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Ventricular Fibrilation

Jinny Robson, Parham Aram, Martyn P Nash, Chris P Bradley, Martin Hayward, David J Paterson, Peter Taggart, Richard H Clayton, Visakan Kadirkamanathan
In this paper, we present a novel approach to quantify the spatio-temporal organization of electrical activation during human ventricular fibrillation (VF). We propose three different methods based on correlation analysis, graph theoretical measures and hierarchical clustering. Using the proposed approach, we quantified the level of spatio-temporal organization during three episodes of VF in ten patients, recorded using multi-electrode epicardial recordings with 30 s coronary perfusion, 150 s global myocardial ischaemia and 30 s reflow...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Natalia A Trayanova, Patrick M Boyle, Plamen P Nikolov
The goal of this article is to review advances in computational modeling of the heart, with a focus on recent non-invasive clinical imaging- and simulation-based strategies aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with arrhythmias and structural heart disease. Following a brief overview of the field of computational cardiology, we present recent applications of the personalized virtual-heart approach in predicting the optimal targets for infarct-related ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation ablation, and in determining risk of sudden cardiac death in myocardial infarction patients...
March 2018: Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Eva Gerdts, Raffaele Izzo, Costantino Mancusi, Maria Angela Losi, Maria Virginia Manzi, Grazia Canciello, Nicola De Luca, Bruno Trimarco, Giovanni de Simone
BACKGROUND: In general, women have lower risk for cardiovascular disease. We tested whether this sex-specific protection persists also in the presence of hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). METHODS: 12,329 women and men with hypertension and free from prevalent cardiovascular disease enrolled in the prospective Campania Salute Network registry were followed over a median of 4.1years. Subjects were grouped according to the absence or the presence of LVH identified by echocardiography using validated sex-specific cut-off values of LV mass index (>47g/m2...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mark Stewart
This review traces the examination of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory derangements associated with seizure activity in the clinical and preclinical literature generally, and in the author's animal model specifically, and concludes with the author's views on the potential mechanisms for sudden death in epilepsy (SUDEP). An animal model that employs kainic acid-induced seizures on a background of urethane anesthesia has permitted unprecedented access to the behavior of autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems during seizure activity...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Carina Carnlöf, Per Insulander, Mats Jensen-Urstad, Marie Iwarzon, Fredrik Gadler
OBJECTIVES: To explore sex differences regarding indication for atrio-ventricular junction ablation (AVJ), choice of pacing system, complications to pacemaker treatment, long-term outcome, and cause of death after AVJ ablation. DESIGN: 700 patients who had undergone AVJ ablation between January 1990 and December 2010 were included. Data were retrieved from the patients´ medical records and the Swedish Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Registry...
March 14, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Christian Hassager, Ken Nagao, David Hildick-Smith
The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has improved in the past few decades because of advances in interventions used outside and in hospital. About half of patients who have OHCA with initial ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation and who are admitted to hospital in coma after return of spontaneous circulation will survive to discharge with a reasonable neurological status. In this Series paper we discuss in-hospital management of patients with post-cardiac-arrest syndrome. In most patients, the most important in-hospital interventions other than routine intensive care are continuous active treatment (in non-comatose and comatose patients and including circulatory support in selected patients), cooling of core temperature to 32-36°C by targeted temperature management for at least 24 h, immediate coronary angiography with or without percutaneous coronary intervention, and delay of final prognosis until at least 72 h after OHCA...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
Thomas Uray, Andrew Lamade, Jonathan Elmer, Tomas Drabek, Jason P Stezoski, Amalea Missé, Keri Janesko-Feldman, Robert H Garman, Niel Chen, Patrick M Kochanek, Cameron Dezfulian
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac arrest etiology may be an important source of between-patient heterogeneity, but the impact of etiology on organ injury is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that asphyxial cardiac arrest results in greater neurologic injury than cardiac etiology cardiac arrest (ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest), whereas ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest results in greater cardiovascular dysfunction after return of spontaneous circulation. DESIGN: Prospective observational human and randomized animal study...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
M Hulleman, M T Blom, A Bardai, H L Tan, R W Koster
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March 12, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Alessandro Proclemer, Massimo Zecchin, Antonio D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Boriani, Domenico Facchin, Luca Rebellato, Marco Ghidina, Giulia Bianco, Emanuela Bernardelli, Elsa Pucher, Dario Gregori
BACKGROUND: The pacemaker (PM) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) registry of the Italian Association of Arrhythmology and Cardiac Pacing (AIAC) monitors the main epidemiological data in real-world practice. The survey for the 2016 activity collects information about demographics, clinical characteristics, main indications for PM/ICD therapy and device types from the Italian collaborating centers. METHODS: The registry collects prospectively national PM and ICD implantation activity on the basis of European cards...
