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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109525/wire-and-needle-potentials-facilitating-transseptal-puncture
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Konstantin M Heinroth, Thomas Hartkopf, Alexander Plehn, Joachim Wilhelm, Susanne Unverzagt, Stefan Frantz, Alexander Schirdewan
BACKGROUND: Transseptal puncture for left heart interventions became a routine procedure guided by fluoroscopy and echocardiography. The use of intracardiac potentials derived from the sheath-transseptal-needle/guidewire-combination may provide helpful information to increase safety of this procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recorded the intracardiac potentials from the sheath-transseptal-needle/guidewire-combination during the transseptal puncture procedure in 31 consecutive patients (mean age 67...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108547/characterising-the-difference-in-electrophysiological-substrate-and-outcomes-between-heart-failure-and-non-heart-failure-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shouvik K Haldar, David G Jones, Habib Khan, Sandeep Panikker, Julian W E Jarman, Charlie Butcher, Eric Lim, Gareth Wynn, Dhiraj Gupta, Wajid Hussain, Vias Markides, Tom Wong
AIMS: Characterizing the differences in substrate and clinical outcome between heart failure (HF) and non-heart failure (non-HF) patients undergoing persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using complex fractionated electrograms (CFE) as a surrogate marker of substrate complexity, we compared the bi-atrial substrate in patients with persistent AF with and without HF, at baseline and after ablation, to determine its impact on clinical outcome...
January 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108014/electrocardiographic-spatial-loops-indicate-organization-of-atrial-fibrillation-minutes-before-ablation-related-transitions-to-atrial-tachycardia
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Tina Baykaner, Rishi Trikha, Junaid A B Zaman, David E Krummen, Paul J Wang, Sanjiv M Narayan
BACKGROUND: During ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), it is challenging to anticipate transitions to organized tachycardia (AT). Defining indices of this transition may help to understand fibrillatory conduction and help track therapy. OBJECTIVE: To determine the timescale over which atrial fibrillation (AF) organizes en route to atrial tachycardia (AT) using the ECG referenced to intracardiac electrograms. METHODS: In 17 AF patients at ablation (58...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106147/prediction-of-very-late-arrhythmia-recurrence-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-mb-later-clinical-score
#4
Nebojša Mujović, Milan Marinković, Nebojša Marković, Alena Shantsila, Gregory Y H Lip, Tatjana S Potpara
Reliable prediction of very late recurrence of atrial fibrillation (VLRAF) occuring >12 months after catheter ablation (CA) in apparently "cured" patients could optimize long-term follow-up and modify decision-making regarding the discontinuation of oral anticoagulant therapy. In a single-centre cohort of consecutive patients post radiofrequency AFCA, we retrospectively derived a novel score for VLRAF prediction. Of 133 consecutive post AFCA patients (mean age 56.9 ± 11.8 years, 63.9% male, 69.2% with paroxysmal AF) who were arrhythmia-free at 12 months (excluding 3-month "blanking period"), 20 patients expirienced a VLRAF during a 29...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106019/pulmonary-vein-anatomy-and-its-variations-in-a-turkish-atrial-fibrillation-cohort-undergoing-cryoballoon-based-catheter-ablation
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Duygu Koçyiğit, Kadri Murat Gürses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalçın, Gamze Türk, Banu Evranos, Uğur Canpolat, Hikmet Yorgun, Tuncay Hazırolan, Kudret Aytemir
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary vein (PV) anatomy has drawn attention since assumption that atrial fibrillation (AF) may originate from PVs and that electrical isolation of PVs may be beneficial in eliminating these triggers. The present study aims to investigate PV anatomy and its variations in a sample of Turkish patients undergoing PV isolation (PVI) for AF. METHODS: 250 patients underwent multidetector computed tomography before cryoballoon-based PVI for AF. PV and left atrial (LA) anatomy were evaluated in 3-dimensional epicardial reconstructions...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106017/relationship-between-serum-osteopontin-level-and-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation
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Hacı Murat Güneş, Gamze Babur Güler, Ekrem Güler, Gültekin Günhan Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak Yılmaz, Mehmet Onur Omaygenç, Ayşe İstanbullu Tosun, Taylan Akgün, Bilal Boztosun, Fethi Kılıçarslan
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrosis augments recurrence rate following AF catheter ablation. Osteopontin is a multifunctional molecule involved in several pathophysiological pathways, including fibrosis. Presently described is investigation of relationship between serum osteopontin level and AF recurrence after AF cryoablation. METHODS: The study was designed to be prospective and observational; 60 patients with paroxysmal (n=47) and persistent (n=13) AF were included...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104073/af-ablation-guided-by-spatiotemporal-electrogram-dispersion%C3%A2-without-pulmonary-vein-isolation-a-wholly-patient-tailored-approach
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Julien Seitz, Clément Bars, Guillaume Théodore, Sylvain Beurtheret, Nicolas Lellouche, Michel Bremondy, Ange Ferracci, Jacques Faure, Guillaume Penaranda, Masatoshi Yamazaki, Uma Mahesh R Avula, Laurence Curel, Sabrina Siame, Omer Berenfeld, André Pisapia, Jérôme Kalifa
BACKGROUND: The use of intracardiac electrograms to guide atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation has yielded conflicting results. OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated the usefulness of spatiotemporal dispersion, a visually recognizable electric footprint of AF drivers, for the ablation of all forms of AF. METHODS: The authors prospectively enrolled 105 patients admitted for AF ablation. AF was sequentially mapped in both atria with a 20-pole PentaRay catheter...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090681/excess-of-exercise-increases-the-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
A Müssigbrodt, A Weber, J Mandrola, Y van Belle, S Richter, M Döring, A Arya, P Sommer, A Bollmann, G Hindricks
An interesting and still not well-understood example for old medical wisdom "Sola dosis facit venenum" is the increased prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in athletes. Numerous studies have shown a fourfold to eightfold increased risk of AF in athletes compared to the normal population. Analysis of the existing data suggests a dose-dependent effect of exercise. Moderate exercise seems to have a protective effect and decreases the risk of AF, whereas excessive exercise seems to increase the risk of AF. The described cases illustrate clinical manifestations within the spectrum of AF in elderly athletes, that is, exercise-induced AF, vagal AF, chronic AF, and atrial flutter...
