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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449532/the-future-of-hybrid-ablation-an-emerging-need-for-an-anticoagulation-protocol-for-thoracoscopic-ablation
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EDITORIAL
Pavel Osmancik, Petr Budera
The midterm efficacy of hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) reported in recent papers is about 70% in terms of sinus rhythm maintenance without antiarrhythmic drugs. Bearing in mind that the majority of patients enrolled are patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF, the reported efficacies seem to be very good. Despite the high efficacies, safety remains a critical issue in hybrid, and especially thoracoscopic ablations. The frequency of complications during thoracoscopic ablations is more than 10% in the majority of reports...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449531/ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-single-shot-techniques-poised-to-dominate-rhythm-control-strategies-the-future-is-here
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EDITORIAL
Antonis S Manolis
Over the recent years, the advent of single-shot techniques, such as circular catheter and cryoballoon ablation, has ushered in a new era in the catheter ablation approach and rhythm control strategies of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). These techniques make it easier to navigate the heart and have the potential to decrease the threshold for, expand the access to, and increase patient and physician acceptance of rhythm-control therapies, that may lead to reduction of the AF disease burden and its socioeconomic impact...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449483/epicardial-left-atrial-appendage-closure-comparison-of-surgical-techniques-in-an-ex-vivo-model
#3
Nikolas Mirow, Sebastian Vogt, Marc Irqsusi, Rainer Moosdorf, Andreas Kirschbaum
BACKGROUND: Formation of clots in the left atrial appendage (LAA) may lead to embolism and consecutive cerebral stroke. This risk is reduced by closure and resection. To address the efficacy of surgical LAA closure, resilience to pneumatic pressure was studied. Different surgical techniques were compared in an experimental model. METHODS: From freshly slaughtered pigs cardiopulmonary preparations were taken. The left atrium was clamped airtight and the LAA was cannulated...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449480/reconstruction-of-mediastinal-vessels-for-invasive-thymoma-a-retrospective-analysis-of-25-cases
#4
Yifeng Sun, Chang Gu, Jianxin Shi, Wentao Fang, Qingquan Luo, Dingzhong Hu, Shijie Fu, Xufeng Pan, Yong Chen, Yu Yang, Haitang Yang, Heng Zhao, Haiquan Chen
BACKGROUND: Discuss an appropriate strategy for treatment of invasive thymoma invading adjacent great vessels. METHODS: A retrospective study on 25 patients with invasive thymoma invading neighboring great vessels was performed. The corresponding data including clinical presentation, operation procedure, adjuvant radio-chemotherapy and follow-up were reviewed. RESULTS: Twenty of 25 (80%) patients with invasive thymoma underwent complete resection of the tumor along with vessel reconstruction...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449471/one-year-and-long-term-mortality-in-patients-hospitalized-for-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#5
María-Teresa García-Sanz, Juan-Carlos Cánive-Gómez, Laura Senín-Rial, Jorge Aboal-Viñas, Alejandra Barreiro-García, Eva López-Val, Francisco-Javier González-Barcala
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Identifying potentially-modifiable predictors of mortality could help optimize COPD patient management. The aim of this study is to determine long-term mortality following hospitalization due to acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD), as well as AECOPD mortality predictors. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study by reviewing the medical records of all patients admitted with AECOPD in the University Hospital Complex of Santiago de Compostela in 2007 and 2008...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449433/fire-or-ice-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-perspectives-from-the-largest-randomized-evaluation-of-cryoballoon-and-radiofrequency-ablation-to-date
#6
EDITORIAL
Konstantinos C Siontis, Peter A Noseworthy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449130/response-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-from-maddafari-et-al-about-reappraisal-and-new-observations-on-atrial-tachycardia-ablated-from-the-non-coronary-aortic-sinus-of-valsalva
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Shomu Bohora, Yash Lokhandwala, Eduardo Back Sternick, Robert H Anderson, Hein J J Wellens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449090/alcohol-consumption-sinus-tachycardia-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-at-the-munich-octoberfest-results-from-the-munich-beer-related-electrocardiogram-workup-study-munichbrew
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Stefan Brunner, Rebecca Herbel, Cathrine Drobesch, Annette Peters, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Kääb, Moritz F Sinner
Aims: Alcohol is a risk factor for cardiac arrhythmias. Retrospective analyses suggest supraventricular arrhythmias consecutive to acute alcohol consumption, but prospective data are limited. We intended to prospectively associate acute alcohol consumption with cardiac arrhythmias. Methods and results: At the 2015 Munich Octoberfest, we enrolled 3028 voluntary participants who received a smartphone-based ECG and breath alcohol concentration (BAC) measurements. ECGs were analysed for cardiac arrhythmias (sinus tachycardia, sinus arrhythmia, premature atrial/ventricular complexes, atrial fibrillation/flutter) and respiratory sinus arrhythmia...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449044/vernakalant-does-not-alter-early-repolarization-or-contractility-in-normal-and-electrically-remodelled-atria
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Arne van Hunnik, Hussein Nasrallah, Dennis H Lau, Marion Kuiper, Sander Verheule, Ulrich Schotten
Aims: Besides the inhibition of the sodium inward current, vernakalant also inhibits the ultra rapid rectifier (IKur) and transient outward current (Ito). Inhibition of these currents increases contractility in canine atrial myocytes and goat atria. We investigated the effect of vernakalant on early repolarization and contractility in normal and electrically remodelled atria. Methods and results: Goats were implanted a pressure catheter, piezoelectric crystals, and electrodes to obtain atrial contractility and effective refractory period (ERP)...
