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Cardiac rhythm management

Idrees Salam, Jakob Hartvig Thomsen, Jesper Kjaergaard, John Bro-Jeppesen, Martin Frydland, Matilde Winther-Jensen, Lars Køber, Michael Wanscher, Christian Hassager, Helle Søholm
OBJECTIVE: Comorbidity prior to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and primary rhythm in relation to survival is not well established. We aimed to assess the prognostic importance of comorbidity in relation to primary rhythm in OHCA-patients treated with Target Temperature Management (TTM). DESIGN: Consecutive comatose survivors of OHCA treated with TTM in hospitals in the Copenhagen area between 2002-2011 were included. Utstein-based pre- and in-hospital data collection was performed...
March 19, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Henrik Staer-Jensen, Kjetil Sunde, Espen Rostrup Nakstad, Jan Eritsland, Geir Øystein Andersen
OBJECTIVES: Haemodynamic monitoring during post arrest care is important to optimise treatment. We compared stroke volume measured by minimally-invasive monitoring devices with or without thermodilution calibration, and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), and hypothesised that thermodilution calibration would give stroke volume index (SVI) more in agreement with TTE during targeted temperature management (TTM). DESIGN: Comatose out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors receiving TTM (33 °C for 24 hrs) underwent haemodynamic monitoring with arterial pulse contour analyses with (PiCCO2®) and without (FloTrac® /Vigileo® monitor® ) transpulmonary thermodilution calibration...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Elena Bellosta Diago, Jesús Pérez-Pérez, Sonia Santos Lasaosa, Alejandro Viloria Alebesque, Saül Martínez-Horta, Jaime Kulisevsky, Javier López Del Val
Cardiovascular events are a major cause of early death in the Huntington's disease (HD) population. Dysautonomia as well as deterioration of circadian rhythms can be detected early in the disease progression and can have profound effects on cardiac health. The aim of the present study was to determine if HD patients and premanifest mutation carriers present a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than non-mutation carrying controls METHODS: Prospective, cross-sectional, multicentre study of 38 HD mutation carriers (23 premanifest and 15 early-stage patients) compared to 38 age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Patrick J Lindsay, Danielle Buell, Damon C Scales
BACKGROUND: Mild therapeutic hypothermia (TH), or targeted temperature management, improves survival and neurological outcomes in patients after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). International guidelines strongly support initiating TH for all eligible individuals presenting with OHCA; however, the timing of cooling initiation remains uncertain. This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted with all available randomised controlled trials (RCTs) included to explore the efficacy and safety of initiating pre-hospital TH in patients with OHCA...
March 13, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
C Vignesh, Madhan Kumar, Ramesh Venkataraman, Senthilkumar Rajagopal, Nagarajan Ramakrishnan, Babu K Abraham
Overdose of cardiovascular medications such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers cause impaired cardiac contractility, vasoplegia, and/or rhythm disturbances. In addition to conventional management of limiting absorption, increasing elimination and hemodynamic support intravenous (IV) calcium infusion, hyperinsulinemia-euglycemia therapy, glucagon infusion, and IV lipid emulsion have been tried. Extracorporeal circulatory assist device support has been reported as a rescue therapy in overdose refractory to maximal medical therapy...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Takeshi Omae, Eiichi Inada
New-onset atrial fibrillation (NOAF) is the most common perioperative complication of heart surgery, typically occurring in the perioperative period. NOAF commonly occurs in patients who are elderly, or have left atrial enlargement, or left ventricular hypertrophy. Various factors have been identified as being involved in the development of NOAF, and numerous approaches have been proposed for its prevention and treatment. Risk factors include diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. For prevention of NOAF, β-blockers and amiodarone are particularly effective and are recommended by guidelines...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Jordi Heijman, Jean-Baptiste Guichard, Dobromir Dobrev, Stanley Nattel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained heart rhythm disorder and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Current treatment options for AF have significant limitations. Basic research has provided information on mechanisms relevant to the management of AF and promises to contribute significantly to future advances, yet many important translational challenges remain. Here, we analyze the therapeutic limitations for which improvement is needed, consider the translational opportunities presented by recent scientific and technological developments, and attempt to look into the future of where these may lead...
