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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188661/idiopathic-epicardial-ventricular-tachycardia-from-the-coronary-venous-system-from-electrocardiographic-recognition-to-appropriate-therapy
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Stéphane Boulé, Claire Federspiel, Eric Verbrugge, Didier Klug
Idiopathic epicardial ventricular tachycardias (VTs) account for 9% of idiopathic VTs. The recognition of this entity is important, as a minimally invasive ablation procedure performed exclusively through the coronary sinus branches may be considered, avoiding the potential risks associated with access to the left ventricular endocardium, the aortic root, and the pericardial space. The electrocardiographic features and therapeutic management of this rare form of tachycardia are discussed.
February 11, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184198/local-left-ventricular-epicardial-j-waves-and-late-potentials-in-brugada-syndrome-patients-with-inferolateral-early-repolarization-pattern
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Satoshi Nagase, Masamichi Tanaka, Hiroshi Morita, Koji Nakagawa, Tadashi Wada, Masato Murakami, Nobuhiro Nishii, Kazufumi Nakamura, Hiroshi Ito, Tohru Ohe, Kengo F Kusano
Background: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is characterized by J-point or ST-segment elevation on electrocardiograms (ECGs) and increased risk of ventricular fibrillation (VF). In BrS, epicardial depolarization abnormality with delayed potential on the right ventricular outflow tract is reportedly the predominant mechanism underlying VF. Yet VF occurrence is also associated with early repolarization (ER) pattern in the inferolateral ECG leads, which may represent the inferior and/or left lateral ventricular myocardium...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167492/disruption-of-pdgfra-alters-endocardial-and-myocardial-fusion-during-zebrafish-cardiac-assembly
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Suzan El-Rass, Shahram Eisa-Beygi, Edbert Khong, Koroboshka Brand-Arzamendi, Antonio Mauro, Haibo Zhang, Karl J Clark, Stephen C Ekker, Xiao-Yan Wen
Cardiac development in vertebrates is a finely tuned process regulated by a set of conserved signaling pathways. Perturbations of these processes are often associated with congenital cardiac malformations. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) is a highly conserved tyrosine kinase receptor, which is essential for development and organogenesis. Disruption of Pdgfrα function in murine models are embryonic lethal due to severe cardiovascular defects, suggesting a role in cardiac development, thus necessitating the use of alternative models to explore its precise function...
February 6, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129147/myocardium-segmentation-from-de-mri-using-multi-component-gaussian-mixture-model-and-coupled-level-set
#4
Jie Liu, Xiahai Zhuang, Lianming Wu, Dongaolei An, Jianrong Xu, Terry Peters, Lixu Gu
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we propose a fully 2 automatic framework for myocardium segmentation of 3 delayed-enhancement (DE) MRI images without relying on 4 prior patient-specific information. METHODS: We employ a 5 multi-component Gaussian mixture model to deal with the 6 intensity heterogeneity of myocardium caused by the infarcts. 7 To differentiate the myocardium from other tissues with similar 8 intensities, while at the same time maintain spatial continuity, 9 we introduce a coupled level set (CLS) to regularize the 10 posterior probability...
January 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108548/the-effect-of-left-ventricular-pacing-on-transmural-activation-delay-in-myopathic-human-hearts
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Andreu Porta-Sánchez, Paul Angaran, Stéphane Massé, Krishnakumar Nair, Talha Farid, Karthikeyan Umapathy, John Asta, Sigfus Gizurarson, Kumaraswamy Nanthakumar
AIMS: Left ventricular (LV) epicardial pacing (LVEpiP) in human myopathic hearts does not decrease global epicardial activation delay compared with right ventricular (RV) endocardial pacing (RVEndoP); however, the effect on transmural activation delay has not been evaluated. To characterize the transmural electrical activation delay in human myopathic hearts during RVEndoP and LVEpiP compared with global epicardial activation delay. METHODS AND RESULTS: Explanted hearts from seven patients (5 male, 46 ± 10 years) undergoing cardiac transplantation were Langendorff-perfused and mapped using an epicardial sock electrode array (112 electrodes) and 25 transmural plunge needles (four electrodes, 2 mm spacing), for a total of 100 unipolar transmural electrodes...
