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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791992/-morphological-features-of-the-myocardium-of-the-atrial-appendages-in-patients-with-different-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation
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T V Sukhacheva, V A Vaskovsky, A Sh Revishvili, R A Serov
AIM: to analyze the morphological features of the myocardium of the atrial appendages in patients with different forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to compare the findings with the clinical parameters of patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Light and electron microscopies were used to examine the myocardium of the atrial appendages in adult patients with paroxysmal (PAF), persistent (PrAF), or long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LPAF) and in comparison group patients with sinus rhythm without history of AF...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771512/ace-phenotyping-in-human-heart
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Victoria E Tikhomirova, Olga A Kost, Olga V Kryukova, Elena Z Golukhova, Naida I Bulaeva, Aigerim Z Zholbaeva, Leo A Bokeria, Joe G N Garcia, Sergei M Danilov
AIMS: Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), which metabolizes many peptides and plays a key role in blood pressure regulation and vascular remodeling, is expressed as a type-1 membrane glycoprotein on the surface of different cells, including endothelial cells of the heart. We hypothesized that the local conformation and, therefore, the properties of heart ACE could differ from lung ACE due to different microenvironment in these organs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed ACE phenotyping (ACE levels, conformation and kinetic characteristics) in the human heart and compared it with that in the lung...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760133/surface-ecg-interatrial-block-guided-treatment-for-stroke-prevention-rationale-for-an-attractive-hypothesis
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Antoni Bayés de Luna, Manuel Martínez-Sellés, Antoni Bayés-Genís, Roberto Elosua, Adrian Baranchuk
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with stroke, cognitive impairment, and cardiovascular death. Some predisposing factors - as aging, diabetes, hypertension - induce and maintain electrophysiological and ultrastructural remodeling that usually includes fibrosis. Interatrial conduction disturbances play a crucial role in the initiation of atrial fibrosis and in its associated complications. The diagnosis of interatrial blocks (IABs) is easy to perform using the surface ECG...
July 31, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758117/neurocardiology-cardiovascular-changes-and-specific-brain-region-infarcts
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REVIEW
Rongjun Zou, Wanting Shi, Jun Tao, Hongmu Li, Xifeng Lin, Songran Yang, Ping Hua
There are complex and dynamic reflex control networks between the heart and the brain, including cardiac and intrathoracic ganglia, spinal cord, brainstem, and central nucleus. Recent literature based on animal model and clinical trials indicates a close link between cardiac function and nervous systems. It is noteworthy that the autonomic nervous-based therapeutics has shown great potential in the management of atrial fibrillation, ventricular arrhythmia, and myocardial remodeling. However, the potential mechanisms of postoperative brain injury and cardiovascular changes, particularly heart rate variability and the presence of arrhythmias, are not understood...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752208/micrornas-in-atrial-fibrillation-from-expression-signatures-to-functional-implications
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REVIEW
Nicoline W E van den Berg, Makiri Kawasaki, Wouter R Berger, Jolien Neefs, Eva Meulendijks, Anke J Tijsen, Joris R de Groot
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with pronounced morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence, expected to further increase for the forthcoming years, and associated frequent hospitalizations turn AF into a major health problem. Structural and electrical atrial remodelling underlie the substrate for AF, but the exact mechanisms driving this remodelling remain incompletely understood. Recent studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNA), short non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression, may be involved in the pathophysiology of AF...
July 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750997/-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-study
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José Miguel Hernández-Ramírez, José Ramón Ortega-Trujillo
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Atrial fibrillation can lead to a left atrium remodeling and induce functional mitral regurgitation. The aim of this study is to establish what features of the mitral annulus are related to atrial functional mitral regurgitation. METHODS: Retrospectively 29 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and 36 controls in sinus rhythm were enrolled. The characteristics of the mitral annulus were analyzed by three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography in both groups...
July 24, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748762/post-cardiovascular-surgery-atrial-fibrillation-biomarkers-determining-prognosis
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Olivia Manfrini, Edina Cenko, Beatrice Ricci, Raffaele Bugiardini
New onset of atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiovascular surgery is associated with increased risk of complications and length of hospital stay. Identification of patients at high risk of post cardiovascular surgery AF may help to act with preventive strategies having clinical and economic relevance. Many factors such as cardiac remodelling, changes in atrial pressure, surgery trauma, inflammation, oxidative stress, and sympathetic/parasympathetic activation have been implicated in the development of post cardiovascular surgery...
