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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522367/qrs-t-wave-and-calcium-alternans-in-a-type-i-diabetic-mouse-model-for-spontaneous-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-tachycardia-a-mechanism-for-the-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-statins
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Hongwei Jin, Charles M Welzig, Mark Aronovitz, Farzad Noubary, Robert Blanton, Bo Wang, Mohammad Rajab, Alfred Albano, Mark S Link, Sami F Noujaim, Ho-Jin Park, Jonas B Galper
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden arrhythmic death is markedly increased in diabetics. OBJECTIVE: Develop a mouse model for Post MI VT in the diabetic heart and determine the mechanism of an antiarrhythmic effect of statins. METHODS: EKG transmitters were implanted in wild type (WT), placebo and pravastatin treated Type I diabetic Akita mice, MIs induced by coronary ligation, Ca(2+) transients studied by optical mapping, Ca(2+) transients and sparks in left VM (VM) by the Ionoptix system and confocal microscopy...
May 15, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521050/sudden-unexpected-death-during-sleep-in-familial-dysautonomia-a-case-control-study
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Jose-Alberto Palma, Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, Miguel A Perez, Christy L Spalink, Horacio Kaufmann
Study Objectives: Sudden unexpected death during sleep (SUDS) is the most common cause of death in patients with familial dysautonomia, an autosomal recessive disease characterized by sensory and autonomic dysfunction. It remains unknown what causes SUDS in these patients and who is at highest risk. We tested the hypothesis that SUDS in FD is linked to sleep-disordered breathing. Methods: We retrospectively identified patients with familial dysautonomia who died suddenly and unexpectedly during sleep and had undergone polysomnography within the 18-month period prior to death...
May 18, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515824/cardiogenic-shock-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-and-complete-heart-block-after-cavo-tricuspid-isthmus-atrial-flutter-ablation
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Thein Tun Aung, Edward Samuel Roberto, Kevin D Kravitz
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is the first-line management of cavo-tricuspid isthmus dependent atrial flutter. It has been performed with 95% success rate. Adverse events are very rare. We report the first case of acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) and complete heart block developed after successful atrial flutter ablation. A 62-year-old female with mild MR presented with palpitations. Surface electrocardiogram was suggestive of isthmus dependent atrial flutter. A duodecapolar mapping catheter showed an atrial flutter with cycle length of 280 ms...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472829/prevalence-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-hypothyroid-and-euthyroid-patients
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Lakshmi Kannan, Justyna Kotus-Bart, Aman Amanullah
The thyroid functions as a regulator of cardiac function and rhythm through genomic and nongenomic actions of triiodothyronine (T3) in cardiac myocytes. Atrial fibrillation is a common complication of thyrotoxicosis. Hypothyroidism is not considered a risk factor for arrhythmias despite well-known EKG changes in this condition. This case control study was conducted to analyze the differences, if any, in the prevalence of cardiac arrhythmias between hypothyroid patients and euthyroid controls. Three hundred and four consecutive patients admitted at our medical center for a period of one year were included in the study...
May 4, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462442/microwave-ablation-of-lung-tumors-near-the-heart-a-retrospective-review-of-short-term-procedural-safety-in-ten-patients
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Aaron W P Maxwell, Terrance T Healey, Damian E Dupuy
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the rate of short-term complications associated with microwave ablation of lung tumors located near the heart. METHODS: This HIPAA-compliant study was performed with a waiver for informed consent. Patients who underwent microwave ablation of lung tumors located 10 mm or less from the heart were identified by retrospective chart review. Both primary and metastatic tumors were included. Only tumors directly adjacent to one of the four cardiac chambers were included...
May 1, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455489/st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-with-acute-stent-thrombosis-presenting-as-intractable-hiccups-an-unusual-case
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Fan Zhang, Nosakhare Douglas Tongo, Victoria Hastings, Parisa Kanzali, Ziqiang Zhu, Hal Chadow, Shahrokh E Rafii
BACKGROUND Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) can present with atypical chest pain or symptoms not attributed to heart disease, such as indigestion. Hiccups, a benign and self-limited condition, can become persistent or intractable with overlooked underlying etiology. There are various causes of protracted hiccups, including metabolic abnormalities, psychogenic disorders, malignancy, central nervous system pathology, medications, pulmonary disorders, or gastrointestinal etiologies. It is rarely attributed to cardiac disease...
