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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637342/genetic-heterogeneity-of-atrial-fibrillation-susceptibility-loci-across-racial-or-ethnic-groups
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Henry Huang, Dawood Darbar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637308/three-dimensional-right-ventricular-regional-deformation-and-survival-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#2
Pamela Moceri, Nicolas Duchateau, Delphine Baudouy, Elie-Dan Schouver, Sylvie Leroy, Fabien Squara, Emile Ferrari, Maxime Sermesant
Aims: Survival in pulmonary hypertension (PH) relates to right ventricular (RV) function. However, the RV unique anatomy and structure limit 2D analysis and its regional 3D function has not been studied yet. The aim of this study was to assess the implications of global and regional 3D RV deformation on clinical condition and survival in adults with PH and healthy controls. Methods and results: We collected a prospective longitudinal cohort of 104 consecutive PH patients and 34 healthy controls between September 2014 and December 2015...
June 15, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
#3
Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637244/elevated-homocysteine-increases-the-risk-of-left-atrial-left-atrial-appendage-thrombus-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-low-cha2ds2-vasc-score
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Yan Yao, Mei-Sheng Shang, Li-Jian Gao, Jing-Hua Zhao, Xiao-Hui Yang, Tong Liu, Ri-Bo Tang, Chen-Xi Jiang, De-Yong Long, Man Ning, Hui Zhu, Qiang Lv, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Jian-Zeng Dong
Aims: To assess the association and the predictive value of plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels with LA/LAA thrombus in non-valvular Atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with low CHA2DS2-VASc score. Methods and results: Eight hundred and eighty-eight consecutive patients in non-valvular AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 and 1 were enrolled. All patients routinely underwent transthoracic echocardiography and transoesophageal echocardiography. A total of thirty-two patients had LA/LAA thrombus...
June 16, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637187/identification-of-pulmonary-vein-reconnection-gaps-with-high-density-mapping-in-redo-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-procedures
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Ignacio García-Bolao, Gabriel Ballesteros, Pablo Ramos, Diego Menéndez, Ane Erkiaga, Renzo Neglia, Marta Jiménez Martín, Enrique Vives-Rodríguez
Aims: Maps obtained by means of electroanatomic high-density mapping (HDM) systems have shown their use in the identification of conduction gaps in experimental atrial linear lesion models. The objective of this study was to assess the use of HDM in the recognition of reconnection gaps in pulmonary veins (PV) in redo atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedures. Methods and results: One hundred and eight patients were included in a non-randomized study that assessed the recognition of reconnection gaps in PV by means of HDM compared to a control group that received conventional non-fluoroscopic guidance with a circular multipolar catheter (CMC)...
June 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637078/-update-cardiovascular-sleep-medicine
#6
Benedikt Linz, Michael Böhm, Dominik Linz
The prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is high in patients with cardiovascular diseases. Typical symptoms like daytime sleepiness can be absent and those patients may report unspecific, therapy-resistant symptoms related to their underlying disease. Particularly sleep-related symptoms like nocturia, nocturnal dyspnea and pectangina can be present. Based on the results of recently published studies, the treatment of central sleep apnea in patients with symptomatic, systolic heart failure by adaptive servo-ventilation is no longer recommended...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636647/hemodynamic-and-metabolic-characteristics-associated-with-development-of-a-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-pressure-gradient-during-upright-exercise
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Annelieke C M J van Riel, David M Systrom, Rudolf K F Oliveira, Michael J Landzberg, Barbara J M Mulder, Berto J Bouma, Bradley A Maron, Amil M Shah, Aaron B Waxman, Alexander R Opotowsky
BACKGROUND: We recently reported a novel observation that many patients with equal resting supine right ventricular(RV) and pulmonary artery(PA) systolic pressures develop an RV outflow tract(RVOT) pressure gradient during upright exercise. The current work details the characteristics of patients who develop such an RVOT gradient. METHODS: We studied 294 patients (59.7±15.5 years-old, 49% male) referred for clinical invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing, who did not have a resting RVOT pressure gradient defined by the simultaneously measured peak-to-peak difference between RV and PA systolic pressures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636620/risk-of-ischemic-stroke-after-atrial-fibrillation-diagnosis-a-national-sample-cohort
