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Ricci Kevin B KB From the Division of Cardiac Surgery, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43201, - - 2014
Diaphragmatic hernias are a known complication of explanting a left ventricular assist device. The increasing use of left ventricular assist devices has resulted in an increased risk of this complication. We present the case of a patient who presented with diaphragmatic hernias on routine follow-up after a heart transplant. A ...
Ertel Andrew W AW Division of Cardiology, Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center and University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, 840 S Wood St, MC 715, Suite 935, Chicago, IL, 60612, - - 2014
Intracoronary device loss is occasionally encountered and removal is commonly performed at the time of the procedure. We report a case of removal of a retained coronary balloon protective plastic tubing inadvertently left in the coronary artery for a month and associated with myocardial infarction. Optical coherence tomography was used ...
Sochman J J Clinic of Cardiology, Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic. - - 2014
The concept of vena contracta space reduction in tricuspid valve position was tested in an animal model. Feasibility of specific artificial obturator body (REMOT) fixed to the right ventricular apex and interacting with tricuspid valve leaflets was evaluated in three different animal studies. Catheter-based technique was used in three series ...
de Simone G - - 2013
Obesity is characterized by the disproportionate growth of the components of body size, including adipose tissue and lean body mass. Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy often develops, due to the coexistence of hemodynamic (cardiac workload) and non-hemodynamic components (including body composition and activity of visceral fat). While the hypertrophy of cardiomyocytes ...
Maskatia Shiraz A - - 2013
Obesity is epidemic in congenital heart disease, with reported rates of 16% to 26% in children and 54% in adults. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of obesity on ventricular function and size in patients after initial repair for tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). Cardiac magnetic resonance ...
Floré Vincent - - 2013
INTRODUCTION: There is convincing experimental evidence that cellular action potential duration (APD) alternans is arrhythmogenic but its relationship with body surface microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) remains unclear. We investigated the relationship between MTWA and APD alternans induced by alternating cycle length (CL) pacing in a pig model. METHODS: In 10 ...
Ielasi Alfonso - - 2012
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Encouraging results at long-term follow-up have been reported from non-randomized registries and randomized trials following percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stent implantation for unprotected left main stenosis. However, information on very long-term (>5-year) outcomes is limited. The aim of this study was to assess the very long-term ...
D'Oronzio Umberto - - 2012
BACKGROUND: Published reference values for echocardiographic measurements of right-heart dimensions and function do not stratify for gender and body size. The aim of this study was therefore to assess the impact of gender and biometric characteristics on right-heart dimensions and function. METHODS: From the echocardiography database at a tertiary care ...
Natarajan Arun - - 2012
This is a case of a persistent mobile mass in the left atrial appendage in which 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography provided excellent definition of the contour of the mass and helped in comparison during follow-up. The mass was incidentally found before atrial fibrillation ablation and initially thought to be a thrombus. ...
Elahi Maqsood - - 2012
Cardiac fibromas are rare intracardiac neoplasms but represent the most common resectable tumours of childhood. They can remain asymptomatic for extended periods of time but a pertinent and unpredictable risk of sudden cardiac death and fatal ventricular arrhythmia always exists even in asymptomatic patients. We report a case of an ...
Mustonen Erja - - 2012
Cardiac remodelling is defined as changes in the size, shape, and function of the heart, which are most commonly caused by hypertension-induced left ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial infarction. Both neurohumoral and inflammatory factors have critical roles in the regulation of cardiac remodelling. A characteristic feature of cardiac remodelling is modification ...
Harikrishnan S S Department of Cardiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. - - 2012
The data of 51 patients (33 females) who underwent excision of left atrial (LA) myxoma were retrospectively reviewed for correlation of tumour size and electrocardiographic (ECG) findings. Mean age was 39.1 ± 15 years (range 9-53 years). The LA enlargement (LAE) on ECG was defined by standard criteria. The LAE ...
Norita Katsuya - - 2012
Coronary vasculitis is a rare and diagnostically challenging cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD). There are currently no large-scale series on this rare entity. A retrospective non-case-control observational study of SCD with coronary vasculitis referred to a tertiary cardiac pathology referral centre at the National Heart and Lung Institute at ...
