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Ryota Kobayashi, Yuto Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Hatakeyama, Takanobu Okamoto
Arterial stiffness increases after glucose ingestion. Acute low- and moderate-intensity aerobic exercise decreases arterial stiffness. However, the acute effects of 30 min of cycling at low- and moderate-intensity [25% (LE trial) and 65% (ME trial) peak oxygen uptake, respectively] on arterial stiffness at 30, 60 and 120 min of a postexercise glucose ingestion. Ten healthy young men (age, 22·4 ± 0·5 years) performed LE and ME trials on separate days in a randomized controlled crossover fashion. Carotid-femoral (aortic) pulse wave velocity (PWV), femoral-ankle (leg) PWV, carotid augmentation index (AIx) and carotid blood pressure (BP) (applanation tonometry), brachial and ankle BP (oscillometric device), heart rate (HR) (electrocardiography), blood glucose (UV-hexokinase method) and blood insulin (CLEIA method) levels were measured at before (baseline) and at 30, 60 and 120 min after the 75-g OGTT...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Alan S Chou, Bulat A Ziganshin, John A Elefteriades
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) is an effective tool for assessment of thoracic aortic disease in the modern era. Here, we describe a case of Type A aortic dissection incidentally detected by CT in a 63-year old man. Upon more precise imaging with electrocardiography (ECG)-gated CT, the dissection vanished, revealing it to be an aortic motion artifact. This report highlights the importance of motion artifacts mimicking a dissection flap. CT imaging gated with ECG can distinguish a dissection flap from an artifact...
April 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
Altuğ Ösken, Nizamettin Selçuk Yelgeç, Regayip Zehir, Tuğba Kemaloğlu Öz, Selçuk Yaylacı, Ramazan Akdemir, Hüseyin Gündüz
Drug-induced torsades de pointes (TdP) is a rare but potentially fatal adverse effect of commonly prescribed medications including cardiac and noncardiac drugs. Importantly, many drugs have been reported to cause the characteristic Brugada syndrome-linked electrocardiography (ECG) abnormalities and/or (fatal) ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Chlorpheniramine and propranolol have the arrhythmogenic effects reported previously. A review of literature revealed a large number of case reports of chlorpheniramine or propranolol use resulting in QTc prolongation, TdP, or both...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Tomonori Sugiura, Hiroyuki Takase, Shunsuke Murai, Sumiyo Yamashiya, Nobuyuki Ohte, Yasuaki Dohi
OBJECTIVE: The heart is one of the target organs of hypertension. Cardiac muscle responds to an increase in afterload by developing hypertrophy. In the process of developing hypertension, the heart is exposed to a transiently, but frequent, increase in afterload. The present study was designed to test the hypothesis that left ventricular hypertrophy assessed by electrocardiography (ECG) predicts future development of hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: Normotensive subjects who visited our hospital for a physical check-up (n = 5770; age, 52...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Massimo Salvetti, Anna Paini, Claudia Agabiti Rosei, Deborah Stassaldi, Fabio Bertacchini, Giulia Rubagotti, Giulia Maruelli, Laura Verzeri, Carlotta Donini, Maria Lorenza Muiesan, Enrico Agabiti Rosei
OBJECTIVE: The recent results of the SPRINT study suggest that "intensive" reduction of systolic blood pressure (BP) (to less than 120 mmHg) might provide greater cardiovascular protection as compared to less intensive (< 140 mmHg) reduction of BP, at least in some subsets of patients. Only few studies, have investigated the possible effect of tight blood pressure control on indices of left ventricular hypertrophy, and have been mainly based on electrocardiography. Aim of our study was to evaluate cardiac organ damage according to "on treatment" blood pressure values in a large cohort of hypertensive patients undergoing echocardiography (2D, M-mode with conventional and tissue Doppler analysis)at the echo-lab of an ESH Excellence Centre in Italy...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Georgeta D Vaidean, Marta Manczuk, Jared W Magnani
OBJECTIVE: Obesity and hypertension often coexist and represent risk factors for atrial fibrillation. This study hypothesized that their single and joint effects on atrial remodeling would be reflected in the PR interval and P-wave durations on electrocardiogram (ECG). METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis of a community-based study included 11,308 men and women age 45-64. Atrial indices were obtained from digital standard 12-lead resting ECG. Analyses were adjusted for traditional cardiovascular risk factors...
