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  1. Stress echocardiography

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    A. Salustri (Alessandro)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractIn the studies reported in this thesis, stress echocardiography (either with exercise or with pharmacological agents) and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy have been performed in different groups of patients and in different clinical conditions. Some practical aspects on the protocols of

  2. Stress echocardiography

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    A. Salustri (Alessandro)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractIn the studies reported in this thesis, stress echocardiography (either with exercise or with pharmacological agents) and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy have been performed in different groups of patients and in different clinical conditions. Some practical aspects on the protocols

  3. Intracardiac echocardiography.

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    Bruce, C J; Friedman, P A

    2002-10-01

    This article describes currently available intracardiac ultrasound (ICE) technology contrasting it with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) highlighting their differences. Clinical applications in the electrophysiologic and cardiac catheterization laboratory are discussed and current limitations addressed. Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is possible because lower frequency transducers (in contrast to higher frequency IVUS devices) have been miniaturized and mounted onto catheters capable of percutaneous insertion into the heart. These lower frequency transducers are capable of enhanced tissue penetration, permitting high-resolution 2D "whole heart" imaging. Also, with the introduction of the newest phased array transducer, Doppler hemodynamic data in addition to high resolution imaging can also be obtained. ICE facilitates electrophysiologic procedures by guiding transseptal catheterization, enabling endocardial anatomy visualization and targeting of arrhythmogenic substrate, ensuring optimal ablation electrode/tissue contact and promptly diagnosing procedural complications. Promising non-electrophysiologic applications include guidance of percutaneous closure of septal defects, percutaneous mitral balloon valvuloplasty and complex cardiac biopsy. Current limitations include monoplanar imaging, narrow field of view, and relatively large size of the catheter. Intra-cardiac imaging is now a clinical tool and has the potential to play an important role in diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures. Further refinement and miniaturization of these transducers, through continued technological progress, will make way for primary operator controlled, integrated ultrasound-guided interventional devices.

  4. American Society of Echocardiography

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  5. Clinical Stress Echocardiography

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    S.E. Karagiannis

    2007-01-01

    textabstractTwo-dimensional echocardiography is a commonly used non-invasive method for the assessment of left ventricular function. It provides precise information on both global and segmental myocardial function by displaying endocardial motion and wall thickening. Dobutamine stress

  6. Three-dimensional echocardiography

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    Buck, Thomas [University Hospital Essen (Germany). West German Heart Center; Franke, Andreas [Klinikum Region Hannover - Klinikum Siloah, Hannover (Germany). Dept. of Cardiology, Angiology and Intensive Care Medicine; Monaghan, Mark J. (eds.) [King' s College Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    2011-07-01

    Presents tips and tricks for beginners and experts Provides educational material for 3D training courses Features comprehensively illustrated cases Includes an accompanying DVD with video clips of all sample cases Three-dimensional echocardiography is the most recent fundamental advancement in echocardiography. Since real-time 3D echocardiography became commercially available in 2002, it has rapidly been accepted in echo labs worldwide. This book covers all clinically relevant aspects of this fascinating new technology, including a comprehensive explanation of its basic principles, practical aspects of clinical application, and detailed descriptions of specific uses in the broad spectrum of clinically important heart disease. The book was written by a group of well-recognized international experts in the field, who have not only been involved in the scientific and clinical evolution of 3D echocardiography since its inception but are also intensively involved in expert training courses. As a result, the clear focus of this book is on the practical application of 3D echocardiography in daily clinical routine with tips and tricks for both beginners and experts, accompanied by more than 150 case examples comprehensively illustrated in more than 800 images and more than 500 videos provided on a DVD. In addition to an in-depth review of the most recent literature on real-time 3D echocardiography, this book represents an invaluable reference work for beginners and expert users of 3D echocardiography. - Tips and tricks for beginners and experts - Educational material for 3D training courses - Comprehensively illustrated cases - DVD with video clips of all sample cases.

  7. Advanced Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

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    B. Ren (Ben)

    2014-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ During the development of echocardiography, 3D echocardiography imaging represents a major innovation in cardiovascular ultrasound (Figure 1). Advancements in computer and transducer technologies permit real-time 3D acquisition and presentation of cardiac

  8. Clinical Stress Echocardiography

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    S.E. Karagiannis

    2007-01-01

    textabstractTwo-dimensional echocardiography is a commonly used non-invasive method for the assessment of left ventricular function. It provides precise information on both global and segmental myocardial function by displaying endocardial motion and wall thickening. Dobutamine stress echocardiograp

  9. [Stress echocardiography: development and significance].

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    Attenhofer, C; Ritter, M; Jenni, R

    1994-08-27

    Exercise electrocardiography is still the primary method used in the non-invasive assessment of coronary artery disease. Stress echocardiography is now being increasingly used as a more sensitive adjunct technique to assess ischemia. Ischemia provoked by stress can induce reversible wall motion abnormalities which are disclosed by cross-sectional 2-dimensional echocardiography and standard projections. The types of stress used are physical exercise (bicycle, treadmill), atrial pacing or pharmacologic stimulation. In the latter, the catecholamine dobutamine has emerged as preferable to the vasodilators dipyridamole and adenosine. The diagnostic accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography is comparable to that of bicycle or treadmill exercise echocardiography, but dobutamine stress echocardiography is technically simpler and can be performed in patients unable to exercise. Its sensitivity in diagnosing ischemic or viable myocardium is comparable to that of nuclear methods, MRI or PET. In contrast to nuclear methods, stress echocardiography is however free of radiation. In the assessment of patients with coronary artery disease, stress echocardiography has been shown to be valuable for diagnosis, preoperative risk stratification and determination of prognosis. Furthermore, low dose dobutamine echocardiography can be used to detect viable myocardium. Despite these very promising aspects of the method, there are recognized disadvantages and limitations: stress echocardiography is very time-consuming and operator-dependent; its sensitivity correlates strongly with the number of studies performed; analysis of wall motion is performed qualitatively on a purely subjective level, and hence lacks the objectivity of a quantitative approach. These factors emphasize the need for intensive research to render stress echocardiographic analysis more objective. Automatic boundary detection of left ventricular endocardium, color-Doppler-based tissue imaging and three

  10. Pacing stress echocardiography

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    Agrusta Marco

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background High-rate pacing is a valid stress test to be used in conjunction with echocardiography; it is independent of physical exercise and does not require drug administration. There are two main applications of pacing stress in the echo lab: the noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease through induction of a regional transient dysfunction; and the assessment of contractile reserve through peak systolic pressure/ end-systolic volume relationship at increasing heart rates to assess global left ventricular contractility. Methods The pathophysiologic rationale of pacing stress for noninvasive detection of coronary artery disease is obvious, with the stress determined by a controlled increase in heart rate, which is a major determinant of myocardial oxygen demand, and thereby tachycardia may exceed a fixed coronary flow reserve in the presence of hemodynamically significant coronary artery disease. The use of pacing stress echo to assess left ventricular contractile reserve is less established, but promising. Positive inotropic interventions are mirrored by smaller end-systolic volumes and higher end-systolic pressures. An increased heart rate progressively increases the force of ventricular contraction (Bowditch treppe or staircase phenomenon. To build the force-frequency relationship, the force is determined at different heart rate steps as the ratio of the systolic pressure (cuff sphygmomanometer/end-systolic volume index (biplane Simpson rule. The heart rate is determined from ECG. Conclusion Two-dimensional echocardiography during pacing is a useful tool in the detection of coronary artery disease. Because of its safety and ease of repeatability noninvasive pacing stress echo can be the first-line stress test in patients with permanent pacemaker. The force-frequency can be defined as up- sloping (normal when the peak stress pacing systolic pressure/end-systolic volume index is higher than baseline and intermediate stress

  11. The Value of Contrast Echocardiography

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    Shannon C. Treiber

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: There is much evidence-based research proving the effectiveness of contrast echocardiography, but there are still questions and concerns about its specific uses. This study tested the effectiveness of contrast echocardiography in defining the left ventricular endocardial border. Methods: From 30 patients, a total of 60 echocardiograms –– 30 with and 30 without use of contrast –– were retrospectively reviewed by four blinded cardiologists with advanced training in echocardiography. No single cardiologist reviewed contrast and noncontrast images of the same patient. Each set of 30 echocardiograms was then studied for wall-motion scoring. Visualization of left ventricular wall segments and a global visualization confidence level of interpretation were recorded. Results: Of all wall segments (N = 510, 91% were visualized in echocardiograms with use of contrast, whereas 75% of the walls were visualized in echocardiograms without contrast (P < 0.001. Of 30 examinations, 17 contrast echocardiograms were read with high confidence compared to 6 without contrast use (P = 0.004. The number of walls visualized with contrast was increased in 18 patients (60%, whereas noncontrast echocardiograms yielded more visualized walls in 6 patients (20%, P = 0.002. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that contrast is valuable to echocardiographic imaging. Its use should be supported throughout echocardiography clinics and encouraged in certain patients for whom resting and stress echocardiography results without contrast often prove uninterpretable.

  12. 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.

  13. Pediatric echocardiography laboratory organization and clinical productivity.

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    Lai, Wyman W; Srivastava, Shubhika; Cohen, Meryl S; Frommelt, Peter C; Allada, Vivek

    2013-10-01

    The American Society of Echocardiography's Committee on Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity (C-PELP) was formed to study the organizational and productivity issues particular to academic pediatric echocardiography laboratories. After much deliberation, the committee chose studies per physician full-time equivalent per day --the average number of studies interpreted per day by a full-time echocardiography physician dedicated to the laboratory -as the primary measure of physician productivity. A survey was sent to 74 North American pediatric echocardiography laboratory directors. The aims of the survey were to (1) determine the annual laboratory volume and types of echocardiographic studies performed, (2) define the average number of studies performed by a pediatric cardiac sonographer in a year, (3) assess the productivity of echocardiography physicians, and (4) identify factors (programmatic or laboratory related) that affect clinical productivity. There were 54 responses to the C-PELP 2011 survey. The average number of studies per physician full-time equivalent per day was 15.0 + 4.5 (median, 13.8; range, 6.2 -27.1), and the average number of studies performed per year by a sonographer was 1,297 + 326 (median, 1,279; range 717 -2,475). These figures were not adjusted for case complexity, time requirement for transesophageal echocardiography, level of expertise, or availability of sonographer assistance. Moreover, the issues of study quality and accuracy were not addressed. The C-PELP 2011 survey gathered important information on the current organization and staffing of academic pediatric echocardiography laboratories, but the committee did not attempt to craft guidelines or recommendations on staffing requirements. The results of the survey, however, should provide a framework for additional investigation into the optimal structure and staffing of pediatric echocardiography laboratories. Copyright © 2013 American Society of Echocardiography

  14. The echocardiography of replacement heart valves

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    2016-01-01

    This is a practical description of how replacement valves are assessed using echocardiography. Normal transthoracic appearances including normal variants are described. The problem of differentiating normal function, patient–prosthesis mismatch and pathological obstruction in aortic replacement valves with high gradients is discussed. Obstruction and abnormal regurgitation is described for valves in the aortic, mitral and right-sided positions and when to use echocardiography in suspected infective endocarditis. The roles of transoesophageal and stress echocardiography are described and finally when other imaging techniques may be useful. PMID:27600454

  15. Fetal echocardiography in ectopia cordis.

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    Repondek-Liberska, M; Janiak, K; Wloch, A

    2000-01-01

    Ectopia cordis is an extremely rare congenital abnormality occurring in 5.5 to 7.9 per 1 million live births with high lethality. Between January 1995 and October 1997 eight cases of ectopia cordis were diagnosed at our institute before birth. On the basis of echocardiography the fetal heart anatomy was categorized as either normal heart anatomy (NHA; n = 3) or congenital heart defect (CHD; n = 5). In the majority of cases (seven of eight) other abnormalities were present. Some reports have described ectopia cordis being diagnosed in the first trimester of pregnancy. In our study group the average gestational age at diagnosis was 26 weeks. The prenatal diagnosis of isolated ectopia cordis is easy; counseling the patient, the perinatal management including term, place, and method of delivery, and optimal care of the newborn are more difficult. Ectopia cordis is a malformation that pediatricians rarely encounter, even at pediatric cardiology centers. Much more frequently it is a problem for sonographers and obstetricians; however, pediatric cardiologists should be aware of diagnostic algorithm for such cases, especially when additional abnormalities are present.

  16. Transoesophageal echocardiography during liver transplantation

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

    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 trans-plant 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 pro-cedures 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. More-over, 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.

  17. 2010 Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Society of Echocardiography Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competency in Adult Echocardiography.

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    Burwash, Ian G; Basmadjian, Arsene; Bewick, David; Choy, Jonathan B; Cujec, Bibiana; Jassal, Davinder S; MacKenzie, Scott; Nair, Parvathy; Rudski, Lawrence G; Yu, Eric; Tam, James W

    2011-01-01

    Guidelines for the provision of echocardiography in Canada were jointly developed and published by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Canadian Society of Echocardiography in 2005. Since their publication, recognition of the importance of echocardiography to patient care has increased, along with the use of focused, point-of-care echocardiography by physicians of diverse clinical backgrounds and variable training. New guidelines for physician training and maintenance of competence in adult echocardiography were required to ensure that physicians providing either focused, point-of-care echocardiography or comprehensive echocardiography are appropriately trained and proficient in their use of echocardiography. In addition, revision of the guidelines was required to address technological advances and the desire to standardize echocardiography training across the country to facilitate the national recognition of a physician's expertise in echocardiography. This paper summarizes the new Guidelines for Physician Training and Maintenance of Competency in Adult Echocardiography, which are considerably more comprehensive than earlier guidelines and address many important issues not previously covered. These guidelines provide a blueprint for physician training despite different clinical backgrounds and help standardize physician training and training programs across the country. Adherence to the guidelines will ensure that physicians providing echocardiography have acquired sufficient expertise required for their specific practice. The document will also provide a framework for other national societies to standardize their training programs in echocardiography and will provide a benchmark by which competency in adult echocardiography may be measured.

  18. Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Valvular Heart Disease.

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    Kurklinsky, Andrew; Mankad, Sunil

    2012-01-01

    Recent technologic advances in 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography, using parallel processing to scan a pyramidal volume, have allowed for a superior ability to describe valvular anatomy using both transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. Although still in evolution and at an early phase of adaptation with respect to its clinical application, 3D echocardiography has emerged as an important clinical tool in the assessment of valvular heart disease. Three-dimensional echocardiography provides unique perspectives of valvular structures by presenting "en face" views of valvular structures, allowing for a better understanding of the topographical aspects of pathology, and a refined definition of the spatial relationships of intracardiac structures. Three-dimensional echocardiography makes available indices not described by 2D echocardiography and has been demonstrated to be superior to 2D echocardiography in a variety of valvular disease scenarios. The information gained from 3D echocardiography has especially made an impact in guiding clinical decisions in the evaluation of mitral valve (MV) disease. The decision of early surgery in degenerative MV disease is based on the suitability of repair, and the suitability of repair is generally based on echocardiography. The superior understanding of MV anatomy afforded by 3D echocardiography has been shown to be quite valuable in this setting. This review will describe the contemporary use of 3D echocardiography in the assessment of valvular heart disease, including MV, aortic, tricuspid, and prosthetic valve abnormalities. This article illustrates how 3D echocardiography can complement current echocardiography techniques in the management of valvular heart disease.

  19. Advanced techniques in echocardiography in small animals.

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    Chetboul, Valérie

    2010-07-01

    Transthoracic echocardiography has become a major imaging tool for the diagnosis and management of canine and feline cardiovascular diseases. During the last decade, more recent advances in ultrasound technology with the introduction of newer imaging modalities, such as tissue Doppler imaging, strain and strain rate imaging, and 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, have provided new parameters to assess myocardial performance, including regional myocardial velocities and deformation, ventricular twist, and mechanical synchrony. An outline of these 4 recent ultrasound techniques, their impact on the understanding of right and left ventricular function in small animals, and their application in research and clinical settings are given in this article.

  20. Three-dimensional echocardiography in valve disease.

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    Colombo, Chiara; Tamborini, Gloria; Pepi, Mauro; Alimento, Marina; Fiorentini, Cesare

    2007-01-01

    This review covers the role of three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography in the diagnosis of heart valve disease. Several factors have contributed to the evolution of this technique, which is currently a simple and routine method: rapid evolution in probe and computer technologies, demonstration that 3D data sets allowed more complete and accurate evaluation of cardiac structures, emerging clinical experience indicating the strong potential particularly in valve diseases, volume and function of the two ventricle measurements and several other fields. This report will review current and future applications of 3D echocardiography in mitral, aortic and tricuspid valve diseases underlying both qualitative (morphologic) and quantitative advantages of this technique.

  1. Simulation for transthoracic echocardiography of aortic valve

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    Nanda, Navin C.; Kapur, K. K.; Kapoor, Poonam Malhotra

    2016-01-01

    Simulation allows interactive transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) learning using a virtual three-dimensional model of the heart and may aid in the acquisition of the cognitive and technical skills needed to perform TTE. The ability to link probe manipulation, cardiac anatomy, and echocardiographic images using a simulator has been shown to be an effective model for training anesthesiology residents in transesophageal echocardiography. A proposed alternative to real-time reality patient-based learning is simulation-based training that allows anesthesiologists to learn complex concepts and procedures, especially for specific structures such as aortic valve. PMID:27397455

  2. Automated analysis of 3D echocardiography

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    Stralen, Marijn van

    2009-01-01

    In this thesis we aim at automating the analysis of 3D echocardiography, mainly targeting the functional analysis of the left ventricle. Manual analysis of these data is cumbersome, time-consuming and is associated with inter-observer and inter-institutional variability. Methods for reconstruction o

  3. Dynamic 3D echocardiography in virtual reality.

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    A.E. van den Bosch (Annemien); A.H.J. Koning (Anton); F.J. Meijboom (Folkert); J.S. McGhie (Jackie); M.L. Simoons (Maarten); P.J. van der Spek (Peter); A.J.J.C. Bogers (Ad)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND: This pilot study was performed to evaluate whether virtual reality is applicable for three-dimensional echocardiography and if three-dimensional echocardiographic 'holograms' have the potential to become a clinically useful tool. METHODS: Three-dimensional echocardiographic d

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Dobutamine stress echocardiography: a review and update

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    Gilstrap LG

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Lauren Gray Gilstrap,1 R Sacha Bhatia,2 Rory B Weiner,3 David M Dudzinski3 1Division of Cardiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; 2Institute for Health Systems Solutions, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; 3Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Stress echocardiography is a noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic test that provides functional and hemodynamic information in the assessment of a number of cardiac diseases. Performing stress echocardiography with a pharmacologic agent such as dobutamine allows for simulation of increased heart rate and increased myocardial physiologic demands in patients who may be unable to exercise due to musculoskeletal or pulmonary comorbidities. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE, like exercise echocardiography, has found its primary application in ischemic heart disease, with roles in identification of obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease, detection of viable myocardium, and assessment of the efficacy of anti-ischemic medical therapy in patients with known coronary artery disease. DSE features prominently in the evaluation and management of valvular heart disease by helping to assess the effects of mitral and aortic stenoses, as well as a specific use in differentiating true severe valvular aortic stenosis from pseudostenosis that may occur in the setting of left ventricular systolic dysfunction. DSE is generally well tolerated, and its side effects and contraindications generally relate to consequences of excess inotropic and/or chronotropic stimulation of the heart. The aim of this paper is to review the indications, contraindications, advantages, disadvantages, and risks of DSE. Keywords: stress echocardiography, dobutamine, coronary artery disease, myocardial ischemia

  7. Speckle Tracking Imaging in Normal Stress Echocardiography.

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    Leitman, Marina; Tyomkin, Vladimir; Peleg, Eli; Zyssman, Izhak; Rosenblatt, Simcha; Sucher, Edgar; Gercenshtein, Vered; Vered, Zvi

    2017-04-01

    Exercise stress echocardiography is a widely used modality for the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with coronary artery disease. During the last decade, speckle tracking imaging has been used increasingly for accurate evaluation of cardiac function. This work aimed to assess speckle-tracking imaging parameters during nonischemic exercise stress echocardiography. During 2011 to 2014 we studied 46 patients without history of coronary artery disease, who completed exercise stress echocardiography protocol, had normal left ventricular function, a nonischemic response, and satisfactory image quality. These exams were analyzed with speckle-tracking imaging software at rest and at peak exercise. Peak strain and time-to-peak strain were measured at rest and after exercise. Clinical follow-up included a telephone contact 1 to 3 years after stress echo exam, confirming freedom from coronary events during this time. Global and regional peak strain increased following exercise. Time-to-peak global and regional strain and time-to-peak strain adjusted to the heart rate were significantly shorter in all segments after exercise. Rest-to-stress ratio of time-to-peak strain adjusted to the heart rate was 2.0 to 2.8. Global and regional peak strain rise during normal exercise echocardiography. Peak global and regional strain occur before or shortly after aortic valve closure at rest and after exercise, and the delay is more apparent at the basal segments. Time-to-peak strain normally shortens significantly during exercise; after adjustment to heart rate it shortens by a ratio of 2.0 to 2.8. These data may be useful for interpretation of future exercise stress speckle-tracking echocardiography studies. © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  8. Artifacts in three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Faletra, Francesco Fulvio; Ramamurthi, Alamelu; Dequarti, Maria Cristina; Leo, Laura Anna; Moccetti, Tiziano; Pandian, Natesa

    2014-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is subject to the same types of artifacts encountered on two-dimensional TEE. However, when displayed in a 3D format, some of the artifacts appear more "realistic," whereas others are unique to image acquisition and postprocessing. Three-dimensional TEE is increasingly used in the setting of percutaneous catheter-based interventions and ablation procedures, and 3D artifacts caused by the metallic components of catheters and devices are particularly frequent. Knowledge of these artifacts is of paramount relevance to avoid misinterpretation of 3D images. Although artifacts and pitfalls on two-dimensional echocardiography are well described and classified, a systematic description of artifacts in 3D transesophageal echocardiographic images and how they affect 3D imaging is still absent. The aim of this review is to describe the most relevant artifacts on 3D TEE, with particular emphasis on those occurring during percutaneous interventions for structural heart disease and ablation procedures.

  9. Exercise echocardiography for structural heart disease.

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    Izumo, Masaki; Akashi, Yoshihiro J

    2016-03-01

    Since the introduction of transcatheter structural heart intervention, the term "structural heart disease" has been widely used in the field of cardiology. Structural heart disease refers to congenital heart disease, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. In structural heart disease, valvular heart disease is frequently identified in the elderly. Of note, the number of patients who suffer from aortic stenosis (AS) and mitral regurgitation (MR) is increasing in developed countries because of the aging of the populations. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement and percutaneous mitral valve repair has been widely used for AS and MR, individually. Echocardiography is the gold standard modality for initial diagnosis and subsequent evaluation of AS and MR, although the difficulties in assessing patients with these diseases still remain. Here, we review the clinical usefulness and prognostic impact of exercise echocardiography on structural heart disease, particularly on AS and MR.

  10. Application of Contrast Echocardiography in Invasive Cardiology

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    Mustafa Bulut

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Contrast echocardiography by rendering better imaging of the borders of cardiac chambers is a useful tool for evaluating cardiac function, mass, myocardial vascularization, microvascular structure (small vessel vasculature and viability. Contrast was first started to be used for patients with suboptimal image quality. It can be used in detecting defects in myocardial blood supply in patients with chest pain and determining the success of interventionalprocedures. It can also be of help in demonstrating myocardial viability after reperfusion treatment in patients who had myocardial infarction. It is expected to be used more widely in invasive cardiology for decision making, guiding and determining the success of the procedures. Advances in imaging techniques , development of contrast materials for evaluation of left system, contrast echocardiography may become a routine clinical practice.

  11. Simulation-based training in echocardiography.

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    Biswas, Monodeep; Patel, Rajendrakumar; German, Charles; Kharod, Anant; Mohamed, Ahmed; Dod, Harvinder S; Kapoor, Poonam Malhotra; Nanda, Navin C

    2016-10-01

    The knowledge gained from echocardiography is paramount for the clinician in diagnosing, interpreting, and treating various forms of disease. While cardiologists traditionally have undergone training in this imaging modality during their fellowship, many other specialties are beginning to show interest as well, including intensive care, anesthesia, and primary care trainees, in both transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography. Advances in technology have led to the development of simulation programs accessible to trainees to help gain proficiency in the nuances of obtaining quality images, in a low stress, pressure free environment, often with a functioning ultrasound probe and mannequin that can mimic many of the pathologies seen in living patients. Although there are various training simulation programs each with their own benefits and drawbacks, it is clear that these programs are a powerful tool in educating the trainee and likely will lead to improved patient outcomes. © 2016, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Echocardiography diagnosis of myocardial infarction complications

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    N.D. Oryshchyn

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Diagnosis and management of myocardial infarction complications are discussed in this article. These complications are associated with high level of mortality and surgery is a main treatment method. High level of suspicion and early diagnosis are essential for appropriate treatment and improvement of prognosis. Echocardiography is a main diagnostic method. Analysis of literature about contemporary management of mechanical complications of myocardial infarction has been performed, case reports are presented.

  13. Application of Contrast Echocardiography in Invasive Cardiology

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    2010-01-01

    Contrast echocardiography by rendering better imaging of the borders of cardiac chambers is a useful tool for evaluating cardiac function, mass, myocardial vascularization, microvascular structure (small vessel vasculature) and viability. Contrast was first started to be used for patients with suboptimal image quality. It can be used in detecting defects in myocardial blood supply in patients with chest pain and determining the success of interventionalprocedures. It can also be of help in de...

  14. Dobutamine stress echocardiography: a review and update

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    Gilstrap LG; Bhatia RS; Weiner RB; Dudzinski DM

    2014-01-01

    Lauren Gray Gilstrap,1 R Sacha Bhatia,2 Rory B Weiner,3 David M Dudzinski3 1Division of Cardiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; 2Institute for Health Systems Solutions, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; 3Cardiology Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA Abstract: Stress echocardiography is a noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic test that provides functional and hemodynamic information in the assessment of a number of cardiac...

  15. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2014-01-01

    of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care. In this document, we describe the practical applications of echocardiography in patients with acute cardiac conditions, in particular with acute chest pain, acute heart failure, suspected cardiac tamponade, complications of myocardial infarction, acute valvular heart...... disease including endocarditis, acute disease of the ascending aorta and post-intervention complications. Specific issues regarding echocardiography in other acute cardiovascular care scenarios are also described....

  16. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2015-01-01

    of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care. In this document, we describe the practical applications of echocardiography in patients with acute cardiac conditions, in particular with acute chest pain, acute heart failure, suspected cardiac tamponade, complications of myocardial infarction, acute valvular heart...... disease including endocarditis, acute disease of the ascending aorta and post-intervention complications. Specific issues regarding echocardiography in other acute cardiovascular care scenarios are also described....

  17. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2015-01-01

    of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care. In this document, we describe the practical applications of echocardiography in patients with acute cardiac conditions, in particular with acute chest pain, acute heart failure, suspected cardiac tamponade, complications of myocardial infarction, acute valvular heart...... disease including endocarditis, acute disease of the ascending aorta and post-intervention complications. Specific issues regarding echocardiography in other acute cardiac care scenarios are also described....

  18. Echocardiography as a Research and Clinical Tool in Veterinary Medicine

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    Allen, D G

    1982-01-01

    Echocardiography is the accepted term for the study of cardiac ultrasound. Although a relatively new tool for the study of the heart in man it has already found wide acceptance in the area of cardiac research and in the study of clinical cardiac disease. Animals had often been used in the early experiments with cardiac ultrasound, but only recently has echocardiography been used as a research and clinical tool in veterinary medicine. In this report echocardiography is used in the research of ...

  19. Recent advances in echocardiography for nuclear medicine physician

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    Hong, Geu Ru; Shin, Dong Gu [Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-10-15

    Echocardiography is one of the most frequently used techniques for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases. Over the last twenty years, technological advances have enabled the application of high-quality imaging. Important recent developments have occurred in echocardiography that are already being used clinically. Equipment and hardware is now available to produce real time three-dimensional and contrast enhanced imaging. Tissue Doppler and stress echocardiography have provided potential benefit to analyze hemodynamic information of heart. This review discusses each of these new developments and their potential impact on the practice of echocardiography and cardiology in general.

  20. Echocardiography is dispensable in uncomplicated Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia

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    Khatib, Riad; Sharma, Mamta

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    Current Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) practice guidelines stratify treatment duration according to the likelihood of complications and recommend transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in all cases...

  1. Predicting and measuring fluid responsiveness with echocardiography

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    Ashley Miller

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Echocardiography is ideally suited to guide fluid resuscitation in critically ill patients. It can be used to assess fluid responsiveness by looking at the left ventricle, aortic outflow, inferior vena cava and right ventricle. Static measurements and dynamic variables based on heart–lung interactions all combine to predict and measure fluid responsiveness and assess response to intravenous fluid esuscitation. Thorough knowledge of these variables, the physiology behind them and the pitfalls in their use allows the echocardiographer to confidently assess these patients and in combination with clinical judgement manage them appropriately.

  2. Therapeutic implications of transesophageal echocardiography after transthoracic echocardiography on acute stroke patients

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    Tiago Tribolet de Abreu

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Tiago Tribolet de Abreu, Sonia Mateus, Cecilia Carreteiro, Jose CorreiaLaboratorio de Ultrasonografia Cardiaca e Neurovascular, Hospital do Espirito Santo-Evora, E. P. E., PortugalBackground: The role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in the evaluation of acute stroke patients is still ill-defined. We conducted a prospective observational study to find the prevalence of TEE findings that indicate anticoagulation as beneficial, in acute ischemic stroke patients without indication for anticoagulation based on clinical, electrocardiographic and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE findings.Methods: We prospectively studied all patients referred to our laboratory for TTE and TEE. Patients were excluded if the diagnosis was not acute ischemic stroke or if they had an indication for anticoagulation based on clinical, electrocardiographic, or TTE data. Patients with TEE findings that might indicate anticoagulation as beneficial were identified.Results: A total of 84 patients with acute ischemic stroke and without indication for anticoagulation based on clinical and electrocardiographic or TTE data were included in the study. Findings indicating anticoagulation as beneficial were found in 32.1%: spontaneous echo contrast (1.2%, complex aortic atheroma (27.4%, thrombus (8.3%, and simultaneous patent foramen ovale and atrial septal aneurysm (2.4%.Conclusions: The results of our study show that TEE can have therapy implications in 32.1% of ischemic stroke patients in sinus rhythm and with TTE with no indication for anticoagulation.Keywords: acute ischemic stroke, transesophageal echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography, therapy

  3. Transesophageal echocardiography: Instrumentation and system controls

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    Mahesh Prabhu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a semi-invasive, monitoring and diagnostic tool, which is used in the perioperative management of cardiac surgical and hemodynamically unstable patients. The low degree of invasiveness and the capacity to visualize and assimilate dynamic information that can change the course of the patient management is an important advantage of TEE. Although TEE is reliable, comprehensive, credible, and cost-effective, it must be performed by a trained echocardiographer who understands the indications and the potential complications of the procedure, and has the ability to achieve proper acquisition and interpretation of the echocardiographic data. Adequate knowledge of the physics of ultrasound and the TEE machine controls is imperative to optimize image quality, reduce artifacts, and prevent misinterpretation of diagnosis. Two-dimensional (2D and Motion (M mode imaging are used for obtaining anatomical information, while Doppler and Color Flow imaging are used for information on blood flow. 3D technology enables us to view the cardiac structures from different perspectives. Despite the recent advances of 3D TEE, a sharp, optimized 2D image is pivotal for the reconstruction. This article describes the relevant underlying physical principles of ultrasound and focuses on a systematic approach to instrumentation and use of controls in the practical use of transesophageal echocardiography.

  4. A novel platform device for rodent echocardiography.

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    Kutschka, Ingo; Sheikh, Ahmad Y; Sista, Ramachandra; Hendry, Stephen L; Chun, Hyung J; Hoyt, Grant; Kutschka, Werner; Pelletier, Marc P; Quertermous, Tom; Wu, Joseph C; Robbins, Robert C

    2007-06-06

    Acquisition of echocardiographic data from rodents is subject to wide variability due to variations in technique. We hypothesize that a dedicated imaging platform can aid in standardization of technique and improve the quality of images obtained. We constructed a device consisting of a boom-mounted steel platform frame (25 x 35 x 3 cm) on which a transparent polyethylene membrane is mounted. The animal is placed onto the membrane and receives continual inhaled anesthesia via an integrated port. The membrane allows for probe positioning from beneath the animal to obtain standard echo-views in left lateral decubitus or prone positions. The frame can be set at any desired angle ranging from 0 to 360 degrees along either the long or short axis. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 5) underwent echocardiography (General Electric, Vivid 7, 14 MHz) using the platform. The device allowed for optimal positioning of animals for a variety of standard echocardiographic measurements. Evaluations among all animals showed minimal variability between two different operators and time points. We tested the feasibility of the device for supporting the assessment of cardiac function in a disease model by evaluating a separate cohort of adult male spontaneously hypertensive rats (n = 5) that underwent left anterior descending coronary artery ligation. Serial echocardiography demonstrated statistically significant decreases of fractional shortening and ejection fraction (p rats. Future studies will focus on improving this technology to allow for standardized high-throughput echocardiographic analysis in small animal models of disease.

  5. Generalized tetany: an unusual complication during dobutamine stress echocardiography.

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    Abbas, Amr E; Loftis, Rochelle; Lester, Steven J; Crawford, Michael B; Appleton, Christopher P

    2002-11-01

    Dobutamine stress echocardiography is a frequently used noninvasive method for the evaluation of inducible myocardial ischemia, myocardial viability, and preoperative cardiac risk. Although its clinical safety has been validated, side effects and complications especially with the coadministration of atropine can occur. We report a case of generalized tetany in a 49-year-old woman undergoing dobutamine stress echocardiography.

  6. Advanced quantitative echocardiography in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

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    Kjaergaard, Jesper; Hastrup Svendsen, Jesper; Sogaard, Peter

    2007-01-01

    of global and regional function, but the diagnostic potential remains to be assessed. METHODS: Twenty patients with previously established ARVC were evaluated by 3-dimensional echocardiography and DTI, and compared with 32 age- and sex-matched control subjects. RESULTS: Using 3-dimensional echocardiography...

  7. Color M-mode and pulsed wave tissue Doppler echocardiography

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    Møller, J E; Søndergaard, E; Poulsen, S H;

    2001-01-01

    To assess the association between color M-mode flow propagation velocity and the early diastolic mitral annular velocity (E(m)) obtained with tissue Doppler echocardiography and to assess the prognostic implications of the indexes, echocardiography was performed on days 1 and 5, and 1 and 3 months...

  8. Automated analysis of three-dimensional stress echocardiography

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    K.Y.E. Leung (Esther); M. van Stralen (Marijn); M.G. Danilouchkine (Mikhail); G. van Burken (Gerard); M.L. Geleijnse (Marcel); J.H.C. Reiber (Johan); N. de Jong (Nico); A.F.W. van der Steen (Ton); J.G. Bosch (Johan)

    2011-01-01

    textabstractReal-time three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound imaging has been proposed as an alternative for two-dimensional stress echocardiography for assessing myocardial dysfunction and underlying coronary artery disease. Analysis of 3D stress echocardiography is no simple task and requires considera

  9. Advances in the Evaluation of Cardiovascular Function by Echocardiography

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    A. Nemes (Attila)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of this thesis was to study the advances in the evaluation of cardiovascular function by 2D and real-time 3D stress echocardiography and vascular stiffness measurements. Stress echocardiography is a widely used non-invasive stress modality for the detection of coronary artery dis

  10. MODERN POSSIBILITIES OF SPECKLE TRACKING ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

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    V. S. Nikiforov

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Speckle-tracking echocardiography is promising modern technique for evaluation of structural and functional changes in the myocardium. It evaluates the indicator of global longitudinal myocardial deformation, which is more sensitive than ejection fraction to early changes of left ventricular contractility. The diagnostic capabilities of speckle tracking echocardiography are reflected in clinical recommendations and consensus statements of European Society of Cardiology (ESC, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI and American Society of Echocardiography (ASE. The aim of this paper is describe basic principles of speckle tracking echocardiography and clinical applications of this new technology. Attention is paid to the use of speckle tracking echocardiography in such heart pathologies as heart failure, coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction, left ventricular hypertrophy in arterial hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and amyloidosis of the heart, valvular heart disease, constrictive pericarditis and cancer therapy-induced cardiotoxicity.

  11. Application of Echocardiography on Transgenic Mice with Cardiomyopathies

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    G. Chen

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiomyopathies are common cardiac disorders that primarily affect cardiac muscle resulting in cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Transgenic mouse disease models have been developed to investigate the cellular mechanisms underlying heart failure and sudden cardiac death observed in cardiomyopathy cases and to explore the therapeutic outcomes in experimental animals in vivo. Echocardiography is an essential diagnostic tool for accurate and noninvasive assessment of cardiac structure and function in experimental animals. Our laboratory has been among the first to apply high-frequency research echocardiography on transgenic mice with cardiomyopathies. In this work, we have summarized our and other studies on assessment of systolic and diastolic dysfunction using conventional echocardiography, pulsed Doppler, and tissue Doppler imaging in transgenic mice with various cardiomyopathies. Estimation of embryonic mouse hearts has been performed as well using this high-resolution echocardiography. Some technical considerations in mouse echocardiography have also been discussed.

  12. Stress echocardiography in patients with morbid obesity

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    Benoy N Shah

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The incidence of significant obesity is rising across the globe. These patients often have a clustering of cardiovascular risk factors and are frequently referred for noninvasive cardiac imaging tests. Stress echocardiography (SE is widely used for assessment of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD, but its clinical utility in morbidly obese patients (in whom image quality may suffer due to body habitus has been largely unknown. The recently published Stress Ultrasonography in Morbid Obesity (SUMO study has shown that SE, when performed appropriately with ultrasound contrast agents (whether performed with physiological or pharmacological stress, has excellent feasibility and appropriately risk stratifies morbidly obese patients, including identification of patients who require revascularization. This article reviews the evidence supporting the use of echocardiographic techniques in morbidly obese patients for assessment of known or suspected CAD and briefly discusses other noninvasive modalities, including magnetic resonance and nuclear techniques, comparing and contrasting these techniques against SE.

  13. Atherosclerotic Aortic Plaques Detected by Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    赵云; 朱文玲; 倪超; 郭丽琳; 曾勇; 方理刚

    2002-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the predictive value of atherosclerotic aortic plaques in coronary artery disease (CAD) Methods In 50patients with suspected coronary artery disease, transesophageal echocardiography was performed to examine their thoracic aortas 2 weeks before or after coronary angiography. In the cases of coronary angiography studied, stenosis of the coronary artery ≥ 50 % was considered to be due to coronary artery disease,whereas the thickness of the intima ≥ 1.3 mm was taken to be the criteria for the presence of an atherosclerotic aortic plaque on the transesophageal echocardiographic test. Results Among the 50 patients, 37 cases were diagnosed as CAD and 13 cases were considered to be normal. The plaques of the thoracic aorta were observed in 34cases in the CAD group and 3 cases in the normal group. The sensitivity and specificity of aortic plaques for CAD were 91.9 % and 76.9%, respectively. The positive and negative predictive values of the aortic plaques for CAD were 91.9% and 76.9%, respectively. The accuracy was 88.0%. 80 percent of the patients with single- yes sel disease had thoracic aortic plaques, 92 percent of the patients with two-vessel disease and 100 percent of the patients with three-vessel disease had thoracic aortic plaques. There was a significant difference in the thickness of aortic intimas between the normal group and the CAD group. Conclusions Detectingatherosclerotic plaques in the thoracic aorta with transesophageal echocardiography may be of great value in predicting the presence and extent of coronary artery disease.

  14. Clinical assessment of transthoracic echocardiography skills: a generalizability study

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    Nielsen, Dorte Guldbrand; O'Neill, Lotte; Jensen, Signe

    2015-01-01

    Context: Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a widely used cardiac imaging technique that all cardiologists should be able to perform competently. Traditionally, TTE competence has been assessed by unstructured observation or in test situations separated from daily clinical practice. An objec...

  15. Intra-cardiac echocardiography in alcohol septal ablation

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    Cooper, Robert M; Shahzad, Adeel; Newton, James;

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    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 b...

  16. Trans-esophageal echocardiography for tricuspid and pulmonary valves

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    Prabhu Mahesh

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography has been shown to provide unique information about cardiac anatomy, function, hemodynamics and blood flow and is relatively easy to perform with a low risk of complications. Echocardiographic evaluation of the tricuspid and pulmonary valves can be achieved with two-dimensional and Doppler imaging. Transesophageal echocardiography of these valves is more challenging because of their complex structure and their relative distance from the esophagus. Two-dimensional echocardiography allows an accurate visualization of the cardiac chambers and valves and their motion during the cardiac cycle. Doppler echocardiography is the most commonly used diagnostic technique for detecting and evaluating valvular regurgitation. The lack of good quality evidence makes it difficult to recommend a validated quantitative approach but expert consensus recommends a clinically useful qualitative approach. This review ennumerates probe placement, recommended cross-sectional views, flow patterns, quantitative equations including the clinical approach to the noninvasive quantification of both stenotic and regurgitant lesions.

  17. Speckle tracking echocardiography in acute lupus myocarditis: comparison to conventional echocardiography

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    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Lupus myocarditis occurs in 5–10% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE. No single feature is diagnostic of lupus myocarditis. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE can detect subclinical left ventricular dysfunction in SLE patients, with limited research on its utility in clinical lupus myocarditis. We report on STE in comparison to conventional echocardiography in patients with clinical lupus myocarditis. Methods and results: A retrospective study was done at a tertiary referral hospital in South Africa. SLE patients with lupus myocarditis were included and compared to healthy controls. Echocardiographic images were reanalyzed, including global longitudinal strain through STE. A poor echocardiographic outcome was defined as final left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF <40%. 28 SLE patients fulfilled the criteria. Global longitudinal strain correlated with global (LVEF: r = −0.808; P = 0.001 and regional (wall motion score: r = 0.715; P < 0.001 function. In patients presenting with a LVEF ≥50%, global longitudinal strain (P = 0.023, wall motion score (P = 0.005 and diastolic function (P = 0.004 were significantly impaired vs controls. Following treatment, LVEF (35–47% (P = 0.023 and wall motion score (1.88–1.5 (P = 0.017 improved but not global longitudinal strain. Initial LVEF (34%; P = 0.046 and global longitudinal strain (−9.5%; P = 0.095 were lower in patients with a final LVEF <40%. Conclusions: This is the first known report on STE in a series of patients with clinical lupus myocarditis. Global longitudinal strain correlated with regional and global left ventricular function. Global longitudinal strain, wall motion score and diastolic parameters may be more sensitive markers of lupus myocarditis in patients presenting with a preserved LVEF ≥50%. A poor initial LVEF and global longitudinal strain were associated with a persistent LVEF <40%. Echocardiography is a non-invasive tool with diagnostic and

  18. Avoiding transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography for patients with variable body mass indexes in infective endocarditis

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    Robert Sogomonian

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Echocardiography has been a popular modality used to aid in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE with the modified Duke criteria. We evaluated the necessity between the uses of either a transthoracic echocardiography (TTE or transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in patients with a body mass index (BMI greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 and less than 25 kg/m2. Methods: A single-centered, retrospective study of 198 patients between 2005 and 2012 diagnosed with IE based on modified Duke criteria. Patients, required to be above age 18, had undergone an echocardiogram study and had blood cultures to be included in the study. Results: Among 198 patients, two echocardiographic groups were evaluated as 158 patients obtained a TTE, 143 obtained a TEE, and 103 overlapped with TEE and TTE. Out of these patients, 167 patients were included in the study as 109 (65% were discovered to have native valve vegetations on TEE and 58 (35% with TTE. TTE findings were compared with TEE results for true negatives and positives to isolate valvular vegetations. Overall sensitivity of TTE was calculated to be 67% with a specificity of 93%. Patients were further divided into two groups with the first group having a BMI ≥25 kg/m2 and the subsequent group with a BMI <25 kg/m2. Patients with a BMI ≥25 kg/m2 who underwent a TTE study had a sensitivity and specificity of 54 and 92%, respectively. On the contrary, patients with a BMI < 25 kg/m2 had a TTE sensitivity and specificity of 78 and 95%, respectively. Conclusions: Patients with a BMI <25 kg/m2 and a negative TTE should refrain from further diagnostic studies, with TEE strong clinical judgment is warranted. Patients with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 may proceed directly to TEE as the initial study, possibly avoiding an additional study with a TTE.

  19. Dobutamine stress echocardiography in healthy adult male rats

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    Couet Jacques; Roussel Élise; Drolet Marie-Claude; Lachance Dominic; Plante Eric; Arsenault Marie

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background Dobutamine stress echocardiography is used to investigate a wide variety of heart diseases in humans. Dobutamine stress echocardiography has also been used in animal models of heart disease despite the facts that the normal response of healthy rat hearts to this type of pharmacological stress testing is unknown. This study was performed to assess this normal response. Methods 15 normal adult male Wistar rats were evaluated. Increasing doses of dobutamine were infused intra...

  20. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transesophageal echocardiography

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    Ajay Kumar Jha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Improved cosmetic appearance, reduced pain and duration of post-operative stay have intensified the popularity of minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICS; however, the increased risk of stroke remains a concern. In conventional cardiac surgery, surgeons can visualize and feel the cardiac structures directly, which is not possible with MICS. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is essential during MICS in detecting problems that require immediate correction. Comprehensive evaluation of the cardiac structures and function helps in the confirmation of not only the definitive diagnosis, but also the success of surgical treatment. Venous and aortic cannulations are not under the direct vision of the surgeon and appropriate positioning of the cannulae is not possible during MICS without the aid of TEE. Intra-operative TEE helps in the navigation of the guide wire and correct placement of the cannulae and allows real-time assessment of valvular pathologies, ventricular filling, ventricular function, intracardiac air, weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass and adequacy of the surgical procedure. Early detection of perioperative complications by TEE potentially enhances the post-operative outcome of patients managed with MICS.

  1. Biplane transesophageal echocardiography in the normal cat.

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    Kienle, R D; Thomas, W P; Rishniw, M

    1997-01-01

    Eight healthy, adult cats were examined with biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Cats were sedated with a combination of diazepam and propofol and were examined using a 5 mm x 80 cm pediatric biplane TEE probe. Consistent images were obtained at three imaging depths within the esophagus. The caudal position provided satisfactory short-axis images of the left ventricle and heart base. The middle position provided the best long-axis views of the left atrium, left ventricle, and aorta and allowed Doppler examination of transmitral left ventricular inflow. The cranial position provided satisfactory imaging of the aorta and pulmonary artery and allowed Doppler examination of right ventricular and left ventricular outflow. Biplane TEE provides an additional method of imaging the feline heart which is complimentary to other imaging techniques and the images obtained were similar to those reported for dogs. Although TEE offers a slight advantage over transthorcic imaging for Doppler examination, the quality of the images of heart base structures was not as consistently superior to transthoracic images in cats as reported in dogs.

  2. Transoesophageal echocardiography: What a neuroanaesthesiologist should know?

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    Minati Choudhury

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    Full Text Available Transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a semi invasive imaging modality rapidly gained credence and popularity in the cardiothoracic centers worldwide by mid 1990s. It has also been found to be useful in some noncardiac surgical procedures, in particular in the management of neurosurgical patients and haemodynamically unstable patients in intensive care units (ICUs. The principal goal of basic transoesophageal echocardiographic examination encompass a broad range of anatomic imaging including the diagnosis of air embolism, causes of haemodynamic instability, ventricular size and function, volume status, and complications from invasive procedures, as well as the clinical impact or etiology of pulmonary dysfunction in ICU. TEE is relatively cheap and semi-invasive, but it should not be used as a stand-alone device but as a tool which provides data in addition to the data acquired from other forms of monitoring. The establishment of TEE in perioperative neuro anaesthetic care though recent, may result in a significant change in the role of the anaesthetsiologist who, using TEE can provide new information which may change the course and the outcome of surgical procedures.

  3. Echocardiography in chronic liver disease: systematic review.

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    Mota, Vitor Gomes; Markman Filho, Brivaldo

    2013-04-01

    Doppler echocardiography (Echo) is a non-invasive method of excellent accuracy to screen portopulmonary hypertension (PPH) and to assess intrapulmonary shunts (IPS) in chronic liver disease (CLD). In the past decade, Echo proved to play a fundamental role in the diagnosis of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy (CCM). To perform a systematic review of relevant articles on the subject 'Echo in CLD'. In November 2011, a systematic review was performed in the PubMed, LILACS and SciELO databases, and the characteristics of the studies selected were reported. The search based on descriptors and free terms obtained 204 articles (179 in Pubmed, 21 in LILACS, and 1 in SciELO). Of those 204 articles, 22 were selected for systematic review. A meta-analysis could not be performed because of the heterogeneity of the articles. Echo should be part of CLD stratification for screening PPH, IPS and CCM, because, most of the time, such complications are diagnosed only when patients are already waiting for a liver transplant.

  4. Dynamic 3D echocardiography in virtual reality

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background This pilot study was performed to evaluate whether virtual reality is applicable for three-dimensional echocardiography and if three-dimensional echocardiographic 'holograms' have the potential to become a clinically useful tool. Methods Three-dimensional echocardiographic data sets from 2 normal subjects and from 4 patients with a mitral valve pathological condition were included in the study. The three-dimensional data sets were acquired with the Philips Sonos 7500 echo-system and transferred to the BARCO (Barco N.V., Kortrijk, Belgium I-space. Ten independent observers assessed the 6 three-dimensional data sets with and without mitral valve pathology. After 10 minutes' instruction in the I-Space, all of the observers could use the virtual pointer that is necessary to create cut planes in the hologram. Results The 10 independent observers correctly assessed the normal and pathological mitral valve in the holograms (analysis time approximately 10 minutes. Conclusion this report shows that dynamic holographic imaging of three-dimensional echocardiographic data is feasible. However, the applicability and use-fullness of this technology in clinical practice is still limited.

  5. 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-μs pulses of 1.7 Mechanical Index. Two relatively high doses (500 μl/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.

  6. Usefulness and limitations of transthoracic echocardiography in heart transplantation recipients

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Transthoracic echocardiography is a primary non-invasive modality for investigation of heart transplant recipients. It is a versatile tool which provides comprehensive information about cardiac structure and function. Echocardiographic examinations can be easily performed at the bedside and serially repeated without any patient's discomfort. This review highlights the usefulness of Doppler echocardiography in the assessment of left ventricular and right ventricular systolic and diastolic function, of left ventricular mass, valvular heart disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension and pericardial effusion in heart transplant recipients. The main experiences performed by either standard Doppler echocardiography and new high-tech ultrasound technologies are summarised, pointing out advantages and limitations of the described techniques in diagnosing acute allograft rejection and cardiac graft vasculopathy. Despite the sustained efforts of echocardiographic technique in predicting the biopsy state, endocardial myocardial biopsies are still regarded as the gold standard for detection of acute allograft rejection. Conversely, stress echocardiography is able to identify accurately cardiac graft vasculopathy and has a recognised prognostic in this clinical setting. A normal stress-echo justifies postponement of invasive studies. Another use of transthoracic echocardiography is the monitorisation and the visualisation of the catheter during the performance of endomyocardial biopsy. Bedside stress echocardiography is even useful to select appropriately heart donors with brain death. The ultrasound monitoring is simple and effective for monitoring a safe performance of biopsy procedures.

  7. FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY: A STUDY OF CLINICAL OUTCOME

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : S tructural abnormalities of the heart and great vessels are fairly common congenital lab normalities with the incidenceof8 in 1000 live births. With the advent of real time scanners fetal cardia can atomy can be analyze d echocardiographically. The earlier diagnosis will make an impact on clinical management of fetus with congenital heart disease. It helps intimely triage and optimal management of specific congenital heart disease either structural , functional orarrhythmia . OBJECTIVES : This study was conducted to note the spectrum of congenital heart diseases detected on fetal echo in pregnant mothers referred with high risk for CHD sand to assess the outcome of prenatally detected congenital heart diseases. MATERIAL S AND METHODS : T he study is aprospective descriptive study conducted in a tertiary care pediatric hospital in Mumbai over period of one year . P regnant mothers were referred for fetal echo , where pregnancy was considered as high risk for CHDs due to maternal , fetalfactorsorabnormallevel 1 scan.Fetal echowas performed by a trained pediatric cardiologistat 18 to 20 week of gestation using HP sonos 2000 echocardiographicmachinewith3/3.5 Hz transducer. Cardiac lesionsandoutcome of pregnancy was noted by postnatal follow - up of patients. RESULTS : A total of 170 patients underwent fetal echo , 13 patients have not delivered and 48 were lost to follow - up. Fetal echo was normal in 130(76.4% and abnormalities were detected in 40(23.5%.Structural anomalies were seen in 24(14.1% , arrhythmia in 5(2.9% and functional abnormalities in 11(6.4%.On outcome analysis84 (77.1% arealive , IUD /terminationof pregnancyoccurred in 18(16.5% , neonatal death in 6 (5.5% , infant death in 1 (0.9%. CONCLUSIONS : All ranges of CHDs can be diagnosed by fetal echocardiography . O utcome of prenatally detected complex congenital heart disease is poor ; nonetheless earlier detection provides a n opportunity for early interventions and

  8. Modifications of Oxygen Saturation During Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Macor, Franco; Zottarel, Gabriella; Antonini-Canterin, Francesco; Mimo, Renata; Pavan, Daniela; Cervesato, Eugenio; Nicolosi, Gianluigi; Zanuttini, Domenico

    1997-05-01

    The present study was designed: (1) to establish the effects of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) on arterial oxygen saturation (SAO(2)%); (2) to verify the possible clinical consequences of this phenomenon; and (3) to study the possibility of predicting modifications of SAO(2)% by clinical or hemodynamic variables or by specific factors related to the TEE procedure. We prospectively studied 116 unselected patients, aged 61 +/- 12 years, who underwent diagnostic TEE for various clinical indications. Thirty-seven patients had mitral valve disease, 19 aortic valve disease, 14 combined mitroaortic disease, 8 congenital heart disease, and 38 other cardiovascular diseases. Eight patients were affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ninety-seven patients were sedated by 4 +/- 2 mg of diazepam IV SAO(2)% (5-min average) (Ohmeda Biox 3700 pulse oxymeter finger probe), heart rate (HR), and blood pressure (BP) were considered during baseline transthoracic examination, after pharmacological sedation but before the introduction of the probe, and finally during TEE. Neither clinical complications nor major arrhythmias were observed. Baseline SAO(2)%, HR and BP were, respectively, 93.6 +/- 3.3%, 76 +/- 14 beats/min, and 129 +/- 20/75 +/- 10 mmHg. Pharmacological sedation did not modify SAO(2)%, HR, and BP (P > 0.1). During TEE a small but significant reduction in SAO(2)% by an average of 1.2 +/- 3.2% was observed (P 0.1 for both systolic and diastolic). The changes of SAO(2)% and HR were not interrelated and were not related to the duration of the procedure and to any of the clinical and hemodynamic variables taken into consideration. TEE can induce a small but significant drop in SAO(2)% and a small increase in HR even without any clinical relevance. No clinical or hemodynamic variable or specific factors related to the TEE procedure were related to these changes.

  9. Digital tele-echocardiography: a look inside

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    Daniele Giansanti

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Digital tele-echocardiography (T-E has the potentiality to allow relevant change in health care organization. The purpose of the paper is to analyze the scientific development around the digital T-E to explore the successful applications and individuate the limits which hamper the routine introduction in the National Health Care System (NHCS. A literature review was carried out by searching for studies from 1988 to 2008. The studies have been investigated according to four crucial issues: a the employment of the digital T-E versus the traditional videotape registrations; b the evolution of the telecommunication network and T-E; c the quality assessment of the images after transmission; d the economical legal and social impact of the T-E. The analysis showed a generalized increased diffusion of the digital T-E thanks to the wonderful development of the information technology. This diffusion was sometimes also accompanied by investigation studies on the diagnostic accuracy and on cost-benefit analysis with special care to the economical and social impact. The study examined some points which need to be improved to allow a better introduction of the T-E in the NHCS as a routine exam. Among these two were the most important. The first was the lacking of an easy and automatic methodology for the image quality assessment alternative to the currently used methods which are highly complex, expensive and needing a long time to be applied. The second was the lacking of a properly designed methodology for the health technology assessment in T-E, the latter, as it is well known is a very complex and heterogeneus system embedding parts from telematics, bioengineering, and medical physics.

  10. Digital tele-echocardiography: a look inside.

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    Giansanti, Daniele; Morelli, Sandra

    2009-01-01

    Digital tele-echocardiography (T-E) has the potentiality to allow relevant change in health care organization. The purpose of the paper is to analyze the scientific development around the digital T-E to explore the successful applications and individuate the limits which hamper the routine introduction in the National Health Care System (NHCS). A literature review was carried out by searching for studies from 1988 to 2008. The studies have been investigated according to four crucial issues: a) the employment of the digital T-E versus the traditional videotape registrations; b) the evolution of the telecommunication network and T-E; c) the quality assessment of the images after transmission; d) the economical legal and social impact of the T-E. The analysis showed a generalized increased diffusion of the digital T-E thanks to the wonderful development of the information technology. This diffusion was sometimes also accompanied by investigation studies on the diagnostic accuracy and on cost-benefit analysis with special care to the economical and social impact. The study examined some points which need to be improved to allow a better introduction of the T-E in the NHCS as a routine exam. Among these two were the most important. The first was the lacking of an easy and automatic methodology for the image quality assessment alternative to the currently used methods which are highly complex, expensive and needing a long time to be applied. The second was the lacking of a properly designed methodology for the health technology assessment in T-E, the latter, as it is well known is a very complex and heterogeneous system embedding parts from telematics, bioengineering, and medical physics.

  11. Estimation of circumferential fiber shortening velocity by echocardiography.

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    Ruschhaupt, D G; Sodt, P C; Hutcheon, N A; Arcilla, R A

    1983-07-01

    The M-mode and two-dimensional echocardiograms of 40 young patients were analyzed to compare the mean circumferential fiber shortening velocity (Vcf) of the left ventricle calculated separately by two methods. The mean circumferential fiber shortening velocity was derived from the M-mode echocardiogram as minor axis shortening/ejection time and derived from the two-dimensional echocardiogram as actual circumference change/ejection time. With computer assistance, circumference was determined from the short-axis two-dimensional echocardiographic images during end-diastole and end-systole. Good correlations were obtained between the left ventricular diameter derived by M-mode echocardiography and the vertical axis during end-diastole (r = 0.79) and end-systole (r = 0.88) derived by two-dimensional echocardiography. Likewise, high correlations were noted between diameter and circumference in end-diastole (r = 0.89) and end-systole (r = 0.88). However, comparison of Vcf obtained by M-mode echocardiography with that obtained by two-dimensional echocardiography showed only fair correlation (r = 0.68). Moreover, the diameter/circumference ratio determined in end-diastole and end-systole differed significantly (p less than 0.001), possibly owing to the change in geometry of the ventricular sector image during systole. Although Vcf derived by M-mode echocardiography is a useful index of left ventricular performance, it does not truly reflect the circumference change during systole.

  12. Application of echocardiography in resynchronization treatment of heart failure patients

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    DAI Hai-long; GUANG Xue-feng; XIAO Zhi-cheng; ZHANG Ming

    2012-01-01

    Objective To review the updated research progress about the application of echocardiography in resynchronization treatment of chronic heart failure patients.Data sources The data used in this review were from PubMed,published in English and using the key terms "heart failure","echocardiography" and "cardiac resynchronization therapy".Study selection Relevant articles were reviewed and selected to address the stated purpose.Results Increasing numbers of studies have suggested the importance of echocardiography in resynchronization treatment of chronic heart failure patients.Echocardiography can evaluate atrioventricular,inter- and intra-ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony before cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT),as a guidance to assess the optimal left ventricular (LV) pacing location,optimize the atrioventricular and interventricular delays and predict response to CRT.Conclusions Echocardiography is both non invasive and easily repeatable,and plays a crucial role in appraisal of heart synchronism,instruction of actuator placement,optimization of the device procedure,and prediction of the response to CRT.Chin Med J 2012; 125(19):3548-3555

  13. What every radiologist should know about paediatric echocardiography

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    Sorantin, Erich, E-mail: erich.sorantin@medunigraz.at [Division of Pediatric Radiology, Department of Radiology, Medical University Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 34, A-8036 Graz (Austria); Heinzl, Bernd [Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Medical University Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 34, A-8036 Graz (Austria)

    2014-09-15

    Congenital heart defects (CHD) occur in less than one percent of all newborns. Echocardiography represents the imaging modality of choice for morphological and functional assessment. In childhood the different CHD types can be diagnosed trustfully and can be performed bedside. In the follow-up of CHD cross sectional imaging plays an important role and therefore it is essential for the radiologist to know the features, challenges and limitations of echocardiography. Within this review article a systematic approach for morphological and functional assessment of the heart will is given along with representative example images. In addition, typical echocardiographic findings in common CHD is presented. In older children, adolescents and grown-ups with CHD (GUCH) echocardiography suffers from limitations – partially due to skeletal deformations and lung emphysema. In particular right ventricular function assessment is not always possible by echocardiography. Therefore strengths and limitations of echocardiography will be discussed the role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) and cardiac computed tomography (cCT) emphasized.

  14. Electrocardiography and echocardiography in athletic heart imagining

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    D Biały

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was evaluation of electrocardiographic and echocardiographic parameters in athletes. „Athletic heart” characteristics were compared with fit persons’ heart. 96 athletes participated in the study. Sportsmen were divided into: static (S, dynamic (D and composite (SD exercise groups and Polish (I, European (II, World (III champions. 30 students from Sport Academy formed the control group (K. Electrocardiographic and echocardiographic examination were performed in everyone. As regards the type of exercise, the end-systolic left ventricular (LV dimension was smaller in S in comparison with D and SD (28.9 vs 32.2 and 32.68 mm; P<0.05. LV mass was bigger in D in comparison with K (273.2 vs 218.6 g; P<0.05. Medium Pulmonary Artery Pressure (MPAP in S and SD was lower in respect to D and K (11.75; 11.08 vs 15.52; 17.43 mm Hg; P<0.05. We observed lower heart rate in D, SD in comparison with K (58.64; 60.54 vs 68.8; P<0.05, bigger R wave amplitude in V5 (RV5 (21.65; 23.5 vs 15.03 mm; P<0.05 and V6 (RV6 (23.5 vs 15.3 mm; P<0.05 in group S in respect to K. LV mass was bigger in III than in K (261.3 vs 218.6 g; P<0.05. MPAP was lower in I and II in comparison with K (11.42; 13.13 vs 17.43 mmHg; P<0.05. HR was lower in categories I, II than in K (61.32; 60.13 vs 68.8; P<0.05, RV5 was bigger in I in comparison with K (19.5 vs 15.03 mm; P<0.05. The electrocardiography and echocardiography proves to find some significant differences between athletic and fit persons’ heart especially as concerns MPAP, RV5, RV6 values.

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

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    Full Text Available Nicola Vitulano, Vincenzo Pazzano, Gemma Pelargonio, Maria Lucia Narducci Institute of Cardiology, Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy Abstract: 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. Keywords: ICE, cardiovascular imaging, electrophysiology, invasive cardiology

  16. Assessment of right ventricular systolic function by tissue Doppler echocardiography

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    Kjærgaard, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    myocardial velocities, but no changes in SR, strain or isovolumic acceleration could be observed [II and III]. Tissue Doppler echocardiography of the RV free wall in non-massive pulmonary embolism quantifies degree of RV dysfunction, and supports the existence of the McConnell sign of mid-ventricular RV...... structure including significant dilatation, but is well tolerated with only mild reduction in measures of global RV systolic function as estimated by 2D echocardiography in an experimental animal model. Regional RV myocardial function is also only mildly reduced. Also no differences in global or regional RV......This thesis summarizes a series of studies performed in order to assess the clinical usefulness of a novel echocardiographic technology that allows non-invasive assessment of regional right ventricular myocardial velocities and deformation: tissue Doppler echocardiography. While the technology...

  17. Recommendations for fetal echocardiography in twin pregnancy in 2016

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    Leszczyńska Katarzyna

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Progress in the fields of fetal cardiology and fetal surgery have been seen not only in singleton pregnancies but also in multiple pregnancies. Proper interpretation of prenatal echocardiography is critical to clinical decision making, family counseling and perinatal management for obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and pediatric cardiologists. Fetal echocardiography is one of the most challenging and time-consuming prenatal examinations to perform, especially in multiple gestations. Performing just the basic fetal exam in twin gestations may take an hour or more. Thus, it is not practical to perform this exam in all cases of multiple gestations. Therefore our review and recommendations are related to fetal echocardiography in twin gestation.

