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N Kaji, S Nakayama, K Horiguchi, S Iino, H Ozaki, M Hori
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) serve as intestinal pacemakers. Postoperative ileus (POI) is a gastrointestinal motility disorder that occurs following abdominal surgery, which is caused by inflammation-induced dysfunction of smooth muscles and enteric neurons. However, the participation of ICC in POI is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the functional changes of ICC in a mouse model of POI. METHODS: Intestinal manipulation (IM) was performed to induce POI...
March 15, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Afsha Aurshina, Anil Hingorani, Ahmad Alsheekh, Pavel Kibrik, Natalie Marks, Enrico Ascher
OBJECTIVE: It has been a widely accepted practice that a previous placed pacemaker, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or central line can be a contraindication to placing a hemodialysis catheter in the ipsilateral jugular vein. Fear of dislodging pacing wires, tunneling close to the battery site or causing venous obstruction has been a concern for surgeons and interventionalists alike. We suggest that this phobia may be unfounded. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of patients in whom hemodialysis catheters were placed over a period of 10 years...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Nazmi Narin, Ozge Pamukcu, Aydin Tuncay, Ali Baykan, Suleyman Sunkak, Onur Tasci, Kazim Uzum, Levent Saltık
Untreated ventricular septal defect (VSD) is an important cause of congestive heart failure in early infancy. Growth is impaired in this population, and surgical closure is challenging because of congestion in the lungs, making infants prone to respiratory infection, and because of their poor nutritional status. The aim of this study is to share our experience with percutaneous VSD closure in patients under 1 year of age. Patients with hemodynamically significant left-to-right shunt, less than 1 year of age, and with VSD diameter ≤ 6 mm were retrospectively included in the study between December 2014 and January 2017...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Peter Paik, Sanjay K Arukala, Anupam A Sule
Central venous catheters are placed in approximately five million patients annually in the US. The preferred site of insertion is one with fewer risks and easier access. Although the right internal jugular vein is preferred, on occasion, the left internal jugular may have to be accessed. A patient was admitted for septic shock, cerebrovascular accident, and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. A central venous line was needed for antibiotic and vasopressor administration. Due to trauma from a fall to the right side and previously failed catheterization attempts at the left subclavian and femoral veins, the left internal jugular vein was accessed...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Sergio Richter, Michael Döring, Micaela Ebert, Kerstin Bode, Andreas Müssigbrodt, Philipp Sommer, Daniela Husser, Gerhard Hindricks
Leadless cardiac pacemaker (LCP) therapy has been established clinically as a feasible and safe alternative to conventional transvenous pacemaker therapy for patients with an indication for single-chamber right-ventricular pacing.1-3 However, reports on loss of telemetry and pacing output due to abrupt battery failure called the safety of one of the two commercially available systems seriously into question. The initial battery advisory with the Nanostim™ LCP was issued by the manufacturer in October 2016, who instantly called a global stop to Nanostim™ implants...
March 14, 2018: Circulation
Sérgio Barra, Rui Providência, Serge Boveda, Rudolf Duehmke, Kumar Narayanan, Anthony W Chow, Olivier Piot, Didier Klug, Pascal Defaye, Daniel Gras, Jean-Claude Deharo, Paul Milliez, Antoine Da Costa, Pierre Mondoly, Jorge Gonzalez-Panizo, Christophe Leclercq, Patrick Heck, Munmohan Virdee, Nicolas Sadoul, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Eloi Marijon
OBJECTIVE: In patients indicated for cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), the choice between a CRT-pacemaker (CRT-P) versus defibrillator (CRT-D) remains controversial and indications in this setting have not been well delineated. Apart from inappropriate therapies, which are inherent to the presence of a defibrillator, whether adding defibrillator to CRT in the primary prevention setting impacts risk of other acute and late device-related complications has not been well studied and may bear relevance for device selection...
