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Ryan A Devenyi, Francis A Ortega, Willemijn Groenendaal, Trine Krogh-Madsen, David J Christini, Eric A Sobie
Imbalances of ionic currents can destabilize the cardiac action potential and potentially trigger lethal cardiac arrhythmias. Here we combined mathematical modeling with information-rich dynamic-clamp experiments to elucidate regulation of action potential morphology in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Parameter sensitivity analysis was used to predict how changes in ionic currents alter action potential duration, and these were tested experimentally using dynamic clamp, a technique that allows for multiple perturbations to be tested in each cell...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Wei Liu, Xingjiang Xiong, Xiaochen Yang, Fuyong Chu, Hongxu Liu
We systematically assess the current clinical evidence of Gualouxiebaibanxia (GLXBBX) decoction for the treatment of angina pectoris (AP). We included RCTs testing GLXBBX against conventional drugs and GLXBBX combined with conventional drugs versus conventional drugs. 19 RCTs involving 1730 patients were finally identified, and the methodological quality was evaluated as generally low. The results of the meta-analysis showed that GLXBBX alone had significant effect on improving angina symptoms (RR: 1.24, 95% CI 1...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
R-C Zhao, W Han, J Han, J Yu, J Guo, J-L Fu, Z Li, R-Z Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To study the efficacy and safety of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: By retrospective analysis, we summarize 720 cases, where patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in our hospital were treated with RFCA from February 2010 to October 2014. Among the cases, 425 were diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and 295 with non-paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (including persistent atrial fibrillation and permanent atrial fibrillation)...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Akshay Shekhar, Xianming Lin, Fang-Yu Liu, Jie Zhang, Huan Mo, Lisa Bastarache, Joshua C Denny, Nancy J Cox, Mario Delmar, Dan M Roden, Glenn I Fishman, David S Park
Rapid impulse propagation in the heart is a defining property of pectinated atrial myocardium (PAM) and the ventricular conduction system (VCS) and is essential for maintaining normal cardiac rhythm and optimal cardiac output. Conduction defects in these tissues produce a disproportionate burden of arrhythmic disease and are major predictors of mortality in heart failure patients. Despite the clinical importance, little is known about the gene regulatory network that dictates the fast conduction phenotype. Here, we have used signal transduction and transcriptional profiling screens to identify a genetic pathway that converges on the NRG1-responsive transcription factor ETV1 as a critical regulator of fast conduction physiology for PAM and VCS cardiomyocytes...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Frank Spillmann, Uwe Kühl, Sophie Van Linthout, Fernando Dominguez, Felicitas Escher, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Burkert Pieske, Carsten Tschöpe
We report the case of a 17-year-old female patient with known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and a Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. She came to our department for further evaluation of a new diagnosed dilated cardiomyopathy characterized by an enlargement of the left ventricle and a fall in ejection fraction. Clinically, she complained about atypical chest pain, arrhythmic episodes with presyncopal events, and dyspnea (NYHA III) during the last 6 months. Non-invasive and invasive examinations including magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiological examinations, and angiography did not lead to a conclusive diagnosis...
June 2016: ESC Heart Failure
Peter A McCullough, Christopher T Chan, Eric D Weinhandl, John M Burkart, George L Bakris
The prevalence of cardiovascular disease, including cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease, is higher in hemodialysis (HD) patients than in the US resident population. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in HD patients and the principal discharge diagnosis accompanying 1 in 4 hospital admissions. Furthermore, the rate of hospital admissions for either heart failure or fluid overload is persistently high despite widespread use of β-blockers and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and attempts to manage fluid overload with ultrafiltration...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Ida S Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Trine F Haland, Thor Edvardsen, Kristina H Haugaa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate early markers of arrhythmic events (AEs) and improve risk stratification in early arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). BACKGROUND: AEs are frequent in patients with ARVC, but risk stratification in subjects with early ARVC is challenging. METHODS: Early ARVC disease was defined as possible or borderline ARVC diagnosis according to the ARVC Task Force Criteria 2010. We performed resting and signal averaged electrocardiogram (ECG)...
October 14, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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
Gary Tse, Sheung Ting Wong, Vivian Tse, Yee Ting Lee, Hiu Yu Lin, Jie Ming Yeo
Pre-existing heterogeneities present in cardiac tissue are essential for maintaining the normal electrical and mechanical functions of the heart. Exacerbation of such heterogeneities or the emergence of dynamic factors can produce repolarization alternans, which are beat-to-beat alternations in the action potential time course. Traditionally, this was explained by restitution, but additional factors, such as cardiac memory, calcium handling dynamics, refractory period restitution, and mechano-electric feedback, are increasingly recognized as the underlying causes...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Christopher Semsarian, Jodie Ingles
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a rare but devastating complication of a number of underlying cardiovascular diseases. While coronary artery disease and acute myocardial infarction are the most common causes of SCD in older populations, inherited cardiac disorders comprise a substantial proportion of SCD cases aged less than 40 years. Inherited cardiac disorders include primary inherited arrhythmogenic disorders such as familial long QT syndrome (LQTS), Brugada syndrome (BrS), catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), and inherited cardiomyopathies, most commonly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)...