  18. The Optimum Level of Sevoflurane in Pediatric Echocardiography.

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    Conghai, Fan; Fengchao, Zhang; Chengjing, Shan; Cheng, Wen; Yunji, Wang; Xiaobo, Li

    2015-11-01

    Sevoflurane is shown to be safe and effective in pediatric echocardiography. This study explores the optimum level in pediatric echocardiography. One hundred and twenty children, with an age range of 35 days-3 years, were included in this study. The children with severe cyanotic congenital heart disease or severe pneumonia, which was Grade I or II according to the American College of Physicians Guideline Grading, were excluded. All children received the anesthesia with sevoflurane. The inhalation anesthesia level decreased from 2.5 to 1.0 %, with a decrement of 0.5 %. The induction time (T0), echocardiography time (T1), and time to awakening (T2) in each child were recorded, and the changes in the blood pressure, heart rate, breath, and oxygen saturation in each child were also monitored. The Ramsay scale scoring during anesthesia and the case number of failure in echocardiography in each group were also recorded. When the level of sevoflurane inhalation was maintained at 1.0 %, the childrens' scores were low, including 8 incompliant children, and p sevoflurane inhalation level increased. When the sevoflurane inhalation increased to 1.5 %, the children could sleep with stable blood pressure, and no dysphoria occurred during the echocardiography. When the sevoflurane inhalation level increased to 2.5 %, the Ramsay scores did not increase. However, the T2 significantly increased (p blood pressure and heart rate in each group did not change significantly. With the premise of safety and efficacy in children, the optimum level of sevoflurane in pediatric echocardiography was 1.5-2.0 %.

  19. Acute right ventricular dysfunction: real-time management with echocardiography.

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    Krishnan, Sundar; Schmidt, Gregory A

    2015-03-01

    In critically ill patients, the right ventricle is susceptible to dysfunction due to increased afterload, decreased contractility, or alterations in preload. With the increased use of point-of-care ultrasonography and a decline in the use of pulmonary artery catheters, echocardiography can be the ideal tool for evaluation and to guide hemodynamic and respiratory therapy. We review the epidemiology of right ventricular failure in critically ill patients; echocardiographic parameters for evaluating the right ventricle; and the impact of mechanical ventilation, fluid therapy, and vasoactive infusions on the right ventricle. Finally, we summarize the principles of management in the context of right ventricular dysfunction and provide recommendations for echocardiography-guided management.

  20. Stress echocardiography in valvular heart disease: a current appraisal.

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    Naji, Peyman; Patel, Krishna; Griffin, Brian P; Desai, Milind Y

    2015-03-01

    Stress echocardiography is increasingly used in the management of patients with valvular heart disease and can aid in evaluation, risk stratification and clinical decision making in these patients. Evaluation of symptoms, exercise capacity and changes in blood pressure can be done during the exercise portion of the test, whereas echocardiographic portion can reveal changes in severity of disease, pulmonary artery pressure and left ventricular function in response to exercise. These parameters, which are not available at rest, can have diagnostic and prognostic importance. In this article, we will review the indications and diagnostic implications, prognostic implications, and clinical impact of stress echocardiography in decision making and management of patients with valvular heart disease.

  1. Role of Speckle Tracking Echocardiography in Dilated Cardiomyopathy: A Review

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    Virk, Hafeez Ul Hasan; Khalid, Muhammad; Rahman, Zia; Sitwala, Puja; Schoondyke, Jeffrey; Al-Balbissi, Kais

    2017-01-01

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is an important cause of the heart failure. Timely diagnosis and optimal management decrease morbidity and mortality in heart failure patients. Although transthoracic echocardiography is used as the diagnostic test of choice in these patients, new modalities like speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have promising results in diagnosing these patients in the earlier course of the disease. Advancements in cardiac imaging are expected as more clinical studies on the role of STE in different cardiac diseases that emerge. In this review article, we will discuss the basics of STE and its role in diagnosing DCM. PMID:28744419

  2. Exercise echocardiography in asymptomatic survivors of childhood cancer treated with anthracyclines

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    Sieswerda, Elske; Kremer, Leontien C M; Vidmar, Suzanna

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Exercise echocardiography reveals abnormalities in asymptomatic childhood cancer survivors who previously have been treated with anthracyclines. We determined the added value of monitoring childhood cancer survivors with exercise echocardiography compared to monitoring with resting ec...

  3. Association of heart failure hospitalizations with combined electrocardiography and echocardiography criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy

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    Gerdts, Eva; Okin, Peter M; Boman, Kurt

    2012-01-01

    The value of performing echocardiography in hypertensive patients with electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is uncertain.......The value of performing echocardiography in hypertensive patients with electrocardiographic left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is uncertain....

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

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    Heloisa Amaral Gaspar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  5. Exercise stress echocardiography in patients with valvular heart disease.

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

    2015-09-01

    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 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.

  6. Stress-echocardiography in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy: instructions for use

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    Full Text Available Abstract A number of studies have suggested that stress-echocardiography may be used for prognostic stratification in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. There is no consensus on which protocol or which measurements of left ventricular contractile reserve to use. The most frequently used protocol is low-dose dobutamine stress-echocardiography, and most commonly used measures of left ventricular systolic performance are ejection fraction, wall motion score index and cardiac power output. Stress-echocardiography has been shown to predict improvement in cardiac function in patients with recently diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy, as well as to predict which patients will benefit from the treatment with beta-blockers. Most importantly, stress-echocardiography can identify patients with worse prognosis in terms of cardiac death and need for transplantation. Additionally, contractile reserve is closely correlated with maximal oxygen consumption and can even be used for further stratification in patients with maximal oxygen consumption between 10 and 14 ml/kg/min. Future studies are needed for head-to-head comparison of various protocols in an attempt to make standardization in the assessment of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy.

  7. Differential Diagnosis of Cardiac Malposition by Fetal Echocardiography

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    Ying WU; Feng TAO; Tao LIU; Ling ZANG; Shi-long LIU

    2009-01-01

    Objectives To explore the method and operating skill of fetal echocardiography in diagnosing cardiac malposition. Methods 91 consecutive fetuses were studied (control: 50 cases, cardiac malposition : 41 cases) between 2003 and 2008. The position of fetal heart was evaluated according to the fetal posture and the visceral situs by fetal routine scan-ning. The detailed echocardiography should be performed in the differential diagnosis of cardiac lesions when the heart was found to be abnormal position. Results In the control group, all fetuses were levocardia. 39 cases of cardiac mal-positions were detected by fetal echocardiography, included 25 fetuses with dextrocardia, 6 mesocard, 5 with levover-sion of heart, 3 common heart of conjoined twins and 2 extrathorax heart. Two of dextroversion were missed by fetal routine scanning, but found by autopsy or operation after birth. Conclusions When the abnormal visceral situs was found by fetal routine scanning, there is exceedingly high incidence of cardiac malpositions. Proficiently operating skill of fetal echocardiography is helpful to detect abnormal fetal cardiac position.

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

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    Nedeljkovic Milan

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic potential of low-dose adenosine stress echocardiography in detection of myocardial viability. Background Vasodilation through low dose dipyridamole infusion may recruit contractile reserve by increasing coronary flow or by increasing levels of endogenous adenosine. Methods Forty-three patients with resting dyssynergy, due to previous myocardial infarction, underwent low-dose adenosine (80, 100, 110 mcg/kg/min in 3 minutes intervals echocardiography test. Gold standard for myocardial viability was improvement in systolic thickening of dyssinergic segments of ≥ 1 grade at follow-up. Coronary angiography was done in 41 pts. Twenty-seven patients were revascularized and 16 were medically treated. Echocardiographic follow up data (12 ± 2 months were available in 24 revascularized patients. Results Wall motion score index improved from rest 1.55 ± 0.30 to 1.33 ± 0.26 at low-dose adenosine (p Conclusion Low-dose adenosine stress echocardiography test has high diagnostic potential for detection of myocardial viability in the group of patients with left ventricle dysfunction due to previous myocardial infarction. Low dose adenosine stress echocardiography may be adequate alternative to low-dose dobutamine test for evaluation of myocardial viability.

  9. Update of the echocardiography core syllabus of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI).

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    Cosyns, Bernard; Garbi, Madalina; Separovic, Jadranka; Pasquet, Agnes; Lancellotti, Patrizio

    2013-09-01

    The update of the Echocardiography Core Syllabus of European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) is now available online. The Echocardiography Core Syllabus enumerates the elements of knowledge to be taught, represents a framework for the development of local training curricula and provides expected learning outcomes to the echocardiography learner.

  10. Computer-based training in two-dimensional echocardiography using an echocardiography simulator.

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    Weidenbach, Michael; Wild, Florentine; Scheer, Kathrin; Muth, Gerhard; Kreutter, Stefan; Grunst, Gernoth; Berlage, Thomas; Schneider, Peter

    2005-04-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography is a user-dependent technique that poses some inherent problems to the beginner. The first problem for beginners is spatial orientation, especially the orientation of the scan plane in reference to the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of the heart. The second problem for beginners is steering of the ultrasound probe. We have designed a simulator to teach these skills. On a computer screen a side-by-side presentation of a 3D virtual reality scene on the right side and a 2D echocardiographic view on the left side is given. The virtual scene consists of a 3D heart and an ultrasound probe with scan plane. The 2D echocardiographic image is calculated from 3D echocardiographic data sets that are registered with the heart model to achieve spatial and temporal congruency. The displayed 2D echocardiographic image is defined and controlled by the orientation of the virtual scan plane. To teach hand-eye coordination we equipped a dummy transducer with a 3D tracking system and placed it on a dummy torso. We have evaluated the usability of the simulator in an introductory course for final-year medical students. The simulator was graded realistic and easy to use. According to a subjective self-assessment by a standardized questionnaire the aforementioned skills were imparted effectively.

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

  12. Can simulation help to answer the demand for echocardiography education?

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    Clau-Terré, Fernando; Sharma, Vivek; Cholley, Bernard; Gonzalez-Alujas, Teresa; Galiñanes, Manuel; Evangelista, Artur; Fletcher, Nick

    2014-01-01

    There has been a recent explosion of education and training in echocardiography in the specialties of anesthesiology and critical care. These devices, by their impact on clinical management, are changing the way surgery is performed and critical care is delivered. A number of international bodies have made recommendations for training and developed examinations and accreditations.The challenge to medical educators in this area is to deliver the training needed to achieve competence into already over-stretched curricula.The authors found an apparent increase in the use of simulators, with proven efficacy in improving technical skills and knowledge. There is still an absence of evidence on how it should be included in training programs and in the accreditation of certain levels.There is a conviction that this form of simulation can enhance and accelerate the understanding and practice of echocardiography by the anesthesiologist and intensivists, particularly at the beginning of the learning curve.

  13. Entropy-based straight kernel filter for echocardiography image denoising.

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    Rajalaxmi, S; Nirmala, S

    2014-10-01

    A new filter has been proposed with the aim of eliminating speckle noise from 2D echocardiography images. This speckle noise has to be eliminated to avoid the pseudo prediction of the underlying anatomical facts. The proposed filter uses entropy parameter to measure the disorganized occurrence of noise pixel in each row and column and to increase the image visibility. Straight kernels with 3 pixels each are chosen for the filtering process, and the filter is slided over the image to eliminate speckle. The peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) is obtained in the range of 147 dB, and the root mean square error (RMSE) is very low of approximately 0.15. The proposed filter is implemented on 36 echocardiography images, and the filter has the competence to illuminate the actual anatomical facts without degrading the edges.

  14. Role of echocardiography in the treatment of cardiac tamponade.

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    Chandraratna, P A N; Mohar, Dilbahar S; Sidarous, Peter F

    2014-08-01

    Accumulation of fluid within the pericardial sac results in elevation of intrapericardial pressure with consequent cardiac compression or tamponade. Cardiac tamponade is a life-threatening condition which requires urgent evacuation of pericardial effusion (PE). Current pericardial evacuation techniques and approaches are varied. Echocardiography provides valuable insights into identifying patients who are suitable candidates and further facilitates pericardiocentesis by improving guidance techniques. Several previous publications have provided excellent reviews of the pathophysiology of cardiac tamponade. We review the clinical presentation and role of echocardiography for diagnosis of tamponade. We focus on medical and surgical approaches for the removal of PE. Moreover, as the clinical and hemodynamic consequences of PE depend on the volume and the rate of accumulation of PE, we review the various scenarios of "small" PE resulting in cardiac tamponade.

  15. The Interplay between Fasting Glucose, Echocardiography, and Biomarkers

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    Pareek, Manan

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    preventive setting, remains incomplete. Phenotypical heterogeneity may be even greater among subjects with hyperglycemic conditions, i.e., prediabetes and diabetes, which is worrisome, given the dramatic global rise in mean fasting glucose levels, and the strong association with adverse cardiovascular...... subclinical changes to manifest disease include echocardiography and circulating biomarkers. Objectives 1) To examine whether greater fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels were associated with left ventricular mass (LVM), geometric pattern, diastolic function, and concentrations of N-terminal prohormone...... from the three categories defined by baseline FPG, i.e., normal fasting glucose, impaired fasting glucose, and diabetes, including use of anti-diabetic medication. Blood samples for cardiovascular biomarker assessments were drawn at the time of echocardiography and kept frozen until analysis. Outcome...

  16. Fast GPU based adaptive filtering of 4D echocardiography.

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    Broxvall, Mathias; Emilsson, Kent; Thunberg, Per

    2012-06-01

    Time resolved three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography generates four-dimensional (3D+time) data sets that bring new possibilities in clinical practice. Image quality of four-dimensional (4D) echocardiography is however regarded as poorer compared to conventional echocardiography where time-resolved 2D imaging is used. Advanced image processing filtering methods can be used to achieve image improvements but to the cost of heavy data processing. The recent development of graphics processing unit (GPUs) enables highly parallel general purpose computations, that considerably reduces the computational time of advanced image filtering methods. In this study multidimensional adaptive filtering of 4D echocardiography was performed using GPUs. Filtering was done using multiple kernels implemented in OpenCL (open computing language) working on multiple subsets of the data. Our results show a substantial speed increase of up to 74 times, resulting in a total filtering time less than 30 s on a common desktop. This implies that advanced adaptive image processing can be accomplished in conjunction with a clinical examination. Since the presented GPU processor method scales linearly with the number of processing elements, we expect it to continue scaling with the expected future increases in number of processing elements. This should be contrasted with the increases in data set sizes in the near future following the further improvements in ultrasound probes and measuring devices. It is concluded that GPUs facilitate the use of demanding adaptive image filtering techniques that in turn enhance 4D echocardiographic data sets. The presented general methodology of implementing parallelism using GPUs is also applicable for other medical modalities that generate multidimensional data.

  17. Portopulmonary hypertension: Improved detection using CT and echocardiography in combination

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    Devaraj, Anand [Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); Loveridge, Robert; Bernal, William; Willars, Christopher; Wendon, Julia A.; Auzinger, Georg [King' s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Institute of Liver Studies, King' s Health Partners, King' s College London, London (United Kingdom); Bosanac, Diana; Stefanidis, Konstantinos; Desai, Sujal R. [King' s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, King' s Health Partners, King' s College London, London (United Kingdom)

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    To establish the relationship between CT signs of pulmonary hypertension and mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) in patients with liver disease, and to determine the additive value of CT in the detection of portopulmonary hypertension in combination with transthoracic echocardiography. Forty-nine patients referred for liver transplantation were retrospectively reviewed. Measured CT signs included the main pulmonary artery/ascending aorta diameter ratio (PA/AA{sub meas}) and the mean left and right main PA diameter (RLPA{sub meas}). Enlargement of the pulmonary artery compared to the ascending aorta was also assessed visually (PA/AA{sub vis}). CT measurements were correlated with right-sided heart catheter-derived mPAP. The ability of PA/AA{sub vis} combined with echocardiogram-derived right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) to detect portopulmonary hypertension was tested with ROC analysis. There were moderate correlations between mPAP and both PA/AA{sub meas} and RLPA{sub meas} (r{sub s} = 0.41 and r{sub s} = 0.42, respectively; p < 0.005). Compared to transthoracic echocardiography alone (AUC = 0.59, p = 0.23), a diagnostic algorithm incorporating PA/AA{sub vis} and transthoracic echocardiography-derived RVSP improved the detection of portopulmonary hypertension (AUC = 0.8, p < 0.0001). CT contributes to the non-invasive detection of portopulmonary hypertension when used in a diagnostic algorithm with transthoracic echocardiography. CT may have a role in the pre-liver transplantation triage of patients with portopulmonary hypertension for right-sided heart catheterisation. (orig.)

  18. Pacemaker optimization guided by echocardiography in cardiac resynchronization therapy

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    Trifunović Danijela

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT or biventricular pacing is a contemporary treatment in the management of advanced heart failure. Echocardiography plays an evolving and important role in patient selection for CRT, follow-up of acute and chronic CRT effects and optimization of device settings after biventricular pacemaker implantation. In this paper we illustrate usefulness of echocardiography for successful AV and VV timing optimization in patients with CRT. A review of up-to-date literature concerning rationale for AV and VV delay optimization, echocardiographic protocols and current recommendations for AV and VV optimization after CRT are also presented. Outline of Cases. The first case is of successful AV delay optimization guided by echocardiography in a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy treated with CRT is presented. Pulsed blood flow Doppler was used to detect mitral inflow while programming different duration of AV delay. The AV delay with optimal transmittal flow was established. The optimal mitral flow was the one with clearly defined E and A waves and maximal velocity time integral (VTI of the mitral flow. Improvement in clinical status and reverse left ventricle remodelling with improvement of ejection fraction was registered in our patient after a month. The second case presents a patient with heart failure caused by dilated cardiomyopathy; six months after CRT implantation the patient was still NYHA class III and with a significantly depressed left ventricular ejection fraction. Optimization of VV interval guided by echocardiography was undertaken measuring VTI of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT during programming of different VV intervals. The optimal VV interval was determined using a maximal LVOT VTI. A month after VV optimization our patient showed improvement in LV ejection fraction. Conclusion. Optimal management of patients treated with CRT integrate both clinical and echocardiographic follow

  19. How standard transesophageal echocardiography views change with dextrocardia.

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    Raut, Monish S; Maheshwari, Arun; Shad, Sujay; Rachna, G

    2013-01-01

    Dextrocardia with situs inversus is a rare condition. Situs inversus with dextrocardia is also called as "situs inversus totalis". Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) views in dextrocardia patient are not discussed in the literature. The cardiac position and the cardiac chambers are mirror image of the normal anatomy. Because of this positional change, certain TEE probe and multiplane angle manipulations are required to obtain the recommended views.

  20. Usefulness of echocardiography in preparticipation screening of competitive athletes.

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    Grazioli, Gonzalo; Merino, Beatriz; Montserrat, Silvia; Vidal, Bàrbara; Azqueta, Manel; Pare, Carles; Sarquella-Brugada, Georgia; Yangüas, Xavier; Pi, Ramon; Til, Lluis; Escoda, Jaume; Brugada, Josep; Sitges, Marta

    2014-09-01

    Despite the established diagnostic value of the electrocardiogram in preparticipation screening of athletes, some cardiac structural changes can be missed, particularly in early disease stages. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of cardiac structural changes via the systematic use of echocardiography in preparticipation screening of competitive athletes. Professional athletes or participants in a competitive athletic program underwent a screening that included family and personal medical history, physical examination, electrocardiography, exercise testing, and Doppler echocardiography. A total of 2688 athletes (67% men; mean age [standard deviation], 21 [10] years) were included. Most of the echocardiographic evaluations (92.5%) were normal and only 203 (7.5%) showed changes; the most frequent change was left ventricular hypertrophy, seen in 50 athletes (1.8%). Cessation of athletic activity was indicated in 4 athletes (0.14%): 2 for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (electrocardiography had shown changes that did not meet diagnostic criteria), 1 pectus excavatum with compression of the right ventricle, and 1 significant pulmonary valve stenosis; the rest of the changes did not entail cessation of athletic activity and only indicated periodic monitoring. Although rare, some cardiac structural changes can be missed on physical examination and electrocardiography; in contrast, they are easily recognized with echocardiography. These findings suggest the use of echocardiography in at least the first preparticipation screening of competitive athletes to improve the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing sudden death in athletes. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Dobutamine stress echocardiography in healthy adult male rats

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    Couet Jacques

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dobutamine stress echocardiography is used to investigate a wide variety of heart diseases in humans. Dobutamine stress echocardiography has also been used in animal models of heart disease despite the facts that the normal response of healthy rat hearts to this type of pharmacological stress testing is unknown. This study was performed to assess this normal response. Methods 15 normal adult male Wistar rats were evaluated. Increasing doses of dobutamine were infused intravenously under continuous imaging of the heart by a 12 MHz ultrasound probe. Results Dobutamine stress echocardiography reduced gradually LV diastolic and systolic dimensions. Ejection fraction increased by a mean of +24% vs. baseline. Heart rate increased progressively without reaching a plateau. Changes in LV dimensions and ejection fraction reached a plateau after a mean of 4 minutes at a constant infusion rate. Conclusion DSE can be easily performed in rats. The normal response is an increase in heart rate and ejection fraction and a decrease in LV dimensions. A plateau in echocardiographic measurements is obtained after 4 minutes of a constant infusion rate in most animals.

  2. Intracardiac Echocardiography during Catheter-Based Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation

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    Jürgen Biermann

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Accurate delineation of the variable left atrial anatomy is of utmost importance during anatomically based ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation targeting the pulmonary veins and possibly other structures of the atria. Intracardiac echocardiography allows real-time visualisation of the left atrium and adjacent structures and thus facilitates precise guidance of catheter-based ablation of atrial fibrillation. In patients with abnormal anatomy of the atria and/or the interatrial septum, intracardiac ultrasound might be especially valuable to guide transseptal access. Software algorithms like CARTOSound (Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, USA offer the opportunity to reconstruct multiple two-dimensional ultrasound fans generated by intracardiac echocardiography to a three-dimensional object which can be merged to a computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging reconstruction of the left atrium. Intracardiac ultrasound reduces dwell time of catheters in the left atrium, fluoroscopy, and procedural time and is invaluable concerning early identification of potential adverse events. The application of intracardiac echocardiography has the great capability to improve success rates of catheter-based ablation procedures.

  3. Role of echocardiography in diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension

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    Srbinovska Kostovska Elizabeta

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary hypertension (PH is a progressive process that leads to right ventricular (RV overload, hypertrophy, dilatation and RV failure. In cases with chronic heart failure, this condition is associated with more severe symptoms and worse outcomes.Transthoracic echocardiography can give several parameters which correlate with right heart haemodynamics, and should be performed in a case of suspected PH. Several parameters are important for estimation of the RV function, which can be reason for poor outcome: right atrial and ventricular dimensions and volumes, functional area changes, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE, myocardial performance index, infe- rior vena cava size and collapsibility, S velocity estimated by Tissue Doppler Imaging, and additional information obtained from the advance echocardiograpic techniques, like strain, strain rate, three-dimensional echocardiography. Estimation of PH based on Doppler echo- cardiography measurements is not suitable for screening of mild, asymptomatic PH. Echocardiography can be recommended as a screening tool for specific diseases, follow up PH, and assessment when right heart catheterization is indicated.

  4. The use of echocardiography in the critically ill; the role of FADE (Fast Assessment Diagnostic Echocardiography) training.

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    Marum, Susan; Price, Susanna

    2011-08-01

    Echocardiography (echo) is a powerful technique that permits direct visualization and assessment of all the cardiac structures and assessment of the patients' haemodynamic status at the bedside. Echo allows detection of valvular disease, evaluation of ventricular function and the pericardium, detection of intracardiac/intrapulmonary shunts, and can be used to calculate flows and relative pressures between the cardiac chambers. This rapid point-of-care haemodynamic evaluation provides information to guide therapeutic interventions, including volume resuscitation, instigation of vasoactive therapy and/or referral for specialist cardiac/surgical intervention. Although there is abundant evidence in the cardiology literature regarding the use of echo, data in the critical care arena is less well defined, but emerging. The use of echo by intensive care doctors is likely to become routine, and therefore training for intensivists in this technique needs to be developed and supported. The Portuguese Working Group on Echocardiography has developed a skill-based program, FADE (Focused Assessment Diagnostic Echocardiography) in order to train clinicians in the use of bedside ultrasound as a diagnostic and monitoring tool for the critically ill.

  5. Speckle-tracking echocardiography: a new technique for assessing myocardial function

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    Mondillo, Sergio; Galderisi, Maurizio; Mele, Donato; Cameli, Matteo; Lomoriello, Vincenzo Schiano; Zacà, Valerio; Ballo, Piercarlo; D'Andrea, Antonello; Muraru, Denisa; Losi, Mariangela; Agricola, Eustachio; D'Errico, Arcangelo; Buralli, Simona; Sciomer, Susanna; Nistri, Stefano; Badano, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    Speckle-tracking echocardiography has recently emerged as a quantitative ultrasound technique for accurately evaluating myocardial function by analyzing the motion of speckles identified on routine...

  6. Preventing complicated transseptal puncture with intracardiac echocardiography: case report

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    Temesvári András

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recently, intracardiac echocardiography emerged as a useful tool in the electrophysiology laboratories for guiding transseptal left heart catheterizations, for avoiding thromboembolic and mechanical complications and assessing the ablation lesions characteristics. Although the value of ICE is well known, it is not a universal tool for achieving uncomplicated access to the left atrium. We present a case in which ICE led to interruption of a transseptal procedure because several risk factors for mechanical complications were revealed. Case presentation A case of a patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, and distorted intracardiac anatomy is presented. Intracardiac echocardiography showed a small oval fossa abouting to an enlarged aorta anteriorly. A very small distance from the interatrial septum to the left atrial free wall was seen. The latter two conditions were predisposing to a complicated transseptal puncture. According to fluoroscopy the transseptal needle had a correct position, but the intracardiac echo image showed that it was actually pointing towards the aortic root and most importantly, that it was virtually impossible to stabilize it in the fossa itself. Based on intracardiac echo findings a decision was made to limit the procedure only to ablation of the cavotricuspid isthmus and not to proceed further so as to avoid complications. Conclusion This case report illustrates the usefulness of the intracardiac echocardiography in preventing serious or even fatal complications in transseptal procedures when the cardiac anatomy is unusual or distorted. It also helps to understand the possible mechanisms of mechanical complications in cases where fluoroscopic images are apparently normal.

  7. Feasibility of diagnosis of postcardiotomy tamponade by miniaturized transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Hirose, Hitoshi; Gupta, Shreya; Pitcher, Harrison; Miessau, Joseph; Yang, Qiong; Yang, Jenny; Cavarocchi, Nicholas

    2014-07-01

    Pericardial tamponade after cardiac surgery is a critical diagnosis that can be difficult to diagnose using conventional cardiac monitoring. Transesophageal echocardiography can provide comprehensive information to make the diagnosis but is not always available, whereas transthoracic echocardiography has its utility limited because of the body habitus or other surgical effects. New monitoring devices, miniaturized hemodynamic transesophageal echocardiography (hTEE), which allows point of care assessment of cardiac filling and functions, may aid in diagnosis of postcardiotomy tamponade. From May 2011 to July 2013, 21 patients underwent hTEE to rule out pericardial tamponade for clinical suspicion of tamponade after open heart surgery. The hTEE images were reviewed, and the patient outcomes were analyzed. Nine patients showed no evidence of pericardial collection and did not require reexploration. Two patients showed a presence of small hematoma without ventricular compression and also did not undergo exploration. Ten patients were positive for pericardial tamponade (effusion or hematoma with ventricular compression); eight of these cases underwent emergent surgical exploration. Of the two patients who did not undergo immediate reoperation, one was managed by chest tube manipulation and the other patient underwent subsequent surgical exploration after his extensive coagulopathy was corrected by medical treatment. The diagnosis of pericardial tamponade postcardiotomy is feasible using a disposable hTEE based on our limited experience. We avoided unnecessary explorations while concomitantly made prompt diagnosis in emergent situations. The hTEE device was a valuable tool in hemodynamic management in the intensive care unit, allowing rapid evaluations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Reliability of quantitative echocardiography in adult sheep and goats

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    Hallowell Gayle D

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract 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.

  9. Evaluation of diastolic function in hypertensive using echocardiography

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    Yamini Lavanya

    2015-09-01

    Results: The trans-mitral inflow parameters on Doppler echocardiography such as E wave deceleration time (DT, isovolumetric relaxation time (IVRT and early to late transmitral peak flow velocities ratio (E/A were significantly different in hypertensive subjects on treatment having normal ejection fraction, when compared to normotensive subjects. We observed a decrease in E/A ratio and increase in DT, IVRT with hypertension. Conclusions: From the present study it can be concluded that hypertension is significantly associated with diastolic dysfunction of heart, even in subjects with normal systolic function. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(9.000: 2274-2279

  10. Echocardiography for the Assessment of Congenital Heart Defects in Calves.

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    Mitchell, Katharyn Jean; Schwarzwald, Colin Claudio

    2016-03-01

    Congenital heart disease should be considered when evaluating calves with chronic respiratory signs, failure to thrive, poor growth, or if a murmur is heard on physical examination. Echocardiography is currently the gold standard for diagnosing congenital heart defects. A wide variety of defects, either alone or in combination with a ventricular septal defect, are possible. A standardized approach using sequential segmental analysis is required to fully appreciate the nature and severity of more complex malformations. The prognosis for survival varies from guarded to poor and depends on the hemodynamic relevance of the defects and the degree of cardiac compensation.

  11. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography: Principles and clinical applications

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    Annette Vegas

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A basic understanding of evolving 3D technology enables the echocardiographer to master the new skills necessary to acquire, manipulate, and interpret 3D datasets. Single button activation of specific 3D imaging modes for both TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE matrix array probes include (a live, (b zoom, (c full volume (FV, and (d color Doppler FV. Evaluation of regional LV wall motion by RT 3D TEE is based on a change in LV chamber subvolume over time from altered segmental myocardial contractility. Unlike standard 2D TEE, there is no direct measurement of myocardial thickening or displacement of individual segments.

  12. Speckle tracking echocardiography in mature Irish Wolfhound dogs

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    Westrup, Ulrik; McEvoy, Fintan

    2013-01-01

    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....

  13. Potential applications for transesophageal echocardiography in hypertrophic cardiomyopathies.

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    Widimsky, P; Ten Cate, F J; Vletter, W; van Herwerden, L

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    The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the potential advantages of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in comparison with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in selected patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Ten patients with previously established or suspected diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were examined by TEE to solve specific clinical questions. TEE was well tolerated by all patients; no arrhythmias were seen during the procedure. The comparison of TTE and TEE showed the following: Advantages of TTE--better assessment of the left ventricle, myocardial thickness measurements available in all regions and sufficient for the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in nine out of 10 patients; advantages of TEE--precise assessment of mitral valve morphology and regurgitant jets, detailed evaluation of systolic anterior motion, and subaortic membrane (not seen by TTE) recognized in one patient. Clinically, in three patients TEE influenced the management (mitral leaflet perforation, subaortic membrane, and residual mitral regurgitation after valvuloplasty). Thus TEE enables more precise diagnosis in some patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has the potential to influence their surgical management. However, for medical treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, TTE is sufficient.

  14. Healed perivalvular abscess: Incidental finding on transthoracic echocardiography

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    Vishnu Datt

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 36-year-old male patient presented with the complaints of palpitations and breathlessness. Preoperative transthoracic echocardiography (TTE revealed a bicuspid aortic valve; severe aortic regurgitation with dilated left ventricle (LV and mild LV systolic dysfunction (ejection fraction 50%. He was scheduled to undergo aortic valve replacement. History was not suggestive of infective endocarditis (IE. Preoperative TTE did not demonstrate any aortic perivalvular abscess. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE examination using the mid-esophageal (ME long-axis view, showed an abscess cavity affecting the aortic valve, which initially was assumed to be a dissection flap, but later confirmed to be an abscess cavity by color Doppler examination. The ME aortic valve short-axis view showed two abscesses; one was at the junction of the non-coronary and left coronary commissure and the other one above the right coronary cusp. Intraoperatively, these findings were confirmed by the surgeons. The case report demonstrates the superiority of TEE over TTE in diagnosing perivalvular abscesses.

  15. EchoComTEE - a simulator for transoesophageal echocardiography.

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    Weidenbach, M; Drachsler, H; Wild, F; Kreutter, S; Razek, V; Grunst, G; Ender, J; Berlage, T; Janousek, J

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    Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) requires extensive hands-on training, and it is for this purpose we have designed EchoComTEE, a simulator for TOE. It consists of a manikin and dummy probe; according to the position of the dummy probe (tracked by an electromagnetic sensor), two-dimensional (2D) images are calculated from three-dimensional (3D) data sets. Echocardiographic images are presented side-by-side with a virtual scene consisting of a 3D heart, probe tip and image plane. In this way the trainee is provided with visual feed-back of the relationship between echocardiogram and image plane position. We evaluated the simulator using a standardised questionnaire. Twenty-five experts and 31 novice users participated in the study. Most experts graded the simulator as realistic and all recommended its use for training. Most novice users felt the simulator supported spatial orientation during TOE and, as anaesthetists often do not have training in transthoracic echocardiography, in this group the TOE simulator might be particularly useful.

  16. Advanced echocardiography and clinical surrogates to risk stratify and manage patients with structural heart disease

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    Debonnaire, Philippe Jean Marc Rita

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    Part I focuses on the potential role of 3-dimensional echocardiography. At first a clinical risk score model for prediction of outcome in patients undergoing TAVI is presented (Chapter 2). Second the role of 3D-echocardiography is explored in depth in patients with mitral valve disease. Different no

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    Debonnaire, Philippe Jean Marc Rita

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    Part I focuses on the potential role of 3-dimensional echocardiography. At first a clinical risk score model for prediction of outcome in patients undergoing TAVI is presented (Chapter 2). Second the role of 3D-echocardiography is explored in depth in patients with mitral valve disease. Different

  18. Strain Echocardiography Improves Risk Prediction of Ventricular Arrhythmias After Myocardial Infarction

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    Haugaa, Kristina H; Grenne, Bjørnar L; Eek, Christian H;

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    The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that strain echocardiography might improve arrhythmic risk stratification in patients after myocardial infarction (MI).......The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that strain echocardiography might improve arrhythmic risk stratification in patients after myocardial infarction (MI)....

  19. The best of 2005 in echocardiography back from EuroEcho 9 – Florence, Italy

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    Sicari Rosa

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The ninth edition of the congress of the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE (former working group of Echocardiography held in Florence has just finished with a great success of participant attendance (2.842 and abstract submissions. Hot topics at EuroEcho 9 were: 1-live 3-dimensional echocardiography and surgical decision making; in pediatric cardiology; in resynchronization therapy 2- stress echocardiography beyond wall motion: from valve diseases to contractility to coronary flow reserve to diastolic function; 3- pulmonary cardiogenic interstitial thickening recognized by ultrasonic lung comets; 4- the "proven clinical inefficacy" of the many technologies sold as breakthrough: color kinesis, tissue characterization, strain rate, tissue Doppler, applied to stress echocardiography.

  20. 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

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    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.

  1. Increased clutter level in echocardiography due to specular reflection

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    Fatemi, Ali; Torp, Hans; Aakhus, Svend; Rodriguez-Molares, Alfonso

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    State-of-the-art echocardiography allows to correctly diagnose most of cardiovascular diseases. An unknown source of clutter, however, hinders the visualization of the heart in some cases. We believe this clutter is caused by the ultrasound beam being partially reflected by the ribs into the elevation direction, so that structures outside the imaging plane are displayed on top of the heart image as clutter noise. We conducted in vitro experiments in a water tank using a synthetic ventricle and pig ribs. By partially blocking the probe with the ribs in the elevation direction, objects outside the imaging plane were rendered in the B-mode image, which confirms that the ribs can behave as specular reflectors. In addition, we succeeded in reproducing clutter noise using a piece of polystyrene to simulate the reflections from the lungs. This indicates that the origin of the clutter noise in echocardiograms can be reverberation coming from the lungs via specular reflection at the ribs.

  2. Echocardiography and heart failure: a glimpse of the right heart.

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    Pleister, Adam; Kahwash, Rami; Haas, Garrie; Ghio, Stefano; Cittadini, Antonio; Baliga, Ragavendra R

    2015-01-01

    The catastrophic consequences for patients in the settings of certain clinical conditions such as acute right ventricular infarction or massive pulmonary embolism with right heart failure illustrate the essential role that the right ventricle plays in sustaining life. With the development of more sophisticated diagnostic imaging technologies at the end of the last century and the dawn of this century, the importance of the right ventricle has been clearly demonstrated. The continued and evolving nature of our understanding of the right ventricle was emphasized in 2006, when the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute formed a working group focused on developing a better understanding of the right ventricle in both healthy and disease states. The objective of this review paper is to examine the right ventricle structure and function and describe the role of echocardiography in the evaluation of the right ventricle and right heart failure. Special focus will be on echocardiographic images and major society guidelines. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Hypnosis for sedation in transesophageal echocardiography: a comparison with midazolam.

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    Eren, Gulay; Dogan, Yuksel; Demir, Guray; Tulubas, Evrim; Hergunsel, Oya; Tekdos, Yasemin; Dogan, Murat; Bilgi, Deniz; Abut, Yesim

    2015-01-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), being a displeasing intervention, usually entails sedation. We aimed to compare the effects of hypnosis and midazolam for sedation in TEE. A prospective single-blinded study conducted on patients scheduled for TEE between April 2011 and July 2011 at a university in Istanbul, Turkey. A total of 41 patients underwent sedation using midazolam and 45 patients underwent hypnosis. Patients were given the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) test for anxiety and continuous performance test (CPT) for alertness before and after the procedure. The difficulty of probing and the overall procedure rated by the cardiologist and satisfaction scores of the patients were also documented. Anxiety was found to be less and attention more in the hypnosis group, as revealed by STAI and CPT test scores (P Hypnosis proved to be associated with positive therapeutic outcomes for TEE with regard to alleviation of anxiety and maintenance of vigilance, thus providing more satisfaction compared to sedation with midazolam.

  4. Imaging Aortic Regurgitation: The Incremental Benefit of Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Garg, Pankaj; Yassin, Firas; Leischik, Roman

    2015-01-01

    Aortic regurgitation (AR) affects global left ventricular mechanics. However, limited literature is available on how it may affect regional longitudinal strain. We present a case where severe AR jet is thrashing the anterior-septal wall and reducing its overall longitudinal performance most likely secondary to increased wall shear stress in diastole. This new insight into patho-physiological process using deformation study may have supplementary impact in decision making for surgical intervention. Transthoracic echocardiography is the primary imaging modality for the assessment of AR as it offers evaluation of severity of AR, aetiology of AR, left ventricular (LV) dilatation, LV systolic function, left ventricular mass, diastolic function and global strain. This case highlights the regional disturbances in longitudinal strain in eccentric AR. PMID:27006711

  5. [Peculiarities of the transesophageal echocardiography in octogenarian patients].

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    Canale, Jesús M; Cardoza-Encinas, Rubén; Canale-Segovia, Andrés

    The growing trend in the absolute and relative number of elderly in the population scheme, the increasing prevalence of heart disease as people get older and the impressive technological development of ultrasound devices have all together recently contributed to promote an increasing number of transesophageal echocardiograms in older patients, however, the already published information about the distinguishing features of this diagnostic methodology in elderly patients is still scarce and seems to be insufficient. This review focuses on the already published methodological and diagnostic features related to the transesophageal echocardiography in the octogenarian -or even older patient- in order to show them in an orderly and systematic manner to provide elements that induce useful clinical criteria for the physician who attends patients in this age group in whom this diagnostic modality is now increasingly requested. Copyright © 2016 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  6. Transesophageal echocardiography in patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia

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    Dreger Henryk

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In about one third of all patients with cerebral ischemia, no definite cause can be identified (cryptogenic stroke. In many patients with initially suspected cryptogenic stroke, however, a cardiogenic etiology can eventually be determined. Hence, the aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of abnormal echocardiographic findings in a large number of these patients. Method Patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia (ischemic stroke, IS, and transient ischemic attack, TIA were included. The initial work-up included a neurological examination, EEG, cCT, cMRT, 12-lead ECG, Holter-ECG, Doppler ultrasound of the extracranial arteries, and transthoracic echocardiography. A multiplane transeophageal echocardiography (TEE, including i.v. contrast medium application [Echovist], Valsalva maneuver was performed in all patients Results 702 consecutive patients (380 male, 383 IS, 319 TIA, age 18–90 years were included. In 52.6% of all patients, TEE examination revealed relevant findings. Overall, the most common findings in all patients were: patent foramen ovale (21.7%, previously undiagnosed valvular disease (15.8%, aortic plaques, aortic valve sclerosis, atrial septal aneurysms, regional myocardial dyskinesia, dilated left atrium and atrial septal defects. Older patients (> 55 years, n = 291 and patients with IS had more relevant echocardiographic findings than younger patients or patients with TIA, respectively (p = 0.002, p = 0.003. The prevalence rates of PFO or ASD were higher in younger patients (PFO: 26.8% vs. 18.0%, p = 0.005, ASD: 9.6% vs. 4.9%, p = 0.014. Conclusion A TEE examination in cryptogenic stroke reveals contributing cardiogenic factors in about half of all patients. Younger patients had a higher prevalence of PFO, whereas older patients had more frequently atherosclerotic findings. Therefore, TEE examinations seem indicated in all patients with cryptogenic stroke – irrespective of age – because of

  7. Low Prevalance of Major Events Adverse to Exercise Stress Echocardiography

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    Andrade, Stephanie Macedo; Telino, Caio José Coutinho Leal; Sousa, Antônio Carlos Sobral; de Melo, Enaldo Vieira; Teixeira, Carla Carolina Cardoso; Teixeira, Clarissa Karine Cardoso; Santana, Jaquiele Santos; Mota, Igor Larchert; de Matos, Carlos José Oliveira; Oliveira, Joselina Luzia Menezes

    2016-01-01

    Background: Stress echocardiography is well validated for diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease. Exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) has been shown to be the most physiological among the modalities of stress, but its safety is not well established. Objective: To study the complications related to ESE and clinical and echocardiographic variables most commonly associated with their occurrence. Methods: Cross-sectional study consisting of 10250 patients submitted to ESE for convenience, from January 2000 to June 2014. Cardiac Arrhythmias (CA) were the most frequent complications observed during the examination. The volunteers were divided into two groups according to the occurrence of CA during ESE: G1 group, composed of patients who have CA, and G2 formed by individuals who did not show such complication. Results: Group G1, consisting of 2843 patients (27.7%), and Group G2 consisting of 7407 patients (72.3%). There was no death, acute myocardial infarction, ventricular fibrillation or asystole. Predominant CAs were: supraventricular extrasystoles (13.7%), and ventricular extrasystoles (11.5%). G1 group had a higher mean age, higher frequency of hypertension and smoking, larger aortic roots and left atrium (LA) and lower ejection fraction than G2. G1 group also had more ischemic changes (p < 0.001). The predictor variables were age (RR 1.04; [CI] 95% from 1.038 to 1.049) and LA (RR 1.64; [CI] 95% from 1.448 to 1.872). Conclusion: ESE proved to be a safe modality of stress, with non-fatal complications only. Advanced age and enlargement of the left atrium are predictive of cardiac arrhythmias. PMID:27355587

  8. Repeated bedside echocardiography in children with respiratory failure

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to verify the benefits and limitations of repeated bedside echocardiographic examinations in children during mechanical ventilation. For the purposes of this study, we selected the data of over a time period from 2006 to 2010. Methods A total of 235 children, average age 3.21 (SD 1.32 years were included into the study and divided into etiopathogenic groups. High-risk groups comprised: Acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS, return of spontaneous circulation after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ROSC, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD, cardiomyopathy (CMP and cardiopulmonary disease (CPD. Transthoracic echocardiography was carried out during mechanical ventilation. The following data were collated for statistical evaluation: right and left ventricle myocardial performance indices (RV MPI; LV MPI, left ventricle shortening fraction (SF, cardiac output (CO, and the mitral valve ratio of peak velocity of early wave (E to the peak velocity of active wave (A as E/A ratio. The data was processed after a period of recovery, i.e. one hour after the introduction of invasive lines (time-1 and after 72 hours of comprehensive treatment (time-2. The overall development of parameters over time was compared within groups and between groups using the distribution-free Wilcoxons and two-way ANOVA tests. Results A total of 870 echocardiographic examinations were performed. At time-1 higher average values of RV MPI (0.34, SD 0.01 vs. 0.21, SD 0.01; p Conclusion Echocardiography complements standard monitoring of valuable information regarding cardiac load in real time. Chest excursion during mechanical ventilation does not reduce the quality of the acquired data.

  9. 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

    2011-05-01

    A prospective trial of echocardiography was conducted on six crew members 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 is "space normal" echocardiographic data. Each crew member operator (n = 6) had 2-hour preflight training. Baseline echocardiographic data were collected 55-167 days preflight. Similar equipment was used in each 60-minute in-flight session (mean microgravity exposure--114 days [34--190]). On-orbit ultrasound (US) operators used an e-learning system within 24 hours of these sessions. Expert assistance was provided using US video downlink and two-way voice. Testing was repeated 5-16 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, postflight); (b) effect of echo technician (two technicians independently analyzed the data); (c) interaction between mission phase and technician. Eleven rejections of the null hypothesis (mission phase or technician or both had no effect) were found that could be considered for possible follow up. Of these, eight rejections were for significant technician effects, not 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 but determine to not be clinically significant. No rejections were due to the interaction between technician and space flight. Thus, we found no consistent clinically significant effects of long-duration space flight on echocardiographic variables of the given group of subjects. © 2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Four-dimensional echocardiography area strain combined with exercise stress echocardiography to evaluate left ventricular regional systolic function in patients with mild single vessel coronary artery stenosis.

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    Deng, Yan; Peng, Long; Liu, Yuan-Yuan; Yin, Li-Xue; Li, Chun-Mei; Wang, Yi; Rao, Li

    2017-07-28

    The aim of this prospective study was to assess the diagnosis value of four-dimensional echocardiography area strain (AS) combined with exercise stress echocardiography to evaluate left ventricular regional systolic function in patients with mild single vessel coronary artery stenosis. Based on treadmill exercise load status, two-dimensional conventional echocardiography and four-dimensional echocardiography area strain were performed on patients suspected coronary artery disease before coronary angiogram. Thirty patients (case group) with mild left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis (stenosis coronary artery stenosis according to the coronary angiogram results were prospectively enrolled. All the patients had no left ventricular regional wall motion abnormality in two-dimensional echocardiography at rest and exercise stress. There was no significant difference in the 16 segmental systolic peak AS at rest between two groups. After exercise stress, the peak systolic ASrest-stress at mid anterior wall (-7.00%±10.90% vs 2.80%±23.69%) and mid anterolateral wall (-4.40%±18.81% vs 8.80%±19.16%) were decreased, while increased at basal inferolateral wall (14.00%±19.27% vs -5.60%±15.94%) in case group compared with control group (Pcoronary artery stenosis, the area strain was decreased at involved segments, while compensatory increased at noninvolved segments after exercise stress. Four-dimensional echocardiography area strain combined with exercise stress echocardiography could sensitively find left ventricular regional systolic function abnormality in patients with mild single vessel coronary artery stenosis, and locate stenosis coronary artery accordingly. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. The search for endocarditis in patients with candidemia: a systematic recommendation for echocardiography? A prospective cohort.

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    Fernández-Cruz, A; Cruz Menárguez, M; Muñoz, P; Pedromingo, M; Peláez, T; Solís, J; Rodríguez-Créixems, M; Bouza, E

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    Most current guidelines do not recommend systematic screening with echocardiography in patients with candidemia, as Candida infective endocarditis (CIE) is considered an uncommon disease. During the study period, we recommended echocardiography systematically to all candidemic patients that did not have contraindications and accepted to participate in the study. We intended to assess the incidence of unrecognized CIE in adult patients with candidemia. Our institution is a tertiary teaching hospital in which we follow all patients with candidemia. From January 2007 to October 2012, echocardiography was systematically recommended to suitable candidates. We recorded 263 cases of candidemia in adult patients. Echocardiography was not performed in 76 of these patients for the following reasons: patients had died when blood cultures became positive (17), patients were critically or terminally ill (38), or the patient or physician refused the procedure (21). The remaining 187 patients constitute the basis of this report. CIE was diagnosed in 11 cases (4.2 % of the whole candidemic population and 5.9 % of the population with echocardiographic study). The results of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) suggested infective endocarditis (IE) in 5/172 patients (2.9 %), and the result of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was positive in 10/87 (11.5 %). Among 11 confirmed cases of CIE, the disease was clinically unsuspected in three patients. At least 4.2 % of all candidemic patients have CIE. CIE is frequently clinically unsuspected and echocardiography is required to demonstrate a high proportion of cases.

  12. Saline contrast echocardiography for the detection of patent foramen ovale in hypoxia: a validation study using intracardiac echocardiography.

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

    2014-04-01

    Although the "3 beat rule" is widely utiized to discriminate patent foramen ovale (PFO)-mediated right-to-left shunt (RTLS) from intrapulmonary RTLS using saline contrast transthoracic echocardiography (SCE), SCE diagnostic performance has yet to be validated using an invasive intracardiac standard. Percutaneous PFO occluder placement was recently shown to ameliorate hypoxia in patients with suspected PFO-mediated RTLS. We evaluated the ability of SCE to predict PFO presence and size using intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) as a gold standard in a hypoxic cohort. Sixty-three hypoxic patients with suspected PFO-mediated RTLS who underwent SCE at rest, with Valsalva maneuver, and with cough 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 and timing of left heart saline target appearance were compared to the presence of ICE-defined PFO RTLS. Forty-seven patients (75%) met criteria for PFO-mediated RTLS. A 4 beat cutoff for resting SCE provided optimal diagnostic performance for detection of PFO-mediated RTLS with a 71% sensitivity, 94% specificity, and 97% positive predictive value (PPV). Valsalva and cough maneuvers improved sensitivity compared to rest SCE (89% and 80%, respectively). Valsalva SCE shunt severity more accurately predicted PFO size than resting SCE. In contrast to the widely accepted "3 beat rule," resting SCE for the detection of PFO RTLS in a hypoxic population performs optimally using a 4-cycle cutoff with both excellent specificity and PPV. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. DOBUTAMINE STRESS-ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY: POSSIBILITY OF CLINICAL USAGE IN CARDIOLOGY PRACTICE

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    M. A. Saidova

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    Full Text Available Currently stress-echocardiography or so-called burden echocardiography is essential method of patient examination to reveal latent ischemic heart disease (IHD. That is one of the mostly informative non-invasive methods of IHD diagnosis as well as efficacy evaluation of coronary angioplasty, surgical and pharmacological treatments of IHD. Dobutamine usage as a stress-agent at burden echocardiography allows evaluating not only ischemia but a myocardial vitality in post infarction area as well as clarify severity of valve stenosis, pulmonary hypertension and extent of latent obstruction of exhaust duct of the left ventricle. Method possibilities are presented as well as test protocol, main indications and contraindications.

  14. 3-dimensional echocardiography and its role in preoperative mitral valve evaluation.

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    Andrawes, Michael N; Feinman, Jared W

    2013-05-01

    Echocardiography plays a key role in the preoperative evaluation of mitral valve disease. 3-dimensional echocardiography is a relatively new development that is being used more and more frequently in the evaluation of these patients. This article reviews the available literature comparing the use of this new technology to classic techniques in the assessment of mitral valve pathology. The authors also review some of the novel insights learned from 3-dimensional echocardiography and how they may be used in surgical decision making and planning.

  15. Targeted neonatal echocardiography services: need for standardized training and quality assurance.

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    2014-10-01

    Targeted neonatal echocardiography refers to a focused assessment of myocardial performance and hemodynamics directed by a specific clinical question. It has become the standard of care in many parts of the world, but practice is variable, and there has been a lack of standardized training and evaluation to date. Targeted neonatal echocardiography was first introduced to Canada in 2006. The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics of targeted neonatal echocardiography practice and training methods in Canadian neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

  16. Respiratory influence on left atrial volume calculation with 3D-echocardiography

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    Sørgaard, Mathias; Linde, Jesper J; Ismail, Hafsa;

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    BACKGROUND: Left atrial volume (LAV) estimation with 3D echocardiography has been shown to be more accurate than 2D volume calculation. However, little is known about the possible effect of respiratory movements on the accuracy of the measurement. METHODS: 100 consecutive patients admitted...... with chest pain were examined with 3D echocardiography and LAV was quantified during inspiratory breath hold, expiratory breath hold and during free breathing. RESULTS: Of the 100 patients, only 65 had an echocardiographic window that allowed for 3D echocardiography in the entire respiratory cycle. Mean...

  17. 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

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    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.

  18. DOBUTAMINE STRESS-ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY: POSSIBILITY OF CLINICAL USAGE IN CARDIOLOGY PRACTICE

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    M. A. Saidova

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Currently stress-echocardiography or so-called burden echocardiography is essential method of patient examination to reveal latent ischemic heart disease (IHD. That is one of the mostly informative non-invasive methods of IHD diagnosis as well as efficacy evaluation of coronary angioplasty, surgical and pharmacological treatments of IHD. Dobutamine usage as a stress-agent at burden echocardiography allows evaluating not only ischemia but a myocardial vitality in post infarction area as well as clarify severity of valve stenosis, pulmonary hypertension and extent of latent obstruction of exhaust duct of the left ventricle. Method possibilities are presented as well as test protocol, main indications and contraindications.

  19. Usefulness of three-dimensional echocardiography in the assessment of valvular involvement in Loeffler endocarditis.

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    Hernandez, Carlos M; Arisha, Mohammed J; Ahmad, Amier; Oates, Ethan; Nanda, Navin C; Nanda, Anil; Wasan, Anita; Caleti, Beda E; Bernal, Cinthia L P; Gallardo, Sergio M

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    Loeffler endocarditis is a complication of hypereosinophilic syndrome resulting from eosinophilic infiltration of heart tissue. We report a case of Loeffler endocarditis in which three-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography provided additional information to what was found by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography alone. Our case illustrates the usefulness of combined two- and three-dimensional echocardiography in the assessment of Loeffler endocarditis. In addition, a summary of the features of hypereosinophilic syndrome and Loeffler endocarditis is provided in tabular form. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Guidelines for the provision of echocardiography in Canada: recommendations of a joint Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Society of Echocardiography Consensus Panel.

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    Sanfilippo, Anthony J; Bewick, David; Chan, K L; Cujec, Bibiana; Dumesnil, J G; Honos, George; Munt, Brad; Sasson, Zion; Tam, James; Tomlinson, Charles; Aboguddah, Ayman; Ahmed, Shaheeda; Ali, Mohamed; Arsenault, Marie; Ascah, Kathryn; Ashton, Tom; Baird, Michael; Basmadjian, Arsene; Beique, Francois; Blakeley, Michael; Blais, Marie-Josee; Burggraf, Gary; Burwash, Ian; Cochrane, Jessica; Fagan, Susan; Giannoccaro, Peter; Hughes, William; Jones, Alan; Jue, John; Koilpillai, Chris; Leblanc, Marie-Helene; Londry, Colleen; Morgan, Dennis; O'Reilly, Michael; Sawchuk, Corey; Siu, Samuel; Sochowski, Randy; Tremblay, Guy; Welikovitch, Lisa; Yu, Eric

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    Recognizing the central role of echocardiographic examinations in the assessment of most cardiac disorders and the need to ensure the provision of these services in a highly reliable, timely, economical and safe manner, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Canadian Society of Echocardiography undertook a comprehensive review of all aspects influencing the provision of echocardiographic services in Canada. Five regional panels were established to develop preliminary recommendations in the five component areas, which included the echocardiographic examination, the echocardiographic laboratory and report, the physician, the sonographer and indications for examinations. Membership in the panels was structured to recognize the regional professional diversity of individuals involved in the provision of echocardiography. In addition, a focus group of cardiac sonograhers was recruited to review aspects of the document impacting on sonographer responsibilities and qualification. The document is intended to be used as a comprehensive and practical reference for all of those involved in the provision of echocardiography in Canada.

  1. Clinical utility of digital dobutamine stress echocardiography in the noninvasive evaluation of coronary artery disease.

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    Madu, E C; Ahmar, W; Arthur, J; Fraker, T D

    1994-05-23

    Exercise electrocardiography is an established mode of evaluation for patients with suspected coronary artery disease. It also provides prognostic information and guides therapeutic management in patients with established disease. However, some patients are unable to exercise because of orthopedic problems, neurologic diseases, peripheral vascular disease, or deconditioning. In the past, these patients have been referred for angiography to help assess their disease. Recently, however, new techniques to assess myocardial perfusion and/or function, including stress echocardiography, have been used in the noninvasive assessment of coronary artery disease in this group of patients. Echocardiography has been used in combination with different drugs, including dobutamine, dipyridamole, and adenosine. Dobutamine is probably the single most studied drug for stress echocardiography. Dobutamine stress echocardiography is a safe, feasible, and valuable technique for evaluating coronary artery disease.

  2. The role of 3D and speckle tracking echocardiography in cardiac amyloidosis: a case report.

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    Nucci, E M; Lisi, M; Cameli, M; Baldi, L; Puccetti, L; Mondillo, S; Favilli, R; Lunghetti, S

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    Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is a disorder characterized by amyloid fibrils deposition in cardiac interstitium; it results in a restrictive cardiomyopathy with heart failure (HF) and conduction abnormalities. The "gold standard" for diagnosis of CA is myocardial biopsy but possible sampling errors and procedural risks, limit it's use. Magnetic resonance (RMN) offers more information than traditional echocardiography and allows diagnosis of CA but often it's impossible to perform. We report the case of a man with HF and symptomatic bradyarrhythmia that required an urgent pacemaker implant. Echocardiography was strongly suggestive of CA but wasn't impossible to perform an RMN to confirm this hypothesis because the patient was implanted with a definitive pacemaker. So was performed a Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE) and a 3D echocardiography: STE allows to differentiate CA from others hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by longitudinal strain value eco 3D and STE for early diagnosis of CA, especially when RMN cannot be performed.

  3. Prevalence of infective endocarditis in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: the value of screening with echocardiography

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    Rasmussen, Rasmus V; Høst, Ulla; Arpi, Magnus;

    2011-01-01

    Staphylococcus aureus infective endocarditis (IE) is a critical medical condition associated with a high morbidity and mortality. In the present study, we prospectively evaluated the importance of screening with echocardiography in an unselected S. aureus bacteraemia (SAB) population....

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

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    Maryam Esmaeilzadeh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available 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

  5. [Nursing care for patients undergoing pharmacological stress echocardiography: implications for clinical practice].

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    de Goes, Marta Georgina Oliveira; Lautert, Liana; Lucena, Amália Fátima

    2012-06-01

    The study aim was both to identify signs and symptoms previous to and during the pharmacological stress echocardiography test and to describe the nurse's role and nursing care principles for this exam. This is a descriptive study, carried out in cardiac care unit in a University Hospital in Porto Alegre, RS. Two hundred forty-six records of patients submitted to stress echocardiography were retrospectively reviewed, according to four different pharmacological schedules. The statistical comparison showed that signs and symptoms were related to the type of drug used during the exam, namely: typical angina, precordial ache, tiredness, headache and premature complexes. These results enabled a better understanding of pharmacological stress echocardiography and the instrumentalization of nurses in order to plan individualized and qualified nursing care assistance. Aside from helping develop nursing practices for the pharmacological stress echocardiography test this knowledge could also be used by nurses who carry out their activities in institutions that use this diagnostic method.

  6. Noninvasive myocardial strain measurement by speckle tracking echocardiography: validation against sonomicrometry and tagged magnetic resonance imaging

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    Amundsen, Brage H; Helle-Valle, Thomas; Edvardsen, Thor; Torp, Hans; Crosby, Jonas; Lyseggen, Erik; Støylen, Asbjørn; Ihlen, Halfdan; Lima, João A C; Smiseth, Otto A; Slørdahl, Stig A

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to validate speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) as a method for angle-independent measurement of regional myocardial strain, using sonomicrometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI...

  7. Comparison of echocardiography and angiography in determining the cause of severe aortic regurgitation.

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    DePace, N L; Nestico, P F; Kotler, M N; Mintz, G S; Kimbiris, D; Goel, I P; Glazier-Laskey, E E; Ross, J

    1984-01-01

    To assess the accuracy of echocardiography in determining the cause of aortic regurgitation M mode and cross sectional echocardiography were compared with angiography in 43 patients with predominant aortic regurgitation. Each patient had all three investigations performed during the same admission to hospital. In each instance, the cause of aortic regurgitation was confirmed at surgery or necropsy. Seventeen patients had rheumatic aortic valve disease, 13 bacterial endocarditis with a perforated or partially destroyed cusp, five a bicuspid aortic valve (four with a history of endocarditis), and eight aortic regurgitation secondary to aortic root dilatation or aneurysm. Overall sensitivity of echocardiography and aortography was 84% in determining the cause of aortic regurgitation. Thus, rheumatic valve disease and endocarditis appear to be the most common causes of severe aortic regurgitation in this hospital based population. Furthermore, echocardiography is a sensitive non-invasive technique for determining the cause of aortic regurgitation and allows differentiation of valvular from root causes of aortic regurgitation.

  8. Transesophageal echocardiography. 3. rev. and enl. ed.; Transoesophageale Echokardiografie. Lehrbuch und Altlas zur Untersuchungstechnik und Befundinterpretation

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    Lambertz, Heinz [ECHOECUCT-Akademie, Wiesbaden (Germany); Lethen, Harald (eds.) [Internistische Intensivmedizin, Wiesbaden (Germany). Innere Medizin/Kardiologie

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    The book on transesophageal echocardiography covers the following issues: Development of transesophageal echocardiography, technical advances; indications and contraindication for transesophageal echocardiography; systematic of the medical examination process; cardiac valves and valve prostheses; mitral and aortic valvuloplasty, TAVI and interventional treatment of mitral regurgitation; infectious endocarditis; one-way and effluence disturbances of the left and right ventricle; diseases of the thoracic aorta; undefined right ventricle enlargement; lung embolism, acute infarct complications; TEE during anesthesia and perioperative intensive medicine, cardiac sources of embolism; cardiac tumors, mediastinal lymph nodes; pericardiac diseases; congenital heart diseases in childhood and adulthood; catheter interventions and heart valve reconstruction; surgically corrected congenital cardiac defects; intracavitary versus transesophageal echocardiography; three-dimensional TEE; coronary diagnostics; ischemia and vitality diagnostics.

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

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    Full Text Available 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.

  10. Mycotic aneurysm of the descending thoracic aorta: the role of transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Joffe, I I; Emmi, R P; Oline, J; Jacobs, L E; Owen, A N; Ioli, A; Najjar, D; Kotler, M N

    1996-01-01

    Mycotic aneurysms of the aorta are prone to rupture. Thus rapid and accurate diagnosis is essential so that surgical repair can be undertaken. We report a case of mycotic aortic aneurysm caused by mitral valve endocarditis. The aneurysm situated at the junction of the thoracoabdominal aorta was readily detected by transesophageal echocardiography. Computed tomography and aortography were complementary to transesophageal echocardiography in establishing the diagnosis. The patient underwent successful repair and acute inflammation of the aneurysm was present at histologic examination.

  11. Papillary muscle rupture caused by bacterial endocarditis: role of transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Habib, G; Guidon, C; Tricoire, E; Djiane, V; Monties, J R; Luccioni, R

    1994-01-01

    A 22-year-old man had severe pulmonary congestion and required mechanical ventilation. Endocarditis was suspected because a 2/6 systolic murmur was heard at the apex and because Osler nodes were present. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography allowed correct diagnosis of papillary muscle rupture causing massive mitral regurgitation. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of papillary muscle rupture caused by bacterial endocarditis diagnosed by transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography.

  12. The potential role and limitations of echocardiography in acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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    Lazzeri, Chiara; Cianchi, Giovanni; Bonizzoli, Manuela; Batacchi, Stefano; Peris, Adriano; Gensini, Gian Franco

    2016-04-01

    Bedside use of Doppler echocardiography is being featured as a promising, clinically useful tool in assessing the pulmonary circulation in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The present review is aimed at summarizing the available evidence obtained with echocardiography on right ventricle (RV) function and pulmonary circulation in ARDS and to highlight the potential of this technique in clinical practice (only articles in English language were considered). According to the available evidence on echocardiographic findings, the following conclusions can be drawn: (a) echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal) has a growing role in the management ARDS patients mainly because of the strict interactions between the lung (and ventilation) and the RV and pulmonary circulation; (b) there may be a continuum of alterations in RV size and function and pulmonary circulation which may end in the development of acute cor pulmonale, probably paralleling ARDS disease severity; and (c) the detection of acute cor pulmonale should prompt intensivists to tailor their ventilatory strategy to the individual patient depending on the echocardiography findings. Bearing in mind the clinical role and growing importance of echocardiography in ARDS and the available evidence on this topic, we present a flow chart including the parameters to be measured and the timing of echo exams in ARDS patients. Despite the important progress that echocardiography has gained in the evaluation of patients with ARDS, several open questions remain and echocardiography still appears to be underused in these patients. A more systematic use of echocardiography (mainly through shared protocols) in ARDS could help intensivists to tailor the optimal treatment in individual patients as well as highlighting the limits and potential of this methodology in patients with ALI.