February 2018: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Eli Muchtar, Morie A Gertz, Shaji K Kumar, Grace Lin, Barry Boilson, Alfredo Clavell, Martha Q Lacy, Francis K Buadi, Suzanne R Hayman, Prashant Kapoor, David Dingli, S Vincent Rajkumar, Angela Dispenzieri, Martha Grogan
AIM: Digoxin is considered contraindicated in light-chain (AL) amyloidosis, given reports of increased toxicity published 30-50 years ago. We sought to determine the frequency of digoxin toxicity in patients with AL. METHODS: We identified 107 patients with AL amyloidosis who received digoxin between 2000 and 2015. RESULTS: The median age was 65 and the median digoxin dose and estimated glomerular filtration rate were 0.125 mg/d and 55 ml/min/1...
March 12, 2018: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
Patrycja Pruszkowska, Radosław Lenarczyk, Jakub Gumprecht, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Michał Mazurek, Oskar Kowalski, Adam Sokal, Tomasz Podolecki, Stanisław Morawski, Witold Streb, Katarzyna Mitręga, Zbigniew Kalarus
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation with cryobaloon catheter ablation (CCB) is an effective method oftreatment in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) but in patients with heart failure (HF) therole of CCB remains unknown. AIMS: To assess feasibility, effectiveness and safety of CCB in patients with HF and cardiac electronic devices (CIED), the impact of the procedure on symptoms and echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Thirty consecutive HF patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (EF)≤40% and CIED, referred for CCB of AF were included...
March 12, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
R Skulec, D Astapenko, R Cerna Parizkova, B Furst, M Bilska, T Parizek, T Hovanec, N Pinterova, J Knor, J Dudakova, A Truhlar, V Radochova, Z Zadak, V Cerny
We conducted an experimental study to evaluate the presence of coordinated left ventricular mechanical myocardial activity (LVMA) in two types of experimentally induced cardiac arrest: ventricular fibrillation (VF) and pulseless electrical activity (PEA). Twenty anesthetized domestic pigs were randomized 1:1 either to induction of VF or PEA. They were left in nonresuscitated cardiac arrest until the cessation of LVMA and microcirculation. Surface ECG, presence of LVMA by transthoracic echocardiography and sublingual microcirculation were recorded...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Stephen A McCullough, Michael A Fifer, Pouya Mohajer, Patricia A Lowry, Caitlin O'Callaghan Reen, Aaron L Baggish, Gus J Vlahakes, Yuichi J Shimada
BACKGROUND: The clinical characteristics associated with elevated right atrial pressure (RAP) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) are unknown. Few data exist as to whether elevated RAP has prognostic implications in patients with HCM. This study investigated the clinical correlates and prognostic value of elevated RAP in HCM.Methods and Results:This retrospective cohort study was performed on 180 patients with HCM who underwent right heart catheterization between 1997 and 2014. Elevated RAP was defined as >8 mmHg...
