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  1. Transthoracic echocardiography in women with preeclampsia.

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    Dennis, Alicia T

    2015-06-01

    Recent literature on the role of transthoracic echocardiography in the management of women with preeclampsia is reviewed with emphasis on recommendations for its use in the life-threatening complications of acute pulmonary edema, chest pain, and hemorrhage. The diagnostic criteria for preeclampsia are closer to reaching international consensus with most guidelines now removing the mandatory requirement for proteinuria. Hemodynamic findings using transthoracic echocardiography in women with untreated preeclampsia include normal or increased cardiac output, normal or increased contractility, a nondilated left ventricle, diastolic dysfunction, increased pericardial effusions, and increased left ventricular mass. Echocardiography is recommended as a diagnostic and monitoring tool for acute hemodynamic complications of preeclampsia, such as acute pulmonary edema, significant arterial hypertension, and chest pain. Despite this there has been limited uptake of transthoracic electrocardiography into routine clinical practice in women with preeclampsia. The role of transthoracic echocardiography in the management of women with preeclampsia is emphasized by international groups. Research into the hemodynamics in preeclampsia, which demonstrates preserved ejection fraction, and diastolic dysfunction highlights its utility and acceptability by pregnant women with preeclampsia. Training of obstetric anesthesiologists in echocardiography is necessary to enable more widespread implementation of this important technology.

  2. Simulation for transthoracic echocardiography of aortic valve

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    Navin C Nanda

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  3. 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

  4. Simulation-based transthoracic echocardiography: "An anesthesiologist′s perspective"

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    Rohan Magoon

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available With the growing requirement of echocardiography in the perioperative management, the anesthesiologists need to be well trained in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE. Lack of formal, structured teaching program precludes the same. The present article reviews the expanding domain of TTE, simulation-based TTE training, the advancements, current limitations, and the importance of simulation-based training for the anesthesiologists.

  5. Can Hospital Rounds With Pocket Echocardiography By Cardiologists Reduce Standard Transthoracic Echocardiography?

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    Khan, Hashim A.; Wineinger, Nathan E.; Uddin, Poulina Q.; Mehta, Hirsch S.; Rubenson, David S.; Topol, Eric J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Hospitalized patients are frequently referred for transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE). The availability of a pocket, mobile echocardiography (PME) device that can be incorporated on bedside rounds by cardiologists may be a useful and frugal alternative. Methods This was a cross-sectional study designed to compare the accuracy of PME images with those acquired by TTE in a sample of hospitalized patients. Each patient referred for echocardiography underwent PME acquisition and interpretation by a senior cardiology fellow with level II training in echocardiography. Subsequently, a TTE was performed by skilled ultrasonographers and interpreted by experienced echocardiographers. Both groups were blinded to the results of the alternative imaging modality. Visualizability and accuracy for all key echocardiographic parameters (ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, left ventricular end diastolic dimension, inferior vena cava size, aortic and mitral valve pathology, and pericardial effusion) were determined and compared between imaging modalities. Results 240 hospitalized patients underwent echocardiography with PME and TTE. The mean age was 71 ± 17 years. PME imaging time was 6.3 ± 1.5 min. Sensitivity of PME varied by parameter; was highest for aortic stenosis (97%) and lowest for aortic insufficiency (76%). Specificity also varied by parameter; was highest for mitral regurgitation (100%) and lowest for left ventricular ejection fraction (92%). Equivalence testing revealed the PME outcomes to be significantly equivalent to the TTE outcomes with no discernible differences in image quality between the PME and TTE (p=7.22×10-7). All outcomes remain significant after correcting for multiple testing using the false discovery rate (FDR). Conclusion The results from rapid bedside PME examinations performed by experienced cardiology fellows compared favorably with those from formal TTE studies. For hospitalized patients, this finding could shift the burden of

  6. Transthoracic Echocardiography versus Transesophageal Echocardiography for Rupture Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm

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    Dhawan, Ira; Malik, Vishwas; Sharma, Kamal Prakash; Makhija, Neeti; Pangasa, Neha

    2017-01-01

    We report a rare case of sinus of Valsalva aneurysm of both right and left coronary sinus (LCS), with perforation of the LCS opening into the left ventricle. The LCS aneurysm with its perforation was undiagnosed on transthoracic echocardiography emphasizing the role of transesophageal echocardiography in delineating the anatomy. PMID:28393788

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

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    Galderisi Maurizio

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Fine-grained information extraction from German transthoracic echocardiography reports.

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    Toepfer, Martin; Corovic, Hamo; Fette, Georg; Klügl, Peter; Störk, Stefan; Puppe, Frank

    2015-11-12

    Information extraction techniques that get structured representations out of unstructured data make a large amount of clinically relevant information about patients accessible for semantic applications. These methods typically rely on standardized terminologies that guide this process. Many languages and clinical domains, however, lack appropriate resources and tools, as well as evaluations of their applications, especially if detailed conceptualizations of the domain are required. For instance, German transthoracic echocardiography reports have not been targeted sufficiently before, despite of their importance for clinical trials. This work therefore aimed at development and evaluation of an information extraction component with a fine-grained terminology that enables to recognize almost all relevant information stated in German transthoracic echocardiography reports at the University Hospital of Würzburg. A domain expert validated and iteratively refined an automatically inferred base terminology. The terminology was used by an ontology-driven information extraction system that outputs attribute value pairs. The final component has been mapped to the central elements of a standardized terminology, and it has been evaluated according to documents with different layouts. The final system achieved state-of-the-art precision (micro average.996) and recall (micro average.961) on 100 test documents that represent more than 90 % of all reports. In particular, principal aspects as defined in a standardized external terminology were recognized with f 1=.989 (micro average) and f 1=.963 (macro average). As a result of keyword matching and restraint concept extraction, the system obtained high precision also on unstructured or exceptionally short documents, and documents with uncommon layout. The developed terminology and the proposed information extraction system allow to extract fine-grained information from German semi-structured transthoracic echocardiography reports

  10. Transthoracic echocardiography in Thai patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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    Piriyapong, Tapawas; Dharmasaroja, Pompatr A; Muengtaweepongsa, Sombat; Piyayotai, Dilok; Hutayanon, Pisit

    2012-01-01

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is routinely performed to look for the cardiac sources of emboli in many Western stroke centers. Due to a limitation of resources in Thailand, echocardiography is done in only some patients with acute ischemic stroke. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the need for cardiac investigations, especially TTE, in Thai patients with acute ischemic stroke. Two-hundred and seven patients with acute ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), who had TTE results during August 2006 to November 2008, were studied. Patients were divided into 2 groups by the risk of cardioembolism: low- versus high-risk groups. All echocardiography results were reviewed and classified by the need for management change following the echocardiography. Abnormal TTE results indicating a need for change in management were found in 4% (4/102) and 18% (18/105) in low- and high- risk patients, respectively The results of ECG alone led to change in management in 17% (36 patients). Atrial fibrillation was the most common cause of cardioembolism, which was found in 35 patients (17%). Because of limited resources in Thailand, ECG should be routinely performed on all ischemic stroke patients and TTE in patients with high risk for cardioembolism. However larger studies are still needed to clarify the benefits of echocardiography in low-risk patients.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    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...

  13. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening during transthoracic echocardiography in an unselected population

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    Bekkers, Sebastiaan C. A. M.; Habets, Jos H. M.; Cheriex, E. C.; Palmans, Andrea; Pinto, Yigal; Hofstra, Leo; Crijns, Harry J. G. M.

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the echocardiographic prevalence of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in an unselected group of patients referred for regular transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). METHODS: Prospectively, during a 3-month period, a limited ultrasound examination of the infrarenal

  14. Pedunculated Pulmonary Artery Sarcoma Suggested by Transthoracic Echocardiography.

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    Wang, Xiaobing; Ren, Weidong; Yang, Jun

    2016-04-01

    Pulmonary artery sarcoma (PAS) is an extremely rare malignancy. It is usually found after it grows large enough to occupy almost the entire lumen of the pulmonary artery and causes serious clinical symptoms. Thus, it is usually difficult to distinguish PAS from pulmonary thromboembolism based on imaging examinations. Few case reports had shown the attachment of PAS to pulmonary artery, a key characteristic for diagnosis, and differential diagnosis of PAS. In this case, we found a PAS, which did not cause local obstruction and some tumor emboli, which obstructed the branches of the pulmonary arteries and caused pulmonary hypertension and clinical symptoms. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed a part of the tumor attached to the intima of the main pulmonary artery with a peduncle and had obvious mobility, which was suggestive of PAS and differentiated it from the pulmonary thromboembolism. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a pedunculated PAS suggested by TTE. Combined with pulmonary artery computed tomography angiography, the diagnosis of PAS is strongly suggested before the operation. This case indicates that TTE could reveal the attachment and mobility of PAS in the main pulmonary and may provide useful information for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of PAS, especially a pedunculated PAS. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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

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

    2015-02-01

    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 instrument for assessment of clinical TTE technical proficiency including a global rating score and a checklist score has previously shown reliability and validity in a standardised setting. As clinical test situations typically have several sources of error giving rise to variance in scores, a more thorough examination of the generalizability of the assessment instrument is needed. Nine physicians performed a TTE scan on the same three patients. Then, two raters rated all 27 TTE scans using the TTE technical assessment instrument in a fully crossed, all random generalizability study. Estimated variance components were calculated for both the global rating and checklist scores. Finally, dependability (phi) coefficients were also calculated for both outcomes in a decision study. For global rating scores, 66.6% of score variance can be ascribed to true differences in performance. For checklist scores this was 88.8%. The difference was primarily due to physician-rater interaction. Four random cases rated by one random rater resulted in a phi value of 0.81 for global ratings and two random cases rated by one random rater showed a phi value of 0.92 for checklist scores. Using the TTE checklist as opposed to the TTE global rating score had the effect of minimising the largest source of error variance in test scores. Two cases rated by one rater using the TTE checklist are sufficiently reliable for high stakes examinations. As global rating is less time consuming it could be considered performing four global rating assessments in addition to the checklist assessments to account for both reliability and content validity of the assessment.

  16. Diagnostic value of harmonic transthoracic echocardiography in native valve infective endocarditis: comparison with transesophageal echocardiography

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    Embil John M

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although echocardiography has been incorporated into the diagnostic algorithm of patients with suspected infective endocarditis (IE, systematic usage in clinical practice remains ill defined. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of detecting vegetations using harmonic transthoracic echocardiography (hTTE as compared to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE in patients with an intermediate likelihood of native valve IE. Methods Between 2004 and 2005, 36 consecutive inpatients with an intermediate likelihood of disease were prospectively evaluated by hTTE and TEE. Results Of 36 patients (21 males with a mean age of 57 ± 15 years, range 32 to 86 years, 19 patients had definite IE by TEE. The sensitivity for the detection of vegetations by hTTE was 84%, specificity of 88%, positive predictive value (PPV of 89% and negative predictive value (NPV of 82%. The association between hTTE and TTE interpretation for the presence and absence of vegetations were high (kappa = 0.90 and 0.85 respectively. Conclusion In patients with an intermediate likelihood of native valve IE, TTE with harmonic imaging provides diagnostic quality images in the majority of cases, has excellent concordance with TEE and should be recommended as the first line test.

  17. 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.

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

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    Sogomonian, Robert; Alkhawam, Hassan; Vyas, Neil; Jolly, JoshPaul; Nguyen, James; Moradoghli Haftevani, Emma A; Al-Khazraji, Ahmed; Ashraf, Amar

    2016-01-01

    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/m(2) and less than 25 kg/m(2). 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. 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/m(2) and the subsequent group with a BMI TTE study had a sensitivity and specificity of 54 and 92%, respectively. On the contrary, patients with a BMI TTE sensitivity and specificity of 78 and 95%, respectively. Patients with a BMI TTE should refrain from further diagnostic studies, with TEE strong clinical judgment is warranted. Patients with a BMI ≥ 25 kg/m(2) may proceed directly to TEE as the initial study, possibly avoiding an additional study with a TTE.

  19. Transthoracic echocardiography is adequate for intraprocedural guidance of transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

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    Jain, Renuka; O'Hair, Daniel P; Bajwa, Tanvir K; Ignatowski, Denise; Harland, Daniel; Kirby, Amanda M; Hammonds, Tracy; Allaqaband, Suhail Q; Kay, Jonathan; Khandheria, Bijoy K

    2017-12-01

    While transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has traditionally been supported intraprocedurally by transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is increasingly being used. We evaluated echocardiographic imaging characteristics and clinical outcomes in patients who underwent TTE during TAVI (TTE-TAVI). A select team of dedicated sonographers and interventional echocardiographers performed TTE-TAVI in 278 patients, all of whom underwent TAVI through transfemoral access. We implanted the Medtronic EVOLUT R valve in 258 patients (92.8%). TTE images were acquired immediately pre-procedure by a dedicated sonographer in the cardiac catheterization laboratory with the patient in the supine position. TTE was then performed post deployment of TAVI. In the procedure, TTE image quality was fair or better in 249 (89.6%) cases. Color-flow Doppler was adequate or better in 275 (98.9%) cases. In 2 cases, paravalvular regurgitation (PVL) could not be assessed confidently by echocardiography due to poor image quality; in those cases, PVL was assessed by fluoroscopy, aortic root injection and invasive hemodynamics. Both TTE and invasive hemodynamics were used in the assessment of need for post-deployment stent ballooning ( n  = 23, 8.3%). TTE adequately recognized new pericardial effusion in 3 cases. No case required TOE conversion for image quality. There was only 1 case of intraprocedural TTE failing to recognize moderate PVL, without clinical implication. In 99% of patients, TTE-TAVI adequately assessed PVL compared with 24-h and 1-month follow-up TTE. With the current generation of TAVI, TTE-TAVI is adequate intraprocedurally when performed by specialized sonographers and dedicated cardiologists in a highly experienced TAVI center. © 2017 The authors.

  20. Transthoracic Echocardiography to Assess Aortic Regurgitation after TAVR: A Comparison with Periprocedural Transesophageal Echocardiography.

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    Goncalves, Alexandra; Nyman, Charles; Okada, David R; Singh, Avinainder; Swanson, Jeffrey; Cheezum, Michael; Steigner, Michael; Di Carli, Marcelo; Solomon, Scott; Shah, Pinak B; Bhatt, Deepak L; Shook, Douglas; Blankstein, Ron

    We aimed to compare periprocedural transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) with postprocedural transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for the diagnosis of aortic regurgitation (AR). TEE and TTE images of 163 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients (mean age 81 ± 8 years; 56% men) were reviewed separately and blinded to each other as well as to all clinical data. The median time between TEE during TAVR (TEE/TAVR) and TTE was 4 days (IQR 2-10 days). After TAVR, 48% of the patients had at least trace AR by TEE, 56% by angiography and 67% by TTE. The majority of AR was paravalvular (78%). More patients were classified with mild-to-moderate AR by TTE than by TEE (44 vs. 22%, p TTE which was not at TEE/TAVR, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) were significantly higher during TTE than during TEE (mean ΔSBP = 9 ± 4 mm Hg and mean ΔDBP = 6 ± 2 mm Hg, p TTE were found among patients with no AR or among those who had AR in both studies. At a median follow-up of 185 days (IQR 39-424 days), the overall mortality was 17%, but this was not associated with the presence of AR on TTE or TEE. Patients' hemodynamic conditions may result in underdiagnosis of paravalvular regurgitation in periprocedural TEE. Our findings suggest that a postprocedural evaluation for AR by TTE could serve as a reasonable alternative to TEE for the evaluation of AR. © 2016 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  1. Transverse oscillation vector flow imaging for transthoracic echocardiography

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    Bradway, David; Lindskov Hansen, Kristoffer; Nielsen, Michael Bachmann

    2015-01-01

    This work presents the development and first results of in vivo transthoracic cardiac imaging using an implementation of Vector Flow Imaging (VFI) via the Transverse Oscillation (TO) method on a phased-array transducer. Optimal selection of the lateral wavelength of the transversely-oscillating r...

  2. Predicting fluid responsiveness with transthoracic echocardiography is not yet evidence based

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    Wetterslev, M; Haase, N; Johansen, R R

    2013-01-01

    An essential part of intensive care is to accurately identify fluid responders among patients with circulatory failure. Over the past few years, new techniques have been assessed for rapid and non-invasive prediction of fluid responsiveness. As transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is becoming...

  3. Ascending aortic diameters in congenital aortic stenosis: cardiac magnetic resonance versus transthoracic echocardiography

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    Linde, D. van der; Rossi, A. de; Yap, S.C.; McGhie, J.S.; Bosch, A.E. van den; Kirschbaum, S.W.; Russo, B.; Dijk, A.P.J. van; Moelker, A.; Krestin, G.P.; Geuns, R.J. van; Roos-Hesselink, J.W.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES/BACKGROUND: Congenital aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common obstructive left heart lesion in the young adult population and often complicated by aortic dilatation. Our objective was to evaluate accuracy of aortic imaging with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) compared with cardiac

  4. Evaluation of Staff Radiation Exposure during Transthoracic Echocardiography Close to Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.

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    Massalha, Samia; Lugassi, Rachel; Raysberg, Elyahu; Koskosi, Amjad; Lechtenberg, Gerson; Israel, Ora; Kennedy, John A

    2018-04-03

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) are used in cardiac patients. In this study the radiation exposure of sonographers performing TTE following MPI was evaluated. Of 40 study patients, 30 underwent same-day 99m Tc sestamibi MPI and TTE, while another 10 underwent only TTE. Patients who underwent both studies were divided into three groups: right-handed TTE performed by an echocardiographer and right- and left-handed TTE performed by a cardiac sonographer. Seven thermoluminescent radiation dosimeter badges monitored the forehead, wrists, anterolateral right and left chest, sternal notch, and umbilical region of each examiner. Group characteristics were compared. Radiation exposures were deemed positive if >0.1 mSv. There were no statistical differences in patient weight and body mass index. The left-handed approach group had higher residual radioactivity (979 ± 73 vs 884 ± 73 MBq [P TTE, compared with the other two MPI groups. Radiation exposure was positive in the right anterolateral chest and hand (0.45 and 1 mSv, respectively) for the echocardiographer, the right anterolateral chest and wrist and umbilical region (0.59, 1.06, and 0.15 mSv, respectively) for the right-handed sonographer, and the left chest and hand (0.12 and 0.34 mSv, respectively) for the left-handed sonographer. Dosimeters indicated no radiation exposure in the TTE-only group. Staff members performing TTE after MPI are exposed to radiation that might warrant monitoring. Altering study sequence, adopting a left-handed approach, and using other radiation-reducing techniques can minimize the degree of exposure. Copyright © 2018 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Detection and characterization of left Ventricular Thrombi by MRT compared to Transthoracic Echocardiography

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    Bruder, O.; Jochims, M.; Sabin, G.V.; Waltering, K.U.; Hunhold, P.; Narin, B.; Barkhausen, J.

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: Transthoracic echocardiography is the routine diagnostic procedure in assessing patients with left ventricular thrombi, but is limited by the acoustic window and poor contrast between thrombus and adjacent myocardium. This study evaluates the role of cardiac MRI in the detection of left ventricular thrombi in patients with chronic myocardial infarction compared to standard transthoracic echocardiography. Materials and Methods: In 82 patients (55 men and 27 women, age 36 to 79 years, median 59±11 years) who suffered a myocardial infarction more than 6 months earlier, transthoracic echocardiography and MRI were performed. The MRI protocol included steady state cine imaging (true FISP: TR 3.0 ms, TE 1.5 ms, FA 65 ) in standard long and short axis orientation and contrast-enhanced imaging using a 3D IR-FLASH sequence with long inversion time (TR 4 ms; TE 1.43 ms, FA 10 , TI 300 ms) early, and a 2D IR-FLASH sequence with optimized inversion time (TR 8 ms, TE 4.3 ms, FA 20 , TI 180-280 ms) late after administration of gadolinium. Results: Transthoracic echocardiography depicted 12 thrombi. Contrast-enhanced MRI confirmed these 12 thrombi and detected 23 additional thrombi. With the exception of 2 very small apical thrombi only visible on contrast-enhanced MRI images, spherical thrombi were diagnosed by both techiques, whereas only contrast-enhanced MRI was able to visualize mural thrombi. Left ventricular thrombi were more frequently diagnosed in patients with moderate to severe impairment of the left ventricular systolic function, 32/42 (76%), or in patients with left ventricular aneurysms, 21/24 (84%). Conclusion: Contrast-enhanced MRI is mostly superior to transthoracic echocardiography in diagnosing mural left ventricular thrombi in patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction. Intracavitray thrombi are mor frequently found in patients with impaired regional and global left ventricular function. (orig.)

  6. Transthoracic echocardiography in patients undergoing mitral valve repair: comparison of new transthoracic 3D techniques to 2D transoesophageal echocardiography in the localization of mitral valve prolapse.

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    Gripari, Paola; Mapelli, Massimo; Bellacosa, Ilaria; Piazzese, Concetta; Milo, Maria; Fusini, Laura; Muratori, Manuela; Ali, Sarah Ghulam; Tamborini, Gloria; Pepi, Mauro

    2018-02-26

    Successful mitral valve (MV) repair for degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR) is mainly related to surgical expertise and MV anatomy. Although 2D echocardiography, specifically transoesophageal (TOE), provides precise information regarding MV anatomy, recent advancements in matrix technology meant a decisive step forward to the point where segmental MV analysis can be accurately performed from a noninvasive 3D transthoracic (TTE) approach. The aims of this study were: (a) to evaluate the feasibility and time required for real-time 3D TTE in a large consecutive cohort of patients with severe DMR in the assessment of MV anatomy; (b) to compare the accuracy of 3D TTE and 2D TOE versus surgical inspection in the recognition and localization of all components of the MV leaflets; (c) to establish the added diagnostic value of 3D colourDoppler examination to pure 3D morphologic evaluation. 149 consecutive patients with severe DMR underwent complete 3D TTE before surgery and 2D TOE in the operating room. Echocardiographic data obtained by the different techniques were compared with surgical inspection. 3D TTE was feasible in a relatively short time (8 ± 4 min), with good (49%) and optimal (33%) imaging quality in the majority of cases. 3D TTE had significant better overall accuracy compared to 2D TOE (93 and 91%, p TTE in the identification of A3 prolapse (99 vs. 96%). The colourDoppler mode did not improve significantly the accuracy of 3D TTE, albeit it determined a better sensitivity in the detection of A2 prolapse if compared to 2D TOE (95 vs. 85%). 3D TTE with or without colourDoppler is a feasible and useful method in the analysis of MV prolapse; it allows a preoperative and noninvasive description of the pathology as accurate as the 2D TOE.

  7. An Approach to Improve the Negative Predictive Value and Clinical Utility of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Suspected Native Valve Infective Endocarditis.

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    Sivak, Joseph A; Vora, Amit N; Navar, Ann Marie; Schulte, Phillip J; Crowley, Anna Lisa; Kisslo, Joseph; Corey, G Ralph; Liao, Lawrence; Wang, Andrew; Velazquez, Eric J; Samad, Zainab

    2016-04-01

    In patients with suspected native valve infective endocarditis, current guidelines recommend initial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) followed by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) if clinical suspicion remains. The guidelines do not account for the quality of initial TTE or other findings that may alter the study's diagnostic characteristics. This may lead to unnecessary TEE when initial TTE was sufficient to rule out vegetation. The objective of this study was to determine if the use of a strict definition of negative results on TTE would improve the performance characteristics of TTE sufficiently to exclude vegetation. A retrospective analysis of patients at a single institution with suspected native valve endocarditis who underwent TTE followed by TEE within 7 days between January 1, 2007, and February 28, 2014, was performed. Negative results on TTE for vegetation were defined by either the standard approach (no evidence of vegetation seen on TTE) or by applying a set of strict negative criteria incorporating other findings on TTE. Using TEE as the gold standard for the presence of vegetation, the diagnostic performance of the two transthoracic approaches was compared. In total, 790 pairs of TTE and TEE were identified. With the standard approach, 661 of the transthoracic studies had negative findings (no vegetation seen), compared with 104 studies with negative findings using the strict negative approach (meeting all strict negative criteria). The sensitivity and negative predictive value of TTE for detecting vegetation were substantially improved using the strict negative approach (sensitivity, 98% [95% CI, 95%-99%] vs 43% [95% CI, 36%-51%]; negative predictive value, 97% [95% CI, 92%-99%] vs 87% [95% CI, 84%-89%]). The ability of TTE to exclude vegetation in patients is excellent when strict criteria for negative results are applied. In patients at low to intermediate risk with strict negative results on TTE, follow-up TEE may be unnecessary

  8. Imaging skills for transthoracic echocardiography in cardiology fellows: The value of motion metrics.

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    Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mahmood, Feroze; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Mitchell, John D; Bose, Ruma; Hawthorne, Katie M; O'Halloran, T David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Philip E; Matyal, Robina

    2016-01-01

    Proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) requires an integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Whereas cognitive knowledge can be quantified, psychomotor skills are implied after repetitive task performance. We applied motion analyses to evaluate psychomotor skill acquisition during simulator-based TTE training. During the first month of their fellowship training, 16 cardiology fellows underwent a multimodal TTE training program for 4 weeks (8 sessions). The program consisted of online and live didactics as well as simulator training. Kinematic metrics (path length, time, probe accelerations) were obtained at the start and end of the course for 8 standard TTE views using a simulator. At the end of the course TTE image acquisition skills were tested on human models. After completion of the training program the trainees reported improved self-perceived comfort with TTE imaging. There was also an increase of 8.7% in post-test knowledge scores. There was a reduction in the number of probe accelerations [median decrease 49.5, 95% CI = 29-73, adjusted P TTE views without instructor assistance. Simulator-derived motion analyses can be used to objectively quantify acquisition of psychomotor skills during TTE training. Such an approach could be used to assess readiness for clinical practice of TTE.

  9. 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.

  10. Transthoracic contrast echocardiography using vitamin B6 and sodium bicarbonate as contrast agents for the diagnosis of patent foramen ovale.

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    He, Jiang-Chun; Zheng, Jian-Yong; Li, Xin; Yang, Ye; Zhang, Bo-Yang; Chen, Yu; Li, Xian-Feng; Liu, Ying-Ming; Cao, Yi; Zhao, Li; Li, Tian-Chang

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    To evaluate the utility of transthoracic contrast echocardiography (cTTE) using vitamin B6 and sodium bicarbonate as contrast agents for diagnosing right-to-left shunt (RLS) caused by patent foramen ovale (PFO) compared to that of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). We investigated 125 patients admitted to our neurology department with unexplained cerebral infarction and migraine. All patients underwent cTTE using vitamin B6 and sodium bicarbonate as contrast agents, after which they underwent transthoracic echocardiography. The Doppler signal was recorded during the Valsalva maneuver, and TEE examinations were performed. The feasibility, diagnostic sensitivity, and safety of cTTE and TEE for PFO recognition were compared. Evidence of PFO was found in 49 (39.20%) patients with cTTE, more than were detected with TEE (39, 31.20%) (χ 2 =5.0625, P=0.0244). cTTE had a sensitivity of 92.31% and a specificity of 84.88% for diagnosing PFO, showing high concordance with TEE for PFO recognition (κ=0.72). Further, results of a semi-quantitative evaluation of PFO-RLS by cTTE were better than those with TEE (Z=-2.011, P=0.044). No significant adverse reaction was discovered during cTTE examination. cTTE using vitamin B6 and sodium bicarbonate as contrast agents has relatively good sensitivity and specificity for diagnosing RLS caused by PFO when compared with those for TEE. Using vitamin B6 and sodium bicarbonate as contrast agents to perform cTTE is recommended for detecting and diagnosing the PFO due to its simplicity, non-invasive character, low cost, and high feasibility.

  11. Diagnostic Accuracy of Transthoracic Echocardiography for Infective Endocarditis Findings Using Transesophageal Echocardiography as the Reference Standard: A Meta-Analysis.

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    Bai, Anthony D; Steinberg, Marilyn; Showler, Adrienne; Burry, Lisa; Bhatia, R Sacha; Tomlinson, George A; Bell, Chaim M; Morris, Andrew M

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    Echocardiography is important for the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE), for which transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is superior to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies was performed with the objective of evaluating diagnostic properties of TTE, with transesophageal findings of IE as the reference standard in patients with suspected IE. The literature search yielded 377 unique articles, of which 16 met the inclusion criteria. The 16 studies included 2,807 patients, of whom 793 (28%) had vegetations on TEE. For detecting vegetations, harmonic TTE had sensitivity of 61% (95% CI, 45%-75%) and specificity of 94% (95% CI, 85%-98%) with a negative likelihood ratio (NLR) of 0.42 (95% CI, 0.26-0.61). NLR for harmonic TTE can be improved by including only patients without prosthetic valves (NLR = 0.36; 95% CI, 0.22-0.55) or by having strict criteria for conclusively negative results on TTE (NLR = 0.17; 95% CI, 0.10-0.28). In the setting of patients without prosthetic valves, harmonic TTE had likelihood ratios of 0.14 (95% CI, 0.09-0.23) for a conclusively negative result, 0.66 (95% CI, 0.53-0.81) for an indeterminate result, and 14.60 (95% CI, 3.37-70.40) for a positive result. Modern harmonic TTE still has the potential to miss many vegetations detected on TEE. When limited to patients without prosthetic valves, a conclusively negative TTE under optimal view greatly decreases likelihood of IE. All other transthoracic results are not useful for ruling out IE, and subsequent TEE is almost always required. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. 16. Optimal guidance of percutaneous device closure of PDA by transthoracic echocardiography

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    M. Alobaidan

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    Full Text Available Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA is common congenital cardiac lesion and the most accepted way of management is transcatheter occlusion by device which is usually done under fluoroscopy guidance. Transoesophageal echo cardiography and transaortic imaging were used in adult to guide the procedure which is with certain applications in pediatric age group transthoracic echocardiography (TTE in pediatric population provides excellent images for PDA and may replace the use of fluoroscopy to guide PDA closure at least in special situations. To highlight the feasibility of device closure under guidance of TTE to be applied in sick patients who are not suitable for transfer to cardiac catheter laboratory or those with contraindication to contrast and or radiation application. 18 patients from July 2013 to May 2015 underwent TTE guidance device closure of PDA, 1 patient was excluded after device embolization which necessitate retrieval under fluoroscopy (fluoro.. Conscious sedation was used in 17 patients except 1 who was sick and already ventilated in ICU, there were 11 female and 7 male, antegrade approach was used in 10 patients with partial fluoro and retrograde approach in 8 patients without fluoro. Median age is 7 months, median weight is 8 kg (3.2–11 kg, 2 patients with renal impairment, 2 with Leukemia, median procedure time is 35 min, median fluoro. is 2.2 min, PDA size were small in 13 patients and moderate in 5, immediate closure is achieved in all. The devices were ADOI, ADOS, ADOII, Occlutech, and AVP2. Device embolization in 1 with successful retrieval and second device was used with complete closure percutaneous PDA closure under TTE guidance is feasible, safe and recommended in selected patients with certain situation.

  13. Imaging skills for transthoracic echocardiography in cardiology fellows: The value of motion metrics

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    Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mahmood, Feroze; Kim, Han; Bergman, Remco; Mitchell, John D.; Bose, Ruma; Hawthorne, Katie M.; O’Halloran, T. David; Wong, Vanessa; Hess, Philip E.; Matyal, Robina

    2016-01-01

    Background: Proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) requires an integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Whereas cognitive knowledge can be quantified, psychomotor skills are implied after repetitive task performance. We applied motion analyses to evaluate psychomotor skill acquisition during simulator-based TTE training. Methods and Results: During the first month of their fellowship training, 16 cardiology fellows underwent a multimodal TTE training program for 4 weeks (8 sessions). The program consisted of online and live didactics as well as simulator training. Kinematic metrics (path length, time, probe accelerations) were obtained at the start and end of the course for 8 standard TTE views using a simulator. At the end of the course TTE image acquisition skills were tested on human models. After completion of the training program the trainees reported improved self-perceived comfort with TTE imaging. There was also an increase of 8.7% in post-test knowledge scores. There was a reduction in the number of probe accelerations [median decrease 49.5, 95% CI = 29-73, adjusted P < 0.01], total time [median decrease 10.6 s, 95% CI = 6.6-15.5, adjusted P < 0.01] and path length [median decrease 8.8 cm, 95% CI = 2.2-17.7, adjusted P < 0.01] from the start to the end of the course. During evaluation on human models, the trainees were able to obtain all the required TTE views without instructor assistance. Conclusion: Simulator-derived motion analyses can be used to objectively quantify acquisition of psychomotor skills during TTE training. Such an approach could be used to assess readiness for clinical practice of TTE. PMID:27052064

  14. Imaging skills for transthoracic echocardiography in cardiology fellows: The value of motion metrics

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    Mario Montealegre-Gallegos

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE requires an integration of cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Whereas cognitive knowledge can be quantified, psychomotor skills are implied after repetitive task performance. We applied motion analyses to evaluate psychomotor skill acquisition during simulator-based TTE training. Methods and Results: During the first month of their fellowship training, 16 cardiology fellows underwent a multimodal TTE training program for 4 weeks (8 sessions. The program consisted of online and live didactics as well as simulator training. Kinematic metrics (path length, time, probe accelerations were obtained at the start and end of the course for 8 standard TTE views using a simulator. At the end of the course TTE image acquisition skills were tested on human models. After completion of the training program the trainees reported improved self-perceived comfort with TTE imaging. There was also an increase of 8.7% in post-test knowledge scores. There was a reduction in the number of probe accelerations [median decrease 49.5, 95% CI = 29-73, adjusted P < 0.01], total time [median decrease 10.6 s, 95% CI = 6.6-15.5, adjusted P < 0.01] and path length [median decrease 8.8 cm, 95% CI = 2.2-17.7, adjusted P < 0.01] from the start to the end of the course. During evaluation on human models, the trainees were able to obtain all the required TTE views without instructor assistance. Conclusion: Simulator-derived motion analyses can be used to objectively quantify acquisition of psychomotor skills during TTE training. Such an approach could be used to assess readiness for clinical practice of TTE.

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

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

  16. Comparison between transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in screening for infective endocarditis in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.

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    Wong, D; Keynan, Y; Rubinstein, E

    2014-11-01

    Echocardiography is an important diagnostic tool in evaluating a patient with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) for diagnosing infective endocarditis (IE). We sought to compare the utility of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in screening for IE in patients with SAB. We performed a retrospective chart review of 285 adult patients from two tertiary care hospitals with at least one positive blood culture for S. aureus between 2010 and 2012. Patients who underwent echocardiography were divided into two groups: TTE (screened with TTE only) and TEE (screened with both TTE and TEE). The demographic factors and clinical outcomes were compared between the groups. Of the 285 charts reviewed, 213 (74.7 %) patients were screened with echocardiography: 183 (85.9 %) were screened with TTE alone and 30 (14.1 %) were screened with both TTE and TEE. TEE disclosed more cases of definite IE than TTE (8 [26.7 %] vs. 22 [12.0 %], p = 0.046). The TEE group had higher mortality than the TTE group (15 [50.0 %] vs. 43 [23.5 %], p = 0.004). In patients with definite IE, mortality was higher in the TEE group than in the TTE group (6 [75.0 %] vs. 6 [27.3 %], p = 0.034). TEE discovered additional findings that were missed by TTE in 36.7 % of cases and refuted the findings of TTE in 13.3 % of cases. We do not support the routine use of TEE in patients with uncomplicated SAB. High-risk patients in which IE is a serious consideration should undergo investigation with TEE.

  17. The utility of transthoracic echocardiography to confirm central line placement: an observational study.

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    Arellano, Ramiro; Nurmohamed, Aliya; Rumman, Amir; Day, Andrew G; Milne, Brian; Phelan, Rachel; Tanzola, Robert

    2014-04-01

    Ultrasound visualization of neck vessels is the standard method used to assist with internal jugular vein (IJV) central line placement. Nevertheless, this practice has not eliminated the risk of carotid puncture and/or inadvertent arterial cannulation. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) effectively verifies wire placement within the heart but is invasive and not always available. We examined the feasibility and potential utility of using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to verify the distal wire in the right atrium (RA) before dilation and cannulation of the IJV. Following institutional Research Ethics Board approval and signed consent, 100 patients scheduled for elective cardiac surgery were recruited. As per standard practice at our institution, all patients were to have a central line inserted under general anesthesia with TEE visualization of the guidewire. Transesophageal echocardiography (apical or subcostal four-chamber images) was performed by one of four operators while another anesthesiologist performed central line placement. Following IJV puncture, blood was rapidly aspirated and reinjected to produce microbubbles. Subsequently, a 0.035-inch j-tipped flexible guidewire was inserted and visualized with TEE. The wire was then reinserted into the RA under TTE visualization. Overall, the RA was viewed 94% (95% confidence interval [CI] 87 to 98) of the time with TTE, and both the microbubbles and guidewire were detected 91% (95% CI 84 to 96) of the time. The subjects in whom the guidewire could not be well visualized had a higher mean body mass index (33.6 vs 28.8; P = 0.01). Transthoracic echocardiography [corrected] is a feasible, noninvasive, and potentially useful method to confirm appropriate placement of the guidewire before dilation and cannulation of the IJV.

  18. Assess the clinical applicability of transthoracic echocardiography in laparotomy patients in a general intensive care unit

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Echocardiography is one of the diagnostic tools that can be applied at the bedside, along with avoiding transporting critically ill patients. This prospective observational study was designed to assess the clinical applicability of the transthoracic echocardiography (TTE device by noncardiologist intensivists. Materials and Methods: Intensivists performed a limited TTE examination on critically ill patients admitted to the surgical intensive care unit (ICU. After initial cardiac clinical assessment in 85 critically ill adult patients, a limited TTE was performed by an intensivist to assess left ventricular (LV function and LV volume status as well as valvular function and qualitative factors. Data were analyzed and presented in proportions using descriptive statistics. The setting was in surgical ICU of an academic medical center. Results: Valvular abnormalities (44.8% as well as qualitative indices (68.3% were the most frequently detected abnormalities. The ejection fraction was the only alteration, which was affected by the risk factors (P = 0.05, mean = 55.57. Conclusion: Transthoracic approach can provide useful information on cardiac anatomy and function in most ICU patients along with detecting severe previously unknown conditions in some patients.

  19. [Initial study of transthoracic echocardiography guided three-dimensional printing on the application of assessment of structural heart disease].

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    Zhu, Y B; Liu, J S; Wang, L Q; Guan, X; Luo, Y J; Geng, J; Geng, Q G; Lin, Y J; Zhang, L X; Li, X X; Lu, Y P

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    Objective: To investigate the feasibility and diagnostic value of preoperative transthoracic echocardiography guided three dimensional printing model (TTE Guided 3DPM) on the assessment of structural heart disease (SHD). Methods: From February 2016 to October 2016, 44 patients underwent cardiac surgery in Tianjin Chest Hospital, forty-four patients were assessed preoperatively using TTE Guided 3DPM, including 25 males and 19 females, aged 3-75 years, with an average of (44±22) years. compared to conventional three dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3D-TTE), and took direct intraoperative findings as "Golden Standard" simultaneously. There are twelve patients with SHD, including four cases with mitral prolapse, two cases with partial endocardial cushion defect, two cases with secondary atrial septal defect, two cases with rheumatic mitral stenosis, one case with tetralogy of Fallot, one case with ventricular septal defect (VSD), thirty-two patients without SHD were designed as negative control. Results: The sensitivity and specificity of TTE Guided 3DPM were greater than or equal to 3D-TTE, P value of McNemar test of 3D-TTE was greater than 0.05, the difference was not statistically significant, kappa =0.745, P Guided 3DPM was greater than 0.05, the difference was not statistically significant, kappa =0.955, P Guided 3DPM and gold standards were consistent. Compared with 3D-TTE and TTE Guided 3DPM, P value was greater than 0.05, the difference was not statistically significant, kappa =0.879, P Guided 3DPM were consistent. TTE Guided 3DPM displayed the three-dimensional structure of SHD cardiac lesions clearly, which were consistent with intraoperative findings. Conclusion: TTE Guided 3DPM provides essential information for the preoperative evaluation and decision of SHD.

  20. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) vs. transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in assessing cardio-vascular sources of emboli in patients with acute ischemic stroke.

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    Blum, Arnon; Reisner, Shimon; Farbstein, Yakov

    2004-09-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a valuable tool in the evaluation of ischemic stroke patients. However, the real clinical impact of additional TEE data remains to be defined. Our purpose was to evaluate the impact of TEE on the management of patients at low risk for cardiogenic embolism. We studied 68 patients (57+/-10 years old) with ischemic stroke at low-risk for cardiogenic embolism. Each patient underwent bilateral carotid ultrasound Doppler study, trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE) and TEE in order to find out left atrial spontaneous echo contrast or intracavitary thrombi, communication or aneurysm of the inter-atrial septum, ventricular septal defect, patent foramen ovale, and the presence of intra-aortic atherosclerotic plaques or thrombi. In 28 out of 68 patients TEE found an abnormal lesion that has not been detected by TTE: there were 23 diffuse (>5mm) atherosclerotic atheromas in the aortic arch, 5 patent foramen ovale (PFO) lesions, 3 left atrial thrombi, 1 ventricular septal defect (VSD), and 1 atrial septal defect (ASD). 6 patients had more than 1 finding. These findings changed the management, and all 28 patients started to be treated with Coumadine instead of Aspirin. Patients with PFO were sent to close the shunt with a patch. In half of the patients TEE (but not TTE) found a significant lesion that changed our policy of management. None of these lesions were detected by TTE. It seems that TEE is mandatory in the evaluation of patients with acute ischemic stroke.

  1. Valvular heart disease by transthoracic echocardiography is associated with focal brain injury and central neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Roldan, Carlos A; Gelgand, Erika A; Qualls, Clifford R; Sibbitt, Wilmer L

    2007-01-01

    Previous studies using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) report an association of valvular heart disease (VHD) with cerebral infarcts and central neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE). However, TEE cannot be routinely used. To determine if VHD detected by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is associated with focal brain injury on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and secondarily with central NPSLE. Sixty-nine patients with systemic lupus erythematosus underwent general clinical, neuropsychiatric and laboratory evaluations followed by MRI of the brain and TTE. Forty-one patients (59%) had NPSLE (stroke, transient ischemic attack, cognitive dysfunction, acute confusional state, seizures or psychosis); 46 (67%) had focal brain injury on MRI (cerebral infarcts, white matter lesions or small punctate lesions); 38 (55%) had VHD (vegetations, thickening or regurgitation). VHD was more common in patients with than in those without focal brain injury and NPSLE (all p < 0.05); focal brain lesions were more common in patients with than in those without NPSLE (all p < 0.04); and VHD was an independent predictor of focal brain lesions and NPSLE (both p < 0.04). In patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, VHD detected by TTE is associated with focal brain injury and NPSLE. (c) 2007 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  2. Predischarge Transthoracic Echocardiography after Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease: A Routine with a Reason?

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    Shoiab, Irsa; Danford, David A; Li, Ling; Abdullah, Ibrahim; Hammel, James M; Kutty, Shelby

    2015-09-01

    Predischarge (pre-d/c) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is routine after surgery for congenital heart disease, but how it affects clinical care is unknown. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that pre-d/c TTE frequently reveals findings associated with short-term clinical course through a systematic review of findings on pre-d/c TTE and clinical events that followed. Clinical outcomes of mortality, hospitalization, catheterization, and surgery at 1 year were examined for pediatric patients undergoing pre-d/c TTE between June 2010 and June 2012. Using logistic regression, a multivariate model was generated associating clinical, pre-d/c transthoracic echocardiographic, and demographic variables with unplanned postdischarge cardiac events (UCEs) within 1 year. Of 462 patients who underwent pre-d/c TTE, there were 265 male patients (57%) and 197 female patients (43%); the median age was 0.8 years (range, 0-33 years). Two hundred thirty-seven patients (51%) had findings (valve regurgitation, hemodynamic obstruction, ventricular dysfunction, unintended shunt, or pericardial effusion) on pre-d/c TTE, 57 of which were of more than mild severity. Agreement between pre-d/c TTE and postoperative transesophageal echocardiographic findings was only fair to moderate (κ = 0.27-0.43). Sixty-four patients (14%) had UCEs. Univariate analysis revealed that UCE were more frequent in patients with diagnoses and surgical procedures of high complexity. After accounting for these confounding nonechocardiographic variables, pre-d/c transthoracic echocardiographic findings, specifically valve regurgitation of more than mild severity, and ventricular dysfunction and obstructions of any severity were independently associated with UCEs (odds ratios, 1.90, 1.99, and 1.85, respectively). Findings on pre-d/c TTE are frequent, commonly discordant with postoperative transesophageal echocardiographic results, and associated with adverse clinical events after surgery for

  3. Diagnostic Value of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Patients With Anomalous Origin of the Left Coronary Artery From the Pulmonary Artery

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    Li, Rong-Juan; Sun, Zhonghua; Yang, Jiao; Yang, Ya; Li, Yi-Jia; Leng, Zhao-Ting; Liu, Guo-Wen; Pu, Li-Hong

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    Abstract Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare congenital coronary abnormality associated with early infant mortality and sudden death in adults. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) plays an important role in early detection and diagnosis of ALCAPA as a noninvasive modality. However, its diagnostic value is not well studied. The purpose of this study is to determine the performance of TTE in the diagnostic assessment of ALCAPA as compared with coronary CT and invasive coronary angiography. A total of 22 patients (13 women and 9 men, mean age, 12.9 ± 19.5 years) with ALCAPA who underwent echocardiographic examination for clinical diagnosis were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Transthoracic echocardiographic features of ALCAPA were analyzed and its diagnostic value was compared with invasive coronary angiography and coronary CT angiography (CTA) with surgical findings serving as the gold standard. Surgery was performed in all of the patients to establish the dual coronary artery system. Five underwent the Takeuchi procedure and 17 had re-implantation of the anomalous left coronary artery. Of 20 patients, echocardiographic diagnoses were in good agreement with findings at surgery, resulting in the diagnostic accuracy of 90.9%. Two cases were misdiagnosed—one as the right coronary artery to pulmonary artery fistula and the other as rheumatic heart disease. The echocardiographic features of these patients with ALCAPA included: abnormal left coronary ostium arising from the pulmonary trunk with retrograde coronary artery flow in 20 patients; enlargement of the right coronary artery in 17 patients; abundant intercoronary septal collaterals in 17 patients; and moderate and significant mitral regurgitation in 14 patients. The diagnostic accuracy of invasive coronary angiography (in 17 patients) and coronary CTA (in 9 patients) was 100%. This study shows that TTE is an accurate, noninvasive imaging modality

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Preliminary study of the application of transthoracic echocardiography-guided three-dimensional printing for the assessment of structural heart disease.

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    Zhu, Yanbo; Liu, Jianshi; Wang, Lianqun; Guan, Xin; Luo, Yongjuan; Geng, Jie; Geng, Qingguo; Lin, Yunjia; Zhang, Lixia; Li, Xixue; Lu, Yaping

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    To investigate the feasibility and diagnostic value of a preoperative transthoracic echocardiography-guided three-dimensional printed model (TTE-guided 3DPM) for the assessment of structural heart disease (SHD). Fourty-four patients underwent cardiac surgery at Tianjin Chest Hospital. The patients were preoperatively assessed using TTE-guided 3DPM, which was compared to conventional three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE) along with direct intraoperative findings, which were considered the "gold standard." Twelve patients had SHD, including four with mitral prolapse, two with partial endocardial cushion defects, two with secondary atrial septal defects, two with rheumatic mitral stenosis, one with tetralogy of Fallot, and one with a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Thirty-two patients who did not have SHDs were designated as the negative control group. The sensitivity and specificity of the TTE-guided 3DPM were greater than or equal to those of the 3DTTE. The P-value of the McNemar test of 3DTTE was >.05, which indicates that the difference was not statistically significant (Kappa = 0.745, P guided 3DPM was >.05, which indicates that the difference was not statistically significant (Kappa = 0.955, P guided 3DPM resulted in a P-value >.05, which indicates that the difference was not statistically significant (Kappa = 0.879, P guided 3DPM displayed the 3D structure of SHDs and cardiac lesions clearly and was consistent with the intra-operative findings. Transthoracic echocardiography-guided three-dimensional printed model (TTE-guided 3DPM) provides essential information for preoperative evaluation and decision making for patients with SHDs. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Prosthesis-patient mismatch after transcatheter aortic valve implantation: impact of 2D-transthoracic echocardiography versus 3D-transesophageal echocardiography.

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    da Silva, Cristina; Sahlen, Anders; Winter, Reidar; Bäck, Magnus; Rück, Andreas; Settergren, Magnus; Manouras, Aristomenis; Shahgaldi, Kambiz

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    To investigate the role of 2D-transthoracic echocardiography (2D-TTE) and 3D-transesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) in the determination of aortic annulus size prior transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and its' impact on the prevalence of patient prosthesis mismatch (PPM). Echocardiography plays an important role in measuring aortic annulus dimension in patients undergoing TAVI. This has great importance since it determines both eligibility for TAVI and selection of prosthesis type and size, and can be potentially important in preventing an inadequate ratio between the prosthetic valvular orifice and the patient's body surface area, concept known as prosthesis-patient mismatch (PPM). A total of 45 patients were studied pre-TAVI: 20 underwent 3D-TEE (men/women 12/8, age 84.8 ± 5.6) and 25 2D-TTE (men/women 9/16, age 84.4 ± 5.4) in order to measure aortic annulus diameter. The presence of PPM was assessed before hospital discharge and after a mean period of 3 months. Moderate PPM was defined as indexed aortic valve area (AVAi) ≤ 0.85 cm(2)/m(2) and severe PPM as AVAi < 0.65 cm(2)/m(2). Immediately post-TAVI, moderate PPM was present in 25 and 28 % of patients worked up using 3D-TEE and 2D-TTE respectively p value = n.s) and severe PPM occurred in 10 % of the patients who underwent 3D-TEE and in 20 % in those with 2D-TTE (p value = n.s). The echocardiographic evaluation 3 months post-TAVI showed 25 % moderate PPM in the 3D-TEE group compared with 24 % in the 2D-TTE group (p value = n.s) and no cases of severe PPM in the 3DTEE group comparing to 20 % in the 2D-TTE group (p = 0.032). Our results indicate a higher incidence of severe PPM in patients who performed 2DTTE compared to those performing 3DTEE prior TAVI. This suggests that the 3D technique should replace the 2DTTE analysis when investigating the aortic annulus diameter in patients undergoing TAVI.

  8. Efficacy and Safety of Transthoracic Echocardiography Alone in Transcatheter Closure of Secundum-Type Atrial Septal Defects in Adults.

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    Ding, Cheng; Chang, Jia-Kan; Lin, Chang-Chyi; Wu, Yong-Jian; Hsieh, Kai-Sheng

    2016-04-01

    On-site transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to guide the transcutaneous closure of secundum-type atrial septal defects (ASDs) in the catheterization laboratory remains unclear, especially in adults. Between 2005 and 2012, a total of 82 adults underwent transcutaneous closure of ASDs. The initial 15 cases underwent the procedure with both on-site transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and TTE monitoring. Since January 2008, a total of 67 patients underwent on-site TTE alone to guide the procedure. Among the 82 adult patients who underwent a transcutaneous closure of the secundum-type ASD procedure, all had successful closure of the defects, and no periprocedural adverse complications occurred. No statistical significance was observed in the successful complete shunt closure rate between the TEE plus TTE and TTE groups during sequential follow-up (postprocedure 24 hour [87% vs. 92%],1 month [93% vs. 95%], 3 month [93% vs. 97%], and 12 month [93% vs. 97%], P > 0.05, respectively) nor was a significant difference observed between the two groups, including decreased right ventricular dimension (29.5 ± 3.3 vs. 32.0 ± 4.9 mm, 26.5 ± 3.0 vs. 28.7 ± 4.6 mm, 26.2 ± 3.1 vs. 28.2 ± 4.8 mm, and 25.6 ± 2.8 vs. 27.7 ± 4.7 mm, P > 0.05, respectively) or increased left ventricular end-diastolic dimension (41.1 ± 2.0 vs. 42.6 ± 3.0 mm, 44.3 ± 2.7 vs. 45.5 ± 3.1 mm, 44.2 ± 2.8 vs. 45.4 ± 3.1 mm, 44.9 ± 2.7 vs. 45.8 ± 2.6 mm, P > 0.05, respectively) before the procedure, and at the 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up evaluations. This study showed that TTE guidance alone may be considered efficacious and safe as TEE during a transcutaneous ASD occlusion procedure in select adults. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. A case of saddle pulmonary embolus visualized on a transthoracic echocardiography in a 69-year-old female

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A 69-year-old female with history of immobilization presented with shortness of breath and generalized weakness and was found to have large saddle pulmonary embolus on CT scan. Further evaluation with a transthoracic echocardiography revealed a moderately enlarged and hypokinetic right ventricle with a pulmonary artery clot of about 1.5 cm seen at the bifurcation while the ultrasound of the legs was negative for deep vein thrombosis.

  10. Left Atrial Enlargement on Transthoracic Echocardiography Predicts Left Atrial Thrombus on Transesophageal Echocardiography in Ischemic Stroke Patients

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE is superior to transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE in detecting left atrial thrombus (LAT, a risk factor for stroke, but is costly and invasive, carrying a higher risk for complications. Aims. To determine the utility of using left atrial enlargement (LAE on TTE to predict LAT on TEE. Methods. AIS patients who presented in 06/2008–7/2013 and underwent both TTE and TEE were identified from our prospective stroke registry. Analysis consisted of multivariate logistic regression with propensity score adjustment and receiver operating characteristic (ROC area under the curve (AUC analyses. Results. 219 AIS patients underwent both TTE and TEE. LAE on TTE was detected in 113 (51.6% of AIS patients. Patients with LAE on TTE had higher proportion of LAT on TEE (8.4% versus 1.0%, p=0.018. LAE on TTE predicted increased odds of LAT on TEE (OR=8.83, 95% CI 1.04–74.83, p=0.046. The sensitivity and specificity for LAT on TEE by LAE on TEE were 88.89% and 52.20%, respectively (AUC=0.7054, 95% CI 0.5906–0.8202. Conclusions. LAE on TTE can predict LAT detected on TEE in nearly 90% of patients. This demonstrates the utility of LAE on TTE as a potential screening tool for LAT, potentially limiting unneeded costs and complications associated with TEE.

  11. Left Atrial Enlargement on Transthoracic Echocardiography Predicts Left Atrial Thrombus on Transesophageal Echocardiography in Ischemic Stroke Patients.

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    Anaissie, James; Monlezun, Dominique; Seelochan, A; Siegler, James E; Chavez-Keatts, Maria; Tiu, Jonathan; Pineda, Denise; George, Alexander; Shaban, Amir; Abi Rafeh, Nidal; Schluter, Laurie; Martin-Schild, Sheryl; El Khoury, Ramy

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    Background. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is superior to transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) in detecting left atrial thrombus (LAT), a risk factor for stroke, but is costly and invasive, carrying a higher risk for complications. Aims. To determine the utility of using left atrial enlargement (LAE) on TTE to predict LAT on TEE. Methods. AIS patients who presented in 06/2008-7/2013 and underwent both TTE and TEE were identified from our prospective stroke registry. Analysis consisted of multivariate logistic regression with propensity score adjustment and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) area under the curve (AUC) analyses. Results. 219 AIS patients underwent both TTE and TEE. LAE on TTE was detected in 113 (51.6%) of AIS patients. Patients with LAE on TTE had higher proportion of LAT on TEE (8.4% versus 1.0%, p = 0.018). LAE on TTE predicted increased odds of LAT on TEE (OR = 8.83, 95% CI 1.04-74.83, p = 0.046). The sensitivity and specificity for LAT on TEE by LAE on TEE were 88.89% and 52.20%, respectively (AUC = 0.7054, 95% CI 0.5906-0.8202). Conclusions. LAE on TTE can predict LAT detected on TEE in nearly 90% of patients. This demonstrates the utility of LAE on TTE as a potential screening tool for LAT, potentially limiting unneeded costs and complications associated with TEE.

  12. [The limitation of transthoracic echocardiography in diagnosing partial anomalous pulmonary venous drainage].

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    Zhang, J; Gao, Y; Yang, J L; Chen, W D; Huang, G Y; Ma, X J

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    Objective: To improve the diagnostic accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) by analyzing its limitations in diagnosing partial anomalous pulmonary venous drainage (PAPVD). Method: This was a retrospective analysis of PAPVD patients seen at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University from October 1 2006 to October 1 2016. The echocardiographic data were compared to findings on multi-slice spiral CT (MSCT), cardiac catheterization or surgery. The echocardiography machines used were Philip IE33, GE Vivid 7 and Vivid i with frequency ranging from 5.0 MHz to 7.5 MHz. The cardiac structure was analyzed according to Van Praagh segments. Result: A total of 43 cases of PAPVD were enrolled, male∶ female ratio 20∶23 with average age (27.9±21.4) months. Among them, 3 cases were simple PAPVD and 40 cases had other associated congenital heart diseases. TTE was successful in diagnosing 29 cases (67%) while 14 cases were missed. The diagnostic rate for right pulmonary vein drainage into superior vena cava, right atrium, inferior vena cava were 5/10, 17/20, and 3/5 respectively while left pulmonary vein drainage into left innominate vein was only 1/4. Added TTE images to re-exam the 9 of the 14 missed cases, 5 cases of abnormal drainage from right superior pulmonary vein were diagnosed, while 4 cases of drainage from right lower or left pulmonary vein were only picked up by indirect signs. Conclusion: The distance of the pulmonary veins from the routine ultrasound view and the possibility of branch number variation may limit the accuracy of TTE in diagnosing PAPVD, especially for drainage from right lower and left pulmonary vein. But TTE is still the preferred diagnostic method. The diagnostic rate could be increased by paying special attention to non-routine views including the suprasternal fossa, the right parasternal and subcostal area.

  13. 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.

  14. Aortic valve type and calcification as assessed by transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography.

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    Yousry, Mohamed; Rickenlund, Anette; Petrini, Johan; Jenner, Jonas; Liska, Jan; Eriksson, Per; Franco-Cereceda, Anders; Eriksson, Maria J; Caidahl, Kenneth

    2015-07-01

    Aortic valve calcification (AVC) may predict poor outcome. Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) leads to several haemodynamic changes accelerating the progress of aortic valve (AV) disease. To compare the diagnostic accuracy of transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in the assessment of aortic valve phenotype and degree of AVC, with intra-operative evaluation as a reference. We examined 169 patients (median age 65 years, 51 women) without significant coronary artery disease undergoing AV and/or aortic root surgery. TTE was performed within a week prior to surgery and TEE at the time of surgery. Compared with surgical AVC assessment, visual evaluation using a 5-grade scoring system and real-time images showed a higher correlation (TTE r = 0·83 and TEE r = 0·82) than visual (TTE r = 0·64 and TEE 0·63) or grey scale mean (GSMn) (TTE r = 0·63 and TEE r = 0·52) assessment of end-diastolic still frames. AVC assessment using real-time images showed high intraclass correlation coefficients (TTE 0·94 and TEE 0·93). With regard to BAV, TEE was superior to TTE with a higher interobserver agreement, sensitivity and specificity (0·86, 92% and 94% versus 0·57, 77% and 82%, respectively). Semi-quantitative AVC assessment of real-time cine loops from both TEE and TTE correlated well with intra-operative evaluation of AVC. Applying a predefined scoring system for AVC evaluation assures a high interobserver correlation. TEE was superior to TTE for evaluation of valve phenotype and should be considered when a diagnosis of BAV is clinically important. © 2014 The Authors. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine.

  15. Semiautomatic, Quantitative Measurement of Aortic Valve Area Using CTA: Validation and Comparison with Transthoracic Echocardiography

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    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.

  16. The Clinical and Economic Impact of Preoperative Transthoracic Echocardiography in Elderly Patients with Hip Fractures.

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    Marcantonio, Andrew; Steen, Brandon; Kain, Michael; Bramlett, Kasey-Jean; Tilzey, John F; Iorio, Richard

    2015-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate preoperative transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) on cardiac intervention, length of stay (LOS), inpatient mortality, and costs. A retrospective series of 43 preoperative TTE and 161 non-TTE (control) hip fracture patients (> 65 years) was reviewed. The data collected included ASA score, comorbidities, indication for TTE, perioperative cardiac intervention, LOS, inpatient mortality, and cost. One of 43 (2.4%) (TTE) had a cardiac intervention (PTCA/CABG). Zero interventions occurred in the control group. The average time to operation was 1.5 days (TTE) and 0.93 days (control) (p TTE) and 6.0 days (control), (p = 0.04). Patients (American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification 3 and 4 patients), LOS was 7.3 days (TTE) and 6.3 days (control) (p = 0.18). Inpatient mortality was 2.3% (TTE) and 3% (control) (p = 0.493). There was no correlation between TTE and anesthesia. Hospital costs were different between groups (TTE $24,445 and control $18,429, p = 0.02). Preoperative TTE in elderly patients with hip fractures resulted in a low cardiac intervention rate. Patients undergoing preoperative TTE prior to surgery had longer times to operation, LOS, and higher hospital costs. The utility of TTE as a preoperative screening tool is limited in the geriatric hip fracture population and does not appear to effect perioperative mortality rates.

