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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914360/white-blood-cell-count-and-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-cardiac-surgery
#1
Kirolos A Jacob, Marc P Buijsrogge, Jos F Frencken, Maarten J Ten Berg, Willem J L Suyker, Diederik van Dijk, Jan M Dieleman
BACKGROUND: Postoperative new-onset atrial fibrillation (PNAF) is the most common complication following cardiac surgery. The inflammatory response, as a potential underlying mechanism, has been extensively studied. In small studies, the white blood cell count (WBC) has been shown to be the only consistent inflammatory marker associated with PNAF. This study aimed to determine the association between perioperative WBC response and PNAF in a larger study cohort. METHODS: Patients ≥18years, undergoing elective cardiac surgery with a preoperative sinus rhythm were included...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913321/deterioration-of-r-wave-detection-in-pathology-and-noise-a-comprehensive-analysis-using-simultaneous-truth-and-performance-level-estimation
#2
Muhammad Kashif, Stephan Jonas, Thomas Deserno
OBJECTIVE: For long-term electrocardiography (ECG) recordings, accurate R-wave detection is essential. Several algorithms have been proposed but not yet compared on large, noisy, or pathological data, since manual ground truth establishment is impossible on such large data. METHODS: We apply the simultaneous truth and performance level estimation (STAPLE) method to ECG signals comparing 9 R-wave detectors: Pan & Tompkins (1985), Chernenko (2007), Arzeno et al. (2008), Manikandan et al...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913318/walsh-hadamard-based-3d-steganography-for-protecting-sensitive-information-in-point-of-care
#3
Alsharif Abuadbba, Ibrahim Khalil
Remote points-of-care has recently had a lot of attention for their advantages such as saving lives and cost reduction. The transmitted streams usually contain (1) normal biomedical signals (e.g. ECG) and (2) highly private information (e.g. patient identity). Despite the obvious advantages, the primary concerns are privacy and authenticity of the transferred data. Therefore, this paper introduces a novel steganographic mechanism that ensures (1) strong privacy preservation of private information by random concealing inside the transferred signals employing a key, and (2) evidence of originality for the biomedical signals...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913032/intervention-studies-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-combined-with-long-acting-theophylline-or-long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-asthma-a-randomized-controlled-study
#4
Yan Wang, Ping Chen, Anna Dai, Shengyun Shang, Lingfei Kong
PURPOSE: To evaluate and contrast the therapeutic effect and safety of fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets in patients with moderate to severe asthma, compared with salmeterol/fluticasone propionate aerosol. METHODS: After a screening period, patients meeting the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to the experiment group (fluticasone aerosol combined with theophylline tablets) or the control group (salmeterol/fluticasone aerosol combined with placebo tablets) for 12 weeks of treatment...
November 29, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912129/incidence-of-complications-in-young-onset-diabetes-comparing-type-2-with-type-1-the-young-diab-study
#5
Anandakumar Amutha, Ranjit Mohan Anjana, Ulagamathesan Venkatesan, Harish Ranjani, Ranjit Unnikrishnan, K M Venkat Narayan, Viswanathan Mohan, Mohammed K Ali
BACKGROUND: There is little data on the incidence of diabetes complications in young onset type 1 diabetes (T1DM) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in non European populations. METHODS: From a tertiary diabetes centre, Chennai, India, we recruited 108 T1DM (defined by abrupt onset of symptoms or diabetic ketoacidosis, absent insulin reserve requiring insulin treatment) and 90 T2DM participants (defined by absence of ketosis, good beta-cell reserve, and good response to oral agents) who were diagnosed between the ages of 10 and 25years, and without any evidence of diabetes complications at diagnosis...
November 17, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911348/comparison-between-heart-rate-variability-and-pulse-rate-variability-during-different-sleep-stages-for-sleep-apnea-patients
#6
Shuangyan Liu, Jing Teng, Xianghua Qi, Shoushui Wei, Chengyu Liu
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of heart rate variability (HRV) in the clinical research has been verified in numerous studies. However, it is controversy that using pulse rate variability (PRV) as a surrogate of HRV in different clinical applications. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate whether PRV extracted from finger pulse photoplethysmography (Pleth) signal could substitute HRV from ECG signal during different sleep stages by analyzing the common time-domain, frequency-domain and non-linear indices...
November 25, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910284/resting-heart-rate-is-an-independent-predictor-of-death-in-patients-with-colorectal-pancreatic-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-prospective-cardiovascular-long-term-study
#7
Markus S Anker, Nicole Ebner, Bert Hildebrandt, Jochen Springer, Marianne Sinn, Hanno Riess, Stefan D Anker, Ulf Landmesser, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Stephan von Haehling
AIMS: Patients with advanced cancer have been shown to suffer from abnormal cardiac function and impaired exercise capacity that may contribute to their impaired quality of life. As tachycardia is considered as a sign of potential early cardiac damage, we sought to determine whether resting heart rate and other ECG-derived variables have prognostic value. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2005 to 2010, we enrolled 145 patients with histologically confirmed cancer (36 colorectal, 72 pancreatic, and 37 non-small cell lung cancer patients) and 59 healthy controls...
