Methodist Journal

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Nutritional Supplements and the Heart

Vol 15, Issue 3 (2019)


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ISSUE INTRO

Dietary Supplements: Facts and Fallacies

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RECOGNITIONS

Drs. Raizner and Cooke Take the Lead in Special Issue on Supplements

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REVIEW ARTICLES See More

Recent Clinical Trials Shed New Light on the Cardiovascular Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Treatment

Coenzyme Q10

Red Yeast Rice for Hypercholesterolemia

Inorganic Nitrate Supplementation for Cardiovascular Health

Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements: Helpful, Harmful, or Neutral for Cardiovascular Risk?

Cardiovascular Risk of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Advanced Cardiac Imaging for Complex Adult Congenital Heart Diseases

CASE REPORTS See More

A Rare Case of Pancreatitis-Induced Thrombosis of the Aorta and Superior Mesenteric Artery

Anomalous Origin of the Right Coronary Artery from the Left Main Coronary Artery in the Setting of Critical Bicuspid Aortic Valve Stenosis

Simultaneous Transfemoral Mitral and Tricuspid Valve in Ring Implantation: First Case Report with Edwards Sapien 3 Valve

Uneventful Follow-Up 2 Years after Endovascular Treatment of a High Flow Iatrogenic Aortocaval Fistula Causing Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Heart Failure

MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER See More

Snoopy’s Heart: A Case of Complete Congenital Absence of the Pericardium

CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES See More

POINTS TO REMEMBER

Herbal Nephropathy

EXCERPTA

Rolling the Dice on Red Yeast Rice

POINTS TO REMEMBER

The Kidney in Congenital Cyanotic Heart Disease

EXCERPTA

Talking Statins with Antonio Gotto

EDITORIALS

Letter to the Editor in Response to “Cardiac Autonomic Neuropathy in Diabetes Mellitus”

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MUSEUM OF HMH MULTIMODALITY IMAGING CENTER

A Right Ventricular Mass

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Article Citation:

Marin-Acevedo JA, Chirila RM. A Right Ventricular Mass. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. 2018;14(4):303.



Keywords
right ventricular mass , cardiac tumor , cardiac metastasis , transthoracic echocardiogram ,  cardiac magnetic resonance , cardiac imaging , TTE , CMR

A 60-year-old male presented with a 2-day history of progressive dyspnea. Three months prior to presentation, he was diagnosed with a left calf undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma. He had known pulmonary and bony metastases and was receiving systemic chemotherapy with doxorubicin. Physical examination revealed tachypnea, tachycardia, and a left calf mass. A computed tomography (CT) of the chest revealed new bilateral small pulmonary emboli (yellow arrow) and a right ventricular (RV) mass (Figure 1, red arrow). A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) showed a large solid mass (arrow) that obliterated the RV apex (Figure 2). Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) confirmed the presence of a gadolinium-enhancing mass consistent with metastasis (Figure 3, arrows). The patient was started on anticoagulation for pulmonary embolism and on a new line of chemotherapy with gemcitabine and docetaxel.

Whereas primary cardiac tumors are rare and mostly benign, metastatic cardiac involvement is silent and occurs in up to 9% of patients with known malignancies. Cardiac tumors have been reported in up to 25% of autopsies of patients with soft-tissue sarcomas. In practice, cardiac metastatic involvement is incidentally found by staging imaging. Diagnostic evaluation involves different modalities: TTE is useful for initial evaluation, and transesophageal echocardiogram allows a more comprehensive evaluation; CT offers anatomic details of the mass and detects extracardiac involvement; and CMR identifies the precise location and pericardial invasion. Managing these lesions often requires palliative chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Surgery is usually reserved for life-threatening complications. Unfortunately, prognosis is poor despite treatment, and overall survival ranges from 6 to 12 months.

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