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Atrial fibrillation and obesity

Eva Gerdts, Raffaele Izzo, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Angela Losi, Maria Virginia Manzi, Grazia Canciello, Nicola De Luca, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni de Simone
BACKGROUND: In general, women have lower risk for cardiovascular disease. We tested whether this sex-specific protection persists also in the presence of hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). METHODS: 12,329 women and men with hypertension and free from prevalent cardiovascular disease enrolled in the prospective Campania Salute Network registry were followed over a median of 4.1years. Subjects were grouped according to the absence or the presence of LVH identified by echocardiography using validated sex-specific cut-off values of LV mass index (>47g/m2...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Daniel Bos, Arjola Bano, Albert Hofman, Tyler J VanderWeele, Maryam Kavousi, Oscar H Franco, Meike W Vernooij, Robin P Peeters, M Arfan Ikram, Layal Chaker
Background: The underlying mechanism of the association between thyroid function and atrial fibrillation (AF) is poorly understood, but epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) could be a promising mediator. Methods: In the 1995 participants (mean age 64.5 years) from the population-based Rotterdam Study, we measured thyroid function (thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxine [FT4]) and performed computed tomography to quantify EAT volumes. All participants were followed for the occurrence of AF...
2018: Clinical Epidemiology
Eric Shulman, Jay J Chudow, Tina Shah, Krina Shah, Ariel Peleg, Dmitriy Nevelev, Faraj Kargoli, Lynn Zaremski, Cecilia Berardi, Andrea Natale, Jorge Romero, Luigi Di Biase, John Fisher, Andrew Krumerman, Kevin J Ferrick
No previous studies have examined the interaction between body mass index (BMI) and race/ethnicity with the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). We retrospectively followed 48,323 persons free of AF (43% Hispanic, 37% black, and 20% white; median age 60 years) for subsequent incident AF (ascertained from electrocardiograms). BMI categories included very severely underweight (BMI <15 kg/m2 ), severely underweight (BMI 15.1 to 15.9 kg/m2 ), underweight (BMI 16 to 18.4 kg/m2 ), normal (BMI 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2 ), overweight (BMI 25...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Takeshi Omae, Eiichi Inada
New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is the most common perioperative complication of heart surgery, typically occurring in the perioperative period. NOAF commonly occurs in patients who are elderly, or have left atrial enlargement, or left ventricular hypertrophy. Various factors have been identified as being involved in the development of NOAF, and numerous approaches have been proposed for its prevention and treatment. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. For prevention of NOAF, β-blockers and amiodarone are particularly effective and are recommended by guidelines...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Andrew J Foy, John Mandrola, Guodong Liu, Gerald V Naccarelli
Prospective cohort studies involving older adults report an association of obesity and new-onset atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. To assess this relation, we performed a longitudinal cohort study from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2013, using a national claims database that tracks all inpatient, outpatient, and pharmacy claims data. The primary end point of new-onset atrial fibrillation was compared between obese and nonobese cohorts. We used logistic regression to determine the strength of association between obesity and new-onset atrial fibrillation controlling for age, gender, hypertension, and diabetes...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Mark R de Jong, Annemiek F Hoogerwaard, Ahmet Adiyaman, Jaap Jan J Smit, Anand R Ramdat Misier, Jan-Evert Heeg, Boudewijn A A M van Hasselt, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Harry J G M Crijns, Ignacio Fernández Lozano, Jorge E Toquero Ramos, F Javier Alzueta, Borja Ibañez, José M Rubio, Fernando Arribas, José M Porres Aracama, Josep Brugada, Lluís Mont, Arif Elvan
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is an important, modifiable risk factor for the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). Even after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), 20-40% experience recurrent AF. Animal studies have shown that renal denervation (RDN) reduces AF inducibility. One clinical study with important limitations suggested that RDN additional to PVI could reduce recurrent AF. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this multicenter randomized controlled study is to investigate whether RDN added to PVI reduces AF recurrence...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
H E Bozkurt Yilmaz, M Yilmaz, N Şen, C Altin, Z E Ünsal, A Tekin, Ş Akçay
OBJECTIVE: Although the relationship between obesity-asthma, obesity-atrial fibrillation (AF) and obesity-sudden cardiac death is clearly known, the risk of AF and ventricular arrhythmia has not been clearly determined in asthmatic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate whether AF, ventricular arrhythmia, and sudden cardiac death risk were increased in asthmatic patients using P wave dispersion (PWD) and corrected QT interval dispersion (CQTD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study was designed as a cross-sectional study...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Evan L O'Keefe, James J Di Nicolantonio, James H O'Keefe, Carl J Lavie
A routine of light or moderate alcohol consumption (≤1 drink/day for women and 1 to 2 drinks/day for men) were associated with a lower risk for all-cause mortality, coronary artery disease (CAD), type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), heart failure (HF), and stroke. Conversely, heavy drinking, (>4 drinks/day) is associated with an increased risk for death and cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD). Excessive alcohol intake trails behind only smoking and obesity among the 3 leading causes of premature deaths in the United States (US)...
