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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433958/feasibility-and-safety-of-vitamin-k-antagonist-monotherapy-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Nicolas A Geis, Christina Kiriakou, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Sven T Pleger, Hugo A Katus, Raffi Bekeredjian
AIMS: We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of vitamin K antagonist (VKA) monotherapy in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: In 735 TAVIs since 2008 we identified 167 patients suffering from concomitant AF who received either VKA monotherapy (n=77), VKA plus single antiplatelet therapy (SAPT, n=41) or a triple anticoagulation regimen (n=49). Thromboembolic as well as bleeding complications were analysed for six months after TAVI...
April 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433789/macromolecular-crowding-for-tailoring-tissue-derived-fibrillated-matrices
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Valentina Magno, Jens Friedrichs, Heather M Weber, Marina C Prewitz, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Carsten Werner
Tissue-derived fibrillated matrices can be instrumental for the in vitro reconstitution of multiphasic extracellular microenvironments. However, despite of several advantages, the obtained scaffolds so far offer a rather narrow range of materials characteristics only. In this work, we demonstrate how macromolecular crowding (MMC) - the supplementation of matrix reconstitution media with synthetic or natural macromolecules in ways to create excluded volume effects (EVE) - can be employed for tailoring important structural and biophysical characteristics of kidney-derived fibrillated matrices...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433667/cognitive-impairment-and-heart-failure-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jane A Cannon, Peter Moffitt, Ana Cristina Perez-Moreno, Matthew R Walters, Niall M Broomfield, John J V McMurray, Terence J Quinn
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment and dementia are associated with a range of cardiovascular conditions including hypertension, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. We aimed to describe the association with heart failure, summarising published data to give estimates around prevalence, incidence and relative risk of cognitive impairment/dementia in heart failure. METHODS: We searched multidisciplinary databases including MEDLINE (OVID), EMBASE (OVID), CINAHL (EBSCO), PsychINFO (EBSCO), Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) and CENTRAL (Cochrane Library) from inception until 31(st) May 2015...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433558/spatial-relationship-of-organized-rotational-and-focal-sources-in-human-atrial-fibrillation-to-autonomic-ganglionated-plexi
#4
Tina Baykaner, Theodoros A Zografos, Junaid A B Zaman, Ioannis Pantos, Mahmood Alhusseini, Rachita Navara, David E Krummen, Sanjiv M Narayan, Demosthenes G Katritsis
BACKGROUND: One approach to improve ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is to focus on physiological targets including focal or rotational sources or ganglionic plexi (GP). However, the spatial relationship between these potential mechanisms has never been studied. We tested the hypothesis that rotors and focal sources for AF may co-localize with ganglionated plexi (GP). METHODS: We prospectively identified locations of AF rotors and focal sources, and correlated these to GP sites in 97 consecutive patients (age 59...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433554/catheter-ablation-to-prevent-sudden-cardiac-death
#5
Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl
Since ventricular arrhythmias are a common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD), treatment for ventricular arrhythmias is the target area of interest in research field. Among different means to prevent ventricular arrhythmias, catheter ablation (CA) has emerged as an effective therapeutic method. CA can decrease the likelihood of SCD in the following arrhythmia categories: 1) idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF) that is usually triggered by premature ventricular beats originating in the Purkinje fibres; 2) VF in subjects with structural heart disease, especially after myocardial infarction, that is triggered by premature ventricular beats from surviving Purkinje fibres; 3) Brugada syndrome in which modification of an epicardial substrate in the right ventricular outflow tract might be the most promising strategy; 4) recurrent monomorphic ventricular tachycardias in the setting of structural heart disease; 5) ventricular preexcitation in which CA appears to be a method of choice in high risk patients, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433359/feasibility-of-profound-hypothermia-as-part-of-extracorporeal-life-support-in-a-pig-model
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Christoph Weiser, Wolfgang Weihs, Michael Holzer, Christoph Testori, Anne-Margarethe Kramer, Christoph Kment, Martin Stoiber, Michael Poppe, Christian Wallmüller, Peter Stratil, Michael Hoschitz, Anton Laggner, Fritz Sterz
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of a refined aortic flush catheter and pump system to induce emergency preservation and resuscitation before extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a normovolemic cardiac arrest swine model simulating near real size/weight conditions of adults. METHODS: In this feasibility study, 8 female Large White breed pigs weighing 70 to 80 kg underwent ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest for 15 minutes, followed by 4°C aortic flush (150 mL/kg for the brain; 50 mL/kg for the spine) via a new hardware ensued by resuscitation with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433223/risk-of-intraatrial-thrombi-after-thoracoscopic-ablation-in-absence-of-heparin-and-appendage-closure
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Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, David Talavera, Robert Petr, Zbynek Straka