April 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448632/correction-right-atrial-volume-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-predicts-mortality-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0173245.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448411/image-quality-and-radiation-exposure-comparison-of-a-double-high-pitch-acquisition-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-versus-standard-retrospective-spiral-acquisition-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Carlos Eduardo Elias Dos Prazeres, Tiago Augusto Magalhães, Adriano Camargo de Castro Carneiro, Roberto Caldeira Cury, Valéria de Melo Moreira, Juliana Hiromi Silva Matsumoto Bello, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare image quality and radiation dose of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography performed with dual-source CT scanner using 2 different protocols in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with AF underwent 2 different acquisition protocols: double high-pitch (DHP) spiral acquisition and retrospective spiral acquisition. The image quality was ranked according to a qualitative score by 2 experts: 1, no evident motion; 2, minimal motion not influencing coronary artery luminal evaluation; and 3, motion with impaired luminal evaluation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447738/telmisartan-suppresses-cardiac-hypertrophy-by-inhibiting-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-via-the-nfat-anp-bnp-signaling-pathway
#12
Xiurong Li, Yuhuai Lan, Yan Wang, Minghao Nie, Yanhong Lu, Eryang Zhao
Telmisartan, a type of angiotensin II (Ang II) receptor inhibitor, is a common agent used to treat hypertension in the clinic. Hypertension increases cardiac afterload and promotes cardiac hypertrophy. However, the ventricular Ang II receptor may be activated in the absence of hypertension. Therefore, telmisartan may reduce cardiac hypertrophy by indirectly ameliorating hypertensive symptoms and directly inhibiting the cardiac Ang II receptor. Nuclear factor of activated T‑cells (NFAT) contributes to cardiac hypertrophy via nuclear translocation, which induces a cascade of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and brain/B‑type natriuretic peptide (BNP) expression and cardiomyocyte apoptosis...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447320/should-ablation-be-first-line-therapy-for-patients-with-paroxysmal-af
#13
REVIEW
Sergio Conti, Atul Verma
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and the number of patients is expected to continuously increase in the next years. Catheter ablation is an effective, safe, and well-established treatment for patient with symptomatic and drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Over the last decade, there was an increasing body of evidence demonstrating superiority of catheter ablation over antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) in maintaining sinus rhythm. However, randomized clinical trials have not been conclusive to consider catheter ablation as a first-line therapy for PAF...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447159/catheter-ablation-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-beneficial-effect-of-a%C3%A2-short-term-adjunctive-amiodarone-therapy-on-the-long-term-outcome
#14
Klaus Kettering, Felix Gramley
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation has become the first line therapy in patients with symptomatic, recurrent, drug-refractory atrial fibrillation. Circumferential pulmonary vein ablation is still the standard approach in these patients. However, the results are not very favorable (especially in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation). Therefore, more complex ablation strategies and the usefulness of (short-term) adjunctive antiarrhythmic drug therapy are a matter of discussion. The aim of this study was to analyze whether short-term amiodarone therapy after catheter ablation (3 months) has a positive effect on the success rates after circumferential pulmonary vein ablation in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation...
