Stress Echo Comprehensive Software (SECS) for State-of-the-art ABCDE Protocol

Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Chirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Colonna, Eugenio Picano

Abstract


Background: Several specialized softwares are commercially available for the elective storage of stress echo (SE) data. Stateof-the-art SE is based upon novel parameters in addition to regional wall motion.Objective: To develop a novel software for SE data storage and reporting.Methods: We developed the prototype of a SE Comprehensive Software (SECS) with a minimum data set eventually allowingstandardized collection of data. The software runs with medium-low performance computers as well as with the most popularoperating systems (Windows, MAC OS and Linux). The export functions towards widely accepted formats allow easy data sharing.The software is able to generate a customized report which can be expanded in PDF and comma-separated value formats.Results: The program prototype data entry requires <2 min per study. The main pages focus on the 5 steps of ABCDE-SE: stepA (regional wall motion); step B (B-lines with 4-site simplified scan); step C (contractile reserve with force derived from systolicblood pressure and end-systolic volume); step D (Doppler-based coronary flow velocity reserve in left anterior descendingcoronary artery); step E (EKG-based chronotropic reserve measured as peak/rest heart rate). The final page graphically summarizesthe ABCDE information in a risk prediction model (cardiac death rate per year, from low risk <1% to high risk >3 %).Conclusion: SECS may provide a suitable infrastructure for an advanced clinical and research application, with simple graphicformat and convenient reporting option. It may represent a trade-off between exhaustive information required by scientificstandards and smooth workflow priority of busy, high volume, clinically-driven activities. Large scale validation and adaptationfrom users’ feedback is necessary prior to dissemination on demand.

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