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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317415/uninterrupted-dabigatran-versus-warfarin-for-ablation-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Hugh Calkins, Stephan Willems, Edward P Gerstenfeld, Atul Verma, Richard Schilling, Stefan H Hohnloser, Ken Okumura, Harvey Serota, Matias Nordaby, Kelly Guiver, Branislav Biss, Marc A Brouwer, Massimo Grimaldi
Background Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation is typically performed with uninterrupted anticoagulation with warfarin or interrupted non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant therapy. Uninterrupted anticoagulation with a non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant, such as dabigatran, may be safer; however, controlled data are lacking. We investigated the safety of uninterrupted dabigatran versus warfarin in patients undergoing ablation of atrial fibrillation. Methods In this randomized, open-label, multicenter, controlled trial with blinded adjudicated end-point assessments, we randomly assigned patients scheduled for catheter ablation of paroxysmal or persistent atrial fibrillation to receive either dabigatran (150 mg twice daily) or warfarin (target international normalized ratio, 2...
March 19, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316992/a-combined-random-forests-and-active-contour-model-approach-for-fully-automatic-segmentation-of-the-left-atrium-in-volumetric-mri
#2
Chao Ma, Gongning Luo, Kuanquan Wang
Segmentation of the left atrium (LA) from cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets is of great importance for image guided atrial fibrillation ablation, LA fibrosis quantification, and cardiac biophysical modelling. However, automated LA segmentation from cardiac MRI is challenging due to limited image resolution, considerable variability in anatomical structures across subjects, and dynamic motion of the heart. In this work, we propose a combined random forests (RFs) and active contour model (ACM) approach for fully automatic segmentation of the LA from cardiac volumetric MRI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316148/ablation-of-complex-fractionated-electrograms-with-or-without-additional-linear-lesions-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-the-adline-trial
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Sonia Ammar-Busch, Felix Bourier, Tilko Reents, Verena Semmler, Marta Telishevska, Susanne Kathan, Monika Hofmann, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer
BACKGROUND: For persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, different strategies including complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) ablation and linear lesions (LL) have been used in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). However, it is still a matter of debate if extended substrate modification improves long-term outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the benefit of LL in addition to PVI and CFAE ablation regarding freedom from arrhythmia recurrence in patients with persistent AF...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315567/a-practical-guide-for-building-a-highway-between-atria-during-transseptal-puncture-without-radiation
#4
Yuan Yuan, Deyong Long, Caihua Sang, Ling Tao, Jianzeng Dong, Changsheng Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether switching the ablation catheter between the right and left atria through transseptal puncture site can be accurately performed without fluoroscopy. METHODS: Forty patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (mean age, 60.2±7.4 years; 65% males) got "2C3L" approach were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to undergo either crossing interatrial septum guided by fluoroscopy (trackless group) or crossing septum guided by track image that was mapped by Carto3 system (track group)...
March 9, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315135/repeat-procedures-using-the-second-generation-cryoballoon-for-recurrence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-initial-ablation-with-conventional-radiofrequency
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Valentina De Regibus, Saverio Iacopino, Juan-Pablo Abugattas, Giacomo Mugnai, Darragh Moran, Erwin Ströker, Hugo-Enrique Coutino, Ken Takarada, Rajin Choudhury, Gaetano Paparella, Vincent Umbrain, Pedro Brugada, Carlo de Asmundis, Gian-Battista Chierchia
PURPOSE: Pulmonary vein isolation is now widely accepted for the treatment of symptomatic atrial fibrillation refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. However, multiple procedures are often required to significantly reduce atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. In the present study, we analyzed the acute results and the midterm clinical outcome of a second-generation cryoballoon ablation (CB-A) performed during repeat procedures for recurrence of AF after an initial procedure performed with conventional radiofrequency (RF)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314875/safety-of-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-intracranial-hemorrhage
#6
H Lin, S-N Li, R Bai, S-N Wen, N Liu, D-Y Long, R-H Yu, R-B Tang, C-H Sang, X Du, J-Z Dong, C-S Ma
BACKGROUND: The safety of anticoagulation and radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and a history of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) remains unclear. We investigated the risks and benefits of this approach in AF patients with a history of ICH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The ICH group included 45 AF patients with a history of ICH who underwent RFCA. Five of these patients were excluded because ICH occurred spontaneously after cerebral infarction...
