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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228467/gender-differences-in-clinical-presentation-and-1-year-outcomes-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Renate B Schnabel, Ladislav Pecen, Francisco M Ojeda, Markus Lucerna, Nargiz Rzayeva, Stefan Blankenberg, Harald Darius, Dipak Kotecha, Raffaele De Caterina, Paulus Kirchhof
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to examine gender differences in clinical presentation, management and prognosis of atrial fibrillation (AF) in a contemporary cohort. METHODS: In 6412 patients, 39.7% women, of the PREvention oF thromboembolic events - European Registry in Atrial Fibrillation, we examined gender differences in symptoms, risk factors, therapies and 1-year incidence of adverse outcomes. RESULTS: Men with AF were on average younger than women (mean±SD: 70...
February 22, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228454/sex-differences-in-long-term-mortality-after-stroke-in-the-instruct-international-stroke-outcomes-study-a-meta-analysis-of-individual-participant-data
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Hoang T Phan, Christopher L Blizzard, Mathew J Reeves, Amanda G Thrift, Dominique Cadilhac, Jonathan Sturm, Emma Heeley, Petr Otahal, Vemmos Konstantinos, Craig Anderson, Priya Parmar, Rita Krishnamurthi, Suzanne Barker-Collo, Valery Feigin, Yannick Bejot, Norberto L Cabral, Antonio Carolei, Simona Sacco, Nicolas Chausson, Stephane Olindo, Peter Rothwell, Carolina Silva, Manuel Correia, Rui Magalhães, Peter Appelros, Janika Kõrv, Riina Vibo, Cesar Minelli, Seana Gall
BACKGROUND: Women are reported to have greater mortality after stroke than men, but the reasons are uncertain. We examined sex differences in mortality at 1 and 5 years after stroke and identified factors contributing to these differences. METHODS AND RESULTS: Individual participant data for incident strokes were obtained from 13 population-based incidence studies conducted in Europe, Australasia, South America, and the Caribbean between 1987 and 2013. Data on sociodemographics, stroke-related factors, prestroke health, and 1- and 5-year survival were obtained...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228305/clinical-presentation-management-and-outcomes-in-the-indian-heart-rhythm-society-atrial-fibrillation-ihrs-af-registry
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A Vora, A Kapoor, M Nair, Y Lokhandwala, C Narsimhan, A G Ravikishore, S K Dwivedi, N Namboodiri, R Hygriv, A Saxena, A Nabar, S Garg, N Bardoloi, R Yadav, A Nambiar, U Pandurangi, D Jhala, A Naik, Nagmallesh, S Rajagopal, R Selvaraj, V Arora, A Thachil, J Thomas, G Panicker
AIM: A national atrial fibrillation (AF) registry was conducted under the aegis of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society (IHRS), to capture epidemiological data-type of AF, clinical presentation and comorbidities, current treatment practices, and 1-year follow-up outcomes. METHODS: A total of 1537 patients were enrolled from 24 sites in India in the IHRS-AF registry from July 2011 to August 2012. Their baseline characteristics and follow-up data were recorded in case report forms and subsequently analyzed...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227088/detection-of-the-propagating-direction-of-electrical-wavefront-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Dongping Du, Yuncheng Du, Dongping Du, Yuncheng Du, Dongping Du, Yuncheng Du
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most common sustained arrhythmia, which can increase the risk of heart failure and stroke. Understanding the complex electrical dynamics of AF and correctly targeting AF sources for ablation therapies remain challenging in clinical practice. This is due to the incapability to reconstruct the electrical dynamic of AF, and lack of efficient approach for AF source identification. This paper builds a multi-sale framework for modeling of the abnormal electrical propagation in AF initiated by triggers from Pulmonary Veins (PVs)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226544/kurtosis-as-a-statistical-approach-to-identify-the-pivot-point-of-the-rotor
