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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526352/stretch-activated-potassium-currents-in-the-heart-focus-on-trek-1-and-arrhythmias
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REVIEW
Niels Decher, Aytug K Kiper, Susanne Rinné
This review focuses on the role and the molecular candidates for the cardiac stretch-activated potassium current (SAK). The functional properties of two-pore domain potassium (K2P) channel TREK-1, a major candidate for the cardiac SAK are analyzed and the molecular mechanism of stretch-activation in K2P potassium channels is discussed. Furthermore, the functional modulation of TREK-1 by different cardiac interaction partners, as well as evidence for the functional role of the stretch-dependent TREK-1 and its putative subunits in the heart is reviewed...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525585/the-effects-of-gender-on-electrical-therapies-for-the-heart-physiology-epidemiology-and-access-to-therapies-a-report-from-the-xii-congress-of-the-italian-association-on-arrhythmology-and-cardiostimulation-aiac
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Giuseppe Boriani, Stefano Lorenzetti, Elisabetta Cerbai, Giuseppe Oreto, Gabriele Bronzetti, Vincenzo Livio Malavasi, Alessandro Biffi, Luigi Padeletti, Gianluca Botto, Igor Diemberger
The difference between men and women is clear even just by looking at an electrocardiogram: females present higher resting heart rate, a shorter QRS complex length and greater corrected QT interval. The development of these differences from pubertal age onward suggests that sexual hormones play a key role, although their effect is far from being completely understood. Different incidences between sexes have been reported for many arrhythmias, both ventricular and supraventricular, and also for sudden cardiac death...
May 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525549/the-change-in-circulating-galectin-3-predicts-absence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-thoracoscopic-surgical-ablation
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Wouter R Berger, Benoît Jagu, Nicoline W E van den Berg, Dean R P P Chan Pin Yin, Jan P van Straalen, Onno J de Boer, Antoine H G Driessen, Jolien Neefs, Sébastien P J Krul, WimJan P van Boven, Allard C van der Wal, Joris R de Groot
Aims: Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is an important mediator of cardiac fibrosis, particularly in heart failure. Increased Gal-3 concentration (Gal-3), associated with increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation (AF), may reflect atrial fibrotic remodelling underlying AF progression. We aimed to investigate whether the change in serum Gal-3 reflects alterations of the arrhythmogenic atrial substrate following thoracoscopic AF surgery, and predicts absence of AF. Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing thoracoscopic AF surgery were included...
May 19, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524623/upper-gastrointestinal-complications-following-ablation-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation
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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/28521195/diabetes-and-impaired-glucose-metabolism-is-associated-with-more-cold-related-cardiorespiratory-symptoms
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Tiina Maria Ikäheimo, Jari Jokelainen, Juhani Hassi, Liisa Hiltunen, Sirkka Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Tiina Laatikainen, Pekka Jousilahti, Markku Peltonen, Leena Moilanen, Juha Saltevo, Simo Näyhä
AIMS: Diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism cause metabolic, neural and circulatory disturbances that may predispose to adverse cooling and related symptoms during the cold season. This study assessed the prevalence of cold-related cardiorespiratory symptoms in the general population according to glycaemic status. METHODS: The study population consisted of 2436 men and 2708 women aged 45-74years who participated in the National FINRISK cold sub-studies in 2002 and 2007...