  13. ["Introduction to transthoracic, transesophageal and real time 3Dimensional transesophageal echocardiography"].

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    Erb, Joachim; Mukherjee, Chirojit; Knebel, Fabian; Ender, Jörg

    2014-12-01

    Echocardiography allows assessment of cardiac anatomy and function. A tailored approach to echocardiographic assessment is essential in hemodynamic unstable patients. Standard views allow comprehensive examination and also reduce the chances to oversee unexpected findings. TTE should be first choice in emergency and intensive care medicine. TEE is standard of care in intraoperative setting. 3 D echocardiography is valuable in specific situations. Written reporting of examination is mandatory.

  14. Echocardiographic Evaluation of Cardiac Function in Ischemic Rats: Value of M-Mode Echocardiography

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    Darbandi Azar, Amir; Tavakoli, Fatemeh; Moladoust, Hassan; Zare, Asghar; Sadeghpour, Anita

    2014-01-01

    Background: Echocardiography is a well-established diagnostic tool for a safe, reproducible and accurate evaluation of cardiac anatomy, hemodynamics and function in clinical practice. Objectives: We sought to demonstrate the efficacy and feasibility of M-mode echocardiography to evaluate cardiac structure and function in normal and MI-induced adult rats. Materials and Methods: All animal procedures were approved by the ethics committee of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and the investig...

  15. Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity and Cardiac Function Improvement After Stem Cell Therapy Diagnosed by Strain Echocardiography

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    Oliveira, Maira S.; Melo, Marcos B; Carvalho, Juliana L; Melo, Isabela M; Lavor, Mario SL; Gomes, Dawidson A.; Goes, Alfredo M.; Melo, Marilia M

    2013-01-01

    Doxorubicin (Dox) is one of the most effective chemotherapeutic agents; however, it causes dose-dependent cardiotoxicity. Evaluation of left ventricular function relies on measurements based on M-mode echocardiography. A new technique based on quantification of myocardial motion and deformation, strain echocardiography, has been showed promising profile for early detection of cardiac dysfunction. Different therapy strategies, such as flavonoid plant extracts and stem cells, have been investig...

  16. Transesophageal echocardiography in the management of burn patients.

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    Maybauer, Marc O; Asmussen, Sven; Platts, David G; Fraser, John F; Sanfilippo, Filippo; Maybauer, Dirk M

    2014-06-01

    A systematic review was conducted to assess the level of evidence for the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the management of burn patients. We searched any article published before and including June 30, 2013. Our search yielded 118 total publications, 11 met the inclusion criteria of burn injury and TEE. Available studies published in any language were rated and included. At the present time, there are no available systematic reviews/meta-analyses published that met our search criteria. Only a small number of clinical trials, all with a limited number of patients were available. Therefore, a meta-analysis on outcome parameters was not performed. However, the major pathologic findings in burn patients were reduced left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function, mitral valve vegetation, pulmonary hypertension, pericardial effusion, fluid overload, and right heart failure. The advantages of TEE include offering direct assessment of cardiac valve competency, myocardial contractility, and most importantly real time assessment of adequacy of hemodynamic resuscitation and preload in the acute phase of resuscitation, with minimal additional risk. TEE serves multiple diagnostic purposes and is being used to better understand the fluid status and cardiac physiology of the critically ill burn patient. Randomized controlled trials especially on fluid resuscitation and cardiac performance in acute burns are warranted to potentially further improve outcome.

  17. Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography Safety in Chagas Disease Patients

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    Daniela do Carmo Rassi

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD. As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease. Objectives: To assess DSE safety in Chagas disease patients with clinical suspicion of CAD, as well as the incidence of arrhythmias and adverse events during the exam. Methods: Retrospective analysis of a database of patients referred for DSE from May/2012 to February/2015. This study assessed 205 consecutive patients with Chagas disease suspected of having CAD. All of them had their serology for Chagas disease confirmed. Results: Their mean age was 64±10 years and most patients were females (65.4%. No patient had significant adverse events, such as acute myocardial infarction, ventricular fibrillation, asystole, stroke, cardiac rupture and death. Regarding arrhythmias, ventricular extrasystoles occurred in 48% of patients, and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in 7.3%. Conclusion: DSE proved to be safe in this population of Chagas disease patients, in which no potentially life-threatening outcome was found.

  18. Esophageal rupture: a severe complication of transesophageal echocardiography

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    Fernando Peixoto Ferraz de Campos

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Since when the first transesophageal echocardiography (TEE was undertaken in 1975, technological advances have made this diagnostic modality more reliable. TEE indications became widespread in cardiac and non-cardiac surgeries, intensive care units, and ambulatory clinics. The procedure is generally considered a safe diagnostic tool, but occasionally complications do occur. The insertion and manipulation of the ultrasound probe can cause oropharyngeal, esophageal, or gastric trauma. Although rare, these complications may present a mortality rate of up to 56% depending on the treatment approach and the elapsed time to the diagnosis. The authors report a case of a 65-year-old woman submitted to attempt a TEE in order to better study or diagnose an inter-atrial communication. After 3 days of the procedure, the patient was admitted to the hospital with edema, hyperemia of the anterior face of the neck, accompanied by systemic symptoms. The imaging diagnostic work-up evidenced signs of esophageal rupture and upper mediastinal involvement, the former confirmed by upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The patient was treated with antibiotics and cervical and mediastinal drainage, with a favorable outcome.

  19. Soluble Suppression of Tumorigenicity 2 and Echocardiography in Sepsis.

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    Yang, Hyun Suk; Hur, Mina; Kim, Hanah; Magrini, Laura; Marino, Rossella; Di Somma, Salvatore

    2016-11-01

    Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) has emerged as a biomarker of cardiac stretch or remodeling, and has demonstrated a role in acutely decompensated heart failure. However, its role in sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction is still unknown. We explored whether sST2 serum concentration reflects either systolic or diastolic dysfunction as measured by Doppler echocardiography. In a total of 127 patients with sepsis, correlations between sST2 and blood pressure, left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction, LV diastolic filling (ratio of early transmitral flow velocity to early diastolic mitral annulus velocity), and resting pulmonary arterial pressure were evaluated. Correlations between sST2 and other sepsis biomarkers (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [hs-CRP] and procalcitonin) were also examined. sST2 showed a moderate correlation with mean arterial pressure (r=-0.3499) but no correlation with LV ejection fraction, diastolic filling, or resting pulmonary hypertension. It showed moderate correlations with hs-CRP and procalcitonin (r=0.2608 and r=0.3829, respectively). sST2 might have a role as a biomarker of shock or inflammation, but it cannot reflect echocardiographic findings of LV ejection fraction or diastolic filling in sepsis.

  20. COMPARISON OF CARDIAC BIOMARKERS AND ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN DIAGNOSING MYOCARDITIS

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    Nimi Bharathan

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Conventional methods used to diagnose or rule out myocarditis is not useful in detecting cardiac myocyte injury in clinically suspected cases. Endomyocardial biopsy and histopathological examination is not feasible in most government hospitals in India. Sensitive parameters have yet to be found out. The study was conducted to find out whether diagnosis of myocarditis in clinically suspected cases can be done by measurement of serum levels of cardiac troponinI (cTnI and MB isoform of creatine kinase (CK-MB. MATERIALS AND METHODS 19 patients with clinically suspected myocarditis were screened for CK-MB activity and cTnI. Echocardiography, ECG and IgM for leptospirosis were also checked in these patients. RESULTS cTnI was elevated in 10 out of 19 patients with clinically suspected myocarditis. CK-MB was elevated in 7 patients. CONCLUSION Elevation of cTnI level in blood can be taken as an indicator of cardiac muscle cell injury in suspected cases of myocarditis.

  1. Complications during pharmacological stress echocardiography: a video-case series

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    Bigi Riccardo

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stress echocardiography is a cost-effective tool for the modern noninvasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Several physical and pharmacological stresses are used in combination with echocardiographic imaging, usually exercise, dobutamine and dipyridamole. The safety of a stress is (or should be a major determinant in the choice of testing. Although large scale single center experiences and multicenter trial information are available for both dobutamine and dipyridamole stress echo testing, complications or side effects still can occur even in the most experienced laboratories with the most skilled operators. Case presentation We decided to present a case collection of severe complications during pharmacological stress echo testing, including a ventricular tachycardia, cardiogenic shock, transient ischemic attack, torsade de pointe, fatal ventricular fibrillation, and free wall rupture. Conclusion We believe that, in this field, every past complication described is a future complication avoided; what happens in your lab is more true of what you read in journals; and Good Clinical Practice is not "not having complications", but to describe the complications you had.

  2. Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography Safety in Chagas Disease Patients

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    Rassi, Daniela do Carmo; Vieira, Marcelo Luiz Campos; Furtado, Rogerio Gomes; Turco, Fabio de Paula; Melato, Luciano Henrique; Hotta, Viviane Tiemi; Nunes, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira; Rassi Jr., Luiz; Rassi, Salvador

    2017-01-01

    Background A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease. Objectives To assess DSE safety in Chagas disease patients with clinical suspicion of CAD, as well as the incidence of arrhythmias and adverse events during the exam. Methods Retrospective analysis of a database of patients referred for DSE from May/2012 to February/2015. This study assessed 205 consecutive patients with Chagas disease suspected of having CAD. All of them had their serology for Chagas disease confirmed. Results Their mean age was 64±10 years and most patients were females (65.4%). No patient had significant adverse events, such as acute myocardial infarction, ventricular fibrillation, asystole, stroke, cardiac rupture and death. Regarding arrhythmias, ventricular extrasystoles occurred in 48% of patients, and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in 7.3%. Conclusion DSE proved to be safe in this population of Chagas disease patients, in which no potentially life-threatening outcome was found. PMID:28099588

  3. Augmented reality simulator for training in two-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Weidenbach, M; Wick, C; Pieper, S; Quast, K J; Fox, T; Grunst, G; Redel, D A

    2000-02-01

    In two-dimensional echocardiography the sonographer must synthesize multiple tomographic slices into a mental three-dimensional (3D) model of the heart. Computer graphics and virtual reality environments are ideal to visualize complex 3D spatial relationships. In augmented reality (AR) applications, real and virtual image data are linked, to increase the information content. In the presented AR simulator a 3D surface model of the human heart is linked with echocardiographic volume data sets. The 3D echocardiographic data sets are registered with the heart model to establish spatial and temporal congruence. The heart model, together with an animated ultrasound sector represents a reference scenario, which displays the currently selected two-dimensional echocardiographic cutting plane calculated from the volume data set. Modifications of the cutting plane within the echocardiographic data are transferred and visualized simultaneously and in real time within the reference scenario. The trainee can interactively explore the 3D heart model and the registered 3D echocardiographic data sets by an animated ultrasound probe, whose position is controlled by an electromagnetic tracking system. The tracking system is attached to a dummy transducer and placed on a plastic puppet to give a realistic impression of a two-dimensional echocardiographic examination.

  4. The Preoperative Evaluation of Infective Endocarditis via 3-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Yong, Matthew S; Saxena, Pankaj; Killu, Ammar M; Coffey, Sean; Burkhart, Harold M; Wan, Siu-Hin; Malouf, Joseph F

    2015-08-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography continues to have a central role in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis and its sequelae. Recent technological advances offer the option of 3-dimensional imaging in the evaluation of patients with infective endocarditis. We present an illustrative case and review the literature regarding the potential advantages and limitations of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in the diagnosis of complicated infective endocarditis. A 51-year-old man, an intravenous drug user who had undergone bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement 5 months earlier, presented with prosthetic valve endocarditis. Preoperative transesophageal echocardiography with 3D rendition revealed a large abscess involving the mitral aortic intervalvular fibrosa, together with a mycotic aneurysm that had ruptured into the left atrium, resulting in a left ventricle-to-left atrium fistula. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography enabled superior preoperative anatomic delineation and surgical planning. We conclude that 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography can be a useful adjunct to traditional 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography as a tool in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis.

  5. 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. Copyright © 2014 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Thromboembolism Prevention via Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Closure with Transeosophageal Echocardiography Guidance

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    John Palios

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Atrial fibrillation (AF is an independent risk factor for stroke. Anticoagulation therapy has a risk of intracerebral hemorrhage. The use of percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA closure devices is an alternative to anticoagulation therapy. Echocardiography has a leading role in LAA closure procedure in patient selection, during the procedure and during followup. A comprehensive echocardiography study is necessary preprocedural in order to identify all the lobes of the LAA, evaluate the size of the LAA ostium, look for thrombus or spontaneous echo contrast, and evaluate atrial anatomy, including atrial septal defect and patent foramen ovale. Echocardiography is used to identify potential cardiac sources of embolism, such as atrial septal aneurysm, mitral valve disease, and aortic debris. During the LAA occlusion procedure transeosophageal echocardiography provides guidance for the transeptal puncture and monitoring during the release of the closure device. Procedure-related complications can be evaluated and acceptable device release criteria such as proper position and seating of the occluder in the LAA, compression, and stability can be assessed. Postprocedural echocardiography is used for followup to assess the closure of the LAA ostium. This overview paper describes the emerging role of LAA occlusion procedure with transeosophageal echocardiography guidance as an alternative to anticoagulation therapy in patients with AF.

  7. [Value and indications of transesophageal echocardiography before cardioversion of atrial fibrillation].

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    Lesbre, J P

    2003-09-01

    Transoesophageal echocardiography is essential for the diagnosis of left atrial thrombosis and its precursors (dense spontaneous contrast--reduced auricular emptying velocities) and for the diagnosis of complex aortic atheroma. The sensitivity and specificity of transoesophageal echocardiography for the diagnosis of left atrial thrombus are about 100% and about 90% for that of aortic atheroma. The formal indications for transoesophageal echocardiography before cardioversion are: atrial fibrillation complicated by stroke or a recent systemic embolism: atrial fibrillation complicated by mitral valve disease as the thrombo-embolic risk is major in this context: atrial fibrillation with a high thromboembolic risk: a history of stroke, presence of cardiac failure, diabetes, permanent hypertension, a very dilated left atrium (> or = 50 mm): apparently isolated atrial fibrillation for which long term anticoagulant therapy is hoped to be avoided. On the other hand, in recent, uncomplicated, non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a common fallacy should be corrected: transoesophageal echocardiography does not improve the safety of electrical cardioversion. With similar durations of prior anticoagulant therapy. Over a 3 week period, the frequency of thromboembolic complications is the same whether or not transoesophageal echocardiography is performed before cardioversion (0.8% in both groups of the SEIDL study). With short periods of anticoagulant therapy before cardioversion, there is a higher thromboembolic complication and mortality rate (ACUTE study). The safety of cardioversion is not related to the practice of prior transoesophageal echocardiography but to strict and efficacious anticoagulation for a period of 3 weeks before cardioversion.

  8. Three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease : an expert consensus document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark; Khoo, Nee; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie; Meijboom, Folkert|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/136537367; Roberson, David; Van den Bosch, Annemien; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good

  9. Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease : An Expert Consensus Document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark K; Khoo, Nee S; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie S; Meijboom, Folkert|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/136537367; Roberson, David; van den Bosch, Annemien E; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

    2017-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good

  10. Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease : An Expert Consensus Document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark K; Khoo, Nee S; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie S; Meijboom, Folkert; Roberson, David; van den Bosch, Annemien E; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

    2017-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good ac

  11. Three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease : an expert consensus document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark; Khoo, Nee; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie; Meijboom, Folkert|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/136537367; Roberson, David; Van den Bosch, Annemien; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good ac

  12. Three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease : an expert consensus document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark; Khoo, Nee; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie; Meijboom, Folkert; Roberson, David; Van den Bosch, Annemien; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good ac

  13. Assessment of Myocardial Perfusion and Systolic Function in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery by Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography and Two-dimensional Strain Echocardiography

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    Rong LIU; Youbin DENG; Xiaojun BI; Yani LIU; Li XIONG; Liuping CHEN

    2009-01-01

    The clinically applied value of myocardial perfusion and systolic function in patients with coronary artery disease after coronary artery bypass surgery using real-time myocardial contrast echo-cardiography (RT-MCE) combined with two-dimensional strain echocardiography was assessed.Twenty patients underwent intravenous RT-MCE by intravenous injections of Sono Vue before and after coronary artery bypass surgery. Two-dimensional images were recorded from the left ventricular four-chamber view, two-chamber view and the apical view before, and two weeks and three months af-ter coronary artery bypass surgery, and the peak systolic longitudinal strain was measured. The results showed that myocardial perfusion was significantly increased after coronary artery bypass surgery in about 71.6% segments. In the group that myocardial perfusion was improved, the peak systolic longitu-dinal strain three months after bypass surgery was significantly higher than that before operation [(-15.78±5.91)% vs (-10.45±8.31)%, P0.05]. It was con-cluded that whether or not the improvement of myocardial perfusion can mirror the recovery trend of regional systolic function, two-dimensional strain echocardiography can observe dynamic change of re-gional systolic function. The combination of myocardial perfusion with two-dimensional strain echocar-diography can more accurately assess the curative effectiveness of coronary artery bypass surgery.

  14. Cancer therapy and cardiotoxicity: The need of serial Doppler echocardiography

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    Pardo Moira

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Cancer therapy has shown terrific progress leading to important reduction of morbidity and mortality of several kinds of cancer. The therapeutic management of oncologic patients includes combinations of drugs, radiation therapy and surgery. Many of these therapies produce adverse cardiovascular complications which may negatively affect both the quality of life and the prognosis. For several years the most common noninvasive method of monitoring cardiotoxicity has been represented by radionuclide ventriculography while other tests as effort EKG and stress myocardial perfusion imaging may detect ischemic complications, and 24-hour Holter monitoring unmask suspected arrhythmias. Also biomarkers such as troponine I and T and B-type natriuretic peptide may be useful for early detection of cardiotoxicity. Today, the widely used non-invasive method of monitoring cardiotoxicity of cancer therapy is, however, represented by Doppler-echocardiography which allows to identify the main forms of cardiac complications of cancer therapy: left ventricular (systolic and diastolic dysfunction, valve heart disease, pericarditis and pericardial effusion, carotid artery lesions. Advanced ultrasound tools, as Integrated Backscatter and Tissue Doppler, but also simple ultrasound detection of "lung comet" on the anterior and lateral chest can be helpful for early, subclinical diagnosis of cardiac involvement. Serial Doppler echocardiographic evaluation has to be encouraged in the oncologic patients, before, during and even late after therapy completion. This is crucial when using anthracyclines, which have early but, most importantly, late, cumulative cardiac toxicity. The echocardiographic monitoring appears even indispensable after radiation therapy, whose detrimental effects may appear several years after the end of irradiation.

  15. An Experimental Study of Myocardial Viability with Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography

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    张稳柱; 查道刚; 成官迅; 杨绍青; 刘伊丽

    2001-01-01

    Background Myocardial blood flow(MBF) can be quantified with myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) during a venous in fusion of microbubble. A minimal MBF is required to maintain cell membrane integrity and myocardial viability in ischemic condition. Thus, we hypothesized that MCE could be used to assess myocardial viability by the determination of MBF. Methods and Results MCE was performed at 4 hours after ligation of proximal left anterior descending coronary artery in 7dogs with constant venous infusions of microbubbles.The video intensity versus pulsing interval plots derived from each myocardial pixel were fitted to an exponential function: y=A(1-e-βt), where y is Ⅵ at pulsing interval t, A reflects rnicrovascular cross- sectional area (or myocardial blood volume), and β reflects mean myocardial microbubble velocity. The product of A · β represents MBF. MBF was also obtained by radiolabeled microsphere method servered as reference.MBF derived by radiolabeled microsphere- method in the regions of normal, ischemia and infarction was 1.5±0.3, 0.7±0.3, 0.3±0.2mL·min-1· g-1respectively. The product of A · β obtained by MCE in those regions was 52. 46 ± 15.09, 24.36 ± 3.89, 3.74± ± 3.80 respectively. There was good correlation between normalized MBF and the normalized A · β (r =0. 81, P = 0. 001 ). Conclusions MCE has an ability to determine myocardial viability in myocardial in farction canine model.

  16. Improving on the diagnostic characteristics of echocardiography for pulmonary hypertension.

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    Broderick-Forsgren, Kathleen; Davenport, Clemontina A; Sivak, Joseph A; Hargett, Charles William; Foster, Michael C; Monteagudo, Andrew; Armour, Alicia; Rajagopal, Sudarshan; Arges, Kristine; Velazquez, Eric J; Samad, Zainab

    2017-09-01

    This retrospective study evaluated the diagnostic characteristics of a combination of echocardiographic parameters for pulmonary hypertension (PH). Right ventricular systolic pressure (RVSP) estimation by echocardiography (echo) is used to screen for PH. However, the sensitivity of this method is suboptimal. We hypothesized that RVSP estimation in conjunction with other echo parameters would improve the value of echo for PH. The Duke Echo database was queried for adult patients with known or suspected PH who had undergone both echo and right heart catheterization (RHC) within a 24 h period between 1/1/2008 and 12/31/2013. Patients with complex congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, ventricular assist device, or on mechanical ventilation at time of study were excluded. Diagnostic characteristics of several echo parameters (right atrial enlargement, pulmonary artery (PA) enlargement, RV enlargement, RV dysfunction, and RVSP) for PH (mean PA pressure 25 mmHg on RHC) were evaluated among 1007 patients. RVSP ≥40 had a sensitivity of 77% (accuracy 77), while RVSP ≥35 had the highest sensitivity at 88% (81% accuracy). PA enlargement had the lowest sensitivity at 17%. The area under the curve (AUC) for RVSP was 0.844. A model including RVSP, RA, PA, RV enlargement and RV dysfunction had a higher AUC (AUC = 0.87) than RVSP alone. The value of echo as a screening test for PH is improved by a model incorporating a lower RVSP in addition to other right heart parameters. These findings need to be validated in prospective cohorts.

  17. [Multiplane transesophageal echocardiography for the monitoring of cardiac surgery].

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    Pepi, M; Barbier, P; Doria, E; Tamborini, G; Berti, M; Muratori, M; Guazzi, M; Maltagliati, A; Alimento, M; Celeste, F

    1994-08-01

    Multiplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) allows visualization of the heart and great vessels through an infinite number of imaging planes and improves the diagnostic capabilities of mono and biplane TEE. This study was undertaken to test whether MTEE is a useful intraoperative monitoring method during cardiac surgery. Intraoperative multiplane TEE was performed in 200 patients (mean age 56 +/- 19 years) as a part of the routine clinical care. We systematically acquired cardiac images from the gastric fundus (short and long axes of the ventricles), lower esophagus (four-chamber, two-chamber, and long axis), upper esophagus (13 views concerning the aorta, pulmonary artery, left and right atrium, systemic and pulmonary veins, coronary arteries, right ventricular outflow tract), and searched for complete views of the thoracic descending aorta. All views analyzed in the preoperative (immediately before cardiopulmonary bypass), intraoperative and postoperative phases evaluating: the angle between current and 0 degree at which each view was obtained; the success rate of each view; the usefulness of the different views in providing essential additional clinical information compared to 0 degrees and 90 degrees of the traditional biplane TEE. Most views of the heart and great vessels were visualized in oblique planes, and other views were significantly improved thanks to slight angle corrections. Multiplane TEE was particularly useful in the preoperative and postoperative phases of aortic dissection (11 cases), mitral valve repair (13 cases), left ventricular aneurysmectomy (9 cases), right atrial thrombosis (1 case), positioning of left ventricular hemopump (2 cases), mitral-aortic endocarditis (3 cases), bleeding from proximal suture of an aortic heterograft (1 case).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. Live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in mitral valve surgery

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    MA Ning; LI Zhi-an; MENG Xu; YANG Ya

    2008-01-01

    Background Live three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (live-3D-TEE) is a new technique, but its clinical value is unclear at present. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility, imaging quality and accuracy of live-3D-TEE for assessing mitral valve morphology to determine if live-3D-TEE has important value in mitral valve surgery.Methods Twenty-four patients with mitral valve disease (mean age (47.1 rdiography (2D-TEE) before and after mitral valve surgery. Sensitivity, specificity, and total consistency rates of live-3D-TEE for diagnosing ruptured chordae were calculated and compared to surgeon's findings. We also compared the diagnostic accuracy of mitral valve disease between live-3D-TEE and 2D-TEE.Results Live-3D-TEE allowed visualization of the anatomic structure of the heart online and clearly identified the valvular apparatus and their defects. Sensitivity and specificity for the detection of ruptured chordae by live-3D-TEE were 87.5% and 100% respectively, and the total consistency rate was 95.8%. Additional defects not diagnosted by 2D-TEE were found in three cases (12.5%) preoperatively by live-3D-TEE. Live-3D-TEE could evaluate the function of prosthetic or native valves immediately after operation. One case was re-repaired (4.2%) using guidance by live-3D-TEE. Conclusion Live-3D-TEE enabled evaluation of mitral valve function and provided adequate valuable information before and after mitral valve surgery. We conclude that live-3D-TEE can play an important role in mitral valve surgery.

  19. Student tutors for hands-on training in focused emergency echocardiography – a randomized controlled trial

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    Kühl Matthias

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Focused emergency echocardiography performed by non-cardiologists has been shown to be feasible and effective in emergency situations. During resuscitation a short focused emergency echocardiography has been shown to narrow down potential differential diagnoses and to improve patient survival. Quite a large proportion of physicians are eligible to learn focused emergency echocardiography. Training in focused emergency echocardiography usually comprises a lecture, hands-on trainings in very small groups, and a practice phase. There is a shortage of experienced echocardiographers who can supervise the second step, the hands-on training. We thus investigated whether student tutors can perform the hands-on training for focused emergency echocardiography. Methods A total of 30 volunteer 4th and 5th year students were randomly assigned to a twelve-hour basic echocardiography course comprising a lecture followed by a hands-on training in small groups taught either by an expert cardiographer (EC or by a student tutor (ST. Using a pre-post-design, the students were evaluated by an OSCE. The students had to generate two still frames with the apical five-chamber view and the parasternal long axis in five minutes and to correctly mark twelve anatomical cardiac structures. Two blinded expert cardiographers rated the students’ performance using a standardized checklist. Students could achieve a maximum of 25 points. Results Both groups showed significant improvement after the training (p Conclusions Hands-on training by student tutors led to a significant gain in echocardiography skills, although inferior to teaching by an expert cardiographer.

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

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    Ana Carla Pereira de Araujo

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  1. Exercise echocardiography and multidetector computed tomography for the evaluation of acute chest pain.

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    Mas-Stachurska, Aleksandra; Miró, Oscar; Sitges, Marta; de Caralt, Teresa M; Perea, Rosario J; López, Beatriz; Sánchez, Miquel; Paré, Carles; Bosch, Xavier; Ortiz-Pérez, José T

    2015-01-01

    Up to 4% of patients with acute chest pain, normal electrocardiogram, and negative troponins present major adverse cardiac events as a result of undiagnosed acute coronary syndrome. Our aim was to compare the diagnostic performance of multidetector computed tomography and exercise echocardiography in patients with a low-to-intermediate probability of coronary artery disease. We prospectively included 69 patients with acute chest pain, normal electrocardiogram, and negative troponins who underwent coronary tomography angiography and exercise echocardiography. Patients with coronary stenosis ≥ 50% or Agatston calcium score ≥ 400 on coronary tomography angiography or positive exercise echocardiography, or with inconclusive results, were admitted to rule out acute coronary syndrome. An acute coronary syndrome was confirmed in 17 patients (24.6%). This was lower than the suspected 42% based on coronary tomography angiography (P<.05) and not significantly different than the suspected 29% based on the results of exercise echocardiography (P=.56). Exercise echocardiography was normal in up to 37% of patients with pathological findings on coronary tomography angiography. The latter technique provided a higher sensitivity (100% vs 82.3%; P=.21) but lower specificity (76.9% vs 88.4%; P=.12) than exercise echocardiography for the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, although without reaching statistical significance. Increasing the stenosis cutoff point to 70% increased the specificity of coronary tomography angiography to 88.4%, while maintaining high sensitivity. Coronary tomography angiography offers a valid alternative to exercise echocardiography for the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome among patients with low-to-intermediate probability of coronary artery disease. A combination of both techniques could improve the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  2. Modern Use of Echocardiography in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: an Up-Date.

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    Caldararu, Cristina; Balanescu, Serban

    2016-12-01

    Echocardiography is the cornerstone in the diagnosis of any valvular heart disease. The accurate diagnosis of aortic stenosis, the left ventricle function and the other heart valves evaluation are currently done by ultrasound alone. Prosthetic valve choice and dimensions prior to implantation can be done solely by proper use of echocardiography. The emergence of new methods to cure aortic stenosis such as trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) emphasized the diagnostic value of cardiac ultrasound. The usefulness of echocardiography in TAVR can be divided in the baseline assessment (common to patients treated by conventional surgery), intra-procedural guidance of valve deployment and post-procedural follow-up. In the baseline diagnostic work-up echocardiography should allow proper assessment of low-gradient severe aortic stenosis and especially of "low-flow, low-gradient" aortic stenosis, as far the benefit of any valve intervention in these cases may be overshadowed by persistent ventricular dysfunction. "Classic" TAVR is performed with a trans-esophageal echocardiography probe in place, but recently intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) was advocated to reduce the need for general anesthesia. "Minimalist TAVR approach" recommends no echo-guidance and valve implantation by angiography alone. Post-TAVR echo assessment should allow prompt recognition of early complications and the severity of para-valvular leaks. Long term follow-up by echocardiography assesses prosthetic valve function, left ventricular functional recovery and the impact of the procedure on associated conditions (mitral regurgitation, pulmonary hypertension or tricuspid regurgitation). This article emphasizes the role of the cardiologist with ultrasound skills in the assessment of patients addressed to TAVR.

  3. Echocardiography practice, training and accreditation in the intensive care: document for the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS

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    Catena Emanuele

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Echocardiography is increasingly used in the management of the critically ill patient as a non-invasive diagnostic and monitoring tool. Whilst in few countries specialized national training schemes for intensive care unit (ICU echocardiography have been developed, specific guidelines for ICU physicians wishing to incorporate echocardiography into their clinical practice are lacking. Further, existing echocardiography accreditation does not reflect the requirements of the ICU practitioner. The WINFOCUS (World Interactive Network Focused On Critical UltraSound ECHO-ICU Group drew up a document aimed at providing guidance to individual physicians, trainers and the relevant societies of the requirements for the development of skills in echocardiography in the ICU setting. The document is based on recommendations published by the Royal College of Radiologists, British Society of Echocardiography, European Association of Echocardiography and American Society of Echocardiography, together with international input from established practitioners of ICU echocardiography. The recommendations contained in this document are concerned with theoretical basis of ultrasonography, the practical aspects of building an ICU-based echocardiography service as well as the key components of standard adult TTE and TEE studies to be performed on the ICU. Specific issues regarding echocardiography in different ICU clinical scenarios are then described. Obtaining competence in ICU echocardiography may be achieved in different ways – either through completion of an appropriate fellowship/training scheme, or, where not available, via a staged approach designed to train the practitioner to a level at which they can achieve accreditation. Here, peri-resuscitation focused echocardiography represents the entry level – obtainable through established courses followed by mentored practice. Next, a competence-based modular training programme is proposed: theoretical

  4. Role of Echocardiography in the Diagnostic Assessment and Etiology of Heart Failure in Older Adults: Opacify, Quantify, and Rectify.

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    Gupta, Vedant A; Nanda, Navin C; Sorrell, Vincent L

    2017-07-01

    Echocardiography allows the assessment of systolic and diastolic function and identifies many of the common causes of heart failure (HF). Patients with minimally symptomatic or unsuspected left ventricular systolic dysfunction may be identified and receive the benefits of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy. Echocardiography is also for assessing prognosis and can be used serially to evaluate treatment. Ventricular filling pressures, pulmonary artery pressures, and cardiac output can be sequentially determined. The authors believe that all patients with HF should receive careful assessment echocardiography. The authors believe using echocardiography is especially valuable in the elderly. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Left Atrial Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Cryptogenic Stroke: Novel Insights from Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Leong, Darryl P; Joyce, Emer; Debonnaire, Philippe; Katsanos, Spyridon; Holman, Eduard R; Schalij, Martin J; Bax, Jeroen J; Delgado, Victoria; Marsan, Nina Ajmone

    2017-01-01

    Myocardial strain analysis by speckle-tracking echocardiography, which can detect subtle abnormalities in left atrial (LA) function, may offer unique insights into LA pathophysiology in patients with cryptogenic stroke (CS). The aim of this study was to investigate whether LA reservoir strain by speckle-tracking echocardiography, as a measure of LA compliance, is impaired in patients with CS and no history of atrial fibrillation. A retrospective case-control study of 742 patients (mean age, 59 ± 13 years; 54% men; 371 with CS and 371 control subjects) was conducted. LA reservoir strain was quantified using speckle-tracking echocardiography. LA strain was significantly lower among patients with CS than control subjects (30 ± 7.3% vs 34 ± 6.7%, P speckle-tracking echocardiography, is associated with CS independent of other cardiovascular risk factors. These findings suggest a potential role for LA strain to risk-stratify patients in the prevention of stroke. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Detection of heart disease by open access echocardiography: a retrospective analysis of general practice referrals.

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    Chambers, John; Kabir, Saleha; Cajeat, Eric

    2014-02-01

    Heart disease is difficult to detect clinically and it has been suggested that echocardiography should be available to all patients with possible cardiac symptoms or signs. To analyse the results of 2 years of open access echocardiography for the frequency of structural heart disease according to request. Retrospective database analysis in a teaching hospital open access echocardiography service. Reports of all open access transthoracic echocardiograms between January 2011 and December 2012 were categorised as normal, having minor abnormalities, or significant abnormalities according to the indication. There were 2343 open access echocardiograms performed and there were significant abnormalities in 29%, predominantly valve disease (n = 304, 13%), LV systolic dysfunction (n = 179, 8%), aortic dilatation (n = 80, 3%), or pulmonary hypertension (n = 91, 4%). If echocardiography had been targeted at a high-risk group, 267 with valve disease would have been detected (compared to 127 with murmur alone) and 139 with LV systolic dysfunction (compared to 91 with suspected heart failure alone). Most GP practices requested fewer than 10 studies, but 6 practices requested over 70 studies. Open access echocardiograms are often abnormal but structural disease may not be suspected from the clinical request. Uptake by individual practices is patchy. A targeted expansion of echocardiography in patients with a high likelihood of disease is therefore likely to increase the detection of clinically important pathology.

  7. Evaluation of Myocardial Viability after Myocardial Infarction with Intravenous Real-time Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography

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    Weihui SHENTU; Yuhan WU; Youbin DENG; Runqing HUANG; Peng LI; Xiang WEI; Haoyi YANG; Yun ZHANG; Li XIONG; Fen YU

    2008-01-01

    The myocardial viability after myocardial infarction was evaluated by intravenous myocardial contrast echocardiography. Intravenous real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography was performed on 18 patients with myocardial infarction before coronary revascularization. Follow-up echocardiography was performed 3 months after coronary revascularization. Segmental wall motion was assessed using 18-segment LV model and classified as normal, hypokinesis, akinesis and dyskinesis. Viable myocardium was defined by evident improvement of segmental wall motion 3 months after coronary revascularization. Myocardial perfusion was assessed by visual interpretation and divided into 3 conditions: homogeneous opacification; partial or reduced opaciflcation or subendocardial contrast defect; contrast defect. The former two conditions were used as the standard to define the viable myocardium. The results showed that 109 abnormal wall motion segments were detected among 18 patients with myocardial infarction, including 47 segments of hypokinesis, 56 segments of akinesis and 6 segments of dyskinesis. The wall motion of 2 segments with hypokinesis before coronary revascularization which showed homogeneous opacification, 14 of 24 segments with hypokinese and 20 of 24 segments with akinese before coronary revascularization which showed partial or reduced opaciflcation or subendocardial contrast defect was improved 3 months after coronary revascularization. In our study, the sensitivity and specificity of evaluation of myocardial viability after myocardial infarction by intravenous real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography were 94.7% and 78.9%, respectively. It was concluded that intravenous real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography could accurately evaluate myocardial viability after myocardial infarction.

  8. Multidetector CT evaluation of total anomalous pulmonary venous connections: comparison with echocardiography

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    Oh, Ki Ho; Choo, Ki Seok [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Medical Institute, Pusan (Korea); Lim, Soo Jin [Kim Hae Joong Ang Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Kimhae (Korea); Lee, Hyoung Doo; Park, Ji Ae; Jo, Min Jung [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Pusan (Korea); Sung, Si Chan; Chang, Yun Hee [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pusan (Korea); Jeong, Dong Wook [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Family Medicine, Pusan (Korea); Kim, Siho [Dong-A University Hospital, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pusan (Korea)

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    Although echocardiography is the first-line imaging modality in the diagnosis of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC), multidetector CT (MDCT) could have advantages in the diagnosis of TAPVC in certain cases. To compare MDCT with echocardiography in the evaluation of TAPVC. Enrolled in the study were 23 patients with surgically proven TAPVC. The echocardiography and MDCT findings were independently interpreted by a paediatric cardiologist and cardiac radiologist in terms of: (1) the drainage site of the common pulmonary vein, (2) stenosis of the vertical vein, and (3) the course of the atypical vessel into the systemic vein in the case of vertical vein stenosis. The findings from both modalities were correlated with the results obtained at surgery (n=22) or autopsy (n=1). In all patients, MDCT correctly depicted the drainage site of the common pulmonary vein, stenosis of the vertical vein and the course of the atypical vessel into the systemic vein (sensitivity 100%, specificity 100%). The specificity of echocardiography was 100% for the three defined findings. The sensitivity of echocardiography, however, was 87%, 71% and 0%, respectively. MDCT can facilitate the diagnosis of TAPVC in certain cases. (orig.)

  9. Simplified single plane echocardiography is comparable to conventional biplane two-dimensional echocardiography in the evaluation of left atrial volume: a study validated by three-dimensional echocardiography in 143 individuals.

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    Vieira-Filho, Normando G; Mancuso, Frederico J N; Oliveira, Wercules A A; Gil, Manuel A; Fischer, Cláudio H; Moises, Valdir A; Campos, Orlando

    2014-03-01

    The left atrial volume index (LAVI) is a biomarker of diastolic dysfunction and a predictor of cardiovascular events. Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) is highly accurate for LAVI measurements but is not widely available. Furthermore, biplane two-dimensional echocardiography (B2DE) may occasionally not be feasible due to a suboptimal two-chamber apical view. Simplified single plane two-dimensional echocardiography (S2DE) could overcome these limitations. We aimed to compare the reliability of S2DE with other validated echocardiographic methods in the measurement of the LAVI. We examined 143 individuals (54 ± 13 years old; 112 with heart disease and 31 healthy volunteers; all with sinus rhythm, with a wide range of LAVI). The results for all the individuals were compared with B2DE-derived LAVIs and validated using 3DE. The LAVIs, as determined using S2DE (32.7 ± 13.1 mL/m(2)), B2DE (31.9 ± 12.7 mL/m(2)), and 3DE (33.1 ± 13.4 mL/m(2)), were not significantly different from each other (P = 0.85). The S2DE-derived LAVIs correlated significantly with those obtained using both B2DE (r = 0.98; P < 0.001) and 3DE (r = 0.93; P < 0.001). The mean difference between the S2DE and B2DE measurements was <1.0 mL/m(2). Using the American Society of Echocardiography criteria for grading LAVI enlargement (normal, mild, moderate, severe), we observed an excellent agreement between the S2DE- and B2DE-derived classifications (κ = 0.89; P < 0.001). S2DE is a simple, rapid, and reliable method for LAVI measurement that may expand the use of this important biomarker in routine echocardiographic practice.

  10. Assessment of Left Ventricular Myocardial Viability by 3-Dimensional Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Patients With Myocardial Infarction.

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    Ran, Hong; Zhang, Ping-Yang; Zhang, You-Xiang; Zhang, Jian-Xin; Wu, Wen-Fang; Dong, Jing; Ma, Xiao-Wu

    2016-08-01

    To determine whether 3-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography could provide a new way to assess myocardial viability in patients with myocardial infarction (MI). Forty-five patients with MI underwent routine echocardiography, 2-dimensional (2D) speckle-tracking echocardiography, and 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography. Radionuclide myocardial perfusion/metabolic imaging was used as a reference standard to define viable and nonviable myocardia. Among 720 myocardial segments in 45 patients, 368 showed abnormal motion on routine echocardiography; 204 of 368 were categorized as viable on single-photon emission computed tomography/positron emission tomography (SPECT/PET), whereas 164 were defined as nonviable; 300 normal segments on SPECT/PET among 352 segments without abnormal motion on routine echocardiography were categorized as a control group. The radial, longitudinal, 3D, and area strain on 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography had significant differences between control and nonviable groups (P speckle-tracking echocardiography between viable and nonviable groups. Although there was no significant difference in circumferential strain between the groups, radial and longitudinal strain from 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography decreased significantly in the nonviable group. Moreover, 3D and area strain values were lower in the nonviable segments than the viable segments. By receiver operating characteristic analysis, radial strain from 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography with a cutoff of 11.1% had sensitivity of 95.1% and specificity of 53.4% for viable segments; longitudinal strain with a cutoff of 14.3% had sensitivity of 65.2% and specificity of 65.7%; 3D strain with a cutoff of 17.4% had sensitivity of 70.6% and specificity of 77.2%; and area strain with a cutoff of 23.2% had sensitivity of 91.5% and specificity of 82.8%. Three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography might have potential for detection of myocardial viability in patients with

  11. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography – noninvasive diagnostic window for coronary flow reserve assessment

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    Dimitrow Paweł

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This review focuses on transthoracic Doppler echocardiography as noninvasive method used to assess coronary flow reserve (CFR in a wide spectrum of clinical settings. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography is rapidly gaining appreciation as popular tool to measure CFR both in stenosed and normal epicardial coronary arteries (predominantly in left anterior descending coronary artery. Post-stenotic CFR measurement is helpful in: functional assessment of moderate stenosis, detection of significant or critical stenosis, monitoring of restenosis after revascularization. In the absence of stenosis in the epicardial coronary artery, decreased CFR enable to detect impaired microvascular vasodilatation in: reperfused myocardial infarct, arterial hypertension with or without left ventricular hypertrophy, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, syndrome X, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In these diseases, noninvasive transthoracic Doppler echocardiography allows for serial CFR evaluations to explore the effect of various pharmacological therapies.

  12. CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF BIPLANAR TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY- A REPORT OF 125 CASES

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    王国干; 孟宪强; 樊朝美; 张辉; 刘醒; 刘汉英; 蔡如升

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    One hundred and twenty-five patients with cardiovascular disease were examined by biplanar transesophageal echocardiography(BTEE),including 67 with rheumatic heart disease(7 monitored during operation),22 with aortic diseases,20 with congenital heart diseases,and 16 with other kinds of heart disease.The results showed that BTEE was not influenced by corpulent and pulmonary emphysema and was better than transthoracic echocardiography at imaging the interatrial septum.left atrium and left atrial appendage,thoracic aorta,and mitral artificial valve and at intraoperative monitoring.BTEE was also better than single-plane transesophageal echocardiography,because BTEE could be used to observe the heart and thoracic aorta in transverse and longitudinal planes,thus englarging the transmission"window" as well as allowing the entire lesin to be imaged.

  13. Predicting Cardiotoxic Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Using Speckle Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Saraçoğlu, Erhan; Vuruşkan, Ertan; Kılıç, Salih; Çekici, Yusuf; Onur, Bahaeddin; Arslan, Yavuz; Kılıç, Ertuğrul; Aykut, Ömer

    2017-10-06

    Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning could cause significant cardiac injury. This study aimed to evaluate patients with CO poisoning by using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE), a potentially more sensitive technique, to identify left systolic ventricular dysfunction for the first time in the literature. Seventy-two patients who were exposed to CO poisoning were studied. Blood collection and echocardiography were performed at admission and after patients' discharge on days 10-15 (mean 12 days). Global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global circumferential strain (GCS) were calculated using STE. In order to find the normal strain levels and to compare it to the patient with CO poisoning, 35 healthy subjects were included in the study. Left ventricular ejection fraction was analyzed according to Simpson's method. Patients were divided into two groups based on their LVEF values. LVEF Speckle tracking echocardiography has the potential of demonstrating subtle LV systolic dysfunction even in CO poisoning patients with preserved EF.

  14. Echocardiography-based left ventricular mass estimation. How should we define hypertrophy?

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    Foppa, Murilo; Duncan, Bruce B; Rohde, Luis E P

    2005-06-17

    Left ventricular hypertrophy is an important risk factor in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography has been widely used for diagnosis. Although an adequate methodologic standardization exists currently, differences in measurement and interpreting data is present in most of the older clinical studies. Variability in border limits criteria, left ventricular mass formulas, body size indexing and other adjustments affects the comparability among these studies and may influence both the clinical and epidemiologic use of echocardiography in the investigation of the left ventricular structure. We are going to review the most common measures that have been employed in left ventricular hypertrophy evaluation in the light of some recent population based echocardiographic studies, intending to show that echocardiography will remain a relatively inexpensive and accurate tool diagnostic tool.

  15. Echocardiography-based left ventricular mass estimation. How should we define hypertrophy?

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    Rohde Luis EP

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Left ventricular hypertrophy is an important risk factor in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography has been widely used for diagnosis. Although an adequate methodologic standardization exists currently, differences in measurement and interpreting data is present in most of the older clinical studies. Variability in border limits criteria, left ventricular mass formulas, body size indexing and other adjustments affects the comparability among these studies and may influence both the clinical and epidemiologic use of echocardiography in the investigation of the left ventricular structure. We are going to review the most common measures that have been employed in left ventricular hypertrophy evaluation in the light of some recent population based echocardiographic studies, intending to show that echocardiography will remain a relatively inexpensive and accurate tool diagnostic tool.

  16. Identification of viable myocardium early after acute myocardial infarction under beta-blockade by enoximone echocardiography.

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    Natale, E; Minardi, G; Wang, F; Tubaro, M; Giovannini, E; Vajola, S F; Milazzotto, F

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    The influence of the beta-blocker metoprolol on the capacity either of low-dose dobutamine echocardiography or the recently introduced enoximone echocardiography to detect viable dysfunctioning myocardium after myocardial infarction was investigated. Initial clinical experience would suggest that the phosphodiesterase III inhibitor enoximona could be an alternative pharmacological stimulation, inducing an increase in contractility in the presence or absence of beta-receptor stimulation. Ten patients with a baseline low-dose dobutamine-echocardiographic test (up to 10 micrograms/kg/min) positive for myocardial viability in > or = 1 segment(s), performed 4-5 days after a first acute myocardial infarction treated with rtPA, were randomized after the administration of intravenous metoprolol (15 mg in three 5-mg boluses) either to dobutamine (up to 15 micrograms/kg/min) or to an enoximone intravenous bolus (1 mg/kg over 5 min) under echocardiographic monitoring, in a crossover sequence, with a 24-h interval. The infarct related artery was patent (TIMI grade 2 o 3) in all the patients. Follow-up echocardiograms were performed 5-7 weeks later. Resting asynergy was found in 40 segments; of these, 17 were viable. All the viable segments remained unresponsive during the post-metoprolol dobutamine infusion, while improved their contractility during enoximone echocardiography. Two patients suffering from early post-infarction angina underwent coronary angioplasty successfully. Eight out of ten patients (2 revascularized and 6 not) showed contractile recovery in a total of 14 segments at the follow-up echocardiogram. Sensitivity, specificity and overall accuracy in predicting reversible dysfunction after acute myocardial infarction for enoximone echocardiography were 93, 85, and 88%, respectively. Our results support the value of enoximone echocardiography in the identification of myocardial viability after myocardial infarction, in patients treated with beta-blockers, which

  17. Echocardiography integrated ACLS protocol versus con-ventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation in patients with

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    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: To examine the utility of bedside echocardiography in detecting the reversible causes of pulseless electrical activity (PEA cardiac arrest and pre-dicting the resuscitation outcomes. Methods: In this prospective interventional study, pa-tients presenting with PEA cardiac arrest were randomized into two groups. In Group A, ultrasound trained emergency physicians performed echocardiography evaluating cardiac activity, right ventricle dilation, left ventricle function, peri-cardial effusion/tamponade and IVC size along with the ad-vanced cardiac life support (ACLS protocol. Patients in Group B solely underwent ACLS protocol without applying echocardiography. The presence or absence of mechanical ventricular activity (MVA and evidences of PEA reversible causes were recorded. The return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC and death were evaluated in both groups. Results: One hundred patients with the mean age of (58±6.1 years were enrolled in this study. Fifty patients (Group A had echocardiography detected in parallel with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR. Among them, 7 pa-tients (14% had pericardial effusion, 11 (22% had hypovolemia, and 39 (78% were revealed the presence of MVA. In the pseudo PEA subgroup (presence of MVA, 43% had ROSC (positive predictive value and in the true PEA subgroup with cardiac standstill (absence of MVA, there was no recorded ROSC (negative predictive value. Among patients in Group B, no reversible etiology was detected. There was no significant difference in resuscitation results between Groups A and B observed (P=0.52. Conclusion: Bedside echocardiography can identify some reversible causes of PEA. However, there are no sig-nificant changes in survival outcome between the echo group and those with traditional CPR. Key words: Heart arrest; Echocardiography; Car-diopulmonary resuscitation

  18. Three-dimensional Echocardiography of Right Ventricular Function Correlates with Severity of Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension.

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    Jone, Pei-Ni; Patel, Sonali S; Cassidy, Courtney; Ivy, David Dunbar

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    Right ventricular function and biomarkers of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-Terminal pro-BNP (NT pro-BNP) are used to determine the severity of right ventricular failure and outcomes from pulmonary hypertension. Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) is a novel quantitative measure of the right ventricle and decreases the geometric assumptions from conventional two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). We correlated right ventricular functional measures using 2DE and single-beat 3DE with biomarkers and hemodynamics to determine the severity of pediatric pulmonary hypertension. We retrospectively evaluated 35 patients (mean age 12.67 ± 5.78 years) with established pulmonary hypertension who had echocardiograms and biomarkers on the same day. Ten out of 35 patients had hemodynamic evaluation within 3 days. 2DE evaluation included tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), right ventricular myocardial performance index from tissue Doppler imaging (RV TDI MPI), and right ventricular fractional area change (FAC). Three-dimensional echocardiography evaluation included right ventricular ejection fraction (EF), end-systolic volume, and end-diastolic volume. The quality of the 3DE was graded as good, fair, or poor. Pearson correlation coefficients were utilized to evaluate between biomarkers and echocardiographic parameters and between hemodynamics and echocardiography. Three-dimensional echocardiography and FAC correlated significantly with BNP and NT pro-BNP. TAPSE and RV TDI MPI did not correlate significantly with biomarkers. 3D right ventricular EF correlated significantly with hemodynamics. Two-dimensional echocardiography did not correlate with hemodynamics. Single-beat 3DE is a noninvasive, feasible tool in the quantification of right ventricular function and maybe more accurate than conventional 2DE in evaluating severity of pulmonary hypertension. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Abnormal echocardiography in patients with type 2 diabetes and relation to symptoms and clinical characteristics

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    Jørgensen, Peter Godsk; Jensen, Magnus Thorsten; Mogelvang, Rasmus

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    OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine the prevalence of echocardiographic abnormalities and their relation to clinical characteristics and cardiac symptoms in a large, contemporary cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes. RESULTS: A total of 1030 patients with type 2 diabetes participated....... Echocardiographic abnormalities were present in 513 (49.8%) patients, mainly driven by a high prevalence of diastolic dysfunction 178 (19.4%), left ventricular hypertrophy 213 (21.0%) and left atrial enlargement, 200 (19.6%). The prevalence increased markedly with age from 31.1% in the youngest group (... with abnormal echocardiography along with dyspnoea and characteristic chest pain (p patients with abnormal echocardiography. CONCLUSION: Echocardiographic abnormalities...

  20. Clinical application of echocardiography in detection of foetal arrhythmia:a retrospective study of 451 foetuses

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    赵博文; 张松英; 潘美; 徐海珊; 寿金朵; 吕江红; 汤富刚; 范妙英; 范晓明; 林莎

    2004-01-01

    @@Foetal arrhythmia is defined as any irregular foetal cardiac rhythm or regular rhythm at a rate outside the reference range of 120 to 160 beats/minute. Foetal echocardiography permits accurate determination of the structural characteristics and the nature of the arrhythmia in foetuses. It is particularly indicated for mothers from high-risk groups. Management of diagnosed heart disease, including foetal arrhythmia, leads either to the termination of pregnancy or to optimal postnatal care of baby and mother. This retrospective study examined the application of foetal echocardiography in the diagnosis of foetal arrhythmia and its clinical significance.

  1. The Heart of the Matter: Increasing Quality and Charge Capture from Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Sanford, Joseph A; Kadry, Bassam; Oakes, Daryl; Macario, Alex; Schmiesing, Cliff

    2016-04-15

    Although transesophageal echocardiography is routinely performed at our institution, there is no easy way to document the procedure in the electronic medical record and generate a bill compliant with reimbursement requirements. We present the results of a quality improvement project that used agile development methodology to incorporate intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography into the electronic medical record. We discuss improvements in the quality of clinical documentation, technical workflow challenges overcome, and cost and time to return on investment. Billing was increased from an average of 36% to 84.6% when compared with the same time period in the previous year. The expected recoupment of investment for this project is just 18 weeks.

  2. Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography Safety in Chagas Disease Patients.

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    Rassi, Daniela do Carmo; Vieira, Marcelo Luiz Campos; Furtado, Rogerio Gomes; Turco, Fabio de Paula; Melato, Luciano Henrique; Hotta, Viviane Tiemi; Nunes, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira; Rassi, Luiz; Rassi, Salvador

    2017-02-01

    A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease. To assess DSE safety in Chagas disease patients with clinical suspicion of CAD, as well as the incidence of arrhythmias and adverse events during the exam. Retrospective analysis of a database of patients referred for DSE from May/2012 to February/2015. This study assessed 205 consecutive patients with Chagas disease suspected of having CAD. All of them had their serology for Chagas disease confirmed. Their mean age was 64±10 years and most patients were females (65.4%). No patient had significant adverse events, such as acute myocardial infarction, ventricular fibrillation, asystole, stroke, cardiac rupture and death. Regarding arrhythmias, ventricular extrasystoles occurred in 48% of patients, and non-sustained ventricular tachycardia in 7.3%. DSE proved to be safe in this population of Chagas disease patients, in which no potentially life-threatening outcome was found. Até poucas décadas atrás, os pacientes chagásicos eram predominantemente trabalhadores rurais, com baixo perfil de risco para doença obstrutiva coronária. Com a crescente urbanização, passaram a ter os mesmos fatores de risco para doença aterosclerótica que indivíduos não infectados. O ecocardiograma sob estresse com dobutamina (EED) é uma importante ferramenta no diagnóstico de coronariopatia. É referido, porém, como um método potencialmente arritmogênico, mas

  3. Effect of catheter-based renal denervation on left ventricular function, mass and (un)twist with two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography

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    L. Feyz (Lida); B.M. van Dalen (Bas); M.L. Geleijnse (Marcel); N.M. van Mieghem (Nicolas); R.T. van Domburg (Ron); J. Daemen (Joost)

    2017-01-01

    markdownabstractBackground: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is an echocardiography modality that is able to measure left ventricular (LV) characteristics, including rotation, strain and strain rate. Strain measures myocardial fibre contraction and relaxation. This study aims to assess the

  4. Computed tomography and echocardiography in patients with acute pulmonary embolism: part 1: correlation of findings of right ventricular enlargement.

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    Wake, Nicole; Kumamaru, Kanako K; George, Elizabeth; Bedayat, Arash; Ghosh, Nina; Gonzalez Quesada, Carlos; Rybicki, Frank J; Gerhard-Herman, Marie

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the correlation between the computed tomography (CT)-derived right ventricle (RV) to left ventricle (LV) diameter ratio and the RV size determined by echocardiography in patients with acute pulmonary embolism. Consecutive CT pulmonary angiography examinations (August 2003 to May 2010) from a single, large, urban teaching hospital were retrospectively reviewed. For a cohort of 777 subjects who underwent echocardiography within 48 hours of the CT acquisition, the qualitative RV size (divided into 5 categories) extracted from the echocardiography report was correlated with the CT-derived RV/LV diameter ratio. There was moderate correlation (Spearman rank correlation coefficient=0.54, Psize as determined by echocardiography. The correlation coefficient and the concordance rate were inversely related to the time difference between the acquisitions of the 2 modalities. CT and echocardiography findings to assess the RV size after acute pulmonary embolism have moderate correlation.

  5. Manual Skill Acquisition During Transesophageal Echocardiography Simulator Training of Cardiology Fellows : A Kinematic Assessment

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    Matyal, Robina; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mitchell, John D.; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Hawthorne, Katie M.; O'Halloran, David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Phillip E.; Mahmood, Feroze

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To investigate whether a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator with motion analysis can be used to impart proficiency in TEE in an integrated curriculum-based model. Design: A prospective cohort study. Setting: A tertiary-care university hospital. Participants: TEE-naive cardio

  6. Right Atrial Appendage Aneurysm in a Newborn Diagnosed with Fetal Echocardiography

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    Yartaşı Tik, Elif; Öztarhan, Kazım; Dedeoğlu, Reyhan; Çetinkaya, Merih

    2016-01-01

    Right atrial appendage aneurysm is a very rare condition which can be asymptomatic or can cause arrhythmia or life-threatening thromboembolism. We report a case of newborn with right atrial appendage aneurysm who was diagnosed with fetal echocardiography. Anticoagulant therapy was applied to prevent thromboembolism and he is still going on follow-up without any complaint. PMID:27703828

  7. Left atrial ball thrombus with acute mesenteric ischemia: Anesthetic management and role of transesophageal echocardiography

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    Neeti Makhija

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 62 year old female with severe mitral stenosis, large left atrial ball thrombus and acute mesenteric ischemia emergently underwent mitral valve replacement, left atrial clot removal and emergency laparotomy for mesenteric ischemia. Peri-operative management issues, particularly, the anesthetic challenges and the role of transesophageal echocardiography are discussed.

  8. The influence of transoesophageal echocardiography on intra-operative decision making - A European multicentre study

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    Kolev, N; Brase, R; Swanevelder, J; Oppizzi, M; Riesgo, MJ; van der Maaten, JMAA; Abiad, MG; Guarracino, F; Zimpfer, M

    1998-01-01

    The role of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) in anaesthesia remains controversial because it is a rapidly evolving technique with few proven benefits and considerable cost. Recently, the Society of Cardiovascular Anaesthesiologists has published practice guidelines for the use of peri-operati

  9. Off-pump atrial septostomy with thoracoscopic scissors under transesophageal echocardiography guidance

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    Raj R Benedict

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Selected children with congenital heart defects undergoing palliative closed heart procedures require a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB run only for the purpose of creating an inter-atrial communication. We report a simple technique of atrial septostomy using thoracoscopy scissors under transesophageal echocardiography guidance without the need for CPB.

  10. The Role of Stress Echocardiography in Valvular Heart Disease: A Current Appraisal.

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    Gentry Iii, James L; Phelan, Dermot; Desai, Milind Y; Griffin, Brian P

    2017-04-11

    Stress echocardiography is a widely available, safe, low-cost, versatile imaging modality which is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable tool in the assessment of patients with native and prosthetic left-sided valvular heart disease. It provides a quantitative assessment to help guide clinical decision-making when discordance exists between symptoms and severity of valve disease. Exercise (treadmill or bicycle) remains the preferred stress modality, but pharmacological augmentation with dobutamine can be used if needed. Low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography is specifically valuable in patients with low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis when attempting to differentiate true severe aortic stenosis from pseudo-severe aortic stenosis. Stress echocardiography not only identifies high-risk features that indicate need for earlier surgery, it also provides useful information for the peri- and postoperative period, including long-term outcome, risk stratification to guide monitoring frequency, and offers guidance for eligibility in competitive sports participation. As research continues to expand the utility of stress echocardiography in the management of patients with valvular heart disease, future research should focus on the recognition of newer parameters identifying high-risk features including subsequent validation in a large population.

  11. Ekhokardiografi Endokardiosis Penyakit Katup Mitral Jantung Anjing (ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY OF ENDOCARDIOSIS MITRAL VALVE HEART DISEASE IN DOGS

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    Deni Noviana

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Endocardiosis is a disease commonly found in Pomeranian dog characterized by progressive myxomatousdegeneration of the atrio-ventricular valves especially in the mitral valve. The purpose of this study was todefine the diagnose and severeity of this disease on the Pomeranian by using brightness mode, motion mode,dan color flow Doppler echocardiography technique. Echocardiography was performed on 8 Pomeranianconsisting of 6 males and 2 females with age range of 2-14 years. Brightness mode echocardiography wasused to see the echotexture of endocardium, mitral valve, and the valve movement. The results showedendocardium thickening, along with chronic fibrosis and nodular thickening of the anterior and posteriormitral valve leaflet. Three out of seven cases showed prolapsed of the mitral valve. Motion modeechocardiography was performed in order to measure left ventricle internal dimension, myocardium thickness,fractional shortening, left atrial and aortic dimension. The results showed myocardium thickening, alongwith left atrial enlargement. Color flow Doppler echocardiography was used to confirm the mitral valveregurgitation. Three of seven cases showed the presence of regurgitation signed by turbulence color of theprolapsed mitral valve. Based on the degree of severity, scoring system used in this study, endocardiosis canbe divided into three types that are mild, moderate and severe.

  12. Assessment of quantitative hypertrophy scores in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy : Magnetic resonance imaging versus echocardiography

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    Posma, JL; Blanksma, PK; vanderWall, EE; Hamer, HPM; Mooyaart, EL; Lie, KI

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    To compare the diagnostic value of spin-echo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and transthoracic echocardiography in quantitative assessment of the extent of hypertrophy in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), we examined 52 consecutive patients with HCM. The Spirito-Maron and Wigle hypert

  13. Assessment of myocardial strain and strain rate by tissue doppler echocar-diography

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    Ekimova N.A.

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    Full Text Available The objective of the article is to review the current data on the method of quantitative evaluation of cardiac mechanics — assessment of myocardial strain and strain rate according to the results of the tissue Doppler echocardiography and prospects of its clinical application.

  14. The influence of transoesophageal echocardiography on intra-operative decision making - A European multicentre study

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    Kolev, N; Brase, R; Swanevelder, J; Oppizzi, M; Riesgo, MJ; van der Maaten, JMAA; Abiad, MG; Guarracino, F; Zimpfer, M

    1998-01-01

    The role of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) in anaesthesia remains controversial because it is a rapidly evolving technique with few proven benefits and considerable cost. Recently, the Society of Cardiovascular Anaesthesiologists has published practice guidelines for the use of peri-operati

  15. Influence of arterial compliance on presence and extent of ischaemia during stress echocardiography

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    Haluska, B A; Matthys, K; Fathi, R; Rozis, E; Carlier, S G; Marwick, T H

    2006-01-01

    Objective To seek an association between total arterial compliance (TAC) and the extent of ischaemia at stress echocardiography. Design Cohort study. Setting Regional cardiac centre. Methods 255 consecutive patients (147 men; mean (SD) age 58 (8)) presenting for stress echocardiography for clinical indications were studied. Wall motion score index (WMSI) was calculated and ischaemia was defined by an inducible or worsening wall motion abnormality. Peak WMSI was used to reflect the extent of dysfunction (ischaemia or scar), and ΔWMSI was indicative of extent of ischaemia. TAC was assessed at rest by simultaneous radial applanation tonometry and pulsed wave Doppler in all patients. Results Ischaemia was identified by stress echocardiography in 65 patients (25%). TAC was similar in the groups with negative and positive echocardiograms (1.08 (0.41) v 1.17 (0.51) ml/mm Hg, not significant). However, the extent of dysfunction was associated with TAC independently of age, blood pressure, risk factors, and use of a β blocker. Moreover, the extent of ischaemia was determined by TAC, risk factors, and use of a β blocker. Conclusion While traditional cardiovascular risk factors are strong predictors of ischaemia on stress echocardiography, TAC is an independent predictor of the extent of ischaemia. PMID:16365349

  16. A maximum likelihood approach to diffeomorphic speckle tracking for 3D strain estimation in echocardiography

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    A.H. Curiale (Ariel H.); G. Vegas-Sanchez-Ferrero (Gonzalo); J.G. Bosch (Hans); S. Aja-Fernández (Santiago)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractThe strain and strain-rate measures are commonly used for the analysis and assessment of regional myocardial function. In echocardiography (EC), the strain analysis became possible using Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI). Unfortunately, this modality shows an important limitation: the angle

  17. Acute myocarditis with normal wall motion detected with 2D speckle tracking echocardiography

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    Thomas Sturmberger

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    Full Text Available We present the case of a 26-year-old male with acute tonsillitis who was referred for coronary angiography because of chest pain, elevated cardiac biomarkers, and biphasic T waves. The patient had no cardiovascular risk factors. Echocardiography showed no wall motion abnormalities and no pericardial effusion. 2D speckle tracking revealed distinct decreased regional peak longitudinal systolic strain in the lateral and posterior walls. Ischemic disease was extremely unlikely in view of his young age, negative family history regarding coronary artery disease, and lack of regional wall motion abnormalities on the conventional 2D echocardiogram. Coronary angiography was deferred as myocarditis was suspected. To confirm the diagnosis, cardiac magnetic resonance tomography (MRT was performed, showing subepicardial delayed hyperenhancement in the lateral and posterior walls correlating closely with the strain pattern obtained by 2D speckle tracking echocardiography. With a working diagnosis of acute myocarditis associated with acute tonsillitis, we prescribed antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The patient’s clinical signs resolved along with normalization of serum creatine kinase (CK levels, and the patient was discharged on the third day after admission. Learning points: • Acute myocarditis can mimic acute coronary syndromes. • Conventional 2D echocardiography lacks specific features for detection of subtle regional wall motion abnormalities. • 2D speckle tracking expands the scope of echocardiography in identifying myocardial dysfunction derived from edema in acute myocarditis.

