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ventricular tachycardia management

Christopher Semsarian, Jodie Ingles
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a rare but devastating complication of a number of underlying cardiovascular diseases. While coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction are the most common causes of SCD in older populations, inherited cardiac disorders comprise a substantial proportion of SCD cases aged less than 40 years. Inherited cardiac disorders include primary inherited arrhythmogenic disorders such as familial long QT syndrome (LQTS), Brugada syndrome (BrS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and inherited cardiomyopathies, most commonly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Sahan P Semasinghe Bandaralage, Selvanayagam Nirthanan, Selvanayagam Niranjan
Despite proven effectiveness in treating tachyarrhythmias, sotalol is proarrhythmic and can cause torsades de pointes. Given the emergence of studies that show no benefit from rhythm control strategies in managing atrial fibrillation, as well as the introduction of nonpharmacological approaches to treating arrhythmias, we felt it necessary to ascertain if there was any role for sotalol given its side effects. Review of the literature regarding sotalol use in the prevention and treatment of supraventricular and ventricular tachyarrhythmias seems to show that more effective and safer agents and nonpharmacological alternatives are currently available...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation are the causes of approximately 300,000 deaths per year in the United States. VT is classified based on hemodynamic status and appearance. Stable, monomorphic VT treatment is controversial. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to provide emergency physicians with an evidence-based review of the medical management of stable, monomorphic VT. DISCUSSION: Stable, monomorphic VT is part of a larger class of ventricular dysrhythmias defined by a rate of at least 120 beats/min with QRS > 120 ms without regularly occurring P:QRS association...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Arindam Pande, Soumya Patra, Manabhanjan Jena, Rabin Chakraborty
Thirty-nine year male had a history of road traffic accident with polytrauma. At emergency room he started having chest pain with ventricular tachycardia. He was subsequentially diagnosed with right coronary artery dissection secondary to blunt trauma which is an extremely rare cause of inferior wall myocardial infarction. After some dilemmas, he was ultimately treated with intravascular ultrasound guided coronary angioplasty with stenting and had an uneventful recovery.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Akm Monwarul Islam, Md Toufiqur Rahman, Abu Hana Chowdhury
Naxos disease is a rare autosomal recessive form of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) with woolly hair and palmoplantar keratoderma. The cardiomyopathy presents by adolescence with syncope, ventricular tachycardia (VT) of left bundle branch block (LBBB) morphology, and/or ventricular fibrillation. The diagnosis and management of ARVC are at present in evolution; the recently published modified Task Force Criteria for diagnosis and International Task Force consensus statement for treatment of ARVC will hopefully bring about uniformity in recognition and management of Naxos disease as well...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Maulee Hiromi Arambewela, Noel P Somasundaram, Chaminda Garusinghe
BACKGROUND: Hypernatremia is a frequent occurrence among hospitalized patients. Severe hypernatremia is associated with mortality rates of over 60 %. Extreme hypernatremia, defined as sodium levels >190 mmol/l, is a rare occurrence. The literature on electrocardiographic changes occurring with this degree of hypernatremia is extremely scarce. We report the case of an 11-year-old Sri Lankan girl who presented with sodium levels of 226 mmol/l following infusion with 3 % hypertonic saline who developed diffuse QT prolongation leading to fatal ventricular tachycardia...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Sebnem Albeyoglu, Mustafa Aldag, Ufuk Ciloglu, Hakan Kutlu, Sabri Dagsali
BACKGROUND: Pericardial decompression syndrome is defined as paradoxical hemodynamic instability, left ventricular or bi ventricular systolic dysfunction and pulmonary edema after pericardial fluid drainage. Pericardial Decompression Syndrome is an unexpected clinical scenario with an incidence less than 5% in all surgically or percutaneously managed pericardial tamponade patients. The aim of this manuscript was to describe a case with cardiac tamponade in whom acute biventricular heart failure and pulmonary edema developed after surgical creation of a pericardial window, and to discuss this case in light of the literature...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Robert W Loar, Athar M Qureshi, Christina Y Miyake, Santiago O Valdes, Jeffrey J Kim, Caridad M De la Uz
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) is utilized for dysfunctional right ventricular outflow tracts (RVOT) to relieve obstruction, regurgitation, and RV dysfunction. PPVI has not been reported to induce arrhythmias. This study is the first to report the incidence of ventricular tachycardia (VT) after PPVI. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of all patients who had PPVI at a single institution. All patients were admitted after PPVI for overnight telemetry monitoring...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Christian Steinberg, Zachary W M Laksman, Andrew D Krahn
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is still among the leading causes of death in women and men, accounting for over 50% of all fatal cardiovascular events in the United States. Two arrhythmia mechanisms of SCD can be distinguished as follows: shockable rhythms (ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia) and non-shockable rhythms including asystole or pulseless electrical activity. The overall prognosis of cardiac arrest due to shockable rhythms is significantly better. While the majority of SCDs is attributed to coronary artery disease or other structural heart disease, no obvious cause can be identified in 5% of all events, and those events are labeled as sudden unexplained deaths (SUD)...
