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Pawel Kuklik, Benjamin Schäffer, Boris A Hoffmann, Anand N Ganesan, Doreen Schreiber, Julia M Moser, Ruken Ö Akbulak, Arian Sultan, Daniel Steven, Bart Maesen, Ulrich Schotten, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
BACKGROUND: Electrogram-based identification of the regions maintaining persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a subject of ongoing debate. Here, we explore the concept of local electrical dyssynchrony to identify AF drivers. METHODS AND RESULTS: Local electrical dyssynchrony was calculated using mean phase coherence. High-density epicardial mapping along with mathematical model were used to explore the link between local dyssynchrony and properties of wave conduction...
2016: PloS One
Patrizia Carità, Egle Corrado, Gianluca Pontone, Antonio Curnis, Luca Bontempi, Giuseppina Novo, Marco Guglielmo, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Pasquale Assennato, Salvatore Novo, Giuseppe Coppola
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a successful strategy for heart failure (HF) patients. The pre-requisite for the response is the evidence of electrical dyssynchrony on the surface electrocardiogram usually as left bundle branch block (LBBB). Non-response to CRT is a significant problem in clinical practice. Patient selection, inadequate delivery and sub-optimal left ventricle lead position may be important causes. OBJECTIVES: In an effort to improve CRT response multimodality imaging (especially echocardiography, computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance) could play a decisive role and extensive literature has been published on the matter...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Per Martin Arvidsson, Johannes Töger, Marcus Carlsson, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Gianni Pedrizzetti, Einar Heiberg, Hakan Arheden
Intracardiac blood flow is driven by hemodynamic forces that are exchanged between the blood and myocardium. Previous studies have been limited to 2D measurements or investigated only LV forces. Right ventricular forces and their mechanistic contribution to asymmetric redirection of flow in the RV have not been measured. We therefore aimed to quantify three-dimensional hemodynamic forces in both ventricles in a cohort of healthy subjects, using magnetic resonance imaging 4D flow measurements. 25 controls,14 elite endurance athletes, and two patients with left ventricular dyssynchrony were included...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Lois Choy, Jie Ming Yeo, Vivian Tse, Shing Po Chan, Gary Tse
The mouse is the second mammalian species, after the human, in which substantial amount of the genomic information has been analyzed. With advances in transgenic technology, mutagenesis is now much easier to carry out in mice. Consequently, an increasing number of transgenic mouse systems have been generated for the study of cardiac arrhythmias in ion channelopathies and cardiomyopathies. Mouse hearts are also amenable to physical manipulation such as coronary artery ligation and transverse aortic constriction to induce heart failure, radiofrequency ablation of the AV node to model complete AV block and even implantation of a miniature pacemaker to induce cardiac dyssynchrony...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
Patrick Krumm, Karin A L Mueller, Karin Klingel, Ulrich Kramer, Marius S Horger, Tanja Zitzelsberger, Reinhard Kandolf, Meinrad Gawaz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Bernhard D Klumpp, Joerg C Henes
BACKGROUND: To determine morphological and functional cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) patterns in histopathologically confirmed myocardial involvement in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Twenty patients (6 females; mean age 41 ± 11 years) with histopathologically proven cardiac involvement in SSc in the years 2008-2016 were retrospectively evaluated. Morphological, functional and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) images were acquired in standard angulations at 1...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Erica O Miller, Saurabh Malhotra, Ronald G Schwartz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Sang-Geon Cho, Zeenat Jabin, Ki Seong Park, Jahae Kim, Sae-Ryung Kang, Seong Young Kwon, Geum-Cheol Jeong, Minchul Song, Jong Sang Kim, Jae Yeong Cho, Hyun Kuk Kim, Ho-Chun Song, Jung-Joon Min, Hee-Seung Bom
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of additional evaluation of left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) by gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (GMPS) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and multivessel disease. METHODS: One hundred and nine acute MI patients with >50 % stenosis in at least one non-culprit artery who underwent GMPS within 2 weeks were enrolled. All patients underwent successful revascularization of the culprit arteries...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Ana Abreu, Helena Santa Clara
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure (CHF) and intraventricular conduction delay, which is identified by a QRS interval of 120msec or more on a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). CRT improved functional capacity, reduced hospitalizations for worsening CHF and increased survival. However, about 30-40% of patients who underwent CRT were non-responders with no clinical or echocardiographic improvement. Imaging parameters for prediction of CRT response have been reviewed...
October 14, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Carmine Muto, Valeria Calvi, Giovanni Luca Botto, Domenico Pecora, Lorenzo Maria Zuccaro, Alessandro Costa, Gianfranco Ciaramitaro, Riccardo Airò Farulla, Gerardo Nigro, Bernardino Tuccillo, Marco Racheli, Alessio Lilli, Albino Reggiani, Maurizio Malacrida, Sergio Valsecchi, Giampiero Maglia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Luigi Gabrielli, María Paz Ocaranza, Marta Sitges, Andrés Kanacri, Rodrigo Saavedra, Pablo Sepulveda, Luis Sepulveda, Victor Rossel, Monica Zagolin, Hugo E Verdejo, Fernando Baraona, Ricardo Zalaquett, Mario Chiong, Sergio Lavandero, Pablo F Castro
BACKGROUND: Right atrium function and ventricular function have significant prognostic value in pulmonary arterial hypertension patients. Acute changes in right ventricular synchrony and right atrium function postiloprost inhalation have not been evaluated. METHODS: Cross-sectional study. Consecutive pulmonary arterial hypertension patients (group I from Nice classification) were included. Echocardiographic right atrium and right ventricular function pre- and postiloprost inhalation, including a right ventricular dyssynchrony index and right atrium function using speckle tracking, were performed in all patients...
