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The authors summarize the recent developments in speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE), a relatively new technique that can be used in conjunction with two-dimensional or three-dimensional echocardiography for resolving the multidirectional components of left ventricular (LV) deformation. The tracking system is based on grayscale B-mode images and is(More)
BACKGROUND Subendocardial strain analysis is currently feasible in two-dimensional and three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography; however, there is a lack of clarity regarding the most useful strain component for subclinical disease detection. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that strain analysis along the direction of strongest and weakest(More)
AIMS This study investigated the incremental role of echocardiographic-contrast particle image velocimetry (Echo-PIV) in patients with heart failure (HF) for measuring changes in left ventricular (LV) vortex strength (VS) during phases of a cardiac cycle. METHODS AND RESULTS Echo-PIV was performed in 42 patients, including 23 HF patients and 19 controls.(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this cross-sectional study was to explore the association between echocardiographic parameters and CHADS2 score in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS Seventy-seven subjects (36 patients with AF, 41 control subjects) underwent standard two-dimensional, Doppler, and speckle-tracking echocardiography to compute(More)
To evaluate the feasibility, maximum dose of drug tolerated, technical problems, systemic and local toxicity, response rate, overall and disease-free survival, we studied superselective intra-arterial infusion of high-dose carboplatin as part of a multimodality treatment for head and neck cancer. Forty patients with untreated stage II-IV head and neck(More)
BACKGROUND Predictors of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after catheter ablation (CA) are not fully defined. We hypothesized that 2D left atrial (LA) regional strain maps would help identify abnormal atrial substrate that increases susceptibility to AF recurrence post-CA. METHODS AND RESULTS Sixty-three patients (63 ± 10 years, 60% male) underwent CA(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to compare transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in order to define the best clinical approach to patent foramen ovale (PFO) detection. METHODS In total, 72 consecutive patients (33 men) with a mean age of 49 +/- 13 years were(More)
Analysis of deformations in terms of principal directions appears well suited for biological tissues that present an underlying anatomical structure of fiber arrangement. We applied this concept here to study deformation of the beating heart in vivo analyzing 30 subjects that underwent accurate three-dimensional echocardiographic recording of the left(More)
BACKGROUND The status of left ventricle in sickle cell anemia presenting in sickle crisis and follow up has been minimally studied in past. To determine the left ventricular (LV) myocardial performance in these patients, we performed the study to assess two dimensional strains imaging which allowed a rapid and an accurate analysis of global and regional LV(More)
AIMS Information is limited regarding the functional correlates of intramural scar burden in myopathic hearts. We aimed to explore the use of speckle tracking echocardiography selectively at three intramural locations, to investigate the variance in cardiac strains and their relationship to contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging-derived scar(More)