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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395912/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-impact-of-abnormal-blood-potassium-levels-on-cardiac-arrhythmias
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Jared G Bird, Robert B McCully, Patricia A Pellikka, Garvan C Kane
BACKGROUND: Guidelines suggest that an abnormal blood potassium level is a relative contraindication to performing dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE). However, this has not been previously studied. METHODS: We reviewed a consecutive series of patients who had potassium testing within 48 hours of undergoing DSE for the evaluation of myocardial ischemia over a 10-year period (N = 13,198). Normal potassium range in our laboratory is 3.6-5.2 mmol/L. Hemolyzed samples were not included...
April 7, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372463/patient-centred-care-of-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-what-do-the-2015-european-society-of-cardiology-guidelines-add
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Tone M Norekvål, Paulus Kirchhof, Donna Fitzsimons
Nurses and allied professionals are at the forefront of care delivery in patients with arrythmogenic risk and have a responsibility to deliver care that is focused on their individual needs. The 2015 European Society of Cardiology guideline on prevention of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death heralds a step-change in patient and family focus and interdisciplinary involvement. This development reflects a recognition within the European Society of Cardiology that chronic care of patients with cardiovascular conditions can be improved by involving all stakeholders, making use of multidisciplinary interventions, and placing the patient at the centre of the care process...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365181/sudden-death-in-ischemic-heart-disease-2017
#3
Alfred E Buxton
At this time, we find ourselves with an abundance of guidelines for management of patients with manifest ventricular tachyarrhythmias, or at risk for such arrhythmias, in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). The guidelines are focused primarily on the "appropriate use" of the implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD). Unfortunately, the bulk of the guidelines have very little basis in the underlying pathophysiology responsible for sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with CHD. Rather, they are based primarily on the results of randomized clinical trials that merely sought to take broad populations at elevated total mortality risk and determining whether the ICD can reduce overall mortality...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351902/risk-stratification-for-sudden-cardiac-death-too-late-to-establish-a-role-for-cardiac-mri
#4
Timothy M Markman, Saman Nazarian
Automatic detection and transvenous or subcutaneous defibrillation of malignant ventricular arrhythmias by implantable cardioverter defibrillators are vital for management of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death. Guidelines and appropriate use criteria based on data from several clinical trials support prophylactic defibrillator implantation in patients with symptoms of heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤35%. Yet, existing guidelines direct defibrillator implantation to a small subset of the overall population at risk for sudden death, and with an average annual appropriate shock rate of 5...
March 28, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340197/the-evolution-and-benefit-of-device-therapy-in-patients-listed-for-heart-transplant
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Bert Vandenberk, Mark Hinderks, Gabor Voros, Christophe Garweg, Johan Vanhaecke, Rik Willems
Aims: The latest 2015 ESC Guidelines on the prevention of sudden cardiac death make a Class IIa recommendation for ICD implantation in patients listed for heart transplantation. This recommendation was based on expert consensus in view of the sparsity of data. Methods and results: All patients listed for heart transplantation at the University Hospitals of Leuven from 2002 until 2014 were studied retrospectively. Exclusion criteria were age <16 years, cardiac disease other than ischaemic or dilated cardiomyopathy and re-transplantation...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339577/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-for-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Akinori Sairaku, Yukihiko Yoshida, Yukiko Nakano, Haruo Hirayama, Mayuho Maeda, Haruki Hashimoto, Yasuki Kihara
Aims: Sarcoidosis with cardiac involvement is a rare pathological condition, and therefore cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients with cardiac sarcoidosis is even further rare. We aimed to clarify the clinical features of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis who received CRT. Methods and results: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data on CRT at three cardiovascular centres to detect cardiac sarcoidosis patients. We identified 18 (8.9%) patients with cardiac sarcoidosis who met the inclusion criteria out of 202 with systolic heart failure who received CRT based on the guidelines...
January 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290883/-a-review-of-recent-european-clinical-guidelines-what-useful-for-the-practitioner
#7
M N Mamedov
This review article provides an outline of 5 of the updated clinical practice guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology developed by leading experts of the relevant working groups of the society. Guidelines deal with new approaches to identification, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pericardial diseases, ventricular arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, infective endocarditis and acute coronary syndrome without ST segment elevation and comprise new diagnostic algorithms. Risk stratification and taking into account etiological factors are considered as important links for conduct of medical and surgical treatments of corresponding cardiovascular diseases...