November 2016: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
Mrinal Yadava, Michael D Shapiro
Imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance, positron emission tomography, and single-photon emission computed tomography are an indispensable component of cardiac arrhythmia management. Over the last two decades, developments in imaging techniques have facilitated safer and more effective cardiac ablation and device implantation procedures. Pre-procedural assessment of arrhythmogenic substrate and integration with electroanatomic data has significantly impacted the management of atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia...
November 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Ashleigh Dind, Usaid Allahwala, Kaleab N Asrress, Sanjit S Jolly, Ravinay Bhindi
Recent advances have caused a major shift in the way ST-elevation myocardial infarctions are managed. This review explores the pharmacological and interventional techniques that have evidence for improving outcomes and the landmark trials that have sparked change. The new P2Y12 inhibitors, ticagrelor and prasugrel, have been shown to be superior to clopidogrel in STEMI patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Concurrently, many technical aspects of percutaneous coronary intervention have been further clarified by trial data, with bare-metal stents, routine thrombus aspiration and femoral access showing evidence of inferiority...
August 22, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Banu Evranos, Ugur Canpolat, Duygu Kocyigit, Cem Coteli, Hikmet Yorgun, Kudret Aytemir
Ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) are known to result in significant morbidity and mortality rates in patients with both ischemic and nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. Although catheter ablation has emerged as an adjunct treatment strategy in the management of VAs, 1-year follow-up data have revealed that ventricular tachycardia (VT)-free survival rate is ∼50%. Up to now, a few small case series with short-term follow-up have reported reduced VT recurrence after application of renal sympathetic denervation (RSDN) in patients with refractory VAs...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Patrick Lugenbiel, Patrick A Schweizer, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
The clinical management of heart rhythm disorders still constitutes a major challenge. The development of alternatives to current approaches is of significant interest in order to establish more effective therapies that increase quality of life and reduce symptoms and hospitalizations. Over the past two decades the mechanistic understanding of pathophysiological pathways underlying cardiac arrhythmias has advanced profoundly, opening up novel avenues for mechanism-based therapeutic approaches. In particular, gene therapy offers greater selectivity than small molecule-based or interventional treatment...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
L Eckardt, T Deneke
The 2015 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines for the management of patients with ventricular arrhythmias and the prevention of sudden cardiac death is an update of the former 2006 European/American guidelines. This new consensus document gives a detailed overview on prevention and therapy of ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. This includes detailed discussion of channelopathies and various cardiomyopathies. Gaps in evidence are identified and also discussed. DNA analysis and postmortem assessment in sudden cardiac death victims is for the first time part of these new recommendations...