  18. Evaluation of Subclinical Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Chronic Asymptomatic Alcoholics by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Murathan Kucuk

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    Full Text Available By using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, we aimed to investigate the structural and functional changes on myocardium in chronic asymptomatic alcoholics without any cardiovascular disease. Forty-one consecutive asymptomatic male alcoholics who were admitted to the outpatient alcoholism unit and 30 age matched healthy male volunteers selected as the control group were enrolled in the study. The study group were investigated by using standard two-dimensional echocardiography and speckle tracking echocardiography. The left ventricular (LV global longitudinal strain and LV global circumferential strain were significantly lower in alcoholics when compared with control subjects. There was no difference in global radial strain between the two groups. To demonstrate the effect of total life time dose of ethanol (TLDE on echocardiographic abnormalities, we assessed the correlation analysis. There was a nonsignificant weak correlation between global LV circumferential strain and TLDE (r=0.27, p=0.083. Speckle tracking echocardiography derived left ventricular systolic function was impaired in chronic alcoholic patients when compared with healthy controls.

  19. Cardiovascular Complications in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease with Reference to 2D Echocardiography Findings

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    Vikram B Vikhe

    2013-08-01

    Results: Emphysema and chronic bronchitis was present in 38% and 62% respectively. Echocardiographic evidence of cor-pulmonale and pulmonary hypertension was found in 70% of the patients. Conclusions: Echocardiography is more sensitive than electrocardiography in detecting PAH and right ventricular dysfunction in COPD. [Natl J Med Res 2013; 3(4.000: 385-388

  20. Comparison of magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography in determination of cardiac dimensions in normal subjects.

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    Friedman, B J; Waters, J; Kwan, O L; DeMaria, A N

    1985-06-01

    No data exist regarding the ability of magnetic resonance imaging to assess cardiac size and performance in human beings. Therefore, measurements of cardiac dimensions by magnetic resonance imaging were compared with those obtained by two-dimensional echocardiography in 21 normal subjects. Magnetic resonance transverse cardiac sections were obtained during electrocardiographic gating using a spin echo pulse sequence. In normal subjects, magnetic resonance imaging yielded a range of values for cardiac dimensions having a similar standard deviation as that of two-dimensional echocardiography. Diastolic measurements of the aorta, left atrium, left ventricle and septum obtained by magnetic resonance imaging correlated well with those obtained by two-dimensional echocardiography (r = 0.82, 0.78, 0.81 and 0.75, respectively). The correlation coefficient of r = 0.35 observed for the posterior wall thickness was not surprising in view of the narrow range of normal values. Only a general correlation (r = 0.53) existed for the right ventricular diastolic dimension; this was probably related to the difficulty in obtaining representative measurements due to the complex geometry of this chamber. Failure of systolic dimension measurements by magnetic resonance imaging to correlate with those obtained by echocardiography is probably related to limitations of electrocardiographic gating, especially of determining the exact end-systolic frame. Although technically complex at present, magnetic resonance imaging does provide an additional noninvasive technique for measurement of cardiac size.

  1. Comparison of septal strain patterns in dyssynchronous heart failure between speckle tracking echocardiography vendor systems

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    van Everdingen, Wouter M; Paiman, Marie-Louise; van Deursen, Caroline J M; Cramer, MJ; Vernooy, Kevin; Delhaas, Tammo; Prinzen, Frits W

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To analyze inter-vendor differences of speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) in imaging cardiac deformation in patients with dyssynchronous heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eleven patients (all with LBBB, median age 60.7 years, 9 males) with implanted cardiac resynchronization therapy devi

  2. A maximum likelihood approach to diffeomorphic speckle tracking for 3D strain estimation in echocardiography

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    A.H. Curiale (Ariel H.); G. Vegas-Sanchez-Ferrero (Gonzalo); J.G. Bosch (Johan); S. Aja-Fernández (Santiago)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractThe strain and strain-rate measures are commonly used for the analysis and assessment of regional myocardial function. In echocardiography (EC), the strain analysis became possible using Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI). Unfortunately, this modality shows an important limitation: the angle b

  3. Modified transesophageal echocardiography of the dissected thoracic aorta; A novel diagnostic approach

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    Jansen Klomp, Wouter W.; Peelen, Linda M.; Brandon Bravo Bruinsma, George J.; Van'T Hof, Arnoud W J; Grandjean, Jan G.; Nierich, Arno P.

    2016-01-01

    Background: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a key diagnostic modality in patients with acute aortic dissection, yet its sensitivity is limited by a "blind-spot" caused by air in the trachea. After placement of a fluid-filled balloon in the trachea visualization of the thoracic aorta become

  4. The role of echocardiography in Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia at Auckland City Hospital.

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    Gow, Nicholas; Lowe, Boris S; Freeman, Joshua; Roberts, Sally

    2015-06-12

    Current guidelines recommend echocardiography in all episodes of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB). This study aimed to determine whether a very low-risk group of patients with SAB could be found in whom echocardiography was of no incremental diagnostic value for the diagnosis of infective endocarditis. Using the ANZCOSS dataset, we identified 574 eligible episodes of adult SAB at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) between 2007 and 2012, and retrospectively obtained additional microbiological and clinical data. Prevalence of IE was determined using the modified Duke's criteria for diagnosis of IE. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to determine whether risk factors were independently associated with IE, and we also assessed their negative predictive value (NPV). Transthoracic and/or transoesophageal echocardiography was performed in 370 (65%) episodes of SAB. The prevalence of clinically definite and clinically possible IE was 5.6% and 8.5%, respectively. Thirty day all-cause mortality was 11.7%. The factors with the highest NPV when absent in hospital-acquired SAB were non central venous line-associated bacteraemia (100%), persistent bacteraemia (96%), and presence of a prosthetic valve or cardiac rhythm management (CRM) device (95%). When none of these three criteria were present the NPV was 100% (99-100%). A group of very low risk patients was found in our study: central line-associated SAB without prosthetic valves / CRM devices and without persistent bacteraemia. These patients had no episodes of IE and echocardiography is of no incremental diagnostic benefit.

  5. Dynamic three-dimensional reconstruction of the heart by transesophageal echocardiography

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    Veiga Maria de Fátima

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To evaluate echocardiography accuracy in performing and obtaining images for dynamical three-dimensional (3D reconstruction. METHODS: Three-dimensional (3D image reconstruction was obtained in 20 consecutive patients who underwent transesophageal echocardiography. A multiplanar 5 MHz transducer was used for 3D reconstruction. RESULTS: Twenty patients were studied consecutively. The following cardiac diseases were present: valvar prostheses-6 (2 mitral, 2 aortic and 2 mitral and aortic; mitral valve prolapse- 3; mitral and aortic disease - 2; aortic valve disease- 5; congenital heart disease- 3 (2 atrial septal defect- ASD - and 1 transposition of the great arteries -TGA; arteriovenous fistula- 1. In 7 patients, color Doppler was also obtained and used for 3D flow reconstruction. Twenty five cardiac structures were acquired and 60 reconstructions generated (28 of mitral valves, 14 of aortic valves, 4 of mitral prostheses, 7 of aortic prostheses and 7 of the ASD. Fifty five of 60 (91.6% reconstructions were considered of good quality by 2 independent observers. The 11 reconstructed mitral valves/prostheses and the 2 reconstructed ASDs provided more anatomical information than two dimensional echocardiography (2DE alone. CONCLUSION: 3D echocardiography using a transesophageal transducer is a feasible technique, which improves detection of anatomical details of cardiac structures, particularly of the mitral valve and atrial septum.

  6. Assessment of quantitative hypertrophy scores in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy : Magnetic resonance imaging versus echocardiography

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    Posma, JL; Blanksma, PK; vanderWall, EE; Hamer, HPM; Mooyaart, EL; Lie, KI

    1996-01-01

    To compare the diagnostic value of spin-echo magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and transthoracic echocardiography in quantitative assessment of the extent of hypertrophy in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), we examined 52 consecutive patients with HCM. The Spirito-Maron and Wigle hypert

  7. Gunshot-Induced Aorto-Left Atrial Fistula Diagnosed by Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Nandate, Koichiro; Krishnamoorthy, Vijay; McIntyre, Lisa K; Verrier, Edward D; Mackensen, G Burkhard

    2016-02-01

    Aorto-left atrial fistula (AAF) is rarely encountered in clinical practice, and the early diagnosis can be very challenging. This report describes a unique case of AAF caused by a gunshot injury and the pivotal role of transesophageal echocardiography for diagnosis and assessment.

  8. Effect of Jaw Thrust on Transesophageal Echocardiography Probe Insertion and Concomitant Oropharyngeal Injury.

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    Chang, Jee-Eun; Min, Seong-Won; Kim, Chong-Soo; Lee, Jung-Man; No, Hyunjoung; Hwang, Jin-Young

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of jaw thrust on transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion and concomitant oropharyngeal injury. A prospective, randomized study Medical center governed by a university hospital Forty-two adult patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery were included. After the induction of anesthesia, a transesophageal echocardiography probe was inserted using an anterior jaw lift technique (conventional group, n = 21) or a jaw thrust-assisted technique (jaw thrust group, n = 21). The incidence of oropharyngeal injury, number of insertion attempts, blood on the probe tip, and presence of persistent oropharyngeal bleeding were evaluated. In the conventional group, oropharyngeal injury occurred more frequently than in the jaw-thrust group (52.4% v 9.5%, respectively; p = 0.006). Regarding transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion, the conventional group required more attempts than the jaw-thrust group (p = 0.043). The incidence of blood on the probe tip was higher in the conventional group than in the jaw-thrust group (p = 0.020), but the presence of persistent oropharyngeal bleeding was similar between the 2 groups. The jaw-thrust maneuver facilitated the insertion of the transesophageal echocardiography probe and reduced concomitant oropharyngeal injury. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. [Digital revolution in the echocardiography laboratory. Current status and future perspectives] .

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    Badano, L P; Di Chiara, A; Werren, M; Sabbadini, C; Fioretti, P M

    2000-12-01

    Echocardiography is changing from an operative modality in which most images are stored in analog fashion on videotape into one with most data stored digitally. This transition is accelerating today, fueled by several factors. First, there is widespread recognition of the value of digital storage of echocardiograms, including random access to studies as well as to images within a study, side-by-side comparison with prior studies, easier quantification, and multiplication and remote transmission of images without degradation. Second, continuous improvement of the cost/performance ratio of modern computers makes routine digital echocardiography both feasible and affordable. Finally, the formulation and acceptance within the industry of the DICOM image formatting standard for echocardiography. The acceptance of this standard allows the echo-labs around the world to be free to choose individual echo-machines on the basis of their individual merits for their laboratories with the assurance that these machines will be able to communicate with each other by an internationally agreed upon standard. Advantages of digital echocardiography are overwhelming and there is little doubt that this approach will be essential for the proper utilization of this technique. The technology will undoubtedly continue to change. Those who are waiting for it to be perfected may be waiting for a long time.

  10. Is pre-discharge echocardiography indicated for asymptomatic neonates with a heart murmur? A retrospective analysis.

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    Al-Ammouri, Iyad; Ayoub, Fares; Dababneh, Rima

    2016-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether a murmur detected on routine pre-discharge examination of asymptomatic newborn children in the first 48 hours of life warrants further investigation with echocardiography. We conducted a retrospective review of all echocardiography studies of neonates born at Jordan University Hospital between August, 2007 and June, 2014. Findings on physical examination as well as the indication of the echocardiographic studies were reviewed. We included asymptomatic neonates for whom echocardiographic studies were carried out due to the sole indication of a heart murmur on routine pre-discharge neonatal physical examination. Of 309 asymptomatic newborns with murmurs on pre-discharge examination, echocardiography revealed 68 (22%) cases of CHD, with 18 (6%) designated as significant heart disease with anticipated intervention during infancy or childhood. The most common abnormality was ventricular septal defect occurring in 36 cases. Critical heart diseases detected included hypoplastic left heart syndrome in two and aortic valve stenosis in four newborns. Although most asymptomatic neonates with heart murmurs have normal hearts, a small percentage may have significant heart disease. The decision to refer an asymptomatic newborn with a murmur for echocardiography before discharge from the hospital remains controversial and must be supported by other evidence such as murmur characteristics and local trends in parental compliance with follow-up well-baby visits.

  11. Incremental Value of Three-Dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography over the Two-Dimensional Technique in the Assessment of a Thrombus in Transit through a Patent Foramen Ovale.

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    Thind, Munveer; Ahmed, Mustafa I; Gok, Gulay; Joson, Marisa; Elsayed, Mahmoud; Tuck, Benjamin C; Townsley, Matthew M; Klas, Berthold; McGiffin, David C; Nanda, Navin C

    2015-05-01

    We report a case of a right atrial thrombus traversing a patent foramen ovale into the left atrium, where three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography provided considerable incremental value over two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in its assessment. As well as allowing us to better spatially characterize the thrombus, three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography provided a more quantitative assessment through estimation of total thrombus burden.

  12. Target heart rate to determine the normal value of coronary flow reserve during dobutamine stress echocardiography

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    Rousse Maria G

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The determination of coronary flow reserve (CFR is an essential concept at the moment of decision-making in ischemic heart disease. There are several direct and indirect tests to evaluate this parameter. In this sense, dobutamine stress echocardiography is one of the pharmacological method most commonly used worldwide. It has been previously demonstrated that CFR can be determined by this technique. Despite our wide experience with dobutamine stress echocardiography, we ignored the necessary heart rate to consider sufficient the test for the analysis of CFR. For this reason, our main goal was to determine the velocity of coronary flow in each stage of dobutamine stress echocardiography and the heart rate value necessary to double the baseline values of coronary flow velocity in the territory of the left anterior descending (LAD coronary artery. Methods A total of 33 consecutive patients were analyzed. The patients included had low risk for coronary artery disease. All the participants underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography and coronary artery flow velocity was evaluated in the distal segment of LAD coronary artery using transthoracic color-Doppler echocardiography. Results The feasibility of determining CFR in the territory of the LAD during dobutamine stress echocardiography was high: 31/33 patients (94%. Mean CFR was 2.67 at de end of dobutamine test. There was an excellent concordance between delta HR (difference between baseline HR and maximum HR and the increase in the CFR (correlation coefficient 0.84. In this sense, we found that when HR increased by 50 beats, CFR was ≥ 2 (CI 93-99.2%. In addition, 96.4% of patients reached a CFR ≥ 2 (IC 91.1 - 99% at 75% of their predicted maximum heart rate. Conclusions We found that the feasibility of dobutamine stress echocardiography to determine CFR in the territory of the LAD coronary artery was high. In this study, it was necessary to achieve a difference of 50 bpm

  13. Real-time three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography: technical aspects and clinical applications

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    Full Text Available Regina Sorrentino, Roberta Esposito, Enrica Pezzullo, Maurizio Galderisi Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Interdepartmental Laboratory of Cardiac Imaging, Federico II University Hospital, Naples, Italy Abstract: Three-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (3D STE is a novel technique for the quantification of cardiac deformation based on tracking of ultrasonic speckles in gray scale full-volume 3D images. Developments in ultrasound technologies have made 3D speckle tracking widely available. Two-dimensional echocardiography has intrinsic limitations regarding estimation of left ventricular (LV volumes, ejection fraction, and LV mechanics, due to its inherent foreshortening errors and dependency on geometric models. The development of 3D echocardiography has improved reproducibility and accuracy. Data regarding the feasibility, accuracy, and clinical applications of 3D STE are rapidly assembling. From the tracking results, 3D STE derives several parameters, including longitudinal, circumferential and radial strain, as well as a combined assessment of longitudinal and circumferential strain, termed area strain. 3D STE can also quantify LV rotational movements such as rotation, twist, and torsion. 3D STE provides a better insight on global and regional myocardial deformation. Main applications include detection of subclinical myocardial involvement in heart failure, arterial hypertension, dyssynchrony, and ischemic heart disease. Emerging areas of application include a large spectrum of heart-involving systemic conditions, such as prediction of rejection in heart transplant patients, early detection of cardiotoxicity in patients receiving chemotherapy for cancer, and deeper physiological understanding of LV contraction mechanics in different types of athletes. Aim of this review is to discuss background, technical acquisition and processing aspects as well as recognized and developing clinical applications of this emerging

  14. A Natural Language Processing Tool for Large-Scale Data Extraction from Echocardiography Reports

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    Jonnalagadda, Siddhartha R.

    2016-01-01

    Large volumes of data are continuously generated from clinical notes and diagnostic studies catalogued in electronic health records (EHRs). Echocardiography is one of the most commonly ordered diagnostic tests in cardiology. This study sought to explore the feasibility and reliability of using natural language processing (NLP) for large-scale and targeted extraction of multiple data elements from echocardiography reports. An NLP tool, EchoInfer, was developed to automatically extract data pertaining to cardiovascular structure and function from heterogeneously formatted echocardiographic data sources. EchoInfer was applied to echocardiography reports (2004 to 2013) available from 3 different on-going clinical research projects. EchoInfer analyzed 15,116 echocardiography reports from 1684 patients, and extracted 59 quantitative and 21 qualitative data elements per report. EchoInfer achieved a precision of 94.06%, a recall of 92.21%, and an F1-score of 93.12% across all 80 data elements in 50 reports. Physician review of 400 reports demonstrated that EchoInfer achieved a recall of 92–99.9% and a precision of >97% in four data elements, including three quantitative and one qualitative data element. Failure of EchoInfer to correctly identify or reject reported parameters was primarily related to non-standardized reporting of echocardiography data. EchoInfer provides a powerful and reliable NLP-based approach for the large-scale, targeted extraction of information from heterogeneous data sources. The use of EchoInfer may have implications for the clinical management and research analysis of patients undergoing echocardiographic evaluation. PMID:27124000

  15. Echocardiography integrated ACLS protocol versus conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation in patients with pulseless electrical activity cardiac arrest

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    Mojtaba Chardoli; Farhad Heidari; Helaleh Rabiee; Mahdi Sharif-Alhoseini; Hamid Shokoohi; Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To examine the utility of bedside echocardiography in detecting the reversible causes of pulseless electrical activity (PEA) cardiac arrest and predicting the resuscitation outcomes.Methods: In this prospective interventional study,patients presenting with PEA cardiac arrest were randomized into two groups.In Group A,ultrasound trained emergency physicians performed echocardiography evaluating cardiac activity,right ventricle dilation,left ventricle function,pericardial effusion/tamponade and ⅣC size along with the advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) protocol.Patients in Group B solely underwent ACLS protocol without applying echocardiography.The presence or absence of mechanical ventricular activity (MVA) and evidences of PEA reversible causes were recorded.The return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and death were evaluated in both groups.Results: One hundred patients with the mean age of (58±6.1) years were enrolled in this study.Fifty patients (Group A) had echocardiography detected in parallel with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).Among them,7 patients (14%) had pericardial effusion,11 (22%) had hypovolemia,and 39 (78%) were revealed the presence of MVA.In the pseudo PEA subgroup (presence of MVA),43% had ROSC (positive predictive value) and in the true PEA subgroup with cardiac standstill (absence of MVA),there was no recorded ROSC (negative predictive value).Among patients in Group B,no reversible etiology was detected.There was no significant difference in resuscitation results between Groups A and B observed (P=0.52).Conclusion: Bedside echocardiography can identify some reversible causes of PEA.However,there are no significant changes in survival outcome between the echo group and those with traditional CPR.

  16. Speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with septic shock: a case control study (SPECKSS).

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    Ng, Pauline Yeung; Sin, Wai Ching; Ng, Andrew Kei-Yan; Chan, Wai Ming

    2016-05-14

    Sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction is a well-recognized condition and confers worse outcomes in septic patients. Echocardiographic assessment by conventional parameters such as left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is often affected by ongoing changes in preload and afterload conditions. Novel echocardiographic technologies such as speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) have evolved for direct assessment of the myocardial function. We investigate the measurement of myocardial strain by speckle tracking echocardiography for the diagnosis of sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction. This is a case-control study at a university-affiliated medical intensive care unit. Consecutive adult medical patients admitted with a diagnosis of septic shock were included. Patients with other causes of myocardial dysfunction were excluded. They were compared to age-matched, gender-matched, and cardiovascular risk-factor-matched controls, who were admitted to hospital for sepsis but did not develop septic shock. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed on all patients within 24 hours of diagnosis, and a reassessment echocardiogram was performed in the study group of patients upon recovery. Patients with septic shock (n = 33) (study group) and 29 matched patients with sepsis but no septic shock (control group) were recruited. The mean sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score for the study and control groups were 10.2 and 1.6, respectively (P Speckle tracking echocardiography can detect significant left ventricular impairment in patients with septic shock, which was not otherwise detectable by conventional echocardiography. The reversible nature of myocardial dysfunction in sepsis was also demonstrable. This echocardiographic technique is useful in the diagnosis and monitoring of sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction.

  17. Diagnosis of coronary vasospasm in patients with clinical presentation of unstable angina pectoris using ergonovine echocardiography.

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    Song, J K; Park, S W; Kang, D H; Lee, C W; Choi, K J; Hong, M K; Kim, J J; Kim, Y H; Park, S J

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    Although coronary vasospasm can contribute to the development of unstable angina, the definite diagnostic method has not been established. The purpose of this study was to determine if ergonovine echocardiography (detection of regional wall motion abnormality during bedside ergonovine challenge) after angiographic confirmation of insignificant fixed disease would be useful and safe in detecting coronary vasospasm in patients with unstable angina. After control of chest pain with medications in patients admitted to the coronary care unit under the tentative diagnosis of unstable angina, diagnostic coronary angiography was performed. All patients with normal or insignificant fixed disease underwent ergonovine echocardiography after discontinuation of medications for 4+/-1 days. Among 208 consecutive patients enrolled for this study, 75% (156 of 208) showed significant fixed disease in the angiography. Ergonovine echocardiography was performed in 52 patients with insignificant disease, and coronary vasospasm was documented in 33 (63%, 33 of 52). No serious procedure-related arrhythmia or myocardial infarction occurred. Esophageal motility disorder and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were diagnosed in 6 and 3 patients, respectively. Chest pain of undetermined etiology was the final diagnosis at discharge in 10 patients (5%, 10 of 208); among them chest pain redeveloped in 2 patients, and repeated ergonovine echocardiography revealed positive results. Our data suggest that among patients with the clinical presentation of unstable angina, coronary vasospasm is the main cause of myocardial ischemia in a considerable number of patients with a normal or near-normal angiogram, and ergonovine echocardiography after confirmation of absence of significant fixed disease is useful and safe for noninvasive diagnosis of coronary vasospasm in this setting.

  18. Comparison of sestamibi, thallium, echocardiography and PET for the detection of hibernating myocardium

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    Barrington, S.F.; Hallett, W.A.; O' Doherty, M.J.; Nunan, T.O. [Clinical PET Centre, Guys and St Thomas' s Hospitals, SE1 7EH, London (United Kingdom); Chambers, J.; Roxburgh, J.C. [Cardiothoracic Centre, Guys and St Thomas' s Hospitals, London (United Kingdom)

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    The detection of hibernating myocardium is important because revascularisation results in improved function and prognosis in patients with hibernation but not in those with non-viable myocardium. The primary aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of four techniques with respect to hibernation in the same study population with 6-12 months of follow-up. Twenty-five males underwent rest-stress sestamibi and delayed (>18 h) thallium scintigraphy, high-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography and nitrogen-13 ammonia/fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (NH{sub 3}/FDG) positron emission tomography (PET). The pre-operative ejection fraction was 36.2% ({+-}7.3%). Follow-up was 8.1 ({+-}2.8) months. Using postoperative improvement in wall motion on echocardiography as the gold standard, 6/34 dysfunctional vascular territories were hibernating. The mean uptake of all tracers was significantly higher in hibernating than in non-viable territories (P<0.05). Normal perfusion or mismatch on PET (FDG>NH{sub 3} uptake) and the pattern of response to dobutamine on echocardiography were also predictive of recovery (P<0.001 and P=0.02 respectively). Univariate logistic regression identified sestamibi, ammonia and FDG as independent predictors of hibernation. FDG-PET was, however, the only independent predictor using multivariate analysis. The nuclear techniques had high negative predictive values (NPV) of {>=}95% but lower positive predictive values (PPV) of 45%-75% as compared with echocardiography, which had an NPV of 87% and a PPV of 100%. PET was the most powerful predictor of hibernation although the combination of a technique with a high PPV (echocardiography) and a high NPV (PET or sestamibi) may represent the optimal clinical choice. (orig.)

  19. Assessment of mitral valve reserve capacity before and after percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty with isoproterenol stress echocardiography

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    LIU Pin-ming; FU Xiang-yang; L(U) Jun-hao; WU Qun; Yang Fu-qing

    2002-01-01

    Objective: To explore whether successful valvuloplasty increases mitral valve reserve capacity in patients with mitral stenosis. Methods: Thirty-eight patients with pure rheumatic mitral stenosis underwent isoproterenol stress echocardiography before and after successful percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty. The mitral valve area (by direct planimetry of two-dimensional echocardiography), mean transmitral pressure gradient (by continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography), and cardiac output (by M-mode echocardiography)were measured at rest and under isoproterenol infusion to achieve heart rate of different stages. Results :Between the measurements before and after valvuloplasty, significant differences were observed in the mitral valve area (0. 91±0.28 vs 1.87±0.23 cm2, P<0.01), mean transmitral pressure gradient (12.5±6.3 vs 3. 9±1.9 mmHg, P<0. 01) and cardiac output (3.93±1.44 vs 4. 73±1.01 L/min, P<O. 05) at rest. Before valvuloplasty, the mean transmitral pressure gradient increased significantly (P<0. 01) as heart rate increased, but there were no significant differences in the measurements of mitral valve area and cardiac output (both P>0. 05). In contrast, there was a significant increase after valvuloplasty in the mean transmitral pressure gradient (P<0. 01), but both mitral valve area and cardiac output further increased (both P<0. 01) as beart rate increased. Moreover, valvuloplasty decreased the mean transmitral pressure gradient at peak heart rate from 23.0 ±4. 5 to 7.75 ±2. 30 mmHg (P<0.01) under submaximal stress. Conclusion:Successful percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty soon causes a significant increase of mitral valve reserve capacity in patients with mitral stenosis, which is conspicuously manifested under condition of hemodynamic stress.Stress echocardiography provides a safe, feasible and non-invasive means of assessing the reserve capacity.

  20. Predictive significance of residual ischemia proved by dobutamine stress: Echocardiography test in patients early after the first uncomplicated myocardial infarction

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    Karanović Nevena

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. To evaluate the long-term prognostic value of dobutamine stress-echocardiography (ECG test for new coronary events (new episodes of angina pectoris, cardiac-related deaths, and reinfarctions early after the first uncomplicated myocardial infarction. Methods. Dobutamine stress-echocardiography tests were performed in all of 104 patients 10-20 days after the first myocardial infarction. Patients were followed-up for 36 (29 ± 7 months. Kaplan-Meier cumulative survival curves were tested by Breslow test (Log Rank. Results. Two cardiac deaths (1.92%, nine nonfatal myocardial infarctions (8.65%, and three cases of recurrent angina pectoris (2.88% occurred during the prospective follow-up. Cumulative survival curves showed that in patients with negative findings of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test, survival time without significant events was 35.31 months, while in the group with positive findings of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test it was 30.91 months (log Rank 7.22; p<0.01. Prognostic value of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test was analyzed by Cox regression model and was 2.92, meaning that the risk of significant events was 2.92 times higher in the group of patients with positive findings of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test. Conclusion. Patients with negative findings of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test were with significantly higher possibility of surviving without significant events in comparison with the patients in whom the findings of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test were positive. In combination with clinical signs and ECG results, the results of dobutamine stress-echocardiography test improved prognostic value in the patients with the first uncomplicated myocardial infarction, and in that way influenced the strategy of their further treatment.

  1. Absolute assessment of aortic valve stenosis by planimetry using cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison with transoesophageal echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and cardiac catheterisation

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    Reant, Patricia [Department of Cardiology and Echocardiography, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France)]. E-mail: patreant@free.fr; Lederlin, Mathieu [Department of Radiology, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Lafitte, Stephane [Department of Cardiology and Echocardiography, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Serri, Karim [Department of Cardiology and Echocardiography, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Montaudon, Michel [Department of Radiology, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Inserm E356, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Corneloup, Olivier [Department of Radiology, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Roudaut, Raymond [Department of Cardiology and Echocardiography, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Laurent, Francois [Department of Radiology, Hopital Cardiologique Haut-Leveque, Bordeaux-Pessac (France); University of Victor Segalen, F33076 Bordeaux (France); Inserm E356, F33076 Bordeaux (France)

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    Objective: The aims of this study were to investigate absolute assessment of aortic valve area (AVA), before surgery for aortic stenosis, using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in comparison with transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and with effective AVA indirectly obtained by routine techniques i.e. transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and cardiac catheterisation. Materials and methods: Absolute AVA planimetry was performed by TEE and CMR steady state free precession sequences obtained through the aortic valvular plane. Effective AVA was calculated by the continuity equation in TTE and by cardiac catheterisation (Gorlin formula). Results: Thirty-nine patients with aortic valve stenosis, mean age 71.7 {+-} 7.6 years, with a mean AVA of 0.93 {+-} 0.31 cm{sup 2} as measured by TEE, were enrolled in the study. Mean differences were: between CMR and TEE planimetry: d = 0.01 {+-} 0.14 cm{sup 2}, between CMR and cardiac catheterisation: d = 0.05 {+-} 0.13 cm{sup 2}, between CMR and TTE: d = 0.10 {+-} 0.17 cm{sup 2}, between TTE and TEE: d = 0.10 {+-} 0.18 cm{sup 2}, between TTE and cardiac catheterisation: d 0.06 {+-} 0.16 cm{sup 2}, and between TEE and cardiac catheterisation: d = 0.07 {+-} 0.13 cm{sup 2}. Mean intraobserver and interobserver differences of CMR planimetry were d = 0.02 {+-} 0.07 cm{sup 2} and d = 0.03 {+-} 0.14 cm{sup 2}, respectively. Conclusion: CMR planimetry of the AVA is a noninvasive and reproducible technique to evaluate stenotic aortic valves and can be used as an alternative to echocardiography or cardiac catheterisation.

  2. Assessment of myocardial viability in patients with acute myocardial infarction by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography combined with low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography.

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    Gong, Lei; Li, Dongye; Chen, Junhong; Wang, Xiaoping; Xu, Tongda; Li, Wenhua; Ren, Shaoyang; Wang, Cheng

    2013-06-01

    It is clinically important to determine the myocardial viability of regional wall motion abnormality segments in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The purpose of this study was to ascertain the ability and value of a combination of speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and low dose dobutamine stress echocardiography (LDDSE) for the evaluation of viable myocardium in patients with AMI. Forty-two hospitalized patients with AMI and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction <50%) were underwent STE in conjunction with LDDSE and dual isotope simultaneous acquisition single photon emission computed tomography (DISA-SPECT). Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was performed subsequently in all patients. STE was used to measure radial, circumferential, and longitudinal end-systolic strain and peak systolic strain rate. The movement of each segment was observed by routine echocardiography 1, 3, and 6 months after PCI, and its improvement over time was the criterion of viable myocardium. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of DISA-SPECT for the assessment of viable myocardium were 83.6, 74.4, and 80.7%, respectively. Among the radial, circumferential, and longitudinal strain and strain rate parameters, only longitudinal strain (LS) and longitudinal strain rate (LSr) at rest and LDDSE emerged as independent predictors of viable myocardium, When combining LS and LSr at LDDSE, the sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for the assessment of viable myocardium rose to 89.8, 90.2 and 89.9%, respectively. The sensitivity of STE in conjunction with LDDSE was similar to DISA-SPECT for detecting viable myocardium in patients with AMI, but the specificity and accuracy of STE performed with LDDSE were higher than DISA-SPECT.

  3. Ventricular septal rupture imaged with real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography: diagnosis at a glance.

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    Squeri, Angelo; Conti, Rita; Bosi, Stefano

    2014-01-01

    Ventricular septal rupture is a rare complication of acute myocardial infarction and its diagnosis can be really challenging especially in the case of complex lesions. Echocardiography is the technique of choice for the detection of mechanical complications following myocardial infarction. The introduction of three-dimensional echocardiography offers new imaging possibilities with precise localization and easiest definition of the defect anatomy. This information is of paramount importance in the setting of a percutaneous closure procedure. We describe a case where real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography correctly defined the complex anatomy of a postmyocardial infarction septal defect with an associated pseudoaneurysm.

  4. Three-dimensional Echocardiography in Congenital Heart Disease: An Expert Consensus Document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography.

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark K; Khoo, Nee S; Ko, H Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie S; Meijboom, Folkert; Roberson, David; Van den Bosch, Annemien; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

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    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good acoustic windows and the non-invasive nature of the technique. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the optimal application of 3DE in CHD including technical considerations, image orientation, application to different lesions, procedural guidance, and functional assessment. Copyright © 2016 European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    Mara Graziele Maciel Silveira

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  6. 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

  7. Isoproterenol Stress Echocardiography in Assessing Mitral Valve Area Reserve before and after Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty

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    刘品明; 傅向阳; 吕俊豪; 吴群; 杨福庆

    2001-01-01

    Objective To determine whether successful valvuloplasty causes an increase of mitral valve area reserve in patients with mitral stenosis, isoproterenol stress echocardiography was used to compare mitral valve area and hemodynamic changes between pre- and post- valvuloplasty under conditions of increased cardiac work. Methods Thirtyeight patients with pure rheumatic mitral stenosis who had received successful percutaneous balloon valvulo plasty underwent isoproterenol stress echocardiography pre- and post- valvuloplasty. Mitral valve area (by direct planimetry of two- dimensional echocardiography), mean transmitral pressure gradient (by continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography), and cardiac output (by M -mode echocardiography) were measured at rest and under isoproterenol stress to achieve heart rate of different stages. Results Mitral valve area (0. 91± 0. 28 to 1. 87±0.23cm2, P <0.01), mean transmitral pressure gradient ( 12.5 ± 6. 3 to 3.9 ± 1.9mmHg, P < 0.01 ) and cardiac output (3.93 ± 1.44to 4. 73 ± 1.01 L/min, P < 0.05) at rest between pre - and post -valvuloplasty were significantly different.Pre-valvuloplasty, as heart rate increased under stress, mean transmitral pressure gradient increased significantly ( P < 0.01 ), but there were no significant differences in the measurements of mitral valve area and cardiac output (both P > 0.05). In contrast, as heart rate increased post- valvuloplasty, there was a significant increase in mean transmitral pressure gradient (P < 0.01), but both mitral valve area and cardiac output further increased significantly (both P < 0. 01) . Moreover, valvuloplasty decreased mean transmitral pressure gradient at peak heart rate from 23.0 ± 4. 5 to 7.75 ± 2.30 mmHg ( P < 0.01 ) under submaximal stress. Conclusions Successful percu taneous balloon valvuloplasty soon causes a significant increase of mitral valve area reserve in patients with mitral stenosis, which is markedly manifested under conditions of

  8. Recommendations for standards in transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography in the dog and cat. Echocardiography Committee of the Specialty of Cardiology, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

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    Thomas, W P; Gaber, C E; Jacobs, G J; Kaplan, P M; Lombard, C W; Moise, N S; Moses, B L

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    Recommendations are presented for standardized imaging planes and display conventions for two-dimensional echocardiography in the dog and cat. Three transducer locations ("windows") provide access to consistent imaging planes: the right parasternal location, the left caudal (apical) parasternal location, and the left cranial parasternal location. Recommendations for image display orientations are very similar to those for comparable human cardiac images, with the heart base or cranial aspect of the heart displayed to the examiner's right on the video display. From the right parasternal location, standard views include a long-axis four-chamber view and a long-axis left ventricular outflow view, and short-axis views at the levels of the left ventricular apex, papillary muscles, chordae tendineae, mitral valve, aortic valve, and pulmonary arteries. From the left caudal (apical) location, standard views include long-axis two-chamber and four-chamber views. From the left cranial parasternal location, standard views include a long-axis view of the left ventricular outflow tract and ascending aorta (with variations to image the right atrium and tricuspid valve, and the pulmonary valve and pulmonary artery), and a short-axis view of the aortic root encircled by the right heart. These images are presented by means of idealized line drawings. Adoption of these standards should facilitate consistent performance, recording, teaching, and communicating results of studies obtained by two-dimensional echocardiography.

  9. What is the most cost-effective strategy to screen for left ventricular systolic dysfunction: natriuretic peptides, the electrocardiogram, hand-held echocardiography, traditional echocardiography, or their combination?

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    Galasko, Gavin I W; Barnes, Sophie C; Collinson, Paul; Lahiri, Avijit; Senior, Roxy

    2006-01-01

    To assess the screening characteristics and cost-effectiveness of screening for left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in community subjects. A total of 1392 members of the general public and 928 higher risk subjects were randomly selected from seven community practices. Attending subjects underwent an ECG, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) serum levels, and traditional echocardiography (TE). A total of 533 consecutive subjects underwent hand-held echocardiography (HE). The screening characteristics and cost-effectiveness (cost per case of LVSD diagnosed) of eight strategies to predict LVSD (LVSD cost-effective, screening low-risk subjects least cost-effective. TE screening was the least cost-effective strategy. NTproBNP screening gave similar cost savings to ECG screening; HE screening greater cost-savings, and HE screening following NTproBNP or ECG pre-screening the greatest cost-savings, costing approximately 650 Euros per case of LVSD diagnosed in high-risk subjects (63% cost-savings vs.TE). Thus several different modalities allow cost-effective community-based screening for LVSD, especially in high-risk subjects. Such programmes would be cost-effective and miss few cases of LVSD in the community.

  10. Evaluation of Right Ventricular Function by Tissue Doppler Echocardiography in Asthmatic Children

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    Mehdi Ghaderian

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    Full Text Available BackgroundAsthma is the most chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways in children and asthmatic patients can experience cardiac dysfunction, pulmonary hypertension and finally cor pulmonale later in life. We aimed to investigate Right Ventricular (RV functions in asthmatic children by conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE.Materials and Methods Pulmonary function tests, conventional and TDE examinations were performed on 42 asthmatic and 42 age- and gender matched healthy controls subjects (n=42.Results Compared with healthy children the RV wall was statistically thicker among asthmatic patients (P= 0.01. Conventional echocardiography had not significant difference between cases and controls, but TDE had significant difference between these two groups. Peak E’ velocity, A’ velocity, E’/A’ ratio and S’ in lateral and medial sites of tricuspid annulus valve, were significantly differ from control group in our patients (P

  11. Serial measurements of exercise performance in pediatric heart transplant patients using stress echocardiography.

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    Yeung, Joanne P; Human, Derek G; Sandor, George G S; De Souza, Astrid M; Potts, James E

    2011-05-01

    Heart transplantation is an increasingly acceptable therapeutic option for children with end-stage and complex congenital heart disease. With advances in surgery, immunosuppression, and follow-up care, functional outcomes need to be evaluated. We report the results of serial exercise testing performed using stress echocardiography in a cohort of pediatric HTP. HTP (n = 7) exercised on a semi-recumbent ergometer to volitional fatigue. Echocardiography-Doppler measurements, HR, and blood pressure were taken at rest and during staged exercise. Results were compared with healthy CON (n = 12). HTP did significantly less work during exercise (940 vs. 1218 J/kg, p HTP had a lower SF at peak exercise (48% vs. 52%, p HTP. HTP are able to exercise safely; however, their exercise tolerance is reduced, and hemodynamics and contractility are diminished. Over time, their hemodynamics and left ventricular function have remained relatively constant.

  12. Pneumoperitoneum diagnosed as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography: a case report

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    Laursen, Christian Borbjerg

    2010-01-01

    Introduction In this case report we describe how pneumoperitoneum was diagnosed in a patient admitted with acute chest pain, as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography (FATE). Case report A 79-year-old male smoker with arterial hypertension was admitted to a coro......Introduction In this case report we describe how pneumoperitoneum was diagnosed in a patient admitted with acute chest pain, as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography (FATE). Case report A 79-year-old male smoker with arterial hypertension was admitted...... to a coronary unit with a sudden onset of constant left sided thoracic pain. At position 1 (subcostal) of the FATE protocol, the heart and liver could not be visualised. Instead the peritoneum could be seen as a hyperechoic stripe, corresponding horizontal reverberation artefacts was visible under...... in extracardial diseases can directly ensure the patients a quicker diagnosis and treatment....

  13. Pneumoperitoneum diagnosed as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography: a case report

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    Laursen, Christian Borbjerg

    2010-01-01

    Introduction In this case report we describe how pneumoperitoneum was diagnosed in a patient admitted with acute chest pain, as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography (FATE). Case report A 79-year-old male smoker with arterial hypertension was admitted to a coro......Introduction In this case report we describe how pneumoperitoneum was diagnosed in a patient admitted with acute chest pain, as an incidental finding using focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography (FATE). Case report A 79-year-old male smoker with arterial hypertension was admitted...... the peritoneal line. Based on these findings, a conventional X-ray image of the abdomen was taken with the patient in the left lateral decubitus position, confirming the diagnosis of pneumoperitoneum. Conclusion This demonstrates how systematic use of FATE combined with knowledge of sonographic patterns...... in extracardial diseases can directly ensure the patients a quicker diagnosis and treatment....

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

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    Marwick Thomas H

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract 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.

  15. [Diagnostic imaging in acute pulmonary embolism. The use of spiral computed tomography, lung scintigraphy and echocardiography].

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    Hess, Søren; Madsen, Poul Henning; Jørgensen, Henrik Boel; Høilund-Carlsen, Poul Flemming

    2005-10-10

    Acute pulmonary embolism is an underdiagnosed and potentially lethal condition. Treatment may be lifesaving but is associated with severe side effects. Thus, reliable diagnostic imaging is essential. We conducted a literature review on the use of spiral computed tomography, lung scintigraphy and echocardiography in acute pulmonary embolism and identified 562 articles, of which 16 original papers met our inclusion criteria. From these, we concluded that none of the modalities is applicable in every situation. Spiral computed tomography can confirm the diagnosis but cannot rule out subsegmental embolism. With lung scintigraphy, perfusion imaging alone is probably sufficient and suited to both confirming and ruling out the diagnosis. Echocardiography should be reserved for patients with an emergent need for treatment and cannot rule out the diagnosis.

  16. [Intraoperative evaluation of mitral valve reconstruction using two-dimensional contrast echocardiography].

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    Viossat, J; Chauvaud, S; Mihaileanu, S; Pillière, R; Sicre, P; Schnebert, B; Abbou, B; Lafont, A; Julien, J; Marino, J P

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    20 patients who underwent reconstructive surgery for mitral regurgitation were peroperatively investigated by contrasted bidimensional echocardiography using intraventricular injection of 20 ml of physiologic saline. Before the valvuloplasty, the peroperative quantitation of mitral leakage was in all cases closely correlated with the data obtained preoperatively. After the mitral reparation, three groups of patients could be observed: group I (12 cases): absent or minimal regurgitation (0-+); group II (5 cases): moderate mitral regurgitation (++); group III (3 cases): marked regurgitation ( - +) necessitating an immediate ECC. In two cases it was possible to improve successfully the valvular function, in the third case valvular replacement was necessary. The correlation between the data of peroperative contrasted echography at one hand and the clinical examination and the postoperative paraclinical investigations on the other hand was excellent in all cases. Thus the contrasted bidimensional peroperative echocardiography represents a reliable method for predicting the immediate results of mitral reconstructive surgery.

  17. A rare localization in right-sided endocarditis diagnosed by echocardiography: A case report

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    Beaufils Philippe

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Right-sided endocarditis occurs predominantly in intravenous drug users, patients with pacemakers or central venous lines and with congenital heart diseases. The vast majority of cases involve the tricuspid valve. Case presentation A case of a 31-year-old woman with intravenous drug abuse who had a right-sided vegetation attached to the muscular bundle of the right ventricle is presented. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a vegetation in the right ventricular outflow tract. Transesophageal echocardiography clearly showed that the 1.8 cm vegetation was not adherent to the pulmonary valve but attached to a muscular bundle. Conclusions Our case points to an unusual location of right-sided endocarditis in intravenous drug users. It confirms that TTE remains an easy and highly sensitive first-line examination for the diagnosis of right-sided endocarditis.

  18. Usefulness of speckle tracking echocardiography in hypertensive crisis and the effect of medical treatment.

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    Alam, Mahboob; Zhang, Lily; Stampehl, Mark; Lakkis, Nasser; Dokainish, Hisham

    2013-07-15

    The acute impact of hypertensive crisis, and changes after treatment, on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function using comprehensive echocardiography, including speckle tracking, has not been well characterized. Thirty consecutive patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency room with hypertensive crisis underwent Doppler echocardiography at baseline and after blood pressure optimization. The mean age of the patients was 54 ± 13 years, with 19 men (63%). The most common presenting symptoms included dyspnea (70%), chest pain (43%), and altered mental status (13%). Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures at presentation were 198 ± 12 and 122 ± 12 mm Hg, decreasing to 143 ± 15 and 77 ± 12 mm Hg (p hypertensive crisis and significantly improved after medical treatment. LV diastolic function, assessed using conventional and speckle-tracking parameters, was also depressed and significantly improved after treatment.

  19. Radial and longitudinal strain and strain rate assessed by speckle-tracking echocardiography in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease

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    Zois, Nora Elisabeth; Tidholm, A.; Nägga, K.M.;

    2012-01-01

    Assessment of left ventricular (LV) function using conventional echocardiographic methods is difficult in mitral regurgitation (MR) owing to altered hemodynamic loading conditions. Newer methods such as speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) provide assessment of LV strain (St) and strain rates ...

  20. ADDITIONAL VALUE OF BIPLANE TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN ASSESSING THE GENESIS OF MITRAL REGURGITATION AND THE FEASIBILITY OF VALVE REPAIR

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    PIEPER, EPG; HELLEMANS, IM; HAMER, HPM; RAVELLI, ACJ; VANDENBRINK, RBA; EBELS, T; LIE, KI; VISSER, CA

    1995-01-01

    To determine the additional diagnostic value of biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery, we studied 48 patients with severe mitral regurgitation. Transesophageal echocardiographic video recordings were reorganized in separate transverse and longitud

  1. Prenatal diagnosis of thoracic ectopia cordis by real-time fetal cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and by echocardiography.

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    Moniotte, Stéphane; Powell, Andrew J; Barnewolt, Carol E; Annese, David; Geva, Tal

    2008-01-01

    Ectopia cordis is a rare congenital defect commonly associated with intra- and extra-cardiac anomalies. This report highlights the complimentary use of echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for detailed prenatal characterization of the anomaly at 23-week gestation.

  2. Interobserver, intraobserver and intrapatient reliability scores of myocardial strain imaging with 2-d echocardiography in patients treated with anthracyclines.

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    Mavinkurve-Groothuis, A.M.C.; Weijers, G.; Groot-Loonen, J.J.; Pourier, M.S.; Feuth, A.B.; Korte, C.L. de; Hoogerbrugge, P.M.; Kapusta, L.

    2009-01-01

    Myocardial strain imaging with 2-D echocardiography is a relatively new noninvasive method to assess myocardial deformation. To determine the interobserver, intraobserver and intrapatient reliability scores, we evaluated myocardial strain measurements of 10 asymptomatic survivors of childhood cancer

  3. Speckle-tracking echocardiography for predicting outcome in chronic aortic regurgitation during conservative management and after surgery

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    Olsen, Niels Thue; Søgaard, Peter; Larsson, Henrik B W

    2011-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to test myocardial deformation imaging using speckle-tracking echocardiography for predicting outcomes in chronic aortic regurgitation. Background In chronic aortic regurgitation, left ventricular (LV) dysfunction must be detected early to allow timely surgery....... Speckle-tracking echocardiography has been proposed for this purpose, but the clinical value of this method in aortic regurgitation has not been established. Methods A longitudinal study was performed in 64 patients with moderate to severe aortic regurgitation. Thirty-five patients were managed...... conservatively with frequent clinical visits and sequential echocardiography and followed for an average of 19 ± 8 months, while 29 patients underwent surgery for the valve lesion and were followed for 6 months post-operatively. Baseline LV function by speckle-tracking and conventional echocardiography...

  4. Comparison of multidetector-row computed tomography to echocardiography and fluoroscopy for evaluation of patients with mechanical prosthetic valve obstruction.

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    Symersky, P.; Budde, R.P.; Mol, B.A. de; Prokop, M.

    2009-01-01

    For evaluation of prosthetic heart valve obstruction echocardiography and fluoroscopy provide primarily functional information but may not unequivocally establish the cause of dysfunction. Our objective was to evaluate whether multidetector-row computed tomographic (MDCT) imaging could detect the

  5. European Association of Echocardiography recommendations for the assessment of valvular regurgitation. Part 1: Aortic and pulmonary regurgitation (native valve disease)

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    P. Lancellotti (Patrizio); C. Tribouilloy (Christophe); A. Hagendorff (Andreas); L. Moura (Luis); B.A. Popescu (Bogdan); E. Agricola (Eustachio); J.L. Monin; L. Pié rard (Luc); L. Badano (Luigi); J.L. Zamorano (Jose); R. Sicari (Rosa); A. Vahanian (Alec); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractValvular regurgitation represents an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Echocardiography has become the primary non-invasive imaging method for the evaluation of valvular regurgitation. The echocardiographic assessment of valvular regurgitation should integrate qu

  6. Early detection of myocardial dysfunction in children with mitochondrial disease: An ultrasound and two-dimensional strain echocardiography study

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    Marcus, K.A.; Barends, M.; Morava, E.; Feuth, T.; Korte, C.L. de; Kapusta, L.

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Myocardial dysfunction in children diagnosed with mitochondrial disease is an ominous sign and has been associated with substantial increased mortality rates. Early detection of cardiac involvement would therefore be desirable. Two dimensional strain echocardiography (2DSTE) has proven t

  7. Synchronicity of systolic deformation in healthy pediatric and young adult subjects: a two-dimensional strain echocardiography study.

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    Marcus, K.A.; Janousek, J.; Barends, M.E.; Weijers, G.; Korte, C.L. de; Kapusta, L.

    2012-01-01

    Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2DSTE) offers valuable information in the echocardiographic assessment of ventricular myocardial function. It enables the quantification and timing of systolic ventricular myocardial deformation. In addition, 2DSTE can be used to identify mechanical

  8. Performance of two-dimensional Doppler echocardiography for the assessment of infarct size and left ventricular function in rats.

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    Nozawa, E; Kanashiro, R M; Murad, N; Carvalho, A C C; Cravo, S L D; Campos, O; Tucci, P J F; Moises, V A

    2006-05-01

    Although echocardiography has been used in rats, few studies have determined its efficacy for estimating myocardial infarct size. Our objective was to estimate the myocardial infarct size, and to evaluate anatomic and functional variables of the left ventricle. Myocardial infarction was produced in 43 female Wistar rats by ligature of the left coronary artery. Echocardiography was performed 5 weeks later to measure left ventricular diameter and transverse area (mean of 3 transverse planes), infarct size (percentage of the arc with infarct on 3 transverse planes), systolic function by the change in fractional area, and diastolic function by mitral inflow parameters. The histologic measurement of myocardial infarction size was similar to the echocardiographic method. Myocardial infarct size ranged from 4.8 to 66.6% when determined by histology and from 5 to 69.8% when determined by echocardiography, with good correlation (r = 0.88; P echocardiography (r = -0.87; P rats.

  9. Ruptured Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm Initially Misdiagnosed as Ventricular Septal Defect by Echocardiography

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    GR Rezaian

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Aneurysms of sinus of valsalva are rare cardiac lesions and most of them are in congenital origin. The malformation consists of a separation or lack of fusion between the media of the aorta and the annulus fibrosis of the aortic valve. The structure becomes aneurysmal and may rupture to form a fistula. We present a case of ruptured sinus of valasalva aneurysm in a 25-year-old man. The diagnosis was made by echocardiography and confirmed at operation.

  10. Stress echocardiography in warmblood horses: comparison of dobutamine/atropine with treadmill exercise as cardiac stressors.

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    Gehlen, Heidrun; Marnette, Silke; Rohn, Karl; Stadler, Peter

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether the combination of dobutamine and atropine causes cardiac stress equivalent to treadmill exercise. Therefore, electrocardiography and echocardiography were performed on 10 warmblood horses before, during, and after different cardiac stress tests. Stressors consisted of a standardized treadmill exercise and combined administration of dobutamine (7.5 microg/kg/min) and atropine (5 microg/kg). Maxima heart rates were achieved during the treadmill exercise (175 +/- 10 bpm). After exercise, a rapid decrease in heart rate was observed. Subsequently, a stress echocardiography for which a heart rate >100 bpm was required could only be performed within 1 minute after exercise. The mean heart rate during echocardiography was 136 +/- 8 bpm after exercise. The combination of dobutamine and atropine also resulted in a significant increase in heart rate, up to 141 +/- 20 bpm. Maxima heart rate was significantly higher during the treadmill exercise, but the decrease in heart rate was significantly slower after dobutamine and atropine administration. Over a period of 7.9 minutes, the mean heart rate was 123 +/- 8 bpm during dobutamine and atropine administration. Consequently, the combination of both drugs offered sufficient time for detailed examinations. Overall, echocardiographic examination identified a decrease in left ventricular (LV) dimensions, an increase in LV wall thickness, and a decrease in stroke volume after the treadmill exercise and during pharmacologic stress testing compared with baseline. Changes in echocardiographic variables generally were more pronounced during dobutamine and atropine administration. Similar to stress echocardiography in humans, in horses the combination of dobutamine and atropine is useful to produce an increase in heart rate comparable with what is achieved with exercise but without the need of increasing dobutamine dosage.

  11. Massive pulmonary embolism immediately diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography and treated with tenecteplase fibrinolysis.

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    Brunetti, Natale Daniele; Ieva, Riccardo; Correale, Michele; De Gennaro, Luisa; Pellegrino, Pier Luigi; Dioguardi, Ezio; Bux, Francesca; Di Biase, Matteo

    2009-08-01

    We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with new onset dyspnoea, hypotension, and right bundle branch block. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed a thrombus in the right pulmonary artery and acute pulmonary embolism was diagnosed. The patient immediately underwent fibrinolysis with tenecteplase, with prompt recovery of clinical conditions and ECG anomalies. Bedside TTE might be helpful for immediate diagnosis of massive PE needing rapid treatment by fibrinolysis.

  12. Hemodynamic stress echocardiography in patients supported with a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device

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    Andersen, Mads; Gustafsson, Finn; Madsen, Per Lav

    2010-01-01

    Functional assessment of continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) is usually performed with the patient at rest. This study compared echocardiographic indices of contraction and filling pressure with invasive measures in 12 ambulatory LVAD patients undergoing symptom-limited bicycl...... parallel with cardiac output) and diastolic E/e' ratio decreased (correlating inversely with diastolic pulmonary artery pressure). These findings emphasize the potential role of exercise echocardiography in studying exercise hemodynamics in LVAD patients....

  13. Acute hemodynamic effect of inhaled iloprost in pulmonary artery hypertension evaluated with echocardiography

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    Miranda Rita

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Doppler echocardiography is useful in the initial evaluation and long-term follow-up of patients with pulmonary artery hypertension. Aerosolised iloprost has been shown to reduce pulmonary pressure immediately after inhalation. We report the echocardiographic findings in a patient with severe pulmonary hypertension, before and after the inhalation of aerosolized iloprost. These findings illustrate the acute influence of iloprost in right and left ventricular hemodynamics and morphology. These findings were reproduced in subsequent echocardiographic evaluations.

  14. Three-Dimensional Echocardiography of the Aortic Valve: Feasibility, Clinical Potential, and Limitations.

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    Kasprzak, Jaroslaw D.; Salustri, Alessandro; Roelandt, Jos R.T.C.; Ten Cate, Folkert J.

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    OBJECTIVES: The purpose of our study was to assess the feasibility and potential clinical utility of three-dimensional echocardiography for evaluation of the aortic valve. BACKGROUND: The value of three-dimensional echocardiographic assessment of the aortic valve has not been established yet. METHODS: The study group comprised 32 patients (11 women, 21 men), mean age 56.1 (range 20-82). Seven morphologically normal valves, 5 homografts, 6 mechanical prostheses, and 14 valves of abnormal morphology were evaluated. Images were acquired during a routine multiplane transesophageal echocardiographic examination (rotational scan with 2 degrees interval, respiration, and electrocardiogram [ECG] gating) and postprocessed off-line. A selection of reconstructed cutplanes (anyplane mode) and volume-rendered three-dimensional views of aortic valve anatomy were analyzed by two observers and compared with two-dimensional echocardiography findings. RESULTS: The quality of reconstructions was scored excellent when permitting unrestricted assessment of aortic valve anatomy with optimized planimetric measurements (19 patients, 59%), adequate when aortic valve was partially visualized (7 patients, 22%), or inadequate when no assessment was possible (6 patients, 19%, including 5 with prosthetic valves). Three-dimensional echocardiography provided additional information in ten (31%) patients as compared with the two-dimensional echocardiographic findings. CONCLUSIONS: It can be concluded that three-dimensional echocardiographic reconstruction of the aortic valve is feasible, with excellent or adequate quality in 81% of patients, more frequently in native than in prosthetic valves, P < 0.05. Morphologic information additional to that provided by two-dimensional echocardiography is obtained in a significant proportion of patients.

  15. THE SPEKL-TREKING PREDICTIVE VALUE OF THE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY AT THE ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

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    N. A. Kosheleva

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    Full Text Available Speckle-tracking echocardiography is a non-invasive method  for assessment of myocardial deformation, which is closely associated with its regional and global function. Although it is not yet introduced into clinical practice, deformation parameters are actively studied in different clinical conditions, particularly in acute myocardial infarction. Numerous studies show deformation  impairment may have important prognostic value at patients with a acute myocardial infarction.

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

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    Pawan Kumar Jain

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  17. Feasibility and observer reproducibility of speckle tracking echocardiography in congenital heart disease patients.

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    Mokhles, Palwasha; van den Bosch, Annemien E; Vletter-McGhie, Jackie S; Van Domburg, Ron T; Ruys, Titia P E; Kauer, Floris; Geleijnse, Marcel L; Roos-Hesselink, Jolien W

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    The twisting motion of the heart has an important role in the function of the left ventricle. Speckle tracking echocardiography is able to quantify left ventricular (LV) rotation and twist. So far this new technique has not been used in congenital heart disease patients. The aim of our study was to investigate the feasibility and the intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of LV rotation parameters in adult patients with congenital heart disease. The study population consisted of 66 consecutive patients seen in the outpatient clinic (67% male, mean age 31 ± 7.7 years, NYHA class 1 ± 0.3) with a variety of congenital heart disease. First, feasibility was assessed in all patients. Intra- and inter-observer reproducibility was assessed for the patients in which speckle tracking echocardiography was feasible. Adequate image quality, for performing speckle echocardiography, was found in 80% of patients. The bias for the intra-observer reproducibility of the LV twist was 0.0°, with 95% limits of agreement of -2.5° and 2.5° and for interobserver reproducibility the bias was 0.0°, with 95% limits of agreement of -3.0° and 3.0°. Intra- and inter-observer measurements showed a strong correlation (0.86 and 0.79, respectively). Also a good repeatability was seen. The mean time to complete full analysis per subject for the first and second measurement was 9 and 5 minutes, respectively. Speckle tracking echocardiography is feasible in 80% of adult patients with congenital heart disease and shows excellent intra- and inter-observer reproducibility. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass Assessed by Biplane Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate pathogenesis and outcome of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE).   Biplane TEE was continuously monitored in a total of 96 patients who were scheduled for elective CABG surgery. Of 96 patients, 10 with no MR at stages 1 (after anesthetic induction but before skin incision) and 2 (after cardiopulmonary bypass [CPBJ and decannulation) ...

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

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    Swathy B

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    Full Text Available 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.

  20. [Echocardiography during ergometric tests in subjects with stable effort angina (author's transl)].

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    Fedele, F; Arata, L; Giannico, S; Pastore, L R; Di Renzi, L; Penco, M; Agati, L; Dagianti, A

    1981-01-01

    The feasibility of echocardiography in detecting left ventricle wall motion abnormalities, their location and their spontaneous or therapeutic regression, was assessed performing monodimensional and two-dimensional echocardiography in 35 patients with stable effort angina, without previous AMI. A control group of 10 normal subjects was also studied. The Authors evaluated echocardiographic findings on subjects at rest, during supine bicycle exercise and after sublingual nitroglycerin administration, defining the quality of wall motion as normal, hypokinetic, akinetic or dyskinetic in M-mode, and normal or asynergic in 2-D. They also analyzed, in M-mode, some echocardiographic indices of regional left ventricle function (IVSE, PWE, VIVS, VPW, delta TS, delta TP), and, in 2-D, the percent of systo-diastolic endocardial outline changes versus standard references in 7 sectors of left ventricle (anterior, lateral, inferior, septal in short-axis, septal, postero-lateral in long-axis, and apical) by means of a HP 9845B Computer, interfaced to a Digitizer. The percentage of feasibility of exercise echocardiography has been 60% in M-Mode, and 70% in 2-D. Mono and two-dimensional findings were normal in all patients at rest, whereas, during exercise, 57% of them, in M-mode, and 88% in 2-D, showed segmental contraction abnormalities. The Authors conclude that exercise echocardiography, though technically difficult, is feasible, Both M-mode and 2-D involve peculiar advantages or disadvantages. They provide, however, a valuable tool in detecting the mechanical consequences of exercise-induced regional myocardial ischemia and may be applicable in patients with equivocal exercise test.

  1. [Results and perspectives of the use of echocardiography and ultrasonic scanning of the heart].

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    Mukharliamov, N M; Belenkov, Iu N; AT'KOV, O Iu; Nasrulaeva, M M; Krol, V A

    1975-06-01

    The results of echocardiography and ultrasonic scanning of the heart in over 600 patients with ischaemic heart disease, hypertension, heart diseases and other pathology are presented. The high diagnostic value of these techniques in terms of detection of acquired and congenital heart failures, exsudative pericardites, left atrial tumors is demonstrated. The methods permit to evaluate myocardial hypertrophy, left ventricular dilatation, and to reveal myocardial contractility disorders at their early stages. The prospects of the employment of ultrasonic techniques in cardiological practice are analysed.

  2. Feasibility of physiologist-led stress echocardiography for the assessment of coronary artery disease

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    Jamal N Khan

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    Full Text Available Background: Physiologist-led stress echocardiography (PLSE services provide potential for expansion of SE services and increased productivity for cardiologists. There are however no published data on the feasibility of PLSE. We sought to assess the feasibility, safety and robustness of PLSE and cardiologist-led stress echocardiography (CLSE for coronary artery disease (CAD assessment. Methods: Retrospective analysis of 898 patients undergoing PLSE or CLSE for CAD assessment using exercise or dobutamine stress over 24 months. PLSE involved 2 cardiac physiologists (exercise or 1 physiologist plus 1 cardiac nurse (dobutamine. A cardiology registrar was present in the echocardiography department during PLSE in case of medical complications. CLSE involved 1 physiologist and 1 trainee cardiologist who analysed the study and reviewed findings with an imaging cardiologist. Sixteen-segment wall motion scoring (WMS, WMSI analysis was performed. Feasibility (stressor, image quality, proportion of completed studies, agreement with imaging cardiologist analysis and safety (complication rate were compared for PLSE and CLSE. Results: The majority of studies were CLSE (56.2% and used dobutamine (68.7%. PLSE more commonly used exercise (69.2%. Overall, 96% of studies were successfully completed (>14 diagnostic segments in 98%, P = 0.899 PLSE vs CLSE. Commencement of PLSE was associated with an increase in annual SE’s performed for CAD assessment. Complication rates were comparably very low for PLSE and CLSE (0.8% vs 1.8%, P = 0.187. There was excellent agreement between PLSE and CLSE WMS interpretation of 480 myocardial segments at rest (κ = 0.87 and stress (κ = 0.70 and WMSI (ICCs and Pearson’s r >0.90, zero Bland–Altman mean bias. Conclusion: This to our knowledge is the first study of the feasibility of PLSE. PLSE performed by well-trained physiologists is feasible and safe in contemporary practice. PLSE and CLSE interpretation of stress

  3. Role of transesophageal echocardiography in the clinical management of a patients with a giant coronary artery aneurysm.