January 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108373/left-ventricle-segmentation-via-two-layer-level-sets-with-circular-shape-constraint
#6
Cong Yang, Weiguo Wu, Yuanqi Su, Shaoxiang Zhang
This paper proposes a circular shape constraint and a novel two-layer level set method for the segmentation of the left ventricle (LV) from short-axis magnetic resonance images without training any shape models. Since the shape of LV throughout the apex-base axis is close to a ring shape, we propose a circle fitting term in the level set framework to detect the endocardium. The circle fitting term imposes a penalty on the evolving contour from its fitting circle, and thereby handles quite well with issues in LV segmentation, especially the presence of outflow track in basal slices and the intensity overlap between TPM and the myocardium...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104481/identification-of-the-potentially-arrhythmogenic-substrate-in-the-acute-phase-of-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#7
Diego Penela, Juan Acosta, David Andreu, Jose T Ortiz, Xavier Bosch, Rosario J Perea, Teresa M de Caralt, Juan Fernández-Armenta, David Soto, Susana Prat, Roger Borràs, Lluis Mont, Vanessa Hervas, Manuel Morales, Wladimiro Jiménez, Aurea Mira, Jim Donnelly, Okan Ekinci, Luis Lasalvia, Antonio Berruezo
BACKGROUND: Predicting sudden cardiac death risk in the first months after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) remains challenging. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of late gadolinium enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance (LGE-CMR) to identify the potentially arrhythmogenic substrate and its temporal evolution after STEMI. METHODS: One hundred consecutive patients with a first STEMI were included...
January 17, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104088/myocardial-wall-thinning-predicts-transmural-substrate-in-patients-with-scar-related-ventricular-tachycardia
#8
Seigo Yamashita, Frédéric Sacher, Darren A Hooks, Benjamin Berte, Jean-Marc Sellal, Antonio Frontera, Nora Al Jefairi, Yuki Komatsu, Sana Amraoui, Arnaud Denis, Nicolas Derval, Maxime Sermesant, François Laurent, Michel Montaudon, Mélèze Hocini, Michel Haïssaguerre, Pierre Jaïs, Hubert Cochet
BACKGROUND: Scar-related ventricular tachycardia (VT) arises from specific substrate according to etiology. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between wall thinning (WT) on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and local abnormal ventricular activity (LAVA) in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), postmyocarditis (PMC), and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). METHODS: Forty-two patients (40 male, age 58 ± 13 years, 22 ICM, 11 PMC, 9 DCM) underwent MDCT before a combined endo-/epicardial VT ablation procedure...
February 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088193/invasive-cardiac-lipoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#9
Jason D'Souza, Rajesh Shah, Aamer Abbass, Jeremy R Burt, Aditya Goud, Chanukya Dahagam
BACKGROUND: Cardiac lipomas are rare benign tumors of the heart. They are usually asymptomatic and are thus most often diagnosed on autopsies. Symptoms, when present, depend upon the location within the heart. Typical locations are the endocardium of the right atrium and the left ventricle. Diagnostic modality of choice is cardiac MRI. Treatment guidelines have not yet been established due to the very low prevalence of these tumors and are thus guided by the patient's symptomatology. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of an invasive cardiac lipoma, wherein the initial symptom of the patient was shortness of breath...
