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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351227/differential-association-of-cx37-and-cx40-genetic-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-and-without-underlying-structural-heart-disease
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Sebastian Carballo, Anna Pfenniger, David Carballo, Nicolas Garin, Richard W James, François Mach, Dipen Shah, Brenda R Kwak
Atrial fibrillation (AF) appears in the presence or absence of structural heart disease. The majority of foci causing AF are located near the ostia of pulmonary veins (PVs), where cardiomyocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells interdigitate. Connexins (Cx) form gap junction channels and participate in action potential propagation. Genetic variants in genes encoding Cx40 and Cx37 affect their expression or function and may contribute to PV arrhythmogenicity. DNA was obtained from 196 patients with drug-resistant, symptomatic AF with and without structural heart disease, who were referred for percutaneous catheter ablation...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350391/-polish-single-center-follow-up-of-s-icd-systems-implanted-for-the-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#3
Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350386/comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-real-life-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-results-from-the-craft-study
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Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350378/eq-5d-studies-in-cardiovascular-diseases-in-eight-central-and-eastern-european-countries-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#5
Paulina Batóg, Fanni Rencz, Márta Péntek, László Gulácsi, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Judit Simon, Valentin Brodszky, Petra Baji, Jakub Závada, Guenka Petrova, Alexandru Rotar, Dominik Golicki
BACKGROUND: The measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by validated generic instruments, such as EQ-5D, becomes an increasingly important tool for the assessment of health care in a wide range of different diagnoses. AIM: To systematically review EQ-5D literature generated in cardiovascular diseases in eight selected Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, CINAHL, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and the EuroQol website up to November 2016...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349803/assessment-of-mitral-annulus-and-mitral-leaflet-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-various-degrees-of-mitral-regurgitation-real-time-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography
#6
Yongjuan Luo, Yanbo Zhu, Xin Guan, Yunjia Lin
AIM: To study the changes of mitral valve (MV) in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related mitral regurgitation (MR) and the relationship between MV parameters and the enlarged left atrium (LA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 43 patients with NVAF were divided into two groups: (1) the MR1 group with mild MR and (2) the MR2 group with moderate-to-severe MR. Real time 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) was performed to detect the structure of MV...
January 19, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349596/concomitant-use-of-antiplatelets-and-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease-and-atrial-fibrillation-what-do-recent-clinical-trials-teach-us
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REVIEW
David H Lam, Sean M Bell, Ravi S Hira
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary heart disease (CHD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) are among the most common cardiovascular diseases. A significant proportion of patients have both CHD and AF and are at increased risk for thrombotic complications. Current therapy for CHD and AF includes antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications, respectively. Patients with concurrent CHD and AF may be prescribed dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in addition to anticoagulation, which increases their bleeding risk...
January 19, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349560/effect-of-fibrillatory-wave-amplitude-on-coronary-blood-flow-as-assessed-by-thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction-frame-count-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Yoji Sumimoto, Satoshi Kurisu, Kazuhiro Hitta, Hiroki Ikenaga, Ken Ishibashi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yukiko Nakano, Yasuki Kihara
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, characterized by a lack of atrial contraction and an irregular ventricular rhythm. We assessed the effect of fibrillatory wave amplitude on coronary blood flow in patients with AF using the thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count. Sixty-one patients with AF persisting for longer than 30 days were included. For controls, 61 age- and sex-matched patients with sinus rhythm were selected. Coarse AF was defined as any fibrillatory wave ≥ 1 mm and fine AF as any fibrillatory wave < 1 mm...
