Is lung ultrasound monitoring really useful for impacting rehospitalization and mortality in worsening heart failure?

European Journal of Heart Failure, EarlyView.
Source: European Journal of Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

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Source: Cardiovascular Ultrasound - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
AbstractAnomalous origin of left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a life-threatening ischemic congenital cardiac disease, resulting in myocardial dysfunction and heart failure within the first year of life. The authors report the case of a 1-mo-old infant with a radiological diagnosis of pneumonia handled with point-of-care lung ultrasound (POCUS) due to the persistence of dyspnea, despite a week of antibiotic therapy. Lung ultrasound showed a non-univocal interpretation of the lesion and gave indication to the second level instrumental diagnostics that confirmed the presence of ALCAPA. There is no cas...
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Conclusion LCZ696 therapy was associated with signs of reverse remodelling by usual TTE parameters and LV myocardial work at 6 months, including an increase in global constructive work and work efficiency.
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine - Category: Cardiology Tags: Research articles: Heart failure Source Type: research
Prosthetic heart valves, ventricular assist devices, and other cardiac implants go through an extensive research and development process, followed by testing on animals before human trials. There is no machine that simulates the function of the heart...
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AbstractBackgroundEstimated plasma volume status (ePVS) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with heart failure (HF). However, it remains unclear which congestion markers (i.e., biological, imaging, and hemodynamic markers) are preferentially associated with ePVS. In addition, there is evidence of sex differences in both the hematopoietic process and myocardial structure/function.Method and resultsPatients with significant dyspnea (NYHA  ≥ 2) underwent echocardiography and lung ultrasound within 4 h prior to cardiac catheterization. Patients were divided according to tertiles based on sex-specif...
Source: Clinical Research in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsCAVA ‐ADHF‐DZHK10 will investigate whether IVC ultrasound supplementing clinical assessment improves decongestion in patients admitted for ADHF.
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Study Design Source Type: research
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Source: Heart Failure Reviews - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
AbstractAimWe combined cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) and exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) to identify early haemodynamic and metabolic alterations in patients with hypertension (HT) with and without heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).Methods and resultsFifty stable HFpEF ‐HT outpatients (mean age 68 ± 14 years) on optimal medical therapy, 63 well‐controlled HT subjects (mean age 63 ± 11 years) and 32 age and sex‐matched healthy controls (mean age 59 ± 15 years) underwent a symptom‐limited graded ramp...
Source: European Journal of Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Research Article Source Type: research
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