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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303634/novel-integrated-3d-multidetector-computed-tomography-and-fluoroscopy-fusion-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures
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A K Roy, J Horvilleur, B Cormier, M Cazalas, L Fernandez, M Patane, A Neylon, M Spaziano, F J Sawaya, T Arai, E Bouvier, T Hovasse, T Lefèvre, B Chevalier, P Garot
OBJECTIVES: This report demonstrates the application and feasibility of novel 3D-MDCT real-time fusion technology with fluoroscopy, for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. BACKGROUND: A successful LAA occlusion procedure relies on multiple imaging modalities, including TEE or 3D-MDCT, and fluoroscopy. Effectively integrating these imaging modalities may improve implantation safety and success. To our knowledge this technique has not been previously described for LAA occlusions...
March 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295609/serum-galectin-3-level-as-a-marker-of-thrombogenicity-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Ugur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Hikmet Yorgun, Necla Ozer, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV) and presence of spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) have been reported to be predictors of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Galectin-3 is a biomarker reflecting pro-inflammatory status, whose role in AF has recently drawn attention, particularly in persistent AF population. AIM: In this study we aimed to investigate the association between serum galectin-3 levels and echocardiographic predictors of thromboembolism in persistent AF patients...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293114/novel-stroke-risk-reduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-a-focus-on-the-watchman-closure-device
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REVIEW
Arash Alipour, Lisette I S Wintgens, Martin J Swaans, Jippe C Balt, Benno J W M Rensing, Lucas V A Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289527/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-a-better-alternative-to-anticoagulation
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REVIEW
Ibrahim Akin, Christoph A Nienaber
Non-valvular atrial fibrillation is associated with a significantly increased risk of embolic stroke due to blood clot forming predominantly in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Preventive measures to avoid embolic events are permanent administration of anticoagulants or surgical closure of the LAA. Various clinical trials provide evidence about safety, effectiveness and therapeutic success of LAA occlusion using various cardiac occluder devices. The use of such implants for interventional closure of the LAA is likely to become a valuable alternative for stroke prevention, especially in patients with contraindication for oral anticoagulation as safety, clinical benefit and cost-effectiveness of LAA occlusion has recently been demonstrated...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288200/morphological-features-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-in-consecutive-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-patients-with-and-without-atrial-fibrillation
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Miika Korhonen, Johannes Parkkonen, Marja Hedman, Antti Muuronen, Juha Onatsu, Pirjo Mustonen, Ritva Vanninen, Mikko Taina
The majority of intracardiac thrombi form in the left atrial appendage (LAA). Enlargement of this structure, together with certain morphological features, may indicate a predisposition to the formation of thrombi and subsequent cardioembolic stroke. Thus far, studies on LAA morphology have largely focused on those patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Taking a different approach, we investigated the variation in LAA morphology in a consecutive patient population with and without AF. We evaluated 808 consecutive patients (529 females; mean age 52...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287031/comparison-of-diverse-platelet-activation-markers-as-indicators-for-left-atrial-thrombus-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Daniel Tarnowski, David M Poitz, Lina Plichta, Felix M Heidrich, Stephan Wiedemann, Tobias Ruf, Johannes Mierke, Tobias Löhn, Stefanie Jellinghaus, Ruth H Strasser, Karim Ibrahim, Christian Pfluecke
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is well known for being a major risk factor of thromboembolic stroke. We could recently demonstrate an association of monocyte-platelet aggregates (MPAs) with the degree of thrombogenicity in patients with AF. This study investigated platelet activation markers, as potential biomarkers for the presence of left atrial (LA) thrombus in patients with AF. One hundred and eight patients with symptomatic AF underwent transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) before scheduled cardioversion or pulmonary vein isolation...
