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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231318/effects-of-na-channel-blockers-on-the-restitution-of-refractory-period-conduction-time-and-excitation-wavelength-in-perfused-guinea-pig-heart
#1
Oleg E Osadchii
Na+ channel blockers flecainide and quinidine can increase propensity to ventricular tachyarrhythmia, whereas lidocaine and mexiletine are recognized as safe antiarrhythmics. Clinically, ventricular fibrillation is often precipitated by transient tachycardia that reduces action potential duration, suggesting that a critical shortening of the excitation wavelength (EW) may contribute to the arrhythmic substrate. This study examined whether different INa blockers can produce contrasting effects on the rate adaptation of the EW, which would explain the difference in their safety profile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229312/routine-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-does-not-detect-inflammation-in-the-left-atrium-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Philipp S Lange, Nemanja Avramovic, Gerrit Frommeyer, Kristina Wasmer, Christian Pott, Lars Eckardt, Christian Wenning
Increasing evidence supports a role of inflammation in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, direct evidence of persistent inflammatory activity in the atria of AF patients is scarce. In this study, we used 18-Fluor-Deoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) to determine atrial inflammation in patients with and without AF. Retrospectively, (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans were analyzed. 37 patients with a history of AF were compared to an age and sex matched control group with no history of AF...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229241/acquired-prolongation-of-qt-interval-as-a-risk-factor-for-torsade-de-pointes-ventricular-tachycardia-a-narrative-review-for-the-anesthesiologist-and-intensivist
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REVIEW
Arsen Uvelin, Jasmina Pejaković, Vesna Mijatović
More than 70% of intensive care unit (ICU) patients experience heart rhythm disturbances, and these patients have correspondingly higher mortality rates. Consequently, one of the standards of care in ICUs is continuous electrocardiography monitoring. One of the potentially preventable dysrhythmic events is the occurrence of torsade de pointes ventricular tachycardia in the setting of acquired prolonged QT interval. This type of ventricular tachycardia can be malignant because it often progresses to ventricular fibrillation...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228120/findings-of-transoesophageal-echocardiogram-in-appropriately-anticoagulated-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-prior-to-planned-cardioversion
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Jūratė Barysienė, Aistė Žebrauskaitė, Dovilė Petrikonytė, Germanas Marinskis, Sigita Aidietienė, Audrius Aidietis
BACKGROUND: To evaluate a diagnostic value of transoesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) in appropriately anticoagulated patients with a non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) and to establish possible additional indications for TEE; to evaluate the incidence of left atrial (LA) thrombi in appropriately anticoagulated patients in daily clinical practice. METHODS: This retrospective study analyses data of 432 patients who had been anticoagulated by means of oral anticoagulants (OACs) prior to planned cardioversion during the period from 2012 to 2015...
February 23, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227692/current-distribution-in-tissues-with-conducted-electrical-weapons-operated-in-drive-stun-mode
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Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave, Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave, Dorin Panescu, Mark W Kroll, Michael Brave
INTRODUCTION: The TASER® conducted electrical weapon (CEW) is best known for delivering electrical pulses that can temporarily incapacitate subjects by overriding normal motor control. The alternative drive-stun mode is less understood and the goal of this paper is to analyze the distribution of currents in tissues when the CEW is operated in this mode. METHODS AND RESULTS: Finite element modeling (FEM) was used to approximate current density in tissues with boundary electrical sources placed 40 mm apart...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226990/validity-of-the-small-swine-model-for-human-electrical-safety-risks
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Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Dhanunjaya R Lakkireddy, Mark W Kroll, Dorin Panescu, Michael A Brave
Small swine are the most common model now used for electrical safety studies. Because of the significant anatomical and electrophysiological differences and the effect of animal size on the ventricular fibrillation (VF) threshold, there are concerns that these differences may exaggerate the risks of electrical devices to humans. We chose, as an illustrative and relevant example, swine studies of the TASER(®) conducted electrical weapon (CEW) as it has numerous published VF studies. We reviewed the published electrical swine safety studies for CEWs and compared them to finite element modeling studies, electrical safety standards, and epidemiological experience from field usage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225684/assessing-the-risks-associated-with-mri-in-patients-with-a-pacemaker-or-defibrillator
#7
Robert J Russo, Heather S Costa, Patricia D Silva, Jeffrey L Anderson, Aysha Arshad, Robert W W Biederman, Noel G Boyle, Jennifer V Frabizzio, Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, Steven L Higgins, Rachel Lampert, Christian E Machado, Edward T Martin, Andrew L Rivard, Jason C Rubenstein, Raymond H M Schaerf, Jennifer D Schwartz, Dipan J Shah, Gery F Tomassoni, Gail T Tominaga, Allison E Tonkin, Seth Uretsky, Steven D Wolff
Background The presence of a cardiovascular implantable electronic device has long been a contraindication for the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We established a prospective registry to determine the risks associated with MRI at a magnetic field strength of 1.5 tesla for patients who had a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that was "non-MRI-conditional" (i.e., not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for MRI scanning). Methods Patients in the registry were referred for clinically indicated nonthoracic MRI at a field strength of 1...
