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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731986/the-effect-of-sex-on-heart-rate-variability-at-high-altitude
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Christopher John Boos, Emma Vincent, Adrian Mellor, John O'Hara, Caroline Newman, Richard Cruttenden, Phylip Scott, Mark Cooke, Jamie Matu, David Richard Woods
There is evidence to suggest that high altitude (HA) exposure leads to a fall in heart rate variability (HRV) that is linked to the development of acute mountain sickness (AMS). The effects of sex on changes in HRV at HA and its relationship to AMS are unknown. METHODS: HRV (5-minute single lead ECG) was measured in 63 healthy adults (41 men and 22 women) aged 18-56 years at sea level (SL) and during a HA trek at 3619m, 4600m and 5140m respectively. The main effects of altitude (SL, 3619, 4600 and 5140m) and sex (men vs women) and their potential interaction were assessed using a Factorial Repeated Measures ANOVA...
July 20, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730171/an-accuracy-study-of-the-intracavitary-electrocardiogram-ic-ecg-guided-peripherally-inserted-central-catheter-tip-placement-among-neonates
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Lian-Juan Zhou, Hong-Zhen Xua, Mei-Fang Xu, Yan Hu, Xiao-Fang Lou
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical application of the intracavitary electrocardiogram (IC-ECG) guided Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) tip placement among neonates. BACKGROUND: the ECGs of neonates are difficult to perform and their wave shapes are of doubtful accuracy due to various interfering factors. METHOD: 115 neonates were admitted to perform PICC guided by IC-ECG. Logistic regression was performed to analyze all possible influencing factors of the accuracy from the tip placement...
2017: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727203/the-association-between-acute-mental-stress-and-abnormal-left-atrial-electrophysiology
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Wesley T O'Neal, Muhammad Hammadah, Pratik B Sandesara, Zakaria Almuwaqqat, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Mohamad M Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Kobina Wilmot, Ibhar Al Mheid, Douglas Bremner, Michael Kutner, Elsayed Z Soliman, Amit J Shah, Arshed A Quyyumi, Viola Vaccarino
BACKGROUND: Acute stress may trigger atrial fibrillation (AF), but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. We examined if acute mental stress results in abnormal left atrial electrophysiology as detected by more negative deflection of P-wave terminal force in lead V1 (PTFV1 ), a well-known marker of AF risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined this hypothesis in 422 patients (mean age = 56±10 years; 61% men; 44% white) with stable coronary heart disease who underwent mental (speech task) stress testing...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712169/analytic-study-in-patients-presenting-to-a-tertiary-care-hospital-regarding-the-artemether-lumefantrine-induced-qtc-interval-changes-in-ecg
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Aliena Badshah, Iqbal Haider, Shams Suleman
BACKGROUND: Malaria is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in our part of the world. Artemether-Lumefantrine (AL) Combination therapy is widely used for the treatment of malaria both in outpatients and inpatients hospital settings. Some of the previous anti-malarial were associated with prolongation of QTc interval. Similar query was raised about AL therapy. This study was conducted to determine the risk of QTc interval prolongation in ECG of patients with Falciparum malaria using oral Artemether-Lumefantrine (AL) combination therapy...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707612/catechin-composition-and-antioxidant-activity-of-black-teas-in-relation-to-brewing-time
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Wojciech Koch, Wirginia Kukula-Koch, Kazimierz Głowniak
Black tea infusions are one of the most popular beverages across the world. Their extract composition dependson several factors, brewing time being one of the most important determinants. The aim of the present study was to determine the catechin composition of different black tea infusions using a validated LC electrospray ionization time-of-flight MS method. Additionally, total phenolic content (TPC) and antioxidant activity of infusions were evaluated using Folin–Ciocalteu reagent and stable radical 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705548/age-dependent-ventricular-arrhythmias-risk-structural-and-molecular-remodeling-in-systemic-arterial-hypertension
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Alina Scridon, Rosa Doñate Puertas, Waheed Manati, Emmanuelle Fouilloux-Meugnier, Emmanuelle Loizon, Valérie Oréa, Bruno Chapuis, Claude Julien, Christian Barrès, Alain Tabib, Philippe Chevalier
INTRODUCTION: The left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH)-ventricular arrhythmias relationship associated with arterial hypertension and aging remains controversial. We aimed to assess the age-dependency of ventricular arrhythmias in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and the corresponding ventricular structural and molecular remodeling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ventricular arrhythmias were quantified using 24-h radiotelemetry ECG monitoring in eight SHRs and four Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats at 14 (young), 24 (adult), and 48 (aging) weeks of age...