  17. 15. Sensitivity in visualizing vegetations in cardiac lead-induced endocarditis: A comparative study between transesophageal vs. transthoracic echocardiography

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    Full Text Available Despite advancement in sterile cardiac device implantation techniques, wound infections and/or bacteremia remain a significant problem. The presence of a vegetation in lead-induced endocarditis (LIE is a critical factor that determines the management. Transthoracic (TTE and Transesophageal (TEE Echocardiography are two different cardiac modalities that are used for the detection of lead vegetation. However, it is not yet clear which of the two has the highest diagnostic accuracy. We aim to identify which of the two has the highest sensitivity. In addition, we aim to correlate the existence of a vegetation with blood and wound culture results. We conducted a chart review in 113 patients whom underwent lead extraction at Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Saudi Arabia during the period of Jan, 2002 to Jul, 2015. Six patients underwent lead extraction twice, increasing the number to be a total of 119 cases. Out of the study cohort, we include 38 patients who had both TTE and TEE done prior to lead extraction. Data regarding TTE, TEE, as well as blood and wound cultures were collected from echocardiography and microbiology lab reports using a well-structured case report form.Of the study population, 21 patients (55.3% had lead vegetations visualized either by TTE or TEE. Nineteen patients had vegetations detected by TEE, compared to 6 patients only when TTE was used. The sensitivity of TEE and TTE were 90.5% (CI: 69.6–98.8% and 28.5% (95% CI: 11.3–52.1%, respectively. Blood and wound culture results showed that in the presence of a vegetation, blood cultures were positive in 55% of the cases (P = 0.036 while only 44.4% of those with vegetations had a positive wound culture (P = 0.347. TEE has higher sensitivity in detecting vegetations compared to TTE in LIE. The presence of a vegetation is more likely to be associated with a positive blood culture than a positive wound culture. Further studies ought to measure the accuracy of different

  18. Transthoracic echocardiography: an accurate and precise method for estimating cardiac output in the critically ill patient.

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    Mercado, Pablo; Maizel, Julien; Beyls, Christophe; Titeca-Beauport, Dimitri; Joris, Magalie; Kontar, Loay; Riviere, Antoine; Bonef, Olivier; Soupison, Thierry; Tribouilloy, Christophe; de Cagny, Bertrand; Slama, Michel

    2017-06-09

    Cardiac output (CO) monitoring is a valuable tool for the diagnosis and management of critically ill patients. In the critical care setting, few studies have evaluated the level of agreement between CO estimated by transthoracic echocardiography (CO-TTE) and that measured by the reference method, pulmonary artery catheter (CO-PAC). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the precision and accuracy of CO-TTE relative to CO-PAC and the ability of transthoracic echocardiography to track variations in CO, in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients. Thirty-eight mechanically ventilated patients fitted with a PAC were included in a prospective observational study performed in a 16-bed university hospital ICU. CO-PAC was measured via intermittent thermodilution. Simultaneously, a second investigator used standard-view TTE to estimate CO-TTE as the product of stroke volume and the heart rate obtained during the measurement of the subaortic velocity time integral. Sixty-four pairs of CO-PAC and CO-TTE measurements were compared. The two measurements were significantly correlated (r = 0.95; p < 0.0001). The median bias was 0.2 L/min, the limits of agreement (LOAs) were -1.3 and 1.8 L/min, and the percentage error was 25%. The precision was 8% for CO-PAC and 9% for CO-TTE. Twenty-six pairs of ΔCO measurements were compared. There was a significant correlation between ΔCO-PAC and ΔCO-TTE (r = 0.92; p < 0.0001). The median bias was -0.1 L/min and the LOAs were -1.3 and +1.2 L/min. With a 15% exclusion zone, the four-quadrant plot had a concordance rate of 94%. With a 0.5 L/min exclusion zone, the polar plot had a mean polar angle of 1.0° and a percentage error LOAs of -26.8 to 28.8°. The concordance rate was 100% between 30 and -30°. When using CO-TTE to detect an increase in ΔCO-PAC of more than 10%, the area under the receiving operating characteristic curve (95% CI) was 0.82 (0.62-0.94) (p < 0.001). A ΔCO-TTE of more than 8

  19. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography to predict optimal tube pulsing window for coronary artery CT angiography

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    Rationale and objective: To evaluate the feasibility of transthoracic Doppler echocardiography to determine the optimal pulsing windows for CT coronary angiography to narrow the pulsing windows further, especially in higher heart rate. Materials and methods: Doppler was performed on 135 patients before CT scanning. For Doppler, the intervals with minimal motion were evaluated during both systole and diastole integrating electrocardiogram (ECG) intervals. For CT scanning, the retrospective ECG-gating was applied and the optimal reconstruction intervals were determined. The accuracy of Doppler analysis to predict the optimal reconstruction intervals was tested. The predicted length of pulsing windows was compared between Doppler analysis and traditional prospective ECG-gating protocol (heart rate ≦ 65 bpm, 60–76%; 66–79 bpm, 30–77%; ≧80 bpm, 31–47%). Results: According to Doppler analysis, the mean length of intervals with minimal motion in systole was 106.4 ± 39.2 ms and 125.2 ± 92.0 ms in diastole. When the intervals with minimal motion during diastole > 90 ms, the optimal reconstruction intervals were located at diastole; otherwise, at systole (P < 0.001). The optimal reconstruction intervals in 93.8% (132/135) patients could be predicted accurately by Doppler analysis. If the optimal reconstruction intervals predicted by Doppler were applied as the exposure windows, the mean length of pulsing windows should has been 105.2 ± 69.4 ms (range: 26.9–510.3 ms), which was significantly shorter than that of traditional prospective ECG-gating protocol (232.0 ± 120.2 ms, range: 93.2–427.3 ms, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Doppler can help detecting the optimal pulsing windows accurately. Prospective ECG-gating incorporating Doppler analysis may narrow pulsing windows significantly while maintaining image quality.

  20. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography to predict optimal tube pulsing window for coronary artery CT angiography

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    Sun, Gang; Li, Min; Jiang, Xiang-sen; Li, Li; Peng, Zhao-hui; Mu, Nan-nan

    2012-01-01

    Rationale and objective: To evaluate the feasibility of transthoracic Doppler echocardiography to determine the optimal pulsing windows for CT coronary angiography to narrow the pulsing windows further, especially in higher heart rate. Materials and methods: Doppler was performed on 135 patients before CT scanning. For Doppler, the intervals with minimal motion were evaluated during both systole and diastole integrating electrocardiogram (ECG) intervals. For CT scanning, the retrospective ECG-gating was applied and the optimal reconstruction intervals were determined. The accuracy of Doppler analysis to predict the optimal reconstruction intervals was tested. The predicted length of pulsing windows was compared between Doppler analysis and traditional prospective ECG-gating protocol (heart rate ≦ 65 bpm, 60–76%; 66–79 bpm, 30–77%; ≧80 bpm, 31–47%). Results: According to Doppler analysis, the mean length of intervals with minimal motion in systole was 106.4 ± 39.2 ms and 125.2 ± 92.0 ms in diastole. When the intervals with minimal motion during diastole > 90 ms, the optimal reconstruction intervals were located at diastole; otherwise, at systole (P < 0.001). The optimal reconstruction intervals in 93.8% (132/135) patients could be predicted accurately by Doppler analysis. If the optimal reconstruction intervals predicted by Doppler were applied as the exposure windows, the mean length of pulsing windows should has been 105.2 ± 69.4 ms (range: 26.9–510.3 ms), which was significantly shorter than that of traditional prospective ECG-gating protocol (232.0 ± 120.2 ms, range: 93.2–427.3 ms, P < 0.001). Conclusion: Doppler can help detecting the optimal pulsing windows accurately. Prospective ECG-gating incorporating Doppler analysis may narrow pulsing windows significantly while maintaining image quality

  1. Transthoracic echocardiography for imaging of the different coronary artery segments: a feasibility study

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    Wiseth Rune

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE may be used for direct inspection of various parts of the main coronary arteries for detection of coronary stenoses and occlusions. We aimed to assess the feasibility of TTE to visualise the complete segments of the left main (LM, left descending (LAD, circumflex (Cx and right (RCA coronary arteries. Methods One hundred and eleven patients scheduled for diagnostic coronary angiography because of chest pain or acute coronary syndrome had a TTE study to map the passage of the main coronary arteries. LAD, Cx and RCA were each divided into proximal, middle and distal segments. If any part of the individual segment of a coronary artery with antegrade blood flow was not visualised, the segment was labeled as not satisfactorily seen. Results Complete imaging of the LM was achieved in 98% of the patients. With antegrade directed coronary artery flow, the proximal, middle and distal segments of LAD were completely seen in 96%, 95% and 91% of patients, respectively. Adding the completely seen segments with antegrade coronary flow and segments with retrograde coronary flow, the proximal, middle and distal segments of LAD were adequately visualised in 96%, 96% and 93% of patients, respectively. With antegrade directed coronary artery flow, the proximal, middle and distal segments of Cx were completely seen in 88%, 61% and 3% and in RCA in 40%, 28% and 54% of patients. Retrograde coronary artery flow was correctly identified as verified by coronary angiography in seven coronary segments, mainly in the posterior descending artery (labeled as the distal segment of RCA and distal LAD. Conclusions TTE is a feasible method for complete demonstration of coronary flow in the LM, the proximal Cx and the different segments of LAD, but less suitable for the RCA and mid and distal segments of the Cx. (ClinicalTrials.gov number NTC00281346.

  2. Feasibility and safety of transthoracic echocardiography-guided transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects with deficient superior-anterior rims.

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    Li, Gui-Shuang; Li, Hai-De; Yang, Jie; Zhang, Wen-Quan; Hou, Zong-Shen; Li, Qing-Chen; Zhang, Yun

    2012-01-01

    Although previous studies showed that transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can be used to guide transcatheter closure of atrial septal defect (ASD), whether TTE can be used to guide transcatheter closure of secundum ASD with a deficient superior-anterior rim is unknown and this critical issue was addressed in the present study. A total of 280 patients with secundum ASD who underwent transcatheter ASD closure were recruited and divided into groups A and B depending on ASD superior-anterior rim>4 mm (n = 118) or ≤4 mm (n = 162). TTE was used to guide Amplatzer-type septal occluder (ASO) positioning and assess residual shunt. Procedure success was defined as no, trivial and small residual shunt immediately after the procedure as assessed by color Doppler flow imaging. Group A and group B did not differ in complication rate (8.55% vs.7.55%), procedure success rate (98.3% vs. 95.0%) or complete closure rate immediately after the procedure (89.7% vs. 89.3%) or at 6-month follow-up (98.3% vs. 96.8%). The mean procedure and fluoroscopy time in group B were much longer than those in group A. In conclusion, the absence of a sufficient superior-anterior rim in patients undergoing percutaneous closure of secundum-type ASDs using fluoroscopic and TTE guidance is associated with slightly greater device malposition and migration as well as increased procedural and fluoroscopic times, but the overall complication rate did not differ with TTE guidance when compared to historical controls that used TEE guidance.

  3. Mitral valve morphology assessed by three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography in healthy dogs and dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease.

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    Menciotti, G; Borgarelli, M; Aherne, M; Wesselowski, S; Häggström, J; Ljungvall, I; Lahmers, S M; Abbott, J A

    2017-04-01

    To assess differences in morphology of the mitral valve (MV) between healthy dogs and dogs affected by myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) using real-time transthoracic three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE). Thirty-four were normal dogs and 79 dogs were affected by MMVD. Real-time transthoracic three-dimensional echocardiography mitral datasets were digitally recorded and analyzed using dedicated software. The following variables were obtained and compared between healthy dogs and dogs with MMVD at different stages: antero-posterior annulus diameter, anterolateral-posteromedial annulus diameter, commissural diameter, annulus height, annulus circumference, annulus area, anterior leaflet length, anterior leaflet area, posterior leaflet length, posterior leaflet area, non-planar angle, annulus sphericity index, tenting height, tenting area, tenting volume, the ratio of annulus height and commissural diameter. Dogs with MMVD had a more circular MV annulus compared to healthy dogs as demonstrated by an increased annulus sphericity index (p=0.0179). Affected dogs had a less saddle-shaped MV manifest as a decreased annulus height to commissural width ratio (p=0.0004). Tenting height (pdogs. Real-time transthoracic three-dimensional echocardiography analysis demonstrated that dogs affected by MMVD had a more circular and less saddle-shaped MV annulus, as well as reduced tenting height area and volume, compared to healthy dogs. Multiple variables differed between dogs at different stages of MMVD. Diagnostic and prognostic utility of these variables, and the significance of these changes in the pathogenesis and natural history of MMVD, require further attention. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Reproducibility of right-to-left shunt quantification using transthoracic contrast echocardiography in hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia.

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    Vorselaars, V M M; Velthuis, S; Huitema, M P; Hosman, A E; Westermann, C J J; Snijder, R J; Mager, J J; Post, M C

    2018-04-01

    Transthoracic contrast echocardiography (TTCE) is recommended for screening of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) in hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia. Shunt quantification is used to find treatable PAVMs. So far, there has been no study investigating the reproducibility of this diagnostic test. Therefore, this study aimed to describe inter-observer and inter-injection variability of TTCE. We conducted a prospective single centre study. We included all consecutive persons screened for presence of PAVMs in association with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia in 2015. The videos of two contrast injections per patient were divided and reviewed by two cardiologists blinded for patient data. Pulmonary right-to-left shunts were graded using a three-grade scale. Inter-observer and inter-injection agreement was calculated with κ statistics for the presence and grade of pulmonary right-to-left shunts. We included 107 persons (accounting for 214 injections) (49.5% male, mean age 45.0 ± 16.6 years). A pulmonary right-to-left shunt was present in 136 (63.6%) and 131 (61.2%) injections for observer 1 and 2, respectively. Inter-injection agreement for the presence of pulmonary right-to-left shunts was 0.96 (95% confidence interval (CI) 0.9-1.0) and 0.98 (95% CI 0.94-1.00) for observer 1 and 2, respectively. Inter-injection agreement for pulmonary right-to-left shunt grade was 0.96 (95% CI 0.93-0.99) and 0.95 (95% CI 0.92-0.98) respectively. There was disagreement in right-to-left shunt grade between the contrast injections in 11 patients (10.3%). Inter-observer variability for presence and grade of the pulmonary right-to-left shunt was 0.95 (95% CI 0.91-0.99) and 0.97 (95% CI 0.95-0.99) respectively. TTCE has an excellent inter-injection and inter-observer agreement for both the presence and grade of pulmonary right-to-left shunts.

  5. 3D printing of normal and pathologic tricuspid valves from transthoracic 3D echocardiography data sets.

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    Muraru, Denisa; Veronesi, Federico; Maddalozzo, Anna; Dequal, Daniele; Frajhof, Leonardo; Rabischoffsky, Arnaldo; Iliceto, Sabino; Badano, Luigi P

    2017-07-01

    To explore the feasibility of using transthoracic 3D echocardiography (3DTTE) data to generate 3D patient-specific models of tricuspid valve (TV). Multi-beat 3D data sets of the TV (32 vol/s) were acquired in five subjects with various TV morphologies from the apical approach and analysed offline with custom-made software. Coordinates representing the annulus and the leaflets were imported into MeshLab (Visual Computing Lab ISTICNR) to develop solid models to be converted to stereolithographic file format and 3D print. Measurements of the TV annulus antero-posterior (AP) and medio-lateral (ML) diameters, perimeter (P), and TV tenting height (H) and volume (V) obtained from the 3D echo data set were compared with those performed on the 3D models using a caliper, a syringe and a millimeter tape. Antero-posterior (4.2 ± 0.2 cm vs. 4.2 ± 0 cm), ML (3.7 ± 0.2 cm vs. 3.6 ± 0.1 cm), P (12.6 ± 0.2 cm vs. 12.7 ± 0.1 cm), H (11.2 ± 2.1 mm vs. 10.8 ± 2.1 mm) and V (3.0 ± 0.6 ml vs. 2.8 ± 1.4 ml) were similar (P = NS for all) when measured on the 3D data set and the printed model. The two sets of measurements were highly correlated (r = 0.991). The mean absolute error (2D - 3D) for AP, ML, P and tenting H was 0.7 ± 0.3 mm, indicating accuracy of the 3D model of printing of the TV from 3DTTE data is feasible with highly conserved fidelity. This technique has the potential for rapid integration into clinical practice to assist with decision-making, surgical planning, and teaching. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  6. Role of Transthoracic Echocardiography in the Evaluation of Patients with Retinal Vein Occlusion

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    Afsoon Fazlinezhad

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Retinal vein occlusion  is a common vascular disorder disrupting vision. Two basic types of RVO are branch retinal vein occlusion and central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO.  Retinal vein occlusion is a multifactor process including systemic illness and local retinal factors.RVO may be associated with atherosclerotic risk factors. We analyzed the role of 2 dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE for detecting the cardiac disease in patients with retinal veins occlusion. Materials and Methods:In this cross-sectional study 70 recently diagnosed patients with RVO enrolled in the study. The clinical diagnosis of retinal vein occlusion and its type was confirmed by a vitreoretinal specialist. The Patients were then referred for performing complete TTE. Results: The prevalence of RVO increased with age, but did not vary by sex. The most frequent cardiovascular risk factor was hypertension. The findings of our study revealed that a variety of echocardiographic abnormalities may be presented in patients with RVO. Diastolic dysfunction was the most frequent echocardiographic finding and we found positive correlation between diastolic dysfunction with increasing age and the presence of hypertension. Other findings included mitral regurgitation (52.9%, mitral stenosis (2.9%, mitral annulus calcification (1.4%, mitral valve prolapse (8.6%, aortic insufficiency (22.9%, sclerotic aortic valve (27.1%, tricuspid regurgitation (45.7%, pulmonary insufficiency (8.6%, mild pulmonary hypertension (8.6%, and moderate to severe pulmonary hypertension (4.3% Mild LVH (11.4%, Moderate LVH (8.6%. Abnormality on IAS was defined in these patients, including paten foramen ovale, lipomatosis IAS, exaggerated motion of IAS, and aneurysm of IAS. Conclusion: In our study, the most common echocardiographic finding was diastolic dysfunction which was compatible with the patients' age and the fact that the most prevalent risk factor was hypertension. Other

  7. Feasibility and Impact of Focused Intraoperative Transthoracic Echocardiography on Management in Thoracic Surgery Patients: An Observational Study.

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    Kratz, Thomas; Holz, Sarah; Steinfeldt, Thorsten; Exner, Maik; Campo dell'Orto, Marco; Kratz, Caroline; Wulf, Hinnerk; Zoremba, Martin

    2018-04-01

    Intraoperative focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is feasible and has an effect on the management of hemodynamically unstable surgical patients. Furthermore, in noncardiac thoracic surgery, TTE might provide additional information for hemodynamic treatment. Transthoracic accessibility during thoracic surgical interventions is assumed to be difficult. For patients positioned on their right side, a modified subcostal transthoracic view might be helpful. A prospective observational study. Single-center university hospital. The study comprised 105 consecutive patients undergoing noncardiac thoracic surgery. Focused TTE was performed during anesthetic induction after intubation for mechanical ventilation. Intraoperative focused TTE, after positioning and draping for surgery, was attempted again for all 105 patients. Changes in patient management due to the results of the TTE were documented and analyzed. Presurgical TTE with mechanical ventilation was applied successfully in 98.1% of 105 patients. Intraoperative imaging was successful in 90 patients (85.7%). Results of intraoperative TTE led to the modification of perioperative management in 39 patients (37.1%), 20 (22.0%) of these during surgery. TTE in noncardiac thoracic surgery is feasible using a modified subcostal view and has an effect on hemodynamic management in a considerable number of patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Utility of brain natriuretic peptide in diagnosis of congestive heart failure and comparison with trans-thoracic echocardiography: a multicenter analysis in south asian and arabian population

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    Ejaz, N.

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate serum Brain Natriuretic Peptide levels (BNP) as a screening test in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Study Design: Comparative cross-sectional study. Place and Duration of Study: Prince Salman Heart Center, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between December 2010 to January 2012 and Nishtar Hospital, Multan, Pakistan, from February to August 2006. Methodology: A total of 80 patients with clinical diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) underwent measurement of serum BNP and had a trans-thoracic echocardiography to measure Ejection Fraction (EF). The normal limit for serum BNP levels, provided by the manufacturer of the kit was applied as a cut-off value for BNP. EF of > 45% was considered normal. Results: Forty seven patients (94%) had an EF < 45%. BNP levels were elevated in 36 patients (72%). Sensitivity and specificity of BNP was found to be 80% and 66% respectively and accuracy was 80%. Conclusion: BNP measurements as a screening tool for CHF has good sensitivity and accuracy when compared to echocardiography. (author)

  9. High frame rate synthetic aperture vector flow imaging for transthoracic echocardiography

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    Villagómez Hoyos, Carlos Armando; Stuart, Matthias Bo; Bechsgaard, Thor

    2016-01-01

    This work presents the first in vivo results of 2-D high frame rate vector velocity imaging for transthoracic cardiac imaging. Measurements are made on a healthy volunteer using the SARUS experimental ultrasound scanner connected to an intercostal phased-array probe. Two parasternal long-axis vie...

  10. What Is Echocardiography?

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    ... Intramural Research Home / Echocardiography Echocardiography Also known as Echo , Surface echo , Ultrasound of ... other tests, echo doesn't involve radiation. Transthoracic Echocardiography Transthoracic (tranz-thor-AS-ik) echo is the ...

  11. Angiographically borderline left main coronary artery lesions: correlation of transthoracic doppler echocardiography and intravascular ultrasound: a pilot study

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    Varga Albert

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background the clinical decision making could be difficult in patients with borderline lesions (visually assessed stenosis severity of 30 to 50% of the left main coronary artery (LM. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between transthoracic Doppler (TTDE peak diastolic flow velocity (PDV and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS measurements in the assessment of angiographically borderline LM lesions. Methods 27 patients (mean age 64 ± 8 years, 21 males with borderline LM stenosis referred for IVUS examination were included in the study. We performed standard IVUS with minimal lumen area (MLA and plaque burden (PB measurement and routine quantitative coronary angiography (QCA with diameter stenosis (%DS and area stenosis (%AS assessment in all. During TTDE, resting PDV was measured in the LM. Results interpretable Doppler signal could be obtained in 24 patients (88% feasibility; therefore these patients entered the final analysis. MLA was 7.1 ± 2.7 mm2. TTDE measured PDV correlated significantly with IVUS-derived MLA (r = -0.46, p 2 LM stenosis. Conclusion In angiographically borderline LM disease, resting PDV from transthoracic echocardiography is increased in presence of increased plaque burden by IVUS. TTDE evaluation might be a useful adjunct to other invasive and non-invasive methods in the assessment of borderline LM lesions. Further, large scale studies are needed to establish the exact cut-off value of PDV for routine clinical application.

  12. Accuracy of Transthoracic Echocardiography in Assessing Retro-aortic Rim prior to Device Closure of Atrial Septal Defects.

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    O'Byrne, Michael L; Glatz, Andrew C; Goldberg, David J; Shinohara, Russell; Dori, Yoav; Rome, Jonathan J; Gillespie, Matthew J

    2015-01-01

    Deficient retro-aortic rim has been identified as a risk factor for device erosion following trans-catheter closure of atrial septal defects (ASDs). Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the primary screening method for subjects for possible device closure of ASD, but its reliability in measuring retro-aortic rim size has not been assessed previously. A single-institution cross-sectional analysis of children and adults referred for trans-catheter device closure of single ostium secundum ASD from January 1, 2005 to April 1, 2012 with reviewable TTE and trans-esophageal echocardiogram images was performed. Inter-rater reliability of measurements was tested in a 24% sample. Accuracy of TTE measurement of retro-aortic rim was assessed using a Bland-Altman plot with trans-esophageal echocardiogram measurement as the gold standard. Test characteristics of TTE detection of deficient retro-aortic rim were calculated. Risk factors for misclassification of deficient retro-aortic rim were assessed using receiver operator characteristic curves. Risk factors for measurement error were assessed through multivariate linear regression. In total, 163 subjects of median age 5 years (range: 0.3-46 years) were included. Trans-thoracic echocardiography had 90% sensitivity, 84% specificity, 90% positive predictive value, and 83% negative predictive value to detect deficient retro-aortic rim. Bland-Altman plot demonstrated no fixed bias (P = .23), but errors in measurement increased on average as the aortic rim increased in size (P affect receiver operator characteristic curve area under the curve, nor were any patient-level risk factors independently associated with increased measurement error on TTE. TTE is a sensitive and specific screening test for deficient retro-aortic rim across a range of patient ages and sizes. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  13. Assessment of Mitral Valve Stenosis by Simplifying Proximal Isovelocity Surface Area in Iraqi Patients by Transthoracic Echocardiography

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    Ghazi F. Haji

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Mitral Stenosis refers to narrowing of the mitral valve orifice, resulting in impairment of filling of the left ventricle in diastole. Proximal isovelocity surface area measurement, also known as the flow convergence method, can be used in transthoracic echocardiography to estimate the area of an orifice through which blood flows. Objectives: To compare simple PISA equation, created by combined fixing the angle to 1000 and the Val to 33 cm/s, with mitral valve area measured by pressure half time and planimetry which was taken as reference method. Patients and Methods: A cross sectional prospective study was conducted in multi teaching centers. Total 104 patients were enrolled in this study from which 41 were excluded from the study. Transthoracic echocardiographic examination was used to analyze parameters selected by M-mode, 2D, and pulse doppler. Results: The patients enrolled in this study were with a mean age of 45.4 ± 7.1 years and 23.8% of them within the age group 30-39 years and the remaining 76.2% were >40 years. Female patients were the dominant represented 73.0% while males were 7.0% of the studied group (female: male ratio was 3:1; 61.9% were in sinus rhythm and 38.1% in atrial fibrillation. About 58.7% of the patients had Wilkin’s score less than 8, the mean mitral valve area according to planimetry method was 1.14 ± 0.32 cm2 and it was 1.12 ± 0.28 cm2 by PISA while the mean mitral valve area by pressure half time method was 1.19 ± 0.30 cm2 . The agreement between PISA and planimetry revealed that PISA had good agreement with planimetry in diagnosis of mitral stenosis, (kappa=0.835, P<0.001. On the other hand, there was a fair significant agreement between pressure half time and planimetry. Conclusion: PISA method can effectively predict mitral valve area and severity of mitral stenosis by the equation: mitral valve area = 115 × r2 /Vmax, provided that aliasing velocity is fixed at 33 cm/s, with the advantage of

  14. 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; Lederlin, Mathieu; Lafitte, Stephane; Serri, Karim; Montaudon, Michel; Corneloup, Olivier; Roudaut, Raymond; Laurent, Francois

    2006-01-01

    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 2 as measured by TEE, were enrolled in the study. Mean differences were: between CMR and TEE planimetry: d = 0.01 ± 0.14 cm 2 , between CMR and cardiac catheterisation: d = 0.05 ± 0.13 cm 2 , between CMR and TTE: d = 0.10 ± 0.17 cm 2 , between TTE and TEE: d = 0.10 ± 0.18 cm 2 , between TTE and cardiac catheterisation: d 0.06 ± 0.16 cm 2 , and between TEE and cardiac catheterisation: d = 0.07 ± 0.13 cm 2 . Mean intraobserver and interobserver differences of CMR planimetry were d = 0.02 ± 0.07 cm 2 and d = 0.03 ± 0.14 cm 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

  15. Factors Influencing Pediatric Outpatient Transthoracic Echocardiography Utilization Before Appropriate Use Criteria Release: A Multicenter Study.

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    Stern, Kenan W D; Gulesserian, Talin; Choi, Jaeun; Lang, Sean M; Statile, Christopher J; Michelfelder, Erik C; McLaughlin, Ericka S; Nguyen, Tuan; Lopez, Leo; Verghese, George R; Hsu, Daphne T; Sachdeva, Ritu

    2017-12-01

    Although pediatric appropriate use criteria (AUC) for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) are available, little is known about TTE utilization patterns before their release. The aims of this study were to determine the relation between AUC and TTE utilization and to identify patient and physician factors associated with discordance between the AUC and clinical practice. A retrospective review of 3,000 initial outpatient pediatric cardiology encounters at six centers was performed. Investigator-determined indications were classified using AUC definitions. Concordance between AUC and TTE utilization was determined. Multivariate analysis was performed to identify patient and physician factors associated with TTE's being performed for rarely appropriate and TTE's not being performed for appropriate indications. Concordance between AUC and TTE utilization was 88%. TTE was performed for rarely appropriate indications in 9% and was associated with patient age TTE was ordered for appropriate indications in 3% and was associated with indications including prior test result (primarily abnormal electrocardiographic findings), older patients, and physician subspecialty other than generalist or imaging. There was high variability in TTE utilization among centers. There was a reasonable degree of concordance between AUC and clinical practice before AUC publication. Several patient and physician factors were associated with discordance with the AUC. These findings should be considered in efforts to disseminate the AUC and in the development of future iterations. The causes for variation among centers deserve further exploration. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. 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

  17. 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; Goo, Hyun Woo

    2017-01-01

    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

  18. Transthoracic Echocardiography versus Computed Tomography for Ascending Aortic Measurements in Patients with Bicuspid Aortic Valve.

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    Park, Jae Yoon; Foley, Thomas A; Bonnichsen, Crystal R; Maurer, Matthew J; Goergen, Krista M; Nkomo, Vuyisile T; Enriquez-Sarano, Maurice; Williamson, Eric E; Michelena, Hector I

    2017-07-01

    Ascending aorta dilatation is common in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). The aim of this study was to investigate agreement of transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) measurement of the sinuses of Valsalva and the tubular mid-ascending aorta (Asc-Ao) compared with electrocardiographically gated computed tomographic angiographic (CTA) assessment in patients with BAV. Fifty-three patients with BAV (mean age, 54 ± 14 years; 74% men) who underwent both TTE and CTA imaging for ascending aortic assessment were retrospectively identified. All studies were measured de novo by experts. TTE measurements were obtained at the sinuses and the Asc-Ao, at both systole and end-diastole, using both leading edge-to-leading edge (L-L) and inner edge-to-inner edge (I-I) methods in the parasternal long-axis (LAX) view. The sinuses were also measured in the parasternal short-axis (SAX) view using the same methods plus mid-diastole. CTA measurements were obtained in diastole using outer wall-to-outer wall (O-O) and inner wall-to-inner wall (I-I) methods. Correlation and agreement between the two imaging modalities were assessed using Lin correlation and Bland-Altman analysis, respectively. Compared with CTA O-O maximum sinuses diameter, the best correlation and agreement were obtained using the TTE SAX mid-diastolic L-L method (ρ = 0.89, 2.6 ± 2.3 mm, respectively). Compared with CTA O-O maximum Asc-Ao diameter, the TTE LAX systolic L-L method (ρ = 0.93, 1.3 ± 2.5 mm) was best. Compared with CTA I-I maximum sinuses diameter, the TTE SAX mid-diastole L-L method (ρ = 0.95, 0.6 ± 2.2 mm) was unbiased. Compared with CTA I-I maximum Asc-Ao diameter, the TTE LAX end-diastolic L-L method (ρ = 0.95, 0.6 ± 2.4 mm) was unbiased. In patients with BAV aortopathy, unbiased agreement between CTA and TTE imaging can be obtained between the CTA I-I method and TTE SAX mid-diastolic L-L method for the sinuses and the TTE LAX end-diastolic L-L method for the Asc-Ao. When using the

  19. Feasibility of percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects in adults under transthoracic echocardiography guidance using the Figulla atrial septal defect occluder device.

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    Ali, Mahmoud; Salah El-Din, Hesham; Bakhoum, Sameh; El-Sisi, Amal; Mahmood, Kareem; Farouk, Heba; Kandil, Hossam

    2018-01-01

    Closure of atrial septal defect (ASD) among adults under transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) guidance using devices other than the Amplatzer Septal Occluder has not been extensively tested. Assessment of the safety and efficiency of secundum ASD closure using the Occlutech Figulla ASD Occluder under TTE guidance in adult patients with hemodynamically significant secundum ASD. Twenty patients (mean age, 32.9 ± 9.7, 75% of them females) were enrolled in the study. All patients underwent TTE and transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to assess the characteristics of the ASD prior to percutaneous closure. Procedures were performed using the Figulla Occluder device under both fluoroscopic and TTE guidance. Follow-up clinical and TTE examinations were done at 1, 3, and 6 months following the procedure. TTE estimated mean ASD size was 21.7 ± 7.3 mm with adequate rims except for the aortic rim (deficient in one third of cases). Mean device size was 28.1 ± 8.6 mm with mean procedure and fluoroscopic times of 46.2 ± 16.4 and 15.7 ± 5.4 minutes respectively. ASD was successfully closed in all patients. Two patients showed a small residual shunt immediately after the device placement that disappeared by the end of the 2nd followup TTE examination. Transient complications were detected in 2 patients. All patients were asymptomatic during the follow-up period. Transcatheter closure of secundum ASD in adults under TTE guidance using the Occlutech Figulla ASD occluder device is safe and effective when performed in a tertiary center and by expert echocardiographers and interventional cardiologists.

  20. High frame rate synthetic aperture vector flow imaging for transthoracic echocardiography

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    Villagómez-Hoyos, Carlos A.; Stuart, Matthias B.; Bechsgaard, Thor; Nielsen, Michael Bachmann; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2016-04-01

    This work presents the first in vivo results of 2-D high frame rate vector velocity imaging for transthoracic cardiac imaging. Measurements are made on a healthy volunteer using the SARUS experimental ultrasound scanner connected to an intercostal phased-array probe. Two parasternal long-axis view (PLAX) are obtained, one centred at the aortic valve and another centred at the left ventricle. The acquisition sequence was composed of 3 diverging waves for high frame rate synthetic aperture flow imaging. For verification a phantom measurement is performed on a transverse straight 5 mm diameter vessel at a depth of 100 mm in a tissue-mimicking phantom. A flow pump produced a 2 ml/s constant flow with a peak velocity of 0.2 m/s. The average estimated flow angle in the ROI was 86.22° +/- 6.66° with a true flow angle of 90°. A relative velocity bias of -39% with a standard deviation of 13% was found. In-vivo acquisitions show complex flow patterns in the heart. In the aortic valve view, blood is seen exiting the left ventricle cavity through the aortic valve into the aorta during the systolic phase of the cardiac cycle. In the left ventricle view, blood flow is seen entering the left ventricle cavity through the mitral valve and splitting in two ways when approximating the left ventricle wall. The work presents 2-D velocity estimates on the heart from a non-invasive transthoracic scan. The ability of the method detecting flow regardless of the beam angle could potentially reveal a more complete view of the flow patterns presented on the heart.

  1. Coronary artery size and origin imaging in children: a comparative study of MRI and trans-thoracic echocardiography

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    Hussain, Tarique; Mathur, Sujeev; Peel, Sarah A.; Valverde, Israel; Bilska, Karolina; Henningsson, Markus; Botnar, Rene M.; Simpson, John; Greil, Gerald F.

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to see how coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) compared to echocardiography for the detection of coronary artery origins and to compare CMRA measurements for coronary dimensions in children with published echocardiographic reference values. Enrolled patients underwent dual cardiac phase CMRA and echocardiography under the same anesthetic. Echocardiographic measurements of the right coronary artery (RCA), left anterior descending (LAD) and left main (LM) were made. CMRA dimensions were assessed manually at the same points as the echocardiographic measurements. The number of proximal LAD branches imaged was also recorded in order to give an estimate of distal coronary tree visualization. Fifty patients (24 boys, mean age 4.0 years (range 18 days to 18 years)) underwent dual-phase CMRA. Coronary origins were identified in 47/50 cases for CMRA (remaining 3 were infants aged 3, 9 and 11 months). In comparison, origins were identified in 41/50 cases for echo (remaining were all older children). CMRA performed better than echocardiography in terms of distal visualization of the coronary tree (median 1 LAD branch vs. median 0; p = 0.001). Bland-Altman plots show poor agreement between echocardiography and CMRA for coronary measurements. CMRA measurements did vary according to cardiac phase (systolic mean 1.90, s.d. 0.05 mm vs. diastolic mean 1.84, s.d. 0.05 mm; p = 0.002). Dual-phase CMRA has an excellent (94 %) success rate for the detection of coronary origins in children. Newborn infants remain challenging and echocardiography remains the accepted imaging modality for this age group. Echocardiographic reference ranges are not applicable to CMRA measurements as agreement was poor between modalities. Future coronary reference values, using any imaging modality, should quote the phase in which it was measured

  2. Using transthoracic Doppler echocardiography to diagnose reduced coronary flow velocity reserve in the posterior descending coronary artery in children with elevated right ventricular pressure.

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    Shimada, Shunsuke; Harada, Kenji; Toyono, Manatomo; Tamura, Masamichi; Takada, Goro

    2007-12-01

    Advances in transthoracic Doppler echocardiography enable noninvasive measurements of coronary flow velocity and coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) in the posterior descending coronary artery (PD). To evaluate CFVR in the PD of children with elevated right ventricular (RV) pressure, 19 children with RV pressure overload and 13 age-matched controls with normal RV pressure were studied using transthoracic Doppler echocardiography. Average peak flow velocity (APV) was measured at rest and in hyperemic conditions (intravenous administration of adenosine of 0.16 mg.kg(-1).min(-1)). Compared with controls, the PD CFVR was significantly reduced in the patients with elevated RV pressure (1.87+/-0.42 vs 2.49+/-0.55, pvelocity.

  3. Reference intervals for transthoracic echocardiography in the English springer spaniel: a prospective, longitudinal study.

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    Dickson, D; Shave, R; Rishniw, M; Harris, J; Patteson, M

    2016-10-01

    To establish transthoracic echocardiographic reference intervals in adult English springer spaniel dogs. Forty-two healthy adult English springer spaniels were prospectively recruited from a general practice population in the UK. Animals were examined twice, at least 12 months apart, to exclude dogs with progressive cardiac disease. Reference intervals were calculated using Box-Cox transformations and specific variables were depicted within an expert consensus range. Relationships of body mass, age and heart rate with cardiac structure and function were examined and functional assessments were compared with previous reports. Reference intervals were compared against published ratiometric indices and allometric scaling models. Thirty-nine dogs contributed to create the reference intervals. Significant relationships with bodyweight, age and heart rate were detected, although low coefficients of determination were found. Fractional shortening values were lower than has been reported in many breeds but Simpson-derived ejection fractions were similar to previously published breed-specific values. Breed-specific reference intervals are reported allowing for more appropriate interpretation of echocardiographic assessments in the English springer spaniel. © 2016 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.

  4. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE): sufficiently sensitive screening test for native valve infective endocarditis (IE).

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    McDermott, Brian P; Cunha, Burke A; Choi, David; Cohen, Jerald; Hage, Jean

    2011-01-01

    We recently reviewed our experience with paired transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) studies for the diagnosis of native valve infective endocarditis. In patients with normal heart valves, we demonstrated that a normal TTE effectively rules out infective endocarditis and a TTE is unnecessary. In patients with abnormal heart valves, a TEE did not enhance the diagnostic yield in most patients (12/15). We reviewed 87 paired TTEs and TEEs, that is, TEE with a preceding TTE performed for the evaluation of native valve IE. Of 87 paired echocardiograms, 72 of 87 had normal TTEs and TEEs, with no evidence of a vegetation indicative of infective endocarditis. A total of 15 of 87 TTEs had thickened/calcified valves without a definite vegetation. Of these, only 3 of 15 were subsequently shown to have a vegetation indicative of endocarditis by TEE. In patients with possible native valve infective endocarditis, before blood culture results are known, a negative TTE was sufficiently specific to rule out native valve infective endocarditis. Our data showed that the negative predictive value of a normal TTE in the evaluation of possible native valve endocarditis is 90% or greater. In those with some valve abnormality (ie, thickened/calcified heart valves), subsequent TTE did not materially increase vegetation detection. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Comparison of cardiac measurements by multi-detector computed tomography angiography and transthoracic echocardiography in English bulldogs.

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    Hostnik, E T; Scansen, B A; Habing, A M; Chiappone, G A; Layman, R R; White, R D

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    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the primary tool for the assessment of cardiac structure and function in dogs but is challenging in English bulldogs due to dorsoventral compression of the thorax, obesity, and narrow intercostal spaces. Multi-detector computed tomography angiography (CTA) may overcome the conformational obstacles of cardiac imaging in this breed. Eleven client-owned English bulldogs. Prospective clinical trial with paired analysis of TTE and CTA studies. Eight of the 25 linear cardiac dimensional measurements were significantly different between TTE and CTA (pTTE and 2.50% for CTA. Interobserver agreement CV averaged 6.5% for TTE and 8.75% CTA. Ejection fraction, stroke volume, and end-systolic volume were significantly different between modalities (all pTTE compared with CTA. High-quality cardiac angiographic studies were accomplished using CTA without the use of general anesthesia in English bulldogs. Multi-detector computed tomography angiography and TTE are not interchangeable modalities in the clinical setting. Multi-detector-CT ECG-gated cardiac angiography is possible in sedated, non-intubated English bulldogs. Differences were found between some cardiac dimensions as measured by TTE in the awake dog and compared with sedated CTA, indicating the two methodologies are not equivalent. Sedated, non-intubated CTA yielded high-quality imaging with strong intraobserver and interobserver measurement repeatability in English bulldogs. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  6. Utility of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in assessing fluid responsiveness in critically ill patients - a challenge for the bedside sonographer.

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    Mielnicki, Wojciech; Dyla, Agnieszka; Zawada, Tomasz

    2016-12-05

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) has become one of the most important diagnostic tools in the treatment of critically ill patients. It allows clinicians to recognise potentially reversible life-threatening situations and is also very effective in the monitoring of the fluid status of patients, slowly substituting invasive methods in the intensive care unit. Hemodynamic assessment is based on a few static and dynamic parameters. Dynamic parameters change during the respiratory cycle in mechanical ventilation and the level of this change directly corresponds to fluid responsiveness. Most of the parameters cannot be used in spontaneously breathing patients. For these patients the most important test is passive leg raising, which is a good substitute for fluid bolus. Although TTE is very useful in the critical care setting, we should not forget the important limitations, not only technical ones but also caused by the critical illness itself. Unfortunately, this method does not allow continuous monitoring and every change in the patient's condition requires repeated examination.

  7. Prospective randomized trial of transthoracic echocardiography versus transesophageal echocardiography for assessment and guidance of transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects in children using the Amplatzer septal occluder.

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    Bartakian, Sergio; El-Said, Howaida G; Printz, Beth; Moore, John W

    2013-09-01

    This study sought to determine whether transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can provide safety and efficacy equivalent to transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for assessment and guidance of transcatheter atrial septal defect (ASD) closure in pediatric patients. We performed a prospective randomized trial of ASD closure using the Amplatzer septal occluder (ASO) from March 2008 to April 2012. Inclusion criteria were isolated secundum ASD, age 2 to 18 years, and adequate TTE windows. Forty patients were enrolled and randomized to either TEE or TTE. In the TEE group, we used "stop flow" balloon sizing to determine device size. In the TTE group, we used the average ASD diameter times 1.2 (scaled). Patients were followed up to 1 year. Patient general and hemodynamic characteristics were similar in both groups. Procedural success was 100% in both groups. The average TEE stop flow diameter was similar to the scaled TTE diameter (15.35 ± 4.62 mm vs. 16.57 ± 5.47 mm; p = 0.46). Device size (16.0 ± 4.94 mm vs. 16.37 ± 5.05 mm, p = 0.82) and ratio of device to defect size (1.0 ± 0.06 vs. 0.99 ± 0.03, p = 0.52) were also similar. Total procedure (70.6 ± 22.98 min vs. 51.1 ± 17.61 min, p = 0.005), room (126.8 ± 28.41 min vs. 95.7 ± 20.53 min, p = 0.0004), and fluoroscopy (13.6 ± 6.17 min vs. 8.9 ± 8.45 min, p = 0.007) times were all significantly shorter in the TTE group. Neither group had significant complications during the procedure nor in follow-up. Rates of shunt resolution were similar between groups. This study suggests that in selected pediatric patients, use of TTE is as efficacious and safe as TEE for assessment and guidance of ASD occlusion using the ASO. TTE also may offer the additional safety benefit of reduced fluoroscopy exposure. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Retrospective analysis of transthoracic echocardiography about the failure of transcather closure of ventricular septal defect

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    Zhang Yigang; Li Shijie; Liu Ru; Li Zhihong; Fu Qiang

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the value of echocardiography in investigation the failure of interventional therapy of VSDs and to increase the successful rate. Methods: 15 cases with failure of VSD closure through interventional approach were undertaken measurement of major parameters of the defect on left ventriculography and then followed by Philips 5500 color Doppler US for repeated multi-direction tangential measuring of the size, morphologic change, relation with peripheral structure and individual valvular regurgitation. Results: (1) Marginal membranous VSD 10 eases; membranance aneurysm 8 cases, ≥ 2 outlets 6 cases. Width of basal part of membranous aneurysm was 8-18 (10±2) mm with depth of 3 10 (6±2) mm, distance from aortic valve was 0-6 (2±1) mm and from tricuspid valve was 2-5 (2±1) mm; associated with slight tricuspid valvular regurgitation. Aortic valvular regurgitation 5 cases showed slight to mild amount and without membranous aneurysm occurred in 2 cases. (2) Intracristal VSD 5 cases showed the size of defect as 6-10 (7±1) mm, with distances of 2-3 (1±0.8) mm from pulmonary valve and 1-2 (1±0.6) mm from aortic valve associated with slight regurgitation in 4 cases, slight tricuspid valvular regurgitation in 5 eases and aortic valvular prolapse in 4 cases. Conclusions: Many factors can influence the direction tangential continuous scanning should be taken for accurate localization and measurement of VSD in order to select the very sight occludor providing high successful rate of occlusion and long term efficacy. (authors)

  9. Competency Testing for Pediatric Cardiology Fellows Learning Transthoracic Echocardiography: Implementation, Fellow Experience, and Lessons Learned.

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    Levine, Jami C; Geva, Tal; Brown, David W

    2015-12-01

    There is currently great interest in measuring trainee competency at all levels of medical education. In 2007, we implemented a system for assessing cardiology fellows' progress in attaining imaging skills. This paradigm could be adapted for use by other cardiology programs. Evaluation consisted of a two-part exercise performed after years 1 and 2 of pediatric cardiology training. Part 1: a directly observed evaluation of technical skills as fellows imaged a normal subject (year 1) and a patient with complex heart disease (year 2). Part 2: fellows interpreted and wrote reports for two echocardiograms illustrating congenital heart disease. These were graded for accuracy and facility with communicating pertinent data. After 5 years of testing, fellows were surveyed about their experience. In 5 years, 40 fellows were tested at least once. Testing identified four fellows who underperformed on the technical portion and four on the interpretive portion. Surveys were completed by 33 fellows (83 %). Most (67 %) felt that intermittent observation by faculty was inadequate for assessing skills and that procedural volume was a poor surrogate for competency (58 %). Posttest feedback was constructive and valuable for 90, and 70 % felt the process helped them set goals for skill improvement. Overall, fellows felt this testing was fair and should continue. Fellow performance and responses identified programmatic issues that were creating barriers to learning. We describe a practical test to assess competency for cardiology fellows learning echocardiography. This paradigm is feasible, has excellent acceptance among trainees, and identifies trainees who need support. Materials developed could be easily adapted to help track upcoming ACGME-mandated metrics.

  10. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography compared with positron emission tomography for assessment of coronary microvascular dysfunction: The iPOWER study.

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    Michelsen, Marie Mide; Mygind, Naja Dam; Pena, Adam; Olsen, Rasmus Huan; Christensen, Thomas Emil; Ghotbi, Adam Ali; Hasbak, Philip; Kjaer, Andreas; Gustafsson, Ida; Hansen, Peter Riis; Hansen, Henrik Steen; Høst, Nis; Kastrup, Jens; Prescott, Eva

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    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. From a cohort of women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery 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. MBFR was systematically higher than CFVR. Median MBFR (interquartile range, IQR) was 2.68 (2.29-3.10) and CFVR (IQR) was 2.31 (1.89-2.72). Pearson's correlation coefficient was 0.36 (p<0.01). Limits of agreement (2·standard deviation) assessed by the Bland-Altman (confidence interval, CI) method was 1.49 (1.29;1.69) and unaffected by time-interval between examinations. Results were similar when adjusting for rate pressure product or focusing on perfusion of the left anterior descending artery region. Limits of agreement (CI) for repeated CFVR in 10 healthy individuals and in 10 women with angina was 0.44 (0.21;0.68) and 0.48 (0.22; 0.74), respectively. CFVR had a good repeatability, but the agreement between CFVR and MBFR was modest. Divergence could be due to methodology differences; TTDE estimates flow velocities whereas PET estimates myocardial blood flow. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Valva aórtica quadrivalvular por ecocardiografia transtorácica Quadricuspid aortic valve by transthoracic echocardiography

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    Erlon Oliveira de Abreu Silva

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Uma mulher de 55 anos procurou atendimento médico com queixas de palpitações, dor torácica atípica e dispnéia ao esforço, com duração de 12 meses. O eletrocardiograma revelou hipertrofia ventricular esquerda. O ecocardiograma Doppler transtorácico confirmou hipertrofia de câmaras esquerdas e detectou a presença de valva aórtica quadri, com válvulas de mesmo tamanho, e fluxo regurgitante central moderado. No ecocardiograma, a valva quadrivalvular é identificada por sua forma característica em "X" durante a diástole e aspecto retangular durante a sístole. Os sintomas de insuficiência cardíaca provavelmente são causados por insuficiência valvar, em decorrência de coaptação anormal das válvulas. Em vista da possibilidade de aumento da regurgitação, a paciente foi submetida a controle ecocardiográfico periódico. Observou-se melhora dos sintomas com o tratamento.A 55-year-old woman seeks medical attention with palpitations, atypical chest pain and dyspnea upon exertion, lasting for 12 months. ECG showed left ventricular hypertrophy. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiogram confirmed hypertrophy of the left chambers and showed a quadricuspid aortic valve, with equal-sized cusps, in addition to a moderate regurgitant central flow. Upon echocardiography, the quadricuspid valve is identified by its characteristic "X" form during diastole and rectangular aspect during systole. Heart failure symptoms are presumably caused by valve insufficiency due to abnormal leaflet coaptation. Considering the possibility of progressive regurgitation, follow up on the patient was performed with periodic echocardiographic control. Symptoms responded to treatment.

  12. Quantification of congenital aortic valve stenosis in pediatric patients: comparison between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and transthoracic echocardiography.

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    Sirin, Selma; Nassenstein, Kai; Neudorf, Ulrich; Jensen, Christoph J; Mikat, Christian; Schlosser, Thomas

    2014-06-01

    Previous studies showed the reliability of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) in the quantification of aortic valve stenosis in adults. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the ability of cMRI in the quantification of congenital aortic valve stenosis (CAS) in children. Nineteen patients (mean age 14.0 ± 3.2 years, 15 boys and 4 girls) with CAS were imaged by cMRI and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). cMRI was performed on a 1.5-Tesla MR scanner (Magnetom Avanto; Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany) using cine steady-state free precession sequences for the assessment of the aortic valve area (AVA) by MR planimetry and left-ventricular function. Phase-contrast measurement was used in cMRI to assess peak flow velocity above the aortic valve. A positive correlation was found between maximum systolic pressure gradient (MPG) as assessed by cMRI and TTE (28.9 ± 21.2 vs. 41.3 ± 22.7 mmHg, r = 0.84, p = 0.001) with a mean underestimation of 12.4 mmHg by cMRI. Only a weak correlation could be observed between AVA by cMRI and MPG at the aortic valve by TTE (r = -0.50, p = 0.029) and cMRI (r = -0.27, p = 0.40). Furthermore, a positive correlation between myocardial mass (cMRI) and MPG (TTE, r = 0.57, p = 0.01), but not between myocardial mass (cMRI) and AVA (cMRI, r = 0.07, p = 0.77), was found. The assessment of MPG by cMRI in patients with CAS is feasible with a trend toward underestimatation compared with TTE. Moreover, MPG seems to be a more accurate parameter than AVA regarding the prediction of myocardial hypertrophy.

  13. The accuracy of PiCCO® in measuring cardiac output in patients under therapeutic hypothermia: Comparison with transthoracic echocardiography.

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    Souto Moura, T; Aguiar Rosa, S; Germano, N; Cavaco, R; Sequeira, T; Alves, M; Papoila, A L; Bento, L

    2018-03-01

    Invasive cardiac monitoring using thermodilution methods such as PiCCO® is widely used in critically ill patients and provides a wide range of hemodynamic variables, including cardiac output (CO). However, in post-cardiac arrest patients subjected to therapeutic hypothermia, the low body temperature possibly could interfere with the technique. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (ECHO) has long proved its accuracy in estimating CO, and is not influenced by temperature changes. To assess the accuracy of PiCCO® in measuring CO in patients under therapeutic hypothermia, compared with ECHO. Thirty paired COECHO/COPiCCO measurements were analyzed in 15 patients subjected to hypothermia after cardiac arrest. Eighteen paired measurements were obtained at under 36°C and 12 at ≥36°C. A value of 0.5l/min was considered the maximum accepted difference between the COECHO and COPiCCO values. Under conditions of normothermia (≥36°C), the mean difference between COECHO and COPiCCO was 0.030 l/min, with limits of agreement (-0.22, 0.28) - all of the measurements differing by less than 0.5 l/min. In situations of hypothermia (<36°C), the mean difference in CO measurements was -0.426 l/min, with limits of agreement (-1.60, 0.75), and only 44% (8/18) of the paired measurements fell within the interval (-0.5, 0.5). The calculated temperature cut-off point maximizing specificity was 35.95°C: above this temperature, specificity was 100%, with a false-positive rate of 0%. The results clearly show clinically relevant discordance between COECHO and COPiCCO at temperatures of <36°C, demonstrating the inaccuracy of PiCCO® for cardiac output measurements in hypothermic patients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  14. The Feasibility and Clinical Utility of Microsphere Contrast-enhanced Transthoracic Echocardiography in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

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    Platts, David G; Kelly, Natalie F A; Wijesekera, Vishva A; Sengupta, Abhishek; Burns, Kylie; Burstow, Darryl J; Butler, Thomas; Radford, Dorothy J; Nicolae, Mugur

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    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) plays a key role in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). However, a significant number of studies are nondiagnostic due to poor image quality. Enhancement of the blood pool-tissue interface with contrast-enhanced TTE (CE-TTE) can improve image quality in suboptimal studies. The aim of this analysis was to evaluate feasibility and clinical utility of CE-TTE in the assessment of patients with ACHD. A retrospective analysis of all CE-TTE performed in ACHD patients at our institution from August 2007 to May 2014 was performed. Endocardial definition scores (EDS) for each segment in the right and left ventricles were graded pre- and postcontrast imaging, as 1 = good, 2 = suboptimal, 3 = not seen. The endocardial border definition score index (EBDSI) was also calculated pre- and postcontrast imaging. Twenty patients with ACHD had 24 CE. Summation data for all ventricular EDS for unenhanced TTE vs. CE-TTE imaging was: EDS 1 = 136 vs. 314, EDS 2 = 119 vs. 72, EDS 3 = 162 vs. 31, respectively. Wilcoxon matched-pairs rank-signed test showed a significant ranking difference (improvement) pre- and postcontrast for the combined ventricular data (P TTE was significantly lower than for noncontrast imaging (1.23 ± 0.49 vs. 2.06 ± 0.62, P TTE resulted in significantly improved right and left ventricular endocardial definition and improved EDBSI. CE-TTE should be viewed as an additional imaging technique that is available to help assess patients with ACHD, especially those with nondiagnostic images. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Diagnosis of Congenital Coarctation of the Aorta and Accompany Malformations in Infants by Multi-Detector Computed Tomography Angiography and Transthoracic Echocardiography: A Chinese Clinical Study.

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    Huang, Fang; Chen, Qiang; Huang, Wen-Han; Wu, Hong; Li, Wei-Cheng; Lai, Qing-Quan

    2017-05-16

    BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) angiography and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in the diagnosis of congenital coarctation of the aorta (CoA) and accompanying malformations in infants. MATERIAL AND METHODS From January 2012 and December 2015, we enrolled 68 infants with clinically suspected CoA who underwent MDCT angiography and TTE in our hospital. Surgical correction was conducted to confirm the diagnostic accuracy of both examinations in all patients. RESULTS In this study, the diagnosis of CoA was confirmed infants by surgical results in 55 of 68 infants. The diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of MDCT angiography were 95.6%, 96.4%, and 92.3%, respectively. The diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of TTE were 88.2%, 90.9%, and 76.9%, respectively. There was no significant difference in diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity between MDCT angiography and TTE (χ²=2.473, p>0.05, χ²=1.373, p>0.05 and χ²=1.182, p>0.05, respectively). In the diagnosis of concomitant cardiac abnormalities with CoA, the 2 methods also play different roles. CONCLUSIONS MDCT angiography and TTE play different roles in the diagnosis of CoA and accompany malformations. MDCT angiography in the diagnosis of the extra-cardiac vascular malformations is better than TTE, and TTE is superior to MDCT angiography in diagnosing intracardiac malformation. Combined MDCT angiography and TTE is a relatively valuable, reliable, and noninvasive method in the diagnosis of CoA and accompany malformations in infants.

  16. Transthoracic two-dimensional xPlane and three-dimensional echocardiographic analysis of the site of mitral valve prolapse

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    J.S. Vletter-McGhie (Jackie); L.E. de Groot-de Laat (Lotte); B. Ren (Ben); W.B. Vletter (Wim); R. Frowijn (René); F.B. Oei (Frans); M.L. Geleijnse (Marcel)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractThis study sought to assess the value of two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), 2D xPlane imaging and three-dimensional (3D) TTE for the definition of the site and the extent of mitral valve (MV) prolapse. Fifty patients underwent transthoracic 2D, 2D xPlane and 3D

  17. Predictors of inadequate initial echocardiography in suspected Kawasaki disease: Criteria for sedation.

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    Lorenzoni, Raymond P; Choi, Jaeun; Choueiter, Nadine F; Munjal, Iona M; Katyal, Chhavi; Stern, Kenan W D

    2018-03-09

    Kawasaki disease is the primary cause of acquired pediatric heart disease in developed nations. Timely diagnosis of Kawasaki disease incorporates transthoracic echocardiography for visualization of the coronary arteries. Sedation improves this visualization, but not without risks and resource utilization. To identify potential sedation criteria for suspected Kawasaki disease, we analyzed factors associated with diagnostically inadequate initial transthoracic echocardiography performed without sedation. This retrospective review of patients Kawasaki disease from 2009 to 2015 occurred at a medium-sized urban children's hospital. The primary outcome was diagnostically inadequate transthoracic echocardiography without sedation due to poor visualization of the coronary arteries, determined by review of clinical records. The associations of the primary outcome with demographics, Kawasaki disease type, laboratory data, fever, and antipyretic or intravenous immunoglobulin treatment prior to transthoracic echocardiography were analyzed. In total, 112 patients (44% female, median age 2.1 years, median BSA 0.54 m 2 ) underwent initial transthoracic echocardiography for suspected Kawasaki disease, and 99 were not sedated. Transthoracic echocardiography was diagnostically inadequate in 19 out of these 99 patients (19.2%) and was associated with age ≤ 2.0 years, weight ≤ 10.0 kg, and antipyretic use ≤ 6 hours before transthoracic echocardiography (all P Kawasaki disease. These factors should be considered when deciding which patients to sedate for initial Kawasaki disease transthoracic echocardiography. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Recovery of distal coronary flow reserve in LAD and LCx after Y-Graft intervention assessed by transthoracic echocardiography

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    Background Y- graft (Y-G) is a graft formed by the Left Internal Mammary Artery (LIMA) connected to the Left Anterior Descending Artery (LAD) and by a free Right Internal Mammary Artery (RIMA) connected to LIMA and to a Marginal artery of Left Circumflex Artery (LCx). Aim of the work was to study the flow of this graft during a six months follow-up to assess whether the graft was able to meet the request of all the left coronary circulation, and to assess whether it could be done by evaluation of coronary flow reserve (CFR). Methods In 13 consecutive patients submitted to Y-G (13 men), CFR was measured in distal LAD and in distal LCx from 1 week after , every two months, up to six months after operation (a total of 8 tests for each patient) by means of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and Adenosine infusion (140 mcg/kg/min for 3-6 min). A Sequoia 256, Acuson-Siemens, was used. Contrast was used when necessary (Levovist 300 mg/ml solution at a rate of 0,5-1 ml/min). Max coronary flow diastolic velocity post-/pre-test ≥2 was considered normal CFR. Results Coronary arteriography revealed patency of both branches of Y-G after six months. Accuracy of TTE was 100% for LAD and 85% for LCx. Feasibility was 100% for LAD and 85% for LCx. CFR improved from baseline in LAD (2.21 ± 0.5 to 2.6 ± 0.5, p = 0.03) and in LCx (1.7 ± 1 to 2.12 ± 1, p = 0.05). CFR was under normal at baseline in 30% of patients vs 8% after six months in LAD (p = 0.027), and in 69% of patients vs 30% after six months in LCx (p = 0.066). Conclusion CFR in Y-G is sometimes reduced in both left territories postoperatively but it improves at six months follow-up. A follow-up can be done non-invasively by TTE and CFR evaluation. PMID:20716357

  19. Coronary flow velocity reserve in three major coronary arteries by transthoracic echocardiography for the functional assessment of coronary artery disease: a comparison with fractional flow reserve.

