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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549106/do-we-save-lives-with-atrial-fibrillation-surgery
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Samer A M Nashef
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May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549027/a-minimally-invasive-stand-alone-cox-maze-procedure-is-as-effective-as-median-sternotomy-approach
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Matthew R Schill, Laurie A Sinn, Jason W Greenberg, Matthew C Henn, Timothy S Lancaster, Richard B Schuessler, Hersh S Maniar, Ralph J Damiano
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze IV procedure has been shown to be an effective treatment for atrial fibrillation when performed concomitantly with other operations either via median sternotomy or right minithoracotomy. Few studies have compared these approaches in patients with lone atrial fibrillation. This study examined outcomes with sternotomy versus minithoracotomy in stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedures at our institution. METHODS: Between 2002 and 2015, 195 patients underwent stand-alone biatrial Cox-Maze IV...
May 25, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548218/gene-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure
#4
R Arora
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in an aging population. Unfortunately, current treatments for AF are suboptimal, in large part because the molecular mechanisms underlying AF are not well understood. Recent advances in our understanding of the AF disease state have led to the preclinical development of gene-based therapies that are targeted to key molecular mechanisms involved in the genesis and maintenance of AF.
May 26, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547036/circulating-microrna-1a-is-a-biomarker-of-graves-disease-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#5
Fang Wang, Sheng-Jie Zhang, Xuan Yao, Dong-Mei Tian, Ke-Qin Zhang, Dun-Min She, Fei-Fan Guo, Qi-Wei Zhai, Hao Ying, Ying Xue
PURPOSE: It has been increasingly suggested that specific microRNAs expression profiles in the circulation and atrial tissue are associated with the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation. Nonetheless, the role of circulating microRNAs in Graves' disease patients with atrial fibrillation has not yet been well described. The objective of the study was to identify the role of circulating microRNAs as specific biomarkers for the diagnosis of Graves' disease with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: The expression profiles of eight serum microRNAs, which are found to be critical in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation, were determined in patients with Graves' disease with or without atrial fibrillation...
May 25, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546529/the-safety-of-electrical-cardioversion-under-the-control-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AF) requires adequate oral anticoagulation (OAC) prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    Assessment of risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of DCC under transesophageal echocardiography control (TEE) in patients with inadequate anticoagulation. PATIENTS AND METHODS    From the cohort of 316 patients admitted for DCC, 139 (age 63...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546325/reciprocal-interaction-of-24-hour-blood-pressure-variability-and-systolic-blood-pressure-on-outcome-in-stroke-thrombolysis
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Lars Kellert, Christian Hametner, Niaz Ahmed, Geraldine Rauch, Mary J MacLeod, Francesco Perini, Kennedy R Lees, Peter A Ringleb
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Significance and management of blood pressure (BP) changes in acute stroke care are unclear. Here, we aimed to investigate the impact of 24-hour BP variability (BPV) on outcome in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis. METHODS: From the Safe Implementation of Treatment in Stroke International Stroke Thrombolysis registry, 28 976 patients with documented pre-treatment systolic BP at 2 and 24 hours were analyzed...