December 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909536/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-community-using-a-novel-ecg-recorder
#8
Irma Battipaglia Md, Katrina Gilbert BSc, Andrew J Hogarth Md PhD, Muzahir H Tayebjee Md
Aims: MyDiagnostick (MDK) is a novel portable ECG recorder. We conducted this study to evaluate its role in screening for atrial fibrillation (AF). Methods: The device is a cylindrical rod with metallic electrodes at both ends recording electrocardiogram (ECG) when both electrodes are held. Individuals were requested to hold the device for approximately 15 s, the device was then connected to a laptop (with proprietary software downloaded) and analysed. Anonymised ECGs were stored for further analysis. A total of 855 ECGs were recorded and analysed offline by two arrhythmia specialists assessing ECG quality, in particular the level of noise...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909532/ajmaline-challenge-to-unmask-infrahisian-disease-in-patients-with-recurrent-and-unexplained-syncope-preserved-ejection-fraction-with-or-without-conduction-abnormalities-on-surface-ecg
#9
Francesco Pentimalli, Luca Bacino, Matteo Ghione, Giambattista Siri, Massimo Gazzarata, Paolo Bellotti
Background: Pharmacological challenge with class I antiarrhythmic drug is a recommended diagnostic test in patients with unexplained syncope only in the presence of bundle branch block, when non-invasive tests have failed to make the diagnosis. Its role in patients with minor or no conduction disturbances on 12-leads ECG has not been evaluated yet. It is also not clear which are the values of His-Ventricular interval to be considered diagnostic. We sought to evaluate the role of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the presence of an infrahisian disease in patients with recurrent and unexplained syncope, regardless of the existence of conduction disturbances on surface ECG...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909531/brugada-syndrome-risk-stratification-and-management
#10
REVIEW
Konstantinos P Letsas Md Fesc, Stamatis Georgopoulos Md, Konstantinos Vlachos Md, Nikolaos Karamichalakis Md, Ioannis Liatakis Md, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos Md PhD, Tong Liu Md PhD, Michael Efremidis Md, Antonios Sideris Md
The Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an arrhythmogenic disease associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. The risk stratification and management of BrS patients, particularly of asymptomatic ones, still remains challenging. A previous history of aborted sudden cardiac death or arrhythmic syncope in the presence of spontaneous type 1 ECG pattern of BrS phenotype appear to be the most reliable predictors of future arrhythmic events. Several other ECG parameters have been proposed for risk stratification...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909514/influence-of-novel-electrocardiographic-features-of-provocable-brugada-ecg-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-and-its-exclusion-by-lead-avr
#11
REVIEW
Stefan Peters
In 19 patients (14 females, mean age 49.1 ± 11.3 years) with typical arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and provocable type I Brugada ECG pattern by ajmaline administration were analysed by novel electrocardiographic features as having "true" or "false" Brugada syndrome. Three patients turned out as having false Brugada syndrome, the diagnosis is pure arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy. In 16 patients, however, true Brugada syndrome could be provoked. In these patients the diagnosis was arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy associated by provocable Brugada syndrome...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909507/symptom-rhythm-correlation-with-patient-owned-device-insights-into-practice-and-challenges
#12
REVIEW
Mohammed Shurrab Md M Sc, Anatoly Langer Md, Eugene Crystal Md, David Newman Md
Capturing symptom/rhythm correlation is crucial in patients who have rhythm-related symptoms. Evolving technology has led from 24 hour and 14 day Holter monitors to now external loop recorders to capture symptom/rhythm correlation. In patients with very infrequent and short-lived symptoms, the only recourse is an implantable recording device. Recently, patient activated recording devices have become available. These have the potential to significantly increase the duration for monitoring symptom/rhythm correlations...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909500/cardiac-rhythm-device-threshold-testing-via-pulse-oxymetry
#13
Vladimir Fridman Md, Cesare Saponieri Md, Nabil El-Sherif Md Facc Fhrs, Gioia Turitto Md Facc Fhrs
Threshold testing of cardiac rhythm devices is essential to monitoring the proper functioning of such devices (1). However, the currently method of applying multiple ECG leads to the patient is burdensome and time consuming (2). We are presenting a completely new way to perform cardiac rhythm device threshold testing using pulse oximetry. Twenty patients, with varying cardiac rhythm devices and pacing modes, were enrolled and had their atrial and ventricular thresholds tested. A comparison was made between simultaneous threshold determinations via the standard EGM based method and the new pulse oximetry based method...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909499/hyperacute-and-chronic-changes-in-cerebral-magnetic-resonance-images-after-pvac-nmarq-and-epicardial-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Conn Sugihara Mbbs, Neil Barlow Mbbs, Emma Owens Mbbs, David Sallomi Mb ChB, Neil Sulke Md
Threshold testing of cardiac rhythm devices is essential to monitoring the proper functioning of such devices (1). However, the currently method of applying multiple ECG leads to the patient is burdensome and time consuming (2). We are presenting a completely new way to perform cardiac rhythm device threshold testing using pulse oximetry. Twenty patients, with varying cardiac rhythm devices and pacing modes, were enrolled and had their atrial and ventricular thresholds tested. A comparison was made between simultaneous threshold determinations via the standard EGM based method and the new pulse oximetry based method...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909491/idiopathic-vpc-distribution-of-foci-and-tips-of-ablation