August 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275618/extracorporeal-life-support-for-refractory-ventricular-tachycardia
#8
REVIEW
Sujatha P Bhandary, Nicholas Joseph, James P Hofmann, Theodosios Saranteas, Thomas J Papadimos
Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is a very effective bridging therapy in patients with refractory ventricular tachycardia (VT) associated with cardiogenic shock. A moribund patient in extremis, is not amenable to optimization by standard ACC/AHA guidelines. New approaches and novel salvage techniques are necessary to improve outcomes in patients with refractory clinical settings such as malignant ventricular arrhythmias, cardiac arrest, cardiogenic shock and/or pulmonary failure until further management options are explored...
February 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153995/atrial-fibrillation-and-ventricular-arrhythmias-sex-differences-in-electrophysiology-epidemiology-clinical-presentation-and-clinical-outcomes
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Anne M Gillis
Sex-specific differences in the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, clinical treatment, and clinical outcomes of atrial fibrillation (AF), sustained ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death are recognized. Sex hormones cause differences in cardiac electrophysiological parameters between men and women that may affect the risk for arrhythmias. The incidence and prevalence of AF is lower in women than in men. However, because women live longer and AF prevalence increases with age, the absolute number of women with AF exceeds that of men...
February 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117536/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-guided-management-of-mild-to-moderate-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-cmr-guide-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Joseph B Selvanayagam, Trent Hartshorne, Laurent Billot, Suchi Grover, Graham S Hillis, Werner Jung, Henry Krum, Sanjay Prasad, Andrew D McGavigan
BACKGROUND: The majority of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients with heart failure occurs in those with mild-moderate left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction (LVEF 36-50%) who under current guidelines are ineligible for primary prevention implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Recent data suggest that cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) evidence of replacement fibrosis forms a substrate for malignant arrhythmia and therefore potentially identifies a subgroup at increased risk of SCD...
January 24, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090637/diltiazem-prevents-stress-induced-contractile-deficits-in-cardiomyocytes-but-does-not-reverse-the-cardiomyopathy-phenotype-in-mybpc3-knock-in-mice
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Frederik Flenner, Birgit Geertz, Silke Reischmann-Düsener, Florian Weinberger, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lucie Carrier, Felix W Friedrich
Left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and fibrosis are main features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Guidelines recommend β-adrenoceptor or Ca(2+) channel antagonists as pharmacological treatment. The Ca(2+) channel blocker diltiazem recently showed promising beneficial effects in pre-clinical HCM, particularly in patients carrying MYBPC3 mutations. In the present study we evaluated whether diltiazem could ameliorate or reverse the disease phenotype in cells and in vivo in Mybpc3-targeted knock-in (KI) mouse model of HCM...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052814/the-diagnostic-yield-of-implantable-loop-recorders-in-unexplained-syncope-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Monica Solbiati, Giovanni Casazza, Franca Dipaola, Franca Barbic, Maja Caldato, Nicola Montano, Raffaello Furlan, Robert S Sheldon, Giorgio Costantino
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend that implantable loop recorders (ILRs) are used in the evaluation of people with recurrent unexplained syncope in the absence of high-risk criteria, and in high-risk patients after a negative evaluation. The aim of this systematic review was to analyze the diagnostic yield of ILRs in these patients. METHODS: We performed a systematic search in order to retrieve studies enrolling adults undergoing ILR implantation for undetermined syncope...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034580/canadian-cardiovascular-society-canadian-heart-rhythm-society-2016-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-guidelines
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Matthew Bennett, Ratika Parkash, Pablo Nery, Mario Sénéchal, Blandine Mondesert, David Birnie, Laurence D Sterns, Claus Rinne, Derek Exner, François Philippon, Debra Campbell, Jafna Cox, Paul Dorian, Vidal Essebag, Andrew Krahn, Jaimie Manlucu, Franck Molin, Michael Slawnych, Mario Talajic
Sudden cardiac death is a major public health issue in Canada. However, despite the overwhelming evidence to support the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) in the prevention of cardiac death there remains significant variability in implantation rates across Canada. Since the most recent Canadian Cardiovascular Society position statement on ICD use in Canada in 2005, there has been a plethora of new scientific information to assist physicians in their discussions with patients considered for ICD implantation to prevent sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886932/newer-echocardiographic-techniques-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#14
REVIEW
John Gorcsan, Bhupendar Tayal
Echocardiographic imaging plays a major role in patient selection for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). One-third of patients do not respond; there is interest in advanced echocardiographic imaging to improve response. Current guidelines favor CRT for patients with electrocardiographic (ECG) QRS width of 150 milliseconds or greater and left bundle branch block. ECG criteria are imperfect; there is interest in advanced echocardiographic imaging to improve patient selection. This discussion focuses on newer echocardiographic methods to improve patient selection, improve delivery, and identify patients at risk for poor outcomes and serious ventricular arrhythmias...
