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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813234/cardiac-mr-strain-a-noninvasive-biomarker-of-fibrofatty-remodeling-of-the-left-atrial-myocardium
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Adrian T Huber, Jérôme Lamy, Amer Rahhal, Morgane Evin, Fabrice Atassi, Carine Defrance, Guillaume Lebreton, Karine Clément, Myriam Berthet, Richard Isnard, Pascal Leprince, Philippe Cluzel, Stéphane N Hatem, Nadjia Kachenoura, Alban Redheuil
Purpose To determine whether left atrial (LA) strain quantification with cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging feature tracking is associated with the severity of LA fibrofatty myocardial remodeling at histologic analysis. Materials and Methods This prospective case-control study was approved by the institutional review board. LA strain was evaluated with cardiac MR feature tracking between January 2014 and March 2015 in 13 consecutive patients (mean age, 61 years ± 19; nine male) with mitral regurgitation in the 24 hours before mitral valve surgery and 13 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects...
August 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812917/predictive-role-of-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-cardiovascular-events-and-death-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension-and-stable-sinus-rhythm
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Carmine Mazzone, Giovanni Cioffi, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Giorgio Faganello, Giulia Russo, Antonella Cherubini, Gianfranco Sinagra, Nadia Zeriali, Andrea Di Lenarda
Background The CHA2DS2-VASc score well stratifies the risk for thromboembolic events in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients. This score may also predict thromboembolic events in sinus rhythm populations. Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the prognostic role of CHA2DS2-VASc in a Caucasian community population of patients with arterial hypertension and sinus rhythm. Methods A total of 12,599 arterial hypertension residents not receiving anticoagulation were selected from a community population in Trieste between November 2009 and October 2014: 11,159 sinus rhythm and 1440 NVAF patients...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812129/-device-based-remote-monitoring-current-evidence
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David Duncker, Roman Michalski, Johanna Müller-Leisse, Christos Zormpas, Thorben König, Christian Veltmann
Telemedicine is increasingly used in clinical cardiology. It offers early detection of arrhythmias, technical device follow-up and support of heart failure management. Regarding technical device follow-up, remote monitoring significantly reduces usage of the health care system. Furthermore, remote monitoring is associated with a significantly reduced time from device malfunction to physician's perception of the event. Using remote monitoring, inappropriate ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) shocks can be significantly reduced compared to routine in-office follow-up...
August 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811871/do-all-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-need-long-term-anticoagulation
#4
Munish Sharma, Rohit Masih, Daniel A N Mascarenhas
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia worldwide with an estimated number of 2.7-6.1 million cases in the United States (US) alone. The incidence of AF is expected to increase 2.5 fold over the next 50 years in the US. The management of AF is complex and includes mainly three aspects; restoration of sinus rhythm, control of ventricular rate and prevention of systemic thromboembolism. AF as a cause of systemic embolization has been well known for many years, and majority of patients are on oral anticoagulants (OACs) to prevent this...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811460/prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-using-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-pump-overexpression-in-a-rabbit-model-of-rapid-atrial-pacing
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Hong Li Wang, Xian Hui Zhou, Zhi Qiang Li, Ping Fan, Qi Na Zhou, Yao Dong Li, Yue Mei Hou, Bao Peng Tang
BACKGROUND Recent research suggests that abnormal Ca2+ handling plays a role in the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, Ca2+ release and ingestion depend on properties of the ryanodine receptor (RyR) and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ATPase2a (SERCA2a). This study aimed to detect whether SERCA2a gene overexpression has a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation caused by rapid pacing right atrium. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into a control group, AF group, AAV9/GFP group, and AAV9/SERCA2a group...
August 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811393/analysis-of-geographical-variations-in-the-epidemiology-and-management-of-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-results-from-the-ramses-registry
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Volkan Doğan, Özcan Başaran, Murat Biteker, Fatma Özpamuk Karadeniz, Ahmet İlker Tekkesin, Yasin Çakıllı, Ceyhan Türkkan, Mehmet Hamidi, Vahit Demir, Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Müjgan Tek Öztürk, Gökhan Aksan, Sabri Seyis, Mehmet Ballı, Mehmet Hayri Alıcı, Serdar Bozyel, Cevat Kırma
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the differences in terms of demographic characteristics and preferred stroke prevention strategies for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation living in seven geographical regions of Turkey. METHODS: In total, 6273 patients were enrolled to this prospective, observational RAMSES study. The patients were divided into seven groups based on the geographical region of residence. RESULTS: In terms of the geographical distribution of the overall Turkish population, the highest number of patients were enrolled from Marmara (1677, 26...