March 17, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306211/what-have-we-learned-of-ablation-procedures-for-atrial-fibrillation
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301729/atorvastatin-can-ameliorate-left-atrial-stunning-induced-by-radiofrequency-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Ruiqin Xie, Yingtao Yang, Wei Cui, Hongning Yin, Hongmei Zheng, Jidong Zhang, Ling You
The objective of this study was to study the functional changes of left atrium after radiofrequency ablation treatment for atrial fibrillation and the therapeutic effect of Atorvastatin. 58 patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation were randomly divided into non-Atorvastatin group and Atorvastatin group. Patients in Atorvastatin group were treated with Atorvastatin 20mg po per night in addition to the conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation; patients in non-Atorvastatin group received conventional treatment of atrial fibrillation only...
March 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301685/conventional-versus-3d-echocardiography-to-predict-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Matthias Bossard, Sven Knecht, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Ronny R Buechel, Thomas Hochgruber, Andreas J Zimmermann, Arnheid Kessel-Schaefer, Frank-Peter Stephan, Gian Völlmin, Maurice Pradella, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, Beat A Kaufmann, David Conen, Michael Kühne
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmia recurrence after atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation remains high and requires repeat interventions in a substantial number of patients. We assessed the value of conventional and 3D-echocardiography to predict AF recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing AF ablation by means of pulmonary vein isolation were included in a prospective registry. Echocardiograms were obtained prior to the ablation procedure, and analyzed offline in a standardized manner, including 3D-left atrial (LA) volumetry and determination of LA function and sphericity...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297123/embolization-of-watchman-device-following-a-hybrid-radiofrequency-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-watchman-implantation-procedure
#10
James Gabriels, Stuart Beldner, Mohammad Khan, Jonah Zeitlin, Ram Jadonath, Apoor Patel
A 24-year-old man with a history of type 1 diabetes mellitus, an ischemic left middle cerebral artery stroke and atrial flutter with a prior ablation was found to have paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) on an implantable loop recorder. He was encouraged to continue anticoagulation with apixaban (CHA2 DS2 -VASc: 3). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295609/serum-galectin-3-level-as-a-marker-of-thrombogenicity-in-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Ugur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Hikmet Yorgun, Necla Ozer, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV) and presence of spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) have been reported to be predictors of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Galectin-3 is a biomarker reflecting pro-inflammatory status, whose role in AF has recently drawn attention, particularly in persistent AF population. AIM: In this study we aimed to investigate the association between serum galectin-3 levels and echocardiographic predictors of thromboembolism in persistent AF patients...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295425/prophylactic-atropine-administration-prevents-vasovagal-response-induced-by-cryoballoon-ablation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Liping Sun, Jian-Zeng Dong, Xin DU, Rong Bai, Songnan Li, Mohamed Salim, Chang-Sheng Ma
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation of pulmonary vein (PV) ostia often induces a vagal response.This prospective study was designed to assess the effectiveness of prophylactic intravenous administration of atropine on hemodynamic impairment induced by cryoballoon ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS: Twenty-five patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation undergoing cryoballoon ablation were prospectively enrolled and assigned to one of two groups...
March 11, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290880/-treatment-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-the-search-for-optimal-solutions
#13
S G Kanorskii
Atrial fibrillation (AF) - the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice, impair the quality of life significantly increases morbidity and mortality. Current methods of treatment of patients with AF, except anticoagulant therapy hitherto failed to provide significant improvement in cardiovascular events are of limited effectiveness and cause significant side effects. The article presents the current opportunities and challenges for the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation. Analysis of these data will allow for an informed choice of treatment facilities for individual patients...
