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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210991/extraction-of-fetal-ecg-signal-by-an-improved-method-using-extended-kalman-smoother-framework-from-single-channel-abdominal-ecg-signal
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D Panigrahy, P K Sahu
This paper proposes a five-stage based methodology to extract the fetal electrocardiogram (FECG) from the single channel abdominal ECG using differential evolution (DE) algorithm, extended Kalman smoother (EKS) and adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) framework. The heart rate of the fetus can easily be detected after estimation of the fetal ECG signal. The abdominal ECG signal contains fetal ECG signal, maternal ECG component, and noise. To estimate the fetal ECG signal from the abdominal ECG signal, removal of the noise and the maternal ECG component presented in it is necessary...
February 16, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186939/cardiac-diagnostic-work-up-for-atrial-fibrillation-after-transient-ischaemic-attacks-in-england-and-wales-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Olivia Geraghty, Eleni Korompoki, Filippos T Filippidis, Anthony Rudd, Roland Veltkamp
OBJECTIVES: Transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) are an important precursor of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is among the most dangerous aetiologies shared between TIAs and strokes. Detection of AF after TIAs is essential for the initiation of oral anticoagulants. We aimed to identify variations in the use of cardiac investigations used to detect AF and cardiac pathology in patients with TIA in the UK. SETTING: All TIA clinical leads in England and Wales received an invitation by email to participate in an online survey in February 2015...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181210/the-differences-in-ecgs-interpretation-in-top-level-athletes
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Agnieszka A Jakubiak, Krystyna Burkhard-Jagodzińska, Wojciech Król, Marcin Konopka, Dominik Bursa, Dariusz Sitkowski, Marek Kuch, Wojciech Braksator
BACKGROUND: The Ministry of Health in Poland recommends ECG- based cardiovascular screening in athletes, but so far, there is lack of guidelines on preparticipation assessment. We compared different criteria of ECG screening assessment in the group of top-level athletes. AIMS: The aims were to evaluate the prevalence of ECG changes in athletes that necessitate further cardiological work-up according to three criteria in various age groups as well as to identify factors determining the occurrence of changes related and unrelated to the training...
February 9, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139138/the-value-of-predischarge-exercise-ecg-testing-in-chest-pain-patients-in-the-era-of-high-sensitivity-troponins
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Lina Ljung, Martin Sundqvist, Tomas Jernberg, Kai M Eggers, Gunnar Ljunggren, Mats Frick
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the value of predischarge exercise electrocardiogram (ECG) testing of chest pain patients in whom acute myocardial infarction (MI) had been ruled out by means of high-sensitivity troponins, ECG and history. METHODS: All patients hospitalised for chest pain who underwent exercise ECG testing before discharge from the Department of Cardiology, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden from January 2011 to June 2012 were included...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138403/clozapine-in-a-patient-with-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-and-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
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Asiel Yair Adan Sanchez, Jessica J Foster, Carla M Plymen, Sukhi Shergill
BACKGROUND: There is currently limited experience in the initiation and maintenance of clozapine for treatment-resistant psychosis in adults with established structural heart disease. These complex patients require close supervision and liaison between colleagues. Here we present the successful experience of treating one such patient within our service and describe a monitoring plan to ensure that these treatments can be provided both safely and effectively. CASE PRESENTATION: A 36-year-old man with treatment-resistant schizophrenia and known hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was admitted to a specialist unit for a trial of clozapine...
November 2016: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138202/treating-an-adolescent-with-long-qt-syndrome-for-bipolar-disorder-a-case-presentation
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Özlem Önen, Ayşe Kutlu, Handan Özek Erkuran
OBJECTIVES: Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is described as the development of sudden syncope attacks or death as a result of ventricular tachycardia (VT) episodes that might be observed as elongated QT interval in electrocardiography (ECG). Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is recommended as first-line treatment for the condition in guidelines. We aimed to present an adolescent recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) who had LQTS that was treated with ICD, discussing her follow up and treatment along with relevant literature...
