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predictors of atrial fibrillation

Daniel Omersa, Mitja Lainscak, Ivan Erzen, Jerneja Farkas
BACKGROUND: In heart failure (HF), comorbidity burden and prognostic risks increase with age. Studies investigating outcome in elderly patients from large datasets are lacking, particularly in central and eastern European countries. We analyzed the Slovenian data on mortality and readmissions after first HF hospitalization in patients aged 65 years or over. METHODS: In this observational epidemiological study, the Slovenian national hospitalization database was searched for HF patients aged ≥65 years with first HF hospitalization between 2008 and 2012...
October 19, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
John Rickard, Henry Michtalik, Ritu Sharma, Zackary Berger, Emmanuel Iyoha, Ariel R Green, Nowreen Haq, Karen A Robinson
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have sought to determine variables associated with improved "response" to cardiac resynchronization therapy(CRT). Such variables, however, are often derived from inadequately controlled, single center cohort studies calling external validity into question. We sought to determine predictors of response to CRT-D and CRT-P utilizing the methods of systematic review. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase®, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) from January 1, 1995, as this is the date of first article reporting use of CRT through October 20, 2014...
September 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ömer Erküner, Roy Claessen, Ron Pisters, Germaine Schulmer, Roos Ramaekers, Laura Sonneveld, Elton Dudink, Theo Lankveld, Ione Limantoro, Bob Weijs, Laurent Pison, Yuri Blaauw, Cees B de Vos, Harry Jgm Crijns
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing elective electrical cardioversion (ECV) for atrial fibrillation have a temporarily increased risk of thromboembolism. Current guidelines recommend adequate anticoagulation for ≥3 consecutive weeks precardioversion, i.e. consecutive INR values 2.0-3.0 in patients with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence and impact of subtherapeutic INRs precardioversion and to study factors associated with these unwanted fluctuations. METHODS: We recruited 346 consecutive patients undergoing elective ECV in the Maastricht University Medical Centre between 2008 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Sergio E Masnaghetti, Simona Sarzi Braga, Raffaella Vaninetti, Paola Baiardi, Roberto F E Pedretti
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hospitalized patients after acute cardiovascular events have poorer prognosis if glucose regulation is diagnosed as abnormal. We compared the short and long-term outcome of patients with newly diagnosed altered fasting glycemia (AFG) to that of known diabetic patients and patients with normal glucose regulation (NGR) after admission to cardiac rehabilitation. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 2490 consecutive patients. Three groups were identified: known diabetes mellitus (n = 540, 22%), fasting glycemia above 110 mg/dl (AFG, n = 269, 11%), and fasting glycemia 110 mg/dl or less (NGR, n = 1681, 67%)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Sun-Wook Kim, Sol-Ji Yoon, Jung-Yeon Choi, Min-Gu Kang, Kwang-Il Kim, Cheol-Ho Kim
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the common arrhythmia in the elderly, and the average age of atrial fibrillation patients is rising. Elderly patients with atrial fibrillation have high incidence of thromboembolic complication and increasing age is associated with stroke severity. Assessing CHADS-VASc score is pivotal to evaluate substantial morbidity and mortality, especially regarding the increased risk of stroke. In addition, considering bleeding risk with HAS-BLED score is important to balance the benefit against the risk of bleeding...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ning Ma, Xiao-Yan Wu, Chang-Sheng Ma, Nian Liu, Rong Bai, Xin Du, Yan-Fei Ruan, Jian-Zeng Dong
Catheter ablation has been recommended as a treatment option for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) patients complicated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). PAF patients with T2DM have a higher recurrence rate after catheter ablation. Prolongation of corrected QT (QTc) interval has been linked to poor outcomes in T2DM patients. Whether the abnormal QTc interval is associated with the ablation outcome in the PAF patients with T2DM remains unknown. In this study, 134 PAF patients with T2DM undergoing primary catheter ablation were retrospectively enrolled...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Sang-Geon Cho, Zeenat Jabin, Ki Seong Park, Jahae Kim, Sae-Ryung Kang, Seong Young Kwon, Geum-Cheol Jeong, Minchul Song, Jong Sang Kim, Jae Yeong Cho, Hyun Kuk Kim, Ho-Chun Song, Jung-Joon Min, Hee-Seung Bom
