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Left atrial dilation

S Ipsen, O Blanck, N J Lowther, G P Liney, R Rai, F Bode, J Dunst, A Schweikard, P J Keall
Radiosurgery to the pulmonary vein antrum in the left atrium (LA) has recently been proposed for non-invasive treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Precise real-time target localization during treatment is necessary due to complex respiratory and cardiac motion and high radiation doses. To determine the 3D position of the LA for motion compensation during radiosurgery, a tracking method based on orthogonal real-time MRI planes was developed for AF treatments with an MRI-guided radiotherapy system. Four healthy volunteers underwent cardiac MRI of the LA...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Monish S Raut, Sujay Shad, Arun Maheshwari
Occurrence of left atrial myxoma with severe ventricular dysfunction without any obstructive coronary artery disease, as presented in our case, is very rare. It may be due to undiagnosed concomitant dilated cardiomyopathy or unknown cardiodepressant effect of myxoma which warrants further research.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Ru-Xing Wang, Hon-Chi Lee, Jia-Ping Li, David O Hodge, Yong-Mei Cha, Paul A Friedman, Thomas M Munger, Komandoor Srivathsan, Behzad B Pavri, Win-Kuang Shen
BACKGROUND: Although sudden death (SD) is a rare complication after atrioventricular junction (AVJ) ablation and permanent pacemaker implantation, the risk factors leading to this SD remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate SD and its risk factors after ablate-and-pace strategy for rate control in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients during long-term follow-up. HYPOTHESIS: METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2009, we enrolled into this study 517 AF patients with AVJ ablation and right ventricular pacemaker implantation...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Cardiology
Alban-Elouen Baruteau, Thomas Barnetche, Luc Morin, Zakaria Jalal, Nicholas S Boscamp, Emmanuel Le Bret, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Julie A Vincent, Alain Fraisse, Alejandro J Torres
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter techniques are emerging for left atrial (LA) decompression under venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO). We aimed to assess whether balloon atrioseptostomy (BAS) is a safe and efficient strategy. METHODS: All patients who underwent percutaneous static BAS under VA-ECMO at four tertiary institutions were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: From 2000 to 2014, BAS was performed in 64 patients (32 adults and 32 children)...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Santosh Kumar Sinha, Shalini Garg, Ramesh Thakur, Vinay Krishna, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel, Mahamdula Razi, Umeshwar Pandey, Chandra Mohan Varma
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing of surgery in patients with chronic organic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) continues to be debated, especially for those who are asymptomatic. The aim of the study was to determine independent and additive prognostic value of exercise brain natriuretic peptide (eBNP) in patients with severe asymptomatic MR and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: Two hundred twenty-three consecutive patients with severe MR defined by effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) area ≥ 40 mm(2) and/or residual volume ≥ 60 mL, LVEF > 60%, and normal LV end-systolic diameter < 40 mm underwent symptom limited exercise treadmill test (TMT)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Sotirios Nedios, Emmanuel Koutalas, Philipp Sommer, Arash Arya, Sascha Rolf, Daniela Husser, Andreas Bollmann, Gerhard Hindricks, Ole-Alexander Breithardt
AIMS: The association between anatomical left atrial (LA) remodelling and ventricular diastolic dysfunction (DD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients is not well studied. We aimed to examine the effect of DD on anatomic LA remodelling and their relation with ablation outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 104 patients (58 ± 10 years, 69% male) referred for AF ablation, LA volume (LAV) was determined by computed tomography. A cutting plane, between the pulmonary vein (PV) ostia and the appendage and parallel to the posterior wall, divided LAV into anterior- (LA-A) and posterior-LA parts...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Christophe P Teuwen, Tim I M Korevaar, Rosa L Coolen, Twan van der Wel, Charlotte A Houck, Reinder Evertz, Ameeta Yaksh, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Ad J J C Bogers, Natasja M S de Groot
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasingly observed in patients with congenital heart defects (CHDs) who survive nowadays into adulthood. Yet, predictors of AF are scarce in this high-risk population. This study therefore examined the predictive ability of atrial extrasystole (AES) for development of AF in CHD patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adult CHD patients who had a 24 h Holter registration were followed to determine who developed AF. A total of 573 patients (49% male, mean age 35 ± 12 years) were included; they had a simple/complete repaired CHD (n = 279), complex repaired CHD (n = 251), or univentricular heart (UVH, n = 43)...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
İlkay Erdoğan, Faik Sarıalioğlu
OBJECTIVE: Hemangiomas are tumors most commonly encountered in pediatric patients, and are frequently treated with propranolol. However, there are currently no standard methods for evaluating cardiac function in patients prior to propranolol treatment. The present study was designed to aid in the evaluation of pretreatment cardiac and effects of propranolol on vital signs in pediatric hemangioma patients. METHODS: A pediatric oncology specialist and a pediatric cardiology specialist examined all patients prior to initiation of propranolol treatment...
