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Jonathan Lichtenberger, Kathryn M Meurs, Etienne Côté
Cardiac arrhythmias often are transient and might not be detected using conventional electrocardiographic (ECG) techniques. The adhesive patch monitor (APM) is a single-lead, lightweight, up to 14-day continuous ambulatory ECG monitor. This study aimed to prospectively assess its usability in four boxer dogs considered either to be healthy or to have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Optimal recording was obtained by placing the APM on the left side of the animal's thorax, at the fifth intercostal space, slightly dorsal to the costochondral junction, and oriented either vertically or parallel to the long axis of the heart...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Christina A Zauner, J Warren Holshouser, Laszlo Littmann
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March 20, 2018: Circulation
Marleen Vonder, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Merel A Kaatee, Carlijn M van der Aalst, Peter M A van Ooijen, Geertruida H de Bock, Jan Willem Gratama, Dirkjan Kuijpers, Harry J de Koning, Matthijs Oudkerk
BACKGROUND: To determine the impact of high-pitch spiral acquisition on radiation dose and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk stratification by coronary artery calcium (CAC) assessment with computed tomography in individuals with a high heart rate. METHODS: Of the ROBINSCA trial, 1990 participants with regular rhythm and heart rates >65 beats per minute (bpm) were included. As reference, 390 participants with regular heart rates ≤65 bpm were used. All participants underwent prospectively electrocardiographically(ECG)-triggered imaging of the coronary arteries using dual source CT at 120 kVp, 80 ref mAs using both high-pitch spiral mode and sequential mode...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Carmen A Sima, Benny C Lau, Carolyn M Taylor, Stephan F van Eeden, W Darlene Reid, Andrew W Sheel, Ashley R Kirkham, Pat G Camp
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) remains under-recognized in chronic lung disease (CLD) patients. Rehabilitation health professionals need accessible clinical measurements to identify the presence of prior MI in order to determine appropriate training prescription. OBJECTIVES: To estimate prior MI in CLD patients entering a pulmonary rehabilitation program, as well as its association with heart rate parameters such as resting heart rate and chronotropic response index...
March 14, 2018: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Hasan Qayyum, Sherif Hemaya, Justin Squires, Zulfiquar Adam
The de Winter ECG pattern is associated with proximal left anterior descending artery occlusion, being a significant risk factor for anterior wall ST elevation myocardial infarction. We present a case of a patient who attended our Emergency Department with chest pain and a prehospital ECG demonstrating transient infero-lateral lead ST segment elevation, which changed to the de Winter ECG pattern in our Emergency Department. She subsequently underwent primary PCI of the culprit lesion within the left anterior descending artery (LAD)...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Gary Tse, Mengqi Gong, Lei Meng, Cheuk Wai Wong, Stamatis Georgopoulos, George Bazoukis, Martin C S Wong, Konstantinos P Letsas, Vassilios S Vassiliou, Yunlong Xia, Adrian M Baranchuk, Gan-Xin Yan, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) predisposes affected individuals to ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VF/VF), potentially resulting in sudden cardiac death. The Tpeak -Tend interval and the Tpeak -Tend /QT ratio, electrocardiographic markers of dispersion of ventricular repolarization, were proposed for risk stratification but their predictive values in LQTS have been controversial. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to examine the value of Tpeak -Tend intervals and Tpeak -Tend /QT ratios in predicting arrhythmic and mortality outcomes in congenital LQTS...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Jonathan P Cranford, Thomas J O'Hara, Christopher T Villongco, Omar M Hafez, Robert C Blake, Joseph Loscalzo, Jean-Luc Fattebert, David F Richards, Xiaohua Zhang, James N Glosli, Andrew D McCulloch, David E Krummen, Felice C Lightstone, Sergio E Wong
Patient-specific models of the ventricular myocardium, combined with the computational power to run rapid simulations, are approaching the level where they could be used for personalized cardiovascular medicine. A major remaining challenge is determining model parameters from available patient data, especially for models of the Purkinje-myocardial junctions (PMJs): the sites of initial ventricular electrical activation. There are no non-invasive methods for localizing PMJs in patients, and the relationship between the standard clinical ECG and PMJ model parameters is underexplored...
