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Sandeep Prabhu, Vincent Mackin, Alex Ja McLellan, Tuong Phan, Desmond McGlade, Liang-Han Ling, Kah Y Peck, Alexandr Voskoboinik, Bupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Geoffrey Lee, Justin Mariani, Andrew J Taylor, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
INTRODUCTION: The significance of adenosine induced dormant pulmonary vein (PV) conduction in AF ablation remains controversial. The optimal dose of adenosine to determine dormant PV conduction is yet to be systematically explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing index AF ablation received 3 adenosine doses (12mg, 18mg, 24mg) in a randomized blinded order, immediately after PVI. Electrophysiological (PR prolongation, AV block (AVB) and PV reconnection) and hemodynamic (BP) parameters were measured...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Ning Ma, Xiao-Yan Wu, Chang-Sheng Ma, Nian Liu, Rong Bai, Xin Du, Yan-Fei Ruan, Jian-Zeng Dong
Catheter ablation has been recommended as a treatment option for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) patients complicated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). PAF patients with T2DM have a higher recurrence rate after catheter ablation. Prolongation of corrected QT (QTc) interval has been linked to poor outcomes in T2DM patients. Whether the abnormal QTc interval is associated with the ablation outcome in the PAF patients with T2DM remains unknown. In this study, 134 PAF patients with T2DM undergoing primary catheter ablation were retrospectively enrolled...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Jeremiah Wasserlauf, Bradley P Knight, Zhi Li, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Rishi Arora, Alexandru B Chicos, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Susan S Kim, Albert C Lin, Nishant Verma, Martha M Bohn, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) can be performed under general anesthesia (GA) or moderate sedation (MS). Our objective was to compare the effectiveness, safety, procedure duration, and time spent in the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory for CBA performed under GA and MS. METHODS: . Patients undergoing a first CBA for pAF were identified. Patients received either GA administered by an anesthesiologist or MS with midazolam and fentanyl administered by EP laboratory staff...
October 17, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Melanie A Gunawardene, Boris A Hoffmann, Benjamin Schaeffer, Da-Un Chung, Julia Moser, Ruken Oezge Akbulak, Mario Jularic, Christian Eickholt, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
INTRODUCTION: Comparative data of early recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation (ERAF) following second-generation cryoballoon (CB-G2) and radiofrequency current (RFC) ablation for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in paroxysmal AF (PAF) are rare. We randomized PAF patients into either PVI with CB-G2 (group 1) or PVI with a combined RFC-approach applying contact force (CF) with the endpoint of unexcitability (group 2) to investigate ERAF. METHODS: In group 1 (n = 30), CB-G2-PVI was performed...
October 14, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Tomos E Walters, Jonathan M Kalman, Sheila K Patel, Megan Mearns, Elena Velkoska, Louise M Burrell
AIM: Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is an integral membrane protein whose main action is to degrade angiotensin II. Plasma ACE2 activity is increased in various cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to determine the relationship between plasma ACE2 activity and human atrial fibrillation (AF), and in particular its relationship to left atrial (LA) structural remodelling. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and three participants from a tertiary arrhythmia centre, including 58 with paroxysmal AF (PAF), 20 with persistent AF (PersAF), and 25 controls, underwent clinical evaluation, echocardiographic analysis, and measurement of plasma ACE2 activity...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
R Hofman, W J Nusselder, I K Veldhuijzen, J H Richardus
OBJECTIVE: To estimate mortality due to chronic hepatitis B-virus (HBV) and hepatitis C-virus (HCV) infections in the Netherlands from 2002 to 2015. DESIGN: A cross-sectional analysis based on cause-of-death statistics. METHOD: From Statistics Netherlands we obtained detailed data regarding the number of deaths per year in the following ICD-10 categories: chronic viral hepatitis; malignant neoplasm of the liver and intrahepatic bile ducts; fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver; and alcoholic liver disease...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
M Senkoro, A M V Kumar, P Chinnakali, S G Mfinanga, S Egwaga, V Kamara, F van Leth, S G Hinderaker
SETTING: Tanzania has an estimated tuberculosis (TB) prevalence of 295 per 100 000 adult population. There is currently no nationally representative information on factors associated with TB in Tanzania. OBJECTIVE: To determine the demographic and clinical factors associated with bacteriologically confirmed TB in the adult general population of Tanzania. DESIGN: A case-control study nested in a nationally representative TB prevalence survey...
