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Ronald J Polinsky
In October 2015, a 74-year-old Caucasian male patient (past medical history of hyperlipidemia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and hypothyroidism) presented to the cardiologist for follow-up outpatient evaluation of exertional chest pain. The patient had recently been seen at the Emergency Department for the same complaint. At that time, the patient's cardiac markers, EKG, and pharmacological nuclear stress testing were all reported as normal. At presentation to the cardiologist, the patient's physical examination findings were unremarkable...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313183/predictors-of-unknown-cancer-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Sonia Quintas, Jacobo Rogado, Pedro Gullón, Vilma Pacheco-Barcia, Julio Dotor García-Soto, Gemma Reig-Roselló, Rebeca Mondéjar, Ramón Colomer, Jose Vivancos
Stroke is the second most frequent neurologic finding in postmortem studies of cancer patients. It has also been described as the first expression of an occult cancer. We have studied patients diagnosed with cancer after an ischemic stroke (IS) and we analyze differences with non-tumor patients. Single cohort longitudinal retrospective study of patients admitted to our center with IS diagnosis from 1 January 2012 to 12 December 2014. All patients were followed for 18 months. Patients with transient ischemic infarction or cerebral hemorrhage, active cancer or in the last 5 years, inability to follow-up or absence of complete complementary study (holter-EKG, echocardiogram, and dupplex/angiography-CT) were excluded...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299356/fluoropyrimidine-induced-cardiac-toxicity-challenging-the-current-paradigm
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Suparna C Clasen, Bonnie Ky, Rupal O'Quinn, Bruce Giantonio, Ursina Teitelbaum, Joseph R Carver
Background: Fluoropyrimidine chemotherapy [5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and capecitabine] are commonly used agents in the treatment of various solid malignancies. However, their use has been limited by cardiac toxicity, presenting as a wide spectrum of asymptomatic (e.g., EKG changes) and symptomatic (e.g., chest pain) manifestations related to coronary vasospasm leading to myocardial ischemia. Historically, patients with suspected coronary vasospasm have been treated with traditional acute ischemic workup and various combinations of anti-anginal therapies...
December 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282836/geometric-patterns-of-time-delay-plots-from-different-cardiac-rhythms-and-arrhythmias-using-short-term-ekg-signals
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Raúl A Borracci, José D Montoya Pulvet, Carlos A Ingino, Mario Fitz Maurice, Alfredo Hirschon Prado, Enrique Dominé
OBJECTIVE: To date, no systematic work has been intended to describe spatio-temporal patterns of cardiac rhythms using only short series of RR intervals, to facilitate visual or computerized-aided identification of EKG motifs for use in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to detect and classify eye-catching geometric patterns of Poincaré time-delay plots from different types of cardiac rhythms and arrhythmias using short-term EKG signals. METHODS: Approximately 150-300 representative, consecutive beats were retrieved from 24-h Holter registers of 100 patients with different heart rhythms...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281559/left-atrial-abnormality-laa-as-a-predictor-of-ibrutinib-associated-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Anthony R Mato, Suparna Clasen, Peter Pickens, Lisa Gashonia, Joanna Rhodes, Jakub Svoboda, Mitchell Hughes, Chadi Nabhan, Naveed Ali, Stephen Schuster, Joseph Carver
Results from several recent studies in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) have demonstrated an association between ibrutinib exposure and the development of atrial fibrillation, estimated incidence of 11% with long-term follow up. This is a common cause of ibrutinib discontinuation. Risk factors for atrial fibrillation include advanced age, hypertension (HTN), mitral valve disease (MVD), left atrial remodeling, coronary artery disease (CAD) and risk factors for cardiovascular dysfunction We conducted a retrospective case control study using the presence of left atrial abnormality identified on pre-ibrutinib EKGs, defined as either (1) Lead II-bifed p wave, with 40 mcsec between peaks for ≥ 2...
December 27, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277685/cardiac-rhythm-and-pacemaking-abnormalities-in-patients-affected-by-endemic-pemphigus-in-colombia-may-be-a-result-of-deposition-of-autoantibodies-complement-fibrinogen-and-other-molecules
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Ana Maria Abreu Velez, Michael S Howard, Jorge Enrique Velazquez-Velez
BACKGROUND: We showed that one third of the patients affected by endemic pemphigus foliaceus in El Bagre, Colombia (El Bagre-EPF) display autoreactivity to the heart. OBJECTIVE: We aim to investigate rhythm disturbances with presence of autoantibodies and correlate them with electrocardiographic changes in these patients. METHODS: We performed a study comparing 30 patients and 30 controls from the endemic area, matched by demographics including age, sex and weight; work activities, comorbidities, among other variables...