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    Wolford, D C; Jost, C M; Madu, E C; Walker, W; Ramanatian, K B

    1997-06-01

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has substantial limitations for the study of abnormalities of the coronary tree. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) allows a more complete examination of the coronary arteries, particularly the proximal segments. This report describes the use of TEE after cardiac catheterization in the clinical management of a patient with unstable angina. While angiography first showed the giant aneurysm of the left circumflex coronary artery. TEE, by revealing an active thrombus of the lumen, prompted an immediate surgical resolution.

  4. Three-dimensional echocardiography with tissue harmonic imaging shows excellent reproducibility in assessment of left ventricular volumes

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    Kim, Won Yong; Søgaard, Peter; Egeblad, Henrik;

    2001-01-01

    We studied the reproducibility of repeated measurements of left ventricular (LV) volumes by 2-dimensional (biplane method of disks) and 3-dimensional echocardiography (coaxial scanning) with tissue harmonic imaging. Ten healthy subjects underwent estimation of LV volumes by transthoracic echocard......We studied the reproducibility of repeated measurements of left ventricular (LV) volumes by 2-dimensional (biplane method of disks) and 3-dimensional echocardiography (coaxial scanning) with tissue harmonic imaging. Ten healthy subjects underwent estimation of LV volumes by transthoracic...

  5. Effect of streptozotocin-induced diabetes on myocardial blood flow reserve assessed by myocardial contrast echocardiography in rats

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    Weytjens Caroline; Garbar Christian; Degaillier Céline; Hernot Sophie; Droogmans Steven; Cosyns Bernard; Roosens Bram; Schoors Danny; Lahoutte Tony; Franken Philippe R; Van Camp Guy

    2008-01-01

    Abstract The role of structural and functional abnormalities of small vessels in diabetes cardiomyopathy remains unclear. Myocardial contrast echocardiography allows the quantification of myocardial blood flow at rest and during dipyridamole infusion. The aim of the study was to determine the myocardial blood flow reserve in normal rats compared with Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats using contrast echocardiography. Methods We prospectively studied 40 Wistar rats. Diabetes was induced by ...

  6. Performance of two-dimensional Doppler echocardiography for the assessment of infarct size and left ventricular function in rats

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    Nozawa E.; Kanashiro R.M.; Murad N.; Carvalho A.C.C.; Cravo S.L.D.; Campos O.; Tucci P.J.F.; Moises V.A.

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    Although echocardiography has been used in rats, few studies have determined its efficacy for estimating myocardial infarct size. Our objective was to estimate the myocardial infarct size, and to evaluate anatomic and functional variables of the left ventricle. Myocardial infarction was produced in 43 female Wistar rats by ligature of the left coronary artery. Echocardiography was performed 5 weeks later to measure left ventricular diameter and transverse area (mean of 3 transverse planes), i...

  7. 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.

  8. [Limitation of myocardial expansion in late thrombolysis evaluated by two-dimensional echocardiography].

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    Romero, M A; Espinosa Vázquez, A; Ramos Corrales, M A; Solorio, S; Lepe Montoya, L; Badui, E; Ocampo, S; Carrillo, A M

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    Myocardial expansion in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is present in about 45% of the patients within the first 72 hours. This is associated with ventricular aneurysm formation, myocardial rupture, heart failure and early death. Experimental studies in animals with AMI have used late reperfusion to decrease the incidence of expansion with success. The present is a prospective, longitudinal, open and randomized study in 21 patients with anterior AMI, to evaluate if the late reperfusion (6 to 12 hours) can decrease the incidence of myocardial expansion graded quantitatively with bidimensional echocardiography. Two groups were made: group A (n = 12) who received thrombolysis with streptokinase 1.5 mill. IU plus oral aspirin 150 mg OD (n = 9). Both groups had the same characteristics of AMI and functional class of Killip and Kimball (I-II class). Intrahospital treatment was given freely in both groups. The expansion was evaluated with bidimensional echocardiography used Jugdutt's method. In group A, expansion was present in 25% of the cases, while in group B was 66.6% (p < 0.0005). The distortion area, distortion peak, septal thickness and large asynergic segment were more sensitive parameters to identify myocardial expansion. Our results are similar to some experimental studies. We conclude that late thrombolysis can be useful in decreasing the incidence of myocardial expansion. Bidimensional echocardiography is a useful, fast and safe method to identify myocardial expansion.

  9. Role of echocardiography in diagnosis and management of complete papillary muscle rupture caused by myocardial infarction

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    Josip Vincelj

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Aim To evaluate the usefulness of echocardiography in the diagnosis of complete rupture of papillary muscle. Methods Transthoracic (TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE was performed with the ATL 3000 HDI Ultrasound Inc (Bothell, WA, USA with a 2.5 MHz transducer and 5-7 MHz multiplane phased array transducer. We are reporting about two patients (a 45 and a 51-year old male with complete ruptures of papillary muscle following acute myocardial infarction (AMI. Results Both patients were previously treated with fibrinolysis in their local hospitals, 400 and 300 km, respectively, away from our hospital. Massive mitral regurgitation developed in both followed by rapid deterioration of hemodynamic state and severe heart failure, because of which both were transferred by helicopter to the Coronary Care Unit of our clinic. The diagnosis of complete papillary muscle rupture was confirmed in both patients by TTE and TEE. Due to the significant deterioration in their hemodynamic state, vasoactive drugs and intra-aortic balloon pump support were applied. Both patients then underwent mitral valve replacement, accompanied by concomitant coronary artery bypass grafting in one case. Conclusion Transesophageal echocardiography is a more accurate and rapid diagnostic method in patients with mechanical complications of AMI than TTE.

  10. Cardiovascular assessment of patients with Ullrich-Turner's Syndrome on Doppler echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Castro Ana Valéria Barros de

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the cardiovascular features of Ullrich-Turner's syndrome using echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging, and to correlate them with the phenotype and karyotype of the patients. The diagnostic concordance between the 2 methods was also assessed. METHODS: Fifteen patients with the syndrome were assessed by echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac chambers, valves, and aorta. Their ages ranged from 10 to 28 (mean of 16.7 years. The karyotype was analyzed in 11 or 25 metaphases of peripheral blood lymphocytes, or both. RESULTS: The most common phenotypic changes were short stature and spontaneous absence of puberal development (100%; 1 patient had a cardiac murmur. The karyotypes detected were as follows: 45,X (n=7, mosaics (n=5, and deletions (n=3. No echocardiographic changes were observed. In regard to magnetic resonance imaging, coarctation and dilation of the aorta were found in 1 patient, and isolated dilation of the aorta was found in 4 patients. CONCLUSION: The frequencies of coarctation and dilation of the aorta detected on magnetic resonance imaging were similar to those reported in the literature (5.5% to 20%, and 6.3% to 29%, respectively. This confirmed the adjuvant role of magnetic resonance imaging to Doppler echocardiography for diagnosing cardiovascular alterations in patients with Ullrich-Turner's syndrome.

  11. Imaging in repaired tetralogy of Fallot with a focus on recent advances in echocardiography.

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    Larios, Guillermo; Friedberg, Mark K

    2017-09-01

    Imaging is essential for the management of adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rToF). Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are the central modalities to assess rToF. Here we review recent literature on imaging rToF, focusing on echocardiography and advances in assessment of cardiac mechanics. Several two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler echo parameters have been proposed to assess pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, but most of them still have important limitations in their feasibility and reliability compared to cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). Myocardial deformation imaging to study ventricular and atrial mechanics, regional function, ventricular-ventricular interactions, and electro-mechanical dyssynchrony has yielded insights into the pathophysiologic mechanisms of right ventricular and left ventricular dysfunction; thereby predicting clinical outcomes and exercise capacity, allowing among others, evaluation of the impact of pulmonary valve replacement (PVR). Emerging technologies are expected to further our understanding of the drivers of dysfunction and guide indications and timing of PVR. Echocardiography and CMR have complementary and overlapping roles in rToF and contribute to our understanding of its pathophysiology and management.

  12. Successful surgical removal of the large retrocardiac mass. The usefulness of CT scan and intraoperative echocardiography

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    Tanaka, Minoru; Abe, Toshio; Murase, Mitsuya; Nogaki, Hideitsu; Takeuchi, Eiji (Nagoya Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

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    Computed tomography had proved useful in identifying cardiac lesion, especially space taking lesion. A 53-year-old man, who had open mitral commissurotomy eight years ago, has been regarded as the patient with an unresectable tumor of the left ventricle by echocardiography during about five years before this operation. However, the finding of cardiac CT scan in this patient led to excision of the mass. The patient was operated on through the left fifth intercostal space incision without extracorporeal circulation. The pericardium was densely adherent to the heart. We could not tell the border between the mass and the myocardium. Therefore, it was too difficult to incise the mass without injury to the myocardium or the coronary artery. After embarrassment, intraoperative echocardiography was performed. Intraoperative echocardiography demonstrated the size and the location of the mass, and its relation to the myocardiom, which resulted in successful removal of the mass. The removed mass was old hematoma of 300 gr in weight. In this paper, the usefulness of CT and intraoperative echocardiograpy was described and the origin of this hematoma was discussed.

  13. [Congenital heart disease: Recent technical advances in three-dimensional echocardiography].

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    Karsenty, Clement; Hadeed, Khaled; Acar, Philippe

    2017-05-01

    The recent technical advances allow the use in practice of three-dimensional echocardiography in children especially through the new high frequency matrix probe. It is difficult or even impossible to hold breathing during children' acquisition so to avoid motion full volume artifact, one beat and live 3D modes are suitable. 3D echocardiography is more accurate than 2D to assess the size, location, and relationship with surrounding structures of atrial and ventricular septal defects and thus helps in the therapeutic decision. 3D echocardiography enables to guide precisely percutaneous procedure. The morphology of the valve leaflets, chordal support apparatus, papillary muscle and the annulus are particularly well described in 3D and allows assessment of the regurgitation before repair and after as well for the common valve of the atrioventricular septal defect or in the Ebstein anomaly. Complex heart diseases such as double outlet right ventricle are suitable to a tridimensional assessment to plan surgical strategy. 3D printing, fusion imaging in cathlab and automated volume quantification embody recent innovations of new techniques in congenital heart disease. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Current Status of 3-Dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography: A Review from Our Experiences

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    Ishizu, Tomko; Aonuma, Kazutaka

    2014-01-01

    Cardiac function analysis is the main focus of echocardiography. Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) has been the clinical standard, however, LVEF is not enough to investigate myocardial function. For the last decade, speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has been the novel clinical tool for regional and global myocardial function analysis. However, 2-dimensional imaging methods have limitations in assessing 3-dimensional (3D) cardiac motion. In contrast, 3D echocardiography also has been widely used, in particular, to measure LV volume measurements and assess valvular diseases. Joining the technology bandwagon, 3D-STE was introduced in 2008. Experimental studies and clinical investigations revealed the reliability and feasibility of 3D-STE-derived data. In addition, 3D-STE provides a novel deformation parameter, area change ratio, which have the potential for more accurate assessment of overall and regional myocardial function. In this review, we introduced the features of the methodology, validation, and clinical application of 3D-STE based on our experiences for 7 years. PMID:25031794

  15. Quantification of mechanical dyssynchrony in growth restricted fetuses and normal controls using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE).

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    Krause, Kristina; Möllers, Mareike; Hammer, Kerstin; Falkenberg, Maria Karina; Möllmann, Ute; Görlich, Dennis; Klockenbusch, Walter; Schmitz, Ralf

    2017-10-26

    To evaluate longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in normally grown fetuses by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and to compare longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony in fetal growth restriction (FGR) with normal controls. A prospective study was performed on 30 FGR and 62 normally grown fetuses, including 30 controls matched by gestational age, using STE and a transversal four-chamber view. Data analysis was carried out with a high frame rate of about 175 frames/s. Dyssynchrony was analyzed offline with QLab 9 (Philips Medical Systems, Andover, MA, USA) as time differences between peaks in strain of both ventricles and the septum. Inter- and intraventricular and intraseptal dyssynchrony were obtained and inter- and intraobserver reliability was analyzed. Longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony was feasible in all cases, with high inter- and intraobserver reliability. Levels of inter- and intraventricular dyssynchrony were higher in the FGR than in the control group. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is a reliable technique for cardiac function assessment in the fetal heart. Interventricular dyssynchrony could be a potential parameter for early detection of subclinical myocardial dysfunction before other parameters demand intervention. The future clinical role of longitudinal mechanical dyssynchrony needs to be verified in larger studies and with a technique customized for prenatal echocardiography.

  16. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography: standardization efforts based on synthetic ultrasound data.

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    D'hooge, Jan; Barbosa, Daniel; Gao, Hang; Claus, Piet; Prater, David; Hamilton, Jamie; Lysyansky, Peter; Abe, Yasuhiko; Ito, Yasuhiro; Houle, Helene; Pedri, Stefano; Baumann, Rolf; Thomas, James; Badano, Luigi P

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    Speckle tracking echocardiography has already demonstrated its clinical potential. However, its use in routine practice is jeopardized by recent reports on high inter-vendor variability of the measurements. As such, the European Association of CardioVascular Imaging (EACVI) and the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) set up a standardization task force, which was joined by all manufacturers of echocardiographic equipment as well as by companies offering software solutions only, with the ambition to tackle this problem by standardization and quality assurance (QA). In this study, a first step towards QA of all commercially available tracking solutions based on computer-generated ultrasound images is presented. The accuracy of the products was acceptable with relative errors below 10% and intra-vendor reproducibility within 5%. Whether these results can be extrapolated to the clinical setting is the topic of an ongoing study of the EACVI/ASE/Industry Task Force to standardize deformation imaging. This study was an important first step in the development of generally accepted tools for QA of speckle tracking echocardiography. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  17. Computed tomography, radiology and echocardiography in cats naturally infected with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus.

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    Lacava, Giuseppe; Zini, Eric; Marchesotti, Federica; Domenech, Oriol; Romano, Francesca; Manzocchi, Simone; Venco, Luigi; Auriemma, Edoardo

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    Objectives The aims of the study were to describe the radiographic and computed tomographic features in cats naturally infected with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus, and to identify signs of pulmonary hypertension with echocardiography. Methods Fourteen cats positive on Baermann test for A abstrusus were included in the study. All cats underwent thoracic radiography, CT and echocardiography. Results The most common clinical signs were coughing (10/14) and dyspnoea (5/14). Radiographic findings included a generalised unstructured interstitial pulmonary pattern (8/14), mixed bronchointerstitioalveolar pattern (3/14) and bronchointerstitial pattern with bronchial wall thickening (3/14). Sternal lymphadenopathy was detected on thoracic radiographs in six cats. On CT, features were mixed bronchointerstitioalveolar pattern with ground-glass appearance in six cats, interstitioalveolar with multiple pulmonary nodules in five, interstitial ground-glass infiltrates in three, regional lymph node enlargement in 11 (10 sternal, three cranial mediastinal and three tracheobronchial lymph nodes) and subpleural thickening in four. None of the thoracic radiographs revealed subpleural thickening. In all cases, pulmonary vessels were normal in terms of size, shape and attenuation on both radiography and CT. Pulmonary hypertension and cardiac abnormalities were not observed in any cat during echocardiography. Conclusions and relevance CT provided a more thorough characterisation of pulmonary and mediastinal lesions compared with thoracic radiographs in cats naturally infected with A abstrusus. Although feline aelurostrongylosis has been previously associated with histopathological lesions in lung arteries, in this cohort clinical evidence of pulmonary hypertension was not documented.

  18. An update on transesophageal echocardiography views 2016: 2D versus 3D tee views

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    Poonam Malhotra Kapoor

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    Full Text Available In 1980, Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE first technology has introduced the standard of practice for most cardiac operating rooms to facilitate surgical decision making. Transoesophageal echocardiography as a diagnostic tool is now an integral part of intraoperative monitoring practice of cardiac anaesthesiology. Practice guidelines for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography are systematically developed recommendations that assist in the management of surgical patients, were developed by Indian Association of Cardiac Anaesthesiologists (IACTA. This update relates to the former IACTA practice guidelines published in 2013 and the ASE/EACTA guidelines of 2015. The current authors believe that the basic echocardiographer should be familiar with the technical skills for acquiring 28 cross sectional imaging planes. These 28 cross sections would provide also the format for digital acquisition and storage of a comprehensive TEE examination and adds 5 more additional views, introduced for different clinical scenarios in recent times. A comparison of 2D TEE views versus 3D TEE views is attempted for the first time in literature, in this manuscript. Since, cardiac anaesthesia variability exists in the precise anatomic orientation between the heart and the oesophagus in individual patients, an attempt has been made to provide specific criteria based on identifiable anatomic landmarks to improve the reproducibility and consistency of image acquisition for each of the standard cross sections.

  19. Teaching the basics of echocardiography in the undergraduate: Students as mentors.

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    Arias Felipe, A; Doménech García, J; Sánchez Los Arcos, I; Luordo, D; García Sánchez, F J; Villanueva Martínez, J; Forero de la Sotilla, A; Villena Garrido, V; Torres Macho, J; García de Casasola Sánchez, G

    To analyse the ability of medical students to incorporate the practical teaching of basic echocardiography planes using a peer mentoring design. Thirty-six medical students previously trained in obtaining echocardiography planes (mentors) taught the other 5th-year students (n=126). The teaching methodology included three stages: theory (online course), basic training (three 15h sessions of practical experience in ultrasound and at least 20 echocardiographic studies per mentor) and objective structured clinical assessment (OSCA), which scored the appropriateness of the basic ultrasound planes and the correct identification of 16 cardiac structures. The students' weighted mean score in the OSCA was 8.66±1.98 points (out of 10). Only 10 students (8.4%) scored less than 5, and 15 (12.6%) scored less than 7. Fifty students (42%) scored 10 points. The most easily identified structure was the left ventricle in the short-axis parasternal plane, with 89.9% of correct answers. The most poorly identified structure was the mitral valve in the subxiphoid plane, with 69.7% of correct answers. Peer mentoring-based teaching achieves an appropriate level of training in obtaining basic echocardiography planes. The training period is relatively short. The peer mentoring system can facilitate the implementation of teaching on basic aspects of ultrasound to a large number of undergraduate students. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Medicina Interna (SEMI). All rights reserved.

  20. A New Method for Pseudo-increasing Frame Rates of Echocardiography Images Using Manifold Learning.

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    Gifani, Parisa; Behnam, Hamid; Sani, Zahra Alizadeh

    2011-05-01

    Increasing frame rate is a challenging issue for better interpretation of medical images and diagnosis based on tracking the small transient motions of myocardium and valves in real time visualization. In this paper, manifold learning algorithm is applied to extract the nonlinear embedded information about echocardiography images from the consecutive images in two dimensional manifold spaces. In this method, we presume that the dimensionality of echocardiography images obtained from a patient is artificially high and the images can be described as functions of only a few underlying parameters such as periodic motion due to heartbeat. By this approach, each image is projected as a point on the reconstructed manifold; hence, the relationship between images in the new domain can be obtained according to periodicity of the heart cycle. To have a better tracking of the echocardiography, images during the fast motions of heart we have rearranged the similar frames of consecutive heart cycles in a sequence. This provides a full view slow motion of heart movement through increasing the frame rate to three times the traditional ultrasound systems.

  1. 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.

  2. Stress echocardiography in octogenarians: transesophageal atrial pacing is accurate, safe, and well tolerated.

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    Kobal, Sergio L; Pollick, Charles; Atar, Shaul; Miyamoto, Takashi; Aslanian, Noune; Neuman, Yoram; Tolstrup, Kirsten; Naqvi, Tasneem Z; Luo, Huai; Macrum, Bruce; Siegel, Robert J

    2006-08-01

    The feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of transesophageal pacing stress echocardiography for detection of inducible myocardial ischemia were evaluated in 161 patients 80 years of age or older (mean 84 +/- 3.9, range 80-97). The pacing time was 5.5 +/- 2.5 minutes with a total test time of 37 +/- 7 minutes. The mean achieved heart rate was 96 +/- 7% (83%-121%) of maximum predicted with an average rate pressure product of 21,560 +/- 5175 beats/min x mm Hg. There were minor adverse events in 8% of cases and no major complications occurred. Patient acceptance was high. When compared with myocardial single photon emission computed tomography, pacing stress echocardiography had a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 93% for the detection of myocardial ischemia, and 91% agreement (kappa = 0.80, P < .001). We demonstrate that pacing stress echocardiography is safe and accurate for detection of myocardial ischemia and, thus, a reliable substitute to exercise and pharmacologic stress testing in octogenarians.

  3. Assessment of right ventricular systolic function by echocardiography after surgical repair of congenital heart defects.

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    Khraiche, Diala; Ben Moussa, Nidhal

    2016-02-01

    Postoperative impairment of right ventricular (RV) systolic function can appear after surgical repair of complex congenital heart defects, such as tetralogy of Fallot; it is caused by chronic volume and/or pressure overload due to pulmonary regurgitation and/or stenosis. RV dysfunction is strongly associated with prognosis in these patients. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is the gold standard for quantification of RV volumes and ejection fraction in patients with congenital heart diseases; however, it is costly and is not widely available. Echocardiography is the imaging modality that is most available and most frequently used to assess RV systolic function. However, RV ejection fraction cannot be measured accurately by standard two-dimensional echocardiography because of its pyramidal shape. Surrogate parameters of RV systolic function are mostly used in routine practice. New techniques of two-dimensional strain and three-dimensional quantification of RV volumes and ejection fraction have been developed in recent years. The aim of this article is to show the pertinence of each variable of RV systolic function measured by echocardiography in patients with repaired congenital heart disease and residual chronic RV overload.

  4. Progressive development of pulmonary hypertension leading to right ventricular hypertrophy assessed by echocardiography in rats.

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    Kato, Yosuke; Iwase, Mitsunori; Kanazawa, Hiroaki; Kawata, Natsuki; Yoshimori, Yukie; Hashimoto, Katsunori; Yokoi, Toyoharu; Noda, Akiko; Takagi, Kenzo; Koike, Yasuo; Nishizawa, Takao; Nishimura, Masahiko; Yokota, Mitsuhiro

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    The present study aimed to evaluate the development of pulmonary hypertension by serial echocardiography, including measurements of pulmonary artery (PA) flow velocities, and correlate echocardiographic indices with pathological findings in rats administered monocrotaline (MCT). MCT (60 mg/kg body weight) or physiologic saline was administered to a total of 9 male Wistar rats at the age of 4 weeks (MCT group: n = 4, control group: n = 5, respectively). Echocardiography was performed serially until the age of 8 weeks. The ratio of right ventricular (RV) outflow tract dimensions to aortic dimensions increased progressively in the MCT group and became significantly greater than that of the control group after the age of 6 weeks. Peak PA velocity (Peak V) in the MCT group was significantly less than that of the control group at the ages of 7 and 8 weeks. The ratio of acceleration time to ejection time (AT/ET) in PA flow waveforms declined progressively and was significantly less than that of the control group after the age of 6 weeks. The ratio of RV weight to body weight (RVW/BW) in the MCT group was significantly greater than that of the control group. Both AT/ET ratio and Peak V were significantly inversely correlated with RVW/BW ratio. Furthermore, these echocardiographic findings were also significantly inversely correlated with the mean cross-sectional RV myocyte area. In conclusion, the progressive development of pulmonary hypertension leading to RV hypertrophy can be evaluated appropriately by echocardiography including PA flow Doppler indices in rats.

  5. Assessment of segmental myocardial viability using regional 2-dimensional strain echocardiography.

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    Migrino, Raymond Q; Zhu, Xiaoguang; Pajewski, Nicholas; Brahmbhatt, Tejas; Hoffmann, Raymond; Zhao, Ming

    2007-04-01

    We determined whether 2-dimensional strain echocardiography can identify viable from infarcted myocardium in a rat ischemia-reperfusion model. A total of 16 male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion for 12 or 30 minutes followed by 60-minute reperfusion. Short-axis 2-dimensional strain echocardiography was performed at the mid-ventricle 60 minutes post-reperfusion. Post-sacrifice, triphenyl tetrazolium chloride was infused to the coronary circulation. Regional end-systolic radial and circumferential strain, and time to peak strain, were measured using software in all 96 segments and correlated with areas of infarct in corresponding histologic slices. Segments with greater than 50% area of infarct had lower end-systolic radial and circumferential strain and longer time to peak strain versus areas with 50% or less strain or no infarct. Extent of infarct correlates with radial and circumferential strain. End-systolic radial strain less than 2% has 88% sensitivity and 95% specificity for detecting infarcted area greater than 50%. Two-dimensional strain echocardiography-derived strain is useful in distinguishing infarcted from viable myocardium.

  6. Right ventricular involvement in patients with inferior myocardial infarction, correlation of electrocardiographic findings with echocardiography data.

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    Javed, Sumbul; Rajani, Ali Raza; Govindaswamy, Pushparani; Radaideh, Ghazi Ahmed; Abubaraka, Harb Ahmed; Qureshi, Tariq Ilyas; Arshad, Hassaan Bin

    2017-03-01

    To determine the right ventricular involvement in patients with inferior myocardial infarction by echocardiography in relation to electrocardiographic findings. This observational, prospective study was conducted at Rashid Hospital, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from January to September 2013, and comprised patients with inferior myocardial infarction. All patients aged above 18 years were included. Right ventricular myocardial infarction was defined by the electrocardiographic criteria of > 1mV ST elevation in V4R-V5R leads. RV infarction was assessed on echocardiography by fractional area change, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and tricuspid annular systolic velocity by tissue Doppler imaging. SPSS 21 was used for data analysis. Of the 73 patients, there were 68(93%) men and 5(7%) women. The three modalities used to assess the right ventricular infarction showed right ventricular involvement in 36(49.3%) cases by fractional area change, 28(38.4%) cases by tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and 31(42.5%) cases by tissue Doppler imaging in patients with inferior myocardial infarction. Tissue Doppler imaging and right ventricular function showed low degree of negative correlation (p=0.16) while the correlation between tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion and right ventricular function showed significant positive correlation (pright ventricular infarction by echocardiography helped to diagnose right ventricular infarction in greater number of cases compared to surface electrocardiogram.

  7. Intraoperative perfusion contrast echocardiography. Initial experience during coronary artery bypass grafting.

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    Kabas, J S; Kisslo, J; Flick, C L; Johnson, S H; Craig, D M; Stanley, T E; Smith, P K

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    Intraoperative evaluation of the effectiveness of myocardial revascularization has been limited by an inability to assess regional myocardial perfusion. Microbubbles of sonicated diatrizoate sodium and diatrizoate meglumine (Renografin) have been an effective echocardiographic contrast agent and have been employed clinically during cardiac catheterization. This recent development in contrast-enhanced two-dimensional echocardiography permits real-time imaging of transmural myocardial blood flow but has not been evaluated in the operating room. This study represents the initial surgical application of this directed technique and was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of intraoperative perfusion contrast echocardiography in assessing the results of coronary artery bypass grafting. Twenty men with significant coronary artery disease ranging in age from 49 to 73 years were studied. Direct contrast agent injection into completed saphenous vein bypass grafts caused the myocardium supplied by each graft to be well delineated and provided a tomographic view of contrast distribution. The enhanced region was well correlated with the size and distribution of the native vessel. Rapid contrast washout (less than 20 seconds) indicated satisfactory regional perfusion. Contrast echocardiography prolonged the operation less than 10 minutes and did not result in any perioperative complications.

  8. Clinical impact of transesophageal echocardiography in patients with stroke without clinical evidence of cardiovascular sources of emboli

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    Tatani Solange Bernardes

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of transeophageal echocardiography on management of patients at low-risk for cardiogenic embolism to prevent new potential cardiovascular sources of emboli. METHODS: We studied 69 patients with ischemic stroke at low-risk for cardiogenic embolism. Transeophageal echocardiography was performed to access: left atrium enlargement; communication or aneurysm of the interatrial septum; patent foramen ovale; spontaneous echo contrast or intracavitary thrombi; the presence of intraaortic atherosclerotic plaques or thrombi; significant valvar morphologic alteration or dysfunction; left ventricle enlargement, hypertrophy, or contractile abnormality. Transesophageal echocardiography altered clinical management, and we adopted anticoagulant therapy or another procedure apart from the use of acetylsalicylic acid. RESULTS: Transeophageal echocardiography detected at least one abnormality in 40 cases (58%. Clinical conduct was adjusted after the performance of transesophageal echocardiography in 11 patients (15.9%; anticoagulation was added in 10 cases and surgical correction in one patient. CONCLUSION: Transeophageal echocardiography was a very useful tool in the secondary prevention for stroke in patients at low risk for cardiogenic embolism.

  9. Assessment of left ventricular non-compaction in adults: side-by-side comparison of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with echocardiography.

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    Thuny, Franck; Jacquier, Alexis; Jop, Bertrand; Giorgi, Roch; Gaubert, Jean-Yves; Bartoli, Jean-Michel; Moulin, Guy; Habib, Gilbert

    2010-03-01

    Two-dimensional echocardiography images obtained at end-diastole and end-systole and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images obtained at end-diastole represent the three imaging methodologies validated for diagnosis of left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC). No study has compared these methodologies in assessing the magnitude of non-compaction. To compare two-dimensional echocardiography with CMR in the evaluation of patients with suspected LVNC. Sixteen patients (48+/-17 years) with LVNC underwent echocardiography and CMR within the same week. Echocardiography images obtained at end-diastole and end-systole were compared in a blinded fashion with those obtained by CMR at end-diastole to assess non-compaction in 17 anatomical segments. All segments could be analysed by CMR, whereas only 238 (87.5%) and 237 (87.1%) could be analysed by echocardiography at end-diastole and end-systole, respectively (p=0.002). Among the analysable segments, a two-layered structure was observed in 54.0% by CMR, 42.9% by echocardiography at end-diastole and 41.4% by echocardiography at end-systole (p=0.006). Similar distribution patterns were observed with the two echocardiographic methodologies. However, compared with echocardiography, CMR identified a higher rate of two-layered structures in the anterior, anterolateral, inferolateral and inferior segments. Echocardiography at end-systole underestimated the NC/C maximum ratio compared with CMR (p=0.04) and echocardiography at end-diastole (p=0.003). No significant difference was observed between CMR and echocardiography at end-diastole (p=0.83). Interobserver reproducibility of the NC/C maximum ratio was similar for the three methodologies. CMR appears superior to standard echocardiography in assessing the extent of non-compaction and provides supplemental morphological information beyond that obtained with conventional echocardiography.

  10. Assessment of electrocardiography, echocardiography, and heart rate variability in dynamic and static type athletes

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    Ataei A

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Mehrnoush Toufan,1 Babak Kazemi,1 Fariborz Akbarzadeh,1 Amin Ataei,1 Majid Khalili21Cardiovascular Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran; 2Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Baku, AzerbaijanBackground: Over the last two decades, morphological cardiac changes induced by athletic conditioning have been of great interest. Therefore, several studies have been orchestrated to delineate electrocardiography (ECG, echocardiography, and heart rate variability (HRV findings in athletes.Purpose: To assess the ECG, echocardiography, and HRV in a group of dynamic and static type athletes.Methods: Fifty professional athletes (20 static and 30 dynamic exercise athletes and 50 healthy nonathletes (control group were recruited. Standard 12-lead ECG and transthoracic echocardiography was performed on all athletes and the control group. Through echocardiography, variables including left ventricular (LV end-diastolic/systolic diameter, LV mass, and left atrial volume index were measured. In addition, both the athletes and the control group underwent ECG Holter monitoring for 15 minutes and several parameters related to HRV (time and frequency domain were recorded.Results: The most common ECG abnormalities among the athletes were sinus bradycardia and incomplete right bundle branch block. LV end-diastolic diameter and left atrial volume index were significantly greater in the dynamic athletes (P < 0.001. LV end-systolic diameter was significantly lower in the static group (P < 0.001. LV mass of the dynamic and static athletes was significantly greater than that of the controls (P < 0.001. Among the ECG Holter monitoring findings, the dynamic athletes had lower systolic blood pressure than the controls (P = 0.01. Heart rate was lowest in the control group (P < 0.001.Conclusion: The most common ECG abnormalities among adolescent Iranian athletes were sinus bradycardia and incomplete right bundle branch block. Static exercise seemed

  11. Three-dimensional echocardiography in congenital heart disease: an expert consensus document from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography.

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    Simpson, John; Lopez, Leo; Acar, Philippe; Friedberg, Mark; Khoo, Nee; Ko, Helen; Marek, Jan; Marx, Gerald; McGhie, Jackie; Meijboom, Folkert; Roberson, David; Van den Bosch, Annemien; Miller, Owen; Shirali, Girish

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    Three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) has become important in the management of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD), particularly with pre-surgical planning, guidance of catheter intervention, and functional assessment of the heart. 3DE is increasingly used in children because of good acoustic windows and the non-invasive nature of the technique. The aim of this paper is to provide a review of the optimal application of 3DE in CHD including technical considerations, image orientation, application to different lesions, procedural guidance, and functional assessment. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  12. Evaluation of commissural malalignment of aortic-pulmonary sinus using cardiac CT for arterial switch operation: comparison with transthoracic echocardiography

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    Bang, Ji Hyun; Park, Jeong-Jun [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Divisions of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Goo, Hyun Woo [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-05-15

    There are limited data regarding the influence of commissural malalignment of the aortic-pulmonary sinus on the arterial switch operation. To compare diagnostic accuracy between cardiac CT and echocardiography for evaluating commissural malalignment of aortic-pulmonary sinus in children with complete transposition of the great arteries and to seek potential clinical implication of commissural malalignment on the arterial switch operation. In 37 patients (35 boys; median age: 8 days, range: 3-80 days) with complete transposition of the great arteries who had tricuspid semilunar valves and underwent an arterial switch operation, the degree of the commissural rotation of the aortic-pulmonary sinus was assessed on cardiac CT (n=37) and echocardiography (n=35). With surgical finding as a reference, cardiac CT was compared with echocardiography in identifying commissural malalignment in 35 patients. The influence of the height difference between the semilunar valves measured by cardiac CT on the identification of commissural malalignment with cardiac CT and echocardiography was evaluated. The impact of commissural malalignment on coronary transfer techniques was evaluated. In operative findings, the commissures of the semilunar valves were aligned in 24 patients and malaligned in 13. With surgical findings as a reference, cardiac CT showed higher, but not statistically significant (P>0.05), sensitivity (91.7% vs. 75.0%), specificity (87.0% vs. 78.3%) and accuracy (88.6% vs. 77.1%) for the diagnosis of the malalignment than echocardiography. The measured height difference between the semilunar valves did not affect the identification of the malalignment with cardiac CT and echocardiography. The surgical malalignment group showed a higher requirement of modified coronary transfer techniques than the surgical aligned group (11/13 vs. 11/24, P=0.03). Cardiac CT and echocardiography appear useful for evaluating commissural malalignment of the semilunar valves in patients with

  13. The repeatability and characteristics of right ventricular longitudinal strain imaging by speckle-tracking echocardiography in healthy dogs.

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    Morita, T; Nakamura, K; Osuga, T; Yokoyama, N; Khoirun, N; Morishita, K; Sasaki, N; Ohta, H; Takiguchi, M

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    To assess the repeatability and characteristics of echocardiographic indices of the right ventricular (RV) function derived from speckle-tracking echocardiography. Fourteen laboratory Beagles and 103 privately owned dogs without cardiac disease were involved in this study. Right ventricular longitudinal strain, strain rate, and a strain-related index for assessing RV dyssynchrony derived from speckle-tracking echocardiography were obtained by two different observers using five Beagles. Within-day, between-day, and interobserver coefficients of variation and the intraclass correlation coefficient of speckle-tracking echocardiography indices were determined. Both speckle-tracking echocardiography and conventional indices of RV function, including the peak velocity of systolic tricuspid annular motion, tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion, fractional area change, and the Tei index, were obtained from 14 Beagles and 103 privately owned dogs. Relationships between echocardiographic indices and the body weight, heart rate, age, and sex were estimated by regression analysis. Speckle-tracking echocardiographic indices showed good within-day repeatability, between-day and interobserver repeatability were moderate to good. In large dogs, RV longitudinal strain, strain rate, and fractional area change were significantly decreased, while the index of RV dyssynchrony, systolic tricuspid annular motion, tricuspid annulus plane systolic excursion, and the Tei index were increased. All speckle-tracking and conventional echocardiographic indices were correlated with the body weight. The speckle-tracking echocardiography indices were highly repeatable and body weight affected speckle-tracking echocardiography indices in dogs. Further studies are needed to apply speckle-tracking echocardiography indices in dogs with cardiac disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Doppler echocardiography imaging in detecting multi-valvular lesions: a clinical evaluation in children with acute rheumatic fever.

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    Pushpa Shivaram

    Full Text Available RATIONALE: Doppler echocardiography has been demonstrated to be accurate in diagnosing valvular lesions in rheumatic heart disease (RHD when compared to clinical evaluation alone. OBJECTIVE: To perform Doppler echocardiography in children clinically diagnosed by the Jones criteria to have acute rheumatic fever (ARF, and to then compare the effectiveness of echo in detecting single/multi-valvular lesions with that of the initial clinical evaluation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 93 children who were previously diagnosed with ARF by clinical examination. Presence of valvular lesions were enlisted, first by clinical auscultation, and then by performing Doppler echocardiography. We found that Doppler echocardiography was a sensitive technique, capable of detecting valvular lesions that were missed by clinical auscultation alone. Echocardiography of patients with carditis revealed mitral regurgitation to be the most common lesion present (53 patients, 56.98%, followed by aortic regurgitation in 21 patients (22.6%. The difference between clinical and echocardiographic diagnosis in ARF children with carditis was statistically significant for mitral regurgitation, aortic regurgitation and tricuspid regurgitation. Clinical auscultation alone revealed 4 cases of mitral stenosis, 39 mitral regurgitation, 14 aortic regurgitation, 9 tricuspid regurgitation; in contrast, echo revealed 5 cases of mitral stenosis, 53 mitral regurgitation, 21 aortic regurgitation, 18 tricuspid regurgitation. CONCLUSION: Doppler echocardiography is a more sensitive technique for detecting valvular lesions. In the setting of ARF, echo enables a 46.9% higher detection level of carditis, as compared to the clinical examination alone. Echo was very significant in detecting regurgitation lesions, especially for cases of tricuspid regurgitation in the setting of multivalvular involvement. The results of our study are in accordance with previous clinical studies, all of which clearly

  15. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography with agitated saline injection to differentiate between atrial septal defects and echo drop-out artifacts.

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    Alherbish, Aws; Shanks, Miriam; Choy, Jonathan

    2014-12-01

    The diagnosis of multiple atrial septal defects is less challenging with 3-D transesophageal echocardiography. However, the common occurrence of echo drop-out (acoustic shadow) artifacts with 3-D echocardiography can make the differentiation between a second defect and an artifact challenging. Agitated saline injection with direct visualization using 3-D echocardiography can help resolve this by allowing visualization of the bubbles crossing from true defects.

  16. Limited intervention improves technical skill in focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography among novice examiners

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    Frederiksen Christian

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies addressing teaching and learning in point-of-care ultrasound have primarily focussed on image interpretation and not on the technical quality of the images. We hypothesized that a limited intervention of 10 supervised examinations would improve the technical skills in Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE and that physicians with no experience in FATE would quickly adopt technical skills allowing for image quality suitable for interpretation. Methods Twenty-one physicians with no previous training in FATE or echocardiography (Novices participated in the study and a reference group of three examiners with more than 10 years of experience in echocardiography (Experts was included. Novices received an initial theoretical and practical introduction (2 hours, after which baseline examinations were performed on two healthy volunteers. Subsequently all physicians were scheduled to a separate intervention day comprising ten supervised FATE examinations. For effect measurement a second examination (evaluation of the same two healthy volunteers from the baseline examination was performed. Results At baseline 86% of images obtained by novices were suitable for interpretation, on evaluation this was 93% (p = 0.005. 100% of images obtained by experts were suitable for interpretation. Mean global image rating on baseline examinations was 70.2 (CI 68.0-72.4 and mean global image rating after intervention was 75.0 (CI 72.9-77.0, p = 0.0002. In comparison, mean global image rating in the expert group was 89.8 (CI 88.8-90.9. Conclusions Improvement of technical skills in FATE can be achieved with a limited intervention and upon completion of intervention 93% of images achieved are suitable for clinical interpretation.

  17. Comparison of left ventricular function assessment between echocardiography and MRI in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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    Buddhe, Sujatha; Lewin, Mark; Olson, Aaron; Soriano, Brian D. [University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children' s Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Seattle, WA (United States); Ferguson, Mark [University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seattle, WA (United States)

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    Cardiomyopathy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is associated with death in approximately 40% of patients. Echocardiography is routinely used to assess left ventricular (LV) function; however, it has limitations in these patients. We compared echocardiographic measures of cardiac function assessment to cardiac MRI. We included children and young adults with DMD who had MRI performed between January 2010 and July 2015. We measured echocardiographic and MRI parameters of function assessment, including strain. Presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) was assessed by MRI. Subjects were divided into two groups based on MRI left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF): group I, LVEF ≥55% and group II, LVEF <55%. We included 41 studies in 33 subjects, with 25 in group I and 16 in group II. Mean age of subjects was 13.6 ± 2.8 years and mean duration between echocardiogram and MRI was 7.6 ± 4.1 months. Only 8 of 16 (50%) patients in group II had diminished function on echocardiogram. Echocardiographic images were suboptimal in 16 subjects (39%). Overall, echocardiographic parameters had weak correlation with MRI-derived ejection fraction percentage. MRI-derived myocardial strain assessment has better correlation with MRI ejection fraction as compared to echocardiography-derived strain parameters. Echocardiography-based ventricular functional assessment has weak correlation with MRI parameters in children and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While this correlation improves in the subset of subjects with adequate echocardiographic image quality, it remains modest and potentially suboptimal for clinical management. Accordingly, we conclude that MRI should be performed routinely and early in children with DMD, not only for LGE imaging but also for functional assessment. (orig.)

  18. Role of echocardiography for catheter-based management of valvular heart disease.

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    Shiota, Takahiro

    2017-01-01

    Catheter-based treatment of valvular heart disease, such as transvalvular aortic valve replacement (TAVR) or mitral clip procedure, has been increasingly accepted as a treatment choice for the past several years. Such new treatment options have been changing the management of patients with valvular heart disease drastically while socio-economic factors regarding their application need to be taken into consideration. The use of echocardiography, including transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), for such catheter-based treatments is essential for the success of the procedures. Severe hypotension after TAVR is a life-threatening emergency. Rapid assessment and diagnosis in the catheterization or hybrid laboratory is essential for safety and a positive outcome. Possible diagnoses in this critical situation would include severe left ventricular dysfunction due to coronary obstruction, cardiac tamponade, aortic rupture, acute severe aortic and/or mitral valve regurgitation, and hypovolemia due to bleeding. Although new types of TAVR valves reduce para-valvular aortic regurgitation (AR) significantly, it is still important to judge the severity of para-valvular AR correctly in the laboratory. As for mitral clip procedure, TEE is vital for guiding and monitoring the entire process. Accurate identification of the location and the geometry of the regurgitant orifice is necessary for proper placement of the clip. Real-time 3D TEE provides helpful en face view of the mitral valve and clip together to this end. Residual mitral regurgitation (MR) after the first clip is not uncommon. Quick and precise imaging of the residual MR (location and severity) with TEE is extremely important for the interventionist to place the second clip and possibly third clip properly. After the completion of the clip procedure, mitral valve stenosis and also iatrogenic atrial septal defect need to be checked by TEE. Echocardiography, especially TEE, is also vital for the success of other newer trans

  19. Preliminary experience using transthoracic echocardiography guiding percutaneous closure of ruptured right sinus of Valsalva aneurysm

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    LI Yue; WANG Guang-yi; WANG Zhi-feng; GUO Liang

    2011-01-01

    Background In the 21st century, minimally invasive treatment is one of the main developmental directions of medical sciences. It is well known that the echocardiography plays an important role during interventional treatments of some structural heart diseases. Because the ruptured right sinus of the Valsalva aneurysm (RRSVA) is a rare disease, there were few reports about percutaneous catheter closure of RRSVA. This study aimed to sum up our experience with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) during percutaneous catheter closure of RRSVA.Methods Five RRSVA cases were treated with percutaneous catheter closure. The whole procedure was guided and monitored by TTE and fluoroscopy. The maximum diameter of the RRSVA was measured by TTE before and after the catheter passed through the rupture site. A duct occluder 2 mm larger than the maximum diameter was chosen. The closure effects were evaluated with TTE and fluoroscopy immediately after the occluding device was deployed. All patients were followed up by TTE for 8 to 30 months.Results Before the catheter passed through the rupture site the maximum diameter of the RRSVA measured with TTE and aortography were (7.9 ±2.1) mm and (7.8 ± 1.8) mm. After the catheter passed through the rupture site the maximum diameter measured with TTE was (11.2 ± 3.2) mm, which was significantly larger than before the procedure (P <0.05). The percutaneous catheter closure was successful in four cases and failed in one. Compared to the aortography the TTE was better at distinguishing residual shunts from aortic valve regurgitation immediately after the occluding device was deployed. There were no complications during 8 to 30 months of follow-up.Conclusion Transthoracic echocardiography can play an important role during percutaneous catheter closure of RRSVA,especially for estimating the size of the RRSVA after the catheter passes through the rupture site, and differentiating residual shunt from aortic valve regurgitation immediately

  20. Usefulness of intravenously administered fluid replenishment for detection of patent foramen ovale by transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Afonso, Luis; Kottam, Anupama; Niraj, Ashutosh; Ganguly, Joya; Hari, Pawan; Simegn, Mengistu; Sudhakar, Rajeev; Jacob, Sony; Chaturvedi, Seemant; Ensing, Greg J; Abraham, Theodore P

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    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is associated with cryptogenic stroke, migraine headache, decompression sickness, and platypnea-orthodeoxia syndrome. Patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography are often hypovolemic from preprocedural fasting and might not demonstrate right to left shunting owing to insufficient right atrial pressure generation, despite provocative maneuvers. We hypothesized that volume replenishment with saline loading could potentially unmask a PFO by favorably modulating the interatrial pressure gradient. Our study sought to examine the role of pre- or intraprocedural intravenous fluid replenishment on PFO detection during transesophageal echocardiography. A total of 103 patients were enrolled. An initial series of bubble injections was performed unprovoked and then with provocative maneuvers such as the Valsalva maneuver and coughing. The patients were then given a rapid 500 ml saline bolus, and the same sequence of bubble injections was repeated. The presence, type, and magnitude of the right to left shunts were noted before and after the saline bolus. The detection rate of PFO increased from 10.6% to 26.2% after saline loading without any provocative maneuvers. When combined with provocative maneuvers (Valsalva or cough), saline loading improved the detection rate from 17.4% to 32.0%. Overall, from amongst the 103 enrolled patients, saline bolusing resulted in a de novo diagnosis of PFO in 15 patients, atrial septal aneurysm in 15, PFO coexisting with an atrial septal aneurysm in 10, and pulmonary arteriovenous fistula in 5 patients. In conclusion, saline infusion in appropriately selected patients during transesophageal echocardiography significantly enhances the detection of PFOs and pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas.

  1. Impaired Left Atrial Function in Fabry Disease: A Longitudinal Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography Study.

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    Pichette, Maxime; Serri, Karim; Pagé, Maude; Di, Lu Zhao; Bichet, Daniel G; Poulin, Frédéric

    2017-02-01

    Fabry disease (FD) is characterized by the accumulation of sphingolipids in multiple organs, including the left atrium. It is uncertain if the left atrial (LA) reservoir, conduit, and contractile functions evaluated by speckle-tracking echocardiography are affected in Fabry cardiomyopathy and whether enzyme replacement therapy can improve LA function. In this retrospective cohort study, LA strain, strain rates, and phasic LA volumes were studied in 50 patients with FD and compared with values in 50 healthy control subjects. All three LA phasic functions were altered. Peak positive strain (reservoir function) was 38.9 ± 14.9% versus 46.5 ± 10.9% (P = .004), and late diastolic strain (contractile function) was 12.6 ± 5.9% versus 15.6 ± 5.3% (P = .010). In 15 patients who started enzyme replacement therapy during the study, most of the LA parameters improved at 1-year follow-up (peak positive strain from 32.0 ± 13.5% to 38.0 ± 13.5%, P = .006), whereas there was a trend toward deterioration in 15 patients who never received treatment (peak positive strain from 47.3 ± 10.8% to 41.3 ± 9.3%, P = .058). Nine patients with FD (21%) experienced new-onset atrial fibrillation or stroke during 4-year follow-up. By univariate analysis, peak positive strain and early diastolic strain demonstrated significant associations with clinical events, surpassing conventional echocardiographic parameters and clinical characteristics. LA reservoir, conduit, and contractile functions by speckle-tracking echocardiography were all affected in FD. Enzyme replacement therapy improved LA function. LA strain parameters were associated with atrial fibrillation and stroke. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Analysis of right ventricular kinesis by means of transesophageal echocardiography: present problems and perspectives.

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    Kozàkovà, M; Palombo, C; Benanti, C; L'Abbate, A; Distante, A

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    The evaluation of right ventricular (RV) kinesis by two-dimensional echocardiography represents a difficult task. Transthoracic echocardiography can visualize the RV in several projections, but the image quality and the variability of imaging views usually do not allow quantitative analysis. We investigated the potential of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for evaluating RV global function and regional kinesis, in 32 controls and in 16 patients with inferior myocardial infarction (MI) and asynergy involving the inferior wall of both ventricles. Good-quality images of at least one horizontal section of the RV were obtained in 73% of subjects by conventional, 90 degrees sector and in 100% of subjects by wide-angle, "panoramic" sector. Images of the RV in short-axis view at medium level were acquired and evaluated in 93% of cases, but at basal and apical levels only in 67% and 39%, respectively. The low percentage of successful detection and evaluation of the RV at apical level can be explained by prominent motion and trabeculation of the apex. Global systolic area changes (SAC) in controls attained similar values at apical and medium levels (60% and 59%, respectively), but were significantly lower (48%, P less than 0.05) at basal level. In patients with previous inferior MI and inferoposterior asynergy, global SAC were significantly (P less than 0.01) lower at medium and basal levels (32% and 27%, respectively) compared with controls. Regional kinesis of RV was assessed as segmental SAC in 12 different segments, by fixed and float system of center of cavity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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

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    Christiane Jungen

    Full Text Available 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.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.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.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01262508.

  4. A novel echocardiography formula for calculating predicted pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with mitral stenosis

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    Amiliana M. Soesanto

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    Full Text Available Background: Pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR plays an important role in the natural history, prognosis, and outcome after valve intervention in patients with mitral stenosis (MS. The existing formula to estimate PVR by means of echocardiography is not readily applicable in the MS patient subset because it does not specifically calculate the risk of PVR in MS. The aim of this study was to find a new echocardiography formula to estimate PVR in MS.Methods: This diagnostic study was conducted in 2 stages. In the first stage, 58 consecutive subjects with MS were studied to find some model formulas for estimating PVR by multiple regression. Eight echo parameters were analyzed to seek their correlation with the invasive PVR value as a gold standard. The formula that had the best correlation and was easiest to use would be selected. In the second stage, those model formulas were validated by applying them to a further 34 consecutive MS subjects.Results: Four formulas which gave a discriminator coefficient of r2 0.62–0.68 were derived.  The best model formula was proposed for further application.  The new selected formula PVR=-7.465+3.566 TRvmax –(0.23 TVs’+6.799 (RV-MPI showed good correlation (r=0.71, p<0.001 to the invasive PVR value, with good reliability. TRvmax is maximal velocity of tricuspid regurgitation, TVs’ is systolic velocity of tricuspid annulus, and RV-MPI is right ventricle index myocardial performance. ROC curve showed that the cut off point 7.2 has good sensitivity and specificity (90% and 88%, respectively to predict PVR 7 WU.Conclusion: This study has shown that a novel echocardiography formula can estimate PVR with good correlation and reliability in subjects with mitral stenosis.

  5. Value of Echocardiography for Evaluation of the Flow-dependent Epicardial Coronary Vasodilation In Vivo

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    LI Tianliang; DENG Youbin; WANG Lin; YANG Haoyi; BI Xiaojun; ZHANG Qingyang; LIU Jinghua; CHANG Qing; LI Chunlei

    2005-01-01

    To assess the value of echocardiography for detection of the flow-dependent epicardial coronary vasodilation, the changes in internal diameter of the left anterior descending coronary arteries (LAD) induced by reactive hyperemia were studied by echocardiography in 12 health anesthetized open-chest dogs. Reactive hyperemia was induced by brief occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery for 30 s followed by rapid release. The two- dimensional images of the left anterior descending coronary artery before and after reactive hyperemia with and without intracoronary infusion of NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase(NOS) were investigated. The internal diameter of LAD was measured and its percent change induced by reactive hyperemia was calculated. Our results showed that the internal diameter of LAD was 2.23±0.19 mm before intracoronary infusion of L-NAME (baseline). The internal diameter of LAD significantly increased to 2.52±0.24 mm (P<0.01) after reactive hyperemia at baseline, and the percent change in internal diameter of LAD was (13. 10±3.59) %. The internal diameter of LAD before and after reactive hyperemia under the condition of intracoronary infusion of L-NAME was not different from that before reactive hyperemia at baseline. The percent change in internal diameter of LAD was (1.07±2.97) %, and it was significantly lower than that at baseline (P<0.001). We are led to conclude that the change in internal diameter of LAD responding to reactive hyperemia was detected sensitively by echocardiography, and this change was associated with endothelium-derived nitric oxide.

  6. Speckle tracking echocardiography detects uremic cardiomyopathy early and predicts cardiovascular mortality in ESRD.

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    Kramann, Rafael; Erpenbeck, Johanna; Schneider, Rebekka K; Röhl, Anna B; Hein, Marc; Brandenburg, Vincent M; van Diepen, Merel; Dekker, Friedo; Marx, Nicolaus; Floege, Jürgen; Becker, Michael; Schlieper, Georg

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    Cardiovascular mortality is high in ESRD, partly driven by sudden cardiac death and recurrent heart failure due to uremic cardiomyopathy. We investigated whether speckle-tracking echocardiography is superior to routine echocardiography in early detection of uremic cardiomyopathy in animal models and whether it predicts cardiovascular mortality in patients undergoing dialysis. Using speckle-tracking echocardiography in two rat models of uremic cardiomyopathy soon (4-6 weeks) after induction of kidney disease, we observed that global radial and circumferential strain parameters decreased significantly in both models compared with controls, whereas standard echocardiographic readouts, including fractional shortening and cardiac output, remained unchanged. Furthermore, strain parameters showed better correlations with histologic hallmarks of uremic cardiomyopathy. We then assessed echocardiographic and clinical characteristics in 171 dialysis patients. During the 2.5-year follow-up period, ejection fraction and various strain parameters were significant risk factors for cardiovascular mortality (primary end point) in a multivariate Cox model (ejection fraction hazard ratio [HR], 0.97 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 0.95 to 0.99; P=0.012]; peak global longitudinal strain HR, 1.17 [95% CI, 1.07 to 1.28; P<0.001]; peak systolic and late diastolic longitudinal strain rates HRs, 4.7 [95% CI, 1.23 to 17.64; P=0.023] and 0.25 [95% CI, 0.08 to 0.79; P=0.02], respectively). Multivariate Cox regression analysis revealed circumferential early diastolic strain rate, among others, as an independent risk factor for all-cause mortality (secondary end point; HR, 0.43; 95% CI, 0.25 to 0.74; P=0.002). Together, these data support speckle tracking as a postprocessing echocardiographic technique to detect uremic cardiomyopathy and predict cardiovascular mortality in ESRD.

  7. 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.

  8. Echocardiography detection of Tei index in evaluation of myocardial function after thoracoscopy and thoracotomy pulmonary lobectomy

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    Yong-Mei Jia; Yi-Min Fu; Hua Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical value of echocardiography detection of Tei index for evaluation of myocardial function after thoracoscopy and thoracotomy pulmonary lobectomy. Methods:A total of 48 cases who received thoracotomy pulmonary lobectomy and 42 cases of patients who received thoracoscopy pulmonary lobectomy were selected for study and enrolled in thoracotomy group and thoracoscopy group respectively. Before and after operation, echocardiography was conducted to obtain Tei index, mean pulmonary artery pressure and systolic pressure as well as right ventricle stroke volume, right ventricle ejection fraction, right ventricle end-diastolic volume index and right ventricle end-systolic volume index; serum was collected to detect BNP, NE, E and CRP contents.Results:One week, 1 month, 2 months and 3 months after operation, Tei indexes of thoracoscopy group were lower than those of thoracotomy group; 1 week after operation, pulmonary artery systolic pressure, mean pulmonary artery pressure, RVEDVI-3D and RVESVI-3D of thoracoscopy group were lower than those of thoracotomy group, and RVEF-3D and RVSV-3D were higher than those of thoracotomy group; serum BNP, NE, E and CRP contents of thoracoscopy group were lower than those of thoracotomy group; Tei index was positively correlated with pulmonary artery systolic pressure, mean pulmonary artery pressure, RVEDVI-3D and RVESVI-3D and negatively correlated with RVEF-3D and RVSV-3D as well as serum BNP, NE, E and CRP contents.Conclusions: Right heart function has better recovery after thoracoscopy pulmonary lobectomy, and echocardiography detection of Tei index can accurately assess right heart function.

  9. Bedside echocardiography in internal medicine: which are the key questions and answers for our decision-making?

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    Chiara Cogliati

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The advent of portable equipment in the last years has brought ultrasound (US technology available at patient bedside, giving the opportunity to non-cardiologists to extend cardiac assessment based on physical examination. Bedside echocardiography is a question-driven examination, where simple and often dichotomous answers are searched. It is performed using phased-array probes and bi-dimensional images are visually evaluated to obtain information regarding cardiac size and function, presence of pericardial effusion, gross valvular diseases. Although this approach cannot in any case substitute a standard 2D color-Doppler echocardiography, bedside echocardiography has been demonstrated to maintain a good diagnostic accuracy when limited to basic questions, even in the hands of short-trained non cardiologist physicians. At present the bedside US approach is widely used in different settings and focused echocardiography takes part together with US explorations of lung, abdomen and deep veins in an integrated perspective that perfectly fits with the holistic approach of the internist. In this context we address two typical scenarios encountered in the internal medicine divisions - the patient presenting with dyspnea or nonpost- traumatic hypotension - showing the main questions we can ask to bedside echocardiography for a rapid identification of the determinants of symptoms and consequently for a therapeutic choice based on more objective evidence.

  10. Comparison of contrast enhanced three dimensional echocardiography with MIBI gated SPECT for the evaluation of left ventricular function

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    Cosyns Bernard

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In clinical practice and in clinical trials, echocardiography and scintigraphy are used the most for the evaluation of global left ejection fraction (LVEF and left ventricular (LV volumes. Actually, poor quality imaging and geometrical assumptions are the main limitations of LVEF measured by echocardiography. Contrast agents and 3D echocardiography are new methods that may alleviate these potential limitations. Methods Therefore we sought to examine the accuracy of contrast 3D echocardiography for the evaluation of LV volumes and LVEF relative to MIBI gated SPECT as an independent reference. In 43 patients addressed for chest pain, contrast 3D echocardiography (RT3DE and MIBI gated SPECT were prospectively performed on the same day. The accuracy and the variability of LV volumes and LVEF measurements were evaluated. Results Due to good endocardial delineation, LV volumes and LVEF measurements by contrast RT3DE were feasible in 99% of the patients. The mean LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV of the group by scintigraphy was 143 ± 65 mL and was underestimated by triplane contrast RT3DE (128 ± 60 mL; p Conclusion Contrast RT3DE allows an accurate assessment of LVEF compared to the LVEF measured by SPECT, and shows low variability between observers. Although RT3DE triplane provides accurate evaluation of left ventricular function, RT3DE full-volume is superior to triplane modality in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.

  11. An Echocardiography Training Program for Improving the Left Ventricular Function Interpretation in Emergency Department; a Brief Report

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    Mary S. Jacob

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Focused training in transthoracic echocardiography enables emergency physicians (EPs to accurately estimate the left ventricular function. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief training program utilizing standardized echocardiography video clips in this regard. Methods: A before and after design was used to determine the efficacy of a 1 hour echocardiography training program using PowerPoint presentation and standardized echocardiography video clips illustrating normal and abnormal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF as well as video clips emphasizing the measurement of mitral valve E-point septal separation (EPSS. Pre- and post-test evaluation used unique video clips and asked trainees to estimate LVEF and EPSS based on the viewed video clips. Results: 21 EPs with no prior experience with the echocardiographic technical methods completed this study. The EPs had very limited prior echocardiographic training. The mean score on the categorization of LVEF estimation improved from 4.9 (95% CI: 4.1-5.6 to 7.6 (95%CI: 7-8.3 out of a possible 10 score (p<0.0001. Categorization of EPSS improved from 4.1 (95% CI: 3.1-5.1 to 8.1 (95% CI: 7.6- 8.7 after education (p<0.0001. Conclusions: The results of this study demonstrate a statistically significant improvement of EPs’ ability to categorize left ventricular function as normal or depressed, after a short lecture utilizing a commercially available DVD of standardized echocardiography clips.

  12. Layer-specific strain analysis by speckle tracking echocardiography reveals differences in left ventricular function between rats and humans.

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    Bachner-Hinenzon, Noa; Ertracht, Offir; Leitman, Marina; Vered, Zvi; Shimoni, Sara; Beeri, Ronen; Binah, Ofer; Adam, Dan

    2010-09-01

    The rat heart is commonly used as an experimental model of the human heart in both health and disease states, assuming that heart function of rats and humans is alike. When studying a rat model, echocardiography is usually performed on sedated rats, whereas standard echocardiography on adult humans does not require any sedation. Since echocardiography results of sedated rats are usually inferred to alert humans, in the present study, we tested the hypothesis that differences in left ventricular (LV) function may be present between rats sedated by a low dose of ketamine-xylazine and alert humans. Echocardiography was applied to 110 healthy sedated rats and 120 healthy alert humans. Strain parameters were calculated from the scans using a layer-specific speckle tracking echocardiography program. The results showed that layer longitudinal strain is equal in rats and humans, whereas segmental strain is heterogeneous (P rats and humans (P rats and humans (P rats (P rats and humans, in rats the rotation was larger at the apex (P rats and humans. Thus, when evaluating LV function of sedated rats under ketamine-xylazine, it is recommended to measure the global longitudinal strain, LV twist, and torsion-to-shortening ratio, since no scaling is required when converting these parameters and inferring them to humans.

  13. Cardiovascular effects of 3 months of football training in overweight children examined by comprehensive echocardiography

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    Hansen, Peter Riis; Andersen, Lars Juel; Rebelo, António Natal

    2013-01-01

    Abstract We examined effects of a 3-month football training programme in overweight children using comprehensive echocardiography and peripheral arterial tonometry. Twenty preadolescent overweight children (17 boys, 3 girls aged 8-12 yrs; body mass index [BMI] ≥ 85(th) percentile) participated...... have positive structural and functional effects on the cardiovascular system in overweight preadolescent children....... in a structured 3-month football training programme, consisting of 4 weekly 60-90 min sessions with mean heart rate (HR) > 80% of HRmax (football group, FG). A parallel control group (CG) included 11 children (7 boys, 4 girls) of equivalent age from an obesity clinic. After 3 months, systolic blood pressure...

