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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036457/feasibility-evaluation-of-long-term-use-of-beta-blockers-and-calcium-antagonists-in-patients-with-brugada-syndrome
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Tsukasa Kamakura, Mitsuru Wada, Kohei Ishibashi, Yuko Y Inoue, Koji Miyamoto, Hideo Okamura, Satoshi Nagase, Takashi Noda, Takeshi Aiba, Satoshi Yasuda, Wataru Shimizu, Shiro Kamakura, Kengo Kusano
Aims: Beta-blockers (BBs) and calcium antagonists (CAs) are reported to aggravate ST-segment elevation in some patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS). The feasibility of their long-term use in BrS still remains unknown. We investigated the safety of long-term use of BB and CA in BrS patients. Methods and results: Of the 360 consecutive BrS patients, 29 [5: a history of ventricular fibrillation (VF), 17: syncope, 7: asymptomatic] took BB and/or CA (BB: 22, CA: 8) for more than 1 year for the treatment of co-morbidities such as atrial tachyarrhythmia, vasospastic angina, and neurally mediated syncope...
September 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016724/triggered-intracellular-calcium-waves-in-dog-and-human-left-atrial-myocytes-from-normal-and-failing-hearts
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Gary L Aistrup, Rishi Arora, Søren Grubb, Shin Yoo, Benjamin Toren, Manvinder Kumar, Aaron Kunamalla, William Marszalec, Tej Motiwala, Shannon Tai, Sean Yamakawa, Satya Yerrabolu, Francisco J Alvarado, Hector H Valdivia, Jonathan M Cordeiro, Yohannes Shiferaw, J Andrew Wasserstrom
Aims: Abnormal intracellular Ca 2+ cycling contributes to triggered activity and arrhythmias in the heart. We investigated the properties and underlying mechanisms for systolic triggered Ca 2+ waves in left atria from normal and failing dog hearts. Methods and Results: Intracellular Ca 2+ cycling was studied using confocal microscopy during rapid pacing of atrial myocytes (36 °C) isolated from normal and failing canine hearts (ventricular tachypacing model). In normal atrial myocytes (NAMs), Ca 2+ waves developed during rapid pacing at rates ≥ 3...
August 29, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990149/management-of-arrhythmias-in-athletes-atrial-fibrillation-premature-ventricular-contractions-and-ventricular-tachycardia
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REVIEW
Ernest Lai, Eugene H Chung
Management of atrial fibrillation, premature ventricular contractions, and ventricular tachycardia without underlying cardiac disease or arrhythmogenic conditions differs in athletes from the general population. Athletes tend to be younger, healthier individuals with few comorbidities. Therapies that work well in the general population may not be appropriate or preferable for athletes. Management strategies include deconditioning, pharmacologic therapy, such as rate control with β-blockers or non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers and rhythm control with class I or class III antiarrhythmic drugs, and catheter ablation...
October 9, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977363/coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-the-long-term-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-non-contrast-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-suspected-coronary-artery-disease-a-danish-registry-based-cohort-study
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Nicklas Vinter, Amanda M S Christesen, Leif S Mortensen, Grazina Urbonaviciene, Jes Lindholt, Søren P Johnsen, Lars Frost
Aims: To examine the association between coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and risk of future atrial fibrillation (AF), and to estimate the predictive accuracy of CACS for AF development in patients undergoing non-contrast cardiac computed tomography (nCCT). Methods and results: We conducted a registry-based cohort study of 27 962 patients suspected of having coronary artery disease and without history of AF who were identified in the Western Denmark Heart Registry...