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    Wada, Teruaki; Hirata, Kumiko; Shiono, Yasutsugu; Orii, Makoto; Shimamura, Kunihiro; Ishibashi, Kohei; Tanimoto, Takashi; Yamano, Takashi; Ino, Yasushi; Kitabata, Hironori; Yamaguchi, Tomoyuki; Kubo, Takashi; Imanishi, Toshio; Akasaka, Takashi

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    Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) measurement in three major coronary arteries by transthoracic echocardiography is a promising and non-invasive method for detecting myocardial ischaemia. Its value when compared with fractional flow reserve (FFR) is unknown. Our aim was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of CFVR in three major coronary arteries for detecting ischaemia compared with FFR. This is a prospective study in 172 vessels of 140 patients with at least one ≥50% stenosis in a major epicardial artery as determined by visual assessment on computed tomography coronary angiography. We performed CFVR measurement by transthoracic echocardiography within 48 h before coronary angiography and FFR measurement. The cut-off value of CFVR was estimated by the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve based on that of FFR ≤0.75. The CFVR was 1.86 ± 0.36 in coronary arteries with FFR ≤0.75 (n = 79) and 2.54 ± 0.48 in those with FFR >0.75 (n = 93, P coronary artery with FFR ≤0.75 in three major vessels. In each vessel, the sensitivity and specificity were 85 and 78% (left anterior descending coronary artery), 94 and 83% (right coronary artery), and 88 and 88% (left circumflex coronary artery). CFVR was indirect proportional to FFR (r = 0.56, P coronary arteries.

  20. Incremental value of three-dimensional over two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography in the assessment of cor triatriatum sinister in a child.

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    Liao, Chung P; Hsiung, Ming C; Yuzbas, Burcu; Gok, Gulay; Sharma, Rohit; Nanda, Navin C; Chen, Fong L

    2014-05-01

    A 2.5-year-old boy presented with frequent hospitalizations due to recurrent respiratory tract infections with dyspnea. A fibromuscular membrane dividing the left atrium with obstruction of left atrial inflow to the left ventricle was documented by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE). Live/real time three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE) provided incremental value over 2DTTE by providing en face views of the 2 obstructing orifices in the membrane enabling accurate assessment of their position, shape and size. 3DTTE also showed clearly the location of the membrane superior and proximal to the left atrial appendage which was not well delineated by 2DTTE. In addition, 3DTTE demonstrated the full extent of the left atrial appendage and careful sequential cropping of the 3D dataset showed it to have 2 distinct lobes and no thrombus. These findings provided comprehensive assessment of the lesion and were helpful in surgical decision making and planning. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. 65. Impact of focused echocardiography in clinical decision of patients presented with STMI, underwent primary percutenouse angioplasty

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    M. Qasem

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    Full Text Available Echocardiography in coronary artery diseases is an essential, routine echocardiography prior to primary percutaneous angioplasty is not clear. In our clinical practice in primary angioplasty we faced lots of complications either before or during or after the procedure. Moreover, lots of incidental findings that discovered after the procedure which if known will affect the plan of management. One-hundred-nineteen consecutive underwent primary angioplasty. All patients underwent FE prior to the procedure in catheterization lab while the patient was preparing for the procedure. FE with 2DE of LV at base, mid and apex, and apical stander views. Diastology grading, E/E′ and color doppler of mitral and aortic valve were performed. (N = 119 case of STMI were enrolled, mean age 51 ± 12 year. Eleven cases (9.2% had normal coronary and normal LV function. Twenty cases (17% of MI complication detected before the procedures: RV infarction 8.4% (5.1% asymptomatic and 3.3% symptomatic, ischemic MR (8.4%, LV apical aneurysm (0.8%, significant pericardial effusion (0.80%. Acute pulmonary edema in 17 cases (14.3%: six cases (5.1% developed acute pulmonary edema on the cath lab with grade 3 diastolic dysfunction and E/E ′  >20, 9 cases (7.6% develop acute pulmonary edema in CCU with grade 2–3 diastolic dysfunction and E/E′ 15–20. 2 cases (2.7% develop acute pulmonary in CCU with grade 1–2 diastolic dysfunction and E/E′ 9–14. One case (0.8% presented cardiac tamponade 2 h post PCI. Incidental finding not related to STMI were as follow: 2 cases (1.7% with severe fibro degenerative MR, 2 cases (1.7% with mild to moderate AR and 2 cases (1.7% with mild to moderate AS. Isoled CABG 5/4.2% and CABG and MVR 2/1.7%. FE play an important role in guiding the management, early detection the incidental findings and complication post PCI.

  2. Ventricular septal rupture, right ventricular free wall rupture, hemopericardium, cardiac tamponade, cardiogenic shock, and death in a patient with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction during transthoracic echocardiography

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    Osama A El Kady

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    Full Text Available The incidence of mechanical complications related to myocardial infarction has decreased due to various factors over the last few decades. Patients admitted for acute ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI may respond well to thrombolytic therapy before being taken up for coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention depending on the facilities available at the specific center. Unfortunately, some patients develop complications of myocardial infarction during hospital stay or postdischarge. We present a patient admitted with acute STEMI responding well to thrombolytic therapy. During transthoracic echocardiography of the patient in Intensive Care Unit, the patient developed ventricular septal rupture, right ventricular free wall rupture, hemopericardium, cardiac tamponade, and cardiogenic shock and expired.

  3. Pre-hospital transthoracic echocardiography for early identification of non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction in patients with acute coronary syndrome.

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    Bergmann, Ingo; Büttner, Benedikt; Teut, Elena; Jacobshagen, Claudius; Hinz, José; Quintel, Michael; Mansur, Ashham; Roessler, Markus

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    Non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a common manifestation of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), but delayed diagnosis can increase mortality. In this proof of principle study, the emergency physician performed transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) on scene to determine whether NSTEMI could be correctly diagnosed pre-hospitalization. This could expedite admission to the appropriate facility and reduce the delay until initiation of correct therapy. Pre-hospital TTE was performed on scene by the emergency physician in patients presenting with ACS but without ST-elevation in the initial 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG) (NSTE-ACS). A presumptive NSTEMI diagnosis was made if regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) were detected. These patients were admitted directly to a specialist cardiac facility. Patient characteristics and pre-admission and post-admission clinical, pre-hospital TTE data, and therapeutic measures were recorded. Patients with NSTE-ACS (n = 53; 72.5 ± 13.4 years of age; 23 female) were studied. The 20 patients with pre-hospital RWMA and presumptive NSTEMI, and two without RWMA were conclusively diagnosed with NSTEMI in hospital. Percutaneous coronary intervention was performed in 50% of the patients presumed to have NSTEMI immediately after admission. The RWMA seen before hospital TTE corresponded with the in-hospital ECG findings and/or the supply regions of the occluded coronary vessels seen during PCI in 85% of the cases. The diagnostic sensitivity of pre-hospital TTE for NSTEMI was 90.9% with 100% specificity. Pre-hospital transthoracic echocardiography by the emergency physician can correctly diagnose NSTEMI in more than 90% of cases. This can expedite the initiation of appropriate therapy and could thereby conceivably reduce morbidity and mortality. Deutsche Register klinischer Studien, DRKS00004919 . Registered on 29 April 2013.

  4. Accuracy and precision of the ultrasound cardiac output monitor (USCOM 1A) in pregnancy: comparison with three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography.

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    McNamara, H; Barclay, P; Sharma, V

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    Cardiac output (CO) monitoring is helpful in the assessment of critically ill pregnant women, but invasive monitors are often unsuitable for use. We aimed to measure agreement between the non-invasive ultrasound cardiac output monitor (USCOM) and three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3D-TTE) in pregnant women. Healthy pregnant women from 25 weeks gestation onwards participated. In the left lateral position at rest, CO was measured with the USCOM and 3D-TTE. A single operator performed all USCOM measurements, with a different operator performing all echocardiography. Both were blinded to results from the other device. Each USCOM trace was analysed using two modes: flowtrace (FT) and touchpoint (TP). A second, blinded USCOM reading was taken to assess reproducibility. USCOM readings were obtained in 92, and 3D-TTE images in 85 participants. The mean CO was 5.7, 7.7, and 6.2 litre min(-1) measured by 3D-TTE, USCOM FT, and USCOM TP, respectively. USCOM bias was +2.0 litre min(-1) (FT) and +0.4 litre min(-1) (TP). Limits of agreement were -0.2 to +4.2 litre min(-1) (FT) and -1.4 to +2.3 litre min(-1) (TP). The mean percentage difference was 32.6% (FT) and 31.4% (TP) for CO and 27.0% (FT) and 27.5% (TP) for stroke volume. Intraclass correlation between repeated USCOM readings was 0.9 (FT) and 0.86 (TP). USCOM has acceptable agreement with 3D-TTE for the measurement of CO in pregnancy. The positive bias of the USCOM, particularly in the FT mode, may be due to the hyperdynamic cardiovascular state in pregnancy. We suggest using the TP mode in this patient population. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  5. Transcranial Doppler versus transthoracic echocardiography for the detection of patent foramen ovale in patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia: A systematic review and diagnostic test accuracy meta-analysis.

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    Katsanos, Aristeidis H; Psaltopoulou, Theodora; Sergentanis, Theodoros N; Frogoudaki, Alexandra; Vrettou, Agathi-Rosa; Ikonomidis, Ignatios; Paraskevaidis, Ioannis; Parissis, John; Bogiatzi, Chrysa; Zompola, Christina; Ellul, John; Triantafyllou, Nikolaos; Voumvourakis, Konstantinos; Kyritsis, Athanassios P; Giannopoulos, Sotirios; Alexandrov, Anne W; Alexandrov, Andrei V; Tsivgoulis, Georgios

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    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) can be detected in up to 43% of patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia undergoing investigation with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). The diagnostic value of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in the detection of PFO in patients with cryptogenic ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack has not been compared with that of transcranial Doppler (TCD) using a comprehensive meta-analytical approach. We performed a systematic literature review to identify all prospective observational studies of patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia that provided both sensitivity and specificity measures of TTE, TCD, or both compared to the gold standard of TEE. Our literature search identified 35 eligible studies including 3,067 patients. The pooled sensitivity and specificity for TCD was 96.1% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 93.0-97.8%) and 92.4% (95% CI = 85.5-96.1%), whereas the respective measures for TTE were 45.1% (95% CI = 30.8-60.3%) and 99.6% (95% CI = 96.5-99.9%). TTE was superior in terms of higher positive likelihood ratio values (LR+ = 106.61, 95% CI = 15.09-753.30 for TTE vs LR+ = 12.62, 95% CI = 6.52-24.43 for TCD; p = 0.043), whereas TCD demonstrated lower negative likelihood values (LR- = 0.04, 95% CI = 0.02-0.08) compared to TTE (LR- = 0.55, 95% CI = 0.42-0.72; p TTE studies (AUC = 0.86, 95% CI = 0.82-0.89). TCD is more sensitive but less specific compared to TTE for the detection of PFO in patients with cryptogenic cerebral ischemia. The overall diagnostic yield of TCD appears to outweigh that of TTE. © 2016 American Neurological Association.

  6. Assessment of left atrial appendage function by transthoracic pulsed Doppler echocardiography: Comparing against transesophageal interrogation and predicting echocardiographic risk factors for stroke.

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    Wai, Shin Hnin; Kyu, Kyu; Galupo, Mary Joyce; Songco, Geronica G; Kong, William K F; Lee, Chi Hang; Yeo, Tiong Cheng; Poh, Kian Keong

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    Transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) findings of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus, spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), and LAA dysfunction are established risk factors of cardioembolic stroke. The semi-invasive nature of TEE limits its utility as a routine risk stratification tool. We aim to correlate TEE and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) pulsed Doppler measurements of LAA flow velocities and use TTE measurements to predict TEE findings. We prospectively measured pulsed Doppler LAA flow velocities in 103 consecutive patients on TEE and TTE. There was a strong correlation between TEE and TTE LAA emptying velocity (LAA E) (r = .88, P TTE LAA E predicted the presence of thrombus or SEC independent of atrial fibrillation (AF). To predict the presence of thrombus or SEC, the optimal TTE LAA E cutoff was ≤30 cm/s in all patients (75% sensitive, 90% specific) and ≤31 cm/s in AF patients (80% sensitive, 79% specific). To predict LAA dysfunction (TEE E ≤ 20 cm/s), the optimal TTE LAA E cutoff was ≤27 cm/s (100% sensitive, 89% specific in all patients and 100% sensitive, 74% specific in AF patients). TTE assessment of LAA function is feasible and correlates well with the more invasive TEE method. It predicts the presence of thrombus, SEC, and LAA dysfunction on TEE. TTE LAA assessment has incremental value in thromboembolic risk stratification and should be utilized more frequently. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Feasibility of perflutren microsphere contrast transthoracic echocardiography in the visualization of ventricular endocardium during venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a validated ovine model.

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    Platts, David G; Diab, Sara; Dunster, Kimble R; Shekar, Kiran; Burstow, Darryl J; Sim, Beatrice; Tunbridge, Matthew; McDonald, Charles; Chemonges, Saul; Chan, Jonathan; Fraser, John F

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    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) during extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is important but can be technically challenging. Contrast-specific TTE can improve imaging in suboptimal studies. These contrast microspheres are hydrodynamically labile structures. This study assessed the feasibility of contrast echocardiography (CE) during venovenous (VV) ECMO in a validated ovine model. Twenty-four sheep were commenced on VV ECMO. Parasternal long-axis (Plax) and short-axis (Psax) views were obtained pre- and postcontrast while on VV ECMO. Endocardial definition scores (EDS) per segment were graded: 1 = good, 2 = suboptimal 3 = not seen. Endocardial border definition score index (EBDSI) was calculated for each view. Endocardial length (EL) in the Plax view for the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) was measured. Summation EDS data for the LV and RV for unenhanced TTE (UE) versus CE TTE imaging: EDS 1 = 289 versus 346, EDS 2 = 38 versus 10, EDS 3 = 33 versus 4, respectively. Wilcoxon matched-pairs rank-sign tests showed a significant ranking difference (improvement) pre- and postcontrast for the LV (P < 0.0001), RV (P < 0.0001) and combined ventricular data (P < 0.0001). EBDSI for CE TTE was significantly lower than UE TTE for the LV (1.05 ± 0.17 vs. 1.22 ± 0.38, P = 0.0004) and RV (1.06 ± 0.22 vs. 1.42 ± 0.47, P = 0.0.0006) respectively. Visualized EL was significantly longer in CE versus UE for both the LV (58.6 ± 11.0 mm vs. 47.4 ± 11.7 mm, P < 0.0001) and the RV (52.3 ± 8.6 mm vs. 36.0 ± 13.1 mm, P < 0.0001), respectively. Despite exposure to destructive hydrodynamic forces, CE is a feasible technique in an ovine ECMO model. CE results in significantly improved EDS and increased EL. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Detection of severe stenosis and total occlusion in the left anterior descending coronary artery with transthoracic Doppler echocardiography in the emergency room.

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    Tani, Tomoko; Tanabe, Kazuaki; Kitai, Takeshi; Yamane, Takafumi; Kureha, Fumie; Katayama, Minako; Tamita, Koichi; Kaji, Shuichiro; Oda, Tomoyuki; Ehara, Natsuhiko; Kinoshita, Makoto; Yamamuro, Atsushi; Morioka, Shigefumi; Kihara, Yasuki

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    The noninvasive measurement of coronary flow velocity in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) has recently been realized by using the transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE). A couple of investigations demonstrated that the diastolic-to-systolic peak velocity ratio (DSVR) by TTDE is a simple and noninvasive method for the detection of severe stenosis in the elective settings. However, the usefulness of DSVR by TTDE in the emergency settings has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical feasibility to document the LAD flow by TTDE in emergency patients who complained of chest pain. We studied 49 consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome who were going to undergo emergency coronary angiography (CAG) for the anatomical diagnosis and the facilitated percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Prior to CAG, we recorded the LAD flow by TTDE and measured the diastolic peak velocity (DVp), systolic peak velocity (SVp), and their ratio, DSVR (DVp/SVp) of LAD flow. By CAG, the culprit lesions actually resided in the proximal LAD in 36 patients. Among the 36 patients, we detected the Doppler LAD flow in 29. Five out of 7 patients who were unable to detect the LAD flow revealed total occlusions by CAG. DSVR of the LAD is significantly lower in 17 patients who showed severe stenoses (>90%) than those in the rest of 12 patients who did not show such critical stenoses (1.44 +/- 0.16 vs 2.10 +/- 0.26, P < 0.0001). In the emergency settings, a noninvasive assessment of the LAD flow by TTDE accurately estimates the critical stenotic lesions of the LAD.

  9. Acute effect of oral flavonoid-rich dark chocolate intake on coronary circulation, as compared with non-flavonoid white chocolate, by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography in healthy adults.

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    Shiina, Yumi; Funabashi, Nobusada; Lee, Kwangho; Murayama, Taichi; Nakamura, Koki; Wakatsuki, Yu; Daimon, Masao; Komuro, Issei

    2009-01-24

    To assess the effects of the oral intake of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate on coronary circulation, we measured coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) by noninvasive transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE) in healthy adult subjects. The study was a randomized, single-blind design conducted for 2 weeks in 39 healthy men (mean age 29.7+/-3.9 years, range 23-40 years). Subjects were randomly assigned a daily intake of either flavonoid-rich dark chocolate (Meiji Black Chocolate 45 g, Meiji Seika kaisya Ltd, including cacao polyphenol 550 mg/day, 200 kcal) or non-flavonoid white chocolate (Meiji White Chocolate 35 g, Meiji Seika kaisya Ltd, including cacao polyphenol 0 mg/day, 140 kcal) as a control. CFVR was recorded by TTDE, and assessed before and after 2 weeks of intake. At the same time, we also assessed serum asymmetric dimethylarginine, 8-isoprostanes, and malondialdehyde-modified low-density lipoprotein (MDA-LDL) as markers of oxidative stress. Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate consumption significantly improved CFVR (3.38+/-0.49 before intake, 4.28+/-0.85 after intake; pchocolate consumption did not (3.28+/-0.49 before intake, 3.16+/-0.49 after intake; p=0.44). All predictor variables were used as dependent variables in a multiple regression model of the incremental change in CFVR after 2 weeks of chocolate intake. Intake of dark (but not white) chocolate, MDA-LDL, triglyceride (TG) and heart rate (HR) significantly influenced the change of CFVR after 2 weeks of intake (pchocolate intake, X1=intake of dark (but not white) chocolate, X2=MDA-LDL, X3=TG, X4=HR). Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate intake significantly improved coronary circulation in healthy adults, independent of changes in oxidative stress parameters, blood pressure and lipid profile, whereas non-flavonoid white chocolate had no such effects.

  10. Screening of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Using Two-Dimensional Transthoracic Doppler Echocardiography in Tertiary Care Hospital in India

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH are common and underdiagnosed medical conditions in India. Prevalence of these chronic diseases is high both in rural and urban areas. However, the exact prevalence of PAH in Indian COPD patients is unclear. Comorbid conditions like PAH have a great impact on the outcome of COPD in the form of severity, exacerbations, morbidity, and mortality. Right heart catheterization remains the gold standard test for diagnosis of PAH, but it is invasive and practically not feasible. Aims and objectives: The present study objective was to screen COPD patients for PAH using two-dimensional transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (ECHO in Tertiary Care Hospital. Results: A total of 2040 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD were enrolled in the study. Among these patients, 1509 were males (73.9%, 531 were females (23.06%, and 1428 were known or ex-smokers (70%. None of the females were smokers, but there was a history of biomass fuel exposure for >10 years. As per global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease criteria, mild, moderate, severe, and very severe COPD was noted in 525,629,511, and 375 patients, respectively. When they were screened using ECHO, prevalence of PAH was 41.96% as 856 subjects had PAH. Prevalence of PAH among mild, moderate, severe, and very severe COPD was 23.8%, 34.81%, 48.53%, and 70.4%, respectively. There was a linear relationship between PAH and severity of COPD. Conclusion: PAH is very common in COPD patients in India. As the severity of COPD increased, the frequency and degree of PAH also increased. ECHO is an excellent tool for detection of PAH in COPD patients. All patients with severe to very severe COPD should be routinely screened by ECHO for PAH and with mild to moderate COPD, who have dyspnea out of proportion to their clinical condition should also be screened for PAH.

  11. A comparative analysis of ECG-gated steady state free precession magnetic resonance imaging versus transthoracic echocardiography for evaluation of aortic root dimensions.

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    Hoey, Edward T D; Pakala, Vijaya; Kassamali, Rahil H; Ganeshan, Arul

    2014-10-01

    Accurate and reproducible measurement of aortic root dimensions is essential to inform clinical decision making. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the first line test for assessment of the aortic root but has potential limitations due to its limited field of view and restricted acoustic windows. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is considered the "gold standard" technique for assessment of cardiac morphology and recently MRI reference ranges for aortic root dimensions have been published. The purpose of this study was to retrospectively compare aortic root measurements obtained from TTE with those derived from cardiac MRI. Sixty-eight patients (40 males, 28 females) who had undergone both cardiac MRI and TTE imaging within a 4-month interval (mean 62 days) were included. Steady-state-free precession MRI cine imaging was performed with an acquisition plane perpendicular to the aortic root and through the true cross sectional aortic valve plane. A cusp-commissure dimension from inside wall to inside wall in end-diastole was recorded and compared with standardized TTE derived Valsalva sinus measurements. Pearson correlation coefficients and a paired t-test were used for statistical analysis. Mean aortic root dimension by TTE was 3.2±0.5 cm and MRI was 3.4±0.4 cm with a Pearson correlation coefficient of >0.7. Mean difference between TTE and MRI was 0.2±0.3 (PTTE measurement was within the normal reference range. In patients with a dilated aortic root (n=19) the mean difference was 0.2±0.4 cm (PTTE and MRI derived aortic root measurements at the Valsalva sinus level. MRI consistently measures the aortic root dimension higher than TTE which may under diagnose patients with a mildly dilated aortic root. Further investigation is required to properly integrate MRI into imaging assessment algorithms.

  12. Effect of patent ductus arteriosus and patent foramen ovale on left ventricular stroke volume measurement by electrical velocimetry in comparison to transthoracic echocardiography in neonates.

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    Blohm, Martin Ernst; Hartwich, Jana; Obrecht, Denise; Kersten, Jan Felix; Singer, Dominique

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    This prospective single-center observational study compared impedance cardiography [electrical velocimetry (EV)] with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, based on trans-aortic flow) and analyzed the influence of physiological shunts, such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) or patent foramen ovale (PFO), on measurement accuracy. Two hundred and ninety-one triplicate simultaneous paired left ventricular stroke volume (LVSV) measurements by EV (LVSV EV ) and TTE (LVSV TTE ) in 99 spontaneously breathing neonates (mean weight 3270 g; range 1227-4600 g) were included. For the whole cohort, the mean absolute LVSV EV was 5.5 mL, mean LVSV TTE was 4.9 mL, resulting in an absolute Bland-Altman bias of -0.7 mL (limits of agreement LOA -3.0 to 1.7 mL), relative bias -12.8 %; mean percentage error MPE 44.9 %; true precision TP EV 33.4 % (n = 99 aggregated data points). In neonates without shunts (n = 32): mean LVSV EV 5.0 mL, mean LVSV TTE 4.6 mL, Bland-Altman bias -0.4 mL (LOA -2.8 to 2.0 mL), relative bias -8.2 %; MPE 50.7 %; TP EV 40.9 %. In neonates with shunts (PDA and/or PFO; n = 67): mean LVSV EV 5.8 mL, mean LVSV TTE 5.0 mL, bias -0.8 mL (LOA -3.1 to 1.5 mL), relative bias -14.8 %, MPE 41.9 %, TP EV 29.3 %. Accuracy was affected by PDA and/or PFO, with a significant increase in the relative difference in LVSV EV versus LVSV TTE : Subjects without shunts -2.9 % (n = 91), PFO alone -9.6 % (n = 125), PDA alone -14.0 % (n = 12), and PDA and PFO -18.5 % (n = 63). Physiological shunts (PDA and/or PFO) in neonates affect measurement accuracy and cause overestimation of LVSV EV compared with LVSV TTE .

  13. Validation of maternal cardiac output assessed by transthoracic echocardiography against pulmonary artery catheterization in severely ill pregnant women: prospective comparative study and systematic review.

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    Cornette, J; Laker, S; Jeffery, B; Lombaard, H; Alberts, A; Rizopoulos, D; Roos-Hesselink, J W; Pattinson, R C

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    Most severe pregnancy complications are characterized by profound hemodynamic disturbances, thus there is a need for validated hemodynamic monitoring systems for pregnant women. Pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC) using thermodilution is the clinical gold standard for the measurement of cardiac output (CO), however this reference method is rarely performed owing to its invasive nature. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) allows non-invasive determination of CO. We aimed to validate TTE against PAC for the determination of CO in severely ill pregnant women. This study consisted of a meta-analysis combining data from a prospective study and a systematic review. The prospective arm was conducted in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2003. Women with severe pregnancy complications requiring invasive monitoring with PAC according to contemporary guidelines were included. TTE was performed within 15 min of PAC and the investigator was blinded to the PAC measurements. Comparative measurements were extracted from similar studies retrieved from a systematic review of the literature and added to a database. Simultaneous CO measurements by TTE and PAC were compared. Agreement between methods was assessed using Bland-Altman statistics and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC). Thirty-four comparative measurements were included in the meta-analysis. Mean CO values obtained by PAC and TTE were 7.39 L/min and 7.18 L/min, respectively. The bias was 0.21 L/min with lower and upper limits of agreement of -1.18 L/min and 1.60 L/min, percentage error was 19.1%, and ICC between the two methods was 0.94. CO measurements by TTE show excellent agreement with those obtained by PAC in pregnant women. Given its non-invasive nature and availability, TTE could be considered as a reference for the validation of other CO techniques in pregnant women. Copyright © 2016 ISUOG. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Las complicaciones del embarazo más graves se caracterizan por trastornos hemodin

  14. Comparison of cine-MRI and transthoracic echocardiography for the assessment of aortic root diameters in patients with suspected Marfan syndrome

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    Bannas, P.; Derlin, T.; Yamamura, J.; Lund, G.; Adam, G.; Rybczynski, M.; Sheikhzadeh, S.; Kodolitsch, Y. von; Groth, M.

    2015-01-01

    Patients with Marfan syndrome require repeated imaging for monitoring of aortic root aneurysms. Therefore, we evaluated the agreement and reproducibility of cine-MRI and echocardiography measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva in patients with suspected Marfan syndrome. 51 consecutive patients with suspected Marfan syndrome were prospectively examined using cine-MRI and echocardiography. Two readers independently measured aortic root diameters at the level of the sinuses of Valsalva in both cine-MRI and echocardiography. Statistics included intraclass correlation coefficient, Pearson correlation coefficient, Bland-Altman analysis, and two-sided t-test. In 38 of the 51 individuals (74.5 %), the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome was established according to the criteria of the Ghent-2 nosology. Cine-MRI measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva revealed a strong correlation with echocardiography (r=0.929), but a statistically significant bias of -1.0 mm (p<0.001). The mean absolute diameter for sinuses of Valsalva obtained by cine-MRI was 32.3 ± 5.8 mm as compared to 33.4 ± 5.4 mm obtained by echocardiography. Interobserver agreement of measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva was higher for cine-MRI than for echocardiography (p=0.029). Despite small, but statistically significant differences in terms of agreement and reproducibility, cine-MRI and echocardiographic measurements of aortic root diameters provide comparable results without a significant clinical difference. Therefore both techniques may be used for monitoring of the aortic root in patients with Marfan syndrome.

  15. Comparison of cine-MRI and transthoracic echocardiography for the assessment of aortic root diameters in patients with suspected Marfan syndrome

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    Bannas, P.; Derlin, T.; Yamamura, J.; Lund, G.; Adam, G. [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology; Rybczynski, M.; Sheikhzadeh, S.; Kodolitsch, Y. von [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Dept. of General and Interventional Cardiology; Groth, M. [University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Section for Pediatric Radiology

    2015-11-15

    Patients with Marfan syndrome require repeated imaging for monitoring of aortic root aneurysms. Therefore, we evaluated the agreement and reproducibility of cine-MRI and echocardiography measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva in patients with suspected Marfan syndrome. 51 consecutive patients with suspected Marfan syndrome were prospectively examined using cine-MRI and echocardiography. Two readers independently measured aortic root diameters at the level of the sinuses of Valsalva in both cine-MRI and echocardiography. Statistics included intraclass correlation coefficient, Pearson correlation coefficient, Bland-Altman analysis, and two-sided t-test. In 38 of the 51 individuals (74.5 %), the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome was established according to the criteria of the Ghent-2 nosology. Cine-MRI measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva revealed a strong correlation with echocardiography (r=0.929), but a statistically significant bias of -1.0 mm (p<0.001). The mean absolute diameter for sinuses of Valsalva obtained by cine-MRI was 32.3 ± 5.8 mm as compared to 33.4 ± 5.4 mm obtained by echocardiography. Interobserver agreement of measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva was higher for cine-MRI than for echocardiography (p=0.029). Despite small, but statistically significant differences in terms of agreement and reproducibility, cine-MRI and echocardiographic measurements of aortic root diameters provide comparable results without a significant clinical difference. Therefore both techniques may be used for monitoring of the aortic root in patients with Marfan syndrome.

  16. Comparison of Cine-MRI and Transthoracic Echocardiography for the Assessment of Aortic Root Diameters in Patients with Suspected Marfan Syndrome.

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    Bannas, P; Rybczynski, M; Sheikhzadeh, S; von Kodolitsch, Y; Derlin, T; Yamamura, J; Lund, G; Adam, G; Groth, M

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    Patients with Marfan syndrome require repeated imaging for monitoring of aortic root aneurysms. Therefore, we evaluated the agreement and reproducibility of cine-MRI and echocardiography measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva in patients with suspected Marfan syndrome. 51 consecutive patients with suspected Marfan syndrome were prospectively examined using cine-MRI and echocardiography. Two readers independently measured aortic root diameters at the level of the sinuses of Valsalva in both cine-MRI and echocardiography. Statistics included intraclass correlation coefficient, Pearson correlation coefficient, Bland-Altman analysis, and two-sided t-test. In 38 of the 51 individuals (74.5 %), the diagnosis of Marfan syndrome was established according to the criteria of the Ghent-2 nosology. Cine-MRI measurements of the sinuses of Valsalva revealed a strong correlation with echocardiography (r = 0.929), but a statistically significant bias of -1.0  mm (p Marfan syndrome. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  17. Accuracy of conventional transthoracic echocardiography for the diagnosis of intracardiac right-to-left shunt: a meta-analysis of prospective studies.

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    Mojadidi, Mohammad Khalid; Winoker, Jared S; Roberts, Scott C; Msaouel, Pavlos; Zaman, Muhammad Omer; Gevorgyan, Rubine; Tobis, Jonathan M

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    Paradoxical embolization through a right-to-left shunt (RLS), often from a patent foramen ovale (PFO), has been associated with cryptogenic stroke. While transesophageal echo (TEE) bubble study is the current standard reference for diagnosing PFO, transthoracic echo (TTE) remains the most commonly used screening test for RLS due to its noninvasiveness and easy availability. The aim of this meta-analysis was to determine the accuracy of TTE compared to TEE as the reference. A systematic review of Medline, Cochrane, and Embase was done to look for all the prospective studies assessing for intracardiac RLS using conventional TTE compared to TEE as the reference; both TTE and TEE were performed with a contrast agent and a maneuver to provoke RLS in all studies. A total of 13 studies with 1436 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The weighted mean sensitivity and specificity for TTE were 46% and 99%, respectively. Likewise, the positive likelihood ratio and negative likelihood ratio were 20.85 and 0.57, respectively. Using different contrast agents, different microbubble cutoffs for a positive TTE/TEE, and different cardiac cycle cutoffs for a positive TTE/TEE did not affect the accuracy of TTE. In a population of patients with cryptogenic stroke, a TTE that tests positive for RLS has a 95% probability of being a true positive. Transthoracic echocardiogram has a low sensitivity and extremely high specificity, making it a poor rule out test but an excellent rule in test for the detection of intracardiac RLS. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Feasibility and Accuracy of Automated Software for Transthoracic Three-Dimensional Left Ventricular Volume and Function Analysis: Comparisons with Two-Dimensional Echocardiography, Three-Dimensional Transthoracic Manual Method, and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Tamborini, Gloria; Piazzese, Concetta; Lang, Roberto M; Muratori, Manuela; Chiorino, Elisa; Mapelli, Massimo; Fusini, Laura; Ali, Sarah Ghulam; Gripari, Paola; Pontone, Gianluca; Andreini, Daniele; Pepi, Mauro

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    highly with the traditional 3DFV method. It may represent a valid alternative to 3DFV measurement for everyday clinical use. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Left Ventricular Thrombus among patients undergoing Transthoracic ...

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    Objective: Left Ventricular Thrombus (LVT) is a well recognized complication of various cardiac conditions, particularly following an acute anterior myocardial infarction and in those with systolic congestive heart failure. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) remains the most common imaging modality to make the diagnosis ...

  20. Quantification of stenotic mitral valve area and diagnostic accuracy of mitral stenosis by dual-source computed tomography in patients with atrial fibrillation: comparison with cardiovascular magnetic resonance and transthoracic echocardiography.

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    Kim, Song Soo; Ko, Sung Min; Song, Meong Gun; Chee, Hyun Kun; Kim, Jun Suk; Hwang, Hweung Kon; Lee, Jae-Hwan

    2015-06-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the utility of dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) for quantification of the mitral valve area (MVA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and mitral stenosis (MS) and to compare the results of DSCT with those of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). One hundred-two patients with AF and MS who had undergone electrocardiography-gated DSCT, TTE and CMR prior to operation were retrospectively enrolled. The MVA was planimetrically determined by DSCT, CMR, and TTE, as well as by Doppler TTE using the pressure half-time method (TTE-PHT). Agreement, relationship between measurements, and the highest accuracy were evaluated using Bland-Altman, Pearson correlation, and receiver operating characteristic analyses. The MVA on DSCT (mean, 1.27 ± 0.27 cm(2)) was significantly larger than that on CMR (1.15 ± 0.28 cm(2), P TTE-planimetry and TTE-PHT (1.16 ± 0.28 and 1.07 ± 0.30 cm(2), respectively; P TTE-planimetry had better correlation with planimetry on DSCT and CMR (r = 0.65 and 0.67, respectively; P TTE-PHT (r = 0.51 and 0.55, respectively; P TTE-planimetry and TTE-PHT as the reference, the optimal thresholds for detecting severe MS on DSCT was 1.19 cm(2). The planimetry of the MVA measured by DSCT may be a reliable, alternative method for the quantification of MS in patients with AF.

  1. A feasible method for non-invasive measurement of pulmonary vascular resistance in pulmonary arterial hypertension: Combined use of transthoracic Doppler-echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance. Non-invasive estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance.

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    Yan, Chaowu; Xu, Zhongying; Jin, Jinglin; Lv, Jianhua; Liu, Qiong; Zhu, Zhenhui; Pang, Kunjing; Shi, Yisheng; Fang, Wei; Wang, Yang

    2015-12-07

    Transthoracic Doppler-echocardiography (TTE) can estimate mean pulmonary arterial pressure (MPAP) and pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) reliably, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is the best modality for non-invasive measurement of cardiac output (CO). We speculated that the combined use of TTE and CMR could provide a feasible method for non-invasive measurement of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Right heart catheterization (RHC) was undertaken in 77 patients (17M/60F) with PAH, and simultaneous TTE was carried out to evaluate MPAP, PCWP and CO. Within 2 days, CO was measured again with CMR in similar physiological status. Then, PVR was calculated with the integrated non-invasive method: TTE-derived (MPAP-PCWP)/CMR-derived CO and the isolated TTE method: TTE-derived (MPAP-PCWP)/TTE-derived CO, respectively. The PVR calculated with integrated non-invasive method correlated well with RHC-calculated PVR (r = 0.931, 95% confidence interval 0.893 to 0.956). Between the integrated non-invasive PVR and RHC-calculated PVR, the Bland-Altman analysis showed the satisfactory limits of agreement (mean value: - 0.89 ± 2.59). In comparison, the limits of agreement were less satisfactory between TTE-calculated PVR and RHC-calculated PVR (mean value: - 1.80 ± 3.33). Furthermore, there were excellent intra- and inter-observer correlations for the measurements of TTE and CMR ( P  TTE and CMR provides a clinically reliable method to determine PVR non-invasively. In comparison with RHC, the integrated method shows good accuracy and repeatability, which suggests the potential for the evaluation and serial follow-up in patients with PAH. In PAH, the non-invasive measurement of PVR is very important in clinical practice. Up to now, however, the widely accepted non-invasive method is still unavailable. Since TTE can estimate (MPAP-PCWP) reliably and CMR is the best image modality for the measurement of CO, the combined

  2. Multiplane Transesophageal Echocardiography for Multiclinical Dilemmas

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    Kamberi, Lulzim S.; Gorani, Daut R.; ?itaku, Hajdin R.; Selmani, Hamza H.; Beqiri, Arton I.; Mustafai, Ardian I.

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    Introduction Transesophageal echocardiography was introduced 4 decades ago. Its use have had very limited clinical indication. Now it has become very useful clinical tool. Indications for its use are almost as indications for transthoracic echocardiography, especially to assess deeper cardiovascular structures. Transesophageal echocardiography is semi-invasive examination with small number of complications. Aim of the study To determine usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography in variou...

  3. Transthoracic Ultrasonography for Clinicians

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Transthoracic ultrasonography (US has become an essential tool for respiratory, emergency, and critical care physicians. It can be performed with basic equipment and by personnel with minimum training as a modality for the evaluation of a wide range of thoracic pathologies. Its advantages include immediate application at the point of care, low cost, and lack of radiation. The main indications for transthoracic US are the qualitative and quantitative assessment of pleural effusions, pleural thickening, diaphragmatic pathology, as well as chest wall and pleural tumors. Transthoracic US is also useful in visualizing pulmonary pathologies that abut the pleura, such as pneumonic consolidation and interstitial syndromes, including pulmonary edema. Transthoracic US is more sensitive than the traditional chest radiograph in the detection of pneumothoraces, and it is useful in diagnosing skeletal abnormalities such as rib fractures. It is the ideal tool to guide transthoracic procedures, including thoracocentesis and pleural biopsy. Moreover, transthoracic US-guided procedures can be performed by a single clinician with no sedation and minimal monitoring. Transthoracic US-guided fine needle aspiration and/or cutting needle biopsy of extrathoracic lymph nodes and lesions arising from the chest wall, pleura, peripheral lung, and mediastinum are safe to perform and have a high yield in the of hands of experienced clinicians. Transthoracic US can also potentially guide the aspiration and biopsy of diffuse pulmonary infiltrates, consolidations, and lung abscesses. Moreover, transthoracic US may be used in the detection of pulmonary embolism

  4. Coronary Flow Velocity Reserve Assessed by Transthoracic Doppler

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Peña, Adam; Mygind, Naja D

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    BACKGROUND: Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) measured by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography is a noninvasive measure of microvascular function, but it has not achieved widespread use, mainly because of concerns of validity and feasibility. The aim of this study was to describe the feasib...

  5. Intra-cardiac echocardiography in alcohol septal ablation

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

    2015-01-01

    Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy reduces left ventricular outflow tract gradients. A third of patients do not respond; inaccurate localisation of the iatrogenic infarct can be responsible. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) using myocardial contrast can...

  6. Transthoracic ultrasonic tissue indices identify patients with severe left anterior descending artery stenosis. Correlation with fractional flow reserve. Pilot study.

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    Dobrowolski, Piotr; Kowalski, Mirosław; Rybicka, Justyna; Lech, Agnieszka; Tyczyński, Paweł; Witkowski, Adam; Hoffman, Piotr

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential clinical application of ultrasonic tissue indices, with a focus on systolic strain (SS) and systolic strain rate (SSR) parameters derived from transthoracic echocardiography, in the assessment of left anterior descending artery (LAD) stenosis. The data of 30 patients with significant LAD stenosis were analysed. All patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography to obtain systolic myocardial velocity (Sm), longitudinal SS, and SSR from basal, mid, and apical segments of anterior and inferior walls in two-chamber apical view. Severity of LAD obstruction was measured by means of fractional flow reserve (FFR) during coronary catheterisation. Systolic velocities, strain, and strain rate measured in basal, middle, and apical segments of the anterior left ventricular (LV) wall were lower when compared to those obtained from the corresponding, i.e. unaffected, inferior LV wall. There was a significant correlation between FFR and the value of SS, SSR characterising the apical LV segment of the anterior wall (r = -0.583, p = 0.01; r = -0.598, p = 0.01, respectively). Moreover, we found significant correlation between FFR and Sm in the mid-segment of the LV anterior wall (r = 0.611, p = 0.009). We conclude that SS and SSR obtained from the apical segment of the anterior LV wall may be related to the severity of LAD stenosis.

  7. Paravalvular Regurgitation after Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Comparing Transthoracic versus Transesophageal Echocardiographic Guidance.

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    Hayek, Salim S; Corrigan, Frank E; Condado, Jose F; Lin, Shuang; Howell, Sharon; MacNamara, James P; Zheng, Shuai; Keegan, Patricia; Thourani, Vinod; Babaliaros, Vasilis C; Lerakis, Stamatios

    2017-06-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is increasingly being performed in cardiac catheterization laboratories using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to guide valve deployment. The risk of paravalvular regurgitation (PVR) remains a concern. We retrospectively reviewed 454 consecutive patients (mean age, 82 ± 8; 58% male) who underwent transfemoral TAVR at Emory Healthcare from 2007 to 2014. Two hundred thirty-four patients underwent TAVR in the cardiac catheterization laboratory with TTE guidance (TTE-TAVR; mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons score, 10%), while 220 patients underwent the procedure in the hybrid operating room with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) guidance (TEE-TAVR; mean Society of Thoracic Surgeons score, 11%). All patients received an Edwards valve (SAPIEN 55%, SAPIEN-XT 45%). Clinical and procedural characteristics, echocardiographic parameters, and incidence of PVR were compared. The incidence of at least mild PVR at discharge was comparable between TTE-TAVR and TEE-TAVR (33% vs 38%, respectively; P = .326) and did not differ when stratified by valve type. However, in the TTE-TAVR group, there was a higher incidence of second valve implantation (7% vs 2%; P = .026) and postdilation (38% vs 17%; P TTE-TAVR was associated with PVR-related events: the combined outcome of mild PVR at discharge, intraprocedural postdilation, and second valve insertion (odds ratio = 1.58; 95% CI, 1.01-2.46). There were no significant differences in PVR at 30 days, 6 months, and 1 year between the two groups. TTE-TAVR in a high-risk group of patients was associated with increased incidence of intraprocedure PVR-related events, although it was not associated with higher rates of PVR at follow-up. Multicenter randomized trials are required to confirm the cost-effectiveness and safety of TTE-TAVR. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Simultaneous Multiplane 2D-Echocardiography

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    markdownabstractTwo-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography is one of the most frequently used techniques for diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known cardiovascular disease. It is based on multiple single cardiac planes taken from standard positions on the

  9. The echocardiography of replacement heart valves

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    John B Chambers

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  10. The echocardiography of replacement heart valves.

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    Chambers, John B

    2016-09-01

    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. © 2016 The authors.

  11. Standardization of adult transthoracic echocardiography reporting in agreement with recent chamber quantification, diastolic function, and heart valve disease recommendations: an expert consensus document of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

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    Galderisi, Maurizio; Cosyns, Bernard; Edvardsen, Thor; Cardim, Nuno; Delgado, Victoria; Di Salvo, Giovanni; Donal, Erwan; Sade, Leyla Elif; Ernande, Laura; Garbi, Madalina; Grapsa, Julia; Hagendorff, Andreas; Kamp, Otto; Magne, Julien; Santoro, Ciro; Stefanidis, Alexandros; Lancellotti, Patrizio; Popescu, Bogdan; Habib, Gilbert

    2017-12-01

    This European Association Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Expert Consensus document aims at defining the main quantitative information on cardiac structure and function that needs to be included in standard echocardiographic report following recent ASE/EACVI chamber quantification, diastolic function, and heart valve disease recommendations. The document focuses on general reporting and specific pathological conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery and valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and systemic diseases. Demographic data (age, body surface area, blood pressure, and heart rhythm and rate), type (vendor and model) of ultrasound system used and image quality need to be reported. In addition, measurements should be normalized for body size. Reference normal values, derived by ASE/EACVI recommendations, shall always be reported to differentiate normal from pathological conditions. This Expert Consensus document suggests avoiding the surveillance of specific variable using different ultrasound techniques (e.g. in echo labs with high expertise in left ventricular ejection fraction by 3D and not by 2D echocardiography). The report should be also tailored in relation with different cardiac pathologies, quality of images, and needs of the caregivers. The conclusion should be concise reflecting the status of left ventricular structure and function, the presence of left atrial and/or aortic dilation, right ventricular dysfunction, and pulmonary hypertension, leading to an objective communication with the patient health caregiver. Variation over time should be considered carefully, taking always into account the consistency of the parameters used for comparison. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2017. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  12. Fetal echocardiography

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007340.htm Fetal echocardiography To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Fetal echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves ( ultrasound ) ...

  13. Transthoracic ultrasound guided balloon dilation of cor triatriatum dexter in 2 Rottweiler puppies.

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    Birettoni, F; Caivano, D; Bufalari, A; Giorgi, M E; Miglio, A; Paradies, P; Porciello, F

    2016-12-01

    Balloon dilation was performed in two Rottweiler puppies with cor triatriatum dexter and clinical signs of ascites using transthoracic echocardiographic guidance. The dogs were positioned on a standard echocardiography table in right lateral recumbency, and guide wires and balloon catheters were imaged by echocardiographic views optimized to allow visualization of the defect. The procedures were performed successfully without complications and clinical signs were resolved completely in both cases. Guide wires and balloon catheters appeared hyperechoic on transthoracic echocardiography image and could be clearly monitored and guided in real-time. These two cases demonstrate that it is possible to perform balloon catheter dilation of cor triatriatum dexter under transthoracic guidance alone. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in Place of Repeat Echocardiography: Reliability and Cost Implications.

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    Kini, Vinay; Mehta, Nidhi; Mazurek, Jeremy A; Ferrari, Victor A; Epstein, Andrew J; Groeneveld, Peter W; Kirkpatrick, James N

    2015-09-01

    Health care systems are increasingly moving toward models that emphasize the delivery of high-quality health care at lower costs. Rates of repeat echocardiography (two or more transthoracic echocardiographic studies performed within a short interval) are high and can contribute substantially to the cost of providing cardiovascular care. Certain findings from handheld ultrasound scans performed by echocardiographers have been shown to correlate well with findings on transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). It therefore may be feasible and cost effective to use expert focused cardiac ultrasound (eFCU) in place of repeat TTE for highly selected indications in certain settings. The aim of this study was to determine the reliability and cost implications of using eFCU in place of repeat TTE in selected inpatients. Inpatients who underwent repeat TTE (prior TTE within 30 days) ordered for the assessment of ventricular function, pericardial effusion, or inferior vena cava collapse were prospectively enrolled. Subjects underwent eFCU in addition to TTE, and results were compared for correlation using the weighted κ statistic. The potential cost savings of using eFCU in place of TTE were modeled from the provider perspective (i.e., physicians and hospitals). Over 45 days, 105 patients were enrolled. The majority of scans were performed for assessment of left ventricular function and pericardial effusions. eFCU showed excellent correlation with TTE for most parameters, including left ventricular systolic function (κ = 0.80) and the presence and size of pericardial effusions (κ = 0.81) (P TTE when used in the setting of repeat testing for assessment of ventricular function, pericardial effusion, and inferior vena cava collapse. The judicious use of eFCU in place of repeat inpatient TTE has the potential to deliver quality cardiac imaging at reduced cost. Copyright © 2015 American Society of Echocardiography. All rights reserved.

  15. Transthoracic two-dimensional xPlane and three-dimensional echocardiographic analysis of the site of mitral valve prolapse.

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    McGhie, Jackie S; de Groot-de Laat, Lotte; Ren, Ben; Vletter, Wim; Frowijn, René; Oei, Frans; Geleijnse, Marcel L

    2015-12-01

    This study sought to assess the value of two-dimensional (2D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), 2D xPlane imaging and three-dimensional (3D) TTE for the definition of the site and the extent of mitral valve (MV) prolapse. Fifty patients underwent transthoracic 2D, 2D xPlane and 3D echocardiography. With 2D xPlane a segmental analysis of the MV was performed, by making a lateral sweep across the MV coaptation line as seen in the parasternal short-axis view. Inter-observer agreement for specific scallop prolapse was for 2D xPlane excellent (97%, kappa = 0.94) and for 3D TTE moderate (85%, kappa = 0.67). The respective sensitivities of standard 2D TTE, 2D xPlane, and 3D TTE for the identification of the precise posterior scallop prolapse were for P1 92, 85, and 92%, for P2 96, 96, and 82%, and for P3 86, 81, and 71%. In total, 5 (8%) prolapsing MV scallops were missed by 2D TTE, 7 (12%) by 2D xPlane, and 12 (20%) by 3D TTE. The sensitivity of 3D TTE was significantly lower than standard 2D imaging (80% versus 93%, P TTE. 2D xPlane imaging is an accurate, easy to use (compared to 3D TTE) and easy to interpret (compared to 2D and 3D TTE) imaging modality to study the site and the extent of MV prolapse.

  16. Two years of transthoracic echocardiography at a private ...

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    Results: The commonest indications for echo were hypertensive heart disease, heart failure and valvular heart diseases. The commonest echocardiographic diagnoses were degenerative aortic valve disease, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and degenerative mitral valve disease. Conclusions: Valvular heart diseases ...

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

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

    2015-01-01

    as opposed to the TTE global rating score had the effect of minimising the largest source of error variance in test scores. Two random cases rated by one random rater using the TTE checklist are sufficiently reliable for a high stakes examination. As global rating is less time consuming it could...

  18. B-Lines in Assessment of Pulmonary Hypertension in Patients With Interstitial Lung Diseases: Feasibility of Transthoracic Lung Sonographic Signs.

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    Zheng, Xiao-Zhi; Zheng, Quan; Zhou, Jing; Yang, Bin

    2015-09-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the value of sonographic B-lines (previously called "comet tail artifacts") in assessment of pulmonary hypertension in patients with interstitial lung diseases. One hundred thirty-four patients with clinically diagnosed interstitial lung diseases complicated by pulmonary hypertension underwent transthoracic lung sonography and Doppler echocardiography for assessment of the presence of B-lines, the distance between them, and the pulmonary artery (PA) systolic pressure. A correlation analysis and a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis were performed. All patients had diffuse bilateral B-lines. The maximum number of B-lines seen in any positive zone (not a summation) was significantly correlated with the severity of PA systolic pressure (r= 0.812; P30 mm Hg). The number of B-lines is useful in assessment of pulmonary hypertension, especially when tricuspid regurgitation and pulmonary valve regurgitation do not exist or cannot be satisfactorily measured by Doppler echocardiography. © 2015 by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

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    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the yield of transthoracic echocardiography in patients with ischaemic stroke with a view to providing guidance in its use in clinical management of stroke. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-six consecutive stroke patients with 90 controls were recruited prospectively. Patients were examined ...

  20. High plasma human atrial natriuretic peptide and reduced transthoracic left atrial appendage wall-motion velocity are noninvasive surrogate markers for assessing thrombogenesis in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

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    Yoshida, Naoyasu; Okamoto, Mitsunori; Hirao, Hidekazu; Suenari, Kazuyoshi; Nanba, Kiyomi; Uchida, Mio; Yamazato, Ryo; Watari, Yuichiro; Fukuda, Yukihiro; Ueda, Hironori

    2014-09-01

    The clinical relevance of examining human atrial natriuretic peptide (HANP) or left atrial appendage (LAA) wall-motion velocity during sinus rhythm in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) patients has not been clearly elucidated. The subjects were 38 patients with paroxysmal AF who underwent transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography during sinus rhythm. The presence of spontaneous echocontrast (SEC) was examined with transesophageal echocardiography and LAA wall-motion velocity (LAAWV) was measured with transthoracic tissue Doppler echocardiography. Plasma HANP was measured within 3 hours after echocardiography. Human atrial natriuretic peptide ranged from 12 to 106 pg/mL with an average of 43 ± 24 pg/mL and had a significant correlation with LAAWV (r = -0.57) or LAA flow velocity (r = -0.41). HANP was significantly higher in patients with SEC than in patients without SEC (64 ± 29 vs. 34 ± 15 pg/mL, P = 0.008) and LAAWV was significantly lower in patients with SEC than in patients without SEC (13 ± 5 vs. 20 ± 5 cm/sec, P = 0.002). HANP >44 pg/mL had a sensitivity of 73% and specificity of 89% for diagnosing SEC. SEC was more frequently observed (73%) in patients with HANP >44 pg/mL and/or LAAWV velocity (P velocity may be noninvasive surrogate markers for assessing left atrial thrombogenesis during sinus rhythm in paroxysmal AF patients. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. 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.

  2. Fetal echocardiography

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    Chaubal, Nitin G.; Chaubal, Jyoti

    2009-01-01

    USG performed with a high-end machine, using a good cine-loop facility is extremely helpful in the diagnosis of fetal cardiac anomalies. In fetal echocardiography, the four-chamber view and the outflow-tract view are used to diagnose cardiac anomalies. The most important objective during a targeted anomaly scan is to identify those cases that need a dedicated fetal echocardiogram. Associated truncal and chromosomal anomalies need to be identified. This review shows how fetal echocardiography, apart from identifying structural defects in the fetal heart, can be used to look at rhythm abnormalities and other functional aspects of the fetal heart

  3. Echocardiography of the tricuspid valve

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    Bassin, Levi; D’Ambra, Michael

    2017-01-01

    The tricuspid valve (TV), although occasionally considered “neglected” is the subject of renewed and increasing interest. Factors include an awareness that tricuspid value dysfunction is influential in patient outcomes, an improving understanding of valve anatomy and function and evolving techniques available to address tricuspid regurgitation. Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) can be classified as being due to primary diseases of the valve or functional in nature, with the majority being functional. Whilst it was previously believed that such functional TR, resulting from left sided disease, would resolve after correction of the underlying pathology this is now known not to be true. In fact, annular dilatation, TR and right ventricular dysfunction may all continue to progress after successful surgery on the aortic or mitral valve. Although there are many modalities with which to image the TV, this lecture will focus on echocardiography, primarily transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). In every patient undergoing cardiac surgery with TEE, a thorough and systematic examination of the TV structure and function should be performed, utilizing quantitative and qualitative measures with both 2D and 3D echocardiography. As the appearance of TR can be significantly influenced by hemodynamic factors, it is essential that echocardiography to investigate TR also be performed in the resting conscious state. Ideally, deciding whether the TV warrants operative attention at the time of planned cardiac surgery should be determined preoperatively based on a high quality transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and relevant patient and surgical factors. This lecture aims to give an overview of the echocardiographic assessment of the TV, parameters available to grade the severity of TR, and how these may be utilized to assist the surgeon considering intervention. Whilst the surgical management at the extremes of TR (mild or severe) is relatively clear, the ideal intervention in

  4. Gated 99mTc-MIBI single-photon emission computed tomography for the evaluation of left ventricular ejection fraction. Comparison with three-dimensional echocardiography

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    Lipiec, P.; Wejner-Mik, P.; Krzeminska-Pakula, M.; Kapusta, A.; Kasprzak, J.D.; Kusmierek, J.; Plachcinska, A.; Szuminski, R.

    2008-01-01

    Parameters of left ventricular systolic function directly influence the management of patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). Quantitative gated single-photon emission computed tomography (QGS; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA) allows the computation of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) from myocardial perfusion imaging studies which are frequently performed on patients with suspected CAD. Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography is considered to be the echocardiographic ''gold standard'' for the quantification of LVEF. We sought to compare QGS with 3D echocardiography in the evaluation of EF in patients with suspected CAD. Ninety-one consecutive patients with suspected CAD, scheduled for coronary angiography, underwent rest electrocardiographic-gated technetium-99m methoxyisobutylisonitrile SPECT (G-SPECT) with measurement of LVEF by QGS and transthoracic 3D echocardiography with off-line measurement of LVEF (Tomtec 4D LV Analysis 1.1). The diagnosis of CAD was based on coronary angiography, performed on every patient. Nine patients were excluded from the analysis owing to unsuitability for 3D echocardiography (8 patients) or G-SPECT (1 patient). In the remaining group of 82 patients, 71 (87%) had significant CAD, 34 (42%) had a history of myocardial infarction, and 50 (61%) had perfusion defects at rest G-SPECT images. The mean LVEF measured by QGS and 3D echocardiography was 53±13% and 53±10%, respectively. The mean difference in LVEF between 3D echocardiography and QGS was 0.1±6.0% (P=0.87), and the correlation between the values obtained by both methods was high (r=0.88, P< 0.001). The largest discrepancies were observed in patients with small ventricular volumes. In patients undergoing diagnostic work-up for CAD, the measurement of LVEF by QGS algorithm provides high correlation and satisfactory agreement with the results of reference ultrasound method- 3D echocardiography. (author)

  5. Transthoracic echocardiographically-guided interventional cardiac procedures in the dog.

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    Caivano, Domenico; Birettoni, Francesco; Fruganti, Alessandro; Rishniw, Mark; Knafelz, Patrizia; Moïse, N Sydney; Porciello, Francesco

    2012-09-01

    Interventional cardiac procedures are traditionally performed using fluoroscopy, or, more recently, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Neither modality is widely available to practicing cardiologists worldwide. We examined whether balloon valvuloplasty of pulmonic stenosis (PS) and transarterial occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) in dogs could be performed safely with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). A prospective consecutive case series of 26 client-owned dogs with PS (n = 10) and PDA (n = 16). The cardiovascular procedures were performed using TTE. Each dog was positioned on a standard echocardiography table in right lateral recumbency (dogs with PS) or left lateral recumbency (dogs with PDA). Guide wires, balloon catheters, Amplatz(®) Canine Ductal Occluder (ACDO) delivery sheaths, and ACDO were imaged by standard echocardiographic views optimized to allow visualization of the defects and devices. Procedures were performed successfully without major complications in 20 dogs. In 2 dogs (German shepherds) with Type III PDA, ACDO placement was unsuccessful; 2 other German Shepherds were excluded from the procedure because their ductal diameters, measured echocardiographically, exceeded the limits of the maximal ACDO size. Two dogs weighing ≤3.5 kg had suboptimal echocardiographic visualization of the PDA and were considered too small for safe ACDO deployment. All intravascular devices at the level of the heart and great vessels appeared hyperechoic on TTE image and could be clearly monitored and guided in real-time. We have demonstrated that TTE monitoring can guide each step of pulmonic balloon valvuloplasty and PDA occlusion without fluoroscopy. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Multiplane Transesophageal Echocardiography for Multiclinical Dilemmas

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    Kamberi, Lulzim S.; Gorani, Daut R.; Çitaku, Hajdin R.; Selmani, Hamza H.; Beqiri, Arton I.; Mustafai, Ardian I.

    2011-01-01

    Introduction Transesophageal echocardiography was introduced 4 decades ago. Its use have had very limited clinical indication. Now it has become very useful clinical tool. Indications for its use are almost as indications for transthoracic echocardiography, especially to assess deeper cardiovascular structures. Transesophageal echocardiography is semi-invasive examination with small number of complications. Aim of the study To determine usefulness of transesophageal echocardiography in various cardiac conditions based in our experience. Also to encourage use of transesophageal echocardiography as reliable examination. Methods All of the patients signed a Term of Free Informed Consent, approved from Ethics Committee. We enrolled 425 patients who have done TEE in last 5 years (2006-2010) by authors. Medical history and Clinical evaluation was carefully performed by expert cardiologists. Procedures were performed in two different centers using machines, PHILIPS iE33 and Siemens accuson CV 70, with equipment attached to a multi frequency 2.5 to 3.5 MHz for TTE and 7.0 MHz for TEE multiplane transducer. TEE were performed and images were obtained according to the standard recommandations. Results The results were analyzed by a standard method of descriptive statistics using Pivot Table of Excel Office 2007. Results. We have analyzed 425 transesophageal echocardiography . The examination of the thoracic aorta in severe hypertension patients was conducted in 96 cases; atrial fibrillation in 118; aortic dissection 49 cases, aortic stenosis was evaluated in 28 cases; finding of source of emboli 36 cases; suspicion for aneurysm of the thoracic aorta in 14 cases, 11 cases with suspected endocarditis; the type of intervention for mitral valve was evaluated in 28 cases. Interatrial septum abnormalities 37 cases; and miscellaneous 18 cases. No minor or mayor complications happened. Conlusion Transesophageal echocardiography can elucidate many dubious serious conditions

  7. 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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Handheld echocardiography during hospitalization for acute myocardial infarction.

