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Bryan Padraig Finn, Brian Fraser, Susan M O'Connell
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in new-onset type 1 diabetes (T1D). Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), however, is a very rare complication of DKA. We present the case of a patient with new-onset T1D who presented with DKA. He received intravenous fluid resuscitation, insulin and potassium supplementation and subsequently developed SVT, confirmed on a 12-lead electrocardiograph despite a structurally normal heart. Vagal manoeuvres and adenosine failed to restore sinus rhythm, but flecainide was successful...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Maciej Kubala, Rajeev K Pathak, Shuanglun Xie, Ruben Casado Arroyo, Cory M Tschabrunn, Tatsuya Hayashi, Fermin C Garcia, Gregory E Supple, Pasquale Santangeli, David S Frankel, Erica S Zado, David J Callans, Francis E Marchlinski
BACKGROUND: Repolarization abnormalities in arrhythmogenic right ventricular (RV) cardiomyopathy and their relationship to ventricular tachycardia substrate are incompletely understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 40 patients (29 men, mean age 38 years) with arrhythmogenic RV cardiomyopathy, we compared the extent and location of abnormal T (NegT) waves ≥1 mm in depth (n=32) and downsloping elevated ST segment (n=13), in ≥2 adjacent leads, to area and location of endocardial bipolar (<1...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Jonathan W Waks, Christopher Hamilton, Saumya Das, Ashkan Ehdaie, Jessica Minnier, Sanjiv Narayan, Mark Niebauer, Merritt Raitt, Christine Tompkins, Niraj Varma, Sumeet Chugh, Larisa G Tereshchenko
PURPOSE: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improve survival of systolic heart failure (HF) patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). We recently showed that electrocardiographic (ECG) global electrical heterogeneity (GEH) is independently associated with SCD in the community-dwelling cohort and developed GEH SCD risk score. The Global Electrical Heterogeneity and Clinical Outcomes (GEHCO) study is a retrospective multicenter cohort designed with two goals: (1) validate an independent association of ECG GEH with sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies and (2) validate GEH ECG risk score for prediction of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias and appropriate ICD therapies in systolic HF patients with primary prevention ICD...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Hooman Kamel, Traci M Bartz, Mitchell S V Elkind, Peter M Okin, Evan L Thacker, Kristen K Patton, Phyllis K Stein, Christopher R deFilippi, Rebecca F Gottesman, Susan R Heckbert, Richard A Kronmal, Elsayed Z Soliman, W T Longstreth
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Emerging evidence suggests that an underlying atrial cardiopathy may result in thromboembolism before atrial fibrillation (AF) develops. We examined the association between various markers of atrial cardiopathy and the risk of ischemic stroke. METHODS: The CHS (Cardiovascular Health Study) prospectively enrolled community-dwelling adults ≥65 years of age. For this study, we excluded participants diagnosed with stroke or AF before baseline...
March 13, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Joseph M Bumgarner, Cameron T Lambert, Ayman A Hussein, Daniel J Cantillon, Bryan Baranowski, Kathy Wolski, Bruce D Lindsay, Oussama M Wazni, Khaldoun G Tarakji
BACKGROUND: The Kardia Band (KB) is a novel technology that enables patients to record a rhythm strip using an Apple smartwatch. The band is paired with an app providing automated detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the KB could accurately differentiate sinus rhythm (SR) from AF compared to physician-interpreted 12-lead ECGs and KB recordings. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AF presenting for cardioversion (CV) were enrolled...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Junko Aida, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Tomio Arai, Kaiyo Takubo
Endoscopic resection (ER) has become the standard therapy for superficial Barrett's carcinoma (BC) in Japan and other countries. Patients undergoing ER sometimes require additional treatment because of recurrence of lymph node metastasis (LNM). We attempted to clarify the histopathologic risk factors for LNM, and the difference between these risk factors for Japanese patients and the conventional risk factors documented for Western patients. This multi-center study included 12 leading institutions belonging to the Japan Research Society for Early Esophageal Cancer and Chromoendoscopy, and was based on a questionnaire designed to gather data on the features of superficial BC cases, except for high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia, treated at those institutions...
