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  1. The value of cardiac catheterization and cineangiography in infantile lobar emphysema

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    Lobar emphysema is an uncommon cause of respiratory distress in infancy. Congenital heart disease is seen in about 20% of the patients with infantile (congenital) lobar emphysema. We described six infants with lobar emphysema. In three of them a congenital heart disease was demonstrated by cardiac catheterization and cineangiography; two had a tetralogy of Fallot with right aortic arch and the third infant a ventricular septal defect. The pulmonary angiography showed stretching of the arteries with very poor filling of the peripheral arteries and a characteristic smaller pulmonary vein in the affected lobe. In all the six patients the pulmonary artery pressure was normal. All the patients underwent lobectomy with good results. We feel that a preoperative cardiac catheterization and cineangiography is of value in this very sick group of infants. (orig.)

  2. Radiological evaluation of pulmonary atresia: An analysis of cineangiography in 32 cases

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    Lee, Dong Ho; Yeon, Kyung Mo; Park, Jae Hyung; Han, Man Chung; Yoon, Yong Soo [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Total 32 cases of pulmonary atresia were diagnosed radiographically at Seoul National University Hospital from March, 1979 to August 1982. Some characteristic radiological findings were analyzed in chest PA and cineangiographies. The results were as follows: 1. In the evaluation of chest PA, cardiomegaly was noticed in 16 cases, dextrocardia in 8 cases, elevated cardiac apex in 7 cases and right-sided aortic arch in 6 cases. The pulmonary vascularties were mildly decreased in 20 cases, markedly decreased in 9 cases and decreased with reticular pattern in 3 cases. 2. As final diagnoses after cineangiography, pulmonary atresia was associated with Tetralogy of Fallot variant in 17 cases, transposition of great vessels in 7 cases, single ventricle in 5 cases, tricuspid atresia in 2 cases and intact ventricular septum in 1 case. 3. The classification according to the pattern of pulmonary artery is main pulmonary trunk with PDA(Type Ia) in 10 cases, pulmonary arterial confluence with PDA (Type Ib) in 10 cases, no pulmonary arterial confluence with PDA (Type Ic) in 5 cases, main pulmonary trunk without PDA (Type IIa) in 0 case, pulmonary arterial confluence without PDA (Type IIb) in 5 cases, and no pulmonary arterial confluence without PDA ( Type IIc) in 2 cases. 4. Pulmonary wedge venography was done and successful in 8 cases. Among them, confluence between right and left pulmonary arteries was noticed in 5 cases. 5. Biventricular cineangiograpy and/or pulmonary wedge venography, if necessary, is essential for the accurate diagnosis of pulmonary atresia to demonstrate detailed anatomy of pulmonary artery.

  3. The effect of introduction of axial cineangiography and echocardiography on contrast and radiation doses during cardiac catheterisation

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    The effects of routine preliminary echocardiography and adoption of axial cine angiography in a Paediatric Cardiac Investigation Centre were assessed in relation to contrast volume, fluoroscopy time and radiation dose. The results showed a significant increase in radiation dose with some reduction in fluoroscopy time in neonates and some increase in contrast volume used in infants

  4. Evaluation of ECG gated RI angiocardiography for measurement of left ventricular function and its clinical application. Comparison with contrast cineangiography and application to pre and post treatment observation

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    Iida, Shun; Morishita, Takashi (Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)


    Cardiac function was examined by the radio-isotope (RI) angiocardiography method in 57 patients with various heart diseases and 8 healthy subjects. In addition, the cardiac catheter examination was performed for comparison in 49 of the heart disease patients. After sup(99m)Tc-HSA was injected into the right antecubital vein by flush method, the electro-cardiogram was synchronized to obtain data. The data were analyzed with a computer and 9 parameters of the cardiac function were calculated: cardiac output (CO), ejection fraction (EF), pre-ejection period (PEP), left ventricular ejection time (LVET), left ventricular rapid filling time (LVRFT), left ventricular slow filling time (LVSFT), EF/LVET, EF/LVDT, and left ventricular end diastolic volume (LVEDV). When the RI method was compared with the cineangiogram, a significant correlation was found in all parameters: r = 0.728 (p < 0.01) in CO, r = 0.89 (p < 0.01) in EF, r = 0.825 (p < 0.001) in LVEDV, etc. Moreover, it is suggested that this method can be repeatedly applied to investigate the progress following an operation of the heart and the alteration of essential hypertension through drug treatment.

