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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549119/systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-of-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-in-patients-with-ischaemic-heart-disease-a-report-from-the-cardiovascular-committee-of-the-european-association-of-nuclear-medicine-endorsed-by-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular
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Elin Trägårdh, Siok Swan Tan, Jan Bucerius, Alessia Gimelli, Oliver Gaemperli, Oliver Lindner, Denis Agostini, Christopher Übleis, Roberto Sciagrà, Riemer H Slart, S Richard Underwood, Fabien Hyafil, Marcus Hacker, Hein J Verberne
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of death and disability. Several diagnostic tests, such as myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), are accurate for the detection of CAD, as well as having prognostic value for the prediction of cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, the diagnostic and prognostic value of these tests should be cost-effective and should lead to improved clinical outcome. We have reviewed the literature on the cost-effectiveness of MPS in different circumstances: (i) the diagnosis and management of CAD; (ii) comparison with exercise electrocardiography (ECG) and other imaging tests; (iii) as gatekeeper to invasive coronary angiography (ICA), (iv) the impact of appropriate use criteria; (v) acute chest pain, and (vi) screening of asymptomatic patients with type-2 diabetes...
May 26, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548688/effects-of-orthostatism-and-hemodialysis-on-mean-heart-period-and-fractal-heart-rate-properties-of-chronic-renal-failure-patients
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Juan C Echeverría, Oscar Infante, Héctor Pérez-Grovas, Hortensia González, Marco V José, Claudia Lerma
The aim of this work was to evaluate the short-term fractal index (α1 ) of heart rate variability (HRV) in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients by identifying the effects of orthostatism and hemodialysis (HD), and by evaluating the correlation between α1 and the mean RR interval from sinus beats (meanNN). HRV time series were derived from ECG data of 19 CRF patients and 20 age-matched healthy subjects obtained at supine and orthostatic positions (lasting 5 min each). Data from CRF patients were collected before and after HD...
May 26, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547175/influence-of-body-mass-index-and-type-of-low-level-exercise-on-the-side-effect-profile-of-regadenoson
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Carlos Salgado-Garcia, Amelia Jimenez-Heffernan, Juana Lopez-Martin, Manuela Molina-Mora, Tarik Aroui, Elena Sanchez de Mora, Carlos Ramos-Font, Francisco Rivera de Los Santos, Carlos Ruiz-Frutos
PURPOSE: Regadenoson, an A2A adenosine receptor pharmacologic stress agent for radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), is administered as a single, fixed dose. We studied the side effect profile of regadenoson combined with two types of low-level exercise, according to body mass index (BMI). METHODS: Three hundred and fifty-six patients (46.1% men, mean age 67.7±10.7 years, range 31-90 years) underwent regadenoson stress testing combined with low-level exercise...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546863/ecg-signal-analysis-using-modified-s-transform
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Birendra Biswal
Accurate detection of QRS complexes is essential for the investigation of heart rate variability. Several transform techniques have been proposed and extensively used for the detection and analysis of QRS complexes. In this proposed work, the de-noised ECG signal is subjected to a modified S-transform for QRS complex detection.The performance analysis of the proposed work is evaluated using parameters such as sensitivity, positive predictivity and accuracy. The algorithm delivers sensitivity, positive predictivity and overall accuracy of 99...
April 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546862/block-sparsity-based-joint-compressed-sensing-recovery-of-multi-channel-ecg-signals
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Anurag Singh, Samarendra Dandapat
In recent years, compressed sensing (CS) has emerged as an effective alternative to conventional wavelet based data compression techniques. This is due to its simple and energy-efficient data reduction procedure, which makes it suitable for resource-constrained wireless body area network (WBAN)-enabled electrocardiogram (ECG) telemonitoring applications. Both spatial and temporal correlations exist simultaneously in multi-channel ECG (MECG) signals. Exploitation of both types of correlations is very important in CS-based ECG telemonitoring systems for better performance...
April 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546676/mental-stress-neurophysiology-and-its-regulation-by-sudarshan-kriya-yoga
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Sushil Chandra, Amit Kumar Jaiswal, Ram Singh, Devendra Jha, Alok Prakash Mittal
AIM: The present study focuses on analyzing the effects of Sudarshan Kriya yoga (SKY) on EEG as well as ECG signals for stress regulation. To envision the regulation of stress Determination Test (DT) has been used. We have chosen a control group for contriving a cogent comparison that could be corroborated using statistical tests. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 20 subjects were taken in the study, of which 10 were allotted to a control group. Electroencephalograph was taken during a DT task, before and after SKY the sky session with 30 days of SKY session given to the experimental group...