December 22, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217178/factors-associated-with-advanced-cardiac-care-in-prehospital-chest-pain-patients
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Adam Frisch, Kenneth J Heidle, Stephanie O Frisch, Ashar Ata, Brandon Kramer, Caroline Colleran, Jestin N Carlson
INTRODUCTION: Many patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS) may require advanced cardiac care but do not have ST-segment elevation (STEMI) on the initial prehospital EKG. We sought to identify factors associated with the need for advanced cardiac care in undifferentiated EMS patients reporting chest pain in the absence of STEMI on EKG. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all adult patients, reporting atraumatic chest pain from a single EMS agency, presenting to a single, urban hospital over a 10-year period...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189171/inappropriate-sinus-tachycardia
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Mohammed Ruzieh, Abdelmoniem Moustafa, Ebrahim Sabbagh, Mohammad M. Karim, Saima Karim
Definition and diagnosis: Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST) is a clinical syndrome characterized by a sinus heart rate inexplicably higher than one hundred beats per minute at rest that is associated with symptoms like palpitations, dyspnea or dizziness in the absence of primary causes of tachycardia. The diagnosis requires exclusion of other causes of tachycardia including medications/substances (such as anti-cholinergic, beta-blocker withdrawal, caffeine, and alcohol) or medical conditions (such as panic attacks, pulmonary embolism, fever, hyperthyroidism, hypovolemia, anemia, and pain)...
November 29, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184345/vagus-nerve-stimulation-modulates-complexity-of-heart-rate-variability-differently-during-sleep-and-wakefulness
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Karthi Balasubramanian, K Harikumar, Nithin Nagaraj, Sandipan Pati
Progressive loss of heart rate variability (HRV) and complexity are associated with increased risk of mortality in patients with cardiovascular disease and are a candidate marker for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. HRV is influenced by the cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS), although it is unclear which arm of the ANS (sympathetic or parasympathetic) needs to be perturbed to increase the complexity of HRV. In this case-control study, we have analyzed the relation between modulation of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and changes in complexity of HRV as a function of states of vigilance...
October 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177620/revisiting-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-should-cpr-be-initiated
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Katie L Konesky, Weidun Alan Guo
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) represents a unique problem, and poses difficult challenges in the care of trauma patients. Although the literature has suggested that attempted resuscitation from TCA in trauma is futile and consumptive of medical and human resources, studies have recently demonstrated that the outcome of TCA is comparable cardiac arrest secondary to non-traumatic events. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence, predictors, and outcomes following TCA...
November 25, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172010/extended-multiple-field-high-definition-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-hd-tdcs-is-well-tolerated-and-safe-in-healthy-adults
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Christopher A Turski, Alanna Kessler-Jones, Clara Chow, Bruce Hermann, David Hsu, Jana Jones, Susanne K Seeger, Rick Chappell, Melanie Boly, Chrysanthy Ikonomidou
BACKGROUND: High definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) has been administered over single brain regions for small numbers of sessions. Safety, feasibility and tolerability of HD-tDCS over multiple brain regions, multiple daily stimulations and long periods are not established. OBJECTIVE: We studied safety, feasibility and tolerability of daily HD-tDCS over 2-4 brain regions for 20 sessions in healthy adults. METHODS: Five healthy adults underwent physical and neurological examination, electrocardiogram (EKG), electroencephalogram (EEG) and cognitive screening (ImpACT) before, during and after HD-tDCS...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150791/16-channel-flexible-system-to-measure-electrophysiological-properties-of-bioengineered-hearts
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Betsy H Salazar, Kristopher A Hoffman, Anilkumar K Reddy, Sridhar Madala, Ravi K Birla
As tissue engineering continues to mature, it is necessary to develop new technologies that bring insight into current paradigms and guide improvements for future experiments. To this end, we have developed a system to characterize our bioartificial heart model and compare them to functional native structures. In the present study, the hearts of adult Sprague-Dawley were decellularized resulting in a natural three-dimensional cardiac scaffold. Neonatal rat primary cardiac cells were then cultured within a complex 3D fibrin gel, forming a 3-dimensional cardiac construct, which was sutured to the acellular scaffold and suspended in media for 24-48 h...
November 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147830/asymptomatic-adult-intrapericardial-diaphragmatic-hernia-detected-on-cardiac-spect-ct
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Muhammad Yasir Adeel, Saad Sikanderkhel, Zartashia Shahab, Isabel Oliva, Jaime Gerber
An 83-year-old man underwent exercise stress test with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging for new electrocardiogram (EKG) changes. The stress EKG did not show any significant changes. Myocardial perfusion imaging with SPECT demonstrated an inferior wall defect and extracardiac uptake of nuclear tracer. Simultaneous cardiac computed tomography performed for attenuation correction showed presence of intrapericardial hepatic tissue in an anterior diaphragmatic hernia...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131462/outcomes-of-liver-transplantation-in-pediatric-recipients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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Márcio Miranda Brito, Joao Seda Neto, Eduardo A Fonseca, Renata Pugliese, Vera B Danesi, Helry L Candido, Adriana Porta, Cristian V B Borges, Gilda Porta, Paulo Chapchap, Irene Kazue Miura
LT exerts considerable stress on the heart perioperatively. Limited data exist on impact of cardiovascular diseases on LT children. This study evaluated the outcomes of children with CVD who underwent LT and compared with pretransplant findings. From 518 LT recipients, 82 (15.8%) had CVD. Sixty patients were classified as low-risk adjustment for congenital heart surgery 1 (RACHS 1 and 2). Five patients were classified as RACHS ≥3. The most common echocardiographic finding in the CVD patients (25/82) was ASD...
