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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793015/right-atrial-anomalous-muscle-bundle-presenting-with-acute-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-and-pulmonary-embolism-surgical-management
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Jeko M Madjarov, Michael G Katz, Sophia Madjarova, Svetozar Madzharov, Frank R Arko, David W Miller, Francis Robicsek
BACKGROUND: An anomalous muscle bundle crossing the right atrial cavity represents a pathological finding with unproved clinical significance. This congenital anomaly may be difficult to recognize via echocardiography and could be confused with other intra-cavitary lesions. METHODS: We report a case of a 53-year-old female presented to the cardio-vascular service with acute superior vena cava syndrome and sub-massive pulmonary embolism. RESULTS: The patient underwent venography confirming superior vena cava stenosis...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792314/severe-and-predominantly-active-atopic-eczema-in-adulthood-and-long-term-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-population-based-cohort-study
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Richard J Silverwood, Harriet J Forbes, Katrina Abuabara, Anna Ascott, Morten Schmidt, Sigrún A J Schmidt, Liam Smeeth, Sinéad M Langan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether adults with atopic eczema are at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and whether the risk varies by atopic eczema severity and condition activity over time. DESIGN: Population based matched cohort study. SETTING: UK electronic health records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, Hospital Episode Statistics, and data from the Office for National Statistics, 1998-2015. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with a diagnosis of atopic eczema, matched (on age, sex, general practice, and calendar time) to up to five patients without atopic eczema...
May 23, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792299/a-simple-evidence-based-approach-to-help-guide-diagnosis-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Yogesh N V Reddy, Rickey E Carter, Masaru Obokata, Margaret M Redfield, Barry A Borlaug
Background -Diagnosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is challenging in euvolemic patients with dyspnea, and no evidence-based criteria are available. We sought to develop and then validate non-invasive diagnostic criteria that could be used to estimate the likelihood that HFpEF is present among patients with unexplained dyspnea in order to guide further testing. Methods -Consecutive patients with unexplained dyspnea referred for invasive hemodynamic exercise testing were retrospectively evaluated...
May 23, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792284/influence-of-large-hiatus-hernia-on-cardiac-volumes-a-prospective-observational-cohort-study-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Pamela Milito, Massimo Lombardi, Emanuele Asti, Gianluca Bonitta, Dario Fina, Francesco Bandera, Luigi Bonavina
BACKGROUND: Large hiatus hernia (LHH) is often associated with post-prandial dyspnea, palpitations or chest discomfort, but its effect on cardiac volumes and performance is still debated. METHODS AND RESULTS: Before and 3-months after laparoscopic repair, 35 patients underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in the fasting state and after a standardized meal. Preoperatively, LHH size increased significantly after meal (p < 0.010). Compared to the fasting state, a systematic trend of volume reduction of the cardiac chambers was observed...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792215/adding-left-atrial-appendage-closure-to-open-heart-surgery-provides-protection-from-ischemic-brain-injury-six-years-after-surgery-independently-of-atrial-fibrillation-history-the-laacs-randomized-study
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Jesper Park-Hansen, Susanne J V Holme, Akhmadjon Irmukhamedov, Christian L Carranza, Anders M Greve, Gina Al-Farra, Robert G C Riis, Brian Nilsson, Johan S R Clausen, Anne S Nørskov, Christina R Kruuse, Egill Rostrup, Helena Dominguez
BACKGROUND: Open heart surgery is associated with high occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), subsequently increasing the risk of post-operative ischemic stroke. Concomitant with open heart surgery, a cardiac ablation procedure is commonly performed in patients with known AF, often followed by left atrial appendage closure with surgery (LAACS). However, the protective effect of LAACS on the risk of cerebral ischemia following cardiac surgery remains controversial. We have studied whether LAACS in addition to open heart surgery protects against post-operative ischemic brain injury regardless of a previous AF diagnosis...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792125/characteristics-of-apixaban-treated-patients-evaluation-of-the-dose-prescribed-and-the-persistence-of-treatment-a-cohort-study-in-catalonia
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Ainhoa Gomez-Lumbreras, Jordi Cortes, Maria Giner-Soriano, M Angeles Quijada-Manuitt, Rosa Morros
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is a direct oral anticoagulant, which inhibits factor Xa. It has demonstrated clinical efficacy in prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in adult patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and a better safety profile compared to warfarin. OBJECTIVES: (1) To describe the characteristics of patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation beginning treatment with apixaban, (2) to analyze concomitant prescriptions of medications that could potentially interact with apixaban, (3) to evaluate the level of appropriate usage according to the recommended dosage, and (4) to estimate the level of apixaban persistence among naive and non-naive patients...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791855/myocardial-angiopoietin-1-controls-atrial-chamber-morphogenesis-by-spatiotemporal-degradation-of-cardiac-jelly
