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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922120/regulation-of-human-cardiac-potassium-channels-by-full-length-kcne3-and-kcne4
#1
Geoffrey W Abbott
Voltage-gated potassium (Kv) channels comprise pore-forming α subunits and a multiplicity of regulatory proteins, including the cardiac-expressed and cardiac arrhythmia-linked transmembrane KCNE subunits. After recently uncovering novel, N-terminally extended (L) KCNE3 and KCNE4 isoforms and detecting their transcripts in human atrium, reported here are their functional effects on human cardiac Kv channel α subunits expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. As previously reported for short isoforms KCNE3S and KCNE4S, KCNE3L inhibited hERG; KCNE4L inhibited Kv1...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920832/risk-factors-for-amiodarone-induced-thyroid-dysfunction-in-japan
#2
Sayoko Kinoshita, Tomohiro Hayashi, Kyoichi Wada, Mikie Yamato, Takeshi Kuwahara, Toshihisa Anzai, Mai Fujimoto, Kouichi Hosomi, Mitsutaka Takada
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone is associated with a number of significant adverse effects, including elevated transaminase levels, pulmonary fibrosis, arrhythmia, and thyroid dysfunction. Although thyroid dysfunction is considered to be a common and potentially serious adverse effect of amiodarone therapy, the exact pathogenesis remains unknown because of its complex manifestations. Therefore, the prevalence of, and risk factors for, amiodarone-induced thyroid dysfunction in Japanese patients were investigated in the present study...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918873/loperamide-the-poor-man-s-methadone-brief-review
#3
Cornel N Stanciu, Samantha A Gnanasegaram
Loperamide is widely available as an inexpensive, over-the-counter remedy commonly used for management of diarrhea. Although an opioid, at therapeutic doses it acts primarily on the gastrointestinal tissues; however, larger than recommended amounts facilitate central nervous system (CNS) penetration. Such high doses of loperamide have recently gained popularity among users of opioids to manage withdrawal symptomatology and, less frequently, to achieve psychoactive effects. Chronic loperamide use can result in development of tolerance and, upon abrupt cessation of use, withdrawal...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917818/galectin-3-a-biochemical-marker-to-detect-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#4
Yusuf Selcoki, H İbrahim Aydin, Tugrul H Celik, Ahmet Isleyen, Ali Erayman, M Bora Demircelik, Hilmi Demirin, Aydin Kosus, Beyhan Eryonucu
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of arrhythmia. AF leads to electrical remodelling and fibrosis of the atria; however, the mechanism(s) remain poorly understood. Galectin-3 is a potential mediator of cardiac fibrosis. The present study aimed to examine the relationship between serum galectin-3 levels and paroxysmal AF. METHODS: Forty-six patients with paroxysmal AF and preserved left ventricular systolic function, and 38 age- and gender-matched control subjects, were involved in the study...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917792/potential-beneficial-effects-of-foot-bathing-on-cardiac-rhythm
#5
Duygu Aydin, Siti Sugih Hartiningsih, Melike Gokce Izgi, Sevgi Bay, Kubra Unlu, Meryem Ozlem Tatar, Ayse Melike Alparslan, Mohammed Ozeri, Senol Dane
PURPOSE: Foot bathing therapy is a simple technique that induces sensations of comfort and relaxation. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of foot bathing therapy on heart rate variability (HRV) parameters in a healthy population. METHODS: Participants were twenty healthy female subjects (median age=20.67 years, SD=1.04). The recording ECG was applied for 5 minutes before and for 5 minutes after foot bathing therapy of 10 minutes. Subjects rested for 10 minutes without recording ECG in order to stabilize autonomic parameters...
December 1, 2016: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916589/a-novel-mechanism-for-human-cardiac-ankyrin-b-syndrome-due-to-reciprocal-chromosomal-translocation
#6
A J Huq, M D Pertile, A M Davis, H Landon, P A James, C F Kline, J Vohra, P J Mohler, M B Delatycki
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rhythm abnormalities are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. Loss-of-function variants in the ANK2 gene can cause a variety of cardiac rhythm abnormalities including sinus node dysfunction, atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias (called the "ankyrin-B syndrome"). ANK2 encodes ankyrin-B, a molecule critical for the membrane targeting of key cardiac ion channels, transporters, and signalling proteins. METHODS AND RESULTS: Here, we describe a family with a reciprocal chromosomal translocation between chromosomes 4q25 and 9q26 that transects the ANK2 gene on chromosome 4 resulting in loss-of-function of ankyrin-B...