March 2, 2018: Circulation Research
Joseph H Pitcher, John Dziodzio, Joshua Keller, Teresa May, Richard R Riker, David B Seder
BACKGROUND: Hypotension, hyperglycemia, dysoxia, and dyscarbia may contribute to reperfusion injury, and each is independently associated with poor outcome (PO) after cardiac arrest. We investigated whether the combined effects of these physiological derangements are associated with cardiac arrest outcomes. METHODS: This institutional review board-approved retrospective cohort study included consecutive resuscitated cardiac arrest patients that received targeted temperature management at Maine Medical Center from 2013 to 2015...
February 28, 2018: Neurocritical Care
Abraham Sonny, Brett J Wakefield, Shiva Sale, Stephanie Mick, Bruce L Wilkoff, Anand R Mehta
With increasing use of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices, the need for lead extractions has increased to an annual volume of more than 10,000 extractions worldwide. This article provides a focused clinical commentary on the perioperative management, identification, and treatment of life-threatening complications associated with lead extractions. In addition, a summary of indications, techniques, and lead extraction complications is provided. Although uncommon, lead extractions are associated with a consistent rate of major procedure-related complications and mortality...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Hyung Ki Moon, Jinhee Jang, Kyu Nam Park, Soo Hyun Kim, Byung Kook Lee, Sang Hoon Oh, Kyung Woon Jeung, Seung Pill Choi, In Soo Cho, Chun Song Youn
INTRODUCTION: Predicting neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest (CA) is challenging. This study tested the hypothesis that a quantitative analysis of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) using the FMRIB Software Library (FSL) can predict neurologic outcomes after CA and can clarify the optimal apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) thresholds for predicting poor neurologic outcomes. METHODS: Out-of-hospital CA patients treated with targeted temperature management (TTM) who underwent DWI were included in this study...
February 21, 2018: Resuscitation
Pietro Palmisano, Matteo Ziacchi, Mauro Biffi, Renato P Ricci, Maurizio Landolina, Massimo Zoni-Berisso, Eraldo Occhetta, Giampiero Maglia, Gianluca Botto, Luigi Padeletti, Giuseppe Boriani
: The purpose of this two-part consensus document is to provide specific suggestions (based on an extensive literature review) on appropriate pacemaker setting in relation to patients' clinical features. In part 2, criteria for pacemaker choice and programming in atrioventricular blocks and neurally mediate syncope are proposed. The atrioventricular blocks can be paroxysmal or persistent, isolated or associated with sinus node disease. Neurally mediated syncope can be related to carotid sinus syndrome or cardioinhibitory vasovagal syncope...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Matteo Ziacchi, Pietro Palmisano, Mauro Biffi, Renato P Ricci, Maurizio Landolina, Massimo Zoni-Berisso, Eraldo Occhetta, Giampiero Maglia, Gianluca Botto, Luigi Padeletti, Giuseppe Boriani
: Modern pacemakers have an increasing number of programable parameters and specific algorithms designed to optimize pacing therapy in relation to the individual characteristics of patients. When choosing the most appropriate pacemaker type and programing, the following variables must be taken into account: the type of bradyarrhythmia at the time of pacemaker implantation; the cardiac chamber requiring pacing, and the percentage of pacing actually needed to correct the rhythm disorder; the possible association of multiple rhythm disturbances and conduction diseases; the evolution of conduction disorders during follow-up...
April 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Rein Ketelaars, Christian Beekers, Geert-Jan Van Geffen, Gert Jan Scheffer, Nico Hoogerwerf
BACKGROUND: Patients in cardiac arrest must receive algorithm-based management such as basic life support and advanced (cardiac) life support. International guidelines dictate diagnosing and treating any factor that may have caused the arrest or may be complicating the resuscitation. Ultrasound may be of potential value in this process and can be used in a prehospital setting. The objective is to evaluate the use of prehospital ultrasound during traumatic and non-traumatic CPR and determine its impact on prehospital treatment decisions in a Dutch helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS)...
February 22, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Anne-Floor B E Quast, Fleur V Y Tjong, Brendan E Koop, Arthur A M Wilde, Reinoud E Knops, Martin C Burke
Aims: The development of communicating modular cardiac rhythm management systems relies on effective intrabody communication between a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) and a leadless pacemaker (LP), using conducted communication. Communication success is affected by the LP and S-ICD orientation. This study is designed to evaluate the orientation of the LP and S-ICD in canine subjects and measure success and threshold of intrabody communication. To gain more human insights, we will explore device orientation in LP and S-ICD patients...
