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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909520/surgical-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-is-electrical-isolation-of-the-pulmonary-veins-a-must
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REVIEW
Bart Maesen Md PhD, Ines Van Loo Md, Laurent Pison Md PhD, Mark La Meir Md PhD
Ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a well-established treatment option for patients with symptomatic AF refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs. The cornerstone of catheter ablation is electrical isolation of the pulmonary veins, since the pulmonary veins are the most common location for triggers of AF. Electrical reconnection of the pulmonary veins is associated with arrhythmia recurrence and therefore diminishes long-term success of catheter ablation of AF. Therefore, durable pulmonary vein isolation remains a condition sine qua non for catheter ablation of AF...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909513/assessment-of-sinoatrial-node-function-in-patients-with-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-forms-of-atrial-fibrillation-after-maze-iii-procedure-combined-with-mitral-valve-operation
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Kulikov Aleksei A, Bokeria Leo A
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Assessment of sinoatrial node function after Maze III procedure combined with a mitral valve operation. METHODS: 100 patients were included in the research with persistent and long-standing persistent forms of atrial fibrillation (AF) and need of operative treatment concerning valve disease. The following preoperative preparation methods were executed to all patients: Electrocardiogram in 12 standard assignments;Two-dimensional echocardiographic with assessment of systolic and diastolic functions of the left ventricle, size of the left atrium and grade of valve disease;Transesophageal echocardiography for exclusion of blood clots in the left atrium and left atrial appendage;Coronary angiography for exclusion of coronary heart disease;Computer tomography for examination of cardiac chambers and anatomic characteristics of pulmonary veins...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882447/neonatal-repeated-exposure-to-isoflurane-not-sevoflurane-in-mice-reversibly-impaired-spatial-cognition-at-juvenile-age
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Jianhui Liu, Yanhong Zhao, Junjun Yang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Wei Zhang, Peijun Wang
Inhalation anesthetics facilitate surgical procedures in millions of children each year. However, animal studies demonstrate that exposure to the inhalation anesthetic isoflurane may cause neuronal cell death in developing brains. The long-term cytotoxic effects of sevoflurane, the most popular pediatric anesthetic, have not been compared with isoflurane. Thus, this study was designed to compare the effects of equipotent doses of these two anesthetics on neonatal long-term neurotoxicity. Postnatal 7-day-old (P7) C57/BL male mice were exposed to 1...
November 24, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854045/development-of-the-maze-procedure-and-the-contribution-of-japanese-surgeons
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REVIEW
Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze procedure is the most popular surgical procedure in the world for eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF). Japanese surgeons performed and modified its procedure. This review describes the concept of the Maze procedure, modifications of the Maze procedure and findings related to the Maze procedure obtained by Japanese surgeons. METHODS: Original Cox-Maze procedures and modified Maze procedures developed by Japanese surgeons were reviewed chronologically...
November 16, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832044/early-results-of-the-modified-right-atrial-lesion-set-for-the-cox-cryomaze-procedure
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Faisal Habib Cheema, Muhammad Amir Younus, Osama T Siddiqui, Muhammad Jabran Younus, Muhammad Arif Mahmood, Mohammad Bin Pervez, Harold G Roberts
OBJECTIVE: The standard right atrial lesion (RAL) set, as originally outlined in the Cox-Maze III procedure, can be technically challenging when using a cryoprobe to create the lesions. We report our initial experience with an alternative set of RALs for the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Between September 2011 and January 2015, a total of 112 patients underwent a CryoMaze procedure with biatrial lesions using argon-based cryoablation (cryoprobe temperature, -160°C)...
September 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789343/mitigating-effect-of-euk-207-on-radiation-induced-cognitive-impairments
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J Raber, M J Davis, T Pfankuch, R Rosenthal, S R Doctrow, J E Moulder
The brain could be exposed to irradiation as part of a nuclear accident, radiological terrorism (dirty bomb scenario) or a medical radiological procedure. In the context of accidents or terrorism, there is considerable interest in compounds that can mitigate radiation-induced injury when treatment is initiated a day or more after the radiation exposure. As it will be challenging to determine the radiation exposure an individual has received within a relatively short time frame, it is also critical that the mitigating agent does not negatively affect individuals, including emergency workers, who might be treated, but who were not exposed...