March 16, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Ilaria Depetris, Donatella Marino, Alessandro Bonzano, Celeste Cagnazzo, Roberto Filippi, Massimo Aglietta, Francesco Leone
Fluoropyrimidines (5-fluorouracil and capecitabine) are antimetabolite drugs, widely used for the treatment of a variety of cancers, both in adjuvant and in metastatic setting. Although the most common toxicities of these drugs have been extensively studied, robust data and comprehensive characterization still lack concerning fluoropyrimidine-induced cardiotoxicity (FIC), an infrequent but potentially life-threatening toxicity. This review summarizes the current state of knowledge of FIC with special regard to proposed pathogenetic models (coronary vasospasm, endothelium and cardiomyocytes damage, toxic metabolites, dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase deficiency); risk and predictive factors; efficacy and usefulness in detection of laboratory markers, electrocardiographic changes and cardiac imaging; and specific treatment, including a novel agent, uridine triacetate...
April 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Bryan Padraig Finn, Brian Fraser, Susan M O'Connell
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in new-onset type 1 diabetes (T1D). Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), however, is a very rare complication of DKA. We present the case of a patient with new-onset T1D who presented with DKA. He received intravenous fluid resuscitation, insulin and potassium supplementation and subsequently developed SVT, confirmed on a 12-lead electrocardiograph despite a structurally normal heart. Vagal manoeuvres and adenosine failed to restore sinus rhythm, but flecainide was successful...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Maciej Kubala, Rajeev K Pathak, Shuanglun Xie, Ruben Casado Arroyo, Cory M Tschabrunn, Tatsuya Hayashi, Fermin C Garcia, Gregory E Supple, Pasquale Santangeli, David S Frankel, Erica S Zado, David J Callans, Francis E Marchlinski
BACKGROUND: Repolarization abnormalities in arrhythmogenic right ventricular (RV) cardiomyopathy and their relationship to ventricular tachycardia substrate are incompletely understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 40 patients (29 men, mean age 38 years) with arrhythmogenic RV cardiomyopathy, we compared the extent and location of abnormal T (NegT) waves ≥1 mm in depth (n=32) and downsloping elevated ST segment (n=13), in ≥2 adjacent leads, to area and location of endocardial bipolar (<1...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Jonathan W Waks, Christopher Hamilton, Saumya Das, Ashkan Ehdaie, Jessica Minnier, Sanjiv Narayan, Mark Niebauer, Merritt Raitt, Christine Tompkins, Niraj Varma, Sumeet Chugh, Larisa G Tereshchenko
PURPOSE: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival of systolic heart failure (HF) patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We recently showed that electrocardiographic (ECG) global electrical heterogeneity (GEH) is independently associated with SCD in the community-dwelling cohort and developed GEH SCD risk score. The Global Electrical Heterogeneity and Clinical Outcomes (GEHCO) study is a retrospective multicenter cohort designed with two goals: (1) validate an independent association of ECG GEH with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies and (2) validate GEH ECG risk score for prediction of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies in systolic HF patients with primary prevention ICD...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Johannes Krämer, Felix Kreuzer, Michael Kaestner, Peter Bride, Fabian von Scheidt, Jannos Siaplaouras, Heiner Latus, Dietmar Schranz, Christian Apitz
Right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy is regarded as the adaptation on chronic RV pressure load in pulmonary hypertension. As the RV Sokolow-Lyon index (RVSLI) is an electrocardiographic marker of RV hypertrophy, we hypothesized that RVSLI might be able to reflect RV pressure load. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to characterize the diagnostic impact of the RVSLI in children with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) in order to assess disease severity and to evaluate its value for the prediction of worse outcome...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Jian-Qiang Li, Rui Li, Zhuang-Zhuang Chen, Gen-Qiang Deng, Huihui Wang, Constandinos X Mavromoustakis, Houbing Song, Zhong Ming
With increasingly fierce competition for jobs, the pressures on people have risen in recent years, leading to lifestyle and diet disorders that result in significantly higher risks of cardiovascular disease. Hypertension is one of the common chronic cardiovascular diseases; however, mainstream blood pressure measurement devices are relatively heavy. When multiple measurements are required, the user experience and the measurement results may be unsatisfactory. In this paper, we describe the design of a signal collection module that collects pulse waves and electrocardiograph (ECG) signals...
