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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088306/ventricular-fibrillation-occurring-after-atrioventricular-node-ablation-despite-minimal-difference-between-pre-and-post-ablation-heart-rates
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F Squara, G Theodore, D Scarlatti, E Ferrari
We report the case of an 82-year-old man presenting with ventricular fibrillation (VF) occurring acutely after atrioventricular node (AVN) ablation. This patient had severe valvular cardiomyopathy, chronic atrial fibrillation (AF), and underwent prior to the AVN ablation a biventricular implantable cardiac defibrillator positioning. The VF was successfully cardioverted with one external electrical shock. What makes this presentation original is that the pre-ablation spontaneous heart rate in AF was slow (84 bpm), and that VF occurred after ablation despite a minimal heart rate drop of only 14 bpm...
January 11, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087595/is-epicardial-fat-depot-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Maddalena Gaeta, Francesco Bandera, Federico Tassinari, Capasso Lorenzo, Miriam Cargnelutti, Gabriele Pelissero, Alexis Elias Malavazos, Cristian Ricci
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the leading rhythm disorder in western countries. A direct relationship between left atrium (LA) enlargement and electromechanical remodelling has been established. A causative link between epicardial fat (EF), visceral adipose tissue deposited around the heart, and AF has been hypothesized. Several reports suggested the association between EF and the presence of AF. The aim of this study was to verify the relationship between AF and EF depot, performing a meta-analysis of observational case series studies...
January 13, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087552/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-using-economical-and-accurate-technology-safety-a-pilot-study
#3
Mark Lown, Arthur Yue, George Lewith, Paul Little, Mike Moore
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a cause of stroke and a marker of atherosclerosis and of all patients with stroke, around 17% have AF. The screening and treatment of AF could prevent about 12% of all strokes. Several relatively low-cost devices with good accuracy now exist which can detect AF including WatchBP and AliveCor. However, they can only measure the ECG or pulse over short time periods. Inexpensive devices such as heart rate monitors, which are widely available, can measure heart rate for prolonged periods and may have potential in screening for AF...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087311/-the-role-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giannis Baltogiannis, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Giulio Conte, Juan Sieira, Giacomo Di Giovanni, Giuseppe Ciconte, Carlo de Asmundis, Yukio Saitoh, Kristel Wauters, Ghazala Irfan, Pedro Brugada
AIM: Peri-procedural thromboembolic (TE) and hemorrhagic events are complications of major concern for patients undergoing cryoballoon (CB) ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). While peri-procedural anticoagulation management could decrease the incidence of these complications, data on CB ablation are scarce. The role of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) has not been thoroughly tested in this population. METHODS: In the present study, we sought to assess acute peri-procedural complications in patients undergoing CB ablation for AF under different anticoagulation regimens; anticoagulation administration was performed according to the CHA2DS2-VASc score guidelines...
November 16, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087289/clinical-utility-and-functional-analysis-of-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-associated-locus-4q25
#5
Yusuke Ebana, Kouichi Ozaki, Lian Liu, Hitoshi Hachiya, Kenzo Hirao, Mitsuaki Isobe, Michiaki Kubo, Toshihiro Tanaka, Tetsushi Furukawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 4q25 has been repeatedly identified as atrial fibrillation (AF)-sensitive locus in multiple genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and is considered to hold some clues to AF pathogenesis. We aimed to investigate the clinical utilities in Japanese and to unveil the function of the 4q25 locus in affecting transcription of adjacent genes. METHODS: We conducted AF GWAS in Japanese population (1382 AF cases and 1478 controls) and the replication panel (1666 AF cases and 1229 controls) with detailed clinical information which showed the acceleration of AF onset...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087176/carotid-plaque-detection-improves-the-predictive-value-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-the-arapacis-study
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Stefania Basili, Lorenzo Loffredo, Daniele Pastori, Marco Proietti, Alessio Farcomeni, Anna Rita Vestri, Pasquale Pignatelli, Giovanni Davì, William R Hiatt, Gregory Y H Lip, Gino R Corazza, Francesco Perticone, Francesco Violi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular disease (VD), as assessed by history of myocardial infarction or peripheral artery disease or aortic plaque, increases stroke risk in atrial fibrillation (AF), and is a component of risk assessment using the CHA2DS2-VASc score. We investigated if systemic atherosclerosis as detected by ultrasound carotid plaque (CP) could improve the predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score. METHODS: We analysed data from the ARAPACIS study, an observational study including 2027 Italian patients with non-valvular AF, in whom CP was detected using Doppler Ultrasonography...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087113/video-assisted-thoracoscopic-diaphragm-plication-using-a-running-suture-technique-is-durable-and-effective