  14. Type F Congenital Quadricuspid Aortic Valve: A Very Rare Case Diagnosed by 3-dimenional Transoesophageal Echocardiography

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    Garg, Pankaj; Kamaruddin, Hazlyna; Orme, Rachel; Watt, Victoria

    2014-01-01

    Congenital quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a rare cardiac anomaly. Several different anatomical variations of a quadricuspid aortic valve have been described. Aortic regurgitation is the predominant valvular dysfunction associated with QAV and patients tend to present in their 5th or 6th decade of life. This anomaly is rarely picked up by transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). A comprehensive transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) study is more likely to diagnose it. We describe a very rare type of QAV – Type F in a 52-year-old lady who presented with symptoms of shortness of breath and pre-syncope. We include TOE images and intra-operative valve images. PMID:24707324

  15. Three-dimensional Transesophageal Echocardiography-guided Transcathetar Closure of Ruptured Noncoronary Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm

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    Kumar, G Anil; Parimala, P S; Jayaranganath, M; Jagadeesh, A M

    2017-01-01

    Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm accounts for only 1% of congenital cardiac anomalies. Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm can cause aortic insufficiency, coronary artery flow compromise, cardiac arrhythmia, or aneurysm rupture. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE) represents an adjunctive tool to demonstrate the ruptured sinus of Valsalva with better delineation. We present an adult patient with rupture of noncoronary sinus of Valsalva aneurysm into the right atrium (RA). 3DTEE accurately delineated the site of rupture into the RA and showed the exact size and shape of the defect, which helped in the successful transcatheter closure of the defect with a duct occluder device. PMID:28074828

  16. THE ROLE OF SPECKLE-TRACKING ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE AT THE STAGE OF SUBCLINICAL HEART TRANSPLANT REJECTION

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    T. V. Stavenchuk

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    Full Text Available Aim. To identify new predictors of heart transplant rejection by using speckle-tracking echocardiography technique. Materials and methods. 117 recipients were included into research. The follow-up period in S.V. Ochapovsky Region Clinical Hospital No 1 was from March 2010 to April 2015. The groups were allocated based on results of the retrospective analysis of biopsies: group 1 (n = 68, recipients without signs of cellular and humoral rejection (AMR0 ACR0; group 2 (n = 28, recipients with ACR1; group 3 (n = 16, patients with ACR2; group 4 (n = 5, patients with chronic rejection. The analysis of the results was carried out with endomyocardial biopsy, coronary angiography, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, tissue Doppler imaging, speckle-tracking echocardiography. Results. Early complications include infections and rejection of heart transplant. Cellular rejection is diagnosed in 70% of cases, humoral rejection in 30% of cases. The disease of coronary arteries is a kind of late complications. It was diagnosed in 13.7%. Fraction rejection sensitivity was 63%, specificity was 97% in recipients with ACR1 while carrying out TTE for the purpose of identification of early diagnostic criterion of rejection; recipients with ACR2 had 75% and 96%, respectively. While carrying out PW sensitivity and specificity Е/А in recipients with ACR1 were 83% and 53%, respectively; recipients with ACR2 had 85% and 52%, respectively. While carrying out PW-TDI sensitivity and specificity Е in recipients with ACR1 were 83% and 58%, respectively; recipients with ACR2 had 88% and 60%, respectively. The assessment of myocardial deformation of the left ventricle is as follows: global peak systolic strain in recipients without rejection (GLPS LV – (–17.54 ± 3.71%, р = 0.0012; recipients with (ACR1, AMR1 had GLPS LV (–10.52 ± 1.8%, p = 0.0012; recipients with ACR2 had (–6.44 ± 1.8%, p = 0.002; recipients with chronic rejection had (–9.43 ± 1.8%, p = 0

  17. Prenatal diagnosis of fetal aortopulmonary septal defect with ventricular septal defect by two-dimension echocardiography

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    2008-01-01

    @@ Fetal aortopulmonary septal defect (APSD) is an extremely rare condition, accounting for 0.1%-0.2% of all cardiac defects in live births world wide.1 Hospital mortality is 13% and 33% for simple and complex APSD, respectively.2 This rare cardiac defect refers to a congenital malformation in the development of the arteriosus truncus septum, and is usually associated with a wide variety of other structural cardiac anomalies such as ventricular septal defect (VSD), pulmonary valve stegnosis and so on.3 Prenatal diagnosis of an APSD is possible by echocardiography.

  18. Role of perioperative transesophageal echocardiography in the management of adolescent truncus arteriosus: Rare case report

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    P S Nagaraja

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Truncus arteriosus (TA is a rare congenital heart disease defined as a single arterial vessel arising from the heart that gives origin to the systemic, pulmonary and coronary circulations. The truncal valve in majority of the cases is tricuspid though quadricuspid and bicuspid valves have been reported. Patients with TA typically have a large nonrestrictive sub truncal ventricular septal defect. Survival of these infants beyond 1-year is uncommon. Here, we report a unique case of 12-year-old female patient with persistent TA who underwent surgical repair by using transesophageal echocardiography as a monitoring device during the perioperative management.

  19. Esophageal Perforation: A Rare Complication of Transesophageal Echocardiography in a Patient with Asymptomatic Esophagitis

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    Kabir Ahmed

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a commonly used procedure in patients with suspected endocarditis. A rare but dreadful complication of this procedure is perforation of the esophagus. We report the case of an elderly female with multiple comorbidities, who presented with polyarticular septic arthritis. TEE was performed to rule out endocarditis. Though the standard procedure protocol was followed, she developed esophageal perforation. It was managed with esophageal stenting but she developed multiorgan failure and did not survive. This case highlights the potential of severe morbidity and mortality associated with TEE. Appropriate screening must be done and high-risk individuals must be identified before such procedures are attempted.

  20. Recent advances in echocardiography: strain and strain rate imaging [version 1; referees: 3 approved

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    Oana Mirea

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Deformation imaging by echocardiography is a well-established research tool which has been gaining interest from clinical cardiologists since the introduction of speckle tracking. Post-processing of echo images to analyze deformation has become readily available at the fingertips of the user. New parameters such as global longitudinal strain have been shown to provide added diagnostic value, and ongoing efforts of the imaging societies and industry aimed at harmonizing methods will improve the technique further. This review focuses on recent advances in the field of echocardiographic strain and strain rate imaging, and provides an overview on its current and potential future clinical applications.

  1. A randomized, blinded comparison of chloral hydrate and midazolam sedation in children undergoing echocardiography.

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    Wheeler, D S; Jensen, R A; Poss, W B

    2001-07-01

    The objective of this prospective, randomized, and blinded study was to compare the use of chloral hydrate versus oral midazolam sedation in children undergoing echocardiography. No adverse effects (nausea, vomiting, paradoxical agitation, or significant deviations from baseline vital signs) were noted with either medication. No differences were noted in onset of sedation between the 2 groups, however, the time to complete recovery was significantly shorter with midazolam than with chloral hydrate. The children in the chloral hydrate group had a significantly deeper level of sedation and were more likely to receive a more nearly comprehensive echocardiographic evalation.

  2. [Stress echocardiography: a sensitive method in diagnosis of coronary heart disease].

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    Mertes, H; Erbel, R; Nixdorff, U; Mohr-Kahaly, S; Wölfinger, D; Meyer, J

    1991-10-01

    Prevalence of coronary artery disease requires sensitive diagnostic methods for screening and follow-up. The sensitivity of stress-ECG is low, 201-thallium scintigraphy is more sensitive but has the disadvantages of radiation and costs. Improved echocardiographic resolution with better identification of endocardial border as well as digital imaging technique have increased the interest in stress echocardiography as a diagnostic tool in coronary artery disease since a decade ago the clinical usefulness of stress echocardiography has been demonstrated. For stress echocardiography a semisupine bicycle position for continuous recording of echocardiographic images from the apical position in the two-chamber- and RAO-view was developed. Echocardiographic images were digitized with a frame rate of 30/s and stored on optical discs with a storage capacity of 1 Gbyte. Rest and exercise images were analysed simultaneously for newly-occurring wall motion abnormalities or deterioration of already present hypokinesia or extension of existing wall motion abnormalities. Segmental wall motion was scored according to the scheme in Figure 2. In addition end-diastolic, end-systolic volume, and ejection fraction were calculated. In a patient population of 150, 30 female and 120 male, age 56.6 +/- 8.3 years, we could confirm the results reported by other working groups and demonstrate a high sensitivity in the diagnosis of single vessel disease. Our technique with the patient cycling in semi-supine position allows continuous echocardiographic registration during exercise and offers adequate image quality. The mean workload at peak stress was 127 +/- 30 watts, the maximal heart rate 137 +/- 18 bpm. Digital cine-loop imaging allowed evaluation of the examinations in about 90% of the cases. The sensitivity in the whole study group was 87%, the specificity 80%. Under full antianginal medication, 43% of the patients developed angina pectoris during exercise and 58% had a positive stress

  3. Value of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery.

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    Ender, Jörg; Sgouropoulou, Sophia

    2013-11-01

    The role of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has increased tremendously since its first use in 1979. Today intraoperative TEE is a class I indication for surgical mitral valve reconstruction for evaluation of mitral valve pathology, graduation of mitral regurgitation and detection of potential risk factors as well as post-repair assessment. Real-time three-dimensional TEE offers anatomical visualization of the mitral valve apparatus, fundamental for virtual surgical planning of proper annuloplasty ring size. As minimally invasive and even off-pump techniques for mitral valve repair become more popular, image guidance by intraoperative TEE will play an essential role.

  4. Brief communications: visualization of coronary arteries in rats by 3-dimensional real-time contrast echocardiography.

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    Ishikura, Fuminobu; Hirayama, Hideo; Iwata, Akiko; Toshida, Tsutomu; Masuda, Kasumi; Otani, Kentaro; Asanuma, Toshihiko; Beppu, Shintaro

    2008-05-01

    Angiogenesis is under intense investigation to advance the treatment of various ischemic diseases. Small animals, such as mice and rats, are often used for this purpose. However, evaluating the structure of coronary arteries in small animals in situ is not easy. We succeeded in visualizing the coronary artery in rats on 3-dimensional real-time contrast echocardiography using a high-frequency transducer. These methods will be applied for more convenient assessment in a new study, examining issues such as angiogenesis using rats in situ.

  5. Focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography for preoperative assessment in patients scheduled for acute surgery

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    Bøtker, Morten Thingemann; Frederiksen, C.A.; Lauridsen Vang, M.K.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Unexpected cardiopulmonary complications are a well-known and feared entity during surgery and anaesthesia, acknowledged in previous reports. Focus Assessed Transthoracic Echocardiography (FATE) has proven to be feasible in intensive care units and perioperatively for evaluation...... were recorded. After the routine preoperative assessment these were reported to the anaesthetist responsible for the anaesthesia.Whether or not this led to changes in the perioperative management was registered. Results: 112 patients scheduled for acute surgery were included. Mean age was 62 years (57...

  6. Stress echocardiography

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    ... beat faster and harder, similar to when you exercise. Your blood pressure and heart rhythm (ECG) will be monitored throughout the procedure. More echocardiogram images will be taken while your heart rate is increasing, or when it reaches its peak. ...

  7. Association between early echocardiography, therapy for patent ductus arteriosus, and outcomes in very low birth weight infants.

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    Lee, Jan Hau; Greenberg, Rachel G; Quek, Bin H; Clark, Reese H; Laughon, Matthew M; Smith, P Brian; Hornik, Christoph P

    2017-06-19

    In very low birth weight infants, persistence of a patent ductus arteriosus results in morbidity and mortality. Therapies to close the ductus are effective, but clinical outcomes may depend on the accuracy of diagnosis and the timing of administration. The objective of the present study was to characterise the association between early echocardiography, therapy for patent ductus arteriosus, and outcomes in very low birth weight infants. This retrospective cohort study used electronic health record data on inborn infants of gestational age ⩽28 weeks and birth weight patent ductus arteriosus was diagnosed in 31,712/48,551 (65%). The diagnosis was more common in infants who had undergone early echocardiography (14,549/15,971 [91%] versus 17,163/32,580 [53%], ppatent ductus arteriosus (odds ratio 1.01, 95% CI 0.90-1.15). Early echocardiography was associated with an increased diagnosis of patent ductus arteriosus, but not with decreased mortality.

  8. Personalized mitral valve closure computation and uncertainty analysis from 3D echocardiography.

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    Grbic, Sasa; Easley, Thomas F; Mansi, Tommaso; Bloodworth, Charles H; Pierce, Eric L; Voigt, Ingmar; Neumann, Dominik; Krebs, Julian; Yuh, David D; Jensen, Morten O; Comaniciu, Dorin; Yoganathan, Ajit P

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    Intervention planning is essential for successful Mitral Valve (MV) repair procedures. Finite-element models (FEM) of the MV could be used to achieve this goal, but the translation to the clinical domain is challenging. Many input parameters for the FEM models, such as tissue properties, are not known. In addition, only simplified MV geometry models can be extracted from non-invasive modalities such as echocardiography imaging, lacking major anatomical details such as the complex chordae topology. A traditional approach for FEM computation is to use a simplified model (also known as parachute model) of the chordae topology, which connects the papillary muscle tips to the free-edges and select basal points. Building on the existing parachute model a new and comprehensive MV model was developed that utilizes a novel chordae representation capable of approximating regional connectivity. In addition, a fully automated personalization approach was developed for the chordae rest length, removing the need for tedious manual parameter selection. Based on the MV model extracted during mid-diastole (open MV) the MV geometric configuration at peak systole (closed MV) was computed according to the FEM model. In this work the focus was placed on validating MV closure computation. The method is evaluated on ten in vitro ovine cases, where in addition to echocardiography imaging, high-resolution μCT imaging is available for accurate validation.

  9. 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%, pcolorized images (59%) was also significantly greater than gray scale MCE (43% and 29%, pcolor coding significantly improves the accuracy and specificity of MCE for detection of perfusion defects.

  10. The importance of echocardiography in diagnostics of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension: A case report

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    Stojković Gabrijela

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH is rare and difficult progressive disease with prevalence of approximately 15 cases per million residents, with predominant female cases. Case Outline. A 47-year-old female presented with symptoms and signs of the right heart chambers failure. Over prior seven years the patient had the feeling of suffocation and fatigue when walking, and received treatment for bronchial asthma. Physical examination revealed a marked loud second heart sound over the pulmonary artery. Electrocardiogram: right ventricular hypertrophy. Spirometric (pulmonary capacity test, cardiac perfusion scan and spiral CT scanning excluded secondary pulmonary arterial hypertension. Blood testing for connective tissue diseases and HIV were within normal reference limits. Transthoracic colour Doppler echocardiography demonstrated a mild tricuspid regurgitation with high values of estimated maximal and middle systolic pressure of the right ventricle (135/110 mm Hg, and excluded previous heart disease. Cardiac catheterization confirmed IPAH diagnosis, with systolic right ventricular pressure of 101/47/66 mm Hg and pulmonary capillary pressure of 30/13/10 mm Hg. Basic therapy with sildenafil, nevertheless, considerable limitations of strain tolerance was still present. Conclusion. IPAH is a severe heart disease with non-specific signs and symptoms. Screening for IPAH is transthoracic colour Doppler echocardiography shows high correlation with cardiac catheterization.

  11. A review and critique of the statistical methods used to generate reference values in pediatric echocardiography.

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    Mawad, Wadi; Drolet, Christian; Dahdah, Nagib; Dallaire, Frederic

    2013-01-01

    Several articles have proposed echocardiographic reference values in normal pediatric subjects, but adequate validation is often lacking and has not been reviewed. The aim of this study was to review published reference values in pediatric two-dimensional and M-mode echocardiography with a specific focus on the adequacy of the statistical and mathematical methods used to normalize echocardiographic measurements. All articles proposing reference values for transthoracic pediatric echocardiography were reviewed. The types of measurements, the methods of normalization, the regression models used, and the methods used to detect potential bias in proposed reference values were abstracted. The detection of residual associations, residual heteroscedasticity, and departures from the normal distribution theory predictions were specifically analyzed. Fifty-two studies met the inclusion criteria. Most authors (87%) used parametric normalization to account for body size, but their approaches were very heterogeneous. Linear regression and indexing were the most common models. Heteroscedasticity was often present but was mentioned in only 27% of studies. The absence of residual heteroscedasticity and residual associations between the normalized measurements and the independent variables were mentioned in only 9% and 22% of the studies, respectively. Only 14% of studies documented that the distribution of the residual values was appropriate for Z score calculation or that the proportion of subjects falling outside the reference range was appropriate. Statistical suitability of the proposed reference ranges was often incompletely documented. This review underlines the great need for better standardization in echocardiographic measurement normalization.

  12. Comparison study of harmonic imaging (HI) and fundamental imaging (FI) in fetal echocardiography

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    赵博文; 汤富刚; 寿金朵; 徐海珊; 吕江红; 范妙英; 范晓明; 潘美

    2003-01-01

    Objectives: To directly compare the quality of harmonic imaging (HI) and fundamental imaging (FI) in fetal echocardiography and to determine any differences in image quality between the two modalities. Methods: Fetal echocardiograms were performed with the use of FI and HI in 58 fetuses, image quality and visualization of left and right atria, left and right ventricles, mitral and tricuspid valves, aortic and pulmonary valves, left and right ventricular outflow tracts were evaluated and compared between FI and HI. Results: Mean HI scores were higher than mean FI scores (2.73±0.43 vs 2.16±0.69, P<0.001)for all the cardiovascular structures evaluated. Compared with FI, HI improved the image quality and visualization of fetal cardiac structures in subjects with both good (2.73±0.43 vs 2.88±0.32, P<0.001) and suboptimal (1.65±0.41 vs 2.58±0.47, P<0.001) echocardiographic windows. The interobserver correlation coefficient for the grading scores was 0.74 (P<0.001). Conclusions: harmonic imaging enhances and improves the image quality of fetal echocardiography; and has important potential role in cardiac imaging in the fetus.

  13. Routine tests for both planning and evaluating image quality in tele-echocardiography

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    Sandra Morelli

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Both in real-time and "store & forward" tele-echocardiography (T-E, a coding process has to be applied to the echocardiography videoclips in order to limit the bandwidth needed and adapt it to the bandwidths furnished by network providers. The compression process degrades the videoclips, affecting thus the quality of the videoclips and potentially compromising the diagnostic accuracy of the T-E. In this work the authors investigated on the use of automatic tools for the video quality assessment by means of objective methods with particular care to the role of the system administrator. As the use of tests on video quality assessment (based on subjective methods is hampered by the high number of needed resources (persons, laboratories and time. The use of valid objective methods is thus desirable. The study reviewed different tools with this specific aim. One of the more suitable tool was found to be represented by a software package designed by the Institute of Telecommunication Sciences and the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, the NTIA/ITS VQM tool. This tool gives back objective-quantitative data as outcomes, however embeds models emulating the subjective perception. This study reviewed and analyzed in depth the functionalities of the tool to improve the image quality in TE over the network. The tool was also found suitable for a more general process of T-E assessment, from a health technology assessment (HTA perspective.

  14. Atherosclerosis of the descending aorta predicts cardiovascular events: a transesophageal echocardiography study

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    Havasi Kálmán

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Purpose Previous studies have shown that atherosclerosis of the descending aorta detected by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a good marker of coexisting coronary artery disease. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether the presence of atherosclerosis on the descending aorta during TEE has any prognostic impact in predicting cardiovascular events. Material and Methods The study group consisted of 238 consecutive in-hospital patients referred for TEE testing (135 males, 103 females, mean age 58 +/- 11 years with a follow up of 24 months. The atherosclerotic lesions of the descending aorta were scored from 0 (no atherosclerosis to 3 (plaque >5 mm and/or "complex" plaque with ulcerated or mobile parts. Results Atherosclerosis was observed in 102 patients, (grade 3 in 16, and grade 2 in 86 patients whereas 136 patients only had an intimal thickening or normal intimal surface. There were 57 cardiovascular events in the follow-up period. The number of events was higher in the 102 patients with (n = 34 than in the 136 patients without atherosclerosis (n = 23, p =2 (HR 2.4, CI 1.0–5.5 predicted hard cardiovascular events. Conclusion Atherosclerosis of the descending aorta observed during transesophageal echocardiography is a useful predictor of cardiovascular events.

  15. Clinical utility of speckle-tracking echocardiography in cardiac resynchronisation therapy

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    Sitara G Khan

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT can profoundly improve outcome in selected patients with heart failure; however, response is difficult to predict and can be absent in up to one in three patients. There has been a substantial amount of interest in the echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular dyssynchrony, with the ultimate aim of reliably identifying patients who will respond to CRT. The measurement of myocardial deformation (strain has conventionally been assessed using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI, which is limited by its angle dependence and ability to measure in a single plane. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography is a technique that provides measurements of strain in three planes, by tracking patterns of ultrasound interference (‘speckles’ in the myocardial wall throughout the cardiac cycle. Since its initial use over 15 years ago, it has emerged as a tool that provides more robust, reproducible and sensitive markers of dyssynchrony than TDI. This article reviews the use of two-dimensional and three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in the assessment of dyssynchrony, including the identification of echocardiographic parameters that may hold predictive potential for the response to CRT. It also reviews the application of these techniques in guiding optimal LV lead placement pre-implant, with promising results in clinical improvement post-CRT.

  16. Clinical utility of speckle-tracking echocardiography in cardiac resynchronisation therapy.

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    Khan, Sitara G; Klettas, Dimitris; Kapetanakis, Stam; Monaghan, Mark J

    2016-03-01

    Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) can profoundly improve outcome in selected patients with heart failure; however, response is difficult to predict and can be absent in up to one in three patients. There has been a substantial amount of interest in the echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular dyssynchrony, with the ultimate aim of reliably identifying patients who will respond to CRT. The measurement of myocardial deformation (strain) has conventionally been assessed using tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), which is limited by its angle dependence and ability to measure in a single plane. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography is a technique that provides measurements of strain in three planes, by tracking patterns of ultrasound interference ('speckles') in the myocardial wall throughout the cardiac cycle. Since its initial use over 15 years ago, it has emerged as a tool that provides more robust, reproducible and sensitive markers of dyssynchrony than TDI. This article reviews the use of two-dimensional and three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in the assessment of dyssynchrony, including the identification of echocardiographic parameters that may hold predictive potential for the response to CRT. It also reviews the application of these techniques in guiding optimal LV lead placement pre-implant, with promising results in clinical improvement post-CRT. © 2016 The authors.

  17. Advanced echocardiography in adult zebrafish reveals delayed recovery of heart function after myocardial cryoinjury.

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    Selina J Hein

    Full Text Available Translucent zebrafish larvae represent an established model to analyze genetics of cardiac development and human cardiac disease. More recently adult zebrafish are utilized to evaluate mechanisms of cardiac regeneration and by benefiting from recent genome editing technologies, including TALEN and CRISPR, adult zebrafish are emerging as a valuable in vivo model to evaluate novel disease genes and specifically validate disease causing mutations and their underlying pathomechanisms. However, methods to sensitively and non-invasively assess cardiac morphology and performance in adult zebrafish are still limited. We here present a standardized examination protocol to broadly assess cardiac performance in adult zebrafish by advancing conventional echocardiography with modern speckle-tracking analyses. This allows accurate detection of changes in cardiac performance and further enables highly sensitive assessment of regional myocardial motion and deformation in high spatio-temporal resolution. Combining conventional echocardiography measurements with radial and longitudinal velocity, displacement, strain, strain rate and myocardial wall delay rates after myocardial cryoinjury permitted to non-invasively determine injury dimensions and to longitudinally follow functional recovery during cardiac regeneration. We show that functional recovery of cryoinjured hearts occurs in three distinct phases. Importantly, the regeneration process after cryoinjury extends far beyond the proposed 45 days described for ventricular resection with reconstitution of myocardial performance up to 180 days post-injury (dpi. The imaging modalities evaluated here allow sensitive cardiac phenotyping and contribute to further establish adult zebrafish as valuable cardiac disease model beyond the larval developmental stage.

  18. From speckle tracking echocardiography to torsion: research tool today, clinical practice tomorrow.

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    Huang, Stephen J; Orde, Sam

    2013-06-01

    Speckle tracking is the latest available technology in echocardiography. However, the technology is still mainly used as a research tool. The potential applications of speckle tracking are many, including cardiac synchronization, regional wall motion analysis, and in the areas of cardiac mechanic studies. This review presents the background theory of speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and how this technology can be extended to velocity vector analysis, strain, and torsion measurements. The interpretations of these measurements are covered. We also present some potential applications in the critical care setting. Speckle tracking is almost always available in high-end ultrasound machines. The technology has been applied to velocity vector analysis, strain and strain rate measurements, and twist and torsion analysis. Torsion analysis and velocity vector analyses are impossible without using speckle tracking. Speckle tracking-derived strain is superior to tissue Doppler strain because it is angle-independent. A number of studies demonstrated that STE is useful in left and right heart assessments and can be used in assessing preload and afterload. Speckle tracking can be used to measure instantaneous myocardial contractility, strain, and left ventricular torsion. It is still a research tool at present, but shows the promise of being a clinical tool in the future.

  19. Practice guidelines for perioperative transesophageal echocardiography: Recommendations of the Indian association of cardiovascular thoracic anesthesiologists

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    Kanchi Muralidhar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TEE is now an integral part of practice of cardiac anaesthesiology. Advances in instrumentation and the information that can be obtained from the TEE examination has proceeded at a breath-taking pace since the introduction of this technology in the early 1980s. Recognizing the importance of TEE in the management of surgical patients, the American Societies of Anesthesiologists (ASA and the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists, USA (SCA published practice guidelines for the clinical application of perioperative TEE in 1996. On a similar pattern, Indian Association of Cardiac Anaesthesiologists (IACTA has taken the task of putting forth guidelines for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE to standardize practice across the country. This review assesses the risks and benefits of TEE for several indications or clinical scenarios. The indications for this review were drawn from common applications or anticipated uses as well as current clinical practice guidelines published by various society practicing Cardiac Anaesthesia and cardiology . Based on the input received, it was determined that the most important parts of the TEE examination could be displayed in a set of 20 cross sectional imaging planes. These 20 cross sections would provide also the format for digital acquisition and storage of a comprehensive TEE examination. Because variability exists in the precise anatomic orientation between the heart and the esophagus in individual patients, an attempt was made to provide specific criteria based on identifiable anatomic landmarks to improve the reproducibility and consistency of image acquisition for each of the standard cross sections.

  20. Automatic detection of end-diastole and end-systole from echocardiography images using manifold learning.

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    Gifani, Parisa; Behnam, Hamid; Shalbaf, Ahmad; Sani, Zahra Alizadeh

    2010-09-01

    The automatic detection of end-diastole and end-systole frames of echocardiography images is the first step for calculation of the ejection fraction, stroke volume and some other features related to heart motion abnormalities. In this paper, the manifold learning algorithm is applied on 2D echocardiography images to find out the relationship between the frames of one cycle of heart motion. By this approach the nonlinear embedded information in sequential images is represented in a two-dimensional manifold by the LLE algorithm and each image is depicted by a point on reconstructed manifold. There are three dense regions on the manifold which correspond to the three phases of cardiac cycle ('isovolumetric contraction', 'isovolumetric relaxation', 'reduced filling'), wherein there is no prominent change in ventricular volume. By the fact that the end-systolic and end-diastolic frames are in isovolumic phases of the cardiac cycle, the dense regions can be used to find these frames. By calculating the distance between consecutive points in the manifold, the isovolumic frames are mapped on the three minimums of the distance diagrams which were used to select the corresponding images. The minimum correlation between these images leads to detection of end-systole and end-diastole frames. The results on six healthy volunteers have been validated by an experienced echo cardiologist and depict the usefulness of the presented method.

  1. 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.

  2. Impact of transesophageal Echocardiography on Long Term Management of Ischemic Strike : Experience from a University Hospital

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    Kaul S

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite the unquestionable superiority of Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE over Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, the impact of TEE on the long term management of cardio-embolic strokes remains uncertain. The purpose of present study was to determine the extent to which TEE, influenced the decision regarding long-term anticoagulant management of patients with ischemic stroke in a University Hospital. Between January 1992 and May 1995, TEE was performed in 122 out of 485 consecutive patients with ischemic stroke enrolled in the Maryland Stroke Data Bank. The indication to perform TEE was unexplained cerebral infarction. Twenty five patients had a possible cardiac source of embolism (CSOE detected only after a TEE out of whom 17 were placed on anticoagulant therapy. From the remaining 8 patients, 2 expired, 2 were already receiving anticoagulants for different reasons and 4 were managed with antiplatelet agents. To conclude, in 17 of 122 ischemic stroke patients (14% who underwent TEE, the decision regarding long term anticoagulation was made only because TEE revealed a cardioembolic source.

  3. Direct visualization of a significant stenosis of the right coronary artery by transthoracic echocardiography. A case report

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    Wiseth Rune

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Non-invasive imaging of coronary arteries by transthoracic echocardiography is an emerging diagnostic tool to study the left main (LM, left descending artery (LAD, circumflex (Cx and right coronary artery (RCA. Impaired coronary circulation can be assessed by measuring coronary velocity flow reserve (CVFR by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography. Coronary artery stenoses can be identified as localized colour aliasing and accelerated flow velocities. We report a case with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS of a 46-year-old man. With non-invasive imaging of coronary arteries by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, we identified a segment of the mid right coronary artery (RCA suggestive of stenosis with localized colour aliasing and accelerated flow velocity. We found a high ratio between the stenotic peak velocity and the prestenotic peak velocity, and a pathologic coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR distal to the stenosis in the posterior interventricular descending branch (RDP. Subsequent coronary angiography demonstrated one vessel disease with a stenosis in segment 3 of RCA, which was successfully treated with percutaneos coronary intervention PCI. Two weeks following the PCI procedure he was readmitted to hospital with chest pain. A subacute stent thrombosis was questioned, and repeated echocardiography was preformed. The mid portion of RCA showed normal and laminar flow. The CVFR of RCA measured in the RDP showed normal vasodilatory response, confirming an open RCA without any flow limitation. A repeated coronary angiogram demonstrated only a mild in stent intimal hyperplasia. This case illustrates the value of transthoracic echocardiography as a tool both in the diagnosis and the follow-up of chest pain disorders and coronary flow problems. Transthoracic echocardiography allows both direct visualization of the various coronary segments and assessment of the CVFR.

  4. [The role of fetal echocardiography in the prenatal diagnosis of aneuploidy based upon prenatally diagnosed patau syndrome fetuses (case analysis)].

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    Janiak, Katarzyna; Kaczmarek, Piotr; Krasoń, Aneta; Nowicki, Grzegorz; Piotrowicz, Małgorzata; Respondek-Liberska, Maria

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    Assessment of usefulness of the fetal echocardiography and genetic sonography in prenatal diagnosis trisomy 13 (retrospective analysis). Between 1994-1999 at the Department for Diagnosis of Congenital Malformation at the Institute of PPMH in 11 fetuses with Patau Syndrome ultrasound and echocardiography examination were performed. In our study the most of cases come from low risk of pregnant women. Fetal heart defect was the most common anomaly diagnosed prenatally in fetuses with Patau Syndrome (7/11), the second one were central nervous system anomalies (6/11) and genitourinary system anomalies (6/11).

  5. Usefulness of coronary flow reserve over regional wall motion when added to dual-imaging dipyridamole echocardiography.

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    Rigo, Fausto; Richieri, Margherita; Pasanisi, Emilio; Cutaia, Valeria; Zanella, Carlo; Della Valentina, Patrizia; Di Pede, Francesco; Raviele, Antonio; Picano, Eugenio

    2003-02-01

    Vasodilator stress echocardiography allows semi-simultaneous imaging of left anterior descending (LAD) coronary flow and regional wall function. To assess the relative (and additive?) value of regional flow and function for noninvasive identification of angiographically assessed LAD disease in patients with chest pain syndrome, we studied 230 consecutive in-hospital patients (134 men, aged 63.5 +/- 11 years) with chest pain syndrome and normal regional and global left ventricular function. All patients underwent stress echocardiography with dipyridamole (up to 0.84 mg/kg over 10 minutes), including wall motion analysis by 2-dimensional echocardiography and coronary flow reserve (CFR) evaluation of the LAD artery by Doppler, with or without contrast injection. A new regional wall motion abnormality in >or=2 contiguous segments was required for 2-dimensional echocardiographic positivity. CFR was evaluated as the ratio of dipyridamole to peak diastolic coronary blood flow velocity at rest. All patients underwent coronary angiography within 60 days; a quantitatively assessed diameter reduction >50% of the LAD artery was considered significant. Of the 230 patients, 70 had LAD disease. A regional wall motion abnormality in LAD territory was present in 52 patients, and reduced CFR (<1.9) in 62 patients. Sensitivity for detecting LAD disease was 74% for 2-dimensional echocardiography (95% confidence interval [CI] 64% to 84%) and 81% for CFR <1.9 (95% CI 72% to 90%); specificity was 91% (95% CI 87% to 96%) for 2-dimensional echocardiography and 84% for CFR (95% CI 79% to 90%). Accuracy was 86% for 2-dimensional echocardiography (95% CI 82% to 91%) and 83.5% for CFR (95% CI 79% to 88%). When 2-dimensional echocardiography and CFR criteria were considered, sensitivity increased to 93% (95% CI 87% to 99%), with 80.6% specificity (95% CI 74.5% to 86.7%). CFR was assessed during vasodilator stress echocardiography. Its diagnostic accuracy for detecting LAD disease was comparable

  6. Diagnostic value of echocardiography in isolated congenital unilateral lung agenesis combined with different anomalies: Two rare cases in children.

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    He, Huan; Sun, Feifei; Ren, Weidong; Wang, Yonghuai; Xu, Shu

    2016-10-01

    Unilateral lung agenesis, a rare congenital deformity, is secondary to abnormal embryonic development, leading to a shift of the mediastinum and remaining lung. In our case reports, we describe the diagnostic courses of two pediatric patients with unilateral lung agenesis admitted to our hospital in 2014. We present and compare the findings in transthoracic echocardiography with that in CT. Echocardiography played a pivotal role in revealing pulmonary deformities and leading to the diagnosis. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Ultrasound 44:514-517, 2016.

  7. Impacts of acute severe pulmonary regurgitation on right ventricular geometry and contractility assessed by tissue-Doppler echocardiography

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    Kjaergaard, Jesper; K. Iversen, Kasper; G Vejlstrup, Niels

    2010-01-01

    model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Transthoracic echocardiography, including tissue-Doppler echocardiography for the evaluation of regional longitudinal function, was performed immediately before and after induction of severe PR by deployment of a stent in the pulmonary valve annulus of 32 farm pigs. Acute PR....... No changes in global or regional longitudinal contractility or deformation were observed despite significant changes in the cardiac chamber geometry. An increase in radial shortening may imply that the RV compensates by increasing radial contraction as an adjunct to dilatation....

  8. Exercise and rest Tl-201 myocardial SPECT, and low dose dobutamine echocardiography to assess myocardial viability in patients with myocardial infarction

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    Toyama, Takuji; Ishida, Yoshio; Shimonagata, Tsuyoshi; Kawano, Shigeo; Beppu, Shintaro (National Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka (Japan)); Nishimura, Tsunehiko

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    To evaluate viability of infarcted myocardium, findings of Tl-201 myocardial SPECT were compared with those of low-dose dobutamine (DOB) echocardiography. The subjects were 19 patients with myocardial infarction (23 infarcted zones), consisting of 16 men and 3 women. Findings on myocardial SPECT were classified as evidence of myocardial viability (14 zones, Group A) and no evidence of myocardial viability (9 zones, Group B). For both groups, wall motion and regional % uptake (%UP) were obtained. DOB echocardiography revealed an improvement in 5 of 8 akinesis zones in Group A. In addition, one other zone was found improved by follow-up examination. Six hypokinesis zones were all found improved on DOB echocardiography. Out of a total of 14 akinesis or hypokinesis zones, 11 (79%) showed improvement on DOB echocardiography in Group A. In Group B, all akinesis zones remained unchanged on DOB echocardiography, although one zone was improved by follow-up examination. In 11 zones in which wall motion was improved on DOB echocardiography, %UT was increased by an average of 58% on 4 hr-delayed images and 70% on resting images. The corresponding figures for 12 zones which did not improve on DOB echocardiography were 49% and 50% on the average, respectively. In conclusion, low-dose DOB echocardiography appeared to reflect viability of severely infarcted myocardium, although it had a slightly lower sensitivity than convensional Tl-201 myocardial SPECT in its ability to detect. (N.K.).

  9. Retinopathy is associated with impaired myocardial function assessed by advanced echocardiography in type 1 diabetes patients – The Thousand & 1 Study

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    Nouhravesh, Nina; Andersen, Henrik U; Jensen, Jan S

    2016-01-01

    AIMS: Retinopathy and heart disease in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 DM) may be associated; however previous results have been conflicting. Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) and speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) quantify myocardial function not assessable by conventional echocardiography. We...

  10. Speckle tracking echocardiography in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and overlapping obstructive sleep apnea

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    Full Text Available Carmen Pizarro,* Fabian van Essen,* Fabian Linnhoff, Robert Schueler, Christoph Hammerstingl, Georg Nickenig, Dirk Skowasch, Marcel Weber Department of Internal Medicine II, Cardiology, Pneumology and Angiology, University Hospital Bonn, Bonn, Germany *These authors contributed equally to this work Background: COPD and congestive heart failure represent two disease entities of growing global burden that share common etiological features. Therefore, we aimed to identify the degree of left ventricular (LV dysfunction in COPD as a function of COPD severity stages and concurrently placed particular emphasis on the presence of overlapping obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.Methods: A total of 85 COPD outpatients (64.1±10.4 years, 54.1% males and 20 controls, matched for age, sex, and smoking habits, underwent speckle tracking echocardiography for LV longitudinal strain imaging. Complementary 12-lead electrocardiography, laboratory testing, and overnight screening for sleep-disordered breathing using the SOMNOcheck micro® device were performed.Results: Contrary to conventional echocardiographic parameters, speckle tracking echocardiography revealed significant impairment in global LV strain among COPD patients compared to control smokers (-13.3%±5.4% vs -17.1%±1.8%, P=0.04. On a regional level, the apical septal LV strain was reduced in COPD (P=0.003 and associated with the degree of COPD severity (P=0.02. With regard to electrocardiographic findings, COPD patients exhibited a significantly higher mean heart rate than controls (71.4±13.0 beats per minute vs 60.3±7.7 beats per minute, P=0.001 that additionally increased over Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stages (P=0.01. Albeit not statistically significant, COPD led to elevated N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide levels (453.2±909.0 pg/mL vs 96.8±70.0 pg/mL, P=0.08. As to somnological testing, the portion of COPD patients exhibiting overlapping OSA accounted for 5.9% and

  11. Assessment of Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography-Derived Global Deformation Parameters During Supine Exercise in Children.

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    Liu, Michael Y; Tacy, Theresa; Chin, Clifford; Obayashi, Derek Y; Punn, Rajesh

    2016-03-01

    Exercise echocardiography is an underutilized tool in pediatrics with current applications including detecting segmental wall abnormalities, assessing the utility of global ventricular function, and measuring pulmonary hemodynamics. No prior study has applied speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) during exercise echocardiography in children. The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility of measuring speckle-tracking-derived peak systolic velocities, global longitudinal and circumferential strain, and global strain rates at various phases of exercise. Ninety-seven healthy children underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing using supine cycle ergometry. The exercise stress test consisted of baseline pulmonary function testing, monitoring of blood pressure and heart rate responses, electrocardiographic recordings, and oxygen saturations while subjects pedaled against a ramp protocol based on body weight. Echocardiographic measurements and specifically speckle-tracking analysis were performed during exercise at baseline, at a heart rate of 160 beats per minute and at 10 min after exercise. Peak systolic velocity, peak systolic strain, and peak systolic strain rate at these three phases were compared in the subjects in which all measurements were accurately obtained. We were able to complete peak velocity, strain, and strain rate measurements in all three exercise phases for 36 out of the 97 subjects tested. There was no significant difference between the feasibility of measuring circumferential versus longitudinal strain (p = 0.25, B-corrected = 0.75). In the 36 subjects studied, the magnitude of circumferential strain values decreased from -18.3 ± 4.8 to -13.7 ± 4.0 % from baseline to HR 160 (p rates increased from baseline to HR 160, but neither decreased to baseline levels after 10 min of recovery, which correlated with heart rate variations with exercise. We studied the effects of frame rate on deformation measurements and we observed no difference

  12. Multiplanar transesophageal echocardiography for the evaluation and percutaneous management of ostium secundum atrial septal defects in the adult.

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    Sobrino, Ayax; Basmadjian, Arsène J; Ducharme, Anique; Ibrahim, Reda; Mercier, Lise-Andrée; Pelletier, Guy B; Marcotte, François; Garceau, Patrick; Burelle, Denis; O'Meara, Eileen; Dore, Annie

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    The purpose of this paper is to review the usefulness of multiplanar transesophageal echocardiography before, during and after percutaneous transcatheter closure of secundum atrial septal defects. Transesophageal echocardiography imaging techniques,including their role in patient selection, procedural guidance and immediate assessment of technical success and complications are described and discussed in this review. Percutaneous transcatheter closure is indicated for ostium secundum atrial septal defects of less than 40 mm in maximal diameter. The defect must have a favorable anatomy, with adequate rims of at least 5 mm to anchor the prosthesis. Transesophageal echocardiography plays a critical role before the procedure in identifying potential candidates for percutaneous closure and to exclude those with unfavorable anatomy or associated lesions, which could not be addressed percutaneously. Transesophageal echocardiography is also important during the procedure to guide the deployment of the device. After device deployment, the echocardiographer must assess the device (integrity, position and stability), residual shunt, atrio-ventricular valve regurgitation, obstruction to systemic or venous return and pericardial effusion, in order to determine procedural success and diagnose immediate complications.

  13. Value of 4D-strain imaging echocardiography in detecting left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with aortic stenosis

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    ZHENG Zhi-chao; LI He-zhi; LI Chang-mao; CHEN Ou-di; FEI Hong-wen; LIN Qiong-wen

    2016-01-01

    Background The myocyte dysfunction may be present in aortic stenosis (AS) patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF).Early aortic valve replacement (AVR) can reverse the LV hypertrophy and improve LV systolic performance and clinical outcome.Strain imaging has demonstrated to be the most appropriate method to evaluate LV myocardial contractility.However,4D-strain imaging echocardiography for the detection of subclinical left ventricular dysfunction in AS patients with preserved LVEF is seldom studied.Methods We prospectively enrolled 30 consecutive moderate to severe AS patients with preserved LVEF,and 30 healthy controls.Conventional echocardiography and 4D-strain imaging echocardiography were undergone in two groups.The 4D strain echocardiographic analyses were undertaken by using 4D Auto LVQ software.Results Compared with the healthy controls,the moderate to severe AS patients with preserved LVEF had significantly decreased global radial strain (GRS),global longitudinal strain (GLS),global area strain (GAS) and 4D strain (P < 0.05),had significantly increased left ventricular end-diastolic volume index (LVEDVI) and left ventricular mass index (LVMI) (P < 0.05),and had lower global circumferential strain (GCS) (P > 0.05).Conclusions Impaired LV myocardial contractility exists in moderate to severe AS patients,although LVEF is preserved.4D-strain imaging echocardiography can detect early left ventricular dysfunction in AS patients with preserved LVEF.

  14. Effect of Coronary Slow Flow on the Longitudinal Left Ventricular Function Assessed by 2-Dimensional Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Narimani, Sima; Hosseinsabet, Ali; Pourhosseini, Hamidreza

    2016-04-01

    The coronary slow flow phenomenon is defined as the slow progression of an angiographic contrast agent to the distal part of the coronary arteries on selective coronary angiography in the absence of stenosis. There are some studies with different results about the effect of this phenomenon on left ventricular (LV) function. The aim of our study was to evaluate the longitudinal LV function in the coronary slow flow phenomenon using 2-dimensional (2D) speckle-tracking echocardiography. In a study with a patient-to-patient matched design, 36 patients with the coronary slow flow phenomenon and 36 individuals with normal coronary flow matched for age (±5 years), sex, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus were compared in terms of the longitudinal LV systolic and diastolic functions by pulsed wave tissue Doppler echocardiography and 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography-derived indices. Lateral s' and e' waves were lower in the patients with the coronary slow flow phenomenon, but there were no statistically significant differences between the groups regarding the other tissue Doppler echocardiographic indices and longitudinal systolic strain and systolic and diastolic strain rates derived by 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography. Our results showed that the coronary slow flow phenomenon could not impair the longitudinal LV systolic and diastolic functions. © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  15. Evaluation of Right Ventricular Systolic Function in Patients With Chronic Pulmonary Heart Disease by 2-Dimensional Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography.

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    Liu, Yingfeng; Wang, Dawei; Du, Qigen; Che, Guoying; Tian, Jiawei; Su, Yanxin

    2016-11-01

    To investigate the value of 2-dimensional (2D) speckle-tracking echocardiography for assessing right ventricular (RV) systolic function in patients with chronic pulmonary heart disease (CPHD) and the correlation of its parameters with the right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). According to pulmonary arterial systolic pressure, 80 patients with CPHD and tricuspid regurgitation were divided into 2 groups: 42 with mild pulmonary hypertension (PH; 30-50 mm Hg) and 38 with moderate or severe PH (≥50 mm Hg); 41 control participants were recruited. All participants underwent 2D speckle-tracking echocardiography and cardiac MRI. The longitudinal peak systolic strain and longitudinal peak systolic strain rate were measured by echocardiography in each segment of the RV free wall and interventricular septum and compared with the RVEF on cardiac MRI. Strain values in all segments of the RV free wall and interventricular septum were lower in the mild PH group than the control group (P speckle-tracking echocardiography to directly monitor RV myocardial function may allow early sensitive detection of subclinical myocardial dysfunction in patients with CPHD, with better risk stratification and timely institution of therapy. © 2016 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

  16. European association of echocardiography recommendations for the assessment of valvular regurgitation. Part 2: Mitral and tricuspid regurgitation (native valve disease)

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    P. Lancellotti (Patrizio); L. Moura (Luis); L. Pié rard (Luc); E. Agricola (Eustachio); B.A. Popescu (Bogdan); C. Tribouilloy (Christophe); A. Hagendorff (Andreas); J.L. Monin; L. Badano (Luigi); J.L. Zamorano (Jose); R. Sicari (Rosa); A. Vahanian (Alec); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractMitral and tricuspid are increasingly prevalent. Doppler echocardiography not only detects the presence of regurgitation but also permits to understand mechanisms of regurgitation, quantification of its severity and repercussions. The present document aims to provide standards for the as

  17. Relevance of tissue Doppler in the quantification of stress echocardiography for the detection of myocardial ischemia in clinical practice

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    Sicari Rosa

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In the present article we review the main published data on the application of Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI to stress echocardiography for the detection of myocardial ischemia. TDI has been applied to stress echocardiography in order to overcome the limitations of visual analysis for myocardial ischemia. The introduction of a new technology for clinical routine use should pass through the different phases of scientific assessment from feasibility studies to large multicenter studies, from efficacy to effectiveness studies. Nonetheless the pro-technology bias plays a major role in medicine and expensive and sophisticated techniques are accepted before their real usefulness and incremental value to the available ones is assessed. Apparently, TDI is not exempted by this approach : its applications are not substantiated by strong and sound results. Nonetheless, conventional stress echocardiography for myocardial ischemia detection is heavily criticized on the basis of its subjectivity. Stress echocardiography has a long lasting history and the evidence collected over 20 years positioned it as an established tool for the detection and prognostication of coronary artery disease. The quantitative assessment of myocardial ischemia remains a scientific challenge and a clinical goal but time has not come for these newer ultrasonographic techniques which should be restricted to research laboratories.

  18. Repeated echocardiography after first ever ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention - is it necessary?

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    Søholm, Helle; Lønborg, Jacob; Andersen, Mads J

    2015-01-01

    AIM: Changes in left ventricular (LV) function using echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging were assessed in a contemporary ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) population to assess whether repeated imaging is necessary. METHODS: In a prospective study patients...

  19. Deformation imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography : implications on clinical management of patients with ischemic heart disease

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    Hoogslag, Georgette Elise

    2016-01-01

    Evaluation of patients with ischemic heart disease using echocardiography is indispensable. Both in the acute setting of STEMI, at follow-up and in the chronic phase during the possible development of heart failure, routine echocardiographic assessment is an essential part of daily clinical

  20. Structural and functional characteristics of rat hearts with and without myocardial infarct. Initial experience with doppler echocardiography

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    Valdir A. Moisés

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess by Doppler echocardiography the structural and functional alterations of rat heart with surgical induced extensive myocardial infarction. METHODS: Five weeks after surgical ligature of the left coronary artery, 38 Wistar-EPM rats of both sexes, 10 of them with extensive infarction, undergone anatomical and functional evaluation by Doppler echocardiography and then euthanized for anatomopathological analysis. RESULTS: Echocardiography was 100% sensible and specific to anatomopathological confirmed extensive miocardial infarction. Extensive infarction lead to dilatation of left ventricle (diastolic diameter: 0.89cm vs.0.64cm; systolic: 0.72cm vs. 0.33cm and left atrium (0.55cm vs. 0.33cm; thinning of left ventricular anterior wall (systolic: 0.14cm vs. 0.23cm, diastolic: 0.11cm vs. 0.14cm; increased mitral E/ A wave relation (6.45 vs. 1.95. Signals of increased end diastolic ventricle pressure, B point in mitral valve tracing in 62.5% and signs of pulmonary hypertension straightening of pulmonary valve (90% and notching of pulmonary systolic flow (60% were observed in animals with extensive infarction. CONCLUSION: Doppler echocardiography has a high sensitivity and specificity for detection of chronic extensive infarction. Extensive infarction caused dilatation of left cardiac chambers and showed in Doppler signals of increased end diastolic left ventricular pressure and pulmonary artery pressure.

  1. European association of echocardiography recommendations for the assessment of valvular regurgitation. Part 2: Mitral and tricuspid regurgitation (native valve disease)

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    P. Lancellotti (Patrizio); L. Moura (Luis); L. Pié rard (Luc); E. Agricola (Eustachio); B.A. Popescu (Bogdan); C. Tribouilloy (Christophe); A. Hagendorff (Andreas); J.L. Monin; L. Badano (Luigi); J.L. Zamorano (Jose); R. Sicari (Rosa); A. Vahanian (Alec); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractMitral and tricuspid are increasingly prevalent. Doppler echocardiography not only detects the presence of regurgitation but also permits to understand mechanisms of regurgitation, quantification of its severity and repercussions. The present document aims to provide standards for the as

  2. Real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography and its applications in evaluation for coronary artery disease

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    2004-01-01

    It is important to assess myocardial perfusion in the diagnosis, treatment and risk stratification of patients with coronary artery disease. At present, single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is used to evaluate myocardial perfusion, but it is limited by relatively low spatial resolution, the need to inject radioisotopes, and not being able to be performed at the patient ' s bedside. Using intracoronary injection of ultrasound contrast agent, the potential of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) instead of perfusion assessment has been proved in numerous animal and human studies. Recent improvements in contrast agents have resulted in stable microbubbles that, following intravenous administration, traverse the pulmonary circulation and reach the left heart. Combined with the emergence of contrast-specific imaging modalities along with quantitative analytical method, intravenous MCE is now a feasible and promising noninvasive technique for perfusion assessment.

  3. A novel explicit 2D+t cyclic shape model applied to echocardiography.

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    Casero, Ramón; Noble, J Alison

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a novel explicit 2D+t cyclic shape model that extends the Point Distribution Model (PDM) to shapes like myocardial contours with cyclic dynamics. We also propose an extension to Procrustes alignment that removes pose and subject size variability while maintaining dynamic effects. Our model draws on ideas from Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) and Kernel PCA (KPCA) and solves 3 shortcomings of previous implicit models: (1) cardiac cycles in the data set do not each need to have the same number of frames, (2) the required number of subjects for statistically significant results is substantially reduced and (3) the displacement of contour points incorporates time as an explicit variable. We illustrate our method by computing models of the myocardium in the 4 principal planes of 2D+t echocardiography data.

  4. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography compared with positron emission tomography for assessment of coronary microvascular dysfunction

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    Michelsen, Marie Mide; Mygind, Naja Dam; Pena, Adam

    2017-01-01

    stenosis at invasive coronary angiography, TTDE CFVR by dipyridamole induced stress and MBFR by rubidium-82 PET with adenosine was successfully measured in 107 subjects. Repeatability of TTDE CFVR was assessed in 10 symptomatic women and in 10 healthy individuals. RESULTS: MBFR was systematically higher......BACKGROUND: Coronary microvascular function can be assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography as a coronary flow velocity reserve (TTDE CFVR) and by positron emission tomography as a myocardial blood flow reserve (PET MBFR). PET MBFR is regarded the noninvasive reference standard...... for measuring coronary microvascular function but has limited availability. We compared TTDE CFVR with PET MBFR in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease and assessed repeatability of TTDE CFVR. METHODS: From a cohort of women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery...

  5. Physiology knowledge plays a role when novices learn technical echocardiography skills

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    Nielsen, Dorte Guldbrand; Gøtzsche, Ole; Eika, Berit

    2010-01-01

    and interpretation skills of intermediately trained echocardiographers. This study investigates the role of physiology knowledge in the development of echocardiographic technical expertise. Methods: Forty-five physicians (15 novices, 15 intermediates and 15 experts) were evaluated on technical skills. Participants...... scanned a standardized patient and recorded pre-defined TTE images based on Danish Cardiology Society guidelines. Loops of 2D images and colour Doppler images were recorded as well as PW and CW curves. A structured checklist for evaluation of technical skills was developed. Two experts then graded each...... image recorded on the checklist from very poor (1) to very good (5). An average quality of images was calculated with 3 as the cut off for images suitable for interpretation. The echocardiography technical skills scores of the 45 physicians were then correlated with their scores on a MCQ test...

  6. Repair of recurrent pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa: Role of transesophageal echocardiography

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    Shreedhar S Joshi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pseudoaneurysm of mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa (P-MAIVF is a rare cardiac surgical condition. P-MAIVF commonly occurs as a complication of aortic and mitral valve replacement surgeries. The surgical trauma during replacement of the valves weakens the avascular mitral and aortic intervalvular area. We present a case of P-MAIVF recurrence 5 years after a primary repair. Congestive cardiac failure was the presenting feature with mitral and aortic regurgitation. In view of the recurrence, the surgical team planned for a double valve replacement. The sewing rings of the two prosthetic-valves were interposed to close the mouth of the pseudoaneurysm and to provide mechanical reinforcement of the MAIVF. Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE helped in delineating the anatomy, extent of the lesion, rupture of one of the pseudoaneurysm into left atrium and severity of the valvular regurgitation. Post-procedure TEE confirmed complete obliteration of the pseudoaneurysm and prosthetic valve function.

  7. 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

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    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.

  8. The usefulness of contrast during exercise echocardiography for the assessment of systolic pulmonary pressure

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    Cordeiro Ana

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The systolic pulmonary artery pressure (PAPs can be accurately estimated, non-invasively, using continuous-wave Doppler (CWD ultrasound measurement of the peak velocity of a tricuspid regurgitant (TR jet. However, it is often difficult to obtain adequate tricuspid regurgitation signals for measurement of PAPs, what could lead to its underestimation. Therefore, utilization of air-blood-saline contrast has been implemented for the improvement of Doppler signal in several clinical contexts. It is now recommended in the evaluation of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Physical activity is severely restricted in patients with PAH, being exertional dypnea the most typical symptom. Exercise stress echo-Doppler imaging allows assessment of the response to exercise. It is an excellent screening test for patients with suspected PAH. Our purpose was to evaluate the value and accuracy of agitated saline with blood contrast echocardiography, in the improvement of the Doppler signal, to quantify PAPs during treadmill exercise-echocardiography. Purpose To evaluate the value of contrast echocardiography, using agitated saline with blood, in the improvement of the Doppler signal used to quantify the pulmonary artery systolic pressure during exercise. Methods From a total of 41 patients (pts, we studied 38 pts (93%, 35 women, aged 54 ± 12 years-old. 27 with the diagnosis of systemic sclerosis, 10 with history of pulmonary embolism and one patient with a suspected idiopathic PAH, who were referred to the Unity of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension for screening of PAH. According to the Unity protocol, a transthoracic echocardiogram was made, in left decubitus (LD, with evaluation of right ventricle-right atria gradient (RV/RAg. A peripheral venous access was obtained, with a 3-way stopcock and the patients were placed in orthostatism (O, with a new evaluation of RV/RAg. Exercise echocardiography (EE was begun, with evaluation of RV

  9. Radial Basis Functions for Combining Shape and Speckle Tracking in 4D Echocardiography

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    Compas, Colin B.; Wong, Emily Y.; Huang, Xiaojie; Sampath, Smita; Lin, Ben A.; Pal, Prasanta; Papademetris, Xenophon; Thiele, Karl; Dione, Donald P.; Stacy, Mitchel; Staib, Lawrence H.; Sinusas, Albert J.; O'Donnell, Matthew; Duncan, James S.

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    Quantitative analysis of left ventricular deformation can provide valuable information about the extent of disease as well as the efficacy of treatment. In this work, we develop an adaptive multi-level compactly supported radial basis approach for deformation analysis in 3D+time echocardiography. Our method combines displacement information from shape tracking of myocardial boundaries (derived from B-mode data) with mid-wall displacements from radio-frequency-based ultrasound speckle tracking. We evaluate our methods on open-chest canines (N=8) and show that our combined approach is better correlated to magnetic resonance tagging-derived strains than either individual method. We also are able to identify regions of myocardial infarction (confirmed by postmortem analysis) using radial strain values obtained with our approach. PMID:24893257

  10. Association Between Echocardiography Laboratory Accreditation and the Quality of Imaging and Reporting for Valvular Heart Disease.

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    Thaden, Jeremy J; Tsang, Michael Y; Ayoub, Chadi; Padang, Ratnasari; Nkomo, Vuyisile T; Tucker, Stephen F; Cassidy, Cynthia S; Bremer, Merri; Kane, Garvan C; Pellikka, Patricia A

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    It is presumed that echocardiographic laboratory accreditation leads to improved quality, but there are few data. We sought to compare the quality of echocardiographic examinations performed at accredited versus nonaccredited laboratories for the evaluation of valvular heart disease. We enrolled 335 consecutive valvular heart disease subjects who underwent echocardiography at our institution and an external accredited or nonaccredited institution within 6 months. Completeness and quality of echocardiographic reports and images were assessed by investigators blinded to the external laboratory accreditation status and echocardiographic results. Compared with nonaccredited laboratories, accredited sites more frequently reported patient sex (94% versus 78%; Pheart disease. Future quality improvement initiatives should highlight the importance of high-quality color Doppler imaging and echocardiographic quantification to improve the accuracy, reproducibility, and quality of echocardiographic studies for valvular heart disease. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  11. [Correlation of the transaortic gradient determined with doppler echocardiography versus catheterization in patients with aortic stenosis].

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    Illescas, J; Enciso, R; Vidrio, M; de la Torre, N; Baduí, E

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this report is to evaluate the reliability of a non-invasive estimation of a transaortic gradient in patients with valvular aortic stenosis by doppler echocardiography. We compared the transvalvular gradients obtained by cardiac catheterization (invasive) versus the estimation by non-invasive technique such as continuous-wave doppler in 30 consecutive patients with valvular aortic stenosis. When compared the peak velocity (Vmax) of the aortic jet versus the gradient obtained by cardiac catheterization we found a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.83 and when compared the gradient obtained by both methods we found an r value of 0.85. These results show that the calculations of aortic gradient by echo-doppler, are reliable. Besides this method allowed us to establish the correct diagnosis and to follow up these patients.

  12. Multimodality imaging for assessment of myocardial viability: nuclear, echocardiography, MR, and CT.

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    Arrighi, James A; Dilsizian, Vasken

    2012-04-01

    The assessment of myocardial viability may be an important component of the evaluation of patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction. The primary goal of viability assessment in such patients is to guide therapeutic decisions by determining which patients would most likely benefit from revascularization. In patients with chronic coronary artery disease, left ventricular dysfunction may be a consequence of prior myocardium infarction, which is an irreversible condition, or reversible ischemic states such as stunning and hibernation. Imaging techniques utilize several methods to assess myocardial viability: left ventricular function, morphology, perfusion, and metabolism. Each technique (echocardiography, nuclear imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and x-ray computed tomography) has the ability to assess one or more of these parameters. This article describes how each of these imaging modalities can be used to assess myocardial viability, and reviews the relative strengths and limitations of each technique.

  13. [The usefulness of range-gated pulsed Doppler echocardiography. A review (author's transl)].

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    Lange, L; Allen, H D; Goldberg, S J; Sahn, D J

    1979-03-01

    Single-crystal RGPD Echocardiography has clearly become a useful noninvasive ultrasonic method which enlarges the capabilities of investigating the heart. Recording of flow direction and showing disturbed flow allows additional clarification and confirmation of various diagnoses. This single-crystal technique does not allow flow quantification at the present time. The TIH and auditory signal displays of Doppler shift as presently utilized in commercial devices allow qualitative observation but require much experience in test performance and evaluation. The future here is probably in the area of spectral analysis. Present instrumentation employs M-mode echo for Doppler sample localization. Drawbacks include inprecise sample beam localization and non-variable sample volume size. Further, standardization of the Doppler signal is necessary. Combination with 2-D echo in the future will allow more precise sample beam localization and accuracy in flow quantification. The latter area has particular promise and is under investigation but is not yet commercially available.

  14. Myocardial Strain and Strain Rate Imaging: Comparison between Doppler Derived Strain Imaging and Speckle Tracking Echocardiography

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    Anita Sadeghpour

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    Full Text Available Regional myocardial function has been traditionally assessed by visual estimation (1. Echocardiographic strain imaging which is known as deformation imaging, has been emerged as a quantitative technique to accurately estimate regional myocardial function and contractility. Currently, strain imaging has been regarded as a research tool in the most echocardiography laboratories. However, in recent years, strain imaging has gain momentum in daily clinical practice (2. The following two techniques have dominated the research arena of echocardiography: (1 Doppler based tissue velocity measurements, frequently referred to tissue Doppler or myocardial Doppler, and (2 speckle tracking on the basis of displacement measurements (3. Over the past two decades, Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI and Doppler –derived strain (S and strain rate (SR imaging were introduced to quantify regional myocardial function. However, Doppler–derived strain variables faced criticisms, with regard to the angle dependency, noise interference, and substantial intraobserver and interobserver variability. The angle dependency is the major weakness of Doppler based methodology; however, it has the advantage of online measurements of velocities and time intervals with excellent temporal resolution, which is essential for the assessment of ischemia (4. Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE or Non Doppler 2D strain echocardiography is a relatively new, largely angle-independent technique that analyzes motion by tracking natural acoustic reflections and interference patterns within an ultrasonic window. The image-processing algorithm tracks elements with approximately 20 to 40 pixels containing stable patterns and are described as ‘‘speckles’’ or ‘‘fingerprints’’. The speckles seen in grayscale B-mode (2D images are tracked consecutively frame to frame (5, 6. Assessment of 2D strain by STE is a semiautomatic method that requires definition of the myocardium

  15. 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...

  16. Appreciating the Strengths and Weaknesses of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Hemodynamic Assessments

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    Stephen J. Huang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE is becoming the choice of hemodynamic assessment tool in many intensive care units. With an ever increasing number of training programs available worldwide, learning the skills to perform TTE is no longer a limiting factor. Instead, the future emphasis will be shifted to teach the users how to recognize measurement errors and artefacts (internal validity, to realize the limitations of TTE in various applications, and finally how to apply the information to the patient in question (external validity. This paper aims to achieve these objectives in a common area of TTE application—hemodynamic assessments. We explore the strengths and weaknesses of TTE in such assessments in this paper. Various methods of hemodynamic assessments, such as cardiac output measurements, estimation of preload, and assessment of fluid responsiveness, will be discussed.

  17. Three- and four-dimensional ultrasound in fetal echocardiography: an up-to-date overview.

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    Adriaanse, B M E; van Vugt, J M G; Haak, M C

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    Congenital heart diseases (CHD) are the most commonly overlooked lesions in prenatal screening programs. Real-time two-dimensional ultrasound (2DUS) is the conventionally used tool for fetal echocardiography. Although continuous improvements in the hardware and post-processing software have resulted in a good image quality even in late first trimester, 2DUS still has its limitations. Four-dimensional ultrasound with spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) is an automated volume acquisition, recording a single three-dimensional (3D) volume throughout a complete cardiac cycle, which results in a four-dimensional (4D) volume. STIC has the potential to increase the detection rate of CHD. The aim of this study is to provide a practical overview of the possibilities and (dis)advantages of STIC. A review of literature and evaluation of the current status and clinical value of 3D/4D ultrasound in prenatal screening and diagnosis of congenital heart disease are presented.

  18. Low Cardiac Output Secondary to a Malpositioned Umbilical Venous Catheter: Value of Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography

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    Dany E. Weisz

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    Full Text Available Systemic hypotension is common in very low birthweight preterm infants but the nature of the precipitating cause may be unclear. Targeted neonatal echocardiography (TnEcho is being increasingly used to support hemodynamic decisions in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU, including identifying impairments in the transitional circulation of preterm infants, providing timely re-evaluation after institution of therapies and evaluating the placement of indwelling catheters. We present a case of a preterm infant with systemic hypotension and low cardiac output secondary to a large transatrial shunt induced by a malpositioned umbilical venous catheter. Repositioning of the line led to resolution of the hemodynamic disturbance and clinical instability, highlighting the utility of TnEcho in the NICU.