November 12, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118892/apical-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Ashraf Abugroun, Fatima Ahmed, Daniel Vilchez, Lalita Turaga
Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (ApHCM) is a rare variant of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, characterized by a spade-like left ventricular cavity. A 58-year-old African-American female with past medical history of hypertension presented for evaluation of recurrent exertional chest tightness, palpitations and headache. Prior workup including multiple stress tests and angiogram was non-conclusive. Electrocardiogram (EKG) showed characteristic marked T-waves inversions in inferior leads and left ventriculography revealed left ventricle apical hypertrophy with spade like left ventricular cavity that was typical of Yamaguchi syndrome...
October 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105057/potentially-high-risk-cardiac-arrhythmias-with-focal-to-bilateral-tonic-clonic-seizures-and-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-are-associated-with-the-duration-of-periictal-hypoxemia
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Katherine J Park, Gaurav Sharma, Jeffrey D Kennedy, Masud Seyal
OBJECTIVE: To investigate potentially high-risk cardiac arrhythmias (PHAs) following focal to bilateral tonic-clonic seizures (FBTCSs) and generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCSs) and to study the association of PHAs with seizure characteristics and the severity of associated ictal respiratory dysfunction. METHODS: Electrocardiographic (EKG) and pulse oximetry (SpO2 ) data were recorded concurrently with video-electroencephalographic telemetry in the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU)...
December 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104235/assessment-of-prescribing-and-monitoring-habits-for-patients-taking-an-antiarrhythmic-and-concomitant-qtc-prolonging-antibiotic
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Kelsey Noss, Sandra M Aguero, Travis Reinaker
Patients may intermittently require antimicrobial therapy with a QTc-prolonging antibiotic, which presents a challenge for prescribers of patients already taking a QTc-prolonging antiarrhythmic. Manufacturers recommend close monitoring for evidence of QTc-prolongation with the concomitant use of QTc-prolonging medications, but the monitoring parameters are not well-defined. Previous studies recommend a surveillance electrocardiogram (EKG) be completed both before and after the initiation of QTc-prolonging medications, but it is unknown to what degree EKGs displaying the QTc-interval are used to alter physician order entry and pharmacist order verification during concomitant therapy...
November 1, 2017: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099872/a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-of-ekg-for-neonatal-resuscitation
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Anup Katheria, Kathy Arnell, Melissa Brown, Kasim Hassen, Mauricio Maldonado, Wade Rich, Neil Finer
BACKGROUND: The seventh edition of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program recommends the use of a cardiac monitor in infants that need resuscitation. Previous trials have shown that EKG heart rate is available before pulse rate from a pulse oximeter. To date no trial has looked at how the availability of electrocardiogram (EKG) affects clinical interventions in the delivery room. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the availability of an EKG heart rate value and tracing to the clinical team has an effect on physiologic measures and related interventions during the stabilization of preterm infants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098093/epoetin-alfa-a-cause-of-coronary-artery-thrombosis
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Muhammad Umer Siddiqui, Yelena Galumyan, James Klein, Zunaira Naeem, Aron Schwarcz
Introduction: Epoetin alfa is an erythrocyte-stimulating factor. We here present a case of an anemic patient, who was given epogen before a coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery and developed periprocedural myocardial infarction. To our knowledge, there has been no previous case reported of epogen causing myocardial infarction. Case Presentation: 66-year-old female presented with substernal chest pain. EKG showed ST segment elevations in aVf and L-III. Patient underwent left heart catheterization (LHC) and had triple vessel disease...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097337/electrocardiographic-guided-technique-for-placement-of-ventriculo-atrial-shunts-a-valid-and-cost-effective-technical-simplification
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Giuseppe Maria Della Pepa, Giovanni Sabatino, Elisabetta Peppucci, Carmelo Lucio Sturiale, Alessio Albanese, Alfredo Puca, Alessandro Olivi, Enrico Marchese, Valerio Perotti
BACKGROUND: Ventriculo-atrial (VA) shunt is a routine technique for the treatment of hydrocephalus. Correct position at superior vena cava-right atrium junction is generally assessed by X-ray. We herein present the first experience of an alternative, non-radiographic technique to assess the distal end of the VA-shunts through an electrocardiographic (EKG) method. Such a technique is mutuated from the very large experience on central-venous catheters (CVC) worldwide: the EKG-guided method is a common and validated alternative to the standard radiological control of the location of the tip of any CVC...
October 30, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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