  5. First report of image integration of cine-angiography with 3D electro-anatomical mapping of the right ventricle in postoperative tetralogy of Fallot. (United States)

    Russo, Mario Salvatore; Righi, Daniela; Di Mambro, Corrado; Ruoppolo, Valentina; Silvetti, Massimo Stefano; Drago, Fabrizio


    Ventricular tachycardia and, more rarely, sudden cardiac death are potential complications affecting the long-term outcome after Tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) repair. Intraventricular septal scar, fibro-fatty substitution around infundibular resection and patchy myocardial fibrosis may provide anatomical substrates of abnormal depolarization and repolarization causing reentrant ventricular arrhythmias. Recently, three-dimensional electro-anatomical mapping (3D EAM) has allowed to investigate the electro-anatomical status of the right ventricle. Radiation exposure during cardiac electrophysiological procedures is still a major concern. We report the first case of 3D mapping of the right ventricle in a postoperative ToF patient performed with a new module of the CARTO® 3 System-the CARTOUnivu™ Module-that combines, simultaneously, fluoroscopic images or cine-angiographic sequences with 3D cardiac mapping to allow real-time visualization of the electrocatheter during the 3D EAM reconstruction. The same volume, previously evaluated with cardiac MRI, was mapped. A perfect match of the diastolic edges of the RV obtained either by cine-loop acquisition during contrast fluoroscopy and by the 3D EAM, was observed. The fluoroscopy time for 3D EAM was 10 s. In conclusion, CARTOUnivu™ Module can integrate, in real time, fluoroscopic images/cine-angiography in virtual biplane view and the 3D EAM allowing a contextual visualization of position and movement of all electrocatheters. This can further increase the accuracy of the 3D EAM in very complex-operated congenital heart diseases, even decreasing radiation exposure.

  6. A comparison of two methods to measure coronary flow reserve in the setting of coronary angioplasty: intracoronary blood flow velocity measurements with a Doppler catheter, and digital subtraction cineangiography

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); F. Zijlstra (Felix); G-J. Laarman (GertJan); J.H.C. Reiber (Johan); K.J. Beatt (Kevin); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)


    textabstractIntracoronary blood flow velocity measurements with a Doppler balloon catheter and the radiographic assessment of myocardial perfusion with contrast media, before and after the intracoronary administration of papaverine, have previously been used to investigate regional coronary flow res

  7. Imaging for the Diagnosis of an Unusual Case of Left Ventricular Aneurysm

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    An isolated ventricular diverticulum in an adult patient investigated for chest pain is reported. An exhaustive diagnosis was obtained by different means and complementary imaging techniques such as echocardiography, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging and cineangiography

  8. Stored-fluorography mode reduces radiation dose during cardiac catheterization measured with OSLD dosimeter (United States)

    Ting, Chien-Yi; Chen, Zhih-Cherng; Tang, Kuo-Ting; Liu, Wei-Chung; Lin, Chun-Chih; Wang, Hsin-Ell


    Coronary angiogram is an imperative tool for diagnosis of coronary artery diseases, in which cine-angiography is a commonly used method. Although the angiography proceeds under radiation, the potential risk of radiation exposure for both the patients and the operators was seldom noticed. In this study, the absorbed radiation dose in stored-fluorography mode was compared with that in cine-angiography mode by using optically simulated luminescent dosimeters to realize their effects on radiation dose. Patients received coronary angiogram via radial artery approach were randomized into the stored-fluorography group (N=30) or the cine-angiography group (N=30). The excluded criteria were: 1. women at pregnancy or on breast feeding, 2. chronic kidney diseases with glomerular filtration rate less than 60 mL/min. During the coronary angiogram, absorbed dose of the patients and the operator radiation exposure was measured with optically simulated luminescent dosimeter (OSLD). The absorbed dose of the patients in the stored-fluorography group (3.13±0.25 mGy) was apparently lower than that in the cine-angiography group (65.57±5.37 mGy; Pcine-angiography (0.6519μGy). Compared with traditional cine-angiography mode, the stored-fluorography mode can apparently reduce radiation exposure of the patients and the operator in coronary angiogram.