May 2017: International Journal of Yoga
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546456/electrocardiographic-predictors-of-heart-failure-with-reduced-versus-preserved-ejection-fraction-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Wesley T O'Neal, Matylda Mazur, Alain G Bertoni, David A Bluemke, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Joao A C Lima, Dalane Kitzman, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: Several markers detected on the routine 12-lead ECG are associated with future heart failure events. We examined whether these markers are able to separate the risk of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data of 6664 participants (53% female; mean age 62±10 years) from MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) who were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline (2000-2002)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546002/catechins-activate-muscle-stem-cells-by-myf5-induction-and-stimulate-muscle-regeneration
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A Rum Kim, Kyung Min Kim, Mi Ran Byun, Jun-Ha Hwang, Jung Il Park, Ho Taek Oh, Hyo Kyeong Kim, Mi Gyeong Jeong, Eun Sook Hwang, Jeong-Ho Hong
Muscle weakness is one of the most common symptoms in aged individuals and increases risk of mortality. Thus, maintenance of muscle mass is important for inhibiting aging. In this study, we investigated the effect of catechins, polyphenol compounds in green tea, on muscle regeneration. We found that (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG) and (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) activate satellite cells by induction of Myf5 transcription factors. For satellite cell activation, Akt kinase was significantly induced after ECG treatment and ECG-induced satellite cell activation was blocked in the presence of Akt inhibitor...
May 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545670/inhibitory-mechanism-of-five-natural-flavonoids-against-murine-norovirus
#10
Dong Joo Seo, Changsun Choi
BACKGROUND: Human noroviruses (HuNoV), which are responsible for acute gastroenteritis, are becoming a serious public health concern worldwide. Since no effective antiviral drug or vaccine for HuNoV has been developed yet, some natural extracts and their active components have been investigated for their ability to inhibit noroviruses. However, their exact antiviral mechanisms have not been investigated. PURPOSE: This study was performed to investigate the expression of interferon (IFN)-α, IFN-λ, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), Mx, and zinc finger CCCH type antiviral protein 1 (ZAP), 2'-5' oligo (A) synthetase (OAS), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in RAW 264...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545575/impaired-chronotropic-response-to-physical-activities-in-heart-failure-patients
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Hong Shen, Jianrong Zhao, Xiaohong Zhou, Jingbo Li, Qing Wan, Jing Huang, Hui Li, Liqun Wu, Shungang Yang, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: While exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation has a beneficial effect on heart failure hospitalization and mortality, it is limited by the presence of chronotropic incompetence (CI) in some patients. This study explored the feasibility of using wearable devices to assess impaired chronotropic response in heart failure patients. METHODS: Forty patients with heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction, LVEF: 44.6 ± 5.8; age: 54.4 ± 11.7) received ECG Holter and accelerometer to monitor heart rate (HR) and physical activities during symptom-limited treadmill exercise testing, 6-min hall walk (6MHW), and 24-h daily living...
May 25, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545487/inhaled-ambient-level-traffic-derived-particulates-decrease-cardiac-vagal-influence-and-baroreflexes-and-increase-arrhythmia-in-a-rat-model-of-metabolic-syndrome
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Alex P Carll, Samir M Crespo, Mauricio S Filho, Douglas H Zati, Brent A Coull, Edgar A Diaz, Rodrigo D Raimundo, Thomas N G Jaeger, Ana Laura Ricci-Vitor, Vasileios Papapostolou, Joy E Lawrence, David M Garner, Brigham S Perry, Jack R Harkema, John J Godleski
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have linked exposures to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and traffic with autonomic nervous system imbalance (ANS) and cardiac pathophysiology, especially in individuals with preexisting disease. It is unclear whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) increases susceptibility to the effects of PM2.5. We hypothesized that exposure to traffic-derived primary and secondary organic aerosols (P + SOA) at ambient levels would cause autonomic and cardiovascular dysfunction in rats exhibiting features of MetS...