May 4, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521022/management-of-untreatable-ventricular-arrhythmias-during-pharmacologic-challenges-with-sodium-channel-blockers-for-suspected-brugada-syndrome
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Stefano Poli, Mauro Toniolo, Massimo Maiani, Davide Zanuttini, Luca Rebellato, Igor Vendramin, Ermanno Dametto, Guglielmo Bernardi, Flavio Bassi, Carlo Napolitano, Ugolino Livi, Alessandro Proclemer
Pharmacologic challenge with sodium channel blockers is part of the diagnostic workout in patients with suspected Brugada syndrome. The test is overall considered safe but both ajmaline and flecainide detain well known pro-arrhythmic properties. Moreover, the treatment of patients with life-threatening arrhythmias during these diagnostic procedures is not well defined. Current consensus guidelines suggest to adopt cautious protocols interrupting the sodium channel blockers as soon as any ECG alteration appears...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520959/the-effects-of-gender-on-electrical-therapies-for-the-heart-procedural-considerations-results-and-complications-a-report-from-the-xii-congress-of-the-italian-association-on-arrhythmology-and-cardiostimulation-aiac
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Igor Diemberger, Raffaella Marazzi, Michela Casella, Francesca Vassanelli, Paola Galimberti, Mario Luzi, Alessio Borrelli, Ezio Soldati, Pier Giorgio Golzio, Stefano Fumagalli, Pietro Francia, Luigi Padeletti, Gianluca Botto, Giuseppe Boriani
Use of cardiac implantable devices and catheter ablation is steadily increasing in Western countries following the positive results of clinical trials. Despite the advances in scientific knowledge, tools development, and techniques improvement we still have some grey area in the field of electrical therapies for the heart. In particular, several reports highlighted differences both in medical behaviour and procedural outcomes between female and male candidates. Women are referred later for catheter ablation of supraventricular arrhythmias, especially atrial fibrillation, leading to suboptimal results...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518124/direct-re-implantation-of-left-coronary-artery-into-the-aorta-in-adults-with-anomalous-origin-of-left-coronary-artery-from-the-pulmonary-artery-alcapa
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Reza Tavakoli, Peiman Jamshidi, Nassrin Yamani, Max Gassmann
Anomalous origin of the left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA) is a rare congenital anomaly which is one of leading causes of myocardial ischemia and infarction in children. If left untreated, it results in a 90% mortality rate in the first year of life. In patients who survive to the adulthood, the coronary steal phenomenon and retrograde left-sided coronary flow provide a substrate for chronic subendocardial ischemia, which may lead to left ventricular dysfunction, ischemic mitral regurgitation, malignant ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515827/transient-left-bundle-branch-block-due-to-severe-hyperkalemia
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Kishore Kumar, Madhavi Biyyam, Amandeep Singh, Bharat Bajantri, Hassan Tariq, Suresh Kumar Nayudu, Sridhar Chilimuri
Hyperkalemia is a potentially life-threatening electrolyte imbalance that can lead to sudden death from cardiac arrhythmias and asystole. We present a case of transient left bundle branch block pattern on an electrocardiogram (ECG) secondary to hyperkalemia in a patient with history of end-stage renal disease. A 52-year-old man presented to the emergency room (ER) with chief complaints of weakness and lethargy after missing his regularly scheduled session of hemodialysis. A 12-lead ECG in the ER showed sinus tachycardia at 118 beats/min, wide QRS complexes, peaked T waves and left bundle branch block-like pattern...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515823/lupus-negative-libman-sacks-endocarditis-complicated-by-catastrophic-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Ghulam Murtaza, Joy Iskandar, Tara Humphrey, Sujeen Adhikari, Aneesh Kuruvilla
Libman-Sacks endocarditis is characterized by sterile and verrucous lesions that predominantly affect the aortic and mitral valves. In most cases, patients do not have significant valvular dysfunction. However, patients with significant valvular dysfunction may present with serious complications such as cardiac failure, arrhythmias, and thromboembolic events. Recently, association of Libman-Sacks endocarditis with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) has been made. APS is most commonly defined by venous and arterial thrombosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, and thrombocytopenia...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514017/isopimaric-acid-a-multi-targeting-ion-channel-modulator-reducing-excitability-and-arrhythmicity-in-a-spontaneously-beating-mouse-atrial-cell-line
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Sajjad Salari, Malin Silverå Ejneby, Johan Brask, Fredrik Elinder
AIM: Atrial fibrillation is the most common persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and it is not well controlled by present drugs. Because some resin acids open voltage-gated potassium channels and reduce neuronal excitability, we explored the effects of the resin acid isopimaric acid (IPA) on action potentials and ion currents in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Spontaneously beating mouse atrial HL-1 cells were investigated with the whole-cell patch-clamp technique. RESULTS: 1-25 μmol L(-1) IPA reduced the action potential frequency by up to 50%...
May 17, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511997/thorough-qt-tqt-studies-concordance-with-torsadogenesis-and-an-evolving-cardiac-safety-testing-paradigm
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Barbara Wiśniowska, Zofia Tylutki, Sebastian Polak
Since 2005, when the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) E14 guideline was adopted, no drug has been withdrawn because of QTc prolongation or torsade de pointes arrhythmia. There are, however, costs associated with this success. In addition to the time and money invested, thorough QT (TQT) studies have limited the efficiency of the drug development pipeline. In this paper, we discuss the relevance of TQT trials as a tool for proarrhythmic risk prediction as a part of the debate regarding their usefulness...
May 13, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510081/qt-prolongation-as-an-isolated-long-term-cardiac-manifestation-of-dichlorvos-organophosphate-poisoning-in-rats
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Arthur Shiyovich, Ran Matot, Sigal Elyagon, Noah Liel-Cohen, Yossi Rosman, Shai Shrot, Michael Kassirer, Amos Katz, Yoram Etzion
Organophosphates (OP) are used extensively as pesticides and as chemical weapons. Cardiotoxicity is a major concern in survivors of the acute poisoning. To characterize the delayed cardiac effects of OP, rats were poisoned by intraperitoneal administration of dichlorvos. In group I, poisoning (0.25-, 0.75-, 1.4-LD50) was followed by application of atropine and obidoxime. In group II, poisoning (0.35-, 0.5-LD50) was done without antidotes. Cardiac evaluation included electrocardiography and echocardiography 2- and 6-week post-exposure, arrhythmia susceptibility following administration of Isoproterenol (150 mcg/kg), and histological evaluation...
