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Kang An, Hang Yin, Ju Mei, Jiaquan Zhu, Min Tang
OBJECTIVES: We retrospectively analysed data from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Our purpose was to explore the atrial endocardial expression of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and thrombomodulin (TM) and their association with rhythm results after the procedure. METHODS: From January 2014 to May 2015, 60 patients underwent minimally invasive surgical AF ablation at our centre. Left atrial appendage samples were obtained during the procedure and immunohistochemistry for endocardial markers including vWF and TM was performed and semi-quantitatively graded...
March 14, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Lisette Wintgens, Aleksandr Romanov, Karen Phillips, Gabriel Ballesteros, Martin Swaans, Richard Folkeringa, Ignacio Garcia-Bolao, Evgeny Pokushalov, Lucas Boersma
Aims: Long-term freedom from atrial fibrillation (AF) after catheter ablation (CA) and consequently the potential for stroke reduction remain unpredictable. Percutaneous left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) is an effective mechanical alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) for stroke prevention in AF patients. This study aims to evaluate long-term clinical results of combined CA and LAAC in one single procedure. Methods and results: Patients with non-valvular AF who underwent combined CA and LAAC procedure were included in the retrospective compilation of independent prospective general LAAC registries at the individual centres...
March 13, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Peter Wæde Hansen, Thomas S G Sehested, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Lars Køber, Charlotte Andersson, Gunnar H Gislason
AIM: Warfarin is a cornerstone for the prevention of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation (AF), and several efforts have been taken to increase its usage and safety, including risk stratification schemes. Our aim was to investigate the temporal trends in initiation of warfarin and its effects on incidence of bleeding and thromboembolism in patients with new-onset atrial fibrillation 1996-2011. METHODS: All patients with a first-time diagnosis of non-valvular atrial fibrillation were identified from nationwide administrative registries...
2018: PloS One
Prashant Rao, Jack B Keenan, Taufiek K Rajab, Samuel Kim, Richard Smith, Orazio Amabile, Zain Khalpey
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular complications represent the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with Marfan syndrome. Here, we describe a unique case where a total artificial heart was implanted in a young Marfan syndrome woman. METHODS: A 22-year-old postpartum African American female with Marfan syndrome developed multiple severe valve dysfunction and biventricular failure that was refractory to medical management. She previously had a Bentall procedure for Type A aortic dissection and repair of a Type B dissection...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Lixiu Wang, Yayan Bi, Muxin Yu, Tao Li, Dongxia Tong, Xiaoyan Yang, Cong Zhang, Li Guo, Chunxu Wang, Yan Kou, Zengxiang Dong, Valerie A Novakovic, Ye Tian, Junjie Kou, Masood A Shammas, Jialan Shi
BACKGROUND: The definitive role of phosphatidylserine (PS) in the prothrombotic state of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) remains unclear. Our objectives were to study the PS exposure on blood cells and microparticles (MPs) in NVAF, and evaluate their procoagulant activity (PCA). METHODS: NVAF patients without (n = 60) and with left atrial thrombi (n = 18) and controls (n = 36) were included in our study. Exposed PS was analyzed with flow cytometry and confocal microscopy...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Alexander Buchholz, Laura Ueberham, Kaja Gorczynska, Borislav Dinov, Sebastian Hilbert, Nikolaos Dagres, Daniela Husser, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is a non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant and has been approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Current labelling recommends dose reduction based on patients age, weight and renal function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze adherence to current labeling instructions concerning initial apixaban dosing in clinical practice and to identify factors associated with inappropriate dose reduction...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Arnaud Bisson, Alexandre Bodin, Nicolas Clementy, Anne Bernard, Dominique Babuty, Gregory Y H Lip, Laurent Fauchier
AIMS: We compared thromboembolic (TE) and bleeding risks in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) according to the new 'Evaluated Heartvalves, Rheumatic or Artificial' (EHRA) valve classification. METHODS: Patients were divided into 3 categories: (i) EHRA type 1 corresponds to the previous 'valvular' AF patients, with either rheumatic mitral valve stenosis or mechanical prosthetic heart valves; (ii) EHRA type 2 includes AF patients with other valvular heart disease (VHD) and valve bioprosthesis or repair; and (iii) 'non-VHD controls' i...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Volha Dziadzko, Marie-Annick Clavel, Mikhail Dziadzko, Jose R Medina-Inojosa, Hector Michelena, Joseph Maalouf, Vuyisile Nkomo, Prabin Thapa, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano
BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is the most common valve disease worldwide but whether the community-wide prevalence, poor patient outcomes, and low rates of surgical treatment justify costly development of new therapeutic interventions remains uncertain. Therefore, we did an observational cohort study to assess the clinical characteristics, outcomes, and degree of undertreatment of mitral regurgitation in a community setting. METHODS: We used data from Mayo Clinic electronic health records and the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify all cases of moderate or severe isolated single-valvular mitral regurgitation (with no other severe left-sided valvular disease or previous mitral surgery) diagnosed during a 10-year period in the community setting in Olmsted County (MN, USA)...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
Yang Liu, Xiao-Hui Niu, Xiaomeng Yin, Yue-Jian Liu, Chao Han, Jie Yang, Xin Huang, Xiaohong Yu, Lianjun Gao, Yan-Zong Yang, Yun-Long Xia, Hui-Hua Li
BACKGROUND: In atrial fibrillation (AF), a more extensively fibrotic left atrium (LA) provides a substrate for arrhythmias and increases risk of relapse following ablation. Fibrocytes are bone marrow-derived circulating mesenchymal progenitors that have been identified in the atrium of patients with AF who have valvular diseases. The present study investigates the associations between circulating fibrocytes and LA fibrosis or the prevalence of recurrence after ablation in patients with persistent AF...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Patrizio Lancellotti, Madalina Garbi
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March 9, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Rajkumar Doshi, Dean H Decter, Perwaiz Meraj
BACKGROUND: This study sought to analyze in-hospital outcomes associated with pre-existing and newly implanted Permanent Pacemaker (PPM) in patients who underwent Transcatheter Aortic Valvular Replacement (TAVR). PPM implantation following the development of conduction abnormalities is a common adverse event following TAVR. Furthermore, PPM implantation rates are higher in TAVR patients compared to the surgical alternative, thus we have analyzed the predictors of pacing post-TAVR. METHODS: The study population was identified from the National Inpatient Sample Database between 2012 and 2014...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Tasalak Thonghong, Ole De Backer, Lars Søndergaard
New European guidelines on the management of valvular heart disease-supported by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association of CardioThoracic Surgery (EACTS)-were recently published. Although these guidelines are very comprehensive, these typically are not very inviting to read. In this document, we aimed to distil all the information about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the new 2017 ESC/EACTS guidelines to the essential and give additional comments on the position of TAVR in 2017...
