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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209460/pharmacologic-cardioversion-with-intravenous-amiodarone-is-likely-safe-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
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Michael Su, David Seki, Asma M Moheet
Neurological injury is often associated with cardiac abnormalities, including electrophysiological issues. Cardioversion of acute atrial fibrillation (<48h' duration) without anticoagulation carries about a 0.7% risk of thromboembolism. There is limited data on managing acute atrial fibrillation specifically in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) setting. We sought to determine the safety of using intravenous (IV) amiodarone for restoring sinus rhythm in patients with presumed new onset atrial or ventricular tachycardia after neurological injury...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208963/clinical-profile-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-children-attending-the-out-patient-department-of-a-tertiary-paediatric-care-centre-in-chennai
#2
Sarala Premkumar, Premkumar Sundararajan, Thangavelu Sangaralingam
INTRODUCTION: The presentation of symptoms of paediatric arrhythmias vary depending on the age and underlying heart disease. Physical examination of children with important arrhythmias may be entirely normal. AIM: Aim is to study the characteristics of cardiac arrhythmias in paediatric patients in a tertiary paediatric care centre in Chennai, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants (n=60) were from birth to 12 years of age. Patients with sinus arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia and sinus bradycardia were excluded...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204916/-remodeling-of-the-aging-heart-sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Jörg Weirich
The incidence of both sinus node dysfunction (SND) and atrial fibrillation (AF) increases with age. SND and AF frequently coexist. Likewise, they are often associated with cardiovascular diseases. Both arrhythmias share similar pathomechanisms such as structural and functional remodeling, i. e., degenerative fibrosis and altered Ca(2+) handling, respectively. A growing body of evidence suggests an important role for the CamKII (Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) in structural as well as in functional remodeling...
February 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196823/cor-triatriatum-sinistrum-presentation-of-syncope-and-atrial-tachycardia
#4
Malcolm Avari, Sunil Nair, Zofia Kozlowska, Samer Nashef
We present a rather unusual cause for syncope associated with atrial tachycardia. A man aged 39 years presented with an episode of syncope and narrow complex tachycardia. Further investigations, including transoesophageal echocardiography, identified cor triatriatum sinistrum (CTS), a rare congenital abnormality characterised by the atrium being divided by a fibrous membrane. Although it is rare, there has been an increase in diagnosis due to developments in diagnostic imaging techniques. Symptoms are related to the size of fenestrations within the fibrous membrane...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196179/concomitant-atrial-fibrillation-surgery-for-people-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
#5
Mark D Huffman, S Chris Malaisrie, Kunal N Karmali
Clinical Question: Should patients with preoperative atrial fibrillation who are undergoing cardiac surgery undergo concomitant atrial fibrillation surgery? Bottom Line: There is moderate-quality evidence that concomitant atrial fibrillation surgery approximately doubles the likelihood of freedom from atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, or atrial tachycardia while not receiving antiarrhythmic medications at least 3 months after the procedure with a small absolute increase in needing a permanent pacemaker...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190736/diagnosis-and-management-of-phantom-tachycardias-based-on-an-electrophysiologically-guided-approach
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Dimitris Tsiachris, Iosif Koutagiar, Konstantinos A Gatzoulis, Petros Arsenos, Aggeliki Rigatou, Polychronis Dilaveris, Skevos Sideris, Achilleas Papadopoulos, Alekos Kritikos, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Non-documented palpitations, or phantom tachycardias, are palpitations deemed to be of unknown origin after evaluation with conventional diagnostic tools, such as 12-lead electrocardiogram and Holter recordings. Our aim was to determine the diagnostic value of an electrophysiologic study (EPS) and its role in the management of patients presenting with non-documented palpitations. METHODS: We performed EPS in 78 consecutive patients with repeatable, poorly tolerated symptoms of paroxysmal, non-documented tachycardia, the absence of structural heart disease and at least one 24-h Holter recording...
