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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728352/the-association-between-physical-activity-and-atrial-fibrillation-applying-heaviside-function-in-survival-analysis-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Yaser Mokhayeri, Seyed Saeed Hashemi Nazari, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Hamid Soori, Soheila Khodakarim
Objectives: Although the effect of physical activity (PA) on the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been studied, contradictory results have been reported. These seemingly different results may reflect alternate effects of different types of PA upon AF as well as gender interactions. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the association of PA types namely total, moderate/vigorous, intentional, as well as walking pace on AF risk, in men and women. Methods: Using the MESA Typical Week Physical Activity Survey, three PA measures and walking pace among 6487 men and women aged 45-84 years were calculated...
June 18, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727359/-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Gaia Sirimarco, Lorenz Hirt, Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren
Oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA) was the cornerstone of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). This review article presents the state of the art, with regard to the treatment options developed over the past few years, the new oral anticoagulants (NOAC). A search in PubMed for relevant published studies has been performed. Dabigatran and apixaban were superior to warfarin to reduce stroke risk or systemic embolism ; dabigatran, rivaroxaban and edoxaban were non-inferior. All NOAC are globally non-inferior to warfarin for stroke prevention in non-valvular AF and they have a superior safety profile, with a reduced intracranial bleeding risk...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727203/the-association-between-acute-mental-stress-and-abnormal-left-atrial-electrophysiology
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Wesley T O'Neal, Muhammad Hammadah, Pratik B Sandesara, Zakaria Almuwaqqat, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Mohamad M Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Kobina Wilmot, Ibhar Al Mheid, Douglas Bremner, Michael Kutner, Elsayed Z Soliman, Amit J Shah, Arshed A Quyyumi, Viola Vaccarino
BACKGROUND: Acute stress may trigger atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We examined if acute mental stress results in abnormal left atrial electrophysiology as detected by more negative deflection of P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1 ), a well-known marker of AF risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined this hypothesis in 422 patients (mean age = 56±10 years; 61% men; 44% white) with stable coronary heart disease who underwent mental (speech task) stress testing...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727202/influence-of-the-left-atrial-contact-areas-on-fixed-low-voltage-zones-during-atrial-fibrillation-and-sinus-rhythm-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shiro Nakahara, Yuichi Hori, Naoki Nishiyama, Yasuo Okumura, Reiko Fukuda, Sayuki Kobayashi, Takaaki Komatsu, Yoshihiko Sakai, Isao Taguchi
BACKGROUND: Atrial low-voltage zones (LVZ) are suggested as important factors for maintaining persistent atrial fibrillation (PsAF). The relationship between LVZs and left atrial (LA) contact areas (CoAs) is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether CoA regions were involved in atrial substrate properties maintaining PsAF. METHODS: A total of 50 patients with PsAF (36 long-lasting) were analyzed. Three representative CoA detection areas (ascending aorta-anterior-LA, descending aorta-left pulmonary vein antrum, and vertebrae-posterior-LA) were registered on the mapping geometry...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726972/consequences-of-warfarin-suspension-after-major-bleeding-in-very-elderly-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Giacomo Zoppellaro, Serena Granziera, Giulia Bertozzo, Gentian Denas, Lucia Marigo, Florinda Petruzzellis, Seena Padayattil Jose, Katia Rossi, Giovanni Nante, Vittorio Pengo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726654/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-amiodarone-and-carvedilol-combination-in-treatment-of-patients-with-severe-cardiac-rhythm-disorders
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E Tsetskhladze, I Khintibidze
Different arrhythmias are cause of sudden death in many patients with heart failure. Amiodarone is usually used for prevent this arrhythmias, but it is not drug of choice for treatment the patients with heart failure. We retrospectively analyzed 142 patients with moderate and severe heart failure and history of myocardial infarction. These patients have received amiodarone, carvedilol or combination of these two medications together with standard therapy. In our retrospective analysis, the combination therapy with Amiodarone and Carvedilol had highly significant decrease arrhythmic death compare with carvedilol and amiodarone groups...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726651/factors-associated-with-post-stroke-fatigue-within-the-first-3-month-after-stroke
#7
I Delva, N Lytvynenko, M Delva
Aim - identify socio-demographic, personal and psychological factors associated with certain post-stroke fatigue (PSF) domains within first 3 months after stroke. There were examined patients consequently in definite time points after ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes: at hospital stay (234 patients), in 1 month (203 patients) and in 3 months (176 patients). Global PSF and certain PSF domains were measured by multidimensional fatigue inventory-20 (MFI-20) scale. In multivariate logistic regression analysis the majority of variables (gender, marital status, education level, smoking status, level of alcohol consumption, apathetic impairments, arterial hypertension, atrial fibrillation, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, body mass index, waist circumference) were not significantly associated with any PSF domain risk at any time point after stroke...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725983/dabigatran-and-vitamin-k-antagonists-use-in-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-cross-sectional-study-of-primary-care-based-electronic-health-records