September 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
Lei Wang, Benjamin Fahimian, Scott G Soltys, Paul Zei, Anthony Lo, Edward A Gardner, Patrick J Maguire, Billy W Loo
PURPOSE: The first stereotactic arrhythmia radioablation (STAR) of ventricular tachycardia (VT) was delivered at Stanford on a robotic radiosurgery system (CyberKnife® G4) in 2012. The results warranted further investigation of this treatment. Here we compare dosimetrically three possible treatment delivery platforms for STAR. METHODS: The anatomy and target volume of the first treated patient were used for this study. A dose of 25 Gy in one fraction was prescribed to the planning target volume (PTV)...
2016: Curēus
M A Hieger, K F Maskell, M J Moss, S W Powell, K L Cumpston
Dofetilide is a class III antiarrhythmic used for treating atrial dysrhythmias. Though its adverse effects are well described in routine use, very little is known about dofetilide toxicity in overdose. This is a retrospective case series of consecutive patients reported to our poison center after dofetilide overdose. Twenty-seven cases were included. Seventeen patients were treated at a healthcare facility, and of these, eight were admitted. Twenty-one patients took one extra capsule, four took someone else's medication, one took three extra capsules, and one had a large intentional overdose...
August 26, 2016: Cardiovascular Toxicology
Mika Kumakura, Koji Hara, Takeyoshi Sata
Although patients with congenital long QT syndrome (c-LQTS) are considered to be at high risk for anesthesia, few reports describe c-LQTS genotype-specific considerations for anesthesia. We describe a case of torsade de pointes (TdP) caused by sevoflurane in a patient with c-LQTS genotype 2 (LQT2). A 39-year-old woman diagnosed with c-LQTS was scheduled for an elective therapeutic abortion. Immediately after starting the operation, the patient developed TdP. Since pulseless ventricular tachycardia was sustained despite intravenous injection of lidocaine, defibrillation was performed...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Nebojša Marković, Aleksandar Kocijančić, Vladan Kovačević, Dragan Simić, Arsen Ristić, Goran Stanković, Biljana Miličić, Svetozar Putnik, Bosiljka Vujisić-Tešić, Tatjana S Potpara
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac tamponade (CT) is a life-threatening complication of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The course and outcome of CT in low-to-medium volume electrophysiology centers are underreported. METHODS: We analyzed the incidence, management and outcomes of CT in 1500 consecutive RFAs performed in our center during 2011-2016. RESULTS: Of 1500 RFAs performed in 1352 patients (age 55 years, interquartile range: 41-63), 569 were left-sided procedures (n = 406 with transseptal access)...
October 2016: Advances in Therapy
Ammar M Killu, Siva K Mulpuru, Mohammed A Al-Hijji, Alan Sugrue, Thomas M Munger, David O Hodge, Christopher J McLeod, Douglas L Packer, Suraj Kapa, Samuel J Asirvatham, Paul A Friedman
Percutaneous epicardial access (EpiAcc) is used in an attempt to improve outcomes of ablation. We aim to report our experience in EpiAcc for management of symptomatic ventricular premature complexes (VPC) and ventricular tachycardia (VT). All patients from January 2004 to July 2014 who underwent EpiAcc as part of a VPC or VT ablation procedure were included. Outcomes between those with endocardial-only (Gp1) and endocardial/epicardial (Gp2) ablation and those for VPC and VT ablation were compared. EpiAcc for VPC or VT ablation was attempted in 173 patients; 10 patients were excluded because of failure of access (n = 7) or no ablation performed (n = 3)...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Bettina F Cuneo, Janette F Strasburger, Ronald T Wakai
INTRODUCTION: Fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG), the magnetic analog of ECG, has provided invaluable insight into the mechanisms of fetal arrhythmias. In the past 15years, we have evaluated over 300 fetuses with arrhythmia by fMCG. We review the unique characteristics and natural history of the long QT syndrome (LQTS) rhythms. METHODS: We reviewed the fMCGs of subjects referred with suspected LQTS based on either a positive family history or echo diagnosis of the LQTS rhythms (sinus bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, or 2:1 AV conduction) to the Biomagnetism laboratory in the Department of Medical Physics, UW-Madison...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
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