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Kyun Hoo Kim, Yoshikazu Nakaoka, Hellmut G Augustin, Gou Young Koh
The four-chamber structure of the mammalian heart is established during embryonic development. While key regulators for ventricular development are well studied, regulatory mechanisms for atrial chamber morphogenesis remain poorly understood. Here, we found that angiopoietin-1 (Angpt1), a vascular maturation factor, is highly and specifically expressed in atrial myocardium during heart development. Loss of myocardial Angpt1 in mouse embryo led to severe impairment in atrial chamber morphogenesis. We revealed that Angpt1 deficiency results in excessive deposition of cardiac jelly, which disturbs regulation of myocardial growth, thereby impairing maturation of atrial chambers...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791652/inflammatory-myopathy-in-the-context-of-an-unusual-overlapping-laminopathy
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Cristina Guillín-Amarelle, Sofía Sánchez-Iglesias, Antonio Mera, Elena Pintos, Ana Castro-Pais, Leticia Rodríguez-Cañete, Julio Pardo, Felipe F Casanueva, David Araújo-Vilar
Laminopathies are genetic disorders associated with alterations in nuclear envelope proteins, known as lamins. The LMNA gene encodes lamins A and C, and LMNA mutations have been linked to diseases involving fat (type 2 familial partial lipodystrophy [FPLD2]), muscle (type 2 Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy [EDMD2], type 1B limb-girdle muscular dystrophy [LGMD1B], and dilated cardiomyopathy), nerves (type 2B1 Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease), and premature aging syndromes. Moreover, overlapping syndromes have been reported...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791605/athlete-s-heart-in-a-brazilian-paralympic-judo-team-case-series-study
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Japy Angelini Oliveira Filho, Maria Beatriz Monteiro Barros, Ana Fátima Salles, Leandro Santini Echenique, Orlando Campos Filho, Rui Manoel Santos Póvoa
BACKGROUND: Athlete's heart is a term describing the cardiovascular effects of long-term conditioning among highly trained athletes. It is a variation of normal standards. DESIGN AND SETTING: Case series study at the cardiology division of a public university hospital. METHODS: We studied 14 visually handicapped paralympic athletes (8 men) in the national judo team. They were 26.3 ± 6.4 years old, with body mass index 25 ± 14, and had been practicing judo for 9...
March 2018: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791582/incidence-of-atrial-high-rate-episodes-in-chagas-disease-patients
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Emanoela Lima Freitas, Elieusa E Silva Sampaio, Roque Aras
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791576/catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Mauricio Scanavacca, Edimar Alcides Bocchi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791322/a-low-complexity-algorithm-for-detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-using-the-ecg
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Nadi Sadr, Madhuka Jayawardhana, Thuy T Pham, Rui Tang, Asghar Tabatabaei Balaei, Philip de Chazal
We present a method for automatic processing of single lead electrocardiogram (ECG) with duration of up to 60 seconds for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). The method categorises an ECG recording into one of four categories: Normal, AF, Other and Noisy rhythm. 8,528 scored ECG signals were used for training the classification model and 3,658 scored ECG signals were used for an independent performance assessment. Our method was based on features derived from RR interbeat intervals. The features included time domain, frequency domain and distribution features...
May 23, 2018: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790794/association-of-morning-blood-pressure-surge-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-cardiac-dysfunction-in-patients-with-cardiac-syndrome-x
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Ragab A Mahfouz, Mohammad Goda, Islam Galal, Mohamed S Ghareb
Background & hypothesis: We hypothesized that exaggerated morning blood pressure surge, may contribute in cardiac dysfunction and arterial stiffness in patients with cardiac syndrome X. Thus we investigated the impact of morning blood pressure surge on cardiac function and carotid intima-media thickness in subjects with cardiac syndrome X. METHODS: We studied patients with cardiac syndrome X using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and investigated the association of morning blood pressure surge with carotid intima thickness, left atrial volume index and left ventricular filling (E/e')...
May 23, 2018: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790596/rivaroxaban-for-stroke-prevention-in-people-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Y-G Li, Daniele Pastori, G Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with various cardiovascular comorbidities, such as hypertension, heart failure and diabetes mellitus, which increases not only the risk of ischaemic stroke but also of myocardial infarction and mortality. Oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention is the cornerstone of management for people with AF, both with vitamin K antagonists, or with non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which show efficacy, safety and convenience compared with vitamin K antagonists [1]...
