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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534690/decreased-left-atrial-myocardial-strain-in-patients-with-suboptimal-blood-pressure-control
#1
Xiao-Jing Chen, Chen Chen, Yu-Jia Liang, Xi-Lian Gao, Jing Jiang, Yu Kang, Yu-Cheng Chen, Qing Zhang, Zhi Zeng
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal blood pressure (BP) control is commonly observed in patients receiving antihypertensive agents, but the relationship between uncontrolled BP and left atrial (LA) impairment remains unknown. METHODS: This study enrolled 279 hypertensive patients who had been medicated, as well as 85 matched normal controls. The BP of systolic <140 mmHg and diastolic<90 mmHg was defined as optimal (HT1 group, n=146), otherwise as suboptimal BP control (HT2 group, n = 133)...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534047/polysomnographic-heart-rate-variability-indices-and-atrial-ectopy-associated-with-incident-atrial-fibrillation-risk-in-older-community-dwelling-men
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Dileep Raman, Farhad Kaffashi, Li-Yung Lui, William H Sauer, Susan Redline, Peter Stone, Peggy M Cawthon, Katie L Stone, Kristine E Ensrud, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Kenneth Loparo, Reena Mehra
BACKGROUND: Autonomic dysfunction contributes to atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that polysomnogram (PSG)-based heart rate variability (HRV) autonomic function biomarkers are associated with incident AF and these associations are modified by measures of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). METHODS: 2350 participants of a multi-center prospective study (Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men Study) without baseline AF underwent sleep studies with incident adjudicated AF follow up (8...
May 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532781/usefulness-of-left-atrial-emptying-fraction-to-predict-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators
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Mischa T Rijnierse, Mehran Kamali Sadeghian, Sophie Schuurmans Stekhoven, P Stefan Biesbroek, Anne-Lotte C van der Lingen, Peter M van de Ven, Albert C van Rossum, Robin Nijveldt, Cornelis P Allaart
Impaired left atrial emptying fraction (LAEF) is an important predictor of mortality in patients with heart failure. As it may reflect increased LV wall stress, it might predict ventricular arrhythmia (VA) specifically. This study evaluated the predictive value of LAEF assessed with cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging with respect to appropriate device therapy (ADT) for VA and compared its role with CMR assessed scar size and other risk factors. In total, 229 patients (68% male, 63 ± 10 years, 61% ischemic cardiomyopathy) with LV ejection fraction ≤35% who underwent CMR and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation for primary prevention in 2005 to 2012 were included...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532772/echocardiographic-predictors-for-worsening-of-six-minute-walk-distances-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-scleroderma
#4
Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Susumu Nishio, Yukina Hirata, Hiromitsu Seno, Yoshihito Saijo, Takayuki Ise, Takeshi Tobiume, Koji Yamaguchi, Shusuke Yagi, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki, Masataka Sata
Change in 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) has been used as a clinical marker in pulmonary hypertension. Determinants and worsening of 6MWD remain a matter of debate because nonpulmonary factors have an impact on the 6MWD. We hypothesized that future reduction of 6MWD in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) was more closely associated with cardiac dysfunction. We prospectively performed standard clinical and echocardiographic evaluations in SSc patients with the 6-minute walk test at enrollment. Features associated with the 6MWD were sought in a multiple linear regression analysis and compared using standardized β...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528995/the-usefulness-of-global-left-atrial-strain-for-predicting-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation-in-patients-with-persistent-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Xin-Xin Ma, Yue-Li Zhang, Bing Hu, Meng-Ruo Zhu, Wen-Jun Jiang, Man Wang, Dong-Yan Zheng, Xiao-Pei Xue
BACKGROUND: Given the potential complications of atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after ablation, better predictors of the effectiveness of the procedure are necessary to guide patient selection. AIM: This prospective study was conducted to evaluate the clinical relevance of global left atrial longitudinal strain (GLAS) and AF recurrence after catheter ablation. METHODS: In 115 consecutive patients with AF (persistent, n=62; paroxysmal, n=53), transthoracic echocardiography was performed before catheter ablation to assess baseline left atrial mechanical function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528661/right-sided-cardiac-dysfunction-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-worsening-renal-function
#6
Monica Mukherjee, Kavita Sharma, Jose A Madrazo, Ryan J Tedford, Stuart D Russell, Allison G Hays
In urban populations, worsening renal function (WRF) is well established in patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). However, the mechanisms for development of WRF in the setting of acute HF in HFpEF are unclear. In the present study, we sought to characterize conventional echocardiographic measures of right ventricular (RV) chamber size and function to determine whether RV dysfunction and/or adverse RV remodeling is related to WRF in patients with HFpEF...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
#7
Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527865/mechanism-of-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-study-using-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
#8
Kazato Ito, Yukio Abe, Yosuke Takahashi, Yoshihisa Shimada, Hitoshi Fukumoto, Yoshiki Matsumura, Takahiko Naruko, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama, Junichi Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) despite having preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function. This MR is known as atrial functional MR. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of atrial functional MR using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). METHODS: Sixty patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 3DTEE: 16 patients with AF and significant non-organic MR and preserved LV ejection fraction (>50%) constituted the AF-MR group, 20 patients with AF and no significant MR formed the AF-NSMR group, and 24 normal subjects comprised the control group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526763/self-reported-stroke-risk-stratification-reasons-for-geographic-and-racial-differences-in-stroke-study
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George Howard, Leslie A McClure, Claudia S Moy, Virginia J Howard, Suzanne E Judd, Ya Yuan, D Leann Long, Paul Muntner, Monika M Safford, Dawn O Kleindorfer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The standard for stroke risk stratification is the Framingham Stroke Risk Function (FSRF), an equation requiring an examination for blood pressure assessment, venipuncture for glucose assessment, and ECG to determine atrial fibrillation and heart disease. We assess a self-reported stroke risk function (SRSRF) to stratify stroke risk in comparison to the FSRF. METHODS: Participants from the REGARDS study (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) were evaluated at baseline and followed for incident stroke...
