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Aditya J Ullal, Daniel W Kaiser, Jun Fan, Susan Schmitt, Claire T Than, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, Paul A Heidenreich, Jonathon P Piccini, Marco V Perez, Paul J Wang, Mintu P Turakhia
INTRODUCTION: Data regarding catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is limited. We therefore assessed the association of CKD with common safety and clinical outcomes in a nationwide sample of ablation recipients. METHODS: Using MarketScan(®) Commercial Claims and Medicare Supplemental Databases, we evaluated 30-day safety and 1-year clinical outcomes in patients who underwent a first AF ablation procedure between 2007-2011...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Vinoth Kumar Vilvanathan, Budunur C Srinivas Prabhavathi Bhat, Manjunath Cholenahally Nanjappa, Bharathi Pandian, Vithal Bagi, Sridhar Kasturi, Shiva Kumar Bandimida
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation is the most common sustained arrhythmia in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This study was conducted to determine the maintenance of sinus rhythm with amiodarone therapy following DC cardioversion (DCCV), early after successful balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV). METHODS: Patients were randomized to amiodarone group and placebo group and their baseline characteristics were recorded. DCCV was done 48h after BMV. After cardioversion, oral amiodarone was started initially 200mg three times a day for 2 weeks, then 200mg twice daily for two weeks followed by 200mg once daily for 12 months...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Linda Norton, Angela Tsiperfal, Kelly Cook, Ani Bagdasarian, John Varady, Manali Shah, Paul Wang
Sustained growth in the arrhythmia population at Stanford Health Care led to an independent nurse practitioner-run outpatient direct current cardioversion (DCCV) program in 2012. DCCVs performed by a medical doctor, a nurse practitioner under supervision, or nurse practitioners from 2009 to 2014 were compared for safety and efficacy. A retrospective review of the electronic medical records system (Epic) was performed on biodemographic data, cardiovascular risk factors, medication history, procedural data, and DCCV outcomes...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Stefan Georg Spitzer, László Károlyi, Carola Rämmler, Frank Scharfe, Thomas Weinmann, Mirko Zieschank, Anke Langbein
INTRODUCTION: A patient-tailored ablation approach focused on the elimination of both pulmonary vein triggers as well as substrate drivers may result in favourable outcomes with recurrent persistent AF patients. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the long-term outcomes of rotor ablation combined with conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with recurrent non-paroxysmal AF. METHODS: 58 consecutive patients underwent FIRM-guided rotor ablation followed by conventional PVI for the treatment of recurrent non-paroxysmal AF...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Ömer Erküner, Roy Claessen, Ron Pisters, Germaine Schulmer, Roos Ramaekers, Laura Sonneveld, Elton Dudink, Theo Lankveld, Ione Limantoro, Bob Weijs, Laurent Pison, Yuri Blaauw, Cees B de Vos, Harry Jgm Crijns
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing elective electrical cardioversion (ECV) for atrial fibrillation have a temporarily increased risk of thromboembolism. Current guidelines recommend adequate anticoagulation for ≥3 consecutive weeks precardioversion, i.e. consecutive INR values 2.0-3.0 in patients with vitamin K antagonists (VKA). We aimed to evaluate the occurrence and impact of subtherapeutic INRs precardioversion and to study factors associated with these unwanted fluctuations. METHODS: We recruited 346 consecutive patients undergoing elective ECV in the Maastricht University Medical Centre between 2008 and 2013...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Maximilian D Hien, Fernando Benito Castro, Philippe Fournier, Anne Filleron, Tu-Anh Tran
OBJECTIVES: We report on a rare but severe complication of adenosine use in a child with reentry tachycardia. METHODS AND RESULTS: Treatment with adenosine, which is the standard medical therapy of atrioventricular reentry tachycardia, led to the development of an irregular wide complex tachycardia, caused by rapid ventricular response to atrial fibrillation. The girl was finally stabilized with electrical cardioversion. We analyze the pathomechanism and discuss possible treatment options...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Giulia Renda, Fabrizio Ricci, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now proven alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). However, there are few data on the efficacy and safety of their use around cardioversion, where the risk of thromboembolic events is heightened. METHODS: We performed a random-effects meta-analysis of patients undergoing both electrical and pharmacological cardioversion for AF in the RE-LY, ROCKET-AF, ARISTOTLE, ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48, X-VeRT and ENSURE-AF trials...