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Ten years of the Echocardiographic Society of Serbia: local achievements with European flavour.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec;12(12):970-1

Faculty of Medicine, University Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, University of Belgrade, Vukova 9, 11070 Belgrade, Serbia.

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December 2011
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Relationship between aortic valve stenosis, its replacement, and aortic function.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 11;12(12):967-8; author reply 968. Epub 2011 Nov 11.

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December 2011
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Multi-modality imaging of apical aortic conduit.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 6;12(12):975. Epub 2011 Nov 6.

Department of Cardiology, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH, UK.

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December 2011
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Unconventional modified Fontan operation for Ebstein's anomaly.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 3;12(12):974. Epub 2011 Nov 3.

Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, Peter Lougheed Hospital, University of Calgary, 3500 26 Avenue Northeast, Calgary, AB, Canada T1Y 6J4.

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December 2011
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A complicated transseptal puncture during Mitraclip procedure: saved by 3D-TEE.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 2;12(12):E45. Epub 2011 Nov 2.

Department of Cardiology, St Antonius Hospital, Koekoekslaan 1, Nieuwegein 3435 CM, The Netherlands.

We report a case where real-time three-dimensional transoesophageal echocardiography (3D-TEE) was able to detect a complicated transseptal puncture during a Mitraclip procedure which was not seen on the two-dimensional TEE (2D-TEE) images. This case demonstrates the incremental value of 3D-TEE during transseptal puncture. Read More

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December 2011
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Left atrial septal pouch causing an ischaemic stroke in association with aortic coarctation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 25;12(12):916. Epub 2011 Oct 25.

Cardiology Department, Gosford Hospital, NSW 2250, Australia.

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December 2011
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Echocardiography based estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance in patients with pulmonary hypertension: a simultaneous Doppler echocardiography and cardiac catheterization study.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 19;12(12):961-6. Epub 2011 Oct 19.

Department of Cardiology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.

Aims: Pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) is an important measurement for the diagnosis of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) but needs accurate determination of mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAMP). We aimed to test the accuracy of a Doppler-derived measurement of PVR, using the conventional invasive equation in patients with PH.

Methods And Results: We investigated 30 patients undergoing right heart catheterization (RHC), mean age 62 ± 13 years, 21 females, with different diseases; idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (n = 5), associated PAH (n = 16), chronic thromboembolic PH (n = 6), interstitial lung disease (n = 2), and after closure of an atrial septal defect (n = 1). Read More

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December 2011
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The role of echocardiography in the management of atrial fibrillation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):i33-8

Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK.

Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and is associated with significant mortality and morbidity due to stroke. Echocardiography plays a critical role in defining the clinical context of the arrhythmia and guiding management. Transoesophageal echocardiography is used to exclude intracardiac thrombus to facilitate early cardioversion. Read More

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October 2011
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The role of echocardiography in percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):i3-10

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Birmingham, and Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.

Percutaneous device closure of the left atrial appendage (LAA) has been introduced in the last decade as a minimally invasive alternative treatment to long-term anticoagulation to reduce the risk of thrombo-embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation. Echocardiography is an essential tool at all stages of the procedure. Pre-procedural echocardiography is used to screen suitable candidates and to define LAA morphology and dimension; peri-procedural transoesophageal or intracardiac echocardiography has a major role in guiding, delivery, and deployment of the device, for screening of procedural complications and for assessing procedural success; and post-procedural echocardiography is important in the surveillance and monitoring of long-term outcome. Read More

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October 2011
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The pivotal role of echocardiography in cardiac sources of embolism.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):i25-31

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridge CB23 3RE, UK.

Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and is the third commonest cause of death in Europe. Clinical history examination and basic investigations including an electrocardiogram may shed light on the potential cardiac cause. Echocardiography plays a pivotal role in the assessment of embolic stroke. Read More

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October 2011
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Guidelines for transoesophageal echocardiographic probe cleaning and disinfection from the British Society of Echocardiography.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):i17-23

Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, UK.