#7
David S Demos, Mark F Berry, Leah M Backhus, Joseph B Shrager
OBJECTIVE: Surgeons have hesitated to adopt minimally invasive diaphragm plication techniques because of technical limitations rendering the procedure cumbersome or leading to early failure or reduced efficacy. We sought to demonstrate efficacy and durability of our thoracoscopic plication technique using a single running suture. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent our technique for diaphragm plication since 2008. We used a single, buttressed, double-layered, to-and-fro running suture with additional plicating horizontal mattress sutures as needed...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087110/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-posterior-pericardial-drainage-in-patients-undergoing-heart-surgery
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Mirosław Gozdek, Wojciech Pawliszak, Wojciech Hagner, Paweł Zalewski, Janusz Kowalewski, Domenico Paparella, Thierry Carrel, Lech Anisimowicz, Mariusz Kowalewski
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the potential beneficial effects of posterior pericardial drainage in patients undergoing heart surgery. METHODS: Multiple online databases and relevant congress proceedings were screened for randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy and safety of posterior pericardial drainage, defined as posterior pericardiotomy incision, chest tube to posterior pericardium, or both. Primary endpoint was in-hospital/30 days' cardiac tamponade...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086887/patients-and-physicians-perceptions-and-attitudes-about-oral-anticoagulation-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-qualitative-systematic-review
#9
Gemma Mas Dalmau, Elisenda Sant Arderiu, María Belén Enfedaque Montes, Ivan Solà, Sandra Pequeño Saco, Pablo Alonso Coello
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulant therapy reduces the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, but many patients are still not prescribed this therapy. The causes of underuse of vitamin K antagonists oral anticoagulants are not clear but could be related, in part, to patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of this treatment. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate and synthesize patients' and physicians' perceptions and attitudes towards the benefits and downsides of vitamin K antagonist, in order to explore potential factors related with its underuse...
January 13, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079145/galectin-3-as-a-marker-of-interstitial-atrial-remodelling-involved-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Diana Hernández-Romero, Juan Antonio Vílchez, Álvaro Lahoz, Ana I Romero-Aniorte, Eva Jover, Arcadio García-Alberola, Rubén Jara-Rubio, Carlos M Martínez, Mariano Valdés, Francisco Marín
Remodelling in the atria could appear as a result of hypertension, diabetes or ischaemic heart disease. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a mediator of profibrotic pathways and a potential biomarker of cardiac remodelling. We prospectively recruited consecutive patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. Preoperative Gal-3 levels were determined from serum samples, and the presence of fibrosis was assessed from atrial appendage tissue samples obtained during cardiac surgery. We included 100 patients with aortic valve or ischaemic heart diseases and 15 controls with permanent AF...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079110/left-ventricular-noncompaction-cardiomyopathy-cardiac-neuromuscular-and-genetic-factors
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REVIEW
Josef Finsterer, Claudia Stöllberger, Jeffrey A Towbin
Left ventricular hypertrabeculation (LVHT) or noncompaction is a myocardial abnormality of unknown aetiology, frequently associated with monogenic disorders, particularly neuromuscular disorders, or with chromosomal defects. LVHT is diagnosed usually by echocardiography by the presence of a bilayered myocardium consisting of a thick, spongy, noncompacted endocardial layer and a thin, compacted, epicardial layer. The pathogenesis of LVHT is unsolved, and the diagnostic criteria, prognosis, and optimal treatment of patients with LVHT are under debate...
January 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078921/regional-differences-in-mortality-hospital-discharges-and-primary-care-contacts-for-cardiovascular-disease
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Sigridur Haraldsdottir, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Guđmundur Thorgeirsson, Sigrun H Lund, Unnur A Valdimarsdottir
AIMS: Surveillance of geographical variations in cardiovascular health is important in order to achieve the objectives of reducing regional health disparities. We aimed to explore differences in cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and prevalence of CVD diagnoses made in primary and in-patient care, as well as risk factor distribution by geographic regions (urban/rural) in Iceland. METHODS: From nationwide health registers, we obtained data on CVD mortalities ( N = 7113), primary healthcare CVD contacts ( N = 58,246) and hospital CVD discharges ( N = 14,039), as well as data on CVD risk factors from a national health survey ( N = 5909; response rate 60...
