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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644794/electrocardiogram-signal-quality-assessment-based-on-structural-image-similarity-metric
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Yalda Shahriari, Richard Fidler, Michele Pelter, Yong Bai, Andrea Villaroman, Xiao Hu
OBJECTIVE: We developed an image-based electrocardiographic (ECG) quality assessment technique that mimics how clinicians annotate ECG signal quality. METHODS: We adopted the Structural Similarity Measure (SSIM) to compare images of two ECG records that are obtained from displaying ECGs in a standard scale. Then a subset of representative ECG images from the training set was selected as templates through a clustering method. SSIM between each image and all the templates were used as the feature vector for the linear discriminant analysis (LDA) classifier...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644151/ecg-based-4d-dose-reconstruction-of-cardiac-arrhythmia-ablation-with-carbon-ion-beams-application-in-a-porcine-model
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Daniel Richter, H Immo Lehmann, Anna Eichhorn, Anna M Constantinescu, Robert Kaderka, Matthias Prall, Patrick Lugenbiel, Mitsuru Takami, Dierk Thomas, Christoph Bert, Marco Durante, Douglas L Packer, Christian Graeff
Noninvasive ablation of cardiac arrhythmia by scanned particle radiotherapy is highly promising, but especially challenging due to cardiac and respiratory motion. Irradiations for catheter-free ablation in intact pigs were carried out at the GSI Helmholtz Center in Darmstadt using scanned carbon ions. Here, we present real-time electrocardiogram (ECG) data to estimate time-resolved (4D) delivered dose. For 11 animals, surface ECGs and temporal structure of beam delivery were acquired during irradiation. R waves were automatically detected from surface ECGs...
June 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638298/uncertainty-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-chest-pain-risk-stratification
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Htoo Kyaw, Sivacharan Buddhavarapu, Joseph Abboud, Deepika Misra
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presenting symptom in the emergency department (ED). Although the diagnostic workup for chest pain is well established, the best time to perform invasive cardiac catheterization in patients with low to moderate risk of coronary artery disease is still unclear, particularly if noninvasive tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) and nuclear myocardial perfusion scan show nonsignificant findings. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 52-year-old female who presented to the ED with acute-onset chest pain that had started early in the morning while she was sleeping...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624712/classification-of-ecg-heartbeats-using-nonlinear-decomposition-methods-and-support-vector-machine
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Kandala N V P S Rajesh, Ravindra Dhuli
Classifying electrocardiogram (ECG) heartbeats for arrhythmic risk prediction is a challenging task due to minute variations in the amplitude, duration and morphology of the ECG signal. In this paper, we propose two feature extraction approaches to classify five types of heartbeats: normal, premature ventricular contraction, atrial premature contraction, left bundle branch block and right bundle branch block. In the first approach, ECG beats are decomposed into intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) using ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD)...
June 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588014/different-approaches-for-catheter-ablation-of-para-hisian-accessory-pathways-implications-for-mapping-and-ablation
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Ming Liang, Zulu Wang, Yanchun Liang, Guitang Yang, Zhiqing Jin, Mingyu Sun, Yaling Han
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of para-Hisian accessory pathways (APs) can be challenging because of adjacent conduction tissue. Some different approaches for ablation, including the inferior vena cava approach (IVC-A), the noncoronary cusp approach (NCC-A), or the superior vena cava approach (SVC-A), have been reported. However, when should para-Hisian APs be mapped and ablated by the IVC-A, NCC-A, or SVC-A is not well established. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 55 consecutive patients (mean age, 53±11 years, 36 males) with para-Hisian APs...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582906/paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-recognition-based-on-multi-scale-r%C3%A3-nyi-entropy-of-ecg
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Yi Xin, Yizhang Zhao, Yuanhui Mu, Qin Li, Caicheng Shi
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common type of arrhythmia disease, which has a high morbidity and can lead to some serious complications. The ability to detect and in turn prevent AF is extremely significant to the patient and clinician. OBJECTIVE: Using ECG to detect AF and develop a robust and effective algorithm is the primary objective of this study. METHODS: Some studies show that after AF occurs, the regulatory mechanism of vagus nerve and sympathetic nerve will change...