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    Cullen, Michael W; Geske, Jeffrey B; Anavekar, Nandan S; Askew, J Wells; Lewis, Bradley R; Oh, Jae K

    2017-11-01

    Handheld echocardiography (HHE) is concordant with standard transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a variety of settings but has not been thoroughly compared to traditional TTE in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Completed by experienced operators, HHE provides accurate diagnostic capabilities compared with standard TTE in AMI patients. This study prospectively enrolled patients admitted to the coronary care unit with AMI. Experienced sonographers performed HHE with a V-scan. All patients underwent clinical TTE. Each HHE was interpreted by 2 experts blinded to standard TTE. Agreement was assessed with κ statistics and concordance correlation coefficients. Analysis included 82 patients (mean age, 66 years; 74% male). On standard TTE, mean left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction was 46%. Correlation coefficients between HHE and TTE were 0.75 (95% confidence interval: 0.66 to 0.82) for LV ejection fraction and 0.69 (95% confidence interval: 0.58 to 0.77) for wall motion score index. The κ statistics ranged from 0.47 to 0.56 for LV enlargement, 0.55 to 0.79 for mitral regurgitation, and 0.44 to 0.57 for inferior vena cava dilatation. The κ statistics were highest for the anterior (0.81) and septal (0.71) apex and lowest for the mid inferolateral (0.36) and basal inferoseptal (0.36) walls. In patients with AMI, HHE and standard TTE demonstrate good correlation for LV function and wall motion. Agreement was less robust for structural abnormalities and specific wall segments. In experienced hands, HHE can provide a focused assessment of LV function in patients hospitalized with AMI; however, HHE should not substitute for comprehensive TTE. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. 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.

  11. Protective Capnothorax During Transthoracic Needle Biopsy

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    Kavanagh, John, E-mail: jokavana@tcd.ie; Siemienowicz, Miranda L.; Lyen, Stephen; Kandel, Sonja; Rogalla, Patrik [University of Toronto, Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Joint Department of Medical Imaging, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital (Canada)

    2017-04-15

    PurposeTransthoracic needle biopsy (TTNB) is an established procedure in the management of pulmonary nodules. The most common complications are directly related to crossing the lung or visceral pleura during the biopsy. In this study, we describe the use of carbon dioxide instead of room air to create a protective “capnothorax” during TTNB.Materials and MethodsFive patients underwent creation of a capnothorax during TTNB. Parameters recorded were location and size of target, distance from pleura, length of procedure, volume of carbon dioxide, periprocedural complications and biopsy result.ResultsInduction of capnothorax was successful in all cases. In two patients, a continuous infusion of carbon dioxide was required to maintain an adequate volume of intrapleural gas. In two patients, the carbon dioxide resolved spontaneously and in the remaining patients it was aspirated at the end of the procedure. All biopsies were diagnostic with no periprocedural or postprocedural complications.ConclusionThis study suggests that protective iatrogenic capnothorax is a safe and effective technique during TTNB. The intrinsic properties and availability of carbon dioxide make it an attractive alternative to room air.

  12. Infective endocarditis in the elderly in the era of transesophageal echocardiography: clinical features and prognosis compared with younger patients.

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    Werner, G S; Schulz, R; Fuchs, J B; Andreas, S; Prange, H; Ruschewski, W; Kreuzer, H

    1996-01-01

    Advanced age is considered to be associated with a more severe prognosis in infective endocarditis (IE), which is relevance in view of a change in epidemiology of the disease with an increasing proportion of elderly people. We wanted to examine whether in the era of improved diagnostic sensitivity for IE by transesophageal echocardiography the clinical course in elderly persons would be still more severe than in younger patients. During the period from 1989 to 1993, 104 patients with 106 episodes of IE were treated at our university hospital. Three groups were compared: group A with 28 patients younger than 50 years, group B with 58 patients aged 50 to 70, and group C with 20 patients older than 70. Transesophageal echocardiography was performed in 78% of the patients; it was not performed in 22% of the patients with a conclusive transthoracic examination. The patients were followed up for an average of 25 months after the diagnosis. No significant differences were observed among the age groups with respect to the possible source of infection, the frequency of positive blood cultures, and the type of infective organisms. Elderly patients more often had predisposing valvular conditions (eg, degenerative and calcified lesions and prosthetic valves), which decreased the sensitivity of transthoracic echocardiography to 45% as compared with 75% in group A. Transesophageal echocardiography improved the diagnostic yield by 45% in group C and by 47% in group B. Vegetations were smaller in group C and B as compared with group A, whereas other echocardiographic characteristics were similar. Fever and leukocytosis were less frequent in group C (55% and 25%, respectively) than in group A (82% and 61%, respectively). The interval between the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis of IE was similar in all groups. Elderly patients underwent surgical therapy as frequently (65%) as the other groups. The 1-year survival in group C (26%) was comparable with that in group A (22%) and

  13. 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.)

  14. What Is Transesophageal Echocardiography?

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    ... addition to transthoracic (tranz-thor-AS-ik) echo (TTE), the most common type of echo. If TTE pictures don't give doctors enough information, they ... and its blood vessels. In general, transthoracic echo (TTE) is the first echo test used to diagnose ...

  15. 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

  16. Intraoperative device closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects in the young children under transthoracic echocardiographic guidance; initial experience

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    Cao Hua

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objectives This study aimed to assess the safety and feasibility of intraoperative device closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects (VSD in young children guided by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE. Methods We enrolled 18 patients from our hospital to participate in the study from June 2011 to September 2011. A minimal inferior median incision was performed after full evaluation of the perimembranous VSD by real-time TTE, and a domestically made device was inserted to occlude the perimembranous VSD. The proper size of the device was determined by means of transthoracic echocardiographic analysis. Results Implantation was ultimately successful in 16 patients using TTE guidance. In these cases, the complete closure rate immediately following the operation and on subsequent follow-up was 100%. Symmetric devices were used in 14 patients, and asymmetric devices were used in two patients. Two patient were transformed to surgical treatment, one for significant residual shunting, and the other for unsuccessful wire penetration of the VSD. The follow-up periods were less than nine months, and only one patient had mild aortic regurgitation. There were no instances of residual shunt, noticeable aortic regurgitation, significant arrhythmia, thrombosis, or device failure. Conclusions Minimally invasive transthoracic device closure of perimembranous VSDs is safe and feasible, using a domestically made device under transthoracic echocardiographic guidance, without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. This technique should be considered an acceptable alternative to surgery or device closure guided by transesophageal echocardiography in selected young children. However, a long-term evaluation of outcomes is necessary.

  17. Determinants of Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity: Analysis from the Second Survey of the American Society of Echocardiography Committee on Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity.

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    Srivastava, Shubhika; Allada, Vivekanand; Younoszai, Adel; Lopez, Leo; Soriano, Brian D; Fleishman, Craig E; Van Hoever, Andrea M; Lai, Wyman W

    2016-10-01

    The American Society of Echocardiography Committee on Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory Productivity aimed to study factors that could influence the clinical productivity of physicians and sonographers and assess longitudinal trends for the same. The first survey results indicated that productivity correlated with the total volume of echocardiograms. Survey questions were designed to assess productivity for (1) physician full-time equivalent (FTE) allocated to echocardiography reading (echocardiograms per physician FTE per day), (2) sonographer FTE (echocardiograms per sonographer FTE per year), and (3) machine utilization (echocardiograms per machine per year). Questions were also posed to assess work flow and workforce. For fiscal year 2013 or academic year 2012-2013, the mean number of total echocardiograms-including outreach, transthoracic, fetal, and transesophageal echocardiograms-per physician FTE per day was 14.3 ± 5.9, the mean number of echocardiograms per sonographer FTE per year was 1,056 ± 441, and the mean number of echocardiograms per machine per year was 778 ± 303. Both physician and sonographer productivity was higher at high-volume surgical centers and with echocardiography slots scheduled concordantly with clinic visits. Having an advanced imaging fellow and outpatient sedation correlated negatively with clinical laboratory productivity. Machine utilization was greater in laboratories with higher sonographer and physician productivity and lower for machines obtained before 2009. Measures of pediatric echocardiography laboratory staff productivity and machine utilization were shown to correlate positively with surgical volume, total echocardiography volumes, and concordant echocardiography scheduling; the same measures correlated negatively with having an advanced imaging fellow and outpatient sedation. There has been no significant change in staff productivity noted over two Committee on Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory

  18. Rest and Dobutamine stress echocardiography in the evaluation of mid-term results of mitral valve repair in Barlow's disease

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    Casali Giovanni

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Surgical "anatomical" repair is the most frequent technique used to correct mitral regurgitation due to severe myxomatous valve disease. Debate, however, persists on the efficacy of this technique, as well as on the durability of the repaired valve, and on its functioning and hemodynamics under stress conditions. Thus, a basal and Dobutamine echocardiographic (DSE study was carried out to evaluate these parameters at mid-term follow-up. Methods and Results Twenty patients selected for the study (12 men and 8 women, mean age 60 ± 9 years underwent pre- and post-operative transthoracic echocardiography (TTE and intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE. At mid-term follow-up (20 ± 5 months all patients underwent rest TTE and DSE (3 min. dose increments up to 40 microg/Kg/min protocol. Pre-discharge and one-month TTE showed absence of MR in 11 pts., trivial or mild MR in 9 pts. and normal mitral valve area and gradients. Mid-term TTE showed decrease in left atrial and ventricular dimension, in pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP and grade of MR. During DSE a significant increase in mitral valve area, maximum and mean gradients, sPAP, heart rate and cardiac output and a decrease in systolic annular diameter and left ventricular volume were found; in 6 pts. a transient left ventricular outflow tract obstruction was observed. Conclusion Basal and Dobutamine stress echocardiography proved to be valuable tools for evaluation of mid-term results of mitral valve repair. In our study population, the surgical technique employed had a favourable impact on several cardiac parameters, evaluated by these methods.

  19. American Society of Echocardiography

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  20. Echocardiography of the tricuspid valve: Acknowledgements.

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    Luxford, Jamahal; Bassin, Levi; D'Ambra, Michael

    2017-05-01

    The tricuspid valve (TV), although occasionally considered "neglected" is the subject of renewed and increasing interest. Factors include an awareness that tricuspid value dysfunction is influential in patient outcomes, an improving understanding of valve anatomy and function and evolving techniques available to address tricuspid regurgitation. Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) can be classified as being due to primary diseases of the valve or functional in nature, with the majority being functional. Whilst it was previously believed that such functional TR, resulting from left sided disease, would resolve after correction of the underlying pathology this is now known not to be true. In fact, annular dilatation, TR and right ventricular dysfunction may all continue to progress after successful surgery on the aortic or mitral valve. Although there are many modalities with which to image the TV, this lecture will focus on echocardiography, primarily transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). In every patient undergoing cardiac surgery with TEE, a thorough and systematic examination of the TV structure and function should be performed, utilizing quantitative and qualitative measures with both 2D and 3D echocardiography. As the appearance of TR can be significantly influenced by hemodynamic factors, it is essential that echocardiography to investigate TR also be performed in the resting conscious state. Ideally, deciding whether the TV warrants operative attention at the time of planned cardiac surgery should be determined preoperatively based on a high quality transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and relevant patient and surgical factors. This lecture aims to give an overview of the echocardiographic assessment of the TV, parameters available to grade the severity of TR, and how these may be utilized to assist the surgeon considering intervention. Whilst the surgical management at the extremes of TR (mild or severe) is relatively clear, the ideal intervention in intermediate

  1. Planimetric Measurement of the Regurgitant Orifice Area Using Multidetector CT for Aortic Regurgitation: a Comparison with the Use of Echocardiography

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    Jeon, Min Hee; Choe, Yeon Hyeon; Cho, Soo Jin; Park, Seung Woo; Park, Pyo Won; Oh, Jae K. [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    This study compared the area of the regurgitant orifice, as measured by the use of multidetector-row CT (MDCT), with the severity of aortic regurgitation (AR) as determined by the use of echocardiography for AR. In this study, 45 AR patients underwent electrocardiography- gated 40-slice or 64-slice MDCT and transthoracic or transesophageal echocardiography. We reconstructed CT data sets during mid-systolic to enddiastolic phases in 10% steps (20% and 35-95% of the R-R interval), planimetrically measuring the abnormally opened aortic valve area during diastole on CT reformatted images and comparing the area of the aortic regurgitant orifice (ARO) so measured with the severity of AR, as determined by echocardiography. In the 14 patients found to have mild AR, the ARO area was 0.18{+-} 0.13 cm{sup 2} (range, 0.04-0.54 cm{sup 2}). In the 15 moderate AR patients, the ARO area was 0.36 {+-} 0.23 cm{sup 2} (range, 0.09-0.81 cm{sup 2}). In the 16 severe AR patients, the ARO area was 1.00 {+-} 0.51 cm{sup 2} (range, 0.23-1.84 cm{sup 2}). Receiver-operator characteristic curve analysis determined a sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 82%, for a cutoff of 0.47 cm{sup 2}, to distinguish severe AR from less than severe AR with the use of CT (area under the curve = 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.84-1.00; p < 0.001). Planimetric measurement of the ARO area using MDCT is useful for the quantitative evaluation of the severity of aortic regurgitation.

  2. Left atrial volume index as a predictor for persistent left ventricular dysfunction after aortic valve surgery in patients with chronic aortic regurgitation: the role of early postoperative echocardiography.

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    Cho, In-Jeong; Chang, Hyuk-Jae; Hong, Geu-Ru; Heo, Ran; Sung, Ji Min; Lee, Sang-Eun; Chang, Byung-Chul; Shim, Chi Young; Ha, Jong-Won; Chung, Namsik

    2015-06-01

    This study aimed to explore whether echocardiographic measurements during the early postoperative period can predict persistent left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) after aortic valve surgery in patients with chronic aortic regurgitation (AR). We prospectively recruited 54 patients (59 ± 12 years) with isolated chronic severe AR who subsequently underwent aortic valve surgery. Standard transthoracic echocardiography was performed before the operation, during the early postoperative period (≤2 weeks), and then 1 year after the surgery. Twelve patients with preoperative LVSD demonstrated LVSD at early after the surgery. Of the 42 patients without LVSD at preoperative echocardiography, 15 patients (36%) developed early postoperative LVSD after surgical correction. All 27 patients without LVSD at early postoperative echocardiography maintained LV function at 1 year after surgery. In the other 27 patients with postoperative LVSD, 17 patients recovered from LVSD and 10 patients did not at 1 year after surgery. Multiple logistic analysis demonstrated that postoperative left atrial volume index (LAVI) was the only independent predictor for persistent LVSD at 1 year after surgery in patients with postoperative LVSD (OR 1.180, 95% CI, 1.003-1.390, P = 0.046). The optimal LAVI cutoff value (>34.9 mL/m(2) ) had a sensitivity of 80% and a specificity of 88% for the prediction of persistent LVSD. Prevalence of early postoperative LVSD was relatively high, even in the patients without LVSD at preoperative echocardiography. Postoperative LAVI could be useful to predict persistent LVSD after aortic valve surgery in patients with early postoperative LVSD. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. 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.

  4. A novel parasternal transthoracic echocardiographic window for detecting coronary ostial dilation after modified Bentall surgery

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    Background During the modified Bentall surgery (aortic root replacement), a cuff of native aorta is implanted, together with the coronary ostium, into the aortic graft. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) imaging can accurately assess the coronary ostial anastomosis site post-surgery. In this study, we assessed the feasibility of imaging the coronary ostial anastomosis site using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). Methods Patients (n = 14, mean age 65 ± 12 years, 79% males) with previous Bentall surgery underwent TTE study, with MDCT (64-slice) as the reference standard. TTE used conventional and novel acoustic windows to interrogate the coronary ostia. Results All coronary ostia (n = 28) were well-visualized with MDCT. The optimum TTE acoustic window for visualizing the coronary ostia was a superiorly positioned parasternal short-axis view with the probe tilted towards the left shoulder, medially angulated for the right coronary artery ostia (RCAos) and laterally angulated for the left main coronary artery (LMAos). In this off-axis position, 10 (71%) LMAos and 13 (93%) RCAos could be visualized. In the conventional parasternal views, only 5 (36%) RCAos and no LMAos could be visualized. TTE underestimated the diameter of the LMAos (10.0 ± 2.4 mm TTE vs. 13.4 ± 2.7 mm MDCT, p = 0.007), but was similar to MDCT for the RCAos (9.8 ± 3.1 mm TTE vs. 11.1 ± 3.2 mm MDCT, p = 0.10). Conclusions We report a novel TTE acoustic window to image the coronary ostia of post-Bentall surgery patients. Although TTE underestimates the left coronary ostium size, recognition of the ostial dilation with TTE appears feasible in most patients. Those that cannot be imaged will require alternative imaging modality such as MDCT. PMID:23688292

  5. A ecocardiografia com contraste no diagnóstico de dilatações vasculares intrapulmonares em candidatos ao transplante hepático Contrast echocardiography in the diagnosis of intrapulmonary vascular dilations in candidates for liver transplantation

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    Paulo Roberto Pavarino

    2004-06-01

    intracardiac communications, who underwent transthoracic echocardiography with second harmonic imaging. Thirty-two of them underwent consecutive transesophageal study. The result of contrast echocardiography was considered positive when the presence of contrast was detected in the left cardiac chambers with a delay of 4 to 6 cardiac cycles after initial opacification of the right cardiac chambers. RESULTS: The prevalence of intrapulmonary vascular dilations was 53.9% (41/76 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography as compared with those of transesophageal echocardiography for confirming pulmonary vascular abnormalities in patients with liver disease were, respectively, 75%, 100%, 100%, 80%, and 87.5%. The degree of arterial oxygenation showed no correlation with the occurrence of a positive echocardiographic study. Arterial hypoxemia (PaO2 < 70 mm Hg was observed in 9 (15.9% of the 76 patients. The echocardiographic study was positive in 37 (55.2% of the 67 nonhypoxemic patients and in 4 (44.4% of the 9 hypoxemic ones. CONCLUSION: Contrast echocardiography proved to be effective, easy, and safe to use in candidates for liver transplantation. Transthoracic echocardiography may be used in the diagnostic routine of intrapulmonary vascular dilations, the transesophageal study being reserved for inconclusive cases with clinical suspicion.

  6. Mediastinal masses—transthoracic ultrasonography aspects

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    Abstract Mediastinal masses are usually assessed by computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Transthoracic ultrasonography (TUS) can also provide useful information concerning prevascular and posterior mediastinal masses abutting the thoracic wall, but is underused for mediastinal pathology. Moreover, it provides a valuable and safe method for guiding interventional procedures in those areas, even in cases when other approaches are difficult or impossible. Considering TU...

  7. Hand-carried echocardiography by hospitalists: a randomized trial.

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    Lucas, Brian P; Candotti, Carolina; Margeta, Bosko; Mba, Benjamin; Kumapley, Rudolf; Asmar, Abdo; Franco-Sadud, Ricardo; Baru, Joshua; Acob, Christine; Borkowsky, Shane; Evans, Arthur T

    2011-08-01

    Hospitalists can use hand-carried echocardiography for accurate point-of-care information, but patient outcome data for its application are sparse. We performed an unblinded, parallel-group randomized trial between July 2008 and March 2009 at one teaching hospital in Chicago, Illinois. We randomly assigned adult general medicine inpatients referred for standard echocardiography with indications investigatable by hand-carried echocardiography to care guided by hand-carried echocardiography or usual care. The main outcome measure was length of stay on the referring hospitalist's service. Secondary outcomes included a before-after analysis of reported changes in management due to hand-carried echocardiography and the diagnostic accuracy of hand-carried echocardiography. The difference in length of stay between 226 participants randomized to care guided by hand-carried echocardiography (geometric mean 46.1 hours, interquartile range 29.0-70.9 hours) and 227 participants randomized to usual care (46.9 hours, interquartile range 34.1-68.3 hours) corresponded to a 1.7% reduction in length of stay that was not statistically significant (95% confidence interval, -12.1 to 9.8%). In post hoc subgroup analyses, care guided by hand-carried echocardiography reduced length of stay in participants who were referred for heart failure (P=.0008). Among participants who underwent both hand-carried and standard echocardiography, hospitalists changed management due to hand-carried echocardiography in 37%. Despite the favorable diagnostic accuracy of hand-carried echocardiography, most changes to the timing of hospital discharge occurred after standard echocardiography. Hospitalist care guided by hand-carried echocardiography for unselected general medicine patients does not meaningfully affect length of stay. Whether or not it affects care quality remains unstudied. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    Esmaeilzadeh, Maryam; Parsaee, Mozhgan; Maleki, Majid

    2013-01-01

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

  9. Echocardiography in patients with complications related to pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators.

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    Almomani, Ahmed; Siddiqui, Khadija; Ahmad, Masood

    2014-03-01

    The evolving indications and uses for implantable cardiac devices have led to a significant increase in the number of implanted devices each year. Implantation of endocardial leads for permanent pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators can cause many delayed complications. Complications may be mechanical and related to the interaction of the device leads with the valves and endomyocardium, e.g., perforation, infection, and thrombosis, or due to the electrical pacing of the myocardium and conduction abnormalities, e.g., left ventricular dyssynchrony. Tricuspid regurgitation, another delayed complication in these patients, may be secondary to both mechanical and pacing effects of the device leads. Echocardiography plays an important role in the diagnosis of these device-related complications. Both two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography provide useful diagnostic information. Real time three-dimensional echocardiography is a novel technique that can further enhance the detection of lead-related complications. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Safety of ultrasound contrast agents in stress echocardiography.

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    Gabriel, Ruvin S; Smyth, Yvonne M; Menon, Venu; Klein, Allan L; Grimm, Richard A; Thomas, James D; Sabik, Ellen Mayer

    2008-11-01

    Definity and Optison are perflutren-based ultrasound contrast agents used in echocardiography. United States Food and Drug Administration warnings regarding serious cardiopulmonary reactions and death after Definity administration highlighted the limited safety data in patients who undergo contrast stress echocardiography. From 1998 and 2007, 2,022 patients underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography and 2,764 underwent exercise stress echocardiography with contrast at the Cleveland Clinic. The echocardiographic database, patient records, and the Social Security Death Index were reviewed for the timing and cause of death, severe adverse events, arrhythmias, and symptoms. Complication rates for contrast dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise stress echocardiography were compared with those in a control group of 5,012 patients matched for test year and type who did not receive contrast. Ninety-five percent of studies were performed in outpatients. There were no differences in the rates of severe adverse events (0.19% vs 0.17%, p = 0.7), death within 24 hours (0% vs 0.04%, p = 0.1), cardiac arrest (0.04% vs 0.04%, p = 0.96), and sustained ventricular tachycardia (0.2% vs 0.1%, p = 0.32) between patients receiving and not receiving intravenous contrast, respectively. In conclusion, severe adverse reactions to intravenous contrast agents during stress echocardiography are uncommon. Contrast use does not add to the baseline risk for severe adverse events in patients who undergo stress echocardiography.

  11. Clinical Stress Echocardiography

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    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

  12. Mediastinal masses—transthoracic ultrasonography aspects

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    Chira, Romeo Ioan; Chira, Alexandra; Mircea, Petru Adrian; Valean, Simona

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Mediastinal masses are usually assessed by computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Transthoracic ultrasonography (TUS) can also provide useful information concerning prevascular and posterior mediastinal masses abutting the thoracic wall, but is underused for mediastinal pathology. Moreover, it provides a valuable and safe method for guiding interventional procedures in those areas, even in cases when other approaches are difficult or impossible. Considering TUS a very useful imagistic method for diagnosing mediastinal masses, we present a pictorial essay of various mediastinal diseases which can be assessed by this method. PMID:29245326

  13. Mediastinal masses-transthoracic ultrasonography aspects.

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    Chira, Romeo Ioan; Chira, Alexandra; Mircea, Petru Adrian; Valean, Simona

    2017-12-01

    Mediastinal masses are usually assessed by computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Transthoracic ultrasonography (TUS) can also provide useful information concerning prevascular and posterior mediastinal masses abutting the thoracic wall, but is underused for mediastinal pathology. Moreover, it provides a valuable and safe method for guiding interventional procedures in those areas, even in cases when other approaches are difficult or impossible. Considering TUS a very useful imagistic method for diagnosing mediastinal masses, we present a pictorial essay of various mediastinal diseases which can be assessed by this method.

  14. Transthoracic lung ultrasound in normal dogs and dogs with cardiogenic pulmonary edema: a pilot study.

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    Rademacher, Nathalie; Pariaut, Romain; Pate, Julie; Saelinger, Carley; Kearney, Michael T; Gaschen, Lorrie

    2014-01-01

    Pulmonary edema is the most common complication of left-sided heart failure in dogs and early detection is important for effective clinical management. In people, pulmonary edema is commonly diagnosed based on transthoracic ultrasonography and detection of B line artifacts (vertical, narrow-based, well-defined hyperechoic rays arising from the pleural surface). The purpose of this study was to determine whether B line artifacts could also be useful diagnostic predictors for cardiogenic pulmonary edema in dogs. Thirty-one normal dogs and nine dogs with cardiogenic pulmonary edema were prospectively recruited. For each dog, presence or absence of cardiogenic pulmonary edema was based on physical examination, heartworm testing, thoracic radiographs, and echocardiography. A single observer performed transthoracic ultrasonography in all dogs and recorded video clips and still images for each of four quadrants in each hemithorax. Distribution, sonographic characteristics, and number of B lines per thoracic quadrant were determined and compared between groups. B lines were detected in 31% of normal dogs (mean 0.9 ± 0.3 SD per dog) and 100% of dogs with cardiogenic pulmonary edema (mean 6.2 ± 3.8 SD per dog). Artifacts were more numerous and widely distributed in dogs with congestive heart failure (P edema on radiographs. Findings from the current study supported the use of thoracic ultrasonography and detection of B lines as techniques for diagnosing cardiogenic pulmonary edema in dogs. © 2014 American College of Veterinary Radiology.

  15. Echocardiography in shock management.

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    McLean, Anthony S

    2016-08-20

    Echocardiography is pivotal in the diagnosis and management of the shocked patient. Important characteristics in the setting of shock are that it is non-invasive and can be rapidly applied.In the acute situation a basic study often yields immediate results allowing for the initiation of therapy, while a follow-up advanced study brings the advantage of further refining the diagnosis and providing an in-depth hemodynamic assessment. Competency in basic critical care echocardiography is now regarded as a mandatory part of critical care training with clear guidelines available. The majority of pathologies found in shocked patients are readily identified using basic level 2D and M-mode echocardiography. A more comprehensive diagnosis can be achieved with advanced levels of competency, for which practice guidelines are also now available. Hemodynamic evaluation and ongoing monitoring are possible with advanced levels of competency, which includes the use of colour Doppler, spectral Doppler, and tissue Doppler imaging and occasionally the use of more recent technological advances such as 3D or speckled tracking.The four core types of shock-cardiogenic, hypovolemic, obstructive, and vasoplegic-can readily be identified by echocardiography. Even within each of the main headings contained in the shock classification, a variety of pathologies may be the cause and echocardiography will differentiate which of these is responsible. Increasingly, as a result of more complex and elderly patients, the shock may be multifactorial, such as a combination of cardiogenic and septic shock or hypovolemia and ventricular outflow obstruction.The diagnostic benefit of echocardiography in the shocked patient is obvious. The increasing prevalence of critical care physicians experienced in advanced techniques means echocardiography often supplants the need for more invasive hemodynamic assessment and monitoring in shock.

  16. Three-dimensional echocardiography

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    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    1993-01-01

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

  19. Assessment of branch pulmonary artery stenosis in children after repair of tetralogy of Fallot using lung perfusion scintigraphy comparison with echocardiography.

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    Chien, Kuang-Jen; Huang, Hurng-Wern; Huang, Ta-Cheng; Lee, Cheng-Liang; Weng, Ken-Pen; Lin, Chu-Chuan; Shieh, Po-Chuen; Wu, Ming-Ting; Hsieh, Kai-Sheng

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the usefulness of lung perfusion scintigraphy and echocardiogram in the evaluation of the branch pulmonary arteries stenosis in children with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). From February 2006 to November 2008, 74 children (mean age 7.8 years, range 1–18 years) who underwent repair of TOF at ages from 10 months to 13 years were suspected to have unilateral or bilateral branch pulmonary artery stenosis. In all patients, cardiac angiography was performed to confirm the diagnosis of branch pulmonary artery stenosis. Lung perfusion scintigraphy and two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography were performed in all patients to compare their abilities to diagnose branch pulmonary artery stenosis. Of the 74 patients, 51 cases were found to have branch pulmonary artery stenosis by cardiac angiography. There was agreement between the scintigraphic and angiographic findings in 44 (86%) patients and there were discrepancies in 11 (15%) patients. The positive predictive value of our lung perfusion scintigraphy in detecting the branch pulmonary artery stenosis was 92 %. The positive and negative likelihood ratios of lung perfusion scintigraphy were 4.96 and 0.17, respectively. There was conformity between the echocardiographic and angiographic findings in 40 (78%) patients with discrepancies in 16 (21%) patients. The positive predictive value of our echocardiography in detecting the branch pulmonary artery stenosis was 89%. The positive and negative likelihood ratios of echocardiography were 3.61 and 0.28, respectively. Lung perfusion scintigraphy is a valuable, non-invasive screening tool in the assessment of branch pulmonary artery stenosis in children after TOF.

  20. Validity of a 5-minute focused echocardiography with A-F mnemonic performed by non-echocardiographers in the management of patients with acute chest pain.

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    Sobczyk, Dorota; Nycz, Krzysztof; Andruszkiewicz, Pawel

    2015-03-26

    To validate the practicality of focused echocardiography with A-F mnemonic performed by non-specialists in patients with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This prospective observational study was conducted in the Emergency Room within 12 months period. Study population consisted of consecutive patients with preliminary diagnosis of an ACS. The following data were analyzed: demographics, clinical condition, medical history, ECG, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and levels of cardiac necrotic markers. TTE was performed within the first 15 minutes after the admission by the resident on-call. TTE images were interpreted and reported with mnemonic A-F. All studies were recorded and reviewed within 24 hours by the cardiologist. 1312 consecutive patients were enrolled to the study. TTE with A-F mnemonic revealed: RWMAs in 82.87% patients with confirmed ACS, other significant cardiac pathologies were found in 2.21% in ACS and 46.52% in non-ACS groups respectively. On the basis of these findings, 20 (1.92%) ACS and 29 (10.62%) non-ACS group patients underwent target operative treatment. Survey showed that both echocardiographic image acquisition and its interpretation with A-F mnemonic, took less than 5 minutes in 95% of cases. Residents found A-F mnemonic algorithm simple and useful. No differences were found in key findings between TTE performed by resident and the cardiologist. Focused echocardiography with A-F mnemonic allows both confirmation of acute myocardial ischemia and detection of the other life-threatening cardiac conditions resulting in proper bedside decision of directed treatment. Mnemonic based TTE enables reliable examination by properly trained residents.

  1. Transthoracic fine needle aspiration biopsy of subcarinal lesion: oblique approach using biplane fluoroscopic guidance

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    Kim, Sung Tae; Jeon, Seok Chol; Choi, Yo Won; Seo, Heung Suk; Hahm, Chang Kok

    1995-01-01

    To evaluate effectiveness of oblique approach under biplane fluoroscopic guidance in transthoracic fine needle aspiration biopsy. Fourteen consecutive patients underwent transthoracic fine needle aspiration biopsy for subcarinal lesions. Subcarina was the only accessible biopsy site in 13 patients. Subcarinal biopsy was performed to determine the presence of metastasis in an enlarged subcarinal lymph node in the remaining one patient. Before biopsy, we evaluated the size and location of the lesion on preliminary plain chest X-ray film and CT scan. Under dual projection fluoroscopic guidance, biopsy was performed through right posterior intercostal space with the patient prone by using oblique approach. On 15 degree LAO projection the needle was directed to the area anterior to the spine and advanced to the line extending through the posterior wall of the main bronchus. Cytologic diagnosis was made in 12 out of 14 patients(accuracy 85.7%). The final diagnosis consisted of 5 squamous cell carcinoma, 5 small cell carcinoma, 1 adenocarcinoma and 1 adenosquamous carcinoma. Pneumothorax developed in 2 patients(14%) and was managed by chest tube drainage. Mild hemoptysis was observed in 2. Transthoracic fine needle aspiration biopsy using oblique approach under biplane fluoroscopic guidance is a relatively safe and sensitive method for the histologic diagnosis of subcarinal lesion

  2. Focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography (FATE) in patients acutely admitted with respiratory symptoms

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    Laursen, Christian Borbjerg; Jakobsen, Carl-Johan; Lassen, Annmarie Touborg

    2012-01-01

    the diagnostic performance of the clinical examination in patients with acute respiratory symptoms [3]. Thus FATE could be integrated as a part of the patient assessment, potentially improving diagnostics. We evaluated the use of a sonographic examination, including FATE, performed within one hour of the primary...... appraisal in patients acutely admitted with respiratory symptoms. Method: We conducted a prospective crosssectional, blinded observational study in a medical emergency department. Patients were included if one of the following symptoms or clinical findings was present: respiratory rate >20, saturation ...%, oxygen therapy initiated, dyspnoea, cough or chest pain. Within one hour after the primary evaluation sonographic examination including FATE was done by a physician blinded to patient history and primary appraisal. Results: We identified and screened 342 patients of whom 139 patients fulfilled inclusion...

  3. Application of transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography in captive chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes)

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    Royen, H.I.F.; Delemarre, B.J.M.; Klaver, P.S.J.; Erken, A.H.M.; Visser, C.A.; Wezel, H.H. van; Meijler, F.L.

    1994-01-01

    Eleven cases of non-specific pericarditis occurred in the past twenty years in the chimpanzee population of the Natura Artis Magistra Amsterdam Zoo. It is almost impossible to diagnose pericarditis merely by observation of living chimpanzees. Physical examination can support the diagnosis but is

  4. 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.

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    of cardiopulmonary function by visualisation of the heart and pleura. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of unexpected cardio-pulmonary pathology by FATE in unselected patients scheduled for acute surgery. Patients and methods: Patients scheduled for acute orthopaedic or abdominal surgery...... 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......% of the patients with unexpected pathology. All findings that lead to a change in management occurred in patients above the age of 60 and/or in ASA group 3. Conclusion: In an unselected population of patients scheduled for acute surgery, we found a high number of patients with unexpected pathology by FATE leading...

  5. Detection of severe left anterior descending coronary artery stenosis by transthoracic evaluation of resting coronary flow velocity dynamics

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    Edward G. Abinader

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In the presence of severe stenosis, coronary artery flow may be reduced at rest. Recent advances in echocardiography have made non-invasive sampling of velocities in the left an­terior descending coronary artery (LAD possible. The aim of our study was to evaluate feasi­bility and capability of transthoracic Doppler to detect severe stenosis of the LAD. The study population consisted of 42 subjects with suspected coronary artery disease scheduled for coronary angiography. All had complete transthoracic echocardiography and Doppler sampling of LAD velocities. Quantitative cor­onary angiography was performed within 24 hours of the echocardiogram. Correlations between LAD velocity profile, measurements and calculations, and the angiographic results were performed. Six subjects had LAD occlusion, 10 had severe (>80% diameter LAD stenosis, and 26 had normal or non-occlusive LAD disease. In all six subjects with LAD occlusion, distal LAD velocities were not detectable, while in the other 36 subjects, LAD velocities were recorded indicating the vessels were patent. In the 10 subjects with severe LAD stenosis, the diastolic/systolic velocity ratio was <1.5, while in those with non-signifi­cant LAD disease, the diastolic/systolic velocity ratio was >1.5 (P<0.005. Diastolic LAD flow was 21.8±13 mL/min in the presence of severe stenosis as compared to 48.5±20 mL/min in subjects without severe stenosis (P<0.0013. LAD velocities had high sensitiv­ity and specificity for the prediction of severe angiographic stenosis. Thus transthoracic Doppler measurement of LAD velocities is feas­ible and can predict the presence of severe LAD stenosis or occlusion.

  6. The history of echocardiography.

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    Edler, Inge; Lindström, Kjell

    2004-12-01

    Following a brief review of the development of medical ultrasonics from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, the collaboration between Edler and Hertz that began in Lund in 1953 is described. Using an industrial ultrasonic flaw detector, they obtained time-varying echoes transcutaneously from within the heart. The first clinical applications of M-mode echocardiography were concerned with the assessment of the mitral valve from the shapes of the corresponding waveforms. Subsequently, the various M-mode recordings were related to their anatomical origins. The method then became established as a diagnostic tool and was taken up by investigators outside Lund, initially in China, Germany, Japan and the USA and, subsequently, world-wide. The diffusion of echocardiography into clinical practice depended on the timely commercial availability of suitable equipment. The discovery of contrast echocardiography in the late 1960s further validated the technique and extended the range of applications. Two-dimensional echocardiography was first demonstrated in the late 1950s, with real-time mechanical systems and, in the early 1960s, with intracardiac probes. Transesophageal echocardiography followed, in the late 1960s. Stop-action two-dimensional echocardiography enjoyed a brief vogue in the early 1970s. It was, however, the demonstration by Bom in Rotterdam of real-time two-dimensional echocardiography using a linear transducer array that revolutionized and popularized the subject. Then, the phased array sector scanner, which had been demonstrated in the late 1960s by Somer in Utrecht, was applied to cardiac studies from the mid-1970s onwards. Satomura had demonstrated the use of the ultrasonic Doppler effect to detect tissue motion in Osaka in the mid-1950s and the technique was soon afterwards applied in the heart, often in combination with M-mode recording. The development of the pulsed Doppler method in the late 1960s opened up new opportunities for clinical innovation. The

  7. Severe Hiatal Hernia as a Cause of Failure to Thrive Discovered by Transthoracic Echocardiogram

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    Clint J. Moore

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A newborn infant with failure to thrive presented for murmur evaluation on day of life three due to a harsh 3/6 murmur. During the evaluation, a retrocardiac fluid filled mass was seen by transthoracic echocardiogram. The infant was also found to have a ventricular septal defect and partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. Eventually, a large hiatal hernia was diagnosed on subsequent imaging. The infant ultimately underwent surgical repair of the hiatal hernia at a tertiary care facility. Hiatal hernias have been noted as incidental extracardiac findings in adults, but no previous literature has documented hiatal hernias as incidental findings in the pediatric population.

  8. Severe Hiatal Hernia as a Cause of Failure to Thrive Discovered by Transthoracic Echocardiogram

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    Moore, Clint J.; Conley, Devan A.; Berry-Cabán, Cristóbal S.

    2016-01-01

    A newborn infant with failure to thrive presented for murmur evaluation on day of life three due to a harsh 3/6 murmur. During the evaluation, a retrocardiac fluid filled mass was seen by transthoracic echocardiogram. The infant was also found to have a ventricular septal defect and partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. Eventually, a large hiatal hernia was diagnosed on subsequent imaging. The infant ultimately underwent surgical repair of the hiatal hernia at a tertiary care facility. Hiatal hernias have been noted as incidental extracardiac findings in adults, but no previous literature has documented hiatal hernias as incidental findings in the pediatric population. PMID:27895952

  9. Stress echocardiography expert consensus statement

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    R. Sicari (Rosa); P. Nihoyannopoulos (Petros); A. Evangelista (Arturo); J. Kasprzak (Jaroslav); P. Lancellotti (Patrizio); D. Poldermans (Don); J.U. Voigt; J.L. Zamorano (Jose)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractStress echocardiography is the combination of 2D echocardiography with a physical, pharmacological or electrical stress. The diagnostic end point for the detection of myocardial ischemia is the induction of a transient worsening in regional function during stress. Stress echocardiography

  10. Echocardiography in Ebstein's anomaly

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    W.J. Gussenhoven (Wilhelmina Johanna)

    1984-01-01

    textabstractIn this thesis the value of echocardiography is evaluated for the diagnosis of Ebstein's anomaly of the tricuspid valve. This congenital heart defect, first described in 1866 by Wilhelm Ebstein, is characterized by an apical displacement of the septal and inferior tricuspid valve

  11. 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. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Unexpected refractory intra-operative hypotension during non-cardiac surgery: Diagnosis and management guided by trans-oesophageal echocardiography

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    Sundara Reddy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of severe refractory hypotension in a patient undergoing de-bulking liver resection for massive polycystic liver disease. Emergent trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TOE revealed dynamic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT obstruction with systolic anterior motion (SAM of the anterior mitral leaflet (AML. Notably, he had a structurally normal heart on pre-operative trans-thoracic echocardiography (TTE. Diagnosis of SAM by TOE, possible mechanisms and specific management of refractory hypotension in this context are discussed.

  13. Evaluation of aortic valve stenosis by cardiac multislice computed tomography compared with echocardiography: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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    Abdulla, Jawdat; Sivertsen, Jacob; Kofoed, Klaus Fuglsang

    2009-01-01

    totaling 470 patients. The meta-analysis was carried out to examine the reliability of MSCT compared to transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Seven studies including 266 patients with AVS were also eligible for a secondary analysis to compare the accuracy of MSCT...... with invasive coronary angiography. RESULTS: The AVA was measured by MSCT and TTE in all 14 studies, and by TEE in four studies. The results of the meta-analyses showed that planimetry by MSCT overestimated the AVA, with a bias of 0.08 (95% CI 0.04, 0.13) cm2) (p = 0.0001) compared to TTE. The MSCT measurement...

  14. [Planimetric measurement of the regurgitant orifice area using tridimensional transoesophageal echocardiography for aortic regurgitation, reproducibility and feasibility].

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    Picard, F-A; Garçon, P; Chaudeurge, A; Simion, C; Cador, R

    2014-11-01

    Aortic regurgitation is mainly evaluated by trans-thoracic echocardiography using multi-parametric qualitative and semi quantitative tools. All those parameters can fail to meet expectations, resulting in an imperfect diagnostic reliability and assessment of aortic regurgitation severity can be challenging. We sought to evaluate feasibility and intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of aortic regurgitant orifice area measured by planimetry with tridimensional trans-esophageal echocardiography on patients with at least grade 2/4 aortic regurgitation. Consecutive patients with at least grade 2/4 aortic regurgitation measured by trans-thoracic echocardiography and referred for trans-esophageal echocardiography for any reason were included. Planimetric reconstructions of regurgitant orifice area were studied and reproducibility indexes between senior and junior observers were calculated. Twenty-three patients were included in this study. Intra- and inter-observer reproducibility were excellent with an ICC of 0.95 [0.88-0.98], Ptridimensional trans-esophageal echocardiography seems to be feasible and has great intra- and inter-observer reproducibility. Reconstruction durations were compatible with a daily use. There is a need now to investigate the reliability of this measurement as compared with the reference technique. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Intracardiac Echocardiography for Structural Heart and Electrophysiological Interventions.

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    Basman, Craig; Parmar, Yuvrajsinh J; Kronzon, Itzhak

    2017-09-06

    With an increasing number of interventional procedures performed for structural heart disease and cardiac arrhythmias each year, echocardiographic guidance is necessary for safe and efficient results. The purpose of this review article is to overview the principles of intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) and describes the peri-interventional role of ICE in a variety of structural heart disease and electrophysiological interventions. Both transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiography have limitations. ICE provides the advantage of imaging from within the heart, providing shorter image distances and higher resolution. ICE may be performed without sedation and avoids esophageal intubation as with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Limitations of ICE include the need for additional venous access with possibility of vascular complications, potentially higher costs, and a learning curve for new operators. Data supports the use of ICE in guiding device closure of interatrial shunts, transseptal puncture, and electrophysiologic procedures. This paper reviews the more recent reports that ICE may be used for primary guidance or as a supplement to TEE in patients undergoing left atrial appendage (LAA) closure, interatrial shunt closure, transaortic valve implantation (TAVI), percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR), paravalvular leak (PVL) closure, aortic interventions, transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (tPVR), ventricular septal defect (VSD), and patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) closure. ICE imaging technology will continue to expand and help improve structural heart and electrophysiology interventions.

  16. Guidelines for the Use of Echocardiography in the Evaluation of a Cardiac Source of Embolism.

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    Saric, Muhamed; Armour, Alicia C; Arnaout, M Samir; Chaudhry, Farooq A; Grimm, Richard A; Kronzon, Itzhak; Landeck, Bruce F; Maganti, Kameswari; Michelena, Hector I; Tolstrup, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    Embolism from the heart or the thoracic aorta often leads to clinically significant morbidity and mortality due to transient ischemic attack, stroke or occlusion of peripheral arteries. Transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography are the key diagnostic modalities for evaluation, diagnosis, and management of stroke, systemic and pulmonary embolism. This document provides comprehensive American Society of Echocardiography guidelines on the use of echocardiography for evaluation of cardiac sources of embolism. It describes general mechanisms of stroke and systemic embolism; the specific role of cardiac and aortic sources in stroke, and systemic and pulmonary embolism; the role of echocardiography in evaluation, diagnosis, and management of cardiac and aortic sources of emboli including the incremental value of contrast and 3D echocardiography; and a brief description of alternative imaging techniques and their role in the evaluation of cardiac sources of emboli. Specific guidelines are provided for each category of embolic sources including the left atrium and left atrial appendage, left ventricle, heart valves, cardiac tumors, and thoracic aorta. In addition, there are recommendation regarding pulmonary embolism, and embolism related to cardiovascular surgery and percutaneous procedures. The guidelines also include a dedicated section on cardiac sources of embolism in pediatric populations. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Usefulness of Hand-Held Ultrasonography as a Gatekeeper to Standard Echocardiography for "Rarely Appropriate" Echocardiography Requests.

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    Pathan, Faraz; Fonseca, Ricardo; Marwick, Thomas H

    2016-11-15

    Adoption of appropriate use criteria has not had a major impact on the frequency of "rarely appropriate" tests, with the rarely appropriate tests rate remaining at ∼20% in most institutions. We sought whether access to hand-held ultrasound (HHU) could be an alternative means of reducing rarely appropriate requests. We compared 2 approaches to rarely appropriate requests; "standard transthoracic echocardiography" (SE) as requested (control) and HHU as a gatekeeper (HHU). Patients were followed up for 6 months and assessed for end points including time until scan, repeat echocardiography/cost of either strategy, new major pathology, and change in management. The most common rarely appropriate requests in both groups were assessment of infective endocarditis without positive blood cultures and precordial murmur evaluation in absence of any other signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. The groups had comparable age, gender, requesting physician, and inpatient versus outpatient distribution. HHU led to a 59% reduction in rarely appropriate requests requiring SE. HHU significantly reduced time to decision for inpatients (0 [interquartile range 0, 1] vs 2 days [interquartile range 1, 4], p change in management. In conclusion, HHU can be an effective gatekeeper to SE for rarely appropriate echocardiograms, reducing time to echocardiography and cost while satisfying the referring physician and avoiding repeat requests for SE. HHU provides a safety net that identifies potential important findings in rarely appropriate requests. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Feasibility of electron beam tomography in diagnosis of congenital heart disease: comparison with echocardiography

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    Lee, Jongmin J.; Kang, Duk-Sik

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the feasibility of electron beam tomography (EBT) for morphological assessment of congenital heart disease. Materials and methods: Sixteen subjects were examined by EBT, transthoracic echocardiography, cardiac cine angiography and surgery. EBT scan was performed using single slice continuous volume mode to acquire high-resolution static image. Double dose contrast medium was injected by bolus technique after measuring scan delay time and calculation of proper injection rate. The results of EBT and echocardiography were compared based on the results of cardiac cine angiography and surgical findings. All anomalous components were evaluated in all subjects and grouped according to major cardiac structures. Statistical analysis was performed to compare two modalities' ability to evaluate the anomalies of major structures. Results: EBT was more sensitive to evaluate the anomalies of systemic vessels, pulmonary vessels and small systemic arteries such as coronary artery. EBT was less sensitive to identify the abnormality of cardiac valves such as valvular regurgitation. There was no difference of sensitivity in evaluation of cardiac chambers and septa between the two modalities. Conclusion: EBT assisted by transthoracic echocardiography is excellent noninvasive modality to diagnose congenital heart disease

  19. Coronary Flow Velocity Reserve Assessed by Transthoracic Doppler: The iPOWER Study: Factors Influencing Feasibility and Quality.

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Pena, Adam; Mygind, Naja D; Frestad, Daria; Gustafsson, Ida; Hansen, Henrik S; Kastrup, Jens; Bech, Jan; Høst, Nis; Prescott, Eva

    2016-07-01

    Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) measured by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography is a noninvasive measure of microvascular function, but it has not achieved widespread use, mainly because of concerns of validity and feasibility. The aim of this study was to describe the feasibility and factors associated with the quality of CFVR obtained in a large prospective study of women suspected of having microvascular disease. Women with angina-like chest pain and no obstructive coronary artery disease on coronary angiography (<50% stenosis) were consecutively examined by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography of the left anterior descending coronary artery to measure CFVR (n = 947). Quality was evaluated on the basis of (1) identification of the left anterior descending coronary artery, (2) maintained probe position throughout the examination, (3) visibility and configuration of the left anterior descending coronary artery in two-dimensional color Doppler mode, and (4) gradual, consistent increases of characteristic, well-defined flow velocity curves in pulsed-wave mode. The mean age (SD) was 62.1 ± 9.7 years. On the basis of the evaluations, patients were divided into four groups according to quality score: nonfeasible (n = 28 [3%]), low quality (n = 80 [8%]), medium quality (n = 451 [48%]), and high quality (n = 388 [41%]). Quality score was associated with diabetes (P < .01), body mass index (P = .02), waist circumference (P = .05), nonsignificant atherosclerosis on coronary angiography (P = .03), and operator experience (P < .01). Low examination quality was associated with lower CFVR (P = .03), also after multivariate adjustment. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiographic measurement of CFVR is highly feasible and of good quality in experienced hands. However, CFVR is possibly underestimated when examination quality is low. Awareness of pitfalls and potential bias may improve the validity and interpretation of the measures obtained

  20. Echocardiography in the diagnosis left ventricular noncompaction

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    Song Ze-Zhou

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Echocardiography is the method of choice to establish a diagnosis and determine a treatment plan for patients with noncompaction of ventricular myocardium (NVM. The 2-dimentional echocardiography, 3-dimentional echocardiography, color Doppler echocardiography and contrast-enhanced echocardiography are of critical importance for diagnosis and family screening of NVM.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    2014-01-01

    Background 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. Aim To analyse the results of 2 years of open access echocardiography for the frequency of structural heart disease according to request. Design and setting Retrospective database analysis in a teaching hospital open access echocardiography service. Method 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. Results 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. Conclusion 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. PMID:24567615

  3. Dyssynchrony Assessment with Tissue Doppler Imaging and Regional Volumetric Analysis by 3D Echocardiography Do Not Predict Long-Term Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

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    Suman S. Kuppahally

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Currently there are no reliable predictors of response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT before implantation. We compared pre-CRT left ventricular (LV dyssynchrony by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI and regional volumetric analysis by 3-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE in predicting response to CRT. Methods. Thirty-eight patients (79% nonischemic cardiomyopathy with symptomatic heart failure who underwent CRT were enrolled. Clinical and echocardiographic responses were defined as improvement in one NYHA class and reduction in LV end-systolic volume by ≥15% respectively. Functional status was assessed by Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire and 6-minute walk distance. Results. In 33 patients, after CRT for 7.86 ± 2.27 months, there were 24 (73% clinical and 19 (58% echocardiographic responders. Functional parameters, LV dimensions, volumes and synchrony by TDI and 3DTTE improved significantly in responders. There was no difference in the number of responders and nonresponders when cut-off values for dyssynchrony by different measurements validated in other trials were applied. Area under receiver-operating-characteristic curve ranged from 0.4 to 0.6. Conclusion. CRT improves clinical and echocardiographic parameters in patients with systolic heart failure. The dyssynchrony measurements by TDI and 3DTTE are not comparable and are unable to predict response to CRT.

  4. Dyssynchrony Assessment with Tissue Doppler Imaging and Regional Volumetric Analysis by 3D Echocardiography Do Not Predict Long-Term Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

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    Kuppahally, Suman S.; Fowler, Michael B.; Vagelos, Randall; Wang, Paul; Al-Ahmad, Amin; Hsia, Henry; Liang, David

    2011-01-01

    Background. Currently there are no reliable predictors of response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) before implantation. We compared pre-CRT left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and regional volumetric analysis by 3-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3DTTE) in predicting response to CRT. Methods. Thirty-eight patients (79% nonischemic cardiomyopathy) with symptomatic heart failure who underwent CRT were enrolled. Clinical and echocardiographic responses were defined as improvement in one NYHA class and reduction in LV end-systolic volume by ≥15% respectively. Functional status was assessed by Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire and 6-minute walk distance. Results. In 33 patients, after CRT for 7.86 ± 2.27 months, there were 24 (73%) clinical and 19 (58%) echocardiographic responders. Functional parameters, LV dimensions, volumes and synchrony by TDI and 3DTTE improved significantly in responders. There was no difference in the number of responders and nonresponders when cut-off values for dyssynchrony by different measurements validated in other trials were applied. Area under receiver-operating-characteristic curve ranged from 0.4 to 0.6. Conclusion. CRT improves clinical and echocardiographic parameters in patients with systolic heart failure. The dyssynchrony measurements by TDI and 3DTTE are not comparable and are unable to predict response to CRT. PMID:21234100

  5. The Evolutionary Development of Echocardiography

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    Maleki, Majid; Esmaeilzadeh, Maryam

    2012-01-01

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

  6. Doppler echocardiography in pediatric cardiology

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    Allen, H.D.; Marx, G.R.

    1986-01-01

    Congenital heart disease encompasses abnormalities in cardiac development which generally have in common either valve stenoses or connections between chambers or great vessels. Usually, abnormalities of intracardiac anatomy, and often, abnormalities of great vessel anatomy, can be unraveled by two-dimensional echocardiography. However, echocardiography offers little information regarding flow characteristics in the various congenital lesions. Addition of the Doppler principle, particularly when combined with the two-dimensional examination, can characterize the source of a flow disturbance, quantify gradients across a site of obstruction, and quantify flow volume across sites where flow is nonturbulent. These features make Doppler echocardiography unique for noninvasive accurate evaluation of children and adults with various forms of congenital heart disease. In this report, the authors discuss some of the present uses of Doppler echocardiography in congenital heart disease. Application of this technique requires greater understanding of certain physics principles than does routine echocardiography

  7. Cardio-oncology: what you need to know now for clinical practice and echocardiography

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    Carolyn M Larsen

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at minimizing the effects of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. To meet this aim, patients are assessed at baseline to define their risk of cardiotoxicity and then followed closely during and after chemotherapy to assess for early signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac imaging, and in particular, transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients. The objectives of this paper are to review the mechanisms of cardiotoxicity of several common chemotherapeutic agents associated with an increased risk for left ventricular systolic dysfunction and to outline recommendations regarding the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients with a focus on the role of echocardiography.

  8. Cardio-oncology: what you need to know now for clinical practice and echocardiography.

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    Larsen, Carolyn M; Mulvagh, Sharon L

    2017-03-01

    Cardio-oncology is a rapidly growing field aimed at minimizing the effects of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. To meet this aim, patients are assessed at baseline to define their risk of cardiotoxicity and then followed closely during and after chemotherapy to assess for early signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease. Cardiac imaging, and in particular, transthoracic echocardiography, plays an essential role in the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients. The objectives of this paper are to review the mechanisms of cardiotoxicity of several common chemotherapeutic agents associated with an increased risk for left ventricular systolic dysfunction and to outline recommendations regarding the baseline assessment and serial follow-up of cardio-oncology patients with a focus on the role of echocardiography. © 2017 The authors.

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

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    Beaufils Philippe

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    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.

  10. Five-year follow-up two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography in a juvenile with a double-chambered left ventricle.

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    Harada, Kenji; Mori, Kazuhiro; Ichimiya, Chiyo; Terada, Naho; Iima, Tsutomu; Harada, Takafumi; Fujisawa, Kazutoshi; Kawata, Atsushi; Okada, Ayumi; Yamamoto, Hirofumi; Fujinaga, Hiroyuki

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    Double-chambered left ventricle (DCLV) is a particularly rare congenital entity characterized by the presence of two ventricular cavities separated by an abnormal muscle band. An asymptomatic 15-year-old boy was referred to our hospital because of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities. His initial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) demonstrated a DCLV with mild left ventricular systolic dysfunction. During a 5-year follow-up period, he remained symptom free with no changes in ECG and conventional TTE findings. However, two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography revealed a subtle progressive deterioration of left ventricular systolic function during the 5-year follow-up. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Importance of adequately performed Valsalva maneuver to detect patent foramen ovale during transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Rodrigues, Ana Clara; Picard, Michael H; Carbone, Aime; Arruda, Ana Lúcia; Flores, Thaís; Klohn, Juliana; Furtado, Meive; Lira-Filho, Edgar B; Cerri, Giovanni G; Andrade, José L

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    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) plays an important role in evaluating cardioembolic sources of emboli. The identification of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) is reportedly improved with TEE compared with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), but the Valsalva maneuver during TEE may be difficult or suboptimal. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of the Valsalva maneuver for PFO diagnosis using TEE compared with TTE by evaluating patients with ischemic stroke referred for echocardiography. Only patients able to perform the Valsalva maneuver during TTE were included; efficacy was defined by a 20 cm/sec decrease in transmitral E velocity. A PFO was judged present when microbubbles of agitated intravenous saline were seen in the left chambers within three cycles after right atrial opacification. Of 108 patients (mean age, 55 ± 15 years; 61 men), 48 (44%) were judged to have PFOs by TEE and/or TTE. In 36 patients (33% of the total, 75% of those with PFOs), microbubbles were observed both by TEE and TTE, in seven patients only during TTE, and in five patients only during TEE. In patients able to satisfactorily perform the Valsalva maneuver during TEE, 22 PFOs were found, and two shunts (9%) were missed, whereas in patients unable to perform this maneuver, 26 PFOs were observed, with five shunts missed (19%) (P TTE, either the echocardiographic window was suboptimal or the shunt was small. An adequate Valsalva maneuver is crucial for diagnosis of PFO; most patients with stroke may be screened using TTE with contrast and the Valsalva maneuver, with TEE indicated in case of suboptimal transthoracic images. Copyright © 2013 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    =1,792) of the Malmö Preventive Project Re-Examination Study (MPP-RES) (2002-2006, n=18,238), a population-based screening program that included inhabitants from Malmö, Sweden, who belonged to prespecified birth cohorts between 1921-1949. Subjects, who underwent echocardiography, were randomly chosen...... 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...... data were obtained through national and local registries. The original echocardiography subsample was stratified into patients and apparently healthy subjects, the latter being the focus of this thesis. Results 1) Subjects with diabetes had a greater prevalence of concentric LV hypertrophy (LVH), grade...

  13. Post-operative Assessment of the Arterial Switch Operation: A Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Echocardiography.

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    Broda, Christopher R; Shugh, Svetlana B; Parikh, Rohan B; Wang, YunFei; Schlingmann, Tobias R; Noel, Cory V

    2018-03-22

    After an arterial switch operation (ASO), serial imaging is necessary to monitor for maladaptive changes. We compared cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to 2-D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in assessing post-operative ASO patients. We performed a retrospective review of patients at a single tertiary care center who underwent an ASO and subsequently had a CMR performed from 7/2010 to 7/2016. Those with single ventricle anatomy, congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries, or previous atrial switch operation were excluded. TTE obtained within 6 months of the CMR was used for comparison. Parameters compared included ventricular size and systolic function, semilunar valve regurgitation, neo-aortic root dimension, and the presence of branch pulmonary artery (PA) stenosis (on CMR by the Nakata index or right/left flow differential; on TTE by peak velocity > 2 m/s or PA diameter Z score TTE studies met inclusion criteria. CMR and TTE assessment of right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular function did not statistically differ. RV dilation was overdetected by TTE (p = 0.046). Right pulmonary artery and left pulmonary artery (LPA) visualization by TTE was worse than CMR (p TTE assessment of branch PA stenosis; however, there was poor agreement between the use of Z score and velocity when determining branch PA stenosis by TTE (κ TTE (p TTE exist when examining the post-operative ASO patient. CMR was superior for evaluation of the branch PAs, which commonly require re-intervention. TTE failed to recognize altered ventricular function in several cases. Differences between TTE and CMR could alter management is some cases. Incorporation of CMR into the routine surveillance of patients who received an ASO is warranted.

  14. Comparison of Hyperemic Impedance Echocardiography with Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography to Detect Inducible Myocardial Ischemia: A Pilot Study.