May 25, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546098/altered-long-non-coding-rna-expression-profile-in-rabbit-atria-with-atrial-fibrillation-tcons_00075467-modulates-atrial-electrical-remodeling-by-sponging-mir-328-to-regulate-cacna1c
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Zhan Li, Ximin Wang, Weizong Wang, Juanjuan Du, Jinqiu Wei, Yong Zhang, Jiangrong Wang, Yinglong Hou
Electrical remodeling has been reported to play a major role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been increasingly recognized as contributors to the pathology of heart diseases. However, the roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs in electrical remodeling during AF remain unknown. In this study, the lncRNA expression profiles of right atria were investigated in AF and non-AF rabbit models by using RNA sequencing technique and validated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546043/mynx-vascular-closure-device-in-arterial-endovascular-procedures
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Michael C Scott, Horace J Spencer, Ahsan T Ali, Mohammed M Moursi, Guillermo A Escobar, Lewis C Lyons, Matthew R Smeds
OBJECTIVE: Vascular closure devices have been used to achieve hemostasis of percutaneous access sites following endovascular procedures, with reported decreased time for arterial control as well as decreased time to ambulation. We sought to determine rates and risk factors of postoperative bleeding complications and failures using these devices from a single institution experienced in the use of vascular closure devices. METHODS: All patients undergoing arterial endovascular procedures with percutaneous access between March 2010 and October 2015 at a single institution were identified and analyzed (n=894)...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546017/delayed-left-atrial-appendage-contrast-filling-in-computed-tomograms-after-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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Yeong-Min Lim, Jung-Sun Kim, Tae-Hoon Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Chi Young Shim, Boyoung Joung, Geu-Ru Hong, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Yang-Soo Jang, Hui-Nam Pak
BACKGROUND: The gold standard for the follow-up of left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) is performing transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) at 45 days after LAAO; however, the duration for complete LAA seal-off after percutaneous LAAO is unknown in humans. We retrospectively evaluated the LAA contrast-filling (CF) rate in follow-up cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans after LAAO. METHODS: We included 35 patients (age 67.5±10.9 years, CHA2DS2VASc 4.2±1.6, HAS-BLED 3...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546006/atrial-myofibroblast-activation-and-connective-tissue-formation-in-a-porcine-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-reduced-left-ventricular-function
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Patrick Lugenbiel, Fabian Wenz, Katharina Govorov, Pascal Syren, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with fibrosis that slows electrical conduction and causes perpetuation of the arrhythmia. The molecular characterization of AF pathophysiology may provide novel therapeutic options. This study was designed to elucidate profibrotic signaling and myofibroblast activation in a porcine model of atrial tachypacing-induced AF and reduced left ventricular function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten domestic pigs were randomized to sinus rhythm (SR) or AF groups...
May 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545820/extracardiac-conduit-fontan-outcome-data-in-early-adulthood
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Dominica Zentner, Caitlin Cheshire, Leeanne Grigg
BACKGROUND: To describe the survival and health outcome status of young adults with an extracardiac Fontan procedure performed either as a primary or conversion (secondary) Fontan surgery. METHODS: The database of the Adult Congenital Heart disease service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital was interrogated to identify all adults who had undergone a primary extracardiac conduit Fontan (n=29) or a Fontan conversion with this procedure (n=8). We then determined vital status, age, original anatomy and functional status in early adulthood in both groups...
May 3, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545622/warfarin-and-the-risk-of-stroke-and-bleeding-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-receiving-dialysis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ziv Harel, Glenn M Chertow, Prakesh S Shah, Shai Harel, Paul Dorian, Andrew T Yan, Gustavo Saposnik, Manish M Sood, Amber O Molnar, Jeffrey Perl, Rachel M Wald, Sam Silver, Ron Wald
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation who receive dialysis are at a high risk of ischemic stroke. The role of warfarin in mitigating this risk in patients with atrial fibrillation who receive dialysis is uncertain. Our objective was to examine the safety and efficacy of warfarin in patients who have atrial fibrillation and receive dialysis. METHODS: We used MedLine, Embase, and the Cochrane Library to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of published and unpublished observational and interventional studies related to the use of warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation who receive dialysis, and provided data on the risk of stroke and/or bleeding outcomes relative to placebo or no anticoagulation therapy...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545585/a-systematic-review-of-left-ventricular-cardio-endoscopic-surgery
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REVIEW