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Shivaram P Arunachalam, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Paul A Friedman, Elena G Tolkacheva, Shivaram P Arunachalam, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Paul A Friedman, Elena G Tolkacheva, Elena G Tolkacheva, Paul A Friedman, Elizabeth M Annoni, Siva K Mulpuru, Shivaram P Arunachalam
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia that causes stroke affecting more than 2.3 million people in the US. Catheter ablation to terminate AF is successful for paroxysmal AF but suffers limitations with persistent AF patients as current mapping methods cannot identify AF active substrates outside of pulmonary vein region. In this work, we developed a novel Kurtosis based mapping technique that can accurately identify pivot points of the rotors that were induced in ex-vivo isolated rabbit heart...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226543/development-of-a-novel-probabilistic-algorithm-for-localization-of-rotors-during-atrial-fibrillation
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Prasanth Ganesan, Anthony Salmin, Elizabeth M Cherry, Behnaz Ghoraani, Prasanth Ganesan, Anthony Salmin, Elizabeth M Cherry, Behnaz Ghoraani, Elizabeth M Cherry, Prasanth Ganesan, Behnaz Ghoraani, Anthony Salmin
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications. Catheter ablation has been commonly used to destroy triggering sources of AF in the atria and consequently terminate the arrhythmia. However, efficient and accurate localization of the AF sustaining sources known as rotors is a major challenge in catheter ablation. In this paper, we developed a novel probabilistic algorithm that can adaptively guide a Lasso diagnostic catheter to locate the center of a rotor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225286/-closure-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-by-means-of-the-atriclip-system
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Aleš Mokráček, Vojtěch Kurfirst, Alan Bulava, Jiří Haniš
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is related to a high risk of stroke. The main role in etiopathogenesis is played by the left atrial appendage (LAA). As many as 95 % of thrombi in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation are located in the appendage. Prevention of stroke then consists in permanent anticoagulation which, however, has its limits and risks. An alternative method is the left atrial appendage occlusion. In our report, we would like to present a new possibility of the closure using the epicardial system AtriClip (AtriCure)...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224695/distal-hyperintense-vessel-sign-is-associated-with-neurological-deterioration-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke
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K-W Nam, H-M Kwon, S-W Park, J-S Lim, M-K Han, Y-S Lee
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim was to evaluate the relationship between distal hyperintense vessel sign (HVS) and early neurological deterioration (END) in acute ischaemic stroke with large vessel steno-occlusion. METHODS: Acute ischaemic stroke patients with symptomatic severe steno-occlusion in the middle cerebral artery or internal carotid artery were recruited within 24 h from symptom onset. Stroke outcomes were evaluated using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score at the time of admission and at 72 h and 7 days...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224399/can-neuroimaging-differentiate-pfo-and-af-related-cardioembolic-stroke-from-the-other-embolic-sources-clinical-radiological-correlation-on-a-retrospective-study
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Alessandro Stecco, Martina Quagliozzi, Eleonora Soligo, Andrea Naldi, Alessia Cassarà, Lorenzo Coppo, Roberta Rosso, Angelo Sante Bongo, Paola Amatuzzo, Francesco Buemi, Elena Guenzi, Alessandro Carriero
PURPOSE: The aim of this retrospective study was to map the specific ischemic lesion patterns of distribution in patent foramen ovale-related stroke (PFO-stroke) and atrial fibrillation-related stroke (AF-stroke) in patients with idiopatic ischemic stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 750 ischaemic strokes were screened on basis of diagnostic imaging and tests: patients with known causes were excluded. 171 patients with unknown cause were selected and divided in two groups: AF-stroke (43 patients) and PFO-stroke (128 patients)...