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    Patel, Jijibhoy J; Gupta, Ankur; Nanda, Navin C

    2016-03-01

    Stress echocardiography using exercise or pharmacological stressors is either contraindicated or associated with significant side effects in some patients. This pilot study was designed to evaluate a new technique, hyperemic impedance echocardiography (HIE). It is based on reactive coronary hyperemia when transient limb ischemia is induced by tourniquet inflation. We hypothesized that this physiologic coronary hyperemia can identify inducible myocardial ischemia by assessment of regional wall motion abnormalities on echocardiography when compared with dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). Twenty consecutive outpatients with suspected stable coronary artery disease (CAD) who underwent clinically indicated DSE were recruited for performance of HIE after informed consent was obtained. Standard graded dobutamine infusion protocol from 5 to 40 μg/kg per min was used for DSE. HIE was performed by inflating tourniquets at a pressure of 10 mmHg below the systolic blood pressure for 1 minute in three of four extremities at a time for total of four cycles. Echocardiography was performed immediately after the last rotating tourniquet deflation. DSE and HIE were classified as abnormal for development of new or worsening wall motion abnormality in at least one myocardial segment. Test characteristics were also determined for a subset of these patients (n = 12) who underwent clinically indicated coronary angiography. Hyperemic impedance echocardiography showed 86% sensitivity, 67% specificity, 86% positive predictive value, and 67% negative predictive value with a test accuracy of 80% to detect inducible myocardial wall motion abnormalities when compared with DSE. HIE also showed 83% sensitivity, 75% negative predictive value with a test accuracy of 66.7% for detection of significant (≥50% diameter stenosis) CAD on coronary angiography. In this pilot study, HIE was a feasible, safe, and promising method for detection of inducible myocardial ischemia by assessment of

  15. 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

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

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    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.

  17. Echocardiography in PICU: when the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

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    Rabah, Fatma; Al-Senaidi, Khalfan; Beshlawi, Ismail; Alnair, Alddai; Abdelmogheth, Anas-Alwogud Ahmed

    2016-01-01

    Echocardiography has become an indispensable bedside diagnostic tool in the realm of pediatric intensive care units (PICU). It has proven to be an influential factor in the formula of clinical decision-making. This study aimed to delineate the impact of echocardiography on the management of critically ill pediatric patients in the PICU at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman. This was a retrospective cohort study conducted in a five-bed PICU. Patients admitted to the PICU from January of 2011 to December of 2012 were reviewed. Those who have undergone bedside echocardiography during their ICU stay were recruited. Electronic patient record was used as data source. Over a-24-month period, 424 patients were admitted in this PICU. One hundred and one clinically indicated transthoracic echocardiograms were performed. 81.8% of these presented new findings (n=82) that significantly impacted the clinical decision of patient management, namely, alteration in drug therapy and procedure, whereas no difference in the management was yielded in the remaining 17.8% of the studied cases. Echocardiography had a significant impact on the management of PICU patients. Such salutary effect was consequently reflected on the outcome. Pediatric intensivists are encouraged to acquire such bedside skill. Copyright © 2015 Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  18. Comparison of left ventricular outflow geometry and aortic valve area in patients with aortic stenosis by 2-dimensional versus 3-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Saitoh, Takeji; Shiota, Maiko; Izumo, Masaki; Gurudevan, Swaminatha V; Tolstrup, Kirsten; Siegel, Robert J; Shiota, Takahiro

    2012-06-01

    The present study sought to elucidate the geometry of the left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) in patients with aortic stenosis and its effect on the accuracy of the continuity equation-based aortic valve area (AVA) estimation. Real-time 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT3D-TEE) provides high-resolution images of LVOT in patients with aortic stenosis. Thus, AVA is derived reliably with the continuity equation. Forty patients with aortic stenosis who underwent 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2D-TTE), 2-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (2D-TEE), and RT3D-TEE were studied. In 2D-TTE and 2D-TEE, the LVOT areas were calculated as π × (LVOT dimension/2)(2). In RT3D-TEE, the LVOT areas and ellipticity ([diameter of the anteroposterior axis]/[diameter of the medial-lateral axis]) were evaluated by planimetry. The AVA is then determined using planimetry and the continuity equation method. LVOT shape was found to be elliptical (ellipticity of 0.80 ± 0.08). Accordingly, the LVOT areas measured by 2D-TTE (median 3.7 cm(2), interquartile range 3.1 to 4.1) and 2D-TEE (median 3.7 cm(2), interquartile range 3.1 to 4.0) were smaller than those by 3D-TEE (median 4.6 cm(2), interquartile range 3.9 to 5.3; p interquartile range 0.79 to 1.3, p interquartile range 0.64 to 0.94) and 2D-TEE (median 0.76 cm(2), interquartile range 0.62 to 0.95). Additionally, the continuity equation-based AVA by RT3D-TEE was consistent with the planimetry method. In conclusion, RT3D-TEE might allow more accurate evaluation of the elliptical LVOT geometry and continuity equation-based AVA in patients with aortic stenosis than 2D-TTE and 2D-TEE. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Painful percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy of Schwannoma: a case report

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    Kim, Sung Hoon; Chun, Kyung Ah; Kim, Young Joo; Park, Seog Hee; Shin, Kyung Sub; Lee, Eun Jung

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    Percutaneous aspiration needle biopsy of the intrathoracic disease is a safe, easy, and accurate diagnostic method. It usually causes mild pain or discomfort during the procedure. We had a patient who complained of severe sharp pain, well localized at the biopsy site of the target mass during CT-guided transthoracic aspiration biopsy. It was pathologically confirmed as an intrathoracic schwannoma after special staining. To our knowledge, there has been no published report of such a painful percutaneous needle biopsy in a patient with schwannoma in Korea. Two cases were reported in other radiologic journals. The severe sharp pain developed during the transthoracic aspiration needle biopsy is a reliable sign of neurogenic tumor, therefore the participating radiologist should recommend specific immumochemical stain for neurogenic tumor to pathologist

  20. Transthoracic needle biopsy: factors effecting risk of pneumothorax

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    Topal, Ugur E-mail: utopal@uludag.edu.tr; Ediz, Buelent

    2003-12-01

    Objective: to evaluate the factors that could effect the risk of pneumothorax in patients undergoing transthoracic biopsy. Material and methods: variables that could increase the risk of pneumothorax were evaluated in 453 CT-guided transthoracic biopsies. Factors were evaluated in two groups: (1) lesion related (presence of emphysema around the lesion, lesion depth, cavitation, presence of fissure/atelectasis and pleural tag in the needle trajectory); and (2) procedure related (biopsy type, needle size, number of passages, level of experience of the operator). All variables were analysed by {chi}{sup 2} test and multivariate logistic regression statistics. Results: pneumothorax was developed in 85 (18.8%) out of 453 procedures. A chest tube was inserted in ten (11.7%) of them. Variables that were significantly associated with an increased risk of pneumothorax were depth of the lesion (P<0.001) and severity of the emphysema (P<0.01). Conclusion: the length of the lung parenchyma traversed during the biopsy is the predominant risk factor for pneumothorax in patients undergoing CT-guided transthoracic biopsy. The risk of pneumothorax was also increased with the severity of the emphysema around the lesion.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Clinical evaluation of percutaneous transthoracic needle core-biopsy under CT guidance (with 522 cases reports)

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    Li Chengzhou; Wu Chungen; Ding Yuegen; Jia Ningyang; Zhang Dianbo; Liu Shiyuan; Xiao Xiangsheng; Jiang Qingjun

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and complications of transthoracic needle core-biopsy of pulmonary lesions under CT guidance, and to compare with those biopsies under fine-needle aspiration. Methods: 522 patients who underwent transthoracic needle biopsy under CT guidance were enrolled including 467 pulmonary nodules or masses, and 55 with diffuse pulmonary diseases, but no pleural or chest wall lesions were enrolled. Both histopathologic and cytopathologic analyses were involved together with positive predictive value, sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, false- negative rate and complication (pneumothorax) were analyzed as well. Results: 476 cases with obtained enough specimens got accurate pathological diagnosis of 91.2% total acuracy (476/522). 301 cases were proved to be malignant tumors, including adenocarcinoma (n=107), squamous cell carcinoma (n=84), malignancy with no specified type (n=59), small cell lung cancer(n=16),metastatic lesiions (n=22), lower-degree malignant tumors (n=3), pulmonary sarcoma(n=3), bronchioloalveolar carcinoma(n=2), and suspected malignancy (n=5). 17 cases were suspected of cacinomatous charge, whereas they were confirmed to be benign critics eventually. 129 cases hadn't been found carcinomatous cells, which could be classified as specific-negative results in 102 cases, non-specific results 73, and the remained 29 cases were assigned to be false-negative and later proved to be cancer via operation and f011owed-up. Positive predictive value was 94.7%(301/(301+17)); sensitivity and specificity were 91.2%(301/(301+29))and 91.1% (175/(175+17)), respectively. False-negative rate was 14.2% (29/204). Pneumothorax occured in 54 cases with the rate of 10.3%(54/522), but chest tube placement and drainage were established in only eight cases(1.5%). Pulmonary hemorrhage and hemoptysis ocurred in 46 and 32 cases. One patient had hemoptysis over 50 mi,but no additional treatment was conducted. Conclusion

  4. Dynamic three-dimensional echocardiography combined with semi-automated border detection offers advantages for assessment of resynchronization therapy

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    Voormolen Marco M

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Simultaneous electrical stimulation of both ventricles in patients with interventricular conduction disturbance and advanced heart failure improves hemodynamics and results in increased exercise tolerance, quality of life. We have developed a novel technique for the assessment and optimization of resynchronization therapy. Our approach is based on transthoracic dynamic three-dimensional (3D echocardiography and allows determination of the most delayed contraction site of the left ventricle (LV together with global LV function data. Our initial results suggest that fast reconstruction of the LV is feasible for the selection of the optimal pacing site and allows identifying LV segments with dyssynchrony.

  5. Fetal Echocardiography/Your Unborn Baby's Heart

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    ... Artery Disease Venous Thromboembolism Aortic Aneurysm More Fetal Echocardiography / Your Unborn Baby's Heart Updated:Oct 6,2016 ... Your Risk • Symptoms & Diagnosis Introduction Common Tests Fetal Echocardiography/Your Unborn Baby's Heart - Fetal Echocardiogram Test - Detection ...

  6. 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 stress echocardiogram (METS 60 mmHg) was associated with an increased risk of death or hospital admission (14% vs 1%, Pstress 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.

  7. Repeated bedside echocardiography in children with respiratory failure

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    Jehlicka Petr

    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.

  8. 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

  9. Predicting factors for conversion from fluoroscopy guided Percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy to cone-beam CT guided Percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy

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    Lee, Kang Ji; Han, Young Min; Jin, Gong Yong; Song, Ji Soo

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the predicting factors for conversion from fluoroscopy guided percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy (PTNB) to cone-beam CT guided PTNB. From January 2011 to December 2012, we retrospectively identified 38 patients who underwent cone-beam CT guided PTNB with solid pulmonary lesions, and 76 patients who underwent fluoroscopy guided PTNB were matched to the patients who underwent cone-beam CT guided PTNB for age, sex, and lesion location. We evaluated predicting factors such as, long-axis diameter, short-axis diameter, anterior-posterior diameter, and CT attenuation value of the solid pulmonary lesion affecting conversion from fluoroscopy guided PTNB to cone-beam CT guided PTNB. Pearson χ 2 test, Fisher exact test, and independent t test were used in statistical analyses; in addition, we also used receiver operating characteristics curve to find the proper cut-off values affecting the conversion to cone-beam CT guided PTNB. Short-axis, long-axis, anterior-posterior diameter and CT attenuation value of the solid pulmonary lesion in patients who underwent fluoroscopy guided PTNB were 2.70 ± 1.57 cm, 3.40 ± 1.92 cm, 3.06 ± 1.81 cm, and 35.67 ± 15.70 Hounsfield unit (HU), respectively. Short-axis, long-axis, anterior-posterior diameter and CT attenuation value of the solid pulmonary lesion in patients who underwent cone-beam CT guided PTNB were 1.60 ± 1.30 cm, 2.20 ± 1.45 cm, 1.91 ± 1.99 cm, and 18.32 ± 23.11 HU, respectively. Short-axis, long-axis, anterior-posterior diameter, and CT attenuation value showed a significantly different mean value between the 2 groups (p = 0.001, p < 0.001, p = 0.003, p < 0.001, respectively). Odd ratios of CT attenuation value and short-axis diameter of the solid pulmonary lesion were 0.952 and 0.618, respectively. Proper cut-off values affecting the conversion to cone-beam CT guided PTNB were 1.65 cm (sensitivity 68.4%, specificity 71.1%) in short-axis diameter and 29.50 HU (sensitivity 65.8%, specificity 65.8%) in

  10. Echocardiography-based hemodynamic management of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction: a feasibility and safety study.

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    Shillcutt, Sasha K; Montzingo, Candice R; Agrawal, Ankit; Khaleel, Maseeha S; Therrien, Stacey L; Thomas, Walker R; Porter, Thomas R; Brakke, Tara R

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    Patients with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) are at increased risk of postoperative adverse events. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of using echocardiography-guided hemodynamic management (EGHEM) during surgery in subjects with LVDD compared to conventional management. The feasibility of using echocardiography to direct a treatment algorithm and clinical outcomes were compared for safety between groups. Subjects were screened for LVDD by preoperative transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and randomized to the conventional or EGHEM group. Subjects in EGHEM received hemodynamic management based on left ventricular filling patterns on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Primary outcomes measured were the feasibility to obtain TEE images and follow a TEE-based treatment algorithm. Safety outcomes also compared the following clinical differences between groups: length of hospitalization, incidence of atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure (CHF), myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular accident, transient ischemic attack and renal failure measured 30 days postoperatively. Population consisted of 28 surgical subjects (14 in conventional group and 14 in EGHEM group). Mean subject age was 73.4 ± 6.7 years (36% male) in conventional group and 65.9 ± 14.4 years (36% male) in EGHEM group. Procedures included orthopedic (conventional = 29%, EGHEM 36%), general (conventional = 50%, EGHEM = 36%), vascular (conventional = 7%, EGHEM = 21%), and thoracic (conventional = 14%, EGHEM = 7%). There was no statistically significant difference in adverse clinical events between the 2 groups. The EGHEM group had less CHF, atrial fibrillation, and shorter length of stay. Echocardiography-guided hemodynamic management of patients with LVDD during surgery is feasible and may be a safe alternative to conventional management. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Assessment of left atrial volume and function: a comparative study between echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging and multi slice computed tomography

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    Kühl, J Tobias; Lønborg, Jacob; Fuchs, Andreas

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    dynamic LA volume changes. Conversely, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) appears more appropriate for such measures. We sought to determine the relationship between LA size assessed with TTE and LA size and function assessed with CMR and MSCT. Fifty......Measurement of left atrial (LA) maximal volume (LA(max)) using two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) provides prognostic information in several cardiac diseases. However, the relationship between LA(max) and LA function is poorly understood and TTE is less well suited for measuring......-four patients were examined 3 months post myocardial infarction with echocardiography, CMR and MSCT. Left atrial volumes and LA reservoir function were assessed by TTE. LA time-volume curves were determined and LA reservoir function (cyclic change and fractional change), passive emptying function (reservoir...

  12. Pulmonary valve insufficiency in the postoperative out of tetralogy of Fallot: contribution of conventional transthoracic echocardiography for decision making

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    Pulmonary valve regurgitation is one of the main problems in the late post-op of Tetralogy of F allot, having a great incidence and depending on many aspects . In these paper a review is done considering the usefulness of conventional transtoracic eco cardiography as a tool to evaluate patients with pulmonary regurgitation in the late post-op of Tetralogy of F allot. Main pathophysiologic concepts about these entity are presented, and as a function of that, the most important eco cardiographic parameters to be considered evaluating these patients are also described. Finally guidelines on the opportunity for pulmonary valve replacement are considered

  13. The Relationship between Immediate Relevant Basic Science Knowledge and Clinical Knowledge: Physiology Knowledge and Transthoracic Echocardiography Image Interpretation

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    Nielsen, Dorte Guldbrand; Gotzsche, Ole; Sonne, Ole; Eika, Berit

    2012-01-01

    Two major views on the relationship between basic science knowledge and clinical knowledge stand out; the Two-world view seeing basic science and clinical science as two separate knowledge bases and the encapsulated knowledge view stating that basic science knowledge plays an overt role being encapsulated in the clinical knowledge. However, resent…

  14. 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...... echocardiography alone to predict anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. Secondary aims were to evaluate change in resting cardiac function over 10 years and to determine risk factors for late cardiotoxicity. PROCEDURE: We invited a cohort of 110 originally asymptomatic anthracycline-treated childhood cancer...... survivors, who had undergone cardiac tests including exercise echocardiography 10.5 years earlier, for new cardiac evaluation. Each subject underwent a resting echocardiogram at both evaluations. At first evaluation a repeat echocardiogram was performed following peak exercise. Resting echocardiographic...

  15. Left ventricular thrombi: in vivo detection by indium-111 platelet imaging and two dimensional echocardiography

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    Stratton, J.R.; Ritchie, J.L.; Hamilton, G.W.; Hammermeister, K.E.; Harker, L.A.

    1981-01-01

    Indium-111 platelet imaging, which can identify sites of active intravascular platelet deposition, and two dimensional echocardiography, which can identify intracardiac masses, can both be used to detect left ventricular thrombi noninvasively. We compared these techniques in 44 men at risk for thrombi from remote transmural myocardial infarction (31 patients) or cardiomyopathy (13 patients). All 44 patients underwent platelet imaging; 35 underwent echocardiography. On platelet imaging nine patients had thrombi and onehad a possible thrombus. Of these 10 studies, none were positive at 2 hours, 5 were positive at 24 hours and all were positive 48 or 72 hours after platelet labeling. Nine of these patients underwent echocardiography, and all had an intraventricular mass. The findings on platelet scanning were negative in six patients who had positive (four patients) or equivocally positive (two patients) findings on echocardiography. All patients with thrombi detected by either noninvasive method had transmural anterior myocardial infarction with ventricular aneurysm. Of the seven patients who underwent cardiac surgery or autopsy, three had thrombi. Platelet imaging failed to identify one thrombus in a patient in whom imaging was performed only at 24 hours after labeling. There were no false positive platelet images in this group. Five of these seven patients (two with throbi, three without) underwent echocardiography; in all cases the echocardiographic findings agreed with the pathologic findings. Both platelet imaging and echocardiography detect ventricular thrombi. Platelet imaging may detect only the most hematologically active thrombi. Both techniques may help define patients at risk of embolization and may be useful for in vivo assessment of antithrombotic drugs

  16. Usefulness of limited echocardiography with A-F mnemonic in patients with suspected non‑ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.

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    Sobczyk, Dorota; Nycz, Krzysztof; Żmudka, Krzysztof

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    When diagnosing the causes of acute chest pain, both acute coronary syndromes (ACSs) and other serious conditions should be considered. The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of limited transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with an A-F mnemonic in patients with suspected non-ST-segement elevation ACS (NSTE-ACS) and the effect of TTE on therapeutic decisions. This retrospective study was conducted at an emergency department for 12 months. The study population consisted of consecutive patients with a preliminary diagnosis of NSTE-ACS. We analyzed demographic data, clinical condition, medical history, electrocardiography, TTE, and the levels of necrotic markers. TTE with the A-F mnemonic was performed within 15 minutes from admission. A total of 916 consecutive patients were enrolled to the study. The diagnosis of ACS was confirmed in 70.19% of the patients. TTE with the A-F mnemonic revealed regional wall motion abnormalities in 74.03% of the ACS group and significant echocardiographic abnormalities in 2.18% of the ACS group and 55.31% of patients without ACS. On the basis of those findings, 4.69% of the patients underwent invasive treatment other than myocardial revascularization. A comparative analysis revealed that patients with ACS were older, more likely to have ST-segment depression, higher levels of necrotic markers, and lower left ventricular ejection fraction, while patients without ACS had more echocardiographic abnormalities in points B-F according to the A-F scheme. Limited TTE with the A-F mnemonic should be performed in all patients with suspected NSTE-ACS. It allows to confirm ischemia and detect other life-threatening conditions. TTE with the A-F mnemonic covers a sufficient spectrum of cardiac abnormalities and has a significant effect on therapeutic decision making in patients with suspected NSTE-ACS.  

  17. Reliability of contrast echocardiography to rule out pulmonary arteriovenous malformations and avoid CT irradiation in pediatric patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.

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    Karam, Carma; Sellier, Jacques; Mansencal, Nicolas; Fagnou, Carole; Blivet, Sandra; Chinet, Thierry; Lacombe, Pascal; Dubourg, Olivier

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    The overall risk of cancer is higher in people exposed to computed tomography (CT) scans in childhood or adolescence compared to adults. Transthoracic contrast echocardiography (TTCE) has recently been used to screen for pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs) in children with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), but the value of TTCE to rule out PAVMs and avoid chest CT radiation has yet to be discussed. Between 2003 and 2013, 92 pediatric patients with ≥3 Curaçao criteria and/or genetic mutation underwent TTCE and chest CT on the same day. We used the classification proposed by Barzilai for TTCE quantification of shunting. We considered CT findings as negative when no PAVMs or only one microscopic PAVM was detected. Mean age was 11.2 ± 4.1 years. The shunt was grade 0 on TTCE in 27.3%, grade 1 in 17%, grade 2 in 29.6%, grade 3 in 23.9%, and grade 4 in 2.2%. We found PAVMs on chest CT in 52.2%. All the patients with a grade 0 or 1 had a negative CT. The sensitivity and specificity of TTCE for the detection of PAVMs were 100% and 95.1%, respectively. The negative predictive value (NPV) was 100% and the positive predictive value (PPV) was 96%. A low-grade classification (Barzilai 0 or 1) could presumably exclude the presence of PAVMs and allow CT irradiation to be avoided in children and adolescents. The screening algorithm using TTCE first would allow more than 40% of the pediatric patients screened for PAVMs to be spared the radiation dose of CT. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Removing respiratory artefacts from transthoracic bioimpedance spectroscopy measurements

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    Cuba-Gyllensten, I; Bonomi, AG; Lindecrantz, K; Seoane, F; Abtahi, F; Amft, O

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    Transthoracic impedance spectroscopy (TIS) measurements from wearable textile electrodes provide a tool to remotely and non-invasively monitor patient health. However, breathing and cardiac processes inevitably affect TIS measurements, since they are sensitive to changes in geometry and air or fluid volumes in the thorax. This study aimed at investigating the effect of respiration on Cole parameters extracted from TIS measurements and developing a method to suppress artifacts. TIS data were collected from 10 participants at 16 frequencies (range: 10 kHz − 1 MHz) using a textile electrode system (Philips Technologie Gmbh). Simultaneously, breathing volumes and frequency were logged using an electronic spirometer augmented with data from a breathing belt. The effect of respiration on TIS measurements was studied at paced (10 and 16 bpm) deep and shallow breathing. These measurements were repeated for each subject in three different postures (lying down, reclining and sitting). Cole parameter estimation was improved by assessing the tidal expiration point thus removing breathing artifacts. This leads to lower intra-subject variability between sessions and a need for less measurements points to accurately assess the spectra. Future work should explore algorithmic artifacts compensation models using breathing and posture or patient contextual information to improve ambulatory transthoracic impedance measurements.

  19. Removing respiratory artefacts from transthoracic bioimpedance spectroscopy measurements

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    Cuba-Gyllensten, I.; Abtahi, F.; Bonomi, A. G.; Lindecrantz, K.; Seoane, F.; Amft, O.

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    Transthoracic impedance spectroscopy (TIS) measurements from wearable textile electrodes provide a tool to remotely and non-invasively monitor patient health. However, breathing and cardiac processes inevitably affect TIS measurements, since they are sensitive to changes in geometry and air or fluid volumes in the thorax. This study aimed at investigating the effect of respiration on Cole parameters extracted from TIS measurements and developing a method to suppress artifacts. TIS data were collected from 10 participants at 16 frequencies (range: 10 kHz - 1 MHz) using a textile electrode system (Philips Technologie Gmbh). Simultaneously, breathing volumes and frequency were logged using an electronic spirometer augmented with data from a breathing belt. The effect of respiration on TIS measurements was studied at paced (10 and 16 bpm) deep and shallow breathing. These measurements were repeated for each subject in three different postures (lying down, reclining and sitting). Cole parameter estimation was improved by assessing the tidal expiration point thus removing breathing artifacts. This leads to lower intra-subject variability between sessions and a need for less measurements points to accurately assess the spectra. Future work should explore algorithmic artifacts compensation models using breathing and posture or patient contextual information to improve ambulatory transthoracic impedance measurements.

  20. Improving appropriate use of echocardiography and single-photon emission computed tomographic myocardial perfusion imaging: a continuous quality improvement initiative.

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    Johnson, Thomas V; Rose, Geoffrey A; Fenner, Deborah J; Rozario, Nigel L

    2014-07-01

    Appropriate use criteria for cardiovascular imaging have been published, but compliance in practice has been incomplete, with persistent high rates of inappropriate use. The aim of this study was to show the efficacy of a continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiative to favorably influence the appropriate use of outpatient transthoracic echocardiography and single-photon emission computed tomographic (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in a large cardiovascular practice. In this prospective study, a multiphase CQI initiative was implemented, and its impact on ordering patterns for outpatient transthoracic echocardiography and SPECT MPI was assessed. Between November and December 2010, a baseline analysis of the application of appropriate use criteria to indications for outpatient transthoracic echocardiographic studies (n = 203) and SPECT MPI studies (n = 205) was performed, with studies categorized as "appropriate," "inappropriate," "uncertain," or "unclassified." The CQI initiative was then begun, with (1) clinician education, including didactic lectures and case-based presentations with audience participation; (2) system changes in ordering processes, with redesigned image ordering forms; and (3) peer review and feedback. A follow-up analysis was then performed between June and August 2012, with categorization of indications for transthoracic echocardiographic studies (n = 206) and SPECT MPI studies (n = 206). At baseline, 73.9% of echocardiographic studies were categorized as appropriate, 16.7% as inappropriate, 5.9% as uncertain, and 3.4% as unclassified. Similarly, for SPECT MPI studies 71.7% were categorized as appropriate, 18.5% as inappropriate, 7.8% as uncertain, and 1.9% as unclassified. Separate analysis of the two most important categories, appropriate and inappropriate, demonstrated a significant improvement after the CQI initiative, with a 63% reduction in inappropriate echocardiographic studies (18.5% vs 6.9%, P = .0010) and a 46% reduction

  1. Transhiatal vs. Transthoracic Esophagectomy: A NSQIP Analysis of Postoperative Outcomes and Risk Factors for Morbidity.

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    Schlottmann, Francisco; Strassle, Paula D; Patti, Marco G

    2017-11-01

    Both transhiatal esophagectomy (THE) and transthoracic esophagectomy (TTE) are accepted procedures for esophageal resection. We aimed to compare postoperative outcomes between these procedures and identify risk factors for morbidity. A retrospective analysis was performed using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Adult patients who underwent THE or TTE between 2005 and 2014 were included. Postoperative morbidity, length of stay, and 30-day mortality were compared. Multivariable logistic regression was used to determine risk factors for complications, and likelihood ratio tests were used to assess whether the effect of each risk factor was different across THE and TTE. A total of 4053 patients were included, 2362 (58.3%) underwent TTE and 1691 (41.7%) underwent THE. TTE was associated with higher incidences of postoperative pneumonia and bleeding requiring transfusion. THE had higher incidences of superficial wound infection, deep wound infection, urinary tract infection, and sepsis. There were no significant differences in occurrence of anastomotic leak (THE 7.6% vs. TTE 9.4%, p = 0.35) or 30-day mortality (THE 2.3% vs. TTE 2.5%, p = 0.63). Female gender, black race, hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, partially or fully dependent functional status, and an ASA score ≥ 3 were independently associated with postoperative complications. The impact of the risk factors on morbidity was similar across both procedures. THE and TTE have similar incidence of anastomotic leak and 30-day mortality. The impact of gender, race, and patients' comorbidities on postoperative complications is similar across both types of esophagectomy.

  2. Echocardiography in the flight program

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    Charles, John B.; Bungo, Michael W.; Mulvagh, Sharon L.

    1991-01-01

    Observations on American and Soviet astronauts have documented the association of changes in cardiovascular function during orthostasis with space flight. A basic understanding of the cardiovascular changes occurring in astronauts requires the determination of cardiac output and total peripheral vascular resistance as a minimum. In 1982, we selected ultrasound echocardiography as our means of acquiring this information. Ultrasound offers a quick, non-invasive and accurate means of determining stroke volume which, when combined with the blood pressure and heart rate measurements of the stand test, allows calculation of changes in peripheral vascular resistance, the body's major response to orthostatic stress. The history of echocardiography in the Space Shuttle Program is discussed and the results are briefly presented.

  3. Serial left-ventricular biopsy sampling using a minimally invasive trans-thoracic approach in adult dogs.

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    Donker, Dirk W; Maessen, Jos G; Spätjens, Roel L H M G; van der Nagel, Theo; de Jong, Monique; Ramaekers, Frans C; Crijns, Harry J G M; Vos, Marc A; Volders, Paul G A

    2007-09-01

    Myocardial biopsies are an increasingly important tool to unravel the molecular mechanisms of cardiac disease. We evaluate a novel minimally invasive trans-thoracic approach for left-ventricular (LV) intra-mural biopsies, which enables repetitive individual sampling in adult dogs. Forty three generally anaesthesised dogs were studied during sinus rhythm (SR, control) and multiple times after the induction of volume overload hypertrophy (complete atrioventricular block [AVB]). Through a small cutaneous incision, an automatic biopsy needle was advanced into the apicolateral LV, guided by fluoroscopy. Electrocardiography (ECG), LV pressure and echocardiography served to monitor the procedure. One hundred eighty-eight intra-mural LV biopsies were obtained in 82 serial experiments (usually SR, 1, 2 and 6 weeks AVB) with a maximum of 8 repeated biopsies. All biopsies ( approximately 10 mm(3)) were suitable for simultaneous application of different cell-biological (light and electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry) and molecular techniques (PCR, Western blotting). In chronic experiments, repeated biopsy sampling did not influence haemodynamics, mechanics, electrocardiographic parameters or myocardial remodelling during SR or AVB. The rate of significant complications was as low as 4% of experiments. Minimally invasive sampling of LV needle biopsies enables serial assessment of myocardial remodelling using different molecular techniques in individual animals. The technique is safe and has no long-term effects on cardiac function or structure.

  4. Computed tomographic fluoroscopy-guided transthoracic needle biopsy for diagnosis of pulmonary nodules

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    Hirose, Takashi; Mori, Kiyoshi; Machida, Suguru; Tominaga, Keigo; Yokoi, Kohei; Adachi, Mitsuru

    2000-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of computed tomographic (CT) fluoroscopy-guided transthoracic needle biopsy (TTNB) with an 18-gauge automatic biopsy gun for the diagnosis of pulmonary nodules. Between March 1996 and January 1998, 50 patients in whom pulmonary lesions could not be diagnosed cytopathologically with fiberoptic bronchoscopy or were not clearly visualized with fluoroscopy underwent CT fluoroscopy-guided TTNB. Final pathological diagnoses were 23 lung carcinomas, five pulmonary metastases and 22 benign lesions. Sufficient tissue for analysis was obtained from 48 of the 50 lesions (96%). The overall diagnostic yield of CT fluoroscopy-guided TTNB was 90%. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy for malignancy were 89%, 100% and 94%, respectively. In 20 of the 22 cases (91%) of benign lesions, histological analysis yielded correct and specific diagnoses. Complications occurred in 22 of the 50 cases (44%). The most common complication was pneumothorax, which occurred in 21 of the 50 cases (42%). Chest tube insertion was required in 6 (12%). Although CT fluoroscopy could not decrease the complication rate, CT fluoroscopy-guided TTNB with an automatic biopsy gun appears to be a promising technique for diagnosing pulmonary lesions, particularly benign lesions. (author)

  5. Echocardiography-guided or "sided" pericardiocentesis.

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    Degirmencioglu, Aleks; Karakus, Gultekin; Güvenc, Tolga Sinan; Pinhan, Osman; Sipahi, Ilke; Akyol, Ahmet

    2013-10-01

    Echocardiography-guided pericardiocentesis is the first choice method for relieving cardiac tamponade, but the exact role of the echocardiography at the moment of the puncture is still controversial. In this report, detailed echocardiographic evaluation was performed in 21 consecutive patients with cardiac tamponade just before the pericardiocentesis. Appropriate needle position was determined according to the probe position using imaginary x, y, and z axes. Pericardiocentesis was performed successfully using this technique without simultaneous echocardiography and no complications were observed. We concluded that bedside echocardiography with detailed evaluation of the puncture site and angle is enough for pericardiocentesis instead of real time guiding. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Mini-open transthoracic approach for resection of a calcified herniated thoracic disc and repair of the dural surface with fibrin glue: a case report.

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    Yoshioka, Katsuhito; Murakami, Hideki; Demura, Satoru; Kato, Satoshi; Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki

    2015-08-01

    This study reports a case of severe anterior compression of the spinal cord by a calcified herniated thoracic disc at the T9/10 level in a 46-year-old woman. She underwent resection of the calcified herniated thoracic disc and the integrated dura, using a microscopically assisted mini-open transthoracic approach. The remaining dura mater was shaped and repaired by alternate overlapping without suture. The dural surface was reinforced with a combination of fibrin glue and a polyglycolic acid sheet. This novel procedure prevented postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leakage. The patient made an excellent recovery, without any complications.

  7. Usefulness of exercise echocardiography in ischemic heart disease. Comparison with exercise cardiac scintigraphy

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    Tashiro, Hideki; Koyanagi, Samon; Narabayashi, Hideki; Inou, Tetsuji; Takeshita, Akira

    1999-01-01

    Exercise echocardiography and exercise thallium-201 ( 201 Tl) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were performed in 152 patients with suspected coronary artery disease, including 61 patients with old myocardial infarction. All patients underwent coronary arteriography, and coronary artery disease was defined as ≥75% diameter stenosis. Digital two-dimensional echocardiography was performed before and after the treadmill exercise test, and wall motion abnormality was evaluated using quad-screen. Sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease were similar for the 2 exercise tests (77% and 80% for echocardiography and 75%, and 83% for SPECT, respectively). Diagnoses for one-vessel disease, 2-vessel disease and 3-vessel disease were similar for echocardiography (79%, 72% and 77%, respectively) and SPECT (74%, 75% and 77%, respectively). Sensitivity for the diagnosis of ischemia at the area remote from infarct area was low for both exercise echocardiography and exercise SPECT (45% and 48%, respectively). Exercise echocardiography has comparable diagnostic value to SPECT for the detection of coronary artery disease. However, both exercise tests have limitations for the diagnosis of ischemia at the area remote from infarct area. (author)

  8. Ischemic Left Ventricular Perforation Covered by a Thrombus in a Patient Presenting with Cerebral Ischemia: Importance of Time-Sensitive Performance and Adequate Interpretation of Bedside Transthoracic Echography

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    A. J. Fischer

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    Full Text Available If myocardial infarction remains silent, only clinical signs of complications may unveil its presence. Life-threatening complications include myocardial rupture, thrombus formation, or arterial embolization. In the presented case, a 76-year-old patient was admitted with left-sided hemiparesis. In duplex sonography, a critical stenosis of the right internal carotid artery was identified and initially but retrospectively incorrectly judged as the potential cause for ischemia. During operative thromboendarterectomy, arterial embolism of the right leg occurred coincidentally, more likely pointing towards a cardioembolic origin. Percutaneous interventions remained unsuccessful and local fibrinolysis was applied. Delayed bedside echocardiography by an experienced cardiologist demonstrated a discontinuity of the normal myocardial texture of the left ventricular apex together with an echodense, partly floating structure merely attached by a thin bridge not completely sealing the myocardial defect, accompanied by pericardial effusion. The patient was immediately transferred to emergency cardiac surgery with extirpation of the thrombus, aortocoronary bypass graft placement, and aneurysmectomy. This didactic case reveals decisive structural shortcomings in patient’s admission and triage processes and underlines, if performed timely and correctly, the value of transthoracic echocardiography as a noninvasive and cost-effective tool allowing immediate decision-making, which, in this case, led to the correct but almost fatally delayed diagnosis.

  9. Ischemic Left Ventricular Perforation Covered by a Thrombus in a Patient Presenting with Cerebral Ischemia: Importance of Time-Sensitive Performance and Adequate Interpretation of Bedside Transthoracic Echography.

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    Fischer, A J; Lebiedz, P; Wiaderek, M; Lichtenberg, M; Böse, D; Martens, S; Breuckmann, F

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    If myocardial infarction remains silent, only clinical signs of complications may unveil its presence. Life-threatening complications include myocardial rupture, thrombus formation, or arterial embolization. In the presented case, a 76-year-old patient was admitted with left-sided hemiparesis. In duplex sonography, a critical stenosis of the right internal carotid artery was identified and initially but retrospectively incorrectly judged as the potential cause for ischemia. During operative thromboendarterectomy, arterial embolism of the right leg occurred coincidentally, more likely pointing towards a cardioembolic origin. Percutaneous interventions remained unsuccessful and local fibrinolysis was applied. Delayed bedside echocardiography by an experienced cardiologist demonstrated a discontinuity of the normal myocardial texture of the left ventricular apex together with an echodense, partly floating structure merely attached by a thin bridge not completely sealing the myocardial defect, accompanied by pericardial effusion. The patient was immediately transferred to emergency cardiac surgery with extirpation of the thrombus, aortocoronary bypass graft placement, and aneurysmectomy. This didactic case reveals decisive structural shortcomings in patient's admission and triage processes and underlines, if performed timely and correctly, the value of transthoracic echocardiography as a noninvasive and cost-effective tool allowing immediate decision-making, which, in this case, led to the correct but almost fatally delayed diagnosis.

  10. A successfully thrombolysed acute inferior myocardial infarction due to type A aortic dissection with lethal consequences: the importance of early cardiac echocardiography

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    Full Text Available Abstract Thrombolysis, a standard therapy for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI in non-PCI-capable hospitals, may be catastrophic for patients with aortic dissection leading to further expansion, rupture and uncontrolled bleeding. Stanford type A aortic dissection, rarely may mimic myocardial infarction. We report a case of a patient with an inferior STEMI thrombolysed with tenecteplase and followed by clinical and electrocardiographic evidence of successful reperfusion, which was found later to be a lethal acute aortic dissection. Prognostic implications of early diagnosis applying transthoracic echocardiography (TTE are described.

  11. Comparative study between MRI and echocardiography in noncompaction of ventricular myocardium

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    Sun Ziyan; Xia Liming; Wang Chengyuan; Rao Jingjing; Shenyu Weihui

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the MRI and echocardiography manifestations of noncompaction of ventricular myocardium(NVM) and assess the role of MR1 in the diagnosis of NVM by comparing it with echocardiography. Methods: Fourteen cases of NVM diagnosed by echocardiography were examined with MRI, including scanning of black-blood sequences, double inversion recovery fast spin echo (DIBFSE) and triple inversion recovery fast spin echo (TIRFSE), and white blood sequence: fast imaging employ steady state acquisition (FIESTA). Scanning plane includes short axis view, four-chamber view and long axis view. Results: Both MRI and echocardiography displayed involvement of left ventricles in thirteen cases and involvement of double ventricles in one case. Apexes of heart and the intermedius are commonly affected. MRI showed 54 segments and echocardiography showed 53 segments affected, and there is no significant difference between the capability of MRI and echocardiography (P=1,000). The affected myocardium consisted of two layers: subendocardial noncompacted myocardium and epicardial compacted myocardium, and the ratio measurement of N/C by MRI was 3.37±0.89 and it was 3.19±0.82 by echocardiography. Noncompacted myocardium was characterized by prominent and excessive myocardial trabeculations and deep intratrabecular recesses, in which the blood flow was communicated with the ventricle. One case was complicated with ventricular aneurysm, and coronary arteriography was performed with unremarkable findings. One case underwent heart transplantation because of progressive heart failure, Gross findings demonstrated prominent muscular' trabeculations with deep intratrabecular recesses, which coincided well with MRI findings. Conclusion: The MRI manifestation of NVM is characteristic, and MRI with multiple series and planes is helpful in the diagnose of NVM. Compared with echocardiography, MRI could display the pathological cardiac muscle more clearly, because of its high soft

  12. 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

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    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.

  13. Head-to-head comparison of peak supine bicycle exercise echocardiography and treadmill exercise echocardiography at peak and at post-exercise for the detection of coronary artery disease.

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    Peteiro, Jesús; Bouzas-Mosquera, Alberto; Estevez, Rodrigo; Pazos, Pablo; Piñeiro, Miriam; Castro-Beiras, Alfonso

    2012-03-01

    Supine bicycle exercise (SBE) echocardiography and treadmill exercise (TME) echocardiography have been used for evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). Although peak imaging acquisition has been considered unfeasible with TME, higher sensitivity for the detection of CAD has been recently found with this method compared with post-TME echocardiography. However, peak TME echocardiography has not been previously compared with the more standardized peak SBE echocardiography. The aim of this study was to compare peak TME echocardiography, peak SBE echocardiography, and post-TME echocardiography for the detection of CAD. A series of 116 patients (mean age, 61 ± 10 years) referred for evaluation of CAD underwent SBE (starting at 25 W, with 25-W increments every 2-3 min) and TME with peak and postexercise imaging acquisition, in a random sequence. Digitized images at baseline, at peak TME, after TME, and at peak SBE were interpreted in a random and blinded fashion. All patients underwent coronary angiography. Maximal heart rate was higher during TME, whereas systolic blood pressure was higher during SBE, resulting in similar rate-pressure products. On quantitative angiography, 75 patients had coronary stenosis (≥50%). In these patients, wall motion score indexes at maximal exercise were higher at peak TME (median, 1.45; interquartile range [IQR], 1.13-1.75) than at peak SBE (median, 1.25; IQR, 1.0-1.56) or after TME (median, 1.13; IQR, 1.0-1.38) (P = .002 between peak TME and peak SBE imaging, P disease in 27 of the 40 patients with stenoses in more than one coronary artery, in contrast to 17 patients with peak SBE imaging and 12 with post-TME imaging (P exercise echocardiographic modality to increase sensitivity. However, peak SBE should be preferred to TME if the latter is performed with postexercise imaging acquisition. Copyright © 2012 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. [Real time 3D echocardiography

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

    2001-01-01

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

  15. Atrial septal aneurysm: MRI and echocardiography correlation

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    Puvaneswary, M.; Singham, T.; Bastian, B.

    2003-01-01

    A case of a patient with atrial septal aneurysm with findings in echocardiography and MRI is described. MRI was able to differentiate slow flow stagnant blood and permitted a better definition of atrial septal aneurysm when echocardiography finding are inconclusive. Copyright (2003) Blackwell Science Pty Ltd

  16. Single Stage Transthoracic Approach to the Right Lung and Liver Dome Hydatid Cysts

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    Rasih Yazkan

    2011-09-01

    lung, the hepatic lesions were all of the dome located. Conclusions :Single stage transthoracic approach is prevent the second surgical procedures on simultaneous right lung and liver dome hydatid cyst and it is safe and effective method.

  17. Three-dimensional echocardiography of normal and pathologic mitral valve: a comparison with two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography

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    Salustri, A.; Becker, A. E.; van Herwerden, L.; Vletter, W. B.; ten Cate, F. J.; Roelandt, J. R.

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    This study was done to ascertain whether three-dimensional echocardiography can facilitate the diagnosis of mitral valve abnormalities. The value of the additional information provided by three-dimensional echocardiography compared with two-dimensional multiplane transesophageal echocardiography for

  18. Transesophageal echocardiography in NeoChord procedure

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    Full Text Available Background: Transapical off-pump mitral valve intervention with neochord implantation for degenerative mitral valve disease have been recently introduced in the surgical practice. The procedure is performed under 2D-3D transesophageal echocardiography guidance. Methods: The use of 3D real-time transesophageal echocardiography provides more accurate information than 2D echocardiography only in all the steps of the procedure. In particular 3D echocardiography is mandatory for preoperative assessment of the morphology of the valve, for correct positioning of the neochord on the diseased segment , for the final tensioning of the chordae and for the final evaluation of the surgical result. Result and Conclusion: This article is to outline the technical aspects of the transesophageal echocardiography guidance of the NeoChord procedure showing that the procedure can be performed only with a close and continuous interaction between the anesthesiologist and the cardiac surgeon.

  19. Repeated bedside echocardiography in children with respiratory failure.

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    Kobr, Jiri; Fremuth, Jiri; Pizingerova, Katerina; Sasek, Lumir; Jehlicka, Petr; Fikrlova, Sarka; Slavik, Zdenek

    2011-04-26

    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. 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. 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 mechanical ventilation does not reduce the quality of the acquired data.

  20. 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.

  1. [Diagnosis and evaluation of a patient with cor triatriatum using perioperative transesophageal echocardiography].

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    Kurazumi, Takuya; Suzuki, Takeshi; Morita, Yoshihisa; Masuda, Junich

    2014-03-01

    Cor triatriatum is a rare congenital cardiac anomaly accounting for only 0.1-0.4% of all congenital heart diseases usually diagnosed in infancy or childhood and rarely found in adults. It is characterized by fibromuscular membrane dividing the left atrium into two chambers. This congenital heart disease is reported to be frequently associated with variety of cardiac anomalies such as an atrial septal defect, anomalous pulmonary venous drainage, and persistent left superior vena cava. A woman with no cardiac history was admitted to the hospital due to acute heart failure and diagnosed as severe mitral regurgitation and cor triatriatum by pre-orerative transthoracic echocardiography. Emergency mitral valve plasty was undertaken because of the severity of mitral regurgitation without determining the detailed type of cor triatriatum. Thus, diagnosis of the type of cor triatriatum with perioperative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was required to establish correct cardiopulmonary bypass and determine the operative procedure. Perioperative TEE revealed that the type was Lucas-Schmidt- I A, and cardiopulmonary bypass was established safely. Operation was performed without any problems. The TEE skill of our anesthesiologists could contribute to the safe management of the cardiac surgery.

  2. Transcranial Doppler to Detect Right to Left Communication: Evaluation Versus Transesophageal Echocardiography in Real Life.

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    Maillet, Alexandre; Pavero, Antoine; Salaun, Pierre; Pibourdin, Alexis; Skopinski, Sophie; Thambo, Jean-Benoit; Sibon, Igor; Constans, Joël; Boulon, Carine

    2018-01-01

    We compared transcranial Doppler (TCD) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for the detection of right to left communication (RLC) in the heart. All patients explored from 2013 to 2016 in a vascular medicine unit to detect RLC by TCD were included. Right to left communication was detected by TCD monitoring for microembolic signals after intravenous injection of agitated 5% glucose and air. One hundred one patients were explored for RLC by TCD, 64 by TEE (not possible in 10, bubble injection in 51), and 93 by TTE because of unexplained stroke or arterial thrombosis (51 males, 50 females, age 51.0 ± 15.8 years) (bubble injection in 35). Fifty-three patients were positive after TCD (TEE: 4 negative, TTE: 7 negative). Of the negative patients after TCD, none was positive for TEE and 1 was positive for TTE with no evidence of patent foramen ovale. Transcranial Doppler was sensitive to detect RLC, even in patients with negative TTE or TTE. A negative TEE did not exclude RLC demonstrated by TCD. Transcranial Doppler might be proposed as first line to detect RLC.

  3. 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; Hou, Yang

    2009-01-01

    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.)

  4. The impact of internet and simulation-based training on transoesophageal echocardiography learning in anaesthetic trainees: a prospective randomised study.

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    Sharma, V; Chamos, C; Valencia, O; Meineri, M; Fletcher, S N

    2013-06-01

    With the increasing role of transoesophageal echocardiography in clinical fields other than cardiac surgery, we decided to assess the efficacy of multi-modular echocardiography learning in echo-naïve anaesthetic trainees. Twenty-eight trainees undertook a pre-test to ascertain basic echocardiography knowledge, following which the study subjects were randomly assigned to two groups: learning via traditional methods such as review of guidelines and other literature (non-internet group); and learning via an internet-based echocardiography resource (internet group). After this, subjects in both groups underwent simulation-based echocardiography training. More tests were then conducted after a review of the respective educational resources and simulation sessions. Mean (SD) scores of subjects in the non-internet group were 28 (10)%, 44 (10)% and 63 (5)% in the pre-test, post-intervention test and post-simulation test, respectively, whereas those in the internet group scored 29 (8)%, 59 (10)%, (p = 0.001) and 72 (8)%, p = 0.005, respectively. The use of internet- and simulation-based learning methods led to a significant improvement in knowledge of transoesophageal echocardiography by anaesthetic trainees. The impact of simulation-based training was greater in the group who did not use the internet-based resource. We conclude that internet- and simulation-based learning methods both improve transoesophageal echocardiography knowledge in echo-naïve anaesthetic trainees. Anaesthesia © 2013 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  5. Small, smooth, nonmobile cardiac myxoma detected by transesophageal echocardiography following recurrent cerebral infarction: a case report.

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    Saito, Yuki; Aizawa, Yoshihiro; Monno, Koyuru; Nagashima, Koichi; Kurokawa, Sayaka; Osaka, Shunji; Akimoto, Takayoshi; Kamei, Satoshi; Tanaka, Masashi; Hirayama, Atsushi

    2017-05-10

    Cardiac myxoma is known to cause repeated events of cerebral embolism. Soft and irregularly shaped myxomas with high mobility are associated with a higher occurrence of cerebral embolism. In contrast, nonmobile cardiac myxomas with a round regular shape are rarely considered to be a cause of cerebral embolism. In this case, we present a patient with recurrent cerebral embolism associated with a small and nonmobile cardiac myxoma of round regular shape. A 76-year-old Japanese man presented to our hospital with weakness in his right upper extremity. He had a history of right frontal lobe infarction in the previous month. T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging revealed an area of hyperintensity in the left precentral gyrus, indicating acute cerebral infarction. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed normal left ventricular function and no abnormalities. However, transesophageal echocardiography showed a small and nonmobile left atrial tumor with round regular shape attached to the ostium secundum of the atrial septum. Based on these findings, we diagnosed recurrent cerebral infarction due to embolization caused by left atrial myxoma, and cardiac tumor extraction was performed on hospitalization day 36. The excised tumor measured 0.6 × 0.6 × 0.5 cm and was diagnosed as cardiac myxoma by histologic examination. Even small and nonmobile cardiac myxomas with a round regular shape may cause recurrent cerebral infarction. The diagnosis of this type of atrial myxoma is elusive and transesophageal echocardiography was an effective method of detection. In a clinical situation, this type of cardiac myxoma may be overlooked as a cause of cerebral infarction.

  6. Frequency of cardiac defects among children at echocardiography centre in a teaching hospital

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    Malik, A.S.; Majeed, R.; Channer, M.S.; Saleem, M.I.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To assess frequency of cardiac defects among children from birth to 12 years of age on each Methodology: A cross sectional study was conducted at echocardiography centre in coronary care unit at Bahawal Victoria Hby Paediatric Transthoracic echo probe; 2-D colour Doppler, Acuson CV-70 and Niemo-30 echocardiography machines. Mothers of children with cardiac defects were interviewed at the echocardiography centre. Variables included were A- Muscular plus Vascular defects; B- Valvular defects; C-Pericardial effusion; D- Dextrocardia and E- Congestive cardiac failure. History of children for sore throat followed by joint pains; history of mothers for drug intake (antihypertensive, antipyretic, anti-emetic, hypoglycaemic) as well as chronic diseases (diabetes mellitus, hypertension, anaemia) during pregnancy were surveyed. Parity of mothers, their cousin marriages, and family socio-economic status was also inquired. The results were tabulated, analyzed and finally subjected to suitable test of significant (SR of proportion) to find out statistical significant if any. Results: It was found that out of 150 patients, 76 (50.66%) were suffering from Cardiac muscular and Vascular defects, 61 (40.66%) Valvular defects, 7 (4.66%) Pericardial effusion, 2 (1.33%) Dextrocardia and 4 (2.66%) from Congestive Cardiac Failure. According to age, 54 (36%) were from birth to 3 years of age and 51 (34%) from 10 to 12 years. There was history of Rheumatic fever among 45 (30%) children. There were 106 (70.6%) children from lower socio-economic class and 79 (52.6%) parents had history of cousin marriages. Conclusion: Frequency of cardiac defects was more in children of male sex, lower socio-economic group, from birth to three years age and children from primipara mothers in our specified locality. Rheumatic fever, cousin's marriage, and prescribed drugs intake during pregnancy (for metabolic and hormonal disorders) were other contributors to cardiac defects. (author)

  7. Variables affecting the risk of pneumothorax and intrapulmonal hemorrhage in CT-guided transthoracic biopsy

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    Khan, M.F.; Straub, R.; Moghaddam, S.R.; Maataoui, A.; Gurung, J.; Thalhammer, A.; Vogl, T.J.; Jacobi, V. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Wagner, T.O.F. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Medical Clinic II, Department of Pneumology and Allergology, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Ackermann, H. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Institute for Epidemilogy and Medical Statistics, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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    The influence of various variables on the rate of pneumothorax and intrapulmonal hemorrhage associated with computed tomography (CT)-guided transthoracic needle biopsy of the lung were evaluated retrospectivly. One hundred and thirty-three patients underwent CT guided biopsy of a pulmonary lesion. Two patients were biopsied twice. Variables analyzed were lesion size, lesion location, number of pleural needle passes, lesion margin, length of intrapulmonal biopsy path and puncture time. Eighteen-gauge (18G) cutting needles (Trucut, Somatex, Teltow, Germany) were used for biopsy. Pneumothorax occured in 23 of 135 biopsies (17%). Chest tube placement was required in three out of 23 cases of pneumothorax (2% of all biopsies). Pneumothorax rate was significantly higher when the lesions were located in the lung parenchyma compared with locations at the pleura or chest wall (P < 0.05), but all pneumothorax cases which required chest tube treatment occured in lesions located less than 2 cm from the pleura. Longer puncture time led to an increase in pneumothorax rate (P < 0.05). Thirty-seven (27%) out of 135 biopsies showed perifocal hemorrhage. Intrapulmonal biopsy paths longer than 4 cm showed significantly higher numbers of perifocal hemorrhage and pneumothorax (P < 0.05). Significantly more hemorrhage occured when the pleura was penetrated twice during the puncture (P < 0.05). Lesion size <4 cm is strongly correlated with higher occurence of perifocal hemorrhage (P < 0.05). Lesion margination showed no significant effect on complication rate. CT-guided biopsy of smaller lesions correlates with a higher bleeding rate. Puncture time should be minimized to reduce pneumothorax rate. Passing the pleura twice significantly increases the risk of hemorrhage. Intrapulmonal biopsy paths longer than 4 cm showed significantly higher numbers of perifocal hemorrhage as well as pneumothorax. (orig.)

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. Transesophageal echocardiography. 3. rev. and enl. ed.

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    Lambertz, Heinz; Lethen, Harald

    2013-01-01

    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.

  11. Diagnostic value of echocardiography in infective endocarditis

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    Luo Yinli; Ni Xianda; Hu Yuanping; Liu Jingyun; Yang Weiyu

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the feature and value of echocardiography for diagnosing infective endocarditis. Methods: The shape, size, echogenicity, distribution of vegetations and valvular injury of the heart were observed in 30 patients with infective endocarditis. Results: The vegetations were located in the aortic valves (10 cases), bicuspid valves (5), tricuspid valve (1), pulmonary valve (2), main pulmonary artery with patent ductus arteriosus (2), and right ventricle with ventricular septal defect (2). The size of vegetation ranged from 2 to 27 mm and the echogenicity of vegetations was low to high. The location, size, shape and amount of vegetations observed on echocardiography correlated well with the operative findings. Echocardiography also demonstrated underlying heart disease and abnormal hemodynamics induced by infective endocarditis. Conclusion: Echocardiography can determine the location, size, shape, amount of vegetation and concomitant cardiac disease in patients with infective endocarditis. It play an important role in treatment and prognosis. (authors)

  12. Measurement of cardiac valve and aortic blood flow velocities in stroke patients: a comparison of 4D flow MRI and echocardiography.

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    Wehrum, Thomas; Guenther, Felix; Fuchs, Alexander; Schuchardt, Florian; Hennemuth, Anja; Harloff, Andreas

    2018-01-11

    4D flow MRI is an emerging technique that allows quantification of 3D blood flow in vivo. However, comparisons with methods of blood velocity quantification used in clinical routine are sparse. Therefore, we compared velocity quantification using 4D flow MRI with transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography at the mitral and aortic valves and the aorta. Forty-eight stroke patients (age 67.3 ± 15.0 years) were examined by 4D flow MRI. Blood flow velocities were assessed using standardized 2D analysis planes positioned in the mitral valve (MV), aortic valve (AV), ascending aorta (AAo), and descending aorta (DAo) and were compared with echocardiography. MRI showed moderate-high correlations of systolic velocity values for the MV (r = 0.67, p flow velocities compared with echocardiography by 8.6% for the MV (p = 0.07), 3.1% for the AV (p = 0.48), 10.7% for the AAo (p = 0.09), and 15.0% for the DAo (p = 0.01). Blood flow velocities obtained using 4D flow MRI and echocardiography at the MV, AV, and the ascending and DAo showed moderate to high correlations. Underestimation of absolute velocity values by MRI was low. Thus, 4D flow MRI seems ideally suited to comprehensively assess cardiac and aortic pathologies and related hemodynamic changes in future studies.

  13. Echocardiography of isolated subacute left heart tamponade in a patient with cor pulmonale and circumferential pericardial effusion

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Patients with advanced idiopathic pulmonary artery hypertension have often a chronic pericardial effusion. It is the result of increased transudation and impaired re-absorption due to elevated venous pressure. These patients have pre-existent symptoms and signs of chronic right heart failure. High degree of suspicion is required to detect of development of an atypical form of tamponade with isolated compression of left heart chambers as shown in present case report. Transthoracic echocardiography provides a rapid access to the correct diagnosis, a prompt relief of symptoms following the ultrasound guided pericardiocentesis and important diagnostic tool for regular follow up of patients thereafter as shown in our case report.

  14. A case that underwent bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic ...

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    No Abstract Available A case that underwent bilateral video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical (VATS) biopsy combined with pneumonectomy is presented. The patient developed hypoxia during the contralateral VATS biopsy. His hypoxia was treated with positive expiratory pressure (PEEP) to the dependent lung and apneic ...

  15. Optimizing sonication protocols for transthoracic focused ultrasound surgery

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    Gao, J.; Volovick, A.; Cao, R.; Nabi, G.; Cochran, S.; Melzer, A.; Huang, Z.

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    During transthoracic focused ultrasound surgery (TFUS), the intervening ribs absorb and reflect the majority of the ultrasound energy excited by an acoustic source, resulting in pain, bone injuries and insufficient energy delivered to the target organs of liver, kidney, and pancreas. Localized hot spots may also exist at the interfaces between the ribs and soft tissue and in the highly absorptive regions such as the skin and connective tissue. The aims of this study were to clarify the effects of focal beam distortion and frequency-dependent rib heating in TFUS and to propose possible techniques to reduce the side-effects of rib heating and increase ultrasound efficacy. Frequency-dependent heating at the target and the ribs were estimated using finite element analysis (PZFlex, Weidlinger Associates Inc, USA) along with experimental verification on a range of different phantoms. The ratio of ultrasonic power density at the target and the ribs, the time-varying spatial distribution of temperature, and the ablated focus of each sonication were taken as key indicators to determine the optimal operating frequency. Comparison with a patient specific model was also made. TFUS seems to be useful to treat tumours that are small and near the surface of the abdominal organs. For targets deep inside these organs, severe attenuation of energy occurs, suggesting that purely ultrasound thermal ablation with advanced heating patterns will have limited effects in improving the treatment efficacy. Results demonstrate that the optimal ultrasound frequency is around 0.8 MHz for the configurations considered, but this may shift to higher frequencies with changes in the axial and lateral positions of the tumours relative to the ribs. To date, we have elucidated the most important effects and correlated these with idealised anatomical geometry. The changes in frequency and other techniques such as selection of excited element patterns in FUS arrays had some effect. However, more advanced

  16. Gender differences in the accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease

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    textabstractThe accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) has not been yet evaluated in women. We studied the effect of gender on the accuracy of DSE for the diagnosis of CAD in 306 consecutive patients (210 men and 96 women) with limited exercise capacity and suspected myocardial ischemia who underwent coronary angiography within 3 months of DSE. There were no serious complications during DSE. Men had a higher prevalence of nonsus...

  17. Transthoracic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) after esophagectomy and gastric pull-up.

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    Heitmiller, R F; Gillinov, A M; Kafonek, D

    1997-08-01

    The technique of transthoracic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement is described as an alternative to standard nasogastric tube drainage and inpatient observation for those patients who require gastric decompression after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up. Indications for transthoracic PEG tube insertion are distention and poor emptying of the intrathoracic stomach conduit with or without contained anastomotic leak, especially when it appears as if the problem will be slow to resolve. This technique is not advocated for patients with free anastomotic leaks. The potential advantages of this technique over standard nasogastric drainage are that it permits stable patients to be treated successfully as outpatients.

  18. Evaluation of regional wall motion abnormalities of the heart. Comparison with Doppler tissue echocardiography, MR-tagging and levocardiography

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    Kivelitz, D.E.; Enzweiler, C.N.H.; Hamm, B.; Borges, A.C.; Walde, T.; Rutsch, W.; Baumann, G.

