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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
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Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527865/mechanism-of-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-study-using-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Kazato Ito, Yukio Abe, Yosuke Takahashi, Yoshihisa Shimada, Hitoshi Fukumoto, Yoshiki Matsumura, Takahiko Naruko, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama, Junichi Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) despite having preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function. This MR is known as atrial functional MR. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of atrial functional MR using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). METHODS: Sixty patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 3DTEE: 16 patients with AF and significant non-organic MR and preserved LV ejection fraction (>50%) constituted the AF-MR group, 20 patients with AF and no significant MR formed the AF-NSMR group, and 24 normal subjects comprised the control group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515825/late-presentation-of-aortic-aneurysm-and-dissection-following-cardiac-catheterization
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Abimbola Shofu, G Mustafa Awan, Bassam Omar, Ghazanfar Qureshi
We report a 63-year-old female with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and prior pacemaker insertion for atrial fibrillation with symptomatic bradycardia, who was admitted with substernal chest pressure and diaphoresis. Her electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with demand ventricular pacing and her cardiac biomarkers were negative for acute coronary syndrome. Echocardiogram revealed normal left ventricular systolic function and normal aortic root diameter. Coronary angiography revealed 60-70% obtuse marginal lesion, otherwise mild disease...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507060/alogliptin-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-alleviates-atrial-remodeling-and-improves-mitochondrial-function-and-biogenesis-in-diabetic-rabbits
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Xiaowei Zhang, Zhiwei Zhang, Yungang Zhao, Ning Jiang, Jiuchun Qiu, Yajuan Yang, Jian Li, Xue Liang, Xinghua Wang, Gary Tse, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence implicating atrial mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. In this study, we explored whether alogliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, can prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and atrial remodeling in a diabetic rabbit model. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 90 rabbits were randomized into 3 groups as follows: control group (n=30), alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus group (n=30), and alogliptin-treated (12...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501825/maternal-bradycardia-occurring-prior-to-onset-of-hellp-syndrome-in-a-woman-with-pre-eclampsia
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Ami Hosokawa, Takeshi Umazume, Takahiro Yamada, Hisanori Minakami
A 36-year-old nulliparous woman developed pre-eclampsia at gestational week (GW) 28(-6/7) Cardiac status was checked regularly. Heart rate of 93 beats per minute (bpm) with left atrial diameter (LAD) of 35 mm, left ventricular hypertrophy and inferior vena cava diameter (IVCD) of 8 mm at GW 32(-0/7) decreased to 48 bpm with an expanded IVCD to 25 mm, dilated left atrium (LAD to 39 mm), increased pulmonary arterial pressure, increased systemic vascular resistance (approximate 3000  dyn s/cm(5)) and biphasic intrarenal venous flow pattern 3...
May 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500252/transcriptome-profiling-reveals-novel-bmi-and-sex-specific-gene-expression-signature-for-human-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Mackenzie S Newman, Tina Nguyen, Michael J Watson, Robert Hull, Han-Gang Yu
BACKGROUND: How obesity or sex may affect the gene expression profiles of human cardiac hypertrophy is unknown. We hypothesized that body-mass index (BMI) and sex can affect gene expression profiles of cardiac hypertrophy. RESULTS: Human heart tissues were grouped according to sex (male, female), BMI (lean<25 kg/m(2), obese>30 kg/m(2)), or left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and non-LVH non-failed controls (NF). We identified 24 DE genes comparing female to male samples...
May 12, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497441/-cryptogenic-stroke-in-a-young-patient-with-heart-disease-and-kidney-failure
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B Oyanguren, R Segoviano, E Alegria, E Besada, M Gonzalez-Salaices, M Eimil-Ortiz, C Lopez de Silanes
INTRODUCTION: Fabry's disease is an infrequent metabolic pathology linked to the X chromosome which causes a wide variety of signs and symptoms. CASE REPORT: A 39-year-old male who was admitted to our stroke unit with right-side hemiparesis (1 + 0) and dysarthria (1). The score on the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale was 2. The patient presented angiokeratomas in both thighs. A computerised axial tomography scan of the head showed left thalamic acute infarction...