  9. Evaluation of vascular rings with digital subtraction angiography. (United States)

    Tonkin, I L; Gold, R E; Moser, D; Laster, R E


    Seven patients with vascular rings were evaluated over a 2-year period with intravenous digital subtraction angiography (DSA), which was compared with screen-film aortography or cineangiography. The seven patients were also evaluated with barium esophagography. Six of the seven DSA images were totally diagnostic and one study was only partly diagnostic. Six of the seven vascular anomalies were confirmed surgically. DSA is suggested as an alternative to arteriography in evaluating patients with suspected vascular rings. PMID:6372419

  10. Importance of angina for development of collateral circulation.


    M Fujita; Sasayama, S; Ohno, A; Nakajima, H.; Asanoi, H


    The extent of collateral circulation in 46 patients who had intracoronary thrombolysis within six hours of the onset of acute myocardial infarction was evaluated. Patients who had had a previous myocardial infarction (4 cases) or who had spontaneously recanalized infarct related coronary arteries (5 cases) were excluded from the analysis. Collateral development was graded during coronary cineangiography according to the extent of opacification of the collateral and epicardial arteries distal ...

  11. Radionuclide assessment of left ventricular function following cardiac surgery

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    Howe, W.R.; Jones, R.H.; Sabiston, D.C. Jr.


    Use of a high count-rate gamma scintillation camera permits the noninvasive assessment of left ventricular function by nuclear angiocardiography. Counts recorded from the region of the left ventricle at 50- or 100-msec intervals during the first transit of an intravenously administered bolus of radioisotope produce a high-fidelity indicator-dilution curve. Count fluctuations reflect left ventricular volume changes during the cardiac cycle and permit measurement of dv/dt, ejection fraction, mean transit time, and wall motion of this chamber. The present study evaluates (1) the accuracy of this technique compared to standard biplane cineangiography and (2) its usefulness in evaluating patients after cardiac surgery.

  12. The Unique MediGuide Technology for CRT Lead Placement and Catheter Ablatio

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    Carlo Pappone; Martina Boscolo Berto; Vincenzo Santinelli


    Full Text Available Electrophysiologic procedures such as catheter ablation and/or cardiac resynchronization therapy are usually performed under fluoroscopic guidance alone. Currently, we are now witnessing the birth of a new era in which many patients can be safely and effectively treated without the use of fluoroscopy. Using MediGuide technology continuous fluoroscopy is no longer required to ascertain the position of the device/catheter, which minimizes the radiation exposure for both the physician and patient, with a further benefit by minimal need for contrast agent. This novel system provides real time tracking of devices projected into live fluoroscopy or pre-recorded cine-angiography. MediGuide technology is an important step forward facilitating complex ablation procedures such as AF ablation and CRT implantation.

  13. Evaluation of left ventricular function in patients with atrial fibrillation by ECG gated blood pool scintigraphy

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    The assumption necessary to perform ECG gated blood pool scintigraphy (EGBPS) are seemingly not valid for patients with atrial fibrillation (af), since they have wide variability in cardiac cycle length. The data were acquired in frame mode within the limits of mean heart rate of fix the first diastolic volume, and were calculated by frame count normalization (FCN) method to correct total counts in each frame. EGBPS were performed twelve patients with af, who were operated against valvular disease. The data acquired within mean heart rate ±10 % in frame mode were divided to 32 frames, and calculated total frame counts. With FCN method total frame counts from at 22nd to 32nd frame were multiplied to be equal to the average of total frame counts. FCN method could correct total frame counts at the latter frames. And there was good correlation between left ventricular ejection fraction calculated from scintigraphy and that from contrast cineangiography. Thus EGBPS with FCN method may be allow estimation of cardiac function even in subjects with af. (author)

  14. Depressed left ventricular performance. Response to volume infusion in patients with sepsis and septic shock

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    Volume infusion, to increase preload and to enhance ventricular performance, is accepted as initial management of septic shock. Recent evidence has demonstrated depressed myocardial function in human septic shock. We analyzed left ventricular performance during volume infusion using serial data from simultaneously obtained pulmonary artery catheter hemodynamic measurements and radionuclide cineangiography. Critically ill control subjects (n = 14), patients with sepsis but without shock (n = 21), and patients with septic shock (n = 21) had prevolume infusion hemodynamic measurements determined and received statistically similar volumes of fluid resulting in similar increases in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure. There was a strong trend (p = 0.004) toward less of a change in left ventricular stroke work index (LVSWI) after volume infusion in patients with sepsis and septic shock compared with control subjects. The LVSWI response after volume infusion was significantly less in patients with septic shock when compared with critically ill control subjects (p less than 0.05). These data demonstrate significantly altered ventricular performance, as measured by LVSWI, in response to volume infusion in patients with septic shock