#15
REVIEW
Jose C Pachon M Md PhD, Tasso J Lobo Md, Enrique I Pachon M Md, Tomas G Santillana P Md, Carlos Tc Pachon Md, Juan C Pachon M Md, Remy N Albornoz V Md, Juan C Zerpa A Md, Felipe A Ortencio Md
Idiopathic Ventricular Premature Contraction (VPC) is currently more routinely referred for electrophysiology evaluation. Usually it carries a good prognosis but, when symptomatic or suspected to produce ventricular dysfunction, will require treatment. Nowadays, RF ablation has great advantages over antiarrhythmic drugs. Classically the outflow tract (right or left), with the typical inferior axis with left (eventually right) bundle brunch block like ECG morphology, is considered the most frequent site of origin for idiopathic VPC, but with the widespread of EP procedures and advancement of technology making possible to map and ablate difficult locations, it is possible to see a growing and changing population referred for idiopathic VPC ablation, displaying that, almost any region of the heart may be source of this kind of arrhythmia that can be successfully treated...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909481/ice-guided-crt-is-there-evidence-of-reverse-remodeling
#16
REVIEW
Antonio Rossillo Md, Angelo B Ramondo Md
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an accepted treatment for patients with heart failure (HF), impaired left ventricular (LV) function, and a wide QRS complex. However, more than 30% of eligible patients fail to benefit from CRT. It is clearly necessary to define the characteristics of the best candidates for this therapy. To this end, surface ECG and echocardiography have been tested. Unfortunately, however, neither of these examinations has proved sufficiently able to identify the best patients. A tailored approach based on the evaluation of both electrical and mechanical delay to guide LV lead placement seems to be the most reasonable strategy in order to increase the efficacy of CRT therapy...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909290/highly-sensitive-detection-of-minimal-cardiac-ischemia-using-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-of-activated-platelets
#17
Melanie Ziegler, Karen Alt, Brett M Paterson, Peter Kanellakis, Alex Bobik, Paul S Donnelly, Christoph E Hagemeyer, Karlheinz Peter
A reliable method for the diagnosis of minimal cardiac ischemia would meet a strong demand for the sensitive diagnosis of coronary artery disease in cardiac stress testing and risk stratification in patients with chest pain but unremarkable ECGs and biomarkers. We hypothesized that platelets accumulate early on in ischemic myocardium and a newly developed technology of non-invasive molecular PET imaging of activated platelets can thus detect minimal degrees of myocardial ischemia. To induce different degrees of minimal cardiac ischemia, the left anterior descending artery (LAD) was ligated for 10, 20 or 60 min...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908913/comfrey-herbal-remedy-causing-second-degree-heart-block-do-not-be-outfoxed-by-digitalis
#18
Mathew Kurian Vithayathil, Matthew Edwards
A previously well woman aged 63 years presents to the emergency department with vomiting, palpitations and 3 presyncopal episodes. She had no previous medical or cardiac history, with the patient stating that she tried a herbal remedy of boiled comfrey leaves for insomnia 18 hours before arrival to the department. Her ECG showed multiple abnormalities, including bradycardia, second-degree atrioventricular node block, Mobitz Type 2, a shortened QT interval, downsloping ST depression and presence of U waves...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908843/treatment-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-by-telemedically-supported-paramedics-compared-with-physician-based-treatment-a-prospective-interventional-multicenter-trial
#19
Jörg C Brokmann, Clemens Conrad, Rolf Rossaint, Sebastian Bergrath, Stefan K Beckers, Miriam Tamm, Michael Czaplik, Frederik Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Prehospital treatment of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in German emergency medical services (EMSs) is reserved for EMS physicians due to legal issues. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this prospective, interventional, multicenter trial was to evaluate the quality of telemedically-delegated therapy and the possible complications in patients with ACS. METHODS: After approval by the ethics committee and trial registration, a one-year study phase was started in August 2012 with 5 ambulances, telemedically equipped and staffed with paramedics, in 4 German EMS districts...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908815/regional-variation-in-postoperative-myocardial-infarction-in-patients-undergoing-vascular-surgery-in-the-united-states
#20
Andrea M Steely, Peter W Callas, Daniel Neal, Salvatore T Scali, Philip P Goodney, Andres Schanzer, Jack L Cronenwett, Daniel J Bertges
OBJECTIVE: To assess for regional variation in the incidence of postoperative myocardial infarction (POMI) following non-emergent vascular surgery across the United States in order to identify potential areas for quality improvement initiatives. METHODS: We evaluated POMI rates across 17 regional Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) groups comprised of 243 centers with 1,343 surgeons who performed 75,057 vascular operations from 2010-2014. Four procedures were included in the analysis: carotid endarterectomy (CEA, n=39,118), endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair (EVAR, n=15,106), infra-inguinal bypass (INFRA, n=17,176), and open infra-renal AAA repair (OAAA, n=3,657)...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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