BACKGROUND: Catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be associated with a risk of thromboembolic events. The goal of this study was to assess optimal anticoagulation management during thoracoscopic ablation of AF. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF underwent hybrid ablation consisting of thoracoscopic ablation followed by electrophysiologic (EP) evaluation and consecutive ablation if indicated. The thoracoscopic ablation was performed using three different anticoagulation protocols: (1) without periprocedural heparin and without occlusion of the left atrial appendage; (2) with periprocedural heparin but without left atrial appendage occlusion; and (3) with periprocedural heparin and left atrial appendage occlusion...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433218/cardiac-arrhythmia-after-open-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
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Ahmet Dolapoglu, Irina V Volguina, Matt D Price, Susan Y Green, Joseph S Coselli, Scott A LeMaire
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmias commonly arise after cardiac surgery and are associated with poor prognosis. In thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair, these complications are poorly understood. We assessed characteristics, incidence, outcomes, and potential predictors of postoperative arrhythmia (PA) after open TAAA repair. METHODS: From 2010 to 2014, 403 consecutive open TAAA replacement operations were performed in patients without preoperative cardiac rhythm abnormalities at a single tertiary center...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433206/efficacy-and-safety-of-rivaroxaban-versus-warfarin-in-patients-from-mainland-china-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-subgroup-analysis-from-the-rocket-af-trial
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Yihong Sun, Dayi Hu, Susanna Stevens, Yuliya Lokhnygina, Richard C Becker, Scott D Berkowitz, Günter Breithardt, Werner Hacke, Jonathan L Halperin, Graeme J Hankey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Christopher C Nessel, Jonathan P Piccini, Daniel E Singer, Keith A A Fox, Manesh R Patel
BACKGROUND: The ROCKET AF study evaluated once-daily rivaroxaban versus dose-adjusted warfarin for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In this analysis, we compared rivaroxaban with warfarin in patients with AF from China, East Asia, and the rest of the world (ROW). METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed baseline demographics and interaction of treatment effects of rivaroxaban versus warfarin among patients from mainland China, other East Asian countries, and ROW...
April 13, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432810/liver-cirrhosis-is-a-risk-factor-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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HyunJung Lee, Eue-Keun Choi, Tae-Min Rhee, So-Ryoung Lee, Woo-Hyun Lim, Si-Hyuck Kang, Kyung-Do Han, Myung-Jin Cha, Seil Oh
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Information is lacking regarding whether liver cirrhosis (LC) is associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) development. We aimed to investigate the incidence and clinical significance of AF in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: LC patients (n = 3,596; mean age, 54.7 ± 12.3 years; male, 72.5%) without previous AF were selected from the Korean National Health Insurance Service National Sample Cohort database between 2004 and 2008. Age- and sex-matched controls (n=17,980) were randomly sampled in a 5:1 ratio from non-LC individuals...
April 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432712/stroke-etiology-and-collaterals-atheroembolic-strokes-have-greater-collateral-recruitment-than-cardioembolic-strokes
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L C Rebello, M Bouslama, D C Haussen, J A Grossberg, S Dehkharghani, A Anderson, S R Belagaje, N A Bianchi, M Grigoryan, M R Frankel, R G Nogueira
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic hypoperfusion from athero-stenotic lesions is thought to lead to better collateral recruitment compared to cardioembolic strokes. It was sought to compare collateral flow in stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) versus stroke patients with cervical atherosclerotic steno-occlusive disease (CASOD). METHOD: This was a retrospective review of a prospectively collected endovascular database. Patients with (i) anterior circulation large vessel occlusion stroke, (ii) pre-treatment computed tomography angiography (CTA) and (iii) intracranial embolism from AF or CASOD were included...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432672/para-atrial-non-acute-mediastinal-hematoma-after-left-atrial-maze-procedure-mimicking-tumor-in-a-patient-with-treated-melanoma
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G Schaiberger, D Pucar, V Patel, B Bateson, H Williams, W Bates
INTRODUCTION: The Cox Maze III procedure is considered the gold standard open surgical procedure for management of atrial fibrillation. This article outlines a unique case of a para-atrial mediastinal hematoma following a bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial Maze procedure mimicking malignancy. REPORT: A 60-year-old male, with past history of melanoma, underwent bilateral thoracoscopic left atrial mini maze procedure with radiofrequency energy and exclusion of the left atrial appendage...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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/28432503/high-voltage-zones-within-the-pulmonary-vein-antra-major-determinants-of-acute-pulmonary-vein-reconnections-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Koichi Nagashima, Ichiro Watanabe, Yasuo Okumura, Kazuki Iso, Keiko Takahashi, Ryuta Watanabe, Masaru Arai, Sayaka Kurokawa, Toshiko Nakai, Kimie Ohkubo, Shunichi Yoda, Atsushi Hirayama
