, and takes them from there out into our Milky Way, and beyond," says Douglas Pierce-Price, the ALMA Public Information Officer at ESO. Edited by world fulldome experts Mirage3D, the emphasis of the new planetarium show is on the incomparable scientific adventure of the ALMA project. A young female astronomer guides the audience through a story that includes unique animations and footage, leading the viewer from the first observations by Galileo, 400 years ago, to the world of modern astronomy, moving from the visible wavelength domain to explore the millimetre-wave view of the Universe, and leaving light-polluted cities for unique settings in some of the highest and driest places on Earth. "The fascinating topic, the breathtaking ESO astronomical images, the amazing 3D computer animations, and the very clever use of the music, all make this a really inspiring show," says Agnès Acker, President of the APLF. In search of our Cosmic Origins is available in three different formats: fulldome video, classical with video windows, and classical with slides. Fulldome video shows immerse the audience in a true 360-degree projected computer-generated virtual environment. The ALMA planetarium show is currently available in French and English. Several other language versions are in preparation: German, Italian, Spanish and Chilean Spanish, while further languages are planned: Danish, Dutch, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. The show will be available to all planetariums worldwide for a small fee, depending on the type and the size of the planetarium, to cover basic costs. The media are invited to attend, and see firsthand, the official screening during the European Film Festival, between 24 and 26 April 2009 in Espinho, Portugal. For media accreditation, please go to http://iff.multimeios.pt/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=45 A set of educational materials is also being prepared and will be finished in late April. To learn more about the show, please go to www.cosmicorigins.org

  12. Pulmonary hypertension is a manifestation of congestive heart failure and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in octogenarians with severe aortic stenosis

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    Gertz, Zachary M.; O’Donnell, William T.; Herrmann, Howard C.; Forfia, Paul R.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Previous studies have suggested that pulmonary hypertension (PH) in severe aortic stenosis (AS) is a risk factor for operative mortality with aortic valve replacement (AVR). Conversely, others have shown that patients with AS and PH extract a large symptomatic and survival benefit from AVR compared with those patients not treated surgically. We sought to evaluate the prevalence, severity, and mechanism of PH in an elderly patient cohort with severe AS. We prospectively evaluated 41 patients aged ?80 years with severe AS. All patients underwent cardiac catheterization and transthoracic echocardiography within 24 hours. We found that PH was common in this cohort: 32 patients (78%) had PH; however, the predominant mechanism of PH was left heart congestion. Patients with PH had nearly double the pulmonary artery wedge pressure of patients without PH (23 vs. 13 mmHg; P ? 0.001). In patients with PH compared with those without, pulmonary vascular resistance was higher yet still under 3 Wood units (WU; 2.9 vs. 1.5 WU; P = 0.001), and the transpulmonary gradient (11 vs. 7 mmHg; P = 0.01) and diastolic pulmonary gradient (DPG; 3.0 vs. 2.7 mmHg; P = 0.74) were in normal range. Left ventricular diastolic abnormalities were more common in patients with severe AS and PH. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction was common (13/41 patients, 32%), but the PH and non-PH groups had similar tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (2.0 vs. 2.3 cm; P = 0.15). Only 2 subjects had both RV dysfunction and an elevated DPG. In conclusion, PH is common in elderly patients with severe AS. This occurs largely due to left heart congestion, with a relative absence of pulmonary vascular disease and RV dysfunction, and as such, PH may serve as a heart failure equivalent in these patients. PMID:26401253

  13. [An unusual cause of severe abdominal pain].