July 27, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735892/clinical-and-echocardiographic-correlates-of-left-atrial-function-index-the-framingham-offspring-study
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Mayank Sardana, Gregory Nah, Connie W Tsao, Adedotun A Ogunsua, Eric Vittinghoff, Randell C Thomas, Susan Cheng, Aditya Vaze, Jayashri R Aragam, Gary F Mitchell, Emelia J Benjamin, Ramachandran S Vasan, Gerard P Aurigemma, Nelson B Schiller, David D McManus, Nisha I Parikh
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) remodeling is a predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We performed measurement of the LA function index (LAFI), a composite measure of LA structure and function, in a community-based cohort and here report the distribution and cross-sectional correlates of LAFI. METHODS: In 1,719 Framingham Offspring Study participants (54% women, mean age 66 ± 9 years), we derived LAFI from the LA emptying fraction, left ventricular (LV) outflow tract velocity time integral, and indexed maximal LA volume...
July 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734850/progression-and-reversibility-of-stretch-induced-atrial-remodeling-characterization-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Shivshankar Thanigaimani, Emma McLennan, Dominik Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Thomas A Agbaedeng, Geoffrey Lee, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, Dennis H Lau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and across the developed nations, it contributes to increasing hospitalizations and healthcare burden. Several comorbidities and risk factors including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity are known to play an important role in the initiation and perpetuation of AF and atrial stretch or dilatation may play a central mechanistic role. The impact of atrial stretch in the development of AF can vary dependent on the underlying disease...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733782/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-an-overview-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Roland Tilz, Tatjana S Potpara
Catheter ablation (CA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently one of the most commonly performed electrophysiology procedures. Ablation of paroxysmal AF is based on the elimination of triggers by pulmonary vein isolation (PVI), while different strategies for additional AF substrate modification on top of PVI have been proposed for ablation of persistent AF. Nowadays, various technologies for AF ablation are available. The radiofrequency point-by-point ablation navigated by electro-anatomical mapping system and cryo-balloon technology are comparable in terms of the efficacy and safety of the PVI procedure...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731126/mir%C3%A2-132-in-atrial-fibrillation-directly-targets-connective-tissue-growth-factor
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Gang Qiao, Dongsheng Xia, Zhaoyun Cheng, Guobao Zhang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently occurring, persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and the hallmark of AF‑dependent structural remodeling is atrial fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is important in the process of fibrosis. The association between miRNA and CTGF in AF‑dependent fibrosis remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to determine if microRNA (miR)‑132 was able to regulate CTGF with an anti‑fibrotic effect in AF. A total of ten dogs or patients were assigned to control (n=4) and AF groups (n=6)...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730651/a-comparison-of-the-electrophysiologic-and-electroanatomic-characteristics-between-the-right-and-left-atrium-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-the-right-atrium-a-window-into-the-left
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Sandeep Prabhu, Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Alex Ja McLellan, Kah Y Peck, Bupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Geoffrey Lee, Justin Mariani, Liang-Han Ling, Andrew J Taylor, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
INTRODUCTION: The right atrium (RA) is readily accessible; however, it is unclear whether changes in the RA are representative of the LA. We performed detailed bi-atrial electroanatomic mapping to determine the electrophysiological relationship between the atria. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients with persistent AF underwent bi-atrial electroanatomical mapping with a contact force catheter acquiring points with a CF > 10 g prior to ablation. Points were analyzed for tissue voltage, complex electrograms, low voltage (< 0...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726654/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-amiodarone-and-carvedilol-combination-in-treatment-of-patients-with-severe-cardiac-rhythm-disorders
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E Tsetskhladze, I Khintibidze
Different arrhythmias are cause of sudden death in many patients with heart failure. Amiodarone is usually used for prevent this arrhythmias, but it is not drug of choice for treatment the patients with heart failure. We retrospectively analyzed 142 patients with moderate and severe heart failure and history of myocardial infarction. These patients have received amiodarone, carvedilol or combination of these two medications together with standard therapy. In our retrospective analysis, the combination therapy with Amiodarone and Carvedilol had highly significant decrease arrhythmic death compare with carvedilol and amiodarone groups...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724839/effect-of-recurrent-mitral-regurgitation-after-mitral-valve-repair-in-patients-with-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation
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Jung-Hwan Kim, Seung Hyun Lee, Hyun-Chel Joo, Young-Nam Youn, Kyung-Jong Yoo, Byung-Chul Chang, Sak Lee
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the consequences of recurrent mitral regurgitation (MR) after mitral valve (MV) repair in patients with degenerative MR and risk factors for recurrence.Methods and Results:From January 1990 to December 2015, 792 patients underwent MV repair due to degenerative MR. Recurrent MR was defined as moderate-to-severe MR on follow-up echocardiography. Mean follow-up duration was 8.71±5.58 years. During the follow-up period, MR recurred in 133 (16.8%) patients, and the MR recurrence-free rate at 20 years was 77...
