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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211197/recurrences-in-the-blanking-period-and-12-month-success-rate-by-continuous-cardiac-monitoring-after-cryoablation-of-paroxysmal-and-non-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paolo Pieragnoli, Alessandro Paoletti Perini, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Luca Checchi, Andrea Giomi, Iacopo Muraca, Letizia Mannucci, Luigi Padeletti
INTRODUCTION: Recurrences within the blanking period (early recurrences) are common after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), but their clinical significance is still controversial. We aimed at evaluating the significance of within-blanking recurrences at 12-month follow-up after cryoballoon (CB) PVI, and to assess the real procedural success rate by continuous monitoring of cardiac rhythm. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty consecutive AF patients (34 paroxysmal, 56...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211132/comparison-of-left-atrial-voltage-between-sinus-rhythm-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-association-with-electrogram-wave-form
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Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Shin Okamoto, Takayuki Ishihara, Kiyonori Nanto, Takashi Kanda, Akihiro Sunaga, Takuya Tsujimura, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takuya Ohashi, Masaaki Uematsu
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of low-voltage-guided ablation in addition to pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for atrial fibrillation (AF) has been reported with voltage mapping being performed during sinus rhythm (SR) or AF. The study aimed to compare the left atrial voltage between SR and AF in association with the electrogram wave form. METHODS: This prospective observational study included 30 consecutive patients with persistent AF. After completion of PV isolation, electrogram points were taken during both SR and AF at the identical locations evenly throughout the left atrium...
February 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209944/impact-of-contact-force-technology-on-reducing-the-recurrence-and-major-complications-of-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xianhui Zhou, Wenkui Lv, Wenhui Zhang, Yuanzheng Ye, Yaodong Li, Qina Zhou, Qiang Xing, Jianghua Zhang, Yanmei Lu, Ling Zhang, Hongli Wang, Wen Qin, Baopeng Tang
Contact force (CF) monitoring can be useful in accomplishing circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for atrial fibrillation (AF). This meta-analysis aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of a CF-sensing catheter in treating AF. Randomized controlled trials or non-randomized observational studies comparing AF ablation using CF-sensing or standard non-CF (NCF)-sensing catheters were identified from PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Wanfang Data, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure (January 1, 1998-2016)...
February 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209562/vinexin-%C3%AE-ablation-inhibits-atherosclerosis-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice-by-inactivating-the-akt-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inflammatory-axis
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Hongjing Guan, Wen-Lin Cheng, Junhong Guo, Meng-Lin Chao, Yan Zhang, Jun Gong, Xue-Yong Zhu, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Vinexin β is a novel adaptor protein that regulates cellular adhesion, cytoskeletal reorganization, signal transduction, and transcription; however, the exact role that vinexin β plays in atherosclerosis remains unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunoblot analysis showed that vinexin β expression is upregulated in the atherosclerotic lesions of both patients with coronary heart disease and hyperlipemic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice and is primarily localized in macrophages indicated by immunofluorescence staining...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205119/use-of-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-overlay-for-real-time-cryoballoon-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation-reduces-radiation-dose-and-contrast-dye
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B Oude Velthuis, M Molenaar, H G Reinhart Dorman, J Y Stevenhagen, M F Scholten, J van der Palen, J M van Opstal
AIMS: Cryoballoon pulmonary vein (PV) isolation in patients with atrial fibrillation has proven to be effective in short-term and long-term follow-up. To visualise the PV anatomy, pre-ablation contrast pulmonary venography is commonly performed. Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) overlay is a new technique creating a live 3D image of the left atrium by integrating a previously obtained CT scan during fluoroscopy. To evaluate the benefits of 3D CT overlay during cryoballoon ablation, we studied the use of 3D CT overlay versus contrast pulmonary venography in a randomised fashion in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing cryoballoon PV isolation...
February 15, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204456/the-relationship-between-oesophageal-heating-during-left-atrial-posterior-wall-ablation-and-the-durability-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation
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V Nam Tran, Shigeki Kusa, Jeffrey Smietana, Wen-Chi Tsai, Kabir Bhasin, Andrew Teh, George Syros, Anurag Singh, Subbaro Choudry, Marc A Miller, Jacob Koruth, Andre D'Avila, Srinivas D Dukkipati, Vivek Y Reddy
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February 15, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190945/mems-based-flexible-force-sensor-for-tri-axial-catheter-contact-force-measurement
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Hardik J Pandya, Jun Sheng, Jaydev P Desai
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a significant healthcare problem caused by the uneven and rapid discharge of electrical signals from pulmonary veins (PVs). The technique of radiofrequency (RF) ablation can block these abnormal electrical signals by ablating myocardial sleeves inside PVs. Catheter contact force measurement during RF ablation can reduce the rate of AFib recurrence, since it helps to determine effective contact of the catheter with the tissue, thereby resulting in effective power delivery for ablation...