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    Egger, M; Binder, M; Wewalka, F; Dieplinger, B; Kastler, M; Lenz, K

    2008-09-01

    A 33-year-old previously healthy man was admitted to the hospital with a 6-day history of diffuse abdominal pain and constipation. He was afebrile, looked unwell with a pale skin and displayed an elevated blood pressure. He had no peritoneal sign, and bowel sounds were normal. Blood tests were remarkable for a hematocrit of 26 % and mean cell volume of 83 fl, bilirubin levels were slightly elevated. Abdominal radiographs, abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography showed stool throughout the colon with a non-specific bowel gas pattern. Moreover, colonoscopy and gastroscopy provided no information on the underlying cause of the patient's severe pain. He was treated with fluids and spasmolytic drugs until the result of the urinary porphyrin level was received, which showed an elevated concentration of 1608 microg/d. Consequently, the plasma lead concentration was determined showing an elevated level of 92.3 microg/d. The examination of blood slides revealed erythrocytes with basophile stippling. On physical examination, a bluish discoloration could be seen along the gums. After starting the detoxication therapy with DMPS - 1800 mg p. o. for the first two days followed by 600 mg DMPS daily - the complaints disappeared. In spite of an extensive anamnestic exploration the source of the lead intoxication could not be found until now. PMID:18810673

  14. Surgical treatment of severe frontal bone fracture.

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    Faverani, Leonardo Perez; Ferreira, Sabrina; Momesso, Gustavo Antonio Correa; da Silva Brasilino, Matheus; de Almeida, Rafael Santiago; Gomes-Ferreira, Pedro Henrique Silva; Souza, Francisley Ávila; Garcia-Júnior, Idelmo Rangel

    2015-05-01

    Craniofacial trauma can lead to several complications. The combined fractures of anterior and posterior walls of the frontal bone are almost always followed by lesions in nasofrontal orifices and disruption of nasofrontal ostia or ducts, a significant factor for the development of early and late complications after sinus fractures. This article reports a case of trauma patient, who underwent neurological evaluation and at first showed good general condition. Computed tomography noted fracture of the anterior and posterior walls of the frontal sinus and small foci of pneumocephalus in the cerebral cortex. The patient was monitored periodically and 9 days after trauma showed increased areas of pneumocephalus in prefrontal cortex, cerebrospinal fluid draining, and large dura mater lesion, with signs of necrosis and inflammation (meningitis). The necrotic tissues were removed, and dura mater was repaired through the approximation with resorbable wire polyglactin 910 5-0, oxidized cellulose application, and bonding with human fibrin sealant (fibrinogen, thrombin, and calcium chloride). Sinusectomy, frontal sinus, and nasofrontal duct obliteration with pedicled pericranium flap were performed. Tomographically, a reanatomization was noted in frontal region, and a 12-month follow-up showed no complication. The use of fibrin glue to repair dura mater lacerations, as well as the pedicle pericranium flap for frontal sinus and nasofrontal duct obliteration, is an efficient method for treating fractures of the frontal bone. PMID:25850870

  15. [Disturbances of electrolytes in severe thermal burns].

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    Hauhouot-Attoungbre, M L; Mlan, W C H; Edjeme, N A; Ahibo, H; Vilasco, B; Monnet, D

    2005-01-01

    Thermal burns result in severe electrolytes disturbances which are life-threatening when the percentage of burnt body surface area (BSA) is above 20% in adults and 10% in children. If electrolytes disturbances are often mentioned in the physiopathology of burns, they are less documented in the daily practice of the follow up. The objective of this work was to describe variation of blood and urine electrolytes concentrations in severe burns. The survey concerned 30 patients hospitalized in the Burn Centre of Abidjan. The patients have been followed during the first three days after the burn, including the initial phase of shock resuscitation. The results showed, in accordance with data of the literature, the incidence of hypophosphoremia, hypoprotidemia and hypocalcemia. The hypoprotidemia and the hypocalcemia were correlated with the importance of the BSA. An elevation of potassium and a decrease of sodium have been also observed, but, in contrast to data of the literature, they were not significant. Moderate variations of chloride and magnesium have been noted. All urinary parameters were decreased. The present results suggest the necessity of proteins, phosphore and calcium administration in the therapeutic protocols. PMID:16061440

  16. [Occupational exposure and chronic heart failure severity].

