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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612907/safety-and-efficacy-of-cryoablation-without-the-use-of-fluoroscopy
#1
Edward Kozluk, Dariusz Rodkiewicz, Agnieszka Piątkowska, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Development of electroanatomical systems make it possible to perform ablations without the use of fluoroscopy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of cryoablation procedures without the use of fluoroscopy. METHODS: The study group consisted of 45 patients (14 female; age 36 ± 15 years) treated with cryoablation using the EnSite electroanatomical system: 10 with ventricular extrasystoly from the right ventricle, 6 with the arrhythmogenic site near the left coronary artery, 17 patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), 2 patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT) type 2, 7 patients with AVNRT type 1, 3 patients with atrial tachycardia...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612906/the-influence-of-plasma-25-oh-vitamin-d-levels-in-acute-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#2
Ömer Şen, Mustafa Topuz, Armağan Acele, Oğuz Akkuş, Ahmet Oytun Baykan, Mevlüt Koç
BACKGROUND: The preventive role of acute occurring of collateral circulation (AOCC) to infarct related artery (IRA) in patients presenting with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is well known. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether there is an association between admission plasma 25-(OH) vitamin D (25(OH)D3) levels and grade of collateralization in patients with STEMI. METHODS: We prospectively included 369 STEMI patients within the first 12 h of symptoms onset...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612905/treatment-of-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-by-transradial-approach-current-trends-and-expert-recommendations
#3
Leszek Bryniarski, Michał Zabojszcz, Krzysztof Leszek Bryniarski
The aim of this review is to highlight the technical details and the scientific data on percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) in chronic total occlusion (CTO) performed by transradial approach (TRA). Transfemoral approach (TFA) is commonly regarded as the standard for CTO PCI, but there are a growing number of CTO recanalization procedures performed by TRA. We discuss the relevant technical details to approach a CTO by transradial access, especially the compatibility of various CTO recanalization techniques with specific guiding catheter sizes...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612904/prognostic-value-of-growth-differentiation-factor-15-in-chinese-patients-with-heart-failure-a-prospective-observational-study
#4
Hua Wang, Qingyong Chen, Yingying Li, Xianchao Jing, Jiefu Yang
BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), a biomarker associated with remodeling, oxidative stress and inflammation, has been used to stratify heart failure (HF) patients. However, its prognostic value in Chinese HF patients is still unknown. METHODS: GDF-15 levels were examined on admission in 272 consecutive HF patients in Beijing Hospital (a Chinese tertiary medical center) by a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. We recorded the incidence of all-cause mortality and/or readmission for HF during a median follow-up period of 558 days...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612903/the-value-of-left-atrial-strain-and-strain-rate-in-predicting-left-atrial-appendage-stasis-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Mengruo Zhu, Man Wang, Xinxin Ma, Dongyan Zheng, Yueli Zhang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the value of left atrial (LA) strain and strain rate (S/SR) by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in predicting left atrial appendage (LAA) stasis, in order to find a way for LAA stasis screening which is easily performed in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). METHODS: One hundred and thirty NVAF patients prepared for AF ablation were enrolled. TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) were performed in all patients...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612902/comparison-of-prognostic-values-of-cardiopulmonary-and-heart-rate-parameters-in-exercise-testing-in-men-with-heart-failure
#6
Łukasz Czubaszewski, Anna Straburzyńska-Lupa, Jacek Migaj, Ewa Straburzyńska-Migaj
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is the gold standard in the evaluation of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However, this test is relatively expensive, assessment of its results requires experience, and in Poland it is available only in tertiary health care centers. Many heart rate (HR) parameters taken during a standard electrocardiographic (ECG) exercise test also shows prognostic values. Thus, the aim of this study is to compare prognostic values of ventilatory and HR parameters in exercise testing in CHF patients, and to find out if HR parameters can be used instead of ventilatory in the evaluation of a prognosis...
