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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631077/noninvasive-evaluation-of-reverse-atrial-remodeling-after-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-p-wave-dispersion
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Yuhi Fujimoto, Kenji Yodogawa, Kenta Takahashi, Ippei Tsuboi, Hiroshi Hayashi, Shunsuke Uetake, Yu-Ki Iwasaki, Meiso Hayashi, Yasushi Miyauchi, Wataru Shimizu
Atrial fibrillation (AF) itself creates structural and electrophysiological changes such as atrial enlargement, shortening of refractory period and decrease in conduction velocity, called "atrial remodeling", promoting its persistence. Although the remodeling process is considered to be reversible, it has not been elucidated in detail. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of P wave dispersion in the assessment of reverse atrial remodeling following catheter ablation of AF. Consecutive 126 patients (88 males, age 63...
June 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616550/is-hatch-score-a-reliable-predictor-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-cavotricuspid-isthmus-ablation-for-typical-atrial-flutter
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Javier García-Seara, Francisco Gude Sampedro, Jose L Martínez Sande, Xesus Alberte Fernández López, Moisés Rodríguez Mañero, Laila González Melchor, Belén Alvarez Alvarez, Diego Iglesias Alvarez, José Ramón González Juanatey
OBJECTIVE: We determined the effectiveness of the HATCH score in patients with typical atrial flutter (AFl) undergoing cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation to predict long-term atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: We conducted an observational retrospective single-center cohort study including all patients admitted to our hospital for a CTI ablation between 1998 and 2010. The patients were divided into four categories: 1) new-onset AF (no prior AF and AF during follow-up (FU)); 2) old AF (prior AF and no AF during FU); 3) prior and post AF (AF prior and post CTI ablation); and 4) no AF...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612341/cardiomyocyte-marker-expression-in-dogs-with-left-atrial-enlargement-due-to-dilated-cardiomyopathy-or-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease
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Izabela Janus, Malgorzata Kandefer-Gola, Rafal Ciaputa, Agnieszka Noszczyk-Nowak, Urszula Paslawska, Massimiliano Tursi, Marcin Nowak
INTRODUCTION: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) are common heart conditions in dogs. They have different etiology and pathogenesis and although other studies focused on changes in the left ventricles of the affected hearts, the aim of our study was to assess the expressions of some intrinsic proteins in the enlarged left atria. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed an immunohistochemical analysis of left atrial specimens obtained from 15 dogs with DCM, 35 dogs with MMVD and six control dogs...
June 14, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612230/right-atrial-diameter-and-outcome-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Song -Nan Wen, Nian Liu, Rong Bai, Ri-Bo Tang, Rong-Hui Yu, De-Yong Long, Cai-Hua Sang, Chen-Xi Jiang, Song-Nan Li, Jia-Hui Wu, Yan-Fei Ruan, Rong Hu, Xin Du, Xiao-Hui Liu, Jian-Zeng Dong, Chang-Sheng Ma
PURPOSE: While AF is considered more like a left atrial (LA) disease, to what extent the right atrium contributes to the pathogenesis and ablation outcome of AF remains unclear. This study aimed to identify if right atrial diameter (RAD) could predict arrhythmia recurrence after catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Four hundred and seventy patients with drug-resistant AF [paroxysmal AF (PAF) 196; non-PAF 274] who underwent primary catheter ablation were enrolled...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597765/poor-survival-in-patients-with-scleroderma-and-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Khalil I Bourji, Benjamin W Kelemen, Stephen C Mathai, Rachel L Damico, Todd M Kolb, Valentina Mercurio, Franco Cozzi, Ryan J Tedford, Paul M Hassoun
Pulmonary hypertension due to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (PH-HFpEF) has been poorly studied in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We sought to compare clinical characteristics and survival of SSc patients with PH-HFpEF (SSc-PH-HFpEF) versus pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH). We hypothesized that patients with SSc-PH-HFpEF have a similar poor overall prognosis compared with patients with SSc-PAH when matched for total right ventricular load. The analysis included 117 patients with SSc-PH (93 with SSc-PAH versus 24 with SSc-PH-HFpEF) enrolled prospectively in the Johns Hopkins PH Registry...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573446/echocardiographic-assessment-in-patients-with-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
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Katarzyna Życińska, Anna Borowiec, Tadeusz M Zielonka, Tomasz Rusinowicz, Małgorzata Hadzik-Błaszczyk, Magda Cieplak, Kazimierz A Wardyn
Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is one of the most common forms of systemic vasculitis, which usually involves the upper and lower respiratory tract, but it may affect also multiple organs. The aim of the study was an echocardiographic evaluation of cardiac involvement in GPA patients during remission. Eighty eight patients with GPA were evaluated in the study. The control group consisted of 40 age and sex-matched patients without a previous history of cardiovascular disease. We found that there were no differences between GPA and control groups regarding left atrial enlargement and interventricular septal hypertrophy...
