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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229483/venous-hemodialysis-catheters-and-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices-avoiding-a-high-risk-combination
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EDITORIAL
Theodore F Saad, Henry L Weiner
End-stage renal disease is frequently accompanied by cardiac comorbidity that warrants treatment with a cardiovascular implantable electronic device (permanent pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator). In the United States, chronic hemodialysis (HD) population, cardiac implantable devices are present in up to 10.5% of patients; a venous HD catheter is utilized for blood access in 18% of prevalent patients. The concomitant presence of a venous HD catheter and cardiovascular implantable device creates a high-risk circumstance, with potential for causing symptomatic central venous stenosis, and for developing complicated endovascular infection...
February 23, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220232/targeted-temperature-management-after-intraoperative-cardiac-arrest-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Anne-Laure Constant, Nicolas Mongardon, Quentin Morelot, Nicolas Pichon, David Grimaldi, Lauriane Bordenave, Alexis Soummer, Bertrand Sauneuf, Sybille Merceron, Sylvie Ricome, Benoit Misset, Cedric Bruel, David Schnell, Julie Boisramé-Helms, Etienne Dubuisson, Jennifer Brunet, Sigismond Lasocki, Pierrick Cronier, Belaid Bouhemad, Serge Carreira, Emmanuelle Begot, Benoit Vandenbunder, Gilles Dhonneur, Philippe Jullien, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Claire Montlahuc, Stephane Legriel
PURPOSE: Few outcome data are available about temperature management after intraoperative cardiac arrest (IOCA). We describe targeted temperature management (TTM) (32-34 °C) modalities, adverse events, and association with 1-year functional outcome in patients with IOCA. METHODS: Patients admitted to 11 ICUs after IOCA in 2008-2013 were studied retrospectively. The main outcome measure was 1-year functional outcome. RESULTS: Of the 101 patients [35 women and 66 men; median age, 62 years (interquartile range, 42-72)], 68 (67...
February 20, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215570/the-cardiac-electrophysiology-of-patients-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Michael Manogue, David S Hirsh, Michael Lloyd
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a clinical syndrome encountered frequently in trauma centers and is accompanied by both acute and chronic heart rhythm abnormalities. The injury is characterized by sympathetic nervous system (SNS) impairment with preservation of parasympathetic output via the vagus nerve. Severe bradycardia in the form of life-threatening sinus arrest or complete heart block may be observed in the acute recovery phase. Therapy for arrhythmias in the acute phase includes atropine, intravenous chronotropes, methylxanthines for prevention of episodic bradycardia, and pacemaker implantation in severe cases...
February 12, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209460/pharmacologic-cardioversion-with-intravenous-amiodarone-is-likely-safe-in-neurocritically-ill-patients
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Michael Su, David Seki, Asma M Moheet
Neurological injury is often associated with cardiac abnormalities, including electrophysiological issues. Cardioversion of acute atrial fibrillation (<48h' duration) without anticoagulation carries about a 0.7% risk of thromboembolism. There is limited data on managing acute atrial fibrillation specifically in the neuroscience intensive care unit (NSICU) setting. We sought to determine the safety of using intravenous (IV) amiodarone for restoring sinus rhythm in patients with presumed new onset atrial or ventricular tachycardia after neurological injury...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183572/cervical-sympathetic-blockade-for-the-management-of-electrical-storm
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Rehan Ali, Jeffrey Ciccone, Victor Tseng
A 75-year-old man presented with dizziness and fatigue secondary to ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias. He underwent an elective ablation but continued to suffer from ventricular tachycardia with cardiovascular instability despite antiarrhythmic therapy with multiple agents. The patient continued to develop episodes of ventricular tachycardia and an episode of ventricular fibrillation. Electrical storm encompasses a situation of cardiac instability which may present as several episodes of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in a short period...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169950/update-about-atrial-fibrillation-genetics
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Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Oscar Campuzano, Ramon Brugada
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Atrial fibrillation is an important cause of morbidity in the aging population. The mechanisms responsible for the triggering and maintenance of the chaotic atrial rhythm are still poorly understood. In this review, we will focus on the genetic aspects of atrial fibrillation, to understand causality, with special emphasis on recent studies published in the field. RECENT FINDINGS: Diseases such as hypertension, valvular heart disease, and heart failure may induce atrial fibrillation, which increases the risk of stroke and sudden cardiac death...