May 25, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545282/-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmia-originating-from-the-distal-great-cardiac-vein
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R L Zheng, D P Zhou, J X Lin, Y C Li, J Li, J Li, R P Yin, J F Lin
Objective: To explore the electrocardiographic characteristics of patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from different portions of distal great cardiac veins (DGCV). Methods: The study included 49 patients underwent successful RFCA of premature ventricular complex(PVCs)/ventricular tachycardia(VT) from different portions of the DGCV in our department from July 2009 to March 2016. The surface 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) and intraventricular ablation mapping features were analyzed...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545281/-pre-and-post-orthotopic-heart-transplantation-electrocardiogram-characteristics-of-998-patients
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H Q Guan, Z J Chen, Y Zhou, J Liu, W X Sun, J Yuan, Y H Liao, N G Dong, J P Liu, K G Feng, Q Zhang, X Zhao, C Qian, F Hu
Objective: To analyze pre- and post-operation electrocardiograms (ECGs) features of patients underwent orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT), and provide evidences for identifying and analyzing post OHT ECGs. Methods: Nine hundreds and ninty-eight pre- and post- OHT standard 12-leads ECGs from 110 consecutive patients, who underwent OHT in our hospital from May 2008 to May 2014, were analyzed. Results: The mean heart rate(HR)was (86.9±16.4) beats per minute before OHT, and (100.0±0.4) beats per minute after OHT...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545278/-the-relationship-between-fragmented-qrs-complex-and-coronary-collateral-circulation-in-patients-with-chronic-total-occlusion-lesion-without-prior-myocardial-infarction
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X J Gu, S J Shan, Z Z Liu, G Z Jin, Z Y Hu, L L Zhu, J Zhang
Objective: To explore the relationship between fragmented QRS complex(fQRS) and coronary collateral circulation(CCC) in patients with chronic total occlusion(CTO)lesion without prior myocardial infarction. Methods: This retrospective study analyzed 238 consecutive patients with CTO lesion in one of the major coronary arteries from May 2014 to October 2015 in our department. Patients were divided into poor CCC group (grade 0 and 1, 58 cases) and good CCC group(grade 2 and 3, 180 cases) based on Rentrop's classification of CCC...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544933/cardiotoxic-effect-of-levofloxacin-and-ciprofloxacin-in-rats-with-without-acute-myocardial-infarction-impact-on-cardiac-rhythm-and-cardiac-expression-of-kv4-3-kv1-2-and-nav1-5-channels
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Ahmed M Abdelrady, Sawsan A Zaitone, Noha E Farag, Manal S Fawzy, Yasser M Moustafa
Prolongation of QT interval is possible with fluoroquinolones, yet the underlying contributing factors have not been elucidated. Two widely used fluoroquinolone drugs were at the focus of this study in rats with/without acute myocardial dysfunction (AMI) induced by isoproterenol. The effects of levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin on the cardiac mRNA expression of rat Kv4.3, Kv1.2 and Nav1.5 mRNAs were determined. Administration of the two antibiotics produced dose-dependent changes in ECG parameters that were more prominent in rats with AMI than healthy rats; this was accompanied by elevations in serum lactate dehydrogenase and creatine kinase-MB...
May 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543790/are-heart-rate-monitors-valuable-tools-for-diagnosing-arrhythmias-in-endurance-athletes
#17
Robert Gajda, Elżbieta Katarzyna Biernacka, Wojciech Drygas
Millions of physically active individuals worldwide use heart rate monitors (HRMs) to control their exercise intensity. In many cases, the HRM indicates an unusually high heart rate (HR) or even arrhythmias during training. Unfortunately, studies assessing the reliability of these devices to help control HR disturbances during exercise do not exist. We examined 142 regularly training endurance runners and cyclists, aged 18-51, with unexplained HR abnormalities indicated by various HRMs to assess the utility of HRMs in diagnosing exertion-induced arrhythmias...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543399/baroreceptor-stimulation-in-a-patient-with-preexisting-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator
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Kay F Weipert, Jens Andrick, Ritvan Chasan, Christopher Gemein, Astrid Most, Christian W Hamm, Damir Erkapic, Joern Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Many patients with severe heart failure (HF) have an indication for baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) and an ICD. Concerns about device-device interactions were addressed in a study with small sample size that concluded combined BAT and ICD therapy is safe. There are no published data, however, concerning device-device interactions between BAT and a subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD). Since BAT frequently interferes with surface ECG recordings there are doubts about compatibility of BAT and S-ICD devices...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543396/functional-and-structural-assessment-of-the-effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Somia H Abd Allah, Samia Hussein, Mai M Hasan, Raghda H A Deraz, Wafaa F Hussein, Laila M E Sabik
Cardiomyopathy induced by doxorubicin (DOX) was recognized at an early stage and also several years after drug administration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have many properties that make them suitable for preventive and/ or regenerative therapies. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MSCs in the functional and the structural improvement of DOX-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Ninety adult male albino rats were randomly divided into three equal groups of thirty rats each: Group I (control): rats received normal saline...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543265/stricter-criteria-for-left-bundle-branch-block-diagnosis-do-not-improve-response-to-crt
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Emanuele Bertaglia, Federico Migliore, Anna Baritussio, Antonio De Simone, Albino Reggiani, Domenico Pecora, Antonio D'Onofrio, Antonio Rapacciuolo, Gianluca Savarese, Attilio Pierantozzi, Biondino Marenna, Franco Ruffa, Monica Campari, Maurizio Malacrida, Giuseppe Stabile
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has proved to be effective in patients with heart failure and left bundle branch block (LBBB). Recently, new ECG criteria have been proposed for the diagnosis of LBBB. These criteria are stricter than the current American Heart Association (AHA) criteria. We assessed the rate of echocardiographic response to CRT in patients with traditional LBBB versus patients who met the new criteria (strict LBBB). METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing CRT were enrolled in the CRT MORE registry...
May 23, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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