  19. [Assessment of the right ventricular anatomy and function by advanced echocardiography: pathological and physiological insights].

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    Lakatos, Bálint; Kovács, Attila; Tokodi, Márton; Doronina, Alexandra; Merkely, Béla

    2016-07-01

    Accurate assessment of right ventricular geometry and function is of high clinical importance. However, several limitations have to be taken into consideration if using conventional echocardiographic parameters. Advanced echocardiographic techniques, such as speckle-tracking analysis or 3D echocardiography are reliable and simple tools providing a cost-effective and non-invasive alternative of current modalities used to characterize the right ventricle. There is a growing interest in the diagnostic and prognostic value of these methods regarding pathological (right ventricular infarction, pulmonary hypertension, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, follow-up of heart transplantation) and even physiological (athlete's heart) alterations of the right ventricle. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(29), 1139-1146.

  20. Assessment of the Frank-Starling relationship by two-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Zipprich, D A; Owen, C H; Lewis, C W; Gall, S A; Davis, J W; Kisslo, J A; Glower, D D

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    The Frank-Starling relationship between left ventricular stroke work and end-diastolic minor-axis cross-sectional area was evaluated as a load-insensitive measure of inotropic state by two-dimensional echocardiography in 10 conscious dogs. Stroke work was calculated as the product of systolic change in cross-sectional area and either (1) beat-to-beat mean arterial pressure or (2) initial systolic blood pressure. Both Frank-Starling relationships were highly linear during preload variation (mean r = 0.96), sensitive to the inotropic state (slope increase with calcium 51% +/- 43% and 62% +/- 53%, respectively), and insensitive to afterload (r < 0.4, slope or x intercept versus afterload). Thus the Frank-Starling relationships derived from two-dimensional echocardiographic images and peripheral arterial pressure may be a useful and practical means of assessing inotropic state with minimally invasive measurements.

  1. Value of adenosine infusion for infarct size determination using real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography

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    da Luz Protásio

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Myocardial contrast echocardiography has been used for determination of infarct size (IS in experimental models. However, with intermittent harmonic imaging, IS seems to be underestimated immediately after reperfusion due to areas with preserved, yet dysfunctional, microvasculature. The use of exogenous vasodilators showed to be useful to unmask these infarcted areas with depressed coronary flow reserve. This study was undertaken to assess the value of adenosine for IS determination in an open-chest canine model of coronary occlusion and reperfusion, using real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (RTMCE. Methods Nine dogs underwent 180 minutes of coronary occlusion followed by reperfusion. PESDA (Perfluorocarbon-Exposed Sonicated Dextrose Albumin was used as contrast agent. IS was determined by RTMCE before and during adenosine infusion at a rate of 140 mcg·Kg-1·min-1. Post-mortem necrotic area was determined by triphenyl-tetrazolium chloride (TTC staining. Results IS determined by RTMCE was 1.98 ± 1.30 cm2 and increased to 2.58 ± 1.53 cm2 during adenosine infusion (p = 0.004, with good correlation between measurements (r = 0.91; p 2 and showed no significant difference with IS determined by RTMCE before or during hyperemia. A slight better correlation between RTMCE and TTC measurements was observed during adenosine (r = 0.99; p Conclusion RTMCE can accurately determine IS in immediate period after acute myocardial infarction. Adenosine infusion results in a slight better detection of actual size of myocardial damage.

  2. Utility of hand-held echocardiography in outpatient pediatric cardiology management.

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    Riley, Alan; Sable, Craig; Prasad, Aparna; Spurney, Christopher; Harahsheh, Ashraf; Clauss, Sarah; Colyer, Jessica; Gierdalski, Marcin; Johnson, Ashley; Pearson, Gail D; Rosenthal, Joanna

    2014-12-01

    Adult patient series have shown hand-held echocardiography (echo) units (HHE) to be accurate for rapid diagnosis and triage. This is the first study to evaluate the ability of HHE to inform decision making in outpatient pediatric cardiology. New pediatric cardiology patients in outpatient clinics staffed by six pediatric cardiologists (experience 1-17 years) were prospectively enrolled if an echocardiogram (echo) was ordered during their initial visit. After history and physical examination and before a standard echo, the cardiologists performed a bedside HHE examination (GE Vscan 1.7-3.8 MHz), documented findings, and made a clinical decision. Diagnoses and decisions based on HHE were compared with final management after the standard echo. The study enrolled 101 subjects (ages 9 days to 19 years). The cardiologists considered HHE imaging adequate for decision making for 80 of the 101 subjects. For 77 of the 80 subjects with acceptable HHE imaging (68/68 normal and 9/12 abnormal standard echoes), the HHE-based primary diagnoses and decisions agreed with the final management. The sensitivity of HHE was 75 % (95 % confidence interval [CI] 43-94 %) and the positive predictive value 100 % (95 % CI 66-100 %) for pediatric heart disease. The agreement between standard echocardiography and HHE imaging was substantial (κ = 0.82). Excluding one of the least experienced cardiologists, HHE provided the basis for correct cardiac diagnoses and management for all the subjects with acceptable HHE imaging (58/58 normal and 9/9 abnormal echoes). In outpatient pediatric cardiology, HHE has potential as a tool to complement physical examination. Further investigation is needed to evaluate how value improves with clinical experience.

  3. Aortic Regurgitation Is Common in Ankylosing Spondylitis: Time for Routine Echocardiography Evaluation?

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    Klingberg, Eva; Sveälv, Bente Grüner; Täng, Margareta Scharin; Bech-Hanssen, Odd; Forsblad-d'Elia, Helena; Bergfeldt, Lennart

    2015-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of aortic regurgitation and any relation to disease activity and specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B27 subtypes in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Transthoracic echocardiography was performed in 187 patients (105 men), mean age (SD) 50 (13) years, and mean disease duration 24 (13) years, and was related to demographic, clinical, radiographic, electrocardiographic, and laboratory data. Aortic regurgitation was found in 34 patients (18%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 12%-24%): mild in 24, moderate in 9, and severe in one. The prevalence was significantly higher than expected from population data. Conduction system abnormalities were documented in 25 patients (13%; 95% CI, 8%-18%), and significantly more likely in the presence of aortic regurgitation (P = .005), which was related to increasing age and longstanding disease, and increased from ~20% in the 50s to 55% in the 70s. It was also independently associated with disease duration, with higher modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spine Score, and with a history of anterior uveitis. HLA-B27 was present in similar proportions in the presence vs absence of aortic regurgitation. For comparison, clinically significant coronary artery disease was present in 9 patients (5%; 95% CI, 2%-8%). Patients with ankylosing spondylitis frequently have cardiac abnormalities, but they more often consist of disease-related aortic regurgitation or conduction system abnormalities than manifestations of atherosclerotic heart disease. Because aortic regurgitation or conduction abnormalities might cause insidious symptoms not easily interpreted as of cardiac origin, we suggest that both electrocardiography and echocardiography evaluation should be part of the routine management of patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. THE ROLE OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS BETWEEN TRAINING INDUCED MYOCARDIAL HYPERTROPHY VERSUS CARDIOMYOPATHY

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    Tomas Venckunas

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    Full Text Available 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

  5. Role of Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Diagnosis of Paradoxical Low Flow, Low Gradient Severe Aortic Stenosis

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    Abudiab, Muaz M.; Pandit, Anil

    2017-01-01

    Background and Objectives Prior studies indicate that up to 35% of cases of severe aortic stenosis (AS) have paradoxical low flow, low gradient despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, error in left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) diameter may lead to misclassification. Herein, we determined whether measurement of LVOT diameter by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) results in reclassification of cases to non-severe AS. Subjects and Methods Patients with severe AS with aortic valve area (AVA) <1 cm2 by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) within 6 months were studied. Paradoxical low flow, low gradient was defined as mean Doppler gradient (MG) <40 mm Hg and stroke volume index (SVI) ≤35 mL/m2. Preserved LVEF was defined as ≥0.50. Results Among 108 patients, 12 (15%) had paradoxical low flow, low gradient severe AS despite preserved LVEF based on TTE measurement. When LVOT diameter by TEE in 2D was used, only 5 (6.3%) patients had low flow, low gradient severe AS (p<0.001). Coefficients of variability for intraobserver and interobserver measurement of LVOT were <10%. However, the limits of agreement between TTE and TEE measurement of LVOT ranged from 0.43 cm (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.36 to 0.5) to -0.31 cm (95% CI: -0.38 to -0.23). Conclusion TEE measured LVOT diameter may result in reclassification to moderate AS in some patients due to low prevalence of true paradoxical low flow, low gradient (PLFLG) severe AS.

  6. Assessment of left ventricular function using dobutamine stress echocardiography and myocardial scintigraphy in valvular heart disease

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    Ozaki, Nobuchika; Sugimoto, Takaki; Okada, Masayoshi [Kobe Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    1999-02-01

    To assess the left ventricular (LV) function in valvular heart disease, we employed the preoperative dobutamine stress echocardiography and the myocardial scintigraphy. During the past 13 years, 37 of 324 the patients showed LV dysfunction with the % fractional shortening (%FS) of 25% or less in the preoperative echocardiogram. These patients were retrospectively divided into two groups; Group A (n=21): %FS has improved late after operation; Group B (n=16): %FS has deteriorated or LV failure occurred. The mean follow-up period was 84{+-}54 months after valve surgery. No significant differences were observed in the preoperative characteristics and operative variables between these two groups. The dobutamine stress test had been performed in 8 patients in Group A and 9 patients in Group B preoperatively, and the maximum increase ratio of %FS ({delta}%FS) was used for assessment. Seven patients in Group A had showed {delta}%FS of more than 9%, while all patients in Group B had showed {delta}%FS of less than 9%. Myocardial scintigraphy was performed in 11 patients of them, and another 22 patients with %FS of above 25% acted as the control group. The Defect Score, which was defined as the sum of defect scales in 25 LV segments, showed a significant difference between 11 patients with LV dysfunction and control group. The distribution of the Defect Score in each myocardial segment, showed significantly higher in the posterior and inferior LV segments. In addition, the perfusion defect on myocardial imaging was initiated in the junction between the septal and LV free wall, and extended from the posterior to the lateral wall along with deterioration of LV function. In conclusion, preoperative dobutamine stress echocardiography proved to be very useful for prediction of the postoperative LV function, and myocardial scintigraphy might be indicative of LV function even in valvular heart disease. (author)

  7. Cardiac impairment evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography and invasive measurements in rats undergoing sinoaortic denervation.

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    Raquel A Sirvente

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Sympathetic hyperactivity may be related to left ventricular (LV dysfunction and baro- and chemoreflex impairment in hypertension. However, cardiac function, regarding the association of hypertension and baroreflex dysfunction, has not been previously evaluated by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE using intracardiac echocardiographic catheter. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated exercise tests, baroreflex sensitivity and cardiovascular autonomic control, cardiac function, and biventricular invasive pressures in rats 10 weeks after sinoaortic denervation (SAD. The rats (n = 32 were divided into 4 groups: 16 Wistar (W with (n = 8 or without SAD (n = 8 and 16 spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR with (n = 8 or without SAD (SHRSAD (n = 8. Blood pressure (BP and heart rate (HR did not change between the groups with or without SAD; however, compared to W, SHR groups had higher BP levels and BP variability was increased. Exercise testing showed that SHR had better functional capacity compared to SAD and SHRSAD. Echocardiography showed left ventricular (LV concentric hypertrophy; segmental systolic and diastolic biventricular dysfunction; indirect signals of pulmonary arterial hypertension, mostly evident in SHRSAD. The end-diastolic right ventricular (RV pressure increased in all groups compared to W, and the end-diastolic LV pressure increased in SHR and SHRSAD groups compared to W, and in SHRSAD compared to SAD. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that baroreflex dysfunction impairs cardiac function, and increases pulmonary artery pressure, supporting a role for baroreflex dysfunction in the pathogenesis of hypertensive cardiac disease. Moreover, TEE is a useful and feasible noninvasive technique that allows the assessment of cardiac function, particularly RV indices in this model of cardiac disease.

  8. Mechanical Dispersion by Strain Echocardiography: A Novel Tool to Diagnose Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Athletes.

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    Schnell, Frédéric; Matelot, David; Daudin, Magalie; Kervio, Gaelle; Mabo, Philippe; Carré, François; Donal, Erwan

    2017-03-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that global longitudinal strain (GLS) is altered in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in comparison with athletes. Nevertheless, these results rely on studies comparing sedentary patients with HCM with healthy athletes. The aims of this study were to confirm these findings in an appropriate group of athletes with HCM and to study the additive value of novel parameters (i.e., mechanical dispersion and exercise GLS). Thirty-six athletes with HCM were prospectively included and were compared with 36 sedentary patients with HCM, 36 healthy athletes, and 36 sedentary control subjects of similar age. Athlete groups had similar training duration and HCM groups similar maximal wall thickness. All underwent echocardiography at rest and during submaximal exercise. GLS was assessed; the SD of time to maximal myocardial shortening of longitudinal strain was calculated as a parameter of mechanical dispersion. The HCM sedentary group showed the lowest resting and exercise GLS. Resting GLS was not different between athletes with HCM and the two control groups, but exercise GLS enabled the differentiation of athletes with HCM from healthy athletes. Mechanical dispersion was higher in both HCM groups compared with both control groups at rest and during exercise. Receiver operating characteristic analysis in the athlete groups demonstrated that resting mechanical dispersion (area under the curve = 0.949 ± 0.023) had better ability to identify HCM compared with GLS at rest (area under the curve = 0.644 ± 0.069) (P dispersion of longitudinal strain seems to be a promising tool for the diagnosis of HCM in athletes. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. The additional value of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in complex aortic prosthetic heart valve endocarditis.

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    Tanis, Wilco; Teske, Arco J; van Herwerden, Lex A; Chamuleau, Steven; Meijboom, Folkert; Budde, Ricardo P J; Cramer, Maarten-Jan

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography (2DTTE and 2DTEE) may fail to detect signs of prosthetic heart valve (PHV) endocarditis due to acoustic shadowing. Three-dimensional (3D) TEE may have additional value; however, data are scarce. This study was performed to investigate the additional value of 3DTEE for the detection of aortic PHV endocarditis and the extent of the disease process. Retrospective analysis of complex aortic PHV endocarditis cases that underwent 2DTTE, 2DTEE, and 3DTEE before surgery. Echocardiograms were individually assessed by 2 cardiologists blinded for the outcome. Surgical and pathological inspection served as the reference standard for vegetations and peri-annular extensions (abscesses/mycotic aneurysms). To determine if the proximal coronary arteries were involved in the inflammatory process as well, computed tomography angiography findings were added to reference standard. Fifteen aortic PHV endocarditis cases were identified. According to the reference standard, all 15 cases had peri-annular extensions, 13 of which had a close relationship with the proximal right and/or left coronary artery. In 6 of 15 patients, a vegetation was present. Combined 2DTTE/TEE missed 1/6 vegetations and 1/15 peri-annular extensions. After addition of 3DTEE, all vegetations (6/6) and peri-annular extensions (15/15) were detected, without adding false positives. Compared to 2DTEE, in 3/15 cases, 3DTEE resulted in better delineation of the anatomical relationship of the proximal coronary arteries to the peri-annular extensions. As a result, 3DTEE had an additional value in 5/15 cases. In complex aortic, PHV endocarditis 3DTEE may have additional value compared to 2D echocardiography. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Determination of the acceptable MPEG-4 quality for clinical real-time tele-echocardiography services

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    Andrea Giordano

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of Moving Picture experts Group (MPEG-4 video compression, in particular its adaptability to narrowband channels and the elevated degree of compression obtainable, make it of interest for services of telemedicine that require instantaneous video transmission and interpretation. In this study we faced the problem of the minimum quality of service (QoS in specific applications of tele-echocardiography (T-E. In the specifics we evaluated the clinical adequacy of MpEG-4 compression in the real time transmission of echocardiographic studies. Forty echocardiographic examinations consisting of standard projections of patients affected by ischemic heart disease were submitted to two observers expert in echocardiography, who made 4 separate evaluations as follows: 2 on the same equipment on which the original studies were performed; 1 after online MpEG-4 codification of the studies at 256 kb/s; 1 after online MpEG-4 codification of the studies at 128 kb/s. For each evaluation, the following data were collected: subjective opinion on the overall visual quality of the images; estimate of ejection fraction and level of impairment; wall Motion Score Index and percentage of asynergy; mitral failure. The results: 1 the subjective quality of the echocardiographic images was the same as that perceived in the video at Mpeg4/256 kb/s compression level while it was lower, as expected, in the video Mpeg4/128 kb/s; 2 the quality degradation did not produce a statistically significant difference in the evaluation of left ventricular function and regional wall motion impairments. these results confirm the feasibility of MpEG-4 compression for the transmission of echocardiographic studies for use in telemedicine and suggest that it is not necessary to seek transmission speeds higher than 256 kb/s for the semiquantitative reading of left venticular kinetics.

  11. Application of Appropriate Use Criteria for Initial Transthoracic Echocardiography in an Academic Outpatient Pediatric Cardiology Program.

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    Safa, Raya; Aggarwal, Sanjeev; Misra, Amrit; Kobayashi, Daisuke

    2017-08-01

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a non-invasive diagnostic modality for children with suspected heart disease. The American College of Cardiology published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for an initial outpatient pediatric TTE in 2014 to promote effective care and improve resource utilization. The objective was to determine the appropriateness of TTE per the published AUC in a single academic pediatric cardiology clinic as a baseline performance quality measure. The echocardiography database was used to identify initial outpatient TTE in children during January-March 2014. TTE indications (appropriate [A], may be appropriate [M], or rarely appropriate [R]) and findings (normal, incidental, or abnormal) were recorded. The effect of AUC and age groups on yield of abnormal TTE findings was analyzed. Of the 2166 screened studies, our study cohort consisted of 247 TTEs. Indications rated A, M, and R were found in 129, 27, and 90, respectively, and 1 was unclassifiable. Majority of TTE (n = 183) were normal, although incidental findings were noted in 32 and abnormal findings in 32 cases. Abnormal findings were noted in 26/129 of A, 2/27 of M, and 4/90 of R. Indications rated A were significantly associated with yield of abnormal TTE findings, adjusted by age group. Infants and adolescents were more likely to have abnormal TTE findings compared to young children. Recently published AUC were validated for initial TTE in the outpatient pediatric cardiology clinic. Appropriateness rated by AUC was highly associated with yield of abnormal TTE findings and worked best in infants and adolescent.

  12. Utility of Ultraportable Echocardiography in the Preoperative Evaluation of Noncardiac Surgery

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    Costa, Jean Allan; Almeida, Maria Lucia Pereira; Estrada, Tereza Cristina Duque; Werneck, Guilherme Lobosco; Rocha, Alexandre Marins; Rosa, Maria Luiza Garcia; Ribeiro, Mario Luiz; Mesquita, Claudio Tinoco

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    Background The ultraportable echocardiogram machine, with relevant portability and easiness in performing diagnoses, when in experienced hands, may contribute to the reliability of preoperative evaluation in noncardiac surgeries. Objectives To assess cardiac function parameters in patients aged older than 60 years, candidates of elective noncardiac surgeries, classified as ASA1 or ASA 2 according to surgical risk. Methods A total of 211 patients referred for elective surgeries, without suspicion of previous heart diseases, were included in the study. Assessment of patients was conducted by conventional echocardiogram using the ultraportable V Scan (GE) device right after the pre-anesthetic clinical evaluation. We assessed the clinical impact of echocardiography results by using a questionnaire addressed to the anesthetist. Results Mean age of patients was 68.9 ± 7.0 years, 154 were women. The most frequent surgeries were: a) facectomy - cataract - 18; b) inguinal hernia surgery - 18; c) Cholecystectomy - 16. We found 58 normal tests (27.5%), 70 (33.2%) with mild valve reflux, and 83 (39.3%) with relevant abnormality, such as increase in heart chamber size, global and/or segmental contractile dysfunction, significant valve dysfunction or other unspecified. Test results caused delay of surgical procedure for a more detailed cardiac evaluation in 20 (9.5%) patients, and change in anesthetic management in 7 (3.3%). Conclusion There was a considerable clinical impact with the use of the ultraportable echocardiography, since one out of every ten patients evaluated had their clinical management changed due to the detection of previously unsuspected, significant heart diseases, with the potential for severe complications. PMID:27982268

  13. Impaired myocardial deformation in psoriatic arthritis patients assessment by speckle tracking echocardiography

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    Baris Yilmazer

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to evaluate left ventricular (LV mechanics of patients diagnosed with PsA and no clinical evidence for cardiovascular disease (CVD using a novel, more sensitive technique which evaluates myocardial deformation in multidimensional planes for the detection of impaired LV function. Methods: The study enrolled 31 PsA patients and sex-age matched 19 healthy controls. All participants underwent conventional echocardiography and 2-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE. Global longitudinal, circumferential, and radial strain were measured. Results: Although patients with PsA had normal LV ejection fraction, the myocardial deformation in multidimensional planes was impaired. STE analysis results showed that PsA patients had significantly lower global longitudinal strain (mean±S.D. -17.11±2.83 % and -19.29±2 % respectively, p=0.005, global circumferential strain (mean±S.D. -14.28±3 % and -20.34±4.78 % respectively p<0.001 and global radial strain (mean±S.D. 29.26±10 % and 46.54±17 % respectively, p<0.001 versus control group. However, no correlation was found between longitudinal, radial, and circumferential strains and disease-related risk factors. Conclusion: Subclinical impaired myocardial deformation was common in patients with PsA even with no clinical evidence for CVD. Thus, the use of this novel imaging technique could provide additional benefits for determining cardiovascular involvement at an early stage and risk stratification in PsA patients.

  14. Diagnosis of Malignancy of Adult Mediastinal Tumors by Conventional and Transesophageal Echocardiography

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    Wei-Wei Zhou; Hong-Wei Wang; Nan-Nan Liu; Jing-Jing Li; Wei Yuan; Rui Zhao; Liang-Bi Xiang

    2015-01-01

    Background:Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a well-established method for detecting and diagnosing heart tumors.In contrast,its role in assessing the presence,growth and evidence of malignant tumors originating from mediastinal sites remains unclear.The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic impact of TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for determining the localization,growth and malignancy of adult mediastinal tumors (MTs).Methods:In a prospective and investigator-blinded study,we evaluated 144 consecutive patients with MT lesions to assess the diagnostic impact of TEE and TTE for detecting the presence of tumors spreading both inside and outside of the heart and for determining infiltration and invasion using pathological examination results as a reference.Results:All tumor lesions were diagnosed and carefully evaluated by biopsy.Biopsy revealed malignant tumors in 79 patients and benign tumors in 65 patients.When compared to histological findings,TEE predicted malignancy from the presence of tumors spreading both inside and outside of the heart and from infiltration and invasion in 49/79 patients (62.0%).TTE predicted malignancy in only 8/79 patients (10.1%,P < 0.005).TEE visualized tumor lesions in 130 patients (90.3%) while the TTE visualized tumor lesions in 110 patients (76.4%) and was less effective at detecting MT lesions (P < 0.001).TTE and TEE could detect anterior MTs and adequately verified MTs (P > 0.05);TEE detected medium MTs better than TTE (P < 0.001).Conclusions:TEE is effective and superior to TTE for predicting the localization and growth of MTs as well as for accessing evidence of tumor malignancy.TTE and TEE were able to detect anterior MTs;TEE was able to detect medium MT better than TTE.

  15. In-vivo continuous monitoring of mixed venous oxygen saturation by photoacoustic transesophageal echocardiography (Conference Presentation)

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    Li, Li; Subramaniam, Balachundhar; Aguirre, Aaron D.; Andrawes, Michael N.; Tearney, Guillermo J.

    2016-02-01

    Mixed venous oxygen saturation (SvO2), measured from pulmonary arteries, is a gold-standard measure of the dynamic balance between the oxygen supply and demand in the body. In critical care, continuous monitoring of SvO2 plays a vital role in early detection of circulatory shock and guiding goal-oriented resuscitation. In current clinical practice, SvO2 is measured by invasive pulmonary artery catheters (PAC), which are associated with a 10% risk of severe complications. To address the unmet clinical need for a non-invasive SvO2 monitor, we are developing a new technology termed photoacoustic transesophageal echocardiography (PA-TEE). PA-TEE integrates transesophageal echocardiography with photoacoustic oximetry, and enables continuous assessment of SvO2 through an esophageal probe that can be inserted into the body in a minimally invasive manner. We have constructed a clinically translatable PA-TEE prototype, which features a mobile OPO laser, a modified ultrasonography console and a dual-modality esophageal probe. Comprised of a rotatable acoustic array detector, a flexible optical fiber bundle and a light-integrating acoustic lens, the oximetric probe has an outer diameter smaller than 15 mm and will be tolerable for most patients. Through custom-made C++/Qt software, our device acquires and displays ultrasonic and photoacoustic images in real time to guide the deployment of the probe. SvO2 is calculated on-line and updated every second. PA-TEE has now been used to evaluate SvO2 in living swine. Our findings show that changing the fraction of oxygen in the inspired gas modulates SvO2 measured by PA-TEE. Statistic comparison between SvO2 measurements from PA-TEE in vivo the gold-standard laboratorial analysis on blood samples drawn from PACs will be presented.

  16. Rapid decay of transthoracic echocardiography skills at 1 month: A prospective observational study.

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    Yamamoto, Ryo; Clanton, David; Willis, Ross E; Jonas, Rachelle Babbitt; Cestero, Ramon F

    2017-07-20

    Focused transthoracic echocardiography (FTTE) is an emerging tool in the management of critically ill patients, but the lack of adequate training models has limited the expansion of this technology. Although basic FTTE training courses have been shown to be sufficient in developing echocardiography skills, limited data exist regarding skill retention. In an effort to develop an adequate FTTE training model, we sought to determine the degree of skill retention after FTTE training. A prospective, observational study. An academic center. Surgical residents and medical students: 31 subjects were enrolled from February to June 2016. Participants underwent a 2-hour FTTE course including didactics and a hands-on session measuring ejection fraction of left ventricle (LV) and inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter. Written knowledge and performance examinations applying FTTE were conducted before the course, immediately after, and at 1- and 3-month intervals, which were evaluated on a 0 to 9 scale and analyzed with paired t-tests. Performance examination scores obtaining the LV and IVC views preinitial and postinitial training increased from 1.7 to 6.5 (LV) and from 2.0 to 6.8 (IVC) (p Written examination scores increased from 42% to 62% (pretraining vs posttraining, p skills and knowledge, skills are significantly decayed at 1 month and knowledge continually decreases at 1 and 3 months. Future FTTE training models should consider the rapid degradation of knowledge and skills in determining frequency of refresher training and ongoing evaluation. Copyright © 2017 Association of Program Directors in Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Multi-view 3D echocardiography compounding based on feature consistency

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    Yao Cheng; Schaeffter, Tobias; Penney, Graeme P [Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, King' s College London (United Kingdom); Simpson, John M, E-mail: cheng.yao@kcl.ac.uk [Department of Congenital Heart Disease, Evelina Children' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

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    Echocardiography (echo) is a widely available method to obtain images of the heart; however, echo can suffer due to the presence of artefacts, high noise and a restricted field of view. One method to overcome these limitations is to use multiple images, using the 'best' parts from each image to produce a higher quality 'compounded' image. This paper describes our compounding algorithm which specifically aims to reduce the effect of echo artefacts as well as improving the signal-to-noise ratio, contrast and extending the field of view. Our method weights image information based on a local feature coherence/consistency between all the overlapping images. Validation has been carried out using phantom, volunteer and patient datasets consisting of up to ten multi-view 3D images. Multiple sets of phantom images were acquired, some directly from the phantom surface, and others by imaging through hard and soft tissue mimicking material to degrade the image quality. Our compounding method is compared to the original, uncompounded echocardiography images, and to two basic statistical compounding methods (mean and maximum). Results show that our method is able to take a set of ten images, degraded by soft and hard tissue artefacts, and produce a compounded image of equivalent quality to images acquired directly from the phantom. Our method on phantom, volunteer and patient data achieves almost the same signal-to-noise improvement as the mean method, while simultaneously almost achieving the same contrast improvement as the maximum method. We show a statistically significant improvement in image quality by using an increased number of images (ten compared to five), and visual inspection studies by three clinicians showed very strong preference for our compounded volumes in terms of overall high image quality, large field of view, high endocardial border definition and low cavity noise.

  18. Assessment of atrial septal defects in adults comparing cardiovascular magnetic resonance with transoesophageal echocardiography

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    Brown Michael A

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many adult patients with secundum-type atrial septal defects (ASDs are able to have these defects fixed percutaneously. Traditionally, this has involved an assessment of ASD size, geometry and atrial septal margins by transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE prior to percutaneous closure. This is a semi-invasive technique, and all of the information obtained could potentially be obtained by non-invasive cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR. We compared the assessment of ASDs in consecutive patients being considered for percutaneous ASD closure using CMR and TOE. Methods Consecutive patients with ASDs diagnosed on transthoracic echocardiography (TTE were invited to undergo both CMR and TOE. Assessment of atrial septal margins, maximal and minimal defect dimensions was performed with both techniques. Analyses between CMR and TOE were made using simple linear regression and Bland Altman Analyses. Results Total CMR scan time was 20 minutes, and comparable to the TOE examination time. A total of 20 patients (M:F = 5:15, mean age 42.8 years ± 15.7 were included in the analyses. There was an excellent agreement between CMR and TOE for estimation of maximum defect size (R = 0.87. The anterior inferior, anterior superior and posterior inferior margins could be assessed in all patients with CMR. The posterior superior margin could not be assessed in only one patient. Furthermore, in 1 patient in whom TOE was unable to be performed, CMR was used to successfully direct percutaneous ASD closure. Conclusions CMR agrees with TOE assessment of ASDs in the work-up for percutaneous closure. Potentially CMR could be used instead of TOE for this purpose.

  19. Hemodynamic evaluation by M-mode echocardiography in acute myocardial infarction.

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    Nador, F; De Martini, M; Binda, A; Radrizzani, D; Cirò, E; Lotto, A

    1984-07-01

    We assessed the relationship between echocardiographic and hemodynamic parameters in 28 patients with documented acute myocardial infarction (AMI), who underwent M-mode echocardiography and Swan-Ganz catheterization during the same hospitalization. Patients with valvular heart disease were excluded from the study. On mitral valve echogram, DE interval was measured and the area enclosed by mitral valve echogram during DE interval (DE subarea ) was calculated in each echocardiogram. DE subarea /DE interval ratio was computed for each measurement set. Hemodynamic parameters were obtained in the usual fashion. Patients with pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PWP) less than 18 mm Hg showed a DE interval markedly longer than patients with PWP greater than 18 mm Hg: 81.72 +/- 15.23 vs 55.12 +/- 9.85 msec (p less than 0.001). Patients with cardiac index greater than 2.2 L min-1 m-2 had a DE subarea /DE interval ratio greater than patients with cardiac index less than 2.2 L min-1 m-2: 0.169 +/- 0.035 vs 0.094 +/- 0.017 dm2 sec-1 (p less than 0.001). Echocardiographic and hemodynamic data were then correlated in the whole study group, and it was found that DE interval was significantly (p less than 0.001) and inversely correlated to PWP; stroke index more than cardiac index was correlated (p less than 0.005) both to DE subarea /DE interval ratio and to DE interval itself; DE interval was not affected by heart rate. We were able to categorize the patients into four subsets on the basis of echocardiographic measurements. Our findings suggest the possibility of providing, through M-mode echocardiography, a noninvasive and accurate evaluation of PWP and stroke index.

  20. Cardiac Characterization of sgca-Null Mice Using High Resolution Echocardiography.

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    Fayssoil, Abdallah; Renault, Gilles; Guerchet, Nicolas; Marchiol-Fournigault, Carmen; Fougerousse, Françoise; Richard, Isabelle

    2013-01-01

    Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2D (LGMD2D) is an inherited myogenic disorder belonging to the group of muscular dystrophies. Sgca-null mouse is a knock-out model of LGMD2D. Little is known about cardiac phenotype characterization in this model at different ages. We conducted a prospective study to characterize cardiac sgca-null mice phenotype using high resolution Doppler echocardiography at different ages. Conventional echocardiography was performed on anesthetised mice using a Vevo 770 (Visualsonics) with 30 MHz cardiac probe. Wild Type (WT) and sgca-null mice were scanned at 13, 15 and 17 months. From M-mode, we measured interventricular septal (IVS) wall thickness, posterior wall (PW) thickness, and end-left ventricular diameter in systolic and diastolic. From the above parameters, we calculated left ventricular (LV) shortening fraction (SF), LV ejection fraction (EF) and LV mass. At age 13 months, PW diastolic thickness was increased in sgca-null mice (0.89±0.14 mm vs 0.73±0.2 mm; P=0.020) and LV mass was higher in sgca-null mice (LV mass 205.2 mg vs 143 mg; P=0.001). We found also dilation of the LV (LVEDD: 4.84 mm vs 4.29 mm; P=0.019) in sgca-null mice. At age 15 months, dilation of the LV (LVEDD: 4.86 mm vs 4 mm; P=0.05) with an increase of the LV mass (165.7 mg vs 127.12; P=0.03) are found in sgca-null mice. At age 17 months, we found a decrease of the PW thickening (17% vs 30%; P=0.036). This work provides echocardiographic insights for the assessment of pharmaceutical therapies in sgca-null mice.

  1. Ventricular structure and function in children with sickle cell disease using conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography.

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    Eddine, Ahmad Charaf; Alvarez, Ofelia; Lipshultz, Steven E; Kardon, Richard; Arheart, Kristopher; Swaminathan, Sethuraman

    2012-05-01

    Conventional 2-dimensional, M-mode, and spectral Doppler echocardiographic techniques have documented abnormal ventricular function in adults with sickle cell disease (SCD), but assessments in children are conflicting. Tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE) provides additional information about myocardial function. Two-dimensional, M-mode, tricuspid regurgitation jet velocity (TRJV) data, and tissue Doppler echocardiographically derived myocardial velocity measurements of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular function were taken from children with SCD compared to those of similar healthy historical controls and correlated with clinical characteristics and hemoglobin levels. Compared to 55 controls, 54 children with SCD (mean age 14.2 years, range 6 to 21) had a larger left ventricle, greater LV mass, and higher LV fractional shortening; 30% had increased pulmonary artery pressure (TRJV ≥2.5 m/s). Conventional echocardiographic measurements of LV systolic function and spectral Doppler measurements of LV and right ventricular diastolic function were essentially normal, but TDE indicated that 31% of SCD children had evidence of LV diastolic dysfunction (peak early diastolic velocity of LV inflow Doppler/peak early diastolic velocity at lateral mitral valve annulus >8), a finding that correlated with lower hemoglobin levels. Although decreasing hemoglobin levels in children with SCD correlated with LV hypertrophy, LV dilation, and LV diastolic dysfunction, long-term transfusion or hydroxyurea therapy did not affect these measurements. In conclusion, 1/3 of children with SCD had tissue Doppler echocardiographic evidence of LV diastolic dysfunction, which was correlated with hemoglobin levels. Adding serial assessments of ventricular function with TDE to conventional echocardiography may detect early cardiac changes, especially in children with severe anemia.

  2. Echocardiography and passive leg raising in the postoperative period: A prospective observational study.

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    El Hadouti, Yasser; Valencia, Lucía; Becerra, Angel; Rodríguez-Pérez, Aurelio; Vincent, Jean L

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    Signs of hypovolaemia are frequent in the postoperative period, but not all patients need or respond to fluid administration. An increase in cardiac output (CO) after passive leg raising (PLR) has been demonstrated to be useful as a volume response predictor in non-surgical, spontaneously breathing patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography after PLR to predict fluid responsiveness in post-surgical patients. A prospective observational study. A tertiary hospital between January and July 2015. Fifty-one spontaneously breathing postoperative patients with suspected hypovolaemia (arterial hypotension, oliguria, tachycardia or delayed capillary refill) were considered for the study. Demographic and personal data were collected, as well as heart rate variations, mean arterial pressure during PLR and after administering 500 ml of Ringer's lactate solution. CO was measured by transthoracic echocardiography. The primary outcome was measurement of CO before and after PLR and Ringer's lactate administration. Forty-one patients were included in the study (six patients were excluded because of a poor echocardiographic window and four because of misalignment of the Doppler and outflow tract of the left ventricle). Twenty-two patients (54%) were considered responders to fluid therapy, with an increase of stroke volume greater than or equal to 15% after 500 ml lactated Ringer's infusion. The highest area under the curve was found for an increase in CO (0.91 ± 0.05; 95% confidence interval 0.78 to 0.97). An increase in CO greater than 11% after the PLR manoeuvre predicts a volume response with 68% sensitivity and 100% specificity. This is the first study showing that measurement of CO after PLR can predict volume response in spontaneously breathing postoperative patients.

  3. Diagnosis of asymptomatic atrial septal aneurysms using two-dimensional color Doppler and contrast transthoracic echocardiography

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    Objective To evaluate the dimensions of atrial septal aneurysm (ASA), the presence and characteristics of interatrial shunt, the movement of the wall of the aneurysm, and correlation between these findings and sign and/or symptoms suggesting embolism in Manisa, a district of a western Anatolian city of Turkey. Methods Two thousand five hundred cases were examined by routine transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in both pediatric and adult cardiology outpatient clinics. ASA was detected in 20 cases and evaluated by two-dimensional color Doppler echocardiography (CDE). The length of the base, the maximum radius and the maximum displacement of ASA were measured. The shunt between the atria was examined by CDE. In cases where a shunt could not be found, galactose and palmitic acid was injected. Standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and exercise stress test were also performed. Results No clinical signs or symptoms were found, suggesting a systemic or cerebral embolism. The maximum displacement of ASA was between 2 and 5 mm. All of the aneurysms were localized in the right atrium, and the walls of the aneurysm did not move beyond the base of the left atrium during the maximum displacement. Interatrial shunt was detected in 14 of 20 patients (70%) by CDE and in the remaining six cases by contrast TTE. Frequent ventricular ectopic beats were observed in one patient. Conclusions During routine TTE we observed 0.8% asymptomatic ASA in our population. The use of a contrast agent was found to be a valuable additional method in patients with ASA when the shunt could not be detected by CDE. The risk for embolism is not high when the maximum displacement of the wall of ASA was 5 mm or less and no bulge into the left atrium was observed. Based on our experience with this method, TTE is easy to perform, well-tolerated and acceptable.

  4. 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

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    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 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

  5. Global and regional left ventricular function: a comparison between gated SPECT, 2D echocardiography and multi-slice computed tomography

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    Henneman, Maureen M.; Bax, Jeroen J.; Holman, Eduard R. [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Leiden (Netherlands); Schuijf, Joanne D.; Jukema, J.W.; Wall, Ernst E. van der [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Cardiology, Leiden (Netherlands); The Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands, Utrecht (Netherlands); Stokkel, Marcel P.M. [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leiden (Netherlands); Lamb, Hildo J.; Roos, Albert de [Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Leiden (Netherlands)

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    Global and regional left ventricular (LV) function are important indicators of the cardiac status in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Therapy and prognosis are to a large extent dependent on LV function. Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) has already earned its place as an imaging modality for non-invasive assessment of the coronary arteries, but since retrospective gating to the patient's ECG is performed, information on LV function can be derived. In 49 patients with known or suspected CAD, coronary angiography with MSCT imaging was performed, in addition to gated SPECT and 2D echocardiography. LV end-diastolic and LV end-systolic volumes and LV ejection fraction were analysed with dedicated software (CMR Analytical Software System, Medis, Leiden, The Netherlands for MSCT; gated SPECT by QGS, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA), and by the biplane Simpson's rule for 2D echocardiography. Regional wall motion was evaluated according to a 17-segment model and a three-point score system. Correlations were fairly good between gated SPECT and MSCT (LVEDV: r=0.65; LVESV: r=0.63; LVEF: r=0.60), and excellent between 2D echocardiography and MSCT (LVEDV: r=0.92; LVESV: r=0.93; LVEF: r=0.80). Agreement for regional wall motion was 95% ({kappa}=0.66) between gated SPECT and MSCT, and 96% ({kappa}=0.73) between 2D echocardiography and MSCT. Global and regional LV function and LV volumes can be adequately assessed with MSCT. Correlations with 2D echocardiography are stronger than with gated SPECT. (orig.)

  6. Assessment of cardiac remodeling in asymptomatic mitral regurgitation for surgery timing: a comparative study of echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Ozdogan Oner

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Early surgery is recommended for asymptomatic severe mitral regurgitation (MR, because of increased postoperative left ventricular (LV dysfunction in patients with late surgery. On the other hand, recent reports emphasized a "watchful waiting" process for the determination of the proper time of mitral valve surgery. In our study, we compared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and transthoracic echocardiography to evaluate the LV and left atrial (LA remodeling; for better definitions of patients that may benefit from early valve surgery. Methods Twenty-one patients with moderate to severe asymptomatic MR were evaluated by echocardiography and MRI. LA and LV ejection fractions (EFs were calculated by echocardiography and MRI. Pulmonary veins (PVs were measured from vein orifices in diastole and systole from the tangential of an imaginary circle that completed LA wall. Right upper PV indices were calculated with the formula; (Right upper PV diastolic diameter- Right upper PV systolic diameter/Right upper PV diastolic diameter. Results In 9 patients there were mismatches between echocardiography and MRI measurements of LV EF. LV EFs were calculated ≥60% by echocardiography, meanwhile 0.05. However, both right upper PV indices (0.16 ± 0.06 vs. 0.24 ± 0.08, p: 0.024 and LA EFs (0.19 ± 0.09 vs. 0.33 ± 0.14, p: 0.025 were significantly decreased in patients with depressed EFs when compared to patients with normal EFs. Conclusions MRI might be preferred when small changes in functional parameters like LV EF, LA EF, and PV index are of clinical importance to disease management like asymptomatic MR patients that we follow up for appropriate surgery timing.

  7. 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

    2015-06-01

    Evaluation of myocardial function by speckle-tracking echocardiography is a new method for the early diagnosis of systolic dysfunction. We aimed to determine myocardial speckle-tracking echocardiography indices in Kawasaki Disease (KD) patients and compare them with the same indices in control subjects. 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. 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). 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.

  8. Comparison of exercise, dobutamine-atropine and dipyridamole-atropine stress echocardiography in detecting coronary artery disease

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

    2006-01-01

    Background Dipyridamole and dobutamine stress echocardiography testing are most widely utilized, but their sensitivity remained suboptimal in comparison to routine exercise stress echocardiography. The aim of our study is to compare, head-to-head, exercise, dobutamine and dipyridamole stress echocardiography tests, performed with state-of-the-art protocols in a large scale prospective group of patients. Methods Dipyridamole-atropine (Dipatro: 0.84 mg/kg over 10 min i.v. dipyridamole with addition of up to 1 mg of atropine), dobutamine-atropine (Dobatro: up to 40 mcg/kg/min i.v. dobutamine with addition of up to 1 mg of atropine) and exercise (Ex, Bruce) were performed in 166 pts. Of them, 117 pts without resting wall motion abnormalities were enrolled in study (91 male; mean age 54 ± 10 years; previous non-transmural myocardial infarction in 32 pts, angina pectoris in 69 pts and atypical chest pain in 16 pts). Tests were performed in random sequence, in 3 different days, within 5 day period under identical therapy. All patients underwent coronary angiography. Results Significant coronary artery disease (CAD; ≥50% diameter stenosis) was present in 69 pts (57 pts 1-vessel CAD, 12 multivessel CAD) and absent in 48 pts. Sensitivity (Sn) was 96%, 93% and 90%, whereas specificity (Sp) was 92%, 92% and 87% for Dobatro, Dipatro and Ex, respectively (p = ns). Concomitant beta blocker therapy did not influence peak rate-pressure product and Sn of Dobatro and Dipatro (p = ns). Conclusion When state-of-the-art protocols are used, dipyridamole and dobutamine stress echocardiography have comparable and high diagnostic accuracy, similar to maximal post-exercise treadmill stress echocardiography. PMID:16672046

  9. Comparison of exercise, dobutamine-atropine and dipyridamole-atropine stress echocardiography in detecting coronary artery disease

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    Petrasinovic Zorica

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dipyridamole and dobutamine stress echocardiography testing are most widely utilized, but their sensitivity remained suboptimal in comparison to routine exercise stress echocardiography. The aim of our study is to compare, head-to-head, exercise, dobutamine and dipyridamole stress echocardiography tests, performed with state-of-the-art protocols in a large scale prospective group of patients. Methods Dipyridamole-atropine (Dipatro: 0.84 mg/kg over 10 min i.v. dipyridamole with addition of up to 1 mg of atropine, dobutamine-atropine (Dobatro: up to 40 mcg/kg/min i.v. dobutamine with addition of up to 1 mg of atropine and exercise (Ex, Bruce were performed in 166 pts. Of them, 117 pts without resting wall motion abnormalities were enrolled in study (91 male; mean age 54 ± 10 years; previous non-transmural myocardial infarction in 32 pts, angina pectoris in 69 pts and atypical chest pain in 16 pts. Tests were performed in random sequence, in 3 different days, within 5 day period under identical therapy. All patients underwent coronary angiography. Results Significant coronary artery disease (CAD; ≥50% diameter stenosis was present in 69 pts (57 pts 1-vessel CAD, 12 multivessel CAD and absent in 48 pts. Sensitivity (Sn was 96%, 93% and 90%, whereas specificity (Sp was 92%, 92% and 87% for Dobatro, Dipatro and Ex, respectively (p = ns. Concomitant beta blocker therapy did not influence peak rate-pressure product and Sn of Dobatro and Dipatro (p = ns. Conclusion When state-of-the-art protocols are used, dipyridamole and dobutamine stress echocardiography have comparable and high diagnostic accuracy, similar to maximal post-exercise treadmill stress echocardiography.

  10. Stress echocardiography for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease: an evidence-based analysis.

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    In July 2009, the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) began work on Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), an evidence-based review of the literature surrounding different cardiac imaging modalities to ensure that appropriate technologies are accessed by patients suspected of having CAD. This project came about when the Health Services Branch at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care asked MAS to provide an evidentiary platform on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of non-invasive cardiac imaging modalities.After an initial review of the strategy and consultation with experts, MAS identified five key non-invasive cardiac imaging technologies for the diagnosis of CAD. Evidence-based analyses have been prepared for each of these five imaging modalities: cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, single photon emission computed tomography, 64-slice computed tomographic angiography, stress echocardiography, and stress echocardiography with contrast. For each technology, an economic analysis was also completed (where appropriate). A summary decision analytic model was then developed to encapsulate the data from each of these reports (available on the OHTAC and MAS website).The Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease series is made up of the following reports, which can be publicly accessed at the MAS website at: www.health.gov.on.ca/mas">www.health.gov.on.ca/mas or at www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/mas/mas_about.htmlSINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: An Evidence-Based AnalysisSTRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: An Evidence-Based AnalysisSTRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY WITH CONTRAST FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: An Evidence-Based Analysis64-Slice Computed Tomographic Angiography for the Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease: An Evidence-Based Analysis

  11. Routine Cine-CMR for Prosthesis Associated Mitral Regurgitation – A Multicenter Comparison to Echocardiography

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    Simprini, Lauren A.; Afroz, Anika; Cooper, Mitchell A.; Klem, Igor; Jensen, Christoph; Kim, Raymond J.; Srichai, Monvadi B.; Heitner, John F.; Sood, Michael; Chandy, Elizabeth; Shah, Dipan J.; Lopez-Mattei, Juan; Biederman, Robert W.; Grizzard, John D.; Fuisz, Anthon; Ghafourian, Kambiz; Farzaneh-Far, Afshin; Weinsaft, Jonathan

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    Background/Aim MR is an important complication after PMV. Transthoracic echocardiography is widely used to screen for native MR, but can be limited with PMV. Cine-CMR holds potential to non-invasively assess regurgitant severity based on MR-induced inter-voxel dephasing. This study evaluated routine cine-CMR for visual assessment of prosthetic mitral valve (PMV) associated mitral regurgitation (MR). Methods Routine cine-CMR was performed at 9 sites. A uniform protocol was used to grade MR based on jet size in relation to the left atrium (mild 2/3): MR was graded in each long axis orientation, with overall severity based on cumulative grade. Cine-CMR was also scored for MR density and pulmonary vein systolic flow reversal (PSFR). Visual interpretation was compared to quantitative analysis in a single center (derivation) cohort, and to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in a multicenter (validation) cohort. Results The population comprised 85 PMV patients (59% mechanical, 41% bioprosthetic). Among the derivation cohort (n=25), quantitative indices paralleled visual scores, with stepwise increases in jet size and density in relation to visually graded MR severity (both p=0.001): Patients with severe MR had nearly a 3-fold increase in quantitative jet area (p=0.002), and 2-fold increase in density (p=0.04) than did others. Among the multicenter cohort, cine-CMR and TEE (Δ=2±3 days) demonstrated moderate agreement (κ=0.44); 64% of discordances differed by ≤ 1 grade (Δ=1.2±0.5). Using a TEE reference, cine-CMR yielded excellent diagnostic performance for severe MR (sensitivity, negative predictive value=100%). Patients with visually graded severe MR also had more frequent PVSFR (pcine-CMR. Conclusions Cine-CMR is useful for assessment of PMV-associated MR, which manifests concordant quantitative and qualitative changes in size and density of inter-voxel dephasing. Visual MR assessment based on jet size provides an accurate non-invasive means of screening for

  12. Routine cine-CMR for prosthesis-associated mitral regurgitation: a multicenter comparison to echocardiography.

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    Simprini, Lauren A; Afroz, Anika; Cooper, Mitchell A; Klem, Igor; Jensen, Christoph; Kim, Raymond J; Srichai, Monvadi B; Heitner, John F; Sood, Michael; Chandy, Elizabeth; Shah, Dipan J; Lopez-Mattei, Juan; Biederman, Robert W; Grizzard, John D; Fuisz, Anthon; Ghafourian, Kambiz; Farzaneh-Far, Afshin; Weinsaft, Jonathan

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    Mitral regurgitation (MR) is an important complication after prosthetic mitral valve (PMV) implantation. Transthoracic echocardiography is widely used to screen for native MR, but can be limited with PMV. Cine-cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) holds the potential for the non-invasive assessment of regurgitant severity based on MR-induced inter-voxel dephasing. The study aim was to evaluate routine cine-CMR for the visual assessment of PMV-associated MR. Routine cine-CMR was performed at nine sites. A uniform protocol was used to grade MR based on jet size in relation to the left atrium (mild 2/3). MR was graded in each long-axis orientation, with overall severity based on cumulative grade. Cine-CMR was also scored for MR density and pulmonary vein systolic flow reversal (PVSFR). Visual interpretation was compared to quantitative analysis in a single-center (derivation) cohort, and to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in a multicenter (validation) cohort. The population comprised 85 PMV patients (59% mechanical valves, 41% bioprostheses). Among the derivation cohort (n = 25), quantitative indices paralleled visual scores, with stepwise increases in jet size and density in relation to visually graded MR severity (both p = 0.001). Patients with severe MR had an almost three-fold increase in quantitative jet area (p = 0.002), and a two-fold increase in density (p = 0.04) than did other patients. Among the multicenter cohort, cine-CMR and TEE (Δ =. 2 ± 3 days) demonstrated moderate agreement (κ = 0.44); 64% of discordances differed by ≤ 1 grade (Δ = 1.2 ± 0.5). Using a TEE reference, cine-CMR yielded excellent diagnostic performance for severe MR (sensitivity, negative predictive value = 100%). Patients with visually graded severe MR also had more frequent PVSFR (p cine-CMR. Cine-CMR is useful for the assessment of PMV-associated MR, which manifests concordant quantitative and qualitative changes in size and density of inter-voxel dephasing. Visual MR

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

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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

  14. Prognostic significance of sinus deceleration during dobutamine stress echocardiography test following acute myocardial infarction

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    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Chronotropic incompetence during exercise stress testing after acute myocardial infarction is an indicator of ischemia or impaired left ventricular function. On the other side, infusion of dobutamine leads to a typical dose-dependent increase in heart rate. The aim of this study was to evaluate of paradoxical sinus deceleration during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE, as the sign of ischemia and impaired left ventricular function, or the consequence of infarction localization, and the estimation of prognostic significance after acute myocardial infarction. Methods. Our investigation comprised 81 patients hospitalized because of the acute myocardial infarction, and all of them had uncomplicated infarction. Fifty five patients were treated with thrombolytic therapy (67.9%; 53 patients (65.4% had anterior myocardial infarction, and 28 patients (34.6% had inferoposterior localization of myocardial infarction. After 10-12 days all of them underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography examination. During the next 3-6 months, the patients underwent coronary angiography. The average follow-up period was 36±22 months. Results. A decrease in heart rate occurred at the dobutamine doses increasing from 15-40mcg/kg/min in 9 (11.1% of the patients, in 1 patient with an anterior localization and in 8 patients with an inferoposterior localization. The decrease was sudden in 4 (44.4%, and gradual in 5 (55.6% of the patients. In 3 patients (33.3% junction rhythm was developed, and in 2 patients (22.2% AV block II-III. Only in 2 of them, there was a worsening of regional function during a high dose dobutamine infusion, but 7 of them showed an improvement during a low dose. In 7 (77.8% of the patients there was a simultaneous decrease in blood pressure. Coronary angiographic examination showed that in 4 (44.4% of the patients there was a significant coronary artery disease and they underwent the revascularization procedure. During the follow

  15. [To the potential use of alcoholic cardiomyopathy echocardiography assessment of forming].

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    Kryzhanovskiĭ, S A; Kolik, L G; Tsorin, I B; Ionova, E O; Stoliaruk, V N; Vititnova, M B; Nadorova, A V; Seredenin, S B

    2014-01-01

    Chronic alcohol abuse leads not only to a significant human psychic and social degradation, but also promotes the alcoholic cardiomyopathy formation, that is one of the leading causes of high mortality of alcoholics. However, to date in clinic there are no unified approaches in the prevention and treatment of alcoholic cardiomyopathy, first of all, due to the lack of the adequate model in the experimental pharmacology, which can assess the stages of formation of alcoholic cardiomyopathy objective and in real time, and thus create the basis for the search and study the mechanisms of action of drugs for the treatment of this serious disease. Studing the possibility of echocardiography using in experiments with rats exposed to prolonged forced alcoholism is one of the approaches to solve this problem. It was shown that the significant changes of intracardiac echocardiography hemodynamics corresponding to the known from the clinic, begining to form from the 20th week of systematic consumption of alcohol by rats. At this time interval the reduction in inotropic function of the heart in alcoholized rats compared to control is observed: fraction shortening (FS) is 41.9% (40.3-42.2) and 51.3% (48.8-59.1) respectively, and ejection fraction (EF) 78.8 (77.4-79.2) and 87.5% (84.6-92.4) respectively, p = 0.0215. The dilated heart failure develops in the rats from the 24 week of regular alcohol consumption, as evidenced not only by dynamic reducing of FS and FV, but also by the dilatation ofthe heart. For example, the end-systolic size of the left ventricle in animals consuming alcohol compared with control increased more than 2 times (4.31 mm (3.80-4.41) and 2.0 mm (1.85-2.36); p = 0.0008, and the end-diastolic dimension was 5.95 mm (5.13-6.37) and 4.52 mm (3.85-4.90) respectively; p = 0.0171. Thus, the echocardiographic picture characteristic for alcoholic dilated cardiomyopathy is formed by the end of the 24th week of chronic alcoholiation.

  16. Ecocardiografia sob estresse em coronariopatia Stress echocardiography in coronary artery disease

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    Joselina Luzia Menezes Oliveira

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    Full Text Available A ecodopplercardiografia é uma metodologia simples, rápida e não invasiva para identificar anormalidades regional e global da função do ventrículo esquerdo, podendo ser considerado o método não invasivo de maior aplicabilidade dentro das técnicas de imagem. A ecocardiografia sob estresse é utilizada para diagnóstico, estratificação de risco, prognóstico e avaliação da viabilidade miocárdica na doença arterial coronariana. Várias são as formas de se submeter o coração ao estresse para o estudo ecocardiográfico. Para indivíduos com capacidade física preservada, utiliza-se o teste com esteira ou bicicleta e para aqueles sem condições de se exercitar, são usados os testes farmacológicos. Apesar da boa acurácia diagnóstica e do valor prognóstico com os dois métodos já referidos, novas técnicas vêm sendo estudadas, como a utilização do contraste ecocardiográfico com microbolhas para avaliação das bordas do endocárdio e o estudo da perfusão miocárdica.Doppler echocardiography is a simple, fast and non-invasive method to identify abnormal regional and global left ventricular function. One could consider this non-invasive method to be the best approach within imaging techniques. Stress echocardiography techniques are used for the diagnosis, risk stratification, prognosis and the study of myocardial viability in the ischemic heart disease. There are many ways to subject the heart to stress for echocardiographic studies. For physically fit patients exercise stress testing using a treadmill or bicycle is unemployed and patients who are unable to exercise undergo pharmacological tests. Although accurate diagnosis and a high prognosis value are achivied with both methods, there are new techniques under study, including the utilization of echocardiographic contrast with microbubbles for endocardial edge evaluation and for myocardial perfusion studies.

  17. Making three-dimensional echocardiography more tangible: a workflow for three-dimensional printing with echocardiographic data

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    Azad Mashari MD

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    Full Text Available Three-dimensional (3D printing is a rapidly evolving technology with several potential applications in the diagnosis and management of cardiac disease. Recently, 3D printing (i.e. rapid prototyping derived from 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE has become possible. Due to the multiple steps involved and the specific equipment required for each step, it might be difficult to start implementing echocardiography-derived 3D printing in a clinical setting. In this review, we provide an overview of this process, including its logistics and organization of tools and materials, 3D TEE image acquisition strategies, data export, format conversion, segmentation, and printing. Generation of patient-specific models of cardiac anatomy from echocardiographic data is a feasible, practical application of 3D printing technology.

  18. Ligation or distortion of the right circumflex artery during minimal invasive mitral valve repair detected by transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Ender, Joerg; Gummert, Jan; Fassl, Jens; Krohmer, Eugen; Bossert, Thorsten; Mohr, Friedrich W

    2008-04-01

    A 43-year-old male patient undergoing mitral valve repair because of severe mitral regurgitation as a result of P2 prolapse was treated with insertion of neochords and a 36 Carpentier-Edwards physio-ring. After weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass, S-T elevation in leads II, III, and aVF occurred. On transesophageal echocardiography an occlusion or distortion of the circumflex artery by ring sutures was suggested, because coronary flow was no longer detected by color Doppler. Despite stable hemodynamics an angiogram was performed, which confirmed the diagnosis of stenosis of the circumflex artery. During reoperation 4 sutures placed at the P1 segment of the mitral valve annuloplasty were corrected. Transesophageal echocardiography could detect a good flow of the circumflex artery and the electrocardiographic changes disappeared.

  19. Usage of echocardiography with physical loads for diagnosis of myocardial contractile reserve of the left ventricle in athletes

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    Nekhanevich O.B.

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    Full Text Available The work purpose was studying of myocardial contractile reserve of the left ventricle and cardiohemodynamics infringements character under the influence of physical loads in athletes with functional insufficiency of mitral valve according to stress-echocardiography. We examined 72 athletes the aged 9 to 40 years with functional mitral valve insufficiency and normal systolic function of the heart at rest by echo ECG data. Possibility of stress echocardiography with physical loads usage to diagnose decrease of myocardial contractile reserve of the heart left ventricle was proved. It was found that increase in hemodynamic load during physical exercise leads to the disruption of adaptation and manifestation of systolic dysfunction in athletes with I and II degrees of mitral valve regurgitation. This should be considered when constructing training-competitive loads among athletes in terms of prevention of acute physical overloading.

  20. Evaluation of myocardial deformation in patients with Kawasaki disease using speckle-tracking echocardiography during mid-term follow-up.

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    Dedeoglu, Reyhan; Barut, Kenan; Oztunc, Funda; Atik, Sezen; Adrovic, Amra; Sahin, Sezgin; Cengiz, Dicle; Kasapcopur, Ozgur

    2017-04-05

    Speckle-tracking echocardiography is a recently developed technique for the evaluation of myocardial deformation or strain. Our objective was to examine strain through a mid-term follow-up of patients with Kawasaki disease.

  1. Ratio of left ventricular peak E-wave velocity to flow propagation velocity assessed by color M-mode Doppler echocardiography in first myocardial infarction

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    Møller, J E; Søndergaard, E; Seward, J B;

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To determine the ability of the ratio of peak E-wave velocity to flow propagation velocity (E/Vp) measured with color M-mode Doppler echocardiography to predict in-hospital heart failure and cardiac mortality in an unselected consecutive population with first myocardial infarction (MI......). BACKGROUND: Several experimental studies indicate color M-mode echocardiography to be a valuable tool in the evaluation of diastolic function, but data regarding the clinical value are lacking. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed within 24 h of arrival at the coronary care unit in 110 consecutive...... or =1.5 measured with color M-mode echocardiography is a strong predictor of in-hospital heart failure. Furthermore, E/Vp is superior to systolic measurements in predicting 35 day survival although Dt

  2. Dyssynchrony by speckle-tracking echocardiography and response to cardiac resynchronization therapy: results of the Speckle Tracking and Resynchronization (STAR) study

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    Tanaka, Hidekazu; Nesser, Hans-Joachim; Buck, Thomas; Oyenuga, Olusegun; Jánosi, Rolf Alexander; Winter, Siegmund; Saba, Samir; Gorcsan, 3rd, John

    2010-01-01

    The Speckle Tracking and Resynchronization (STAR) study used a prospective multi-centre design to test the hypothesis that speckle-tracking echocardiography can predict response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT...

  3. Noninvasive stratification of postinfarction rats based on the degree of cardiac dysfunction using magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography.

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    Aronsen, Jan Magnus; Espe, Emil Knut Stenersen; Skårdal, Kristine; Hasic, Almira; Zhang, Lili; Sjaastad, Ivar

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    The myocardial infarction (MI) rat model plays a crucial role in modern cardiovascular research, but the inherent heterogeneity of this model represents a challenge. We sought to identify subgroups among the post-MI rats and establish simple noninvasive stratification protocols for such subgroups. Six weeks after induction of MI, 49 rats underwent noninvasive examinations using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography. Twelve sham-operated rats served as controls. Increased end-diastolic left ventricular (LV) pressure and lung weight served as indicators for congestive heart failure (CHF). A clustering algorithm using 13 noninvasive and invasive parameters was used to identify distinct groups among the animals. The cluster analysis revealed four distinct post-MI phenotypes; two without congestion but with different degree of LV dilatation, and two with different degree of congestion and right ventricular (RV) affection. Among the MRI parameters, RV mass emerged as robust noninvasive marker of CHF with 100% specificity/sensitivity. Moreover, LV infarct size and RV ejection fraction further predicted subgroup among the non-CHF and CHF rats with excellent specificity/sensitivity. Of the echocardiography parameters, left atrial diameter predicted CHF. Moreover, LV end-diastolic diameter predicted the subgroups among the non-CHF rats. We propose two simple noninvasive schemes to stratify post-MI rats, based on the degree of heart failure; one for MRI and one for echocardiography.NEW & NOTEWORTHY In vivo phenotyping of rats is essential for robust and reliable data. Here, we present two simple noninvasive schemes for the stratification of postinfarction rats based on the degree of heart failure: one using magnetic resonance imaging and one based on echocardiography. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  4. Additional value of three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography for patients with mitral valve stenosis undergoing balloon valvuloplasty.

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    Langerveld, Jorina; Valocik, Gabriel; Plokker, H W Thijs; Ernst, Sjef M P G; Mannaerts, Herman F J; Kelder, Johannes C; Kamp, Otto; Jaarsma, Wybren

    2003-08-01

    The objective of this study was to validate the additional value of 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for patients with mitral valve stenosis undergoing percutaneous mitral balloon valvotomy (PTMV). Therefore, in a series of 21 patients with severe mitral valve stenosis selected for PTMV, 3D TEE was performed before and after PTMV. The mitral valve area was assessed by planimetry pre- and post-PTMV; the mitral valve volume was assessed and attention was paid to the amount of fusion of the commissures. These results were compared with findings by 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography using pressure half-time method for assessment of mitral valve area, and were analyzed for the prediction of successful outcome. Pre-PTMV the mitral valve area assessed by 3D TEE was 1.0 +/- 0.3 cm(2) vs 1.2 +/- 0.4 cm(2) assessed by 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (P =.03) and post-PTMV it was 1.8 +/- 0.5 cm(2) vs 1.9 +/- 0.6 cm(2) (not significant), respectively. The mitral valve volume could be assessed by 3D TEE (mean 2.4 +/- 2.5 cm(3)) and was inversely correlated to a successful PTMV procedure (P <.001). The 3D TEE method enabled a better description of the mitral valvular anatomy, especially post-PTMV. We conclude that 3D TEE will have additional value over 2-dimensional echocardiography in this group of patients, for selection of patients pre-PTMV, and for analyzing pathology of the mitral valve afterward.