October 14, 2016: Echocardiography
Federico Ferrando-Castagnetto, Roberto Ricca-Mallada, Alejandro Vidal, Fabián Martínez, Rodolfo Ferrando
Pacemaker stimulation is associated with unpredictable severe cardiac events. We evaluated left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony (LVMD) during prolonged septal right ventricular pacing. We performed 99mTc-MIBI gated-SPECT and phase analysis in 6 patients with pacemakers implanted at least one year before scintigraphy due to advanced atrioventricular block. Using V-Sync of Emory Cardiac Toolbox we obtained phase bandwidth (PBW) and standard deviation (PSD) from rest phase histogram. Clinical variables, QRS duration, rate and mode of pacing in septal right ventricle wall, chamber diameters, presence and extension of myocardial scar and ischemia and rest LVEF were recorded...
2016: Medicina
Burak Turan, Tolga Daşli, Ayhan Erkol, İsmail Erden, Yelda Başaran
BACKGROUND: Incidence of diastolic dyssynchrony (DD) and its impact on functional recovery of left ventricle (LV) after ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is not known. METHODS: Consecutive patients with STEMI who underwent successful revascularization were prospectively enrolled. Echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging was performed within 48 hours of admission and at 6 months. LV end-diastolic volume index (EDVI), end-systolic volume index (ESVI), ejection fraction (EF), and left atrial volume index (LAVI) were calculated...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Ju-Hee Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Pieter Martens, Frederik H Verbrugge, Petra Nijst, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) improves morbidity and mortality in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and electrical dyssynchrony. CRT patients in clinical practice are older compared to clinical trials. OBJECTIVE: To investigate clinical response, reverse remodeling, outcome and mode of death in octogenarians receiving CRT. METHODS: Baseline characteristics, change in New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class, reverse ventricular remodeling, heart failure readmissions, all-cause mortality and mode of death were evaluated in CRT patients with comparison between octogenarians and non-octogenarians...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Felix Hohendanner, Jaime DeSantiago, Frank R Heinzel, Lothar A Blatter
We tested the hypothesis that in atrial myocytes from a rabbit left ventricular heart failure (HF) model, spatial inhomogeneity and temporal dyssynchrony of Ca removal during excitation-contraction coupling together with increased Na/Ca exchange (NCX) activity generates a substrate for proarrhythmic Ca release. Ca removal occurs via Ca reuptake into the sarcoplasmic reticulum and extrusion via NCX exclusively in the cell periphery since rabbit atrial myocytes lack transverse tubules. Ca removal kinetics were assessed by the time constant τ of decay of local peripheral subsarcolemmal (SS) and central (CT) action potential (AP) induced Ca transients (CaTs) recorded in confocal line scan mode (using Fluo-4)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Mark K Friedberg, Steven M Schwartz, Hargen Zhang, Christine Chiu-Man, Cedric Manlhiot, Maria V Ilina, Glen Van Arsdell, Joel A Kirsh, Brian W McCrindle, Elizabeth A Stephenson
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether continuous cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) can lead to sustained improvement in hemodynamics after surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether CRT improves cardiac index (CI) and blood pressure in infants after biventricular repair of CHD. METHODS: We randomized infants < 4-months of age after biventricular CHD surgery to standard care or standard care plus CRT for 48-hours or until extubation if sooner...
September 26, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Michio Ogano, Yu-Ki Iwasaki, Jun Tanabe, Hisato Takagi, Takuya Umemoto, Meiso Hayashi, Yasushi Miyauchi, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Pacing from the right ventricular apex (RVA) is associated with cardiac dysfunction and shows electrophysiological features similar to left bundle branch block in which left ventricular (LV) mechanical dyssynchrony impairs septal coronary artery perfusion. METHODS: A total of 62 non-ischemic patients with an implanted pacemaker at the RVA with a pacing rate of >95% were studied. LV septal coronary perfusion as indicated by the LV septal perfusion index was measured by electrocardiography (ECG)-gated single-photon emission computed tomography for all patients at baseline and for patients who were upgraded to CRT at 6months after CRT...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Yuzo Yamasaki, Michinobu Nagao, Kohtaro Abe, Kazuya Hosokawa, Satoshi Kawanami, Takeshi Kamitani, Torahiko Yamanouchi, Koshin Horimoto, Hidetake Yabuuchi, Hiroshi Honda
To use cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the effect of balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) on interventricular dyssynchrony and its associations with ventricular interaction, which impairs LV function in patients with inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). This prospective observational study was approved by our institutional review board. Cardiac MRI and right heart catheterization were conducted before BPA sessions and at the follow up after BPA in 20 patients with CTEPH...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Y Mochizuki, R Suzuki, T Teshima, H Matsumoto, N Panthee, S Sugiura, T Hisada, H Koyama
INTRODUCTION: Determine the usefulness of dyssynchrony indices derived from two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography for the detection of mechanical dyssynchrony in a canine model of left bundle branch block. ANIMALS: Ten healthy beagles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Segmental, time-radial strain curves were obtained using two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography. The maximum difference and standard deviation of the time to peak radial strain for six predefined segments (MaxD-TpSR and 6SD-TpSR) were calculated, together with the left ventricular dyssynchrony by radial strain (DysSR), before and after ablation of the left bundle branch block...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Konstantin V Zavadovsky, Victor V Saushkin, Mikhail S Khlynin, Sergey V Popov, Yuri B Lishmanov
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia and premature ventricular beats on cardiac function and dyssynchrony and to elucidate relationships between data of scintigraphic and intracardiac electrophysiology studies. METHODS: The study comprised 64 patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias (VA) (median age of 14 years ranging from 8 to 18 years). Control group comprised 20 patients (median age of 12 ranging from 7 to 16 years) without cardiac arrhythmias...
September 23, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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