January 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065908/ticagrelor-but-not-clopidogrel-active-metabolite-displays-antithrombotic-properties-in-the-left-atrial-endocardium
#10
Martin F Reiner, Alexander Breitenstein, Erik W Holy, Martina Glanzmann, Heidi Amstalden, Simon F Stämpfli, Nicole R Bonetti, Volkmar Falk, Stephan Keller, Gianluigi Savarese, Stefano Benussi, Francesco Maisano, Thomas F Lüscher, Jürg H Beer, Jan Steffel, Giovanni G Camici
AIMS: Oral anticoagulation is considered standard therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). Endocardial activation triggers expression of pro-thrombotic mediators including tissue factor (TF) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), and contributes to thrombus formation in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of AF patients. Recently, pleiotropic effects of specific P2Y12 receptor antagonists were demonstrated; however, whether these drugs possess antithrombotic effects on LAA endocardial cells currently remains unknown...
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065832/a-novel-method-to-enhance-phenotype-epicardial-functional-substrates-and-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-brugada-syndrome
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Fa-Po Chung, Sunu Budhi Raharjo, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Tze-Fan Chao, Jo-Nan Liao, Chin-Yu Lin, Yao-Ting Chang, Yuan Hung, Abigail Te, Shinya Yamada, Hiroshi Tasaka, Shih-Ann Chen, Chin-Tien Wang
BACKGROUND: Fever is associated with the manifestation of Brugada phenotype and ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation (VT/VF) in patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS). The thermal effect on the pathogenesis of functional substrates in BrS remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to elucidate the thermal effect on BrS phenotype, VT/VF, and electrophysiological characteristics of epicardial functional substrates in BrS. METHODS: We consecutively studied 15 patients with BrS receiving radiofrequency catheter ablation for drug-refractory ventricular tachyarrhythmias...
January 6, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065473/passive-diastolic-modelling-of-human-ventricles-effects-of-base-movement-and-geometrical-heterogeneity
#12
Arnab Palit, Pasquale Franciosa, Sunil K Bhudia, Theodoros N Arvanitis, Glen A Turley, Mark A Williams
Left-ventricular (LV) remodelling, associated with diastolic heart failure, is driven by an increase in myocardial stress. Therefore, normalisation of LV wall stress is the cornerstone of many therapeutic treatments. However, information regarding such regional stress-strain for human LV is still limited. Thus, the objectives of our study were to determine local diastolic stress-strain field in healthy LVs, and consequently, to identify the regional variations amongst them due to geometric heterogeneity. Effects of LV base movement on diastolic model predictions, which were ignored in the literature, were further explored...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062531/epsilon-wave-on-an-electronic-loop-in-a-case-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-with-myocarditis-an-updated-definition-of-the-epsilon-wave
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Guy Hugues Fontaine, Guillaume Duthoit, Guoliang Li, L Andreoletti, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Robert Frank
A young man presented with a history of myocarditis with palpitations and dizziness. He had implantation of a loop recorder that showed repetitive short episodes of VT. In addition, there were fragmented potentials immediately following the large and sharp electrograms (EGMs) before as well as after episodes of VT suggesting an Epsilon wave. This signal can be observed in multiple cardiac conditions including coronary artery disease. It was originally recorded on the epicardium as well as on the endocardium...
January 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053851/verruconis-gallopava-cardiac-and-endovascular-infection-with-dissemination-after-renal-transplantation-case-report-and-lessons-learned
#14
Zoe Jennings, Kathy Kable, Catriona L Halliday, Brian J Nankivell, Jen Kok, Germaine Wong, Sharon C-A Chen
Verruconis gallopava is an uncommon cause of phaeohyphomycosis. We describe an unusual case of disseminated V. gallopava infection in a renal transplant recipient involving the endocardium but without endocarditis, associated with fungaemia and infection in the skin, oral cavity, brain and lung. The isolate was first detected from blood cultures which is rare. Surgical resection of cardiac fungal mass was not possible. The patient died despite resolution of fungaemia and combination antifungal therapy.