February 14, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Kenneth Dickstein, Camilla Normand, Angelo Auricchio, Nigussie Bogale, John G Cleland, Anselm K Gitt, Christoph Stellbrink, Stefan D Anker, Gerasimos Filippatos, Maurizio Gasparini, Gerhard Hindricks, Carina Blomström Lundqvist, Piotr Ponikowski, Frank Ruschitzka, Giovanni Luca Botto, Alan Bulava, Gabor Duray, Carsten Israel, Christophe Leclercq, Peter Margitfalvi, Óscar Cano, Chris Plummer, Nedim Umutay Sarigul, Maciej Sterlinski, Cecilia Linde
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) reduces morbidity and mortality in appropriately selected patients with heart failure and is strongly recommended for such patients by guidelines. A European Society of Cardiology (ESC) CRT survey conducted in 2008-2009 showed considerable variation in guideline adherence and large individual, national and regional differences in patient selection, implantation practice and follow-up. Accordingly, two ESC associations, the European Heart Rhythm Association and the Heart Failure Association, designed a second prospective survey to describe contemporary clinical practice regarding CRT...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
Jacob C Jentzer, Nandan S Anavekar, Sunil V Mankad, Roger D White, Kianoush B Kashani, Gregory W Barsness, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Sorin V Pislaru
AIM: Reversible myocardial dysfunction is common after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The aim of this study was to determine if changes on serial transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can predict long-term mortality in OHCA subjects. METHODS: This is a single-center historical cohort study of OHCA subjects undergoing targeted temperature management who received >1 TTE during hospitalization. Two-dimensional and Doppler parameters of systolic and diastolic function were compared between paired TTE...
February 10, 2018: Resuscitation
Serge Boveda, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Stefano Fumagalli, Roland Tilz, Kinga Goscinska-Bis, Maciej Kempa, Pascal Defaye, Christelle Marquié, Alessandro Capucci, Laura Ueberham, Nikolaos Dagres
The purpose of this European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) prospective snapshot survey is to provide an overview of the factors influencing patient selection for the implantation of a particular type of device: subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) or transvenous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (TV-ICD), across a broad range of tertiary European centres. A specially designed electronic questionnaire was sent via the internet to tertiary reference centres routinely implanting both TV-ICDs and S-ICDs...
February 8, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Emin Evren Özcan, Bülent Görenek
Although various cardiac monitoring methods were developed to detect subclinical arrhythmias, guidelines do not address in detail the management of subclinical atrial fibrillation and tachyarrhythmias. The European Heart Rhythm Association recently published a consensus document that addresses the clinical importance, implications, and management of device-detected subclinical atrial tachyarrhythmias. This paper comprehensively reviews the diagnostic tools to detect subclinical atrial arrhythmias and discusses the pathophysiologic link between devicedetected subclinical atrial fibrillation and stroke...
February 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Dawid Leander Staudacher, Sarah-Kristin Hamilton, Daniel Duerschmied, Paul Marc Biever, Manfred Zehender, Christoph Bode, Tobias Wengenmayer
PROPOSE: Targeted temperature management improves outcomes in comatose patients after cardiac arrest. Short lasting sedatives might enable rapid awakening after targeted temperature management and therefore early prognostication and extubation. Aim of the present study was to compare sedation with volatile isoflurane to intravenous propofol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients after cardiopulmonary resuscitation undergoing targeted temperature management treated between 01/2014 and 02/2017 at a single tertiary referral hospital were screened...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Ayman Elbadawi, Basarat Baig, Islam Y Elgendy, Erfan Alotaki, Ahmed H Mohamed, Kirolos Barssoum, David Fries, Muhammad Khan, Rami N Khouzam
INTRODUCTION: Single coronary artery is a rare anomaly, which is usually associated with other cardiac congenital abnormalities. CASE REPORT: A 56-year-old female presented with unstable angina. The patient reported complaints of typical chest pain on exertion few months prior to presentation, which progressed to become at rest. The pain was associated palpitations and dizziness. Past medical history was significant for hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Vital signs were stable...
February 6, 2018: Cardiology and Therapy
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