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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439924/prevalence-and-predictors-of-thyroid-functional-abnormalities-in-newly-diagnosed-al-amyloidosis
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E Muchtar, D S Dean, A Dispenzieri, D Dingli, F K Buadi, M Q Lacy, S R Hayman, P Kapoor, N Leung, S Russell, J A Lust, Yi Lin, R Warsame, W Gonsalves, T V Kourelis, R S Go, R Chakraborty, S Zeldenrust, R A Kyle, S Vincent Rajkumar, S K Kumar, M A Gertz
BACKGROUND: Data on the effect of systemic immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL amyloidosis) on thyroid function are limited. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of hypothyroidism in AL amyloidosis patients and determine its predictors. METHODS: 1142 newly diagnosed AL amyloidosis patients were grouped based on the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) measurement at diagnosis: hypothyroid group (TSH above upper normal reference; >5 mIU L(-1) ; n = 217, 19% of study participants) and euthyroid group (n = 925, 81%)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432528/conventional-acupuncture-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-a-systematic-review-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Jing Liu, Si-Nai Li, Lu Liu, Kun Zhou, Yan Li, Xiao-Yun Cui, Jie Wan, Jin-Jin Lu, Yan-Chao Huang, Xu-Sheng Wang, Qian Lin
OBJECTIVE: To exam the effect and safety of conventional acupuncture (CA) on cardiac arrhythmia. METHODS: Nine medical databases were searched until February 2016 for randomized controlled trials. Heterogeneity was measured by Cochran Q test. Meta-analysis was conducted if I(2) was less than 85% and the characteristics of included trials were similar. RESULTS: Nine qualified studies involving 638 patients were included. Only 1 study had definitely low risk of bias, while 7 trials were rated as unclear and 1 as high...
April 22, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425222/class-iii-antiarrhythmic-drugs-amiodarone-and-dronedarone-impair-kir-2-1-backward-trafficking
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Yuan Ji, Hiroki Takanari, Muge Qile, Lukas Nalos, Marien J C Houtman, Fee L Romunde, Raimond Heukers, Paul M P van Bergen En Henegouwen, Marc A Vos, Marcel A G van der Heyden
Drug-induced ion channel trafficking disturbance can cause cardiac arrhythmias. The subcellular level at which drugs interfere in trafficking pathways is largely unknown. KIR 2.1 inward rectifier channels, largely responsible for the cardiac inward rectifier current (IK1 ), are degraded in lysosomes. Amiodarone and dronedarone are class III antiarrhythmics. Chronic use of amiodarone, and to a lesser extent dronedarone, causes serious adverse effects to several organs and tissue types, including the heart. Both drugs have been described to interfere in the late-endosome/lysosome system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424174/the-clinical-value-of-regular-thyroid-function-tests-during-amiodarone-treatment
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Stan Benjamens, Robin P F Dullaart, Wim J Sluiter, Michiel Rienstra, Isabelle C van Gelder, Thera P Links
OBJECTIVE: Amiodarone is used for the maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients with arrhythmias, but thyroid dysfunction (amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis(AIT) or -hypothyroidism(AIH)) is a common adverse effect. Since the onset of AIT and AIH may be unpredictable, the value of long-term regular monitoring of amiodarone treated patients for thyroid dysfunction is still uncertain. DESIGN: We retrospectively documented the frequency at which overt thyroid dysfunction was preceded by subclinical thyroid dysfunction...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421842/the-management-of-ventricular-dysrhythmia-in-aconite-poisoning
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REVIEW
James M Coulson, Thomas M Caparrotta, John P Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Aconite poisoning is relatively rare but is frequently complicated by ventricular dysrhythmias, which may be fatal. Molecular basis of aconite alkaloid ventricular arrhythmogenicity: Aconite exerts its toxic effects due to the presence of an admixture of alkaloids present in all parts of the plant. The major target of these aconite alkaloids is the fast voltage-gates sodium channel, where they cause persistent activation. This blockade of the channel in the activated state promotes automaticity within the ventricular myocardium and the generation of ventricular arrhythmias...
June 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414390/therapeutic-monitoring-of-amiodarone-pharmacokinetics-and-evaluation-of-the-relationship-between-effect-and-dose-concentration
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Erika Hrudikova Vyskocilova, Milan Grundmann, Jana Duricova, Ivana Kacirova
Amiodarone is the most effective agent in the therapy of arrhythmias. However, the clinical effect of acute and chronic treatment is unclear and there are differences irrespective of comparable plasma/myocardial amiodarone and its metabolite desethylamiodarone concentations as well. Its unusual pharmacokinetics results in interindividual variation in plasma levels. The association between amiodarone and desethylamiodarone plasma levels and clinical efficacy is difficult to evaluate. This review was carried out to assess whether there is any objective correlation between amiodarone and desethylamiodarone plasma levels and the clinical effect...
