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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457264/comparison-of-left-atrial-size-and-function-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-in-fabry-disease-with-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#1
María Cristina Saccheri, Tomás Francisco Cianciulli, Wilde Challapa Licidio, Jorge A Lax, Martín A Beck, Luis A Morita, Juan A Gagliardi
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are two diseases with a different pathophysiology, both cause left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and myocardial fibrosis. Although remodeling and systolic dysfunction of the left atrium (LA) are associated with atrial fibrillation and stroke in HCM, changes in the size and function of the LA have not been well studied in FD with LVH. METHODS: The following groups were studied prospectively, and their respective findings compared: 19 patients with non-obstructive HCM (Group I), 20 patients with a diagnosis of Fabry cardiomyopathy (Group II), and 20 normal subjects matched for sex and age (Group III)...
February 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456606/sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-dynamic-cavity-obstruction-the-case-for-a-decatecholaminisation-strategy
#2
Cosmin Balan, Adrian View-Kim Wong
Catecholamines are entrenched in the management of shock states. A paradigm shift has pervaded the critical care arena in recent years acknowledging their propensity to cause harm and fuel a 'death-spiral'. We present the case of a 21-year-old male following a witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who received high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation and standard advanced life support for refractory ventricular fibrillation until return of spontaneous circulation after 70 min. Early post-admission echocardiography revealed severe diffuse sub-basal left ventricular hypertrophy with dynamic mid-cavity obstruction and akinetic apical pouching...
February 2018: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454666/right-atrium-enlargement-predicts-clinically-significant-supraventricular-arrhythmia-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#3
Marcin Waligóra, Anna Tyrka, Tomasz Miszalski-Jamka, Małgorzata Urbańczyk-Zawadzka, Piotr Podolec, Grzegorz Kopeć
BACKGROUND: Right atrial (RA) enlargement is a common finding in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and an important predictor of mortality, however its relation to the risk of atrial arrhythmias has not been assessed. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether RA enlargement is associated with supraventricular arrhythmias (SVA) and whether it predicts new clinically significant SVA (csSVA). METHODS: Patients with PAH were recruited between January 2010 and December 2014 and followed until January 2017...
February 14, 2018: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454549/technology-advances-to-improve-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-what-clinicians-should-know
#4
Angelo Auricchio, Ward A Heggermont
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a well-established treatment for symptomatic heart failure patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, prolonged QRS duration, and abnormal QRS morphology. The ultimate goals of modern CRT are to improve the proportion of patients responding to CRT and to maximize the response to CRT in patients who do respond. While the rate of CRT nonresponders has moderately but progressively decreased over the last 20 years, mostly in patients with left bundle branch block, in patients without left bundle branch block the response rate is almost unchanged...
February 14, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454137/mechanisms-and-management-of-refractory-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-age-of-autonomic-modulation
#5
Jason S Bradfield, Olujimi A Ajijola, Marmar Vaseghi, Kalyanam Shivkumar
Ventricular arrhythmias are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year. Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an essential component of the management of these life-threatening arrhythmias. However, in many patients, despite medical and interventional therapy, VT recurs. Further, some VT substrates (mid-myocardial, left ventricular summit, intra-septal) are not easily targeted, due to limitations of currently available technology. In certain clinical settings, ventricular fibrillation (VF) episodes that have premature ventricular contraction (PVC) triggers can also be targeted with catheter ablation...
February 14, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453615/vidarabine-an-anti-herpesvirus-agent-prevents-catecholamine-induced-arrhythmias-without-adverse-effect-on-heart-function-in-mice
#6
Kenji Suita, Takayuki Fujita, Wenqian Cai, Yuko Hidaka, Huiling Jin, Rajesh Prajapati, Masanari Umemura, Utako Yokoyama, Motohiko Sato, Björn C Knollmann, Satoshi Okumura, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Sympathetic activation causes clinically important arrhythmias including atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular tachyarrhythmia. Although the usefulness of β-adrenergic receptor blockade therapy is widely accepted, its multiple critical side effects often prevent its initiation or continuation. The aim of this study is to determine the advantages of vidarabine, an adenylyl cyclase (AC)-targeted anti-sympathetic agent, as an alternative treatment for arrhythmia. We found that vidarabine, which we identified as a cardiac AC inhibitor, consistently shortens AF duration and reduces the incidence of sympathetic activation-induced ventricular arrhythmias...