    2004-01-01

    Purpose: To compare the visual analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the tagging technique and Doppler tissue echocardiography with invasive ventriculography in detecting and quantifying regional left ventricular wall motion abnormalities. Materials and Methods: Sixteen patients with coronary artery disease and a history of prior myocardial infarction underwent invasive ventriculography. Doppler tissue echocardiography and MR-tagging within one week. Regional wall motion abnormalities (WMA) were detected in all patients. WMA were graded as normal=1; hypokinetic=2; akinetic=3; or dyskinetic=4. For agreement between MRI, echocardiography, and ventriculography the kappa coefficient (κ) according to Cohen was calculated. Results: The kappa coefficient (κ) was 0.962 for agreement between MRI and echocardiography and 0.602 for agreement between MRI and ventriculography as well as between echocardiography and ventriculography. Conclusion: Reliable analysis of regional left ventricular wall motion abnormalities is feasible using visual analysis of MR-tagging. MRI and Doppler tissue echocardiography detect more WMA than invasive ventriculography and grade them as more severe. (orig.)

  19. NUTRITION SUPPORT COMPLICATIONS IN PATIENT WHO UNDERWENT CARDIAC SURGERY

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    Krdžalić, Alisa; Kovčić, Jasmina; Krdžalić, Goran; Jahić, Elmir

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    Background: The nutrition support complications after cardiac surgery should be detected and treated on time. Aim: To show the incidence and type of nutritional support complication in patients after cardiac surgery. Methods: The prospective study included 415 patients who underwent cardiac surgery between 2010 and 2013 in Clinic for Cardiovascular Disease of University Clinical Center Tuzla. Complications of the delivery system for nutrition support (NS) and nutrition itself were analy...

  20. Handheld Echocardiography: Current State and Future Perspectives.

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    Chamsi-Pasha, Mohammed A; Sengupta, Partho P; Zoghbi, William A

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    Echocardiography is the primary imaging modality for diagnosing cardiac conditions. Over the past 2 decades, technological advancements have resulted in the emergence of miniaturized handheld ultrasound equipment that is compact and battery operated, and handheld echocardiography can be readily performed at the point of care with reasonable image quality. The simplicity of use, availability at the patient's bedside, easy transportability, and relatively low cost have encouraged physicians to use these devices for prompt medical decision making. As a consequence, the use of handheld echocardiography is on the rise even among nonechocardiographers (intensivists, emergency care physicians, internists, and medical students). One of the real utilities of ultrasound-augmented clinical diagnosis is in evaluating patients efficiently and selecting patients for appropriate downstream diagnostic testing including comprehensive echocardiography. Although clinical evidence supports the use of handheld devices in various clinical settings and by different users, proficiency in point-of-care ultrasound requires dedicated training in both performance and interpretation. This review summarizes the existing literature on the use of handheld echocardiography in conducting focused cardiac examinations: its training requirements, challenges, opportunities, and future perspectives in the care of the cardiovascular patient. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

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

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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

  2. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiographic assessment of left anterior descending coronary artery and intramyocardial artery predicts left ventricular remodeling and wall-motion recovery after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Tani, Tomoko; Tanabe, Kazuaki; Kureha, Fumie; Katayama, Minako; Kinoshita, Makoto; Tamita, Koichi; Oda, Tomoyuki; Ehara, Natsuhiko; Kaji, Shuichiro; Yamamuro, Atsushi; Morioka, Shigefumi; Kihara, Yasuki

    2007-07-01

    Previous studies reported that a coronary flow velocity (FV) pattern with a rapid diastolic deceleration time (DDT) immediately after percutaneous coronary intervention implies advanced microvascular damage in patients who have experienced an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Using transthoracic echocardiography, we recorded the coronary FV in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and the FV in the intramyocardial artery 2 days after successful percutaneous coronary intervention in 24 patients who had experienced an anterior AMI. We measured the DDT of the LAD and the intramyocardial artery. DDT of the LAD and the intramyocardial artery was detected in the anteroseptal lesion, the wall motion of which revealed severe hypokinesis or akinesis. We performed echocardiography during both the acute phase and 6 months after the AMI. Patients were divided into two groups (group A: DDT of the LAD or = 600 milliseconds [n = 14]). DDT of the LAD and the intramyocardial artery was significantly shorter for group A than group B (373 +/- 223 vs 786 +/- 105 milliseconds, P < .0001). In the acute phase, there were no significant differences in left ventricular (LV) wall-motion score index (WMSI), LV end-diastolic volume (EDV), or ejection fraction (WMSI: 2.38 +/- 0.24 vs 2.08 +/- 0.58, P = .20; LV EDV: 160 +/- 41 vs 154 +/- 34 mL; ejection fraction: 45 +/- 11 vs 46 +/- 5%). However, WMSI and LV EDV in group A were significantly greater than in group B (WMSI: 2.47 +/- 0.16 vs 1.84 +/- 0.57, P = .01; LV EDV: 198 +/- 28 vs 132 +/- 37 mL, P = .0004) and the ejection fraction in group A was significantly lower than in group B (38 +/- 9 vs 55 +/- 10%, P = .001) during the chronic phase. In patients who had experienced an anterior AMI, we could predict wall-motion recovery of the infarcted area by using the coronary FV of the LAD and FV of the intramyocardial artery.

  3. Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation preceded by routine prestenting with a bare metal stent

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    Demkow, Marcin; Biernacka, Elzbieta Katarzyna; Spiewak, Mateusz

    2011-01-01

    with routine prestenting have never been reported. Methods: Consecutive patients who underwent PPVI for homograft dysfunction with prestenting with BMS were studied. The schedule of follow-up assessment comprised clinical evaluation, cardiovascular magnetic resonance, transthoracic echocardiography, and chest...

  4. Sensitivity of Computed Tomography-guided Transthoracic Biopsies in a Nigerian Tertiary Institution.

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    Edaigbini, Sunday Adoga; Aminu, Muhammad Balarabe; Delia, Ibrahim Zira; Anumenechi, Ndubuisi; Alioke, Ikechukwuka Ifeanyichukwu; Fomete, Benjamine; Samaila, Modupeola Omotara A

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    The indications for open biopsies for intrathoracic lesions have become almost negligible. This development was made possible by less invasive maneuvers such as computed tomography-guided (CT-guided) biopsy, thoracoscopy or video-assisted thoracoscopy, and bronchoscopy. CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsy was first reported in 1976. The aim of the study is to report our experience with CT-guided transthoracic biopsy. Patients with clinical and radiological evidence of intrathoracic mass were counseled and consent obtained for the procedure. They were positioned in the gantry, either supine or prone. A scout scan of the entire chest was taken at 5 mm intervals. The procedure was carried out by the consultants and senior registrar. Following visualization of the lesion, its position in terms of depth and distance from the midline was measured with the machine in centimeter to determine the point of insertion of the trucut needle (14-18-G). The presumed site of the lesion was indicated with a metallic object held in place with two to three strips of plasters after cleaning the site with Povidone-iodine. After insertion, repeat scans were performed to confirm that the needle was within the mass. A minimum of 3 core cuts was taken to be certain that the samples were representative. The results were analyzed by the determination of means and percentages. Twenty-six patients underwent this procedure between 2011 and 2015. There were 15 males and 11 females (M:F = 1.4:1). The age range was between 30 and 99 years with a mean of 55 years. Histological diagnosis was obtained in 24 of the patients giving sensitivity of 92.3%. There were 3 mild complications giving a rate of 11.5%. The complications included a case of mild hemoptysis and two patients who had mild pneumothoraces which did not require tube thoracostomy. CT-guided biopsy is a reliable procedure for obtaining deep-seated intrathoracic biopsies with high sensitivity and minimal complication rate.

  5. Sensitivity of computed tomography-guided transthoracic biopsies in a Nigerian tertiary institution

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    Sunday Adoga Edaigbini

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The indications for open biopsies for intrathoracic lesions have become almost negligible. This development was made possible by less invasive maneuvers such as computed tomography-guided (CT-guided biopsy, thoracoscopy or video-assisted thoracoscopy, and bronchoscopy. CT-guided percutaneous lung biopsy was first reported in 1976. Aim of Study: The aim of the study is to report our experience with CT-guided transthoracic biopsy. Materials and Methods: Patients with clinical and radiological evidence of intrathoracic mass were counseled and consent obtained for the procedure. They were positioned in the gantry, either supine or prone. A scout scan of the entire chest was taken at 5 mm intervals. The procedure was carried out by the consultants and senior registrar. Following visualization of the lesion, its position in terms of depth and distance from the midline was measured with the machine in centimeter to determine the point of insertion of the trucut needle (14–18-G. The presumed site of the lesion was indicated with a metallic object held in place with two to three strips of plasters after cleaning the site with Povidone-iodine. After insertion, repeat scans were performed to confirm that the needle was within the mass. A minimum of 3 core cuts was taken to be certain that the samples were representative. The results were analyzed by the determination of means and percentages. Results: Twenty-six patients underwent this procedure between 2011 and 2015. There were 15 males and 11 females (M:F = 1.4:1. The age range was between 30 and 99 years with a mean of 55 years. Histological diagnosis was obtained in 24 of the patients giving sensitivity of 92.3%. There were 3 mild complications giving a rate of 11.5%. The complications included a case of mild hemoptysis and two patients who had mild pneumothoraces which did not require tube thoracostomy. Conclusion: CT-guided biopsy is a reliable procedure for obtaining deep

  6. Accuracy of transthoracic sonography in excluding post-interventional pneumothorax and hydropneumothorax Comparison to chest radiography

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    Reissig, Angelika; Kroegel, Claus

    2005-03-01

    Objective: Transthoracic sonography (TS) has evolved as an important imaging technique for diagnosing pleural and pulmonary conditions. However, the value of TS in either excluding or diagnosing pneumothorax is still under debate. This study was conducted to examine whether TS could replace chest radiography for the diagnosis of post-interventional pneumothorax and hydropneumothorax. Methods: 53 patients (21 females, 32 males; median age 64 years, range 37-94 years), 35 of whom underwent transbronchial biopsy (TBB) and 18 patients who had an ultrasound-guided chest tube placement (U-GCTP) were enrolled in the study. TS was performed three hours after either TBB or removal of a chest tube, followed by postero-anterior chest radiograph (CRX). If any discrepancy between TS, the clinical presentation and the CRX became apparent, either a lateral CRX or a computed tomography (CT) of the thorax was performed. TS was assessed according to the presence of the following criteria: (1) ''gliding sign'' of the pleural line, (2) comet tail artifacts, (3) reverberation artifacts, (4) air/fluid mirror, (5) hyperechoic reflectors within the pleural effusion and (6) ''lung point''. Results: In four out of the 53 patients (7.5%) a post-interventional pneumothorax or hydropneumothorax occurred. One out of the 35 patients (2.9%) developed a pneumothorax after TBB, requiring chest tube placement. Three patients (16.7%) developed a hydropneumothorax due to U-GCTP which was detected by sonography but was missed by postero-anterior CRX in one patient. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of TS were 100% in excluding post-interventional pneumothorax/hydropneumothorax. Conclusion: TS is a cost-effective and safe bed-side-method, allowing for an immediate exclusion or diagnosis of post-interventional pneumothorax/hydropneumothorax in patients who have undergone TBB or U-GCTP. Thus, these preliminary results suggest that CXR may only be required in

  7. The Role of Echocardiography in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

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    Jing Ping Sun

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM is a common genetic cardiovascular disease and appears in all ethnic groups. HCM is diagnosed on the basis of left ventricular hypertrophy. Echocardiography is a key technique in the diagnosis of HCM, the prognosis of patients with HCM, the management strategy for HCM, and the follow-up of patients with HCM. This review briefly describes and discusses the practical use of established echocardiography techniques and the current and emerging echocardiographic methods that can help physicians in the correct diagnostic and pathophysiological assessment of patients with HCM.

  8. Transthoracic Doppler assessment of coronary flow velocity reserve in children with Kawasaki disease: comparison with coronary angiography and thallium-201 imaging.

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    Hiraishi, Satoshi; Hirota, Hamao; Horiguchi, Yasunori; Takeda, Nobuhiro; Fujino, Nobuyuki; Ogawa, Natsuko; Nakahata, Yayoi

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) measurement by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE) in children with Kawasaki disease (KD). Doppler-derived CFVR is a reliable marker predicting the presence of myocardial ischemia. We studied 49 patients (median age 11 years) with KD. The CFVR was calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to basal peak (peak CFVR) and mean (mean CFVR) diastolic flow velocities in the posterior descending coronary artery (PD) and left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). The CFVR measurements by TTDE were compared with the results of coronary angiography, thallium-201 (Tl-201) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and intracoronary Doppler study. The CFVR measurements by TTDE were obtained in 92 (94%) of 98 vessels of the PD and LAD in 49 study patients. Both peak and mean CFVRs for 21 stenotic vessels were significantly smaller than those for 35 normal vessels and for 20 vessels with aneurysmal lesions (p children with KD.

  9. Transthoracic ultrasound in the assessment of pleural and pulmonary diseases: use and limitations.

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    Sperandeo, Marco; Rotondo, Antonio; Guglielmi, Giuseppe; Catalano, Daniela; Feragalli, Beatrice; Trovato, Guglielmo M

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    Interest in transthoracic ultrasound (US) procedures increased after the availability of portable US equipment suitable for use at the patient's bedside. It is possible to detect space-occupying lesions of the pleura, pleural effusion, focal or diffuse pleural thickening and subpleural lesions of the lung, even in emergency settings. Transthoracic US is useful as a guidance system for thoracentesis and peripheral lesion biopsy, where it minimises the occurrence of pneumothorax and haemorrhage. Transthoracic US imaging is strongly influenced by physical interaction of the ultrasonic beam at the tissue/air interface, which gives rise to reverberations classified as simple (A-line), "comet tail" and "ring down"(B-line) artifacts. Although these artifacts can be suggestive of a disease condition, they are essentially imaging errors present even in normal subjects and in empty-pleura post-pneumonectomy patients. In order to clarify some confusion and to report on the state of the art, we present a review of the literature on transthoracic US in diseases of the pleura and peripheral lung regions and our own clinical experience over 3 decades. The review focuses on quality assurance procedures and their value in diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring and warns against possible inappropriate indications and misleading information. Thoracic US is much more than "fishing for the moon in the well".

  10. Echocardiography in the Era of Multimodality Cardiovascular Imaging

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    Shah, Benoy Nalin

    2013-01-01

    Echocardiography remains the most frequently performed cardiac imaging investigation and is an invaluable tool for detailed and accurate evaluation of cardiac structure and function. Echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiovascular-computed tomography comprise the subspeciality of cardiovascular imaging, and these techniques are often used together for a multimodality, comprehensive assessment of a number of cardiac diseases. This paper provides the general cardiologist and physician with an overview of state-of-the-art modern echocardiography, summarising established indications as well as highlighting advances in stress echocardiography, three-dimensional echocardiography, deformation imaging, and contrast echocardiography. Strengths and limitations of echocardiography are discussed as well as the growing role of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography in the guidance of structural heart interventions in the cardiac catheter laboratory. PMID:23878804

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Significance of transesophageal echocardiography in the evaluation of aortic valve stenosis

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE is a relatively new diagnostic method offering better resolution of cardiac anatomy than the conventional transthoracal two-dimensional echocardiography (TTE. Clinical indications for TEE have been expanding, thus the technique as a diagnostic procedure is used in numerous cardiac diseases such as endocarditis, congenital heart defect, aortic dissection, prosthetic valves dysfunction, as well as in calculation of aortic valve surface in aortic stenosis. The aim of the study was to prove TEE as a more precise method in determination of the level of seriousness of aortic valve stenosis. Methods. All the patients went through TTE and TEE. Evaluating of the aortic valve surface was performed by the use of Gorlin's formula in TTE while it was planimetric in TEE examination. Results. Comparative analysis of all parameters obtained by TTE and TEE showed a difference between them. All the parameters values except that for surface area of the aortic valve orifice confluence were higher in TEE than in TTE examination, but no difference was statistically significant (p > 0.05; t-test for a dependant specimens. By the use of the TTE method, the size of aortic orifice stenosis was 1.22 ± 0.54 cm2, and by the TEE method it was 1.08 ± 0.54 cm2. Conclusion. Multiplain TEE is reliable in quantification of an aortic valve area in patients with aortic stenosis. It offers useful clinical information, particularly in patients with non-adequate evaluation with TTE, as well as in seriously ill patients or those with a confirmed valvular defect.

  14. Diagnosis of malignancy of adult mediastinal tumors by conventional and transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Zhou, Wei-Wei; Wang, Hong-Wei; Liu, Nan-Nan; Li, Jing-Jing; Yuan, Wei; Zhao, Rui; Xiang, Liang-Bi; Qi, Miao

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    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). 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. 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 TTE visualized tumor lesions in 110 patients (76.4%) and was less effective at detecting MT lesions (P TTE and TEE could detect anterior MTs and adequately verified MTs (P > 0.05); TEE detected medium MTs better than TTE (P 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. Endocarditis : Effects of routine echocardiography during Gram-positive bacteraemia

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    Vos, F J; Bleeker-Rovers, C P; Sturm, P D; Krabbe, P F M; van Dijk, A P J; Oyen, W J G; Kullberg, B J

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Despite firm recommendations to perform echocardiography in high-risk patients with Gram-positive bacteraemia, routine echocardiography is not embedded in daily practice in many settings. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a regime including routine echocardiography results in

  16. 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. Vletter-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

  17. Registration of multi-view echocardiography data

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    2017-01-01

    Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a non-invasive imaging technique that is particularly suited for visualizing the heart in real-time. For these reasons, TEE is an useful imaging modality for intraprocedural guidance, for example in the case of catheter ablations for the

  18. Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis in a Patient who Underwent Hip Arthroplasty

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS is a rare, benign, but a locally aggressive tumor. It is characterized by the proliferation of synovial membrane, but it can also be seen in tendon sheaths and bursae. Clinical presentation of solitary lesions include compression and locking of the joint suggesting loose bodies in the joint and a subsequent findings of an effusion, whereas diffuse lesions manifest with pain and chronic swelling. In this article, we presented a curious case of PVNS in a female patient who have been followed up due to an acetabular cystic lesion. She underwent total hip arthroplasty for severe osteoarthritis of the hip joint and associated pain. The diagnosis of PVNS was established intraoperatively. (The Me­di­cal Bul­le­tin of Ha­se­ki 2014; 52: 235-7

  19. ALGORITHM FOR MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS UNDERWENT UROLOGY INTERVENTIONS

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the efficacy of cardiovascular non-invasive complex assessment and pre-operative preparation in hypertensive patients needed in surgical treatment of urology dis- eases.Material and methods. Males (n=883, aged 40 to 80 years were included into the study. The main group consisted of patients that underwent laparotomic nephrectomy (LTN group; n=96 and patients who underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy (LSN group; n=53. Dynamics of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM data was analyzed in these groups in the immediate postoperative period. The efficacy of a package of non-invasive methods for cardiovascular system assessment was studied. ABPM was performed after nephrectomy (2-nd and 10-th days after surgery in patients with complaints of vertigo episodes or intense general weakness to correct treatment.Results. In LTN group hypotension episodes or blood pressure (BP elevations were observed in 20 (20.8% and 22 (22.9% patients, respectively, on the 2-nd day after the operation. These complications required antihypertensive treatment correction. Patients with hypotension episodes were significantly older than patients with BP elevation and had significantly lower levels of 24-hour systolic BP, night diastolic BP and minimal night systolic BP. Re-adjustment of antihypertensive treatment on the 10-th postoperative day was required to 2 (10% patients with hypotension episodes and to 1 (4.5% patient with BP elevation. Correction of antihypertensive therapy was required to all patients in LSN group on the day 2, and to 32 (60.4% patients on the 10-th day after the operation. Reduction in the incidence of complications (from 1.2% in 2009 to 0.3% in 2011, p<0.001 was observed during the application of cardiovascular non-invasive complex assessment and preoperative preparation in hypertensive patients.Conclusion. The elaborated management algorithm for patients with concomitant hypertension is recommended to reduce the cardiovascular

  20. ALGORITHM FOR MANAGEMENT OF HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS UNDERWENT UROLOGY INTERVENTIONS

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    S. S. Davydova

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    Full Text Available Aim. To study the efficacy of cardiovascular non-invasive complex assessment and pre-operative preparation in hypertensive patients needed in surgical treatment of urology dis- eases.Material and methods. Males (n=883, aged 40 to 80 years were included into the study. The main group consisted of patients that underwent laparotomic nephrectomy (LTN group; n=96 and patients who underwent laparoscopic nephrectomy (LSN group; n=53. Dynamics of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM data was analyzed in these groups in the immediate postoperative period. The efficacy of a package of non-invasive methods for cardiovascular system assessment was studied. ABPM was performed after nephrectomy (2-nd and 10-th days after surgery in patients with complaints of vertigo episodes or intense general weakness to correct treatment.Results. In LTN group hypotension episodes or blood pressure (BP elevations were observed in 20 (20.8% and 22 (22.9% patients, respectively, on the 2-nd day after the operation. These complications required antihypertensive treatment correction. Patients with hypotension episodes were significantly older than patients with BP elevation and had significantly lower levels of 24-hour systolic BP, night diastolic BP and minimal night systolic BP. Re-adjustment of antihypertensive treatment on the 10-th postoperative day was required to 2 (10% patients with hypotension episodes and to 1 (4.5% patient with BP elevation. Correction of antihypertensive therapy was required to all patients in LSN group on the day 2, and to 32 (60.4% patients on the 10-th day after the operation. Reduction in the incidence of complications (from 1.2% in 2009 to 0.3% in 2011, p<0.001 was observed during the application of cardiovascular non-invasive complex assessment and preoperative preparation in hypertensive patients.Conclusion. The elaborated management algorithm for patients with concomitant hypertension is recommended to reduce the cardiovascular

  1. Ecocardiografía transesofágica en pacientes pediátricos Transesophageal echocardiography in pediatric patients

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    Francisco Javier Ozores Suárez

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    Full Text Available La ecocardiografía transesofágica es un procedimiento semiinvasivo que brinda una segunda ventana para la exploración del corazón. El médico que lo realiza debe recibir formación en ecocardiografía transtorácica y realizar entrenamiento en intubación esofágica. En el paciente pediátrico tiene gran importancia la preparación previa al examen y especialmente los aspectos anestésicos y psicológicos. A los pacientes con peso de 3 kg o más se les colocan sondas pediátricas; por debajo de este peso debe utilizarse sondas de tipo neonatal. La ecocardiografía transesofágica en niños está indicada en el transoperatorio de cirugía cardiovascular e igualmente durante ciertos procedimientos de cateterismo intervencionista y en el diagnóstico de patología cardiovascular cuando hay deficiente ventana acústica transtorácica. Durante la realización de este procedimiento debe monitorizarse al paciente adecuadamente, tener en cuenta las contraindicaciones absolutas para su ejecución y actuar con la gentileza que exige el paciente pediátrico. En Cuba el uso de este proceder está muy poco extendido, por lo que los médicos no se encuentran familiarizados con la técnica. Se hace una revisión de los aspectos relevantes relacionados con este proceder.Transesophageal echocardiography is a semiinvasive procedure offering a second window to heart exploration. The specialist performing it should receive training in transthoracic echocardiography and esophageal intubation. In the pediatric patient, it is very important the preparation previous to the examination and, specially, the anesthetic and psychological aspects. Pediatric probes are used in patients weighing 3 kg or over. Neonatal probes are placed in children under this weight. Transesophageal echocardiography in children is indicated in the transoperative of cardiovascular surgery, and during certain procedures of interventional catheterization as well as in the diagnosis of

  2. Surgical outcomes of patients with superficial esophageal cancer. A comparison between trans-thoracic esophagectomy and trans-hiatal esophagectomy

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    Matsumoto, Hideo; Kubota, Hisako; Murakami, Haruaki

    2010-01-01

    We inspected the feasibility of minimally invasive surgery for superficial esophageal cancer, the trans-hiatal approach without thoracotomy. We examined the surgical outcomes of 33 superficial esophageal cancer whose cancer had invaded the submucosal layer and who underwent resection in our hospital between April 2003 and April 2009. The patients who had tumor invasion of within the sm1 and no metastasis to the upper and middle mediastinum lymph nodes were operated on by the trans-hiatal esophagectomy (THE). The other patients were underwent ordinary trans-thoracic esophagectomy (TTE). After the operations, we recommended adjuvant chemoradiation therapy for all patients whose tumor were histopathologically proved to involve the sm2 layer as well as the vessels and/or lymphatic duct. Of our 33 cases, nine were diagnosed as pM1 or pM2. Two were diagnosed as pM3, one of which had lymph node metastasis. Eleven cases were diagnosed as pSM1, four as pSM2, and seven as pSM3; and lymph node metastasis was observed in 4 pSM1 cases (36%), 2 pSM2 cases (50%) and 5 pSM3 cases (71.4%). The five-year survival rate in all cases was 89.6%. The five-year survival rate by operating method was 100% in THE cases or 80.9% in TTE cases. The rates by tumor depth of invasion was 100% in pM1-2 cases, 92.3% in pM3-SM1 cases and 78.8% in pSM2-3 cases. It is concluded that the surgical outcome of THE in accordance with our indication criteria is equal to that of TTE for superficial esophageal cancer. (author)

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 3-T magnetic resonance for determination of aortic valve area: a comparison to echocardiography.

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    Speiser, Uwe; Quick, Silvio; Haas, David; Youssef, Akram; Waessnig, Nadine K; Ibrahim, Karim; Strasser, Ruth H; Schoen, Steffen

    2014-06-01

    For evaluation of aortic valve area (AVA), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the method of choice. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) at 1.5-Tesla is an alternative. The aim of the study was to check whether quantification of whole range of AVA without severe aortic stenosis is possible and reliable in higher magnetic field strength, and also including a comparison to TTE. In 3-T CMR phase contrast sequences were assessed above aortic valve and left ventricular output tract. AVA was calculated using the continuity equation. Planimetric analysis of AVA was performed in magnitude images. TTE was used as reference method for graduation of AVA. Totally 48 patients (64 ± 18 years) without severe aortic valve stenosis were prospectively enrolled. In CMR planimetric AVA was 2.5 ± 1.3 cm(2) and calculated AVA 2.4 ± 1.3 cm(2), whereas AVA in TTE was 1.9 ± 1.1 cm(2). Planimetric and calculated AVA in CMR and also AVA in CMR and TTE showed good correlation (r = 0.97, 0.92, respectively). Bland-Altman analysis demonstrated no signs of over- or underestimation. Inter- and intraobserver variabilities were low. Determination of AVA using 3-T CMR is possible using direct planimetry and continuity equation. CMR is the alternative first choice method in cases with discrepant or insufficient echocardiographic results.

  7. Comparison of exercise stress testing with dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise technetium-99m isonitrile single photon emission computerized tomography for diagnosis of coronary artery disease

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    Oguzhan, A.; Kisacik, H.L.; Ozdemir, K.

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    To compare the value of exercise electrocardiography with dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise technetium-99m isonitrile single-photon emission computed tomography for coronary artery disease, 70 patients with either suspected or proven coronary artery disease underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography, exercise technetium-99m isonitrile single-photon emission computed tomography (mibi-SPECT) and treadmill exercise electrocardiography (ECG). Dobutamine echocardiography and exercise mibi-SPECT revealed a higher overall sensitivity than exercise testing (90 vs 57%, p 0.05; 90 and 62% p<0.05, respectively) but the difference between dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise mibi-SPECT was not statistically significant. Diagnostic accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise mibi-SPECT was higher than that of exercise testing (90 vs 59%, p<0.001; 89 vs 59%, p<0.001, respectively). Dobutamine stress echocardiography and exercise mibi-SPECT have superiority over exercise testing in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and dobutamine stress echocardiography is an alternative for exercise mibi-SPECT. (author)

  8. Implementation of the stress echocardiography in an echocardiographic laboratory

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    Solis Brizuela, Felix

    2013-01-01

    The logistics for the implementation of the stress echocardiography is defined with based on current recommendations, for an echocardiography laboratory. The protocols established to perform the studies and procedures of this diagnostic method are exposed. The elementary conditions to realize with safety the stress echocardiography are established. Recent literature on the evaluation of new echocardiographic techniques is reviewed to determine their usefulness in stress testing. The assessment of stress echocardiography is developed. The stress echocardiography has been the procedure with high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease [es

  9. Frequency of Helicobacter pylori in patients underwent endoscopy

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate thefrequency of Helicobacter pylori in patients underwent endoscopyeastern Anatolia.Materials and methods: The patients whose endoscopicantral biopsies were taken for any reason in our endoscopyunit in February-June 2010 period were includedand retrospectively investigated. The frequency of Helicobacterpylori was determined as separating the patientsaccording to general, sex and the age groups. Antral biopsieswere stained with hematoxylin-eosin and modified giemsamethod and examined under light microscope andreported as (+ mild, (++ moderate, (+++ severe positiveaccording to their intensities.Results: Biopsy specimens of 1298 patients were includedinto the study. The mean age was 47.5 ± 17.5 years(range 14-88 and 607 of these patients (47% were male.Histopathological evaluation revealed that, 918 of the patientswere (71% positive and 379 (29% were negativefor Helicobacter pylori. Approximately 60% of our patientshad mild, 29% had moderate and 11% had severe positivityfor Helicobacter pylori. No significant difference wasfound in the frequency of Helicobacter pylori betweenwomen and men. The frequencies of Helicobacter pyloriwere 73.2%, 71.5%, 68.6% and 70.4%, respectively, inthe age groups of 14-30 years, 31-45 years, 46-60 yearsand 61-88 years.Conclusion: The frequency of Helicobacter pylori was71% in Eastern Anatolia Region. No statistically significantdifference was found between genders and agegroups in term of the frequency of Helicobacter pylori.

  10. Sensibility and specificity of the stress echocardiography with Dobutamine for the detection of coronary disease

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    Senior, Juan Manuel; Escobar, Carlos Ignacio; Jaramillo, Mario and others

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    Dobutamine stress echocardiography has become a useful method for detecting coronary artery disease in the high prevalence population. The reported sensitivity varies between 76-90% and the specificity between 60-95%. 60-95% there have been few reports regarding sensitivity and specificity among our population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity of dopamine stress echocardiography in a population with a high probability of coronary disease. This was a randomized retrospective-prospective study. Between February 1 of 1998 and February 1 of 1999. 409 patients underwent dopamine stress echocardiography and were analyzed according to established protocol. The Dobutamine stress echocardiography as well as the angiography was checked in a blind form by one of the participating researchers trained in those procedures. The diagnostic concordance was found to be greater than 90%. Significant coronary disease was considered to be present in those cases in which there was severe stenosis greater than 50% in a major epicardial artery or greater than 40 % in the left main artery. Coronary arteriography was performed within three months of Dobutamine stress echocardiography imaging. A sixteen-segment model was used as the index for the evaluation of systolic wall thickening and the results were classified as follows: normal (l), ischemia (ll), fixed abnormality (lll) and mixed (lV). 409 patients with an average age of 62.8 +/- 12) were included in the study at random. Six patients with mediocre technical examinations were excluded. 47 % were male. 29% had a history of myocardial infarction, 35 % had a history of arterial hypertension and 10% had diabetes mellitus. The average ejection fraction was 54 +/- 13%. The examination was prescribed in order to detect the presence of ischemia in 95.8% of the cases and as part of preoperative evaluation in 4.2 %. There were adverse effects in 40% of the cases; 15% of these were systemic and 25 % cardiac. The test was

  11. 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.; Chambers, J.; Roxburgh, J.C.

    2004-01-01

    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 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 NH 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.)

  12. Discrepant Measurements of Maximal Left Ventricular Wall Thickness Between Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Echocardiography in Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

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    Hindieh, Waseem; Weissler-Snir, Adaya; Hammer, Helene; Adler, Arnon; Rakowski, Harry; Chan, Raymond H

    2017-08-01

    We sought to compare maximal left ventricular (LV) wall thickness (WT) measurements as obtained by routine clinical practice between echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and document causes of discrepancy. One-hundred and ninety-five patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (median age, 52.8±15.1 years) who underwent echocardiography and CMR imaging within 6 months (median, 41 days; interquartile range, 16-97 days) were included. LVWT was assessed in parasternal long and short axis by 2-dimensional echocardiography and in short axis by CMR. By Bland-Altman plot, mean maximal LVWT difference between echocardiography and CMR was 0.5 mm (95% confidence interval, -6.9, 7.8) with equal distribution of discrepancy along the full range of LVWT. Ninety-seven patients (49.7%) were identified to have intermodal measurement discrepancies ≥10%. In 7 patients (7.2%), reported measurement by CMR was inaccurate because of interpretation error. In 90 patients (92.8%), echocardiography underestimated (n=32; 33.0%) or overestimated (n=58; 59.8%) maximal LVWT. Underestimation was because of focal LV hypertrophy (n=10; 10.3%) or poor acoustic windows (n=22; 22.7%) while overestimation resulted from inclusion of right ventricular myocardium (n=37; 38.1%), LV trabeculations (n=5; 5.2%), papillary muscle (n=3; 3.1%), and apical-septal bundle (n=1; 1.0%), as well as imaging plane obliquity (n=7; 12.5%). In 31 (15.9%) patients, measurement discrepancy occurred at diagnostic or prognostic cut-offs. Although maximal LVWT by echocardiography in general measured similar to CMR, discordance because of limitations in echocardiography technique was present in a significant subset of patients. As measurement of LVWT impacts diagnosis and sudden death management, CMR should be considered as part of routine evaluation of all patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. 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. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Three-dimensional echocardiography in valve disease

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    Cesare Fiorentini

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available 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. (Heart International 2007; 3: 35-41

  15. Echocardiography diagnosis of myocardial infarction complications

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    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.

  16. Stress echocardiography: personnel and technical equipment.

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    Ketteler, T; Krahwinkel, W; Gödke, J; Wolfertz, J; Scheuble, L; Hoffmeister, T; Gülker, H

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    In recent years, stress echocardiography has gained broad acceptance as a non-invasive method for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Facing different protocols, dosages and instrumentation, official guidelines for the performance, standardization and quality control of stress echocardiograms are needed; however, so far they are not available. This paper recommends the type of personnel and technical equipment needed for stress echocardiography laboratories, based on experience gained during more than 2000 stress echocardiographic procedures. To perform stress echocardiography, a cardiologist and a technical assistant--both well trained over a large number of tests--should be involved. The laboratory must have basic equipment such as a 12-lead ECG, blood pressure monitoring capacity, a treadmill or bicycle for ergometry, a precision intravenous delivery system for pharmacological stress testing as well as an adequate echo table; additionally, emergency equipment is mandatory. The ultrasound machine should contain transducers with high 2-D resolution; most important is a digital image acquisition system which facilitates performance and interpretation through side-by-side display of synchronized rest and stress images. Finally, there is a need for proper patient preparation and the obtaining of informed consent.

  17. Analysis of diagnositc accuracy with CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic lung biopsy for pulmonary lesions

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    Wang Haiyan; Zhuang Yiping; Zhang Jin; Feng Yong; Zhang Xiao; Xu Lin

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the factors which may affect the diagnostic accmracy of CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic lung biopsy for pulmonary lesions. Methods: CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic lung biopsy was performed in 264 patients, all of which were proved by surgical pathology or clinical follow-up. A logistic regression analysis was used to investigate the relationship between the location and the size of the lesions and insertion depth of biopsy needles and the diagnostic accuracy of CT-guided percutaneous transthomcic lung biopsy. The complication rate including pneumatothorax and bleeding rate were record. Results: The diagnostic accuracy was 87.5%. Both the pneumothorax and the bleeding of lesion were 1.9%. The size of lesion was suggested by Logistic regression analysis had a significant influence on the diagnostic accuracy (Wald=12.891, P=0.00034, OR=0.96). Conclusion: CT-guided pereumneous transthoracic lung biopsy has a high diagnostic accuracy for pulmonary lesions. The size of the lesions had significant effect on the diagnostic accuracy. (authors)

  18. [Ridge regression analysis of pulmonary infection rate after transthoracic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer].

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    Wang, Li-jun; Gu, Lian-bing; Jiang, Da-ming; Gao, Rong; Xu, Ze-ping; Wan, Mei-fang; Lu, Zhen

    2012-05-22

    To identify the influencing factors of pulmonary infections after transthoracic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. A retrospective review of 349 patients undergoing transthoracic esophagectomy at our hospital for esophageal cancer was performed between January and December 2009. The postoperative pneumonia rate was examined and 26 perioperative factors possibly affecting the postoperative respiratory complications were collected. Ridge regression modeling was performed to determine if a significant association existed between perioperative factors and postoperative pneumonia. The postoperative pneumonia rate of all patients was 27.8%. Eight perioperative factors were found to have affected significantly the postoperative respiratory complications. The influencing factors included (according to contribution): patient control epidural analgesia (PCEA), diabetes, general anesthesia plus epidural analgesia, other postoperative complications, one lung ventilation (OLV), transfusion volume of red blood cells (RBC), body mass index (BMI) and age. The major influencing factors of pulmonary infection after transthoracic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer are PCEA, diabetes, general anesthesia plus epidural analgesia, other postoperative complications, OLV, transfusion volume of RBC, BMI and age.

  19. Assessment of atrial fibrillation and vulnerability in patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography.

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

  20. Transthoracic device closure of ventricular septal defects without cardiopulmonary bypass: experience in infants weighting less than 8 kg.

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    Xing, Quansheng; Wu, Qin; Pan, Silin; Ren, Yueyi; Wan, Hao

    2011-09-01

    Both surgical and percutaneous device closure of ventricular septal defect (VSD) have drawbacks and limitations in infants. We report our experiences and midterm results of transthoracic device closure of VSDs (TDCVs) without cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in infants. Between September 2007 and September 2009, 32 patients, with a mean age of 7.2 ± 4.7 months, body weight of 6.8 ± 2.8 kg, underwent this procedure. The procedure was performed in the operating room. A small subxiphoid incision was made. A purse-string suture was placed on the right ventricular free wall. The free wall was punctured using a trocar, then a guide wire was inserted and advanced to cross the VSD into the left ventricle under transesophageal echocardiographic guidance. A modified delivery sheath was then introduced over the guide wire. The device was delivered and deployed in position along the sheath to close the defect. A total of 30 cases (94%) were successfully closed, and the remaining two cases (6%) were converted to open heart repair. No patients received transfusion. There was no perioperative mortality, or any major complication. The mean size of the devices was 7.6 ± 3.4mm. The total operative time was less than 60 min, and the mean time for device implantation was 18.3 ± 9.4 min. All patients were extubated within 2h, and were discharged within 5 days after operation. The follow-up period ranged from 6 to 31 months (18.3 ± 9.6 months). There was no late major complication detected. Minimally invasive TDCV without CPB is a safe and effective alternative to the conventional operation in low-body-weight infants. Copyright © 2010 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Endoscopic Transthoracic Limited Sympathotomy for Palmar-Plantar Hyperhidrosis: Outcomes and Complications During a 10-Year Period

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    Atkinson, John L. D.; Fode-Thomas, Nicolee C.; Fealey, Robert D.; Eisenach, John H.; Goerss, Stephan J.

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To review surgical results of endoscopic transthoracic limited sympathotomy for palmar-plantar hyperhidrosis during the past decade. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 155 consecutive patients who underwent surgery from June 30, 2000, through December 31, 2009, for medically refractory palmar-plantar hyperhidrosis using a technique of T1-T2 sympathotomy disconnection, designed for successful palmar response and minimization of complications. RESULTS: Of the 155 patients, 44 (28.4%) were male, and 111 (71.6%) were female; operative times averaged 38 minutes. No patient experienced Horner syndrome, intercostal neuralgia, or pneumothorax. The only surgical complication was hemothorax in 2 patients (1.3%); in 1 patient, it occurred immediately postoperatively and in the other patient, 10 days postoperatively; treatment in both patients was successful. All 155 patients had successful (warm and dry) palmar responses at discharge. Long-term follow-up (>3 months; mean, 40.2 months) was obtained for 148 patients (95.5%) with the following responses to surgery: 96.6% of patients experienced successful control of palmar sweating; 69.2% of patients experienced decreased axillary sweating; and 39.8% of patients experienced decreased plantar sweating. At follow-up, 5 patients had palmar sweating (3 patients, hyperhidrosis did not occur in 47 patients (31.7%); it was mild in 92 patients (62.2%), moderate in 7 patients (4.7%), and severe in 2 patients (1.3%). CONCLUSION: In this series, a small-diameter uniportal approach has eliminated intercostal neuralgia. Selecting a T1-T2 sympathotomy yields an excellent palmar response, with a very low severe compensatory hyperhidrosis complication rate. The low failure rate was noted during 18 months of follow-up and suggests that longer follow-up is necessary in these patients. PMID:21803954

  2. Evaluation of chronic infectious interstitial pulmonary disease in children by low-dose CT-guided transthoracic lung biopsy

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    Heyer, Christoph M.; Lemburg, Stefan P.; Kagel, Thomas; Nicolas, Volkmar [Ruhr-University of Bochum, Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, BG Clinics Bergmannsheil, Bochum (Germany); Mueller, Klaus-Michael [Ruhr-University of Bochum, Institute of Pathology, BG Clinics Bergmannsheil, Bochum (Germany); Nuesslein, Thomas G.; Rieger, Christian H.L. [Ruhr-University of Bochum, Pediatric Hospital, Bochum (Germany)

    2005-07-01

    Children with chronic infectious interstitial lung disease often have to undergo open lung biopsy to establish a final diagnosis. Open lung biopsy is an invasive procedure with major potential complications. Transthoracic lung biopsy (TLB) guided by computed tomography (CT) is a less-invasive well-established procedure in adults. Detailing the role of low-dose CT-guided TLB in the enhanced diagnosis of chronic lung diseases related to infection in children. A group of 11 children (age 8 months to 16 years) underwent CT-guided TLB with a 20-gauge biopsy device. All investigations were done under general anaesthesia on a multidetector CT scanner (SOMATOM Volume Zoom, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany) using a low-dose protocol (single slices, 120 kV, 20 mAs). Specimens were processed by histopathological, bacteriological, and virological techniques. All biopsies were performed without major complications; one child developed a small pneumothorax that resolved spontaneously. A diagnosis could be obtained in 10 of the 11 patients. Biopsy specimens revealed chronic interstitial alveolitis in ten patients. In five patients Chlamydia pneumoniae PCR was positive, in three Mycoplasma pneumoniae PCR was positive, and in two Cytomegalovirus PCR was positive. The average effective dose was 0.83 mSv. Low-dose CT-guided TLB can be a helpful tool in investigating chronic infectious inflammatory processes in children with minimal radiation exposure. It should be considered prior to any open surgical procedure performed for biopsy alone. In our patient group no significant complication occurred. A disadvantage of the method is that it does not allow smaller airways and vessels to be assessed. (orig.)

  3. Complication of hybrid treatment in type B aortic dissection diagnosed by echocardiography.

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    Weber, Thaís Rossoni; Hotta, Viviane Tiemi; Rochitte, Carlos Eduardo; Staszko, Kamila Fernanda; Dias, Ricardo Ribeiro; Mady, Charles

    2017-05-01

    This case illustrates an unusual and fatal complication after endovascular treatment of type B aortic dissection and highlights the role of echocardiography in the early diagnosis of complications. In this case, a patient with previous diagnosis of chronic type B aortic dissection and moderate aortic regurgitation underwent endovascular repair of the proximal descending aorta and conservative surgical correction of the aortic valve. On early postoperative, a transesophageal echocardiogram and aortic angiotomography demonstrated proximal endoleak by contrast extravasation around the proximal graft attachment site, causing compression of the stent in its middle portion, resulting in narrowing with reduced cross-sectional area. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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

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    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.

  5. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2014-01-01

    Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/critical care practitioner. Currently, there is a lack of specific European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging/Acute Cardiovascular Care Association recommendations for the use...... 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....

  6. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/critical care practitioner. Currently, there is a lack of specific European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging/Acute Cardiovascular Care Association recommendations for the use...... 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....

  7. Recent advances in echocardiography for nuclear medicine physician

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    Hong, Geu Ru; Shin, Dong Gu

    2005-01-01

    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

  8. The use of echocardiography in acute cardiovascular care

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Price, Susanna; Edvardsen, Thor

    2015-01-01

    Echocardiography is one of the most powerful diagnostic and monitoring tools available to the modern emergency/ critical care practitioner. Currently, there is a lack of specific European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging/Acute Cardiovascular Care Association recommendations for the use...... 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....

  9. A study on maternal-fetal attachment in pregnant women undergoing fetal echocardiography

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    Concetta Polizzi

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To investigate the possible effects of the fetal echocardiography experience on the prenatal attachment process. The predictive effect of specific women’s psychological variables will be explored as well.Design and methods: This between groups study involved 85 women with pregnancy at risk who underwent the fetal echocardiography, and 83 women who were about to undergo the morphological scan. The tools employed were: the Prenatal Attachment Inventory (P.A.I. to explore the maternal-fetal attachment; the Maternity Social Support Scale to investigate the woman perception of being socially supported during pregnancy; both the Big Five Questionnaire and the FACES III to explore the personality traits of pregnant women and their perception of their couple relationship functioning.Findings: The outcomes of ANOVA do not show statistically significant differences between the two groups of the mothers-to-be with regard to the scores of the P.A.I. (F = .017; p = .897; η2 = .000, while the regression analysis of the possible effect of the maternal psychological variables on the mother-fetus relationship shows a statistically significant result only with regard to the “social support” variable (r2 = .061; df = 80; p = .025.Conclusions: It would seem that the process of the prenatal attachment develops independently whether the woman has to undergo a first level screening or a second level examination such as the fetal echocardiography.

  10. Ablation lesions in Koch's triangle assessed by three-dimensional myocardial contrast echocardiography

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    Cate Folkert

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE allows visualization of radiofrequency (RF ablation lesions in the left ventricle in an animal model. Aim: To test whether MCE allows visualization of RF and cryo ablation lesions in the human right atrium using three-dimensional echocardiography. Methods 18 patients underwent catheter ablation of a supraventricular tachycardia and were included in this prospective single-blind study. Twelve patients were ablated inside Koch's triangle and 6, who served as controls, outside this area. Three-dimensional echocardiography of Koch's triangle was performed before and after the ablation procedure in all patients, using respiration and ECG gated pullback of a 9 MHz ICE transducer, with and without continuous intravenous echocontrast infusion (SonoVue, Bracco. Two independent observers analyzed the data off-line. Results MCE identified ablation lesions as a low contrast area within the normal atrial myocardial tissue. Craters on the endocardial surface were seen in 10 (83% patients after ablation. Lesions were identified in 11 out of 12 patients (92%. None of the control patients were recognized as having been ablated. The confidence score of the independent echo reviewer tended to be higher when the number of applications increased. Conclusions 1. MCE allows direct visualization of ablation lesions in the human atrial myocardium. 2. Both RF and cryo energy lesions can be identified using MCE.

  11. Multi-parametric quantification of tricuspid regurgitation using cardiovascular magnetic resonance: A comparison to echocardiography

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    Medvedofsky, Diego [Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Jimenez, Javier Leon [Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Huelva, Huelva (Spain); Addetia, Karima; Singh, Amita; Lang, Roberto M. [Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Mor-Avi, Victor, E-mail: vmoravi@bsd.uchicago.edu [Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Patel, Amit R. [Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States)

    2017-01-15

    Background: Velocity-encoding is used to quantify tricuspid regurgitation (TR) by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), but requires additional dedicated imaging. We hypothesized that size and signal intensity (SI) of the cross-sectional TR jet area in the right atrium in short-axis steady-state free-precession images could be used to assess TR severity. Methods: We studied 61 patients with TR, who underwent CMR and echocardiography within 24 h. TR severity was determined by vena contracta: severe (N = 20), moderate or mild (N = 41). CMR TR jet area and normalized SI were measured in the plane and frame that depicted maximum area. ROC analysis was performed in 21/61 patients to determine diagnostic accuracy of differentiating degrees of TR. Optimal cutoffs were independently tested in the remaining 40 patients. Results: Measurable regions of signal loss depicting TR jets were noted in 51/61 patients, while 9/10 remaining patients had mild TR by echocardiography. With increasing TR severity, jet area significantly increased (15 ± 14 to 38 ± 20 mm{sup 2}), while normalized SI decreased (57 ± 27 to 23 ± 11). ROC analysis showed high AUC values in the derivation group and good accuracy in the test group. Conclusion: TR can be quantified from short-axis CMR images in agreement with echocardiography, while circumventing additional image acquisition.

  12. Diagnostic value of exercise stress testing, dipyridamole stress-echocardiography and perfusion stress-scintigraphy for identification of coronary artery disease in women

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    Debnath, S.; Tyrnovska-Kydreva, R.; Khalacheva, S.; Radoslavova, R.; Stoyanova, N.; Draganov, T.; Elenkova, A.; Garcheva, M.; Shejretova, E.

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    To compare the value of exercise stress testing (EST), dipyridamole stress echocardiography and 99m Tc-methoxy-isobutyl-isonitrile (MIBI)-planer scintigraphy, 75 female patients with angina pectoris who underwent coronary angiography were studied. Significant (≥50% stenosis) coronary artery disease (CAD) was present in 38 of the patients. EST was performed in all of the patients but dipyridamole echocardiography and MIBI-planer scintigraphy - in 36 of them (22 with and 14 without CAD). Compared with dipyridamole echocardiography, EST and MIBI-planer scintigraphy had a significantly higher sensitivity (74% vs 45%, p<0.01 and 82% vs 45%, p<0.01, respectively). There was no significant difference in sensitivity between EST and MIBI-planer scintigraphy. Dipyridamole echocardiography and MIBI-planer scintigraphy showed a higher specificity than EST (93% vs 54%, p<0.01 and 93% vs 54%, p<0.01, respectively). Diagnostic accuracy of MIBI-planer scintigraphy was higher than that of dipyridamole echocardiography and EST (86% vs 64%, p<0.05 and 86 vs 64%, p<0.01, respectively). Thus, MIBI-planer scintigraphy appears to be superior to EST and dipyridamole echocardiography for the evaluation of CAD in symptomatic women. 20 refs., 2 tabs. (author)

  13. Quantitative assessment of primary mitral regurgitation using left ventricular volumes obtained with new automated three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiographic software: A comparison with 3-Tesla cardiac magnetic resonance.

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    Levy, Franck; Marechaux, Sylvestre; Iacuzio, Laura; Schouver, Elie Dan; Castel, Anne Laure; Toledano, Manuel; Rusek, Stephane; Dor, Vincent; Tribouilloy, Christophe; Dreyfus, Gilles

    2018-03-30

    Quantitative assessment of primary mitral regurgitation (MR) using left ventricular (LV) volumes obtained with three-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (3D TTE) recently showed encouraging results. Nevertheless, 3D TTE is not incorporated into everyday practice, as current LV chamber quantification software products are time consuming. To investigate the accuracy and reproducibility of new automated fast 3D TTE software (HeartModel A.I. ; Philips Healthcare, Andover, MA, USA) for the quantification of LV volumes and MR severity in patients with isolated degenerative primary MR; and to compare regurgitant volume (RV) obtained with 3D TTE with a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) reference. Fifty-three patients (37 men; mean age 64±12 years) with at least mild primary isolated MR, and having comprehensive 3D TTE and CMR studies within 24h, were eligible for inclusion. MR RV was calculated using the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method and the volumetric method (total LV stroke volume minus aortic stroke volume) with either CMR or 3D TTE. Inter- and intraobserver reproducibility of 3D TTE was excellent (coefficient of variation≤10%) for LV volumes. MR RV was similar using CMR and 3D TTE (57±23mL vs 56±28mL; P=0.22), but was significantly higher using the PISA method (69±30mL; PTTE). The PISA method consistently overestimated MR RV compared with CMR (bias 12±21mL), while no significant bias was found between 3D TTE and CMR (bias 2±14mL). Concordance between echocardiography and CMR was higher using 3D TTE MR grading (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC]=0.89) than with PISA MR grading (ICC=0.78). Complete agreement with CMR grading was more frequent with 3D TTE than with the PISA method (76% vs 63%). 3D TTE RV assessment using the new generation of automated software correlates well with CMR in patients with isolated degenerative primary MR. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  14. Assessment of image quality in real time three-dimensional dobutamine stress echocardiography: an integrated 2D/3D approach.

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    Johri, Amer M; Chitty, David W; Hua, Lanqi; Marincheva, Gergana; Picard, Michael H

    2015-03-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) stress echocardiography is a relatively new technique offering the potential to acquire images of the entire left ventricle from 1 or 2 transducer positions in a time-efficient manner. Relative to two-dimensional (2D) imaging, the ability to quickly acquire full volume images during peak stress with 3D echocardiography can eliminate left ventricular (LV) foreshortening while reducing inter-operator variability. Our objectives were to (1) determine the practicality of a novel integrated 2D/3D stress protocol in incorporating 3D imaging into a standard 2D stress echocardiogram and (2) to determine whether the quality of imaging using the novel 2D/3D protocol was sufficient for interpretation. Twenty-five patients referred for stress echocardiography underwent an integrated 2D/3D image acquisition protocol. LV segments were scored from 0 (absent or no clear endocardial visualization) to 3 (excellent/full visualization of endocardial border) with each modality. 2D segment quality scoring was compared with 3D. An integrated score was compared with either 2D or 3D imaging alone. Two-dimensional and 3D imaging were optimal for differing segments and the integrated protocol was superior to either modality alone. 3D imaging was superior in visualizing the anterior and anterolateral region of the base segments, compared to 2D imaging. 3D imaging was less useful for the base, the mid-inferior, and the inferoseptal segments, thus emphasizing the need to retain 2D imaging in stress echocardiography at this time. The integrated 2D/3D protocol approach to stress echocardiography is technically feasible and maximizes image quality of dobutamine stress echocardiography, improving patient assessment. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. 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.

  16. Evaluation of prosthetic heart valves by transesophageal echocardiography: problems, pitfalls, and timing of echocardiography

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    van den Brink, Renee B. A.

    2006-01-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is especially suitable for examination of prosthetic valves because of the proximity of the esophagus to the heart and absence of interference with lungs and ribs. This article reviews normal and abnormal morphologic characteristics of prosthetic valves such as

  17. 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.

  18. Myocardial perfusion SPECT for assessment of left ventricular function and volume- comparison with echocardiography

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    Cheng Xu; Huang Gang

    2004-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate left ventricular volume and function by gated SPECT and comparison of the results with echocardiography. Methods: 65 Consecutive patients (49 male, 16 female; mean age 61+11 years) who underwent both gated 99m Tc-MIBI myocardial perfusion SPECT and echocardiography within a 15 days period were included in the study. Exclusion criteria were any change in clinical status between acquisition of the gated SPECT and echocardiography studies, acute myocardial infarction occurring less than 7 days before study, and surgical procedures occurring within 30 days of the study. The clinical diagnosis of each patient was not considered, as this was not relevant to the purpose of the study. The diagnoses were as follows: coronary artery disease (n=46), hypertensive heart disease (n=8), old myocardial infarction (n=5), myocarditis (n=2), and routine medical examination(n=4). A dose of 740 MBq of 99 Tc m -sestamibi was administered in resting condition. Gated SPECT images were obtained with ADAC Vertex MCD-AC SPECT system. The raw projection images were reconstructed with filtered back-projection (ramp filter), without attenuation correction. The data, including left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), end-diastolic volume (EDV), end-systolic volume (ESV) were obtained using AUTOQUANT software (ADAC corporation). The echocardiography study used its standard techniques. Two nuclear medicine physicians processed the raw images respectively to evaluate internal reproducibility of gated SPECT. In order to compare the results of gated SPECT with echocardiography on different left ventricular volumes, all patients were divided into two groups (EDV 90 ml, n=34) based by EDV measurements in echocardiography. Results: The correlation coefficient of LVEF, EDV, ESV between SPECT and echocardiography were 0.77, 0.86 and 0.90 respectively. P 0.07). The reproducibility of gated SPECT was excellent. There were no significant differences in

  19. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has limited additional yield in cryptogenic stroke evaluation after transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Liberman, Ava L; Kalani, Rizwan E; Aw-Zoretic, Jessie; Sondag, Matthew; Daruwalla, Vistasp J; Mitter, Sumeet S; Bernstein, Richard; Collins, Jeremy D; Prabhakaran, Shyam

    2017-12-01

    Background The use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is increasing, but its role in the diagnostic work-up following ischemic stroke has received limited study. We aimed to explore the added yield of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to identify cardio-aortic sources not detected by transesophageal echocardiography among patients with cryptogenic stroke. Methods A retrospective single-center cohort study was performed from 01 January 2009 to 01 March 2013. Consecutive patients who had both a stroke protocol cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and a transesophageal echocardiography preformed during a single hospitalization were included. All cardiac magnetic resonance imaging studies underwent independent, blinded review by two investigators. We applied the causative classification system for ischemic stroke to all patients, first blinded to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging results; we then reapplied the causative classification system using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Standard statistical tests to evaluate stroke subtype reclassification rates were used. Results Ninety-three patients were included in the final analysis; 68.8% were classified as cryptogenic stroke after initial diagnostic evaluation. Among patients with cryptogenic stroke, five (7.8%) were reclassified due to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging findings: one was reclassified as "cardio-aortic embolism evident" due to the presence of a patent foramen ovale and focal cardiac infarct and four were reclassified as "cardio-aortic embolism possible" due to mitral valve thickening (n = 1) or hypertensive cardiomyopathy (n = 3). Overall, findings on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging reduced the percentage of patients with cryptogenic stroke by slightly more than 1%. Conclusion Our stroke subtype reclassification rate after the addition of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging results to a diagnostic work-up which includes transesophageal echocardiography was very low. Prospective studies

  20. Life-threatening complication of percutaneous transthoracic fine-needle aspiration biopsy: systemic arterial air embolism.

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    Olgun, Deniz Cebi; Samanci, Cesur; Ergin, Ayse Seda; Akman, Canan

    2015-02-01

    Computed tomography-guided percutaneous transthoracic fine-needle aspiration biopsy of lung lesions is a well known diagnostic technique. Nevertheless, it has some complications; such as pneumothorax, intraparenchymal hemorrhage and hemoptysis, which are not rare. Air embolism is one of the rare but potentially fetal complications of this procedure. Herein, we report the case of a 69-year-old male, in which case of systemic air embolism developed after the performance of lung biopsy. Early diagnosis and prompt oxygen therapy is crucial for patient's survival so careful reviewing of the obtained computed tomography images during the biopsy may prevent a missing systemic air embolism and provide an adequate therapy.

  1. Echocardiography in the intensive care unit: from evolution to revolution?

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    Vieillard-Baron, Antoine; Slama, Michel; Cholley, Bernard; Janvier, Gérard; Vignon, Philippe

    2008-02-01

    Over recent decades, echocardiography has become a pivotal diagnostic tool for the assessment of patients with hemodynamic compromise in general intensive care units (ICUs). In addition to its imaging capability, echocardiography provides a detailed cardiovascular assessment, based on the combination of real-time two-dimensional evaluation of cardiac structure and function and hemodynamic information provided by Doppler measurement of blood flow velocity. However, despite its ease of use, portability and accuracy, the diffusion of echocardiography among ICUs has been limited by various factors. We discuss here the main reasons for the slow acceptance by the critical care community of echocardiography as a first-line diagnostic tool for the evaluation of hemodynamically unstable patients. One of these reasons is probably the absence, in most countries, of a training program in echocardiography specifically dedicated to intensivists. We report recent French experience in the organization of specific echocardiographic certification aimed at intensivists and anesthesiologists. We strongly believe that a broader use of echocardiography would be beneficial in terms of diagnostic capability and patient management. Therefore, we would like to involve colleagues from other countries and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine in defining the objectives of echocardiography training for intensivists and in organizing postgraduate courses and training programs aimed at developing the use of echocardiography in ICUs. This would allow the current "evolution" in mentalities to become a true "revolution" in our daily practice.

  2. Contrast echocardiography: history, micro bubble characteristics and instrumental techniques

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    Cubides, Carlos; Restrepo, Gustavo; Aristizabal, Dagnovar; Munera, Ana

    2006-01-01

    This article describes the history of contrast echocardiography, the physical characteristics of the contrast agent's micro bubbles, the main instrumental tools (mechanical index, focus and focusing, frame rate), and the echocardiography techniques (second harmonic imaging, fusion harmonic, power pulse inversion imaging, triggered imaging, intermittent harmonic power Doppler, color power angio and acoustic densitometry), actually available for clinical use

  3. Echocardiography in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching ...

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    Subjects had two dimensional and M-mode echocardiography assessment using a Siemens Sonoline SL 1 machine with a 3.5 MHz sector probe. Results: One hundred and forty one subjects aged between 16-84 years with a mean age of 44.2 ± 11.5 years had echocardiography assessment over the three year period.

  4. 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...

  5. An echocardiography audit to determine and characterise rheumatic ...

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    Introduction: Rheumatic heart disease is still a common problem in Zimbabwe. It has a significant mortality rate due to heart failure, stroke or endocarditis. Timely surgical interventions can reduce mortality. An echocardiography audit was performed to determine the proportion of patients referred for echocardiography who ...

