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Research Article  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Influence of MRI-Conditional Cardiac Pacemakers on Quality and Interpretability of Images Acquired in 1.5-T Cardiac MRI

Kenichi Yokoyama, Toshiya Kariyasu, Shigehide Kuhara, Masamichi Imai, Rieko Ishimura and Toshiaki Nitatori
Abstract

Purpose: The influence of MRI-conditional cardiac pacemakers on the quality and interpretability of images acquired in cardiac MRI (CMR) examinations was retrospectively investigated. Materials and methods: The subjects in this study were 12 patients (7 men and 5 women, mean age: 68.4 +/- 8.7 years) with MRI-conditional cardiac pacemakers who underwent CMR examinations at our institution between July 2013 and December 2014.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410030

Case Report  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

An Unlikely Cause of Atrial Fibrillation-Induced Cardiomyopathy: Phentermine, A Diet pill

Sunny-Skye Keppel and Philip Varriale
Abstract

We present a case of an unusual cause of atrial fibrillation-induced cardiomyopathy, which is a diet pill, known as phentermine. This medication used for weight loss and can function as a stimulant is intended for short-term use but when taken for an extensive period of time can become a significant risk factor for developing arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410029

Case Report  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy Associated with Prolong QT Interval and Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia

Dhavalkumar Patel and Rajendrakumar Patel
Abstract

Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TCMP), also known as apical ballooning syndrome or stress induced cardiomyopathy, is characterized by left ventricular mid and/or apical wall motion abnormality in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. TCMP is a disorder of left ventricular myocardial contractility, and rarely associated with serious cardiac conduction abnormalities.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410028

Case Report  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Asymptomatic Left Atrial Appendage Aneurysm

Norliza Othman, Alwi Mohamed Yunus, Raad H. Mohiaddin and Masliza Mahmod
Abstract

We report a patient with asymptomatic left atrial appendage aneurysm. Cardiac magnetic resonance was performed to further delineate the aneurysm, and the patient underwent successful surgical resection.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410027

Case Report  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Association between Syncope and Myocardial Bridge

Lins TCB, Valente LM, Oliveira KTMN and Brandao SCS
Abstract

Myocardial bridge is a cause of sudden death in athletes, but syncope is somewhat related to this disease symptom. This paper reports a case of a young athlete, swimming practitioner with syncopal episodes related to physical exertion.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410026

Letter to the Editor  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Functional Mitral Regurgitation Tenting Area is Directly Related to Non-Ischemic Cadiomyopathy

Ovidio A. Garcia-Villarreal
Abstract

I have read with great interest the article by Kammoun et al., and I congratulate them for this paper. Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) is a very hard-to-treat illness, because it is not a disease itself but just the final result of an impaired and/or geometrically distorted left ventricle. Agricola et al. have described in a fie way the high impact played by the tethering mechanism of the posterior mitral complex in this kind of patients.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410025

Case Report  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Thrombosis and Multiple System Embolization from an on- X Aortic Valve on Clopidogrel- A Review of Pooled Analysis of 2,389 Patient

Kalgi Modi
Abstract

Thombosis of a mechanical aortic valve is a rare but life threatening complication and in most cases is caused by inadequate or interrupted anticoagulant treatment. Prosthetic valve thrombosis may cause systemic embolization with clinical manifestation dependent on the organ involved. Multiple systemic embolization resulting from non-infective thrombotic aortic prosthetic valve is a rare occurrence.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410024

Research Article  |   Volume 2, Issue 2

Erythropoietin Treatment Improves Peak VO2 and Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Slope without Changing VE vs. VCO2 Slope in Anemic Patients

Ayumi Goda, Haruki Itoh, Yoshiko Ebi, Kumiko Kondo, Tomoko Maeda and Toshitsune Shimada
Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the improvement in hemodynamic, metabolic, and ventilatory response during exercise along with the improvement of anemia with EPO treatment in anemic hemodialysis patients. Methods: Thirty-seven hemodialysis patients with anemia (48.8 +/- 13.6 years) received EPO (1500 or 3000 unit, 3 times a week). Parameters measured prospectively before and after EPO treatment included hemoglobin, cardiac output by dye dilution method, echocardiography, and cardiopulmonary exercise parameters.

  PDF   |    Full Text | DOI: 10.23937/2378-2951/1410023