February 16, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453325/performance-of-the-2015-international-task-force-consensus-statement-risk-stratification-algorithm-for-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-placement-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy
#7
Gabriela M Orgeron, Anneline Te Riele, Crystal Tichnell, Weijia Wang, Brittney Murray, Aditya Bhonsale, Daniel P Judge, Ihab R Kamel, Stephan L Zimmerman, Harikrishna Tandri, Hugh Calkins, Cynthia A James
BACKGROUND: Ventricular arrhythmias are a feared complication of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy. In 2015, an International Task Force Consensus Statement proposed a risk stratification algorithm for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator placement in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS: To evaluate performance of the algorithm, 365 arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy patients were classified as having a Class I, IIa, IIb, or III indication per the algorithm at baseline...
February 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452989/prognostic-role-of-cardiac-calcifications-in-primary-prevention-a-powerful-marker-of-adverse-outcome-highly-dependent-on-underlying-cardiac-rhythm
#8
Carmine Mazzone, Gianni Cioffi, Concetta Di Nora, Giulia Barbati, Federica Guidetti, Pompilio Faggiano, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giorgio Faganello, Endria Casanova Borca, Andrea Di Lenarda
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence exists regarding calcium detected in aortic cusps and/or mitral annulus (AOC_MAC) at transthoracic echocardiogram as a predictor of cardiovascular (CV) events and mortality. PURPOSE: To verify whether AOC_MAC has a prognostic role in the setting of primary prevention independently of the presence of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: All subjects consecutively referred from January 2011 to October 2014 to the Cardiovascular Centre for CV risk assessment in primary prevention were selected...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452692/prognostic-significance-of-complex-ventricular-arrhythmias-complicating-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#9
Tomasz Podolecki, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Jacek Kowalczyk, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Piotr Chodor, Michal Mazurek, Pawel Francuz, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitrega, Zbigniew Kalarus
The aim of the study was to assess the clinical significance of complex ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) (sustained ventricular tachycardia [sVT] and ventricular fibrillation [VF]) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) depending on timing of arrhythmia. We analyzed 4,363 consecutive patients with STEMI treated invasively between 2004 and 2014. The median follow-up was 69.6 months (range: 0 to 139.8 months). The study population was divided into 2 main groups; VA group encompassed 476 patients (10...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451950/intrinsic-changes-of-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-beh%C3%A3-et-disease-and-comparison-according-to-systemic-disease-activity
#10
Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Su-Jin Yoo, Yunseon Park, Yeon Ju Kim, In Suk Lee, Jinhyun Kim, In Seol Yoo, Seung Cheol Shim, Seong Wook Kang, Jun-Hyung Kim, Jae-Hwan Lee, Si Wan Choi, Jin-Ok Jeong, In-Whan Seong
PURPOSE: Although cardiac manifestation of Behçet disease (BD) has been described in sporadic reports, its timely diagnosis remains difficult. The objective of this study was to describe early cardiac manifestations of BD. We also performed a comprehensive classification of systemic BD activity and compared their cardiac manifestations. METHODS: A prospective screening using speckle tracking echocardiography was performed in 85 patients with BD who had no history of heart disease...
