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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714616/-lifevest-a-novel-treatment-option-prior-to-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
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Hazrije Mustafić, Soran Karimzadeh, Chan-Il Park
Implantable cardioverter defibrillation has taken a predominant place in secondary and primary preventions of sudden rhythmic cardiac death in high-risk patients. However, in certain clinical situations, the implantation of definitive system should be postponed. The LifeVest, a portable external cardiac defibrillator system, has emerged as a novel therapeutic option before a final decision.
March 1, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714410/management-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-patients-with-acute-stroke
#2
Carlo Maida, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Domenico Di Raimondo, Antonio Pinto
BACKGROUND: Stroke represent one of the most devastating of all neurological diseases, affecting about 15 million people per year and is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and currently the leading cause of adult disability in developed countries. Blood pressure and heart rate may undergo several modifications in patients with both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in fact raised blood pressure levels may lead to cerebral edema, hematoma expansion or hemorrhagic transformation and in contrast low blood pressure can lead to increased cerebral infarction or perihematomal ischemia...
July 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711633/novel-measure-of-autonomic-remodeling-associated-with-sudden-cardiac-arrest-in-diabetes
#3
Yang Yang, Aapo L Aro, Sandeep G Nair, Reshmy Jayaraman, Kyndaron Reinier, Carmen Rusinaru, Audrey Uy-Evanado, Hirad Yarmohammadi, Jonathan Jui, Sumeet S Chugh
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is independently associated with increased risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), with a need to identify novel methods for risk stratification. Diabetics can develop autonomic dysfunction which has been associated with increased risk of ventricular arrhythmogenesis, and manifests as reduced heart rate variability (HRV). However, previously published studies have not accounted for resting heart rate (HR), important from both pathophysiologic and prognosticating standpoints...
July 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711608/do-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-have-performance-enhancing-effects-in-female-athletes
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REVIEW
Grace Huang, Shehzad Basaria
Doping with anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) is common among both male and female athletes and is a growing public health problem. Review of historical data of systematic state-sponsored doping programs implemented by the German Democratic Republic in elite female athletes and from the clinical trials of testosterone administration in non-athlete women suggests that AAS have ergogenic effects in women. The use of AAS in female athletes has been associated with adverse effects that include acne, hirsutism, deepening of the voice and menstrual disturbances; life-threatening adverse effects such as cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death have also been reported...
July 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711156/towards-a-structural-view-of-drug-binding-to-herg-k-channels
#5
REVIEW
Jamie I Vandenberg, Eduardo Perozo, Toby W Allen
The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) K(+) channel is of great medical and pharmaceutical relevance. Inherited mutations in hERG result in congenital long-QT syndrome which is associated with a markedly increased risk of cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death. hERG K(+) channels are also remarkably susceptible to block by a wide range of drugs, which in turn can cause drug-induced long-QT syndrome and an increased risk of sudden death. The recent determination of the near-atomic resolution structure of the hERG K(+) channel, using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), provides tremendous insights into how these channels work...
July 12, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709811/arrhythmic-risk-stratification-in-non-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-where-do-we-stand-after-danish
#6
REVIEW
Polychronis Dilaveris, Christos-Konstantinos Antoniou, Konstantinos A Gatzoulis
Publication of the DANISH randomized trial led to considerable debate, given that it demonstrated no survival benefit stemming from current implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) allocation criteria in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). Consequently, a thorough reconsideration of our approach to sudden cardiac death (SCD)-risk stratification appears to be in order. NIDCM encompasses a wide spectrum of disease entities, often with differing arrhythmogenicity; however, in its kernel, is still defined by the fundamentals of electrophysiology that dictate that abnormal tissue, exhibiting altered electrophysiological properties is necessary for arrhythmogenesis, but not enough, given that formation of functional circuits is required...
