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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797677/emergence-of-atrioventricular-nodal-reentry-tachycardia-after-surgical-or-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-are-we-creating-the-arrhythmia-substrate
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Jorge Romero, Saurabh Kumar, Fujii Akira, David F Briceño, Usha B Tedrow, Laurence Epstein, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia (AVNRT) is common in adults and often involves reentry through two or more AV nodal-atrial connections. Although AVNRT can be a trigger for atrial fibrillation (AF), we have observed new onset AVNRT after AF ablation procedures. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether ablation involving the septum or proximal coronary sinus during AF ablation may create a substrate favorable for AVNRT METHODS: Cases of ablation for persistent AF who required a repeat ablation procedure between 2009 to 2016 were reviewed for diagnosis of AVNRT...
August 7, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765761/simulation-of-ventricular-rate-control-during-atrial-fibrillation-using-ionic-channel-blockers
#2
Shin Inada, Nitaro Shibata Md PhD, Michiaki Iwata PhD, Ryo Haraguchi PhD, Takashi Ashihara Md PhD, Takanori Ikeda Md PhD, Kazuyuki Mitsui PhD, Halina Dobrzynski PhD, Mark R Boyett PhD, Kazuo Nakazawa PhD
BACKGROUND: The atrioventricular (AV) node is the only compartment that conducts an electrical impulse between the atria and the ventricles. The main role of the AV node is to facilitate efficient pumping by conducting excitation slowly between the two chambers as well as reduce the ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Using computer simulations, we investigated excitation conduction from the right atrium to the bundle of His during high-rate atrial excitation with or without partial blocking of the calcium or potassium ionic current...
August 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760564/junctional-delay-frequency-and-direction-dependent-uncoupling-of-human-heterotypic-cx45-cx43-gap-junction-channels
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Willy G Ye, Benny Yue, Hiroshi Aoyama, Nicholas K Kim, John A Cameron, Honghong Chen, Donglin Bai
Gap junction (GJ) channels form low resistance passages between cardiomyocytes and play a role in the rapid propagation of action potentials in the heart. A GJ channel is formed by two properly docked hemichannels and each hemichannel is a hexamer of connexins. Connexin40 (Cx40) and Cx43 are the dominant connexins in atrial myocytes, while Cx45 is mostly expressed in the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodes which directly connect nodal cells with atrial myocytes, possibly via heterotypic Cx40/Cx45 and/or Cx43/Cx45 GJs...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759818/histological-topography-of-the-atrioventricular-node-and-its-extensions-in-relation-to-the-cardiothoracic-surgical-landmarks-in-normal-human-hearts
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Arpandeep Randhawa, Tulika Gupta, Anjali Aggarwal, Daisy Sahni, Rana Sandip Singh
BACKGROUND: Atrioventricular (AV) nodal injury which results in cardiac conduction disorders is one of the potential complications of heart valve surgeries and radiofrequency catheter ablations. Understanding the topography of the AV conduction system in relation to the tricuspid and mitral valves will help in reducing these complications. METHODS: A tissue block of 3cmx4cm, which contain the AV node, bundle of His and the AV nodal extensions, was excised at the AV septal junction in 20 apparently normal human hearts...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713599/lyme-carditis-buried-beneath-st-segment-elevations
#5
Basia Michalski, Adrian Umpierrez De Reguero
Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and is carried to human hosts by infected ticks. There are nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme disease reported to the CDC each year, with 3-4% of those cases reporting Lyme carditis. The most common manifestation of Lyme carditis is partial heart block following bacterial-induced inflammation of the conducting nodes. Here we report a 45-year-old gentleman that presented to the hospital with intense nonradiating chest pressure and tightness. Lab studies were remarkable for elevated troponins...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705318/progressive-atrial-conduction-defects-associated-with-bone-malformation-caused-by-a-connexin-45-mutation
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Akiko Seki, Taisuke Ishikawa, Xavier Daumy, Hiroyuki Mishima, Julien Barc, Ryo Sasaki, Kiyomasa Nishii, Kayoko Saito, Mari Urano, Seiko Ohno, Saki Otsuki, Hiroki Kimoto, Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Aurelie Thollet, Swanny Fouchard, Stéphanie Bonnaud, Philippe Parent, Yosaburo Shibata, Jean-Philippe Perrin, Hervé Le Marec, Nobuhisa Hagiwara, Sandra Mercier, Minoru Horie, Vincent Probst, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Richard Redon, Jean-Jacques Schott, Naomasa Makita
BACKGROUND: Inherited cardiac conduction disease is a rare bradyarrhythmia associated with mutations in various genes that affect action potential propagation. It is often characterized by isolated conduction disturbance of the His-Purkinje system, but it is rarely described as a syndromic form. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify the genetic defect in families with a novel bradyarrhythmia syndrome associated with bone malformation. METHODS: The authors genetically screened 15 European cases with genotype-negative de novo atrioventricular (AV) block and their parents by trio whole-exome sequencing, plus 31 Japanese cases with genotype-negative familial AV block or sick sinus syndrome by targeted exon sequencing of 457 susceptibility genes...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702812/characterisation-of-human-av-nodal-properties-using-a-network-model
#7
Mikael Wallman, Frida Sandberg
Characterisation of the AV-node is an important step in determining the optimal form of treatment for supraventricular tachycardias. To integrate and analyse patient-specific measurements, mathematical modelling has emerged as a valuable tool. Here we present a model of the human AV-node, consisting of a series of interacting nodes, each with separate dynamics in refractory time and conduction delay. The model is evaluated in several scenarios, including atrial fibrillation (AF) and clinical pacing, using simulated and measured data...