March 13, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270030/mean-platelet-volume-platelet-count-ratio-as-a-predictor-of-90-day-outcome-in-large-artery-atherosclerosis-stroke-patients
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Weiwei Quan, Zhibo Chen, Xuezhi Yang, Jia Li, Xiang Li, Yiyun Weng, Youyu Li, Xu Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies reported a lower platelet count (PC) level and a higher mean platelet volume (MPV) level in severe ischemic stroke. We define MPV/PC as the platelet ratio (PR). This study investigates the relationship between PR and 90-day outcome of large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 338 LAA patients in two hospitals by looking up the electronic medical record (EMR). The 90-day functional outcome was divided into good and poor according to the modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262564/is-dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-bilaterally-impaired-after-unilateral-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Li Xiong, Ge Tian, Wenhua Lin, Wei Wang, Lijuan Wang, Thomas Leung, Vincent Mok, Jia Liu, Xiangyan Chen, Ka Sing Wong
OBJECTIVE: Whether dynamic cerebral autoregulation (dCA) is impaired focally in the affected hemisphere or bilaterally in both the affected and nonaffected hemispheres after ischemic stroke remains controversial. We therefore investigated the pattern of dCA in acute ischemic stroke patients with different subtypes. METHODS: Sixty acute ischemic stroke patients with unilateral anterior circulation infarct [30 with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA), 13 with small vessel disease (SVD), and 17 with coexisting LAA and SVD] and 16 healthy controls were enrolled...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256020/left-atrial-anatomy-and-patient-related-factors-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-with-the-watchman-device-a-real-world-experience
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Shishir Murarka, Mohamad Lazkani, Soundos Moualla, Divya Ratan Verma, Ashish Pershad
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify patient and left atrial morphology specific factors associated with early complications for left atrial appendage occlusion with the Watchman™ (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) device. BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation, however, long-term OAC compliance is poor. In randomized control trials, the Watchman™ device has demonstrated superiority over OAC with warfarin for all cause and cardiovascular mortality and hemorrhagic stroke...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255107/a-new-strategy-for-transcatheter-left-atrial-appendage-closure-with-cerebral-embolic-protection-in-patient-with-left-auricular-thrombosis-and-total-contraindication-to-long-term-anticoagulation
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Salvatore Saccà, Jayme Ferro, Tomoyuki Umemoto, Riccardo Turri, Carlo Penzo, Andrea Pacchioni
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, occurring in 1%-2% of the general population. An important aspect is the treatment of AF in terms of stroke prevention. In patients with absolute contraindication to long-term anticoagulation due to high bleeding risk, a valuable alternative exists in left atrial appendage (LAA) closure. Unfortunately, thrombus in the LAA is a contraindication to the procedure because of high risk of embolization. We describe a clinical case with permanent AF, absolute contraindication to long-term anticoagulation therapy, and persistent thrombus formation in the LAA that was treated with transcatheter LAA closure and supraaortic trunk protection system in order to avoid risk of periprocedural stroke...
March 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249772/the-association-between-opg-rs3102735-gene-polymorphism-microembolic-signal-and-stroke-severity-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Hongqin Zhao, Yanyan Cao, Honghua Chen, Wanqun Xu, Ximei Sun, Xudong Pan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily and is involved in the progress of atherosclerosis. We chose a gene polymorphism locus, OPG rs3102735, to explore how OPG gene polymorphisms relate to the occurrence of ischemic stroke and microembolic signals and to evaluate their relationship with the severity of neurologic deficits at admission and the degree of vascular stenosis. METHODS: We studied 251 patients diagnosed with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) stroke and 121 controls...
February 26, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245798/left-atrial-appendage-morphology-and-risk-of-stroke-following-pulmonary-vein-isolation-for-drug-refractory-atrial-fibrillation-in-low-cha2ds2vasc-risk-patients
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Faith R Kelly, Robert A Hull, Takor B Arrey-Mbi, Michael U Williams, Joshua S Lee, Ahmad M Slim, Dustin M Thomas
BACKGROUND: Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) has become an important adjunct in the structural assessment of the pulmonary veins (PV) prior to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). Published data is conflicting regarding a relationship between left atrial appendage (LAA) and the risk of ischemic stroke (CVA) following PVI. We investigated the associations of volumetric and morphologic left atrial (LA) and LAA measurements for CVA following PVI. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 332 consecutive patients with drug refractory atrial fibrillation who obtained cardiac CT angiogram (CCTA) prior to PVI...
