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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146296/anomalous-origin-of-coronary-arteries-from-the-wrong-sinus-in-athletes-diagnosis-and-management-strategies
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Vincenzo Palmieri, Salvatore Gervasi, Massimiliano Bianco, Roberta Cogliani, Barbara Poscolieri, Francesco Cuccaro, Riccardo Marano, Mario Mazzari, Cristina Basso, Paolo Zeppilli
AIMS: Although anomalous origin of left (AOLCA) and right coronary artery (AORCA) from the wrong sinus may cause sudden death (SD) in athletes, early diagnosis and management of these anomalies are still challenging. We analysed clinical/instrumental profiles of athletes identified with AOLCA/AORCA focusing our attention on diagnosis, management and follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report 23 athletes (17 males, mean age 27±17yrs.), 6 with AOLCA and 17 with AORCA...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135450/influence-of-acquisition-frame-rate-and-video-compression-techniques-on-pulse-rate-variability-estimation-from-vppg-signal
#2
Luca Cerina, Luca Iozzia, Luca Mainardi
In this paper, common time- and frequency-domain variability indexes obtained by pulse rate variability (PRV) series extracted from video-photoplethysmographic signal (vPPG) were compared with heart rate variability (HRV) parameters calculated from synchronized ECG signals. The dual focus of this study was to analyze the effect of different video acquisition frame-rates starting from 60 frames-per-second (fps) down to 7.5 fps and different video compression techniques using both lossless and lossy codecs on PRV parameters estimation...
November 14, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116540/long-term-safety-of-long-acting-octreotide-in-patients-with-diabetic-retinopathy-results-of-pooled-data-from-2-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-3-studies
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Rosario Pivonello, Giovanna Muscogiuri, Geoffrey Holder, Michaela Paul, Severine Sarp, Anastasia Lesogor, Pierre Jordaan, Johannes Eisinger, Annamaria Colao
PURPOSE: Octreotide (OCT) has been successfully used for treatment of acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors for more than 30 years. However, long-term safety of OCT has not been documented in placebo-controlled setting. This present analysis pooled safety data from two similarly-designed, randomized, and placebo-controlled studies to evaluate long-term safety of long-acting OCT (20, 30 mg); targeted post-hoc analyzes focused on cardiac, hepatic, and renal safety. METHODS: Two studies (NCT00131144, NCT001308450) were conducted in patients with diabetic retinopathy (OCT20 = 191, OCT30 = 348, placebo = 347)...
November 7, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115010/gender-aspects-on-exercise-induced-ecg-changes-in-relation-to-scintigraphic-evidence-of-myocardial-ischaemia
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Shahnaz Akil, Bo Hedén, Olle Pahlm, Marcus Carlsson, Håkan Arheden, Henrik Engblom
BACKGROUND: This retrospective study aimed to determine the diagnostic performance of exercise-induced ST response in relation to findings by myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (MPS), with focus on gender differences, in patients with suspected or established stable ischemic heart disease. METHODS: MPS findings of 1 021 patients (518 females) were related to the exercise-induced ST response alone (blinded and unblinded to gender) and ST response together with additional exercise stress test (EST) variables (exercise capacity, blood pressure and heart rate response)...
November 8, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097067/contemporary-review-of-left-bundle-branch-block-in-the-failing-heart-pathogenesis-prognosis-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Juliana Kanawati, Raymond W Sy
Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is a cornerstone in the contemporary management of heart failure. The most effective way of predicting response to this therapy remains electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria of electromechanical dyssynchrony. The left bundle branch block (LBBB) pattern is currently the most robust ECG criterion in predicting improvement in symptoms and reduction in mortality. However, recent studies using three-dimensional (3D) mapping and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) have demonstrated heterogeneous left ventricular activation patterns in patients with LBBB...
October 6, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040884/heart-rate-variability-feature-selection-in-the-presence-of-sleep-apnea-an-expert-system-for-the-characterization-and-detection-of-the-disorder
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Sofía Martín-González, Juan L Navarro-Mesa, Gabriel Juliá-Serdá, Jan F Kraemer, Niels Wessel, Antonio G Ravelo-García
We introduce a sleep apnea characterization and classification approach based on a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) feature selection process, thus focusing on the characterization of the underlying process from a cardiac rate point of view. Therefore, we introduce linear and nonlinear variables, namely Cepstrum Coefficients (CC), Filterbanks (Fbank) and Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA). Logistic Regression, Linear Discriminant Analysis and Quadratic Discriminant Analysis were used for classification purposes...
October 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035225/a-review-of-automated-methods-for-detection-of-myocardial-ischemia-and-infarction-using-electrocardiogram-and-electronic-health-record
#7
Sardar Ansari, Negar Farzaneh, Marlena Duda, Kelsey Horan, Hedvig B Andersson
There is a growing body of research focusing on automatic detection of ischemia and myocardial infarction (MI) using computer algorithms. In clinical settings, ischemia and MI are diagnosed using ECG recordings as well as medical context including patient symptoms, medical history and risk factors, information that is often stored in the electronic health records. The ECG signal is inspected to identify changes in the morphology such as ST-segment deviation and T wave changes. Some of the proposed methods compute similar features automatically while others use non-conventional features such as wavelet coefficients...
