Biventricular repair approach in ducto-dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal left ventricle. (1/351)

OBJECTIVES: Increased afterload and multilevel LV obstruction is constant. We assumed that restoration of normal loading conditions by relief of LV obstructions promotes its growth, provided that part of the cardiac output was preoperatively supported by the LV, whatever the echocardiographic indexes. BACKGROUND: Whether to perform uni- or biventricular repair in ducto dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal LV (hypoplastic left heart syndrome classes II & III) remains unanswered. Echocardiographic criteria have been proposed for surgical decision. METHODS: Twenty ducto dependent neonates presented with this anomaly. All had aortic coarctation associated to multilevel LV obstruction. Preoperative echocardiographic assessment showed: mean EDLW of 12.4 +/- 3.03 ml/m2 and mean Rhodes score of -1.73 +/-0.8. Surgery consisted in relief of LV outflow tract obstruction by coarctation repair in all associated to aortic commissurotomy in one and ASD closure in 2. RESULTS: There were 3 early and 2 late deaths. Failure of biventricular repair and LV growth was obvious in patients with severe anatomic mitral stenosis. The other demonstrated growth of the left heart. At hospital discharge the EDLVV was 19.4+/-3.12 ml/m2 (p = 0.0001) and the Rhodes score was -0.38+/-1.01 (p = 0.0003). Actuarial survival and freedom from reoperation rates at 5 years were 72.5% and 46%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Biventricular repair can be proposed to ducto dependent neonates with hypoplastic but morphologically normal LV provided that all anatomical causes of LV obstruction can be relieved. Secondary growth of the left heart then occurs; however, the reoperation rate is high.  (+info)

Correlation of ventricular mechanosensory neurite activity with myocardial sensory field deformation. (2/351)

The mechanosensory activity generated by ventricular epicardial sensory neurites associated with afferent axons in thoracic sympathetic nerves was correlated with sensory field deformation (long axis, short axis, and transmural dimension changes), regional intramyocardial pressure, and ventricular chamber pressure in anesthetized dogs. Ventricular mechanosensory neurites generated activity that correlated best with strain developed along either the long or short axis of their epicardial sensory fields in most instances. Activity did not correlate normally to local wall thickness or to regional wall or chamber pressure development in most cases. During premature ventricular contractions, the activity generated by these sensory neurites correlated best with maximum strain developed along at least one sensory field epicardial vector. Identified sensory neurites were also activated by local application of the chemical bradykinin (10 microM) or by local ischemia. These data indicate that the activity generated by most ischemia-sensitive ventricular epicardial sensory neurites associated with afferent axons in sympathetic nerves is dependent on not only their local chemical milieu but on local mechanical deformation along at least one epicardial vector of their sensory fields.  (+info)

Prenatal diagnosis of right ventricular outflow tract obstruction with intact ventricular septum, and detection of ventriculocoronary connections. (3/351)

OBJECTIVES: To determine the accuracy of prenatal diagnosis of pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum (PAIVS), and pulmonary stenosis, including prenatal detection of ventriculocoronary connections, to evaluate heart size during the prenatal period, and to evaluate the outcome. DESIGN AND PATIENTS: Medical records of 20 cases with prenatally diagnosed PAIVS and pulmonary stenosis were reviewed retrospectively. Prenatal and postnatal echocardiography were also reviewed and dimensions of the ventricles and vessels were measured retrespectively. RESULTS: Of 20 prenatal diagnoses (15 PAIVS and five pulmonary stenosis), 16 were confirmed as correct. One critical pulmonary stenosis case had been diagnosed as PAIVS prenatally; three had no confirmation. Eight pregnancies were terminated, three had no active treatment, and nine were treated; all survived. Of 13 assessed with ventriculocoronary connections prenatally, seven were diagnosed correctly (four with, three without ventriculocoronary connections), but one was falsely positive; five had no confirmation. The more prominent hypoplasia of the main pulmonary artery and the tricuspid valve annulus, and the sigmoid shape of the ductus arteriosus, seemed to be associated with the presence of ventriculocoronary connections. CONCLUSIONS: Current prenatal echocardiography can accurately diagnose right ventricular outflow tract obstruction and ventriculocoronary connections. Prenatal detection of this constellation of abnormalities aids in family counselling and decisions on postnatal management.  (+info)

Association of aortic-valve sclerosis with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity in the elderly. (4/351)