July 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721830/redox-state-in-atrial-fibrillation-pathogenesis-and-relevant-therapeutic-approaches
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Alexios S Antonopoulos, Athina Goliopoulou, Evangelos Oikonomou, Sotiris Tsalamandris, Georgios-Angelos Papamikroulis, George Lazaros, Eleftherios Tsiamis, George Latsios, Stella Brili, Spyridon Papaioannou, Vasiliki Gennimata, Dimitris Tousoulis
Myocardial redox state is a critical determinant of myocardial biology, regulating cardiomyocytes' apoptosis, hypertrophy, ion channels function and cardiac contractility and relaxation. Data from animal models have shown that altered myocardial nitroso-redox balance and NADPH oxidases activity are pivotally involved in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. Similarly experimental animal data have demonstrated that increased reactive oxygen / nitrogen species formation in the atrial tissue is associated with altered electrophysiological properties of atrial myocytes and electrical remodeling...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680407/cardiac-ion-channel-regulation-in-obesity-and-the-metabolic-syndrome-relevance-to-long-qt-syndrome-and-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Ademuyiwa S Aromolaran, Mohamed Boutjdir
Obesity and its associated metabolic dysregulation leading to metabolic syndrome is an epidemic that poses a significant public health problem. More than one-third of the world population is overweight or obese leading to enhanced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality. Obesity predisposes to atrial fibrillation, ventricular, and supraventricular arrhythmias; conditions that are underlain by dysfunction in electrical activity of the heart. To date, current therapeutic options for cardiomyopathy of obesity are limited, suggesting that there is considerable room for development of therapeutic interventions with novel mechanisms of action that will help normalize rhythm in obese patients...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665544/pioglitazone-attenuates-atrial-remodeling-and-vulnerability-to-atrial-fibrillation-in-alloxan-induced-diabetic-rabbits
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Changle Liu, Ruimeng Liu, Huaying Fu, Jian Li, Xinghua Wang, Lijun Cheng, Panagiotis Korantzopoulos, Gary Tse, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent evidence indicates that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-γ activators exert anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions. However, the underlying mechanisms by which these agents prevent atrial remodeling in diabetes are not completely elucidated. We sought to investigate the potential effects of pioglitazone, a PPAR-γ activator, on atrial remodeling and atrial fibrillation (AF) inducibility in diabetic rabbits. METHODS: Alloxan-induced diabetic rabbits were randomly divided into three groups: diabetes only, diabetes treated with low-dose pioglitazone (4 mg/day/kg), or diabetes treated with high dose pioglitazone (8 mg/day/kg) (n = 24 for each group)...
June 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664417/epicardial-adipose-tissue-at-the-heart-of-the-obesity-complications
#18
Valeria Guglielmi, Paolo Sbraccia
In recent years, the anatomic and functional contiguity of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) to myocardium and coronary arteries has gained increasing interest for its potential pathogenetic role in obesity-related cardiac diseases. Besides its known and attributed biochemical cardioprotective properties, it is becoming evident that, in metabolic disease states, EAT-secreted bioactive molecules may play an important role in the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease and cardiac arrhythmias. EAT-derived inflammatory cytokines and reactive oxidative species may, indeed, play a part in the development of a local proatherogenic milieu by paracrine and vasocrine mechanisms of interaction...
June 29, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663760/atrial-fibrosis-an-obligatory-component-of-arrhythmia-mechanisms-in-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Pyotr G Platonov
Atrial fibrosis is common in atrial fibrillation (AF). Experimental studies have provided convincing evidence that fibrotic transformation of atrial myocardium results in deterioration of atrial conduction, increasing anisotropy of impulse propagation and building of boundaries that promote re-entry in the atrial walls that maybe directly relevant for the mechanisms responsible for maintaining AF. Whether or not fibrosis is a result of structural remodelling caused by persistent AF or a manifestation of occult myocardial process that leads to development of arrhythmia is less clear...
April 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651348/an-e-e-ratio-on-echocardiography-predicts-the-existence-of-left-atrial-low-voltage-areas-and-poor-outcomes-after-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Shin Okamoto, Takayuki Ishihara, Kiyonori Nanto, Takashi Kanda, Akihiro Sunaga, Takuya Tsujimura, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takuya Ohashi, Masaaki Uematsu
Aims: An elevated left atrial pressure has been reported to play an important role in the development of atrial remodelling in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. The study aimed at elucidating the association between the diastolic early transmitral flow velocity/mitral annular velocity (E/e', a non-invasive surrogate of left atrial pressure) and left atrial low-voltage-area existence, and the prognostic impact of the E/e' on procedural outcomes in patients undergoing AF ablation. Methods and results: Total of 215 consecutive patients were divided into 3 groups based on the estimated left atrial pressure: normal (E/e' < 8...
June 22, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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