#8
Mi Kyoung Son, Nam-Kyoo Lim, Hyung Woo Kim, Hyun-Young Park
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major risk factor for ischemic stroke and associated with a 5-fold higher risk of stroke. In this retrospective cohort study, the incidence of and risk factors for ischemic stroke in patients with AF were identified. All patients (≥30 years old) without previous stroke who were diagnosed with AF in 2007-2013 were selected from the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort. To identify factors that influenced ischemic stroke risk, Cox proportional hazard regression analysis was conducted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636524/his-bundle-pacing-using-dual-chamber-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-patients-with-chronic-atrial-fibrillation-different-pacing-and-sensing-features
#9
Agnieszka Sławuta, Dariusz Biały, Dorota Zyśko, Grzegorz Mazur, Jacek Gajek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 31, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#10
Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636506/incidence-and-predictors-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-detection-by-event-loop-recorder-monitoring-from-a-contemporary-multicentre-cohort
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Zainab Abdel-Salam, Wail Nammas
Background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a frequent complication after cardiac surgery. We explored the incidence and predictors of post-operative AF at 30-day follow-up in an unselected multi-centre cohort of patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in contemporary practice. Methods and results We enrolled 740 consecutive patients scheduled for elective CABG with or without valve surgery. Cardiac rhythm was continuously monitored for 15 days after surgery by an ambulatory event loop recorder...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635338/risk-of-stroke-systemic-embolism-major-bleeding-and-associated-costs-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-who-initiated-apixaban-dabigatran-or-rivaroxaban-compared-with-warfarin-in-the-united-states-medicare-population
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Alpesh Amin, Allison Keshishian, Jeffrey Trocio, Oluwaseyi Dina, Hannah Le, Lisa Rosenblatt, Xianchen Liu, Jack Mardekian, Qisu Zhang, Onur Baser, Lien Vo
OBJECTIVE: To compare the risk and cost of stroke/systemic embolism (SE) and major bleeding between each direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) and warfarin among non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients. METHODS: Patients (≥65 years) initiating warfarin or DOACs (apixaban, rivaroxaban, and dabigatran) were selected from the Medicare database from 01/01/2013-12/31/2014. Patients initiating each DOAC were matched 1:1 to warfarin patients using propensity score matching to balance demographics and clinical characteristics...
June 21, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635328/dietary-implications-for-patients-receiving-long-term-oral-anticoagulation-therapy-for-treatment-and-prevention-of-thromboembolic-disease
#13
Emmanouela Kampouraki, Farhad Kamali
The effectiveness of oral anticoagulation therapy with warfarin (a vitamin K antagonist) in the treatment of thromboembolic disease, including stroke prophylaxis in patients with atrial fibrillation is well recognised. However, warfarin has a narrow therapeutic window and an unpredictable anticoagulation response, which make it difficult to achieve and maintain optimal anticoagulation. Various dietary factors, including sudden changes in eating patterns, can significantly alter anticoagulation control, thereby potentially exposing patients to the risk of bleeding or thromboembolic complications...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635196/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-cardioversion-insight-from-randomized-clinical-trials
#14
Stefania Angela Di Fusco, Furio Colivicchi, Nadia Aspromonte, Marco Tubaro, Alessandro Aiello, Massimo Santini
Anticoagulation, reducing the risk of thromboembolic events in patients undergoing cardioversion, is a cornerstone of peri-cardioversion management in patients with atrial fibrillation. We aimed to analyse published data on the efficacy and safety of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients undergoing cardioversion. We performed a systematic review of randomized prospective clinical trials (RCTs) comparing DOACs with warfarin and reporting data on post-cardioversion outcomes of interest. Outcomes of interest were stroke, systemic thromboembolic events and major bleeding...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635192/incidence-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax-is-not-associated-with-microclimatic-variations-results-of-a-seven-year-survey-in-a-temperate-climate-area
