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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340160/safety-of-fluoroscopy-guided-transseptal-approach-for-ablation-of-left-sided-arrhythmias
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Zviad Matoshvili, Hamid Bastani, Tara Bourke, Frieder Braunschweig, Nikola Drca, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Per Insulander, Anette Jemtrén, Göran Kennebäck, Ott Saluveer, Jonas Schwieler, Jari Tapanainen, Christer Wredlert, Mats Jensen-Urstad
Aims: The transseptal approach is used for left atrial access during the ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) and other left-sided arrhythmia substrates. Transseptal puncture (TP) is commonly performed with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring. In many centres, additional techniques [intracardiac echocardiography (ICE), transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE), radiofrequency needle] are used to facilitate TP but its use adds costs. In this retrospective study, we studied the safety and complication rate when TP was routinely done with fluoroscopic guidance, contrast injection, and pressure monitoring using ICE or TEE only in selected cases...
March 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340057/long-term-outcome-of-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-and-brugada-syndrome
#2
Giacomo Mugnai, Burak Hünük, Erwin Ströker, Diego Ruggiero, Hugo Enrique Coutino-Moreno, Ken Takarada, Valentina De Regibus, Rajin Choudhury, Juan Pablo Abugattas de Torres, Darragh Moran, Saverio Iacopino, Pasquale Filannino, Giulio Conte, Juan Sieira, Jan Poelaert, Stefan Beckers, Pedro Brugada, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
Aims: The therapeutical management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the setting of Brugada syndrome (BS) might be challenging as many antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) with sodium channel blocking properties might lead to to the development of ventricular arrhythmias. This study sought to evaluate the clinical outcome in a consecutive series of patients with BS having undergone pulmonary vein (PV) isolation by means of radiofrequency (RF) or cryoballoon (CB) ablation and the efficacy of catheter ablation for preventing inappropriate interventions delivered by implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) on a 3-year follow up...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340026/high-rate-of-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-sensing-screening-failure-in-patients-with-brugada-syndrome-a-comparison-with-other-inherited-primary-arrhythmia-syndromes
#3
Giulio Conte, Mihoko Kawabata, Carlo de Asmundis, Erika Taravelli, Francesco Petracca, Diego Ruggiero, Maria Luce Caputo, François Regoli, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Alessandra Chiodini, Alessandro Del Bufalo, Tiziano Moccetti, Masahiko Goya, Kenzo Hirao, Alessandro Vicentini, Gaetano M De Ferrari, Pedro Brugada, Angelo Auricchio
Aims: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) can avoid important complications associated with transvenous leads in patients with inherited primary arrhythmia syndromes, who do not need pacing therapy. Few data are available on the percentage of patients with inherited arrhythmia syndromes eligible for S-ICD implantation. Aim of this study was to analyse the eligibility for S-ICD in a series of patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS), and to compare it with patients with other channelopathies...
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339816/post-mortem-toxicology-in-young-sudden-cardiac-death-victims-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Thea Bjune, Bjarke Risgaard, Line Kruckow, Charlotte Glinge, Ole Ingemann-Hansen, Peter Mygind Leth, Kristian Linnet, Jytte Banner, Bo Gregers Winkel, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen
Aims: Several drugs increase the risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death (SCD). We aimed to investigate in detail the toxicological findings of all young SCD throughout Denmark. Methods and results: Deaths in persons aged 1-49 years were included over a 10-year period. Death certificates and autopsy reports were retrieved and read to identify cases of sudden death and establish cause of death. All medico-legal autopsied SCD were included and toxicological reports collected...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339570/frequency-of-different-electrocardiographic-abnormalities-in-a-large-cohort-of-spanish-workers
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Jorge Rodríguez-Capitán, Ana Fernández-Meseguer, José Manuel García-Pinilla, Eva Calvo-Bonacho, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro, Teresa García-Margallo, Fernando Cabrera-Bueno, Ignacio Echeverria-Lucotti, Juan José Gómez-Doblas, Eduardo De Teresa-Galván
Aims: Our aim was to describe the electrocardiographic findings of a large sample of Spanish workers from several different employment sectors. Methods and results: Between May 2008 and November 2010, 13 495 consecutive 12-lead resting electrocardiograms (ECGs) were obtained during health examinations of working adults aged 16-74 years in 5 cities in different regions of Spain. Of those, 13 179 ECGs suitable for interpretation were included in this study. All tracings were classified by the same cardiologist, according to the Minnesota Code criteria...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338788/hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation-an-intimate-association-of-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-outcomes
#6
Mikhail S Dzeshka, Farhan Shahid, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent sustained arrhythmia found in clinical practice. AF rarely exists as a single entity but rather as part of a diverse clinical spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, related to structural and electrical remodeling within the left atrium, leading to AF onset, perpetuation, and progression. Due to the high overall prevalence within the AF population arterial hypertension plays a significant role in the pathogenesis of AF and its complications. Fibroblast proliferation, apoptosis of cardiomyocytes, gap junction remodeling, accumulation of collagen both in atrial and ventricular myocardium all accompany ageing-related structural remodeling with impact on electrical activity...
