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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546529/the-safety-of-electrical-cardioversion-under-the-control-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AF) requires adequate oral anticoagulation (OAC) prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    Assessment of risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of DCC under transesophageal echocardiography control (TEE) in patients with inadequate anticoagulation. PATIENTS AND METHODS    From the cohort of 316 patients admitted for DCC, 139 (age 63...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545542/recognition-and-treatment-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-an-important-component-of-chronic-disease-management
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Peter C Farrell, Glenn Richards
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a highly prevalent condition, and is associated with many debilitating chronic diseases. The role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in arterial hypertension has been recognized in international guidelines. Treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is associated with clinically-relevant reductions in blood pressure. In heart failure (HF), SDB is associated with worse prognosis and increased mortality. Major HF guidelines recommend that patients should be treated for sleep apnea to improve their HF status...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516504/prognostic-potential-of-midregional-pro-adrenomedullin-following-decompensation-for-systolic-heart-failure-comparison-with-cardiac-natriuretic-peptides
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Caroline Morbach, Almuth Marx, Mathias Kaspar, Gülmisal Güder, Susanne Brenner, Carolin Feldmann, Stefan Störk, Jörn O Vollert, Georg Ertl, Christiane E Angermann
AIMS: Whereas guidelines recommend the routine use of natriuretic peptides (NPs) in heart failure (HF) care, the clinical relevance and prognostic potential of midregional pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM) is less well established. We aimed to compare the prognostic potential of MR-proADM after acute decompensation for systolic HF with that of N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and midregional pro-atrial NP (MR-proANP), to investigate the significance of high/rising MR-proADM, and to evaluate the incremental prognostic yield of repeat measurements...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511781/correlation-of-right-atrial-enlargement-on-ecg-to-right-atrial-volume-by-echocardiography-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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John D Allison, Francisco Yuri Macedo, Ihab Rafic Hamzeh, Yochai Birnbaum
Previous attempts to validate ECG criteria for right atrial (RA) enlargement (RAE) have been limited by sample sizes and lack of accepted standards for measuring RA size. New guidelines have recommended that RA volume (RAV) be used to determine RA size. Since these guidelines were released, no studies have been published that correlate RAE by ECG to RAV using the new standards. We aimed to validate previously proposed ECG criteria for RAE, commonly called P pulmonale, and to establish whether a correlation exists between P wave amplitudes and RAV as determined by echocardiogram in patients from the pulmonary hypertension (PHT) clinic...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511557/impact-of-a-perioperative-prophylaxis-guideline-on-post-cardiothoracic-surgery-atrial-fibrillation
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Rosanna Li, C Michael White, Jola Mehmeti, Spencer T Martin, Laura C Hobbs
BACKGROUND: National practice guidelines do not provide clear recommendations on combination pharmacological regimens to reduce cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). OBJECTIVE: This study examines if there is a reduction in POAF rates after implementing a perioperative prophylaxis guideline that includes amiodarone, β-blockers, and high-intensity statins. METHODS: Data were retrospectively collected on 400 adults (200 patients pre-guideline implementation and 200 patients post-guideline implementation) with a CHA2DS2-VASc (Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Age, Diabetes Mellitus, and Vascular Disease) score of at least 3 points after CTS...
May 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509773/perioperative-management-of-antithrombotic-therapies
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Timur Yurttas, Patrick M Wanner, Miodrag Filipovic
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Perioperative coagulation management is becoming increasingly frequent in the daily routine of the anesthesiologist and with the plethora of new substances on the market also increasingly complex. The perioperative setting poses unique challenges requiring an individualized evaluation and management of antithrombotic therapy. This review shall summarize the newest developments in this domain. RECENT FINDINGS: New data in patients with atrial fibrillation have led to a paradigm change in the perioperative management of antithrombotics...
May 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509703/pathway-for-the-management-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-atrial-flutter
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Eyal Herzog, Edgar Argulian, Steven B Levy, Emad F Aziz
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac rhythm disturbance encountered in clinical practice, and its prevalence is increasing as the population ages. The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the European Society of Cardiology established guidelines for the management of patients with AF. Atrial flutter (Afl) is less common and is often associated with or preceded by AF or occurs in an isolated pattern. A major limitation of the currently published guidelines for the management of patients with AF and Afl is their complexity, the fact that official guidelines are published separately for each of these arrhythmias, and that they were published several years ago...