February 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154101/cardioembolic-stroke
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Hooman Kamel, Jeff S Healey
Cardiac embolism accounts for an increasing proportion of ischemic strokes and might multiply several-fold during the next decades. However, research points to several potential strategies to stem this expected rise in cardioembolic stroke. First, although one-third of strokes are of unclear cause, it is increasingly accepted that many of these cryptogenic strokes arise from a distant embolism rather than in situ cerebrovascular disease, leading to the recent formulation of embolic stroke of undetermined source as a distinct target for investigation...
February 3, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150290/a-review-of-the-utility-of-a-hypothermia-protocol-in-cardiac-arrests-due-to-non-shockable-rhythms
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Brin Freund, Peter W Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic hypothermia and targeted temperature management are considered standard of care in the management of patients following out-of-hospital cardiac arrests due to shockable rhythms to improve neurological outcomes. In those presenting out-of-hospital cardiac arrests associated with non-shockable rhythms, the benefit of hypothermia is less clear. In this review we try to clarify the utility of implementing a hypothermia protocol after cardiac arrests due to non-shockable rhythms...
February 2, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139304/development-and-implementation-of-a-comprehensive-multidisciplinary-emergency-department-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-program
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Joseph E Tonna, Craig H Selzman, Michael P Mallin, Brigham R Smith, Scott T Youngquist, Antigoni Koliopoulou, Frederick Welt, Kathleen Diane Stoddard, Ram Nirula, Richard Barton, James Franklin Fair, James C Fang, Stephen McKellar
Despite advances in the medical and surgical management of cardiovascular disease, greater than 350,000 patients experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States annually, with only a 12% neurologically favorable survival rate. Of these patients, 23% have an initial shockable rhythm of ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT), a marker of high probability of acute coronary ischemia (80%) as the precipitating factor. However, few patients (22%) will experience return of spontaneous circulation and sufficient hemodynamic stability to undergo cardiac catheterization and revascularization...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115807/functional-remodeling-of-both-atria-is-associated-with-occurrence-of-stroke-in-patients-with-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Hsuan-Ming Tsao, Wei-Chih Hu, Ping-Huang Tsai, Chao-Lin Lee, Hsueh-Han Wang, Shih-Lin Chang, Tze-Fan Chao, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: It is critical to recognize high risk patients who are prone to develop stroke in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF). The purpose of this study was to identify the determinants of AF related stroke by assessing the anatomical and functional remodeling of cardiac chambers. METHODS: We compared the cardiac structure and function of 28 consecutive patients with paroxysmal and persistent AF-related stroke with 69 patients with AF and 21 controls without stroke using contrast-enhanced 64-slice multi-detector computed tomography during sinus rhythm...
January 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111177/characteristics-and-survival-determinants-in-patients-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-the-era-of-24-7-coronary-intervention-facilities
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Josef Kroupa, Jiri Knot, Jaroslav Ulman, Frantisek Bednar, Alena Dohnalova, Zuzana Motovska
BACKGROUND: Survival rates and outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remain low despite investments of time and money. The goal of this analysis was to identify variables related to survival of patients transferred to our coronary care unit (CCU) after an OHCA. METHODS: 102 consecutive OHCA patients, mean age 64.6 (SD 13.3), 70.6% men, between January, 2011 and December, 2013, who were transferred to our tertiary care CCU, were studied. RESULTS: Cardiac-cause OHCA was present in 84 patients (82...
December 24, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109998/impact-of-mean-arterial-pressure-on-clinical-outcomes-in-comatose-survivors-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-insights-from-the-university-of-ottawa-heart-institute-regional-cardiac-arrest-registry-capital-care
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Juan J Russo, Tyler E James, Benjamin Hibbert, Altayyeb Yousef, Christina Osborne, George A Wells, Michael P V Froeschl, Derek Y So, Aun Yeong Chong, Marino Labinaz, Chris A Glover, Jean-François Marquis, Alexander Dick, Jordan Bernick, Michel R Le May
AIM OF THE STUDY: We sought to assess the relationship between mean arterial pressure (MAP) and clinical outcomes in comatose survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). METHODS: We identified consecutive comatose survivors of OHCA with an initial shockable rhythm treated with targeted temperature management. We examined clinical outcomes in relation to mean MAP (measured hourly) during the first 96h of hospitalization. Co-primary outcomes were the rates of death and severe neurological dysfunction at discharge...