January 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125405/av-nodal-reentrant-tachycardia-with-a-2-1-right-bundle-branch-block-missed-as-bidirectional-ventricular-tachycardia-in-the-first-superficial-evaluation
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Mohammad Ali Akbarzadeh, Isa Khaheshi, Mehdi Memaryan, Mohammad Parsa Mahjoob, Mohammadreza Naderian
A 95-year old woman was admitted to our emergency unit because of acute abdominal pain. After urgent surgery according to the acute abdomen, she was referred to intensive care unit (ICU) of the emergency unit as she was intubated. It was developed a run of new arrhythmia which was diagnosed by cardiology resident as bidirectional ventricular tachycardia due to beat to beat changing the axis of the QRS. However, a second and more precise evaluation of the abnormal ECG suggested a narrow supraventricular tachycardia, most probably AV nodal reentrant tachycardia with a 2:1 right bundle branch block...
January 25, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111363/diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-reduces-electrocardiographic-voltage-measures-of-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-independent-of-left-ventricular-mass
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Maren Maanja, Björn Wieslander, Todd T Schlegel, Ljuba Bacharova, Hussein Abu Daya, Yaron Fridman, Timothy C Wong, Erik B Schelbert, Martin Ugander
BACKGROUND: Myocardial fibrosis quantified by myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) and left ventricular mass (LVM) index (LVMI) measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance might represent independent and opposing contributors to ECG voltage measures of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). Diffuse myocardial fibrosis can occur in LVH and interfere with ECG voltage measures. This phenomenon could explain the decreased sensitivity of LVH detectable by ECG, a fundamental diagnostic tool in cardiology...
January 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110851/is-an-abnormal-ecg-just-the-tip-of-the-ice-berg-examining-the-utility-of-electrocardiography-in-detecting-methamphetamine-induced-cardiac-pathology
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Elizabeth D Paratz, Jessie Zhao, Amanda K Sherwen, Rose-Marie Scarlato, Andrew I MacIsaac
BACKGROUND: Methamphetamine use is escalating in Australia and New Zealand, with increasing emergency department attendance and mortality. Cardiac complications play a large role in methamphetamine-related mortality, and it would be informative to assess the frequency of abnormal electrocardiograms (ECGs) amongst methamphetamine users. OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency and severity of ECG abnormalities amongst methamphetamine users compared to a control group...
December 9, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101660/pocketecg-a-new-noninvasive-method-for-continuous-and-real-time-ecg-monitoring-initial-results-in-children-and-adolescents
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Katarzyna Bieganowska, Agnieszka Kaszuba, Maciej Bieganowski, Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Long-term ECG is widely used in diagnosis and assessment of many cardiac symptoms which may be caused by dangerous arrhythmias that sometimes can be difficult to document. The PocketECG system is a new technological solution for a long-term, noninvasive, continuous and real-time ECG monitoring that provides automatic diagnosis of dysrhythmias. ECG data transmission occurs over a mobile network. The goal of this study was to assess the reliability of long-term ECG recordings acquired with the PocketECG system...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056838/first-case-report-of-myopericarditis-linked-to-campylobacter-coli-enterocolitis
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Cameron R M Moffatt, Soniah B Moloi, Karina J Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter spp. are a common cause of mostly self-limiting enterocolitis. Although rare, pericarditis and myopericarditis have been increasingly documented as complications following campylobacteriosis. Such cases have occurred predominantly in younger males, and involved a single causative species, namely Campylobacter jejuni. We report the first case of myopericarditis following Campylobacter coli enterocolitis, with illness occurring in an immunocompetent middle-aged female...
January 5, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056281/-value-of-fragmented-qrs-wave-in-evaluating-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Y J Shi, Y F Sun, L Gao, Y D Chen, J L Wang, Q Dan, Y Zhang
Objective: The aim of the current study was to investigate the predictive value of fragmented QRS wave ( fQRS) for the prognosis of patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods: A total of 714 consecutive patients with confirmed CHD were included from Department of Cardiology, General Hospital of PLA between January 2013 and January 2014, and were divided into fQRS group and non-fQRS group based on the presence of fQRS wave or not according to Electrocardiograph (ECG). The baseline, ECG characteristic value, the echocardiography results of the patients were compared between the two groups...
January 3, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996317/cardiac-arrest-with-clozapine-and-olanzapine-revealing-long-qt-syndrome
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Edward Woloszyn, Nishant Whig, Eileen Trigoboff, Jeffery J Grace
The authors describe a rare case of "concealed" congenital Long QT Syndrome (LQTS) Type 3 in a patient with treatment resistant schizophrenia and no known personal or family history of cardiac disease. The patient in this Case Report had a hidden genetic condition revealed only following the essential administration of antipsychotics. As a result, this patient experienced an aborted cardiac arrest and a total of five episodes of ventricular tachycardia (VT) requiring cardioversion. Successful control of the VT occurred with an Automatic Internal Defibrillator (AID), judicious use of antipsychotic medications, and anti-arrhythmic medications...