August 4, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925012/a-new-negative-allosteric-modulator-ap14145-for-the-study-of-small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels
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Rafel Simó-Vicens, Jeppe E Kirchhoff, Bernardo Dolce, Lea Abildgaard Jensen, Tobias Speerschneider, Ulrik S Sørensen, Morten Grunnet, Jonas G Diness, Bo H Bentzen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Small conductance Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (KCa 2) channels represent a promising atrial-selective target for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Here, we establish the mechanism of KCa 2 inhibition by the new compound AP14145. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Using site directed mutagenesis binding determinants for AP14145 inhibition were explored. AP14145 selectivity and mechanism of action were investigated by patch clamp recordings of heterologously expressed KCa 2 channels...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904308/aging-modulates-the-substrate-and-triggers-remodeling-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Yung-Kuo Lin, Yi-Ann Chen, Ting-I Lee, Yao-Chang Chen, Shih-Ann Chen, Yi-Jen Chen
Aging plays a critical role in the genesis of atrial fibrillation (AF) and also increases the risks of cardiac dysfunction and stroke in AF patients. AF is caused by increased AF triggering from abnormalities of the thoracic vein and/or modulated substrate (atrial) with enhancement of AF maintenance. Clinical and laboratory evidence indicates that aging is significant in the creation of atrial electrical and structural remodeling that leads to increased susceptibility to AF occurrence. Aging is commonly associated with cardiovascular comorbidities, oxidative stress, calcium dysregulation, atrial myopathy with apoptosis, and fibrosis, which all contribute to the genesis of AF...
September 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871102/angiotensin-ii-affects-inflammation-mechanisms-via-ampk-related-signalling-pathways-in-hl-1-atrial-myocytes
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Nami Kim, Youngae Jung, Miso Nam, Mi Sun Kang, Min Kyung Lee, Youngjin Cho, Eue-Keun Choi, Geum-Sook Hwang, Hyeon Soo Kim
Inflammation is a common cause of cardiac arrhythmia. Angiotensin ІІ (Ang ІІ) is a major contributing factor in the pathogenesis of cardiac inflammation; however, its underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Here, we explored the effect of Ang ІІ on inflammatory mechanisms and oxidative stress using HL-1 atrial myocytes. We showed that Ang ІІ activated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) phosphorylation and other inflammatory markers, such as transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
September 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853232/rate-control-with-beta-blockers-versus-calcium-channel-blockers-in-the-emergency-setting-predictors-of-medication-class-choice-and-associated-hospitalization
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Clare L Atzema, Peter C Austin
OBJECTIVES: Rate-control is an important component of the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Previous studies of emergency department (ED) rate-control have been limited by relatively small sample sizes. We examined the use of beta-blockers (BB) versus non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (CCB) in ED patients from 24 sites, and the associated hospital admission rates. METHODS: In this pre-planned sub-study, we examined chart data on AF patients who visited one of 24 hospital EDs in Ontario, Canada, between April 2008 and March 2009...
August 29, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811460/prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-using-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-pump-overexpression-in-a-rabbit-model-of-rapid-atrial-pacing
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Hong Li Wang, Xian Hui Zhou, Zhi Qiang Li, Ping Fan, Qi Na Zhou, Yao Dong Li, Yue Mei Hou, Bao Peng Tang
BACKGROUND Recent research suggests that abnormal Ca2+ handling plays a role in the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, Ca2+ release and ingestion depend on properties of the ryanodine receptor (RyR) and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ATPase2a (SERCA2a). This study aimed to detect whether SERCA2a gene overexpression has a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation caused by rapid pacing right atrium. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into a control group, AF group, AAV9/GFP group, and AAV9/SERCA2a group...
August 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810904/antiarrhythmic-drug-therapy-among-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-symptomatic-atrial-fibrillation-a-prospective-nationwide-cohort
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Tero Penttilä, Heikki Mäkynen, Juha Hartikainen, Harri Hyppölä, Timo Lauri, Mika Lehto, Juha Lund, M J Pekka Raatikainen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia that causes numerous visits to emergency departments (ED). The aim of the FinFib2 study was to evaluate whether treatment of patients with AF in ED is consistent with the contemporary European Society of Cardiology (ESC) management guidelines. Here we report the results of antiarrhythmic drug therapy (AAD) in ED. METHODS: All patients within the two-week study period whose primary reason for the ED visit was symptomatic AF were included into this prospective multicentre study...
