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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314141/assay-validation-of-the-cardiac-isoform-of-troponin-i-in-double-crested-cormorant-phalacrocorax-auritus-plasma-for-diagnosis-of-cardiac-damage
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Melissa Daigneault, Kendal E Harr, Karen M Dean, Steven J Bursian
Cardiac abnormalities, initially found in Deepwater Horizon weathered MC252 crude oil exposed Double Crested Cormorants (DCCOs) upon gross necropsy, were further investigated using echocardiography. Clinical and statistically significant changes including decreased ventricular myocardial contractility and arrhythmia were elucidated by echocardiography and interpreted by boarded cardiologists as potentially life threatening. The objective of this investigation was to initiate development of an antemortem, sensitive blood screening test for cardiac damage due to oil exposure of avian species...
March 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183285/early-detection-of-myocardial-infarction-following-blunt-chest-trauma-by-computed-tomography-a-case-report
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Thung-Lip Lee, Chin-Feng Hsuan, Chen-Hsiang Shih, Huai-Wen Liang, Hsing-Shan Tsai, Wei-Kung Tseng, Kwan-Lih Hsu
BACKGROUND: Blunt cardiac trauma encompasses a wide range of clinical entities, including myocardial contusion, cardiac rupture, valve avulsion, pericardial injuries, arrhythmia, and even myocardial infarction. Acute myocardial infarction due to coronary artery dissection after blunt chest trauma is rare and may be life threatening. Differential diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction from cardiac contusion at this setting is not easy. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we demonstrated a case of blunt chest trauma, with computed tomography detected myocardium enhancement defect early at emergency department...
February 10, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163191/csahi-study-detection-of-drug-induced-ion-channel-receptor-responses-qt-prolongation-and-arrhythmia-using-multi-electrode-arrays-in-combination-with-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Takashi Kitaguchi, Yuta Moriyama, Tomohiko Taniguchi, Sanae Maeda, Hiroyuki Ando, Takaaki Uda, Koji Otabe, Masao Oguchi, Shigekazu Shimizu, Hiroyuki Saito, Atsushi Toratani, Mahoko Asayama, Wataru Yamamoto, Emi Matsumoto, Daisuke Saji, Hiroki Ohnaka, Norimasa Miyamoto
INTRODUCTION: The use of multi-electrode arrays (MEA) in combination with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) provides a promising method to predict comprehensive cardiotoxicity, including drug-induced QT prolongation and arrhythmia. We previously demonstrated that MEA in combination with hiPSC-CMs could provide a generalizable platform by using 7 reference drugs at 10 testing facilities. Using this approach, we evaluated responses to reference drugs that modulate a range of cardiac ion currents and have a range of arrhythmogenic effects...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122413/the-heart-is-a-representation-of-life-an-exploration-of-illness-beliefs-in-couples-living-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Tomas Dalteg, Jonas Sandberg, Dan Malm, Anna Sandgren, Eva Benzein
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore illness beliefs in couples where one spouse has atrial fibrillation. BACKGROUND: Beliefs are the lenses through which we view the world, guiding our behaviour and constructing our lives. Couples evolve an ecology of beliefs from their interaction whereby their actions and choices arise from their beliefs. Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia that has implications for both patients and partners. A couple's illness beliefs play an important role in convalescence and illness management, and no previous studies have explored illness beliefs in couples living with AF DESIGN: A qualitative hermeneutic design...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122216/stabilization-of-the-activated-herg-channel-voltage-sensor-by-depolarization-involves-the-s4-s5-linker
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Samrat Thouta, Christina M Hull, Yu Patrick Shi, Valentine Sergeev, James Young, Yen M Cheng, Thomas W Claydon
Slow deactivation of hERG channels is critical for preventing cardiac arrhythmia yet the mechanistic basis for the slow gating transition is unclear. Here, we characterized the temporal sequence of events leading to voltage sensor stabilization upon membrane depolarization. Progressive increase in step depolarization duration slowed voltage-sensor return in a biphasic manner (τfast = 34 ms, τslow = 2.5 s). The faster phase of voltage-sensor return slowing correlated with the kinetics of pore opening. The slower component occurred over durations that exceeded channel activation and was consistent with voltage sensor relaxation...
