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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212578/interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-predict-long-term-mortality-and-need-for-heart-transplantation-in-ambulatory-patients-affected-by-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Aneta Aleksova, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Pierluigi Lesizza, Martina Perrieri-Montanino, Miriam Isola, Piero Gentile, Elisabetta Salvioni, Tarcisio Not, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Gianfranco Sinagra
AIMS: The prognostic stratification of patients with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (iDCM) is a difficult task. Here, we assessed the additive value of the evaluation of biomarkers of inflammasome activation and systemic inflammation for the long-term risk stratification of iDCM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 156 ambulatory iDCM patients (mean age 58 years, 77% men, 79% in NYHA class 1-2, median Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) 35%, mean sodium 139 mEq/L, median BNP 189 pg/mL, median IL-1 beta (IL-1β) 1...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212534/association-between-echocardiographic-structural-parameters-and-body-weight-in-wistar-rats
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Silvio A Oliveira-Junior, Paula F Martinez, William Y C Fan, Bruno T Nakatani, Luana U Pagan, Carlos R Padovani, Antonio C Cicogna, Marina P Okoshi, Katashi Okoshi
BACKGROUND: The association between echocardiographic structural parameters and body weight (BW) during rat development has been poorly addressed. We evaluated echocardiographic variables: left ventricular (LV) end-diastolic (LVDD) and end-systolic (LVSD) diameters, LV diastolic posterior wall thickness (PWT), left atrial diameter (LA), and aortic diameter (AO) in function of BW during development.Results/Materials and Methods: Male Wistar rats (n = 328, BW: 302-702 g) were retrospectively used to construct regression models and 95% confidence intervals relating to cardiac structural parameters and BW...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212137/long-term-prognosis-after-acute-heart-failure-a-differential-impact-of-age-in-different-age-strata
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Paulo Bettencourt, Pedro Rodrigues, Helena Moreira, Pedro Marques, Patricia Lourenco
BACKGROUND: Increasing age predicts ominous prognosis in heart failure. Age influences the success of therapeutic approaches and interacts with other prognostic predictors. We aimed to study the impact of age in long-term survival in different age strata. METHODS: Patients were prospectively included in an acute heart failure registry; those with acute coronary syndromes and those with primary valvular disease were excluded. Outcome studied was all-cause mortality...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212133/potential-uselessness-and-futility-of-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-and-patent-foramen-ovale-closure-in-cardioembolic-stroke
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Gian L Nicolosi
International guidelines indicate that interventional closure of left atrial appendage and patent foramen ovale may be considered in selected patients for stroke prevention. These procedures appear, however, from the published literature, at high risk of uselessness and futility in the single case, if not even capable to induce harm and adverse events. In fact, all reported systematic reviews and meta-analyses have not shown in a convincing manner the superiority of these procedures in stroke prevention, taking into account the occurrence of possible complications also, as compared with alternative medical treatment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211605/end-stage-renal-disease-and-severe-aortic-stenosis-does-valve-replacement-improve-one-year-outcomes
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Jose F Condado, Aneel Maini, Bradley Leshnower, Vinod Thourani, Jessica Forcillo, Chandan Devireddy, Kreton Mavromatis, Eric L Sarin, James Stewart, Robert Guyton, Amy Simone, Patricia Keegan, Stamatios Lerakis, Peter C Block, Vasilis Babaliaros
BACKGROUND: Treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and severe aortic stenosis (AS) includes balloon aortic valvuloplasty (BAV), surgical (SAVR), or transcatheter (TAVR) aortic valve replacement. We compared outcomes among these strategies. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients with ESRD undergoing treatment for severe AS between 07/2007 and 06/2015 was performed at our center. Patients were classified based on treatment: BAV-only, TAVR, or SAVR...