February 16, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Zain Asad, Mubasher Abbas, Isma Javed, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Stavros Stavrakis
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity is increasing among the general population. Obesity is associated with increased risk of several cardiovascular conditions, which in turn may increase the risk for atrial fibrillation (AF). We performed a meta-analysis of cohort studies that examined the effect of obesity on the incidence of AF. In addition, we examined the effect of obesity on the incidence of AF stratified by gender. METHODS AND RESULTS: We searched the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases for studies evaluating the effect of obesity on AF...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Dagfinn Aune, Sabrina Schlesinger, Teresa Norat, Elio Riboli
Although overweight and obesity are established risk factors for some types of heart disease including ischemic heart disease, heart failure and atrial fibrillation, less is known about the association between adiposity and sudden cardiac death. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies to clarify the association between adiposity and risk of sudden cardiac death. PubMed and Embase databases were searched up to July 20th 2017. Summary relative risks (RRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using random effects models...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Epidemiology
Ying Wang, Hong Yang, Mark Nolan, Faraz Pathan, Kazuaki Negishi, Thomas H Marwick
AIMS: Patients with heart failure (HF) risk factors are described as being in Stage A of this condition (SAHF). Management is directed towards prevention of HF progression, but to date, no evidence has been described to align the intensity of this intervention to HF risk. We sought to what extent SAHF of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and other HF risks showed differences in subclinical left ventricular function, exercise capacity, and prognosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 551 elder asymptomatic SAHF patients (age 71 ± 5 years, 49% men, 290 T2DM) with at least one risk factor from a community-based population with preserved ejection fraction...
February 5, 2018: ESC Heart Failure
Martin Huemer, Ann-Kristin Becker, Alexander Wutzler, Philipp Attanasio, Abdul S Parwani, Philipp Lacour, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Burkert Pieske, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Florian Blaschke
BACKGROUND: Implantable loop recorders (ILR) are a valuable tool for the investigation of unexplained syncopal episodes. The aim of this retrospective single center study was to identify predictive factors for pacemaker implantation in patients with unexplained syncope who underwent ILR insertion. METHODS: 106 patients were retrospectively analyzed (mean age 59.1 years; 47.2% male) with unexplained syncope and negative conventional testing who underwent ILR implantation...