The clinical utility of transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is well established. Being a semi-invasive procedure, however, the potential for transmission of infection between sequential patients exists. This has implications for the protection of both patients and medical staff. Read More

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October 2011
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Anatomy of the left atrium for interventional echocardiography.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):i11-5

Cardiac Morphology Unit, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College London, London SW3 6NP, UK.

The anatomy of the left atrium is reviewed with relevance to various interventional transcatheter procedures requiring manoeuvres within or passage through the left atrium. The component parts of the atrium--the atrial body with a vestibule, appendage, venous component, and the atrial septum--are described with emphasis on their spatial relationships to neighbouring cardiac and extra-cardiac structures. Normal variations are discussed for a better understanding of the anatomy so as to reduce the risk of potential complications during procedures. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer093DOI Listing
October 2011
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Right atrial compressing mass appearance: a rare aetiological cause.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct;12(10):766

Cardiology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Beşevler, Ankara, Turkey.

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October 2011
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Tissue Doppler imaging in the left ventricle and right ventricle in healthy children: normal age-related peak systolic velocities, timings, and time differences.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 10;12(12):953-60. Epub 2011 Oct 10.

Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, J6-S Leiden University Medical Center, Albinusdreef 2, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands.

Aims: Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) enables assessment of velocities and timings within the left (LV) and the right (RV) ventricle with high temporal resolution. Knowledge on normal age-related values of peak systolic velocities and timings in healthy children may optimize the benefit of device-based therapies in paediatric patients with heart failure.

Methods And Results: A total of 123 healthy children (from 1 month to 18 years old) underwent TDI evaluation of the RV and LV. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer186DOI Listing
December 2011
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Two-dimensional myocardial strain imaging detects changes in left ventricular systolic function immediately after anthracycline chemotherapy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 1;12(12):945-52. Epub 2011 Oct 1.

Faculty of Health Science, University of Sydney, Lidcombe Campus, 75 East Street, Lidcombe, NSW 2141, Australia.

Aims: The efficacy of anthracyclines is undermined by potential life-threatening cardiotoxicity. Cardiotoxicity is dependent upon several factors and the timing to its development is variable. Moreover, as adjuvant therapy with trastuzumab often follows, a close monitoring of cardiac function in those treated with anthracyclines is mandatory. Read More

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December 2011
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Giant pericardial thrombus and cardiac tamponade.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 1;12(12):952. Epub 2011 Oct 1.

Cardiovascular Institute, Hospital Universitario San Carlos, Profesor Martin Lagos, 28040, Madrid, Spain.

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December 2011
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Pulmonary Doppler signals: a potentially new diagnostic tool.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 30;12(12):940-4. Epub 2011 Sep 30.

Elisha Hospital, Haifa, Israel.

Aims: To overcome the limitations due to ultrasound attenuation by the air in the lungs, in order to study the pulmonary system using an advanced signal processing technology.

Methods And Results: Pulsed spectral Doppler signals were obtained over the chest wall using a signal processing and algorithm package (transthoracic parametric Doppler, TPD, EchoSense Ltd, Haifa, Israel) in conjunction with a non-imaging Doppler device (Viasys Healthcare, Madison, WI, USA) coupled with an electrocardiogram. The signals picked up by a transducer positioned at various locations over the chest wall, were treated for noise, analysed parametrically and displayed in terms of both velocity and power originating from moving ultrasound reflectors. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer175DOI Listing
December 2011
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Robustness of a new three-dimensional echocardiographic algorithm for left ventricular volume and ejection fraction quantification: experts vs. novices.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 28;12(12):895-903. Epub 2011 Sep 28.

Hôpital Cardiologique, CHU de Bordeaux, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux CIC0005, France.

Aims: We evaluated the ability of a new simplified algorithm for three-dimensional echocardiography (3DE) left ventricular (LV) measurements with minimal operator interaction to be reproducible and robust, independently of the experience.