June 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506981/contemporary-trends-in-oral-anticoagulant-prescription-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-at-low-to-moderate-risk-of-stroke-after-guideline-recommended-change-in-use-of-the-chads2-to-the-cha2ds2-vasc-score-for-thromboembolic-risk-assessment-analysis-from-the-national
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David F Katz, Thomas M Maddox, Mintu Turakhia, Anil Gehi, Emily C O'Brien, Steven A Lubitz, Alexander Turchin, Gheorghe Doros, Lanyu Lei, Paul Varosy, Lucas Marzec, Jonathan C Hsu
BACKGROUND: Use of the CHA2DS2-VASc score instead of the CHADS2 score for thromboembolic risk stratification and initiation of oral anticoagulation (OAC) was recommended in the 2014 American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society atrial fibrillation (AF) guidelines. We sought to define the proportion of patients with AF qualifying for and receiving OAC in contemporary practice by applying the CHA2DS2-VASc score to patients with a low CHADS2 score. METHODS AND RESULTS: Among patients with AF enrolled in the American College of Cardiology National Cardiovascular Data Registry's outpatient Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence registry (2008-2014) CHADS2 score of 0 or 1, we calculated the impact of adoption of the CHA2DS2-VASc score on the proportion of patients with an indication for OAC...
May 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506476/adherence-to-lipid-management-guidelines-is-associated-with-lower-mortality-and-major-adverse-limb-events-in-patients-undergoing-revascularization-for-chronic-limb-threatening-ischemia
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Thomas F X O'Donnell, Sarah E Deery, Jeremy D Darling, Katie E Shean, Murray A Mittleman, Gabrielle N Yee, Matthew R Dernbach, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association lipid management guidelines recommend high-intensity statins for all patients ≤75 years old with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) and moderate-intensity statins for CLTI patients >75 years old without contraindications or on dialysis, but these recommendations are based primarily on coronary and stroke data. We aimed to validate these guidelines in patients with CLTI and to assess current adherence to these recommendations...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502187/impaired-ventilatory-efficiency-after-closure-of-atrial-or-ventricular-septal-defect
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Johan Heiberg, Camilla Nyboe, Vibeke E Hjortdal
OBJECTIVES: Atrial and ventricular septal defects are the most common congenital heart defects and the closing procedures share important similarities. Generally, the postoperative outcome is considered benign, but there is growing concern regarding late ventilatory function. Therefore, the aim of this review was to describe the ventilatory function in patients with open as well as percutaneously or surgically closed atrial and ventricular septal defects. METHODS: We performed a search protocol based on the "Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses" (PRISMA) guidelines...
May 13, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500480/-pulmonary-vein-isolation-for-atrial-fibrillation-findings-from-long-term-follow-up
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C-H Heeger, K-H Kuck, F Ouyang
Atrial fibrillation is by far the most common cardiac arrhythmia in humans. The incidence of atrial fibrillation increases with age and will increase even more in the future due to the demographic changes in the population. Therefore, this arrhythmia will have a growing clinical and socioeconomic impact. Although there are established pharmaceutical treatment options, atrial fibrillation is one of the major causes of stroke, heart failure and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The latest guidelines recommend the invasive procedure of circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) as an effective treatment of paroxysmal and persistent atrial fibrillation...
May 12, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483832/screening-for-atrial-fibrillation-a-report-of-the-af-screen-international-collaboration
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Ben Freedman, John Camm, Hugh Calkins, Jeffrey S Healey, Mårten Rosenqvist, Jiguang Wang, Christine M Albert, Craig S Anderson, Sotiris Antoniou, Emelia J Benjamin, Giuseppe Boriani, Johannes Brachmann, Axel Brandes, Tze-Fan Chao, David Conen, Johan Engdahl, Laurent Fauchier, David A Fitzmaurice, Leif Friberg, Bernard J Gersh, David J Gladstone, Taya V Glotzer, Kylie Gwynne, Graeme J Hankey, Joseph Harbison, Graham S Hillis, Mellanie T Hills, Hooman Kamel, Paulus Kirchhof, Peter R Kowey, Derk Krieger, Vivian W Y Lee, Lars-Åke Levin, Gregory Y H Lip, Trudie Lobban, Nicole Lowres, Georges H Mairesse, Carlos Martinez, Lis Neubeck, Jessica Orchard, Jonathan P Piccini, Katrina Poppe, Tatjana S Potpara, Helmut Puererfellner, Michiel Rienstra, Roopinder K Sandhu, Renate B Schnabel, Chung-Wah Siu, Steven Steinhubl, Jesper H Svendsen, Emma Svennberg, Sakis Themistoclakis, Robert G Tieleman, Mintu P Turakhia, Arnljot Tveit, Steven B Uittenbogaart, Isabelle C Van Gelder, Atul Verma, Rolf Wachter, Bryan P Yan
Approximately 10% of ischemic strokes are associated with atrial fibrillation (AF) first diagnosed at the time of stroke. Detecting asymptomatic AF would provide an opportunity to prevent these strokes by instituting appropriate anticoagulation. The AF-SCREEN international collaboration was formed in September 2015 to promote discussion and research about AF screening as a strategy to reduce stroke and death and to provide advocacy for implementation of country-specific AF screening programs. During 2016, 60 expert members of AF-SCREEN, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health economists, and patient advocates, were invited to prepare sections of a draft document...