January 18, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109316/adenosine-induced-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-structurally-normal-heart-a-case-report
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Christopher A Rajkumar, Norman Qureshi, Fu Siong Ng, Vasileios F Panoulas, Phang Boon Lim
BACKGROUND: Adenosine is the first-line pharmacotherapy for termination of supraventricular tachycardia through its action on the atrioventricular node. However, pro-arrhythmic effects of adenosine are also recognised, most notably in the presence of pre-excited atrial fibrillation. In this case report, we describe the induction of ventricular fibrillation in a patient with no demonstrable accessory pathway, nor any other structural heart disease. This rare, idiosyncratic reaction has never previously been reported and is of relevance given the widespread and routine use of adenosine in clinical practice...
January 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108860/early-cardioversion-in-atrial-fibrillation-earlier-is-better-but-not-always-and-maybe-not-immediately
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REVIEW
Paloma G Piña, Alexandru B Chicos
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in humans. One of its important features is the tendency to become more persistent over time, even in the absence of underlying progressive heart disease. Conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm by pharmacological or electrical methods become increasingly difficult the longer the arrhythmia persists. Electrical, mechanical, structural, and autonomic remodeling processes have been implicated in the mechanisms of AF initiation, perpetuation, and progression...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106485/management-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Peysh A Patel, Noman Ali, Andrew Hogarth, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia, affecting 10% of those aged over 80 years. Despite multiple treatment options, it remains an independent prognostic marker of mortality due to its association with clinical sequelae, particularly cerebrovascular events. Management can be broadly divided into treatment of the arrhythmia, via rhythm or rate control, and stroke thromboprophylaxis via anticoagulation. Traditional options for pharmacotherapy include negatively chronotropic drugs such as β-blockers, and/or arrhythmia-modifying drugs such as amiodarone...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079553/end-of-life-decisions-in-heart-failure-to-turn-off-the-intracardiac-device-or-not
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Bilal Ayach, Amrit Malik, Colette Seifer, Shelley Zieroth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is a significant public health concern around the world. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators with or without cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) have proven survival benefit. As patients progress to end-stage disease, management shifts to palliative care, and cardiologists are often confronted with how to best manage these devices. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies suggest that up to one-third of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator receive painful shocks in the last 24 h of life...
March 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070060/the-brugada-syndrome%C3%A3-from-gene-to-therapy
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Antonio Curcio, Giuseppe Santarpia, Ciro Indolfi
It is almost a quarter of century that a pioneering work of 2 researchers named Brugada brought the entire scientific community to understanding the molecular, clinical, and electrophysiological aspects of a distinctive syndrome. It affects mainly young adults with syncope and/or sudden cardiac death caused by polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in the absence of any sign of cardiac degeneration or alteration. Although the involvement of the epicardial layer of the right ventricular outflow tract, and the requirement of pharmacologic challenge for unveiling concealed forms, have been fully characterized, many areas of uncertainties remain to be elucidated, such as the unpredictable usefulness of programmed ventricular stimulation, the role of radiofrequency catheter ablation for reducing ST-segment elevation, and the value of risk stratification in patients diagnosed with upper displacement of right precordial leads...
January 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057896/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-hong-kong-a-territory-wide-study
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K L Fan, L P Leung, Y C Siu
INTRODUCTION: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a global health care problem. Like other cities in the world, Hong Kong faces the impact of such events. This study is the first territory-wide investigation of the epidemiology and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Hong Kong. It is hoped that the findings can improve survival of patients with cardiac arrest. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of the prospectively collected data on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest managed by the emergency medical service from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013...
January 6, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051284/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-croatia-survival-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-and-impact-of-physician-s-experience-on-cardiac-arrest-management-a-single-center-observational-study
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Anita Lukić, Ileana Lulić, Dinka Lulić, Zoran Ognjanović, Davorin Cerovečki, Siniša Telebar, Ivica Mašić
AIM: To analyze the initial rhythm, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rate, and survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in Varaľdin County (Croatia), and to investigate whether physician's inexperience in emergency medical services (EMS) has an impact on resuscitation management. METHODS: We reviewed clinical records and Revised Utstein cardiac arrest forms of all out-of-hospital resuscitations performed by EMS Varaľdin (EMSVz), Croatia, from 2007-2013...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029315/left-ventricular-dysfunction-with-trastuzumab-therapy-is-primary-prevention-the-best-option
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Paaladinesh Thavendiranathan, Eitan Amir
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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