2018: IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Gabriela Miana de Mattos Paixão, Horácio Eduardo Veronesi, Halsted Alarcão Gomes Pereira da Silva, José Nunes de Alencar Neto, Carolina de Paulo Maldi, Luciano de Figueiredo Aguiar Filho, Ibrahim Masciarelli Francisco Pinto, Francisco Faustino de Albuquerque Carneiro de França, Edileide de Barros Correia
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram is the initial test in the investigation of heart disease. Electrocardiographic changes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have no set pattern, and correlates poorly with echocardiographic findings. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging has been gaining momentum for better assessment of hypertrophy, as well as the detection of myocardial fibrosis. OBJECTIVES: To correlate the electrocardiographic changes with the location of hypertrophy in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy by cardiac magnetic resonance...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
M Marin-Gracia, D Cantero-Lozano, E Garces-Anton, A Lopez-Bravo, A Garrido-Fernandez, M P Navarro-Perez, S Santos-Lasaosa, M Garces-Redondo
INTRODUCTION: Lacosamide is an antiepileptic drug whose exact mechanism of action remains unknown. It acts by increasing the slow inactivation of the voltage-dependent sodium channels of the cell membranes. It is indicated in the treatment of focal seizures with or without secondary generalisation and is occasionally used as adjunct treatment in neuropathic pain. Although the most frequent side effects are mild (dizziness, diplopia, blurred vision, headache, tremor, etc.), others such as supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, changes in repolarisation, atrioventricular blocks and even cardiac arrest or sudden death have been reported...
March 16, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Elizabeth Regina Carvalho, Roberto Andrés Navarrete Ampuero, Giovana Laís Ruviaro Tuleski, Aparecido Antonio Camacho, Marlos Gonçalves Sousa
Ventricular arrhythmias (VA) are a recognized concern in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD). The coupling interval (CI) and the prematurity index (PI) have been shown to accurately differentiate between benign and malignant VA in people, where ventricular arrhythmias are known to be associated with an increased risk of development of signs of heart failure or sudden death. In this study, we characterized ventricular arrhythmias in dogs with symptomatic and asymptomatic DMVD. Seventy dogs with naturally-occurring DMVD and ventricular arrhythmias were retrospectively studied...
March 13, 2018: Veterinary Research Communications
Leandro G Franco, Carlos Henrique M Wilges, Daniel P Junior, Sofia A Cerejo, Lilian T Nishimura, Isabela P Bittar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of ketamine continuous rate infusions (CRI) at two dose rates on cardiovascular function and serum creatine kinase MB isoenzyme (CK-MB) and troponin I in healthy conscious dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental, prospective, crossover, randomized, blinded study. ANIMALS: Eight adult mixed-breed dogs, aged 6±1 years and weighing 19±8.6 kg (mean±standard deviation). METHODS: Dogs were administered an intravenous bolus of ketamine (0...
December 18, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Thomas Walther, Ganesh Manoharan, Axel Linke, Helge Möllmann, David Holzhey, Stephen G Worthley, Won-Keun Kim, Ulrich Schäfer
OBJECTIVES: To examine the incidence and timing of new-onset left bundle branch block (LBBB) and new permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) using the repositionable, self-expanding Portico™ TAVI system (St. Jude Medical, St Paul, MN, USA). Clinical impact and periprocedural factors associated with new PPI were also assessed. METHODS: A total of 198 high-risk patients without pre-existing pacemaker [83...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Basilio Vescio, Maria Salsone, Antonio Gambardella, Aldo Quattrone
Heart rate variability (HRV) is commonly used to assess autonomic functions and responses to environmental stimuli. It is usually derived from electrocardiographic signals; however, in the last few years, photoplethysmography has been successfully used to evaluate beat-to-beat time intervals and to assess changes in the human heart rate under several conditions. The present work describes a simple design of a photoplethysmograph, using a wearable earlobe sensor. Beat-to-beat time intervals were evaluated as the time between subsequent pulses, thus generating a signal representative of heart rate variability, which was compared to RR intervals from classic electrocardiography...
March 13, 2018: Sensors
Lidija Poposka, Vladimir Boskov, Dejan Risteski, Jane Taleski, Filip Janusevski, Elizabeta Srbinovska, Ljubica Georgievska-Ismail
INTRODUCTION: Although strict selection criteria are used to select patients for cardiac resynchronisation therapy, up to 30% of patients do not have a positive clinical response. PATIENTS: A total of 102 consecutive patients who had biventricular pacemaker/defibrillator (CRT-P or CRT-D) implanted were enrolled in this prospective observational study. RESULTS: During the average follow-up period of 24.3 months 5 patients died and 17 (16.7%) patients were hospitalised with the symptoms of heart failure; 75 (73...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
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