June 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571189/evaluation-of-ecg-abnormalities-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Sahil Gupta, Rajeev Kumar Gupta, Malini Kulshrestha, Rajib Ratna Chaudhary
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is the most common chronic disease. DM is considered a Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk equivalent. Its macrovascular complications are associated with two-fold increased risk of premature atherosclerotic CVD. Most of the diabetics with cardiovascular involvement are asymptomatic. Electro Cardio Graph (ECG) abnormalities are found to be predictors of silent ischaemia in asymptomatic persons. An abnormal ECG response is associated with statistically significant high risk for cardiac mortality and morbidity...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566474/mitral-valve-repair-for-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease-surgical-approach-patient-selection-and-long-term-outcomes
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Gonçalo F Coutinho, Manuel J Antunes
Mitral valve repair (MVRepair) has become the procedure of choice to correct severe degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR), due to its documented superiority to valve replacement regarding long-term survival, freedom from valve-related adverse events and preservation of left ventricular (LV) function. The refinement of MVRepair techniques has rendered almost all valves (more than 95%) amenable to repair with a 15-year freedom from reoperation of 90%. The concept of 'centres of excellence for MVRepair' has emerged, encouraging referring doctors to select the most experienced institutions or individual surgeons to deal with the most complex cases, based on repair volume, appropriate peri-procedural imaging and data regarding expected outcomes (repair, mortality and durability of repair)...
May 31, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566199/determinants-of-left-atrial-volume-index-in-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-a-multicentre-pilot-study
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Dan Rusinaru, Yohann Bohbot, Erwan Salaun, Erwan Donal, Anne-Claire Calsata, Elena Galli, Cécile Lavoute, Maxime Fournet, Catherine Szymanski, Christophe Leclercq, Gilbert Habib, Christophe Tribouilloy
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) enlargement is frequent in patients with aortic stenosis (AS), yet its determinants and prognostic implications are poorly understood. AIMS: To identify the echocardiographic variables associated with increased LA volume index (LAVI), and test the prognostic value of LAVI in AS. METHODS: We prospectively included 715 patients with AS in sinus rhythm at enrolment. Echocardiography was performed at baseline. Median follow-up was 22...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560753/big-thrombus-sitting-in-an-atrial-septal-aneurysm
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Julián Vega Adauy, Luigi Gabrielli, Samuel Córdova, Rodrigo Saavedra, Paul McNab
A 79 year-old-man presented three episodes of upper gastrointestinal bleeding and weight loss. Endoscopy revealed bleeding and extrinsic compression at the pyloric region. Computed tomography scan showed a pancreatic tumor, peritoneal carcinomatosis, vascular infiltration, and incidentally found a partially calcified hypodense lesion of 35 mm in the left atrium, suggesting a myxoma or a thrombus. Echocardiography revealed moderate left atrium enlargement, dilated left atrial appendage with spontaneous echo contrast, moderate dilatation and dysfunction of the left ventricle, ejection fraction was 39%, and an atrial septal aneurysm in which a piriform, mass of 35×33×25 mm, was "sitting," suggesting an organized thrombus...
