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OBJECTIVES We sought to establish the relationship between invasive measures of diastolic function and untwisting parameters measured with speckle tracking imaging. BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) diastolic function is determined by early diastolic relaxation (which creates suction gradients for LV filling) and myocardial stiffness. Assessment of LV(More)
OBJECTIVES This study was designed to characterize the importance of echocardiographic indexes, including newer indexes of diastolic function, as determinants of plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with systolic heart failure (SHF). BACKGROUND Plasma BNP levels have utility for diagnosing and managing heart failure. However, there(More)
PURPOSE There is evolving evidence that intense exercise may place a disproportionate load on the right ventricle (RV) when compared with the left ventricle (LV) of the heart. Using a novel method of estimating end-systolic wall stress (ES-σ), we compared the RV and LV during exercise and assessed whether this influenced chronic ventricular remodeling in(More)
AIMS Left ventricular (LV) strain and strain rate have been proposed as novel indices of systolic function; however, there are limited data about the effect of acute changes on these parameters. METHODS AND RESULTS Simultaneous Millar micromanometer LV pressure and echocardiographic assessment were performed on 18 patients. Loading was altered(More)
We aimed to determine whether an Ironman distance triathlon resulted in sustained myocardial injury detected by electrocardiography, biochemical markers or echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular systolic and diastolic function. Electrocardiograms, blood for analysis of creatine kinase (CK) and its MB fraction, cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and(More)
OBJECTIVE To optimise an echocardiographic estimation of pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR(e)) for diagnosis and follow-up of pulmonary hypertension (PHT). DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING Tertiary referral centre. PATIENTS Patients undergoing right heart catheterisation and echocardiography for assessment of suspected PHT. METHODS PVR(e)(More)
Patients presenting with a syndrome of chest pain, elevated cardiac enzyme levels with or without electrocardiogram changes are a common diagnostic and management problem in cardiology. Most commonly, this is due to ischaemic myocardial infarction secondary to coronary artery disease. However, when coronary angiography does not demonstrate any obstructive(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to identify the baseline prevalence of cardiac dysfunction in patients commencing clozapine, assess adherence with echocardiographic monitoring recommendations, and evaluate the utility and cost of echocardiographic monitoring for the development of clozapine-associated myocarditis and cardiomyopathy. METHODS A retrospective(More)
AIMS Endurance training may be associated with arrhythmogenic cardiac remodelling of the right ventricle (RV). We examined whether myocardial dysfunction following intense endurance exercise affects the RV more than the left ventricle (LV) and whether cumulative exposure to endurance competition influences cardiac remodelling (including fibrosis) in(More)
BACKGROUND There is evidence that ultra-endurance exercise causes myocardial injury. The extent and duration of these changes remains unresolved. Recent reports have speculated that structural adaptations to exercise, particularly of the right ventricle, may predispose to tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. OBJECTIVE To quantify the extent and(More)