January 18, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349296/unlocking-data-sets-by-calibrating-populations-of-models-to-data-density-a-study-in-atrial-electrophysiology
#9
Brodie A J Lawson, Christopher C Drovandi, Nicole Cusimano, Pamela Burrage, Blanca Rodriguez, Kevin Burrage
The understanding of complex physical or biological systems nearly always requires a characterization of the variability that underpins these processes. In addition, the data used to calibrate these models may also often exhibit considerable variability. A recent approach to deal with these issues has been to calibrate populations of models (POMs), multiple copies of a single mathematical model but with different parameter values, in response to experimental data. To date, this calibration has been largely limited to selecting models that produce outputs that fall within the ranges of the data set, ignoring any trends that might be present in the data...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348993/delayed-presentation-of-cerebral-air-embolism-from-a-left-atrial-esophageal-fistula-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Catherine Peterson, Clay Elswick, Vicki Diaz, R Shane Tubbs, Marc Moisi
Air embolism developing from an atrial-esophageal fistula that was created as a complication from an atrial ablation procedure is a rare, yet usually fatal diagnosis. Neurologic manifestations such as meningitis, altered mental status, seizures, strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), psychiatric changes, and coma can ensue. Imaging of the brain might reveal infarcts, cerebral edema, as well as signs of pneumocephalus. This case describes a 42-year-old male with recent cardiac ablation procedure at an outside hospital for refractory atrial fibrillation (A-fib) who presented with altered mental status, dyspnea and diaphoresis...
November 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348918/safety-and-timing-of-resuming-dabigatran-after-major-gastrointestinal-bleeding-reversed-by-idarucizumab
#11
Gian Galeazzo Riario Sforza, Francesco Gentile, Fabio Stock, Francesco Caggiano, Enrica Chiocca, Cristoforo Incorvaia
The recent introduction of direct oral anticoagulants, including rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban, and edoxaban, for the acute treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism and in atrial fibrillation has been shown to provide greater clinical benefit than oral vitamin K antagonists. However, direct oral anticoagulants are associated with adverse events, the most common being major bleeding; such events require the reversal of the anticoagulant effects by specific agents. In this case report, we describe an 87-year-old female with atrial fibrillation treated with dabigatran who had massive rectal bleeding...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348857/influenza-vaccination-might-reduce-the-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-population-based-cohort-study
#12
Pai-Feng Kao, Ju-Chi Liu, Yi-Ping Hsu, Li-Chin Sung, Tsung-Yeh Yang, Wen-Rui Hao, Ying-Chin Lin, Szu-Yuan Wu
Purpose: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, regardless of the administration of appropriate antithrombotic prophylaxis. This study investigated whether influenza vaccination is associated with the risk of ischemic stroke, to determine a solution to reduce this risk in patients with AF. Methods: We used data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The study cohort comprised all patients diagnosed as having AF (n = 14 454) before January 1, 2005; these patients were followed until December 31, 2012...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348255/hypertension-and-atrial-fibrillation-doubts-and-certainties-from-basic-and-clinical-studies
#13
REVIEW
Paolo Verdecchia, Fabio Angeli, Gianpaolo Reboldi
Hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF) are 2 important public health priorities. Their prevalence is increasing worldwide, and the 2 conditions often coexist in the same patient. Hypertension and AF are strikingly related to an excess risk of cardiovascular disease and death. Hypertension ultimately increases the risk of AF, and because of its high prevalence in the population, it accounts for more cases of AF than other risk factors. Among patients with established AF, hypertension is present in about 60% to 80% of individuals...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348012/coronary-embolus-an-underappreciated-cause-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
#14
REVIEW
Claire E Raphael, John A Heit, Guy S Reeder, Melanie C Bois, Joseph J Maleszewski, R Thomas Tilbury, David R Holmes
Coronary embolism is the underlying cause of 3% of acute coronary syndromes but is often not considered in the differential of acute coronary syndromes. It should be suspected in the case of high thrombus burden despite a relatively normal underlying vessel or recurrent coronary thrombus. Coronary embolism may be direct (from the aortic valve or left atrial appendage), paroxysmal (from the venous circulation through a patent foramen ovale), or iatrogenic (following cardiac intervention). Investigations include transesophageal echocardiography to assess the left atrial appendage and atrial septum and continuous electrocardiographic monitoring to assess for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348004/predictors-and-clinical-outcomes-of-next-day-discharge-after-minimalist-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve%C3%A2-replacement
#15
Norihiko Kamioka, John Wells, Patricia Keegan, Stamatios Lerakis, Jose Binongo, Frank Corrigan, Jose Condado, Ateet Patel, Jessica Forcillo, Leslie Ogburn, Andy Dong, Hope Caughron, Amy Simone, Bradley Leshnower, Chandan Devireddy, Kreton Mavromatis, Robert Guyton, James Stewart, Vinod Thourani, Peter C Block, Vasilis Babaliaros
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate predictors and safety of next-day discharge (NDD) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). BACKGROUND: Information about predictors and safety of NDD after TAVR is limited. METHODS: The study reviewed 663 consecutive patients who underwent elective balloon-expandable TAVR (from July 2014 to July 2016) at our institution. We first determined predictors of NDD in patients who underwent minimalist transfemoral TAVR...
