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OBJECTIVES This study was aimed at evaluating the usefulness of giant negative T-wave (GNT) as an index of apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ACM) severity and as a better echocardiographic index to represent apical hypertrophy. METHODS Seventy-five patients who were recently diagnosed with ACM by echocardiography were enrolled in this study. ACM… (More)
Pectus excavatum compresses the underlying right side of the heart, which might lead to right ventricular dysfunction as illustrated in this case report.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The cut-off value of diastolic dysfunction by tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) is affected by aging and modalities used (pulsed-wave vs. color-coded). The purpose of this study was to investigate the diastolic function of healthy elderly people and to determine the appropriate cut-off value of diastolic dysfunction in elderly… (More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Although the Tei index is a useful predictor of global ventricular function, it has not been investigated at the level of regional myocardial function. We therefore investigated the segmental tissue Doppler image derived-Tei index (TDI-Tei index) in patients with regional wall motion abnormalities. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We… (More)
Cardiac amyloidosis describes a clinical disorder caused by infiltration of abnormal insoluble fibrils in the heart, characterized by progressive heart failure and a grave prognosis. Pleural effusion in cardiac amyloidosis may represent a sign of heart failure, but it can also result from pleural infiltration of amyloid, manifested by recurrent large fluid… (More)