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    Beltrame, D; Lo Cascio, N; Miotto, D; Mapp, C E; De Rosa, E; Boschetto, P

    2007-01-01

    Chronic heart failure (CHF) is characterized by the inability of the heart to supply the body with sufficient amount of blood for metabolic and circulatory needs. The main risk factors for CHF development are: hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, smoking, chronic kidney diseases. Many occupational exposures, such as extremes of heat or cold temperatures, prolonged exposure to noise, vibrations, pesticides, can contribute to etiology of this disease. The aim of our study was to evaluate if work can affect CHF severity. We analyzed retrospectively the first 76 smokers aged over 65 years who presented to the outpatient Clinic of Chronic Heart Failure. The patients were divided in 4 groups based on their previous job: white-collars, farmers, steelworkers and subjects performing different occupational activities (hairdressers, firemen, masons). Our results showed that farmers had a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction compared with white-collars (p = 0.0045) although NYHA class and the presence/absence of CHF risk factors were not different between the two groups. This data suggests that the farmer job could be associated with the severity of CHF. PMID:18409765

  17. Severe Central Sleep Apnea in Vici Syndrome.

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    El-Kersh, Karim; Jungbluth, Heinz; Gringras, Paul; Senthilvel, Egambaram

    2015-11-01

    Vici syndrome is a rare congenital multisystem disorder due to recessive mutations in the key autophagy regulator EPG5. Vici syndrome is characterized by agenesis of the corpus callosum, hypopigmentation, immunodeficiency, cataracts, and cardiomyopathy, with variable additional multisystem involvement. Here we report on a 5-year-old girl who presented with global developmental delay, seizures, callosal agenesis, cataracts, sensorineural hearing loss, hypopigmentation, and immunodeficiency with a low CD4 count and recurrent infections. EPG5 sequencing (prompted by suggestive clinical features) revealed a homozygous missense mutation, c.1007A>G (p.Gln336Arg). The patient was referred to our center for evaluation of nocturnal apnea. Overnight polysomnography showed severe central sleep apnea (CSA) with an overall apnea-hypopnea index of 100.5 events per hour of sleep (central apnea index of 97.5, mixed apnea index of 2, and obstructive hypopnea index of 1). The patient responded to bilevel positive airway pressure therapy with a backup rate with normalization of the apnea-hypopnea index and maintenance of oxygen saturation >90%. Despite successful control of the severe CSA, the patient was eventually started on nocturnal oxygen therapy due to excessive upper airway secretions and the high risk of possible aspiration with positive airway pressure therapy. This is the first report of EPG5-related Vici syndrome associated with CSA. We discuss the polysomnographic findings in our patient in the context of a brief literature review of the reported sleep abnormalities in Vici syndrome. PMID:26482670

  18. Severe Bush Fires Near Sydney, Australia

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    2002-01-01

    Raging brush fires are threatening the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, in the waning days of 2001. Lightning strikes started some of the fires in mid-December, but arsonists may have started more. So far the flames have damaged Blue Mountain and Royal National Parks, threatening the wildlife there. More than 100 homes in suburban Sydney have also been destroyed. The image above shows the fires on December 25, 2001, when smoke and haze covered the city of Sydney. The scene was acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA's Terra satellite. Smoke from fires near Sydney taken by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) December 27, 2001. (Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE) Although bush fires are common in Australia during the summer months, this outbreak is particularly severe. Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

  19. Global Burden of Severe Tooth Loss

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    Kassebaum, N.J.; Bernabé, E.; Dahiya, M.; Bhandari, B.; Murray, C.J.L.; Marcenes, W.