January 22, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346633/intraoperative-epicardial-focal-pulmonary-venous-electrocardiography-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Grzegorz Suwalski, Robert Emery, Jakub Mróz, Kamil Kaczejko, Leszek Gryszko, Andrzej Cwetsch, Andrzej Skrobowski
OBJECTIVES: In patients referred to off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting, pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) may be used for those with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), an alternative to the Maze procedure. However, the success rate of PVI in persistent AF is limited. The study assesses the prognostic value of focal epicardial electrocardiography of the pulmonary veins (PVs) for surgical ablation results. METHODS: We mapped 140 PV in 35 cases undergoing off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346552/safety-profile-of-near-zero-fluoroscopy-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-with-non-fluoroscopic-catheter-visualization-experience-from-1000-consecutive-procedures
#17
Philipp Sommer, Livio Bertagnolli, Simon Kircher, Arash Arya, Andreas Bollmann, Sergio Richter, Sascha Rolf, Gerhard Hindricks
Aims: Efforts to reduce radiation exposure during catheter ablation procedures have included the use of various technological measures. Significant results have been achieved to the point where near lead-free procedures in routine clinical practice has become a realistic goal. The integration of MediGuide technology [non-fluoroscopic catheter visualization technology (NFCV)] and three-dimensional electroanatomical mapping is one of the methods developed in response to radiation reduction initiatives...
January 16, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346407/relaxin-reverses-inflammatory-and-immune-signals-in-aged-hearts
#18
Brian Martin, Beth Ann Gabris-Weber, Rajiv Reddy, Guillermo Romero, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Guy Salama
BACKGROUND: 'Healthy' aging drives structural and functional changes in the heart including maladaptive electrical remodeling, fibrosis and inflammation, which lower the threshold for cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Despite mixed results in recent clinical trials, Relaxin-therapy for 2-days could reduce mortality by 37% at 180-days post-treatment, in patients with acute decompensated HF. Relaxin's short life-span (hours) but long-lasting protective actions led us to test the hypothesis that relaxin acts at a genomic level to reverse maladaptive remodeling in aging and HF...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346115/mitochondrial-dysfunction-a-key-player-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases-linked-to-air-pollution
#19
REVIEW
Sri Rahavi Boovarahan, Gino A Kurian
Air pollution has become an environmental burden with regard to non-communicable diseases, particularly heart disease. It has been reported that air pollution can accelerate the development of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Air pollutants encompass various particulate matters (PMs), which change the blood composition and heart rate and eventually leads to cardiac failure by triggering atherosclerotic plaque ruptures or by developing irreversible ischemia. A series of major epidemiological and observational studies have established the noxious effect of air pollutants on cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of its susceptibility and the pathological disease events remain largely elusive and are predicted to be initiated in the cell organelle...
January 18, 2018: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345593/antithrombotic-therapy-after-tavr
#20
Tobias Geisler, Michal Droppa, Karin Mueller, Oliver Borst
Transvascular aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has emerged as a treatment option in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are inoperable and has recently been evaluated in patients with intermediate surgical risk. The number of procedures is increasing worldwide in parallel with the demographic changes in industrial countries. The risk for cerebral embolism is of main concern and represents a major determinant for prognosis and quality of live after TAVR. The empiric antithrombotic therapy consists of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT); however the risk-benefit of this approach is lacking evidence from randomized, placebo-controlled trials regarding choice and duration of antithrombotic treatment...
January 17, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
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