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AV Block

Dirk G Dechering, Ruben Schleberger, Eva Greiser, Jannis Dickow, Julia Koebe, Gerrit Frommeyer, Stephan Willems, Lars Eckardt, Boris A Hoffmann, Kristina Wasmer
PURPOSE: Slow pathway modulation is the treatment of choice in patients with atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT). No comparative data on ablation strategies exist. Therefore, we sought to compare two common ablation approaches. METHODS: We analyzed prospective ablation databases of two high-volume tertiary centers (> 1000 ablations/year) using either 30 or 50 W for slow pathway modulation from 2012 to 2013. We analyzed procedural characteristics as well as short- and long-term outcomes...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Juanita Hunter, Emmanouil Tsounias, John Cogan, Ming-Lon Young
BACKGROUND Lown-Ganong-Levine syndrome, includes a short PR interval, normal QRS complex, and paroxysmal tachycardia. The pathophysiology of this syndrome includes an accessory pathway connecting the atria and the atrioventricular (AV) node (James fiber), or between the atria and the His bundle (Brechenmacher fiber). Similar features are seen in enhanced atrioventricular nodal conduction (EAVNC), with the underlying pathophysiology due to a fast pathway to the AV node, and with the diagnosis requiring specific electrophysiologic criteria...
March 18, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Simon Mifsud, Emma Louise Schembri, Matthew Mercieca Balbi, Mark Gruppetta, James Clark
The authors report a case of a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with an irreversible second-degree atrioventricular (AV) Mobitz II 2:1 block temporally associated with profound hyponatraemia. The cause of the hyponatraemia was beer potomania. The co-occurrence of reversible first, second and third-degree heart blocks and hyponatraemia has been described in a few published case reports. However, this case is noteworthy as the AV block persisted, despite correction of serum sodium concentration as opposed to other published cases, which meant that the patient required a permanent pacemaker...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Thomas Brand
The Popeye domain containing (POPDC) genes encode transmembrane proteins, which are abundantly expressed in striated muscle cells. Hallmarks of the POPDC proteins are the presence of three transmembrane domains and the Popeye domain, which makes up a large part of the cytoplasmic portion of the protein and functions as a cAMP-binding domain. Interestingly, despite the prediction of structural similarity between the Popeye domain and other cAMP binding domains, at the protein sequence level they strongly differ from each other suggesting an independent evolutionary origin of POPDC proteins...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease
Bram Bessem, Matthijs C de Bruijn, Wybe Nieuwland, Johannes Zwerver, Maarten van den Berg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to define the minimum amount of exercise per week ('current exposure') and the total amount of exercise ('lifetime exposure') needed to lead to the electrocardiographic changes fitting athlete's heart. METHODS: All the pre-participation screenings (including electrocardiograms (ECGs)) from collegiate athletes performed at University Sports Medical Center in 2013 and 2014 were collected. Data on height, weight, sex, age, current sport(s) participation and lifetime sport(s) participation were collected...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Li-Av Segev-Zarko, Gal Kapach, Michaele Josten, Yoel Alexander Klug, Hans-Georg Sahl, Yechiel Shai
Multidrug resistant bacteria possess various mechanisms that can sense environmental stresses such as antibiotics and antimicrobial peptides, and rapidly respond to defend themselves. Two known defense strategies are biofilm formation and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) modification. Though LPS modifications are observed in biofilm embedded bacteria, their effect on biofilm formation is unknown. Using biochemical and biophysical methods coupled with confocal, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, we show that biofilm formation is promoted in a Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 strain with a loss of function mutation in the arnB gene...