  15. Computed tomographic angiography in tetralogy of Fallot. (United States)

    Kasar, Pankajkumar Ashok; Ravikumar, Radhakrishnan; Varghese, Roy; Kotecha, Monika; Vimala, Jesudian; Kumar, Raghavan Nair Suresh


    Echocardiography is often inadequate for imaging tetralogy of Fallot, prompting cineangiography. This study prospectively evaluated multidetector computed tomographic angiography for preoperative evaluation of tetralogy of Fallot in 112 consecutive patients. Forty-eight had nonconfluent or hypoplastic pulmonary arteries (mean z-score, -2; range, -11.1-0.13) permitting only palliative or no surgery; 64 had adequate pulmonary artery anatomy (mean z-score, 0.59; range, -2.53-3.4) allowing total repair. The surgical data of 50 patients who underwent total correction were compared with transthoracic echocardiography and multidetector computed tomographic angiography findings. Multidetector computed tomographic angiography tended to reveal unsuspected collaterals and coronary abnormalities besides outlining the right ventricular outflow tract and pulmonary artery branches. The branch pulmonary artery diameter z-score was the most important determinant of surgical strategy, with the worst figures being associated with no surgical options or palliative surgery, and the best figures leading to corrective surgery. The mean radiation dose was 3.45 mSv. Multidetector computed tomographic angiography is a powerful supplement to echocardiography in the preoperative evaluation of tetralogy of Fallot.

  16. Radiologic analysis of total anomalous pulmonary venous return;

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    We reviewed cardiac cineangiographic and plain chest film findings of 48 patients aged from a half month to 14 years, with TAPVR which was documented by cineangiography. The numbers of supracardiac, cardiac, subdiapragmatic and mixed group were 20, 17, 3 and 8 in each. The frequency of the various types of TAPVR was: Left vertical vein, 15 pt's; right atrium, 11 pt's; Mixed, 8 pt's; coronary sinus, 6 pt's; subdiaphragmatic, 3 pt's; right SVC, 2 pt's etc. TAPVR occured without severe cardiac anomalies (isolated TAPVR) in 79%. In general, plain chest films revealed the tendency of pulmonary plethora, cardiomegaly and no evidence of congestion, but in the cases with stenosis of connecting vein showed the tendency of pulmonary congestion. Patients in whom the venous retum to left vertical vein or left SVC via right connecting vein and right innominate vein (mirror image of anomalous drainage to left vertical vein) showed a typical 'snowman' or unilateral superior mediastinal widening on the AP chest film (7 of 9 cases) and a density anterior to the trachea on the lateral film (3 of 9 cases). In a connection with azygos vein, the dilated azygos vein was recognized as an oval density in right tracheobronchial angle and right superior mediastinum was widened. Lateral chest film showed a posterior cardiac bulging shadow representing the dilated coronary sinus in 2 of 6 patients with anomalous drainage to the coronary sinus.

  17. Educational activities regarding exposure reduction in interventional radiology

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    As interventional radiology (IVR) has become widespread recently, skin injury caused by exposure to radiation have been reported in academic meetings, and are a major concern in academic circles. In 1986, The Japanese Society of Circulation Imaging Technology (CITEC)'s organized a group to engage in an actual condition survey on cineangiography. We have studied exposed doses to patients in the event of cardiac catheterization using ancate data available in Japan and made efforts to spread methods of reducing exposure doses through academic meetings and medical journal. In 1998, we set up the Radiation Exposure Control Committee. The committee's objectives were to reduce exposure doses to patients and operators during cardiovascular examinations, and establish concrete of technical methods and protection guidelines for exposed dose reduction. We have studied presentations at academic meetings and study meetings, etc., and classified the results into the following 5 categories: methods of reducing radiation by X-ray equipment, methods of reducing exposure using X-ray protection devices, exposure dosimetry, clinical cases of radiation exposure, and QC, QA. The committee issued a textbook based on the reports and have educated, guided and enlightened radiological technologists, nurses and ME by holding the 'Seminar for reduction technique of radiation exposure in circulator organs.' (author)

  18. Depressed left ventricular performance. Response to volume infusion in patients with sepsis and septic shock

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    Ognibene, F.P.; Parker, M.M.; Natanson, C.; Shelhamer, J.H.; Parrillo, J.E.