  6. Implementation of real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography for mitral balloon valvuloplasty.

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    Eng, Marvin H; Salcedo, Ernesto E; Kim, Michael; Quaife, Robert A; Carroll, John D

    2013-11-15

    Transthoracic (TTE) and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) have both been established as modalities for imaging guidance in mitral balloon valvuloplasty (MBV). Real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (RT3D-TEE) improves depth resolution, characterization of pathology and visualization of interventional catheters and devices. Three-dimensional imaging should enhance catheter navigation but improvements in procedural outcomes are not easily quantified. Using time from transseptal puncture to balloon inflation, procedure time and radiation exposure as surrogates for improvements linked to image guidance, we describe our early experience in implementing RT3D-TEE during MBV, a prototypical left-sided structural intervention. Using a dedicated interventional procedures database, we reviewed the clinical and procedural variables of 70 consecutive cases of MBV utilizing either RT3D-TEE or TTE combined with ICE from 12/2004 to 4/2009. The clinical characteristics of both groups were well matched and there was no difference in mean gradient reduction or complication rates. Fluoroscopy times (TTE/ICE 26.7 ± 5.6 min. vs. RT3D-TEE 23.3 ± 6 min. P = 0.02) and radiation dose-area product (TTE/ICE 216.2 ± 96.6 vs. RT3D-TEE 171.5 ± 63.9) were lower with the RT3D-TEE cohort. Time from 1st transseptal puncture attempt to 1st balloon inflation was found to be lower in the RT-3DTEE cohort (TTE/ICE 36 ± 8 min vs. 28 ± 8 min P <0.01) CONCLUSION: RT3D-TEE is associated with expedited transseptal puncture and balloon catheter navigation as reflected in the decreased transseptal to balloon time. RT3D-TEE is associated with less reliance on fluoroscopic navigation as compared to using TTE/ICE. This series demonstrates the feasibility and advantages of implementing RT3D-TEE for MBV. Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. 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

    2014-09-01

    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

  8. 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

  9. 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

    2012-10-01

    To review the updated research progress about the application of echocardiography in resynchronization treatment of chronic heart failure patients. The data used in this review were from PubMed, published in English and using the key terms "heart failure", "echocardiography" and "cardiac resynchronization therapy". Relevant articles were reviewed and selected to address the stated purpose. 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. 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.

  10. MODERN POSSIBILITIES OF SPECKLE TRACKING ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

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    V. S. Nikiforov

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    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. Basics of Functional Echocardiography in Children and Neonates

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    Cécile Tissot

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    Full Text Available Functional echocardiography has become an invaluable tool in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit. “Point-of-care,” “target,” or “focus” echocardiography allows bedside cardiac ultrasound evaluation of the hemodynamic status of the patient, helps in directing treatment, thus improves patients care. In order to be able to perform functional echocardiography, it is essential to understand the principles of ultrasound, to know the echocardiographic equipment and settings necessary to acquire the images. This article focuses therefore on the basics of cardiac ultrasound. It is meant to give an overview of two-dimensional echocardiographic views, M-mode imaging and Doppler echocardiography for neonatologists and pediatric intensivists. It is richly illustrated for better understanding with some examples of clinical applications of functional echocardiography in the intensive care setting.

  12. Systematic review of cardiac output measurements by echocardiography vs. thermodilution

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    Wetterslev, Mik; Møller-Sørensen, Hasse; Johansen, Rasmus Rothmann

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: Echocardiography is frequently used in the hemodynamic evaluation of critically ill patients, but inaccurate measurements may lead to wrong clinical decisions. The aim of our systematic review was to investigate the interchangeability of echocardiography with thermodilution technique...... of the studies assessed left-sided heart structures and the majority had small bias, wide limits of agreement, and high percentage error between echocardiography and thermodilution. In only two of the 24 studies the precision of each technique (echocardiography and thermodilution) was assessed before comparing...... them. In the single study evaluating trending ability using valid methodology, agreement was observed between echocardiography and thermodilution in detecting the directional changes in cardiac output, but the magnitude of changes varied considerably. CONCLUSIONS: The majority of studies comparing...

  13. 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.

  14. Normal left ventricular mechanics by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography. Reference values in healthy adults.

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    Kocabay, Gonenc; Muraru, Denisa; Peluso, Diletta; Cucchini, Umberto; Mihaila, Sorina; Padayattil-Jose, Seena; Gentian, Denas; Iliceto, Sabino; Vinereanu, Dragos; Badano, Luigi P

    2014-08-01

    Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography is a novel tool to assess myocardial function. The purpose of this study was to evaluate left ventricular myocardial strain and rotation parameters by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography in a large group of healthy adults across a wide age range to establish their reference values and to assess the influence of age, sex, and hemodynamic factors. Transthoracic echocardiograms were acquired in 247 healthy volunteers (139 women, 44 years [standard deviation, 16 years old] (range, 18-80 years). We measured longitudinal, circumferential, and radial peak systolic strain values, and left ventricular rotation and twist. Average values of global longitudinal, radial, and circumferential strain were -21.5% (standard deviation, 2.0%), 40.1% (standard deviation, 11.8%) and -22.2% (standard deviation, 3.4%), respectively. Longitudinal strain was significantly more negative in women, whereas radial and circumferential strain and rotational parameters were similar in both sexes. Accordingly, lower limits of normality for the strain components were -16.9% in men and -18.5% in women for longitudinal strain, and -15.4% for circumferential and 24.6% for radial strain, irrespective of sex. Longitudinal strain values were more negative at the base than at apical segments. Mean rotational values were -6.9° (standard deviation, 3.5°) for the base, 13.0° (standard deviation, 6.5°) for apical rotation, and 20.0° (standard deviation, 7.3°) for net twist. We report the comprehensive assessment of normal myocardial deformation and rotational mechanics in a large cohort of healthy volunteers. We found that women have more negative longitudinal strain, accounting for their higher left ventricular ejection fraction. Availability of reference values for these parameters may foster their implementation in the clinical routine. Copyright © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  15. Post-myocardial infarction left ventricular pseudoaneurysm diagnosed incidentally by echocardiography

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    Full Text Available A 54-year-old male developed a left ventricular pseudoaneurysm (Ps along the lateral wall of the left ventricle (LV, which was diagnosed incidentally by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (2DTTE 6 months after an acute myocardial infarction. Color flow imaging (CFI showed blood flow from the LV into the aneurysmal cavity and invasive coronary angiography revealed sub-occlusion of the circumflex artery. A complementary study using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR confirmed a dilated left ventricle with depressed ejection fraction, thin dyskinetic anterolateral and inferolateral walls, a Ps adjacent to the lateral wall of the LV contained by the pericardium and blood passing in and out through a small defect in the LV mid-anterolateral wall. Late gadolinium-enhanced imaging demonstrated transmural myocardial infarction in the lateral wall and delayed enhancement of the pericardium, which formed the walls of the Ps. A conservative approach was adopted in this case, optimizing the patient’s heart failure medications, including cardioselective beta-blocker agents, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, spironolactone and chronic anticoagulation therapy because of a high risk of ischemic stroke in these patients. At the 13-month follow-up, the patient remained stable with New York Heart Association class II heart failure. In conclusion, 2DTTE and CFI seem to be suitable initial methods for diagnosing Ps of the LV, but CMR is an excellent complementary method for characterizing further this cardiac entity. Furthermore, the long-term outcome of patients with Ps of the LV who are treated medically appears to be relatively benign

  16. Left ventricular hypertrophy detected by echocardiography in HIV-infected patients.

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    Pombo, Marta; Olalla, Julián; Del Arco, Alfonso; De La Torre, Javier; Urdiales, Daniel; Aguilar, Ana; Prada, José Luis; García-Alegría, Javier; Ruiz-Mateas, Francisco

    2013-09-01

    Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a predictor of overall mortality in the general population. The most sensitive diagnostic method is transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). In this study, we describe the prevalence of LVH, and the factors associated with it, in a group of patients with HIV infection. TTE was offered to all patients attending the outpatient clinic of the Hospital Costa del Sol (Marbella, Spain) between 1 December 2009 and 28 February 2011. The corresponding demographic and clinical data were obtained. The left ventricular mass (LVM) was calculated and indexed by height(2.7). LVH was defined as LVM >48g/m(2.7) in men or >44g/m(2.7) in women. We examined 388 individuals (75.5% male, mean age 45.38years). Of these, 76.1% were receiving HAART; 11.9% had hypertension, 6.2% had diabetes mellitus, 23.2% had dyslipidaemia and 53.6% were tobacco users. The risk of cardiovascular disease at 10years (RV10) was 12.15% (95%CI: 10.99-13.31%). 19.1% of these patients had a high RV10. A total of 69 patients (19.8%) presented high LVM. Age, hypertension, dyslipidaemia, RV10 and the use of nevirapine were associated with a greater presence of LVH in the univariate analysis. In the logistic regression analysis performed, the factors retained in the model were the presence of high RV10 (OR: 2.92, 95%CI: 1.39-6.15) and the use of nevirapine (OR 2.20, 95%CI: 1.18-4.14). In this group of patients, the use of nevirapine and the presence of high RV10 were associated with LVH. The use of nevirapine might be related to its prescription for patients with higher RV10. Copyright © 2013 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Cardiac Computed Tomography versus Echocardiography in the Assessment of Stenotic Rheumatic Mitral Valve.

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    Unal Aksu, Hale; Gorgulu, Sevket; Diker, Mustafa; Celik, Omer; Aksu, Huseyin; Ozturk, Derya; Kırıs, Adem; Kalkan, Ali Kemal; Erturk, Mehmet; Bakır, İhsan

    2016-03-01

    There are different clinical cardiac applications of dual source computed tomography (DSCT). Here, we aimed to compare the DSCT with the transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) for evaluating the Wilkins score and planimetric mitral valve area (MVA) of a rheumatic stenotic mitral valve. We prospectively evaluated mitral valvular structure and function in 31 patients with known mitral stenosis undergoing electrocardiogram-gated, second-generation DSCT, in our heart center for different indications. Mitral valve was evaluated using Wilkins score, and also, the planimetric MVA was assessed. We found a significant difference between MVAs determined by DSCT (average 1.42 ± 0.44 cm2) and MVAs determined by TTE (average 1.35 ± 0.43 cm2 ; difference 0.07 ± 0.16 cm2; P = 0.018). Linear regression analysis revealed a good correlation between the two techniques (r = 0.934; P < 0.0001). The limits of agreement for DSCT and TTE in the Bland-Altman analysis were ±0.31 cm2 . DSCT using TTE as the reference enabled good discrimination between mild and moderate-to-severe stenosis and had an area under the ROC curve of 0.967 (CI 0.912-1.023; P < 0.0001). Wilkins scores obtained by DSCT (7.51 ± 1.17, range 5-10) and TTE (8.16 ± 1.27, range 6-10) had a moderate correlation (r = 0.686; P < 0.0001). We found that planimetric MVA measurements assessed by DSCT were closely correlated with MVA calculations by TTE. The moderate correlation was observed for the Wilkins score. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Aortic dilatation in patients with prosthetic aortic valve: comparison of MRI and echocardiography.

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    von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Florian; Rudolph, André; Wassmuth, Ralf; Abdel-Aty, Hassan; Schulz-Menger, Jeanette

    2010-05-01

    Patients with prosthetic aortic valve have an increased risk for aortic dissection, which rises further with growing aortic diameters. Thus, accurate aortic monitoring is required. As transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), the current clinical standard, is frequently restricted to the proximal ascending aorta, the use of two-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance (2D-CMR) in transverse orientation was investigated as a screening tool to assess ascending aortic dimensions. Fast, non-contrast-enhanced, non-breath-hold, steady-state free-precession (SSFP) sequences (1.5 Tesla, slice thickness 7 mm, gap 1.8 mm, scan time 10-15 s) were applied to image the thorax in transverse planes. To test the accuracy of aortic dimensions obtained in this way, comparison was made to contrast-enhanced three-dimensional MR angiography (3D-MRA) as the 'gold standard' in 30 patients with aortic or aortic valve disease. After validation, transverse 2D-CMR was used to assess ascending aortic dimensions in 65 patients with aortic bioprostheses, and the results were compared to those acquired with TTE. Data acquired with both 2D-CMR and 3D-MRA agreed well when assessing ascending aortic diameters (r = 0.99; p 2.1 cm/m2) was present in 38.5% of 2D-CMR cases and in 11.5% of TTE cases. The intra- and inter-observer variabilities to assess aortic dimensions by 2D-CMR were 2.1 +/- 1.9% and 4.3 +/- 3.7%, respectively. Imaging of the complete thorax in transverse orientation using fast, non-contrast-enhanced SSFP images provided an accurate and reliable approach to screen for aortic dilatation. In patients with aortic bioprostheses, 2D-CMR revealed a high prevalence of aortic dilatation, which was considerably underestimated by TTE.

  19. Two-dimensional intraventricular flow mapping by digital processing conventional color-Doppler echocardiography images.

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    Garcia, Damien; Del Alamo, Juan C; Tanne, David; Yotti, Raquel; Cortina, Cristina; Bertrand, Eric; Antoranz, José Carlos; Perez-David, Esther; Rieu, Régis; Fernandez-Aviles, Francisco; Bermejo, Javier

    2010-10-01

    Doppler echocardiography remains the most extended clinical modality for the evaluation of left ventricular (LV) function. Current Doppler ultrasound methods, however, are limited to the representation of a single flow velocity component. We thus developed a novel technique to construct 2D time-resolved (2D+t) LV velocity fields from conventional transthoracic clinical acquisitions. Combining color-Doppler velocities with LV wall positions, the cross-beam blood velocities were calculated using the continuity equation under a planar flow assumption. To validate the algorithm, 2D Doppler flow mapping and laser particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements were carried out in an atrio-ventricular duplicator. Phase-contrast magnetic resonance (MR) acquisitions were used to measure in vivo the error due to the 2D flow assumption and to potential scan-plane misalignment. Finally, the applicability of the Doppler technique was tested in the clinical setting. In vitro experiments demonstrated that the new method yields an accurate quantitative description of the main vortex that forms during the cardiac cycle (mean error for vortex radius, position and circulation). MR image analysis evidenced that the error due to the planar flow assumption is close to 15% and does not preclude the characterization of major vortex properties neither in the normal nor in the dilated LV. These results are yet to be confirmed by a head-to-head clinical validation study. Clinical Doppler studies showed that the method is readily applicable and that a single large anterograde vortex develops in the healthy ventricle while supplementary retrograde swirling structures may appear in the diseased heart. The proposed echocardiographic method based on the continuity equation is fast, clinically-compliant and does not require complex training. This technique will potentially enable investigators to study of additional quantitative aspects of intraventricular flow dynamics in the clinical setting by

  20. Echocardiography as an indication of continuous-time cardiac quiescence

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    Wick, C. A.; Auffermann, W. F.; Shah, A. J.; Inan, O. T.; Bhatti, P. T.; Tridandapani, S.

    2016-07-01

    Cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography using prospective gating requires that data be acquired during intervals of minimal cardiac motion to obtain diagnostic images of the coronary vessels free of motion artifacts. This work is intended to assess B-mode echocardiography as a continuous-time indication of these quiescent periods to determine if echocardiography can be used as a cost-efficient, non-ionizing modality to develop new prospective gating techniques for cardiac CT. These new prospective gating approaches will not be based on echocardiography itself but on CT-compatible modalities derived from the mechanics of the heart (e.g. seismocardiography and impedance cardiography), unlike the current standard electrocardiogram. To this end, echocardiography and retrospectively-gated CT data were obtained from ten patients with varied cardiac conditions. CT reconstructions were made throughout the cardiac cycle. Motion of the interventricular septum (IVS) was calculated from both echocardiography and CT reconstructions using correlation-based, deviation techniques. The IVS was chosen because it (1) is visible in echocardiography images, whereas the coronary vessels generally are not, and (2) has been shown to be a suitable indicator of cardiac quiescence. Quiescent phases were calculated as the minima of IVS motion and CT volumes were reconstructed for these phases. The diagnostic quality of the CT reconstructions from phases calculated from echocardiography and CT data was graded on a four-point Likert scale by a board-certified radiologist fellowship-trained in cardiothoracic radiology. Using a Wilcoxon signed-rank test, no significant difference in the diagnostic quality of the coronary vessels was found between CT volumes reconstructed from echocardiography- and CT-selected phases. Additionally, there was a correlation of 0.956 between the echocardiography- and CT-selected phases. This initial work suggests that B-mode echocardiography can be used as a

  1. [Total intravenous anesthesia with O2 mask in transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis].

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    Lieou, F J; Wang, J J; Liu, M Y; Ho, S T

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    Using non-invasive monitors (such as blood pressure, O2 saturation, end-tidal CO2 pressure monitors and electrocardiograms), the application of total intravenous anesthesia with O2 mask in transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy was evaluated. A total of 198 palmar hyperhidrosis patients were studied. In the study, the durations of surgery were 5-15 min (mean 8 min) with anesthesia duration of 8-20 min (mean 12 min), respectively. The cardiovascular system was quite stable during operation, with systolic blood pressures of 90-165 mmHg (mean 132 mmHg), diastolic blood pressures of 50-106 mmHg (mean 92 mmHg) and heart rates of 56-130 beats/min (mean 104 beats/min). The respiratory function was maintained within a safety range with O2 saturation of 95-100% (mean 99%) and end-tidal CO2 pressure of 32-40 mmHg (mean 36 mmHg). After surgery, the major discomfort was chest pain (132/198), but this could be improved with intravenous analgesics. Patients' consciousness returned within 1-3 min. After ensuring their general condition was stable, patients were discharged within 24 hr. Preliminary study showed that total intravenous anesthesia plus muscle relaxant, with O2 mask and assisted ventilation, could serve as a safe and simple anesthesia for palmar hyperhidrosis patients who received transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy.

  2. "3D fusion" echocardiography improves 3D left ventricular assessment: comparison with 2D contrast echocardiography.

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    Augustine, Daniel; Yaqub, Mohammad; Szmigielski, Cezary; Lima, Eduardo; Petersen, Steffen E; Becher, Harald; Noble, J Alison; Leeson, Paul

    2015-02-01

    Three-dimensional fusion echocardiography (3DFE) is a novel postprocessing approach that utilizes imaging data acquired from multiple 3D acquisitions. We assessed image quality, endocardial border definition, and cardiac wall motion in patients using 3DFE compared to standard 3D images (3D) and results obtained with contrast echocardiography (2DC). Twenty-four patients (mean age 66.9 ± 13 years, 17 males, 7 females) undergoing 2DC had three, noncontrast, 3D apical volumes acquired at rest. Images were fused using an automated image fusion approach. Quality of the 3DFE was compared to both 3D and 2DC based on contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and endocardial border definition. We then compared clinical wall-motion score index (WMSI) calculated from 3DFE and 3D to those obtained from 2DC images. Fused 3D volumes had significantly improved CNR (8.92 ± 1.35 vs. 6.59 ± 1.19, P echocardiography (1.06 ± 0.09 vs. 1.07 ± 0.15, P = 0.69), whereas unfused images produced significantly more variable results (1.19 ± 0.30). This was confirmed by a better intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC 0.72; 95% CI 0.32-0.88) relative to comparisons with unfused images (ICC 0.56; 95% CI 0.02-0.81). 3DFE significantly improves left ventricular image quality compared to unfused 3D in a patient population and allows noncontrast assessment of wall motion that approaches that achieved with 2D contrast echocardiography. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. 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.

  4. Transesophageal Echocardiography and Radiation-induced Damages.

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    Cottini, Marzia; Polizzi, Vincenzo; Pino, Paolo Giuseppe; Buffa, Vitaliano; Musumeci, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    The long-term sequelae of mantle therapy include, especially lung and cardiac disease but also involve the vessels and the organs in the neck and thorax (such as thyroid, aorta, and esophagus). We presented the case of 66-year-old female admitted for congestive heart failure in radiation-induced heart disease. The patient had undergone to massive radiotherapy 42 years ago for Hodgkin's disease (type 1A). Transesophageal echocardiography was performed unsuccessfully with difficulty because of the rigidity and impedance of esophageal walls. Our case is an extraordinary report of radiotherapy's latency effect as a result of dramatic changes in the structure of mediastinum, in particular in the esophagus, causing unavailability of a transesophageal echocardiogram.

  5. Age-, body size-, and sex-specific reference values for right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction by three-dimensional echocardiography: a multicenter echocardiographic study in 507 healthy volunteers.

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    Maffessanti, Francesco; Muraru, Denisa; Esposito, Roberta; Gripari, Paola; Ermacora, Davide; Santoro, Ciro; Tamborini, Gloria; Galderisi, Maurizio; Pepi, Mauro; Badano, Luigi P

    2013-09-01

    Right ventricular (RV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF) vary significantly with demographic and anthropometric factors and are associated with poor prognosis in several cardiovascular diseases. This multicenter study was designed to (1) establish the reference values for RV volumes and EF using transthoracic three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography; (2) investigate the influence of age, sex, and body size on RV anatomy; (3) develop normative equations. RV volumes (end-diastolic volume and end-systolic volume), stroke volume, and EF were measured by 3D echocardiography in 540 healthy adult volunteers, prospectively enrolled, evenly distributed across age and sex. The relation of age, sex, and body size parameters was investigated using bivariate and multiple linear regression. Analysis was feasible in 507 (94%) subjects (260 women; age, 45 ± 16 years; range, 18-90). Age, sex, height, and weight significantly influenced RV volumes and EF. Sex effect was significant (Pallometric indexing for age, sex, and body size resulted in no significant residual correlation between RV measures and height or weight. The presented normative ranges and equations could help standardize the 3D echocardiography assessment of RV volumes and function in clinical practice, considering the effects of age, sex, and body size.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  7. Transesophageal echocardiography for cardiac thromboembolic risk assessment in patients with severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis referred for potential transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

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    Lenders, Guy D; Paelinck, Bernard P; Wouters, Kristien; Claeys, Marc J; Rodrigus, Inez E; Van Herck, Paul L; Vrints, Christiaan J; Bosmans, Johan M

    2013-05-15

    Stroke is a devastating complication after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and might partially be related to cardiac embolization. The aim of this single-center prospective study was to determine the incidence of intracardiac thrombi and left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), both known predictors of cardiac embolic stroke, in patients referred for potential TAVI. One hundred four consecutive patients with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis and at high or very high risk for surgery were included and underwent transesophageal echocardiography. In 11 patients (10.6%), intracardiac thrombi were detected, and 25 patients (24%) showed dense grade 2 SEC. Atrial fibrillation (p risk patients with severe aortic valve stenosis referred for potential TAVI is high and can accurately be detected using transesophageal echocardiography. Systematic thromboembolic evaluation using transesophageal echocardiography is thus recommended in patients referred for TAVI. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Determination of the optimum number of cardiac cycles to differentiate intra-pulmonary shunt and patent foramen ovale by saline contrast two- and three-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Bhatia, Nirmanmoh; Abushora, Mohannad Y; Donneyong, Macarius M; Stoddard, Marcus F

    2014-03-01

    Patent foramen ovale (PFO) and intra-pulmonary shunt (IPS) are potential causes of stroke. The most optimum cardiac cycle cutoff for bubbles to appear in the left heart on saline contrast transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) as criteria to differentiate the 2 entities is unknown. Ninety-five adult patients had saline contrast transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), two-dimensional (2D) and 3DTTE. Sensitivity and specificity of each cardiac cycle as cutoff to differentiate a PFO and IPS were obtained. Transesophageal echocardiography showed IPS in 28 and PFO in 15 patients. If bubbles appeared in the left heart within the first 4 cardiac cycles (the 4th cardiac cycle rule) as compared to alternate cutoffs, a PFO was most accurately diagnosed by both 2D and 3DTTE. Bubbles appearing at or after the 5th cardiac cycle most accurately determined an IPS. 3D versus 2DTTE had a trend for a higher sensitivity (61% vs. 36%, P = 0.06), but similar specificity (94% vs. 91%) for IPS. Accuracy of 3DTTE was 84% and 2DTTE was 75% (P = 0.08) for IPS. For PFO, 2DTTE sensitivity (87%) and specificity (98%) did not differ (P = NS) from that of 3DTTE sensitivity (73%) and specificity (100%). This study demonstrates for the first time that the 4th cardiac cycle rule differentiates PFO and IPS most optimally by 2D and 3DTTE. 3DTTE appears to have higher sensitivity for diagnosing IPS. These data suggest that 3DTTE is preferable when IPS is to be diagnosed. Both methods are similar for diagnosing PFO. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  9. Validation of Right Atrial Area as a Measure of Right Atrial Size and Normal Values of in Healthy Pediatric Population by Two-Dimensional Echocardiography.

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    Rajagopal, Hari; Uppu, Santosh C; Weigand, Justin; Lee, Simon; Karnik, Ruchika; Ko, Helen; Bhatla, Puneet; Nielsen, James; Doucette, John; Parness, Ira; Srivastava, Shubhika

    2018-03-09

    Right atrial (RA) size is a prognostic indicator for heart failure and cardiovascular death in adults. Data regarding use of RA area (RAA) by two-dimensional echocardiography as a surrogate for RA size and allometric modeling to define appropriate indexing of the RAA are lacking. Our objective was to validate RAA as a reliable measure of RA size and to define normal reference values by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in a large population of healthy children and develop Z-scores using a validated allometric model for indexing RAA independent of age, sex, and body size. Agreement between RAA and volume by 2D, 3D TTE, and MRI was assessed. RAA not volume by 2D TTE is an excellent surrogate for RA size. RAA/BSA 1 has an inverse correlation with BSA with a residual relationship to BSA (r = - 0.54, p  1 m 2 , respectively, and was validated against an independent sample. The mean indexed RAA ± SD for BSA ≤ 1 m 2 and > 1 m 2 is 9.7 ± 1.3 cm 2 and 8.7 ± 1.3 cm 2 , respectively, and was used to derive Z-scores. RAA by 2D TTE is superior to 2D or 3D echocardiography-derived RA volume as a measure of RA size using CMR as the reference standard. RAA when indexed to BSA 1 , decreases as body size increases. The best-fit allometric modeling is used to create Z scores. RAA/BSA 0.95 for BSA  1 m 2 can be used to derive Z scores.

  10. Assessment of inter-atrial, inter-ventricular, and atrio-ventricular interactions in tetralogy of Fallot patients after surgical correction. Insights from two-dimensional speckle tracking and three-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Abd El Rahman, Mohamed; Raedle-Hurst, Tanja; Rentzsch, Axel; Schäfers, Hans-Joachim; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim

    2015-10-01

    We aimed to assess biatrial size and function, interactions on atrial and ventricular levels, and atrio-ventricular coupling in patients after tetralogy of Fallot repair. A total of 34 patients with a mean age of 20.9±9 years, and 35 healthy controls, underwent two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography for ventricular and atrial strain measurements and real-time three-dimensional echocardiography to assess ventricular and atrial volumes. When compared with controls, tetralogy of Fallot patients had significantly reduced right atrial peak atrial longitudinal strain (ptetralogy of Fallot group, left ventricular ejection fraction was negatively related to the right ventricular end-systolic volume normalised to body surface area (r=-0.62, ptetralogy of Fallot patients, biatrial dysfunction exists and can be quantified via two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography as well as real-time three-dimensional echocardiography. Different forms of interactions on atrial and ventricular levels are evident among such cohorts.

  11. Fibrin glue on an aortic cusp detected by transesophageal echocardiography after valve-sparing aortic valve replacement: a case report.

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    Nakahira, Junko; Ishii, Hisanari; Sawai, Toshiyuki; Minami, Toshiaki

    2015-03-07

    Fibrin glue is used commonly during cardiac surgery but can behave as an intracardiac abnormal foreign body following surgery. There have been few such cases reported, and they were typically noticed only because of the resulting catastrophic cardiac conditions, such as valvular malfunction. We report a case where, for the first time, transesophageal echocardiography was used to detected fibrin glue that was adherent to the ventricular side of a patient's aortic valve immediately after aortic declamping. A 45-year-old Japanese man with Marfan syndrome underwent an aortic valve-sparing operation to treat moderate aortic valve regurgitation resulting from enlargement of his right coronary cusp. Fibrin glue was lightly applied to the suture line between the previous and new grafts. Transesophageal echocardiography performed prior to weaning from the cardiopulmonary bypass revealed mild aortic valve regurgitation in addition to a mobile membranous structure attached to the ventricular side of his aortic valve. It was identified as fibrin glue. We resolved the regurgitation by removing the fibrin glue and repeating the aortic cusp plication. The patient had no complications during recovery. Fibrin glue can act as an intracardiac foreign body and lead to a potentially fatal embolism. We demonstrated the use of transesophageal echocardiography to detect a fibrin glue-derived intracardiac abnormal foreign body and to confirm its removal. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case where fibrin glue adherent to the aortic valve was detected by transesophageal echocardiography. These findings demonstrate the importance of using transesophageal echocardiography during cardiac surgery that involves using biological glues.

  12. Can M mode and two dimensional echocardiography give a sufficient evaluation for surgeray of patients with pure mitral stenosis

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    Balbarini, A; Tartarini, G.; Mengozzi, G.; Mariani, M.; Salvatore, L.; Barsotti, A.

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    One hundred and twenty-six patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis were studied by M-mode and/or two-dimensional echocardiography. Eighty-nine patients were also submetted to cardiac catheterization and all 126 patients subsequently underwent mitral valve surgery (51 valvulotomy and 75 valve replacement). The mitral valve area measured by two-dimensional echocardiography showed a significant correlation both with hemodynamic (r=0.803, p 2 , respectively; likewise there was non significant difference in pulmonary vascular resistances (3.9 and 3.4 mmHg/l/min/m 2 ) between patients who showed functional improvement after surgery comparison to those who showed no improvement. Finally, coronary arteriography appeared to be necessary, before operation, only in cardiography is able to provide a satisfactory preoperative assessment of patients with mitral stenosis and that therefore these patients need not necessarily to be submitted to cardiac catheterization

  13. Comparison of aortic annulus diameter measurement between multi-detector computed tomography and echocardiography: a meta-analysis.

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    Ruifang Zhang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Accurate measurement of aortic annulus diameter is crucial for choosing suitable prosthetic size for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI. Several imaging methods are available for the measurement, but significant variability between different modalities has been observed. The purpose of this study was to systematically compare the measurements of aortic annulus diameter between multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE, and transesophegeal echocardiography (TEE. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE databases between January 2000 and January 2012 were searched. We extracted data from eligible studies evaluating the aortic annulus diameter by MDCT and echocardiography (TTE, TEE, or both. We performed a random-effects meta-analysis to calculate the weighted mean differences of aortic annulus diameter measurement between MDCT, TTE, and TEE. RESULTS: A total of 10 eligible studies involving 581 subjects with aortic valve stenosis were included. Aortic annulus diameter measured on coronal view by MDCT (25.3±0.52 mm was respectively larger than that measured on sagittal view by MDCT (22.7±0.37 mm, TTE (22.6±0.28 mm, and TEE (23.1±0.32 mm. The weighted mean difference of aortic annulus diameter between coronal view by MDCT and TTE these two methods was 2.97 mm, followed by the weighted mean difference of 2.53 mm between coronal view and sagittal view by MDCT, and the mean difference of 1.74 mm between coronal view on MDCT and TEE (P<0.0001 for all. The weighted mean difference of aortic annulus diameter measurement between TEE and TTE was significant but somewhat small (0.45 mm, P = 0.007. CONCLUSION: Aortic annulus diameter measured on coronal view by MDCT was robustly and significantly larger than that obtained on sagittal view by MDCT, TTE, or TEE. Such variability of aortic annulus diameter measurement by different imaging modalities cannot be ignored when developing optimal

  14. The Role of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound in Selection Indication and Improveing Diagnosis for Transthoracic Biopsy in Peripheral Pulmonary and Mediastinal Lesions

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    Song Wang

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    Full Text Available Objective. To investigate the value of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS in transthoracic biopsy of peripheral lung and mediastinal lesions. Methods. Of 142 patients, 82 patients received CEUS before biopsy and were defined as CEUS group. The remaining 60 patients only underwent conventional ultrasound (US before biopsy and were served as US group. The information of CEUS was used for selecting indication and instructing biopsy. The imaging features, number of punctures, diagnostic successful rate, and complication rate between the two groups were compared. Results. Necrosis was demonstrated in 43.9% of the lesions in CEUS group and in 6.7% of US group (P<0.001. Detection rate of lesion hidden in pulmonary atelectasis in CEUS group was 13.4%, which was statistically higher than 1.7% of US group (P=0.013. The diagnostic success rate was 96.3% for CEUS group and 80% for US group, respectively (P=0.002. The average number of punctures was 2.5±0.7 and 2.6±0.6, respectively. There was no significant difference in complications between CEUS group and US group. Conclusions. CEUS could play an important role in selecting proper indication and improving diagnostic accuracy rate of lung biopsy.

  15. Multiple echocardiography abnormalities associated with endoscopic third ventriculostomy failure.

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    Shah, Ashish H; Ibrahim, George M; Sasaki, Jun; Ragheb, John; Bhatia, Sanjiv; Niazi, Toba N

    2018-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Although endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) with choroid plexus cauterization (CPC) has gained increasing prominence in the management of hydrocephalus caused by intraventricular hemorrhage of prematurity, the rates of long-term shunt independence remain low. Furthermore, limited evidence is available to identify infants who might benefit from the procedure. The authors tested the hypothesis that elevated venous pressure that results from comorbid cardiac disease might predispose patients to ETV/CPC failure and shunt dependence. METHODS A retrospective analysis was performed on a consecutive series of 48 infants with hydrocephalus who underwent ETV/CPC and also underwent preoperative echocardiography between 2007 and 2014. Comorbid cardiac abnormalities that are known to result in elevated right heart pressure were reviewed. Associations between ETV/CPC success and the presence of pulmonary hypertension, right ventricular hypertrophy, left-to-right shunting, ventricular septal defect, or patent ductus arteriosus were determined using multivariate logistic regression analysis. RESULTS Of the 48 children who met the inclusion criteria, ETV/CPC failed in 31 (65%). In univariate analysis, no single echocardiogram abnormality was associated with shunt failure, but the presence of 2 or more concurrent echocardiogram abnormalities was associated with ETV/CPC failure (17 [85%] of 20 vs 14 [50%] of 28, respectively; p = 0.018). In multivariate logistic regression analysis, when the authors adjusted for the child's ETV success score, the presence of 2 abnormalities remained independently associated with poor outcome (2 or more echocardiogram abnormalities, OR 0.13, 95% CI 0.01-0.7, p = 0.032; ETV success score, OR 1.1, 95% CI 1-1.2, p = 0.05). CONCLUSIONS In this study, cardiac abnormalities were inversely associated with the success of ETV/CPC in infants with hydrocephalus of prematurity. ETV/CPC might not be as efficacious in patients with significant cardiac

  16. Low level exercise echocardiography helps diagnose early stage heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a study of echocardiography versus catheterization.

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    Hammoudi, Nadjib; Laveau, Florent; Helft, Gérard; Cozic, Nathalie; Barthelemy, Olivier; Ceccaldi, Alexandre; Petroni, Thibaut; Berman, Emmanuel; Komajda, Michel; Michel, Pierre-Louis; Mallet, Alain; Le Feuvre, Claude; Isnard, Richard

    2017-03-01

    Increased left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) with exercise is an early sign of heart failure with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). The abnormal exercise increase in LVEDP is nonlinear, with most change occurring at low-level exercise. Data on non-invasive approach of this condition are scarce. Our objective was assessing E/e' to estimate low level exercise LVEDP using a direct invasive measurement as the reference method. Sixty patients with LVEF >50 % prospectively underwent both exercise cardiac catheterization and echocardiography. E/e' was measured at rest and during low-level exercise. Abnormal LVEDP was defined as >16 mmHg. Patients with a history of coronary artery disease and/or abnormal LV morphology were classified as having apparent cardiac disease (CD). Thirty-four (57 %) patients had elevated LVEDP only during exercise. Most of the change in LVEDP occurred since the first exercise level (25 W). There was a correlation between LVEDP and septal E/e' at rest and during exercise. Lateral E/e' and E/average e' ratio had worse correlations with LVEDP. In the whole population, exercise septal E/e' at 25 W had the best accuracy for abnormal exercise LVEDP, area under curve (AUC) = 0.79. However, while low-level exercise septal E/e' had a high accuracy in CD patients (n = 26, AUC = 0.96), E/e' was not linked to LVEDP in patients without CD (n = 34). Low-level exercise septal E/e' is valuable for predicting abnormal exercise LVEDP in patients with preserved LVEF and apparent CD. However, this new diagnosis approach appears not reliable in patients with normal LV morphology and without coronary artery disease. https://clinicaltrials.gov . Unique identifier: NCT01714752.

  17. Angio- and echocardiography: viewing heart defects in more detail

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    Goodwin, J.K.; Lombard, C.W.

    1990-01-01

    Angio- and echocardiography can help to confirm the diagnosis or evaluate the severity of a heart defect. Angiograms of dogs with pulmonic stenosis and tetralogy of Fallot are shown. Echocardiographic features of common congenital heart defects are summarized

  18. Advanced quantitative echocardiography in arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy

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

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular (RV) cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a regional disease of the RV myocardium with variable degrees of left ventricular involvement. Three-dimensional echocardiography and Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) are new echocardiographic modalities for the evaluation of ...

  19. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography in congenital heart diseases surgery

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    Ozores Suarez, Francisco Javier; Perez de Ordaz, Luis Bravo

    2010-01-01

    The intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography is very used in pediatric cardiovascular surgery. The aim of present paper was to determine its impact on the surgery immediate results after a previous experience of authors with this type of procedure

  20. 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.

  1. Teaching focused echocardiography for rheumatic heart disease screening

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

    2005-01-01

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

  2. Cardiac Output Calculation and Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

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    Montealegre-Gallegos, Mario; Mahmood, Feroze; Owais, Khurram; Hess, Phillip; Jainandunsing, Jayant S.; Matyal, Robina

    Objective: To compare the determination of stroke volume (SV) and cardiac output (CO) using 2-dimensional (2D) versus 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Design: Prospective observational study. Setting: Tertiary care university hospital. Participants: 35 patients without

  3. Detection of hibernating myocardium in patients with myocardial infarction by low-dose dobutamine echocardiography. Comparison with thallium-201 scintigraphy with reinjection

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    Takagi, Tsutomu; Yoshikawa, Junichi; Yoshida, Kiyoshi; Akasaka, Takashi; Honda, Yasuhiro; Yonezawa, Yoshihiro; Shakudo, Masahiro

    1995-01-01

    The identification of hibernating myocardium is important for selecting patients who will benefit from coronary revascularization. The relationship between echocardiographic and radioisotopic markers of hibernating myocardium and postrevascularization recovery of myocardial function was investigated in 21 patients who underwent successful revascularization. Each patient underwent low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography and thallium-201 ( 201 Tl) scintigraphy with reinjection before revascularization. The presence of contractile reserve in dobutamine stress echocardiography and Tl uptake in 201 Tl scintigraphy with reinjection were defined as markers of hibernating myocardium. Follow-up echocardiograms were evaluated for improved regional wall motion in all patients at a mean of 8.6 months after revascularization. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography for indicating recovery of function after revascularization were 75.0%, 77.8%, 81.8%, and 70.0%, respectively. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of 201 Tl scintigraphy with reinjection for indicating recovery of function after revascularization were 91.7%, 55.6%, 73.3%, and 83.3%, respectively. There were no statistical differences between low-dose dobutamine echocardiography and 201 Tl scintigraphy in predicting postrevascularization recovery of function in patients with hibernating myocardium. (author)

  4. Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography for pulmonary embolectomy without cardiopulmonary bypass.

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    Deleuze, P; Saada, M; De Paulis, R; Brochard, L; Mazzucotelli, J P; Rotman, N; Loisance, D Y; Cachera, J P

    1991-07-01

    This case report describes a patient with massive pulmonary embolism and acute circulatory failure in whom transesophageal echocardiography permitted the diagnosis of thrombi in the main pulmonary truncus and in the right branch and guided intraoperatively the surgical embolectomy performed under simple venous inflow occlusion because of a contraindication to heparin administration. Transesophageal echocardiography seems to be a very helpful technique to diagnose promptly massive pulmonary embolism and a very useful tool at the time of operation to guide the embolectomy.

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

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    Riëtte Du Toit

    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

  6. CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic aspiration biopsy of lung lesions: factors influencing the diagnostic accuracy

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    Huang Zhenguo; Zhang Xuezhe; Wang Wu

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the factors influencing the diagnostic accuracy in CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic aspiration biopsy of lung lesions. Methods: CT-guided percutaneous transthoracic biopsy was performed in 435 patients with surgical pathologic confirmation or clinical follow-up. Univariant statistical analysis and multivariant stepwise Logistic regression analysis were used to study the influence of lesion-related factors (benignancy or malignancy, size, location, depth, presence of cavity), procedure factors (laser-guidance, position of patient) and patient-related factors (sex, age, presence of emphysema); with the accuracy of the diagnosis. Results: 1)289 lesions were diagnosed as malignant ones and 146 as benign ones. The accuracy of CT-guided biopsy was 83.4%(363/435). Univariant analysis showed that the diagnostic accuracies for malignant and benign lesions were 88.9%(257/289) and 72.6%(106/146), respectively (χ 2 =18.71, P=0.00002). Laser-group was superior to non-laser group (88.4% versus 80.9%, respectively, χ 2 =4.00, P=0.0456). Mean diameters of lesions in correct diagnostic group and non-correct diagnostic group were 3.78±1.64 cm and 3.02±1.26 cm, respectively (F=13.79, P=0.0002). 2)Multivariant stepwise Logistic regression analysis showed that among the various factors influencing the final benign or malignant diagnoses (Wald χ 2 =14.01, P=0.0002) and using laser-guidance(Wald χ 2 =3.92, P=0.0477) were significantly associated with the diagnostic accuracy. Conclusions: Final correct diagnoses (benign, malignant) are closely related to the application of laser-guidance for determining the diagnostic accuracy in CT-guided transcutaneous thoracic needle aspiration biopsy. (authors)

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Myocardial perfusion assessment with contrast echocardiography

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    Desco, Manuel; Ledesma-Carbayo, Maria J.; Santos, Andres; Garcia-Fernandez, Miguel A.; Marcos-Alberca, Pedro; Malpica, Norberto; Antoranz, Jose C.; Garcia-Barreno, Pedro

    2001-05-01

    Assessment of intramyocardial perfusion by contrast echocardiography is a promising new technique that allows to obtain quantitative parameters for the assessment of ischemic disease. In this work, a new methodology and a software prototype developed for this task are presented. It has been validated with Coherent Contrast Imaging (CCI) images acquired with an Acuson Sequoia scanner. Contrast (Optison microbubbles) is injected continuously during the scan. 150 images are acquired using low mechanical index U/S pulses. A burst of high mechanical index pulses is used to destroy bubbles, thus allowing to detect the contrast wash-in. The stud is performed in two conditions: rest and pharmacologically induced stress. The software developed allows to visualized the study (cine) and to select several ROIs within the heart wall. The position of these ROIs along the cardiac cycle is automatically corrected on the basis of the gradient field, and they can also be manually corrected in case the automatic procedure fails. Time curves are analyzed according to a parametric model that incorporates both contrast inflow rate and cyclic variations. Preliminary clinical results on 80 patients have allowed us to identify normal and pathological patterns and to establish the correlation of quantitative parameters with the real diagnosis.

  9. 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.

  10. Minimally invasive cardiac surgery and transesophageal echocardiography.

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    Jha, Ajay Kumar; Malik, Vishwas; Hote, Milind

    2014-01-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Archeological Echocardiography: Digitization and Speckle Tracking Analysis of Archival Echocardiograms in the HyperGEN Study.

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    Aguilar, Frank G; Selvaraj, Senthil; Martinez, Eva E; Katz, Daniel H; Beussink, Lauren; Kim, Kwang-Youn A; Ping, Jie; Rasmussen-Torvik, Laura; Goyal, Amita; Sha, Jin; Irvin, Marguerite R; Arnett, Donna K; Shah, Sanjiv J

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    Several large epidemiologic studies and clinical trials have included echocardiography, but images were stored in analog format and these studies predated tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). We hypothesized that digitization of analog echocardiograms, with subsequent quantification of cardiac mechanics using STE, is feasible, reproducible, accurate, and produces clinically valid results. In the NHLBI HyperGEN study (N = 2234), archived analog echocardiograms were digitized and subsequently analyzed using STE to obtain tissue velocities/strain. Echocardiograms were assigned quality scores and inter-/intra-observer agreement was calculated. Accuracy was evaluated in: (1) a separate second study (N = 50) comparing prospective digital strain versus post hoc analog-to-digital strain, and (2) in a third study (N = 95) comparing prospectively obtained TDI e' velocities with post hoc STE e' velocities. Finally, we replicated previously known associations between tissue velocities/strain, conventional echocardiographic measurements, and clinical data. Of the 2234 HyperGEN echocardiograms, 2150 (96.2%) underwent successful digitization and STE analysis. Inter/intra-observer agreement was high for all STE parameters, especially longitudinal strain (LS). In accuracy studies, LS performed best when comparing post hoc STE to prospective digital STE for strain analysis. STE-derived e' velocities correlated with, but systematically underestimated, TDI e' velocity. Several known associations between clinical variables and cardiac mechanics were replicated in HyperGEN. We also found a novel independent inverse association between fasting glucose and LS (adjusted β = -2.4 [95% CI -3.6, -1.2]% per 1-SD increase in fasting glucose; P echocardiography, the digitization and speckle tracking analysis of archival echocardiograms, is feasible and generates indices of cardiac mechanics similar to contemporary studies. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Preoperative evaluation of myocardial viability by thallium-201 imaging in patients with old myocardial infarction who underwent coronary revascularization

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    Naruse, Hitoshi; Ohyanagi, Mitsumasa; Iwasaki, Tadaaki; Miyamoto, Takashi; Fukuchi, Minoru

    1992-01-01

    The myocardial uptake and redistribution in thallium scintigraphy and the regional wall motion by echocardiography were evaluated by a semi-quantitative method in 42 patients who previously had myocardial infarction (50 target vessels) and underwent coronary revascularization. The aim of this study was to elucidate the significance of the initial image, delayed image and redistribution on thallium-201 scintigraphy for clinical diagnosis of the myocardial viability. As a semi-quantitative analysis, we used a bull's-eye display for thallium image and centerline method for echocardiographic wall motion, and compared the results before and after revascularization. As a result, the thallium grade improved postoperatively in all 17 areas which preoperatively had showed redistribution, and also in 11 of the 32 areas without preoperative redistribution. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of preoperative thallium redistribution for predicting myocardial viability were 61%, 100% and 78%, respectively, when the postoperative improvement in the thallium grade was used as the standard. The postoperative probability of improvement in the thallium grade increased in proportion to the preoperative grade (delayed image)(p<0.01). There was no correlation between the preoperative thallium delayed image and postoperative improvement in wall motion. Postoperative improvement in thallium image and wall motion could not be predicted from the preoperative wall motion. Thus, postoperative improvement in thallium images can be anticipated if redistribution is present on the preoperative thallium image, and the preoperative thallium delayed image is useful for predicting myocardial viability. Improvement in wall motion could not be predicted preoperatively by these methods. (author)

  16. Perioperative echocardiography-derived right ventricle function parameters and early outcomes after tetralogy of Fallot repair in mid-childhood: a single-center, prospective observational study.

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    Raj, Ravi; Puri, Goverdhan Dutt; Jayant, Aveek; Thingnam, Shyam Kumar Singh; Singh, Rana Sandip; Rohit, Manoj Kumar

    2016-11-01

    Right ventricular (RV) function alterations are invariably present in all patients after tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair. Unlike the developed world where most of the patients with TOF are corrected in infancy, average age of presentation and thus surgery for these patients in the developing world may be higher. We aimed to study the correlation between RV function parameters such as tricuspid annular peak systolic excursion (TAPSE), fractional area change (FAC), and tricuspid annular peak systolic velocity (S') with early outcome variables after intracardiac repair for TOF. Fifty patients with a preoperative diagnosis of tetralogy of Fallot scheduled for corrective surgery were included in this single-center, prospective observational study. A preoperative transthoracic echocardiogram was performed to measure RV function parameters (FAC0, TAPSE0, S'0). Transthoracic echocardiography was repeated postoperatively to measure FAC1, TAPSE1, S'1 (day 1) and FAC2, TAPSE2, and S'2 (day 3). The relationship between preoperative and postoperative RV function parameters with in-hospital mortality, duration of mechanical ventilation, and intensive care unit stay was studied. The median age of patients was 6 years (range 1-14 years). Multiple stepwise logistic regression analysis showed RV FAC as best predictor of clinical outcome. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for postoperative RV function parameters, that is, FAC, TAPSE, and S' to predict early or delayed recovery was 0.944, 0.875, and 0.655, respectively. Among the RV function parameters studied, RV FAC best predicted the early outcome variables after TOF repair, followed by TAPSE while lateral tricuspid annular velocity S' being the least predictive. © 2016, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Diagnostic accuracy of hospitalist-performed hand-carried ultrasound echocardiography after a brief training program.

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    Lucas, Brian P; Candotti, Carolina; Margeta, Bosko; Evans, Arthur T; Mba, Benjamin; Baru, Joshua; Asbury, Joseph K; Asmar, Abdo; Kumapley, Rudolf; Patel, Manish; Borkowsky, Shane; Fung, Sharon; Charles-Damte, Marjorie

    2009-07-01

    The duration of training needed for hospitalists to accurately perform hand-carried ultrasound echocardiography (HCUE) is uncertain. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of HCUE performed by hospitalists after a 27-hour training program. Prospective cohort study. Large public teaching hospital. A total of 322 inpatients referred for standard echocardiography (SE) between March and May 2007. Blinded to SE results, attending hospitalist physicians performed HCUE within hours of SE. Diagnostic characteristics of HCUE as a test for 6 cardiac abnormalities assessed by SE: left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction; severe mitral regurgitation (MR); moderate or severe left atrium (LA) enlargement; moderate or severe LV hypertrophy; medium or large pericardial effusion; and dilatation of the inferior vena cava (IVC). A total of 314 patients underwent both SE and HCUE within a median time of 2.8 hours (25th to 75th percentiles, 1.4 to 5.1 hours). Positive and negative likelihood ratios for HCUE increased and decreased, respectively, the prior odds by 5-fold or more for LV systolic dysfunction, severe MR regurgitation, and moderate or large pericardial effusion. Likelihood ratios changed the prior odds by 2-fold or more for moderate or severe LA enlargement, moderate or severe LV hypertrophy, and IVC dilatation. Indeterminate HCUE results occurred in 2% to 6% of assessments. The diagnostic accuracy of HCUE performed by hospitalists after a brief training program was moderate to excellent for 6 important cardiac abnormalities.

  18. Dobutamine stress thallium-201 single-photon emission tomography versus echocardiography for evaluation of the extent and location of coronary artery disease late after myocardial infarction

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    Elhendy, A.; Bax, J.J.; Domburg, R.T. van; Cornel, J.H.; Roelandt, J.R.T.C.; Valkema, R.; Reijs, A.E.M.; Krenning, E.P.

    1999-01-01

    Dobutamine stress echocardiography and thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy are clinically useful methods for the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the relative merits of these imaging modalities in the evaluation of the extent of CAD after myocardial infarction have not been well studied. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography and simultaneous 201 Tl single-photon emission tomography (SPET) imaging for the diagnosis and localization of CAD late after acute myocardial infarction. Dobutamine (up to 40 μg kg -1 min -1 )-atropine (up to 1 mg) stress echocardiography in conjunction with stress-reinjection 201 Tl SPET was performed for the evaluation of myocardial ischaemia in 90 patients with previous myocardial infarction who underwent coronary angiography. Significant CAD was predicted on bases of myocardial ischemia (new or worsening wall motion abnormalities on echocardiography and reversible perfusion defects on 201 Tl SPET). Significant CAD (≥ 50% luminal diameter stenosis) was detected in 73 (81%) patients. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of echocardiography in detecting remote ischaemia for the diagnosis of remote CAD (present in 53 patients) were, respectively, 79% (CI 70%-88%), 85% (CI 77%-93%) and 81% (CI 73%-90%), while the corresponding figures for 201 Tl SPET were 75% (CI 66%-85%), 78% (CI 69%-87%) and 76% (CI 67%-86%) respectively (P = NS vs echocardiography). The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of echocardiography in detecting peri-infarction ischaemia for the diagnosis of infarct-related artery stenosis (present in 70 patients) were, rspectively, 77% (CI 68%-86%), 85% (CI 78%-92%) and 79% (CI 70%-87%) while the corresponding figures for 201 Tl SPET were 73% (CI 64%-82%), 85% (CI 78%-92%) and 76% (CI 67%-84%) respectively (P = NS vs echocardiography). The agreement between the two methods for the diagnosis of peri-infarction and remote ischaemia was 70

  19. Tricuspid atresia associated with truncus arteriosus versus aortopulmonary window: combining fetal and postnatal echocardiography to make the diagnosis.

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    Hauck, Amanda; da Cruz, Eduardo M; Jaggers, James; Jone, Pei-Ni

    2013-11-01

    The coincident occurrence of tricuspid atresia and aortopulmonary window (APW) is exceedingly rare, with one previous case reported in the literature. We present a patient with tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia, and APW. Postnatal echocardiograms demonstrated no visible pulmonary valve, and additional defects including a bicuspid aortic valve, right aortic arch and anomalous coronary arteries raised suspicion for tricuspid atresia with persistent truncus arteriosus. However, fetal echocardiography and direct visualization of the anatomy confirmed the alternate diagnosis. The patient underwent successful palliation consisting of APW repair, atrial septectomy and a 3.5 mm modified Blalock-Taussig shunt, followed by a bidirectional cavopulmonary connection. © 2013, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Comparison of the size of artificial aortic valve with ring diameter by echocardiography

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    Full Text Available In recent socio-economic state it is not possible to have different sets of prosthetic cardiac valves available in the operating room before open-heart surgery for valvular replacement. In this study the diameter of the aortic valve ring measured in 2-D echocardiography was compared with the size of the aortic prosthetic valves implanted for the patients with aortic valvular disease. The purpose was to find a logical correlation to help the surgeons to order the correct size of aortic prosthetic valve in advance of surgery. 26 patients with aortic valve disease were studied from 1972 till 1974 who underwent aortic valve replacement surgery. Now, it is possible to predict the accurate size of aortic mechanical valve prosthesis before surgery

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

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available 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 intravenous streptozotocin in 20 rats. All rats underwent baseline and stress (dipyridamole: 20 mg/kg high power intermittent imaging in short axis view under anaesthesia baseline and after six months. Myocardial blood flow was determined and compared at rest and after dipyridamole in both populations. The myocardial blood flow reserve was calculated and compared in the 2 groups. Parameters of left ventricular function were determined from the M-mode tracings and histological examination was performed in all rats at the end of the study. Results At six months, myocardial blood flow reserve was significantly lower in diabetic rats compared to controls (3.09 ± 0.98 vs. 1.28 ± 0.67 ml min-1 g-1; p Conclusion In this animal study, diabetes induced a functional alteration of the coronary microcirculation, as demonstrated by contrast echocardiography, a decrease in capillary density and of the cardiac systolic function. These findings may offer new insights into the underlying mechanisms of diabetes cardiomyopathy.

  2. 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

    2017-12-01

    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.

  3. Comparison of transthoracic esophagectomy with definitive chemoradiotherapy as initial treatment for patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma who could tolerate transthoracic esophagectomy.

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    Matsuda, Satoru; Tsubosa, Yasuhiro; Niihara, Masahiro; Sato, Hiroshi; Takebayashi, Katsushi; Kawamorita, Keisuke; Mori, Keita; Tsushima, Takahiro; Yokota, Tomoya; Ogawa, Hirofumi; Onozawa, Yusuke; Yasui, Hirofumi; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Kitagawa, Yuko

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    The oncological outcomes of transthoracic esophagectomy (TTE) and definitive chemoradiotherapy (dCRT) as initial treatment in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) who could tolerate TTE remains unclear. Consecutive patients histologically diagnosed with stage I/II/III ESCC (excluding cT4 or cN3) or stage IV ESCC due to supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were eligible for inclusion in this retrospective study. To select patients who could tolerate TTE, respiratory function, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, and preoperative complications were considered. Patient characteristics, recurrence-free survival (RFS), 3- and 5-year overall survival (OS), pattern of recurrence, and treatments after initial treatment failure were investigated. Overall, 112 patients were included in the TTE group and 65 were included in the dCRT group. No significant differences were observed in patient characteristics and clinical stage between the TTE and dCRT groups (stage I/II/III/IV of 29/27/46/10 in the TTE group and 23/15/20/7 in the dCRT group). The R0 resection rate was 87 % in the TTE group, and complete response rate was 68 % in the dCRT group. In intention-to-treat analysis, there was no significant difference in RFS. In contrast, 3-year OS of non-stage IA patients was significantly longer in the TTE group than the dCRT group (TTE 66.9 %; dCRT 49.8 %; p = 0.023). In non-stage IA patients, after initial treatment failure significantly more patients could undergo local treatment (radiotherapy or surgery in the TTE group; surgery or endoscopic resection or photodynamic therapy in the dCRT group) in the TTE group than the dCRT group (TTE 74 %; dCRT 40 %; p = 0.003). In locally advanced ESCC patients who could tolerate TTE, TTE extended 3-year OS, which might have been encouraged by utilizing local treatment after initial treatment failure.

  4. Stress echocardiography in patients with native valvular heart disease.

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    Lancellotti, Patrizio; Dulgheru, Raluca; Go, Yun Yun; Sugimoto, Tadafumi; Marchetta, Stella; Oury, Cécile; Garbi, Madalina

    2017-12-07

    Valve stress echocardiography (VSE) can be performed as exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) or dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) depending on the patient's clinical status, severity and type of valve disease. ESE combines exercise testing with two-dimensional grey scale and Doppler echocardiography during exercise. Thus, it provides objective assessment of symptomatic status (exercise test), as well as exercise-induced changes of a series of echocardiographic parameters (different depending on the valve disease type), which yield prognostic information in individual patients and help in a better treatment planning. DSE is useful in symptomatic patients with low-gradient aortic stenosis. It clarifies its severity and helps in assessing surgical risk in patients with severe disease and systolic dysfunction. It can be also used to test valve haemodynamics in asymptomatic patients with significant mitral stenosis unable to perform an exercise test or to test the left ventricle response, namely to test viability, in patients with ischaemic secondary mitral regurgitation. VSE has taught us that history taking, clinical examination and resting echocardiography give an 'incomplete picture' of the disease in patients presenting with a severe valve disease. Therefore, its use should be encouraged in such patients. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

  5. The clinical use of stress echocardiography in ischemic heart disease.

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    Sicari, Rosa; Cortigiani, Lauro

    2017-03-21

    Stress echocardiography is an established technique for the assessment of extent and severity of coronary artery disease. The combination of echocardiography with a physical, pharmacological or electrical stress allows to detect myocardial ischemia with an excellent accuracy. A transient worsening of regional function during stress is the hallmark of inducible ischemia. Stress echocardiography provides similar diagnostic and prognostic accuracy as radionuclide stress perfusion imaging or magnetic resonance, but at a substantially lower cost, without environmental impact, and with no biohazards for the patient and the physician.The evidence on its clinical impact has been collected over 35 years, based on solid experimental, pathophysiological, technological and clinical foundations. There is the need to implement the combination of wall motion and coronary flow reserve, assessed in the left anterior descending artery, into a single test. The improvement of technology and in imaging quality will make this approach more and more feasible. The future issues in stress echo will be the possibility of obtaining quantitative information translating the current qualitative assessment of regional wall motion into a number. The next challenge for stress echocardiography is to overcome its main weaknesses: dependance on operator expertise, the lack of outcome data (a widesperad problem in clinical imaging) to document the improvement of patient outcomes. This paper summarizes the main indications for the clinical applications of stress echocardiography to ischemic heart disease.

  6. Detection of congenital heart disease by fetal echocardiography

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    Fayyaz, A.; Majeed, S.M.I.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy and predictive value of fetal echocardiography in our set up using postnatal echocardiography as gold standard. Study Design: Validation study. Place and Duration of study: This is an ongoing study in the Radiology department of CMH Rawalpindi and Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) Rawalpindi and the data collected from January 2007 to Jan 2012 is presented. Patients and Methods: Two hundred eighty seven patients reported for fetal echocardiography. Two hundred twenty nine patients were subsequently included in the study. These included patients of all ages who reported to the Radiology department of CMH Rawalpindi for fetal echocardiography. Fetal echo was done on Toshiba Aplio with 3.5 MHz probe having Doppler facility. Post natal evaluation was done by a pediatric cardiologist. Results: There were 207 (90.4%) true negative cases, 15 (6.6%) true positive, 2 (0.9%) false positive and 6 (2.2%) false negative cases. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were 75%, 99%, 88%, 97% respectively. Conclusion: Fetal echocardiography has high specificity, negative predictive values and accuracy and cases diagnosed as normal can reassure the parents about the normal cardiac status of the fetus. (author)

  7. 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.