  5. Endoscopic Ultrasound for the Detection of Left Atrial Appendage Thrombus: A Useful Technique in Patients with Transesophageal Echocardiography Contraindication

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    Endoscopic ultrasound is a diagnostic and therapeutic technique used in specialized centers for patients that have undergone digestive procedures. This technique enables highly precise real-time imaging of the digestive tract wall and surrounding organs. Endoscopic ultrasound is also useful in patients with cardiovascular diseases such as atrial fibrillation. In patients with contraindication for transesophageal echocardiography due to high risk of esophageal bleeding or complications that ma...

  6. Optimal Analysis of Left Atrial Strain by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography: P-wave versus R-wave Trigger.

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    Hayashi, Shuji; Yamada, Hirotsugu; Bando, Mika; Saijo, Yoshihito; Nishio, Susumu; Hirata, Yukina; Klein, Allan L; Sata, Masataka

    2015-08-01

    Left atrial (LA) strain analysis using speckle tracking echocardiography is useful for assessing LA function. However, there is no established procedure for this method. Most investigators have determined the electrocardiographic R-wave peak as the starting point for LA strain analysis. To test our hypothesis that P-wave onset should be used as the starting point, we measured LA strain using 2 different starting points and compared the strain values with the corresponding LA volume indices obtained by three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. We enrolled 78 subjects (61 ± 17 years, 25 males) with and without various cardiac diseases in this study and assessed global longitudinal LA strain by two-dimensional speckle tracking strain echocardiography using EchoPac software. We used either R-wave peak or P-wave onset as the starting point for determining LA strains during the reservoir (Rres, Pres), conduit (Rcon, Pcon), and booster pump (Rpump, Ppump) phases. We determined the maximum, minimum, and preatrial contraction LA volumes, and calculated the LA total, passive, and active emptying fractions using 3D echocardiography. The correlation between Pres and LA total emptying fraction was better than the correlation between Rres and LA total emptying fraction (r = 0.458 vs. 0.308, P = 0.026). Pcon and Ppump exhibited better correlation with the corresponding 3D echocardiographic parameters than Rcon (r = 0.560 vs. 0.479, P = 0.133) and Rpump (r = 0.577 vs. 0.345, P = 0.003), respectively. LA strain in any phase should be analyzed using P-wave onset as the starting point rather than R-wave peak. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Evaluation of right ventricular volume and function by 2D and 3D echocardiography compared to MRI

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    Kjaergaard, Jesper; Petersen, Claus Leth; Kjaer, Andreas;

    2005-01-01

    AIMS: Radionuclide techniques, and recently MRI, have been used for clinical evaluation of right ventricular (RV) volumes function (RVEF) and volumes; but with the introduction of 3D echocardiography, new echocardiographic possibilities for RV evaluation independent of geometrical assumptions have...... emerged. This study compared classic and new echocardiographic and radionuclide estimates, including gated blood pool single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) of RV size and function to RV volumes, and ejection fraction (RVEF) measured by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS AND RESULTS...

  8. Accuracy of 3-Dimensional Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Assessment of Prosthetic Mitral Valve Dehiscence with Comparison to Anatomical Specimens

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    Brown, Martin R.; Javorsky, George; Platts, David G.

    2010-01-01

    The evolution of echocardiography from 2-Dimensional Transthoracic Echo through to real time 3-Dimensional Transoesophageal Echo has enabled more accurate visualisation and quantification of valvular disorders especially prosthetic mitral valve paravalvular regurgitation. However, validation of accuracy is rarely confirmed by surgical or post-mortem specimens. We present a case directly comparing different echocardiographic modality images to post mortem specimens in a patient with prosthetic mitral valve paravalvular regurgitation. PMID:20886015

  9. Prediction of Left Ventricular Filling Pressure by 3-Dimensional Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Ma, Hong; Xie, Rong-Ai; Gao, Li-Jian; Zhang, Jin-Ping; Wu, Wei-Chun; Wang, Hao

    2015-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of 3-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography for estimating left ventricular filling pressure in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. Altogether, 84 patients with CAD and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy control participants in sinus rhythm were recruited prospectively. All participants underwent conventional and 3D speckle-tracking echocardiography. Global strain values were automatically calculated by 3D speckle-tracking analysis. The left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) was determined invasively by left heart catheterization. Echocardiography and cardiac catheterization were performed within 24 hours. Compared with the controls, patients with CAD showed lower global longitudinal strain, global circumferential strain, global area strain, and global radial strain. Patients with CAD who had an elevated LVEDP had much lower levels of all 4 3D-speckle-tracking echocardiographic variables. Pearson correlation analysis revealed that the LVEDP correlated positively with the early transmitral flow velocity/early diastolic myocardial velocity (E/E') ratio, global longitudinal strain, global circumferential strain, and global area strain. It correlated negatively with global radial strain. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that these 3D speckle-tracking echocardiographic indices could effectively predict elevated left ventricular filling pressure (LVEDP >15 mm Hg) in patients with CAD (areas under the curve: global longitudinal strain, 0.78; global radial strain, 0.77; global circumferential strain, 0.75; and global area strain, 0.74). These parameters, however, showed no advantages over the commonly used E/E' ratio (area under the curve, 0.84). Three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography was a practical technique for predicting elevated left ventricular filling pressure, but it might not be

  10. Performance of two-dimensional Doppler echocardiography for the assessment of infarct size and left ventricular function in rats

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    Nozawa E.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Although echocardiography has been used in rats, few studies have determined its efficacy for estimating myocardial infarct size. Our objective was to estimate the myocardial infarct size, and to evaluate anatomic and functional variables of the left ventricle. Myocardial infarction was produced in 43 female Wistar rats by ligature of the left coronary artery. Echocardiography was performed 5 weeks later to measure left ventricular diameter and transverse area (mean of 3 transverse planes, infarct size (percentage of the arc with infarct on 3 transverse planes, systolic function by the change in fractional area, and diastolic function by mitral inflow parameters. The histologic measurement of myocardial infarction size was similar to the echocardiographic method. Myocardial infarct size ranged from 4.8 to 66.6% when determined by histology and from 5 to 69.8% when determined by echocardiography, with good correlation (r = 0.88; P < 0.05; Pearson correlation coefficient. Left ventricular diameter and mean diastolic transverse area correlated with myocardial infarct size by histology (r = 0.57 and r = 0.78; P < 0.0005. The fractional area change ranged from 28.5 ± 5.6 (large-size myocardial infarction to 53.1 ± 1.5% (control and correlated with myocardial infarct size by echocardiography (r = -0.87; P < 0.00001 and histology (r = -0.78; P < 00001. The E/A wave ratio of mitral inflow velocity for animals with large-size myocardial infarction (5.6 ± 2.7 was significantly higher than for all others (control: 1.9 ± 0.1; small-size myocardial infarction: 1.9 ± 0.4; moderate-size myocardial infarction: 2.8 ± 2.3. There was good agreement between echocardiographic and histologic estimates of myocardial infarct size in rats.

  11. Rats with high left ventricular end-diastolic pressure can be identified by Doppler echocardiography one week after myocardial infarction

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    R.M. Saraiva; Kanashiro-Takeuchi,R.M.; E.L. Antonio; Campos, O; P.J.F. Tucci; Moisés,V.A.

    2007-01-01

    The severity of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in rats with myocardial infarction (MI) varies widely. Because homogeneity in baseline parameters is essential for experimental investigations, a study was conducted to establish whether Doppler echocardiography (DE) could accurately identify animals with high LV end-diastolic pressure as a marker of LV dysfunction soon after MI. Direct measurements of LV end-diastolic pressure were made and DE was performed simultaneously 1 week after surgica...

  12. Role of transesophageal echocardiography in percutaneous aortic valve replacement with the CoreValve Revalving system.

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    Berry, Colin; Oukerraj, Latifa; Asgar, Anita; Lamarche, Yoan; Marcheix, Bertrand; Denault, André Y; Laborde, Jean-Claude; Cartier, Raymond; Ducharme, Anique; Bonan, Raoul; Basmadjian, Arsène J

    2008-09-01

    Percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR) is an emerging therapy for nonsurgical patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS). We examined the role of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in PAVR. TEE was used initially to assess the native valve and aortic root, and served as a guide during PAVR. Following prosthetic valve deployment, TEE was used to assess valve function. Eleven patients aged 82 +/- 10 years with NYHA III-IV underwent PAVR. Periprocedural TEE gave immediate information on prosthetic position and function, LV function, mitral regurgitation, pericardium, and thoracic aorta anatomy. There was excellent visual agreement between fluoroscopic and TEE images of prosthetic positioning and deployment. TEE facilitated the detection and management of procedure-related complications. Compared with pre-PAVR, AV area (0.56 +/- 0.19 cm(2) vs. 1.3 +/- 0.4 cm(2); P < 0.001) and LVEF (49 +/- 17% vs. 56 +/- 11%; P < 0.001) increased. TEE provides key anatomical and functional information, and serves as a diagnostic guide for complications, which may arise during PAVR.

  13. M-mode echocardiography in normal children and adolescents: some new perspectives.

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    Lester, L A; Sodt, P C; Hutcheon, N; Arcilla, R A

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    Normal M-mode echocardiography values were determined using computer-assisted measurements of echocardiograms (ECHO) in 202 children and young adults 25 days to 23 years of age: 77 were female, and 125 were male and, reflecting the population served by our Center, 99 were black and 103 were white children. The values for left and right heart wall thicknesses and chamber sizes were graphically displayed as a function of body surface area, and with an illustration of the regression line and 2 standard deviation (SD) range of normal for each parameter. In addition, normal ECHO predicting equations for dimension and function parameters were derived using multiple linear regression analysis with age, height, weight, sex, race, and heart rate as independent variables. A comparison was made between the observed data and the data derived from the normal predicting equations for each of the parameters. Also, values obtained from these equations were compared to data generated from other published normal predicting equations. A description of the digitizer measurements, computer interfacing, and a sample ECHO report form utilizing the predicted normal ranges for each of the parameters is presented. We propose that quantitative M-mode echocardiographic reporting should be easily accessible to all pediatric cardiology laboratories.

  14. Evaluation of the left ventricular reserve by dynamic exercise echocardiography after surgery for valvular heart diseases.

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    Sano,shunji

    1989-08-01

    Full Text Available Dynamic ergometer exercise in a supine position was applied to 64 patients more than 1 year after valvular heart surgery, and the left ventricular reserve was evaluated echocardiographically. The left ventricular reserve declined in the mitral stenosis-mitral valve replacement group, while it was better maintained in the mitral stenosis-mitral commissurotomy, aortic regurgitation and aortic stenosis groups. The patients were divided into 3 groups depending on whether the percentage increase during exercise of stroke index, an index of left ventricular pump function, increased, unchanged, or decreased. The percentage increase of mean velocity of circumferential fibre shortening (y and that of left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (x during exercise were plotted for each group. The increased group was isolated from the unchanged group by the line of y = -5.02x + 30.1; the unchanged group was isolated from the decreased group by that of y = -5.68x-10.0, and the increased and unchanged groups were clearly isolated from the decreased group by that of y = -6.86x-4.76. We conclude that dynamic ergometer exercise echocardiography is useful for evaluating the left ventricular reserve of postoperative patients with valvular heart disease. It was also thought that the subclinical state of cardiac failure can be effectively detected by the present method.

  15. Evaluation of the Severity of Mitral Valvular Regurgitation with Doppler Echocardiography Using Proximal Flow Convergence Method

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    Pinjari A. Khayum

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    Full Text Available Problem statement: Valvular regurgitation is recognized as the central cause of morbidity and mortality. Even though the clinician can detect the presence of regurgitation by mere physical examination; diagnostic methods become inevitable while estimating the severity of valvular regurgitation and in the transformation of cardiac chambers as in reaction to the volume overload condition. Lately, a promising new technology, the Echocardiography with Doppler is found to facilitate the non-invasive recognition and assessment of the severity and etiology of valvular regurgitation. Accurate measurements of regurgitant volume in patients is of utmost importance since it aids in the estimation of the progression of the disease which in turn is vital for determining the optimal time for surgical repair or replacement. Approach: Color space conversion and anisotropic diffusion segmentation techniques are utilized in this study for the pre-processing stage of the quantification of mitral regurgitation. Flow field measurements are carried out with the aid of proximal flow convergence method. Results: A calculated value of flow rate, regurgitant orifice area, regurgitant fraction and the regurgitant volume for a regurgitant orifice in the cardiovascular system are obtained from the potential Color Doppler visualization of the flow convergence region. Conclusion: The research proposed provides a significant assessment of the echocardiographic and Doppler techniques employed in the evaluation of mitral valvular regurgitation in the patients. Additionally it also proffers the estimation of mildness, severity and eccentricity of mitral valvular regurgitation on basis of the scientific literature and a consensus of a panel of experts.

  16. Front-end receiver electronics for a matrix transducer for 3-D transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Yu, Zili; Blaak, Sandra; Chang, Zu-yao; Yao, Jiajian; Bosch, Johan G; Prins, Christian; Lancée, Charles T; de Jong, Nico; Pertijs, Michiel A P; Meijer, Gerard C M

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    There is a clear clinical need for creating 3-D images of the heart. One promising technique is the use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). To enable 3-D TEE, we are developing a miniature ultrasound probe containing a matrix piezoelectric transducer with more than 2000 elements. Because a gastroscopic tube cannot accommodate the cables needed to connect all transducer elements directly to an imaging system, a major challenge is to locally reduce the number of channels, while maintaining a sufficient signal-to-noise ratio. This can be achieved by using front-end receiver electronics bonded to the transducers to provide appropriate signal conditioning in the tip of the probe. This paper presents the design of such electronics, realizing time-gain compensation (TGC) and micro-beamforming using simple, low-power circuits. Prototypes of TGC amplifiers and micro-beamforming cells have been fabricated in 0.35-μm CMOS technology. These prototype chips have been combined on a printed circuit board (PCB) to form an ultrasound-receiver system capable of reading and combining the signals of three transducer elements. Experimental results show that this design is a suitable candidate for 3-D TEE.

  17. Echocardiography to magnetic resonance image registration for use in image-guided cardiac catheterization procedures

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    Ma Yingliang; Penney, Graeme P; Razavi, Reza; Rhode, Kawal S [Division of Imaging Sciences, King' s College, London SE1 7EH (United Kingdom); Rinaldi, C Aldo; Cooklin, Mike [Department of Cardiology, Guy' s and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, SE1 7EH (United Kingdom)], E-mail: y.ma@kcl.ac.uk

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    We present a robust method to register three-dimensional echocardiography (echo) images to magnetic resonance images (MRI) based on anatomical features, which is designed to be used in the registration pipeline for overlaying MRI-derived roadmaps onto two-dimensional live x-ray images during cardiac catheterization procedures. The features used in image registration are the endocardial surface of the left ventricle and the centre line of the descending aorta. The MR-derived left ventricle surface is generated using a fully automated algorithm, and the echo-derived left ventricle surface is produced using a semi-automatic segmentation method provided by the QLab software (Philips Healthcare) that it is routinely used in clinical practice. We test our method on data from six volunteers and four patients. We validated registration accuracy using two methods: the first calculated a root mean square distance error using expert identified anatomical landmarks, and the second method used catheters as landmarks in two clinical electrophysiology procedures. Results show a mean error of 4.1 mm, which is acceptable for our clinical application, and no failed registrations were observed. In addition, our algorithm works on clinical data, is fast and only requires a small amount of manual input, and so it is applicable for use during cardiac catheterization procedures.

  18. Outpatient transesophageal echocardiography with intravenous propofol anesthesia in children and adolescents.

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    Marcus, B; Steward, D J; Khan, N R; Scott, E B; Scott, G M; Gardner, A J; Wong, P C

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    Outpatient transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed in 10 children and adolescents (aged 3 to 19.5 years, mean 13.5 years; weight 12 to 91 kg, mean 49 kg), including two with Down's syndrome and one with autism, for diagnostic evaluation of issues unresolved by transthoracic echo examination (TTE). Issues for TEE: evaluation for atrial septal defect (two patients); anatomy of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (one patient); aortic valve anatomy before valvuloplasty for insufficiency (one patient); evaluation for cause of cyanosis after Fontan operation (one patient); determination of source of high-velocity intracardiac turbulence after atrioventricular septal defect repair (one patient); rule out cardiac embolic source in patient with stroke (one patient); evaluate prosthetic valve function and rule out thrombus (one patient); determination of anatomic relationship of mitral valve to a ventricular septal defect before surgery for complex cyanotic heart disease (one patient); and evaluation for aortic dissection in Marfan's syndrome (one patient). Intravenous propofol anesthesia administered without endotracheal intubation by an anesthesiologist allowed successful outpatient TEE in nine patients; midazolam-conscious sedation was used in one. Outpatient TEE resolved diagnostic issues in all patients without complication, thereby avoiding cardiac catheterization in six patients and supplementing catheterization for preoperative planning in four patients. TEE can be performed safely and effectively with propofol anesthesia in the outpatient setting in carefully selected children and adolescents to provide vital diagnostic information. However, given the invasive nature of the procedure and the use of anesthesia, outpatient pediatric TEE should be used judiciously.

  19. A web based health technology assessment in tele-echocardiography: the experience within an Italian project.

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    Giansanti, Daniele; Morelli, Sandra; Maccioni, Giovanni; Guerriero, Lorenzo; Bedini, Remo; Pepe, Gennaro; Colombo, Cesare; Borghi, Gabriella; Macellari, Velio

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    Due to major advances in the information technology, telemedicine applications are ready for a widespread use. Nonetheless, to allow their diffusion in National Health Care Systems (NHCSs) specific methodologies of health technology assessment (HTA) should be used to assess the standardization, the overall quality, the interoperability, the addressing to legal, economic and cost benefit aspects. One of the limits to the diffusion of the digital tele-echocardiography (T-E) applications in the NHCS lacking of a specific methodology for the HTA. In the present study, a solution offering a structured HTA of T-E products was designed. The methodology assured also the definition of standardized quality levels for the application. The first level represents the minimum level of acceptance; the other levels are accessory levels useful for a more accurate assessment of the product. The methodology showed to be useful to rationalize the process of standardization and has received a high degree of acceptance by the subjects involved in the study.

  20. Pretest probability of a normal echocardiography: validation of a simple and practical algorithm for routine use.

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    Hammoudi, Nadjib; Duprey, Matthieu; Régnier, Philippe; Achkar, Marc; Boubrit, Lila; Preud'homme, Gisèle; Healy-Brucker, Aude; Vignalou, Jean-Baptiste; Pousset, Françoise; Komajda, Michel; Isnard, Richard

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    Management of increased referrals for transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) examinations is a challenge. Patients with normal TTE examinations take less time to explore than those with heart abnormalities. A reliable method for assessing pretest probability of a normal TTE may optimize management of requests. To establish and validate, based on requests for examinations, a simple algorithm for defining pretest probability of a normal TTE. In a retrospective phase, factors associated with normality were investigated and an algorithm was designed. In a prospective phase, patients were classified in accordance with the algorithm as being at high or low probability of having a normal TTE. In the retrospective phase, 42% of 618 examinations were normal. In multivariable analysis, age and absence of cardiac history were associated to normality. Low pretest probability of normal TTE was defined by known cardiac history or, in case of doubt about cardiac history, by age>70 years. In the prospective phase, the prevalences of normality were 72% and 25% in high (n=167) and low (n=241) pretest probability of normality groups, respectively. The mean duration of normal examinations was significantly shorter than abnormal examinations (13.8 ± 9.2 min vs 17.6 ± 11.1 min; P=0.0003). A simple algorithm can classify patients referred for TTE as being at high or low pretest probability of having a normal examination. This algorithm might help to optimize management of requests in routine practice. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Semiautomatic, Quantitative Measurement of Aortic Valve Area Using CTA: Validation and Comparison with Transthoracic Echocardiography

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    V. Tuncay

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The aim of this work was to develop a fast and robust (semiautomatic segmentation technique of the aortic valve area (AVA MDCT datasets. Methods. The algorithm starts with detection and cropping of Sinus of Valsalva on MPR image. The cropped image is then binarized and seed points are manually selected to create an initial contour. The contour moves automatically towards the edge of aortic AVA to obtain a segmentation of the AVA. AVA was segmented semiautomatically and manually by two observers in multiphase cardiac CT scans of 25 patients. Validation of the algorithm was obtained by comparing to Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE. Intra- and interobserver variability were calculated by relative differences. Differences between TTE and MDCT manual and semiautomatic measurements were assessed by Bland-Altman analysis. Time required for manual and semiautomatic segmentations was recorded. Results. Mean differences from TTE were −0.19 (95% CI: −0.74 to 0.34 cm2 for manual and −0.10 (95% CI: −0.45 to 0.25 cm2 for semiautomatic measurements. Intra- and interobserver variability were 8.4 ± 7.1% and 27.6 ± 16.0% for manual, and 5.8 ± 4.5% and 16.8 ± 12.7% for semiautomatic measurements, respectively. Conclusion. Newly developed semiautomatic segmentation provides an accurate, more reproducible, and faster AVA segmentation result.

  2. The continuing challenge of evaluating diastolic function by echocardiography in children: developing concepts and newer modalities.

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    Mawad, Wadi; Friedberg, Mark K

    2017-01-01

    Assessment of diastolic function by echocardiography is challenging but important. Left ventricular filling has been more extensively studied than the right ventricle, and predominantly in adult populations. Although multiple parameters exist to assess diastolic function, they all have limitations, including load and heart rate dependency, which make assessment of diastolic function particularly challenging. The purpose of this article is to review evolving concepts and modalities for echo assessment of diastolic function in children. The paradigm whereby diastolic dysfunction severity progresses in a staged fashion from impaired relaxation to increasing ventricular stiffness, may not apply in children. In addition, previous adult guidelines are not readily applicable to children with cardiomyopathy and the applicability of the newly revised adult guidelines needs to be evaluated in children. It is unlikely that any one single echocardiographic diastolic parameter will adequately reflect diastolic function. Hence, parameters derived from atrioventricular valve inflow, pulmonary venous, and tissue Doppler need to be integrated. Newer modalities such as diastolic strain rate and rotation mechanics may be useful as more sensitive markers of early ventricular dysfunction but have important limitations and require more evaluation before routine use in practice. Assessment of systolic-diastolic coupling may enhance assessment of diastolic function. Diastolic function impacts outcomes and should be part of routine echocardiographic assessment of function. An integrative approach combining different parameters, possibly with contribution of newer modalities in the future, is required.

  3. Manual Skill Acquisition During Transesophageal Echocardiography Simulator Training of Cardiology Fellows: A Kinematic Assessment.

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    Matyal, Robina; Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mitchell, John D; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Hawthorne, Katie M; O'Halloran, David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Phillip E; Mahmood, Feroze

    2015-12-01

    To investigate whether a transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) simulator with motion analysis can be used to impart proficiency in TEE in an integrated curriculum-based model. A prospective cohort study. A tertiary-care university hospital. TEE-naïve cardiology fellows. Participants underwent an 8-session multimodal TEE training program. Manual skills were assessed at the end of sessions 2 and 8 using motion analysis of the TEE simulator's probe. At the end of the course, participants performed an intraoperative TEE; their examinations were video captured, and a blinded investigator evaluated the total time and image transitions needed for each view. Results are reported as mean±standard deviation, or median (interquartile range) where appropriate. Eleven fellows completed the knowledge and kinematic portions of the study. Five participants were excluded from the evaluation in the clinical setting because of interim exposure to TEE or having participated in a TEE rotation after the training course. An increase of 12.95% in post-test knowledge scores was observed. From the start to the end of the course, there was a significant reduction (pcardiology fellows can be complemented with kinematic analyses to objectify acquisition of manual skills during simulator-based training. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Semiautomated biventricular segmentation in three-dimensional echocardiography by coupled deformable surfaces.

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    Bersvendsen, Jørn; Orderud, Fredrik; Lie, Øyvind; Massey, Richard John; Fosså, Kristian; Estépar, Raúl San José; Urheim, Stig; Samset, Eigil

    2017-04-01

    With the advancement of three-dimensional (3-D) real-time echocardiography in recent years, automatic creation of patient specific geometric models is becoming feasible and important in clinical decision making. However, the vast majority of echocardiographic segmentation methods presented in the literature focus on the left ventricle (LV) endocardial border, leaving segmentation of the right ventricle (RV) a largely unexplored problem, despite the increasing recognition of the RV's role in cardiovascular disease. We present a method for coupled segmentation of the endo- and epicardial borders of both the LV and RV in 3-D ultrasound images. To solve the segmentation problem, we propose an extension of a successful state-estimation segmentation framework with a geometrical representation of coupled surfaces, as well as the introduction of myocardial incompressibility to regularize the segmentation. The method was validated against manual measurements and segmentations in images of 16 patients. Mean absolute distances of [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], and [Formula: see text] between the proposed and reference segmentations were observed for the LV endocardium, RV endocardium, and LV epicardium surfaces, respectively. The method was computationally efficient, with a computation time of [Formula: see text].

  5. The impact of a perceptual and adaptive learning module on transoesophageal echocardiography interpretation by anaesthesiology residents.

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    Romito, B T; Krasne, S; Kellman, P J; Dhillon, A

    2016-10-01

    The role of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) in anaesthetic practice is expanding. We evaluated the effect of a TOE perceptual and adaptive learning module (PALM) on first-yr anaesthesiology residents' performance, in diagnosing cardiac pathology by TOE. First-yr residents were assigned to a group (n = 12) that used a TOE PALM or a control group that did not (n = 12). Both groups received a TOE pretest that measured their accuracy and response times. The PALM group completed the PALM and a posttest within 30 min and a delayed test six months later. The control group received a delayed test six months after their pretest. Accuracy and fluency (accurate responses within 10 s) were measured. The PALM group had statistically significant improvements for both accuracy and fluency (P accuracy (P = 0.0002, d = 2.7) and fluency (P accuracy and fluency in diagnosing TOE cardiac pathology, in a group of first-year anaesthesiology residents. PALMs can significantly improve learning and pattern recognition in medical education. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  6. Evaluation of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation following cardiopulmonary bypass assessed by biplane transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Nakao, T; Fujimoto, K; Brodman, R F; Oka, Y

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate pathogenesis and outcome of acute ischemic mitral regurgitation (MR) in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using biplane transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Biplane TEE was continuously monitored in a total of 96 patients who were scheduled for elective CABG surgery. Of 96 patients, 10 with no MR at stages 1 (after anesthetic induction but before skin incision) and 2 (after cardiopulmonary bypass [CPB] and decannulation) were excluded. In the remaining 86 patients with MR between stages 1 and 2, 45 (group A) had an increase in MR, and 41 (group B) had a decrease in MR. An increase in MR at stage 2 in group A was associated with a significant increase in annular diameter (p area (p area (p areas. In 7 patients in group A, MR increased continuously until stage 3 (after sternal closure) despite treatment. In 2 of these 7 patients, pulmonary venous systolic flow (PVSF) decreased during stage 2 and persisted to stage 3. The post operative course of these 2 patients was complicated with atrial fibrillation (AF). The increase in annular diameter and worsening in RWMA in RCA and/or LCX areas are associated with acute ischemic MR following CPB. The majority of acute ischemic MR cases were resolved by pharmacological intervention. Post operative AF was noted in 2 patients with acute ischemic MR associated with persistently decreased PVSF following CPB despite treatment.

  7. Feasibility and Reproducibility of Two-Dimensional Wall Motion Tracking (WMT) in Fetal Echocardiography

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    Enzensberger, Christian; Achterberg, Friederike; Degenhardt, Jan; Wolter, Aline; Graupner, Oliver; Herrmann, Johannes; Axt-Fliedner, Roland

    2017-01-01

    Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively. Based on apical 4-chamber views, cine loops were acquired and digitally stored. Strain analysis was performed offline. Intra- and interobserver variabilities were analyzed. Results A total of 29 healthy fetuses with an echocardiogram performed between 19 and 37 weeks of gestation were included. Analysis was performed with a temporal resolution of 60 frames per second (fps). For both examiners, in all cases Cronbach’s alpha was>0.7. The interobserver variability showed a strong agreement in 50% of the segments (ICC 0.71–0.90). The global strain values for LV and RV were −16.34 and −14.65%, respectively. Segmental strain analysis revealed a basis to apex gradient with the lowest strain values in basal segments and the highest strain values in apical segments. Conclusion The assessment of fetal myocardial deformation parameters by 2D WMT is technically feasible with good reproducibility. PMID:28210715

  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. Incremental Prognostic Value of Stress Echocardiography With Carotid Ultrasound for Suspected CAD.

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    Ahmadvazir, Shahram; Shah, Benoy N; Zacharias, Konstantinos; Senior, Roxy

    2017-04-07

    This study hypothesized that ischemia and atherosclerosis assessment by ultrasound (US) may provide incremental prognostic information in patients with new-onset chest pain who do not have coronary artery disease (CAD). The clinical significance of atherosclerosis assessment by carotid US in patients undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) in such patients is unknown. Consecutive patients with suspected angina but no history of CAD underwent simultaneous SE and US prospectively to assess myocardial ischemia and carotid plaque burden (CPB), respectively. Patients were followed up for major adverse events (MAEs)-all-cause mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and unplanned coronary revascularization. Of 591 recruited patients, 580 (men, 46%; mean age 59 ± 11 years) patients were available for follow-up. SE demonstrated myocardial ischemia in 12%, but prevalence of carotid plaques was 59%. During a mean follow-up of 1,117 ± 361 days, 40 first MAEs occurred. In the multivariable regression model, pre-test probability (PTP) of CAD (p = 0.001), abnormal SE (p CAD and SE; likewise, SE was incremental to PTP-CAD and CPB (p CAD, simultaneous SE (for ischemia) and US (for atherosclerosis) provided incremental prognostic value. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. 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; Fosså, 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.

  11. OPPORTUNITIES OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN DIAGNOSTICS OF HEART LESIONS IN CHILDREN WITH SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

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    Full Text Available Heart lesions in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE are detected in a half of patients, but in most cases it has no clear clinical symptoms and can be revealed only during instrumental diagnostics. 40 children with SLE and 40 conditionally healthy children were examined in this study. The signs of pericardium lesion were detected in 50% of children with SLE, cardiac valves (aortal and mitral — in 23% of patients, hypertrophy of myocardium of left ventricle — in 33%, dilatation of its camera — in 20%, disorders of diastolic function — in 12,5%, and decrease of contractility of myocardium — in 15%. In total, the signs of myocardium lesions were detected in children and adolescents with SLE more frequently, and valvulitis — rarely than in adults (according to literature data. Revealed differences in heart structure may reflect peculiarities of disease in children and adverse effects of immunosuppressive therapy.Key words: children, systemic lupus erythematosus, echocardiography, pericarditis, myocarditis, endocarditis.(Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. – 2010;9(3:43-49

  12. 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). We 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.

  13. Fully automated software for mitral annulus evaluation in chronic mitral regurgitation by 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Aquila, Iolanda; Fernández-Golfín, Covadonga; Rincon, Luis Miguel; González, Ariana; García Martín, Ana; Hinojar, Rocio; Jimenez Nacher, Jose Julio; Indolfi, Ciro; Zamorano, Jose Luis

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    Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for mitral valve (MV) anatomic and functional evaluation. Currently, dedicated MV analysis software has limitations for its use in clinical practice. Thus, we tested here a complete and reproducible evaluation of a new fully automatic software to characterize MV anatomy in different forms of mitral regurgitation (MR) by 3D TEE.Sixty patients were included: 45 with more than moderate MR (28 organic MR [OMR] and 17 functional MR [FMR]) and 15 controls. All patients underwent TEE. 3D MV images obtained using 3D zoom were imported into the new software for automatic analysis. Different MV parameters were obtained and compared. Anatomic and dynamic differences between FMR and OMR were detected. A significant increase in systolic (859.75 vs 801.83 vs 607.78 mm; P = 0.002) and diastolic (1040.60 vs. 1217.83 and 859.74 mm; P software analysis automatically calculates several significant parameters that provide a correct and complete assessment of anatomy and dynamic mitral annulus geometry and displacement in the 3D space. This analysis allows a better characterization of MR pathophysiology and could be useful in designing new devices for MR repair or replacement.

  14. Fluoroscopic balloon-guided transesophageal echocardiography in a patient with Zenker's diverticulum.

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    Fergus, Icilma; Bennett, Edward S; Rogers, David M; Siskind, Steven; Messineo, Frank C

    2004-05-01

    During the past 20 years, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) became an important diagnostic technique. Indications for TEE include: defining the cause and severity of native valve disease, particularly mitral regurgitation; detecting vegetations and other sequelae of endocarditis; assessing prosthetic valve function; and identifying a potential cardiac source for emboli.(1) TEE is usually well tolerated and is associated with few adverse events. However, structural abnormalities of the esophagus such as diverticula, stenoses, tumors, and advanced varices are relative contraindications to TEE because of the technical difficulties associated with probe advancement and the risk of esophageal perforation.(2) This report describes the successful performance of TEE in a patient with a Zenker's diverticulum. The patient was severely symptomatic of atrial fibrillation and was a poor candidate for long-term anticoagulation. Therefore, it was necessary to rule out a thrombus before cardioversion. Because the Zenker's diverticulum was large, a novel approach was taken using a balloon to occlude the orifice allowing safe passage of the TEE probe.

  15. 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.

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    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]; Ppatent 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.

  16. Speckle tracking echocardiography to assess regional ventricular function in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    Saccheri, María Cristina; Cianciulli, Tomás Francisco; Morita, Luis Alberto; Méndez, Ricardo José; Beck, Martín Alejandro; Guerra, Juan Enrique; Cozzarin, Alberto; Puente, Luciana Jimena; Balletti, Lorena Romina; Lax, Jorge Alberto

    2017-01-01

    AIM To explore regional systolic strain of midwall and endocardial segments using speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS We prospectively assessed 20 patients (mean age 53 ± 16 years, range: 18-81 years, 10 were male), with apical HCM. We measured global longitudinal peak systolic strain (GLPSS) in the midwall and endocardium of the left ventricle. RESULTS The diastolic thickness of the 4 apical segments was 16.25 ± 2.75 mm. All patients had a normal global systolic function with a fractional shortening of 50% ± 8%. In spite of supernormal left ventricular (LV) systolic function, midwall GLPSS was decreased in all patients, more in the apical (-7.3% ± -8.8%) than in basal segments (-15.5% ± -6.93%), while endocardial GLPPS was significantly greater and reached normal values (apical: -22.8% ± -7.8%, basal: -17.9% ± -7.5%). CONCLUSION This study shows that two-dimensional strain was decreased mainly confined to the mesocardium, while endocardium myocardial deformation was preserved in HCM and allowed to identify subclinical LV dysfunction. This transmural heterogeneity in systolic strain had not been previously described in HCM and could be explained by the distribution of myofibrillar disarray in deep myocardial areas. The clinical application of this novel finding may help further understanding of the pathophysiology of HCM. PMID:28515855

  17. Evaluation of a second-generation microtransesophageal echocardiography transducer and software.

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    Frank, Lowell H; Chelliah, Anjali; Sable, Craig A

    2014-10-01

    Transesophageal echocardiographic imaging of small infants has been limited because of equipment size. A newer miniaturized transducer has allowed for the imaging of even the smallest patients but has been limited by intermittent poor image quality because of hardware durability. A second generation of the transducer was developed to address this problem. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance and durability of the second-generation transducer over multiple uses and to compare the image quality from the modified transducer and new software preset to the original transducer. Patients undergoing transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) based on clinical indications with the original or second-generation transducers were included in the study. All studies were reviewed for image quality and unacceptable image degradation, which was defined as imaging quality inadequate for clinical use. Study review was performed by two echocardiographers. Using the original transducer, 37 studies were performed with a mean patient weight of 3.46±0.89 kg (range 2.1-5.7). Using the second-generation transducer, 65 studies were performed with a mean patient weight of 4.87±2.05 kg (range 2.2-13.8). Image quality was clinically inadequate in 8 of the 35 studies with the original transducer and in zero with the second generation (Ptransducer allows for effective use of TEE even in the smallest infants and avoids the mechanical failures associated with the first-generation release. © The Author(s) 2014.

  18. 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.

  19. [Echocardiography in the evaluation of cardiac involvement in seronegative spondylo-arthropathies].

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    de Almeida, F A; Albanesi Filho, F M; de Albuquerque, E M; Magalhaes, E C; de Menezes, M E

    1995-01-01

    To evaluate the involvement of the heart in patients with seronegative spondyloarthropathies by echodopplercardiography, 35 patients including 20 with ankylosing spondylitis, 10 with Reiter's syndrome and 5 with psoriatic arthritis (21 men and 14 women, with ages ranging from 17-68 years and averaging 38.5) were studied. Most were asymptomatic with respect to the cardiovascular system (65.71%) and 12 oligosymptomatic with palpitations as their main complaint. Each patient had an echocardiogram and electrocardiogram. A two-dimensional echocardiogram demonstrated alterations in 19 patients (54.29%), 28.58% asymptomatic and 25.71% symptomatic. This study revealed most of lesions (17/19-84.47%) followed by the Dopplerechocardiography (10/19-52.63%) and the one-dimensional echocardiography (9/19-47.36%). Abnormal aortic valves were found in 10 patients, in 7 thickenning and in 3 calcifications. The mitral valve was involved in 11 patients, in 8 thickenning, in 1 calcification and in 2 valve prolapse. In ankylosing spondylitis aortic valve disease was found in 8 patients. Dopplerechocardiography evidenced the presence of aortic regurgitation in 4 patients and mitral insufficiency in 3. The Q-T interval was increased in 19 patients, there was one first degree auriculoventricular block, one right branch block and one sinus bradicardia. Thus the echocardiogram is an excellent noninvasive method to disclose cardiac disturbances in patients with seronegative spondyloarthropaties.

  20. Preoperative scallop-by-scallop assessment of mitral prolapse using 2D-transthoracic echocardiography

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    Leonetti Stefania

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This study was conducted to assess the accuracy of harmonic imaging 2D-transthoracic echocardiography (2D-TTE segmental analysis compared to surgical findings, in degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR. Methods Seventy-seven consecutive patients with severe degenerative MR were prospectively enrolled. Preoperative 2D-TTE with precise localization of prolapsing or flailing scallops/segments was performed. All patients underwent mitral valve surgical repair. Surgical reports (SR, including valve description, were used as references for comparisons. A postoperative control 2D-TTE was performed. Results Out of 462 scallops/segments studied, surgical inspection identified 102 prolapses or flails (22%, 92 of which had previously been detected by 2D-TTE (90.2% sensitivity, 100% specificity. Agreement between preoperative 2D-TTE segmental analysis and SR was 97.8% (k = 0.93; p Conclusions 2D-TTE, performed by an experienced echo-lab, has very good diagnostic accuracy in localizing the scallops/segments involved in degenerative MR, particularly for the middle ones (P2-A2, which represent almost the totality of prolapses. More invasive, time consuming and expensive exams should be reserved to selected cases.

  1. A web based health technology assessment in tele-echocardiography: the experience within an Italian project

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    Daniele Giansanti

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to major advances in the information technology, telemedicine applications are ready for a widespread use. Nonetheless, to allow their diffusion in National Health care Systems (NHcSs specific methodologies of health technology assessment (HTA should be used to assess the standardization, the overall quality, the interoperability, the addressing to legal, economic and cost benefit aspects. One of the limits to the diffusion of the digital tele-echocardiography (T-E applications in the NHcS lacking of a specific methodology for the HTA. In the present study, a solution offering a structured HTA of T-E products was designed. The methodology assured also the definition of standardized quality levels for the application. The first level represents the minimum level of acceptance; the other levels are accessory levels useful for a more accurate assessment of the product. The methodology showed to be useful to rationalize the process of standardization and has received a high degree of acceptance by the subjects involved in the study.

  2. Magnetic resonance imaging of microvascular leakage induced by myocardial contrast echocardiography in rats.

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    Swanson, Scott D; Dou, Chunyan; Miller, Douglas L

    2006-06-01

    The extent and magnitude of microvascular leakage induced by myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) were characterized with contrast-aided magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Evans blue dye, Definity ultrasound contrast agent and Omniscan magnetic resonance contrast agent were injected intravenously in anesthetized rats suspended in a water bath. Diagnostic ultrasound B mode scans with 1:4 end-systolic triggering were performed at 1.5 MHz using a cardiac phased array scanhead to provide a short axis view of the left ventricle. The in situ peak rarefactional pressure amplitude (PRPA) was 2.0 MPa. Microvascular leakage was characterized by extraction of the dye from tissue samples and by imaging the distribution and concentration of Omniscan within the myocardium. The extracted Evans blue was 2.3 times greater than in shams (Prats (after sacrifice). These results demonstrate a potential for MR mapping of capillary leakage induced by contrast-aided ultrasound, with a possible application to spatial characterization of local drug delivery.

  3. Real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography in rat: infusion versus bolus administration.

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    Su, Hai-Li; Qian, Yun-Qiu; Wei, Zhang-Rui; He, Jian-Guo; Li, Guo-Quan; Zhang, Jun; Zhou, Xiao-Dong; Jing, Wang

    2009-05-01

    To compare the feasibility of real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in rats with infusion and bolus administration of a second-generation ultrasound contrast agent BR1. B-mode real-time MCE was performed in 12 Sprague Dawley rats following the BR1 infusion or bolus injection. The myocardium signal intensity (SI) was plotted against time and was fitted to exponential functions. The plateau SI (A) and rate of SI increase (beta) for the infusion study and peak signal intensity (PSI) for the bolus study were obtained. (99m)Tc-Sestamibi and Evans blue were used to assess myocardial blood perfusion and to calculate the myocardium perfusion defect area ex vivo. High-quality real-time MCE images were successfully obtained using each method. At baseline, all LV segments showed even contrast distribution. Following left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) ligation, significant perfusion defect was observed in LAD beds with a significantly decreased A* beta and PSI values compared with LCx beds (Infusion: A*beta (LAD): 5.42 +/- 1.57 dB, A*beta (LCx): 46.52 +/- 5.32 dB, p rats and the infusion method was more suitable for quantitative analysis of myocardial blood flow.

  4. Measurement of the aortic annulus size by real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Jánosi, Rolf Alexander; Kahlert, Philipp; Plicht, Björn; Wendt, Daniel; Eggebrecht, Holger; Erbel, Raimund; Buck, Thomas

    2011-04-01

    We sought to determine the level of agreement and the reproducibility of two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic (2D-TTE), 2D transesophageal (2D-TEE) and real-time three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (RT3D-TEE) for measurement of aortic annulus size in patients referred for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Accurate preoperative assessment of the dimensions of the aortic annulus is critical for patient selection and successful implantation in those undergoing TAVI for severe aortic stenosis (AS). Annulus size was measured using 2D-TTE, 2D-TEE and RT3D-TEE in 105 patients with severe AS referred for TAVI. Agreement between echocardiographic methods and interobserver variability was assessed using the Bland-Altman method and regression analysis, respectively. The mean aortic annuli were 21,7 ± 3 mm measured with 2D-TTE, 22,6 ± 2,8 mm with 2D-TEE and 22,3 ± 2,9 mm with RT3D-TEE. The results showed a small but significant mean difference and a strong correlation between the three measurement techniques (2D-TTE vs. 2D-TEE mean difference 0,84 ± 1,85 mm, r = 0,8, p annulus measured by 2D-TTE, 2D-TEE and RT3D-TEE. Thus, in patients referred for TAVI, the echocardiographic method used may have an impact on TAVI strategy.

  5. Dobutamine stress echocardiography for assessing the role of dynamic intraventricular obstruction in left ventricular ballooning syndrome

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    Repetto Alessandra

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dynamic intraventricular obstruction has been observed in patients with left ventricular ballooning syndrome (LVBS and has been hypothesized as a possible mechanism of the syndrome. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and significance of dynamic intraventricular obstruction in patients with LVBS. Methods and Results Dobutamine stress echocardiography was carried out in 22 patients with LVBS (82% apical, all women, aged 68 ± 9 years. At baseline 1 patient had a > 30 mmHg LV gradient; during stress a LV gradient > 30 mm Hg developed in 6/21 patients (28% and was caused by systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve in the 3 patients with severe gradient (mean 116 ± 29 mmHg, who developed mitral regurgitation and impaired apical wall motion and by obstruction at mid-ventricular level in the other 3 with a moderate gradient (mean 46 ± 16 mmHg. Compared with patients without obstruction those with obstruction had a greater mean septal thickness (11.6 ± .6 vs 9.8. ± 3, p Conclusion Spontaneous or dobutamine-induced dynamic LV obstruction is documented in 32% of patients with LVBS, is correlated with the presence of septal hypertrophy and may play a role in the development of LVBS in this subset of patients. In those without septal hypertrophy a dynamic obstruction is rarely induced with dobutamine and is unlikely to be a major pathogenetic factor of the syndrome.

  6. Accuracy of Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography in Detecting Recovery of Contractile Reserve after Revascularization of Ischemic Myocardium

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    Abas Ali karimi

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study was designed to investigate the accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE in detecting the post-revascularization recovery rate of contractile reserve (CR in ischemic myocardium. Methods: A total of 112 segments from seven patients with low ejection fraction (<35% and coronary artery disease were evaluated with DSE one week before and 12 weeks after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of DSE for detecting the recovery rate of CR were calculated based upon their standard definition and were presented with 95% confidence intervals (CI. Results: The mean baseline left ventricular ejection fraction was 31±4%, which reached 35±7% after CABG unremarkably. The recovery rates of resting function and CR were 18.2% and 50% for hypokinetic and 15.6% and 24.1 for akinetic segments respectively. Specificity, sensitivity, and positive and negative predictive values of DSE for detecting the recovery of CR were 83% (CI=69-97, 89% (CI=83-96, 94% (CI = 88-99, and 73 % (CI = 55-88, respectively. Conclusion: Despite acceptable sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value, DSE has a relatively lower negative predictive value for detecting the recovery of CR in ischemic myocardium and, consequently, the full extent of myocardial viability. Further sensitive techniques may, therefore, be needed to provide complementary information regarding long-term functional outcome.

  7. Significance of precordial ST-segment depression in inferior acute myocardial infarction as determined by echocardiography.

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    Piérard, L A; Sprynger, M; Gilis, F; Carlier, J

    1986-01-01

    Despite numerous studies, the significance of precordial ST-segment depression in inferior wall acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains unclear. No clinical studies have used 2-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography to compare AMI location in patients with or without so-called reciprocal ST changes. Therefore, the clinical, electrocardiographic, echocardiographic and angiographic features of 22 patients with their first transmural inferior AMI were prospectively examined. During the first day of AMI an echocardiographic mapping of the area of necrosis was obtained using all conventional views and a ventricular segmentation related to anatomic landmarks. Patients were categorized according to the presence (group I, n = 13) or absence (group II, n = 9) of precordial ST-segment depression, defined as more than 1 mm, measured 80 ms after the J point in at least 2 of the leads V1 to V4. Basal posterolateral akinesia was observed in 11 of the 13 patients in group I and in no patient in group II (p less than 0.001). Posterior right ventricular free wall akinesia was more frequent in group II (p less than 0.02). There was no difference in the prevalence of significant left anterior descending artery (LAD) narrowing (group I, 4 patients; group II, 3 patients). Posterolateral involvement should be strongly considered in the presence of precordial ST-segment depression in association with transmural inferior AMI.

  8. Diagnosis and assessment of dilated cardiomyopathy: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography

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    Thomas Mathew

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Heart failure (HF is a debilitating and life-threatening condition, with 5-year survival rate lower than breast or prostate cancer. It is the leading cause of hospital admission in over 65s, and these admissions are projected to rise by more than 50% over the next 25 years. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE is the first-line step in diagnosis in acute and chronic HF and provides immediate information on chamber volumes, ventricular systolic and diastolic function, wall thickness, valve function and the presence of pericardial effusion, while contributing to information on aetiology. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM is the third most common cause of HF and is the most common cardiomyopathy. It is defined by the presence of left ventricular dilatation and left ventricular systolic dysfunction in the absence of abnormal loading conditions (hypertension and valve disease or coronary artery disease sufficient to cause global systolic impairment. This document provides a practical approach to diagnosis and assessment of dilated cardiomyopathy that is aimed at the practising sonographer.

  9. LEFT VENTRICULAR FUNCTION CHANGES IN SEVERE ANEMIA BY ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY: A CORRELATION STUDY

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In the last decade, anemia is recognized as an important cause of morbidity, a factor limiting physical activity, responsible for a poor quality of life, and a predictor of unfavorable outcomes. Anemia is emerging as a potential contributor to the development and progression of cardiovascular disease. Hence the present study was undertaken to correlate echocardiographic changes with anemic status. METHODOLOGY: Present study was conducted in Al-Ameen Medical College and Government district Hospital, Bijapur. 31 anemic patients (aged 18-40 yrs. with Hb ≤7 gm. % were selected. All anemic patients were subjected for hemoglobin estimation and M mode 2D Echocardiography. Echocardiographic parameters- IVSTd, LVIDd, LVPWd, IVSTs, LVIDs, LVPWS, EDV, ESV, SV, SI, CI, EF, FS were studied and correlated with hemoglobin levels. Statistical analysis was done by correlation analysis. RESULTS: LVPWd, IVSTs, IVStd, LVPWs did not correlate with hemoglobin levels. LVIDd, LVIDs, EDV, ESV, SV, SI, CI were negatively correlated with hemoglobin levels in anemic patients. No correlation observed for EF, FS. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSION: The findings of negative correlation of echo parameters with anemic status may be as a consequence of hyperdynamic circulatory state leading to vascular and cardiac changes. These changes are mainly due to increased preload, decreased afterload, changes in cardiac geometry. These factors increase systolic wall stress and over time lead to LV systolic dysfunction

  10. Early detection and efficient therapy of cardiac angiosarcoma due to routine transesophageal echocardiography after cerebrovascular stroke

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    Dirk Vogelgesang

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Dirk Vogelgesang1, Johannes B Dahm2, Holm Großmann3, Andre Hippe4, Astrid Hummel5, Christian Lotze6, Silke Vogelgesang71Practice of Cardiology, Greifswald, 2Practice of Cardiology, Goettingen, 3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Herzzentrum Karlsburg, 4Department of Neurology, 5Department of Cardiology, 6Department of Haematology and Oncology, 7Department of Pathology, University of Greifswald, Greifswald, GermanyAbstract: Primary malignant cardiac tumors (cardiac angiosarcomas are exceedingly rare. Since there are initially nonspecific or missing symptoms, these tumors are usually diagnosed only in an advanced, often incurable stage, after the large tumor mass elicits hemodynamic obstructive symptoms. A 59-year-old female presented with symptoms of cerebral ischemia. A computed tomography (CT scan showed changes suggestive of stroke. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed an inhomogeneous, medium-echogenic, floating mass at the roof of the left atrium near the mouth of the right upper pulmonary vein, indicative of a thrombus. At surgery, a solitary tumor was completely enucleated. Histologically, cardiac angiosarcoma was diagnosed. The patient received adjuvant chemotherapy and was free of symptoms and recurrence of disease at 14 months follow-up. Due to the fortuitous appearance of clinical signs indicative of stroke, cardiac angiosarcoma was diagnosed and effectively treated at an early, nonmetastatic, and therefore potentially curable stage. Although cardiac angiosarcoma is a rare disease, it should be taken into consideration as a potential cause of cerebral embolic disease.Keywords: cardiac angiosarcoma, stroke, embolism

  11. Validation of the severity index by cardiac catheterization and Doppler echocardiography in patients with aortic sclerosis and stenosis

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    Rosales Joseph

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The severity index is a new echocardiographic measure that is thought to be an accurate indicator of aortic leaflet pathology in patients with AS. However, it has not been validated against cardiac catheterization or Doppler echocardiographic measures of AS severity nor has it been applied to patients with aortic sclerosis. The purposes of this study were to compare the severity index to invasive hemodynamics and Doppler echocardiography across the spectrum of calcific aortic valve disease, including aortic sclerosis and AS. 48 patients with aortic sclerosis and AS undergoing echocardiography and cardiac catheterization comprised the study population. The aortic valve leaflets were assessed for mobility (scale 1 to 6 and calcification (scale 1 to 4 and the severity index was calculated as the sum of the mobility and calcification scores according to the methods of Bahler et al. The severity index increased with increasing severity of aortic valve disease; the severity indices for patients with aortic sclerosis, mild to moderate AS and severe AS were 3.38 ± 1.06, 6.45 ± 2.16 and 8.38 ± 1.41, respectively. The aortic jet velocity by echocardiography and the square root of the maximum aortic valve gradient by cardiac catheterization correlated well with the severity index (r = 0.84, p

  12. Modified Right Heart Contrast Echocardiography Versus Traditional Method in Diagnosis of Right-to-Left Shunt: A Comparative Study

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    Wang, Yi; Zeng, Jie; Yin, Lixue; Zhang, Mei; Hou, Dailun

    2016-01-01

    Summary Background The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability, effectiveness, and safety of modified right heart contrast transthoracic echocardiography (cTTE) in comparison with the traditional method. Material/Methods We performed a modified right heart cTTE using saline mixed with a small sample of patient’s own blood. Samples were agitated with varying intensity. This study protocol involved microscopic analysis and patient evaluation. 1. Microscopic analysis: After two contrast samples had been agitated 10 or 20 times, they underwent a comparison of bubble size, bubble number, and red blood cell morphology. 2. Patient analysis: 40 patients with suspected RLS (right- to-left shunt) were enrolled. All patients underwent right heart contrast echocardiography. Oxygen saturation, transit time and duration, presence of RLS, change in indirect bilirubin and urobilinogen concentrations were compared afterward. Results Modified method generated more bubbles (Pbubble size were not significant (P>0.05). Twenty-four patients were diagnosed with RLS (60%) using the modified method compared to 16 patients (40%) with the traditional method. The transit time of ASb20 group was the shortest (P<0.05). However, the duration time in this group was much longer (P<0.05). Also, in semi-quantitative analysis mean rank of RLS was higher after injecting the modified contrast agent agitated 20 times (P<0.05). Conclusions Modified right heart contrast echocardiography is a reliable, effective and safe method of detecting cardiovascular RLS. PMID:27668027

  13. Transesophageal echocardiography evaluation of the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in laparoscopic surgery and their correlation with operative wound

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    Xin-Sheng Chen

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To analyze the transesophageal echocardiography evaluation of the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in laparoscopic surgery and their correlation with operative wound.Methods:A total of 80 patients undergoing laparoscopic surgery in our hospital were randomly divided into standard pneumoperitoneum pressure group (12-15 mmHg) and high pneumoperitoneum pressure group (>15 mmHg) (n=40), and the differences in the levels of coronary blood flow and cardiac function parameters under transesophageal echocardiography as well as the content of stress hormones and acute phase proteins in serum were compared between two groups of patients.Results: Coronary blood flow parameters D, Q, PDV, MDV and DAR levels of standard pneumoperitoneum pressure group were significantly higher than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group; cardiac function parameters COLVOT, LVEF and LVFAC levels were significantly higher than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group; stress hormones Cor, Ang-Ⅰ, Ang-Ⅱ, NE, Glucagon and C-peptide as well as acute phase proteins CRP, YKL-40 and HMGB1 content in serum were significantly lower than those of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group while the acute phase protein PA content was significantly higher than that of high pneumoperitoneum pressure group.Conclusions:Transesophageal echocardiography can timely detect the excessive pneumoperitoneum damage in laparoscopic surgery to the coronary blood flow and cardiac function in patients, and also prevent the occurrence of excessive operative wound.

  14. Assessment of coronary artery lesions in children with Kawasaki disease: evaluation of MSCT in comparison with 2-D echocardiography

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    Xing, Yanlin; Wang, Hong; Yu, Xianyi; Chen, Rui [Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Department of Pediatrics, Shenyang (China); Hou, Yang [Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Department of Radiology, Shenyang (China)

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    Transthoracic two-dimensional echocardiography is an effective method for detecting coronary arterial injury in Kawasaki disease. However, its accuracy in the diagnosis of coronary arterial lesions is limited. To investigate the value of multislice spiral CT for coronary angiography for observing the coronary arterial injury caused by infantile Kawasaki disease. Coronary angiography, using a 64-slice spiral CT scanner, and 2-D echocardiography were performed in 48 children with Kawasaki disease in whom the position, internal diameter, and length of each coronary artery were measured. MSCT showed coronary artery injury in 15 of the 48 children. Among these 15 children, 20 coronary artery branches showed complications, including the left coronary artery branches in 15 (31.2%) and the right coronary artery branches in 5 (10.4%). Complications in the left coronary artery branches included dilation in 12 (25.0%) and stenosis, calcification and the combination of the two in one each, and the right coronary artery branches showed dilation; two branches also showed beaded changes. MSCT also showed dilation in the left anterior descending arteries in two children. These children showed no abnormality on 2-D echocardiography. MSCT is a valuable examination method for detecting coronary artery injury in Kawasaki disease. (orig.)

  15. Hemodynamic parameters obtained by transthoracic echocardiography and right heart catheterization: a comparative study in patients with pulmonary hypertension

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    TIAN Zhuang; ZENG Xiao-feng; LIU Yong-tai; FANG Quan; NI Chao; CHEN Tai-bo; FANG Li-gang; GAO Peng; JIANG Xiu-chun; LI Meng-tao

    2011-01-01

    Background Hemodynamic evaluation is crucial for the management of patients with pulmonary hypertention. Clinicians often prefer a rapid and non-invasive method. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of transthoracic echocardiography for the measurements of hemodynamic parameters in patients with pulmonary hypertension.Methods A prospective single-center study was conducted among 42 patients with pulmonary hypertension caused by different diseases. Transthoracic echocardiography and right-heart catheterization were performed within 24 hours. Pulmonary artery systolic, diastolic and mean pressure (PASP, PADP and PAMP), cardiac output (CO), and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) were measured by both methods. A linear correlation and a Bland-Altman analysis were performed to compare the two groups of hemodynamic parameters.Results A good correlation was found between invasive and non-invasive measurements for PASP (r=0.96), PADP (r=0.85), PAMP (r=0.88), CO (r=0.82), and PCWP (r=0.81). Further agreement analysis done by the Bland-Altman method showed that bias and a 95% confidence interval for PASP, PADP, and CO were clinically acceptable while great discrepancies existed for PAMP and PCWP.Conclusions The non-invasive measurements by PASP, PADP, and CO in patients with pulmonary hypertension correlate well with the invasive determinations. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) was inappropriate for estimating PCWP and PAMP.

  16. Prediction of left atrial fibrosis with speckle tracking echocardiography in mitral valve disease: a comparative study with histopathology.

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    Her, Ae-Young; Choi, Eui-Young; Shim, Chi Young; Song, Byoung Wook; Lee, Sak; Ha, Jong-Won; Rim, Se-Joong; Hwang, Ki Chul; Chang, Byung Chul; Chung, Namsik

    2012-05-01

    Left atrial (LA) fibrosis is a main determinant of LA remodeling and development of atrial fibrillation. However, non-invasive prediction of LA fibrosis is challenging. We investigated whether preoperative LA strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography could predict the degree of LA fibrosis and LA reverse remodeling after mitral valve (MV) surgery. Speckle tracking echocardiography and LA volume measurements were performed in 50 patients one day before MV surgery. LA tissues were obtained during the surgery, and the degrees of their interstitial fibroses were measured. LA volume measurements were repeated within 30 days after surgery (n=50) and 1-year later (n=39). Left atrial global strain was significantly correlated with the degree of LA fibrosis (r=-0.55, pheart disease and type of predominant MV disease (B=-1.37, 95% confidence interval -2.32 - -0.41, p=0.006). The degree of LA fibrosis was significantly correlated with early (r=-0.337, p=0.017) and 1-year (r=-0.477, p=0.002) percent LA volume reduction after MV surgery, but LA global strain was not significant. Left atrial strain as measured by speckle tracking echocardiography might be helpful for predicting the degree of LA fibrosis in patients with MV disease.

  17. Assessment of left ventricular regional function in affected and carrier dogs with duchenne muscular dystrophy using speckle tracking echocardiography

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    Yugeta Naoko

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (STE is a relatively new method to detect regional myocardial dysfunction. To assess left ventricular (LV regional myocardial dysfunction using STE in Duchenne muscular dystrophy model dogs (CXMDJ without overt clinical signs of heart failure. Methods Six affected dogs, 8 carrier dogs with CXMDJ, and 8 control dogs were used. Conventional echocardiography, systolic and diastolic function by Doppler echocardiography, tissue Doppler imaging (TDI, and strain indices using STE, were assessed and compared among the 3 groups. Results Significant differences were seen in body weight, transmitral E wave and E' wave derived from TDI among the 3 groups. Although no significant difference was observed in any global strain indices, in segmental analysis, the peak radial strain rate during early diastole in posterior segment at chordae the tendineae level showed significant differences among the 3 groups. Conclusions The myocardial strain rate by STE served to detect the impaired cardiac diastolic function in CXMDJ without any obvious LV dilation or clinical signs. The radial strain rate may be a useful parameter to detect early myocardial impairment in CXMDJ.

  18. Determination of multidirectional myocardial deformations in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by using two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography.

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    Suzuki, Ryohei; Mochizuki, Yohei; Yoshimatsu, Hiroki; Teshima, Takahiro; Matsumoto, Hirotaka; Koyama, Hidekazu

    2017-02-01

    Objectives Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a primary disorder of the myocardium, is the most common cardiac disease in cats. However, determination of myocardial deformation with two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in cats with various stages of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has not yet been reported. This study was designed to measure quantitatively multidirectional myocardial deformations of cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Methods Thirty-two client-owned cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and 14 healthy cats serving as controls were enrolled and underwent assessment of myocardial deformation (peak systolic strain and strain rate) in the longitudinal, radial and circumferential directions. Results Longitudinal and radial deformations were reduced in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, despite normal systolic function determined by conventional echocardiography. Cats with severely symptomatic hypertrophic cardiomyopathy also had lower peak systolic circumferential strain, in addition to longitudinal and radial strain. Conclusions and relevance Longitudinal and radial deformation may be helpful in the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Additionally, the lower circumferential deformation in cats with severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may contribute to clinical findings of decompensation, and seems to be related to severe cardiac clinical signs. Indices of multidirectional myocardial deformations by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography may be useful markers and help to distinguish between cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and healthy cats. Additionally, they may provide more detailed assessment of contractile function in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

  19. Cine-MRI versus two-dimensional echocardiography to measure in vivo left ventricular function in rat heart.

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    Stuckey, Daniel J; Carr, Carolyn A; Tyler, Damian J; Clarke, Kieran

    2008-08-01

    Two-dimensional echocardiography is the most commonly used non-invasive method for measuring in vivo cardiac function in experimental animals. In humans, measurements of cardiac function made using cine-MRI compare favourably with those made using echocardiography. However, no rigorous comparison has been made in small animals. Here, standard short-axis two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography (2D-echo) and cine-MRI measurements were made in the same rats, both control and after chronic myocardial infarction. Correlations between the two techniques were found for end diastolic area, stroke area and ejection fraction, but cine-MRI measurements of ejection fraction were 12+/-6% higher than those made using 2D-echo, because of the 1.8-fold higher temporal resolution of the MRI technique (4.6 ms vs 8.3 ms). Repeated measurements on the same group of rats over several days showed that the cine-MRI technique was more reproducible than 2D-echo, in that 2D-echo would require five times more animals to find a statistically significant difference. In summary, caution should be exercised when comparing functional results acquired using short-axis 2D-echo vs cine-MRI. The accuracy of cine-MRI allows identification of alterations in heart function that may be missed when using 2D-echo.

  20. Transesophageal echocardiography measurements of aortic annulus diameter using biplane mode in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation

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    Shahgaldi Kambiz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aortic stenosis (AS is a relevant common valve disorder. Severe AS and symptoms and/or left ventricular dysfunction (EF Aim of the study is to assess the aortic annulus diameter in patients undergoing TAVI by biplane (BP mode using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE and compare it to two-dimensional (2D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE and 2DTEE using three-dimensional (3D TEE as reference method. Methods The study population consisted of 50 patients retrospectively (24 men and 26 women, mean age 85±8 years of age who all had undergone echocardiography examination prior to TAVI. Results The mean aortic annulus diameter was 20.4±2.2 mm with TTE, 22.3±2.5 mm with 2DTEE, 22.9±1.9 mm with BP-mode and 23.1±1.9 mm with 3DTEE. TTE underestimated the mean aortic annulus diameter in comparison to transesophageal imaging modalities (p Conclusion A multi-dimensional method is preferred to assess aortic annulus diameter in TAVI patients since there is risk of underestimation using single plane. Biplane mode is the method of choice in view of speedy post-processing with no need for expensive dedicated software. Lastly, single plane methods lead to misclassification of patients as unsuitable for TAVI. This may be of major clinical importance.