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation are the causes of approximately 300,000 deaths per year in the United States. VT is classified based on hemodynamic status and appearance. Stable, monomorphic VT treatment is controversial. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to provide emergency physicians with an evidence-based review of the medical management of stable, monomorphic VT. DISCUSSION: Stable, monomorphic VT is part of a larger class of ventricular dysrhythmias defined by a rate of at least 120 beats/min with QRS > 120 ms without regularly occurring P:QRS association...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Mukund A Prabhu, B V Srinivas Prasad, Anees Thajudeen, Narayanan Namboodiri
INTRODUCTION: Bundle branch reentry as a mechanism of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) is not described. CASE REPORT: A 52-year-old woman with left ventricular (LV) EMF had VT needing cardioversion. She had mitral regurgitation and left bundle branch block, but no LV dilation or heart failure. During electrophysiological study, clinical VT could be easily induced, and it was confirmed to be bundle branch reentrant VT (BBRVT). She was treated with ablation of the right bundle branch...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Claudia Crocini, Cecilia Ferrantini, Raffaele Coppini, Marina Scardigli, Ping Yan, Leslie M Loew, Godfrey Smith, Elisabetta Cerbai, Corrado Poggesi, Francesco S Pavone, Leonardo Sacconi
Current rescue therapies for life-threatening arrhythmias ignore the pathological electro-anatomical substrate and base their efficacy on a generalized electrical discharge. Here, we developed an all-optical platform to examine less invasive defibrillation strategies. An ultrafast wide-field macroscope was developed to optically map action potential propagation with a red-shifted voltage sensitive dye in whole mouse hearts. The macroscope was implemented with a random-access scanning head capable of drawing arbitrarily-chosen stimulation patterns with sub-millisecond temporal resolution allowing precise epicardial activation of Channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mengqi Gong, Zhiwei Zhang, Nikolaos Fragakis, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Konstantinos P Letsas, Guangping Li, Gan-Xin Yan, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) regarding use of ranolazine (RN) for the prevention and cardioversion of atrial fibrillation (AF) have yielded conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: we conducted a meta-analysis of RCTs to examine the potential role of RN in the prevention and cardioversion of AF. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE were searched until June 2016. Of 484 initially identified studies, eight RCTs were finally analyzed. RESULTS: The analysis of RCTs showed that RN significantly reduced the incidence of AF compared to the control group in various clinical settings as following cardiac surgery, in acute coronary syndromes, and post electrical cardioversion of AF (RR = 0...
October 13, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Karen Tu, Robby Nieuwlaat, Stephanie Y Cheng, Laura Wing, Noah Ivers, Clare L Atzema, Jeff S Healey, Paul Dorian
BACKGROUND: Identifying patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) using administrative data is important for epidemiologic and outcomes research. Although administrative data cover large populations, it is necessary to assess their validity in identifying AF patients. METHODS: We used Ontario family physician electronic medical records from the Electronic Medical Record Administrative data Linked Database (EMRALD) as a reference standard to assess the accuracy of administrative data algorithms in identifying patients with AF...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Giuseppe Andò, Olimpia Trio
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Giosuè Mascioli, Elena Lucca, Federica Michelotti, Giusy Alioto, Franco Santoro, Guido Belli, Cristina Rota, Ombretta Ornago, Giovanni Sirianni, Emanuela Pulcini, Matteo Pennesi, Carlo Savasta, Rosario Russo, Antonino Pitì
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have an increased thromboembolic risk, that can be estimated with risk scores an require sometimes oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT). Despite correct anticoagulation, some patients still develop left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) or thrombosis. The value of traditional risk scores (R2 CHADS2 , CHADS2 and CHA2 DS2 -VASc) in predicting such events remains controversial MATERIAL AND RESULTS: Aim of our study was to explore variables linked to severe SEC or atrial thrombosis and evaluate the performance of traditional risk scores in identifying these patients...