August 11, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811092/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Fernando Dominguez, Vicente Climent, Esther Zorio, Tomás Ripoll-Vera, Joel Salazar-Mendiguchía, Jose Manuel García-Pinilla, Jose Angel Urbano-Moral, Xusto Fernández-Fernández, David Lopez-Cuenca, Raquel Ajo-Ferrer, Jorge Sanz-Sanchez, Yolanda Gomez-Perez, Miguel A López-Garrido, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Juan Ramón Gimeno, Pablo Garcia-Pavia
BACKGROUND: Chronic anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) is recommended in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative to VKAs but there are limited data to support their use in HCM. We sought to describe the pattern of use, thromboembolic events, bleeding and quality of life in patients with HCM and AF treated with NOACs. METHODS: Data from patients treated with NOACs (n=99) and VKA (n=433) at 9 inherited cardiac diseases units were retrospectively collected...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809201/secondary-use-of-ehr-interpreting-clinician-inter-rater-reliability-through-qualitative-assessment
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Sarah Mullin, Edwin Anand, Shyamashree Sinha, Buer Song, Jane Zhao, Peter L Elkin
In a retrospective secondary-use EHR study identifying a cohort of Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (NVAF) patients, chart abstraction was done by two sets of clinicians to create a gold standard for risk measures CHA2DS2-VASc and HAS-BLED. Inter-rater reliability between each set of clinicians for NVAF and the outcomes of interest were variable, ranging from extremely low agreement to high agreement. To assess the chart abstraction process, a focus group and a survey was conducted. Survey findings revealed patterns of difficulty in assessing certain items dealing with temporality and social data...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808846/age-related-changes-in-morphology-of-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Yukina Hirata, Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Rikuto Shimizu, Yuta Torii, Susumu Nishio, Yoshihito Saijo, Shoichiro Takao, Takeshi Soeki, Masataka Sata
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808519/rectus-sheath-hematoma-associated-with-apixaban
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Kulothungan Gunasekaran, Amanda R McFee Winans, Swetha Murthi, Mudassar Raees Ahmad, Scott Kaatz
Apixaban is an oral anticoagulant that directly inhibits Factor Xa and is indicated for the prophylaxis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and stroke prevention in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Rectus sheath hematoma is a rare, life-threatening complication of anticoagulant treatment. We describe a case of an elderly patient on apixaban for the treatment of deep venous thrombosis who developed severe abdominal pain during hospitalization. Computed tomography of the abdomen revealed left rectus sheath hematoma...
June 7, 2017: Clinics and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807550/decreased-gene-expression-of-fatty-acid-binding-protein-3-in-the-atrium-of-patients-with-new-onset-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-cardiac-perioperative-phase
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Yasushige Shingu, Takashi Yokota, Shingo Takada, Haruki Niwano, Tomonori Ooka, Hiroki Katoh, Tsuyoshi Tachibana, Suguru Kubota, Yoshiro Matsui
BACKGROUND: Post-operative atrial fibrillation (POAF) frequently occurs after cardiac surgery. However, the mechanisms of POAF have not been fully elucidated. We aimed to examine whether pre-operative atrial gene expression related to cardiac metabolism is changed in patients with POAF. METHODS: Right atrial tissue was obtained during surgery from 38 patients who underwent cardiac surgery from 2013 to 2015. Atrial expression levels were determined by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for the following genes: glucose transporter type 4, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α, fatty acid translocase, carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1B, and fatty acid binding protein 3 (FABP3)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807511/prevalence-and-predictors-of-inappropriate-anticoagulation-in-patients-with-a-cha2ds2-vasc-score-of-0-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Sepehr Saberian, Auroa Badin, Vince Siebert, Ashish Roy, Sandeep Banga, Harshavardhan R Ghadiam, Rebecca R Wigant, Ashim Aggarwal, Timir S Baman
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown underutilization of anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥2; however there exists little data regarding the inappropriate use of anticoagulation in patients with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0. We aimed to determine the true prevalence and predictors of inappropriate anticoagulation therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0 in our institution from January 2009 to January 2016...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807403/prevalence-of-hyperuricemia-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-with-either-reduced-or-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Alberto Palazzuoli, Gaetano Ruocco, Oreste De Vivo, Ranuccio Nuti, Peter A McCullough
The relation between uric acid (UA) and heart failure has been described; however, there is little detail concerning acute heart failure (AHF) in patients with reduced versus preserved ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF, HFpEF). We studied 324 consecutive AHF patients screened from interventional Diur-HF Trial (NCT01441245) from January 2011 to February 2016, and divided into HFrEF (EF <50%) and HFpEF (EF ≥50%). We defined hyperuricemia as serum UA ≥7.0 mg/dL in men and ≥6 mg/dL in women. Patients were followed up for 6 months after discharge...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807377/crem-transgene-mice-an-animal-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-thrombogenesis
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A Bukowska, M Felgendreher, B Scholz, C Wolke, J S Schulte, E Fehrmann, E Wardelmann, M D Seidl, U Lendeckel, K Himmler, A Gardemann, A Goette, F U Müller
BACKGROUND: The molecular pathomechanisms underlying atrial thrombogenesis are multifactorial and still require detailed investigations. Transgenic mice with cardiomyocyte-directed expression of the transcriptional repressor CREM-IbΔC-X (CREM-TG) represent an experimental model of atrial fibrillation (AF) that shows a gradual, age-dependent progression from atrial ectopy to persistent AF. Importantly, this model develops biatrial thrombi. The molecular characteristics related to the thrombogenesis in CREM-TG mice have not been studied, yet...