March 9, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Eric Shulman, Jay J Chudow, Tina Shah, Krina Shah, Ariel Peleg, Dmitriy Nevelev, Faraj Kargoli, Lynn Zaremski, Cecilia Berardi, Andrea Natale, Jorge Romero, Luigi Di Biase, John Fisher, Andrew Krumerman, Kevin J Ferrick
No previous studies have examined the interaction between body mass index (BMI) and race/ethnicity with the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). We retrospectively followed 48,323 persons free of AF (43% Hispanic, 37% black, and 20% white; median age 60 years) for subsequent incident AF (ascertained from electrocardiograms). BMI categories included very severely underweight (BMI <15 kg/m2 ), severely underweight (BMI 15.1 to 15.9 kg/m2 ), underweight (BMI 16 to 18.4 kg/m2 ), normal (BMI 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2 ), overweight (BMI 25...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Krzysztof Boczar, Agnieszka Sławuta, Andrzej Ząbek, Maciej Dębski, Jacek Gajek, Jacek Lelakowski, Barbara Małecka
CRT is a therapeutic option for patients with heart failure, sinus rhythm, prolonged QRS complex duration and reduced ejection fraction. We present a case of 71-year-old woman with dilated cardiomyopathy, NYHA functional class III and AF. We implanted CRT combined with direct His-bundle pacing. The indication for such a therapy was a left bundle branch block with a QRS complex of 178ms and a left ventricular EF of 15%, left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD) of 75mm. After 8months of follow-up the LVEDD was 60mm with EF 35-40%...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Serdar Demir, Abdulkadir Uslu, Ahmet Guner, Sabahattin Gunduz, Muzaffer Kahyaoglu, Ayhan Kup, Mehmet Celik, Ozge Akgun, Munevver Sarı, Taylan Akgun
Malignant ventricular arrhythmias are challenging to manage, requiring a multidisciplinary approach. The mechanism, which triggers ventricular fibrillation (VF) associated with ventricular extrasystoles has not been clarified yet, however, abolishing ventricular extrasystoles may stop ventricular fibrillation in these patients. By this case presentation, we aimed to present a successful treatment of an electrical storm (ES), which developed after an acute myocardial infarction, by catheter ablation.
February 24, 2018: Journal of Electrocardiology
Matthew Nayor, Danielle M Enserro, Vanessa Xanthakis, Martin G Larson, Emelia J Benjamin, Jayashri Aragam, Gary F Mitchell, Ramachandran S Vasan
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the course, correlates, and prognosis of longitudinal changes in left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (DD) in the community-based Framingham Heart Study. BACKGROUND: Relationships of clinical risk factors to longitudinal progression of DD are incompletely understood. METHODS: Diastolic function was assessed by echocardiography performed at consecutive examinations (visits 1 and 2, mean interval 5...
March 1, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Vasiliki V Georgiopoulou, Arash Velayati, Greg Burkman, Song Li, Kanwal Farooq, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Lampros Papadimitriou, Javed Butler, Andreas P Kalogeropoulos
Patients with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) tend to be older and have a high co-morbidity burden. The impact of co-morbid conditions and sociodemographic risk factors on outcomes in these patients has not been quantified. We evaluated 445 consecutive outpatients with HFpEF, defined as established diagnosis of heart failure (HF) with left ventricular ejection fraction at presentation >40% and no previous left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40%. Patients with specific cardiomyopathies, congenital heart disease, primary right-sided disease, valvular disease, or previous advanced HF therapies were excluded...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Vincenzo Russo, Andrea Antonio Papa, Anna Rago, Carmine Ciardiello Eng, Gerardo Nigro
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common finding in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) population. Pacemakers may facilitate the diagnosis and management of frequent subclinical asymptomatic AF episodes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of minimal ventricular pacing (MVP) on paroxysmal AF incidence in DM1 patients during a 24-month follow-up period. METHODS: We enrolled 70 DM1 patients (age 43.4 ± 13.8; 39 F) who underwent dual chamber pacemaker implantation...
March 7, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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
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