PURPOSE: Recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is mainly due to PV reconnections. Patient-specific tissue characteristics that may contribute remain unidentified. This study aimed to assess the relationship between the bipolar electrogram voltage amplitudes recorded from the PV-left atrial (LA) junction and acute PV reconnection sites. METHODS: Three-dimensional LA voltage maps created before an extensive encircling PVI in 47 AF patients (31 men; mean age 62 ± 11 years) were examined for an association between the EGM voltage amplitude recorded from the PV-LA junction and acute post-PVI PV reconnections (spontaneous PV reconnections and/or ATP-provoked dormant PV conduction)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432364/rrm-domain-of-als-ftd-causing-fus-characteristic-of-irreversible-unfolding-spontaneously-self-assembles-into-amyloid-fibrils
#15
Yimei Lu, Liangzhong Lim, Jianxing Song
526-residue FUS functions to self-assemble into reversible droplets/hydrogels, which could be further solidified into pathological fibrils. FUS is intrinsically prone to aggregation, composed of N-terminal low-sequence complexity (LC); RNA-recognition motif (RRM) and C-terminal LC domains. Intriguingly, previous in vivo studies revealed that its RRM is required for manifesting FUS cytotoxicity but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we characterized solution conformations of FUS and its five differentially dissected fragments, followed by detailed investigations on thermal unfolding, NMR dynamics and self-assembly of RRM...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432194/diagnostic-value-of-prehospital-ecg-in-acute-stroke-patients
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Tobias Bobinger, Bernd Kallmünzer, Markus Kopp, Natalia Kurka, Martin Arnold, Stefan Heider, Stefan Schwab, Martin Köhrmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic yield of prehospital ECG monitoring provided by emergency medical services in the case of suspected stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute stroke admitted to our tertiary stroke center via emergency medical services and with available prehospital ECG were prospectively included during a 12-month study period. We assessed prehospital ECG recordings and compared the results to regular 12-lead ECG on admission and after continuous ECG monitoring at the stroke unit...
April 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432166/the-lazarus-phenomenon-spontaneous-cardioversion-after-termination-of-resuscitation-in-a-scottish-hospital
#17
Benjamin Spowage-Delaney, Christopher T Edmunds, Jamie G Cooper
A 66-year-old man suffered a ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest after an episode of chest pain. Despite advanced life support, his condition deteriorated; the situation was considered irrecoverable and resuscitation was discontinued. The patient was observed for about 5 min with irregular agonal gasping respirations evident but no palpable pulse. A gradual increase in the regularity of breathing pattern heralded the return of spontaneous circulation. An inferior myocardial infarction was diagnosed. Primary percutaneous coronary intervention was performed...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432156/epidemiology-of-valvular-heart-disease-in-a-swedish-nationwide-hospital-based-register-study
#18
Pontus Andell, Xinjun Li, Andreas Martinsson, Charlotte Andersson, Martin Stagmo, Bengt Zöller, Kristina Sundquist, J Gustav Smith
OBJECTIVE: Transitions in the spectrum of valvular heart diseases (VHDs) in developed countries over the 20th century have been reported from clinical case series, but large, contemporary population-based studies are lacking. METHODS: We used nationwide registers to identify all patients with a first diagnosis of VHD at Swedish hospitals between 2003 and 2010. Age-stratified and sex-stratified incidence of each VHD and adjusted comorbidity profiles were assessed...
April 21, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431610/duration-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-cryptogenic-stroke-is-not-associated-with-stroke-severity-and-early-outcomes
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Chrissoula Liantinioti, Konstantinos Tympas, Aristeidis H Katsanos, John Parissis, Maria Chondrogianni, Christina Zompola, Georgios Papadimitropoulos, Michael Ioakeimidis, Sokratis Triantafyllou, Andromaxi Roussopoulou, Konstantinos Voumvourakis, John Lekakis, Gerasimos Filippatos, Leonidas Stefanis, Georgios Tsivgoulis
The current definition of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) requires an arbitrary cut-off of >30s, but in clinical practice cryptogenic stroke (CS) patients with PAF duration of ≤30s are not usually excluded from anticoagulation therapy. We sought to evaluate the clinical relevance of short-duration (≤30s) PAF in CS. Consecutive CS patients with no prior AF history and sinus-rhythm on baseline electrocardiography (ECG) were prospectively evaluated over a three-year period. Baseline stroke severity was assessed by NIHSS-scores...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431576/enhanced-neuroinvasion-by-smaller-soluble-prions
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Cyrus Bett, Jessica Lawrence, Timothy D Kurt, Christina Orru, Patricia Aguilar-Calvo, Anthony E Kincaid, Witold K Surewicz, Byron Caughey, Chengbiao Wu, Christina J Sigurdson
Infectious prion aggregates can propagate from extraneural sites into the brain with remarkable efficiency, likely transported via peripheral nerves. Yet not all prions spread into the brain, and the physical properties of a prion that is capable of transit within neurons remain unclear. We hypothesized that small, diffusible aggregates spread into the CNS via peripheral nerves. Here we used a structurally diverse panel of prion strains to analyze how the prion conformation impacts transit into the brain. Two prion strains form fibrils visible ultrastructurally in the brain in situ, whereas three strains form diffuse, subfibrillar prion deposits and no visible fibrils...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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