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Jasmeet Soar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The optimal antiarrhythmic drug therapy (amiodarone or lidocaine) in the treatment of ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/pVT) cardiac arrest that is refractory to defibrillation is uncertain. This article reviews the evidence for and against these drugs, alternatives treatments for refractory VF/pVT and aims to define the role of antiarrhythmic drugs during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). RECENT FINDINGS: A large randomized controlled trial that compared amiodarone, lidocaine and saline 0...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Robert Gürkov
Background: Bilateral vestibulopathy (BVP) is a debilitating disorder characterized by the hypofunction of both vestibular end organs or nerves. The most frequent identifiable causes of BVP are ototoxic drug effects, infectious and autoimmune disorders. However, the majority of cases remain idiopathic. Very recently, the first discovery of a clinical case of Amiodarone-associated BVP has been reported. Methods: An overview of the literature concerning the relation between amiodarone toxicity and BVP is presented and discussed...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Mohamed Nabil Elnaggar, Kahtan Jbeili, Nik Nik-Hussin, Mohandas Kozhippally, Joseph M Pappachan
Amiodarone is one of the most commonly prescribed antiarrhythmic agents in clinical practice owing to its efficacy, even with high toxicity profile. The high iodine content and the prolonged biological half-life of the drug can result in thyroid dysfunction in a high proportion of patients treated with amiodarone even after cessation of amiodarone. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are common side effects that mandate regular monitoring of patients with thyroid function tests. Amiodarone-induced hypothyroidism (AIH) is diagnosed and managed in the same way as a usual case of hypothyroidism...
March 20, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
C Barriga-Montoya, A Huanosta-Gutiérrez, A Reyes-Vaca, A Hernández-Cruz, A Picones, F Gómez-Lagunas
The original publication of this article contained multiple technical errors that occurred during its production and printing. These errors included sentences and paragraphs with parts missing. The Publisher regrets these mistakes.
March 16, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Takeshi Omae, Eiichi Inada
New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is the most common perioperative complication of heart surgery, typically occurring in the perioperative period. NOAF commonly occurs in patients who are elderly, or have left atrial enlargement, or left ventricular hypertrophy. Various factors have been identified as being involved in the development of NOAF, and numerous approaches have been proposed for its prevention and treatment. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. For prevention of NOAF, β-blockers and amiodarone are particularly effective and are recommended by guidelines...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Shinya Iwasawa, Tomomi Uyeda, Mika Saito, Taku Ishii, Akio Inage, Yuji Hamamichi, Satoshi Yazaki, Tadahiro Yoshikawa
Amiodarone (AMD) is a class III anti-arrhythmic drug that is highly effective for tachyarrhythmia treatment. AMD is widely used in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD); however, higher doses of AMD (> 200 mg/day) can cause various non-cardiac side effects. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy, safety, and adverse events of low-dose AMD (≤ 200 mg/day) for tachyarrhythmia in patients with CHD. We retrospectively studied 80 patients with CHD and tachyarrhythmia who received oral low-dose AMD (≤ 200 mg/day) from January 2004 to March 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Naqash J Sethi, Emil E Nielsen, Sanam Safi, Joshua Feinberg, Christian Gluud, Janus C Jakobsen
BACKGROUND: During recent years, systematic reviews of observational studies have compared digoxin to no digoxin in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, and the results of these reviews suggested that digoxin seems to increase the risk of all-cause mortality regardless of concomitant heart failure. Our objective was to assess the benefits and harms of digoxin for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter based on randomized clinical trials. METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, SCI-Expanded, BIOSIS for eligible trials comparing digoxin versus placebo, no intervention, or other medical interventions in patients with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter in October 2016...
2018: PloS One
Indranee Rajapreyar, Deepak Acharya, José Tallaj, Lauren Hornbuckle, Jessica Sharpton, Joanna Joly, Salpy Pamboukian
Ventricular arrhythmias occurs in 20-50% of patients supported with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). Ventricular arrhythmias are well tolerated with LVAD support but long-term consequences include worsening right ventricular function. Management of ventricular arrhythmias in LVAD patients includes use of antiarrhythmic agents or ablation. Amiodarone has been used a first-line agent to treat ventricular arrhythmias post-LVAD implantation. Chronic treatment with amiodarone for arrhythmias can result in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism in 5-10% of patients...
March 5, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Xingjian Liu, Nikhil Khadtare, Hardek Patel, Ralph Stephani, Jerome Cantor
INTRODUCTION: A number of studies indicate that endothelin-1 (ET-1) may act as an inflammatory cell "gatekeeper," by regulating the influx of neutrophils following pulmonary injury. To further examine the role of ET-1 in modulating lung inflammation, hamsters were treated with an endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA), HJP272, either 1 h prior to intratracheal instillation of amiodarone (AM) or 24 h afterwards. METHODS: In both cases, the extent of lung injury and repair was determined by (1) histopathological changes; (2) neutrophil content in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF); (3) lung collagen content; (4) tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 expression by BALF macrophages; (5) BALF levels of (a) transforming growth factor beta-1, (b) stromal cell-derived factor 1 (commonly referred to as CXCL12), and (c) platelet-derived growth factor BB; (6) alveolar septal cell apoptosis...
