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ventricular tachycardia management

Christian Hassager, Ken Nagao, David Hildick-Smith
The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has improved in the past few decades because of advances in interventions used outside and in hospital. About half of patients who have OHCA with initial ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation and who are admitted to hospital in coma after return of spontaneous circulation will survive to discharge with a reasonable neurological status. In this Series paper we discuss in-hospital management of patients with post-cardiac-arrest syndrome. In most patients, the most important in-hospital interventions other than routine intensive care are continuous active treatment (in non-comatose and comatose patients and including circulatory support in selected patients), cooling of core temperature to 32-36°C by targeted temperature management for at least 24 h, immediate coronary angiography with or without percutaneous coronary intervention, and delay of final prognosis until at least 72 h after OHCA...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
Amartya Kundu, Aditya Vaze, Partha Sardar, Ahmed Nagy, Wilbert S Aronow, Naomi F Botkin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Variant angina, which is characterized by recurrent chest pain and transient ECG changes along with angiographic evidence of coronary artery spasm, generally has a favorable prognosis. However, episodes of ischemia caused by vasospasm may lead to potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and cardiac arrest, even in patients with no history of prior cardiac disease. This review describes the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical spectrum, and management of variant angina, as well as outcomes in patients who present with aborted sudden cardiac death (ASCD)...
March 8, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Andreas Entenmann, Susann Dittrich, Vera Hessling, Christian Niederwanger, Gerard Cortina, Miriam Michel
BACKGROUND: Junctional ectopic tachycardia is a serious complication of surgery for paediatric congenital heart disease. R-wave synchronized atrial (AVT) pacing, an innovative temporary pacing technique, restores atrioventricular synchrony in these patients. The method is highly effective but technically complex. A standardized training model exists for doctors but not for paediatric intensive care nurses. AIMS: This study seeks to evaluate whether a standardized programme involving simulation and vignettes increases knowledge of AVT pacing and accuracy of its documentation, as well as recognition and management of specific complications...
March 6, 2018: Nursing in Critical Care
Kathleen T Hickey, Amir Elzomor
The discovery of the human genome has ushered in a new era of molecular testing, advancing our knowledge and ability to identify cardiac channelopathies. Genetic variations can affect the opening and closing of the potassium, sodium, and calcium channels, resulting in arrhythmias and sudden death. Cardiac arrhythmias caused by disorders of ion channels are known as cardiac channelopathies. Nurses are important members of many interdisciplinary teams and must have a general understanding of the pathophysiology of the most commonly encountered cardiac channelopathies, electrocardiogram characteristics, approaches to treatment, and care for patients and their families...
2018: AACN Advanced Critical Care
Kristopher S Pfirman, Robel Haile
BACKGROUND Intracardiac abscesses are an unusual occurrence in developed countries. With the increase in use of implantable cardiac devices, the increase use of and advancements in antibiotics, and the longevity of patients with cardiac devices, one may expect an increase in such infections; however, case reports are rare. We are presenting a case in which hematogenous dissemination of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection from a lower extremity diabetic ulcer propagated into an infected pacemaker lead and ultimately an intracardiac abscess of the right atrium...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Dai-Yin Lu, Iraklis Pozios, Bereketeab Haileselassie, Ioannis Ventoulis, Hongyun Liu, Lars L Sorensen, Marco Canepa, Susan Phillip, M Roselle Abraham, Theodore P Abraham
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a common inherited cardiac disease characterized by varying degrees of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. In a large cohort, we compare the outcomes among 3 different hemodynamic groups. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled patients fulfilling standard diagnostic criteria for HCM from January 2005 to June 2015. Detailed phenotypic characterization, including peak left ventricular outflow tract pressure gradients at rest and after provocation, was measured by echocardiography...