March 8, 2018: Biochemistry
Guoliang Li, Ardan M Saguner, Deniz Akdis, Guy H Fontaine
Atrioventricular (AV) block has been extensively studied. However, conduction inside the myocardium in patients with AV block has not been reported. In this study, we aimed to demonstrate the presence of intramyocardial block in patients with AV block. Five consecutive patients with spontaneous high-grade AV block and Torsades de pointes (TdP) were prospectively studied with standard United States Catheter Instruments (USCI) endocardial temporary catheter located at the right ventricle (RV) apex. The morphology of endocardial potentials observed in the basic QRS complexes as well as during episodes of TdP was studied...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
Salma I Patel, Michael J Ackerman, Fadi E Shamoun, Jeffrey B Geske, Steve R Ommen, William T Love, Stephen S Cha, Johan M Bos, Steven J Lester
INTRODUCTION: Risk assessment for sudden cardiac death (SCD) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) remains complex. The goal of this study was to assess electrocardiogram (ECG)-derived risk factors on SCD in a large HCM population Methods: Retrospective review of adults with HCM evaluated at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN from 1 December 2002 to 31 December 2012 was performed. Data inclusive of ECG and 24-hour ambulatory Holter monitor were assessed. SCD events were documented by ventricular fibrillation (VF) noted on implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or appropriate VT or VF-terminating ICD shock...
March 7, 2018: Acta Cardiologica
Carlotta Sorini Dini, Daniele Landi, Francesco Meucci, Carlo Di Mario
The Cardioband system is a transcatheter direct annuloplasty device that is implanted in patients with severe symptomatic functional mitral regurgitation (MR) due to annulus dilatation and high surgical risk. This device covers the posterior two-thirds of the annulus, from the anterolateral to the posteromedial commissure, implanted in close proximity of the left circumflex artery, atrioventricular (AV) conduction system, and coronary sinus. We present the case of an 80-year-old-gentleman with prohibitive surgical risk, treated with Cardioband implantation for functional MR with an evident P1-P2 cleft and P2-P3 indentation, a relative contraindication to MitraClip implantation...
March 6, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Neal A Chatterjee, E Kevin Heist
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an important therapeutic tool in the management of patients with heart failure and electrical dyssynchrony. In appropriately selected patients, landmark randomized controlled trials have demonstrated morbidity and mortality benefit beyond standard goal-directed medical therapy. Current guidelines emphasize the greatest clinical efficacy of CRT in patients with symptomatic heart failure, left bundle branch block, and wide QRS duration (> 150 ms). Other relevant considerations include the presence of atrial fibrillation, the presence of AV block, the etiology of cardiomyopathy, the presence of masked left-sided conduction delay, and the impact of comorbidities that might predict poor clinical response...
March 6, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Suneet Mittal, Dan L Musat, Michael H Hoskins, Julie B Prillinger, Gregory J Roberts, Yelena Nabutovsky, Faisal M Merchant
PURPOSE: The purpose of the current study is to characterize and quantify the impact of complete atrioventricular block (cAVB) on heart failure hospitalization (HFH) and healthcare utilization in pacemaker (PM) patients. METHODS: Patients ≥ 18 years implanted with a dual-chamber PM from April 2008 to March 2014 were selected from the MarketScan® Commercial and Medicare Supplemental claims databases. Patients with ≤ 1-year continuous MarketScan enrollment prior to and post-implant, and those with prior HF diagnosis were excluded...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Taner Kasar, Pelin Ayyildiz, Gulhan Tunca Sahin, Erkut Ozturk, Selman Gokalp, Sertac Haydin, Alper Guzeltas, Yakup Ergul
BACKGROUND: We aimed to evaluate rhythm abnormalities in cases of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) and associated treatment strategies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 65 pediatric patients with ccTGA who were admitted to the clinic between 2009 and 2017. The patients were divided into two groups, and surgical data, Holter electrocardiographic (ECG) recordings, ECG recordings, electrophysiological data, and device implantation data on the two groups were compared...
February 24, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
S Serge Barold
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February 20, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Kapil Kumar Gupta, Mukesh Srivastava, Vikrant Sudan, Shanker Kumar Singh, Soumen Choudhury, Daya Shanker
The present study was designed to assess the deleterious effects of bovine tropical theileriosis on the cardiovascular system and the consequent myocardial involvement in young calves. Myocardial effects in parasitic diseases are often neglected. Hemolytic anemia, associated secondary hypoxia, and vasculitis are cardinal features of bovine theileriosis. In the present study, electrocardiogram (ECG) alongside serum cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and creatinine phosphokinase-myocardial band (CPK-MB) concentrations were analyzed in infected, treated, and control groups of young calves...