Methods And Results: A total of 163 subjects were investigated using two-dimensional echocardiography (2DE) and 3DE. The 3D data sets were blindly analysed offline by novice investigators and experts. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer179DOI Listing
December 2011
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Assessment of left ventricular twist mechanics in Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 28;12(12):931-9. Epub 2011 Sep 28.

Department of Cardiology and Intensive Care Unit, Centre Hospitalier de Compiegne, 8 Rue Henri Adnot, 60200 Compiegne, France.

Aims: To assess left ventricular (LV) twist mechanics in patients with Tako-tsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC).

Methods And Results: Two-dimensional strain and LV twist by speckle-tracking echocardiography was performed in 17 consecutive patients with typical TTC according to the Mayo clinic criteria [78 ± 8 years, 88% women, and mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) 45 ± 10%], at the acute phase (within 24 h after admission) and after recovery (1 month later). Seventeen control (C) patients matched for age and sex (mean LVEF 70 ± 7%), and 17 patients with acute anterior myocardial infarction (MI) treated by successful primary angioplasty 24 h before, matched for LVEF, age, and sex, were compared with TTC patients. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer183DOI Listing
December 2011
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Peak systolic velocity indices are more sensitive than end-systolic indices in detecting contraction changes assessed by echocardiography in young healthy humans.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 22;12(12):924-30. Epub 2011 Sep 22.

MI Lab and Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Aims: It remains to be proven whether left ventricular (LV) peak systolic velocity indices (peak systolic annulus tissue velocities, ejection velocity, and strain rate) are more closely related to contraction than LV end-systolic echocardiographic indices (ejection fraction, fractional shortening, systolic annulus displacement, global strain, and ejection velocity time integral). The study aimed to compare the ability of different echocardiographic methods in detecting contraction changes of the LV.

Methods And Results: Thirty-three healthy volunteers (20-32 years) were examined by echocardiography at rest, during 10 μg/kg/min dobutamine (n = 20), and after injection of 15 mg metoprolol (n = 20). Read More

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December 2011
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Extra-cardiac compression and left ventricular inflow obstruction as a complication of a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 20;12(12):973. Epub 2011 Sep 20.

Department of Cardiology, University Hospitals Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.

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Relationship between ultrasonic tissue characterization and myocardial deformation for prediction of left ventricular reverse remodelling in non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 20;12(12):887-94. Epub 2011 Sep 20.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, 126-1, Anam-dong 5 ga, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-705, Republic of Korea.

Aims: This study was to evaluate the relationship between ultrasonic tissue characterization by integrated backscatter (IBS) and myocardial deformation assessed by two-dimensional speckled tracking (2DS) imaging for prediction of left ventricular (LV) reverse remodelling in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Methods And Results: Forty-five consecutive patients with non-ischaemic DCM were enrolled prospectively. The mean cyclic variation of integrated backscatter (CVIBS) was calculated as the mean of the septal and posterior wall CVIBS. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer177DOI Listing
December 2011
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Unusual cardiac presentation in neurofibromatosis type 1.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 16;12(12):972. Epub 2011 Sep 16.

Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Peter Lougheed Hospital, University of Calgary, 3500 26 Avenue, Northeast Calgary, AB T1Y 6J4, Canada.

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December 2011
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Interrupted aortic arch accompanied by a giant saccular aneurysm in a 53-year-old man.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 14;12(12):909. Epub 2011 Sep 14.

Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, No 57, Chang-ping Road, Shantou 515041, Peoples' Republic of China.

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December 2011
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Massive multi-chamber heart thrombosis as a consequence of acute fulminant myocarditis complicated with fatal ischaemic stroke.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 13;12(11):885. Epub 2011 Sep 13.

Cardiology Department, Ahi Evren Heart and Vascular Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Çamlık Street, Trabzon, Turkey.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer164DOI Listing
November 2011
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Right ventricular outflow tract obstruction secondary to a membranous ventricular septal aneurysm.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 13;12(11):886. Epub 2011 Sep 13.