23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224928/impact-of-right-ventricular-function-on-outcome-of-severe-aortic-stenosis-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Edward Koifman, Romain Didier, Nirav Patel, Zack Jerusalem, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Itsik Ben-Dor, Smita I Negi, Zuyue Wang, Steven A Goldstein, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Jiaxiang Gai, Augusto D Pichard, Lowell F Satler, Ron Waksman, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction was shown to be associated with adverse outcomes in a variety of cardiac patients and is considered a risk factor for adverse outcome according to the updated Valve Academic Research Consortium criteria. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to assess the impact of RV function at baseline on 1-year mortality among patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: All patients with severe AS treated with TAVR from May 2007 to March 2015 at our center were included in the present study, and baseline and procedural characteristics were recorded for each patient...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224871/-a-patient-with-severe-digoxin-toxicity
#9
K P van Rhee, R van Bentum, K van Keulen, M I Kuypers, M B Haak
BACKGROUND: Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that is frequently prescribed in atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Symptoms such as nausea, hyperkalaemia, cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac arrest are seen in digoxin toxicity. The treatment focuses on reduction of digoxin absorption, prevention of hypokalaemia and hyperkalaemia, treatment of symptoms and, in severe toxicity, administration of digoxin antibodies. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 73-year-old man with a history of extensive cardiac disease was seen 45 minutes after ingesting 20 mg of digoxin...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220938/performance-of-the-new-biomonitor-2-af-insertable-cardiac-monitoring-system-can-better-be-worse
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Philipp Lacour, Phi Long Dang, Martin Huemer, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Philipp Attanasio, Burkert Pieske, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Florian Blaschke
BACKGROUND: Implantable loop recorders (ILR) are valuable tools for the investigation of patients with suspected arrhythmias. The BioMonitor 2-AF is a novel insertable ILR with enhanced atrial fibrillation (AF) detection algorithm and remote monitoring capability. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this first-in-human study with the BioMonitor 2-AF was to analyze course of P-wave sensing performance and R-wave amplitude, prevalence of false and correctly sensed and classified episodes, and effectiveness of remote monitoring...
February 21, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220472/renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension
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REVIEW
Giuseppe Coppolino, Anna Pisano, Laura Rivoli, Davide Bolignano
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is highly prevalent among the general hypertensive population and the clinical management of this condition remains problematic. Different approaches, including a more intensified antihypertensive therapy, lifestyle modifications, or both, have largely failed to improve patients' outcomes and to reduce cardiovascular and renal risk. As renal sympathetic hyperactivity is a major driver of resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic ablation (renal denervation) has been recently proposed as a possible therapeutic alternative to treat this condition...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220464/perspectives-and-challenges-of-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-cardiac-arrhythmia-research
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REVIEW
Alexander Goedel, Ilaria My, Daniel Sinnecker, Alessandra Moretti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The promises of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) for modeling arrhythmogenic disease, but also for drug discovery and toxicity tests, are straightforward and exciting. However, the full potential of this new technology has not been fully realized yet. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art research in arrhythmogenic disease modeling and drug discovery and an outlook of what can be expected from the second decade of hiPSC-based arrhythmia research...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220232/targeted-temperature-management-after-intraoperative-cardiac-arrest-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Anne-Laure Constant, Nicolas Mongardon, Quentin Morelot, Nicolas Pichon, David Grimaldi, Lauriane Bordenave, Alexis Soummer, Bertrand Sauneuf, Sybille Merceron, Sylvie Ricome, Benoit Misset, Cedric Bruel, David Schnell, Julie Boisramé-Helms, Etienne Dubuisson, Jennifer Brunet, Sigismond Lasocki, Pierrick Cronier, Belaid Bouhemad, Serge Carreira, Emmanuelle Begot, Benoit Vandenbunder, Gilles Dhonneur, Philippe Jullien, Matthieu Resche-Rigon, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Claire Montlahuc, Stephane Legriel
PURPOSE: Few outcome data are available about temperature management after intraoperative cardiac arrest (IOCA). We describe targeted temperature management (TTM) (32-34 °C) modalities, adverse events, and association with 1-year functional outcome in patients with IOCA. METHODS: Patients admitted to 11 ICUs after IOCA in 2008-2013 were studied retrospectively. The main outcome measure was 1-year functional outcome. RESULTS: Of the 101 patients [35 women and 66 men; median age, 62 years (interquartile range, 42-72)], 68 (67...