November 16, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916321/exercise-induced-quantitative-microvolt-t-wave-alternans-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#7
Murillo de Oliveira Antunes, Nelson Samesima, Horacio Gomes Pereira Filho, Afonso Yoshikiro Matsumoto, Richard L Verrier, Carlos Alberto Pastore, Edmundo Arteaga-Fernández, Charles Mady
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have elevated risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). Our study aimed to quantitatively characterize microvolt T-wave alternans (TWA), a potential arrhythmia risk stratification tool, in this HCM patient population. METHODS: TWA was analyzed with the quantitative modified moving average (MMA) in 132 HCM patients undergoing treadmill exercise testing, grouped according to Maron score risk factors as high-risk (H-Risk, n=67,), or low-risk (L-Risk, n=65, without these risk factors)...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916062/-perioperational-management-of-gynecological-cancer-patients-with-severe-internal-medical-complications-a-serial-of-37-clinical-cases
#8
J Hu, W Q Lyu, Y L Guo, H W Wen, H Qiao, Y Qu
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of perioperational management of gynecological cancer patients with severe internal medical complications. Methods: We collected 37 cases of gynecological cancer patients with severe internal medical complications who were hospitalized in Peking University First Hospital from Jan. 2010 to Nov. 2014. All of the cases were planned to move to ICU right after operation based on the preoperational assessment of anesthetist and physician. The median age was 69.4 years, and 25 cases (68%,25/37) of them were over 70 years old...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915262/procedural-outcomes-of-fluoroless-catheter-ablation-outside-the-traditional-catheterization-lab
#9
Amee M Bigelow, Philip C Smith, Dylan T Timberlake, Neil L McNinch, Grace L Smith, John R Lane, John M Clark
AIMS: Non-fluoroscopic catheter ablation is becoming routine. In experienced centres, fluoroscopy is rarely required. The use of a traditional catheterization lab (cath lab) may no longer be necessary. We began performing catheter ablations at a paediatric centre outside the traditional cardiac cath lab in 2013. The purpose of this study was to compare procedural features of paediatric catheter ablation performed outside the cath lab to those performed within a cath lab. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively looked at patients presenting to the paediatric centre with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) undergoing catheter ablation outside the cath lab in a standard operating room (OR group)...
December 2, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914945/effects-of-zacopride-a-moderate-ik1-channel-agonist-on-triggered-arrhythmia-and-contractility-in-human-ventricular-myocardium
#10
Mohammad T Elnakish, Benjamin D Canan, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Ventricular tachycardia is the leading cause of sudden arrhythmic death in the U.S. Recently, the moderate IK1 channel activator, zacopride, was shown to suppress triggered ventricular tachycardia in rats. Nonetheless, concerns were raised about the possibility of pro-arrhythmic activity after IK1 channel stimulation based on the promising anti-arrhythmic strategy of IK1 blockade in other animal models. Therefore, the goal of the current study was to investigate the ex-vivo effects of zacopride on triggered arrhythmia and contractility in ventricular human myocardium in order to validate data that was solely obtained from animal models...
November 30, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914359/obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-arrhythmia-a-systemic-review
#11
EDITORIAL
Nirav Patel, Caroline Donahue, Abhishek Shenoy, Arpan Patel, Nabil El-Sherif
There is a growing consensus in the scientific community that suggests a strong association between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular (CVD) conditions and events, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, arrhythmia, heart failure, and sudden cardiac death. We reviewed evidence on the relationship between OSA and arrhythmia. Our conclusion, based on our review of the literature, is that the evidence supports a strong link between OSA and cardiovascular mortality, which warrants treating OSA...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914158/causes-of-death-in-an-acute-psychiatric-inpatient-unit-of-a-portuguese-general-hospital
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Sofia Barbosa, Márcia Sequeira, Sara Castro, Rita Manso, Catarina Klut Câmara, Bruno Trancas, Nuno Borja-Santos, Teresa Maia
INTRODUCTION: Psychiatric patients are at increased risk of death from a number of natural and unnatural causes. This study examines the mortality causes of all psychiatric inpatients of an acute psychiatric unit at a general hospital in Portugal for sixteen years (1998 to 2013). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-one inpatients died at the inpatient unit between 1998 and 2013 (average 1.3 per year). A retrospective study through case-file review was carried to collect demographic characteristics, medical and psychiatry diagnosis...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913400/incidence-risk-factors-and-outcome-of-life-threatening-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-giant-cell-myocarditis
#13
Kaj Ekström, Jukka Lehtonen, Riina Kandolin, Anne Räisänen-Sokolowski, Kaisa Salmenkivi, Markku Kupari
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachyarrhythmias are characteristic of giant cell myocarditis, but their true incidence, predictors, and outcome are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our work involved 51 patients with giant cell myocarditis (35 women) aged 52±12 years. Their medical records were reviewed for history, results of laboratory and imaging studies, and occurrence of serious cardiac events, including life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Sudden cardiac death (fatal or aborted) was the primary end point of our analyses, whereas the composite of sudden cardiac death and ventricular tachycardia requiring treatment constituted the secondary end point...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913009/quantitative-changes-in-late-gadolinium-enhancement-at-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-myocarditis