March 10, 2018: Human Pathology
Yalcin Velibey, Baris Yaylak, Tolga Sinan Guvenc, Goksel Cinier, Koray Kalenderoglu, Ozge Guzelburc, Ozlem Yildirimturk
BACKGROUND: Temporary transvenous pacemaker implantation is an important and critical procedure for emergency physicians. Traditionally, temporary pacemakers are inserted by electrocardiography (ECG) guidance in the emergency department because fluoroscopy at the bedside in an unstable patient can be limited by time and equipment availability. However, in the presence of atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, and patent foramen ovale, the pacemaker lead can be implanted inadvertently into the left ventricle or directly into the coronary sinus instead of right ventricle...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Amy C Arnold, Jessica Ng, Satish R Raj
Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome that has gained increasing interest over the past few decades due to its increasing prevalence and clinical impact on health-related quality of life. POTS is clinically characterized by sustained excessive tachycardia upon standing that occurs in the absence of significant orthostatic hypotension and other medical conditions and or medications, and with chronic symptoms of orthostatic intolerance. POTS represents one of the most common presentations of syncope and presyncope secondary to autonomic dysfunction in emergency rooms and in cardiology, neurology, and primary care clinics...
February 28, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Abdulcebbar Şipal, Serdar Bozyel, Müjdat Aktaş, Emir Derviş, Tayyar Akbulut, Onur Argan, Umut Çelikyurt, Dilek Ural, Tayfun Şahin, Ayşen Ağır, Ahmet Vural
OBJECTIVE: Failure to select the optimal left ventricular (LV) segment for lead implantation is one of the most important causes of unresponsiveness to the cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). In our study, we aimed to investigate the echocardiographic and clinical benefits of LV lead implantation guided by an intraoperative 12-lead surface electrocardiogram (ECG) in patients with multiple target veins. METHODS: We included 80 [42 (62.5%) male] heart failure patients who successfully underwent CRT defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation...
March 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Casper Lund-Andersen, Helen H Petersen, Christian Jøns, Berit T Philbert, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen, Lene T Skovgaard, Jesper H Svendsen
PURPOSE: Shortening of the QRS duration (QRSd) is often used to guide device optimization and reprogramming in patients with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Detecting the small changes expected during reprogramming requires that the QRSd can be measured with high precision, but this has never been studied in patients with CRT. In this study, we wanted to assess the precision of automated QRSd measurement in patients treated with CRT using two commonly available electrocardiographs...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
David Hupin, Pascal Edouard, Mathieu Oriol, Jari Laukkanen, Pierre Abraham, Stéphane Doutreleau, Jean-Michel Guy, François Carré, Jean-Claude Barthélémy, Frédéric Roche, Jean-Claude Chatard
BACKGROUND: The importance of exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) has been controversial in the prevention of cardiac events among sportsmen. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) from an exercise ECG and its relationship with induced coronary angiographic assessment and potentially preventable cardiac events. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included leisure time asymptomatic sportsmen over 35years old, referred from 2011 to 2014 in the Sports Medicine Unit of the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Andrzej Grzybowski, Waldemar Elikowski, Magdalena Gaca-Wysocka
RATIONALE: To analyze cardiovascular risk factors and comorbidity of acute unilateral visual loss due to combined central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) and cilioretinal artery occlusion (CLRAO). PATIENT CONCERNS: Among patients with retinal vein or artery occlusion hospitalized at the Department of Ophthalmology between January 2011 and August 2017, subjects with combined CRVO/CLRAO were selected. All of them underwent ophthalmologic and cardiologic examination, including fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, 12-lead electrocardiogram, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, carotid Doppler sonography, cerebral magnetic resonance imaging, and a panel of laboratory tests...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Antonio D'Onofrio, Salvatore Ivan Caico, Assunta Iuliano, Paolo Pieragnoli, Valter Bianchi, Daniela Orsida, Antonio Pani, Mario Pasqualini, Francesca Amadori, Ludovico Vasquez, Antonello Talarico, Chiara Minoia, Roberto Ospizio, Greta Merlotti, Maurizio Malacrida, Giuseppe Stabile
PURPOSE: Latency during left ventricle (LV) pacing has been suggested as a potential cause of ineffectual biventricular pacing. We assessed the incidence, predictors, and impact on outcome of increased LV latency in 274 patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS: On implantation, the latency interval was defined as the shortest stimulus-to-QRS onset interval in any lead of the 12-lead ECG. A stimulus-to-QRS onset interval ≥ 40 ms was used to define the presence of increased LV latency...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Wenjiao Zhao, Guihua Lu, Li Liu, Zhishan Sun, Mingxin Wu, Wenyan Yi, Haiyan Chen, Yanhui Li, Lilong Tang, Jianping Zeng
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the use of the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) with the SAN-Atrial-AVN-His (SAAH) ECG (Model PHS-A10), a new automated and integrated signals recognition system that detects micro-waveforms within the P, QRS, and T-wave, in a pig model of acute myocardial infarction (MI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Six medium-sized domestic Chinese pigs underwent general anesthesia, and an angioplasty balloon was placed and dilated for 120 minutes in the first diagonal coronary artery arising from the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery...