January 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078536/new-oral-anticoagulants-compared-to-warfarin-for-perioperative-anticoagulation-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-a-meta-analysis-of-continuous-or-interrupted-new-oral-anticoagulants-during-ablation-compared-to-interrupted-or-continuous
#13
REVIEW
Yue Zhao, Yuan Yang, Xuejiao Tang, Xiang Yu, Lei Zhang, Hua Xiao
BACKGROUND: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been shown to be comparable to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of NOACs for perioperative anticoagulation of AF catheter ablation. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP, and SinoMed were searched for articles published up to August 30, 2015. The data were calculated with RevMan 5.2 using a fixed-effects model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078448/synergic-impact-of-oral-anticoagulation-control-and-renal-function-in-determining-major-adverse-events-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-insights-from-the-afcas-registry
#14
Marco Proietti, K E Juhani Airaksinen, Andrea Rubboli, Axel Schlitt, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Pasi P Karjalainen, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), quality of oral anticoagulation control as well as impaired renal function are associated with adverse outcomes. Our objective was to analyze if there was a synergistic impact of these factors in determining adverse outcomes in AF patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention and stent (PCI-S). METHODS: Post-hoc analysis from the Atrial Fibrillation Undergoing Coronary Artery Stenting (AFCAS) registry...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077816/incidence-of-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-early-repolarization-syndrome
#15
Ki Won Hwang, Gi-Byoung Nam, Junhee Han, Yong Giun Kim, Hyung Oh Choi, Jun Kim, Kee-Joon Choi, You-Ho Kim
Atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATAs) occur in a significant proportion of Brugada syndrome (BrS) patients and are often an important cause of inappropriate shocks. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the incidence of ATAs and ATA-induced inappropriate shocks in early repolarization syndrome (ERS) patients as compared to BrS patients.We analyzed data from 20 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with ERS and compared them with patients diagnosed with BrS (n = 31). Clinical and ICD interrogation data were collected and analyzed for all events with ICD shocks...
January 11, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077508/not-all-types-of-atrial-fibrillation-carry-the-same-stroke-risk-but-most-benefit-from-oral-anticoagulation
#16
EDITORIAL
Stefan H Hohnloser, Mate Vamos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077507/stroke-and-mortality-risk-in-patients-with-various-patterns-of-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-engage-af-timi-48-trial-effective-anticoagulation-with-factor-xa-next-generation-in-atrial-fibrillation-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-48
#17
Mark S Link, Robert P Giugliano, Christian T Ruff, Benjamin M Scirica, Heikke Huikuri, Ali Oto, Andrea E Crompton, Sabina A Murphy, Hans Lanz, Michele F Mercuri, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald
BACKGROUND: Whether the pattern of atrial fibrillation (AF) modifies the risk/benefit of anticoagulation is controversial. In ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 trial (Effective Anticoagulation with Factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction 48), the factor Xa inhibitor edoxaban was noninferior to warfarin in preventing stroke or systemic embolic events and significantly reduced bleeding and cardiovascular mortality. However, detailed analyses by AF pattern have not been reported...
January 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077464/integrated-care-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-the-2016-esc-atrial-fibrillation-guidelines
#18
EDITORIAL
Paulus Kirchhof
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077320/serine-threonine-phosphatases-in-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Jordi Heijman, Shokoufeh Ghezelbash, Xander H T Wehrens, Dobromir Dobrev
Serine/threonine protein phosphatases control dephosphorylation of numerous cardiac proteins, including a variety of ion channels and calcium-handling proteins, thereby providing precise post-translational regulation of cardiac electrophysiology and function. Accordingly, dysfunction of this regulation can contribute to the initiation, maintenance and progression of cardiac arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder and is characterized by electrical, autonomic, calcium-handling, contractile, and structural remodeling, which include, among other things, changes in the phosphorylation status of a wide range of proteins...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076988/ischemic-stroke-risk-in-east-asian-patients-with-cha2ds2-vasc-score-of-1-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Ying Bai, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Background The use of anticoagulation for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 has been debated, partially due to limited data on ischemic stroke risk and specific clinical trials in these patients. East Asian patients have a different stroke risk profile compared to non-East Asians. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of ischemic stroke risk in AF patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 in East Asian countries. Methods A comprehensive literature search for studies evaluating ischemic stroke risk related with AF with CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 was conducted by two reviewers...
January 11, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
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