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Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review

Nikolaos Fragakis
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December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Theodoros Zografos
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December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Mattias Duytschaever, Mark O'Neill, Martin Martinek
To improve the single-procedural success and long-term outcomes of catheter ablation techniques for AF, there is a need for durable, contiguous and transmural lesions encircling the pulmonary veins (PV). Measurement of contact force (CF) between the catheter tip and the target tissue can optimise ablation procedures. A new approach to obtain single-procedure durable PV isolation (PVI) using the latest CF technology combined with the CARTO VISITAG™ Module with Ablation Index (Biosense Webster) has been shown in small studies to almost eliminate recurrence of paroxysmal AF at 1-year follow up and to make PVI procedures more reproducible...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Vincent Umbrain, Christian Verborgh, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Carlo de Asmundis, Pedro Brugada, Mark La Meir
The one-stage approach for hybrid atrial fibrillation involves the simultaneous and close cooperation of different medical specialties. This review attempts to describe its challenging issues, exposing a plan to balance thrombotic risk and bleeding risk. It describes the combined surgical-electrophysiological procedure. Specific topics, involving hemodynamic, fluid and respiratory management during surgery are considered, and problems related to postoperative pain are surveyed.
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Charles M Pearman, Shi S Poon, Laura J Bonnett, Shouvik Haldar, Tom Wong, Neeraj Mediratta, Dhiraj Gupta
Maintaining sinus rhythm in patients with non-paroxysmal AF is an elusive goal. Some suggest that hybrid ablation, combining minimally invasive epicardial surgical ablation with endocardial catheter ablation, may be more effective than either modality alone. However, randomised trials are lacking. We investigated whether hybrid ablation is more effective than epicardial ablation alone at preventing recurrent AF by performing a systematic review and meta-analysis. The review was prospectively registered with PROSPERO (CRD42016043389)...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Tina Baykaner, Junaid A B Zaman, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan
Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is central to ablation approaches for atrial fibrillation (AF), yet many patients still have arrhythmia recurrence after one or more procedures, despite evolving technologies for PVI. Ablation of localised AF drivers, which lie outside the pulmonary veins in many patients, is a practical approach that has been shown to improve success by many groups. Such localised drivers lie in atrial regions shown mechanistically to sustain AF in optical mapping and clinical studies of human AF, as well as computational and animal studies...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Marwan M Refaat, Jad Ballout, Moussa Mansour
With improved surgical techniques and medical management for patients with congenital heart diseases, more patients are living longer and well into adulthood. This improved survival comes with a price of increased morbidity, mainly secondary to increased risk of tachyarrhythmias. One of the major arrhythmias commonly encountered in this subset of cardiac patients is AF. Similar to the general population, the risk of AF increases with advancing age, and is mainly secondary to the abnormal anatomy, abnormal pressure and volume parameters in the hearts of these patients and to the increased scarring and inflammation seen in the left atrium following multiple surgical procedures...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Stavros Stavrakis, Sunny Po
Ganglionated plexi (GP), consisting of conglomerations of autonomic ganglia on the epicardial surface of the heart, have been shown to play a significant role in different arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation. GP ablation has become an adjunctive procedure in the treatment of atrial fibrillation, while it has been used successfully in preliminary studies in vasovagal syncope. This review will present the current data on the physiology and clinical applications of GP ablation in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and other diseases...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Sharon A George, N Rokhaya Faye, Alejandro Murillo-Berlioz, K Benjamin Lee, Gregory D Trachiotis, Igor R Efimov
The atrioventricular node (AVN) is a complex structure that performs a variety of functions in the heart. The AVN is primarily an electrical gatekeeper between the atria and ventricles and introduces a delay between atrial and ventricular excitation, allowing for efficient ventricular filling. The AVN is composed of several compartments that safely transmit electrical excitation from the atria to the ventricles via the fast or slow pathways. There are many electrophysiological differences between these pathways, including conduction time and electrical refractoriness, that increase the predisposition of the atrioventricular junction to arrhythmias such as atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
George D Katritsis, Demosthenes G Katritsis
Oral anticoagulation is mandatory for patients at high risk of thromboembolism, but the risk of bleeding should also be taken into account. Direct oral anticoagulants are now recommended for non-valvular AF as a potential alternative to warfarin. In this article we discuss methods to assess the anticoagulant effect of these agents, specific and general antidotes, and management of complications such as embolic and haemorrhagic stroke, and significant bleeding.