July 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703873/cryoballoon-ablation-in-chinese-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-1-year-follow-up
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Tian-You Ling, Qi Jin, Wen-Qi Pan, Ning Zhang, Chang-Jian Lin, Hon-Chi Lee, Li-Qun Wu
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the effectiveness and safety of cryoballoon ablation (CBA) in the Chinese population with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with a 1-year follow-up and determined the association of early recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ERAT) with late recurrence (LR). METHODS: A total of 114 patients (age 61±10 years, 78 males) with paroxysmal AF who underwent CBA were consecutively enrolled. After procedures, patients were observed for 3 d with continuous ECG monitoring in the hospital with routine follow-up visits at 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year...
July 13, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701672/the-shortest-qrs-duration-of-an-electrocardiogram-might-be-an-optimal-electrocardiographic-predictor-for-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Jan-Yow Chen, Kuo-Hung Lin, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Che-Yi Chou
QRS duration has been associated with the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). However, the methods for defining QRS duration to predict the outcome of CRT have discrepancies in previous reports. The aim of this study was to determine an optimal measurement of QRS duration to predict the response to CRT.Sixty-one patients who received CRT were analyzed. All patients had class III-IV heart failure, left ventricular ejection fraction not more than 35%, and complete left bundle branch block. The shortest, longest, and average QRS durations from the 12 leads of each electrocardiogram (ECG) were measured...
July 13, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701362/accuracy-of-the-ecg-for-differential-diagnosis-between-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-athlete-s-heart-comparison-between-the-european-society-of-cardiology-2010-and-international-2017-criteria
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Alessandro Zorzi, Chiara Calore, Riccardo Vio, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
BACKGROUND: Interpretation of the athlete's ECG is based on differentiation between benign ECG changes and potentially pathological abnormalities. The aim of the study was to compare the 2010 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the 2017 International criteria for differential diagnosis between hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and athlete's heart. METHODS: The study populations included 200 patients with HCM and 563 athletes grouped as follows: 'group 1', including normal ECG and isolated increase of QRS voltages, which are considered non-pathologic according to ESC and International criteria; 'group 2', including left atrial enlargement or left axis deviation in isolation and Q-waves with an amplitude ≥4 mm but <25% of the ensuing R-wave and a duration <0...
July 12, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701316/diagnostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-compared-with-contemporary-cardiac-troponin-i-for-the-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Yader Sandoval, Stephen W Smith, Sarah E Thordsen, Charles A Bruen, Michelle D Carlson, Kenneth W Dodd, Brian E Driver, Katherine Jacoby, Benjamin K Johnson, Sara A Love, Johanna C Moore, Anne Sexter, Karen Schulz, Nathaniel L Scott, Jennifer Nicholson, Fred S Apple
BACKGROUND: We examined the diagnostic performance of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) vs contemporary cTnI with use of the 99th percentile alone and with a normal electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out acute myocardial infarction (MI) and serial changes (deltas) to rule in MI. METHODS: We included consecutive patients presenting to a US emergency department with serial cTnI on clinical indication (NCT02060760). Diagnostic performance for acute MI, including MI subtypes, and 30-day outcomes were examined...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693536/hypothermia-induced-alteration-of-repolarization-impact-on-acute-and-long-term-outcome-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Sophie von Ulmenstein, Christian Storm, Thomas G K Breuer, Sebastian Lask, Philipp Attanasio, Andreas Mügge, Alexander Wutzler
BACKGROUND: The effects of target temperature management (TTM) on the heart aren't thoroughly studied yet. Several studies showed the prolongation of various ECG parameters including Tpeak-Tend-time under TTM. Our study's goal is to evaluate the acute and long-term outcome of these prolongations. METHODS: In this study we included patients with successful resuscitation after cardiac arrest who were admitted to the Charité Virchow Klinikum Berlin or the Heart and Vascular Centre of the Ruhr University Bochum between February 2006 and July 2013 (Berlin) or May 2014 to November 2015 (Bochum)...