May 19, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559848/efficient-fetal-maternal-ecg-signal-separation-from-two-channel-maternal-abdominal-ecg-via-diffusion-based-channel-selection
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Ruilin Li, Martin G Frasch, Hau-Tieng Wu
There is a need for affordable, widely deployable maternal-fetal ECG monitors to improve maternal and fetal health during pregnancy and delivery. Based on the diffusion-based channel selection, here we present the mathematical formalism and clinical validation of an algorithm capable of accurate separation of maternal and fetal ECG from a two channel signal acquired over maternal abdomen. The proposed algorithm is the first algorithm, to the best of the authors' knowledge, focusing on the fetal ECG analysis based on two channel maternal abdominal ECG signal, and we apply it to two publicly available databases, the PhysioNet non-invasive fECG database (adfecgdb) and the 2013 PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology Challenge (CinC2013), to validate the algorithm...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558750/approach-selection-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-for-ventricular-arrhythmias-originating-from-the-left-ventricular-summit-potential-relevance-of-pseudo-delta-wave-intrinsicoid-deflection-time-maximal-deflection-index
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Cheng Zheng, Jin Li, Jia Li, De-Pu Zhou, Xiao-Wei Li, Shu-Jie Wu, Jia-Feng Lin
BACKGROUND: Ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) originating from the left ventricular summit is a challenge for radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA). The present study aimed to investigate the appropriate RFCA strategy for VAs originating from the left ventricular summit. METHODS: Forty-five consecutive patients with VAs arising from the left ventricular summit were successfully ablated at our cardiac electrophysiology center and reviewed in the study. RESULTS: Thirty-two cases of VAs were eliminated in the left ventricular endocardium by retrograde transaortic (n = 22, 22/45, 48...
May 30, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552419/a-new-algorithm-for-arrhythmia-interpretation
#9
Marzieh Mirtajaddini
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) is an essential tool used to diagnose serious heart disease but its interpretation is challenging for undergraduate students and junior practitioners despite numerous methods that have been suggested to aid ECG interpretation. This paper aims to present a new algorithm for arrhythmia interpretation that is superior to current methods to be used as a supplement to lecture materials for medical students. METHODS: A new systematic algorithm is introduced in this paper...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534239/analysis-of-screening-electrocardiogram-for-the-subcutaneous-defibrillator-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Vincent C Thomas, Mark Peterson, Martin McDaniel, Humberto Restrepo, Abraham Rothman, Amit Jain
Candidates for the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) are screened using an electrocardiogram (S-ECG) tool to measure appropriate detection. We sought to define the S-ICD candidacy of congenital heart disease patients using the S-ECG tool. We also analyzed the reliability of the (S-ECG) tool between measurers in this population. Patients above the age of 12 and with a diagnosis associated with either a higher incidence of cardiac arrest or vascular access challenges were asked to undergo screening...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529261/clinical-implications-of-electrocardiograms-for-patients-with-type-a-acute-aortic-dissection
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Masami Kosuge, Kazuo Kimura, Keiji Uchida, Munetaka Masuda, Kouichi Tamura
Type A acute aortic dissection (AAD) is a serious cardiovascular emergency requiring urgent surgery. Timely accurate diagnosis is essential, but often challenging, because of the wide spectrum of clinical presentations. In patients with type A AAD, chest pain is the most common symptom; furthermore, ischemic ST-T changes such as ST-segment elevation or depression or negative T waves are frequently observed on presentation ECG. These clinical presentations of type A AAD are difficult to differentiate from those of acute coronary syndrome (ACS), which could lead to delayed diagnosis and treatment of type A AAD or misdiagnosis of ACS followed by inappropriate treatment...
May 19, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523371/impact-of-electrocardiogram-screening-during-drug-challenge-test-for-the-prediction-of-t-wave-oversensing-by-a-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-patients-with-brugada-syndrome
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Tsukasa Kamakura, Mitsuru Wada, Kohei Ishibashi, Yuko Y Inoue, Koji Miyamoto, Hideo Okamura, Satoshi Nagase, Takashi Noda, Takeshi Aiba, Satoshi Yasuda, Kengo Kusano
Screening tests conducted at rest may be inadequate for the prediction of the T-wave oversensing (TWOS) in subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) candidates with Brugada syndrome (BrS) because of the dynamic nature of electrocardiogram (ECG) morphology. We evaluated the utility of ECG screening during drug challenge (DC) for prediction of TWOS in BrS patients implanted with an S-ICD. The study enrolled 6 consecutive BrS patients implanted with an S-ICD. In addition to baseline ECG screening, pre-implant screening during DC using a sodium channel blocker was performed in all patients...