June 7, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708714/sleep-medications-containing-melatonin-can-potentially-induce-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-structurally-normal-hearts-a-two-patient-report
#7
L J de Vries, T Géczy, T Szili-Torok
Idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (IVAs) are relatively common in the general population and usually have a good prognosis. However, frequent PVCs can lower quality of life (in symptomatic cases) and can cause cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac death. In this report, we demonstrate a novel trigger for IVAs. Melatonin use for treating sleep-disorders has increased significantly in recent years. We provide here the first human evidence of its pro-arrhythmic effect by presenting two patients (with normal myocardium) with symptomatic PVCs, while on melatonin...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708197/risk-stratification-personalised-model-for-prediction-of-life-threatening-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#8
Alexander Vladimirovich Frolov, Tatjana Gennadjevna Vaikhanskaya, Olga Petrovna Melnikova, Anatoly Pavlovich Vorobiev, Ludmila Michajlovna Guel
BACKGROUND: The development of prognostic factors of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) continues to maintain its priority and relevance in cardiology. The development of a method of personalised prognosis based on multifactorial analysis of the risk factors associated with life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances is considered a key research and clinical task. AIM: To design a prognostic and mathematical model to define personalised risk for life-threatening VTA in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706597/an-infrequent-cause-of-apical-ventricular-aneurysm-in-the-united-states
#9
Mohammed M Taleb
Chronic Chagas cardiomyopathy (CCC) is a late complication of Chagas disease with various manifestations including arrhythmia, heart failure, thromboembolism, and stroke. In a patient with symptoms of heart failure and left ventricular apical aneurysm unexplained by structural heart or coronary vascular abnormalities, CCC should be strongly considered and inquiry made about exposure status. Typical electrocardiographic findings of bundle branch block, complete heart blocks, and ventricular arrhythmia are helpful clues...
April 2017: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706588/wearable-cardioverter-defibrillator-bridge-or-alternative-to-implantation
#10
REVIEW
Jeremie Barraud, Jennifer Cautela, Morgane Orabona, Johan Pinto, Olivier Missenard, Marc Laine, Franck Thuny, Franck Paganelli, Laurent Bonello, Michael Peyrol
The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is effective to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) in selected patients with heart disease known to be at high risk for ventricular arrhythmia. Nevertheless, this invasive and definitive therapy is not indicated in patients with potentially transient or reversible causes of sudden death, or in patients with temporary contra-indication for ICD placement. The wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) is increasingly used for SCD prevention both in patients awaiting ICD implantation or with an estimated high risk of ventricular arrhythmia though to be transient...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706583/cardiac-damage-in-athlete-s-heart-when-the-supernormal-heart-fails
#11
REVIEW
Andreina Carbone, Antonello D'Andrea, Lucia Riegler, Raffaella Scarafile, Enrica Pezzullo, Francesca Martone, Raffaella America, Biagio Liccardo, Maurizio Galderisi, Eduardo Bossone, Raffaele Calabrò
Intense exercise may cause heart remodeling to compensate increases in blood pressure or volume by increasing muscle mass. Cardiac changes do not involve only the left ventricle, but all heart chambers. Physiological cardiac modeling in athletes is associated with normal or enhanced cardiac function, but recent studies have documented decrements in left ventricular function during intense exercise and the release of cardiac markers of necrosis in athlete's blood of uncertain significance. Furthermore, cardiac remodeling may predispose athletes to heart disease and result in electrical remodeling, responsible for arrhythmias...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705875/electrical-and-structural-substrate-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-determined-using-noninvasive-electrocardiographic-imaging-and-late-gadolinium-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Christopher M Andrews, Neil T Srinivasan, Stefania Rosmini, Heerajnarain Bulluck, Michele Orini, Sharon Jenkins, Antonis Pantazis, William J McKenna, James C Moon, Pier D Lambiase, Yoram Rudy
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a significant cause of sudden cardiac death in the young. Improved noninvasive assessment of ARVC and better understanding of the disease substrate are important for improving patient outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 20 genotyped ARVC patients with a broad spectrum of disease using electrocardiographic imaging (a method for noninvasive cardiac electrophysiology mapping) and advanced late gadolinium enhancement cardiac magnetic resonance scar imaging...
July 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705431/-effect-of-intermittent-variable-intensity-exercise-on-qt-variation-and-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-among-cameroonian-school-adolescents
#13
E C Bika Lele, M N Pepouomi, A Temfemo, J Mekoulou, P Assomo Ndemba, S H Mandengue
INTRODUCTION: Several cases of sudden deaths are observed among students practicing sport and physical activity (SPA). Just few studies have been carried out on the variation of the QT (interval) and risk of sudden death during sporting exercises. AIM: To determine the effect of variable intermittent stress intensity on the variation of QT and the risk of sudden cardiac death. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Form 4, lower sixth and upper sixth students were recruited from a high school in Douala (Cameroon)...