October 24, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772614/concomitant-maze-iv-ablation-procedure-performed-entirely-by-bipolar-clamp-through-right-lateral-minithoracotomy
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Ju Mei, Nan Ma, Zhaolei Jiang, Dongfang Zhao, Chunrong Bao, Fangbao Ding
Atrial fibrillation ablation with bipolar clamp has proved to be effective for patients with valvular atrial fibrillation. However, left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy was considered difficult or impossible. In this report, we described a novel technique of performing concomitant Maze IV ablation procedure entirely by bipolar clamp through right minithoracotomy. Left pulmonary vein ablation with bipolar clamp was performed through an established channel and a natural space...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755058/fragmented-sleep-enhances-postoperative-neuroinflammation-but-not-cognitive-dysfunction
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Susana Vacas, Vincent Degos, Mervyn Maze
BACKGROUND: Sleep is integral to biologic function, and sleep disruption can result in both physiological and psychologic dysfunction including cognitive decline. Surgery activates the innate immune system, inducing neuroinflammatory changes that interfere with cognition. Because surgical patients with sleep disorders have an increased likelihood of exhibiting postoperative delirium, an acute form of cognitive decline, we investigated the contribution of perioperative sleep fragmentation (SF) to the neuroinflammatory and cognitive responses of surgery...
October 11, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747025/atrial-fibrillation-review-of-current-treatment-strategies
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Joshua Xu, Jessica G Y Luc, Kevin Phan
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia in modern clinical practice, with an estimated prevalence of 1.5-2%. The prevalence of AF is expected to double in the next decades, progressing with age and increasingly becoming a global medical challenge. The first-line treatment for AF is often medical treatment with either rate control or anti-arrhythmic agents for rhythm control, in addition to anti-coagulants such as warfarin for stroke prevention in patient at risk. Catheter ablation has emerged as an alternative for AF treatment, which involves myocardial tissue lesions to disrupt the underlying triggers and substrates for AF...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738072/surgery-for-supraventricular-tachycardia-and-congenital-heart-defects-long-term-efficacy-of-the-combined-approach-in-adult-patients
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Alessandro Giamberti, Francesca R Pluchinotta, Massimo Chessa, Alessandro Varrica, Raffaele Vitale, Alessandro Frigiola, Carlo Pappone, Marco Ranucci
AIMS: Supraventricular arrhythmias are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adult patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). Intraoperative ablation offers an alternative for patients who failed ablation procedures or are requiring concomitant surgical intervention. We present our long-term results with the surgical treatment of arrhythmias in adults with CHD (ACHD) undergoing elective cardiac surgery and the clinical predictors for arrhythmia recurrence. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2002 and 2013, 80 consecutive patients with CHD, mean age of 39 years, underwent intraoperative ablation with monopolar irrigated radiofrequency during cardiac surgery procedures...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721543/anxiolytic-antidepressant-and-antistress-activities-of-the-aqueous-extract-of-cinnamomum-tamala-nees-and-eberm-in-rats
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Gayaprasad Upadhyay, Sarvesh Khoshla, Ramoji Kosuru, Sanjay Singh
OBJECTIVE: The current study was designed to explore anxiolytic, antidepressant, and antistress actions of Cinnamomum tamala (CT) leaves (aqueous extract) in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Behavioral procedures of anxiety, depression, and stress were assessed in rats. CT (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg) was given once a daily for 7 days via oral route and the efficacy was matched by those elicited by lorazepam (1 mg/kg, p.o.), imipramine (10 mg/kg, p.o.), and Withania somnifera (100 mg/kg, p...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709096/prophylactic-arrhythmia-surgery-in-association-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Constantine Mavroudis, Barbara J Deal
Certain congenital heart anomalies make patients more susceptible to arrhythmia development throughout their lives. This poses the question whether prophylactic arrhythmia surgery should be incorporated into reparative open heart procedures for congenital heart disease. There is currently no consensus on what constitutes a standard prophylactic procedure, owing to the questions that remain regarding lesions to be performed; energy sources to use; proximity of energy source or incisions to coronary arteries, sinoatrial node, atrioventricular node; circumstances for right atrial, left atrial, or biatrial appendectomy; and whether to perform a right, left, or biatrial maze procedure...
July 2016: Translational pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702829/single-stage-three-fold-repair-for-ebstein-s-anomaly
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Ezzeldin A Mostafa, Ashraf A H El Midany, Yasser Elnahas, Ahmed Helmy, Sherif A Mansour
OBJECTIVES: Favourable outcomes in the repair of Ebstein's anomaly are predicated on tricuspid valve competence, right ventricular function and presence of arrhythmia. We report our experience with a single-stage, three-fold repair of Ebstein's anomaly, namely, cone reconstruction of the tricuspid valve supplemented by bidirectional cavopulmonary anastomosis and right atrial electrocautery maze. METHODS: From 2010 to 2014, 37 consecutive patients with Ebstein's anomaly, median age 17...
October 4, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693335/investigation-of-the-effects-of-vanilloids-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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Kuldeep Sarvaiya, Sunita Goswami
AIM OF THE STUDY: To assess the effectiveness of TRPV1 modulators in animal model of Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). To assess central and peripheral behavioral activity of TRPV1 modulators. MATERIAL AND METHODS: CFS was induced by forcing the rats to swim for 10min for 21 consecutive days. The rats were treated with capsaicin (TRPV1 agonist, 2.5mg/kg) and n-tert-butylcyclohexanol (TRPV1 antagonist, 10mg/kg) for 21days 30min before the exposure to stress procedure...