2018: Open Heart
John Burn, Munir Pirmohamed
About 1.4 British million people are at risk of strokes due to non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) necessitating long-term anticoagulation. The vitamin K antagonist, warfarin, has a long half-life and narrow therapeutic range necessitating regular monitoring and is a common cause of iatrogenic hospital admission. Direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs), dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban and edoxaban are not required to have monitoring but are sensitive to changes in renal function and are associated with poorer adherence...
2018: Open Heart
Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Takashi Komatsu, Fusanori Kunugita, Mahito Ozawa, Yoshihiro Satoh, Reisuke Yoshizawa, Shingen Owada, Youhei Sawa, Yoshihiro Morino, Motoyuki Nakamura
Background and methods There is little information concerning the influence of the heart rhythm on the vascular endothelial function in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with studies concerning sinus rhythm (SR). The present study included paroxysmal (n=184) or chronic (n=53) AF patients without heart failure and control subjects with SR (n=79) matched for age, gender and the CHA2 DS2 -VASc score. Paroxysmal AF was defined as episodes that terminated spontaneously within 7 days, while chronic AF was defined as longstanding AF that was refractory to cardioversion for 12 months or longer...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Patrizio Mazzone, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Damiano Regazzoli, Giulio Molon, Gaetano Senatore, Salvatore Saccà, Guido Canali, Claudia Amellone, Riccardo Turri, Paolo Della Bella
PURPOSE: The WATCHMAN device for Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO) has proven to be an effective alternative to oral anticoagulation (OAC) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), and has now been adopted in clinical practice. In the present study, we analyzed the safety and efficacy profile of the LAAO procedure at mid-term follow-up. METHODS: The TRAPS Registry is an observational, multicenter registry involving four Italian centers. Consecutive patients who had undergone LAAO with WATCHMAN device were enrolled...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Eva A H Lanters, Christophe P Teuwen, Ameeta Yaksh, Charles Kik, Lisette J M E van der Does, Elisabeth M J P Mouws, Paul Knops, Nicole J van Groningen, Thijmen Hokken, Ad J J C Bogers, Natasja M S de Groot
BACKGROUND: Early postoperative atrial fibrillation (EPoAF) is associated with thromboembolic events, prolonged hospitalization, and development of late PoAF (LPoAF). It is, however, unknown if EPoAF can be predicted by intraoperative AF inducibility. The aims of this study are therefore to explore (1) the value of intraoperative inducibility of AF for development of both EPoAF and LPoAF and (2) the predictive value of de novo EPoAF for recurrence of LPoAF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients (N=496, 75% male) undergoing cardiothoracic surgery for coronary and/or valvular heart disease were included...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is a common condition among older adults that can be associated with dangerous outcomes, due to both the disease itself and its influence on other conditions. OBJECTIVE: This review provides an evidence-based summary of the current emergency department (ED) evaluation and management of aortic stenosis. DISCUSSION: Aortic stenosis refers to significant narrowing of the aortic valve and can be caused by calcific disease, congenital causes, or rheumatic valvular disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Vasiliki V Georgiopoulou, Arash Velayati, Greg Burkman, Song Li, Kanwal Farooq, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Lampros Papadimitriou, Javed Butler, Andreas P Kalogeropoulos
Patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) tend to be older and have a high co-morbidity burden. The impact of co-morbid conditions and sociodemographic risk factors on outcomes in these patients has not been quantified. We evaluated 445 consecutive outpatients with HFpEF, defined as established diagnosis of heart failure (HF) with left ventricular ejection fraction at presentation >40% and no previous left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40%. Patients with specific cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, primary right-sided disease, valvular disease, or previous advanced HF therapies were excluded...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Tufan Çınar, Mert Ilker Hayıroğlu, Veysel Ozan Tanık, Emre Aruğaslan, Muhammed Keskin, Mahmut Uluganyan, Ahmet Öz, Metin Çağdaş, Ahmet Taha Alper
Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is a potentially life-threatening complication associated with high morbidity and mortality. The CHA2DS2-VASc is a clinical score used to determine thromboembolism risk in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients. Therefore; in this study, we aimed to determine predictive value of the CHA2DS2-VASc score for development of PVT in patients with mechanical prosthetic valve. This was a retrospective study included 417 consecutive patients with mechanic prosthetic valve in whom transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed due to different clinical indications from January 2004 to June 2016...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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