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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/28727202/influence-of-the-left-atrial-contact-areas-on-fixed-low-voltage-zones-during-atrial-fibrillation-and-sinus-rhythm-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Shiro Nakahara, Yuichi Hori, Naoki Nishiyama, Yasuo Okumura, Reiko Fukuda, Sayuki Kobayashi, Takaaki Komatsu, Yoshihiko Sakai, Isao Taguchi
BACKGROUND: Atrial low-voltage zones (LVZ) are suggested as important factors for maintaining persistent atrial fibrillation (PsAF). The relationship between LVZs and left atrial (LA) contact areas (CoAs) is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether CoA regions were involved in atrial substrate properties maintaining PsAF. METHODS: A total of 50 patients with PsAF (36 long-lasting) were analyzed. Three representative CoA detection areas (ascending aorta-anterior-LA, descending aorta-left pulmonary vein antrum, and vertebrae-posterior-LA) were registered on the mapping geometry...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725325/left-atrial-appendage-volume-and-plasma-docosahexaenoic-acid-levels-are-associated-with-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-after-catheter-ablation
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Tomoyuki Shiozawa, Kazunori Shimada, Gaku Sekita, Hidemori Hayashi, Haruna Tabuchi, Seiji Miura, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Shohei Ouchi, Tatsuro Aikawa, Hamad Al Shahi, Shuhei Takahashi, Tetsuro Miyazaki, Masataka Sumiyoshi, Yuji Nakazato, Hiroyuki Daida
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence in patients who have undergone AF catheter ablation have not been fully clarified. The objective of this study was to assess whether the left atrium (LA) and LA appendage (LAA) volumes, and cardio-metabolic markers such as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) levels were associated with AF recurrence. METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients with AF (mean age, 59 ± 8 years; male, 81%; paroxysmal AF, 64%) undergoing catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724315/persistent-atrial-fibrillation-vs-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-differences-in-management
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Andrei D Margulescu, Lluis Mont Girbau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common human arrhythmia. AF is a progressive disease, initially being nonsustained and induced by trigger activity, and progressing towards persistent AF through alteration of the atrial myocardial substrate. Treatment of AF aims to decrease the risk of stroke and improve the quality of life, by preventing recurrences (rhythm control) or controlling the heart rate during AF (rate control). In the last 20 years, catheter-based and, less frequently, surgical and hybrid ablation techniques have proven more successful compared with drug therapy in achieving rhythm control in patients with AF...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723304/the-quest-for-durable-lesions-in-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-technological-advances-in-radiofrequency-catheters-and-balloon-devices
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Tilman Maurer, Karl-Heinz Kuck
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and represents a growing clinical, social and economic challenge. Catheter ablation for symptomatic atrial fibrillation has evolved from an experimental procedure into a widespread therapy and offers a safe and effective treatment option. A prerequisite for durable PVI are transmural and contiguous circumferential lesions around the pulmonary veins. However, electrical reconnection of initially isolated pulmonary veins remains a primary concern and is a dominant factor for arrhythmia recurrence during long-term follow up...
July 19, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722339/structured-pain-management-reduces-patient-discomfort-after-catheter-ablation-and-rhythm-device-surgery
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M Dörschner, A Bollmann, B Dinov, S Richter, M Döring, A Arya, A Müssigbrodt, S Kircher, N Dagres, P Sommer, G Hindricks, K Bode
BACKGROUND: The goal was to test the effectiveness of a structured pain management programme after invasive electrophysiological interventions in cardiology including ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) or ventricular tachycardia (VT) and implantation, or explantation, of pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators. METHODS: This was a prospective study with a pre-/post-design where a post-intervention group (116 consecutive patients) was compared to a pre-intervention group (102 consecutive patients) after implementation of a structured pain-management programme using the numeric rating scale (NRS 0-10) and classified as moderate-to-severe if NRS > 3...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719150/can-principles-of-the-surface-potential-be-combined-with-knowledge-of-natural-products-to-reduce-atrial-rhythm-disturbances
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EDITORIAL
H Ni, K Narsingani, H Zhang, W R Giles
Long lasting or chronic electrophysiological abnormalities in human atria are significant contributors to morbidity during healthy aging. Although both paroxysmal (brief) and chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) were considered to be benign; the notable association between maintained AF and stroke has resulted in AF now being a target for surgical intervention (ablation) and/or drug therapy. An interesting, forward looking paper from the Elinder Group(1) in this issue of Acta Physiologica reveals novel pharmacological agents and principles that could be the basis for more effective antiarrhythmic therapies for AF...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718039/a%C3%A2-decade-of-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-shifts-in-patient-characteristics-and-procedural-outcomes
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C Teunissen, N Clappers, R J Hassink, J F van der Heijden, F H Wittkampf, P Loh
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) has evolved into a frequently performed procedure. The aim of this study was to monitor changes in patient characteristics, procedural characteristics, outcomes and complications over the past 10 years. METHODS: All consecutive patients who underwent primary RFCA treatment of AF in the University Medical Center Utrecht from 2005-2015 were included. In all patients, the primary ablation strategy was pulmonary vein (PV) antrum isolation without additional substrate modification...
