Objective To evaluate myocardial feature tracking (FT) as a potential novel quantitative analysis tool for the assessment of myocardial viability using LDDSMR.
Aortic stiffness, an important predictor of cardiovascular events, may relate to aortic calcification rather than noncalcified atherosclerotic plaque. The aim of this study was to determine the relation of aortic stiffness to aortic plaque and aortic calcification in asymptomatic postmenopausal women. One hundred female twins (mean age±standard deviation… (More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been implicated as a cause of posttransplantation coronary artery disease in adults. The purpose of this retrospective observational study was to evaluate the effect of CMV on outcome after heart transplantation in children. METHODS AND RESULTS Risk factors tested were recipient age, sex, and… (More)
BACKGROUND Isolated left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) is an uncommon disorder characterized by the presence of increased trabeculations and deep intertrabecular recesses. In adults, it has been found that ejection fraction (EF) decreases significantly as non-compaction severity increases. In children however, there are a few data describing the… (More)
OBJECTIVES The Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is performed either via a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery (RVPA) conduit or a modified Blalock-Taussig (MBT) shunt. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) data was used to assess the effects of the RVPA conduit on ventricular shape and function through a computational analysis of… (More)
This study was conducted to explore the effects of interferon tau (IFNT) on the intestinal microbiota and expression of interleukin 17 (IL-17) in the intestine of mice. IFNT supplementation increased microbial diversity in the jejunum and ileum but decreased microbial diversity in the feces. IFNT supplementation influenced the composition of the intestinal… (More)
Patients with SLE suffer from accelerated atherosclerosis due to systemic inflammation. We examined subclinical coronary artery involvement in patients with systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) by contrast enhanced inversion recovery (CE-IR) coronary magnetic resonance imaging.
BACKGROUND The use of gadolinium contrast agents in cardiovascular magnetic resonance is well-established and serves to improve both vascular imaging as well as enable late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging for tissue characterization. Currently, gadofosveset trisodium, an intravascular contrast agent, combined with a three-dimensional inversion recovery… (More)
OBJECTIVES Branch pulmonary artery (BPA) size is one of the factors that influence the efficacy of the Fontan circulation. Central pulmonary artery stenosis and small left pulmonary artery (LPA) are well-known problems following Norwood palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). We investigated anatomical and technical factors that may stand… (More)