February 2017: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188041/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-atrial-fibrillation-an-unknown-relationship
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REVIEW
Christos A Goudis
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is independently associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Decreased oxygenation, hypercapnia, pulmonary hypertension, diastolic dysfunction, oxidative stress, inflammation, changes in atrial size by altered respiratory physiology, increased arrhythmogenicity from nonpulmonary vein foci commonly located in the right atrium, and respiratory drugs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of AF in COPD. The understanding of the relationship between COPD and AF is of particular importance, as the presence of the arrhythmia has significant impact on mortality, especially in COPD exacerbations...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185998/study-on-the-effect-of-chemoembolization-combined-with-microwave-ablation-for-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-rats
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Thomas Josef Vogl, Jun Qian, Andreas Tran, Elsie Oppermann, Nagy N Naguib, Huedayi Korkusuz, Nour Eldin A Nour Eldin, Wolf Otto Bechstein
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the combining effects of transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) and open local thermal microwave ablation (MWA) in a hepatocellular carcinoma animal model. METHODS: Tumor cubes were implanted into the liver of 30 male inbred ACI rats. Groups of 10 animals were treated at 13 days (TACE or MWA) and 16 days (MWA) postimplantation with combined therapy (study group A) of TACE (0.1 mg mitomycin C; 0.1 mg iodized oil; 5.0 mg degradable starch microspheres) and MWA (2450 Mhz; 45 s; 35 W), TACE (control group B) or MWA (control group C) alone...
February 10, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185351/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-or-without-contact-force-sensing
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Ayman A Hussein, Amr F Barakat, Walid I Saliba, Khaldoun G Tarakji, Mohamed Bassiouny, Bryan Baranowski, Patrick Tchou, Mandeep Bhargava, Thomas Dresing, Thomas Callahan, Daniel Cantillon, Mohamed Kanj, Bruce D Lindsay, Oussama M Wazni
INTRODUCTION: Arrhythmia recurrences remain common after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF). Contact force sensing catheters have been introduced for objective assessment of contact during radiofrequency application and have been suggested to improve outcomes in ablation of paroxysmal AF, but little is known about their role in PersAF ablation. We aimed to compare the procedural profiles and outcomes of (PersAF) ablation with or without using contact force (CF) sensing catheters...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185348/two-independent-mapping-techniques-identify-rotational-activity-patterns-at-sites-of-local-termination-during-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Mahmood Alhusseini, David Vidmar, Gabriela L Meckler, Christopher Kowalewski, Fatemah Shenasa, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan, Wouter-Jan Rappel
: The mechanisms for atrial fibrillation (AF) are unclear in part because diverse mapping techniques yield diverse maps ranging from stable organized sources to highly disordered waves. We hypothesized that AF mechanisms may be clarified if mapping techniques were compared in the same patients, and referenced to a clinical endpoint. We compared 2 independent AF mapping techniques in patients in whom local ablation terminated persistent AF before pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). TECHNIQUES AND RESULTS: We identified 12 patients with persistent AF (61...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185078/-ablation-of-av-nodal-reentrant-tachycardia-via-combined-access-through-the-medial-cubital-and-axillary-vein
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Tobias Schreiber, Philipp Attanasio, Frank Heinzel, Burkert Pieske, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Martin Huemer
If a transfemoral approach for catheter ablation procedures of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardias is impossible, other access sites have to be considered. We present the case of a 78-year-old woman with an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter with symptomatic episodes of an atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). We used a combined cubital and axillary vein approach. The tachycardia was successfully ablated within the timeframe needed for conventional ablation.