April 26, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446702/alteration-of-cerebrovascular-haemodynamic-patterns-due-to-atrial-fibrillation-an-in-silico-investigation
#15
S Scarsoglio, A Saglietto, M Anselmino, F Gaita, L Ridolfi
There has recently been growing evidence that atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is independently associated with the risk of dementia. This represents a very recent frontier with high social impact for the number of individuals involved and for the expected increase in AF incidence in the next 40 years. Although a number of potential haemodynamic processes, such as microembolisms, altered cerebral blood flow, hypoperfusion and microbleeds, arise as connecting links between the two pathologies, the causal mechanisms are far from clear...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446621/ischemic-stroke-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-at-warfarin-initiation-assessment-via-a-large-insurance-database
#16
Ping G Tepper, Xianchen Liu, Melissa Hamilton, Jack Mardekian, William Petkun, Wilson Tan, Daniel E Singer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke risk may increase shortly after warfarin initiation in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients. Because of the brief period and limited number of events, large samples are needed to study this effect. We compared 30-day rates of ischemic stroke between nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients initiating warfarin to nonwarfarin comparators using an insurance claims database. METHODS: We identified nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients via 1 inpatient/2 outpatient diagnosis claims from the MarketScan database, January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2012...
April 26, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446489/revisiting-propafenone-toxicity
#17
Ali A Alsaad, Yahaira Ortiz Gonzalez, Christopher O Austin, Fred Kusumoto
Propafenone is a Vaughan Williams class 1c antiarrhythmic medication widely used for treatment of arrhythmias. Although the long-term safety of propafenone use has not been established, it is commonly used for treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with no structural heart disease. Propafenone is well known as pill-in-the-pocket treatment for its effect in terminating paroxysmal episodes of atrial fibrillation. Herein, we discuss an unusual adverse reaction to propafenone in a patient who presented with symptomatic bradycardia and hypotension...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446446/the-cardiovascular-health-in-ambulatory-care-research-team-performance-indicators-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-a-modified-delphi-panel-study
#18
Jack V Tu, Laura C Maclagan, Dennis T Ko, Clare L Atzema, Gillian L Booth, Sharon Johnston, Karen Tu, Douglas S Lee, Arlene Bierman, Ruth Hall, R Sacha Bhatia, Andrea S Gershon, Sheldon W Tobe, Claudia Sanmartin, Peter Liu, Anna Chu
BACKGROUND: High-quality ambulatory care can reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but important gaps exist in the provision of cardiovascular preventive care. We sought to develop a set of key performance indicators that can be used to measure and improve cardiovascular care in the primary care setting. METHODS: As part of the Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team initiative, we established a 14-member multidisciplinary expert panel to develop a set of indicators for measuring primary prevention performance in ambulatory cardiovascular care...
April 25, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446199/different-determinants-of-exercise-capacity-in-hfpef-compared-to-hfref
#19
Arlind Batalli, Pranvera Ibrahimi, Ibadete Bytyçi, Artan Ahmeti, Edmond Haliti, Shpend Elezi, Michael Y Henein, Gani Bajraktari
BACKGROUND: Quality of life is as important as survival in heart failure (HF) patients. Controversies exist with regards to echocardiographic determinants of exercise capacity in HF, particularly in patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The aim of this study was to prospectively examine echocardiographic parameters that correlate and predict functional exercise capacity assessed by 6 min walk test (6-MWT) in patients with HFpEF. METHODS: In 111 HF patients (mean age 63 ± 10 years, 47% female), an echo-Doppler study and a 6-MWT were performed in the same day...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446163/exploratory-analysis-of-the-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#20
Lars Harbaum, Kaaja M Baaske, Marcel Simon, Tim Oqueka, Christoph Sinning, Antonia Glatzel, Nicole Lüneburg, Karsten Sydow, Carsten Bokemeyer, Hans Klose
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation emerges as a feature of the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in experimental models. Alterations of circulating cell subsets have been observed in patients with PAH. We aimed to assess associations of the white blood cell count with disease severity and outcome in patients with PAH. METHODS: The total and differential white blood cell count was related to functional parameters, pulmonary hemodynamics and transplantation-free survival in 77 patients with PAH in an observational single center study...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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