February 25, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Dong-Guang Niu, Chen Li, Hong-Chun Fang
INTRODUCTION: Hepatic Portal Venous Gas (HPVG) is a rare pathological condition that may be caused by iatrogenic factors. CASE REPORT: A 66-year-old Chinese male patient with HPVG underwent laparotomy for chronic bowel ischemia. Transcathete cardiac defibrillator was implanted via left subclavian vein for ventricular tachycardia. DISCUSSION: There are many hypotheses about how gas runs through the intestine into the mesenteric portal venous system...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Calvin Tong, Marla Kiess, Marc William Deyell, Michael Qiu, Merav Orgad, Valerie Rychel, Ariel Claman, Emma Hardwick, Beverly McCarthy, Candice K Silversides, Jasmine Grewal
OBJECTIVES: To determine cardiac and fetal/neonatal event rates among pregnant women with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and compare with control groups. METHODS: Prospective case-control cohort study: 53 consecutive pregnancies in 49 women referred to the St. Paul's Hospital between 2010 and 2016 with PVC burden >1% in women without underlying cardiac disease. Maternal cardiac and fetal/neonatal outcomes were compared with two pregnant control groups: (1) supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) group of 53 women referred for a history of SVT/SVT in the current pregnancy and (2) low-risk group of 53 women with no cardiac disease...
February 20, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Jason S Bradfield, Olujimi A Ajijola, Marmar Vaseghi, Kalyanam Shivkumar
Ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an essential component of the management of these life-threatening arrhythmias. However, in many patients, despite medical and interventional therapy, VT recurs. Further, some VT substrates (mid-myocardial, left ventricular summit, intra-septal) are not easily targeted, due to limitations of currently available technology. In certain clinical settings, ventricular fibrillation (VF) episodes that have premature ventricular contraction (PVC) triggers can also be targeted with catheter ablation...
February 14, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Kristen Nelson McMillan, Michael A Rosen, Nicole A Shilkofski, Jamie Haggerty Bradshaw, Mary Saliski, Elizabeth A Hunt
INTRODUCTION: Although American Heart Association guidelines exist for proper management of cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA), in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may be of poor quality and is not performed in all indicated situations. Cognitive aids have been created to assist in rapid, accurate recall of guidelines for pediatric CPA management. METHODS: Pediatric residents participated in individual mock codes for two years. Using a high-fidelity simulator, each resident participated in a standardized scenario that required management of both pulseless ventricular tachycardia and pulseless electrical activity...
February 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
David F Briceño, Tanush Gupta, Jorge Romero, Dhaval Kolte, Sahil Khera, Pedro A Villablanca, An Tran, Sanghamitra Mohanty, Chintan Trivedi, Prasant Mohanty, Carola Gianni, Soo G Kim, Mario Garcia, Gregg C Fonarow, Deepak L Bhatt, Andrea Natale, Luigi Di Biase
INTRODUCTION: Monomorphic ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Use and outcome data of catheter ablation for VT in non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: We obtained data from the 2003-2014 National Inpatient Sample databases. We used propensity score matching to compare patients undergoing catheter ablation versus medical therapy of VT related to NICM, and described the temporal trends in utilization and in-hospital outcomes of catheter ablation of VT in patients with NICM in the United States...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Tyler J M Jordan, Page E Yaxley, Christine A Culler, Anusha Balakrishnan
CASE DESCRIPTION A 2-year-old sexually intact female mixed-breed dog was evaluated at an emergency hospital approximately 5 hours after ingestion of an unknown amount of over-the-counter topical hair growth promoter containing 5% minoxidil foam. Vomiting and signs of lethargy were reported by the owner, and physical examination revealed tachycardia and hypotension. No treatments were performed, and the dog was transferred to a veterinary referral hospital for management of suspected minoxidil toxicosis. CLINICAL FINDINGS On arrival at the referral hospital, the dog was tachycardic (heart rate, 200 to 220 beats/min) and hypotensive (systolic arterial blood pressure, 70 mm Hg)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Manoj Kumar Sahu, Anupam Das, Bharat Siddharth, Sachin Talwar, Sarvesh Pal Singh, Atul Abraham, Arin Choudhury
BACKGROUND: Postoperative arrhythmias are a known complication after cardiac surgical repairs for congenital heart disease. METHODS: Data were reviewed pertaining to incidence, diagnosis, potential risk factors, and management of postoperative arrhythmias in 369 consecutive patients under 18 years of age, undergoing elective open heart surgery. All children were admitted to the intensive care unit and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring was performed. Patient factors such as Aristotle Basic Complexity Score, total surgical duration, hypotension, tachycardia, serum lactate level, and inotropic score were analyzed...