#15
Ivan Comelli, Alessandra Bologna, Andrea Ticinesi, Andrea Magnacavallo, Denis Comelli, Tiziana Meschi, Gianfranco Cervellin
Some diseases, such as renal colic and atrial fibrillation, display an association with microclimatic variations. In particular, despite a correlation has been reported between incidence of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) and meteorological variations, the evidence remains poor and conflictual. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of day-by-day meteorological variations on the number of visits for PSP in the Emergency Department (ED). All PSP cases were retrieved from the hospital database from January 2008 to December 2014...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635186/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-box-isolation-of-fibrotic-areas-lessons-on-fibrosis-distribution-and-extent-clinical-characteristics-and-their-impact-on-long-term-outcome
#16
Doreen Schreiber, Andreas Rieger, Fabian Moser, Hans Kottkamp
INTRODUCTION: The BIFA concept (box isolation of fibrotic areas) supplementing pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) was implemented in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients with fibrotic atrial cardiomyopathy (FACM) to improve catheter ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: 92 patients with FACM underwent PVI+BIFA. We investigated patient characteristics (58 persistent/34 paroxysmal,68±8y,LA 44±7mm,CHA2 DS2 -VASc 2.6±1.3,FACM I:15.2%,II:53.3%,III:26.1%,IV:5.4%), periprocedural data concerning fibrosis extent/distribution and their impact on outcome...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635127/cardiovascular-risk-score-is-linked-to-subcutaneous-adipocyte-size-and-lipid-metabolism
#17
Mikael Rydén, Peter Arner
OBJECTIVE: Although white adipose tissue mass and distribution correlates with cardiovascular disease, the fat cell-specific perturbations underlying this association are not known. We determined the relationship between adipocyte size and lipid metabolism with cardiovascular risk. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: Adipocyte size as well as spontaneous (basal) and hormone-stimulated effects on adipocyte lipid metabolism (lipolysis and lipogenesis) were investigated in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue of 304 men and 775 women...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634771/off-pump-versus-on-pump-coronary-surgery-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
#18
Yushu Wang, Sui Zhu, Peijuan Gao, Juteng Zhou, Qing Zhang
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have worse adverse cardiovascular outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). However, the adverse cardiovascular outcomes between off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) versus on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (ONCAB) in these patients have been a subject of debate. METHODS: We undertook a comprehensive literature search of PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library database to identify all relevant studies comparing techniques between OPCAB and ONCAB in CKD patients...
June 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634694/clinical-background-including-anticoagulant-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-community-based-survey-the-saitama-af-registry
#19
Yasushi Wakabayashi, Yoshitaka Sugawara, Kanna Fujita, Takekuni Hayashi, Nahoko Ikeda, Tomio Umemoto, Hiroshi Wada, Kenichi Sakakura, Hiroshi Funayama, Takeshi Mitsuhashi, Hideo Fujita, Shin-Ichi Momomura
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias, and carries an increased risk of cardiogenic embolism. Oral anticoagulants (OACs) including warfarin and/or non-vitamin K antagonists can prevent the majority of these events. The Saitama AF Registry was a community-based survey of patients with AF in Saitama City, which represents an urban community in Japan. A total of 75 institutions participated in the registry and attempted to enroll consecutive patients with AF from September 2014 to August 2015...
June 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634569/epidemiology-and-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-stroke-review-of-data-from-four-european-countries
#20
REVIEW
Andreea D Ceornodolea, Roland Bal, Johan L Severens
In Europe, 1-3% of the population suffers from atrial fibrillation (AF) and has increased stroke risk. By 2060 a doubling in number of cases and great burden in managing this medical condition are expected. This paper offers an overview of data on epidemiology and management of AF and stroke in four European countries as well as the interconnection between these dimensions. A search index was developed to access multiple scientific and "grey" literatures. Information was prioritised based on strength of evidence and date...
2017: Stroke Research and Treatment
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