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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431133/prediction-of-sudden-and-non-sudden-cardiac-death-in-post-infarction-patients-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-by-periodic-repolarization-dynamics-madit-ii-substudy
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Konstantinos D Rizas, Scott McNitt, Wolfgang Hamm, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Wojciech Zareba, Jean-Philippe Couderc, Axel Bauer
Aims: To test the value of Periodic Repolarization Dynamics (PRD), a recently validated electrocardiographic marker of sympathetic activity, as a novel approach to predict sudden cardiac death (SCD) and non-sudden cardiac death (N-SCD) and to improve identification of patients that profit from ICD-implantation. Methods and results: We included 856 post-infarction patients with left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤30% of the MADIT-II trial in sinus rhythm...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431077/implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-use-for-primary-prevention-in-ischaemic-and-non-ischaemic-heart-disease-indications-in-the-post-danish-trial-era-results-of-the-european-heart-rhythm-association-survey
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Kristina H Haugaa, Roland Tilz, Serge Boveda, Dan Dobreanu, Elena Sciaraffia, Jacques Mansourati, Giorgi Papiashvili, Nikolaos Dagres
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is the standard of care for prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in high-risk patients. For primary prevention of SCD, in patients with ischaemic heart disease, there is more robust data on the effect of ICD therapy compared with patients with non-ischaemic heart disease, but current real-life practice may differ substantially. The aim of this European Heart Rhythm Association survey was to evaluate the clinical practice regarding implantation of ICD for primary prevention among European countries in patients with non-ischaemic and ischaemic heart disease...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431061/high-prevalence-of-arrhythmic-and-myocardial-complications-in-patients-with-cardiac-glycogenosis-due-to-prkag2-mutations
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Julien Thevenon, Gabriel Laurent, Flavie Ader, Pascal Laforêt, Didier Klug, Anju Duva Pentiah, Laurent Gouya, Claude Alain Maurage, Salem Kacet, Jean-Christophe Eicher, Juliette Albuisson, Michel Desnos, Eric Bieth, Denis Duboc, Laurent Martin, Patricia Réant, François Picard, Claire Bonithon-Kopp, Elodie Gautier, Christine Binquet, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Laurence Faivre, Patrice Bouvagnet, Philippe Charron, Pascale Richard
Aims: Mutations in PRKAG2, the gene encoding for the γ2 subunit of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), are responsible for an autosomal dominant glycogenosis with a cardiac presentation, associating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), ventricular pre-excitation (VPE), and progressive heart block. The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective time-to-event study of the clinical manifestations associated with PRKAG2 mutations. Methods and Results: A cohort of 34 patients from 9 families was recruited between 2001 and 2010...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431059/cardiac-structural-and-functional-profile-of-patients-with-delayed-qrs-transition-zone-and-sudden-cardiac-death
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Aapo L Aro, Derek Phan, Carmen Teodorescu, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Kyndaron Reinier, Karen Gunson, Jonathan Jui, Heikki V Huikuri, Sumeet S Chugh
Aims: Delayed QRS transition zone in the precordial leads of the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) has been recently associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We correlated echocardiographic findings with ECG and clinical characteristics to investigate how alterations in cardiac structure and function contribute to this risk marker. Methods and Results: From the ongoing population-based Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study (catchment population ∼1 million), SCD cases with prior ECG available (n = 627) were compared with controls (n = 801)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430906/past-and-current-cause-specific-mortality-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
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Cristel M Sørensen Hjortshøj, Aleksander Kempny, Annette Schophuus Jensen, Keld Sørensen, Edit Nagy, Mikael Dellborg, Bengt Johansson, Virginija Rudiene, Gu Hong, Alexander R Opotowsky, Werner Budts, Barbara J Mulder, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pajak, Michele D'Alto, Katja Prokšelj, Gerhard-Paul Diller, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Mette-Elise Estensen, Henrik Holmstrøm, Maila Turanlahti, Ulf Thilén, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lars Søndergaard
Aims: Eisenmenger syndrome (ES) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic strategies have changed during the 2000s in conjunction with an emphasis on specialist follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine the cause-specific mortality in ES and evaluate any relevant changes between 1977 and 2015. Methods and results: This is a retrospective, descriptive multicentre study. A total of 1546 patients (mean age 38.7 ± 15.4 years; 36% male) from 13 countries were included...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428073/isosteviol-prevents-the-prolongation-of-action-potential-in-hypertrophied-cardiomyoctyes-by-regulating-transient-outward-potassium-and-l-type-calcium-channels
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Zhuo Fan, Nanying Lv, Xiao Luo, Wen Tan
Cardiac hypertrophy is a thickening of the heart muscle that is associated with cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and myocardial infarction. It occurs initially as an adaptive process against increased workloads and often leads to sudden arrhythmic deaths. Studies suggest that the lethal arrhythmia is attributed to hypertrophy-induced destabilization of cardiac electrical activity, especially the prolongation of the action potential. The reduced activity of Ito is demonstrated to be responsible for the ionic mechanism of prolonged action potential duration and arrhythmogeneity...