October 18, 2016: Obesity
Kyung Sik Kang, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyoung Chul Cha, Hyun Kim, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang, Yong Sung Cha
OBJECTIVE: Adverse cardiovascular events (ACVEs) account for a large proportion of the morbidities and mortalities associated with drug overdose emergencies. However, there are no published reports regarding outcomes of ACVEs associated with acute dapsone poisoning. Here, the authors retrospectively analyzed ACVEs reported within 48 hours of treatment in patients with acute dapsone poisoning and assessed the significance of ACVEs as early predictors of mortality. METHODS: Sixty-one consecutive cases of acute dapsone poisoning that were diagnosed and treated at a regional emergency center between 2006 and 2014 were included in the study...
March 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
S Thrudeep, George Geofi, George Rupesh, S Abdulkhadar
Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and electrocardiography showing ST elevation in Lead aVR>V1 are considered specific for left main coronary artery lesion and also suggest extensive anterior wall myocardial infarction. In this backdrop, we are presenting an incidental observation of an association of ST elevation in lead aVR>V1 in isolated proximal left circumflex lesion in the setting of ACS, who later underwent successful primary percutaneous coronary intervention.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Haruka Chino, Yosuke Amano, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Jun Matsuda, Norihiko Takeda, Goh Tanaka, Daiya Takai, Takahide Nagase
We report the case of a 55-year-old man with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma who received carboplatin-paclitaxel-bevacizumab chemotherapy as second-line therapy. After four cycles of chemotherapy, he experienced syncope with a decrease in blood pressure. Electrocardiography (ECG) revealed atrial fibrillation. Cardiac ultrasonography showed a markedly reduced ejection fraction (45%), with moderate decrease in comparison to that before chemotherapy (66%). Bisoprolol fumarate was initiated, and the conversion to sinus rhythm was detected by ECG 4 days after the syncope...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Nikolai Blanik, Konrad Heimann, Carina Pereira, Michael Paul, Vladimir Blazek, Boudewijn Venema, Thorsten Orlikowsky, Steffen Leonhardt
Vital parameter monitoring of term and preterm infants during incubator care with self-adhesive electrodes or sensors directly positioned on the skin [e.g. photoplethysmography (PPG) for oxygen saturation or electrocardiography (ECG)] is an essential part of daily routine care in neonatal intensive care units. For various reasons, this kind of monitoring contains a lot of stress for the infants. Therefore, there is a need to measure vital parameters (for instance respiration, temperature, pulse, oxygen saturation) without mechanical or conductive contact...
October 15, 2016: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Guido Germano, Paul B Kavanagh, Mathews B Fish, Mark H Lemley, Yuan Xu, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: This paper describes a novel approach (same-patient processing, or SPP) aimed at improving left ventricular segmentation accuracy in patients with multiple SPECT studies, and evaluates its performance compared to conventional processing in a large population of 962 patients undergoing rest and stress electrocardiography-gated SPECT MPI, for a total of 5,772 image datasets (6 per patient). METHODS: Each dataset was independently processed using a standard algorithm, and a shape quality control score (SQC) was produced for every segmentation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Z Aktop, H Tanrıverdi, F Uygur, A İşleyen, B Kalaycı, Y C Gursoy, T Karabağ, M Aydın, I Akpınar
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate autonomic nervous system function by measuring heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with sarcoidosis without known cardiac manifestations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study comprised 61 participants, including 31 patients with sarcoidosis without known cardiac manifestations and 30 healthy volunteers. All participants underwent echocardiographic examination, 12-channel electrocardiography (ECG), and 24-h Holter monitoring...