    2014-01-01

    The goal of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study has been to systematically produce comparable estimates of the burden of 291 diseases and injuries and their associated 1,160 sequelae from 1990 to 2010. We aimed to report here internally consistent prevalence and incidence estimates of severe tooth loss for all countries, 20 age groups, and both sexes for 1990 and 2010. The systematic search of the literature yielded 5,618 unique citations. After titles and abstracts were screened, 5,285 citations were excluded as clearly not relevant to this systematic review, leaving 333 for full-text review; 265 publications were further excluded following the validity assessment. A total of 68 studies—including 285,746 individuals aged 12 yr or older in 26 countries—were included in the meta-analysis using modeling resources of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. Between 1990 and 2010, the global age-standardized prevalence of edentate people decreased from 4.4% (95% uncertainty interval: 4.1%, 4.8%) to 2.4% (95% UI: 2.2%, 2.7%), and incidence rate decreased from 374 cases per 100,000 person-years (95% UI: 347, 406) to 205 cases (95% UI: 187, 226). No differences were found by sex in 2010. Prevalence increased gradually with age, showing a steep increase around the seventh decade of life that was associated with a peak in incidence at 65 years. Geographic differences in prevalence, incidence, and rate of improvement from 1990 to 2010 were stark. Our review of available quality literature on the epidemiology of tooth loss shows a significant decline in the prevalence and incidence of severe tooth loss between 1990 and 2010 at the global, regional, and country levels. PMID:24947899

  20. Platelets from Asthmatic Individuals Show Less Reliance on Glycolysis

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    Xu, Weiling; Cardenes, Nayra; Corey, Catherine; Erzurum, Serpil C.; Shiva, Sruti

    2015-01-01

    Asthma, a chronic inflammatory airway disease, is typified by high levels of TH2-cytokines and excessive generation of reactive nitrogen and oxygen species, which contribute to bronchial epithelial injury and airway remodeling. While immune function plays a major role in the pathogenesis of the disease, accumulating evidence suggests that altered cellular metabolism is a key determinant in the predisposition and disease progression of asthma. Further, several studies demonstrate altered mitochondrial function in asthmatic airways and suggest that these changes may be systemic. However, it is unknown whether systemic metabolic changes can be detected in circulating cells in asthmatic patients. Platelets are easily accessible blood cells that are known to propagate airway inflammation in asthma. Here we perform a bioenergetic screen of platelets from asthmatic and healthy individuals and demonstrate that asthmatic platelets show a decreased reliance on glycolytic processes and have increased tricarboxylic acid cycle activity. These data demonstrate a systemic alteration in asthma and are consistent with prior reports suggesting that oxidative phosphorylation is more efficient asthmatic individuals. The implications for this potential metabolic shift will be discussed in the context of increased oxidative stress and hypoxic adaptation of asthmatic patients. Further, these data suggest that platelets are potentially a good model for the monitoring of bioenergetic changes in asthma. PMID:26147848

  1. “Bath salts” induced severe reversible cardiomyopathy

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    Sivagnanam, Kamesh; Chaudari, Dhara; Lopez, Pablo; Sutherland, Michael E; Ramu, Vijay K.

    2013-01-01

    Patient: Male, 27 Final Diagnosis: Bath salt induced cardiomyopathy Symptoms: Agitation • fever • pedal edema Medication: Intravenous nor-epinephrine for less than 6 hours Clinical Procedure: — Specialty: Internal medicine • cardiology Objective: Unusual clinical course Background: “Bath salts” is the street name for a group of recently identified and increasingly abused stimulant synthetic cathinones that are associated with multiple systemic effects. We present a case of a patient who developed reversible dilated cardiomyopathy secondary to their use. Case Report: A 27 year old male with no past medical history was brought to emergency department with agitation. He had been inhaling and intravenously injecting “bath salts”, containing a mephedrone/Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) combination. On presentation, he was tachycardic, hypotensive and febrile. His initial labs showed an elevated white count, creatinine and creatinine phosphokinase levels. His erythrocyte sedimentation rate; C-reactive protein; urinalysis; urine drug screen; Human Immunodeficiency Virus, hepatitis, coxsackie, and influenza serology were normal. EKG showed sinus tachycardia. An echocardiogram was done which showed dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction (EF) of 15–20% and global hypokinesia. A left heart catheterization was done and was negative for coronary artery disease. At a 20 week follow up, he had stopped abusing bath salts and was asymptomatic. A repeat echocardiogram showed an EF of 52%. Cocnlusions: Bath salts (MDPV, mephedrone) are synthetic cathinones with amphetamine/cocaine like properties with potential cardiotoxic effects. Cardiovascular manifestations reported include tachycardia, hypertension, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. “Bath salts” can also cause severe reversible dilated cardiomyopathy. Prior to diagnosis, other causes of cardiomyopathy including ischemic, infectious, familial, immunological, metabolic and cytotoxic may need to be ruled out; as was done in our patient. PMID:23919103