January 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844191/-indications-for-implantable-loop-recorders-in-patients-with-channelopathies-and-ventricular-tachycardias
#15
Julia Köbe, Kristina Wasmer, Florian Reinke, Lars Eckardt
Implantable loop recorders (ILR) do not play a pivotal role in the current guidelines on ventricular arrhythmias except in identifying rhythm-symptom correlations if ventricular arrhythmias are assumed. Before a decision for a pure diagnostic implantable device is made, a thorough arrhythmic risk assessment is of major importance due to the potential lethal outcome of ventricular arrhythmias. Nevertheless, some clinical circumstances exist where long-term monitoring by an ILR may add significant information in electrical heart diseases, in patients with ventricular arrhythmias, or structural heart diseases and a potential risk of ventricular arrhythmias...
December 2016: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836307/early-detection-of-cardiac-involvement-in-sarcoidosis-with-2-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Elie-Dan Schouver, Pamela Moceri, Denis Doyen, Nathalie Tieulie, Viviane Queyrel, Delphine Baudouy, Pierre Cerboni, Pierre Gibelin, Sylvie Leroy, Jean-Gabriel Fuzibet, Emile Ferrari
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is associated with high morbidity and sudden death. The absence of specific symptoms and lack of diagnostic gold standard technique is challenging. New imaging methods could improve the diagnosis of CS. The aim of our study was to assess the role of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal and circumferential strain as estimated by 2D speckle-tracking imaging in patients with diagnosed sarcoidosis without cardiac involvement according to the current guidelines...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754006/js-ish-esh-2-update-on-the-detection-and-follow-up-of-early-hypertensive-heart-disease
#17
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749559/cardiac-device-implantation-in-fabry-disease-a-retrospective-monocentric-study
#18
Thomas Sené, Olivier Lidove, Joel Sebbah, Jean-Marc Darondel, Hervé Picard, Laurent Aaron, Olivier Fain, Thierry Zenone, Dominique Joly, Philippe Charron, Jean-Marc Ziza
The incidence and predictive factors of arrhythmias and/or conduction abnormalities (ACAs) requiring cardiac device (CD) implantation are poorly characterized in Fabry disease (FD). The aim of our retrospective study was to determine the prevalence, incidence, and factors associated with ACA requiring CD implantation in a monocentric cohort of patients with confirmed FD who were followed up in a department of internal medicine and reference center for FD.Forty-nine patients (20M, 29F) were included. Nine patients (4M, 5F; 18%) had at least one episode of ACA leading to device therapy...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27711072/numerous-brugada-syndrome-associated-genetic-variants-have-no-effect-on-j-point-elevation-syncope-susceptibility-malignant-cardiac-arrhythmia-and-all-cause-mortality
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Jonas Ghouse, Christian T Have, Morten W Skov, Laura Andreasen, Gustav Ahlberg, Jonas B Nielsen, Tea Skaaby, Søren-Peter Olesen, Niels Grarup, Allan Linneberg, Oluf Pedersen, Henrik Vestergaard, Stig Haunsø, Jesper H Svendsen, Torben Hansen, Jørgen K Kanters, Morten S Olesen
PURPOSE: We investigated whether Brugada syndrome (BrS)-associated variants identified in the general population have an effect on J-point elevation as well as whether carriers of BrS variants were more prone to experience syncope and malignant ventricular arrhythmia and had increased mortality compared with noncarriers. METHODS: All BrS-associated variants were identified using the Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD). Individuals were randomly selected from a general population study using whole-exome sequencing data (n = 870) and genotype array data (n = 6,161) and screened for BrS-associated variants...
October 6, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702851/the-wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-current-technology-and-evolving-indications
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Sven Reek, Haran Burri, Paul R Roberts, Christian Perings, Andrew E Epstein, Helmut U Klein, Gregory Lip, Bulent Gorenek, Christian Sticherling, Laurent Fauchier, Andreas Goette, Werner Jung, Marc A Vos, Michele Brignole, Christian Elsner, Gheorghe-Andrei Dan, Francisco Marin, Giuseppe Boriani, Deirdre Lane, Carina Blomstrom Lundqvist, Irina Savelieva
The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator has been available for over a decade and now is frequently prescribed for patients deemed at high arrhythmic risk in whom the underlying pathology is potentially reversible or who are awaiting an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. The use of the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator is included in the new 2015 ESC guidelines for the management of ventricular arrhythmias and prevention of sudden cardiac death. The present review provides insight into the current technology and an overview of this approach...
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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