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Perioperative arrhythmia

Hermann Blessberger, Juergen Kammler, Hans Domanovits, Oliver Schlager, Brigitte Wildner, Danyel Azar, Martin Schillinger, Franz Wiesbauer, Clemens Steinwender
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials have yielded conflicting results regarding the ability of beta-blockers to influence perioperative cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Thus routine prescription of these drugs in unselected patients remains a controversial issue. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to systematically analyse the effects of perioperatively administered beta-blockers for prevention of surgery-related mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing any type of surgery while under general anaesthesia...
March 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Robert M Van Haren, Reza J Mehran, Arlene M Correa, Mara B Antonoff, Carla M Baker, Ta Charra Woodard, Wayne L Hofstetter, Gabriel E Mena, Jack A Roth, Boris Sepesi, Stephen G Swisher, Ara A Vaporciyan, Garrett L Walsh, David C Rice
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) pathways aim to improve postoperative recovery through evidence-based practices including early ambulation, multimodal opioid-sparing analgesia, and reduction of surgical stress. The purpose of this study was to evaluate outcomes following implementation of ERAS in patients undergoing resection for pulmonary malignancy. METHODS: A retrospective review compared outcomes for patients undergoing pulmonary resection for primary lung cancer...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Timothy L Surman, Robert G Stuklis, Justin C Chan
BACKGROUND: Multiple case studies have suggested that video-assisted thoracoscopic sympathectomy (VATS) reduces the occurrence and frequency of symptoms in long QT syndrome (LQTS) [1,2,3]. To date there has not been a literature review to report on the short-term and long-term outcomes of this procedure. Our primary aims are to review the literature findings on the clinical outcomes of VATS sympathectomy for long QT and present a local centre case report on the outcomes of T2-T5 sympathectomy...
February 13, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Alyssa Kirby, Sisira Jayathissa
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common arrhythmia encountered perioperatively in patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery. There is emerging evidence suggesting high risk of ischaemic stroke. There are no clear guidelines surrounding initiation of anticoagulation in this setting. This study evaluates current practice in anticoagulant management of new perioperative AF at Hutt Hospital. METHODS: We have undertaken a retrospective study of 3,558 patients aged 60 years and over admitted for non-cardiac surgery at Hutt Hospital in 2014, to assess incidence of new AF/flutter and review how they were managed in regards to anticoagulation...
March 9, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
Vipin Kumar Goyal, Sohan Lal Solanki, Birbal Baj
Background and Aims: Renal transplant is the best possible treatment for patients suffering with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Cardiovascular events are the commonest factors contributing to perioperative morbidity and mortality in this population. These patients have a high incidence (up to 60%) of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and that may affect the perioperative outcome. Methods: In this study, we aimed to study the impact of PH on perioperative outcome after renal transplant...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Qiang Lu, Hao Peng, Guan-Jin Zhou, Dong Yin
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) often causes a significant amount of blood loss with an accompanying decline in hemoglobin and may increase the frequency of allogeneic blood transfusion rates. Unfortunately, allogeneic blood transfusions have associated risks including postoperative confusion, infection, cardiac arrhythmia, fluid overload, increased length of hospital stay, and increased mortality. Other than reducing the need for blood transfusions, reducing perioperative blood loss in TKA may also minimize intra-articular hemorrhage, limb swelling, and postoperative pain, and increase the range of motion during the early postoperative period...
February 9, 2018: Orthopaedic Surgery
Sarah Page, Jane Hallam, Neelprada Pradhan, Brian Cowie, Tuong Phan, Desmond McGlade, Alex Rosalion, Andrew Newcomb, Michael Yii
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 1.5-2% of the population and is associated with a five-fold increased lifetime risk of stroke [1]. The left atrial appendage (LAA) is the source of embolic strokes in up to 90% of patients with non-valvular AF with clots in the left atrium [2]. METHODS: We reviewed the clinical notes and echocardiographic findings of 20 patients who underwent open cardiac surgery in which concurrent AtriClip (Atricure Inc, Westchester, Ohio, USA) device insertion was attempted at our institution from July 2013 to February 2015...
December 22, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Ricardo Poveda-Jaramillo, Fabrizio Monaco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
β-Blockers are useful drugs in several clinical cardiologic scenarios. Their use in the perioperative period and in critically ill patients is increasing, but their effect on clinically relevant outcomes remains controversial. Long-acting β-blockers can have detrimental effects that are difficult to be counteracted in these settings. The authors describe the possible clinical uses of ultra-short-acting β-blockers (esmolol and landiolol) in the perioperative period and in critically ill patients because these drugs have the beneficial effects of β-blockers, but do not have the detrimental effects of long-acting agents...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Tong Bao, Fei Xiao, Deruo Liu, Yongqing Guo, Chaoyang Liang
BACKGROUND: Non-small cell lung cancer with left atrial tumor thrombus accounts for a small proportion of local advanced lung cancer. Whether surgery could bring benefits, as well as surgical options are still controversial, and have always been hot spots in surgical research. We report a single center experience of surgical treatment to non-small cell lung cancer with left atrial tumor thrombus, aim to figure out more reasonable treatment strategy. METHODS: From August 2006 to July 2017, a total of 11 cases of non-small cell lung cancer with left atrial tumor thrombus underwent surgery in Thoracic Surgery Department of China-Japan Friendship Hospital...