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of additional evaluation of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) by gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (GMPS) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and multivessel disease. METHODS: One hundred and nine acute MI patients with >50 % stenosis in at least one non-culprit artery who underwent GMPS within 2 weeks were enrolled. All patients underwent successful revascularization of the culprit arteries...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Tetsuo Yamaguchi, Takamichi Miyamoto, Takamasa Iwai, Junji Yamaguchi, Sadahiro Hijikata, Ryoichi Miyazaki, Naoyuki Miwa, Masahiro Sekigawa, Nobuhiro Hara, Yasutoshi Nagata, Toshihiro Nozato, Yasuteru Yamauchi, Toru Obayashi, Mitsuaki Isobe
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of super-elderly patients (age≥85 years) who undergo bradycardia pacemaker (PM) implantation remains unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 868 patients (men 49.0%, 76.6±10.6 years) who could walk unassisted and whose expected life expectancy was more than 1 year, receiving their first bradycardia PM implantation between January 1, 2006, and June 30, 2013. Clinical outcomes were compared between super-elderly patients (n=201, mean age 88...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Osman Beton, Mehmet Tekinalp, Ahmet Cağri Aykan, Ezgi Kalaycioğlu, Ismail Bolat, Onur Taşar, Özgen Şafak, Macit Kalcik, Mehmet Yaman, Sinan İnci, Bernas Altintaş, Sedat Kalkan, Cevat Kirma, Murat Biteker
This study aimed to investigate the potential misuse of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) and the physicians' adherence to current European guideline recommendations in real-world using a large dataset from Real-life Multicenter Survey Evaluating Stroke Prevention Strategies in Turkey (RAMSES Study).RAMSES study is a prospective, multicenter, nationwide registry ( identifier NCT02344901). In this subgroup analysis of RAMSES study, patients who were on NOACs were classified as appropriately treated (AT), undertreated (UT), and overtreated (OT) according to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Şule Özbilgin, Volkan Hanc, Dilek Ömür, Mücahit Özbilgin, Mine Tosun, Serhan Yurtlu, Semih Küçükgüçlü, Atalay Arkan
The aim was to evaluate the nutritional situation of patients admitted to the Postoperative Acute Care Unit using classic methods of objective anthropometry, systemic evaluation methods, and Nutrition Risk in Critically Ill (NUTRIC) score, and to compare them as a predictor of morbidity and mortality.At admission to the postoperative care unit, patients undergoing various surgeries were assessed for the following items: Subjective Global Assessment (SGA), Nutritional Risk Index (NRI), Nutritional Risk Screening (NRS)-2002, Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA), Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), and NUTRIC score, anthropometric measurements, serum total protein, serum albumin, and lymphocyte count...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Giuseppe Tarantini, Marco Mojoli, Marina Urena, Alec Vahanian
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia in patients with aortic stenosis. When these patients are treated medically or by surgical aortic valve replacement, AF is associated with increased risk of adverse events including death. Growing evidence suggests a significant impact of AF on outcomes also in patients with aortic valve stenosis undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Conversely, limited evidence is available regarding the optimal management of this condition. This review aims to summarize prevalence, pathophysiology, prognosis, and treatment of AF in patients undergoing TAVI...
October 15, 2016: European Heart Journal
Martin Grett, Martin Christ, Hans-Joachim Trappe
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the incidence and risk factors for progression to pacemaker dependency or the need for cardiac resynchronization in typical patients with an implanted defibrillator with regard to an alternative implantation of a subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: After retrospective analysis of 291 patients with first implantation of a transvenous single chamber ICD (VVI-ICD) from 2010-2016 and excluding those with an indication for pacemaker or lack of follow-up data, 121 patients were included and investigated with regard to the following endpoints: need for pacemaker stimulation, upgrade for cardiac resynchronization (CRT), and secondary occurrence and effectiveness of antitachycardia pacing (ATP)...