March 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052405/myocardial-layer-specific-analysis-in-patients-with-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#15
Zhaoting Leng, Rongjuan Li, Yijia Li, Lvya Wang, Yueli Wang, Ya Yang
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is the most common and serious monogenic disorder of lipid metabolism, causing premature coronary heart disease (CHD) due to accelerated atherosclerosis from birth, and the study of left ventricular (LV) function of this disease is seldom. The purpose of this study was to explore the value of layer-specific strain on assessing the early damage of LV function in asymptomatic and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) well-preserved patients with heterozygous FH (HeFH)...
January 3, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051093/a-four-compartment-pbpk-heart-model-accounting-for-cardiac-metabolism-model-development-and-application
#16
Zofia Tylutki, Sebastian Polak
In the field of cardiac drug efficacy and safety assessment, information on drug concentration in heart tissue is desirable. Because measuring drug concentrations in human cardiac tissue is challenging in healthy volunteers, mathematical models are used to cope with such limitations. With a goal of predicting drug concentration in cardiac tissue, we have developed a whole-body PBPK model consisting of seventeen perfusion-limited compartments. The proposed PBPK heart model consisted of four compartments: the epicardium, midmyocardium, endocardium, and pericardial fluid, and accounted for cardiac metabolism using CYP450...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045696/sudden-death-in-a-male-infant-due-to-histiocytoid-cardiomyopathy-an-autopsy-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Hanbing Xie, Xueqin Chen, Ni Chen, Qiao Zhou
Histiocytoid cardiomyopathy (HC) is a very rare cardiac disorder that mainly affects female infants younger than 2 years. It may manifest as ventricular tachycardia or dilated cardiomyopathy and frequently causes sudden death. The most common grossly change is multifocal uneven thickening of the endocardium, presenting a yellowish color, with some area forming nodular appearance, and histologically featured by scattered clusters of histiocytoid myocytes under the endocardium. Here, we present a 19-month-old male infant who died of heart failure, and an autopsy was performed and confirmed the diagnosis of HC...
March 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039400/left-ventricular-endocardial-and-epicardial-strain-changes-with-apical-myocardial-ischemia-in-an-open-chest-porcine-model
#18
Kimberly Howard-Quijano, Melissa McCabe, Alexander Cheng, Wei Zhou, Kentaro Yamakawa, Einat Mazor, Jennifer C Scovotti, Aman Mahajan
Early detection of acute myocardial ischemia is critical to prevent permanent myocardial damage. The impact of apical ischemia on global left ventricular (LV) function can be difficult to characterize using traditional volume-based echocardiography measures. Myocardial strain imaging is a sensitive, quantitative marker of myocardial deformation that can measure ventricular function. Recent advances allow layer-specific measurement of endo- and epicardial strain, enhancing the ability to evaluate myocardial ischemia...
December 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033581/irhom2-is-involved-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cardiac-injury-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-through-regulating-inflammation-response
#19
Xue-Li Lu, Cui-Hua Zhao, Han Zhang, Xin-Liang Yao
Heart is a complex assembly of many cell types constituting of myocardium, endocardium and epicardium that intensively communicate to each other in order to maintain the proper cardiac function. Previous research has demonstrated that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) can induce myocardial dysfunction. iRhom2 is encoded by the gene Rhbdf2, regulating inflammation via tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). In this study, we attempted to investigate the role of iRhom2 in LPS-induced cardiac injury and clarify the potential mechanism...
February 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009944/suture-forces-for-closure-of-transapical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-mathematical-model
#20
Liang Ge, Henrik Haraldsson, Michael D Hope, David Saloner, Julius M Guccione, Mark B Ratcliffe, Elaine E Tseng
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has revolutionized the treatment of severe aortic stenosis in intermediate, high-risk, and inoperable patients. TAVR has multiple access routes, including transfemoral (TF), transapical (TA), direct aortic (DA), axillary, transcarotid, and transcaval. The most commonly applied algorithm is a TF-first approach, where only when patients are unsuitable for TF are alternatives such as TA considered. An infrequent - but dreaded - risk is left ventricular (LV) apical bleeding from tearing or rupture with the TA approach...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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