January 20, 2018: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Maciej Kempa, Szymon Budrejko, Grzegorz Sławiński, Tomasz Królak, Ewa Lewicka, Grzegorz Raczak
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is an effective and modern tool used to protect patients at risk of sudden cardiac death from potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. The first S-ICD systems were implanted in Poland in 2014, but since that time the national experience with that therapy has been limited. Our analysis summarizes the single-center experience at the Department of Cardiology and Electrotherapy of the Medical University of Gdansk with the use of S-ICD from the year 2014 to 2017...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
Maciej J K Simon, Henry F H Halm, Markus Quante
BACKGROUND: Degenerative adult de novo (DAD) scoliosis appears characteristically in the sixth or seventh decade with symptoms of severe back pain and radiculopathy or spinal claudication. The aim of this study was to enhance the knowledge of perioperative complications and detect possible risk factors in this selective DAD scoliosis surgery. METHODS: This retrospective study included only patients with DAD scoliosis undergone correction spondylodesis with previous failure of conservative treatment...
January 10, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Zhi Wang, Qiang Chen, Hao Guo, Zhishan Li, Jinfeng Zhang, Lei Lv, Yongqing Guo
This study investigated the effects of dexmedetomidine on heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP), creatine kinase isoenzymes (CK-MB), and troponin I (cTnI) levels, neurological function and near-term prognosis in patients undergoing heart valve replacement. Patients undergoing heart valve replacement were randomly allocated to remifentanil anesthesia (control group, n=48) or dexmedetomidine anesthesia (observation group, n=48). Hemodynamic parameters were measured before anesthesia induction (T1), 1 min after intubation (T2), 10 min after start of surgery (T3), and on completion of surgery (T4)...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Paul S Massimiano, Anthony J Rongione, Lisa M Fornaresio
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with increased early and long-term morbidity/mortality following valve surgery. This study examined long-term influence of concomitant full Cox maze (CM) and mitral valve procedures on freedom from atrial arrhythmia and stroke. METHODS: This sample comprised patients who underwent CM with a mitral valve procedure (N = 473). Data on rhythm, medication status, and clinical events captured according to Heart Rhythm Society guidelines at 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24 months and yearly thereafter up to 7 years...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Hiroto Kitahara, Brooke Patel, Mackenzie McCrorey, Sarah Nisivaco, Husam H Balkhy
OBJECTIVE: Morbid obesity (body mass index ≥ 35 kg/m) usually confers a higher perioperative risk in cardiac surgery. Robotic cardiac surgery may have many advantages for these high-risk patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients undergoing robotic cardiac surgery from July 2013 to April 2017 at our institution. We compared the outcomes of morbidly obese patients versus nonobese patients. RESULTS: A total of 486 patients underwent robotic cardiac surgery (322 men, median age = 65 years)...
November 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Masakazu Kotoda, Tadahiko Ishiyama, Kazuha Mitsui, Sohei Hishiyama, Takashi Matsukawa
BACKGROUND: Ion channels play a crucial role in the development of ischemic brain injury. Recent studies have reported that the blockade of various types of ion channels improves outcomes in experimental stroke models. Amiodarone, one of the most effective drugs for life-threatening arrhythmia, works as a multiple channel blocker and its characteristics cover all four Vaughan-Williams classes. Although it is known that amiodarone indirectly contributes to preventing ischemic stroke by maintaining sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation, the direct neuroprotective effect of amiodarone has not been clarified...
December 8, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
Jonathan Yaari, Dorota Gruber, Andrew D Blaufox
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that routine daily transtelephonic monitoring (TTM) transmissions can accurately detect supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) in asymptomatic infants and/or assuage parental concerns rather than being used solely to diagnose arrhythmias. STUDY DESIGN: Single center, retrospective chart review of 60 patients with fetal or infant SVT prescribed TTM for at least 30 days, January 2010-September 2016. Patients were excluded if initial SVT was not documented, was perioperative, was atrial flutter/fibrillation, or chaotic atrial tachycardia...
February 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Kai Kuck, Philip D Baker
The most commonly monitored variable for perioperative hemodynamic management is blood pressure. Several indirect noninvasive blood pressure monitoring techniques have been developed over the last century, including intermittent techniques such as auscultation (Riva-Rocci and Korotkoff) and oscillometry (Marey) and continuous techniques. With the introduction of automated noninvasive blood pressure devices in the 1970s, the oscillometric technique quickly became and remains the standard for automated, intermittent blood pressure measurement...
November 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Gabriele Piffaretti, Walter Dorigo, Patrizio Castelli, Carlo Pratesi, Raffaele Pulli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to retrospectively analyze early and follow-up results of above-the-knee femoropopliteal bypasses (AKb) performed with a bioactive heparin-bonded expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (HB-ePTFE) graft in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease in a multicentric retrospective registry involving seven Italian vascular centers. METHODS: During a 14-year period ending in March 2016, an HB-ePTFE graft was used in 1401 interventions performed for peripheral arterial obstructive disease...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Jonathan S Zipursky, Donald A Redelmeier
A 79-year-old man presented to hospital with scald burns to the perineum after a syncopal episode while in a hot bathtub. Admission ECG was misdiagnosed as possible ventricular fibrillation with high-frequency irregular waveforms in lead V2 at a rate exceeding 1000 cycles per minute, corresponding to intervening skeletal muscle contractions unrelated to the heart. Follow-up ECG showed full resolution of the irregular waveforms. Muscle fasciculations are a benign cause of ECG artefact and can easily be mistaken for serious cardiac arrhythmias...
November 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
Liew Sat Lin Constance, Meryl Grace Lansing, Foo Kiang Khor, Rajesh Kumar Muniandy
Administering anaesthesia for elderly patients with chronic schizophrenia has always been a great challenge to anaesthetists. These patients will usually be on multiple antipsychotic drugs for many years and may lead to delayed awakening, cardiovascular instability, arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death during general anaesthesia. This case report is about the perioperative anaesthetic management of an elderly schizophrenic patient undergoing removal of femur implant. This article will explore important drug interactions and available options for a successful anaesthesia...
November 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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