October 13, 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
Sotirios Nedios, Emmanuel Koutalas, Philipp Sommer, Arash Arya, Sascha Rolf, Daniela Husser, Andreas Bollmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Ole-Alexander Breithardt
AIMS: The association between anatomical left atrial (LA) remodelling and ventricular diastolic dysfunction (DD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is not well studied. We aimed to examine the effect of DD on anatomic LA remodelling and their relation with ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 104 patients (58 ± 10 years, 69% male) referred for AF ablation, LA volume (LAV) was determined by computed tomography. A cutting plane, between the pulmonary vein (PV) ostia and the appendage and parallel to the posterior wall, divided LAV into anterior- (LA-A) and posterior-LA parts...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Alessandro Giamberti, Francesca R Pluchinotta, Massimo Chessa, Alessandro Varrica, Raffaele Vitale, Alessandro Frigiola, Carlo Pappone, Marco Ranucci
AIMS: Supraventricular arrhythmias are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Intraoperative ablation offers an alternative for patients who failed ablation procedures or are requiring concomitant surgical intervention. We present our long-term results with the surgical treatment of arrhythmias in adults with CHD (ACHD) undergoing elective cardiac surgery and the clinical predictors for arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2002 and 2013, 80 consecutive patients with CHD, mean age of 39 years, underwent intraoperative ablation with monopolar irrigated radiofrequency during cardiac surgery procedures...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tomos E Walters, Jonathan M Kalman, Sheila K Patel, Megan Mearns, Elena Velkoska, Louise M Burrell
AIM: Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is an integral membrane protein whose main action is to degrade angiotensin II. Plasma ACE2 activity is increased in various cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to determine the relationship between plasma ACE2 activity and human atrial fibrillation (AF), and in particular its relationship to left atrial (LA) structural remodelling. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and three participants from a tertiary arrhythmia centre, including 58 with paroxysmal AF (PAF), 20 with persistent AF (PersAF), and 25 controls, underwent clinical evaluation, echocardiographic analysis, and measurement of plasma ACE2 activity...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Mateusz Tajstra, Elżbieta Gadula-Gacek, Anna Kurek, Elżbieta Adamowicz-Czoch, Dawid Olszowski, Mateusz Ostręga, Aneta Ciślak, Łukasz Pyka, Michał Hawranek, Andrzej Lekston, Lech Poloński, Mariusz Gąsior
BACKGROUND: Current real-life information from all-comers registries from middle and east Europe about the incidence and type of complications during long-term follow-up of patients with cardioverters-defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization devices-defibrillators (CRT-D) is still insufficient. The aim of the study was to assess the incidence and determinants of short- and long-term complications related to implantable ICD and CRT-D. METHODS: We studied 1,105 recipients hospitalized in our center in 2009-2013, followed for a mean of 2...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Ngai-Yin Chan, Chi-Chung Choy
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of community screening for atrial fibrillation (AF) using a smartphone-based wireless single-lead ECG (SL-ECG) and to generate epidemiological data on the prevalence and risk factors of AF in Hong Kong. METHODS: In the period between 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015, 13 122 Hong Kong citizens consented and voluntarily participated in a territory-wide community-based AF screening programme. RESULTS: 56 (0...
October 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Sercan Okutucu, Deniz Katircioglu-Öztürk, Emre Oto, H Altay Güvenir, Ergun Karaagaoglu, Ali Oto, Thomas Meinertz, Andreas Goette
AIMS: The aims of this study include (i) pursuing data-mining experiments on the Angiotensin II-Antagonist in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (ANTIPAF-AFNET 2) trial dataset containing atrial fibrillation (AF) burden scores of patients with many clinical parameters and (ii) revealing possible correlations between the estimated risk factors of AF and other clinical findings or measurements provided in the dataset. METHODS: Ranking Instances by Maximizing the Area under a Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) Curve (RIMARC) is used to determine the predictive weights (Pw) of baseline variables on the primary endpoint...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Matthew J Kolek, Amy J Graves, Meng Xu, Aihua Bian, Pedro Luis Teixeira, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Babar Parvez, Hua Xu, Susan R Heckbert, Patrick T Ellinor, Emelia J Benjamin, Alvaro Alonso, Joshua C Denny, Karel G M Moons, Ayumi K Shintani, Frank E Harrell, Dan M Roden, Dawood Darbar
Importance: Atrial fibrillation (AF) contributes to substantial morbidity, mortality, and health care expenditures. Accurate prediction of incident AF would enhance AF management and potentially improve patient outcomes. Objective: To validate the AF risk prediction model originally developed by the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology-Atrial Fibrillation (CHARGE-AF) investigators using a large repository of electronic medical records (EMRs)...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
Irene Marzona, Fausto Avanzini, Giuseppe Lucisano, Mauro Tettamanti, Marta Baviera, Antonio Nicolucci, Maria Carla Roncaglioni
AIMS: To verify whether it is possible, in people with diabetes mellitus (DM) considered at very high cardiovascular (CV) risk, stratify this risk better and identify significant modifiable risk factor (including lifestyle habits) to help patients and clinicians improve CV prevention. METHODS: People with DM and microvascular diseases or one or more CV risk factors (hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking, poor dietary habits, overweight, physical inactivity) included in the Risk and Prevention study were selected...
October 7, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
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