#14
Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Paola Sormani, Angelica Peritore, Angela Milazzo, Giuseppina Quattrocchi, Manlio Cipriani, Fabrizio Oliva, Cristina Giannattasio, Maria Frigerio, Alberto Roghi, Paolo G Camici, Patrizia Pedrotti
BACKGROUND: The presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) at cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has diagnostic and prognostic value in patients with acute myocarditis (AM). Aim of our study was to quantify the changes in LGE extension (LGE%) early after AM and evaluate its relations with biventricular function and morphology. METHODS: We investigated 76 consecutive patients with AM (acute onset of chest pain/heart failure/ventricular arrhythmias not explained by other causes, and raised troponin) that met CMR criteria based on myocardial oedema at T2-weighted images and LGE on post-contrast images at median time of 6days from onset of symptoms...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912925/cardiac-arrest-in-pediatric-patients-receiving-azithromycin
#15
Santiago O Valdés, Jeffrey J Kim, Mary C Niu, Caridad M de la Uz, Christina Y Miyake, Brady S Moffett
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of pediatric patients treated with azithromycin compared with penicillin or cephalosporin. We hypothesized that azithromycin use would not be associated with increased cardiac mortality in the pediatric population. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study from the Pediatric Health Information System database between 2008 and 2012. Patients <19 years of age with a principal diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia who received an antibiotic were included...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910059/gene-therapy-for-post-infarction-ventricular-tachycardia
#16
J Kevin Donahue
Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world. In particular, cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death in these countries. Death generally results from a ventricular tachyarrhythmia, and pathology data have shown that cardiac arrest victims very frequently have evidence of coronary atherosclerosis with either acute ischemia or healed myocardial infarction. In this work, we describe an animal model that reproducibly has inducible ventricular tachyarrhythmias after healing of a myocardial infarction scar and a gene delivery method that allows gene transfer to the scar and surrounding myocardial tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909544/reducing-the-risk-of-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-with-direct-oral-anticoagulants-is-one-of-these-not-like-the-others
#17
REVIEW
Paul P Dobesh Pharm D, John Fanikos Mba R Ph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and increases risk of stroke by nearly 5-fold. While warfarin has been employed successfully to reduce the risk of stroke in these patients, there are a number of challenges with therapy. These include the need for therapeutic monitoring due to variability in patient response, frequent dose adjustments, numerous drug-drug, drug-food, and drug-disease interactions, and a heightened risk of thrombosis and bleeding due to these issues. Current guidelines recommend that the vitamin K antagonists (VKA) or direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) should be used for thromboprophylaxis in patients with nonvalvular AF at risk for stroke or systemic embolic events...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909535/search-for-the-ideal-antithrombotic-drug-utopian-task-likely-is-implemented-already
#18
REVIEW
Petras Stirbys Md PhD
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia with a high risk of ischemic stroke. Thromboprophylaxis plays a key role in prevention of cardioembolic and non-cardioembolic events. Oral antithrombotic drugs are most often used to reduce hypercoagulable state. Patients may suffer from both under- and overtreatment compromising the outcomes. Medication peculiarities at large are well-known and widely debated. Non-adherence to antithrombotic drug regimen poses a significant risk of stroke. There is a pressing need for more detailed delineation of risk factors, namely by incorporation of the letter "N" (meaning "Non-adherence to drug therapy") into the well-known risk score alphanumeric display: CHA2DS2N-VASc...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909533/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-drug-development-and-screening-in-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
#19
REVIEW
Ben Jehuda Ronen, Barad Lili
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), an inherited arrhythmia often leading to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults, is characterized by polymorphic/bidirectional ventricular tachycardia induced by adrenergic stimulation associated with emotionally stress or physical exercise. There are two forms of CPVT: 1. CPVT1 is caused by mutations in the RYR2 gene, encoding for ryanodine receptor type 2. CPVT1 is the most common form of CPVT in the population, and is inherited by a dominant mechanism...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909501/-two-for-the-price-of-one-a-single-lead-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-system-with-a-floating-atrial-dipole
#20
REVIEW
Nicole E Worden Md, Musab Alqasrawi Md, Siva M Krothapalli Md, Alexander Mazur Md
In patients known to be a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are a proven therapy to reduce risk of death. However, in patients without conventional indications for pacing, the optimal strategy for type of device, dual- versus single-chamber, remains debatable. The benefit of prophylactic pacing in this category of patients has never been documented. Although available atrial electrograms in a dual chamber system improve interpretation of stored arrhythmia events, allow monitoring of atrial fibrillation and may potentially reduce the risk of inappropriate shocks by enhancing automated arrhythmia discrimination, the use of dual-chamber ICDs has a number of disadvantages...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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