December 20, 2016: Clinical Schizophrenia & related Psychoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931558/time-to-shift-from-contemporary-to-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-in-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Jamshed J Dalal, C K Ponde, Brian Pinto, C N Srinivas, Joy Thomas, Sunil Kumar Modi, Sanjay Mehta, Suvin Shetty, Manimarane, Bhupen Desai
Early rule-in and rule-out of non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a challenge. In patients with inconclusive findings on ECG, cardiac biomarkers play a crucial role in the diagnosis. The introduction of the new high-sensitive cardiac troponin test (hs-TnI assay) has changed the landscape of NSTEMI diagnosis. The new hs-TnI assay can detect troponin values at a lower level compared with a contemporary cardiac troponin (cTn) assay. The hs-cTnI assay has a coefficient of variation of ≤10%, well below the 99th percentile value...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923390/the-rapid-ctca-trial-rapid-assessment-of-potential-ischaemic-heart-disease-with-ctca-a-multicentre-parallel-group-randomised-trial-to-compare-early-computerised-tomography-coronary-angiography-versus-standard-care-in-patients-presenting-with-suspected-or-confirmed
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Alasdair J Gray, Carl Roobottom, Jason E Smith, Steve Goodacre, Katherine Oatey, Rachel O'Brien, Robert F Storey, Lumine Na, Steff C Lewis, Praveen Thokala, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Emergency department attendances with chest pain requiring assessment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are a major global health issue. Standard assessment includes history, examination, electrocardiogram (ECG) and serial troponin testing. Computerised tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) enables additional anatomical assessment of patients for coronary artery disease (CAD) but has only been studied in very low-risk patients. This trial aims to investigate the effect of early CTCA upon interventions, event rates and health care costs in patients with suspected/confirmed ACS who are at intermediate risk...
December 7, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920449/a-comparison-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology-the-seattle-and-the-refined-criteria-for-interpreting-the-athlete-s-ecg-in-a-pre-participation-screening-programme
#17
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917140/can-illness-perceptions-predict-lower-heart-rate-variability-following-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Mary Princip, Marco Scholz, Rebecca E Meister-Langraf, Jürgen Barth, Ulrich Schnyder, Hansjörg Znoj, Jean-Paul Schmid, Julian F Thayer, Roland von Känel
Objective: Decreased heart rate variability (HRV) has been reported to be a predictor of mortality after myocardial infarction (MI). Patients' beliefs and perceptions concerning their illness may play a role in decreased HRV. This study investigated if illness perceptions predict HRV at 3 months following acute MI. Methods: 130 patients referred to a tertiary cardiology center, were examined within 48 h and 3 months following acute MI. At admission, patients' cognitive representations of their MI were assessed using the German version of the self-rated Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Brief IPQ)...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914634/position-of-st-deviation-measurements-relative-to-the-j-point-impact-for-ischemia-detection
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Sumche Man, C Cato Ter Haar, Marjolein C de Jongh, Arie C Maan, Martin J Schalij, Cees A Swenne
BACKGROUND: There is no consensus about the time instant relative to the J point where ST deviation has to be measured for detection of acute ischemia in the ECG. METHODS: We analyzed 53 ECGs, recorded preceding emergency catheterization of acute coronary syndrome patients with a completely occluded culprit artery (cases), and 88 control ECGs recorded in the cardiology outpatient clinic. ECG-amplitude measurements were made every 10 ms, between 20 ms before till 80 ms after the J point...
January 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910804/sudden-cardiac-death-a-nationwide-cohort-study-among-the-young
#20
Bjarke Risgaard
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic event affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Although several studies have investigated the epidemiology of SCD, these studies may have been affected by reporting and referral biases, which are reflected in the very different incidence rates and causes of deaths that have previously been reported. Among SCD victims aged < 36 years, inherited cardiac diseases are well known to play an important role. However, the extent to which inherited cardiac diseases also play a role in SCD victims aged < 50 years has not been completely described...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
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