Kamra Ht - - 2012
Fibroadenoma is the most commonly diagnosed benign tumour in adolescents and young women but spontaneous infarction in fibroadenoma is rarely seen. We report here a case of spontaneously infracted fibroadenoma in a 20 year old unmarried female without history of trauma or previous fine needle aspiration. It is important to ...
Ojji Dike B - - 2012
Cardiac myxoma is a benign (non-malignant) neoplasm that represents the most common primary tumour of the heart. We present the case of a 36 year old woman with background hypertension who presented with features of left ventricular failure and seizures, and was found during transthoracic echocardiography to have left atrial ...
Grimaldi Antonio - - 2011
Myxomas are by far the most common tumours of the heart. A 75-year-old man with no notable medical history presented with a 2-month progressive weight loss and dyspnoea on exertion. Physical examination revealed an opening snap and a diastolic decrescendo murmur at the apex. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a large, 85 × 30 mm, ...
Nauta Sjoerd T - - 2011
The latest European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on myocardial revascularisation are reviewed. The nearly 300 recommendations make it difficult to apply them in their totality. The authors would propose 20-30 recommendations per guideline based on sound clinical evidence. Also, the scope of the current guidelines is very wide as ...
Ostrowski Stanisław - - 2011
The heart is the rarest site for neoplasms to be localized. Despite modern diagnostic techniques, cardiac tumours continue to among those discovered latest and with the worst prognoses. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman with a heart tumour and mediastinal lymphadenopathy, who was admitted to the Department of ...
Kakkavas Apostolos T - - 2011
A large intracardiac mass is a rare condition and one with an extremely high risk of haemodynamic and embolic complications. Urgent surgical excision is the treatment of choice, and the histological examination reveals the exact nature of the mass, usually a myxoma or a thrombus. We present the case of ...
Mordi I R - - 2011
Carcinoid tumours are rare tumours of the neuro-endocrine system. They most commonly present in the gut; however, they can present in other organs. In all, 0.3% of carcinoid tumours are ovarian in origin. Subsequently, very few cases of ovarian carcinoid affecting the heart have been reported and this case adds ...
Pellicori Pierpaolo - - 2011
An 88-year-old lady was referred to our Heart Failure Clinic with a history of 'occasional' breathlessness. Electrocardiography showed sinus rhythm and no other major abnormalities and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was normal. Transthoracic echocardiography showed a non-dilated left ventricle with good systolic function. A bright and well-circumscribed, echogenic mass ...
António Marta T - - 2011
Primary cardiac tumours in children are rare. Despite the majority of these tumours being benign, they may cause blood flow obstruction, ventricular dysfunction, and life-threatening arrhythmias. We present a case of a 4-year-old boy with repeated presyncope episodes in whom we found a large left ventricular fibroma. Our case emphasises ...
Szwench Elżbieta - - 2011
BACKGROUND. Phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas are rare, mostly benign catecholamine-producing tumours of chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla or of extra-adrenal paraganglia. Phaeochromocytoma may occur at any age, the greatest frequency being in the fourth and fifth decades. Only on extremely rare occasions does the tumour develop in the very old ...
Tsang F Hf - - 2011
Atrial cardiac myxoma is the most common benign cardiac tumour. Atrial myxoma most commonly arises from the left atrium and, less frequently, from the right atrium or both ventricles. Cardiac myxoma arising from the tricuspid valve is rare. These tumours can present with right heart failure as a result of ...
Cacciapuoti Fulvio - - 2011
Carcinoid heart disease is a rare cause of heart failure with or without right valvular heart impairments. In this study, we showed a case of carcinoid tumour with hepatic metastases inducing carcinoid heart disease. Neuroendocrine heart involvement happens for severe tricuspid valve insufficiency and plaques on right ventricular (RV) walls ...