May 18, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521022/management-of-untreatable-ventricular-arrhythmias-during-pharmacologic-challenges-with-sodium-channel-blockers-for-suspected-brugada-syndrome
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Stefano Poli, Mauro Toniolo, Massimo Maiani, Davide Zanuttini, Luca Rebellato, Igor Vendramin, Ermanno Dametto, Guglielmo Bernardi, Flavio Bassi, Carlo Napolitano, Ugolino Livi, Alessandro Proclemer
Pharmacologic challenge with sodium channel blockers is part of the diagnostic workout in patients with suspected Brugada syndrome. The test is overall considered safe but both ajmaline and flecainide detain well known pro-arrhythmic properties. Moreover, the treatment of patients with life-threatening arrhythmias during these diagnostic procedures is not well defined. Current consensus guidelines suggest to adopt cautious protocols interrupting the sodium channel blockers as soon as any ECG alteration appears...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509860/a-combined-independent-source-separation-and-quality-index-optimization-method-for-fetal-ecg-extraction-from-abdominal-maternal-leads
#14
Lucia Billeci, Maurizio Varanini
The non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) technique has recently received considerable interest in monitoring fetal health. The aim of our paper is to propose a novel fECG algorithm based on the combination of the criteria of independent source separation and of a quality index optimization (ICAQIO-based). The algorithm was compared with two methods applying the two different criteria independently-the ICA-based and the QIO-based methods-which were previously developed by our group. All three methods were tested on the recently implemented Fetal ECG Synthetic Database (FECGSYNDB)...
May 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496938/brugada-syndrome-risk-stratification-and-management
#15
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Yoshifusa Aizawa
The Brugada syndrome (BrS) is an arrhythmogenic disease associated with an increased risk of ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. The risk stratification and management of BrS patients, particularly of asymptomatic ones, still remains challenging. A previous history of aborted sudden cardiac death or arrhythmic syncope in the presence of spontaneous type 1 ECG pattern of BrS phenotype appear to be the most reliable predictors of future arrhythmic events. Several other ECG parameters have been proposed for risk stratification...
October 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495906/emergency-corneal-grafting-in-the-uk-a-6-year-analysis-of-the-uk-transplant-registry
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Parwez Hossain, Abdo Karim Tourkmani, Dimitri Kazakos, Mark Jones, David Anderson
BACKGROUND: Corneal graft (CG) surgery is the most common and successful tissue transplant worldwide. A small and important group of patients are operated in emergency situations, typically to save a perforated eye. Our knowledge of the indications and outcomes of emergency corneal graft (eCG) is limited. METHODS: Retrospective, multifactorial analysis of all CGs registered by the UK Transplant Service from April 1999 to March 2005. RESULTS: A total of 12 976 CGs were performed...
May 11, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495007/a-lightweight-qrs-detector-for-single-lead-ecg-signals-using-a-max-min-difference-algorithm
#17
Diptangshu Pandit, Li Zhang, Chengyu Liu, Samiran Chattopadhyay, Nauman Aslam, Chee Peng Lim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Detection of the R-peak pertaining to the QRS complex of an ECG signal plays an important role for the diagnosis of a patient's heart condition. To accurately identify the QRS locations from the acquired raw ECG signals, we need to handle a number of challenges, which include noise, baseline wander, varying peak amplitudes, and signal abnormality. This research aims to address these challenges by developing an efficient lightweight algorithm for QRS (i.e., R-peak) detection from raw ECG signals...
June 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493201/nuclear-cardiology-practice-in-spain
#18
Amelia Jimenez-Heffernan, Santiago Aguade-Bruix, Irene Casans-Tormo
BACKGROUND: In Spain, nuclear cardiology (NC) procedures represent the second most frequently performed studies in nuclear medicine (NM) centers. METHODS: The NC Working Group of the Spanish Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging invited NM departments across the country to answer an online questionnaire regarding 2014 activity. RESULTS: Data on 40,161 patients from 42 centers were collected. The responding public centers served 39% of Spain´s population...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485279/predicting-the-infarct-related-artery-in-stemi-from-the-surface-ecg-independent-validation-of-proposed-criteria
#19
Rob Eerdekens, Jose F Chavez, Justin M Fox, James D Flaherty, Lukas Rc Dekker, Nils P Johnson
AIMS: This study independently evaluated the diagnostic performance of electrocardiographic (ECG) criteria to predict the infarct related artery (IRA) in patients with an acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). While a number of ECG criteria have been proposed to predict the IRA in STEMI, many of these "rules" came from modestly sized populations and did not undergo external validation. Therefore, we evaluated popular criteria from the literature in an independent cohort...
May 9, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479090/electrocardiogram-training-for-residents-a-curriculum-based-on-facebook-and-twitter
#20
Stanley S Liu, Sammy Zakaria, Dhananjay Vaidya, Mukta C Srivastava
BACKGROUND: We studied whether social media applications can serve as effective educational tools for teaching electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation to medical residents. METHODS: 39 emergency, family, and internal medicine residents participated in the 33-week "ECG of the Week" curriculum via Facebook and Twitter. ECG skill was assessed before and after the study with a 10-ECG quiz. Outcomes of interest included predictors of participant response rates and post-study quiz performance...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
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