March 31, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398380/-amiodarone-induced-thyrotoxicosis
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Fausto Bogazzi, Luca Tomisti, Vitantonio Di Bello, Enio Martino
Amiodarone-induced thyroid dysfunction occurs in about 15-20% of patients under amiodarone therapy. Amiodarone-induced hypothyroidism (AIH) can develop in patients with an apparently normal thyroid gland or in those with an underlying chronic autoimmune thyroiditis. On a clinical ground, AIH is not challenging and can be easily treated with L-thyroxine therapy. Amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis (AIT) can occur in patients with (AIT 1) or without (AIT 2) an underlying thyroid disease. AIT 1 is a true iodine-induced hyperthyroidism occurring in patients with an underlying thyroid autonomy while AIT 2 is a drug-induced destructive thyroiditis...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385314/management-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-in%C3%A2-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Pasquale Santangeli, J Eduardo Rame, Edo Y Birati, Francis E Marchlinski
Advanced heart failure (A-HF) is characterized by progressive symptoms of heart failure despite optimal therapy. In patients with A-HF, ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) are common. Clinical studies evaluating different therapies to prevent VAs had very limited representation of patients with A-HF. Among antiarrhythmic drugs, only amiodarone reduces VAs, although its use may be associated with increased mortality. Catheter ablation with substrate modification is effective to achieve VA suppression in patients with A-HF, including those with left ventricular assist devices...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384905/sinus-rhythm-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis-after-balloon-mitral-valvotomy-is-it-feasible
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Ashwal A Jayaram, Anand N Shukla, Saurin Shah, Vidya Nayak, Sridevi Prabhu, Umesh Pai
INTRODUCTION: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is largely present in patients with rheumatic valvular disease, leading to hospitalizations. AIM: We aimed to study the restoration and maintenance of Sinus Rhythm (SR) in rheumatic patients with Mitral Stenosis (MS) and AF after Balloon Mitral Valvotomy (BMV) and evaluated the factors which affect the maintenance of SR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 50 patients who underwent BMV at U. N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre from 2010 November to 2013 January were included in the study...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381744/ventricular-tachycardia-as-a-complication-of-ledipasvir-and-sofosbuvir-treatment-for-hcv-infection
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Kazushige Nirei, Hitomi Nakamura, Shunichi Matsuoka, Yoichiro Yamana, Shunichi Yoda, Atsushi Hirayama, Mitsuhiko Moriyama
We experienced two patients with serious arrhythmias associated with the administration of ledipasvir (LDV) and sofosbuvir (SOF). Neither patient took amiodarone, an agent for which concomitant use is prohibited. One patient was 82 years old and hypertensive; the other was 72 years old and had no cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension or diabetes mellitus. The arrhythmias were both serious ventricular tachycardia (VT) that converted spontaneously to sinus rhythm, without treatment, and both patients had good outcomes...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379591/fatty-liver-and-drugs-the-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
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L Miele, A Liguori, G Marrone, M Biolato, C Araneo, F G Vaccaro, A Gasbarrini, A Grieco
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a common and underestimated cause of liver disease. Several drugs and other xenobiotics can be the cause of different clinicopathologic patterns of liver disease. Steatosis and steatohepatitis are rare but well-documented types of DILI. Over the past decades commonly used drugs like amiodarone, tamoxifen, irinotecan, methotrexate, valproic acid and glucocorticoids have been recognized to be associated with steatosis. Even though the pathophysiological pathways are still only partially understood, inhibition of mitochondrial beta-oxidation, reduced very low-density lipoprotein secretion, insulin resistance induction and increased de novo synthesis or increased liver uptake of fatty acids are considered the main pathogenic mechanisms through which drugs can lead to hepatic steatosis...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376849/effect-of-an-interactive-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-assist-device-with-an-automated-external-defibrillator-synchronised-with-a-ventilator-on-the-cpr-performance-of-emergency-medical-service-staff-a-randomised-simulation-study
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Rainer Nitzschke, Christoph Doehn, Jan F Kersten, Julian Blanz, Tobias J Kalwa, Norman A Scotti, Jens C Kubitz
BACKGROUND: The present study evaluates whether the quality of advanced cardiac life support (ALS) is improved with an interactive prototype assist device. This device consists of an automated external defibrillator linked to a ventilator and provides synchronised visual and acoustic instructions for guidance through the ALS algorithm and assistance for face-mask ventilations. METHODS: We compared the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality of emergency medical system (EMS) staff members using the study device or standard equipment in a mannequin simulation study with a prospective, controlled, randomised cross-over study design...