May 30, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535775/factors-influencing-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-undergoing-on-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-single-center-experience
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Mohamed F Ismail, Ahmed F El-Mahrouk, Tamer H Hamouda, Hanan Radwan, Ali Haneef, Ahmed A Jamjoom
BACKGROUND: The reported incidence of AF after CABG surgery varies from 20 to 40%, with the arrhythmia usually occurring between second and fourth postoperative days. Postoperative AF after CABG was associated with greater in-hospital mortality and worse survival at long-term follow-up. Therefore, intensive attention has focused on the prevention of AF in high-risk patients. Many perioperative factors have been suggested to increase the incidence of postoperative AF after conventional CABG...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534025/atrial-fibrillation-dynamics-and-ionic-block-effects-in-six-heterogeneous-human-3d-virtual-atria-with-distinct-repolarization-dynamics
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Carlos Sánchez, Alfonso Bueno-Orovio, Esther Pueyo, Blanca Rodríguez
Atrial fibrillation (AF) usually manifests as reentrant circuits propagating through the whole atria creating chaotic activation patterns. Little is yet known about how differences in electrophysiological and ionic properties between patients modulate reentrant patterns in AF. The goal of this study is to quantify how variability in action potential duration (APD) at different stages of repolarization determines AF dynamics and their modulation by ionic block using a set of virtual whole-atria human models...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523471/quantification-of-left-atrial-volume-and-phasic-function-using-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-of-biplane-area-length-method-and-simpson-s-method
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Laura Kristin Wandelt, Johannes Tammo Kowallick, Andreas Schuster, Rolf Wachter, Thomas Stümpfig, Christina Unterberg-Buchwald, Michael Steinmetz, Christian Oliver Ritter, Joachim Lotz, Wieland Staab
Left atrial (LA) enlargement and dysfunction are markers of chronic diastolic dysfunction and an important predictor of adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular outcomes. Accordingly, accurate quantification of left atrial volume (LAV) and function is needed. In routine clinical cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging the biplane area-length method (Bi-ALM) is frequently applied due to time-saving image acquisition and analysis. However, given the varying anatomy of the LA we hypothesized that the diagnostic accuracy of the Bi-ALM is not sufficient and that results would be different from a precise volumetric assessment of transversal multi-slice cine images using Simpson's method...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523323/discovery-of-a-new-mutation-in-the-desmin-gene-in-a-young-patient-with-cardiomyopathy-and-muscular-weakness
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Ruxandra Oana JurcuŢ, Alexandra Eugenia Bastian, Sebastian Militaru, Aura Popa, Emilia Manole, Bogdan Alexandru Popescu, Jonna Tallila, Bogdan Ovidiu Popescu, Carmen Doina Ginghină
A 25-year-old woman with a five years history of syncope, mild left ventricular hypertrophy and moderately enlarged atria, was diagnosed with third degree atrioventricular heart block alternating with atrioventricular heart block 2:1, and received a dual chamber pacemaker. After three years of evolution, she developed atrial fibrillation, marked biatrial enlargement, severely depressed longitudinal myocardial velocities, associated with mild girdle weakness and slight increase in creatine kinase level. The diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy with mild skeletal myopathy imposed the screening for a common etiology...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523319/amyloidosis-a-rare-cause-of-refractory-heart-failure-in-a-young-female
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Irina Iuliana Costache, Claudia Florida Costea, Mihai Danciu, Victor Vlad Costan, Viviana Aursulesei, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Anca Sava
Cardiac amyloidosis may occur in any type of systemic amyloidosis. The clinical picture is often characterized by restrictive cardiomyopathy. We report the case of a 41-year-old female patient admitted to the Department of Cardiology with clinical signs of right heart failure: congested jugular veins, hepatomegaly, peripheral edema, ascites associated with atrial fibrillation, low values of arterial blood pressure and oliguria. Echocardiographic findings were helpful for the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis: enlarged atrial cavities, normal size ventricles, thickened ventricular septum and posterior left ventricle wall with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral and tricuspid regurgitation...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523236/left-atrial-size-and-risk-of-recurrent-ischemic-stroke-in-a-chinese-population
