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Thomas Berk, Stephen D Silberstein
BACKGROUND: Lidocaine, an amide anesthetic, has been used in the treatment of a wide variety of pain disorders for over 75 years. In addition to pain control, lidocaine is an anti-arrhythmic agent and has anti-inflammatory properties. Lidocaine's unique properties, including nonlinear pharmacokinetics, have limited its modern-day use. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this review is to offer a better understanding of the properties of this unique treatment, which we hope will allow more practitioners to offer this to their patients...
March 14, 2018: Headache
Sha Yan, Pengfei Huang, Ying Wang, Xiongzhi Zeng, Yiya Zhang
Spider venoms are known to contain various toxins that are used as an effective means to capture their prey or to defend themselves against predators. An investigation of the properties of Ornithoctonus huwena (O.huwena) crude venom found that the venom can block neuromuscular transmission of isolated mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm and sciatic nerve-sartorius preparations. However, little is known about its electrophysiological effects on cardiac myocytes. In this study, electrophysiological activities of ventricular myocytes were detected by 100 μg/mL venom of O...
March 13, 2018: Channels
Naoko Yamaguchi, Kentaro Yamakawa, Pradeep S Rajendran, Tatsuo Takamiya, Marmar Vaseghi
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial modulation with cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) can potentially reduce burden of ventricular tachy-arryhthmias (VT). Despite catheter ablation and CSD, however, VT can recur in patients with cardiomyopathy and the role of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in this setting is unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate electrophysiological effects of VNS after CSD in normal and infarcted hearts. METHODS: In 10 normal and 6 infarcted pigs, electrophysiological and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated before and during intermittent VNS pre-CSD (bilateral stellectomy and T2-T4 thoracic ganglia removal) as well as post-CSD...
March 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Jonaz Font, Mathilda Simeon, Christophe Simard, Stéphane Allouche, Anne-Flore Plane, Virginie Ferchaud, Marie Brionne, René Rouet, Marie Nowoczyn, Alain Manrique, Paolo Emilio Puddu, Paul Milliez, Joachim Alexandre
Whether oral anti-coagulants, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) and non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant (NOACs) frequently prescribed to atrial fibrillation (AF) patients, do themselves have a pro- or anti-arrhythmic effect have never been addressed. Transmembrane action potentials were recorded in an acute rabbit model of superfused pulmonary veins (PVs) sleeves preparations using standard microelectrode technique. Fluindione 10 μmol/L (n = 6) increased the AP (action potential) duration (APD), induced a significantly Vmax depression (from 95±14 to 53±5 V/s, P < 0...
March 11, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Shinya Iwasawa, Tomomi Uyeda, Mika Saito, Taku Ishii, Akio Inage, Yuji Hamamichi, Satoshi Yazaki, Tadahiro Yoshikawa
Amiodarone (AMD) is a class III anti-arrhythmic drug that is highly effective for tachyarrhythmia treatment. AMD is widely used in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD); however, higher doses of AMD (> 200 mg/day) can cause various non-cardiac side effects. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy, safety, and adverse events of low-dose AMD (≤ 200 mg/day) for tachyarrhythmia in patients with CHD. We retrospectively studied 80 patients with CHD and tachyarrhythmia who received oral low-dose AMD (≤ 200 mg/day) from January 2004 to March 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Yonglai Zhang, Rui Sha, Kaiguo Wang, Hao Li, Bo Yan, Naibao Zhou
Tetrahydropalmatine exerts numerous pharmacological activities, including analgesic and narcotic effects; anti-arrhythmic, blood pressure lowering and cardioprotective effects; protective effects against cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury; inhibition of platelet aggregation; prevention of ulcerative diseases and inhibition of gastric acid secretion; antitumor effects; and beneficial effects on the withdrawal symptoms associated with drug addiction. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of tetrahydropalmatine against ketamine‑induced learning and memory impairment in mice...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Fatemeh Ramezani-Aliakbari, Mohammad Badavi, Mahin Dianat, Seyed Ali Mard, Akram Ahangarpour
Trimetazidine (TMZ), as an anti-ischemic drug, plays a critical role in protecting against cardiovascular complications induced by diabetes. This study was therefore aimed to evaluate the protective effects of TMZ on reperfusion-induced arrhythmias in the diabetic rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats (250±20 g) were randomly assigned to four (n=8): control rats (C), alloxan induced diabetic rats (D), diabetic rats treated with TMZ (10 mg/kg, D+T10), diabetic rats treated with TMZ (30 mg/kg, D+T30). TMZ was treated orally once daily for 8 weeks...