August 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803858/in-silico-investigations-of-the-functional-impact-of-kcna5-mutations-on-atrial-mechanical-dynamics
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Haibo Ni, Ismail Adeniran, Henggui Zhang
A recent study has identified six novel genetic variations (D322H, E48G, A305T, D469E, Y155C, P488S) in KCNA5 (encoding Kv1.5 which carries the atrial-specific ultra-rapid delayed rectifier current, IKur) in patients with early onset of lone atrial fibrillation. These mutations are distinctive, resulting in either gain-of-function (D322H, E48G, A305T) or loss-of-function (D469E, Y155C, P488S) of IKur channels. Though affecting potassium channels, they may modulate the cellular active force and therefore atrial mechanical functions, which remains to be elucidated...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794054/cardiovascular-event-prediction-by-machine-learning-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Xiaoying Yang, Colin O Wu, Kiang Liu, W Gregory Hundley, Robyn McClelland, Antoinette S Gomes, Aaron R Folsom, Steven Shea, Eliseo Guallar, David A Bluemke, João A C Lima
RATIONALE: Machine learning may be useful to characterize cardiovascular risk, predict outcomes, and identify biomarkers in population studies. OBJECTIVE: To test the ability of random survival forests, a machine learning technique, to predict 6 cardiovascular outcomes in comparison to standard cardiovascular risk scores. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included participants from the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). Baseline measurements were used to predict cardiovascular outcomes over 12 years of follow-up...
October 13, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793220/mechanism-for-triggered-waves-in-atrial-myocytes
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Yohannes Shiferaw, Gary L Aistrup, J Andrew Wasserstrom
Excitation-contraction coupling in atrial cells is mediated by calcium (Ca) signaling between L-type Ca channels and Ryanodine receptors that occurs mainly at the cell boundary. This unique architecture dictates essential aspects of Ca signaling under both normal and diseased conditions. In this study we apply laser scanning confocal microscopy, along with an experimentally based computational model, to understand the Ca cycling dynamics of an atrial cell subjected to rapid pacing. Our main finding is that when an atrial cell is paced under Ca overload conditions, Ca waves can then nucleate on the cell boundary and propagate to the cell interior...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765761/simulation-of-ventricular-rate-control-during-atrial-fibrillation-using-ionic-channel-blockers
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Shin Inada, Nitaro Shibata Md PhD, Michiaki Iwata PhD, Ryo Haraguchi PhD, Takashi Ashihara Md PhD, Takanori Ikeda Md PhD, Kazuyuki Mitsui PhD, Halina Dobrzynski PhD, Mark R Boyett PhD, Kazuo Nakazawa PhD
BACKGROUND: The atrioventricular (AV) node is the only compartment that conducts an electrical impulse between the atria and the ventricles. The main role of the AV node is to facilitate efficient pumping by conducting excitation slowly between the two chambers as well as reduce the ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Using computer simulations, we investigated excitation conduction from the right atrium to the bundle of His during high-rate atrial excitation with or without partial blocking of the calcium or potassium ionic current...
August 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720711/gene-expression-networks-in-the-murine-pulmonary-myocardium-provide-insight-into-the-pathobiology-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Jordan K Boutilier, Rhonda L Taylor, Tracy Mann, Elyshia McNamara, Gary J Hoffman, Jacob Kenny, Rodney J Dilley, Peter Henry, Grant Morahan, Nigel G Laing, Kristen J Nowak
The pulmonary myocardium is a muscular coat surrounding the pulmonary and caval veins. Although its definitive physiological function is unknown, it may have a pathological role as the source of ectopic beats initiating atrial fibrillation. How the pulmonary myocardium gains pacemaker function is not clearly defined, although recent evidence indicates that changed transcriptional gene expression networks are at fault. The gene expression profile of this distinct cell type in situ was examined to investigate underlying molecular events that might contribute to atrial fibrillation...