May 9, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476519/the-underutilisation-of-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-in-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Malcolm Anastasius, Jerrett K Lau, Karice Hyun, Mario D'Souza, Anushka Patel, Jamie Rankin, Darren Walters, Craig Juergens, Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, Andrew T Yan, Shaun G Goodman, Derek Chew, David Brieger
BACKGROUND: Despite guideline recommendation of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in treating ACS, DAPT is underutilized. Our objective was to determine independent predictors of DAPT non-prescription in ACS and describe pattern of DAPT prescription over time. METHODS: Patients presenting to 41 Australian hospitals with an ACS diagnosis between 2009 and 2016 were stratified according to discharge prescription with DAPT and single antiplatelet therapy (SAPT) or no antiplatelet therapy...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475278/anticoagulation-bridge-therapy-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-recent-updates-providing-a-rebalance-of-risk-and-benefit
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Candice L Garwood, Bianca Korkis, Domenico Grande, Claudia Hanni, Amy Morin, Lynette R Moser
In 2011, we provided a review of clinical updates and controversies surrounding anticoagulation bridge therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation. Since then, options for oral anticoagulation have expanded with the addition of four direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) agents available in the United States. Nonetheless, vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy continues to be the treatment of choice for patients who are poor candidates for a DOAC and for whom bridge therapy remains a therapeutic dilemma. However, bridge therapy for patients taking a VKA remains a therapeutic dilemma...
May 5, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472091/patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-outcomes-of-cerebral-infarction-in-those-with-treatment-of-warfarin-versus-no-warfarin-with-references-to-cha2ds2-vasc-score-age-and-sex-a-swedish-nationwide-observational-study-with-48-433-patients
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Tommy Andersson, Anders Magnuson, Ing-Liss Bryngelsson, Ole Frøbert, Karin M Henriksson, Nils Edvardsson, Dritan Poçi
AIMS: There is controversy in the guidelines as to whether patients with atrial fibrillation and a low risk of stroke should be treated with anticoagulation, especially those with a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 point. METHODS: In a retrospective, nationwide cohort study, we used the Swedish National Patient Registry, the National Prescribed Drugs Registry, the Swedish Registry of Education and the Population and Housing Census Registry. 48 433 patients were identified between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2008 with incident atrial fibrillation who were divided in age categories, sex and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 0, 1, 2 and ≥3 and they were included in a time-varying analysis of warfarin treatment versus no treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469574/simvastatin-promotes-cardiac-myocyte-relaxation-in-association-with-phosphorylation-of-troponin-i
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David A MacDougall, Sara D Pugh, Harpreet S Bassi, Sabine Lotteau, Karen E Porter, Sarah Calaghan
The number of people taking statins is set to increase across the globe due to recent changes in prescription guidelines. For example, half the US population over 40 is now eligible for these drugs, whether they have high serum cholesterol or not. With such development in policy comes a stronger need for understanding statins' myriad of effects. Surprisingly little is known about possible direct actions of statins on cardiac myocytes, although claims of a direct myocardial toxicity have been made. Here, we determine the impact of simvastatin administration (40 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks in normocholesterolemic rats on cardiac myocyte contractile function and identify an underlying mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464979/how-do-family-medicine-residents-choose-an-anticoagulation-regimen-for-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Payam Yazdan-Ashoori, Zardasht Oqab, William F McIntyre, Kieran L Quinn, Erik van Oosten, Wilma M Hopman, Adrian Baranchuk
Aim To examine the choices Canadian family medicine residents make for oral anticoagulation (OAC) for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). BACKGROUND: AF increases the risk of strokes. An important consideration in AF management is risk stratification for stroke and prescription of appropriate OAC. Family physicians provide the vast majority of OAC prescriptions. METHODS: We administered a survey to residents in multiple Canadian family medicine training programmes...
May 3, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461140/laa-occluder-device-for-stroke-prevention-data-on-watchman-and-other-laa-occluders
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REVIEW
Martin W Bergmann
NOAC therapy has become the standard for stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Yet some patients suffer extracranial bleeding events or have other reasons to seek non-pharmacologic stroke protection. LAA occlusion with the WATCHMAN device has been proven safe and effective for such patients and is now recommended in current guidelines for this patient group; other devices also seek approval.
March 24, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455320/cha2ds2-vasc-score-congestive-heart-failure-hypertension-age-%C3%A2-75-doubled-diabetes-mellitus-prior-stroke-or-transient-ischemic-attack-doubled-vascular-disease-age-65-74-female-for-stroke-in-asian-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-korean-nationwide-sample
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Tae-Hoon Kim, Pil-Sung Yang, Jae-Sun Uhm, Jong-Youn Kim, Hui-Nam Pak, Moon-Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung, Gregory Y H Lip
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The CHA2DS2-VASc stroke score (congestive heart failure, hypertension, age ≥75 (doubled), diabetes mellitus, prior stroke or transient ischemic attack (doubled), vascular disease, age 65-74, female) is used in most guidelines for risk stratification in atrial fibrillation (AF), but most data for this score have been derived in Western populations. Ethnic differences in stroke risk may be present. Our objective was to investigate risk factors for stroke in AF and application of the CHA2DS2-VASc score in an Asian AF population from Korea...
April 28, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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