February 9, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174170/does-additional-electrogram-guided-ablation-after-linear-ablation-reduce-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation-for-longstanding-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Tae-Hoon Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong-Youn Kim, Boyoung Joung, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Hui-Nam Pak
BACKGROUND: Although circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) catheter ablation may not be sufficient for long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (L-PeAF), it is not clear which ablation strategy is beneficial in addition to CPVI. We sought to investigate whether additional complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE)-guided ablation improves clinical outcomes in L-PeAF patients who exhibit continuous atrial fibrillation (AF) after CPVI and linear ablation (Line). METHODS AND RESULTS: This study enrolled 137 L-PeAF patients (71...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157261/mediguide-assisted-transseptal-puncture-without-echocardiographic-guidance
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Gabriel Ballesteros, Pablo Ramos Ardanaz, Renzo Neglia, Marcel Palacio Solís, Cristina Díaz Fernández, Graciela López González, Elene Janiashvili, Ignacio García-Bolao
BACKGROUND: First description of a technique for left atrium transseptal puncture (TSP) with minimal radiation exposure by using the nonfluoroscopic MediGuide™ tracking system (MG) without the assistance of intracardiac echocardiography. METHODS: This study included 31 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation undergoing an MG assisted percutaneous catheter ablation procedure. A Brockenbrough transseptal needle (BRK) is connected to a standard pressure transducer through a two input valve...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155995/sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-reversible-phenomenon
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REVIEW
Larry R Jackson Ii, Bharath Rathakrishnan, Kristen Campbell, Kevin L Thomas, Jonathan P Piccini, Tristram Bahnson, Jonathan A Stiber, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic sinus node dysfunction (SND) consists of a variety of manifestations including tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is commonly associated with SND, which complicates the management of both conditions. This paper reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical trial data investigating therapeutic approaches for treatment of patients with both SND and AF. METHODS: The authors reviewed articles published in English describing the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic approaches for patients with SND and AF...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151545/healthcare-utilization-and-quality-of-life-improvement-after-ablation-for-paroxysmal-af-in-younger-and-older-patients
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Angelo B Biviano, Tina D Hunter, Gopi Dandamudi, Robert S Fishel, Brett Gidney, Bengt Herweg, Saumil R Oza, Anshul Mahendra Patel, Huijian Wang, Scott J Pollak
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) prevalence increases significantly with age. Little is known about the effect of AF ablation on quality of life and healthcare utilization in the elderly. The objective of this study was to quantify the healthcare utilization and quality of life benefits of catheter ablation for AF, for patients ≥65 years compared to patients <65 years. METHODS: Two multi-center US registry studies enrolled patients with paroxysmal AF. Baseline characteristics and acute outcomes were collected for 736 patients receiving catheter ablation with the NAVISTAR® THERMOCOOL® SF Catheter (Biosense Webster, Inc...
February 2, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151029/radiofrequency-induced-thermotherapy-rfitt-in-a-porcine-liver-model-and-ex-vivo-great-saphenous-vein
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George E Badham, Scott J Dos Santos, Mark S Whiteley
AIMS: To investigate the thermal spread achieved in porcine liver when using an optimised radiofrequency ablation protocol and correlate findings with the effects seen in ex vivo great saphenous vein (GSV), in order to justify clinical use with the new treatment protocol. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Porcine liver and GSV sections were treated with radiofrequency-induced thermotherapy (RFiTT) using the following settings: 20 W at 1 s/cm (linear endovenous energy density; LEED 20 J/cm), 18 W at 1 s/cm (LEED 18 J/cm), 18 W at 3 s/cm (LEED 54 J/cm), 6 W interrupted pull-back 6 s stationary every 0...
February 2, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150508/is-the-knowledge-of-contact-force-beneficial-in-pulmonary-vein-antrum-isolation
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Rune Borregaard, Henrik Kjærulf Jensen, Bawer Jalal Tofig, Samuel Alberg Thrysøe, Christian Gerdes, Jens Cosedis Nielsen, Peter Lukac
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of the operator knowing the real-time contact force (CF) on the efficacy of pulmonary vein antrum isolation (PVAI). METHODS: Fifty patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) or short lasting persistent AF were randomized to CF guided PVAI (n = 25) or conventional PVAI (n = 25). In the CF guided group, CF between 10 and 40 grams (g) was aimed at. Efficacy of PVAI was measured as reduction in AF burden (AFB) and time to AF recurrence detected by implantable cardiac monitor (ICM), inserted 3 months before PVAI...
February 2, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150281/predictors-of-late-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-cryoballoon-based-pulmonary-vein-isolation-a-meta-analysis
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Dajun Quan, He Huang, Bin Kong, Qi Li, Jiafen Liao, Guangji Wang
BACKGROUND: The recurrence rate of atrial fibrillation (AF) after cryoballoon ablation in drug refractory AF patients is high. Late-recurrence of AF has various predictors. The aim of the study was to explore the related risk factors that can effectively predict late AF recurrence after cryoballoon-based pulmonary vein isolation. METHODS: The PubMed and Web of Science databases were searched from 1 January 2013 to 1 August 2016, and studies were chosen that met the pre-stated inclusion criteria...
February 2, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145148/preliminary-experimental-study-on-splenic-hemodynamics-of-radiofrequency-ablation-for-the-spleen
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Yasutaka Baba, Sadao Hayashi, Kohei Nagasato, Michiyo Higashi, Takashi Yoshiura
PURPOSE: To test the splenic blood flow change after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the spleen in a porcine experimental model. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Six pigs underwent RFA of the spleen via laparotomy. During the procedure of RFA, clamping of splenic artery (one) and both splenic artery/vein (one) was also performed. Measurement of blood flow of both splenic artery (SA) and splenic vein (SV) with flow-wire at pre- and post-RFA of the spleen was also performed...
February 1, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
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