September 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701305/redox-and-activation-of-protein-kinase-a-dysregulates-calcium-homeostasis-in-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Shih-Yu Huang, Yao-Chang Chen, Yu-Hsun Kao, Ming-Hsiung Hsieh, Yung-Kuo Lin, Shih-Ann Chen, Yi-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases the occurrence of atrial fibrillation and pulmonary vein (PV) arrhythmogenesis. Calcium dysregulation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) enhance PV arrhythmogenic activity. The purposes of this study were to investigate whether CKD modulates PV electrical activity through dysregulation of calcium homeostasis and ROS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Biochemical and electrocardiographic studies were conducted in rabbits with and without CKD (induced by 150 mg/kg per day neomycin sulfate and 500 mg/kg per day cefazolin)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648626/mechanosensitivity-of-microdomain-calcium-signalling-in-the-heart
#17
REVIEW
Patrick Schönleitner, Uli Schotten, Gudrun Antoons
In cardiac myocytes, calcium (Ca(2+)) signalling is tightly controlled in dedicated microdomains. At the dyad, i.e. the narrow cleft between t-tubules and junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), many signalling pathways combine to control Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release during contraction. Local Ca(2+) gradients also exist in regions where SR and mitochondria are in close contact to regulate energetic demands. Loss of microdomain structures, or dysregulation of local Ca(2+) fluxes in cardiac disease, is often associated with oxidative stress, contractile dysfunction and arrhythmias...
June 23, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645513/atrial-fibrillation-current-therapies
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REVIEW
Romain Pariaut
A rate control, or a rhythm control, strategy can be applied to the management of atrial fibrillation. Rate control of atrial fibrillation consists of decreasing the ventricular response rate by limiting the number of supraventricular impulses that can travel through the atrioventricular node. The goal of decreasing heart rate in dogs with atrial fibrillation is usually achieved with a combination of the calcium channel blocker diltiazem and digoxin. Rhythm control of atrial fibrillation encompasses pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic methods to terminate the arrhythmia and restore sinus rhythm...
September 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645473/efficacy-and-safety-of-rivaroxaban-versus-warfarin-in-patients-taking-nondihydropyridine-calcium-channel-blockers-for-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-rocket-af-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jeffrey B Washam, Anne S Hellkamp, Yuliya Lokhnygina, Jonathan P Piccini, Scott D Berkowitz, Christopher C Nessel, Richard C Becker, Günter Breithardt, Keith A A Fox, Jonathan L Halperin, Graeme J Hankey, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Daniel E Singer, Manesh R Patel
Non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (non-DHP CCBs) possess combined P-glycoprotein and moderate CYP3A4 inhibition, which may lead to increased exposure of medications that are substrates for these metabolic pathways, such as rivaroxaban. We evaluated the use and outcomes of non-DHP CCBs in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in Rivaroxaban Once Daily Oral Direct Factor Xa Inhibition Compared with Vitamin K Antagonism for Prevention of Stroke and Embolism Trial in Atrial Fibrillation (ROCKET AF)...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546098/altered-long-non-coding-rna-expression-profile-in-rabbit-atria-with-atrial-fibrillation-tcons_00075467-modulates-atrial-electrical-remodeling-by-sponging-mir-328-to-regulate-cacna1c
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Zhan Li, Ximin Wang, Weizong Wang, Juanjuan Du, Jinqiu Wei, Yong Zhang, Jiangrong Wang, Yinglong Hou
Electrical remodeling has been reported to play a major role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been increasingly recognized as contributors to the pathology of heart diseases. However, the roles and mechanisms of lncRNAs in electrical remodeling during AF remain unknown. In this study, the lncRNA expression profiles of right atria were investigated in AF and non-AF rabbit models by using RNA sequencing technique and validated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
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