July 10, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705070/comparison-of-two-european-models-estimating-risk-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#14
Pawel Rubis, Barbara Biernacka-Fijalkowska, Lusine Khachatryan, Aleksandra Karabinowska, Patrycja Faltyn, Ewa Dzwiecka, Sylwia Wisniowska-Smialek, Lidia Tomkiewcz-Pająk, Piotr Podolec
Objective Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with a risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Several models have been developed to estimate SCD risk and guide preventive therapy. The comparison of the previous 2003 with novel 2014 SCD risk models have never been studied. Methods Over a year we included 103 consecutive HCM patients without previous cardiac arrest and/or ICD implanted (65% males; aged 53.3 ± 13.9 years; mean EF 62.3 ± 18%). The SCD risk was calculated for each patient. Results Based on the 2003 model, patients had following scores: 0 points -15 (15%) patients, 1-28 (27%), 2-34 (33%), 3-18 (17%), ≥ 4-8 (8%)...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705047/galectin-3-correlates-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-and-predicts-the-risk-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-implantable-defibrillators
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Fahrettin Oz, Imran Onur, Ali Elitok, Evin Ademoglu, Ibrahim Altun, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Kamil Adalet
Background Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (ARVD) is a heritable disorder characterized by fibro-fatty replacement of right ventricular myocytes, increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. Galectin-3 (GAL3) is known to play an important role in a number of fibrotic conditions, including cardiac fibrosis. Many studies have focused on the association between GAL3 levels and cardiac fibrosis in heart failure. However, the role of GAL3 in the pathogenesis of ARVD and ventricular arrhythmias has not yet been evaluated thoroughly...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700475/association-of-ventricular-arrhythmia-and-in-hospital-mortality-in-stroke-patients-in-florida-a-nonconcurrent-prospective-study
#16
Arielle A Dahlin, Chase C Parsons, Noël C Barengo, Juan Gabriel Ruiz, Melissa Ward-Peterson, Juan Carlos Zevallos
Stroke remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Current evidence identified electrocardiographic abnormalities and cardiac arrhythmias in 50% of patients with an acute stroke. The purpose of this study was to assess whether the presence of ventricular arrhythmia (VA) in adult patients hospitalized in Florida with acute stroke increased the risk of in-hospital mortality.Secondary data analysis of 215,150 patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke hospitalized in the state of Florida collected by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration from 2008 to 2012...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699707/-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes-2017-recommendations-for-non-cardiologists
#17
Philippe Meyer, Vincent Gabus
A resting electrocardiogram (ECG) is recommended for screening of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. However, ECG interpretation in athletes requires an adequate training because normal physiological training adaptations in athletes can sometimes be hardly distinguished from abnormal findings suggestive of underlying pathology. In 2017, a consensus of international experts established new recommendations for a clear and accurate interpretation of ECGs in athletes. This article aims to guide non-cardiologists according to these new data, allowing a better triage of anomalies requiring further investigations...
July 12, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699125/uptake-of-predictive-genetic-testing-and-cardiac-evaluation-for-children-at-risk-for-an-inherited-arrhythmia-or-cardiomyopathy
#18
Susan Christian, Joseph Atallah, Robin Clegg, Michael Giuffre, Cathleen Huculak, Tara Dzwiniel, Jillian Parboosingh, Sherryl Taylor, Martin Somerville
Predictive genetic testing in minors should be considered when clinical intervention is available. Children who carry a pathogenic variant for an inherited arrhythmia or cardiomyopathy require regular cardiac screening and may be prescribed medication and/or be told to modify their physical activity. Medical genetics and pediatric cardiology charts were reviewed to identify factors associated with uptake of genetic testing and cardiac evaluation for children at risk for long QT syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696268/personalizing-risk-stratification-for-sudden-death-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-the-past-present-and-future
#19
REVIEW
Brian P Halliday, John G F Cleland, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Sanjay K Prasad
Results from the DANISH Study (Danish Study to Assess the Efficacy of ICDs in Patients With Non-Ischemic Systolic Heat Failure on Mortality) suggest that for many patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators do not increase longevity. Accurate identification of patients who are more likely to die of an arrhythmia and less likely to die of other causes is required to ensure improvement in outcomes and wise use of resources. Until now, left ventricular ejection fraction has been used as a key criterion for selecting patients with DCM for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention purposes...
July 11, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696220/prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-do-the-guidelines-fall-short
#20
Jim T Vehmeijer, Zeliha Koyak, Werner Budts, Louise Harris, Candice K Silversides, Erwin N Oechslin, Berto J Bouma, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara J M Mulder, Joris R de Groot
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of mortality in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients. SCD may be prevented by implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation, but patient stratification remains troublesome. The 2014 Consensus Statement on Arrhythmias in ACHD patients and the 2015 European Society of Cardiology Guidelines specified recommendations for ICD implantation in ACHD patients for the first time. We assess the discriminative ability of these ICD recommendations for SCD in ACHD patients...
July 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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