February 21, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223782/factors-influencing-medication-knowledge-and-beliefs-on-warfarin-adherence-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-china
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Shujuan Zhao, Hongwei Zhao, Xianpei Wang, Chuanyu Gao, Yuhua Qin, Haixia Cai, Boya Chen, Jingjing Cao
OBJECTIVES: Warfarin is often used for ischemic stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), but the factors affecting patient adherence to warfarin therapy have not been fully understood. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in AF patients undergoing warfarin therapy at least 6 months prior to the study. The clinical data collected using questionnaires by phone interviews included the following: 1) self-reported adherence measured by the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale-8(©); 2) beliefs about medicines surveyed by Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire (BMQ); and 3) drug knowledge as measured by the Warfarin Related Knowledge Test (WRKT)...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220472/renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Coppolino, Anna Pisano, Laura Rivoli, Davide Bolignano
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is highly prevalent among the general hypertensive population and the clinical management of this condition remains problematic. Different approaches, including a more intensified antihypertensive therapy, lifestyle modifications, or both, have largely failed to improve patients' outcomes and to reduce cardiovascular and renal risk. As renal sympathetic hyperactivity is a major driver of resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic ablation (renal denervation) has been recently proposed as a possible therapeutic alternative to treat this condition...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219794/atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-turning-point-towards-increased-morbidity-and-mortality
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Thomas Zegkos, Georgios K Efthimiadis, Despoina G Parcharidou, Thomas D Gossios, Georgios Giannakoulas, Dimitris Ntelios, Antonis Ziakas, Stelios Paraskevaidis, Haralambos I Karvounis
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmic event in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The aim of this study was to identify the clinical and the prognostic impact of the arrhythmia on a large cohort of patients with HCM. METHODS: The echocardiographic and clinical correlates, the predictors of AF and thromboembolic stroke and the prognostic significance of the arrhythmia were evaluated in 509 patients with an established diagnosis of HCM...
February 17, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219663/relation-of-stroke-and-major-bleeding-to-creatinine-clearance-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-from-the-fushimi-af-registry
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Mitsuru Abe, Hisashi Ogawa, Mitsuru Ishii, Nobutoyo Masunaga, Masahiro Esato, Yeong-Hwa Chun, Hikari Tsuji, Hiromichi Wada, Koji Hasegawa, Gregory Y H Lip, Masaharu Akao
Creatinine clearance (CrCl) has been widely used to adjust the dosage of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and exclude contraindicated patients. However, there are few available real-world data on the relation between CrCl and adverse clinical outcomes in patients with AF. Therefore, we evaluated the clinical characteristics and adverse events in Japanese patients with AF stratified by CrCl. We categorized patients in the Fushimi AF Registry, a large prospective community-based Japanese cohort of patients with AF, into 3 groups as follows: (1) CrCl <30 ml/min, (2) CrCl 30 to 49 ml/min, and (3) CrCl ≥50 ml/min...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218217/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-watchman-left-atrial-appendage-system-for-stroke-prevention-in-chinese-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-a-single-center-prospective-observational-study
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Wei-Ping Huang, Yong-Hua Zhang, Lei He, Xi Su, Xin-Wei Yang, Zai-Xiong Guo
BACKGROUND: In patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), embolic stroke is thought to be associated with left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi. The WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device has been shown to be noninferior to conventional oral anticoagulation with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with NVAF. This study aimed to evaluate the procedural feasibility, safety and 12-month outcomes of the WATCHMAN LAA Occlusion Device in NVAF patients with high risk for stroke in China...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217222/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-versus-warfarin-for-cardioversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-clinical-practice-a-single-center-experience