September 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Inger Njølstad, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Henrik Schirmer, Dag Steinar Thelle
The rapid increase of coronary heart disease mortality in Northern Norway during 1951-1970 was why the newly established University of Tromsø decided to start a study to identify major operating cardiovascular risk factors. The first Tromsø survey in 1974 suggested that the relatively high cardiovascular mortality was associated with elevated cholesterol levels and high prevalence of smoking, while high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) was identified as a preventive factor. After 1974, six more surveys including both genders (aged 20 to 89 years) were undertaken...
September 21, 2016: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Céline Jumeau, Alain Rupin, Pauline Chieng-Yane, Nathalie Mougenot, Noël Zahr, Monique David-Dufilho, Stéphane N Hatem
The present study tested the hypothesis that thrombin participates in formation of left atrial remodeling and that direct oral anticoagulants, such as direct thrombin inhibitors (DTIs), can prevent its progression. In a rat model of heart failure associated with left atrial dilation, we found that chronic treatment with DTIs reduces the atrial remodeling and the duration of atrial fibrillation (AF) episodes induced by burst pacing by inhibiting myocardial hypertrophy and fibrosis. In addition to the prevention of thromboembolism complicating AF, DTIs may be of interest to slow down the progression of the arrhythmogenic substrate...
August 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Martina Chantal de Knegt, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Peter Søgaard, Jacob Sivertsen, Jan Skov Jensen, Rasmus Møgelvang
BACKGROUND: The current method for a non-invasive assessment of diastolic dysfunction is complex with the use of algorithms of many different echocardiographic parameters. Total average diastolic longitudinal displacement (LD), determined by colour tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) via the measurement of LD during early diastole and atrial contraction, can potentially be used as a simple and reliable alternative. METHODS: In 206 patients, using GE Healthcare Vivid E7 and 9 and Echopac BT11 software, we determined both diastolic LD, measured in the septal and lateral walls in the apical 4-chamber view by TDI, and the degree of diastolic dysfunction, based on current guidelines...
2016: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Yukari Kobayashi, Kegan J Moneghetti, Kalyani Boralkar, Myriam Amsallem, Mirela Tuzovic, David Liang, Phillip C Yang, Sanjiv Narayan, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Joseph C Wu, Ingela Schnittger, Francois Haddad
AIMS: Left ventricular (LV) strain provides incremental values to LV ejection fraction (LVEF) in predicting outcome. We sought to investigate if similar relationship is observed between left atrial (LA) emptying fraction and LA strain. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we selected 50 healthy subjects, 50 patients with dilated, 50 hypertrophic, and 50 infiltrative (light-chain (AL) amyloidosis) cardiomyopathy (CMP). Echocardiographic measures included LVEF and LA emptying fraction as well as LV and LA longitudinal strain (LVLS and LALS)...
September 16, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Barbara Ziffels, Johanna Ospel, Katja Grün, Dario Neri, Alexander Pfeil, Michael Fritzenwanger, Hans R Figulla, Christian Jung, Alexander Berndt, Marcus Franz
Background and Aims. Fibronectin containing the extra domain A (ED-A(+) Fn) was proven to serve as a valuable biomarker for cardiac remodeling. The study was aimed at establishing an ELISA to determine ED-A(+) Fn in serum of heart failure patients. Methods. ED-A(+) Fn was quantified in serum samples from 114 heart failure patients due to ischemic (ICM, n = 44) and dilated (DCM, n = 39) cardiomyopathy as well as hypertensive heart disease (HHD, n = 31) compared to healthy controls (n = 12). Results. In comparison to healthy volunteers, heart failure patients showed significantly increased levels of ED-A(+) Fn (p < 0...