February 5, 2018: Cardiology Journal
Per Wändell, Axel C Carlsson, Martin J Holzmann, Johan Ärnlöv, Jan Sundquist, Kristina Sundquist
BACKGROUND: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious complication in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVE: To study associations between relevant co-morbidities and CHF in patients with AF. METHODS: Study population included all adults (n=12,283) ≥45 years diagnosed with AF at 75 primary care centers in Sweden 2001-2007. Logistic regression was used to calculate odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for the associations between co-morbidities, and prevalent CHF...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Giuseppe Boriani, Cécile Laroche, Igor Diemberger, Elisa Fantecchi, Joan Meeder, Malgorzata Kurpesa, Monica Mariana Baluta, Marco Proietti, Luigi Tavazzi, Aldo P Maggioni, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND: The impact of overweight and obesity on outcomes in "real world" patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) is not fully defined. Second, sex differences in AF outcomes may also exist. METHODS AND RESULTS: The aim was to investigate outcomes at 1-year follow-up for AF patients enrolled in the EORP-AF Registry, according to BMI (kg/m2 ), comparing patients with normal BMI (18.5 to < 25 kg/m2), overweight (25 to < 30 kg/m2 ) and obesity (≥30 kg/m2 ), in relation to sex differences...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Rachel Kozinn, James Kim, Lori Kwan, Jessica Feinleib
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May 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Maria Valero-Muñoz, Warren Backman, Flora Sam
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is characterized by signs and symptoms of HF in the presence of a normal left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF). Despite accounting for up to 50% of all clinical presentations of HF, the mechanisms implicated in HFpEF are poorly understood, thus precluding effective therapy. The pathophysiological heterogeneity in the HFpEF phenotype also contributes to this disease and likely to the absence of evidence-based therapies. Limited access to human samples and imperfect animal models that completely recapitulate the human HFpEF phenotype have impeded our understanding of the mechanistic underpinnings that exist in this disease...
December 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Weiting Huang, Felix Yj Keng, Chi Keong Ching
Atrial fibrillation is an epidemic in Asia that is increasingly prevalent. Apart from stroke risk stratification and management of anticoagulation, physicians managing this group of patients also need to determine an optimal strategy in terms of rate or rhythm control. With new techniques of catheter ablation to maintain patients in sinus rhythm, patients with atrial fibrillation now have more options for treatment, on top of pharmacological methods. This paper aims to review the current evidence for rate and rhythm control in both general patients and subgroups of interest commonly encountered in clinical practices such as obesity, heart failure and thyroid disease...
November 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
Nabil Naser, Mirza Dilic, Azra Durak, Mehmed Kulic, Esad Pepic, Elnur Smajic, Zumreta Kusljugic
Introduction: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia in clinical practice and its prevalence increases with age. Patients who develop AF also have cardiovascular risk factors, structural heart disease, and comorbidities, all of which can increase mortality. AF causes a significant economic burden with the increasing trend in AF prevalence and hospitalizations. Research Objectives: The objective of our study is to evaluate the impact of the most common known risk factors on the incidence of atrial fibrillation as an important precursor of cardiac and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality among our patients in Bosnia and Herzegovina during median follow up period (September 2006 - September 2016)...
December 2017: Materia Socio-medica
Gabriel Torrealba-Acosta, Kenneth Carazo-Céspedes, Sy Han Chiou, Anthony Terrence O'Brien, Huberth Fernández-Morales
BACKGROUND: Limited data on stroke exist for Costa Rica. Therefore, we created a stroke registry out of patients with stroke seen in the Acute Stroke Unit of the Hospital Calderon Guardia. METHODS: We analyzed 1319 patients enrolled over a 7-year period, which incorporated demographic, clinical, laboratory, and neuroimaging data. RESULTS: The mean age of patients with stroke was 68.0 ± 15.5 years. Seven hundred twenty-five were men and the age range was 13-104 years...
December 25, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
S P Golitsyn, M A Saidova, S F Sokolov, V V Vlodzyanovskiy, T A Malkina, L V Rozenshtraukh, E I Chazov
We present in this article 2 cases of successful pharmacological restoration of sinus rhythm by a new class III antiarrhythmic drug refralon in patients with obesity and persistent atrial fibrillation. In both cases, the effective use of refralon was preceded by repeated ineffective attempts of electrical cardioversion. In the article we discuss the role of obesity as the factor leading to a substantial increase of transthoracic electrical resistance, and thus significantly reducing the probability of sinus rhythm restoration by means of electrical cardioversion...
October 2017: Kardiologiia
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