October 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
Chris Amdisen, Anna K Keller, Rie Schultz Hansen, Rikke Nørregaard, Søren Palmelund Krag, Ulla Møldrup, Michael Pedersen, Bente Jespersen, Henrik Birn
INTRODUCTION: Ischemia/reperfusion injury (I/R-I) is a leading cause of acute kidney injury (AKI) and is associated with increased mortality. Danegaptide is a selective modifier of the gap junction protein connexion 43. It has cytoprotective as well as anti-arrhythmic properties and has been shown to reduce the size of myocardial infarct in pigs. The aim of this study was to investigate the ischemia-protective effect of Danegaptide in a porcine renal I/R-I model with two weeks follow up...
2016: PloS One
Oruganti Sai Satish, K Sashikanth Srivastav
Till recently, ST segment elevation in the absence of conduction abnormalities or chest pain occurring particularly in young bradycardia individuals has been considered a normal variant called early repolarisation (ER). However, recent studies suggest a more worrisome picture as patients with history of idiopathic ventricular fibrillation showed increased prevalence of ER in ECG. ER is an ECG pattern characterised by elevation of the QRS-ST junction (J point) ≥ 2 mv from baseline in the inferior (II, III, aVF) or lateral (I, aVL, V4-V6) leads manifested as QRS slurring or notching...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Marisa Hoeschele, Daniel L Bowling
A variety of parrot species have recently gained attention as members of a small group of non-human animals that are capable of coordinating their movements in time with a rhythmic pulse. This capacity is highly developed in humans, who display unparalleled sensitivity to musical beats and appear to prefer rhythmically organized sounds in their music. Do parrots also exhibit a preference for rhythmic over arrhythmic sounds? Here, we presented humans and budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) - a small parrot species that have been shown to be able to align movements with a beat - with rhythmic and arrhythmic sound patterns in an acoustic place preference paradigm...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Solène Le Pennec-Prigent, Erwan Flecher, Vincent Auffret, Guillaume Leurent, Jean-Claude Daubert, Christophe Leclercq, Philippe Mabo, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Raphael P Martins
OBJECTIVES: Extracorporeal life support is used for patients with severe heart failure as a bridge to heart transplantation or recovery. We aimed at analyzing the efficacy and safety of extracorporeal life support to treat refractory arrhythmic storm responsible for cardiogenic shock in patients resistant to antiarrhythmic drugs. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: University Hospital of Rennes, France. PATIENTS: Patients with refractory arrhythmic storm admitted between January 2005 and March 2015...
October 14, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Claudia Crocini, Cecilia Ferrantini, Raffaele Coppini, Marina Scardigli, Ping Yan, Leslie M Loew, Godfrey Smith, Elisabetta Cerbai, Corrado Poggesi, Francesco S Pavone, Leonardo Sacconi
Current rescue therapies for life-threatening arrhythmias ignore the pathological electro-anatomical substrate and base their efficacy on a generalized electrical discharge. Here, we developed an all-optical platform to examine less invasive defibrillation strategies. An ultrafast wide-field macroscope was developed to optically map action potential propagation with a red-shifted voltage sensitive dye in whole mouse hearts. The macroscope was implemented with a random-access scanning head capable of drawing arbitrarily-chosen stimulation patterns with sub-millisecond temporal resolution allowing precise epicardial activation of Channelrhodopsin2 (ChR2)...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Przemysław B Radwański, Hsiang-Ting Ho, Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, Lucia Brunello, Bin Liu, Andriy E Belevych, Sathya D Unudurthi, Michael A Makara, Silvia G Priori, Pompeo Volpe, Antonis A Armoundas, Wolfgang H Dillmann, Bjorn C Knollmann, Peter J Mohler, Thomas J Hund, Sándor Györke
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of death in the US. Vast majority of these arrhythmias including catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) are associated with increased levels of circulating catecholamines and involve abnormal impulse formation secondary to aberrant Ca(2+) and Na(+) handling. However, the mechanistic link between β-AR stimulation and the subcellular/molecular arrhythmogenic trigger(s) remains elusive. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed functional and structural studies to assess Ca(2+) and Na(+) signaling in ventricular myocyte as well as surface electrocardiograms in mouse models of cardiac calsequestrin (CASQ2)-associated CPVT...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
L Müller, D Weinert
In a natural environment, social abilities of an animal are important for its survival. Particularly, it must recognize its own social rank and the social rank of a conspecific and have a good social memory. While the role of the circadian system for object and spatial recognition and memory is well known, the impact of the social rank and circadian disruptions on social recognition and memory were not investigated so far. In the present study, individual recognition of social rank and social memory performance of Djungarian hamsters revealing different circadian phenotypes were investigated...
October 13, 2016: Behavioural Processes
Julian Mustroph, Stefan Neef, Lars S Maier
Calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) has emerged as key enzyme in many cardiac pathologies, especially heart failure (HF), myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathies, thus leading to contractile dysfunction and malignant arrhythmias. While many pathways leading to CaMKII activation have been elucidated in recent years, hardly any clinically viable compounds affecting CaMKII activity have progressed from basic in vitro science to in vivo studies. This review focuses on recent advances in anti-arrhythmic strategies involving CaMKII...
October 11, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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