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  1. Research

    Comparison of strain parameters in dyssynchronous heart failure between speckle tracking echocardiography vendor systems

    Although mechanical dyssynchrony parameters derived by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) may predict response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), comparability of parameters derived with differen...

    Wouter M. van Everdingen, Alexander H. Maass, Kevin Vernooy, Mathias Meine, Cornelis P. Allaart, Frederik J. De Lange, Arco J. Teske, Bastiaan Geelhoed, Michiel Rienstra, Isabelle C. Van Gelder, Marc A. Vos and Maarten J. Cramer

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:25

    Published on: 18 October 2017

  2. Research

    Could the use of bedside lung ultrasound reduce the number of chest x-rays in the intensive care unit?

    Lung ultrasound can be used as an alternative to chest radiography (CXR) for the diagnosis and follow-up of various lung diseases in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our aim was to evaluate the influence that in...

    Etrusca Brogi, Elena Bignami, Anna Sidoti, Mohammed Shawar, Luna Gargani, Luigi Vetrugno, Giovanni Volpicelli and Francesco Forfori

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:23

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  3. Research

    Troponin as ischemic biomarker is related with all three echocardiographic risk factors for sudden death in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ESC Guidelines 2014)

    Sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk stratification is the most important preventive action in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The identification of the ischemia biomarker high sensitive troponin I...

    Rafał Hładij, Renata Rajtar-Salwa and Paweł Petkow Dimitrow

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:24

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  4. Research

    The impact of preload on 3-dimensional deformation parameters: principal strain, twist and torsion

    Strain analysis is feasible using three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography. This approach provides various parameters based on speckle tracking analysis from one full-volume image of the left ventricle; however...

    Hyo-Suk Ahn, Yong-Kyun Kim, Ho Chul Song, Euy Jin Choi, Gee-Hee Kim, Jung Sun Cho, Sang-Hyun Ihm, Hee-Yeol Kim, Chan Seok Park and Ho-Joong Youn

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:22

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  5. Research

    Myocardial performance index in female athletes

    Long-term intensive training leads to morphological and mechanical changes in the heart generally known as “athlete’s heart”. Previous studies have suggested that the diastolic and systolic function of the ven...

    Zahraa Alsafi, Andreas Malmgren, Petri Gudmundsson, Martin Stagmo and Magnus Dencker

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:20

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  6. Research

    Preoperative single ventricle function determines early outcome after second-stage palliation of single ventricle heart

    Second-stage palliation with hemi-Fontan or bidirectional Glenn procedures has improved the outcomes of patients treated for single-ventricle heart disease. The aim of this study was to retrospectively analyze...

    Jacek Pająk, Michał Buczyński, Piotr Stanek, Grzegorz Zalewski, Marek Wites, Lesław Szydłowski, Bogusław Mazurek and Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pająk

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:21

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  7. Research

    Carotid plaque rather than intima-media thickness as a predictor of recurrent vascular events in patients with acute ischemic stroke

    To investigate the impacts of carotid plaque and intima-media thickness (IMT) on future vascular events (VEs) in the patients with acute ischemic stroke.

    Hyun Ju Yoon, Kye Hun Kim, Hyukjin Park, Jae Yeong Cho, Young Joon Hong, Hyung Wook Park, Ju Han Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Myung Ho Jeong, Jeong Gwan Cho and Jong Chun Park

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:19

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  8. Research

    Left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral outperforms ejection fraction and Doppler-derived cardiac output for predicting outcomes in a select advanced heart failure cohort

    Left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOT VTI) is a measure of cardiac systolic function and cardiac output. Heart failure patients with low cardiac output are known to have poor cardiovascul...

    Christina Tan, David Rubenson, Ajay Srivastava, Rajeev Mohan, Michael R. Smith, Kristen Billick, Samuel Bardarian and J. Thomas Heywood

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:18

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  9. Research

    Prenatal screening of fetal ventriculoarterial connections: benefits of 4D technique in fetal heart imaging

    Identification of prenatal ventriculoarterial connections in fetuses with conotruncal anomalies (CTA) remains one of the greatest challenges for sonographers performing screening examinations. Herein, we propo...

    Yu Wang, Miao Fan, Faiza Amber Siddiqui, Meilian Wang, Wei Sun, Xue Sun, Wenjia Lei and Ying Zhang

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:17

    Published on: 23 June 2017

  10. Research

    Diagnostic performance of multi-organ ultrasound with pocket-sized device in the management of acute dyspnea

    The availability of ultra-miniaturized pocket ultrasound devices (PUD) adds diagnostic power to the clinical examination. Information on accuracy of ultrasound with handheld units in immediate differential dia...

    Alfonso Sforza, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Viviana Carlino, Agostino Buonauro, Marco Barozzi, Giuseppe Romano, Sossio Serra and Giovanni de Simone

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:16

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  11. Research

    Pilot study using 3D–longitudinal strain computation in a multi-parametric approach for best selecting responders to cardiac resynchronization therapy

    Almost all attempts to improve patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) using echo-derived indices have failed so far. We sought to assess: the performance of homemade software for the aut...