February 16, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450695/a-clinical-approach-to-arrhythmias-revisited-in-2018-from-ecg-over-noninvasive-and-invasive-electrophysiology-to-advanced-imaging
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REVIEW
L Jordaens
Understanding arrhythmias and their treatment is not always easy. The current straightforward approach with catheter ablation and device therapy is an amazing achievement, but does not make management of underlying or other cardiac disease and pharmacological therapy unnecessary. The goal of this paper is to describe how much of the knowledge of the 1980s and early 1990s can and should still be applied in the modern treatment of patients with arrhythmias. After an introduction, this review will focus on paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and a prototype of 'idiopathic' ventricular arrhythmias, two diseases with a striking similarity, and will discuss the arrhythmogenesis...
February 15, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447735/new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-pci-or-cabg-for-left-main-disease-the-excel-trial
#12
Ioanna Kosmidou, Shmuel Chen, A Pieter Kappetein, Patrick W Serruys, Bernard J Gersh, John D Puskas, David E Kandzari, David P Taggart, Marie-Claude Morice, Paweł E Buszman, Andrzej Bochenek, Erick Schampaert, Pierre Pagé, Joseph F Sabik, Thomas McAndrew, Björn Redfors, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gregg W Stone
BACKGROUND: There is limited information on the incidence and prognostic impact of new-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) for left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the incidence of NOAF following PCI and CABG for LMCAD and its effect on 3-year cardiovascular outcomes. METHODS: In the EXCEL (Evaluation of XIENCE Versus Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery for Effectiveness of Left Main Revascularization) trial, 1,905 patients with LMCAD and low or intermediate SYNTAX scores were randomized to PCI with everolimus-eluting stents versus CABG...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447733/stroke-risk-in-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-after-myocardial-infarction-without-atrial-fibrillation
#13
João Pedro Ferreira, Nicolas Girerd, John Gregson, Ichraq Latar, Abhinav Sharma, Marc A Pfeffer, John J V McMurray, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Bertram Pitt, Kenneth Dickstein, Patrick Rossignol, Faiez Zannad
BACKGROUND: Stroke can occur after myocardial infarction (MI) in the absence of atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify risk factors (excluding AF) for the occurrence of stroke and to develop a calibrated and validated stroke risk score in patients with MI and heart failure (HF) and/or systolic dysfunction. METHODS: The datasets included in this pooling initiative were derived from 4 trials: CAPRICORN (Effect of Carvedilol on Outcome After Myocardial Infarction in Patients With Left Ventricular Dysfunction), OPTIMAAL (Optimal Trial in Myocardial Infarction With Angiotensin II Antagonist Losartan), VALIANT (Valsartan in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial), and EPHESUS (Eplerenone Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction Heart Failure Efficacy and Survival Study); EPHESUS was used for external validation...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445096/chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-promotes-myocardial-ischemia-related-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-sudden-cardiac-death
#14
Jessica Morand, Claire Arnaud, Jean-Louis Pepin, Diane Godin-Ribuot
We investigated the effects of intermittent hypoxia (IH), such as that encountered in severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients, on the development and severity of myocardial ischemia-related ventricular arrhythmias. Rats were exposed to 14 days of IH (30 s at 5%O 2 and 30 s at 21%O 2 , 8 h·day -1 ) or normoxia (N, similar air-air cycles) and submitted to a 30-min coronary ligature. Arterial blood pressure (BP) and ECG were recorded for power spectral analysis, ECG interval measurement and arrhythmia quantification...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445057/utility-of-fluid-assessment-based-on-the-intrathoracic-impedance-monitoring-in-a-peripartum-woman-with-heart-disease
#15
Atsushi Daimon, Chizuko A Kamiya, Masami Sawada, Yusuke Ueda, Chinami Horiuchi, Takekazu Miyoshi, Mitsuhiro Tsuritani, Naoko Iwanaga, Reiko Neki, Hideo Okamura, Shingo Kusano, Jun Yoshimatsu
Recently, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have become capable of monitoring intrathoracic impedance to detect an increased fluid volume and heart failure. Pregnancy is a well-known cause of an increased body fluid volume; however, it is not clear whether the measurement of intrathoracic impedance by ICD is clinically useful for precisely detecting heart failure in pregnant women. We herein report the case of a 39-year-old woman with an ICD that had been implanted after an event of ventricular fibrillation due to severe aortic regurgitation with a bicuspid aortic valve...