May 16, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509708/pvcs-pvc-induced-cardiomyopathy-and-the-role-of-catheter-ablation
#14
Esseim Sharma, Karuppiah Arunachalam, Mengyang Di, Antony Chu, Abhishek Maan
Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are common arrhythmias noticed in the clinical setting because of premature depolarization of the ventricular myocytes. Although often thought to be reflective of underlying disease rather than intrinsically harmful, PVCs have recently been linked with worse outcomes in patients without significant cardiac disease. Long-term exposure to a high PVC burden can lead to the development of PVC-induced cardiomyopathy. The pathogenesis of this condition is poorly understood at the current time...
June 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509703/pathway-for-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter
#15
Eyal Herzog, Edgar Argulian, Steven B Levy, Emad F Aziz
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm disturbance encountered in clinical practice, and its prevalence is increasing as the population ages. The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the European Society of Cardiology established guidelines for the management of patients with AF. Atrial flutter (Afl) is less common and is often associated with or preceded by AF or occurs in an isolated pattern. A major limitation of the currently published guidelines for the management of patients with AF and Afl is their complexity, the fact that official guidelines are published separately for each of these arrhythmias, and that they were published several years ago...
June 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508269/erratum-to-guidelines-in-review-comparison-between-aha-acc-and-esc-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmias-and-the-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#16
Alejandro Velasco, Jim Stirrup, Eliana Reyes, Fadi G Hage
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May 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508055/antiarrhythmics-cure-brain-arrhythmia-the-imperativeness-of-subthalamic-erg-k-channels-in-parkinsonian-discharges
#17
Chen-Syuan Huang, Guan-Hsun Wang, Chun-Hwei Tai, Chun-Chang Hu, Ya-Chin Yang
ERG K(+) channels have long been known to play a crucial role in shaping cardiac action potentials and, thus, appropriate heart rhythms. The functional role of ERG channels in the central nervous system, however, remains elusive. We demonstrated that ERG channels exist in subthalamic neurons and have similar gating characteristics to those in the heart. ERG channels contribute crucially not only to the setting of membrane potential and, consequently, the firing modes, but also to the configuration of burst discharges and, consequently, the firing frequency and automaticity of the subthalamic neurons...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507837/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-association-with-cardiac-arrhythmias
#18
REVIEW
Muhammad A Mangi, Hiba Rehman, Abdul M Minhas, Muhammad Rafique, Vikas Bansal, Jonathan Constantin
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a public health burden all over the world. A significant percentage of the patients with NAFLD have a co-existing metabolic syndrome that is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Clinical as well as epidemiological research shows that NAFLD is not simply related to liver-related morbidity and mortality but is also associated with an elevated risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), irregularities of cardiac function as well as cardiac structure, valvular heart disease, and arrhythmias...
April 13, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507740/mark-josephson-pioneer-educator-and-mentor-to-a-generation-of-cardiac-electrophysiologists
#19
William G Stevenson
In January 2017 we lost a giant in cardiac electrophysiology, whose work and teachings touched all of us working in the field. Mark Josephson's early work, building on the work of Hein Wellens in using programmed stimulation and catheter mapping to understand scar-related ventricular tachycardias, led the way to surgical and then catheter ablation as a viable therapy for that arrhythmia. His seminal observations are many and catalogued in 'The Josephson School' a wonderful book with 59 Chapters and extensive commentary devoted to his research...
April 2017: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507628/does-vitamin-d-deficiency-effect-heart-rate-variability-in-low-cardiovascular-risk-population
#20
Ahmet Nalbant, Mehmet Bulent Vatan, Perihan Varım, Ceyhun Varım, Tezcan Kaya, Ali Tamer
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the cardiac autonomic dysfunction and the cardiac arrhythmia risk using heart rate variability parameters in subjects with vitamin D deficiency and low cardiovascular risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred five consecutive individuals, 54 patients with low vitamin D status and 51 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. The overall cardiac autonomic tone was quantified by using various heart rate variability parameters included mean RR interval, mean Heart Rate, mean of standard deviations of intervals for 24 hours (SDNN), standard deviation of averages of intervals (SDANN), mean of standard deviation of intervals for 5 minutes (SDNNI), root mean square of difference of successive intervals (rMSSD) and the proportion of intervals differing more than 50 ms (pNN50) values...
April 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
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