February 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
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/28210975/alcohol-and-cardiovascular-disease-how-much-is-too-much
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REVIEW
Augustin Toma, Guillaume Paré, Darryl P Leong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Previous research suggests that low-moderate alcohol consumption may have cardioprotective effects, while heavy or binge-pattern drinking is harmful. New evidence and research methodology may inform safe thresholds of alcohol use. This review examines recent evidence regarding alcohol's effect on cardiovascular disease, with a special consideration of pattern, drink type, and total quantity. RECENT FINDINGS: New epidemiologic research confirms the potential harmful cardiovascular effects of heavy episodic alcohol use and does not support the previous observation that low-moderate alcohol use protects against stroke...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210637/anomalous-origin-of-the-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-an-uncommon-coronary-anomaly-with-serious-implications-in-adulthood
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Venkat Gangadharan, Kamesh Sivagnanam, Ghulam Murtaza, Michael Ponders, Otto Teixeira, Timir Paul
A 36-year-old woman was seen with complaints of exertional chest pain and shortness of breath. Her medical history included atrial fibrillation and diabetes. Physical examination was unremarkable except for an irregular cardiac rhythm. Myocardial perfusion imaging revealed the presence of a large area of infarction involving the entire anterior and apical walls and part of the anteroseptal wall with minimal periinfarct ischemia. Computed tomography coronary angiogram revealed an anomalous left main coronary artery arising from the main pulmonary artery...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
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/28209729/edoxaban-for-the-prevention-of-thromboembolism-in-patients-with-atrialfibrillation-and-bioprosthetic-valves
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Anthony P Carnicelli, Raffaele De Caterina, Jonathan L Halperin, Giulia Renda, Christian T Ruff, Marco Trevisan, Francesco Nordio, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott Antman, Robert P Giugliano
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and valvular heart disease (VHD) frequently coexist and independently increase mortality1. Bioprosthetic valve implantation (surgical or transcatheter), is a common, increasingly utilized treatment for VHD2. Patients with AF and bioprosthetic valves require anticoagulation to prevent thromboembolic events. Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are safe and efficacious alternatives to vitamin K antagonists for anticoagulation in AF. However, guidelines recommend against NOACs in patients with bioprosthetic valves, citing a lack of supporting data...
February 16, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209460/pharmacologic-cardioversion-with-intravenous-amiodarone-is-likely-safe-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
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Michael Su, David Seki, Asma M Moheet
Neurological injury is often associated with cardiac abnormalities, including electrophysiological issues. Cardioversion of acute atrial fibrillation (<48h' duration) without anticoagulation carries about a 0.7% risk of thromboembolism. There is limited data on managing acute atrial fibrillation specifically in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) setting. We sought to determine the safety of using intravenous (IV) amiodarone for restoring sinus rhythm in patients with presumed new onset atrial or ventricular tachycardia after neurological injury...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209438/excessive-daytime-sleepiness-in-a-patient-with-coexisting-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-myasthenia-gravis-and-graves-disease
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Katarzyna Kapica-Topczewska, Robert Pogorzelski, Joanna Tarasiuk, Wiesław Drozdowski, Piotr Lewczuk, Alina Kułakowska
A 41-year-old female with history of Graves' disease, bilateral cataract, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was admitted because of muscle weakness, daytime sleepiness, fatigability, drowsiness, bilateral eyelid ptosis, descending of head and lower jaw. On neurological examination the patient was presented with muscle weakness, muscle atrophy (in face and sternocleidomastoid muscles), features of myotonia and apocamnosis (orbicular muscles). Electromyography revealed myopathic changes, myotonic and pseudomyotonic discharges, positive repetitive nerve stimulation test in proximal muscles...