July 17, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715667/spectral-and-spatiotemporal-variability-ecg-parameters-linked-to-catheter-ablation-outcome-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Antonio R Hidalgo-Muñoz, Decebal G Latcu, Marianna Meo, Olivier Meste, Irina Popescu, Nadir Saoudi, Vicente Zarzoso
With the increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF), there is a strong clinical interest in determining whether a patient suffering from persistent AF will benefit from catheter ablation (CA) therapy at long term. This work presents several regression models based on noninvasive measures automatically computed from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) such as AF dominant frequency (DF), spectral concentration and spatiotemporal variability (STV). Sixty-two AF patients referred to CA were enrolled in this study...
July 4, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715071/the-influence-of-ablation-power-reduction-associated-with-esophagus-location-on-pulmonary-veins-isolation-results-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-six-month-follow-up
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Piotr Buchta, Krzysztof Myrda, Michał Skrzypek, Adam Wojtaszczyk, Barbara Budzyn, Mariusz Gąsior
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) could be associated with a thermal esophageal (EO) injury. To avoid this complication intraluminal esophageal temperature monitoring and ablation power reduction at the areas with excessive heating could be used. However, the reduced energy could limit the ablation lesion depth, without creation of consist transmural scar and influence on long-term ablation results. AIM: The primary goal was to evaluate the homogeneity of forced ablation power reduction due to excessive EO heating in different parts of left atrium...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713823/intracardiac-hemostasis-and-fibrinolysis-parameters-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Noémi Klára Tóth, Zoltán Csanádi, Orsolya Hajas, Alexandra Kiss, Edina Nagy-Baló, Kitti Bernadett Kovács, Ferenc Sarkady, László Muszbek, Zsuzsanna Bereczky, László Csiba, Zsuzsa Bagoly
AIMS: To identify intracardiac hemostasis or fibrinolysis abnormalities, which are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) and increase the risk of thromboembolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient group consisted of 24 patients with AF and control group included 14 individuals with other supraventricular tachycardia undergoing transcatheter radiofrequency ablation. Blood samples were drawn from the femoral vein (FV), left atrium (LA), and left atrial appendage (LAA) before the ablation procedure...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712558/catheter-ablation-of-accessory-pathway-14-year-trends-in-utilization-and-complications-in-adults-in-the-united-states
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Jalaj Garg, Neeraj Shah, Parasuram Krishnamoorthy, Kathan Mehta, Babak Bozorgnia, Noel G Boyle, Ronald Freudenberger, Andrea Natale
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the temporal trends in utilization of catheter ablation of accessory pathways in the United States. METHODS: All patients from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) ≥18years of age with a primary diagnosis of anomalous atrioventricular excitation syndrome (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] code 426.7) were included in the study. Patients who underwent catheter ablation were identified using ICD-9-CM procedure code 37...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712522/comparison-of-the-origin-and-coupling-interval-between-ectopy-with-and-without-atrial-fibrillation-initiation
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Takashi Kanda, Masaharu Masuda, Masashi Fujita, Osamu Iida, Shin Okamoto, Takayuki Ishihara, Kiyonori Nanto, Akihiro Sunaga, Takuya Tsujimura, Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takuya Ohashi, Masaaki Uematsu
BACKGROUND: Differentiation of atrial fibrillation (AF) trigger ectopy from other ectopy is often difficult. The purpose of this study was to compare the origin and coupling intervals (CI) between AF-trigger and non-AF-trigger ectopy. METHODS: This study consisted of 120 patients with AF who underwent an initial ablation. Isoproterenol was infused up to 20μg/min to provoke ectopy and AF. We measured the CI of all ectopy provoked by an isoproterenol infusion. The %CI was calculated as the CI of the ectopy/P-P interval of the preceding 2 beats...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709762/prevalence-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-population-assessed-by-continuous-24-hour-monitoring
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João Primo, Helena Gonçalves, Ana Macedo, Paula Russo, Telma Monteiro, João Guimarães, Ovídio Costa
INTRODUCTION: A trial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia in clinical practice and a major cause of morbidity, due to the associated risk of stroke. However, since it is often paroxysmal, it is commonly underdiagnosed and undertreated. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this prospective study was to determine the prevalence of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) in patients aged 40 and above in a population who underwent continuous 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring...