October 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Yu-Feng Hu, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Hung-I Yeh, Kun-Tai Lee, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Cheng-Hung Li, Tze-Fan Chao, Fa-Po Chung, Jo-Nan Liao, Paul Wei Hua Tang, Wei-Chung Tsai, Chuen-Wang Chiou, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: The association of gene variants with atrial fibrillation (AF) type and the recurrence of AF after catheter ablation in Taiwan is still unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationships between gene variants, AF type, and the recurrence of AF. METHODS: In our investigation, we examined 383 consecutive patients with AF (61.9 ± 14.0 years; 63% men); of these 383 patients, 189 underwent catheter ablation for drug-refractory AF. Thereafter, the single nucleotide polymorphisms rs2200733, and rs7193343 were genotyped using real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz, Rodrigo M Carrillo-Larco, Robert H Gilman, Catherine H Miele, William Checkley, Jonathan C Wells, Liam Smeeth, J Jaime Miranda
BACKGROUND: The study aims were to estimate the incidence and risk factors for T2D in four settings with different degree of urbanization and altitude in Peru. METHODS: Prospective cohort study conducted in urban, semi-urban, and rural areas in Peru. An age- and sex-stratified random sample of participants was taken from the most updated census. T2D was defined as fasting blood glucose ⩾7.0mmol/L or taking anti-diabetes medication. Exposures were divided into two groups: geographical variables (urbanization and altitude), and modifiable risk factors...
September 21, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Mario Rodríguez, Saioa Márquez, Juan Vladimir de la Rosa, Sara Alonso, Antonio Castrillo, Mariano Sánchez Crespo, Nieves Fernández
CREB and STAT3 may control inflammation by several mechanisms, one of the best characterized is the induction of the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. STAT3 also down-regulates the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by ITAM-coupled receptors, a mechanism termed cross-inhibition. Because signaling via ITAM-dependent mechanisms is a hallmark of fungal pattern receptors, STAT3 activation might be involved in the cross-inhibition associated with invasive fungal infections. The fungal surrogate zymosan produced the phosphorylation of Y705-STAT3 and the expression of Ifnb1 and Socs3, but did not induce the IFN-signature cytokines Cxcl9 and Cxcl10 in BM-derived dendritic cells...
October 6, 2016: Immunology
Chikkamenahalli Lakshminarayana Lakshmikanth, Shancy Petsel Jacob, Avinash Kundadka Kudva, Calivarathan Latchoumycandane, Puttaraju Srikanta Murthy Yashaswini, Mosale Seetharam Sumanth, Cassiano F Goncalves-de-Albuquerque, Adriana R Silva, Sridevi Annapurna Singh, Hugo C Castro-Faria-Neto, Sandeep Kumble Prabhu, Thomas M McIntyre, Gopal Kedihithlu Marathe
The endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) promotes sepsis, but bacterial peptides also promote inflammation leading to sepsis. We found, intraperitoneal administration of live or heat inactivated E. coli JE5505 lacking the abundant outer membrane protein, Braun lipoprotein (BLP), was less toxic than E. coli DH5α possessing BLP in Swiss albino mice. Injection of BLP free of LPS purified from E. coli DH5α induced massive infiltration of leukocytes in lungs and liver. BLP activated human polymorphonuclear cells (PMNs) ex vivo to adhere to denatured collagen in serum and polymyxin B independent fashion, a property distinct from LPS...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jingbo Jiang, Jinyi Li, Guoqiang Zhong, Junjun Jiang
PURPOSE: Currently, radiofrequency (RF) and cryoballoon are the most commonly used ablation technologies for atrial fibrillation (AF). We performed a meta-analysis to assess the efficacy and safety of the second-generation cryoballoons (CB-2) compared with RF for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) ablation. METHODS: The PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase databases were searched and qualified studies were identified. The primary clinical outcome was the recurrence rate of atrial tachyarrhythmia (AT), and the secondary clinical outcomes were procedure time, fluoroscopy time, and the complications that followed...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Stefan M Kallenberger, Christian Schmid, Felix Wiedmann, Derliz Mereles, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas, Constanze Schmidt
Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) is a major risk factor for stroke but remains often unobserved. To predict the presence of pAF, we developed model scores based on echocardiographic and other clinical parameters from routine cardiac assessment. The scores can be easily implemented to clinical practice and might improve the early detection of pAF. In total, 47 echocardiographic and other clinical parameters were collected from 1000 patients with sinus rhythm (SR; n = 728), pAF (n = 161) and cAF (n = 111)...