April 29, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453572/assessment-of-coronary-artery-calcium-by-chest-ct-compared-with-ekg-gated-cardiac-ct-in-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study
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Divay Chandra, Aman Gupta, Joseph K Leader, Meghan Fitzpatrick, Lawrence A Kingsley, Eric Kleerup, Sabina A Haberlen, Matthew J Budoff, Mallory Witt, Wendy S Post, Frank C Sciurba, Alison Morris
RATIONALE: Individuals with HIV are at increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). Early detection of subclinical CAD by assessment of coronary artery calcium (CAC) may help risk stratify and prevent CAD events in these individuals. However, the current standard to quantify CAC i.e. Agatston scoring requires EKG-gated cardiac CT imaging. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the assessment of CAC using non-EKG-gated chest CT and the Weston scoring system is a useful surrogate for Agatston scores in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439482/association-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-with-conduction-defects-on-electrocardiogram
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Muhammad A Mangi, Abdul M Minhas, Hiba Rehman, Furquan Pathan, Hong Liang, Sary Beidas
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a leading cause of liver disease in developed countries. The association of NAFLD with conduction defects is unknown. The aim of our study was to find whether an association exists between conduction defects and NAFLD. METHODS: This is a case-control retrospective study of 700 patients admitted to Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, Florida from 2009 to 2015. Patients with a history of alcohol use, congenital heart disease, infiltrative malignancy, and myocarditis were excluded from the study...
March 21, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419455/human-electrical-muscular-incapacitation-and-effects-on-qtc-interval
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John A Gibbons, Andrew J Mojica, Mark E Peele
Human Electrical Muscular Incapacitation (HEMI) is used to subdue combative individuals. Changes in cardiac electrical activity have been proposed as the cause of death in a small fraction of these individuals. The current study sought to determine whether changes in QTc interval occur after HEMI exposure. Twenty-four participants had EKG readings before a 5-second HEMI exposure and within 30 min after exposure. All subject EKGs were read by a data-blinded cardiac electrophysiologist who calculated a QT corrected (QTc) interval...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414682/a-left-main-coronary-artery-thrombus-presenting-as-a-non-st-elevation-mi
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U Ezema, D Daberkow, T Delord, L Guidry, N R Sells
INTRODUCTION: Left main coronary artery (LMCA); thrombus with an acute myocardial infarction identified with coronary angiography is a clinically rare condition with an extremely high mortality rate. We present a case of LMCA thrombus that presented as a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI);. CASE: A 45-year-old woman with a history of tobacco use and hyperlipidemia presented with a complaint of 10/10 "hard pain" across her chest radiating to her left shoulder and breast which woke her from sleep...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414673/purulent-pericarditis-due-to-an-infected-pacemaker-lead
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Teresa Backes
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous drug users have a substantially increased risk of infective endocarditis, especially in the setting of implanted cardiac devices. Purulent pericarditis is a rare occurrence that can occur iatrogenically or through direct or hematogenous spread. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 75 year old man with a past medical history significant for hepatitis C, IV drug abuse, and sick sinus syndrome status post pacemaker was brought in by EMS with a chief complaint of diaphoresis and chest pain...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414664/gonococcal-endocarditis-the-gift-that-stops-giving-an-uncommon-presentation-of-a-common-disease
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G Olayemi, M Oferczak, A Elagizi, I El-Abbassi, M Eschete, J Crowe
INTRODUCTION: Gonorrhea is the 2nd most common sexually transmitted disease in the US with 800,000 cases of gonorrhea each year. Disseminated gonorrhea infection occurs in 0.5 percent - 3 percent of these patients and is more frequent in woman younger than 40 years of age. CASE: A 36 year old woman with a history of polysubstance abuse presented with 10 day history of feeling generally unwell. At presentation, vitals were remarkable for tachycardia and hypotension...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414663/not-another-acs-rule-out
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S Preston, R Nelson, M Watts, D Smith, T Dewenter, D Spruill
CASE: A 50 year old African-American woman with diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia presented with progressively worsening retro-sternal chest pain, exacerbated by activity and relieved by rest. She also endorsed a thirty-pound unintentional weight loss, and dysphagia. She was dysarthric with left-sided Bell's Palsy and a palpable left axillary lymph node. She had been evaluated at several hospitals in the previous months for similar typical chest pain. Her troponin values were normal, and an EKG showed T-wave inversions in leads I and aVL...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400221/validation-of-a-self-monitoring-tool-for-use-in-exercise-therapy
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Camilla S Powierza, Michael D Clark, Jaime M Hughes, Kevin A Carneiro, Jason P Mihalik
BACKGROUND: Aerobic exercise at a subsymptom heart rate has been recommended as therapy for postconcussion syndrome. Assessing adherence with an accurate heart rate-monitoring instrument is difficult, limiting the proliferation of large-scale randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of the Fitbit Charge HR compared with electrocardiogram (EKG) to monitor heart rate during a treadmill-based exercise protocol. DESIGN: A methods comparison study...
