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Cardiovasc Ultrasound ; 16(1): 20, 2018 Sep 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30249305


BACKGROUND: The effectiveness trial "Stress echo (SE) 2020" evaluates novel applications of SE in and beyond coronary artery disease. The core protocol also includes 4-site simplified scan of B-lines by lung ultrasound, useful to assess pulmonary congestion. PURPOSE: To provide web-based upstream quality control and harmonization of B-lines reading criteria. METHODS: 60 readers (all previously accredited for regional wall motion, 53 B-lines naive) from 52 centers of 16 countries of SE 2020 network read a set of 20 lung ultrasound video-clips selected by the Pisa lab serving as reference standard, after taking an obligatory web-based learning 2-h module ( ). Each test clip was scored for B-lines from 0 (black lung, A-lines, no B-lines) to 10 (white lung, coalescing B-lines). The diagnostic gold standard was the concordant assessment of two experienced readers of the Pisa lab. The answer of the reader was considered correct if concordant with reference standard reading ±1 (for instance, reference standard reading of 5 B-lines; correct answer 4, 5, or 6). The a priori determined pass threshold was 18/20 (≥ 90%) with R value (intra-class correlation coefficient) between reference standard and recruiting center) > 0.90. Inter-observer agreement was assessed with intra-class correlation coefficient statistics. RESULTS: All 60 readers were successfully accredited: 26 (43%) on first, 24 (40%) on second, and 10 (17%) on third attempt. The average diagnostic accuracy of the 60 accredited readers was 95%, with R value of 0.95 compared to reference standard reading. The 53 B-lines naive scored similarly to the 7 B-lines expert on first attempt (90 versus 95%, p = NS). Compared to the step-1 of quality control for regional wall motion abnormalities, the mean reading time per attempt was shorter (17 ± 3 vs 29 ± 12 min, p < .01), the first attempt success rate was higher (43 vs 28%, p < 0.01), and the drop-out of readers smaller (0 vs 28%, p < .01). CONCLUSIONS: Web-based learning is highly effective for teaching and harmonizing B-lines reading. Echocardiographers without previous experience with B-lines learn quickly.

Ecocardiografia sob Estresse/normas , Pulmão/diagnóstico por imagem , Edema Pulmonar/diagnóstico , Controle de Qualidade , Feminino , Humanos , Internet , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade
G Ital Cardiol (Rome) ; 8(6): 359-66, 2007 Jun.
Artigo em Italiano | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-17633909


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the appropriateness of prescription of non-invasive cardiological tests (exercise stress test, echocardiography, Holter monitoring and vascular echography), consecutively performed in our outpatient laboratory during 4 weeks. METHODS: We collected the following data: the appropriateness of prescription (according to the Italian Federation of Cardiology guidelines); test indications; the prescribing physician (cardiologist/non-cardiologist); type of prescription (elective/urgent); clinical utility (useful/useless) and result (normal/abnormal) of each test. RESULTS: We evaluated 960 prescriptions (320 exercise tests; 282 echocardiograms; 158 Holter tests; 200 vascular echographies). Test indications were appropriate (class I) in 37%, doubtfully appropriate (class II) in 39% and inappropriate (class III) in 24% of the cases. The appropriateness was slightly better for vascular echography and echocardiography (class I: 44% and 43%, respectively), markedly worse for exercise test (class I: 27%). The tests were considered useful in 46% and abnormal in 39% of the cases. Cardiologist-prescribed exams resulted more often appropriate (class I: 53 vs 30%; class II: 41 vs 38%; class III: 6 vs. 32%; p = 0.0001), more often useful (74 vs. 34%; p = 0.0001) and more frequently abnormal (43 vs. 37%; p = 0.05), when compared to non-cardiologist-prescribed exams. No differences in appropriateness, utility and test result have been detected between elective and urgent exams. Exercise test, echocardiogram and Holter monitoring resulted more often appropriate and useful when prescribed by cardiologists. CONCLUSIONS: This study confirms that only one third of prescriptions for non-invasive cardiological tests are appropriate. Cardiologist-prescribed exams are more often appropriate, useful and abnormal.

Ecocardiografia/estatística & dados numéricos , Eletrocardiografia Ambulatorial/estatística & dados numéricos , Teste de Esforço/estatística & dados numéricos , Ultrassonografia de Intervenção/estatística & dados numéricos , Ecocardiografia/normas , Eletrocardiografia Ambulatorial/normas , Teste de Esforço/normas , Humanos , Itália , Valor Preditivo dos Testes , Projetos de Pesquisa , Ultrassonografia de Intervenção/normas
Ital Heart J Suppl ; 5(12): 905-9, 2004 Dec.
Artigo em Italiano | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-15709460


Anthracyclines represent an established therapy for various hemopoietic and solid tumors; however the cardiotoxicity of these agents continues to limit their therapeutic potential in many cancer patients. Acute life-threatening cardiac toxicity which occurs immediately after a single dose of therapy is very rare under current treatment protocols. This form of toxicity occurs unexpectedly owing to a large variation in individual sensitivity. It may cause transient arrhythmias, hypotension, a pericarditis-myocarditis syndrome, or acute left ventricular failure. We report the case of a 43-year-old woman recently operated on for breast cancer, with acute life-threatening left ventricular failure associated with severe hyperglycemia, occurring a few hours after the first dose of anthracyclines for adjuvant chemotherapy. Severe regional wall motion abnormalities and a significant impaired systolic left ventricular function associated with high creatine phosphokinase-MB and troponin levels were observed. At discharge the regular insulin treatment was interrupted since glycemia was normalized, and complete recovery of the cardiac function was observed 1 month later. Differential diagnosis and the underlying pathogenetic mechanisms are discussed. This life-threatening event is rare, but considering the widespread use of anthracyclines in cancer treatment, it is important for the cardiologist to be aware of the potential acute cardiac toxicity of these agents for early diagnosis and management.

Antraciclinas/efeitos adversos , Antineoplásicos/efeitos adversos , Hiperglicemia/induzido quimicamente , Disfunção Ventricular Esquerda/induzido quimicamente , Doença Aguda , Adulto , Feminino , Humanos , Hiperglicemia/complicações , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Disfunção Ventricular Esquerda/complicações