February 14, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445055/an-inappropriate-shock-case-early-after-implantation-of-a-subcutaneous-cardiac-defibrillator-by-subcutaneous-entrapped-air
#16
Yuka Taguchi, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Katsumi Matsumoto, Yutaka Ogino, Hirooki Matsushita, Kohei Iguchi, Junya Hosoda
A 17-year-old woman was resuscitated from cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation and was diagnosed with concealed long QT syndrome. She underwent subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD) implantation at our hospital. The device electrogram immediately after implantation was normal. Four days after implantation, she received an inappropriate shock. The device interrogation revealed a continuous baseline shift and frequent oversensing for low amplitude signals, followed by a shock. A chest radiograph in the orthogonal view showed entrapped subcutaneous air surrounding the distal electrode...
February 14, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441683/cardiovascular-safety-of-prokinetic-agents-a-focus-on-drug-induced-arrhythmias
#17
REVIEW
J R Giudicessi, M J Ackerman, M Camilleri
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal sensorimotor dysfunction underlies a wide range of esophageal, gastric, and intestinal motility and functional disorders that collectively constitute nearly half of all referrals to gastroenterologists. As a result, substantial effort has been dedicated toward the development of prokinetic agents intended to augment or restore normal gastrointestinal motility. However, the use of several clinically efficacious gastroprokinetic agents, such as cisapride, domperidone, erythromycin, and tegaserod, is associated with unfavorable cardiovascular safety profiles, leading to restrictions in their use...
February 14, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440763/rhythm-an-open-source-imaging-toolkit-for-cardiac-panoramic-optical-mapping
#18
Christopher Gloschat, Kedar Aras, Shubham Gupta, N Rokhaya Faye, Hanyu Zhang, Roman A Syunyaev, Roman A Pryamonosov, Jack Rogers, Matthew W Kay, Igor R Efimov
Fluorescence optical imaging techniques have revolutionized the field of cardiac electrophysiology and advanced our understanding of complex electrical activities such as arrhythmias. However, traditional monocular optical mapping systems, despite having high spatial resolution, are restricted to a two-dimensional (2D) field of view. Consequently, tracking complex three-dimensional (3D) electrical waves such as during ventricular fibrillation is challenging as the waves rapidly move in and out of the field of view...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437817/atherothrombotic-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-watch-out-for-a-second-train
#19
Laura Petruescu, Fabien Picard, Alain Cariou, Olivier Varenne
A 63-year-old man presented with an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The coronary angiogram with intravascular imaging was performed and showed a mid-left anterior descending artery atherosclerotic cap rupture with thrombus burden treated with drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation. During the hospitalisation in the intensive care unit, the patient experienced recurrent ventricular fibrillations and asystole with transient ST-segment elevation in the inferior leads with normal coronary angiography. A methylergonovine provocative test was therefore performed and showed an occlusive right coronary artery (RCA) spasm...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437733/cough-as-the-sole-manifestation-of-pericardial-effusion
#20
Hee Kong Fong, Obai Abdullah, Sandeep Gautam
A 59-year-old woman with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) presented with severe non-productive cough, malaise, low-grade fever and AF flare-up 3 weeks following pulmonary vein isolation with radiofrequency catheter ablation. She denied chest pain or dyspnoea. Patient was haemodynamically stable. There was no pulsus paradoxus. Laboratories showed leucocytosis and elevated C-reactive protein. ECG showed sinus tachycardia. CT abdomen and pelvis showed a large pericardial effusion (PE). Shortly after admission, she developed AF with rapid ventricular response, responsive to intravenous amiodarone...
February 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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