April 9, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367965/identification-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-quantitative-analyses-of-fingertip-photoplethysmogram
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Sung-Chun Tang, Pei-Wen Huang, Chi-Sheng Hung, Shih-Ming Shan, Yen-Hung Lin, Jiann-Shing Shieh, Dar-Ming Lai, An-Yeu Wu, Jiann-Shing Jeng
Atrial fibrillation (AF) detection is crucial for stroke prevention. We investigated the potential of quantitative analyses of photoplethysmogram (PPG) waveforms to identify AF. Continuous electrocardiogram (EKG) and fingertip PPG were recorded simultaneously in acute stroke patients (n = 666) admitted to an intensive care unit. Each EKG was visually labeled as AF (n = 150, 22.5%) or non-AF. Linear and nonlinear features from the pulse interval (PIN) and peak amplitude (AMP) of PPG waveforms were extracted from the first 1, 2, and 10 min of data...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336907/new-task-force-criteria-provide-evolution-in-diagnosis-of-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-in-patients-without-typical-progression-of-the-disease
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Mariana S Parahuleva, Jens Figiel, Holger Ahrens, Bernhard Schieffer, Dimitar Divchev, Ulrich Lüsebrink
BACKGROUND The original Task Force Criteria from 1994 for the clinical diagnosis of ARVC were highly specific and based on structural, histological, EKG, and familial features of disease. However, recommendations for clinical diagnosis and management of ARVC are sparse and lacked sensitivity for early disease. CASE REPORT Ventricular electrical instability and sudden cardiac death are the hallmarks of ARVC, and are often present before structural abnormalities. In this case report, we describe a patient who had detectable electrical abnormalities and structural changes that remained unchanged for over 10 years...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290845/-assessment-of-efficiency-of-medicamentous-therapy-in-correction-of-structurally-functional-changes-of-the-cardiac-muscle-at-patients-with-arterial-hypertension-in-combination-with-bronchial-asthma
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E I Tarlovskaya, A A Odegova
BACKGROUND: Bronchial asthma (BA) is a serious problem. It was found that the frequency of arterial hypertension (AH) detection in patients with asthma is about 30 %. At patients practically all types of violations of a warm rhythm meet a bronkhoobstruktivny syndrome. Emergence of rather new preparations - If-blockers, opens new opportunities in correction of heart rate (HR) and a cardioprotection at a combination of AH and BA. AIM: To assess therapy diltiazem-retard and ivabradine on structurally functional changes of a cardiac muscle and HR at patients with AH in combination with BA...
June 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287520/murine-echocardiography-of-left-atrium-aorta-and-pulmonary-artery
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Alejandro Granillo, Celia A Pena, Thuy Pham, Lavannya M Pandit, George E Taffet
The present methodology teaches the investigator how to measure and use the LAV as a surrogate of chronic elevations in Left Ventricular diastolic pressure through echocardiography, as well as to obtain measurements of the Aorta and PA diameter in mice. Mice older than 10 d of age can be analyzed using the present technique. The technique is composed of 3 main steps: set-up, image acquisition, and image analysis. The set-up step consists of getting the mouse anesthetized with 1% isoflurane, shaving it, and taping it in a supine position to a heated EKG board where the image acquisition will take place...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259551/diagnostic-yield-of-device-interrogation-in-the-evaluation-of-syncope-in-an-elderly-population
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Robert N D'Angelo, Christopher C Pickett
BACKGROUND: Device interrogation has become a standard part of the syncope evaluation for patients admitted with permanent pacemakers (PPM) or implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD), although few studies have shown interrogation yields clinically useful data. The purpose of this study is to determine the diagnostic yield of device interrogation as well as other commonly performed tests in the workup of unexplained syncope in patients with previously implanted PPMs or ICDs. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 88 patients admitted to our medical center for syncope with previously implanted pacemakers between January 1, 2005 and January 1, 2015 using ICD-9 billing data...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245821/gdf-15-plasma-levels-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-are-associated-with-subclinical-coronary-artery-disease
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Carlos H Martinez, Christine M Freeman, Joshua D Nelson, Susan Murray, Xin Wang, Matthew J Budoff, Mark T Dransfield, John E Hokanson, Ella A Kazerooni, Gregory L Kinney, Elizabeth A Regan, J Michael Wells, Fernando J Martinez, MeiLan K Han, Jeffrey L Curtis
BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), a cytokine associated with cardiovascular mortality, increases during chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, but any role in stable COPD is unknown. We tested associations between GDF-15 and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis, assessed by coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, in COPD subjects free of clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of COPD participants (GOLD stages 2-4) in the COPDGene cohort without CVD at enrollment, using baseline CAC (from non-EKG-gated chest computed tomography) and plasma GDF-15 (by custom ELISA)...
February 28, 2017: Respiratory Research
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