2016: PloS One
Emily Mosites, Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Judd Walson, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Marian L Neuhouser
Reducing the burden of stunting in childhood is critical to improving health in low- and middle-income settings. However, because many aetiologies underlie linear growth failure, stunting has proved difficult to prevent and reverse. Understanding the contributions these aetiologies make to the burden of stunting can help the development of targeted, effective interventions. To begin to frame these causes, a qualitative and a quantitative framework of the primary drivers of stunting in low-resource settings were developed...
September 29, 2016: Paediatrics and International Child Health
Tammy Y N Tong, Nicholas J Wareham, Kay-Tee Khaw, Fumiaki Imamura, Nita G Forouhi
BACKGROUND: Despite convincing evidence in the Mediterranean region, the cardiovascular benefit of the Mediterranean diet is not well established in non-Mediterranean countries and the optimal criteria for defining adherence are unclear. The population attributable fraction (PAF) of adherence to this diet is also unknown. METHODS: In the UK-based EPIC-Norfolk prospective cohort, we evaluated habitual diets assessed at baseline (1993-1997) and during follow-up (1998-2000) using food-frequency questionnaires (n = 23,902)...
September 29, 2016: BMC Medicine
Guillaume MuasaPatoka Kalonji, Gérard De Connick, Léon Okenge Ngongo, Dieudonné Kazumba Nsaka, Thierry Kabengele, Félicien Tshimungu Kandolo, Félicien Ilunga-Ilunga, Albert Adelin, Didier Giet
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis still remains a major public health concern in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in prison settings. The present study aimed at determining tuberculosis (TB) prevalence and associated risk factors in inmates of the Mbuji-Mayi Central Prison. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was performed over a 6-month period (January to June 2015) in Mbuji-Mayi Central Prison. A total of 733 inmates were screened systematically for TB...
2016: Tropical Medicine and Health
Charlotte van Laar, Johannes Kelder, Bart P van Putte
The purpose of this study was to update the current evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of the totally thoracoscopic maze (TT-maze) procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Fourteen studies published between 2011 and 2016 and comprising 1171 patients were included as follows: 545 (46%) patients had paroxysmal AF (pAF), 268 (23%) persistent AF (persAF) and 358 (31%) longstanding persistent AF (LSPAF). Fixed- and random-effect models were used to calculate the pooled overall freedom from atrial arrhythmias...
September 23, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Edgar Monroy, Jose Azpiri, Cuauhtémoc De La Peña, Carlos Cardona, Miguel Hinojosa, Rafael Zamarripa, Jose Assad
Pulmonary vein isolation using robotic radiosurgery system CyberKnife is a new non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation, currently in clinical phase. Robotic radiosurgical pulmonary vein isolation (RRPVI) uses stereotactic, non-invasive (painless) pinpoint radiation energy delivery to a small, precise area to accomplish ablation. The purpose of this report is to describe the finding of an increase in the enhancement of the left atrium demonstrated with the use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging using late gadolinium enhancement (LGE-CMR) as a result of RRPVI in the first case in the world in humans using CyberKnife as a treatment for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF)...
2016: Curēus
Ippei Kikuchi, Atsushi Takahashi-Kanemitsu, Natsuki Sakiyama, Chao Tang, Pei-Jung Tang, Saori Noda, Kazuki Nakao, Hidetoshi Kassai, Toshiro Sato, Atsu Aiba, Masanori Hatakeyama
Evolutionally conserved Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh) and Notch morphogen pathways play essential roles in the development, homeostasis and pathogenesis of multicellular organisms. Nevertheless, mechanisms that intracellularly coordinate these signal inputs remain poorly understood. Here we found that parafibromin, a component of the PAF complex, competitively interacts with β-catenin and Gli1, thereby potentiating transactivation of Wnt- and Hh-target genes in a mutually exclusive manner. Parafibromin also binds to the Notch intracellular domain (NICD), enabling concerted activation of Wnt- and Notch-target genes...
September 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Narjes Hazar, Leila Seddigh, Zahra Rampisheh, Marzieh Nojomi
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia. Demonstrating the modifiable risk factors of AD can help to plan for prevention of this disease. The aim of the current review was to characterize modifiable cardiovascular risk factors of AD using existing data and determine their contribution in AD development in Iran and the world. METHODS: The systematic search was done in Medline, Scopus, and Cochrane databases from inception to May 2014 to find systematic reviews or meta-analyses about association between AD and cardiovascular modifiable risk factors included diabetes, hypertension (HTN), physical inactivity, smoking, hypercholesterolemia, and overweight and obesity...
July 6, 2016: Iranian Journal of Neurology
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