Joao A. C. Lima

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MOTIVATION Integrative mathematical and statistical models of cardiac anatomy and physiology can play a vital role in understanding cardiac disease phenotype and planning therapeutic strategies. However, the accuracy and predictive power of such models is dependent upon the breadth and depth of noninvasive imaging datasets. The Cardiac Atlas Project (CAP)(More)
MR tagging is considered as a valuable technique to evaluate regional myocardial function quantitatively and noninvasively, however the cumbersome and time-consuming post-processing procedures for cardiac motion tracking still hinder its application to routine clinical examination. We present a fast and semiautomatic method for tracking 3D cardiac motion(More)
In this study, we used the multi-detector computed tomographic (MDCT) images of heart left ventricles at end-diastole and end-systole to perform quantitative analysis and comparison of heart motion in patients with anterior wall myocardial infarction and ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) versus those with global non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM). MDCT(More)
The pulmonary vasculature is an important site of renin-angiotensin metabolism. While angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers (collectively AIABs) have a role in left ventricular (LV) disease, the impact of AIABs on right ventricular (RV) function is unknown. AIAB use was determined by medication inventory during the(More)
Myocardial infarction leads to changes in the geometry (remodeling) of the left ventricle (LV) of the heart. The degree and type of remodeling provides important diagnostic information for the therapeutic management of ischemic heart disease. In this paper, we present a novel analysis framework for characterizing remodeling after myocardial infarction,(More)
BACKGROUND Subclinical cardiovascular disease is prevalent in patients with Metabolic Syndrome (MetSyn). Left ventricular (LV) circumferential strain (εCC) and longitudinal strain (εLL), assessed by Speckle Tracking Echocardiography (STE), are indices of systolic function: shortening is indicated by negative strain, and thus, the more negative the strain,(More)
  • Anderson C. Armstrong, Ângela M. P. Bandeira, Luis C. L. Correia, Humberto C. O. Melo, Carlos A. M. Silveira, Eugênio Albuquerque +4 others
  • 2013
BACKGROUND Schistosomiasis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SPAH) is a major concern worldwide. However, the role of gender-specific contributing factors in SPAH is unknown. OBJECTIVE We investigated how systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) values and the presence of severe SPAP relate to gender, menopausal status, and pregnancy history in(More)
BACKGROUND The association of right ventricular (RV) structure and function with symptoms in individuals without cardiopulmonary disease is unknown. We hypothesized that greater RV mass and RV end-diastolic volume (RVEDV), smaller RV stroke volume (RVSV), and lower RV ejection fraction (RVEF) measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in(More)