Alicia Gómez Barrio

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Vortices may have a role in optimizing the mechanical efficiency and blood mixing of the left ventricle (LV). We aimed to characterize the size, position, circulation, and kinetic energy (KE) of LV main vortex cores in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM) and analyze their physiological correlates. We used digital processing of(More)
BACKGROUND During late ejection, myocardial relaxation causes systolic flow to decelerate and stop, and this phenomenon is coupled with the generation of a pressure gradient inside the left ventricle (LV). We hypothesized that the peak reverse ejection intraventricular pressure difference (REIVPD) between the LV apex and the outflow tract could be a useful(More)
In cardiovascular research, relaxation and stiffness are calculated from pressure-volume (PV) curves by separately fitting the data during the isovolumic and end-diastolic phases (end-diastolic PV relationship), respectively. This method is limited because it assumes uncoupled active and passive properties during these phases, it penalizes statistical(More)
BACKGROUND Intraventricular fluid dynamics can be assessed clinically using imaging. The contribution of vortex structures to left ventricular (LV) diastolic function has never been quantified in vivo. OBJECTIVES This study sought to understand the impact of intraventricular flow patterns on filling and to assess whether impaired fluid dynamics may be a(More)
Existing Trichomonas vaginalis therapies are out of reach for most trichomoniasis people in developing countries and, where available, they are limited by their toxicity (mainly in pregnant women) and their cost. New antitrichomonal agents are needed to combat emerging metronidazole-resistant trichomoniasis and reduce the side effects associated with(More)
Trichomonas vaginalis (Tv) is the causative agent of the most common, non-viral, sexually transmitted disease in women and men worldwide. Since 1959, metronidazole (MTZ) has been the drug of choice in the systemic treatment of trichomoniasis. However, resistance to MTZ in some patients and the great cost associated with the development of new(More)
BACKGROUND Systemic arterial load impacts the symptomatic status and outcome of patients with calcific degenerative aortic stenosis (AS). However, assessing vascular properties is challenging because the arterial tree's behavior could be influenced by the valvular obstruction. OBJECTIVES This study sought to characterize the interaction between valvular(More)
BACKGROUND Noninvasive indices based on Doppler echocardiography are increasingly used in clinical cardiovascular research to evaluate left ventricular global systolic chamber function. Our objectives were to clinically validate ultrasound-based methods of global systolic chamber function to account for differences between patients in conditions of abnormal(More)
Clinical measurement of the amplitude of accommodation (AA) provides an indication of maximum accommodative ability. To determine whether there has been a significant change in the AA, it is important to have a good idea of the repeatability of the measurement method used. The aim of the present study was to compare AA measurements made using three(More)