April 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350861/efficacy-and-effects-on-cardiac-function-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-vs-direct-current-cardioversion-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Maojing Wang, Shanglang Cai, Wei Ding, Yujie Deng, Qing Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of catheter ablation vs. direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and to define baseline features of patients that will get more benefit from ablation. METHODS: From July 2013 to October 2014, 97 consecutive single-center patients with persistent AF and symptomatic heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <50%) underwent DCC followed by amiodarone (n = 40) or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n = 57) according to patient's preference were recruited in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349013/an-unusual-case-of-sustained-ventricular-tachycardia-following-a-wasp-bite
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Tarun Sharma, Aradhna Sharma, Mukul Bhatnagar
Sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) is a life-threatening condition which requires immediate intervention. We report a case of unusual etiology of sustained VT in a 42-year-old male after a wasp bite in the absence of anaphylaxis. The patient was treated with amiodarone and improved within 48 h. Thus, wasp stings can lead to serious tachyarrhythmias which can be life-threatening. Emergency care physicians should be aware of such arrhythmias in the setting of wasp bites which can be fatal.
October 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348626/amiodarone-associated-optic-neuropathy-clinical-review
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REVIEW
An-Guor Wang, Hui-Chen Cheng
Amiodarone, an antiarrhythmic agent, has been associated with visual loss secondary to optic neuropathy. The reported mean duration of amiodarone use before visual loss is about 9 months. Patients receiving amiodarone have a 2-fold increased risk of developing optic neuropathy, especially in males and possibly in patients with longer duration of treatment. Amiodarone-associated optic neuropathy is characterised by an insidious onset, slow progression, bilateral simultaneous visual loss, and protracted disc swelling...
April 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344147/evaluation-of-deprescribing-amiodarone-after-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-critical-illness
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Areerut Leelathanalerk, Wannisa Dongtai, Yvonne Huckleberry, Brian Kopp, John Bloom, Joseph Alpert
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shed light on the continued prescription of inpatient medications upon hospital discharge despite the original intent of short-term inpatient therapy. Amiodarone, an antiarrhythmic associated with significant adverse effects with long-term use, is commonly used for new-onset atrial fibrillation in critical illness (NAFCI). While it is often preferred in this setting of hemodynamic instability, a prescription for long-term use should be carefully considered, preferably by a cardiologist...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341373/drugs-to-prevent-sudden-cardiac-death
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Julia W Erath, Stefan H Hohnloser
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains a major public health burden despite enormous advances in post-resuscitation care, management of structural heart diseases, and antiarrhythmic treatment modalities. Primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death require understanding of the underlying substrate causing ventricular arrhythmias and its modification by pharmacological (i.e. heart failure therapy) or interventional (catheter ablation) methods. Antiarrhythmic drug therapy has experienced ups and downs during the last 30years balancing high antiarrhythmic potential, toxic side effects and pro-arrhythmic potency...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341360/use-of-antiarrhythmic-medications-in-medicare-part-d-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-and-ventricular-tachycardia
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Sean D Pokorney, Xiaojuan Mi, Bradley G Hammill, Nancy M Allen LaPointe, Lesley H Curtis, Sana M Al-Khatib
Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is common in cardiomyopathy patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. This analysis evaluated antiarrhythmic medication use and change in use over time in patients with VT and structural heart disease. Query of Medicare claims identified patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and VT. Patients with atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia were excluded. Two cohorts were created of patients enrolled in Medicare Part D for the 12 months before 2007 and 2012...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340451/the-role-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-prostate-cancer-treatment-focus-on-abiraterone-acetate-prednisone-and-enzalutamide
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REVIEW
Marzia Del Re, Stefano Fogli, Lisa Derosa, Francesco Massari, Paul De Souza, Stefania Crucitta, Sergio Bracarda, Daniele Santini, Romano Danesi
Elderly patients with cancer may have comorbidities, each requiring additional pharmacologic treatment. Therefore, the occurrence of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) interactions is very likely, and the risk of adverse reactions (ADRs), due to the narrow therapeutic window of anticancer drugs, is increased. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) may occur in prostate cancer patients due to inhibition by abiraterone of liver cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent enzymes CYP2C8 and 2D6, which are involved in the metabolism of approximately 25% of all drugs, and induction by enzalutamide of CYP3A4, 2C9 and 2C19, which metabolize up to 50% of medications...
March 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335691/cases-of-drug-induced-torsade-de-pointes-a-review-of-belgian-cases-in-the-eudravigilance-database
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Eline Vandael, Bert Vandenberk, Joris Vandenberghe, Rik Willems, Veerle Foulon
OBJECTIVES: Post-marketing surveillance is very important, especially for rare adverse drug reactions like QTc-prolongation and Torsade de Pointes (TdP). The objective of this study was to investigate the characteristics of Belgian cases of drug-related TdP reported in the EudraVigilance database. METHODS: The EudraVigilance database was searched for Belgian post-marketing cases of TdP reported between December 2001-April 2015. These cases were identified with MedDRA preferred terms...
March 24, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
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