February 17, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Sridharan Umapathy, Anita Saxena
A 14-year-old boy suffering from chronic rheumatic heart disease came to the emergency department with recurrent episodes of presyncope and syncope. He was found to have complete heart block (CHB) and required temporary pacemaker insertion. Further workup revealed that CHB was secondary to acute rheumatic carditis. His atrioventricular (AV) conduction abnormalities recovered in a stepwise fashion over 5 days while he was being treated with corticosteroids, without the need for permanent pacemaker insertion...
February 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Justin Gould, Benjamin Sieniewicz, Bradley Porter, Baldeep Sidhu, Christopher A Rinaldi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the trials that have demonstrated potentially harmful effects from right ventricular (RV) apical pacing as well as reviewing the evidence of alternative RV pacing sites and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients who have heart failure and atrioventricular (AV) block. RECENT FINDINGS: The role of CRT in patients with AV block and impaired left ventricular function remains an important consideration. The BLOCK HF trial demonstrated better outcomes with CRT pacing over RV pacing in patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) and AV block who were expected to have a high RV pacing burden, but failed to demonstrate a mortality benefit...
February 12, 2018: Current Heart Failure Reports
Alessandra Schiavo, Francesca M Stagnaro, Andrea Salzano, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Pietro Valente, Simona Grassi, Martina Miniero, Michele Arcopinto, Margherita Matarazzo, Raffaele Napoli, Antonio Cittadini
Pregabalin, widely used in the treatment of several pain disorders, is usually well tolerated. Uncommonly, the drug may induce cardiac side effects, rarely prolongation of the PR interval. The latter has never been described in patients with healthy heart or normal renal function. We characterize a unique case of a young man with extrapulmonary tuberculosis and no detectable or known cardiac or kidney diseases, treated with pregabalin to control the severe pain due to the involvement of the spinal cord by the tuberculosis, showing an atrioventricular (AV) block due to pregabalin administration...
September 28, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Enisa Hodzic
Introduction: Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP) is the most common cardiac valve pathology of to day. Aim of article was to identify the types and frequency of potentially malignant arrhythmia and atrial brillation in patients with MVP, to determine the differences in these arrhythmias between classical and non-classical MVP, to evaluate the correlation of potentially malignant arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation with MVP with possible clinical complications of arrhythmogenic sudden cardiac death and potential risk of thromboembolic vascular incident...
February 2018: Medical Archives
Kaveh Tabrizian, Hamideh Khodayari, Ramin Rezaee, Hosseinali Jahantigh, Gholamreza Bagheri, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Mahmoud Hashemzaei
Carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas produced via incomplete fossil fuel combustion, has several poisonous effects in the heart including induction of necrosis, apoptosis, and electrocardiogram (ECG) changes. Magnesium sulfate (MS) is a drug with cardioprotective effects especially when used after ischemia/reperfusion. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate MS cardioprotective effects following CO poisoning. Animals were exposed to CO 3000 ppm for 1 h and immediately after the exposure period and on the next 4 days (a total of 5 consecutive doses given on a daily basis), MS (75, 150 and 300 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally (i...
February 2018: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Georg H von Knorre
In 1893, Wilhelm His Jr. was the first to describe the AV (atrioventricular) bundle of the vertebrate heart, which now bears his name. Moreover, prior to the turn of the century, W. His Jr. had proved the function of the AV bundle by transection experiments in animals, and had interpreted Adams Stokes disease as heart block due to pathological changes within the bundle. In this way, he was ahead of his time. While clinical interest was limited to the bundle as the location of an AV block in the first half of the 125 years, it has gained attractiveness since then as a target of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures...
January 17, 2018: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
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