Nazli Yunus - - 2011
A metastatic synovial sarcoma in the right atrium and ventricle is described. A 36-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with generalized fatigue, dyspnoea, and precordial pain. Transthoracic echocardiography demonstrated a metastatic tumour in both the right atrium and right ventricle and revealed obstruction of the inflow tract of the ...
Mihardja Shirley S - - 2011
Repairing cardiac tissue remains one of the most challenging goals in tissue engineering. Here, we discuss ways whereby we sought to treat myocardial infarctions using extracellular-matrix derived peptides. Using an ischemia/reperfusion myocardial infarction rodent model, we targeted these extracellular matrix-derived peptides to the myocardial infarct site and were able to ...
Tziakas Dimitrios N - - 2012
Background: Altered myocardial extracellular matrix turnover has been proposed as a major determinant of myocardial remodelling. Carboxy-terminal telopeptide of collagen type-I (CITP) represents a collagen type-I degradation-derived serum peptide. In this study we examined the independent and additive prognostic value of serum concentrations of CITP compared with well-known mortality predictors ...
Mishra Pankaj Kumar - - 2011
Cardiac tumours are rare in occurrence. The authors report a patient who presented with a history of recurrent transient ischemic attacks and cerebrovascular accidents. During rehabilitation he was incidentally diagnosed with a large left ventricular mass which was excised successfully with good clinical outcome. On histopathology it was a papillary ...
Ananthakrishna Rajiv - - 2011
A 45-year-old female known to suffer from rheumatic heart disease (RHD), presented with breathlessness of 1 year duration. Two-dimensional echocardiography revealed significant mitral and aortic valve disease mandating double valve replacement. In addition, an unusual finding in the form of a well-defined, densely calcified intramyocardial left ventricular mass was noted ...
Greaney Lisa - - 2011
Calcified amorphous tumour (CAT) of the heart is a rarely reported non-neoplastic cardiac mass. The authors report a 69-year-old female with long-standing severe asthma and on home oxygen, who presented with a 2 cm mobile mass in the left ventricular outflow tract and symptoms of left heart failure and stroke. ...
Ikeda Nobutaka - - 2011
The prognostic and diagnostic values of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) in ischemic heart disease have already been investigated in many previous studies. Although NT-pro-BNP is affected by many factors, these previous studies did not strictly exclude them. This study included 110 patients who received coronary arteriography between November 2007 ...
Palazzuoli A - - 2010
Hospitalization for decompensated heart failure (HF) is associated with extraordinarily high rates of morbidity and mortality. Despite its high prevalence its pathophysiologic mechanisms and future risk stratification remain poorly defined and understudied. Several clinical Risk Scores to recognize high risk patients, has been purposed in the past but they are ...
Maréchaux Sylvestre - - 2011
The relative impact of comorbidities and parameters of left ventricular diastolic function on clinical outcome has not been thoroughly investigated in patients who are hospitalized for heart failure decompensation and found to have preserved ejection fraction. We identified 98 HFpEF patients among 1452 patients admitted with acute heart failure. Clinical ...
Pfister Roman - - 2012
Single clinical parameters are inaccurate for diagnostic and prognostic estimation in patients with syncope. The cardiac marker NT-pro-BNP has not thoroughly been evaluated for this application. NT-pro-BNP was assessed in 161 consecutive patients (median age 69years, 58% male) hospitalized for syncope in a cardiological university department and association (odds ratio: ...
Biswas Nilima - - 2010
In the heart, the secretory granules containing the atrial natriuretic peptides (ANP) and B-type myocardial natriuretic peptide (BNP) provide the basis for the endocrine function of this organ. We sought to determine whether atrial and myocardial secretory granules contain chromogranin/secretogranin proteins including chromogranin A (CHGA/Chga), chromogranin B (CHGB/Chgb) and secretogranin ...
Klaar Ursula - - 2011
Optimal timing of surgery is crucial in mitral regurgitation (MR) to avoid excess mortality and morbidity. The role of brain-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in this setting remains controversial. We evaluated the value of serial BNP measurements for early prediction of deterioration in asymptomatic MR. Eighty-seven consecutive asymptomatic patients with severe ...