July 13, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687248/device-therapy-for-rate-control-pacing-resynchronisation-and-av-node-ablation
#8
REVIEW
Dennis H Lau, Anand Thiyagarajah, Stephan Willems, Thomas Rostock, Dominik Linz, Martin K Stiles, David Kaye, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders
Atrioventricular node ablation (AVNA) is generally reserved for patients whose atrial fibrillation (AF) is refractory all other therapeutic options, since the recipients will often become pacemaker dependent. In such patients, this approach may prove particularly useful, especially if a tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy is suspected. Historically, an "ablate and pace" approach has involved AVNA and right ventricular pacing, with or without an atrial lead. There is also an evolving role for atrioventricular node ablation in patients with AF who require cardiac resynchronization therapy for treatment of systolic heart failure...
May 31, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682147/predictors-of-future-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-unexplained-syncope
#9
Dirk Prochnau, Tobias Lambert, Holger Sigusch, Ralf Surber, Paul Christian Schulze
AIMS: The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of implantable loop recorders (ILRs) for symptom-rhythm correlation and to identify predictors of future arrhythmic events. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In our dual-centre study, we analysed ILR data of 189 patients (mean age 67.4 ± 15.2 years, 114 male) with unexplained syncope (single syncope 21 patients, recurrent 168 patients, traumatic injury 43 patients). Patients had severe comorbidities such as hypertension (n = 127), coronary artery disease (n = 31), diabetes mellitus (n = 33) and chronic renal insufficiency (n = 18)...
July 6, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680618/idiopathic-left-ventricular-tachycardia-following-atrioventricular-conduction-block-by-rapid-atrial-tachycardia
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Kazuyoshi Suenari, Naoya Mitsuba, Hidekazu Hirao, Hironori Ueda, Yasuki Kihara
The present case demonstrated a rare situation alternating between a repetitive atrial tachycardia (AT) and ventricular tachycardia (VT). A unique induction mechanism was noted in which the VT was induced after Wenckebach AV node conduction block following the repetitive rapid AT.
July 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648420/prevalence-and-predictors-of-ventriculo-atrial-conduction-in-structurally-normal-hearts
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Ganesh Patil, Milind Phadke, Yash Lokhandwala, Zohaib Shaikh, Pratap Nathani, Ajay Mahajan
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of ventriculo-atrial (VA) conduction varies from 20% to 90%, depending on the population studied (Militianu et al., 1997; Inoue et al., 1985; Kazmierczak et al., 1993; Ciemniewski et al., 1990; Hayes and Furman, 1983; Westveer et al., 1984). This wide range is mostly based on studies done in patients with implanted devices or impaired atrioventricular conduction. However, the prevalence of VA conduction in structurally normal heart has not been well documented till date...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583627/resectable-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-role-of-ct-quantitative-imaging-biomarkers-for-predicting-pathology-and-patient-outcomes
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Christophe Cassinotto, Jaron Chong, George Zogopoulos, Caroline Reinhold, Laurence Chiche, Jean-Pierre Lafourcade, Adeline Cuggia, Eric Terrebonne, Anthony Dohan, Benoît Gallix
BACKGROUNDS: Patients with a pancreatic cancer amenable to surgery still have a poor prognosis and high risk of post-operative recurrence. We aimed to assess the value of quantitative imaging biomarkers using computed-tomography (CT) texture analysis to evaluate the pathologic tumor aggressiveness and predict disease-free survival (DFS) in patients with resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: We retrospectively performed attenuation measurements and texture analysis on the portal-venous phase of the pre-operative CT scan of 99 patients that underwent resection of a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in two university hospitals...