  8. Assessment of left ventricular diastolic function by gated single-photon emission tomography: comparison with Doppler echocardiography

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    Yamano, Tetsuhiro; Sakamoto, Kenzo; Hikosaka, Takato; Zen, Kan; Nakamura, Takeshi; Sawada, Takahisa; Azuma, Akihiro; Nakagawa, Masao; Nakamura, Tomoki; Nishimura, Tsunehiko

    2003-01-01

    Gated single-photon emission tomography (SPET) is not yet an established procedure for the evaluation of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. This study examined diastolic function derived from gated SPET in comparison with an established diagnostic tool, Doppler echocardiography. We examined 37 consecutive patients with normal sinus rhythm who underwent gated technetium-99m tetrofosmin SPET. A gated SPET program was used with a temporal resolution of 32 frames per R-R interval. We obtained the Doppler transmitral flow velocity waveform immediately before gated SPET image acquisition. Patients who showed a ratio of peak early transmitral flow velocity to atrial flow velocity (E/A) of >1 or whose R-R intervals differed by >5% between Doppler echocardiography and gated SPET were excluded from this investigation. We compared diastolic indices and presumed corresponding intervals in diastole using the two methods. The peak filling rate (PFR) derived from gated SPET correlated with the Doppler peak velocity of the early transmitral flow (E) wave (r=0.65) and deceleration of the E wave (r=0.71). The time to PFR and percent atrial contribution to LV filling from gated SPET correlated excellently with the Doppler LV isovolumic relaxation time (r=0.93) and the E/A ratio (r=-0.85), respectively. There was a significant linear correlation in all the intervals from the R wave to the presumed corresponding diastolic points. The point of PFR in gated SPET and the peak of the E wave in Doppler echocardiography generally coincided. The onset of filling in gated SPET tended to be closer to the second heart sound than the start of the E wave in Doppler echocardiography. We conclude that gated SPET permits the assessment of not only myocardial perfusion and LV systolic function but also diastolic function, although there may be some errors in detection of the precise beginning of LV filling. (orig.)

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

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    Kjærgaard, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    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...... and pharmacological pulmonary vasodilatation is established in normal subjects. The diagnostic and prognostic importance of adding tissue Doppler echocardiography to conventional echocardiographic and clinical parameters was evaluated in studies on patients with diseases associated with different modes of impact...... on right ventricular hemodynamics: pulmonary embolism, Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and pulmonary regurgitation, the latter in an animal model. The conclusions of the thesis are: Color tissue Doppler echocardiography accurately measures velocities, SR and strain in vitro. No systematic...

  10. Echocardiography as an approach for canine cardiac disease diagnosis

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    P. Singh

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of the study was to establish the methods for diagnosis various canine cardiac ailments using echocardiography. Materials and Methods: M-mode, two-dimensional echocardiography and Doppler studies were performed on 10 cases. Dogs showing signs of cardiac ailment either clinically, radiographic or via electrocardiographic examination were selected for study. Right parasternal short axis view was used for echocardiographic measurements. Right parasternal long axis and left parasternal apical views were used for Doppler studies. Doppler studies were performed at the level of aortic valve and atrioventricular valves for semi quantitative diagnosis of regurgitation. Results: Dogs were found affected with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM (n=5, pericardial effusion (PE (n=1, combined PE and DCM (n=2 and remaining two showed abnormality on radiographic or electrographically evaluation but were found out to be normal echocardiographically (n=2. Conclusion: Echocardiography is an effective tool for diagnosis of various heart ailments.

  11. Recommendations for terminology and display for doppler echocardiography

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    Anon.

    1986-01-01

    Doppler echocardiography has recently emerged as a major noninvasive technique with many applications in cardiology. To a large extent, this has been based upon a combination of clinical and engineering advances which now make possible the use of quantitative Doppler echocardiography in combination with two-dimensional imaging for measurement of volume flows, transvalve gradients, and other physiologic flow parameters which reflect cardiac function. It was the purpose of this Committee to provide a glossary of terms which could be used in standard fashion for papers and discussions related to Doppler echocardiography. As part of its task, the Committee also undertook an attempt to recommend a standard for display of Doppler information which would be useful, both for manufacturers and for clinicians. The document, therefore, includes: Section I, the Committee's recommendations for Doppler display. Section II, the glossary of Doppler terms, related to engineering and to clinical applications

  12. Cardiodiagnostic imaging. MRT, CT, echocardiography and other methods

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    Erbel, R.; Kreitner, K.F.; Barkhausen, J.; Thelen, M.

    2007-01-01

    The book presents a differentiated approach to cardiac imaging. The focus is n cardio-MR/-CT and echocardiography. These are highly complex methods involving new equipment, new protocols and indications. The techniques are new and difficult to learn for everybody concerned. MR, CT and echocardiography must always be viewed in the context of other diagnostic methods. The interdisciplinary approach of the book addresses both radiologists and cardiologists and relies on the vast experience of the authors. The book offers more than 500 large high-quality reference images reflecting the latest state of the art. It has amethodological section in which the current methods are described (X-ray, echocardiography, nuclear medicine, angiography, CT, MRT etc.) along with their advantages and shortcomings, and a clinical section in which the main indications are described in the common standardized way (anatomy, clinical picture, interpretation, differential diagnosis). (orig.)

  13. Transthoracic impedance for the monitoring of quality of manual chest compression during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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    Zhang, Hehua; Yang, Zhengfei; Huang, Zitong; Chen, Bihua; Zhang, Lei; Li, Heng; Wu, Baoming; Yu, Tao; Li, Yongqin

    2012-10-01

    The quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), especially adequate compression depth, is associated with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and is therefore recommended to be measured routinely. In the current study, we investigated the relationship between changes of transthoracic impedance (TTI) measured through the defibrillation electrodes, chest compression depth and coronary perfusion pressure (CPP) in a porcine model of cardiac arrest. In 14 male pigs weighing between 28 and 34 kg, ventricular fibrillation (VF) was electrically induced and untreated for 6 min. Animals were randomized to either optimal or suboptimal chest compression group. Optimal depth of manual compression in 7 pigs was defined as a decrease of 25% (50 mm) in anterior posterior diameter of the chest, while suboptimal compression was defined as 70% of the optimal depth (35 mm). After 2 min of chest compression, defibrillation was attempted with a 120-J rectilinear biphasic shock. There were no differences in baseline measurements between groups. All animals had ROSC after optimal compressions; this contrasted with suboptimal compressions, after which only 2 of the animals had ROSC (100% vs. 28.57%, p=0.021). The correlation coefficient was 0.89 between TTI amplitude and compression depth (pcompression depth and CPP in this porcine model of cardiac arrest. The TTI measured from defibrillator electrodes, therefore has the potential to serve as an indicator to monitor the quality of chest compression and estimate CPP during CPR. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Transthoracic approach for lesions involving the anterior dorsal spine: A multidisciplinary approach with good outcomes

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    Srikant Balasubramaniam

    2016-01-01

    Materials and Methods: A total of 16 patients were operated for varying lesions of body of dorsal vertebra by the transthoracic approach. The study was for a period of 5 years from January 2011 to December 2015. Patients age ranged from 25 to 61 years with an average of 36.4 yrs. There were 7 males and 9 females. In our series 9 patients had Kochs spine, 4 patients were traumatic fracture spine and 3 had neoplastic lesion. Majority of patients had multiple symptoms with backache being present in all patients. Results: There was one post operative mortality which was unrelated to surgery. One patient had post operative delayed kyphosis. Remaining patients improved in their symptoms following surgery. Conclusion: With careful coordination by thoracic surgeons, neurospinal surgeons and anaesthetists, the anterior spine approach for dorsal spine is safe and effective. Adequate preoperative evaluation should stratify the risk and institute measures to reduce it. Accurate surgical planning and careful surgical technique are the key to yield a good outcome and to reduce the risk of complications.

  15. Complication rates of CT-guided transthoracic lung biopsy: meta-analysis

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    Heerink, W.J.; Vliegenthart, R. [University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Medical Imaging-North East Netherlands, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Radiology, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Bock, G.H. de [University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Medical Imaging-North East Netherlands, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Epidemiology, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Jonge, G.J. de [University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Radiology, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Groen, H.J.M. [University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Medical Imaging-North East Netherlands, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands); Oudkerk, M. [University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Medical Imaging-North East Netherlands, University of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands)

    2017-01-15

    To meta-analyze complication rate in computed tomography (CT)-guided transthoracic lung biopsy and associated risk factors. Four databases were searched from 1/2000 to 8/2015 for studies reporting complications in CT-guided lung biopsy. Overall and major complication rates were pooled and compared between core biopsy and fine needle aspiration (FNA) using the random-effects model. Risk factors for complications in core biopsy and FNA were identified in meta-regression analysis. For core biopsy, 32 articles (8,133 procedures) were included and for FNA, 17 (4,620 procedures). Pooled overall complication rates for core biopsy and FNA were 38.8 % (95 % CI: 34.3-43.5 %) and 24.0 % (95 % CI: 18.2-30.8 %), respectively. Major complication rates were 5.7 % (95 % CI: 4.4-7.4 %) and 4.4 % (95 % CI: 2.7-7.0 %), respectively. Overall complication rate was higher for core biopsy compared to FNA (p < 0.001). For FNA, larger needle diameter was a risk factor for overall complications, and increased traversed lung parenchyma and smaller lesion size were risk factors for major complications. For core biopsy, no significant risk factors were identified. In CT-guided lung biopsy, minor complications were common and occurred more often in core biopsy than FNA. Major complication rate was low. For FNA, smaller nodule diameter, larger needle diameter and increased traversed lung parenchyma were risk factors for complications. (orig.)

  16. 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.

  17. VALUE OF STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN DIAGNOSIS OF VIABLE MYOCARDIUM IN PATIENTS WITH ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE

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    2011-01-01

    The main methods of viable myocardium diagnosis in patients with ischemic heart disease are discussed. Сurrent opportunities of stress echocardiography and tissue Doppler echocardiography in viable myocardium detection are presented.

  18. Analysis of chronic aortic regurgitation by 2D and 3D echocardiography and cardiac MRI

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    Stoebe, Stephan; Metze, Michael; Jurisch, Daniel

    2018-01-01

    ) were assessed retrospectively by 2D, 3D echocardiography and cMRI in 55 chronic AR patients. Semi-quantitative parameters were assessed by 2D echocardiography. RESULTS: 22 (40%) patients had mild, 25 (46%) moderate and 8 (14%) severe AR. The quantitative volumetric approach was feasible using 2D, 3D...... echocardiography and cMRI, whereas the feasibility of semi-quantitative parameters varied considerably. LV volume (LVEDV, LVESV, SVtot) analyses showed good correlations between the different imaging modalities, although significantly increased LV volumes were assessed by cMRI. RVol was significantly different...... between 2D/3D echocardiography and 2D echocardiography/cMRI but was not significantly different between 3D echocardiography/cMRI. RF was not statistically different between 2D echocardiography/cMRI and 3D echocardiography/cMRI showing poor correlations (r

  19. 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....

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

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

    1984-01-01

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

  1. PECULIARITIES OF PARAMETERS OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROMES WITH COMORBID ANXIETY AND DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS

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    N. Yu. Shimohina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study has assessed the functional parameters of the cardiovascular system by echocardiography in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS in combination with anxiety and depressive disorders (ADD. Were examined 152 patients in the first 24 hours after the onset of ACS. All patients in the first 48 hours after hospitalization was performed transthoracic echocardiography (EchoCG on the apparatus Vivid E9 (General Electric, USA. These echocardiographic indices were analyzed: stroke volume (SV of left ventricular (LV, minute volume of heart (MVH, ejection fraction (EF, determined by the method Teicholz, end-systolic volume (ESV, end-diastolic volume (EDV, thickness of interventricular septum in diastole (TISD, thickness of posterior wall the LV in diastole (TPWLD, anteroposterior size of the left atrium (LA. Local contractility of LV assessed by the presence of hypo- or akinesia and dyskinesia zones. Diastolic function of LV was assessed by transmitral blood Dopplerograms, noted the presence of valvular cardiac pathology. In the first 72 hours after being transferred from emergency rooms all patients were tested of test of Spielberg–Hanin, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Beck questionnaire and depression scale epidemiological studies Center USA for determine the presence or not ADD.A result of study patients with ACS in conjunction with ADD have significant excess volume indices of LV in comparison with patients without ADD, in addition, this group have an increase in the size of the LA, MVH and left ventricular has hypertrophy in terms TISD comparison with the group. According to data EchoCG in patients with ACS and ADD very often visualized local contractility disturbances LV, zone of dyskinesia and defeat sclerotic of the aortic and mitral valves and diastolic dysfunction of LV in the type “slow relaxation” in comparison with patients with ACS without ADD.In patients with ACS concomitant ADD has a negative effect on the

  2. Diagnostic accuracy study of routine echocardiography for bicuspid aortic valve: a retrospective study and meta-analysis

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    Hillebrand, Mathias; Koschyk, Dietmar; ter Hark, Pia; Schüler, Helke; Rybczynski, Meike; Berger, Jürgen; Gulati, Amit; Bernhardt, Alexander M.; Detter, Christian; Girdauskas, Evaldas; Blankenberg, Stefan

    2017-01-01

    Background Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the standard procedure to distinguish tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) from bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Published studies assessed the accuracy of TTE for BAV under ideal conditions. Conversely, we aimed at assessing accuracy of TTE for BAV under routine conditions. Methods This retrospective, cross-sectional study of 216 adults included 132 men aged 62±14 years. Of these, 108 had BAV and 108 were age-matched individuals with TAV. All diagnoses were confirmed at surgery. We assessed TTE in two patient groups. First, in the (I) group of all 216 individuals, where we assessed accuracy for BAV according to the original diagnoses as documented by the primary investigators during original TTE examination. Second, we assessed accuracy for BAV according to expert re-evaluation in (II) all 158 TTE with availability of original recordings. Third, we performed a meta-analysis of published results on the accuracy of TTE for BAV according to PRISMA standards. Results Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of (I) primary investigators was 46.3%, 97.2, and 71.8% as compared to (II) expert re-evaluation with 59.7%, 93%, and 77.8%, respectively. Sensitivity was significantly higher at re-evaluation (Pvalve calcification (P=0.003) predicted an inaccurate diagnosis of BAV. Conversely, meta-analysis of published TTE studies identified a pooled sensitivity of 87.7% and a pooled specificity of 88.3% for BAV. Conclusions The current study shows that TTE yields almost ideal diagnostic accuracy when ideal investigators examine ideal patients. However, the study also shows that TTE yields suboptimal diagnostic accuracy under routine conditions. TTE in non-tertiary care settings, concomitant aortic aneurysm, and presence of severe aortic valve calcification predict an inaccurate diagnosis of BAV. PMID:28890873

  3. Changes in left ventricular systolic and diastolic function on serial echocardiography after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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    Jentzer, Jacob C; Anavekar, Nandan S; Mankad, Sunil V; White, Roger D; Kashani, Kianoush B; Barsness, Gregory W; Rabinstein, Alejandro A; Pislaru, Sorin V

    2018-02-10

    Reversible myocardial dysfunction is common after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The aim of this study was to determine if changes on serial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can predict long-term mortality in OHCA subjects. This is a single-center historical cohort study of OHCA subjects undergoing targeted temperature management who received >1 TTE during hospitalization. Two-dimensional and Doppler parameters of systolic and diastolic function were compared between paired TTE. Univariate analysis was used to determine associations between TTE parameters and all-cause mortality. Fifty-nine patients were included; mean age was 59.4 ± 11.2 years (75% male). Initial rhythm was shockable in 90%. Initial TTE was done a median of 10.4 h after admission and repeat TTE was done 5.7 ± 4.1 days later. Between TTE studies, there were significant increases in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF, from 32% to 43%), cardiac output, stroke volume, and other Doppler-derived hemodynamic parameters, while systemic vascular resistance decreased (all p TTE were not associated with follow-up mortality. Patients who died during follow-up (n = 16, 27%) had smaller increases in LVEF and cardiac output-derived hemodynamic parameters than long-term survivors (p TTE after OHCA, consistent with reversible post-arrest myocardial dysfunction. The magnitude of those changes is greater in long-term survivors, emphasizing that the degree of recovery from post-arrest myocardial dysfunction may be more important than its initial severity. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Diagnostic accuracy study of routine echocardiography for bicuspid aortic valve: a retrospective study and meta-analysis.

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    Hillebrand, Mathias; Koschyk, Dietmar; Ter Hark, Pia; Schüler, Helke; Rybczynski, Meike; Berger, Jürgen; Gulati, Amit; Bernhardt, Alexander M; Detter, Christian; Girdauskas, Evaldas; Blankenberg, Stefan; von Kodolitsch, Yskert

    2017-08-01

    Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the standard procedure to distinguish tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) from bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Published studies assessed the accuracy of TTE for BAV under ideal conditions. Conversely, we aimed at assessing accuracy of TTE for BAV under routine conditions. This retrospective, cross-sectional study of 216 adults included 132 men aged 62±14 years. Of these, 108 had BAV and 108 were age-matched individuals with TAV. All diagnoses were confirmed at surgery. We assessed TTE in two patient groups. First, in the (I) group of all 216 individuals, where we assessed accuracy for BAV according to the original diagnoses as documented by the primary investigators during original TTE examination. Second, we assessed accuracy for BAV according to expert re-evaluation in (II) all 158 TTE with availability of original recordings. Third, we performed a meta-analysis of published results on the accuracy of TTE for BAV according to PRISMA standards. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of (I) primary investigators was 46.3%, 97.2, and 71.8% as compared to (II) expert re-evaluation with 59.7%, 93%, and 77.8%, respectively. Sensitivity was significantly higher at re-evaluation (PTTE at a non-tertiary care center (P=0.012), presence of aortic aneurysm (P=0.001) and presence of severe aortic valve calcification (P=0.003) predicted an inaccurate diagnosis of BAV. Conversely, meta-analysis of published TTE studies identified a pooled sensitivity of 87.7% and a pooled specificity of 88.3% for BAV. The current study shows that TTE yields almost ideal diagnostic accuracy when ideal investigators examine ideal patients. However, the study also shows that TTE yields suboptimal diagnostic accuracy under routine conditions. TTE in non-tertiary care settings, concomitant aortic aneurysm, and presence of severe aortic valve calcification predict an inaccurate diagnosis of BAV.

  5. Prevalence of Echocardiography Use in Patients Hospitalized with Confirmed Acute Pulmonary Embolism: A Real-World Observational Multicenter Study.

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    Bing, Rong; Chow, Vincent; Lau, Jerrett K; Thomas, Liza; Kritharides, Leonard; Ng, Austin Chin Chwan

    2016-01-01

    Acute pulmonary embolism (PE) carries an increased risk of death. Using transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) to assist diagnosis and risk stratification is recommended in current guidelines. However, its utilization in real-world clinical practice is unknown. We conducted a retrospective observational study to delineate the prevalence of inpatient TTE use following confirmed acute PE, identify predictors for its use and its impact on patient's outcome. Clinical details of consecutive patients (2000 to 2012) from two tertiary-referral hospitals were retrieved from dedicated PE databases. All-cause and cause-specific mortality was tracked from a state-wide death registry. In total, 2306 patients were admitted with confirmed PE, of whom 687 (29.8%) had inpatient TTE (39.3% vs 14.4% between sites, PTTE use, while malignancy was a negative predictor. Overall mortality was 41.4% (mean follow-up 66.5±49.5months). Though inpatient TTE use was not an independent predictor for all-cause or cardiovascular mortality in multivariable analysis, in the inpatient TTE subgroup, right ventricle-right atrial pressure gradient (hazard ratio [HR] 1.02 per-1mmHg increase, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.01-1.03) and moderate/severe aortic stenosis (HR 2.26, 95% CI 1.20-4.27) independently predicted all-cause mortality. Inpatient TTE is used infrequently in real-world clinical settings following acute PE despite its usefulness in risk stratification, prognostication and assessing comorbid cardiac pathologies. Identifying patients that will benefit most from a TTE assessment following an acute PE episode and reducing barriers in accessing TTE should be explored.

  6. Preoperative three-dimensional echocardiography to assess risk of right ventricular failure after left ventricular assist device surgery.

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    Kiernan, Michael S; French, Amy L; DeNofrio, David; Parmar, Yuvrajsinh J; Pham, Duc Thinh; Kapur, Navin K; Pandian, Natesa G; Patel, Ayan R

    2015-03-01

    Right ventricular failure (RVF) is associated with significant morbidity after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) surgery. Hemodynamic, clinical, and 2-dimensional echocardiographic variables poorly discriminate patients at risk of RVF. We examined the utility of 3-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) right ventricular (RV) volumetric assessment to identify patients at risk for RVF. RVF was defined as the need for inotropic infusion for >14 days after LVAD surgery or the need for biventricular assist device support. Preoperative RV volumes and ejection fraction (EF) were measured, blinded to clinical data, from transthoracic 3DE full volume data sets in 26 patients. Baseline variables and 3DE RV indices were compared between patients with and without RVF. Twenty-four patients received continuous-flow LVADs, and 2 required biventricular support devices. Ten patients required prolonged inotropes after LVAD placement. Baseline characteristics associated with RVF included higher right atrial pressure, higher right atrial pressure to pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ratio, and lower cardiac index and RV stroke work index (RVSWI). Echocardiographic indices associated with RVF included 3DE indexed RV end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes (RVEDVI and RVESVI) and RV ejection fraction (RVEF). The relationship between 3DE quantification of RV volumes and the development of RVF was independent from RVSWI: RVEDVI: odds ratio (OR) 1.16, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.00-1.33 (P = .04); RVESVI: OR 1.14, 95% CI 1.01-1.28 (P = .03). Quantitative 3DE is a promising method for pre-LVAD RV assessment. RV volumes assessed by 3DE are predictive of RVF in LVAD recipients independently from hemodynamic correlates of RV function. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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

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    Gaspar, Heloisa Amaral; Morhy, Samira Saady

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Dynamic echocardiography in evaluation of platypnoea?orthodeoxia

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    Yastrebov, Konstantin; Sader, Mark; Youssef, George; Nojoumian, Haidy

    2015-01-01

    Platypnoea?orthodeoxia is an infrequent syndrome that is usually associated with positional intracardiac right?to?left shunting. The authors report the case of a patient who presented with deteriorating severe dyspnoea and deoxygenation in the upright position that was partially relieved by recumbent repositioning. Dynamic echocardiography provided insight into the underlying anatomical and pathophysiological mechanisms as well as guidance for definitive therapy.

  9. Digital echocardiography and telemedicine applications in pediatric cardiology.

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    Sable, Craig

    2002-01-01

    Digital echocardiography offers several advantages over videotape, including easy review, comparison, storage, postprocessing, and sharing of studies, quantitative analysis, and superior resolution. Newer echocardiography systems can write digital data to computer hardware, whereas older systems require digitization of analog data. Clinical and digital data compression is required to reduce study size. Clinical compression has been validated in several adult studies and one pediatric study. JPEG and MPEG digital compression ratios of 26:1 and 200:1, respectively, approximate S-videotape quality. JPEG is the DICOM 3.0 standard and is ideal for short loops, serial comparisons, and quantitative analysis. MPEG (the motion picture standard) lends itself to digitization of video streams and may be more attractive to pediatric cardiologists. Options for data storage and transfer range from limited local review to multiple offline review stations linked by a wide-area network. Telemedicine expands the capabilities of digital echocardiography in a "store and forward" or "real-time" format. Real-time neonatal telecardiology is accurate, impacts patient care, is cost-effective, and does not increase utilization. Cost, increased reliance on sonographers' skills, lack of accepted standards, and legal, licensure, and billing issues are obstacles to widespread acceptance of digital echocardiography and telemedicine.

  10. Advanced Quantitative Echocardiography: Guiding Therapy for Heart Failure

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    O.I.I. Soliman (Osama Ibrahim Ibrahim)

    2007-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of this thesis was to investigate the potential application of echocardiography for an efficient management of heart failure (HF) patients. The thesis is presented in four parts as follows: part I (introduction), part II (assessment of global left ventricular systolic function),

  11. Prognostic value of dobutamine stress echocardiography in patients with diabetes

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    F. Sozzi (Fabiola); A. Elhendy (Abdou); A.F.L. Schinkel (Arend); E.C. Vourvouri (Eleni); J.J. Bax (Jeroen); J. de Sutter; A. Borghetti; D. Poldermans (Don); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos); R.T. van Domburg (Ron)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractOBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the incremental value of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) for the risk stratification of diabetic patients who are unable to perform an adequate exercise stress test. Exercise capacity is frequently impaired in

  12. Methodology, feasibility, safety and diagnostic accuracy of dobutamine stress echocardiography

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    M.L. Geleijnse (Marcel); P.M. Fioretti (Paolo); J.R.T.C. Roelandt (Jos)

    1997-01-01

    textabstractLarge numbers of patients referred for evaluation of chest pain are unable to perform adequate, diagnostic exercise testing. In these patients, dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) represents an alternative, exercise- independent stress modality. Apart from the ~5% of patients with

  13. The use of intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography as a ...

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    We present the case of a patient with bilateral, pulmonary hydatid cysts who presented for cystectomy and developed life-threatening, haemodynamic instability when turned into the lateral decubitus position. Intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography allowed for rapid interpretation of the haemodynamic collapse ...

  14. The clinical utility of echocardiography as a cardiological diagnostic ...

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    Background: There has been a decline in the auscultatory and other clinical skills of physicians especially in developed countries. The advent of echocardiography has revolutionized the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases and made up for the decline in clinical skills. Objective: To assess the sensitivity and specificity of ...

  15. The use of intraoperative transoesophageal echocardiography as a ...

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    Nov 25, 2012 ... rarer locations such as the heart, spine and eyes. The cyst consists of three layers: an outside layer .... controlled mechanical ventilation. A Philips transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ... oesophageal, short-axis view of the aortic valve (during systole). Note the large fluid-filled cyst obstructing the right.

  16. Biphasic versus monophasic waveforms for transthoracic defibrillation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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    Faddy, Steven C; Jennings, Paul A

    2016-02-10

    Transthoracic defibrillation is a potentially life-saving treatment for people with ventricular fibrillation (VF) and haemodynamically unstable ventricular tachycardia (VT). In recent years, biphasic waveforms have become more commonly used for defibrillation than monophasic waveforms. Clinical trials of internal defibrillation and transthoracic defibrillation of short-duration arrhythmias of up to 30 seconds have demonstrated the superiority of biphasic waveforms over monophasic waveforms. However, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) involves a duration of VF/VT of several minutes before defibrillation is attempted. To determine the efficacy and safety of biphasic defibrillation waveforms, compared to monophasic, for resuscitation of people experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We searched the following electronic databases for potentially relevant studies up to 10 September 2014: the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE and EMBASE. Also we checked the bibliographies of relevant studies and review articles, contacted authors of published reviews and reviewed webpages (including those of device manufacturers) relevant to the review topic. We handsearched the abstracts of conference proceedings for the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, European Resuscitation Council, Society of Critical Care Medicine and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Regarding language restrictions, we did not apply any. We included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared biphasic and monophasic waveform defibrillation in adults with OHCA. Two review authors independently screened the literature search results. Two review authors independently extracted data from the included trials and performed 'Risk of bias' assessments. We resolved any disagreements by discussion and consensus. The primary outcome was the risk of failure to achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC

  17. Performance of new automated transthoracic three-dimensional echocardiographic software for left ventricular volumes and function assessment in routine clinical practice: Comparison with 3 Tesla cardiac magnetic resonance.

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    Levy, Franck; Dan Schouver, Elie; Iacuzio, Laura; Civaia, Filippo; Rusek, Stephane; Dommerc, Carinne; Marechaux, Sylvestre; Dor, Vincent; Tribouilloy, Christophe; Dreyfus, Gilles

    2017-11-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is superior to two-dimensional Simpson's method for assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and LV ejection fraction (LVEF). Nevertheless, 3D TTE is not incorporated into everyday practice, as current LV chamber quantification software products are time-consuming. To evaluate the feasibility, accuracy and reproducibility of new fully automated fast 3D TTE software (HeartModel A.I. ; Philips Healthcare, Andover, MA, USA) for quantification of LV volumes and LVEF in routine practice; to compare the 3D LV volumes and LVEF obtained with a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) reference; and to optimize automated default border settings with CMR as reference. Sixty-three consecutive patients, who had comprehensive 3D TTE and CMR examinations within 24hours, were eligible for inclusion. Nine patients (14%) were excluded because of insufficient echogenicity in the 3D TTE. Thus, 54 patients (40 men; mean age 63±13 years) were prospectively included into the study. The inter- and intraobserver reproducibilities of 3D TTE were excellent (coefficient of variationTTE compared with CMR (bias=-22±34mL; PTTE and CMR for ESV and LVEF were excellent (r=0.93 and r=0.91, respectively; PTTE using new-generation fully automated software is a feasible, fast, reproducible and accurate imaging modality for LV volumetric quantification in routine practice. Optimization of border detection settings may increase agreement with CMR for EDV assessment in dilated ventricles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  18. Diastolic Function Changes during Stress Echocardiography in Hypertensive Patients

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    Sara Hosseini

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Background Some hypertensive patients experience dyspnea with exercise due to rise in filling pressures. So, exercise is helpful to determine left ventricular filling tension. Objectives This study aims to evaluate the effect of dobutamine stress echocardiography on diastolic function in hypertensive patients with normal ejection fraction. Methods In this study, 30 hypertensive patients (52.7 ± 3.6 years and 30 sex and age matched healthy controls (50.8 ± 7.6 years were examined. Exclusion criteria were patients with coronary artery disease, significant valvular heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, left ventricular systolic dysfunction (EF (ejection fraction < 50%, atrial fibrillation and bad echogenic view. We performed complete echocardiography and dobutamine stress echocardiography with pulsed wave Doppler tissue imaging at rest and during peak stress to measure primary mitral inflow diastolic wave rate (E, late mitral inflow diastolic wave rate (A, E/A ratio, primary diastolic myocardial wave rate (E′ and late diastolic myocardial wave velocity (A’. Results At rest, E’ was significantly lower in patients than controls (8.2 ± 1.6 vs 14.7 ± 2.6 P value < 0.001 and E/E (early mitral inflow diastolic wave rate/early myocardial diastolic wave rate was significantly higher in patients (7.6 ± 1.2 vs 4.8 ± 1.0 P value <0.001. At peak stress, E/A ratio was significantly lower in patients (P < 0.001 while E/E′ was significantly higher in patients than controls (8.3 ± 2.1 vs 4.7 ± 0.7 P value < 0.001. Conclusions Dobutamine stress echocardiography with Doppler tissue study is effective in the evaluation of hypertensive patients with dyspnea on exertion with normal resting echocardiography.

  19. 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.

  20. A heat conduction simulator to estimate lung temperature distribution during percutaneous transthoracic cryoablation for lung cancer

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    Futami, Hikaru; Arai, Tsunenori; Yashiro, Hideki; Nakatsuka, Seishi; Kuribayashi, Sachio; Izumi, Youtaro; Tsukada, Norimasa; Kawamura, Masafumi

    2006-01-01

    To develop an evaluation method for the curative field when using X-ray CT imaging during percutaneous transthoracic cryoablation for lung cancer, we constructed a finite-element heat conduction simulator to estimate temperature distribution in the lung during cryo-treatment. We calculated temperature distribution using a simple two-dimensional finite element model, although the actual temperature distribution spreads in three dimensions. Temperature time-histories were measured within 10 minutes using experimental ex vivo and in vivo lung cryoablation conditions. We adjusted specific heat and thermal conductivity in the heat conduction calculation and compared them with measured temperature time-histories ex vivo. Adjusted lung specific heat was 3.7 J/ (g·deg C) for unfrozen lung and 1.8 J/ (g·deg C) for frozen lung. Adjusted lung thermal conductivity in our finite element model fitted proportionally to the exponential function of lung density. We considered the heat input by blood flow circulation and metabolic heat when we calculated the temperature time-histories during in vivo cryoablation of the lung. We assumed that the blood flow varies in inverse proportion to the change in blood viscosity up to the maximum blood flow predicted from cardiac output. Metabolic heat was set as heat generation in the calculation. The measured temperature time-histories of in vivo cryoablation were then estimated with an accuracy of ±3 deg C when calculated based on this assumption. Therefore, we successfully constructed a two-dimensional heat conduction simulator that is capable of estimating temperature distribution in the lung at the time of first freezing during cryoablation. (author)

  1. Analysis of global systolic and diastolic left ventricular performance using volume-time curves by real-time three-dimensional echocardiography.

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    Zeidan, Ziad; Erbel, Raimund; Barkhausen, Joerg; Hunold, Peter; Bartel, Thomas; Buck, Thomas

    2003-01-01

    Left ventricular (LV) volume-time curves (VTC) have been described to provide quantitative data on the dynamics of global LV performance beyond ejection fraction. However, generation of VTCs by conventional 2-dimensional imaging techniques is inherently limited because of inaccurate geometric volume assumptions. We, therefore, studied whether the new concept of volumetric scanning as realized by real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography (RT-3DE) can be used to provide accurate VTCs. In 30 healthy participants, VTCs were generated from 18 to 24 absolute LV volumes per second by transthoracic RT-3DE and compared with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used for reference. LVs were traced manually in 9 to 11 parallel, short-axis planes and volumes calculated by disk method. From VTCs, we determined peak ejection rate (PER), peak early filling rate (PFR), time to PER and PFR, and end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes. For initial clinical application, 2 patient groups of coronary (n = 15) and hypertensive heart disease (n = 16) were studied. In healthy participants, VTCs agreed with MRI (mean errors: PER, -39 +/- 67 mL/s; PFR, -18 +/- 84 mL/s; time to PER, 8 +/- 21 milliseconds; time to PFR 4 +/- 18 milliseconds [not significant vs 0]) whereas VTCs in coronary and hypertensive groups revealed significantly impaired diastolic function. Scanning time for VTCs was only 1 to 2 minutes by RT-3DE and 8 +/- 2 minutes by MRI (P performance such as LV filling rates that is currently unavailable for the cardiologist.

  2. Prediction of wall motion improvement after coronary revascularization in patients with postmyocardial infarction. Diagnostic value of dobutamine stress echocardiography and myocardial contrast echocardiography

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    Waku, Sachiko; Ohkubo, Tomoyuki; Takada, Kiyoshi; Ishihara, Tadashi; Ohsawa, Nakaaki; Adachi, Itaru; Narabayashi, Isamu

    1997-01-01

    The diagnostic value of dobutamine stress echocardiography, myocardial contrast echocardiography and dipyridamole stress thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for predicting recovery of wall motion abnormality after revascularization was evaluated in 13 patients with postmyocardial infarction. Seventeen segments showed severe wall motion abnormalities before revascularization. Nine segments which had relatively good Tl uptake on delayed SPECT images despite severely abnormal wall motion were opacified during myocardial contrast echocardiography, and showed improved wall motion after revascularization. In contrast, three segments which had poor Tl uptake and severely abnormal wall motion were not opacified during myocardial contrast echocardiography, and showed no improvement in wall motion during dobutamine stress echocardiography and after revascularization. The following three findings were assumed to be signs of myocardial viability: good Tl uptake on delayed SPECT images, improved wall motion by dobutamine stress echocardiography, and positive opacification of the myocardium by myocardiai contrast echocardiography. Myocardial contrast echocardiography had the highest sensitivity (100%) and negative predictive value (100%). Delayed SPECT images had the highest specificity (100%) and positive predictive value (100%). Dobutamine stress echocardiography had a sensitivity of 83.0%, specificity of 80.0%, positive predictive value of 90.9%, and negative predictive value of 66.7%, respectively. Myocardial contrast echocardiography showed the lowest specificity (60.0%). The techniques of dobutamine stress echocardiography and SPECT, though noninvasive, may underestimate wall motion improvement after revascularization. Further examination by myocardial contrast echocardiography is recommended to assess myocardial viability for determining the indications for coronary revascularization in spite of its invasiveness. (author)

  3. Prognostic Value of Real Time Myocardial Contrast Echocardiography after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention.

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    Yang, Lixia; Xia, Chunmei; Mu, Yuming; Guan, Lina; Wang, Chunmei; Tang, Qi; Verocai, Flavia Gomes; Fonseca, Lea Mirian Barbosa da; Shih, Ming Chi

    2016-03-01

    Real time myocardial contrast echocardiography (RTMCE) is a cost-effective and simple method to quantify coronary flow reserve (CFR). We aimed to determine the value of RTMCE to predict cardiac events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We have studied myocardial blood volume (A), velocity (β), flow indexes (MBF, A × β), and vasodilator reserve (stress-to-rest ratios) in 36 patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who underwent PCI. CFR (MBF at stress/MBF at rest) was calculated for each patient. Perfusion scores were used for visual interpretation by MCE and correlation with TIMI flow grade. In qualitative RTMCE assessment, post-PCI visual perfusion scores were higher than pre-PCI (Z = -7.26, P < 0.01). Among 271 arteries with TIMI flow grade 3 post-PCI, 72 (36%) did not reach visual perfusion score 1. The β- and A × β-reserve of the abnormal segments supplied by obstructed arteries increased after PCI comparing to pre-PCI values (P < 0.01). Patients with adverse cardiac events had significantly lower β- and lower A × β-reserve than patients without adverse cardiac events. In the former group, the CFR was ≥ 1.5 both pre- and post-PCI. CFR estimation by RTMCE can quantify myocardial perfusion in patients with ACS who underwent PCI. The parameters β-reserve and CFR combined might predict cardiac events on the follow-up. © 2015, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Use of echocardiography at diagnosis and detection of acute cardiac disease in youth with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Chang, J C; Knight, A M; Xiao, R; Mercer-Rosa, L M; Weiss, P F

    2018-01-01

    Objectives There are no guidelines on the use of echocardiography to detect cardiac manifestations of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We quantify the prevalence of acute cardiac disease in youth with SLE, describe echocardiogram utilization at SLE diagnosis, and compare regional echocardiogram use with incident cardiac diagnoses. Methods Using the Clinformatics® DataMart (OptumInsight, Eden Prairie, MN) de-identified United States administrative database from 2000 to 2013, we identified youth ages 5-24 years with new-onset SLE (≥3 ICD-9 SLE codes 710.0, > 30 days apart) and determined the prevalence of diagnostic codes for pericardial disease, myocarditis, endocarditis, and valvular insufficiency. Multiple logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with echocardiography during the baseline period, up to one year before or six months after SLE diagnosis. We calculated a regional echocardiogram utilization index, which is the ratio of observed use over the mean predicted probability based on all available baseline characteristics. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to evaluate the association between regional echocardiogram utilization indices and percentage of imaged youth diagnosed with their first cardiac manifestation following echocardiography. Results Among 699 youth with new-onset SLE, 18% had ≥ 1 diagnosis code for acute cardiac disease, of which valvular insufficiency and pericarditis were most common. Twenty-five percent of all youth underwent echocardiogram during the baseline period. Regional echocardiogram use was positively correlated with the percentage of imaged youth found to have cardiac disease (ρ = 0.71, p = 0.05). There was up to a five-fold difference in adjusted odds of baseline echocardiography between low- and high-utilizing regions (OR = 0.19, p = 0.007). Conclusion Nearly one-fifth of youth with new-onset SLE have acute cardiac manifestations; however, use of

  5. Design and methods of the Echo WISELY (Will Inappropriate Scenarios for Echocardiography Lessen SignificantlY) study: An investigator-blinded randomized controlled trial of education and feedback intervention to reduce inappropriate echocardiograms.

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    Bhatia, R Sacha; Ivers, Noah; Yin, Cindy X; Myers, Dorothy; Nesbitt, Gillian; Edwards, Jeremy; Yared, Kibar; Wadhera, Rishi; Wu, Justina C; Wong, Brian; Hansen, Mark; Weinerman, Adina; Shadowitz, Steven; Johri, Amer; Farkouh, Michael; Thavendiranathan, Paaladinesh; Udell, Jacob A; Rambihar, Sherryn; Chow, Chi-Ming; Hall, Judith; Thorpe, Kevin E; Rakowski, Harry; Weiner, Rory B

    2015-08-01

    Appropriate use criteria (AUC) for transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) were developed to address concerns regarding inappropriate use of TTE. A previous pilot study suggests that an educational and feedback intervention can reduce inappropriate TTEs ordered by physicians in training. It is unknown if this type of intervention will be effective when targeted at attending level physicians in a variety of clinical settings. The aim of this international, multicenter study is to evaluate the hypothesis that an AUC-based educational and feedback intervention will reduce the proportion of inappropriate echocardiograms ordered by attending physicians in the ambulatory environment. In an ongoing multicentered, investigator-blinded, randomized controlled trial across Canada and the United States, cardiologists and primary care physicians practicing in the ambulatory setting will be enrolled. The intervention arm will receive (1) a lecture outlining the AUC and most recent available evidence highlighting appropriate use of TTE, (2) access to the American Society of Echocardiography mobile phone app, and (3) individualized feedback reports e-mailed monthly summarizing TTE ordering behavior including information on inappropriate TTEs and brief explanations of the inappropriate designation. The control group will receive no education on TTE appropriate use and order TTEs as usual practice. The Echo WISELY (Will Inappropriate Scenarios for Echocardiography Lessen Significantly in an education RCT) study is the first multicenter randomized trial of an AUC-based educational intervention. The study will examine whether an education and feedback intervention will reduce the rate of outpatient inappropriate TTEs ordered by attending level cardiologists and primary care physicians (www.clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT02038101). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Speckle tracking echocardiography in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and overlapping obstructive sleep apnea

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    Pizarro C

    2016-08-01

    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

  7. Echocardiography and ultrasound dopplerography assessment of central and peripheral hemodynamics in children with septic shock

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    V.V. Yevtushenko

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Background. The severe course of sepsis is usually associated with the development of septic shock and multiple organ failure. For effective treatment, it is recommended to perform instrumental monitoring of preload, contractile capacity of the heart and tissue perfusion. We aimed to evaluate changes in central and peripheral hemodynamics by echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound in children with septic shock. Materials and methods. A retrospective study of cases of septic shock in children aged 0 to 18 years who underwent treatment in the intensive care unit was conducted. Patients were monitored for central and peripheral hemodynamics by echocardiography and Doppler ultrasound. The initial study of hemodynamic parameters was carried out over the first 3 hours after hospitalization. The second study was carried out in 24–36 hours after the hospitalization. The third study was conducted in the period of convalescence within 24–48 hours after the withdrawal of sympathomimetic drugs. Results. Thirty-four cases of sepsis associated with septic shock were investigated. In 24 (70.6 % patients, the etiological factor was meningococcus, in 1 (2.9 % staphylococcus, and in 9 (26.5 % no aetiology was established. In 6 children from the study group fatal outcome occurred. Values of mean blood pressure, ejection fraction, peripheral resistance were relatively lower in the acute shock period, and increased after stabilization of hemodynamics. Evaluation of peripheral blood circulation at admission showed decreased diastolic velocity in abdominal aorta and upper mesenteric artery and systolic velocity in posterior tibial artery. The results of initial investigation demonstrated that 44.1 % patients had increased cardiac output along with decreased systemic vascular resistance (‘warm shock’, and just 8.8 % had features of ‘cold shock’ (decreased cardiac output and increased vascular resistance. The fatal course of the disease was associated with

  8. Head to head comparisons of two modalities of perfusion adenosine stress echocardiography with simultaneous SPECT

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    Thorsson Ola

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Real-time perfusion (RTP contrast echocardiography can be used during adenosine stress echocardiography (ASE to evaluate myocardial ischemia. We compared two different types of RTP power modulation techniques, angiomode (AM and high-resolution grayscale (HR, with 99mTc-tetrofosmin single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT for the detection of myocardial ischemia. Methods Patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD, admitted to SPECT, were prospectively invited to participate. Patients underwent RTP imaging (SONOS 5500 using AM and HR during Sonovue® infusion, before and throughout the adenosine stress, also used for SPECT. Analysis of myocardial perfusion and wall motion by RTP-ASE were done for AM and HR at different time points, blinded to one another and to SPECT. Each segment was attributed to one of the three main coronary vessel areas of interest. Results In 50 patients, 150 coronary areas were analyzed by SPECT and RTP-ASE AM and HR. SPECT showed evidence of ischemia in 13 out of 50 patients. There was no significant difference between AM and HR in detecting ischemia (p = 0.08. The agreement for AM and HR, compared to SPECT, was 93% and 96%, with Kappa values of 0.67 and 0.75, respectively (p Conclusion There was no significant difference between AM and HR in correctly detecting myocardial ischemia as judged by SPECT. This suggests that different types of RTP modalities give comparable data during RTP-ASE in patients with known or suspected CAD.

  9. Echocardiographic markers of inducible myocardial ischemia at baseline evaluation preparatory to exercise stress echocardiography.

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    Cherubini, Antonella; Cioffi, Giovanni; Mazzone, Carmine; Faganello, Giorgio; Barbati, Giulia; Tarantini, Luigi; Russo, Giulia; Stefenelli, Carlo; Humar, Franco; Grande, Eliana; Fisicaro, Maurizio; Pandullo, Claudio; Di Lenarda, Andrea

    2016-06-01

    Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI) is a sensible and feasible method to detect longitudinal left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in patients with diabetes mellitus, hypertension or ischemic heart disease. In this study, we hypothesized that longitudinal LVSD assessed by TDI predicted inducible myocardial ischemia independently of other echocardiographic variables (assessed as coexisting potential markers) in patients at increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. Two hundred one patients at high CV risk defined according to the ESC Guidelines 2012 underwent exercise stress echocardiography (ExSEcho) for primary prevention. Echocardiographic parameters were measured at rest and peak exercise. ExSEcho classified 168 (83.6 %) patients as non-ischemic and 33 (16,4 %) as ischemic. Baseline clinical characteristics were similar between the groups, but ischemic had higher blood pressure, received more frequently beta-blockers and antiplatelet agents than non-ischemic patients. The former had greater LV size, lower relative wall thickness and higher left atrial systolic force (LASF) than the latter. LV systolic longitudinal function (measure as peak S') was significantly lower in ischemic than non-ischemic patients (8.7 ± 2.1 vs 9.7 ± 2.7 cm/sec, p = 0.001). The factors independently related to myocardial ischemia at multivariate logistic analysis were: lower peak S', higher LV circumferential end-systolic stress and LASF. In asymptomatic patients at increased risk for adverse CV events baseline longitudinal LVSD together with higher LV circumferential end-systolic stress and LASF were the factors associated with myocardial ischemia induced by ExSEcho. The assessment of these factors at standard echocardiography might help the physicians for improving the risk stratification among these patients for ExSEcho.

  10. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography prognostic parameters in patients after acute myocardial infarction.

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    Haberka, Maciej; Liszka, Jerzy; Kozyra, Andrzej; Finik, Maciej; Gąsior, Zbigniew

    2015-03-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the left ventricle (LV) function with speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and to assess its relation to prognosis in patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Sixty-three patients (F/M = 16/47 pts; 62.33 ± 11.85 years old) with AMI (NSTEMI/STEMI 24/39 pts) and successful percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stent implantation (thrombolysis in myocardial infarction; TIMI 3 flow) were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent baseline two-dimensional conventional echocardiography and STE 3 days (baseline) and 30 days after PCI. All patients were followed up for cardiovascular clinical endpoints, major adverse cardiovascular endpoint (MACE), and functional status (Canadian Cardiovascular Society and New York Heart Association). During the follow-up (31.9 ± 5.1 months), there were 3 cardiovascular deaths, 15 patients had AMI, 2 patients had cerebral infarction, 24 patients reached the MACE. Baseline LV torsion (P = 0.035), but none of the other strain parameters were associated with the time to first unplanned cardiovascular hospitalization. Univariate analysis showed that baseline longitudinal two-chamber and four-chamber strain (sLa2 0 and sLa4 0) and the same parameters obtained 30 days after the AMI together with transverse four-chamber strain (sLa2 30, sLa4 30, and sTa4 30) were significantly associated with combined endpoint (MACE). The strongest association in the univariate analysis was found for the baseline sLa2. However, in multivariable analysis only a left ventricular remodeling (LVR - 27% pts) was significantly associated with MACE and strain parameters were not associated with the combined endpoint. The assessment of LV function with STE may improve cardiovascular risk prediction in postmyocardial infarction patients. © 2014, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Prognostic Value of Exercise-Stress Echocardiography in Asymptomatic Patients With Aortic Valve Stenosis.

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    Goublaire, Coppelia; Melissopoulou, Maria; Lobo, David; Kubota, Naozumi; Verdonk, Constance; Cimadevilla, Claire; Codogno, Isabelle; Brochet, Eric; Vahanian, Alec; Messika-Zeitoun, David

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    This study sought to evaluate the prognostic value of mean pressure gradient (MPG) increase and peak systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) measured during exercise stress echocardiography in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). Exercise testing is recommended in asymptomatic AS patients, but the additional value of exercise-stress echocardiography, especially the prognostic value of MPG increase and peak SPAP, is still debated. We enrolled all consecutive patients with pure, isolated, asymptomatic AS and preserved ejection fraction ≥50% and normal SPAP (20 mm Hg and/or SPAP at peak exercise >60 mm Hg). These 112 patients were managed conservatively. During a mean follow-up of 14 ± 8 months, an AS-related event occurred in 30 patients, and 25 patients underwent surgery. Neither MPG increase >20 mm Hg nor peak SPAP >60 mm Hg was predictive of occurrence of AS-related events or aortic valve replacement (all p > 0.20). In contrast, baseline AS severity was an important prognostic factor (all p < 0.01). In this observational study including 148 patients with asymptomatic AS, we confirmed and extended the importance of exercise testing for unveiling functional limitation. More importantly, neither the increase in MPG nor in SPAP at peak exercise was predictive of outcome. Our results do not support the use of these parameters in risk-stratification and clinical management of asymptomatic AS patients. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography Improves Pre-operative Risk Stratification Before the Total Cavopulmonary Connection.

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    Park, Patsy W; Atz, Andrew M; Taylor, Carolyn L; Chowdhury, Shahryar M

    2017-05-01

    Single-ventricle patients with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) or end-diastolic pressure (EDP) are excluded from undergoing total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC). However, a subset of patients deemed to be at acceptable risk experience prolonged length of stay (LOS) after TCPC. Routine assessment of ventricular function has been inadequate in identifying these high-risk patients. Speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel method for assessment of myocardial deformation that may be useful in single-ventricle patients. The aim of this study was to perform a contemporary preoperative risk assessment for prolonged LOS to determine whether STE improves risk stratification before TCPC. Our single institution's perioperative data were retrospectively collected. The primary outcome was postoperative LOS >14 days. Longitudinal and circumferential STE deformation measures were analyzed on echocardiograms obtained during preoperative catheterization. Patient-specific, echocardiographic, and catheterization data were included in multivariable logistic regression. Receiver operating characteristic area under the curves (AUC) were analyzed. From 2007 to 2014, 135 patients who underwent TCPC were included in the analysis. The median LOS was 11 (IQR 9-14) days. The PVR (P 14 days. For every 0.1 s -1 CSR increased, there was a 20% increased odds of prolonged LOS. The AUC for CSR was 0.70. The AUC for PVR and EDP combined was 0.68. The AUC for PVR, EDP, and CSR combined was 0.73. Preoperative CSR is independently associated with LOS >14 days and improves preoperative risk stratification in patients undergoing TCPC. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Automated left heart chamber volumetric assessment using three-dimensional echocardiography in Chinese adolescents

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    Xiu-Xia Luo

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Several studies have reported the accuracy and reproducibility of HeartModel for automated determination of three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE-derived left heart volumes and left ventricular (LV ejection fraction (LVEF in adult patients. However, it remains unclear whether this automated adaptive analytics algorithm, derived from a ‘training’ population, can encompass adequate echo images in Chinese adolescents. Objectives: The aim of our study was to explore the accuracy of HeartModel in adolescents compared with expert manual three-dimensional (3D echocardiography. Methods: Fifty-three Chinese adolescent subjects with or without heart disease underwent 3D echocardiographic imaging with an EPIQ system (Philips. 3D cardiac volumes and LVEF obtained with the automated HeartModel program were compared with manual 3D echocardiographic measurements by an experienced echocardiographer. Results: There was strong correlation between HeartModel and expert manual 3DE measurements (r = 0.875–0.965, all P < 0.001. Automated LV and left atrial (LA volumes were slightly overestimated when compared to expert manual measurements, while LVEF showed no significant differences from the manual method. Importantly, the intra- and inter-observer variability of automated 3D echocardiographic model was relatively low (<1%, surpassing the manual approach (3.5–17.4%, yet requiring significantly less analyzing time (20 ± 7 vs 177 ± 30 s, P < 0.001. Conclusion: Simultaneous quantification of left heart volumes and LVEF with the automated HeartModel program is rapid, accurate and reproducible in Chinese adolescent cohort. Therefore, it has a potential to bring 3D echocardiographic assessment of left heart chamber volumes and function into busy pediatric practice.

  14. Outcome by Exercise Echocardiography in Patients with Low Pretest Probability of Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Peteiro, Jesus; Bouzas-Mosquera, Alberto; Broullon, Javier; Sanchez-Fernandez, Gabriel; Perez-Cebey, Lucia; Yañez, Juan; Martinez, Dolores; Vazquez-Rodriguez, Jose M

    2016-08-01

    Recommendations for testing in patients with low pretest probability of coronary artery disease differ in guidelines from no testing at all to different tests. The aim of this study was to assess the value of exercise echocardiography (ExE) to define outcome in this population. A retrospective analysis was conducted of 1,436 patients with low pretest probability of coronary artery disease (exercise) and fixed wall motion abnormalities were measured. The mean age was 50 ± 12 years. Resting wall motion abnormalities were seen in 13 patients (0.9%) and ischemia in 108 (7.5%). During follow-up, 38 patients died, 10 of cardiac death (annualized death rate, 0.39%); 20 patients had MACEs (annualized MACE rate, 0.21%); and 48 patients (29 with ischemia) underwent revascularization (annualized revascularization rate, 0.51%). The number and percentage of MACEs in the abnormal and normal ExE groups were similar (two [1.7%] vs 18 [1.4%], P = .70), as was the annualized MACE rate (0.31% vs 0.21%, P = .50). Peak left ventricular ejection fraction exhibited a nonsignificant trend for predicting MACEs (P = .11). The number of studies needed to detect an abnormal finding was 12.6 and to detect a patient with extensive ischemia was 26.1. ExE offers limited prognostic information in patients with low pretest probability of coronary artery disease. The small number of abnormal findings on ExE and low event rates and the large number of studies needed to detect an abnormal finding limit further the value of imaging in this population. Copyright © 2016 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Sixty-four-slice multidetector computed tomography for preoperative evaluation of left ventricular function and mass in patients with mitral regurgitation: comparison with magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography

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    Guo, Ying-kun; Yang, Zhi-gang; Ning, Gang; Rao, Li; Pen, Ying; Wu, Yang; Dong, Li; Zhang, Tai-ming; Zhang, Xiao-chun; Wang, Qi-ling

    2009-01-01

    Quantitative values of left ventricular (LV) function and muscle mass in patients with mitral regurgitation are independent predictors of cardiac morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate whether 64-MDCT can assess the LV function in patients with mitral regurgitation with high accuracy when compared with the MRI and echocardiography results. Fifty-one patients with mitral regurgitation underwent retrospectively ECG-gated 64-MDCT, echocardiography, and MRI for assessing the global ventricular function. End-diastolic and end-systolic volume, stroke volume, ejection fraction, and mass were measured on 64-MDCT and echocardiography, and compared with the results measured on MRI which served as the reference standard. Intertechnique agreement was tested by using Pearson's correlation and Bland-Altman analyses. No significant differences were revealed in calculated LV function and mass between the 64-MDCT and MRI (paired t test, p = 0.07-0.53). Pearson's correlation analysis showed the functional parameters and mass correlated closely between the 64-MDCT and MRI (r = 0.89-0.96, p < 0.001). When compared with MRI, echocardiography underestimated the volumetric parameters of LV (paired t test, p = 0.0003-0.004), but significantly overestimated the EF values (p = 0.003), and moderate correlations of functional parameters were obtained (r = 0.78, 0.60, 0.81, and 0.62, respectively). ECG-gated 64-MDCT allows for accurate and reliable assessment of LV function in patients with mitral regurgitation, whereas LV volumes measured by two-dimensional echocardiography were underestimated and the ejection fraction was overestimated when compared with those achieved by using MRI. (orig.)

  16. Right Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Chagas Disease Defined by Speckle-Tracking Echocardiography: A Comparative Study with Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

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    Moreira, Henrique T; Volpe, Gustavo J; Marin-Neto, José A; Nwabuo, Chike C; Ambale-Venkatesh, Bharath; Gali, Luis G; Almeida-Filho, Oswaldo C; Romano, Minna M D; Pazin-Filho, Antonio; Maciel, Benedito C; Lima, João A C; Schmidt, André

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    Chagas disease leads to biventricular heart failure, usually with prominent systemic congestion. Although echocardiography is widely used in clinical routine, the utility of echocardiographic parameters to detect right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction in patients with Chagas disease is unknown. We sought to study the diagnostic value of echocardiography, including speckle-tracking parameters, to distinguish individuals with RV systolic dysfunction from those with normal RV systolic function in Chagas disease using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) as the reference method. In this cross-sectional study, 63 individuals with Chagas disease underwent echocardiography and CMR evaluations. Conventional echocardiographic parameters for RV functional evaluation were tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, RV systolic excursion velocity, fractional area change, and RV index of myocardial performance. Strain and strain rate were obtained by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and defined as "RV free wall," when based only in segments from RV free wall, or "RV free wall and septum," when segments from both free RV wall and interventricular septum were included. RV systolic dysfunction was defined as RV ejection fraction (RVEF) -22.5% for men and >-23.3% for women) exhibited the highest area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (area under the curve = 0.829) to differentiate the presence from the absence of RV systolic dysfunction in Chagas disease, with a sensitivity and specificity of 67% and 83%, respectively. RV free wall strain is an appropriate and superior echocardiographic variable for evaluating RV systolic function in Chagas disease, and it should be the method of choice for this purpose. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. CT-Guided Transthoracic Core Biopsy for Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Diagnostic Value of the Histopathological Findings in the Specimen

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    Fukuda, Hozumi; Ibukuro, Kenji; Tsukiyama, Toshitaka; Ishii, Rei

    2004-01-01

    We evaluated the value of CT-guided transthoracic core biopsy for the diagnosis of mycobacterial pulmonary nodules. The 30 subjects in this study had pulmonary nodules that had been either diagnosed histopathologically as tuberculosis or were suspected as tuberculosis based on a specimen obtained by CT-guided transthoracic core biopsy. The histopathological findings, the existence of acid-fast bacilli in the biopsy specimens, and the clinical course of the patients after the biopsy were reviewed retrospectively. Two of the three histological findings for tuberculosis that included epithelioid cells, multinucleated giant cells and caseous necrosis were observed in 21 of the nodules which were therefore diagnosed as histological tuberculosis. Six of these 21 nodules were positive for acid-fast bacilli, confirming the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Thirteen of the 21 nodules did not contain acid-fast bacilli but decreased in size in response to antituberculous treatment and were therefore diagnosed as clinical tuberculosis. Seven nodules with only caseous necrosis were diagnosed as suspected tuberculosis, with a final diagnosis of tuberculosis being made in 4 of the nodules and a diagnosis of old tuberculosis in 2 nodules. Two nodules with only multinucleated giant cells were diagnosed as suspected tuberculosis with 1 of these nodules being diagnosed finally as tuberculosis and the other nodule as a nonspecific granuloma. When any two of the three following histopathological findings - epithelioid cells, multinucleated giant cells or caseous necrosis - are observed in a specimen obtained by CT-guided transthoracic core biopsy, the diagnosis of tuberculosis can be established without the detection of acid-fast bacilli or Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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

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    Kjærgaard, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    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...... is a promising tool for improving our understanding of right ventricular hemodynamics, several aspects of the technology must be evaluated. The accuracy and reproducibility of the technology is evaluated in vitro, and normal values, impact of changes in loading of the right ventricle, response to exercise...... on right ventricular hemodynamics: pulmonary embolism, Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy and pulmonary regurgitation, the latter in an animal model. The conclusions of the thesis are: Color tissue Doppler echocardiography accurately measures velocities, SR and strain in vitro. No systematic...

  19. Three-dimensional adult echocardiography: where the hidden dimension helps.

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    Mor-Avi, Victor; Sugeng, Lissa; Lang, Roberto M

    2008-05-01

    The introduction of three-dimensional (3D) imaging and its evolution from slow and labor-intense off-line reconstruction to real-time volumetric imaging is one of the most significant developments in ultrasound imaging of the heart of the past decade. This imaging modality currently provides valuable clinical information that empowers echocardiography with new levels of confidence in diagnosing heart disease. One major advantage of seeing the additional dimension is the improvement in the accuracy of the evaluation of cardiac chamber volumes by eliminating geometric modeling and the errors caused by foreshortened views. Another benefit of 3D imaging is the realistic views of cardiac valves capable of demonstrating numerous pathologies in a unique, noninvasive manner. This article reviews the major technological developments in 3D echocardiography and some of the recent literature that has provided the scientific basis for its clinical use.

  20. On-Orbit Prospective Echocardiography on International Space Station

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

    2010-01-01

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