March 5, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Marthandam Asokan Shibu, M Ravichandran, M Shanmugavadivu, Bharath Kumar Velmurugan
This article recapitulates the existing in vitro and in vivo studies focusing on the effects of neferine-an alkaloid derivative of lotus plant, in various disease models and its effects on key signaling molecules. The review also compiles a large number of research studies that demonstrate methods for isolation and extraction, biosynthetic pathway, pharmacological activity and mode of action of neferine and their underlying mechanisms at cellular level. Neferine is a unique bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid that possesses a number of therapeutic effects such as anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-aging, anti-microbial, anti-thrombotic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-inflammatory and even anti-HIV...
February 27, 2018: Life Sciences
Ugur Canpolat, Duygu Kocyigit, Kudret Aytemir
Catheter ablation either by using radiofrequency or cryo energy in symptomatic patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) has shown to be effective as compared to anti-arrhythmic drugs. However, all the techniques used during AF ablation are not free of complication. There are several well-known peri-procedural complications in which operators should be informed of the possible risks, cautious during the procedure and able to manage them when occurred. Herein, we aimed to review possible complications of AF cryoablation...
December 2017: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
Candace M Reno, Allie Skinner, Justin Bayles, Y Stefanie Chen, Dorit Daphna-Iken, Simon J Fisher
We previously demonstrated that insulin induced severe hypoglycemia associated sudden death is largely mediated by fatal cardiac arrhythmias. In the current study, a pharmacological approach was taken to explore the potential contribution of hypoglycemic seizures and the sympathoadrenergic system in mediating severe hypoglycemia associated sudden death. Adult Sprague Dawley rats were randomized into one of four treatment groups: 1) saline (SAL), 2) anti-arrhythmic (β1 blocker atenolol), 3) anti-seizure (Levetiracetam), and 4) combination anti-arrhythmic+anti-seizure (β1 blocker+Levetiracetam)...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Hugo Zeberg, Johanna Nilsson, Peter Århem
Understanding the relationships between the rates and dynamics of current wave forms under voltage clamp conditions is essential for understanding phenomena such as state-dependence and use-dependence, which are fundamental for the action of drugs used as anti-epileptics, anti-arrhythmics, and anesthetics. In the present study, we mathematically analyze models of blocking mechanisms. In previous experimental studies of potassium channels we have shown that the effect of local anesthetics can be explained by binding to channels in the open state...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Man Liu, Guangbin Shi, Anyu Zhou, Cassady E Rupert, Kareen L K Coulombe, Samuel C Dudley
RATIONALE: Heart failure is characterized by electrical remodeling that contributes to arrhythmic risk. The unfolded protein response (UPR) is active in heart failure and can decrease protein levels by increasing mRNA decay, accelerating protein degradation, and inhibiting protein translation. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, we investigated whether the UPR downregulated cardiac ion channels that may contribute to arrhythmogenic electrical remodeling. METHODS: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) were used to study cardiac ion channels...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Ying Jiang, Hui Ching Tan, Wilson Wai San Tam, Toon Wei Lim, Wenru Wang
Previous studies had suggested that Omega-3 fatty acids have pleiotropic effects and favourable safety profile, which may potentially increase the efficacy of antiarrhythmic drugs in suppressing atrial arrhythmias through combination therapy. This meta-analysis aimed to determine the effectiveness of using Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as a sole anti-arrhythmic agent or as an adjunct to existing pharmacological therapies in preventing atrial fibrillation recurrence. Randomized controlled trials published in English, from inception to December 2016, were considered...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
S R Shunmugam, Conn Sugihara, Nick Freemantle, Patrick Round, Steve Furniss, Neil Sulke
PURPOSE: The ultrarapid delayed rectifier current (IKur ) carried by Kv1.5 channels, which are solely expressed in the atrium, is a potential target for safer treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). XEN-D0103 is a nanomolar ion channel blocker that selectively inhibits potassium ion flux through the Kv1.5 ion channel. The efficacy of XEN-D0103 in reducing AF burden was assessed in patients with DDDRp permanent pacemakers (PPMs) and PAF. METHODS: A double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study was performed in patients with PAF and DDDRp PPMs with advanced atrial and ventricular Holters allowing beat-to-beat arrhythmia follow-up...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Salih T Kaya, Omer Bozdogan, Talat O Ozarslan, Eylem Taskin, Didem Eksioglu, Firdevs Erim, Tulin Firat, Selcuk Yasar
CONTEXT: Cardiovascular dysfunctions such as life-threatening arrhythmias are one of the main reasons of mortality and morbidity in diabetic patients Objective: We aimed to investigate the long-term effects of resveratrol, berberine and glibenclamide combinations on the ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) induced arrhythmias in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats and to investigate the role of myocardial KATP channel in the possible anti-arrhythmic actions of the treatments. METHODS: Two days after induction of diabetes, diabetic rats were treated with resveratrol [5 mg/kg, intraperitoneally (i...