February 18, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336184/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-a-breeding-stallion
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N Heliczer, K Mitchell, O Lorello, J Dauvillier, D Burger, C C Schwarzwald, C Navas de Solis
A 20-year-old warmblood breeding stallion presented to a University practice for semen collection and evaluation was incidentally diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF). Electrocardiogram recordings during breeding revealed inappropriately rapid tachycardia and occasional ventricular premature depolarizations/aberrant ventricular conduction. Transvenous electrical cardioversion was performed. After successful cardioversion the horse displayed supraventricular ectopy and atrial contractile dysfunction and was administered sotalol hydrochloride in an attempt to decrease the risk of AF recurrence...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336077/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-concise-review-of-strategies-to-improve-outcome
#8
REVIEW
Richard J Jabbour, Sayan Sen, Ghada W Mikhail, Iqbal S Malik
Despite decades of research, cardiac arrest remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality, with frustratingly poor survival rates of approximately 10% to hospital discharge. Various strategies have been shown to improve survival, but differing degrees of implementation have led to a disparity in survival rates. These improvements, however, are balanced against the increasing age of patients presenting with out of hospital cardiac arrest and decreasing incidence of ventricular fibrillation, the rhythm with the best outcome...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335897/mitral-loop-cerclage-annuloplasty-for-secondary-mitral-regurgitation-first-human-results
#9
Yong-Hyun Park, Min-Ku Chon, Robert J Lederman, Si-Chan Sung, Hyung-Gon Je, Ki-Seok Choo, Sang-Hyun Lee, Eun-Seok Shin, Jeong-Su Kim, Ki-Won Hwang, Soo-Yong Lee, Kook-Jin Chun, Cheol-Min Kim, June-Hong Kim
OBJECTIVES: This is an early feasibility clinical test of mitral loop cerclage annuloplasty to treat secondary mitral valve regurgitation. BACKGROUND: Secondary mitral regurgitation is characterized by cardiomyopathy, mitral annular enlargement, and leaflet traction contributing to malcoaptation. Transcatheter mitral loop cerclage applies circumferential compression to the mitral annulus by creating a loop through the coronary sinus across the interventricular septum, protecting entrapped coronary arteries from compression, and interactive annular reduction under echocardiographic guidance...
March 27, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333373/ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-insights-from-the-prolong-study
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David Duncker, Thorben König, Stephan Hohmann, Johann Bauersachs, Christian Veltmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) reportedly have low incidence of appropriate shocks from wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs). A recent study questions the benefit from primary preventive implantation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in NICM. We therefore analyzed a subgroup of patients with NICM from the PROLONG study. HYPOTHESIS: Patients with newly diagnosed NICM show a risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia. METHODS: The PROLONG study included 167 patients with newly diagnosed heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% with a WCD...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#11
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329333/pre-and-postoperative-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-patients-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-importance-of-pre-operative-tricuspid-annulus-diameter
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Claire Dumont, Elena Galli, Emmanuel Oger, Maxime Fournet, Erwan Flecher, Christophe Leclercq, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Erwan Donal
Aims: Secondary tricuspid regurgitation (STR) is commonly found in patients with aortic stenosis and is associated with increased morbidity. The study sought to evaluate the prevalence of pre-operative STR and its progression after surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Also, it sought to analyse the predictors of post-operative changes in STR. Methods and results: We prospectively evaluated 116 patients (aged 75...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329110/mid-term-outcomes-of-concomitant-surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-for-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy%C3%A2
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Elisabetta Lapenna, Alberto Pozzoli, Michele De Bonis, Giovanni La Canna, Teodora Nisi, Simona Nascimbene, Luca Vicentini, Stefania Di Sanzo, Benedetto Del Forno, Davide Schiavi, Ottavio Alfieri
OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is common in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and it is often poorly tolerated because of loss of atrial contraction and reduced filling time with rapid ventricular rates. Restoring sinus rhythm is of great clinical benefit to HCM patients. Very few data exist regarding surgical ablation of concomitant AF in this setting. The aim of this study was to evaluate the mid-term outcome of surgical AF ablation in patients who underwent cardiac surgery due to HCM...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328711/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-secondary-analysis-of-electronic-health-record-data
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Ari Moskowitz, Kenneth P Chen, Avraham Z Cooper, Abdullah Chahin, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Leo Anthony Celi
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response (RVR) is common during critical illness. In this study, we explore the comparative effectiveness of three commonly used drugs (metoprolol, diltiazem, and amiodarone) in the management of atrial fibrillation with RVR in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Data pertaining to the first ICU admission were extracted from the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) III database. Patients who received one of the above pharmacologic agents while their heart rate was > 110bpm and had atrial fibrillation documented in the clinical chart were included...