November 20, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188960/occurrence-of-focal-atrial-tachycardia-during-the-ablation-procedure-is-associated-with-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-termination-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shinsuke Iwai, Yoshihide Takahashi, Mayumi Masumura, Syu Yamashita, Junichi Doi, Tasuku Yamamoto, Atsushi Sakakibara, Hidetsugu Nomoto, Yoshinori Yoshida, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Tetsuo Oumi, Masakazu Ohno, Yasuhiro Sato, Kenzo Hirao, Mitsuaki Isobe
INTRODUCTION: Catheter ablation can terminate persistent atrial fibrillation (AF). However, atrial tachycardia (AT) often arises after termination of AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 215 patients who underwent index stepwise ablation for persistent AF, 141 (66%) patients (64±9 years) in whom AF terminated during the ablation procedure were studied. If AF converted into AT, ablation for AT was subsequently performed. ATs were categorized as focal or macro-reentrant AT...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185355/catheter-ablation-of-ventricular-tachycardia-in-patients-with-mitraclip-device-preliminary-findings
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Laurent M Haegeli, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Nicola Trevisi, Stefano Stella, Alexander Breitenstein, Firat Duru, Corinna Brunckhorst, Paolo Della Bella
INTRODUCTION: Patients with mitral regurgitation are increasingly treated by percutaneous implantation of a MitraClip device. We investigate the feasibility and safety of the transmitral catheter route for catheter ablation of VT (ventricular tachycardia) in these patients. METHODS: The mitral valve with the MitraClip in situ was crossed under transesophageal three-dimensional echocardiographic and fluoroscopic guidance using a steerable sheath for ablation of the left ventricle...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185348/two-independent-mapping-techniques-identify-rotational-activity-patterns-at-sites-of-local-termination-during-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Mahmood Alhusseini, David Vidmar, Gabriela L Meckler, Christopher Kowalewski, Fatemah Shenasa, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan, Wouter-Jan Rappel
: The mechanisms for atrial fibrillation (AF) are unclear in part because diverse mapping techniques yield diverse maps ranging from stable organized sources to highly disordered waves. We hypothesized that AF mechanisms may be clarified if mapping techniques were compared in the same patients, and referenced to a clinical endpoint. We compared 2 independent AF mapping techniques in patients in whom local ablation terminated persistent AF before pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). TECHNIQUES AND RESULTS: We identified 12 patients with persistent AF (61...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184260/perioperative-management-of-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-heart-failure-an-anesthesiologist-s-perspective
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REVIEW
Taeha Ryu, Seok-Young Song
Anesthesiologists frequently see asymptomatic patients with diastolic dysfunction or heart failure for various surgeries. These patients typically show normal systolic function but abnormal diastolic parameters in their preoperative echocardiographic evaluations. The symptoms that are sometimes seen are similar to those of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients with diastolic dysfunction, and even with diastolic heart failure, have the potential to develop a hypertensive crisis or pulmonary congestion...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178156/hyperthyroidism-with-dome-and-dart-t-wave-a-case-report-a-care-compliant-article
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Ping Lai, Jing-Ling Yuan, Jin-Hua Xue, Yue-Qun Qiu
RATIONALE: Dome-and-dart T waves (or bifid T waves) are a rare phenomenon in the surface electrocardiogram. These wave forms are mainly observed in patients with congenital heart disease such as atrial septal defect and ventricular septal defect. And hyperthyroidism who presented with an electrocardiogram that had dome-and-dart T waves in a precordial lead is never been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient presented with continuous tachycardia, palpitations, chest tightness, and headache for 4 days, and aggravated for 1 day...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174170/does-additional-electrogram-guided-ablation-after-linear-ablation-reduce-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation-for-longstanding-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Tae-Hoon Kim, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong-Youn Kim, Boyoung Joung, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Hui-Nam Pak
BACKGROUND: Although circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (CPVI) catheter ablation may not be sufficient for long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (L-PeAF), it is not clear which ablation strategy is beneficial in addition to CPVI. We sought to investigate whether additional complex fractionated atrial electrogram (CFAE)-guided ablation improves clinical outcomes in L-PeAF patients who exhibit continuous atrial fibrillation (AF) after CPVI and linear ablation (Line). METHODS AND RESULTS: This study enrolled 137 L-PeAF patients (71...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160298/fluoroless-catheter-ablation-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-a-5-year-experience
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Mansour Razminia, M Cameron Willoughby, Hany Demo, Hesam Keshmiri, Theodore Wang, Oliver J D'Silva, Terry A Zheutlin, Hakeem Jibawi, Paul Okumale, Richard F Kehoe
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablations have been traditionally performed with the use of fluoroscopic guidance, which exposes the patient and staff to the inherent risks of radiation. We have developed techniques to eliminate the use of fluoroscopy during cardiac ablations and have been performing completely fluoroless catheter ablations on our patients for over 5 years. METHODS: We present a retrospective analysis of the safety, efficacy, and feasibility data from 500 consecutive patients who underwent nonfluoroscopic catheter ablation, targeting a total of 639 arrhythmias, including atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT), atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), atrial tachycardia (AT), atrial fibrillation (AF), premature ventricular contractions (PVC), and ventricular tachycardia (VT)...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155995/sinus-node-dysfunction-and-atrial-fibrillation-a-reversible-phenomenon
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REVIEW
Larry R Jackson Ii, Bharath Rathakrishnan, Kristen Campbell, Kevin L Thomas, Jonathan P Piccini, Tristram Bahnson, Jonathan A Stiber, James P Daubert
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic sinus node dysfunction (SND) consists of a variety of manifestations including tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is commonly associated with SND, which complicates the management of both conditions. This paper reviews the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and clinical trial data investigating therapeutic approaches for treatment of patients with both SND and AF. METHODS: The authors reviewed articles published in English describing the epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic approaches for patients with SND and AF...