March 14, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Mark N Belkin, Cesar E Soria, Albert L Waldo, C Jan Willem Borleffs, David L Hayes, Roderick Tung, Jagmeet P Singh, Gaurav A Upadhyay
BACKGROUND: Despite the clear association between atrial fibrillation and risk for thromboembolic events (TEs), the clinical significance of new-onset device-detected atrial tachyarrhythmia (DDAT) and TE remains disputed. We aimed to determine the risk of TE in patients with new-onset DDAT. METHODS AND RESULTS: The OVID Medline, Cochrane, and Scopus databases (inception to November 2016) were searched. Randomized controlled trials, prospective, or retrospective studies of pacemaker or defibrillator patients reporting incidence of DDAT were selected...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Simon Mifsud, Emma Louise Schembri, Matthew Mercieca Balbi, Mark Gruppetta, James Clark
The authors report a case of a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with an irreversible second-degree atrioventricular (AV) Mobitz II 2:1 block temporally associated with profound hyponatraemia. The cause of the hyponatraemia was beer potomania. The co-occurrence of reversible first, second and third-degree heart blocks and hyponatraemia has been described in a few published case reports. However, this case is noteworthy as the AV block persisted, despite correction of serum sodium concentration as opposed to other published cases, which meant that the patient required a permanent pacemaker...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Jodi R Paul, Hira A Munir, Thomas van Groen, Karen L Gamble
Disruption of circadian rhythms is commonly reported in individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurons in the primary circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), exhibit daily rhythms in spontaneous neuronal activity which are important for maintaining circadian behavioral rhythms. Disruption of SCN neuronal activity has been reported in animal models of other neurodegenerative disorders; however, the effect of AD on SCN neurophysiology remains unknown. In this study we examined circadian behavioral and electrophysiological changes in a mouse model of AD, using male mice from the Tg-SwDI line which expresses human amyloid precursor protein with the familial Swedish (K670N/M671L), Dutch (E693Q), Iowa (D694N) mutations...
March 11, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Emanuele Rondonotti, Cristiano Spada, Samuel Adler, Andrea May, Edward J Despott, Anastasios Koulaouzidis, Simon Panter, Dirk Domagk, Ignacio Fernandez-Urien, Gabriel Rahmi, Maria Elena Riccioni, Jeanin E van Hooft, Cesare Hassan, Marco Pennazio
SMALL-BOWEL CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY (SBCE): 1: ESGE recommends that prior to SBCE patients ingest a purgative (2 L of polyethylene glycol [PEG]) for better visualization.Strong recommendation, high quality evidence.However, the optimal timing for taking purgatives is yet to be established. 2: ESGE recommends that SBCE should be performed as an outpatient procedure if possible, since completion rates are higher in outpatients than in inpatients.Strong recommendation, moderate quality evidence...
March 14, 2018: Endoscopy
Alexey E Lyashkov, Joachim Beahr, Edward G Lakatta, Yael Yaniv, Victor A Maltsev
Recent data suggest that cardiac pacemaker cell function is determined by numerous time-, voltage-, and Ca-dependent interactions of cell membrane electrogenic proteins (M-clock) and intracellular Ca cycling proteins (Ca-clock), forming a coupled-clock system. Many aspects of the coupled-clock system, however, remain underexplored. The key players of the system are Ca release channels (ryanodine receptors), generating local Ca releases (LCRs) from sarcoplasmic reticulum, electrogenic Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) current, and L-type Ca current (ICaL )...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Parwis B Rahmanian, Kaveh Eghbalzadeh, Süreyya Kaya, Hruy Menghesha, Stephen Gerfer, Oliver J Liakopoulos, Yeong-Hong Choi, Thorsten Wahlers
OBJECTIVES: Rapid-deployment aortic valve replacement (RD-AVR) potentially reduces procedure times providing excellent haemodynamic results compared to standard tissue aortic valve replacement. However, concerns have been raised regarding higher rates of postoperative pacemaker (PPM) requirement compared to standard aortic valve replacement. In this study, we sought to determine the PPM rate and its potential risk factors in RD-AVR patients. METHODS: Between 2011 and 2017, 193 patients underwent RD-AVR...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Riccardo Cappato
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February 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Carina Carnlöf, Per Insulander, Mats Jensen-Urstad, Marie Iwarzon, Fredrik Gadler
OBJECTIVES: To explore sex differences regarding indication for atrio-ventricular junction ablation (AVJ), choice of pacing system, complications to pacemaker treatment, long-term outcome, and cause of death after AVJ ablation. DESIGN: 700 patients who had undergone AVJ ablation between January 1990 and December 2010 were included. Data were retrieved from the patients´ medical records and the Swedish Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Registry...