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Naoki Shibata, Itsuro Morishima, Kenji Okumura, Yasuhiro Morita, Kensuke Takagi, Ruka Yoshida, Hiroaki Nagai, Toshiro Tomomatsu, Yoshihiro Ikai, Kazushi Terada, Kazuhito Tsuzuki, Hideyuki Tsuboi, Takahito Sone, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Anticoagulation therapy with the vitamin K antagonist (VKA) warfarin has been demonstrated to reduce thromboembolic risk after electrical cardioversion (ECV). However, data concerning ECV with non-VKA oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is limited. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of NOACs in patients undergoing ECV in a real-world clinical practice at a single center in Japan. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data of 406 consecutive patients who underwent ECV for atrial fibrillation (AF) or flutter under anticoagulation with one of the three NOACs (n=149) or with a VKA (n=257)...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215464/patients-with-intracranial-bleeding-and-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-results-from-the-amplatzer-cardiac-plug-registry
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Apostolos Tzikas, Xavier Freixa, Laura Llull, Sameer Gafoor, Samera Shakir, Heyder Omran, George Giannakoulas, Sergio Berti, Gennaro Santoro, Joelle Kefer, Adel Aminian, Steffen Gloekler, Ulf Landmesser, Jens Erik Nielsen-Kudsk, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Fabian Nietlispach, Reda Ibrahim, Horst Sievert, Wolfgang Schillinger, Jai-Wun Park, Bernhard Meier, Haralampos Karvounis
BACKGROUND: In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), intracranial bleeding (ICB) constitutes a very challenging situation in which the rate of both ischemic and hemorrhagic events is increased. In these patients, left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) might represent a very valid alternative. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the procedural safety and long-term outcome of patients undergoing LAAO therapy due to previous ICB. METHODS: Data from the Amplatzer Cardiac Plug multicenter registry on 1047 consecutive patients were analyzed...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215423/chads2-score-predicts-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-elective-pulmonary-lobectomy
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Svetlana Kotova, Mansen Wang, Katie Lothrop, Gary Grunkemeier, Heather E Merry, John R Handy
BACKGROUND: Postoperative atrial fibrillation (PAF) affects 12% to 17% of patients undergoing lobectomy and is associated with increased morbidity. CHADS2 (congestive heart failure history, hypertension history, age ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus history, and stroke or transient ischemic attack symptoms previously) is used to predict stroke risk in patients with existing AF. It also has been shown also to predict new-onset PAF. Our objective was to determine whether CHADS2 can predict PAF in patients undergoing lobectomy...
February 16, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215412/relation-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-to-ischemic-stroke-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Zhiyong Qi, Hua Chen, Zhichao Wen, Fei Yuan, Huanchun Ni, Wen Gao, Jun Shen, Jian Li, Yangyi Lin, Ying Shan, Bo Jin, Pingping Yan, Haiming Shi, Xinping Luo
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been demonstrated as an independent risk factor of ischemic stroke, but the association of LDL-C with ischemic stroke in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) remains uncertain. Our objective was to explore whether LDL-C could refine stroke stratification in patients with AF. A total of 424 nonvalvular patients with AF with ischemic stroke and 391 ones without ischemic stroke were enrolled. No patient had received antithrombotic therapy. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that LDL-C was an independent predictor of ischemic stroke in patients with AF, with the adjusted odds ratio of 2...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215062/left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-for-stroke-prevention-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hasib Hanif, Emilie P Belley-Cote, Abdullah Alotaibi, Nazari Dvirnik, Binod Neupane, Joseph Beyene, John W Eikelboom, David Holmes, Richard P Whitlock
INTRODUCTION: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is one of the leading causes of stroke. Risks associated with oral anticoagulation limit adherence to recommended therapy. Left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion is a treatment alternative in patients with AF. We performed a network meta-analysis (NMA) of randomized trials evaluating the efficacy of LAA occlusion compared with oral anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and placebo for stroke prevention. We also assessed the impact of LAA occlusion on mortality, major bleeding, and operative time...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214287/association-of-warfarin-with-congestive-heart-failure-and-peripheral-artery-occlusive-disease-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Kuo-Hua Lee, Szu-Yuan Li, Jin-Sin Liu, Chi-Ting Huang, Ying-Ying Chen, Yao-Ping Lin, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Der-Cherng Tarng
BACKGROUND: The effect of warfarin on the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease is unknown among chronic hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation (HD-AF). METHODS: Population-based propensity score and prescription time-distribution matched cohort study including 6719 HD-AF patients with CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥ 2 were divided into warfarin users and nonusers and followed-up for CV events and death. RESULTS: Warfarin treatment in HD-AF patients with AF preceding HD was associated with higher risks of developing congestive heart failure [hazard ratio (HR)=1...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
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