March 21, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328285/intrapulmonary-artery-balloon-pulsation-improves-circulatory-function-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-pigs
#15
Rahma Ouardani, Nikos Magkoutis, Philippe Bonnin, Chantal Kang, Antoni W Kedra, Georgios Sideris, Michel Bonneau, Sebastian Voicu
AIM: To examine whether pulmonary artery balloon pulsation (PABP) could improve circulatory function in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in pigs. METHODS/RESULTS: Ten downsize pigs were sedated and ventilated. AMI was induced by inserting a plug into the left anterior descending artery. A pulsation balloon was placed in the pulmonary artery in all animals. In the treatment group (TG), pulsations began when life-threatening arrhythmia or > 30% drop in mean blood pressure (MBP) or > 40% decrease in cardiac output compared to baseline occurred...
March 22, 2017: Acute Cardiac Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326565/erroneous-magnet-positioning-leads-to-failure-of-inhibition-of-inappropriate-shock-during-fast-conducting-atrial-fibrillation-episodes
#16
Hans Römers, Vincent VAN Dijk, Jippe Balt
We present the case of a 75-year-old patient with a single-chamber St. Jude Medical internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD; St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, MN, USA) for primary prevention, who was admitted with 39 inappropriate ICD shocks because of atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular frequention, despite magnet placement. Review of the device manual and literature revealed that apart from different responses to magnet placement programmed for the various manufacturers, the type of magnet and the positioning can be of specific interest...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325569/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
#17
Federico Conrotto, Stefano Salizzoni, Alessandro Andreis, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Augusto D'Onofrio, Marco Agrifoglio, Alaide Chieffo, Antonio Colombo, Filippo Rapetto, Francesco Santini, Giuseppe Tarantini, Davide Gabbieri, Carlo Savini, Sebastiano Immè, Flavio Ribichini, Orazio Valsecchi, Marco Aiello, Giovanni Lixi, Alessandro Iadanza, Esmeralda Pompei, Miroslava Stolcova, Diego Ornaghi, Alessandro Minati, Mauro Cassese, Gian Luca Martinelli, Pierluigi Sbarra, Andrea Agostinelli, Andrea Audo, Andrea Pieroni, Rosario Fiorilli, Gino Gerosa, Mauro Rinaldi, Fiorenzo Gaita
Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with poor outcomes in patients who underwent surgical aortic valve replacement, whereas its prognostic role in transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate outcomes in patients with advanced CKD who underwent TAVI. A total of 1,904 consecutive patients who underwent balloon-expandable TAVI in 33 centers between 2007 and 2012 were enrolled in the Italian Transcatheter Balloon-Expandable Valve Implantation Registry...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324215/surgical-treatment-of-osteoporotic-thoraco-lumbar-compressive-fractures-the-use-of-pedicle-screw-with-augmentation-pmma
#18
Massimo Girardo, P Cinnella, G Gargiulo, P Viglierchio, A Rava, S Aleotti
INTRODUCTION: The osteoporosis prevalence in population is age related. The aim of this single-center observational study was evaluate the middle- to long-term performance of cement (PMMA) augmented fenestrated pedicle screws in elderly patients with thoraco-lumbar compressive fractures by osteoporosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2011 to 2015 we treated 52 patients (20 males and 32 females) suffering from somatic osteoporotic fractures (T10-L2). The average age was 73...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323173/outcomes-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patients-with-intermittent-atrial-fibrillation-or-atrial-flutter-in-the-companion-trial
#19
Matthew M Kalscheur, Leslie A Saxon, Byron K Lee, Jonathan S Steinberg, Chaoqun Mei, Kevin A Buhr, David L DeMets, Michael R Bristow, Steven N Singh
BACKGROUND: Controlled clinical trial data are lacking for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure (HF) from reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) and intermittent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF/AFL). OBJECTIVE: To describe CRT outcomes in patients with intermittent AF/AFL and advanced HF. METHODS: HF outcomes in patients from the COMPANION trial with NYHA Class III or IV HFrEF, LVEF ≤ 0...
March 17, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322838/effect-of-antiarrhythmic-drugs-on-small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels
#20
Rafel Simó Vicens, Daniel R P Sauter, Morten Grunnet, Jonas G Diness, Bo H Bentzen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. Current pharmacological treatment for AF is moderately effective and/or increases the risk of serious ventricular adverse effects. To avoid ventricular adverse effects, a new target has been considered, the small conductance calcium-activated K(+) channels (KCa2.X, SK channels). In the heart, KCa2.X channels are functionally more important in atria compared to ventricles, and pharmacological inhibition of the channel confers atrial selective prolongation of the cardiac action potential and converts AF to sinus rhythm in animal models of AF...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
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