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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384905/sinus-rhythm-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis-after-balloon-mitral-valvotomy-is-it-feasible
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Ashwal A Jayaram, Anand N Shukla, Saurin Shah, Vidya Nayak, Sridevi Prabhu, Umesh Pai
INTRODUCTION: Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is largely present in patients with rheumatic valvular disease, leading to hospitalizations. AIM: We aimed to study the restoration and maintenance of Sinus Rhythm (SR) in rheumatic patients with Mitral Stenosis (MS) and AF after Balloon Mitral Valvotomy (BMV) and evaluated the factors which affect the maintenance of SR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 50 patients who underwent BMV at U. N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre from 2010 November to 2013 January were included in the study...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350861/efficacy-and-effects-on-cardiac-function-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-vs-direct-current-cardioversion-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Maojing Wang, Shanglang Cai, Wei Ding, Yujie Deng, Qing Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of catheter ablation vs. direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and to define baseline features of patients that will get more benefit from ablation. METHODS: From July 2013 to October 2014, 97 consecutive single-center patients with persistent AF and symptomatic heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <50%) underwent DCC followed by amiodarone (n = 40) or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n = 57) according to patient's preference were recruited in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344147/evaluation-of-deprescribing-amiodarone-after-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-critical-illness
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Areerut Leelathanalerk, Wannisa Dongtai, Yvonne Huckleberry, Brian Kopp, John Bloom, Joseph Alpert
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shed light on the continued prescription of inpatient medications upon hospital discharge despite the original intent of short-term inpatient therapy. Amiodarone, an antiarrhythmic associated with significant adverse effects with long-term use, is commonly used for new-onset atrial fibrillation in critical illness (NAFCI). While it is often preferred in this setting of hemodynamic instability, a prescription for long-term use should be carefully considered, preferably by a cardiologist...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341360/use-of-antiarrhythmic-medications-in-medicare-part-d-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-and-ventricular-tachycardia
#4
Sean D Pokorney, Xiaojuan Mi, Bradley G Hammill, Nancy M Allen LaPointe, Lesley H Curtis, Sana M Al-Khatib
Ventricular tachycardia (VT) is common in cardiomyopathy patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. This analysis evaluated antiarrhythmic medication use and change in use over time in patients with VT and structural heart disease. Query of Medicare claims identified patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator and VT. Patients with atrial fibrillation or supraventricular tachycardia were excluded. Two cohorts were created of patients enrolled in Medicare Part D for the 12 months before 2007 and 2012...
February 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331489/reversible-atrial-fibrillation-following-crotalinae-envenomation
#5
Dan Quan, Kenneth Zurcher
BACKGROUND: Cardiotoxicity is a documented complication of Crotalinae envenomation. Reported cardiac complications following snake envenomation have included acute myocardial infarction, electrocardiogram abnormalities and arrhythmias. Few reports exist describing arrhythmia induced by viper envenomation and to our knowledge none describe arrhythmia induced by Crotalinae envenomation. This report concerns the first known case of atrial fibrillation precipitated by rattlesnake bite. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old Caucasian man with a past medical history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and a baseline first-degree atrioventricular block presented to the emergency department following a rattlesnake bite to his left lower leg...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328711/management-of-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-secondary-analysis-of-electronic-health-record-data
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Ari Moskowitz, Kenneth P Chen, Avraham Z Cooper, Abdullah Chahin, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Leo Anthony Celi
PURPOSE: Atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response (RVR) is common during critical illness. In this study, we explore the comparative effectiveness of three commonly used drugs (metoprolol, diltiazem, and amiodarone) in the management of atrial fibrillation with RVR in the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Data pertaining to the first ICU admission were extracted from the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) III database. Patients who received one of the above pharmacologic agents while their heart rate was > 110bpm and had atrial fibrillation documented in the clinical chart were included...
