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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914501/levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-on-cardiopulmonary-bypass-rationale-and-study-design-of-the-levosimendan-in-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-requiring
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Rajendra H Mehta, Sean Van Diepen, James Meza, Paula Bokesch, Jeffrey D Leimberger, Sandra Tourt-Uhlig, Merri Swartz, Jodi Parrotta, Rachael Jankowich, Douglas Hay, Robert W Harrison, Stephen Fremes, Shaun G Goodman, John Luber, Wolfgang Toller, Matthias Heringlake, Kevin J Anstrom, Jerrold H Levy, Robert A Harrington, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome is associated with increased mortality and occurs in 3% to 14% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Levosimendan, a novel calcium sensitizer and KATP channel activator with inotropic, vasodilatory, and cardioprotective properties, has shown significant promise in reducing the incidence of low cardiac output syndrome and related adverse outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB. METHODS: LEVO-CTS is a phase 3 randomized, controlled, multicenter study evaluating the efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of levosimendan in reducing morbidity and mortality in high-risk patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (≤35%) undergoing cardiac surgery on CPB...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913738/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Elena Dolmatova, Kasra Moazzami, Thomas P Cocke, Elie Elmann, Pranay Vaidya, Arthur F Ng, Kumar Satya, Rajeev L Narayan
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement can experience severe perioperative complications leading to hemodynamic instability and death. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be used to provide cardiorespiratory support during this time. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, of 247 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement, 6 (2.42%) required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. Their mean age was 82 ± 7...
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913059/cha2ds2-vasc-scores-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-who-are-receiving-rivaroxaban
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W Frank Peacock, Sally Tamayo, Manesh Patel, Nicholas Sicignano, Kathleen P Hopf, Zhong Yuan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessing stroke risk associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation depends on the evaluation of patient characteristics and clinical features. Clinicians must determine that the net clinical benefit from anticoagulation therapy outweighs its risk, namely, bleeding. Risk assessment for stroke is commonly performed by calculating a CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure/left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism, vascular disease, aged 65 to 74 years, sex female) score...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909534/efficacy-and-safety-of-implantable-loop-recorder-experience-of-a-center
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Inês Silveira, Maria João Sousa, Nuno Antunes, Vânia Silva, Carla Roque, António Pinheiro-Vieira, Vítor Lagarto, António Hipólito-Reis, André Luz, Severo Torres
Introduction: Symptoms like syncope or palpitations frequently present a diagnostic challenge. An implantable loop recorder (ILR) is an important aid in the management of these patients. Methods: A retrospective study of patients that underwent ILR implantation from November 2007 to 2014. For each patient the indication for implantation, baseline characteristics, previous study, complications, recorded tracing and interventions were evaluated. Results: A total of 62 patients were included, 50% men, with a mean age of 62...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909531/brugada-syndrome-risk-stratification-and-management
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REVIEW
Konstantinos P Letsas Md Fesc, Stamatis Georgopoulos Md, Konstantinos Vlachos Md, Nikolaos Karamichalakis Md, Ioannis Liatakis Md, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos Md PhD, Tong Liu Md PhD, Michael Efremidis Md, Antonios Sideris Md
The Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an arrhythmogenic disease associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. The risk stratification and management of BrS patients, particularly of asymptomatic ones, still remains challenging. A previous history of aborted sudden cardiac death or arrhythmic syncope in the presence of spontaneous type 1 ECG pattern of BrS phenotype appear to be the most reliable predictors of future arrhythmic events. Several other ECG parameters have been proposed for risk stratification...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909529/emergency-department-readmission-in-elderly-patients-after-acute-rhythm-or-rate-control-treatment-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Bonora Antonio, Turcato Gianni, Franchi Elena, Dilda Alice, Taioli Gabriele, Serafini Valentina, Sivero Valentina, Zannoni Massimo, Ricci Giorgio, Olivieri Oliviero
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an age-related increasing disease, characterized by a high number of relapses frequently leading the patients to Emergency Department (ED). Despite AF relapses may be clinically heterogeneous, a proper management requires either a fast and effective restore of the sinus rhythm or a satisfactory control of the ventricular rate. Whether the strategy adopted in the ED could affect the course of disease is still debated. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the number of ED readmission for AF related symptoms and the event-free period in patients older than 70 years previously treated in ED for an AF recurrence, in order to assess a possible relationship with the acute strategy...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909523/comparison-of-the-influence-of-right-atrial-septal-pacing-and-appendage-pacing-on-an-atrial-function-and-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-clinical-situation