May 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577544/deactivation-vs-asynchronous-pacing-prospective-evaluation-of-a-protocol-for-rhythm-management-in-patients-with-magnetic-resonance-conditional-pacemakers-undergoing-adenosine-stress-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Oliver Klein-Wiele, Marietta Garmer, Gianluca Barbone, Rhyan Urbien, Martin Busch, Kaffer Kara, Harald Schäfer, Michael Schulte-Hermes, Birgit Hailer, Dietrich Grönemeyer
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) imaging with adenosine stress is an important diagnostic tool in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the method is not yet established for CAD patients with pacemakers (PM) in clinical practice. A possible reason is that no recommendations exist for PM setting (paused pacing or asynchronous mode) during adenosine stress. We elaborated a protocol for rhythm management in clinical routine for PM patients that considers heart rate changes under adenosine using a test infusion of adenosine in selected patients...
June 2, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522303/ivabradine-as-an-alternative-to-av-node-ablation-in-a%C3%A2-patient-with-permanent-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Adolfo Fontenla, Lola Villagraz, Javier de Juan, Álvaro Lozano, Sebastián Giacoman, María López-Gil
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 15, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521476/differentiation-between-gastrointestinal-schwannomas-and-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-by-computed-tomography
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Ming-Yan He, Rong Zhang, Zhenpeng Peng, Yin Li, Ling Xu, Mengjie Jiang, Zi-Ping Li, Shi-Ting Feng
The aim of the present study was to identify computed tomography (CT) features to assist in differentiating gastrointestinal schwannomas from gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). CT images of gastrointestinal schwannomas (n=15) and GISTs (n=50) were analyzed. The absolute CT values of tumor/aorta during plain scan/arterial phase/venous phase were recorded as tumor plain scan (Tp)/aorta plain scan (Ap), tumor arterial phase (Ta)/aorta arterial phase (Aa) and tumor venous phase (Tv)/aorta venous phase (Av), respectively, and normalized CT values of the three phases were calculated as Sp=Tp/Ap, Sa=Ta/Aa and Sv=Tv/Av, respectively...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507744/mahaim-accessory-pathways
#16
Demosthenes G Katritsis, Hein J Wellens, Mark E Josephson
The term Mahaim conduction is conventionally used to describe decrementally conducting connections between the right atrium or the AV node and the right ventricle in or close to the right bundle branch. Although such pathways are rare, their unique properties make their diagnosis and treatment cumbersome. In this article we review the published evidence, and discuss the electrocardiographic and electrophysiological characteristics as well as the anatomy and origin of these fibres.
April 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507743/electrophysiological-testing-for-the-investigation-of-bradycardias
#17
Demosthenes G Katritsis, Mark E Josephson
In this article we review the role of electrophysiological testing in patients presenting with bradycardia due to sinus node or atrioventricular node disease. In sinus bradycardia the role of electrophysiology studies is not established. In AV conduction disturbances, an electrophysiology study may be necessary both for the establishment of atrioventricular block as the main cause of symptoms, and for identification of the anatomic site of block that may dictate the potential need of permanent pacing.
April 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496928/idiopathic-paroxysmal-atrio-ventricular-block-what-is-the-mechanism
#18
REVIEW
Francisco J Guerrero-Márquez, Eduardo Arana-Rueda, Alonso Pedrote
Idiopathic paroxysmal atrioventricular (AV) block poses a true diagnostic challenge. What is clear about this entity is the confusion about its definition and consequently about its etiology. According to certain sources, the diagnosis of this block requires the lack of a structural cardiac pathology that justifies the observed manifestations and an absence of electrocardiographic disorders prior to an episode. The clinical presentation of idiopathic paroxysmal AV block does not differ from that of another cardiogenic syncope or of a vasovagal syncope with a significant cardioinhibitory component...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438795/cystic-tumour-of-the-atrioventricular-node-treatment-dilemma
#19
Wael Abuzeid, Robert B H Myers
An asymptomatic 18-year-old black woman was found to have an incidental finding of third-degree atrioventricular (AV) block on a routine ECG. 2-Dimensional transthoracic echocardiography showed a heterogeneous mass in the region of the peri-membranous septum in the AV node area. A cardiac MRI showed a well-defined cystic mass arising from the right side of the interatrial septal wall. An MRI compatible permanent pacemaker was implanted with plans to monitor the tumour with non-invasive imaging. Cystic tumour of the AV node is a rare primary cardiac tumour...
April 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431056/long-term-outcome-of-transvenous-pacemaker-implantation-in-infants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Laura M Vos, Janneke A E Kammeraad, Matthias W Freund, Andreas C Blank, Johannes M P J Breur
Aim: Evaluation of long-term outcome of transvenous pacemaker (PM) implantation in infants. Methods and Results: A retrospective analysis of all transvenous PM implantations in infants <10 kg between September 1997 and October 2001 was made. Indications for PM implantation, age at implantation, and determinants of long-term outcome including cardiac function, PM function, and PM (system) complications were noted. Seven patients underwent transvenous VVI(R) PM implantation...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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