January 24, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049836/stochastic-initiation-and-termination-of-calcium-mediated-triggered-activity-in-cardiac-myocytes
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Zhen Song, Zhilin Qu, Alain Karma
Cardiac myocytes normally initiate action potentials in response to a current stimulus that depolarizes the membrane above an excitation threshold. Aberrant excitation can also occur due to spontaneous calcium (Ca(2+)) release (SCR) from intracellular stores after the end of a preceding action potential. SCR drives the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchange current inducing a "delayed afterdepolarization" that can in turn trigger an action potential if the excitation threshold is reached. This "triggered activity" is known to cause arrhythmias, but how it is initiated and terminated is not understood...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045334/design-and-validation-of-a-three-instrument-toolkit-for-the-assessment-of-competence-in-electrocardiogram-rhythm-recognition
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José M Hernández-Padilla, José Granero-Molina, Verónica V Márquez-Hernández, Fiona Suthers, Olga M López-Entrambasaguas, Cayetano Fernández-Sola
BACKGROUND: Rapid and accurate interpretation of cardiac arrhythmias by nurses has been linked with safe practice and positive patient outcomes. Although training in electrocardiogram rhythm recognition is part of most undergraduate nursing programmes, research continues to suggest that nurses and nursing students lack competence in recognising cardiac rhythms. In order to promote patient safety, nursing educators must develop valid and reliable assessment tools that allow the rigorous assessment of this competence before nursing students are allowed to practise without supervision...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968776/the-electrocardiogram-of-the-neonate-and-infant
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Konrad Brockmeier, Rewa Nazal, Narayanswami Sreeram
The ECG in children has a number of characteristic differences compared to the ECG of the adult. The transition of the ECG in neonates after birth represents dynamic changes of the circulatory system due to the postnatal adaptation, different physiologic properties of the fetal and neonatal myocardium, the location and orientation of the heart in the chest and influence of body mass during that period and later on in childhood. The complexity of the changes implies a broad variation of ECG changes during the first days and weeks of life, whose interpretation requires expert knowledge...
November 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909501/-two-for-the-price-of-one-a-single-lead-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-system-with-a-floating-atrial-dipole
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REVIEW
Nicole E Worden Md, Musab Alqasrawi Md, Siva M Krothapalli Md, Alexander Mazur Md
In patients known to be a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are a proven therapy to reduce risk of death. However, in patients without conventional indications for pacing, the optimal strategy for type of device, dual- versus single-chamber, remains debatable. The benefit of prophylactic pacing in this category of patients has never been documented. Although available atrial electrograms in a dual chamber system improve interpretation of stored arrhythmia events, allow monitoring of atrial fibrillation and may potentially reduce the risk of inappropriate shocks by enhancing automated arrhythmia discrimination, the use of dual-chamber ICDs has a number of disadvantages...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908173/pacemaker-and-icd-oversensing-induced-by-movements-near-the-mri-scanner-bore
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E Mattei, F Censi, G Calcagnini, R Falsaperla, E Genovese, A Napolitano, V Cannatà
PURPOSE: The effect of the movement near the MRI scanner bore for people with a pacemaker (PM) or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is experimentally evaluated and discussed. METHODS: The authors performed in vitro measurements on a saline-filled human-shaped phantom (male, 170 cm height), equipped first with an MR-conditional PM (bicameral configuration, DDD programming), then with an MR-conditional ICD (biventricular configuration, detection algorithms enable but shock delivery disable)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894294/appropriate-threshold-levels-of-cardiac-beat-to-beat-variation-in-semi-automatic-analysis-of-equine-ecg-recordings
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Mette Flethøj, Jørgen K Kanters, Philip J Pedersen, Maria M Haugaard, Helena Carstensen, Lisbeth H Olsen, Rikke Buhl
BACKGROUND: Although premature beats are a matter of concern in horses, the interpretation of equine ECG recordings is complicated by a lack of standardized analysis criteria and a limited knowledge of the normal beat-to-beat variation of equine cardiac rhythm. The purpose of this study was to determine the appropriate threshold levels of maximum acceptable deviation of RR intervals in equine ECG analysis, and to evaluate a novel two-step timing algorithm by quantifying the frequency of arrhythmias in a cohort of healthy adult endurance horses...
November 28, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879323/issues-and-challenges-in-diagnostic-sequencing-for-inherited-cardiac-conditions
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REVIEW
Roddy Walsh, Stuart A Cook
BACKGROUND: Inherited cardiac conditions are a relatively common group of Mendelian diseases associated with ill health and death, often in the young. Research into the genetic causes of these conditions has enabled confirmatory and predictive diagnostic sequencing to become an integral part of the clinical management of inherited cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, aortopathies, and dyslipidemias. CONTENT: Currently, the principle benefit of clinical genetic testing is the cascade screening of family members of patients with a pathogenic variant, enabling targeted follow up of presymptomatic genotype-positive individuals and discharge of genotype-negative individuals to health...
January 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871122/efficacy-and-safety-of-ablation-for-people-with-non-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Jonathan Nyong, Guy Amit, Alma J Adler, Onikepe O Owolabi, Pablo Perel, David Prieto-Merino, Pier Lambiase, Juan Pablo Casas, Carlos A Morillo
BACKGROUND: The optimal rhythm management strategy for people with non-paroxysmal (persistent or long-standing persistent) atrial fibrilation is currently not well defined. Antiarrhythmic drugs have been the mainstay of therapy. But recently, in people who have not responded to antiarrhythmic drugs, the use of ablation (catheter and surgical) has emerged as an alternative to maintain sinus rhythm to avoid long-term atrial fibrillation complications. However, evidence from randomised trials about the efficacy and safety of ablation in non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is limited...