February 18, 2018: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Kenji Suita, Takayuki Fujita, Wenqian Cai, Yuko Hidaka, Huiling Jin, Rajesh Prajapati, Masanari Umemura, Utako Yokoyama, Motohiko Sato, Björn C Knollmann, Satoshi Okumura, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Sympathetic activation causes clinically important arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Although the usefulness of β-adrenergic receptor blockade therapy is widely accepted, its multiple critical side effects often prevent its initiation or continuation. The aim of this study is to determine the advantages of vidarabine, an adenylyl cyclase (AC)-targeted anti-sympathetic agent, as an alternative treatment for arrhythmia. We found that vidarabine, which we identified as a cardiac AC inhibitor, consistently shortens AF duration and reduces the incidence of sympathetic activation-induced ventricular arrhythmias...
February 16, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Yang Zhao, Zhi-Nan Zheng, Xiang Liu, Gang Dai, San-Qing Jin
Objective The administration of preconditioned plasma collected during the late phase of preconditioning has been shown to reduce myocardial infarct size. This study aimed to investigate if preconditioned plasma could attenuate ventricular arrhythmias in a rat model in vivo. Methods Eighty rats were randomized to eight groups (10 rats/group). Two groups provided preconditioned or non-preconditioned plasma 48 h after transient limb ischaemia or the control protocol. Six groups of ischaemia-reperfusion (IR) rats received normal saline, non-preconditioned plasma, or preconditioned plasma, respectively, 1 h (groups A1, A2, A3) or 24 h (groups B1, B2, B3) before undergoing myocardial IR...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Dominik Linz, Mathias Hohl, Adrian D Elliott, Dennis H Lau, Felix Mahfoud, Murray D Esler, Prashanthan Sanders, Michael Böhm
Renal afferent and efferent sympathetic nerves are involved in the regulation of blood pressure and have a pathophysiological role in hypertension. Additionally, several conditions that frequently coexist with hypertension, such as heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, atrial fibrillation, renal dysfunction, and metabolic syndrome, demonstrate enhanced sympathetic activity. Renal denervation (RDN) is an approach to reduce renal and whole body sympathetic activation. Experimental models indicate that RDN has the potential to lower blood pressure and prevent cardio-renal remodeling in chronic diseases associated with enhanced sympathetic activation...
February 10, 2018: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
GianLuca Colussi, Cristiana Catena, Valentina Fagotto, Daniele Darsiè, Gabriele Brosolo, Nicole Bertin, Leonardo A Sechi
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia in the general population with a prevalence that reaches one third of patients with arterial hypertension. Several risk factors frequently associated with hypertension predispose the myocardium to AF by inducing atrial inflammation and fibrosis and altering atrial electrical and mechanical characteristics. AF influences the quality of life of hypertensive patients since it increases incidence of stroke and other thromboembolic events, and mortality...
January 30, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Hao Wang, Jindong Chen, Liang Zhao
BACKGROUND OR PURPOSE: N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been postulated to have an anti-arrhythmic effect on postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF), with conflicting results among studies. This study on pooled data evaluated the effect of PUFA on POAF among patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: The Pubmed, EMBASE, and CENTRAL databases were searched without restriction on language for randomized controlled trials on the effect of PUFA on POAF that were published before August 31, 2017...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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