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Mariko Tanaka Md, Kanae Su Md, Maki Oi Md, Yasuyo Motohashi Md, Kousuke Takahashi Md, Euihong Ko Md, Koji Hanazawa Md, Mamoru Toyofuku Md, Masahiko Kitada Md, Yousuke Yuzuki Md, Takashi Tamura Md
INTRODUCTION: Recently right atrial septal (RAS) pacing is often selected, but the benefit brought by RAS pacing has not been clear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences between RAS pacing and right appendage (RAA) pacing. METHODS: 223 consecutive new patients with a right atrial (RA) electrode during the period from January 2004 to December 2012 were studied retrospectively. They were observed regularly at our pacemaker (PM) clinic, and we measured paced P - sensed QRS interval (pPQi) and left atrial dimension (LAD) during the observation period, furthermore the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF) was assessed...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909519/clinical-use-and-limitations-of-non-invasive-electrophysiological-tests-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Valentina D A Corino, Luca T Mainardi, Frida Sandberg, Leif Sörnmo, Pyotr G Platonov
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex arrhythmia, that has been studied non-invasively assessing atrial refractory period, atrioventricular node (AV) node refractory period, and ventricular response. The AV node plays a fundamental role as it filters many of the numerous irregular atrial impulses bombarding the node. Despite its importance, the electrophysiological (EP) characteristics of the AV node are not routinely evaluated since conventional EP techniques for assessment of refractory period or conduction velocity of the AV node are not applicable in AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909515/myocardial-biopsy-in-idiopathic%C3%A2-atrial-fibrillation-and-other-arrhythmias-nosological-diagnosis-clinical-and-morphological-parallels-and-treatment
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O V Blagova, A V Nedostup, E A Kogan, V A Sulimov, S A Abugov, A G Kupriyanova, V A Zaydenov, A E Donnikov, E V Zaklyazminskaya, E A Okisheva
BACKGROUND: The nosological nature of "idiopathic" arrhythmias and the effect of etiotropic and pathogenetic treatment are often unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: 19 patients (42.6±11.3 years, 9 women) with atrial fibrillation (n = 16), supraventricular (n = 10) and ventricular (n = 4) premature beats, supraventricular (n = 2) and ventricular tachycardia (n = 1), left bundle branch block (n= 2), AV block (n = 2) without structural heart changes. Viruses were identified (polymerase chain reaction, PCR) along with measurement of anti-heart antibodies (AHA) and endomyocardial biopsy (EMB)...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909499/hyperacute-and-chronic-changes-in-cerebral-magnetic-resonance-images-after-pvac-nmarq-and-epicardial-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Conn Sugihara Mbbs, Neil Barlow Mbbs, Emma Owens Mbbs, David Sallomi Mb ChB, Neil Sulke Md
Threshold testing of cardiac rhythm devices is essential to monitoring the proper functioning of such devices (1). However, the currently method of applying multiple ECG leads to the patient is burdensome and time consuming (2). We are presenting a completely new way to perform cardiac rhythm device threshold testing using pulse oximetry. Twenty patients, with varying cardiac rhythm devices and pacing modes, were enrolled and had their atrial and ventricular thresholds tested. A comparison was made between simultaneous threshold determinations via the standard EGM based method and the new pulse oximetry based method...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909497/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter-complicated-by-tachycardiomyopathy-because-of-intermittent-conduction-through-accessory-pathway
#12
L Valeri, A Coppolino, G Rossetti, A Vado, G Amoroso, G Bricco, A Battisti, L Correndo, S Dogliani, A Magliarditi, D Pancaldo, M De Benedictis, A Bassignana, B Doronzo
The term tachycardiomyopathy refers to a specific form of tachycardia-related cardiomyopathy caused by supraventricular or ventricular tachyarrhytmias that are both associated with ventricular rates higher than 120 bpm. The arrhythmias which are most frequently associated with these forms of heart disease are atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, particularly found in the elderly population. The most frequent clinical manifestation is heart failure. In this case we are reporting a clinical case of a patient that came to our attention because of an episode of heart failure associated with atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907904/a-new-cryoenergy-for-ventricular-tachycardia-ablation-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Benjamin Berte, Frédéric Sacher, Jean-Yves Wielandts, Saagar Mahida, Xavier Pillois, Rukshen Weerasooriya, Olivier Bernus, Pierre Jaïs
INTRODUCTION: Lack of transmural lesion formation during radiofrequency (RF) ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) is an important determinant of arrhythmia recurrence. The aim of this proof-of-concept study was to evaluate safety and efficacy of a new and more powerful cryoablation system for ventricular ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Five healthy female sheep (59 ± 6 kg) underwent a surgical sternotomy for epicardial and endocardial access [endocardial access via right atrial appendage and left ventricular (LV) apex]...