2016: Disease Markers
Rohan S Wijesurendra, Alexander Liu, Christian Eichhorn, Rina Ariga, Eylem Levelt, William T Clarke, Christopher T Rodgers, Theodoros D Karamitsos, Yaver Bashir, Matthew Ginks, Kim Rajappan, Tim Betts, Vanessa M Ferreira, Stefan Neubauer, Barbara Casadei
BACKGROUND: Lone atrial fibrillation (AF) may reflect a subclinical cardiomyopathy that persists after sinus rhythm (SR) restoration, providing a substrate for AF recurrence. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the effect of restoring SR by catheter ablation on left ventricular (LV) function and energetics in patients with AF but no significant comorbidities. METHODS: Fifty-three patients with symptomatic paroxysmal or persistent AF and without significant valvular disease, uncontrolled hypertension, coronary artery disease, uncontrolled thyroid disease, systemic inflammatory disease, diabetes mellitus, or obstructive sleep apnea (ie, lone AF) undergoing ablation and 25 matched control subjects in SR were investigated...
October 11, 2016: Circulation
Jane Jackie David, Smilu Mohanlal, Punam Sankhe, Radha Ghildiyal
We report a 2.5-year-old girl who presented with hoarseness of voice since 3 months of age and failure to thrive. Chest X-ray showed cardiomegaly with a deviation of the trachea and mediastinum to the right side. Two-dimensional echocardiography showed decreased flow across the right pulmonary artery, a small atrial septal defect (ASD) with a right-to-left shunt, and a dilated right atrium and right ventricle with severe tricuspid regurgitation suggestive of severe pulmonary hypertension. A silent large patent ductus arteriosus was also seen...
September 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Michael R Pinsky
The primary role of the right ventricle (RV) is to deliver all the blood it receives per beat into the pulmonary circulation without causing right atrial pressure to rise. To the extent that it also does not impede left ventricular (LV) filling, cardiac output responsiveness to increased metabolic demand is optimized. Since cardiac output is a function of metabolic demand of the body, during stress and exercise states the flow to the RV can vary widely. Also, instantaneous venous return varies widely for a constant cardiac output as ventilatory efforts alter the dynamic pressure gradient for venous return...
September 10, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Julia Mascherbauer, Ekkehard Grünig, Michael Halank, Wolfgang Hohenforst-Schmidt, Andreas A Kammerlander, Ingrid Pretsch, Regina Steringer-Mascherbauer, Silvia Ulrich, Irene M Lang, Manfred Wargenau, Reiner Frey, Diana Bonderman
BACKGROUND: The presence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) severely aggravates the clinical course of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) resulting in substantial morbidity and mortality. So far, neither established heart failure therapies nor pulmonary vasodilators have proven to be effective for this condition. Riociguat (Adempas®, BAY 63-2521), a stimulator of soluble guanylate cyclase, is a novel pulmonary and systemic vasodilator that has been approved for the treatment of precapillary forms of PH...
September 2, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Meaghan M Mackesy, Brian T Kalish, Wayne Tworetzky, Stephen Sanders, Alyaa Al-Ibraheemi, Louise Wilkins-Haug, James Lock, Audrey Marshall, Carol B Benson
Fetuses with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and intact atrial septum are a particular subset of HLHS neonates with high perinatal mortality. The reported mortality in these patients is 50% to 70%, even with prenatal diagnosis. Prenatal left atrial and pulmonary venous hypertension results in abnormal pulmonary vascular and parenchymal development. The goal of this study was to compare the sonographic appearance of the lungs in fetuses with HLHS/intact atrial septum to neonatal outcome and/or pathology in cases where in utero intervention was performed to open the atrial septum...
August 29, 2016: Ultrasound Quarterly
Marcelino Cortés, María Reyes Oliva, Miguel Orejas, Miguel Angel Navas, Rosa María Rábago, Maria Esther Martínez, Mikel Taibo, Julia Palfy, Manuel Rey, Jerónimo Farré
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Current diagnostic criteria for left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) may result in over-diagnosis of the disease. We evaluate the role of speckle imaging in differential diagnosis of LVNC. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included all patients who, between January 2012 and May 2015, fulfilled currently accepted criteria for LVNC (28 patients). A control group of 28 healthy individuals and a third group of 13 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) were created...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Rine Bakkestrøm, Mads J Andersen, Mads Ersbøll, John Bro-Jeppesen, Finn Gustafsson, Lars Køber, Christian Hassager, Jacob E Møller
BACKGROUND: Dilatation of left atrium (LA) reflects chronic LA pressure or volume overload that possesses considerable prognostic information. Little is known regarding the interaction between LA remodeling after acute myocardial infarction (MI) and left atrial pressure at rest and during exercise. The objective was to assess changes in LA volume early after MI in patients with diastolic dysfunction and the relation to invasive hemodynamics and natriuretic peptides. METHODS: 62 patients with left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF)≥45%, diastolic E/e'>8 and LA volume index >34ml/m(2) within 48h of MI were enrolled...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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