Division of Cardiology, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, 40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer166DOI Listing
November 2011
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Early diastolic mitral annular velocity at the interventricular septal annulus correctly reflects left ventricular longitudinal myocardial relaxation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 9;12(12):917-23. Epub 2011 Sep 9.

Division of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kita-12, Nishi-5, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0812, Japan.

Aims: Early diastolic mitral annular velocity (e') obtained by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is widely used to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic function based on the assumption that it reflects myocardial relaxation in the long-axis direction. In this study, we aimed to determine whether or not e' truly reflects early diastolic longitudinal myocardial relaxation, and which is the most useful for evaluating LV diastolic function among e' measured at the interventricular-septal annulus (IS-e'), that measured at the lateral annulus (LW-e') or their mean value (M-e').

Methods And Results: IS-e', LW-e', and M-e' were measured using colour TDI in 15 patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, 13 patients with hypertension, and 19 control subjects. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer154DOI Listing
December 2011
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Myocardial function may improve equally in diabetic patients following both multivessel percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass grafting: results from a CARDia trial substudy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 6;12(12):904-9. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

London Chest Hospital, Barts and the London NHS Trust, Bonner Road, E2 9JX London, UK.

Aims: The CARDia (Coronary Artery Revascularization in Diabetes) trial compared coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and optimal percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in diabetic patients with multivessel coronary disease. Patients enrolled had symptoms of myocardial ischaemia. As symptom assessment is flawed in diabetic patients, a substudy was undertaken to compare the extent to which these revascularization strategies alter reversible ischaemia. Read More

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December 2011
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Anomalous origin of the right coronary artery from the pulmonary artery: a rare finding in an asymptomatic man.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 6;12(11):884. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

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November 2011
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Right ventricular systolic function assessment: rank of echocardiographic methods vs. cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 6;12(11):871-80. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Department of Cardiology, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland.

Aims: Right ventricular (RV) systolic function is prognostically important, but its assessment by echocardiography remains challenging, in part because of the multitude of available measurement methods. The purpose of this prospective study was to rank these methods against the reference of RV ejection fraction (EF) as obtained in a broad clinical population by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Methods And Results: Two hundred and twenty-three individuals were included in the study. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer138DOI Listing
November 2011
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Symptomatic pericardial cyst: a case series.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 6;12(11):E43. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA.

Pericardial cysts are most commonly located at the cardiophrenic angle or, rarely, in the posterior or anterior superior mediastinum. The majority of pericardial cysts are asymptomatic and are found incidentally. Symptomatic pericardial cysts present with dyspnoea, chest pain, or persistent cough. Read More

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November 2011
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Feasibility of detecting early left ventricular systolic dysfunction using global area strain: a novel index derived from three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 6;12(12):910-6. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Department of Cardiology, The Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, No 138 Tongzipo Road, Changsha, Hunan 410013, PR China.

Aims: Area strain (AS), derived from three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3D-STE), is a novel parameter integrating longitudinal and circumferential deformation. We sought to evaluate the ability of global AS to detect early left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction in patients with risk factors for heart failure (HF).

Methods And Results: Standard echocardiography and 3D-STE were performed in 160 subjects with or without HF. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer162DOI Listing
December 2011
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Absent pulmonary valve syndrome: prenatal cardiac ultrasound diagnosis with autopsy correlation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Dec 6;12(12):E44. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Fetal Cardiac Program, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, St Gregorios Cardio-Vascular Centre, Dr K M Cherian Heart Foundation, Parumala, Pathanamthitta Dt, Kerala 689626, India.

Absent pulmonary valve syndrome (APVS) is a rare conotruncal anomaly consisting of a severely hypoplastic pulmonary valve with annular stenosis, aneurysmal dilatation of main pulmonary artery with dilatation of one or both pulmonary artery branches, and a ventricular septal defect. Here, we report a prenatal echo diagnosis of APVS in a 27-year-old primi gravida at 20 weeks of gestation confirmed on fetal autopsy. A 'bow tie'-like hypoechoic shadow in fetal cardiac ultrasound observed by us in a modified four-chamber view was suggestive of aneurysmal dilatation of branch pulmonary arteries. Read More

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December 2011
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Relationship between platelet indices and spontaneous echo contrast in patients with mitral stenosis.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 5;12(11):865-70. Epub 2011 Sep 5.