October 25, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906655/methodology-considerations-in-phase-mapping-of-human-cardiac-arrhythmias
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Ramya Vijayakumar, Sunil K Vasireddi, Phillip S Cuculich, Mitchell N Faddis, Yoram Rudy
BACKGROUND: Phase analysis of cardiac arrhythmias, particularly atrial fibrillation, has gained interest because of the ability to detect organized stable drivers (rotors) and target them for therapy. However, the lack of methodology details in publications on the topic has resulted in ongoing debate over the phase mapping technique. By comparing phase maps and activation maps, we examined advantages and limitations of phase mapping. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seven subjects were enrolled...
November 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906641/time-to-cooling-is-associated-with-resuscitation-outcomes
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Robert B Schock, Andreas Janata, W Frank Peacock, Nathan S Deal, Sarathi Kalra, Fritz Sterz
Our purpose was to analyze evidence related to timing of cooling from studies of targeted temperature management (TTM) after return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after cardiac arrest and to recommend directions for future therapy optimization. We conducted a preliminary review of studies of both animals and patients treated with post-ROSC TTM and hypothesized that a more rapid cooling strategy in the absence of volume-adding cold infusions would provide improved outcomes in comparison with slower cooling...
December 2016: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906419/sch-79797-a-selective-par1-antagonist-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-arrhythmias-in-the-rat-hearts
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O Y Mohamed, A A Al-Masri, E A El Eter, R Lateef
OBJECTIVE: Thrombin is implicated in the genesis of arrhythmias and activation of thrombin receptors exacerbated ventricular arrhythmias following coronary artery ligation. The present study was designed to investigate the possible protective effect of the protease-activated receptor-1 antagonist, SCH79797 against ischemia and reperfusion arrhythmias in the rat heart. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy male Wistar rats (250-350 g) were anesthetized with urethane. Coronary artery ligation was performed for 5 minutes followed by 10 minutes reperfusion...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906091/impact-of-prophylactic-administration-of-levosimendan-on-short-term-and-long-term-outcome-in-high-risk-patients-with-severely-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
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Philippe Grieshaber, Stella Lipp, Andreas Arnold, Gerold Görlach, Matthias Wollbrück, Peter Roth, Bernd Niemann, Jochen Wilhelm, Andreas Böning
BACKGROUND: Patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction carry a high risk of morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan can be used prophylactically in these patients having shown positive effects on short-term outcome. However, effects on long-term outcome and patient subgroups benefiting the most are unknown. We aim to address these topics with real-life data from our clinical practice. METHODS: Two hundred eigthy eight patients with preoperative LVEF ≤ 35% underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between 2009 and 2013...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905927/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-diabetic-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-a-real-world-setting-results-from-the-israeli-icd-registry
#18
Hillel Steiner, Michael Geist, Ilan Goldenberg, Mahmoud Suleiman, Michael Glikson, Alexander Tenenbaum, Moshe Swissa, Enrique Z Fisman, Gregory Golovchiner, Boris Strasberg, Alon Barsheshet
AIMS: There are limited data regarding the effect of diabetes mellitus (DM) on the risks of both appropriate and inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. The present study was designed to compare the outcome of appropriate and inappropriate ICD therapy in patients with or without DM. METHODS AND RESULTS: The risk of a first appropriate ICD therapy for ventricular tachyarrhythmias (including anti tachycardia pacing and shock) was compared between 764 DM and 1346 non-DM patients enrolled in the national Israeli ICD registry...
December 1, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905308/a-case-of-extreme-hypokalaemia
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L M Ten Bos, T C Veenstra, B D Westerhof, F H Bosch
Hypokalaemia is a common clinical problem. It can lead to severe disturbances in cardiac, neurological and muscle function. We present the case of a 45-year-old woman who was transported to our hospital with cardiac arrest following ventricular fibrillation. Blood sampling revealed severe acidosis (pH 7.02) and extreme hypokalaemia (0.9 mmol/l). The low serum potassium level was most likely caused by the combination of a very deficient diet and use of a thiazide diuretic. She never reported any symptoms. An acute intracellular shift of potassium due to epinephrine and perhaps also the cathecholamines in Red Bull may have further decreased the serum potassium concentration...
November 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904840/surgical-experience-on-chronic-constrictive-pericarditis-in-african-setting-review-of-35-years-experience-in-cote-d-ivoire
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Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate, Yves Tanauh, Christophe Meneas, Florent Diby, Anicet Adoubi, Manga Diomande
BACKGROUND: Surgical experience with chronic constrictive pericarditis (CCP) is rarely documented in Africa; the aim of this study is therefore to review our African experience with CCP from 1977 to 2012 in terms of clinical and surgical outcomes and risk factors of early death after pericardiectomy. METHODS: This retrospective study is related to 120 patients with CCP; there were 72 men and 48 women with an average age at 28.8±10.4 years standard deviation (SD) (8-51 years)...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
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