October 16, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019518/prevalence-and-predictive-value-of-electrocardiographic-abnormalities-in-pulmonary-hypertension-evidence-from-the-pan-african-pulmonary-hypertension-cohort-papuco-study
#8
Irina Balieva, Anastase Dzudie, Friedrich Thienemann, Ana O Mocumbi, Kamilu Karaye, Mahmoud U Sani, Okechukwu S Ogah, Adriaan A Voors, Andre Pascal Kengne, Karen Sliwa
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is prevalent in Africa and is still often diagnosed only at an advanced stage, therefore it is associated with poor quality of life and survival rates. In resource-limited settings, we assessed the diagnostic utility of standard 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECG) to detect abnormalities indicating PH. METHODS: Sixty-five patients diagnosed with PH were compared with 285 heart disease-free subjects. The prevalence and diagnostic performance of ECG features indicative of PH and right heart strain were calculated...
October 11, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966550/entropy-information-of-cardiorespiratory-dynamics-in-neonates-during-sleep
#9
Maristella Lucchini, Nicolò Pini, William P Fifer, Nina Burtchen, Maria G Signorini
Sleep is a central activity in human adults and characterizes most of the newborn infant life. During sleep, autonomic control acts to modulate heart rate variability (HRV) and respiration. Mechanisms underlying cardiorespiratory interactions in different sleep states have been studied but are not yet fully understood. Signal processing approaches have focused on cardiorespiratory analysis to elucidate this co-regulation. This manuscript proposes to analyze heart rate (HR), respiratory variability and their interrelationship in newborn infants to characterize cardiorespiratory interactions in different sleep states (active vs...
May 2017: Entropy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965135/chronic-phase-improvements-in-electrocardiographic-and-echocardiographic-manifestations-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-after-alcohol-septal-ablation-for-drug-refractory-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#10
Junya Matsuda, Mitsunobu Kitamura, Morimasa Takayama, Yoichi Imori, Junsuke Shibuya, Yoshiaki Kubota, Hideto Sangen, Shunichi Nakamura, Hitoshi Takano, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
After alcohol septal ablation (ASA), regression of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) has been observed in several studies using echocardiography or cardiac magnetic resonance, and favorable changes of myocardial excitation have been expected. However, no studies have focused on the alteration of electrocardiography (ECG) findings after ASA. Therefore, we evaluated serial changes in ECG parameters during the chronic phase after ASA for drug-refractory hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). From 1998 to 2014, we performed 187 ASA procedures in 157 drug-refractory HOCM patients...
September 30, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956856/towards-a-continuous-biometric-system-based-on-ecg-signals-acquired-on-the-steering-wheel
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João Ribeiro Pinto, Jaime S Cardoso, André Lourenço, Carlos Carreiras
Electrocardiogram signals acquired through a steering wheel could be the key to seamless, highly comfortable, and continuous human recognition in driving settings. This paper focuses on the enhancement of the unprecedented lesser quality of such signals, through the combination of Savitzky-Golay and moving average filters, followed by outlier detection and removal based on normalised cross-correlation and clustering, which was able to render ensemble heartbeats of significantly higher quality. Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) and Haar transform features were extracted and fed to decision methods based on Support Vector Machines (SVM), k-Nearest Neighbours (kNN), Multilayer Perceptrons (MLP), and Gaussian Mixture Models - Universal Background Models (GMM-UBM) classifiers, for both identification and authentication tasks...
September 28, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928044/electrocardiographic-biomarkers-to-confirm-drug-s-electrophysiological-effects-used-for-proarrhythmic-risk-prediction-under-cipa
#12
Jose Vicente, Meisam Hosseini, Lars Johannesen, David G Strauss
The ECG plays a critical role in the thorough QT study. This clinical study is part of the assessment of proarrhythmic potential of drugs under the current regulatory paradigm. While the current paradigm has been successful in preventing drugs with unexpected QT prolongation or torsade risk from reaching the market, the focus on QT prolongation has likely resulted in potentially beneficial compounds with minimal torsade risk being dropped from development. The Comprehensive in vitro Proarrhythmia Assay (CiPA) initiative is developing and validating a new mechanistic-based paradigm for cardiac safety evaluation of drugs...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870390/how-do-we-balance-the-long-term-health-of-a-patient-with-the-short-term-risk-to-the-physician
#13
Michael B Weinstock, Amal Mattu, Erik P Hess
BACKGROUND: There is a wide variation in practice patterns among emergency medicine physicians; many factors weigh into the medical decision-making process including the health of the patient as well as short-term risk to the physician. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our discussion is to illustrate specific scenarios where medical decisions are focused on the physician's short-term risk, then to propose an approach to shifting the balance to the patient's long-term health...