March 21, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286836/intravenous-amiodarone-versus-digoxin-in-atrial-fibrillation-rate-control-a-clinical-trial
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Majid Shojaee, Bahareh Feizi, Reza Miri, Jalil Etemadi, Amir Hossein Feizi
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of rapid ventricular response arterial fibrillation (rapid AF) varies depending on the decision of the in-charge physician, condition of the patient, availability of the drug, and the treatment protocol of the hospital. The present study was designed aiming to compare IV digoxin and amiodarone in controlling the heart rate of patients presenting to emergency department with rapid AF and relative contraindication for first line drug in this regard. METHOD: In the present clinical trial, patients presented to the ED with rapid AF and relative contraindication for calcium channel blockers and beta-blockers were treated with either IV amiodarone or IV digoxin and compared regarding success rate and complication using SPSS version 22...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285383/adenosine-administration-during-hybrid-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-to-test-dormant-pulmonary-vein-conduction
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Mindy Vroomen, Mark La Meir, Jos G Maessen, Harry J Crijns, Laurent Pison
BACKGROUND: Adenosine administration after initial pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) reveals dormant conduction and predicts atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence. Elimination of dormant conduction when present may increase a long-term success rate of AF ablation procedures. There are no studies till date using adenosine to reveal acute reconduction of pulmonary veins (PVs) after epicardial PVI during a hybrid AF ablation procedure. METHODS: We included 24 patients (21 male, 55 ± 9 years) undergoing hybrid ablation for symptomatic paroxysmal (n = 12) and persistent (n = 12) AF, using an epicardial bipolar radiofrequency clamp to perform PVI...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284524/evaluation-of-atrial-fibrillation-management-and-cardiovascular-risk-profile-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Gediminas Račkauskas, Vytautas Zabiela, Germanas Marinskis, Arvydas Baranauskas, Deimilė Balkutė, Justina Alunderytė, Aras Puodžiūkynas, Tomas Kazakevičius, Vilius Kviesulaitis, Audrius Aidietis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study to investigate the most frequent risk factors of atrial fibrillation (AF), co-morbidities, complications associated with AF and the use of anticoagulants and other medications in patients who were referred to university hospitals in Lithuania. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled consecutive inpatients and outpatients with AF presenting to cardiologists in the two biggest Lithuanian university hospitals from November 2013 to May 2014...
February 20, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267896/treatment-of-supraventricular-tachycardia-in-a-horse
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Dorothy D Whelchel, Brett S Tennent-Brown, Amanda E Coleman, Gregg S Rapoport, Uriel Blas-Machado, Herbert W Maisenbacher, Brenton C Credille, Steeve Giguère
OBJECTIVE: To describe the treatment of persistent supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in a young horse in endurance training. CASE SUMMARY: A 6-year-old Arab gelding in endurance training presented for a dysrhythmia and decreased performance. SVT was diagnosed and conversion to a normal sinus rhythm was achieved following administration of a constant rate infusion of amiodarone. However, reversion to SVT occurred shortly after initiation of ridden exercise. A second attempt to convert the dysrhythmia with amiodarone failed, but normal sinus rhythm was achieved with transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263937/identifying-drug-drug-interactions-by-data-mining-a-pilot-study-of-warfarin-associated-drug-interactions
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Peter Wæde Hansen, Line Clemmensen, Thomas S G Sehested, Emil Loldrup Fosbøl, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Lars Køber, Gunnar H Gislason, Charlotte Andersson
BACKGROUND: Knowledge about drug-drug interactions commonly arises from preclinical trials, from adverse drug reports, or based on knowledge of mechanisms of action. Our aim was to investigate whether drug-drug interactions were discoverable without prior hypotheses using data mining. We focused on warfarin-drug interactions as the prototype. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed altered prothrombin time (measured as international normalized ratio [INR]) after initiation of a novel prescription in previously INR-stable warfarin-treated patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258679/-predictive-parameters-of-occurrence-of-adequate-interventions-in-patients-with-implanted-cardioverter-defibrillators-with-or-without-resynchronisation-therapy-in-primary-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Jacek Lelakowski, Anna Rydlewska, Maria Lelakowska, Joanna Pudło, Justyna Piekarz
The task of the ICD is to detect ventricular arrhythmias and treatment of its adequate intervention. The task of the CRTD in addition to the above tasks is the treatment of heart failure. AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the predictive parameters of adequate interventions in patients with an ICD and CRTD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study consisted of 273 patients (230 M, mean age 65±11 years) with ICD and/or CRTD. The inclusion criteria were: left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35%, NYHA class ≥ II, implantation in primary SCD prevention and in case of CRTD additionally LBBB with wide QRS ≥ 120ms...