May 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496927/e-ea-for-the-prediction-of-left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-severe-mitral-stenosis
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Atoosheh Rohani, Hoorak Poorzand, Mohammad R Arefifar
Atrial fibrillation (AF), left atrial appendage thrombi (LAAT) and subsequent embolic stroke are the most frequent complications of mitral stenosis .E/Ea is used traditionally for the assessment of left atrium pressure, and besides AF and dilated LA size which promotes stasis of blood in LA, high LA pressure also play a role to clot formation in LA .The receiver operator characteristics (ROC) curve point-coordinates identified an E:e' value of ≥ 36.5to have 57.14% sensitivity and 90.91% specificity for LAAT;We find this ratio relatively specific for prediction of LAAT, independent of MVA and LA volume, however it needs to be externally validated...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496031/atrial-septostomy-for-left-atrial-decompression-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-by-inoue-balloon-catheter
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Yen-Nien Lin, Yin-Huei Chen, Huang-Joe Wang, Jui-Sung Hung, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Ping-Han Lo
BACKGROUND: Refractory pulmonary edema is an infrequent but serious complication in patients receiving venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) for myocardial failure. Left atrial (LA) decompression in this setting is important. Although a few methods have been reported, the experience is mostly limited to children. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of Inoue balloon catheter in percutaneous trans-septal LA decompression in adult cardiogenic patients.Methods and Results:We retrospectively analyzed 16 procedures of trans-septal LA decompression by Inoue balloon catheter in 15 VA-ECMO patients (aged 22-65 years, 6 men) with refractory pulmonary edema from May 2012 to December 2014...
May 11, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491158/an-unusual-cause-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-young-active-duty-soldier
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Rafik BenAbda, Anne Gunn, Eric Roberge, Ting-Wei Yang
Coronary artery fistula (CAF) is an abnormality in which the coronary artery has an anomalous connection with a venous structure such as the coronary sinus or atrium. CAF is usually congenital, but may be acquired. The prevalence in the general population is low with many asymptomatic and discovered incidentally. When symptomatic, CAF may present with dyspnea, decreasing functional capacity, and/or arrhythmia. We report a case of a young otherwise healthy active duty male with progressive symptoms of dizziness and exertional fatigue with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469854/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava-in-atrial-septal-defect-sinus-venosus-type-diagnosis-with-saline-contrast-echocardiography-a-case-series
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Purwati Pole Rio, Hasanah Mumpuni, Dyah Wulan Anggrahini, Lucia Kris Dinarti
Persistent Left Superior Vena Cava (PLSVC) should be suspected if we find dilatation of coronary sinus. Sophisticated imaging is not always available in each health care provider. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) with agitated saline injections through the left and right antecubital veins provides a simple, and inexpensive, but effective study for a rapid bedside diagnosis of PSLVC.
May 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465968/lower-body-weight-in-men-an-epidemiological-predictor-of-enlarged-left-atrium-in-sinus-rhythm-patients-with-dilated-heart
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Aurora Bakalli, Ljubica Georgievska-Ismail, Nebi Musliu, Dardan Koçinaj
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The source of thrombi in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy is not necessarily from the dilated left ventricle. Left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) might be in charge for relatively high rate of systemic embolizations in these patients. The main aim of our study was to identify epidemiological predictors in sinus rhythm patients with dilated heart for LA and LAA dilation and/or dysfunction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective cross-sectional study conducted from 2009 to 2014 in 101 sinus rhythm patients with dilated heart...
July 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461799/phasic-compression-of-left-circumflex-coronary-artery-during-atrial-systole
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Edward Samuel Roberto, Ajay Agarwal
Phasic coronary artery compression is typically associated with spasm or myocardial bridging. Compression caused by acquired anatomic changes to the surrounding heart chambers has been reported only infrequently. We present a possibly unique case of phasic compression of the proximal left circumflex coronary artery during atrial contraction in association with a dilated left atrium. A 55-year-old man with multiple cardiac risk factors presented with worsening exertional dyspnea. An electrocardiogram and echocardiogram revealed marked left atrial dilation and a left ventricular ejection fraction of 0...
April 2017: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431056/long-term-outcome-of-transvenous-pacemaker-implantation-in-infants-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Laura M Vos, Janneke A E Kammeraad, Matthias W Freund, Andreas C Blank, Johannes M P J Breur
Aim: Evaluation of long-term outcome of transvenous pacemaker (PM) implantation in infants. Methods and Results: A retrospective analysis of all transvenous PM implantations in infants <10 kg between September 1997 and October 2001 was made. Indications for PM implantation, age at implantation, and determinants of long-term outcome including cardiac function, PM function, and PM (system) complications were noted. Seven patients underwent transvenous VVI(R) PM implantation...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427903/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-hypermethylation-in-human-left-atrium-and-treatment-with-decitabine-reduces-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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R Doñate Puertas, E Meugnier, C Romestaing, C Rey, E Morel, J Lachuer, N Gadot, A Scridon, C Julien, F Tronc, B Chapuis, C Valla, A Janin, L Pirola, A Méjat, S Rome, P Chevalier
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathology are largely unknown, this cardiac arrhythmia remains difficult to treat. To identify specific molecular actors involved in AF, we have performed a transcriptomic analysis on left atrium (LA) from patients with valvular heart disease with or without AF. We showed that 1627 genes had altered basal expression level in LA tissue of AF patients compared with the control group. The significantly enriched gene ontology biological process "anatomical structure morphogenesis" contained the highest number of genes in line with changes in structure that occur when the human heart remodels following AF development (ie, LA dilatation and interstitial fibrosis)...