November 22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867423/marginalized-zero-altered-models-for-longitudinal-count-data
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Loni Philip Tabb, Eric J Tchetgen Tchetgen, Greg A Wellenius, Brent A Coull
Count data often exhibit more zeros than predicted by common count distributions like the Poisson or negative binomial. In recent years, there has been considerable interest in methods for analyzing zero-inflated count data in longitudinal or other correlated data settings. A common approach has been to extend zero-inflated Poisson models to include random effects that account for correlation among observations. However, these models have been shown to have a few drawbacks, including interpretability of regression coefficients and numerical instability of fitting algorithms even when the data arise from the assumed model...
October 2016: Statistics in Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837002/safety-of-domperidone-in-treating-nausea-associated-with-dihydroergotamine-infusion-and-headache
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Nathaniel M Robbins, Hiroyuki Ito, Melvin M Scheinman, Peter J Goadsby
OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety of domperidone in the treatment of nausea associated with dihydroergotamine (DHE) infusion and headache. METHODS: We audited our use of domperidone for the inpatient management of nausea, focusing on known safety concerns, particularly potential cardiac arrhythmias. RESULTS: We reviewed 103 consecutive admissions of 90 patients admitted for IV DHE by infusion. Most admissions were to treat chronic migraine with (n = 53) or without (n = 46) aura...
December 13, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832567/comparison-of-bioreactance-non-invasive-cardiac-output-measurements-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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F Trinkmann, C Schneider, J D Michels, K Stach, C Doesch, S O Schoenberg, M Borggrefe, J Saur, T Papavassiliu
Impedance cardiography measurement of cardiac output gained wide interest due to its ease of use and non-invasiveness. However, validation studies of different algorithms yielded diverging results. Bioreactance (BR) as a recent adaption differs fundamentally as the flow signal is derived from phase shifts. Our aim was to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of BR, as compared to the non-invasive gold standard--cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). We prospectively included 32 stable patients. BR was performed twice in the supine position and averaged over 30 seconds...
November 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773624/-validation-of-taking-arterial-pulse-in-primary-care-for-the-detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-other-cardiac-rhythm-disorders-in-patients-over-65-years-old
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L A Pérula-de Torres, V González-Blanco V, R Luque-Montilla, E Martín-Rioboó, M A Martínez-Adell, J Ruiz-de Castroviejo
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequent arrhythmia in clinical practice and has important prognostic implications. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the validity and the reliability of taking the arterial pulse (TAP) in patients over 65 years for detecting in AF and other rhythm disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A descriptive, observational, multicentre study to validate a diagnostic test within in a controlled clinical trial. SETTING: 39 Primary Care Centres in the Spanish National Health Service...
October 20, 2016: Semergen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27469897/using-the-think-aloud-technique-to-explore-quality-of-life-issues-during-standard-quality-of-life-questionnaires-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Ling Zhang, Robyn Gallagher, Nicole Lowres, Jessica Orchard, S Ben Freedman, Lis Neubeck
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether using the 'think aloud' technique during standard quality of life surveys provides useful additional information about patients' experiences of living with atrial fibrillation (AF) and health related quality of life (HRQoL). BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has serious health consequences, particularly ischaemic stroke, high rates of morbidity and mortality and poor HRQoL. Standard quality-of-life questionnaires are often used but may not provide sufficient detail of patients' experiences living with AF...
February 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27128800/hormones-and-sex-differences-changes-in-cardiac-electrophysiology-with-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Glenna C L Bett
Disruption of cardiac electrical activity resulting in palpitations and syncope is often an early symptom of pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of dramatic and dynamic physiological and hormonal changes during which numerous demands are placed on the heart. These changes result in electrical remodelling which can be detected as changes in the electrocardiogram (ECG). This gestational remodelling is a very under-researched area. There are no systematic large studies powered to determine changes in the ECG from pre-pregnancy, through gestation, and into the postpartum period...
May 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27124801/advanced-ecg-in-2016-is-there-more-than-just-a-tracing
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REVIEW
Tobias Reichlin, Roger Abächerli, Raphael Twerenbold, Michael Kühne, Beat Schaer, Christian Müller, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald
The 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) is the most frequently used technology in clinical cardiology. It is critical for evidence-based management of patients with most cardiovascular conditions, including patients with acute myocardial infarction, suspected chronic cardiac ischaemia, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure and implantable cardiac devices. In contrast to many other techniques in cardiology, the ECG is simple, small, mobile, universally available and cheap, and therefore particularly attractive. Standard ECG interpretation mainly relies on direct visual assessment...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
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