May 23, 2018: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790365/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-bioprosthetic-valves
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Jason G Andrade, Elena Meseguer, Romain Didier, Charles Dussault, Jeffrey I Weitz
The non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which include dabigatran, apixaban, edoxaban and rivaroxaban, are preferred over vitamin K antagonists for stoke prevention in most patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The NOACs are contraindicated in atrial fibrillation patients with rheumatic mitral stenosis or mechanical heart valves. There is evidence that bioprosthetic heart valves are less thrombogenic than mechanical heart valves, but it is unknown whether the risk of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation patients with bioprosthetic valves differs from that in patients without such valves...
May 23, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790252/should-we-still-be-utilizing-warfarin-in-the-type-2-diabetic-patient
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David S H Bell, Edison Goncalves
The frequency of non-valvular atrial fibrillation is increased by 40% in type 2 diabetic subjects and the thromboembolic risk associated with atrial fibrillation is increased by 79% compared with the non-diabetic individual with atrial fibrillation. Warfarin, the traditional anticoagulant used to prevent thromboembolism, is non-specific and affects several proteins outside the coagulation system. By decreasing the levels of matrix Gla protein there is an increase in coronary and renal artery calcification which has the potential to increase cardiovascular events and accelerate decline in renal function...
May 22, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790224/left-atrial-compression-and-right-ventricular-outflow-tract-diameter-on-echocardiography-are-independently-associated-with-exercise-capacity-in-patients-with-large-hiatal-hernia
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Christopher Naoum, Leonard Kritharides, Gregory L Falk, David Martin, John Yiannikas
INTRODUCTION: Large hiatal hernia (HH) is often associated with left atrial (LA) compression, anteroposterior cardiac compression (manifesting as reduced right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) diameter), and left ventricular (LV) compression (manifesting as systolic paradoxical outward motion (LV-PM) of the posterobasal LV segment). Exercise impairment, also common in this population, improves following HH surgery. We aimed to identify echocardiographic parameters independently associated with exercise impairment due to HH-mediated cardiogenic compression...
May 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790192/spontaneous-scar-based-reentrant-atrial-flutter-electrophysiologic-characteristics-and-ablation-outcome-in-a-retrospective-analysis
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Lei Sen, Fengpeng Jia, Quan He, Lingyun Gao, Suxin Luo, Han Lei, Dennis W X Zhu
BACKGROUND: The understanding of spontaneous scar based reentrant atrial arrhythmia is limited. We aim to characterize the electrophysiologic and mapping features of spontaneous scar based atrial flutter (AFL) and outcomes of catheter ablation. METHODS: Consecutive patients with a diagnosis of AFL who underwent catheter ablation from Jan 2012 to Jun 2015 were screened. Scars were detected in 12 patients and were included in this study. All had negative coronary angiography...
May 23, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790125/management-of-major-bleeding-and-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-results-from-the-start-event-registry
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Sophie Testa, Walter Ageno, Emilia Antonucci, Rossella Morandini, Jan Beyer-Westendorf, Maurizio Paciaroni, Marc Righini, Piera Sivera, Peter Verhamme, Vittorio Pengo, Daniela Poli, Gualtiero Palareti
The management of major bleeding in patients treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) is still not well established. START-Events, a branch of the START registry (Survey on anTicoagulated pAtients RegisTer) (NCT02219984), aims to describe the actual management of bleeding or recurrent thrombotic events in routine clinical practice. We here present the results of the management of bleeding patients. The START-Event registry is a prospective, observational, multicenter, international study. Baseline characteristics (demographic, clinical, risk factors) of patients, laboratory data at admission and during follow-up, site of bleeding, therapeutic strategies, and outcomes at the time of hospital discharge and after 6 months were recorded on a web-based case report form...
May 22, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790035/feasibility-of-intracardiac-echocardiography-imaging-from-the-left-superior-pulmonary-vein-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion
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Do Young Kim, Seung Yong Shin, Jin-Seok Kim, Seong Hwan Kim, Young-Hoon Kim, Hong Euy Lim
Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is considered an alternative imaging modality for left atrium appendage occlusion (LAAO) to avoid general anesthesia. However, the quality of ICE images obtained from right atrium can be suboptimal compared with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) imaging. Although placing an ICE probe into left atrium can improve imaging quality, there are limited data regarding procedure outcomes of ICE-guided LAAO versus TEE-guided LAAO. One hundred forty four patients who underwent LAAO with Amplatzer Cardiac Plug, Amulet, or Watchman device were enrolled from two referral institutes...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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