August 1, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807353/incidence-rates-correlates-and-prognosis-of-electrocardiographic-p-wave-abnormalities-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#16
Arttu O Lehtonen, Ville L Langén, Pauli J Puukka, Mika Kähönen, Markku S Nieminen, Antti M Jula, Teemu J Niiranen
BACKGROUND: Scant data exist on incidence rates, correlates, and prognosis of electrocardiographic P-wave abnormalities in the general population. METHODS: We recorded ECG and measured conventional cardiovascular risk factors in 5667 Finns who were followed up for incident atrial fibrillation (AF). We obtained repeat ECGs from 3089 individuals 11years later. RESULTS: The incidence rates of prolonged P-wave duration, abnormal P terminal force (PTF), left P-wave axis deviation, and right P-wave axis deviation were 16...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807079/syncope-during-competitive-events-interrogating-heart-rate-monitor-watches-may-be-useful
#17
Oscar Thabouillot, Kevin Bostanci, Francois Bouvier, Nicolae Dumitrescu, Maria Stéfuriac, Philippe Paule, Nicolas-Charles Roche
This is a case report of a 45-year-old man who reported complete amnesia during the very first kilometer of a 10-km run. He was wearing a heart rate monitor (HRM). The interrogation of his HRM watch showed 200 bpm tachycardia beginning in the first kilometer and increasing up to 220 bpm during the last kilometer. The patient was asked to wear a Holter-monitor (Holter Research Laboratory; Helena, Montana USA) electrocardiogram (ECG) while practicing a training session. This examination allowed for the diagnosis of an adrenergic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with an impressive auriculo-ventricular conduction over 260 bpm...
August 15, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806993/successful-intravenous-thrombolysis-for-ischemic-stroke-after-reversal-of-dabigatran-anticoagulation-with-idarucizumab-a-case-report
#18
Sergio Agosti, Laura Casalino, Enrico Rocci, Gabriele Zaccone, Eugenia Rota
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants, including dabigatran, are currently widely used for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Recently, idarucizumab, a monoclonal antibody fragment for immediate reversal of dabigatran-induced anticoagulation, has been introduced into the market to be used in life-threatening bleeding or urgent surgery, allowing for rapid normalization of clotting parameters. The use of idarucizumab is not yet well established in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke on dabigatran who are candidates for thrombolytic therapy...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806148/atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#19
Rakesh Latchamsetty, Fred Morady
The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) has risen significantly over the past two decades. Catheter ablation is an increasingly utilized treatment strategy and has evolved significantly over the same time period. Successful ablation improves patient symptoms, reduces stroke risk, and can preserve or improve cardiac function. Recurrences following ablation can occur, particularly in patients with persistent AF. Procedural efficacy can best be improved through continued advancements in ablation technology and strategy, better understanding of the mechanisms of AF initiation and perpetuation, and rigorous integration of ablation into a multidisciplinary AF management approach...
August 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806029/atrial-fibrillation-induced-by-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-and-successful-treatment-with-hyperbaric-oxygen
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Maheedhar Gedela, Nathan Y Weltman, Naga Sushma Chavvakula, Paul L Carpenter, Tamera Sturm
Carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication is one of the major public health hazards which may go unnoticed as this is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. The manifestations of the CO poisoning are far-reaching. Although CO affects almost every organ in the body, cerebral and myocardial involvement are predominant due to the hypoxia-induced cellular damage. The mainstay treatment is providing high-flow oxygen and in some instances hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In the literature, there have been few cases of CO poisoning-induced atrial fibrillation (AF) reported...
July 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
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