March 30, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423725/preoperative-assessment-of-mitral-valve-abnormalities-in-left-atrial-myxoma-patients-using-cardiac-ct
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Jing Chen, Zhi-Gang Yang, En-Sen Ma, Qin Zhang, Xi Liu, Ying-Kun Guo
BACKGROUND: To retrospectively evaluate mitral valve abnormality in left atrial myxoma patients by using cardiac computed tomography (CT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cardiac CT was performed in 56 patients with left atrial myxoma and 50 controls. Tumor and mitral valve characteristics were analyzed. The mitral valve parameters differences were compared between patients with myxoma and controls, myxoma with or without mitral valve obstruction, different obstruction degrees, respectively...
March 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416972/crucial-role-of-pulmonary-vein-firing-as-an-initiator-of-typical-atrial-flutter-evidence-of-a-close-relationship-between-atrial-fibrillation-and-typical-atrial-flutter
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Takashi Kaneshiro, Kentaro Yoshida, Yukio Sekiguchi, Hiroshi Tada, Kenji Kuroki, Keisuke Kuga, Yoshiyuki Kamiyama, Hitoshi Suzuki, Yasuchika Takeishi, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Several studies reported that cavotricuspid isthmus-dependent atrial flutter (typical AFL) frequently coexists with atrial fibrillation (AF); however, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully investigated. This study aimed to reveal the mechanisms of the initiation of typical AFL and the association between typical AFL and AF. METHODS: Among 154 consecutive patients undergoing a first catheter ablation of AF, we investigated the appearance and mechanism of spontaneous initiation of typical AFL during catheter ablation...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413114/left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-relate-to-easily-accessible-clinical-parameters-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-transcatheter-ablation-a-multicenter-study
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Matteo Anselmino, Lucia Garberoglio, Sebastiano Gili, Emanuele Bertaglia, Giuseppe Stabile, Raffaella Marazzi, Sakis Themistoclakis, Franceso Solimene, Simone Frea, Walter Grosso Marra, Mara Morello, Marco Scaglione, Roberto De Ponti, Fiorenzo Gaita
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is routinely performed before atrial fibrillation (AF) transcatheter ablation to exclude the presence of left atrial (LA) or LA appendage (LAA) thrombi. The aim of the study is to evaluate if easily accessible clinical parameters may relate to the presence of LA or LAA thrombi to identify patients who could potentially avoid TEE. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between January 2012 and September 2014, data from 1539 consecutive patients undergoing TEE, as a work-up before AF transcatheter ablation, in six large volume centers were collected...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410946/right-atrial-dysfunction-in-the-fetus-with-severely-regurgitant-tricuspid-valve-disease-a-potential-source-of-cardiovascular-compromise
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Lisa W Howley, Nee Scze Khoo, Anita J Moon-Grady, Sonali S Patel, Fayeza Alrais, Wayne Tworetzky, Timothy Colen, Paul Brooks, Jean Trines, Tiina Ojala, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: In severe right heart obstruction (RHO), redistribution of cardiac output to the left ventricle (LV) is well tolerated by the fetal circulation. Although the same should be true of severely regurgitant tricuspid valve disease (rTVD) with reduced or no output from the right ventricle, affected fetuses more frequently develop hydrops or suffer intrauterine demise. We hypothesized that right atrium (RA) function is altered in rTVD but not in RHO, which could contribute to differences in outcomes...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398556/prognosis-associated-with-redo-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-following-complete-device-and-lead-extraction-due-to-device-related-infection
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Martin Seifert, Viviane Moeller, Anita Arya, Thomas Schau, Frank Hoelschermann, Christian Butter
Aims: An increase in the number of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device implantations worldwide has led to a consequent increase in the number of infections associated with the device, making extraction of the CRT device inevitable. Redo CRT implantation after treatment and recovery following device extraction is challenging. This study aimed to evaluate the success rate, complications, and long-term prognosis of redo CRT implantation, including the rates of subclavian, cava, and coronary sinus (CS) vein thrombosis as well as re-infection...
April 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
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