May 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526353/stretch-activated-two-pore-domain-k2p-potassium-channels-in-the-heart-focus-on-atrial-fibrillation-and-heart-failure
#10
REVIEW
Constanze Schmidt, Felix Wiedmann, Stefan M Kallenberger, Antonius Ratte, Jan S Schulte, Beatrix Scholz, Frank Ulrich Müller, Niels Voigt, Maria-Patapia Zafeiriou, Joachim R Ehrlich, Ursula Tochtermann, Gábor Veres, Arjang Ruhparwar, Matthias Karck, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
Two-pore-domain potassium (K2P) channels modulate cellular excitability. The significance of stretch-activated cardiac K2P channels (K2P2.1, TREK-1, KCNK2; K2P4.1, TRAAK, KCNK4; K2P10.1, TREK-2, KCNK10) in heart disease has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this work was to assess expression and remodeling of mechanosensitive K2P channels in atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF) patients in comparison to murine models. Cardiac K2P channel levels were quantified in atrial (A) and ventricular (V) tissue obtained from patients undergoing open heart surgery...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526052/long-acting-%C3%AE-2-adrenocepter-agonists-are-not-associated-with-atrial-arrhythmias-after-pulmonary-resection
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Keiji Yamanashi, Satoshi Marumo, Ryota Sumitomo, Tsuyoshi Shoji, Motonari Fukui, Toshiro Katayama, Cheng-Long Huang
BACKGROUND: Long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists have been shown to increase the risk of atrial arrhythmias in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The aim of this study was to investigate whether perioperative long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists treatment would increase the risk of postoperative atrial arrhythmias after lung cancer surgery in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 174 consecutive chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who underwent lobectomy or segmentectomy...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524623/upper-gastrointestinal-complications-following-ablation-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation
#12
S-Y Park, M Camilleri, D Packer, K Monahan
BACKGROUND: Following ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias, patients may develop upper gastrointestinal (UGI) symptoms. The vagus nerve is close to the atria and may be affected by ablating energy. AIM: To identify structural or functional complications in UGI tract following ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) and clinical outcomes and association with vagal dysfunction. METHODS: Using natural language processing of electronic medical records and an AF ablation database of 5380 patients treated during 17 years, we identified 40 patients with UGI complications...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524005/rivaroxaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interactions
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Tomas Kvasnicka, Ivana Malikova, Zuzana Zenahlikova, Karolína Kettnerova, Radka Brzezkova, Tomas Zima, Jan Ulrych, Jan Briza, Ivan Netuka, Jan Kvasnicka
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban represents a selective direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X (FXa) having peroral bioavailability and prompt onset of action. OBJECTIVE: The absorbtion of rivaroxaban is quick, reaching maximum plasma concentration 2-4 hours following its administration. Peroral bioavailability is high (80-100 %) and pharmacokinetic variability is considered to be moderate (coefficient of variation 30-40 %). This review discusses the properties, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics and clinical indications of rivaroxaban...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523857/arrhythmia-burden-and-related-outcomes-in-eisenmenger-syndrome
#14
Shankar Baskar, Philippa Horne, Samantha Fitzsimmons, Philip R Khoury, Joseph Vettukattill, Koichiro Niwa, Teiji Agaki, Mark Spence, Hisanori Sakazaki, Gruschen Veldtman
BACKGROUND: Patients with Eisenmenger syndrome have a shorter lifespan than the general population. A significant proportion develop arrhythmia and some, sudden death. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to characterize the frequency, type and effects of arrhythmias in adult patients with Eisenmenger's syndrome and to identify risk factors for arrhythmias. METHODS: This retrospective study included patients aged ≥ 18 years of age with Eisenmenger's syndrome from three institutions...