October 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854987/-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-recent-developments-in-diagnostics-and-treatment
#14
P Damman, R J de Winter
- This paper covers recent developments in diagnostics and treatment of patients presenting with non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome.- For the diagnostic phase we focus on the role of the clinical presentation, the ECG and biomarkers.- In the acute phase, treatment mainly consists of pharmacological therapy and revascularisation; long-term treatment mainly involves pharmacological therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and lifestyle changes.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795416/the-acute-effect-of-beta-guanidinopropionic-acid-versus-creatine-or-placebo-in-healthy-men-abc-trial-a-randomized-controlled-first-in-human-trial
#15
Fares A Karamat, Deborah L Horjus, Yentl C Haan, Lisa van der Woude, Marianne C Schaap, Inge Oudman, Gert A van Montfrans, Rienk Nieuwland, Gajja S Salomons, Joseph F Clark, Lizzy M Brewster
AIMS: Increasing evidence indicates that the ATP-generating enzyme creatine kinase (CK) is involved in hypertension. CK rapidly regenerates ATP from creatine phosphate and ADP. Recently, it has been shown that beta-guanidinopropionic acid (GPA), a kidney-synthesized creatine analogue and competitive CK inhibitor, reduced blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats. To further develop the substance as a potential blood pressure-lowering agent, we assessed the tolerability of a sub-therapeutic GPA dose in healthy men...
August 10, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775185/frequency-of-exercise-induced-st-t-segment-deviations-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-recreational-endurance-athletes-during-a-marathon-race-results-of-the-prospective-observational-berlin-beat-of-running-study
#16
Juliane Herm, Agnieszka Töpper, Alexander Wutzler, Claudia Kunze, Matthias Krüll, Lars Brechtel, Jürgen Lock, Jochen B Fiebach, Peter U Heuschmann, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Matthias Endres, Gerhard Jan Jungehulsing, Karl Georg Haeusler
OBJECTIVES: While regular physical exercise has many health benefits, strenuous physical exercise may have a negative impact on cardiac function. The 'Berlin Beat of Running' study focused on feasibility and diagnostic value of continuous ECG monitoring in recreational endurance athletes during a marathon race. We hypothesised that cardiac arrhythmias and especially atrial fibrillation are frequently found in a cohort of recreational endurance athletes. The main secondary hypothesis was that pathological laboratory findings in these athletes are (in part) associated with cardiac arrhythmias...
August 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765984/-acute-chest-pain
#17
REVIEW
M Möckel, T Störk
Patients presenting with acute chest pain are a challenge for attending physicians in private practice and specialists for emergency and acute medicine in hospitals because a wide spectrum of diagnoses may be the cause, ranging from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to harmless muscular tension. The evaluation of patients with acute chest pain follows basic principles independent of the setting: A thorough clinical investigation by the responsible physician including medical history and physical examination, followed by a 12-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) and further focused diagnostics...
August 1, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751844/anmco-sit-consensus-document-telemedicine-for-cardiovascular-emergency-networks
#18
Pasquale Caldarola, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Domenico Gabrielli, Marco Sicuro, Luisa De Gennaro, Massimo Giammaria, Niccolò Brenno Grieco, Daniele Grosseto, Roberto Mantovan, Marco Mazzanti, Alberto Menotti, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Silva Severi, Giancarmine Russo, Gian Franco Gensini
Telemedicine has deeply innovated the field of emergency cardiology, particularly the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. The ability to record an ECG in the early prehospital phase, thus avoiding any delay in diagnosing myocardial infarction with direct transfer to the cath-lab for primary angioplasty, has proven to significantly reduce treatment times and mortality. This consensus document aims to analyse the available evidence and organizational models based on a support by telemedicine, focusing on technical requirements, education, and legal aspects...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719515/anaesthetic-management-of-patients-with-myopathies
#19
Mark Schieren, Jerome Defosse, Andreas Böhmer, Frank Wappler, Mark U Gerbershagen
: The anaesthetic management of patients with myopathies is challenging. Considering the low incidence and heterogeneity of these disorders, most anaesthetists are unfamiliar with key symptoms, associated co-morbidities and implications for anaesthesia. The pre-anaesthetic assessment aims at the detection of potentially undiagnosed myopathic patients and, in case of known or suspected muscular disease, on the quantification of disease progression. Ancillary testing (e.g. echocardiography, ECG, lung function testing etc...
October 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668906/a-current-approach-to-heart-failure-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#20
REVIEW
Domenico D'Amario, Antonio Amodeo, Rachele Adorisio, Francesco Danilo Tiziano, Antonio Maria Leone, Gianluigi Perri, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti, Alessandra Ferlini, Marika Pane, Giampaolo Niccoli, Italo Porto, Gianluca A D'Angelo, Josip Anđelo Borovac, Eugenio Mercuri, Filippo Crea
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic, progressive neuromuscular condition that is marked by the long-term muscle deterioration with significant implications of pulmonary and cardiac dysfunction. As such, end-stage heart failure (HF) in DMD is increasingly becoming the main cause of death in this population. The early detection of cardiomyopathy is often challenging, due to a long subclinical phase of ventricular dysfunction and difficulties in assessment of cardiovascular symptomatology in these patients who usually loose ambulation during the early adolescence...
November 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
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