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BACKGROUND The definition of normal values of left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain, and global radial strain is of critical importance to the clinical application of this modality. The investigators performed a meta-analysis of normal ranges and sought to identify factors that contribute to reported variations. (More)
BACKGROUND Current guidelines recommend intervention for symptomatic aortic stenosis, but the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis remains controversial. As left ventricular global longitudinal strain (GLS) has been shown to predict cardiovascular outcome, we sought to find whether its use could guide the assessment of risk in these patients. (More)
It is unknown whether echocardiographic morphologic and hemodynamic parameters have incremental value in predicting 30-day heart failure (HF)-specific readmission risk among patients admitted with HF. We performed a prospective cohort study of adult patients entering a transitional care program after HF hospitalization to assess the role of(More)
BACKGROUND Prognostic value of myocardial fibrosis in patients with non-ischemic idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is not well-defined. We sought to assess the association of focal and diffuse myocardial fibrosis with left ventricular reversed remodeling (LVRR). METHODS Patients with DCM who underwent cardiac MRI with baseline and subsequent(More)
Recurrent pericarditis (RP) affects 10% to 50% of patients with acute pericarditis. The use of steroids has been associated with increased recurrence rate of pericarditis, along with known major side effects. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is more frequently used to assess pericardial inflammation and less commonly to guide therapy. The aim of(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited information on the utility of certain echocardiographic measurements, such as right ventricular (RV) strain analysis, in predicting mortality in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS A total of 211 patients with acute PE admitted to a medical intensive care unit (ICU) were retrospectively identified.(More)
Objectives The traditional risk score (RAMA-EGAT) has been shown to be an accurate scoring system for predicting coronary artery disease (CAD). Arterial stiffness measured by the cardioeankle vascular index (CAVI) is known to be a marker of atherosclerotic burden. A study was undertaken to determine whether CAVI improves the prediction of CAD beyond the(More)
Several advances in molecular genetics and cardiac imaging of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have been developed in recent years. The commercially available genetic testing is currently used (a) to identify affected relatives in families known to have HCM and (b) to differentiate HCM from metabolic storage disorders and other HCM(More)
Diabetic autonomic neuropathy is a possible link between abnormal metabolism in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and risk for atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF). The aim of this study was to elucidate the association between attenuated heart rate recovery (HRR) and these manifestations of myocardial dysfunction in T2DM. Nine hundred fourteen(More)