June 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541602/three-dimensional-printing-in-cardiology-current-applications-and-future-challenges
#7
Hongxing Luo, Jarosław Meyer-Szary, Zhongmin Wang, Robert Sabiniewicz, Yuhao Liu
Three-dimensional (3D) printing has attracted a huge interest in recent years. Broadly speaking, it refers to the technology which converts a predesigned virtual model to a touchable object. In clinical medicine, it usually converts a series of two-dimensional medical images acquired through computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or 3D echocardiography into a physical model. Medical 3D printing consists of three main steps: image acquisition, virtual reconstruction and 3D manufacturing. It is a promising tool for preoperative evaluation, medical device design, hemodynamic simulation and medical education, it is also likely to reduce operative risk and increase operative success...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541601/the-approach-to-coronary-bifurcation-treatment-and-its-outcomes-in-poland-the-single-center-experience
#8
Adam Kern, Robert J Gil, Krystian Bojko, Bartłomiej Rzeszowski, Rakesh Jalali, Jerzy Górny, Jacek Bil
BACKGROUND: Coronary bifurcation lesions pose therapeutic problems during percutaneous coronary interventions. The aim of this study was to analyze the strategy of coronary bifurcation treatment and associated angiographic as well as clinical outcomes in a large hospital in Northern Poland. METHODS: Between January 2012 and January 2014 patients with stable coronary artery disease or non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) were treated with regular drug-eluting stents (rDES) or dedicated bifurcation stents (BiOSS Expert® or BiOSS LIM®)...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541600/elevated-high-sensitivity-troponin-does-not-indicate-the-presence-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-presenting-with-supraventricular-tachycardia
#9
Martin Murer, Florim Cuculi, Stefan Toggweiler, Vanessa Weberndoerfer, Mabelle Young, Richard Kobza
BACKGROUND: Patients with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) often present with similar symptoms (chest pain, shortness of breath), similar electrocardiographic changes and elevated high-sensitivity troponin (cTn). It is not clear whether troponin reflects critical CAD or is elevated due to other causes in patients presenting with SVT. The aim of this study was to assess the role of elevated troponin in patients presenting with SVT. METHODS: Patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for SVT and simultaneous coronary angiography at the Heart Centre Lucerne, Switzerland between January 2010 and October 2014 were included in this analysis...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541599/improvement-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-and-left-heart-morphology-in-young-women-with-morbid-obesity-six-months-after-bariatric-surgery
#10
Katarzyna Kurnicka, Justyna Domienik-Karłowicz, Barbara Lichodziejewska, Maksymilian Bielecki, Marta Kozłowska, Sylwia Goliszek, Olga Dzikowska-Diduch, Wojciech Lisik, Maciej Kosieradzki, Piotr Pruszczyk
BACKGROUND: Obesity contributes to left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) and may lead to diastolic heart failure. Weight loss (WL) after bariatric surgery (BS) may influence LV morphology and function. Using echocardiography, this study assessed the effect of WL on LV diastolic function (LVDF) and LV and left atrium (LA) morphology 6 months after BS in young women with morbid obesity. METHODS: Echocardiography was performed in 60 women with BMI ≥ 40kg/m², aged 37...
May 25, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497845/comparison-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-versus-oral-anticoagulation-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-retrospective-single-center-registry-analysis
#11
Erik W Holy, Julia Kebernik, Abdelhakim Allali, Mohamed El-Mawardy, Gert Richardt, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
BACKGROUND: The choice of optimal antithrombotic regimen after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) remains a matter of debate. The objective of this study was to compare both efficacy and safety outcomes based on the type of antithrombotic therapy prescribed after TAVR METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of 514 consecutive patients treated with either dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) (n = 315; 61.3%) or oral anticoagulation (OAC) plus clopidogrel (n = 199; 38.7%) for a minimum of 3 month after TAVR followed by antiplatelet monotherapy or OAC only, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497844/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-systolic-function-the-traditional-and-innovative-approach
#12
Dorota Smolarek, Marcin Gruchała, Wojciech Sobiczewski
Estimation of right ventricular (RV) performance still remains technically challenging due to its anatomical and functional distinctiveness. The current guidelines for the echocardiographic quantification of RV function recommend using multiple indices to describe the RV in a thorough and comprehensive manner, such as RV index of myocardial performance, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, fractional area change, Doppler tissue imaging-derived tricuspid lateral annular systolic velocity (S'-wave), three-dimensional RV ejection fraction (3D RVEF), longitudinal strain (RVLS)/strain rate by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE)...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497843/heart-failure-pilot-transcriptomic-analysis-of-cardiac-tissue-by-rna-sequencing
#13
Concetta Schiano, Valerio Costa, Marianna Aprile, Vincenzo Grimaldi, Ciro Maiello, Roberta Esposito, Andrea Soricelli, Vittorio Colantuoni, Francesco Donatelli, Alfredo Ciccodicola, Claudio Napoli