October 13, 2016: Herz
Adedoyin Dosunmu, Akinsegun Akinbami, Ebele Uche, Adewumi Adediran, Sarah John-Olabode
Background. This study sought to identify the pattern of electrocardiographic changes in steady state adult sickle cell anaemia. Methods. A case-control, cross-sectional study was conducted amongst sickle cell patients attending the sickle cell clinic of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, and HbAA controls. All consenting participants had haemoglobin electrophoresis done and were subjected to electrocardiography (ECG). The descriptive data were given as means ± standard deviation (SD). The differences were considered to be statistically significant when the p value obtained was <0...
2016: Journal of Tropical Medicine
Apurv Soni, Allison Earon, Anna Handorf, Nisha Fahey, Kandarp Talati, John Bostrom, Ki Chon, Craig Napolitano, Michael Chin, John Sullivan, Shyamsundar Raithatha, Robert Goldberg, Somashekhar Nimbalkar, Jeroan Allison, Sunil Thanvi, David McManus
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation, the world's most common arrhythmia, is a leading risk factor for stroke, a disease striking nearly 1.6 million Indians annually. Early detection and management of atrial fibrillation is a promising opportunity to prevent stroke but widespread screening programs in limited resource settings using conventional methods is difficult and costly. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to screen people for atrial fibrillation in rural western India using a US Food and Drug Administration-approved single-lead electrocardiography device, Alivecor...
October 13, 2016: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
İlkay Erdoğan, Yelda Bilginer, Ali Düzova, Nesrin Beşbaş
Tacrolimus is a potent immunosuppressive agent widely used after organ transplantation. In this present study we present eight patients who complained of palpitation after kidney transplantation. Eight out of 31 patients who received tacrolimus after kidney transplantation suffered from tachycardia. Resting electrocardiography, 24 hours Holter monitorization, echocardiography were performed, and serum levels of cardiac troponin T, creatine kinase, CKMB, brain natriuretic peptide and tacrolimus were measured...
November 2015: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
Andrzej Mysiak, Małgorzata Kobusiak-Prokopowicz, Konrad Kaaz, Kamila Jarczewska, Wojciech Glabisz
BACKGROUND: The theory of chaos proves a deterministic mechanism of induction of multiple complex processes previously thought to be random in nature. This research explains how these complex processes develop. The aim of the study was to test the hypothesis of the chaotic nature of myocardial electrical events during ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). METHODS: Original hardware and software was developed for digitalization of on-line electrocardiography (ECG) data, with the functions of automatic and manual identification as well as categorization of specific ventricular arrhythmias...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Syed Anas Imtiaz, James Mardell, Siavash Saremi-Yarahmadi, Esther Rodriguez-Villegas
Continuous patient monitoring systems acquire enormous amounts of data that is either manually analysed by doctors or automatically processed using intelligent algorithms. Sections of data acquired over long period of time can be corrupted with artefacts due to patient movement, sensor placement and interference from other sources. Owing to the large volume of data these artefacts need to be automatically identified so that the analysis systems and doctors are aware of them while making medical diagnosis. Three important factors are explored that must be considered and quantified for the design and evaluation of automatic artefact identification algorithms: signal quality, interpretation quality and computational complexity...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Julliane Vasconcelos Joviano-Santos, Artur Santos-Miranda, Humberto Cavalcante Joca, Jader Santos Cruz, Anderson José Ferreira
Angiotensin (Ang)-(1-7) has been proved to have cardio-protective effects. However, the effects of this peptide on in vivo cardiac arrhythmias and details regarding its mechanisms of action are still undetermined. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effects of Ang-(1-7) against cardiac arrhythmias, its in vivo effects and cellular mechanisms of action. In vivo electrocardiography analysis upon inducement of arrhythmias using a combination of halothane and epinephrine were performed. To analyze the effects of Ang-(1-7) on cells, freshly ventricular cardiomyocytes were isolated...
October 12, 2016: Experimental Physiology
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