July 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690647/the-evolution-of-electrocardiographic-changes-in-patients-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophies
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Woo Hyun Yoo, Min-Jung Cho, Peter Chun, Kwang Hun Kim, Je Sang Lee, Yong Beom Shin
PURPOSE: Myocardial dysfunction and dysrhythmias are inevitable consequences of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We aimed to evaluate specific trends of electrocardiographic changes that reflect the progress of cardiomyopathy in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. METHODS: Fifty electrocardiograms (ECGs) of 30 patients (ages 1 to 27 years) who had not been prescribed medications for heart failure treatment at the time of examination were retrospectively analyzed and compared with 116 ECGs of age-matched healthy 116 controls...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687699/a-rare-case-of-malposition-of-central-venous-catheter-detected-by-ultrasonography-guided-saline-flush-test
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Niraj Kumar, Ashutosh Kaushal, Kapil Dev Soni, Gaurav Singh Tomar
Central venous catheter (CVC) insertion is associated with many potential complications; malposition of the catheter is one of them. A chest X-ray is routinely done to detect the malposition of catheter, but sometimes it has been seen that X-ray is time-consuming and its accuracy is also low for determining the exact position of the catheter tip. In our case, an ultrasonography (USG)-guided CVC was placed into the right internal jugular vein of the patient. As there was no ECG change obtained during insertion of guidewire and catheter, malposition was suspected, which was easily detected by a novel USG-guided saline flush test...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685440/age-related-changes-in-physiological-reactivity-to-a-stress-task-a-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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A Brugnera, C Zarbo, R Adorni, A Gatti, A Compare, K Sakatani
Aging is associated with changes in biological functions, such as reduced cardiovascular responses to stressful tasks. However, less is known about the influence of age on the reactivity of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) to acute stressors. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effects of a computerized-controlled stress task on the PFC and autonomic system activity in a sample of older and younger adults. We recruited a total of 55 healthy, right-handed persons (26 older adults with mean age 69.5, SD 5...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685436/cortical-and-autonomic-stress-responses-in-adults-with-high-versus-low-levels-of-trait-anxiety-a-pilot-study
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A Brugnera, C Zarbo, R Adorni, A Compare, K Sakatani
Stress responses are mediated by complex patterns of cortical and autonomic activity. Earlier studies showed increased recruitment of the right prefrontal cortex (PFC) and parasympathetic withdrawal during a stress task; however, it remains unclear whether these responses change in relation to different levels of psychopathological symptoms, such as trait anxiety. The present study examines the effect of a mathematical task (with a control condition and a stressful/experimental condition) on the PFC and autonomic activity, using a two-channel near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and an ECG monitoring system...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684393/critical-aortic-stenosis-presenting-as-stemi
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Ying X Gue, Sanjay S Bhandari, Damian J Kelly
A 73-year-old male was brought into hospital with chest pain and inferior ST elevation on ECG. He immediately proceeded to the catheter lab for primary percutaneous coronary intervention. Angiography did not identify any culprit lesions to account for the patient's electrocardiographic changes and ongoing symptoms of chest pain. Bedside echocardiography revealed critical aortic stenosis. Intra-aortic balloon pump was inserted resulting in resolution of chest pain and ST-segment changes. The patient underwent successful aortic valve replacement without the need for coronary intervention...