July 11, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707848/frontiers-in-non-invasive-cardiac-mapping-future-implications-for-arrhythmia-treatment
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Antonio Frontera, Ghassen Cheniti, Claire A Martin, Masateru Takigawa, Josselin Duchateau, Stephane Puyo, Ruairidh Martin, Nathaniel Thompson, Takeshi Kitamura, Konstantinos Vlachos, Michael Wolf, Nora Al-Jefairi, Gregoire Massouille, Thomas Pambrun, Arnaud Denis, Frederic Sacher, Nicolas Derval, Remis Dubois, Pierre Jaïs, Meleze Hocini, Michel Haissaguerre
Electrocardiographic mapping (ECM) is a non invasive technique using body surface potentials and CT geometry to reconstruct epicardial maps. ECM is emerging as an important tool not only for diagnostic mapping, but also as a guide for trans-catheter ablation of complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation. It provides the clinician with an immediate global view of the substrate, allowing easier pre-procedural planning, potential improving clinical outcomes. Panoramic mapping of ventricular fibrillation (VF) is helping to develop a better understanding of its physiology, with future implications for the identification of therapeutic targets in patients with structural heart disease, as well as in idiopathic VF...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706589/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-facilitated-by-preprocedural-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-long-term-outcome
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Klaus Kettering, Felix Gramley, Stephan von Bardeleben
AIM: To evaluate the long-term outcome of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) facilitated by preprocedural three-dimensional (3-D) transesophageal echocardiography. METHODS: In 50 patients, 3D transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE) was performed immediately prior to an ablation procedure (paroxysmal AF: 30 patients, persistent AF: 20 patients). The images were available throughout the ablation procedure. Two different ablation strategies were used. In most of the patients with paroxysmal AF, the cryoablation technique was used (Arctic Front Balloon, CryoCath Technologies/Medtronic; group A2)...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706585/atrial-tachyarrhythmia-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Arsha Karbassi, Krishnakumar Nair, Louise Harris, Rachel M Wald, S Lucy Roche
The adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) population continues to grow and most cardiologists, emergency room physicians and family doctors will intermittently come into contact with these patients. Oftentimes this may be in the setting of a presentation with atrial tachyarrhythmia; one of the commonest late complications of ACHD and problem with potentially serious implications. Providing appropriate initial care and ongoing management of atrial tachyarrhythmia in ACHD patients requires a degree of specialist knowledge and an awareness of certain key issues...
June 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703873/cryoballoon-ablation-in-chinese-patients-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-1-year-follow-up
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Tian-You Ling, Qi Jin, Wen-Qi Pan, Ning Zhang, Chang-Jian Lin, Hon-Chi Lee, Li-Qun Wu
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the effectiveness and safety of cryoballoon ablation (CBA) in the Chinese population with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) with a 1-year follow-up and determined the association of early recurrence of atrial tachyarrhythmias (ERAT) with late recurrence (LR). METHODS: A total of 114 patients (age 61±10 years, 78 males) with paroxysmal AF who underwent CBA were consecutively enrolled. After procedures, patients were observed for 3 d with continuous ECG monitoring in the hospital with routine follow-up visits at 3-month, 6-month, and 1-year...
July 13, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699770/sex-differences-in-health-status-and-rehabilitation-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-treated-with-ablation-results-from-the-copenheartrfa-trial
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Mette Kirstine Wagner, Ann-Dorthe Olsen Zwisler, Signe Stelling Risom, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Anne Vinggaard Christensen, Selina Kikkenborg Berg
BACKGROUND: Increased physical capacity after comprehensive rehabilitation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) undergoing ablation has been found in the CopenHeartRFA trial. The purpose of this study was to investigate: (a) sex differences in health status, psychological distress and quality of life, (b) sex differences in rehabilitation outcomes and (c) predictors of effect of rehabilitation. METHODS: We conducted an exploratory analysis of data from the randomized CopenHeartRFA trial, where patients treated with ablation were randomized with 1:1 to comprehensive rehabilitation consisting of a physical exercise program and psycho-educational consultations versus usual care...
July 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698895/using-anatomical-landmark-to-avoid-phrenic-nerve-injury-during-balloon-based-procedures-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Nicolina M Smith, Larry Segars, Travis Kauffman, Anthony B Olinger
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an arrhythmia which affects as many as 2.7 million Americans. AF should be treated, because it can lead to a four-to-fivefold increased risk of experiencing a stroke. The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for the treatment of drug refractory and symptomatic paroxysmal AF denote catheter ablation as the standard of care. The newest ablation treatment, cryoballoon, uses a cold balloon tip. The biggest risk factor associated with the cryoballoon ablation is phrenic nerve injury (PNI)...
July 11, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
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