August 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286132/periprocedural-anticoagulation-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Polychronis Dilaveris, Dimitris Tousoulis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 7, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285383/adenosine-administration-during-hybrid-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-to-test-dormant-pulmonary-vein-conduction
#15
Mindy Vroomen, Mark La Meir, Jos G Maessen, Harry J Crijns, Laurent Pison
BACKGROUND: Adenosine administration after initial pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) reveals dormant conduction and predicts atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. Elimination of dormant conduction when present may increase a long-term success rate of AF ablation procedures. There are no studies till date using adenosine to reveal acute reconduction of pulmonary veins (PVs) after epicardial PVI during a hybrid AF ablation procedure. METHODS: We included 24 patients (21 male, 55 ± 9 years) undergoing hybrid ablation for symptomatic paroxysmal (n = 12) and persistent (n = 12) AF, using an epicardial bipolar radiofrequency clamp to perform PVI...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285382/impact-of-deep-sedation-on-the-electrophysiological-behavior-of-pulmonary-vein-and-non-pv-firing-during-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Ryohsuke Narui, Seiichiro Matsuo, Ryota Isogai, Kenichi Tokutake, Kenichi Yokoyama, Mika Kato, Keiichi Ito, Shin-Ichi Tanigawa, Seigo Yamashita, Michifumi Tokuda, Keiichi Inada, Kenri Shibayama, Satoru Miyanaga, Kenichi Sugimoto, Michihiro Yoshimura, Teiichi Yamane
PURPOSE: Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is performed with and without deep sedation, which could affect the arrhythmogenic activity during the procedure. We investigated the impact of sedation on electrophysiological properties in patients with AF who underwent catheter ablation. METHODS: This study consisted of 255 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (229 males, persistent: 105 patients) who underwent a single-catheter ablation procedure. The patients were divided into the following two groups according to the depth of sedation during the procedure: group M (mild sedation with flunitrazepam in 138 patients) and group D (deep sedation with propofol in 117 patients)...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283860/long-term-outcome-after-second-generation-cryoballoon-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-a-3-years-follow-up
#17
Ken Takarada, Ingrid Overeinder, Carlo de Asmundis, Erwin Stroker, Giacomo Mugnai, Valentina de Regibus, Darragh Moran, Hugo Coutino-Moreno, Juan-Pablo Abugattas, Rajin Choudhury, Diego Ruggiero, Gaetano Paparella, Saverio Iacopino, Pedro Brugada, Gian-Battista Chierchia
BACKGROUND: The second-generation cryoballoon (cryoballoon Advance; CB-A) offers excellent outcomes on the mid-term follow-up. To the best of our knowledge, little is known regarding the long-term outcome after CB-A ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the freedom from recurrence of AF during a 3-year follow-up period, among consecutive patients having undergone pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) with the CB-A for paroxysmal AF (PAF)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283739/persistent-tachycardia-within-isolated-pulmonary-veins-during-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#18
Kenichiro Yamagata, Atsushi Doi, Hiro Kawata, Hisaki Makimoto, Teruki Yokoyama, Yuko Inoue, Hideo Okamura, Takashi Noda, Wataru Shimizu, Naohiko Aihara, Takayuki Maki, Shiro Kamakura, Kengo Kusano, Kazuhiro Satomi
During circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for ongoing atrial fibrillation (AF), distinguishing passive conduction to the pulmonary vein (PV) from rapid PV arrhythmia in the isolated PV is difficult. Hence, the purpose of this study is to investigate both the feasibility of distinguishing the PV tachycardia after circumferential PV isolation and the electrophysiological characteristics of these tachycardia. Among 178 consecutive patients who underwent circumferential PV isolation during ongoing AF, fibrillatory PV converted to a regular cycle length PV tachycardia independent of the atrial rhythm (=independent PV tachycardia) in 13 PVs among 12 (7%) patients...
March 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282592/development-of-an-automaton-model-of-rotational-activity-driving-atrial-fibrillation
#19
E J Ciaccio, A B Biviano, E Y Wan, N S Peters, H Garan
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is difficult to treat effectively, owing to uncertainty in where to best ablate to eliminate arrhythmogenic substrate. A model providing insight into the electrical activation events would be useful to guide catheter ablation strategy. Method A two-dimensional, 576×576 node automaton was developed to simulate atrial electrical activity. The substrate field was altered by the presence of differing refractory period at varying locations. Fibrosis was added in the form of short, randomly positioned lines of conduction block...
March 2, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281739/cerebral-micro-embolization-during-pulmonary-vein-isolation-relation-to-post-ablation-silent-cerebral-ischemia
#20
Edina Nagy-Baló, Mihran Martirosyan, Gábor Sándorfi, Orsolya Hajas, Levente Lánczi, Ervin Berényi, Lilla Ladányi, Alexandra Kiss, István Édes, Zoltán Csanádi
BACKGROUND: High incidences of silent cerebral ischemia (SCI) have been revealed by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) for atrial fibrillation. A high number of mostly gaseous micro-embolic signals (MESs) was detected by transcranial Doppler (TCD) during PVI. In this investigation the possible relationship between MESs detected intraoperatively by TCD and new SCI on DW MRI post-ablation is reported. METHODS: 27 consecutive atrial fibrillation patients (6 female, age median: 64 interquartile range: 13...
March 10, 2017: Cardiology Journal
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