July 6, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683363/association-between-markers-of-arterial-stiffness-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-circulatory-risk-in-communities-study-circs
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Renzhe Cui, Kazumasa Yamagishi, Isao Muraki, Mina Hayama-Terada, Mitsumasa Umesawa, Hironori Imano, Yuanying Li, Ehab S Eshak, Tetsuya Ohira, Masahiko Kiyama, Takeo Okada, Akihiko Kitamura, Takeshi Tanigawa, Hiroyasu Iso
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Limited evidence is available on the association between markers of arterial stiffness and the prevalence of atrial fibrillation among Asian populations. Therefore, we examined those associations in the Japanese population. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional population-based study of 4264 men and women aged 40-79 years. The augmentation index (AI), a marker of arterial stiffness, was calculated as the ratio of central pulse pressure/brachial pulse pressure, where the AI and central aortic pressure were measured by an automated tonometer: the HEM-9000AI device (Omron Healthcare co...
June 22, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681408/role-of-peripheral-vascular-resistance-as-an-indicator-of-cardiovascular-abnormalities-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Monika Zawadka-Kunikowska, Joanna Słomko, Małgorzata Tafil-Klawe, Jacek J Klawe, Agnieszka Cudnoch-Jędrzejewska, Julia L Newton, Paweł Zalewski
The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiovascular autonomic modulation in response to an orthostatic stress in healthy subjects and Parkinson's disease (PD). The study included 47 controls and 56 PD patients divided into groups (vasoconstrictor PD, vasodilator PD, control) according to vasodilation/vasoconstriction response during 70° head up tilt test. Using Impedance cardiography (ICG) and electrocardiography (ECG) we measured stroke volume, cardiac output, left ventricular work index, left ventricular ejection time, acceleration index, index of contractility, Heather index, thoracic fluid content, total peripheral resistance, total arterial compliance...
July 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675579/interlead-heterogeneity-of-r-and-t-wave-morphology-in-standard-12-lead-ecgs-predicts-sustained-ventricular-tachycardia-fibrillation-and-arrhythmic-death-in-patients-with-cardiomyopathy
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Alex Y Tan, Bruce D Nearing, Michael Rosenberg, Reza Nezafat, Mark E Josephson, Richard L Verrier
INTRODUCTION: Nonuniformities in depolarization and repolarization morphology are critical factors in ventricular arrhythmogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed interlead R-wave and T-wave heterogeneity (RWH, TWH) in standard 12-lead electrocardiograms using second central moment analysis. This technique quantifies variance about the mean morphology of beats in adjoining precordial leads, V4 , V5 , and V6 . The study was conducted in 120 consecutive patients without an apparent reversible trigger for VT, recent myocardial infarction, or active ischemia, who presented for electrophysiologic study, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement, or generator change at our institution from 2008 to 2011...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670801/australian-and-new-zealand-committee-on-resuscitation-neonatal-resuscitation-guidelines-2016
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Helen G Liley, Lindsay Mildenhall, Peter Morley
New Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Resuscitation guidelines reflect recent advances in neonatal resuscitation science, as critically appraised by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Substantial changes since the 2010 guidelines include: (i) updates to the Newborn Resuscitation Flowchart to include a greater emphasis on maintaining normal body temperature, and to emphasise the importance of beginning assisted ventilation by 1 min in infants who have absent or ineffective spontaneous breathing; (ii) updates to the physiology of the normal perinatal transition that resuscitation is trying to restore; (iii) recommendations for more frequent reinforcement of training, and for structured feedback for resuscitation training instructors; (iv) new guidance in relation to the timing of cord clamping for preterm newborn infants; (v) recommendation to monitor body temperature on admission to newborn units as a resuscitation quality indicator; (vi) suggestion to consider electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring (as an adjunct to oximetry) to obtain more rapid and accurate estimation of heart rate during resuscitation; (vii) removal of previous suggestions to intubate meconium-exposed, non-vigorous term infants to suction the trachea; and (viii) suggestion to establish vascular access to enable administration of intravenous adrenaline (epinephrine) as soon as chest compressions are deemed to be needed...
July 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
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