    Volume infusion, to increase preload and to enhance ventricular performance, is accepted as initial management of septic shock. Recent evidence has demonstrated depressed myocardial function in human septic shock. We analyzed left ventricular performance during volume infusion using serial data from simultaneously obtained pulmonary artery catheter hemodynamic measurements and radionuclide cineangiography. Critically ill control subjects (n = 14), patients with sepsis but without shock (n = 21), and patients with septic shock (n = 21) had prevolume infusion hemodynamic measurements determined and received statistically similar volumes of fluid resulting in similar increases in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure. There was a strong trend (p = 0.004) toward less of a change in left ventricular stroke work index (LVSWI) after volume infusion in patients with sepsis and septic shock compared with control subjects. The LVSWI response after volume infusion was significantly less in patients with septic shock when compared with critically ill control subjects (p less than 0.05). These data demonstrate significantly altered ventricular performance, as measured by LVSWI, in response to volume infusion in patients with septic shock.

  19. Evaluation of global and regional left ventricular function obtained by quantitative gated SPECT using {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin for left ventricular dysfunction

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    Ban, Kazunobu; Nakajima, Tohru; Iseki, Harukazu; Abe, Sumihisa; Handa, Shunnosuke; Suzuki, Yutaka [Tokai Univ., Isehara, Kanagawa (Japan). School of Medicine


    The quantitative gated SPECT (QGS) software is able to calculate LV volumes and visualize LV wall motion and perfusion throughout the cardiac cycle using an automatic edge detection algorithm of the left ventricle. We evaluated the reliability of global and regional LV function assessment derived from QGS by comparing it with the results from left ventriculo-cineangiography (LVG). In 20 patients with left ventricular dysfunction who underwent ECG gated {sup 99m}Tc-tetrofosmin SPECT, the end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) and ejection fraction (LVEF) were calculated. The QGS-assessed regional wall motion was determined using the cinematic display. QGS-derived EDV, ESV and LVEF correlated well with those by LVG (p<0.001 for each). There was a good correlation between wall motion score (WMS) derived from the QGS and the LVG (r=0.40, p<0.05). In some patients with extensive myocardial infarction, there was a discrepancy in the regional wall motion results between QGS and LVG. The ECG-gated SPECT using QGS is useful to evaluate global and regional LV functions in left ventricular dysfunction. (author)

  20. Data analysis on patient exposures in cardiac angiography

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    Huyskens, C.J.; Hummel, W.A. [Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands). Radiation Protection Dept.


    In cardiac interventional radiology the fluoroscopy time and the film length are dominating factors for the resulting exposure of patients. From experiments in laboratory conditions and from measurements in actual practice an empirical formula has been derived to calculate the kerma-exposure product as a function of fluoroscopy time and film length. to simulate actual medical practice as closely as possible during the experiments, reference procedures were composed for fluoroscopy and cine-angiography. Over a period of two years, data on fluoroscopy time and cine film length were collected in the clinical practice of a large cardiology department in a major hospital in the Netherlands. The data refer to nearly 3000 cardiac intervention procedures, 50/50 divided between cardio-angiography (CAG) and percutaneous transluminal coronary angiography (PTCA). The mean value for the kerma-area product over all cardiac procedures is approx. 40 Gy cm{sup 2}. The relative standard deviation is 60%. From the distribution measured, it follows that about 20 % of all cardiac procedures account for approximately half the collective dose for patients. The empirically derived fit-function to calculate the kerma-area product provides a useful method to analyse patient exposures in interventional radiology as an aid in the context of quality assurance of medical practice and ALARA programmes in radiological protection. (Author).

  1. Clinical evaluation of ischemic heart diagnosis

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    Kamei, Fumio (Sendai Railway Hospital (Japan))