  2. Anchoring the Panic Disorder Severity Scale

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    Keough, Meghan E.; Porter, Eliora; Kredlow, M. Alexandra; Worthington, John J.; Hoge, Elizabeth A.; Pollack, Mark H.; Shear, M. Katherine; Simon, Naomi M.

    2012-01-01

    The Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS) is a clinician-administered measure of panic disorder symptom severity widely used in clinical research. This investigation sought to provide clinically meaningful anchor points for the PDSS both in terms of clinical severity as measured by the Clinical Global Impression-Severity Scale (CGI-S) and to extend…

  3. The determinants of fishing vessel accident severity.

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    Jin, Di

    2014-05-01

    The study examines the determinants of fishing vessel accident severity in the Northeastern United States using vessel accident data from the U.S. Coast Guard for 2001-2008. Vessel damage and crew injury severity equations were estimated separately utilizing the ordered probit model. The results suggest that fishing vessel accident severity is significantly affected by several types of accidents. Vessel damage severity is positively associated with loss of stability, sinking, daytime wind speed, vessel age, and distance to shore. Vessel damage severity is negatively associated with vessel size and daytime sea level pressure. Crew injury severity is also positively related to the loss of vessel stability and sinking. PMID:24473412

  4. Unruptured Aneurysm of Sinus of Valsalva Coexisting with the Large Ventricular Septal Defect and Severe Aortic Regurgitation in a Young Man

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    Nezafati, Pouya; Nezafati, Mohammad Hassan; Hoseinikhah, Hamid

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Unruptured sinus of valsalva aneurysm (SVA) is a rare congenital anomaly, particularly, when it coexists with a ventricular septal defect (VSD) and aortic regurgitation due to the prolapse of the elongated aortic cusp into the VSD. In this report, we present the case of a 19-year-old young man with VSD challenging in spite of dyspnea and lower limb edema. Presentation of Case. Its diagnosis was made on the basis of transthoracic echocardiography results. Surgical management consisted of replacing the SVA with mechanical valve prosthesis. A Gore-Tex patch repaired the VSD. Discussion. In the follow-up periods, clinical and echocardiographic tests showed that the patient was in excellent status. Conclusion. SVA requires a surgical procedure due to its high risk of mortality in unoperated patients and a good safety of surgery. PMID:26236342

  5. Are Educational Shows Teaching Our Children to Become Life-Long Learners?

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    Sullins, Jeremiah; Howard, Tiffany; Goza, Kimberly

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate various textual characteristics of popular children television shows. More specifically, researchers examined both the quantity and quality of question asked (i.e., question training). Furthermore, several readability components among the different shows (e.g., narrativity, syntactic simplicity,…

  6. Gradual acquisition of immunity to severe malaria with increasing exposure

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    Griffin, Jamie T.; Hollingsworth, T. Déirdre; Reyburn, Hugh; Drakeley, Chris J.; Riley, Eleanor M.; Ghani, Azra C.

    2015-01-01

    Previous analyses have suggested that immunity to non-cerebral severe malaria due to Plasmodium falciparum is acquired after only a few infections, whereas longitudinal studies show that some children experience multiple episodes of severe disease, suggesting that immunity may not be acquired so quickly. We fitted a mathematical model for the acquisition and loss of immunity to severe disease to the age distribution of severe malaria cases stratified by symptoms from a range of transmission settings in Tanzania, combined with data from several African countries on the age distribution and overall incidence of severe malaria. We found that immunity to severe disease was acquired more gradually with exposure than previously thought. The model also suggests that physiological changes, rather than exposure, may alter the symptoms of disease with increasing age, suggesting that a later age at infection would be associated with a higher proportion of cases presenting with cerebral malaria regardless of exposure. This has consequences for the expected pattern of severe disease as transmission changes. Careful monitoring of the decline in immunity associated with reduced transmission will therefore be needed to ensure rebound epidemics of severe and fatal malaria are avoided. PMID:25567652