April 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427028/terminal-seizure-frequency-and-its-relation-to-sudep
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Deng Chen, Yang Si, Jun He, Ying Deng, Tao Chen, Yu-Jin He, Ling Liu, Dong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major cause of death in patients with epilepsy. Several risk factors have been implicated, including early age of onset, tonic-clonic seizures and antiepileptic drugs. However, whether patients who die from SUDEP have a greater frequency of seizures in the few months before death is unclear. We investigated the terminal seizure frequency and its relation to SUDEP among a large group of patients with tonic-clonic seizures in rural West China...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427020/experiences-with-premorbid-sudep-discussion-among-participants-in-the-north-american-sudep-registry-nasr
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Jay Louik, Kyra Doumlele, Fizza Hussain, Laura Crandall, Jeffrey Buchhalter, Dale Hesdorffer, Elizabeth Donner, Orrin Devinsky, Daniel Friedman
The North American SUDEP Registry (NASR) is a repository of clinical data and biospecimens in cases of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), a leading cause of epilepsy-related deaths. We assessed whether bereaved families were aware of SUDEP before their family member's death and their preferences for SUDEP disclosure. At enrollment, next-of-kin of SUDEP cases completed an intake interview, including questions assessing premorbid SUDEP discussions. Only 18.1% of the 138 next-of-kin recalled a previous discussion of SUDEP with a healthcare provider or support resource...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425094/fatal-acute-hemorrhagic-bowel-infarction-caused-by-mesenteric-venous-thrombosis
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Supawon Srettabunjong
Acute mesenteric venous thrombosis (MVT) is a rare, but life-threatening medical phenomenon. MVT is normally characterized by insidious onset, with nonspecific signs and symptoms. A high index of clinical suspicion is required for diagnosis, and emergency surgery is necessary to optimize the chances of patient survival, especially in the people aged more than 70 years. Surprisingly, based on my review of the literature, no fatal acute MVT case has been reported in the forensic literature. All reported such cases have been documented in medical literature, and most of them have been associated with underlying risk factors for venous thrombosis, such as hypercoagulable state, certain cancers, and stasis of the blood flow...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424438/using-cardiovascular-imaging-modalities-to-determine-cardiac-disorders-before-starting-sports-activities
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Özgür Ceylan, Timur Meşe, Meşe Hazım Gürsu
OBJECTIVE: We re-examined children who had previously been declared eligible to participate in competitive sports activities for cardiac disorders, using cardiac investigation protocol. METHODS: Total of 250 children (224 males [89.6%], and 26 females [10.4%]) between the ages of 8 and 17 years who had just started or were already engaged in sports activities were included in the study. Participants had detailed physical examination evaluated by a pediatric cardiologist...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422759/ryr2r420q-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-mutation-induces-bradycardia-by-disturbing-the-coupled-clock-pacemaker-mechanism
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Yue Yi Wang, Pietro Mesirca, Elena Marqués-Sulé, Alexandra Zahradnikova, Olivier Villejoubert, Pilar D'Ocon, Cristina Ruiz, Diana Domingo, Esther Zorio, Matteo E Mangoni, Jean-Pierre Benitah, Ana María Gómez