February 3, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154763/qt-prolongation-due-to-graves-disease
#15
Zain Kulairi, Nisha Deol, Renee Tolly, Rohan Manocha, Maliha Naseer
Hyperthyroidism is a highly prevalent disease affecting over 4 million people in the US. The disease is associated with many cardiac complications including atrial fibrillation and also less commonly with ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation. Many cardiac pathologies have been extensively studied; however, the relationship between hyperthyroidism and rate of ventricular repolarization manifesting as a prolonged QTc interval is not well known. Prolonged QTc interval regardless of thyroid status is a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality and life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147231/syncope-outcomes-and-conditions-associated-with-hospitalization
#16
Parijat Saurav Joy, Gagan Kumar, Brian Olshansky
PURPOSE: Syncope is a perplexing problem for which hospital admission and readmission are contemplated but outcomes remain uncertain. Our purpose was to determine the incidence of admissions and readmissions for syncope and compare associated conditions, in-hospital outcomes and resource utilization. METHODS: The 2005-2011 California Statewide Inpatient Database was utilized. Patients of age ≥18 admitted under ICD-9-CM code 780.2 ("syncope or collapse") were selected...
January 29, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131706/electrical-treatment-of-atrial-arrhythmias-in-heart-failure-patients-implanted-with-a-dual-defibrillator-crt-device-results-from-the-trade-hf-study
#17
Giovanni Luca Botto, Luigi Padeletti, Gregorio Covino, Paolo Pieragnoli, Mattia Liccardo, Barbara Mariconti, Stefano Favale, Giulio Molon, Paolo De Filippo, Leonardo Bolognese, Maurizio Landolina, Giovanni Raciti, Giuseppe Boriani
BACKGROUND: Ventricular and atrial arrhythmias commonly occur in heart failure patients and are a significant source of symptoms, morbidity and mortality. Some specific generators referred to as dual defibrillators, Dual CRT-Ds, have the ability to treat atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. TRADE-HF is a prospective two-arm randomized study aimed at assessing the benefits of complete automatic management of atrial arrhythmias in patients implanted with a dual CRT-D. METHODS: Primary objective of the TRADE-HF study was to document reduction of unplanned hospital admission for cardiac reasons or death for cardiovascular causes or progression to permanent AF, by comparing fully-automatic device driven therapy for atrial tachycardia or fibrillation (AT/AF) to an in-hospital approach for treatment of symptomatic AT/AF...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126025/anti-inflammatory-properties-of-amniotic-membrane-patch-following-pericardiectomy-for-constrictive-pericarditis
#18
Katherine M Marsh, Alice S Ferng, Tia Pilikian, Ankit A Desai, Ryan Avery, Mark Friedman, Isabel Oliva, Clint Jokerst, David Schipper, Zain Khalpey
BACKGROUND: Since constrictive pericarditis is most often idiopathic and the pathophysiology remains largely unknown, both the diagnosis and the treatment can be challenging. However, by definition, inflammatory processes are central to this disease process. Amniotic membrane patches have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties and are believed to be immune privileged. Due to these properties, amniotic membrane patches were applied intraoperatively in a complicated patient presenting with constrictive pericarditis...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123761/clinical-disease-presentation-and-ecg-characteristics-of-lmna-mutation-carriers
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Laura Ollila, Kjell Nikus, Miia Holmström, Mikko Jalanko, Raija Jurkko, Maija Kaartinen, Juha Koskenvuo, Johanna Kuusisto, Satu Kärkkäinen, Eeva Palojoki, Eeva Reissell, Päivi Piirilä, Tiina Heliö
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the LMNA gene encoding lamins A and C of the nuclear lamina are a frequent cause of cardiomyopathy accounting for 5-8% of familial dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Our aim was to study disease onset, presentation and progression among LMNA mutation carriers. METHODS: Clinical follow-up data from 27 LMNA mutation carriers and 78 patients with idiopathic DCM without an LMNA mutation were collected. In addition, ECG data were collected and analysed systematically from 20 healthy controls...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120392/impact-of-rotor-temperospatial-stability-on-acute-and-one-year-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-outcomes
#20
Muhammad Balouch, Esra Gucuk Ipek, Jonathan Chrispin, Rizma J Bajwa, Tarek Zghaib, Ronald D Berger, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Saman Nazarian, Joseph E Marine, Hugh Calkins, David D Spragg
BACKGROUND: The utility of rotor ablation using commercially available systems as an adjunct to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is controversial. Variable results may stem from heterogeneous practice patterns. We investigated whether a prespecified protocol to determine temperospatial rotor stability improved acute and intermediate outcomes following rotor ablation. HYPOTHESIS: Protocolized rotor mapping and ablation, with prespecified metrics to determine temporal rotor stability prior to ablation, will improve short- and long-term PVI/rotor ablation outcomes...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
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