March 14, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
M Marin-Gracia, D Cantero-Lozano, E Garces-Anton, A Lopez-Bravo, A Garrido-Fernandez, M P Navarro-Perez, S Santos-Lasaosa, M Garces-Redondo
INTRODUCTION: Lacosamide is an antiepileptic drug whose exact mechanism of action remains unknown. It acts by increasing the slow inactivation of the voltage-dependent sodium channels of the cell membranes. It is indicated in the treatment of focal seizures with or without secondary generalisation and is occasionally used as adjunct treatment in neuropathic pain. Although the most frequent side effects are mild (dizziness, diplopia, blurred vision, headache, tremor, etc.), others such as supraventricular tachyarrhythmias, changes in repolarisation, atrioventricular blocks and even cardiac arrest or sudden death have been reported...
March 16, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Masao Takahashi, Nicolas Badenco, Jacques Monteau, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Fabrice Extramiana, Marina Urena, Nicole Karam, Eloi Marijon, Vincent Algalarrondo, Emmanuel Teiger, Nicolas Lellouche
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the impact of pacemaker mode programming on clinical outcomes in patients with high-degree atrioventricular conduction disturbance (AVCD) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: Although high-degree AVCD after TAVI can receive pacemaker, recovery of the AVCD is often observed. Specific pacemaker algorithms (AAI-DDD mode switch) are available which favor spontaneous atrioventricular conduction. METHODS: Of 1,621 consecutive multi-center TAVI patients, 269 (16...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Fabien Squara, Didier Scarlatti, Philippe Riccini, Gauthier Garret, Pamela Moceri, Emile Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Fluoroscopic criteria have been described for the documentation of septal right ventricular (RV) lead positioning, but their accuracy remains questioned. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator implantation were prospectively included. RV lead was positioned using postero-anterior and left anterior oblique 40° incidences, and right anterior oblique 30° to rule out coronary sinus positioning when suspected. RV lead positioning using fluoroscopy was compared to true RV lead positioning as assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Ilana Schwartz, Courtney E McCracken, Christopher J Petit, Ritu Sachdeva
OBJECTIVE: More patients with Fontan physiology are reaching adulthood. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the late outcomes of patients palliated with Fontan procedure and to assess the risk factors for mortality. METHODS: PubMed, Embase and Web of Science were queried to retrieve observational studies of survival in patients following the Fontan procedure with<u>></u>5 years of follow-up. A random-effects model was used to determine pooled survival estimates at 5, 10 and 15 years...
March 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Mohamed Abdelrahman, Faiz A Subzposh, Dominik Beer, Brendan Durr, Angela Naperkowski, Haiyan Sun, Jess W Oren, Gopi Dandamudi, Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular pacing (RVP) is associated with heart failure and increased mortality. His bundle pacing (HBP) is a physiological alternative to RVP. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to evaluate clinical outcomes of HBP compared to RVP. METHODS: All patients requiring initial pacemaker implantation between Oct 1st , 2013 and December 31st , 2016 were included in the study. Permanent HBP was attempted in consecutive patients at one hospital and RVP at a sister hospital...
March 5, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Thomas Walther, Ganesh Manoharan, Axel Linke, Helge Möllmann, David Holzhey, Stephen G Worthley, Won-Keun Kim, Ulrich Schäfer
OBJECTIVES: To examine the incidence and timing of new-onset left bundle branch block (LBBB) and new permanent pacemaker implantation (PPI) in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) using the repositionable, self-expanding Portico™ TAVI system (St. Jude Medical, St Paul, MN, USA). Clinical impact and periprocedural factors associated with new PPI were also assessed. METHODS: A total of 198 high-risk patients without pre-existing pacemaker [83...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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