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a lethal genetic arrhythmia that manifests syncope or sudden death in children and young adults under stress conditions. CPVT patients often present bradycardia and sino-atrial node (SAN) dysfunction. However, the mechanism remains unclear. We analyzed SAN function in two CPVT families and in a novel knock-in (KI) mouse model carrying the RyR2R420Q mutation. Humans and KI mice presented slower resting heart rate. Accordingly, the rate of spontaneous intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) transients was slower in KI mouse SAN preparations than in WT, without any significant alteration in the "funny" current (If )...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422144/risk-and-prediction-of-sudden-cardiac-death-and-ventricular-arrhythmias-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Su-Jung Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the most devastating manifestation of ventricular arrhythmias (VAs), and is the leading cause of mortality among atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. The goal of the present study was to investigate the incidence of SCD/VAs amongst patients with and without AF. We also aimed to identify important risk factors of SCD/VAs among AF patients. Using the "National Health Insurance Research Database" in Taiwan, a total of 352,656 AF and 352,656 non-AF patients without antecedent SCD/VAs were identified...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421551/macrolides-digoxin-toxicity-and-the-risk-of-sudden-death-a-population-based-study
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Kieran L Quinn, Erin M Macdonald, Tara Gomes, Muhammad M Mamdani, Anjie Huang, David N Juurlink
INTRODUCTION: Digoxin is commonly prescribed to elderly patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation, and macrolide antibiotics markedly increase the risk of digoxin toxicity. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determine whether, in older patients receiving digoxin, macrolide antibiotics are associated with sudden death. METHODS: We used a population-based, nested, case-control design from January 1, 1994 to December 31, 2012 in a cohort of Ontario residents aged 66 years or older prescribed digoxin...
April 18, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421035/antiepileptic-drugs-impair-shortening-of-isolated-cardiomyocytes
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Johanna Hulbert, Christian E Elger, Rainer Meyer, Rainer Surges
BACKGROUND: Most antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) inhibit seizure generation by acting on voltage-dependent ion channels. Voltage-dependent sodium and calcium channels are commonly expressed in brain and heart, suggesting that AEDs may have considerable cardiodepressive effects, thereby facilitating sudden cardiac death as a potential cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy. Here, we investigated the effects of carbamazepine (CBZ), lamotrigine (LTG), and levetiracetam (LEV) alone and in combination on the shortening properties of isolated ventricular cardiomyocytes of wild-type mice...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420863/changes-of-systemic-immune-response-after-stereotactic-ablative-radiotherapy-sabr-first-results-of-a-prospective-study-in-early-lung-cancer-patients
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Jacek Rutkowski, Tomasz Ślebioda, Zbigniew Kmieć, Renata Zaucha
INTRODUCTION    Among all lung tumors non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common. Conventional conservative treatment in medically inoperable patients with early stage NSCLC has a poor outcome. To improve treatment efficacy stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) has been developed to enable the delivery of high-dose radiation to the tumor.  OBJECTIVES    This prospective study was conducted to confirm the hypothesis that a sudden death of cancer cells after SABR may lead to systemic immune response changes...