March 7, 2018: Lung
Angela Maria Lourenço, Cristiane Castro Faccini, Cristiane Aparecida de Jesus Costa, Gabrielle Balestrin Mendes, Abilio Augusto Fragata Filho
INTRODUCTION: Approximately seven to eight million people worldwide have Chagas disease. In Brazil, benznidazole is the most commonly used active drug against Trypanosoma cruzi; however, its efficacy is limited, and side effects are frequent. Recent studies suggest that amiodarone may be beneficial in the treatment of this disease, by exerting anti-T. cruzi action. This study evaluated changes in T. cruzi cell count in in vitro cultures subjected to different doses of benznidazole, amiodarone, and their combination...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
João Mesquita, Diogo Cavaco, António Miguel Ferreira, Francisco Moscoso Costa, Pedro Carmo, Francisco Morgado, Miguel Mendes, Pedro Adragão
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the cornerstone of AF ablation, but its long-term clinical outcomes, predictors of relapse, and optimal pharmacological treatment remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this paper were to (1) assess very long-term AF recurrence, (2) identify predictors of relapse, and (3) evaluate the impact of continued antiarrhythmic drug (AAD) treatment after ablation. METHODS: Multicenter observational registry including all consecutive patients with drug-resistant AF who underwent a first PVI between 2006 and 2008 (n = 253 (age 55 years (IQR 48-63)), 80% males, 64% with paroxysmal AF...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Vijay Gayam, Mazin Khalid, Sumit Dahal, Pavani Garlapati, Arshpal Gill, Ragin Alex, Mohammad Mansour
Amiodarone is a drug which frequently causes elevated transaminases. However, acute liver failure has been rarely reported. Here, we present a case of fatal acute liver failure following the administration of intravenous amiodarone. It is important to be aware of this rare but potentially fatal complication of intravenous amiodarone so that it can be withdrawn immediately at the first sign of hepatic impairment.
February 2018: Gastroenterology Research
Alessandro Capucci, Laura Cipolletta, Federico Guerra, Irene Giannini
The main aim of current research on the field of atrial fibrillation (AF) treatment is to find new antiarrhythmic drugs with less side effects. Areas covered: Dronedarone and vernakalant showed promising result in term of efficacy and safety in selected patients. Ranolazine and colchicine are obtaining a role as a potential antiarrhythmic drug. Ivabradine is used in experimental studies for the rate control of AF. Moreover, new compounds (vanoxerine, moxonidine, budiodarone) are still under investigation. Monoclonal antibodies or selective antagonist of potassium channel are under investigation for long term maintenance of sinus rhythm...
March 6, 2018: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
Michael McGee, Nicholas Whitehead, Jennifer Martin, Nicholas Collins
INTRODUCTION: While pulmonary arterial hypertension remains an uncommon diagnosis, various therapeutic agents are recognized as important associations. These agents are typically categorized into "definite", "likely", "possible", or "unlikely" to cause pulmonary arterial hypertension, based on the strength of evidence. OBJECTIVE: This review will focus on those therapeutic agents where there is sufficient literature to adequately comment on the role of the agent in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
Kirstine Calloe, Anders K Broendberg, Alex H Christensen, Lisbeth N Pedersen, Morten S Olesen, Maria de Los Angeles Tejada, Soren Friis, Morten B Thomsen, Henning Bundgaard, Henrik K Jensen
BACKGROUND: SCN5A mutations can lead to different cardiac diseases. Recently, SCN5A mutations have been linked to the clinical entity multifocal ectopic Purkinje-related premature contractions (MEPPC) characterized by ventricular ectopy and dilated cardiomyopathy. METHODS & RESULTS: A family with a uniform MEPPC-like phenotype, associated with complex atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and dilated cardiomyopathy caused by a high frequency of ventricular ectopy was clinically assessed...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Komal M Joshi, Manjot K Gill
Purpose: To report the only known case, to our knowledge, of amiodarone induced retinal phototoxicity following vitrectomy surgery. Observations: A 66-year-old male presented with visual acuity of 20/150 OS secondary to an epiretinal membrane (ERM). Patient was on oral amiodarone for atrial fibrillation. Baseline spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) revealed an ERM with retinal thickening and schisis. The patient underwent an uncomplicated pars plana vitrectomy and membrane peel using standard vitrectomy settings and illumination...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Kazumi Sugihara
 In recent years, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have emerged as significant pollutants of aquatic environments and have been detected at levels in the range of ng/L to μg/L. The source of PPCPs is humans and livestock that have been administered pharmaceuticals and subsequently excreted them via urine and feces. Unlike agricultural chemicals, the environmental dynamics of PPCPs is not examined and they would undergo structural transformation by environmental factors, e.g., sunlight, microorganisms and treatments in sewage treatment plants (STPs)...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Jade A U Tamatea, Marianne S Elston, John V Conaglen
BACKGROUND: As thyrotoxicosis is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, current guidelines recommend measuring a thyroid-stimulating hormone level in patients with this disorder. Hyperthyroidism may also be associated with other heart diseases including cardiac ischaemia and cardiac failure. Currently, the prevalence of thyrotoxicosis in cardiac admissions in the absence of a rhythm disorder is unknown. AIMS: The aims of this study were: 1) to calculate the prevalence of admissions for thyrotoxicosis-associated cardiac disease, 2) determine the type of cardiac disease i...
November 21, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Kaushik Mandal
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February 28, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Chuntao Wu, Stephanie Tcherny-Lessenot, Wanju Dai, Yunxun Wang, Hayet Kechemir, Sampada Gandhi, Stephen Lin, Juhaeri Juhaeri
PURPOSE: There are few data on the risk for peripheral neuropathy associated with dronedarone, a newer antiarrhythmic medicine. The objective of this study was to assess whether dronedarone is potentially associated with an increased risk for peripheral neuropathy compared with other antiarrhythmics, including amiodarone, sotalol, flecainide, and propafenone. METHODS: The MarketScan database was used for identifying patients who were at least 18 years of age, had atrial fibrillation or flutter, and had not been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in the 180-day period prior to or on the date of the first prescription of an antiarrhythmic between July 20, 2009, and December 31, 2011...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
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