  7. Gem and Mineral Shows as Geologic Teaching Opportunities.

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    Cordua, William Sinclair

    1988-01-01

    Gem and mineral shows are excellent nontraditional opportunities for community education and outreach by geology teachers. Discusses initial club contacts, displays, shows, and the advantages of show participation to academic geologists. (CW)

  8. The Object-Oriented Trivia Show (TOOTS) University of Alabama

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    Gray, Jeffrey G.

    The Object-Oriented Trivia Show (TOOTS) Jeff Gray University of Alabama Department of Computer, Languages. Keywords Objects, Game Show. 1. Overview of the OOPSLA Trivia Show OOPSLA (and now SPLASH) has

  9. Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Kids

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    ... July 9, 2012 Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Kids Young children with allergies to milk or eggs ... Needs to Spread Severe Food Allergy Reactions in Kids Drugs Block Deadly Harm from Radiation Exposure Connect ...

  10. Microsoft Word - perceived-severity.doc

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    Perceived Severity General Description and Theoretical Background Perceived severity (also called perceived seriousness) refers to the negative consequences an individual associates with an event or outcome, such as a diagnosis of cancer.

  11. Health Effects of Severe Obesity in Childhood

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    ... gov/medlineplus/videos/news/Severe_Obesity_100215.html Health Effects of Severe Obesity in Childhood HealthDay News ... that can lead to healthy tomorrows. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Cholesterol High Blood Pressure Hyperglycemia Obesity in ...

  12. 10 CFR 1704.10 - Severability.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Severability. 1704.10 Section 1704.10 Energy DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD RULES IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE ACT § 1704.10 Severability. If any...

  13. Severe growth hormone deficiency and empty sella in obesity: a cross-sectional study.

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    Lubrano, Carla; Tenuta, Marta; Costantini, Daniela; Specchia, Palma; Barbaro, Giuseppe; Basciani, Sabrina; Mariani, Stefania; Pontecorvi, Alfredo; Lenzi, Andrea; Gnessi, Lucio

    2015-06-01

    Obesity is associated with blunted growth hormone (GH) secretion. In some individuals, hypothalamic-pituitary (HP) structural lesions may contribute to GH deficiency (GHD). We explored pituitary morphology in obese patients with suspected GHD and its association with cardiovascular risk factors, body composition, and cardiac morphology. One hundred and eighty-four adults obese patients with symptoms and signs of GHD (147 females and 37 males; mean age 46.31 ± 12.11 years), out of 906 consecutive white obese outpatients, were evaluated. The main measures were anthropometric data, blood pressure, lipid profile, glycemic parameters, pituitary hormones, and insulin-like growth factor-1 values, echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the HP region, body composition, and growth hormone-releasing hormone plus arginine test. Seventy patients had GHD (GH peak values <4.2 ?g/mL). GHD patients showed significantly higher body mass index and fat mass, lower lumbar bone mineral density, increased left ventricular mass index, and epicardial fat thickness. The MRI of the HP region showed empty sella (ES) in 69 and normal pituitary in one of the 70 GHD patients; the 114 patients with normal GH response had ES (n = 62, 54 %), normal pituitary (n = 37, 32 %), microadenomas (n = 10, 8 %), and other pituitary abnormalities (n = 5, 4 %). ES was a significant independent predictor of GH secretory capacity as determined by multiple regression analysis. The close relationship between ES and GH secretory capacity points out to the possibility of the organic nature of GHD in a portion of obese individuals and opens a new scenario with regard to the potential of GH treatment on metabolic consequences of obesity. PMID:25614038

  14. Asthma Is More Severe in Older Adults

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    Dweik, Raed A.; Comhair, Suzy A.; Bleecker, Eugene R.; Moore, Wendy C.; Peters, Stephen P.; Busse, William W.; Jarjour, Nizar N.; Calhoun, William J.; Castro, Mario; Chung, K. Fan; Fitzpatrick, Anne; Israel, Elliot; Teague, W. Gerald; Wenzel, Sally E.; Love, Thomas E.; Gaston, Benjamin M.