    Maxime Fournet, Anne Bernard, Sylvestre Marechaux, Elena Galli, Raphael Martins, Philippe Mabo, J. Claude Daubert, Christophe Leclercq, Alfredo Hernandez and Erwan Donal

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:15

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  12. Research

    Feasibility and relevance of compound strain imaging in non-stenotic arteries: comparison between individuals with cardiovascular diseases and healthy controls

    Compound strain imaging is a novel method to noninvasively evaluate arterial wall deformation which has recently shown to enable differentiation between fibrous and (fibro-)atheromatous plaques in patients wit...

    Martijn F.H. Maessen, Thijs M.H. Eijsvogels, Ayla Grotens, Maria T.E. Hopman, Dick H.J. Thijssen and Hendrik H.G. Hansen

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:13

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  13. Research

    Different determinants of exercise capacity in HFpEF compared to HFrEF

    Quality of life is as important as survival in heart failure (HF) patients. Controversies exist with regards to echocardiographic determinants of exercise capacity in HF, particularly in patients with preserve...

    Arlind Batalli, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Ibadete Bytyçi, Artan Ahmeti, Edmond Haliti, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y. Henein and Gani Bajraktari

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:12

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  14. Review

    Cardiac shock-wave therapy in the treatment of coronary artery disease: systematic review and meta-analysis

    To systematically review currently available cardiac shock-wave therapy (CSWT) studies in humans and perform meta-analysis regarding anti-anginal efficacy of CSWT.

    Greta Burneikaitė, Evgeny Shkolnik, Jelena Čelutkienė, Gitana Zuozienė, Irena Butkuvienė, Birutė Petrauskienė, Pranas Šerpytis, Aleksandras Laucevičius and Amir Lerman

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:11

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  15. Research

    Effect of food intake on myocardial performance index

    Myocardial performance index (MPI) has been investigated in a variety of populations, but the effect of food intake has not been evaluated. We assessed whether myocardial performance index is affected by food ...

    Ylva Gårdinger, Anna Dieden, Joanna Hlebowicz, Ola Björgell and Magnus Dencker

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:10

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  16. Research

    Definition of common carotid wall thickness affects risk classification in relation to degree of internal carotid artery stenosis: the Plaque At RISK (PARISK) study

    Mean or maximal intima-media thickness (IMT) is commonly used as surrogate endpoint in intervention studies. However, the effect of normalization by surrounding or median IMT or by diameter is unknown. In addi...

    J Steinbuch, AC van Dijk, FHBM Schreuder, MTB Truijman, J Hendrikse, PJ Nederkoorn, A van der Lugt, E Hermeling, APG Hoeks and WH Mess

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:9

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  17. Technical notes

    Quantification of the relative contribution of the different right ventricular wall motion components to right ventricular ejection fraction: the ReVISION method

    Three major mechanisms contribute to right ventricular (RV) pump function: (i) shortening of the longitudinal axis with traction of the tricuspid annulus towards the apex; (ii) inward movement of the RV free w...

    Bálint Lakatos, Zoltán Tősér, Márton Tokodi, Alexandra Doronina, Annamária Kosztin, Denisa Muraru, Luigi P. Badano, Attila Kovács and Béla Merkely

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:8

    Published on: 27 March 2017

  18. Research

    Left Ventricular global longitudinal strain predicts heart failure readmission in acute decompensated heart failure

    The goal of this study was to determine if left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) predicts heart failure (HF) readmission in patients with acute decompensated heart failure.

    Simone Romano, Ibrahim N. Mansour, Mayank Kansal, Hana Gheith, Zachary Dowdy, Carolyn A. Dickens, Cassandra Buto-Colletti, June M. Chae, Hussam H. Saleh and Thomas D. Stamos

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:6

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  19. Research

    Stress echo 2020: the international stress echo study in ischemic and non-ischemic heart disease

    Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospe...

    Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D’Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo…

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:3

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  20. Research

    Identification of the main determinants of abdominal aorta size: a screening by Pocket Size Imaging Device

    Ultrasound exam as a screening test for abdominal aorta (AA) can visualize the aorta in 99% of patients and has a sensitivity and specificity approaching 100% in screening settings for aortic aneurysm. Pocket ...

    Roberta Esposito, Federica Ilardi, Vincenzo Schiano Lomoriello, Regina Sorrentino, Vincenzo Sellitto, Giuseppe Giugliano, Giovanni Esposito, Bruno Trimarco and Maurizio Galderisi

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:2

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  21. Research

    Accuracy of echocardiographic area-length method in chronic myocardial infarction: comparison with cardiac CT in pigs

    We evaluated echocardiographic area-length methods to measure left ventricle (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF) in parasternal short axis views in comparison with cardiac computed tomography (CT) in pigs ...

    Haitham Ballo, Miikka Tarkia, Matti Haavisto, Christoffer Stark, Marjatta Strandberg, Tommi Vähäsilta, Virva Saunavaara, Tuula Tolvanen, Mika Teräs, Ville-Veikko Hynninen, Timo Savunen, Anne Roivainen, Juhani Knuuti and Antti Saraste

    Cardiovascular Ultrasound 2017 15:1

    Published on: 9 January 2017

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