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Bogdan Vlacho, Maria Giner-Soriano, Edurne Zabaleta-Del-Olmo, Albert Roso-Llorach, Ana García-Sangenís, Rosa Morros-Pedrós
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize the profile of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who start an anticoagulant treatment after diagnosis with dabigatran and compare it with those who start with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). METHODS: We analysed primary health care-based electronic health records data from 15,075 people with new diagnosis of atrial fibrillation who initiated treatment with dabigatran or VKA spanning 2011-2013. Logistic regression analysis for determination of factors associated with initiation of dabigatran was performed...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725332/thyrotoxic-valvulopathy-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Keniel Pierre, Sushee Gadde, Bassam Omar, G Mustafa Awan, Christopher Malozzi
We report a 42-year-old female who was admitted for abdominal pain, and also endorsed dyspnea, fatigue and chronic palpitations. Past medical history included asthma, patent ductus arteriosus repaired in childhood and ill-defined thyroid disease. Physical examination revealed blood pressure of 136/88 mm Hg and heart rate of 149 beats per minute. Cardiovascular exam revealed an irregularly irregular rhythm, and pulmonary exam revealed mild expiratory wheezing. Abdomen was tender. Electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response which responded to intravenous diltiazem...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725326/comparison-of-clopidogrel-with-prasugrel-and-ticagrelor-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-clinical-outcomes-from-the-national-cardiovascular-database-action-registry
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Mohamed Khayata, Joseph N Gabra, M Farhan Nasser, George I Litman, Shyam Bhakta, Rupesh Raina
BACKGROUND: We aimed to compare the clinical outcomes of clopidogrel, prasugrel, and ticagrelor in clinical practice using the National Cardiovascular Database ACTION Registry(®). Treatment guidelines for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention recommend dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for 12 months. Few clinical trials have compared the safety and efficacy of clopidogrel with that of newer antiplatelet therapies. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients hospitalized for ACS at Cleveland Clinic Akron General was conducted...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725325/left-atrial-appendage-volume-and-plasma-docosahexaenoic-acid-levels-are-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation
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Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Kazunori Shimada, Gaku Sekita, Hidemori Hayashi, Haruna Tabuchi, Seiji Miura, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Shohei Ouchi, Tatsuro Aikawa, Hamad Al Shahi, Shuhei Takahashi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Yuji Nakazato, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in patients who have undergone AF catheter ablation have not been fully clarified. The objective of this study was to assess whether the left atrium (LA) and LA appendage (LAA) volumes, and cardio-metabolic markers such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) levels were associated with AF recurrence. METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients with AF (mean age, 59 ± 8 years; male, 81%; paroxysmal AF, 64%) undergoing catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725275/ash-meeting-2016-developments-in-hemostaseology
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REVIEW
Clemens Feistritzer, Birgit Mosheimer
During the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Diego/California, novel developments in the field of hemostaseology were presented. Alternative treatment strategies besides factor replacement were discussed for patients with hemophilia. One of the highlights of the meeting in this year's plenary session was the presentation of successful adeno-associated virus mediated gene transfer in patients with hemophilia B leading to sustained elevation of factor IX:C (FIX:c). Other alternative treatment approaches in patients with hemophilia A may include bispecific antibodies mimicking factor VIIIa (FVIIIa) activity or disrupting anticoagulant proteins...
2017: Memo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724879/infectious-complications-in-patients-with-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices-risk-factors-prevention-and-prognosis
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Anna Polewczyk, Wojciech Jacheć, Aneta Maria Polewczyk, Andrzej Tomasik, Marianna Janion, Andrzej Kutarski
INTRODUCTION    Cardiac device infections (CDI) are still a significant problem. The knowledge of risk factors for CDI is crucial both for preventing infections and reducing mortality. OBJECTIVES    The assesment of the risk factors and long term survival of patients with CDI. PATIENTS AND METHODS    The clinical data of 1837 patients (40.9% CDI) undergoing transvenous leads extraction (TLE) at a single institution from 2006 to 2015 was analyzed. We compared the clinical and procedure-related factors for all types of CDI: isolated pocket infection (IPI), isolated lead-related infective endocarditis (ILRIE) and PI+LRIE...