January 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090508/laser-applications-in-surgery
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REVIEW
Beina Azadgoli, Regina Y Baker
In modern medicine, lasers are increasingly utilized for treatment of a variety of pathologies as interest in less invasive treatment modalities intensifies. The physics behind lasers allows the same basic principles to be applied to a multitude of tissue types using slight modifications of the system. Multiple laser systems have been studied within each field of medicine. The term "laser" was combined with "surgery," "ablation," "lithotripsy," "cancer treatment," "tumor ablation," "dermatology," "skin rejuvenation," "lipolysis," "cardiology," "atrial fibrillation (AF)," and "epilepsy" during separate searches in the PubMed database...
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089454/the-role-of-adenosine-challenge-in-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Alex J A McLellan, Saurabh Kumar, Catherine Smith, Liang-Han Ling, Sandeep Prabhu, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
AIMS: Adenosine may unmask dormant PV conduction and facilitate consolidation of PV isolation. We performed a meta-analysis to determine the impact of adenosine administration on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing PVI. METHODS: References and electronic databases reporting AF ablation and adenosine following PVI were searched through to 22nd November 2015. The impact of adenosine on freedom from AF was assessed in twenty publications after radiofrequency ablation (RFA), and in four publications after cryoablation to achieve PVI...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088306/ventricular-fibrillation-occurring-after-atrioventricular-node-ablation-despite-minimal-difference-between-pre-and-post-ablation-heart-rates
#11
F Squara, G Theodore, D Scarlatti, E Ferrari
We report the case of an 82-year-old man presenting with ventricular fibrillation (VF) occurring acutely after atrioventricular node (AVN) ablation. This patient had severe valvular cardiomyopathy, chronic atrial fibrillation (AF), and underwent prior to the AVN ablation a biventricular implantable cardiac defibrillator positioning. The VF was successfully cardioverted with one external electrical shock. What makes this presentation original is that the pre-ablation spontaneous heart rate in AF was slow (84 bpm), and that VF occurred after ablation despite a minimal heart rate drop of only 14 bpm...
January 11, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087311/-the-role-of-novel-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Giannis Baltogiannis, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Giulio Conte, Juan Sieira, Giacomo Di Giovanni, Giuseppe Ciconte, Carlo de Asmundis, Yukio Saitoh, Kristel Wauters, Ghazala Irfan, Pedro Brugada
AIM: Peri-procedural thromboembolic (TE) and hemorrhagic events are complications of major concern for patients undergoing cryoballoon (CB) ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). While peri-procedural anticoagulation management could decrease the incidence of these complications, data on CB ablation are scarce. The role of novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) has not been thoroughly tested in this population. METHODS: In the present study, we sought to assess acute peri-procedural complications in patients undergoing CB ablation for AF under different anticoagulation regimens; anticoagulation administration was performed according to the CHA2DS2-VASc score guidelines...
November 16, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078536/new-oral-anticoagulants-compared-to-warfarin-for-perioperative-anticoagulation-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-a-meta-analysis-of-continuous-or-interrupted-new-oral-anticoagulants-during-ablation-compared-to-interrupted-or-continuous
#13
REVIEW
Yue Zhao, Yuan Yang, Xuejiao Tang, Xiang Yu, Lei Zhang, Hua Xiao
BACKGROUND: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been shown to be comparable to warfarin in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). This meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of NOACs for perioperative anticoagulation of AF catheter ablation. METHODS: PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, CNKI, VIP, and SinoMed were searched for articles published up to August 30, 2015. The data were calculated with RevMan 5.2 using a fixed-effects model...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077816/incidence-of-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-early-repolarization-syndrome
#14
Ki Won Hwang, Gi-Byoung Nam, Junhee Han, Yong Giun Kim, Hyung Oh Choi, Jun Kim, Kee-Joon Choi, You-Ho Kim
Atrial tachyarrhythmias (ATAs) occur in a significant proportion of Brugada syndrome (BrS) patients and are often an important cause of inappropriate shocks. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the incidence of ATAs and ATA-induced inappropriate shocks in early repolarization syndrome (ERS) patients as compared to BrS patients.We analyzed data from 20 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with ERS and compared them with patients diagnosed with BrS (n = 31). Clinical and ICD interrogation data were collected and analyzed for all events with ICD shocks...