February 28, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243075/longitudinal-changes-in-structural-abnormalities-using-mdct-in-copd-do-the-ct-measurements-of-airway-wall-thickness-and-small-pulmonary-vessels-change-in-parallel-with-emphysematous-progression
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Shin Takayanagi, Naoko Kawata, Yuji Tada, Jun Ikari, Yukiko Matsuura, Shin Matsuoka, Shoichiro Matsushita, Noriyuki Yanagawa, Yasunori Kasahara, Koichiro Tatsumi
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) facilitate acquiring important clinical information for managing patients with COPD. MDCT can detect the loss of lung tissue associated with emphysema as a low-attenuation area (LAA) and the thickness of airways as the wall area percentage (WA%). The percentage of small pulmonary vessels <5 mm(2) (% cross-sectional area [CSA] <5) has been recently recognized as a parameter for expressing pulmonary perfusion...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238629/apolipoprotein-a1-rs5070-a-g-polymorphism-with-stroke-subtypes-in-taiwan
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Li-Chi Hsu, Tsong-Hai Lee
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1) is a structural protein of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; ApoA1 is involved in lipid and cholesterol metabolism. This study evaluated the association of ApoA1 polymorphism (rs5070) with different stroke subtypes in Taiwanese individuals. METHODS: A total of 2139 cases, including 614 controls and 708 large artery atherosclerosis (LAA), 377 small-vessel occlusion, and 440 hypertensive intracranial hemorrhage cases, were enrolled in this study...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238244/nt-probnp-as-a-potential-marker-of-left-atrial-dysfunction-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis-correlation-with-left-atrial-function-after-pbmv
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Rashi Khare, Sudhanshu Dwivedi
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease is a common reason for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Plasma levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) are known to rise in patients with MS, but the role of this compound as a non-invasive marker of left atrial (LA) dysfunction is yet to be established. The study aim was to correlate levels of NT-proBNP in patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS), with echocardiographic parameters of LA function including tissue Doppler-derived strain/strain rate (S/Sr) indices, hemodynamic parameters of LA function, before and after percutaneous balloon mitral valvotomy (PBMV) for a follow up of one year...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237505/stressful-life-events-increase-aggression-and-alcohol-use-in-young-carriers-of-the-gabra2-rs279826-rs279858-a-allele
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Evelyn Kiive, Kariina Laas, Mariliis Vaht, Toomas Veidebaum, Jaanus Harro
Research of GABRA2 gene in alcohol use and impulse control suggests its role in aggressive behaviour. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of GABRA2 genotype and stressful life events on aggressive behaviour, alcohol use frequency and occurrence of alcohol use disorder in a population representative sample of adolescents followed up from third grade to 25 years of age. The sample consisted of the younger cohort of the longitudinal Estonian Children Personality, Behaviour and Health Study...
February 23, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225286/-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-means-of-the-atriclip-system
#17
Aleš Mokráček, Vojtěch Kurfirst, Alan Bulava, Jiří Haniš
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is related to a high risk of stroke. The main role in etiopathogenesis is played by the left atrial appendage (LAA). As many as 95 % of thrombi in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are located in the appendage. Prevention of stroke then consists in permanent anticoagulation which, however, has its limits and risks. An alternative method is the left atrial appendage occlusion. In our report, we would like to present a new possibility of the closure using the epicardial system AtriClip (AtriCure)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218217/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-system-for-stroke-prevention-in-chinese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-prospective-observational-study
#18
Wei-Ping Huang, Yong-Hua Zhang, Lei He, Xi Su, Xin-Wei Yang, Zai-Xiong Guo
BACKGROUND: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), embolic stroke is thought to be associated with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. The WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device has been shown to be noninferior to conventional oral anticoagulation with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF. This study aimed to evaluate the procedural feasibility, safety and 12-month outcomes of the WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device in NVAF patients with high risk for stroke in China...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215062/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hasib Hanif, Emilie P Belley-Cote, Abdullah Alotaibi, Nazari Dvirnik, Binod Neupane, Joseph Beyene, John W Eikelboom, David Holmes, Richard P Whitlock
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the leading causes of stroke. Risks associated with oral anticoagulation limit adherence to recommended therapy. Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion is a treatment alternative in patients with AF. We performed a network meta-analysis (NMA) of randomized trials evaluating the efficacy of LAA occlusion compared with oral anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and placebo for stroke prevention. We also assessed the impact of LAA occlusion on mortality, major bleeding, and operative time...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213958/significance-of-a-negative-sinus-p-wave-in-lead-v2-of-the-clinical-electrocardiogram
#20
Rex N MacAlpin
BACKGROUND: A negative sinus P wave in lead V2 (NPV2 ) of the electrocardiogram (ECG) is rare when leads are positioned correctly. This study was undertaken to clarify the significance of an unusually high incidence of this anomaly found in ECGs at my institution. METHODS: One thousand four hundred thirty-five ECGs were randomly selected to determine the incidence and gender frequency in tracings showing positive (PPV2 ), and biphasic (BPV2 ) P waves in V2 , as well as NPV2 ...
February 18, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
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