May 19, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523471/quantification-of-left-atrial-volume-and-phasic-function-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-of-biplane-area-length-method-and-simpson-s-method
#15
Laura Kristin Wandelt, Johannes Tammo Kowallick, Andreas Schuster, Rolf Wachter, Thomas Stümpfig, Christina Unterberg-Buchwald, Michael Steinmetz, Christian Oliver Ritter, Joachim Lotz, Wieland Staab
Left atrial (LA) enlargement and dysfunction are markers of chronic diastolic dysfunction and an important predictor of adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes. Accordingly, accurate quantification of left atrial volume (LAV) and function is needed. In routine clinical cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging the biplane area-length method (Bi-ALM) is frequently applied due to time-saving image acquisition and analysis. However, given the varying anatomy of the LA we hypothesized that the diagnostic accuracy of the Bi-ALM is not sufficient and that results would be different from a precise volumetric assessment of transversal multi-slice cine images using Simpson's method...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516795/a-comprehensive-guide-to-telocytes-and-their-great-potential-in-cardiovascular-system
#16
I Kucybala, P Janas, S Ciuk, W Cholopiak, W Klimek-Piotrowska, M K Holda
Telocytes, a recently discovered type of interstitial cells, have a very distinctive morphology - the small cell body with long extensions, named telopodes. In our review, apart from introducing general aspects of telocytes, we focus on properties, functions and future potential of those cells in cardiovascular system. However, physiological functions of telocytes in cardiovascular system are still regarded as quite enigmatic. Previous studies claim that they play a role in organogenesis and regeneration, bioelectrical signalling, mechanoelectrical coupling, anti-oxidative protection, angiogenesis and regulation of blood flow...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516504/prognostic-potential-of-midregional-pro-adrenomedullin-following-decompensation-for-systolic-heart-failure-comparison-with-cardiac-natriuretic-peptides
#17
Caroline Morbach, Almuth Marx, Mathias Kaspar, Gülmisal Güder, Susanne Brenner, Carolin Feldmann, Stefan Störk, Jörn O Vollert, Georg Ertl, Christiane E Angermann
AIMS: Whereas guidelines recommend the routine use of natriuretic peptides (NPs) in heart failure (HF) care, the clinical relevance and prognostic potential of midregional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) is less well established. We aimed to compare the prognostic potential of MR-proADM after acute decompensation for systolic HF with that of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and midregional pro-atrial NP (MR-proANP), to investigate the significance of high/rising MR-proADM, and to evaluate the incremental prognostic yield of repeat measurements...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515825/late-presentation-of-aortic-aneurysm-and-dissection-following-cardiac-catheterization
#18
Abimbola Shofu, G Mustafa Awan, Bassam Omar, Ghazanfar Qureshi
We report a 63-year-old female with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and prior pacemaker insertion for atrial fibrillation with symptomatic bradycardia, who was admitted with substernal chest pressure and diaphoresis. Her electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with demand ventricular pacing and her cardiac biomarkers were negative for acute coronary syndrome. Echocardiogram revealed normal left ventricular systolic function and normal aortic root diameter. Coronary angiography revealed 60-70% obtuse marginal lesion, otherwise mild disease...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515003/reverse-atrial-electrical-remodeling-induced-by-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#19
Bryce Alexander, Fariha Sadiq, Kousha Azimi, Benedict Glover, Pavel Antiperovitch, Wilma M Hopman, Zardasht Jaff, Adrian Baranchuk
PURPOSE: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) has been shown to improve left atrial function; however the effect on reverse electrical remodeling has been poorly evaluated. We hypothesized that CRT might induce reverse atrial electrical remodeling manifesting in the surface ECG as a shortening in P-wave duration. METHODS: Patients with CRT and more than 92% biventricular pacing at minimum follow-up of 1 year were included in the analysis. Those with prior history of atrial fibrillation (AF) were excluded...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514771/istaroxime-a-potential-anticancer-drug-in-prostate-cancer-exerts-beneficial-functional-effects-in-healthy-and-diseased-human-myocardium
#20
Markus Wallner, Mounir Khafaga, Ewald Kolesnik, Aris Vafiadis, Gerold Schwantzer, Deborah M Eaton, Pero Curcic, Martin Köstenberger, Igor Knez, Peter P Rainer, Martin Pichler, Burkert Pieske, Dirk Von Lewinski
The current gold standard for prostate cancer treatment is androgen deprivation therapy and antiandrogenic agents. However, adverse cardiovascular events including heart failure can limit therapeutic use. Istaroxime, which combines Na+-K+-ATPase (NKA) inhibition with sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) stimulation, has recently shown promising anti-neoplastic effects in prostate cancer (PC) models and may also improve cardiac function. Considering the promising anticancer effects of istaroxime, we aimed to assess its functional effects on human myocardium...
April 30, 2017: Oncotarget
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