Department of Cardiology, Erciyes University School of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey.

Aims: To determine the association of platelet indices with spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in patients with mitral stenosis.

Methods And Results: A total of 232 consecutive patients with mitral stenosis who undergoing mitral balloon valvuloplasty were enrolled to the study. Patients were divided into two groups according to the formation of SEC in the left atrium. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer159DOI Listing
November 2011
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Impact of aortic stiffness on left ventricular function and B-type natriuretic peptide release in severe aortic stenosis.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 1;12(11):850-6. Epub 2011 Sep 1.

Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania.

Aims: In aortic stenosis (AS), both reduced systemic arterial compliance and increased valvular load have been shown to contribute to impaired left ventricular (LV) function. However, the relationship between LV function and aortic stiffness has not yet been investigated. We aimed to assess the relationship between aortic stiffness and LV global longitudinal strain (GLS), LV filling pressures (E/E') and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in AS. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer120DOI Listing
November 2011
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Assessment of the American Society of Echocardiography-European Association of Echocardiography guidelines for diastolic function in patients with depressed ejection fraction: an echocardiographic and invasive haemodynamic study.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 1;12(11):857-64. Epub 2011 Sep 1.

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University Health Sciences Centre, 237 Barton Street E., Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Aims: There is controversy surrounding the accuracy of echo-Doppler variables, including early mitral inflow/mitral annular velocity (E/e'), for estimating left ventricular filling pressure (LVFP) in patients with depressed ejection fraction (EF < 50%).

Methods And Results: The American Society of Echocardiography-European Association of Echocardiography (ASE-EAE) algorithm for diastolic function in depressed LVEF was retrospectively applied to a database of patients who underwent echocardiography ≤20 min of cardiac catheterization. LV pre-atrial contraction pressure (pre-A) ≥15 mmHg was elevated. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer157DOI Listing
November 2011
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Takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a patient with pulmonary embolism.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct 1;12(10):E39. Epub 2011 Sep 1.

Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an acute cardiac syndrome characterized by transient regional wall motion abnormalities of the left ventricular apex or midventricle. Patients often present with chest pain or dyspnoea, ST-segment elevation, and minor elevations of cardiac enzyme levels. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy has been associated with severe emotional or physical stress such as severe burns, spinal cord injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage, and multiple traumas. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer151DOI Listing
October 2011
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The myocardial architecture of cor triloculare biatrium resembling reptiles.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 30;12(11):870. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Department of Cardiology, Koşuyolu Heart and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

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November 2011
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Quadricuspid aortic valve: a case study.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 30;12(11):883. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Department of Cardiology, Bichat Hospital, 46 rue Henri Huchard, Paris, France.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer140DOI Listing
November 2011
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Assessment of right ventricular functions during cancer chemotherapy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 30;12(11):834-40. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Department of Cardiology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Besevler, Ankara, Turkey.

Aims: Although systolic and diastolic left ventricular functions after cancer chemotherapy are well studied, there are a few investigations about the right ventricular functions. We aimed to investigate the early effects of chemotherapy on right heart, if any, in addition to the association between N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and right heart echocardiographic indices.

Methods And Results: Thirty-seven consecutive patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer who were planned to receive either AC protocol [cyclophosphamide (600 mg/m(2)) + adriamycin (60 mg/m(2))] or CAF protocol [cyclophosphamide (600 mg/m(2)) + adriamycin (60 mg/m(2)) + 5-fluorouracil (600 mg/m(2))] for six cures were enrolled between February 2009 and June 2010. Read More

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November 2011
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Determinants of echocardiographic left atrial volume: implications for normalcy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 30;12(11):826-33. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

CMSR Veneto Medica, Via Vicenza 204, Altavilla Vicentina (VI), Italy.