BACKGROUND: Although aortic-valve stenosis is clearly associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes, it is unclear whether valve sclerosis increases the risk of cardiovascular events. METHODS: We assessed echocardiograms obtained at base line from 5621 men and women 65 years of age or older who were enrolled in a population-based prospective study. On echocardiography, the aortic valve was normal in 70 percent (3919 subjects), sclerotic without outflow obstruction in 29 percent (1610), and stenotic in 2 percent (92). The subjects were followed for a mean of 5.0 years to assess the risk of death from any cause and of death from cardiovascular causes. Cardiovascular morbidity was defined as new episodes of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, or stroke. RESULTS: There was a stepwise increase in deaths from any cause (P for trend, <0.001) and deaths from cardiovascular causes (P for trend, <0.001) with increasing aortic-valve abnormality; the respective rates were 14.9 and 6.1 percent in the group with normal aortic valves, 21.9 and 10.1 percent in the group with aortic sclerosis, and 41.3 and 19.6 percent in the group with aortic stenosis. The relative risk of death from cardiovascular causes among subjects without coronary heart disease at base line was 1.66 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.23 to 2.23) for those with sclerotic valves as compared with those with normal valves, after adjustment for age and sex. The relative risk remained elevated after further adjustment for clinical factors associated with sclerosis (relative risk, 1.52; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.12 to 2.05). The relative risk of myocardial infarction was 1.40 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.07 to 1.83) among subjects with aortic sclerosis, as compared with those with normal aortic valves. CONCLUSIONS: Aortic sclerosis is common in the elderly and is associated with an increase of approximately 50 percent in the risk of death from cardiovascular causes and the risk of myocardial infarction, even in the absence of hemodynamically significant obstruction of left ventricular outflow.  (+info)

Dynamic outflow obstruction due to the transient extensive left ventricular wall motion abnormalities caused by acute myocarditis in a patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: reduction in ventricular afterload by disopyramide. (5/351)

A 65-year-old woman was admitted to the coronary care unit because of acute pulmonary edema. Immediate 2-dimensional and Doppler echocardiograms revealed extensive left ventricular wall motion abnormalities and left ventricular hypertrophy with extreme outflow obstruction. Although an ECG showed ST-segment elevation in the anterolateral leads, a coronary arteriogram revealed normal epicardial arteries. Heart failure was relieved after diminishing the dynamic outflow obstruction with disopyramide administration. An endomyocardial biopsy from the right ventricle on the 8th hospital day showed borderline myocarditis. Wall motion abnormalities gradually normalized within 2 weeks. It is speculated that her pulmonary edema would not have been relieved so readily without the immediate reduction in ventricular afterload by disopyramide. These clinical changes over time were observed with serial echo-Doppler examinations.  (+info)

Echocardiographic predictors of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve after mitral valve reconstruction for myxomatous valve disease. (6/351)

OBJECTIVE: To determine predictors of systolic anterior motion and left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (SAM/LVOTO) after mitral valve repair (MVRep) in patients with myxomatous mitral valve disease. BACKGROUND: Mechanisms for the development of SAM/LVOTO after MVRep have been described; however, predictors of this complication have not been explored. We hypothesize that pre-MVRep transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) can predict postrepair SAM/ LVOTO. METHODS: Using TEE, the lengths of the coapted anterior (AL) and posterior (PL) leaflets and the distance from the coaptation point to the septum (C-Sept) were measured before and after MVRep in 33 patients, including 11 who developed SAM/LVOTO (Group 1) and 22 who did not (Group 2). RESULTS: Group 1 patients had smaller AL/PL ratios (0.99 vs. 1.95, p < 0.0001) and C-Sept distances (2.53 vs. 3.01 cm, p = 0.012) prior to MVRep than those in Group 2. Resolution of SAM/LVOTO was associated with increases in AL/PL ratio and C-Sept distance. This reflects a more anterior position of the coaptation point in those who developed SAM/ LVOTO. CONCLUSIONS: These data suggest that TEE analysis of the mitral apparatus can identify patients likely to develop SAM/LVOTO after MVRep for myxomatous valve disease. The findings are consistent with the concept that SAM of mitral leaflets is due to anterior malposition of slack mitral leaflet portions into the LVOT. The position of the coaptation point of the mitral leaflets is dynamic and a potential target and end point for surgical designs to prevent SAM/LVOTO post MVRep.  (+info)

Gender differences in the presentation of adult obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with resting gradient: a study of 122 patients. (7/351)

The present study investigated gender differences among adult patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (OHCM) and resting gradient. Using outflow gradients >10 mmHg and the presence of asymmetrical septal hypertrophy of the left ventricle as inclusion criteria, 122 patients were identified among patients referred for echocardiographic examinations between May 1990 and October 1996. Clinical, echocardiographical and follow-up data were compared between male and female patients. The female patients were significantly older than male patients (mean age +/-SD 66.7+/-10.5 vs 54.8+/-12.5 years). The female patients had a smaller interventricular septal wall thickness, less frequent systolic anterior movement of the mitral valve, more frequent association with hypertension, and less frequent association with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and giant T wave inversion. In this study population, adult female patients presented with OHCM 12 years later than males. Whether this represents female patients' reluctance to seek medical attention early, a different disease process that affects predominantly elderly females, or a gender-specific end organ response to aging, hypertension, IHD and other processes, or the protective effects of estrogen remains to be determined.  (+info)

Dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in a patient with pheochromocytoma. (8/351)

Symmetric left ventricular hypertrophy or asymmetric septal hypertrophy associated with pheochromocytoma simulating hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy have been rarely reported. In this report, we present a case with pheochromocytoma that had dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction without asymmetric septal hypertrophy. A surface echo revealed resolution of the systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve and all Doppler evidence of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction following removal of the tumor. Dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction seen in this patient was probably due to excessive secretion of cathecolamines by the tumor.  (+info)