Erdinc Soylu, Emaddin Kidher, Hutan Ashrafian, George Stavridis, Leanne Harling, Thanos Athanasiou
Better visualisation, accurate resection and avoidance of ventriculotomy associated with use of endoscopic devices during intracardiac surgery has led to increasing interest in their use. The possibility of combining a cardio-endoscopic technique with either minimally invasive or totally endoscopic cardiac surgery provides an incentive for its further development. Several devices have been used, however their uptake has been limited due to uncertainty around their impact on patient outcomes. A systematic review of the literature identified 34 studies, incorporating 54 subjects undergoing treatment of left ventricular tumours, thrombus or hypertrophic myocardium using a cardio-endoscopic technique...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545542/recognition-and-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-an-important-component-of-chronic-disease-management
#15
REVIEW
Peter C Farrell, Glenn Richards
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a highly prevalent condition, and is associated with many debilitating chronic diseases. The role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in arterial hypertension has been recognized in international guidelines. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with clinically-relevant reductions in blood pressure. In heart failure (HF), SDB is associated with worse prognosis and increased mortality. Major HF guidelines recommend that patients should be treated for sleep apnea to improve their HF status...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545407/cryoballoon-vs-open-irrigated-radiofrequency-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-freezeaf-outcomes
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Armin Luik, Kevin Kunzmann, Patrick Hörmann, Kerstin Schmidt, Andrea Radzewitz, Peter Bramlage, Thomas Schenk, Gerhard Schymik, Matthias Merkel, Meinhard Kieser, Claus Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Effective treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) is essential for reducing the risk of stroke and heart failure. Cryoballoon (CB) ablation has been developed as an alternative to the use of radiofrequency (RF) energy for electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins. Herein, we provide long-term data regarding the efficacy of CB ablation in comparison to RF. METHODS: FreezeAF was a randomised non-inferiority study comparing CB ablation with RF ablation for the treatment of patients with drug-refractory paroxysmal AF...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545281/-pre-and-post-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-998-patients
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H Q Guan, Z J Chen, Y Zhou, J Liu, W X Sun, J Yuan, Y H Liao, N G Dong, J P Liu, K G Feng, Q Zhang, X Zhao, C Qian, F Hu
Objective: To analyze pre- and post-operation electrocardiograms (ECGs) features of patients underwent orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT), and provide evidences for identifying and analyzing post OHT ECGs. Methods: Nine hundreds and ninty-eight pre- and post- OHT standard 12-leads ECGs from 110 consecutive patients, who underwent OHT in our hospital from May 2008 to May 2014, were analyzed. Results: The mean heart rate(HR)was (86.9±16.4) beats per minute before OHT, and (100.0±0.4) beats per minute after OHT...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544840/redo-tricuspid-valve-repair-with-leaflet-augmentation-using-the-left-atrial-wall
#18
Daisuke Endo, Kenji Kuwaki, Taira Yamamoto, Atsushi Amano
The case is reported of a 79-year-old female who received a patch augmentation of the tricuspid anterior and septal leaflets with a resected left atrial wall to address recurrent tricuspid regurgitation, including tricuspid valve tethering. The patient was admitted to the authors' hospital for chronic heart failure with paravalvular leakage after aortic valve replacement and recurrent severe tricuspid regurgitation. She had undergone two previous cardiac surgeries. Re-tricuspid repair required an augmentation of the tricuspid valve leaflets in addition to tricuspid annuloplasty...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544839/isolated-right-ventricular-apical-trabecular-hypoplasia-a-case-report
#19
Qi Tan, Jie Zi, Mei Zhu, Anbiao Wang
Right ventricular (RV) hypoplasia with isolated myocardial disease and complete absence of RV trabeculae is a rare congenital heart disease, the current treatment of which is ineffective. Here, a rare case is presented of a middle-aged female patient with RV hypoplasia complicated by tricuspid regurgitation, right atrial thrombus, and atrial fibrillation. The patient was treated with a one-and-a-half ventricular repair, and showed significant improvements in cardiac function and physical activity tolerance...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544787/analysis-of-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-presenting-to-pediatric-emergency-departments-with-arrhythmias
#20
Shaun Mohan, Brady S Moffett, Wilson Lam, Caridad de la Uz, Christina Miyake, Santiago O Valdes, Jeffrey J Kim
OBJECTIVE: As survivors of congenital heart disease (CHD) continue to age, healthcare utilization by this population has increased. It is unknown how often these patients utilize the emergency department (ED) at children's hospitals and how arrhythmias play a role in their utilization of care. DESIGN: Using a retrospective cohort design, the Pediatric Hospital Information System (PHIS) database was investigated and we studied adults (≥18 years) with CHD (ACHD) who presented to pediatric EDs from 2004 to 2014...
May 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
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