October 12, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
M Braun, C Siauw, J Schirrmeister, J Wirbelauer
We report a male newborn who became symptomatic with supraventricular tachycardia on the first day of life. Neither adenosine nor electric cardioversion could terminate the tachycardia, therefore intravenous esmolol (β-receptor blocker) was initiated. Inspite of subsequent administration of various antiarrhythmic medications in increasingly higher doses, repeated supraventricular tachycardic episodes occurred. The electrocardiogram showed typical findings of a multifocal atrial tachycardia as the underlying cause...
October 10, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Vincenzo Russo, Lucia Di Napoli, Valter Bianchi, Vincenzo Tavoletta, Stefano De Vivo, Ciro Cavallaro, Filipo Vecchione, Anna Rago, Berardo Sarubbi, Paolo Calabrò, Gerardo Nigro, Antonio D'Onofrio
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Matthias Bossard, Rahel Kreuzmann, Thomas Hochgruber, Philipp Krisai, Andreas J Zimmermann, Stefanie Aeschbacher, Katrin Pumpol, Arnheid Kessel-Schaefer, Frank-Peter Stephan, Nadja Handschin, Christian Sticherling, Stefan Osswald, Beat A Kaufmann, Guillaume Paré, Michael Kühne, David Conen
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial (LA) enlargement is an important risk factor for incident stroke and a key determinant for the success of rhythm control strategies in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). However, factors associated with LA volume in AF patients remain poorly understood. METHODS: Patients with paroxysmal or persistent AF were enrolled in this study. Real time 3-D echocardiography was performed in all participants and analyzed offline in a standardized manner...
2016: PloS One
R Liu, S B Qiao, F H Hu, W X Yang, J S Yuan, J G Cui
Objective: To observe the long-term prognosis and related outcome predictors for hypertrophic obstructive cadiomyopathy (HOCM) patients underwent alcohol septal ablation (ASA). Methods: A total of 227 consecutive patients(age: (47.8±11.7) years) treated by ASA from September 2005 to December 2013 in our hospital were included and followed-up for 4.42 years(range: ( 1.17-9.93) years). Follow up rate is 97.4%(221/227). General information, medical history, data of ASA and complications during hospitalization were obtained through access to medical records of patients...
September 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Christina L Luong, Darby J S Thompson, Kenneth G Gin, John Jue, Parvathy Nair, Pui-Kee Lee, Michael Y Tsang, Marion E Barnes, Pamela Colley, Teresa S M Tsang
Atrial volumes indexed to body surface area (AVI) are robust predictors of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after direct current cardioversion (DCCV). The incremental value of atrial emptying fraction (EmF) compared with atrial volumes as a predictor for recurrent AF after DCCV has not been evaluated. We sought to compare the predictive ability of baseline left atrial (LA) EmF, right atrial (RA) EmF, LAVI, and RAVI for post-DCCV AF recurrence at 6 months. The first 95 patients enrolled in the AF Clinic Registry with adequate echocardiogram imaging constituted the study cohort...
August 13, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Hans-Joachim Trappe
Consciousness disorders may have many causes, mainly cardiac arrhythmias. The incidence of bradyarrhythmias (BA) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is 0.3-18 % and caused by sinus node dysfunction (SND), high degree atrioventricular (AV) block or bundle branch blocks. SND are sinus bradycardia or sinus arrest. 1st degree AV-block occurs in 4-13 % of patients with ACS caused by rhythm disturbances in atrium, AV node, bundle of His or the Tawara system. 1st or 2nd degree AV block is seen very frequently within 24 hours after beginning of ACS and these arrhythmias are frequently transient and no more present after 72 hours...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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