February 20, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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/28204484/in-patients-undergoing-lung-resection-is-it-safe-to-administer-amiodarone-either-as-prophylaxis-or-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
#14
Styliani Maria Kolokotroni, Levon Toufektzian, Leanne Harling, Andrea Billè
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182279/ranolazine-added-to-amiodarone-facilitates-earlier-conversion-of-atrial-fibrillation-compared-to-amiodarone-only-therapy
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Nikos Tsanaxidis, Isaac Aidonidis, Apostolia Hatziefthimiou, Stella S Daskalopoulou, Grigorios Giamouzis, Filippos Triposkiadis, Ioannis Skoularigis
BACKGROUND: Amiodarone (AMIO) is for many years effectively used to control ventricular rate during atrial fibrillation (AF) and to convert it into sinus rhythm. However, due to its delayed onset of action, ranolazine (RAN), a new antianginal agent with atrial-selective electrophysiologic properties, has recently been attempted as add-on therapy with AMIO to facilitate AF conversion. METHODS: To establish the role of this combination therapy, we enrolled 173 consecutive patients (68 ± 10 years, 54% male) with recent-onset (<48-hour duration) AF who were eligible for pharmacologic cardioversion...
February 9, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179615/baseline-serum-globulin-as-a-predictor-of-the-recurrence-of-lone-atrial-fibrillation-after-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation
#16
Qing Zhou, Hailong Cao, Zhenjun Xu, Rongfang Lan, Xin Chen, Dongjin Wang, Wei Xu
OBJECTIVE: Inflammation and autoimmune responses play an important role in recurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF). Serum globulin levels are a commonly used clinical index that represents inflammation and autoimmune response. This study aimed to determine the relationship between baseline serum globulin levels and the risk of recurrence after ablation in lone AF patients. METHODS: We enrolled 348 lone AF patients undergoing radiofrequency catheter ablation for the first time for whom complete follow-up data were available...
February 1, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168639/chemical-cardioversion-of-recent-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-emergency-department-using-vernakalant-hydrochloride-achieves-safe-and-rapid-restoration-of-sinus-rhythm-and-facilitates-same-day-discharge
#17
P Stoneman, P Gilligan, P Mahon, R Sheahan
BACKGROUND: Vernakalant hydrochloride is a rapid-acting antiarrhythmic drug licensed in the EU since 2010 for the conversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation with proven efficacy and safety when compared with placebo and amiodarone in randomized clinical trials. AIMS: The aim of our study was to determine the feasibility of same day discharge (following 2 h monitoring) from the emergency department after successful cardioversion using vernakalant hydrochloride...
February 6, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109316/adenosine-induced-ventricular-fibrillation-in-a-structurally-normal-heart-a-case-report
#18
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/28106485/management-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation
#19
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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/28069784/short-term-treatment-with-oral-amiodarone-resulting-in-bilateral-optic-neuropathy-and-permanent-blindness
#20
Arnon Knudsen
A 66-year-old man was hospitalised due to worsening of his atrial fibrillation, and successfully underwent an electrocardioversion to restore sinus rhythm. He was discharged with a prescription of 600 mg amiodarone daily to retain the sinus rhythm prospectively. 3 weeks after discharge, he noticed that his vision became blurry with cloudy areas spreading throughout his field of view on both eyes simultaneously. The visual symptoms gradually worsened throughout the following 5 months, and the patient was hospitalised in the department of ophthalmology...
January 9, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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