    2015-01-01

    Background Severe asthma occurs more often in older adult patients. We hypothesized that the greater risk for severe asthma in older individuals is due to aging, and is independent of asthma duration. Methods This is a cross-sectional study of prospectively collected data from adult participants (N=1130; 454 with severe asthma) enrolled from 2002 – 2011 in the Severe Asthma Research Program. Results The association between age and the probability of severe asthma, which was performed by applying a Locally Weighted Scatterplot Smoother, revealed an inflection point at age 45 for risk of severe asthma. The probability of severe asthma increased with each year of life until 45 years and thereafter increased at a much slower rate. Asthma duration also increased the probability of severe asthma but had less effect than aging. After adjustment for most comorbidities of aging and for asthma duration using logistic regression, asthmatics older than 45 maintained the greater probability of severe asthma [OR: 2.73 (95 CI: 1.96; 3.81)]. After 45, the age-related risk of severe asthma continued to increase in men, but not in women. Conclusions Overall, the impact of age and asthma duration on risk for asthma severity in men and women is greatest over times of 18-45 years of age; age has a greater effect than asthma duration on risk of severe asthma. PMID:26200463

  15. Assessment of Retrograde Coronary Venous Infusion of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Combined with Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor in Canine Myocardial Infarction Using Strain Values Derived from Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Sun, Qi-Wei; Zhen, Lei; Wang, Qin; Sun, Yan; Yang, Jiao; Li, Yi-Jia; Li, Rong-Juan; Ma, Ning; Li, Zhi-An; Wang, Lu-Ya; Nie, Shao-Ping; Yang, Ya

    2016-01-01

    Speckle-tracking echocardiography was used to assess retrograde coronary venous infusion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) combined with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in a canine model of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). AMI was induced by ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery. Coronary venous retroperfusion was performed at 1 wk after AMI. Twenty-eight animals were randomized into four groups: saline, bFGF+saline, saline+MSCs and bFGF+MSCs. Echocardiography was performed before AMI, at 7 d post-AMI and 40 d after retroperfusion. Apoptotic cardiomyocytes in the border zone of the ischemic region were evaluated by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling. Vascular endothelial growth factor and factor VIII concentrations were measured by western blotting. The left ventricular end-systolic volume increased significantly, whereas the left ventricular ejection fraction and global and segmental strain values decreased significantly after AMI. After retroperfusion, the strain values of the infarct zone, but not conventional echocardiographic parameters, were significantly different between control and bFGF+MSC groups. Cardiomyocyte apoptosis decreased, whereas vascular endothelial growth factor and factor VIII concentrations were higher in the bFGF+MSC, bFGF and MSC groups. Cardiomyocyte apoptosis was well correlated with the strain values. Although retrograde coronary venous infusion of bFGF and MSCs promoted neo-vascularization of the infarcted myocardium and inhibited apoptosis, there was only a slight strain improvement without a substantial increase in global cardiac functions. PMID:26520563

  16. Impact of methodology and the use of allometric scaling on the echocardiographic assessment of the aortic root and arch: a study by the Research and Audit Sub-Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography

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    Ghani, Saqib; Harkness, Allan; Lloyd, Guy; Moody, William; Ring, Liam; Sandoval, Julie; Senior, Roxy; Sheikh, Nabeel; Stout, Martin; Utomi, Victor; Willis, James; Zaidi, Abbas; Steeds, Richard