February 20, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217927/hypertension-induced-remodelling-on-the-interactions-of-cardiac-risk-factors
#14
Jakub Tomek, Gil Bub
Hypertension induces considerable cardiac remodelling, such as hypertrophy, interstitial fibrosis, and abnormal activity of cardiac sympathetic nervous system, which are established risk factors in several highly dangerous heart diseases, such as ventricular fibrillation and congestive heart failure. All these risk factors and heart diseases are studied extensively in isolation, but to our knowledge, there is no comprehensive review of their interactions. At the same time, there is growing evidence suggesting that such interactions are numerous and that a successful therapy against a particular condition may have unexpectedly weak effects on mortality, as treated patients may die of a different cause exacerbated by the therapy...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217309/qrs-duration-versus-morphology-and-survival-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#15
Mand J H Khidir, Victoria Delgado, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Martin J Schalij, Jeroen J Bax
AIMS: The prognostic implications of QRS duration and morphology in heart failure patients treated with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) remains debated. The present evaluation investigated the association between QRS duration (<150 vs. ≥150 ms) and QRS morphology (left bundle brand block [LBBB] vs. non-LBBB) and long-term prognosis of a large cohort of unselected heart failure patients treated with CRT according to contemporary guidelines. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 973 heart failure patients treated with CRT (mean age 66...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217234/inappropriate-shocks-from-a-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-due-to-oversensing-during-periods-of-rate-related-bundle-branch-block
#16
Maria João Sousa, Tim Betts
The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) is a novel technology with proven efficacy in sudden cardiac death prevention; however, there is a lack of long-term safety data. We describe the case of a 55-year-old female patient implanted with an S-ICD due to idiopathic ventricular fibrillation, who subsequently presented with inappropriate shocks leading to ventricular fibrillation that was successfully terminated by another shock. Inappropriate shocks were due to intermittent T wave oversensing during periods of rate-dependent right bundle branch block...
February 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216549/role-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-and-diabetes-mellitus-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-response-of-patients-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation-and-heart-failure-after-mitraclip
#17
Hidehiro Kaneko, Michael Neuss, Jens Weissenborn, Christian Butter
MitraClip (MC) is an alternative therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) who are at high surgical risk. Most candidates for MC have severe heart failure (HF) with increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) levels. We sought to clarify the response of NT-pro BNP after MC and to identify the determinants of NT-pro BNP nonresponders. Among 136 consecutive patients successfully treated with MC, we excluded 20 patients due to low baseline NT-pro BNP levels and therefore examined 116 patients...
February 20, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215591/the-effect-of-resuscitation-position-on-cerebral-and-coronary-perfusion-pressure-during-mechanical-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-porcine-cardiac-arrest-model
#18
Taeyun Kim, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Yong Joo Park, Hyun Ho Ryu, Guillaume Debaty, Keith Lurie, Ki Jeong Hong
OBJECTIVE: Automated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) devices can be used during transport in a small spaces (e.g. an elevator) to reduce the length of stretcher and via body position change. It is unknown whether patient position is associated with the optimal cerebral (CePP) and coronary (CoPP) perfusion pressure. METHODS: This study utilized a randomized experimental design and anesthetized, intubated and paralyzed female pigs (n=12) (mean 42, SD 3kg) on a customized tilt table...
February 16, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215065/application-of-computer-models-on-atrial-fibrillation-research
#19
Michela Masè
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a multifactorial and multiscale disease, where electrical, structural, anatomical and genetic factors contribute to the emergence of a complex and dynamic macroscopic phenotype. The incomplete understanding of AF mechanisms and the diversity and multiplicity of factors promoting the arrhythmia in humans have hampered the development of effective therapeutic approaches. Computer models and simulation of atrial arrhythmias may represent an unique allied to investigate AF mechanisms and direct therapeutic strategies, being able to merge and provide interpretation for multiscale data from cellular to entire organ scale levels...
February 17, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214792/suppression-of-tumorigenicity-2-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#20
Omar F AbouEzzeddine, Paul M McKie, Shannon M Dunlay, Susanna R Stevens, G Michael Felker, Barry A Borlaug, Horng H Chen, Russell P Tracy, Eugene Braunwald, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2) receptor is a biomarker that is elevated in certain systemic inflammatory diseases. Comorbidity-driven microvascular inflammation is postulated to play a key role in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) pathophysiology, but data on how sST2 relates to clinical characteristics or inflammatory conditions or biomarkers in HFpEF are limited. We sought to determine circulating levels and clinical correlates of sST2 in HFpEF...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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