April 18, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416981/relationship-between-right-and-left-ventricular-function-in-candidates-for-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-with-low-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Laura Jimenez-Juan, Gauri R Karur, Kim A Connelly, Djeven Deva, Raymond T Yan, Rachel M Wald, Sheldon Singh, General Leung, Anastasia Oikonomou, Paul Dorian, Paul Angaran, Andrew T Yan
BACKGROUND: Indications for the primary prevention of sudden death using an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) are based predominantly on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) is also a known prognostic factor in a variety of structural heart diseases that predispose to sudden cardiac death. We sought to investigate the relationship between right and left ventricular parameters (function and volume) measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) among a broad spectrum of patients considered for an ICD...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416587/cardiovascular-outcomes-with-an-inhaled-beta2-agonist-corticosteroid-in-patients-with-copd-at-high-cardiovascular-risk
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Robert D Brook, Julie A Anderson, Peter Ma Calverley, Bartolome R Celli, Courtney Crim, Martin A Denvir, Sheldon Magder, Fernando J Martinez, Sanjay Rajagopalan, Jørgen Vestbo, Julie Yates, David E Newby
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often coexist. We assessed the effect of inhaled COPD treatments on CVD outcomes and safety in patients with COPD and at heightened CVD risk. METHODS: The SUMMIT (Study to Understand Mortality and MorbidITy) was a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, event-driven trial in 16 485 patients with moderate COPD who had or were at high risk of CVD. Here, we assessed the prespecified secondary endpoint of time to first on-treatment composite CVD event (CVD death, myocardial infarction, stroke, unstable angina or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)) by Cox regression and by clinician-reported CVD adverse events across the four groups: once-daily inhaled placebo (n=4111), long-acting beta2-agonist (vilanterol (VI) 25 µg; n=4118), corticosteroid (fluticasone furoate (FF) 100 µg; n=4135) and combination therapy (FF/VI; n=4121)...
April 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416514/optical-mapping-approaches-on-muscleblind-like-compound-knockout-mice-for-understanding-mechanistic-insights-into-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-myotonic-dystrophy
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Chung-Chuan Chou, Po-Cheng Chang, Yi-Chia Wei, Kuang-Yung Lee
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmias are common causes of death in patients with myotonic dystrophy (dystrophia myotonica [DM]). Evidence shows that atrial tachyarrhythmia is an independent risk factor for sudden death; however, the relationship is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Control wild-type (Mbnl1(+/+); Mbnl2(+/+) ) and DM mutant (Mbnl1(-/-); Mbnl2(+/-) ) mice were generated by crossing double heterozygous knockout (Mbnl1(+/-); Mbnl2(+/-) ) mice. In vivo electrophysiological study and optical mapping technique were performed to investigate mechanisms of ventricular tachyarrhythmias...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416467/early-repolarization-is-associated-with-significantly-increased-risk-for-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-sudden-cardiac-death-in-patients-with-structural-heart-diseases
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Yun-Jiu Cheng, Zhu-Yu Li, Feng-Juan Yao, Xiong-Jun Xu, Cheng-Cheng Ji, Xu-Miao Chen, Li-Juan Liu, Xiao-Xiong Lin, Hao Yao, Su-Hua Wu
BACKGROUND: Early repolarization pattern (ERP) has been proved to increase risk of arrhythmia death in the general population, but its prognostic significance in subjects with structural heart disease (SHD) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a meta-analysis of studies assessing the association between ERP and risk of ventricular arrhythmias (VTAs) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with SHD. METHODS: We performed a literature search using MEDLINE (January 1, 1966 to September25, 2016) and EMBASE (January 1, 1980 to September25, 2016) with no restrictions...
April 14, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416458/on-the-origins-of-sex-based-differences-in-respiratory-disorders-lessons-and-hypotheses-from-stress-neuroendocrinology-in-developing-rats
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REVIEW
Jean-Philippe Rousseau, Luana Tenorio-Lopes, Cécile Baldy, Tara Adele Janes, Stéphanie Fournier, Richard Kinkead
The environment plays a critical role in shaping development and function of the brain. Stress, especially when experienced early in life, can interfere with these processes. In the context of respiratory control, perinatal stress can therefore alter the ability to achieve the "fine-tuning" necessary for proper detection of chemosensory stimuli and production of an adequate motor (respiratory) command. Depending on the timing, intensity, and duration, the detrimental consequences of perinatal exposure to adverse conditions on the respiratory network become manifest at various life stages and can persist into adulthood...
April 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
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