Lampropoulos Konstantinos M - - 2010
The aim of this research was to describe N-terminal part of the prohormone B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels over time in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) before and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). NT-proBNP, troponin I (Tn-I), creatine kinase (CK), CK MB isoenzyme (CKMB), fibrinogen, D-dimers, and C-reactive protein ...
Rakowski Tomasz - - 2010
Angiographic Perfusion Score (APS) proposed as a simple, angiographic score linking epicardial and myocardial perfusion parameters before and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a predictor of short-term outcome in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with PCI. Aim of the study was to analyze the correlation between ...
Engineer Rakesh S - - 2012
To examine whether posturally induced changes in cardiac output differentiate patients presenting with dyspnea to the emergency department (ED) with acute heart failure (AHF) from other causes. This was an observational study of patients presenting to the ED with dyspnea. Exclusion criteria included ischemic chest pain, electrocardiographic changes diagnostic of ...
Kosmicki Douglas L - - 2010
The signs and symptoms of systolic heart failure are frequently insensitive and nonspecific, making an accurate bedside diagnosis of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) challenging. B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is often used, but is not diagnostically useful when in the indeterminate range. The authors investigated the diagnostic test characteristics of ...
Miettinen Johanna A - - 2011
Intracoronary administration of autologous bone marrow stem cells (BMC) has been shown to result in a subtle improvement of global left ventricular ejection fraction after ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), but the overall benefits of BMC therapy are still unclear. We studied the influence of intracoronary injections of BMC on levels ...
Kocaman Sinan Altan - - 2010
Autonomic dysfunction is an important marker of prognosis in congestive heart failure (CHF) and may determine the symptoms and progression of CHF. The aim of our study was to investigate whether preserved autonomic function assessed by heart rate variability (HRV) analyses is related to absence of CHF symptoms despite prominently ...
Madak Nihat - - 2010
In this study, we sought to investigate the serum levels of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (Hs-CRP), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT proBNP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate, leukocyte, thyroid hormone and fibrinogen levels in patients with coronary slow flow phenomenon (CSFP). A total of 82 patients with angiographically proven normal coronary arteries ...
Daniels Lori B - - 2010
BACKGROUND: ST2, an interleukin-1 receptor family member up-regulated in the setting of cardiomyocyte strain, has prognostic value in patients with acute myocardial infarction, chronic severe heart failure, and acute heart failure. The predictive value of ST2 levels in outpatients is unknown. We studied the clinical and echocardiographic correlates of ST2 ...
Hamano Kumiko - - 2010
In the early identification of cardiovascular risk, it is essential to establish a biological marker for cardiac complications that is comparable to albuminuria for nephropathy. We tested the hypothesis that N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) might be a marker for silent myocardial ischaemia in diabetes. In forty consecutively recruited subjects ...
Horiguchi Yoriko - - 2011
In Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) it is important to detect cardiac involvement, which predicts poor prognosis. This study evaluated whether (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) scintigraphy could detect cardiac damage and predict cardiac events in CSS. (123)I-MIBG scintigraphy was performed in 28 patients with CSS, 12 of whom had cardiac involvement. The early and ...
Tota Bruno - - 2010
In the past 50 years, extensive evidence has shown the ability of vertebrate cardiac non-neuronal cells to synthesize and release catecholamines (CA). This formed the mindset behind the search for the intrinsic endocrine heart properties, culminating in 1981 with the discovery of the natriuretic peptides (NP). CA and NP, co-existing ...
Psychari Stavroula N - - 2011
We investigated the role of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NTpro-BNP), in atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence rate. A total of 80 patients with first AF episode were studied prospectively. Echocardiography (ECG), Holter ECG, and measurements of hsCRP, IL-6, and NTproBNP were performed immediately ...
Katoh Shigehiko - - 2010
Iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine ((123)I-MIBG) has been used to assess the function of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). The usefulness of (123)I-MIBG imaging for evaluating patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) has not been established. We performed (123)I-MIBG scintigraphy and echocardiography and measured ...
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