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study is to establish the impact of 2D echocardiographic methods on absolute values for aortic root dimensions and to describe any allometric relationship to body size. We adopted a nationwide cross-sectional prospective multicentre design using images obtained from studies utilising control groups or where specific normality was being assessed. A total of 248 participants were enrolled with no history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension or abnormal findings on echocardiography. Aortic root dimensions were measured at the annulus, the sinus of Valsalva, the sinotubular junction, the proximal ascending aorta and the aortic arch using the inner edge and leading edge methods in both diastole and systole by 2D echocardiography. All dimensions were scaled allometrically to body surface area (BSA), height and pulmonary artery diameter. For all parameters with the exception of the aortic annulus, dimensions were significantly larger in systole (P<0.05). All aortic root and arch measurements were significantly larger when measured using the leading edge method compared with the inner edge method (P<0.05). Allometric scaling provided a b exponent of BSA0.6 in order to achieve size independence. Similarly, ratio scaling to height in subjects under the age of 40 years also produced size independence. In conclusion, the largest aortic dimensions occur in systole while using the leading edge method. Reproducibility of measurement, however, is better when assessing aortic dimensions in diastole. There is an allometric relationship to BSA and, therefore, allometric scaling in the order of BSA0.6 provides a size-independent index that is not influenced by the age or gender.

  17. Severe convective storm detection based on satellite infrared imagery analysis

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    Hung, R. J.; Smith, R. E.

    1984-01-01

    Several cases of GOES digital infrared data and Doppler Sounder array data during the three-hour time period immediately preceding the touchdown of the tornado were analyzed. Tornado-associated clouds are compared with non-tornado-associated clouds using satellite infrared data, ray tracing of gravity waves detected by the Doppler Sounder array and rawinsonde data. The satellite observations are at 15-minute intervals. Our study shows that tornado-associated clouds are always accompanied by overshooting turrets penetrating above the tropopause. The growth rate of the overshooting turret above the tropopause for severe storm-associated clouds is much greater than that for non-severe storm-associated clouds.

  18. Correlation between psoriasis' severity and waist-to-height ratio*

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    Duarte, Gleison Vieira; da Silva, Larissa Porto

    2014-01-01

    In the absence of ideal biomarkers, the research for clinical markers correlated to the severity of psoriasis and/or its comorbidities becomes crucial. Recently, studies have shown positive correlation between body mass index and prevalence and severity of psoriasis. Abdominal circumference showed stronger correlation with disease severity than body mass index. We evaluated the waist-to-height ratio in a sample of 297 adult patients with psoriasis and observed that it has a significant correlation with body mass index and PASI, and together with body mass index allows the identification of central obesity, reducing its subdiagnosis. PMID:25184937

  19. Predictors of Substance Use Severity among Homeless Youth

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    Nyamathi, Adeline; Hudson, Angela; Greengold, Barbara; Slagle, Alexandra; Marfisee, Mary; Khalilifard, Farinaz; Leake, Barbara

    2010-01-01

    Problem This cross-sectional study identified a number of factors that were correlated with drug-use severity among homeless youth. Method To examine a commonly-used measure of substance-use severity, the TCU Drug Screen II, in a convenience sample of 156 homeless youth, ages 15–25 from a drop-in site in Santa Monica, California. Findings Higher drug-use severity scores were independently related to low levels of perceived health and maladaptive coping strategies. Conclusions The findings from this study are particularly relevant in that they support previous results showing that psychosocial variables are related to substance use behavior among young populations. PMID:21073596

  20. Paroxetine in the treatment of melancholia and severe depression.

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    Tignol, J; Stoker, M J; Dunbar, G C

    1992-11-01

    Meta-analyses of the worldwide paroxetine database assessed the efficacy of this compound in the treatment of both DSM-III defined melancholia and hospitalised patients with severe depression (HAMD > or = 25). The analysis for melancholia included 178 paroxetine treated patients and 66 patients treated with placebo. Paroxetine was significantly superior to placebo in the treatment of melancholia and a clear dose-response relationship was established. The meta-analysis for severely depressed hospitalised patients included 109 paroxetine treated patients and 107 patients treated with a tricyclic/tetracyclic control. Paroxetine and active controls showed comparable efficacy in the treatment of severely depressed hospitalised patients. PMID:1487627