July 19, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724839/effect-of-recurrent-mitral-regurgitation-after-mitral-valve-repair-in-patients-with-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation
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Jung-Hwan Kim, Seung Hyun Lee, Hyun-Chel Joo, Young-Nam Youn, Kyung-Jong Yoo, Byung-Chul Chang, Sak Lee
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the consequences of recurrent mitral regurgitation (MR) after mitral valve (MV) repair in patients with degenerative MR and risk factors for recurrence.Methods and Results:From January 1990 to December 2015, 792 patients underwent MV repair due to degenerative MR. Recurrent MR was defined as moderate-to-severe MR on follow-up echocardiography. Mean follow-up duration was 8.71±5.58 years. During the follow-up period, MR recurred in 133 (16.8%) patients, and the MR recurrence-free rate at 20 years was 77...
July 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724655/sex-differences-in-the-use-of-oral-anticoagulants-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-ncdr-%C3%A2-pinnacle-registry
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Lauren E Thompson, Thomas M Maddox, Lanyu Lei, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Pamela N Peterson, Frederick A Masoudi, Alexander Turchin, Yang Song, Gheorghe Doros, Melinda B Davis, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Despite higher thromboembolism risk, women with atrial fibrillation have lower oral anticoagulation (OAC) use compared to men. The influence of the CHA2DS2-VASc score or the introduction of non-vitamin K OACs on this relationship is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the PINNACLE National Cardiovascular Data Registry from 2008 to 2014, we compared the association of sex with OAC use (warfarin or non-vitamin K OACs) overall and by CHA2DS2-VASc score and examined temporal trends in OAC use by sex...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724590/long-term-antithrombotic-treatment-in-intracranial-hemorrhage-survivors-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Eleni Korompoki, Filippos T Filippidis, Peter B Nielsen, Angela Del Giudice, Gregory Y H Lip, Joji B Kuramatsu, Hagen B Huttner, Jiming Fang, Sam Schulman, Joan Martí-Fàbregas, Celine S Gathier, Anand Viswanathan, Alessandro Biffi, Daniela Poli, Christian Weimar, Uwe Malzahn, Peter Heuschmann, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting recurrent intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) and ischemic stroke (IS) in ICH survivors with atrial fibrillation (AF) during long-term follow-up. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane library, clinical trials registry was performed following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement. We considered studies capturing outcome events (ICH recurrence and IS) for ≥3 months and treatment exposure to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), antiplatelet agents (APAs), or no antithrombotic medication (no-ATM)...
July 19, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724563/management-of-anticoagulant-and-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-interventional-pulmonary-procedures
#17
REVIEW
Vikas Pathak, J Erin Allender, Mollie W Grant
There has been great progress in antithrombotic therapy over the past several years. Its use has increased with the advent of novel anticoagulants, as these medications do not require frequent blood tests for monitoring. Antithrombotic therapy is aimed at reducing the risk of thromboembolic events in patients with atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, deep vein thrombosis, valvular heart disease and pulmonary embolism. These patients are often critically ill and frequently undergo urgent interventions requiring discontinuation of anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy which can increase the risk of thrombosis; however, continuing these agents can lead to increased risk of haemorrhage...
September 30, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724512/the-health-buddies-app-as-a-novel-tool-to-improve-adherence-and-knowledge-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-pilot-study
#18
Lien Desteghe, Kiki Kluts, Johan Vijgen, Pieter Koopman, Dagmara Dilling-Boer, Joris Schurmans, Paul Dendale, Hein Heidbuchel
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes an important risk for stroke, especially in an ageing population. A new app (Health Buddies) was developed as a tool to improve adherence to non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in an elderly AF population by providing a virtual contract with their grandchildren, spelling out daily challenges for both. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and usability of the Health Buddies app in AF patients...
July 19, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
#19
Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont Girbau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724233/examining-the-impact-of-active-clearance-of-chest-drainage-catheters-on-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Samuel St-Onge, Walid Ben Ali, Ismail Bouhout, Denis Bouchard, Yoan Lamarche, Louis P Perrault, Philippe Demers
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is one of the most frequent complications encountered after heart surgery, and significantly increases complications and mortality. An obstructed chest tube, leaving unevacuated blood around the heart and lungs, can lead to atrial inflammation, which can trigger POAF. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of chest drainage incorporating an active tube clearance (ATC) system in reducing the rate of POAF. METHODS: This retrospective analysis based on 300 consecutive patients undergoing heart surgery compared 142 patients allocated to an ATC drainage protocol with 158 controls managed with standard chest drainage...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
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