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
James A Reiffel
Thromboembolic stroke and systemic embolism are generally agreed to be the major morbidity/mortality concerns for patients with AF. However, the risk of thromboembolism is not the same for all AF patients. Both AF and comorbidities must interact synergistically to create the risk for thromboembolism. But, is the synergism dichotomous - AF present or absent, comorbid disorder present or absent - or does synergism have magnitude, depending on the number and severity of the associated disorders and the amount of time one is in AF? This review discusses the current risk-score contributors and options for assessing risk of thromboembolism in AF patients, and what their combined roles might be...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Demosthenes G Katritsis
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December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Gian-Battista Chierchia, Saverio Iacopino, Carlo de Asmundis
Cryoballoon ablation is rapidly gaining popularity among electrophysiologists in the setting of pulmonary vein isolation for the treatment of AF. The first part of the following review focuses on the feasibility and clinical outcome of this technique in patients exhibiting a left common ostium. In the second part, we discuss how to predict and prevent the most common complication related to cryoballoon ablation: right phrenic nerve palsy.
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
David J Callans
Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are very common and usually do not require treatment. However, in the clinical setting of troublesome symptoms, or when PVCs trigger polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or cause cardiomyopathy, proper treatment is critical. In this review, the clinical syndrome of PVC-induced cardiomyopathy, including risk factors for development and treatment, is discussed. Although PVC-induced cardiomyopathy is typically associated with frequent PVCs there are also patients with this burden that do not develop cardiomyopathy, suggesting a differential susceptibility...
December 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Justine Bhar-Amato, William Davies, Sharad Agarwal
Ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VAs) commonly occur early in ischaemia, and remain a common cause of sudden death in acute MI. The thrombolysis and primary percutaneous coronary intervention era has resulted in the modification of the natural history of an infarct and subsequent VA. Presence of VA could independently influence mortality in patients recovering from MI. Appropriate risk assessment and subsequent treatment is warranted in these patients. The prevention and treatment of haemodynamically significant VA in the post-infarct period and of sudden cardiac death remote from the event remain areas of ongoing study...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Niek Eg Beurskens, Fleur Vy Tjong, Reinoud E Knops
The clinically available leadless pacemakers for patients with a single-chamber pacing indication have shown to be safe and effective. However, the optimal end-of-life strategy of this novel technique is undefined. Suggested strategies comprise of (a) placing an additional leadless device adjacent to the leadless pacemaker, or (b) retrieving the non-functioning leadless pacemaker and subsequently implanting a new device. Although initial studies demonstrate promising results, early experience of acute and mid-term retrieval feasibility and safety remains mixed...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Rahul K Mukherjee, Louisa O'Neill, Mark D O'Neill
Ventricular tachycardia (VT), often degenerating into ventricular fibrillation, is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death. Catheter ablation of VT is associated with relatively low, long-term success rates, while the optimal timing of ablation in patients with ischaemic and non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy remains unclear. Contemporary practice in most centres is to consider ablation late in the disease process following the failure of anti-arrhythmic medications and/or following recurrent implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Adam J Graham, Michele Orini, Pier D Lambiase
Recurrent episodes of ventricular tachycardia in patients with structural heart disease are associated with increased mortality and morbidity, despite the life-saving benefits of implantable cardiac defibrillators. Reducing implantable cardiac defibrillator therapies is important, as recurrent shocks can cause increased myocardial damage and stunning, despite the conversion of ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation. Catheter ablation has emerged as a potential therapeutic option either for primary or secondary prevention of these arrhythmias, particularly in post-myocardial infarction cases where the substrate is well defined...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Theodoros Christophides, Sarosh Khan, Mahmood Ahmad, Hossam Fayed, Richard Bogle
Lightning strikes are a common and leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Multiple organ systems can be involved, though the effects of the electrical current on the cardiovascular system are one of the main modes leading to cardiorespiratory arrest in these patients. Cardiac effects of lightning strikes can be transient or persistent, and include benign or life-threatening arrhythmias, inappropriate therapies from cardiac implantable electronic devices, cardiac ischaemia, myocardial contusion, pericardial disease, aortic injury, as well as cardiomyopathy with associated ventricular failure...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
Angelo Auricchio, François Regoli, Giulio Conte, Maria Luce Caputo
The implantation rate of cardiac electronic devices has grown over the past decades. The number of treated patients has increased in parallel with the complexity of the patient population treated, being older, frailer, having more complex devices (in particular, cardiac resynchronisation therapy) and presenting with a greater comorbidity burden. As a consequence, there is a rising number of related implanted system complications, including malfunction and infection. Thus, the demand for transvenous lead extraction (TLE) has also substantially increased...
August 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
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