    Attempt were made to detect the existence of myocardial ischemia by means of both radiographic and scintigraphic techniques. Firstly, a new polygraph was especially designed for selecting the arbitrary phases in a cardiac cycle at which the corresponding radiogram should be synchronously obtained. A comparative investigation on the difference between end-systolic and-diastolic cardiac transverse diameters revealed a remarkable difference of 3.6% in normal subjects and 0.6% in patients with ischemic heart disease. These data indicating the difference of overall heart size was reflected in local dyskinesis documentation of recently developed techniques. For daily clinical purposes, radiography of the chest based on synchronously selected phases would contribute to accurate diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Secondly, scintigraphic display using intravenously injected thallium-201 was clinically applied. For detection of ischemia, comparative study was performed of initial image relative to selective coronary cineangiography and stress scintigraphy. The former indicated a good correlation of 90%, whereas the latter served to enhance sensitivity. Sequential images (initial and delayed) facilitated the distinction of normal, necrotic, and ischemic areas. Scintigram was used for objective evaluation of coronary dilator (dilazep), either at immediate or follow-up stage. In the same way, it was also possible to indicate the effectiveness of sublingually given nitroglycerin by myocardial scintigram, where by significant increase of uptake was observed 20 minutes after administration. Rehabilitation after acute heart disease was discussed, especially on the peripheral effect. Ratio of the thigh muscle to myocardium shown in this study was useful for objective evaluation. Another preliminary study is to separate normal coronary arteries from myocardial necrosis.

  2. Complicações cardiovasculares em usuário de cocaína: relato de caso Cardiovascular complications related to cocaine use: case report

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    Fernanda Martins Gazoni


    : Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit drug and its acute and chronic effects are related to a variety of physiological changes, mainly in the cardiovascular system. This study is a case report of a patient with cardiomyopathy related to cocaine use. CASE REPORT: A 19 year old men, who has been using cocaine and crack since 15 years old, was admitted to the emergency department (ED in February 2006 with progressive dyspnea during minimal efforts and bloody expectoration. During the physical exam it was observed legs edema, jugular stasis and dyspnea at rest. The echocardiogram demonstrated left ventricular hypocinesia, a 17 mm ventricular thrombus and a 12% ejection fraction. A bleeding from the left upper lobe was identified during a pulmonary bronchoscopy which was treated with arterial embolization. After 48h of the procedure, the patient was asymptomatic and an antithrombotic treatment with warfarin and enoxaparin was started. No obstruction was found at the cineangiography and the patient was discharged after clinical improvement. The patient was admitted again to the intensive care unit in July with intense chest pain and dyspnea at rest. A new cineangiography was performed and it was observed occlusion in the anterior descendent coronary artery. CONCLUSIONS: The cocaine acute effects are commonly seen at the ED but the chronic effects, as the cardiovascular manifestations, can take longer to be correlated as a side effect of cocaine use. Its prolonged use is related to left ventricular systolic dysfunction due to hypertrophy or myocardial dilation, atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, myocyte apoptosis and sympathetic damage.

  3. Tratamento cirúrgico da rotura do septo interventricular pós infarto agudo do miocárdio Surgical treatment of ventricular septal defect post acute myocardial infart

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    Luiz Fernando Leite Tanajura


    patients with diagnosis of VSD following AMI, according to the criteria of the Myocardial Infarction Research United, we treated 32 (67% with surgery. The diagnosis was confirmed by hemodynamic in all patients. The AMI was anterior in 18 cases (56% and inferior in 14 (44%; the mortality rate is 6 (33% and 4 (29% cases respectively. Severe heart failure (Killip III and IV was present in 26 cases (81% and life threatening arrhythmias in 13 (41%. A Swan-Ganz catheter was introduced at bedside in 18 (56% patients to confirm the diagnosis and provide a better therapeutic management. Angiographic studies were performed in 31 (97%. Cineangiography showed a critical lesion (obstruction equal or greater than 70% of the lumen in one vessel in 22 patients (71%: left anterior descending coronary artery in 15 (68%, right coronary artery in 6 (27% and left circunflex in 1 (5%. Nine cases (29% had critical lesions in two vessels. The pulmonary artery pressure was always elevated in those patients in whom the pressure was measured. Clinical treatment was used in 16 (33% cases and all died during hospitalization. Eight patients (25% underwent the surgery within the first two weeks and 24 (75% after this period; mortality rate was 6 (75% and 4 (17% cases respectively. Nine patients were re-catheterized in the post operative period and only one presented signs of significant shunt in the ventricular level. This patient who was the oldest of the group was reoperated later. Of the 22 patients discharged from the hospital 15 are long-term survivors. In 3 the follow-up was lost and 4 died. The accumulated data allows us to conclude that: 1 the attempt to postpone surgery by keeping the patients under medical treatment waiting for a more favorable time for surgery did not produce satisfactory results; 2 surgery should be performed in the acute phase (first two weeks in spite of a still elevated mortality in this group; 3 after the first two weeks the results are good with low mortality rate for