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1.  Spontaneous dissection of the coronary and vertebral arteries post-partum: case report and review of the literature 
Background
Spontaneous coronary and vertebral artery dissections are rare events occurring most commonly in otherwise healthy women during pregnancy or the post-partum period.
Case presentation
This report describes a 35-year-old female who presented with an acute inferior ST elevation myocardial infarction 7 months post-partum secondary to spontaneous dissection of the left obtuse marginal coronary artery. Despite appropriate medical therapy with dual anti-platelet therapy, the patient presented four weeks later with a spontaneous dissection of the right vertebral artery.
Conclusion
We review the presentation, diagnosis, and management of spontaneous dissections of the vasculature in the peri-partum period.
doi:10.1186/1471-2393-12-122
PMCID: PMC3495043  PMID: 23121892
Spontaneous dissection; Vasculature; Pregnancy; Imaging
2.  Multimodality cardiac imaging of a ventricular septal rupture post myocardial infarction: a case report 
BMC Research Notes  2012;5:583.
Background
Ventricular septal rupture (VSR), a mechanical complication following an acute myocardial infarction (MI), is thought to result from coagulation necrosis due to lack of collateral reperfusion. Although the gold standard test to confirm left-to-right shunting between ventricular cavities remains invasive ventriculography, two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with color flow Doppler and cardiac MRI (CMR) are reliable tests for the non-invasive diagnosis of VSR.
Case presentation
A 62-year-old Caucasian female presented with a late case of a VSR post inferior MI diagnosed by multimodality cardiac imaging including TTE, CMR and ventriculography.
Conclusion
We review the presentation, diagnosis and management of VSR post MI.
doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-583
PMCID: PMC3505164  PMID: 23098382
Echocardiography; Cardiac Mri; Ventricular septal rupture
3.  Vanishing left ventricular thrombus in a woman with peripartum cardiomyopathy: a case report 
BMC Research Notes  2012;5:544.
Background
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare cardiac disorder characterized by the development of heart failure in the last month of pregnancy or up to 5 months postpartum in women without other identifiable causes of cardiac failure. The combination of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction and hypercoaguability can cause thromboembolic complications including intra-cardiac thrombi.
Case presentation
A 25-year-old Caucasian female with PPCM demonstrated multiple thrombi in the LV on transthoracic echocardiography. Following anticoagulation with parenteral heparin, a cardiac MRI four days later demonstrated near resolution of the thrombi.
Conclusion
We review the presentation, diagnosis and management of LV thrombi in the clinical setting of PPCM.
doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-544
PMCID: PMC3551696  PMID: 23031314
Peripartum cardiomyopathy; Multimodality cardiac imaging; Thrombus
4.  Diagnosis of pericardial cysts using diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging: A case series 
Introduction
Congenital pericardial cysts are benign lesions that arise from the pericardium during embryonic development. The diagnosis is based on typical imaging features, but atypical locations and signal magnetic resonance imaging sequences make it difficult to exclude other lesions. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging is a novel method that can be used to differentiate tissues based on their restriction to proton diffusion. Its use in differentiating pericardial cysts from other pericardial lesions has not yet been described.
Case presentation
We present three cases (a 51-year-old Caucasian woman, a 66-year-old Caucasian woman and a 77-year-old Caucasian woman) with pericardial cysts evaluated with diffusion-weighted imaging using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Each lesion demonstrated a high apparent diffusion coefficient similar to that of free water.
Conclusion
This case series is the first attempt to investigate the utility of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of pericardial cysts. Diffusion-weighted imaging may be a useful noninvasive diagnostic tool for pericardial cysts when conventional imaging findings are inconclusive.
doi:10.1186/1752-1947-5-479
PMCID: PMC3189152  PMID: 21943086
5.  Multimodality imaging of anomalous pulmonary veins 
Partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection (PAPVC) is an extremely rare congenital condition where one or more of the pulmonary veins are connected to the venous circulation. Although initially suspected with unexplained right ventricular enlargement on transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), cardiac MRI is able to delineate the anatomical variant. We present a case of a 65-year-old male diagnosed with left sided PAPVC using multimodality cardiac imaging.
doi:10.1186/1476-7120-9-3
PMCID: PMC3038141  PMID: 21288339
7.  Myocardial siderosis due to hemochromatosis in an individual with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy 
The Canadian Journal of Cardiology  2009;25(12):e424-e425.
A patient with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and transfusion-dependent sideroblastic anemia, who presented with decompensated heart failure, is described. The present case demonstrates the usefulness of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging as a noninvasive imaging modality to assess the etiology of new systolic dysfunction in the setting of HCM. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging is able to differentiate between the dilated ‘burned-out’ phase of HCM and a concomitant dilated cardiomyopathy secondary to myocarditis or hemosiderosis.
PMCID: PMC2807840  PMID: 19960138
Cardiac MRI; Hemochromatosis; Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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