March 4, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Tor Biering-Sørensen, Muammar Kabir, Jonathan W Waks, Jason Thomas, Wendy S Post, Elsayed Z Soliman, Alfred E Buxton, Amil M Shah, Scott D Solomon, Larisa G Tereshchenko
BACKGROUND: Electric excitation initiates myocardial mechanical contraction and coordinates myocardial pumping. We hypothesized that ECG global electric heterogeneity (GEH) and its longitudinal changes are associated with cardiac structure and function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants from the ARIC study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) (N=5114; 58% female; 22% blacks) with resting 12-lead ECGs (visits 1-5) and echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction, LV global longitudinal strain, LV mass index, LV end-diastolic volume index, and LV end-systolic volume index at visit 5 were included...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Semi Ozturk, Ahmet Seyfeddin Gurbuz, Suleyman Cagan Efe, Raim Iliaz, Mutse Banzragch, Kadir Demir
Background Neurologic and liver involvement in Wilson's disease (WD) is well-documented, however, few reports demonstrated cardiac involvement. Tpe and Tpe/QT are new measures of ventricular repolarization which were recently suggested as predictor of arrythmogenesis. We aimed to evaluate ventricular depolarization and repolarization parameters including QT, QTc, Tpe intervals, Tpe/QT, Tpe/QTc ratios, and QT dispersion (QTd) in patients with WD. Materials and methods Thirty-five patients with WD and 30 healthy controls were included in the study...
March 1, 2018: Acta Clinica Belgica
Elias Tsiompanidis, Spyros I Siakavellas, Anastasios Tentolouris, Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Stamatia Chorepsima, Anastasios Manolakis, Konstantinos Oikonomou, Nikolaos Tentolouris
AIM: To examine the impact of liver cirrhosis on QT interval and cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN). METHODS: A total of 51 patients with cirrhosis and 51 controls were examined. Standard 12-lead electrocardiogram recordings were obtained and QT as well as corrected QT interval (QTc) and their dispersions (dQT, dQTc) were measured and calculated using a computer-based program. The diagnosis of CAN was based upon the battery of the tests proposed by Ewing and Clarke and the consensus statements of the American Diabetes Association...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
Joni M Pirkola, Maija Konttinen, Tuomas V Kenttä, Lauri T A Holmström, M Juhani Junttila, Olavi H Ukkola, Heikki V Huikuri, Juha S Perkiömäki
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of T-wave morphology parameters in coronary artery disease in the current treatment era is not well established. METHODS: The Innovation to reduce Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes at the Intersection (ARTEMIS) study included 1,946 patients with angiographically verified coronary artery disease (CAD). The study patients underwent thorough examinations including 12-lead digital electrocardiogram (ECG) at baseline. RESULTS: During a follow-up period of 73 ± 22 months, a total of 201 (10...
February 27, 2018: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
Hamidreza Reihani, Alireza Sepehri Shamloo, Assadollah Keshmiri
Background: The role of D-dimer as a diagnostic marker in myocardial infarction (MI) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is still a question. The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of D-dimer in the diagnosis of AMI in patients suspected with ACS. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on patients suspected with ACS. Serial standard 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), D-dimer, and troponin tests were done for all the patients. According to the examinations, ECG changes, and troponin, patients were allocated into two groups of MI and unstable angina (UA)...
February 2018: Cardiology Research
Kyoichiro Yazaki, Masahiro Watarai, Mitsuru Kahata, Asako Kumagai, Koji Inoue, Hiroshi Koganei, Kenji Enta, Masato Otsuka, Yasuhiro Ishii
A 67-year old male with a dual-chamber pacemaker visited for a regular check-up. An unfamiliar message emerged on the display just after placing the programmer wand. We could recognize that the pacemaker had already been in the safe back-up mode of DDI, and the programmer prompted a re-initialization request. We are so surprised because there was no indication of device malfunction the day before in daily monitoring and a 12-lead electrocardiogram revealed normally working in the DDD mode just before checking the device...
February 22, 2018: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
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