January 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Jordana Cheta, Ashleigh Long, Paul Marik
Pulmonary embolism (PE) represents a prevalent cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with approximately 600 000 cases diagnosed annually. The mortality rate for untreated PE is as high as 30%. Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a sign of possible adverse outcomes with right-sided heart failure being the usual cause of death from PE. There is a spectrum of clinical presentations associated with PE diagnoses, from incidental and asymptomatic to rapid hemodynamic collapse. Despite successes in identifying patients with "high-risk" PEs for aggressive thrombolytic interventions and "low-risk" PEs for outpatient anticoagulation, a significant lack of consensus exists regarding intervention modalities for PEs identified as "intermediate risk" or "submassive," defined as normotensive (systolic blood pressure ≥90 mm Hg) with acute RV dysfunction and myocardial injury...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
H Y Ge, X M Li, H Jiang, Y Zhang, H J Liu, X C Zheng, M T Li
Objective: Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) accounts for up to 10%-15% sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the children and young population. This study aimed to assess the current situation and challenges in CPVT clinical diagnosis. Method: A retrospective review included 11 children (7 male patients) at the First Hospital of Tsinghua University clinically diagnosed with CPVT from June 2014 to July 2017. Each patient was evaluated with detailed history, physical examination, resting 12-lead electrocardiogram(ECG), 24-h Holter, exercise stress test, Doppler echocardiography and genetic test...
December 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Collin C Kramer, Jennifer Maldonado, Mark Olson, Jean C Gingerich, Luis Ochoa, Ian H Law
BACKGROUND: Intra atrial reentrant tachycardia (IART) is a common sequela in the congenital heart disease (CHD) population which significantly increases morbidity and mortality. Atrial antitachycardia devices (ATD) capable of atrial anti tachycardia pacing (ATP) therapy have been used to manage IART in the CHD population but there is limited data on their safety and efficacy. OBJECTIVES: To determine if ATD implantation was associated with reduced direct current (DC) cardioversions and to compare ATP success between different CHD diagnoses and ATP programs...
December 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Hein Heidbuchel
Recurring questions when dealing with arrhythmias in athletes are about the cause of the arrhythmia and, more importantly, about the eligibility of the athlete to continue sports activities. In essence, the relation between sports and arrhythmias can be understood along three lines: sports as arrhythmia trigger on top of an underlying problem, sports as arrhythmic substrate promotor, or sports as substrate inducer. Often, there is no sharp divider line between these entities. The athlete's heart, a heart that adapts so magically to cope with the demands of exercise, harbours many structural and functional changes that by themselves predispose to arrhythmia development, at the atrial, nodal and ventricular levels...
December 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Joao Abecasis, Mariana Castro, Regina Ribeiras, Victor Gil
We report a case of sarcoidosis with an unusual presentation, initially manifesting as bilateral pulmonary embolism and then as a cardiac form of the disease with an ominous clinical event consisting of sustained ventricular tachycardia. The diagnosis was established by clinical and magnetic resonance criteria despite normal conventional echocardiographic study. Detailed functional assessment provided by tracking techniques (speckle tracking echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance tissue tracking) enabled the detection of regional deformation abnormalities, indicating prominent circumferential strain and epicardial layer alterations, partly matching the structural changes depicted by distribution of delayed enhancement...
December 11, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Ji-Eun Ban
Arrhythmias in the neonatal period are not uncommon, and may occur in neonates with a normal heart or in those with structural heart disease. Neonatal arrhythmias are classified as either benign or nonbenign. Benign arrhythmias include sinus arrhythmia, premature atrial contraction, premature ventricular contraction, and junctional rhythm; these arrhythmias have no clinical significance and do not need therapy. Supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, atrioventricular conduction abnormalities, and genetic arrhythmia such as congenital long-QT syndrome are classified as nonbenign arrhythmias...
November 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Srinivas R Dukkipati, Jacob S Koruth, Subbarao Choudry, Marc A Miller, William Whang, Vivek Y Reddy
In contrast to ventricular tachycardia (VT) that occurs in the setting of a structurally normal heart, VT that occurs in patients with structural heart disease carries an elevated risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD), and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are the mainstay of therapy. In these individuals, catheter ablation may be used as adjunctive therapy to treat or prevent repetitive ICD therapies when antiarrhythmic drugs are ineffective or not desired. However, certain patients with frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or VT and tachycardiomyopathy should be considered for ablation before ICD implantation because left ventricular function may improve, consequently decreasing the risk of SCD and obviating the need for an ICD...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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