Aims: The relative role of multiple determinants of left atrial volume index (LAVi) in athletes and non-athletes is not fully defined. Thus, we decided to prospectively assess the determinants of LAVi in healthy individuals and competitive athletes over a wide age range.

Methods And Results: Four hundred and eighteen healthy individuals (mean age 41. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer137DOI Listing
November 2011
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Prolonged left ventricular twist in cardiomyopathies: a potential link between systolic and diastolic dysfunction.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 30;12(11):841-9. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Department of Cardiology, 2nd University of Naples, Monaldi Hospital, Via Leonardo Bianchi 1, Naples, Italy.

Aims: Left ventricular (LV) twist and untwist play a major role in LV mechanics. We sought to acquire new pathophysiological insights in cardiomyopathies (CM) studying LV twist dynamics by speckle tracking imaging (STI).

Methods And Results: Standard echo-Doppler and STI study were performed in 67 CM patients divided in four age- and sex-matched subgroups: 18 with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (Group A); 20 with asymmetrical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (Group B); 15 with dilated cardiomyopathy (Group C); 14 with LV non-compaction (Group D). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer148DOI Listing
November 2011
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Congenital left circumflex artery to left atrial appendage fistula: searching for a 'colorful fountain'.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct 30;12(10):805. Epub 2011 Aug 30.

Department of Cardiology, Clinic of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of Jena, Erlanger Allee 101, Jena 07747, Germany.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer141DOI Listing
October 2011
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Aorta to right ventricular tunnel: a rare cause of holodiastolic flow reversal in aorta in an infant.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 24;12(11):882. Epub 2011 Aug 24.

Department of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer156DOI Listing
November 2011
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Acute left ventricle diastolic function improvement after transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct 23;12(10):790-7. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Cardiovascular Institute, Unit of Methodology of the Investigation and Clinical Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine Department, Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Plaza de Cristo Rey, Madrid 28040, Spain.

Aims: Data regarding the effects of TAVI on LV after are scarce and conflicting results have been reported immediately after aortic valvuloplasty. This study aimed to determine the acute haemodynamic effects of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in left ventricle (LV) diastolic performance, immediately after aortic valvuloplasty and prosthesis deployment.

Methods And Results: Sixty-one patients with severe aortic valve stenosis, and preserved LV systolic function submitted to successful TAVI, were included. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer147DOI Listing
October 2011
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Broken arms: a three-dimensional sight closer to the Premere device.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct 23;12(10):806. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Department of Cardiovascular Science, S. Camillo-Forlanini Hospital, Via Sebino 11, 00199 Rome, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer144DOI Listing
October 2011
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Altered two-dimensional strain measures of the right ventricle in patients with Brugada syndrome and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Oct 23;12(10):773-81. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Cardiology Unit, Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, University of Bari, Piazza Giulio Cesare 11, 70124 Bari, Italy.

Aims: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an inherited channelopathy that can be characterized by mild right ventricular (RV) abnormalities that are not detectable with conventional echocardiography. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of RV abnormalities in BrS patients when compared with controls and a group of patients with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) using two-dimensional (2D) strain analysis.

Methods And Results: We enrolled 25 BrS, 15 ARVD/C patients, and 25 controls. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer139DOI Listing
October 2011
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Predictors of mitral annulus early diastolic velocity: impact of long-axis function, ventricular filling pattern, and relaxation.

Eur J Echocardiogr 2011 Nov 23;12(11):818-25. Epub 2011 Aug 23.

Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.

Aims: Although left ventricular (LV) relaxation is well recognized as a predictor of mitral annulus (MA) early diastolic (E') velocity, its significance relative to other predictors of E' is less well understood.

Methods And Results: We assessed 40 healthy volunteers, 43 patients with acutely decompensated chronic systolic heart failure (HF), and 36 patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) using echocardiography and right or left heart catheterization. Data were obtained at baseline. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejechocard/jer146DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3216376PMC
November 2011
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