February 3, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209388/increased-risk-of-thromboembolic-events-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease-patients-with-atrial-tachyarrhythmias
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Keita Masuda, Tomoko Ishizu, Koichiro Niwa, Fumie Takechi, Shigeru Tateno, Hitoshi Horigome, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Atrial tachyarrhythmias are a major morbidity in patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD). However, few studies have investigated risk stratification of thromboembolic events in ACHD patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS: This retrospective cohort study reviewed the clinical records of 2314 ACHD patients from 1977 to 2014. We found 242 (10.4%) patients with atrial tachyarrhythmias and excluded 84 patients already being treated with anticoagulant therapy...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209219/anticoagulation-in-atrial-fibrillation-is-the-paradigm-really-shifting
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EDITORIAL
Prakash Deedwania, Tushar Acharya
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209218/the-changing-landscape-for-stroke%C3%A2-prevention-in-af-findings-from-the-gloria-af-registry-phase-2
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Menno V Huisman, Kenneth J Rothman, Miney Paquette, Christine Teutsch, Hans-Christoph Diener, Sergio J Dubner, Jonathan L Halperin, Chang Sheng Ma, Kristina Zint, Amelie Elsaesser, Dorothee B Bartels, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: GLORIA-AF (Global Registry on Long-Term Oral Antithrombotic Treatment in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation) is a prospective, global registry program describing antithrombotic treatment patterns in patients with newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke. Phase 2 began when dabigatran, the first non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC), became available. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe phase 2 baseline data and compare these with the pre-NOAC era collected during phase 1...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208971/a-rare-association-of-pentalogy-of-fallot-with-situs-inversus-totalis-complicated-by-brain-abscess-in-an-adolescent-case-report
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Muhammed Basheer, Sunil Kumar Agarwalla
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is the most frequently diagnosed congenital cyanotic heart disease. It is often associated with additional findings, such as atrial septal defect (i.e., pentalogy of Fallot) or right sided aortic arch. Association of this pentalogy of Fallot with situs inversus totalis is rarely reported in paediatric literature and it can cause technical challenges to intracardiac repair. We report the case of pentalogy of Fallot with dextrocardia and situs inversus presenting as parieto-occipital abscess in a 12-year-old child...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208970/isolated-hypoplasia-of-left-pulmonary-artery-with-agenesis-of-left-lobe-of-thyroid-a-case-report
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Mohammed Abdul Khadir, Ganesh Narayana, Ganavi Ramagopal, Pradeep G Nayar
Isolated Unilateral hypoplasia or agenesis of a branch of pulmonary artery is very rare. It is usually seen associated with congenital heart diseases such as tetralogy of Fallot, atrial septal defect, coarctation of the aorta, right aortic arch, truncus arteriosus, patent ductus arteriosus and pulmonary atresia. It occurs as a result of lack of embryological development of either the left or right sixth aortic arch and has been found to present itself with various clinical manifestations as during childhood it presents as contralateral pulmonary hypertension and in adults as haemoptysis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208963/clinical-profile-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-children-attending-the-out-patient-department-of-a-tertiary-paediatric-care-centre-in-chennai
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Sarala Premkumar, Premkumar Sundararajan, Thangavelu Sangaralingam
INTRODUCTION: The presentation of symptoms of paediatric arrhythmias vary depending on the age and underlying heart disease. Physical examination of children with important arrhythmias may be entirely normal. AIM: Aim is to study the characteristics of cardiac arrhythmias in paediatric patients in a tertiary paediatric care centre in Chennai, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants (n=60) were from birth to 12 years of age. Patients with sinus arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia and sinus bradycardia were excluded...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208674/synthesis-and-positive-inotropic-activity-of-1-2-4-triazolo-4-3-a-quinoxaline-derivatives-bearing-substituted-benzylpiperazine-and-benzoylpiperazine-moieties
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Xue-Kun Liu, Long-Xu Ma, Zhi-Yu Wei, Xun Cui, Shi Zhan, Xiu-Mei Yin, Hu-Ri Piao
In an attempt to search for more potent positive inotropic agents, two series of [1,2,4]triazolo[4,3-a] quinoxaline derivatives bearing substituted benzylpiperazine and benzoylpiperazine moieties were synthesized and their positive inotropic activities evaluated by measuring left atrial stroke volume in isolated rabbit heart preparations. Several compounds showed favorable activities compared with the standard drug, milrinone. Compound 6c was the most potent agent, with an increased stroke volume of 12.53% ± 0...
February 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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