September 28, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685775/effects-of-social-stress-and-clomipramine-on-emotional-memory-in-mice
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Aranzazu Duque, Concepción Vinader-Caerols, Santiago Monleón
We have previously observed impairing effects of social defeat stress (CSDS) on inhibitory avoidance (IA) in mice. Given the similarity between changes produced by social stress in animals and symptoms of certain human psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety, the effects of the antidepressant clomipramine on IA impairment produced by CSDS were evaluated in the present study. Male CD1 mice were randomly assigned to the groups: non-stressed+saline, non-stressed+clomipramine, stressed+saline and stressed+clomipramine...
2016: Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664426/the-totally-thoracoscopic-maze-procedure-for-the-treatment-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Charlotte van Laar, Johannes Kelder, Bart P van Putte
The purpose of this study was to update the current evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of the totally thoracoscopic maze (TT-maze) procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). Fourteen studies published between 2011 and 2016 and comprising 1171 patients were included as follows: 545 (46%) patients had paroxysmal AF (pAF), 268 (23%) persistent AF (persAF) and 358 (31%) longstanding persistent AF (LSPAF). Fixed- and random-effect models were used to calculate the pooled overall freedom from atrial arrhythmias...
September 23, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27659539/a-virtual-water-maze-revisited-two-year-changes-in-navigation-performance-and-their-neural-correlates-in-healthy-adults
#17
Ana M Daugherty, Naftali Raz
Age-related declines in spatial navigation are associated with deficits in procedural and episodic memory and deterioration of their neural substrates. For the lack of longitudinal evidence, the pace and magnitude of these declines and their neural mediators remain unclear. Here we examined virtual navigation in healthy adults (N=213, age 18-77 years) tested twice, two years apart, with complementary indices of navigation performance (path length and complexity) measured over six learning trials at each occasion...
September 19, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27623772/infliximab-reduces-peripheral-inflammation-neuroinflammation-and-extracellular-gaba-in-the-cerebellum-and-improves-learning-and-motor-coordination-in-rats-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Sherry Dadsetan, Tiziano Balzano, Jerónimo Forteza, Ana Agusti, Andrea Cabrera-Pastor, Lucas Taoro-Gonzalez, Vicente Hernandez-Rabaza, Belen Gomez-Gimenez, Nisrin ElMlili, Marta Llansola, Vicente Felipo
BACKGROUND: Peripheral inflammation contributes to the neurological alterations in hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Neuroinflammation and altered GABAergic neurotransmission mediate cognitive and motor alterations in rats with HE. It remains unclear (a) if neuroinflammation and neurological impairment in HE are a consequence of peripheral inflammation and (b) how neuroinflammation impairs GABAergic neurotransmission. The aims were to assess in rats with HE whether reducing peripheral inflammation with anti-TNF-α (1) prevents cognitive impairment and motor in-coordination, (2) normalizes neuroinflammation and extracellular GABA in the cerebellum and also (3) advances the understanding of mechanisms linking neuroinflammation and increased extracellular GABA...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27623554/antidepressant-like-effects-and-cognitive-enhancement-of-the-total-phenols-extract-of-hemerocallis-citrina-baroni-in-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress-rats-and-its-related-mechanism
#19
Pan Xu, Ke Zhu Wang, Cong Lu, Li Ming Dong, Jun Le Zhai, Yong Hong Liao, Silafu Aibai, Xin Min Liu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Depression induce distressed emotional state and cognitve deficits simultaneously, which both should be improved in the treatment. Hemerocallis citrina Baroni (HC) is a traditional herbal medicine in Eastern-Asia areas and the total phenols extract of HC (HCPE) contains the main active ingredients. It has been reported that HC has the emotional improvement effect. But the cognitive effect of HC was seldom researched. AIM OF THE STUDY: We designed to evaluate the antidepressant and cognitive improvement effect of HCPE using a chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) model, and the potential mechanisms were explored by investigating the corticosterone (CORT), monoamine neurotansmitters, brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and oxidative stress...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604833/-walking-in-a-maze-community-providers-difficulties-coordinating-health-care-for-homeless-patients
#20
Terri LaCoursiere Zucchero, Sarah McDannold, D Keith McInnes
BACKGROUND: While dual usage of US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA health services increases access to care and choice for veterans, it is also associated with a number of negative consequences including increased morbidity and mortality. Veterans with multiple health conditions, such as the homeless, may be particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of dual use. Homeless veteran dual use is an understudied yet timely topic given the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Veterans Choice Act of 2014, both of which may increase non-VA care for this population...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
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