January 11, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073882/the-role-of-superior-vena-cava-in-catheter-ablation-of-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
#15
Kai Xu, Yuanlong Wang, Shaohui Wu, Li Zhou, Liang Zhao, Weifeng Jiang, Xiaodong Zhang, Xu Liu
AIMS: The superior vena cava (SVC) has been established as an important source of atrial fibrillation (AF). The role of SVC in long-standing persistent AF and the efficacy of empiric electrical isolation of the SVC are still unclear. The purpose of this study was to judge the role of SVC in catheter ablation of long-standing persistent AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 102 consecutive patients with long-standing persistent AF were enrolled. All patients underwent circumferential pulmonary vein isolation, complex fractionated atrial electrograms ablation, and linear ablation during the index procedure...
January 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070875/atrial-fibrillation-inducibility-during-cavotricuspid-isthmus-dependent-atrial-flutter-ablation-as-a-predictor-of-clinical-atrial-fibrillation-a-meta-analysis
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Jorge Romero, Juan Carlos Diaz, Luigi Di Biase, Saurabh Kumar, David Briceno, Usha B Tedrow, Carolina R Valencia, Samuel H Baldinger, Bruce Koplan, Laurence M Epstein, Roy John, Gregory F Michaud, William G Stevenson
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI)-dependent atrial flutter (AFL) are two separate entities that coexist in a significant percentage of patients. We sought to investigate whether AF inducibility during CTI AFL ablation predicted the occurrence of AF at follow-up after successful AFL ablation. METHODS: A systemic review of Medline, Cochrane, and Embase was done for all the clinical studies in which assessment of AF inducibility in patients undergoing ablation for CTI AFL was performed...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069839/incidence-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-cavotricuspid-isthmus-ablation-for-atrial-flutter
#17
Umut Celikyurt, Sven Knecht, Michael Kuehne, Tobias Reichlin, Aline Muehl, Florian Spies, Stefan Osswald, Christian Sticherling
AIMS: In patients with cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation for atrial flutter (AFL), the decision to hold oral anticoagulation (OAC) often becomes an issue. The purpose of this study was to describe the incidence of the development of atrial fibrillation (AF) after CTI ablation in patients with documented AFL with and without a previous history of AF and to identify risk predictors for the occurrence of AF after CTI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 364 consecutive patients undergoing successful CTI ablation...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069837/high-sensitive-cardiac-troponin-t-as-a-novel-predictor-for-recurrence-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation
#18
Koki Nakanishi, Shota Fukuda, Hajime Yamashita, Toshifumi Hasegawa, Michihiko Kosaka, Naoya Shirai, Kenei Shimada, Junichi Yoshikawa, Atsushi Tanaka
AIMS: We aimed to determine whether elevated serum high-sensitive cardiac troponin T (hs-TnT) levels predict atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 125 consecutive patients with AF (paroxysmal, n = 79; persistent, n = 46) who underwent first-time PVI. Serum hs-TnT, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), atrial natriuretic peptide, and plasma B-type natriuretic peptide levels were measured in venous samples collected before PVI...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066862/impact-of-race-on-outcome-of-patients-undergoing-rhythm-control-of-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Asad F Durrani, Siva Soma, Andrew D Althouse, George Leef, Dingxin Qin, Samir Saba
Racial disparities between African American (AA) and White patients have been documented in cardiovascular disease. We investigated whether these disparities exist in patients undergoing rhythm control for atrial fibrillation (AF). 5873 AF patients (241 AA) were followed to the endpoint of death, stroke, or AF recurrence. Invasive procedures for AF rhythm control were examined in both racial groups. Over a mean follow-up time of 40 months, AA patients had a higher adjusted risk of death [HR 1.39, 95% CI 1...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065886/cryoablation-vs-radiofrequency-ablation-for-treatment-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Yi-He Chen, Zhao-Yang Lu, Yin- Xiang, Jian-Wen Hou, Qian Wang, Hui Lin, Yi-Gang Li
AIMS: Cryoablation is a promising alternative technique to RF ablation for treating paroxysmal AF with encouraging results. However, data about the efficacy and safety comparison between cryoablation and RF ablation is still lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: We systematically search the PubMed, the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and Google Scholar databases, and finally identify 16 eligible studies including 7195 patients (2863 for cryoablation; 4332 for RF ablation). Freedom from AF/atrial tachycardial replase is slightly higher in cryoablation than RF ablation during a median 12 months of follow-up, with no statistical significant (RR: 1...
January 8, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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