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Jie Xue, Yuanshao Lin, Wensi Huang, Xiaoli Chen, Qian Li, Zhengyi Cai, Wanli Zhang, Yuansheng Ye, Bei Shao
BACKGROUND: Although a number of studies have reported the role of an increased left atrial (LA) size on stroke, limited data are collected about the relationship between LA enlargement and recurrent ischemic stroke in the Chinese population. Our aim was to assess the association of LA size with the risk of stroke recurrence, particularly with recurrent cardioembolic or cryptogenic stroke in ischemic stroke patients. METHODS: The study recruited 313 consecutive patients with acute first-ever ischemic stroke...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514878/anticoagulant-cessation-following-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-limits-of-the-ecg-guided-approach
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Matteo Anselmino, Chiara Rovera, Giovanni Marchetto, Federico Ferraris, Davide Castagno, Fiorenzo Gaita
Long-term cessation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) following successful catheter or surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is debated. Usually, in the presence of sinus rhythm at serial ECG recordings, the CHADS2, CHA2DS2VASc, and HAS-BLED scores are adopted to guide decision regarding OAC management. Areas covered: The safety of OAC cessation in patients without recurrent AF but with historically elevated risk for thromboembolism remains largely unknown. Taking the cue from two clinical cases, we provide an updated summary of the latest evidence regarding how to manage OAC after a successful atrial fibrillation ablation...
June 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511801/intergenerational-differences-in-the-effects-of-transcatheter-closure-of-atrial-septal-defects-on-cardiac-function
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Hideki Tashiro, Kenji Suda, Motofumi Iemura, Youzou Teramachi
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding intergenerational differences in the effects of atrial sepal defect (ASD) closure on the left heart. We therefore analyzed age-related serial changes in the left heart following ASD closure. METHODS: We studied 50 patients with an isolated ASD who underwent successful transcatheter closure using Amplatzer septal occluders (St. Jude Medical, Little Canada, MN, USA) between June 2007 and June 2013. Patients were divided into three age groups: young patients aged ≤17 years; middle-aged patients aged 18-50 years; and older patients aged >50 years...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506612/identification-of-pulmonary-hypertension-caused-by-left-heart-disease-world-health-organization-group-2-based-on-cardiac-chamber-volumes-derived-from-chest-ct
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Galit Aviram, Zach Rozenbaum, Tomer Ziv-Baran, Shlomo Berliner, Yan Topilsky, Dominik Fleischmann, Yon K Sung, Roham T Zamanian, Haiwei Henry Guo
BACKGROUND: Evaluations of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) commonly include chest computed tomography (CT). We hypothesized that cardiac chamber volumes calculated from the same CT scans can yield additional information to distinguish left heart disease-related PH (WHO Group 2) from other PH subtypes. METHODS: Patients with right heart catheterization (RHC)-confirmed PH and contrast-enhanced chest CT studies were enrolled in this retrospective multicenter study...
May 12, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482812/very-early-recurrence-predicts-long-term-outcome-in-patients-after-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-a-prospective-study
#20
Yangjing Xue, Xiaoning Wang, Saroj Thapa, Luping Wang, Jiaoni Wang, Zhiqiang Xu, Shaoze Wu, Luyuan Tao, Guoqiang Wang, Lu Qian, Lianming Liao, Baohua Liu, Kangting Ji
BACKGROUND: Long-term recurrence (LR) is a tendency that re-occurs within 3 months after catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF). Whether very early recurrence (VER) within 7 days of post ablation is a prognostic factor of LR or not is unclear. For this reason, present study sought to examine the relationship between VER and LR. METHODS: In this prospective analysis 378 consecutive patients underwent an initial catheter ablation for paroxysmal or persistent AF...
May 8, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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