BACKGROUND: Despite left ventricular (LV) dysfunction contributing to mortality in chronic heart failure (HF), the molecular mechanisms of LV failure continues to remain poorly understood and myocardial biomarkers have yet to be identified. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate specific transcriptome changes occurring in cardiac tissues of patients with HF compared to healthy condition patients to improve diagnosis and possible treatment of affected subjects. METHODS: Unlike other studies, only dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) (n = 2) and restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) (n = 2) patients who did not report family history of the disease were selected with the aim of obtaining a homogeneous population for the study...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497842/macrophagic-enhancement-in-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging-by-means-of-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
#14
Juan Luis Gutiérrez-Chico, Milosz Jaguszewski, Miguel Comesaña-Hermo, Miguel Ángel Correa-Duarte, Luis Mariñas-Pardo, Manuel Hermida-Prieto
BACKGROUND: The ability of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to visualise macrophages in vivo in coronary arteries is still controversial. We hypothesise that imaging of macrophages in OCT could be enhanced by means of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. METHODS: We compared the optical backscattering and attenuation of cell pellets containing RAW 264.7 macrophages with those of macrophagic cell pellets labelled with very small superparamagnetic oxydised nanoparticles (VSOP) by means of light intensity analysis in OCT...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497841/effect-of-fluid-resuscitation-with-balanced-solutions-on-platelets-in-vitro-simulation-of-20-volume-substitution
#15
Łukasz J Krzych, Piotr F Czempik
BACKGROUND: Fluid resuscitation in massive bleeding may cause coagulation disorders by dilution of platelets and clotting factors or by the definite influence on theirfunction. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of balanced crystalloid and colloid solutions on platelets (PLT) in vitro using complex assessment of coagulation. METHODS: The study group was comprised of 32 American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status class I male volunteers, aged 21-35 (29 ± 4) years, weighting 59-103 (81...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497840/risk-factors-of-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-despite-successful-radiofrequency-ablation-of-accessory-pathway-at-11-years-of-follow-up
#16
Michał Orczykowski, Piotr Urbanek, Robert Bodalski, Paweł Derejko, Grzegorz Warmiński, Małgorzata Łodyga, Damian Łasocha, Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Maciej Dąbrowski, Paweł Tyczyński, Joanna Zakrzewska-Koperska, Rafał Baranowski, Artur Oręziak, Maciej Sterliński, Maria Bilińska, Łukasz Szumowski
BACKGROUND: Previous reports on patients with radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of accessory pathway (AP) and atrial fibrillation (AF) include only short follow-up periods. The aim of this study was to analyse predictors of recurrence of AF in patients after successful RFCA of APs over long term follow-up periods. METHODS: Of the 1,007 patients who underwent non-pharmacological treatment of Aps ( between the years 1993-2008), data of 100 consecutive patients were retrospectively analyzed (75 men, mean age 43...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417448/decision-cto-a-negative-clinical-trial-really
#17
Juan Luis Gutiérrez-Chico, Yves Louvard
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April 18, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394012/clinical-profile-and-management-of-outpatients-with-non-ischemic-and-non-hypertensive-systolic-heart-failure-analysis-of-the-polish-data-help-registry
#18
Justyna M Krzysztofik, Beata Kurian, Waldemar Banasiak, Ewa A Jankowska, Piotr Ponikowski
BACKGROUND: Although coronary artery disease and arterial hypertension are the most common etiologies underlying heart failure (HF), there are still many patients present with non-ischemic and non-hypertensive HF whose management remains very challenging. In this research study the clinical profile and applied treatment of patients with HF without coronary artery disease or hypertension versus patients with known etiology of HF (ischemic/hypertensive) were compared. METHODS: Clinical data about 5563 patients with stable systolic HF were obtained from prospective multicenter DATA-HELP registry performed between October and December 2009 in ambulatory clinics in Poland, in which 500 cardiologists and 290 GPs participated...
April 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394011/how-has-the-treatment-of-hypercholesterolemia-in-poland-changed-over-the-last-6-years
#19
Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Marcin Michalak, Łukasz Kołtowski, Krzysztof J Filipiak
BACKGROUND: To assess changes in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia in Polish ambulatory care over the last 6 years. METHODS: Data were obtained from two separate questionnaire-based studies, conducted in 2009 and 2015. The analysis included only those patient visits, which were associated with modifications of previous hypercholesterolemia treatment (1924 visits from the year 2009 and 1888 visits from the year 2015). RESULTS: In the present registry, there was a 19 mg/dL reduction in the level of total cholesterol and a 17 mg/dL reduction in the level of low-density lipoprotein compared to year 2009...
April 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394010/association-between-prophylactic-hydration-volume-and-risk-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-after-emergent-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#20
Tongtao Cui, Jianbin Zhao, Weijie Bei, Hualong Li, Ning Tan, Dengxuan Wu, Kun Wang, Xiaosheng Guo, Yuanhui Liu, Chongyang Duan, Shiqun Chen, Kaiyang Lin, Yong Liu
BACKGROUND: Intravenous hydration during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) significantly reduces the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN), but there are no well-defined protocols regarding the optimal hydration volume (HV) required to prevent CIN following emergent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Therefore, this study investigates the association between the intravenous HV and CIN after emergent PCI. METHODS: 711 patients were prospectively recruited who had underwent emergent PCI with hydration at routine speed and the relationship was investigated between HV or HV to weight ratio (HV/W) and the CIN risk, which was defined as a ≥ 25% or ≥ 0...
April 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
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